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Praise and Worship Service
Saturdays
Southington UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturdays at 7pm. The church is located at the town center on SR 305. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us!

$10,000 Give Away!
Now!
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is having a raffle and if all 200 tickets are sold, one winner will have a choice of $10,000, a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland or a trip to the Hawaiian Islands! In the event that all 200 tickets are not sold, a straight 50/50 drawing will be implemented. Tickets are $100 and only 200 tickets will be sold, much better odds than winning the lottery. Plus you will be supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring program. Buy a ticket yourself or get together with a group of friends. But don’t wait! To purchase your ticket call the Big Brothers & Sisters office at 330-296-6655. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.

Hiram College Water Dogs Signups
Register NOW
On Sunday afternoons from: 2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm there will be swim lessons for all levels, all hours. Lessons are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of free time at the end. Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and October 6th. Cost is $50.00 per Child for all 5 lessons for ages 4 years and older. Sign-ups will be Sept 7th, from 2:30-5:30pm at the Hiram College Pool. Register online – Deadline to register Sept 6th. www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons. Questions? Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Crestwood Raffle Fundraiser
Now – Aug 30
The Crestwood Band Patrons and Scarlet Guard Marching Band are holding a raffle fundraiser. The winning numbers will be drawn during the first CHS home football game on Aug 30th – Winner need not be present to claim prize. Tickets are $10 each. To support the band and a chance to win 1 of five $500 prizes, contact a band member or Larisa Catcott at (330) 322-3606.

Newton Falls Chili Cook off Call for Cookers
Now – Sept 18th
Do you make the best chili in Northeast Ohio? The 24th Annual Chili Cook Off will be October 5th and registration for cookers is now open! Entry fee is $50 per team and the top prize is $500 (plus bragging rights)! Applications are also being accepted for vendor table spaces. For more information and Cook Off rules, call Julie (330) 240-9268 or Patty (330) 872-7641 or visit www.nffa44444.com. Deadline for entry is Sept 18th.

Kent State Vinyl Club
Now
Kent State Vinyl Club Seeking Record Donations. Looking for a place to donate your old records? Kent State University’s Vinyl Club is seeking records and equipment. Students meet weekly to listen to music the old fashioned way. To donate contact Chris (330) 842-7721 or email ckolar@kent.edu

Hand Portrait Display
Now
The Newton Falls Public Library is currently displaying the 2013 Hand Portraits in the lobby exhibit case. The portraits are the product of a collaborative project between visual and language arts students from Newton Falls High School and volunteer residents from Laurie Ann’s Nursing Home. Come by and see these wonderful works of art!

Free Community Dinner
Aug 22
The Free Community Dinner for the month of August will be in memory of victims of ALS. Our son, Roger, passed away from ALS earlier this month and we will honor him and other victims at our Community Dinner, August 22 from 5-6:30pm at Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh. Please join us, ham, potatoes and vegetables are on the menu.

80’s Night
Aug 23
American Legion Post 674 Windham will be holding an 80’s night at 8pm on August 23rd. We will have a rocking DJ and all sort of stuff to give away and contests for the biggest hair, best dressed, best mullet and best wipe out. It will be a great time to connect with friends from our past.

2nd Annual Golf Outing
Aug 23
The 2nd Annual Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is Aug 23rd at Grandview Golf Course. Foursomes, scramble format, skins, proximity games, prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places, lunch at the turn, dinner after golf. The Chamber is non-profit and all proceeds will go directly to the School Safety Program. Call the Chamber to register or to sponsor on different levels. 440-632-5705 or mccinfo@middlefieldcc.com.

“Cops and Kids Fishing Day”
Aug 24
Join the Hiram Police Department for the annual Cops and Kids Fishing Day on Aug 24th from 9 am – 2 pm. Location Camp Asbury, 10776 Asbury Road Hiram. COME JOIN US FOR A FUN FILLED DAY! Meet your Hiram Police Dept. Members. Fun, Food, Prizes, and Community Togetherness

Garfield Volleyball Fundraiser
Aug 24
The JA Garfield volleyball team will be holding a car wash fundraiser at Kepich Ford on Saturday August 24 from 9:00-2:00.

Summer Steak Fry
Aug 24
St Ambrose K of C will be sponsoring a summer steak fry on Aug 24. Doors open at 6 pm ; Dinner at 6:30. Cost is $15 each or $25/couple. Door prizes; 50/50 Raffle; Cash Bar! Dinner will be steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. Contact David Vincent for reservations 330-527-2474 or Dvincent52@gmail.com.

