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 Aurora leaders to the businesses and institutions that make Seongnam City such a unique place.

Seongnam City is a short 25 minute drive from the capital city of Seoul. It is known as the “Silicon Valley” of Korea as it is home to many tech companies. The city is also known for being eco-friendly and having a lively arts and culture district. Participants on this visit will have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at what makes this city click by spending four days touring City Hall, technology companies, military bases, and other key institutions in the city.  Highlights of the trip include a market briefing from the U.S. Department of Commerce; a tour of Seongnam City and Incheon Airport City’s Smart City projects, and tours and meetings with representatives from the Seongnam City Industry Promotion Agency (economic development agency), Seongnam City Youth Foundation, and Seongnam City Cultural Foundation.

On April 25, ASCI will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Seongnam City focused on promoting youth exchange between the two cities. The first benefit of that exchange is a special invitation to Aurora youth aged 16-20 to receive scholarships for, and participate in, a youth leadership summit in Seongnam City in October of 2017.  A reciprocal visit by Seongnam City youth is expected in August of 2018 during the dates of the annual Sister Cities International Conference which is being hosted in Aurora at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center August 1-4, 2018. 

On April 26, participants from the Anschutz Medical Campus, Community College of Aurora and Visit Aurora (Aurora’s convention and visitor’s bureau) will participate in networking meetings with prospective education and research and development partners (CU Innovations Laboratory).

In March of 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International, along with the city of Aurora, hosted a delegation of 27 Koreans from Seongnam City. The purpose of this visit was to revitalize Aurora’s sister city relationship with Seongnam City- a relationship that was originally established in 1992. Mayor Jay-myung Lee, other high level city officials, as well as representatives from seven private sector businesses had the opportunity to spend almost a full week learning about Aurora institutions including Buckley Air Force Base, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Anschutz Medical Campus, and many more! This visit also paired representatives from Colorado companies and the seven Korean companies to spark mutually beneficial trade and partnership opportunities.

The trip promises to be one of historical significance as the Republic of Korea undergoes a presidential election and Seongnam City mayor Jae-myung Lee, who visited Aurora last spring, has officially announced his intention to run for the presidential seat!

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 the Covenant.  This fifteen day guided tour is filled with venues you’ll remember for years to come.
For more information contact David Landes at negusdawit@hotmail.com

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 community to learn the nuances and relevance of international trade by attending the 44th Annual World Trade Day conference.  Held on May 16, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center, this year’s theme, “Containers to the Cloud: Trade as Goods, Services and Knowledge” will focus on the diverse nature of international trade around the movement of products, services, knowledge and ideas across borders.  Learn about our region’s prominence in global trade and identify ways to jump-start your global business, mitigate risk and protect your innovations.

“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 the first place.  In their poignant attempt to revitalize their lives, Gotanda stands on end the myths of race, love, ambition and the American Dream.  Don Randle and Maria Cheng play the couple.

Tickets:
$26 General Admission
$22 Seniors/Students/Groups

The purchase tickets click here.

This show has been produced by Theatre Esprit Asia. 

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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 Muslims as the source of this evil. However, many are unaware of the 1.3 billion people in the midst of these struggles that manage to find peace in Islam.

First-generation Palestinian American and practicing Muslim and Executive Director of Meet the Middle East, Iman Jodeh, offers an intimate, firsthand account of a perspective otherwise widely misunderstood and rarely heard in the West.

A suggested donation of $20 would be greatly appreciated.

 

This event is hosted by the Posner Center. 

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 about an hour, the World Trade Center Denver will provide you with a comprehensive package of resources to help you get started exporting or importing.

Since this is a webinar offering, we will email you log-in instructions after you have registered. You will be able to view this webinar using your computer and any phone line for audio.

To register click here.

This event is sponsored by the World Trade Center Denver. 

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 per group.

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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 Aurora leaders and residents to the institutions, businesses, and leaders that make Seongnam City such a unique place.

Seongnam City is a short 25 minute drive from the capital city of Seoul. It is known as the “Silicon Valley” of Korea as it is home to many tech companies. The city is also known for being eco-friendly and having a lively arts and culture district. Participants on this visit will have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at what makes this city click by spending four days touring City Hall, technology companies, military bases, other key institutions in the city. Participants will also meet with Seongnam City political, business, education, and tourism officials and leaders. On April 26, delegates will participate in a trade conference designed to pair Colorado companies with Korean companies for buying, selling and partnership purposes. That business conference is hosted in partnership with ASCI, World Trade Center Denver, and the Seongnam City trade office.

In March, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International along with the city of Aurora hosted a delegation of 27 Koreans from Seongnam City. The purpose of this visit was to revitalize Aurora’s sister city relationship with Seongnam City- a relationship that was originally established in 1992. Mayor Jay-myung Lee, other high level city officials, as well as representatives from seven private sector businesses had the opportunity to spend a week learning about Aurora institutions including Buckley Air Force Base, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Anschutz Medical Campus, and many more! This visit also paired representatives from Colorado and Korean companies to spark mutually beneficial trade and partnership opportunities.

The trip promises to be one of historical significance as the Republic of Korea undergoes a presidential election and Seongnam City mayor Jae-myung Lee, who visited Aurora last spring, has officially announced his intention to run for the presidential seat!

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 Center and the Denver Film Society.

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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 1:30pm-3:30pm there will be a celebration show that will feature first class cultural performances by internationally-renowned and award-winning artists from China and around the United States. These performances will include acrobats, magic, lion dance, the Beijing opera, folk and modern dances, music, martial arts, and a children’s choir. General admission is $25. To purchase tickets in advance click here.

This event is hosted by the Chinese American Foundation of Colorado, Confucius Institute at Community College of Denver, and the Denver Chinese School.

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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, and anyone who is involved with education work in the Aurora/Cherry Creek region.

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“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 they collaborate to produce this show that tell two true immigration drama. “Coming to America” was co-produced by Theatre Esprit Asia and the Theater Company of Lafayette.

Peter Trinh’s Boat Person recounts the harrowing fall of Saigon, escaping to freedom against the perils of the high seas – facing storms, pirates and starvation, and his family’s resettlement in the United States.

Maria Cheng’s Antecedents recollects with humor and grace the Americanization of a precocious Chinese teenager as she embraces American icons and her ancestors. This work features two excerpts from Cheng’s award winning Spirit & Sworded Treks and additional new writings.

This production won First Prize and several other awards at the Colorado Community Theater Coalition Festival in June 2016, and will compete in the AACT National Competition this coming summer.

To purchase tickets click here.

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 Aurora hosted a delegation from Loudi, China. Finally Aurora signed a friendship city agreement  Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador, when an official delegation which included the mayor of Antiguo Cuscatlán visited in August.

