Mission of the Sister Cities Committee:
President Eisenhower officially proclaimed the establishment of the People-to-People Program (later to be known as the Sister City Program) in 1956 to promote understanding and strengthen international ties. To accomplish this goal, Sister Cities International has helped to link many U.S. cities and towns with localities abroad. These city to city affiliations provide the opportunity to build friendships, learn about other cultures, and foster international understanding.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA.
The Sister Cities Committee is an eleven-member city advisory body appointed by the City Council. All Commissioners are unpaid volunteers. Any citizen of the city or county of Santa Cruz who demonstrates an interest in the activities of the Committee is eligible for appointment.
Our Sister Cities:
The following are the five sister cities of Santa Cruz, California:
- Jinotepe, Nicaragua
- Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
- Sestri Levante, Italy
- Alushta, Ukraine
Our Friendship City:
- Kasese, Uganda was established as a friendship city of Santa Cruz in November 2011. Through a "friendship" relationship of two years, the two cities will have the opportunity to explore the potential of becoming sister cities.
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The Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee is actively involved in strengthening these relationships through a variety of activities:
- Humanitarian projects abroad
- Youth programs/exchanges
- Visitor exchanges
- Cultural and business exchanges
- School affiliations/pen pals (adult & children)
- Hospitality Committee for greeting foreign visitors
- Local projects benefiting Santa Cruz
- Friendship garden on the mall in downtown Santa Cruz
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Friendship City delegation from Kasese, Uganda, June 2-11, 2013: The mayor of Kasese and four other Kasese leaders including the Mayor and Town Clerk are visiting the City of Santa Cruz to kick off the “Friendship City” relationship between the two cities. One of the delegates is Godfrey Kasozi, a 1999 alumni of the UCSC “Farm” Center for AgroEcology, and director of CETRUD Center for Environmental Technology and Rural Development. Kasozi initiated the application for Kasese to become a sister city with Santa Cruz. While here, the delegation will meet with local leaders, be featured on Community TV and participate in local events. Recent severe flooding in Kasese has displaced more than 25,000 residents. Donations for flood relief are being accepted now. Send checks payable to Sister Cities Support, memo line Kasese Flood Relief to 323 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Please also notify Peggy Pollard, Kasese subcommittee ISI.SantaCruz@gmail.com for receipt purposes. Link to website for more information.
Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support Potluck Picnic, Monday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Harvey West Clubhouse: Join Sister Cities Support at this event celebrating Sister Cities recent activities and accomplishments. Special guests and events:
• Mayor Hilary Bryant will welcome a group of international cyclists touring Santa Cruz.
• Farewell to Daniyl Klimenko, FLEX Exchange Student who will be returning home to Alushta, Ukraine, after a year at SLV High School.
• Recently returned students from Shingu, Japan will report on their trip.
• Learn more about new exchange students for 2013-14 school year from Alushta who are seeking host families.
Support will provide hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and cake for dessert. Please bring salads or side dishes to share. Free for members of Support. $5.00 donation for non-members. RSVP to 831-420-5277 or email@example.com by Friday, May 17, 4:00 p.m.
Host Families Needed for 2013-2014 School Year, Two Students from Alushta, Ukraine, a sister city of Santa Cruz: The Sister Cities Committee is seeking host families for two students from its sister city of Alushta, Ukraine for the 2013-2014 school year. The students -- a boy and a girl, will be 15 years old for the start of the school year. The students would arrive in the U.S. several days before the opening of school in August and stay here for the full school term until early June, 2014. All medical insurance and a small monthly stipend are provided by the sponsoring exchange program which will monitor their well-being and adjustment to life away from home. For more information contact Sister Cities Committee member Nancy Eidam 831-423-2639, firstname.lastname@example.org or Enda Brennan, 831-429-9100, email@example.com for more information.
Spring 2013 Student Delegation to Shingu, Japan, March 23, 2013 - April 2, 2013; Front row left to right - Michaela Sones, Lindsey Aquino, Lydia Harder, Sophie McCallum-Spalaris, Madelyn Magellan, San Fraser, Second row - Morgan Eidam, Maria Hernandez, Anna-Marie Scott, Jeff Pittman, Roxi Goin, Sally Kane, Alan Hiromura; Back row - Sebastian Langenberg, Zachary Kumaishi
Spring 2013 Student Delegation to Shingu, Japan, March 23, 2013 - April 2, 2013. The Sister Cities Committee Student Delegation to Shingu was honored at the May 14th Santa Cruz City Council meeting for their outstanding visit of good will and friendship to the Japanese sister city. Mayor Hilary Bryant thanked the students for representing the City of Santa Cruz so wonderfully and Vice Mayor Lynn Robinson bestowed certificates of appreciation. The 14 talented students and three chaperones made the journey March 23 through April 2 and enjoyed visits to area shrines, temples and natural resources. They practiced Zen meditation at Kamikuro Shrine, visited the beautiful Nachi Waterfalls, and hiked the Kumano Pilgrimage Road Walk. The students stayed with local host families, visited Shingu High School and were celebrated at local events. A reciprocal visit of Shingu students to Santa Cruz is planned for August. Exchanges take place annually and the Santa Cruz-Shingu Sister Cities relationship celebrates its 40th anniversary next year. For more information on the Shingu sub-committee contact Chair Roxi Goin at 427-1715.
Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest Awards, March 26, 2013: Winners pose with Council members on the dais. Congrats and good luck in the international writing competition in Sestri Levante, Italy!
2013 Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest Awards: Hans Christian Andersen wintered in Sestri Levante, hence the international writing contest in his name in our sister city of Sestri Levante. The Sister Cities Committee presents a local version of this writing contest and then forwards winning entries to the international competition held each spring in Sestri. Local awards were announced at the March 26, 2013 council meeting as follows (some stories still to be scanned):
Ages 6-10 in the Bambini division:
1st place Fiona Wasson Lyon for The Quail and the Tricky Bobcat
2nd place Maaike Luini for The Mystery Keyboard
3rd place Alisa Bennett for The White Deer
Honorable Mention Quentin Freeman for Crow
Ages 11-16 in the Ragazzi division:
1st place co-authors Bayson Chope and Giovanni Cerrito for Jack and the Donkey
2nd place co-authors William Cookroft and Arlin Cuthbertson for Alex, George and the Dragon
Ages 17 and above in the Adulti division:
1st place Joseph Isonio for The Birth of Hope
2nd place Joan Prebilich for Fairy Godmother’s Matrimonial Services, Inc.
