North, south, east, west, Cleveland-Style Polka is best! Dance to the finest Cleveland-and SlovenianStyle performers at PHOFNorth America’s renowned three-day polka-thon. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum presents the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend and the 30th Awards Show spectacular – all at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 23, 24 and 25.

TV’s Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen arrive from Iowa, the Singing Slovenes from Minnesota, Dick and Jack Tady from Pennsylvania, Joey Miskulin from Nashville, Fritz’s Polka Band from New York and Walter Ostanek from Canada.
Performers include last year’s winning band, the Jeff Pecon Orchestra, and button-boxers of the year Kathy Hlad and the Fairport Jammers. Check the daily line-up for your favorites.

Twenty orchestras and entertainers are scheduled each day in three hotel locations. Polka personality Tony Petkovsek, who started the festival in 1963, gives the downbeat for the Friday evening button box jam with as many as fifty accordions.

Take a “Polka Road Trip” with the Polka Hall of Fame as it celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stage full of stars from across America’s Polka Belt at the awards show spectacular in the Marriott Ballroom, Saturday, November 25, at 2 p.m. Tom
Mroczka directs the all-star stage orchestra as top talents share the spotlight with winners of this year’s awards, celebrity presenters and polkarific surprises. Father Frank Perkovich follows the festivities with his Polka mass at 4 p.m.

Reserve today – The Marriott Hotel books up fast! Only $105 for a single or double room per night, tax included and free attached indoor parking. Each Thursday ticket is $15, $20 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday, including free indoor parking. 18 and under free! Awards Show tickets are $25 each. Save with a Polka Combo Pass – all four events only $60 per person. For hotel reservations, call Kollander Travel, (216) 692-1000. To order tickets, contact the Polka Hall of Fame, (216) 261-3263.

Joe Valencic, President
National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame & Museum

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Father John Kumse’s 65th

St. Vitus Church bulletin October 29, 2017

EVER SO QUIETLY – Father John Kumse’s 65th birthday on October 14th came and went unnoticed by many of his friends and admirers at St. Vitus Parish. We remember that Fr. Kumse was an associate pastor at St. Vitus Parish from 1979-1986.
Since 1987, Father has been serving as the wise and hard working pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Collinwood.
Happy Birthday Father John!

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Slovenian Grape Festival – Cleveland

grapeSlovenian Grape Festival – Cleveland
Sunday September 24

2:00 PM
10946 Heath Road, Kirtland

SNPJ Farm’s Colorful, Musical Tradition. Celebrate the autumn season Old Country-style at SNPJ Farm’s colorful, musical Slovenian Grape Festival, Sunday, September 24, 2017, down on the Farm on Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio. The polka parade starts the festivities, featuring the Joey Tomsick Orchestra for four hours of dancing. Hearty harvest fare includes smoked Slovenian sausages, savory roast beef and homemade donuts.  Slovenian singing and costumes highlight the harvest parade at 2:45 led by accordionist Tony Fortuna. Join the sing-along with Joe Valencic – song-sheets provided. Dance to Joey Tomsick’s toe-tapping tunes from 3:00 to 7:00. Free admission when you wear your Slovenian costume or bring your accordion to the parade. Participants need to arrive by 2:15 to prep for the parade. 18 and under free. Regular admission, $8, includes four hours of live music and all the balinca you can play. Dinners, sandwiches and refreshments served 2:00 on.

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Slovenians x 3


Phil Hrvatin KSKJ, Joe Evanish SNPJ & Tim Percic ALMA attending the 2017 American Fraternal Alliance annual meeting in Chandler Arizona.

The American Fraternal Alliance unites nearly 63 not-for-profit fraternal benefit societies operating in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Alliance member societies represent nearly 8 million individuals, making it one of America’s largest member-volunteer networks. AFAThrough advocacy, developing policy and providing opportunities for a broader understanding of fraternal benefit societies as financial providers and community service activists, the Alliance serves as a vital and valued resource.

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SLO ElectionsElections of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Sunday, October 22, 2017


In the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 43/17, the Call for the Presidential Elections, to be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, was published. The day of the announcement of the elections, with which the time limits for the electoral process begin to run, is 21 August 2017.