This year was also a big year for cultural and educational exchange. In May we collaborated with the Aurora History Museum to produce an exhibit titled “A Mosaic of Cultures.” Members of the Ethiopian community in Aurora contributed their time as well as cultural  clothes, ornaments, and other significant items to this exhibit in order to highlight the vibrant and diverse Ethiopian culture that can be found in Aurora today. Then in August we participated in Aurora’s now-annual GlobalFest celebration which featured nonstop music, entertainment, and food from around the world.

Finally this year we got to see some amazing examples of human generosity. In September we received a donation of Korean language childrens books from our sister city in Korea. These books were donated to the Korean Academy of Colorado so that students could read and enjoy them. And then in November we got wonderful news! A donation of eye glasses and medical supplies that the Aurora community had collected to benefit our sister city in Adama, Ethiopia, finally arrived in Adama.

It truly has been a wonderful year here at ASCI.  We couldn’t have done any of this without the help and dedication of our members, donors, and volunteers so THANK YOU to the entire ASCI support community!

Check out this gallery to see what we were up to this year!

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Governor’s Mansion Celebrates Colorado’s Sister Cities

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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 Cities being represented are:

  • Olympia, Greece (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Lech, Austria (Beaver Creek, CO)
  • Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Boulder, CO)
  • El Espino, El Salvador (Grand Junction, CO)
  • Takayama, Japan (Denver, CO)
  • Maribor, Slovenia (Pueblo, CO)

 

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 here!

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 organization representatives to provide information and answer questions about immigrant and refugee policy, local and national rights, as well as school and mental health resources.

Interpretation will be provided in Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili.

Childcare will be provided as well!

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 companies should consider providing for international arbitration in international contracts
  • Key points to include in contracts that provide for international arbitration
  • Unique features of ICC arbitration and the latest news from the ICC Court
  • Avoiding common mistakes in international arbitration

For more information and to register for the event click here.

 

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 as a result of an American attempt to resettle freed American Slaves in Africa. Liberians use the day to give thanks to God and for their freedom from slavery in America. And much like the rest of us Liberians give thanks for the good things in life even though the country has experienced periods of turmoil. The celebrations include feasts with family as well as singing and dancing! These feasts look a little different than an American feast though. Instead of turkey and mashed potatoes Liberians eat roasted chicken, green-bean casseroles, and mashed cassavas, staple foods of the Liberian diet. Read more here. 

Liberian Thanksgiving Feast

Liberian Thanksgiving Feast

2) Korea
Chuseok (or Hangawi) is celebrated on the full harvest moon in Autumn. This holiday brings Korean families together for a three-day celebration to give thanks for their ancestors. On this holiday families hold memorial services for their ancestors and visit their ancestors graves to care for them. Korean women, dressed in Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) dance in a circle to celebrate the full moon. Finally families join in a feast that features traditional Korean food. These feasts include Songpyeon- rice cakes filled with sesame seeds, beans, and chestnuts and Jeon- lightly fried slices of fish, meat, and vegetables. Read more here. 

Ganggangsullae (Korean circle dance)

Ganggangsullae (Korean circle dance)

3) Iran
Iranians celebrate Mehregan- the autumn festival of harvest. This holiday is one of the oldest holidays celebrated in Iran. It dates back to the Persian empire. The holiday marks the harvest and the beginning of winter. Iranians celebrate by gathering with family and friends to pray, eat around a beautifully decorated tabled. This feast is followed by fireworks and bonfires! Read more here.

Traditional Mehregan table

Traditional Mehregan table

4) Germany
In Germany and other German-speaking countries including Austria and Switzerland people celebrate an autumn harvest festival known as Erntedankfest. A typical Erntedankfest celebration is a rural area includes church services, parades, and music. This holiday is celebrated in the cities with music, food, dancing, and sometimes fireworks! Unlike all the celebrations above, Erntedankfest is more of a religious holiday and not necessarily a time for families to come together. Read more here.

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An alter decorated for Erntedankfest

5) Brazil
Brazilian Thanksgiving is called Dia de Acao de Gracas. Legend has it that this holiday was established in the 1940’s when then Brazilian President Gaspar Dutra heard about the American celebration from the Brazilian Ambassador. Originally this holiday looked exactly like a traditional American Thanksgiving but throughout the years Brazilians have injected their own flavor and culture into this celebration. Today Brazilians celebrate by first going to church to give thanks for the harvest, and then participating in carnivals or enjoying the day on the beach followed by a Thanksgiving meal. This meal might seem familiar: roast turkey, sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Brazilians substitute aboticaba sauce, a local fruit, for cranberries. Read more here. 

A traditional table on Dia deArcao de Gracas- look familiar?

A traditional table on Dia deArcao de Gracas- look familiar?

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.

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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 adult.
Ages 7 to adult
$12/lantern (materials provided)

To register call 303.326.8650 or register online.

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 will feature investors from Arrow Global Capital, Impact Hub, and more as they review investment pipelines, deal structures, challenges, successes, and future aspirations in open conversations with their investees.

Company representatives will participate in this roundtable discussion from Nicaragua and Kenya via the videoconferencing capabilities of the Posner Center’s IEEE Global Classroom.

The event is free but there is limited space so RSVP here.

To learn more about the Posner Center click here. 

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 free!
Supported by the Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
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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 group of artists, writers, and humanitarians to create a series of children’s books. These books will be translated into many native languages of Ethiopia.

This event will feature the artwork that came out of this visit as well as an auction.

The artwork will also be on display at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library from October 3rd-November 3rd.

For more information visit the Ethiopia Reads website.

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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.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here. 

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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 of WorldDenver’s 2016 Election Series as they focus on foreign policy and presidential politics.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception with Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar

6:30 pm – 7:30 pmPresentation & Audience Q+A

To register for this event click here.

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 Africa where a spectacular boy is born and accompanies a warrior to a sorceress in an attempt to save his village.

For more information click here.

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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 Mr. Henry Levine will be our onsite speaker.

You are encouraged to submit your questions to Dr. Kissinger by Monday October 17th here.

To RSVP for this event please register no later than Monday Oct 17th here. 


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 business, cultural, humanitarian, municipal, or educational partnerships between the U.S. and the EU sister city.

How to follow:

  • Check this website every Sunday from October 2nd, 2016- May 7, 2017 for new stories.
  • Stories will also be shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Instragram using #SisterCitySunday
  • To join the conversation on social media use #SisterCitySunday and tag @EUintheUS and @SisterCitiesInt on Twitter and Instagram, and EuintheUS and SisterCitiesInternational on Facebook.

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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, Gora Gora Orkestar, Aurora Dance Arts, and more!

Free and open to the public! 

For more information visit the website! 

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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 businesses to learn about the importance of creating inclusion in the workplace with both employees and customers by introducing awareness on cultural competencies that can also positively increase your bottom line.

