We’re All Invited
Community Service Day
St. Joseph Church in Mantua is organizing Walk With Us, a Community Service Day, on Sept 14th from 1- 5 pm. Projects for the event include a community-wide drive for paper products, laundry and kitchen cleaning products and personal hygiene items for the 4C’s in Mantua and for Catholic Charities in Portage and Stark Counties, performing at area nursing homes, working on the grounds at St. Joseph’s Parish which is used by a variety of community groups, and more. If you would like to join in this effort, participants will be gathering at St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. in Mantua at 1:00 p.m. for assignments. Everyone will return to the parish at 4:00 p.m. for food, fun and fellowship. Donations of paper and cleaning products and personal hygiene items may be brought to Saturday or Sunday Mass. The day is organized by the Parish Evangelization Project and is for everyone in the parish community, the active and inactive, young and old, parents and children, registered parishioners who don’t attend and those unaffiliated with any community, and anyone who would like to lend a hand. We hope to have you join us. And bring a friend. Please contact Peg Haney (330-274-2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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.
The new ministries format is now taking place at the Church of God in Windham. Group meetings and discussions are now taking place each Saturday afternoon at 5 pm. The group is meeting at the parsonage at 9004 N Main St. This group is planning the entire revamping of the church from organization to ministries. Everyone who is interested in attending and being a part is welcome to come. For questions or more information you can call 330-671-1426
Friends of the Burton Public Library Silent Auction will be Sept 12th from 1- 8 p.m. at Burton Public Library (14588 West Park Street; Burton, Ohio 44021). Preview and bid on beautiful, old, rare books. Bidding begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.burton.lib.oh.us or call (440) 834-4466.
Swiss Steak Dinner
The Nelson UMC will be hosting their fall Swiss steak dinner on Sept 14th at the Nelson Community House on the circle. Dinner will be served from 4:30-7pm. The “famous” Swiss steak dinner consists of a generous portion of steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, Raphael rolls and butter, beverages, and homemade desserts. Carry out is available; the price is still $9 for adults.
Windham United Methodist Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Sept 14th, from 4:30 – 7:00pm. All you can eat includes spaghetti with meat sauce, coleslaw, bread & butter, homemade dessert and beverage. Adults $7.00, Children 5-12 $4.00, under 5 free. Takeouts are available!
Bluegrass is back at Bluegrass Junction! The first Bluegrass Music Show of the season will be held from 7 to 11 pm on Sept 14th, at the Shalersville Town Hall, located on S.R. 44 at S.R. 303. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature three bands Coney Carver & the Rainbow Valley Boys, Young & Blue, and The Roy Greathouse Band. This is a show you won’t want to miss! The cost is $10 per person and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 330-325-7867.
Stephens Memorial Observatory
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open from 9:00 to 11:00 PM, Sept 14. The observatory’s Open Night calls for viewing of Earth’s Moon and, if conditions allow, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Persius Double Cluster using the Observatory’s grand vintage telescope. Other objects may also be viewed if time and weather permit. 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.
St. William Church Fall Trunk Sale
It’s a one-day garage sale from the trunk of your car. Saturday, September 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: St. William Church Parking Lot 5431 Mahoning Ave. in Champion, OH. Refreshments available; selling books, media; baked goods; and mums. For more information contact Debi Hayes 330-847-6556
Portage County Gardeners Workshop
Portage County Gardeners are 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
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
National Back to Church
Sept 15th is national Back to Church Sunday. Garrettsville Church of God would like to invite you and your family to worship with us in our morning service at 11 am. There will be giveaways after the morning service; perhaps you will be on to receive one. The church is located at 12888 State Route 88 (North of Route 305) in Nelson Township. If you need further information, please call 330-527-2942.
Amvets Post 112 will be resuming their monthly breakfast on Sept 15th from 9am-noon at Post 112 on Broad Street in Newton Falls. Prices are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, French toast, home fries, fruit cup, assorted juices, coffee, milk, tea and milk. The first breakfast of the season will raise funds for Inspired by Kandi, to donate money for local women in need of mammograms and community education. Call 330-872-3336 for more information.
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”
“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.
Early Learning Resources Presentation
The Early Childhood Subcommittee of the Geauga Family First Council is sponsoring an Early Learning Resources Presentation / Exhibition, Sept 17, from 5-7 pm. Held at the Geauga Park District’s West Woods Nature Center; 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) Russell, OH 44072. This event will feature 9 panel presenters and 17 tables exhibiting information. Both professionals and parents will benefit from the information presented and available. Learn about resources for birth thru 5 years that provide assessment, intervention and stimulation. Please register in advance if possible, with CASA for KIDS: 440-279-1699 for planning purposes.
TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) 1374 Newton Falls, will be having an open house Sept 17th at the Center Street Park Shelter in Newton Falls at 10am. There will be a short meeting followed by games and a walk. Come and see what we are all about. Call Joan 330-872-7441 for more information.
Pricetown Cooked Supper
The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and a beverage. This will be held from 5 to 6:30pm on Sept. 18. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 years and younger.
Carryout’s will be available.
Rummage & Bake Sale
The Southington United Methodist Church Day Circle, routes 305 & 534 in Southington will have Rummage & Bake Sale on Sept 18th from 9am-4pm. Lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, drinks and desserts will be served. Carry outs are available. Bag day will be Sept 19th from 9-11am.
Why Cows Need Names: and More Secrets of Amish Farms”
The Middlefield Library is proud to host “Why Cows Need Names: and More Secrets of Amish Farms” on September 18, at 7:00 p.m. Join Randy James for a presentation based on his recently released book “Why Cows Need Names: and More Secrets of Amish Farms.” Glimpse into the lives of a young Amish family as they contemplate, start and then struggle to establish a profitable small farm. Call 440.632.1961 to register for this must-see look into Amish and farm culture. The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. Middlefield, Ohio 44062.
The retirees of Local 2243 U.S.W.A. Copperweld Steel Co. (S.O.A.R. Chapter 1-28-10) will have their regular monthly meeting Sept 19th at 1:00pm at the Local 1375 Union Hall at 684 North Park Ave in Warren Ohio. There will be a guest speaker and refreshments will be served
Benefit Yard Sale & Raffle
Freeway’s Greyt Escape Benefit Yard Sale and Raffle. Sept 19th – 21st, from 9am-3pm – 105555 South St., Garrettsville. Community response has been great and this sale has lots of quality items. Participate in our raffle to win Greyt items and enter to win Garrettsville’s Greytest door prize basket featuring gift certificates, merchandise, and even cash from local businesses. Bring bagged or canned pet food to help Hiram’s Police Department support People Care Pet Pantry and receive a free gift. Contact Diana 330-527-2276 or 239-470-6429 for more info.
All-U-Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti dinner will be Sept 20th from 5-7pm in Dix in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Spaghetti with choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and ice cream, all for $ 6.00 for adults and children 8 and under FREE! Our co-host is Little Village Early Learning Center at Hiram Christian Church
Garfield Alumni Banquet
Payment and reservations for the 8th Annual Garfield Alumni Banquet are due by Sept 12, 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
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/
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.
Community Yard Sale
The Church of God in Windham will once again be sponsoring and hosting a community yard sale on Saturday, September 21st from 9am to 3pm. Spaces are free but must be reserved. A limited number of tables are also available on a first call basis. New ideas are being developed for this event. You can reserve your space now by calling 330-671-1426
A Spaghetti Dinner will be held Sept 21st from 4-7pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on St. Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes salad, bread, pie and coffee. Cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12 and free for 5 and under. Carry-outs are available at $7.50. Come join us and tell you friends!
Black Bear Valley
Explore this remote section of the Akron Watershed that has had numerous reports of black bear activity with naturalist Bob Faber. This sprawling woodland near Hiram Rapids stretches from the uplands along Tilden Road to the Cuyahoga River. We will search for signs of bears and other wildlife in this area of upland forests and a wildlife rich floodplain along the Cuyahoga River. This is an off-trail walk that may require sloshing through shallow water and some mud. Sept 22nd from 1-3pm. Fee: $6 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Directions will be provided at the time of registration. Call 330.569.6003 or email email@example.com.
Hubs Square Dance Club
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 Monday, 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 invites 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.
Sept 24, 28 & Oct 5
Burton Public Library presents the Collector’s Series: Join us for our own local version of the Antiques Road Show! Each person may bring two items for appraisal. Comic Books: Sept 24th, at 6:30 p.m. with Jim Williams of Comic Heaven in Willoughby. Coins: Sept 28th, at 11:00 a.m. with local coin-collector Newell Beaumier. Vintage Books: Oct 5th, at 11 am with Bob McCullam of Cattermole Books in Newbury. Free! Please register for these events by calling: (440) 834-4466.
Those 55 and older are invited for a FREE soup and salad lunch Wednesday, September 25th at noon.
