Vlado Kreslin Cleveland, Ohio


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Cleveland Public Library

Now on display at the Cleveland Public Library Main Building.

3rd Floor: Fine Arts includes art, architecture, and music. This floor also houses Special Collections which includes the John G. White Collection of Folklore, Orientalia, and Chess, “the largest and most comprehensive chess library in the world.” The Cleveland Digital Public Library (ClevDPL) opened on this floor on February 14, 2015. ClevDPL preserves and conserves library collections. Also, ClevDPL helps the library, its patrons, and its institutional partners to digitize and display collections through the library’s Digital Gallery.


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City of Cleveland is “All In”

allinCity of Cleveland is “All In” as we “Rally Together” to Host World Series and Cavaliers Home Opener

Monday, October 24, 2016

CLEVELAND – The World Series has returned to the City of Cleveland as the Cleveland Indians begin a best-of-seven series with the Chicago Cubs. The City of Cleveland and our Downtown area partners are excited to welcome visitors and baseball fans from all over the world for Games 1 and 2.
The first game of the 2016 World Series begins on Tuesday, October 25th at 8:08 p.m. at Progressive Field with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. That same night the Cleveland Cavaliers will open their 2016-2017 season against the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. in Quicken Loans arena. There will be a free, public event in the parking lot outside Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue beginning 2:00 p.m.
Anticipated crowds at these events combined with the evening work commute will cause traffic delays. In order to improve traffic flow, the Division of Police will be implementing “NO PARKING” designations in the following areas on both sides of the listed street for Game 1 and Game 2 of the World Series:

  • Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East14th Street.
  • Huron Road from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue.
  • Bolivar Road from East 9th Street to East 14th Street.
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 9th Street to East 14th Street.
  • East 9th Street from Superior Avenue to Carnegie Avenue.
  • East 4th Street from Huron Road to Prospect Avenue.

This parking ban will be in effect both Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  Additionally, no parking will be permitted on the north side of West Huron Street will from Ontario Street to Superior Avenue from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 am both Tuesday and Wednesday.  This area will be used as a vehicle drop-off and pick-up location. Once these vehicles drop-off they will need to exit the area and find another location to park.

The City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following offer the following tips to improve your visit and downtown experience:

Gateway East Garage closed to daily and monthly parking. Gateway East Garage will be operating in a “Day Game” situation on Tuesday, October 25th.  No cash parking or monthly parking passes will be permitted. Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavilers game-day pass parking will be permitted. This is for Tuesday, October 25th only.

Be cautious of counterfeit tickets. The risk of purchasing counterfeit tickets from scalpers of the street is high during the World Series. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series on Friday and Saturday are sold out, but purchasing from other sources besides Indians.com is done at the buyer’s risk.

Police officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to be aware. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket. The Indians are not responsible for tickets purchased through secondary sources.

Arrive early, stay late. In order to ensure that you arrive at your destination without missing a second of the action, plan your commute beforehand and allow yourself extra travel time. There are plenty of great places to eat and enjoy the City of Cleveland nightlife after the game. For a list of options please visithttp://www.downtowncleveland.com/play.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Report any suspicious activity to safety officials.

Ride RTA. Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is expanding service for all World Series games and watch parties. Staff is also gearing up to serve Cavaliers fans on Tuesday, October 25th, by adding extra trains and extending rush-hour service. RTA employees will be on hand to direct customers and sell a $5 round-trip, commemorative World Series pass at the busiest stations.

Service on all rail lines will operate up to 60 minutes after the game or watch parties end, even if the game goes into extra innings. The Walkway opens at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate both Cavs and Indians fans. Many Rapid stations offer free parking. Please follow the signs and park legally. Visithttp://www.riderta.com/ to plan your trip.

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic in and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic. Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to encourage everyone to download the OHGO app from the Ohio Department of Transportation to see real-time traffic speeds, hundreds of live traffic cameras, and travel delay times. Users can also set up custom traffic alerts.

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Concert – St. Cyril’s Church New York


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V želji, da se ohrani slovenska kulturna zapuščina slovenskih izseljencev, ki so v ZDA našli svoj novi dom, si slovensko veleposlaništvo v Washingtonu in generalni konzulat v Clevelandu prizadevata, da se pomembni zakladi naše zgodovine ne bi izgubili. V dveh stoletjiih so Slovenci v ZDA zgradili cerkve, domove, društva, oblikovali glasbene in gledališke skupine, organizirali ogromno prireditev in kulturnih dogodkov ter se drugače udejstvovali, o čemer priča številno gradivo.img_0807

Ker se to s časom žal počasi izgublja, bi bila velika škoda, če se spomin na njihovo delo, s katerim so gojili slovensko kulturo, jezik, dediščino in vero, ne bi ohranil. Zaradi zapiranj nekaterih slovenskih cerkva in drugih kulturnih ustanov si veleposlaništvo in generalni konzulat prizadevata, da za prihodnje rodove ohranimo spomin na bogato prisotnost Slovencev v ZDA.

Tako prosimo, da nas konktaktirate, v kolikor želite z nami deliti fotografije, razglednice, pisma, stare LP plošče ali kakršnokoli drugo zanimivo arhivsko gradivo starejše od 50 let, za katerega menite, da bi utegnilo biti pomembno za Arhiv Slovenije, Slovenski muzej in arhiv v Clevelandu ali druge slovenske muzeje in raziskovalne inštitute. Ne bi namreč želeli, da se ti dokumenti in pričevanja izgubijo ali celo zavržejo. Prizadevanja za ohranjanje slovenske materialne kulturne dediščine v svetu podpira tudi Urad Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu.

