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Luncheon and Speaker
11:30 - 1:00
Ariel International
1163 East 40th Street

This is ASIA Inc Spring Friendraiser.

Please join us Thursday, April 27th for a luncheon with guest speaker Dr. Loi Nguyen. A well-recognized educator for her work to advance ESL and foreign languages in the public schools. Dr. Nguyen is a former Vietnamese refugee who will share her own personal story about the journey of many New Americans who come to Northeast Ohio. $35.00

For more information or questions, please contact Ajla Karalic at akaralic@asiaohio.org or 330-535-3263 Ext. 5307

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2017 International Achievement Dinner
5-8:30 PM
Linsalata Alumni Center
Case Western Reserve University
11310 Juniper Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

Please join the Center for International Affairs for an evening honoring the international achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni throughout the year.

Since 2014, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has hosted prominent keynote speakers such as Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, and Ambassador Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State. This year's speaker, Ambassador Wendy Sherman, will continue the tradition of engaging the CWRU and Cleveland communities on issues of global importance. Complimentary valet will be available on-site. Please direct any questions to internationalevents@case.edu..

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American Nationalities Movement Meeting
11-12:15
Bohemian National Hall
4939 Broadway Ave. Cleveland

American Nationalities Movement Meeting. Doors open at 10:30 AM.

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It's Finally Spring Dance
6:00
Holy Spirit Party Center
5500 West 54th Street, Parma

It's Finally Spring Dance with Music by: THE BOYS from Baltimore. Doors open 6:00 pm, music/dancing 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm (located between Snow & Brookpark roads) Donation $13.00 ~ 18yrs. & under Free. NO b.y.o.b. ~ Beverages & Food available, snacks are welcome

For more information or table reservations of 8 or more please call (216) 228-1134 Sylvia/Paul. Public Welcome! Stay The Night. Holiday Inn 6001 Rockside Road Independence, OH 44131 - mention "CPA" (Cleveland Polka Association) and get a $92.00 room rate

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The Life of the Prophet p.b.u.h.
6:00
Turkish Cultural Center
13303 Madison Avenue Lakewood

The Life of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) Join us in learning more about the teachings of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)

Agenda:

6:00 pm. - Welcome
6:15 pm. - Qur'an Recitation
6:30 pm. - Presentation
7:00 pm. - Dinner

Please RSVP to info@tascleveland.org

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2017 Cleveland Polish Constitution Celebration
Times vary see below
Locations vary - see below

2017 Cleveland Polish Constitution Celebration in the Warszawa historic district Honoring the 300th of the Coronation of the Black Madonna as Queen of Poland, the 200th of the death of Tadeusz Ko?ciuszko, the 150th of the birth of Józef Pi?sudski, 1st Chief of state of the Republic of Poland, and the Year of author Joseph Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski as declared by the Republic of Poland, the late Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka, and the late contemporary artist Julian Stanczak.

SAT APR 29TH 7pm Polish Constitution Concert-Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus Konrad Binienda and Friends. Free/freewill offering 216.469.4806 Konrad Binienda and colleagues will perform under the church's soaring vaults a medley of classic and contemporary music on the sanctuary's Steinway.

SUN APR 30TH 10am Mass Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus with trumpet and tympani 11am Buffet Polish American Cultural Center food for purchase, live music 1:30pm Parade Our traditional parade will help inaugurate the fully renovated Fleet Avenue as the First Complete and Green Street in Cleveland. Street performers, musicians, dignitaries! Grand Marshalls are the pastors of Cleveland's Polish Churches.

2:15pm Parade After-party Polish American Cultural Center Speeches and performances, food for purchase, DJs John and Mark Szleszynski

Wed May 3 7pm Constitution Day Reception Polish American Cultural Center Music, historical readings, hors d'oeuvres, light refreshments. Free.