The first half of the Summit is a Resource Fair. Vendors have the opportunity to share resources that will help businesses diversify their products, services, workplace, or customers; create more inclusive work environments; or share marketing strategies to increase your business into different markets in the Eastern Metro Area.

Research has shown that when employees feel valued and included in the workplace their productivity increases.  The Summit will engage you in a relevant professional development opportunity, as your business is important to The Chamber and the community.

The second half of the summit is Resource Talks, where three businesses will have 15 minutes to discuss the following topics:

  • Importance of Marketing to diverse population.
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment that impacts the bottom line
  • Impact Story: “What you don’t know can hurt you” – understanding diversity and inclusive
  • HR policies and protecting your business.

Location: Aurora Public Schools- Professional Learning and Conference Center

Date/Time: October 13, 2016

  • Resource Fair: 4:00-5:30pm
  • Resource Talks: 5:45-6:45pm
  • Networking and Refreshments: 6:45-7:30pm

Contact Information: Tamara Mohamed 303-344-1500 ext. 134 303-365-4928. tamara.mohamed@aurorachamber.org

For more information CLICK HERE.

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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 offers an exciting fall festival complete with family activities, pumpkin patch, fall market, food vendors and a beer garden!

New this year! Enjoy our car show in partnership with the Central Colorado Corvette Club:
Oct. 8, Open Car Show (all classes)
Oct. 9, Corvette Fall Blast Car Show

**Please note, pets are not allowed at this event.**

Saturday Oct. 8, 2016: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Concert Saturday, Oct.8:
doors at 6 p.m. show at 7 p.m– featuring Josh Abbott Band
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016: 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arapahoe Park racetrack
26000 E Quincy Ave.
Aurora, CO 80016

See more here!

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Gateway to the Rockies Art Show Opening Reception

September 30, 2016

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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.

 

Location: Aurora History Museum

Date: September 30, 2016

Time: 5:30pm- 7:00pm

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

Where: Stanely Marketplace- 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora CO

To learn more about the event and buy tickets click here.

Project Worthmore is a local nonprofit that seeks to improve the quality of life of Denver-area refugees by providing cultural mentorship and community supports. To learn more about them click here.

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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 make this event happen.

Tickets are $40 per person
Discounts apply for bulk purchases of 10 or more.

To register for the event click here.

Provide access to the Chef Challenge, Wall of Wine, Cocktail Challenge, numerous door prizes and ability to try them all.

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.

The Korean Academy of Colorado is the regions oldest, non-church affiliated, independent Korean Language school. Help to bring the Korean language and culture to children and adults in the region through classes in language, art, acting, origami, sports, and modern music and dance. For more information visit their website.

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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!

Up With People the Journey flyer

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 of other local organizations.  For more information, please contact Dr. Tibebu at tibebuale@yahoo.com or 313-510-3017.

Dates: Saturday September 17th, 2016

Times: Friday 10:00AM- 9:00PM

Location: Bicentennial Park, Aurora, CO 80012

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 Going Places,” showcases the importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experience with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and their goals to present their vision of where the future will lead.

This program is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and engage local English and art teachers, and reach a student audience that may not already be included in sister city programming. This opportunity is available to any sister city program and can help expand local youth programming. In partnership with Cinequest, students are encouraged to create a short film as their submission piece. Voted “Best Film Festival” by USA Today Readers, Cinequest fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower youth and emerging artists. In addition, students are now invited to share original photography on Instagram as their submission piece.


Who is Eligible:

  • Authors and Artists: students who are between 13 and 18 years old at the time of the deadline, and who are affiliated with a dues-paying member of Sister Cities International or a non-U.S. community that is sister cities with a member of Sister Cities International.
  • Filmmakers and Photographers: students who are between 13 and 22 years old at the time of the deadline.

How the Showcase works:

  • Submissions are sent from sister city member communities to Washington, DC  where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation.
  • All winners and finalists will be announced in June, 2017.
  • Each Grand Prize Winner is awarded $1,000.
  • After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography have been announced, their works embark on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis.

For more information on this years showcase and how to participate this year click here.

To see winners and submissions from 2016 click here.


Winners from 2016:

"Unity" by Nathan Smoka, Colombia Heights, MN

“Unity” by Nathan Smoka, Colombia Heights, MN

"Together As One" Samuel Antwi, Kumasi, Ghana.

“Together As One” Samuel Antwi, Kumasi, Ghana.

Isabella Cantu, @4bella12, San Bernardino, CA

Isabella Cantu, @4bella12, San Bernardino, CA

 

 

 

A Global Taste of RiNo

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 about the World Trade Center Denver’s new initiatives in Igniting Global Business.

We invite our members and the general public to come to our future neighborhood and experience the unique flavors of RiNo featuring global restaurants, breweries and wineries in the neighborhood.  Enjoy entertainment from a live RiNo Latin Jazz trio.

Please join us in thanking our sponsors for the evening!

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

http://kacfc.org/

 

 

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 activities all day including mini-soccer, games, piñatas and a mini train in the afternoon.

Location: 9125 E. 7th Place, Denver, CO  80230

Date: Saturday September 3rd from 9:00AM-8:00PM

Event Contact: Salvador Sanabria @ 720.256.4426

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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 to Aurora! They group is currently looking for host families to open their homes to these volunteers to help them have a true cultural immersion experience.

As a host family Up With People asks you to provide the following for your guest(s) during their visit:

  • A place to sleep
  • Some meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Limited transportation
  • An overall safe and comfortable atmosphere to promote the sharing of customs and cultures

If you or someone you know is interested in being a host family or wants more information check out this link and contact:  

Ruben Cabrera 
303.993.9153, rcabrera@upwithpeople.org

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 more! Groups representing their respective countries sang, danced, and performed in front of a full audience. In short, Global Fest 2016 was a huge success!

Aurora Sister Cities International was well-represented at this event! The delegation from our new friendship city Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador, including Mayor Zoila Milagros Navas, were welcomed as honored guests by Mayor Steve Hogan. Representatives from our Korean community shared their culture and stories through activities and food at their booth and beautiful outfits featured in the fashion show. Our representatives from Ethiopia set up a gorgeous and fragrant stand that featured a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and, of course, Ethiopian coffee beans for sale!  After such a great festival we can’t help but start looking forward to Global Fest 2017! We’ll see you all there!

For more photos check out our Facebook Page.

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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 Aurora and Antiguo Cuscatlán.

Upon arrival in Aurora, Mayor Navas and the delegation from Antiguo Cuscatlán toured the city and government center with city of Aurora staff members and representatives of local community organizations. They also attended official briefings and finally the signing ceremony where Mayor Steve Hogan and Mayor Zoila Milagros Navas signed the official friendship city partnership between their two cities.  Mayor Navas was also honored at the city of Aurora’s Global Fest on Saturday August 20th.

