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First Arab Community Bazaar
First Arab Community Bazaar
The first Arab Community Bazaar was held on Sunday February 25 in North Olmsted. Sometimes events are not very successful in their first year but the first Arab Community Bazaar was a huge success. The room was packed with dozens of vendors and information resources.

Arab Community Bazaar banner


Dr. Mohammad Alhawawsha, President of the Jordanian Community of Ohio, said the event aimed to support small businesses, especially those led by women working from home to support themselves.

More pictures and videos of the Arab Bazaar

Independence of the Dominican Republic
Independence of the Dominican Republic
The Dominican War of Independence (Guerra de Independencia Dominicana) was a war of independence that began when the Dominican Republic declared independence from the Republic of Haiti on February 27, 1844 and ended on January 24, 1856. Before the war, the island of Hispaniola had been united for 22 years when the newly independent nation, previously known as the Captaincy General of Santo Domingo, was unified with the Republic of Haiti in 1822.

On February 27, 2024 the Termonal Tower in Cleveland will be lit up with the colors of the Dominican flag.

Dominican Independence celebration

Dominican Independence celebration

Dominican Independence celebration
Rallies and Vigils for Ukraine
Rallies and Vigils for Ukraine
Members of the Ukrainian community and supporters held vigils in Cleveland and throughout the world to show support for Ukraine against the aggressive invasion by Putin.

Local Ukrainian leaders Andy Fedynsky and Dr. George Jaskiw travelled to Washington DC to attend that vigil. George met up with his son Michael who's an attorney in DC.

Andy Fedynsky and family members Michael, Alexa and Chris at the Washington DC rally

Andy Fedynsky and family members Michael, Alexa and Chris
at the Washington DC rally

Washington DC rally for Ukraine

Washington DC rally for Ukraine

Rotary Club of Cleveland honors Esperanza
Rotary Club of Cleveland honors Esperanza
Each year the Rotary Club of Cleveland honors a person or organization with their International Service Award. In 2024, the award went to the non-profit organization Esperanza. Executive Director Victor Ruiz accepted the award.

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Victor Ruiz and Ingrida Bublys

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Victor Ruiz and Ingrida Bublys

Photos and videos of Esperanza at Cleveland Rotary
FICA India Republic Day 2024
FICA India Republic Day 2024
FICA is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Asian Indian Community in Northeast Ohio. They hosted a celebration of India's 75th Republic Day at Lotus Banquets with cultural performances, awards, dancing, music and food.

One of the highlights was a Fashion Show featuring ladies in beautiful attire from some of the states of India.

FICA Fashion Show Ladies - Republic Day 2024

FICA Fashion Show Ladies

See photos and videos of the 2024 Republic Day event
Lithuanian Independence Day Event
Lithuanian Independence Day Event
The Lithuanian community of Cleveland Ohio gathered at their Lithuanian Club on February 18, 2024 to celebrate Lithuania's Act of Independence which was signed on February 16, 1918, founding the modern Republic of Lithuania.

Along with speeches and a keynote address by Ukrainian activist Andy Fedynsky, there was music and dance.

Svyturiukai Lithuanian Folk Dance Group

Svyturiukai Lithuanian Folk Dancers

See photos and videos of the Lithuanian celebration
Fun with Maps - The Path of the Total Solar Eclipse
Fun with Maps - The Path of the Total Solar Eclipse
This is a very special, once-in-a-lifetime, episode of Fun with Maps. It's our first look at a map that is affected by something off the surface of the planet Earth. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. For those of us in Cleveland Ohio, or visitors who come here for the eclipse, we will have an amazing opportunity to view it.

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon's shadow completely covers the Sun - known as the path of totality - will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

Chris Hartenstine from NASA's Public Engagement team showed us with a globe and a model of the moon how and why the eclipse will happen. The last time this occurred in any part of Ohio was in 1806 and the next time will be in the 2090's. Chris showed us the map of the path of the eclipse which is within a day's travel of most of the population of the United States. He called it a "very geographically friendly shadow path."

As Chris shows us, Cleveland has a very special viewing potential. He shows us on the map how Cleveland is on the south shore of Lake Erie, which is the shallowest of the Great Lakes. Lake Erie will still be very cold on April 8 so clouds may be pushed away from the 10 mile or so area just south of Lake Erie - which is Cleveland Ohio. This would make for exceptional viewing. See a lot more about the Total Solar Eclipse and the festivities surrounding it.

If you are traveling to Cleveland for the Eclipse, drop me a comment. Look for the next episode of Fun with Maps to be back on the Earth!




