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Slovenian Kurentovanje
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Tuesday February 18 - 6 - 9 PM. Slovenian Cultural Fair. This is a FREE event! The Slovenian Cultural Fair will entail a community involvement fair where local Slovenian non-profits will be able to connect with attendees who are looking to gain involvement in the greater Cleveland-Slovenian Community, as well as a Language Survival Crash Course and the introduction of two specially brewed Kurentovnaje beers by local brewers Collision Bend and Noble Beast at the Slovenian National Home. Free Parking is available in the lot behind Slovenian National Home.

Wednesday, February 19 - 6-8 PM. Strudel Making Class. Learn how to make strudel - one of the most quintessential Slovenian pastries - led by instructor Ellie Omahen Rickard, owner of My Mom's Bakery in Chardon, OH. The class will be formatted as a demonstration, with Q&A, and coffee and a piece of strudle for all participants to enjoy. This event will be held at the Slovenian National Home in the Kitchen. This is an all ages event, tickets are $30. There are a limited number of tickets, so purchase your tickets soon.

Thursday February 20 - 6:30 - 8:30. Slovenian String Art. Celebrate a tradition of Slovenian craft-making by creating a fun Kurentovanje-inspired "String Art" piece. Instructor Taylor Miller of CLE String Art will lead participants of ALL AGES in creating their choice of a Kurent Mask, a Slovenian flag, or a SLO euro oval. The event will be held at the Slovenian Museum and Archives. All supplies for the art project will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. Taylor Miller (CLE String Art), a Cleveland native, has been perfecting her craft in string art since 2016. String art is created by weaving thread between hammered nails to create a certain design or pattern. Recently, Taylor has been involved with leading DIY string art classes at local restaurants and homes, along with creating personalized artwork.

Friday February 21 - 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Kurent Jump! The Kurent Jump, on Friday, February 21, 2020 will kick off the awakening of the Kurents for Kurentovanje weekend! In keeping with the cold weather spirit, this event will be held outdoors in the courtyard of the Slovenian National Home (6417 St. Clair Ave)! Free Parking is available behind Slovenian National Home.This Is a 21+ Adults Only event. Doors open at 5:30PM. Get ready to jam with the Chardon Polka Band from 6 to 9 PM in our heated tents where you can dance or sit and gather with friends! We'll have food and beverages available for purchase, as well as some *NEW* Cleveland Kurentovanje winter accessories! Golaž (goulash) will be available for purchase as well as a vegan soup option! We'll also have desserts and other treats to keep you nice and warm! Alcohol sales permitted only to those 21 and up with valid ID. Be sure to stick around to see the Kurents awaken from their slumber around 8PM! Kurent Jump is traditionally the first time that the Kurents appear in public, with their bells loudly ringing as they dance around a bonfire, initiating the Kurents' mission of chasing winter to make way for spring. The Kurent Jump is a phenomenon that has emerged in recent times in Slovenia, and this is the fifth year we will hold this event in Cleveland. Get your tickets early to save some $$$ ! Adult (21 and up) - $15 Presale, $20 at the door. Presale tickets close on Thursday February 20 at 11:30PM (subject to availability)

Saturday February 22 Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade and Festival. This is a free event! No tickets needed! Get ready to celebrate Kurentovanje with a full day of festivities including a 5k race, parade, musical and cultural performances, lots of food, kids activities, and much more! The event is headquartered at The Slovenian National Home Home (6417 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland) and is free and open to the public. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30am: First Annual Kurent Dash 5K Race registration and packet pickup begins. Register for the race today: https://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/kurentdash.asp 9am: The First Annual Kurent Dash 5K Race, sponsored by Hansa Brewery begins.

10am: Doors open at The Slovenian National Home for kids crafting and face-painting in anticipation of the parade, as well as the continuation of Friday night's Bocce tournament. Food, drinks and shopping will also be available. The children's craft this year are large paper flowers; children that create their crafts before Noon, can join the parade and march together as a field of spring flowers!

12pm: Parade kicks off traditional Kurentovanje, which will stretch through the neighborhood, departing from Saint Martin de Porres High School gym (E62nd and Lauche Ave), proceeding down St. Clair Ave, and ultimately ending at the Slovenian National Home. The procession will include Kurents, polka and marching bands, dance troupes, and other parading groups. Community organizations and groups of friends/family are encouraged to participate in the parade by signing up at www.ClevelandKurentovanje.com. All visitors are encouraged to dress in costume of any kind to celebrate in the Mardi Gras tradition.

