Sister Cities 2017 Inaugural Gala

2017 Inaugural Gala

WHAT
In advance of Inauguration Day, join Sister Cities International at the 2017 Inaugural Gala for an exciting gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders in celebration of the inauguration of our Honorary Chairperson, the President of the United States. REGISTER HERE!
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WHEN
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
8:00PM – VIP Reception
8:00PM – Generation Reception
8:45 – 11:00PM – Gala
Guests may choose to add the VIP reception option when they register.
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The Organization of American States
200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
HOTEL
Sister Cities International has two room blocks for the Inaugural Gala.
Sister Cities International has a room block at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center at the special rate of $229/night. To reserve your hotel room, please book online HERE or call 1-800-393-2510. The room block cut off date is Monday, December 26, 2016. NOTE: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first served basis. Please book your room early!
Sister Cities International has a room block at The Dupont Circle hotel at the special rate of $169/night. To reserve your hotel room, please book by calling 202-483-6000 and reference “SCI”. The room block cut off date is Monday, December 26, 2016. NOTE: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first served basis. Please book your room early!
So you may better budget your hotel stay, current local taxes are 14.5%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay.
TICKETS
Gala Ticket
  • $250.00
Gala Ticket – Young Professional Rate (ages 22-35)
  • $150.00
VIP Reception Ticket
  • $100

REGISTER HERE!

ATTIRE
Black tie or traditional dress
HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE
Thank you to our Honorary Host Committee for your support!
Embassy of Slovenia
American Anciens Association NATO Defense College
American Women for International Understanding
The Washington, DC Chamber of Commerce
International Economic Alliance
H.E. Ambassador Pierre Clive Agius Embassy of Malta
H.E. Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan
H.E. Ambassador Hunaina Al Mughairy Embassy of Oman
H.E. Ambassador François Balumuene Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
H.E. Ambassador Francisco Campbell Embassy of Nicaragua
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar Embassy of Slovenia
H.E. Charge d’Affaires Patrick Chuasoto Embassy of the Philippines
H.E. Ambassador Tiena Coulibaly Embassy of Mali
H.E. Ambassador Martin Dahinden Embassy of Switzerland
H.E. Ambassador Fayçal Gouia Embassy of Tunisia
H.E. Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov Embassy of Uzbekistan
H.E. Ambassador Román Macaya Hayes Embassy of Costa Rica
H.E. Ambassador Haris Hrle Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina
H.E. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam Embassy of Sri Lanka
H.E. Ambassador Peter Kmec Embassy of the Slovak Republic
H.E. Ambassador Martin Lousteau Embassy of Argentina
H.E. Ambassador Wilson Masilingi Embassy of Tanzania
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib Embassy of Afghanistan
H.E. Ambassador Farhod Salim Embassy of Tajikistan
H.E. Ambassador Carlos dos Santos Embassy of Mozambique
H.E. Ambassador Henne Schuwer Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
H.E. Ambassador Eliachim Molapi Sebatane Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho
H.E. Chargé d’Affaires Pavel Shidlovsky Embassy of Belarus
H.E. Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev Embassy of Bulgaria
H.E. Ambassador Elin Suleymanov Embassy of Azerbaijan
H.E. Ambassador Agostinho Tavares Embassy of Angola
H.E. Ambassador Kadyr M. Toktogulov Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic
H.E. Ambassador Kairat Umarov Embassy of Kazakhstan
H.E. Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner Embassy of Austria
 