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Cuyahoga County Welcome Center Grand Opening
Cuyahoga County Welcome Center Grand Opening
The ribbon was cut at a new Welcoming Center in Cuyahoga County on February 14, 2024. It will provide Immigrant, Refugee and Language Services. Services provided include: Workforce training, Educational Services, Healthcare, Legal support, Housing and Public benefits.

Cuyahoga County Welcome Center Ribbon Cutting

Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne leads the ribbon cutting

See photos and videos from the Welcome Center Grand Opening
Former Slaves Sojourner Truth and Sara Lucy Bagby Johnson
Former Slaves Sojourner Truth and Sara Lucy Bagby Johnson
At the Western Reserve Historical Society on February 8, 2024 there were reenactments by two talented women from Women In History Ohio.

Sojourner Truth and  Sara Lucy Bagby Johnson actors

Sojourner Truth and Sara Lucy Bagby Johnson actors
Robin Echols Cooper and Robin Pease


See videos and photos of their performances.
Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade and Festival
Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade and Festival
The annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a week long event featuring cooking demos, language instruction, a dance party, fun run and more. But the highlight was the annual Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade followed by the festival celebration.

Kurent in front of Cleveland Kurentovanje sign


Before, during and after the Parade attendees gathered in the neighborhood centered around Slovenian National Home for food, music, fun and resources.

For example, they could visit the new exhibit at the Slovenian Museum and Archives which offers artifacts and memorabilia about Slovenian people and heritage.

See more photos and videos from the 2024 Cleveland Kurentovanje Festival

The Parade was full of music, colorful costumes and, of course, lots of Kurenti!

2024 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

2024 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


See a video of the parade and lots of pictures
Lunar New Year Celebration at Asia Plaza
Lunar New Year Celebration at Asia Plaza
The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, Tet in Vietnamese, Seollal in Korean, Losar in Tibet, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolian. On February 10, 2024, we entered the Year of the Wood Dragon.

Year of the Dragon

Margaret Wong and Associates, OCA Greater Cleveland, ASIA Inc., Erie Chinese Journal and others hosted a celebration at Asia Plaza. There were performances, information booths, free medical resources, and, of course, food!.

OCA President Lisa Wong and erhu musician Janice Liu

OCA President Lisa Wong and erhu musician Janice Liu


See more from the Lunar New Year event at Asia Plaza
Cleveland Ethnic eNewsletter
Cleveland Ethnic eNewsletter
View the latest weekly edition of the Cleveland Ethnic eNewsletter.

Better yet, sign up for the FREE weekly eNews and get it in your inbox every Tuesday evening.

This week's Ethnic Cleveland eNews is loaded with information about Black History Month, Lunar New Year, Cleveland Kurentovanje, Mardi Gras, Packzi Day and lots more.

Krampus of Cleveland
54th Annual Black History Flag Raising Ceremony
54th Annual Black History Flag Raising Ceremony
For 54 years the City of Cleveland has celebrated Black History Month with a Flag Raising Celebration which was started by former Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes. The 2024 event was held on February 3, 2024.

A highlight of the event was the marching out to the City Hall steps to see the African Flag raised above Cleveland City Hall.

Flag Raising at City Hall


See photos and videos of the Flag Raising

Back inside the Rotunda there were speeches, music, drums, a libation ceremony, community organizations and more.

Hue People singers

The Hue People leading "Lift Every Voice and Sing"


See photos and videos of the Ceremony inside.

Another highlight was the special recognition for El Hajj Amir Khalid A. Samad for his decades of service.

Angela Woodson and El Hajj Amir Khalid A. Samad

Angela Woodson and Khalid A. Samad

Don't miss the People Page where you can see photos of many of the speakers, organizations and attendees.

Cleveland Council of Black Nurses

Cleveland Council of Black Nurses
Slovenian Folk Costumes
Slovenian Folk Costumes
Folklore enthusiast and researcher, David Antolin, came back by popular demand as he continues the exploration of Slovenian costumes, building upon last year's introductory presentation (link to last year's presentation).

David Antolin

David Antolin

David Antolin showing Slovenian folk costumes

This year's seminar focused on the costumes classified as Pannonian in their styling and materials, sometimes known a 'bele noše' which translates to 'white costumes.' Pannonian costumes are those that show commonality of our Slovenian ethnic roots with those of other Slavic groups and Eastern European cultures. Even though these variants are considered the simplest in clothing form, they can be considered the most misunderstood examples, having authentic detailing and uniqueness not shared in any other Slovenian region.

In this session, costumes from the following regions were explored: Bela Krajina, Eastern Dolenjska, Kostel, Prekmurje, Porabje and Southern + Eastern Štajerska.

Slovenian Folk costumes

New Vision of Italian American Storytelling
New Vision of Italian American Storytelling
The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO) is led by Cleveland's own Basil Russo. The organization is headquartered in New York City and it serves as the national representative of its 63 member Italian American organizations from throughout the U.S.