Until 5pm: Party time! Full programming on multiple stages at the Slovenian National Home will be sure to entertain you! Enjoy ethnic food and drinks, free face-painting and crafts for kids, ice carving demonstrations, and multiple stages of musical acts and cultural performances. Local craftspeople will also be selling homemade edibles and handmade goods.

5pm: New this year is the closing ceremony ("Pokop Pusta" in Slovenian) in which the Kurentovanje festival will be symbolically buried until next year, thus relinquishing control of the city. The ceremony will include a toast with a special drink as well as the raffle drawing for the custom engraved Hungarian oak barrel (the winner can use it to age their own slivovka, or any other spirit of their choice). All attendees are encouraged to dress in costume for this Mardi-Gras masquerade event!

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The Media's Role in Elections
Noon - 1:30
City Hall Rotunda

The theme of the 2020 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration is “Empowering A People: African Americans and the Right to Vote,” marking the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, highlights the Women’s Suffrage Movement and celebrates the African American reconnection to the Motherland.

PANEL DISCUSSION - “The Media’s Role in Elections” 12 Noon - 1:30 P.M., City Hall Rotunda. Honoring the Greater Cleveland Association of National Black Journalists & Harry Boomer. Invited panelists include Kevin “Chill” Heard, Rhonda Crowder, Russ Mitchell, Gregory Lockhart, Leon Bibb, Sandra Bishop, and Nate Paige. Free and open to the public.

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Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences SVU Film Screening
6:30 PM
Cleveland Public Library
525 Superior Ave.

Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences SVU - Cleveland Chapter presents a free film screening. The film "LISTOPAD" (November) is a story of three boys living through the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It is produced by Jeffrey Brown who will be back in Cleveland presenting this film at the Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 525 Superior Ave., downtown Cleveland., on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 PM. This is a free screening with the producer in attendance for Q and A. Parking after 6:00 pm is free on streets around the library. The screening is presented in partnership with Ohio State University's Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) and our Cleveland Chapter of SVU. Although we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution last year, it is still a timely subject and we are happy to welcome Jeffrey Brown back.

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Free Chinese programs at CPL Registration begins

Chinese Language for Beginners

https://cpl.libcal.com/event/5828158

Offers basic communication skills for individuals who are interested in learning Chinese language.

Location: Main 04 - 4th Floor – International Languages Dept. Branch: Main Library - Downtown

Intermediate Chinese

https://cpl.libcal.com/event/5828198

Aims to improve Chinese learners’ language skills and expand their knowledge. Students are expected to have acquired basic knowledge of the Chinese pronunciation system (Pinyin). Students will gain more vocabulary, cultural sights and more practical skills required for using Chinese in true context.

Location: Main 04 - 4th Floor – International Languages Dept. Branch: Main Library - Downtown

Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting

https://cpl.libcal.com/event/5828685

Learn and practice Chinese calligraphy and ink painting as the “?”(Tao, the way of harmony) to inspire calm and peace. No experience is required.

Location: Main 04 - 4th Floor - International Languages Dept. Branch: Main Library - Downtown

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Rotary Club of Cleveland honors Cleveland Cultural Gardens
11:30 AM
Windows on the River
200 Sycamore St., CLE 44113.

The International Service Award honoring the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Welcome Reception 11:30 a.m. Presentation 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. $20 per person - Table of 8 available for $140.00 (Cash, check, charge day of event or charge at https://rotaryclubofcleveland.com in advance)

This award celebrates Rotary International’s vison of a “world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves” and is 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 understanding.

Parking is complimentary, please let the attendant know you are with Rotary. RSVP by February 13, 2020 (216)556-8637 or rotarycle@gmail.com

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Fleet Fat Thursday - Third Annual Celebration of Paczki
5 - 9 PM
Polish American Cultural Center
6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland 44105

Join Slavic Village For The Third Annual Celebration of Paczki! In Poland, Tlusty Czwartek is a day to indulge in tasty treats, especially Paczki- the dessert of the day! Come ready to eat, drink, dance and try your hand at raffle baskets. PLUS, explore Polish culture with a tour through the impressive museum at PACC. Food will be catered by Seven Roses Delicatessen, Music will be provided by John and Mark Szleszynski & the event is FREE to attend! Proceeds will support the Polish Constitution Day Parade on Sunday April 26th, 2020.

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World Music Night
7 - 9 PM
Erie Island Coffee Company
19300 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 44116

DJ Kris Koch’s vinyl record DJ set takes you on a musical journey around the globe. Experience songs from Africa, Latin America, The Caribbean and beyond - with a focus on amazing music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80's. You might hear salsa, samba and Somalian funk followed by a touch of Bollywood and bhangra beats. Get the lounge vibes with Japanese city pop and 60’s French yé-yé girls. Feel the positive vibes of classic roots reggae and old school ska. Or how about Moroccan gnawa music?