The friendship city agreement came as a result of Mayor Hogan’s visit to El Salvador in May and with strong support from the very large and active Salvadoran community in Aurora.  Aurora Sister Cities International looks forward to the cultural and educational exchanges to come between these two cities, as well as increased community engagement with the Salvadorian community here in Aurora!

Below are a few pictures from the event- for more pictures please visit our Facebook Page!

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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! Be enchanted by cultural dance, global musical entertainers.

Come thirsty! The World Beer Market will offer five different beverages with brewing techniques and flavors from around the world. All beers are globally inspired…and locally made.

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
1:00 to 7:00 pm
Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn

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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 find from recipes online or in cookbooks. Class will include an overview of traditional Ethiopian spices and ingredients, along with tips that help reduce your cooking time at home.

Menu: Yatakelt Wott (Stewed Potatoes, Carrots, and Cabbage) • Misser Wott (Spicy Red Lentils) • Atar Wott (Mild Yellow Split Peas) • Enjera (Sourdough Flat Bread).


Kitchen on the Green offers classes for all ages. Classes include baking & cooking techniques • cake decorating • food and wine dinners • wine tastings • homebrewing • vegetarian cuisine • parent/child classes • global cuisine. Custom classes available for birthday parties • dinner clubs • office parties • school field trips • scout merit badges • team building • wedding showers. Choose from a selection of menus and themes.

Call 303-326-8656 for pricing, reservations and for any questions about the cooking program. Take a look at the brochure and sign up for classes.

Kitchen on the Green is located inside Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Aurora 80012 • 303-326-8630

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 May 3-September 11, 2016 as we celebrate the heritage and contributions of our Ethiopian-born residents through the exhibit A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities.

The exhibit will showcase ethnic art, costume and cultural items and feature interviews and photo displays, giving voice to Ethiopian-born residents living, working and owning businesses in Aurora. A series of events will accompany the exhibit at the Aurora History Museum and throughout Aurora, including coffee ceremony displays, a film screening, an academic lecture, and dance performances at the city of Aurora’s annual Global Fest. Stay tuned for more information!

A Mosaic of Cultures is the first of 3-5 proposed exhibits to take place over the next five years that will focus on Aurora’s diaspora communities.

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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 we can establish lifelong connections that make us feel like we have a home to go back to in every country.

http://www.washdiplomat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13716%3Asister-cities-international-marks-60-years-of-citizen-diplomacy&catid=1546&Itemid=428

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 • cake decorating • food and wine dinners • wine tastings • homebrewing • vegetarian cuisine • parent/child classes • global cuisine. Custom classes available for birthday parties • dinner clubs • office parties • school field trips • scout merit badges • team building • wedding showers. Choose from a selection of menus and themes.

Call 303-326-8656 for pricing, reservations and for any questions about the cooking program. Take a look at the brochure and sign up for classes.

Kitchen on the Green is located inside Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Aurora 80012 • 303-326-8630

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 is a fun, energizing Drumming class. Then enjoy two hours of cooking healthy foods from around the world and make new friends in the process.

Menu: Dishes from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Vegetarian options available.


Kitchen on the Green offers classes for all ages. Classes include baking & cooking techniques • cake decorating • food and wine dinners • wine tastings • homebrewing • vegetarian cuisine • parent/child classes • global cuisine. Custom classes available for birthday parties • dinner clubs • office parties • school field trips • scout merit badges • team building • wedding showers. Choose from a selection of menus and themes.

Call 303-326-8656 for pricing, reservations and for any questions about the cooking program. Take a look at the brochure and sign up for classes.

Kitchen on the Green is located inside Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Aurora 80012 • 303-326-8630

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 peaceful future.

http://sistercities.org/news/congress-and-dozens-cities-mark-sister-cities-international-day

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 educate their country about America and start a new relationship based on their positive interactions in the US. To read more click below …

http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/local/afghani-delegation-walks-through-sister-city/article_b8292b18-5ffc-5210-9e23-804c60b9ee22.html

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 business community will discuss global challenges companies have encountered on their journey to success.

http://www.wtcdenver.org/event-2279833?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=7%2F13%2F2016

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 Flyer

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 from Bhutan.

Aurora Welcome Center

1085 Peoria St.

Aurora, CO 80011

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 Torte.


Kitchen on the Green offers classes for all ages. Classes include baking & cooking techniques • cake decorating • food and wine dinners • wine tastings • homebrewing • vegetarian cuisine • parent/child classes • global cuisine. Custom classes available for birthday parties • dinner clubs • office parties • school field trips • scout merit badges • team building • wedding showers. Choose from a selection of menus and themes.

Call 303-326-8656 for pricing, reservations and for any questions about the cooking program. Take a look at the brochure and sign up for classes.

Kitchen on the Green is located inside Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Aurora 80012 • 303-326-8630

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 dinosaur, crafts, nature education, fire engine tours, and free snacks for children!

Summer in the City growing in popularity, activities

Meet the Board : Gary Wheat

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.

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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 tax revenue by double digit growth in each year. Prior to joining the tourism world, Gary worked in coaching and sports administration at the University of Southern Mississippi and Virginia Tech.

A native of Prentiss, MS, Gary received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his tourism career as Director of Sports Development with the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1999 and followed that up with his first executive director appointment with the Waterloo, IA Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2004. His first startup came with the Longmont, CO Area Visitors Association in 2008 before launching Visit Aurora in 2010.

Gary has been active in numerous organizations and roles during his career including Rotary International, Special Olympics, the Colorado Freedom Memorial as well as serving on Boards for the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Aurora and Cycle of Hope.
When not assisting visitors with enjoying their Colorado experience, Gary can be found on a golf course, hiking or fishing.

Global Ambassador of the Month :

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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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 to Denver to pursue a degree in Communications, she lived and worked with her husband in Amwaja, Bahrin with her two eldest children Zacharia, 10 and Amira, 8. Her youngest son Amal, 3, was born right after their move to Colorado.

Fatema’s love for her three children and community led her to volunteer work at Ashley Elementary School where her children currently attend school. This position allowed her to build new skills while reaching out to parents and children. After she graduates she hopes to return to Ashley Elementary School where she can make a difference in young children’s lives.

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 of Aurora; and visited the Aurora History Museum to explore the ASCI’s current exhibit A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities. Hunan Province is a sister province to the State of Colorado and works closely with the Colorado State Office of Economic Development and International Trade to pursue closer trade and business ties that can benefit both communities.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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 dinosaur, crafts, nature education, fire engine tours, and free snacks for children!

Summer in the City growing in popularity, activities

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 :

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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 Leetsdale Drive #200, Denver, CO 80246. Focused on helping newcomers safely navigate their new community, the event will include:

  • Live entertainment, including Tito Malaga’s band and cultural dance groups
  • Free doughnuts and coffee
  • Giveaways and Bike Raffles
  • Child Passenger Safety station
  • CarFit checkpoints
  • Pedestrian safety exercises
  • RTD presence
  • Bicycle safety demonstrations
  • On-site library card enrollments

Brought to you by WeeCycle, Colorado African Organization, African Community Center, and ROAD-Reaching Older Adult Drivers.

