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New Classes At GLTG

Registering Now

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild. In the after-school class “Ipaint” and  “American Tall Tales” as well as Over 20 Classes in the arts for youth through adults are being presented this season. For a full listing go to www.geaugatheater.org, or call the business office at 440-285-7701. Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water Street in Chardon, and the Arts Center is across the street at 106 Water Street.

 

Newton Falls Season Passes

On Sale Now

Tickets are on sale at the Superintendent’s Office, located at 909½ Milton Blvd., for the upcoming Newton Falls Tiger Football Season from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The cost for reserved season passes for 5 home games is $40.00.  Also available, are 10-game passes for adults for $50.00, and student 10-game passes for $30.00.  These 10-game passes are good for any varsity event, i.e., volleyball, soccer, football, basketball or track. Family passes are also available.

 

All Marched Out

Call Now

The Marching Pride are selling the old band uniforms.  If you are a member past, present  or just a fan of the band the cost is $50.00. Please contact Judy Huehner for more information @ 330-687-0630 Grab your piece of history before they are all gone.

See something you’ll never forget, then notice it for years to come – guaranteed!

Witness the annual phenomenon of hundreds of chimney swifts swirling tornado-like and then plummeting into an old chimney en route to South America – an unforgettable spectacle by all accounts.

The Bird Tornado Strikes Again will be presented on Wednesday, September 5th at the Chardon Square Gazebo  and on September 12th at the Burton Square Gazebo.  Both programs will take place  from  7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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New Classes At GLTG

Registering Now

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild. In the after-school class “Ipaint” and  “American Tall Tales” as well as Over 20 Classes in the arts for youth through adults are being presented this season. For a full listing go to www.geaugatheater.org, or call the business office at 440-285-7701. Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water Street in Chardon, and the Arts Center is across the street at 106 Water Street.

 

Newton Falls Season Passes

On Sale Now

Tickets are on sale at the Superintendent’s Office, located at 909½ Milton Blvd., for the upcoming Newton Falls Tiger Football Season from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The cost for reserved season passes for 5 home games is $40.00.  Also available, are 10-game passes for adults for $50.00, and student 10-game passes for $30.00.  These 10-game passes are good for any varsity event, i.e., volleyball, soccer, football, basketball or track. Family passes are also available.

School Supply Collection

Donate Now

First Church of God in Windham, 9016 N Main St, is currently collecting school supplies to distribute to Windham school students.  All donations are being accepted at the church or by any member.  Suggestions include: paper, pens, pencils, pen & pencil refills, markers, highlighters, money (we’ll do the shopping for you), markers, crayons, notebooks, shoes, report covers, etc.  The collection will run through the end of Aug and the distribution will be handled in conjunction with the Windham schools.  If interested call 330-326-2293 or 330 671-1426.

 

James A. Garfield Class of 1987

Save This Date!

Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help “the cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

 

3rd Annual Rib Dinner

Fridays in Aug.

The Mantua council of the Knights of Columbus will host their 3rd annual Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2012.  Delicious, slow-cooked St. Louis Style Rib Dinners will be offered for carryout or you are welcome to picnic on our lawn. Regular Rib Dinner includes: Half Slab Ribs, Baked Potato, Cole slaw, Baked Beans and Corn on the Cob for $12.50 each.  Light Rib Dinner includes: Half Slab Ribs, Cole slaw and baked beans for $11.00 each.  Extra Cob Corn, Baked Potatoes and Bottled Water will also be available $1.00 each. Come on out and enjoy our most delicious rib dinners between 4-7PM on Fridays August 3, 10, 17 & 24th.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio. We have a beautiful country setting, perfect for lawn style picnics.  So pack your blanket, bring your own beverage, play some games and enjoy a delicious rib dinner. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Dance Lesson Registration

Through Sept 4

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is registering for Ballet & Tap lessons for children 6 and up,  baton lessons for children ages 4 through 18 years old, Hip Hop dance lessons for children Grades 1st through 12th grade, Pre-Dance lessons for children 3 to 5 years old Registration and payment in person during registration through September 4.  Enrollments are taken only during the fall of 2012.  For more info contact Ravenna Rec at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.  Office located at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna.

 

Community Appreciation Night At Burton Public Library

Aug 23

The community is cordially invited to Burton Public Library’s “Community Appreciation Night” on August 23 at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the free concert, the library along with the Burton Historic District Association is proud to host the release of the “Burton, Ohio” book by Arcadia Publishing. Please join us for a fun evening.Library is located at 14588 W. Park Street, on the square in Burton Village 440-834-4466.

 

Free Meal

Aug 24

The Nelson UMC will be hosting a free meal Friday Aug 24 from 4-6 pm. The menu includes cabbage casserole, carrots, cake and beverages. Any questions call (330) 527-2268

 

Bat Program

Aug. 24

A bat program will be presented on Aug. 24, 8:00 p.m. at Buchert Park, 4808 High St., Mantua Village.  Biologists from Davey Resource Group will net bats to observe up close, then  learn about their habits, ecosystem benefits and the threats they face. For more information, contact the Portage Park District at 330-297-7728

 

Renaissance Family Center Party

Aug 24

There is a party at the Renaissance Family Center for Social Security and Medicare and you are invited to share in the free refreshments.  So join us Aug 24th 10-2 pm.  There will be information and displays and much more. Join us you won’t you?

 

Middlefield Chamber Golf Outing

Aug 24

The First Annual Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Grandview Golf Course in Middlefield. Scramble, contests, lunch, dinner, prizes.  Register to golf as individual or team at 440-632-5705. All proceeds got to purchase security equipment for Cardinal Local School

 

3rd annual Memorial Music Festival

Aug 25 

Event will be held at the Nelson Ledge Estates Pavillion on Aug 25. Come and enjoy a day of music, food and memories. Donations gratefully accepted. Bring a picture of your loved one to place on the memorial wall. Questions call Ron (330) 527-4411 or Betsy (440) 548-2226

 

Benefit for Emme-Kate Greenwell

Aug 25

Benefit will be held on Aug 25 at The Big Dog, 432 Highland Ave. in Ravenna. Activities including; corn hole, bake sale, DJ, 50/50 raffle, face painting, kids games, and much more, starts at 2:00pm. Rigatoni dinner starts at 4:00pm and cost $6.50 per person. Emme-Kate suffered a severe stroke and is still hospitalized. The proceeds from this benefit is to help her family with medical expenses.

 

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

Aug. 25

The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Aug. 25th from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. Dinners include choice of baked potato or french fries, green beans, salad and  roll. Cost is $12.00 for steak or $8.00 for chicken. Open to the public.

 

TEXAS Hold-em Tournament

Aug. 25

American Legion Post #674 is holding a Texas-Hold em tournament on Aug. 25. 80% payout scholarship fund. Sign-up 2:00pm start play at 4:00pm. Free food for players. (330) 326-3188 or (330) 235-3387

 

Public Observing Night

Aug. 25

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM, weather permitting. The Moon will be the focus of attention for the night and, if conditions allow, other celestial objects will also be viewed through the century-old Cooley Telescope. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter

 

Revival in Freedom

Aug 26

If you’ve never experienced the power or love of God come visit us on Aug 26,  6pm, at the Freedom Prayer Room, Also, powerful prophetic worship you don’t want to miss. The Freedom Prayer Room is located at 7845 State Route 303, Windham, OH, 44288. For more information, please email us at info@freedomprayerroom.com.

 

Meet the Artists

Aug 26

From 2-4 pm on Aug 26 at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Rd, Russell Township. Meet the artists behind the Nature of Metal Community Art Exhibition and view nature-inspired entries crafted from ferrous and non-ferrous metals, on display through October, complete with live music by the University of Akron Steel Drum Band.

 

Line Dance Lessons

Aug 27

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons.  Come join with your friends to learn classic and new line dances and improve your health at the same time.  The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays.  Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 15 and max 30. Deadline to register is Aug 27 or until filled. Call (330) 296-2864 for more information

 

Stuff the Bus

Aug 27

Mantua American Legion Post #193 is holding Stuff the Bus school supply drive on Aug. 27 from 5:30-7:30 at Crestwood Primary School and Crestwood Intermediate School.

 

Crescendo Club Fundraiser

Aug. 28

The Newton Falls Crescendo Club (Boosters for the Newton Falls School Band) is pleased to offer Savory Foods COOKIE DOUGH, GOURMET POPCORN AND LAVA-LICIOUS CAKES for our current fundraiser.  Our final date for all orders is Tuesday, August 28th and delivery date will be September 18 – just in time for your fall baking.  Ask any band member to order, or call Laura at 872-1647 or Bobbi at 872-7394.  Thanks for all your support!

 

Free Community Dinner

Aug. 28

Free community dinner will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. on August 28th.  While supplies last. No take outs. Windham American Legion,9960 Center Street. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by: St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach Warren, Ohio

 

Geauga Park District at The Great Geauga County Fair

Aug 30 thru Sept. 3

Since 1996, the Park District’s open wood building has given fairgoers a taste of what their local park has to offer. This year’s interactive display showcase Ohio’ only designated International Dark Sky Park, the new Observatory Park in Montville Township. Natural Resources Area, Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 North Cheshire Street in Burton.

 

PCDL Closed for Labor Day

Sept 3

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed Sept.3, in observance of Labor Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Visit us online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library programs and services. Find us on Facebook.

 

Geauga County Dog Shelter Reunion

RSVP by Sept 4

Adoption reunion Sept 8 from noon-5:00pm. $20 per family. At Camp Chickagami Route168. Cost is $20 per family. RSVP / more information call 440-286-8135.

 

New Hours At Burton Public Library

Beginning Sept 4

The library will be open longer hours on Fridays and Saturdays.  Beginning September 4, library hours are as follows: Monday – Thursday  9 a.m. – 8 p.m.;  Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Burton Public Library will remain closed on Sundays.  The library’s phone number is 440-834-4466.  Visit us on Facebook or the web: www.burton.lib.oh.us

 

Make the Most with Compost

Sept. 5

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, the Geauga OSU Extension Master Gardeners and the Geauga County Storm Water Task Force invite you to “Make the Most with Compost!”  This free workshop will be held on Sept. 5 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (S.R. 87), Russell, Ohio 44072.

 

Chicken Dinner

Sept 5

The Southington UMC, Routes 305 & 534 in Southington will be holding a chicken dinner on Sept. 5 from 3:30-6:00pm. Adults: $8, children: $4 and 3 and under eat free. Carry outs will be available, stop by and pick up dinner for the family. Call the church, (330) 989-2156 and they will be ready for pickup when you get there.

 

Cops & Kids Fishing Day

Sept 8

The Hiram Police Department will be holding the community program called, “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day. The event will be free of charge to anybody who attends. The intent of “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day is to bring community children closer to law enforcement officers and build lifelong bonds.  The “Cops and Kids Fishing Day” event is scheduled for September 8th from 10am-2pm at Camp Asbury.

 

“God’s Kids Puppet Ministry”

Sept. 8

Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd. in Wayland, will be hosting “God’s Kids Puppet Ministry” on Sept. 8 at 6:00pm. All are welcome and everyone is invited to attend. For more information call (330) 938-2335 or (330) 358-2639

 

Aurora Class of ‘67

Sept. 8

45th reunion picnic on Sept 8. at the home of Jim Ratcliff, Freedom Ohio. Please contact Ruth Studer (330) 507-7554 or Jim (330) 297-5659 for directions and RSVP.

 

34th Annual Potato Stomp

Sept. 8

The 34th Annual Potato Stomp 9 mile race will take place on September 8th.  The Potato Stomp is a classic road race through the scenic streets of Mantua Village and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley.  There is a one-mile Fun Run that begins at 8:30am and the 9-mile race begins at 9am.  Fun Run registration on race day is $8 with no shirt/$15 including shirt.  Race day entry fee for the nine mile race is $15 with no shirt/$20 including shirt.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

Craft Show

Sept 8

Craft show tables available: The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be hosting a craft show on September 8, at the Parkman Community House. The show will start at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Doors will open 2 hours prior to the show for set up. Tables are $25 each and are on a first come first serve basis. Advanced payment is required to hold a table. For more information call (330) 889-9600 or email support@kidcancerfoundation.org

Swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs

Sundays Beginning Sept. 9

Times: 2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm Sunday Afternoons. All Levels, All Hours. Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end. September 9,16,23,30, and October 7th Cost: $50.00 per Child for all 5 lessons. 4 years and older.                    Sign-ups: Sept. 8th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College Pool. Register online! Deadline to register September 6th http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html. Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

 

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 9

12:00pm-3:00pm At Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner Includes: Spaghetti & meatballs, Salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and Dessert (Carry out available) Adults:$7.00 Children: $3.00 (6-11)  Children: FREE(5& under) For any additional information   Tom Fetock (330) 872-5886, Matt Stimac (330)872-7865 or Jim Burns(330)883-0575. Knights Of Columbus Council #3350. 100 Superior St. Newton Falls Ohio.

 

Crestwood Board of Education

Sept 10

Meeting will be held Sept. 10 at 7:00 pm at the Crestwood High School Library due to the Labor Day holiday.

 

Computer Training

Sept. 10 & 12

Portage County District Library is partnering with Connect Ohio to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions offered will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and email basics. Sessions will be held at the Garrettsville Library (10482 South Street) Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. and at the Pierce Streetsboro Library (8990 Kirby Lane) Oct. 22 through Oct. 24 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Register online at www.portagelibrary.org or call 330-562-6502 for more information.

 

Crosstrailers Square Dance Club

Sept. 10 & 17

Join in the fun of western style square dancing, a fun activity and great aerobic exercise.   Beginner’s lessons with two free nights on September 10 and 17 are being offered at the First United Methodist Church, North Park Avenue, Warren 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.   Our professional caller/teacher is John Ramsey.   Line dances are included with some lessons.  The Crosstrailers are celebrating their 37th anniversary, and invite all ages to participate in square dancing.  For more information, please call 330 898-1997 and 330 898-5749.

 

Mantua Legion #193 Monthly Soup Supper Rescheduled

Rescheduled for Sept 14 

Mantua Legion and Auxiliary #193 has rescheduled its monthly soup supper to Sept 14 at 6:00 pm. The cost for soup, salad and dessert is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Open to public.

 

Save the Date!

Sept 15

The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s game against Southeast will be an away game. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

 

Seeking Vendors & Exhibitors

Sept 15 & 16

The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

 

Community Day

Sept. 22

Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 14780 Mayfield Rd, E. Claridon. From 2-7pm, enjoy a picnic dinner, free entertainment for all ages, worship 101, Raffles, corn hole tournament, bounce house and slide, sumo suits, Velcro wall, guessing games and pie auction. Call (440) 635-4744 for more details

 

Gospel Fest

Sept. 23

The Christian Life Center will host a Gospel Fest on September 23, 2012 at 3:30pm. The church is located at 5931 Rhodes Road Kent. (Church behind Gabriel Brothers) Doors open at 3:00 p.m. The Gospel Fest will showcase several local groups.  Interested groups can call the church for an application.  Applications must be returned within 30 days from the date received. The Gospel Fest is free and open to the public, although a freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The church invites the community to “come out and enjoy some good Gospel music and fellowship.” For more information, please contact CLC Church Administrator, Deborah Sunderland at clckent@yahoo.com or call the church office at 330-678-9234. The church office hours; Monday through Friday from 9AM until 3PM.

 

Fall Fish Sale

Sept. 24 

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Fall Fish Sale is right around the corner!  We are currently taking orders for fingerling-size largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish mix, minnows, white amurs, and yellow perch.  The Fish Sale will be held on Sept. 25 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Order deadline is Sept. 24th.  Please visit the district website at www.geaugaswcd.com or call (440) 834-1122 to obtain an order form or more information.

 

3rd Annual Craft Show

Oct 20

Palmyra Fire Station 3956 St Rt. 225, Diamond, OH 44412 from 10 AM – 4 PM .  We’ll have several Chinese Auction baskets compliments of area businesses. Last year’s baskets included: small dog grooming package, 10 free tanning sessions, family game basket, girls and boys toy basket, spring baskets to name a few. We are currently looking for crafters and patrons. If you’d like to display your crafts please go to: www.palmyratownship.com to fill out the registration form, call 330 654-5447 or 330 557-6173 to have one mailed to you, e-mail palmyrafirefliesauxiliary@yahoo.com to have one e-mailed to you or stop by the station Monday – Friday 6 AM – 6 PM.

 

Youth Sportsfest

Sept 29

The Trumbull County 4-H Shooting Sports Pioneers Club will host a free NRA Youth Sportsfest on Sept. 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Fish & Game Club of Vienna on SR 193 across from the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport.  The purpose of this event is to teach basic gun & archery safety, demystify firearms by providing hands-on experience, and provide an enjoyable learning experience to all youth ages 9 to 18 years old.  Pre-registration before SEPTEMBER 24 is required at (330) 898-4486 or email at larrybeard@aol.com.  Parents must sign a release.  No guns owned by the participants are to be brought to this event!!  Further information is available at (330) 898-4486.

 

Murder Mystery Night

Nov 3

Doors Open at 6:00PM.Featuring the Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre Mystery Group. $35.00 Per Ticket. Limited Number of Tickets Available…Pre-Sale Only! Mystery, Dinner, Raffles & Cash Bar “My Big Fat Geek Wedding” Mysstteerry Murrdeerr Niigghhtt. For Tickets Call Donna Bicker at 216-210-1677 or Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093. Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall • 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua Benefit for Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation.In Memory of Melana Matson, Her Hope Shines On.

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James A. Garfield Class of 1987

Save This Date!

Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help “the cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

 

Garfield Band Booster Meeting

2nd Thurs of Month

JA Garfield band booster meetings are now being held the second Thursday of every month.  They begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the high school band room.  Any member of the community, interested in promoting the development of the James A. Garfield band programs, may become a booster member.  If you have a child in band, you are already a booster.  Our first meeting of this year will be on Thursday, August 9th.  We hope to see you at the meetings

 

3rd Annual Rib Dinner

Fridays in Aug.

The Mantua council of the Knights of Columbus will host their 3rd annual Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2012.  Delicious, slow-cooked St. Louis Style Rib Dinners will be offered for carryout or you are welcome to picnic on our lawn. Regular Rib Dinner includes: Half Slab Ribs, Baked Potato, Cole slaw, Baked Beans and Corn on the Cob for $12.50 each.  Light Rib Dinner includes: Half Slab Ribs, Cole slaw and baked beans for $11.00 each.  Extra Cob Corn, Baked Potatoes and Bottled Water will also be available $1.00 each. Come on out and enjoy our most delicious rib dinners between 4-7PM on Fridays August 3, 10, 17 & 24th.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio. We have a beautiful country setting, perfect for lawn style picnics.  So pack your blanket, bring your own beverage, play some games and enjoy a delicious rib dinner. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Youth Cheer Camp

Register Today

The James A. Garfield High School Cheerleaders will hold their annual Youth Cheer Camp Aug 20 – 22 from 6pm – 8pm. The camp includes two hour practices for three days and an invitation to perform before the First G-Men Varsity home game. Youth cheerleaders will learn 1 dance, 1 cheer, and 3 sideline cheers. Register by calling Coach Terry 330-360-9122.

 

Library Fundraiser

Aug 10

The Friends of Garrettsville Library are  planning a fundraiser/ social event at the Candlelight Winery. There are no tickets to purchase, and everyone is welcome. This is your chance to support the library programs, and have a good time. Arrive after 4pm. There is no set charge for this event. If you wish to donate to the silent auction contact Cindy at the library.

 

Eagles Fish Fry

Aug. 10

Garrettsville Eagles are hosting a Fish Fry on Aug 10 from 4-7:30 pm. 8149 Water St. Fish, shrimp or combo, baked potato or French fries, coleslaw & green beans, dinner roll & butter. Take out welcome. (330) 527-2330

 

 

JAG Alumni Soccer Game

Aug 11

Registration starts at 5 pm. Game starts at 6pm. J.A.G. Football field. All Garfield soccer alums welcome. Non-player $3.00 entry fee. To RSVP to play, please contact Kim Hoffman (440) 552-9888 or Kim Curry at (330) 527-2186. $10.00 for Alumni game t-shirts.

 

Alumni Soccer Game

Aug. 11

Crestwood High School Boys Soccer Team is hosting their annual ALUMNI SOCCER GAME on Aug 11th @ 6:00 pm at Jack Lambert Stadium. All Crestwood Alumni are invited to play. Cost is $10.00 & includes T-shirt & picnic to follow, hosted by current Crestwood Boys team/families. For additional details, please contact Ruth @ (330)204-2635.

 

Second Annual Arts in the Park

Aug 11

This spectacular celebration of the arts is back!  Come to beautiful Veteran’s Park (Broad St. between Center & Ridge Rd), Newton Falls Saturday, August 11, noon – 4pm. (Rain or Shine), for a fun, free festival featuring visual arts exhibitors, live musical performances, art demonstrations, and interactive art experiences. Shop for completely unique creations.  Paint a mural with the wheels of a wheelchair. Play Mozart on an outdoor piano. Lie back and listen to  mellow acoustics or get vertical for the free 3:00 pm concert by Cleveland’s hottest metal artists, Ruled By Reason.  Celebrate the gift of creativity in ways you will never forget!   Sponsored by Newton Falls Parks & Recreation.

 

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Aug 11

Hosted by State Farm Agent Greg Rodi. August 11 at Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St Auburn Township starting at 5 PM. $50-$25,000 in starting chips. $10 for an additional $5,000 in chips. All pre-registered players will receive an extra $5,000 in chips. 50/50 raffle & Chinese auction. All proceeds go to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Food & beverages provided. Questions contact Greg Rodi (440) 666-7553,. Jennifer Goldstein (330) 360-3869. Alan Goldstein (330) 360-2242. Joe Pinti (330) 442-3155

 

Corn Celebration

Aug. 11

The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will celebrate corn on August 11, 2012. Customers will be treated to all kinds of corn treats from 10:00-Noon. Volunteers will be cooking ears of corn and customers will be encouraged to “paint” the corn with one of several toppings that may include Chile peppers, sour cream, lime, garlic, or other ingredients for an on-the-spot taste treat. Recipes will be provided. Vendors plan to get into the spirit with other corn related products

 

Flea Market

Aug. 11

Garrettsville Church of God, 12888 St. Rt. 88, will be holding a flea market on Aug 11 from 8-5pm. The event will be held outside on church property. There will be miscellaneous items; fresh garden vegetables, televisions, exercise equipment, household items, kids games, books and more. UPRISING Youth Ministry will be having a bake sale, and selling hot dogs and cold pop. Questions contact (330) 527-2942

Soccer Referee Meeting & Clinic

Aug. 11

 

Soccer Referee Meeting & Clinic

Aug 11

Newton Falls Youth Soccer will hold a referee meeting and clinic on Aug 11th at 11 am on Spicko Field for anyone 14 years old and older who is interested in refereeing for the league. Any questions please call 330-984-5842.

 

Italian Dinner

Aug. 11

If the heat is getting you down, let us do the cooking for you.  The Ravenna Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars is hosting an Italian Dinner on August 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  You will receive Baked Rigatoni (Gluten free Rigatoni also available), Salad Bar, Bread, Spumoni Ice Cream and Beverages for a donation of $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6-12, children under 5 free.  The Ravenna Masonic Complex is located at 4785 Washington Avenue in Ravenna (corner of Washington Avenue and State Route 14).  Carry out meals will be available.  The public is welcome.

 

Zucchini Festival

Aug 11 & 12

Zucchini Festival to be held August 11-12 at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). For the benefit of

Emerald Rose Corporation.  Emerald Rose is a not for profit corporation

with the goal of building Emerald Fields of Troy, a therapeutic farming

campus for the mentally ill. Festival includes contests, demonstrations

and entertainment.

 

Annual Harvest Day Festival

Aug. 12

DTJ Taborville’s 78th annual Harvest Day Festival will be held on Aug. 12 at Taborville in Auburn. The parade starts at 2pm. Czech food will be served from 11am and will include pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut, beef goulash, tripe soup, wieners, homemade garlic’s, and pastries are served from 11am on. Music starts at noon. Czech beer is available, t-shirts available, as well as other Czech items. $5 donation at the gate for 12 yrs and older. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. No coolers. For more info call (440) 543-8494

 

Car, Bike & Tractor Show

August 12

Ravenna Elks Lodge Tirpak Memorial Car, Bike & Tractor Show August 12, 2012 from 11:00 am  – 3:00 pm  (Registration 10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Proceeds to benefit Maplewood Career Center Scholarships. Dash Plaques, Door Prizes, Awards, Food

 

Windham UMC Worship & Picnic on the Porch

Aug 12

On August 12th Windham UMC will offer casual worship on their front lawn at 10am followed by a free picnic lunch & corn hole. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. 9051 N. Main St.

 

Room Mothers’ Luncheon

August 14

The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2012 luncheon will be held at noon, on August 14 at the Freedom Town Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited, along with other guests. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service –meat is furnished. For more information call Elaine Duffield at (330) 296-3568

 

Middlefield Chamber Meeting

Aug 14

Middlefield Chamber Meeting will be held in the Under loft of the Middlefield

Historical Society at 11:30 am, light lunch provided, business meeting and

tour the museum. Bring a guest; you do not need to be a member to attend

the Middlefield Chamber meetings. We do need an RSVP for this meeting to

keep the lunch count accurate, 440-632-5705.

 

Newton Falls Crescendo Club

Aug. 15

The Crescendo Club (Boosters for the Newton Falls Tiger Band) is having their next meeting of the season on August 15th at 6:00 pm in the Band Room.  All parents and guardians of instrumental band members, and any other interested persons are invited to attend.  We will be discussing the upcoming season and look forward to getting to know our new parents!  Hope to see you there.   For more information call Laura at 330-872-1647.

 

Sirloin Steak Dinner

Aug. 17

Sirloin Steak Dinner Aug 17 from 5-8 pm!  Enjoy the best flame-grilled steak with salad, potato, roll, beverage and ice cream for dessert!  Full cut (16-18oz) is only $14 or a half cut (8-9oz) is $9.  Fruit Smoothies, Classic Cream Milkshakes and Cappuccinos also available for $3 each.  Eat in and carry out available. Proceeds to benefit the 2013 Life Church Scholarship Fund for 2 James A. Garfield graduating seniors!  Praise Assembly of God, 10280 State Route 88 -Garrettsville, OH (across from Garfield  High School).  For more information or reservations (330) 527-2777.

 

“Down By The River”

Aug.17

“Down by the River” will be held on August 17 from 3pm until10pm at Camp Hi Canoe, 12274 Abbott Rd., Hiram. Schedule of events:  Canoe or kayak the Cuyahoga River, free along the waterfront, or paddle 2 miles for  only $10 per boat from 3-5 pm. Music by “The Rocket 88’s” 6-7:30;   “Sharon and Mary Rose” 8-9:30.  Come and be entertained for the evening  BRING YOUR FRIENDS, a chair and BYOB. Entry Fee of $5 per person, food by donation.  All proceeds go to Crestwood Marching Band 2012. For more info call 330-569-7621.

 

Troy Twp. Homecoming

Aug. 17-19

Troy Homecoming is Aug 17-19. All are welcome to this free, family-friendly event. There will be live entertainment and various competitions throughout the weekend. Thanks to our sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsor, Troy Manufacturing, (which is celebrating its 60th year in Troy Township), this is a free event. If you would like more information visit www.facebook.com/TroyHomecoming

 

Antique Tractor Show

 Aug. 17-19

Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County presents its 18th annual antique tractor show and flea market, August 17, 18 & 19 from 9am-5pm. Admission is $4. 12 & under as  well as exhibitors, free. Located at 1653 Ridge Road in Vienna. Antique tractors, hit and miss engines. Chinese Auction 18 & 19. Garden tractor pulls Sat. Antique tractor pulls Sun. (must be a member to pull) Free ice cream for kids 12 & under. For more info contact Joe Toth (330) 240-6407 or Terry Taylor (330) 442-2430

Community Wide Garage Sale

Aug. 17-19

Newton Falls is hosting a Community Wide Garage Sale. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 17, 18 & 19. Garage Sales will be throughout the entire City, come and enjoy the day in Newton Falls.

 

Summertime Pig Roast Bash

Aug. 18

Proceeds to benefit handicapped children at the Metzenbaum Center. On August 8 from 2-? At the Old Country Inn, State Route 82 and Chamberlain Road in Mantua. 330-562-7734. Tickets $20.00 Includes Beer, Food and Fun.Live Band – Rebel Country. Primitive Camping also available

 

Freedom Run

Aug 18

3rd annual charity poker run, August 18. 4927 Greenwood Rd in Rootstown. Cost $10 per bike $15 w/ passenger. Sign ups start at 10am. First bike out 11am. Last bike out at 12pm. Last bike in at 6pm. 50/50 raffle, American Auction, door prizes, food & soft drinks after the run. Proceeds benefit JDRF. Rain or shine. Bar opens at 8am, breakfast will be available.

 

Scotch Doubles GHS Football

Aug. 18

GHS Feed-the-Team scotch doubles event will be held on August 18 at 9pm, at Skylanes Bowling Alley. $40 couple, includes 3 games, draft beer, pop, and pizza. $20 single. Chinese Auction. For more information contact Lyn @ (330) 671-3768 or Brian @ (330) 979-3723

 

6th Annual Chinese Auction

Aug. 18

The Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their 6th Annual Chinese Auction on August 18th at Cardinal Middle School in Middlefield.  Doors open at 3 p.m.; Drawings will begin at 5 p.m.   Admission is $5.00 (includes 20 bidding tickets)..Additional tickets are 10 for $1.00.  Large Prize tickets are 20 for $5.00.  We have Hundreds of Great Prizes to Giveaway!  Concessions available.  Come out and Support The Huskies!  Tickets available at the door.  If you would like to donate an item, buy pre-sale tickets or for more information…please call Tally at (440) 632-5478.

 

Wikle to be Guest Speaker

Aug. 19

August 19th the First Church of God in Windham at 9016 N Main St will be hosting Marie Wikle as a special guest speaker in the 11 am service.  Marie’s ministry includes seeing through the eyes of compassion and understanding the heart that desires to have an impact, Marie encourages others to see the full potential of the everyday, ordinary resources that are right within their reach. A carry in dinner with Marie and her husband will immediately follow the service and all are welcome to attend.

 

Adopt-a-thon

Aug. 19

Rose’s Rescue will be hosting a pet Adopt-a-thon on August 19, 2012 at  Ravenna Moose Lodge #1234 Pavilion located at 5727 State Route 14, Ravenna.  The event will be held from 1pm-5pm. Donations of pet food will be accepted for the People Care Pet Pantry. Bring a 3 lb or larger bag of pet food to donate and receive a free entry into the door prize drawing. Adoptable dogs on site.  Sale items and concession stand available. All friendly dogs on leash are welcome, so bring Fido along that day. For further information check out the Rose’s Rescue website at www.rosesrescue.net or a message with any questions can be left at 330-850-7042

 

Annual Picnic

Aug 19

Freedom Township annual picnic will be held this year on August 19 in the Freedom town hall pavilion. Joining in the festivities will be the Freedom Congregational Church and the Bethel Springs congregations. Combined church services will be at 10am in a large tent. The VFW will hold a memorial service at noon. The lunch will be served right after the memorial service. The main meat dish will be provided by the township. The church is cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. All are asked to bring a dish to pass. Space will be provided on the lawn for an art, craft and music fair. Contact Jim Hammar @ (330) 527-2855 to reserve a space

 

Middlefield Chamber Golf Outing

Aug 24

The First Annual Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Grandview Golf Course in Middlefield. Scramble, contests, lunch, dinner, prizes.  Register to golf as individual or team at 440-632-5705. All proceeds got to purchase security equipment for Cardinal Local School

Cops & Kids Fishing Day

Sept 8

The Hiram Police Department will be holding the community program called, “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day. The event will be free of charge to anybody who attends. The intent of “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day is to bring community children closer to law enforcement officers and build lifelong bonds.  The “Cops and Kids Fishing Day” event is scheduled for September 8th from 10am-2pm at Camp Asbury.

 

Craft Show

Sept 8

Craft show tables available: The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be hosting a craft show on September 8, at the Parkman Community House. The show will start at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Doors will open 2 hours prior to the show for set up. Tables are $25 each and are on a first come first serve basis. Advanced payment is required to hold a table. For more information call (330) 889-9600 or email support@kidcancerfoundation.org

 

Save the Date!

Sept 15

The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s game against Southeast will be an away game. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

 

Balloon-A-Fair “Friends In Flight” Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors

Sept 15 & 16

The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

 

Gospel Fest

Sept. 23

The Christian Life Center will host a Gospel Fest on September 23, 2012 at 3:30pm. The church is located at 5931 Rhodes Road Kent. (Church behind Gabriel Brothers) Doors open at 3:00 p.m. The Gospel Fest will showcase several local groups.  Interested groups can call the church for an application.  Applications must be returned within 30 days from the date received. The Gospel Fest is free and open to the public, although a freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The church invites the community to “come out and enjoy some good Gospel music and fellowship.” For more information, please contact CLC Church Administrator, Deborah Sunderland at clckent@yahoo.com or call the church office at 330-678-9234. The church office hours; Monday through Friday from 9AM until 3PM.

 

3rd Annual Craft Show

Oct 20

Palmyra Fire Station 3956 St Rt. 225, Diamond, OH 44412 from 10 AM – 4 PM .  We’ll have several Chinese Auction baskets compliments of area businesses. Last year’s baskets included: small dog grooming package, 10 free tanning sessions, family game basket, girls and boys toy basket, spring baskets to name a few. We are currently looking for crafters and patrons. If you’d like to display your crafts please go to: www.palmyratownship.com to fill out the registration form, call 330 654-5447 or 330 557-6173 to have one mailed to you, e-mail palmyrafirefliesauxiliary@yahoo.com to have one e-mailed to you or stop by the station Monday – Friday 6 AM – 6 PM.

 

Murder Mystery Night

Nov 3

Doors Open at 6:00PM.Featuring the Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre Mystery Group. $35.00 Per Ticket. Limited Number of Tickets Available…Pre-Sale Only! Mystery, Dinner, Raffles & Cash Bar “My Big Fat Geek Wedding” Mysstteerry Murrdeerr Niigghhtt. For Tickets Call Donna Bicker at 216-210-1677 or Norm Fashing at 330-527-8093. Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall • 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua Benefit for Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation.In Memory of Melana Matson, Her Hope Shines On.

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James A. Garfield Class of 1987

Save This Date!

Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help “the cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

 

Historical Society Open

First Saturday of Month

The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals is available for research. Everyone is welcome.

 

3rd Annual Rib Dinner

Fridays in Aug.

The Mantua council of the Knights of Columbus will host their 3rd annual Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2012.  Delicious, slow-cooked St. Louis Style Rib Dinners will be offered for carryout or you are welcome to picnic on our lawn. Regular Rib Dinner includes: Half Slab Ribs, Baked Potato, Cole slaw, Baked Beans and Corn on the Cob for $12.50 each.  Light Rib Dinner includes: Half Slab Ribs, Cole slaw and baked beans for $11.00 each.  Extra Cob Corn, Baked Potatoes and Bottled Water will also be available $1.00 each. Come on out and enjoy our most delicious rib dinners between 4-7PM on Fridays August 3, 10, 17 & 24th.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio. We have a beautiful country setting, perfect for lawn style picnics.  So pack your blanket, bring your own beverage, play some games and enjoy a delicious rib dinner. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Youth Cheer Camp

Register Today

The James A. Garfield High School Cheerleaders will hold their annual Youth Cheer Camp Aug 20 – 22 from 6pm – 8pm. The camp includes two hour practices for three days and an invitation to perform before the First G-Men Varsity home game. Youth cheerleaders will learn 1 dance, 1 cheer, and 3 sideline cheers. Register by calling Coach Terry 330-360-9122.

 

Injection Well Issues

Aug 2

Portage County currently has 16 active class II injection wells and 9 permits pending.  Elisa Young, of Meigs County, OH educational presentation will cover:  What are injection wells?  How are they constructed?  What gets injected? What should neighbors know about permitting process?  What about community health and safety?  What can we do about it?  7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 at the Nelson Community House, Nelson Circle (11639 Windham Parkman Road 44231) More information is available at   www.concernedcitizensohio.org

 

Free Movie & Popcorn

Aug 3

Summer is coming to an end…Don’t let it get away without experiencing an night at the movies at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. August 3rd is your last chance before school begins.  Always free, always with free popcorn and always fun.  Bring a blanket or a chair and maybe a sweater for the evening. Enjoy “Kung Fu Panda” at dusk at the Center. Your destination for family fun.

 

Swing Dance

Aug 3

Dan Zola Orchestra is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance August 3rd at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road  aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023).  Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.Lesson at 8pm. Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Adult $10, student $8, family $25.

 

Windham Lions Roll Out Their Sausage Wagon

Aug. 3 & 4

The Windham Lions will hold their next sandwich sale of 2012 in the Sparkle Market parking lot in Windham, August 3rd and 4th.  As always the menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are only $4. They are hot, juicy and fresh off the grill. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight-related causes and local community needs. Please stop by and support the dedicated, hard-working Windham Lions.

 

North Jackson Community Sales

Aug 3 & 4

North Jackson, Mahoning County, is holding a Community Wide Yard Sale with over 175 homes listed on a map to help shoppers locate each sale in the township.  It is to be held August 3rd and 4th starting at 9 AM..  Maps can be found at most businesses and at 11349  W. Mahoning Ave, where there is Free Parking. .  Businesses are offering specials which will be listed in the 12 page map.  This is so large it will take 2 days to shop at all the homes.  It is sponsored by the Jackson Twp. Citizens Association

 

Middlefield Chamber Trunk Sale

Aug 4

Second Annual Trunk Sale August 4 from 9 am to 4 pm in the parking lot of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply across from Middlefield Fire Dept. Free to the public. Refreshments available. Hunt for treasures here. Rain or Shine, dress for comfort.

 

Brittany Myers Poker Run

Aug 4

The 11th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 4th Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund, the Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain and Becky Gough for details.

 

NUMC Yard Sale

Aug 4

The Nelson United Methodist Church is having a yard sale. 9367 St Rt 305 on August 4, 8am-5pm. A ton of clean working usable items donated. Lunch will be served from 11 am- 2pm, eat in or carry out. Home-made bake sale items for sale too; breads, cookies, pie and cakes. Rain or shine. One day only deals. You don’t want to miss this.

 

Kent Lions Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 4 & 5

Kent Lions Sweet Corn Festival will be held at Beckwith Orchard, 1617 Lake Rockwell Rd in Kent, on August 4 & 5 from noon-5pm. Sponsored by Hometown Bank and Central Portage County Visitors & Convention Bureau. Food includes Pochedley’s Sweet Corn, sausage and hot dogs, peach and apple pie, ice cream, soft drinks and water. Family fun includes games, raffle, obstacle course, face painting, contests and trolley rides, along with live entertainment. Model A cars on display Saturday and classic cars on Sunday.

 

Windham Community Church Service

Aug 5

A community worship service will be held August 5 on the Windham Township Green.  This annual worship is sponsored by the WCCF and is called “Fun in Son.”  It will start with a worship service held at the Gazebo.  Ministers from the various churches will participate. It will be followed by a Community Prayer Walk, and an “Open Mike” opportunity where people will entertain the group with songs & music.  The day will conclude with the serving of ice cream.  Food,  for lunch, will be available for purchase. To participate in the “Open Mike”, please contact Rev. Patrick Malone at 330-326-3926 or 440-708-4153 or Larry  Kuhlman at 330-326-3786.

 

American Legion/Auxiliary Picnic

Aug 5

Mantua American Legion Post 193 and the Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will hold its annual picnic on August 5 at the Shalersville park. Festivities will begin at 2pm with a potluck dinner and conclude at 5pm. The park pavilion is located on Route 303. members and families are asked to bring a dish to share, table service and additional games. Meat and beverages will be provided by the legion. Electricity will be available. Any questions please call Bill at (330) 274-2603

 

Garrettsville UMC Vacation Bible School

Aug 6-9

Dive in and discover God’s underwater universe!  Kids will plunge into Bible stories of people with deep faith and learn to trust a God whose love is bigger than the sea.  Garrettsville United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School the week of Aug 6-9 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening.  VBS is open to children ages 3yrs-6th grade.  Teen helpers are also needed.  Anyone interested in participating, please contact the church office at 527-2055.

 

Burton Vacation Bible School

Aug 6-9

The Burton Congregational Church will hold its Vacation Bible School for those entering Kindergarten through 6th grade on Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  All children are welcome and pre-registration is not required.  This year’s theme is “Make a Joyful Noise” and includes stories about David the Psalmist, and Jesus, along with singing, games, crafts, and snacks. Bring the children you love to join us!  Burton Congregational Church is “the red church on the square” in Burton Village.  For more information, call the church office at 440-834-4495.

 

Crestwood Safety Town

Aug 6 – 10

Children entering Crestwood Kindergarten in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to a variety of topics focused on teaching them how to stay safe while at home, at school and at play. This educational program runs from August 6 – 10 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Crestwood Primary School. Register by July 20 to receive a reduced rate of $20 per child.  For further information, please call Annette at (330)389-0951 or crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com.

 

Parkman Class of ‘48

Aug. 8

The Parkman High School class of 1948 will hold its annual class reunion at Mary Yoder’s Restaurant in Middlefield on August 8 at noon. Joining them will be the Amish students that left the class after 8th grade. Special guest will be Mrs. Jean Giles, their teacher in grades 3 & 4.

 

Crestwood Class of ‘65

Aug. 10

The Crestwood class of ’65 is having a “mixer” and would like to invite classmates from 1960-1969 to join them. This event is August 10 at 7pm. Location is Gary Carlton’s home; 11771 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. BYOB, snacks are provided.

 

Library Fundraiser

Aug 10

The Friends of Garrettsville Library are  planning a fundraiser/ social event at the Candlelight Winery. There are no tickets to purchase, and everyone is welcome. This is your chance to support the library programs, and have a good time. Arrive after 4pm. There is no set charge for this event. If you wish to donate to the silent auction contact Cindy at the library.

 

JAG Alumni Soccer Game

Aug 11

Registration starts at 5 pm. Game starts at 6pm. J.A.G. Football field. All Garfield soccer alum welcome. Non-player $3.00 entry fee. To RSVP to play, please contact Kim Hoffman (440) 552-9888 or Kim Curry at (330) 527-2186. $10.00 for Alumni game t-shirts.

 

Fairy Garden Workshop

Aug. 11

Portage County Gardeners invites the public to sign up for a “Fairy Garden Workshop” on August 11 at 10:00 AM at the Gardeners’ Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. (Rt. 44) in Rootstown. Create an enchanting garden, learn fairy lore and fairy garden tips from instructor Peggy Varney.The cost is $20.00. Please call Peggy Varney at 330-618-2257 for more information and to sign up

 

Alumni Soccer Game

Aug. 11

Crestwood High School Boys Soccer Team is hosting their annual ALUMNI SOCCER GAME on Aug 11th @ 6:00 pm at Jack Lambert Stadium. All Crestwood Alumni are invited to play. Cost is $10.00 & includes T-shirt & picnic to follow, hosted by current Crestwood Boys team/families. For additional details, please contact Ruth @ (330)204-2635.

 

Second Annual Arts in the Park

Aug 11

This spectacular celebration of the arts is back!  Come to beautiful Veteran’s Park (Broad St. between Center & Ridge Rd), Newton Falls Saturday, August 11, noon – 4pm. (Rain or Shine), for a fun, free festival featuring visual arts exhibitors, live musical performances, art demonstrations, and interactive art experiences. Shop for completely unique creations.  Paint a mural with the wheels of a wheelchair. Play Mozart on an outdoor piano. Lie back and listen to  mellow acoustics or get vertical for the free 3:00 pm concert by Cleveland’s hottest metal artists, Ruled By Reason.  Celebrate the gift of creativity in ways you will never forget!   Sponsored by Newton Falls Parks & Recreation.

 

Garden Recipies

Aug 11

Learn to preserve your garden vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruits without the fuss of canning by freezing, drying and pickling instead.  Discover delicious recipes for jams, vinegars and oils that will create tasty meals long after the growing season has ended. Take home simple recipes and sample some of Ruth, Barb and Paula’s favorite garden recipes for refreshments.  Fee of $15. Class from 9-12. Call 440-834-4656 for more information.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

 

Camping with Katydids

Aug 11

Learn their songs – and view the  Perseid meteor shower – at an overnight program Bring your tent and sleeping bag and spend the night under the shooting stars while listening to the music of the insect orchestra! August 11 – 6:30 p.m., through Sunday, August 12 – 9:30 a.m. at Chickagami Park, 17858 Tavern Road (Rt. 168), Parkman Township. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and pitch your tent in time to gather for the 7:30 p.m. singing insect search with cricket and katydid specialist Lisa Rainsong. Afterwards, enjoy a campfire, snacks and Perseid meteor shower viewing from 10 p.m. till midnight. Registration is required at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516. A fee of $5 includes a continental breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Tents only, please. Grounds are partially wheelchair/stroller accessible

 

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Aug 11

Hosted by State Farm Agent Greg Rodi. August 11 at Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St Auburn Township starting at 5 PM. $50-$25,000 in starting chips. $10 for an additional $5,000 in chips. All pre-registered players will receive an extra $5,000 in chips. 50/50 raffle & Chinese auction. All proceeds go to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Food & beverages provided. Questions contact Greg Rodi (440) 666-7553,. Jennifer Goldstein (330) 360-3869. Alan Goldstein (330) 360-2242. Joe Pinti (330) 442-3155

 

Corn Celebration

Aug. 11

The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will celebrate corn on August 11, 2012. Customers will be treated to all kinds of corn treats from 10:00-Noon. Volunteers will be cooking ears of corn and customers will be encouraged to “paint” the corn with one of several toppings that may include Chile peppers, sour cream, lime, garlic, or other ingredients for an on-the-spot taste treat. Recipes will be provided. Vendors plan to get into the spirit with other corn related products

 

Newton Falls Youth Soccer League

Aug. 11

All those interested in refereeing for the Newton Falls Youth Soccer League this year.  There will be a meeting on August 11th at 11am at the at the U15 soccer field, located on RT 534, to go over the rules and also to schedule games. Please go to http://www.nfysl44444.org/ to download the sign-up forms for this year.

 

Zucchini Festival

Aug 11 & 12

Zucchini Festival to be held August 11-12 at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). For the benefit of

Emerald Rose Corporation.  Emerald Rose is a not for profit corporation

with the goal of building Emerald Fields of Troy, a therapeutic farming

campus for the mentally ill. Festival includes contests, demonstrations

and entertainment.

 

Car, Bike & Tractor Show

August 12

Ravenna Elks Lodge Tirpak Memorial Car, Bike & Tractor Show August 12, 2012 from 11:00 am  – 3:00 pm  (Registration 10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Proceeds to benefit Maplewood Career Center Scholarships. Dash Plaques, Door Prizes, Awards, Food

 

Windham UMC Worship & Picnic on the Porch

Aug 12

On August 12th Windham UMC will offer casual worship on their front lawn at 10am followed by a free picnic lunch & corn hole. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. 9051 N. Main St.

 

Room Mothers’ Luncheon

August 14

The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2012 luncheon will be held at noon, on August 14 at the Freedom Town Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited, along with other guests. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service –meat is furnished. For more information call Elaine Duffield at (330) 296-3568

 

Antique Tractor Show

 Aug. 17-19

Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County presents its 18th annual antique tractor show and flea market, August 17, 18 & 19 from 9am-5pm. Admission is $4. 12 & under as  well as exhibitors, free. Located at 1653 Ridge Road in Vienna. Featuring Allis Chalmers Tractors and equipment. Antique tractors, hit and miss engines. Chinese Auction 18 & 19. Garden tractor pulls Saturday. Antique tractor pulls Sun. (must be a member to pull) Free ice cream for kids 12 & under. For more info contact Joe Toth (330) 240-6407 or Terry Taylor (330) 442-2430

 

Freedom Run

Aug 18

3rd annual charity poker run, August 18. 4927 Greenwood Rd in Rootstown. Cost $10 per bike $15 w/ passenger. Sign ups start at 10am. First bike out 11am. Last bike out at 12pm. Last bike in at 6pm. 50/50 raffle, American Auction, door prizes, food & soft drinks after the run. Proceeds benefit JDRF. Rain or shine. Bar opens at 8am, breakfast will be available.

 

Scotch Doubles GHS Football

Aug. 18

GHS Feed-the-Team scotch doubles event will be held on August 18 at 9pm, at Skylanes Bowling Alley. $40 couple, includes 3 games, draft beer, pop, and pizza. $20 single. Chinese Auction. For more information contact Lyn @ (330) 671-3768 or Brian @ (330) 979-3723

 

6th Annual Chinese Auction

Aug. 18

The Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their 6th Annual Chinese Auction on August 18th, 2012 at Cardinal Middle School in Middlefield.  The Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the Drawings will begin at 5:00 p.m.   Admission is $5.00 (includes 20 bidding tickets)..Additional tickets are 10 for $1.00.  Large Prize tickets are 20 for $5.00.  We have Hundreds of Great Prizes to Giveaway!  There will be a 50/50 Raffle, Sideboards, Money Jar Give Away, Mystery Prizes, Door Prizes, Surprise Drawings, “Buy A Block for a Buck” and try to win up to $500 and  a Flat Screen TV Drawing.  Concessions available.  Come out and Support The Huskies!  Great Fun!!!…Great Food!!!…And for a Really Great Cause!!!  Tickets available at the door.  If you would like to donate an item, buy pre-sale tickets or for more information…please call Tally at (440) 632-5478.

 

Annual Picnic

Aug 19

Freedom Township annual picnic will be held this year on August 19 in the Freedom town hall pavilion. Joining in the festivities will be the Freedom Congregational Church and the Bethel Springs congregations. Combined church services will be at 10am in a large tent. The VFW will hold a memorial service at noon. The lunch will be served right after the memorial service. The main meat dish will be provided by the township. The church is cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. All are asked to bring a dish to pass. Space will be provided on the lawn for an art, craft and music fair. Contact Jim Hammar @ (330) 527-2855 to reserve a space

 

Craft Show

Sept 8

Craft show tables available: The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be hosting a craft show on September 8, at the Parkman Community House. The show will start at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Doors will open 2 hours prior to the show for set up. Tables are $25 each and are on a first come first serve basis. Advanced payment is required to hold a table. For more information call (330) 889-9600 or email support@kidcancerfoundation.org

 

Gospel Fest

Sept. 23

The Christian Life Center will host a Gospel Fest on September 23, 2012 at 3:30pm. The church is located at 5931 Rhodes Road Kent. (Church behind Gabriel Brothers) Doors open at 3:00 p.m. The Gospel Fest will showcase several local groups.  Interested groups can call the church for an application.  Applications must be returned within 30 days from the date received. The Gospel Fest is free and open to the public, although a freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The church invites the community to “come out and enjoy some good Gospel music and fellowship.” For more information, please contact CLC Church Administrator, Deborah Sunderland at clckent@yahoo.com or call the church office at 330-678-9234. The church office hours; Monday through Friday from 9AM until 3PM.

 

Save the Date!

Sept 15

The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s game against Southeast will be an away game. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

 

 

Balloon-A-Fair “Friends In Flight” Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors

Sept 15 & 16

The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

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James A. Garfield Class of 1987

Save This Date!

Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help “the cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

 

Historical Society Open

First Saturday of Month

The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals is available for research. Everyone is welcome.

 

Save the Date!

Sept 15

The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s game against Southeast will be an away game. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

 

JAG Marching Band Premiere Night

July 27

Band geeks unite! With football season right around the corner, the James A. Garfield Marching Pride had been working hard at band camp preparing for the upcoming season. We invite you to our premiere this Friday, July 27 at 7 pm to enjoy the new music, new shows and of course our Alma Mater. Please come and support our Pride. See you at the stadium!

 

God Provides Free Meal

July 27

Join the Nelson United Methodist Church on July 27 for God provides free meal. The free meal will be served for all at 9367 St. Rt. 305 Garrettsville. Dinner will be served from 4pm-6pm at the church on Nelson Circle, consisting of sloppy joes, chips, coleslaw, cake and beverages.

 

Yard Sale

July 27 & 28

Mantua Country Baptist Church, 12385 Chamberlain Rd. Mantua will be holding a yard sale on July 27 & 28 from 9-5. Different vendors, misc. hot dogs, chips, desserts, soft drinks & coffee. Bake sale

 

Swiss Steak Dinner

July 28

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak Dinner on July 28, from 5-7PM. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $7.00, Children (4 thru 11) $6.00, Children 3 and under are free.

 

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner

July 28

Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on July 28th from 4:00 – 7:30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or french fries, green beans, salad and roll. Steak dinner is $12.00 and chicken dinner is $8.00. Open to the public. Carryout is available 330-527-2330.

 

Antique Car, Truck & Tractor Show

July 28

The North Bloomfield Historical Society will be hosting an antique car & tractor show on July 28th. Food & refreshments as well as live bands & a craft/collectibles sale will be on site. Free Dash Plaques to the first 50 entries on site.

 

2012 Run For Hope 5k, 1-Mile Fun Run, & 1-Mile Dog Run

July 28

New Hope Christian Fellowship 11051 E. Washington St. Auburn, OH  44023.  Driveway entrance is off of Auburn Rd. JULY 28, 2012 8:00 am. $15 pre-registration, $20 race day registration (Individuals) $40 pre-registration, $50 race day registration (Family 4 pack) Proceeds to benefit Cruzadas Del Evangelio de Honduras 2012 Chicken Project. To register go to www.hmapromotions.net or print registration form www.newhope4you.net and mail to New Hope Christian Fellowship.

 

Family Fun Day

July 28

A benefit to raise money for mounting medical bills for Angie Monroe, while undergoing chemo and radiation. Presented by Team ANGIE. July 28 from 1-5pm. $7 adults, $4 children ages 4-10, Free under age 3. Ticket prices include entrance to Ridge Ranch Campground, parking, swimming, and lunch. Concessions will also be available during the event. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will take place as well. For more info on this event contact Debbie Brinsey (330) 240-3079, Heather Dewberry (330) 307-3603, Amy Hahn (330) 219-0782, Rose Bennett (330) 979-8784, or look at the TEAM ANGIE page on Facebook.

 

Garfield Class of 1967 Reunion

July 28

The Garfield Class of 1967 – 45 year reunion will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club. Please contact us if you were missed. Mary Jane Orr (330) 898-0384.

 

Lunch With Lincoln

July 28

The North Bloomfield Historical Society will be hosting a lunch with President Lincoln at 11am on July 28th at the North Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Park Drive, North Bloomfield, Ohio 44450. Professional impersonators Gerald & Marilyn Payn will be in full dress as President & Mrs. Lincoln & will answer questions during the luncheon.  There is also a car & tractor show, as well as local artisans & crafters.

 

Chicken Roast

July 28

American Legion S.A.L. is hosting a chicken roast on July 28 from 3-8 PM. $8, eat in or take home, 9 sides available. 9960 E. Center St. Windham. (330) 326-3188

 

Pot Luck Dinner

July 29

The annual Pot Luck Dinner will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall on July 29 at 1 pm; beverage and table service will be provided, just bring a dish to share  We will have a special guest, President James A Garfield (Wayne Enders) will enlighten us with some of the events of his era and join us for the dinner  All are welcome Dinner time is 1 in the Town Hall

 

Windham Circus

July 30

The Kelly Miller Circus will be coming back to Windham on July 30th, for 2 big performances… 4:30 & 7:30 pm. Located at the Katherine Thomas (KT) school grounds, @ 9032 Maple Grove Rd, it will arrive bright and early Monday morning. Come out and see all the exotic animals being unloaded and watch in amazement at 9:00am, as the elephants help to “put up the Big Top.”  Costs are $10 adult & $6 kids for ADVANCE tickets… at door they will be more. Come out and enjoy the fun! Sponsored by the Windham Historical Society & Windham Park Restoration Committee. For more info— 330-326-6061

 

Kids Adventure Camp

July 30- Aug 3

The 1st Congregational Church of Claridon is with the Lighthouse UM Church in this joint adventure, July 30-Aug 3. Kids ages 3-13 join us for fun from 6:30-8:30pm. Fun night in August 3 at 7:30pm for everyone. Special Focus on watch your words: Bullying is not ok. Respecting ourselves and others: it only takes one to make a difference! Pre-register by calling Ms. Nancy (440-279-3443, Ms. Robin (440) 313-8302 or email Pastor Karen at  pk@lighthouseumc.com

 

Bible Study

Beginning in Aug

Are you interested in an open and relaxed Bible Study group for men and women?  This is a new group beginning in early August that will meet in a living room for those who may or may not attend a church, but would like an honest discussion of what the Bible has to say about real life.  If you are interested call First Church of God in Windham at 330-3226-2293 or Jim at 330-671-1426.  Leave a message if necessary.

 

Chicken Dinner

Aug 1

The Southington United Methodist Church will be holding a chicken dinner on Aug 1 from 3:30-6pm. The menu includes ¼ chicken, escalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, and homemade desserts. Adults $8.00, children’s meal with chicken tenders- ages 4-10, $4.00, children 3 and under free. Carry-outs will be available, so stop by on your way home. Call the church at (330) 898-2156 and they will be ready for pick up when you get there.

 

Veterans Picnic

Aug 2

The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will host a picnic for veterans from Cleveland’s Wade Park Veterans Hospital on August 2. the 5 pm picnic dinner will be held at the Deerfield Legion Post 713. Several units are included in this function, and they will provide all the food and prizes. The Deerfield Dandies will provide the entertainment with their music.

 

Yard Sale Day

Aug 3 & 4

North Jackson Citizens’ Association’s Community Wide Yard Sales Day on August 3 & 4 at 9 am. 150+ sales registered. Map to locate sales throughout the entire township available at 11349 W. Mahoning Ave. and businesses on August 3. Free parking at this location. Live music by Steve Frazzini

 

Middlefield Chamber Trunk Sale

Aug 4

Second Annual Trunk Sale August 4 from 9 am to 4 pm in the parking lot of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply across from Middlefield Fire Department. Admission is free to the public. Refreshments available. Hunt for treasures here. Rain or Shine, dress for comfort. Vendor space is still available, 440-632-5705. $20 for 1 space/$35 for 2. Leave name and address and request vendor contract if no answer

 

Third Annual Luau

Aug 4

Aug 4, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m., Harvest Point Church will be hosting their Third Annual Luau at Four Corners Park in Lordstown (SR 45 and Salt Springs Road).  As always, this event is FREE to the public and will feature games, activities, entertainment and food.  In addition, this year’s event will feature a Farmer’s Market.  Come one, come all!  Come early, stay late!  It’s all FREE!  For more information, please contact Pastor Shannon New Spanger at (330)984-6789

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 4

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on August 4th at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Rd. Pavilion, Middlefield.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 1:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Jeannie at 440-749-0518.  Hope to see you all there.

 

Brittany Myers Poker Run

Aug 4

The 11th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 4th Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund, the Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain and Becky Gough for details.

 

Windham Community Church Service

Aug 5

A community worship service will be held August 5 on the Windham Township Green.  This annual worship is sponsored by the WCCF and is called “Fun in Son.”  It will start with a worship service held at the Gazebo.  Ministers from the various churches will participate. It will be followed by a Community Prayer Walk, and an “Open Mike” opportunity where people will entertain the group with songs & music.  The day will conclude with the serving of ice cream.  Food,  for lunch, will be available for purchase. To participate in the “Open Mike”, please contact Rev. Patrick Malone at 330-326-3926 or 440-708-4153 or Larry  Kuhlman at 330-326-3786.

 

American Legion/Auxiliary Picnic

Aug 5

Mantua American Legion Post 193 and the Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will hold its annual picnic on August 5 at the Shalersville park. Festivities will begin at 2pm with a potluck dinner and conclude at 5pm. The park pavilion is located on Route 303. members and families are asked to bring a dish to share, table service and additional games. Meat and beverages will be provided by the legion. Electricity will be available. Any questions please call Bill at (330) 274-2603

 

Garrettsville UMC Vacation Bible School

Aug 6-9

Dive in and discover God’s underwater universe!  Kids will plunge into Bible stories of people with deep faith and learn to trust a God whose love is bigger than the sea.  Garrettsville United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School the week of Aug 6-9 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening.  VBS is open to children ages 3yrs-6th grade.  Teen helpers are also needed.  Anyone interested in participating, please contact the church office at 527-2055.

 

Burton Vacation Bible School

Aug 6-9

The Burton Congregational Church will hold its Vacation Bible School for those entering Kindergarten through 6th grade on Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  All children are welcome and pre-registration is not required.  This year’s theme is “Make a Joyful Noise” and includes stories about David, the Psalmist and Jesus, along with singing, games, crafts, and snacks. Bring the children you love to join us!  Burton Congregational Church is “the red church on the square” in Burton Village.  For more information, call the church office at 440-834-4495.

 

Crestwood Safety Town

Aug 6 – 10

Children entering Crestwood Kindergarten in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to a variety of topics focused on teaching them how to stay safe while at home, at school and at play. This educational program runs from August 6 – 10 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Crestwood Primary School. Register by July 20 to receive a reduced rate of $20 per child.  For further information, please call Annette at (330)389-0951 or crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com.

 

Tennis Camp

Aug 6-9

Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held   August 6 to 9 (raindate is August 10). From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 15 years.  Fee is $27 for city taxpayers and $32 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 30.  Deadline to register is July 20. Forms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m

 

Library Fundraiser

Aug 10

The Friends of Garrettsville Library are  planning a fundraiser/ social event at the Candlelight Winery. There are no tickets to purchase, and everyone is welcome. This is your chance to support the library programs, and have a good time. Arrive after 4pm. There is no set charge for this event. If you wish to donate to the silent auction contact Cindy at the library. Hope to see you there!

 

JAG Alumni Soccer Game

Aug 11

Registration starts at 5 pm. Game starts at 6pm. J.A.G. Football field. All Garfield soccer alum welcome. Non-player $3.00 entry fee. To RSVP to play, please contact Kim Hoffman (440) 552-9888 or Kim Curry at (330) 527-2186. $10.00 for Alumni game t-shirts.

 

Garden Recipies

Aug 11

Learn to preserve your garden vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruits without the fuss of canning by freezing, drying and pickling instead.  Discover delicious recipes for jams, vinegars and oils that will create tasty meals long after the growing season has ended. Take home simple recipes and sample some of Ruth, Barb and Paula’s favorite garden recipes for refreshments.  Fee of $15. Class from 9-12. Call 440-834-4656 for more information.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

 

Camping with Katydids

Aug 11

Learn their songs – and view the perseid meteor shower – at overnight program Bring your tent and sleeping bag and spend the night under the shooting stars while listening to the music of the insect orchestra! August 11 – 6:30 p.m., through Sunday, August 12 – 9:30 a.m. at Chickagami Park, 17858 Tavern Road (Rt. 168), Parkman Township. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and pitch your tent in time to gather for the 7:30 p.m. singing insect search with cricket and katydid specialist Lisa Rainsong. Afterwards, enjoy a campfire, snacks and Perseid meteor shower viewing from 10 p.m. till midnight. Registration is required at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516. A fee of $5 includes a continental breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Tents only, please. Grounds are partially wheelchair/stroller accessible

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Aug 11

Hosted by State Farm Agent Greg Rodi. August 11 at Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St Auburn Township starting at 5 PM. $50-$25,000 in starting chips. $10 for an additional $5,000 in chips. All pre-registered players will receive an extra $5,000 in chips. Re-buys: up until first break. Cash games to follow. Payouts 70%-30% to the foundation. 50/50 raffle & Chinese auction. All proceeds go to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Food & beverages provided. Questions contact Greg Rodi (440) 666-7553,. Jennifer Goldstein (330) 360-3869. Alan Goldstein (330) 360-2242. Joe Pinti (330) 442-3155

 

Car, Bike & Tractor Show

August 12

Ravenna Elks Lodge Tirpak Memorial Car, Bike & Tractor Show August 12, 2012 from 11:00 am  – 3:00 pm  (Registration 10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Proceeds to benefit Maplewood Career Center Scholarships. Dash Plaques, Door Prizes, Awards, Food

 

Windham UMC Worship & Picnic on the Porch

Aug 12

On August 12th Windham UMC will offer casual worship on their front lawn at 10am followed by a free picnic lunch & corn hole. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. 9051 N. Main St.

 

Room Mothers’ Luncheon

August 14

The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2012 luncheon will be held at noon, on August 14 at the Freedom Town Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited, along with other guests. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service –meat is furnished. For more information call Elaine Duffield at (330) 296-3568

 

Flea Market/Craft Vendors Wanted

Aug 17, 18 & 19

The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County has a few flea marker/ craft vendor spaces available at their antique tractor show August 17, 18 & 19. $15 fee. Contact Terry (330) 442-2430

 

Freedom Run

Aug 18

3rd annual charity poker run, August 18. 4927 Greenwood Rd in Rootstown. Cost $10 per bike $15 w/ passenger. Sign ups start at 10am. First bike out 11am. Last bike out at 12pm. Last bike in at 6pm. 50/50 raffle, American Auction, door prizes, food & soft drinks after the run. Proceeds benefit JDRF. Rain or shine. Bar opens at 8am, breakfast will be available.

