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Welcome Andrew Fedynsky as Ukrainian Ambassador
Welcome Andrew Fedynsky as Ukrainian Ambassador
Ambassadors to ClevelandPeople.Com are individuals who are outstanding representatives of their culture and heritage. They have demonstrated great dedication to the advancement of their own community and to the greater good of honoring and celebrating other ethnic groups and communities to make our city and region more vibrant.

We are proud to announce that Andrew Fedynsky has become our Ukrainian Ambassador.

Andrew Fedynsky

Andrew Fedynsky


Here is a brief bio. Andy was born to Ukrainian refugee parents in Innsbruck, Austria soon after World War II. His family came to America in 1948 when he was eight months old. They moved to Cleveland in 1954 where he attended public schools, graduating in 1965 from James Ford Rhodes H.S. He attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, including a year at the University of Innsbruck in the city of his birth.

Following graduation, he became an English teacher and track coach at West Junior H.S. in Cleveland (now Joseph Gallagher). He also became active in the defense of Soviet bloc political prisoners, translating Ukrainian dissident literature, lecturing at universities and civic events, working with Baltic, Jewish, Polish and other human rights groups and as Vice President of Smoloskyp Publishing, editing a human rights magazine.

During summer breaks from his teaching job, his activities included clandestine work with dissidents behind the Iron Curtain smuggling books, manuscripts and printing materials. While attending the first Helsinki Follow-up Conference in Belgrade in 1977, Yugoslav police arrested him for trying to stage a press conference about the arrests of Helsinki Monitors in Soviet Ukraine. That incident was widely covered in the press.

A year later, Senator Bob Dole invited him to join his staff as his Soviet specialist. He left his office in 1978 to attend John Carroll University where he earned a Masters Degree in History in 1980.

In 1981, he joined the staff of Cleveland Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar eventually becoming her Chief of Staff.

He is now volunteer Director of the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood, runs a government consulting business and write a monthly column for the New Jersey-based Ukrainian Weekly. His wife Chris and he have been married for over thirty years and have a son and daughter.

Congratulations and welcome aboard Andy!

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Fun with Maps - North Africa
Fun with Maps - North Africa
Casablanca, Marrakesh, Algiers, the Barbary Coast, Morocco, the Sahara Desert, Darfur, Benghazi, Tunisia, Tripoli.

You've seen these exotic locales in movies, TV shows and the news but do you know where they are or much about them? In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at North Africa.

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent and contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries). This first episode in a series covering Africa includes Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco (including Western Sahara), Tunisia and Sudan.

After watching you will never listen to Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills and Nash or even the US Marines Hymn the same.





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Lithuanian Independence celebrated
Lithuanian Independence celebrated
Members of the Cleveland Lithuanian community gathered at the Lithuanian Cultural Garden to celebrate The Act of Reinstating Independence of Lithuania or Act of 16 February which was signed by the Council of Lithuania on 16 February 1918, proclaiming the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania.

Gathering by the bust of Jonas

Gathering by the bust of Jonas Basanavicius
in the Lithuanian Cultural Garden


Because of the pandemic only a few officers were allowed to attend this brief outdoor ceremony led by President Algis Gudenas and including Honorary Consul General Ingrida Bublys and Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek.

Photos and video of the Lithuanian event in the Garden

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Paczki
Paczki
Eating paczki is the traditional Polish way to indulge before the fasting in observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Paczki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages.

Baby eating a paczki

All ages love paczki!


Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Irene Morrow, Polish Cultural Garden delegate Connie Adams and others shared their favorite packzki traditions and memories. What are yours?

Learn more about paczki and read the memories

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Friendship Foundation building schools in Vietnam
Friendship Foundation building schools in Vietnam
The Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese is a Cleveland Ohio based non-profit with the mission "to build bridges of friendship between the people of Vietnam and people of other countries."The Friendship Foundation has built schools and orphanages and assisted in many other ways in their numerous trips back to Vietnam and in fundraising and leadership from Cleveland. Their most recent achievement was helping to complete their Seventh Educational Building construction project in Vietnam.

