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Feast of the Assumption
Feast of the Assumption - Little Italy
The annual celebration of the Feast of the Assumption took place in Cleveland's Little Italy centered around Holy Rosary Church. It is primarily a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Jesus' mother Mary into Heaven and the Feast begins with Mass and a solemn procession. It is also 4 days of great Italian music, food, traditions and camaraderie.

Holy Rosary Church during the Feast

Holy Rosary Church during the Feast

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Slovak Hero General Milan R. Stefanik
Slovak Hero General Milan R. Stefanik
The statue of the Slovak hero was erected in 1922 and resided on an island at MLK Blvd and Jeptha in Cleveland. The statue was moved to its permanent home in the Slovak Cultural Garden.

Slovak Hero General Milan R. Stefanik statue in the Slovak Cultural Garden - Cleveland, Ohio

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Honoring Those Who Fought For Freedom In Warsaw
Honoring Those Who Fought For Freedom In Warsaw
Honoring Those Who Fought For Freedom In Warsaw

By U.S. Senator Rob Portman

Seventy years ago, as American and British forces were liberating France and the Red Army was pressing forward on the Eastern Front, the people of Poland were fighting for their freedom. After five years of Nazi oppression, the Polish resistance in Warsaw launched an insurrection against their occupiers.

For two months and with little support from outside forces, thousands of resistance fighters—men, women, and even children—fought against the far better armed and better supplied German army. As one German officer later remarked, they fought to the very last bullet. Before it was over, more than 16,000 resistance fighters would give their lives. In retaliation for this act of defiance, hundreds of thousands of Polish civilians were murdered by the members of the SS. When the Red Army finally did arrive, what should have been a liberation turned into yet another form of captivity, and for the next 45 years, Poland endured the oppression of Soviet communism.

But the Polish people never forgot the bravery and the sacrifices of those who stood for liberty those 63 days in the late summer of 1944. Many of the survivors came to the United States, where they continued the fight for an independent Poland. Others joined the Solidarity movement, and the memory of the Warsaw Uprising served to inspire everyday people to fight for liberation. When Poland won its independence in 1989, the dream of the uprising was finally realized.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Poland to meet with Polish officials and visit U.S. troops in the country. I also had the opportunity to visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum to see firsthand the moving commemoration of this chapter in Poland’s history. Poland is a staunch ally of the United States, and the Polish people have stood with us in our struggle against terrorism around the world. As the United States and Poland continue to fight for freedom and democracy, the historical ties that bind us are more important today than ever.

Recently, I joined with my colleagues in the Senate to cosponsor a resolution marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The bravery of the men and women who took part in the fight against Nazi oppression will never be forgotten. Neither will their sacrifices. Their legacy lives on today.

So too does their cause.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman received the American Nationalities Movement ‘Freedom Award’ at the 2014 annual Captive Nations banquet

U.S. Senator Rob Portman received the American Nationalities Movement ‘Freedom Award’ at the 2014 annual Captive Nations banquet.


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Egyptian Festival
Egyptian Festival
The St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church Annual Egyptian Festival was held this past weekend. Look for more coming soon.

Young girls in Egyptian costumes


Fr. Mikhail Mikhail and parishioners

Fr. Mikhail Mikhail and parishioners


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2014 World Convention of Mayo Societies in Cleveland!
2014 World Convention of Mayo Societies in Cleveland!
It is with much excitement that the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland (MSGC) hosts the 2104 World Convention of Mayo Societies in Cleveland, OH USA this fall!

World Convention of Mayo Societies

The 2104 World Convention of Mayo Societies provides a unique, affordable and intimate conference experience with international speakers offering high-quality panel sessions as well as networking opportunities.

Distinguished experts from Ireland and the United States will lead discussion of the newest areas of collaboration and innovation in business, health and education.

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Peace in the Hood Peace Camp
Peace in the Hood Peace Camp
Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood, is dedicated to Peace, Justice and Empowerment. Peace In The Hood is a youth violence, prevention, intervention and educational program that promotes personal responsibility, empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Peace Camp is an annual summer program that brings youth together to learn to focus on what they have in common-not their differences. They have come to learn their culture, their history, nonviolent crisis intervention and mediation and to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. The end of camp celebration took place on July 31, 2014 at 13512 Kinsman Road in Cleveland.

Cleveland Peace Camp 2014 drummers

Cleveland Peace Camp 2014 drummers


3 pages of Photos and Videos from the Peace Camp event

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Croatian Cultural Garden - Phase II
The Baptismal Font of Prince Višeslav
The newest additon to the Croatian Cultural Garden in Cleveland is the Baptismal Font of Prince Višeslav.

Baptismal Font of Prince Višeslav in Croatian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio



The new Baptismal Font, created as a replica from the font Sts. Cyril and Methodius first used to baptize people in the year 800, was dedicated in a celebration Sunday August 10 at 2PM at the Croatian Garden.

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Puerto Rican Parade
Puerto Rican Parade
The 46th Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Festival was held this weekend.

Julia de Burgos 100th birthday anniversary

Julia de Burgos 100th birthday anniversary

Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade Float


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Lenape Indians at Ashtabula festival
Lenape Indians at Ashtabula festival
The 4th Annual Downtown Ashtabula Multi-Cultural Festival began with a Lenape Nations Festival blessing.

Lenape Indians in Ashtabula

Lenape Indians in Ashtabula

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Lebanese Facts and Stars
Lebanese Facts and Stars
These banners were proudly hung at the annual NOLAA picnic.

Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) is a rebirth of the Lebanese American Society of Cleveland, a more contemporary vision at the dawn of the 21st Century in North East Ohio.

Among the Society’s original objectives were the promotion of understanding and unity among its members, the betterment of their conditions, their assistance materially when needed and the creation of understanding and unity among Lebanese Americans and their families in Cleveland and neighboring cities.

Famous Lebanese people banner


Lebanese Facts


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Young Girl recites Polish poem
Young Girl recites Polish poem
Mark Relovsky, Polish American Congress of Ohio First Vice President, introduced a young girl in traditional Polish costume from a Polish School, Szkola Polska, who recited a poem in Polish at the 2014 celebration of Polish Constitution Day in Parma.



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King James
King James
We saw this at the Ohio Scottish Games but it applies today with the return of LeBron James.

King James Bible - Scottish heritage


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Ohio Scottish Games
Ohio Scottish Games
The annual Ohio Scottish Games were held on Saturday June 28, 2014 in Wellington Ohio.

Highland Dancing, Caber Toss, bagpipes and lots of tartans.

Caber Toss at Ohio Scottish Games

Caber Toss at Ohio Scottish Games


Highland Dancer

Highland Dancer



Photos and videos from the Ohio Scottish Games

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Musical Journey along the Silk Road
Musical Journey along the Silk Road
Celebration of the Traveling the Silk Road Exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History continued on Sunday, June 29th with a fabulous concert featuring music from the countries of the Silk Road.

Prior to the concert visitors were treated to Indian Kathak dancers and a Chinese Dragon Dance by the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland's Dance Club.

Leading world music and jazz percussionist Jamey Haddad led a group of world class musicians who performed music from around the world and shared insights about their unique instruments.

The musicians have recently performed with the likes of Sting, Simon and Garfunkel and Yo-Yo Ma. They represented their native lands of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, China and India.

Yazhi Guo

Chinese horn virtuoso Yazhi Guo


Photos and videos of the Silk Road Musical Performance

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2014 Ohio Celtic Festival
2014 Ohio Celtic Festival
Now in its 3rd year, the Ohio Celtic Festival once again enjoyed great weather, great crowds and great entertainment.

Pat Coyne, Festival Founder, was thrilled with the lineup of Celtic musicians from Ireland, Canada, various places in the U.S. and of course, great local bands. Children and adults alike found lots to do and lots to eat and drink.

Casey Hatcher and kids

Casey Hatcher and kids at the Festival


Photos and videos from the 2014 Ohio Celtic Festival


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Wise Choice RNC!
Wise Choice RNC!
Officials of the Republican National Committee's site selection committee voted to recommend that the GOP hold its 2016 presidential nominating convention in Cleveland beginning on either June 28 or July 16.

