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Cleveland International Hall of Fame - Tuesday April 26
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
The 2016 Class was chosen unanimously by the committee from over 150 nominations. In alphabetical order:

  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

More on the Induction Ceremony on Tuesday April 26.

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Gala
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Gala
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted a gala event at the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The first Garden (Shakespeare Garden which became the British Garden) was established in April 1916 so 100 years are being celebrated all year. There are special events planned in the Gardens, the creation of a Centennial Plaza and One World Day on August 28, 2016.

Chris Ronanyne, Sheila Crawford and Dick Russ

Keynote Speaker Chris Ronayne, CCGF President Sheila Crawford
and MC Dick Russ at the Cultural Gardens 100th Gala


Photos and videos from the Gardens Gala

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Mayor Frank Jackson honored at Cleveland Rotary
Mayor Frank Jackson honored at Cleveland Rotary
The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on April 7, 2016. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Don't miss the comprehensive and eloquent responses that Mayor Jackson gave during the Q&A portion of the event.



Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson, Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson,
Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys


Photos and videos from the event

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Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio at Rotary
Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio at Rotary
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!

Ramesh Shah led a group of Indian physicians from AIPNO at a meeting of the Cleveland Rotary Club.

AIPNO group at Rotary of Cleveland

AIPNO group at Rotary of Cleveland


Photos and videos of the AIPNO Rotary event

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A Place for Religion?
A Place for Religion?
Kevin McGrath Jr., a freshman from St Ignatius High School, gave his speech called 'A Place for Religion?' at the Rotary Club of Cleveland. This was the third place presentation in a contest that focused on the Rotary's Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do. Kevin asked why society has become so hostile toward religion, especially in schools.



The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do is a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The 24 word test is as follows:
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary Four-Way Test



More Photos and videos of the Four-Way Test event

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
The United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization consisting of representatives from 27 Irish Organizations whose primary purpose is to organize the Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Cleveland's Parade is Ohio's oldest and finest comprising approximately 10,000 participants in 125 units.

The theme of the 2016 Parade was "Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland's Quest for Freedom"

The 2016 Parade Honorees were:

  • Grand Marshal John "Jack" Coyne
  • Irish Mother of the Year Bridget McIntyre
  • Co-Chairs Teresa Reilly Kowalski and John Myers

Dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Bishop Cosgrove Center before the Parade

Grand Marshall Jack Coyne blew the whistle to officially start the 2016 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Grand Marshall Jack Coyne blew the whistle to officially start the 2016 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade


Main 2016 Saint Patrick's Day Parade Page

Irish American Club East Side

West Side Irish American Club

Parade Highlights
Bands, Cleveland Indians, Murphy Irish Dancers, St. Helen Unicycle Drill Team, more

People at and in the Parade - who do you recognize?

Irish setters, wolfhounds and other Dogs and Horses

Polish community at St Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland Asian Festival at St Patrick's Day Parade

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Judge Sara Harper honored
Judge Sara Harper honored
The Committee on Arrangements; Ohio Republican Party, Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, Sara J. Harper Leadership Institute, I Group, The Committee of 40, Lauren A. Gore, esq., WEA, Inc., LA Gore & Principals and the Inner City Republican Movement hosted a Community Black History Celebration honoring the Life & Achievement of Judge Sara J. Harper. Her illustrious career spans the decades, as one who has toppled barriers, and made history.

Judge Sara Harper

Judge Sara Harper


See photos and a video from the ceremony for Judge Sara Harper

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Maslenitsa 2016
Maslenitsa 2016
The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its second annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

It featured Best Bliny and Babuskha contests, Russian music, kids games, food, souvenirs and an offical end to winter with the 'burning" of Kostroma.



Best Babushka Contest ladies

Best Babushka Contest ladies

Photos and videos of the 2016 Maslenitsa

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People and Costumes at Maslenitsa 2016
People and Costumes at Maslenitsa 2016
The colorful and traditional costumes were one of the highlights of the 2016 Maslenitsa.


