An Open Letter to Our Public Officials:

 'ICEALITY SILVER REVELATION';  As part of ICEA's 25th Anniversary,   the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) would like to expand this original Ohio's Coastweeks 1994 celebration concept from the ARK in Berea into a National Educational program for children in  all 50 States focusing on the natural beauty, iceality, history and development for future uses of America's coastlines.

Specifically, ICEA is seeking to petition the Federal Government to administer and help fund the building of the COASTWEEKS Program. This program would be very similar to the Great Depression Era New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) Program called the Federal Art Project (FAP). Almost every community in the United States has riverfront parks or green shoreline spaces which would benefit from this program,
especially rural and inter-city areas that would provide positive local community guidance
for the youth and jobs for the unemployed who are able to work....
....We Can Do This!


Ambassador Renate


Ohio COASTWEEKS  2019 Childrens Art and Essay Contest

As part of Ohio's Coastweeks 2019 celebration, the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) will hold the
Official 23th Annual Coastweeks 2019 Art and Essay contest for Children.

The contest portrays important issues about Lake Erie through Art focusing on the natural beauty, history and future uses. David comments on why he organized this area's only comprehensive art/environment program for young children at ICEA……"to plan strategies of sustainable development for a Great Lake like ours that is endowed with renewable and non-renewable resources requires a scientific and empiric deep knowledge supported by a lingering bioregional educational action that needs to begin with our young children." These combined elements will eventually increase the public's awareness through ICEAlity and enable the protection of Lake Erie's valuable and delicate systems.
The theme, 'I Can Help Lake Erie', encourages young Ohioans to be part of the solution, not the pollution that finds it way into the lake."
The posters and essays are exhibited at the
Great Lakes Historical Society's Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio and the
ARK in Berea in the Cleveland Area.

For over 25 years ICEA has inspired generations of citizens, teachers and children to take an active role in their environment through ICEAlity. As an example of these endeavors, in 2007 the new Coe Lake Nature Trail and Riparian Restoration Project was built to foster an appreciation for Berea's natural environment and history.

International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)
Box 81496
Cleveland, Ohio 441181 USA
Tel/Fax: 440-891-8376


The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is a force for socially responsible activity. ICEA's mission is ICEAlity that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts". ICEA was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues. Over the years, ICEA has gained a reputation for excellence based upon a unique library of specialized, current information on global importance and a wide range of imaginative programming and collaborations with other organizations to meet the needs of a broad constituency. With affiliates across the globe, ICEA supports research, information sharing and effective action promoting a sustainable Culture of  Peace.

The historic ARK in Berea,  is the first structure in Cuyahoga County to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, it  inaugurated the green building trend that is now sweeping America. The Ark in Berea is the home and studio of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca and is also a museum, community center, and art gallery. The ARK in Berea is the home of the Environmental Art Movement.

ICEA is a place where people are encouraged to develop their own unique individual skills and talents for themselves, their community, nation and the world.  The center provides a healthy holistic environment to aid people in their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual as well as artistic growth.  Sustainable business leadership training programs are available to corporate and community organizations.  Consultants and Speakers are available for all topics relating to the Humanities, Arts, and the Environment.

Annual Ongoing Projects are:
Ohio COASTWEEKS Children's Arts and Essay Contest.
World Childrens Peace Movement

Great American Peace Trail

Volunteers are welcome for specific projects and committees. Training is provided.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Ohio Lake Erie Commission   One Maritme Plaza, Toledo, Ohio 43604

Ohio Department of Natural Resources  1930 Belcher Dr.  Columbus, Ohio  43224

Ambassador Renate
Box 81496 Cleveland, Ohio 44181 Tel/Fax 440-891-8376

Carla LaVigne
Great Lakes Historical Society
Box 435 Vermilion, Oh 44089 Tel 440-967-3467

Christopher H. Gillcrist
InLand Seas Maritime Museum
480 Main St. Vermilion, Oh 44089 Tel 800-893-1485

Ohio’s Coastweeks Coordinators
One Maritime Plaza, Fourth Floor, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Tel 419-245-2514 

COASTWEEKS Water links to UN and Non-UN System sites:

United Nations


International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

UNDP and Water



UNICEF - Water, Environment and Sanitation

World Bank Group

World Health Organization

World Meteorological Organization



The additional resources links on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement by COASTWEEKS.

