Sunday, February 07, 2016

2016 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

Some highlights of the 2016 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland.  Lots of scary Kurents, polka music, Slovenian groups and others.  They marched up St Clair to the Slovenian National Home.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/slovenian/slovenian.htm







Saturday, February 06, 2016

No Beer Today- Kurents polka at Cleveland Kurentovanje

The Chardon Polka Band played “No Beer Today” while some of the Kurents from the Cleveland Slovenian Kurentovanje Parade and Festival danced.

Cleveland Slovenian Kurentovanje Parade and Festival



Kurents dance polka at Cleveland Kurentovanje

The Chardon Polka Band played “In Heaven there is no beer” while some of the Kurents from the Cleveland Slovenian Kurentovanje Parade and Festival danced.

Cleveland Slovenian Kurentovanje celebration 2016




Cleveland Black History Month - Elders and young people

Before the 42nd annual Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, Amir Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood gathered some of the elders and the next generation to the front of the room.

He spoke of the intergenerational theme of the ceremony and how we should learn from the elders who have been through so much.
That goes with the motto “Each one, teach one. Each one, reach one.”

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Cleveland Cultural Gardens to celebrate 100th year

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2016

Cleveland, OH 100 years ago in 1916 the first garden in what would become the Cleveland Cultural Gardens was dedicated. Known today as the British Cultural Garden, its dedication in April of 1916 hosted members of the British Royal Family, unveiled a bust of Shakespeare, and presented literary works of English authors.

Under the shepherding of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) there are now 29 unique nationality gardens (and more in the works) on over 250 acres along MLK and East Boulevards. 

The motto of the CCGF is “Peace through Mutual Understanding” and each garden and the Gardens as a whole exemplify peace and understanding through each nationality sharing its achievements and contributions to the betterment of society. Within the gardens are numerous depictions of significant personalities in the pursuit of peace: Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Confucius; music: Liszt, Beethoven, Bach; literature: Shakespeare, James Joyce, Mark Twain; and sciences: Tesla, Leonardo DaVinci, Madame Currie among many others. It is through this recognition of each culture’s contributions that real understanding among diverse people can take place.

The City of Cleveland is joining the CCGF in making the Centennial celebration a true representation of the wonderful ethnic diversity that makes Cleveland so great.  From the initial Gala celebration on April 8, 2016 to the 71st annual One World Day in the Gardens on August 28, 2016, there will be numerous events for the community to celebrate this truly unique milestone.

Along with the city, many civic-minded institutions and foundations will help the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation celebrate this once in a lifetime anniversary.  The CCGF is announcing a Centennial Campaign to raise an initial $750,000.   The long term goals are to create an ongoing Endowment Fund to help maintain and grow the gardens for the next hundred years. The funds will be used for restoration, improvements, and to focus on the mission of the gardens, Peace Through Mutual Understanding.

The centerpiece of this legacy project will be the construction of a Centennial Plaza to be located at the midway point of the gardens. It will feature a large open plaza for performances and gatherings with a special monument dedicated to the many ethnic communities that preserved the legacy of the cultural gardens for a hundred years and to those who will carry on the tradition for the next 100 years.

This special year allows for a variety of ways others can become involved. Details can be found at http://www.clevelandculturalgardens.org/centennial-celebration/. 


Contact

Cleveland Cultural Gardens
President Sheila Murphy Crawford    sheilacrawford99@gmail.com
440 668-5651 cell


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

67th Republic Day of India FICA is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Asian Indian Community in Northeast Ohio. From its humble beginnings as a student association in 1962, it has grown to be the voice of a diaspora of over 20,000 and on the increase. FICA helps Asian Indian families assimilate into the mosaic of greater Cleveland. FICA hosts an annual event to celebrate Republic Day. The event, dinner and performances took place on Saturday January 23, 2016 with the theme of Solidarity in Diversity.

