Slovenian Cultural Garden – Cleveland, Ohio




April 11, 2015: Marija Rowane, Secretary of Magnolia Community Council helped coordinate a volunteer opportunity for undergraduate students residing in the Magnolia Residential College Case Western Reserve University. Students spent an afternoon providing service work at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens for Sustainability Week.

Marija has previously volunteered at the Slovenian Cultural Garden when she served as president of Folklorna Skupina Kres, a Slovenian folklore dance organization. Marija is pictured on the right of the photo.

Phil Hrvatin

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Easter Blessing of the Food Washington DC


The traditional Slovenian Easter blessing of food will take place on Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Slovenian Chapel of Our Lady of Brezje, located on the lower level of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 4th Street and Michigan Avenue, Northeast, in Washington. The event is sponsored jointly by the Bishop Baraga Society, Lodge No. 257 of the KSKJ (Kranjsko Slovenska Katoliška Jednota – American Slovenian Catholic Union) and the local lodge of the Slovenian Union of America. The blessing is open to members, friends and the public.


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54th Annual Federation of Slovenian National Homes


54th Annual Federation of Slovenian National Homes anniversary awards banquet.
Slovenian National Home 6417 St. Clair Ave Cleveland, Ohio
March 21, 2015
Doors open at 2pm, Dinner 4pm, Program 6pm
Music to follow by the Jeff Pecon Orchestra
Tickets in advance: Gerri Hopkins 216-361-5115

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Oto Pestner in Concert

PestnerSunday April 19, 2015 Oto Pestner in concert at at Slovenska Pristava. Doors open at 3 PM for the concert which will start at 4 PM. A dance with the Alpine sextet will follow the concert. This will also be an opportunity to meet Oto personally. Food and refreshments will be available.

Proceeds from the concert to benefit the renovation of the chapel at Pristava.

For more information call M. Zalar at 1-440-943-3844 after 7 PM or on weekends. Donations $20.

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Cleveland Kurentovanje


Cleveland Kurentovanje on February 14, 2015

11am—Doors Open: Come grab some food, Slovenian donuts (“krofe”), coffee, and shop at Collective Upcycle. Crafts to help children prepare for Kurentovanje will also take place during this time.

Noon—Parade: Parade kicks off traditional Kurentovanje, which will stretch through the neighborhood from St. Vitus Church on Lausche Ave. to the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair. The procession will include Kurents, polka and marching bands, dance groups, and other parading groups in traditional dress from across Eastern Europe. Community and groups are encouraged to register to participate in the parade at All visitors are encouraged to dress in costume of any kind to celebrate in the Slovenian tradition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pustna Večerja Fat Tuesday Dinner

St. Mary’s Parish Hall February 17, 2015 – 4:30pm to 7:30pmsausage

The Fat Tuesday meal has become a tradition in the Cleveland area. The Slovenian Cultural Garden Association is excited to once again continue this wonderfully tasty pre-Lenten treat.

Contact JoAnn 216-761-7740 at the St. Mary’s Collinwood rectory 15519 Holmes Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44110 to make your reservations. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used to for the ongoing renovation of the Slovenian Cultural Garden.

Phil Hrvatin – President Slovenian Cultural Garden Association


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Slovenian organizations – anniversaries in 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,nuska

Like last year, we would very much appreciate information on anniversaries of Slovenian clubs/societies/organizations/media within your community or anniversaries of Slovenian homes, schools and churches built by Slovenes, celebrated in 2015.

Please provide us with short information about the organization (cca. 100 words) , contact information (person, phone, fax no, e-mail) and link to the website, if there is one. If you wish, you can also share your plans on the celebration. If we can be of any assistance, please let us know.

We would very much appreciate your reply to by Friday, January 16.

Z lepimi pozdravi,

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Kenny Yuko – Ohio State Senator



January 5, 2015 – Columbus Ohio: Kenny Yuko being sworn in by Judge Terri B. Jamison. Kenny Yuko is now a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 25th District. Previously he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and prior to his time in the legislature, was a political and union activist for more than two decades.

Kenny’s grandfather John Yuko emigrated from Slovenia to the United States prior to World War I. John originally work in the Uniontown Pennsylvania coal mines before settling in Cleveland.

Outside of his professional life Kenny has had the opportunity to sit in on the drums with many popular Slovenian style bands, including Joe Novak & Friends and the Joey Tomsick Orchestra.

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Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens


Glow is a winter spectacular at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The event features live holiday music, Christmas displays, thousands of lights and children’s activities.


I was surprised to see a St. Vitus Church gingerbread house on display in the main lobby. Better yet, Scott Hribar’s work took first place in the annual gingerbread competition – adult category. I wonder if Scott got any help from Father Božnar.


Phil Hrvatin

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U.S. Ambassador-designate visits Cleveland


Pictured left to right: Phil Hrvatin, Brent Hartley, Tim Piergalski.

By Phil Hrvatin

December 18, 2014 – I had the opportunity to meet with the next U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, Brent Hartley. Mr. Hartley traveled to Cleveland to meet with several groups and individuals before he takes his post in Slovenia. Currently Brent Hartley serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State. Traveling with Ambassador-designate Hartley was Tim Piergalski, Austria and Slovenia Desk Officer U.S. Department of State.

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