St. Vitus Palm Sunday Dinner

St Vitus Dinner

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ASEF 4th Annual Gala


ASEF Co-founder Peter Rožič, S.J.and Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia Božo Cerar

ASEF 4th Annual Gala

By  Petra Kocjan

Photos by Philip Hrvatin CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

A nation of 2 million people can have a great impact on the lives of people all over the world. Slovenians are a living proof of that.

Cleveland, March 25, 2017. 4th annual ASEF Gala was dedicated to American Slovenian inventors, innovators and educators, presented by Dr. Edi Gobec. He has spent most of his life diligently collecting and researching every person of Slovenian background that could be considered a candidate for ‘who is who’ in any field, and in American science and industry in particular. His book ’Slovenian American Inventors and Innovators’ is another of his attempts to honor and respect Slovenians who, with their work, had great impact not only on the lives of Slovenians, but of people all over the world.

»Slovenians only represent one tenth of a percent of population in the U.S. However, we have contributed 3% of senators and 3% of astronauts to the U.S.«, highlighted Dr. Gobec, clearly demonstrating that Slovenians have an important role in the American society.

One of the Slovenians we can be proud of and has had a great impact on technological development is Dr. France Rode, who was also present at the Gala. He was the lead inventor of the first sophisticated pocket-size HP-35 calculator, was involved in the development of first lap top, and holds numerous patents, including three for GPS.

Web004Having the Gala in Cleveland was a unique opportunity for the ASEF to reach broader Slovenian Community in the U.S. The event was enriched with Slovenian music performed by all male Slovenian singing group ‘Mi smo Mi’, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia Božo Cerar congratulated ASEF on its important work on establishing connection between Slovenia and the U.S. in the field of education and science, and spoke in the name of distinguished sponsor Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia, who expressed his outmost support to the work of the foundation.

With an aim to enable even more students to follow their dreams and strengthen their expertise, ASEF has been growing its fellowship program. This year there are already 20 positions open with 20 different professors at prominent U.S. universities. In addition, up to two students from the US will be able to go to Slovenia and work with professors there. Ryan, who will go to Slovenia this summer to work with Dr. Borut Ṥkodlar at the University Medical Center Ljubljana, expressed his gratitude and excitement to be given this opportunity with the ASEF.Web003

Thomas Brandi, ASEF President, explained the fellowship program as a two way bridge, connecting Slovenia and the U.S. through education. One lane, the one from Slovenia to the U.S. is already developed and is growing each year. The other lane, from U.S. to Slovenia, is being built in a greater extent.

Jure Leskovec, ASEF Co-founder, underlined the need to expand the fellowship program for American students, and therefore invited Slovenian professors, families, and companies, to open their door to students. The program is being very well accepted in the U.S., growing from 9 fellows last year to 20 in 2017, and they wish for the same trend in Slovenia.

ASEF fellowship program is changing lives, not only the ones of students, whose worldviews get changed, but also for the hosting families, who take students in their homes. This way students do not only get the professional and research experience, but also the experience of American way of life. Web002Therefore, Peter Rožič, S.J., the ASEF Co-founder, encourages everyone with the ability and will, to host Slovenian students in the U.S.

ASEF Gala and fellowship program could not be possible without the help of donors:

AMLA, Thomas J. and Carol S. Brandi, Jure Leskovec, KSKJLIFE and others.

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The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF41)

March 03, 2017

CIFF41 Announces Program Line-Up

The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF41), presented by Dollar Bank, has announced its program line-up at CIFF41 will take place March 29-April 9, 2017 at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. The Festival will showcase 202 feature films and 216 short films representing 71 countries during its 12-day run. Be sure to continue to check for program updates between now and
April 9th.

Tickets go on sale to members Friday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. and to the general public on Friday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. Not a member? Become one by visiting or by calling 216.623.3456.

Ticket are $14 per screening for CIFF members and $16 per screening for non-members. Once on sale, tickets can be purchased online (, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM),
in-person at the Film Festival Box Office located in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

Program Guides will be mailed to CIFF members and available throughout the area, including all Dollar Bank branches, the week of March 6th.


