We’re All Invited
PCDL Holiday Hours
All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season): Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31, and Jan. 1. Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library services and programs. Find us on Facebook.
Dec. 14 & 15
You are invited to the live nativity at the First Church of God, 426 W. broad St., Newton Falls, on Dec 14 & 15 from 5-7pm. Come and hear the story in a most spectacular way. The “Rock” Youth Group of the church is sponsoring this event under the direction of Seth and Heather Howard.
No Time To Bake?
This is your last chance to order delicious homemade Christmas cookies from the Nelson UMC. Orders must be called in no later than Dec. 15 to Norma (330) 527-5442 or Pam (330) 537-5744. The cookies offered in one and two pound decorated boxes at $7 a pound. The cookies will be ready for pick up Dec. 20 from 4-6 pm. Have a glorious and safe Christmas from the Nelson Church Family.
Pet portraits with Santa to benefit Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County on Dec. 15 from 10am-2pm at; The Dog Depot, 8026 E. Market St. Howland. (330) 856-6032. $9.95 receive a 4×6 photo in a Christmas folder. 100% of profits are donated.
Yuletide Revels Show & Dinner
JAGHS Theatre Dept. Presents: Yuletide Revels Show & Dinner on Dec. 15 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person (includes dinner/show). Reservations required by calling Laura Young 330-527-4341 M-F between 8a-2p. The Yuletide Revels is a recreation of a Renaissance Christmas musical performance complete with a royal court, court jester, recorder consort, herald trumpeters, harp and a bountiful meal.
Breakfast with Santa
The Palmyra Fireflies, along with the Palmyra Fire Department. Present the 6th Annual Breakfast with SANTA! Santa will be arriving at 8:30 A.M. on a FIRE TRUCK Date: Dec. 15. Time: 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Location: The Palmyra Fire Station on St. Rt. 225 (just south of Tallmadge Road in Diamond) Meal: Pancakes, Sausage, and Beverages. Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for kids 4-10, 3 and under – FREE. Along with Breakfast with SANTA, you’ll receive one (1) 4×6 PICTURE and FRAME per family. Additional pictures available for $2 and Santa will have a little gift for all kids. Bring in a non-perishable item to help our adopted family!
Windham Toys for Tots
Windham Toys for Tots will take place Dec. 15 at Windham Town Hall (Sheriff’s Dept.) New coats, toys, food needed. No proof of income to receive food required. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact: Paula (330) 285-1334, Dusty (330) 977-7063 or Dianne (330) 527-8051
Spaghetti dinner will be Dec. 15 from 4-7 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on St. Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes salad, pie and bread. Cost is $7 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12, five and under eat free. Carry-outs are available for $7.50.
Annual Christmas Party
Warren Amateur Radio’s Annual Christmas Party with Santa along with the Annual Awards Ceremony will be held Dec. 15 at First United Methodist Church on North Park Avenue in Warren. It will be held downstairs. Social hour starts at 5 pm, dinner will begin at 6 pm, the meat will be furnished by the club.Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to pass, which can be a casserole, vegetable dish or dessert.There will be a $20.00 gift exchange, woman bring woman’s gift , man bring a man’s gift. If you bring children to talk with Santa please bring a gift for that child.
Breakfast With Santa
It’s Christmas season, and Santa will be stopping at the First Congregational Church at 612 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls for our annual all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, milk and juice breakfast. In Santa’s honor it is FREE to young and old. Grandparents, Mom & Dad, and, of course, all the children are invited. We will be serving breakfast from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00a.m, Dec.15.
Silent Auction will be Dec. 15 from noon till 2 pm at 10801 John Edward Drive, Mantua Village. Enjoy the holidays and come bid on our many treasures. Too much variety to mention. During our two hour silent auction, brats, dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. Get out of the weather and come here for some great bargains.
View the Planet Jupiter
Saturday, December 15: Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Visitors will observe the solar system’s biggest planet – Jupiter – with its four Galilean Moons! We will also be looking at the Great Nebula of Orion, red giant star Betelgeuse, and perhaps a star cluster or two. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. Good sky conditions are critical to viewing; for updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter.
Sock & Mitten Tree
The East Geauga Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a “Sock & Mitten” tree at the Crossroads Country Cafe, 15916 W. High St. in Middlefield. Donations of socks, hats, mittens, scarves, gloves or underwear will be accepted until December 16th, and will benefit Geauga County Jobs & Family Services. For more information, visit www.eastgeaugakiwanis.com.
Breakfast with Christmas Shepherd
Hey kids bring mom and dad for a FREE pancake breakfast, Dec. 16 at 9am. Then beginning at 10am all the kids can participate in a Christmas program. Plus once we’ve finished showing our parents the Christmas story we all get a Christmas gift. Join us at Life Church Assembly of God – 10280 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231 (across from JAG High School). For more information click to www.mylifechurchag.org or call (330) 527-2777.
Geauga Youth Orchestra
Geauga Youth Orchestra 8th annual holiday concert will take place Dec. 16 at 3pm. Admission is free. Group ranges in ages 8-18, and it is open to anyone who can play a string instrument. Contact SallyDawson@hotmail.com if interested in joining and we hope to see you at the concert.
