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We Stand with Ukraine Benefit Lunch

We Stand with Ukraine Benefit Lunch

Please Join Sebastopol World Friends for a lunch in Support of our Sister City Chyhyryn on the 2nd anniversary of the full scale invasion of Ukraine on Saturday February 24, 2024 at 1:00 pm at Sonoma Wine Shop & La Bodega, 2295 Gravenstein Hwy S. Sebastopol, CA We...

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Friendship Celebration 2024 – Where Sushi Meets Borsch

Friendship Celebration 2024 – Where Sushi Meets Borsch

Sister City Friendship Celebration - Where Sushi Meets Borsch Please join us at our Sebastopol Word Friend Friendship Celebration - Where Sushi Meets Borsch on April 20 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Enmanji Temple Memorial Hall 1200 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. This is...

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Be a Student Ambassador to Japan!

Be a Student Ambassador to Japan!

After the 3-year break, we are excited to bring our student exchange program back! Sebastopol World Friends invites Sebastopol students and their families to learn about the 2024-2025 exchange program with our sister city, Takeo, Japan.  7th and 8th grade students who...

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2023 Student Ambassador Delegation Travel to Takeo

2023 Student Ambassador Delegation Travel to Takeo

Sixteen student ambassadors and three chaperones successfully completed their 10-day homestay in Takeo in July 2023. Since their original trip scheduled for March 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic, the delegation waited for 3.5 years to reunite with their sister...

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Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you so much for joining us at the Sebastopol World Friends Friendship Celebration - Where Sushi Meets Borsch on Sunday, April 23 at St. Stephen’s Church in Sebastopol. Approximately 150 guests enjoyed the program and the harmony of sushi and borsch, SWF’s...

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Stand with Ukraine – Yoga for Peace

Stand with Ukraine – Yoga for Peace

The war in Ukraine continues and we must not forget those who have shown such courageous spirit in the face of such horrendous conditions. What better way to connect than with a yoga class dedicated to the indomitable strength shown by our brothers and sisters in...

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Please Help Build Invincibility Centers in Chyhyryn

Please Help Build Invincibility Centers in Chyhyryn

Photo by Kostyantyn ChernichkinThe New Year is upon us now. Let's all hope that 2023 brings peace everywhere, especially to Ukraine. The response to our initial fund-raising appeal to equip Invincibility Centers in Chyhyryn has been extremely generous, but the needs...

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Uchen Family Arrives from Ukraine

Uchen Family Arrives from Ukraine

Sebastopol World Friends’ guiding principle is “World Peace, One Friend at a Time”. This is a story of that principle at work in real life. Sebastopol World Friends board member, Valeria Churma, and her husband Jeff have just recently welcomed a Ukrainian family into...

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How to Donate – Stand with Ukraine

How to Donate – Stand with Ukraine

There are many worthy organizations that you can find online doing good work in Ukraine. SWF will continue to update this page with information as we learn it. Listed below are the organizations which currently seem to be positioned to receive U.S. donations and get...

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Special Movie Screening in Support of Ukraine

Special Movie Screening in Support of Ukraine

Please join Sebastopol World Friends and Sonoma Sister Cities Association for a special movie screening of  Everything is Illuminated, based on Johnathan Safran Foer's novel, about a young man's journey in searching his family's past in Ukraine. A humorous yet...

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Stand by Ukraine Donations

Stand by Ukraine Donations

Sebastopol World Friends would like to express our sincere gratitude to the outpouring of support from the community since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine. From inquiries about how to help to simple expressions of sympathy and compassion, all of them have meant...

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SWF’s Response to Crisis in Ukraine

SWF’s Response to Crisis in Ukraine

 Sebastopol World Friends has spent over $800 printing flags and banner to show our support for Ukraine these are displayed by our sister city signs on the east, west, and south entrances to the City. In addition, we have distributed over 100 paper flags to businesses...

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Let’s Make a Peace Flag in Support of Ukraine

Let’s Make a Peace Flag in Support of Ukraine

During the month of March SWF and the Sebastopol Branch Library have teamed up for a special project to show Sebastopol’s support for our friends in the Sister City of Chyhyryn. Everyone in the community is invited to come to the library to make a peace flag to send...

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Apple Blossom Parade

Apple Blossom Parade

Sebastopol World Friends will participate in the Apple Blossom Parade on Saturday, April 23. We will walk with the city council members to show our solidarity with our friends in Chyhyryn and people in Ukraine. You can also visit our table at the Apple Blossom Fair on...

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Watch our 2021 Friendship Dinner Celebration!

Watch our 2021 Friendship Dinner Celebration!

Dear Friends, The 2021 Sister City Friendship Dinner was unlike anything we have ever done before. And it was a huge success because of all of you who joined us on Zoom. We were thrilled to finally welcome our friends from Ukraine and Japan to join us all at the same...

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Futomaki (Fat rolled sushi) Recipe

Futomaki (Fat rolled sushi) Recipe

Futomaki is a large colorful sushi roll which are made by Japanese families with many variations and styles for parties and bento boxes.  Below is the recipe that we have used for the Sebastopol World Friends’ Friendship Dinner over the past years with guidance of...

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Japanese Cucumber “Sunomono” Salad Recipe

Japanese Cucumber “Sunomono” Salad Recipe

Sunomono (酢の物), which literally means “vinegared dish” is a traditional Japanese side dish which is made with cucumbers among other things. We have made several versions of Sunomono for the Friendship Dinner including one year when we made a spicy version by adding...

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Ukrainian Cabbage Salad Recipe

Ukrainian Cabbage Salad Recipe

Ukrainian Cabbage Salad is a type of vinegar coleslaw.  To make it taste Ukrainian be sure to use sunflower oil.  – Patty LevenbergIngredients (Makes about 12 servings) 1 pound cucumber, thinly sliced 1 small head of cabbage, shredded ½ head purple cabbage, shredded 1...

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Meat Borsch Recipe

Meat Borsch Recipe

For the Friendship Dinner we make about 48 quarts of this meaty borsch. This recipe makes about 12 – 2 cup portions or 6 quarts.  Borsch is an eastern European favorite and many people at the Friendship Dinner want to take some home. Our borsch is adapted from “Please...

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Vegan Borsch Recipe

Vegan Borsch Recipe

Every year I make the vegan borsch for Sebastopol World Friends’ annual Friendship Dinner. The recipe below is reduced from the 12 quart version that I make for the Friendship Dinner.  It should make about 6 quarts of a thick soup. I have made this recipe for several...

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