Russian costumes at  Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse to benefit the Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden

Photos of people and costumes at the 2016 Maslenitsa

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Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art
Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt. The Exhibition examines the myths and realities of the Egyptian kings' power through extraordinary ancient objects from the British Museum.

Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt brings 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history to life through some of the finest objects from the British Museum's vast holdings and several of Cleveland's own masterworks. The first Egyptian art exhibition organized at the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1996, Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt looks past the myth to reveal the carefully designed personas of the Egyptian kings and explore the realities of daily life for the ancient royals.

Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt, a centennial special exhibition, is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from March 13 through June 12, 2016.

Pharaoh exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art

Photos and videos of the Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit

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Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art
Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art
Until Sunday April 24,2016 visitors can see the Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 011.

Drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s renowned collection of Chinese paintings and in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2016, this small but potent exhibition features ten masterworks of Chinese art. A fine assemblage in various subjects and styles, spanning from the Song to the Qing dynasties, provides a visual feast: all are rare treasures and iconic works.

Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art

Photos and more from the Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art

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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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Baking a šakotis (Lithuanian tree cake) or Baumkuchen
Baking a šakotis (Lithuanian tree cake) or Baumkuchen
The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club. They not only sampled the famous Lithuanian tree cake in their meal but got to see one being made the traditional way by baker Dainius Zalensas of the Lithuanian Club Bakery.

Dainius Zalensas of the Lithuanian Club Bakery making a Sakotis

Dainius Zalensas making a šakotis

See photos and videos of the Lithuanian Tree Cake (šakotis )

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Additions to the Hebrew Cultural Garden
Additions to the Hebrew Cultural Garden
Have you seen the new additions to the Hebrew Cultural Garden? There are 6 areas that pay tribute to leading Jewish figures including scientists Einstein, Freud and Salk and authors Rabinovich, Bilaik and Agnon.

Hebrew Cultural Garden reibute to Ben Gurion, Meir and Herzl


See the new additions to the Hebrew Cultural Garden

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Keeping Lithuanian alive during the Soviet era
Keeping Lithuanian alive during the Soviet era
Ginte Damusyte-Damusis has served as Ambassador from Lithuania to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Canada. She was the keynote speaker at the 98th Anniversary of the Lithuanian Declaration of Independence Program in Cleveland.

Before she worked with the Lithuanian Diplomatic Service, Ginte Damusyte-Damusis headed the Lithuanian Information Center during the Soviet Union times. The goal was to keep Lithuanian alive internationally and deal with human rights and other issues and tell the world of the mass public support for the Sajudis (Movement). She told of the progress since the reestablishment of independence.



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2016 Kurentovanje Parade
2016 Kurentovanje Parade
The 4th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - began with a parade. The units gathered on February 6, 2016 at Sterle's on East 55th and marched up St Clair to the Slovenian National Home.

Kurents at 2016 Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Kurents marching in the Parade

Photos and Video from the 2016 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

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2016 Kurentovanje Festival
2016 Kurentovanje Festival
After the Parade, the celebration moved inside the Slovenian National Home.



Dancing a polka at Kurentovanje

Dancing a polka at Kurentovanje


Photos and Video from the 2016 Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland

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Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony
Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda - February 6, 2016


Members of the Underground Railroad Society, Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood and other community organizations gathered at the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall for the 42nd annual Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony.

Black History Month group at Cleveland City Hall

Some of the attendees at the celebration

See photos and a video from the ceremony at Cleveland City Hall

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67th Republic Day of India
67th Republic Day of India
The Cleveland Indian community and friends gathered to celebrate the 67th Republic Day of India with cultural performances, presentations, food and dancing.

Young girl at India Republic Day


Photos and videos from Republic Day 2016.

Watch these remarks from Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman who will be taking over as leader of Global Cleveland.

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night! Congratulations to the 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. You inspired us all.

Lots of photos and video coming soon but here's a Class photo.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2015 Class

Seated L-R Dick Pogue, Bishop Pilla and Shiv Aggarwal.
Standing Dick Russ, Judge Villanueva and Tommy Mulloy (for his father the late Steve Mulloy)
Missing - Mayor Richard Ganim who was ill



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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.

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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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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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