3rd place tie Elsbeth Inglett for the Agave and the Bird and Sunset Sky Richter for The Story of Kelsinor
Honorable Mention Joan Reed Newman for Marta’s Gift
Open World Delegation of Young Women Professionals from Alushta, Ukraine, March 11, 2013: Bonnie Lipscomb, Economic Development Director; Nataliya Mazur, Facilitor, Open World Program; Dannettee Shoemaker, Director of Parks and Recreation; Natalya Shkatula, Head of the Physical Culture and Sports Sector, Department of Family, Youth and Sports; Olha Barabash, Department of the Socio-Economic Development and Investment; Anastasiya Zhulikova; Director Alushta Social Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children; Vice Mayor Lynn Robinson; Mayor Hilary Bryant; Tetyana Statyeva, Deputy Director of Educational Work, Creativity Center for Children and Youth and Anna Malyuta, Editor, Television and Radio Broadcasting Company 555.
Open World Delegation of Young Women Professionals from Alushta, Ukraine, March 11, 2013: Vice Mayor Lynn Robinson and Mayor Hilary Bryant met with delegates and interpreters to share ideas about city issues relevant to both Santa Cruz and Alushta.
Open World Delegation of Young Women Professionals from Alushta, Ukraine, March 11, 2013: Bonnie Lipscomb, Economic Development Director connected with the delegates on business development, leadership styles and challenges.
Open World Delegation of Young Women Professionals from Alushta, Ukraine, March 11, 2013: Carol Scurich, Recreation Superintendent (4th from left), met with delegates to discuss recreation programs and services.
Open World Delegation of Young Women Professionals from Ukraine, March 8-15, 2013: A group of five young women professionals from Ukraine and one facilitator visited Santa Cruz through the Open World Leadership Center and the Sister Cities Committee to make connections with local women officials and business women. A series of meetings took place with Mayor Hilary Bryant, Vice Mayor Lynn Robinson and officials from the Parks and Recreation Department, Economic Development, and the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. The group also met with the Rotary Club, Santa Cruz Community TV, Boys and Girls Club and the Teen Center. Visits to the UCSC Digital Arts Program, KUSP, the Good Times and Barrios Unidos were also scheduled. For more information, please contact Enda Brennan at 831-429-9100.
Japanese Cultural Fair Fundraiser, Saturday, March 9, 7:00 pm, Pacific Cultural Center on Seabright Avenue. The evening featured outstanding musicians playing Koto, Shakuhachi, and Shamisen. One of the artists was a Shamisen Master from Japan: Mr. Mashiro Nitta. Also performing was Ms. Shirley Muramoto and her son Brian Wong on Koto, Mr. Karl Young on the Shakuhashi, and Mr. Kyle Abbott on the Shamisen. If you were not able to attend, please consider making a donation to our non-profit organization at www.jcfsantacruz.org.
Alushta Teachers Delegation to Santa Cruz, February 4, 2013: from left, Fred Seamon, Vice Chair of the Sister Cities Committee; Dannettee Shoemaker, Director of Parks and Recreation; Enda Brennan, Sister Cities Committee; Hilary Bryant, Mayor, City of Santa Cruz; Natasha Leontieva, Retired English Teacher at School #3; Cynthia Mathews, Santa Cruz City Councilmember; Tatiana Krylova, English Teacher at School #2; Kris Kennedy, Retired Santa Cruz City Schools Teacher and exchange teacher to Alushta in 2012; and Tamara Sitenko, Principal at School #3
Alushta Teachers Delegation to Santa Cruz, February 4, 2013: Natasha Leontieva listens intently to Santa Cruz Main Library staffers O'Driscoll and O'Grady.
Alushta Teachers Delegation to Santa Cruz, February 4, 2013: The delegation thoroughly enjoyed their tour of the Santa Cruz Main Library.
Alushta Teachers Delegation to Santa Cruz, February 4, 2013: The delegation met with Public Works staff Mary Simmons and Christine Moran to learn more about education efforts around recycling.
Alushta Teachers Delegation to Santa Cruz, February 12, 2013: Delegates Natasha Leontieva and Tamara Sitenko address the Santa Cruz City Council.
Alushta Teachers Delegation to Santa Cruz, February 12, 2013: from left, Deborah Luhrman, Chair of the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee, delegate Tatiana Krylova, delegation organizer Kris Kennedy, delegates Tamara Sitenko and Natasha Leontieva, and Mayor Hilary Bryant pose after council ceremonies welcoming the delegation.
Teacher Exchange with sister city of Alushta, Ukraine, February 3-22, 2013: A three-teacher delegation is visiting Santa Cruz to teach in Bay View, Gault and Westlake Elementary Schools. A welcome reception was held Monday, February 4 in the City Hall Courtyard (photo above) and a City Council welcome took place on February 12 in Council Chambers. While here, the delegation met with city leaders and school officials, visited the Teen Center, the Resource Center for Non-violence and CASA. They experienced local special events including the the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, a concert at Kuumbwa, the Monarch Butterfly Festival and more. Regional destinations included the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pt. Lobos, San Juan Bautista and San Francisco. For more information, please contact Kris Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support Fall Meeting, Tuesday, October 9, DeAnza Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 2395 Delaware Ave, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. This youth-focused program featured Daniyl Klimenko, 1st FLEX Exchange Student from Alushta, Ukraine; Kris Kennedy, 1st Alushta-Santa Cruz Teacher Exchange Program Participant; and reps from the Spring 2012 Student Delegation to Shingu, Japan. Assorted desserts were served. Support members free; non-members $5.00.
