Author Archives: Karlyn Shorb

Aurora Sister Cities CEO to Participate in CSU-Global Panel Discussion On November 14th

Please join Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) online on November 14th for a virtual conference on the future of online higher education. Higher education is evolving at a rapid pace. How do institutions keep up and continue to meet the needs of modern students and the workplace? How can institutions make the most of data to […]

Turn it Up! KPOP Dance Cover Showcase Fundraiser for Aurora Sister Cities International!

November 14, 2018, 5:30pm, Lakewood Cultural Center at 470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226 Konnect Media is hosting Turn it Up, a Korean pop dance showcase fundraiser that will be held on November 14th in Lakewood, Colorado. The fundraiser will support the Aurora Sister Cities International‘s Korea Committee and celebrate the relationship between the sister cities of Aurora, […]

Have You Ever Had A Pupusa? Come Try One or Two at the Pupusas Festival!

November 11th from 11am to 6pm at the Village Exchange Center at 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010. Join Eco Folklorico Cuscatlan and Village Exchange Center for a free family event where you’ll get a taste of El Salvador with a variety of pupusas and other dishes derived from corn. There will also be raffles, […]

Calling Volunteers to Cook Turkeys for the African Community Center’s 12th Annual Refugee Thanksgiving!

The African Community Center’s 12th Annual Refugee’s First Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and they need your help! The Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Monday, November 20th from 5pm-9pm and they are looking for volunteers to cook turkeys at home in advance (either your own purchased turkey or one of the 28 that were […]

Could Cultural Exchange Visas Be Cut?

According to the Wall Street Journal, cultural exchange programs through the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program could be severely reduced or eliminated.  Over 100,000 students travel to the United States through work-travel programs and are often stationed at tourist spots at national parks, hotels and beaches.  Au Pairs, summer camp counselors and interns/trainee students compete […]

IMMIFEST- Colorado Immigrant Festival

October 28, 2018 10am-6pm 1400 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010 Make sure you don’t miss the last the IMMIFEST of the year! Join the Aurora Cultural Arts District as they host the last Colorado Immigrant Festival  (IMMIFEST) of the year on Saturday October 28th, 2017 at 1400 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010 from 10am to 6pm. […]

Are You a College Student Interested in Traveling and Learning a New Language?

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most […]

Aurora International Roundtable Meeting

October 18. 2017 5:30pm Aurora Municipal Building The City of Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs Quarterly International Roundtable meeting is scheduled for Wednesday October 18 at 5:30pm at the Aurora Municipal Building (15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012 in the Aurora Room on the 1st floor). The Aurora International Roundtable was created to […]

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce hosted their second annual Diversity and Inclusion Resource Summit on Thursday October 12th.  The event kicked off with a resource fair which included vendors offering information and services aimed at diversifying local businesses, services, and products.  Numerous ethnic restaurants shared samples of their fine cuisine for all to try.  Aurora […]

Diversity & Inclusion Resource Summit

October 12, 2017 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Summit Event Center Resource Fair: starts @ 4:30pm Resource Talks: 5:15, 5:45 & 6:15pm Gift Bag, Ethnic Cuisine & Hosted Beer /Wine Included 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Resource Summit Flyer  

Annual Sister Cities International Conference Coming to Aurora in 2018!

Aurora Sister Cities International is proud and excited to announce that Aurora, Colorado will be hosting  the 62nd Annual Sister Cities International Conference August 2-4, 2018!  Join Aurora Sister Cities International and our parent organization for one of Aurora’s first truly transnational conferences. Nearly 1,000 people from around the nation and globe will convene at Aurora’s Hyatt […]

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Team Up with Denver Startup Week

At the annual Denver Startup Week, which runs September 25-29, a variety of topics, panels and seminars focused on entrepreneurship and inspiring the local community to develop their ideas for future worldwide startups will be discussed.  The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade will partner with Denver Startup and host a variety of panels […]

Teaching Korea in the Globalizing World

Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. C.U. Denver Teaching Korea in the Globalizing World. Teacher Workshop at CU Denver. Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Examine strategies for developing critical thinking and media literacy skills through study of contemporary North and South Korea. Through presentations by Korea studies professors […]

Ever Heard of the 4th Industrial Revolution?

A recent Bloomberg news article online states that by 2036 “humans [will be] entirely removed by the logistics business” due to the current revolution in automation and robotics.  Many folks in the corporate sector refer to these changes as the 4th Industrial Revolution. Aurora Sister Cities International is preparing local students for future changes in […]

Howdy Cows Travel from Aurora to Korea

Delegates from our Sister City in Korea, Seongnam City, visited Aurora last month during the city’s annual Global Fest celebration.  The three Korean delegates from the Seongnam City Trade Office spent three days meeting with local representatives from the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Community College of Aurora, and with city  of Aurora management to discuss future municipal exchange […]

2017 Colorado Sister Cities Conference

Friday, September 8th, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm The Armory Performing Arts Center Educational sessions – Networking – Information Sharing Open to the public. This is the annual Colorado conference for all Colorado cities with Sister Cities relationships. Register Here    

Central American Festival 2017

Saturday, September 2nd 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Lowry Park, Aurora Colorado Central American Festival 2017 Come out and join the Central American Community as people from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama come together to celebrate their customs and culture at the 10th Annual Central American Festival. The event will include food, […]

Global Trade & Investment Forum

Global Trade & Investment Forum August 29th – 31st, 2017 Unlock new opportunities to strengthen US and Mexico relations,trade ties, investment and business opportunities. Hear from Former President Vicente Fox on August 29th & 30th. Learn about specific investment opportunities on the Access to Capital Day, August 31st. Register HERE

We sent Aurora students to camp. Here’s what they have to say about it.

8/29/2017 by Loren G. Evans In June Aurora Sister Cities International launched its youth programming with Global Youth Leader, a summer camp focused on giving students the skills needed to succeed in this global world. Two of the most promising graduates were sent across the country to represent Aurora at national camps. Here is what they […]

Global Fest 2017 Photo Gallery

Global Fest 2017 Sunshine and good times were plentiful at this year’s Global Fest.

Global Fest 2017!

Aurora Municipal Center, Great Lawn 15151 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012 Saturday August 19 from 1:00 – 9:00 pm The city of Aurora, Colorado invites you to experience fantastic flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expression from around the world at Global Fest. Aurora Sister Cities International will be hosting several booths to add to the […]

The Lee, Myers & O’Connell Essay Contest 2017

Deadline: August 31, 2017 5:00 PM MST The 2017 Lee, Myers & O’Connell Essay Contest is under way and you still have time to enter!  A 300 – 500 word essay could win you a $2,000 scholarship.  The top five contestants will be awarded scholarships. THE 2017 TOPIC HOW DOES TEXTING WHILE DRIVING AFFECT THE […]

Young Artists and Authors take note “The Art of Diplomacy” is the 2018 YAAS Theme

Submission due March 1st, 2018 Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and […]

Aurora to Host the 2018 Sister Cities International Conference

July 31 to August 4, 2018 Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center Aurora, Colorado Join Aurora Sister Cities International and our parent organization for one of Aurora’s first truly transnational conference. Nearly 1,000 people from around the nation and the world will convene at Aurora’s Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center. Network to your hearts […]

2017 Seongnam City International Youth Conference

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017 Seongnam City International Youth Conference   Aurora Sister Cities International invites Aurora and metro-area youth and young adults ages 15-20 to apply to participate in a five-day leadership conference in Seongnam City, South Korea. Through its sister city partnership with the city of Seongnam, South Korea, Aurora Sister Cities International has […]

Announcing the launch of Global Youth Leaders

In June ASCI launched our new youth program Global Youth Leaders with a summer leadership camp.  The pilot camp was attended by 21 Aurora youth who participated in a week of activities focused on the 5 C’s: Character, Citizenship, Communication, Creativity, and Culture.  A big thank you to Kelly Shorb for leading the camp and […]

Winners 2017 Sister Cities International Best Overall Award

Aurora Sister Cities international has won the 2017 Sister Cities International Best Overall Award for cities with a population between 300,001 and 500,000. This award is in recognition of the outstanding exchange work done by Aurora Sister Cities International in advancing the goals and mission of the sister cities movement. Thank you Aurora for helping to […]

Aurora Council Member Bob Roth on Aurora going Global

Aurora City Council member Bob Roth talks about Aurora Sister Cities International bringing an international conference and other benefits to the city of Aurora. Bob Roth on ASCI *Correction: the Sister Cities International conference in 2018 will have 500-1000 participants.  