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Paczki Palooza in Youngstown
all Plaza Donut locations

PolishYoungstown is excited to invite you to celebrate Carnival season in a festive POLISH fashion by joining us for our 10th Paczki Sale – a portion of each dozen sold goes to benefit PolishYoungstown’s youth, education and travel grant programs!

WHY THE EARLY START? While the practice of Pączki Day is traditionally observed the day before Ash Wednesday in the United States, in Poland, Pączki sales are the highest on Tlusty Czwartek, or “Fat Thursday.” (The Thursday before Ash Wednesday). This day marks the start of the final week of the pre-Lenten celebrations.

Paczki Menu: Daily: Rose, Apricot, Custard, Lekvar, Poppy Seed, & Plain Sugared. Online pre-orders ARE OPEN. Order now to ensure you get your paczki! BONUS: Paczki "flavor of the day".

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Global Business In A Multicultural World
11:30 - 1:30
The Clifton Club
17884 Lake Road Lakewood, OH 44107

Maximizing you company's business potential and relationships by knowledge and awareness of the differences in international culture and business practices is vital in today's world. Join BACC as we present "Working in a Global World". The British American Chamber of Commerce- Ohio Invites You to Attend: February 21st, 2020 Link Club Luncheon

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Cleveland Latvian Concert - CARION, a woodwind quintet
6 PM
Latvian Hall
1385 Andrews Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Cleveland Latvian Concert Association presents CARION, a woodwind quintet. CARION fascinates with it’s carefully choreographed and dramatized performances of classical and modern works, making music on stage visible, thus adding a new dimension to traditional concert events.

“No chairs. No music stands, nothing. The way Carion fill the stage with musical and emotional content is something remarkable." -Allgemeine Zeitung

Advance Ticket Price: Adult $ 30 Students $10. For more information or tickets: pbarbins@gmail.com or 440-241-2239

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Serbian Language Class
6 PM
Saint Sava Cathedral
Ridgewood Dr.

Learn Serbian at these Friday evening Serbian language classes.

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8th Annual Cleveland Kurentovanje
9 AM - 6 PM
Slovenian National Home Home
6417 St. Clair Ave.

The main festival day of the 2020 Cleveland Kurentovanje will kickoff with a Second Annual 5k Kurent Dash, sponsored by Hansa Brewery at 9:30am. The day continues with a parade at Noon, and many musical and cultural performances, authentic food and drink, kids crafts, face painting, a bocce tournament, and much more! New this year at 5:00pm will be the closing ceremony (“Pokop Pusta” in Slovenian) in which the Kurentovanje festival will be symbolically “buried” until next year, thus relinquishing control of the city. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

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102nd anniversary of Estonia's Declaration of Independence
2 PM
Der Braumeister
13046 Lorain Ave. Cleveland 44111

Celebrate 102nd anniversary of Estonia's Declaration of Independence. RSVP by February 17 to Toomas at toomast1910@gmail.com

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5th Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest
10 - 10 PM
Shore Cultural Centre
291 East 222nd Street, Euclid

This annual event celebrates a diverse array of traditional music and dance styles from a wide variety of cultures and provides free workshops with accomplished instructors for people of all ages and skill levels, to encourage the preservation of and participation in the traditional arts. Whether you're a musician or just a fan of great music and the arts, there is something for everybody to enjoy! Musicians, dancers and fans of bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, polka, ballads and everything in between are invited to participate in LEFF's free workshops, dances and mini-concerts from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Shore Cultural Centre. There is also plenty of room for musicians to get together and jam throughout the course of the day.

The event will cap-off with a 7:30 PM evening concert featuring the award-winning bluegrass band, Carolina Blue, who present traditional bluegrass music in the style of Bill Monroe, the genre's founder. Other featured performers include: Harmonia, masters of the traditional folk music of eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians; Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, a Cleveland treasure, is a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry; and Award winning Brazilian singer-songwriter, Luca Mundaca, who is the recipient of an Independent Music Award in the world fusion category and is a Putumayo World Music recording artist whose work has been featured in numerous films and HBO shows.

All Saturday afternoon workshops, mini-concerts and dances are free and open to the public and tickets for the evening concert are $15 (advance) and $20 (day of show) with 12 and under free! Additional information regarding the festival may be found on its website www.lakeeriefolkfest.com, including how to support the program as a sponsor or volunteer.

The Lake Erie Folk Fest will kick-off on Friday, February 21 at 10:00 AM with a special educational program for area grade school students featuring concert headliner,Carolina Blue. Later that evening from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, Carolina Blue will conduct master classes for bluegrass musicians in mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle and bass.