American Water Resources Association

Global Water Partnership

Institute of Water and Environment

International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)

International Office for Water

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

International Water Association

International Water Management Institute

Programme Solidarité Eau

Stockholm International Water Institute

Universities Council on Water Resources

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

World Resources Institute

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

World Water Council

World's Water

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When you join the Farmgirl Sisterhood, you'll be able to participate in fun celebrations like our Farmgirl Jubilee.

The first annual Farmgirl Jubilee was celebrated in 2015, forever more to be held during the first weekend in May.  During our special weekend, together in person or online, we celebrate friendships and our connections to our ethnic roots.  It's when we honor our fatherland, our homes, families, and friends.  We celebrate by adding beautiful gardens to our backyards, by discovering the satisfaction of home-cooked meals made with healthy ingredients, by renewing our commitment to the simplifactions of our daily lives, by rediscovering outdoor spaces together with friends, and by meeting new friends who inspire us and help us stay the course in meaninful ways.



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CGRS SHOW NOV 26, 2023


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Welcome to the Cleveland German Radio Special Thanksgiving Program!

You know, as the traditional Holiday Season approaches, our thoughts reflect to the richness of our blessings.
The spiritual legacy of our German Community are undiminished;
We are privileged to participate in international efforts to advance the welfare of all the Worlds Children. We are profoundly grateful for the existence of the international forum of the Worlds Children Peace Monument where differences among peoples may be submitted to world opinion with a hope for all Living things on the planet.

With Thanksgiving here, for many of us, this time of year may mean travel to visit with family and friends, enjoying traditional holiday foods like turkey, cranberries, stuffing and mashed potatoes, reflecting on the people and things for which we are grateful, and cheering on our favorite football teams.

May our thanksgiving this year be tempered by humility, by sympathy for those who lack abundance, and by compassion for those in want. As we express appreciation in prayer for our magnificent gifts, may we remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive; and may we manifest our remembrance of that precept by generously sharing our bounty with other Worlds Children.

During this season of gratitude, I want to encourage each of us to remember the grateful German Community that we are.

I’d also like to recognize that this time of year can be challenging for many of us. Anticipation and anxiety can cause us to become isolated, feeling that we don’t have enough time to connect to, socialize with, and support one another as we once did earlier in our lives. Additionally, the holiday season itself can bring on feelings of stress, anxiety and sometimes depression tied to family, finances, and too many commitments. And yet, we also know that it is in such times of stress and anxiety that we need to look to each other, and look out for one another. This is what makes our Cleveland German Community such a special place.

I encourage each of us, as we come to the end of the Oktoberfest Season and focus on all of the additional responsibilities that come along with the upcoming holiday season, to place a high priority on our own self-care, our friends, and our fellow German Community Members. Take breaks, connect with friends, breathe, plan ahead, continue healthy habits, listen to the CGRS and be inspired to reach out to someone, share a cup of coffee or even a simple smile, and express your appreciation to those who have helped you. It’s the small things that sometimes have the greatest impact on yourself and others.

We have a very honored guest in our studio today.  The famous Reverend Horst Hoyer from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tremont.  How wonderful it is for him to join us here on our Cleveland German Radio Show!  It is such an honor to have him join us today to share a very special Thanksgiving Blessing worldwide for all the Worlds Children!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times!  This is Ambassador Renate und......

Und David here.   I wish you a happy Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments. Thank you for your support day in and day out to serve our Cleveland German Community and make this organization what it is. Thank you for your generosity, your willingness to go above and beyond. Thank you for helping to make the CGRS what it is today -- Sending you my warm wishes from home to home and from heart to heart to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


My dear ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce a very special guest in our studio today, who really needs no introduction. 