2017 Youth Leadership Summit

July 12-16, 2017 Virginia Beach, Virginia Sister Cities International welcomes students ages 14-18 to participate in the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit at the 61st Annual Conference. The 2017 Youth Leadership Summit is designed to engage the next generation of leaders and introduce them to the world of international affairs. Through a specialized diplomatic simulation moderated […]

U.S. – Russia Summit

U.S. – Russia Summit DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach 1900 Pavilion Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Although the Cold War ended more than two decades ago, relations between the U.S. and Russia are still a major concern to both countries and the world. Now more than ever, people-to-people engagement is needed to strengthen mutual […]

Call for Applications

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017 Seongnam City International Youth Conference   The deadline for applications is August 18th. Interested applicants should submit the attached application with typed responses to Karlyn K. Shorb, CEO, Aurora Sister Cities International at kshorb@auroragov.org or 720-309-9415.  Applications are due by August 18, 2017. APPLICATION 2017 Youth Conference in Korea More information

TEA-NCTA Seminar: Teaching Korea in the Globalizing World

June 15-September 30, 2017. Priority application deadline: April 21, 2017. TEA-NCTA Seminar: Teaching Korea in the Globalizing World. Presenting authentic voices through Korean narratives and texts, this seminar offers teachers the opportunity to use a humanities approach to engage in study, analysis, and discussion of scholarship related to Korea’s interactions with the modern world. Participants […]

44th Annual World Trade Day

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 8:00am-6:30pm Colorado Convention Center 700 14th St. Denver, CO 80202 Join World Trade Center Denver for their 44th annual World Trade Day – the largest international business conference in the Rocky Mountain Region.  This year’s theme is “Containers to the Cloud: Trade as Goods, Services & Knowledge”.  The program will focus on how […]

Young Leaders Forum Application Deadline Extended

Calling all youth interested in community engagement and social justice.  The application deadline for the Young Leaders Forum has been extended to May 15th.  ACC-Den.org  

Celebrate Finland’s Centennial of Independence

Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 pm-8:30 pm University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Denver The Colorado European Union Center for Excellence (CEUCE) is honored to host in Colorado Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, as her country celebrates the centennial of its independence. Ambassador Kauppi will speak on Finland’s role within the European Union […]

Off to Korea!

April 22-28: The trade, education, and cultural mission to Korea is underway! The delegation was greeted with a fantastic welcoming ceremony and is surly enjoying the fantastic flavors of Korea. Check our Facebook page for updates, and back here after the delegation returns for news of their successes.

Aurora Sister Cities International Leads Delegation to Korea

On April 22, 2017 a delegation of Aurora government, business and education leaders will travel to Aurora’s sister city in Seongnam, South Korea to participate in a week-long trade mission. This visit, hosted by Aurora Sister Cities International and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, is meant to deepen Aurora’s existing partnership with Seongnam City by introducing […]

Take a Journey to Ethiopia

September 25 to October 9, 2017 Adama & Axum Ethiopia Join Denver Sister Cities International and Aurora Sister Cities International on an historic tour of Ethiopia. Experience the intense celebration at the festival of Meskel, feel the grandeur of the rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, and see the temple that may well house the Ark of […]

Asian-American Cabaret Evening

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 7:00-9:00pm Aurora Culture Arts District Gallery Theatre 1400 Dallas St. Aurora, CO 80010 Get a preview of what Theatre Esprit Asia’s Spring 2017 production and their 2017-2017 season! Admission is by donation. The event will include free snacks and a cash bar. For more information click here. 

44th Annual World Trade Day Conference

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 Colorado Convention Center 700 14th St. Denver, CO 80202 World Trade Day is right around the corner!  With trade being in the news a lot lately, it is more important than ever to learn how trade benefits our economy and our lives. Join the World Trade Center Denver and the globally-minded […]

“Yohen” presented by Theatre Esprit Asia

Yohen by Phillip Kan Gotanda Directed by Anthony J. Garcia Weekends: February 3 – February 26, 2017 Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery Theatre 1400 Dallas St. Aurora, CO 80010 A powerful drama of a multiracial couple.  She’s a Japanese immigrant and he’s a Black American.  They seek to rediscover what brought them together in […]

Islam 101- Meet the Middle East

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 6:00pm-8:00pm Posner Center 1031 33rd St. Denver, CO 80205 Meet the Middle East As it stands today, Islam is the most misunderstood and misrepresented religion in the world. Conflicts and violence rooted in differing religious beliefs, opposing political ideologies and territorial disputes, are often labeled Islamic causing the West to view […]

A Beginners Guide to Exporting and Importing

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 2:00pm-3:30pm Geotech Building 2650 East 40th Ave. Denver, CO 80205 Want to get involved in international business but have no idea where to start? A Beginner’s Guide to Exporting & Importing will introduce you to the world of international business from a beginner’s perspective, introducing critical resources with each step. In […]

ECDC African Community Center’s International Talent Night

February 10, 2017 4:30pm-6:30pm Aurora Central High School Auditorium 11700 E. 11th Ave Aurora, CO 80010 United States Join the ECDC/African Community Center of Denver for International City Talent Night. This event will honor and celebrate the incredible strength and skills of our refugee community. There is a suggested donation of $2 or a school supply […]

Aurora Sister Cities International Leads Delegation to Korea

On April 22, 2017 a delegation of Aurora government, community, and business leaders will travel to Aurora’s sister city in Seongnam, South Korea to participate in a week-long trade mission. This visit, hosted by Aurora Sister Cities International and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, is meant to deepen Aurora’s existing partnership with Seongnam City by introducing […]

3rd Annual UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Denver

Friday, January 28th- 6:00pm- Opening Night- Posner Center Saturday, January 29th- 11:00am-8:30pm- Sie Film Center Come out and enjoy six powerful documentaries focused on international, immigrant, and refugee stories! For more information on the films, and to purchase tickets click here. This event was organized by the United Nations Association of Denver in partnership with the Posner […]

15th Annual Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:00am-3:30pm Citypoint Church 200 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80209 Celebrate 2017- the year of the rooster! From 11:00am-1:30pm enjoy a cultural Fair, taste of China, and marketplace. This will include authentic Chinese food, cultural displays, and entertainment, music, artworks and crafts, calligraphy, traditional costumes and more. Admission is free. From […]

Community Survey: We Want Your Feedback!