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It’s time for “Krofe”!

krofe frying

Slovenians around the world know that when Lent approaches, then kitchens begin turning out the traditional Slovenian delight known as “Krofe” (pronounced kraw-feh). AMLA Lodge 8 Member, Vida Zak has been making krofe by the hundreds with her sisters and friends for decades. The video at the link below gives you a quick view at the process… Video

You can also download the KROFE recipe she uses… Recipe

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Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade & Festival


Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade & Festival
Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Slovenian National Home (6417 St. Clair Ave)

Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay) is the most popular carnival event in Slovenia and the central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring. The day will be filled with costumes, a parade, food and drink, heritage and fuzzy Kurents.

Celebrate Kurentovanje with a full day of festivities including a parade, lots of food, music and much more! The event is headquartered at The Slovenian National Home (6417 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland) and is free and open to the public. The schedule for the day is as follows:

11am: Doors open at The Slovenian National Home. Come early for kids crafting and face-painting in anticipation of the parade. Food, drinks and shopping will also be available.

12pm: Parade kicks off traditional Kurentovanje, which will stretch through the neighborhood, departing Sterle’s Country House/ Goldhorn Brewery, proceeding down E55th to St. Clair Ave, and ultimately ending at the Slovenian National Home. The procession will include Kurents, polka and marching bands, dance troupes, and other parading groups. Community organizations and groups of friends/family are encouraged to participate in the parade by signing up at All visitors are encouraged to dress in costume of any kind to celebrate in the Mardi Gras tradition.

Until 6pm: Party time! Full programming on indoor and covered/heated outdoor stages at the Slovenian National Home will be sure to entertain you! Enjoy ethnic food and drinks, free face-painting and crafts for kids, ice carving demonstrations, and multiple stages of musical acts and cultural performances.  Cleveland Kurentovanje in partnership with the Cleveland Bocce Club will be holding the First Annual Kurentovanje Bocce Tournament at the Slovenian National Home held during the annual Kurentovanje Festival. Bocce teams should email to to participate.  Local craftspeople will also be selling homemade edibles and handmade goods.

See more at including information about The “Kurent Jump” on Friday.


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Master Singers of Milwaukee


Master Singers of Milwaukee has presented many wonderful performances since 1973, and now in their 43rd season, Master Singers of Milwaukee continues to celebrate a passion for vocal artistry by exploring the dimensions of choral music that engage, uplift and rejuvenate the human spirit through extraordinary choral music and exceptional performances.  Now in his fifth season, the current conductor and music director, Dr. Eduardo García-Novelli, brings a wonderful brightness to the ensemble enlivening it with his rich and detailed background of musical knowledge, vocal understanding, and a “spirit of life” in presenting varied, interesting and challenging programs.


The ensemble is composed of talented vocal musicians from the greater Milwaukee and surrounding area. Its depth of range and power comes from singers with extensive musical backgrounds ranging from international vocal soloists singing throughout America, Europe and Japan, church and school choral directors, high-quality students from area schools and serious amateur musicians. They sing compelling songs of celebration and humor, mixed with melodies and songs that warm the heart. They perform a wide variety of great music of all eras, genres and composers past and present.

Master Singers of Milwaukee embodies the qualities of excellence and strength through bringing together local talent, valuing civic pride, and engaging the cultural richness that characterizes Milwaukee and its surrounding communities. Master Singers strives to bring a professional vocal presentation to a full range of uplifting, enlightening and entertaining music.


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Prešernov dan

In February, the Slovenian American Times will publish its 100th issue. It is truly a milestone! Also in February, Slovenia will celebrate Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday, established in commemoration of her greatest poet. Coinciding with the anniversary of the poet’s death in 1849, the entire month is filled with a variety of cultural events such as school field trips, poetry readings and dramatizations, culminating on the eve of the February 8th holiday in the presentation of two Grand Prešeren Awards and up to six Prešeren Fund Awards given to individuals or groups in recognition of their achievements in the fields of literature, art, music and science. The celebrations are not confined to Slovenia, but occur worldwide in many Slovenian enclaves, including Cleveland.

