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Vietnamese Cultural Garden Cleanup for One World Day
Vietnamese Cultural Garden Cleanup for One World Day
A hard-working crew spent time in the beautiful weather on Saturday getting work done in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden preparing for One World Day which will be Sunday August 27 from 11 AM to 7PM.

Gia Hoa Ryan, Joseph Meissner and Oanh Loi-Powell

Gia Hoa Ryan, Joseph Meissner and Oanh Loi-Powell


More photos from the Vietnamese Cultural Garden cleanup

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2017 Glenville Parade
2017 Glenville Parade
The annual Glenville Parade took place on Saturday August 12, 2017 to kick off the Glenville Community Festival. The annual Glenville Parade and Festival is led by Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson.

Royal Diamond Youngsters

Royal Diamond Youngsters at the Glenville Parade

Photos and video of the 2017 Glenville Parade

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Ukrainian Embroidery
Ukrainian Embroidery
In this short video Uliana explained the beautiful dresses and other items from Ukraine at the Ukrainian Festival at Pokrova Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Parma.



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Cleveland Foundation Common Ground
Cleveland Foundation Common Ground

ClevelandPeople.com attended the event in the Syrian Cultural Garden hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) which had an international focus.

Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, CCWA CEO and Wael Khoury,M.D., CCWA Board Chair at the CCWA table at Common Ground

Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, CCWA CEO and
Wael Khoury,M.D., CCWA Board Chair
at the Common Ground event


See more from the Common Ground event in the Syrian Cultural Garden

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Warsaw Uprising Remembered
Warsaw Uprising Remembered
Polish Consulate logo


On the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising we pay tribute to the participants of the Warsaw Uprising living in the United States and those who are no longer with us. Please accept our gratitude for your fight for the independence of Poland and your efforts to liberate Warsaw. Thank you for teaching the next generations of Poles living abroad the lessons of patriotism and for conveying the historical truth about our homeland's past.

Maciej Golubiewski
Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York and the team
We remember!

Warsaw Uprising


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Dining with Duchnovic
Dining with Duchnovic
Rusyns and friends gathered in the Rusin Cultural Garden on Sunday July 23, 2017 for a musical picnic. The bust of Aleksander Duchnovic became the focal point as the picnic turned into a sing-along, dance and czardas lessons accompanied by the accordion music of Tom Katrenich.

Dancing in the Rusin Garden

Dancing in the Rusin Garden

More from the Rusin Garden

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56th annual Captive Nations Dinner
56th annual Captive Nations Dinner
The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio's 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner honored J.J. Vencl and Joseph Meissner with the Freedom Award.

Irene Morrow, Joe Meissner and Ralph Perk Jr.

Irene Morrow, Joe Meissner and Ralph Perk Jr.


The event included a recreation of Ronald Reagan's famous 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

Photos and videos from the Captive Nations event

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Welcome Bishop Nelson J. Perez
Welcome Bishop Nelson J. Perez
Bishop Perez Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson J. Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, N.Y., as Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio.

As a member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, Bishop Perez serves as the Chair of the Bishop’s Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs and is a former member of the Bishop’s Sub-Committee for the Campaign for Human Development.

Bishop-designate Perez will be installed as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland at a Solemn Mass on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.



Catholics in Cleveland

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Republic of Slovenia 26th Independence Day
Republic of Slovenia 26th Independence Day
The 26th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Slovenia in 1991 was celebrated in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Friday June 30, 2017. The country declared of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Andrej Gregor Rode, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, hosted the event which included dignitaries, recognition of Slovenian organizations, the Slovenian Chorus Fantje Na Vasi and Slovenian food and wine.

Fantje na vasi

Fantje na vasi (Boys from the village)

Photos and videos from Slovenian Statehood Day in Cleveland 2017

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World Union of Jesuit Alumni in Cleveland
World Union of Jesuit Alumni in Cleveland
The World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), founded in 1956, holds an international Congress every four years to gather Jesuit friends and alumni-from as many as 50 countries representing a global network of Jesuit ministries-to build international networks and affirm Jesuit centric values for a greater good.

From June 28-July 2, 2017, WUJA met for the first time ever in North America, at John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. WUJA 2017 gathered renowned, world-class speakers committed to Uniting Our Jesuit Frontiers in the arts, business, science, law, spirituality, theology, faith and leadership, service, and justice.

Fr. Don Doll

Fr. Don Doll, S.J.


