CLEVELAND — National Welcoming Week kicks off on this Friday with Global Cleveland’s first-ever “Welcoming the World Campaign.”

It’s designed to showcase immigrants and newcomers to The Land by highlighting Cleveland’s network of international talent living and working in the area.

There are events planned all week long and an interactive map will be available on Global Cleveland’s website beginning Friday.

Here are some of the week’s highlights:

Tuesday, Sept. 17 is Global Cleveland’s Passport Party. Just bring your passport to share your travel stories. It’s from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Market Garden Brewery on W. 25th Street. The furthest stamp from Global Cleveland’s offices will win a Vitamix High Performance Blender.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening, there will be a book signing with author, attorney and immigrant Khizr Khan. He will also talk about his newest book, This is our Constitution: What is it and Why it Matters, at the Cleveland Public Library’s main branch at 525 Superior Ave.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 is the 2019 Constitution Day Forum featuring Khizr Khan. It’s from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the City Club at 850 Euclid Ave.

On Friday, Sept. 20, Global Cleveland will host a special Naturalization Ceremony at 10 a.m., to be presided over by Judge David Ruiz. It’s at the Solon branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Pkwy, in Solon.

In a press release, Joe Cimperman, Global Cleveland’s President said, “We hope that by shining a light on all the skills and talents immigrants and newcomers possess and bring to our region, it will help steer the national conversation. Greater Clevelanders already are welcoming of new people to our community and we want to celebrate that tolerance and acceptance.”

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