 

Annual Picnic

Aug 19

Freedom Township annual picnic will be held this year on August 19 in the Freedom town hall pavilion. Joining in the festivities will be the Freedom Congregational Church and the Bethel Springs congregations. Combined church services will be at 10am in a large tent. The VFW will hold a memorial service at noon. The lunch will be served right after the memorial service. The main meat dish will be provided by the township. The church is cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. All are asked to bring a dish to pass. Space will be provided on the lawn for an art, craft and music fair. Contact Jim Hammar @ (330) 527-2855 to reserve a space

 

Craft Show

Sept 8

Craft show tables available: The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be hosting a craft show on September 8, at the Parkman Community House. The show will start at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Doors will open 2 hours prior to the show for set up. Tables are $25 each and are on a first come first serve basis. Advanced payment is required to hold a tale. For more information call (330) 889-9600 or email support@kidcancerfoundation.org

 

Balloon-A-Fair “Friends In Flight” Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors

Sept 15 & 16

The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

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James A. Garfield Class of 1987

Save This Date!

Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help “the cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

 

Sports Physicals

Call Today!

Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville will continue to do sports physicals again this year. The charge is still $10. We will continue to donate half of the Garrettsville proceeds to a scholarship fund for an athletic participant.

 

Special Cats Open House

Mon-Sat 

Cats are cool, entertaining and lovable. We have all kinds, all ages. Come in to adopt the love of your life now! Some have been here a really long time just waiting for you. So look for our Red Heart specials or make us an offer. The first 5 red heart specials adopted are free so don’t miss out on a purring bundle of fun and love. Animal Welfare Shelter, 545 Brunstetter Rd SW in Lordstown. (330) 394-4122

 

Historical Society Open

First Saturday of Month

The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals is available for research. Everyone is welcome.

 

Youth Soccer Open Fields

July 22 & 26

We will resume open fields at Brosius Rd. Sundays & Thursdays  6:30 to 8:00 PM and will continue every Sunday and Thursday through the month of July.  There is no fee to participate, players must wear shin guards, bring a soccer ball and drink (mouth guards are encouraged).  Ages include 1st grade through 8th grade.  High school players are welcome to help.  Please contact Russ (russell61731@yahoo.com), Bob (matrixprints@yahoo.com) or Brian (bgorby1@yahoo.com) for more information.  This Open Practice is not affiliated with the G-W Soccer Program .

 

“Oklahoma”

July 20 & 21

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will present “Oklahoma” on July 20 and 21 at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School, Iva Walker Auditorium. Directed by Missy Bookbinder and Jackie Rinearson, musical direction by William Davies and choreographed by Shanelle Waggoner. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call 216-375-0709 to purchase advance tickets. Ticket prices are: Adults 12 and older – $10.00, children under 12 and seniors over 65 – $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 each. “Oklahoma” is sponsored by Ryser Insurance and Gionino’s Pizzeria.

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

July 19-21

Parkman Congregational Church is holding a Trash & Treasure Sale; July 19  & July 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 21 from  8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  The church is located on Rt. 528/88 just north of Rt. 422 in Parkman.  Any questions, call the church office at 548-4829. Contact person: Roberta Barringer, Parkman Church, Women’s Fellowship representative

 

Steak Dinner

July 20

Enjoy the best flame-grilled steak with salad, potato, roll and beverage.  Full cut (16-18 oz) is only $14 or a half cut (8-9 oz) is $9.  Fruit Smoothies, Classic Cream Milkshakes and Cappuccino or Lattes also available for $3 each; plus we offer a variety of desserts for only $1 each.  If you pre-order, you will save $1.  Eat in and carry-out available.  July 20 from 5 to 8 pm.  Praise Assembly of God, 10280 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH (across from JAG High School).  Call for more info or reservations (330) 527-2777.

 

Open Horse Show

July 20

The Garrettsville Town Trotters 4-H club will be hosting an open horse show on July 20th at the Portage County Fairgrounds in Randolph.  Exhibition Barrels will run between 5:00 – 5:30 and the show will start at 6:00.  Classes are $4.00 or $25.00 for all evening.  Five place ribbons and high point awards will be given.  Chinese Auction.  Refreshment stand will be open.  For more information please contact Renee Doraski @ 330-647-8738 or email towntrotters@yahoo.com.

 

Annual Summer Garage Sale

July 20 & 21

The Upton Association is sponsoring the annual summer garage sale. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Upton House in downtown Warren. The summer garage sale is July 20 and 21 from 9AM-4PM. Garage sale donations  will be accepted on July 17 and 18.For more information call 330-538-3182 or e-mail institches5848@aol.com. Upton House is located at 380 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren.

 

Benefit Car Wash

July 21

“Help Maddie” Benefit Car Wash July 21, from 10am-2pm at Ravenna AutoZone across from Tractor Supply. Maddie Pugh is 3 years old who has recently been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. All donations are appreciated

 

“A Night of Revival”

July 21

“A night of revival” will be held at 6 PM on July 21, at the Newbury Full Gospel Church in Kiwanis Lake. There will also be an earlier ministry at 9:30 AM, at the Ladies Aglow meeting at the senior center in Middlefield. Both events are free and open to the public, a free will offering will be taken. For information regarding the Aglow meeting, contact Lois Moone (440) 632-3132. Regarding the Newbury evening service call Pastors Ron or Bobbie (440) 834-0614.

 

Windham Band Car Wash

July 21 

Windham Band Car Wash Fundraiser

Saturday, July 21 10a – 2p at the Windham Fire Department

Accepting donations to help the band raise money for their trip to Disney World in March.

Ice Cream Social

July 21

Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Road S.W., Lordstown will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni  salad, home made pies & ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

 

Rockwell International Annual Picnic

July 21

Picnic 12-3. Eating at 1:00pm. Picnic will be held at Braceville Picnic Shelter. Please bring a covered dish to share.

 

“Run of the Ox”

July 21

5k run/walk held during the Ox Roast Festival. 7 AM registration. 8 AM race. St. Joseph’s Church in Mantua. Pre-registration is $16. Race day registration $20. Awards to top 3 overall and classes. For more info call 216-752-5151

 

Kinsman is For Sale

July 21

Kinsman is located on state routes 5, 7 and 87 on the PA line. Rotary chicken BBQ will be located at town park off of State Rt. 5 south from 10 am – 3 pm. Eat in or take out. Town-wide yard sales from 10am to 4pm? Sales at many businesses   Amish Bake sale on square

Free maps available at Market Square on the square

 

Cruisin’ at the Churchyard

July 22

On July 22 from 11am-6pm a chicken dinner and car show will be held at SS Edward & Lucy; Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques to the First 100 Cars. 3 Prizes Given Out PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 GAS CARD (compliments of Doug’s Auto Repair) (Must be present to win Gas Card * raffle at 4pm) $10 Donation for Show Car Entries Information: Office (440) 548-3812 * Website: SSEdwardLucy.com. 16150 Center St * Parkman

 

Annual Christmas in July

July 22

Kiwanis of the Western Reserve’s annual “Christmas in July” on July 22 provides underprivileged children in the Crestwood, Garfield, & Windham areas with a day of games & a picnic at Hiram College.   We handed out envelopes with the names of kids who people can buy for on Sunday, June 24th and at the combined service on July 1st.  If anyone has picked up an envelope and needs to turn their stuff in, they can drop it off at the Mantua Center Christrian church by Thursday, July 12th and email me at summerlindr@hiram.edu or call me at 330-995-3840 to let me know.  I can also pick up at your house.

 

VBS: We’re Going Bugs!

July 23-25

Mantua Country Baptist Church, three great family nights of Bible stories, crafts, gospel illusions, puppet skits, games, refreshments from 6-8. Everyone is invited, all ages free. The church is located at 12385 Chamberlain Rd Mantua.  For more info (330) 562-6600

 

Vacation Bible School

July 23-27

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 23rd thru July 27th from  6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship  for OPERATION OVERBOARD – DARE TO GO DEEP WITH GOD where your youngsters ( 3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts and snacks.

 

Vacation Bible School

July 23-27

Gospel Light’s SonRise National Park vacation Bible school will be July 23-27, at the Wayland Community Church; 6355 Wayland Rd. The adventure begins each evening at 6pm sharp and lasts until 8:30pm. This years theme focuses on Philippians 4:19. A mini-musical will be presented at the morning worship service on July 29. All children, age 3 through those who have finished 6th grade, are welcome. There is no charge to attend. For more info call Anna (330) 938-2335 or Debbie (330) 358-2638.

 

Summer Theater Clinic

July 23 thru Aug 9

Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a Summer Theater Clinic for boys and girls under the direction of Ric Hughes, Director of the Ravenna All-City Musical.   The Clinic will be held July 23 through August 9, 2012 at West Park School.  Registration is now through July 13th. After July 13th there is a $5.00 late fee if any openings.  Cost is $15 for city taxpayers or $20 for non-city taxpayers.

 

Free Community Dinner

July 24

Free community dinner July 24 from 5 -  6 p.m. while supplies last. No take outs. Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street.  Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach.

 

Blood Drive

July 25

The United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Rd. Newton Falls,OH 44444, is having  a blood drive for the American Red Cross, on July 25 from 12 –6 PM in their fellowship hall, which will have air conditioning the day of the drive, so please come and help us get our supply back where it was before the strike, it is settled now and all have returned to work . We hope to see all of our regulars back, we have missed you these 3 months and hope to see first timers; that is always rewarding to us. See you then.

 

Big Brothers & Sisters Golf Scramble

July 25

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual golf scramble on July 25, at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shotgun starts at 9am. Golfers will receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your group. Hole-in- one prizes include $5000, Callaway clubs, flat screen television and more. Out auction features a trip for two to Scottsdale, AZ. Cost is $100 per person and can be paid by cash, check or credit card by calling our office (330) 296-6655

 

Sports Physicals

July 26

Announcement for High School Athletes: Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists will be holding sports physicals on July 26th from 3:00 – 6:00pm. Cost is $30 with a family maximum of $75. Call today to schedule your appointment. (330) 274-2747

 

Christmas in July

July 26

Don’t miss “Christmas In July” at the Renaissance Center.  The sights, smells and sounds of Christmas July 26th. 5-6:30 pm. Free community turkey dinner, free drawing for gifts, and Christmas music by Lenora.

 

Chardon’s Bicentennial Weekend

July 26-29

Chardon’s Bicentennial Weekend celebration (July 26-29) will culminate with an even larger, more exciting show than had been planned for Sunday night. This will be the largest fireworks display in the history of Chardon! The full Bicentennial Weekend of activities will come to a close with fireworks and music on Chardon Square so make plans now to attend!. The exact location of the show on the Square has not been announced as yet! Details on that important fact will be released soon! Please plan on enjoying a great Bicentennial Weekend! Chardon Bicentennial Ecumenical Service Thursday evening at the Church of St. Mary, Great Friday Night Fun on Chardon Square, Chardon Township Park Fun all day Saturday and then our Ice Cream Social/Picnic in the Park on Chardon Square Sunday. Games, Music, Food, a Grand Parade and Fireworks! – Fun for the whole family!

 

2012 Run For Hope 5k, 1-Mile Fun Run, & 1-Mile Dog Run

July 28

New Hope Christian Fellowship 11051 E. Washington St. Auburn, OH  44023.  Driveway entrance is off of Auburn Rd. JULY 28, 2012 8:00 am. $15 pre-registration, $20 race day registration (Individuals) $40 pre-registration, $50 race day registration (Family 4 pack) Proceeds to benefit Cruzadas Del Evangelio de Honduras 2012 Chicken Project. To register go to www.hmapromotions.net or print registration form www.newhope4you.net and mail to New Hope Christian Fellowship.

 

Family Fun Day

July 28

A benefit to raise money for mounting medical bills for Angie Monroe, while undergoing chemo and radiation. Presented by Team ANGIE. July 28 from 1-5pm. $7 adults, $4 children ages 4-10, Free under age 3. Ticket prices include entrance to Ridge Ranch Campground, parking, swimming, and lunch. Concessions will also be available during the event. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will take place as well. For more info on this event contact Debbie Brinsey (330) 240-3079, Heather Dewberry (330) 307-3603, Amy Hahn (330) 219-0782, Rose Bennett (330) 979-8784, or look at the TEAM ANGIE page on Facebook.

 

Garfield Class of 1967 Reunion

July 28

The Garfield Class of 1967 – 45 year reunion will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club. Please contact us if you were missed. Mary Jane Orr (330) 898-0384.

 

Lunch With Lincoln

July 28

The North Bloomfield Historical Society will be hosting a lunch with President Lincoln at 11am on July 28th at the North Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Park Drive, North Bloomfield, Ohio 44450. Professional impersonators Gerald & Marilyn Payn will be in full dress as President & Mrs. Lincoln & will answer questions during the luncheon.  There is also a car & tractor show, as well as local artisans & crafters.

 

Chicken Roast

July 28

American Legion S.A.L. is hosting a chicken roast on July 28 from 3-8 PM. $8, eat in or take home, 9 sides available. 9960 E. Center St. Windham. (330) 326-3188

 

Public Observing Night

July 28

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM, weather permitting. The Moon will be the focus of attention for the night and, if conditions allow, the Ring Nebula will also be viewed. As time and conditions allow, other gems of the summer night sky will be seen through the century-old Cooley Telescope. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets or in the nearby parking lot of Harrison’s Hideaway Convenience Store, 6821 Wakefield Road, a short distance east of the observatory.

 

Pot Luck Dinner

July 29

The annual Pot Luck Dinner will be held in the Shalersville Town Hall on July 29 at 1:00 pm beverage and table service will be provided, just bring a dish to share  We will have a special guest President James A Garfield (Wayne Enders) will enlighten us with some of the events of his era and join us for the dinner  All are welcome dinner time is 1:00 in the Town Hall

 

Windham Circus

July 30

The Kelly Miller Circus will be coming back to Windham on July 30th, for 2 big performances… 4:30 & 7:30 pm. Located at the Katherine Thomas (KT) school grounds, @ 9032 Maple Grove Rd, it will arrive bright and early Monday morning. Come out and see all the exotic animals being unloaded and watch in amazement at 9:00am, as the Elephants help to “put up the Big Top.” Advance sales tickets are available at the following locations: GF Mini Mart, Monica’s Cafe, Renaissance Family Center (RFC), Cortland Bank & Circle K in Windham. Sky Lane Bowling, located in Garrettsville, will also have tickets. Costs are $10 adult & $6 kids for ADVANCE tickets… at door they will be more. Come out and enjoy the fun!  It was almost sold out last time they came, so get tickets early… it’s a great circus!  Sponsored by the Windham Historical Society & Windham Park Restoration Committee. For more info— 330-326-6061

 

Kids Adventure Camp

July 30- Aug 3

The 1st Congregational Church of Claridon with the Lighthouse UM Church in this joint adventure, July 30-Aug 3. Kids ages 3-13 join us for fun from 6:30-8:30pm. Fun night in August 3 at 7:30pm for everyone. Special Focus on watch your words: Bullying is not ok. Respecting ourselves and others: it only takes one to make a difference! Pre-register by calling Ms. Nancy (440-279-3443, Ms. Robin (440) 313-8302 or email Pastor Karen at  pk@lighthouseumc.com

 

Chicken Dinner

Aug 1

The Southington United Methodist Church will be holding a chicken dinner on August 1 from 3:30-6pm. The menu includes ¼ chicken, escalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, and homemade desserts. Adults $8.00, children’s meal with chicken tenders- ages 4-10 $4.00, children 3 and under free. Carry outs will be available, so stop by on your way home. Call the church at (330) 898-2156 and they will be ready for pick up when you get there.

 

Middlefield Chamber Trunk Sale

Aug 4

Second Annual Trunk Sale August 4 from 9 am to 4 pm in the parking lot of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply across from Middlefield Fire Department. Admission is free to the public. Refreshments available. Hunt for treasures here. Rain or Shine, dress for comfort. Vendor space is still available, 440-632-5705. $20 for 1 space/$35 for 2. Leave name and address and request vendor contract if no answer

 

Third Annual Luau

Aug 4

August 4, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m., Harvest Point Church will be hosting their Third Annual Luau at Four Corners Park in Lordstown (SR 45 and Salt Springs Road).  As always, this event is FREE to the public and will feature games, activities, entertainment and food.  In addition, this year’s event will feature a Farmer’s Market.  Come one, come all!  Come early, stay late!  It’s all FREE!  For more information, please contact Pastor Shannon New Spanger at (330)984-6789

 

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 4

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on August 4th at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Rd. Pavilion, Middlefield.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 1:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Jeannie at 440-749-0518.  Hope to see you all there.

 

Brittany Myers Poker Run

Aug 4

The 11th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 4th Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund, the Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain and Becky Gough for details.

 

Windham Community Church Service

Aug 5

A community worship service will be held August 5 on the Windham Township Green.  This annual worship is sponsored by the WCCF and is called “Fun in Son.”  It will start with a worship service held at the Gazebo.  Ministers from the various Churches will participate. It will be followed by a Community Prayer Walk, and an “Open Mike” opportunity where people will entertain the group with songs & music.  The day will conclude with the serving of ice cream.  Food,  for lunch, will be available for purchase. To participate in the “Open Mike, please contact Rev. Patrick Malone at 330-326-3926 or 440-708-4153 or Larry  Kuhlman at 330-326-3786.

 

Garrettsville UMC Vacation Bible School

Aug 6-9

Dive in and discover God’s underwater universe!  Kids will plunge into Bible stories of people with deep faith and learn to trust a God whose love is bigger than the sea.  Garrettsville United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School the week of Aug 6-9 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening.  VBS is open to children ages 3yrs-6th grade.  Teen helpers are also needed.  Anyone interested in participating, please contact the church office at 527-2055.

 

Burton Vacation Bible School

Aug 6-9

The Burton Congregational Church will hold its Vacation Bible School for those entering Kindergarten through 6th grade on Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  All children are welcome and pre-registration is not required.  This year’s theme is “Make a Joyful Noise” and includes stories about David, the Psalmist and Jesus, along with singing, games, crafts, and snacks. Bring the children you love to join us!  Burton Congregational Church is “the red church on the square” in Burton Village.  For more information, call the church office at 440-834-4495.

 

Crestwood Safety Town

Aug 6 – 10

Children entering Crestwood Kindergarten in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to a variety of topics focused on teaching them how to stay safe while at home, at school and at play. This educational program runs from August 6 – 10 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Crestwood Primary School. Register by July 20 to receive a reduced rate of $20 per child.  For further information, please call Annette at (330)389-0951 or crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com.

 

Tennis Camp

Aug 6-9

Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held   August 6 to 9 (raindate is August 10). From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 15 years.  Fee is $27 for city taxpayers and $32 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 30.  Deadline to register is July 20. Forms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m

 

Library Fundraiser

Aug 10

The Friends of Garrettsville Library are  planning a fundraiser/ social event at the Candlelight Winery. There are no tickets to purchase, and everyone is welcome. This is your chance to support the library programs, and have a good time. Arrive after 4pm. There is no set charge for this event. If you wish to donate to the silent auction contact Cindy at the library. Hope to see you there!

 

Garden Recipies

Aug 11

Learn to preserve your garden vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruits without the fuss of canning by freezing, drying and pickling instead.  Discover delicious recipes for jams, vinegars and oils that will create tasty meals long after the growing season has ended. Take home simple recipes and sample some of Ruth, Barb and Paula’s favorite garden recipes for refreshments.  Fee of $15. Class from 9-12. Call 440-834-4656 for more information.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

 

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Aug 11

Hosted by State Farm Agent Greg Rodi. August 11 at Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St Auburn Township starting at 5 PM. $50-$25,000 in starting chips. $10 for an additional $5,000 in chips. All pre-registered players will receive an extra $5,000 in chips. Re-buys: up until first break. Cash games to follow. Payouts 70%-30% to the foundation. 50/50 raffle & Chinese auction. All proceeds go to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Food & beverages provided. Questions contact Greg Rodi (440) 666-7553,. Jennifer Goldstein (330) 360-3869. Alan Goldstein (330) 360-2242. Joe Pinti (330) 442-3155

 

Windham UMC Worship & Picnic on the Porch

Aug 12

On August 12th Windham UMC will offer casual worship on their front lawn at 10am followed by a free picnic lunch & corn hole. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. 9051 N. Main St. Windham, OH 44288

 

Adult Softball League

Aug 12

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering the following adult softball leagues for the FALL of 2012: Men’s Sunday League: Earliest games at 10 a.m. Cost:  $425.00 per team.  League tentatively begins August 12.  Minimum of 6 and maximum 8 teams. Co-Ed Sunday League: Cost: $425.00 per team. League play tentatively begins August 12. Tentative time to begin is 3 p.m. (* start time could be earlier) Must have 8 teams to offer league. Deadline to register is July 25. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a spot in any of our leagues. Balance of league fees due by July 26, 2012. For registration and more information contact Ravenna Recreation at 530 North Freedom St., Ravenna weekdays 8 to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m..  Phone – (330) 296-2864.

 

Flea Market/Craft Vendors Wanted

Aug 17, 18 & 19

The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County has a few flea marker/ craft vendor spaces available at their antique tractor show August 17, 18 & 19. $15 fee. Contact Terry (330) 442-2430

 

Freedom Run

Aug 18

3rd annual charity poker run, August 18. 4927 Greenwood Rd in Rootstown. Cost $10 per bike $15 w/ passenger. Sign ups start at 10am. First bike out 11am. Last bike out at 12pm. Last bike in at 6pm. 50/50 raffle, American Auction, door prizes, food & soft drinks after the run. Proceeds benefit JDRF. Rain or shine. Bar opens at 8am, breakfast will be available.

 

Craft Show

Sept 8

Craft show tables available: The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be hosting a craft show on September 8, at the Parkman Community House. The show will start at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Doors will open 2 hours prior to the show for set up. Tables are $25 each and are on a first come first serve basis. Advanced payment is required to hold a tale. For more information call (330) 889-9600 or email support@kidcancerfoundation.org

 

Save the Date!

Sept 15

The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s game against Southeast will be an away game. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

 

Balloon-A-Fair “Friends In Flight” Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors

Sept 15 & 16

The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

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James A. Garfield Class of 1987
Save This Date!
Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help “the cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

Sports Physicals
Call Today!
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville will continue to do sports physicals again this year. The charge is still $10. We will continue to donate half of the Garrettsville proceeds to a scholarship fund for an athletic participant.

Special Cats Open House
Mon-Sat
Cats are cool, entertaining and lovable. We have all kinds, all ages. Come in to adopt the love of your life now! Some have been here a really long time just waiting for you. So look for our Red Heart specials or make us an offer. The first 5 red heart specials adopted are free so don’t miss out on a purring bundle of fun and love. Animal Welfare Shelter, 545 Brunstetter Rd SW in Lordstown. (330) 394-4122

Morning Worship
Sunday Mornings
Morning Fellowship of doughnuts and coffee at 9:00 AM followed by Sunday School at 10 and worship at 11. The First Church of God in Windham.

Men’s Bible Study
Call if interested
The First Church of God in Windham would like to start a men’s Bible Study group to meet on Saturday or Sunday depending on schedules.  This will be an informal, relaxed atmosphere, possibly meeting in the Pastor’s home.  If you are interested, whether you currently attend a church or not, contact the church at 330-326-2293 or Jim at 330-671-1426.  You can leave a message if necessary.

Historical Society Open
First Saturday of Month
The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals is available for research. Everyone is welcome.

Youth Soccer Open Fields
July 15, 19, 22 & 26
We will resume open fields at Brosius Rd. Sundays & Thursdays  6:30 to 8:00 PM and will continue every Sunday and Thursday through the month of July.  There is no fee to participate, players must wear shin guards, bring a soccer ball and drink (mouth guards are encouraged).  Ages include 1st grade through 8th grade.  High school players are welcome to help.  Please contact Russ (russell61731@yahoo.com), Bob (matrixprints@yahoo.com) or Brian (bgorby1@yahoo.com) for more information.  This Open Practice is not affiliated with the G-W Soccer Program .

Eagles Fish Fry
July 13
Garrettsville Eagles will be holding a fish fry on July 13 from 4-7:30. Fish, shrimp or combo with either baked potato or French fries, green beans, coleslaw, and dinner roll.
Rummage Sale
July 13-14
Come and find new treasures at the Ravenna Order of the Eastern Stars 2nd Annual Rummage Sale on July 13-14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ravenna Masonic
Complex, 4785 Washington Avenue, Ravenna. Located off of State Route 14

“Oklahoma”
July 13, 14, 20 & 21
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will present “Oklahoma” on July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7pm and July 15 at 2pm in the James A. Garfield High School, Iva Walker Auditorium. Directed by Missy Bookbinder and Jackie Rinearson, musical direction by William Davies and choreographed by Shanelle Waggoner. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call 216-375-0709 to purchase advance tickets. Ticket prices are: Adults 12 and older – $10.00, children under 12 and seniors over 65 – $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 each. “Oklahoma” is sponsored by Ryser Insurance and Gionino’s Pizzeria.

Free Movie
July 13
FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE with free popcorn July 13th at the Renaissance Center in Windham. The time is dusk, about 9:00 pm.  Bring a blanket or a chair, enjoy “Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked” — great family time

Rummage Sale/ Flea Market
July 13 & 14
New Mercies Community Church, located at 12767 Butternut Rd, will hold a rummage sale/ flea market on July 13 & 14 from 9-4. Indoor and outdoor spaces are $10. Contact Susan at (330) 968-6268. Donations are being accepted for rummage sale, and may be dropped off at the church at anytime. Food will be available.
AMVETS  Post 112 Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing
July 14
Sign up at the AMVETS post 112 Newton Falls. 8:30 am shotgun start. $70 per player, $280 per team. Prizes, cold beer, soda and water are included. Four man scramble. 50/50 drawing. Donuts and coffee. Hot sausage sandwiches at the turn. Steak dinner after the round. Proceeds benefit Newton Falls High School Scholarship Fund

Labrae H.S. Soccer Boosters Trunk Sale
July 14
Held at Bascom Elementary Parking Lot, 1001 North Leavitt Rd, Leavittsburg. Set up starts at 7:30 a.m. Event opens at 9:a.m. ends at 3p.m.Single spaces for $15.00 each, double space for $25.00 ,all spaces will be $25.00 day of sale if available.  Concessions will be available. To enter our event, please contact: BRENDA BARNA @330-307-5629

Art on the Hill
July 14
Art on the Hill will take place this Saturday, July 14th, 10-5 on East Prospect Street in Mantua, OH. Over 60 artisans will line both sides of the streets selling and displaying their handmade creations at this unique street festival. There will also be great food, continuous live entertainment and a huge prize auction. Admission is free. For more info, call 330-414-6486.

Spaghetti Dinner
July 14
Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a spaghetti dinner this July 14, from 5-7PM. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr., Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $7, Children (4 thru 11) $6, Children 3 and under are free
Garrettsville Cruise Night
July 14
Cruise night will be held on July 14 (rain date July 15) from 5-8pm on Main Street. Garrettsville Eagles will honro the best motorcycle. The Boys are Back band provides music. Bring your own chairs.

Wastewater Facility Open House
July 14
The Village of Garrettsville Board of Public Affairs invites you to attend an Open House for the Wastewater Treatment Expansion located at 10720 Liberty Street Garrettsville. The open house will be held on July 14 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

LaBrae HS Trunk Sale
July 14
The LaBrae HS Soccer Boosters will be holding a trunk sale at Bascom Elementary Parking Lot 1001 N Leavitt rd. Leavittsburg July 14 Set up starts @8:00,opens at 9:00,ends at 3:00. SPACES are $15.00 each. Double space is 25.00 Concessions will be available to enter please BRENDA BARNA @ 330-307-5629

Gardeners’ Workshop
July 14
Portage County Gardeners is hosting a Saturday Workshop, open to the public, on July 14 at 10:00 AM at the Gardeners’ Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Rootstown.  Participants will get to make a hypertufa or trough planter. The cost is $20.00. Please call Peggy Varney at 330-618-2257 to register.

Doll’s  Christmas in July
July 15
What could be better than Christmas in July?  A Doll’s Christmas in July!  This is the theme of the Luncheon hosted by Garrettsville’s own doll club, The Heart of Doll Country.  It will be held July 15th, from 10-3 at the Kirtlander Party Center, 9270 Chillicothe Road, (Route 306) in Kirtland Ohio.  The cost is $25 for adults, and $15 for children 5-15.  The guest speaker is Sandy Pelphrey, a local  doll collector who writes for the Villager.  There will be a delicious lunch served, door prizes, table favors, and lots of auction items as well as contests for dolls.  Please call Carolyn Englert, 527-4888 or Pat Dutchman 440-785-4183 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Hiram School Reunion
July 15
The 19th annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 15 from 1-4 at the Troy Community House State Route 422 in Welshfield, for all those who attended Hiram School. Beverage, meat and table service will be provided. Those with last names A-L are asked to bring a salad. Those with last names m-z are asked to bring a dessert. For more information call Carol Orban Bott (330) 527-4457 or Barbara Porter Biltz (330) 296-3732.

Crescendo Club Meeting
July 15
On Sunday, July 15th  the Crescendo Club (Boosters for the Newton Falls School Band) will be having our first meeting of the 2012-13 season.  We will meet at 6:00 pm at the Newton Falls McDonald’s.  New members as well as Newton Falls Alumni are welcome to attend.  This is your opportunity to help our kids have another great band year and support their excellent efforts.  Any questions call 330-872-1647.”

Vacation Bible School
July 15-20
Newton Falls United Methodist at 336 Ridge Road will be holding Vacation Bible School on July 15th through July 20th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for children age three through sixth grade.   The theme will be SONRISE National Park VBS. Phone:  (330) 872-1564

Portage County Republican Women’s Club
July 16
Portage County Republican Women’s Club invites you and your guests to the monthly meeting on July 16 at 6:30 pm. Mi Rancho at 4914 S. Prospect St., Ravenna, OH. Speaker is to be determined. Call Jeneen at (330) 687-4067 if you have any questions

Mantua Historical Society Meeting
July 16
The Mantua Historical Society will meet July 16th at 7:00 pm in the Mantua Township Hall which is located on the historic Mantua Center Green at Route 82 and Mantua Center Road.  The program will be “Nearly Two Centuries of Hiram’s Cultural Landscape” presented by David Anderson & Christine Edwards Borkan.  The program has two themes, one on cultural landscape, how to preserve it, what to preserve, etc., and the other theme compares old views of Hiram village and township with the modern view, sometimes where buildings have been moved, others replaced or remodeled.  The meeting is free & open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Christmas In July Dinner
July 17
Covenant Bible Fellowship (8146 High Street, Garrettsville) would like to invite everyone (no income restrictions) to our Loaves and Fishes Dinner on Tuesday, July17, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. We will be serving a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings!! If you should have any further questions, please feel free to call 330.527.4205.

G-W (Garrettsville-Windham) Soccer Club Meeting
July 18
The G-W Soccer Club needs more volunteers to take on leadership roles to keep the Club going.  An organizational meeting for all volunteers will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Garrettsville Village Park on Brosius Road.  For info, contact Melissa Roubic at m.roubic@gmail.com.

Farmers Market Opening Day
July 18
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre’s Farmers Market begins July 18, 2012 and runs through October 3, 2012.  Once again the market will run Wednesdays from 3-6:30pm in the parking lot of Skylane Bowling Alley. Be sure to stop out for all your bakery, jelly and produce needs.

Parkman Schools Presentation
July 19
Parkman Historical Society presentation on Parkman Schools from 1874 to 1914 July 19th at 7:30 p.m. at Parkman Community House on St. Rt. 422

Gardening Class
July 19
You have seen these magnificent plants at garden centers and at the Geauga County Fair.  Learn how to select and grow these spectacular, fragrant flowers on July 19 from 7-9 pm.  Go to the award-winning brugmansia garden of Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik where she will teach you the care and propogation of these beauties. She will show you the tricks to get hundreds of blooms on a single plant and how to winter them over for years of enjoyment.  As a special treat you’ll even get a brugmansia to take home.  Ask Phyllis for a tour of her garden too! $35 fee.  Light refreshments.  Call 440-834-4656 to register and get directions.

Book Sale
July 19
The Friends of the Garrettsville Library announce a book sale at the Garrettsville Branch of the Portage County District Library on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and  July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sale set up and pre sale for Friends of the Library will be on Thursday, July 19 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.   The library is located at 10482 South Street in the Village Park.  For further information, call the Garrettsville Library at 330-527-4378.

Trash & Treasure Sale
July 19-21
Parkman Congregational Church is holding a Trash & Treasure Sale; July 19  & July 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 21 from  8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  The church is located on Rt. 528/88 just north of Rt. 422 in Parkman.  Any questions, call the church office at 548-4829. Contact person: Roberta Barringer, Parkman Church, Women’s Fellowship representative

Rockwell International Annual Picnic
July 21
Picnic 12-3. Eating at 1:00pm. Picnic will be held at Braceville Picnic Shelter. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Ice Cream Social
July 21
Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Road S.W., Lordstown will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni  salad, home made pies & ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

“Run of the Ox”
July 21
5k run/walk held during the Ox Roast Festival. 7 AM registration. 8 AM race. St. Joseph’s Church in Mantua. Pre-registration is $16. Race day registration $20. Awards to top 3 overall and classes. For more info call 216-752-5151

Kinsman is For Sale
July 21
Kinsman is located on state routes 5, 7 and 87 on the PA line. Rotary chicken BBQ will be located at town park off of State Rt. 5 south from 10 am – 3 pm. Eat in or take out. Town-wide yard sales from 10am to 4pm? Sales at many businesses   Amish Bake sale on square
Free maps available at Market Square on the square
Cruisin’ at the Churchyard
July 22
On July 22 from 11am-6pm a chicken dinner and car show will be held at SS Edward & Lucy; Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques to the First 100 Cars. 3 Prizes Given Out PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 GAS CARD (compliments of Doug’s Auto Repair) (Must be present to win Gas Card * raffle at 4pm) $10 Donation for Show Car Entries Information: Office (440) 548-3812 * Website: SSEdwardLucy.com. 16150 Center St * Parkman

Vacation Bible School
July 23-27
Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 23rd thru July 27th from  6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship  for OPERATION OVERBOARD – DARE TO GO DEEP WITH GOD where your youngsters ( 3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts and snacks.

Vacation Bible School
July 23-27
Gospel Light’s SonRise National Park vacation Bible school will be July 23-27, at the Wayland Community Church; 6355 Wayland Rd. the adventure begins each evening at 6pm sharp and lasts until 8:30pm. This years theme focuses on Philippians 4:19. a mini-musical will be presented at the morning worship service on July 29. All children, age 3 through those who have finished 6th grade, are welcome. There is no charge to attend. For more info call Anna (330) 938-2335 or Debbie (330) 358-2638.

Summer Theater Clinic
July 23 thru Aug 9
Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a Summer Theater Clinic for boys and girls under the direction of Ric Hughes, Director of the Ravenna All-City Musical.   The Clinic will be held July 23 through August 9, 2012 at West Park School.  Registration is now through July 13th. After July 13th there is a $5.00 late fee if any openings.  Cost is $15 for city taxpayers or $20 for non-city taxpayers.

Big Brothers & Sisters Golf Scramble
July 25
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual golf scramble on July 25, at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun starts at 9am. Golfers will receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your group. Hole-in- one prizes include $5000, Callaway clubs, flat screen television and more. Out auction features a trip for two to Scottsdale, AZ. Cost is $100 per person and can be paid by cash, check or credit card by calling our office (330) 296-6655

2012 Run For Hope 5k, 1-Mile Fun Run, & 1-Mile Dog Run
July 28
New Hope Christian Fellowship 11051 E. Washington St. Auburn, OH  44023.  Driveway entrance is off of Auburn Rd. JULY 28, 2012 8:00 am. $15 pre-registration, $20 race day registration (Individuals) $40 pre-registration, $50 race day registration (Family 4 pack) Proceeds to benefit Cruzadas Del Evangelio de Honduras 2012 Chicken Project. To register go to www.hmapromotions.net or print registration form www.newhope4you.net and mail to New Hope Christian Fellowship.

Family Fun Day
July 28
A benefit to raise money for mounting medical bills for Angie Monroe, while undergoing chemo and radiation. Presented by Team ANGIE. July 28 from 1-5pm. $7 adults, $4 children ages 4-10, Free under age 3. Ticket prices include entrance to Ridge Ranch Campground, parking, swimming, and lunch. Concessions will also be available during the event. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will take place as well. For more info on this event contact Debbie Brinsey (330) 240-3079, Heather Dewberry (330) 307-3603, Amy Hahn (330) 219-0782, Rose Bennett (330) 979-8784, or look at the TEAM ANGIE page on Facebook.

Garfield Class of 1967 Reunion
July 28
Our 45 year reunion will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club. Please contact us if you were missed. Mary Jane Orr (330) 898-0384.

Lunch With Lincoln
July 28
The North Bloomfield Historical Society will be hosting a lunch with President Lincoln at 11am on July 28th at the North Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Park Drive, North Bloomfield, Ohio 44450. Professional impersonators Gerald & Marilyn Payn will be in full dress as President & Mrs. Lincoln & will answer questions during the luncheon.  There is also a car & tractor show, as well as local artisans & crafters.
Middlefield Chamber Trunk Sale
Aug 4
Second Annual Trunk Sale August 4 from 9 am to 4 pm in the parking lot of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply across from Middlefield Fire Department. Admission is free to the public. Refreshments available. Hunt for treasures here. Rain or Shine, dress for comfort. Vendor space is still available, 440-632-5705. $20 for 1 space/$35 for 2. Leave name and address and request vendor contract if no answer

Third Annual Luau
Aug 4
August 4, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m., Harvest Point Church will be hosting their Third Annual Luau at Four Corners Park in Lordstown (SR 45 and Salt Springs Road).  As always, this event is FREE to the public and will feature games, activities, entertainment and food.  In addition, this year’s event will feature a Farmer’s Market.  Come one, come all!  Come early, stay late!  It’s all FREE!  For more information, please contact Pastor Shannon New Spanger at (330)984-6789

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 4
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on August 4th at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Rd. Pavilion, Middlefield.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 1:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Jeannie at 440-749-0518.  Hope to see you all there.

Brittany Myers Poker Run
Aug 4
The 11th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 4th Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund, the Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain and Becky Gough for details.

Crestwood Safety Town
Aug 6 – 10
Children entering Crestwood Kindergarten in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to a variety of topics focused on teaching them how to stay safe while at home, at school and at play. This educational program runs from August 6 – 10 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Crestwood Primary School. Register by July 20 to receive a reduced rate of $20 per child.  For further information, please call Annette at (330)389-0951 or crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com.

Tennis Camp
Aug 6-9
Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held   August 6 to 9 (raindate is August 10). From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 15 years.  Fee is $27 for city taxpayers and $32 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 30.  Deadline to register is July 20. Foms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m

Library Fundraiser
Aug 10
The Friends of Garrettsville Library are  planning a fundraiser/ social event at the Candlelight Winery. There are no tickets to purchase, and everyone is welcome. This is your chance to support the library programs, and have a good time. Arrive after 4pm. There is no set charge for this event. If you wish to donate to the silent auction contact Cindy at the library. Hope to see you there!

Garden Recipies
Aug 11
Learn to preserve your garden vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruits without the fuss of canning by freezing, drying and pickling instead.  Discover delicious recipes for jams, vinegars and oils that will create tasty meals long after the growing season has ended. Take home simple recipes and sample some of Ruth, Barb and Paula’s favorite garden recipes for refreshments.  Fee of $15. Class from 9-12. Call 440-834-4656 for more information.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

Adult Softball League
August 12
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering the following adult softball leagues for the FALL of 2012: Men’s Sunday League: Earliest games at 10 a.m. Cost:  $425.00 per team.  League tentatively begins August 12.  Minimum of 6 and maximum 8 teams. Co-Ed Sunday League: Cost: $425.00 per team. League play tentatively begins August 12. Tentative time to begin is 3 p.m. (* start time could be earlier) Must have 8 teams to offer league. Deadline to register is July 25. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a spot in any of our leagues. Balance of league fees due by July 26, 2012. For registration and more information contact Ravenna Recreation at 530 North Freedom St., Ravenna weekdays 8 to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m..  Phone – (330) 296-2864.

Flea Market/Craft Vendors Wanted
Aug 17, 18 & 19
The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County has a few flea marker/ craft vendor spaces available at their antique tractor show August 17, 18 & 19. $15 fee. Contact Terry (330) 442-2430

Save the Date!
Sept 15
The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

Balloon-A-Fair “Friends In Flight” Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Sept 15 & 16
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

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Vendors Wanted: Garrettsville Farmers Market
Register Today
Vendors are still being accepted for this year’s market. All vendors must have edible items and no food carts are permitted.  The cost for this year’s market has remained the same: $60.00 for the entire season. The Farmer’s Markets will run from July 18, 2012 through October 3, 2012 every Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:30pm in the Skylane Bowling Alley parking lot. Applications may be obtained by contacting Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com

James A. Garfield Class of 1987
Save This Date!
Plans are under way for a casual 25th class reunion.  Keep September 29th open on your calendars and start looking for your 80’s fashion!!  Questions or wanting to help the “cause”, call one of the following:  Michele (Miller) Blair 330.979.9384, Kim (Raab) Curry 330.527.2186, Aaron King 330.524.2646 or Kim (Knerem) Bass 330.527.0278

Sports Physicals
Call Today!
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville will continue to do sports physicals again this year. The charge is still $10. We will continue to donate half of the Garrettsville proceeds to a scholarship fund for an athletic participant.

Newton Falls 4th Raffle Tickets
On Sale Thru July 4
Newton Falls 4th of July Committee is selling raffle tickets for the fireworks display to take place on July 4, at 10 pm.  This year’s prizes are as follows:  Grand Prize- $2500.00, 1st- 55” LCD TV, 2nd- Latest IPAD, 3rd- 32” LCD TV, 4th- Kindle Fire, 5th- PlayStation Vita.  The donation price is $10 per ticket and available at local stores and from committee members.  Look for us on the corner by Family Video in June.  ALL donations go to the fireworks!

Historical Society Open
First Saturday of Month
The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals is available for research. Everyone is welcome.

Community Lunch
thru the Summer
Community Lunch – Thursday beginning June 14th through the Summer.  Picnic with Hilltop Christian Church at Mantua’s Buchert Park.  Thursdays 11:30-1:00 – No Lunch July 5 FREE and Open to All. June 14 will be held at Hilltop Church. In Case of Rain – lunch will be served in Hilltop’s Fellowship Hall 4572 West Prospect Street Mantua OH  44255. (330) 274-2771

Crestwood Little Theater
June 29
Crestwood Little Theater will present Jungle Book in the Crestwood Middle School gym, on June 29 at 7:00P.M. This year Crestwood Little Theatre is putting on the musical Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It is the story about a little boy raised by wolves. He grows up in the jungle, finds out he is in danger from a tiger; but he doesn’t want to go back to the man village. Crestwood Little Theatre is a summer camp that teaches kids how to perform on stage. Kids 7-16 come in every morning at 8:30 to start memorizing their lines, songs and dances! When they are not memorizing their parts, they create costumes, paint backdrops, play theatre games, make props, and set the whole stage, getting it ready for the final show.  They do all of this, in just two weeks. The camp is sponsored by Hiram Community Grant.

God Provides Free Picnic
June 29
Join the God provides a free meal ladies picnic June 29 at the Nelson United Methodist Church in Nelson Circle. Dinner will be served from 4-6pm at 9367 St. Rt. 305. The picnic will include hot dogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, cake and beverages. A good time will be had by all!

Read, sing, and have fun!
June 30-July 1
Students ages 5 to 16 will be able to “Reach Out This Summer” by participating in the musical theater experience “Adventures of the Comic Book Artist.” Auditions for this comedy will be June 30 from 9:00 to 2:00 and July 1 from 12:00 to 2:00 at the Education Building adjacent to the Hiram Christian Church.  All who audition will be assigned a way to participate in this production. Written to be enjoyed by all ages of audience and participants, this play provides something special for everyone. The performance date is August 12 with a dress rehearsal on August 11. This opportunity is provided through the generosity of the Hiram Community Trust, Hiram Christian Church, Hilltop Christian Church, Brighter Day, and Mantua Christian Church. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Director Amy Morton amymorto@gmail.com or Hiram Christian Church, 330-569-7697.
3rd Annual Troy Community Yard Sale
June 29 & 30
Directory and maps will be available to all residents for pickup at the Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road on June 23 & 24. Look for them in the East side of the building by the double entrance doors. Maps will also be there the weekend of the sale.

Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner
June 30
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on June 30th from 4 – 7:30 PM. Meals include choice of baked potato or french fries, vegetable, salad and roll. Cost of meals are $12.00 for steak and $8.00 for chicken. Other menu items are available for kids. Carryout is available. Call 330-527-2330 for more info. Open to the public.

Windham Band Fundraiser
June 30
There will be a garage sale fundraiser for the Windham band on June 30 from 9-5 at the Windham Fire Department.

St. William Church  Trunk Sale
June 30
It’s a 1-day garage sale from the trunk of your car. June 30, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: St. William Parking Lot, 5431 Mahoning Ave., Champion, OH. Advance Sale:  $15.00 per spot. Day of Sale: $20.00 per spot (if available) Bring your own table to set up in front of your trunk. We will also be selling used books, media and baked goods. Refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Debi Hayes @ 330-847-6556

Safety Village Registration
Deadline: June 30
Please register your 2012 – 2013 kindergartner now for James A. Garfield PTO Safety Village.  The areas to be covered are fire, school, gun safety, stranger danger, home and personal safety.  This is a great way to introduce your child into the school environment.  This is open to all incoming James A. Garfield Elementary kindergartners.  Registration fee is $25.00; this provides a T-shirt, snack, and craft every day, plus much more! The deadline for registration is June 30th.  If you have any questions or need a registration form please call Debbie D’Amico @ 330-527-0181.  Sorry – no late registrations and no walk-ins.

Antique & Classic Boat Show
June 30
the 37th Annual Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show, one of the largest in the country will be held at the Portage Lakes on June 30, 2012. Hours:  9AM to 3PM, Rain or Shine, FREE ADMISSION.  The show will be held at the Olde Harbor Inn and Hook, Line, and Drinkers Restaurants at 562 Portage Lakes Drive in Akron. There will be approximately 55 beautiful restored boats, some of which are Chris Craft Custom Runabouts, both pre-World War II and post War models

An Accidental Garden
June 30
The profusion of weedy wildflowers along the former rail line that runs through an old industrial area of Ravenna is quite amazing and beautiful. This Portage Hike and Bike Trail is a botanical showcase. Velvet soft mullein, exotic viper’s bugloss, and a host of other vibrant flowers grow between the ties and along the rails. A surprising number of songbirds and butterflies also add to the charm of this seeming unattractive area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station. Hiking fee: $8 for non-members, $5 for members. The hike will be from 8-10am. Directions will be sent upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Eagles Monthly Steak Dinner
June 30
Garrettsville Eagles will hold their monthly steak dinner on June 30 from 4-7:30. Dinner includes steak, baked potato or French fries, toss salad, green beans and dinner roll

Bag Sale
June 30
Hiram Rapids Historical Church is holding a special bag sale $1/bag. June 30 only. 9am-1pm. Nice children, women’s and men’s clothing. Held at historical church  corner of Allyn and Winchell roads.

Ohio Chautauqua
July 3-July 7
The 2012 Ohio Chautauqua, coming this summer to Geauga County, will bring some of the area’s best musical talent to the stage for the tent festival’s five evenings of free, old-fashioned entertainment. Ohio Chautauqua combines living history performances, music and drama to focus on the time “When Ohio was the Western Frontier.” The festival’s trademark red-and-white-striped tent will go up on the grounds of Geauga Historical Society’s Century Village Museum July 3 through July 7

Band Members Needed For July 4th  Concert
For July 4
Anyone who plays a band instrument and can read music is invited to join the Hiram Community band for our July 4 concert at 4pm. There are openings in all sections. Rehearsals will be held on June 20, June 28 and July 3 from 7-9 in Frohring Music Hall on the Hiram College campus. We’ll be doing music from the ‘60s, and music from the World War II era. If interested in playing, please contact Jeffery Quick at jaq@case.edu or (330) 527-0144

Portage County Library
Closed July 4
All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  They will resume regular operating hours on Friday, July 6 (except Windham, which will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, July 5.)  Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library programs and services. Find us on Facebook.

Hiram Old Fashioned 4th – Annual Pie Contest
July 4
Whip up your best pie and enter it into our annual Pie Contest.  Independent judges will determine a winner and award a fabulous prize during the Big Band Dance and Ice Cream Social.  Drop off your pie at Gerstacker Science Hall (under the arch) on Dean Street between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. July 4th.  All pies will be sold by the slice at the Strawberry Social and Prizes WILL be awarded there for best overall and other categories.  For more info contact Ellen Eckhouse @ 330-569-3146.

Vet’s Appreciation Day
July 4
Geauga Fairgrounds Veteran’s appreciation day will be July 4 starting at 6pm thru fireworks, concessions and military displays. Rain day July 5. For details call Will at (440) 635-0223

Chautauqua Program
July 5
The Middlefield Library will be a location for a daytime Ohio Chautauqua Program.   On  July 5th at 12:00 noon scholar Jeremy Meier will present “Three Perspectives on The Battle of Lake Erie.” Learn how Oliver Hazard Perry and British Commander Robert Barclay prepared for the Battle of Lake Erie, as well as how Perry’s second-in-command, Lt. Jesse Duncan Elliott, would for years argue a very different version of what occurred at the battle. The 2012 Ohio Chautauqua is sponsored and presented by the Ohio Humanities Council. Please call the 440.632.1961 for additional information.  To learn more at Ohio Chautauqua visit: www.ohchautauquageauga.com.
Monthly Dance
July 6
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will hold its monthly dance from 7:30-11:30 on July 6, at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 W. Avenue, Tallmadge. Open to public for $6 for members and $8 for non-members, who are invited to join by a PWP member. For more info call Warrine (330) 699-2361 or (330) 322-9559.

“Welcome to My World”
July 7-August 8
Trumbull Art Gallery is pleased to present “Welcome to My World”, featuring the art of Marie Dippolito.  Marie says, “My world of art has taken me through many phases of painting, drawing, and general artistic development in numerous media.  Figurative, floral and landscapes are my prime interest and also my biggest challenge. The contrast keeps me motivated.”  Come and see her work any Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 4 PM at the Gallery, 196 East Market St., Warren.  Admission is free.

Nelson UMC Vacation Bible School
July 9-12
Join us at Nelson UMC for vacation bible school July 9-12 from 6-8:30pm. Registration is the first night for preschool age 4 through grade 6. The church is located on Nelson Circle at 9367 St. Rt. 305. Thursday we will host a presentation by the children and refreshments will be served. Come to the E.D.G.E. at Nelson UMC; we won’t let you fall over!

Vacation Bible School
July 9-13
Join us at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd. for vacation bible school. We’ll have lots of fun, with games, stories, crafts, snack, prizes and more! Classes for everyone from babies to adults. For more information call (330) 527-4068

Brick by Brick
Thru July 9
The successful sale of engraving bricks for the Windham Schools Brick by Brick Scholarship Fund has made the construction of a 4th wall necessary Forms for the purchase of bricks are available at any Windham School system office and the Windham Cortland Bank branch. Orders must be in by July 9 so the bricks can be engraved and placed. Donations for Brick are $60 for individuals and families, $100 for businesses and organizations, $2000 for memorials and $5000 for foundation bricks. Any donation to the fund will be put in the fund endowment and the fund interest will be used to generate scholarships. The summer celebration dinner will feature our 54 year volunteer, Don Miller, and will be August 18.

“Oklahoma”
July 13, 14, 20 & 21
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will present Oklahoma on July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7pm and July 15 at 2pm in the James A. Garfield High School, Iva Walker Auditorium. Directed By: Missy Bookbinder and Jackie Rinearson, Musical Direction by: William Davies and Choreographed by Shanelle Waggoner. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call 216-375-0709 to purchase advance tickets. Ticket prices are: Adults 12 and older – $10.00, children under 12 and seniors over 65 – $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 each. Oklahoma is sponsored by Ryser Insurance and Gionino’s Pizzeria.
Free Movie
July 13
FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE with free popcorn July 13th at the Renaissance Center in Windham the time is dusk about 9:00 pm.  Bring a blanket or a chair enjoy “Alvin and the Chipmunk’s Chipwrecked” great family time

Rummage Sale/ Flea Market
July 13 & 14
New Mercies Community Church, located at 12767 Butternut Rd, will hold a rummage sale/ flea market on July 13 & 14 from 9-4. Indoor and outdoor spaces are $10. Contact Susan at (330) 968-6268. Donations are being accepted for rummage sale, and may be dropped off at the church at anytime. Food will be available.

AMVETS  Post 112 Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing
July 14
Sign up at the AMVETS post 112 Newton Falls. 8:30 am shotgun start. $70 per player, $280 per team. Prizes, cold beer, soda and water are included. Four man scramble. 50/50 drawing. Donuts and coffee. Hot sausage sandwiches at the turn. Steak dinner after the round. Proceeds benefit Newton Falls High School Scholarship Fund

Seeking Artisans!
July 14
Mantua’s Art on the Hill is seeking artisans and food vendors for their 4th annual event which will be held on July 14 from 10am-5pm in downtown Mantua, Ohio. Each year there are over 60 artisans selling and displaying their handmade work. Booth fee is $45. Call 330-414-6486 or email communityjournal@yahoo.com for an application or more information.

Labrae H.S. Soccer Boosters Trunk Sale
July 14
Held at Bascom Elementary Parking Lot, 1001 North Leavitt Rd, Leavittsburg. Set up starts at 7:30 a.m. Event opens at 9:a.m. ends at 3p.m.Single spaces for $15.00 each, double space for $25.00 ,all spaces will be $25.00 day of sale if available.  Concessions will be available. To enter our event, please contact: BRENDA BARNA @330-307-5629

Hiram School Reunion
July 15
The 19th annual Hiram School Reunion will be July 15 from 1-4 at the Troy Community House State Route 422 in Welshfield, for all those who attended Hiram School. Beverage, meat and table service will be provided. Those with last names A-L are asked to bring a salad. Those with last names m-z are asked to bring a dessert. For more information call Carol Orban Bott (330) 527-4457 or Barbara Porter Biltz (330) 296-3732.

Doll’s  Christmas in July
July 15
What could be better than Christmas in July?  A Doll’s Christmas in July!  This is the theme of the Luncheon hosted by Garrettsville’s own doll club, The Heart of Doll Country.  It will be held July 15th, from 10-3 at the Kirtlander Party Center, 9270 Chillicothe Road, (Route 306) in Kirtland Ohio.  The cost is $25 for adults, and $15 for children 5-15.  The guest speaker is Sandy Pelphrey, a local  doll collector who writes for the Villager.  There will be a delicious lunch served, door prizes, table favors, and lots of auction items as well as contests for dolls.  Please call Carolyn Englert, 527-4888 or Pat Dutchman 440-785-4183 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Gardening Class
July 19
You have seen these magnificent plants at garden centers and at the Geauga county fair.  Learn how to select and grow these spectacular, fragrant flowers on July 19 from 7-9 pm.  Go to the award winning brugmansia garden of Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik where she will teach you the care and propogation of these beauties. She will show you the tricks to get hundreds of blooms on a single plant and how to winter them over for years of enjoyment.  As a special treat you’ll even get a brugmansia to take home.  Ask Phyllis for a tour of her garden too! $35 fee.  Light refreshments.  Call 440-834-4656 to register and get directions.

Trash & Treasure Sale
July 19-21
Parkman Congregational; Church is holding a Trash & Treasure Sale; July 19  & July 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 21 from  8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  The church is located on Rt. 528/88 just north of Rt. 422 in Parkman.  Any questions, call the church office at 548-4829. Contact person: Roberta Barringer, Parkman Church, Women’s Fellowship representative

“Run of the Ox”
July 21
5k run/walk held during the Ox Roast Festival. 7 AM registration. 8 AM race. St. Joseph’s Church in Mantua. Pre-registration is $16. Race day registration $20. Awards to top 3 overall and top 3 in 11 & under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. For more info call 216-752-5151

Kinsman is For Sale
July 21
Kinsman is located on state routes 5, 7 and 87 on the PA line. Rotary chicken BBQ will be located at town park off of State Rt. 5 south from 10 am – 3 pm. Eat in or take out. Town wide yard sales from 10am to 4pm? Sales at many businesses   Amish Bake sale on square
Free maps available at Market Square on the square

Cruisin at the Churchyard
July 22
On July 22 from 11am-6pm a chicken dinner and car show will be held at SS Edward Lucy. Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques to the First 100 Cars. 3 Prizes Given Out PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 GAS CARD (compliments of Doug’s Auto Repair) (Must be present to win Gas Card * raffle at 4pm) $10 Donation for Show Car Entries Information: Office (440) 548-3812 * Website: SSEdwardLucy.com. 16150 Center St * Parkman

Summer Theater Clinic
July 23 thru Aug 9
Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a Summer Theater Clinic for boys and girls under the direction of Ric Hughes, Director of the Ravenna All-City Musical.   The Clinic will be held July 23 through August 9, 2012 at West Park School.  Registration is now through July 13th. After July 13th there is a $5.00 late fee if any openings.  Cost is $15 for city taxpayers or $20 for non-city taxpayers.

Big Brothers & Sisters Golf Scramble
July 25
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual golf scramble will be on July 25, at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun starts at 9am. Golfers will receive 18 holes and cart, continental breakfast, picnic style lunch, steak dinner and beverages; personalized bag tag, sleeve of balls and a photo of your group. Hole in one prizes include $5000, Callaway clubs, flat screen television and more. Out auction features a trip for two to Scottsdale, AZ. Cost is $100 per person and can be paid by cash, check or credit car by calling our office (330) 296-6655

2012 Run For Hope 5k, 1-Mile Fun Run, & 1-Mile Dog Run
July 28
New Hope Christian Fellowship 11051 E. Washington St. Auburn, OH  44023.  Driveway entrance is off of Auburn Rd. JULY 28, 2012 8:00 am. $15 pre-registration, $20 race day registration (Individuals) $40 pre-registration, $50 race day registration (Family 4 pack) Proceeds to benefit Cruzadas Del Evangelio de Honduras 2012 Chicken Project. To register go to www.hmapromotions.net or print registration form www.newhope4you.net and mail to New Hope Christian Fellowship.

Family Fun Day
July 28
A benefit to raise money for mounting medical bills for Angie Monroe, while undergoing chemo and radiation. Presented by Team ANGIE. July 28 from 1-5pm. $7 adults, $4 children ages 4-10, Free under age 3. Ticket prices include entrance to Ridge Ranch Campground, parking, swimming, and lunch. Concessions will also be available during the event. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will take place as well. For more info on this event contact Debbie Brinsey (330) 240-3079, Heather Dewberry (330) 307-3603, Amy Hahn (330) 219-0782, Rose Bennett (330) 979-8784, or look at the TEAM ANGIE page on Facebook.

Class of 1967 Reunion
July 28
Our 45 year reunion will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club. Please contact us if you were missed. Mary Jane Orr (330) 898-0384.

Lunch With Lincoln
July 28
The North Bloomfield Historical Society will be hosting a lunch with President Lincoln at 11am on July 28th at the North Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Park Drive, North Bloomfield, Ohio 44450. Professional impersonator Gerald & Marilyn Payn will be in full dress as President & Mrs. Lincoln & will answer questions during the luncheon.  Starting around 1:30, Professional impersonator Mr. Mike Wilson will be on the North Bloomfield Town Hall Stage as Niles, Ohio native, President McKinley. In full dress, Mr. Wilson will give a brief presentation about the life & times of President McKinley as well as take questions. There is also a car & tractor show, as well as local artisans & crafters.

Brittany Myer’s Poker Run
Aug 4
The 11th Annual Brittany Myer’s Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 4th Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myer’s Scholarship Fund, the Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain and Becky Gough for details.

Crestwood Safety Town
Aug 6 – 10
Register early for Crestwood Safety Town, co-sponsored by the Crestwood Primary PTO. Children entering Crestwood Kindergarten in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to a variety of topics focused on teaching them how to stay safe while at home, at school and at play. This educational program runs from August 6 through August 10 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Crestwood Primary School. Register by July 20 to receive a reduced rate of $20 per child.  If space allows, late registrations will be taken on August 6 at 9:00 am at a cost of $30 per child.. For further information, please call Annette at (330)389-0951 or crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com.

Library Fundraiser
Aug 10
The Friends of Garrettsville Library are  planning a fundraiser/ social event at the Candlelight Winery. There are no tickets to purchase, and everyone is welcome. This is your chance to support the library programs, and have a good time. Arrive after 4pm. There is no set charge for this event. If you wish to donate to the silent auction contact Cindy at the library. Hope to see you there!

Garden Recipies
Aug 11
Learn to preserve your garden vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruits without the fuss of canning by freezing, drying and pickling instead.  Discover delicious recipes for jams, vinegars and oils that will create tasty meals long after the growing season has ended. Take home simple recipes and sample some of Ruth, Barb and Paula’s favorite garden recipes for refreshments.  Fee of $15. Class from 9-12. Call 440-834-4656 for more information.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

Flea Market/Craft Vendors Wanted
Aug 17, 18 & 19
The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County has a few flea marker/ craft vendor spaces available at their antique tractor show August 17, 18 & 19. $15 fee. Contact Terry (330) 442-2430

Save the Date!
Sept 15
The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

Balloon-A-Fair “Friends In Flight” Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Sept 15 & 16
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 15 in downtown Ravenna and September 15 & 16 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna.  For downtown Ravenna booth space application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For SUNBEAU Valley Farm booth application call Heather Sepelak at 330-357-1206. For all general questions regarding the BAF Festival please call 330-296-FAIR.

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G-W Soccer Club Needs YOU!!

G-W Soccer Club needs new trustees this year to continue the wonderful tradition we have seen over the past 10 yrs. and to get the season off to a great start.  Any willing participants please contact Russ (russell61731@yahoo.com),  Bob (matrixprints@yahoo.com), or Stacey (martin.neer@earthlink.net)  who are stepping down after 5 yrs. as trustees.  We have all the info needed to continue the program in an efficient manner and will answer any questions you may have.  Typically 4 to 5 trustees are best suited to spread the work items around.   Sign-ups are typically held in June with teams assembled by August 1.  Again, please step up to continue this wonderful club.

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G-W Soccer Club Needs YOU!!

G-W Soccer Club needs new trustees this year to continue the wonderful tradition we have seen over the past 10 yrs. and to get the season off to a great start.  Any willing participants please contact Russ (russell61731@yahoo.com),  Bob (matrixprints@yahoo.com), or Stacey (martin.neer@earthlink.net)  who are stepping down after 5 yrs. as trustees.  We have all the info needed to continue the program in an efficient manner and will answer any questions you may have.  Typically 4 to 5 trustees are best suited to spread the work items around.   Sign-ups are typically held in June with teams assembled by August 1.  Again, please step up to continue this wonderful club.

 

Vendors Wanted Garrettsville Farmers Market

Register Today

Vendors are still being accepted for this year’s market. All vendors must have edible items and no food carts are permitted.  The cost for this year’s market has remained the same: $60.00 for the entire season. The Farmer’s Markets will run from July 18, 2012 through October 3, 2012 every Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:30pm in the Skylane Bowling Alley parking lot. Applications may be obtained by contacting Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com

 

Seeking Artisans

Register Today 

The DMRC is seeking artisans for the 4th Annual Art on the Hill to be held from 10-5. Booth fee is just $45. An application and more information can be found at mantuashalersvillechamber.com or by calling 330-414-6486. Art on the Hill is sponsored by Rick Frato, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones and the Community Journal. We hope to see you in July!

 

Volunteers Needed

The Camelot Center is currently seeking volunteers to assist with their therapeutic horseback riding program.  Minimum age is 14 years old.  Volunteers are needed to assist riders to groom their horses before lessons, lead horses, sidewalk riders who may need physical or emotional support, help with general maintenance and fundraisers. Classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with classes in the mornings, afternoon and early evening.  No horse experience is needed as we will teach you what you need to know.  This is a great way to be with children, adults and horses and have fun while helping others.  Please contact the barn at 330-889-0036 for more info or email us at info@camelotcenter.org.

 

Attention Crafters & Vendors

Register Today

The Ravenna Summerfest is June 16 from 10-6. We are currently looking for additional crafters and vendors to add to the day’s activities and car show. Please contact Susie 330 296 3779 or Barb 330 297 6684

 

Newton Falls 4th Raffle Tickets

On Sale Thru July 4

Newton Falls 4th of July Committee is selling raffle tickets for the fireworks display to take place on July 4, at 10 pm.  This year’s prizes are as follows:  Grand Prize- $2500.00, 1st- 55” LCD TV, 2nd- Latest IPAD, 3rd- 32” LCD TV, 4th- Kindle Fire, 5th- PlayStation Vita.  The donation price is $10 per ticket and available at local stores and from committee members.  Look for us on the corner by Family Video in June.  ALL donations go to the fireworks!

 

Chardon Flea Market

Friday’s starting June 1

The Chardon Square Association is pleased to announce the return of the Farmers Market, Flea Market, and Kids Flea Market. The month of June includes all these popular markets held on the beautiful historic Square. The Farmers Market  each Friday starting June 1 through September from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the Square. The 21st Annual Flea Market will be on June 2 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM on the Square. The second Annual Kids Flea Market will be on June 10 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the Square. During this market, kids are encouraged to show up to purchase a booth space to show their toys and maybe make a little bit of money from other local kids selling their toys.

 

Historical Society Open

First Saturday of Month

The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals is available for research. Everyone is welcome.

 

Sunday Morning Fellowships

Every Sunday

Each Sunday morning the First Church of God in Windham at 9016 N. Main St. invites you to share in a donuts and coffee/juice fellowship at 9:00 am.  The fellowship time is followed by adult and children’s classes at 10 and congregational worship at 11.

 

Book Sale Donations

Accepting Now

The West Geauga Friends of the Library are now accepting donations for their annual summer book sale. Bring your donations of gently-used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comics, CDs, DVDs, books on tape or CD, puzzles, board games, sheet music and prints (no textbooks or encyclopedias, please) to the Geauga West Library during regular library hours.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

 

Big Brothers & Sisters Needed

Call Today

705 Oakwood St. Suite 103, Ravenna

Start the summer by helping a child and gaining a friend. Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County are in need of men & women to volunteer as mentors and role models to children. We have over 80 children, all over Portage County, waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Call today (330) 296-6655 or visit www.bbdportage.com

 

Band members needed for July 4 Concert

July 4

Anyone who plays a band instrument and can read music is invited to join the Hiram Community band for our July 4 concert at 4pm. There are openings in all sections. Rehearsals will be held on June 20, June 28 and July 3 from 7-9 in Frohring Music Hall on the Hiram College campus. We’ll be doing music from the ‘60s, and music from the World War II era. If interested in playing, please contact Jeffery Quick at jaq@case.edu or (330) 527-0144

 

Chagrin Valley Toastmasters

1st & 3rd Tuesdays

Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Chagrin Falls Library at 6:45pm. Learn to speak confidently with group support. Call Pat (216) 324-3934

 

Kiwanis All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

 June 8

Join the Kiwanis club for an  All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner on June 8th from  5-7 pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center.  Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.  Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available.  There will be a silent auction!  Our co-host this month is the Hiram Police Dept.’s “Shop with a Cop” program.

 

Open House at Geauga Theater

June 8

The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is welcoming the community at an Open House this June 8th at Geauga Theater, from 4 pm to 6 pm. It will be an opportunity for businesses and residents alike to learn about future plans for the theater and arts center, sponsorship opportunities in the season program or marquee, the growing arts education program, our upcoming season and purchase season passes. Meet the Guild’s Board President Lee Ann Tamburrino and Executive Director Chris Cipriani. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by Rosepointe Cottage Tea Room in Chardon. The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, Chardon, Ohio. For information about the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild visit www.geaugatheater.org, or call 440-285-7701.

 

Annual Rainbow Girls Car Wash

June 8

Dirty car getting you down?  Wash away your winter dirt and grime.  Bring your car to the annual Car Wash sponsored by W. Farmington Assembly #116 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.  It will be held at the Champion Arby’s on June 8 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.  The cost is by donation and the proceeds will go to the girls’ treasury.  This year the girls have collected donations for the Relay for Life, Hospice House, Scholarship Fund, Diabetes Step Out Walk, Wounded Warrior Project and Make A Splash programs. For more information about how your daughter age 11 to 19 can join this community service organization please visit our website: www.mastermason.com/WFarmington116 or call our Mother Advisor, Roxanne York, at (330) 240-5116.

Relay For Life

June 8

Lordstown-Newton Falls Relay for Life begins 6/8/12 at 6:00 p.m. and ends 6/9/12 at 6:00 p.m. Come join us for the fun and festivities.   Newton Falls High School Track.  907 Milton Blvd S. For information on the survivor dinner contact Laura Harkless at 872-0370

 

Annual Spring Rummage Sale

June 8 & 9

Edinburg First Church of God Rummage Sale  will be held on June 8, 9am to 5pm;  June 9, 9am to 2pm. Missions will have a bake sale and the youth will serve lunch. Clothing, misc, much children’s clothing and large and small toys. For more information, please call Alma at 330-654-3841

 

Auxiliary Tea Luncheon

June 9

Join the UH Geauga Medical Center Auxiliary for a Tea Luncheon on June 9

from 11:30AM to 1:30 PM at The Sisters of Notre Dame Community Hall

1300Auburn Road,  Chardon, Ohio 44024. Door Prizes, American Cancer Society Style Show, Guest Speakers who will deliver messages of hope in dealing with cancer and  “Bras for a Cause” Fundraiser. Tickets are on sale in the Wish U Well Gift Shop at UH Geauga Medical Center from 7AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. Pre Sale tickets are $10.00. Day of the Event tickets are $12.50. For more information call Karen at 440.285.6271/ All proceeds will benefit the Uh Geauga Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center

 

Spaghetti Dinner

June 9

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on June 9 from 5-7PM. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carryout as well. Prices are: Adults $7.00, Children (4 thru 11) $6.00, Children 3 and under are free.

 

Portage Country Gardeners Workshop

June 9

Portage County Gardeners are hosting a workshop on June 9 at 10:00 at their Center, 5154 S. Prospect St., in Rootstown. This workshop is open to the public. The workshop topic is Green Cleaning. Participants will learn to use simple products like white vinegar and baking soda and will get to make and take three products. Please call Peggy Varney at 330-618-2257 to pre-register for this workshop. The cost is $15.00.

 

Dodge Test Drive For Crestwood Bands

June 9

On June 9 from 11 am – 2 pm  Dodge is teaming up with the Crestwood Bands for a fundraiser at Crestwood High School. For each person taking a test drive of a Dodge vehicle (must be age 18 with valid drivers license), the band will receive $20 from Dodge. There will also be concessions, hourly raffles, games, and a performance by the CHS Brass Quintet. Come on out and support the award-winning Crestwood Bands. For more information, call 330-212-3764.

 

Garrettsville Youth Football Sign-ups

June  9

Garrettsville youth football signups will be held on June 9 at the Village Hall from 9 am  – Noon. Registration for the 2012 season is $75/ player. Questions? Call Ted Lysiak (330) 216-7412 or Espy Hedge (330) 322-0007

 

2012 Gone Green Garden Tour

June 9

On June 9 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm  the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Geauga County Storm Water Task Force invite you to explore the county on this unique tour showcasing gardening and environmentally friendly yard practices.  As a “drive-it-yourself” tour participants will be able to travel freely to five different stops in Geauga County.  For more information please visit the District’s website at www.geaugaswcd.com or contact Gail Prunty at (440) 834-1122 ext. 2 orgprunty@geaugaswcd.com.

 

Parents without Partners Picnic Supper

June 9

Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a picnic supper from 6:30-7:30 and its monthly dance from 7:30-10:30 on June 9. These monthly dances are open to the public, and non-members are invited to join the PWP members to celebrate the June picnic supper/dance theme of “Bring Your Best Friend” Cost for members is $12 per person. Cost for non-member is $14 per person. Call Mary at (330) 947-2867 or Warrine at (330) 322-9559 by June 8 for reservations and further information.

 

Nice & Easy Canoe Trip

June 10

Paddle on the serene upper Cuyahoga River near Burton.  The slow moving state scenic river winds through extensive wetlands and bottomland forests near Russell Park in Geauga County. The tour begins and ends at Russell Park on Rapids Road 2 miles north of U.S. Rte. 422 in Troy Township. Wildlife of the area includes river otters, beaver, mink, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, prothonotary warblers and the extremely rare jewel wing. The paddle will begin at 10:00am (length @ 3 miles). Fee: $25 per person for non-members, $20 for members. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Worship on the Porch & Picnic on the Porch

June 10

On June 10th Windham UMC will offer casual worship on their front lawn at 10am followed by a free picnic lunch & cornhole. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

 

Soccer Signups

By June 11

Newton Falls Youth Soccer Sign Ups. Open to all children ages 4 to 14. Go to www.nfysl44444.org for registration forms and information or call Denise at 330-442-7025. Must be postmarked by June 11th. Cost $55 per child, discounts for 2 or more.

 

Summer Day Camp

June 11 thru August 17

Renaissance Family Center starts their Summer Day Camp June 11 through August 17. Cooking, candy making, crafts, basketball, volleyball, decoupage, clay molding, scrap booking and so much more. Pick up a schedule at the Renaissance Family Center or call us 330-326-3003.

 

Hiram College Youth Football Camp

June 11-13

Hiram College Youth Football Camp.  Instruction from Hiram College coaches for kids entering grades 3-8.  The camp will be held on the Hiram College Campus on June 11-13.  Cost for the camp is $120.  For more information, please go to http://www.hiramterriers.com/sports/fball/camps or call (330) 569-5446.

 

Summer Camp Counseler Registrations

June 11 – Aug 10

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for Jr Camp Counselor for our Summer Playground Day Camp.  This program is open to students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grades in the Fall 2012 and the program is held at John Tontimonia City Park.This program is designed for individuals with leadership qualities and who love to work with children.  Participants will enjoy all the same activities as the Playground Camp participants and assist in the program planning, activities, general park duties and a community service project.  For more information call the (330) 296-2864

 

Day in the Country

June 13

Women’s Council for Hiram College is planning their Annual Day in the Country from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm.  Donations of gardening items, plants, jewelry, antiques, books, and household items are needed.  No clothing!   Bring your donations to the Martin Field House, SR 305 on  June 12 starting at 9 am.  If you need to have items picked up, please call 330-569-3119.  All proceeds benefit Hiram College Scholarships.

 

Free Community Dinner

June 14

Why cook supper when there is a free community dinner on June 14, at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  The dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   The dining room is air-conditioned.  All are welcome. Bring your friends.  The Congregational UCC of Windham provides the dinner.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carryouts.  For more information call 330-326-3133

 

Free Movie

June 15

Our first Free Outdoor Movie June 15 at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr.  Windham. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy “We bought a Zoo” with free popcorn.

 

Local Author Series

June 16

The third in our 2012 Local Author Series features Melissa Gregory, author of No Longer Simple: The New Beginning and The Complication. Miss Gregory’s book, written for tweens and young adults, will also be enjoyed by adult readers. It is the story of a young woman who, after suffering a loss, must adjust to many changes in her life, including moving to a new state and going to a new school. This is the first in the No Longer Simple series by Miss Gregory, who is a Newton Falls Middle School teacher. The program will be held at the Newton Falls Library

June 16 at 2 pm.

 

Annual Reunion

June 16

The Annual Reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends will be held June 16th at Divieste Banquet Hall, 754 North River Rd., N.W., Warren, Ohio.  Doors will open for visiting at 10 a.m. Dinner at Noon. $20.00 per plate.  Reservations Necessary.  Money, name and number in party send to: Evelyn Ballas 129 Bane Ave. Newton Falls, Ohio 44444.  For further details, contact Merial Price 330-889-3068 or Evelyn Ballas 330-872-0717.

 

Crusade

June 16 & 17

Missionary/Evangelists Don and Doris Carver of Louisville, Kentucky will hold crusade services at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 State Route 700, in Freedom Township. Services are scheduled for June 16 at 6 pm and June 17, at 11 am. This event is sponsored by Bethel Springs Fellowship, www.bethelspringsfellowship.org.

 

Poker Run

June 17

Rose’s Rescue, a non-profit pet rescue, will be sponsoring a Poker Run on June 17th, 2012. The cost is $15 riders, $10 passengers, and this includes dinner. You may register at Carlton Harley Davidson, 11771 SR 44, Mantua Oh. Check out our website, www.rosesrescue.net, for more info.

 

Summer Playground Day Camp

June 18- July 19

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for Summer Playground Day Camp. Packets may be picked up at the Recreation Department office.  This program is held at John Tontimonia City Park and is open to all children entering kindergarten through grade seven in Fall of 2012. Event sponsor is Medical Mutual.  Also included is a Ravenna School District Summer Reading & Math program  for children in Ravenna School District entering 1st through 5th grades  in Fall 2012 offered free of charge for a 5 week program from June 18-July 19. For more information call the (330) 296-2864.

 

Track Camp

June 18-21

Track Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held June 18-21 (RAINDATE: June 22) at Ravenna High School Stadium, 6:00 to 7:00 pm for grades 1st – 8th graders.    Fee is $17.00 for city taxpayers and $22.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 50.  Deadline to register is June 8. forms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m.

 

Vacation Bible School

June 18-22

Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be hosting Vacation Bible School June 18-22 from 9:30 to Noon. This year’s theme is the “Amazing Desert Journey”. We will be learning more about the Lord’s Prayer. Children age 3 through the 6th grade are welcome. To register call Diane Lottig at 330-274-2868 or the Church at 330-274-2849.  Come and enjoy a week of music, lessons, crafts and fun

 

Safety Town

June 18 & 22

Register early for Ravenna Parks and Recreation’s Safety Town, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Children entering kindergarten and 1st grade in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to safety awareness in a week-long program, June 18 to June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Willyard School.  $35 or $40 for Non-city taxpayers.  Deadline to register is May 25 or until filled.  For further information contact 296-2864.

 

Girls Basketball Skills Camp

 June 18-21

There will be a basketball skills camp for girls entering grades 4-9 on June 18-21 at Garfield High School.  The cost of the camp is $35.   Registration forms can be printed by visiting the following web site:  http://tinyurl.com/GirlsSkillsCamp  Camp is sponsored by the Garfield Athletic Boosters

 

Junior Golf Clinic

June 19- 21

Ravenna Recreation is offering Junior Golf Clinic for children ages 8 to 16 years at Windmill Lake Golf Club on June 19 to June 21, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.   This instructional clinic will teach putting, chipping, golf etiquette, iron and wood play. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS  JUNE 15 OR UNTIL FILLED.  Checks made payable to Windmill Lake Golf Club, but mailed to Ravenna Parks and Recreation, 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna, Ohio.  Fee is $40.00 For more information call Ravenna Recreation Department at (330) 296-2864.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

 

Garden Tour & Plant Sale

June 20

June 20, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., 4th Annual Scholarship Benefit.  The Geauga County Master Gardeners are presenting their fourth and best yet Garden Tour & Plant Sale. $15 tickets may be purchased in advance (440.834.4656) or at Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 E. Washington Street, Auburn Township, OH 44023 the day of the sale

 

Spaghetti Dinner

June 23

Western Phoenix Masonic Lodge # 42 of Parkman will be holding and all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner  on Saturday June 23rd from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Parkman Community House located at 16295 Main Market (Rt. 422), Parkman Ohio.  Adults $7. Proceeds to benefit the Boy Scout Troop #76  and the  Geauga County Dog Shelter.  For tickets call 216-389-7428.

 

Swiss Steak Dinner

June 23

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss steak Dinner on June 23 from 5-7PM. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carryout as well. Prices are: Adults $7.00, Children (4 thru 11) $6.00, Children 3 and under are free.

 

Friends of Melana 2nd Annual 5k

June 24

The Friends of Melana Committee is pleased to announce our 2nd annual 5k and 1 mile run/walk benefiting Childhood Glioma Cancer. The date for the event is set at June 24th at 9:00 a.m. right by the Garrettsville Summerfest Main Stage. We had 180 participants last year and we want this year to be bigger and better than ever! The cost for the event is $25.00 for runners and $10.00 for walkers. This year we are also featuring a DJ to play warm up music. The atmosphere will be fun and exciting. More information is available at www.summerfest5k.eventbrite.com

 

Vacation Bible School

June 24-28

First Baptist Church in Newton Falls

“Amazing Wonders Aviation: Awesome God! Amazing Power!” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls. The school will be held June 24-28 (Sunday-Thursday) from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and is open to children four years old through Grade 6.  There is no cost and registration can be online at www.fbcnewtonfalls.com  or by contacting the church (330) 872-7055.

 

Cheerleading & Hip Hop Camp

June 25-28

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Cheerleading and Hip Hop Camp for youth ages 5 to 11. The clinic will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 25 to 28 at John Tontimonia City Park – Tower Lodge (rain date is June 29).  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $27 and all others is $32.  Deadline is June 15.  Participants should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.  Breakfast/snack will be served. Min 12 and max 50. Register with Ravenna Recreation, 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (330) 296-2864

 

Vacation Bible School – “Incrediworld”

June 25 – 29

First Baptist Church of Garrettsville. 7656 State Route 82 Garrettsville, OH 44231. Ages – 2 yrs old to 12 yrs old – PLUS an Adult Class 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm 330-527-2727

 

Free Community Dinner

June 27

Enjoy our Free Community Dinner with Chef Jim’s Hot Dog sauce and free drawing June 27 from 5-6:30 pm at the Renaisannce Family Center. Everyone is welcome.

 

Rummage Sale & Auction

June 27

Rummage Sale and Auction at the Middlefield Senior Center located at 15820 Ridgewood Drive in Middlefield Village June 27.  Sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Auction will begin at 10:00 a.m.  For further information, call the Senior Center (440) 632-0611.

 

Family Fun Day Benefit for Angie Monroe

June 28

Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-10, and children under 3 are free. Your ticket gains you entry to the campground, parking, swimming, and lunch. Concessions will also be available throughout the day. A Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing will take place the day of the event as well. For questions or ticket information, contact Debby Brinsey (330) 240-3079. Heather Dewberry (330) 307-3603. Amy Hahn (330) 219-0782. Rose Bennett (330) 979-8785

 

Safety Village Registration

Deadline: June 30

Please register your 2012 – 2013 kindergartner now for James A. Garfield PTO Safety Village.  The areas to be covered are fire, school, gun safety, stranger danger, home and personal safety.  This is a great way to introduce your child into the school environment.  This is open to all incoming James A. Garfield Elementary kindergartners.  Registration fee is $25.00; this provides a T-shirt, snack, and craft every day, plus much more! The deadline for registration is June 30th.  If you have any questions or need a registration form please call Debbie D’Amico @ 330-527-0181.  Sorry – no late registrations and no walk-ins.

 

St. William Church  Trunk Sale

June 30

It’s a 1-day garage sale from the trunk of your car. June 30, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: St. William Parking Lot, 5431 Mahoning Ave., Champion, OH. Advance Sale:  $15.00 per spot. Day of Sale: $20.00 per spot (if available) Bring your own table to set up in front of your trunk. We will also be selling used books, media and baked goods. Refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Debi Hayes @ 330-847-6556

 

An Accidental Garden

June 30

The profusion of weedy wildflowers along the former rail line that runs through an old industrial area of Ravenna is quite amazing and beautiful. This Portage Hike and Bike Trail is a botanical showcase. Velvet soft mullein, exotic viper’s bugloss, and a host of other vibrant flowers grow between the ties and along the rails. A surprising number of songbirds and butterflies also add to the charm of this seeming unattractive area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station. Hiking fee: $8 for non-members, $5 for members. The hike will be from 8-10am. Directions will be sent upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

“Oklahoma”

July 13, 14, 20 & 21

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will present Oklahoma on July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7pm and July 15 at 2pm in the James A. Garfield High School, Iva Walker Auditorium. Directed By: Missy Bookbinder and Jackie Rinearson, Musical Direction by: William Davies and Choreographed by Shanelle Waggoner. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call 216-375-0709 to purchase advance tickets. Ticket prices are: Adults 12 and older – $10.00, children under 12 and seniors over 65 – $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 each. Oklahoma is sponsored by Ryser Insurance and Gionino’s Pizzeria.

 

AMVETS  Post 112 Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing

July 14

Sign up at the AMVETS post 112 Newton Falls. 8:30 am shotgun start. $70 per player, $280 per team. Prizes, cold beer, soda and water are included. Four man scramble. 50/50 drawing. Donuts and coffee. Hot sausage sandwiches at the turn. Steak dinner after the round. Proceeds benefit Newton Falls High School Scholarship Fund

British Soccer Camp

July 16-20

Ravenna Recreation is registering for a Challenger – British Soccer Camp staffed by a team of British experts. Registration is limited, so register early.  All campers will receive a free British soccer ball, t-shirt, a personal skills evaluation and a giant soccer poster. In addition, anyone enrolled by June 1 at midnight will also be entitled to claim a FREE replica soccer jersey (valued at $39) that coaches themselves will wear during the week of camp. Cost: $170, to be held July 16-20 – six hour days from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and return each day from 5 to 8 p.m. Team camps also available upon request.  Deadline to register is July 8.  Register online at :  www.challengersports.com. For more information call (330) 296-2864 Ravenna Recreation, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m. at 530 North Freedom St.

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

July 19-21

Parkman Congregational; Church is holding a Trash & Treasure Sale; July 19  & July 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 21 from  8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  The church is located on Rt. 528/88 just north of Rt. 422 in Parkman.  Any questions, call the church office at 548-4829. Contact person: Roberta Barringer, Parkman Church, Women’s Fellowship representative

 

“Run of the Ox”

July 21

5k run/walk held during the Ox Roast Festival. 7 AM registration. 8 AM race. St. Joseph’s Church in Mantua. Pre-registration is $16. Race day registration $20. Awards to top 3 overall and top 3 in 11 & under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. For more info call 216-752-5151

 

Summer Theater Clinic

July 23 thru Aug 9

Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a Summer Theater Clinic for boys and girls under the direction of Ric Hughes, Director of the Ravenna All-City Musical.   The Clinic will be held July 23 through August 9, 2012 at West Park School.  Registration is now through July 13th. After July 13th there is a $5.00 late fee if any openings.  Cost is $15 for city taxpayers or $20 for non-city taxpayers.   Fee includes breakfast each morning. Children entering 4th through 7th grade in the fall 2012 8:00am – 9:15am. Children entering K through 3rd grade in the fall 2012 8:45am – 10:00am.

Participants will work on scenes, monologues, improvisations, character analysis, and theater games. This summer’s course will focus on the Emmy Award-Winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock”.   Whether you are the beginner or advanced student there is something for everyone in this clinic.    Free public performance will be held on August 9 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

Class of 1967 Reunion

July 28

Our 45 year reunion will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club. Please contact us if you were missed. Mary Jane Orr (330) 898-0384.

 

Brittany Myer’s Poker Run

Aug 4

The 11th Annual Brittany Myer’s Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 4th Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myer’s Scholarship Fund, the Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain and Becky Gough for details.

 

Flea Market/Craft Vendors Wanted

Aug 17, 18 & 19

The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County has a few flea marker/ craft vendor spaces available at their antique tractor show August 17, 18 & 19. $15 fee. Contact Terry (330) 442-2430

 

Save the Date!

Sept 15

The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

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G-W Soccer Club Needs YOU!!

G-W Soccer Club needs new trustees this year to continue the wonderful tradition we have seen over the past 10 yrs. and to get the season off to a great start.  Any willing participants please contact Russ (russell61731@yahoo.com),  Bob (matrixprints@yahoo.com), or Stacey (martin.neer@earthlink.net)  who are stepping down after 5 yrs. as trustees.  We have all the info needed to continue the program in an efficient manner and will answer any questions you may have.  Typically 4 to 5 trustees are best suited to spread the work items around.   Sign-ups are typically held in June with teams assembled by August 1.  Again, please step up to continue this wonderful club.

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Vendors Wanted Garrettsville Farmers Market

Register Today

Vendors are still being accepted for this year’s market. All vendors must have edible items and no food carts are permitted.  The cost for this year’s market has remained the same, $60.00 for the entire season. The Farmer’s Markets will run from July 18, 2012 through October 3, 2012 every Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:30pm in the Skylane Bowling Alley parking lot. Applications may be obtained by contacting Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com

 

Seeking Artisans

Register today 

The DMRC is seeking artisans for the 4th Annual Art on the Hill to be held from 10-5. Booth fee is just $45. An application and more information can be found at mantuashalersvillechamber.com or by calling 330-414-6486. Art on the Hill is sponosred by Rick Frato, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones and the Community Journal. We hope to see you in July!

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Vendors Wanted Garrettsville Farmers Market

Register Today

Vendors are still being accepted for this year’s market. All vendors must have edible items and no food carts are permitted.  The cost for this year’s market has remained the same, $60.00 for the entire season. The Farmer’s Markets will run from July 18, 2012 through October 3, 2012 every Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:30pm in the Skylane Bowling Alley parking lot. Applications may be obtained by contacting Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com

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Hiram College Camps for Kids
This Summer
Don’t miss out on the fun and learning! Hiram College is once again offering wonderful camp opportunities for children of all ages and interests. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for details or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

JAG Scholarship
Apply Today
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that for the 5th year they will be offering a scholarship for senior athletes at James A Garfield High School. The scholarship will be for $750. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are availible at the Chiropractic office or through the school counselor

Historical Society Open
First Saturday of Month
The James A. Garfield Historical Society will be open the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00.  We are located at the corner of Main St. and High St. in Garrettsville. Microfilm of the Garrettsville Journals are available for research. Everyone is welcome.

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Every Thursday
Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church,  9736 East Center Street, Windham.  Games start at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bingo at St. Ambrose Church
Every Tuesday
Bingo every Tuesday night in the church hall at St. Ambrose Church, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville. Games (early bird) start at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

RFC Monthly Meal
April 26
Renaissance Family Center is having their monthly free community meal April 26 from 5-6:30 pm.  There is a free drawing and a great sense of community. Come join us.

God Shares A Meal
April 27
God Shares a Meal, April 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield. All are welcome to enjoy a free meal and great fellowship. Dinner is served from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Social Hall, 2nd level. Elevator access. The April meal includes bbq chicken, potatoes, vegetables, dessert and beverages. The church is located at 14999 South State Ave. Call the church at 440 632 0480 for more info.

God Provides Free Meal
April 27
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be featuring their April God Provides a free meal, April 27 from 4-6 pm. The church is located on Nelson Circle. Will be serving vegetable beef soup. Stop in for a hearty bowl of soup and fellowship

Spring Rummage Sale
April 27
The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St, in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Spring Rummage Sale on  April 27 from 9am to 5pm and  April 28 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday is bag day. The rummage sale will take place in the church hall
Console Gaming Tournament
April 27
Sponsored by Newton Falls Technology Department in the high school commons. Registration 4-5, tournaments begin at 5. Pre-register by April 20 and receive a free t-shirt.

Earth Day Celebration
April 27
Come and join Crestwood Local Schools for our 8th Annual Earth Day Celebration! It will be hosted on April 27 from 4:30-6:30 at the Crestwood Elementary Schools. Come and enjoy some Earth Day family fun time! Students can visit entertaining and educational Earth Day stations that include many hands-on activities and projects. Hope to see you there!

Rummage Sale
April 27 & 28
Portage County Gardeners are hosting their annual Rummage Sale at their Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Rootstown on April 27 and 28 from 9-2. Electronics, baskets, housewares, craft items, holiday items, bedding, baby things and much more – all priced low to sell! Cookies, coffee and tea will be available for purchase. For more information contact, Helena Parry at 330-673-0577.

Cat Adoptions
Through April 28
From April 21 thru April 28, 2012 adult and senior cat adoption fees will only be $25 (for qualified adopters) at the Portage Animal Protective League.  Regular fees are $50.  Kitten season comes fast and stays for a long time. The Portage APL is hoping to increase adoptions while also planning for the influx of cats and kittens that inevitably occurs each spring.

Texas Hold Em Tournament
April 28
Freedom Brawler Texas Hold Em Tournament will be April 28 from 6pm-12am at Sugar Bush Golf Course, 11186 St. Rt. 88. $50 ticket price gets $2000 in chips. Additional one-time $1000 buy in after the first hour for $20. Proceeds benefit The Freedom Brawlers 13U Baseball Team. For more info contact John Joeright 330.221.6400

Rummage Sale
April 28
VFV Post 1055 Ravenna. 9-4 outside pavilion, tables for rent. 6000 New Milford Rd.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
April 28
Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 will host a stuffed pork chop dinner on April 28 from 4-6:30 pm. $9 for adults. $3.50 for children. This will be the last pork chop dinner of this season

Gospel Concert
April 28
Ravenna Chapter #46 Order of the Eastern Stars invites you to our 1st Annual Gospel Concert and Dinner under the direction of Ruth & Chuck Dennison.  Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The event will take place on April 28 at the Ravenna Masonic Complex located at 4785 Washington Avenue in Ravenna.  Tickets are $20 per person.  All tickets are pre-sale only.  For more information, please call Ruth or Chuck at (330) 626-1260.

Scotch Doubles
April 28
Relay for Life Scotch Doubles at SkyLane Bowling Garrettsville, OH. Proceeds go to the G-Force Relay for Life Team. (Previously G.E.M.S. and Papas Posse). April 28th at 9:00pm. Includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, Unlimited draft beer, pop or coffee. $40.00 per couple to reserve lanes call Kellie Norris 330-524-4908 or Michelle Cmunt 330-527-9310

Sirloin Steak Dinner
April 28
Support Kiwanis of Newton Falls and enjoy a delicious 14 ounce Sirloin steak dinner with all the trimmings. April 28, 4pm to 7pm Newton Falls Community center, 52 East Quarry Street. Cost $15

Grand River Wildlife Area-Sampler
April 28
This 7,000+ acre complex of wetlands and swamp forest surrounds the meandering upper Grand River.  Numerous beaver swamps, marshlands, ponds and lakes are the home of river otters, sandhill cranes, bears, and great variety of other wildlife species. The program begins at 2:00pm and we will visit the complex of wetlands of a former fish hatchery and several other wildlife observations areas. Bring binoculars for wildlife viewing opportunities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area-Sampler
April 28
This 9,000 acre wildlife refuge is the home of numerous bald eagles, sandhill cranes, ospreys, river otters, black bears, rare rattlesnakes and a host of other wildlife species. Join us from 9:00am-Noon as we will amble the back roads, view hidden ponds, and visit the best wildlife viewing areas of this sprawling complex. Bring binoculars for the best opportunities for eagle viewing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.

Rummage Sale
April 28
Rummage sale April 28,from 9-4 pm at the VFW Post 1055. 6000 New Milford Rd. Ravenna. Want to rent a vendors table? $15 for info call 330 931 8910

Rummage Sale
April 28
Mantua Center Green, located at the corner of State Rt. 82 and Mantua Center Rd,  will be hosting a rummage sale on April 28 from 9-3. Household Items, clothing, sports equipment, lawn & garden and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Christian Youth Fellowship mission fund for Hiram, Mantua and Hilltop Churches

Plant Sale
April 28
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting a plant sale on April 28 from 10-2 at the church, located on Nelson Circle. Will have full-sun perennials, limited vegetable plants and herbs. Most plants are in 4” pots and are hardy, at a cost of $2.00 each

Bag Sale
April 28
$5  bag sale (clothing only ) April 28   9:00am to 1:00 at Hiram Rapids historical church corner of Winchell and Allyn Roads in Hiram.

Free Bicycle Repair
April 28
Renaissance Family Center of Windham, Ohio, Inc. and Portage Cyclery of Kent are providing free bicycle repair on  April 28th 11:00 am till 3:00 pm.  Come get help from the pros.  This is the day to bring your bicycle to the Center, our volunteers will check your bike over and if we have the parts to repair your “Ride” we will have you back to peddling your bike all across town.
Theater Open House
April 28
The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild will be having an Open House, with free theater tours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28 during the Maple Festival. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at this historic theater and learn about upcoming events, and classes in the arts for adults and youth.

Gemboree
April 28 & 29
The Gemboree will be held April 28 from 10-6 and April 29 from 10-5 at Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Admission $5 adult, $4 seniors & students, $1 ages 7-14; free for scouts in uniform & children under 6.

Horseback Trail Clinic
April 29
Horseback Trail Clinic. April 29 from 1-3:30 pm, at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township Please do not bring your horse to this free, no-registration clinic, suitable for anyone school-aged and up and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Maps and information  will be available, as well as membership details for the OHC and 4-H groups. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
April 29
All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be held at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple drive, Newton Falls from 12-3 pm on April 29. Carryouts are available. Adults $7, children 6-11 $3 and children under 5 eat free.

Baseball Sign ups
April 29
Sign ups for E/EE Baseball for Mantua , Garrettsville ,and Windham will be held on April 29 from 5-6:30 pm at the Grange Hall in Mantua. All players need to sign up at this time so we will know how many teams we will have for Portage North. Players will be assigned to their home teams. Any questions please contact Phil Britton at 330-527-2209. Cost is determined by what town you live in.

Roast Beef Dinner
April 29
Eastern Star roast beef dinner April 29, 12:30-4:30 at the Mantua Masonic Center, 10801 John Edwards Drive, Mantua. $8 in advance. $ 5 Children 5-12. Free under 5.

Taste of the Western Reserve
April 29
Sunday, April 29 at Signature Solon from 4pm-7pm, annual food tasting and grazing festival of local eateries. Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora

Crafts with Cinderella
April 29
On April 29 children can make a craft with Cinderella and her Prince from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Bring your camera for great photo opportunities. Pre-registration is required, $6.00 per child. Call the business office at 440-286-2255 Tuesday through Thursday 11am to 4pm.

Bird Watching Walk
April 29, May 13 & 20
April 29 at The Rookery, May 6 at Eldon Russell Park, May 13 at Big Creek Park and May 20 at Swine Creek Reservation. All are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bird Walk
April  29; May 6, 13, 20
Experienced and beginning birders are invited for these walks as we set out early Sunday mornings to learn and record the sights and sounds indicating the return of our feathered friends from distant lands. Bird walks begin at 7:30am and usually end about 9:00am. Bring your binoculars and meet at the JH Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. (between SR 305 and SR 82) near Garrettsville. It is a great way to learn birding from experts. No registration is necessary. For questions, call 330.569.6003.

Burton Library Closed
April 29 & May 2
The Burton Public Library will be closed on Sunday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 2 for carpet installation

Chicken Dinner
May 2
The Southington United Methodist Church, Routes 305 & 534, in Southington will be holding a chicken dinner on May 2 from 3:30-6 pm. The menu includes ¼ chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw and homemade desserts. Adults $8, children’s meal with chicken tenders- ages 4 thru 10 $4. children 3 and under free. Carry outs available. Call the church at 330 898 2156 and they will be ready for pickup when you get there.

Rummage Sale
May 3, 4 & 5
Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Road Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 May 3rd & 4th  from  9-5; May 5th  from   9-12 Saturday – bag day) Bake sale and lunch counter Thurs & Fri

“Trinkets ‘n Treasures” Sale
May 3 & 4
The Federated Church of Chagrin Falls presents its “Trinkets ‘n Treasures” sale on May 3-5 at the Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road. This giant indoor event will include household goods, toys, games, sporting equipment, furniture, artwork, books, antiques, tools, electronic equipment and gently used clothing at reasonable prices. On May 3 and 4 sale hours are 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday is half price and bag day and hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event benefits programs at the Federated Church. For information visit the  church website: www.fedchurch.org. or call 440-247-6490.

Rummage Sale
May 4 & 5
Rummage Sale.  St. Michael’s Church, Ridge Road, Newton Falls. May 4, and 5, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.”

Shalersville School Annual Banquet
May 5
School Annual Banquet, May 5 Banquet dinner will be served at 5pm. Dinner consists of Stuffed Chicken & Roast Beef in the Shalersville Town Hall. Price per person is $13. This years honorees are those of the Class of 1942, 52 & 62 The Shalersville Historical society museum will be open from 4-5 PM. Reservations need to be made by April 30th. Call Judy with questions and reservations @ (330)297-9681.

Goalkeeper Clinic
May 5
Ravenna Recreation is registering for a Soccer Goalkeeper Clinic for ages 6 to 13.  Clinic is held on May 5 at the Ravenna Soccer Complex. Ages 6 to 9 will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ages 10 to 13 will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $!5 for city taxpayers (live or work in city limits) or $20.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 5 per age group and max 10 per age group so sign up early. Participants supply their own size soccer ball, water, shin guards and mouthpiece. Deadline April 20 or until filled.

MOM /TAT
May 5
Machine-O-Mania/ Touch-A-Truck will be at the James A. Garfield H.S./M.S./ E.S. parking lot on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00 to 3:00 for kids of all ages to get “up close and personal” with all sorts of  big vehicles–18-wheelers, fire trucks, buses, ambulances, tow trucks, you-name-it.  The racer “Time Bandit” will be there. Sports memorabilia items (remember Bernie Kosar?) will be in the on-site Chinese auction…gift baskets too…something for everyone.  Suggested donation : $3.00.  Come for the kids; come for the kid in you.

Book Sale
May 5
Newton Falls Public Library will hold a book sale on  May 5 from 9-4 pm
Monthly Dance
May 5
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have its monthly dance, May 5, from 7:30-11 at the Kent V.F.W. #3703 post home. 500 VFW Parkway in Kent Ohio. Music will be by DJ Mel. Open to public. Please call Warrine 330 699 2361 or 330 322 9559, for more information.

Steamship Round Beef Dinner
May 5
Steamship Round Beef Dinner, May 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield. Served from 4:30-6:30 pm. Meal includes a salad bar, redskin potatoes, dessert and beverages. Presale tickets only by April 30 are $12 for adults and $7.50 for ages 12 and under. For tickets call the church at 440 632 0480 or Mitch and Julie Dulka at 440 636 5576. Proceeds benefit our Land Fund.

Nelson Township Clean-up
May 5 & 6
Yearly clean-up will be held May 5 & 6 from 8-4. It will be located behind the Nelson Community Center. Items accepted will be tires (limit 4 per household), batteries, appliances, furniture and household trash. We will not accept paint, oil, hazardous waste, garbage, yard waste, building materials, shingles and fencing materials. This is for Nelson Township residents only, ID’s will be checked.

Geauga Democratic Women to Hold Tea
May 6
The Geauga Democratic Women’s Caucus will hold a Tea on Sunday, May 6 at 2PM at the home of Jackie Fienga at 12170 Fowler’s Mill Rd. in Chardon. Local actress Cissy Hubbard will provide a presentation on “Women in History.” The cost is $25 and space is limited. Contact Deb Reiter at 440-286-4857 or dmr121@msn.com.

Digital Photography Class
May 7
Do you have a digital camera and want to know how to use it better?  Find out at the Burton Public Library on May 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Eileen Findak of Findak Photography in Madison will present “the ins and outs” of digital photography and answer all of your questions.  Be sure to bring your digital camera and manual.  Please call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466 to register for this program.

Over-the-Hill Meal
May 9
Over-the-Hill meal is May 9. Held at Mantua Center Christian Church. Dinner is at 6pm. Cost is $6. Everyone is welcome.

Home Cooked Supper
May 9
The Last Home Cooked supper at Pricetown Church for the season. 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd,  Newton Falls May 9 from 5-6:30 pm. Individual chicken pot pie, pierogi potatoes, salad, roll, homemade desserts, & beverage. Adults $7.00; Children 6 to 12 years $3.00;  5 and under free. Hope to see you there!

Mother’s Day Plant Sale
May 11
American Legion Post 459 Ladies’ Auxiliary will sponsor a special Mother’s day plant sale (flats, baskets, pots) American Legion Hall, Goodwin Street, Burton Ohio. May 11 from 12-7 and May 12 form 9-2 PM rain or shine. Proceeds to School Scholarship Fund. For further information, call 440 834 4532

Softball Clinic
May 11
The Ravenna Recreation Department is offering All Skills Softball Clinic for ages 9 to 15. Clinic will be held at City Park field #1 on May 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  Cost is $12 for CTP or $17 for NCTP.  Please register at Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St. Deadline is May 11th  and for more information call 330-296-2864. Participants enrolled in Ravenna Recreation Girls Fast Pitch 9-15 divisions may participate free of charge.

Spaghetti Dinner
May 11
Beebe Rebekah Lodge, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, will be holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Miss Liberty House Project, which is a home in Ravenna for female veterans.  The dinner will be held on May 11 from 5-7 at the United Methodist Church in Ravenna, located at the corner of Riddle Ave. and Prospect St.  The cost is $7.00 for 13 and up, $5.00 for kids 5-12, and $5.00 for seniors 55 and up.  The dinner includes spaghetti with choice of marinara or meat sauce, rolls, salad, dessert and beverage.  Carryout is also available.

PTO Rummage Sale
May 12
Garfield PTO Rummage Sale May 12 at Garfield Intermediate School. 8233 Park Avenue Garrettsville. Drop off times May 6th 3-6:00, May 8th 4-5:30, & May 10th 4-6:00.

Spring Open House
May 12
Steve and Sharon Grover welcome all to celebrate spring at the farm on May 12, from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.  The Grovers will host a spring open house at Ridgeview Farm, 5488 Kinsman Rd, State Route 87 in Middlefield.  There is no charge for this event. The farm is located on SR 87 in Mesopotamia Township, 3.5 miles east of Middlefield or 7.5 West of SR 45 in Bloomfield.

Plant Sale
May 12
The Perennial Gardeners are digging, cutting, potting and writing plant descriptions!  All is in readiness for their annual Plant Sale, May 12th, 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the Town Hall in Chesterland located at 13455 Chillicothe Road, just North of Mayfield Road.  Plants of all kind will be available, the common and the unusual, many cared for over the years in the home gardens of members.  Join us and maybe even pick up a plant for Mother’s Day.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting
May 12
What could be more pleasant than a relaxing evening near a tranquil lake with friends?  Call today to make your reservation to attend the third annual Friends of WomenSafe Wine Tasting at Pineview Lake in Chardon from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  May 12. The evening is sponsored by PNC Bank.  You’ll have the opportunity to sample wines from Emerine Estates Winery, Markko Winery and Harpersfield Winery.  Snack on an interesting assortment of appetizers while you take your chances on a 50/50 Raffle, Wine Pull, and Chinese Auction. You can bid on your next vacation in Vail, Colorado or Naples, Florida in the Silent Auction! Only $35.00 per person ($25 for adults not wishing to sample wine) Please call #440-285-3741 to make your reservation or get more information. Space is limited.

Plant, Flower & Craft Sale
May 12
Hiram Farm living and learning community spring plant, flower and country craft sale. 11543 Garfield Rd. Hiram. May 12, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

Free Computer Training
May 14-16
Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it is taking reservations for its next set of free computer training sessions. Training sessions will take place at the Garrettsville Library May 14-May 16 from 11- 1. Sessions fill up fast, so register early at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”). Call 330-562-6502 for additional information.

Galapagos Islands Experience
May 18
Experience the Galapagos Islands at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 1:00 pm!  Prudy Hall will share photos and information from her recent travels to this incredible archipelago!  Her presentation focuses on the fascinating wildlife and natural history of the Galapagos.  Won’t you  join us?  Refreshments will be served and admission is free!
The Pines at Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Rd. (SR 700), Hiram, OH, in Troy Township, about 5 miles north of Hiram OR about 1 mile south of SR 422.  If you have any questions, call Christine at (440)834-0260, ext. 4, or e-mail us at brookshouseassistedliving@gmail.com.

Garden and Landscape Contractors Wanted!
May 18, 19
If you are interested in reserving a space to promote your business at the Portage County Gardeners’ annual plant sale on May 18 and 19, call or text 330-348-6089 for more information. Spaces are limited and there is a $20.00 fee per table.

Community Garage Sale
May 19
Community garage sale sponsored by Atwood-Mauck Post 459 on May 19 from 8am-1pm. 14052 Goodwin St. Contact Mike 330.286.1202

Soccer Tournmment
May 19
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Youth 3-on-3 Spring Soccer Tournament for boys and girls U7/U8, U9/U10, U11/U12 age as of last July 31, 2011.
The tournament will be held on May 19 at the soccer complex.  Cost is $40 per team if registered by May 4 or $60 per team if registered by May 11.  A $10 late fee will be charged after May 11.  Registration forms are available at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation office, 530 N. Freedom St.  (330) 296-2864, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m.

Prayer Gathering in the Park
May 20
Prayer Gathering in the Park May 20 at 3pm. Sunny Lake Park. Will be held at 885 E. Mennonite Rd. Aurora in the North Pavilion.

Memorial Day Service
May 28
Memorial Day service will be located at Burton Square Gazebo 11am. Opened to public, Open house following at 145052 Goodwin St. Contact Mike 330.834.8764

Little Tigers Golf Fund-Raiser
June 2
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their annual Golf outing fund-raiser on June 2, 2012 at the Olde Dutch Mill golf course. The four-man scramble will be an 8:00 a.m. shot gun with registration starting at 7:00 a.m.. The registration fee will be $65.00 per golfer and will include lunch, dinner, golf with cart, and beverages. Prizes will be awarded for all holes. For information please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Heather Lyndsey from the Olde Dutch at 330-654-4100.

Hiram College Youth Football Camp
June 11-13
Hiram College Youth Football Camp.  Instruction from Hiram College coaches for kids entering grades 3-8.  The camp will be held on the Hiram College Campus on June 11-13.  Cost for the camp is $120.  For more information, please go to http://www.hiramterriers.com/sports/fball/camps or call (330) 569-5446.

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…

Safety Town
June 18 & 22
Register early for Ravenna Parks and Recreation’s Safety Town, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Children entering kindergarten and 1st grade in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to safety awareness in a week-long program, June 18 to June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Willyard School.  $35 or $40 for Non-city taxpayers.  Deadline to register is May 25 or until filled.  For further information contact 296-2864.
Garden Tour & Plant Sale
June 20
June 20, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., 4th Annual Scholarship Benefit.  The Geauga County Master Gardeners are presenting their fourth and best yet Garden Tour & Plant Sale. $15 tickets may be purchased in advance (440.834.4656) or at Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 E. Washington Street, Auburn Township, OH 44023 the day of the sale

Save the Date!
September 15
The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

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Hiram College Camps for Kids
This Summer
Don’t miss out on the fun and learning! Hiram College is once again offering wonderful camp opportunities for children of all ages and interests. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for details or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

JAG Scholarship
Apply Today
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that for the 5th year they will be offering a scholarship ro senior athletes at James A Garfield High School. The scholarship will be for $750. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are availible at the Chiropractic office or through the school counselor

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Every Thursday
Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church,  9736 East Center Street, Windham.  Games start at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bingo at St. Ambrose Church
Every Tuesday
Bingo every Tuesday night in the church hall at St. Ambrose Church, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville. Games (early bird) start at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups
April 21
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding football and cheerleading sign ups on April 21 at the stone pavilion at the Newton falls park. These sign ups will be held from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. and are for children ages 5 through 12. The registration fee is $55.00 and $25.00 volunteer fee per child. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate for the league. For further information please contact Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950

Bird Watching Walk
April 29, May 13 & 20
April 29 at The Rookery, May 6 at Eldon Russell Park, May 13 at Big Creek Park and May 20 at Swine Creek Reservation. All are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bird Walk
April  22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
Experienced and beginning birders are invited for these walks as we set out early Sunday mornings to learn and record the sights and sounds indicating the return of our feathered friends from distant lands. Bird walks begin at 7:30am and usually end about 9:00am. Bring your binoculars and meet at the JH Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. (between SR 305 and SR 82) near Garrettsville. It is a great way to learn birding from experts. No registration is necessary. For questions, call 330.569.6003.

Conquer Kids Cancer
April 20
St. Baldrick’s Foundation will he holding a special event on April 20 at Slim & Jumbos. Members of the Hiram fire department and the community will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research.
Spring Cleanup
April 20, 21 & 22
Windham Village and Windham Township spring cleanup will be April 20, 21,& 22 from 7am- 5pm behind Windham Village Park. Items accepted  are: appliances, batteries, furniture and up to 4 tires per household.Will not accept paint, shingles, building debris or garbage.

Rummage Sale
April 20, 21 & 22
Rummage at Portage County Randolph Fairgrounds, April 20 from 9-3 & April 22 10-1. Proceeds benefit The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, in memory of Christie Rufener Campbell 1974-2006. In honor of Survivior Charlie Wise. Sponsored by The Portage County Randolph Fairboard and the St. Joseph Church in Randolph. Contact Linda 330 353 2032 or Diane 330 592 3213 with questions.

Life-Changing Encounter
April 21
Come and hear the exciting testimony of Mike Thompson who was delivered from the occult by a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. The event will be at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Freedom Community Center, 8940 state Route 700, Freedom Township.

Earth Day Clean Up
April 21
Come and celebrate Earth Day at West Branch State Park. Volunteers are needed to clean shoreline and roadside litter. Arrive at 9am at the park’s west boat ramp located on Rock Spring road. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Cleanup will conclude at 12, follow by a hot dog cookout and potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Call 330 296 3239 for more info.

Tire Drop Off At Freedom Town Hall
April 21
The Portage County Solid Waste District will be having a used tire drop off at the Freedom Town Hall on April 21 from 8 am – 2 pm. This is open to ALL Portage County residents.  There is no cost for the first 10 tires — additional tires are $1 each.

Growing Garlic in Geauga Clay
April 21
On April 21 from 10 am  – Noon Master Gardener Galen Black will present a class on growing garlic in Geauga County.  He will discuss and illustrate the use of raised beds and soil amendments.   Included in the class will also be information on leeks, onions and scallions.  $15 fee. Light refreshments included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Swiss Steak Dinner
April 21
Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting a swiss steak dinner on April 21, from 4:30-7. Location is Nelson Community House. Adults $9. Carryout available.

Spaghetti Dinner
April 21
The Ravenna Freewill Baptist Church, located at 1000 Park Ave. Ravenna, will be holding a spaghetti dinner, on April 21 from 2:30-5:30pm. Everyone is invited, make plans to come fellowship with us and there will be an open sing at 6pm following dinner. Adults $7, kids ages 5-10 $4, 4 and under eat free

Youth Ministry Spaghetti Dinner
April 21
St. Ambrose Youth Ministry is hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 21, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. The menu includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread & butter, a beverage and homemade dessert. Prices are: adults $6.50 and children $4.00. Carry-out is available for an additional 50 cents.

Pancake Breakfast
April 21
A pancake breakfast sponsored by Garrettsville Boy Scout Troop 62 will be held April 21 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church. 8223 Park Ave. Garrettsville.  Children 10 and under -$3 and persons age 11 and up- $5. Pay at entry-no presale tickets. Includes: Choice of freshly made fluffy Buttermilk or Blueberry Pancakes, choice of syrups, pork sausage and your choice of coffee or juice.
Spring Tea
April 21
The Fellowship Committee of Burton Congregational Church hosts its annual Spring Tea on April 21 at 2 p.m. in the church’s Social Hall.  This year’s theme is “Ocean Life” the swim, scuba and snorkel center in Willoughby.  They will present a program on scuba diving adventures. luncheon will feature tomato soup with oyster crackers, chicken/broccoli alfredo shell pasta, and garlic bread.  Dessert will be Lime Sea Foam!  Coffee, Tea and Punch are included.  Tickets are $8. For tickets, or, if you would like to host a table, please call Kathy Uncapher at 440-834-1172.

Knee Deep in Bluebells
April 22
One of the most unbelievable and spectacular sights in all of Ohio is the riot of wildflowers at the 250 acre Poland Municipal Forest southeast of Youngstown.  Here, in a setting among some of the largest trees in the state, thousands upon thousands of wild bluebells and other spring wildflowers bloom. The forest floor is literally awash with a carpet of bluebells, dabs of red and white trilliums and a haze of marsh marigolds; the artistry of nature in all its glory. The hike begins at 3:00pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $3 for members, $6 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration

Newton Falls Browns Backers
April 22
This is just a reminder that the 2012 membership fees are due by the next meeting held at the Amvets Post 112 at noon on April 22.  A cook-out of burgers and dogs will follow the meeting.  Anyone interested in becoming a new member the fee is only $10.00. We all know that being a Browns fan these days can be disappointing and lack fulfillment.  However, football is not the only reason for being a “Backer”.  We raise money and donate our time to local charities and people in need throughout the year, which is very fulfilling.  For more info., contact Ginny Groff @ 330-219-8754.

Benefit for Seidita Family
April 22
Eden Day Spa , April 22, from 12-5pm. will be providing spa and hair services at discounted prices, no appointment necessary. Chinese auctions, baked goods, hot dogs, popcorn, pizza, Dirusso sausage & more. Trunk and treasure, vendors $35 donation. All money will be donated to the Seidita family.

Relay for Life Chinese Auction
April 22
VFW Post 3332. 433 Arlington Rd. Doors open at 2pm. Drawing @ 4pm. Admission $5 includes door prize ticket & refreshments. Sponsored by Sassy Hair-N-Nails 330 872 7773

Annual Library Meeting
April 22
The public is cordially invited to the Annual Meeting and Recognition of the Friends of the Burton Public Library.  The meeting will be held at the library on April 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Entertainment will feature Rick Hyde, Hiram College Theater Professor, who will present “For Once, Then Something…. The Poetry of Robert Frost.”  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome and no reservations are required.  For more information, call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466.

Riverview Morning Ladies Organizational Meeting
April 24
Riverview Tuesday Morning Ladies Fun League is having its organizational meeting in April 24 at 9 am at the Riverview clubhouse. There will be golf at 10am if weather permits. Coffee will be served. New members are welcome. Call Cheryl Hudson at 330 872 0566 if any questions. Golfing will begin on Tuesday, May 1 at 9:02am

Community Dinner
April 24
Windham American Legion , 9960 Center St. From 5-6 pm. While supplies last. No take outs. Everyone welcome!

ODNR Free Workshops
April 24 & 25. May 5
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft is offering free workshops to anyone interested in learning how to become a Monitor for Ohio’s Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) Program. April 24 from 5-7pm Grand River- Helen Hazen Wyman Park Route 86, Painesville. April 26 from 5-7pm Mantua Village Park- Mantua Ohio. May 3 from 5-7pm Chagrin River, Old River Farm Picnic Area. For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact Bill Jagers at (330) 527 2961

Crestwood Board Meeting
April 25
Special Crestwood Board of Education meeting will be held in Crestwood High School library on April 25 at 6 pm

Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library Membership Tea
April 25
“Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library Membership Tea will be held on  April 25, at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Social Hall, Ridge Road, Newton Falls. Fashion show by Nona’s Family Closet Consignment Shop of Liberty.  All of the items shown will be available for purchase. A small chinese auction will be held as usual, and Lori Rankin from the Flower Shoppe is providing a beautiful centerpiece which will be the door prize.  Donation will be the cost of 2012 Membership ($25 Patron; $15 Family; $8 Individual; $5 Senior and Student).”

Ohio Outlaws Fundraiser
April 26
Ohio  Outlaws 12U Fast Pitch Team is having a fundraiser at, Wendy’s 215 Barrington Square Aurora, Aurora on April 26 from 5-8 pm Our team will receive 10% of all sales during this time.

Rummage & Bake Sale
April 26
Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, is holding their annual rummage and bake sale on Thursday and Friday, April 26 & 27 from 9 – 4 and Saturday, April 28 from 9 to noon.  Saturday is bag day.  Phone 440-636-5504.

Spring Rummage Sale
April 27
The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St, in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Spring Rummage Sale on  April 27 from 9am to 5pm and  April 28 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday is bag day. The rummage sale will take place in the church hall

Console Gaming Tournament
April 27
Sponsored by Newton Falls Technology Department in the high school commons. Registration 4-5, tournaments begin at 5. Pre-register by April 20 and receive a free t-shirt.

Earth Day Celebration
April 27
Come and join Crestwood Local Schools for our 8th Annual Earth Day Celebration! It will be hosted on April 27 from 4:30-6:30 at the Crestwood Elementary Schools. Come and enjoy some Earth Day family fun time! Students can visit entertaining and educational Earth Day stations that include many hands-on activities and projects. Hope to see you there!

Rummage Sale
April 27 & 28
Portage County Gardeners are hosting their annual Rummage Sale at their Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Rootstown on April 27 and 28 from 9-2 electronics, baskets, housewares, craft items, holiday items, bedding, baby things and much more – all priced low to sell! Cookies, coffee and tea will be available for purchase. For more information contact, Helena Parry at 330-673-0577.

Texas Hold Em Tournament
April 28
Freedom Brawler Texas Hold Em Tournament will be April 28 from 6pm-12am at Sugar Bush Golf Course, 11186 St. Rt. 88. $50 ticket price gets $2000 in chips. Additional one-time $1000 buy in after the first hour for $20. Proceeds benefit The Freedom Brawlers 13U Baseball Team. For more info contact John Joeright 330.221.6400

Rummage Sale
April 28
VFV Post 1055 Ravenna. 9-4 outside pavilion, tables for rent. 6000 New Milford Rd.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
April 28
Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 will host a stuffed pork chop dinner on April 28 from 4-6:30 pm. $9 for adults. $3.50 for children. This will be the last pork chop dinner of this season

Gospel Concert
April 28
Ravenna Chapter #46 Order of the Eastern Stars invites you to our 1st Annual Gospel Concert and Dinner under the direction of Ruth & Chuck Dennison.  Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The event will take place on April 28 at the Ravenna Masonic Complex located at 4785 Washington Avenue in Ravenna.  Tickets are $20 per person.  All tickets are pre-sale only.  For more information, please call Ruth or Chuck at (330) 626-1260.

Scotch Doubles
April 28
Relay for Life Scotch Doubles at SkyLane Bowling Garrettsville, OH. Proceeds go to the G-Force Relay for Life Team. (Previously G.E.M.S. and Papas Posse). April 28th at 9:00pm. Includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, Unlimited draft beer, pop or coffee. $40.00 per couple to reserve lanes call Kellie Norris 330-524-4908 or Michelle Cmunt 330-527-9310

Grand River Wildlife Area-Sampler
April 28
This 7,000+ acre complex of wetlands and swamp forest surrounds the meandering upper Grand River.  Numerous beaver swamps, marshlands, ponds and lakes are the home of river otters, sandhill cranes, bears, and great variety of other wildlife species. The program begins at 2:00pm and we will visit the complex of wetlands of a former fish hatchery and several other wildlife observations areas. Bring binoculars for wildlife viewing opportunities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.

Sirloin Steak Dinner
April 28
Support Kiwanis of Newton Falls and enjoy a delicious 14 ounce Sirloin steak dinner with all the trimmings. April 28, 4pm to 7pm Newton Falls Community center, 52 East Quarry Street. Cost $15

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area-Sampler
April 28
This 9,000 acre wildlife refuge is the home of numerous bald eagles, sandhill cranes, ospreys, river otters, black bears, rare rattlesnakes and a host of other wildlife species. Join us from 9:00am-Noon as we will amble the back roads, view hidden ponds, and visit the best wildlife viewing areas of this sprawling complex. Bring binoculars for the best opportunities for eagle viewing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.
Rummage Sale
April 28
Rummage sale April 28,from 9-4 pm at the VFW Post 1055. 6000 New Milford Rd. Ravenna. Want to rent a vendors table? $15 for info call 330 931 8910

Gemboree
April 28 & 29
The Gemboree will be held April 28 from 10-6 and April 29 from 10-5 at Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Admission $5 adult, $4 seniors & students, $1 ages 7-14; free for scouts in uniform & children under 6.

Horseback Trail Clinic
April 29
Horseback Trail Clinic. April 29 from 1-3:30 pm, at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township Please do not bring your horse to this free, no-registration clinic, suitable for anyone school-aged and up and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Maps and information  will be available, as well as membership details for the OHC and 4-H groups. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.
All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
April 29
All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be held at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple drive, Newton Falls from 12-3 pm on April 29. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Italian bread and dessert. Carryouts are available. Adults $7, children 6-11 $3 and children under 5 eat free.

Baseball Sign ups
April 29
Sign ups for E/EE Baseball for Mantua , Garrettsville ,and Windham will be held on April 29 from 5-6:30 pm at the Grange Hall in Mantua. All players need to sign up at this time so we will know how many teams we will have for Portage North. Players will be assigned to their home teams. Any questions please contact Phil Britton at 330-527-2209. Cost is by what city you live in.

Roast Beef Dinner
April 29
Eastern Star roast beef dinner April 29, 12:30-4:30 at the Mantua Masonic Center, 10801 John Edwards Drive, Mantua. $8 in advance. $ 5 Children 5-12. Free under 5.

Taste of the Western Reserve
April 29
Sunday, April 29 at Signature Solon from 4pm-7pm annual food tasting and grazing festival of local eateries. Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora

Rummage Sale
May 3, 4 & 5
Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Road Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 May 3rd & 4th  from  9-5; May 5th  from   9-12 Saturday – bag day) Bake sale and lunch counter Thurs & Fri

Rummage Sale
May 4 & 5
Rummage Sale.  St. Michael’s Church, Ridge Road, Newton Falls. May 4, and 5, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.”

Book Sale
May 5
Newton Falls Public Library will hold a book sale on  May 5 from 9-4 pm

Shalersville School Annual Banquet
May 5
School Annual Banquet, May 5 Banquet dinner will be served at 5pm. Dinner consists of Stuffed Chicken & Roast Beef in the Shalersville Town Hall. Price per person is $13. This years honorees are those of the Class of 1942, 52 & 62 The Shalersville Historical society museum will be open from 4-5 PM. Reservations need to be made by April 30th. Call Judy with questions and reservations @ (330)297-9681.

Goalkeeper Clinic
May 5
Ravenna Recreation is registering for a Soccer Goalkeeper Clinic for ages 6 to 13.  Clinic is held on May 5 at the Ravenna Soccer Complex. Ages 6 to 9 will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ages 10 to 13 will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $!5 city taxpayers (live or work in city limits) or $20.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 5 per age group and max 10 per age group so sign up early. Participants supply their own size soccer ball, water, shin guards and mouthpiece. Deadline April 20 or until filled.

Home Cooked Supper
May 9
The Last Home Cooked supper at Pricetown Church for the season. 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd,  Newton Falls May 9 from 5-6:30 pm. Individual chicken pot pie, pierogi potatoes, salad, roll, homemade desserts, & beverage. Adults $7.00; Children 6 to 12 years $3.00;  5 and under free. Hope to see you there!

Spring Open House
May 12
Steve and Sharon Grover welcome all to celebrate spring at the farm on May 12, from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.  The Grover’s will host a spring open house at Ridgeview Farm, 5488 Kinsman Rd, State Route 87 in Middlefield.  There is no charge for this event. The farm is located on SR 87 in Mesopotamia Township, 3.5 miles east of Middlefield or 7.5 West of SR 45 in Bloomfield.

Plant Sale
May 12
The Perennial Gardeners are digging, cutting, potting and writing plant descriptions!  All is in readiness for their annual Plant Sale, May 12th, 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the Town Hall in Chesterland located at 13455 Chillicothe Road, just North of Mayfield Road.  Plants of all kind will be available, the common and the unusual, many cared for over the years in the home gardens of members.  Join us and maybe even pick up a plant for Mother’s Day.

Free Computer Training
May 14-16
Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that it is taking reservations for its next set of free computer training sessions. Training sessions will take place at the Garrettsville Library May 14-May 16 from 11- 1. Sessions fill up fast, so register early at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”). Call 330-562-6502 for additional information.

Garden and Landscape Contractors Wanted!
May 18, 19
If you are interested in reserving a space to promote your business at the Portage County Gardeners’ annual plant sale on May 18 and 19, call or text 330-348-6089 for more information. Spaces are limited and there is a $20.00 fee per table.

Community Garage Sale
May 19
Community garage sale sponsored by Atwood-Mauck Post 459 on May 19 from 8am-1pm. 14052 Goodwin St. Contact Mike 330.286.1202

Soccer Tournmment
May 19
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Youth 3-on-3 Spring Soccer Tournament for boys and girls U7/U8, U9/U10, U11/U12 age as of last July 31, 2011.
The tournament will be held on May 19 at the soccer complex.  Cost is $40 per team if registered by May 4 or $60 per team if registered by May 11.  A $10 late fee will be charged after May 11.  Registration forms are available at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation office, 530 N. Freedom St.  (330) 296-2864, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m.

Memorial Day Service
May 28
Memorial Day service will be located at Burton Square Gazebo 11am. Opened to public, Open house following at 145052 Goodwin St. Contact Mike 330.834.8764

Little Tigers Golf Fund Raiser
June 2
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their annual Golf outing fund raiser on June 2, 2012 at the Olde Dutch Mill golf course. The four man scramble will be an 8:00 a.m. shot-gun with registration starting at 7:00 a.m.. The registration fee will be $65.00 per golfer and will include lunch, dinner, golf with cart, and beverages. Prizes will be awarded for all holes. For information please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Heather Lyndsey from the Olde Dutch at 330-654-4100.

Hiram College Youth Football Camp
June 11-13
Hiram College Youth Football Camp.  Instruction from Hiram College coaches for kids entering grades 3-8.  The camp will be held on the Hiram College Campus on June 11-13.  Cost for the camp is $120.  For more information, please go to http://www.hiramterriers.com/sports/fball/camps or call (330) 569-5446.

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…

Safety Town
June 18 & 22
Register early for Ravenna Parks and Recreation’s Safety Town, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Children entering kindergarten and 1st grade in the fall of 2012 will be introduced to safety awareness in a week-long program, June 18 to June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Willyard School.  $35 or $40 for Non-city taxpayers.  Deadline to register is May 25 or until filled.  For further information contact 296-2864.

Garden Tour & Plant Sale
June 20
June 20, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., 4th Annual Scholarship Benefit.  The Geauga County Master Gardeners are presenting their fourth and best yet Garden Tour & Plant Sale. $15 tickets may be purchased in advance (440.834.4656) or at Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 E. Washington Street, Auburn Township, OH 44023 the day of the sale

Save the Date!
September 15
The 7th annual Alumni banquet will be held on September 15 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School starting at 5pm. Reservations are $18 and need to be mailed by Sept. 1 to P.O. Box 93 Garrettsville. Please include the names and graduating years of the alumni attending. Classes being honored are class of ’52, ’62, ’72, and ’87. Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree reunion, plan with the alumni. Contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts 330.309. 2743 for more info.

