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

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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Invitation to join Društvo VTIS

drustvoInvitation to join Društvo VTIS

Društvo v tujini izobraženih Slovencev – VTIS (Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad) was founded in December 2013. It serves as a platform for Slovene citizens who were formerly or are currently studying, researching or lecturing at academic institutions outside of Slovenia and aims to promote mutual cooperation between Slovene experts. It is the first association of its kind in Slovenia and currently has nearly 750 members, ranging from undergraduate students just starting out their academic experience to accomplished professors and alumni working in senior positions in business or government.

The Association endeavors to:

connect and represent the interests of Slovene citizens who studied or conducted research at academic / research institutions outside of Slovenia,

encourage the cooperation between Slovenian experts based abroad and their links with academic / research institutions and the private sector in Slovenia,

contribute to creating conditions for successful dissemination of knowledge and experience of foreign-educated Slovenes,

present the process of studying and researching abroad to those who are interested in it,

contribute to the design of educational and research programs and policies in Slovenia using the experience and best practices from abroad,

promote education in service of the general well-being of the society as a whole.

The Association organizes several events throughout the year, both in Slovenia and in countries where Slovenian students, researchers and academics are based.

If you would like to become a member of Društvo VTIS see: Membership is free.

For more information about VTIS please visit the website (Slovene only), you can also follow them on Facebook ( or Twitter (@DrustvoVTIS). Alternatively, you can get in touch with them via email on

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Marija Pomagaj Anniversary Mass & Luncheon



Celebration of the 90th anniversary of the crowning of the Marija Pomagaj painting by Bishop Jeglic in 1926 which was placed in the St. Mary’s Chapel in the Franciscan Monastery in Lemont IL in 1924. The crowns were made by the same goldsmith who made the original ones in Brezje. The celebration of Slomšek Sunday, the patron of the Slovenian Catholic Mission, will be celebrated the same day.

Dr. Robert Bahčič, OFM will be the principal celebrant at the Mass. Fr. Bahčič is the rector of the Marija Pomagaj Basilica in Brezje, Slovenia and the Vicar of the Slovenian Franciscan Province. He will be representing the Provincial.

Join us for Mass at 11:00am and then for a wonderful luncheon right afterwards.
Attached you will find the reservations form for the event. Download here.

The donation for the luncheon are:
$20.00 for adults,
$8.00 for students ages 7 – 14 and children ages 6 and under are free.

Paid reservations are due at the Center by Sunday, September 18th.

Slovenian Catholic/Cultural Center
14252 Main Street, PO Box 634
Lemont, IL 60439-0634

Phone Number: 1.630.243.0670

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100th Anniversary Church of St. Cyril – New York City

St Cyril

October 16, 2016 Mass at 10:30am
62 St. Marks Place New York, NY
Gala with a program at 2pm held at the New York Athletic Club
Contact Father Krizolog at 212-674-3442 or Ivan Kamin 718-424-2711

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Pristava Wine Festival

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Slovenian Headlines

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Embassy of the United States – Ljubljana

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Embassy Newsletter – Washington DC


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St. Mary’s Picnic

Photos by Phil Hrvatin

WHAT A TREMENDOUS PICNIC. St. Mary of the Assumption All week long we listened to weather predictions of 60-70% chance of rain, but through our many prayers and the prayerful intercession of our parish patroness, the Mother of God, we were truly blessed with an absolutely beautiful day of sunshine, breezes, low humidity and comfortable temperatures. Cevapcici KingsCopyEven with glitches like no microphone system for the Mass, it was a wonderful time which brought together, not only our parishioners, but many former parishioners, alumni of St. Mary School and so many friends of our parish community. Even a power outage in the region didn’t stop the food and drinks from flowing, with everyone taking things in stride and enjoying a beautiful day. Our many thanks to everyone who worked so hard for the success of our picnic, especially chairperson, Deacon David Kushner and members of the picnic planning team, Julie Zalar and the Band
kitchen volunteers for preparing over 475 dinners, plus all of the regular picnic food, to Andy Ribic and Jovo Mejak and helpers for preparing the pig and lamb, Kristjan Sedmak and his helpers for the čevapčiči, Florian Osredkar for organizing the Biergarten and Bob Frederico and helpers for the Brats and Burgers. Geri Hocevar did a wonderful job of running

Slovenska Pristava St. Mary's Picnic 2016

he Chinese Auction and we can only be most grateful to so many people who responded to our request for gift baskets. We had over 60 beautiful and diverse baskets for the raffle. The women of the parish andYouth our Altar Society members kept the Bakery Stand overflowing with wonderful pastry. We heard many compliments for the great music of Veseli Godci. PanoPicnicThank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and to the many people who supported the picnic by their presence and our many volunteers who kept things running so smoothly throughout the day. Our thank you to the American Slovenian Times and our Slovenian radio programs for advertising the picnic.
Many people remarked about the great spirit, hospitality and welcoming feeling they had at the picnic. And that is because we are blessed at St. Mary’s with so many great people. God truly smiled on us this past Sunday, and we can only be most grateful for that special grace.

KAKŠEN IZREDEN PIKNIK! Ves teden smo poslušali vremensko napoved za zadnjo nedeljo, da bo dež, toda po molitvi mnogih in po priprošnjah naše zavetnice Matere Božje smo bili blagoslovljeni z Rafflelepim sončnim dnevom, ugodne temperaturebrez sopare. Tudi brez mikrofona za mašo je bilo lepo ker so bili zbrani ne samo župljani, ampak veliko nekdanjih župljanov, absolventov šole Marije vnebovzete in prijateljev naše župnijske skupnosti. Tudi problem z elektriko ni ustavilo hrano in pijačo, da je tekla z vsemi, ki so vzeli stvari resno in popravili težavo. Naša iskrena hvala vsem ki so delali za uspeh našega piknika posebno voditelju diakonu Davidu Kushnerju,CJS članom odbora za pripravo piknika, Julki Zalar in prostovoljcem v kuhinji za pripravo 475 kosil in tudi drugo hrano, Andreju Ribiču in Jovotu Mejaku za pečenje odojka in jagnjetov, Kristjanu Sedmaku in njegovim pomočnikom za čevapčiče, Florijanu Osredkarju za postavitev Biergartna in Robertu Frederico in pomočnikom za brats in hamburgarje, Geri Hočevar za izredno lepo vodstvo Kitajskega žrebanja, zelo smo hvaležni vsem ki ste odgovorili na našo prošnjo za darovanje košaric. Imeli smo čez 60 lepih in različnih košaric. Hvala vsem ženam župnije, ki so pekle in članicam Oltarnega društva za lepo založeno stojnico s pecivom. Slišali smo tudi pohvale za dobro muziko Veselih godcev. Hvala vsem, ki ste kupili srečke in mnogim ki ste podprli piknik z vašo navzočnostjo in številnim prostovoljcem, ki so pomagali da so stvari tekle gladko ves dan. Hvala Slovenskim Ameriškim Časom in našim Slovenskim Radio oddajam za oglašanje našega piknika. Veliko ljudi je pripomnilo o lepem Laskovzdušju in očutkom dobrodošlice, ki so ga imeli na pikniku. In to je, ker smo blagoslovljeni pri Mariji vnebovzeti z veliko dobrih ljudi. Bog se je resnično nasmehnil na nas to zadnjo nedeljo in smo lahko zelo hvaležni za to posebno milost. Za dobitnike žrebanja, poglejte na angleško stran oznanila.

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