Meine lieben Damen und Herren, ich möchte Ihnen heute einen ganz besonderen
Gast in unserem Studio vorstellen, der wirklich keiner Vorstellung bedarf.

The famous Reverend Horst Hoyer from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tremont.  How wonderful it is for him to join us here on our Cleveland German Radio Show!  

It is such an honor to have you join us today to give our listeners your very special Thanksgiving Blessing for everyone in the World to hear!  
Reverend Hoyer has been for the past 57 years  pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tremont. Rev. Hoyer and his wife, Marilynn even got married at the church in 1956. Reverend Horst Hoyer, 93, now partially retired, still gives a sermon in the German language once a month at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tremont.
Pastor Hoyer, we are very pleased that you were able to join us today on our Cleveland German Radio Show and give your very special Thanksgiving Blessing to the World and all the Worlds Children.  It was such an honor to share this time with you here on our radio show.  Your kind words and encouragement made this very special.  I am sure by listening to you today, it made everyone's day brighter, not only during this Thanksgiving weekend, but the rest of the month and year!  Pastor Hoyer, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  

Pfarrer Hoyer, wir freuen uns sehr, dass Sie heute in unserer Cleveland German Radio Show dabei sind und Ihren ganz besonderen Thanksgiving-Segen spenden konnten an die Welt und alle Kinder der Welt. Es war mir eine große Ehre, diese Zeit hier in unserer Radiosendung mit Ihnen zu teilen. Ihre freundlichen Worte und Ihre Ermutigung machte dies zu etwas ganz Besonderem. Wenn ich Ihnen heute zuhöre, bin ich mir sicher, dass es allen den Tag verschönert hat, nicht nur an diesem Thanksgiving-Wochenende, sondern auch Rest des Monats und Jahres! Pfarrer Hoyer, wir danken Ihnen von ganzem Herzen!


Very happy birthday greetings and wishes go out to John Roland Schobel who has a birthday on December 2nd.  Your birthday greetings come your way from your parents, John and Sophia Schobel who are very proud of you and your accomplishments, especially during your time in the service.  A special hello from the whole German Community and from us here at the Cleveland German Radio Show!  And here is a special song for you selected by your is called Fater und Sohn by Tony Marshal and Mark Marshal.  Enjoy!

On Thanksgiving, many Americans remove the wishbone from the turkey, and two people pull at each end while making a wish.
The idea behind the turkey wishbone tradition is that whoever is holding the bigger piece of the bone will have their wish come true. If you're hoping to come out on top, try to pick the thicker side of the bone when choosing sides, as it's less likely to snap under pressure.
If the turkey wishbone isn't sufficiently dry, you won't experience that signature snap. So how much drying time are we talking about? According to sources, the process can take a week or longer, so some people save the tradition until Christmas and have the breaking contest then.

D so many wishes so few wishbones
D every year Renate has the same wish
R how do you know

We have a brief Holiday Thanksgiving message from one of our Sponsors

and now back to the show


On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to do more than just eat.  So, I'll start by saying that I am so grateful for you.  I'm thankful and blessed. They say that gratitude makes you realize all the wonderful things you already have in your life.  But honestly, I am already thankful for  you. Cheers to all my Cleveland German Radio Show friends that make Thanksgiving the best day of my year because it becomes Friendsgiving.  I wouldn't want it any other way.  For someone who is rich in kindness, love, and compassion, I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Hey Mr Cow Here is a Thanksgiving joke for you --
What's a genie's favorite part of the turkey?
The wishbone!


Zum Erntedankfest danken wir Gott fuer die Ernte des Jahres
und fuer alles das Gute und die gelingenden Beziehungen,
die er uns geschenkt hat und schenkt.
Und wir danken unseren Cleveland German Radio Show Freunde!