FICA is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Asian Indian Community in Northeast Ohio. From its humble beginnings as a student association in 1962, it has grown to be the voice of a diaspora of over 20,000 and on the increase. FICA helps Asian Indian families assimilate into the mosaic of greater Cleveland.

FICA hosts an annual event to celebrate Republic Day. The event, dinner and performances took place on Saturday January 23, 2016 with the theme of Solidarity in Diversity.

Lots of photos and videos from Republic Day


Patriotic Indian Songs by Bharat Kumar at Republic Day

Bharat Kumar sang patriotic Indian songs at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.


2016 Republic Day of India Celebration


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Award for Resiliency at Republic Day

Sujata Lakhe Barnard, president of FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio, introduced the FICA Resiliency Award at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration.  She presented the award to two young ladies.



2016 Republic Day of India Celebration

Sudarshan Sathe at 2016 Republic Day

Sudarshan Sathe spoke about the Mahatma Gandhi Campus in Cleveland at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.



2016 Republic Day of India Celebration



Sanjay Garg update on Shiksha Daan at Republic Day

Shiksha Daan Chair Sanjay Garg gave a progress report on this project that gives the gift of education at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.


2016 Republic Day of India Celebration

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Asim Datta receives FICA Award at Republic Day

Sujata Lakhe Barnard, president of FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio, introduced past-president Mona Alag at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration.

She presented (and accepted it because Asim was not present) the award for Advancing FICA’s Objectives to past-president Asim Datta.



2016 Republic Day of India Celebration


Mona Alag and Project Seva at 2016 Republic Day

Project Seva Board Chair Mona Alag told about the good works of Project Seva at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Joe Cimperman at 2016 Republic Day

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman spoke at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.

2016 Republic Day of India Celebration






Bharatnatyam by Ratipriya Suresh

Ratipriya Suresh performed a traditional Bharatnatyam dance at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.   http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm







Monday, January 25, 2016

Giant puppets tell the story of India - Bharat

Giant puppets from the Cleveland Museum of Art told the story of Bharat, the original name of India.  This was at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.   http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Sujata Lakhe Barnard at 67th India Republic Day

MC Sangita Bafna introduced Sujata Lakhe Barnard, president of FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration. Sujata recognized special guests and thanked the many FICA volunteers and sponsors.



2016 Republic Day of India Celebration


Chittaranjan Jain at 67th India Republic Day

MC Sangita Bafna introduced Dr. Chittaranjan Jain, president of the Board of Trustees of FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration. Dr. Jain spoke about the history and significance of Republic Day of Inia, the world’s largest democracy.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm







Solidarity in Diversity at Republic Day

MC Sangita Bafna spoke about the evening’s theme ‘Solidarity in Diversity’ at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.  She also highlighted some of FICA’s progress since starting in 1976. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm







Sunday, January 24, 2016

US National Anthem by Indian children at Republic Day

Indian-American children from the Cleveland community sang the national anthems of India and the US at the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.  The theme was ‘Solidarity in Diversity’. This is the US National Anthem.  MC Sangita Bafna then introduced the children. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm







Indian National Anthem by children at Republic Day

MC Sangita Bafna welcomed the crowd to the 67th Republic Day of India celebration put on by FICA, Federation of India Community Associations of North East Ohio.  She then called up children from the community to sing the national anthems of India and the US.  The theme was ‘Solidarity in Diversity’. This is the Indian National Anthem.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm







Friday, January 22, 2016

Cleveland TV Tales Volume 2

Cleveland TV Tales Volume 2  by Mike Olszewski and Janice Olszewski is the follow-up to the popular 2014 book Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television

If you are a Clevelander, you probably have heard of Mike Olszewski who has been in Cleveland radio and TV for years. He is also the curator and archivist of the Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum.

If you are not a Clevelander, you will recognize some very famous names (Dorothy Fuldheim, Mayor Carl Stokes, Al Roker, Ernie Anderson, etc.) that are featured in stories.