Christmas Open House
Animal Welfare Shelter is hosting a “Bring us home for Christmas” open house in Dec. 16 from 11am-4pm. We have some of the best designer dogs and cats in the area. Ask about our Red Heart Specials. 545 Brunstetter Rd. SW in Lordstown. (330) 394-4122
Gospel Music Concert
The Cole Family Singers from Doylestown, OH will present a gospel music concert on Dec. 17 at 6 pm at the Newbury Full Gospel Church in Kiwanis Lake. The public is invited and the concert is free. The church is located at 14156 View Dr.
CBF Loaves and Fishes Meal
Hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, cookies and a drink will be the menu for our Dec. Loaves and Fishes meal at Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville, on December 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. All are invited as we have no income restrictions. If you should have any further questions, please contact our office at 330.527.4205. We look forward to serving many!
GIS Winter Concert
GIS Winter Concert is on Dec. 20 at 7:00 PM at GIS. Family & Community and invited to attend the Winter Concert Assembly during the school day at 1:30 PM.
NF Exempted Schools Regular Board Meeting
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting on Dec. 20 at 6:00 pm in the board room located in the Jr. High School at 907 ½ Milton Blvd. Newton Falls, OH
The retirees of Local 2243 U.S.W.A Copperweld Steel Co. (S.O.A.R. Chapter 1-28-10) will have their Christmas Party this year at Dilucia’s family restaurant at 2610 Elm Rd. in Warren. Time is 1-3pm. Please bring a small gift so everyone can get one. Also you will get to see your new officers. Call George (330) 847-2929 if you are planning to attend. Call by Dec. 15 please.
Longest Night Service
Windham UMC will be hosting a “Longest Night Service” for those who mourn. Holidays are wonderful and full of joy, but they can be hard when we are missing someone. Whether you’ve lost someone recently or 20 years ago, the pain can be more acute during the holidays. On Dec. 21 at 7:30pm we will gather for a quiet worship service of music and hope with people who understand.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram has made special arrangements with Santa Claus to personally deliver packages in Garrettsville and Hiram on Sunday, December 23rd. Since so many children have been good this year, Santa feels he will be exceptionally busy on Christmas Eve and has agreed to come a day early! If you have a package that you would like Santa to deliver, please drop it off at The Business Works, 8110 Main Street, Garrettsville or at MB Reality, 8118 Main Street, Garrettsville by Friday, December 21st. Of course, Santa doesn’t charge for this service, but encourages donations that will be given to the People Tree. If you have any questions, please call Amy Crawford at (330) 527-4415.
Community Christmas Eve Service
The First Congregational Church of Freedom will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ at a Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, which will be held one night early, on Dec. 23 at 6:30 pm. The church is located at the intersections of St. Rt. 88 & St. Rt. 303 in Freedom Twp.
Hiram Fire Association Santa Claus
The Hiram Fire Association and Santa Claus will help deliver gifts in Hiram Village and Hiram Twp. On Dec. 23 from 5-8pm. Please have your gifts at the Hiram Fire Dept. no later than 8pm on Dec. 21. Please have the child’s name and address on the packages. If you have any questions, please call Gary Bott (330) 527-4457 or (330) 646-1951
“The Hope of Christmas”
“The Hope of Christmas” musical/drama will be presented by the Newton Falls First Church of God Sanctuary Choir and Drama Team on Dec. 23 at 6pm. The church is located at 426 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on, Dec. 24. The service will include traditional Christmas carols, a message entitled “What does Christ want for Christmas?” and a congregational candle lighting. All are welcome.
Dec. 24 & 25
Christmas Services at St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua, will be Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. (includes Children’s Choir) and at 10:00 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Coffee With The Birds
Nothing like watching the world go by near a bird feeder. Have you ever been sitting in a chair with a cup of coffee enjoying the view of your bird feeder and said, “Geez, I wonder what kind of bird that is,” or, “How can I get more birds to come?” Well, now’s your chance to get those questions answered and still enjoy that cup of joe indoors. Join Naturalist Nora Sindelar for an “inside” look at bird watching as we enjoy sitting around our bird feeding station indoors with warm beverages and snacks.Dec. 29 – 9:30 to 11:30 am at The West Woods Nature Center
New Year’s Eve Dance
Gather your friends to ring in the New Year! Join us at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422 – 1/4 mile east of St. Rt. 528 in Parkman). $20.00 per person – BYOB (wash provided) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet begins at 8:00 p.m. DJ-Jockey Joe will be playing all your favorite tunes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tickets are limited – Call for reservations: Sandy @ (440) 548-5740 or Denise @ (440) 548-2939. Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce.
New Year’s Services
Dec. 31 & Jan. 1
New Year’s Church Services will be Dec.31 at 5:00 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 10:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan. 13 & 27
Burton-Middlefield American Legion will host a pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan 13 & Jan. 27 from 9am-1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St. Call Ron (440) 434-1478 for more info.
Getting Ahead Workshop
Getting Ahead is a 16-week workshop series where participants work in groups to examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities and to explore the world through the lens of economic class. This class is ideal for both individuals who are working to transition from poverty to self-stability or middle-class individuals that want to better serve their community. Class runs 5:30pm-8:00pm, every Tuesday starting Jan. 15, at The Salvation Army in Ravenna, located at 268 W. Main St. For more information call (330)296-7371 or visit www.empowerportage.com.
Chicken & Dumplings Dinner
Geauga Co. Council will host a chicken and dumplings dinner on Jan. 19 from 4:30-7:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St., Burton, $12 presale, $15 at the door. Contact Skip (440) 834-1191 for more info.