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Did You Know There Is a Taoist Temple in Mendocino?

Feb 05, 2020 12:04PM
Walking through Mendocino’s boutique-lined streets, one might think it’s an unlikely place to find a Taoist temple. Yet the Temple Kwan Tai has existed there since the 19th century, an enduring legacy of  Mendocino’s Chinese community. In honor of its history, every year the temple sponsors a Chinese New Year parade and banquet. At the former, schools, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and other organizations march a traditional dragon around town. This year the parade will be held on February 13 at 10:45 a.m. The banquet, which after 28 years is in its final run, will be held on February 15, 6:30–9:30 pm., at Crown Hall in Mendocino. The menu includes dim sum and entrees such as shrimp in garlic and oyster sauce, Thai roasted chicken, and tofu with long beans and crispy shallots. Tickets are $43 and may be purchased by calling 972-9831 or emailing [email protected] For further details, go to