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For the love of literacy: Groups work together to overhaul, restock Little Free Libraries
The National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland last week celebrated the official transition to its role in caring for and stocking Little Free Libraries in Cuyahoga County. The organization kicked off the celebration with partners Krylon and CleveHome with a new library at Franklin D. Roosevelt in Glenville. 
Metroparks Trail Challenge: Menacing trees, meandering trails, a mysterious castle in North Chagrin
In the spirit of the Halloween season, FreshWater writer Erin O'Brien ventured out to Squire's Castle at the Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation to investigate whether the property is really haunted. Read what she discovered on this leg of the 2022 Trail Challenge.
Nora’s last ride: LMM guardian arranges motorcycle ride of a lifetime for 86-year-old
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry guardian Octavia Maynard and 86-year-old Nora share a love for hitting the open road on a motorcycle. Maynard recently went above her normal duties and worked with four riding groups to take Nora on the motorcycle adventure of her life.   
Capitol centennial celebration, take two: Capitol Theatre will celebrate 101 years this weekend
After hosting just a small, outdoor celebration for the Capitol Theatre's 100th birthday last year, Northwest Neighborhoods is pulling out all the stops for an official Capitol Centennial Celebration this weekend. 
We Tried It: I got my biofield tuned
FreshWater's Erin O'Brien has practiced Reiki for more than 20 years. So when she was invited to try biofield turning—sound therapy to tune up our bodies' electrical systems—she decided to check it out. 
From steam powered to Space Age: IngenuityFest is back in full force
IngenuityFest 2022 returns this weekend, bigger and better than ever with an expanded footprint. The annual festival this year brings returning favorites and new exhibits, as well as shows off the community partnerships that have been forged in the past two years. 
Tree symposium will explore how to improve Northeast Ohio’s tree canopy
The upcoming Cuyahoga Tree Symposium at the Beachwood Community Center will explore nature-based means for improving the region’s tree canopy and using science-based means to improve the tree-related health of county residents.
#People of CLE: Angie Schmitt, public transportation activist
Meet Angie Schmitt, an author, entrepreneur, and advocate for safe, accessible, affordable, and reliable public transportation in Cleveland. 
Leaving his mark: French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat covers the city with four murals
Earlier this month, Graffiti HeArt brought French street artist Blek Le Rat to Cleveland to paint four murals around town—including one of his most famous works on the Cuyahoga River Viaduct by Merwin's Wharf.
Metroparks Trail Challenge: Kayaking and other water fun on Hinckley Lake
Writer Erin O'Brien has taken the Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge and has been chronicling her challenges. In her eighth installment, O'Brien traveled to the Hinkley Reservation to test her kayaking skills for the first time.  
Experience the world: What to expect at One World Day 2022
This weekend, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens will host the 76th Annual One World Day to celebrate and honor Cleveland’s diverse cultural and ethnic makeup that represnts more than 30 countries around the world.
Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A landscape of diversity, looking toward the future
As the Cleveland Cultural Gardens continues to expand, plans are in various stages to install 10 new gardens. John Grabowski and Lauren Pacini look to the future in this fourth and final installment of this four-part series. 
Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A landscape of diversity, the later years
The 1965 Hart-Celler Act widened patterns of U.S. immigration beyond Europe. With that pattern came the origins of more than a dozen Cultural Gardens that represent Asia and Eastern Europe. Lauren Pacini chronicles this period of Cleveland Cultural Gardens history in this third installment of this four-part series. 
Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A landscape of diversity, the middle years
Only five Cultural Gardens were created in the last part of the 20th Century, compared to the 14 created between 1930 and 1940. Lauren Pacini chronicles this period of Cleveland Cultural Gardens history in this second installment of this four-part series. 
Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A landscape of diversity, the early years
In 1916, The Cleveland Cultural Gardens was established in Rockefeller Park in University Circle when the Shakespeare Garden was dedicated. Lauren Pacini chronicles the history of the Botanical Gardens in this four-part series. 
Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows: FRONT Triennial drawing intrigue in NEO
The 2022 FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is in full swing, with 100 world renowned artists at 30 sites in three NEO cities. Here are some don't miss highlights to check out when attending FRONT.
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.