Favorite

Alley Oops 

Lining the lanes with crazy bowling games.

Strike! The Zoo's Bowling for Rhinos happens Saturday night. - THOM  ZAHLER
  • Thom Zahler
  • Strike! The Zoo's Bowling for Rhinos happens Saturday night.
SAT 5/15

Becky Meek can't help but laugh when she talks about getting on her hands and knees and Bowling for Rhinos. And if you want her to really bust a gut, bring up the "ball-between-your-legs" move. "It's like you're in a Laurel and Hardy movie," she says. "Too funny."

While it's a zoo-sponsored benefit to raise money to save endangered black rhinoceros, the three-match bowl-a-thon is sorta like a game of H-O-R-S-E . . . but without the basketball. In the first frame, bowlers are required to skip halfway down the lane before aiming the ball at the pins. In the next frame, they're facing away from the alley, rolling the ball between their legs. By the fifth frame, they're bowling left-handed. "And if you get a gutter ball, you have to lay on your stomach and throw your second ball [to try for a spare]," explains organizer Dawn Lyons.

The final game features randomly placed blue and red pins specially made for the game. Hit one for a strike, and you get a prize (like Cleveland Opera tickets or Tribe sportswear). "But it's not about your score," Lyons says. "It's about having a good time." Bowling for Rhinos is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cloverleaf Lanes, 5619 Brecksville Road in Independence. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door; call 216-635-3331. -- Cris Glaser

All Downhill
Mountain bikers take to some tough terrain.

SAT 5/15

Mountain bikes are so much cooler than other two-wheeled rides, if only for the rough terrain they're capable of covering. Lake Farmpark's Mountain Bike Race on Saturday offers participants a pair of contests -- a 5k and a 10k -- on paths of grass, gravel, and mud. The three-year-old competition, which typically draws about 80 bikers, was pushed back from its usual cold April date to this weekend to attract more cyclists. Several categories, including individual women's contests, are planned; winners receive both bragging rights and shiny new medals. The trail is intended for both beginners and advanced riders, says course designer and race manager Brian Davidson. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Lake Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road in Kirtland. Fee is $15; call 800-366-3276. -- Matt Leavitt

Latest in Sports/Outdoors

  • You've Been Served
  • You've Been Served

    Serena and Venus bring their game to the Q.
    • Nov 30, 2005
  • Speed racers
  • Speed racers

    Cyclists haul ass over all sorts of terrain.
    • Nov 23, 2005
  • Flight Plan
  • Flight Plan

    Newbie pilots go plane crazy.
    • Nov 16, 2005
  • More »

More by Cris Glaser

  • Grape Expectations
  • Grape Expectations

    • Dec 17, 2008
  • Food for Thought

    Local chefs dream up on-the-spot recipes to win coveted Iron Fork competition.
    • Dec 17, 2008
  • Class Acts

    Cleveland-natives-turned-Hollywood-stars help anoint 2008 inductees at Karamu's hall-of-fame ceremonies.
    • Dec 17, 2008
  • More »

More by Matt Leavitt

  • <i>This</i> Season's Not Canceled
  • This Season's Not Canceled

    Good hockey comes cheap with the Barons.
    • Mar 23, 2005
  • Plane Crazy
  • Plane Crazy

    Fans fly their winged wonders.
    • Mar 16, 2005
  • Hot Wheels
  • Hot Wheels

    Pimpmobiles and more make appearances at car show.
    • Jan 19, 2005
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Calendar

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Staff Pick Events

Facebook Activity

© 2015 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation