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
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 email@example.com.
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 .
Scotch Doubles Fundraiser for the Tim Deverick Family will be Nov 30th at 9pm at Skylane Bowling Alley. All proceeds will go to the family for medical and funeral expenses/ time lost his battle with cancer Nov 4th. Cost is $40 per couple; this includes shoes, pizza, other food, 50/50 raffles and Chinese auction. For pre-sale tickets or questions call Megan Braden at the Skylanes drive thru or 330-326-2869. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Christmas TV History
Joanna Wilson Presents Christmas TV History on Dec 4th at 6:30 p.m., Joanna Wilson will present an “Entertaining Spirits” program at Reed Memorial Library. No registration is necessary for this free program. For more information, call 330-296-2827 (ext. 200). Reed Memorial Library is located at 167 E. Main St. Ravenna, OH 44266.
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 groups 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 Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 because of holidays. Contact Susan Buckles at 724-544-6881 or Carol Srajer at 330-562-8869 if you need more information.
The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its Christmas meeting at Ravenna Unit no. 331 on Dec 5th. Reservations for the free lunch at 6:30pm should be made with Norma Mounts 330-297-5123. In lieu of gift exchange, members are asked to bring a gift for ladies at the women’s shelter. Gifts should be unopened and in a gift bag. No candles or alcohol will be accepted.
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.
The Mantua Legion and Auxiliary Soup Supper will be Dec 6th at the Village Park Lodge. Open to the public, Cost us $7 for adults and $3 for children, includes a variety of homemade soups, salads and desserts.
Pearl Harbor Day Service
Atwood- Mauck Post 459 will be having a Pearl Harbor Day Service on Dec 7th at 11 am at Burton Village Square Gazebo. For details call Bo 440-834-8765
Ravenna Balloon A-Fair’s annual lighted Christmas Parade “Treasures Under The Tree” will take place downtown Ravenna on Main Street at 7 pm. on Dec 7th. Line up begins at 6pm at the corner of Main Street & Myrtle and at East Plaza parking lot. The parade includes themed floats, dancing and marching groups. Leading off the parade will be the Ravenna High School Band under the direction of Drew Adametz. Santa Claus straight from the North Pole will arrive on a Ravenna Fire Truck. Local youngsters will have a chance to share their Christmas wishes with Santa following the parade at the Buckeye Mini Mall, located at 250 E. Main St. For parade information call the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair at (330) 296-3247or Mark Short at 330-297-1586.
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.
Senior Citizens’ Luncheon
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Dec 7th. 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.
Breakfast with Santa
Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Dec 7th from 9 to 11 am at the Parkman Community House (16295 St. Rt. 422). Bring a camera and take your child’s picture with Santa Claus. You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage & pancakes. Kids eat for only $2.50 each and $3.50 each for accompanying adults. Call to make your reservation – Patty @ (440) 548-2242 or Denise @ (440) 548-2939.
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.
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. Crafters wanted. For more information: 330-351-3035
St. Ambrose Christmas 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.
All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an all you can eat spaghetti dinner on Dec 8th at Saint Mary’s social hall, 120 Maple Dr. in 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) Children: Free (5 & under). For any additional information please contact: Jim Burns (330)-883-0575, Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886, Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865
The Auxiliary will meet on Dec 9th at 1 pm at the Post in Mantua
BSA Troop 4262 Open House
Open House with BSA Troop 4262 on Dec 9th from 6:30-8:30p.m. Come and see what the troop is working on. See what it means to be a boy scout. We are chartered by, The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Avenue, in Garrettsville. Stop by for some fun and refreshments.
Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon
The Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon, sponsored by the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, is set for Dec 10th at Noon at Welshfield Inn, 14001 Main Market Road. The cost for this concert and lunch buffet is $20 a person. The buffet includes Yankee Pot Roast, Chicken Marsala, side dishes, rolls and butter, soft beverage and Christmas Cookies for dessert. Call to reserve your space at 440-632-5705 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2013. You can mail check payment for your reserved spaces to Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. A donation and proceeds will go to the Cardinaires of Cardinal High School.
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.
American Legion Meeting
The America Legion will meet Dec 12th at 7:30pm at the Post in Mantua
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.
Angel Shoppe Craft Shop
The Angel Shoppe Craft Show and Santa Shoppe will be Dec 14th from 10 am to 3 pm at Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg. A variety of craft and vendor tables will be there. Children should bring their gift shopping list so they can shop with our help from our adult elf, their purchases will be wrapped to remain a surprise. There will be a delicious lunch menu available, eat in or carry out. Proceeds will go to Sunday school projects. Vendor space is still available; to get any information about the Angel Shoppe or table space, call the church at 440-636-5504 for Merry Lou.
The Hambden Congregational Church located at 13840 G.A.R. Highway, Hambden Twp., Ohio 44024 invites you and your family to come and witness a live outdoor nativity on Dec 14th from 5-8pm. See Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, Wisemen, and live animals. Come inside and view numerous Nativity sets on display inside our original historical Sanctuary. Then continue the journey to see other biblical scenes throughout the church building. Don’t forget to stop in our fellowship hall, where there is a children’s craft center, and free refreshments. Admission is completely FREE!
Geauga Co. Master Gardeners Holiday Decoration
Make a beautiful winter centerpiece starting with a paper white birch log with Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik Dec 14th from 9-noon. Add fragrant greenery, berries, ornaments, even candles and a bow. We’ll have all the materials waiting for you to create your centerpiece for the holidays. Just bring yourself and a friend and have some fun. You’ll love what you’ll create! $35 fee. Light refreshments and centerpiece materials provided. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. 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. Visit www.geauga.osu.edu for updates, additional classes, information and directions.
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.
The Mantua Legion and Auxiliary will have a joint Christmas party will be held Dec 15th at 5:30pm at the Village Park Lodge. Members and guests are asked to bring an ample dish to pass for the pot luck dinner and a donation of items or money for the Four C’s
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.
An Invitation to Come Home for the Holidays
St. Joseph Parish in Mantua is offering a program to invite Catholics who are away from the practice of their faith to consider the Catholic Church in January/February 2014. Do you know a Catholic who no longer attends a Catholic church? Could you approach them in the manner of a committed Catholic and friend and offer an invitation to attend the first session of Awakening Faith on Jan 14th. It will take place at St. Joseph’s beginning at 7:00 pm in the All-Purpose Room. To register or for more information, please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND, at 330-274-2253.