Vietname kids thanking Friendship Foundation for new school

The children each drew up their own "Thank-you" message


See more of the Friendship Foundation's work in Vietnam

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Global Cleveland receives Rotary Club of Cleveland International Service Award
Global Cleveland receives Rotary Club of Cleveland International Service Award
Each year the Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrates International Fellowship Day by honoring a person and/or organization with the International Service Award. The 2021 honoree is Global Cleveland and the award was accepted by its president Joe Cimperman.

Club President Ronald J. Felgenhauer welcomed the virtual attendees and spoke about the history and good woks of Rotary. After the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation by Father Ralph Wiatrowski, Pastor of St. Barnabas Church, past president Julie Brouhard presented the award.

Before the acceptance, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys read some of the proclamations from US Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and Governor Mike Dewine before showing a video message from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Then Joe Cimperman accepted the award and gave an inspiring speech about Rotary, Cleveland and Global Cleveland.



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Sonia Aggarwal becomes senior advisor to President Biden
Sonia Aggarwal becomes senior advisor to President Biden
Sonia Aggarwal, one of Cleveland's own, has become President Joe Biden's senior advisor for climate policy and innovation and will be working in the White House.

Sonia Aggarwal

Sonia Aggarwal


See more about Sonia Aggarwal

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Donna Hom
Donna Hom
We received the sad news that Donna Hom has passed away. She was an incredible woman and community leader.

Donna was born in Guangdong province in southern China. She married her husband Willie Hom in 1960 and emigrated to the U.S. (settling in Youngstown, Ohio).

Donna Hom

Donna Hom


After arriving in the U.S., she had four sons and saw the need to earn more money to support her family. In the 1960s, she worked as a waitress at her mother-in-law’s Chinese restaurant (called Ding Ho) in Youngstown and at Perkins Pancake House in Austintown. As the economy in Youngstown deteriorated in the late 1960s, Willie and she realized that the family would need to move to a larger city in order to economically survive.

In the mid-1980s, many Chinese-Americans in Cleveland dreamed of building a Chinatown on Payne Avenue and Superior Avenue that would be comparable to ones in Toronto and New York City and that would attract Asian investment to Northeast Ohio. In 1988, Willie and Donna decided to get involved in the development of a Cleveland Chinatown. They purchased an old warehouse at the northwest corner of Payne Avenue and East 30th Street and began to develop Asia Plaza Mall under the supervision of their son, Stephen. In May 1991, they opened Li Wah Restaurant at Asia Plaza.

Read more of Donna Hom's story.

Her story is an immigrant success story and Donna Hom was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2014.

Donna Hom and George Hwang

Donna Hom and George Hwang

At the induction ceremony, fellow restaurateur George Hwang called Donna Hom "a rags to riches immigrant success story".

Margaret Wong said she was the "first early Chinese immigrant who became really really successful. From nothing. I really respect her."

Personal Note - I will never forget Ms. Hom's induction acceptance speech when she said, "If you work hard in this country, you'll never go hungry."

Rest in peace Donna and thank you for all you did. You will be missed.

Look for her obituary tomorrow and the funeral will be Monday at Busch in Rocky River.

See photos and videos of Donna Hom's induction

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Fun Facts about Learning Languages
Fun Facts about Learning Languages
Which language do learners give up quickest? Which language learners will stick it out? Why do learners give up?

These are some of the questions answered by a study by TheKnowledgeAcademy. The Number 15 hardest language was shocking to me.

Check out the fun facts about learning languages.

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Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis
Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis
On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared that the next year, beginning on that day and concluding on December 8, 2021, as the Year of St. Joseph.

