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2024 Pan Am Masters Games
2024 Pan Am Masters Games
The Pan-American Masters Games are a multisport event for Masters Athletes over the age of 35. The 2024 Pan-American Masters Games were held in Cleveland Ohio USA and featured athletes from 6 continents, 48 states and more than 70 countries. Participants competed in 24 medal-contending sports. We will soon have lots of photos, videos and more posted. Stay tuned.
Lithuanian Athletes in Pan Am Masters Games
Lithuanian Athletes in Pan Am Masters Games
The Pan-American Masters Games are a multisport event for Masters Athletes over the age of 35. The 2024 Pan-American Masters Games were held in Cleveland Ohio USA and featured athletes from 6 continents, 48 states and more than 70 countries. Participants competed in 24 medal-contending sports. Athletes came from Lithuania to compete and were cheered on and taken on tours by members of the local Lithuanian community.

Lithuanian  Pan Am Masters Athletes

Pan Am Masters Athletes from Lithuania at the Lithuanian Club


See photos and more from the Lithuanian athletes at the Pan Am Masters Games
Captive Nations Event
Captive Nations Event
The American Nationalities Movement held their annual Captive Nations event on Thursday July 18, 2024. Captive Nations Week was first recognized in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the urging of future Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk Sr. and Congressmen Charles Vanik and US Senator Frank Lausche. Captive Nations Week has been supported each 3rd week in July by every US president since.

Pamela Dorazio Dean, Judge Perk, Irene Morrow and Mayor Biasiotta

Pamela Dorazio Dean, Judge Perk,
Irene Morrow and Mayor Biasiotta

Photos and video of the 2024 Captive Nations Freedom Awards
CAMEO Annual Picnic
CAMEO Annual Picnic
The Cleveland American Middle Eastern Organization (CAMEO) has been in existence for 54 years. C.A.M.E.O. is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 275,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern Heritage, Arab Americans.

At their annual picnic on Sunday July 14, 2024 CAMEO welcomed friends and dozens of politicians running for office and/or there to show support for the Arab American community.

Nemir Soueidi and Tony Abdulkarim working the grill


Nemir Soueidi and Tony Abdulkarim working the grill

Photos and more from the CAMEO Picnic
Irish Cultural Garden Cleanup
Irish Cultural Garden Cleanup
A crew of volunteers led by Dave McLaughlin and Peggy Bennett regularly gather to clean up and beautify the Irish Cultural Garden. Here is a picture of the crew on June 30, 2024 and a couple of nice shots showing how the Irish Garden is designed as a Celtic Cross.

Irish Cultural Garden Cleanup Crew

Irish Cultural Garden Cleanup Crew

Irish Cultural Garden Celtic Cross

Irish Cultural Garden Celtic Cross

Irish Cultural Garden Celtic Cross
World on Stage Drum Concert in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
World on Stage Drum Concert in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Every summer the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosts a series of free World on Stage concerts at the Centennial Peace Plaza on MLK Blvd. in Cleveland. The first concert of Summer 2024 was on June 29, 2024 and the focus was Percussion of the World.

Group photo at World on Stage

Some of the performers in the Centennial Plaza


4 diverse drum acts performed.

Photos and Videos of the World on Stage Percussion Concert
Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Established in 1977, the long standing Ohio Scottish Games and Celtic Festival is presented by members of The Ohio Scottish American Cultural Society of Ohio, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their proud Scottish Heritage and ancestry.

The Grand Parade featured lots of bagpipe units, many Clans in their namesake tartans, Irish wolfhounds, knights in armor, Clydesdale horses and more.

The Grand Parade at the 2024 Ohio Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

Photos and video of the Grand Parade

Athletes gathered to compete in a variety of Highland Games such as the Caber (Gaelic for tree) Toss, Stone Put, Weight Over Bar, Heavy and Light Weights for Distance, Hammer Throws and the Sheaf Toss.

Highland Heavy Athletics at Ohio Scottish Games


Photos and video of the Heavy Highland Games

There were Birds of Prey, Clydesdale Horses, Border Collies, Highland Cattle and other animals. Did you know that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only dog with its own tartan!

Dandie Dinmont Terrier in its tartan


See more Dogs, Horses, Birds and other animals

One of the most interesting parts of the Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival is seeing the different clans that are represented and watching the interesting people.

Scottish kilt shirt


See more of the clans and people

Of course there was a variety of music and dancing, food, knights and more.