Aurora Sister Cities International is looking for community feedback for  a program that we are developing! In the summer of 2017 ASCI would like to launch its first-ever educational program designed to engage Aurora youth in a Global Youth Leadership Development program. We are looking for feedback for this program from students, parents, teachers, administrators, […]

“Coming to America”: A Theatre Esprit Asia and Theater Company of Lafayette Production

Friday January 13th- Sunday January 15, 2017 Friday January 20th- Sunday January 22th, 2017 January 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st at 7:30pm January 15th and 22nd at 6:00pm Theater Company of Lafayette The Mary Miller Theatre 300 E Simpson St. Lafayette, CO 80026 “COMING TO AMERICA” Two True Immigration Dramas Join two local theater organizations as […]

2016: A Year in Review for Aurora Sister Cities International

2016 was a big year for Aurora Sister Cities International! Between international delegation visits to festivals we’ve had a blast. In 2016 we welcomed delegations from three different countries. In March visitors from Seongnam City, our sister city in South Korea, came for a week of tours and business and trade discussions. Then in May […]

Governor’s Mansion Celebrates Colorado’s Sister Cities

Every year interior designers compete for the opportunity to decorate the Governor’s Residence in Denver. This year the Governor’s Office and the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund have chosen the theme Colorado’s Sister Cities. This theme invites designers to highlight the spirit of the holidays around the world and celebrate the spirit of togetherness. The Colorado Sister […]

Holiday Tree Lighting Event

Tuesday, Dec. 6 5-7 p.m Aurora Municipal Center 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Aurora, CO 80012 Come out and celebrate the start of the holiday season with the City of Aurora! • Snack on seasonal treats • Live musical performances • Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus • View the spectacular outdoor lights display Get more information […]

Aurora Together- A panel to answer questions from the Aurora community following the election

Thursday, December 1st 5:30pm-7:30pm Aurora Central High School 11700 E. 11th Ave. Aurora, CO 80010 Do you have questions about how this recent presidential election will affect you and the community you live in? Make sure you are at this event to get them answered! This event will feature panelists including local government and community […]

International Arbitration: Key Issues for Colorado Businesses (Denver World Trade Center)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 Sherman & Howard LLC., 633 17th St, Suite 3000 Denver, CO 11:30AM-1:30PM Cost: $15 This program hosted by the Denver World Trade Center is ideal for anyone who does business internationally and would like to learn more about international dispute resolution in general and ICC arbitration in particular. Topis include: Why […]

5 Ways The World Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is widely considered an “American” holiday that is celebrated with family, feasts, and football. But this celebration of harvest, family, and thanks is not actually unique to the United States. Many other countries celebrate a similar holiday. Check out how they celebrate! 1) Liberia This small West African country was founded in the 1880’s […]

African Community Center’s 11th Annual Refugee Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 21, 2016 6:00pm-9:00pm Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 4610 E. Alameda Ave. Denver, CO 80246 The Ethiopian Community Development Council’s African Community Center  invite you to their 11th Annual Refugee Thanksgiving Dinner! To RSVP to this event click here.

5th Annual Parol Lantern Workshop

Saturday November 19th, 2016 9:00am-noon Aurora History Museum 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Aurora, CO 80012 Start getting your home decorated for the holidays by learning how to make a star-shaped lantern in this interactive workshop. These lanterns are traditional holiday decorations from the Philippines. Advanced registration required. Anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an […]

The Real Story of International Impact Investing

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm Posner Center IEEE Global Classroom 1031 33rd St. Denver, Colorado, 80205 Check out this community event to learn about international impact investing from investors and companies who invest abroad. This round table discussion is being held by the Posner Center, a community partner that brings together development organizations. The discussion […]

A Night of (translated) Arabic Comedy

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 6:00PM Buntport Theater 717 Lipan St, Denver, CO 80204 Middle Eastern media is filled with laughter and hijinks – come see how much doesn’t get lost in translation at the Night of (translated) Arabic Comedy. No Arabic necessary! There will be film clips, food, and a panel discussion. Best of all, it’s […]

An Ethiopian Odyssey II: A Celebration of Art, Cultural Connections and Books

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library 2401 Welton Street Denver, CO, 80205 In February 2016 a group of artists traveled to Ethiopia together as part of Ethiopia Reads “An Ethiopian Odyssey II.” This trip included a painting tour of Maji and the Southern Nations of Ethiopia where they worked with a […]

An Interactive Wild West Mystery

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:00pm-9:00opm Mercury Cafe 2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 Theatre Esprit Asia  is hosting their annual fundraiser, a wild-west themed murder mystery dinner! Gear up with your best western-style clothes and you could win a prize for best costume. The event will also include a silent auction, cash bar, and spaghetti dinner. […]

WorldDenver 2016 Election Series: Foreign Policy and Presidential Politics

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 University Club Denver 1673 Sherman St. Denver, CO 80203 As we come to the end of this election season take some time to figure out how foreign policy will be affected by our choice for President of the United States. Join WorldDenver and guest speaker Steve Clemons in the final part […]

African Cine Club screens “Kirikou and the Sorceress”

Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:00pm-9:00pm African Community Center on Leetsdale 5250 Leetsdale Dr #200, Denver, CO 80246 FREE event, snacks and drinks provided. Join the Alliance Francaise and the African Community Center when the screen the animated film Kirikou and the Sorceress by director Michel Ocelot. The film takes place in a small village in […]

National Committee on U.S China Relations China Town Hall- sponsored by Center for China U.S. Cooperation

Tuesday, October 18th 5:00pm-7:30pm 2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208: Denver University’s Sie Complex- 5th Floor. Denver Universities Center for China—US Cooperation will be participating in the National Committee on U.S. China Relations’ CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger will be the national webcast speaker for the event, and […]

Join Sister Cities International for #SisterCitySunday

Sister Cities International has teamed up with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to create a 28-week program that highlights the importance of people-to-people relationships in the spirit of sister cities. This online campaign will focus on a different EU member state every week. The content will feature a story about […]

FallFest 2016

Saturday, October 15th 11:00am-4:00pm Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave Aurora, CO 80010 Come out and celebrate fall in Aurora with this free outdoor festival of music, art, games, sports, and fun! Activities include pumpkin bowling, apple and donut  bob, master pumpkin carving, and an obstacle course! Live music performances by Lonesome Days, Las Dahlias, […]

Diversity & Inclusion Resource Summitt

The Aurora Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Council is hosting the first Diversity and Inclusion Resource Summit. The purpose of this summit is to benefit the community by providing local businesses with resources on how to diversify their business and to capture the growing population of Aurora and the Eastern Metro Area. We would also like […]

Punkin Chunkin Colorado

Punkin Chunkin Colorado is a two-day event where people travel for miles to see how far they can lob a gourd. The 2016 event will mark the 19th year for this zany activity that engages the energy and ingenuity of youth and adults, while inspiring a fresh twist of creativity. In addition to the competition, the event […]

Gateway to the Rockies Art Show Opening Reception

September 30, 2016 Join us for the opening reception of the 22nd Annual Gateway to the Rockies Art Show. The museum will be open late and light refreshments will be provided. View a juried exhibit of paintings, photography and miniatures. Co-sponsored by the Aurora Artists Guild. Artwork is for sale. – See more here.   […]

Our Neighbors Ourselves- Project Worthmore Fundraiser

Saturday September 24 Through this year’s Our Neighbors, Ourselves art exhibit Project Worthmore explores the need to cultivate a sense of connection and how this can build increased empathy and understanding among distinct groups of people. This art gallery and fundraiser will also feature live performances and music as well as appetizers. When: September 24th, 6:00pm-10:00pm […]

Taste of the Chamber

Thursday, September 22nd, 5:00pm-8:00pm The Annual Taste of The Chamber. A great way to explore great eateries, micro brews and wineries that are part of The Chamber and maybe find your next favorite dish. A special Thank You to the Aurora Credit Union Alliance, Colorado Technical College and Citywide Banks for their commitment and sponsorship to […]

