Thursday, February 26, 2015

Maslenitsa Snow Games

A Maslenitsa celebration always has snow games and the first annual Maslenitsa in the Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden was no exception. The snow and cold was not a problem for the event - it was a welcome necessity! Maslenitsa is celebrated outside in Russia so outdoor activities are expected and part of the fun.

A huge snow fort was built which led to snowball fights, sledding and Capture the Flag type games.

This game is called elephant (slon in Russian).



Elephant (slon) game at Maslenitsa celebration in Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden



Elephant (slon) game at Maslenitsa celebration in Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden


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A Winter Fashon Show - for babushkas!

At the first annual Maslenitsa event in the Russian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio there was a babushka (scarf) fashion contest. About 8 ladies (and 1 man!) modeled their scarves and then a winner was selected by 3 judges.


Never heard the word Maslenitsa? Think of Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnaval, Karneval . . . that's Maslenitsa by any other name. It's the party day before Lent begins in Russia.



Youth speak out for Life By Joseph Patrick Meissner

It is Thursday, January 22. This is the Forty First Annual Youth Rally for Life. Normally we have held this event on Cleveland Public Square at noon in the midst of all the lunch-time crowds.

Despite the usual freezing cold, the young people have always come from their high schools and colleges to deliver their messages of hope and love. We more "mature young people" come to listen and find inspiration.


Read the rest of Joe's account of the Rally for Life

ASIA's International Community Health Center Grand Opening

The new International Community Health Center (ICHC) on the 2nd floor of the Asian Town Center on East 38th Street fills the need for what ASIA's Executive Director Michael Byun called "Culturally Competent Medical Care" in Cleveland's AsiaTown.



International Community Health Center

International Community Health Center


Photos and videos from the ICHC Grand Opening

Armenian Cultural Garden in the Snow

The Armenian Alphabet stands out in the snow of Winter 2015.

Armenian alphabet in the snow in Cleveland Armenian Cultural Garden


Maslenitsa in Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its first annual Maslenitsa celebration on the site of their coming Garden. The snow and cold was not a problem for the event - it was a welcome necessity! Maslenitsa is celebrated outside in Russia so outdoor activities are expected and part of the fun.


Posing with the matryoshka cutouts

Posing with the matryoshka cutouts


5 pages of Photos and videos from maslenitsa

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Senior Discount Tickets for the Cleveland Orchestra

Senior discount tickets are available for the season's performances of the Cleveland Orchestra. These tickets must be purchased in person only at the box office at Severance Hall and are available on Monday and through the week of the performance.

The tickets are $30 and are on a first come basis.


All performances are at the magnificent Severance Hall. This is a good opportunity to see and hear one of the best orchestras in the world at a good price.

More discounts and info at http://www.clevelandseniors.com/

Antique Roadshow is coming to Cleveland

Antique Roadshow is coming to Cleveland and you can be part of it. WVIZ/PBS will host an all-day appraisal event on Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Time and place to be announced) The show has not been to Cleveland since 2002.


The deadline to apply for free tickets is April 6, 2015. At the appraisal event approximately 5,000 to 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles. Tickets are given by a random drawing and will be mailed three weeks before the show.

Antiques Roadshow is also accepting furniture submission to appraise and display on the set. The deadline for submissions is also April 6, 2015. To apply for tickets got to ideastream.org or call 216-916 6301 for a postcard to apply for tickets.

More opportunities at http://www.clevelandseniors.com/

Should you vaccinate your kids? Dr Toby Cosgrove

Should you vaccinate your kids?

Dr. Delos M. (Toby) Cosgrove, CEO and President of the Cleveland Clinic, said that everybody should get vaccinated and that there is no evidence that the vaccines are associated with autism. He warned that we will have an uprising of diseases (like measles and whooping cough) if we don't immunize.

Dr. Cosgrove answered this question at the Rotary Club of Cleveland event that honored Dr. Cosgrove with the International Service Award on International Fellowship Day. Watch the short (less than 1 minute) video.


Dr Toby Cosgrove - Rotary Club of Cleveland 2015 International Fellowship Day

The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on February 5, 2015. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Dr. Delos “Toby” M. Cosgrove, Chief Executive Officer and President, Cleveland Clinic.