Russo also serves as national president of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and several other leadership positions.

Last week, COPOMIAO hosted an event for Italian American leaders and entertainment industry luminaries at AGBO Studios in Hollywood to promote the Russo Brothers Italian American Filmmakers Forum and celebrated the contributions Italian Americans have made to the film industry.

Russos - RBIAFF - Joe and Anthony Russo, Louis D'Esposito, Basil and Pat Russo, Jon Favreau and Angela Russo-Otstot

Joe and Anthony Russo, Louis D'Esposito, Basil and Pat Russo,
Jon Favreau and Angela Russo-Otstot


The Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo, are the sons of Basil and Pat Russo and are best known for their works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as The Avengers.

RBIAFF, developed in collaboration with Italian Sons and Daughters of America, is a fellowship program that offers production grants to emerging filmmakers who seek to create stories for the screen that illuminate aspects of the Italian American experience.

"All of America's ethnic and racial groups have made meaningful contributions to our country's collective culture for which each group can be justly proud, and each group should find meaningful ways to celebrate their contributions. This event allows the Italian American community the opportunity to celebrate its contributions to the film industry, and to encourage aspiring filmmakers to showcase our community's sacrifices and accomplishments through grant funded films," said Basil Russo, President of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America.

RBIAFF was launched under the AGBO Foundation - a philanthropic initiative committed to harnessing the transformative power of storytelling, media, and the arts to inspire meaningful change. They presented its inaugural Renaissance Award to Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito on Jan. 18 at AGBO Studios in Los Angeles. The Renaissance Award celebrates outstanding contributions to Italian American heritage and the entertainment industry.

Jon Favreau presented the award to D'Esposito, and Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr. and many others congratulated the famed producer and co-president on this distinct honor.

"The new Filmmaker Forum will reshape the form of Italian American storytelling on the big screen, as we honor and uphold our culture, history and heritage," said COPOMIAO and ISDA President Basil Russo, who co-developed RBIAFF.

Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese
Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese
The Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese is a Cleveland Ohio based non-profit with the mission "to build bridges of friendship between the people of Vietnam and people of other countries." The Friendship Foundation has built schools and orphanages and assisted in many other ways in their numerous trips back to Vietnam and in fundraising and leadership from Cleveland. Their most recent achievement was their eleventh school and education construction project completed with the help of attorney Margaret Wong.

New school in Vietnam built by Friendship Foundation

New school in Vietnam built by the Friendship Foundation


Photos and more about the Friendship Foundation School in Vietnam
Ingrida Bublys honored in Vilnius
Ingrida Bublys honored in Vilnius
Ingrida Bublys is the first Honorary Consul of independent Lithuania in the USA and has been awarded by various Lithuanian and US institutions for her proactive efforts. Devoting most of her life to strengthening US-Lithuania relations in business, trade, science, and culture, she tirelessly promotes Lithuania globally. Ingrida constantly makes every effort to open the US market to companies exporting Lithuanian products. Her activities and relations with international, business and political organizations contribute to attracting US investments to Lithuania. In 2023, she played a key role in ensuring the success of the North American and Lithuanian Business Forum in Chicago.

On December 28, 2023 Ingrida was honored in Vilnius, Lithuania with the 2023,"Global Lithuanian Leaders" GLL Award at a special event. The 2023 GLL Award is "For fostering the growth of Lithuanian businesses and opening doors to the world's largest market". The award was presented to Ingrida by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda.

Ingrida Bublys - Gitanas Nauseda

Ingrida Bublys receiving the award from President Gitanas Nauseda
Fun with Maps - 1860's Europe
Fun with Maps - 1860's Europe
This special episode of Fun with Maps looks at a series of some cool old maps. It's a collection of anthropomorphic maps of European countries produced by a London publisher in the 1860s. Anthropomorphic means the maps have human characteristics. So the maps will be drawn as if they were people. For example, the map of England is drawn as Queen Victoria. Scotland is a bagpiper struggling through the bogs and so on. In this we look at each of the current maps of the country and then look at the cartoon maps from the 1860's for comparison. Each of the drawn maps has a 4 line verse attached to it as well. It's kind of hard to explain but once you see it you will get it.

The maps cover the countries of Denmark, France, Italy, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Russia and the Kingdom of Prussia, which no longer exists. As you will see, a lot has changed both politically and geographically in the last 150 years or so.



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Annual Magnum Holiday Lunch
Annual Magnum Holiday Lunch
Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. 75 techies, media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented at Bo Loong. Of course there were many friends from Cleveland's international communities.