St Joseph with the infant Jesus by Guido Reni

St Joseph with the infant Jesus by Guido Reni


This proclamation comes as we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

To mark this special year, the Pope wrote and Apostolic Letter entitles Patris corde, or “With a Father’s Heart.” In it, he explores the man and father that Joseph was, and calls us to do the same. Especially in the time of this pandemic, Pope Francis says that Joseph “has helped us to see more clearly the importance of ‘ordinary’ people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day.”

Pope Francis has also introduced a prayer for Saint Joseph to be used throughout the year.

See more about the Year of St. Joseph

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Chinese Language and Culture Courses
Chinese Language and Culture Courses
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University will be teaching several courses starting January 25th including Elementary Chinese I and II, Intermediate Chinese II, Advanced Chinese II, Tai Chi (Tai Ji) and Chinese Calligraphy. Register by Wednesday January 20

Details and register at https://www.csuohio.edu/confucius/Confucius or contact Dr. Huiwen Li (h.li84@csuohio.edu; cice@csuohio.edu)

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Fun with Maps - Madagascar
Fun with Maps - Madagascar
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at what has been called the 8th continent - Madagascar. The map shows how isolated Madagascar is from the rest of the world and that makes it a hotbed of biodiversity - 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. It has varieties of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else. You've probably seen lemurs (endemic to Madagascar) but there are thousands of other unique animals and plants such as the fossa, chameleon, the baobab tree and more. Dan also shows a quick look at the Spiny Desert of Madagascar exhibit in the Cleveland Botanical Garden.



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Chinese Americans/immigrants in AsiaTown
Chinese Americans/immigrants in AsiaTown
OCA Greater Cleveland (OCAGC), with a grant from Cleveland Foundation's Minority Arts and Education Fund, is producing a video documentary on Chinese Americans/immigrants in AsiaTown to commemorate the 150th years of Chinese in Cleveland. The documentary will highlight the history of Cleveland's AsiaTown through the perspective of Cleveland historians, community leaders, business owners and residents. Filming will take place sometime in summer 2021.

We are currently accepting applications to interview by video Asian American community leaders, business owners, and residents to hear their lived experience and historical perspective on Cleveland's AsiaTown. If you identify as Asian American and are or have been a long time Cleveland resident/community leader/ business owner, we want to hear your story.

Please complete this form if you are interested in participating.

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Infant of Prague
Infant of Prague
In the charming city of Prague, located in the heart of Europe, the Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious is home to a revered 16th-century statue known as the Infant Jesus of Prague.

A German copy of the statue of the Infant of Prague, with a white wig instead of the traditional blonde hair, circa. 1870

A German copy of the statue of the Infant of Prague, with a white wig instead of the traditional blonde hair, circa. 1870

Learn more about the Infant of Prague's fascinating history.

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Pundemics - Humor to get you through the Coronavirus
Pundemics - Humor to get you through the Coronavirus
Every week we send out a free eBlast to thousands of subscribers that tells about upcoming events in the 120 or so different ethnic groups represented in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Sign up for the free e-newsletter here.

When the Coronavirus hit, events were cancelled, except for a handful of virtual events. So we evolved the eNews to include some interesting facts about our multicultural city. We also added a joke about being quarantined. Of course we realized the severity of the pandemic and did not want to diminish the deaths and suffering that many were enduring by joking.

But the feedback was overwhelming. People enjoyed the puns and asked for more. Many still write each week and ask us to continue and ask to reprint some in their newsletters, bulletins and so on. So we have continued them.

So here are many of the (hopefully) funny lines we have been sending every week.

Take the advice of the Dante statue in the Italian Cultural Garden and wear your mask.

Dante Statue with Mask


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Basil M. Russo to lead Italian Conference Of Presidents
Basil M. Russo to lead Italian Conference Of Presidents
Cleveland's Basil M. Russo was elected to serve as the president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. This office places Mr. Russo in the position of being the national spokesman for the Italian American community. This is the first time anyone from outside of the New York City area has been elected to serve as president of this organization.

