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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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Journalist Jose Vargas detained at airport
Jose Vargas, symbol of immigration debate, detained at airport
Jose Antonio Vargas, author of "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, " came to Cleveland last year for the Town Hall Speaker Series in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Vargas is the founder of Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration, He is himself an undocumented immigrant to the United States.

Before the speech, Vargas attended a reception at the offices of immigration attorney Margaret W. Wong.

He told CNN on Sunday that he traveled to McAllen to document the plight of refugees. "Because I don't have any ID besides my Filipino passport, it's going to be hard for me to actually get out of here at some point when I decide to get out of here in the next couple of days," he said.

Jose Antonio Vargas and Margaret Wong

Jose Antonio Vargas and Margaret Wong


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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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Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo
MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros, MD was the keynote speaker at the City of Cleveland's Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

He told of the three important themes of Cinco de Mayo and how they relate to Cleveland and to MetroHealth hospital. He said "We are the solution and have collective power."

Special redocgnition awards were given to Pablo Castro III and Lucita Galindo.

Performances were by The Mariachi National Band and the Hola Folkloric Mexican Dance Group from Painesville

Mother and son at Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo


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Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade
Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade
The Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade took place on May 31, 2014. Umoja is the Swahili word for Unity. The parade went down Superior to East Ninth and then down the hill to the Festival in Voinovich Park. The parade included Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers and more.

Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier at the Umoja Parade



Photos and Videos from the Parade

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Traveling the Silk Road exhibition
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Imagine a world in which the latest ideas traveled not by wireless networks but by camel.

Centuries ago, merchants, missionaries and other travelers made their way across Asia, along the enormous trade network known as the Silk Road. Over rugged mountains and forbidding deserts, camel caravans loaded with precious cargo made possible the exchange of valuable goods, ideas and innovations. Named for the fabric that enticed traders from all over the world, the Silk Road spanned the far reaches of China to the center of the Islamic world from A.D. 600 to 1200.

The exhibition, free with Cleveland Museum of Natural History admission, opened in New York and then went to Asia, Rome, Los Angeles and now Cleveland. Cleveland is the first city in the area to host this fascinating exhibit.

An Opening Celebration was held at the Museum on May 30 and about 450 people enjoyed the Exhibit, presentations and several performances including a Dragon Dance.

Camel at Traveling the Silk Road exhibit

Photos and videos of the Silk Road exhibit and Opening Celebration and Entertainment

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Dragon and Tang Dances at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Dragon and Tang Dances at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Dragon Dance Club performed at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

OCA Dragon Dance Club at Cleveland Museum of Natural History


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Yin Tang also performed in a classic Tang Dynasty costume.

Yin Tang performing Chinese Dance at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's opening celebration event for the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit


More from Yin Tang's performance

Jianping Zhu, Dr. Evalyn Gates, Anthony Yen and Hang Zhou

Jianping Zhu, Dr. Evalyn Gates,
Anthony Yen and Haigang Zhou


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Indian Kathak Dances at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Indian Kathak Dances at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Antara Datta performed an Indian Kathak dance at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Kathak is one of the eight leading forms of Indian classical dance and its named is derived from the word 'storytelling'.

Antara Datta Kathak Dance

Antara Datta

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CAMEO 44th Anniversary
CAMEO 44th Anniversary
Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans. The 44th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center in May.

Abby Mina, Pierre Bejjani, Judge Joseph J. Nahra and Paul Marnecheck

Abby Mina, Pierre Bejjani, Judge Joseph J. Nahra and Paul Marnecheck


4 pages from CAMEO's 44th Anniversary

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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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The Filharmonic's Filipino Heritage
2014 Cleveland Asian Festival Headliners
The Filharmonic headlines the 2014 Cleveland Asian Festival. This LA boy band performs a variety of styles - all a capella. They performed on NBC's The Sing Off Season 4. Vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy and Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beatboxer Niko Del Rey spoke about the importance of their Filipino heritage and their efforts to help after Typhoon Haiyan in a musical event called Rebuild Philippines.



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Turkey Coal Mine Disaster
Turkey Coal Mine Disaster
Zeynep Ergungor, TASNO President, has cancelled their music event for this Saturday becuase of the coal mine disaster in Turkey. "We would not be able to enjoy the night."

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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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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Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo relates to Cleveland and MetroHealth
MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros, MD was the keynote speaker at the City of Cleveland's Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

He told of the three important themes of Cinco de Mayo and how they relate to Cleveland and to MetroHealth hospital. He said "We are the solution and have collective power."



More coming soon

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Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra
Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra
Four ladies of the Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra performed a traditional Serbian folk song at a Global Cleveland event in the Cleveland Convention Center.

Four ladies of the Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra



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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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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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