FRI MAY 5 6pm Four Eagles Award Banquet-Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus reception at Tremont Cityside Ballroom. Honoree is the late Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka. Tickets 216.341.9091 indoors and outdoors! Rain or shine!

Mostly FREE!

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Sergio and Odair Assad in Concert
3:00
Plymouth Church UCC
2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Hts

Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad perform for Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, 3:00PM on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This pair has set the standard for guitar duos in precision and artistry in their more than 50 years performing together. Recognized as prolific recording artists, these Grammy winners have been featured on 3 recordings with Yo-Yo Ma, including 2009'schart topping release, Songs of Joy & Peace.

Call 216-905-9348 for tickets

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ICC-WIN 10th Annual International Summit
4-7:00
Ariel International Center
1163 East 40th Street

A forum for NEO international leaders and constituents in order to identify key issues in the community and to establish priorities for 2017-2020. Please register online.

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Uncorked! International Wine and Beer Tasting
6-8:00
Colonial Beverage
8389 Mayfield Road

Support the Hungarian Cultural Garden! Tasting features craft beers, Hungarian wines and international wines from around the world. Enjoy a buffet of hot and cold culinary delights featuring Chicken Paprikas from the renowned kitchen of Chef Robert.

Admission is $40.00 per person. A silent Auction will also be held. Space is Limited so reserve today. Reservations are required. Call Marcia Mestritis 440-442-3413.

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Balkan Kafana Night With Balkan Bloc
9:00 PM
Music Club & Grille
4916 Pearl Road

Balkan Bloc performs for a Balkan Kafana night on Friday night, May 5th at the Music Club & Grille in Cleveland. Music starts at 9 PM. The band features four seasoned veterans of Balkan music with Walt "Vlado" Mahovlich (clarinet, sax and frula), Justin "Griz" Greenwald (accordion and vocals), Brock "Kum" Belich (bass), and Skopje-born percussionist Mitko Nikolov (tapan and tarabuka). If your roots are in the Balkans, you know what we're talking about.

If you're new to Balkan music, you're in for a delight. Characterized by haunting vocals with swirling clarinet and sax melodies soaring over powerful accordion cascades and irresistible Balkan beats, the musical geography spans from the Adriatic coast to the Black Sea, and from the Danube river to the shores of the Aegean. Anyone with roots in Southeastern Europe already knows and loves this music, but you don't have to be a native to enjoy these unique sounds that are unlike anything you'll hear over the commercial radiowaves.

The Music Club & Grille is located at 4916 Pearl Road in Cleveland. Things kick off at 9:00 PM; there's a $10 cover for non club members. The Music Club & Grille features a full bar and delicious Greek and Balkan-style food in an intimate atmosphere. For information about Music Club & Grille check out the club's page at https://www.facebook.com/StageClubCleveland/. For table reservations, call the club at (216) 912-2201. For more information about the event or the band, email Walt Mahovlich at mahovlich@core.com.

(216) 912-2201 $10 cover. Full bar - delicious Greek/Balkan food. Come join the party with Balkan Bloc in the way only people from the Balkans know how; with delicious food and drink, music, song, and dancing to oro and kolo all night long.

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The Italians in Cleveland: Their History & Communities
12:00 - 3:00
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Blvd.

Pamela Dorazio Dean, WRHS Curator for Italian American History, will present the history of the Italians in Cleveland—their communities, occupations, social and religious groups that have enhanced the Cleveland landscape. Connie Sancetta, secretary of CIAO (Cleveland Italian Ancestry Organization) and volunteer assistant to Pamela, will offer research advice for tracing ancestors within the Northeast Ohio area. Volunteers will be available after presentation to assist in research. A behind-the-scenes library tour is available after class. Fee $15.

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17th Annual Kentucky Derby Party Bnefit for Hunger Centers
4-8:00
Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Avenue, Cleveland

On Saturday, May 6th, the St. Vincent de Paul Society is hosting the to benefit its multiple hunger centers, which nourish 13,000 men, women, children and seniors each month.