Feed the Team Fundraiser
Aug 24
Attention G-Men Family and Fans! Feed the Team Fundraiser – Scotch Doubles will be Aug 24th at 9pm at SkyLane Bowling Alley. $20 a person – $40 a couple, prices include bowling, pizza and beer. There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Come help support your GHS Football Team! If you have questions or would like to get involved, call: Sue Chambers 330-352-2193

The BEST Spaghetti Lunch
Aug 25
The BEST spaghetti lunch will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on Sunday August 25th 11:30am to 2:00pm. Lunch includes spaghetti & meatballs, fresh salad, Italian bread,dessert and beverage. Takeout available!
Purchase tickets at the door
Adult: $7.00 (3 meatballs with meal) Child: $4.00 (2 meatballs with meal) Extra meatballs .50 each. The church is located on North Road, Warren Ohio

Special Sunday Service
Aug 25
Garrettsville Church of God is thinking of all the students, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and anyone else involved in the school. They will be having a Special Sunday morning service on August 25th at 11 am to acknowledge all of you. We have a special gift for each student (elementary thru college) and a special gift for those involved with students in any way (public, private and homeschool). Please come and participate with us, 12888 St. Rt. 88 in Nelson Township. For more information please call 330-527-2942.

Back to School
Aug 25
Garrettsville Church of God is thinking of all the students, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and anyone else involved in the school. The church will be having a special sundat morning service on Aug 25th at 11am in which all of you will be acknowledged. We have a gift to give each student that attends this service (elementary thru college) and those involved with the students (private, public , homeschooled) the church is located at 12888 State Route 88 in Nelson Township. For more info call 330-527-2942

Fall Storytime Registration
Begins Aug 26
Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that fall storytime registration will begin, August 26 at branch libraries. To register or for more information, contact your branch library. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502), Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-325-7003), and Windham (330-326-3145). For information about other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook.

Free Water Well Monitoring
Aug 26
On Aug.26 at 7:00 p.m. (fourth Monday of every month) Concerned Citizens Ohio/ Hiram free monthly private water well monitoring using Sierra Club meters to test for “indicators” of water quality in the Community Room (downstairs) of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road, Hiram, OH 44234 (corner of State Routes 700, 82, 305). For accurate readings, your sample should be taken as directly from the well as possible— before any treatment and within an hour before we test it. For a sample “fresh from the well,” drain the water sitting in your pipes by running any household cold water for about 10 minutes before you collect your sample (from the well head or from a faucet on your pump). Use a clean, wide-mouthed, covered glass container that holds about 8 oz. Come at 7:00 and we’ll be running videos with experts explaining the hydrofracture (“fracking”) shale drilling and why it produces so much toxic waste. You can stay as long as you find the videos interesting, while you’re waiting for you water to be tested. For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com. The Shalersville branch of Concerned Citizens Ohio continues to offer free water monitoring in their Streetsboro location (Eagles Hall, 9052 State Route 14, Streetsboro) at 4:00 on the first Sunday of every month. For more information contact Mary Greer 330-472-8086.

JA Garfield Retirees Luncheon
Aug 26
The 10th annual James A. Garfield Retirees luncheon will be August 26th at 12 noon at Roby Lee’s in Newton Falls. Please contact Paula 330-296-6544 to reserve a seat.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Aug 27
The Newton Falls Crescendo Club is pleased to offer delicious Mrs. Field’s Cookie Dough as our first fall fundraiser! Pre-portioned cookies are delivered frozen. Pick from many different varieties or other quality snacks. Our final date for all orders is August 27th. Delivery date will be in September — just in time for your fall baking! Ask any Newton Falls Band Member to order, or call Laura at 872-1647 or Kristy at 330-5198. Thanks for supporting your local school band!

Community Center Open
Aug 28
Community Center at Mantua Center – Now open every Wednesday from 10 to 4, with potluck lunch at noon. Take part in activities, or just sit and chat. Bring your handwork if you like, help assemble a jigsaw puzzle, play cards or board games, or help make a quilt. Open to all, without charge. Youngsters must have supervision, but craft materials and games are available for their entertainment. We want save our beautiful old school and fill it with new life. Won’t you join us? Just north of SR82 on Mantua Center Road.

Community Center Fun
Aug 28
Starting August 28 the Community Center at Mantua Center will be open every Wednesday from 10:00am to 8:00 pm. All are invited free of charge to participate in a variety of activities including card and board games, jigsaw puzzle construction, service projects, instruction in quilt piecing, crochet, or knitting. Or just come and socialize. Children are welcome with supervision; storybooks and craft materials available. Lunch and supper are pot-luck: bring food to share. From 7:00 to 8:00 pm a beginning yoga class will be taught, open to anyone 13 or up. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and a water bottle.

