Alameda’s got an agreement on the table that it’s slated to sign on Wednesday – an agreement to become a sister city to Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China. A delegation from the prosperous city on the southern bank of the Yangtze River is coming to town on Wednesday to sign the agreement and to celebrate China’s National Day. (Not to rain on the parade, but we’re wondering how many Falun Gong protesters will be there.)
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday with a flag raising at City Hall. Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson, San Francisco Chinese Consul General Gao Zhansheng and Jiangyin Mayor Wang Xinan are all slated to attend the event, which will include a traditional lion dance and a performance from the Chinese Christian School choir.
The cities will ink their sister city deal at 6 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers, with a reception immediately following in the Rotunda. Then at 7:15, it’s dinner at Aroma Restaurant. The cost for the dinner is $35 a head and if you want to go, you’ve got until Tuesday to call Jim Franz at 814-4216 to reserve a space.