Slovenian Culture Is All About Support


Not to be outdone when it comes to food, music or just about anything else, Pueblo’s Slovenian community takes pride in its vibrant heritage here as well.

“In 1893, a lot of men came to America from Slovenia, and they made their way west to work in the steel mills,” says Rudy Krasovec, board chair of KSKJ Life, the American Slovenian Catholic Union. “They eventually sent back home for their wives, or for a bride, and soon there were a lot of families here.”

A community hub is Old Bojon Town, where you’ll find Eilers’ Place, a favorite pub since 1933. The brave of heart down shots of 80-proof Slivovitz plum brandy and gather for the Bojon Triathlon of bowling, horseshoes and darts in July.

The area’s also home to the Slovenian Heritage Center, a growing archive of Pueblo’s Slovenian history housed in a former school building attached to St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.

“We always have a lot going on, whether it’s making sure our history is documented or working to provide college scholarships and host exchange students,” Krasovec says.

Yes, Pueblo has another sister city – Maribor, Slovenia.

“We had two sisters from Slovenia come to play in the Paper Cup tennis tournament in 2014, and in 2013, a Slovenian guy won it,” Krasovec says. “So yes, we’re still in the middle of what’s going on in Pueblo!”

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LAIBACK American Tour 2015



LAIBACH  - an outstanding Slovenian music and cross-media group from Slovenia started their tour in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on May 11, 2015 with a concert in Washington, D.C.

The name of the band is the historic German version of the name of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. From the start, Laibach has developed a Gesamtkunstwerk – multi-disciplinary art practice in all fields ranging from popular culture to art (collages, photo-copies, posters, graphics, paintings, videos, installations, concerts and performances).

Please see bellow more the schedule of the upcoming concerts:

Additional Info at:

May 13 2015       Philadelphia PA –  Theatre Of The Living

May 15 2015       Victoriaville QC – Colisee

May 16 2015       Toronto ON – Danforth Music Hall

May 17 2015       Pittsburgh PA –  Rex Theatre

May 19 2015       Indianapolis IN – Vogue Theatre

May 20 2015       Chicago IL – Abbey Pub

May 21 2015       Omaha NE – Slowdown

May 23 2015       Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre

May 26 2015       Seattle WA – El Corazon

May 27 2015       Vancouver BC – Rickshaw Theatre

May 28 2015       Portland OR – Wonder Ballroom

May 30 2015       San Francisco CA – Fillmore

June 1 2015         Los Angeles CA – Roxy Theatre

June 4 2015         Ciudad de México MX – Sala Club

June 5 2015         Atlanta GA – Masquerade

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AMLA Joins Hands to Help Slovenian Community

AMLA Volunteers at the Slovenian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Some of the AMLA Volunteers who worked on the Slovenian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens posed for a photo in front of the garden. From left to right: AMLA 1st Vice President Joe Zab, AMLA Finance Chair Ron Zab, Jacob Zab, Rudy Pivik, Sue Schumacher, Marie Pivik, Paul Schumacher, AMLA Fraternal Affairs Chair Lisa Kane, AMLA Secretary-Treasurer Theresa Aveni, and AMLA 2nd Vice President Jim Czeck. Photo by AMLA President Tim Percic.

Cleveland—On Saturday, May 2, the American Mutual Life Association (AMLA) assembled volunteers at two landmarks of the Slovenian community in Cleveland: The Slovene Home Skilled Nursing Facility and the Slovenian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park.

The volunteers set-out to lend a helping hand as part of the program known to fraternal organizations across the country as “Join Hands Day.” This program was initiated by the American Fraternal Alliance, of which the AMLA is a member. The goal is to give back to the community through volunteerism—something AMLA Members often do anyway. This event happens this time each year, and interest in participation continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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