WUJA attendees from the  Democratic Republic of the Congo

WUJA attendees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo


6 pages of photos and videos from the WUJA Congress

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Carpatho-Rusyn Society Vatra
Carpatho-Rusyn Society Vatra
The Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society sponsored a Vatra (outdoor festival) on Saturday, June 3, 2017 on the grounds of the Shrine of Mariapoch located on 17486 Mumford Road, Burton, Oh and just north of Route 422.

There was ethnic food, music, children's activities, genealogy information and help, C-RS items for sale and a Liturgy in Old Slavonic

Dancing at the 2017 Rusyn Vatra

Dancing at the 2017 Rusyn Vatra


Photos and more from the 2017 Vatra

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Sisters Ieva Dudaite and Mariya Dudaite from Lithuania
Sisters Ieva Dudaite and Mariya Dudaite from Lithuania
John Carroll University served as host of the 2017 WUJA (World Union of Jesuit Alumni) Congress. This was the first WUJA Congress in North America and attracted 550 attendees from 30 countries. At the opening event of the conference, sisters Ieva Dudaite and Mariya Dudaite from Lithuania performed.

Ieva and Mariya Dudaite perform at WUJA event at John Carroll University in Cleveland

Ieva and Mariya Dudaite perform at WUJA event
at John Carroll University in Cleveland


Photos and videos of the Dudaite Sisters performance

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Jesuit Ministries Fair
Jesuit Ministries Fair
A Jesuit Ministries Fair was held at the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) event and included numerous organizations of interest such as the Ignatian Solidarity Network, Fr. Don Doll S.J., Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, Jesuit Refugee Service, International Samaritan, The Cana Institute, Loyola Press and more.

Loyoal Press at WUJA Jesuit Ministries Fair


Photos and Videos of some of the Jesuit organizations

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RIP Paul Sciria
RIP Paul Sciria
Sadly, Paul Sciria passed away at age 88 on Friday June 23, 2017.

His life was full of accomplishments including creating La Gazetta in May, 1992. Paul Sciria was inducted into the innaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2010. He was Cleveland's first TV investigative reporter. And much more.

Paul Sciria

Paul Sciria


Read more about Paul Sciria from his profile

Ralph Tarsitano, Tim Ryan, Nacy Panzica and Paul Sciria

Good friends! Ralph Tarsitano, Tim Ryan, Nacy Panzica and Paul Sciria at thew annual Magnum Holiday party in 2012


Addio and RIP Paul

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Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev) celebration
Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev) celebration
The Estonian Cultural Garden was dedicated June 19, 1966. Each year, the Estonian community and friends gather to celebrate Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev). This year, guests came from as far as Idaho and Estonia!

Group photo on Estonian Victory Day

Group photo in front of the Estonian monument


Photos and Videos of the Estonian celebration

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Liszt (and Bartok) Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
Liszt (and Bartok) Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
The Hungarian Cultural Garden in Cleveland hosted the annual Liszt Concert in the Garden on Sunday June 25, 2017. It featured talented musicians from the Aurora School of Music led by Founder and Director Vera Holczer-Waroquet.

Carolyn Balogh and Bob Kita

Carolyn Balogh and Bob Kita


Photos and Videos of the Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

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2017 Medical Yatra
2017 Medical Yatra
A 'Yatra' is a holy pilgrimage. For years, Dr Jaya Shah and Ramesh Shah have led an AIPNO Medical Yatra to tend to the needs of the poorest in different areas of India. Many of the people that the team of doctors see and treat have never had any contact with a medical professional.

Medical Yatra 2017

2017 Medical Yatra group and statistics


Photos and statistics of the medical volunteer's work

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Juneteenth Celebration in the African American Cultural Garden
Juneteenth Celebration in the African American Cultural Garden
The annual Juneteenth celebration was held in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on June 17, 2017.

Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers

Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers at Juneteenth event

Photos and videos from the 2017 Juneteenth event in Cleveland

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Polish World War II Heroine turns 90
Polish World War II Heroine turns 90
Cecilia Wilk-Pech (Zagorski) celebrated her 90th birthday and was honored at St. Casimir Church for her bravery in WWII. Cecilia risked her life to save 3 American soldiers shot down over Germany in 1944.

