The city of Worthington and residents of sister city Sayama, Japan, are preparing to celebrate their 10th anniversary as sister cities.

The city of Worthington and residents of sister city Sayama, Japan, are preparing to celebrate their 10th anniversary as sister cities.

A Worthington mayoral delegation has been invited to Sayama in October to commemorate the anniversary. The Worthington community is invited to share in the celebration at a special party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Griswold Center.

The party will include musical entertainment, refreshments and cake, and a world premiere screening of a new video commemorating the anniversary with a look back at the past ten years.

The relationship actually began in 1993 with a visit from the Sayama International Friendship Association, seeking a city in Ohio for exchange and cultural learning. Since that time hundreds of citizens, city officials and young people have participated in exchanges and home stay experiences.

Those interested in attending the 10th anniversary celebration are asked to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 5, by e-mailing brown@ci.worthington.oh.us or calling Anne Brown at 854-7173.

The Worthington Division of Fire will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the fire house, 6500 N. High St.

Among the popular attractions will be the junior firefighter obstacle course, instructions on how to escape a home fire, free batteries for smoke detectors and fire extinguisher training.

There will also be safety displays, demonstrations, handouts, refreshments and tours of the fire station.

A Celebration of Excellence will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, on the front lawn at Thomas Worthington High School from 2 to 4 pm.

The event will celebrate the district's school report card rating of "Excellent with Distinction"

The entire community is invited.

For more information, call the Worthington Education Center office 883-3000.