Presented by Community West Foundation, the fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8PM at Cleveland's own Great Lakes Brewing Company and will feature the "Run for the Roses" on the large screen, horse betting, a hat contest, silent auction, raffles (for a chance to win up to $1,000), prizes, authentic Derby fare, valet parking, mint juleps and Great Lakes Brewing Company beer. Admission is $75 (includes valet parking) and raffle tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. Tickets may be purchased online at Eventbrite ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-kentucky-derby-day-party-tickets-31652733177 ) or by calling 216-696-6525 x.2520.

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Cleveland Kiltie Band dance
7:00
New Orleans Party Center
8111 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville

Hear the sounds of the pipes, watch the Balmoral Highland Dancers, and enjoy Scottish food while sharing in this 94-year Cleveland tradition. For information contact: Dorothea Kingsbury - 216.464.1116, Paul Lehman - 440.238.2991, Mike Slater - 216.761.9024

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Abrahamic Traditions Dinner
6:30
Turkish Cultural Center
13303 Madison Ave. Lakewood

Our Abrahamic Traditions Dinner strengthens friendship and understanding among people of the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. A variety of individuals, such as religious leaders, government officials, university professors, and community members, come together to engage in dialogue and honor the importance of religious diversity and inter-religious cooperation.

Theme: Compassion in the Abrahamic Religions

Time: 6:30pm (Dinner will be served at 6:45pm). Please RSVP to info@tascleveland.org

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Estonian Potluck Picnic
<3 PM to 7 PM br> Scioto park, South Shelter
7377 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH

Dear Estonians, almost Estonians, friends and family from Ohio and beyond, come join us for a day in the park! We have rented a secluded 1000 Sq feet shelter with picnic tables and a charcoal grill; kids playground and indoor restrooms are close by.

After the last Independence day here in Columbus we realized that although in the central location, we do not have a great central event to bring us together from all over Ohio. So before the summer hits with many competing events (Jaanipäev, Estonian memorial day for the depo

rted, 4th of July etc) let's get together in a very informal setting, just to talk and meet and get to know each other. We are hoping you can make it here from Columbus as well as from Cleveland, Cincinnati and beyond. Once we are comfortable and familiar, perhaps some thoughts and ideas will surface. My own secret desire would be to start an Estonian Sunday School. I know how much it's needed, but I also know I am not able to do it alone. Last August I (Kaja) participated in a summer school event in Viinistu (Estonia) for Estonian Sunday school teachers from all over the world. I am now connected to the network and receiving info about options and support. With anybody else interested I would love to share all that and perhaps we can get something started!

So come with your families and come alone! There should be a playground close by to keep the kids happy. We do understand it's a busy time of the year with sports and activities, but when does that stop? With or without kids, come and join the company -- we are looking to meet you as you are.

What to bring? Your favorite food, snack and drink to have and to share, Plates and utensils Amenities: Secluded 1000 Sq feet shelter, 1 Charcoal Grill, 6 picnic tables (seats 50 people), Indoor restrooms with hot and cold running water within walking distance, Clean drinking water available in front of restrooms, Kids playground close by, No electricity. Kaja Paulos kajalaul@msn.com 818 800 7281

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Mother's Day Brunch
11:00 - 1:00
Turkish Cultural center
13303 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Join us as we celebrate Mother's Day with a presentation, delicious Turkish Food, fun, games a delightful conversation.

RSVP to info@tascleveland.com

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Global Impact Award
5:15
The InterContinental Hotel - Cleveland
9801 Carnegie Ave.

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs' Global Impact Award recognizes individuals whose actions have had a positive impact and created greater understanding and cooperation among people and countries around the world. Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice will be the Cleveland Council on World Affairs' Global Impact Award honoree and the Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker.

