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Summertime workshops spark a hot mess of creativity

Summer is the season for vacations, relaxation and general fun in the sun, or so the brochure tells us. The hot months don't have to be spent just lazing about, however, because Cleveland is positively smoking with educational summertime programs, and Fresh Water is burning things up with this enticing workshop roundup, with everything from creating mysterious accordion books and building video games to snapping out flash fiction.

Get the whole list here

Thousands expected to flock to Mall B for summer concert 'Spectacular'

Now in its 28th year, the Star-Spangled Spectacular draws folks of all ages and backgrounds downtown. This year's event will be held on Friday, June 30., and includes free family workshops ahead of the fireworks and festivities.

Preview all of it here

Over The River: Summer cinema, a poetry slam, a sizzling street festival...

Welcome to "Over The River," a monthly calendar of exciting activities taking place throughout the area. Have a fun event you want to share with your fellow Clevelanders? Drop us an email.
Our June listing is packed with summer movie goodness, poetry and a little bit of yoga.

Get all the 411 here.

Side dish: unique patios marry local nightlife with the great outdoors

As Cleveland's restaurant and bar scene is heats up alongside the temperatures, Fresh Water is pleased to share a few of the unique outdoor patios where adventurous patrons can sip a Manhattan or hoist a craft beer.

Get our list here

Just for fun: FootGolf at Cleveland Metroparks

For some people, golf is a slow-moving sport that's expensive to take up, is neck deep in boring etiquette, and requires at least one good pair of dress shorts. Fortunately, the Cleveland Metroparks has come to the rescue with a golf-like alternative where tank tops aren't frowned upon and you never have to worry about plucking the wrong club from your Callaway Odyssey bag.

What's a golf-challenged Clevelander to do? Why .... FootGolf of course! Read all about it here.

Making it: Shaker kids' building and design program gets national spotlight

Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) has received the 2017 Great Places Award in the Place Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The designation is for the group's innovative work with the Making Our Own Space (MOOS) initiative, a youth program focused on engaging and empowering middle and high school students with the skills to transform their neighborhood public spaces.

Get the whole story here.

Side dish: a smokin' list of BBQ joints outside downtown

Michael Symon's Mabel's BBQ has smoked up plenty of press since the much anticipated meat emporium opened its doors on East Fourth Street last year. Mabel's may be Cleveland's go-to barbecue joint at the moment, but the city boasts a growing list of savory options for folks seeking to satisfy their carnivorous cravings. Fresh Water is happy to deliver the deliciousness with these BBQ hot spots at points across the 216.

Get the smokin' list — including the 411 on Proper Sloppers and chicken cupcakes here

Five things you don't know about ... Progressive Field

Progressive Field has been the Cleveland Indians' gleaming gem of a home field since April 4, 1994, when the Tribe knocked off Seattle 4-3 in front of 41,459 fans. Long-time supporters may always refer to the stadium by its old nickname, "The Jake," but even those die-hards may not know all the facts about one of the most recognizable parks in the major leagues.

Now click here for a cheat sheet on some of the park's insider stories and deets.

Face to face: Stephen Yusko

Tucked away on East 41th Street just across the way from Tyler Village, Stephen Yusko is toiling away at his studio wherein you'll find milling machines and band saws and the usual residents in a metalworking shop. But Yusko's tools also include anvils, a white-hot forge and the tongs and hammers that transform steel into the smith's graceful designs.
"My work is a combination of forging, machining and fabricating. It seems like more machining, but it always starts with a forged … something," says Yusko. "I enjoy that process: heating up a bar of steel and transforming it into a shape."
Yusko continues while a cat named M slinks around the shop, completely unimpressed by the craftsman's lofty musings:

Read them here, and find out where this able smith like to sup when he's not manning the forge.

Face to Face: Josh Womack

As a former stand-up comedian and co-founder of the humor-fueled speechwriting startup, Laugh Staff, Josh Womack knows funny.
Sure, it's been years since Womack took the stage, and he doesn't write for Laugh Staff as much as he used to, but that doesn't mean he's lost his edge. Quite the contrary, as Womack's new job as a copywriter for Progressive has kept him sharp, inspired and motivated to take on new creative challenges.

Get his whole story, including what it's like to write for Flo, here.

Business not usual: All Culinary Services

A new food truck concept is rolling through Cleveland this summer, one that emphasizes lickety-split service, child-friendly meals, and locally sourced favorites while a single proprietor keeps watch.
That man is Jason Lawenda, who recently launched his Food Buggy retro concession trailer as part of All Culinary Services, a small events catering company. The buggy — an Airstream trailer that resembles an oversized sleep pod from a science fiction movie — transports fare prepared by local food artisans as well as the owner.

Read what he's dishing up and where you can find it here.

Over The River: loads of LEGOs, a run through the Zoo, an AHA! moment ...

Welcome to the inaugural edition of "Over The River," a monthly calendar of exciting activities taking place throughout the area. Have a fun event you want to share with your fellow Clevelanders? Send us your freshest happenings.

Click here for our May listing, which is full up with a confluence of art and poetry, live mural painting and even a Frog Bride.

Five things you don't know about ... Larchmere Porchfest

The ninth annual Larchmere PorchFest is ready to rock the Larchmere neighborhood of Cleveland on June 17, featuring 30 bands playing from 30 porches for a night of sweet tunes and community togethernessThe full line-up of artists will be revealed at a May 18 fundraising event at The Grog Shop, with proceeds ensuring that the popular concert remains free and open to the public.

As the musically-inclined summer kickoff approaches, Fresh Water drops some 411 about the uniquely presented soiree you may not know.

Get the five fun facts here.

Business not usual: OY-L 'beauty without secrets'

Before launching her OY-L skincare business,  Andrea Pierce-Naymon learned all she could about what ingredients went into the cosmetics women use daily. What she discovered was disturbing to say the least.
Many of the products Pierce-Naymon and millions of other women use contain synthetic preservatives called parabens, typically found in foods as well as personal care items such as deodorants, moisturizers and shampoos. Parabens mimic estrogen and disrupt the body's hormone system, which has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems.  

Find out what she did about it here.

Just for fun: Forest City Shuffleboard Arena and Bar

Shuffleboard is sliding its way into Cleveland later this month with a side order of food, drink and puck-flinging good times.

Forest City Shuffleboard Arena & Bar, the mindchild of owner Jim Miketo and his wife, Kari, is scheduled to open May 18 at 4506 Lorain Avenue in Ohio City, the former site of the Supermercado Rico grocery. As part of its 7,500 square feet of fun, Forest City Shuffle presents seven regulation shuffleboard courts and two 22-foot-long shuffleboard tables. Game-playing patrons can enjoy a selection of local and regional beers along with a rotating cast of pop-up food providers such as Half Moon Bakery.
Cleveland's nightlife scene boasts the occasional shuffleboard table or small court, says Miketo, but there's nothing in the area like what he has to offer.
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