Basil M. Russo

Basil M. Russo


Among the many honors Basil Russo has deservedly received he was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2017. Congratulations Basil!

More about the Basil Russo honor

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Miss Cultural Gardens
Miss Cultural Gardens
Did you know that the Cleveland Cultural Gardens used to select a Queen?

Here is a photo of the 1963 Miss Cultural Gardens at the Columbus Day parade in 1963. Recognize her? It's Ingrida Bublys, Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania and our Lithuanian Ambassador.

Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963

Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963

Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963 - Ingrida Bublys

Ingrida Bublys - Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963


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Vietnamese Cultural Garden Landscaping
Vietnamese Cultural Garden Landscaping
For many years the Vietnamese Community and its friends have worked very hard to establish a Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland. This garden joins the thirty plus other gardens that now are celebrated on MLK and East Boulevards. Now finally their dream is coming true. On October 12 the actual construction began. We can't wait till it is finished!

Digging in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden

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Story of Vocila Family from Transylvania
Story of Vocila Family from Transylvania
The Vocila family comes from the small village Palos Ardeal, in the County of Brasov, Transylvania Romania. Grandfather Vasile (Charles) Vocila was born November 9, 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1910 settling in Cleveland Ohio. He was proud of his Romanian heritage and traveled several times to visit his family in Palos.

Charles and Lillian Vocila

Charles and Lillian Vocila



See more of the Vocila family story

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Fun with Maps - Chile
Fun with Maps - Chile
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at the long country of Chile. Chile is bordered by the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean and the map has played a big part in its history.

Painting of The Zamacueca by Manuel Antonio Caro. Oil on canvas, collection of the Presidency of the Republic of Chile.

Painting of The Zamacueca by Manuel Antonio Caro. Oil on canvas, collection of the Presidency of the Republic of Chile.


In this episode Dan looks at the Straits of Magellan, the Drake Passage, the huasos, the Mapuche people, Santiago, the largest mountain and volcano in the Americas, the rescue of the miners, interesting Chilean people and more.

Click the arrow to watch the video.



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Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NY at Polish Cultural Garden
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NY at Polish Cultural Garden
Special guests visited the Polish Cultural Garden on August 25, 2020. Adrian Kubicki, Consul General and Mateusz Gmura, Vice-Consul were in Cleveland on official business from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.

Polish Cultural Garden sign - Eugene Bak, Connie Adams, Adrian Kubicki, and Mateusz Gmura

Eugene Bak, Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of the Republic of Poland,
Connie Adams and Vice Consul Mateusz Gmura

The dignitaries were given a tour of the Polish Cultural Garden by Gene Bak, retired Executive Director of Polish American Cultural Center (PACC) and distinguished inductee of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame and Connie Adams, Member of the Board of Directors of PACC and Director of the Polish Cultural Garden.

More photos of the Consul General's visit to the Polish Garden

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Slovenian immigrant Dr. Edward Gobetz honored by President of Slovenia
Slovenian immigrant Dr. Edward Gobetz honored by President of Slovenia
The Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia in the United States Alenka Jerak bestowed the Order of Merit upon Dr. Edward Gobetz, a Slovenian immigrant to the USA, at a ceremony on Slovenska Pristava in Harpersfield, Ohio.

Consul General Jerak and Dr. Edward Gobetz - photo by Phil  Hrvatin

Consul General Jerak and Dr. Edward Gobetz
photo by Phil Hrvatin


Consul General Jerak, acting on behalf of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, presented the medal in recognition of Dr. Gobetz's life work, of his contribution to the recognizability of Slovenia, as well as for increasing the awareness of the achievements by Slovenians in the USA and the world.

More from the honor for Dr. Gobetz

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St Stephen Church Cornerstone Dedication
St Stephen Church Cornerstone Dedication
Cleveland's newest Hungarian monument to St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary, is a cornerstone saved from the recently demolished St. Stephen Hungarian Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (1900-2020). The cornerstone was brought to the historic St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church at 9016 Buckeye Road in Cleveland Ohio which was established on June 4, 1893.

