St. Vitus Slovenian School turns to you once again for your generous support of two fundraisers. The first one is an event of long standing, one with which you are familiar. The second one is new and bears some explaining. Let me start with the familiar and then familiarize you with the novel.


Once again a Reverse Raffle will be presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in the auditorium on Lausche Avenue. As in the past, the parents are holding the event to help defray the costs of the field trip to Slovenia which the 7th and 8th graders will take in the summer of 2016. More specifics will be coming soon, but I wanted to apprise you ahead of time so that you would be able to make plans. Be sure to mark your calendars.

I also wanted to apprise you ahead of time about the second fundraiser. St. Vitus parish expects to begin construction of a new parish hall in the fall of 2016. That hall will be the new home of St. Vitus Slovenian Language School. The students of Slovenian School will be raising funds to aid in the building of their classrooms. The slogan of this particular fundraiser is “Zrno na zrno, pogača; kamen na kamen, palača. (Grain upon grain, a flat cake; stone upon stone, a palace.)

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SABA at the International Trade and Business Fair in Celje



The Slovenian American Business Association SABA will be present at 48. International Trade and Business Fair in Celje Slovenia between September 8 and 13, 2015. This will be first public presentation of SABA to brighter business public in Slovenia. Visit us at booth Nr. 27 in Hall Nr. L1. On September 10, 2015 SPIRIT will organize “Business day” where SABA will present work and plan for 2015 and all SABA members. In 2014 SABA started cooperation with Canadian Slovenian Business Association which will be also present at booth Nr. 27. WELCOME!

SABA se bo v casu 48. MOS v Celju 8. do 13. September 2015 prvic  predstavila sirsi gospodarski publiki v Sloveniji. Obiscite in koristite  nas razstavni proctor st. 27 v hali L1.  Dne 10. September 2015 pa bo pod pokroviteljstvom SPIRIT potekal tudi  poslovni dan na katerem bo izvedena posebna predstavitev SABA in njenih  clanov. SABA je k sodelovanju pritegnila tudi Canadian Slovenian  Chambers of Commerce, ki bo prav tako prisotna na istem razstavnem  protoru. VABLJENI!

Jurcek Zmauc
SABA president / predsednik SABA


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St. Mary’s Picnic


St. Mary’s Church

A SUPER SUMMER PICNIC. We can only give thanks to God, our parish patroness and the good people of St. Mary’s and our many friends for a truly beautiful picnic at Slovenska Pristava this past Sunday. We were blest with a wonderful sunny day and a true spirit of community and hospitality. Over 400 people attended the 12:30 Mass and then they were quickly served dinners of roast beef and chicken or roast pig and lamb. Brigita Šuler from Slovenia gave a short concert and then she and the other musicians had the people out on the dance floor even in the heat of the afternoon. Our thank you to so many people who donated some really beautiful gift baskets for the Chinese Auction. Our many volunteers worked together and provided food, drink and entertainment throughout the day. Our thank you to everyone who attended the picnic, to our many parishioners and even non-parishioners who volunteered their time and talent, to everyone who bought or sold raffle tickets, to all who had a hand in organizing the events of the day and to so many who supported us and made our picnic one of the largest events held at Pristava this year. May God bless everyone who helped in any way, great or small, to make our 2015 Summer Picnic a great success. The Following are the Winners of our Summer Picnic Raffle:
1st prize of $1,000—Julia Zalar
2nd prize of $500 – Kathryne Kocin
3rd prize of $300 – John Nemec
4th prize of $300 – Herman Doerfer
5th through 10th prize winners of $100  Ivanka Volcjak, Bonnie Wolf, Phil Hrvatin, Kathryn Zabak, Nick Young & James Mochan