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9th Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration,
6:30 PM
Youngstown Country Club in Youngstown

PolishYoungstown is inviting others to join them in the fun as they host 9th Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration, on Saturday, February 22, 2019 6:30 PM at the Youngstown Country Club in Youngstown. Ticket prices are $50 per person. Available at Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery, the Casual Pint and online

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Two Hearts, One Love ~ Polka Music
6 - 11 PM
Holy Spirit Party Center
5500 West 54th Street Parma, OH 44129

The CPA (cleveland polka association)/USPA (united states polka association) Joint Dance. Saturday February 22, 2020 Music by Old School from OH Doors open @ 6:00 pm, music/dancing 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Donation: $13.00, 18 and under are Free! NO b.y.o.b., Food & Beverages will be available. For more information or table reservations of 8 or more: (216) 496-0223 Elaine or (440) 886-6157 Barb

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Naach Di Cleveland 2020
5:30 PM
Cleveland Public Auditorium

Naach Di Cleveland is proud to announce the 5th annual NDC competition held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on February 22, 2020. 16 teams will compete in the Bhangra and Bollywood Fusion categories on the #roadtonaachland. NDC is proud to support Sewa International and to be a Bollywood America Wildcard Competition. #roadtoba

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Polish Mardi Gras at St. Casimir
12:30 PM (after 11:30 Mass)
St. Casimir Social Hall
8223 Sowinski Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103

The Historic Parish of St. Casimir will host its annual Mardi Gras celebration. The wonderful St. Casimir Kitchen Crew is preparing a Special Meal in the final Sunday before the beginning of Lent on next Wednesday, the 26th of February. And yes they will have homemade paczki too - Polish style. All are welcome. For more information call 216-978-3755

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Black History Month Salute to Gospel Music
5 - 7 PM
The Word Church
5900 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland, OH 44104

The theme of the 2020 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration is “Empowering A People: African Americans and the Right to Vote,” marking the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, highlights the Women’s Suffrage Movement and celebrates the African American reconnection to the Motherland.

SALUTE TO GOSPEL MUSIC 5 P.M. - 7 P.M., The Word Church, 5900 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland, OH 44104 Honoring Jerome “Jae the Gospel Kid” Williams. (Free, Open to Public)

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Chinese New Year Events
Various

See the Lunar New Year Calendar on the OCAGC website for more details and events.

Sun. Feb. 23, 2020, at 12 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, China Jade Restaurant, 2190 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, Ohio. Call (216) 749-4720 for reservations.

Sun. Feb. 23, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. Chinese New Year (????) w/Kwan Lion Dance at King Wah, 20668 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH.

Sat. Feb. 29, 2020, Kwan Lion Dance for the Bratenahl Club Chinese New Year event.

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FretX - featuring Mak Grgic, from Slovenia
7:30 - 9PM
Transformer Station
1460 West 29th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Contemporary guitar duo FretX (Mak Grgic and Daniel Lippel) formed in 2015 and is dedicated to the wide range of dynamic repertoire that exists and is coming into existence for their combination. Their concert at Transformer Station includes a program of works by Helmut Lachenmann, Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Courtney Bryan, Gity Razaz, and more. $25, CMA members $22

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Black History Month Art Exhibit
Continuous during Business Hours
City Hall Rotunda

The theme of the 2020 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration is “Empowering A People: African Americans and the Right to Vote,” marking the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, highlights the Women’s Suffrage Movement and celebrates the African American reconnection to the Motherland.

ART EXHIBIT Continuous, During Business Hours, City Hall Rotunda Featuring the work of Cleveland Visual Artist Curtis Avant. (Free, Open to Public)

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Black History Month Salute to Entertainment
Noon - 1:30
City Hall Rotunda

The theme of the 2020 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration is “Empowering A People: African Americans and the Right to Vote,” marking the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, highlights the Women’s Suffrage Movement and celebrates the African American reconnection to the Motherland.

A SALUTE TO ENTERTAINMENT 12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M., CITY HALL ROTUNDA. Theater Production, Central’s Lyrics, written & directed by Cornell Calhoun III. Introducing Aliyahna Nicole Small as Lyric, Dedicated to playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations). Honoring Karamu Interim Technical Director/ Actor Prophet D. Seay. (Free, Open to Public).

