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Fun with Maps - Estuaries and the Hudson River
Fun with Maps - Estuaries and the Hudson River
In this episode of Fun with Maps host Dan Hanson looks at estuaries and then drills down on the Hudson River in New York State in the US. The Hudson River forms the west border of New York City's Manhattan Island. He also looks at the battles of Saratoga which took place along the Hudson River Valley in the Revolutionary War.



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Fun with Maps - Feedback and Foldable Maps
Fun with Maps - Feedback and Foldable Maps
In this episode of Fun with Maps host Dan Hanson considers some viewer feedback and answers their questions. He explains what the dots on the maps mean and shows the world map on the stage of the new plaza in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Then he gives a demo of the classic old school foldable paper map that has been around forever.



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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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Vietnamese Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
Vietnamese Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
The Vietnamese community of Cleveland hosted a groundbreaking event on the site of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden on May 30, 2020. Because of the Covid-19 virus, masks were worn and social distancing was practiced.

There were remarks from Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese leaders Joe Meissner and president Gia Hoa Ryan as well as Councilman Matt Zone, Judge Marilyn Cassidy, Dr. Wael Khoury, Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi and many others.

Joe Meissner and Gia Hoa Ryan

Joe Meissner and Gia Hoa Ryan


See photos and videos of the historic Vietnamese Cultural Garden event

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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


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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


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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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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