Unveiling the cornerstone

Unveiling the cornerstone


See photos and videos of the Dedication

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Fun with Maps - Lebanon
Fun with Maps - Lebanon
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at the historic country of Lebanon. Though small in size the influence of Lebanon and its people is huge. Tragically, the capital of Beirut was devastated by explosions in August 2020. In this episode Dan looks at the major cities, culture, geography, the cedar tree, famous Lebanese people and some fascinating history from the Phoenicians to the present.



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Vigil for the victims of the Beirut tragedy
Vigil for the victims of the Beirut tragedy
On the afternoon of August 4, 2020, explosions occurred at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The extremely powerful blast resulted in hundreds of deaths, thousands injured and hundreds of thousands instantly homeless. The Lebanese community of Cleveland Ohio began working on ways to assist the victims in the land of their heritage. The American Lebanese Community Council (ALCC ) met and began fundraising efforts including this vigil in the Lebanese Cultural Garden.

Pierre Bbejjani, Ms. Blanche Salwan and Mr. Faris Alameh

Pierre Bejjani, Ms. Blanche Salwan and Mr. Faris Alameh


See photos and videos from the vigil and how you can donate to the Lebanese Red Cross through the ALCC

Our thoughts and prayers are for the victims and families of those killed, injured and homeless from the tragic explosion in Beirut.

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Fun with Maps - New Zealand
Fun with Maps - New Zealand
In this episode of Fun with Maps host Dan Hanson looks at New Zealand and the Lost Continent of Zealandia in Oceania. New Zealand is home to the Maori people, terrific rugby like the All Blacks team, the haka dance, the beautiful scenery as the setting of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, Milford Sound and much more. Modern technology is allowing us to see more of the huge lost continent of Zealandia underneath New Zealand, 94% submerged under the ocean.



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Captive Nations Week 2020
Captive Nations Week 2020
Captive Nations Week was first recognized in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the urging of future Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk Sr. and Congressmen Charles Vanik and US Senator Frank Lausche. Captive Nations Week has been supported each 3rd week in July by every US president since.

The annual Captive Nations week dinner event could not be held because of the Coviv19 pandemic so American Nationalities Movement President Judge Ralph Perk Jr. and a few community leaders gathered (socially distant) in the Czech Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

Community leaders in Czech Garden - Michael Patterson, Joseph Meissner, Pierre Bejjani, Ralph Perk Jr. amd Paul Burik

Community leaders in Czech Garden - Michael Patterson, Joseph Meissner, Pierre Bejjani, Ralph Perk Jr. and Paul Burik


Photos and videos of the Captive Nations Week event

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Cleveland Ethnic Radio
Cleveland Ethnic Radio
Radio seems old-fashioned to many but almost everyone has access to it (even via an Internet or cellphone app). Ethnic radio in Cleveland has a long tradition of serving various communities. The radio show often creates or encourages ethnic events.

See a list of Cleveland Ethnic Radio shows

Let us know if we missed any.

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Fun with Maps - Budapest
Fun with Maps - Budapest
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson shows map of a city that is really 2 cities, Buda and Pest, split by the famous Danube River but joined together as Budapest, Hungary. Budapest is one of the most visited cities in the world and is a hub of music, culture, architecture, education and so on. It's history - Turkish occupation, Austria-Hungary, Lajos Kossuth, Revolution of 1956 - all were influenced by the map. From the spas and baths to the bridges, the musical influence (Liszt, Bartok, etc.) to other notable citizens (Houdini, Rubik, etc.) Budapest is a fascinating city.



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Follow Dante's advice and stay safe
Follow Dante's advice and stay safe
The statue of Dante in the Italian Cultural Garden knows how to stay safe from the coronavirus.

