Even during the pandemic, our commitment to our motto “World Peace One Friend At a Time” remains strong! We are happy to bring the community together over inspiring cultural programs, entertainment, and good food again this year.

Some of our sister city friends will be featured in the cultural presentations. For entertainment, the Zoloti Maky (formerly Burevisnyky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble) and Sonoma County Taiko are back by popular demand.

In order to keep the tradition of the ever-popular food theme “Where Sushi Meets Borsch”, we are partnering with two local restaurants that will prepare a dinner-to-go special menu for the attendees. The Sushi Dinner will be provided by Sushi Tozai and the Borsch Dinner will be provided by Hole in the Wall. We are thrilled about this collaboration because it is our way of showing our gratitude to our local partners for their past support, especially during the difficult times. If you are interested in making your own food, we will share our recipes on our website, so please check it out.

Featured presentation of the program is an exclusive interview of Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Steven Pifer. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997). Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. A Sebastopol native, Ambassador Pifer visited Chyhyryn with a SWF’s delegation in 1996.

Registration is free. The dinners are optional and $13 per serving. Since it is a special menu with a special price, dinner orders need to be placed with the registration by January 17. Pre-registration is required with or without food orders.