We’re All Invited
Gingerbread House Display
Through Dec 19
Burton Public Library Programming, Gingerbread House Display. Our Gingerbread House Contest entries & winners will be on display at the Library from Nov 21st through Dec 19th. Please stop by to enjoy this festive event!
Mantua Restoration Society Fundraiser
Mantua Restoration Society Fundraiser makes a great Christmas gift. Mantua Township and Mantua Village beautiful historical coverlets for sale. Cranberry red – $50 each. Contact Rhetta Hall 330-562-8127
Spaghetti Dinner/Chinese Auction
Please attend The First Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Chinese Auction Nov 23rd at James A. Garfield Elementary School. This will not be your average spaghetti dinner, but also a fun family night out! Come for dinner, stay for family games! Participate in additional activities by purchasing tickets after dinner; try your hand at turkey bowling (you may even win a turkey!), dump spaghetti noodles on our gym teacher’s head, plus chances to win wonderful gift baskets & 50/50 raffle. Pre-sale dinner tickets are on sale now in the Elementary office. $7.00 Adult $3.00 Children (12-5) 4 & under free Please call the Elementary 330-527-2184 for more info.
Swiss Steak Dinner
Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner Nov 23rd from 5-7pm. Dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.
Stuff the Bus
Join The East Geauga Kiwanis in Stuff the Bus on Nov 23rd from 9am-3pm on the Wal-Mart parking lot in Middlefield. This event is to benefit Geauga County Job & Family Services. Please help the less fortunate in our county and drop off new toys, games and gift cards. Cash donations will also be accepted. If you need more info call Tom 440-313-8823 Or Judy 440-413-0557
Parkman Feather Party
Save the date, Nov 23rd on your calendar for Parkman Fire Department’s annual Feather party. Prizes include turkeys, hams, stuffed animals and door prizes. Food is available. Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7 at the Community House in Parkman.
Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
On Nov 23rd there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4pm and we will serve until 6:30 unless food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeout’s are available.
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
A benefit spaghetti dinner
is being held for Denise Morehead who is enduring treatment for kidney cancer. The dinner will be held at the Elks Club in Kent at 2265 Erie Street Ravenna (located behind Twin Star Bowling Alley) on November 24, at 3pm -7pm. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Tickets for the dinner are $8 for adults and $5 for children. The benefit dinner will also have a 50/50 raffle, and basket raffles. Question and ticket orders can be directed
to Katie at 330 548-2277.
Free Water Well Monitoring
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) on Nov 25th at 7 pm. 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 email@example.com.
Domestic Violence Program
The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown will present a program on domestic violence. This program is free to the public, and will be Nov 25th at 6:30 in the Park Vista community room on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown .Dottie Kane will discuss background and statistics, Attorney Michelle Simonelli will present the legal process and Dr. Monica Dragoman will have information on Domestic Violence as a global health issue.
It is time for our last blood drive for the American Red Cross at our church, this year, but sadly it will be our last one totally. Circumstances have made it so that we will not be able to continue doing these at our church. We will miss you all and are very grateful for your attendance all these years. It has been a labor of love, but all things come to an end, there will be someone else to do it, and the drive will continue somewhere. Ours is Nov. 27th, from noon to 6pm and we have a lot to be thankful for this year, your loyalty and caring all these years. Please come and let us thank you, there will be T shirts this time .and I have been told they are very special, so see you then. Thank you editors for all your help over these 10 years and getting the message out to the community, Deanie Simpson, coordinator for the American Red Cross and our church.
PCDL Closed Thanksgiving
All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27 and will remain closed Thursday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. They will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 29. Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner
A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30-12:30 pm at the Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 East River Rd. Newton Falls, Ohio. Everyone Welcome! Sponsored by: St. Nicolas Outreach, Warren, Ohio, in co-operation with Newton Falls American legion.