Aurora Sister Cities International Receives Korean Book Donation

September 3, 2016 In September ASCI received a generous donation of beautiful children’s and young adult literature in the Korean language. These books have been donated to the Korean Academy of Colorado (housed at Aurora’s Global Village Academy). The books will be added to a lending library for the children studying the Korean language at this academy. […]

Up With People Performance: “The Journey”

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 Experience the high energy Up With People show featuring an international cast of 100, and seen in over 70 countries! For more information click here!  Date: September 17th, 2016 Time: 7:00PM Location: Hinkley High School

African Children’s and Parent’s Day

Saturday, September 17th, 2016. On Saturday September 9, 2016, Aurora will again host a special event to bring the Aurora community together to celebrate and understand different cultures- African Children’s and Parent’s Day. This event is endorsed by Aurora Sister Cities International, the African Community Center, the Colorado African Organization, the Africa Leadership Group, and a number […]

Young Artists and Authors Showcase 2017: “We’re Going Places”

Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and literature. This year’s theme, “We’re […]

A Global Taste of RiNo

Thursday, September 8th, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. EXDO Center, 1399 35th Street (35th and Walnut), Denver Dinner and Drinks Included $50 – WTC Member $75 – Non-Members $40 – Students To register, click here. Join us for an interactive networking reception to experience a global taste of RiNo (River North Arts District) and learn more […]

Connect2Korea

ASCI’s partner organization, the Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado (KACFC), welcomes you to learn about Korean culture or just stay connected to Korean heritage.  On September 5, 2016 at Seoul Korean BBQ (Private Banquet Hall) KACFC invites you to become a member and have fun while learning about the Korean community! For more information visit the links below: http://kacfc.org/?page_id=39 […]

Central American Festival 2016

Come out and join the Central American Community as people from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama come together to celebrate their customs and culture at the 9th Annual Central American Festival. The event will include food, live music and dancing, information booths from organizations around the area. There will also be children’s […]

Host an International Volunteer

Up with People is a non-profit global education program that takes students around the globe on a 6-month, multi-continent tour. They travel to a new destination each week where they enjoy a true cultural immersion experience by living with host families and doing community service projects. From September 12th-19th Up with People is bringing 100 young international volunteers […]

Worldwide Festival 2016

Denver Sister Cities welcomes you to experience the culture of Denver’s twelve global Friendship and Sister Cities on Sunday, August 28th at 10AM – 5PM! For more information click here.  

Global Fest 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Great Lawn in front of the Aurora Municipal center was packed with tents covered in vibrant decorations, food trucks and stands filled with sweet-smelling foods from across the world. Visitors walked around dressed in clothes from their native homelands including beautiful outfits from Ethiopia, Korea, El Salvador, and so many […]

Aurora Welcomes Delegation from El Salvador

Friday, August 19, 2016. On August 19, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International, together with the city of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, welcomed a delegation from Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador. The primary purpose of the delegation visit was to officiate a friendship city relationship between Mayors Steve Hogan and Zoila Milagros Navas of […]

Global Fest 2016

Saturday, August 20th, 2016. Fantastic flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expression abound at Global Fest in Aurora presented by the city of Aurora. Inspire your taste buds with flavors from around the world! Lace up your shoes, you’ll explore cultures at this global village then tap your toes to the beat at  two entertainment stages! […]

Summer Cooking Program 2016: Taste of Ethiopia

Saturday, July 30th, 2016. Taste of Ethiopia (Vegetarian) (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) Adults (ages 15+) $64 ($49 Aurora resident) Learn how to make popular and delicious Ethiopian vegetarian dishes that spice up your family dinner nights in a fun new way! This NEW Ethiopian cooking class teaches you secrets to Ethiopian cooking that you won’t […]

A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities

Exhibit runs May 3rd through September 11th, 2016. Aurora is home to a vibrant Ethiopian community, comprised of people from diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. With their varied cultures, differing identities and many contributions this community has impacted Aurora in numerous ways. Please join the Aurora History Museum and Aurora Sister Cities International from […]

Creating Relationships through Cultural Exchanges

Sister cities help to connect people/communities from different backgrounds by building partnerships/friendships through mutual cultural exchanges such as dance and music. For more click on the link below … http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/events/2016/07/26/phoenix-sister-city-taipei-youth-performance/87417198/

Establishing Lifelong Connections

In a world that is very interconnected by social media platforms, it is important now more than ever to use these tools to form strong international friendships/partnerships that create more global peace and understanding. These relationships form at a governmental level and continue with the support of its citizens. It is through people-to-people interactions that […]

Summer Cooking Program 2016: Mexican Fiesta

Sunday, July 24th, 2016. Mexican Fiesta (3:00-5:30 pm) Ages 6-16 with parent $57 ($44 Aurora resident) Take your family on a delectable trip south of the border. Menu: Chorizo Fondue, Enchiladas Suizas (Chicken), Carne Asada Street Tacos and Agua Fresca. Kitchen on the Green offers classes for all ages. Classes include baking & cooking techniques • […]

Summer Cooking Program 2016: International Drumming and Cooking

Friday, July 22nd, 2016. International Drumming and Cooking (5:30 pm to 8:30 pm) Adults (ages 15+) $64 ($49 Aurora resident) Partnering with the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Colorado African Organization to welcome refugees to the United States and give everyone in the community a chance to meet one another. The first hour of class […]

Sister Cities International Day

Sister Cities International Day was officially declared on July 15, 2016. This day is a call to action for Americans and citizens to celebrate their commitment to connecting cities and people through economic and sustainable development programs, youth and education projects, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance that build partnerships and support a prosperous and […]

Herat, Afghanistan and Council Bluff Become Sister Cities

As a sister city, we understand the importance of maintaining global relationships as a way to better understand and accept cultural differences across the world. Before delegates from Herat, Afghanistan and Council Bluffs signed an agreement to be sister cities, they knew very little about America. After delegates visited Council Bluff they were eager to […]

Host a French Foreign Exchange Student

We are passionate about creating opportunities for cultural and educational exchanges! Give yourself the opportunity to learn about another country by hosting a French foreign exchange student in July! It’s a good way to understand a different culture and language while forming a life-long friendship. http://www.aurorasentinel.com/events/host-french-foreign-exchange-student-july/

Congratulations, CCA’s Model United Nations Team!

Congratulations to CCA’s Model United Nations Team on being awarded Honorable Mention for the second year in a row and to CCA Video Specialist Ryan Elam who received first place for his National Model United Nations Video! Keep up the good work! Go to YouTube to see more from the National Model United Nations 2016.

Strengthening International Relationships

Sister Cities relationships strengthen international relationships by encouraging peace and prosperity through a mutual cultural awareness. Continue reading … http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/sister-city-group-to-hold-fundraiser-for-education-of-african/article_a13af08b-b079-5e3f-8d91-311bfbbb0781.html

Newburyport / Bura exchange educational resources

We believe international exchanges give youth the opportunity to excel. Newburyport / Bura Alliance sister city group is an example of how they are using their resources to connect to the needs of their youth. Click below for more information … http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/sister-city-group-to-hold-fundraiser-for-education-of-african/article_a13af08b-b079-5e3f-8d91-311bfbbb0781.html

PARTNER EVENT : Calling all entrepreneurs!

We believe it is important to foster international trading opportunities that not only strengthen our economies, but also build healthy friendships. The World Trade Center Denver is hosting a live discussion at its headquarters on July 21st at 7:30AM, where Colorado State University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship staff and a distinguished entrepreneur from the Front Range […]

2016 Youth Leadership Summit

Registration for the 2016 Youth Leadership Summit is now open!   Sister Cities International welcomes all high school students (ages 14-18) to participate in activities where they learn about the history of Sister Cities International and the important role the institution has played in history of diplomacy. For more information click below: 2016 Youth Leadership Summit […]

Colorado Mongolian Festival

Naadam and Denver Sister Cities invites you to experience Colorado Mongolian Festival with music, wrestling, food and festivities on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (Naadam ends at 3:00 pm) at James Bible Park in Denver : http://denversistercities.org/updates/2016-07-01/colorado-mongols-gathering-naadam/

Cultural Celebration Day

Saturday, July 9th, 2016. Join Aurora Welcome Center on Cultural Celebration Day. There will be free food, dances and family friendly activities, starting at 8:30 am with a circle of conversation and at 9:00 am with a soccer friendly match between immigrant, refugees, service providers and receiving communities. There will be a Zumba class, dances from Africa and […]

Summer Cooking Program 2016: Around the World

Saturday, July 9th, 2016. Around the World (10:00 am to 12:30 pm) Ages 6-16 with parent $57 ($44 Aurora resident) Cuisines from England, Germany, Korea and Russia to take your taste buds on a culinary adventure. Menu: Breakfast Egg Kimbap, Russian Cucumber Soup, Classic Sunday Roast (Vegetarian) with Yorkshire Puddings and German Almond and Cherry […]

2nd Annual Cultural Celebration Day

Aurora Welcome Center welcomes you to celebrate people from all around the world on Saturday, July 9th from 10AM to 1 PM at 1085 Peoria Street in Aurora. AWC Full Page Flyer

International Day with the Rockies

The Posner Center, Global Chamber, One School at a Time, Chamber of the Americas, and Aurora Chamber of Commerce invite YOU out for an exciting night of Rockies vs. Dodgers that goes to supporting a good cause on August 4, 2016 from 6:40 pm – 10:00 pm at Coors Field! Don’t miss the action!! http://posnercenter.org/events/08-04-2016-rockies/

Korean/American Community Foundation of Colorado Leadership Program

The Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado invites you to get involved in their annual leadership program for young adults ( 21- 30 ). The deadline is Friday, February 19th, 2016. See below for more information . . . http://kacfc.org/?page_id=150 KACFC LP Application

2016 Sister Cities Innovation Award for Economic Development

International Sister Cities has just announced the 2016 Sister Cities Innovation Award for Economic Development which is an award that recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation: Read more . . . http://www.sister-cities.org/news/sister-cities-international-announces-winners-2016-annual-awards-innovation-economic-developmen

2nd Annual Cultural Celebration Day

Aurora Welcome Center welcomes you to celebrate people from all around the world on Saturday, July 9th from 10AM to 1 PM at 1085 Peoria Street in Aurora. AWC Full Page Flyer

Aurora’s 30th Annual Summer Concert Series

Don’t miss out! The city of Aurora presents it’s 30th Annual Summer Concert Series, Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8 pm !  https://www.auroragov.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=2037792…

Program Assistant

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International is currently hiring for a part-time Program Assistant! Click below for the job description and important application deadlines : Job Description

Summer in the City

Aurora is growing and so are the activities in the area! Aurora’s city parks, recreation and open space department invites you to enjoy the third annual Summer in the City program, a free event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday! Activities include soccer, gymnastics, pickle ball, golf driving practice into the mouth of a giant […]

Meet the Board : Gary Wheat

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016. Serving 16 years in the tourism industry, Gary Wheat became the first President/CEO of Visit Aurora in 2010. The new destination marketing organization was his second start up as a CEO. In just over five years, Gary and Visit Aurora have been recognized with two national awards as well as increasing […]

Global Ambassador of the Month :

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Fatema Amin is a hard-working mother and student at Aurora Community College who is dedicated to her family and community. Over the last fifteen years she had taken on various customer service positions, first in retail then as a make-up artist. She currently works full-time as a on-campus intern and volunteers her time with Aurora Sister Cities International. Before moving […]

Sister Cities International Announces 2016 Young Artist and Author Winners

Sister Cities International announces 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners from around globe who express their vision for a more peaceful world through original artwork and literature! http://sistercities.org/news/sister-cities-international-announces-2016-young-artists-and-authors-showcase-winners

Welcoming Loudi City, China to Aurora

On Friday June 17, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International was honored to host guests from Loudi City, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China. The group, which participated in a larger delegation led by Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, met with Aurora Mayor Stephen D. Hogan; participated in virtual tours of the city […]

Congratulations, Denver Sister Cities International!

Congratulations to our big sister organization Denver Sister Cities International for being named “Best Overall Program” at this year’s SCI conference!

Summer in the City

Aurora is growing and so are the activities in the area! Aurora’s city parks, recreation and open space department invites you to enjoy the third annual Summer in the City program, a free event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday! Activities include soccer, gymnastics, pickle ball, golf driving practice into the mouth of a giant […]

Cultural Event : Let’s Do Korea!

Join us for a unique Korean experience made possible by The National Association for Korean Schools on July 15-16th from 9 AM to 5 PM :

World Refugee Day Event: Cars, Bikes and Buses

Saturday, June 18th, 2016. Celebrate World Refugee Day with friends from around the world on Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.! Cars, Bikes, and Buses will provide practical tools and knowledge to equip newly-arriving refugees and immigrants safely overcome transportation barriers. The event will take place at the African Community Center, 5250 […]

The Big Wonderful Festival

The Big Wonderful is hosting its third annual festival this Saturday, June 18th at Aurora’s Stanley Market Place with music, beer gardens, games, food, flea, and family fun. The festival will be held in several locations throughout the Denver area starting at 26th and Lawrence in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver, Geneva Park in downtown Littleton, […]

How Trade Made America Great

History has proven that business trading has led to more jobs and prosperity for all. In today’s age, American’s have the ability to travel more extensively for work and pleasure, as a result trading occurs more frequently. With accessibility to the internet, trading has never made life so easy. For more, read… http://www.wtcdenver.org/resources/Documents/How%20Trade%20Made%20America%20Great%20-%20WSJ.pdf

TeachUNICEF : Global Citizenship

TeachUNICEF gives educators and youth the tools they need to be global citizens by providing them with a curriculum that explores international issues. For more information go to: http://www.teachunicef.org/

Global Ambassador of the Month: Peter S. Lee

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. Peter Seung-woo Lee has volunteered with the Seongnam City Sister Committee since September 2015. He got involved with Aurora Sister Cities International to contribute to the economic and cultural growth and prosperity of both Aurora and Seongnam City. Peter has also participated in the Adama Sister City Committee meetings with the Colorado Ethiopian […]

Media Watch: Mayor Hogan’s visit to El Salvador

Monday, May 30th, 2016. Watch the news coverage of Mayor Hogan’s recent visit to El Salvador for possibly establishing a new sister city relationship. Chris Savan, ASCI board member, also joined the Mayor on this trip.

A Mosaic of Cultures Opening Reception Highlights

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016. Thursday night’s opening reception of the exhibit A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities was a great success. In attendance were Mayor Steve Hogan and his wife Becky Hogan, ASCI board members, and many individuals from the local Ethiopian community. Mayor Steve Hogan recalled the official visit to Aurora’s sister city, […]

World Trade Day 2016 – Exploring Your Trans-Pacific Partners

Thursday, May 19th, 2016. This year’s, 43rd Annual World Trade Day theme is “Exploring Your Trans-Pacific Partners” The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an agreement that proposes free trade between the United States and 11 other key trading partners bordering the Pacific Ocean. This plan still needs to be ratified by each country’s congress, which proposes: […]

Thank you, Konjo Catering!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Thank you to Konjo Catering for providing food for tonight’s opening reception of the Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities exhibit at the Aurora History Museum. Remember them for your Ethiopian food catering needs!

