Tashkent Park Re-Opens as International Symbol of Goodwill

Tashkent Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill was officially re-dedicated on Saturday, September 24. The celebration featured remarks from representatives of the city of Seattle, the STSCA, and the Secretary of the Uzbek Embassy.

Former STSCA President Dan Peterson spoke about the Sister City relationship, and Deputy Mayor of the City of Seattle Hyeok Kim honored University of Washington Professor Ilse Cirtautas and former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman for their role in the founding of the STSCA.

Mayor Uhlman, who served from 1969 to 1978, worked with Professor Cirtautas and Tashkent officials to make the sister-city relationship a reality. Governments may not always get along, he said at the ceremony, but people do. “I felt very strongly that we ought to get the people together and forget the government,” Uhlman said.

Secretary Abdufarrukh Khamirov of the Uzbekistan Embassy in the U.S., said the park is a piece of his country in Seattle. “It (is) a symbol of our friendship of our nations,” he said. He also said that the 43-year-old relationship between the cities is a good example of cooperation.

Renovations to the park included landscaping, tables and chairs, a new plaque and plaza upgrades that make it ADA-accessible. Funding for the upgrades came from the Community Development Block Grant, a federal program designed to provide resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

A big thanks to the City of Seattle Parks and Rec Department for their work in landscaping the park! Thank you also to everyone who attended the re-dedication–it was a historic event!

Free Tickets to Annual Picnic for STSCA Members!

All STSCA members will receive a free ticket to our annual picnic on August 14th! This year’s picnic will be held from 2-6 PM at the North Shelter in Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N., Renton, WA, and will feature authentic Uzbek plov, games, good music, and fun for both kids and adults!

Make sure to claim your free ticket and support the work of the STSCA by becoming a member now! Follow this link or select the “Donate/Membership” link on the left to learn how to become a member:

http://seattle-tashkent.org/donate/

Tickets Now on Sale for Annual Summer Picnic on August 14th

Tickets are now on sale for our annual summer picnic on Sunday, August 14th. As in years past, the picnic will feature authentic Uzbek plov, games, good music, and fun for both kids and adults! This year’s picnic will be held from 2-6 PM at the North Shelter in Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N., Renton, WA.

Tickets are now available–make sure to get them before they sell out! The cost is $10 for ages 12 and up, and free for under 12. You can purchase tickets here:

http://stscasummerpicnic.brownpapertickets.com/

We hope to see you there!

Mystic Rose Dance Company Presents “The Sun on the Silk Road”

Emiko Nakamura and the Mystic Rose Dance Company, our acclaimed Navruz performers, present a concert of music and dance, “The Sun on the Silk Road”. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at the Eastside Baha’i Center in Bellevue. All STSCA members will receive discounted tickets of $15, so make sure to mention you are a member when you register!emiko

We hope to see you there! More details can be found on the event’s Facebook page,

Navruz 2016 a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold-out Navruz 2016 event–it was a huge success! Guests enjoyed a delicious full-course Uzbek meal, including bo’g’irsoq, somsa, and plov, and entertainment provided by the Mystic Rose Dance Company, Galina Kalujina, and the Balanced Path Studio.12932810_10153569355251448_7145359258851428086_n

We were especially honored to welcome the Second Secretary of the Uzbek Embassy, Mr. Abdufarrukh Khabirov, and the City of Seattle International Program Coordinator, Ms. Stacy Jehlik, both of whom addressed the audience. Special honors were also given to Professor Ilse Cirtautas, Founding Member and Vice-President of the STSCA, and past STSCA Presidents Dan Peterson, Diana Pearce, and George Wright.

The event also featured a raffle for desirable items, including authentic chapans and a suzanne rug, as well as the ever-popular Uzbek fashion show and diskoteka.12809729_10153569355171448_6732499568737565160_n

Thank you to everyone who helped make Navruz 2016 a very special event! The STSCA Navruz event is produced entirely by volunteers. They do exceptional work, from cooking traditional Uzbek deserts, salads and entrees and providing entertainment, to setting up tables, chairs, a stage, and setting tables for 400 people, and much more. These talented people deserve a special thank you for making the event so special:

