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The La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association works to build a bridge between two charities on opposite sides of the Atlantic next week, with a fundraising night of traditional Irish music and dance. The 3rd Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili will benefit Sacred Grounds, a group that aids homeless and vulnerable people in the Wisconsin city of La Crosse, and Cork ARC, a support service for those in Bantry, Ireland, with family members needing medical care. The event adds new depth each year to the relationship between La Crosse and Bantry, which have been sister cities for more than a decade, while also helping locals from the Wisconsin city experience the unique culture of Ireland. In its first year, proceeds from the Coulee Hoolie Ceili went to New Horizons, a women’s shelter...view
Record crowds flocked to an auditorium in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, last month to celebrate the Lunar New Year, in an event featuring performances by dancers of all ages, and even a Beijing Opera singer. The city’s 12th Annual Chinese New Year Festival drew more than 4,000 people, not including performers from Birmingham’s sister city Chao Yang District (in the Chinese capital city of Beijing) and Chinese-Americans and others from the Birmingham area. The festival is just one of the many international events sponsored or founded by the Birmingham Sister Cities Commission, ranging from the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival later this month, to Ghana and Ukraine Independence Day celebrations, home to two of Birmingham’s sister...view
The Schaumburg Sister Cities Commission received the Sister City Champion of Youth Award from the Illinois Sister Cities Association last year for its continued support of exchanges and youth diplomacy. The commission supports annual student exchanges between Schaumburg, Illinois, and its German sister city, also called Schaumburg, and has facilitated youth soccer exchanges in the past. It also supports exchanges with Namerikawa, in Japan, on more infrequent basis, due to higher travel costs and issues with accommodations. The award was presented as part of the Illinois Municipal League’s annual conference in Chicago in September of 2017. Earlier that year, the Schaumburg Sister Cities Commission welcomed its first group of exchange students from Namerikawa in roughly...view