Cocktail Reception and Program

5:15 - 6:15 pm | Private VIP reception with Dr. Rice (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres) Diplomat & Ambassador sponsors and Impact tickets
5:30 - 6:15 pm | Reception for all attendees (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres)
6:30 - 7:45 pm | Award presentation, moderated discussion, and audience Q&A
All attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Rice's book Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom. Call today for prices and reservations. 216-781-3730

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International Gala
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lacentre
25777 Detroit Road, Westlake,

You are invited to celebrate with festivities! This gala event was formed with a thought of bringing to life the experience of people from various cultures and nations. Human rights, women's empowerment, higher education, diversity in culture and the liberal arts are common to all peoples. These are not just words. People of all cultures lived them.

Dinner and dessert ; Ethnic Dancers from Middle Eastern, Asian, Bollywood Indian, Latin and Hawaiian, Improvisational Acting, Henna artist, Live Art demo, Painting wine painting class, Makeup Application by makeup artist, Green screen photos, Viewing of short documentary

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Ohio Norsemen Meeting
2-4:00
Panera
Center Ridge Rd.

All are welcome. Come and join us and learn more about Norway.

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Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival
1:00
Shore Cultural Center
291 East 222nd, Euclid

Svyturys will host the third folk dance festival Juventus. Juventus is a festival to celebrate our incredible youth and honor our Lithuanian culture.

Perfomers: Gintaras - Toronto , ON Canada, Grandis - Chicago , IL, Spindulys - Lemont, IL, Svyturys - Cleveland, OH. Shore Cultural Center auditorium has amphitheatre seating.

Tickets $25.00. age 25 and under tickets are $15.00

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Cleveland Asian Festival
11-7
East 30th and Payne
Asia Town Cleveland

The Cleveland Asian Festival is an annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May, the weekend before Memorial Weekend in Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood

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Syttende Mai
Time TBD
Location TBD

Syttende Mai or Norweigan Constitution Day is may 17th. Here in Cleveland we will be celebrating on the following Sunday, May 21st.

Mark your calendars and watch for details.

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Around the World Music Series - Persian
8 PM
North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

Yahya Golestan and Dariush Saghafi (timeless classical music and poetic songs of Persia, played on tar and santur). A 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring complimentary snacks will precede the 8 p.m. program.

More info on Facebook event page

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Constitution Day Festival 2017 - Syttende Mai
12:30 to 4 p.m.
--Gemini Center oak Room
21225 Lorain Rd. Fairview Park

Potluck buffet--hot dogs, paper supplies , beverages furnished….no fee …just reserve your places! Parking in front, rear lots or Library lot

Bring a food donation to serve 10. Luncheon, Music, Friendship offered at no cost. RESERVATION REQUIRED--by May 21st--CALL 216-767-5699

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Carpatho-Rusyn Society Vatra
Noon - 8:00
The Shrine of Mariapoch
17486 Mumford Road, Burton

The Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society is sponsoring a Vatra (outdoor festival ) There will be ethnic food, music, children's activities, genealogy information and help, C-RS items for sale and a Liturgy in Old Slavonic at 4 pm. Admission is $3 for adults.

For more information or to volunteer, call (330)-441-2057 or(440)-823-7697.

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Cleveland Polka Association Picnic #1
3:00 pm to 8:00
St. Sava's Picnic Grove
2300 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma

~ Gate opens 3:00 pm, Music by John Steven's Doubleshot. Donation $13.00, 18yrs. and under Free!

For more information/table reservations of 8 or more please call: (216) 228-1134 Sylvia/Paul. NO b.y.o.b, beverages will be available. Hot Dogs & Chips will be available, Snacks are welcome.

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First Annual Distinguished Lecture In Chinese Art
3:00
The Cleveland Museum of Art , Gartner Auditorium
11150 East Boulevard

How to Read Chinese Paintings - Presented by Maxwell K. Hearn Douglas Dillon Chairman, Department of Asian Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Made possible by the Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Family Endowment Fund. Free . 216-421-7350.

