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No stones allowed: The Glasshouse opens its doors.
  • No stones allowed: The Glasshouse opens its doors.

TUE 7/15

The sign on the wall reads, "We don't own the environment. We just take care of it for our grandchildren." That's the message the Cleveland Botanical Gardens wants to instill with visitors at the new Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, which opens Tuesday. The $37 million conservatory features 18,000 square feet of flora from the world's two most fragile and threatened ecosystems: the hot, humid Madagascar desert and the cool, dry Costa Rican forest. The Madagascar exhibit boasts a 30-foot imitation baobab tree, which houses a menagerie of iguanas, frogs, and tailless whipscorpions. The centerpiece of the Costa Rican cloud forest is a 40-foot strangler fig that towers over an array of indigenous birds, butterflies, and tree-dwelling plants. "Ultimately, it's a lesson in conservation," says director Brian Holley. "People get a sense that there's a reason to preserve and protect." The Glasshouse (11030 East Boulevard in University Circle) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 to $7; call 216-721-1600. -- Cris Glaser

Bloody Good Filmmaking

7/11-7/27

Jeremy Paul is the blood-and-guts director of Horror Film Camp, where teens learn the ins and outs of making their own slasher flicks. "The horror film is not just bloody entertainment," says Paul, whose nonprofit First Cut Studios promotes interest in moviemaking among young people. "There are interesting truths amidst the fangs and gore." During three-day sessions over the next three weeks, Paul will share the history of horror cinema and demonstrate how to produce a movie, with Benedictine High School as the setting. "Just because it's a high school doesn't mean we can't find creepy places in it," he says. Horror Film Camp is at 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday through July 27 at Benedictine High School, 2900 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Each three-day session costs $50; call 440-773-4719. -- Cris Glaser

Yu-Gi-Oh hits Great Northern

7/12-7/13

Uh-oh! The Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game Mall Tour is transforming Great Northern into a mystical, magical place. The popular game, based on a Japanese comic-book series about the adventures of puzzle-loving kid Yugi, centers on battling monsters and countering magic spells cast by opposing players. Experts will be on hand to teach novices the rules of the game, and to dispense tips and hints to advanced players. Yu-Gi-Oh festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the mall (4954 Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted). Admission is free; call 440-732-6301. -- Diane Sofranec

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