- The Cleveland Hash House Harriers & Harriettes make a run for it Sunday.
The Cleveland Hash House Harriers & Harriettes tout themselves as a drinking club with a running problem. "If you have a half a mind to join, that's all you need," says Nature Boy. He and fellow members -- including Anal Blaster, S&M&M&M Man, and Pablo PicAsshole -- meet on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month . . . and whenever there's a full moon.
Their brand of running -- "hashing" -- is patterned after the traditional British paper chase: A runner, called "the hare," is given a head start to dot the trail with paper, flour, or chalk. When he's out of sight, the rest of the group takes off to find the clues and catch him. "The trails are never boring," Nature Boy says. "We run streets and back alleyways, but we also ford streams, climb fences, explore storm drains, and scale cliffs."
The races always end with harriers downing tubs of ice-cold beer and belting out songs with goofy lyrics. Like "More Beer." Sung to the melody of "Amazing Grace," it goes like this: "I love my wife/I love my beer/But if I had to choose/My dear old wife/Who I love with my life/Would most undoubtedly lose." Catchy. The Cleveland Hash House Harriers & Harriettes run at 3 p.m. Sunday. The fee is $6; Call 440-954-6666 for meeting place. -- Cris Glaser
Celebrating the worm.
Naturalist Traci Williams admits she's got a hard sell on her hands. "I know the perception of worms," says the host of Sunday's Those Wonderful Worms event. "But people don't know how important they are to us." Williams created the program because, this time of year, most other outdoor activities are centered on turkeys or falling leaves. Also, it's a great way to share environmental tips. "I'm going to talk about composting," Williams says. "And there will be lots of worms. I'm going to see how many worms I can get away with." Those Wonderful Worms takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Garfield Park Nature Center at Garfield Park Reservation (11350 Broadway Avenue in Garfield Heights). Admission is free, but registration is required; call 216-341-3152. -- Michael Gallucci