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A different kind of Fun with Maps
A different kind of Fun with Maps
Each year when the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosts the annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, ClevelandPeople.com makes sure everyone has fun with maps.

The ClevelandPeople.com booth had large 5' x 7' maps of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, North America and the Middle East. Visitors placed a colorful dot on the map where there ancestors (or they) came from. At the end of the day almost 80 different countries were represented and various areas within countries. A real display of Cleveland's diversity. Here is a sample.

Girl pointing at ClevelandPeople.com map of Asia

Boy pointing at ClevelandPeople.com map of Jordan

TV anchor Chris Tanaka points to Japan


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Fun with Maps - Lesotho
Fun with Maps - Lesotho
There are only 3 enclaved countries in the world. By enclaved we mean an independent country whose territory is completely surrounded by the territory of one other country. In Lesotho's case, it is within South Africa.

Lesotho is a unique and interesting country and the map really defines it. Did you know that the country of Wakanda in the Marvel superhero movie Black Panther was inspired by Lesotho? There's lots more interesting items about Lesotho. Keep having Fun with Maps.



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Cyber Wall of Non Violence - Gandhi Birthday
Cyber Wall of Non Violence - Gandhi Birthday
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born 152 years ago on October 2, 1869. But his lessons and philosophy live on. Consider some of his more famous quotes


  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
  • Where there is love there is life.
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.
  • In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.
  • An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
  • Paramjit Singh created a collation to make Cleveland the City of Peace and Nonviolence. We worked together to establish the Cyber Wall of Peace as follows:

    By placing my name on this Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence, I pledge to:

    • Treat others the way I would like to be treated
    • Stand against hate, injustice and intolerance
    • Commit to being truthful and loving
    • Work in my daily life for justice, equality, human rights and righting wrongs using nonviolence methodology…the ideals for which Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave their lives.
    Mahatma GandhiMartin Luther King Jr


    The Dream of making Cleveland a city of Peace & Nonviolence is possible but You must be the change you want to see in Cleveland!

    Over 1,000 Clevelanders have signed the Cyber Wall - see the list

    Many have left comments.

    If you are so inclined you can learn more and sign the Cyber Wall of Peace

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    May Chen inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    May Chen inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    May Chen and her family immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong. She started Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc.) to advocate for immigrants, especially Asian American immigrants, and it has grown to be the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) focused health and social services 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Ohio. ASIA has taken on the most challenging tasks to help the underserved, low-income, and immigrant communities across the state.

    Due to the Covid pandemic there could not be the usual Hall of Fame induction ceremony with 500 people attending so May Chen was inducted in the office of her longtime friend Margaret Wong who was an inductee in the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2010.

    Michael Byun, her successor as CEO of ASIA Inc., sent his congratulations from Seattle and then May Chen gave her inspiring acceptance speech.



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    Bishop Anthony Pilla
    Bishop Anthony Pilla
    We just heard the news about the passing of Bishop Anthony Pilla. Instead of doing disservice to the man by rushing a few lines to post, here are two videos. First is the video of Sam Miller inducting Bishop Pilla into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2015.



    This is Bishop Pilla's acceptance speech.

    I am sure that Sam and the Bishop are joyfully reconnecting in Heaven. RIP Bishop Pilla.

    Bishop Pilla bio from Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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    Czech Cultural Garden Virtual Tour
    Czech Cultural Garden Virtual Tour
    The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are a collection of over 30 gardens each dedicated to a particular heritage. They feature busts, statues and monuments to their cultural icons. The Czech Cultural Garden was dedicated in 1935. Paul Burik has been caretaker of the Czech Garden for over 20 years and he leads a virtual tour explaining the busts and monuments.

    Statues and busts include Antonin Dvorak, Karel Havlicek, Bedrich Smetana, Tomas Masaryk, Jindrich Simon Baar, Frantisek Palacky, Jan Amos Komesnky and a tribute to Czech Immigrants.