Scottish Highland Dancers

Scottish Highland Dancers

See more photos and videos from the Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Estonian Victory Day
Estonian Victory Day
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).

Teevi Champa and daughters

Teevi Champa and daughters


See some photos, courtesy of Teevi Champa, from the event
Cleveland Ethnic eNewsletter
Cleveland Ethnic eNewsletter
Take a look at this week's Cleveland Ethnic eNewsletter

Parade start

WKYC Volunteers in Cleveland Cultural Gardens
WKYC Volunteers in Cleveland Cultural Gardens
The unique-in-the-world Cleveland Cultural Gardens have begun their annual season of summer concerts, cultural events and performances. Spanning over 250 acres in Rockefeller Park, the Gardens always need help planting, weeding, raking and so on. WKYC Studios and the Cleveland-based Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere organization (RAKE) teamed up for a summertime spruce-up of some of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on a steamy Saturday morning.

WKYC Meteorologist Anthony Copeland with anchors Lynna Lai, Jay Crawford and Christi Paul

WKYC Meteorologist Anthony Copeland with anchors
Lynna Lai, Jay Crawford and Christi Paul


See More from the WKYC Gardens Cleanup
Fun with Maps - Jersey, Guernsey and the Channel Islands
Fun with Maps - Jersey, Guernsey and the Channel Islands
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson talks about the Channel Islands - especially the two largest islands: Jersey and Guernsey. The English Channel is the busiest shipping area in the world. Though small and not very populous the strategic location of these islands in the English Channel between France and the UK have made them very important throughout history - most recently in the Second World War when the German Nazi's occupied them. They are not parts of the United Kingdom but Crown dependencies. We look at what that means as well as what their official title as Bailiwick means.

It's fun that the people of the four main Channel Islands have animal nicknames - toads, donkeys, crows and rabbits. We explain why in the video. There are also connection to some famous people such as Les Miserables author Victor Hugo and Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Of course we explain the connection between the island of Jersey and the US state of New Jersey. And, yes, we take a look at the Jersey and Guernsey cows!



See more Fun with Maps
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
The largest annual gathering (sold out at 500 people with a waiting list) of Cleveland's ethnic leaders and grassroots gathered Tuesday April 23 at Windows on the River for the 14th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

2024 Cleveland International Hall of Fame class picture


The 2024 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame consists of:
  • Dona Brady (Albanian heritage)
    who was inducted by Cleveland City Councilman Michael Polensek.

  • Ambassador Edward Crawford (Irish)
    who was inducted by Irish Ambassador to the United States Geraldine Byrne Nason.

  • Veronica Dahlberg (Mexican and broader Hispanic)
    who was inducted by Cleveland City Councilwoman Jasmin Santana.

  • Dr. Eugene Jordan (African-American)
    who was inducted posthumously Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

  • Erika Puussaar (Estonian)
    who was inducted by Estonia´s Ambassador to the United States Mr. Kristjan Prikk

  • Johnny K. Wu (Chinese and broader Asian)
    was inducted by Margaret W. Wong.

Click on the names (above) to go to a page with the photos and videos of that person's induction. Below is a video of the entire evening taken by TV20 professionals Dan Monroe and Raulston Douse. Thanks guys.




2024 Induction Ceremony Main Page

People Page at the Hall of Fame. Who do you recognize?

Libation, Sponsors, Attending Inductees, etc.

Dona Brady Induction

Ambassador Edward Crawford Induction

Veronica Dahlberg Induction

Dr. Eugene Jordan Induction

Erika Puussaar Induction

Johnny K. Wu Induction

CIHF 2024 Class

Congratulations Class of 2024



Albert Ratner - Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Albert Ratner - Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Albert Ratner had a 66-year career at Forest City where he grew the company from a lumber supply company to a construction company to a home improvement retailer to a real estate development company. Forest City spearheaded the redevelopment of the Halle Building, which it purchased in 1982, and Tower City, which opened in 1990. It became publicly-traded in 1960, an $8.2 billion corporation that develops, owns and manages residential and commercial properties across the country. Its national portfolio now includes 32 retail centers, 36 office buildings and 115 apartment buildings.

He has always been interested in, and has become an expert in, population and immigration topics. He led the creation of Global Cleveland in 2011. He was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2011 and has given several keynote addresses at their induction ceremony. Unable to attend the 2024 induction ceremony in person he created this short video with his perspective and advice on population and immigration.



Cleveland International Hall of Fame
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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