3rd Annual Turkey Walk / Run
Come out and join us Thanksgiving morning for the 3rd Annual Brimfield 1 Mile/5-K Turkey Walk/Run through local neighborhoods – strollers, wagons and pets welcome! Registration starts at 7:45 at the Brimfield Plaza*Corner of St. Rt. 43 and Tallmadge Rd. The walk/run starts promptly at 8:30 Rain or Shine! Cost: 2 non perishable food items, new toy for the Brimfield Community Cupboard – Cash donations will also be accepted. This walk/Run is an OPEN event – So start a New FAMILY Tradition that gets you off the couch and moving – Also to encourage people who don’t/can’t run ~ to come out and just walk…young and old alike!!!
“Diving Into Nature!”
Don’t take the kids shopping on Black Friday. Take them outside! On Nov 29 from 1-4 pm children (ages 8-12) will have fun exploring nature and learning how to observe and describe the world around them. Each participant will make their own nature journal and practice using it to help them become keen observers of their surroundings. Nature discoveries will be creatively recorded in the journals through writing, drawing, and crafts. Families are invited to join us at the end of the program as we share our discoveries while warming up by a campfire. Fee: $8 per participant. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas at the Barnhisel House
The public is invited to Christmas at the Barnhisel House at 1011 N. State Street, Nov 30th Dec 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th from1-5pm. The theme is “Dolls and Bears”. Visitors will see a variety of bears and dolls displayed all through the historic Barnhisel estate. Refreshments, Christmas music on the organ and guides dressed in period costume will welcome guests to the event. Guests can also purchase a 2014 calendar or note cards with photos from Girard’s history. Donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.girardhistoricalsociety.org .
Santa’s Collection Craft Show
Climb the stairs to a wonderland of holiday excitement on Nov 30th for the Thirteenth annual Santa’s Collection Craft show from 9am-3pm. Area crafters with unique gifts, crafts and toys. Free admission to craft show only. For table information, contact Carol at 440-834-4532. All proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund.
Breakfast with Santa
Nov 30 & Dec 1
Burton American Legion Auxiliary, Post 459 (Goodwin St in Burton) will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Nov 30th and Dec 1st from 9am-1pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and free for children under 5.
Holiday Country Fair
Nov 30 & Dec 1
Holiday Country Fair will be Nov 30th & Dec 1st from 11- 6 both days! The fair will be held at The Red Maple Inn: 14707 South Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021 Escape to the country and join some of your favorite craft and direct sales vendors for a stress-free holiday shopping event! Tickets will be available for a Gift Basket Drawing – proceeds go to “Sponsor-a-Family” – a program coordinated by Geauga County Job & Family Services which provides food and gifts to low income families and seniors in Geauga County.
Author Les Roberts
On Dec 3rd at 6:30 pm, Author Les Roberts will be at the Burton Public Library. Les Roberts is the author of 17 mystery novels featuring Cleveland private investigator Milan Jacovich, as well as 11 other books of fiction. He came to mystery writing after a 24-year career in Hollywood writing and producing television shows. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Northeast Ohio. Book signing will follow the program with books available for purchase. Seating is limited to 50.
Community Center Open
Dec 4, 11, 18
The Community Center at Mantua Center will be open on Wednesdays December 4, 11, and 18. Coffee and tea are always available, as are a jigsaw puzzle to help construct, a choice of board games, and a variety of craft materials and books for kids. We have a potluck lunch at about noon, and we always seem to have a good variety of food to share. People enjoy sitting and chatting, or working on various projects they bring, such as quilt piecing, scrapbooking, and crocheting. Most afternoons there are group’s playing cards. Hours are 10am to 4pm, reopening for a 7pm yoga class. Enter the south entrance of the single story addition behind the old Mantua Center School, just north of SR82 on Center Rd. We will be closed on Nov. 27, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 because of holidays. If participation continues to be good we will announce January openings in mid-December. Contact Susan Buckles at 724-544-6881 or Carol Srajer at 330-562-8869 if you need more information.