The Slovenian American Times has taken advantage of this happy coincidence by organizing a much needed fundraiser in support of our newspaper. Please join us on Sunday, February 12th at 11:30am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church hall for Prešernov dan – Celebrating Prešeren. In store for our guests are a delicious dinner prepared by caterer Jože Tavčar, a Chinese raffle, the opportunity to mingle with some very interesting “characters,” and performances by Slovenski pevski zbor Korotan, Avgust Božidar Pust and Folklorna skupina Kres. We join our fellow Slovenians throughout the world in observing this special day by focusing on three of France Prešeren’s poems, Zdravljica, O Vrba and Povodni mož, all brought to life in song, oration and dance.

The staff of the Slovenian American Times and the board of the Slovenian American Cultural Association are grateful for your participation in this important Slovenian cultural feast and for your generous support of our endeavors! Bog plačaj!


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St. Mary Slovenian School Reverse Raffle

St. Mary’s Slovenian Language School is hosting a reverse raffle on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Tickets are $50 and include a main board ticket, a delicious homemade schnitzel buffet dinner and open bar. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $25.sola

The doors will open at 6:00 PM. Buffet dinner at 6:30 pm

The grand prize on the main board will be $2,500. Sideboards will also be available along with Chinese Auction baskets, 50/50 raffle and the Lucky 200 drawing.

For tickets please contact Susan Krulc Hamilton at (216) 481-0464, Mateja Ribic Ackworth at (216) 280-7652 or Beth Ribic at (440) 256-0245.

All proceeds from this event will used to offset the cost of our students travelling to Slovenia in July 2017 on an educational field trip.ticket

St. Mary’s Slovenian School would like to thank you for your support!!!!
St. Mary Slovenian School
c/o Church of St. Mary of the Assumption
15519 Holmes Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

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Slovenska Pristava Reverse Raffle

Pristava - Reverse Raffle

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Sister Cities International 2017 Inaugural Gala

The US Presidential inauguration and transition has been front and center with the news media around the world. As many people are now aware, First Lady Melania Trump is the first Slovenian-born person in that position, and KSKJ Life felt that as the premier Slovenian-American organization in United States, we should be a part of these historic events. On January 16, 2017, KSKJ Life National Board Chair Rudy Krašovec, Vice Chair Philip Hrvatin, and home office executive staff Tony Mravle Jr met with Dr. Božo Cerar, Slovenian Ambassador to the United States, and counselor Borut Žunič at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington D.C. The ambassador was very pleased with the ongoing support provided by KSKJ Life and was very generous with his time. We were grateful for his hospitality and the opportunity to meet with him and his staff.

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PHOTO: Left to Right Slovenian Embassy Counselor Borut Žunič, Slovenian Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar, KSKJ Chairman Rudy Krašovec, Jen Mravle, KSKJ home office executive staff Tony Mravle Jr and KSKJ Vice Chairman Phil Hrvatin

The following day I met with Mark Bland, Austria and Slovenia Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State. This is an executive department that advises the President and leads the country in foreign policy issues. The Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States abroad and is responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomacy efforts. Mr. Bland works with both the Slovenian Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana.

Later that evening, in advance of Inauguration Day, we had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Inaugural Gala held by Sister Cities International, one of the largest NGOs (non-governmental organizations). The event was hosted by Ambassador Cerar in honor of First Lady Melania Trump, and was very well attended by a gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders. Founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, all past Presidents of the United States have served as Honorary Chairpersons of Sister Cities International, and it is expected that President Trump will continue the tradition. KSKJ Life is honored to have supported the Ambassador by serving as a major sponsor of the Gala, which was held in the beautiful Organization of American States building. North Strabane Pennsylvania musicians Frank Valenčič Jr. and his brother Darryl provided button box music at the Sister Cities Gala. We had the pleasure of sitting with Ambassador Cerar and his wife Martina Slok. Martina serves as Minister Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations.

KSKJ Life is proud to continue our relationship with the Ambassador and to have supported him in this event.

Phil Hrvatin

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