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Posted 1.18.07

Now that the holidays have come and gone, and the cold, dark winter days are upon us, do you feel as though you’re starting to hibernate? Want to get up and moving but aren’t sure what to do? Then head out into the great outdoors and experience the thrill of tobogganing. Wishing for spring already? Then check out the annual Home and Garden show.

Long a favorite outing for native Clevelanders, the toboggan chutes located at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Chalet have been thrilling adults and children alike for years. Twin 1000-foot refrigerated ice chutes swoosh toboggan riders down the hill at speeds of over 40 miles per hour for outdoor adventure fun. Located within the Metroparks’ Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville, the Chalet and toboggan chutes are located near I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike -- and make for a fun-filled, thrilling evening. Warning: Not for the faint of heart!

Tired of all that white stuff that keeps accumulating in your front yard? Wishing it was warm and sunny? Get a jump on gardening and home improvement projects with ideas from the 64th annual Home & Garden Show. Held February 3-11, at the IX Center, the annual show -- the largest of its kind in the US -- showcases over 150,000 square feet of garden designs as well as three model homes. Not to mention the hundreds of arts and crafts exhibits! In addition to the Ireland-themed green color found throughout the gardens, the show is proud to exhibit a number of green building products and solutions, including recycling solutions and alternative fuel sources, as well as energy conservation tips. Stop by and plan your next home or garden improvement. And don’t forget to think green.

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