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Celtic Nations Mardi Gras
7 PM
Stadium Bar and Grill
8330 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060

The Celtic Nations Society of Northern Ohio is excited to host our 2020 Celtic Mardi Gras Event on Fat Tuesday. There will be decorations,shoe box floats, games, contests, Pralines (thanks to Russ), raffles,traditional food and much more. This will be a reasonably priced event for all members and future members. You are encouraged to wear the appropriate colors (purple, green, gold), bring a desert to share and get ready to have a fun evening. Food, gifts and surprises will be supplied, plus they will have Hurricanes available to get your spirits going!

Tickets are $10, please contact Pam so she can be ready. You can e-mail her at TENrDRUMr922@aol.com. This event is open to all.

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Fatoumata Diawara
7:30 - 9PM
Cleveland Museum of Art
Gartner Auditorium

Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara is boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots. Her spectacular 2011 debut album made the Malian singer and guitarist the most talked about new African artist on the planet. Hers is the voice of young African womanhood—proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal. $33–45, CMA members $30–40

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Panel discussion on civility and discourse on college campuses
7 P.M.
Tri-C’s Corporate College East campus
4400 Richmond Rd. Warrensville Heights.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland will host a panel discussion on civility and discourse on college campuses at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Federation’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) and Sidney Z. Vincent Memorial Lecture. Panelists include Dr. Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C); Harlan Sands, president of Cleveland State University; and Barbara Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University. Federation Board Chair J. David Heller will serve as the moderator for this event. The event is free and open to the public.

“Perhaps no time in our modern history has the need for civil discourse been greater,” said Gregg Levine, chair of Federation’s CRC. “We are thrilled to bring together these highly respected leaders in education for a candid discussion about ways can bridge divides and build collaborative relationships by improving the level of discourse taking place on campuses across the country.”

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Cavs host Detroit Youth Choir
7 P.M.
Rocket Mortgage Arena

The Cleveland Cavs host the Philadelphia 76ers. Fans are in for a treat as the Cavaliers welcome the award-winning Detroit Youth Choir to the court for a special halftime performance. The DYC placed second on the past season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent with powerful covers of radio hits like Carrie Underwood's "The Champion” and Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes.” In addition, the Cavs will welcome alumni of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to celebrate the schools and their academic contributions throughout the game presentation.

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Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life Award Dinner
6 p.m.
Windows on the River

The dinner honors distinguished Irish Americans. The 2020 Walks of Lifeť honorees are: Timothy J. Cosgrove, Squire Patton Boggs, Outgoing Board Chair, Cleveland State University, Mary Quinn Griffin, Assistant Provost, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Helen C. Malloy, West Side Irish American Club officer and volunteer, Patrick T. Murphy, Dworken & Bernstein, Executive Director Emeritus, United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland and Hon. Leo M. Spellacy, Retired Judge, 8th District Court of Appeals

Dinner tickets are $75. Inquiries to: Margaret Lynch 216-941-5727 or iaasadmin@gmail.com.

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Slovenian Fish Fry
3 - 7 p.m.
St. Mary Slovenian Church
15519 Holmes Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Come on down to the best fish fry on the East Side of Cleveland. Enjoy a warm atmosphere with great polka music playing all afternoon. Prices as follow. All seafood meals are $10, besides Bake Cod dinner $11, Homemade Mac & Cheese $6, Soup of the Day $3, Extra fish ( 1 Fried Fish 3 Shrimp, or 1 crab cake) $3 Extra side (Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Home Fries or French Fries) $2. Also, each meal comes with a piece of homemade Slovenian Apple Strudel!

Dine in or take out. We look forward to seeing you this Lenten Season. We are open from 3-7 PM every Friday from Feburary 28th until April 3rd.

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Around the World Music Series - Scottish and Irish
8 p.m., preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring refreshments
North Water Street Gallery
300 North Water Street, Suite H in downtown Kent

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is delighted to announce the fifth season of its "Around the World" Music Series, which will once again provide Northeast Ohio listeners with an opportunity to experience rarely heard musical traditions from all corners of the globe in an intimate setting.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Concert 5: HearthStone (four centuries of traditional music from Scotland and Ireland, performed by Duane and Ginni Dickson on Scottish smallpipes, Great Highland bagpipe, tin whistles, and Celtic harp)

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7th annual Soup 4 the Soul
2 - 6 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
700 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village

Strengthening Our Students - SOS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which was founded in 1980 by Dr. Wanda Jean Green and Deacon Ollie L. Scott the SOS Test Preparation Program at Emmanuel Baptist Church. In 2009 the organization expanded its mission and its target population and is now doing business as Strengthening Our Students (SOS). Our mission is to enrich the lives of children and families through innovative programs, education and life skill programs.

