Celebration of Peace, Feb. 2-8, 2015 – Schedule of Events with the Zihuatanejo Sailfest

It’s time for the Fifth Annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Our youth and young adults in the Americas are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. If we want peace, we must teach peace. As teachers, educators, and community leader, we must respond to these situations and help guide our youth to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence.

Again this year, we are combining the celebration with the Zihuatanejo Sailfest, all to raise funds to build schools and to provide scholarships for local students. We also have many special guests coming to join us.

Monday, February 2, 2015

ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST WELCOME DANCE PARTY – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Place: Casa Arcadia Restaurant at la Plaza del Artista in Zihuatanejo

Activities: Celebrate the arrival of our compassionate cruising partners. Get your Sailfest t-shirt and dance to live music!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ZIHUATANJEO SAILFEST LIVE AUCTION PARTY – 6:30 pm
Place: La Plaza del Artista next to Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo

Activities: Have fun and bid on fabulous auction items to benefit the kids of Zihuatanejo

 Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PURSUIT RACE – Morning. A fun sailing race in and out of the Bay. Crew spots available.

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INAUGURATION OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE CELEBRATION OF PEACE– 9:30 am
Place: Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo

Community Invitees: Municipal Officials, Hotel Association, Restaurant Association, Club Rotary Zihuatanejo, Club Rotary Ixtapa, Civil Associations, Universities. The public is welcome!

YOGA FOR PEACE FOR KIDS (FREE PUBLIC EVENT)– 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Place: Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo

Special Guest Instructor: Master Charles Kim, The Peace School of Chicago

Master KimFor more information, contact: Zihuatanejo Peace Committee (755) 112-2119 

INAUGURATION OF PEACE PALS ART EXHIBIT – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande in Zihuatanejo

International Art Exhibition

Activities: Paintings, expressing peace, by children from around the world will be on display. Local school children will also join the art activities to express their visions of peace. Download more information about this international event. Peace Pals Art Tour

Special Guest: Ms. Fumi Johns, Executive Director, World Peace Prayer Society, New York and Tokyo. See: Fumi Johns Stewart – bio.

Fumi Johns photo

SAILFEST BENEFIT MUSIC CONCERT & DINNER – 6:00 pm -11:00 pm
Place: El Pubelito’s Restaurant in Zihuatanejo

Activities: Benefit concert party with outstanding local and international musicians, who donate their talents to build classrooms for children.

 Thursday, February 5, 2015

PEACE IN ACTION! INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PEACE WEBINAR AND CONVENTION – 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Spanish/English)

Go to: https://vonvo.com/v/peace-in-action (Laptop or desktop with videocam; no mobile devices. Use Google Chrome or Firefox. To participate and chat, create a personal user account on Vonvo using email or Facebook login.)

Program: We welcome students, teachers, and community leaders from around the world to view and participate in a Webinar peace conference for youth. Students will present different expressive forms that support and facilitate peace. They will receive instruction and tools to help them become peacemakers in their own communities. Also included is the first viral Yoga for Peace session. Help us set a world record. This is peace in action!

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Download the program: Program-Peace in Action – Zihuatanejo International Youth Peace Webinar and Convention-EnglishPrograma-La Paz en acion – Programa del convencion de los jovenes_Final-Espanol

SAILFEST CHILI COOK-OFF –1:00 – 3:00 pm/SILENT AUCTION–2:00 – 5 pm
Place: Plaza del Artista next to Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo

Activities: You can sample and taste the various chili dishes and vote for your favorite. (Ticket Donation: $50 pesos) Buy local crafts.

PEACE IN ACTION! TEACHERS PEACE CONFERENCE – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (English)

Go to: https://vonvo.com/v/peace-in-action (Laptop or desktop with videocam; no mobile devices. Use Google Chrome or Firefox. To participate and chat, create a personal user account on Vonvo using email or Facebook login.)

Program: Our youth and young adults in the Americas are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. If we want peace in the Americas, we must teach peace. As teachers, educators, and community leaders, we must respond to these situations and help guide our youth to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence.  We have a distinguished panel of guests. Download the program: Peace in Action – Zihuatanejo Teachers Conference for Peace – Program-finalThis is peace in action!