Media Watch: A Mosaic of Cultures Exhibit

Thursday, May 12th, 2016. The Aurora Sentinel has featured an excellent story about the Mosaic of Cultures Exhibit ongoing at the Aurora History Museum. The story includes interviews with MaryJane Valade, curator at the museum; Karlyn Shorb, CEO of ASCI and Haileyesus Zeryihun, an Ethiopian native living in Aurora. The exhibit is free through September 11th, 2016. […]

Opening Reception: A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities

Thursday, May 12, 2016. Please join the Aurora History Museum and Aurora Sister Cities International after hours for the opening reception on May 12, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm, as we celebrate the heritage and contributions of our Ethiopian-born residents through the exhibit A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities. Catering is provided by Konjo Catering, […]

CANCELED: The Great Run

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Unfortunately, we are canceling our fundraising run, The Great Run which was scheduled for May 21, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Refunds will be issued to all registrants. Please contact Stephan Andrade for refunds: 303-674-1561.

Global Ambassador of the Month: Young C. Lim

Thursday, April 28th, 2016. Young C. Lim has been an active member of the South Korea Planning Committee since September 2015. He is a retired pharmacist who continues to work in the healthcare industry. Young hails from Seoul, South Korea and has called Colorado his home for the past thirty five years. His desire to give back […]

Thank You to Our Seongnam City Delegation Sponsors

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. Aurora Sister Cities International is very grateful for the support of all the sponsors of the Seongnam City Delegation. Our Galaxy Sponsors Our Globe Sponsors       Our Hemisphere Sponsors Aspen Dental Laboratory. Young Lim and Sue Lim. Our Country Sponsors Axiom. The Pachner Company. Our Media Sponsors Korea Weekly […]

Seongnam City Delegation Visit a Huge Success!

Monday, April 4th, 2016. We are very happy and proud to announce that we successfully hosted our esteemed guests from Seongnam City. From the tours of Buckley Air Force Base, the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Fitzsimons Innovation Campus, the Aurora Municipal Center, the Police/Fire Public Safety Training Facility, Visit Aurora, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation to […]

Colorado Sister Cities Organizations featured in Asian Avenue Magazine’s Cover Story

Monday, March 7th, 2016. This month’s issue of Asian Avenue Magazine features Aurora Sister Cities International and Denver Sister Cities International. The article highlights the various sister cities of Aurora and Denver and how the relationships have helped in international exchanges. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan was interviewed for the article and provided insight into his […]

Natural Helpers Program Training

Friday, February 26th, 2016. PARTNER EVENT. The Office of International and Immigrant Affairs and the Aurora Welcome Center are pleased to announce the first free training to be held here in Aurora. “Natural Helpers are volunteers from the local community who have the desire to help their fellow immigrants and refugees in the process of integration […]

Keith Luse on South Korea, North Korea and the Politics of Reunification

Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Aurora Sister Cities International partnered with WorldDenver and the Community College of Aurora to host Mr. Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea. Mr. Luse spoke about his experiences in North Korea and the politics of reunification with South Korea. He also spoke about the misrepresentation of […]

Keith Luse on North Korea, South Korea and the Politics of Reunification

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016. Aurora Sister Cities International and the Community College of Aurora are partnering with WorldDenver to host a special speaking engagement by Mr. Keith Luse, Executive Director of the Committee on North Korea. Please join us for this very special lecture. The lecture will take place inside the Larry Carter Theater (Fine […]

ACC Presents International City Night!

Friday, February 12th, 2016. PARTNER EVENT. Please join our partner African Community Center of Denver for an incredibly fun talent show presented by Aurora’s talented and diverse youth at International City Night.  

Lee, Myers & O’Connell Rice Drive a Success!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Despite yesterday’s snow storm, volunteers at the Law Offices of Lee, Myers & O’Connell were able to help 400 members of the local community by handing out packages of rice and noodles. Our youngest volunteer, Hanbi helped hand out packages of noodles, calendars and candies. Here are some photos from the rice drive.  

A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities

Join us May 3- Sept. 11, 2016!  Aurora is home to a vibrant Ethiopian population, comprised of people from diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. With their varied cultures, differing identities and many contributions these communities have impacted Aurora in numerous ways. Please join the Aurora History Museum and Aurora Sister Cities International from May […]

Korean Consul General’s Visit to Community College of Aurora

Friday, January 29th, 2016. PARTNER EVENT. Our partner Community College of Aurora is hosting the Republic of Korea’s Consul General Han Dong-man on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the CTC Student Centre Rotunda (S100).

Seongnam City Delegation Arriving Soon

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016. We are very excited to announce that ASCI will host a delegation on March 28-30, 2016 from Seongnam City, Aurora’s sister city in South Korea.  The delegation will consist of the Mayor of Seongnam city, Seongnam City staff, and members of the private sector seeking to partner with U.S. companies or investors […]

The Great Run: Seeking Sponsors and Volunteers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016. We are seeking sponsors and volunteers to support us at The Great Run. The Great Run is a family-friendly run/walk aimed at bringing together and introducing our Ethiopian community around the Aurora/Denver metropolitan area. What better way to support the community, while giving the gift of health, than to sign up […]

Introducing the First Natural Helpers Training

Thursday, January 21st, 2016. Our partner The Office of International and Immigrant Affairs and the Aurora Welcome Center are pleased to announce the first free training to be held here in Aurora next month. “Natural Helpers are volunteers from the local community who have the desire to help their fellow immigrants and refugees in the process […]

Get Youth Involved with Sister Cities International’s Young Artists & Authors Showcase

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 Youth in Sister Cities International member cities and their international partner cities are encouraged to submit artwork, essays, poems, short films, and photography (our new category in 2016) inspired by what this year’s theme, “Peace through People,” means to them. Young artists, authors, filmmakers, and photographers from around the world are […]

ASCI’s Year in Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 We had a wonderful and busy 2015. Our new CEO, Karlyn K. Shorb helped revitalize ASCI and provided a renewed growth in building relationships in the Aurora community. We had hundreds of volunteers help us fundraise and participate in our program activities. Here is a list of the significant activities and other […]

The 2nd KACFC Education Event: Bring Awareness of American Voting System and Why it is Important to Vote

PARTNER EVENT: Brought to you by the Korean American Community Foundation Colorado. The Korean-American Voting Awareness Event is to provide the public the information on voting awareness in national and regional elections to express their right to vote, and introduce internship opportunities to those members of Asian-American communities who express interest in the Republican National […]

Meet Matt Hawkins, An Aurora Sister Cities Global Ambassador

November 24, 2015. Aurora’s Matt Hawkins is someone to admire. A senior at Aurora’s Smoky Hill High School, he is bright, engaging and focused, with concrete goals and aspirations for the future. Positive civic engagement is also important to Matt, and is something he practices in many different areas of his life. Matt has been […]

Aurora Chamber of Commerce Presents: Destination Health

PARTNER EVENT. Your health is your most important asset.  Are you taking care of it? Destination Health, produced by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, delivers information to strengthen your personal health and the health of your business environment. This year’s format is ideal for busy schedules.  Follow this link for details… The program will take […]

The Mission of Councilwoman Molly Markert

November 16, 2015. Exiting councilwoman Molly Markert – who is leaving the Aurora City Council after 12 years – has a new mission: delivering eye glasses for the people of Adama, Ethiopia, Aurora’s sister city. Since visiting Adama earlier this year and noting the acute lack of eyewear, Markert has been collecting donations of glasses, […]

City of Aurora’s Strategic Approach to Immigration

October 29, 2015. The city of Aurora has unveiled its Comprehensive Strategic Plan, designed to better deal with immigrant affairs, and to more effectively integrate people from the 140 countries that compose Aurora. Encompassing the years of 2015 through 2018, the plan calls for providing civics and small business training, engaging in outreach through sports […]

New Nonprofit Partner

November 12, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) is happy to welcome Global Chamber® Denver as a new nonprofit partner! ASCI is looking forward to future collaborations and would like to thank the Global Chamber® for its valuable and gracious support! Make sure to check out the organization’s website and follow it on Facebook.