 

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, Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, the 16th St. Mall between Welton and California streets, and an undisclosed location near Mile High Stadium on Old West Colfax in the Sun Valley neighborhood.

There will be small cover charge to some of the dates/locations. Ticketing options for general admission and VIP packages are now available on TheBigWonderful website (www.thebigwonderful.com).

On site will be food trucks, small business vendors, a trademark shipping container beer garden (draft cocktails, wine, and cider too), and a dog park!

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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

Global Ambassador of the Month: Peter S. Lee

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.

Peter Lee

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 community. He is a Health Insurance Broker and Advisory Committee member for Connect for Health Colorado. In this role, Peter advocates for Colorado’s Asian and ethnic minority communities’ enrollments, issues and concerns. He has also worked as a Partnership Specialist at US Census Bureau Denver Regional Office where he was responsible for developing Census 2010 partnerships with Asian community-based organizations. Peter was a banker for 18 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Peter served in the Korean Army, moving to Aurora, Colorado in 1988. His community service started back in 1996 with various community leadership positions such as Secretary of Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council and Co-chair for the Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership. Peter was appointed as the President of the National Unification Advisory Council Denver Chapter where he served four terms. He currently serves as the President of the Rocky Mountain Korean Lions Club, and Advisory Board of Director for Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Peter also serves on the boards of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Denver Asian Pacific American Commissioner, and Korean American Coalition National.

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, Adama (Ethiopia) and encouraged the community to take part in the ASCI programs and initiatives. Gary Margolis, Cultural Services Manager at the Aurora History Museum spoke about the difficult task of accurately putting together an exhibit representing the different regions of Ethiopia. Karlyn Shorb, CEO of ASCI, thanked the Aurora History Museum staff for putting together an exceptional exhibit and acknowledged the numerous members  of the Ethiopian community who loaned their personal items for the exhibit. The food was generously provided by Konjo Catering and dessert was provided by Megenagna Restaurant and Bakery.

The exhibit will be on display until September 11, 2016. Be sure to head down to the Aurora History Museum to take a look. Entry is always free at the museum.

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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: the removal of tariffs, harmonized standards, labor and environmental alignment, and a dispute resolution mechanism. 

Keynote Speakers & Special Guests: 

Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture

– Pete Mento, Principal, Ryan

Discussion Topics 

– TPP’s Impact on Global Trade and NAFTA

– How Innovation is Redefining Trade

– Anti-Corruption and Transparency

– Technical and Environmental Standards Alignment

– Cybersecurity and Trade

– Investor State Dispute Settlement

– Global Currencies, Including Bitcoin

– Improving Profitability by Managing FX Risk

– Colorado’s Agribusiness in TPP Markets

Conference Highlights

11 Interactive Country Pavilions & corporate expo  Industry-leading speakers sharing market insight
Mock Arbitration demonstrating dispute settlement
Mini design charrette to provide input on our new WTC Denver campus

As the premier international business event of the year in the Rocky Mountain Region, please join the estimated 500-600 other global businesses in sharing best practices, networking, and learning about the opportunities within these partnering countries.

Conference Agenda

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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, a local Ethiopian restaurant.

The exhibit will showcase ethnic art, costume and cultural items and feature interviews and photo displays, giving voice to Ethiopian-born residents living, working and owning businesses in Aurora. A series of events will accompany the exhibit at the Aurora History Museum and throughout Aurora, including coffee ceremony displays, a film screening, an academic lecture, and dance performances at the city of Aurora’s annual Global Fest. Stay tuned for more information!

A Mosaic of Cultures is the first of 3-5 proposed exhibits to take place over the next five years that will focus on Aurora’s diaspora communities.

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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.

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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 to his community led him to become a part of ASCI. Not only did Young spend many hours volunteering to make the Seongnam City Delegation a success; he and his wife, Sue, also made a generous financial contribution to the event. Young is very proud to be a part of ASCI’s mission to promote global partnerships and he is grateful for the city of Aurora valuing its diverse communities. ASCI is proud to have such a philanthropic and optimistic committee member.

 

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

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Our Globe Sponsors

 

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Our Hemisphere Sponsors

Aspen Dental Laboratory. Young Lim and Sue Lim.

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Our Country Sponsors

Axiom. The Pachner Company.

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Our Media Sponsors

Korea Weekly

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Our Community Sponsors

Asian Beverage Company

Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership

City of Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs

Colorado Korean Senior Association

Colorado Realty and Investment

Eun Moredock

Golden Empire Dental Lab Corp.

Korean Association of Colorado

Korean Hotel Association – Midwest Chapter

Korean Retail Liquor Association of Colorado

Korean Society of Denver

K2 CPA Firm

Metro Denver Korean Association

Moorim USA, Inc.

Overseas Korean Trade Association (OKTA)

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Quality Health, Inc.

Rocky Mountain Korean Lions Club

Rotary Club of Aurora

Southern Colorado Korean Association

Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors

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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 the various lunches and dinners, Mayor Lee, Mrs. Kim and their delegation were impressed by Aurora and how similar it is to Seongnam City. This special visit managed to revitalize the sister city relationship between the two cities in many ways. This visit would not have been a success without our sponsors and numerous volunteers, who gave their time and energy to put together all the events.

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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 reasons for revitalizing the Aurora Sister Cities programs in 2014. Asian Avenue Magazine is available in print and online here, the article is on page 15.

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 into receiving communities.” These community volunteers will receive a unique and innovative training designed specifically for Aurora to prepare them to be successful in their helper’s role. Natural Helpers can be a supplement to existing efforts across the city. See below for the application. Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2016.

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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 North Korea in US media due to biases against the country and answered audience questions.

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 Arts Building) at the CCA Centretech Campus.

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Event Details

11:30 a.m.  Doors open and lunch will be served

12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Talk and Q+A

WorldDenver Event:

Please make sure to join WorldDenver for their evening reception and talk at the Hilton Garden Inn, details here.

About Keith Luse

Keith Luse became Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea in July 2014. Previously, Luse was the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse was also Staff Director for Senator Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member.

During fourteen years of working for Senator Lugar in Washington, Luse had numerous meetings and interactions with North Korean officials inside North Korea and in the United States. Luse’s first trip to North Korea in 2003 related to the transparency of distribution of U.S. food aid inside the country. On later visits to Pyongyang, Yongbyon and other parts of North Korea, topics of focus included the nuclear issue, food and nutritional assistance, North Korean human rights, and American POWs from the Korean War, among others. In the Senate, Luse worked on North Korea-related legislation and other action by the Senate regarding these and additional North Korea issues. Full Bio

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.

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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.