Join us at Life Church AG, 10280 State Route 88 in Garrettsville. For more information and to RSVP call (330) 608-6661 or (330) 527-2989.
St Edward Church Open House
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
Meal at RFC
Everyone is invited to another great meal at the Renaissance Family Center at 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh. It will be held Sept 26th from 5-6 pm and we always have something exciting. We have a piano player or door prizes or free clothing give away. RFC is for everyone. We would love to have you join our RFC family. We are more than a pretty building.
Old Fashioned Hoedown
Come and enjoy this community event and support the many ongoing free community outreach events at New Hope Baptist Church in Windham, Sept 28, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Events include Senior Moments, Halloween Handout, Easter Egg Hunt, and JC Nights.
First Christian Church Craft Show
The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ravenna is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Craft Show on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9 am
to 3 pm. The church is located at 420 South Prospect St. in Ravenna. Some of the items for sale are: hand crafted jewelry; maple products; crocheted
items of every kind; quilts; floral arraingments and personalized art framed and printed at the show.
Fundraiser to Benefit Fire Victims
Craig Beach Fire Victims & Gift Show Fundraiser will be held September 28 from 12-5 pm at 175 E. Broad St in Newton Falls Ohio. This event is being held for a local family in need after a horrific fire destroyed their home. Crafts, vendors, 50/50, silent auction, food and more. Please come out, have fun shopping, all while helping a great cause. Winners for auction and 50/50 drawings will be called at 4pm sharp.
Do you make the best chili around? It’s time to put it to the test at our Old Fashioned Hoedown Fundraiser. New Hope Baptist Church, Windham, on Sept 28, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.The winner will receive a trophy, gift basket full of awesome things and of course, full bragging rights! Call 330-326-3777 to register. There is no entry fee, just make enough to be judged and shared. The chef with the most votes wins!
Baking Contest & Auction
Attention Bakers – it’s time to showcase your talent at New Hope Baptist Church Old Fashioned Hoedown Fundraiser on Sept 28, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The baking contest is limited to cakes and pies only. Judging will be based on creativity and TASTE! Bakers need to make enough of their items for samples and then make a separate item to be auctioned off at the end of the hoedown. The winner will receive a trophy and a prize basket filled with lots of awesome things, and of course, recognition and full bragging rights! Call 330-326-3777 to register.
The Women’s Council of Hiram College will be hosting their fall luncheon/program on September 28th at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls, corner of Snyder and Washington Streets. The event will begin at 11:30 am for a social time; lunch will be at noon; followed by the program of “Cleveland Millionaire’s Row – Euclid Avenue”, given by Daniel Ruminski, the “Cleveland Storyteller”. He will be sharing stories and photos from 1875 – 1929. Reservations can be obtained by calling Donna Jobin at 330-562-8033; the cost is $19.00.
2013 Fall Family Fun Fest & Bark Boo-nanza
2013 Fall Family Fun Fest and Bark Boo-nanza, presented by Aurora Parks and Recreation, Freedom Greyhound Rescue, and Aurora One Fund, will be Sept 28th from 11am to 6pm at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Road in Aurora OH 44202. Fun for the entire family! Free Admission! Fees required for some activities. For information: www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org; call Aurora Parks and Recreation at 330-562-4333. See you there!
Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays. Classes will be held from 5-6 pm from Oct 2 – 30 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park. Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat. Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Oct 3-Oct 24
Yoga classes offered by Ravenna Parks and Recreation are held Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm at Tower Lodge in City Park from Oct 3 – 24. Fee for city taxpayers is $32.00 and non-city taxpayer fee is $37.00, drop-in fee $8.00. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace; bring a mat and wear loose fitting clothing. To register you can go to our website @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or contact Ravenna Parks and Recreation (330) 296-2864 at 530 N. Freedom Street weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.
All who want to put floats into the Homecoming Parade can contact me, Frances Bell at email@example.com or call 330-527-4341 extension 216. Homecoming is Oct 4th for the parade. Lineup will begin at 4:00 and the parade will begin at 4:15.
Parkman Chicken Dinner
The Parkman fire and Rescue Association in conjunction with local Amish schools proudly announce their annual Fall Chicken Dinner on Oct. 4th, serving 5-8pm at the Community House in Parkman, next to the Fire Station. Adults $14.00, children 12 and under $7.00. Limited tickets…presale tickets only; Make checks payable to Parkman Fire and Rescue. Send check or money order to: Joan Dillon 12709 Nelson Ledge Rd. Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Tickets can be returned to you (include SASE) or held at door. Questions? Call Chuck or Joan at 440-548-7541
Dr. Zoot is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance Oct 4th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Dr. Zoot hails from Pittsburgh. Sponsored by KCE. (216) 316-0068.Lesson at 8pm. Dance and live music 9-11:30pm. Cost is $10 for Adult, $8 for student and $25 per family.