Kasese, Uganda Subcommittee “Friends of Kasese" Meeting, Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m., 128 Monterey St. This Kasese subcommittee meeting discussed ideas for the visit of Godfrey Kasozi, here August 31-September 29, and to prepare for Kasese delegation coming in spring 2013. Community members brainstormed for the delegation to connect to community organizations in:
• Urban public education schools: high school and lower
• City programs in water, sewage and waste management
• Tourism (Boardwalk, museums etc)
• Arts (theater, music dance)
• Small sister businesses to be sister businesses to individual Kasese small businesses (restaurants, etc)
• Help and sponsorship of a Santa Cruz website
• Farmers markets
For more information call Peggy Pollard at 831-239-3429 (cell) or 831-423-2593 (hm). Kasese Delegation Donation Request
“How to Partner with Ugandan Organizations” hosted by the Firelight Foundation, Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, 740 Front St, Suite 380: Featured speakers included Godfrey Dembe Kasozi, Director of CETRUD (Centre for Environment Technology and Rural Development, Kasese, Uganda) and 1999 alumni of the UCSC “Farm” Center for Agro-Ecology; and Aili Langseth, Program Officer, Firelight Foundation. Presented to prepare the Santa Cruz community for the incoming delegation from Kasese, Uganda, this seminar explored how to develop cross-cultural relations with Ugandan organizations for maximum mutual benefit. The Kasese, Uganda delegation arrives September 20, as part of our two-year trial phase of becoming a Sister City to the City of Santa Cruz. Immediately following Seminar: "Friends of Kasese” & Santa Cruz Sister City subcommittee meeting to plan for the delegation, newcomers welcome! Please contact: Peggy Pollard, Santa Cruz Sister City Committee, Kasese, subcommittee, ISI.SantaCruz@gmail.com, 831-239-3429.
Mayoral Delegation from Alushta, Ukraine, August 18 - 25, 2012: A six-person Mayoral Delegation from our sister city of Alushta, Ukraine spent a week in Santa Cruz filled with special events, meetings with schools and the Rotary, tours of the Seymour Center/UCSC and visits to San Francisco and Monterey. The group visited in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz-Alushta relationship. For information contact Enda Brennan at 831-429-9100.
25th Anniversary Celebration of Santa Cruz-Alushta Sister City Relationship, Sunday, August 19, 2012, Santa Cruz Wharf: The event presented by the Sister Cities Committee, welcomed a Mayoral delegation from Alushta and included official ceremonies, traditional refreshments and a free concert by Wally's Swing World. For information contact Enda Brennan at 831-429-9100.
Sister Cities Committee Delegation Visits Alushta, Ukraine in honor of 25th Anniversary of Santa Cruz and Alushta Sister City Relationship: A 5-person Santa Cruz delegation visited our sister city of Alushta, Ukraine on May 25 - June 3 in honor of not only the 25th anniversary of our sister city relationship but to celebrate Alushta's 110th birthday. This delegation is the first of many events commemorating our longlasting and fruitful relationship with Alushta.
Delegation notes and photos courtesy Cynthia Mathews:
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: from left, Peter Szydlowski, Enda Brennan, Cynthia Mathews, Amey Mathews and Patricia Schroeder seated on the "Good Luck Bench." The sign above says "Alushta Aquarium," perhaps donors for the sculpture. Note the female fish on the left with eyelashes and lipstick and the male fish on the right. In Ukrainian culture, fish can fulfill your wishes, as in Pushkin's fairy tale about a fisherman and a fish.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: The first day included an excursion along the Crimean coast with our Alushta hosts, including a visit to the Church of Christ's Resurrection overlooking the coast and village of Foros, near Yalta. The church was built in 1892 by a local landowner, and the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas Ii, prayed here with his wife in the late 1890s. After the Russian Revolution the church was closed and the priest was exiled to Siberia. The building was used as a snackbar for tourists until 1969, and sat vacant in the 1970s and 1980s. It has now been meticulously restored and has been returned to the Orthodox Church. Photo above: Cynthia and Amey Mathews with Olga Plesnyakova, who is planning to visit Santa Cruz next year as part of a teacher delegation.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: In the evening we were treated to a program of traditional dance, held outdoors at the Sergeyev-Tsensky house museum ("Mount Eagle"), formerly the home of a prominent Russian/Ukrainian author who lived and wrote here from 1906 - 1941 and 1946 - 1958. Photo above: Sister Cities committee chairperson Enda Brennan was drafted into action during the program.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: May 31 launched a very full weekend of events and celebrations to mark "Alushta Day," combining the annual observance of the City's birthday with special events for the 110th anniversary. A group of school children sing for the opening ceremony in front of Alushta City offices, followed by awards to local citizens and city employees who had made outstanding contributions to the community.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: Opening Ceremony for celebration of Alushta's 110th birthday as a city, and its Sister City relationships. (Ukrainian flag at left, Calif. and US at right; other national Sister City flags in center.) The location is the icononic Rotunda at the Alushta Sea Walk, facing out to the Black Sea. Sign reads "Alushta Resort."
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: A major event was dedication of the newly repaired and improved sea walk, which had been severely damaged along with many seafront businesses during two massive storms this past winter. The paving, railings, wiring, landscaping and kiosks were all being finished just in time for the Grand Opening, and beginning of the summer tourist season.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: The ceremony included brass bands, historical figures (including Tsar Nicholas II and his wife), traditional and contemporary performers, proclamations, blessing by Orthodox priests, and community celebration. Very impressive!! This was a massive public-private effort, very significant to the city -- similar to our rebuilding and reopening of Pacific Avenue after the earthquake.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: Patricia Schroeder and Peter Szydowski sample wines in the tasting room developed by Sergei Zadorozhny, who visited Santa Cruz in 1988 as part of an economic development exchange with Alushta-area winemakers. Sergei's 22 year old daughter Dasha (at right) now conducts the winetastings for English-speaking visitors (including us!) She has just graduated from the university with dual degrees in winemaking and economics.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: Namaste! Amey Mathews (right) taught an introductory yoga class to members of a gym in Alushta, including our translator Olga (third from right).