Toby Cosgrove receives award from Paul Qua and Ingrida Bublys

Dr. Toby Cosgrove receives award from Paul Qua and Ingrida Bublys
Photos and videos of the Rotary event honoring Toby Cosgrove

Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony

Members of the Underground Railroad Society, Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood and other community organizations marched outside of the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall to see the African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall. This was the 41st annual Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony at Cleveland City Hall.



Khalid Samad

Khalid Samad on City Hall steps


More of Cleveland Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony

City of Cleveland Black History Month Opening Ceremony

The City of Cleveland’s 2015 Black History Month celebration kicked-off Monday, February 2, 2015. This year’s theme “Cleveland’s Future: We are in Good Hands,” was chosen to highlight, share and learn about the many endeavors, accomplishments and future plans of our African American community.


Honorees

Honorees 

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) held a Community Listening Session at Ariel International Center on January 28, 2015. The event was coordinated by City of Cleveland Community Relations Board Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen.

White House Initiative team

White House Initiative team


Photos, videos and resources from the AAPI event

Watch this before your next beta test

Dan Hanson told about the Greek Alphabet at an event at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Besides having 24, not 26, letters there are three that are commonly mispronounced including the common letter 'beta'.

This was part of the Adventure to Greece as part of the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers passport club. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group.

BlueBridge Networks

Congrats to BlueBridge Networks in Cleveland Ohio  who provide best-in-class Datacenter Services, including Work Group Recovery, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery and Managed Storage and Services.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they hosted a party for community and business leaders, customers, techies and more.

John Goodman and brother Kevin Goodman


Speakers at the event included
  • Brad Nellis, Director of NEOSA
  • Jack Schron, CEO of Jergens, Inc. and Cuyahoga County Councilman
  • Jon J. Pinney, Managing Partner of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz
  • Kevin Schmotzer, City of Cleveland Executive Small Business Development Directorr


See more from the BlueBridge event

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friend of Indian Community

The Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio (FICA) hosted an event to celebrate the 66th Republic Day of India.


Sanjay Garg received the 2105 FICA Volunteer of the Year Award and Dan Hanson received the 2015 Friend of Indian Community award.


Feeling 'Up' about Downsizing

Can you relate? 

Feeling 'Up' about Downsizing by Amy Kenneley.  

It started innocently enough. The winter closed in and the rooms did too. I looked around at the stashes of accumulated boxes and drawers full of things and wondered, "Who is going to want this?" 

There needed to be a letting go of things that had been collected --and collecting-- through the years. How did it all happen?... 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The answer is... Simple Math Trick

Here's a very basic math exercise that won't amaze your friends but will get them thinking. I like to pretend I am opening an envelope a la Johnny Carson's Carnac or have the answer written on my arm or something.


Pick a three digit number of different numbers (so 123 or 487 are OK but 111 or 232 are not) Let's use 816 as an example.

Reverse the number. So 816 becomes 618

Subtract the smaller number from the larger. 816-618=198

Reverse the answer number. 198 becomes 891

Add that number to the answer of the subtraction. 891 + 198 = 1089

Voila! The result is 1089!

It's simple to prove with a little Algebra - Let the Geek know if you can't figure it out. It's based on the places of the digits so if you choose a number like 546 the process will be 645-546=99 and 99+99=198 not 1089.

You have to look at it like 99 is really 099. So 990-099=891 and 891+198=1089

Note also that it may not work with repeated digits because if it's a palindrome like 575 when you reverse it you will also get 575 and the difference will be 575-575=0 so there is nothing to work with.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Cleveland's Economic Development Website Launch

Did you know that the City of Cleveland has a website geared toward Economic Development?
It does.

The City of Cleveland launched a new website and marketing/branding campaign to showcase Cleveland as a destination for industry and innovation. The focus of the effort is to help businesses and site selectors rethink Cleveland.

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Cleveland Economic Development Director Tracey Nichols


More from City of Cleveland's Economic Development Website

Progress


ICC-WIN Holiday Diversity Party

The 5th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity was held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center on December 17, 2014. The event was put on by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in conjunction with the office of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.


84 different countries were represented - a true testament to Cleveland's diversity.


ICC-WIN Board Members Pierre Bejjani, Laura Fruscella, Mehmet Gencer,
Dan Hanson, Ken Kovach, Lisa Wong and Mari Galindo
with Kathy and Anjan Ghose

9 pages of photos and videos of the event

International Fashion Show

One highlight of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio was the International Fashion Show. Dozens of countries were represented.


Fashion of Lebanon
3 pages of photos and videos of the International Fashion Show

Doing Business with India

Ariel International Center, Consulate General of India, NY and Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) hosted a reception to meet with Honorable Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy Consul General of India, New York to hear about the latest Opportunities for US Companies interested in Investing or Doing Business with India given the liberalized business climate with the recent landslide election victory for the business minded Prime Minister, Mr. Modi.


Radhika Reddy and Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra


More from the Doing Business with India event

Traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance

Mahima Venkatesh performed the traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.


More photos and videos of Mahima at the event

West African drumming from Guinea

The Golden Ciphers performed West African drumming from Guinea at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.


More photos and videos of the Golden Ciphers at the event

Brazilian Samba

Katrina Dubovikova and Damon Cody performed 2 styles of Brazilian Samba at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.


More photos and videos of the Brazilian Samba at the event

Murphy Irish Dancers

The Murphy Irish Dancers performed traditional Irish dances in soft and hard shoes at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.


More photos and videos of the Murphy Irish Dancers at the event

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.

Korean War Veterans Recognition Program

The Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland gathered at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to honor veterans of the Korean War. They were joined by the Federation of Midwest Korean-American Associations, the National Unification Advisory Council, the Republic of Korea in Chicago as well as the City of Cleveland Ohio.


Sam Kim and Hanna Woo - Korean-American Association

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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.


All 4 Mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous) are included and there is an extra Decade for your special intentions.

We hope that this DVD inspires you to pray the Rosary more frequently. You can choose to view/pray a single Decade, a complete Mystery or all 4 Mysteries. The DVD includes a listing of all the Mysteries.

The Rosary is a great gift given to us by Our Blessed Mother.



If you have any questions or would like to order a large quantity please contact us at rosary@magnuminc.com


You can order copies of the Rosary DVD securely with your credit card by clicking on the Buy Now button below. The DVD costs $15 and there is a $2 shipping and handling charge. Your credit card statement will have a charge for $17 from Magnum for each DVD. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various Catholic charities.

You can also send a check, made out to Magnum Inc., for $17 ($15 and $2 shipping) each and mail it to:
Magnum Inc.
868 Montford Rd.
Cleveland Heights Of 44121

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


More Rosary details

Thank you and thank you Mother Mary for this precious gift.


Monday, December 01, 2014

How Does It Feel To Be 99? Keeping up with Maury

When I look back at my life it doesn't seem to be one answer. I always knew I was medically vulnerable because of my genetic background. My parents died very young and I later found out that mostly everyone in our family was all in that same position; bad genetics. ...


Read the rest of Maury's column on turning 99

Lebanon Day 2014 in Cleveland

The American Lebanese Community Council presented Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland to celebrate 71 years of independence for Lebanon. The Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall was full of Lebanese Americans and friends of the Lebanese community.


Dancing at Lebanon Day
3 pages of photos and videos of Lebanon Day 2014

Ajyal Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day 2014 in Cleveland

The Ajyal Dabke Dancers performed at the 2014 celebration of Lebanon Day in Cleveland in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.


Ajyal Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day
Photos and videos of Ajyal Dancers

RIP Lucretia Stoica

Lucretia Stoica, Long time (41 years) Director of the International Services Center passed away Nov. 22, 2014 at the age of 92.


"As we in the International world of Cleveland know she was one tremendous giving women...who dedicated her life, above and beyond the call of duty, finding a home and new life for untold refuges seeking a new life in our Cleveland! God Bless" Jim Craciun

Karin Wishner, who holds the position that Lucretia did for so many years said "The International Services Center is grateful for her many years of dedicated service and great love for the people she served. She was an advocate for those who had no voice. I admired her and will miss her."

Her wake will be Sunday at the Corrigan Craciun funeral home in Fairview Park. The funeral will take place on Monday, Dec. 1st at 10:00 at St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral.



Lucretia Stoica

Lucretia Stoica inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Kala Art Show

The Indian community rallied around eight of their finest artists in the 2nd Annual Kala Art Show held Sunday, November 16th at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood.


