Monday, July 21, 2014

5th annual Cleveland GiveCamp

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations.

The 5th annual Cleveland GiveCamp took place at the LeanDog Boat (former Hornblowers) and Burke Lakefront Airport on the shores of Lake Erie.

The volunteers are the most talented and coolest people you will ever want to meet. Over the weekend of July 18-20, 2014 they created new websites, apps and other work for 21 local non-profits. This included a new web site for Computers Assisting People (CAP).

We will have lots of photos and videos from the weekend soon. Come back here or follow us on Twitter (@greatlakesgeek and @ClevelandCAP) for updates.

Here is a short video with Howard Pearce, the CAP Project Team leader.


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade

The Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade took place on May 31, 2014. 

Umoja is the Swahili word for Unity.
 The parade went down Superior to East Ninth and then down the hill to the Festival in Voinovich Park. 

The parade included Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers and more.



Parade highlight video and pictures

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

CAMEO 44th Anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans. The 44th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center in May.

Photos and videos of the event 


Fun duet of Indian Kathak and Tap Dance

Antara Datta performed an Indian Kathak dance at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

She was then joined in a second dance by tap dancer Tim J Hickey and they performed an entertaining duet.

Photos and video of the dance duet


Indian Kathak Dance at Traveling the Silk Road exhibition opening

Antara Datta performed an Indian Kathak dance at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Kathak is one of the eight leading forms of Indian classical dance and its named is derived from the word 'storytelling'.

See more from Antara Datta and the Kathak dance



Chinese Dance at Traveling the Silk Road exhibition opening

Yin Tang performed in a classic Tang Dynasty costume with a fusion of movements through various Chinese dynastic perfoming arts. How she avoided getting tangled in the flowing costume we will never know. She performed at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.


Photos and videos of Yin Tang


Dragon Dance at Traveling the Silk Road exhibition opening

The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Dragon Dance Club is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and partners with T'Shaka Brown KungFu School, Yin Tang Dance and Asian Town Center.

The 12 person dance troupe performed at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

The Dragon Dance was intended to bring good luck and prosperity (and fun!) to the Museum and attendees.

Photos and videos of the Dragon Dance


Highlights of the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit

Named for the fabric that enticed traders from all over the world, the Silk Road spanned the far reaches of China to the center of the Islamic world from A.D. 600 to 1200.

Take a journey across Asia and discover the spectacular sights, sounds and stories of the greatest trade route of ancient times. Emboss a passport with iconic symbols as you travel through four representative cities. Experience a full-scale re-creation of a night market, complete with spices, luxury goods and precious raw materials.

Walk through a 41-foot-long replica of the prow of an Arabian sailing ship, with a cutaway view of its cargo below deck. Along the journey, discover ancient technologies, learn how silk was made and uncover amazing stories.

Traveling the Silk Road features immersive re-creations of ancient settings, life-size models, engaging videos and hands-on activities. This exhibition is free with Museum admission.

More from the Silk Road exhibit


Traveling the Silk Road exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Imagine a world in which the latest ideas traveled not by wireless networks but by camel.



Centuries ago, merchants, missionaries and other travelers made their way across Asia, along the enormous trade network known as the Silk Road. Over rugged mountains and forbidding deserts, camel caravans loaded with precious cargo made possible the exchange of valuable goods, ideas and innovations. Named for the fabric that enticed traders from all over the world, the Silk Road spanned the far reaches of China to the center of the Islamic world from A.D. 600 to 1200.


The exhibition, free with Cleveland Museum of Natural History admission, opened in New York and then went to Asia, Rome, Los Angeles and now Cleveland. Cleveland is the first city in the area to host this fascinating exhibit.

See more from the Opening Celebration of the exhibit


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cleveland Catholic Mass Mob II

April 27, 2014 at 11 AM

St Barbara’s Parish at 1505 Denison Ave


The first Catholic Mass Mob in Cleveland was a huge success. Typically the 11:30 AM Sunday Mass at St Casimir at 8223 Sowinski Avenue in Cleveland would attract about 100 people but over 700 attended Mass on March 23, 2014 for the first Mass Mob in Cleveland.

The second Mass Mob will be this Sunday and hosted by St Barbara’s Parish at 1505 Denison Ave. Cleveland 44109. It is located on Denison Ave. between West 16th St. and the southbound entrance to SR 176, in a part of the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood previously known in Polish as na Barbarowie.

The special bilingual (English and Polish) Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Hilinski and Fr. Panek at 11AM. Along with the Mass, there will be a procession with parishioners dressed in Polish costumes carrying a picture of St. John Paul II, prayers and presentations in Polish and English, and a performance by Diakonia, a musical group from Columbus followed by a reception with refreshments in the Parish Hall.

Sunday is also the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. John XXIII served as pope from 1958 through 1963 and John Paul II served as pope from 1978 through 2005

At 4 o'clock a.m. Sunday morning, there will be a live broadcast from the Vatican in Rome. You can view the canonization ceremony at Saint Casimir, and St. Stanislaus in Cleveland, and SS. Peter and Paul in Garfield Heights. Each of these parishes will have light breakfasts available for this historic event. And morning Masses will be conducted with Divine Mercy Devotions after. For more information call the following numbers; St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus (341-9091) and SS. Peter & Paul (429-1515).