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Ravenna Summerfest Vendors & Crafters Needed
Register Today
The return of Ravenna Summerfest is June 16th from 10 am – 6 pm. We are currently looking for vendors & crafters to add to the days activities and car show. Please contact Barb at (330) 297-6684 or Susie at (330) 296-3779.

Harlem Ambassadors vs Windham’s Home Town Heros
On Sale Now
A fantastic internationally-acclaimed basketball team which regularly entertains the U.S. Military, will challenge Windham with a unique brand of Basketball, filled with antics, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy on Friday, April 20th @ 7pm at the WHS gymnasium. Pre-sale tickets which are priced $5 seniors, four years and under FREE & all others $7 are now on sale at Monica’s Café, Cortland Bank, the Renaissance Family Center of Windham and CAC of Portage County. For more Info- 330-326-3003 or 330-326-3380.

Hiram College Camps for Kids
This Summer
Don’t miss out on the fun and learning! Hiram College is once again offering wonderful camp opportunities for children of all ages and interests. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for details or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

JAG Scholarship
Apply Today
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that they will be offering a scholarship ro senior athletes at James A Garfield High School for the 5th year. The scholarship will be for $750. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are availible at the Chiropractic office or through the school counselor

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Every Thursday
Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church,  9736 East Center Street, Windham.  Games start at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bingo at St. Ambrose Church
Every Tuesday
Bingo every Tuesday night in the church hall at St. Ambrose Church, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville. Games (early bird) start at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

“Annie Get Your Gun”
On Sale Now
Tickets for the J.A. Garfield High School Theatre Production of “Annie Get Your Gun”are available for $7 Adults, $5 SR Citizens & Students. Stop by the high school front office to purchase pre-sale tickets. The show will be April 12 – April 15.

Pancake Breakfasts
April  15
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post #459. Pancake breakfast Sunday April 15 from 9-1:30 at 14052 Goodwin Avenue Burton, OH. All you can eat pancakes, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea. Adults, $8.00. Kids, $5.00.

April Evening Woodcock Watch
April 13
There will be a Woodcock Watch, Friday, April 13 – 7 to 9 p.m at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road, Munson Township

50’s Dance
April 13
Square dance & line dancing 50’s dance will be April 13 from 7-10 at North Bloomfield Town Hall. Admission ages 10 & up is $5, Under 10 will be $4. For more info call 44 685 4582 or 440 685 4301

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
April 13
The next Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti dinner will be  April 13 in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner is served 5-7pm. Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available. Our co-host is the Chi-Rho Youth Group from Hilltop, Hiram, & Mantua Center Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ). There will also be a Silent Auction!

Community Church Event
April 13 & 14
“Heaven or Hell, Your Choice” This production will be held at the Sanctuary of Praise Church of God, 12888 St. Rt. 88 in Garrettsville, nightly at 7pm. Actors will act out a series of scenes about living life, making choices, death and eventually finding themselves outside the “Pearly Gates”, asking the question, “Angel, is my name in the book?” Contact (330) 527 2942 with any questions

Sandwich Sale
April 13 & 14
The Windham Lions will hold their sandwich sale in the Sparkle Market parking lot in Windham, April 13th and 14th.menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are $ 4.00. They are hot, juicy and fresh off the grill. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight related causes and local community needs.

Free Movie & Popcorn
April 14
Free Indoor Movie and Popcorn! Come out for an evening of family fun and laughter!  Bring the family to watch Mr. Popper’s Penguins on April 14th at 7:30 pm R 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, OH, Renaissance Family Center. Concessions will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there.

Roast Beef Dinner
April 14
Roast Beef Dinner. April 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Newton Falls United Methodist Church 336 Ridge Road Newton Falls, OH  44444 Adults $9, Children $4 and Children five and under meals are free. Carry Out Available.

Observing Night
April 14
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9 to 11 pm, weather permitting. The planet Mars will be bright and in a good position for viewing. Late-comers may enjoy a preview look at the return of Saturn to our pre-midnight sky. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram.

Windham FD Scotch Doubles
April 14
Windham Fire Department will be holding a Scotch Doubles fundraiser on Saturday April 14 at 9pm. $40 per couple, includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza,  unlimited draft beer, Chinese auction, 50/50 as well  DJ- “Captain Lenny.” Proceeds to benefit the Windham Fire Department. For info or reservations call Trisha at (330) 205-6700

Amateur Comedy Night
April 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host their third Amateur Comedy Night, at Slim n Jumbo’s on April 14th at 7pm. Amateur comedians from all across Northeast Ohio will gather for the prize money, being awarded to the funniest comedians of the evening. Tickets for this event are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709

Hunter Education Course
April 14 & 21
Hunter education class will be held on Saturdays, April 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m held at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township

Football & Cheerleading Sign Ups
April 14 & 21
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding football and cheerleading sign ups on April 14 at the Newton Falls community center and on April 21 at the stone pavilion at the Newton falls park. These sign ups will be held from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. and are for children ages 5 through 12. The registration fee is $55.00 and $25.00 volunteer fee per child. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate for the league. For further information please contact Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950

Reed Memorial Library
April 15
Join us at Reed Memorial Library on  April 15th at 2:00 p.m. for a program by local authors Wayne and Hazel Sheppard.  Wayne, a former high school art teacher, has written the book “Burden on Privilege: The Secret Life of Geoffrey Collins” and Hazel is a Children’s book author of the “Inchy Books” and “Big Red’s Greatest Find”.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 330-296-2827 ext. 200.

Mantua Historical Society Meeting
April 15
The next Mantua Historical Society meeting will be April 15 at
7 pm. Bruce Dzeda, whose new book “Railroad Town: Kent and the Erie  Railroad”, will present an illustrated talk. His book will also be for sale & signing. The event is free and open to the public. The historical society is located in the Mantua Township Hall located on corner of Route 82 & Mantua Center Road.

Amvets Post 112 Breakfast
April 15
Come help and support the AMVETS annual Christmas package for overseas troops on April 15 from 9-12 at AMVETS post 112. 37 W. Broad St, Newton Falls. Menu includes eggs, bacon, home fries, pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, toast & fruit cup. Adults $6. Children 4-9 $4. Under 4 eat free.

Bird Watching Walk
April 15 & 29
April 15 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, April 22 at Frohring Meadows, April 29 at The Rookery, May 6 at Eldon Russell Park, May 13 at Big Creek Park and May 20 at Swine Creek Reservation. All are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bird Walk
April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
Experienced and beginning birders are invited for these walks as we set out early Sunday mornings to learn and record the sights and sounds indicating the return of our feathered friends from distant lands. Bird walks begin at 7:30am and usually end about 9:00am. Bring your binoculars and meet at the JH Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. (between SR 305 and SR 82) near Garrettsville. It is a great way to learn birding from experts. No registration is necessary. For questions, call 330.569.6003.

Republican Women’s Club Meeting
April 16
Portage county Republican Women’s Club will be having their monthly meeting on April 16 at 6:30 pm. Heinen’s supermarket in Aurora. Cost is $16 per person. Dinner Is your choice of chicken romano or orange roughy with spring vegetables & sides of grilled asparagus, jarlesberry & twice baked potatoes. If interested call Jeneen at 330 687 4067 by April 13.

CBF FREE MONTHLY MEAL
April 17
Please feel free to join us in dinner and fellowship on April 17 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Convent Bible Church (8146 High Street, Garrettsville). Meal includes grilled cheese sandwiches, broccoli and cauliflower, deviled eggs, and ending with angel food cake and drink. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 330.527.4205. There are no income restrictions.

Relay For Life DQ Night
April 17
Come on out and support the Garfield Elementary Relay for Life Team on April 17 from 4-8pm! Have some ice cream, buy a cake, or have dinner!  You can do it all at your G’ville DQ. Profits from 4-8 will benefit our Relay for Life team.

Roast Beef Dinner
April 17
The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Ave. will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 7 pm. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12 and free for preschool children. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. Take-out orders are available.

Grief Gathering
April 18
St. Ambrose Church will offer a Grief Gathering to the community on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in the church hall from April 18th to May 23rd.  This six-week session offers information and support for grieving individuals.  Please call (330) 527-4105 for more information.

Arthritis Foundation
April 18
The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio and University Hospital Geauga Medical Center are sponsoring a free community education program on Wednesday, April 18 from 9:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. in the Conference & Event Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4209 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown.

Church Rummage Sale
April 19 & 20
Braceville United Methodist Church, 589 Park Rd. Braceville, will be having their annual rummage sale April 19 from 9am-5 pm. April 20 will be dollar day from 9-12.

Conquer Kids Cancer
April 20
St. Baldrick’s foundation will he holding a special event on April 20 at Slim & Jumbos. Members of the Hiram fire department and the community will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research.

Spring Cleanup
April 20, 21 & 22
Windham Village and Windham Township spring cleanup will be April 20, 21,& 22 from 7am- 5pm behind Windham Village Park. Items accepted  are: appliances, batteries, furniture and up to 4 tires per household.Will not accept paint, shingles, building debris or garbage.

Rummage Sale
April 20, 21 & 22
There will be a rummage sale held at the Portage County Randolph Fairgrounds on: April 20 & April 21  9am-3pm, & April 22 10am-1pm.  ALL of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative to
fund research for sarcoma cancer. This sale is being held in memory of those who have lost their battle with sarcoma cancer, and in honor of the survivors

Earth Day Clean Up
April 21
Come and celebrate Earth Day at West Branch State Park. Volunteers are needed to clean shoreline and roadside litter. Arrive at 9am at the park’s west boat ramp located on Rock Spring road. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Cleanup will conclude at 12, follow by a hot dog cookout and potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Call 330 296 3239 for more info.

Growing Garlic in Geauga Clay
April 21
On April 21 from 10 am  – Noon Master Gardener Galen Black will present a class on growing garlic in Geauga County.  He will discuss and illustrate the use of raised beds and soil amendments.   Included in the class will also be information on leeks, onions and scallions.  $15 fee. Light refreshments included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Spaghetti Dinner
April 21
The Ravenna Freewill Baptist Church, located at 1000 Park Ave. Ravenna, will be holding a spaghetti dinner, on April 21 from 2:30-5:30pm. Everyone is invited, make plans to come fellowship with us and there will be an open sing at 6pm following dinner. Adults $7, kids ages 5-10 $4, 4 and under eat free

Youth Ministry Spaghetti Dinner
April 21
St. Ambrose Youth Ministry is hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 21, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. The menu includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread & butter, a beverage and homemade dessert. Prices are: adults $6.50 and children $4.00. Carry-out is available for an additional 50 cents.

Pancake Breakfast
April 21
A pancake breakfast sponsored by Garrettsville Boy Scout Troop 62 will be held April 21 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church. 8223 Park Ave. Garrettsville.  Children 10 and under -$3 and persons age 11 and up- $5. Pay at entry-no presale tickets. Includes: Choice of freshly made fluffy Buttermilk or Blueberry Pancakes, choice of syrups, pork sausage and your choice of coffee or juice.

Spring Tea
April 21
The Fellowship Committee of Burton Congregational Church hosts its annual Spring Tea on April 21 at 2 p.m. in the church’s Social Hall.  This year’s theme is “Ocean Life” the swim, scuba and snorkel center in Willoughby.  They will present a program on scuba diving adventures. luncheon will feature tomato soup with oyster crackers, chicken/broccoli alfredo shell pasta, and garlic bread.  Dessert will be Lime Sea Foam!  Coffee, Tea and Punch are included.  Tickets are $8. For tickets, or, if you would like to host a table, please call Kathy Uncapher at 440-834-1172.

Knee Deep in Bluebells
April 22
One of the most unbelievable and spectacular sights in all of Ohio is the riot of wildflowers at the 250 acre Poland Municipal Forest southeast of Youngstown.  Here, in a setting among some of the largest trees in the state, thousands upon thousands of wild bluebells and other spring wildflowers bloom. The forest floor is literally awash with a carpet of bluebells, dabs of red and white trilliums and a haze of marsh marigolds; the artistry of nature in all its glory. The hike begins at 3:00pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $3 for members, $6 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration

Annual Library Meeting
April 22
The public is cordially invited to the Annual Meeting and Recognition of the Friends of the Burton Public Library.  The meeting will be held at the library on April 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Entertainment will feature Rick Hyde, Hiram College Theater Professor, who will present “For Once, Then Something…. The Poetry of Robert Frost.”  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome and no reservations are required.  For more information, call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466.

Riverview Morning Ladies Organizational Meeting
April 24
Riverview Tuesday Morning Ladies Fun League is having its organizational meeting in April 24 at 9 am at the Riverview clubhouse. There will be golf at 10am if weather permits. Coffee will be served. New members are welcome. Call Cheryl Hudson at 330 872 0566 if any questions. Golfing will begin on Tuesday, May 1 at 9:02am

Community Dinner
April 24
Windham American Legion , 9960 Center St. From 5-6 pm. While supplies last. No take outs. Everyone welcome!

ODNR Free Workshops
April 24 & 25. May 5
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft is offering free workshops to anyone interested in learning how to become a Monitor for Ohio’s Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) Program. April 24 from 5-7pm Grand River- Helen Hazen Wyman Park Route 86, Painesville. April 26 from 5-7pm Mantua Village Park- Mantua Ohio. May 3 from 5-7pm Chagrin River, Old River Farm Picnic Area. For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact Bill Jagers at (330) 527 2961

Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library Membership Tea
April 25
“Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library Membership Tea will be held on  April 25, at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Social Hall, Ridge Road, Newton Falls. Fashion show by Nona’s Family Closet Consignment Shop of Liberty.  All of the items shown will be available for purchase. A small chinese auction will be held as usual, and Lori Rankin from the Flower Shoppe is providing a beautiful centerpiece which will be the door prize.  Donation will be the cost of 2012 Membership ($25 Patron; $15 Family; $8 Individual; $5 Senior and Student).”

Spring Rummage Sale
April 27
The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St, in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Spring Rummage Sale on  April 27 from 9am to 5pm and  April 28 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday is bag day. The rummage sale will take place in the church hall

Gemboree
April 28 & 29
The Gemboree will be held April 28 from 10-6 and April 29 from 10-5 at Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Admission $5 adult, $4 seniors & students, $1 ages 7-14; free for scouts in uniform & children under 6.

Grand River Wildlife Area-Sampler
April 28
This 7,000+ acre complex of wetlands and swamp forest surrounds the meandering upper Grand River.  Numerous beaver swamps, marshlands, ponds and lakes are the home of river otters, sandhill cranes, bears, and great variety of other wildlife species. The program begins at 2:00pm and we will visit the complex of wetlands of a former fish hatchery and several other wildlife observations areas. Bring binoculars for wildlife viewing opportunities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.

Sirloin Steak Dinner
April 28
Support Kiwanis of Newton Falls and enjoy a delicious 14 ounce Sirloin steak dinner with all the trimmings. April 28, 4pm to 7pm Newton Falls Community center, 52 East Quarry Street. Cost $15

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area-Sampler
April 28
This 9,000 acre wildlife refuge is the home of numerous bald eagles, sandhill cranes, ospreys, river otters, black bears, rare rattlesnakes and a host of other wildlife species. Join us from 9:00am-Noon as we will amble the back roads, view hidden ponds, and visit the best wildlife viewing areas of this sprawling complex. Bring binoculars for the best opportunities for eagle viewing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.

Rummage Sale
April 28
Rummage sale April 28,from 9-4 pm at the VFW Post 1055. 6000 New Milford Rd. Ravenna. Want to rent a vendors table? $15 for info call 330 931 8910

Double Whammy: 16,000 acres of Wild Landscape
April 28
Join us from 9:00am-Noon to sample the 9,000 acre Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area. We will amble the back roads, view hidden ponds, and visit the best wildlife viewing areas of this sprawling complex. Bring binoculars for the best opportunities for eagle viewing. The Grand River Wildlife Area will be our destination in the afternoon (2:00-5:00pm). This 7,000+ acre complex of wetlands and swamp forest surrounds the meandering upper Grand River. We will visit the complex of wetlands of a former fish hatchery and several other wildlife observations areas. These hikes are sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station. Join us for either or both hikes (fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members for each hike). To register, call 330.569.6003 or emailsorrickmw@hiram.edu. Directions provided upon registration.

Taste of the Western Reserve
April 29
Sunday, April 29 at Signature Solon from 4pm-7pm annual food tasting and grazing festival of local eateries. Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora

Little Tigers Golf Fund Raiser
June 2
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their annual Golf outing fund raiser on June 2, 2012 at the Olde Dutch Mill golf course. The four man scramble will be an 8:00 a.m. shot-gun with registration starting at 7:00 a.m.. The registration fee will be $65.00 per golfer and will include lunch, dinner, golf with cart, and beverages. Prizes will be awarded for all holes. Come join us for a fun day and support the Newton Falls youth football and cheer leading program. For information please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Heather Lyndsey from the Olde Dutch at 330-654-4100.

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…

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Ravenna Summerfest Vendors & Crafters Needed
Register Today
The return of Ravenna Summerfest is June 16th from 10 am – 6 pm. We are currently looking for vendors & crafters to add to the days activities and car show. Please contact Barb at (330) 297-6684 or Susie at (330) 296-3779.

Spring Craft Show Seeks Vendors
Call Today!
Vendors sign up now for the Spring Craft Show being held by the Windham American Legion, March 24, 9-5pm. Food will be available on site. Tables $10 each paid in advance. Sign up by 3/17/2012. Call 330-326-3188.

Crafters & Vendors Wanted
Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for crafters and vendors. Tables are $20.00 each. It will be held on Sat. April 14 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13830 Mayfield Rd., Claridon. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.
Harlem Ambassadors vs Windham’s Home Town Heros
On Sale Now
A fantastic internationally-acclaimed basketball team which regularly entertains the U.S. Military, will challenge Windham with a unique brand of Basketball, filled with antics, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy on Friday, April 20th @ 7pm at the WHS gymnasium. Our co-ed team consists of former “stars” and other town leaders and personalities, dating from the 1960’s to the present. Pre-sale tickets which are priced $5 seniors, four years and under FREE & all others $7 are now on sale at Monica’s Café, Cortland Bank, the Renaissance Family Center of Windham and CAC of Portage County. For more Info- 330-326-3003 or 330-326-3380.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Cost is $8.50.

Seeking Artisans!
Mantua’s Art on the Hill is seeking artisans and food vendors for their 4th annual event which will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 from 10am-5pm in downtown Mantua, Ohio. Each year there are over 60 artisans selling and displaying their handmade work. Booth fee is $45. Call 330-414-6486 or email communityjournal@yahoo.com for an application or more information.

Eagles Fish Dinners
Fridays through April 13
Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting fish dinners on March30 and April 6 & 13. Dinners will be held from 4 – 7:30 pm at 8149 Water St. All dinners are $8 and avail for carry out.

Interact Club Book Drive
Beginning March 14
Interact Club at James A. Garfield High School is running a book drive.  The books we are collecting should be gently-used educational books.  The books will be sent to Africa or sold to provide money to purchase necessary books for education.  Donation boxes can be found at local businesses and at the school buildings.

“Annie Get Your Gun” Presale Tickets
On Sale Now
Tickets for the J.A. Garfield High School Theatre Production of “Annie Get Your Gun”are available for $7 Adults, $5 SR Citizens & Students. Stop by the high school front office to purchase pre-sale tickets. The show will be April 12 – April 15.

JAG Scholarship
Apply Today
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that they will be offering a scholarship ro senior athletes at James A Garfield High School for the 5th year. The scholarship will be for $750. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are availible at the Chiropractic office or through the school counselor

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Every Thursday
Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church, 9736 East Center Street, Windham. Games start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bingo at St. Ambrose Church
Every Tuesday
Bingo every Tuesday night in the church hall at St. Ambrose Church, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville. Games (early bird) start at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

God Provides Free Meal
March 30
Come out to Nelson Circle and join us at the Nelson United Methodist Church on March 30 for God Provides. Nelson Church (9367 St Rt 305) will be hosting a free dinner from 4-6 pm. The menu will include beef and noodles, Indian succotash and cake for desert. Good home- cooked food and great fellowship. Hope to you there.

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 30
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Friday, March 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

Friday Fish Fry
March 30 & April 6
Come out and enjoy the best fish dinner around, including fresh cut fries and coleslaw. Adults are only $8; children under 10 are only $4. And for the hearty appetite, get all you can eat for just $10! Eat In and Carry Out are available. Friday, March 30 and April 6 from 5 to 8 pm weekly. Praise Assembly of God 10280 State Route 88 – Garrettsville (located across from the JAG High School). Call (330) 527-2777 for more information.

Boys Scout Fish Fry
March 30
Boy Scout Troop 76 will be hosting a fund-raiser FISH FRY on Friday, March 30th at the Parkman Community House (St.Rt. 422 just east of St.Rt. 528). Fish, fresh-cut fries, and coleslaw will be served from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adults: $9/ Kids (4-8 years old): $5 Take-out adult dinners will be available. Hot dog dinners will also be available (for the kids) for $3 Beverages included – Desserts available with additional donation.

Night At The Races
March 30
Tickets are now on sale for the JA Garfield After Prom Committee’s Night At The Races to be held at Sugarbush on March 30. Cost is $20 per person, includes dinners, entry fee and draft beer. Purchase your tickets by March 23 by calling Stacy at 330 527-4433 or Denise at (330) 527-7707.

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers  will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on  March 30th,, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
The Girl Scouts of Newton Falls will hold the 59th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1 pm at the Community Center Park basketball court. This event is open to all children of the community ages 2 – 10 and will be held rain or shine. Please bring a basket or bag to hold your eggs. Questions or donations call Shara Sullivan, event coordinatior 330-872-7333

Easter Hunt at RFC
March 31
Renaissance Family Center in Windham is having our annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 at 11am. All children up to the age of 12 are welcome. Please call 330-326-3003.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
March 31
All You Can Eat Breakfast will be held on March 31, 8:30am to 11:30am at the Full Gospel Mission Church, 887 West Spruce Ave in
Ravenna. Cost is Adults: $5; Children(4-12): $3; Children 3 & under: Free. Take out is available

Football Night At The Races
March 31
The Garrettsville Youth Football League is having a Night at the Races event at the Mantua K of C on March 31, 2012 at 6 P.M. Tickets are $25 per person and include all the food, beer, wine and soda you can eat and drink. Please join us for a chance to wager on video horse races, play 50/50 and other activities. All proceeds will benefit the Garrettsville Youth Football League. Please contact Mike May at 216-372-3703 to purchase tickets.

Nelson Twp Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
Nelson Annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for March 31, 1012 at 2pm at Pixley Park. if it rains it will be held at the Community House. Ages 3 years old to 10 are welcome. Bring a decorated hat for the hat contest and bring a basket to decorate. Supplies for decorating basket will be provided. Candy and cash donations are being accepted at 8488 State Route 305 Garrettsville.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
March 31
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in Braceville. The dinner is from 4:00 until 6:30. The dinner will include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, and beverages. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Phone number for takeouts 330-898-5607

Senior Citizen Luncheon
March 31
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on March 31. 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.

“Courageous”
March 31
The movie “Courageous” will be shown on March 31 beginning at 6 pm at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls. There is no admission charge for this event. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055 or www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.

Work Day At First Church of God
March 31
Windham First Church of God, located at 9016 Main St, will be having a work day, as well as a bake sale and yard sale on Saturday March 31 from 10am-2pm.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
March 31
Optimist Club of Newton Falls is offering “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny,” Saturday March 31 at the Newton Falls Communtiy Center on Quarry St from 10am –12 noon. 12 and under is free. Adults $3 donation. Includes games, candy, crafts and a chinese auction. Any questions call Mar at (330) 872 0898

“Fill A Police Car”
March 31
Hiram Police Department’s “FILL-A-POLICE CAR” food drive will be held on March 31st from 9 am-2 pm in the Hiram Municipal Center Parking Lot. Non-Perishable food items collected for Easter Food Baskets to support our area needy families.

Palm Sunday Dinner
April 1
St. Michael Church will be hosting their annual Palm Sunday Dinner on April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church hall. The dinner will feature turkey/dressing, cabbage rolls, pasta, salads and homemade desserts. Prices are: adults ($9.00), children under twelve ($5.00) and children under five (free). Carry-outs are available.

Pancake Breakfasts
April 1, 8, & 15
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post #459. Pancake breakfast Sunday April 1, 8, and 15 from 9-1:30 at 14052 Goodwin Avenue Burton, OH. All you can eat pancakes, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea. Adults, $8.00. Kids, $5.00.

Easter Egg Hunt At Independence Village
April 1
Join us rain or shine! Children 8 yrs and under are welcome to come and hunt for Easter Eggs at Independence Village of Aurora, 505 S. Chillicothe Rd in Aurora. RSVP to Allison Tucker at 330 562-1750.

Ecumenical Service
April 1
The churches of Lordstown, Ohio will join together on April 1 at 7 p.m. for an Ecumenical Service at Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave., Warren. All are welcome.
Burton Public Library Focus Group
April 3
The Burton Public Library is beginning work on a 2-year strategic plan.  Community members are needed for a focus group to help the library plan its future.  If you are a Burton Public Library user, your input would be appreciated.  The first focus group meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Library.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call Library Director Holly Manning Lynn at 440-834-4466.

Burton Easter Egg Hunt
April 7
Burton Easter egg hunt is on April 7 at Burton Village Park at 11:00 am. Ages 1-6. Rain or shine.

Roast Beef Dinner & Dance
April 7
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a roast beef dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 and its monthly dance from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Kent V.F.W. #3703 post home, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent, OH. Music will be by DJ Mel. Cost for dinner and dance is $14.50 a person for members and $16.50 a person for non-members. Call Mary @ 330-571-3801 or Warrine @ 330-322-9559 by April 5 for reservations and further information

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 7
Ravenna Parks and Rec Dept is announcing the opportunities for vendors to participate in the City of Ravenna’s Annual Easter Eggstravaganza scheduled for April 7 at John Tontimonia City Park. The day’s activities will include egg hunts, game booths, touch a truck and photos with the Easter bunny. Event begins at 9:45 a.m. and will conclude by 11:45 a.m. If you are interested please contact Ravenna Recreation at 330-296-2864 to receive additional information. Space is limited.

The Gospel Echos Quartet
April 7
The Gospel Echos Quartet will be in concert Saturday April 7 at 6pm at Brady Lake Baptist Church, 6269 Cox St. in Ravenna. Please come and join us for a wonderful evening of southern gospel music. Admission is free

Geauga Area Youth Orchestra
April 7
The 2012 season of the Geauga Area Youth Orchestra begins on Saturday, April 7.  The Orchestra is open to all school age string players who have had at least one year of lessons, and are good music readers.  For more information contact founding director, Sally Dawson at 440-834-4391.

“Pass the Buck” Charity Auction
April 7
Newton Falls Relay for Life Fundraiser, “Pass the Buck” Charity Auction, will be held at Roby Lee’s Restaurant (425 Ridge Rd. Newton Falls, Oh) on Saturday April 7. Doors open at 5pm, Dinner is at 6pm and the Auction begins at 7. Tickets, $15 donation, includes admission and dinner buffet. Cash bar available. For more information contact Ella at (330) 872 4440 or Janette ay (330) 307 1850

Free Family Picture
April 8
The Congregational United Church of Christ in Windham is offering a free family picture after the Easter morning service on April 8th at 11am. Come join us for worship and a free family picture. Coffee hour is at 10:30 am.

Preschool and Kindergarten Registrations
April 9
Parents with students who will be entering Preschool or Kindergarten in the fall may pick up a registration packet beginning April 9 in the KT Elementary office. Windham offers to its residents ½ day, 5 days a week preschool and also a special needs preschool class. Children can attend both Head Start and KT Preschool. Kindergarten is every day, all day for children who will turn 5 before August 1. Parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate, social security card and immunization records. For more information call the K.T. office at (330) 326 9800

Spring Into Life Revivial
April 9-13
Southington Baptist Church, 4395 State Route 534 North of Southington Ohio. April 9-13 at 7 pm. Pastor Tom Anderson from Castlewood Virginia will bring the message each night. Special music each night by Farrel Group, Baptist members, Mark Allen Chapman. For more information call: 330.766.2410

Records Commission Meeting Notice
April 10
James A Garfield Local School district will be holding a records commission meeting on April 10 at 6:45 p.m. in the Orson E. Ott Administrative Office.

What Do Farms Have to Do With It?
April 12
The presentation “Food: What Do Farms Have to Do With It?” will be held on April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. held at the The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
April 12
There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

April Evening Woodcock Watch
April 13
There will be a Woodcock Watch, Friday, April 13 – 7 to 9 p.m at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road, Munson Township

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
April 13
The next Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti dinner will be April 13 in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner is served 5-7pm. Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available. Our co-host is the Chi-Rho Youth Group from Hilltop, Hiram, & Mantua Center Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ). There will also be a Silent Auction!

Community Church Event
April 13 & 14
“Heaven or Hell Your Choice” This production will be held at the Sanctuary of Praise Church of God, 12888 St. Rt. 88 in Garrettsville, nightly at 7pm. Actors will act out a series of scenes about living life, making choices, death and eventually finding themselves outside the “Pearly Gates”, asking the question, “Angel, is my name in the book?” Contact (330) 527 2942 with any questions

Windham FD Scotch Doubles
April 14
Windham Fire Department will be holding a Scotch Doubles fundraiser on Saturday April 14 at 9pm. $40 per couple, includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, unlimited draft beer, Chinese auction, 50/50 as well was DJ- “Captain Lenny.” Proceeds to benefit the Windham Fire Department. For info or reservations call Trisha at (330) 205-6700

Amateur Comedy Night
April 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host their third Amateur Comedy Night, at Slim n Jumbo’s on April 14th at 7pm. Amateur comedians from all across Northeast Ohio will gather for the prize money, being awarded to the funniest comedians of the evening. Tickets for this event are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709

Pro Wrestling Saturday
April 14
Prime Wrestling presents, pro wrestling Saturday, April 14 in Hiram Ohio. Located at the Coleman Sports Center, 6925 Wakefield Rd. General admission is $10. Preferred admission is $15

Make the Most with Compost, Part 1
April 14
On April 14 from 9 – 11 a.m. Master Gardener Lauren Maser  provides compelling reasons to compost and describes two different methods.  $15 fee. Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Compost Part 2: Lasagna Gardening & Backyard Composting will be offered September 15.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Hunter Education Course
April 14 & 21
Hunter education class will be held on Saturdays, April 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m held at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township

Bird Walk
April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
Experienced and beginning birders are invited for these walks as we set out early Sunday mornings to learn and record the sights and sounds, indicating the return of our feathered friends from distant lands. Bird walks begin at 7:30am and usually end about 9:00am. Bring your binoculars and meet at the JH Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. (between SR 305 and SR 82) near Garrettsville. It is a great way to learn birding from experts. No registration is necessary. For questions, call 330.569.6003.

Mantua Historical Society Meeting
April 15
The next Mantua Historical Society meeting will be April 15 at
7 pm. Bruce Dzeda, whose new book “Railroad Town: Kent and the Erie Railroad”, will present an illustrated talk. His book will also be for sale & signing. The event is free and open to the public. The historical society is located in the Mantua Township Hall located on corner of Route 82 & Mantua Center Road.

Growing Garlic in Geauga Clay
April 21
On April 21 from 10 am – Noon Master Gardener Galen Black will present a class on growing garlic in Geauga County.  He will discuss and illustrate the use of raised beds and soil amendments.  Included in the class will also be information on leeks, onions and scallions.  $15 fee. Light refreshments included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Little Tigers Golf Fund Raiser
June 2
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their annual Golf outing fund raiser on June 2, 2012 at the Olde Dutch Mill golf course. The four man scramble will be an 8:00 a.m. shot gun with registration starting at 7:00 a.m.. The registration fee will be $65.00 per golfer and will include lunch, dinner, golf with cart, and beverages. Prizes will be awarded for all holes. Come join us for a fun day and support the Newton Falls youth football and cheer leading program. For information please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Heather Lyndsey from the Olde Dutch at 330-654-4100.

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!! Summerfest in Ravenna is coming. Details to follow…

 

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Donations Needed
Donations for the Pixley Park Development Committee Annual Memorial Day Fundraiser Yard sale are now being accepted. Gather up things you do not want or need. Drop off goods at L&P machine at 8488 SR 305 Garrettsville or the Salvage Pantry at 11462 Nicholson Rd Garrettsville. Phone Terry Allen at 330 719-2584 or Anna Mae Vanderhoeven at 330 527-4969.
Monetary donations can be made at Middlefield Bank. All proceeds are used to improve the park.

Spring Craft Show Seeks Vendors
Call Today!
Vendors sign up now for the Spring Craft Show being held by the Windham American Legion, March 24, 9-5pm. Food will be available on site. Tables $10 each paid in advance. Sign up by 3/17/2012. Call 330-326-3188.

Crafters & Vendors Wanted
Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for crafters and vendors. Tables are $20.00 each. It will be held on Sat. April 14 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13830 Mayfield Rd., Claridon at the corner of Claridon Troy Rd. and Rt. 322. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Cost is $8.50.

Seeking Artisans!
Mantua’s Art on the Hill is seeking artisans and food vendors for their 4th annual event which will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 from 10am-5pm in downtown Mantua, Ohio. Each year there are over 60 artisans selling and displaying their handmade work. Booth fee is $45. Call 330-414-6486 or email communityjournal@yahoo.com for an application or more information.

Mantua K of C Lenten Dinners
Fridays through March 30
Mantua Knights of Columbus are hosting Lenten Dinners each Friday night through March 30th featuring a variety of delicious peirogi’s from the Famous West Side Market “Peirogi Palace”. Additional dinner options available. Dine-In service is available 5–8 PM or Carry-Out by calling (330) 274-2576. The Mantua K of C Party Center is located at 11845 St. Rt. 44 just north of SR. 82

Burton Public Library Book Sales
Sundays in March
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold used-book sales at the library on each Sunday in March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are items for everyone: books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, vinyl LPs, CDs, tapes, movies and puzzles. Sunday, March 25, will be “bag day.” Please enter the sales through the white door located at the back of the building.

Eagles Fish Dinners
Fridays through April 13
The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting fish dinners on March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 & 13. Dinners will be held from 4 – 7:30 pm at 8149 Water St. All dinners are $8 and avail for carry out.

Interact Club Book Drive
Beginning March 14
Interact Club at James A. Garfield High School is running a book drive.  The books we are collecting should be gently-used educational books.  The books will be sent to Africa or sold to provide money to purchase necessary books for education.  Donation boxes can be found at local businesses and at the school buildings. This will run from 3/14 – 5/16 or longer.

“Annie Get Your Gun” Presale Tickets
On Sale Now
Tickets for the J.A. Garfield High School Theatre Production of “Annie Get Your Gun”are available for $7 Adults, $5 SR Citizens & Students. Stop by the high school front office to purchase pre-sale tickets. The show will be April 12 – April 15.

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 23 & 30
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Fridays, March 23 and 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

Friday Fish Fry
March 23, 30 & April 6
Come out and enjoy the best fish dinner around, including fresh cut fries and coleslaw. Adults are only $8; children under 10 are only $4. And for the hearty appetite, get all you can eat for just $10! Eat In and Carry Out are available. Friday, March 23, 30 and April 6 from 5 to 8 pm weekly. Praise Assembly of God 10280 State Route 88 – Garrettsville (located across from the JAG High School). Call (330) 527-2777 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
March 24
Spaghetti & meatball dinner including salad, bread and beverage.
Proceeds to benefit the coat mission for Newton Falls Children. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 24 at Newton Falls United Methodist Church 336 Ridge Rd. Newton Falls, OH 44444 Donations welcome.

Soup’D Up Jazz Dinner
March 24
Soup’d Up Jazz Dinner at Garfield Elementary School March 24 from 5 -7 pm. Featuring the 6th grade Swing’n G-Men Jazz Band, Garfield Middle School Jazz Band, Varsity Gold Show Choir & The Garfield High School Swing Machine Jazz Band. Tickets are available at the door for $7, adults; $6 for students and FREE for students 5 and younger.

Little Tigers Football Sign-ups
March 24
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding sign-ups for football and cheerleading for children ages 5 through 12 years old. The sign-ups will be held on March 24th at the Newton Falls community center from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league records. The registration fee is $ 55.00 per child and a $ 25.00 volunteer fee. If you have questions please contact Andy McElrath @ 330- 565-0950.

“It’s All About Him”
March 24
Praise Concert will be held on march 24 at 6:30 pm (Doors Open 6:00) at the Morning Star Friends Church
12550 Ravenna Rd.,Chardon 44024 Love Offering – No Charge for Admission

“Oklahoma” Auditions
March 24
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will hold auditions for their production of “Oklahoma” on March 24, 2012 at 1 pm in the choir room at James A. Garfield High School. Please have a monologue and song prepared. The production of “Oklahoma” will run July 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21st. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 24
Crestwood High School Baseball will be hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on March 24th from 4pm – 8pm at St. Joseph Church on Pioneer Trail in Mantua Tickets are $7 pre-sale, $9 at the door, $5 for seniors and kids (5 to 11).  There will be many baskets and sporting event tickets for the silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Coach John Bakalar at jbakalar@crestwoodschools.org

Crafts & Collectibles Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club is hosting a Crafts & Collectibles Sale on March 24th from 9 am – 3 pm. Free admission. Lunch / door prizes / raffle. Twenty-plus vendors. Portage County Gardeners Center, 5154 South Prospect Street, Ravenna.
Oink & Squeal Party
March 24
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm. Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectible sale from 9 am – 3 pm on March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free admission. Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact: Pat Thomas at 330-297-0232 or Laura Yaunt at 330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a table space for $20.00

Pancake Breakfast
March 25
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave, Burton, is hosting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Adults $8; Children $5. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea.

Pancakes & Sausage Breakfasts
March 25
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring pancake & sausage breakfasts at the Parkman Community House, SR422 in Parkman on March 25 from 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy pure Geauga Maple Syrup. Adults: $7.50; Children (6-12): $3.00; Children 5 & under: Free

Free Community Dinner
March 27
Windham American Legion 9960 Center St. from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach, Warren, OH
Hiring Fair at Southeast High
March 27
Portage County Hiring Fair will be held on March 27 from 3-6 pm at Southeast High School 8423 Tallmadge Road, Ravenna. Free to all employers and residents. Employers must reserve space by calling (330)297-1436 or on-line at Portage-ESC.org.

JA Garfield High School Parent Teacher Conferences
March 29
James A. Garfield H.S. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 29, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please call Mrs. Fisher at 330-527-4341 to schedule an appointment.

Yoga Classes
March 29
Yoga classes offered by Ravenna Recreation are held Thursdays 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Tower Lodge in City Park from March 29 to May 3. Fee for city taxpayers is $32.00 and non-city taxpayer fee is $37.00, drop-in fee $8. To register contact Ravenna 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.

T’AI CHI Class
March 29
Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a 6-week, adult beginner / intermediate T’ai Chi class on Thursday evenings beginning March 29 to May 3. Sessions will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park. Fee is $35 for Ravenna city taxpayers and $40 for non-city taxpayers. For more information or to register contact Ravenna Recreation, 530 N. Freedom St. or call (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Boys Scout Fish Fry
March 30
Boy Scout Troop 76 will be hosting a fund-raiser FISH FRY on Friday, March 30th at the Parkman Community House (St.Rt. 422 just east of St.Rt. 528). Fish, fresh-cut fries, and coleslaw will be served from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adults: $9/ Kids (4-8 years old): $5 Take-out adult dinners will be available. Hot dog dinners will also be available (for the kids) for $3 Beverages included – Desserts available with additional donation.

Night At The Races
March 30
Tickets are now on sale for the JA Garfield After Prom Committee’s Night At The Races to be held at Sugarbush on March 30. Cost is $20 per person, includes dinners, entry fee and draft beer. Purchase your tickets by March 23 by calling Stacy at 330 527-4433 or Denise at (330) 527-7707.

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers  will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on  March 30th,, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
The Girl Scouts of Newton Falls will hold the 59th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1 pm at the Community Center Park basketball court. This event is open to all children of the community ages 2 – 10 and will be held rain or shine. Please bring a basket or bag to hold your eggs. Questions or donations call Shara Sullivan, event coordinatior 330-872-7333

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
March 31
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in Braceville. The dinner is from 4:00 until 6:30. The dinner will include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, and beverages. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Phone number for takeouts 330-898-5607

Easter Hunt at RFC
March 31
Renaissance Family Center in Windham is having our annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 at 11am. All children up to the age of 12 are welcome. Please call 330-326-3003.
All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
March 31
All You Can Eat Breakfast will be held on March 31, 8:30am to 11:30am at the Full Gospel Mission Church, 887 West Spruce Ave in
Ravenna. Cost is Adults: $5; Children(4-12): $3; Children 3 & under: Free. Take out is available

Youth Football Night At The Races
March 31
The Garrettsville Youth Football League is having a Night at the Races event at the Mantua K of C on March 31, 2012 at 6 P.M. Tickets are $25 per person and include all the food, beer, wine and soda you can eat and drink. Please join us for a chance to wager on video horse races, play 50/50 and other activities. All proceeds will benefit the Garrettsville Youth Football League. Please contact Mike May at 216-372-3703 to purchase tickets.

Annual Edible Book Festival
March 31
The Burton Public Library will host the annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. until noon.  All ages are welcome to participate in this fun and creative time.  Make your edible book at home and bring it to the library at 11 a.m. on March 31.  There will be prizes for Funniest, Most Book-Like, and Most Creative edible books.

Nelson Twp Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
Nelson Annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for March 31, 1012 at 2pm at Pixley Park. if it rains it will be held at the Community House. Ages 3 years old to 10 are welcome. Bring a decorated hat for the hat contest and bring a basket to decorate. Supplies for decorating basket will be provided. Candy and cash donations are being accepted at 8488 State Route 305 Garrettsville.

Senior Citizen Luncheon
March 31
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on March 31. 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.

“Courageous”
March 31
The movie “Courageous” will be shown on March 31 beginning at 6 pm at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls. There is no admission charge for this event. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055 or www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.

Pancake Breakfasts
April 1, 8, & 15
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post #459. Pancake breakfast Sunday April 1, 8, and 15 from 9-1:30 at 14052 Goodwin Avenue Burton, OH. All you can eat pancakes, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea. Adults, $8.00. Kids, $5.00.

Ecumenical Service
April 1
The churches of Lordstown, Ohio will join together on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. for an Ecumenical Service at Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave., Warren, Ohio 44481. All are welcome.

 

Burton Public Library Focus Group
April 3
The Burton Public Library is beginning work on a 2-year strategic plan.  Community members are needed for a focus group to help the library plan its future.  If you are a Burton Public Library user, your input would be appreciated.  The first focus group meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Library.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call Library Director Holly Manning Lynn at 440-834-4466.

Burton Easter Egg Hunt
April 7
Burton Easter egg hunt is on April 7 at Burton Village Park at 11:00 am. Ages 1-6. Rain or shine.

Roast Beef Dinner & Dance
April 7
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a roast beef dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 and its monthly dance from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Kent V.F.W. #3703 post home, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent, OH. Music will be by DJ Mel. Cost for dinner and dance is $14.50 a person for members and $16.50 a person for non-members. Call Mary @ 330-571-3801 or Warrine @ 330-322-9559 by April 5 for reservations and further information

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 7
Ravenna Parks and Rec Dept is announcing the opportunities for vendors to participate in the City of Ravenna’s Annual Easter Eggstravaganza scheduled for April 7 at John Tontimonia City Park. The day’s activities will include egg hunts, game booths, touch a truck and photos with the Easter bunny. Event begins at 9:45 a.m. and will conclude by 11:45 a.m. If you are interested please contact Ravenna Recreation at 330-296-2864 to receive additional information. Space is limited.

Records Commission Meeting Notice
April 10
James A Garfield Local School district will be holding a records commission meeting on April 10 at 6:45 p.m. in the Orson E. Ott Administrative Office.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
April 12
There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

Amateur Comedy Night
April 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host their third Amateur Comedy Night, at Slim n Jumbo’s on April 14th at 7pm. Amateur comedians from all across Northeast Ohio will gather for the prize money, being awarded to the funniest comedians of the evening. Currently there are 8 comedians registered for this event. Last November, the comedians performed to a standing room only audience of over 90 people. Tickets for this event are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709

Make the Most with Compost, Part 1
April 14
On April 14 from 9 – 11 a.m. Master Gardener Lauren Maser  provides compelling reasons to compost and describes two different methods.  $15 fee. Light refreshments and handouts included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Compost Part 2: Lasagna Gardening & Backyard Composting will be offered September 15.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Growing Garlic in Geauga Clay
April 21
On April 21 from 10 am – Noon Master Gardener Galen Black will present a class on growing garlic in Geauga County.  He will discuss and illustrate the use of raised beds and soil amendments.  Get tips on selecting garlic that grows well in northeastern Ohio and the best times for planting and harvesting garlic.  Learn about pruning and removing garlic scapes and using them in both cooking and salads and methods of storing and pickling garlic.  Include in the class will also be information on leeks, onions and scallions.  $15 fee. Light refreshments included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Little Tigers Golf Fund Raiser
June 2
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their annual Golf outing fund raiser on June 2, 2012 at the Olde Dutch Mill golf course. The four man scramble will be an 8:00 a.m. shot gun with registration starting at 7:00 a.m.. The registration fee will be $65.00 per golfer and will include lunch, dinner, golf with cart, and beverages. Prizes will be awarded for all holes. Come join us for a fun day and support the Newton Falls youth football and cheer leading program. For information please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Heather Lyndsey from the Olde Dutch at 330-654-4100.

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!! Summerfest in Ravenna is coming. Details to follow…

 

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Register now for the Class of 2025!
The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child who will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on March 14, 15 and 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.  

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Register now for the Class of 2025!
The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child who will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.

Fellowship & Music
Wednesdays
Beginning on February 29, 2012, Wednesday night, at 7:00 p.m. and each Wednesday night  after  February 29 there will be fellowship and music at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church located at 336 Ridge Road, in Newton Falls.  This program will supply soup and drinks but most of all there will be worship, fellowship, and music.  The music will be provided the United Methodist Church Praise Band. Come and bring your friends.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8  pm. Cost is $8.50.

Crafters & Vendors Wanted
Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for Crafters and Vendors. Tables are $20.00 each. It will be held on Sat. April 14 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13830 Mayfield Rd., Claridon at the corner of Claridon Troy Rd. and Rt. 322. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.

Hiram Rapids Historical Building Fundraiser
Donations now accepted
The Hiram Rapids Church and Cemetery Association (R.C.C.A.) is accepting donations for our spring rummage sale. All proceeds are used to maintain this historical building. Please call if you have some things you would like to donate. 330-569-7204 330-569-7453

Hiram Community Trust Grants
Apply By April 20
The Hiram Community Trust was created by Reign Hadsell with the goal of providing funds for projects that make the Hiram Community a distinctive and special place to live. It was Reign’s wish that these funds be used to promote a spirit of cooperation among Hiram Village and Township, Hiram College, James A. Garfield Schools and Crestwood Schools. Funding for projects ranging from several hundred dollars to $25,000 is available. Grants applications are due April 20, 2012 with funds available for projects beginning or after July 1, 2012. For grant guidelines, an application or questions, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Mantua K of C Lenten Dinners
Fridays through March 30
Mantua Knights of Columbus are hosting Lenten Dinners each Friday night through March 30th featuring a variety of delicious Peirogi’s from the Famous West Side Market “Peirogi Palace”.  Additional dinner options  available. Dine-In service is available 5–8 PM or Carry-Out by calling (330) 274-2576.  The Mantua K of C Party Center is located at 11845 St. Rt. 44 just north of St. Rt. 82

Outdoor Spring Soccer Sign-ups
It’s that time of the year again!  Spring Soccer!  If you are a currently a  7th or 8th grader (boys and girls) in the James A Garfield School District we are looking for a minimum of 14 players for the team. Please let me know by March 1st. For more details, please call Kim Curry at 330.527.2186
Practices beginning the first part of April.

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 2,9,16, 23 & 30
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

Burton Public Library Book Sales
Sundays in March
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold used-book sales at the library on each Sunday in March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, vinyl LPs, CDs, tapes, movies and puzzles.   Sunday, March 25, will be “bag day.”   Please enter the sales through the white door located at the back of the building.

World Day of Prayer
March 2
World Day of Prayer 2012 will be observed on March 2.  A community service, led by the churches of Braceville, Lordstown and Newton Falls, will be held on Friday, March 2 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls  The theme of this year’s event is “Let Justice Prevail.”    Those attending are invited to bring a covered dish to the luncheon which will follow the service.

American Legion Breakfast
March 3
The Windham American Legion, Post #674 will be hosting a big breakfast buffet or an All-You_Can-Eat sausage and pancake breakfast on March 3 from 8-11 am at 9960 Center Street. Adults $7; Kids 12 and under $5; kids under 5 are free.

J.A. Garfield Historical Society Invites Visitors
March 3
The James A. Garfield Historical Society is now open on the first Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 3:00. We are located at the corner of Main and High Street in the center of Garrettsville.  The first Saturday of March is the 3rd.  We hope to see you!

Rotary Family Week Awards Ceremony
March 3
You are invited to attend the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary’s Family Week Awards on March 3rd. at 2 pm. at the JA Garfield Elementary School.  We will be recognizing couples married over 50 years. No prior registration required.   Please come and bring a friend.   Also we will be recognizing the Family of the Year.  Remember, “Strong Families Build Strong Communities”

Chili Cook-Off For Danielle Grim
March 3
The Fun Time Cloggers are sponsoring a Chili Cook-off on March 3 from 1-5 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, SR 5, Newton Falls.  Proceeds to benefit Daniell Grim,  a high school freshman who is battling bone cancer.  Tickets are $5. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and bake sale. If you have any questions, please call Tim and Mickey Whaley 330-538-3216.

Garfield Hotstove Sign Ups
March 3
Hotstove baseball sign-ups will be held on Sat. March 3rd from 9 am – Noon at the Village Hall. Cost will be as follows: 5-6 years old $50; 7-8 years old $60 and 9-14 years old $75.  If anyone has any questions, please call Phil Britton at (330) 527-2209.

Girls Youth Softball Sign Ups
March 3
Garfield Youth Softball  sign-ups will be held on Sat. March 3rd from 9 am – Noon at the Village Hall

G-Men Donkey Basketball Game
March 3
James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters presents the G-Men Softball’s 4th Annual Donkey Basketball Game on March 3rd  from 7-9 pm in the high school gym.
Cost is  $6 in advance; $8 at the door. For more information contact Coach Downing @ 330-527-4341

Windham Drama Club Scotch Doubles
March 3
Let the Good Times Roll! WHS Drama Club will be holding a Scotch Doubles at Sky Lanes on March 3rd from 9 – 11:30 pm. Cost is $40 per couple  Price includes: 3 games, food and drink. Basket Raffles and 50/50 will also be held. All are welcome to participate even if you don’t bowl – Come a few minutes early to get your tickets!!  Questions – contact Heather Fall at 330 720-3726

Texas Hold’em Poker Fundraiser
March 3
There will be a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament fundraiser to benefit the Ravenna Buckeye Garage Door Ghosts baseball team on March 3.  Tournament will be held at the Ravenna Italian American club. Doors open at 5 pm, tournament begins at 6 pm.  Seating limited to the first 100 registered players.  Contact Bill Bregant at 330 389-1084 for more info or to register.

Pancake Breakfast
March 4, 11, 18 & 25
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave, Burton, is hosting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Adults $8; Children $5. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea.

Pancakes & Sausage Breakfasts
March 4, 11, 18 & 25
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring pancake & sausage breakfasts at the Parkman Community House,
State Route 422 in Parkman on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Enjoy pure Geauga Maple Syrup. Adults: $7.50; Children (6-12): $3.00; Children 5 & under: Free

Card Party
March 4
St. William Women’s Guild Annual Card Party will be held at 5431 Mahoning Ave. NW Champion, OH on March 4 at 1 p.m.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. – Donation $7.  Theme:  “Life is like a Game of Cards”. Featuring our famous “Grand Salad Bar”, 50/50 Raffle,  cash and craft raffle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bella Women’s Center.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 4
Knights Of Columbus Council #3350, is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on March 4th from Noon – 3 pm at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry out available. Adults:$7.00; Children: $3.00 (6-11);Children: FREE(5& under).

Shalersville Pancake Breakfasts
March 4, 11 & 18
Goodell Family Farm will again serve its traditional pancake breakfasts the first three Sundays in March, the 4th, 11th, and 18th at the Shalersville Townhall, at the corner of Routes 44 and 303.  The pancakes will be buckwheat or plain, with butter, freshly-made maple syrup, and country sausage.  Prices are adults, $7.50 and3.50, aged 3 to 12.  Children under age 3 are free.  We seat you and serve you.  Bring your friends.

Pancakes at the Grange in March
March 4 & 18
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee, Sunday, March 4 and 18, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. Cost is $6 for Adults  and $3 for Children 10 and under. We will also have a breakfast on April 1st.
Fishing Enthusiats Program
March 5
As the snow melts and rivers begin to run, anglers and fishing enthusiasts of northeast Ohio get excited.  If you are one of them, join us at the Burton Public Library for an hour of fishing instruction and information on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Dan Pribanic of Chagrin River Outfitters will present some of the hottest tips and methods.  Burton Public Library is located at 14588 W. Park St., on the square in Burton Village.  Call 440-834-4466 to register for the program.

Pancake Breakfast Storytime at the Garrettsville Library
March 5 or 6
Children are invited to join us at the Garrettsville Library on either March 5 at 11:00 am or March 6 at 11:30 am for a special pancake breakfast storytime. Enjoy stories about maple syrup sugaring and pancakes. Registration is required for these programs. Register online at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”) or call 330-527-4378 for more information.

Election Day Soup Sale
March 6
The Windham Lions Club is busy planning a bean soup sale for Election Day March 6, 2012. Voters or hungry bean soup lovers can stop by the Windham Methodist church from 11 AM till 6 PM on March 6th for all-you-care-to-eat soup, cornbread, dessert and beverage. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. There will also be carry-out available in quart containers with 2 cornbreads and 2 desserts for $12.

West Geauga Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
March 7 – 10
The Annual Spring Book Sale sponsored by the West Geauga Friends of the Library begins Wednesday, March 7 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M., followed by the open Public Sale from 6:30 to 8:30P.M. Thursday, March 8, hours are 9:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M., Friday, March 9 hours are 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. and Saturday, March 10 is $3.00 Bag Day with hours from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Windham Free Community Dinner
March 8
A free  community dinner  will be served March 8th  at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  Why cook when we will do it for you?  The dinner will be served  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   All are welcome, bring your friends.  Come enjoy the food & the fellowship!  The dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carry-outs.  For more information call 330-326-3133.

Swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs
Register by March 9
The last set of swimming lessons before summer will be held on March 11,18,25,April 1 and 22. Times:2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  ** All Levels, All Hours
** Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end. Cost:  $50 per child for all 5 lessons. Ages  4 years and older  Sign-ups: Sunday February 26th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College pool or  register online! Deadline to register March 9th       http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  ** Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Line Dance Lessons
Register by March 9
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons.  Come join with your friends to learn classic and new line dances and improve your health at the same time. Open to teens and adults the lessons will begin on March 13 to May 1 (no class April 24th)  for 7 weeks. The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays.  Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 15 and max 30. Deadline to register is March 9 or until filled.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 9
The next Western Reserve Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, March 9th, 5-7 pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center.
Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.  Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available.  NEW! There will be a silent auction!  Among the items to bid on are  Cleveland  Indians tickets, $25.00 gas card, and many other fun prizes. Our co-host is Hiram Hilltoppers Baseball Team.

Craft Bazaar
March 10
The ladies auxiliary will be hosting a craft bazaar on March 10 from 9-3 pm at the VFW Post 1055, 6000 New Milford Rd, Ravenna. Come join us for crafts, baked goods and many interesting items.  Lunch will be available. If you are interested in renting a table call Pat at 330 297-0232.

Team Night Dance
March 10
Wear your favorite sports team’s shirts or hats and come out to dance. Team night dance will be held on March 10 form 7-10 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, junction of SR 45 & 87.  Admission $5; under 10 yrs is $4.

Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard Grand Opening
March 10
Please join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard on March 10th from 2:00-4:00.  The Cupboard is located behind Isaac Mills Bakery at 9415 St. Rt. 305 on the Nelson Circle.  Come meet our volunteers and take a tour of the Cupboard.  Refreshments will be served.

Senior Bingo
March 12
Senior bingo will be held on March 12 from 5-7 pm at the Newton Falls Community Center. Free to all seniors. There is a 50/50 raffle and prizes.  Come out and have some fun.

Girl Scout Activities
March 13
Free Girl Scout activities in Windham for girls in 4th – 8th grade. Program will begin Tuesday, March 13th at the Windham Renaissance Family Center and will run for 12 sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:00pm-4:30pm. If you have any questions please call Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio at 800.852.4474.

Amateur Radio Class
March 13
An Amateur Radio class starts March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dietrich Building located beneath the radio tower at Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna.  Students can earn their Technician License and join the exciting and fun hobby of amateur radio.  There is a $25 fee payable to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS); texts are $30 and will be available at the class.   Contact Jim Aylward, KC8PD, 330-297-7979, kc8pd@portcars.org for more information.

Pricetown Home-Cooked Supper
March 14
The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and a beverage. The meal will be on  March 14 from 5 to 6:30 P.M.  Cost $7.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children,  6 to 12 years,  and free for children 5 years and younger.
Carryouts will be available.

Garden Club Card Party
March 15
Come one anmd all to the card party sponsored by the Warren Township Garden Club. The party will be held on March  15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.at the Johnson Community Center, Gilmer Road, Leavittsburg.  There will be card games, Scrabble and Yahtzee, and bingo.   There will be a meal included with the entry fee of $5.00 per person.  We also will be having a Chinese Auction.  Come and have fun with your friends.
Card Making Party
March 17
There will be a card making party on March 17 from 1-4 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, located at SR 45 & 87 junction.  Participants will make 15 card! All supplies included in the cost of $14 as well refreshments.  Reservation deadline is March 10. Call Kathy at 440-685-4425 or Liz at 440-685-4582.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
March 17
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with all the fixings including beverage and dessert.  Hosted by Portage Faith United Methodist Church located at 9922 State Route 44 in Shalersville.  Saturday, March 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Adults:  $8, Children 6 -12:  $4, under 6 free.

Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off
March 17
Don’t miss it!  Annual Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off and Chinese auction March 17 at 11:30 – 2:30 in the historic Huntsburg gym.  Number of spaces for cook-off are limited, phone 636-5510 to enter so you don’t get shut out.  Live entertainment with Bob Stanek and The Boys, raffles, vendor show, food, free cake, games.   Call 636-5517 for more information.

Organic Vegetable Gardening
March 17
Learn from a Certified Organic Grower.  Jake Trethewey of Maplestar Farm in Geauga County has been  growing organic produce on his family’s farm since 2004.  Jake will address topics of soil fertility; organic soil amendments; pest, weed and disease control; irrigation options; and how to prepare your garden for the next season each fall.  Fee of $15. Light refreshments.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on March 17 from 9-11 am  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.  View a list of Master Gardener classes:  www.geauga.osu.edu
Paws For Reading
March 17, 24 & 31
For children struggling with reading, the Paws for Reading program has proven successful in helping them build confidence in their reading skills.  Each child is paired with one dog for a half hour session of reading.  Three sessions of Paws for Reading will be held at the Burton Public Library.  On Saturdays March 17, 24 and 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  children may come to the library for a half hour session of reading with a therapy dog.  Appointments are required.  To schedule a time for your child, please call Beth Pettit at 440-564-7139.

Amvets Breakfast
March 18
Amvets Post 112 will be hosting a breakfast to support the troops on March 18 from 9 am – Noon at 37 W. Broad St, Newton Falls.  Cost is $6 adults; $4 children ages 4-9 and free for kids under 4.

Singing Weavers to Minister
March 18
The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on March 18 at 10:30 am  A covered dish dinner will follow. The church is located at SR 88 & SR 303 in Freedom Township.

Step Into Spring – Tools To Help Manage Arthritis Pain
March 20
A free community education program will be held on March 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Abraham Family Room 150 at Robinson Medical Arts Building, 6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to view exhibits; first speaker at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Shorin Nemeth, with the Center for Pain Medicine, will present “Managing Arthritis Pain” and Kent McGuire, with Ohio AgrAbility will present “Gardening & Arthritis”. There will also be an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program demonstration, community exhibits, door prizes, and light refreshments.  Register online at http://Stepintospring.kintera.org/ or call the Arthritis Foundation at 800-245-2275, ext. 6431.

What’s New in Annuals & Perennials
March 24
Dennis James of DJ’s Greenhouse will introduce us to the many new exciting plants, annuals and perennials, available to the home gardener this year!   Fee of $15.  Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on Sat.,  Mar. 24,  from 9 – 10:30 A.M

Oink & Squeal Party
March 24
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm.  Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

Souped up Jazz
March 24
JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on  March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free  admission.  Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact:  Pat Thomas at  330-297-0232  or  Laura Yaunt at  330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a  table space for $20.00

Night At The Races
March 30
Tickets are now on sale for the JA Garfield After Prom Committee’s Night At The Races to be held at Sugarbush on March 30.  Cost is $20 per person, includes dinners, entry fee and draft beer.  Purchase your tickets by March 23 by calling Stacy at 330 527-4433 or Denise at (330) 527-7707.

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
April 12
There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

Amateur Comedy Night
April 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host their third Amateur Comedy Night, at Slim n Jumbo’s on April 14th at 7pm. Amateur comedians from all across Northeast Ohio will gather for the prize money, being awarded to the funniest comedians of the evening. Currently there are 8 comedians registered for this event. Last November, the comedians performed to a standing room only audience of over 90 people. Tickets for this event are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…

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American Legion Fish Fry

Fridays

The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8  pm. Cost is $8.50.

 

Fellowship & Music

Wednesdays

Beginning on February 29, 2012, Wednesday night, at 7:00 p.m. and each Wednesday night  after  February 29 there will be fellowship and music at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church located at 336 Ridge Road, in Newton Falls.  This program will supply soup and drinks but most of all there will be worship, fellowship, and music.  The music will be provided the United Methodist Church Praise Band. Come and bring your friends.

 

Crafters & Vendors Wanted

Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for Crafters and Vendors. Tables are $20.00 each. It will be held on Sat. April 14 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13830 Mayfield Rd., Claridon at the corner of Claridon Troy Rd. and Rt. 322. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.

 

Hiram Community Trust Grants

Apply By April 20

The Hiram Community Trust was created by Reign Hadsell with the goal of providing funds for projects that make the Hiram Community a distinctive and special place to live. It was Reign’s wish that these funds be used to promote a spirit of cooperation among Hiram Village and Township, Hiram College, James A. Garfield Schools and Crestwood Schools. Funding for projects ranging from several hundred dollars to $25,000 is available. Grants applications are due April 20, 2012 with funds available for projects beginning or after July 1, 2012. For grant guidelines, an application or questions, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

 

Register now for the Class of 2025!

The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child who will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.

 

Crestwood Kindergarten Registration

Ongoing

Information packets and registration paperwork are now available for parents to pick up at the Crestwood Primary school. The official registration will take place on Feb 23 and March 1 during the times of 9:30 am – 11:30 am; 1 – 2:30 pm and 5-7 pm.  All registration will take place at the Crestwood Primary building. Children must be five years old on or before Aug. 1, 2012 to be eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2012-13 school year.

 

Hiram Rapids Historical Building Fundraiser

Donations now accepted

The Hiram Rapids Church and Cemetery Association (R.C.C.A.) is accepting donations for our spring rummage sale. All proceeds are used to maintain this historical building. Please call if you have some things you would like to donate. 330-569-7204 330-569-7453

 

Mantua K of C Lenten Dinners

Fridays through March 30

Beginning Feb 24th, Mantua Knights of Columbus are hosting Lenten Dinners each Friday night through March 30th featuring a variety of delicious Peirogi’s from the Famous West Side Market “Peirogi Palace”.  Additional dinner options include Fish, Shrimp or Mac-N-Cheese and include side dishes, bread, homemade dessert and beverage (beverage not included with carry-out).  Other side dishes are also available.  Dine-In service is available 5–8 PM or Carry-Out by calling (330) 274-2576.  The Mantua K of C Party Center is located at 11845 St. Rt. 44 just north of St. Rt. 82

 

Outdoor Spring Soccer Sign-ups

It’s that time of the year again!  Spring Soccer!  If you are a currently a  7th or 8th grader (boys and girls) in the James A Garfield School District we are looking for a minimum of 14 players for the team. Please let me know by March 1st. For more details, please call Kim Curry at 330.527.2186

Practices beginning the first part of April.

 

Lenten Fish Dinners

Beginning Feb 24

St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Fridays, Feb. 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

 

RFC Free Dinner

Feb 24

Free Monthly dinner is kicked up a notch with a free drawing each month for two very nice prizes.  Everyone gets a number when they arrive and the winner is drawn. Free Dinner, everyone invited, Feb. 24th from 5:00 till 6:30 pm at the Renaissance Family Center. Come early, drawing by 6:00.

 

God Provides A Lunch

Feb 24

God Provides Lunch at the Bristolville UMC located at Rt. 45 & 88 in Bristolville.