Artists with show organizers Poonam Punwani and Mona Alag


See more from the Kala Art Show

Diversity Center Awards

The 60th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio honored Rick Chiricosta, President and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, and Jose C. Feliciano, Partner at Baker Hostetler.


ClevelandPeople.Com congratulates these two worthy choices and gives a special shout out to our Puerto Rican and Hispanic Ambassador, Jose Feliciano


Jose Feliciano Jr and Sr. at the Diversity Center event

Sewa International

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Service - Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. Their vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering.


On November 15, 2014 a sold-out crowd attended an event in Cleveland to learn more about Sewa International, recognize super volunteers and to support the cause - specifically the Family Services project.


Dr. Sree Sreenath, President of Sewa International


Photos and videos of the Sewa International event

Albanian Delegation and Artist Fate Velaj Exhibit

Photographs from highly acclaimed Albanian artist Fate Velaj were on display in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda in an exhibit called "Albania - seen differently." Velaj is the recipient of many awards, including the "Albanian Excellence Award" given to him in 2012 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence.


The photographic display was part of a visit from a delegation from Cleveland's Sister City Fier in Albania. The delegation, which included Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj met with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Council president Kevin Kelley, Councilwoman Dona Brady and other dignitaries during their visit. Mr. Velaj and the Albanian delegation were also recognized at the Cleveland City Council meeting on November 10th.


Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj and Dona Brady


Photos and Videos of the Albanian Exhibit and Visit

Fr. Bob Begin honored on St. Colman Day

Fr. Caroli B. Shao, A.J. Pastor of St Colman Church in Cleveland wrote these remarks about St Colman Day and the honoring of Fr. Robert Begin.


"This year as we honor Fr. Bob, we recall his 20 years of commitment to the people of St. Colman Parish and to the entire neighborhood. During his 20 years as Sacramental Minister and Pastor, we saw St. Colman Parish growing tremendously in all aspects of parish life: spirituality, social justice, service, education and finances.

Fr. Bob never sat back to watch what would happen. He became a key player in the field, along with all of the parishioners who work so hard to ensure St. Colman's future. Thank you, Fr. Bob, for your gift of service to the people of St. Colman's, the neighborhood and the City of Cleveland."



More from the Fr. Bob Begin reception

Adventure to Ireland - in Cleveland

The latest Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event was at the Claddagh Irish Restaurant where the sold out crowd enjoyed a traditional Irish breakfast (bangers, black and white pudding, tomato jam and more) while learning about the history and culture of Ireland and the Irish in Cleveland.


They were also entertained by Pipe Major Bruce Grieg who explained the apparel that pipers wear and the parts of the bagpipes.



If you don't know what the word Claddagh means, where most Cleveland Irish hail from or think Craic (pronounced crack)is a bad thing, be sure to watch the videos from the event.

Be sure to learn about the three Irish memorials in Cleveland that every Clevelander should visit sometime.

Photos and videos from the Irish Adventure

1st Annual Refugee Summit in Cleveland

The first Refugee Summit in Cleveland was held Thursday October 30, 2014 in the Rotunda of City Hall. The Summit was hosted by City of Cleveland Health and Human Services Committee, Councilman Joe Cimperman (Ward 3) and in partnership with the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland.


The theme of the Summit was: Get the facts. Fight misconceptions. Explore next steps.

More from the 1st Annual Refugee Summit in Cleveland



Louise Mugongo told her story of being a refugee from Congo


Thursday, November 27, 2014

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

It's a great Christmas gift - especially for your Catholic friends and family!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

17th Annual Cleveland Asian Catholic Mass and Gathering

About 1000 people celebrated the 17th Annual Cleveland Asian Catholic Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5 hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland.

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai.

The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian).


The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.





Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Johnny Kilbane Statue Unveiling

Johnny Kilbane was a featherweight boxer who held the world featherweight title from 1912 to 1923, the longest period in the division's history. He was the second longest world title holder in boxing history, behind only Joe Louis.


He was also an Irish immigrant and Clevelander.

Hundreds congregated at Battery Park in Cleveland for the unveiling of a statue of Johnny Kilbane by world-class sculptor Rowan Gillespie.

Lots of photos and videos from the Johnny Kilbane statue unveiling