COMMUNICATIONS
Planning on attending #SCIinaugural? Join the conversation and help spread the word to your networks. Click here to download a digital toolkit with plug-and-play social media posts and click here to download high-res shareable graphics.
 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Become part of the Global Leaders Circle, a thriving network of individuals, businesses, and organizations, by investing in Sister Cities International today. The Global Leaders Circle is your opportunity to publicly demonstrate your support for global peace and prosperity. Contact Tricia Lloyd, Director of Development, at tlloyd@sistercities.org or 202-347-8630 for more information and custom sponsorships.
YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE LEAD GIFT WILL:
  • Encourage others to support our mission.
  • Honor 60 years of service to the U.S. and the world.
  • Enhance the U.S.’s position on the global stage.
  • Help produce the Inaugural Gala, Annual Conference, and other events.
  • Be recognized at your Global Leaders Circle level in print and electronic materials all year.
  • Be recognized at your Global Leaders Circle level on signage in the Sister Cities International office and at all events.
  • Align with a powerful, thriving global and local network of those most committed to our mission.
  • Support our work to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
  • Promote peace and prosperity at home and abroad.
Additional benefits include:

Platinum – $100,000 (One available)

  • Three reserved tables of 10 at the Inaugural Gala
  • 30 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Recognized sponsor of 3 Ambassadors and their spouses at the VIP reception and Gala
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; all press releases as the only Platinum member; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General reception.

Presidential – $75,000

  • Two reserved tables of 10 at the Inaugural Gala to include two Ambassadors and their guests
  • 20 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases and on all social media sites as a Presidential level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Minister – $50,000

  • One reserved table of 10 at the Inaugural Gala to include an Ambassador and guest
  • 10 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Minister level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Ambassador – $25,000

  • One reserved table of 10 at the Inaugural Gala
  • Six tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as an Ambassador level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Chargés D’Affaires – $10,000

  • Six tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Six tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Chargés D’Affaires level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Diplomat – $5,000

  • Four tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Four tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Diplomat level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

International Attaché – $2,500

  • Two tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Two tickets to the VIP reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Diplomat level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Special Envoy – $1,000

  • Two tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Name inclusion at the Special Envoy giving level on recognition materials for the Inaugural Gala and reception
OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS
900 F Street NW
1900 Connecticut Avenue NW
1001 14th Street NW
1000 H Street NW
800 16th Street NW
815 14th Street NW
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
1177 15th Street NW
1011 L Street NW
999 9th Street NW
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
2120 P Street, NW
923 16th Street NW
515 15th Street, NW
2660 Woodley Road NW
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
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Felice Lesser Dance Theater

2017 Season to Feature  World Premiere of Lightning 

February 8-12, 2017

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At The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project

New York, NY (Updated Info: January 5, 2017): Felice Lesser Dance Theater’s 2017 season will feature the world premiere of Lightning, a multi-media dance dealing with timely issues facing the world in the new year, set to a score by the contemporary Slovenian composer Borut Krzisnik*.  The season will run for six performances, February 8 – 12, 2017 at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).

Lightning combines drama and humor to reflect Lesser’s reaction to today’s complex political and social issues, including Trump’s election, the rise of racism and anti-gay sentiment, the plight of immigrants and refugees, and growing world violence. Video preview link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xofQz6q6y5s

*Note: Borut Krzisnik’s score for Lightning will have its U.S. premiere on February 8, the Slovenian holiday of “Preseren Day,” a national cultural holiday celebrated with free cultural festivals, performances and art exhibits.  In keeping with the spirit of the holiday and its own strong commitment to cultural outreach,

the opening night audience will be invited to a post-performance champagne toast, in honor of the holiday.

Thursday, February 9 will be a “Twenty for Twenties” special performance:  $20 tickets and a post-performance reception will be available to anyone in their 20s.

The Felice Lesser Dance Theater (FLDT), founded in 1975 by choreographer, playwright, filmmaker and animator, Felice Lesser, creates and performs her contemporary dance works, which are mixed with theater and technology. Lesser’s “moving sets” of simultaneous projected video and computer animation are featured as a visual background to what is happening onstage, where live dancers interact with filmed ones, or distorted images appear as counterpoint. Lightning will reflect on some of today’s most important issues: borders, global warming, inclusion, terrorism, technology, and artificial intelligence.