The Rotary “Country Christmas Gift Shop”
Candy and Crafts Show, Located at the historic “Mantua Center School “, 11741 Mantua Center Rd., Mantua. Free pictures with Santa; 2:30-5:30pm. Free tours of the 99 year old school. This is a four day show starting on: Dec 5th from 6:30pm-9:00pm, Dec 6th from 10:30-7pm, Dec 7th from 10:00-5:30pm and Dec 8th, from 11-5pm. This craft show is coordinated with the Mantua Christmas Tour of Homes. Always looking for more crafters For more information: 330-351-3035
Blues DeVille to Play
Blues DeVille will be playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance on Dec 6th at the Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Blues DeVille is known for playing Blues, Swing, Old Soul, and even a little Zydeco. Sponsored by KCE. (216) 316-0068. Dance lesson at 8pm. Dance and live music 9-11:30pm. Adult $10, student $8, family $25.
Upton Open House
On Dec 6th from 6-8pm, there will be an Open House at the Upton House in downtown Warren. The theme is Christmas Splendor and each room of the house is beautifully decorated by Upton members and volunteers. The Harriet Taylor Upton House is located on 380 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren, Ohio and is available for party rentals . For more information phone 330-395-1840 or the web at www.uptonhouse.org.
15th Century Yuletide Revels Christmas Dinner & Show
The James A. Garfield Theatre Department is having their 2nd Annual 15th Century England Yuletide Revels Christmas dinner and show on Dec 7th. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 7 and younger. Ticket includes catered buffet dinner and hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 PM at GHS & show at 7:30 PM. Call GHS 330-527-4341 to reserve your tickets now. The show includes Lords & Ladies, Jester, Herald Trumpets, Recorders, Feast and Song.
Toy Drop Off
On Dec 7th from 9-1 there will be a toy drop off at Cole Valley Chevrolet. Toys and donations will be for the children of Newton Falls. All donations stay in Newton Falls, please help make a Christmas for our needy kids.
New Mercies Community Church at the corner of Butternut and Aquilla roads is holding a Chinese auction on Dec 7th. Doors open at 4pm, auction starts at 6pm. Admission is $5 with 25 bidding tickets and $3 each additional sheet some of the prizes include a $250 grand walk in kitchen donated by step 2 a girls bike, a $50 cleats gift card and a $75 cheese basket from Cabot’s, along with over 300 other wonderful items food will be served all night come in from the cold and do come Christmas shopping with us.
The Girard Junior Women present the annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec 7th from 10-2pm. The Christmas Bazaar includes a baked goods sale, a gifts table at kid friendly prices, free games and a coloring contest. Santa arrives at 11am and will visit with children and pose for photos for anyone with a camera until 1 pm. Girard City Gym is located on W. Main St. in Girard. For more information, visit the Girard Junior Women on Facebook.
Winter Craft Show
The Herb Society, part of the Portage County Gardeners, is hosting a Winter Craft Show on Dec 7th from 9-3 at the Gardeners’ Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Rootstown. Twenty three vendors will offer a variety of hand crafted items including pottery, walking sticks, wreaths, knitting, baskets, jewelry, dolls, gourmet candy and food and much more. Lunch will also be available.