Master Gardener Volunteers at The Great Geauga County Fair
Aug 29-Sept 2
It’s here, The Great Geauga County Fair! Fair goers are invited to visit the Master Gardener booth in the Agriculture Building, , August 29th -September 2nd. This year’s theme, Bloom Where You are Planted!, will feature unique and creative ideas for gardens, both big and small. The Master Gardener family friendly booth is an annual must-see Fair experience! Master Gardener Volunteers will be on duty to answer your gardening questions.

Post 459 at Geauga County Fair
Aug 29-Sept 2
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton- Middlefield will have a display at the Geauga County Fair – Aug 29th thru Sept 2nd. Come to our tent by the “Big Tank” behind the milking counter. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details.

Hiram Police Hot Rod Car Show
Aug 31
Hot Rod Cars, Trucks, Food, Music, Trophies and Family Fun!
No Registration Fee, Donations accepted to benefit “SHOP WITH A COP” Program! Show will be held on August 31st, 9am-2pm on Hayden and Dean Streets, Hiram Village. More information: Rick Patrick (330) 687-9637

Parents without Partners Picnic
Sept 2
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will be having a picnic from 12 noon until? At the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House pavilion, 109 W. Avenue in Tallmadge. Members as well as non-members are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish to pass.

Library Closed Labor Day
Sept 2
All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on September 2, in observance of Labor Day. They will resume normal operating hours on September 3. Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook.

Labor Day Fun Run
Sept 2
Labor Day 4-mile Run and 2-mile Walk in Newton Falls. This Kiwanis event will benefit the Senior Citizens’ Van Fund. Register at www.gopherarun.com or register on race day at Faces Lounge in downtown Newton Falls beginning at 8 a.m. There are also links to the race at Newton Falls Kiwanis Club’s website http://newtonfallskiwanisclub.webs.com . Families welcome.

Square Dancing
Sept 3
The Friendly Squares of Niles will be having an introduction to Square Dancing, held at the Niles (Scope) Center (14 E. State St. Niles, Ohio.) on Sept 3rd at 7:00pm. For more information about this night call (330)506-3370

Dance Lessons
Sept 4
Have you ever wanted to learn to dance but were afraid you couldn’t because you don’t have a partner or rhythm? Come join the Ravenna Circulators and learn western style square dancing to the music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and today’s hits. Lessons start Sept 4th from 7 – 9 pm at Brown Junior High School at the corner of Scranton St. and State Route 59 in Ravenna. (Across the street from Richardson Animal Hospital) For more information call Jan 330-297-0864 or Chris at 330-425-8722

Talent Showcase
Sept 6-8
The Mantua Potato Festival is hosting a “Talent Showcase” at this year’s festival. We are looking for musicians, singers and comedians to perform. If interested in participating please contact Lisa at 330-554-7187. We are looking for Grand Marshals and Royalty from the past festivals to participate in our Grand Parade. We need you to contact Elaine at 330-274-8019. This year’s festival will be held Sept 6th, 7th and 8th.

The “New” First Church of God
Sept 7
Are you looking for a new and unique church experience? The First Church of God of Windham is restarting with a different format and a new church plant type of experience. If you would like to be a part of forming the “new” First Church of God they will be moving all activities including planning, small group Bible studies, free meals and other outreach events to Saturday. The new format will begin Sept 7th with their monthly free dinner at 5pm. They will again have a cookout style dinner with s’mores and discussion around the campfire. Everyone is welcome to attend and be a part of restarting this ministry to and for the Windham area. The church is located at 9016 N Main St in Windham. Weekly meetings and Bible studies will continue each Saturday evening at 5pm at the pastor’s home next to the church. If you have any questions or would like more information call 330-671-1426

Monthly Dance
Sept 7
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will be having their monthly dance from 7:30-10:30 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 W. Avenue in Tallmadge on Sept 7th. Open to public. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Mantua Potato Stomp
Sept 7
35th Annual Mantua Potato Stomp will be Sept 7th. New this year a 3.5 mile fun run in honor of 35th anniversary! A distance for everyone! 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am and 3.5 mile and 9 mile at 9 am. Starts at Crestwood High School, ends at Village Park and the Potato Festival. Online registration available at www.active.com Potato Stomp, 35th annual. Info at festival website www.mantuapotatofestival.com

Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 8
Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an all you can eat spaghetti dinner on Sept 8th at Saint Mary’s social hall, 120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls, from 12-3pm. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry outs available. Adults:$7.00, Children:$3.00(6-11), and Children: Free (5 & under). For any additional information please contact: Jim Burns (330)-883-0575, Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Book & Silent Auction
Sept 12
Burton Public Library Book & Art Silent Auction will be held, Sept 12th, Preview 12-6 p.m. with Silent Auction from 6-8 p.m. Items include; vintage books, prints and original art. Refreshments will be served

Volunteers Needed
Sept 12
Volunteers Needed: Geauga Co. Job and Family Services are looking for caring, motivated adults who would like to make a difference in a child’s life. The Volunteer Tutoring program matches volunteers with local elementary students who need help in basic reading and math. Volunteers will be required to attend training at Geauga Co. Job and Family Services and complete a criminal background check. The training will take place on Sept 12th at 9 am. Please contact Sara Shininger, Community Support/Volunteer Coordinator for Geauga Co. JFS at 440-285-9141, ext. 1263 to register or for more information.

Portage County Gardeners Workshop
Sept 14
Portage County Gardeners is hosting a Saturday workshop; open to the public, on Sept 14th at 10:00 am at their Center located at, 5154 S. Prospect St. (Rt. 44) in Rootstown. Participants, using a special pen, will create a work of art by connecting lines and space. The cost of this “Tangled” workshop is $25.00 and is limited to 25 people. Please call Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 to sign up and prepay. The instructor is Linda May.

All Mustang Car Show
Sept 15
The Northeastern Ohio Mustang Club will hold its 5th Annual All Mustang Car Show on Sept 15 at Montrose Ford in Akron from 10am-3pm, rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Copley Fire and Rescue Association and the Warrior’s Journey Home Ministry. The cost to enter your Mustang is $10 with 18 classes and best of show to be judged. Admission is free to public. For more info visit www.NEOMUSTANG.com

Singing Weavers
Sept 15
The Singing Weavers will be making an appearance at First Congregational Church of Freedom on Sept 15th at 10:30 am. All are welcome to attend! The church is located at St. Rt. 303 & St. Rt. 88.

“Basketful of Broken Dishes”
Sept 17
“Basketful of Broken Dishes” Sept 17, at 6:30 p.m. Author Naomi Stutzman shares her family’s story of leaving their Geauga County Amish heritage. Signed copies will be available for $10. Please call (440) 834-4466 for more info.

Garfield Alumni Banquet
Sept 21
Payment and reservations for the 8th Annual Garfield Alumni Banquet are due by Sept 2, 2013. Postcards were mailed out earlier this summer for the upcoming event. The banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School beginning at 5 p.m. Cost for this event is $18 per person.Classes to be recognized are 1953, 1963, 1973 and 1983. For additional information please contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts at (330) 309-2734.

Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Sept 21
Save money and have a beautiful garden. Let Master Gardener Barb Begam take you through the steps of choosing seeds and knowing when and how to sow them successfully to produce healthy mature plants. Class will be held Sept 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m While walk-ins are welcome, early registration and payment for this popular class is appreciated. Light refreshments, handouts and cuttings included. Registration fee of $15. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Send check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. Class will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road, Burton 44021. View updates and a list of MG class offerings: geauga.osu.edu/

Swap Meet
Sept 21
Come one, come all to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors on Sept 21 from 10am-4pm at the Huntsburg Community Center, 12406 Madison Rd in Huntsburg. Free admission, free refreshments, door prizes and raffles.

Hubs Square Dance Club
Sept 23
Fun + Friendship + Fitness! That’s Western Style Square Dancing. The Hubs Square Dance Club is now accepting reservations for new dancers. Beginner Dances, with the first night free, will begin on Sept. 23 at Bainbridge Community Church, RT. 306, just south of Rt. 422 beginning at 7 pm. The Hubs Square Dance Club has been dancing since 1970 and invite all ages to participate in square dancing. Get out of the Rut! It really is exercise set to music! Our very experienced caller will have you dancing the first night. Come, bring your spouse, give it a try and make new friends. To register or for more information call; 440-241-2309 or 330-562-8719.

St Edward Church Open House
Sept 25
Open House at Saint Edward Church, 165150 Center St in Parkman and St. Lucy Mission, 16280 East High St in Middlefield will be Sept 29th from noon-5pm

Winter Craft Festival
December 7
The Portage County Gardeners’ Herb Society is seeking talented crafters and artisans to participate in a Winter Craft Festival on December 7th at the Gardeners’ Center in Rootstown. The fee for a table is $20.00. Please contact Marilyn Tyger at (330-348-6089) or Helena Parry at (330-673-0577) to reserve your space.

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