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Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce launch
Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce launch
A sold out crowd attended the launch of the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Su He, Grace Wang, Kim Kirkendall, Antony Yen, Eddie Ni, Dr. Yan Hu and Xuhong Zhang

Su He, Grace Wang, Kim Kirkendall, Anthony Yen,
Eddie Ni, Dr. Yan Hu and Xuhong Zhang


See photos and videos of the Cleveland Chinese Chamber launch event

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Taj Express Bollywood Musical Review - Win Free Tickets
Taj Express Bollywood Musical Review - Win Free Tickets
A beautiful actress, a villain, a secret prince, 2000 elegant costumes and all the extravaganza, escapism and romance that is "Bollywood": TAJ EXPRESS is a thrilling new "Dance Romance" direct from Film City-Mumbai. For the first time in Bollywood musical history, the cream of India's film talent dance in sparkling costumes within a lavish set, that seamlessly combines music, dance and film on stage March 15 at 7:30 pm at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.

Taj Express Bollywood poster

Enter the contest to win tickets to Taj Express Bollywood Musical Review

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Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Chinese New Year
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Chinese New Year
The Confucius Institute hosted a celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday February 4, 2017. 15 performers showcased various aspects of Chinese culture such as music, dance and martial arts.

Young girls at celebration of Chinese New Year


See photos and videos of the Chinese New Year performances

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68th India Republic Day Celebration
68th India Republic Day Celebration
Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted their annual event to celebrate Republic Day on Saturday January 28, 2017 in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Rainforest.

The theme of the Republic Day event was Ahimsa. Ahimsa is a term meaning 'not to injure'.

The evening included cultural performances, informative presentations, a chance to make an origami swan of peace and, of course, delcious food and drink and dancing in an interesting and fun setting.

Naga Nrityam Snake Dance

Naga Nrityam Snake Dance


See photos and videos from the event

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RIP Judge Raymond Pianka
RIP Judge Raymond Pianka
Judge Raymond Pianka was a great friend to Cleveland and he never forgot his beloved Polonia. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with him and his family. RIP Your Honor.

Mrs and Judge Raymond Pianka

Karen and Judge Raymond Pianka


More photos and videos from when Judge Pianka was Grand Marshall of the Polish Constitution Day Parade in Slavic Village.

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Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrate Saint Brigid
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrate Saint Brigid
The Our Lady of the Rosary Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrated their patron Saint Brigid with a Mass and Breakfast. At the Breakfast, the 2017 Hibernian of the Year and the United Irish Societies honorees were introduced and recognized for their contributions. This was the first "official" event of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day season.

Dignitaries at the LAOH event

Top Row: Ron Hagan, Father Ols and Father Mahoney
MR: Maura Manning, Maura Leffel, Marilyn Madigan, Sheila Crawford
Seated: Maggie Lynch, Angela Murphy and Roger Weist


2017 Grand Marshall Roger Weist with St. Patrick

2017 Grand Marshall Roger Weist with St. Patrick


Photos and Videos of the Honorees and others

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Robert Burns anniversary celebration
Robert Burns anniversary celebration
Shano (Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio) hosted the 258th Robert Burns Anniversary Dinner & Dance at the American Croatian Lodge in Eastlake on January 21, 2017. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

at Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio Robert Burns dinner

Dressed for the occasion

See more from the 258th Anniversary Celebration of Robert Burns

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Ants Climbing Trees and other Chinese Foods
Ants Climbing Trees and other Chinese Foods
The ClevelandPeople.com Food Adventurers traveled to China via The Pearl Asian Kitchen and Lounge (formerly Pearl of the Orient).

Chef Rose Wong told of some of the colorful names of Chinese food that come from pronunciation, legend and superstitions like Ants Climbing Tree and Field Chicken (frogs).

Rose Wong and Debbie Hanson

Rose Wong and Debbie Hanson


More Photos and videos from the Food Adventure to China

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Chinese Cultural Garden and Confucius Institute
Chinese Cultural Garden and Confucius Institute
The ClevelandPeople.com Food Adventurers traveled to China via The Pearl Asian Kitchen and Lounge (formerly Pearl of the Orient).

The Adventurers heard from representatives of the Chinese Cultural Garden (did you know the statue of Confucius there is 7.5 tons?) and the Confucius Institute based at Cleveland State University.

Anthony Yen, Professor Xuhong Zhang and Dr. Xu

Anthony Yen, Professor Xuhong Zhang and Dr. Yan Yan Xu


Photos and videos from the Adventure to China

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Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio Medical Yatra
Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio Medical Yatra
Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last.

AIPNO also provides service and aid to undeserved areas and disaster affected sites. The Medical YATRA Mission is to Educate, Prevent and Save Lives!

Wathc this short video to learn more about the great work these physicians and other volunteers do for the neediest of people.



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7th annual ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Celebration
7th annual ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Celebration
The mission of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) is to "Celebrate Cleveland’s multicultural communities through collaboration and cooperation on initiatives that promote the prosperity of the region and its diverse people".

One of the most popular of ICC-WIN's activities is the annual Multicultural Holiday Party. The 2016 event, held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, was the 7th annual party. Hundreds of people from dozens of diverse backgrounds gathered to sample international foods, watch performances, view an international fashion show and meet and socialize with others.

Dancing at ICC-WIN party

Dancing at ICC-WIN party


See more from the 2016 ICC-WIN party

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International Fashion Show at 7th annual ICC-WIN Celebration
International Fashion Show at 7th annual ICC-WIN Celebration
The International Fashion Show was chaired by Nada Martinovic and featured over 100 representatives from more than 20 countries. A new feature this year was that each group walked the runway to the sounds of music of their country or region.

Armenian fashion at ICC-WIN event

Armenian fashion at ICC-WIN event


Photos and Videos from the Fashion Show

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Peaople at 7th annual ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Celebration
People 7th annual ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Celebration
The diverse and colorful crowd at the ICC-WIN annual event makes for great people watching. Who do you recognize?

Diverse Chinese crowd at Cleveland International Party

Posing at the ICC-WIN party


See the people at the 2016 ICC-WIN party

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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.

Save the date April 18, 2017 for the Induction Ceremony.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame


The 2017 class is a diverse and deserving group. More details (photos, bios and accomplishments) will be posted soon but here is the list (in alphabetical order):

  • Mona Alag
  • Jim Craciun
  • Wael Khoury
  • Sam Kim
  • Bill Miller (posthumous)
  • Basil Russo

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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