Come Join Your 2016 Lynda Hinton Windermere Real Estate Sister Cities Ski to Sea Team!

Lynda Hinton WindermereMeet the 2016 Lynda Hinton Windermere Sister Cities Ambassadors Ski to Sea Team!  Thanks to Lynda Hinton, Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate as team sponsor we will have a true international team. Additional financial support has been provided by Saturna Capital, Bellingham Cold Storage, and Freeland and Associates. And, you are encouraged to participate in the public events surrounding your team’s visit that includes:

2016 Ski to Sea Media Calendar

And speaking of our Ski-To-Sea Team here they are:

2016 Ski to Sea Team Flyer

 Support our Sponsors:

2016 sponsor logo for footer

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Come Join Us To Celebrate Nakhodka Day In Bellingham!

Join us for this special event celebrating our Sister City Nakhodka Russia by registering here.


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Images From Our Japanese New Year’s Celebration (Shinnenkai)

Some things are best said in pictures.  Enjoy, and we will see you next year!

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Japanese Fun Run/Walk/Stand Saturday 9:00 AM Jan-23, New Rotary Trailhead, Old Fairhaven Parkway

Bonzai-Send-OffJapan Marathon Sendoff  – Help send off local runner Holly Graham to Sister City Tateyama, Japan this Saturday for the 36th Wakashio Marathon with a big gambatte! woop! woop! Join our growing group of locals who have run the Wakashio and you too can be an emissary of World Peace. Enjoy hot ocha and tasty onigiri under our tent. Weather you run, walk, or just stand with us, we’ll see you at the new trailhead and bridge!

Come and applaud Holly who was awarded $500 of the 2015 Sister City Association Peace Grant for her trip. Visit Holly is prepared to carry your personal message or gift of international understanding to Tateyama, so write a letter to Mayor Kanamaru or wrap a gift for your Tateyama friends and bring it with you.

Mayor Kelli Linville and The Bellingham Herald have both been invited to join us.

Holly GrahamHolly (of Bellingham Fit fame) is in for an adventure beginning with her meet-up with our Port Stevens, Australia Sister City runners at Narita airport and ride to Tateyama. Her trip includes her home stay family, group meeting with Mayor Kanamaru and the International Exchange Society, master class with a professional marathoner, lunchtime visit at an elementary school, tour of temples and castles, tea ceremony, public bath and party with the Soyuukai Running Club, and who knows what else, but all under the watchful care of our supporters and English-speaking staff in Tateyama.

If Holly’s sendoff is not enough fun for you, join us for a pot-luck the next day, Sunday Jan 24th from noon to 3:00 for our Japanese New Years Celebration at the WECU Education Center on Holly Street. Try your hand at pounding mochi, eating whatever you bring, and seeing, doing, and being things Japanese.

Gambatte! woop! woop! Questions?…just contact:

Ross Grier
Tateyama City Chairperson

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Punta Arenas Day January 30th

Welcome From Punta Arenas

Welcome From Punta Arenas, See You In Bellingham January 30th!

Bellingham Sister Cities Association invites you to our first Annual Punta Arenas Day with the theme “Its All about Thanksgiving.” January 30, 2016 at the Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) @ 5:30 -7:30 PM.

It is free and you can register by clicking here.


2015 Chilean Students At Heritage Flight Museum


We will be introducing 3 high school students from Punta Arenas, who will be accompanied by their Bellingham Host families.  Our Chilean students will have an opportunity to share a little about their community.  In conjunction with our learning a little about them and their part of the world, they will simultaneously be learning about the American tradition of Thanksgiving. Turkey and stuffing will be provided.  Any guests are asked to bring a side dish that is consistent with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Cheryl Myers, the Bellingham Sister Cities Chair for Punta Arenas, has a number of other learning opportunities for our community to gain knowledge about the life, culture and people of Punta Arenas Chile.  Hope to see you there!

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PacRim 2016 Initial Planning Meeting This Wednesday, January 6th.

pacrim flagsThe Pacific Rim Yachting Challenge 2016 (PacRim 2016) is being held in Nakhodka, Russia on July 30th, 2016 through August 8th, 2016 .

This prestigious event, based on Bellingham’s Sister Cities relationships alternates between participating cities of the Pacific Rim.  It’s beginning was the result of the first post-Cold War visits of Nakhodka sailors visiting Bellingham with their sailboat “Kapitan Panaev” in 1988.

DSC_1624“PacRim is about world peace, it helped build  understanding between the Soviet Union and the US during the Cold War.”

An initial planning meeting will be held on Jan 6th, 2016, 6PM at the BYC for information, committee formation, and assignments, as well as a presentation about Nakhodka by Nina Talbot, the BSCA City Chair for Nakhodka.

Applications are now being accepted for racers and ambassadors and anyone can apply.  Team USA will be homestay hosted in Nakhodka and enjoy not only racing but many wonderful Nakhodka cultural attractions and hospitality.

Go to , download applications and enjoy this memorable opportunity.

Al and Karen Callery, Co-Chairs
PacRim 2016

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Japanese New Year’s Celebration (Shinnenkai) – January 24th!

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shinnenkai (Japanese 新年会, literally “new year gathering”) is the Japanese tradition of welcoming the arrival of the New Year.  A shinnenkai is a shinnenkaiis their way of getting together to celebrate a new year and to make promises to each other to do their best for this year while wishing each other good luck and fortune.

You are invited to attend this event where there will be Mochi-Tsuki (A Japanese new years tradition), enjoy conversation, music and the potluck dishes that everyone should bring.

For more information, you can link to the event page by clicking here.

Co-sponsored by the Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA) and the Whatcom Japanese Community Association

Japanese New Years

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Dates For PacRim 2016 Set For Nakhodka, Russia!

NakhodkaThe dates for PacRim 2016 are set for July 30-August 8, 2016 in Nakhodka, Russia!

If you would like to attend and be part of Team USA, please click here to let us know you would like to help build world peace in Nakhodka, Russia in 2016!

If you would like to help sponsor Team USA, please click here to let us know you also would like to help build world peace in Nakhodka, Russia in 2016!

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Bellingham Sister Cities and the Bellingham Yacht Club Team Up For PacRim 2016


BYC Commodore Michele Bodtke and BSCA President Karen Callery Welcome Nahodka Racer For PacRim 2014

The Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA), along with the Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC), have again teamed up to develop Team USA for the 2016 Pacific Rim Regatta (PacRim 2016) to be held in next summer in Nakhodka, Russia.

The BYC and BSCA have been working together on this international regatta since its beginnings in 1988 during the Cold War when this event marked unprecedented cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union.


PacRim 2014 Ambassadors At Peace Arch Park

If you are interested in helping build world peace by being part of Team USA as a Racer or Ambassador, please click here.  If you are interested in helping build world peace by defraying the costs for Team USA, please click here.

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It Is Time To Register For The 2016 Wakashio Marathon

Mayor Linville at Tateyama Runners Banzai Send-Off

Mayor Linville at Tateyama Runners Banzai Send-Off

Would you like to run in our Sister City Tateyama, Japan’s 36th Wakashio Marathon/10K/2K on January 31st, 2016?

We’ve been sending folks to Tateyama for decades and this might be your year!  If so, contact us immediately as the deadline is approaching.

Challenge your running record and do some citizen diplomacy for world peace at the same time!  For just your airfare ($766 on 10/17/15) and a few other expenses, our friends in Tateyama will waive the race fee, pick up/drop you off at Tokyo Narita airport, and provide a home stay with a local family.  You’ll make life long memories and friends on this trip.  Our Australian sister City, Port Stephens is sending runners too! So not only will you be able to enrich yourself in Japanese culture, but you will be able to become close to a couple Australian runners as well! This year you can compete for a Sister Cities Association $1000 grant.  All runners would share the grant equally, but each of you should apply.  Click here for Grant Application:
Tentative Schedule :

  • Depart Seattle/Vancouver (Vancouver BC is cheapest) Wednesday 1-27 and arrive Narita (Tokyo) Japan Thursday 1-28.
  • 1/28  Thursday:  Arrival
  • 1/29  Friday:
  •          Courtesy call to Mayor・Course Overview
  • 1/30  Saturday:
  •          13-15 Marathon Class
  •        16-18 Eve festival
  • 1/31  Sunday:
  •          Wakashio Marathon
  • 2/1   Monday:
  •         Exchange with elementary school students
  •       Japanese cultural experience
  •       Farewell Party
  • 2/2   Tuesday:   Departure

Call/text/email Sabrina immediately at 360-595-4614. The Deadline for this is Friday 11-20-15 and we can only send 3 runners!

Sabrina Hock, BSCA Marathon Exchange Director, Bellingham Sister Cities Association, 360-595-4614

Ross Grier
Tateyama City Chairperson
Bellingham Sister Cities Association
Mayor’s Office, City Hall
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham,  WA  98225
cell: 360-927-3687

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