Fun, Praise, Auction, Line Dancing, Door Prizes. $35 advanced, $40 door

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Free Chopin Concert
7 PM
Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus

Dr. Konrad Binienda will perform selected works of Chopin and other composer in this concert. Guest musicians will also perform. Binienda has played in Europe and in cities across the USA. He is an award winning Chopin Pianist and has performed at the birth place of Fryderyk Chopin in Zelazowa Wola, Poland and in September of 2017 made his debut in Carnegie Hall. He has recently recorded his first professional CD. Konrad has performed on the St. Stanislaus Steinway numerous times and his audience increases for each performance. The Great Chopin, a patriotic Pole, known as a dazzling virtuoso and composer is recognized throughout the world in his association with one instrument- the pianoforte. Born the 22nd of February 1810 and baptized and recorded in the church records on the 1st of March 1810, his birth date has been listed both days in history. He died at the age of 39 in 1849. Chopin's works assert itself in his national Polish identity, the mazurkas, the polonaises, elements of Polish Folk music and the melancholy of the love for his Polish homeland. Chopin died and was buried in Paris but his will directed that his heart return to the land he loved with all his heart, Poland! His sister accomplished his final wish.

This concert marks the 210 years since the birth of Chopin and in addition is a salute to the late Judge Raymond Pianka, an outstanding public servant for Cleveland and proud Polish American who passed on in January of 2017 leaving a great legacy.

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Teatime for Peace
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
West Shore UU Church
20401 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, 44116

Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbor. Join Us for Teatime for Peace. An interfaith and community dialogue with the focus on getting to know your Muslim neighbors. RSVP teatime4peace@gmail.com.

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Mardi Gras meets Carnival
6 PM
Tower City-Public Sq.

For over thirty years, the members of the Wester Reserve (OH) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated have worked together in friendship and dedicated community service to support programs that ensure the cultural and economic survival of African- Americans in the Greater Cleveland community - programs that positively impact the lives of women and children in the areas of health, education, social and economic equality.

Their 8th Masked Benefit Gala will raise funds for their community programs. They're converting Tower City the night of the 29th---the hundreds of guests will feel as though they're in New Orleans and Brazil as they contribute to a great cause.

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Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Open during regular hours
Maltz Museum
2929 Richmond Rd. Beachwood, OH 44122

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th-century crisis of faith."

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6th annual Russian Pancake Festival (Maslenitsa).
Noon
City of Cleveland Greenhouse

Save the date for the 6th annual Russian Pancake Festival (Maslenitsa). Lots of people to meet, food to eat and games to play (especially for the kids).

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Gordon Square Theatre
6516 Detroit Ave. Cleveland

Marisol By José Rivera. Translated by Aurora Lauzardo & Waldemar Burgos. Cleveland Production Public Theater. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

Visited by her Guardian Angel, Marisol Perez learns there is a war in heaven, a revolution to supplant the old and senile God who is turning the cosmos to chaos. Alone, without her protector, Marisol begins a nightmare journey into an apocalyptic world where angels have turned in their wings for machine guns, the moon has not been seen in months, and food has been turned to salt. José Rivera's Obie-Award-winning play is a primal, fantastical, and often humorous contemporary classic inspiring us to wake up and change the world around us. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles. Spanish Production Regional Premiere.

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Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor leads Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30 pm
Westlake Performing Arts Center
27830 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra will continue its 82nd Concert Season with two concerts in March. The first will be Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 pm at Westlake Performing Arts Center, and Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm at Cleveland State University’s Berkman Hall Auditorium.

The CPO welcomes guest conductor Renchang Fu to the podium as part of a cultural exchange with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts will also feature Chinese- American pianist Shuai Wang performing Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This series of concerts are made possible by support in part from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Prior to the concert, Dr. Jeanne Hansen will give a talk about the music and some insight on what to listen for. The talk will begin a half an hour prior to the concert.

Tickets: $15 adults; $10 seniors and students. Information: 216-556-1800 or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Cleveland-Philharmonic-Orchestra-57975396167

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Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor leads Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
3 pm
Cleveland State Berkman Hall Auditorium
1899 East 22nd Ave., Cleveland

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra will continue its 82nd Concert Season with two concerts in March. The first will be Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 pm at Westlake Performing Arts Center, and Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm at Cleveland State University’s Berkman Hall Auditorium.

The CPO welcomes guest conductor Renchang Fu to the podium as part of a cultural exchange with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts will also feature Chinese- American pianist Shuai Wang performing Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This series of concerts are made possible by support in part from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Prior to the concert, Dr. Jeanne Hansen will give a talk about the music and some insight on what to listen for. The talk will begin a half an hour prior to the concert.

Tickets: $15 adults; $10 seniors and students. Information: 216-556-1800 or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Cleveland-Philharmonic-Orchestra-57975396167

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Scottish American Society Meeting
3 pm
Auditorium of Akron Public Library, Main branch.

The Scottish American Society meeting will feature a presentation on Scottish Dancing by Christie Urquhart Walsh. Christie teaches students and sponsors the Tigh na Creige Highland Dance group. Many of her students have won multiple awards and honors. She also teaches Scottish country dancing.

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American Diplomacy in a Disordered World
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, Wedgwood Room.
1211 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

With more than three decades of experience as an American diplomat, Ambassador Burns played a significant role in the most important diplomatic events of his time- including the end of the Cold War, post-Cold War relations between the United States and Russia, the changing international landscape post-9/11, and the nuclear talks with Iran. The Ambassador’s experience reminds us of the importance of diplomacy and cooperation, especially in times of international and domestic political change. What can effective American leadership look like in today’s world?

Join us as we host Ambassador William J. Burns for a Foreign Policy Forum. Ambassador Burns is author of ‘The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal’ and president of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.

Copies of Ambassador Burns’ book, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal, will be available for purchase at the event.

Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Program begins, 6:45 PM Q&A, 7:15 PM Program concludes

Admission: Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students $5

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International Health Community Center Ribbon Cutting
3:30 -6 PM
Asia Plaza
2999 Payne Ave. Suite 140

Please join us for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at our International Health Community Center’s new location in Asia Plaza! The open house will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 3:30 - 6 pm at 2999 Payne Ave, Suite 140 Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The event is FREE and light refreshments will be provided.

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Alba an Aigh - Scotland the Brave Concert
7 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
Baldwin Wallace University, 96 Front Street, Berea

The Symphony West Orchestra will present the concert: Alba an Aigh - Scotland the Brave! on Fri., March 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m. It features the Ohio Highland Dance Performance Group, Sara SzabĂł, Director.

Tickets for all concerts are available at the door: $7 Seniors and Adults, $3 College and High School Students, Children admitted free.

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Celebrating Franz Léhár
The Museum will be open from 1-4 pm;
Hungarian Heritage Museum
The Galleria, Lower Level

The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society cordially invites you and your family to join us for the following lectures and programs in the 2020 Spring Series. Please join us on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14th : "Celebrating Franz Léhár" Presented by Mrs. Andrea Lázár, hostess of WCPN Kapossy Hungarian Radio Hour

Franz Lehár is widely considered the leading operetta composer of the 20th century. His operettas included lush melodies, drama, light-hearted comedy, dance and lavish staging, and with their increasingly high musical caliber, his final works were closer to opera than to operetta. His mega-hit, The Merry Widow (1905), enjoyed such unprecedented success that by 1910 it had been performed over 18,000 times in ten languages, and over a century later, it remains one of the classic operettas still performed all over the world. Lehár also composed operas, sonatas and other musical pieces. Andrea Lázár has a vast knowledge of Hungarian music and composers thus making her the ideal person to share with our audience the life and music of this iconic composer as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

While attending our program, you can also view our current special exhibit entitled "Folk Art to Fine Art"!

All lectures are held in English at the Hungarian Heritage Museum, in The Galleria, Lower Level in Downtown Cleveland, with coffee and refreshments following each presentation. On these days the Museum is open from 1-4 pm; $5 parking is available in the Galleria underground garage. Suggested donation: $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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Around the World Music Series - Buddhist music of Vietnam
8 p.m., preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring refreshments
North Water Street Gallery
300 North Water Street, Suite H in downtown Kent

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is delighted to announce the fifth season of its "Around the World" Music Series, which will once again provide Northeast Ohio listeners with an opportunity to experience rarely heard musical traditions from all corners of the globe in an intimate setting.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Concert 6: Phong Nguyen (Buddhist music of Vietnam, performed by one of Vietnam's leading authorities on traditional music, and a 1997 recipient of the NEA's National Heritage Fellowship))

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St. Patrick's Day Parade
1:04 p.m.
The Parade will begin on Superior Ave. at E. 18th St. and will end at the intersection of Rockwell Ave. and Ontario St.

Save the Date

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Sober 17th
5 - 8 PM
Ahern's Banquet Center in Avon Lake

The 7th annual St. Patrick's Day Party by Sober Seventeenth is on for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 5pm until 8pm at Ahern's Banquet Center in Avon Lake featuring The Brady-Campbell School of Irish Dance, Stephanie McNamara & Brendan Hearn (fiddle & cello), Reece Calovini (bagpipes), James Kilbane (four piece band) and more. Kids' activities sponsored by the Lorain County Drug Court with Judge Sherry Glass. Supper included.