Fall Frolic Dance
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have an Oktoberfest dinner Oct 5thfrom 6:30-7:30pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave Tallmadge Ohio. Cost is $8.50 per person for members and nonmembers. Please make reservations by Oct 3rd with Mary 330-571-3801 or Warrine 330-699-2361. The Fall Frolic dance will be from 7:30-10:30pm, open to the public and cost will be $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call Warrine for more info 330-699-2361
Troy Township Contra Dance will be Oct 5th at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the irresistibly fun atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music. Lesson at 6:30pm. Dance 7:30-10:30pm. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for student and $25 per family.
Community Yard Sale
First Church of God in Windham is sponsoring and hosting another community yard sale on its property on Oct 5th from 9am-3pm. Note this is a change from the previously advertised Sept 21st date due to scheduling conflicts. Spaces are free upon registration. A limited number of tables are also available for use on a registration basis. A lunch will also be provided for vendors and patrons alike as part of the church’s monthly free meal program. Registration is taking place now by calling 330-671-1426
Senior Citizen’s Luncheon
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on October 5. The program will begin at 11:30 AM with the luncheon to follow at noon. The event is open to any area senior citizen. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055 or log on at: www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.
The LaDue Shuffle and a Welshfield Lunch
Join naturalist Bob Faber to explore the country road and the mature forest trails along the western shore of La Due Reservoir. Loons, swans and other waterfowl rest on the waters and eagles fly overhead as the various species prepare for the winter migration. Wild turkeys patrol the forest while beavers and muskrats scour the wetlands in anticipation of winter storms. Bring binoculars and be prepared to get a tad muddy. Following our exploration we will have the option for delicious lunch at the nearby Welshfield Inn (not included in fee). Exploration will be Oct 6thfrom 9:30-11:30am. Fee: $6 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Directions will be provided at the time of registration. Call 330.569.6003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burton Art Sho
The annual Burton Art Show, sponsored by the Friends of the Burton Public Library, will be held from October 8 – 13 at the library. All artists (16 years and older) that live, work, or attend school in Geauga County or Lake County are invited to submit their work. Each artist is permitted a maximum of three (3) entries. Works of art include paintings (all media), drawings, photography, sculpture and jewelry. There is a $5 non-refundable entry fee for each entry. Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and for 1st Place and 2nd Place in Art and Photography. The judges this year are Christopher Ryan for all media except Photography and Vaughn Bell for Photography. Entries must be brought to the library on Monday, September 30 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Entry forms with complete entry rules may be obtained at the Burton Public Library or online from the library’s website: www.burton.lib.oh.us Please call Kathy Schaefer at the Burton Public Library (440-834-4466) for additional information.
Holiday Craft Bazaar
Crafts and Holiday Gifts Ovt 19th from 10am-4pm (set up at 8:00 a.m.) at Aquilla Christian Fellowship, 13925 Stanley Rd, Burton (Near the intersection of Aquilla & Stanley). Tables: $15 – 8 foot, $12 – 6 foot, $10 for your own table. Call Becki at 440-376-4037 or Jeanne at 440-548-2929 (eves) Space is limited, so register early. (No flea market or yard sale items please.) We welcome all crafters and shoppers to join us for an enjoyable day.
Winter Craft Festival
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.
Grant Opportunity Available
The Geauga County Sunshine Shop Board is now accepting grant requests from Geauga County Not-for-Profit organizations who serve individuals and families in crisis or in need.
A seven member board governs The Sunshine Shop, which has been in operation for over 30 years. The mission of The Sunshine Shop is to provide assistance to low income individuals and families residing in Geauga County. Funds are raised through The Sunshine Thrift Shop located at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. The Sunshine Shop sells donated clothing and household items.
Grant requests should be a single page and include your organizations contact information, purpose or mission, who you serve, what the grant money would be used for and how much you are requesting. Previous grant awards ranged from $500 to $1,500.
Requests should be mailed to: The Sunshine Shop Board, P.O Box 917, Burton, OH, 44021. Requests must be postmarked by October 4, 2013.
For additional information on The Sunshine Shop Grant, please contact Sara Shininger at 440-285-9141, ext. 1263.