Cecilia Wilk-Pech and husband James with John Niedzialek at St Casimir Church

Cecilia Wilk-Pech and husband James with
John Niedzialek at St Casimir Church


More on Cecilia Wilk-Pech

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Cleveland Asian Festival
Cleveland Asian Festival
Despite persistent rain on Sunday, a crowd of about 34,000 people attended the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival on the weekend of May 20 and 21 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue.

Costumes at Cleveland Asian Festival


Main 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival Page - Photos and Videos

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Cleveland Asian Festival People Page
Cleveland Asian Festival People Page
The colorful people and costumes at the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival make for some fun people watching. Who do you recognize?

Vietnamese at Cleveland Asian Festival


2017 Cleveland Asian Festival People Page

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Cleveland Asian Festival Performers
Cleveland Asian Festival Performers
Dozens of talented acts performed at the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival. A photo and description appear on the Main 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival Page
with links to the pages with more photos and videos.

 young lady from OCA Pittsburgh performed a graceful Chinese Spring Festival Dance


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Umoja (Unity) Parade 2017 in Cleveland
Umoja (Unity) Parade 2017 in Cleveland
Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity". On Saturday June 3, 2017 the 7th annual Umoja Parade and Festival was held in downtown Cleveland stepping off at East 13th and Superior and ending up at Voinovich Park.

2017 Umoja Parade in Cleveland - drummers-Golden Ciphers

Photos and videos from the 2017 Umoja Parade in Cleveland

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Global Cleveland Global Employer Summit 2017 l
Global Cleveland Global Employer Summit 2017
The Global Employer Summit was presented by Global Cleveland to help realize the Untapped Potential of Global Talent in Northeast Ohio. This first-of-its-kind conference showed employers how to take advantage of the global talent being educated, resettled or immigrating to Cleveland to fill workforce needs and become a driver of economic growth.

Dr. Nizar Zein, Baiju Shah, Michele Connell, Peter Clarke and Jack Schron

Dr. Nizar Zein, Baiju Shah, Michele Connell,
Peter Clarke and Jack Schron
on a panel at the Summit


Photos and videos from the Global Cleveland Global Employer Summit 2017

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Lithuanian Juventus Folk Dance Festival
Lithuanian Juventus Folk Dance Festival
Juventus is a celebration of youth, dance tradition and Lithuanian cultural preservation. The third Lithuanian Folk Dance festival Juventus was hosted by the Lithuanian Folk Dance Group Svyturys and held in the Cleveland Ohio suburb of Euclid.

Young Lithuanian Folk Dancers at 2017 Juventus in Cleveland


Photos and Videos from the 2017 Juventus

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Svyturys Lithuanian Folk Dancers at Juventus
Svyturys Lithuanian Folk Dancers at Juventus
The Svyturys Lithuanian Folk Dancers served as host group for the 3rd annual Juventus.

Svyturs dancers performed Raganaites, the Lithuanian Dance of the Little Witches

Svyturys dancers performed Raganaites, the Dance of the Little Witches


Photos and Videos from Svyturys at Juventus

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have distinguished themselves in the arts, literature, and sports. They are leading researchers in science, medicine, and technology; dedicated teachers to our Nation's children; innovative farmers and ranchers; and distinguished lawyers and government leaders."

"There are more than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Each day, through their actions, they make America more vibrant, more prosperous, and more secure. Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting the Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world."

Read the entire proclamation from President Trump.

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ICC-WIN 10th Annual Summit on the state of the International Community in Cleveland
ICC-WIN 10th Annual Summit on the state of the International Community in Cleveland
The International Community Council / Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted the 10th annual Summit on the state of the International Community in Cleveland at the Ariel Center. It was a forum for leaders or organizations serving international constituents to identify key issues for the international community and establish priorities for action from 2017 to 2010.

ICC-WIN Summit Group Photo

ICC-WIN Summit Group Photo

University Circle Incorporated President Chris Ronayne gave a keynote speech and attendees worked on 3 key questions.

Photos and videos from the ICC-WIN 10th Annual Summit

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2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2017 Hall of Fame Induction
The 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame was inducted in front of 500 people on April 18th.

2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame class



Seated - Mona Alag, Basil Russo, Marianna Miller
Standing - Seung Kim, Wael Khoury MD, Jim Craciun




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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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This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

At the end of an international fashion show that featured native costumes from dozens of countries, the models gathered on stage and walked out to the sounds of We are the World. Watch this short video and be inspired.

More photos and videos from the event soon.

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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.

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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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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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