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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 3-September 11, 2016 as we celebrate the heritage and contributions of our Ethiopian-born residents through the exhibit A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities.

The exhibit will showcase ethnic art, costume and cultural items and feature interviews and photo displays, giving voice to Ethiopian-born residents living, working and owning businesses in Aurora. A series of events will accompany the exhibit at the Aurora History Museum and throughout Aurora, including coffee ceremony displays, a film screening, an academic lecture, and dance performances at the city of Aurora’s annual Global Fest. Stay tuned for more information!

A Mosaic of Cultures is the first of 3-5 proposed exhibits to take place over the next five years that will focus on Aurora’s diaspora communities.

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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).

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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 to sell goods in the U.S. market.

More details coming soon.

 

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 to be a sponsor or volunteer today. The charity funds raised by hosting this event will go to ASCI’s Adama, Ethiopia sister city program.

The event is May 21st at the Great Lawn just west of Aurora City hall building and will then follow trails for a four mile loop. Plenty of parking will be available! There will be food and entertainment following the race.

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 of integration into receiving communities.”

The Natural Helpers Program will provide training to help already existing “natural helpers” better serve the members of their community. It is not the goal to train people to become “natural helpers” – they already are “natural helpers.” The goal is to develop a network of person-to-person support services that will help immigrant newcomers more effectively access existing community resources and work with community social service organizations.

These community volunteers will receive a unique and innovative training designed specifically for Aurora to prepare them to be successful in their helper’s role. Natural Helpers can be a supplement to existing efforts across the city. See here for the application and more information. Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2016.

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 encouraged to use their imaginations and come up with their most creative work.

Grand prize winners will receive $1,000 each. Winning and finalist artworks, essays, and poems will also be displayed in various U.S. member cities during the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) tour. YAAS is a great opportunity to reach out to your community, connect with local English and art teachers, and engage a creative student audience.

The deadline to submit entries is May 1, 2016. Learn more about YAAS and find entry forms and submission guidelines at http://sistercities.org/YAAS.

Click here to read the 2016 YAAS press release.

Questions? Email Ted Carrol, membership manager for youth programs, at tcarrol@sistercities.org.

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 achievements we accomplished in 2015:

  • Led an official delegation to Adama, Ethiopia;
  • Held a photo exhibit at the Aurora Municipal Building which later moved to the Aurora Welcome Center;
  • Launched a new website;
  • Sent Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan to our Korean sister city, Seongnam City;
  • Revitalized South Korean Sister City Committee;
  • Participated in activities at the city of Aurora’s Global Fest 2015;
  • Launched a successful book drive and an orphan drive to benefit 76 children boarded at a local school in Adama, Ethiopia;
  • Supported Council Member Molly Markert’s efforts to solicit donations and bring eyeglasses to Adama, Ethiopia- Council Member Markert traveled to Adama in November to host an eyeglasses drive together with ophthalmologists from the Adama public hospital and the city administration;
  • Received and shipped $18,000-worth of medical (ophthalmological) equipment to a public hospital in Adama, Ethiopia;
  • Entered into eight new non-profit partnerships;
  • Planned and co-hosted the inaugural city of Aurora Consular Corps Reception;
  • Sent representatives to the US-China Sister Cities Conference which will lead to the formation of a China sister city committee in 2016;
  • Became a primary strategic partner of the city of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs; and
  • Began building foundations for 2016 programming such as the Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities exhibit and the Seongnam City Trade Mission.

We are very grateful for the support we received in 2015. We hope to achieve a lot more in 2016 and your continued support will make us even more successful.  Happy New Year!

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 Committee and Democratic National Committee.

Please join KACFC on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Global Village Academy (16401 E. Alameda Dr., Aurora, CO 80017). This event is free and open to the public.

Session I – Education of electoral system

This session will encourage Korean-American and their families as a minority to realize the right vote is considered to be our greatest freedom and exercise their right to vote. Provided is the education of the voting system with the public, which includes:

  • Voting Qualifications
  • Who Votes?
  • Why Should I Vote?
  • Where Do I Vote?
  • How Do I Vote?
  • Voting Methods
  • When Do I Vote?

Session II – Introduction of internship opportunities in political organizations

The representatives of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee will introduce internship opportunities to the second generation of Asian-American communities and the attendees who express an interest in political organizations.

The following topics are included in this session:

  • Available Internship Types
  • Application Deadlines
  • Application Requirements

 

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 involved in Boy Scouts since he was in kindergarten, and is currently working towards his Eagle Scout merit badge with Troop 749. With his troop, Matt displays a clear commitment to community service, engaging in service projects like working at local soup kitchens and participating in spring and fall cleanups at Holy Love Lutheran Church in Aurora.

Busy and dedicated, he maintains a job at a local elementary school, and participates in a youth group through his church, which also involves service work in locations throughout the metro area. This past summer, Matt’s commitment to community brought him into contact with Aurora Sister Cities International, when he helped contribute to the organization’s Book Drive for Ethiopia. After hearing about the drive, Matt took it upon himself to put up flyers in his neighborhood asking for donations for a group of 76 orphans residing at an elementary school visited by the Aurora Sister Cities delegation this past February. This led to a significant amount of school supplies, clothes, toiletries, dictionaries and tote bags being collected, which are now in the process of being shipped along with thousands of books to Adama, Ethiopia, Aurora’s sister city.

Next year Matt will be heading to college to major in accounting, and he hopes to stay local. Considering his drive to help others and improve his community, that is something for us all to celebrate. Aurora Sister Cities International would like to thank Matt for his kind, generous and helpful support.

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 place at Radisson Hotel SE in Aurora and will last from 4-6. It will be followed by a special happy hour-and-a-half from 6-7:30.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online. Please call 303-344-1500 for more information.

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, which are due to be shipped to Adama later this month.

Read the full story on this remarkable endeavor at the Aurora Sentinel.

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 and recreation, and offering ESL and public safety instruction. The city’s newly created Office of International and Immigrant Affairs will be in charge of executing the plan, and will be partnering with the Aurora Welcome Center, a facility that seeks to assist immigrants who have recently relocated to Aurora, and Aurora Sister Cities International.

The city of Aurora has made a number of efforts in recent years to greater include the city’s international community in civic and public life. Some of these initiatives and programs include: its International Roundtable series, the Aurora Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, Global Fest, the Aurora Welcome Center and the reestablished Aurora Sister Cities International. However, the three-year comprehensive plan represents an even stronger commitment, designed to hone Aurora’s immigrant and refugee efforts toward the single goal of integrating these residents into the larger community.

A full copy of the city’s strategic plan can be found on its official website.

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 the exhibit is available for sale.

Aurora History Museum is free and open to the public. The museum is open Tuesday—Friday, 9am—4pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 11am—4pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Follow Aurora History Museum and Aurora Sister Cities International on Facebook for the latest updates on great local events and activities.

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, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. 

