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Metroparks Trail Challenge: Garfield Park Reservation, an urban greenspace with a hidden waterfall
Despite the massive $7 million renovation project at Garfield Park Reservation, FreshWater's Erin O'Brien was able to navigate the park entrance, without using her GPS, and discover the history and the natural wonders this stretch of the Metroparks Trail Challenge had to offer.
Keep on trucking: Meet the machines at Legacy Village this weekend
Kids and adults alike can get close and personal with vehicles and machines of all makes and sizes at Meet the Machines at Legacy Village this weekend.
Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for August 2022
The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly “Free Stamp” feature rounds up all the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval.
Tour the world with music, dance with Cultural Gardens Federation’s World on Stage series
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation is giving Cleveland the sounds of the world this summer with its free World on Stage series, running through Sept. 11 at the Centennial Peace Plaza and amphitheater in University Circle. 
BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival has returned to Cleveland
BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival, with performances and entrainments for all tastes and age groups, is now live in downtown Cleveland through Sunday.
Workation: Kimpton Schofield converts eighth floor into long-term suites for guests
Travel trends show people are taking longer trips, combining work and pleasure with the ability to work remotely. Cleveland's Kimpton Schofield converted its eighth floor from apartments to long-term hotel suites with all the furnishings for an extended stay.
Talking trash: Meet Cleveland’s volunteer garbage man of the water
Since 2015 Eddie Olschansky has been cruising the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie in his kayak, collecting plastic and other waste that contaminates our natural waterways. After recruiting a group of volunteers, in 2019 he formed the nonprofit Trash Fish to keep the group cleaning effort going strong. 
Growing season: Spice Field Kitchen uses summer plants to teach kids about local food
Ben and Jackie Bebenroth's 13-acre farm Spice Acres is home this summer to the  Local Lessons for Growing Minds program—a hands-on approach to teach students about local food systems and how to make healthy food choices while they witness the summer crops grow.
Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for July 2022
The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly “Free Stamp feature rounds up all the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval.
Metroparks Trail Challenge: A gritty and majestic walk along the Lakefront Reservation
Writer Erin O'Brien just checked out the Lakefront Reservation, including Edgewater Beach and its Beach House, Wendy's Way pedestrian bridge, and Whiskey Island Still & Eatery, among other points of interest. Follow her adventures on this sixth leg of her Metroparks 2022 Trail Challenge.
Where recovery meets community: Renovated Stella Maris Coffee Shop is a sober place for a cup of joe
After closing during the pandemic, the newly renovated Stella Maris Coffee Shop on Washington Avenue is back in business and offering workforce development for its employees in recovery, as well as a tasty cup of coffee or tea for the patrons. 
Canalway’s Cuyahoga River Rally highlights river history with music, fun on the water
Canalway's Cuyahoga River Rally returns for its second year with river history tours, ways to get out on the river, and a celebration on the banks of the Cuyahoga. 
Dancing (and eating and playing) in the streets: Edgewater NeighborFest returns to Clifton
There's a party happening this Sunday, June 26 on Clifton Boulevard, when Edgewater NeighborFest returns for a day of music, food, activities, dancing. You name it, there's something for everyone at this event! 
Carl B. Stokes historic marker unveiled as second stop on the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail
The second Cleveland Civil Rights Trail marker, honoring the late Mayor Carl B. Stokes, was unveiled on Thursday, June 9 outside Cleveland City Hall.
Block party: Coventry Road to close for Juneteenth celebration
Officials are shutting down Coventry Road to auto traffic this Sunday to make way for a huge family-friendly Juneteenth celebration with live music, arts, food, and shopping.
FreshWater writers recognized at 2022 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
FreshWater Cleveland was recognized last week at the Press Club of Cleveland's annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards with five awards for work published in 2021.
Laid off: enjoying summer pleasures while contemplating the future
Brittney Hooper recently lost her job because of company restructuring that cut 70% of the staff. Her emotions swing from worrying about her future employment to looking forward to enjoying summer with her kids. 
Family affair: Juneteenth Freedom Fest becomes tradition in the #CLE
The second annual Cleveland Juneteenth Freedom Fest returns to Mall C on Saturday, June 18 for art, music, activities, and food for the whole family.
Honoring Cleveland’s Past Masters: Hughie Lee-Smith and the politics of introspection
Native Clevelander and renowned artist Hughie Lee-Smith reflected loneliness and introspection in his paintings of solitary figures in urban settings. The Cleveland Museum of Art on Tuesday will host CIA art history professor David C. Hart for a talk about Lee-Smith's life and work.
Honoring a local veteran: The story of one U.S. Army soldier during World War II
When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, it was a foregone conclusion that Cleveland local Frank Matowitz would enlist in the Army to defend his country. To honor Memorial Day, this is the story of one local veteran's service.