Za vsa vprašanja smo vam na voljo na naslovu: 2410 California Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 ali na e-mail naslovu nuska.zakrajsek@gov.si ali borut.zunic@gov.si ali pa pokličite na tel. števiko 202 386 6621 (Nuška), oz. 202 386 6617 (Borut).

Z lepimi pozdravi,

Dr. Božo Cerar, veleposlanik


Dear Sir or Madam,

In the hope to preserve cultural legacy of Slovenian migrants who found new home in the US, the Slovenian Embassy in Washington and Consualate General in Cleveland, aim to do what they can to save some of the important treasures left behind before they get lost forever. In the past two centuries, the Slovenes in the US have built churches, social homes, clubs, they formed music and theater groups, and organized a great deal of cultural events, which have been well documented.img_0808

With the passing of time we are, unfortunately slowly but surely, losing the memory of their work, with which they nurtured Slovenian culture, language, heritage and religion. As a result of closures of Slovenian churches and other cultural institutions, it would have been a great pity to lose it altogether. Hence the Embassy and the Consulate seek ways to preserve the rich memory of Slovenian presence in the United States for future generations.

Therefore please contact us if you would like to share with us your photographs, postcards, letters, old LPs or any other archival material older than 50 years, which you think might be of interest for the Slovenian Archives or other Slovenian museums, including Slovenian Museum and Archives in Cleveland. We very much hope that this precious material will not be discarded, as it was so often the case, but rather preserved.

For and additional queries we are available at the following address: 2410 California Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, e-mail address: nuska.zakrajsek@gov.si or borut.zunic@gov.si or call tel. number: 202 386 6621 (Nuška) or 202 386 6617 (Borut).

With kind regards,

Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar

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Slovenian Immigration in Minnesota Since 1855

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Special Exhibit Opening Event

Slovenian Immigration in Minnesota Since 1855

Sunday, October 16, 1-3 pm


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Zarja’s Centennial Celebration Concert


Zarja’s Centennial Celebration Concert is almost here!  That’s right.  On Sunday, October 30th Slovenian Singing Society Zarja will present its official 100th Anniversary Concert at the Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue in Euclid, Ohio.

Through the years Zarja has performed varied types of music – Slovenian as well as other music – and the program, beginning at 3:00 P.M., will reflect that repertoire.  Music by the likes of J. Strauss, Jr., Anton Foerster, Radovan Gobec, Slak, the Avseniks and others.  In addition to that there will be guest performances from other well-known local Slovenian music groups and perhaps some other pleasant surprises.

The doors will open at 2:30 with the concert beginning at 3:00 and then music by Patty C and the Guys along with sandwiches and beverages following the program at 5:00pm.
Tickets for the program are $15.00 and may be purchased from your favorite Zarja member, at the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame or, for tickets or more information by contacting Barbara at 440-257-2540, Karen at 216-481-1379 or e-mailing bjelersich@yahoo.com.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our program patrons and all our supportersvfor their contunued support through the years, and invite all to come to our celebration on October 30th at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid, Ohio.


Front Row: Jean Preseren, John Krebelj, Josephine Turk, Joseph Krabec (Director), Leo Poljsak (Founding Member), Sophie Turkman, Andy Turkman, Jr. and Sue Pekus

Second Row: Louis Kocian, Unknown (a Poljsak, perhaps), Tony Elersich (Elerson), Lena Fatur, another Kocian (Louis’ brother), Unknown, Mary Elersich, Millie Mihalec, Sylvia Evatz, Unknown and Donna Slabe

Third Row: John Kokal, Sophie Strumbelj, Kate Jurman, Alice Tekavec, Victoria Poljsak (First female member), Marian Slabe, Valeria Weiss, Mrs. Weiss (don’t know first name) and Joe Tekavec

Top Row: Pat Pastoric, Edwin Polsak, John Cech, John Slogar, Frank Kacar, Al Fatur, Vic Vehar, Frank Kokal and Andy Elersich

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St. Therese Parish Polka Mass

St. Therese Church
5276 East 105th Street at Granger Road
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
(216) 581-2852

Polka Mass and Dinner Dance for St. Therese Church with the Joey Tomsick Orchestra,
Saturday, November 5

Celebrate the Polka Mass and enjoy dining and dancing with the Joey Tomsick Orchestra at a special fund-raising event for St. Therese Church in Garfield Heights, Ohio, Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Start the evening at St. Therese with the Polka Mass at 4:30 p.m., featuring Joey and the band. The Polka Mass is a unique expression of faith that enhances the spiritual experience with familiar polka and waltz melodies. Sing-along sheets will be available. St. Therese is located at 5276 East 105th Street at Granger Road in Garfield Heights.

Dine and dance a block away at the Knights of Columbus Ballroom, 10808 Granger Road, at 5:30 p.m. You’ll delight to the classic accordion stylings of Joey Tomsick and his orchestra, one of Cleveland’s award-winning polka bands. In addition to fine dining, you can try your luck at the sideboards and raffles.

Dinner and dance tickets are $35 each and can be ordered at St. Therese after each Mass or in the Rectory, (216) 581-2852. You can also contact Bob at (216) 328-1258 to reserve.


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