In its 41-year history, FLDT has produced over sixty dance works, two full-length plays about dance and dancers, video/dance works, original television broadcasts, and many contemporary music and art collaborations performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Joyce SoHo, the Sarasota Ballet, and the 1991 Tokyo International Choreography Competition. FLDT is committed to education as well as performance and has an extensive array of lecture-demonstrations, classes, residencies and workshops to develop audiences and bring the general public and students into the creative process. The company feels strongly that dance should be available and accessible to all, and provides outreach and free ticket programs to special and underserved populations, and will do so again during these performances.

The company features dancers Ahmaud Culver, Katherine Files, Chanmee Jeong, Chihwan Kim, Acee Francis Laird, Danielle Shupe and Dona Wiley.

Borut Krzisnik is a Slovenian composer based in Ljubljana.  He has released seven albums, including Lightning, Valse Brutal, Sacre du Temps and A Life in Suitcases (film and soundtrack).  His music has been featured in many films, dance and theater productions, including Peter Greenaway’s multi-media trilogy Tulse Luper Suitcases and A Life in Suitcases.

Built as part of the New 42nd Street Studios to support performing artists in the creation of their work, The Duke on 42nd Street is a premier venue in the heart of the theater district. Along with the New 42nd Street Studios and The New Victory Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street is a project of The New 42nd Street, the independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Committed to the transformational power of the arts, the dedicated Board and Staff of The New 42nd Street build on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life.

Felice Lesser Dance Theater will present six performances as follows: February 8 – 11 at 7:30 pm, with matinee performances on February 11 and 12 at 2pm at The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project. Tickets are $40 ($25 students/seniors/FLDT members) and will be available after January 11, online at http://www.Dukeon42.org, by phone at 646.223.3010, or in person at The Duke on 42nd Street’s Box Office.  Thursday, February 9 is a “Twenty for Twenties” special performance:  $20 tickets and a post-performance reception will be available to anyone in their 20s.

Note: Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are: Tues-Fri 4pm-7pm; Saturday 12pm-6pm. On performance days Box Office hours are extended on performance days.

For further information, visit  www.FLDT.org

Photo Link: https:/ https://goo.gl/photos/3m7F37fjTqnFezxD6

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Sausage Fest Indianapolis

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New Years Eve Slovenska Pristava

New Years Eve again at Pristava
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The Board of Slovenska Pristava cordially invites members and friends for a New Years Eve celebration on December 31, 2016. Doors at the Laushe Hall will open at 6:30 pm, dinner starts at 7:30 pm. Reservations the dinner are $35. Please call 440-537-1941 no later than 12/26.
A buffet style champagne dinner will be served by Joe Tavčar and staff.  Sausage and kraut will be available after midnight. Our popular Pristava musicians will provide entertainment throughout the evening. A cash bar with regular pristava prices will be available.
In case of bad weather the party will be moved to St. Mary’s Hall in Collinwood.

Sivestrovanje na Slovenski pristavi

Odbor Slovenske pristave vabi vse člane in prijatelje na Silvestrovanje 31. Decembra v Lausche-tovi dvorani na Pristavi. Začetek ob 6:30, večerja ob 7:30. Cena večerje $ 35 in za rezervacijo pokličite 440-537-1941 najkasneje do 26. decembra.
“Buffet style” večerjo bo pripravil Jože Tavčar, šampanjec ob polnoči in prigrizek preden odidete domov.
Za ples in prijetno poslušanje poskrbijo Pristavski muzikantje. Točilnica bo ponudila pijače za gotovino.
V primeru slabega vremena bo zabava v dvorani Marije vnebovzete v Collinwoodu.

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“Cockta, the drink of our and your youth.”

“Cockta, the drink of our and your youth.”cockta

Wednesday December 14
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Slovenian Museum and Archives
6407 St. Clair

“Cockta, the drink of our and your youth.” The exhibit, which was kindly provided and translated by Slovene Ethnographic Museum, will take you through the history of the most known Slovenian pop drink and counter to Coca-Cola, Cockta.

Every visitor will be able to try it and learn something new about our beloved drink, which was invented 63-years ago. Come and have some fun at the Slovenian Museum and Archives. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking in the back of the building of Slovenian National Home or in front of the Museum. The event is organized by Slovenian Museum and Archives and Center for Slovenian Studies at Cleveland State University.