Such experiences are enormously beneficial for the future goals of Aurora Sister Cities International, which is in the process of exploring potentially establishing a sister city relationship with a Chinese municipality. Tina Ye is leading this effort.

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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 flyer, which details the guest speakers who will be appearing at the forum.

Aurora Sister Cities International is a sponsor of this event.

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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 leaders.

The event represents a prime opportunity to network with Korean government officials and scientists currently working in the clean energy industry. Registration is required and can be completed online at the following link: Event info and registration.

Aurora Sister Cities International is a Platinum Sponsor for this event.

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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 part. Aurora Sister Cities is now in need of volunteers to assist with the sorting, labeling, inventorying and packing stage of the drive. The organization will be holding a number of book sorting dates, which are as follows:

  • Friday October 9, 2015 from 9am-3pm.
  • Saturday October 10, 2015 from 9am-3pm
  • Friday October 16, 2015 from 9am-3pm
  • Saturday October 17, 2015 from 9am-3pm

The location for the book sorting is the Sand Creek Water Reuse Plant, located at 11405 E. 30th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010. On each sorting date a small group of people will be showing up early to the reuse plant, in order to set up.

Aurora Sister Cities is also in need of boxes and shipping materials (including packing tape, labels, sharpies and plastic or latex gloves. After calculating the number of boxes needed for the books, the organization has determined that it needs between 650 to 700 boxes. Ideally boxes would be between 18x18x18 to 20x20x20. Lastly, the sorting would be made exponentially better through the donation of bottled water and snacks for the volunteers.

Thank you for your consideration.

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 to search for jobs and apply for graduate school scholarships, while also volunteering to teach computer classes to other patrons. In 2014, the library offered him a part-time position as a library assistant, a role perfectly congruent with his degree in library and information science from Dire Dawa, Ethiopia (Nunamo is a Ethiopian native) and his current pursuit of a master’s degree in library science from University of Denver.

Most recently, Nunamo has been working to market Aurora’s library system to the city’s immigrant population, which may not be aware of its myriad resources. He has even established a program of one-on-one computer tutorials for interested parties. These efforts, which have been aggressively promoted, are instrumental to positioning the library as an important cultural hub for Aurora’s diverse community.

– Read the full story on Nebeyou Nunamo from the Aurora Sentinel.

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 exciting programs, such as exhibits being staged in Indianapolis’s libraries and in the library facilities of its sister cities. Librarians and staff members from Indianapolis and its sister cities of Cologne, Germany and Hangzhou, China also took part in exchange programs. These international trips proved to be especially fruitful, with the Cologne exchange resulting in a shared reading program.

This initiative is a key attribute of the city’s larger goals of making Indianapolis a global city and more welcoming to international visitors. It also serves as a key example for how civic institutions can form mutually beneficial partnerships that push their communities forward. For the full story please click here.

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 forces making this community a great place to live.

Ruth’s commitment to community development and intercultural relations is something that she has practiced all her life. Born in 1928 in Fort Collins, CO, Ruth attended University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in Spanish. Soon after her graduation in 1950, Ruth joined the Foreign Service through the U.S. Department of State. Valued for her typing ability – over 100 words per minute – Ruth served in a secretarial capacity in several U.S. embassies, located in cities ranging from London and Tokyo, to Tripoli and Rio De Janeiro.

During this period of international service, Ruth furthered her interest in foreign languages, and received instruction in Japanese, Italian and Portuguese. Following her return to the United States, she began to apply her vocational and educational experiences. She taught English and Spanish classes throughout Colorado and Nebraska, while at the same time working on her Master’s degree in Guadalajara, Mexico, which she eventually received from University of Colorado Boulder.

Since her retirement in 1996, Ruth has been equally if not more active in her local community. Currently, she is a volunteer AARP driving instructor, and contributes her prodigious language skills by teaching English to refugees throughout the Denver-area.

Bright, funny and full of life, Ruth is consistently reaching out and helping others. Most recently, this resulted in a significant contribution of books and learning materials to Aurora Sister Cities International, which just finished running a book drive for its sister city of Adama, Ethiopia. After seeing an interview with Executive Director Karlyn Shorb, Ruth immediately got in touch. Her sizeable donation is a powerful boon to the organization’s efforts.

This act of charity is one that will have a significant and tangible effect, as the books collected through the drive will go to support Adama’s libraries and orphanages. It also serves to highlight the truth behind the efficacy of a community-based organization like Aurora Sister Cities International. As much as the organization depends on the hard work of its board and staff, it also needs the support of active, empathetic and charitable community members. And that is exactly who Ruth Tolliver is.

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 post-work socializing and networking.

Those interested in attending must register in advance. More information and a link to the digital registration form can be found on the chamber’s website.

 

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 will be a number of activities and attractions available for children and their families, including: children’s area, food court, youth BBQ, music and dancing, guest speakers, marketplace and soccer tournaments.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tibebu at tibebuale@yahoo.com or 313-510-3017.

Dates: September 18-20, 2015

Times: Friday 4:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Bicentennial Park, Aurora, CO 80012

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 sister cities program, and a recent trip to Aurora’s sister city of Adama, Ethiopia.

Follow the link for a complete list of Aurora History Museum’s upcoming lectures and events.

Don’t forget to like Aurora History Museum and Aurora Sister Cities International on Facebook.

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 western United States.

Scenes from “The North American Indian Project” will be shown at Aurora History Museum through September 13. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Aurora History Museum is free and open to the public.

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 to help facilitate new business opportunities and development.

Links to the podcast version of the program can be found here.

Don’t forget to like Colorado Business Roundtable and Aurora Sister Cities International on Facebook!

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 helping to support this important endeavor, you can follow this link, which will take you to the fundraising page. Even a donation as small as $10 will make a large difference in the lives of many.

To learn more about the work of The Karadah Project International visit their website at: http://www.karadahproject.com/.

 

 

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.

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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 a good cause.

Global Fest 2015 will take place on August 22, 2015, and will run from 2-8pm. The festival is being held on the Great Lawn of the Aurora Municipal Building, which is located at 15151 Alameda Ave. Aurora, CO 80012.

More information can be found at AuroraGlobalFest.org.

 

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 the tools necessary to enact meaningful change in their local communities.

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Aurora being represented in the parade of flags.

“The mission of Sister Cities International since day one […] has been that we could know one another, […] that we could share the best of ourselves and the best of our communities with one another,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges said, welcoming attendees during the first day of the conference. This was an effective lead-in to the event, which allowed representatives from programs ranging from Indianapolis to Africa and China to interact, get to know one another and share ideas.

Aurora and Denver sister city programs during the keynote luncheon.

Aurora and Denver sister cities at luncheon.

