Tuesday, October 17, 2017

International Cleveland Community Day at Cleveland Museum of Art

Since the opening of the Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the CMA has hosted International Cleveland Community Day. It's a free festival featuring more than 50 groups and organizations that present their rich diversity through music, dance, and cultural displays.

Photos and videos of International Cleveland Community Day  at Cleveland Museum of Art





Friday, October 13, 2017

Murphy Irish Dancers at Mayo Ball at Rock Hall

Here are some highlights of the Murphy Irish Dancers performing in both soft and hard shoes at the Mayo Ball at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



Mayo Society of Cleveland 2017 Ball at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a forum for information and activities of interest to individuals of Irish descent particularly those with ancestral ties to County Mayo.

The Society makes contributions to public charities in the United States that have a link to County Mayo in Ireland or to Ireland, or to public charities in Ireland, or for temporary emergency relief to indigent Irish nationals in the United States who are in urgent need of medical attention, are victims of crime, or victims of man-made or natural disasters.

The 2017 Mayo Ball, honoring Chris Connor, former CEO of Sherwin Williams, was held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This was the first time the Mayo Ball was held in the Rock Hall and guests were able to tour the entire Museum.

Photos and videos from the 2017 Mayo Ball



Chris Connor with his crystal bowl at the Mayo Ball




Meghan Adams and Bridget Linton, Ohio Roses, at the Mayo Ball

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Chopin Concert to honor Kosciuszko

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 a concert was held in the beautiful Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the passing of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817), a hero in both America's and Poland's fight for freedom.

Konrad Binienda and friends performed the works of Chopin and Mozart to an enthusiast audience that were awed by his piano skills and his accompanist on the violin.

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Wieslaw Binienda, Maria Szonert Binienda (parents), Linda Duan, Jiana Peng, Konrad Binienda 

Armenian Independence Day Celebration - Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

In Armenia, Independence Day is an official holiday. It commemorates the restoration of the Republic of Armenia in September 21, 1991, after 70 years of Soviet rule. In Cleveland, the occasion was celebrated on September 21, 2017 with a ceremony in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall and the flying of the flag of Armenia over City Hall.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Italian Heritage Month 2017 kickoff in Cleveland

The official opening of a month-long celebration of the Italian-American Community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio was held on Monday October 2, 2017 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.



Photos and videos from Italian Heritage event


Bishop Nelson Perez, Mayor Frank Jackson and Honorary Consul of Italy Serena Scaiola were among the speakers. 


Bishop Perez, Serena Scaiola, Paula Leonette, Matt Zone, 
Rose Zitiello, Mayor Jackson and portrait of Paul Sciria


Why Columbus Day is important.to Italians

The official opening of a month-long celebration of the Italian-American Community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio was held on Monday October 2, 2017 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Basil Russo, the president of the National Italian Sons and Daughters of America, told why Columbus Day is important.




Billy Donato performing

Billy Donato was awarded the Performing Arts Award at the  Italian Heritage Month 2017 kickoff event October 2, 2017  in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.





He then performed a few songs from his Las Vegas act.

This video has some snippets (God Bless the USA, That's Amore, Hang on Sloopy and My Way)




Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is the first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in art and design during the 1920s and early 1930s. Through a rich array of over 300 extraordinary works in jewelry, fashion, automobiles, paintings and decorative arts, featuring the events and people that punctuated the era, the exhibition explores the impact of European influences, American lifestyle, artistic movements and innovation during this exciting period.




The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from September 30, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

There are all kinds of different items on display from classic cars to paintings, furniture, jewelry, clocks and more.



Josephine Baker


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Monday, October 02, 2017

Classic Cars - 1925 Rolls Royce and 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Roadster at Cleveland Museum of Art

Two classic cars are on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit titled “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s”


Here's a short video tour.



First is the Cord 812 Phaeton Roadster, 1937 from the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn Indiana. The model 812 front-wheel-drive Cord (along with the 810) made its debut at the 1935 New York Auto Show and was an immediate success.





