74th Annual One World Day

Members of Cleveland’s Slovenian Community will participate in the 74th Annual One World Parade of Flags at noon as part of the One World Day celebration. Last year over 25,000 people participated in the One World Day events. Stop by and visit us at the Slovenian Cultural Garden.





Hosted by the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation

Sunday, August 25, 2019 is the 74th Annual One World Day, 11am – 6pm!

Since 1945, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation has celebrated One World Day in the Gardens. This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

One World Day is the highlight of summer events in the Gardens and the occasion at which all the Gardens get together to celebrate as one. Events include a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment, gardens exhibitors, authentic diverse ethnic food, guided Lolly the Trolley Tours, children’s activities, and more.

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St. Mary’s Collinwood Church Picnic

St. Mary Collinwood Annual Summer Church Picnic Sunday, August 18th, 2019.

SM Picnic

The picnic will start with Mass at 12:30 at Slovenska Pristava (1024 Brandt Rd, Harpersfield, OH 44041). Following Mass, we will serve a Chicken/Roast Beef Dinner. Meals $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 years of age and under. Our International Biergarten will serve a variety of beers as well as featuring a grilled hamburgers and Italian Sausages, which will be available right after Mass. After dinner, cevapčiči, klobasa, burgers, hotdogs, fries as well as other food will be available to purchase throughout the day. The St. Mary’s Altar Society will have a bake sale of home-baked goods. There will be children’s games and ice cream, plus a Chinese Auction and wonderful music performed by ANSAMBEL EUROPA. Our grand prize raffle will be held at 7:00 P.M., as well as the Chinese Auction. The Pristava swimming pool will be available to the public for a nominal fee. Our picnic is open to everyone.

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Thank You SNPJ Lodge 53 V Boj

Friends and volunteers of the Slovenian Cultural Garden.

A big thank you to Pauline Barbish, Martha Meglich and members of SNPJ Lodge 53 V Boj for their $5,000 donation on July 10, 2019 to the Slovenian Cultural Garden.
Donations help us continue to celebrate our past, present and future by offering a central gathering place for arts, cultural events, civic and educational programs.

We welcome grassroots support and donor support. We welcome your comments, suggestions and participation at any level. Please contact us with any questions you might have.

Thank you.

Phil Hrvatin
President – Slovenian Cultural Garden Association

The Slovenian Cultural Garden Association is registered with the State of Ohio

Slo Garden SNPJ 53 Thank You Web

Seated SNPJ Lodge 53 Secretary Martha Meglich, right SNPJ Lodge 53 President Pauline Barbish, Philip Hrvatin President Slovenian Cultural Garden Association, left SNPJ Lodge 53 member Pat Gruden

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Folklorna Skupina Kres

KresFOLKLORNA SKUPINA KRES. Cleveland’s Slovenian Dance Group will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a performance on Saturday, August 10th, at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, please contact Jane Leksan at 216-470-5990 or Beth Ribic at 440-840-5178.

FOLKLORNA SKUPINA KRES bo praznovala 65. obletnico z nastopom v soboto, 10. avgusta v Slovenskem narodnem domu na St. Clairju. Vrata bodo odprli ob 6:00, program pa se bo pričel ob 7:00. Za vstopnice pokličite Jane Lekšan na 216-470-5990 ali Beth Ribič na 440-840-5178.

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Plečnik and the Sacred


Jože Plečnik (Plecnik11872-1957), is the first Slovenian artist whose work is to be displayed in the Pope’s Museums from 28 June to 7 September in an exhibition entitled “Plečnik and the Sacred. Jože Plečnik, Slovenian architect and designer”.Musei Vaticani

For the special occasion, 33 liturgical objects will be presented, produced by the artist in an original and innovative style through the use of modern, clean and geometric forms decorated with simple graphic ornamentation and precious stones. The exhibition will consist of a careful selection of chalices, monstrances, ciboriums, sacramental enclosures and a video tracing the religious architecture of the master of Ljubljana together with his principal monumental works.

The exhibition was realized by the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana (where the exhibition will be transferred 26 September) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to the Holy See, with the support of the Vatican Museums, the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Archdiocese of Ljubljana.