It is also Divine Mercy Sunday. Celebrating the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ, as revealed by Christ Himself to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, this feast was extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, the day that he canonized Saint Faustina.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

AJC inter-faith Diplomatic Seder

The 11th Annual AJC (American Jewish Committee) inter-faith Diplomatic Seder was held at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood last Thursday. 

Each spring, when the world of nature renews itself, the Jewish people reflect upon their emergence from slavery and the meaning of freedom. 

Do you know why an orange has been added to the Seder plate?





Saturday, April 05, 2014

US Air Force Honor Guard

There was a very special guest at the 2014 Parade. The United States Air Force Honor Guard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington DC marched in the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland Ohio.


The mission of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is to represent Airmen to the American Public and the World. The vision of the USAF Honor Guard is to ensure a legacy of Airmen who: promote the mission; protect the standards; perfect the image; and preserve the heritage.

Before the Parade began, the Honor Guard drilled on a side street.





See the  United States Air Force Honor Guard  march in the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland.

2014 Cleveland Saint Patrick's Day Parade

The 2014 Cleveland Saint Patrick's Day Parade was the 147th such Parade.
Three Divisions of thousands of marchers and bands and floats and hundreds of thousands of parade watchers.

If you missed the big Parade or just want to see some more check out the 15 pages of photos and videos from the 2014 Cleveland Saint Patrick's Day Parade .


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2014 Class

The 2014 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame will be inducted at a dinner ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center on the evening of Monday May 12, 2014

The induction ceremony for the 2014 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on May 12, 2014 is Sold Out!

We are working with the Marriott to add a few tables so if you want to attend, you need to contact Debbie ASAP at deb@ClevelandPeople.Com or 216-381-8310. You can also publish (for a little while yet) congratulatory messages in the collector's edition program book.

The early Sell Out is a testament to the outstanding inductees.

The 2014 Class consists of (alphabetical order):
  • Monte Ahuja
    inducted by Thomas Zenty


  • Eugene Bak
    inducted by Ben Stefanski


  • Margaret Callander
    inducted by Kona Gant


  • Jim Foster
    inducted by Dick Pogue


  • Donna Hom
    inducted by Margaret Wong


  • Joseph P Meissner
    inducted by Jeremy Lin


  • Ernie Mihaly
    inducted by Richard Fleischman


  • Thomas J. Scanlon
    inducted by Sam Miller

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Indian Holi Festival in Cleveland

FICA, Cleveland State University Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) and Indian Student Association (ISA) hosted a Holi celebration in Cleveland at CSU on March 29, 2014.

The "Spring Festival" was greeted with a surprise blizzard of more than 5" of snow but people braved the elements for the good food, camaraderie and especially the performances - both traditional and modern.

Photos and videos of Holi in Cleveland



Kalyani Veturi dance students 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Social Media gets Religion

Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and others) has been used to create Flash Mobs for impromptu dance and other performances, Cash Mobs to help a small business get lots of customers and other "Mobs" to get a larger than usual group of people together for a common purpose.

In an attempt to increase awareness of, and attendance at, grand old parish churches a new series of mobs formed. A group of Catholic church enthusiasts wanted more people to experience, and re-experience, the beauty of Catholic community and parish life. They appropriated the idea of a "flash mob", and created the Catholic Mass Mob.

The first was the Buffalo Mass Mob. After the Associated Press wrote about the Second Buffalo Mass Mob, the idea spread to Rochester, Cleveland, New Orleans, Columbus, Wilmington, Covington, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Parishioner leaders from St Casimir Catholic Church in Cleveland have been active since the Church was originally closed down several years ago. Stanislav Zadnik, Joseph Feckanin, John Niadzialek, Wojtek Flezar and others organized weekly prayer vigils at the Church until it was reopened on July 15, 2012. Zadnik heard of the Mass Mob in Buffalo and spread the word to the others and, after discussing with pastor Rev. Eric Orzech, spread the news of a Catholic Mass Mob at St. Casimir Church at East 82nd and Sowinski.

Typically the 11:30 AM Sunday Mass at St Casimir would attract about 100 people but over 700 attended Mass on March 23, 2014 for the first Mass Mob in Cleveland.

Photos and videos from the Mass Mob



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel Paprika! 2014

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Science Center, hosted the 24th annual Paprika! event on March 1, 2014 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel.

This year's theme was Diamonds of Science: The Brilliance of Hungarian Minds and featured a tribute to Erno Rubik who created Rubik's cube.



Photos and videos from Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel Paprika! 2014

2014 Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade and Festival

Returning for its second year on Saturday March 1st 2014, the Cleveland Kurentovanje Festival is based on the most popular carnival event in Slovenia and the central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring with its supernatural powers.


The Slovenian National Home, St Clair Superior Development Corp and Sterle's Country House partnered with local businesses and institutions to bring a piece of this cultural event to St. Clair Avenue on Saturday March 1st, 2014


See highlights of the Kurentovanje  Parade and Festival

History of Zero and Arab contributions to Math

Great Lakes Geek Dan Hanson was at a Cleveland Food Adventurers event at Kan Zaman Middle Eastern Restaurant when the conversation steered toward math and science.

He was asked to tell the group a little about Arab contributions to Math and this video snippet is the result.