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2017 Hall of Famers
2017 Hall of Famers
The 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame has been decided. The comittee worked long and hard to whittle the list of well over 100 worthy nominations down to the final Class of 7 people.

Stay tuned as the list will be announced soon. In the meantime save the date April 18, 2017 for the Induction Ceremony.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame


Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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ICC-Win 7th Annual Intercultural Holiday Party
ICC-Win 7th Annual Intercultural Holiday Party
In association with the City of Cleveland ICC-WIN (International Community Council- Worldwide Intercultural Network) invites you to the 7th annual holiday event! It is the place to be for ethnic foods, fashion, performances and networking.

Registration on the website. $15.00 per person. Cash bar available.

2016 ICC-WIN party

2016 ICC-WIN party


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2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall
2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall
The American Lebanese Community Council presented the 6th annual celebration of Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland celebrating the 73rd independence of Lebanon. The ceremony was in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Photos and video of 2016 Lebanon Day in Cleveland

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Lebanese Cultural Garden Update
Lebanese Cultural Garden Update
A presentation was made on the current status an future plans for the Lebanese Cultural Garden by Natalie Ronayne, Chairperson of the Lebanese Cultural Garden Committee, and committee member Amy McDonald.

Lebanese Cultural Garden plans

Photos and video of the Lebanese Cultural Garden presentation

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Ajyal Dabke Dance Group
Ajyal Dabke Dance Group
A highlight of the 2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall was a performance by the Ajyal Dabke Dance Group.

Ajyal Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day 2016 in Cleveland


Photos and video of the Ajyal Dabke Dance Group

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Lions of the Desert Dancers
Lions of the Desert Dancers
A highlight of the 2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall was a performance by the Lions of the Desert Dancers.

belly dancer from the Lions of the Desert Dance Company


Photos and video of the Lions of the Desert Dancers

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Time Capsule buried in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Time Capsule buried in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation ended their Centennial Year by burying a time capsule at the Kiosk of the Gardens on MLK Blvd. The time capsule has information and artifacts about the Gardens and also Cleveland in 2016. (Go Cavs, Go Tribe) It will be opened in 25 years in 2041.

Paul Burik - see you in 2041

Paul Burik - see you in 2041

Photos/videos of the Time Capsule in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

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Healthy Asian Cooking by Rose Wong
Healthy Asian Cooking by Rose Wong
Rose Wong founded Pearl of the Orient restaurant in 1978. It was the first to offer Northern and Szechuan cuisine in Cleveland Ohio and continues to be a favorite among Chinese food cognoscenti.

Rose created two healthy dishes and answered questions about woks, soy sauce, MSG and more.

Rose Wong with Ginger Root

Rose Wong with Ginger Root

Photos and videos of Rose Wong's cooking demonstration

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Health Disparities in Asian Populations
Health Disparities in Asian Populations
Margaret Wong and Associates and Case Western Reserve University joined together to create an evening reception to promote health, education, and awareness to the Asian community in Cleveland. The event featured an educational seminar by Li Li, MD PhD, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor and Director. Dr. Li spoke about Acculturation and Health Disparities in Asian Population.

Dr. Li Li explaining health disparities

Li Li, MD, PhD speaking on Asian Health

Photos and videos of Dr. Li's presentation on Asian Health

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
The annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.

In Cleveland, the celebration centered at the Cleveland Public Theater. There was Latin food, live entertainment, displays and activities throughout the day. A highlight was the parade, Skulls and Skeletons.

Day of the Dead in Cleveland 2016

Day of the Dead in Cleveland 2016


Great photos from the Day of the Dead in Cleveland

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Turkish Cultural Garden Dedication
Turkish Cultural Garden Dedication
The Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923 - 93 years ago. So it was a perfect day for the Cleveland Turkish community to dedicate the new Turkish Cultural Garden.

Turkish Cultural Garden group

Dedicating the new Turkish Cultural Garden



Photos and videos of the Turkish Cultural Garden dedication

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One World Day 2016
One World Day 2016
Over 24,000 people visited the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016 on the 71st annual One World Day. Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: "Peace through Mutual Understanding."