Friday, February 6, 2015

 ZIHUATANEJO GRAND SAIL PARADE – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sail around Zihuatanejo Bay, then to Ixtapa and back. The fleet “dresses” for a colorful procession. It is spectacular! Remember, all activities are for the benefit of low-income students in Zihuatanejo. Sign-up at Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo, and sail aboard one of the boats. (Donation)

CLUB ROTARY ZIHUATANEJO – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: Catalina Beach Resort in Playa La Ropa

Cost: $150 pesos including lunch

Special Guest: DG. Sergio Romero Barradas, Governor, District  4185

Peace Through Service Rotary

Guest Speaker: Mr. Liberato “Levi” Bautista Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)

Reservations are required by February 1: Email, Gerarda Gonzalez, President mailto:gera_gato2@hotmail.com

Saturday, February 7, 2015 

OFFICIAL SEMINAR: PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Attire: Sundress or pants / casual slacks and shirt (no ties!)
Place: Holiday Inn Ixtapa (no admission)

Special Guest Speakers:

Mr. Liberato “Levi” Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society, a non-governmental agency (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations. Mr. Bautista serves as the Organization’s Main Representative to the United Nations, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Bautista is also the Immediate Past President of CoNGO—the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. CoNGO is an international organization which counts about 500 member NGOs worldwide and is involved in facilitating access and participation of civil society in UN debates and decision-making. Mr. Bautista is a distinguished expert on human rights.

Levi Bautista

Mr. J. Fred Arment, Executive Director, International Cities of Peace Organization. International Cities of Peace™ is a nonprofit, tax-exempt association dedicated to connecting, promoting, and encouraging the global cities of peace movement. An Advisory Council of leaders from global Cities of Peace organizations is working to create an all-inclusive, non-polarizing network of world citizens working on the ground to bring peace to their communities. ICP is proud to welcome Ixtapa Zihuatanejo as a “Certified International City of Peace.”

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YOGA FOR PEACE FOR ADULTS (FREE PUBLIC EVENT) – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Beach in front of Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo

Special Guest Instructors: Jennifer Kim and Master Charles Kim, The Peace School of Chicago.

For more information, contact: Zihuatanejo Peace Committee (755) 112-2119

THE PEACE PARTY! 8:00 pm – until
Place: LOOT in Zihuatanejo

Activities: 8:00 pm – Motown Hustle; 9:00 pm – Live Guitar Show, Music, dancing, hamburgers, and fun!

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE CELEBRATION!

It’s Peace Day in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! And, we’re going to celebrate! Our peace pole monument and all activities for the afternoon are located on the beachfront walkway of our main beach, Playa Principal. WEAR WHITE!

SAILFEST WRAP UP BEACH PARTY, AWARDS & RAFFLE – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: Casa Arcadia Restaurant on the beachfront walkway in Zihuatanejo
Activities: Great food, great raffle prized, and fun for all! Food tickets are $100 pesos (donation).

ECO-TIANGUIS COOPERATIVE MARKETPLACE – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This marketplace is located directly across the street from our museum and peace pole monument. It is run by a cooperative of local craftspeople (many women), with artisans, vegan food, natural products, and more. They have planned a wonderful surprise!

PEACE MONUMENT CEREMONY/PEACE WALK – 5:00 pm    
Place: Peace Monument (next to museum in Zihuatanejo). Following the ceremony, walk to Cancha Municipal (main basketball court).

Peace Monument

INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE CEREMONY – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Attire: WEAR WHITE
Place: Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo

For the past five years, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has worked together to build a sustainable peace program, as required by the International Cities of Peace Organization, in cooperation with the United Nations. The municipal government has proclaimed the continuation of such efforts. Thus, the community now celebrates its recognition as an “International City of Peace,” joining a sisterhood of 100 other such recognized cities around the world.

Parade of World Flags: The children of Instituto CENDI

This is peace in action! 

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