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Sister Cities NewsInternational Competition for Writers with Disabilities

Applications are now open for Phoenix Sister Cities 2014 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities. This year's theme is "Celebrating Differences".

Phoenix Sister Cites Official Delegation Visit To Catania & Rome September 14 - 22, 2014 Catania, Italy  Rome, Italy

For more information on these and other Phoenix Sister Cities events please go to www.phoenixsistercities.org

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JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN NEWS

Sister Cities NewsJAPANESE WOOD CARVING WORKSHOP
presented by Woodcarving Master, Yo Takimoto
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:30pm
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
Fee:
$40 Per Person
($35 for JFG members)
All Material Provided
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Reserve at Giftshop or call 602.256.3204
Master woodcarver Yo Takimoto will guide you in the traditional process of Japanese woodcarving, or kikezuri. In this meditative process, you will utilize the natural characteristics of the wood to carve and sand a unique sculptural form. Yo will provide a variety of woods to choose from and all tools. Beginners are welcome!
WHO IS YO TAKIMOTO:
Born in Kumano, Wakayama (JAPAN) in 1949. Graduated from USC with a degree in architecture, and has worked in city planning in Tokyo for 22 years. Since 1998, his woodcarving (kikezuri) workshops have been held in Japan, as well as shops and schools in Los Angeles, The Craft & Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles), Arcosanti in Arizona, New York , and also in Hawaii.
A NOTE FROM YO:
I have been into the art of woodcarving (kikezuri) for over 15 years now. One day, a friend of mine who is a furniture maker gave me a Japanese hand carving knife called "Kiridashi", as a way to deal with my stress from the office work. Carving wood allowed me to reconnect with my childhood in Kumano, where I played in the forest and swam in the river. When carving wood, I am often reminded of the Mother Nature that tends to be forgotten in the urban environment. I can be in tune with nature while spending hours and hours with the wood, and paying attention to what the wood itself is doing. I call this "kikezuri" which is an act of whittling rather than just carving.
Many woods that I bring to the workshops are from Japan, and from the US where I have traveled and collected along the way. Each has different history, touch, scent, and character. At my woodcarving class, I encourage everyone to pick the material as you see it, and to find the character of the wood as you carve into it.
You can see his articles at
http://arcosanti.org/node/5142
http://ermieblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/woodcarving-with-yo-takimoto.html
http://www.womeninwoodworking.com/wiw/Story/Yo-Takimoto-Japanese-Woodcarving-7723.aspx
http://mondette.com/2010/05/24/events-sharp-knives-and-japanese-wood-at-yo-takimotos-wood-carving-class/
http://followingbreadcrumbs.com/thursdays-tribute-yo-takimoto/ 

For more information, www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org or info@jfgphx.org/
602.256.3204

A CULTURAL RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBIT
presented by Through Each Others Eyes
MAY 1 - JUNE 19, 2014
Shemer Art Center & Museum
5005 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
As Shemer Celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we are thrilled to announce Through Each Others Eyes, a Cultural Retrospective Exhibit also commemorating the organization's 25th Anniversary.
Through Each Others Eyes held its first exhibit February 22, 1988, as an art exchange with the Phoenix Sister City of Himeji, Japan. Since that time the photographers have sponsored 38 photographic exchanges with photographers, not only in Japan, but in Mexico, Cuba, Canada, China, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
In celebration of their 25th year, they will be displaying their photographs at the Shemer Art Center from May 1 - June 19, 2014.
Through Each Others Eyes encourages people around the world to understand and appreciate diverse cultures through photography.
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CHANDLER TULLAMORE SISTER CITIES HOSTS YOUNG ARTISTS & AUTHORS SHOWCASE THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH

Sister Cities NewsChandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Hosts 2013 Sister Cities International 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners
Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Historic Downtown Chandler
      Showcase Reception - Friday, December 20 - 5:30-7:00pm