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Former American-Slovenian Astronaut Ronald Sega Visits Slovenia


Source https://si.usembassy.gov/former-american-slovenian-astronaut-ronald-sega-visits-slovenia/


In the year when the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we were fortunate to catch the American astronaut with Slovenian roots Ronald Sega (his grand-parents were born in Loški potok) who recently visited Slovenia. Dr. Sega was invited by the Engineering Academy of Slovenia, which presented him an honorable membership award. During his stay, Dr. Sega also visited the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana where he gave a lecture on the importance of space exploration and the further development of space programs. The biggest hall at the faculty was filled with students of engineering, professors, experts in engineering and space enthusiasts. All wanted to hear what Dr. Sega was able to share with them.

He is currently a professor of systems engineering and Vice President for Energy and the Environment at the Colorado State University Research Foundation but is known by all the outstanding achievements during his work as the astronaut at NASA since 1991. From November 1994 to March 1995, Sega was the NASA Director of Operations, Star City, Russia (The Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center) responsible for managing NASA activities at Star City. These activities involved building an organization and infrastructure to support astronaut and cosmonaut mission and science training for flight on the Russian Space Station Mir. He also participated in training on Russian Space Systems and was the first American to train in the Russian EVA suit (Orlan) in their underwater facility (Hydrolaboratory). A veteran of two space flights (STS-60 in 1994 and STS-76 in 1996), Sega logged over 420 hours in space.

Responding to the question of what does one need to do to become an astronaut, he answered that you have to be hard-working and curious, with a lot of energy and persistence. And he believes he got a great dose of those qualities thanks to his Slovenian roots!

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• Featured in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Things to Do in July” •

Borough of SNPJ, Pa. — The weekend of July 12-14, 2019, the 38th annual Slovenefest will be held at the SNPJ Recreation Center in Lawrence County, Pa. Slovenefest – a weekend-long celebration of the music, tastes and traditions of Slovenia that is attended by as many as 5,000 people each year – is the largest Slovenian cultural festival of its kind. Featuring more than 20 Slovenian polka bands and button box accordion clubs at five indoor and outdoor venues, the non-stop entertainment starts at noon each day.

Slovenefest attendees will be able to sample the great foods and beverages of Slovenia while enjoying the music. Slovenian sausage, and barbecued lamb, chicken and pork will be available for purchase, along with other favorite festival foods and a variety of beverages, including Slovenian beer and wines.

Festival guests will be able to explore the culture of Slovenia through an extensive display of folk attire, crafts and presentations in the SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center museum. Families and children alike will appreciate swimming in the Olympic-size pool, fishing in the SNPJ Recreation Center lake, playing miniature golf, riding the trackless train, playing on the playground equipment, and participating in organized activities. These family activities, as well as admission to the swimming pool and the Slovenian Heritage Center, are included with Slovenefest admission.

The Slovenefest “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” Crafters Bazaar will return for 2019, presenting several of the area’s finest crafters, all of whom will have items available for purchase. Hours of operation for the crafters bazaar are noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. Admission to the “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” Crafters Bazaar is also included with festival admission.

The SNPJ Recreation Center (address: 270 Martin Rd., Enon Valley, PA 16120) is located on PA Route 108, one mile east of the Pennsylvania-Ohio border and seven miles west of the Mt. Jackson Exit (#17) of Interstate 376. Admission is $10 on Friday and Sunday, $15 on Saturday. A three-day pass is offered for $30. Children and teens age 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Ample free parking is available, and shuttle service is also offered free of charge. Contact the SNPJ Recreation Center at 724-336-5180 (toll-free at 1-877-767-5732) or visit www.snpjrec.com for directions. Visit the Slovenefest website, www.slovenefest.com, for additional information, including a complete weekend entertainment schedule.

For more information about Slovenefest, please call 1-877-767-5732 or e-mail snpj@snpjrec.com.

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Dobrodošli doma 2019


Dr. Zvone Žigon

Vodja sektorja za Slovence po svetu /
Head of division for Slovenians in the World

Urad Vlade Republike Slovenije za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu /
Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad
Erjavčeva 15, SI-1000 Ljubljana

tel: +386 (0)1 230 80 11 fax: +386 (0)1 230 80 17


dobrodosli doma

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Parishioners bake with love to support St. Mary’s

Carol Kovach’s article titled Parishioners bake with love to support St. Mary’s provides a behind the scene look at the volunteers at cerkvi Marije Vnebovzete.

Click NORTHEAST OHIO CATHOLIC May/June 2109 to access the article. Page 4


St Marys Strudel

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Pristava Opening Day

Click here for PDF flyer Opening Day 2019 Flyer

Opening Day 2019 Flyer

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