2006 Vietnamese Tet New Year to be Held January 21

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The Vietnamese Community of Minnesota (VCM) will be hosting the 2006 Vietnamese Tet New Year Festival to welcome the Year of the Dog at RiverCentre in downtown Saint Paul (175 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102) on Saturday, January 21, 2006. The Festival will be filled with many entertaining and meaningful programs and activities for people of all ages. Please find information about the Tet Festival and various Tet contests below.

Volunteers Needed & Calling for Tet Festival Performers
Actively looking for individuals who would like to serve on the Tet planning committee(s) or to help out on the Tet Festival day. Also looking for performing groups and talented artists in Minnesota to perform at the Tet Festival on Saturday, January 21, 2006. The deadline to submit the registration form is January 3, 2006. For more information, please contact Mr. Chau Nguyen, Tet Festival Volunteer Coordinator, at 612-386-4529 or Nguyen chau11@yahoo.com.

Miss Ao Dai Pageant
Miss Ao Dai pageant promotes the beauty and uniqueness of the Vietnamese ladies in the traditional dress, Ao Dai. The contest is open to Vietnamese ladies ages 16 to 29. For more information, please contact Ms. Hoa-Tam Nguyen at 612-481-3209 or hoatam@hotmail.com or Ms. Minh-Anh Nguyen at 763-300-1871 or minhlove18@ hotmail.com.

Mr. Viet Pageant
Mr. Viet pageant promotes the talents and charisma of the Vietnamese men. The contest is open to Vietnamese gentlemen ages 16 to 29. For more information, please contact Ms. Kim-Ngoc Nguyen at 507-202-4832 or ngocknguyen@yahoo.com or Mr. Hung Le at 612-229-7030 or lexx 0168@umn.edu.

Sport Competitions
There will be indoor sport competitions including Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Bowling, Foosball, Pool and Chinese Chess. These contests will be held throughout the month of January. For more information, please contact Mr. Brandon (TrungBao) TonThat at 612-743-3142 or trungbao@hotmail.com.

Vietnamese Idol – Karaoke Contest
The karaoke contest will recognize the talented voices in Minnesota. The contest will be held throughout the month of January. For more information, please contact Mr. Vince Le at 612-751-9723 or rice_guy_1@yahoo.com.

Vietnamese Writing Contest & High Achievement Contest
The Writing Contest promotes Vietnamese literacy among the Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American High School students in Minnesota. The Vietnamese Community of Minnesota (VCM) proudly sponsors the High Achievement Award to recognize Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American youths who excel in the areas of leadership, citizenship and academics. It is hoped that this award serves as a way to recognize and encourage potential future leaders within the Vietnamese community. For more information, please contact Mr. Trong Ha at 763-227-1742 or tronghx@yahoo. com.

Poetry and Art Contests
The purpose of the Poetry and Art Contests is to acknowledge and reward the best artists and their works. It is hoped to foster goodwill and a competitive spirit throughout the Vietnamese community in Minnesota. For more information, please contact Mr. Trong Ha at 763-227-1742 or trong hx@yahoo.com.

Vietnamese Community of Minnesota, P.O. Box 40207, St. Paul, MN 55104.
Marketing Contact: Phuong Dao, 612-414-3877
Media Contact: Phuong Ton, 651-338-8994
Dong Vong Magazine Advertisement: Elisa ThuyTien Le, 612-501-9172
Community Square & Volunteering Opportunities: Chau Nguyen, 612-386-4529
Email: info@vietnam-minnesota.org
Website: http://www. vietnam-minnesota.org

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