IZVRSTEN POLETNI PIKNIK. Zahvaliti se moramo samo Bogu, naši župnijski Zavetnici, našim dobrim župljanom Marije vnebovzete in številnim  prijateljem za resnično lep piknik zadnjo nedeljo na Slovenski pristavi. Blagoslovljeni smo bili z lepim sonnim dnevom in veselim razpoloženjem skupnosti in gostoljubnosti. Čez 400 ljudi je sodelovalo pri maši ob 12:30 popoldan in potem so bili hitro postreženi s kosilom z govejo ečenko/piščancem ali odojkom in jagnjetino. Brigita Šuler iz Slovenije je podala kratek koncert in potem z ostalimi glasbeniki je privabila ljudi na plesišče celo v vročini popoldneva. Naša zahvala mnogim, ki so darovali lepe košarice za Kitajsko loterijo. Hvala našim neštetim prostovoljcem, ki so skupaj delali in preskrbeli hrano, pijačo in zabavo skozi ves dan. Naša zahvala vsem ki ste prišli na piknik, našim župljanom in ne-župljanom, ki ste prostovoljno dali svoj čas in talent, vsem ki ste kupili ali prodali srečke, vsem ki ste organizirali dogotke dneva in vsem ki ste nas podprli in naredili, da je naš piknik bil eden večjih dogotkov na Pristavi letos. Naj Bog blagoslovi vse, ki ste kakor koli pomagali, da je bil naš 2015 poletni piknik velik uspeh. Za imena dobitnikov na pikniku poglejte na angleško stran.

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Slovenian American Business Association


Members from the Slovenian American Business Association met in Cleveland on August 7, 2015. Pictured left to right Nevio Prosen, Valentine Ribič, Joseph Kokal, Petra Mitchell, Raymond Marvar, Jure Žmauc and Philip Hrvatin.


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Jure Žmauc – Thumbs up to Cleveland

Jure Žmauc bids farewell to Cleveland after a six year term as the Slovenian Consul General. Jure will continue his diplomatic duty with the Republic of Slovenia Office for Slovenians Abroad when he returns to Europe. Jure took time for a photo op formerly known as a Kodak Moment at Edgewater Park in Cleveland.

Jure Mustang

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Folklorna Skupina Kres


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Misijonska Znamkarska Akcija


Slovenska Pristava Sunday July 12, 2015: Volunteers from KSKJ St. Joseph Lodge #169  working in the kitchen at the SLOVENIAN MISSION AID SOCIETY (MZA) Misijonska Znamkarska Akcija annual benefit summer picnic. The picnic began with Mass and was followed by a fund raising dinner. All proceeds of the picnic will help support Slovenian missionaries throughout the world.

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Slavko Avsenik and His Musical Legacy

SlavkoSubmitted by Joe Valencic, President
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

Slavko Avsenik, one of Slovenia’s most influential musicians and composers in recent history, passed away in his hometown of Begunje on July 2 at age 86. In 1953, Slavko Avsenik and his brother Vilko formed the Avsenik Quintet, a band that would have a profound impact on the folk music of Slovenia and German-speaking Europe. The ensemble’s fresh Alpine sound was called Oberkrainer. after the German name for the highland Gorenjsko of Slovenia, part of which was once the province of Krain or Carniola. The Avsenik style was leveraged on the piano accordion with a guitar rhythm and prominent oom-pah brass and came to dominate popular music in Slovenia, and inspire countless tribute bands. Slavko and Vilko’s music brought attention to their homeland throughout Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Farwell Reception Consul General Žmauc

June 19 (Fri)

City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson presents the key to the city to Slovenian Consul General Jure Žmauc

City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson presents the key to the city to Slovenian Consul General Jure Žmauc

Slovenian Statehood Day and Farwell Reception for the Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Jure Žmauc & Mrs. Janja Žmauc. Hosted by Mayor Frank Jackson City of Cleveland, Councilman Mike Polensek and Councilman Joe Cimperman.

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2015 Slovenefest


Slovenefest is SNPJ’s annual celebration of Slovenian culture.
Slovenefest, a three-day event held the second weekend of July at the SNPJ Recreation Center in the Borough of SNPJ, PA, brings together thousands to enjoy the ethnic food, music, culture and fun of Slovenia.

There’s never a dull moment at Slovenefest – the entertainment runs continuously from noon until late at night. Special entertainment for children is arranged by the SNPJ Fraternal Department. Camping facilities and RV hookups are available, parking is free, and there is access to a first-aid tent. Don’t miss the Saturday evening fireworks display (weather permitting).

Slovenefest is hosted by the Slovene National Benefit Society

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