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities is proud to have been chosen as one of the 10 cities to host the Sister Cities International 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners.  The winners and finalists' art, essays, and poetry will be on display at Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street, from December 16th through January 11, 2014.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during operation hours of Vision Gallery.
     Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities had two winning entries in the 2013 Showcase, which encouraged youth to reflect on the theme "The Power of Exchange" - expressing how exchange has impacted themselves and their community through original artwork and literature.  The 2013 Young Authors Showcase Grand Prize Winner was Rachel Beglin, a Hamilton High School student, in the Poetry category.  Elizabeth Hopwood, Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, was one of 10 Finalists in the Young Artists Showcase.  These two Chandler students' winning pieces will be on display with the other winning Authors/Artists at Vision Gallery.
     "We are very excited to host this International exhibit from Sister Cities International," said Ellen Harrington, President, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities.  "This was our third year participating in the SCI Showcase, and to have this level of talent recognized is very rewarding!  Hopefully this display will raise enthusiasm for entering the 2014 Young Authors and Artists Showcase."  Information about the theme and entry instructions for the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities' 2014 Showcase is available at www.chandlerirish.org.  Please visit www.sister-cities.org to view the tour schedule, and winners and finalists entries.
     An Opening Reception will be held at Vision Gallery on Friday, December 20 from 5:30-7:00pm.  Please come and congratulate our winners, view the exhibit, and stay for refreshments. Celtic Harpist, Hana Halverson, will provide musical entertainment. Friday, Dec. 20th, is also the night of Chandler's Monthly ArtWalk, open until 10:00pm.  Hosting of the Exhibit is made possible through funding by the City of Chandler's Special Events Funding Committee and the Chandler Cultural Foundation, and the generous support of Vision Gallery.
     Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities' mission is to connect with Chandler's first Sister City, Tullamore, Ireland, through cultural understanding, economic development, educational exchanges, and community involvement.  For further information, please view the website www.chandlerirish.org, or contact Ellen Harrington, President, at chan.to.tull@gmail.com or (480) 600-8509.
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FOURTH ANNUAL PHOENIX SISTER CITIES 5K RUN ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

Sister Cities NewsThe fourth annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Phoenix Sister Cities will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at Arizona Falls, 5802 E. Indian School Road. Download a registration form here or register online at  www.active.com  or  www.allarizonarunningevents.com. Find us on Facebook and see pictures from the previous 5K runs. PSC Committees benefit from each designated runner/walker. For more information, contact the 5K Run Coordinator, Gwen Schaecher, at 602-568-2512. We had tremendous support last year and hope to see you again this year. Early registration will guarantee a stylish T-shirt and a goody bag!
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PHOENIX SISTER CITIES NEWS

Sister Cities NewsPHOENIX YOUTH OFFERED INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH SISTER CITIES PROGRAM
High school sophomores and juniors interested in traveling to another country may apply for the 2014 Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program by 5 p.m. Dec. 20th, 2013. The application can be found online through our website at: www.phoenixsistercities.org.
The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program is open to Phoenix residents and offers students the opportunity to visit one of Phoenix’s ten sister cities next summer to learn more about the city and its culture through a three-week, home-stay experience.  Upon their return, chose Youth Ambassadors reciprocate and house their host brother or sister when they visit Phoenix during the same summer.   
Youth Ambassadors will be selected based on maturity, flexibility, self-confidence, leadership, and communication skills.  International Youth Ambassadors will represent the U.S. and the city of Phoenix, and will have the opportunity to experience the culture of their destination city in ways otherwise unavailable to the typical tourist.
Phoenix Sister Cities pays approximately half of the travel expenses between Phoenix and the selected sister city, while the remaining half is the responsibility of the students and their families. Financial assistance is available for qualified students.
For more information or an application, visit phoenixsistercities.org or call 602-534-3751.  Follow us on twitter @PHXsistercities.

City of Phoenix
CEDD International Relations
200 West Washington St. - 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-534-3750
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PHOENIX SISTER CITIES TEACH ABROAD FUND RAISER THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND

Sister Cities NewsJoin the Phoenix Sister Cities 2013-14 Teach Abroad Participants for a night of Japanese culture, food, and music as they fundraise for their community outreach programs in Himeji, Japan!
When: Saturday, June 22, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: The Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Why: In addition to teaching English at local schools, a major component of the year-long Teach Abroad program in Himeji is promoting cultural understanding, which is achieved through community cultural lessons and English tutoring for adults. In order to fulfill these goals, the teachers are raising money to supplement their cultural and linguistic programs, whose resources may be lacking. Learn more at www.phoenixsistercities.org.
Admission: $5

The program will include a kimono demonstration, food, and a drawing for great prizes, including an autographed Phoenix Suns jersey, Diamondbacks tickets, gift certificates, and more! Drawing tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. The drawing will take place at this event but you don’t need to be present to win!
For more information about the event, to purchase drawing tickets or buy admission tickets in advance, please call Hilary Fuller at 602-534-3751 or email  International.Relations-1@phoenix.gov.
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PHOENIX SISTER CITIES YAEP 7th ANNUAL MULTI FAMILY RUMMAGE SALE APRIL 20TH

Sister Cities NewsWe Need Your Rummage Sale Donations
Help make this summer a success by donating your useable household and clothing items to the Seventh Annual YAEP Family Rummage Sale. This year’s sale will be held on April 20th from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at:
Esperanza Lutheran Church
2601 E. Thunderhill Place Phoenix, AZ 85048
DROPPING OFF & DONATING IS SIMPLE & CONVENIENT:
•    Donations of smaller items can be brought to the Sister Cities Office (20th floor of Phoenix City Hall) anytime M-F between 8-5pm – prior to April 19th.

