Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pentathlon Olympic Class Finals - Benderson Park



Updated countries arriving at Sarasota' Benderson Park to compete for the Pentathlon Olympic Class Finals are:

1. Argentina
2. Belarus
3. Bulgaria
4. Brazil
5. Canada

6. China
7. Cuba
8. Czech Republic
9. Egypt
10. Finland

11. France
12. Great Briton
13. Germany
14. Guatemala
15. Hungry

16. Ireland
17. Italy
18. Japan
19. Kazakhstan
20. South Korea

21. Latvia
22. Lithuania
23. Mexico
24. Poland
25. Russia

26. Turkey
27. Ukraine
28. USA

Many thanks to Pauline Mitchel n friend Nance, plus Tampa Chinese School n Clearwater Dance Troop, SACS will be offering 4 major entertainments for Pentathlon on May 7th and May 8th. We shall have plural Chinese Lions dancing on Saturday May 7th, from noon to 12:30 and again from 3:30 to 4 pm.

May 5th 5:30 pm Opening Ceremony at Ringling Museum Courtyard: All of us plus friends are invited to the official opening ceremony. VIPs will be President of The International Olympic Committee Mr. Thomas Bach n Olympic Secretary-General Thani al-Kuwari from Qatar, a future host for summer Olympic game.

For Closing Ceremony on May 8th at 4:30 pm, we will offer Scottish windpipe, followed by an international dance with multi nation costumes. We also will be providing a Jazz Band to play on Sunday from noon to 4 pm.

SCAS and GCAA are both invited to be partners of Benderson Park. We are submitting our logos for printing of the brochures.

Volunteer positions will be available online for registration very soon. All volunteers will be given a T shirt, free lunches and free ice cold beverages. Volunteers will have the most rewarding experience in mingling with our favorite Olympian athletes. We will have our own tent to do our Sister Cities promotions.

We have many more hundreds of tickets to give out. I shall bring a large stack to the CD meeting.

All tickets are FREE for the three days.

More detailed sign-up and schedules will follow shortly by Eblast.

We look forward to your participation. This event will be the last Pentathlon that will take place in Sarasota. It is a very rare and memorable World Class Sports Event in our own backyard.

Best Regards

Irene Leung



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

International Festival Thursday April 21





Sarasota Christian School - Courtyard and Gym
International Festival Thursday April 21
530 to 730 pm


Sarasota Sister Cities will have a table with our banner, placards and brochures tended by Anna Madaschi and Ray Young (5:30-6:30) and Pauline Mitchell & Marianna Marianna Janz-Wecke (6:30-7:30).  Other board members may attend if you wish.  

Marianna and I will be a brief presentation about SSCA at 7:10 pm.  Irene will have a separate table for the Benderson Pentathlon. They expect about 400 people, so should give us good exposure.

Irene Leung will host a separate table about the upcoming Pentathalon.



Raymond Young



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Monday, April 18, 2016

“Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific” at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 20

Reminder: Sister City Presentation on “Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific” at 

4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 20 

at Audubon Nature Center, Celery Fields, 999 Center Rd, at Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

Your $5 donation will include a complimentary Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet immediately following at the same Nature Center location.

The central Pacific Ocean was colonized by some of the greatest Navigators of all time, the Polynesians. The Polynesian triangle is defined by Hawaii, New Zealand & Easter Island, and includes Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Marquesas. Originally contacted by Captain James Cook during his three voyages to the region and the location of the Mutiny on the Bounty, fascinating stories abound from the region. The origins and unique culture of the Polynesians will be described, including their customs, ceremonies, food, & materials. Finally, the dramatic effect of European & American contact & occupation on the population and culture of the Polynesians will be revealed.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific

Sarasota Sister Cities Association


April Presentation



Polynesian Cultures of the South Pacific 

Raymond A. Young

The central Pacific Ocean was colonized by some of the greatest Navigators of all time, the Polynesians. The Polynesian triangle is defined by Hawaii, New Zealand & Easter Island, and includes Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Marquesas. 



Originally contacted by Captain James Cook during his three voyages to the region and the location of the Mutiny on the Bounty, fascinating stories abound from the region. The origins and unique culture of the Polynesians will be described, including their customs, ceremonies, food, & materials. Finally, the dramatic effect of European & American contact & occupation on the population and culture of the Polynesians will be revealed.





4:00 pm  April 20, 2016

Audubon Nature Center

Celery Fields, 999 Center Rd & Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

A Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet will follow immediately after the presentation at the same location for a small donation of $5.00 to SCAS.


For further Information, Contact: Ray Young, Sarasota Sister Cities Assn e-mail: aloharay4@gmail.com, phone: 941-227-7509.

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