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: Farewell dinner with the Alushta Rotary Club ... at the Santa Cruz Restaurant, no less! L to R: Rotary president Igor Sotov (whose daughter Tatanya was another wonderful translator), Sister Cities chair Enda Brennan, restaurant owner Pavel Klimovich, Mayor Stansilav Kolot, who has visited Santa Cruz several times, delegation member Cynthia Mathews, and main Alushta Sister Cities contact/translator Natasha Leoenteva. The Rotary Clubs in both Santa Cruz and Alushta have been extremely supportive of this relationship since its creation 25 years ago.
Santa Cruz Delegation to Alushta, Ukraine, May 25 - June 3, 2012: Peter Szydowski presented an Earth Flag to Alushta Rotarians Igor Sotov and Igor Khomyakov, longtime Sister Cities participant and supporter. (Note Sister Cities baseball cap on the mayor's grandson!)
Shingu Student Delegation, July 30 - August 11, 2012: The Sister Cities Committee recently welcomed a high school student delegation from our sister city of Shingu, Japan. The group of five students and two chaperones experienced much of what makes Santa Cruz so special. After a welcome ceremony at City Hall, they visited downtown for shopping, the Library, and Museum of Art and History. The group enjoyed a training session with Captain's Corps followed by a lifeguard demo at Lifeguard Headquarters. Popular Santa Cruz attractions -- the Santa Cruz Wharf, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Roaring Camp were highlighted as well as a visit to the Santa Cruz Teen Center. Coming in spring 2013 there will be a Santa Cruz student delegation to Shingu for which applications will be available soon. For more information about both incoming and outgoing delegations, please call Roxi Goin at 831-427-1715.
Shingu Student Delegation, July 30 - August 11, 2012: Mayor Don Lane (center) is pictured with five visiting high school students from our sister city of Shingu Japan and two chaperones (far left and far right). The group will visit popular Santa Cruz attractions as well as experience the local lifestyle through their host families and participation in community events.
Santa Cruz Aikido Retreat, July 11-15, 2012, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium: Santa Cruz welcomed a distinguished visitor from our Sister City of Shingu, Japan: Mr. Motomichi Anno, an 81-year-old master teacher of Aikido and one of the most highly ranked teachers of Aikido in the world today. Mr. Anno was the guest of honor at this event which drew enthusiastic Aikido students and teachers from around the country nad strengthened the Sister City connection between Santa Cruz and Shingu. Call Aikido of Santa Cruz at 831-423-8326 for more information about Mr. Anno and the Aikido Retreat.
Hans Christian Andersen Awards, May 22, 2012: Winners of the Sister Cities Committee Hans Christian Andersen awards fill Council seats after the awards ceremony.
Sister Cities Committee Announces Winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Awards:
On Tuesday, May 22, winners of the annual Hans Christian Andersen Awards were announced at the 3:00 p.m. City Council meeting. PDF of winning stories
. List of winners is as follows:
Ages under 6, Scuola Materna division:
1st place Laurel Finlayson, How a Pony Became Friends with a Princess
2nd place Dillon Robertson, Help the Planet
Ages 6-10, Bambini division:
1st place Fiona Lyon, The Power of Art
2nd place Sarah Merrill, Eve and the Magic Artichoke
3rd place Maria J. da Fonseca Newman, Edda
Ages 11-16, Ragazzi division:
1st place Marcos Guido, Diary of a Forgotten Soul
2nd place Christina Mills, Huang and the Lucky Hairpin
3rd place Mira Huang, Tale of Two Collies
For age 17 and above, Adulti division:
1st place Joan Prebilich, Life’s True Meaning
2nd place Yun Ching Chen, The Will to Hear; the Courage to Listen
3rd place Milton Huang, Microbial Destiny
Honorable Mention Joan Reed Newman
Spring Student Delegation, April 2012: The Spring Student Delegation returns to SFO a happy bunch after an exciting visit to Shingu, Japan.
Spring 2012 Delegation to Shingu, Japan: Although Typhoon Talas had taken its toll on Shingu, our friends there were looking forward to hosting the spring delegation. Iwasawa-san said "It is not a burden for us, but rather an encouragement to the people and students of Shingu." The delegation of talented 8-10th grade students enjoyed a fantastic experience filled with cultural and social events, sightseeing and making new friends with host families in Japan. For more information, contact Roxi Goin at 831-427-1715.
Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support presented Mayor Don Lane speaking about his recent visit to our sister city of Jinotepe, Nicaragua, Thursday, March 22: A selection of desserts was served with Nicaraguan coffee, tea and soft drinks. Admission: free for 2012 members of Support, or donation of $5.00 per person. For more information, please call 831-429-9100.
One-Year Anniversary of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011:
As we came upon the one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we were thinking of the people of Japan and sending our love. Recovery from such an enormous event, with the still-unfolding issues of re-building, radiation, and healing from trauma and loss, will take years. Sister Cities co-sponsored a fundraising campaign for the City of Natori, called One World, Many Voices for Japan. Video of this event is online at:
The web page includes:
Poetry from Kate Aver Avraham, Lea Haratani, Len Anderson, Linda Holiday, Joan Zimmerman, Peggy Heinrich, Dane Cervine and Carolyn Brigit Flynn
Bamboo flute from Emily Bording
Vocal music with Cheryl Anderson & the Cabrillo Youth Chorus
Japanese classical dance with Ikuyo Conant
Community singing with Coleen Douglas
Education Exchange with sister city of Alushta, Ukraine, February 2012: Kris Kennedy, retired Santa Cruz city school teacher traveled to our sister city of Alushta, Ukraine on an exciting education exchange. Kris worked in Alushta schools starting with grade 3 providing an enrichment program about Santa Cruz for a three-week period. All media including music, art, dance and computer was used to work with these students who were just beginning English studies. She established a contact with Bayview School to use Skype to communicate between the two schools as much as the 8 or 9 hour time difference allows. Penpal relationships were continued or expanded between the students of Santa Cruz and Alushta. Question and answer sessions were held with the older English speaking students to learn about Santa Cruz cultural similarities and differences. Hopefully, a teacher from Alushta will make a similar visit to Santa Cruz in October to work in the Santa Cruz City schools primarily in grade 5. For more information, please contact Nancy Eidam at email@example.com
Typhoon Talas, the worst typhoon in Kumano history slammed Shingu in early September 2011: 13 people lost their lives in Shingu, 500 homes were destroyed. Video of destruction. Good Times article. Donations for flood relief from Sister Cities Support, Alan Hiromura, Cyclists for Cultural Exchange and many other donors now total more than $23,000! Video of presentation of donation. If you'd like to help, please send donations to Sister Cities Support, 323 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or use the donation button above. For more information, contact Roxi Goin at 831-427-1715.
