Gala večerja Ameriško-slovenske izobraževalne fundacije (ASEF) v Clevelandu, Ohio

Ameriško-slovenska izobraževalna fundacija (ASEF) vas vabi na 4. Galo večerjo, ki bo 25. marca 2017 ob 18:oo uri v Slovenskem narodnem domu na St. Clair aveniji v Clevelandu  (6417 Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44103).

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American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) Gala in Cleveland, Ohio

ASEF cordially invites all supporters of the American-Slovenian educational community to come to its 4th Annual Gala. On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 6 p.m.  at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland (6417 Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44103).

More information:
V nadaljevanju vam pošiljamo tudi informacijo o nekaterih odprtih programih ASEF v Sloveniji.  

ASEF poletno znanstveno izpopolnjevanje v Ljubljani – psihiatrija

ASEF v sodelovanju z Univerzitetno psihiatrično kliniko v Ljubljani ponuja edinstveno priložnost za študent slovenskega rodu iz Severovzhodnega Ohia oziroma Srednjezahodne regije ZDA. Prijavite se na raziskovalni projekt, ki bo potekal v poletnem času leta 2017. Projekt bo vodil Dr. Borut Škodlar, direktor enote za psihoterapijo na psihiatrični kliniki. Več informacij na info(at)

ASEF znanstveno izpopolnjevanje v Postojni – raziskovanje krasa

ASEF in Inštitut za raziskovanje krasa Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti v Postojni bo gostil študenta slovenskega rodu za poletno znanstveno izpopolnjevanje na področju geologije, gozdarstva in zgodovine krasa. Več informacij na info(at)
Below we are sending you some relevant information about some latest ASEF programs in Slovenia.
ASEF Summer Fellowship in Ljubljana

Through ASEF, the University Pyschiatric Clinic of Ljubljana offers an unique opportunity to a Northeast Ohio or Midwest Region student of Slovenian descent. Apply for the 2017 summer research project with the Director of the Psychotherapy unity, Dr. Borut Škodlar at info(at)
ASEF Fellowship for Karst Studies in Postojna

The Karst Research Institute of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and ASEF will host in the next years American students for a summer research experience in geology, forestry and history of the Karst. info(at)

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ASEF cordially invites all supporters of the American-Slovenian educational community to come to its 4th annual gala. On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 6 p.m.,  ASEF will celebrate the successes and aspirations of the last year. Join us to honor our awardees, exemplary in both educational pursuits and American-Slovenian relations. The evening will feature a wine reception hour showcasing educational innovations by Americans of Slovenian heritage and a sumptuous dinner with superb entertainment. Gala Info


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The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF41)

March 03, 2017

CIFF41 Announces Program Line-Up

The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF41), presented by Dollar Bank, has announced its program line-up at CIFF41 will take place March 29-April 9, 2017 at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. The Festival will showcase 202 feature films and 216 short films representing 71 countries during its 12-day run. Be sure to continue to check for program updates between now and
April 9th.

Tickets go on sale to members Friday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. and to the general public on Friday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. Not a member? Become one by visiting or by calling 216.623.3456.

Ticket are $14 per screening for CIFF members and $16 per screening for non-members. Once on sale, tickets can be purchased online (, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM),
in-person at the Film Festival Box Office located in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

Program Guides will be mailed to CIFF members and available throughout the area, including all Dollar Bank branches, the week of March 6th.


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It’s time for “Krofe”!

krofe frying

Slovenians around the world know that when Lent approaches, then kitchens begin turning out the traditional Slovenian delight known as “Krofe” (pronounced kraw-feh). AMLA Lodge 8 Member, Vida Zak has been making krofe by the hundreds with her sisters and friends for decades. The video at the link below gives you a quick view at the process… Video

You can also download the KROFE recipe she uses… Recipe

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Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade & Festival


Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade & Festival
Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Slovenian National Home (6417 St. Clair Ave)

Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay) is the most popular carnival event in Slovenia and the central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring. The day will be filled with costumes, a parade, food and drink, heritage and fuzzy Kurents.

Celebrate Kurentovanje with a full day of festivities including a parade, lots of food, music and much more! The event is headquartered at The Slovenian National Home (6417 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland) and is free and open to the public. The schedule for the day is as follows:

11am: Doors open at The Slovenian National Home. Come early for kids crafting and face-painting in anticipation of the parade. Food, drinks and shopping will also be available.

12pm: Parade kicks off traditional Kurentovanje, which will stretch through the neighborhood, departing Sterle’s Country House/ Goldhorn Brewery, proceeding down E55th to St. Clair Ave, and ultimately ending at the Slovenian National Home. The procession will include Kurents, polka and marching bands, dance troupes, and other parading groups. Community organizations and groups of friends/family are encouraged to participate in the parade by signing up at All visitors are encouraged to dress in costume of any kind to celebrate in the Mardi Gras tradition.

Until 6pm: Party time! Full programming on indoor and covered/heated outdoor stages at the Slovenian National Home will be sure to entertain you! Enjoy ethnic food and drinks, free face-painting and crafts for kids, ice carving demonstrations, and multiple stages of musical acts and cultural performances.  Cleveland Kurentovanje in partnership with the Cleveland Bocce Club will be holding the First Annual Kurentovanje Bocce Tournament at the Slovenian National Home held during the annual Kurentovanje Festival. Bocce teams should email to to participate.  Local craftspeople will also be selling homemade edibles and handmade goods.

See more at including information about The “Kurent Jump” on Friday.


