Modesto Sister Cities International has a big month ahead.
It's celebrating anniversaries with partners in Khmelnitskiy, Ukraine; Kurume, Japan; and Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.
It's also hosting a prospective sister city in southeast China. Delegates from Mengzi will visit Modesto this week. Among the events are:
There are several events tied to anniversaries:
Khmelnitskiy's city officials, teachers, artists and businessmen will be in Modesto from Tuesday to Oct. 21.
There is a presentation of artwork by visiting artist Olena Skorupska to Modesto. The Khmelnitskiy committee hosts a public reception Thursday at 7 p.m. at the McHenry Mansion.
On Oct. 27, the Kurume and Vernon committees are hosting a free concert at Downey High School with Kurume's award-winning Bridgestone Band and the Modesto band Home Grown. It's at 7 p.m.
The sister city program sets up student, business, government and artistic exchanges. Modesto's two other sister cities are Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Vijayawada, India.
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