Gateway to the Rockies Art Show

COMMUNITY EVENT. From September 22 – November 7 visitors to Aurora History Museum’s main gallery will discover a juried exhibit of paintings, photography & miniatures by artists of local, regional & national importance. This event is generously sponsored by Artists Guild, the Aurora Cultural Services Division, and the Aurora History Museum. The artwork found in […]

U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

November 4, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) Executive Director Karlyn Shorb and ASCI board member Tina Ye attended the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, which took place in Chicago during October 22-23. The conference offered ample opportunities for valuable networking, which Shorb and Ye took advantage of by connecting with Mr. Xie Yuan, Vice President, […]

New Nonprofit Partner

November 2, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) is happy to welcome ECDC’s African Community Center as a new nonprofit partner! ASCI is looking forward to future collaborations and would like to thank the African Community Center for its valuable and gracious support! Make sure to check out the center’s website.

Korea Clean Energy and Leadership Forum – Updates

PARTNER EVENT. New updates have been released for the upcoming Korea Clean Energy and Leadership Forum, which is taking place October 24, 2015 at the Inverness Hotel. This event will allow for working professionals, entrepreneurs, students and teachers to network with a diverse array of respected speakers. For more information please refer to the attached […]

Korea Clean Energy Forum

PARTNER EVENT. On October 24 the Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado is hosting an exclusive event that seeks to explore Korean Clean Energy Policy. The event will foster an open, engaging dialogue regarding the industry’s future directions, technology transfers and business opportunities. The ultimate goal is to raise awareness, create opportunities and inspire future […]

Book Drive for Ethiopia – Volunteers Needed!

Throughout the past summer months, Aurora Sister Cities International has been running its Book Drive for Ethiopia. Designed to benefit the schools, libraries and orphan populations Aurora’s sister city of Adama, Ethiopia, the book drive has benefited enormously from the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the metro area. However, that was the easy […]

Aurora’s Public Library is a Great Resource for Immigrants

October 5, 2015. Aurora’s public library system is different things to different people. However, for Aurora resident and library employee Nebeyou Nunamo, the city’s libraries have been deeply meaningful, both in a personal and professional sense. After moving to Aurora in 2011, Nunamo became a fixture at Aurora’s central library. There, he used the computers […]

Indianapolis Public Library Forms Sister City Partnership

September 30, 2015. This year, the Indianapolis Public Library system formed a strategic partnership with its city’s sister cities program. Over the course of several months these institutions laid the groundwork for successful collaborations with eight international cities that are part of Indianapolis’s sister cities network. Despite language barriers, this led to a number of […]

Meet Ruth Toliver, Colorado’s Global Ambassador

September 28, 2015. Arvada’s Ruth Toliver is a prime example of an engaged, globally-minded citizen. At 87, Ruth spends her time and her talents on assisting Colorado’s diverse, international community. From teaching English as a second language, to assisting local nonprofits, Ruth is an inspiring fixture in the Denver metro-area. She is one of the […]

Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the Chamber

PARTNER EVENT. Calling all foodies! The 2015 Taste of the Chamber is fast approaching. Join established, new and prospective chamber members on September 24 from 5-8pm in a celebration of the east metro’s culinary scene. There will be wine tastings, microbrews, cooking demonstrations and flavorful food samplings. Plus, it will be an excellent opportunity for […]

African Children’s and Parent’s Day

COMMUNITY EVENT. Beginning September 18, 2015, the city of Aurora will house a very special three day event–the African Children’s and Parent’s Day. This is a three day event endorsed by Aurora Sister Cities International, the African Community Center, the Colorado African Organization, the Africa Leadership Group, and a number of other local organizations. There […]

Aurora Sister Cities International Lunch and Learn

COMMUNITY EVENT. On September 16, 2015, Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) will be featured as part of Aurora History Museum’s Brown Bag Lecture Series, which takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 12 to 1pm. ASCI’s Executive Director Karlyn K. Shorb will be at the museum to discuss the development of Aurora’s […]

New Nonprofit Partner

September 15, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) is happy to welcome Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado (KACFC) as a new nonprofit partner! ASCI is looking forward to future collaborations and would like to thank KACFC for its support!

Scenes from “The North American Indian Project”

COMMUNITY EVENT. Now at Aurora History Museum is Scenes from “The North American Indian Project.” Containing over 30 photographic prints (from the Curtis Collection at the Library of Congress), the exhibit lets visitors immerse themselves in the work of American photographer Edward Curtis, who devoted over 30 years to capturing Native American culture in the […]

Mayor Hogan and Karlyn Shorb Interview with Colorado Business Roundtable

September 3, 2015. Last week, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) Executive Director Karlyn Shorb appeared on “Connect and Collaborate,” a radio program put on by Colorado Business Roundtable. Among the issues discussed were how ASCI benefits the Aurora community by growing its international presence, and how it has the potential […]

Karadah Project Fundraiser

August 31, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International is proud to showcase the efforts of other nonprofits doing important work in their communities and around the world. One such organization is The Karadah Project International, which is currently in the process of helping to raise funds for Iraqis displaced by regional violence. For those interested in […]

Global Fest 2015

COMMUNITY EVENT. City of Aurora’s second annual Global Fest is a celebration of Aurora’s culturally diverse communities.  This one-of-a-kind festival will feature flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expression from all over the world. Global Fest 2015 will take place on August 22, 2015 from 2pm-8pm. For more information visit auroraglobalfest.org.  

Global Fest 2015: News and Updates

August 17, 2015. Aurora’s second annual Global Fest is fast approaching, and Aurora Sister Cities International will be at the festival selling traditional Ethiopian coffee and popcorn. All proceeds from sales will go to support Aurora’s sister city relationship with Adama, Ethiopia. This is a great way to enjoy delicious, local treats while also supporting […]

Aurora Sister Cities at 59th Annual SCI Conference

August 14, 2015. This July, Aurora Sister Cities International took part in the 59th annual Sister Cities International (SCI) conference. The conference brought together over 400 volunteers, mayors, governors and citizen diplomats from all over the world, offering the chance for networking and socializing. It also provided educational workshops designed to give sister cities programs […]

Global STEM Alliance Imagining Tomorrow Challenge

Our parent organization Sister Cities International is partnering with the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences and Sqore to challenge middle and high school students from around the world to take the lead in solving water issues in their communities. While participating in the 60-day challenge period, participants will have the […]

3rd Annual Taste of Ethiopia

COMMUNITY EVENT. The 3rd Annual Taste of Ethiopia is coming to Denver this summer, and will take place on August 2nd, 2015 at the Parkfield Lake Park Amphitheatere. Free and open to the public, Taste of Ethiopia includes not just food and drink, but opportunities for visitors to experience cultural performances and a variety of […]

We’re on iGive!

From today, you can donate to Aurora Sister Cities International by shopping or searching through iGive.com. Download the iGive button on your browser, select us as your cause and shop away! iGive.com supports us with a percentage of your online shopping. It’s totally free for you! Join iGive.com by clicking here. We greatly appreciate all your support!