Advance sale tickets are now available for $17. Children 10 & under $6. www.sober17.org or at Casey's Irish Imports. (beining on February 1, 2020)

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Nowruz Celebration
7:30 p.m.
Elegant Makoy Center
5462 Center Street. Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Iranians In Ohio Proudly Presents Nowruz Celebration In Columbus, OH. Hamid Talebzadeh & DJ Fahim. Dinner Catered by Reza Restaurants (Chicago)

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Aleksandra Vrebalov from Serbia
7:30 - 9PM
Cleveland Museum of Art
Ames Family Atirum

Aleksandra Vrebalov’s music ranges from concert music and opera to music for modern dance and film, and has been performed by Kronos Quartet, Serbian National Theater, English National Ballet, Belgrade Philharmonic, and many others. Vrebalov’s string quartet …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and premiered by Kronos Quartet. As a Serbian expat Vrebalov is the recipient of the Golden Emblem from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for lifelong dedication and contribution to her native country’s culture. The world premiere of Vrebalov’s newest work is commissioned by the CMA in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, inspired directly by the museum’s collection. Free; no ticket required.

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Eastern European Month 5th Annual Celebration Dinner
6 pm
Holy Spirit Party Center
5500 West 54th Street

Tim Misny will join us as our guest speaker for the evening during the Eastern European Month Celebration Dinner. The Croatian/Slovak "I'll make them pay" Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyer will discuss his Eastern European background and how it has led to a successful career inside and outside the legal system.

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Tartan Day celebration
1 pm
New Era Restaurant
10 Massillon Road, Akron 44312

April 5th (2nd Sunday is Easter) Tartan Day celebration - 1:00 pm New Era Restaurant, 10 Massillon Road, Akron 44312 Alex Murray, Chairman and emcee extraordinaire Jesse Tucker will once again pipe for us and the Tigh na Creige dancers will perform.

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Zakir Hussain
7:30 - 9:30PM
Cleveland Museum of Art
Gartner Auditorium

The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A national treasure in his native India, he is one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, renowned for his genre-defying collaborations. Hussain presents an evening of Indian classical music, with guests with Kala Ramnath (violin) and Jayanthi Kumaresh (veena). $43–59, CMA members $38–53

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductions
6 PM
Marriott at Key Center Grand Ballroom
Save the date for the 11th annual induction into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame logo

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Cleveland Polka Association Spring Dance
6 PM
Holy Spirit Party Center
5500 West 54th Street Parma, OH 44129
Cleveland Polka Association Spring Dance. Doors open 6:00 pm Music/Dancing 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm by Concertina All Stars from Buffalo. NY Donation $13.00, 18 yrs. and under are Free! NO byob, Food & Beverages available. For more information or table reservations of 8 or more, please call (216) 496-0223 Elaine. Public Welcome

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Diversity Center’s 18th Annual Walk, Rock & Run
Great Lakes Science Center
The Diversity Center’s 18th Annual Walk, Rock & Run celebrates northeast Ohio’s rich diversity. This family friendly event features a 1- and 3-mile walk, chip-timed 5K run, snacks, live entertainment and children’s activities! All registered participants gain free entry into the Great Lakes Science Center, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and USS Cod Submarine Museum on event day. Proceeds raised from this event help support The Diversity Center’s School & Youth programming, which empowers more than 14,000 youth and youth serving professionals in 11 counties via in-school programs, conferences, and retreats..

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Cleveland Kiltie Band Highland Ball
TBA
New Orleans Party Center, Brecksville.

Cleveland Kiltie Band Highland Ball.Tickets: $20 adult, $10 children 12 & Under. Includes meat pie or pizza, beer, & refreshments. (BYOB & snacks)

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Cleveland Polka Association Friday Night Dance
6 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
6220 Broadview Road Parma, OH 44134
Doors open 6:00 pm, short General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm. Music/Dancing 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm by Friday Night Special (some of Cleveland's finest). NO byob, Food & Beverages available, snacks welcome. Donation $10.00, 18 yrs. and under are Free!!! For more information, please call (216) 496-0223 Elaine. Public Welcome.

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Cultural Gardens Peace Plaza Ribbon Cutting
6 PM
MLK Blvd.
Save the date for the Cultural Gardens Peace Plaza Ribbon Cutting.

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CAMEO 50th Anniversary
6 PM
La Villa
11500 Brookpark Rd.
Save the date for the CAMEO 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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Ohio Scottish Games
All Day
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
19201 E. Bagley Road Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130

Save the Dates for the annual Ohio Scottish Games.

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75th annual One World Day
11 AM - 6 PM
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Save the date for the 175th annual One World Day.

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