Highlights included the Parade of Flags, Naturalization Ceremony, Passport to Peace activities, ethnic food and performances, Michael Stanley concert and more.

During the One World Day ceremony, dignitaries broke ground on the new Centennial Plaza which kicks off the Cultural Gardens' second 100 years.

One World Day 2016

Photos/videos of the 2016 One World Day

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Russian Community on One World Day
Russian Community on One World Day
The Russian Cultural Garden and Russian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Russia in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Russian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Russian Cultural Garden and shared Russian food, music, dance and culture.

Russian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016

Photos and videos of the Russian Garden on One World Day

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India Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016
Indian Community on One World Day
The Cleveland India Cultural Garden and Indian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. The group celebrated India Independence Day in the Garden.

India Cultural Garden on One World Day


They then participated in the Parade of Flags.

India in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Indian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Indian Cultural Garden and shared Indian culture.

Sujata Burgess teaching yoga India Cultural Garden on One World Day

Sujata Burgess teaching yoga on One World Day


See photos and videos of the Indian community on One World Day

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Estonian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016
Estonian Community on One World Day
The Cleveland Estonian Cultural Garden and Estonian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Estonia in Parade of Flags

Estonian Garden in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Estonian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Estonian Cultural Garden and shared Estonian culture.

Erika Puussaar in Estonian Garden on One World Day

Erika Puussaar on One World Day


Photos and Videos of the Estonian Garden on One World Day

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Vietnamese Community on One World Day
Vietnamese Community on One World Day
The Vietnamese Cultural Garden and Vietnamese community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Vietnam in Parade of Flags

Vietnam in Parade of Flags

Throughout the day members of the Vietnamese community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden and shared Vietnamese food and culture.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016

See more from the Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day

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Armenian Community on One World Day
Armenian Community on One World Day
The Armenian Cultural Garden and Armenian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Armenia in Parade of Flags

Armenian Community in One World Day Parade of Flags

Throughout the day members of the Armenian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Armenian Cultural Garden and shared Armenian food, dance lessons and gave a look at Armenian culture.

Later in the day Nagregatsi Armenian Folk Ensemble performed on the main stage.

Young lady from Nagregatsi Armenian Folk Ensemble dances

Young lady from Nagregatsi Armenian Folk Ensemble


Photos and Videos of Armenian community on One World Day

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Serbian Cultural Garden on One World Day
Serbian Cultural Garden on One World Day
The Serbian Cultural Garden and Serbian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Serbia in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Serbian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Serbian Cultural Garden and shared Serbian music, dance and culture.

Serbian Cultural Garden on One World Day


Photos and Videos of the Serbian Garden on One World Day 2016

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Mother Teresa Canonization Ceremony
Mother Teresa Canonization Ceremony - Albanian Cultural Garden
The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted a canonization ceremony for Blessed Mother Teresa on Sunday September 4, 2016. "Many people don't know Mother Teresa was Albanian," said Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady, one of the founders of the garden and leader of the ceremony. Albanian-American Councilwoman Brady also served as mistress of ceremonies for the event.

Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Bradt, Sister Karam and Adem Meta

Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Brady,
Sister Karam and Adem Meta

See photos and videos of the Mother Teresa ceremony

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Food Adventure to Pho Thang Vietnamese Restaurant
Food Adventure to Pho Thang Vietnamese Restaurant
The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in August 2016 was to Vietnam.

Owners Henry and Nancy Troung prepared a very special traditional Vietnamese dinner which included four courses: appetizers, soup (pho), entrees and dessert.

Vietnamese food from Pho Thang restaurant in Cleveland


Attendees also enjoyed seeing some of the colorful fashions of Vietnam.

Vietnamese fashion

And Vietnam Veteran Green Beret Lt Colonel Joseph Meissner told the story of 4 heroes of Vietnam.

