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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Monday, September 18, 2017

Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in the Croatian Cultural Garden

The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library hosted a concert of Croatian tamburitza music in the Croatian Cultural Garden on Sunday September 17, 2017. The Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra performed a concert of traditional Croatian tamburitza music.

Photos and videos of the Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra performance




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bayda Ukrainian Quartet on One World Day

The Bayda Ukrainian Quartet performed on the main stage of the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.



Watch videos of the 4 songs they sang at One World Day

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Over 25,000 people attended the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 27, 2017. The Ukrainian Cultural Garden looked beautiful.



Members of the Ukrainian community marched in the Parade of Flags.




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Friday, September 15, 2017

14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival

Smoked sausages and polka music attracted a crowd of more than 1,200 to SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, for the 14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on a warm and sunny Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

More from the Sausage Festival




Impromptu Polka Jam





Winner of judge's choice for best sausage


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lucky Kids - American High School Students in China

This past summer (2017), twenty-seven American students from eleven different schools received the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Honorable Marcia Fudge and Chinese Vice Premier LIU Yandong, these students were able to partake in the Chinese Bridge Program.

Through the program, organized by the Cleveland State University Confucius Institute and joint-organized by the Capital University of Economics and Business(CUEB) in Beijing and Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, students received the chance to spend two weeks immersed in Chinese language, history, food, sights and culture in the cities of Beijing and Kunming (of Yunnan Province).

See lots of photos and learn more about the Chinese Bridge Program.







Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Say it ain't so Smokey


Self-proclaimed Geek David Huang rocks this t-shirt which says "Only You can prevent Forest Fires. Seriously. We've been defunded. It's only you now.".


Shut up and Dance with me

The Cleveland Glockenspiel performed hourly at the 2017 Cleveland Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  In this hour they acted like puppets and then danced to Shut up and Dance with me.





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Cleveland Glockenspiel at Oktoberfest – Sweet Caroline

The Cleveland Glockenspiel performed hourly at the 2017 Cleveland Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  In this hour they led the audience in Sweet Caroline.  And the people went nuts.




Live Glockenspiel at Cleveland Oktoberfest

5 guys became a live Glockenspiel at the 2017 Cleveland Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.




Monday, September 04, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Milutin Milankovic Bust dedication in Serbian Cultural Garden

The Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland continues to grow. A new bust of Milutin Milankovic was dedicated on Sunday August 20th in the Serbian Cultural Garden.  His Grace Bishop Irinej and Fr. Dragoslav Kosic officiated at the dedication.





Bishop Irinej and Alex Machaskee




Milutin Milankovic was a Serbian mathematician, astronomer, climatologist, geophysicist, civil engineer and popularizer of science. Milankovic gave two fundamental contributions to global science. The first contribution is the "Canon of the Earth’s Insolation", which characterizes the climates of all the planets of the Solar system.




The second contribution is the explanation of Earth's long-term climate changes caused by changes in the position of the Earth in comparison to the Sun, now known as Milankovitch cycles. This explained the ice ages occurring in the geological past of the Earth, as well as the climate changes on the Earth which can be expected in the future.


Photos and video of the Milutin Milankovic Bust ceremony


Asian Highlands groundbreaking at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Dan Hanson was on site for the groundbreaking of the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The area will open in Summer 2018 and will be home to the Zoo’s Amur Leopard, snow leopard, red pandas and takin.

 Central Chinese influenced architecture and other elements of Asian culture will be incorporated.

 After a quick look at the future space the gold shovels were grabbed and the groundbreaking commenced.

More from the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Where the Asian Highlands exhibit animals come from

Chris Kuhar, Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo spoke at the groundbreaking of the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

 The area will open in summer 2018 and will be home to the Zoo’s Amur leopard, snow leopard, red pandas and takin.

Dr. Kuhar said the animals all live in medium to high altitudes.  The Snow Leopard is from Western China, the Red Pandas from more Central China and the Amur Leopard from the Eastern coastal regions.

More from the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.



Evolution of zoos – Let the animals do what the animals do. Chris Kuhar

Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners Chair Bruce G. Rinker spoke at the groundbreaking of the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

 The area will open in Summer 2018 and will be home to the Zoo’s Amur leopard, snow leopard, red pandas and takin.

 He introduced Chris Kuhar, Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  Dr. Kuhar said the next exhibit will highlight some of the most endangered species from Asia.  It will do what’s best for the animals and provide complex environments.

 Let the animals do what the animals do.

More from the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Zoos around the world have a responsibility – Bruce Rinker

Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman told of the Zoo’s new tagline “Securing the Future of Wildlife” and then introduced Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners Chair Bruce G. Rinker who spoke at the groundbreaking of the new Asian Highlands exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The area will open in Summer 2018 and will be home to the Zoo’s Amur leopard, snow leopard, red pandas and takin.  Rinker spoke of the responsibility that zoos around the world have and how Cleveland is leading the way.

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Solar eclipse at VASJ HS in Cleveland

Great Lakes Geek Dan Hanson went back to his high school alma mater Villa Angela St Joseph HS in Cleveland for a solar eclipse watch event.

He spoke with VASJ Physics and Astronomy teacher Lucy Kulbago who explained the eclipse, the events of the day and the interest of students in science.

He then looked at some of the various ways to view the eclipse – telescope projection, pin hole devices, special glasses and so on.

See more from the solar eclipse at VASJ