In the US the presidential elections will be held at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, DC and the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland, OH.


Ballot at the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland, will be at the following address:
Slovenian Home for the Aged
18621 Neff Road
Cleveland, OH 44119

Ballot at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, will be at the following address:
2410 California Street, NW,
Washington DC, DC 20008

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Pristava Labor Day

Click here for flyer Pristava Labor Day Flyer 4-1

Pristava Labor Day Flyer 4-1

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Hurricane Logo

Dear Friends of KSKJ Life,

As you are well aware, Southeastern Texas has been pummeled with unprecedented flooding this past weekend after the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, leaving thousands of residents stranded and in need of help. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastating damage caused by this hurricane.

Since 1894, KSKJ Life has served its members and their communities through outreach and charitable aid. To support relief efforts for this disaster, we have set up a charitable fund that will be donated to both Catholic Charities USA and the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services. Both organizations are providing physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers.

KSKJ Life will match donations collected up to $5,000 total. If you would like to make a donation, please make a check payable to:
“KSKJ Life Foundation”
and mail to:

KSKJ Life Foundation
2439 Glenwood Ave.
Joliet , IL 60435
Attn: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

All donations must be made by check as we are not able to accept any other form of payment at this time. We would like to send in the collected donations as soon as possible because of the immediate need for such aid. If you are making a donation, we are asking that you kindly send it in before October 15th.

All donations are tax deductible. A letter will be mailed for your records to the address listed on your check (unless otherwise noted).

The final donation total will be communicated via email and in the November issue of The Voice.

Together we can make a difference to those who need our help. Thank you.

2439 Glenwood Ave
Joliet, IL 60435

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One World Day Cleveland



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Clambake – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Collinwood


St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Collinwood will be hosting its annual clambake on Saturday, September 16th in the Parish Hall. Music will be provided by the Jeff Pecon Orchestra. Clam and chicken or steak dinners will be available. Extra clams are also available. Free smoked sausages will be served after dinner. Side boards and door prizes will be available. Reservations are necessary and must be made no later than September 10th by calling the rectory at 216-761-7740. Tickets can also be purchased from Parish Council representatives. Proceeds of the clam bake will go to the parish’s Catholic School Scholarship Fund. All are welcome.

Župnija Sv. Marje Vnebovzete ima vsakoletni “Clambake” v soboto 16. septembra v župnijski dvorani. Za zabavo bo igral orkester Jeff Pecon. Večerja s školjke in pisčanec in večerja s školjke in steak ali samo steak večerja bo na razpolago. Poleg “clambake” bodo tudi “sideboards” in “door prizes”. Rezervacije so nujne, zato pokličite župnišče na 216-761-7740 najkasneje do 10. septembra. Kartice lahko dobite tudi pri članih Pastornalnega sveta. Dohodek gre za farni župnijski katoliški štipendijski sklad. Vsi lepo vabljeni!



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Glasbena Matica

Glasbena 2014 Concert S

“A Family Affair” with Glasbena Matica,
Concert and Dancing, Sunday, October 22It’s “A Family Affair” as the Glasbena Matica Slovenian Singing Society invites you to a concert and dance on Sunday, October 22, 2017. You’ll enjoy Slovenian, classical and American melodies about family life, marriage, mothers and fathers, performed by Cleveland’s legendary Slovenian chorus. Selections range from folk songs and opera to Avsenik and Slak favorites, plus Broadway and Cleveland-Style polkas – all saluting our family ties in Slovenian and English.This year, the chorus performs at St. Mary’s Auditorium, 15517 Holmes Avenue, in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood. Join the pre-show mingle at 2:00 p.m. with food and refreshments. Curtain time is 3:00 with
Angela Perrine directing the chorus and Michael Cercek at the piano. After the show, stay for the social featuring Patty C and the Guys for dancing.

Admission to the annual concert and dance is $15 per person. Twelve and under free. Tickets are available from chorus members and the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio. For more information, contact Lori at the Polka Hall of Fame, (216) 261-3263.

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