•    Easily moveable donations can be dropped off at the designated WEEKEND DONATION COLLECTION – DROP OFF on Sunday April 14th  – Find the Uhual parked in front of City Hall (on the corner of 3rd Ave and Washington) from 11am-12pm.  Pull up in the designated (coned off) area and drop off your donations.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist with unloading.

•    Large and small items can also be picked up or dropped off and stored during the week.  If you need to arrange for a pick up, please call 480-635-6861 prior to April 19th.  The week before the Rummage Sale there will be two different drop off locations where you can drop off and store things:

o    DROP OFF Location #1:  Luna Residence – 719 W. Kaler Dr., Phx 85021 (located at approximately 7th Ave & Northern)
o    DROP OFF Location #2: Cisneros-Contreras Residence – 2312 E. Cathedral Rock Dr., Phx 85048 (located in the Ahwatukee area)

•    Last minute donations can be dropped off at the rummage sale the day of.

We are accepting clothes (all sizes), toys, electronics, furniture, house-ware items, decor, jewelry, tools, etc. Please pre-sort your items and label your bags or boxes i.e. Men’s clothing, Women’s shoes, Toys, Baby items, Kitchenware, Décor, sporting equipment, etc.
Please do your spring cleaning and donate your junk to us…we appreciate it! Your contribution may be considered tax deductible.  Phoenix Sister Cities Commission is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a not for profit 501(c)3 organization.  Receipt available upon donation.
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PHOENIX SISTER CITIES YAEP CAR WASH MAY 18TH

Sister Cities NewsSaturday, May 18th 8am-2pm at Grinders Coffee Shop 17 East Dunlap, Phoenix, Arizona, 85020
North Central Ave and East Dunlap Ave What’s better than having a clean car and donating to your city ambassadors at the same time?
Sister cities works to create global awareness and international partnerships around the world.
The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program aims to help young adults become
more involved in the community and other communities abroad. Youth Ambassadors will have a chance this summer to
travel to a different country for three weeks, and their counterparts from that city will come and stay here for three weeks.
However, we need your help to make this the most fulfilling experience possible! Please come and support us at our Car Wash!
Youth Ambassador Exchange Program Car Wash!
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PHOENIX SISTER CITIES NEWS

Sister Cities NewsPhoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Writers with Disabilities
For an Application go to:http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/index.php/program-categories-10/disability-awareness
2013 Competition Fact Sheet
Eligibility    Persons 19 years of age and older with a disability residing in the City of Phoenix or one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities: Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel; and Taipei, Taiwan.
Type of Writing    Poems of 32 lines or less written in English.
Theme    Hope Sees the Invisible and Achieves the Impossible
Entry Fee    $15 per entrant for residents of Phoenix. No fee for residents of any one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities.
Submittal Requirements/ Judging    •    Poems are requested to be submitted by e-mail as Word or Adobe files or other formats if accommodation is requested. E-mail to mjtrunzo@mindspring.com
•    Poems must be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address and phone number.
•    The name must be on the poem itself.
•    Style is open.
•    Subject matter is open, but must be consistent with the theme.
•    Entries not conforming to contest rules will be disqualified; entry fees will not be returned.
•    A panel of judges will evaluate entries based on theme interpretation, composition and originality.
Due Date    May 3rd, 2013
Prizes    1st -$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd- $150. Trophies will be provided to the winners and a certificate of participation
will be provided to all entries.
Publication    Poems will be published on Phoenix Sister Cities Website and made available internationally.
Awards Event    Friday June 14th, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
For More Information    Contact: Mary Jane Trunzo at mjtrunzo@mindspring.com or call 602-224-0202.
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PHOENIX SISTER CITIES DELEGATION VISIT TO ENNIS IRELAND WILL CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY March 13 22, 2013 RESERVE SEATS NOW

Sister Cities NewsEnjoy St. Patrick's Day in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.  This fantastic trip has an option for a few days in London.  Watch the Ennis St. Patrick's Day Parade with St. Mary's High School Band from Phoenix marching.  Tour some of Ireland's nicest scenery and meet the people of Ennis as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary as Sister Cities.  Complete Itinerary and registration form at www.phoenixsistercities.org 
A nonrefundable $500 travel deposit is due by December 7 to hold a seat. The deposit is nonrefundable, unless the trip is cancelled. If there are fewer than 24 delegation members paid in full by January 28, 2013, the trip will be subject to cancellation.  For questions, contact Rick Gerrard: (602) 495-5918  rick.gerrard@phoenix.gov Fax: (602) 495-5097
Mail registration form to: Phoenix Sister Cities, 200 West Washington St. 20th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003