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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | March 2005 

Ongoing Cultural Exchanges Between Sister Cities
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Puerto Vallarta - Ana Maria Flores of Sister Cities Vallarta and Carol Wolfe, the current president of the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation, are making plans for the continued development of cultural exchange between Puerto Vallarta and Highland Park Illinois. As sister cities, citizens and organizations in Highland Park and Puerto Vallarta have participated in several cultural and social exchanges since the relationship was forged in 2001, and plans are well underway for 2005 events.

In March the Mayor of Highland Park, Mike Belsky, together with a group from the Sister Cities Foundation and a group from the Highland Park High School, are planning to visit Puerto Vallarta. Among the many events to be discussed is a summer school program for Highland Park students in Puerto Vallarta. The hope is that PV students will go to Highland Park for classes sometime in the future.

On June 30-July 5 a little league group from PV and their Chaperones will participate in a baseball tournament in Highland Park as part of the Youth Baseball Exchange. Highland Park Sister City Foundation event organizers have lots of exciting activities planned for the visitors from Puerto Vallarta, including marching in the 4th of July Parade.

Further plans are being made for a Golf Event to take place at Highland Park Country Club in late July, followed by a tentative Golf Event in Puerto Vallarta in November. In August, Puerto Vallarta artists will be traveling to Highland Park to exhibit in the Port Clinton Art Festival, a spectacular event that hosts over 270,000 visitors annually.

In addition, the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation has begun discussions with the City of Chicago Sister Cities Organization in the hopes of creating a Mexican Fiesta, bringing chefs from Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City (Chicago's Sister City) to Chicago. And discussions with Funjet Vacations are underway to provide members of the Highland Park Sister City Foundation with a trip to PV to be used as a raffle to raise money for continued educational and cultural programs.

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