City of Santa Cruz Donated Refuse Truck to our sister city of Jinotepe, Nicaragua: Check out this Santa Cruz Sentinel article for more information on this exciting project. Delivery of the truck coincided with a delegation led by Mayor Lane in January 2012. For more information contact Deborah Luhrman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest: Hans Christian Andersen wintered in Sestri Levante, hence the international writing contest in his name in our sister city of Sestri Levante. The Sister Cities Committee presents a local version of this writing contest and then forwards winning entries to the international competition held each spring in Sestri. Entry deadline was January 4, 2012. Submittals will be read by the Sestri Levante sub-committee and awards announced in April. For more information call Bill Denevan at 831-459-6894.
Sister Cities Committee White Elephant Sale, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Louden Nelson Community Center: More than $900 was raised at this first-year event to benefit recycling projects in our sister city of Jinotepe, Nicaragua.
Student Delegation from Shingu, Japan, August 16-23, 2011: This 17-member delegation of talented Jr. High kids from our Sister City of Shingu, Japan enjoyed Mayor Coonerty's welcome at City Hall, a local swim party, the scenic Roaring Camp beach train and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The farewell potluck dinner at the Clubhouse/Scouthouse was filled performances by the kids, heartfelt thank you's for host families and tears of joy at the experience of the exchange. If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful student exchange in the future, please call Roxi Goin, 831-427-1715.
Shingu Student Delegation, August 22, 2011: Shingu Jr. High students perform a stirring rendition of "Take Me Home Country Roads" at the Farewell Dinner.
Shingu Student Delegation, August 22, 2011: Host family and Shingu students at the Farewell Dinner.
Visit with Ukraine Consul General Sergiy Aloshyn and Mr. Yurii Babkov, Economic Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine, San Francisco, Tuesday, August 2, 2011: Vice Mayor Don Lane, Parks and Recreation Director Dannettee Shoemaker and members of the Alushta Sub-committee met with officials representing Ukraine to discuss possible economic connections including sustainable tourism, organic agriculture and winemaking. The Alushta-Santa Cruz connection celebrates 25 years in 2012.
Norma Aviles, Assistant to Jinotepe Mayor visited Santa Cruz July 20-21, 2011: The Jinotepe sub-committee was honored to welcome Norma Aviles, Assistant to the Jinotepe Mayor to Santa Cruz recently. Ms. Aviles had the opportunity to meet with Mayor Ryan Coonerty and Recycling Manager Bob Nelson during her visit which was also filled with a quick tour of Santa Cruz sights and attractions. This visit was a precursor to a Santa Cruz delegation to Jinotepe, Nicaragua in January 2012. For more information contact Deborah Luhrman at email@example.com.
More than $8,000 was raised for Natori at One World Many Voices: Congratulations and deepest thanks to the organizers of One World Many Voices for their generosity and success in fundraising more than $8,000 for our friends in Natori. Donations are continuing to be received on behalf of Natori and may be sent to Sister Cities Support, 323 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. So far more than $37,000 has been raised through donations to Sister Cities Support, "One World Many Voices" and the Japanese Cultural Fair's "Help Japan" fundraiser at the Rio.
One World Many Voices for Japan, Friday, May 20, 7:00 pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St: A fundraising event that featured poetry, bamboo flute music, Japanese classical dance and community song. Proceeds benefited Shingu sister city Natori, Japan which was devastated by the earthquake/tsunami. Co-sponsored by Aikido of Santa Cruz, Aikido of Monterey, First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz Sentinel and Watsonville Taiko. On the web: www.facebook.com/CityofSantaCruzSisterCities | Event Flyer | Press Release
Background on ONE WORLD MANY VOICES FOR JAPAN: The event was conceived by Linda Holiday (poet and Chief Instructor at Aikido of Santa Cruz), Kate Aver Avraham (poet and winner of the 2011 In Celebration of the Muse Chapbook Award) and Carolyn Brigit Flynn (editor of Sisters Singing). Both Linda and Kate have deep connections to Japan, and have lived there at times. The evening had the deepest intention to raise funds and also to raise the healing spirits of all in attendance and to send deep prayer to the people and land of Japan.
Natori is the Sister City (within Japan) of Shingu, which is the Japanese Sister City to Santa Cruz. Shingu is in the south of Japan, and is the area where Linda first studied Aikido in the 1970's. Over many years, there have been many deep links between Santa Cruz and Shingu. The Mayor and townspeople of Shingu have asked for help for their Sister City Natori, which is in the north. Natori was utterly devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. Before the earthquake, Natori was a thriving city of 70,000 people. It is now completely flattened. 100% of the funds raised went directly to the town and citizens of Natori for their recovery. More information on Natori can be found at:
Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, April 26, 2011: Contest winners pose with Council members after the awards presentation in Council Chambers.