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Vlado Kreslin Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland Public Library

Now on display at the Cleveland Public Library Main Building.

3rd Floor: Fine Arts includes art, architecture, and music. This floor also houses Special Collections which includes the John G. White Collection of Folklore, Orientalia, and Chess, “the largest and most comprehensive chess library in the world.” The Cleveland Digital Public Library (ClevDPL) opened on this floor on February 14, 2015. ClevDPL preserves and conserves library collections. Also, ClevDPL helps the library, its patrons, and its institutional partners to digitize and display collections through the library’s Digital Gallery.

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City of Cleveland is “All In”

allinCity of Cleveland is “All In” as we “Rally Together” to Host World Series and Cavaliers Home Opener

Monday, October 24, 2016

CLEVELAND – The World Series has returned to the City of Cleveland as the Cleveland Indians begin a best-of-seven series with the Chicago Cubs. The City of Cleveland and our Downtown area partners are excited to welcome visitors and baseball fans from all over the world for Games 1 and 2.
The first game of the 2016 World Series begins on Tuesday, October 25th at 8:08 p.m. at Progressive Field with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. That same night the Cleveland Cavaliers will open their 2016-2017 season against the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. in Quicken Loans arena. There will be a free, public event in the parking lot outside Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue beginning 2:00 p.m.
Anticipated crowds at these events combined with the evening work commute will cause traffic delays. In order to improve traffic flow, the Division of Police will be implementing “NO PARKING” designations in the following areas on both sides of the listed street for Game 1 and Game 2 of the World Series:

  • Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East14th Street.
  • Huron Road from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue.
  • Bolivar Road from East 9th Street to East 14th Street.
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 9th Street to East 14th Street.
  • East 9th Street from Superior Avenue to Carnegie Avenue.
  • East 4th Street from Huron Road to Prospect Avenue.

This parking ban will be in effect both Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  Additionally, no parking will be permitted on the north side of West Huron Street will from Ontario Street to Superior Avenue from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 am both Tuesday and Wednesday.  This area will be used as a vehicle drop-off and pick-up location. Once these vehicles drop-off they will need to exit the area and find another location to park.

The City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following offer the following tips to improve your visit and downtown experience:

Gateway East Garage closed to daily and monthly parking. Gateway East Garage will be operating in a “Day Game” situation on Tuesday, October 25th.  No cash parking or monthly parking passes will be permitted. Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavilers game-day pass parking will be permitted. This is for Tuesday, October 25th only.

Be cautious of counterfeit tickets. The risk of purchasing counterfeit tickets from scalpers of the street is high during the World Series. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series on Friday and Saturday are sold out, but purchasing from other sources besides Indians.com is done at the buyer’s risk.

Police officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to be aware. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket. The Indians are not responsible for tickets purchased through secondary sources.

Arrive early, stay late. In order to ensure that you arrive at your destination without missing a second of the action, plan your commute beforehand and allow yourself extra travel time. There are plenty of great places to eat and enjoy the City of Cleveland nightlife after the game. For a list of options please visithttp://www.downtowncleveland.com/play.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Report any suspicious activity to safety officials.

Ride RTA. Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is expanding service for all World Series games and watch parties. Staff is also gearing up to serve Cavaliers fans on Tuesday, October 25th, by adding extra trains and extending rush-hour service. RTA employees will be on hand to direct customers and sell a $5 round-trip, commemorative World Series pass at the busiest stations.

Service on all rail lines will operate up to 60 minutes after the game or watch parties end, even if the game goes into extra innings. The Walkway opens at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate both Cavs and Indians fans. Many Rapid stations offer free parking. Please follow the signs and park legally. Visithttp://www.riderta.com/ to plan your trip.

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic in and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic. Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to encourage everyone to download the OHGO app from the Ohio Department of Transportation to see real-time traffic speeds, hundreds of live traffic cameras, and travel delay times. Users can also set up custom traffic alerts.

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