Dante statue in Italian Cultural Garden wearing a mask


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Slovenian Cultural Garden Cleanup
Slovenian Cultural Garden Cleanup
Alenka Jerak, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, led an effort to cleanup and beautify the Slovenian Cultural Garden on Saturday May 30, 2020. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are a collection of ethnic heritage gardens in Rockefeller Park in Cleveland Ohio. The Slovenian Cultural Garden was dedicated in 1932 and features busts of Bishop Baraga, Ivan Cankar and Ivan Zorman.

Consul General Alenka Jerak and others working in the Slovenian Cultural Garden

Consul General Alenka Jerak and others
working in the Slovenian Cultural Garden

See photos from the Slovenian Cultural Garden Cleanup
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Working in the Lithuanian Cultural Garden
Working in the Lithuanian Cultural Garden
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are maintaiined by delegates of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation who are volunteers from the community. That includes the Lithuanian Cultural Garden. Here are some of the volunteers cleaning up and planting on May 23, 2020.

Lithuanian Cultural Garden workers

Lithuanian Cultural Garden volunteer workers


Lithuanian Cultural Garden workers


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Fun with Maps - Indonesia
Fun with Maps - Indonesia
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson shows the map of the largest archipelago nation in the world - Indonesia. Archipelagos are often volcanic and as you will see, this certainly applies to Indonesia. It consists of more than seventeen thousand islands. You may have heard of Sumatra, Java, New Guinea (Papua), Bali, Borneo and so on. This is Part 1 of 2 so be sure to watch the 2nd part too.



In Part 2 Dan looks at the Ring of Fire, Krakatoa, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Papua New Guinea and more. For such a large, populous and importnat country Dan doesn't remember much study of it in school.



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World Bee Day 2020
World Bee Day 2020
Slovenia has been at the forefront of protecting bees, which are essential to our food supply and health. Alenka Jerak, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, led the celebration of World Bee Day (May 20) in order to point out the importance of the bees and other pollinators, beekeeping and their contribution to sustainable development, environment, healthy food, solving problems related to the global food supply as well as to eliminate hunger.

Slovenian Consul General Alenka Jerak, truly a Busy Bee

Slovenian Consul General Alenka Jerak, truly a Busy Bee


See photos from the Slovenian World Bee Day event

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza progress
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza progress
The first of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens was established in 1916 making the Gardens over 100 years old. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) is the non-profit volunteer-led group that governs the Gardens. They decided to honor the centennial by making a gift to the community in the form of the Centennial Peace Plaza.

The motto of the CCGF is "Peace through Mutual Understanding" and the Plaza is designed to be a gathering place for the community to share music, dance, art, education, camaraderie and share ethnic heritages.

The multi-ton medallion is just a few feet away from the much-traveled MLK Boulevard so will be a focal point of the Plaza.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza medallion

Photos and video of the Centennial Peace Plaza

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Russian Cultural Garden Springtime 2020
Russian Cultural Garden Springtime 2020
Flowers were in bloom in the Russian Cultural Garden in Cleveland when we visited on April 28, 2020. The tulips by the sign were a welcome addition to the bust of Yuri Gagarin, the ring of honor and other features of the Garden.

Russian Cultural Garden in Cleveland


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Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Bloom
Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Bloom
The Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland was in bloom when we visited on April 28, 2020. The beautiful flowering trees framed the statue of Lesya Ukrainka.

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden


More pictures from the Ukrainian Cultural Garden

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Fun with Maps - Wuhan China
Fun with Maps - Wuhan China
If all you know about Wuhan is what you've heard the last few months about the covid-19 virus, you should watch this episode of Fun with Maps.

When we look at the map and the transportation options starting with the Yangtze River we see why many have called Wuhan the "Chicago of China." Learn more about this city of 11 million people than what you may see on the news.



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Stay Home, Stay Well, Stay Busy
Stay Home, Stay Well, Stay Busy
We are assembling a list of online resources you can try while you are homebound.

