Scottish sailors who braved U-boat and air attacks to take vital supplies to Russia during World War II have been decorated by theRussian Government.
A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the US DIRECTV 8 telecommunications satellite has been launched from the Russia's Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
The US telecommunications satellite was manufactured by the US company SS Loral on the basis of its proven 1300 satellite platform. Its loaded weight is 3,710 kilos, and its designated service life is 15 years.
Mayor of Irkutsk
14 Lenin Street
Dear Mayor Yakubovsky,
On behalf of the citizens of Eugene, we send warmest congratulations to you, the citizens of Irkutsk and your fellow countrymen as you celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War.
In our readings and travels, we have learned what monumental sacrifices Russians made to protect the motherland. In our conversations with our Russian friends, we have heard what sacrifices were made to defend the homeland. Many of our own fathers and grandfathers were also called to sacrifice in the struggle against Nazi invaders.
Today we mourn the dead, the losses of incalculable millions of people, known or unknown. Today we honor the living, their indomitable courage to endure such tragedy and find the will to clear the rubble of war and rebuild Russia.
Today we pay tribute to you, our brothers and sisters, and to the heroes of your country. In our mutual sister city work we are lighting the candle of peace for our children and for their children.
With deep respect,
Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene
Galina Groza, President, Eugene-Irkutsk Sister City Committee
For a related story, please see The Register Guard.
April 25 - August 2, 2005
Now at the Gallery At The Airport in Eugene, OR
Since 1987, Eugene, Oregon has enjoyed a rewarding Sister City relationship with Irkutsk, Russia, the capital of Eastern Siberia. To encourage understanding, appreciation and friendship between the two cities, the Eugene~Irkutsk Sister City Committee (EISCC) has sponsored many exchanges and projects. The exhibit presented here, SIBERIAN DREAMS, is one of its most ambitious.
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|Legend of Bulagat, The First Shaman
Oil on Canvas
|Dance of the Sacred Tree|
Oil on Canvas
November 27-December 11, 2004
The Eugene-Irkutsk Sister City Committee was happy to organize the recent visit by the 8th grade boys basketball team from Irkutsk, coached by Sergey Chebotarev. Ten boys and 3 adults, including School Superintendant Viktor Basyuk and Vice Principal Nadezda Byalgozhevskaya, came to Eugene. For all the boys, it was their first time in the United States.
The team played 7 games in 14 days while it was here, half of the games being against 9th grade teams and half against 8th grade teams. But the team's visit consisted of far more than just basketball games. The team met Mayor Jim Torrey; took a trip to the Oregon Coast, including the Oregon Coast Aquarium; toured the U.S. Basketball Academy on the McKenzie River, were treated to a clinic by former NBA player Darrall Imhoff; and visited Portland, where they saw a Trailblazer game and the Pape Jam, involving the University of Oregon basketball teams.
Exchange visit organizers were Yuri Pantioukhin, Galina Groza, and Bill Sharp. Many host families from all areas of Eugene helped out. Special thanks go to Churchill High School (Kris Bofto and Tim Carmichael), which really rolled out the red carpet for the boys from Irkutsk, and to Guaranty Chevrolet (Eric Nill), which made a van available to the team during most of its stay. Also thanks to Pan and Rebecca, the operators of Deb's Restaurant on West 7th and Polk, who took care of two wayward boys until an organizer could come pick up them and their bikes!
Submitted by: Bill Sharp
The Cantus Chamber Choir from Uzhgorod, Ukraine will present two concerts in Eugene.
On Sat., April 16 at 7:30 pm they will present the Rachmaninoff Vespers at the Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St. For tickets, call 682-5000.
On Wed., April 13, Cantus will sing at Beall Hall, U.O. School of Music, at 8 pm
Russian pianist Yuri Rozum will perform at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 16, at the Shedd Concert Hall, 285 East Broadway. The program consists of pieces by Lizst, Schumann, Tchaikowsky and Rachmaninoff. In 2004, Rozum performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto. 2 at the Hult Center, followed by a reception hosted by the Wild Duck and the Eugene-Irkutsk Sister City Committee. In 1979, Rozum won first prize at the Queen Sofia Piano Competition in Madrid. Since then, he was won other international awards and performed around the world.
For ticket information, please call the Shedd box office at 541-434-7000. Reservations are required.
Eugene Ballet performs "Scheherazade" Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center. Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street.
Muslim religious legends inspired Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov to compose this symphonic suite, which, in turn, inspired a sensational production in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russe with choreography by Michael Fokine.
The music, dancing and costumes are spectacular; this is a wonderful production for chlldren and adults.
For ticket information, please call 682-5000.
Igor Andreev of Russia won his first ATP title when he beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 5-7 6-3 in the Valencia Open final on Sunday. "I'm really happy, I can't believe it," Andreev said. "Tomorrow when I'm more relaxed I will think about it. There are so many matches to win my first title."