Hermosa Beach and Loreto, Mexico adopted each other as sister cities in November of 1967. The Hermosa Beach Sister City Association will be celebrating the milestone with events this year including a talk at Happy Hour With History Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Hermosa Beach Museum.
Hermosa Beach Sister City Association President Deborah Wright, who is organizing Thursday’s event, said she became involved 14 years ago when she volunteered for another nonprofit, Optometric Services to Humanity, where she led a team of eye doctors to Loreto.
“It’s very enriching to go to another town or another city … and walk in their shoes and stay in their homes and see what struggles they have and go back and say, ‘OK, well we have resources to help with that.’ They come up here, they enrich our lives as well. It’s a two-way street.”
According to Wright, Happy Hour With History will feature 8 millimeter movies of early trips to Loreto from Joe Diaz, an early member of the Sister City Committee. It will also screen a 2006 documentary on the history of the Sister City Committee, and feature a discussion from others involved in the history of the organization.
Learning from other cultures
Sister City Vice President George Barks said Sister City Committee chairman and later coucilmember Jack Wise, an avid fisherman, was instrumental in Hermosa Beach choosing Loreto as its sister city. Back then, visitors could only reach Loreto by plane because there was no highway. A new highway the length of Baja is expected to be built in the near future.
“It took a four-wheel drive vehicle and…
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