ClevelandPeople.Com looks forward to sharing the many attributes of our city, including our 120 or so distinct ethnic groups, with the RNC and the worldwide audience.

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Qanun - Arabic Zither - explained by prodigy Ali Amr
Qanun - Arabic Zither - explained by prodigy Ali Amr
Ali Amr was born in Morocco and now lives in Palestine. He debuted as a qanun prodigy at 12 years of age and has earned overwhelming international recognition for over a decade. Amr's compositions span a variety of genres including classical music, flamenco, jazz and electronica.

A Qanun is an Arabic zither instrument with 76 strings. He joked that he spends half his life tuning it.

He performed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit. He explained the different parts of the qanun and told about the instrument and Arabic music.




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Letter from Governor John Kasich
Letter from Governor John Kasich
Letter from Governor John Kasich to ClevelandPeople.Com


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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - What a Night!
Over 520 people (many in cultural garb) attended the Cleveland International Hall of Fame dinner ceremony on Monday.

After networking and social time, the attendees were piped into the Grand Ballroom by Pipe Master Bruce Grieg.

It was an amazing and inspiring night. Photos, videos and more will be posted soon.

Inductee Monte Ahuja and UH CEO Tom Zenty

Inductee Monte Ahuja and UH CEO Tom Zenty


Kona Gant (Clan Claus) inducted Margaret Callander

Kona Gant (Clan Claus) inducted Margaret Callander


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Thanks from the Mayor
Thanks from Mayor Jackson
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson hosted an event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland Ohio for the Cleveland Consular Corps (leaders representing various countries) and Dan Hanson and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com.

The Mayor singled out Dan Hanson, his sister Debbie and their mother Pat Hanson as being there for every international event in Cleveland and archiving all the ethnic and international activities in the city.


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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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Rotary honors ClevelandPeople.Com
Cleveland Rotary Honor

Rotary Club of Cleveland is pleased to present its 2013 International Service Award to ClevelandPeople.com and its founders, Pat Hanson, Dan Hanson, and Deborah Hanson not only for their commitment to a better world and the furtherance of world understanding and peace, but for their global vision in support of the international community of Greater Cleveland and the State of Ohio.

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ClevelandPeople.Com in Congressional Record
ClevelandPeople.Com in Congressional Record

Thank you to Congressman Dennis Kucinich for recognizing ClevelandPeople.Com into the US Congressional Record. Michael Patterson from Congressman Kucinich's office presented the proclamation at a holiday event.

Congressional Record for ClevelandPeople.Com

Congressional Record for ClevelandPeople.Com


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Questions - we get questions!
Questions!

Besides the daily inquries we receive at ClevelandPeople.Com re visiting and/or moving to Cleveland, we get a lot of interesting questions. Maybe you can help us answer them.

Here are a few:

  • Are there any Portuguese or other stores in the Cleveland area where one could buy Salt Codfish?
  • I am trying to find a tutor as I am trying to learn Tagalog (Philippines national language) and I have been trying with learning on my own through cds, books, but still having trouble.
  • I need help finding a choral work for an all Estonian Music Concert in the New Jersey/New York area to be held May 21,22 The concert incorporates songs and scenes from the documentary "The Singing Revolution." The piece I need is "Puha" (Sanctus) by Urmas Sisask. Although I can order this from the Finnish publisher I was informed it would take 6 weeks to arrive. Is there anyone in the Estonian community who might have this music?
  • Would you happen to know where I could purchase a Yule Buck/Swedish goat?
  • I was wondering if there were any opportunities available for an appearance for Little Miss Black America.
  • I am very interested in joining a Slovak Group if possible. I know I live 1 hour away, but I will drive there it is no problem. I do have others that are interested also after I join. Thank You
  • I am from the 1957 graduating class at Lincoln High School, Lincoln Nebraska and Silvija [Pakalns] Rutenbergs was a classmate of ours. I have been charged with trying to locate missing classmates and we are hoping you can either forward this message to Silvija or perhaps send me an email where I can contact her.
Can you help? Let us know at info@clevelandpeople.com. Thanks


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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 1,000 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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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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