Winners of the 2011 Hans Christian Andersen Awards were announced at the City Council meeting on April 26. The winning fables have been entered in the international competition in our sister city of Sestri Levante. Hans Christian Andersen made his home in Sestri for several years inspiring the writing contest. The winners of this year's competition in three age divisions are (PDF of stories to be posted soon):
Ages 6 to 10 years
1st Place - Paul Tristam, The Turtle That Could
2nd Place - Jaime Kvaternik, Jaime and Greg
Ages 11 to 16 years
1st Place - Lucy Tristam, A Long Time Ago
2nd Place - Russell Huang, Knowing
3rd Place - Mira Huang, Trust and Lies
Ages 17 yrs and up
1st Place - Kelly Noelle Lewis, Love Between Two Worlds
2nd Place - Joan Reed Newman, The Honey Bee Bank
3rd Place - Leah Zucker, The Golden Grapes
Special thanks to David Levan, Eric Heckert and the employees of Well Within for their generous donation of $2,300 to Shingu/Natori: This contribution brings our total to more than $8,000 in donations for Shingu and its sister city of Natori which was devastated by the earthquake/tsunami. Our sister city of Shingu sends thanks and warm regards for these donations which are being used to help Natori. The support and friendship from Santa Cruz has been very much appreciated. Donations are welcome to Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support, 323 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
The Japanese Cultural Fair presented a fundraising concert to Help Japan April 23 at the Rio Theatre. Here's an event wrap by Paul Kaneko of the Japanese Cultural Fair:
"Last Saturday's event was an amazing success. More than 500 people attended and we received many more donations during the event. The performers included: San Jose Taiko, Watsonville Taiko, Hawaiian music by the Ho'omana Band with 43 hula dancers representing the four halaus (hula schools) in Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Hougaku Kai--a small group of tsugaru shamisen, shakuhachi, and taiko players. Sandy Lydon did a magnificent job as the MC. The evening closed with everyone cheering a "gambare" encouragement to the people of Japan, which was recorded and will be sent to them via the Internet. The estimated total proceeds from the event is $18,000.
We thank the community of Santa Cruz County for caring so much, and being so generous with their contributions to aid the earthquake/tsunami victims on northern Japan.
We are now looking forward to our Cultural Fair on June 18th where we will also be taking donations for the earthquake recovery effort."
Donations for Shingu/Natori welcome to Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support: After an initial donation of $3,000 from Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support to our sister city of Shingu, Japan more than $2,700 in additional donations has been received and forwarded to Shingu. Donations will assist Shingu in helping its sister city of Natori, which was devastated by the earthquake/tsunami. News release.
Cherry trees blooming in Friendship Gardens, April 2011: Former Shingu Mayor Sato planted these gorgeous trees on a visit in 2007 -- a colorful reminder of our 37-year friendship with Shingu. Photos courtesy Cynthia Mathews.
Thank you from Shingu: Taku Iwasawa, President of the Shingu Sister City Association sent his thanks last week to Santa Cruz for the donations received in support of Shingu and its sister city Natori in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant crisis. Here is his letter:
Dear Friends in Santa Cruz,
We safely received the check for $3,000 from Santa Cruz Sister City Support. We are so appreciative that people in our Sister City of Santa Cruz have made such great efforts to give this support for those in our domestic Sister City of Natori City who suffered severe damage from the enormous tsunami and earthquakes. For now, the earthquakes are still limited to the Northern area.
Shingu City Hall has sent rescue teams twice to Natori City. Now the demands of the situation have changed from searching for victims to supplying various needs for survival and daily living. Therefore several teams, including the City, the Chamber of Commerce and private sector donors have hired trucks to take food and water, petrol, and various emergency goods to Natori City.
Recovery seems to be taking a very long time. Furthermore, the issue of the Fukushima nuclear power plants is having a serious impact, both physically and psychologically.
We will inform Shingu Mayor Taoka and the local newspaper of your contribution. It will be conveyed to the mayor of Natori City by Mayor Taoka in the near future, along with other donations.
Thank you again for your thoughtful support. Please kindly relay to all our friends in Santa Cruz the deep, wholehearted gratitude from Shingu and Natori.
Taku Iwasawa, Shingu, Japan
Donations to Sister City of Shingu: Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support and the Shingu Committee donated $3,000 to our Sister City of Shingu which is safe so far in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. However, Shingu's domestic sister city Natori has been devastated. Shingu is sending a rescue team and donations in support of Natori. If you would like to donate to Shingu/Natori via Sister Cities Support, donations are welcome to Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support (tax ID#77-0575231), 323Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Earthquake/Tsunami Relief, March 2011: (Left) Mayor Taoko addressed the relief team sent to Natori City from Shingu. (Right) The Shingu rescue vehicle departs for Natori.
Update on Earthquake and Tsunami: The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan raised immediate concern about the welfare of the committee's many friends in Santa Cruz's Sister City of Shingu. Committee members were relieved to get this email early Saturday morning, March 12 from Takashi Iwasawa, President of the Shingu Sister City Association:
"We are so appreciative that all our friends in Santa Cruz have been concerned about us and sent us immediate e-mails. Fortunately we in Shingu have not been affected by this earthquake and tsunami, though the emergency tsunami warning in Shingu’s coastal area has been non-stop from last night until now. We all are safe and are just going about our ordinary daily life.
However, Natori City in Miyagi Prefecture, which is our domestic sister city, was one of the worst damaged places in this earthquake. The cities of Shingu and Natori made a cooperative agreement to provide assistance in the event of a disaster, so Shingu will soon set up a rescue team for Natori.
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness."
Mayoral Delegation from Shingu, Japan -- October 2-7, 2010 -- A delegation of 13 visited Santa Cruz for five days. The focus of the delegation was an exchange of business ideas with local business leaders combined with a variety of social and tourism activities highlighting Santa Cruz and environs.
Shingu Mayoral Delegation, October 2010: Mayor Taoka and Council member Cynthia Mathews at the Welcome Ceremony for the Shingu Mayoral Delegation (Iwasawa-san is at left).
Shingu Mayoral Delegation, October 2010: Karl Heiman, Think Local First; Teresa Tomae, Small Business Development Center; and Bonnie Lipscomb, City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency participated in a panel discussion on nurturing small businesses.
Shingu Mayoral Delegation, October 2010: Shingu delegates listen intently to the panel at the small business development discussion held in the Library meeting room.
Shingu Mayoral Delegation, October 2010: Shingu Mayor Taoka and Santa Cruz Mayor Rotkin exchange gifts at the Official Welcome Ceremony for the delegation.
