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Praise and Worship Service
Saturdays
Southington UMC Praise and Worship Services are Saturdays at 7 pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Call 330-898-2156 with any questions.

An Invitation to Come Home for the Holidays
Jan  & Feb
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.

Fish Dinner
Fridays
Windham American Legion Post 674 Fish Fry – Friday nights from 4-7:30 pm, now through Lent. Fish, Chicken, Shrimp or combo dinners available, Also choice of two sides; Green Beans, Mac-n-Cheese, Coleslaw, Applesauce and Dessert. Cost is $8 per dinner, children under 5 eat free. Carry-outs are available 330-326-3188. Legion Post is located on S.R. 303 in Windham. Sponsored by American Legion SAL.

Instrument Drive
Now
The Windham Band is having an instrument drive over the next 2 months. We are seeking any used band instruments in good condition or donations toward the purchase of new instruments for the band program at Windham. Instruments can be delivered to Windham High School to Rebecca Kresen, Band Director. Any calls or questions can be made to Windham High School at 330-326-2711 and ask for Rebecca Kresen. Checks or donations can be sent to The Windham Band Boosters care of Rebecca Kresen at 9530 Bauer Ave., Windham, Ohio 44288

Big Brother & Big Sister Volunteers Needed
Now
For just 12 hours a month, you can help a child succeed. Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is recruiting volunteers who are committed and consistent and willing to serve at least a year. Are you ready to start something? Call the Big Brothers & Sisters office today at 330-296-6655 or visit www.bbsportage.org

Monday Morning Breakfast
American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning Breakfasts, serving from 7:30- 11am. 9960 Center Street, Windham, Ohio. Cost $6.00 or all-u-can eat for $7.00. Includes coffee and juice. Takeout available. More information call 330-326-3188

It’s Not Too Late to Join
Now
The Hiram Wind Ensemble. If you played in your high school band, you will love playing in this group. If you need an instrument, we can probably help with that. We especially need Brass and Percussion players, but all are welcome (including faculty and community members). Rehearsals are Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30- 5:45pm (that’s less than 3 hours per week!) Frohring Recital Hall beginning Jan. 14. Come to rehearsal Tuesday to listen and meet Professor Young. Check us out on YouTube

Crestwood Band Citrus Sale
Now – Jan 22
The Crestwood Band annual citrus sale runs now through Jan 22nd.   Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Instrumental Music Departments in the Intermediate, Middle and High schools.  You can order three ways:  contact a Crestwood band member or 330-569-7613 or you can order online at www.doorstepdirect.org.  Please enter the school code OH11184 so we receive credit for the sale.  Crestwood Band Patrons have been conducting this sale to support the instrumental music programs for over 40 years. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Moments
Jan 16
Senior Moments at New Hope Baptist Church will be Jan 16th from 6-8 pm, located at 9809 E. Center St. in Windham. Free for seniors 50+. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn and cherry cobbler will be served.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Jan 16
On Thursday, Jan 16 from 1-7 pm  there will be at blood drive at St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville.

Noises Off
Jan. 17 & 18
The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre presents “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn with permission by Samuel French, Jan 17 and 18th, 2014 at 7pm in the James A. Garfield, Iva Walker Auditorium, 10235 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Tickets available at the door; Adults $10.00, children over 12 and seniors over 65, $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 per person. Sponsored by Ryser Insurance. Call 216-375-0709 for information

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
Jan 18
American Legion Post 459 and Geauga Co. Council spaghetti and meatball dinner on Jan 8th from 4-7pm. Price is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids 5 and under.  At the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.

Bluegrass Junction
Jan 18
Bluegrass is back at Bluegrass Junction! The first show of 2014 will be held from 7-11pm on Jan 18th, 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, Red Dust Mountain Boys, and Southern Comfort. The cost is $10 per person and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 330-325-7867

Pancakes at Hambden Grange
Jan 19
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, bacon, juice, cocoa and coffee on Jan 19th from 8am to 1pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under

The Forgotten Preserves of Mantua
Jan 19
Tiny Mantua has three State Nature Preserves and a state designated Scenic River. Wow! Naturalist Bob Faber will lead this exploration of  the preserves, including the seldom-visited Tummonds Preserve southeast of the village, where we will view the river corridor and small lake that few people have had a chance to see. Meet at 1:00pm at the Village Park on the east side of Mantua on Mennonite Rd. adjacent to the river. Fee: $8 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Jan 20
On Monday, Jan 20 from 2-7 pm  there will be at blood drive at the Windham Fire Station.

Community Center Open
Jan. 20, and 28
The Community Center at Mantua Center will be open 10:00 to 4:00 each Wednesday for the rest of January.  Get out of the house and meet some friends, old or new, at the old Mantua Center School, just north of SR 82 on Center Road.  Bring food to share for pot luck lunch at about noon.  Jigsaw puzzle, cards,  board games, and craft materials available, or bring your own portable project to work on.  If you need a ride, call Ellie at 330-274-0711.

Library Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 20
All branches and offices of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Jan 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Jan 21st. For information about library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online atwww.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

CBF Loaves & Fishes Dinner
Jan 21
Covenant Bible Fellowship (8146 High St., Garrettsville) is inviting everyone to our Loaves and Fishes Dinner on Jan 21st from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This is a dinner with no charge and no restrictions on income. Our dinners are homemade with the added enjoyment of fellowship!! If you should have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 330.527.4205. We look forward to serving you!

Softball Signups
Jan 23 & 27
For over a decade, our organization has been dedicated to making the spring and summer softball seasons fun and exciting for girls in the Mantua, Mantua Township, Hiram and Shalersville communities.  Come join us for another successful season of an activity that is fun, teaches sportsmanship, places team above self and helps to build character through hard work and determination. Sign-Up! Crestwood Middle School on Jan 23rd and 27th from 4pm-6pm or Mantua Village Park Lodge Feb 3rd from 6pm-8pm or Feb 8th and 9th from 1pm-3pm. Don’t have time to make it to sign-ups?  Complete a registration form and mail it in with your registration fee by Friday February 21, 2014 to Crestwood Girls Fast Pitch PO Box 735 Mantua, OH 44255. If you have questions or need a registration form, please e-mail crestwoodfastpitch@gmail.com or call Chris Semety 330-351-3381.

Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 24
Parkman Pack 76 Cub Scouts BSA invites you to join them for a Spaghetti Dinner at the Parkman Community House,  16295 Main Market Rd, Parkman, OH 44080 on Jan 24th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Advance Tickets: are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. At the door: $9 for adults and $6 for kids, under 5 Free. Carry out available. For tickets contact: parkmanpack76@gmail.com or Call: Monique 216-337-2104. There will also be a Chinese auction. Event sponsored by Parkman Pizza

Ice Caves & Hot Toddies: Winter splendor at Nelson Ledges
Jan 25
Explore with naturalist Bob Faber crevasses, shelter caves, and rock bluffs that provide the setting for a variety of winter ice formations. Frozen waterfalls, ice stalagmites and stalactites, verglas, needle ice and perhaps ice flowers are all part of this winter geologic wonderland. The geology is both ancient and contemporary, rocks formations millions of years old frosted with ice formations that may be only hours old. Difficult and slippery. Meet at the Nelson Ledges parking lot Jan 25th from 2-4pm. After the hike we will retire to Mill in Garrettsville for a warm up sip of an adult beverage. Fee: $6 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($8 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or emailsorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

Pet FixMobile
Jan  25
Pet Fix mobile vet will hold spay/neuter clinics for our low income&Amish clients in Geauga Coounty at: Middlefield Tractor Supply;Jan 11th, Geauga Feed(Newbury);Jan 25th. Please call(440)338-4819 ext.21 to sign up

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan 26
American Legion Post 459 will be having a pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan 26th from 9:30-1:30. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. At the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.

Scotch Doubles
Feb 1
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will hold their annual Scotch Doubles Bowling fundraiser on Feb 1st at Skylane Bowling Alley -registration is at 8:30 and bowling starts at 9pm. The cost is $40.00 per couple and includes bowling, shoes, beer, soda and pizza. There will be a Chinese auction also. Contact Jackie Rinearson at 216-375-0709 for more information.

Pilates
Feb 2 –Feb 26
Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. from Feb 2nd to Feb 26th 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.  This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture. 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.

Tae Kwon Do
Feb 4 – Feb 27
New session of Tae Kwon Do will be held from Feb 4th to Feb 27th at Lake Hodgson – Apco Lodge in Ravenna for ages 7 years to adults, male or female.  Tae Kwon Do emphasizes self-discipline, exercise, and martial art skills.  Instructors work with students individually and as a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Participants must have a mouth piece on first night.  Male students are required to wear protective gear after the second week. Cost is $40 and is paid the first night to the instructors. To register, call Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department at 330-296-2864.  Check out their web site www.martialartsravenna.com.

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