Thursday, March 22, 2018

City of Cleveland Chief Valarie McCall keynote

Valarie J. McCall, the Chief of Government & International Affairs of the City of Cleveland, gave the keynote address at the Rotary Club of Cleveland International Fellowship Day

Video and photos of Valarie McCall's keynote.

Rotary Club of Cleveland 2018 International Fellowship Day

The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on March 15, 2018. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul General Republic of Lithuania.

Jerry R. Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland and Richard S. Pollak, Chair, International Service Committee stated that "Each year the International Service Committee selects an individual who has demonstrated in both their professional and personal life a dedication to the furtherance of world understanding and peace. This this year’s award is being presented to Honorary Consul General of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys, a Past Honorary President and long-time member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. There is no individual more deserving of this award. We proudly celebrate her global vision and her leadership in ensuring the City of Cleveland and the State of Ohio as vital international assets."

We were happy to present Ingrida with a proclamation and thank her for being our Lithuanian Ambassador at ClevelandPeople.Com.

More photos and video of the Cleveland Rotary award for Ingrida Bublys

Friday, March 09, 2018

Sister Alicia Alvarado

Sister Alicia Alvarado was born in Villalba, Puerto Rico.  Her work in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has earned her the moniker of “The patron saint of the local Hispanic Community”. 

There are many “firsts” in her history including being the First Hispanic woman on the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Community College and serving as Executive Assistant to Cleveland’s first Hispanic Councilman Joe Santiago for Ward 14. 

Sister Alicia has received numerous awards for her work in social justice and her ministry among the Hispanic population.

See more about Sister Alicia Alvarado

On April 17, 2018 Sister Alicia will be inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  More about the Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction event and how you can participate

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Black and White and the Pink Panther

One of my favorite performances at the Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog Gala put on by the
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was the fun dance featuring dancers from the Westlake Chinese Cultural Association in half-black and half-white costumes dancing to the Pink Panther theme.

First they came out to the James Bond theme and then did the Pink Panther bit.

Here's the video:

Friday, March 02, 2018

Billy Graham experience

From Saint to Sinner. 

Years ago I went to see Billy Graham at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.  It was a Thursday night and he was very impressive and inspiring.  Tens of thousands of people.

A few hours later on Friday morning I was in the Flats for an appearance by Howard Stern and his entourage. 

Quite a different event. 

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Ohio China Day 2018 in Cleveland

Ohio China Day 2018 was celebrated with a Chinese New Year Gala in Cleveland Public Auditorium on February 24, 2018.

It was organized by Chinese Communities in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Buffalo including Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese School and in Partnership with the City of Cleveland.

Attendees enjoyed spectacular Chinese New Year performances and activities including Lion Dance, Martial Arts, Folk Art Performance, Authentic Chinese Foods, Children's Activities, Chinese Drawing, Calligraphy and more.

3 pages of photos and videos from Ohio China Day 2018

Lithuania's 100th anniversary celebration of Independence

On February 16, 2018, Lithuanians all over the world celebrated the birth of a new Lithuania. This date is like a bridge between the old Lithuania born on July 6, 1253 and the new independent Lithuania restored on March 11, 1990. Had it not been for February 16, there would have been no events of 11 of March, nor the subsequent success story.

The Centennial of the new Lithuania is a success story. The main achievements are as follows: Lithuania has become a player of the European and world history, with its modern civil society aware of the importance of freedom and the responsibility that goes with it, and with new emerging vistas for action for the Lithuanian state and its people.

On February 17, 2018 members and friends of the Lithuanian communities of Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal and more gathered for a beautiful and meaningful ceremony at Cleveland State University.

5 pages of coverage with videos of the entire ceremony and hundreds of photos are as follows:

Main Page 1 of 100th anniversary of Lithuania event

Page 2 - Svyturys and Gintaras Dancers

Page 3 - Choirs at 100th anniversary of Lithuania event

Page 4 - Dancers backed by Choir at 100th anniversary of Lithuania 

Page 5 - Combined groups Grand Finale

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Russian Maslenitsa 2018

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its 4th annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. It has been compared to Mardi Gras or Carnival.
The event was also a fund-raiser put on by the Russian Cultural Garden committee.

The Russian Cultural Gardens is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting the Russian Heritage and Russian cultural influence in America. The Russian Cultural Garden has a prominent goal of building the Russian Cultural Garden as a part of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland in the Rockefeller Park. 

The event was full of music, games, shopping, auction and Russian food and drink.

Photos and videos of Maslenitsa 

Babushka Contest Entrant

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top 5 list of groups visited in January

Always interesting to see which pages get the most visits in a month.

The Top 5 groups with the most visitors in January 2018 on ClevelandPeople.Com were: Indian, Polish, Chinese, Lithuanian and Hungarian.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Kurentovanje Parade 2018 in Cleveland

The 6th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a weeklong event featuring dinners, a dance party, bocce tournament and more. But the highlight was the annual Kurentovanje parade followed by the festival celebration in the Slovenian National Home.

We have 2 videos of the Parade - a short one and a longer one.  Follow this link:

Kurentovanje parade videos and pictures

The Krampus and other scary creatures, especially the Kurents, are supposed to scare winter away.

The Kurentovanje Parade units gathered in a freezing drizzle at St. Martin de Porres High School gym. Here is a short video of the St Martin de Porres High School drum line and dancers warming up before the parade.

See more of the St Martin de Porres High School drum line and dancers 

Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje - Philip Monreal and Abigail Bartlett

Congratulations to the Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje 2018 in Cleveland - Philip Monreal and Abigail Bartlett.

Folklorna Skupina Kres dancers at Cleveland Kurentovanje 2018

The 6th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a weeklong event featuring dinners, a dance party, bocce tournament and more. But the highlight was the annual Kurentovanje parade followed by the festival celebration in the Slovenian National Home.

One of the highlights was the performance by Folklorna Skupina Kres who performed two dances at the 2018 Kurentovanje festival.

Here's one of the dances.

See the other dance and lots of pictures of Folklorna Skupina Kres 

Friday, February 09, 2018

Bob and Dan's Adventure to the PC Graveyard

Geek Blast from the Past

Computer techies (OK, geeks) Bob Coppedge and Dan Hanson used to take groups to various places of interest to computer professionals (OK, other geeks). They called it Bob and Dan's Excellent Adventures.

This video from 2004 was just unearthed from some old DVDs. This was a different adventure as Bob and Dan visited a cemetery and visited the graves of some old technology - from dBase to Win 95 before facing their own demise.

Watch it if you dare


Thursday, February 08, 2018

John Perry Barlow - RIP

John Perry Barlow was a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a strong believer in cyber liberties, He co-founded the EFF in 1990 with John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor to promote Internet civil liberties and to champion free expression and privacy online.

He passed away Wednesday at the age of 70.
Barlow was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-wrote songs with the Dead's Bob Weir such as Mexicali Blues and Cassidy.

I got to meet Barlow at Comdex in Las Vegas in 2002 when he was a panelist debating Internet civil liberties.

Also on the panel was Richard Stallman who launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.

I had heard that Stallman in particular was not easy to get along with but both men were very gracious in sharing their time after the debate in discussing issues with a geek from Cleveland.

These lyrics from Barlow's Mexicali Blues seem fitting today:

Is there anything a man don't stand to lose 
When the devil wants to take it all away
Cherish well your thoughts, keep a tight grip on your booze
'Cause thinking and drinking are all I have today

RIP John Perry Barlow