And if you are interested in this era (1970's-90's) of TV you will find trends (big hair, happy news, 'Exchanges', etc.) that port well to any major TV market. But the most fun will be for someone from Northeast Ohio who lived through these times and recognizes the names.

As a Clevelander, I recognized most of the people and knew some of the stories but the book filled in a lot of interesting gaps. For example, the tragic case of the Joel Rose suicide, the progression of characters from Ernie Anderson's Ghoulardi (The Ghoul, Son of Ghoul - even SuperHost), the last years of Dorothy Fuldheim, Al Roker's time in Cleveland and so on.

I never knew that weatherman Mark Koontz was the victim of such pranks or that Ralph Tarsitano and Bill McKay interviewed Danny Greene just hours before his car was blown up.

Stories like that keep you turning the pages.

Reviewed by Dan Hanson


The Making of Major League

Juuuuust a bit inside.

Jobu.

Wild Thing.

Anyone who has seen the movie Major League will instantly recognize these, and dozens of other, phrases and characters from the classic baseball movie featuring the underdog Cleveland Indians.

People from Cleveland and Milwaukee (where much was filmed) are naturally fans but to many, this is the quintessential baseball movie.

Author Jonathan Knight created the ultimate in depth look at the movie and how it was made and then the follow-up films and reactions. The book includes inside information from writer/director David Ward and producer Chris Chesser as well as all the stars (Tom Berenger, Bob Ueker, Corbin Bernsen, etc and even a foreword by Charlie Sheen.) Not to mention participants like Sister Mary Assumpta.

There are details that will appeal to film buffs - how it was approached, funded, produced, marketed, etc. Of course baseball fans will enjoy the stories of how the actors were taught proper baseball mechanics making it one of the most realistic baseball movies ever.

The author includes a lot of what he calls "Extras" that include trivia, unknown behind-the-scenes info and other tidbits that fans will eat up.

The book is thorough enough to serve as reference material but loaded with enough stories to make it a fun read.

I was at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for the big crowd filming with the helicopters and in reality it wasn't very memorable. We just sat in the stands. But the memories from the movie, now reinforced by this book, are lasting.

Just try and listen to Wild Thing or Randy Newman's Burn On without a fond memory of Major League.

There's a red moon rising on the Cuyahoga River…


Reviewed by Dan Hanson

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Let's Have Another by Dan Coughlin

Let's Have Another is the perfect title for this 3rd collection of short stories from longtime Cleveland sports journalist Dan Coughlin. Many of the stories have some connection to a bar or drinking so 'Let's have another' makes sense.

But just like its predecessor 'Pass the Nuts' the title is a predictor of how you will read the book. Whether salty peanuts or another draft, it's sometimes hard to stop. And that's how reading Coughlin's book is. You read a story, then another, then another. You look at the clock and figure you can squeeze one more in. Then another, then another.

The book is a collection of short stories, in no particular order, so it's like you ran into the author in a bar and listened in on some wild tales. The stories are fascinating - especially for a Cleveland sports fan. Some are funny, some sad and some illuminating.

As a lifetime Cleveland sports fan I thought I knew all the details on Ted Stepien and the Cavs, Mickey McBride, Paul Brown, Otto Graham and the rest of the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians. But the author gave insights I never knew. How different would things have been if Edward DeBartolo had bought the Tribe?

Some characters return from the first two books, like Junior O'Malley and Dennis Lustig, with fresh tales.

Dan Coughlin and Dennis Lustig

Sports Writers and Characters - Dan Coughlin and Dennis Lustig

Like most Cleveland sports fans I am a Browns, Indians and Cavs guy. Tennis, boxing, cars, horse racing are a distant second in interest but Coughlin tells the stories so well I want to start following the other sports.

Just like the keg in one of his favorite bars, I hope Coughlin isn't tapped out and has another volume or two of these stories ready to go. These 220 pages went way too fast.

Slainte.

Don't miss the official ClevelandSeniors.Com profile of Dan Coughlin from 2011.

Reviewed by Dan Hanson