Misijonska Znamkarska Akcija


Slovenska Pristava Sunday July 12, 2015: Volunteers from KSKJ St. Joseph Lodge #169 www.kskjlife.org  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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Underground is a Star Tribune serialized novel written by Megan Marsnik. The novel is set on Minnesota’s Iron Range, where immigrant Katka Kovich finds hard work, friendship and love in a 1916 mining town on the verge of a historic labor strike. It is based on real events.

Megan Marsnik grew up in the Iron Range town of Biwabik. “Under Ground” is her debut novel. She now lives in St. Paul and teaches at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Her grandfather was an immigrant from Slovenia.


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Slovenian Statehood Day – Cleveland


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Slovenska Pristava


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The European Division, Library of Congress

In partnership with
The Embassy of Slovenia
A reading and discussion with Slovenian novelist and playwright Evald Flisar

Evald Flisar, the most widely translated Slovenian author (143 translations into 36 languages, with
plays and radio plays produced in 56 countries), will discuss the disadvantages of writing in a
language spoken by only 2 million people, and of ways of overcoming this, and conquering the
literary world against the odds.
American editions of 8 books by Evald Flisar will be introduced by Susan Smith Nash, PhD.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
European Division Conference Room, LJ 250
Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540

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The Slovenian – American Table Book

Photo is of the front cover. Just one of many beautiful photos

Front cover – just one of many beautiful photos

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!! This book is a beauty! A MUST have in every Slovenian – American home. Sales will begin on Thursday evening at the Slovenian Union of America National Convention’s Welcome Reception June 19-21, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in the Bailey Hobson Room at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel. Only 2,500 in print. Be among the first to own this latest – hottest Culinary Creation – The Slovenian Table.

Cost is $25 which includes tax. Save money on shipping and handling by purchasing your books at the Convention.

Meet Debbie Pohar who created this masterpiece and her dedicated team from the U.S. and Slovenia who made this a reality. Together they created a book that is unlike any other cookbook.

Filled with 100 recipes, full color photos, easy to follow recipes, historical background on the many holidays, crafts and drink recipes. This book has a little of everything.

Join the team that created The Slovenian Table on Thursday, June 18th evening and listen and dance to the sounds of Eddie Korosa. No cost to attend. Cash Bar. No meal service

Information will be available on how to order after this date in the next issue of Zarja The Dawn.

Tickets are still available to attend the Lippanzin Horse Show on Friday, June 19th, the Slovenian Costume Fashion Show & Banquet on Saturday, June 20th. For more information see the last issue of Zarja or respond to this email. All of these events are going to be a spectacular time! The Banquet has a Murder Mystery Play written by Evald Flisar, a Polka Band from Lemont and the Ambassador to the U.S. will be in attendance. WOW!!!! Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime!!
Bonnie Prokup


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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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