Dan Hanson, Ingrida Bublys, Carmen Blackwell and Consul General Alenka Jerak

Dan Hanson, Ingrida Bublys, Carmen Blackwell
and Slovenian Consul General Alenka Jerak


Rania Abbddi, Lisa Wong and Johnny Wu

Rania Abbadi, Lisa Wong and Johnny Wu


See how to get invited next year, who was there and see lots of
Photos from the 2023 Magnum Party

and the Second Page of Photos from the Magnum Party
Fun with Maps - Canada
Fun with Maps - Canada
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at the 2nd largest country in the world - Canada. Canada is huge and diverse and many of its cities, provinces, territories, rivers, lakes, etc. would be good topics for future Fun with Maps episodes but this episode concentrates on one area - showing the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada.

The 10 provinces are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.



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Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova in Cleveland
Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova in Cleveland
On Friday, November 17, 2023 several events were held in Cleveland to discuss the Holodomor 90 Years later and the current War in Ukraine. Her Excellency Oksana Markarova came to Cleveland to discuss the Holodomor, the Soviet Union's deliberate genocide through starvation of the people of Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 as well as the current Russian campaign of war and ethnic cleansing.

Marcy Kaptur introduces Ambassador Markarova and Senator Portman

Marcy Kaptur introduces Ambassador Markarova and Senator Portman


See more from the Ambassador and Senator's visit
José C. Feliciano Awarded Cleveland Heritage Medal
José C. Feliciano Awarded Cleveland Heritage Medal
The Cleveland Heritage Medal is bestowed upon individuals whose significant contributions through leadership, collaboration and service have left an indelible mark on all spheres of the Cleveland community. But for these extraordinary men and women, the magnificent story and history of Cleveland would not be what it is today. In a ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2023 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, José Feliciano, Sr. was the well-deserved recipient of this prestigious honor.

José Feliciano and family

José Feliciano and family


See more of José C. Feliciano being awarded the Cleveland Heritage Medal
Bhutanese and Nepali celebration of Tihar
Bhutanese and Nepali celebration of Tihar
On November 8, 2023 Tihar was celebrated for the first time in Cleveland City Hall by the local Nepali/Bhutanese communities and Community Relations Board Department at City Hall and other members of the community.

There were speeches, proclamations from the City, food from Himalayan Restaurant and lots of music and dancing.

Ayusha Samal and Nepali dancers


See photos and video of the Bhutanese and Nepali celebration of Tihar

Nepalese folk dance of the Magar community called Maruni


More photos and videos of the performances

3 girls and 3 guys performed this Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Dance


3rd page of photos and videos of the performances

Flag of Bhutan

Flag of Bhutan

Flag of Nepal

Flag of Nepal

Page of photos of the people at the Tihar Festival celebration
Cleveland International Hall of Fame Class of 2024
Cleveland International Hall of Fame Class of 2024
Since 2010 the Cleveland International Hall of Fame has recognized people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural city and region. An annual induction ceremony takes place to both honor the deserving inductees and to inspire a new generation of leaders.

The 2024 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame will be inducted on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at Windows on the River.

Over 90 worthy candidates were submitted to be considered. Previous inductees of the CIHF were asked for input and a committee worked hard to whittle that number down to the 6 in the 2024 Class. And what a Class it is! You will see a lot more about the inductees in the future but here they are:

  • Dona Brady (Albanian)
  • Ambassador Edward Crawford (Irish)
  • Veronica Dahlberg (Mexican and broader Hispanic)
  • Dr. Eugene Jordan (posthumous) (African-American)
  • Erika Puussaar (Estonian)
  • Johnny Wu (Chinese and broader Asian)

Wow! Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductions
Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductions
What a night! Over 450 people attended the 2023 induction ceremony for the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Lots of photos and videos posted soon.

2023 Class Picture


2023 Class Picture
Standing: Sudarshan Sathe and Pierre Bejjani
Seated: Georgine Welo, Mike Polensek and Pat Dowd
Not pictured: Joyce Mariani



Murder in the Cultural Gardens
Murder in the Cultural Gardens
"It just didn't seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for "Peace through Mutual Understanding." But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. "What is the nature of your emergency?" the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, "There's been a murder in the Cultural Gardens."

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue


The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.



Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.

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Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland is a diverse city with about 120 distinct ethnic heritages represented. We at ClevelandPeople.com and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame believe that this ethnic diversity makes us a much richer city and that we should all celebrate this fact.

We asked people from various ethnic groups to create a tile representing their heritage. These 3 quilts are a product of that effort. We hope that other ethnic groups will want to add their own tile to these patchworks showcasing our ethnic diversity.

Cleveland ethnic diversity quilts

The quilts are available for loan to ethnic museums and organizations and for special events. See more about the ethnic heritage display

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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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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