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Local author says take a hike.

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Patience Cameron Hoskins is ready to hit the trail once - again.
  • Patience Cameron Hoskins is ready to hit the trail once again.

WED 7/21

Patience Cameron Hoskins has worn out a lot of shoes on local streets and trails over the years. And she keeps finding new places to trek. In the fourth edition of Cleveland on Foot: 50 Walks and Hikes in Greater Cleveland, Hoskins details strolling routes in urban, suburban, rural, and woodland areas. "We rewalked everything," she says, "just to make sure we covered all the changes -- like new bridges, restrooms, or trails."

The book includes one-hour walks to daylong hikes. "There's a lot of natural beauty in Northeast Ohio that people don't know about," Hoskins says. "You have to get off the all-purpose paved trails and get into the woods, because you'll always see something new." She signs copies at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst. Admission is free; call 216-691-7000. -- Michael Gallucci

Street Beat
Fair returns, smaller, sober.

THU 7/15

Ready for the millennium edition of the Coventry Fair? "The operative word here is fun," says Steve Presser, owner of Coventry toy shop Big Fun. Vendors, artists, and farmers take over the street Thursday and offer a smorgasbord of outdoor dining, live bands, magicians, jugglers, and stilt-walkers. "[Even] if you have no money, you can still come down and enjoy yourself," Presser says. "You don't have to be in a group to sit down and enjoy good music." The original version of the street fair, which ended more than 20 years ago, was such a hit that it was canceled; many residents complained that it got "out of hand," explains organizer Myra Orenstein. The new and improved family-friendly (and alcohol-free) fair runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coventry Village (on Coventry Road between Mayfield Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights). Visit ww.coventryvillage.org for more information. -- Nadia Michel

Prickly Pair

7/16-7/17

Drive and fuck. That's about all the moody, horny couple making their way through Joshua Tree National Park do for most of Twentynine Palms. They stop for some ice cream and bicker a little bit too. But mostly they alternate cruising in their Hummer with giving (and receiving) hummers in the hotel pool. Then, the film takes a jarring turn during its harrowing third act (think Deliverance in the desert). It's a troubling exploration of human nature at its most primal. Twentynine Palms is at the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 9:25 p.m. Friday and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450. -- Michael Gallucci

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