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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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St. Patrick's Day Honorees
St. Patrick's Day Honorees
Though the St. Patrick's Day Parade did not occur on the 17th due to the coronavirus, many of the honorees made the rounds at events before the virus struck. Congratulations to these great people from our community. Thanks to Shannon Corcoran for the photos and IDs.

Irish Mother Honorees in Cleveland

Irish Mothers of the Year (from left to right)

Joan Reali (2018), Bonnie McNally (2010), Eileen Kilroy (2019), Kathleen Sheehan (2011), Bridie Joyce (2014), Kathleen Mangan (2020), Vera Casey (2012), Kay Hough (2008), Mary McCluskey (2002), and Bridget McIntyre (2016)


Grand Marshals of Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Grand Marshals

Helen Malloy (2005), Walter "Mickey" McNally (2012), William Homan (2019), Thomas Scanlon (2020), and Sheila Murphy Crawford (2018)


Parade Co-Chairs of Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade Co-Chairs

Front row: Maureen Mohney (2020 Inside Co-Chair), Chris Cooper (2020 Outside Co-Chair)
Second Row: Fr. Thomas Mahoney, Rasa Chambers, Bonnie McNally, Bridie Joyce, Teresa Kowalski, Linda Burke, Rita Lally, Murphy Crawford, Marilyn Madigan, Maire Leffel
Back Row: Margaret Lynch, Mary Alice Curran, Bill Chambers, Helen Malloy, Noreen Halley, James Kilbane, Jim McGuirk, Walter 'Mickey' McNally, Shannon Corcoran, John Myers


Hibernians of the Year in Cleveland

Hibernians of the Year

Front row: Fr. Francis Walsh, Robert Fitzgerald (2020)
Middle Row: Sheila Murphy Crawford, Patti Lavelle, Maire Manning, Marilyn Madigan
Back Row: James Kilbane, Ray McGann, Jim McGuirk


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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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Slovenian artist Brni Lavrisha display at the Slovenian Museum and Archives
Slovenian artist Brni Lavrisha display at the Slovenian Museum and Archives
Brni Lavrisha will tell you that he is Slovenian on both sides so it is fitting that his work is being exhibited at the Slovenian Museum and Archives (SMA) in Cleveland Ohio.

Artist Brni Lavrisha

Artist Brni Lavrisha


The SMA "are the privileged inheritors of a legacy, not only of precious pieces of rich, ethnic, artistic and linguistic works, but also of a compelling story of migrating and thriving in America and in our City of Cleveland."

Brni does both sculptures and paintings using materials that he finds and repurposed from a nearby creek.

See more of Brni's art

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Mexican Flag Day - Día de la Bandera
Mexican Flag Day - Día de la Bandera
Flag Day in Mexico takes place on February 24. Día de la Bandera ("Flag Day") is a national holiday in Mexico. It was established by the President of Mexico, General Lázaro Cárdenas, before the monument to General Vicente Guerrero, first to pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag on March 12, 1821. In Cleveland, members of the Mexican Committee in Cleveland celebrated the Mexican Flag Day at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

the Mexican Committee in Cleveland celebrating the Mexican Flag Day at the Cleveland Cultural Garden!

Mexican Committee in Cleveland celebrating the Mexican Flag Day


Video and more of the Mexican Flag Day Celebration

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2020 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland
2020 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland
The 8th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a weeklong event featuring dinners, a dance party, fun run and more. But the highlight was the annual Kurentovanje parade followed by the festival celebration in the Slovenian National Home.

Slovenian costumes at Kurentovanje Parade


View videos and photos of the 2020 Kurentovanje parade in Cleveland

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2020 Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland
2020 Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland
After the Kurentovanje Parade, the festivities continued inside the Slovenian National Home including music, dancing, food, drink and camaraderie.

Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje

Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje


More of the 2020 Kurentovanje Festival

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Slovenian Consul General and Bee Products and Bee Keeping
Slovenian Consul General and Bee Products and Bee Keeping
The Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia exhibited products from Slovenia related to bees and honey. Alenka Jerak, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, told about the importance of bees and the Slovenian products made from the bee's honey.

Alenka Jerak, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia

Alenka Jerak, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, and assistant


See more of the Consul General and Bees

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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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CWRU Vietnamese Students Association Tet Celebration
CWRU Vietnamese Students Association Tet Celebration
On February 8, 2020, members of the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Vietnamese Students Association (VSA) held their first ever Tet Celebration, a cultural show to celebrate the Lunar New Year, on campus. The event aimed to share Vietnamese cultural with the campus community while creating the festive atmosphere of the New Year that many international students miss while studying abroad.

CWRU Vietnamese students at Tet celebration

Photos and more from the Tet celebration at CWRU

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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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71st India Republic Day event hosted by FICA
71st India Republic Day event hosted by FICA
A sell out crowd of 450 attended the Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) Republic Day event on Saturday February 1, 2020. Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950 replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India.

At the event, FICA Board of Trustees Chairman Sudarshan Sathe spoke about the projects - past, current and future - of the organization such as Project Seva, Shiksha Daan, India Cultural Garden and others. The Chief Guest and Keynote speaker was Samir Kapadia, MD the Cleveland Clinic Department Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine. He gave some facts about Republic Day and also offered advice about how to stay heart healthy.

Samir Kapadia, MD

Samir Kapadia, MD


See photos and videos from the 71st Republic Day event

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Vietnamese Theme of Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Garden
Vietnamese Theme of Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden celebrates one of the world’s most exotic and beautiful flowers at their annual flower show, Orchid Mania. The theme of the 2020 Orchid Mania is Vibrant Vietnam.

This year Orchid Mania celebrates the natural beauty of Vietnam, and the Vietnamese culture that cherishes nature and plants. From the warm tropical forests and expansive coastline to rolling hills and mountains, plant diversity thrives throughout Vietnam. Orchids grown in the region are diverse and celebrated throughout the year. Orchid Mania explores four highlights of plant culture in Vietnam – natural areas, agriculture, food, and flowers.

Ms. Gia Hoa Ryan, a leader of the local Vietnamese community and Vietnam Cultural Garden, assisted with the design and items in the presentation such as food items, bicycles, musical instruments and more.

Vietnam street display at Orchid Mania

Vietnam street display at Orchid Mania

See photos and videos of Vibrant Vietnam at Orchid Mania

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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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Parade of Flags at 74th annual One World Day
Parade of Flags at 74th annual One World Day
A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory. Efforts were made to include communities that do not (yet) have a Cultural Garden and they were warmly welcomed.

Parade of Flags at 2019 Cleveland One World Day - Puerto Rican

Puerto Rico in the Parade of Flags

Photos and videos of the Parade of Flags

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Thank You Mayor Jackson
Thank You Mayor Jackson
Letter from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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Thank You Governor Kasich
Thank You Governor Kasich
Letter from Ohio Governor Kasich to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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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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ClevelandPeople.Com News & Events

See all of the latest news on the ClevelandPeople.Com News page and a Calendar of Events on the Calendar page.

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If you want your group's events listed in our Calendar, please send an e-mail to events@clevelandpeople.com with the details. Please allow at least 2 weeks lead time.

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On-line store for browsing and shopping

Do you need a Hungarian Flag? A shirt that says "I love Slovenian girls"? How about a sign that says No Parking except for Irish Grandmother?

These and hundreds of other items for your particular ethnic group are available for browsing at our on-line store. It's safe, fast, easy and fun. And there is a wide selection you will never find in the stores!


What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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