Sister cities to visit for softball, music

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:

  • An "East Meets West" barbecue at Mape's Ranch on Wednesday featuring the Shelly Streeter Band. Tickets are $50. On Friday, Modesto Sister Cities hosts a reception at the McHenry Mansion garden at 6 p.m. For more information, call Nancy McCoy at 614-5630.
  • There are several events tied to anniversaries:

    Khmelnitskiy: It's the 20th anniversary between this city and Modesto. The agreement was signed while the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union.

    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.

    Vernon: It's the 25th anniversary between the two cities. Vernon is sending 50 residents, including Mayor Wayne Lippert and City Councilor Jack Gilroy. They'll be here Oct. 27-28 and will play in a softball game at Davis High at 2:30 p.m.

    Kurume: It's the 15th anniversary between the two cities. Kurume is sending 60 residents, including Mayor Morikuni Eto, Oct. 27-28. There will be a public reception at the McHenry Mansion on Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

    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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