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Join Us for our Uzbek Independence Day Picnic!

Come celebrate Uzbek Independence Day with the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association! See old friends and meet new ones while you enjoy a festive picnic—including plov—in a beautiful location!

This year’s picnic will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 1-5 PM at the North Shelter in Gene Coulon Park, located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056. Please bring fruit or a dessert to share, as well as cash for our donation-based raffle.

Tickets are on sale now here:

We recommend that you buy your tickets as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee admission if you have not purchased your tickets ahead of time. Also, please note that the park does not allow dogs or smoking.

We look forward to celebrating with you!
—The STSCA Board

Join Us at the Kent International Festival!

Join us for the lively Kent International Festival on Saturday, June 18th, from 10 AM to 5 PM! It’s a multicultural feast of food, music, and entertainment–fun for all!

Stop by our Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association booth and say Hi–salaam! We’ll have embroidered Uzbek dopkas (baseball caps) for sale, too.

Details on the festival are here:

GiveBIG for STSCA on May 3 and 4!

STSCA is participating for the first time this year in GiveBIG, a two-day, state-wide fundraising campaign powered by 501 Commons to support non-profit organizations in Washington state. We have set the goal of raising $2,000 from GiveBIG toward activities tied to our 50th anniversary next year.

Please consider making a contribution to STSCA on Tuesday, May 3, or Wednesday, May 4, to help support our work. No amount is too small, and everyone can be a donor!

STSCA Navruz Returns in Person on March 19!

The STSCA Navruz celebration is back in-person this year! Join us on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Shoreline Community College for a special event filled with delicious Central Asian food, fun, and entertainment! Enjoy a festive meal, dancing, a fashion show, and more as we usher in spring together!


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Time: 1 PM-5 PM, or until the dancing ends!
Location: Shoreline Community College, PUB 9000 building, main dining room
Parking: There is ample parking available, and it is free on the weekends. The campus is also directly accessible via several bus routes.


The cost for this event is $25 for ages 13-64; $15 for seniors 65+ and children 5-12; and free for ages 4 and under. Please contact us at to inquire about our ticket pricing for disabled people.

Tickets are available here:


We will follow all Washington state and King County COVID-19 protocols. Currently, these include mask and vaccination requirements.

Mask requirement

Everyone attending Navruz must wear a mask at all times except when performing or actively eating or drinking.

Vaccination requirement

To be allowed to enter, everyone 12 and over must show proof of full vaccination (two or more shots) against COVID-19.

We are also limiting the number of tickets sold due to COVID-19 and facility restrictions. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Seattle Sister Cities Cookbook Now on Sale!

The Seattle Sister Cities International Table cookbook is now available! These beautiful cookbooks make colorful presents for any holiday and feature 100 delicious recipes from Seattle’s sister cities, including five from Tashkent!

Local pickup is available in North or South Seattle, or books can be sent via media mail. To reserve your copy, go to and click on the $40 family membership, or send $40 at Get your copy before they sell out!

Join us for the 2021 STSCA Annual Meeting!

Calling all STSCA supporters: it’s time for the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association’s Annual Meeting! Join us on Thursday, December 9, at 6 PM Pacific time to hear about our activities this year, including the establishment of a new museum in the revitalized Seattle Peace Park in Tashkent, and about plans to celebrate our upcoming 50th anniversary in 2023.

We’ll have also have Board elections and a raffle for some great Uzbek and Central Asian prizes, plus a preview of the beautiful new Seattle Sister Cities cookbook that includes recipes from Uzbekistan. Register at the link below to join us for this special event!

Celebrate Uzbek Independence Day with STSCA at our Annual Picnic!

Come celebrate Uzbek Independence Day with the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association! See old friends and meet new ones while you enjoy a festive picnic in a beautiful location!

This year’s picnic will be held on Saturday, September 4, from 1-5 PM at Vasa Park in Bellevue on Lake Sammamish, located at 3560 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE. Please buy your tickets as soon as possible here:

While a limited number of tickets may be available at the picnic, we cannot guarantee admission if you have not purchased your tickets ahead of time.

Also, due to the risks associated with the Delta COVID variant, we are requiring everyone 5 and older to wear masks, so please bring one with you, along with fruit or a dessert to share. Please also note that you are participating in the picnic at your own risk and that STSCA is not responsible for any outbreaks or infections that may occur, so let’s keep each other safe!

Buy your tickets now before they sell out here:

When you arrive at the park, park your car in the parking lot, then cross the street to the gate entrance to the park. Let the person staffing the gate know that you are here for the Uzbek Independence Day picnic.

Please note that the park does not allow dogs or smoking. Also, if you or your kids would like to swim in the lake, you will need to fill out the Vasa Park swim waiver here:

We look forward to celebrating with you! Please buy your tickets now before 1 PM PST on Friday, September 3.

See you there!
–The STSCA Board

STSCA Vice-President Receives “Friendship between Nations” Award from Uzbek Government

Congratulations to our Vice-President Fazliddin Shamsiev for receiving the “Friendship between Nations” award from the Uzbek government. Fazliddin-aka has worked tirelessly to promote connections between Seattle and Tashkent, so this award is very well-deserved!

Join STSCA for Navruz 2021!

Join STSCA for a fun, festive, virtual celebration of Navruz, the Central Asian New Year! Discover how Navruz is celebrated in Uzbekistan and how STSCA traditionally celebrates it. Learn how to make authentic Uzbek plov, a rice and meat dish that is traditionally eaten at Navruz. Enjoy watching colorful Uzbek dances, and dress up in your finest Uzbek fashion–prizes will be given to the best-dressed attendees!

When: Sunday, March 21, 2021 05:30 PM-07:30 PM PST

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here:

This event is free, but donations to STSCA are encouraged. Please consider making a donation here:

Please also note that this event will be recorded. See you there!

Navruz 2021 is sponsored by the law firm of Macdonald, Hoague, and Bayless, which has been fighting for civil rights and representing immigrants in Washington state and beyond for 65 years. 

Join Us for the STSCA Annual Meeting!

You are invited to join us at the STSCA Annual Meeting, on Saturday, December 12, at 8 PM PST on Zoom. Come learn about what we accomplished this year and what we are planning for the future. Help us elect new and returning Board members, and meet our partners in Uzbekistan, who will be joining us live from Tashkent!

Register here to reserve your spot: