CSCA Past Events
Steve Komine, longtime CSCA supporter, benefactor and past president of Jupitor Corporation, passed away recently. He will sorely be missed. RIP.
II. On Dec. 5, 2021, CSCA held a celebration of its 30 year relation with Sister City Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
It featured Czech Dancers, Music, a toast with Karlovy Vary’s own Becherovka, slides of Karlovy Vary’s Festive Openings of the past. Complimentary hand-painted Czech commemorative egg ornaments were gifted. A statue crafted by our own Laurenn Barke,r to be gifted to Karlovy Vary, was unveiled and presented at the celebration.
V. A Celebration of Peace!
Carlsbad joined with its Japanese Sister City of Futtsu, Japan via Zoom for a brief bell-ringing (75 rings) on August 5, 2020 at 4:15 PM our time.
This was to commemorate 75 years of peace since the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, Japan.
This brief ceremony began with photos of the beautiful Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, brief words from friends and officials and then ours and their bell ringing.
The entire commemoration took about 25 minutes.
Promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time,
Tom Hersant, President
Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors
VI. SoCal Sister Cities were welcomed to the home of the new Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles.
CSCA President Tom Hersant attends the installation celebration of the new Los Angeles Japan Consul General Akira Muto. Regarding sister cities, the new Consul General mentioned to Tom, "...what you do is close to my heart. I consider citizen homestays and visits the bed rock of diplomacy. Just remember if you ever need us, I have your back!"
VII. Fresh off their visit to our sister city Futtsu, Japan and surrounding areas this summer, Carlsbad Youth Ambassadors made presentations to the City Council relating their experience.
VIII. CSCA sponsored a second art exchange with our sister city Karlovy Vary at the COAL gallery.
X. CSCA had a great time celebrating its 30 Year Anniversary association with Futtsu, Japan.
XII. CSCA and COAL sponsored an art exhibit in sister city Karlovy Vary,Czech Republic, May 4, 2018 for our talented local artists:
XIII. Making new friends. Memories that last a lifetime! An essential part of the Carlsbad community.
Recently Mr Susumu Komine, Advisor of Jupitor Corporation USA, visited our City to congratulate CSCA on the 30 year relationship between Carlsbad and Futtsu. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall met him today and they shared many fond memory of previous friendship visits between the 2 cities. Also in attendance were CSCA directors Polly Yu and Tom Hersant. In August 2018, the mayor of Futtsu will visit the City of Carlsbad with a group of citizens from Futtsu. This is a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful city of Carlsbad to Futtsu, Japan.
XV. A Rotary Club of Carlsbad fundraising event was held on with Tom and Tonya Hersant, Polly Yu and Phillis Hall representing CSCA.
XVI. In 2017 CSCA sponsored a Spring Tour to Vienna, Budapest and our sister city Karlovy Vary, CZ and was a great success:
XVII. The Laurel Tree Planting and Plaque at McGee Park
In attendance at the planting were: Tom Hersant, President, Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors, Vesta Rundle-Ross, Sister City Ambassador board member, Diane O'Connell, COAL Artist, Varvara Divisova, Karlovy Vary artist, Lenka Maliska Sarova, Karlovy Vary artist, Lois Athern, COAL artist, Jan Samec, Karlovy Vary artist, Sibylla Voll, COAL artist.
XVIII. Karlovy Vary Artists Feted In Carlsbad:
Last year, artworks of six members of COAL, Diane O'Connell, David Schlegel, Ellie Havel Thomas, Lois Athern, Rita Shulak, and Sibylla Voll were juried and displayed in Karlovy-Vary, Czech Republic, as part of the City of Carlsbad's Sister-City program, This year in June, the COAL Gallery will be hosting artists Vaclav Balsan, Varvara Divisova, Jiri Kozisek, Lenska Maliska Sarova, and Jan Semec from Karlovy-Vary as part of the exchange. COAL hosted the Reception at the Gallery on June 12, 2016. At the reception the Mayor of Carlsbad, dignitaries of the City, and representatives of the Sister Cities program were in attendance.
Carlsbad Artists Feted in Czech Sister City, Karlovy Vary:
An exhibition of art work by six C.O.A.L. member artists selected in February by CSCA opened this week in Karlovy Vary. Honored artists, who each have five works of art on exhibit, are Lois Athearn, Diane O’Connell, David Schlegel, Rita Shulak, Ellie Havel Thomas, and Sibylla Voll. The opening reception in the Municipal Gallery was on July 29, 2016, according to Jacquie Thye, Founding member and Director of Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors, who coordinated this event. The exhibition of the Carlsbad artists will run through the month of August in Karlovy Vary’s Thermal Building.
Petr Kulhanek, the Honorable Lord Mayor of Karlovy Vary, and two of his deputies, came to visit Carlsbad in 2013. It was at this time he extended an invitation to have an International Art Exchange take place between our two sister cities. Karlovy Vary will reciprocate by sending their artists’ works in June of 2016 to be exhibited in the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art Gallery in Carlsbad.
See a our COAL artists with their works exhibited in Karlovy Vary.
XIX. Six Area Artists Win Honor to Exhibit Their Art in
Carlsbad's Sister City Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
CARLSBAD – Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors (CSCA) have announced the results of choosing six members of C.O.A.L. Gallery (Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League) to exhibit five art works each in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic in August.
Winning top honors in the judging on February 9th were Rita Shulak, Sibylla Voll, Ellie Havel Thomas, David Schlegel, Lois Athearn and Charles Dozer. Two alternates were also chosen, Christine Ames and Diane O’Connell. The show was juried by Julie Weaverling of Front Porch Gallery.
A collaborative venture of CSCA and C.O.A.L. answered the invitation from Petr Kulhanek, the Honorable Lord Mayor of Karlovy Vary, to have an International Art Exchange take place between the two sister cities.
C.O.A.L. artists were invited to enter the competition. There was an enthusiastic response, according to CSCA Director Jacquie Thye, who coordinated this wonderful cultural event.
The art will be on display in the heart of this world-renowned spa city during the month of August. Karlovy Vary, located near Prague, draws visitors to its many international festivals.
All of the artists were excited to learn they were chosen and hope to go to Karlovy Vary in person for the opening of the exhibition.
Karlovy Vary artists will then send their art work to Carlsbad in June 2016. It will be exhibited at the C.O.A.L. Gallery and it is hoped several artists will visit as well.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Carlsbad-Karlovy Vary International Sister City relationship.
XX. Celebration of Carlsbad's Arbor Days
Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors was pleased to pay tribute to the 25th year of our relationship with Futtsu, Japan by planting cherry trees at the Carlsbad City Hall and the La Costa Heights Elementary School in April. One of our directors, Vesta Rundle-Ross, was instrumental in getting the trees from the Japanese Friendship Gardens in San Diego. Three of the trees were planted on the City Hall property as part of Carlsbad's Arbor Day at 11:00 a.m., April 26, 2014. Also a plaque was installed at the site stating that the trees honor our Sister City relationship with Futtsu. Longtime friend and resident of Futtsu Tomiko Takenouchi and Daiji Mizota, Director, Futtsu International Relationship Association, traveled from Futtsu to attend. A fourth tree was planted in a separate ceremony at La Costa Heights Elementary School earlier on April 23. This was the school that was visited by the Futtsu delegation to acknowledge their collection of funds to help in the recovery from the tsunami damages of 2011.
XXI. Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Futtsu, Japan Visits
The Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors is pleased to have hosted the Lord Mayor Petr Kulhanek with his Deputies Petr Bursík and Jiří Klsák from our sister city Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. This was the Lord Mayor's first visit to Carlsbad. The week before, CSCA hosted the delegation from Futtsu, Japan comprised of Mrs. Tomiko Takenouchi, Mr. Shigeru Takenouchi, Mrs. Kiyoe Hasegawa along with students Woohyun An, Kana Morita, Yuuna Iwasawa, and Yuuya Matsuda.