Come and Join us for a lunch of Soup & Sandwich on Feb. 24th  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

God Provides A Free Meal

Feb 24

The February God Provides A Free Meal will be on Feb 24 from 4-6 pm at the Nelson United Methodist Church located on Nelson Circle (9367 SR 305). The February cuisine is chili, salad and cake. Everyone is welcome.

 

Eagles Steak Fry & Chicken Dinner

Feb 25

The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday Feb 25th from 4:30 to 7:30. Dinners include choice of baked potato or french fries, vegetable, salad and roll. Steak dinners are $12.00 and chicken $8.00. Open to the public.

 

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Feb 25

The First Christian Church, 17 North Center St,Newton Falls is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancakes (in house) breakfast, served with sides of sausage (links or patties), eggs, orange juice, syrup, coffee  OR Sausage gravy with biscuits served with eggs, orange juice, coffee on Feb 25 from 8 am – Noon. Adults $5.75; 5-12 yrs. $2.75; under 5 free. Tickets to be purchased at the door.  Take outs are available, call 330-872-1328 to place an order.

 

Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Feb 25

Brownie Troop 442 from Crestwood Intermediate School will be selling Girl Scout Cookies at Mantua Hardware from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.  Cookies are $3.50 per box (cash only) and they will be selling all varieties (Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Thin Mints, Thank You Berry Munch, Trefoils,  Dulce De Leche and the new lemon crispy cookie, Savannah Smiles).  Stop by for a sweet treat!

 

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Feb 25

On Feb 25 there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off SR 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner is from 4- 6:30 pm and includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, apple sauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Phone number for take-outs is 330 898-5607.

 

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers Gardening 101

Feb 25

Master Gardener Joe Banzer demonstrates a plan for a successful garden using a new presentation and lots of “how to” pictures. Topics include soil improvement, raised beds, soil testing, fertilizers, plant selection and other aspects of starting or improving a home garden.  Fee of $15.  Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register.    Class held  Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. – Noon at  Patterson Bldg.(on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

 

Garfield Hotstove Baseball Sign Ups

Feb 25, 29 & March 3

Hotstove baseball sign-ups will be held on Sat. Feb 25th and March 3rd from 9 am – Noon at the Village Hall; Wed. Feb 29 from 6-8 pm at Garfield Elementary School. Cost will be as follows: 5-6 years old $50; 7-8 years old $60 and 9-14 years old $75.  If anyone has any questions, please call Phil Britton at (330) 527-2209.

 

Girls Youth Softball Sign Ups

Feb 25, 29 & March 3

Garfield Youth Softball  sign-ups will be held on Sat. Feb 25th and March 3rd from 9 am – Noon at the Village Hall; Wed. Feb 29 from 6-8 pm at Garfield Elementary School.

 

Storytime & Book Signing

Feb 25

Mialie T. Szymanski, author and illustrator of the children’s picture book Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day will be visiting The Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson  on Feb 25th at 1pm. Come for a Doodle Dog storytime, kid-friendly activity, and opportunity to have your own copy signed by the author. Copies of the book will be available for purchase or bring your favorite edition of “Puppy Tails” to have it autographed. It’s going to be a “paws”itively grrreat day! For more information, call The Learned Owl at 330-653-2252 or visit www.learnedowl.com.

 

Benefit In Memory of Sue Warren

Feb 25

A benefit in loving memory of Brian Lancaster’s life-long companion, Sue Warren, will be held on Feb 25th at 4 pm at the Silver Crik Saloon in Garrettsville. $10 per person. 3 bands, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

 

1st Annual Fred Haney Winter Softball Tournament

Feb 25

The 1st Annual Fred Haney Winter Softball Tournament will be held on Feb 25 at the Time Out Sports Bar in Freedom Twp.  Tournament begins at 8 am.  Contact Raymond Oliver at 330 524-2746 or Time Out Sports Bar at 330 527-9080 to register your team. Cost is $100/team.  Registration ends on Feb 20th.

 

Community Music Night

Feb 26

The Newton Falls Ministerial Association will be sponsoring a “Community Music Night” on Sunday, February 26.  The service will be held at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road,  Newton Falls and will begin at 6:00 PM and will feature musical selections from various church choirs from within the Newton Falls community.  All are welcome to attend this service of “worship through music.”

 

Chili Cook-Off

Feb 26

Calling all cooks! Think you make the best chili in town? Here’s your chance to prove it! Garrettsville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a chili cook-off on Feb 26 at 1 p.m. to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Admission to the event is $5 per person, children under 10 are free.  Contact the church office at 330-527-2055 for registration forms or further information.

 

Windham American Legion Raffle

Drawing Feb 26

The Windham American Legion Post #674, SAL is raffling off a 37-inch flat screen TV. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Purchase at Post 674 or from any SAL member. Drawing will be February 26th.

 

Newton Falls Public Library Trustees Meeting

Feb 29

The Newton Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444.

 

Burton Public Library Book Sales

Sundays in March 

The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold used-book sales at the library on each Sunday in March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, vinyl LPs, CDs, tapes, movies and puzzles.   Sunday, March 25, will be “bag day.”   Please enter the sales through the white door located at the back of the building.

 

Scout Troop 112 Fundraiser Night

March 1

Boy Scout Troop 112 Will be holding a Fundraiser Night at CiCi’s Pizza located in front of  the Home Depot in Niles on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm!  It’s easy; just purchase your buffet, put your receipt in the box and enjoy your meal!!  More info? Call 330-507-3886, or email troop112@yahoo.com.

 

World Day of Prayer

March 2

World Day of Prayer 2012 will be observed on March 2.  A community service, led by the churches of Braceville, Lordstown and Newton Falls, will be held on Friday, March 2 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls  The theme of this year’s event is “Let Justice Prevail.”    Those attending are invited to bring a covered dish to the luncheon which will follow the service.

 

G-Men Donkey Basketball Game

March 3 

James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters presents the G-Men Softball’s 4th Annual Donkey Basketball Game on March 3rd  from 7-9 pm in the high school gym.

Cost is  $6 in advance; $8 at the door. For more information contact Coach Downing @ 330-527-4341

 

The Art and Science of Pruning!

March 3

Master Gardeners  Jim Zeitz and Deb Palmisano will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to achieve desired growth and maximum plant performance.  This class will ease your fear of pruning by helping you understand the when, how, where and why associated with pruning all your landscape plants and trees.  Light refreshments and handouts will be provided.  Class to be held Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Registration fee $15.   Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds).  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. View a list of upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes:  geauga.osu.edu/

 

Windham Drama Club Scotch Doubles

March 3

Let the Good Times Roll! WHS Drama Club will be holding a Scotch Doubles at Sky Lanes on March 3rd from 9 – 11:30 pm. Cost is $40 per couple  Price includes: 3 games, food and drink. Basket Raffles and 50/50 will also be held. All are welcome to participate even if you don’t bowl – Come a few minutes early to get your tickets!!  Questions – contact Heather Fall at 330 720-3726

 

Texas Hold’em Poker Fundraiser

March 3

There will be a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament fundraiser to benefit the Ravenna Buckeye Garage Door Ghosts baseball team on March 3.  Tournament will be held at the Ravenna Italian American club. Doors open at 5 pm, tournament begins at 6 pm.  Seating limited to the first 100 registered players.  Contact Bill Bregant at 330 389-1084 for more info or to register.

Pancake Breakfast

March 4, 11, 18 & 25

American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave, Burton, is hosting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Adults $8; Children $5. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea.

 

Pancakes & Sausage Breakfasts

March 4, 11, 18 & 25

The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring pancake & sausage breakfasts at the Parkman Community House,

State Route 422 in Parkman on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Enjoy pure Geauga Maple Syrup. Adults: $7.50; Children (6-12): $3.00; Children 5 & under: Free

 

Card Party

March 4

St. William Women’s Guild Annual Card Party will be held at 5431 Mahoning Ave. NW Champion, OH on March 4 at 1 p.m.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. – Donation $7.  Theme:  “Life is like a Game of Cards”. Featuring our famous “Grand Salad Bar”, 50/50 Raffle,  cash and craft raffle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bella Women’s Center.

 

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

March 4

Knights Of Columbus Council #3350, is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on March 4th from Noon – 3 pm at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry out available. Adults:$7.00; Children: $3.00 (6-11);Children: FREE(5& under).

 

Pancake Breakfast Storytime at the Garrettsville Library

March 5 or 6 

Children are invited to join us at the Garrettsville Library on either March 5 at 11:00 am or March 6 at 11:30 am for a special pancake breakfast storytime. Enjoy stories about maple syrup sugaring and pancakes. Registration is required for these programs. Register online at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”) or call 330-527-4378 for more information.

 

Election Day Soup Sale

March 6

The Windham Lions Club is busy planning a bean soup sale for Election Day March 6, 2012. Voters or hungry bean soup lovers can stop by the Windham Methodist church from 11 AM till 6 PM on March 6th for all-you-care-to-eat soup, cornbread, dessert and beverage. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. There will also be carry-out available in quart containers with 2 cornbreads and 2 desserts for $12.

 

Windham Free Community Dinner

March 8

A free  community dinner  will be served March 8th  at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  Why cook when we will do it for you?  The dinner will be served  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   All are welcome, bring your friends.  Come enjoy the food & the fellowship!  The dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carry-outs.  For more information call 330-326-3133.

 

Swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs

Register by March 9

The last set of swimming lessons before summer will be held on March 11,18,25,April 1 and 22. Times:2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  ** All Levels, All Hours

** Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end. Cost:  $50 per child for all 5 lessons. Ages  4 years and older  Sign-ups: Sunday February 26th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College pool or  register online! Deadline to register March 9th       http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  ** Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

 

Recycled Feed Bag Tote Program at the Library

 March 10

Join us at the Garrettsville Library on March 10 from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm for a recycled feed bag tote program. Using feed bags, learn how to turn them into attractive tote bags. They’re great for carrying groceries and other items. If possible, please bring a portable sewing machine. Supplies such as thread will be provided. Visit www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”) to register for this program. Call 330-527-4378 for additional information. Space limited to 25 seats, so register early!

 

Craft Bazaar

March 10

The ladies auxiliary will be hosting a craft bazaar on March 10 from 9-3 pm at the VFW Post 1055, 6000 New Milford Rd, Ravenna. Come join us for crafts, baked goods and many interesting items.  Lunch will be available. If you are interested in renting a table call Pat at 330 297-0232.

 

Senior Bingo

March 12

Senior bingo will be held on March 12 from 5-7 pm at the Newton Falls Community Center. Free to all seniors. There is a 50/50 raffle and prizes.  Come out and have some fun.

 

Pricetown Home Cooked Supper

March 14

The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and a beverage. The meal will be on  March 14 from 5 to 6:30 P.M.  Cost $7.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children,  6 to 12 years,  and free for children 5 years and younger.

Carryouts will be available.

 

Cheerleading Tryout Prep Camp

March 16 & 17

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering a weekend Cheerleading Tryout Prep Camp for grades 1 thru 5.  This workshop is for the beginner or the advanced student wishing to sharpen skills. It will get you  ready and confident about the upcoming Cheerleading season so you can ace your tryouts.  Camp will be held at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17  (participants attend both days).  Camp includes a t-shirt and pizza party.  Session on Friday will meet from 5 to 7 p.m . and Saturday session from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $35.00; all others $40.00. There is a $10 late fee after deadline date.  Registration takes place through March 2 or the first 30 to register.  Stop in at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St., weekdays 8 to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m.     For more information call 330-296-2864.

 

Card Making Party

March 17

There will be a card making party on March 17 from 1-4 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, located at SR 45 & 87 junction.  Participants will make 15 card! All supplies included in the cost of $14 as well refreshments.  Reservation deadline is March 10. Call Kathy at 440-685-4425 or Liz at 440-685-4582.

 

Organic Vegetable Gardening

March 17

Learn from a Certified Organic Grower.  Jake Trethewey of Maplestar Farm in Geauga County has been  growing organic produce on his family’s farm since 2004.  Jake will address topics of soil fertility; organic soil amendments; pest, weed and disease control; irrigation options; and how to prepare your garden for the next season each fall.  Fee of $15. Light refreshments.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on March 17 from 9-11 am  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.  View a list of Master Gardener classes:  www.geauga.osu.edu

 

 

Singing Weavers to Minister

March 18

The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on March 18 at 10:30 am  A covered dish dinner will follow. The church is located at SR 88 & SR 303 in Freedom Township.

 

Newton Falls Public Library Trustees Meeting

March 21

The Newton Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444.

 

Oink & Squeal Party

March 24

The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxilliary Post 459 will be hosting an Oink & Squeal Party, raffle and Chinese auction at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on March 24. Doors open at 5 pm; raffle at 7 pm. Chinese auction tickets are 10 for $1; Raffle tickets are $2 each.  For tickets contact any American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member.

 

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers

What’s New in Annuals & Perennials

March 24

Dennis James of DJ’s Greenhouse will introduce us to the many new exciting plants, annuals and perennials, available to the home gardener this year!  Mr. James grows a large selection of perennials himself, some of which he will bring with him for purchase.   Fee of $15.  Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on Sat.,  Mar. 24,  from 9 – 10:30 A.M

 

Oink & Squeal Party

March 24

The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm.  Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

 

Souped up Jazz

March 24

JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

 

Ravenna Garden Club Sale

March 24

The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on  March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free  admission.  Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact:  Pat Thomas at  330-297-0232  or  Laura Yaunt at  330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a  table space for $20.00

 

Blue Grass Mass

March 30

The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

 

Kindergarten Parent Information Night

April 12

There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

 

Ravenna Summerfest

June 16

Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…

 

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Newton Falls Public Library’s Free e-Book Training
Register today
Want to take advantage of the free e-Media offered by the Newton Falls Public Library through our shared CLEVNET catalog, but not sure about how to do so? The library staff will be happy to assist you in getting started downloading e-Books and audiobooks.  Sign up today for a free one on one session.

GCRTA Grant Offered
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association is offering a $1,500 grant to a college senior.  The recipient must be enrolled in a college of education and be a student teacher during the 2012-2013 school year.  In addition, the person must have resided in Geauga County or graduated from one of the high schools in the county. For an application, contact Ruth Holm at 15920 Arbor Trail, Newbury, OH 44065 or call 440-564-6652.

Register now for the Class of 2025!
The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child who will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.

Crestwood Kindergarten Registration
Ongoing
Information packets and registration paperwork are now available for parents to pick up at the Crestwood Primary school. The official registration will take place on Feb 23 and March 1 during the times of 9:30 am – 11:30 am; 1 – 2:30 pm and 5-7 pm.  All registration will take place at the Crestwood Primary building. Children must be five years old on or before Aug. 1, 2012 to be eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2012-13 school year.

American Legion Breakfasts
Mondays
The Windham American Legion will be serving breakfast every Monday morning from 8-11 am. Cost is $6.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8  pm. Cost is $8.50.

Newbury Pancake Breakfast
Sundays in February
The Newbury Area Kiwanis Club is hosting  all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts at the Newbury High School cafeteria every Sunday in February. Come enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Cost: $6.50 ages 13 and up; $3.50 ages 3-12; 2 and under are free.  Family Pack – up to 5 people $22. Proceeds benefit scholarship funds and other community needs.

FREEGAL Comes To Burton Public Library
FREEGAL stands for “Free and Legal” and is a new downloadable music service for patrons of the Burton Public Library. The library now offers free and legal music downloads from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.  Registered cardholders of the Burton Public Library or other CLEVNET libraries are able to download three songs per week in MP3 format from the library’s website using their library card barcode and PIN.  Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.  If you have an Internet browser on your computer or handheld device and have a Burton Public Library card, you can access Freegal. The library is pleased to announce this new service to the community.  Access Freegal through the Burton Public Library website:  www.burton.lib.oh.us

Spring Soccer Sign Ups
Through Feb 24
Registration for co-ed youth spring soccer with Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department & Eat’N Park is being held through Feb 24 for children 4 years old to sixth graders.  Fee for Ravenna City taxpayers (live or work in Ravenna City limits) is $40 and all others pay $48.  After Feb 24 a $10 late fee will be charged.  Players will need shin guards and mouth pieces.  Divisions are U6, U8, U10 and U12.  Practice begins end of March.  Games are scheduled for Sundays, April 15, 22, 29 & May 6 and 20 and Saturday, May 12 at the Ravenna Soccer Complex. For more information contact Ravenna Recreation Department (330) 296-2864 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. or stop in at 530 North Freedom St.

Soup & Sandwich Day
Feb 10
Soup & Sandwich Day will be held on February 10, 2012  from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Newton Falls United Methodist Church,  336 Ridge Road (Route 534).  Take outs will be available (330-872-1564)

Eagles Fish Fry
Feb 10
The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting a fish fry on Feb 10th from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Fish or shrimp or a combo is available.  Chicken strips are also available.  All dinners are $8 and include baked potato or French fries, green beans, cole slaw or apple sauce, dinner roll and butter and coffee.  To go orders are welcome by calling 330 527-2330. Dinners will be held EVERY Friday during Lent (Feb 24th – April 6)

Air Force  ROTC, TCTC  Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 10
A spaghetti dinner to help support the students from  TCTC,  Air Force JR ROTC , and their efforts to raise funds will be held at the VFW Post # 3332, Arlington Rd in  Newton Falls on Feb 10th. To donate to the Reserve Officer Training Program from Trumbull Career and Technical Center for the students,  come to the dinner! The other ways to help is to donate a basket or contact  2nd Lt. Chelsea Moran @ 330-872-3107 .

Teddy Bear Dance
Feb 11
Bring your favorite teddy bear to the Teddy Bear Dance on Feb 11 from 7 – 10 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, junction of SR 45 & 87.  Admission $5 ages 10+; $4 under 10. Come enjoy a night of square and line dancing.  Proceeds benefit the town hall restoration fund.

First Church of God Family Day
Feb 11
The First Church of God in Windham is having a community family day.  There will be games, food, and some entertainment.  The event is on Feb. 11, 2012 and  is from 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.  It is open to all families in the community and the event is free.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 11
An All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner will be held at St. Ambrose Church hall in Garrettsville, Saturday, February 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Featuring all you can eat spaghetti  and meatballs, crispy salad, fresh Italian bread, homemade dessert, and beverage. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth ages 6 to 12, and kids 5 and under are free! Hosted by Knights of Columbus council 11801.

Windham Hot Stove Baseball and Softball Sign Ups
Feb 11
Windham Hot Stove baseball and softball sign ups will be held on Feb 11th from 10a-2p. All sign ups are at Windham Township Hall. Sign up forms will NOT be accepted without payment. 2012 prices are:4 & 5 year olds $40; 6 – 8 year olds $55; 9 – 14 year olds $60; 15-18 year olds $70. A $5 late fee will be added to all forms submitted after February 11th

Heart of the Lyons Walk
Feb 11
A one mile fun walk through Northgate in Garrettsville will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11th to benefit Porter Lyons and his family. The cost of this event will be $10. The race will come with a t-shirt that shows you truly came and supported Porter and his family in their time of need. Folks can register online for the race at www.heartofthelyons.eventbrite.com until February 3, 2012.

Spaghetti Dinner & Music
Feb 11
The Renaissance Family Center and the Windham Bands are having an evening of food and entertainment. Make a date for the family for a great Spaghetti Dinner and music from the Windham Band on  Feb. 11th at the Center from 5 pm to 7 pm, cost $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.  Presale tickets available but not necessary.  Don’t spend another Saturday watching reruns on the TV. Come have some fun at the Renaissance Center and hear the band.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Open House
Feb 11
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is recruiting individuals who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to serve on active committees helping with the operations and various functions of the organizations.  Individuals interested in selecting and working with Habitat families, oversight of construction days, marketing, fundraising and more are needed to assist the non-profit fulfill its goals.  A volunteer information meeting will be held on Saturday February 11th at 10am at the Habitat office at 6630 Cleveland Road, Ravenna OH  44266.  RSVP’s for the orientation must be made by noon on Friday Feb. 10th. To RSVP or find out more about how you can volunteer with Habitat, contact the Habitat office at (330) 296-2880 or office@habitatofportage.org

Burton Public Library Book Sale
Feb 11
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold their next book sale on Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, puzzles, etc.  Please enter the sale through the white doors located at the back of the building.

Garrettsville Library Bake Sale
Feb 11
There will be a bake sale at the Garrettsville Library on Saturday, February 11 beginning at 9:00 am. All proceeds from this sale will go towards the purchase of new library materials for the Garrettsville Library, located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville. Call 330-527-4378 for more information.

Frederick Loudin & The Fisk Jubilee Singers
Feb 11
Christine McVay will discuss Frederick Loudin and the Fisk Jubilee Singer on Saturday February 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Reed Memorial Library. Frederick Loudin (1836-1904) was a former Ravenna resident who was a vocalist for the Fisk Jubilee Singers, he later became their manager. Join us at Reed Memorial Library for an interesting talk on his life and stop and see the exhibit at the library on Frederick Loudin and Fisk Jubilee Singers.  The exhibit is at the Library courtesy of the Portage County Historical Society.  For more information please call 330-296-2827.

American Legion Pancake Breakfasts
Feb 12, 19 & 26
The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their pancake and sausage breakfasts Feb 12, 19 & 26 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton.  Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

Regina Brett To Speak
Feb 12
On February 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Regina Brett will be at Reed Memorial Library.  She will be discussing her new book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible.   Regina hosts her own radio show and is an award- winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  There will be books available to purchase and to get signed by the author.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call 330-296-2827.

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Info Session
Feb 12
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is currently looking for interested individuals and families who would like to fulfill their dream of owning their own home.  Openings for homeownership are available for current building projects.  An informational session about Habitat homeownership will be held on February 12th at the Habitat Office Conference Room located at 6630 Cleveland Road in Ravenna Township. The session will begin promptly at 2:00 PM.  Families are chosen without respect to age, gender, sexual preference, disability, race, religion or national origin. Persons interested in attending the February orientation are encouraged to call the Habitat Office at 330-296-2880 or email at office@habitatofportage.org to advise the staff that they are coming to the orientation session.

American Legion #236 Breakfast
Feb 12
American Legion # 236  in Newton Falls  will be hosting a breakfast on Feb 12th from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Breakfast Buffet  – $ 7 regular and $5 for seniors. Come out and enjoy a nice breakfast and company too!

Treat Your Valentine to Pancakes
Feb 12
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, juice, and coffee. Sunday, February 12, from 8:00am to 1:00pm. The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. Cost is $6 for Adults and #3 for Children 10 and under.

St. Michael’s Church Special Bingo
Feb 12
St. Michael’s Church, 9736 East Center St in Windham will be hosting a special Bingo on Feb 12 at 1:30 pm. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild and K of C, the bingo will include gift and bakery raffles and refreshments. No one under 18 admitted.

Relay for Life Lordstown /Newton Falls Meeting
Feb 13
The next Relay for Life meeting is Feb 13th at 6pm for the committee, 6:30 for captains and  anyone wanting to join, participate or get information and will be held at City Hall in  Council Chambers.  There is a lot to look forward to and discuss  Come and join us or start a new team.     If you are a survivor, we need to hear from you too. That is wonderful and a great milestone to be celebrated!

“JC Night” (JR Church night)
Feb 14
FREE for children ages 4 – 6th grade!  New Hope Baptist Church is launching its new monthly “JC NIGHT” program on Valentine’s Day (but we think parents will enjoy it also). Designed to offer parents a few hours of free time between 6 pm – 10 pm while children can enjoy a special service prepared just for them, including Bible lessons, mission stories, puppet shows/skits, adventures, crafts, snacks, music, etc. Registration is required. Call 330-326-3777, Email NewHopeOutreachDir@yahoo.com or visit our website at: NewHopeWindham.org

Wine Tasting Event
Feb 16
The Field Levy Committee is hosting a Wine Tasting Feb 16,  5 – 9 pm at the Viking Vineyard, 268 Old Forge Rd., Brimfield.  Tickets are $10 and include 4 sample tastings, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Joe Cavaretta (www.myspace.com/joecavmusic).  There will be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at any school office or at the door.  For more information call 330.687.8439.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 18
All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 18th from 4pm-7pm at the Full Gospel Mission Church, 887 West Spruce Ave, Ravenna.  Adults: $7.50; Children(4-12yrs): $4.00; Toddlers(3 & under): Free.
Take out orders are available

5th Annual Men Who Cook!
Feb 18
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Catholic Charities at our 5th Annual Men Who Cook! The event will be February 18, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:30pm at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna. Come enjoy the specialties of our local chefs!  Tickets are $40 per person which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert tastings from all of our celebrity chefs!  Make your reservations now. We expect a sell out!  To purchase tickets contact: Bobbi McKnight at Catholic Charities of Portage County  Phone: 330-297-7745 bobbi.mcknight@catholiccharitiesps.org

Indoor Garage Sale
Feb 18
Huge Indoor Garage Sale Feb 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. Food concessions available; you can shop all day and not get hungry. Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh

Cabbage Roll Dinner
Feb 18
Cabbage Roll Dinner will be held at  St. Michael’s Church, Ridge Road, Newton Falls on Saturday,  Feb. 18, 4-6 p.m.  $8.  Carry out meals available.

Meet The Authors
Feb 19
Authors Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziac will be at the Reed Memorial Library on February 19, 2019 at 2:00 to talk about their exciting book, “Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler.”  Jim Tully left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio in 1901 and thus began an adventure. He spent six years on the road, landing in Kent, Ohio with dreams of becoming a writer.  He became a major American author and another chapter of his life started.  For more information please call 330-296-2827.

Trumbull Art Gallery’s Photo 2012
Feb 19
Join us at the Trumbull Art Gallery for our third annual juried photo exhibit.  The exhibit is open to all artists, and will be juried by Katherine Mickle, who teaches photography at Slippery Rock University.  Entries must be delivered on Feb. 11, between noon and 4 PM.   There is a $15 fee to compete.  The opening night reception for the show will be held Feb. 19 from 2-4 PM; winners will be announced at 3.   Admission to the reception and show is free.  We are located at 196-198 E Market St, in Warren, and are open from 12-4 PM Tue.-Sat.

Newton Falls Youth Soccer Meeting
Feb 19
The first meeting of the Newton Falls Youth Soccer League, will be held at 6pm on February 19th in the Community Center
All are welcome to attend.

Portage Relay For Life Team Captains Meeting
Feb 20
Team Captains meeting. It will be the first Team Captain meeting for the 2012 Northern Portage Relay For Life. Our meeting will be held on Monday Feb 20th at  7 PM. We will meet at Doogan’s in the Barrington Plaza in Aurora. At this months meeting we will be introducing committee members and team captains, registering new teams, discussing fundraiser ideas and new plans for this years event. If you can’t attend but would like more information call me at 330-607-7589 or e-mail me at DreamT959@aol.com.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Free Computer Training at the Garrettsville Library
Feb 20-22
Portage County District Library is partnering with ConnectOhio, a non-profit organization, to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and email basics. Sessions have been scheduled for the Garrettsville Library on Feb 20 – 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online registration is available at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”). Space limited to 12 seats. Call 330-562-6502 for more information about these sessions. There is also a free self-paced curriculum available online at http://eco.connectohio.org/. Registration is required in order to create an account.

Fat Tuesday! Pancake Supper
Feb 21
Want to have some New Orleans fun, and save the drive?  Brighter Day Church welcomes you to join us for a free pancake supper on Fat Tuesday, February 21st. from 5-8pm. Located in the Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 West Prospect St. in Mantua.  If you have any question please contact  Jill Corbett, 330-524-0556.  Hope to see you there!!

Lenten Fish Dinners
Beginning Feb 24
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Fridays, Feb. 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

RFC Free Dinner
Feb 24
Free Monthly dinner that is kicked up a notch with a free drawing each month for two very nice prizes.  Everyone gets a number when they arrive and the winner is drawn. Free Dinner, everyone invited, Feb. 24th from 5:00 till 6:30 pm at the Renaissance Family Center. Come early, drawing by 6:00.

1st Annual Fred Haney Winter Softball Tournament
Feb 25
The 1st Annual Fred Haney Winter Softball Tournament will be held on Feb 25 at the Time Out Sports Bar in Freedom Twp.  Tournament begins at 8 am.  Contact Raymond Oliver at 330 524-2746 or Time Out Sports Bar at 330 527-9080 to register your team. Cost is $100/team.  Registration ends on Feb 20th.

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers Gardening 101
Feb 25
Master Gardener Joe Banzer demonstrates a plan for a successful garden using a new presentation and lots of “how to” pictures. Topics include soil improvement, raised beds, soil testing, fertilizers, plant selection and other aspects of starting or improving a home garden.  Fee of $15.  Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register.    Class held Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. – Noon at  Patterson Bldg.(on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.  View a list of upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer-sponsored classes:  geauga.osu.edu/

Storytime & Book Signing
Feb 25
Mialie T. Szymanski, author and illustrator of the children’s picture book Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day will be visiting The Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson  on Feb 25th at 1pm. Come for a Doodle Dog storytime, kid-friendly activity, and opportunity to have your own copy signed by the author. Copies of the book will be available for purchase or bring your favorite edition of “Puppy Tails” to have it autographed. It’s going to be a “paws”itively grrreat day! For more information, call The Learned Owl at 330-653-2252 or visit www.learnedowl.com.

Community Music Night
Feb 26
The Newton Falls Ministerial Association will be sponsoring a “Community Music Night” on Sunday, February 26.  The service will be held at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road,  Newton Falls and will begin at 6:00 PM and will feature musical selections from various church choirs from within the Newton Falls community.  All are welcome to attend this service of “worship through music.”

Chili Cook-Off
Feb 26
Calling all cooks! Think you make the best chili in town? Here’s your chance to prove it! Garrettsville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a chili cook-off on Feb 26 at 1 p.m. to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Registration fee is $5 for each team (due by Feb 17), and admission to the event is $5 per person, children under 10 are free.  Contact the church office at 330-527-2055 for registration forms or further information.

Windham American Legion Raffle
Drawing Feb 26
The Windham American Legion Post #674, SAL is raffling off a 37-inch flat screen TV. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Purchase at Post 674 or from any SAL member. Drawing will be February 26th.

Newton Falls Public Library Trustees Meeting
Feb 29
The Newton Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444.

Scout Troop 112 Fundraiser Night
March 1
Boy Scout Troop 112 Will be holding a Fundraiser Night at CiCi’s Pizza located in front of  the Home Depot in Niles on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm!  It’s easy; just purchase your buffet, put your receipt in the box and enjoy your meal!!  More info? Call 330-507-3886, or email troop112@yahoo.com.

World Day of Prayer
March 2
World Day of Prayer 2012 will be observed on Friday, March 2.  A community service, led by the churches of Braceville, Lordstown and Newton Falls, will be held on Friday, March 2 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls  The theme of this year’s event is “Let Justice Prevail.”    Those attending are invited to bring a covered dish to the luncheon which will follow the service.

Card Party
March 4
St. William Women’s Guild Annual Card Party will be held at 5431 Mahoning Ave. NW Champion, OH on March 4 at 1 p.m.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. – Donation $7.  Theme:  “Life is like a Game of Cards”. Featuring our famous “Grand Salad Bar”, 50/50 Raffle,  cash and craft raffle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bella Women’s Center.

The Art and Science of Pruning!
March 3
Master Gardeners  Jim Zeitz and Deb Palmisano will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to achieve desired growth and maximum plant performance.  This class will ease your fear of pruning by helping you understand the when, how, where and why associated with pruning all your landscape plants and trees.  Light refreshments and handouts will be provided.  Class to be held Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Registration fee $15.   Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds).  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Mail check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. View a list of upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored classes:  geauga.osu.edu/

Newton Falls Public Library Trustees Meeting
March 21
The Newton Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444.

Oink & Squeal Party
March 24
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm.  Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

Souped up Jazz
March 24
JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on  March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free  admission.  Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact:  Pat Thomas at  330-297-0232  or  Laura Yaunt at  330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a  table space for $20.00

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
April 12
There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…

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Register now for the Class of 2025!
The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child that will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school. Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible. We also require copies of the following documents at the time of registration: *Child’s certified birth certificate; *Social Security card; *Immunization Records; *Custody Papers (If applicable); *Proof of Residency (property tax statement, deed, rental agreement or voter registration card); *Driver License or photo identification of custodial person enrolling student

American Legion Breakfasts
Mondays
The Windham American Legion will be serving breakfast every Monday morning from 8-11 am. Cost is $6.

GCRTA Grant Offered
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association is offering a $1,500 grant to a college senior. The recipient must be enrolled in a college of education and be a student teacher during the 2012-2013 school year. In addition, the person must have resided in Geauga County or graduated from one of the high schools in the county. For an application, contact Ruth Holm at 15920 Arbor Trail, Newbury, OH 44065 or call 440-564-6652.

Guitar Lessons
Register Now
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering Guitar Lessons for children 8 yrs to adult. Students must provide their own Guitar and must also purchase the Melbay Book 1 prior to the start of class. Classes held at Brown Middle School Band Room on Tuesdays beginning Jan 24 to March 13. Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $40 and fee for all others is $45. Ages 8-12 will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and ages 13 through adults from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m. To register contact Ravenna Recreation Department, 330-296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Geauga County Umpire Classes
Register Today
Geauga County Umpire Association is offering an umpire association certification course for high school baseball and softball. Classes are on Mon, Weds and Sat from Feb 13 – Mar 17. Weekday classes are 6:30 – 8 pm; Sat 8 – 11 am. Cost is $100 plus uniforms and equipment. For info contact David Henry at (440) 840-5231. Softball classes begin Jan 22. Contact Mike at (440) 564-7336.

Indoor Soccer Foot Skills
Register Now
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering Indoor Soccer Foot Skills for children 4 years to 7 years old on Mondays, January 30 to March 5 (no class on Feb. 20) at the First Congregational Church of Ravenna, 266 S. Chestnut Street. The 4 and 5 year olds will meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 6 and 7 year olds will follow at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration limited to 12 per age group. Fee for city taxpayers is $30 and non-city taxpayer fee is $35. Registration deadline is Jan 23. After that there is a $10 late fee if any openings. To register contact Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Cost is $8.50.

Coaches Needed
Apply through Feb 3
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be accepting coaching applications
for the upcoming 2012 season. We will be accepting applications for
head coaches until February 3, 2012. For more information please
contact Share O’Leary at 330-984-7045 or e-mail shanestbernard@gmail.com.. You may also contact Bill Wright for information @ 330-240-1435 or e-mail wbwright@yahoo.com.

Hearts For A Lyon
Through Feb 10
“Hearts For A Lyon” paper heart drive is going on now. Hearts are $1 each and are available in Garrettsville at Porter’s IGA, Mc Donald’s, Subway, Dairy Queen, Huntington National Bank, Sean’s Pub and Miller’s Family Restaurant. Businesses in Windham, such as Windham Hardware, Windham Sparkle Market, and Circle K are also joining the campaign to sell the red paper hearts as well. Purchase a heart and put your name on it and it is on display at the business where you purchased it.

Big Brothers Needed
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is in need of Big Brother volunteers. We have boys waiting in all parts of Portage County for someone who wants to spend time with them. All it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to start something! Please call 330-296-6655 or visit our website at www.bbsportage.org.

God Provides A Meal
Jan 27
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their free “God Provides A Meal”, on January 27. A hearty soup dinner will be served from 4-6 pm, with brownies for desert! Everyone is welcome to join us on Nelson Circle at 9367 SR 305 in the church social hall. If you are shut in, please call (330) 527-2268 previous to 1/27/12 to make arrangements for delivery.

Eagles Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner
Jan 28
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Sat. January 28th from 4:30 to 7:30. Dinners include choice of baked potato or french fries, vegetable, salad and roll. Steak dinner is $12.00 and chicken is $8.00. Open to the public. Also you are welcome to stay and listen to the Boys Are Back band from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.

Coffee & Conversation With Kathleen Clyde
Jan 28
State Representative Kathleen Clyde will be hosting “Coffee & Conversation” at Susie K’s Café, 145 East Main in Ravenna on Saturday, January 28th from 11 am -12:30 pm. These informal discussions are held monthly at different locations across Portage County for residents to speak one-on-one with Representative Clyde.  All are welcome.
Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Jan 28
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off SR 82 in the center of Braceville on Jan 28 from 4-6:30 p.m. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Phone number for takeouts (330) 898.5607.

Windham Hot Stove Baseball and Softball Sign Ups
Jan 28, 31 & Feb 11
Windham Hot Stove baseball and softball sign ups will be held on Jan 28th 10a-2p, Jan 31st 6p-8p and Feb 11th from 10a-2p. All sign ups are at Windham Township Hall. Sign up forms will NOT be accepted without payment. 2012 prices are:4 & 5 year olds $40; 6 – 8 year olds $55; 9 – 14 year olds $60; 15-18 year olds $70. A $5 late fee will be added to all forms submitted after February 11th.

Newton Falls Baseball / Softball Sign ups
Jan 28, Feb 1 & 4
Newton Falls youth baseball/softball signups will be held for boys and girls – ages 5-14 on Sat. Jan. 28  10 am -1 pm; Wed. Feb. 1  5-8 pm and Sat. Feb. 4  10 am-2 pm. All sign-ups held at community center.  Please bring a COPY of your child’s birth certificate if they are new to the league.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan 29
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 29th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

Ice Caves: Winter splendor at Nelson Ledges
Jan 29
Explore the crevasses, shelter caves, and rock bluffs that provide the setting for a variety of winter ice formations on Jan 29th from 1-3 pm. 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. The trails may be difficult and slippery. Meet at the Nelson Ledges parking lot. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $5 for non-members, $2 for members).
J.A. Garfield Band Concert
Feb 2
The Garfield Fifth Grade Band will hold its first concert on Thursday, Feb 2 at 7 p.m.

Warren Republican Women’s Club Meeting
Feb 2
Warren Republican Women’s Club will be meeting February 2nd at The Reef.  We are honored to have Marine Sgt Jim Rapone as our guest speaker.  Mr. Rapone will be discussing the Boy Scout’s  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Mr. Rapone proudly served his country in Vietnam and is a chair for the Veterans Memorial in Warren.  WRWC is proud to be celebrating it’s 75th anniversary.  This month’s hostess is Kellie Pope.   Like minded individuals are always welcome to attend functions.  Our luncheon does require a reservation.  If interested in attending or for more club information please contact CaryAnn at (330)856-5228.

Monthly Breakfast Buffet
Feb 4
Post #674 of the Windham American Legion will hold their monthly breakfast buffet at 9960 E. Center Street (SR 303) on Feb 4th from 8-11 am. All-you-can-eat $7; Children 12 and under $5; Children under 5 are free. Questions? Call 330-326-3188.

Night At The Races
Feb 4
Newton Falls Athletic Boosters will hold their annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Feb. 4th at St. Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Dr., Newton Falls.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be bought ahead of time or at the door.  Price includes a buffet dinner, dessert, soda and beer.  Doors open at 5:30pm with post time at 7:30pm.  All profits made go the the senior scholarship fund.  For tickets call Tami at 330-872-0116.

Senior Citizens Luncheon
Feb 4
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, February 4.  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.

Curtains up Scotch Doubles
Feb 4
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding their annual Scotch Doubles on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Registration time is 8:30. The cost is $40.00 per couple and includes pizza, beer, soda and bowling. Register by calling 216-375-0709. There will be a chines auction also. All vendors wishing to donate, contact Jackie at 216-375-0709.
4 Chaplains Program
Feb 5
The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their 4 Chaplains Program on Feb. 5th at 3 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton. Contact Tony at 440 632-5568 or Skip at 440 834-1191.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 5
Knights of Columbus Council  #3350, will be hosting an All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from Noon – 3 pm on Feb 5th, at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes: spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert   (Carry out available) Adults:$7 Children: $3 (6-11); Children 5 & under: FREE For any additional information   Tom Fetock (330) 872-5886, Matt Stimac (330)872-7865, Jim Burns    (330)883-0575

Home-Cooked Supper
Feb 8
The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Road, Newton Falls, will feature Creamed Chicken over biscuits, vegetables, salad, homemade desserts, applesauce and beverages. Dinner will be from 5pm to 6:30pm on Feb 8. Cost  $7 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 12; free for children 5 years & younger.
Carryouts will be available.

Book & Art Silent Auction
Feb 9
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a silent auction on Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Offered for sale will be vintage books, prints and original art work.  Cash or checks will be accepted for the sale.  The public is cordially invited and refreshments will be served.  The Burton Public Library is located at 14588 West Park Street, on the square in Burton.  The library’s phone number is 440-834-4466.

Spaghetti Dinner & Music
Feb 11
The Renaissance Family Center and the Windham Bands are having an evening of food and entertainment. Make a date for the family for a great Spaghetti Dinner and music from the Windham Band on Feb. 11th at the Center from 5 pm to 7 pm, cost $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under. Presale tickets available but not necessary. Don’t spend another Saturday watching reruns on the TV. Come have some fun at the Renaissance Center and hear the band.

Heart of the Lyons Walk
Feb 11
A one mile fun walk through Northgate in Garrettsville will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11th to benefit Porter Lyons and his family. The cost of this event will be $10. The race will come with a t-shirt that shows you truly came and supported Porter and his family in their time of need. Folks can register online for the race at www.heartofthelyons.eventbrite.com until February 3, 2012.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
Feb 11
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold their next book sale on Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, puzzles, etc.  Please enter the sale through the white doors located at the back of the building.

St. Michael’s Church Special Bingo
Feb 12
St. Michael’s Church, 9736 East Center St in Windham will be hosting a special Bingo on Feb 12 at 1:30 pm. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild and K of C, the bingo will include gift and bakery raffles and refreshments. No one under 18 admitted.

American Legion Pancake Breakfasts
Feb 12, 19 & 26
The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their pancake and sausage breakfasts Feb 12, 19 & 26 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

Wine Tasting Event
Feb 16
The Field Levy Committee is hosting a Wine Tasting Feb 16, 5 – 9 pm at the Viking Vineyard, 268 Old Forge Rd., Brimfield.  Tickets are $10 and include 4 sample tastings, Hors d’Oeuvres entertainment by Joe Cavaretta (www.myspace.com/joecavmusic).  There will be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at any school office or at the door.  For more information call 330.687.8439.

5th Annual Men Who Cook!
Feb 18
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Catholic Charities at our 5th Annual Men Who Cook! The event will be February 18, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:30pm at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna. Come enjoy the specialties of our local chefs! Tickets are $40 per person which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert tastings from all of our celebrity chefs! Make your reservations now. We expect a sell out! To purchase tickets contact: Bobbi McKnight at Catholic Charities of Portage County Phone: 330-297-7745 bobbi.mcknight@catholiccharitiesps.org

Indoor Garage Sale
Feb 18
Huge Indoor Garage Sale Feb 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. Food concessions available; you can shop all day and not get hungry. Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh

Free Computer Training at the Garrettsville Library
Feb 20-22
Portage County District Library is partnering with ConnectOhio, a non-profit organization, to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and email basics. Sessions have been scheduled for the Garrettsville Library on February 20 through 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Online registration is available at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”). Space limited to 12 seats. Call 330-562-6502 for more information about these sessions. There is also a free self-paced curriculum available online at http://eco.connectohio.org/. Registration is required in order to create an account.

Chili Cook-Off
Feb 26
Calling all cooks! Think you make the best chili in town? Here’s your chance to prove it! Garrettsville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a chili cook-off on Feb 26 at 1 p.m. to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Registration fee is $5 for each team (due by Feb 17), and admission to the event is $5 per person, children under 10 are free.  Contact the church office at 330-527-2055 for registration forms or further information.

Oink & Squeal Party
March 24
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm. Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

Souped up Jazz
March 24
JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free admission. Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact: Pat Thomas at 330-297-0232 or Laura Yaunt at 330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a table space for $20.00

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

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Register now for the Class of 2025!

The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child that will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.   We also require copies of the following documents at the time of registration: *Child’s certified birth certificate; *Social Security card; *Immunization Records; *Custody Papers (If applicable); *Proof of Residency (property tax statement, deed, rental agreement or voter registration card); *Driver License or photo identification of custodial person enrolling student

 

American Legion Breakfasts

Mondays

The Windham American Legion will be serving breakfast every Monday morning from 8-11 am. Cost is $6.

 

Guitar Lessons

Register Now

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering Guitar Lessons for children 8 yrs to adult.  Students must provide their own Guitar and must also purchase the Melbay Book 1 prior to the start of class.  Classes held at Brown Middle School Band Room on Tuesdays beginning Jan 24 to March 13.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $40 and fee for all others is $45.  Ages 8-12 will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and ages 13 through adults from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m.  To register contact Ravenna Recreation Department, 330-296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

 

Geauga County Umpire Classes

Register Today

Geauga County Umpire Association is offering an umpire association certification course for high school baseball and softball. Classes are on Mon, Weds and Sat from Feb 13 – Mar 17. Weekday classes are 6:30 – 8 pm; Sat 8 – 11 am. Cost is $100 plus uniforms and equipment. For info contact David Henry at (440) 840-5231. Softball classes begin Jan 22. Contact Mike at (440) 564-7336.

 

Indoor Soccer Foot Skills

Register Now

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering Indoor Soccer Foot Skills for children 4 years to 7 years old on Mondays, January 30 to March 5 (no class on Feb. 20) at the First Congregational Church of Ravenna, 266 S. Chestnut Street.  The 4 and 5 year olds will meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 6 and 7 year olds will follow at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Registration limited to 12 per age group. Fee for city taxpayers is $30 and non-city taxpayer fee is $35. Registration deadline is Jan 23. After that there is a $10 late fee if any openings.  To register contact Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

 

American Legion Fish Fry

Fridays

The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8  pm. Cost is $8.50.

 

Line Dance Lessons

Register By Jan 20

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons. Open to teens and adults, the lessons will begin on January 24 to March 6 for 7 weeks. The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays.  Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 15 and max 30.

Deadline to register is Jan 20.

 

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs

Register By Jan 27

Swim lesson registration ends on Jan 27th! Register online!   http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  Lesson times are  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  on Sunday afternoons – Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26.  All levels. Lessons are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of free time at the end.

Cost: $50 per child for all 5 lessons              Age: 4 years and older. Sign up at the Hiram  College Pool  on  Jan 22, from 2:30-4:30pm  ** Questions? Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

 

Coaches Needed

Apply through Feb 3

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be accepting coaching applications

for the upcoming 2012 season. We will be accepting applications for

head coaches until February 3, 2012. For more information please

contact Share O’Leary at 330-984-7045 or e-mail shanestbernard@gmail.com.. You may also contact Bill Wright for information @ 330-240-1435 or e-mail wbwright@yahoo.com.

 

Spaghetti Dinner & Bake Sale

Jan 20

A spaghetti dinner & bake sale will be held at the Ravenna Masonic Complex, SR 14 & Washington Ave, Ravenna on Jan 20th from 5-7 p.m.  Adults $7; Children 6-12 $4; Under 6 FREE.  Carry outs available.  Public welcome. More info call 330 296-4556.

 

Otter Hike

Jan 21

Though these neat mammals have been spotted in the area, the chance of actually seeing one on this hike is slim. The group will spot signs of where otters live, such as slides, dens, scat and tracks. The hike will take place on Jan 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. at  Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Landing, 16115 Rapids Road, Troy Township.

The River Otter is one of the most playful animals out there, so there will be plenty of behaviors to talk about while looking. Registration is not required for this free program for all ages. Dress for the weather – waterproof foot gear is recommended, too. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

Science Saturday At NF Library

Jan 21

Saturday, January 21 @ 10:30 am – Students, ages 5 – 12 years are invited to become mad scientists, performing hands-on biology, chemistry, and physics experiments at Science Saturday on Jan 21st at 10:30 am. Students will work together to set up and complete experiments and discuss the results. Registration is required due to supplies needed.  Call 330.872.1282 to reserve your spot.

 

The Rarest Forest Around

Jan 21

Visit the White Pine Bog Forest near Burton, considered by ecologists to be the rarest forest in Ohio. Some of the towering pines may be up to 300 years old. Surrounded by wetlands and adjacent to Snow Lake, the forest is a rare remnant of the original Ohio landscape. Owned by The Nature Conservancy, special permission is required to access the property, as it is not open to the general public. The hike begins at 10 am. Directions will be provided upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $8 for non-members, $6 for members).

 

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 22

Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 22nd from 4 pm to 8 pm. Contact Ken  at 440 635-6390 or Skip at 440 834-1191 for more information.

 

Pancakes At The Grange

Jan 22

Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, juice and coffee, Sunday, January 22, from 8:00am to l:00pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. Cost is $6 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

 

Bach Recital At Hiram

Jan 22

Michael Sponseller, harpsichord, and Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba, will play a program of works by J.S. Bach on Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m.  Location is Frohring Recital Hall, 11746 Dean Street, Hiram.  The free event is sponsored by Hiram Community Trust and the Hiram College Music Department.

 

Free Community Dinner

Jan 24

Windham American Legion will be hosting a free community dinner on Jan 24 from 5-6 pm on Jan 24. No Take outs. Everyone welcome.

 

Roast Beef Dinner

Jan 24

The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Ave, will be hosting a Roast Beef dinner on Jan 24th from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12 and free for preschool children. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, desert and beverages. Take-out orders are available.

 

Crestwood Band Annual Citrus Sale

Through Jan 25

The Crestwood Band annual citrus sale is being held through Jan 25, 2012.  This annual sale has been supporting the band for over 40 years! Proceeds will be used to support the Instrumental Music Departments in the Intermediate, Middle and the High schools.  You can order three ways:  contact a band member, call 330-274-2567 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.  Thank you for supporting the Crestwood instrumental music programs.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

Jan 25

Bi-monthly blood drive at the United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls ,Ohio is on Jan. 25, a Wed. from 12 Noon to 6 PM ,in the fellowship hall. There is always a need for blood all times of the year, sickness and accidents and surgeries dont take holidays. Please start the new year out right and come save some lives, its easy and doesn’t take long.

 

Current Events Discussion Group

Jan 25

A new Current Events Discussion Group for adults has been formed in Burton.  The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Burton Public Library from 2-4 p.m.  “Fracking” will be the topic for this month’s meeting on Wednesday, January 25. All are welcome to attend and no reservations are required.

 

Book Discussion Group

Jan 25

On Jan 25 at 6 pm  the Newton Falls Public Library’s Book Discussion  will meet to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and then they became one of the most important tools in medicine. Copies of the book are available for borrowing at the library’s circulation desk. It is not necessary to have finished the book to attend.

 

Auburn Garden Club Meeting

Jan 25

The Auburn Garden Club will Host an OPEN HOUSE on January 25th, 2012. Time is 7:00 pm at the Auburn Township Hall (corner of East Washington St & Auburn Rd)   Anyone interested in gardening, from the beginner gardener to an expert, stop by and learn what the Auburn Garden Club is all about. For more information contact Susan at 330-883-2833 or email  auburngardenclub@gmail.com

 

God Provides A Meal

Jan 27

The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their free “God Provides A Meal”, on January 27. A hearty soup dinner will be served from 4-6 pm, with brownies for desert! Everyone is welcome to join us on Nelson Circle at 9367 SR 305 in the church social hall. If you are shut in, please call (330) 527-2268 previous to 1/27/12 to make arrangements for delivery.

 

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Jan 28

There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off  SR 82 in the center of Braceville on Jan 28 from 4-6:30 p.m.  The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch.  The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Phone number for takeouts (330) 898.5607.

 

Frisbee Golf “Snowbowl”

Jan 28

Yes, you can golf in the snow! Frisbee “disc golf” is a year round sport. If you are looking for some outdoor fun on the weekend, plan on entering the Frisbee Golf “Snowbowl” at Punderson State Park, January 28. Hosted by the volunteers of Friends of Punderson, registration is at the Punderson Sports Chalet from 9-10 AM, Tee-off at 11AM.  Entry fee is $5 for recreational play, $15intermediate and $30 for advanced players.  A donation of two canned goods or $5 is required for each entry with all donations  going to Geauga County Jobs and Family Services. There are prizes for the top three players in each division. The course is 18 holes outdoors; plan to dress warm for outdoor hiking and throwing in the snow. Discs and hand warmers will be available for sale along with hot chocolate and other refreshments.  For more information visit the website: http://friendsofpunderson.com

 

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan 29

Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 29th from 9 am to 1:30 pm.  Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

 

Ice Caves: Winter splendor at Nelson Ledges

Jan 29

Explore the 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, rock formations millions of years old frosted with ice formations that may be only hours old. The trails may be difficult and slippery. Meet at the Nelson Ledges parking lot on January 29 (1:00-3:00pm). To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $5 for non-members, $2 for members).

 

J.A. Garfield Band Concert

Feb 2

The Garfield Fifth Grade Band will hold its first concert on Thursday, Feb 2 at 7 p.m.

 

Night At The Races

Feb 4

Newton Falls Athletic Boosters will hold their annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Feb. 4th at St. Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Dr., Newton Falls.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be bought ahead of time or at the door.  Price includes a buffet dinner, dessert, soda and beer.  Doors open at 5:30pm with post time at 7:30pm.  All profits made go the the senior scholarship fund.  For tickets call Tami at 330-872-0116.

 

Senior Citizens Luncheon

Feb 4

First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, February 4.  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.

 

Curtains up Scotch Doubles

Feb 4

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding their annual Scotch Doubles on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Registration time is 8:30. The cost is $40.00 per couple and includes pizza, beer, soda and bowling. Register by calling 216-375-0709. There will be a chines auction also. All vendors wishing to donate, contact Jackie at 216-375-0709.

 

4 Chaplains Program

Feb 5

The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their 4 Chaplains Program on Feb. 5th at 3 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton.  Contact Tony at 440 632-5568 or Skip at 440 834-1191.

 

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Feb 5

Knights of Columbus Council  #3350, will be hosting an All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from Noon – 3 pm on  Sunday February 5th, at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall,  120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes: spaghetti & meatballs,

salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert   (Carry out available) Adults:$7.00 Children: $3.00 (6-11); Children 5 & under: FREE  For any additional information   Tom Fetock (330) 872-5886, Matt Stimac (330)872-7865, Jim Burns    (330)883-0575

 

Spaghetti Dinner & Music

Feb 11

The Renaissance Family Center and the Windham Bands are having an evening of food and entertainment. Make a date for the family for a great Spaghetti Dinner and music from the Windham Band on  Feb. 11th at the Center from 5 pm to 7 pm, cost $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.  Presale tickets available but not necessary.  Don’t spend another Saturday watching reruns on the TV. Come have some fun at the Renaissance Center and hear the band.

 

American Legion Pancake Breakfasts

Feb 12, 19 & 26

The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their pancake and sausage breakfasts Feb 12, 19 & 26 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton.  Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

 

5th Annual Men Who Cook!

Feb 18

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Catholic Charities at our 5th Annual Men Who Cook! The event will be February 18, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:30pm at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna. Come enjoy the specialties of our local chefs!  Tickets are $40 per person which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert tastings from all of our celebrity chefs!  Make your reservations now. We expect a sell out!  To purchase tickets contact: Bobbi McKnight at Catholic Charities of Portage County  Phone: 330-297-7745

bobbi.mcknight@catholiccharitiesps.org

 

Indoor Garage Sale

Feb 18

Huge Indoor Garage Sale February 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. Food concessions available; you can shop all day and not get hungry. Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh

 

Oink & Squeal Party

March 24

The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm.  Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

 

Souped up Jazz

March 24

JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

 

Ravenna Garden Club Sale

March 24

The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on  March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free  admission.  Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact:  Pat Thomas at  330-297-0232  or  Laura Yaunt at  330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a  table space for $20.00

 

Blue Grass Mass

March 30

The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

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Register now for the Class of 2025!

The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child that will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.   We also require copies of the following documents at the time of registration: *Child’s certified birth certificate; *Social Security card; *Immunization Records; *Custody Papers (If applicable); *Proof of Residency (property tax statement, deed, rental agreement or voter registration card); *Driver License or photo identification of custodial person enrolling student

 

Guitar Lessons

Register Now

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering Guitar Lessons for children 8 yrs to adult.  Students must provide their own Guitar and must also purchase the Melbay Book 1 prior to the start of class.  Classes held at Brown Middle School Band Room on Tuesdays beginning Jan 24 to March 13.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $40 and fee for all others is $45.  Ages 8-12 will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and ages 13 through adults from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m.  To register contact Ravenna Recreation Department, 330-296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

 

Geauga County Umpire Classes

Register Today

Geauga County Umpire Association is offering an umpire association certification course for high school baseball and softball. Classes are on Mon, Weds and Sat from Feb 13 – Mar 17. Weekday classes are 6:30 – 8 pm; Sat 8 – 11 am. Cost is $100 plus uniforms and equipment. For info contact David Henry at (440) 840-5231. Softball classes begin Jan 22. Contact Mike at (440) 564-7336.

 

Indoor Soccer Foot Skills

Register Now

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering Indoor Soccer Foot Skills for children 4 years to 7 years old on Mondays, January 30 to March 5 (no class on Feb. 20) at the First Congregational Church of Ravenna, 266 S. Chestnut Street.  The 4 and 5 year olds will meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 6 and 7 year olds will follow at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Registration limited to 12 per age group. Fee for city taxpayers is $30 and non-city taxpayer fee is $35. Registration deadline is Jan 23. After that there is a $10 late fee if any openings.  To register contact Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

 

Line Dance Lessons

Register By Jan 20

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons. Open to teens and adults, the lessons will begin on January 24 to March 6 for 7 weeks. The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays.  Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 15 and max 30.

Deadline to register is Jan 20.

 

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs

Register By Jan 27

Swim lesson registration ends on Jan 27th! Register online!   http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  Lesson times are  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  on Sunday afternoons – Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26.  All levels. Lessons are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of free time at the end.

Cost: $50 per child for all 5 lessons              Age: 4 years and older. Sign up at the Hiram  College Pool  on  Jan 22, from 2:30-4:30pm  ** Questions? Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

 

Fish Fry

Jan 13

Garrettsville Eagles, 8149 Water Street, will be having a fish fry on Jan 13 from 4 – 7:30 pm. Choose from fish, shrimp, chicken strip or  have a combo platter! All dinners include potato, (French fries or baked), cole slaw, green beans, roll and butter. Take outs welcome. 330 527-2330.  Note: Dinners will be served every week during Lent starting Feb 24.

 

“The Odd Couple”

Jan 13-15 

Curtains Up Theatre presents “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon. Performance dates are January 13 and 14 at 7 pm and January 15 at 2 pm at the Iva L Walker Auditorium located at JA Garfield High School, 10231 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Prices: Adults $10; Seniors over 65 and Children 12 and under $7. Groups of 15 or more per night $5 per person. Tickets on sale at 216-375-0709 or at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com

All performances will be interpreted for the Deaf  by students from Kent State University and Tri-C Interpreter Training Program.

 

SummerFest Scotch Doubles

Jan 14

On Jan 14th at 9 pm SkyLanes will be hosting a Scotch doubles to benefit SummerFest.  Cost is $40 per couple and includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, unlimited draft beer, pop or coffee.  Call Aaron at 330 527-9999 to reserve your lane!

 

Snowman Parade

Jan 14

Square Dance and Line Dancing will be held at the “Snowman Parade” on Jan 14 from 7-10 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall (junction SR 45 & 87).  Admission $5 ages 10 and up; $4 under 10.  Refreshments will be served. For more information call (440) 685-4582 or (440) 685-4301.

 

“Courageous”

Jan 15

The movie “Courageous” from the creators of “Fireproof” will be shown at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville on January 15 at 7 pm. Child care available if needed. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the movie.

 

Windham Historical Society Meeting

Jan 16

The Windham Historical Society begins its new year on Monday, January 16, at 7 PM in the Brick Chapel on North Main Street in Windham. The Brick Chapel opens at 6:30 to all interested visitors for a meet and greet. At the November meeting, Portage County antiquarian Larry Fischer spoke on “Gizmos, Gadgets and Doodads,” his fascinating collection of bizarre artifacts. He passed them around and attendees tried to guess what they were, often with hilariously wrong results. For more information on the January meeting, please call Society President Lynnea St. John at 330-326-6061, or email her at Lynnya45@yahoo.com.

 

Loaves And Fishes Dinner

Jan 17

On January 17, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. COVENANT BIBLE FELLOWSHIP (8146 High Street, Garrettsville) is inviting you to start the new year off right by eating a delicious homemade dinner without the hassle of cooking. The invitation is for anyone regardless of residency or income.  If you should have any further questions, please call 330.527.4205.

 

BSA Troop 62 Open House

Jan 17

All parents and boys from 5th grade to 18 years of age are invited to attend a Boy Scouts open house on Jan 17 at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church, 7656 SR 82 in Garrettsville. Come out and meet the troop leaders and scouts and find out how you can become a scout.  For more info call Roy Lambert at 330-647-1053 or Quentin Spaur at 330-577-6576

 

eMedia Class At Burton Public Library

Jan 17

Do you have a Kindle, Nook, or other eMedia device and would like to know how to download eMedia such as eBooks, audio, music and movies from the library? Burton Public Library is offering a class on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. which will explain the process of successfully downloading your desired eMedia from the Burton Public Library website.  Please bring your eMedia device to the class, and if you have a laptop you use with the device, bring that along as well.

Call the Burton Public Library to register for the eMedia class:  440-834-4466

 

Aurora Co-op Preschool Open House

Jan 19

The Aurora Co-op Preschool, located at Centerville Mills, 8558 Crackel Road, will hold their Open House and Registration event on Jan 19 from 7 – 8 p.m.  The Aurora Co-op Preschool offers developmentally appropriate classes for children ages 2-5.  The school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has been named a Three-Star Step Up To Quality Program by the State of Ohio.  For more information visit the website:  www.auroraco-op.com or call:  440.543.1443.

 

Otter Hike

Jan 21

Though these neat mammals have been spotted in the area, the chance of actually seeing one on this hike is slim. The group will spot signs of where otters live, such as slides, dens, scat and tracks. The hike will take place on Jan 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. at  Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Landing, 16115 Rapids Road, Troy Township.

The River Otter is one of the most playful animals out there, so there will be plenty of behaviors to talk about while looking. Registration is not required for this free program for all ages. Dress for the weather – waterproof foot gear is recommended, too. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

Science Saturday At NF Library

Jan 21

Saturday, January 21 @ 10:30 am – Students, ages 5 – 12 years are invited to become mad scientists, performing hands-on biology, chemistry, and physics experiments at Science Saturday on Jan 21st at 10:30 am. Students will work together to set up and complete experiments and discuss the results. Registration is required due to supplies needed.  Call 330.872.1282 to reserve your spot.

 

The Rarest Forest Around

Jan 21

Visit the White Pine Bog Forest near Burton, considered by ecologists to be the rarest forest in Ohio. Some of the towering pines may be up to 300 years old. Surrounded by wetlands and adjacent to Snow Lake, the forest is a rare remnant of the original Ohio landscape. Owned by The Nature Conservancy, special permission is required to access the property, as it is not open to the general public. The hike begins at 10 am. Directions will be provided upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $8 for non-members, $6 for members).

 

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Jan 22

Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 22nd from 4 pm to 8 pm. Contact Ken  at 440 635-6390 or Skip at 440 834-1191 for more information.

 

Roast Beef Dinner

Jan 24

The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Ave, will be hosting a Roast Beef dinner on Jan 24th from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12 and free for preschool children. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, desert and beverages. Take-out orders are available.

 

Crestwood Band Annual Citrus Sale

Through Jan 25

The Crestwood Band annual citrus sale is being held through Jan 25, 2012.  This annual sale has been supporting the band for over 40 years! Proceeds will be used to support the Instrumental Music Departments in the Intermediate, Middle and the High schools.  You can order three ways:  contact a band member, call 330-274-2567 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.  Thank you for supporting the Crestwood instrumental music programs.

 

Book Discussion Group

Jan 25

On Jan 25 at 6 pm  the Newton Falls Public Library’s Book Discussion  will meet to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and then they became one of the most important tools in medicine. Copies of the book are available for borrowing at the library’s circulation desk. It is not necessary to have finished the book to attend.

 

Auburn Garden Club Meeting

Jan 25

The Auburn Garden Club will Host an OPEN HOUSE on January 25th, 2012. Time is 7:00 pm at the Auburn Township Hall (corner of East Washington St & Auburn Rd)   Anyone interested in gardening, from the beginner gardener to an expert, stop by and learn what the Auburn Garden Club is all about. For more information contact Susan at 330-883-2833 or email  auburngardenclub@gmail.com

 

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan 29

Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 29th from 9 am to 1:30 pm.  Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

 

 

 

Spaghetti Dinner & Music

Feb 11

The Renaissance Family Center and the Windham Bands are having an evening of food and entertainment. Make a date for the family for a great Spaghetti Dinner and music from the Windham Band on  Feb. 11th at the Center from 5 pm to 7 pm, cost $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.  Presale tickets available but not necessary.  Don’t spend another Saturday watching reruns on the TV. Come have some fun at the Renaissance Center and hear the band.

 

5th Annual Men Who Cook!

Feb 18

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Catholic Charities at our 5th Annual Men Who Cook!