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Master Singers of Milwaukee


Master Singers of Milwaukee has presented many wonderful performances since 1973, and now in their 43rd season, Master Singers of Milwaukee continues to celebrate a passion for vocal artistry by exploring the dimensions of choral music that engage, uplift and rejuvenate the human spirit through extraordinary choral music and exceptional performances.  Now in his fifth season, the current conductor and music director, Dr. Eduardo García-Novelli, brings a wonderful brightness to the ensemble enlivening it with his rich and detailed background of musical knowledge, vocal understanding, and a “spirit of life” in presenting varied, interesting and challenging programs.


The ensemble is composed of talented vocal musicians from the greater Milwaukee and surrounding area. Its depth of range and power comes from singers with extensive musical backgrounds ranging from international vocal soloists singing throughout America, Europe and Japan, church and school choral directors, high-quality students from area schools and serious amateur musicians. They sing compelling songs of celebration and humor, mixed with melodies and songs that warm the heart. They perform a wide variety of great music of all eras, genres and composers past and present.

Master Singers of Milwaukee embodies the qualities of excellence and strength through bringing together local talent, valuing civic pride, and engaging the cultural richness that characterizes Milwaukee and its surrounding communities. Master Singers strives to bring a professional vocal presentation to a full range of uplifting, enlightening and entertaining music.


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Prešernov dan

In February, the Slovenian American Times will publish its 100th issue. It is truly a milestone! Also in February, Slovenia will celebrate Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday, established in commemoration of her greatest poet. Coinciding with the anniversary of the poet’s death in 1849, the entire month is filled with a variety of cultural events such as school field trips, poetry readings and dramatizations, culminating on the eve of the February 8th holiday in the presentation of two Grand Prešeren Awards and up to six Prešeren Fund Awards given to individuals or groups in recognition of their achievements in the fields of literature, art, music and science. The celebrations are not confined to Slovenia, but occur worldwide in many Slovenian enclaves, including Cleveland.

The Slovenian American Times has taken advantage of this happy coincidence by organizing a much needed fundraiser in support of our newspaper. Please join us on Sunday, February 12th at 11:30am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church hall for Prešernov dan – Celebrating Prešeren. In store for our guests are a delicious dinner prepared by caterer Jože Tavčar, a Chinese raffle, the opportunity to mingle with some very interesting “characters,” and performances by Slovenski pevski zbor Korotan, Avgust Božidar Pust and Folklorna skupina Kres. We join our fellow Slovenians throughout the world in observing this special day by focusing on three of France Prešeren’s poems, Zdravljica, O Vrba and Povodni mož, all brought to life in song, oration and dance.

The staff of the Slovenian American Times and the board of the Slovenian American Cultural Association are grateful for your participation in this important Slovenian cultural feast and for your generous support of our endeavors! Bog plačaj!


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St. Mary Slovenian School Reverse Raffle

St. Mary’s Slovenian Language School is hosting a reverse raffle on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Tickets are $50 and include a main board ticket, a delicious homemade schnitzel buffet dinner and open bar. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $25.sola

The doors will open at 6:00 PM. Buffet dinner at 6:30 pm

The grand prize on the main board will be $2,500. Sideboards will also be available along with Chinese Auction baskets, 50/50 raffle and the Lucky 200 drawing.

For tickets please contact Susan Krulc Hamilton at (216) 481-0464, Mateja Ribic Ackworth at (216) 280-7652 or Beth Ribic at (440) 256-0245.

All proceeds from this event will used to offset the cost of our students travelling to Slovenia in July 2017 on an educational field trip.ticket

St. Mary’s Slovenian School would like to thank you for your support!!!!
St. Mary Slovenian School
c/o Church of St. Mary of the Assumption
15519 Holmes Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

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Slovenska Pristava Reverse Raffle

Pristava - Reverse Raffle

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Sister Cities International 2017 Inaugural Gala

The US Presidential inauguration and transition has been front and center with the news media around the world. As many people are now aware, First Lady Melania Trump is the first Slovenian-born person in that position, and KSKJ Life felt that as the premier Slovenian-American organization in United States, we should be a part of these historic events. On January 16, 2017, KSKJ Life National Board Chair Rudy Krašovec, Vice Chair Philip Hrvatin, and home office executive staff Tony Mravle Jr met with Dr. Božo Cerar, Slovenian Ambassador to the United States, and counselor Borut Žunič at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington D.C. The ambassador was very pleased with the ongoing support provided by KSKJ Life and was very generous with his time. We were grateful for his hospitality and the opportunity to meet with him and his staff.

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PHOTO: Left to Right Slovenian Embassy Counselor Borut Žunič, Slovenian Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar, KSKJ Chairman Rudy Krašovec, Jen Mravle, KSKJ home office executive staff Tony Mravle Jr and KSKJ Vice Chairman Phil Hrvatin

The following day I met with Mark Bland, Austria and Slovenia Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State. This is an executive department that advises the President and leads the country in foreign policy issues. The Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States abroad and is responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomacy efforts. Mr. Bland works with both the Slovenian Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana.

Later that evening, in advance of Inauguration Day, we had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Inaugural Gala held by Sister Cities International, one of the largest NGOs (non-governmental organizations). The event was hosted by Ambassador Cerar in honor of First Lady Melania Trump, and was very well attended by a gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders. Founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, all past Presidents of the United States have served as Honorary Chairpersons of Sister Cities International, and it is expected that President Trump will continue the tradition. KSKJ Life is honored to have supported the Ambassador by serving as a major sponsor of the Gala, which was held in the beautiful Organization of American States building. North Strabane Pennsylvania musicians Frank Valenčič Jr. and his brother Darryl provided button box music at the Sister Cities Gala. We had the pleasure of sitting with Ambassador Cerar and his wife Martina Slok. Martina serves as Minister Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations.

KSKJ Life is proud to continue our relationship with the Ambassador and to have supported him in this event.

Phil Hrvatin

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