You are listening to WCSB Cleveland, 89.3 on your FM dial.
Guten Morgen meine Damen und Herren!  Wilkommen zum heutigen, Deutschen, Amerikanishen Radio Program, euer Heimatradio mit alte Heimatslieder und Volksmelodien.  We hope you have enjoyed our first half of our Program, and we would like to welcome you to our second half of our program with schlager hits and more news for your entertainment.  enjoy!

You are listening to WCSB Cleveland, 89.3 on your FM dial.
Guten Morgen meine Damen und Herren!  Wilkommen zum heutigen, Deutschen, Amerikanishen Radio Program, euer Heimatradio mit alte Heimatslieder und Volksmelodien.  We hope you have enjoyed our first half of our very special Thanksgiving Program, and we would like to welcome you to our second half with more festive holiday music for your entertainment.   enjoy!

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CLEVELAND POLKA STUHLTANZEN, America's Newest Dance Craze from Cleveland
Something special happens whenever the music starts, some people sway back and forth, others bob their head in time with the beat. From the tiniest movement to the most bold, moving the body in a rhythmic way that expresses emotion, releases energy, or simply shows delight, is the definition of dance. From ballroom to polkas, dancing is also one of the most enjoyable ways of getting up, moving, and keeping fit. But for seniors from the German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovenian and many many more from Cleveland's ethnic community it has become a thing of the past....but not anymore!
The Benefits of CLEVELAND POLKA STUHLTANZEN for Seniors is that when someone dances, art and sport intersect. Because it simultaneously combines physical, emotional, and cognitive stimulation, this accounts for the many benefits that dancing holds for older adults. CLEVELAND POLKA STUHLTANZEN is a progressive dance form which uses the chair as the central point for the choreography. Now Seniors, even those in wheelchairs, who love to dance can create new and fun interesting movement opportunities into their lives. Senior CLEVELAND POLKA STUHLTANZEN offers elderly people physical benefits which include improvement in balance, strength and gait, which will help reduce the risk of falls. As well as work their arm and leg muscles. As well as improving their balance it will also help improve their coordination. Ambassador Renate says "The CLEVELAND POLKA STUHLTANZEN program is part of a broader strategy of bringing arts of various kinds into the care setting developed from the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM). Possibly, with teachers and classes, this can be a developed Senior dance program as a model for other long-term care facilities across America and the World.
"Remember, you don't get too old to dance, You grow old because you stop dancing".
Chair exercising is not a new idea, but taking it to a new level is, I came up with the idea of CLEVELAND POLKA STUHLTANZEN by watching Liza Minelli's Mein Herr Cabaret - Group Chair Dance Performance at Millers (Zürich, Switzerland) April 2023. This performance that was part of the Can't Stop the Beat Musical Theater production from Close Encounters Theater group Zürich)
Ambassador Renate Jakupca


You are listening to WCSB Cleveland, 89.3 on your FM dial.
Guten Morgen meine Damen und Herren!  Wilkommen zum heutigen, Deutschen, Amerikanishen Radio Program, euer Heimatradio mit alte Heimatslieder und Volksmelodien.  We hope you have enjoyed our first half of our Program, and we would like to welcome you to our second half of our program with schlager hits and more news for your entertainment.  enjoy!

You are listening to WCSB Cleveland, 89.3 on your FM dial.
Guten Morgen meine Damen und Herren!  Wilkommen zum heutigen, Deutschen, Amerikanishen Radio Program, euer Heimatradio mit alte Heimatslieder und Volksmelodien.  We hope you have enjoyed our first half of our very special Thanksgiving Program, and we would like to welcome you to our second half with more festive holiday music for your entertainment.   enjoy!

We have begun our continuous 24/7 streaming of German Christmas Music on Tannenbaum Radio the Official Radio of Christkindl Markt on the CGRS. Enjoy it all from now through New Year’s Day.We'll even make it easy for you!  To listen, go to our CGRS Facebook page and and click on the link.  It's a musical Cleveland Christkindlmarkt! Share with your Family in Germany so you can all immediately enjoy the sounds of the season on Cleveland German Radio SWhow!