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum in Shingu, Japan -- August 18-23, 2010 -- This conference encompassed environmental, social/cultural, and economic factors relating to sustainable tourism. Delegates from Santa Cruz, Japan and Sri Lanka participated. Santa Cruz delegates were Dave Vincent, retired regional superintendent for California State Parks in the Santa Cruz Region; Gary Green, Marketing Director Santa Cruz Conference and Visitors Council; Jen Karno, special projects staff with the City's Economic Development Department; and Cynthia Mathews, Santa Cruz City Council member. Following are just some of the photos from the delegation. Visit our Facebook page for more!
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: A tour of the organic tea farm at Irogawa village. L to R: Tetsuya Toyama, director; Rohan Induka of Sri Lanka; Gary Green, Marketing Director Santa Cruz Conference and Visitors Council.
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: Dave Vincent learns the traditional technique of drying freshly-picked tea leaves by hand at the Ryokokeukn organic tea farm in Irogawa village, near our Sister City of Shingu. This community is dedicated to reviving traditional farming techniques.
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: Early morning walk, Irogawa Village. We had seen this beautiful old Shinto shrine from the road on the previous day. Since we all woke up early that morning, we decided to go for a walk before breakfast and find it. Like many Shinto shrines, it is located in an area of special natural beauty -- in this case int he forest, alongside a pretty creek. Lush, serene, timeless.
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: Gary Green shares an album of family photos with participants at the Kyo-iku Gakusya session. They enjoyed seeing photos of Santa Cruz and our families. (Note the Martinelli's T shirts worn by two of the young participants -- a gift from Gary, thanks to Martinelli's.)
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: A visit to Kyo-iku Gakusya ("Learning Together School"), a non-profit organization in the Kumanogawa region of Shingu, dedicated to teaching and promoting sustainable, traditional agriculture. Shown are two of the students with Jen Karno, special projects staff with the City's Economic Development Department, with the school director's wife and baby.
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: A farmer in the Kyo-iku Gakusya with Santa Cruz City Council member Cynthia Mathews.
Sustainable Community Tourism Forum, August 2010: Dave Vincent, retired regional superintendent for California State Parks in the Santa Cruz Region, presented a set of "That's My Park" magnets to the Kyo-iku Gakusya community.
Student Delegation from Shingu, Japan -- August 2-13, 2010 -- A talented group of six Shingu high school students visited Santa Cruz with a full itinerary and learned first-hand about our community through homestays with local families, participation in local events, social activities, tours and more.
Salsa Fiesta -- A Sister City Project to benefit Jinotepe, Nicaragua, Sunday, May 16, 2010, Harvey West Clubhouse -- More than $500 was raised for the Elderhome in Jinotepe at this fun and festive event featuring salsa dance instruction and music by Salsa Rueda, salsa tasting and a raffle. Salsa created by Jason Nortz, one of our Sister Cities Committee members, was voted to be the best. Here is his prize winning recipe:
MANGO SALSA created by Jason Nortz
1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced
1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 seranno pepper, sedded and diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
Blend together. Jason suggests refrigerating for a few hours so flavors blend together.
Thanks to all the volunteers at the event especially event Chair Martha Mangan, Nancy Lenz and the generous donors who provided fabulous prizes for the raffle.
Open World Delegation of Educators -- April 16-24, 2010 -- The Sister Cities Committee hosted a delegation of five educators from our sister city of Alushta participating in the Open World Program. The Alushta delegates included the deputy Mayor, the superintendent of schools and three principals. The delegates explored the educational system in the U.S. and how they may be able to implement new ideas back home. While in Santa Cruz, the delegation visited Pacific Collegiate School, Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, O'Neill Sea Odyssey Outdoor School Adventure, and Santa Cruz County Building and had the opportunity to meet Congressman Sam Farr. Events sponsored by the Sister Cities Support included an Afternoon Tea on Monday, April 19 at the Darling House and a Meet and Greet no-host Barbecue at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 21.
Student Delegation to Shingu, Japan April 1-11, 2010 -- A group of exceptional Santa Cruz students visted our Sister City of Shingu, Japan, with a full itinerary learning first-hand about Japanese culture through homestays with local families, participation in local events, social activities, tours and more. Call 831-325-1509.
Winners of the Sister Cities Committee Hans Christian Writing Contest proudly displayed their certificates after the City Council awards presentation.
Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest, March 2010 -- The winners of this year's Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest have been announced and the winning fables have been entered in the international competition in our sister city of Sestri Levante. Hans Christian Andersen made his home in Sestri for several years. The winners of this year's competition in three age divisions are:
Ages 6 to 10 years
1st Place - Saskia Wade, The Fairy
Ages 11 to 16 years
1st Place - Russell Huang, Sally-rella: A Modern Satire of Cinderella
2nd Place - Kent-Harris Repass, The Peacock's Earrings
3rd Place - Mira Huang, A Difference Between Senses
Ages 17 yrs and up
1st Place - Aleksey Huff, Now She Flies on Crimson Wings
2nd Place - Alan Sims, Montalvo Mystery Beast
3rd Place - Joan Reed Newman, The Artful Spider
Cielo|Sky Part II: February 12 - March 15, 2010 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands --The second part of the exchange, curated by Shelby Graham, featured the work of local Santa Cruz artists working with the theme of sky exhibiting their work in Tenerife. With this group of artists, the theme is applied environmentally, conceptually and metaphorically. The exhibition took place at the Sala de exposiciones Parque García Sanabria in the middle of a beautiful central park. Shelby Graham traveled to Tenerife to install the work and meet with cultural leaders February 8–15, 2010. Santa Cruz artists included were Elliot Anderson, Barbara Benish (visiting artist from the Czech Republic at UCSC), Andrea Borsuk, Jim Denevan, Janet Fine, Susan Friedman, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, Diana Hobson, Isabelle Jenniches, Victoria May, Jennifer Parker and Barney Haynes, and Charlie Sloan. For more information please call Curator Shelby Graham at 831-252-9003.