Music Producers: Sherzod Kutfiddinov, Bobur Rakhmatulla; Performers: Emiko Nakamura, Misty, Fotima Ibrohim, Sevara Habibullaeva, Galina Kalujina, and Anton Seyduzov; Balanced Path Studio–Kwan Lee, Art Kuellar, Christian Cloud ,and Ilya Lisunov; MC and Interpreters: Lola Zakharova, Shakhida Ismailova, Fazliddin Shamziev; Volunteers: Shukrat Arifdjanov, Oydin Arifdjanova, Tim Arifdjanova, Sevara Habibullaeva, Vika Hewitt, Mamura Oltieva, Diana Pearce, Dan Peterson, Paula Quigley, Shak Saijanov, Malika Usmanova, George Wright, Kamila Yakubova, Azizillo, Dilshod, Munir, Javlon, Bobur, Nursaid, Jamol, Diyor, Jurat, Suhrob, Donier, Umid; Fred and Sharon Lundahl for the decorations and carpets; Raffle Donors: Best Buy, MIR Corporation, Music for the Eyes, ZinNur, Mamnoon Restaurant, Woodland Park Zoo, Dan Peterson, Shukhrat Arifdjanov; and all our other volunteers.

We would be remiss without extending a special thank-you to the event’s sponsors: MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless, and Vitaliy Zak, MD. Thank you for your support!

To see more photos, check out our Navruz 2016 photo album, as well as the photos on our event Facebook page.

Navruz 2016 is Sold Out!

Thank you very much for your interest in our Navruz celebration! The event is sold out and no more tickets are available. We are unable to offer a waiting list for the event, and there will be no tickets available at the door. Thank you very much for your understanding. Happy Spring, and Happy Navruz!

Tickets Now on Sale for Navruz 2016!

The Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association would like to invite you to celebrate Navruz with a wonderful evening of community, Central Asian food, dance and musical performances. Navruz will take place this year at North Seattle College from 4:45 pm – 8pm on March 26.

As with last year, we expect to sell out so please consider purchasing your ticket now to reserve your spot. To register, please buy your tickets here:

http://navruz2016.brownpapertickets.com/

Or click on the “Buy Tickets for Navruz” icon to the left of this page.

You will notice that Navruz is taking place at the College’s gym this year. This is because the room we have used in the past at the college no longer exists. While this is a larger space, it has a rental fee that is double what we have paid in the past.

STSCA is a not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer board. In order to pay for this additional expense, the organization has had to increase the ticket price by $5. The cost for adults is $25, students $15, and children over 5 years old $5; children under 5 years old are free. Thank you for your understanding with this, and we hope that you will all still be able to join us.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you, and very much hope that you will be able to join us on March 26! Cake will be provided; please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

Best regards,
Shakida Ismailova and Samantha Paxton
STSCA Co-Presidents

The Unlikely Sisterhood of Seattle and Tashkent

AramcoWorld magazine recently published a wonderful article about the history of Seattle-Tashkent relations and the STSCA, entitled “The Unlikely Sisterhood of Seattle and Tashkent”. The photographs for the article were taken by Seattle-based photographer Steve Shelton, who presented on his trip to Uzbekistan at our Annual Meeting in October.

The article is available online here:

http://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/January-2016/The-Unlikely-Sisterhood-of-Seattle-and-Tashkent

Tashkent Park Update

The Seattle Parks Department is renovating Tashkent Park. They are adding new landscaping, benches, and a plaza. They anticipate completing the work in May or June of this year.

A new plaque will be located on the sculpture base. Pictured below are Shwu-jen Hwang, the lead architect for the park, and Dan Peterson, former president of the STSCA.

IMG_3412

Long-Time STSCA President Dan Peterson Steps Down

From former STSCA President Dan Peterson:

I am moving on from being the president of the STSCA. I have been involved for 13 years and many of those years as the president. It is time to pass the torch to others. The Board voted at the November 18th meeting to elect co-presidents Samantha Paxton (from the Trade Development Alliance) and Shakhida Ismailova (from Swedish Medical Center). Professor Ilse Cirtautas and Ms. Lola Zakharova are vice presidents, with Nicholas Myers as treasurer and Charlotte Chase as secretary. They are all great people, very competent, and committed to the mission of the Sister City.

I will still be involved in activities and events and look forward to supporting STSCA for a long time. Plus, I have made so many friends through the STSCA that I will never be far away.

I hope everyone supports the new leadership of the STSCA. It is an extremely important organization and all its activities locally and with Uzbekistan are critical to maintain for the next generation as well. The legacy of the Sister City will carry on successfully, I am sure.