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    Rocky Colavito statue unveiling and 88th Birthday
    Rocky Colavito statue unveiling and 88th Birthday
    Rocky Colavito was an All-Star for six seasons (9 All-Star Games). He is the fifth player in the history of the AL to have eleven consecutive 20-home run seasons (1956–1966). During that span, he exceeded 40 home runs three times and 100 runs batted in, six times. He also led the AL in home runs, RBI, and slugging average once each. Colavito ranked third among AL right-handed hitters for home runs (371) and eighth for AL games played at right field (1272), at the end of his MLB playing career in 1968.

    But Rocky is so much more than a bunch of all-star caliber achievements. He was a hero to a generation of Clevelanders and every kid in little league copied the stretch and other batting nuances of #6.

    Rocky Colavito speaking at the ceremony

    Rocky Colavito speaking at the ceremony


    Rocky was in Cleveland to celebrate his 88th birthday and the dedication of his statue in Little Italy.

    Photos and videos of Rocky Colavito's birthday and statue unveiling

    The Rocky Colavito statue in Tony Brush Park in Cleveland's Little Italy

    Rocky Colavito statue in Little Italy in Cleveland

    Rocky Colavito statue in Little Italy in Cleveland


    Lots of photos of the statue of the iconic Cleveland Indian ballplayer.

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    Berj Shakarian inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    Berj Shakarian inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    Architect Berj Shakarian was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Berj was the driving force behind the Armenian Cultural Garden in Cleveland as well as the Centennial Peace Plaza among other projects. Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Dr. Wael Khoury introduced Berj and then previous inductee Paul Burik presented Berj and gave him his CIHF award and pin. Berj is the first Armenian to be inducted.



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    Parade of Flags at One World Day
    Parade of Flags at One World Day
    The Parade of Flags is always a highlight of the annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the 75th annual One World Day in 2021 was no exception.

    MCs from all 4 major TV networks (Chris Tanaka, Danielle Wiggins, Tracy Carloss and Maia Belay) joined Cultural Gardens past-president Sheila Murphy Crawford in announcing the Parade which featured about 50 groups marching in traditional costumes and carrying the flags of their heritage.

    The sudden downpour about an hour after the Parade destroyed my camera on the tripod but luckily I had this handheld camera as a backup. I apologize that the Pipes and Drums of the Irish American Club East Side cut off in the video and the Ukrainian group (with their huge flag!) after them did not make the video. Also only the end of the Chinese group made the backup video. Sorry.

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    One World Day
    One World Day
    The 75th annual One World Day took place this Sunday August 29 from 11 AM to 6PM in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

    It was a blast! Look for lots of photos and videos soon.

    Djapo African drummers at 2021 One World Day

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    Fun with Maps - Afghanistan and other "-Stan" Countries
    Fun with Maps - Afghanistan and other "-Stan" Countries
    We have always planned on doing a Fun with Maps episode on one or more of the "Stan" countries. Just not yet. Unfortunately, the news has made me change the schedule and focus on the map of a very troubled place - Afghanistan.

    This episode looks at the group of seven countries known as the "Stan" countries in the heart of Central and South Asia. Then we drill down more into the map of Afghanistan, its capital Kabul and more.



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    58th Annual Captive Nations Dinner and Awards
    58th Annual Captive Nations Dinner and Awards
    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 American Nationalities Movement prsented the Feedom Award to Ambasador Edward F. Crawford and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy.

    Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Terry O'Donnell, Judge Ralph Perk, Irene Morrow and Doug Bugie

    Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Terry O'Donnell, Judge Ralph Perk,
    Irene Morrow and Doug Bugie (for Ambassador Crawford)


    Photos and videos of the Captive Nations Award Dinner

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    Ramesh Shah in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    Ramesh Shah in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

    Covid-19 forced the always sold out (500+ people) induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 so the Class is being inducted virtually.

    Ramesh Shah was inducted by Federation of India Community Associations Board Chairman Sudarshan Sathe and welcomed to the Hall by Inaugural CIHF inductee Paramjit Singh.

    Sudarsha Sathe, Ramesh Shah and Paramjit Singh

    Sudarshan Sathe, Ramesh Shah and Paramjit Singh


    See video/photos of the induction of Ramesh Shah

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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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    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


    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.

    Learn more about ClevelandPeople.Com



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