Cielo| Sky Part I: November 6 - December 6, 2009, Santa Cruz, CA -- Santa Cruz de Tenerife artists exhibited work in Santa Cruz in this art exchange with our former sister city. "Cielo | Sky" curated by Miriam Durango from Tenerife, Spain and Shelby Graham from Santa Cruz featured work focusing on our relationship both environmentally and psychologically with the sky. Activities honoring the visiting curator included a Mayor's welcome at Santa Cruz City Hall on Monday, November 2 at 3:30 pm; a downtown tour on Wednesday, November 4; and the exhibit opening at the Museum of Art and History's "First Friday," November 6 at 6 pm. Art exchange postcard
(left) Miriam Durango, curator of CIELO | SKY and Annie Morhauser of Annieglass during a downtown tour of arts businesses, public art and the Museum of Art and History.
(from left) Shelby Graham, Director/Curator Sesnon Art Gallery;
Miriam Durango, curator CIELO | SKY; Kathleen Hilger and Gabriel Harrison, co-curators of SculpTOUR -- "Oceanic Life Spiral" by Kirk McNeill
(from left) Sister Cities Committee Chair Martha Mangan, visiting curator Miriam Durango and Sister Cities Committee member Nancy Lenz tour the Museum of Art and History.
Open World Exchange - a visit by five attorneys from the Ukraine, October 26-30, 2009 -- The goal of this Library of Congress program was for participants to have a positive experience in the US that reinforces their interest and skills in promoting "the rule of law," and builds their ability to continue collaborating on positive projects when they return home. After travel and brief sightseeing (Washington DC, SF and Monterey), they pursued the substance of their program here in Santa Cruz including meeting with the Santa Cruz County Probation Department, Santa Cruz Superior Court, Public Defenders Office and the City of Santa Cruz Police Department. Public events for the delegation included a Sister Cities Committee reception and an informal barbecue at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
Mayor Cynthia Mathews (center) and Councilwoman Katherine Beiers (left) with Ukrainian delegates participating in the Open World Exchange in Santa Cruz.
A surplus garbage truck donated by the City of Santa Cruz is received in our sister city of Jinotepe, Nicaragua. The truck is the first and only for Jinotepe!
Incoming student delegation to Santa Cruz, August 17-22, 2009 -- a one week visit by a group of talented 8 -10th graders from our Sister City of Shingu, Japan. The group of 13 students and 3 chaperones enjoyed a wonderful itinerary including the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and more.
Shingu Business Delegation and Japanese Cultural Fair, June 17-20, 2009 -- This year the Shingu-Santa Cruz sister city relationship celebrated 35 years! Coinciding with the anniversary, a Shingu business delegation (focused on marketing and tourism) visited Santa Cruz in June. Their brief and action-packed visit included business meetings with leaders from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, O'Neill Sea Odyssey, the City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Department, NextSpace, New Leaf Markets and the CVC. The delegation took center stage at the Japanese Cultural Fair on Saturday, June 20, along with Consul General Nagamine as a plaque was presented by Mayor Mathews commemorating the 35-year relationship. Sister Cities Support hosted a lunch for the delegates and the Consul General during the festival. Background on delegation. Link to JCF web site.
Shingu Sister Cities Chair, Iwasawa-san's acceptance of plaque from Mayor Mathews (at right) commemorating the 35th anniversary of Shingu-Santa Cruz relationship at the Japanese Cultural Fair, June 20, 2009. In the background from left: Shingu delegates Yoko Konishi, Toshiro Suzuki, Michiyo Fukumoto, Masaomi Ooi, Consul General Nagamine and event MC Doug Grude.
Outgoing student delegation to Shingu, April 1-10, 2009 -- a one week visit by a group of talented 8 -10th graders to our Sister City of Shingu, Japan. The group of 14 students and 3 chaperones enjoyed a wonderful itinerary of official events, exciting river raft adventures, cultural performances and more. An incoming group of Shingu students will be visiting Santa Cruz August 17-23, 2009.
Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest, March 2009 -- The winners of this year's Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest were announced March 10, 2009 at the Santa Cruz City Council meeting and received award certificates from Mayor Mathews and gift certificates from Bookshop Santa Cruz. The winning fables have been entered in the international competition in our sister city of Sestri Levante. (Hans Christian Andersen made his home in Sestri for several years.) The winners of this year's competition in three age divisions are:
Ages 6 to 10 years
1st Place - Mira Huang, Willow's Good Decision
2nd Place - Kim Adam, The Knight who Slated the Dragon
3rd Place - Kim Luong, The Crown is Missing
Ages 11 to 16 years
1st Place - Jack Schultz, The Fox and the Dragonfly
2nd Place - Russell Huang, The Mouse's Big Mistake
3rd Place - Mary Snook, Kinata and the Dragon
Ages 17 yrs and up
1st Place - Jane Adams Stillinger, Mark My Words
2nd Place - Joan Reed Newman, The Rock and the Pebble
3rd Place - Sylvia Patience, The Ogre and the Soccer Ball
PDF of winning stories
Isabel Gilman (left) of the Sestri Levante Subcommittee with winners of the Sister Cities Committee Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest.
Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest winners with City Council after accepting their awards.
Sister Cities Skype Party, March 7, 2009 -- In anticipation of the Santa Cruz Student Delegation to Shingu, Japan, April 1 -10, 2009 the Sister Cities Committee hosted a Skype Party -- an opportunity for the Santa Cruz student delegates to meet their host families and friends in Japan online via Skype.
Santa Cruz Mayor Mathews greeted Shingu Mayor Sato online at the Sister Cities Committee Skype event on March 7, 2009.
Rafael Gallards, 14 and Melissa Nix, Shingu Subcommittee Chair, share a laugh with Mayor Sato on Skype.
Santa Cruz Student Delegation and friends at Skype event
Alushta Music School Band visit to Santa Cruz, November 30 - December 11, 2008 -- a two week visit of the youth orchestra from our Sister City of Alushta, Ukraine. This very talented group of 21 students and 9 adults had a full itinerary including performances, connections with the Santa Cruz City Band, Community Music School and Santa Cruz High Band, sightseeing, social activities, and home stays for all participants.
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