Photos, videos and more from the Vietnam Adventure

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Cleveland's Asian Immigrant Communities
Cleveland's Asian Immigrant Communities
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Global Cleveland hosted a panel discussion at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage titled: Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.

Four members of the Cleveland Asian community spoke and answered questions from moderator Jeffery Allen: Gia Hoa Ryan who came to the US from her native Vietnam in 1971, Asim Datta who came from India, Johnny Wu who has lived in Panama, Taiwan and other places and represented the Chinese community and Nupur Goel who is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy. Her parents emigrated from India 20+ years ago.

Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan

Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan


Photos/videos of the Asian community panel

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Art and Stories from Mughal India - Cleveland Museum of Art
Art and Stories from Mughal India - Cleveland Museum of Art
Art and Stories from Mughal India presents the story of the Mughals — and stories for the Mughals — in 100 exquisite paintings from the 1500s to 1800s.

Art and Stories from Mughal India is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from July 31, 2016 through October 23, 2016, and is free to the public in celebration of the museum’s centennial year.

Kneeling Holy Man Mughal India painting at CMA

Kneeling Holy Man painting


More information and Photos of Art and Stories from Mughal India

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Hispanic Roundtable Convención Hispana 2016 Kickoff Event
Hispanic Roundtable Convención Hispana 2016 Kickoff Event
Hispanic Roundtable Chairman Jose Feliciano and Debbie and Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com invited over 100 leaders of various ethnic communities in Cleveland to a preview event at Moncho's Bar & Grill where he explained the Convención and urged them to inform their communities.

Jose Feliciano at Kickoff event

Jose Feliciano at Kickoff event


Photos from the Convención Hispana 2016 Kickoff Event

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night!
A full house (500) was on hand for the induction of the 2016 Class:

  1. Dr. Mohan Bafna
  2. Carolyn Balogh
  3. Arnie de la Porte (posthumous)
  4. Jack Kahl
  5. Rev. Mikhail Mikhail
  6. Khalid Samad
  7. Eugenia Stolarczyk

See bios of the inductees

Photos and videos coming soon!

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Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport to Lithuania
Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport to Lithuania
The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club.

They learned about Lithuanian history, language, music, culture and, of course, food. They listened to Virginija Juodisius-Rubinski play traditional Lithuanian songs played on the kankles which is a Lithuanian plucked string musical instrument of the zither family.

The entrees included Cepelinai, the national dish of Lithuanian along with Kugelis (potato pudding), Vedarai (potato sausage) and a more familiar sausage and sauerkraut.

Linas Johansonasexplaining the entrees

Linas Johansonas explaining the entrees


Photos and videos of the Passport Adventure to Lithuania

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Thank You Mayor Jackson
Thank You Mayor Jackson
Letter from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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Thank You Governor Kasich
Thank You Governor Kasich
Letter from Ohio Governor Kasich to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

At the end of an international fashion show that featured native costumes from dozens of countries, the models gathered on stage and walked out to the sounds of We are the World. Watch this short video and be inspired.

More photos and videos from the event soon.

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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
No matter what your cultural or ethnic background is, you will find products tailored to that group in our On-Line Store.

For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

All at great prices and shipped securely from Amazon.com

Please help support ClevelandPeople.Com by shopping in our Online Store.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

ClevelandPeople.Com Philosophy

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Welcome to Cleveland

Helping Monika

Over 1,500 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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ClevelandPeople.Com News & Events

See all of the latest news on the ClevelandPeople.Com News page and a Calendar of Events on the Calendar page.

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Submit Your Group's Event

If you want your group's events listed in our Calendar, please send an e-mail to events@clevelandpeople.com with the details. Please allow at least 2 weeks lead time.

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On-line store for browsing and shopping

Do you need a Hungarian Flag? A shirt that says "I love Slovenian girls"? How about a sign that says No Parking except for Irish Grandmother?

These and hundreds of other items for your particular ethnic group are available for browsing at our on-line store. It's safe, fast, easy and fun. And there is a wide selection you will never find in the stores!


What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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