Book Drive for Ethiopia

JUNE 15-JULY 18, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International is launching a book drive to benefit three schools, a library and a group of 76 orphans in its sister city of Adama, Ethiopia.  We need your unwanted books and are still seeking volunteers for the drive. Make a difference in the lives of children who are […]

Aurora Sister Cities Featured on Colorado and Company

JULY 16, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International has been featured on Channel 9’s local, magazine-style show Colorado and Company. Make sure to check out the video, which features Executive Director Karlyn Shorb discussing the work of Aurora Sister Cities with show host Denise Plante: Colorado and Company – Aurora Sister Cities.

Aurora History Museum – July Events

PARTNER EVENT. July 15 & July 19, 2015. This July, Aurora History Museum will be hosting a number of great events that are either low cost or completely free! On July 15, the museum will host a very special presentation entitled, “Picture Me Here: Digital Storytelling by Refugees.” Then on June 19, the museum will […]

Thank You Community Partners!

JUNE 30, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International would like to thank its community partners for helping bring to fruition its Book Drive for Ethiopia. The book drive is designed to benefit three schools and a group of 76 orphans in Adama, Ethiopia–Aurora’s sister city. Partners who generously supported the drive include: Aurora-Adama Sister City Committee […]

Aurora Sister Cities International TV Portal

JUNE 26, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) now has its very own TV portal, hosted by Aurora TV. Visitors to the ASCI portal will be able to watch videos related to the work of the organization, including its trip to Sister City Adama, Ethiopia earlier in 2015. Check it out here: http://www.auroratv.org/SisterCities/SisterCities.html.    

AESAONE Ethiopian Soccer Tournament and Celebration of Ethiopian Culture

For more information, please visit the AESAONE web-site at: www.aesaone.org. Dates: June 28 through July 4, 2015; Ethiopian Cultural Day July 3rd! Location: Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colorado  

Aurora History Museum – July Events

PARTNER EVENT. July 15 & July 19, 2015. This July, Aurora History Museum will be hosting a number of great events that are either low cost or completely free! On July 15, the museum will host a very special presentation entitled, “Picture Me Here: Digital Storytelling by Refugees.” Then on June 19, the museum will […]

International Roundtable Meetings

JUNE 26, 2015. Did you know that the city of Aurora hosts an International Roundtable every month?  The purpose of Aurora’s International Roundtable is to allow members of Aurora’s international community to come together and work towards providing city-wide cultural experiences.  This is an open forum for any and all interested Aurora residents. International Roundtable […]

Our Newest Partner

JUNE 24, 2015. The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is Aurora Sister Cities International’s newest non-profit partner! The Colorado Association of Libraries is a volunteer-run chapter of the American Library Association, which strives to present a unified voice for the state’s library community. The association has several key focuses, which include: supporting intellectual freedom; pursuing […]

Book Drive for Ethiopia Launches

June 18, 2015.  Aurora Sister Cities International successfully launched its book drive beginning June 15th.  We still need books and will run the drive until July 18, 2015.  We also seek donations as we must raise $6000 to ship the books to three schools and a library in Adama, Ethiopia–our newest sister city. INTERESTED IN […]

3rd Annual Taste of Ethiopia

The 3rd Annual Taste of Ethiopia is coming to Denver this summer, and will take place on August 2nd, 2015 at the Parkfield Lake Park Amphitheatere. Free and open to the public, Taste of Ethiopia includes not just food and drink, but opportunities for visitors to experience cultural performances and a variety of different vendors. […]

African Children’s and Parent’s Day

Beginning September 18, 2015, the city of Aurora will house a very special three day event–the African Children’s and Parent’s Day.  this is a three day event endorsed by Aurora Sister Cities international, the African Community Center, the Colorado African Organization, the Africa Leadership Group, and a number of other local organizations.  For more information, […]

Community Event: Aurora Welcome Center Grand Opening

Community Event.  Please join the Aurora Welcome Center for it’s grand opening celebration!  The celebration will feature food, games, entertaintment and a fun and friendly soccer match between members of our immigrant and refugee community and local service providers in Aurora.  The event takes place June 6, 2015 from 9am to 1pm at the Aurora […]

Photo Exhibit at City Hall

May 26, 2015.  Aurora Sister Cities International, with the support of the city of Aurora, is hosting a photo and cultural exhibit in City Hall (15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, Colorado 80011) highlighting our recent delegation to our sister city of Adama, Ethiopia.  The exhibit will run through the end of June and will rotate […]

Community Event: Eritrean American Community in Colorado Celebration

May 24, 2015.  Please join the Eritrean community of Colorado for a celebration of the 24th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence. When: Sunday May 24, 2015, doors open at 8:00pm Where: Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek, 455 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246 Cost: $40 per ticket, or by special invitation RSVP or for more information contact: […]

Save the Date: Aurora’s 2nd Annual GlobalFest

Save the date for the city of Aurora’s 2nd Annual GlobalFest!

Aurora home to this year’s AESAONE soccer tournament

May 20, 2015.  Aurora, Colorado will be home to this year’s Pan-Ethiopian AESAONE soccer tournament.  The event will take place June 28 through July 4, 2015 at the William C. Hinkley High School stadium.  See more information below or visit their web-site at: www.aesaone.org.

Book Drive for Ethiopia- Volunteers Needed

Aurora Sister Cities International is seeking volunteers for its upcoming book drive to benefit three schools and a group of 76 orphans in Adama, Ethiopia–Aurora’s first new sister city. Make a difference in the lives of children who are growing and learning in Adama, Ethiopia—Aurora’s newest sister city. Aurora Sister Cities International needs volunteers to […]

Adama-Aurora Sister City Reception

Please join us for a reception honoring Aurora’s newest sister city, Adama, Ethiopia and thanking the community volunteers who contributed to the relationship and successful visit to Adama. Ethiopian cultural items and photos of the delegation’s 2015 visit will be on display.  For more information, contact our Executive Director, Karlyn K. Shorb at kshorb@auroragov.org.

CCA’s Model UN Team Explains Connection to Aurora’s Sister City of Adama

May 8, 2015.  A Community College of Aurora piece covering its Model United Nations team’s success at the world competition explains the connection between the team’s decision to request Ethiopia as the country to represent in the United Nations simulation and Aurora’s newest sister city in Ethiopia.  Aurora boasts the largest number of Ethiopian-born residents […]

Mayor Hogan Visits Seongnam, South Korea

Pictures from Mayor Hogan’s visit to our sister city of Seongnam, South Korea. Thank you Mayor Jae-myeong Lee for you and your staff’s gracious hospitality!

Aurora Sister Cities International’s Newest Partner

May 6, 2015. The Aurora History Museum is Aurora Sister Cities International’s newest nonprofit partner! As part of the collaboration, the Aurora History Museum has collaborated with Aurora Sister Cities International to launch a photographic and cultural exhibit in the Aurora Municipal Center which will feature photos and cultural items from our recent delegation visit […]

Mayor Steve Hogan to travel to Seongnam City

May 4, 2015. Mayor Steve Hogan will be visiting Aurora’s sister city of Seongnam City, South Korea from May 4, 2015 through May 8, 2015.The purpose of the visit is to re-establish ties and begin discussion of a trade and tourism mission to Seongnam City in the fall.

Aurora Sentinel Covers ASCI Trip to Adama, Ethiopia

February 13, 2015. The Aurora Sentinel has written an excellent article covering Aurora Sister Cities International’s February trip to Adama – which in 2014 became Aurora’s first new Sister City since 1992. The piece provides a summary of the trip’s itinerary, in addition to outlining the goals at the heart of the partnership between the […]