Aurora Sister Cities International was proud to have three organizational members attend the event: Executive Director Karlyn Shorb, board member and Aurora City Council member Bob Roth and communications intern and Aurora Community College employee Fatema Amin. All three embraced the event as an opportunity to engage with like-minded people. ““It’s a good way to exchange information, and for networking, for people from all over the world,” said Amin. “We have four sister city relationships and our newest one is with Adama, Ethiopia; we have one of the largest Ethiopian-born communities in the country, so that relationship was very important to establish,” said Shorb. “We’re here to learn how to do more.”

Communications intern Fatema Amin and Executive Director Karlyn Shorb. Photo Credit: Jim Walsh (Minnpost)

Fatema Amin & Karlyn Shorb. Credit: Jim Walsh

Through attending such events, Aurora Sister Cities International staff and volunteers further their goals of building fruitful relationships across different cultures and communities.

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 opportunity to network with New York Academy of Sciences-affiliated scientists working in the areas of water, environmental science, sustainability, and engineering. And not only that, there are a number of prizes to be won:

  • A $1,000 cash prize for each member of the Grand Prize winning team
  • An invitation to the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy
  • $500 cash award for a Teacher or Advisor who worked with each winning team
  • Judges and Mentors will be given complementary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences

We highly encourage the Aurora public schools to promote this challenge to their students and become a part of this Imagining Tomorrow challenge. It is a great opportunity for schools and Aurora to be recognized nationally and internationally for achievements of our bright young minds.

For more information and registration, click here.

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 different vendors. It’s a great opportunity to engage with the metro’s vibrant Ethiopian community.

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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 growing and learning in Adama, Ethiopia—Aurora’s newest sister city.  Click on the  flyer below for more information.

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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 offer a Family Day for its ongoing exhibit “Behind the Badge.” Family Day will include activities for all ages, and a good time is sure to be had by all.

Follow Aurora History Museum on Facebook for the latest updates on all programming and special events.

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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 Members, Aurora Public Libraries, Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools, City of Aurora, the Community College of Aurora, and the GeoGroup.

Aurora Boy Scout troops 644 and 749 also donated their time and efforts to this valuable campaign. Thank you scouts for your hard work and dedication!

The Book Drive for Ethiopia will run until July 18, 2015.

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 offer a Family Day for its ongoing exhibit “Behind the Badge.” Family Day will include activities for all ages, and a good time is sure to be had by all.

Follow Aurora History Museum on Facebook for the latest updates on all programming and special events.

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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 meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30p.m and take place at the Aurora Municipal Building City Cafe located on the 2nd floor of the building.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday July 15, 2015.

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 legislative initiatives; networking with librarians and other civil servants; and providing educational opportunities and platforms for professional development.

Aurora Sister Cities International will work closely with CAL in the future, specifically its International Library Cultural Exchange Interest Group. Thank you CAL for your support!

 

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 VOLUNTEERING?

Contact Karlyn K. Shorb, executive director of Aurora Sister Cities International, at kshorb@auroragov.org or 303-739-7120.

WANT TO DONATE?

Visit our donation page at: https://aurorasistercities.org/become-a-member/donate-now/

Click on the flyer below for more information on the books we seek for the drive.

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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. It’s a great opportunity to engage with the metro’s vibrant Ethiopian community.

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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, please contact Dr. Tibebu at tibebuale@yahoo.com or 313-510-3017.

Dates: September 18-20, 2015

Times: Friday 4:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Bicentennial Park, Aurora, CO 80012

More information to follow.

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 Welcome Center (1085 Peoria Street, Aurora, CO 80011).  For more information, contact Diana Higuera at dhiguera.awc@gmail.com.

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 thereafter to the Aurora Welcome Center.  For questions, please contact Karlyn Shorb at kshorb@auroragov.org.

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: George Markay at 720-206-9019

Save the Date: Aurora’s 2nd Annual GlobalFest

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

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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.

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Book Drive for Ethiopia- Volunteers Needed

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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 help with its book donation drive.  We need volunteers immediately!  Book Drive scheduled to launch on June 15, 2015 and will run through July 18, 2015.

WHAT WE NEED

  • Logistical support from start to finish
  • Setting up bins
  • Gathering donations of supplies
  • Transporting books to storage locations
  • Sorting, packaging and labeling boxes for shipment abroad

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Contact Karlyn K. Shorb, executive director of Aurora Sister Cities International, at kshorb@auroragov.org or 303-739-7120.

 

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 in the entire state of Colorado, and Colorado boasts one of the highest numbers of Ethiopian-born residents in the country.  Some estimates say the number is close to 30,000.  Check out the video here.

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 to Adama, Ethiopia. Next summer, 2016, the history museum will host a larger exhibit highlighting our rich Ethiopian-born community in Aurora, and also featuring more cultural items from our sister city of Adama, Ethiopia.

Thank you Aurora History Museum!!

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 two communities.

The article is well worth reading for anyone interested in the mission of Aurora Sister Cities International. It encapsulates the great work the organization has been doing to position Aurora as a global city.

Check out the full article here: Aurora delegates head to Ethiopian sister city with goals in mind.

First new sister city

Aurora City Council has approved our proposed first new sister city with Adama, Ethiopia. We kick off this exciting new initiative in August when we welcome a delegation from Adama when we will host an official signing ceremony on stage during Global Fest on August 23.

Now is the time to join and become involved in this exciting new venture!

The Adama Sister City committee will continue to meet monthly to develop the strategies and planning for Aurora’s first new sister city!

Check it out on The Aurora Channel (5:22)  ►

First Korean Open House

Join us to learn more about the exciting new plans as Aurora is revitalizing its sister city relationship with Seongnam City. Mayor Steve Hogan will be providing a presentation about Aurora and Seongnam City, along with special guest, Congressman Mike Coffman.

Everyone is welcome to join!

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Calling All Volunteers

How do you say “fun” in 90 different languages?

Learn in one day by celebrating Aurora’s international community as a Global Fest volunteer. Dancing, music, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational activities and delicious food will all be part of this festival from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. Global Fest will be held on the Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.

Aurora Sister Cities International is running the International Beer Garden – we welcome any volunteers that would like to have some fun with us while enjoying the event. Proceeds from the World Beer Garden will go to supporting our new international programs! Volunteers receive a free T-shirt and a delicious meal.

There is still space to volunteer with performers and the green room – contact us now and don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to participate.

Contact Janelle Jenkins at jejenkin@auroragov.org for more information or to sign up.

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First Official Delegation from Adama, Ethiopia!

Aurora Sister Cities International is excited to announce that we will be welcoming our first official delegation from Adama, Ethiopia! The delegation includes the Mayor of Adama, Deputy Mayor, and their sister city coordinator.  Aurora and Adama will be entering into a formal sister city agreement during a ceremony on stage at Global Fest, on August 23.
Everyone is welcome to join us for the momentous occasion. You are invited to join us and help welcome this prestigious delegation!

For more information on how to participate in events and activities while the delegation is here.

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