Pizza with Santa
Kiwanis of the Western Reserve Pizza with Santa will be Dec 7th from 10am-12:30pm at the Hiram Christian Church located at the corner of Rtes. 82 & 700 in Hiram Village. Tickets are $ 3.00, children 2 and under FREE! Pizza, cookies, & beverages. There is a Secret Santa Shop featuring holiday gifts $ 1.00- $ 5.00, face painting, crafts, & reindeer games. And of course, SANTA! Purchase tickets in advance at Cortland Bank in Mantua, Hiram College Bookstore, and the Middlefield Banks in Mantua & Garrettsville
Rotary Farmers Market Holiday Fest
The Christmas holidays are 14 days away from Dec 7th and a perfect time to stock up and prepare for this special time of year. Jams, jellies, baked goods, breads, holiday decorations, cutting boards, jewelry, pottery, handmade tree ornaments, candle holders, handmade soaps, poinsettias, woven place mats and more at the Rotary Farmers Market Holiday Fest to be held from 9-3 pm at The Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 S.R. 44 in Mantua. Free pictures with Santa from 11-2pm. The same day treat yourself to the Christmas Tour of Homes in Mantua, and the “Country Christmas Gift Shop”, a Candy and Crafts Show at the Mantua Center School 10 –5:30. Crafter wanted. For more information: 330-351-3035
St. Ambrose Christma Concert
St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville is holding their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8th at 6pm. Sacred and secular Christmas music will be performed by the Adult vocal choir and the O.K. Chorale Children’s Choir. Special guest accompanist is Pat Amor. The event is open to the public with free admission.
Hidden in Plain Sight
Hidden in Plain Sight, an awareness program for parents and other adults will be held Dec 10th at Crestwood High School in Mantua. Doors open at 7:15 and presentation will begin at 7:30. There will be an astonishing, interactive exhibit designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom, which contains 150+ items which may be indicative of risky behaviors such as substance use, violence, eating disorders, juvenile crime, technology, risky games/challenges and more accompanies by a PowerPoint presentation and discussion. This event is presented by Bath and Copley Police and assisted by Mantua Police. For more info contact School Resource Office, Joe Urso SRO@crestwoodschools.org.
St. Mary & St. Joseph Ladies Guild Bake Kolache
Dec 10 & 11
St. Mary & St. Joseph Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Christmas holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10.00 each. The Ladies offer the following fillings: apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order contact Barbara Wolff 330-872-1951. Pick up times are Dec 10th from 9-4 and Dec 11 from 9-6.
Make a beautiful winter centerpiece with Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik starting with a paper white birch log. Add fragrant greenery, berries, ornaments, even candles and a bow. Materials are provided. Bring a friend along and have some fun making memories. Dec 14th from 9-noon. $35 fee. Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Make your check payable to OSU Extension and mail to PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021-0387. Program is held at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Call 440-834-4656 or visit www.geauga.osu.edu for updates, additional classes, information and directions.
Hiram College Cheer Camp
Kids from ages 5-12 can learn cheers and a dance from the Hiram College Cheerleaders and cheer at half-time on Dec 14th. Check in is 9:45 in the Colman Sports Center Lobby, and camp begins at 10am in the Martin Field House, game to follow at 3pm at the Charles A. Henry Field Cost is $45 for the camp; add an additional $6 to eat lunch with the Hiram Cheerleaders. A check written to Hiram College can be mailed to: Terry Clutter Athletic Dept. P.O. Box 1777 Hiram College, 44234. Full payment is due by Dec 6th. Additional information can be found at http://www.hiramterriers.com/athletics/Cheerleading/cheer.
The Garfield Band Boosters will be having a Chinese Auction on Dec 15th from 2-4 pm during our “Sounds of the Season” winter concerts. The auction is open to the public and will be held at Garfield High School. Please also join us for some great holiday music as the high school concert band and choir will perform at 2 pm followed by the middle school concert at 4 pm. Between concerts, light refreshments will be served and the high school “Swing Machine” jazz band will perform. All Garfield band concerts are free and open to the public.
Longest Night Service for Those Who Mourn
The holidays are full of peppy music, colorful desserts, and brightly wrapped gifts. But the holidays can be difficult when you miss someone at your holiday table. December 21st is the longest night of the year and represents the long, dark night of mourning. Join us at the Windham United Methodist Church, 9051 N. Main St. Windham OH, at 7 pm for a time to remember those you’ve lost, and take a moment in the quiet of winter to honor them. All are welcome.