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The Upper West Side is getting a taste of Slovenia in the form of Pekarna, an ambitious bi-level restaurant opening this week for indoor dining. Owner Dean O’Neill aims to showcase a blend of Slovenian-American foods in a sprawling space that unfolds across two buildings at 592 and 594 Amsterdam Avenue, at the corner of West 89th Street.

The venue is situated across 6,500 square feet covering two floors that O’Neill eventually envisions as an entertainment complex unlike any other restaurants on the Upper West Side. It’ll have four private and public event spaces on the lower level for private parties, screenings, weddings, book launches, and more. The upper level evokes more of an “old New York world,” O’Neill says, with cozy, intimate seating surrounded by exposed brick and two separate bars.

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The Show Must Go On

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors and entertainers at senior centers are on hold for now.
That didn’t stop a group of entertainers from providing much needed sing-a-long favorites at the Slovene Home for the Aged 18621 Neff Road Cleveland, OH 44119. The Slovenian troubadours made the rounds outside the building providing music to residents and staff inside the facility.
Musicians Left to Right
Joe Novak, Phil Hrvatin Slovene Home Board President, Joe Strukle, Patty Candela and Lou Zorko
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Discover Slovenia in Cleveland/Odkrijmo Slovenijo v Clevelandu


Discover Slovenia in Cleveland/Odkrijmo Slovenijo v Clevelandu
Register today

The contest will be a “photo hunt” throughout Cleveland and surrounding areas. It will take place under the patronage of the Center for Slovenian Studies, and the office of the Slovenian Consulate General in Cleveland. The purpose of the contest is to “discover” many of the Slovenian connections, landmarks, and organizations, along with their influence on the Slovenian Community here in our beautiful Cleveland area. This event is completely virtual, free, open to groups of all ages and all nationalities, will be educational, competitive, and most of all FUN!
There is no cost to participate… It’s Free! Form a team. Teams can consist of 2-6 members. Register your team: by June 16.  Once your team is registered and the contest begins, you will be provided with clues to a location, or a task to complete in different areas around Cleveland that have a Slovenian connection. More details at

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9 Fascinating Facts about the Slovenian Language

Click here 9 Fascinating Facts about the Slovenian Language

Culture Trip



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Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today”


Click here for the US Embassy Link  Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today” Video



Exhibit 1

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Slovenia National Day


Slovenia National Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

June 25, 2018
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of Slovenia as you celebrate your 27th Statehood Day.

Our strategic partnership with Slovenia, as a NATO Ally and member of the European Union, is founded on shared values and history, and a common pursuit of collective security. In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, our security forces stand shoulder to shoulder to advance global counterterrorism initiatives and affirm our common commitment through NATO’s presence in front-line states.

The United States values Slovenia’s contributions and friendship, and looks forward to deepening our bilateral relationship over the coming year as we work to expand bilateral trade and investment and ensure that Europe remains strong and free.

I extend my best wishes to the Slovenian people and congratulate you on your Statehood Day.

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President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:White house

Lynda Blanchard of Alabama, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia.

Ms. Blanchard co-founded 100X Development Foundation in 2004, an organization dedicated to fostering creative solutions to eradicate poverty and improve the lives of children around the world. Concurrently, she co-founded and is currently senior advisor at B & M Management Company, a real estate investment management company. Ms. Blanchard has worked in Africa, Asia, and South America, engaging with local partners to further 100X Development Foundation’s mission. As an advocate for people with special needs for more than 20 years, Ms. Blanchard has voluntarily served on boards of non-profit organizations and supported numerous education programs in Alabama, as well as helped families who are interested in adoption. She is the mother of seven children, four of which were adopted internationally. Ms. Blanchard earned a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in computer science from Auburn University.


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Slovene Fest


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

Borough of SNPJ, Pa. — The weekend of July 13-15, 2018, the 37th 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.

Returning for 2018, the Slovenefest “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” Crafters Bazaar will present 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 14, and Sunday, July 15. Admission to the 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 Ohio-Pennsylvania 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 for directions. Visit the Slovenefest website,, for additional information, including a complete weekend entertainment schedule.

For more information about Slovenefest, please call 1-877-767-5732 or e-mail

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Slovenian-US veteran astronaut Sunita Williams is one of four chosen for NASA’s next human missions.

The unsung astronauts.

Astronauts have gone from idolized to anonymous. As NASA prepares to launch humans from the U.S. again, the nature of space flight and who does it is changing once more.

Click here to read the Wahington Post article The Unsung Astronauts 


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Euclid Memorial Day Parade

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This is a picture you don’t see every day. Sisters Linda Holle and Ruth Feild nee Poropat pose in front of Euclid’s M103 Heavy Tank.  The proud Slovenian sisters accompanied the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame float at the 2018 City of Euclid Memorial Day Parade. Many in the Slovenian community may remember the sister’s parents Stan and Marge Poropat. Stan and Marge were the proprietors of Petrick’s Tavern in Euclid, Ohio until 1984.

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