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Esperanza! Fiesta of Hope
11:45-1:30
Cleveland Renaissance Hotel
24 Public Square

Celebrate hope and Hispanic academic achievement with us June 16 and hear the stories of students who have been empowered to believe in their dreams. Hear from students, mentors, and families whose lives have been changed through support like yours. Our annual scholarship luncheon celebrates academic high-achievers and awards students to help make post-secondary education possible.

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Ohio Norsemen Meeting
2-4:00
Panera
Center Ridge Rd.

All are welcome. Come and join us and learn more about Norway.

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Special Event!!!

Save the date for an amazing international event. Details soon.

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40th Annual Scottish Games
Lorain County Fairgrounds
Wellington, Ohio

The Ohio Scottish Games are held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington on the 4th Saturday every June. Established in 1977, this long standing event is presented by the members of the Scottish American Cultural Society of Ohio, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their proud Scottish heritage and ancestry.

The Ohio Scottish Games highlight the traditional dance, music and athletics of the ancient Highland Games. Come and join us for a fun, family day, full of entertainment for everyone!

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Ohio Norsemen Meeting
2-4:00
Panera
Center Ridge Rd.

All are welcome. Come and join us and learn more about Norway.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (West) Carnival
11:30
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
6928 Detroit Ave, Cleveland

Games, Rides, Italian Food, Italian Music, Casino, Fun for All! Free to Attend. Raffle for a grand cash prize of $5,000 and Italian goodies! Supports Our Lady of Mount Carmel West)

Mass for the Feast at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday July, 17th. Procession of Saints Following

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Free Opera in the Italian Cultural garden
6:00
Italian Cultural Garden

Bring a picnic and enjoy a Free concert of well-known music from famous operas in the Italian Renaissance garden with the Cleveland Opera & Cleveland Ballet. Free parking.

New this year: Andrea Bocelli songs! Wood fired pizza on site. Free wine tastings. (Come early for the 200 chairs available but bring your own as over 2000 attended last year)

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Egyptian Festival
Times vary
St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church
2100 E. Pleasant Valley Road, Seven Hills

A wonderful combination of the old world and the new. Sample the grape leaves and other delicious foods and of course the Egyptian pastries. Music, dancing, church tours and camaraderie.

Enjoy the festival and learn something about Egypt at the same time!

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One World Day
11-7
Cleveland Cultural Gardens

72nd annual One World Day - details to come

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India Fest
11:00 to 8:00 PM
Independence Middle School
6111 Archwood Rd, Independence

India Festival USA is an annual event that attempts to bridge cultures, generations and communities through one-day of togetherness. It is a day when visitors are encouraged to participate in a thematic display of the rich culture and diversity of two of the greatest nations on earth - India and USA. India Festival USA promises an immersive environment that salutes history, embraces globalization and celebrates communities. The unique event will be attended by Mayor, State Senators, State Representatives, and other community leaders. Join us in this journey. Spend a day with us and enjoy the exhibitions that showcase prodigious talents, expose you to the admirable work of non-profits and let you purchase unique merchandise from India. Indulge your tastebuds in the authentic "Taste of India" Food Fest. FREE Admission & Parking

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AIPNO Annual Dinner and Endowment Fundraiser
5:30
Huntington Convetion Center
Global Center for Health Innovation

Dr Hari Balaji - President, Dr Mona Gupta - President Elect

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Asian Mass
12:00 Noon
St. Clarence Catholic Church
30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted

Come join the Asian Catholic Community to celebrate the Annual Mass and Gathering. The event is being hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It will be an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass will be reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities will come together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession will have the Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there will be the incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns will be sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian). The readings and the prayers of the faithful will also be said in various Asian languages.

Following the Mass there will be fun, cultural festivities and a luncheon with typical Asian food prepared by the communities for all who attend. Please come!

Contact Sister Rita Mary Harwood for more information. rmharwood@dioceseofcleveland.org

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