The event will be February 18, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:30pm at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna. Come enjoy the specialties of our local chefs!  Tickets are $40 per person which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert tastings from all of our celebrity chefs!  Make your reservations now. We expect a sell out!  To purchase tickets contact: Bobbi McKnight at Catholic Charities of Portage County  Phone: 330-297-7745

bobbi.mcknight@catholiccharitiesps.org

 

Indoor Garage Sale

Feb 18

Huge Indoor Garage Sale February 18th from 9 am to 3 pm, food concessions available you can shop all day and not get hungry. Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh

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Portage County District Library Announces Holiday Hours
All offices and branches of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season): December 24, 25, 26, and 31; January 1 and 2.  Visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for additional information on library programs and services, including downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. 

Quilting For The Homeless
First Thursday Of Month
You are invited to join the ladies of the Windham Church of Christ to make quilts for the homeless. We meet the first Thursday of the month from Noon to 2 pm in the fellowship hall of the church, 9837 Wolf Road. Anyone who wants to share their quilitng experience, or who wants to learn, is invited. Call Carolyn Miller at 330 326-3340 if you have any questions. We look forward to having you join us.

RFC Looking For Adult Basketball Players
Any adults interested in playing basketball can call Renaissance Family Center and leave your name and number for Teddy or show up at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Renaissance Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.

Hiram Fire Association Fund Raiser
Through Jan 1
The Hiram Fire Association is selling raffle tickets. First prize is a Polaris Sportsman 500 HO 4-wheeler or $4,500 cash. Second prize is a 32” flat screen tv or $200 cash. Third prize is $50 cash. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any Hiram firefighter or by calling 330 569-9826. The drawing will be held on Jan 1st.

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Thursdays
Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church, 9736 East Center Street, Windham. Games start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Bake Sale
Dec 23
The New Hope Baptist Church will be holding a bake sale in front of Sparkle Market on Friday, Dec 23 at 10 am. All proceeds go to the NHBC Vacation Bible School and Community Outreach Programs.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls.  There will be a 5:00 PM and a 7:00 PM service.  Both services will include traditional Christmas carols and hymns, a message and a congregational candle lighting.  Additional information may be found at www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.

Candlelight Christmas Service
Dec 24
The First Congregational Church of Freedom will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 pm on Dec 24th. This service will include the lighting of candles in the original church candelabra. The church is located at the intersections of SR 88 and 303 in Freedom Twp.

Harvest Point Candlelight Service
Dec 24
Harvest Point Church, located at 6100 Tod Ave., Lordstown, Ohio, hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6pm on Saturday December 24th, 2011. Please come and join with us for a time of celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. We will sing carols, hear the Christmas story and have a candle lighting ceremony. This is a family friendly event for people of all ages. All are welcome!

St. Ambrose Christmas Eve Mass
Dec 24
St. Ambrose Church located at 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville, will hold Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Burton Congregational Church Holiday Worship Services
Dec 24 & 25
Two Christmas Eve services will be held at Burton Congregational Church on December 24. The first, at 6:30 p.m., will be a comtemplative service for those who might find the merriment of a standard service difficult. It will have a more subdued tone and communion will be celebrated. A Festival Candlelight Service will take place at 8:00 p.m. This will be a traditional candlelight service for families and will feature lots of music. All are welcome to attend. On Christmas morning, December 25, the church will have a brief service of Scripture readings combined with favorite Christmas carols at 10:30 a.m. The Burton Congregational Church is located at 14558 West Park Street, on the square in Burton Village. Please call 440-834-4495 for more information.

St. Michael Church Mass
St. Michael Church located at
9736 East Center Street, Windham will hold mass at the following times:Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; Christmas Day (Dec. 25) 10:00 a.m.

Christmas Morning!
Dec 25
Celebrate the birth of Jesus together with us from 10 to 11am at Praise Assembly of God – 10280 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231 (located across the street from the James A. Garfield High School). We’re Family: Connect, Grow and Serve with Us!

Christmas Morning Service
Dec 25
The First Congregational Church of Freedom will hold a Christmas morning worship service at 10 am on Dec 25th. There will be no Sunday school on that day. The church is located at the intersections of SR 88 and 303 in Freedom Twp.

Windham Hot Stove Board Meeting
Dec 27
Windham Hot Stove will hold a board meeting on Dec 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Windham Township Hall. The Hot Stove board is seeking new members to join for the 2012 season. We have a variety of positions available that need filled. We need more board members to ensure the continuation of Windham Hot Stove as an organization. Questions please call David Tanner 330-326-0181.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Dec 30
Please join the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard for an All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction on Friday, December 30th. Dinner will be served from 4:00-8:00pm at the Nelson Community House. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, homemade rolls, dessert and beverage. The admission price includes 1 free ticket for the Chinese Auction. The cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-12 years old and children under 3 years old eat free. All proceeds to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard to further our mission to “Shut The Door On Hunger” in our community. Celebrate the end of the year with great food for a worthwhile cause.

Community New Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31
The Community New Year’s Eve Party will be held on December 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm at Renaissance Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. This is our free meal for the month of December and we are showing the movie “Courageous”. Everyone welcome.

Hike the BLT
Dec 31
Hike Portage Park District’s newest trail: the Berlin Lake Trail. The BLT cuts through part of an 8,000 acre state wildlife area, crosses a section of Berlin Reservoir, and provides unparalleled views of a remote section of the lake and wildlife area. Bald eagles, ospreys, herons and a variety of waterfowl are observable from the converted railroad bridge and crossing over the lake. The hike begins at 10:00am. Directions will be provided upon registration. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (donations to benefit Portage Park District will be collected at the hike).

New Year’s Eve 5K
Dec 31
Advanced Rehabilitation’s annual New Year’s 5K run/walk through Mantua will take place on 12/31/11 at 10am. The cost is $5. This is an event to celebrate the New Year in a healthy way and jump start your new year’s resolutions. The event will start and end at Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists in Mantua. Registration will begin at 9:00am the day of the race with the race starting at 10am. There is no need to pre-register. If there are any questions, you can call (330) 274-2747 or email at ARHSmantua@gmail.com. Walkers and runners of all ages are welcome as well as dogs as long as they are on a leash.

New Years Eve Dinner & Dance
Dec 31
New Years Eve Dinner Dance at the Parkman Community House (16295 SR 422, east of SR 528) Live music by The Boys are Back. Dinner catered by JD’s Post House. $30 per person – B.Y.O.B. (Wash provided) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. – Dinner will be served 7:30 – 9 p.m. Band will play 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are limited – Call for reservations today! Patty @ (440) 548-2242 or Denise @ (440) 548-2939 Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce

New Year’s Eve Trip
Dec 31
      What are you doing New Year’s Eve? St. Anselm Young of Heart invite you to join them on a bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio, for a Dickens Victorian Christmas. Stroll down Main St. to see 80 life-size Dickens Scenes. See the great Courthouse Music & Light Show and much more. Lunch and dinner are included. We will have our own private New Year’s Eve party at the hotel.  After breakfast on New Year’s Day we’ll head over to Wheeling Island Casino, then see the Festival of Lights at Oglebay on the way home. All this for only $175 ($181 non-members). Deadline for payment is Dec 15. Call Nancy for reservations, 440-729-9684.

Burton Library Book Sale
Jan 7
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday,
January 7. There are items for everyone: books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, cds, tapes, movies and puzzles are available. Please enter the sale through the white door located at the back of the building.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Jan 7
On Jan 7th the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have it’s monthly dance from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm at the Kent VFW Post 3703 in Kent. Music will be by dj Mel. The dance is open to the public, and non-members are invited to join the members in celebrating the “A New Beginning” theme. If you are interested in joining Parents Without Partners or have questions, please call Warrine at 330-699-2361 or 330-322-9559.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan 8
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 8th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 8
Knights of Columbus Council #3350 will be hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on January 8th from noon until 3 pm at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes: spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry out available. Adults:$7.00; Children: $3.00 (6-11) ; Children: FREE(5& under)

J.A. Garfield IDEA Fund Special Meeting
Jan 12
James A. Garfield School District will be holding a public meeting on January 12, 2012. This will provide the opportunity for questions/comments regarding the spending of IDEA funds for our district before the monthly board meeting. Please join us at the Middle School Library on Thursday at 5:50 pm.

JAG Board Of Education Meeting
Jan 12
On Thursday, January 12, 2012 the James A Garfield Board of Education will hold their 2012 Organizational / Regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the JAG Middle School Library.

The Rarest Forest Around
Jan 21
Visit the White Pine Bog Forest near Burton, considered by ecologists to be the rarest forest in Ohio. Some of the towering pines may be up to 300 years old. Surrounded by wetlands and adjacent to Snow Lake, the forest is a rare remnant of the original Ohio landscape. Owned by The Nature Conservancy, special permission is required to access the property as it is not open to the general public. The hike begins at 10:00am. Directions will be provided upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $8 for non-members, $6 for members).

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 22
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 22nd from 4 pm to 8 pm. Contact Ken at 440 635-6390 or Skip at 440 834-1191 for more information.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan 29
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 29th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

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Welshfield –   The Troy Township Contra Dance will be held January 7th  at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road aka Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021).  Contra is an easy-to-learn dance that will get your feet moving and cheeks grinning.  Dance to live folk music.  Old Time tunes and rhythms are played by the Real Deal String Band.

The Real Deal String Band members are Dan Best (guitar), Ed Eakin (fiddle and tenor guitar), Tom Hamilton (fiddle), Rachel McKinney (banjo) and Jan Pavlinak (piano).  Almost any of the band members can switch off to pick up a ukulele or a mandolin.  Ed Mills will occasionally join in on bass, and Jan will play her hammered dulcimer.  The Real Deal String Band is the house band for the monthly Troy Township Contra Dance.  They also play at festivals, barn dances, and private parties – anywhere a lively tune is requested.

No need for prior dance experience.  Each Contra Dance, throughout the evening, is taught through simple instruction by dance caller Kenny Wilson.  This is a great family friendly event that you will look forward to every first Saturday of the month (October through June).

Introductory dance lesson, by Will Craig, starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Contra Dance is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Admission is $6 per adult, $3 per student and children under six years are free.  For more information contact Will Craig by calling (216) 316-0068 or E-mailing willrcraig@gmail.com.  Investigate North Eastern Ohio s Contra Dance culture, history and schedule by visiting www.neohiocontradance.org.

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Newton Falls – There are lots of exciting things happening with Home 44444 the Holidays!

The Jr and Sr high band and choir concerts will take place on December 10th during Home 44444 the Holidays in Newton Falls.  This event is from 10 am to 4 pm, with the concert taking place at 1pm.  The craft show has 124 tables with over 90 vendors.  The Chinese Auction has many items including a net book and many item s that have been donated from the businesses, vendors and community members.   The children will be able to get a free photo with Santa and will get a stocking with goodies from Santa as well as get their faces painted and the opportunity to make a card for our troops or friends in the nursing home.   The Western Reserve Modular Railroad Club will have a very nice set up at the event as well.  You can also purchase your 2012 Newton Falls Calendar with the artwork of Ed Sinchak, a retired Newton Falls art teacher brought to you by the Newton Township Cemetery Association.

We have again partnered with the police “Fill a Cruiser” program and the Newton Falls Schools to fill a bus.  You can drop off food donations on Friday the 9th as well as bring them with you on the 10th.

In addition to the 50/50 raffle this year we will be raffling off an Acer Iconia Tablet.  These tickets will be 1.00 each or you can purchase a stocking for 5.00.  The stockings will randomly have 5,6,7,8,9 or 10 tickets in them.

Full details about all activities can be found at www.home44444theholidays.com

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Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now
The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas
Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2,
2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held
on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can
be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity
home FB games.  The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com. 

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Thursdays
Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church,  9736 East Center Street, Windham.  Games start at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Fish Fry
Fridays
Fish Fry every Friday at the Windham American Legion, 9960 E. Center St. Fresh cod, shrimp or chicken served 5 pm - 8 pm.

Christmas Tree Sale
Weekdays
Come support Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community and Adults with Autism. Fresh-cut Christmas tree Sale: Scotch Pines, White Pines and White Spruce Christmas Trees
ONLY $40.00 On Sale Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm 11485 Garfield Road, Hiram, OH 44234
330-569-3441

Portage County District Library Announces Holiday Hours
All offices and branches of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season): December 24, 25, 26, and 31; January 1 and 2.  Visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for additional information on library programs and services, including downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. 

Quilting For The Homeless
First Thursday Of Month
You are invited to join the ladies of the Windham Church of Christ to make quilts for the homeless. We meet the first Thursday of the month from Noon to 2 pm in the fellowship hall of the church, 9837 Wolf Road. Anyone who wants to share their quilitng experience, or who wants to learn, is invited. Call Carolyn Miller at 330 326-3340 if you have any questions.  We look forward to having you join us. 

Letters From Santa
Would you like your child to receive a personalized letter and special ornament from Santa? Simply send your child’s name, age, address and sex of child along with your payment of $9 to: Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre, P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 Attn: Santa’s Workshop.  All checks must be made payable to: Curtains up Theatre. All letters will arrive to the children between Dec. 12 and Dec. 20, 2010.

NUMC Christmas Cookie Sale
Order by Dec 15
Don’t forget to order your decorated one pound or two pound boxes of delicious homemade Christmas cookies. The order deadline is Dec 15. Pick up date is Dec 20 from 3-6 pm at the church on Nelson circle. One pound of cookies usually runs 2 ½ to 3 dozen fancy cookies. The Nelson United Methodist church is located at 9367 SR 305. Call Norma at 330 527-5442 or Pam at 330 527-5744 to place your order. 

Windham Toys For Tots Collection
Through Dec 16
 Each year, the Windham Toys for Tots organizes a food drive for the community members in need from Freedom, Garrettsville, Nelson and Windham.  Your monetary gift will provide necessity and joy to those families that have fallen on hard times. If you are interested in donating, please issue your check to Windham Toys for Tots and mail it by December 16th to Guy Pietra , 8219 Clover Lane, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Your donation is tax deductible.  As always, a follow-up letter will be sent to all those able to provide a donation to update you on the success of our effort.   

“Focus on Fiber”
Through Jan 8
Come to the Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren and see the juried exhibit “Focus on Fiber - A Tribute to the Fiber Artist”.  This is a juried exhibition for the artist who creates original works of art using traditional or non-traditionl needle and fiber arts techniques.  The exhibit can be seen from noon-4 pm Tue. - Sat. at 196-198 E Market St. in Warren.  Admission is free.

Fish Fry
Dec 9
The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting a fish fry on Friday, Dec 9th from 4-8 p.m.  Also available will be chicken strips and shrimp dinners. Carry out available by calling 330 527-2330.

“A Christmas Carol”
Dec 9-11, 16-18
Kent Trumbull Theatre is proud to present “A Christmas Carol”.  This adaptation written by Paul Kimple and direct by Patricia M. Fagen will be presented  on Dec 9-11, 16-18 at Kent Trumbull Theatre 4314 Mahoning Ave NW in Warren.  Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Fri & Sat and 3 pm on Sundays.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children, $5 for groups of 10 or more. 

Aurora Breakfast with Santa
Dec 10
Breakfast with Santa will be held at Doogan’s of Aurora on Dec 10th. There will be seatings at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Windham Breakfast With Santa
Dec 10
The United Methodist Church of Windham and RFC are teaming together for Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10th at 9 a.m. You can get a picture with Santa, do a craft and more. Location: 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.  Please RSVP if possible.

Breakfast With Santa
Dec 10
Santa will be stopping at the First Congregational Church , 612 W. Broad St., Newton Falls early this year for his favorite breakfast.  We would enjoy having everyone here to enjoy all you can eat Pancakes & Sausage from 9:00-10:30 on December 10th.  It’s FREE for young and old!!!!

Live Nativity
Dec 10
Live Nativity complete with live animals featuring Rupert the camel will be held Dec 10th from 5 pm-8 pm at the Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 GAR Hwy (Rt 6), Chardon, Oh 44024. Bring the entire family and be transported back in time to the birth and life of Jesus!  Nativity sets will be on display. Free crafts for the children. Free admission. Free parking. Free refreshments.

Lasagna Dinner & Dance
Dec 10
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a lasagna dinner and dance on Dec 10 at Kent VFW Post #3703. Dinner will be from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with the dance from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm. The dinner and dance are open to the public and all are invited to attend.  Cost for the dinner and dance is $14 members and $16 for non-members. For reservations call Mary at 330 947-2867 or Warrine at 330-322-9559 by Dec 5th. 

G-Men Youth Basketball Scotch Doubles
Dec 10
Come out and support the G-Men Youth Basketball program by bowling in the Scotch Doubles this Saturday, Dec 10 at 9 p.m.  Cost is $40 per couple which includes: 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, pop or beer.  There will also be a Chinese auction. To reserve your spot please call or text Aaron at 330 524-2646

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Open House
Dec 10
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is recruiting individuals who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to serve on active committees helping with the operations and various functions of the organizations.  Individuals interested in selecting and working with Habitat families, oversight of construction days, marketing, fundraising and more are needed to assist the non-profit fulfill its goals. A Volunteer information meeting will be held on Saturday December 10th at 10am at the Habitat office at 6630 Cleveland Road, Ravenna OH  44266. To learn how you can volunteer with Habitat or to sign up for the volunteer orientation, contact the Habitat office at (330) 296-2880 or office@habitatofportage.org

Palmyra Breakfast With Santa
Dec 10
Palmyra Fireflies are hosting their 5th annual Breakfast w/Santa on December 10th from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Santa is arriving  at 8:00 on a fire Truck. Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, sausages and beverages along with one 4x6 picture w/Santa per family. Additional pictures can be purchased for $2. Santa will have a small gift for all kids that attend. Breakfast cost: Adults $5, Kids 3- 10 years old $3, and kids under 3 are free.  We will also be collecting non-perishable items to give to our adopted families for $1 off your meal.

St William Winterfest Craft Show
Dec 10
There will be a Winterfest craft show on Dec 10 from 10 am – 3 pm at St. William Parish, 5411 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren. The show will feature over 70 select craftspeople from the area. Come and finish your Christmas shopping and have lunch. Ethnic foods pirohi, halushki, wedding soup as well as other foods will be available to purchase. Take out is also available. 

Hard Hats & Heels
Dec 10 
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is teaming up with the Kent State University’s School of Fashion and Design for “Hard Hats & Heels Fashion Show.”  Over 125 students have created unique fashion designs using building materials purchased at the ReStore and will have their designs modeled on the runway.  A judged contest, this evening will be filled with creativity, a full runway show, and awareness for housing issues in Portage County.  Tickets are $7 and are available at the ReStore: 1510 S. Water St. Kent OH.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  This event is located at the Kent State Ballroom at the KSU Campus.  Doors open at 7pm.  Show begins at 8pm.  For more information, call 330-296-2880.

JAG Middle School Concert
Dec 11
The JA Garfield Middle School Band and Choir Winter Concert will be held on Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. All concerts are FREE and open to the public

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Information Session
Dec 11
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is currently looking for interested individuals and families who would like to fulfill their dream of owning their own home.  Openings for home ownership are available for current building projects.  An informational session about Habitat home ownership will be held on December 11th at the Habitat Office Conference Room located at 6630 Cleveland Road in Ravenna Township. The session will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. Families are chosen without respect to age, gender, sexual preference, disability, race, religion or national origin. Persons interested in attending the November orientation are encouraged to call the Habitat Office at 330-296-2880 or email at office@habitatofportage.org to advise the staff that they are coming to the orientation session. 

Holiday Shopping Night
Dec 12
Just for you ladies… holiday shopping event will be held on Dec 12 at Faces Down Under banquet center featuring popular vendors for your gift giving. Tickets are $10 pre-sale (at Church Mouse Thrift Shop, Next Generation Technologies or by calling 330-872-4502) or $12 at the door. Price includes finger foods, coffee or tea.  Door prize drawings and holiday favors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Church Mouse Giving Tree & the NF Backpack Program.

Cardinairs Christmas Concert
Dec 13
The Annual Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon Buffet will be held on December 13th, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Grandview Restaurant, 13404 Old State Road, Middlefield.  Tickets are $20 each, and include the Cardinaires’ performance and buffet luncheon of Chicken Marsala, potatoes, vegetable, beverage and dessert.  This is a beautiful way to start the Christmas Season.  You can call in to save your place in the audience at 440-632-5705, leave your name, phone number and how many are in your party.  You may send checks made to Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, to P.O.Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062 - $20 each person.  Any proceeds from this concert will go toward the Middlefield Chamber Scholarship Fund and a donation will also be given to the Cardinaires. 

Pricetown Church Supper
Dec 14
The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will feature: meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and beverage on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 6:30pm.  Cost $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6 to 12,  free for children 5 years and younger. Carryouts available. 

Newton Falls BOE Meeting
Dec 15
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board will hold a regular board meeting on Dec 15 at 6 pm in the board room, located in the Jr. High School located at 907 ½ Milton Blvd. 

“Rockin’ For A Reason”
Dec 15
Rockin’ For A Reason benefit concert will be held Dec 15th, at The Outpost, 4962 SR 43 in Kent, OH, starting at 6 PM. The all-ages show features bands: Carousel Kings, Maddie Finn, Muffinslap, Lovelikeviolence, Grlz Nite and The Knickers. All proceeds from the concert will benefit programs of Townhall II. Tickets will be a minimum $5.00 donation at the door. For more information contact Nick Onuska at Nickonuska@yahoo.com or (440)-384-0045. Search “Rocking For A Reason Benefit Concert” on Facebook for additional information.

JAG Intermediate School Concert
Dec 15
The JA Garfield Intermediate School Carols and Choruses (Band and Choir) Winter Concert will be held on  Thursday, December 15 @ 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Intermediate School Gymnasium. All concerts are FREE and open to the public

Toys for Children
Dec 17
Toys for Children will be held on Dec 17th from 8 am to noon at the Windham Town Hall/Sheriff department. New coats and toys will be available. Toy are limited. Food will be distributed by Guy Pietra . No proof of income needed for food. For more information please call Paula at 330 285-1334; Dusty at 330 977-7063 or Dianne at 330 527-8051 or 330 842-1446.

Benefit Shower for Fire Victims
Dec 17
Friends and Family invite you to a Benefit Shower for Ed and Jackie (Kramer) Zwilling who lost their home and belongings in a recent house fire.   The benefit will be held at United Church of Christ, “The Brick Chapel”, 9003 N. Main St., Windham, OH on Saturday, December 17, 2011 from 1 – 4 PM.  Ed and Jackie are registered at Target and a donation account has been set up at Huntington National Bank. (Donations can be made at any Huntington branch in the name of “William (Ed) Zwilling”). For more information contact Kim at (330) 296-7977 or Jane at (330) 296-2707.

Observatory Open Night
Dec 17
Saturday December 17: Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, weather permitting. Rounding out the year’s public programs, visitors will view the solar system’s biggest planet, Jupiter. November’s guests were treated to excellent views of the gas giant’s four Galilean Moons, the planet’s cloud bands, and the famous Great Red Spot; given clear skies those features should be seen again this night! Also to be explored is the flossy beauty of the Orion Nebula, and possibly other wonders of the night sky. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “StephensObs” on Twitter. 

Chamberlain Road: A New Portage Park
Dec 18
Explore this undeveloped Portage Park on the headwaters of the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River. A variety of trees and biotic communities are awaiting discovery on the rolling glacial landscape. There are no formal trails, allowing for the discovery of hidden gems and woodland secrets as we explore the nooks and crannies of this closed preserve. Directions provided upon registration. The hike begins at 11:00am. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (donations will be collected for the Portage Park District).

JAG High School Concert
Dec 18
The JA Garfield High School ‘Tis the Season Winter Concert (Band and Choir) will be held on Sunday, December 18 @ 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium.  All concerts are FREE and open to the public

Newton Falls BOE Tax Budget Hearing
Dec 19
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board will hold a Tax Budget Hearing on Dec 19  at 10 am in the board office, located at 909 ½ Milton Blvd. 

Christmas Eve Candlelight  Service
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls.  There will be a 5:00 PM and a 7:00 PM service.  Both services will include traditional Christmas carols and hymns, a message and a congregational candle lighting.  Additional information may be found at www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.

Candlelight Christmas Service
Dec 24
The First Congregational Church of Freedom will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 pm on Dec 24th. This service will include the lighting of candles in the original church candelabra. The church is located at the intersections of SR 88 and 303 in Freedom Twp. 

Christmas Morning Service
Dec 25
The First Congregational Church of Freedom will hold a Christmas morning worship service at 10 am on Dec 25th. There will be no Sunday school on that day. The church is located at the intersections of SR 88 and 303 in Freedom Twp. 

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner 
Dec 30
Please join the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard for an All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction on Friday, December 30th.  Dinner will be served from 4:00-8:00pm at the Nelson Community House.  The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, homemade rolls, dessert and beverage.  The admission price includes 1 free ticket for the Chinese Auction.  The cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-12 years old and children under 3 years old eat free.  All proceeds to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard to further our mission to “Shut The Door On Hunger” in our community.  Celebrate the end of the year with great food for a worthwhile cause.

New Years Eve Dinner & Dance
Dec 31
New Years Eve Dinner Dance at the Parkman Community House (16295 SR 422, east of SR 528) Live music by The Boys are Back. Dinner catered by JD’s Post House.  $30 per person – B.Y.O.B. (Wash provided) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. – Dinner will be served 7:30 – 9 p.m. Band will play 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Tickets are limited – Call for reservations today!  Patty @ (440) 548-2242   or   Denise @ (440) 548-2939 Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce

New Year’s Eve Trip
Dec 31
      What are you doing New Year’s Eve? St. Anselm Young of Heart invite you to join them on a bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio, for a Dickens Victorian Christmas. Stroll down Main St. to see 80 life-size Dickens Scenes. See the great Courthouse Music & Light Show and much more. Lunch and dinner are included. We will have our own private New Year’s Eve party at the hotel.  After breakfast on New Year’s Day we’ll head over to Wheeling Island Casino, then see the Festival of Lights at Oglebay on the way home. All this for only $175 ($181 non-members). Deadline for payment is Dec 15. Call Nancy for reservations, 440-729-9684.

JAG Board Of Education Meeting
Jan 12
On Thursday, January 12, 2012 the James A Garfield Board of Education will hold their 2012 Organizational / Regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the JAG Middle School Library.

Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through Local, District, Regional, State and possibly International competition levels.  Our 2011 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.

The competition will be held at Crestwood Middle School at 6:30 pm on January 18, 2012.  All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old (as of January 1, 2012) are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.  Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent.

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Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now

The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas

Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2,

2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held

on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can

be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity

home FB games.  The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com.

 

Holiday Social Crafters Needed

Call Today

Curtains up Theatre will host the annual Garrettsville Holiday Social and talent contest on Saturday December 3rd from 12-4pm. The cost for a vendor spot is $15.00. You must bring your own table and chairs. Crafters/artist and also talent contestant’s applications are being accepted now. For an application please contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com or Sherri at sherricollins@neo.rr.com

 

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs

Deadline To Register Dec 2

Come swim with the water dogs.  Classes start on Dec 4th with various times on Sunday afternoons. All levels. Cost:  $50 per child for all 5 lessons. Ages 4 years and older. Sign-ups: Sunday Nov 13th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College Pool or  register online! Deadline to register Dec 2nd     http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343.

 

Quilting For The Homeless

First Thursday Of Month

You are invited to join the ladies of the Windham Church of Christ to make quilts for the homeless. We meet the first Thursday of the month from Noon to 2 pm in the fellowship hall of the church, 9837 Wolf Road. Anyone who wants to share their quilitng experience, or who wants to learn, is invited. Call Carolyn Miller at 330 326-3340 if you have any questions.  We look forward to having you join us.

 

Bingo at St. Michael Church

Thursdays

Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church,  9736 East Center Street, Windham.  Games start at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

 

Fish Fry

Fridays

Fish Fry every Friday at the Windham American Legion, 9960 E. Center St. Fresh cod, shrimp or chicken served 5 pm – 8 pm.

 

Letters From Santa

Would you like your child to receive a personalized letter and special ornament from Santa? Simply send your child’s name, age, address and sex of child along with your payment of $9 to: Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre, P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 Attn: Santa’s Workshop.  All checks must be made payable to: Curtains up Theatre. All letters will arrive to the children between Dec. 12 and Dec. 20, 2010.

 

SS Mary & Joseph Kolachy Sale

Order by Dec 3

St. Mary & St. Joseph Ladies Guild of Newton Falls, will bake homemade kolachy for the Christmas holiday.  Selections are Apricot, Nut, and Poppyseed at the cost of $8 each.   Pickup will be Tuesday, December 6th from 9:00 – 5:00, Wednesday, December 7th from 9:00 – 5:00, and Thursday, December 8th from 9:00 to 3:00. Please contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951 to place your order.  Deadline for placing orders is Saturday, December 3rd.

Balloon A-Fair Christmas Parade Seeking Participants

Register Today

Want to get in the holiday spirit? The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Christmas Parade Committee is seeking people, groups, business or organizations wanting to participate in the Christmas Parade in downtown Ravenna on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. Line-up begins at 6:00 p.m and the parade steps-off at 7:00 p.m. at the old Ravenna High School on Clinton Street and continues down Main Street. Parade units must have lights and fit with this year’s theme, “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas”.   Please call the BAF number if your unit is planning on having music. For information and application call the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair at 330-296-3247 or Mark Short, Christmas Parade Chairperson, at 330-297-1586.

 

GHS Art Club Shirt Sale

Through Dec 5

If you like the Past, Present, Future, Pride banners that hang in front of the high school that celebrate our heritage with President Garfield, now you can have a shirt with these images on it.  Support the GHS art club and show your community spirit at the same time.  Order forms are available online on the school website or stop by the High School.  These make great Christmas gifts.  Orders are due by Dec. 5th.

 

Windham Toys For Tots Collection

Through Dec 16

Each year, the Windham Toys for Tots organizes a food drive for the community members in need from Freedom, Garrettsville, Nelson and Windham.  Your monetary gift will provide necessity and joy to those families that have fallen on hard times. If you are interested in donating, please issue your check to Windham Toys for Tots and mail it by December 16th to Guy Pietra , 8219 Clover Lane, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Your donation is tax deductible.  As always, a follow-up letter will be sent to all those able to provide a donation to update you on the success of our effort.

 

“Focus on Fiber”

Through Jan 8

Come to the Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren and see the juried exhibit “Focus on Fiber – A Tribute to the Fiber Artist”.  This is a juried exhibition for the artist who creates original works of art using traditional or non-traditionl needle and fiber arts techniques.  The exhibit can be seen from noon-4 pm Tue. – Sat. at 196-198 E Market St. in Warren.  Admission is free.

 

Girl Scout Bake Sale

Nov 25 & 26

Girl Scout Troop #90632 will be hosting a bake sale at Middlefield Bank in Garrettsville on Friday and Saturday, Nov 25 & 26 from 8:30 am to Noon.

 

Santa’s Collection Craft Show

Nov 26

Climb the stairs to a wonderland of holiday excitement on Nov 26th from 9 am – 3 pm. Located at the Burton American Legion Post 459 on Goodwin Street.  Area crafters, unique gifts and toys.  Free admission to the craft show.  For table info call Carol at 440.834.4532.

 

Need To Cut Back On Christmas Shopping?

Nov 26

Maybe we can help!! The Lake Milton Presbyterian Church at 924 Grandview Road in Lake Milton is holding a one day Shoppers Mart on Nov 26 from 9 am – 5 pm.  New and like new items will be for sale. Prices will range from Free to $5.  There will also be a bake sale. Questions or donations? Call 330 654-3396 or 330 774-5982.

 

 

 

Breakfast With Santa

Nov 26 & 27

The Burton American Legion Auxiliary Post 459 located on Goodwin Street in Burton will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Nov 26th and 27th from 9 am – 1 pm.  Admission is $6 Adults; $3 children age 6-12 and Free for kids under 5.

 

Toy Auction

Nov 27

American Legion Post 674 will be hosting a toy auction on Nov 27 at 1 p.m.  All proceeds go to child welfare.

 

Music In Ministry

Nov 27

Music In Ministry/Bread of Life Celebration with the Gospel Choir from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church will be held on November 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church..  There will be a social in the fellowship hall following the service.

 

Why Trees Matter

Nov 30

Of course wood is good for many things – paper, furniture, crafts.

But why else are trees important to our lives? They give us ecological health, a more successful local economy and better local climate, enhanced landscape quality, more sustainable communities, land stabilization and richer and more accessible wildlife. Explore all the ways our leafy friends make the community strong with Ohio State University Extension Horticulturalist/State Master Gardener Coordinator Jim Chatfield. Why Trees Matter will be held on Wednesday, November 30 – 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township. Registration is not required for this free program for anyone school-aged and up, which is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

4C’s Food Drive

Dec 3

Girl Scout Troop 751 of Hiram is holding their annual 4Cs food drive on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  The Troop will accept donations between 9 am and Noon at the Hiram Christian Church. Please help “FILL OUR VAN TO FILL THEIR TUMMIES!”

 

Donut Hole Sale

Dec 3

BSA Troop 62 of Garrettsville, will be providing concessions for the Annual Holiday Social on December 3rd. Located at the James A. Garfield Middle School Gym from 12-4. Come and get your fresh, hot, Famous Donut Holes. Stop by when you come in or on your way out. You can also pre-order  by calling 330-527-5701(Julie) and pick them up at the social. Stop by the Scout Craft Table and make a craft with a scout. Hope to see you there!

 

Christmas Craft Sale

Dec 3

Come Get Your Custom Made Gifts at the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community Christmas Craft Sale at the Farmhouse, Dec 3, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The farm is located at

11543 Garfield Road, Hiram, OH 44234.

 

Pizza With Santa

Dec 3

Kiwanis Club of the Western Reserve is hosting “Pizza with Santa” Saturday, Dec. 3 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center Dix dining room.  Tickets are $3.00 (2 and under eat FREE!) & can be purchased at the Hiram College bookstore, Middlefield Bank in Garrettsville, Cortland Bank in Mantua, and at the door.  There will be face painting, games, coloring, cookie decorating, Secret Santa Shop, and of course, SANTA!   All proceeds go to our mission of supporting children in our community & around the world.

 

Senior Citizens Luncheon

Dec 3

First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, December 3.  The program, which begins at 11:30 AM, will feature Christmas music and skits by the Puppet Team.   The luncheon will follow at noon.  The event is open to any area senior citizen.  For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055.

 

Holiday Swag

Dec 3

Make a holiday evergreen swag to grace your door and create a warm welcoming entrance.  If you’ve previously worked with Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik you know you can expect a fun morning and come away with a lovely decoration.   Bring a friend or family member and create warm memories.  We’ll provide all the supplies and light refreshments.   $30 fee.  Space is limited – Class is Dec 3rd.  Please register and prepay early.  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.

 

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Dec 3

On December 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

at the Holiday Social in the James A. Garfield Middle School. $15 per person includes lunch & scavenger items collected. Grand Prize $75; Second Prize $50  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED at:

rinearson05@frontier.com or  amyjay71@yahoo.com Fun for the

Whole Family!

 

Cake Walk

Dec 3

A cake walk at the Renaissance Family Center in Windham will be held on Dec 3 at 1 p.m.  50/50 raffle and food concessions.  Tickets are 50 cents each or 5 for $2.

 

St. Ambrose Church Christmas Concert

Dec 4

The St. Ambrose Church Christmas Concert, Garrettsville, OH,  will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4th at 6pm. The children’s O.K. (Only Kids) Chorale, adult vocal, handbell choirs, and brass choir will perform sacred and secular music for the season. Note the change in time this year….6pm!  For handicap access information call Jean Marvin, 440-548-3371

 

Spaghetti Dinner

Dec4

The Knights Of Columbus Council #3350 will be hosting an All-You-Can-Eat  Spaghetti  Dinner on Dec 4th from 12 pm-3pm At  Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner Includes: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and Dessert         (Carry out available)  Adults:$6.50; Children: $3.00 (6-11); Children: FREE(5& under)

 

Messiah Sing In Hiram

Dec 4

The Hiram Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Hiram College Music Department are hosting a Messiah Sing at Hiram Christian Church at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 4.  All who attend the free event will be invited to sing the choruses of Part One, the Christmas portion, of The Messiah, by Handel.  Dr. Dawn Sonntag, Hiram College music professor and choral conductor, will direct the sing-along.  The performance will be accompanied by adjunct faculty Sandra Tittle and Becky Oliphant on organ, together with Paul Dreisbach playing continuo on bassoon and a professional string quartet.  Faculty and students will sing the solo parts.  Music will be provided and the public is invited to attend and sing or just listen.  Hiram Christian Church is located at the corner of Route 82 and Route 700 in Hiram.  For more information contact Hiram Christian Church at 330-569-7697 or the Hiram College Music Department at 330-569-5294.

 

Tracing the Trolleys

Dec 4

Discover the artifacts of a bygone era when the towns and villages of northeast Ohio were linked by a web of electric rail lines. A trolley system connected Garrettsville, Middlefield, and Chardon to Cleveland but not each other. Each of the three rail lines left clues scattered across the landscape of Portage and Geauga that will help us understand this bygone era. We will trace the trolley clues from 1:00-5:00pm by van with stops along the route. Pre-registration is required as space is limited (330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu). Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee: $7 for members, $10 for non-members).

 

Toy Bingo

Dec 4

Toy Bingo at St. Michael’s Church, Ridge Road, Newton Falls on Sunday, December 4.  Doors open at 1:00; play begins at 2:00. Donation $5, which includes bingo card, cake, and coffee or punch. Other refreshments may be puchased. Everyone must have the $5 card, and extra cards are available for $.50 or 3 for $1.  All bingos are single.  Fifty-fifty, money tree, and other raffles are available.

 

Magical Christmas Event

Dec 5

Come spend a relaxing holiday evening at our Magical Christmas Event, on Monday, December 5th at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St., Windham.  A wonderful dinner will be catered by Tom Hickman.  A fun magic show will be presented by Paul Gerber of Solon.  There will be door prizes, and a brief Christmas devotion to close the evening.  Meat choices are spiced rubbed pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce or apricot glazed chicken.   Deadline for the purchase of tickets is Nov. 21.  Admission is by ticket only.  Tickets are $10.00 per adult & children age 13 and up. Tickets for children ages 5-12 are $6.00 and those children age 4 and younger are free.  Tickets may be obtained from Ann Taft, 330-326-3133 or by mailing a check to the Helping Hand Society in care of Ann at 9565 State Route 82, Windham, OH 44288.  Please give meet selection  with ticket request. The event is sponsored by the Helping Hand Society of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Windham.

 

Pearl Harbor Day Service

Dec 7

The Burton-Middlefield American Legion will be hosting a Pearl Harbor Day service honoring honoring servicemen & women on Dec 7th at 11 am at the Burton Village gazebo. The public is invited.

 

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 10

The United Methodist Church of Windham and RFC are teaming together for Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10th at 9 a.m. You can get a picture with Santa, do a craft and more. Location: 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.  Please RSVP if possible.

 

Lasagna Dinner & Dance

Dec 10

Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a lasagna dinner and dance on Dec 10 at Kent VFW Post #3703. Dinner will be from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with the dance from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm. The dinner and dance are open to the public and all are invited to attend.  Cost for the dinner and dance is $14 members and $16 for non-members. For reservations call Mary at 330 947-2867 or Warrine at 330-322-9559 by Dec 5th.

 

Cardinairs Christmas Concert

Dec 13

The Annual Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon Buffet will be held on December 13th, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Grandview Restaurant, 13404 Old State Road, Middlefield.  Tickets are $20 each, and include the Cardinaires performance and buffet luncheon of Chicken Marsala, potatoes, vegetable, beverage and dessert.  This is a beautiful way to start the Christmas Season.  You can call in to save your place in the audience at 440-632-5705, leave your name, phone number and how many are in your party.  You may send checks made to Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, to P.O.Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062 – $20 each person.  Any proceeds from this concert will go toward the Middlefield Chamber Scholarship Fund and a donation will also be given to the Cardinaires.

 

Chamberlain Road: A New Portage Park

Dec 18

Explore this undeveloped Portage Park on the headwaters of the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River. A variety of trees and biotic communities are awaiting discovery on the rolling glacial landscape. There are no formal trails allowing for the discovery of hidden gems and woodland secrets as we explore the nooks and crannies of this closed preserve. Directions provided upon registration. The hike begins at 11:00am. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (donations will be collected for the Portage Park District).

 

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Start Something! Volunteer Today!

Call Today

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother volunteers. There are boys waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them, mentor them and help them reach their potential.  Please call today at 330-296-6655 or visit the website at www.bbsportage.org.  All it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to start something!

 

Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now

The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas

Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2,

2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held

on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can

be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity

home FB games.  The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com.

 

Holiday Social Crafters Needed

Call Today

The Garrettsville will host their annual Holiday Social and talent contest on Saturday December 3rd from 12-4pm. The cost for a vendor spot is $15.00. You must bring your own table and chairs. Crafters/artist and also talent contestant’s applications are being accepted now. For an application please contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com or Sherri at sherricollins@neo.rr.com

 

RCIA Invitation

Beginning Soon

St Ambrose Church in Garrettsville announces 2011-2012 R.C.I.A.  The R.C.I.A. begins in October and is a formation process for adults (18 years of age and older) who may wish to become Catholic. Classes will be held in the St. Ambrose church hall and will include learning, faith sharing, and fellowship. The R.C.I.A. culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming Catholic, please call Fr. Leo Wehrlin at 330-527-4105.

 

Youth Boys Basketball Program

Through Nov 14

Registration for Ravenna Recreation Department / Debra Booher & Associates / Dr. Stephen Belli, DDS, MS Youth Boys Basketball League is held October 24 to November 14.  Teams will be formed by the following grades: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Practices and games are held at various schools in Ravenna.  Practices begin in January and games are held February through beginning of April.  Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $40; non-city taxpayer fee is $48.  Deadline is November 14. For information & registration stop in at Ravenna Parks & Recreation Department at 530 North Freedom St., or call (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 pm.

 

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs

Deadline To Register Dec 2

Come swim with the water dogs.  Classes start on Dec 4th with various times on Sunday afternoons. All levels. Cost:  $50.00 per Child for all 5 lessons. Ages 4 years and older. Sign-ups: Sunday November 13th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College Pool or  register online! Deadline to register December 2nd     http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343.

 

Crafters & Vendors Needed

Call Today

Claridon Girl Scout Troop 1324 is looking for crafters and vendors for its 6th annual Santa Shoppe to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd. Tables are $20.00 each. For more information and or reservations, please call Dolly at 440-635-1173

 

Quilting For The Homeless

First Thursday Of Month

You are invited to join the ladies of the Windham Church of Christ to make quilts for the homeless. We meet the first Thursday of the month from Noon to 2 pm in the fellowship hall of the church, 9837 Wolf Road. Anyone who wants to share thier quilitng experience, or who wants to learn, is invited. Call Carolyn Miller at 330 326-3340 if you have any questions.  We look forward to having you join us.

 

G-Men Youth Basketball

Call Today

It’s not too late to sign-up for the G-Men Boys Youth basketball program for grades 4-6.   For more information or to sign up please send an email to Varsity Head Coach Andy Olesky at aolesky@mail.garfield.sparcc.org.

 

Tutoring At RFC

Tuesdays

Free tutoring for homework at the Renaissance Family Center is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays provided by Hiram students. Come and meet Nancy, Alexandria and Daniel from 3-4:30.

 

Awana At RFC

Wednesdays

Children and youth ages 2 through 18 are invited to attend Awana or The WAY at the Renaissance Family Center at 9005 Wilverne Drive in Windham on Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 7:45 pm.  This is a great time for kids to learn about God in a fun environment.  Please make sure kids wear athletic shoes and pants because everyone gets game time!

 

People Tree Bell Ringers Needed

Call Today

The People Tree is in need of volunteers to ring bells.  If you can donate some time to help a worthy cause, please contact Kim at 330 527-4873.

GMS Football Scotch Doubles

Nov 5

The James A. Garfield Middle School Football Team will be holding a Scotch Doubles on Sat. Nov. 5th at 9 pm at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley. Cost is $40 / couple (adult only!) and includes 3 Games of Bowling, Shoe Rental, Pizza, Unlimited Draft Beer, Pop or Coffee. Chinese Auction and 50/50 drawing. For Tickets or to Reserve your lane call Kim Burrows @330-620-9523 or Mark Apple @330-221-1504

 

Card Making Party

Nov 5

There will be a card making party on Nov 5 from 2-5 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall. Cost is $14 and includes supplies and refreshments. Reservations must be made by Nov 1.  Call Liz Wildman at 440-685-4582 or Kathy Skeels at 440-685-4425.

 

Turkey Dinner

Nov 5

Pricetown Church annual Turkey Dinner, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 4pm to 7pm at the Newton Falls High School (907 Milton Blvd, South). All you can eat buffet. Adults – $9.00; Children (5 to 12) $4.00; Children 4 and under – Free  Carry outs will be available.

 

Portage Faith Church Bazaar

Nov 5

The women’s group at Portage Faith United Methodist Church at 9922 SR 44, Mantua, invites you to their Annual Bazaar & Country Store on Nov 5 from 9 am – 3 pm. Come purchase homemade crafts, baked goods, vegetable beef soup, noodles, quilts and more. Admission is FREE.

 

Swiss Steak Dinner & Bake Sale

Nov 5

Unity Lodge 12, F&AM  is holding a Swiss steak dinner and bake sale on Nov 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ravenna Masonic Complex, SR 14 & Washington Ave., Ravenna. Donation Adults $8; Kids 7-12 $5; Under 6 – Free. Carryouts available. Public welcome.

 

Study of The Gospel According To Mark

Nov 6

Holy Cross Anglican Church located at: 1046 Lake St., Kent, OH, is planning an in depth study of the Gospel according to Mark beginning Sunday, November 6th at 9 a.m. The study will include the use of DVDs and will be moderated by Rev. Fr. David Mathus, Doctor of Theology. The public is encouraged to attend to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Gospels, Christian Faith and expand and deepen spiritual growth.

Free Coat Give Away

Through Nov 6

The Sanctuary of Praise Church of God is offering a free coat give away. Childrens coats size 0-3T. Womens’s wind breakers up to size 3XL. Coats are limited and available, first come first served, through Nov 6th. If you are interested in receiving a free coat, contact Lynne at 330 527-2942. Leave a message with your name, phone number and coat size & gender.

 

Annual Christmas Auction

Nov 6

The Warren Township Fire Dept Station #47 Auxiliary will hold their 12th Annual Christmas Auction on Nov 6 at 2 pm at Johnson Community Center, 800 Gillmer Road, Leavittsburg (just off Route 5 By-pass).  Slated for auction will be new merchandise including toys, tools, games, decorations and collectibles. Funds raised are used to support the Volunteer Firefighters. Doors open at 1 pm; refreshments available.

 

Pipe Organ Recital

Nov 6

An organ recital celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the St. Martin’s-Miles Pipe Organ will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 6295 Chagrin River Road on November 6th at 3 p.m.  Guest organist: James Clouser, CAGO, ChM.  Program includes an introduction to the pipe organ–“Rex: The King of Instruments,” narrated by Cassie Clouser, and J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  Free and open to the public.

 

Portage County’s Newest & Largest Park

Nov 6

Although the Morgan Preserve is not yet open to the general public, we have been given permission to begin exploring this 500+ acre park. Various stream and wetland areas are interspersed in a matrix of mature and young forest and abandoned farm fields. As of yet there are no trails and the sheer size of this preserve insures there will be plenty of natural surprises and exciting discoveries. Come and help us begin to fill in the blank spots on the map of this new park. 1:00-3:00pm. Directions provided upon registration:330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station  (fee required).

 

Windham Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction

Nov 6

The Windham Athletic Boosters will be hosting a Chinese auction on November 6, 2011 @ Windham High School Gymnasium. Doors open @ 12pm.  Auction Begins @ 2pm.

 

Special Bingo

Nov 6

St Michael’s Church, 9736 East Center St, Windham, will be holding a special bingo sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on November 6th beginning at 1:30 pm. Gift and bakery raffle. Refreshments available. No one under 18, please.

 

Dorothy “DOT” Hedge Memorial Dedication

Nov 6

The Dorothy “Dot” Hedge Memorial Dedication will be held at the First Church of God, 9016 N. Main St, Windham on Nov. 6th.  Dinner 12:30 -1:30pm / RSVP November 4th

Dedication and Southern Gospel Concert 1:30-2:30pm  Artist is Christ Unlimited from Barberton, Ohio. Love offering will be taken. Dinner R.S.V.P by November 4th @ 330 326 2293

 

Hire A Band Member

Nov 6, 18 & 19

Members of the Crestwood Scarlet Guard are available to help you with your fall clean up – raking leaves, moving wood, or other odd jobs. For your generous contribution of $50, you will get a crew of two hardworking marching band members for two hours. Proceeds will directly benefit the spring band trip to perform at Disney World.  Band members will be available on November 6, 18, and 19. Please contact Kate Ferguson at 330-274-2214, or email (with “Hire a Band Member” in the subject line) kferguson@crestwoodschools.org.

 

Roast Beef Dinner

Nov 8

The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Ave will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Election day, Nov 8th, from 4:30 pm – 7 pm. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12 and free for preschool children. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.  Take-out available.

 

Election Day Meal

Nov 8

Hiram Christian Church will be serving soup, bread and dessert on Election Day, November 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This event is free and open to the community.

 

Annual Turkey Dinner

Nov 8

On Nov 8th, get out and vote and then head to the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422 – 1/4 mile east of St. Rt. 528 in Parkman) for a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 4:30 until 7 p.m.  We will be serving turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, green beans, slaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverages and pie for dessert.  Adult dinners are $10; children (ages 5-11) are $5; pre-schoolers are free.  Take-outs are available (adult-size only).  Prepared and served by the Women’s Fellowship of Parkman Congregational Church.  We look forward to seeing you on Election Day!

 

Hiram Council Meeting

Nov 8

Because the Hiram Council Chambers will be used for the general election, the November Council Meeting beginning at 7 p.m. (19:00 hrs.) has been moved to the ALUMNI HERITAGE ROOM at TEACHOUT-PRICE HALL on the Hiram College Campus.

 

Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce “Business after Hours”

Nov 9

The Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce “Business after Hours” to be hosted by the Center of Hope on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Appetizers and beverages have been graciously donated. Take some time at the end of your busy day to mingle with old friends and make new acquaintances.  You will also have an opportunity to tour the Center of Hope and Christian Cupboard and ask any questions you may have about the work of this agency, which has served the community for over 25 years. Please R.S.V.P. to dstiles@portagefamilies.org or call 330-297-5454.  Each month the Chamber will offer the community the opportunities to enjoy  “Business After Hours”. The Chamber meets at a selected business, factory, etc. to see their operations and enjoy some food and conversation. The public is invited to attend. For details call Jack Ferguson, Executive Director, at 330-296-3886.

 

Free Community Dinner

Nov 10

A free community dinner hosted by Crossroads Community Church at 9018 SR 44, Shalersville Twp. will be held on Nov 10 from 5-7 p.m.  Please join us for food and fellowship.

 

Veteran Luncheon

Nov 10

All veterans and their families are invited to a luncheon at Noon on Nov. 10th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham.

 

JAG High School Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov 10 & 15

Parent Teacher Conferences for James A. Garfield H.S. are scheduled for November 10th 4:00-7:30 and November 15th 4:00-7:00.  If you would like to schedule conferences, please call Mrs. Fisher at 330-527-4341.

 

RFC Craft Show

Nov 11

You are invited to the Renaissance Craft Show Nov 11th, 11 am-5 pm, and November 12th, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, lunch available. Free carving demonstrations also free old fashion peddle scroll saw demonstration. Crafts, jewelry, baked goods and much more.   Start your Christmas shopping early and beat the crowds.

 

Middlefield-Burton American Legion Dinner

Nov 11

There will be an open house with a soup, chili and cornbread dinner on Nov 11th from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at Post 459 of the American Legion.

 

PCDL Closed Veterans Day

Nov 11

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  They will resume regular operating hours the next day or, according to their hours of operation, on Monday, November 14.

Visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for additional information on library programs and services, including downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.

 

Soup & Sandwich Day

Nov 11

Soup & Sandwich Day will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011, from 3 p.m.to 5:30 p.m at  Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road (Route 534).  Take Outs Will Be Available

 

Christmas Boutique

Nov 12

St. Anselm Women’s Guild Christmas Boutique will be held on Saturday, Nov 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Rd. (Rt. 306, just south of Rt. 322), Chesterland. There will be a Bake Sale, Snack Bar and Raffle. $1 donation for admission enters you in the door prize drawing. For vendor space contact Karen at 440-729-2476.

Veterans Pavilion Dedication

Nov 12

Veterans and their families as well as Burton Township residents are invited to a ceremony of dedication for the Veterans Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Forest & Park, 14821 Rapids Road, Burton Twp on Nov 12 at 10 am. Coffee and donuts will be served at the Administration Building.

 

4C’s Craft Show

Nov 12

The Crestwood 4 C’s will be sponsoring a craft show on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Shalersville Town Hall (Corner of S. R. 44 & 303) Join us for homemade soup and pies, sloppy joes,etc. Support local artisans and the 4 C’s Emergency Food Cupboard. There will be door prizes and a Grand Prize of  a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card. For every non-perishable food item you donate to the cupboard you will receive one free raffle ticket. An award-winning, queen size quilt donated by “Quilts for Causes” will be raffled at the end of the show. Quilt raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00

 

Two Grand Dinner

Nov 12

The James A. Garfield Band Two Grand Dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12th at 6:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mantua.    Every 10th ticket drawn during the dinner will be a prize winner with a grand prize of $2,000.   Additional games will include a lottery tree, 50/50 raffle, and a treasure chest with a prize valued at approximately $300.  Gift baskets will also be available to bid on.  Tickets are $40 per person and available through any JAG band student.  Winners do not need to be present.  Please contact the Garfield Bands at jamesagarfieldband@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Open House

Nov 12

Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is recruiting individuals who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to serve on active committees helping with the operations and

various functions of the organizations.  Individuals interested in selecting and working with Habitat families, oversight of construction days, marketing, fundraising and more are needed to assist the non-profit fulfill its goals. A volunteer information meeting will be held on Saturday November 12th at 10am at the Habitat office at 6630 Cleveland Road, Ravenna OH  44266.   To learn how you can volunteer with Habitat or to sign up for the volunteer orientation, contact the Habitat office at (330) 296-2880 or office@habitatofportage.org

 

Carry-Out Swiss Steak Dinner

Nov 12

The First Congregational Church, 612 West Broad Street, Newton Falls will be holding a carry-out only Swiss Steak dinner on Saturday November 12th.   Menu includes; Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, apple sauce, and a brownie dessert.  Cost is $7.50 per dinner.  Dinners can be picked up between 4:00 – 6:00pm at the church.

 

Homeownership Info Session

November 13

Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is currently looking for interested individuals and families who would like to fulfill their dream of owning their own home.  Openings for homeownership are available for current building projects.  An informational session about Habitat homeownership will be held on Nov 13th at the Habitat Office Conference Room located at 6630 Cleveland Road in Ravenna Township. The session will begin promptly at 2 PM.  Families are chosen without respect to age, gender, sexual preference, disability, race, religion or national origin. Persons interested in attending the November orientation are encouraged to call the Habitat Office at 330-296-2880 or email at office@habitatofportage.org to advise the staff that they are coming to the orientation session.

 

St. Joseph’s Garden Club Boutique

Nov 13

St. Jospeh’s Garden Club is holding their 27th Annual Christmas Boutique on November 13 from 9:30 am – 4 pm at the St. Josephs Church (Hughes Hall) 11045 St Joseph Blvd., Mantua.  Handmade arts, crafts, needlework.  Door prizes; Food available all day. Free admission – ample parking.

 

Geauga County Veterans Service

Nov 13

There will be a Geauga County Veterans Service at the Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of the American Legion on Nov 13th.  Evelyn Sui (US Navy Retiree) will be the speaker.  Speaker time will be from 2-4 pm.  Post 459  will present the colors.

 

ABC Club Basket Raffle

Nov 14 & 15 

Please join the Newton Falls Elementary School ABC Club for our Basket Raffle being held on November 14th and 15th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm each evening.  The ABC Club will be selling raffle tickets for 12 themed baskets.  Tickets will be sold at the event and are $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00.  Basket winners will be drawn on November 15th at 6:45 pm.  Winners do not need to be present to win.  Please come to support the Newton Falls ABC Club!  The raffle will be held at the Elementary School located at 909 Milton Boulevard in Newton Falls during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 

Shoebox Collection Week

Nov 14-21

Shoebox Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child at New Mercies Community Church, 12767 Butternut Road, Burton is November 14 – 21, 2011. For hours, please visit www.newmercieschurch.org or call (440) 834-8386.  Other Upcoming Events: Nov 12 – Craft & Bake Sale, 9 am – 4 pm; Dec 3 – Chinese Auction, Doors open at 3 pm,  Auction at 5 pm.

 

Beat the Black Friday Rush … Come Shopping with Us!

Nov 17

The James A. Garfield Girls’ Basketball program along with the Garfield Athletic Boosters will be hosting a One “Shot” Shopping experience November 17, 2011 from 3:30-7:00 in the James A. Garfield Middle School.  Come to Room 29 to find direct sales representatives from Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Avon, and Thirty-One.  All proceeds benefit the middle school and high school girls’ basketball teams.  All items should be in for Christmas.  There will also be a raffle, snacks, and a chance to book your holiday massage with our local masseuse, Kym Kirk!  Come join the fun!  Any questions? Call or email Kathleen Gilbert, 330-527-2151, kgilbert@mail.garfield.sparcc.org.

 

Shhh! A Comedy / Farce

Nov 18 & 19

James A. Garfield Drama department presents Shhh! A Comedy/Farce by D.M. King will be presented in the Iva Walker Auditorium on Nov 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door — Adults $6; Students & seniors $3.

 

Curtains up Theatre’s Comedy Night

Nov 19

Once again The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be hosting a Comedy Night on Saturday, November 19th at 7 pm. at Slim ‘n’ Jumbos. Guests will be entertained with a variety of Amateur Comedians. Watch for more details to come. Mark your calendars now.

 

The Nature of Downtown Warren

Nov 20

Discover the majesty of the amazingly large trees lining the Mahoning River in Perkins Park, downtown Warren. The old growth trees attract a variety of wildlife and soften the effect of the urban landscape. Gardens and restored historic buildings add to the ambiance of the area. 1:00-3:00pm. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee required).

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 24

Windham Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 24th, 2011: 9 am-3 pm EVENTS: 9 am Big Screen Macy’s Parade  9:30 am Flag Football Game  11 am Turkey Bowl 12 pm Free Thanksgiving Dinner 12-3 pm Big Screen Football Game at the Renaissance Family Center Call for Reservations 330-326-3003

 

 

Santa’s Collection Craft Show

Nov 26

Climb the stairs to a wonderland of holiday excitement on Nov 26th from 9 am – 3 pm. Located at the Burton American Legion Post 459 on Goodwin Street.  Area crafters, unique gifts and toys.  Free admission to the craft show.  For table info call Carol at 440.834.4532.

 

Breakfast With Santa

Nov 26 & 27

The Burton American Legion Auxiliary Post 459 located on Goodwin Street in Burton will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Nov 26th and 27th from 9 am – 1 pm.  Admission is $6 Adults; $3 children age 6-12 and Free for kids under 5.

 

Holiday Swag

Dec 3

Make a holiday evergreen swag to grace your door and create a warm welcoming entrance.  If you’ve previously worked with Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik you know you can expect a fun morning and come away with a lovely decoration.   Bring a friend or family member and create warm memories.  We’ll provide all the supplies and light refreshments.   $30 fee.  Space is limited – Class is Dec 3rd.  Please register and prepay early.  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.  View a list of MG class offerings:  http://geauga.osu.edu/

 

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 10

The United Methodist Church of Windham and RFC are teaming together for Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10th at 9 a.m. You can get a picture with Santa, do a craft and more. Location: 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.  Please RSVP if possible.

 

Cardinairs Christmas Concert

Dec 13

The Annual Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon Buffet will be held on December 13th, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Grandview Restaurant, 13404 Old State Road, Middlefield.  Tickets are $20 each, and include the Cardinaires performance and buffet luncheon of Chicken Marsala, potatoes, vegetable, beverage and dessert.  This is a beautiful way to start the Christmas Season.  You can call in to save your place in the audience at 440-632-5705, leave your name, phone number and how many are in your party.  You may send checks made to Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, to P.O.Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062 – $20 each person.  Any proceeds from this concert will go toward the Middlefield Chamber Scholarship Fund and a donation will also be given to the Cardinaires.

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Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now
The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas
Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2,
2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held
on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can
be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity
home FB games.  The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th, 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Holiday Social Crafters Needed
Call Today
The Garrettsville will host their annual Holiday Social and talent contest on Saturday December 3rd from 12-4pm. The cost for a vendor spot is $15.00. You must bring your own table and chairs. Crafters/artist and also talent contestant’s applications are being accepted now. For an application please contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com or Sherri at sherricollins@neo.rr.com

Townhall II Teen Team
Volunteer Now!!
Make a difference in the lives of victims of crime and your community by becoming a volunteer for the Townhall II Victim Outreach Program Teen Team.  The Teen Team will meet at Townhall II in Kent once a month and will volunteer at other community-wide events.  All teens are responsible for their own transportation and parent permission is required. Volunteers must be enrolled in high school, ages 14-18 and must complete a brief interview and initial training.  To volunteer contact Cindy Bloom at 330-678-3006 or email info@Townhall2.org.

RCIA Invitation
Beginning Soon
St Ambrose Church in Garrettsville announces 2011-2012 R.C.I.A.  The R.C.I.A. begins in October and is a formation process for adults (18 years of age and older) who may wish to become Catholic. Classes will be held in the St. Ambrose church hall and will include learning, faith sharing, and fellowship. The R.C.I.A. culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming Catholic, please call Fr. Leo Wehrlin at 330-527-4105.

James A Garfield Historical Society
Saturdays in October
Everyone is invited to stop in the James A. Garfield Historical Society any Saturday during the month of October between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Our Mott Building is located at the corner of Main and High St. in the center of Garrettsville.  The  Historical Society now has available copies of the Garrettsville Journal and the News and Views on microfilm.

Story Time
Thursdays
Story Time at Mantua Center Christian Church is held Thursdays from  10:30-11:30am at 4118 State Route 82, lower entrance.   Children ages 2-5, adults stay for the fun, siblings welcome.   The hour includes music & movement, stories, and crafts.   We do not meet if Crestwood Schools are closed. FREE, no need to sign up.  Contact us: 330.274.8258 or http://www.mantuacentercc.org/storytime.htm

Swim With The Water Dogs
Register Through Oct 13
Sign-ups for Hiram College swim lessons are Oct 9th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College Pool or
Register online! Deadline to register October 13th    http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  ** Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343  Lesson times will be  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  on Sunday Afternoons. ** All Levels, All Hours
** Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end
Lesson Dates:  Oct 16th, 23rd, and 30th, Nov 6th, and 13th. Cost:          $50.00 per child for all 5 lessons              Age:5 years and older

Crafters & Vendors Needed
Call Today
Claridon Girl Scout Troop 1324 is looking for crafters and vendors for it’s 6th annual Santa Shoppe to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd. Tables are $20.00 each. For more information and or reservations, please call Dolly at 440-635-117

Start Something! Volunteer Today!
Call Today
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother volunteers. There are boys waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them, mentor them and help them reach their potential.  Please call today at 330-296-6655 or visit the website at www.bbsportage.org.  All it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to start something!

Crafters Needed!
Call Today
St.Ambrose 3rd annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held on Sat. Nov 5th, 9am to 3pm  Tables $15.00 each. Handmade crafts and homemade foods only! Lunch available
call Dolores Minisall 330 569 3454 for reservations/ info.

Tutoring At RFC
Tuesdays
Free tutoring for homework at the Renaissance Family Center is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays provided by Hiram students. Come and meet Nancy, Alexandria and Daniel from 3-4:30.

1/2 Price Rummage Sale
Oct 14
There will be a 1?2 price rummage sale on Oct 14th from 9 am – 5 pm at the Hiram Rapids Church located at the corner of Allyn & Winchell Roads in Hiram Twp.
Amish Bake Sale/Lunch Stand
Oct 14
There will be an Amish bake sale / lunch stand on Oct 14th from 9 am – 3 pm at 12702 SR 88 (4 miles north of Garrettsville) at the former site of Susan’s Aniques. Proceeds to benefit US Army Sgt. Lester Miller’s medical expenses.

Homecoming Parade
Oct 14
The James A Garfield Homecoming Parade line up will be at 3:45 and the parade start will be at 4:30. Homecoming Parade is October 14th.  Anyone entering a float should contact Frances Bell at fbell@mail.garfield.sparcc.org or call 330-527-4341.  This years Homecoming Theme is Candy Land.

Eagles Fish Fry
Oct 14
Garrettsville Eagles will be holding a fish fry on Oct 14 from 4-8 pm. Take outs available. Calll 330-527-2330.

Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show
Oct 14 & 15
The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Rd, Aurora will be hosting the Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show on Friday, October 14th from  10am-8pm and Saturday, October 15th from  10am-4pm. $5.00 admission, under 12 free
No strollers or wheelchairs.

Fall Rummage & Bake Sale
Oct 14 & 15
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be having a fall rummage and bake sale on Ocgt 14 from 9 am – 5 pm. Lunch will be available on Friday – hot dogs, sloppy joes and cabbage and noodles. Saturday, Oct 15th the sale will be from 9 – 11 am. Clothing will be bag day all day, both days for $5. Delicious bake goods, cookies, breads and pies. The church is located at Nelson Circle, 9368 SR 305, Garrettsville.