Take a look at our growing list of online resources and opportunities and try a few.

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Options for Local Restaurant Takeout and Food Delivery
Options for Local Restaurant Takeout and Food Delivery
As we all work through these challenging times we still need to eat and we should support our local restaurants who are unable to remain open. This is also a great time to try some new food options. We will be posting your recommendations, and opinions on restaurant take out and delivery.

Recommended local restaurant food to take-out or have delivered.

Pearl Asian Kitchen food

Pearl Asian Kitchen takeout food

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductions Postponed
Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductions Postponed
With deep regret, the board of directors of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame has voted to adopt the proactive approach taken by the State of Ohio and City of Cleveland in aggressively addressing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is postponing the April 21, 2020 induction ceremony.

With a typical crowd of 500 people, many of whom fly in from other cities, states and countries, it would not be responsible to go forward with that date.

We will be rescheduling the event, with the same stellar class of inductees, once the situation has settled down. Feel free to address them as Hall of Famer if you run into them.

  • May Chen
  • Margaret Lynch
  • Valarie McCall
  • Ramesh Shah
  • Berj Shakarian
  • Joe Valencic

Cleveland International Hall of Fame logo
If you have already purchased tickets or sponsorships please contact Debbie at deb@clevelandpeople.com or 216-406-6594 for refund details. Thanks for your understanding and Stay Healthy!

Cleveland International Hall of Fame


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30th anniversary of Restoration of Independence
30th anniversary of Restoration of Independence
Members of the Lithuanian Cultural Garden together with the Lithuanian American Community celebrated Lithuania's 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence from the Soviet Union. They gathered on March 11, 2020 at the Lithuanian Cultural Garden near the Pillars of Gediminas in front of the bust of Jonas Basanavicius and placed flowers and lit candles to commemorate the event.

Lithuania 30th anniversary commemoration group in Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Rita Matas

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation honored by Cleveland Rotary
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation honored by Cleveland Rotary
The Rotary Club of Cleveland's International Service Award was presented to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation on February 20, 2020. This award celebrates Rotary International's vision of a "world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves." It was presented to an organization that for more than 100 years has served as a celebration of our city's diversity, sharing a common goal of peace through mutual understanding.

Cleveland Rotary leaaders with Dr. Wael Khoury

Cleveland Rotary leaders with Dr. Wael Khoury:
Yunus Badat, Dr. Wael Khoury, Rotary President Art Ward,
Ingrida Bublys and Jerry Smith


Photos and videos of the Rotary honoring the Cultural Gardens

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Murder in the Cultural Gardens
Murder in the Cultural Gardens
"It just didn't seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for "Peace through Mutual Understanding." But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. "What is the nature of your emergency?" the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, "There's been a murder in the Cultural Gardens."

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue


The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.



Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.

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2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
With over 100 worthy nominations, the committee and previous inductees of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame had a difficult time selecting the 2020 class. After due diligence, the unanimous results have been finalized.

On April 21, 2020 the 11th class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame will be inducted. They are:

  • May Chen
  • Margaret Lynch
  • Valarie McCall
  • Ramesh Shah
  • Berj Shakarian
  • Joe Valencic

Stay tuned for details, photos, bios and more. Congratulations!

Buy your tickets now before it sells out.



Cleveland International Hall of Fame


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Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland is a diverse city with about 120 distinct ethnic heritages represented. We at ClevelandPeople.com and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame believe that this ethnic diversity makes us a much richer city and that we should all celebrate this fact.

We asked people from various ethnic groups to create a tile representing their heritage. These 3 quilts are a product of that effort. We hope that other ethnic groups will want to add their own tile to these patchworks showcasing our ethnic diversity.

Cleveland ethnic diversity quilts

The quilts are available for loan to ethnic museums and organizations and for special events. See more about the ethnic heritage display

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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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


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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
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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.

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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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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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