CRESTVIEW — Residents from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, France, Crestview’s Sister City, and towns near it arrived Oct. 12 in Northwest Florida.

A 20th-anniversary celebration of the communities’ relationship under Sister Cities International is scheduled. The public may meet the 43 French visitors during these events:

•Jardin de Noirmoutier garden dedication, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 15, Northwest Florida State College campus, 805 U.S. Highway 90, Crestview.

•A gospel service, followed by a small reception, 11 a.m. Oct. 16, Mount Zion AME Church, 502 McDonald St., Crestview.

•Free International Quilt Exhibit, featuring quilts sewn by Okaloosa and Noirmoutier residents, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Crestview Public Library, 1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview. It includes an opening reception at noon by the Friends of the Crestview Library. The exhibit will also be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20.

•Ecumenical church service, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, First United Methodist Church, 599 Eighth Ave., Crestview.

•"Evening in the Garden" wine and gourmet food gala, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Jardin de Noirmoutier, NWFSC Crestview campus: Unlimited gourmet cuisine, wine, specialty non-alcoholic beverages and live music by Jones & Company. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $60 at door. To purchase, go to or call Janice Crose, 683-1247.