Portage County Gardeners’ Autumn Boutique
Oct 14 – 15
BROWSE OUR UNIQUE SHOPS: Christmas, Fall & Gifts for Gardeners, Mums, Herbs, Baked Goods, Mink Shed Treasures and much more. Also, Gift Basket Raffle and Silent Auction. Tickets available at the door. Join us for this special event!   Oct 14 & 15 9 am – 2 pm  $1 admission with lunch available.  Portage County Gardeners’ Center,  5154 S. Prospect St. (Rte. 44) Ravenna

Flamingo Flocking
Oct 15
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding their annual Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15th. If the flamingos should land in your yard, a donation of $10.00 is being asked to have the flock fly away, and for $15.00 you can tell the flock of flamingos whose yard to fly to next.  You can call 216-375-0709 to pre pay your flocking, or purchase flocking insurance to guantee the flock will not land in your yard. Please keep all yards in the Garrettsville area, the flamingos only have a short amount of time.

Boy Scout Troop Fall Sale
Oct 15
Let BSA Troop 62 help you welcome Autumn. On Saturday, October 15th from 9 am to 5 pm. Stop by at the former car dealership just South
Of St. Rt. 82 and St. Rt. 88 and purchase your Fall decorations; pumpkins, corn stalks, bows
And the coveted BITTERSWEET.
And be sure to purchase a dozen of the Troop’s Famous Jumbo Donut
Holes, too.  All proceeds benefit the scouts of Troop 62 in Garrettsville.
If you wish to pre-order donut holes you can contact any Scout or
Leader from Troop 62 or Julie at 330-527-5701.

Ohio Outlaws 12U Fast Pitch Fundraiser
Oct 15
Sky Lanes Bowling is proud to be the home of Scotch doubles fundraiser to benefit OHIO OUTLAWS 12U  Saturday, Oct 15th @ 7 pm.
$40 per couple includes 3 games, shoes, pizza and  draft beer. the team is working to raise funds to purchase new supplies and equipment.  We have 4 local girls on the team that is based  out of the G-PLEX in Garrettsville.  Please help our girls succeed. Contact Dee Synnestvedt (330-527-0223) Tim Perkins or  Scott Lippert.

Cabbage Roll Dinner
Oct 15
Cabbage Roll Dinner.  St. Michael’s Social Hall, Ridge Road, Newton Falls.  Sat., Oct. 15    4:00-6:00 p.m. $8   Carry outs available.

Texas Hold’em Tournament
Oct 15
Texas Hold’em Tournament hosted by State Farm Agent Greg Rodi will be held on Oct 15 at 5 pm at Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St, Auburn Twp.  All proceeds to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation via Team Alaina.  To register or for questions call Greg at 440-666-7553 or Jennifer at 330-360-3869.

Apple Butter Fesitval
Oct 15
The Lake Milton Presbyterian Church is holding its annual Apple Butter Festival and everyone is invited to come and help stir the apple butter in a copper kettle over an open fire. The freshly canned, warm apple butter will be for sale along with all kinds of apple goodies and lunch. There will also be Praise Music for your enjoyment.

Garrettsville Browns Backers Dawg Walk
Oct 16
The Garrettsville Browns Backers Dawg Walk benefiting the J.A. Garfield High School Soccer Club will be held on Oct 16. Registration begins at 11 am at Slim N Jumbo’s with the first walkers out at Noon, last walkers back by 3:30.  Registration is $20. Best hand gets $150.

RFC Luncheon & Sminar
Oct 16
The Renaissance Family Center is sponsoring a  luncheon and Creation Seminar featuring John Parker, Sunday, October 16th.  The luncheon will begin at 1:00PM with the seminar following at 2:00PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

NF BOE Finance Meeting
Oct 17
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold a Finance Committee Meeting on Oct 17, 2011 at 11 am in the board office, located at 909 1?2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls.

JA Garfield School Board Meeting
Oct 17
The regular October 2011 meeting of the J.A. Garfield School Board has been rescheduled from Oct 27th to Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library.

Crestwood BOE Meeting
Oct 18
The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct 18 at 6 pm at the Crestwood High School Library, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve the five-year financial forecast and any other business that may come before the board at that time.

Flu Shot Clinic At GES
Oct 18
The Portage County Health Department will be holding a public “FLU SHOT  CLINIC” at James A. Garfield Elementary School on Tuesday, October 18th from 4:00-6:00 pm.  The cost for the shots will be: $10 for kids; $20 for adults; $45 for high dose (available for anyone 65 or older)

Independence Senior Citizens Meeting
Oct 19
The Independence Senior Citizens will meet on Oct 19 in Lake Milton at the Presbyterian Church on Grandview Road at 10 am. Join us for blood pressure checks, exercise, crafts, light lunch and bingo. The group meets every third Wednesday of the month at the church. All senior citizens are welcome.

Flu Shot Clinic
Oct 19
Pamida Pharmacy in Newton Falls will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic on Weds Oct 19 from 10 am – 2 pm.  Traditional Medicare Part B; Traditional Medicaid and Caresource welcome.

Home Cooked Supper
Oct 19
Home Cooked Supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd,  Newton Falls on Oct. 19, 5:00 to 6:30p.m.  Dinner includes individual chicken pot pies, pierogi potatoes, salad, roll, homemade desserts and beverage.   Adults $7,  Children 6 -12  $3,   5 and under free
Hope to see you there! Carryouts will be available.

Everyone Loves Polka…(and pictures!)
Oct 20
Come enjoy a fun evening with us at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on Thursday, October 20, 2011, from 7 – 9 p.m.  At 7 p.m. Jake Kouwe from The Chardon Polka Band will get toes tapping with high energy music!  Stay afterward, enjoy refreshments, and  have your picture taken in face-in-hole “portraits.” (We’ll have several hand-painted set-ups for you to choose from furnished by a local artist!) The Pines at Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Road  (SR 700), Hiram, OH (about a mile south of SR 422.)   If you have questions, call Christine Brooks at (440)834-0260, ext. 4, or e-mail Fran at “ brookshouseassistedliving@gmail.com” Hope  to see you here!

NF BOE  Meeting
Oct 20
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold a Regular Board  Meeting on Oct 20, 2011 at 6 pm in the board room, located in the Jr. High School located at 907 1?2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls.

“Constructing Clara”
Oct 20
Join the Hiram Historical Society for its next program, “Constructing Clara,” Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Is it possible to create an image of a Portage County woman who left no writings in her own hand?  Dr. Arlene Hilfer will speak on the image of Clara Strong Rudolph (1842-1911) that emerges from letters written to her and by materials written about her.  The meeting will take place in the Historical Society’s Century House, across from the Hiram Fire Station. All are welcome to attend.

Altar & Rosary Society Rummage Sale
Oct 21 & 22
The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Fall Rummage Sale on Oct 21st from 9 am – 5 pm and Oct 22nd from 9 am to 1 pm.  Oct 21st is bag day.  The rummage sale will take place in the church hall.

Benefit Pot Luck Dinner
Oct 22
A benefit pot luck dinner will be held for Annie Kralik’s medical/funeral expenses on Oct 22 from 5-7 pm at the VFW Post 9678 located at 16013 E. High St in Middlefield. Cost is $10 per person. Chinese auction & 50/50 raffle.  For more information call Em Leagan Meyer at 440-635-0532 or 440-635-6039.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Oct 22
On Oct 22 the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a dance from 7:30 – 11 pm.  The dance is open to the public and cost is $6 for members $8 for non-members. All attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. There will be prizes given for the prettiest, ugliest and most original costume.

Lost Trails & Treasures of Camp Asbury
Oct 22
The diverse landscape of the Asbury Valley ranges from historical mill ponds and millraces to upland bog ponds, springs and hidden rock ledges with shelter caves and waterfalls. Eagle Creek and the surrounding wetlands are the home for a variety of birds and other wildlife including river otters, mink and beavers. Prepare for muddy trails. 9:00-11:00am. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee required).

Scotch Doubles To Benefit Sandor Rick Szachury
Oct 22
There will be a scotch doubles benefit on Oct 22 at Sky Lanes Bowling for Sandor Rick Szachury who was killed in a cement mixer accident. The event will cost $20 per person and include 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and beverages.  We will also have a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Please come and help us support this cause.  From more info or advanced tickets please call Mabel Horsfall (330) 274-0409 / (330) 285-8641 or Jamie Mullins (330) 571-4515.

Amish Dinner At RFC
Oct 22
You’re invited by RFC to an Amish Dinner and Chinese Auction on Oct. 22nd. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 kids 4-12; under 4 free.  Call 330-326-3003 for tickets or more information.  RFC is located at  9005 Wilverne Dr. in Windham.

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner For Debbie Blewitt
Oct 22
There will be a spaghetti benefit dinner on Oct 22 from 5-8 pm at the Windham American Legion Hall, 9960 E. Center St in Windham for Debbie Blewitt.  Debbie has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is currently unable to work while undergoing treatment. Proceeds will help to defray some of her expenses.  Cost for the dinner is Adults $6; Children $3.  There will also be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.

Fight Like A Girl Benefit
Oct 22
A benefit for Nikki Davis will be held on Oct 22 at the Community Center, 52 East Quarry Street, Newton Falls from 6 – 10 pm.  There will be a country band, food, Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing. $5 at the door.  Kids under 12 free.  Nikki is a 29 year- old mother of three who is undergoing treatment for stage 3 cervical cancer.   Please come help support her fight.

Kids Halloween Party
Oct 22
There will be a Kids Halloween Party on Oct 22 from 1-3 pm at the Windham American Legion Hall, 9960 E. Center St in Windham for all children ages 10 and under. Sign up by October 18th at the American Legion.

Pumpkin Painting Party
Oct 22
The Optimist Club of Newton Falls will be hosting a pumpkin painting party on Oct. 22 at the Newton Falls Community Center, on Quarry Street from Noon to 2 pm.  Lunch – games – candy!!  Children 12 and under Free; Adults $3 donation.

Gemboree
Oct 22 & 23
The semi-annual show of rocks and minerals will be held on Oct 22 & 23 from 10 am- 6 pm  at Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Rd, Cuyahoga Falls.  Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors (55+) and students; $1 children age 7-14. Under 6 is Free.

Food Drive for the 4C’s
Oct 23
Sunday, October 23rd from 10:30a-12:30 pm a Food Drive for the 4C’s Food Cupboard will be held. In need are canned/dry goods or  monetary donations. Folks will pick up (call 330 274-8258) or you can deliver to Mantua Center Christian Church at 4118 Mantua  Center Rd.. Feel free to leave bag of goods on porch as well!
Sponsoring Church: Mantua Center Christian Church  The need has increased and the cupboards are getting bare.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Polka Fest In October
Oct 23
St. Edward Church in Parkman will be holding a Polka Fest on Oct. 23rd.  There will be a Polka Mass at noon with a dinner dance beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Reservations for the dinner are required by Oct 16 – tickets can be purchase through the church office or from a ticket seller.  Cost is $15 for the dinner & dance.  Take Out Dinners available for $12.  Pork Chop / Kielbasa Dinner, baked goods sale, micro mini Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and dancing.  Questions, call 440-548-3812.

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild Turkey Dinner
Oct 23
The Ladies Guild of St. Mary’s & St. Joseph Church of Newton Falls, will be hosting their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  The price for adults is $8.00; children ages 5-12 pay $4.00 and children 4 and under are free.   Tickets may be purchased at the door.   Raffle tickets will also be available at the dinner.  Dinner will be held at the St. Mary’s & St. Joseph Social Hall at 120 Maple Drive., Newton Falls, OH 44444.   Carry out dinners are available.

2011 High School Rock Off
Oct 23
The Newton Falls Community Center will play host to the 2011 High School Rock Off  competition. Featuring student high school bands competing from Trumbull, Mahoning, and surrounding high schools the competition will be held on October 23rd . 1st prize: $400; 2nd Prize: $100.00.  1st place winners each week will move on to the finals. For Bookings Contact: Rick Dezsi (330) 219-4246.

Chili Cook-Off
Oct 23
Have a great chili recipe?   Want to have bragging rights? Come join our chili cook-off on October 23, 2011 at Shalersville Town Hall from 12 noon to 5 pm. Open to the public. Your chili entry gets you in for free. Reservations in by October 16. Call Andy Fortuna  at 330 – 931-8689 Admission is $6.00 or $5 plus a canned good for 4C’s. Children under 6 eat for free! Hot dogs available for kids. Judging at 3 pm. Trophies or Ribbons will be awarded for: best flavor chili; hottest chili; best white chili and  People’s Choice. All proceeds for the event will stay in the community. Sponsored by Crestwood Action Coalition Team.

Rummage Sale At KofC
Oct 26
On  Oct. 26th from 10 am to 7 pm. and Oct. 27th from 10 am to 2 pm the Manuta Mantua Knights of Columbus will be hosting a rummage sale at their hall , 11845 SR 44.  Proceeds benefit the 2012 Crestwood After Prom.  Donations may be tax deductable and accepted Oct. 24 from 10 am to 7 pm, or Tuesday Oct. 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. or by appointment.  For further info.  please contact Kendra Becker at 330-274-0328.

Auburn Garden Club October Meeting
Oct 26
The Auburn Garden Club will meet at 7pm on Oct 26th. Location is the Auburn Town Hall (Corner of E. Washington St & Auburn Rd) Join us for a  Fall Harvest  Soup and Bread Dinner. Meeting Agenda -  planning the 2012 Garden Program. Please bring either a bread or soup dish to share along with a place setting. For more information Call Susan at (330) 883-2833 or email auburngardenclub@gmail.com

Movie Night
Oct 28
Mantua Center Christian Church invites you to MOVIE NIGHT on Friday October 28th. Cost is $5 per child / $10 per family.  Costumes Welcome! Snacks Provided! Crafts!
6:00pm-8:30pm  Please bring a sleeping bag or blanket to sit on.  Adult supervision is provided. Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 State Route 82, Mantua, Oh 44255  Contact: Tammie Habbyshaw 216.496.7275 (Children must be potty trained)

Chicken or Rib Dinner
Oct 29
The Portage County Council of the American Legion will be hosting a chicken or ribs dinner on Oct 29 from 4-6 pm at the Windham Post 674, 9960 East Center Road, Windham.  Cost: Chicken Dinner $7.50; Rib Dinner $10. For tickets call Bill Vassileff at (330) 274-2603, Alvin Podboy at (330) 998-1091 or Alvin Sweet at (330) 326-3790.

Fall Festival
Oct 29
Crossroads Community Church (corner of SR 303 & 44 across from Buddys Food Mart) will be hosting a fall festival. This safe, alternative to trick-or-treat will be held on Oct 29 from 3-5 pm. Some activities being planned include trunk-or-treat, weiner roast, mini hay maze and games.  If raining, the festival will be held indoors.

Newton Falls Cake Walk Drop Off
Oct 31
The new drop-off point for the Newton Falls Kiwanis Halloween Cake Walk will be 16 W Broad St between Gibson Jewelers and The Flower Shoppe. There will be a Kiwanis member at that site all day to accept cakes.  The Cake Walk will begin at 7 pm and end when all the cakes are gone.

9/11…Never Forget
Through Oct 31
A collaborative mosaic tribute from Community Artworks is on display at the Trumbull Art Gallery.  Thirty-two area artists have eached contributed a painting, all of which are combined in one cohesive mural as a tribute for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  This is done in the same manner as the Mona Lisa was done last year.  Available for viewing Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 4 pm.  Admission is free, and posters of the mosaic are available for purchase.

Pipe Organ Recital
Nov 6
An organ recital celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the St. Martin’s-Miles Pipe Organ will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 6295 Chagrin River Road on November 6th at 3 p.m.  Guest organist: James Clouser, CAGO, ChM.  Program includes an introduction to the pipe organ–“Rex: The King of Instruments,” narrated by Cassie Clouser and J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  Free and open to the public.

Special Bingo
Nov 6
St Michael’s Church, 9736 East Center St, Windham, will be holding a special bingo sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on November 6th beginning at 1:30 pm. Gift and bakery raffle. Refreshments available. No one under 18, please.

Portage County’s Newest & Largest Park
Nov 6
Although the Morgan Preserve is not yet open to the general public, we have been given permission to begin exploring this 500+ acre park. Various stream and wetland areas are interspersed in a matrix of mature and young forest and abandoned farm fields. As of yet there are no trails and the sheer size of this preserve insures there will be plenty of natural surprises and exciting discoveries. Come and help us begin to fill in the blank spots on the map of this new park. 1:00-3:00pm. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station  (fee required).

Windham Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction
Nov 6
The Windham Athletic Boosters will be hosting a Chinese auction on November 6, 2011 @ Windham High School Gymnasium. Doors open @ 12pm.  Auction Begins @ 2pm.

Carry-Out Swiss Steak Dinner
Nov 12
The First Congregational Church, 612 West Broad Street, Newton Falls will be holding a carry-out only Swiss Steak dinner on Saturday November 12th.   Menu includes; Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, apple sauce, and a brownie dessert.
Cost is $7.50 per dinner.  Dinners can be picked up between 4:00 – 6:00pm at the church.

Curtains of Theatre’s Comedy Night
Nov 19
Once again The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be hosting their second Comedy Night on Saturday, November 19th at 7 pm. at Slim ‘n’ Jumbos. Guests will be entertained with a variety of Amateur Comedians. Watch for more details to come.
Mark your calendars now.

The Nature of Downtown Warren
Nov 20
Discover the majesty of the amazingly large trees lining the Mahoning River in Perkins Park, downtown Warren. The old growth trees attract a variety of wildlife and soften the effect of the urban landscape. Gardens and restored historic buildings add to the ambiance of the area. 1:00-3:00pm. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee required).

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert.  Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.

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Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now
The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas
Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2,
2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held
on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can
be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity
home FB games.  The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th, 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Holiday Social Crafters Needed
Call Today
The Garrettsville will host their annual Holiday Social and talent contest on Saturday December 3rd from 12-4pm. The cost for a vendor spot is $15.00. You must bring your own table and chairs. Crafters/artist and also talent contestant’s applications are being accepted now. For an application please contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com or Sherri at sherricollins@neo.rr.com

Townhall II Teen Team
Volunteer Now!!
Make a difference in the lives of victims of crime and your community by becoming a volunteer for the Townhall II Victim Outreach Program Teen Team.  The Teen Team will meet at Townhall II in Kent once a month and will volunteer at other community-wide events.  All teens are responsible for their own transportation and parent permission is required. Volunteers must be enrolled in high school, ages 14-18 and must complete a brief interview and initial training.  To volunteer contact Cindy Bloom at 330-678-3006 or email info@Townhall2.org.

James A Garfield Historical Society
Saturdays in October
Everyone is invited to stop in the James A. Garfield Historical Society any Saturday during the month of October between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Our Mott Building is located at the corner of Main and High St. in the center of Garrettsville.  The  Historical Society now has available copies of the Garrettsville Journal and the News and Views on microfilm.

Story Time
Thursdays
Story Time at Mantua Center Christian Church is held Thursdays from  10:30-11:30am at 4118 State Route 82, lower entrance.   Children ages 2-5, adults stay for the fun, siblings welcome.   The hour includes music & movement, stories, and crafts.   We do not meet if Crestwood Schools are closed. FREE, no need to sign up.  Contact us: 330.274.8258 or http://www.mantuacentercc.org/storytime.htm

Swim With The Water Dogs
Register Through Oct 13
Sign-ups for Hiram College swim lessons are Oct 9th, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College Pool or
Register online! Deadline to register October 13th    http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html  ** Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343  Lesson times will be  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  on Sunday Afternoons. ** All Levels, All Hours
** Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end
Lesson Dates:  Oct 16th, 23rd, and 30th, Nov 6th, and 13th. Cost:          $50.00 per child for all 5 lessons              Age:5 years and older

Baked Chicken Dinner & Chinese Auction
Oct 7
Garrettsville Eagles #2705, 8149 Water Street will be having their yearly Baked Chicken Dinner and Chinese Auction to benefit the scholarship fund on Friday, October 7,  4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is  $8,00 adults  $4.00 children Open to the public     Call 330-527-2330 for more information

Lions Sausage Trailer
Oct 7 & 8
The Windham Lions will hold their sandwich sale in the Sparkle Market parking lot in Windham, October 7th and 8th ,  2011. The menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are still only $ 4.00.  They are hot juicy and freshly made. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight related causes and local community needs. Stop by and say hello to the dedicated, hard working Windham Lions and ask how YOU can help make a difference in Windham.

Semi-Annual Pythian Sister Rummage/Bake Sale
Oct 7 & 8
Used clothing, books and household items will be available at the Pythian Sister Rummage sale located at 123 College Street in West Farmington.  Sale will be held on Oct 7th from 9 am – 5 pm and Oct 8th from 9 am to Noon.  Oct 8th is bargain day — $2 per bag.  Lunch will be available.

Benefit for Baby Corey
Oct 8
Madalyn was born with medical conditions requiring many surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay. Please help us defray the cost of medical expenses.  Pasta Dinner  Rigatoni, Salad, Veggie, Rolls, Dessert and Drink. Saturday, October 8th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 SR 422. Donations:  Adults $8.00; Kids 5 – 12 $5.00; 4 and under free Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle.  For further info contact Jeanine @ 330-569-7368 or Ann at 330-569-7611

Fallen Giants
Oct 8
Storms with flooding and high winds have caused extensive damage to the old growth forest at the Hiram College Field Station and the trails. Bridges were washed away, benches smashed, trails damaged from erosion and deposition, and most sadly a group of 300 year old trees have been blown down. The forest and the trails need a rest and this will be one of the last chances to visit one of the finest old growth forests in the region and view the amazing tangle of the fallen giants. Meet at the Hiram College Field Station on Wheeler Rd. between Routes 82 and 305 near Garrettsville at 9:00am. Registration is required: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee required).

Observatory Open Night
Oct 8
On Oct. 8th  the  Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9 to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Planet Jupiter returns to grace our early nighttime skies we will take a look at the giant world accompanied by its four Galilean Moons. We will also participate in International Observe the Moon Night, viewing Earth’s own nearly-full Moon in stunning detail — a view not to be missed! The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram.

Marching Pride Tag Day
Oct 8
The Marching Pride will be having Tag Day on Saturday October 8th from 10am to 2pm.  Band members will be at local businesses and going door to door asking for donations from the community to support our uniform fund.  Look for them playing their instruments and twirling their flags!

Roast Beef Dinner
Oct 8
A Roast Beef Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 8th,  from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church located at 336 Ridge Road (Route 534) in Newton Falls, OH.  The cost of the dinner will be $9 for adults and $4 for children.  Children 5 and under meals are free.

Amish Style Wedding Dinner
Oct 8
The Friends of WomenSafe annual Amish Style Wedding Dinner is being held Saturday evening, October 8, 2011 at the Middlefield Fire Department Social Hall at 14870 North State Street.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with buffet dinner being served from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  For only $30.00 ($15 for children under 12) you will enjoy mouth-watering roast beef, homestyle baked chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, broccoli & cauliflower salad, graham cracker pudding, and delicious home baked pie!  After dinner you may purchase some goodies from the Amish Bake sale to take home.  You can also participate in the Chinese Auction to win some fun, useful and/or interesting prizes!  Space is limited, so call #440-285-3741 today to make your reservations.  This dinner has sold out in the past, so don’t wait too long to place that call!

Sauerkraut and Pork Dinner
Oct 8
Come enjoy a  sauerkraut and pork dinner on Sat, Oct 8th from 4 to 6:30 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4920 Fairport Rd., Newton Falls.  (Corner of St. Rt. 534 and Fairport Rd.)  Adults $8.00 — Children 6 to 12 $6.00 — Children under 6 Free.  Carry outs welcome.

Scotch Doubles
Oct 8
A Scotch Doubles fundraiser, hosted by the Garrettsviulle United Methodist Church will be held on Oct 8 at 9 pm at Sky Lanes.  Tickets are $30/couple presale  and $35 at the door and include 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza & pop or coffee. Please call Rose Carnahan at 330 527-0077 or Elaine Long at 330-527-2461 for tickets.

Burton Congregational Church Bazaar
Oct 8
The Burton Congregational Church  Bazaar (Red Church on the Square) will be held at 14558 W. Park Street, Burton, OH on Saturday, Oct 8 from 10 am – 6 pm. Crafts, Trash & Treasures, Plants and Bake Sale. Delicious Lunch served all day.  For more info call 440-834-4495

Herbs For Everyday Living
Oct 8
Immerse yourself in all things herbal on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the Western Reserve Herb Society?s 66th Annual Herb Fair. This one day event held at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (the “Garden”), 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. features unique and exquisitely handcrafted culinary and
decorative herbal products. Parking at the Garden will be free with a $20 Herb Fair purchase.

Family Book Swap
Oct 8 – 15
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is holding a Family Book Swap. Recycle your books at  the first book swap event.  Drop off lightly used books at the RAC, 530 North Freedom St. during regular hours beginning Oct 8 through Friday, Oct 14 and receive a ticket with the number of books dropped off.  On Oct 15 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon you may exchange your ticket for the same number of new books to enjoy.  NO MAGAZINES, PLEASE.  Admission to the Family Swap is open to ticket holders only. For more information, contact Ravenna Recreation Department at  (330) 296-2864.

Antique Roadshow-Style  Event
Oct 9
An Antique Roadshow Style event sponsored by the Portage County Historical Society will be held  from 1-4 pm on Sunday, Oct 9th at the Portage County Historical Society, 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna.  Darryl McGuire Auctioneers and Appraisers will provide appraisals.  The cost is $5 per item or three for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Historical Society’s projects.  Prior to the start of the program individuals may sign in and receive a number indicating the order of the appraisal. Plenty of seating will be available. For more information, call Jackie Jones at 330 297-7658.

Scottish American Society Meeting
Oct 9
The Scottish American Society will be gathering on October 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage. This meeting will feature a presentation on the Darien Scheme by Bob Morehead. Any and all are invited to attend our meetings. You do not have to be Scottish, but must have an interest in our Scottish culture. For more information call: Jim or Margaret Frost at: 330.882.0342, or Gene or Betty Marcus at: 330.499.1681.

Amvets Post 112 Breakfast
Oct 9
The Amvets Post 112 will be holding a breakfast on Oct 9 from 9 am – noon at the Amvets Post, 37 W. Broad St., Newton Falls. Menu includes eggs, bacon, home fries, sausage, pancakes, French toast, biscuits & gravy, toast, fruit cup and beverage.  Adults $6; Children 4-9 $4 under 4 Free.  Come help the amvets support the annual Christmas package program for our overseas troops.

Senior Bingo
Oct 10
Senior Bingo will be held at the Newton Falls Community Center on Oct 10 from 5-7 pm. Free to all seniors. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and prizes.

“Meet the Candidates”
Oct 12
On October 12, the residents of Nelson Township will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running for trustee and fiscal officer. The meeting will be held at the Nelson Community House on the square @ 7:00 PM. Bring your questions & comments to the meeting or send them in advance in writing to P.O. Box 377 Garrettsville, Ohio 44231-0377 or e-mail to mmmge@aol.com.  Remember for community information go to www.nelsontownshipohio.org.

Garfield Volley-For-The-Cure
Oct 13
The jv and varsity volleyball team is hosting Volley-For-The-Cure on  Oct. 13th  Shirts are on sale now for $6-$8.  All orders must be in to Mrs. Downing or Mrs. Peters by Friday Oct. 7. If you wear your shirt you get into the game for free and the proceeds for that night go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Portage County Gardeners’ Autumn Boutique
Oct 13 – 15
BROWSE OUR UNIQUE SHOPS: Christmas, Fall & Gifts for Gardeners, Mums, Herbs, Baked Goods, Mink Shed Treasures and much more. Also, Gift Basket Raffle and Silent Auction. Tickets available at the door. Join us for this special event!  Patrons’ Night will be held on Oct 13 from 5-8 pm $5 admission – complimentary refreshments. Oct 14 & 15 9 am – 2 pm  $1 admission with lunch available.  Portage County Gardeners’ Center,  5154 S. Prospect St. (Rte. 44) Ravenna

Amish Bake Sale/Lunch Stand
Oct 14
There will be an Amish bake sale / lunch stand on Oct 14th from 9 am – 3 pm at 12702 SR 88 (4 miles north of Garrettsville) at the former site of Susan’s Aniques. Proceeds to benefit US Army Sgt. Lester Miller’s medical expenses.

Homecoming Parade
Oct 14
The James A Garfield Homecoming Parade line up will be at 3:45 and the parade start will be at 4:30. Homecoming Parade is October 14th.  Anyone entering a float should contact Frances Bell at fbell@mail.garfield.sparcc.org or call 330-527-4341.  This years Homecoming Theme is Candy Land.

Garfield Band Alumni
Oct 14
The Garfield Marching Pride is looking for post graduate  members to participate in our Alumni Band!  The Alumni Band will take the field alongside the High School and Middle School bands at Homecoming on Friday, October 14th.  The Alumni will march in gold alumni band t-shirt (same as last year) and blue jeans.  If you are interested in participating, please send the following information – Name (include maiden name), graduation year, instrument (please indicate if you need to borrow a school instrument), T-shirt size and mailing address –  along with $10 to cover the cost of the T-shirt by October 3rd to Garfield Band Boosters/Alumni Band, 10233 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231.  Sheet music and further information will be mailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Everett at 330-527-2065 or 330-608-0955.

Eagles Fish Fry
Oct 14
Garrettsville Eagles will be holding a fish fry on Oct 14 from 4-8 pm. Take outs available. Calll 330-527-2330.

Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show
Oct 14 & 15
The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Rd, Aurora will be hosting the Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show on Friday, October 14th from  10am-8pm and Saturday, October 15th from  10am-4pm. $5.00 admission, under 12 free
No strollers or wheelchairs.

Fall Rummage & Bake Sale
Oct 14 & 15
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be having a fall rummage and bake sale on Ocgt 14 from 9 am – 5 pm. Lunch will be available on Friday – hot dogs, sloppy joes and cabbage and noodles. Saturday, Oct 15th the sale will be from 9 – 11 am. Clothing will be bag day all day, both days for $5. Delicious bake goods, cookies, breads and pies. The church is located at Nelson Circle, 9368 SR 305, Garrettsville.

Flamingo Flocking
Oct 15
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding their annual Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15th. If the flamingos should land in your yard, a donation of $10.00 is being asked to have the flock fly away, and for $15.00 you can tell the flock of flamingos whose yard to fly to next.  You can call 216-375-0709 to pre pay your flocking, or purchase flocking insurance to guantee the flock will not land in your yard. You may also pre-pay a flocking by sending your $15.00 check payable to Curtains up Theatre at P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Please make a note of the address and name of the yard being flocked.   If you are sending in a check for flocking insurance send $15.00 to the same as above, but please note it is for flocking insurance. Please keep all yards in the Garrettsville area, the flamingos only have a short amount of time.

Boy Scout Troop Fall Sale
Oct 15
Let BSA Troop 62 help you welcome Autumn. On Saturday, October 15th from 9 am to 5 pm. Stop by at the former car dealership just South
Of St. Rt. 82 and St. Rt. 88 and purchase your Fall decorations; pumpkins, corn stalks, bows
And the coveted BITTERSWEET.
And be sure to purchase a dozen of the Troop’s Famous Jumbo Donut
Holes, too.  All proceeds benefit the scouts of Troop 62 in Garrettsville.
If you wish to pre-order donut holes you can contact any Scout or
Leader from Troop 62 or Julie at 330-527-5701.

Ohio Outlaws 12U Fast Pitch Fundraiser
Oct 15
Sky Lanes Bowling is proud to be the home of Scotch doubles fundraiser to benefit OHIO OUTLAWS 12U  Saturday, Oct 15th @ 7 pm.
$40 per couple includes 3 games, shoes, pizza and  draft beer. the team is working to raise funds to purchase new supplies and equipment.  We have 4 local girls on the team that is based  out of the G-PLEX in Garrettsville.  Please help our girls succeed. Contact Dee Synnestvedt (330-527-0223) Tim Perkins or  Scott Lippert.

Cabbage Roll Dinner
Oct 15
Cabbage Roll Dinner.  St. Michael’s Social Hall, Ridge Road, Newton Falls.  Sat., Oct. 15    4:00-6:00 p.m. $8   Carry outs available.

Texas Hold’em Tournament
Oct 15
Texas Hold’em Tournament hosted by State Farm Agent Greg Rodi will be held on Oct 15 at 5 pm at Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St, Auburn Twp.  All proceeds to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation via Team Alaina.  To register or for questions call Greg at 440-666-7553 or Jennifer at 330-360-3869.

Garrettsville Browns Backers Dawg Walk
Oct 16
The Garrettsville Browns Backers Dawg Walk benefiting the J.A. Garfield High School Soccer Club will be held on Oct 16. Registration begins at 11 am at Slim N Jumbo’s with the first walkers out at Noon, last walkers back by 3:30.  Registration is $20. Best hand gets $150.

RFC Luncheon & Sminar
Oct 16
The Renaissance Family Center is sponsoring a  luncheon and Creation Seminar featuring John Parker, Sunday, October 16th.  The luncheon will begin at 1:00PM with the seminar following at 2:00PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

NF BOE Finance Meeting
Oct 17
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold a Finance Committee Meeting on Oct 17, 2011 at 11 am in the board office, located at 909 1?2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls.

Flu Shot Clinic
Oct 19
Pamida Pharmacy in Newton Falls will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic on Weds Oct 19 from 10 am – 2 pm.  Traditional Medicare Part B; Traditional Medicaid and Caresource welcome.

Home Cooked Supper
Oct 19
Home Cooked Supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd,  Newton Falls on Oct. 19, 5:00 to 6:30p.m.  Dinner includes individual chicken pot pies, pierogi potatoes, salad, roll, homemade desserts and beverage.   Adults $7,  Children 6 -12  $3,   5 and under free
Hope to see you there! Carryouts will be available.

NF BOE  Meeting
Oct 20
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold a Regular Board  Meeting on Oct 20, 2011 at 6 pm in the board room, located in the Jr. High School located at 907 1?2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls.

Everyone Loves Polka…(and pictures!)
Oct 20
Come enjoy a fun evening with us at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on Thursday, October 20, 2011, from 7 – 9 p.m.  At 7 p.m. Jake Kouwe from The Chardon Polka Band will get toes tapping with high energy music!  Stay afterward, enjoy refreshments, and  have your picture taken in face-in-hole “portraits.” (We’ll have several hand-painted set-ups for you to choose from furnished by a local artist!) The Pines at Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Road  (SR 700), Hiram, OH (about a mile south of SR 422.)   If you have questions, call Christine Brooks at (440)834-0260, ext. 4, or e-mail Fran at “ brookshouseassistedliving@gmail.com” Hope  to see you here!

“Constructing Clara”
Oct 20
Join the Hiram Historical Society for its next program, “Constructing Clara,” Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Is it possible to create an image of a Portage County woman who left no writings in her own hand?  Dr. Arlene Hilfer will speak on the image of Clara Strong Rudolph (1842-1911) that emerges from letters written to her and by materials written about her.  The meeting will take place in the Historical Society’s Century House, across from the Hiram Fire Station. All are welcome to attend.

Altar & Rosary Society Rummage Sale
Oct 21 & 22
The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Fall Rummage Sale on Oct 21st from 9 am – 5 pm and Oct 22nd from 9 am to 1 pm.  Oct 21st is bag day.  The rummage sale will take place in the church hall.

Benefit Pot Luck Dinner
Oct 22
A benefit pot luck dinner will be held for Annie Kralik’s medical/funeral expenses on Oct 22 from 5-7 pm at the VFW Post 9678 located at 16013 E. High St in Middlefield. Cost is $10 per person. Chinese auction & 50/50 raffle.  For more information call Em Leagan Meyer at 440-635-0532 or 440-635-6039.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Oct 22
On Oct 22 the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a dance from 7:30 – 11 pm.  The dance is open to the public and cost is $6 for members $8 for non-members. All attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. There will be prizes given for the prettiest, ugliest and most original costume.

Lost Trails & Treasures of Camp Asbury
Oct 22
The diverse landscape of the Asbury Valley ranges from historical mill ponds and millraces to upland bog ponds, springs and hidden rock ledges with shelter caves and waterfalls. Eagle Creek and the surrounding wetlands are the home for a variety of birds and other wildlife including river otters, mink and beavers. Prepare for muddy trails. 9:00-11:00am. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee required).

Scotch Doubles To Benefit Sandor Rick Szachury
Oct 22
There will be a scotch doubles benefit on Oct 22 at Sky Lanes Bowling for Sandor Rick Szachury who was killed in a cement mixer accident. The event will cost $20 per person and include 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and beverages.  We will also have a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Please come and help us support this cause.  From more info or advanced tickets please call Mabel Horsfall (330) 274-0409 / (330) 285-8641 or Jamie Mullins (330) 571-4515.

Amish Dinner At RFC
Oct 22
You’re invited by RFC to an Amish Dinner and Chinese Auction on Oct. 22nd. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 kids 4-12; under 4 free.  Call 330-326-3003 for tickets or more information.  RFC is located at  9005 Wilverne Dr. in Windham.

Gemboree
Oct 22 & 23
The semi-annual show of rocks and minerals will be held on Oct 22 & 23 from 10 am- 6 pm  at Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Rd, Cuyahoga Falls.  Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors (55+) and students; $1 children age 7-14. Under 6 is Free.

Polka Fest In October
Oct 23
St. Edward Church in Parkman will be holding a Polka Fest on Oct. 23rd.  There will be a Polka Mass at noon with a dinner dance beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Reservations for the dinner are required by Oct 16 – tickets can be purchase through the church office or from a ticket seller.  Cost is $15 for the dinner & dance.  Take Out Dinners available for $12.  Pork Chop / Kielbasa Dinner, baked goods sale, micro mini Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and dancing.  Questions, call 440-548-3812.

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild Turkey Dinner
Oct 23
The Ladies Guild of St. Mary’s & St. Joseph Church of Newton Falls, will be hosting their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  The price for adults is $8.00; children ages 5-12 pay $4.00 and children 4 and under are free.   Tickets may be purchased at the door.   Raffle tickets will also be available at the dinner.  Dinner will be held at the St. Mary’s & St. Joseph Social Hall at 120 Maple Drive., Newton Falls, OH 44444.   Carry out dinners are available.

2011 High School Rock Off
Oct 23
The Newton Falls Community Center will play host to the 2011 High School Rock Off  competition. Featuring student high school bands competing from Trumbull, Mahoning, and surrounding high schools the competition will be held on October 23rd . 1st prize: $400; 2nd Prize: $100.00.  1st place winners each week will move on to the finals. For Bookings Contact: Rick Dezsi (330) 219-4246.

Chili Cook-Off
Oct 23
Have a great chili recipe?   Want to have bragging rights? Come join our chili cook-off on October 23, 2011 at Shalersville Town Hall from 12 noon to 5 pm. Open to the public. Your chili entry gets you in for free. Reservations in by October 16. Call Andy Fortuna  at 330 – 931-8689 Admission is $6.00 or $5 plus a canned good for 4C’s. Children under 6 eat for free! Hot dogs available for kids. Judging at 3 pm. Trophies or Ribbons will be awarded for: best flavor chili; hottest chili; best white chili and  People’s Choice. All proceeds for the event will stay in the community. Sponsored by Crestwood Action Coalition Team.

Movie Night
Oct 28
Mantua Center Christian Church invites you to MOVIE NIGHT on Friday October 28th. Cost is $5 per child / $10 per family.  Costumes Welcome! Snacks Provided! Crafts!
6:00pm-8:30pm  Please bring a sleeping bag or blanket to sit on.  Adult supervision is provided. Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 State Route 82, Mantua, Oh 44255  Contact: Tammie Habbyshaw 216.496.7275 (Children must be potty trained)

911…Never Forget
Through Oct 31
A collaborative mosaic tribute from Community Artworks is on display at the Trumbull Art Gallery.  Thirty-two area artists have eached contributed a painting, all of which are combined in one cohesive mural as a tribute for the 10th anniversary of the 911 attacks.  This is done in the same manner as the Mona Lisa was done last year.  Available for viewing Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 4 pm.  Admission is free, and posters of the mosaic are available for purchase.
Pipe Organ Recital
Nov 6
An organ recital celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the St. Martin’s-Miles Pipe Organ will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 6295 Chagrin River Road on November 6th at 3 p.m.  Guest organist: James Clouser, CAGO, ChM.  Program includes an introduction to the pipe organ–“Rex: The King of Instruments,” narrated by Cassie Clouser and J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  Free and open to the public.

Portage County’s Newest & Largest Park
November 6
Although the Morgan Preserve is not yet open to the general public, we have been given permission to begin exploring this 500+ acre park. Various stream and wetland areas are interspersed in a matrix of mature and young forest and abandoned farm fields. As of yet there are no trails and the sheer size of this preserve insures there will be plenty of natural surprises and exciting discoveries. Come and help us begin to fill in the blank spots on the map of this new park. 1:00-3:00pm. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station  (fee required).

Crafters Needed
For Nov 12
Claridon Girl Scout Troop 1324 is looking for crafters and vendors for it’s 6th annual Santa Shoppe to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd. Tables are $20.00 each. For more information and or reservations, please call Dolly at 440-635-1173.

The Nature of Downtown Warren
November 20
Discover the majesty of the amazingly large trees lining the Mahoning River in Perkins Park, downtown Warren. The old growth trees attract a variety of wildlife and soften the effect of the urban landscape. Gardens and restored historic buildings add to the ambiance of the area. 1:00-3:00pm. Directions provided upon registration: 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (fee required).

Curtains of Theatre’s Comedy Night
Nov 19
Once again The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be hosting their second Comedy Night on Saturday, November 19th at 7 pm. at Slim ‘n’ Jumbos. Guests will be entertained with a variety of Amateur Comedians. Watch for more details to come.
Mark your calendars now.

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert.  Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.

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Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now
The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas
Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2,
2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held
on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can
be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity
home FB games. The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th, 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Business Showcase Registration
Through Oct 1
The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce will host their 10th Bi-Annual Business Showcase on October 20, 2011 at James A. Garfield High School and they are currently looking for vendors for the event. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2011. Reservation forms can be obtained by contacting Michelle at the The Weekly Villager (330) 527-5761. Cost for the event for Chamber members is $75, non-members is $120. Registration fee includes an 8 foot table, 2 chairs, bottled water and your business ad in our showcase booklet. Once again table sharing will not be permitted and table covers are not provided. Set-up will begin at 3pm and electrical check will be done at 4:30. Doors will open to the public at 5pm.

Awana Club
Beginning Sept 21
Calling all kids – toddlers through 6th grade! The Awana Club at Crossroads Community Church, 9018 SR 44 in Shalersville would like you to join us on Wednesdays beginning Sept 21st from 6-7:30 pm for fun, games and God’s word. For more information call Youth Pastor Dave at 330 296-6729.

State Rep. Clyde To Hold Office Hours
Sept 23
State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will hold district office hours Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266. This event is open to all people in the 68th House District and provides a forum for residents to meet one-on-one with Rep. Clyde about concerns or ideas they may have regarding state government.

NF United Methodist Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 24
A spagehetti dinner will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Spaghetti dinner will be served from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost: Free Will Donation

Hiram Farm Fall Fesitval
Sept 24
Visit us on the farm on Sept 24th from 10 am – 3 pm when the Hiram Farm plays host to a Fall Festival. Enjoy activities, food and produce sales at the Hiram Farm, 11485 Garfield Road (SR 700) in Hiram. For more information call 330-569-3441.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
Sept 24
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturday, September 24. There are items for everyone: books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, cds, tapes, vidoes, puzzles and more. Please enter the sale through the white doors located at the back of the building.

Ledgewood Church “Chance” Auction
Sept 24
Ledgewood Christian Church in Novelty will hold its annual “Chance” auction on Sept 24 for the benefit of its Homeless Ministry and the Cleveland Christian Home. Doors will open at 6 pm. Drawing of tickets will begin at 7 pm. All are invited. No admission cost. Bidding tickets cost $8 for one sheet of 25; two for $15. Ledgewood Church is located on SR 87 1?2 mile west of SR 306.

Scotch Doubles to Benefit G-W Soccer
Sept 24
G-W Soccer League will hold their annual Scotch Doubles at Sky Lanes September 24, 2011. Registration is at 8:30 pm, and bowling will start at 9:00 pm. Cost is $40 per couple, this includes pizza, pop and beer. Lane requests are first come. Tickets can be purchased at the consession stand during our regularly scheduled soccer games or by contacting Bob at matrixprints@yahoo.com. In addition, we need Chinese auction prizes donated, so please help us out with this. We will accept gift baskets, gift certificates, etc. This event is always well attended and is first come first serve. So please schedule early and bring any and all friends, even those not associated with the GW Soccer League. Auction prizes can be delivered to the soccer fields on Wednesday or Saturday or email Bob at matrixprints@yahoo.com for pick up.

Benefit Skate For Keith Dean
Sept 24
Keith Dean was a long time resident of the Garrettsville community who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer this summer. Unfortunately, this unexpected & very rapidly-spreading form of cancer has left the family with no time to plan for the financial burden of funeral expenses. Mr. Dean was known by many for his big heart and love of children. He spent his life time caring for his children and many others. So what better way to celebrate his life than with the laughter of children!..Let’s help a family in need AND have some family fun on September 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 p,m. at the Roller Hutt in Garrettsville! If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, checks can be made out to Green’s Family Funeral Home.

Rummage / Garage / Bake Sale
Sept 24
VFW Post 1055 in Ravenna, Ohio invites you to attend their rummage/garage/bake sale on Saturday, Sept 24th from 9 am – 4 pm. VFW Pavillion located at 6000 New Milford Road. A light lunch will be available to purchase. If you would like to set up a vendor table, an 8’ table rents for $10. No food items or weapons please. Call 330-690-7322 for additional information.

Eagles Steak Fry
Sept 24
The Garretsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday Sept. 24th from 4-8 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or french fries, green beans, salad and roll. dinners are $12.00 for steak and $8.00 for chicken. Open to the public.

Hiram Farm Pie Baking Contest
Sept 24
Get out your rolling pins and Mam’s best crust recipe. Whip up your best pie and enter it into our First Annual Pie Baking Contest. Independent judges will determine a winner at 1 pm during the Fall Festival on Sept 24th. Drop off your pie for judging between 9:30 -10 am at the Hiram Farm House. For more info contact Debra at 330 977-4014 or Jessica at 330 527-4240.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Sept 24
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of SR 82 in Braceville. The dinner begins at 4 pm and goes until 6:30 pm. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Phone number for carry outs is 330 898-5607.

Family Fall Festival
Sept 24 & 25
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL including PIONEER VILLAGE & BARK BOO-NANZA will be presented by Aurora Parks & Recreation, Freedom Greyhound Rescue & Aurora One Fund. Free Admission! SunnyLake Park, 885 E. Mennonite Rd., Aurora 44202. Fun for the entire family! Saturday, September 24th – 11am to 6pm & Sunday, September 25th – 12 noon to 6pm. Fees required for some activities. Concessions available. For more information, contact Colleen/Aurora Parks & Recreation at 330-562-4333 or visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org

Singing Weavers To Perform In Freedom Twp.
Sept 25
The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on Sunday, Sept 25 at 10:30 am. A covered dish dinner will follow. Pastor Melick invites the public to come and join in an uplifting and joyful service with the Weavers and plan to stay for a delicious dinner afterwards. The church is located at SR 88 and SR 303 in Freedom Twp.

4C’s Anniversary
Sept 25
SAVE THIS DATE! 4 C’s will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary on Sunday, September 25th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Hilltop Fellowship Hall. Church members and the community are invited to celebrate as well. 4 C’s wants to thank all of you who have been supporting the cupboard and helping to continue the work of feeding those in need.

Newton Falls Voter Registration Drive
Sept 27
Democracy only works when you vote! Stop by on Tuesday, September 27th from 6am –7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center Room 1, 52 E. Quarry St., Newton Falls 44444
Applications for an Absentee Voter Ballot will be available on site. Ballots will be mailed to you from the Board of Elections in time for the November Elections.

Writings from the Heretics: Anabaptist Literature –Its Origins and Significance Today
Sept 27, Nov 1, and Dec 6
Discover the history of the Anabapists through their books at “Writing from the Heretics” on Sept 27, November 1, and December 6 at 7:00 pm at the Middlefield Library. This three-part program by John Gingerich will discuss forbidden Anabaptist Bibles & Testaments; Anabaptist Hymnals and Prayer Books; Martyrologies, Histories and Confessions of Faith. Books significant to Amish – Mennonite – Anabaptist history, dating back to the 1500’s, will also be on display. Also bring in your own pre -1900 German Bibles, hymnals, prayer books, and other old German documents for a Show-and-Tell after the programs. Please call the Middlefield Library at 440.632.1961 to register. The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

Free Community Dinner
Sept 27
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a free community dinner on Sept 27th from 5-6 pm. No take outs. Everyone welcome. 9960 Center St., Windham.

Guitar Lessons
Register By Sept 28
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering Guitar Lessons for children 8 yrs to adult. Students must provide their own guitar and must also purchase the Melbay Book 1 prior to the start of class (can be purchased at Woodsy’s in Kent). Classes held at Brown Middle School Band Room on Tuesdays beginning October 4 to Nov. 22. Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $40 and fee for all others is $45. Ages 8-12 will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and ages 13 through adults from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m. Registration deadline is Sept. 28. Min 4 – max 8 per class. To register contact Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St. or call 330-296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Auburn Garden Club Meeting
Sept 28
Auburn Garden Club will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday September 28, 2011 at the Auburn Town Hall. Meeting start time is 7pm. Please bring a plant, bulb or seeds to exchange along with your zinnia photos, Special Guest Judges from Hemlock Landscapes. Prizes awarded for photo contest. Public welcome. For more information, call club president, Susan at 330-883-2833 or email auburngardenclub@gmail.com

Red Cross Blood Drive
Sept 28
The Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, will be hosting their montly blood drive from noon to 6PM on September 28. It will be in the fellowship hall and all are welcome.

21st Annual Auction
Sept 29
The Portage County Republican Party will be holding their 21st Annual Auction on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at The Rusty Nail, 7291 State Route 43 in Kent. Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction begin at 5:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7:00 p.m. with verbal auction to follow. Cost of dinner is $35. Contact Jeneen (330) 687-4067

History in the “re-Making”
Sept 29
Brooks House Assisted Living Community is hosting historical impersonator, Sandy Zikursh, at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 29, 2011, and the community is invited!

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years. The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00. Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00. Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

Huntsburg Congregational Turkey Dinner
Oct 1
Come to the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 1, and stay for the Turkey Dinner at the Huntsburg Congregational Church. Turkey dinner with all the fixings served from 4 – 6:30. Adults $10, Srs. $9, Children 5-10 $6, preschoolers free. Carry out call 440-636-5504.

The Big Breakfast
Oct 1
Come join us for the Big Breakfast on Oct. 1st from 8 – 11 am. Buffet Style $6; All-You-Can-Eat $7. American Legion Post 674, 9960 E. Center St., Windham.

Dance The Night Away
Oct 1
You’re invited by RFC to dance the night away on Oct. 1st from 7-10 pm. Admission is $7.50 per person. This is an adult only dance with music from the 50’s – today. RFC is located at 9005 Wilverne Dr. in Windham.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Oct 1
Come to the Swiss Steak Dinner & bake sale, Oct.1st from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the historic Brick Chapel in Windham. The Chapel is located at 9003 N. Main St. in Windham. The dinner includes Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes, green beans, Harvard beets, salad, roll, choice of dessert and beverage and is served on real plates and table service. A donation of $9.00 per adult and $4.00 per child (age 6-12) is requested. Carry outs will be available, so stop by on your way home from work and pick up dinner for the family. The dinner is served by members of the 200-year-old Congregational Church (UCC), of Windham. Proceeds from the dinner will go towards repairs needed for our historical church. Carry-outs may be ordered by calling 330-326-3926 on the day of the dinner. Bake goods, cook books, and ornaments will be available for sale in the front room as well as crafts donated by the late Genevera “Skip” Thompson.

Disciples of Christ Craft Show
Oct 1
The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ravenna, OH will host its first-ever craft show on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 9 am to 3 pm at 120 South Prospect St. in Ravenna. There will be a concession stand available serving sloppy joes, hot dogs, coney dogs, chili, bags of chips, cupcakes, coffee and sodas. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by the vendors valued at $10 each. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. There will also be a bake sale. For more information please call Linda Lauck at (330) 325-9004.

Senior Citizens’ Luncheon
Oct 1
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, October 1. “Cousin Minnie Pearl” will be the featured program guest which begins at 11:30 AM and the luncheon will follow at noon. The event is open to any area senior citizen. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Harvest Moon Pig Roast & Chinese Auction
Oct 1
The annual Harvest Moon Pig Roast and Chinese auction will be held on Sat. Oct. 1, 2011. As always, this is a potluck dinner and fundraiser for Pixley Park. The event will be held a the Nelson Community House from 2-5 pm. Please bring a covered dish to share for admittance. This year’s Chinese Auction will again offer a wide assortment of prizes, something for everyone.

Parents Without Partners Dinner
Oct 1
On Oct 1 the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a dinner from 6:30 -7:30 pm at the Kent VFW #3703 post home, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent. Cost is $8 per person. For info and reservations please call Mary (330-571-3801) or Warrine (330-699-2361) by Sept 27. After dinner, the PWP chapter will have its monthly dance from 7:30 – 11 pm. The dance is open to the public and cost is $6 for members $8 for non-members

42nd Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival
Oct 1 & 2
The 42nd Annual Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival will be held on October 1 & 2 from 10am to 6pm at the intersection of State Rt. 528 & US 322. All contests, entertainment, parking, attractions and shuttle services are FREE! See complete event schedule on Geauga County Tourism Website: www.tourgeauga.com

Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Steak Fry
Oct 3
You Are Invited to the…. Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Steak Fry on Monday, October 3rd, 6-9pm at Jake’s, 4680 E. Prospect St., Mantua. Cost: Members – $20 individuals, $35 for a couple; Non-Members – $25 individuals, $45 for a couple. Dinner includes steak, baked potato, salad, roll, beverage, dessert and 1 drink ticket (there will be $1 drafts and $2.50 drink specials). Entertainment will be provided by Scott Dickerson. Come enjoy a great dinner, live entertainment and networking!
Please RSVP by Monday, September 26th!

Quarter Auction
Oct 4
The Bridge to a Cure Relay for Life Team will be holding a Quarter Auction on Tuesday October 4, 2011. Doors open at 4:00 and the auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Presale tickets are selling quickly so don’t miss out on this fun event. Tickets are $10 and are available at these Newton Falls Locations: Healthy Treasures West Broad Street; All State Insurance Milton Boulevard; RC Sports Lounge South Canal; Ella Johnson’s Office North Canal; Home Oil North Canal
or call Lisa at 330-979-3065 or Vickie at 330-872-8353

Chalker High Breakfast
Oct 6
The women of the Chalker High School Alumnae are having a semi-annual breakfast on Oct 6 at 9 a.m. at the Wayside Restaurant. It is a time to renew old friendships.

Free Tree Stand Safety Course
Oct 6
Tree stand safety is oftentimes an overlooked but very important aspect of hunting. Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of injuries to hunters. Join Division of Wildlife staff in a free workshop to learn more about proper safety measures when using tree stands while hunting. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 6th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Division of Wildlife District Three headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron. Topics that will be covered include using and selecting fall restraint systems and tree stands as well as safe climbing techniques. Hands-on opportunities will be available. Registration is free but required as seating is limited. Call Ken Fry, Division of Wildlife, at (330) 245-3030.

Yoga Classes
Oct 6 –Nov 10
Yoga classes offered by Ravenna Recreation are held Thursdays 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Tower Lodge in City Park from October 6 to Nov 10 . 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.
Achieve strength, stamina and flexibility while feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and at peace by the conclusion of each class. Every 6 weeks a new session will begin. To register contact Ravenna 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.

Hiram RCCA Fall Rummage Sale
Oct 6 – 8
The Hiram RCCA Fall Rummage Sale will be held on October 6 & 7 from 9am-4pm and October 8 from 9 am – Noon. Donations being accepted! Call Judy 330-569-7204 or Joan 330-569-4292.

Baked Chicken Dinner & Chinese Auction
Oct 7
Garrettsville Eagles #2705, 8149 Water Street will be having their yearly Baked Chicken Dinner and Chinese Auction to benefit the scholarship fund on Friday, October 7, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $8,00 adults $4.00 children Open to public Call 330-527-2330 for more information

Semi-Annual Pythian Sister Rummage/Bake Sale
Oct 7 & 8
Used clothing, books and household items will be available at the Pythian Sister Rummage sale located at 123 College Street in West Farmington. Sale will be held on Oct 7th from 9 am – 5 pm and Oct 8th from 9 am to Noon. Oct 8th is bargain day — $2 per bag. Lunch will be available.

Burton Congregational Church Bazaar
Oct 8
The Burton Congregational Church Bazaar (Red Church on the Square) will be held at 14558 W. Park Street, Burton, OH on Saturday, Oct 8 from 10 am – 6 pm. Crafts, Trash & Treasures, Plants and Bake Sale. Delicious Lunch served all day. For more info call 440-834-4495

Herbs For Everyday Living
Oct 8
Immerse yourself in all things herbal on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the Western Reserve Herb Society?s 66th Annual Herb Fair. This one day event held at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (the “Garden”), 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. features unique and exquisitely handcrafted culinary and
decorative herbal products. Parking at the Garden will be free with a $20 Herb Fair purchase.

1st Annual Ron Dyett Memorial Golf Outing
Oct 8
The 1st Annual Ron Dyett Memorial golf outing will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club in Garrettsville on Oct. 8th at 10 am. The cost of the event is $90 for 18 holes, cart, T-shirt, refreshments and dinner. Space is limited to 132 golfers. The cost for dinner alone is $30. Hole sponsorship opportunities are available. Checks may be mailed to Matthew Dyett, 5679 Vassar Ave. Austintown, OH 44515. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Questions please call 330.984.2359 or email mdyett@mail.com.

Family Book Swap
Oct 8 – 15
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is holding a Family Book Swap. Recycle your books at the first book swap event. Drop off lightly used books at the RAC, 530 North Freedom St. during regular hours beginning Saturday, October 8 through Friday, October 14 and receive a ticket with the number of books dropped off. On Saturday, October 15 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon you may exchange your ticket for the same number of new books to enjoy. NO MAGAZINES, PLEASE. Admission to the Family Swap is open to ticket holders only. This is a great way to get rid of your used books in exchange for some new used books without it costing you anything. For more information, contact Ravenna Recreation Department at (330) 296-2864.

Antique Roadshow-Style Event
Oct 9
An Antique Roadshow Style event sponsored by the Portage County Historical Society will be held from 1-4 pm on Sunday, Oct 9th at the Portage County Historical Society, 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Darryl McGuire Auctioneers and Appraisers will provide appraisals. The cost is $5 per item or three for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Historical Society’s projects. Prior to the start of the program individuals may sign in and receive a number indicating the order of the appraisal. Plenty of seating will be available. For more information, call Jackie Jones at 330 297-7658.

Senior Bingo
Oct 10
Senior Bingo will be held a the Newton Falls Community Center on Oct 10 from 5-7 pm. Free to all seniors. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and prizes.

“Meet the Candidates”
Oct 12
On October 12, the residents of Nelson Township will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running for trustee and fiscal officer. The meeting will be held at the Nelson Community House on the square @ 7:00 PM. Bring your questions & comments to the meeting or send them in advance in writing to P.O. Box 377 Garrettsville, Ohio 44231-0377 or e-mail to mmmge@aol.com. Remember for community information go to www.nelsontownshipohio.org.

Portage County Gardeners’ Autumn Boutique
Oct 13 – 15
BROWSE OUR UNIQUE SHOPS: Christmas, Fall & Gifts for Gardeners, Mums, Herbs, Baked Goods, Mink Shed Treasures and much more. Also, Gift Basket Raffle and Silent Auction. Tickets available at the door. Join us for this special event! Patrons’ Night will be held on Oct 13 from 5-8 pm $5 admission – complimentary refreshments. Oct 14 & 15 9 am – 2 pm $1 admission with lunch available. Portage County Gardeners’ Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. (Rte. 44) Ravenna
Garfield Band Alumni
Oct 14
The Garfield Marching Pride is looking for previous members to participate in our Alumni Band! The Alumni Band will take the field along with the High School and Middle School bands at Homecoming on Friday, October 14th. The Alumni will march in gold alumni band t-shirt (same as last year) and blue jeans. If you are interested in participating, please send the following information – Name (include maiden name), graduation year, instrument (please indicate if you need to borrow a school instrument), T-shirt size and mailing address — along with $10 to cover the cost of the T-shirt by October 3rd to Garfield Band Boosters/Alumni Band, 10233 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Sheet music and further information will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Everett at 330-527-2065 or 330-608-0955.

Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show
Oct 14 & 15
The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Rd, Aurora will be hosting the Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show on Friday, October 14th from 10am-8pm and Saturday, October 15th from 10am-4pm. $5.00 admission, under 12 free
No strollers or wheelchairs.

Flamingo Flocking
Oct 15
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding their annual Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15th. If the flamingos should land in your yard, a donation of $10.00 is being asked to have the flock fly away, and for $15.00 you can tell the flock of flamingos whose yard to fly to next. You can call 216-375-0709 to pre pay your flocking, or purchase flocking insurance to guantee the flock will not land in your yard. You may also pre-pay a flocking by sending your $15.00 check payable to Curtains up Theatre at P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Please make a note of the address and name of the yard being flocked. If you are sending in a check for flocking insurance send $15.00 to the same as above, but please note it is for flocking insurance. Please keep all yards in the Garrettsville area, the flamingos only have a short amount of time.

Ohio Outlaws 12U Fast Pitch Fundraiser
Oct 15
Sky Lanes Bowling is proud to be the home of Scotch doubles fundraiser to benefit OHIO OUTLAWS 12U Saturday, Oct 15th @ 7 pm.
$40 per couple includes 3 games, shoes, pizza and draft beer. the team is working to raise funds to purchase new supplies and equipment. We have 4 local girls on the team that is based out of the G-PLEX in Garrettsville. Please help our girls succeed. Contact Dee Synnestvedt (330-527-0223) Tim Perkins or Scott Lippert.

“Constructing Clara”
Oct 20
Join the Hiram Historical Society for its next program, “Constructing Clara,” Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Is it possible to create an image of a Portage County woman who left no writings in her own hand? Dr. Arlene Hilfer will speak on the image of Clara Strong Rudolph (1842-1911) that emerges from letters written to her and by materials written about her. The meeting will take place in the Historical Society’s Century House, across from the Hiram Fire Station. All are welcome to attend.

Altar & Rosary Society Rummage Sale
Oct 21 & 22
The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Ambrose Church, located at 10692 Freedom St in Garrettsville, is hosting their annual Fall Rummage Sale on Oct 21st from 9 am – 5 pm and Oct 22nd from 9 am to 1 pm. Oct 21st is bag day. The rummage sale will take place in the church hall.

Amish Dinner At RFC
Oct 22
You’re invited by RFC to an Amish Dinner and Chinese Auction on Oct. 22nd. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 kids 4-12; under 4 free. Call 330-326-3003 for tickets or more information. RFC is located at 9005 Wilverne Dr. in Windham.

Scotch Doubles To Benefit Sandor Rick Szachury
Oct 22
There will be a scotch doubles benefit on Oct 22 at Sky Lanes Bowling for Sandor Rick Szachury who was killed in a cement mixer accident. The event will cost $20 per person and include 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and beverages. We will also have a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Please come and help us support this cause. From more info or advanced tickets please call Mabel Horsfall (330) 274-0409 / (330) 285-8641 or Jamie Mullins (330) 571-4515.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Oct 22
On Oct 22 the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a dance from 7:30 – 11 pm. The dance is open to the public and cost is $6 for members $8 for non-members. All attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. There will be prizes given for the prettiest, ugliest and most original costume.

2011 High School Rock Off
Oct 23
The Newton Falls Community Center will play host to the 2011 High School Rock Off competition. Featuring student high school bands competing from Trumbull, Mahoning, and surrounding high schools the competition will be held on October 23rd . 1st prize: $400; 2nd Prize: $100.00. 1st place winners each week will move on to the finals. For Bookings Contact: Rick Dezsi (330) 219-4246.

Chili Cook-Off
Oct 23
Have a great chili recipe? Want to have bragging rights? Come join our chili cook-off on October 23, 2011 at Shalersville Town Hall from 12 noon to 5 pm. Open to the public. Your chili entry gets you in for free. Reservations in by October 16. Call Andy Fortuna at 330 – 931-8689 Admission is $6.00 or $5 plus a canned good for 4C’s. Children under 6 eat for free! Hot dogs available for kids. Judging at 3 pm. Trophies or Ribbons will be awarded for: best flavor chili; hottest chili; best white chili and People’s Choice. There will also be a 50/50 raffle (need not be present to win) All proceeds for the event will stay in the community. Sponsored by Crestwood Action Coalition Team.