 The other is the Piccadilly Roadster, 1925. Rolls-Royce. Manufactured with American parts in Springfield, MA, 1924–25. The American market for luxury automobiles grew so rapidly that by 1920 Rolls-Royce had purchased a manufactory in Springfield, Massachusetts, to assemble cars for its wealthy American clientele. The original owner of this roadster was a woman in Rye, New York, who paid over $15,000 for it in 1926.





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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Foreign Language Trends in Ohio

It's interesting to see how different languages have shifted positions from the 2005-2006 school year to the 2015-2016 year.




See more on languages from the Confucius Institute

Teacher Appreciation Day 2017

Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban), the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was established in August 2008.

Each year they hold an event to honor teachers. About 270 teachers, students and administrators from 26 different schools and organizations attended the 2017 event.

Throughout the event there were Chinese workshops and teaching demos as well as the main program.

Photos and videos from Teacher Appreciation Day



Monday, September 25, 2017

Sikh Spiritual Leader Visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Giani Gurbachan Singh, the current Jathedar of the Akal Takhat and the spiritual leader of the Sikh religion, visited the United States Military Academy at West Point on September 11th, the first visit ever of a Sikh spiritual leader to any U.S. military installation.

Sikhs have faced hate crimes, bullying and job discrimination in the wake of 9/11.

As the founder of Sikh American Veteran’s Alliance (SAVA), LTC Kalsi states, “This visit helps to push back against discrimination by promoting Sikh military service in one of our nation’s oldest and most revered institutions.”

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Kol Israel 2017 Holocaust Memorial

Kol Israel Foundation is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families, and supporters. Each year they hold an annual Memorial Service.

The 56th annual Memorial Service was held at Zion Memorial Park in Bedford Heights on Sunday September 24, 2017. It was co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. In 1961, Kol Israel built one of the first monuments in the United States dedicated to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Ashes of the victims from concentration camps are buried beneath it and the names of deceased family members are engraved on its surrounding wall.

The ceremony included a special dedication of the Kol Israel Memorial Monument’s Historical Marker. The marker, granted by the Ohio History Connection, acknowledges the Monument as the first of its kind in the United States.

Photos and videos from the Holocaust Memorial event





Holocaust Survivors in Cleveland

Holocaust Memorial at Zion Memorial Park

In 1961, the Kol Israel Foundation built one of the first monuments in the United States dedicated to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Ashes of the victims from concentration camps are buried beneath it and the names of deceased family members are engraved on its surrounding wall.

Photos from the Holocaust Memorial




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Republic of Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar in Cleveland


The Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Andrej G. Rode hosted a reception in Honor of His Excellency Dr. Miro Cerar Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Slovenian National Home in Cleveland Ohio. Slovenian Ambassador to the US Stanislav Vidovic also attended.






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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cleveland Indians Hispanic Heritage Night

The Cleveland Indians hosted Hispanic Heritage Night on Friday, Sept. 15 at Progressive Field as part of Major League Baseball’s broader Hispanic Heritage Month efforts.

The Tribe played host to a large group of Hispanic fans at Progressive Field that evening, plus a DJ played the club’s players’ favorite Latin music throughout the game.

The Tribe’s 40-man roster includes 13 players of Hispanic descent, including fan favorites Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramírez, Carlos Carrasco, Edwin Encarnación and more. On Opening Day, 235 players -- almost 30 percent of the league -- were of Latino descent and in a recent ESPN poll, more than 60 percent of Hispanic people living in the U.S. consider themselves fans of Major League Baseball.

The increased activity surrounding Hispanic Heritage Month is an extension of the league’s “Ponle Acento” (“Put an Accent on It”) campaign, launched in 2016 to highlight the distinctive mark that Hispanic and Latino players and fans leave on the game.

Players wore #PonleAcento shirts during Batting Practice that day as seen in these photos by Brittney Zivcsak courtesy of the Cleveland Indians.



Carlos Santana



Francisco Lindor


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