911…Never Forget
Through Oct 31
A collaborative mosaic tribute from Community Artworks is on display at the Trumbull Art Gallery. Thirty-two area artists have eached contributed a painting, all of which are combined in one cohesive mural as a tribute for the 10th anniversary of the 911 attacks. This is done in the same manner as the Mona Lisa was done last year. Available for viewing Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 4 pm. Admission is free, and posters of the mosaic are available for purchase.

Curtains of Theatre’s Comedy Night
Nov 19
Once again The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will be hosting their second
Comedy Night on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 pm. Guest will be entertained with a variety of Amateur Comedians. Watch for more details to come.
Mark your calendars now.

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.

Holiday Social
Dec 3
The Garrettsville will host their annual Holiday Social and talent contest on Saturday December 3rd from 12-4pm. The cost for a vendor spot is $15.00. You must bring your own table and chairs. Crafters/artist and also talent contestant’s applications are being accepted now. For an application please contact Jackie at rinearson05@frontier.com or Sherri at sherricollins@neo.rr.com

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Volunteers Needed!
Start something! The 2011 Fall Volunteer Recruitment Campaign for Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is underway. There are currently over 80 children, ages 6-17, living in all areas of Portage County waiting for a volunteer. All we ask is that you commit to 12 hours per month for one year. Call 330 296-6655 or visit bbsportage.org.

Craft Vendors Need For Fall Bazaar
Call Today!
The Burton Congregational Church will hold its annual Fall Bazaar on
Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Homemade food will be served all day. There will be a bake sale, flea market and craft sale. Tables are available for craft vendors. The cost is $20 per table and may be reserved by calling Kathy Uncapher at 440-834-1172. Flea market donations (no clothing) may be brought to the Burton Congregational Church on Monday
through Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. – noon. For more information, please call the Burton Congregational Church at 440-834-4495

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th, 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

A Month Of Celebration
Through September
September will be a month of celebration for a new church body, Aquilla Christian Fellowship. ACF is being formed by the uniting of Claridon Christian Fellowship and Aquilla Bible Chapel. To recognize the history and future of Aquilla Bible Chapel and Claridon Christian Fellowship together we are hosting A Month of Celebration – every Sunday in September. Sunday School for Children, youth and adults 9:30 am and worship, festivities, and food begin at 10:30 am. The church is located at 13925 Stanley Dr. (off of Aquilla Rd.) in Burton, OH. All are welcome! If you have been blessed by these two church bodies in the past or want to join with us as we go forward together; come and celebrate with us and see what the Lord is doing in our midst.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup. Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

Business Showcase Registration
Through Oct 1
The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce will host their 10th Bi-Annual Business Showcase on October 20, 2011 at James A. Garfield High School and they are currently looking for vendors for the event. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2011. Reservation forms can be obtained by contacting Michelle at the The Weekly Villager (330) 527-5761. Cost for the event for Chamber members is $75, non-members is $120. Registration fee includes an 8 foot table, 2 chairs, bottled water and your business ad in our showcase booklet. Once again table sharing will not be permitted and table covers are not provided. Set-up will begin at 3pm and electrical check will be done at 4:30. Doors will open to the public at 5pm.
Ravenna Rec Volleyball
Beginning Sept 16
Ravenna Recreation is offering a Co-Ed Adult Volleyball League. Teams from last year may register until September 16. New teams may register from Sept 19 to October 7. A $75.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration and a final payment of $100.00 before practices begin. Practice is scheduled to start early November; league play begins in late November on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. at Brown Middle School. Contact Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 or stop in at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Coin Club Coin Show
Sept 16 & 17
The Cleveland Coin Show will be held on Sept 16 & 17 at the UAW Hall 5615 Chevrolet Blvd, Parma. (Exit I-480 at W130 Street). There will be 100+ tables with over 75 nationally-famous coin dealers. Free admission. Friday 10 am – 7 pm and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Free Appraisals.

Rummage Sale
Sept 16 & 17
St. Michael’s Church on Ridge Road in Newton Falls will be hosting a rummage sale. Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17. 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Spaghetti Dinner & Bake Sale
Sept 17
The public is invited to attend a spaghetti dinner and bake sale at the Ravenna masonic complex, SR 14 & Washington Ave on Sept 16 from 5-7 pm. Donation $7 Adults; $4 kids 6-12; under 6 Free. Carry outs available.

Free Annual Youth Turkey Shoot
Sept 17
The Eagle Creek Conservation Club will be conducting its annual Youth Turkey Shoot on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The event will take place at the club property located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. The event is free and open to all children ages 7 to 15. Doors open at 9:30am and the sign in will start at approximately 10am. This program is designed to help foster children’s interest in shooting sports and teach basic shooting safety and sportsmanship. Many prizes will be awarded to the kids that day. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your favorite shotgun or if you don’t have one the club has some to use. Ammunition will be provided for everyone. Come out and join us for some fun. Call Ken at (330) 506-5078 for more information or check out the website at www.eaglecreekconservationclub.com

Bodenstash Cancer Benefit Pull
Sept 17
On Sept 17, the Columbiana County Antique Tractor Assoc. having a John Bodenstash Cancer Benefit. Weigh-in will be at 4:00 with the pull starting at 5:00. Any non-member who wants to come and support John, will not be charged a membership fee to pull. There are bleachers for those wanting to watch and a concession stand. For more information call 330-771-0545 / 330-565-2771 or go to our website www.ccata.squarespace.com.

Shalersville Historical Society Fundraiser
Sept 17
We will be holding a salad, soup, hot dog, dessert and extras buffet on September 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Shalersville Town Hall. This fund raiser will help keep the heat and lights on for the coming winter. Everyone is welcome to come and have a good meal. Adults (11 & up) $6.00. $3.00 for those 10 to 4 and under 3year olds are free

Do You Ishnan?
Sept 17
“THE SECRET OF THE SIKHS” IS THE SECRET TO SILKY SKIN Join us as we tour the world in search of simple, fast and healthful beauty rituals. First stop? Ancient India. Learn Ishnan – the secret of the Sikhs PLUS you’ll join in a detailed demonstration of the Dry Body Brushing Technique. Bring friends, bring your daughters, to learn these easy & healthful self-care techniques! If summer’s left your skin high and dry, this workshop is the answer. Admission is free but reservations are strongly suggested as classes fill rapidly. Email soapplease1@aol.com for full details and be sure to choose the Streetsboro location. September 17 at Noon in Market Square, 9292 Market Square Drive, Streetsboro, OH 44241 330-212-3135

7th Annual Vatra
Sept 17
The 7th Annual Vatra hosted by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from noon to midnight at the Shrine of Mariapoch, 17486 Mumford Rd, Burton, Ohio. The event is free and under roof and will happen rain or shine. Come join us for songs and dances from Eastern Europe, ethnic foods, genealogy help, children’s activities and ethnic sales items. Call Bonnie at (440) 729-2045 or Jim at (330) 544-0107 for more information.

Stephens Memorial Observatory Open
Sept 17
Saturday, Sept. 17th the Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9- 11 pm, weather permitting. As summer’s end nears the nights grow longer and darker earlier in the evening — all the better for stargazing! We will hope for clear, dark skies as we plan to observe “faint fuzzies” including the Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters, and possibly Comet Garradd . The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets or in the nearby parking lot of Harrison’s Hideaway Convenience Store, 6821 Wakefield Road, a short distance east of the observatory.

Newton Falls Youth Soccer Meeting
Sept 18
The next NFYSL soccer meeting will be Sunday September 18th @ 6:00pm in the community center.

Amvets Post 112 Breakfast
Sept 18
Come help the AMVETS support the annual X-mas package program for our overseas troops by enjoying a great breakfast. The breakfast will be held on Seot 18th from 9-Noon at AMVETS Post 112 Home, 37 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls. Menu includes eggs, bacon, home fries, sausage, pancakes, French toast, biscuits with gravy, toast, fruit cup and beverage. Cost is $6 adults, $4 children ages 4-9. Under 4 yrs old free.

“Pipe Dreams”
Sept 18
Stambaugh Auditorium and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra celebrate Stambaugh Auditorium’s 85th Anniversary by having the E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ and Youngstown Symphony Orchestra rededication concert called “PIPE DREAMS” featuring organist David Higgs on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 4 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. Relax after the concert by attending the Stambaugh Auditorium’s 85th Anniversary Gala.. Cocktails will begin directly after the concert. with a sit down dinner following the cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m.

Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 18
An ALL YOU CAN EAT Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 12 pm- 3 pm at Saint Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes: spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert (Carry out available). Adults:$6.50; Children: $3.00 (6-11) Children 5 & under FREE

Benefit Ride
Sept 18
Camp Ho Mita Koda 22nd annual benefit ride sponsored by Blue Knights Oh XV will be held in memory of Mark Laccheo on Sunday September 18, 2011. The ride will be at 14040 Auburn Rd. Newbury, Oh with registration 10:00am – 11:45am. Flag raising by the Young Marines. Ride departs at noon. $15 for drivers & $10 for passengers. Escorted ride will be approximately 1 hour and will return to the camp for lunch, door prizes and raffles. A photographer will be available at the camp to take pictures of you and your bike! For more information call: Ed Balzicki @ 440.357.7916 or Mike Bowen @ 440.585.9867. All proceeds go to camperships for children with diabetes

School of Healing
Sept 18
On Sunday, September 18, at 6pm, the Freedom Prayer Room will be hosting a one night School of Healing with Pastor Sherry Evans of Covenant Church. Pastor Sherry has seen many healings in and out of her church as well almost daily on Facebook. Come join us at 7845 State Route 303, Windham, OH, to learn more about Biblical healing and to receive prayer for physical or emotional healing.

Talk Like A Pirate Day
Sept 19
Ahoy! Sept 19 is National Talk Like A Pirate Day and Mango Languages would like to help you prepare. Mango Languages has prepared lessons to help you brush up on speaking Pirate-ease. Lessons include grammar and cultural notes along with audio clips. To get started, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org and select Online Library 24/7. Select the Mango Languages link. Mango Languages, an online language-learning system made available to Ohio public libraries through Ohio Web Library, uses an intuitive system to help people learn another language through practical conversation. Mango Languages focuses on words and phrases that will be the most valuable in common, real-life situations for each specific language and culture; vocabulary and words are taught through conversation rather than a list.

How To Eat Lecture
Sept 19
Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free lecture titled, “How to Eat and Live Right for Your Blood Type” on Monday, September 19th at 6:30pm at the Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry Street, Newton Falls, OH. Dr. Ted will explain the scientific background behind the “Eat Right For Your Type” diet, as well as dietary and lifestyle guidelines for each blood type. Attendees will receive free blood typing and there will be a raffle to give away free blood type books. RSVP required by September 15th. For more information or to register, call Dr. Ted’s Newton Falls office at 330-872-1577 or register online at www.healthytreasures.com.

Free Computer Training at Windham Library
Sept 19 – 22
Portage County District Library has been partnering with Connect Ohio to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions offered will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and email basics. The next session will be held at Windham Library on September 19, 20, and 22 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Register online at www.portagelibrary.org. Call 330-527-5082 ext 213 for additional information. There is also a free self-paced curriculum available at http://eco.connectohio.org/ which allows computer users to complete the courses online. Registration is required in order to create an account. Once the courses have been completed, your certificates will be sent to your mailing address.

Fish And Loaves Dinner
Sept 20
On Tuesday, Sept 20, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Covenant Bible Fellowship (8146 High Street in Garrettsville) will hold our monthly dinner for the public to enjoy. There are no income restrictions. If you have any questions, please call the church at 330.527.4205.

Partnering with your Doctor
Sept 21
Looking to get more out of doctors’ visits? The Middlefield Library will be hosting “Partnering with your Doctor” on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm. Maureen Ordman-Fike of the Alzheimer’s Association will provide practical advice, tools, and handouts to develop a successful relationship with your health care provider. A great program for patients and caregivers alike! Please call the Middlefield Library at 440.632.1961 to register for this important informational presentation. The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

RFC Free Dinner
Sept 22
Renaissance Family Center of Windham, OH invites you to the community free dinner Sept. 22nd at 5:00-6:30 and to a free men’s breakfast the 24th at 9:00 am.

Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 23
The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Avenue will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Friday, Sept 23 from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The proceeds from this dinner will benefit our Pipe Organ Renovation Project. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12; preschool children are free. Menu includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages. Take-out available.

Girls Youth Basketball Regisration
Through Sept 23
Registration for Girls Youth Basketball is held September 12 to September 23. Teams will be formed by the following grades: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6. Practices and games are held at various schools in Ravenna. Practices will begin the week of October 24; games are held November to January. Ravenna city taxpayer fee is $40; non-city taxpayer fee is $48. For information & registration stop in at Ravenna Parks & Recreation Department at 530 North Freedom St., or call (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 pm.

NF United Methodist Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 24
A spagehetti dinner will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road, Newton Falls, OH 44444. Spaghetti dinner will be served from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost: Free Will Donation

Hiram Farm Fall Fesitval
Sept 24
Visit us on the farm on Sept 24th from 10 am – 3 pm when the Hiram Farm plays host to a Fall Festival. Enjoy activities, food and produce sales at the Hiram Farm, 11485 Garfield Road (SR 700) in Hiram. For more information call 330-569-3441.

Crockpot Soapmaking
Sept 24
This is beautiful and pure soapmaking made simple, safe and easy! No lye? No kidding!! If you’ve got a crockpot, you’ve got a soapmaker! Learn “The Art of Rebatched Soaps”. In this class, we’ll make Lavender Soap with goatsmilk. Learn how to make and use herbal teas as your soap. Discover the top 3 exfoliants in your cupboards right now! And leave with 5 additional soap recipes to try at home. Making your own soap is great family fun and you can create one-of-a-kind gifts! Admission is free but reservations are strongly suggested as classes fill rapidly. Email soapplease1@aol.com for full details and be sure to choose the Streetsboro location. September 24 at Noon in Market Square, 9292 Market Square Drive, Streetsboro, OH 44241 330-212-3135.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
Sept 24
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturday, September 24. There are items for everyone: books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, cds, tapes, vidoes, puzzles and more. Please enter the sale through the white doors located at the back of the building.

Scotch Doubles to Benefit G-W Soccer
Sept 24
G-W Soccer League will hold their annual Scotch Doubles at Sky Lanes September 24, 2011. Registration is at 8:30 pm, and bowling will start at 9:00 pm. Cost is $40 per couple, this includes pizza, pop and beer. Lane requests are first come. Tickets can be purchased at the consession stand during our regularly scheduled soccer games or by contacting Bob at matrixprints@yahoo.com. In addition, we need Chinese auction prizes donated, so please help us out with this. We will accept gift baskets, gift certificates, etc. This event is always well attended and is first come first serve. So please schedule early and bring any and all friends, even those not associated with the GW Soccer League. Auction prizes can be delivered to the soccer fields on Wednesday or Saturday or email Bob at matrixprints@yahoo.com for pick up.

Benefit Skate For Keith Dean
Sept 24
Keith Dean was a long time resident of the Garrettsville community who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer this summer. Unfortunately, this unexpected & very rapidly-spreading form of cancer has left the family with no time to plan for the financial burden of funeral expenses. Mr. Dean was known by many for his big heart and love of children. He spent his life time caring for his children and many others. So what better way to celebrate his life than with the laughter of children!..Let’s help a family in need AND have some family fun on September 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 p,m. at the Roller Hutt in Garrettsville! If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, checks can be made out to Green’s Family Funeral Home.

Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Sep 24
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 to successfully produce healthy, mature plants. Learn how to take cuttings from favorite plants. Discover how easy it is to divide and winter your prized dahlias, calla lilies, caladiums, non-stop begonias and canna lilies. You can even keep your favorite costly annuals going all winter long so they are bigger and better the following spring. This is a hands on class with free cuttings being held on Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Save money and enjoy the plants you love year after year. $15 fee. Light refreshments and handouts included. Space is limited. Please register and prepay early. 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.

Rummage / Garage / Bake Sale
Sept 24
VFW Post 1055 in Ravenna, Ohio invites you to attend their rummage/garage/bake sale on Saturday, Sept 24th from 9 am – 4 pm. VFW Pavillion located at 6000 New Milford Road. A light lunch will be available to purchase. If you would like to set up a vendor table, an 8’ table rents for $10. No food items or weapons please. Call 330-690-7322 for additional information.

Hiram Farm Pie Baking Contest
Sept 24
Get out your rolling pins and Mam’s best crust recipe. Whip up your best pie and enter it into our First Annual Pie Baking Contest. Independent judges will determine a winner at 1 pm during the Fall Festival on Sept 24th. Drop off your pie for judging between 9:30 -10 am at the Hiram Farm House. For more info contact Debra at 330 977-4014 or Jessica at 330 527-4240.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Sept 24
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of SR 82 in Braceville. The dinner begins at 4 pm and goes until 6:30 pm. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Phone number for carry outs is 330 898-5607.

Family Fall Festival
Sept 24 & 25
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL including PIONEER VILLAGE & BARK BOO-NANZA will be presented by Aurora Parks & Recreation, Freedom Greyhound Rescue & Aurora One Fund. Free Admission! SunnyLake Park, 885 E. Mennonite Rd., Aurora 44202. Fun for the entire family! Saturday, September 24th – 11am to 6pm & Sunday, September 25th – 12 noon to 6pm. Fees required for some activities. Concessions available. For more information, contact Colleen/Aurora Parks & Recreation at 330-562-4333 or visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org See you there!

4C’s Anniversary
Sept 25
SAVE THIS DATE! 4 C’s will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary on Sunday, September 25th at 11:30(After church services) at the Hilltop Fellowship Hall. Church members and the community are invited to celebrate as well. 4 C’s wants to thank all of you who have been supporting the cupboard and helping to continue the work of feeding those in need.

Newton Falls Voter Registration Drive
Sept 27
Democracy only works when you vote! Stop by on Tuesday, September 27th from 6am –7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center Room 1, 52 E. Quarry St., Newton Falls 44444
Applications for an Absentee Voter Ballot will be available on site. Ballots will be mailed to you from the Board of Elections in time for the November Elections.

Auburn Garden Club Meeting
Sept 28
Auburn Garden Club will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday September 28, 2011 at the Auburn Town Hall. Meeting start time is 7pm. Please bring a plant, bulb or seeds to exchange along with your zinnia photos, Special Guest Judges from Hemlock Landscapes. Prizes awarded for photo contest. Public welcome. For more information, call club president, Susan at 330-883-2833 or email auburngardenclub@gmail.com

History in the “re-Making”
Sept 29
Brooks House Assisted Living Community is hosting historical impersonator, Sandy Zikursh, at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 29, 2011, and the community is invited!

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years. The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00. Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00. Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

A Day With Emma Seabrooke
Oct 1
The Niles Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Presents A DAY WITH EMMA SEABROOKE. Ms. Seabrooke travels and teaches coast to coast and is here to spend the day with us. Emma will have her patterns, stay tapes and fabulous knit fabrics available for sale. Come and help us celebrate our 20th anniversay by attending an all-day lecture/demo/trunk show on sewing with knits and Slinky. This celebration is taking place October 1 at Wildare Methodist Church, 7211 N. Park Ext, Bazetta from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Cost: $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers and includes lunch.RESERVATION DEADLINE is September 23. Further Info: (330) 550–1215. A confirmation card will be mailed to you which must be presented at the door.

Disciples of Christ Craft Show
Oct 1
The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ravenna, OH will host its first-ever craft show on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 9 am to 3 pm at 120 South Prospect St. in Ravenna. There are still limited spaces available at a cost of $25 for an 8’ table with extra tables available at a cost of $10 each. There will be a concession stand available serving sloppy joes, hot dogs, coney dogs, chili, bags of chips, cupcakes, coffee and sodas. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by the vendors valued at $10 each. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. There will also be a bake sale. For more information please call Linda Lauck at (330) 325-9004.

Senior Citizens’ Luncheon
Oct 1
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, October 1. “Cousin Minnie Pearl” will be the featured program guest which begins at 11:30 AM and the luncheon will follow at noon. The event is open to any area senior citizen. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Harvest Moon Pig Roast & Chinese Auction
Oct 1
The annual Harvest Moon Pig Roast and Chinese auction will be held on Sat. Oct. 1, 2011. As always, this is a potluck dinner and fundraiser for Pixley Park. The event will be held a the Nelson Community House from 2-5 pm. Please bring a covered dish to share for admittance. This year’s Chinese Auction will again offer a wide assortment of prizes, something for everyone.

Parents Without Partners Dinner
Oct 1
On Oct 1 the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a dinner from 6:30 -7:30 pm at the Kent VFW #3703 post home, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent. Cost is $8 per person. For info and reservations please call Mary (330-571-3801) or Warrine (330-699-2361) by Sept 27. After dinner, the PWP chapter will have its monthly dance from 7:30 – 11 pm. The dance is open to the public and cost si $6 for members $8 for non-members

Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Steak Fry
Oct 3
You Are Invited to the…. Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Steak Fry on Monday, October 3rd, 6-9pm at Jake’s, 4680 E. Prospect St., Mantua. Cost: Members – $20 individuals, $35 for a couple; Non-Members – $25 individuals, $45 for a couple. Dinner includes steak, baked potato, salad, roll, beverage, dessert and 1 drink ticket (there will be $1 drafts and $2.50 drink specials). Entertainment will be provided by Scott Dickerson. Come enjoy a great dinner, live entertainment and Networking!
Please RSVP by Monday, September 26th!

Quarter Auction
Oct 4
The Bridge to a Cure Relay for Life Team will be holding a Quarter Auction on Tuesday October 4, 2011. Doors open at 4:00 and the auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Presale tickets are selling quickly so don’t miss out on this fun event. Tickets are $10 and are available at these Newton Falls Locations: Healthy Treasures West Broad Street; All State Insurance Milton Boulevard; RC Sports Lounge South Canal; Ella Johnson’s Office North Canal; Home Oil North Canal
or call Lisa at 330-979-3065 or Vickie at 330-872-8353

Hiram RCCA Fall Rummage Sale
Oct 6 – 8
The Hiram RCCA Fall Rummage Sale will be held on October 6 & 7 from 9am-4pm and
October 8 from 9 am – Noon. Donations being accepted! Call Judy 330-569-7204 or Joan
330-569-4292.
Herbs For Everyday Living
Oct 8
Immerse yourself in all things herbal on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the Western Reserve Herb Society?s 66th Annual Herb Fair. This one day event held at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (the “Garden”), 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. features unique and exquisitely handcrafted culinary and
decorative herbal products. Parking at the Garden will be free with a $20 Herb Fair purchase.

Family Book Swap
Oct 8 – 15
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is holding a Family Book Swap. Recycle your books at the first book swap event. Drop off lightly used books at the RAC, 530 North Freedom St. during regular hours beginning Saturday, October 8 through Friday, October 14 and receive a ticket with the number of books dropped off. On Saturday, October 15 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon you may exchange your ticket for the same number of new books to enjoy. NO MAGAZINES, PLEASE. When dropping off books, please sort according to subject matter if possible (children, teen, romance, western, mystery, etc.). Admission to the Family Swap is open to ticket holders only. This is a great way to get rid of your read used books in exchange for some new used books without it costing you anything.
For more information, contact Ravenna Recreation Department at (330) 296-2864.

1st Annual Ron Dyett Memorial Golf Outing
Oct 8
The 1st Annual Ron Dyett Memorial golf outing will be held at Sugarbush Golf Club in Garrettsville on Oct. 8th at 10 am. The cost of the event is $90 for 18 holes, cart, T-shirt, refreshments and dinner. Space is limited to 132 golfers. The cost for dinner alone is $30. Hole sponsorship opportunities are available. Checks may be mailed to Matthew Dyett, 5679 Vassar Ave. Austintown, OH 44515. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Questions please call 330.984.2359 or email mdyett@mail.com.

“Meet the Candidates”
Oct 12
On October 12, the residences in Nelson Township will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running for trustee and fiscal officer. The meeting will be held at the Nelson Community House on the square @ 7:00 PM. Bring your questions & comments to the meeting or send them in advance in writing to P.O. Box 377 Garrettsville, Ohio 44231-0377 or e-mail to mmmge@aol.com. Remember for community information go to www.nelsontownshipohio.org.

Garfield Band Alumni
Oct 14
The Garfield Marching Pride is looking for previous members to participate in our Alumni Band! The Alumni Band will take the field along with the High School and Middle School bands at Homecoming on Friday, October 14th. The Alumni will march in gold alumni band t-shirt (same as last year) and blue jeans. If you are interested in participating, please send the following information – Name (include maiden name), Graduation Year, Instrument (please indicate if you need to borrow a school instrument), T-shirt size and mailing address — along with $10 to cover the cost of the T-shirt by October 3rd to Garfield Band Boosters/Alumni Band, 10233 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Sheet music and further information will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Everett at 330-527-2065 or 330-608-0955.

Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show
Oct 14 & 15
The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Rd, Aurora will be hosting the Nutcracker Sweets Art and Craft Show on Friday, October 14th from 10am-8pm and Saturday, October 15th from 10am-4pm. $5.00 admission, under 12 free
No strollers or wheelchairs.

OHIO OUTLAWS 12U FAST PITCH TEAM FUNDRAISER
Oct 15
Sky Lanes Bowling is proud to be the home of Scotch doubles fundraiser to benefit OHIO OUTLAWS 12U Saturday, October 15th @ 7 pm.
$40 per couple includes 3 games, shoes, pizza and draft beer.
Come join OHIO OUTLAWS 12U to raise funds to purchase new
supplies and equipment. We have 4 local girls on the team that is based
out of the G-PLEX in Garrettsville. Please help our girls succeed.
Contact Dee Synnestvedt (330-527-0223) Tim Perkins or Scott Lippert.

Chili Cook-Off
Oct 23
Have a great chili recipe? Want to have bragging rights? Come join our chili cook-off on October 23, 2011 at Shalersville Town Hall from 12 noon to 5 pm. Open to the public. Your chili entry gets you in for free. Reservations in by October 16. Call Andy Fortuna at 330 – 931-8689 Admission is $6.00 or $5 plus a canned good for 4C’s. Children under 6 eat for free! Hot dogs available for kids. Judging at 3 pm. Trophies or Ribbons will be awarded for: best flavor chili; hottest chili; best white chili and People’s Choice. There will also be a 50/50 raffle (need not be present to win) All proceeds for the event will stay in the community. Sponsored by Crestwood Action Coalition Team.

Scotch Doubles To Benefit Sandor Rick Szachury
Oct 22
There will be a scotch doubles benefit on Oct 22 at Sky Lanes Bowling for Sandor Rick Szachury who was killed in a cement mixer accident. The event will cost $20 per person and include 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and beverages. We will also have a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Please come and help us support this cause. From more info or advanced tickets please call Mabel Horsfall (330) 274-0409 / (330) 285-8641 or Jamie Mullins (330) 571-4515.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Oct 22
On Oct 22 the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a dance from 7:30 – 11 pm. The dance is open to the public and cost is $6 for members $8 for non-members. All attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. There will be prizes given for the prettiest, ugliest and most original costume.

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.

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FREE Hunter Safety Course
Register Now
Register now for FREE Hunter Safety Course with Ravenna Parks and Recreation. The state of Ohio requires first time hunters to complete a hunter safety course before purchasing a license. Upon passing the written exam, a certification card will be mailed to you. This three-night course will cover topics including: firearm safety, wildlife laws, conservation, and personal safety. There will be 3 sessions offered : Sept 20-22; Oct 4-6 and Oct 18-20. All sessions are from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Classes will be held at the Apco Lodge at Lake Hodgson, 5089 Lakewood Rd., Ravenna. This course is FREE and participants must attend all three nights. Please bring a pencil. Participants 11 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is a must. Pre-register with Ravenna Recreation at (330) 296-2864 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m. weekdays.

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FREE Hunter Safety Course
Register Now
Register now for FREE Hunter Safety Course with Ravenna Parks and Recreation.  The state of Ohio requires first time hunters to complete a hunter safety course before purchasing a license.  Upon passing the written exam, a certification card will be mailed to you.  This three-night course will cover topics including: firearm safety, wildlife laws, conservation, and personal safety.  There will be 3 sessions offered : Sept 20-22; Oct 4-6 and Oct 18-20.  All sessions are from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Classes will be held at the Apco Lodge at Lake Hodgson, 5089  Lakewood Rd., Ravenna.  This course is FREE and participants must attend all three nights.  Please bring a pencil.   Participants  11 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is a must.  Pre-register with Ravenna Recreation at (330) 296-2864    8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m. weekdays.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Lake Milton Farmers Market
Through October
2011 Lake Milton Farmers Market is now open.  The market will run every Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through October.  The market is located at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, located just north of the swim beach and south of the dam on Grandview Road.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
Through – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays  through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs
Register through Sept 10
Registration is underway for Hiram College Swim Lessons. In person sign ups will be held on Sat. Sept 10th form 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hiram College Pool.  You can also register online  through September 9th  at http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html   Classes will be held on Sundays beginning Sept 11 and run for 5 weeks.   Cost is $50 per child. Children should be 5 yrs of age or older. Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Free Community Dinner
Aug 25
The piano will be playing while the Windham V-Squad cooks and serves the Community Free dinner Thursday, 25th at the Renaissance Family Center, 5-6:30 pm.  Everyone welcomed come and enjoy a variety of tunes.

Anime & Manga Club
Aug 27
Anime and manga lovers, attend the Anime/Manga Club on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Newton Falls Library. The next meeting is on August 27 at 2 pm. All are welcome.  Students under 16 years of age need to bring a signed permission slip. Enjoy several episodes of an anime, and discuss new and interesting manga. No registration is required. Anime and manga lovers, be sure to check out the library’s extensive anime and manga collections

Portage County Crushers Try Outs
Aug 27
Tryouts for The Portage County Crushers 2012 11U Travel Baseball Team will be held on Saturday, August 27th @ Freedom Community Park from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Players can’t turn 12 before 5/1/12.
Call 330-687-0387 for more information.

Father/Son Banquet
Aug 27
Knights of Pythians West Farmington Lodge 333 West Farmington, Ohio cordially invites you to attend our annual father and son banquet.  The event will be held on Saturday August 27, 2012 starting at 6:00 PM at the VFW Post 7200 West Farmington 6006 State Road 534West Farmington, OH 44491.  We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.  R.S.V.P. by August 24 to Joe Len 4107 Hoffman-Norton Road West Farmington, Ohio 44491 330-889-3757 email jblen0406@aol.com  The cost for the dinner will be $10.00 for anyone over 13 years of age. No charge under 13 years of age.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else!   The event will be free to the public.

Harvest Point Church Luau
Aug 28
For the second year, Harvest Point Church in Lordstown, Ohio will host their community outreach Luau on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This FREE event will be held in the 4-Corners Park located at the intersection of Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd.  Fun activities will be available for children, family photos will again be available, and 95.5 The Fish will be bringing additional games, music, and the Fishmobile to this year’s event.  Various food items will be offered throughout the afternoon and many prize drawings will be conducted.  This is a fun-filled FREE afternoon for local families.  All are welcome.

NF Library Story Time Registration
Begins Sept 1
Registration begins on September 1 for Family Time for children ages 0 – 6 years and their families, beginning Tuesday, September 13, 6 pm.  Beginning Wednesday, September 14, enjoy Baby Bugs for children ages 6 – 30 months with a caregiver at 10:30 am; and Story Time for children ages 2 1?2 – 5 with a caregiver at 11 am.

Warren Republican Women’s Club
Sept 1
The Warren Republican Women’s club is kicking off it’s 75th Anniversary season.  A picnic wil be held on September 1 st at noon.  Republican candidates in the November election will be our honored guests.  Like minded women are always welcome with advance reservations.  Cost is $11.00 per person.  If you would like more information please contact Careyann Koren at (330)856-5228.

PCDL Fall Storytime Registration
Begins Sept 2
It’s with great excitement and anticipation that Portage County District Library announces fall storytime registration begins Friday, September 2 for all branch libraries. Online registration will be available. For further details, contact your branch library or visit www.portagelibrary.org. Select “About PCDL” and then “Branch Locations”.
Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services- includes Home Delivery & Library Express. Library Express locations include Aurora, Brimfield, Edinburg, Hiram, Mantua, Randolph, Rootstown, and Shalersville. Join Portage County District Library on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see all the fun from previous storytime experiences.

OH MY STARS  Benefit Sale
Sept 2 & 3
Fall is almost here and we’ve redecorated with some new fall items. Come browse through our primitives, furniture (old and new) and collectibles. New dry food mixes too. Something for everyone!!  Hotdogs, chips, and drinks … OH MY! Pies, cakes, and cookies … OH MY!  The good cooks of Mantua Center Christian Church will be providing the goodies both days. YUM!  A HUGE gift basket will be given out to one lucky winner. Bring a canned good(s) item to enter. More cans – more chances to win.  Friday, September 2, 2011 9am – 4pm; Saturday, September 3, 2011 9am – 4pm. Located at 13127 Pond Road,  Burton, OH 44021 Come join in the fun, food and fellowship. Bring your friends!! Proceeds will go towards local and regional missions.

Scotch Doubles Fundraiser
Sept 3
Scotch Doubles Fundraiser for Garfield G-Man football Feed-The-Team. Saturday September 3rd, 8:45 p.m.  SkyLane Bowling.  Includes 3 games bowling, pizza, beverages.  $20/person.  50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction too!  More info, tickets, or to OFFER YOUR HELP.  Contact Lynn Mullins: 330-527-7134/330-671-3768  or  Chris Gerez  330-527-4027/330-212-7226

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

Library Closed For Labor Day
Sept 5
All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of  Labor Day. They will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, September 6.

Garfield Band Booster Meeting
Sept 6
The Garfield Band Boosters will meet on Tuesday, Sept 6th at 7pm in the high school band room.  The boosters support our bands at all levels including the Intermediate School, Middle School and High School.  All band parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Volunteers are needed to chaperone trips and games, work in the concession stand and help with other fundraising activities.  Please come and get involved!

Chicken Dinner
Sept 7
The Southington United Methodist Church, Routes 305 & 534 will be holding a Chicken dinner on Sept 7th from 3:30 pm – 6 p.m.  The menu includes 1?4 chickem, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts and beverage.  Adults $7.50; Children 4-10 $4. Carry outs available.

Chamber Photo Contest
Due By Sept 7
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a photo contest for their 3rd Annual Calendar. This year’s theme will be “Unique Area Architecture”. This would include barns / monuments / bridges  and  buildings. We are looking for things such as unique designs on barns, stained glass, carvings etc. Each submission will require two (2) photographs.  One photo will be an up close shot of a unique aspect of the building / structure and the second will be a full shot of the building / structure. If you have any questions, please call Colleen at (330) 527-2121. Entry forms available at Middlefield Bank or online at garrettsvillearea.com.  Entry fee is $5 per photo set. Deadline is Sept 7th.

Friends of Melana Murder Mystery Night
Sept 10
Friends of Melana are hosting a murder mystery dinner at the K of C Hall in Mantua on September 10, 2011, with the doors opening at 6pm. Tickets are $25 each which includes the catered dinner and the drama. Tickets are on sale now at Millers Restaurant and Huntington Bank in Garrettsville. The drama is being performed by the Curtains-Up Theatre and will be an interactive performance. Along with the dinner there will be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar (beer & wine) and a Chinese auction.  For more information on tickets call Stacey at 330 357-9946. Proceeds from the dinner will go for Glioma cancer research.

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run
Sept 10
The 33rd Annual 9-mile potato stomp race and 1-mile run run are planned in conjunction with the Mantua Potato Festival.  The races will be run on Saturday morning, September 10th.  The one-mile fun run will begin at 8:30am and the 9-mile race will begin at 9am.  Both start at Crestwood High School.  If you pre-register,  fees for the 9 mile race are $13/$18 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run $5/$13 (no shirt/ shirt).  For race day registration the fees for the 9 mile race are $15/$20 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run fees are $8/$15 (no shirt/shirt).   Registration opens at 7am the day of the race.  For more information, call Advanced Rehab at 330-274-2747

Civil War Encampment
Sept 10 & 11
The James A Garfield National Historic Site will be holding a Civil War Encampmenbt on Sept 10th from 11 am – 4 pm and Sept 11th from 11 am – 4 pm. This event is located at 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH and is Free of charge!  Watch USA, USCT and CSA reenactment units march, drill and fire their weapons. Kids are invited to participate in  special drill instruction! Tour the Garfield home.

Eagles Golf Outing
Sept 10
The Garrettsville Order of Eagles #2705 will be hosting a golf outing to benefit  Eagles National Diabetic Research Center on Sept 10th at Sugarbush Golf Club.  4-Man Scramble. Cost is $65 per person / $260 per team.  Members & non- members welcome. Hole and event sponsorships available. For additional information contact Matt (440) 227-6927 or Brian (330) 979-3723.

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  September 10th  at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

Spiderday!
Sept 10
Spiderday will be held on  Saturday, September 10 – drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. at the West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township.  Children will make a yummy marshmallow spider, catch plastic bugs in a giant web and look at live spiders up close. At 2 p.m. adults will hear about spider habits and identification from Barbara Nattere of the Ohio Biological Spider Survey. Then child and adult alike will get a chance to join Barbara, nets in hand, to catch spiders outside The West Woods Nature Center.   This free, all-ages program is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration is not required. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Fall Trunk Sale
Sept 10
It’s a 1-day garage sale from the trunk of your car. Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  @ St. William Church Parking Lot. Cost in advance: $15/spot or 2 spots for $25. Bring your own table to set up in front of your trunk. Refreshments available. We will also have a book/media sale, bake sale, and a mum sale. Come and enjoy the fun.  IF YOU’RE NOT SELLING – PLAN TO STOP BY THAT DAY TO SHOP!  For questions, contact Debi at 330-847-6556.

Scottish American Society Meeting
Sept 11
The Scottish American Society will be gathering on Sunday, September 11th, 2011, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage. This meeting will feature a presentation on Alaska by Marnie Sweet. You may bring donations for our Silent Auction at the International Water Aid Ceilidh to that meeting. Any and all are invited to attend our meetings. You do not have to be Scottish, but must have an interest in our Scottish culture. For more information call: Jim or Margaret Frost at: 330.882.0342, or Gene or Betty Marcus at: 330.499.1681. For more information on the Society and its activities, you may refer to our website at:
www.scottishamericansociety.org.

Middlefield Car Show & Safety Forces Day
Sept 11
Join us on Sept 11th at the Middlefield Municipal Center, 14860 North State Street for Safety Forces Day and the 2nd Annual Car Show.  Pre-registration is $8; $10 day of show.  50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, Cash prizes!! Music by Crazy Dave & Roadhouse Music.  Food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Middlefield’s Christmas Shop With A Cop.

Amateur Radio Class
Sept 13
An Amateur Radio class starts Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dietrich Building located beneath the radio tower at Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna.  Students can earn their Technician License and join the exciting and fun hobby of amateur radio.  There is a $25 fee payable to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS); texts are $30 and will be available at the class.  All students will also receive a one year membership in PCARS. Contact Jim Aylward, KC8PD, 330-297-7979, kc8pd@portcars.org for more information.  Additional information about the class and amateur radio activities can be found at www.portcars.org

Pricetown Home Cooked Supper
Sept 14
The next Home Cooked Supper  at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will be held  Weds, Sept 14, 2011 from 5 to 6:30pm.  It will feature  spaghetti, meatballs, salad, homemade desserts, bread & beverage. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 yrs and  free for children 5 years and younger. Carry outs available.

Rummage & Bake Sale
Sept 14 & 15
The Southington United Methodist Church Day Circle, Routes 305 & 534 in Southington will have a rummage & bake sale on Sept 14 from 9 am – 4 pm. Lunch of homemade bean soup, sandwiches, drinks and desserts will be served. Carry outs are available. Bag day will be Sept 15 from 9 am – 11 am.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign-in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

7th Annual Vatra
Sept 17
The 7th Annual Vatra hosted by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will be held on Saturday,  September 17, 2011 from noon to midnight at the Shrine of Mariapoch, 17486 Mumford Rd, Burton, Ohio. The event is free and under roof and will happen rain or shine. Come join us for songs and dances from Eastern Europe, ethnic foods, genealogy help, children’s activities and ethnic sales items. Call Bonnie at (440) 729-2045 or Jim at (330) 544-0107 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 18
An ALL YOU CAN EAT  Spaghetti  Dinner  will be held from 12 pm- 3 pm  at  Saint Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner Includes: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and Dessert  (Carry out available). Adults:$6.50; Children: $3.00 (6-11) Children 5 & under FREE

Free Computer Training at Windham Library
Sept 19 – 22
Portage County District Library has been partnering with Connect Ohio to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions offered will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and email basics. The next session will be held at Windham Library on September 19, 20, and 22 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Register online at www.portagelibrary.org. Call 330-527-5082 ext 213 for additional information.  There is also a free self-paced curriculum available at http://eco.connectohio.org/ which allows computer users to complete the courses online. Registration is required in order to create an account. Once the courses have been completed, your certificates will be sent to your mailing address.

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Open House
Sept 22
Calling all passionate gardeners!  Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. for our annual open house to discuss  “What it Takes to Become a Master Gardener.”  Meet current Geauga County Master Gardeners and Erik Draper, OSU County Extension Agent and Course Instructor.  Hear the program explained in detail.  Meet with  us for refreshments, plant displays, gardening discussions, plant identification and diagnosis (bring samples).  Find out if the Master Gardener Program is right for you.  Hope to see you then!  Call 440-834-4656 for more information and to RSVP.  Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton.  http://geauga.osu.edu

Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Sep 24
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.  Learn how to take cuttings from favorite plants.  Discover how easy it is to divide and winter your prized dahlias, calla lilies, caladiums, non stop begonias and canna lilies.  You can even keep your favorite costly annuals going all winter long so they are bigger and better the following spring.  This is a hands on class with free cuttings being held on Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Save money and enjoy the plants you love year after year.   $15 fee.  Light refreshments and handouts included.  Space is limited.  Please register and prepay early.  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.

Auburn Garden Club Meeting
Sept 28
Auburn Garden Club will have it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday September 28, 2011 at the Auburn Town Hall. Meeting start time is 7pm. Please bring a plant, blub or seeds to exchange along with your Zinnia Photos, Special Guest Judges from Hemlock Landscapes. Prizes Awarded for Photo Contest. Public Welcome. For More Information Call Club’s President Susan at 330-883-2833 or email auburngardenclub@gmail.com

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years.  The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00.  Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00.  Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert.  Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.

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Donations Appreciated
On-Going
Donations are being accepted at this time for the purchase of a headstone in Laura Ritchey’s honor. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check to Laura Ritchey Memorial Fund, 10860 North Street Apt. 19, Garrettsville, OH  44231. If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Linda Ritchey at 330.527.0502.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011.  Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Lake Milton Farmers Market
Through October
2011 Lake Milton Farmers Market is now open.  The market will run every Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through October.  The market is located at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, located just north of the swim beach and south of the dam on Grandview Road.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
Through – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays  through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs
Register through Sept 10
Registration is underway for Hiram College Swim Lessons. In person sign ups will be held on Sat. Sept 10th form 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hiram College Pool.  You can also register online  through September 9th  at http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html   Classes will be held on Sundays beginning Sept 11 and run for 5 weeks.   Cost is $50 per child. Children should be 5 yrs of age or older. Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Tent Revival
Aug 18-21
Big Tent Revival at Praise Assembly of God Church across from James A. Garfield High School. August 18th-21st. 7pm nightly and 10am on Sunday the 21st.

Troy Idol
Aug 19
The Troy Idol Contest will be held on Aug 19 at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road in Troy.
Antiques Appraisal Fair
Aug 20
Discover timeless treasures in your own home! Have your items appraised by a local expert a the Antiques Appraisal Fair being held on Aug 20 from 1-5 pm at Garfield Middle School Gym.  Cost is $5 per item or 3 items for $10.  All proceeds benefit the James A Garfield Historical Society.

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, potatoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Couponing 101
Aug 20
Want to save money on your grocery bill?  Join us at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna for Couponing 101 on August 20th at 2:00 p.m.  Michelle Filler from Filler Finds will be at Reed Memorial Library to help us learn how to save up to 90% on our grocery bills.  Michelle has been seen on New Day Cleveland and on Channel WEWS speaking about Couponing 101.  Space is limited so please register by calling 330-296-2827 ext. 204 to save your place.  This program is free and open to the public.

Summer Steak Fry
Aug 20
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a steak fry on Aug 20th at St. Ambrose Church. Doors open at 6 pm; dinner begins at 6:30.  Adults $15; children $5.  Door prizes, 50/50 raffle and cash bar.  Menu includes delicious steak or chicken breast, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, rolls, desert and beverage.  Call David Vincent for reservations 330 527-2474 or email Dvincent52@gmail.com

Stuff the Bus
Aug 20
Crestwood Local Schools &  Mantua American Legion Post 193  invite you to  donate school supplies for needy kids by stuffing the bus on Saturday, Agu 20th from 10 am – 2 pm at Crestwood High School.  Supplies needed are: Backpacks, # 2 Pencils, Black or Blue Ink Pens, Colored Pencils, Notebook Paper,  Spiral Bound Subject Notebooks,  Glue Sticks,  Kleenex, Crayons, Expo Dry Erase Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Pencil Sharpeners and Pocket Folders

Antique Tool Show
Aug 20
The 5th Annual Antique Tool Show will be held on Aug 20th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bond Building located in Century Village, Burton OH.  Free to the public. Come see tools you won’t see again! Join us at our member meeting  8 am on Sundays at the same location.  Contact Dan Miller 330-297-6344 for more information.

Cardinal Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction
Aug 20
Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their 5th Annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at Cardinal Middle School.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the Drawings start at 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 (includes 20 bidding tickets).  Additional bidding tickets are 10 for $1.00.  Big ticket items:  tickets are 20 for $5.00.  Door Prizes, Sideboards, Lottery Board, Money Jar, 50/50, Mystery Prizes, Surprise Drawings and Buy- a-Block-for-a-Buck.  Win up to $500.  Concession Stand Available.  At last year’s auction, we gave away over $12,000 in prizes!  We have hundreds of items, gift cards and certificates and gift baskets to give away!   If you would like to donate a prize or if  you would like to purchase tickets for this event…please call Tally Hostetler at (440) 632-5478.

It’s a BIRTHDAY BLAST!
Aug 20
Join Geauga Park District for its Observatory Park Dedication & 50th Birthday Celebration anytime 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the new Observatory Park. That’s right, it’s a day to celebrate the past while blasting off into the future, with family-friendly activities all debuting the internationally recognized Observatory Park. At 4 p.m., opening ceremonies will include astronomy-themed music, resolutions and birthday cake for all. Free food and activities will keep guests entertained from 5 to 8 p.m., following by a concert under the stars by Foster Brown. Then, from 9 to 11 p.m., stargaze through telescopes with the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. Registration is not required for this free event, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Observatory Park is located at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township.

Support Garrettsville Youth Football
Aug 20
The community is invited to an open house to raise funds for our youth football teams. The open house will be on Saturday, Aug 20th from 12-3 pm at the old Tom-C-Toys, 8095 SR 305. Gold Canyon Candles, Tastefully Simple and Premier Jewlery will have their items to purchase.

Faith 180 Fest
Aug 20
Join us at Faith 180 Fest, Aug 20th 11 am – 7 pm at the Village Park, 10482 South Street, Garrettsville. Concerts through the day with different music artists, food, face painting, activities and much more. Ministry tent for prayer, healing and prophetic words. All donations will be for the Vineyard Youth to attend the Acquire The Fire this October and other outreach programs.

End of Summer Party to Benefit Food Pantries
Aug 20
The Mantua Village Tavern and Restaurant will be hosting its Annual End of Summer Party August 20th from 2 pm until 10 pm. This year they will be making a donation to the local food pantries from event proceeds.   Admission will be the donation a of non-perishable food items or a $5 cash donation at the door. ALL proceeds will go to the local food pantries.  There will be out back grilling of Burger and Dog Platters for just $5. A DJ will be out on the back deck, there will be a 50/50, Chinese Auction and Corn Hole. Come join the fun while helping our local families in need!

Family Funday
Aug 20
Family Funday at Praise Assembly of God Church across from James A. Garfield High School. August 20th from 12-4 pm. Inflatables, hayrides, games and activities. All free to the public.

Pig Roast
Aug 20
First Annual Pig Roast @ Praise Assembly of God Church across from James A. Garfield High School. August 20th from 4-6pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets available in advance at the church.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township  is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st.  There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade.  Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

Southern Gospel & Bluegrass Gospel Music Concert
Aug 21
First Church Of God, 9016 N. Main St in Windham is proud to present  a Southern Gospel & Bluegrass Gospel Music Concert featuring  Kelly Perry  from  Ashville, Ohio on Sunday, August 21 at 6 pm.  All are welcome.  Love offering will be taken. Call 330 326-2293 for more information

Hungarian Club Picnic
Aug 21
The Hungarian Club picnic will be held on Aug 21 from Noon – 7 p.m. at their facility located on Abbott Road in Hiram.  Public Welcome!! Music by Harmonia.

NFYSL Meeting
Aug 21
The next NFYSL soccer meeting will be Sunday August 21 @ 6:00 in the community center. All are welcome.

Summer BBQ
Aug 21
St Nicholas Orthodox Church will be hosting a summer BBQ on Aug 21 from 1-4 pm. Donation per person $10 Adult; $5 children 5-12; Under 5 are free.  The church is located at  2053 North Road, Warren.
Antique Auto Show
Aug 21
The Northern Chapter, Ohio Region, of the Antique Auto Club of America, is planning a fun filled family summer event at the Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio on Sunday August 21, 2011- a GENUINE ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW! The show, held on the grass at the Farm, at 11414 Caves Rd.,, 2.5 miles north of Mayfield Rd., will showcase vehicles that are a minimum of twenty five years old in 19 judged classes. It is anticipated that 200 quality vintage and antique display vehicles will attend. Gates open at 8 A.M., cars on the field by 10 A.M. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 P.M. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will conclude at approximately  4:30 P.M. In order to make the event attractive to the entire family, all display vehicle occupants will be able to visit the show without charge! Pre-registration fee for display vehicles is $12.50, if received before August 17, 2011. The fee for registrations received after August 18th is $15.00. Admission for adult spectators is $5.00, children 12 and under, free. Trailer parking is available.  For additional information, contact David Heinrichs 440-668-3763 or heinrichsvintagecarshop@gmail.com.

Crestwood School Board Meeting
Aug 22
The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a special meeting  on  Monday, Aug 22 at 6 p.m. at the high school library, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua. The purpose of this meeting is to hire staff needed to start the school year and any other business that may come before the Board at that time.

Pre-Dance Combo Lesson Registration
Aug 22-Sept 2
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is registering now for Pre-Dance Combo lessons for children 3 to 5 years old.  Registration and payment in person during registration from August 22 to September 2. Classes held at John Tontimonia City Park and continue throughout the school year ending with a Spring Recital end of April 2012.  Class fee of $80.00 for Ravenna city taxpayers or $85.00 for non-city taxpayers is due at the time of registration; the second payment of $85.00 for CTP or $90.00 for NCTP is due by November 4.  Classes will continue with winter session January 2012.  Pre-registration is a must; class size is limited so register early.  A $10 late fee is applied after September 2, if any openings remain.  For more info contact Ravenna Rec at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.  Office located at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna.

Free Community Dinner
Aug 23
There will be a FREE
COMMUNITY DINNER on Aug 23rd form 5-6 p.m. at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. Everyone is welcome. NO TAKE OUTS

Anime & Manga Club
Aug 27
Anime and manga lovers, attend the Anime/Manga Club on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Newton Falls Library. The next meeting is on August 27 at 2 pm. All are welcome.  Students under 16 years of age need to bring a signed permission slip. Enjoy several episodes of an anime, and discuss new and interesting manga. No registration is required. Anime and manga lovers, be sure to check out the library’s extensive anime and manga collections

Father/Son Banquet
Aug 27
Knights of Pythians West Farmington Lodge 333 West Farmington, Ohio cordially invites you to attend our annual father and son banquet.  The event will be held on Saturday August 27, 2012 starting at 6:00 PM at the VFW Post 7200 West Farmington 6006 State Road 534West Farmington, OH 44491.  We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.  R.S.V.P. by August 24 to Joe Len 4107 Hoffman-Norton Road West Farmington, Ohio 44491 330-889-3757 email jblen0406@aol.com  The cost for the dinner will be $10.00 for anyone over 13 years of age. No charge under 13 years of age.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else!   The event will be free to the public.

Harvest Point Church Luau
Aug 28
For the second year, Harvest Point Church in Lordstown, Ohio will host their community outreach Luau on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This FREE event will be held in the 4-Corners Park located at the intersection of Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd.  Fun activities will be available for children, family photos will again be available, and 95.5 The Fish will be bringing additional games, music, and the Fishmobile to this year’s event.  Various food items will be offered throughout the afternoon and many prize drawings will be conducted.  This is a fun-filled FREE afternoon for local families.  All are welcome.

NF Library Story Time Registration
Begins Sept 1
Registration begins on September 1 for Family Time for children ages 0 – 6 years and their families, beginning Tuesday, September 13, 6 pm.  Beginning Wednesday, September 14, enjoy Baby Bugs for children ages 6 – 30 months with a caregiver at 10:30 am; and Story Time for children ages 2 1?2 – 5 with a caregiver at 11 am.

OH MY STARS  Benefit Sale
Sept 2 & 3
Fall is almost here and we’ve redecorated with some new fall items. Come browse through our primitives, furniture (old and new) and collectibles. New dry food mixes too. Something for everyone!!  Hotdogs, chips, and drinks … OH MY! Pies, cakes, and cookies … OH MY!  The good cooks of Mantua Center Christian Church will be providing the goodies both days. YUM!  A HUGE gift basket will be given out to one lucky winner. Bring a canned good(s) item to enter. More cans – more chances to win.  Friday, September 2, 2011 9am – 4pm; Saturday, September 3, 2011 9am – 4pm. Located at 13127 Pond Road,  Burton, OH 44021 Come join in the fun, food and fellowship. Bring your friends!! Proceeds will go towards local and regional missions.
Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

Chamber Photo Contest
Due By Sept 7
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a photo contest for their 3rd Annual Calendar. This year’s theme will be “Unique Area Architecture”. This would include barns / monuments / bridges  and  buildings. We are looking for things such as unique designs on barns, stained glass, carvings etc. Each submission will require two (2) photographs.  One photo will be an up close shot of a unique aspect of the building / structure and the second will be a full shot of the building / structure. If you have any questions, please call Colleen at (330) 527-2121. Entry forms available at Middlefield Bank or online at garrettsvillearea.com.  Entry fee is $5 per photo set. Deadline is Sept 7th.

Friends of Melana Murder Mystery Night
Sept 10
Friends of Melana are hosting a murder mystery dinner at the K of C Hall in Mantua on September 10, 2011, with the doors opening at 6pm. Tickets are $25 each which includes the catered dinner and the drama. Tickets are on sale now at Millers Restaurant and Huntington Bank in Garrettsville. The drama is being performed by the Curtains-Up Theatre and will be an interactive performance. Along with the dinner there will be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar (beer & wine) and a Chinese auction.  For more information on tickets call Stacey at 330 357-9946. Proceeds from the dinner will go for Glioma cancer research.
Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run
Sept 10
The 33rd Annual 9-mile potato stomp race and 1-mile run run are planned in conjunction with the Mantua Potato Festival.  The races will be run on Saturday morning, September 10th.  The one-mile fun run will begin at 8:30am and the 9-mile race will begin at 9am.  Both start at Crestwood High School.  If you pre-register,  fees for the 9 mile race are $13/$18 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run $5/$13 (no shirt/ shirt).  For race day registration the fees for the 9 mile race are $15/$20 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run fees are $8/$15 (no shirt/shirt).   Registration opens at 7am the day of the race.  For more information, call Advanced Rehab at 330-274-2747

Civil War Encampment
Sept 10 & 11
The James A Garfield National Historic Site will be holding a Civil War Encampmenbt on Sept 10th from 11 am – 4 pm and Sept 11th from 11 am – 4 pm. This event is located at 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH and is Free of charge!  Watch USA, USCT and CSA reenactment units march, drill and fire their weapons. Kids are invited to participate in  special drill instruction! Tour the Garfield home.

Eagles Golf Outing
Sept 10
The Garrettsville Order of Eagles #2705 will be hosting a golf outing to benefit  Eagles National Diabetic Research Center on Sept 10th at Sugarbush Golf Club.  4-Man Scramble. Cost is $65 per person / $260 per team.  Members & non- members welcome. Hole and event sponsorships available. For additional information contact Matt (440) 227-6927 or Brian (330) 979-3723.

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  September 10th  at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

Middlefield Car Show & Safety Forces Day
Sept 11
Join us on Sept 11th at the Middlefield Municipal Center, 14860 North State Street for Safety Forces Day and the 2nd Annual Car Show.  Pre-registration is $8; $10 day of show.  50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, Cash prizes!! Music by Crazy Dave & Roadhouse Music.  Food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Middlefield’s Christmas Shop With A Cop.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign-in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

7th Annual Vatra
Sept 17
The 7th Annual Vatra hosted by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will be held on Saturday,  September 17, 2011 from noon to midnight at the Shrine of Mariapoch, 17486 Mumford Rd, Burton, Ohio. The event is free and under roof and will happen rain or shine. Come join us for songs and dances from Eastern Europe, ethnic foods, genealogy help, children’s activities and ethnic sales items. Call Bonnie at (440) 729-2045 or Jim at (330) 544-0107 for more information.

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Open House
Sept 22
Calling all passionate gardeners!  Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. for our annual open house to discuss  “What it Takes to Become a Master Gardener.”  Meet current Geauga County Master Gardeners and Erik Draper, OSU County Extension Agent and Course Instructor.  Hear the program explained in detail.  Meet with  us for refreshments, plant displays, gardening discussions, plant identification and diagnosis (bring samples).  Find out if the Master Gardener Program is right for you.  Hope to see you then!  Call 440-834-4656 for more information and to RSVP.  Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton.  http://geauga.osu.edu

Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Sep 24
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.  Learn how to take cuttings from favorite plants.  Discover how easy it is to divide and winter your prized dahlias, calla lilies, caladiums, non stop begonias and canna lilies.  You can even keep your favorite costly annuals going all winter long so they are bigger and better the following spring.  This is a hands on class with free cuttings being held on Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Save money and enjoy the plants you love year after year.   $15 fee.  Light refreshments and handouts included.  Space is limited.  Please register and prepay early.  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.

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years.  The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00.  Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00.  Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert.  Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.

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Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses & agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna & Sept 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme, “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

Donations Appreciated
On-Going
Donations are being accepted at this time for the purchase of a headstone in Laura Ritchey’s honor. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check to Laura Ritchey Memorial Fund, 10860 North Street Apt. 19, Garrettsville, OH 44231. If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Linda Ritchey at 330.527.0502.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup. Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011. Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM. Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

JAG Youth Cheer Camp
Register Today
All girls ages 5 – 12 are invited to attend the JAG Youth Cheer Camp being held Aug 23-25 from 6-8 pm in the JAG Middle School gym. Cost is $35 and includes a FREE T-Shirt when you register and pay by August 15th. Contact Coach Terry at 330 360-9122 or tclutter8002@yahoo.com with any questions or to register.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Lake Milton Farmers Market
Through October
2011 Lake Milton Farmers Market is now open. The market will run every Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through October. The market is located at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, located just north of the swim beach and south of the dam on Grandview Road. We look forward to seeing you there!

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
Through – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709. We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Flag Football Registration
Through Aug 19
Registration for Flag Football with Ravenna Recreation and Ravenna Police Association is August 1 to August 19 for youth entering grades 1 through 6. This is a recreational /instructional league. Games will be played against teams in our league as well as teams from Kent and Stow. Practice scheduled to begin early September during the week; games are scheduled on Saturdays beginning Sept. 24, 2011. Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is 35.00, non-city taxpayer is $43.00. A $10.00 fee will be added after August 19 IF ANY OPENINGS are available. For more info, contact 330-296-2864, weekdays 8:00 to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Down By The River – Canoeing, Bluegrass, Food, & Fun
Aug 12
Camp Hi will be hosting a concert and picnic on Friday, August 12 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, food to purchase, and field games (water balloons, minute-to-win-it) and a concert by The Hiram Rapids Stumblers bluegrass band. Bring your lawn chairs, BYOB, and enter the pie-baking contest for a prize. Admission is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds benefit the national award-winning Crestwood Scarlet Guard Marching Band. Camp Hi is located at 12274 Abbott Road in Hiram Twp. Call 330-626-5152 for additional information.

Fish Fry
Aug 12
Garrettsville Eagles are hosting a fish fry on Aug 12 from 4-8 pm at 8149 Water Street. $8 per person. All invited. Open to the public!

Music Camp Concert
Aug 12
The James A Garfield music department invites you to attend a concert on Friday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m. in the Iva Walker Auditorium. The performance will showcase the talents of the intermediate and middle school students participating in our summer music camp. The concert is FREE and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Peach Pies Needed
Aug 13
Calling all bakers!! The Garrettsville Area Chamber is in need of approximately 50 homemade peach pies for their annual Peach Social being held on Aug. 13th. If you would like to help, please contact Rick at 330 687-9637. Any donations will be greatly appreciated!

Public Observation Night
Aug 13
On Saturday August 13th Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9:30 pm to 11pm, weather permitting. Earth’s Moon will be the feature of the night seen in all its brilliance through the Observatory’s large telescope. If conditions permit stars and star clusters will also be viewed. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets or in the nearby parking lot of Harrison’s Hideaway Convenience Store, 6821 Wakefield Road, a short distance east of the observatory.

Western Night Of Fun
Aug 13
The Friendly Squares western-style square dance club is sponsoring a “Western Night of Fun” on Saturay, August 13. This evening is to introduce everyone to the fun and new friendships of square dancing. No experience is necessary and ages from the young to the young-at-heart are invited. Square Dancing was installed as the national dance of the United States, by President Ronald Reagan. Refreshments will be served, along with door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Professional caller, Gene Hammond, is instructing and his wife, Frankie, will be cueing line dances. This event is to be held at the Niles Senior Center, 14 East State Street, Niles, OH, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.. This is an air-conditioned facility. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for ages sixteen and under. For more information, call 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Penn-Ohio Annual Coin Show
Aug 13
The Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors Club will be holding their annual coin show on August 13th, from 9-5 at the Red Maple Inn, 14707 South Cheshire Street? Burton, OH 44021?Free Admission, Drawings & Door Prizes

Middlefield Trunk Sale
Aug 13
On Saturday, August 13th from 9am – 1pm, the Middlefield Chamber will be hosting a Trunk Sale. Admission is free for shoppers. The event will be held in the old Sparkle store lot, Geauga Commons Plaza. Refreshments, bakery, treasures for sale. If you would like to be a vendor, call 440-632-5705 to find out how, $20 for a space reserved before the sale, $25 for a space that morning. The Goodwill Industries Donation Trailer will be manned that day until 5:00 pm. Proceeds will help fund the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

Raccoon County Music Festival
Aug 13
Come and enjoy 2 stages of music, childrens games, food and fun at the Raccoon County Music Festival. Festival runs from Noon to 8 pm at the Century Village Museum, 14653 E. Park St, Burton. Adults $10; 6-11 $4; under 5 FREE.

Opening Reception for Trumbull Art Gallery
Aug 13
Trumbull Art Gallery invites you to attend the opening reception for the 47th TAG Annual, which features entries from many different artists in many different media. The reception will be on August 13th from 7:00-9:00 PM. Awards announced at 8 PM. It is our biggest show all year. This show runs from August 13th – September 30th. Please plan to come to the reception or the show, and view the many fine entries on display. You won’t regret it. Admission to Trumbull Art Gallery is free.

Memorial Car & Bike Show
Aug 14
Ravenna Elks Tirpak Memorial Car & Bike Show Sunday August 14, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. $8.00 registration from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Dash plaques to the first 100 vehicles, food, prizes. Family Place on site for digital imaging of vehicles.

Shanower Trio
Aug 14
The Renaisance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Drive, Windham will be hosting the Shanower Trio on Sunday, Aug 14 at 5 pm. This free concert will feature the Shanowers from Leavittsburg. Dean and his sons Dean and Brian have been singing together for about 20 years. If you enjoy Gaither Southern Gospel style music this trio will especially bless you.

Mantua Soccer Registration
Aug 14 – 19
Registration is currently underway for the Mantua Soccer League. In person registration at St. Josephs Church will be Sunday August 14th 12:30 -2pm; August 15-19 11am-noon at St. Josephs Church. You can also register via mail by sending in your registration to MSA, P.O. Box 464, Mantua OH 44255. Registration ends Sept 1,2011. Cost is $60 1st Child; $55 second child. Practices begin around Aug 28th. We are all volunteers – practice times and days very according to the coaches schedules. For more information contact: Janice Schmidt, MSA secretary, 330-474-1346

Warren Amateur Radio Annual Hamfest
Aug 15
Warren Amateur Radio Annual Hamfest will be held at the Trumbull County Fair Grounds, 899 Everett Hull Rd. Cortland on Aug 15th. Check in time for vendors is 6 am; 8 am-2 pm for all others. Admission: $6; VE TESTING STARTS AT 10AM. CHECK IN: 146.970. Contact Info: Jacqueline Clay, KD8DNE, P. O. Box 809, Warren, Ohio 44482, (440)636-2806, kd8dne@yahoo.com
Windham Board of Education Meeting
Aug 16
The Windham Exempted Board of Education has changed the originally scheduled August 25th board meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 pm in room 121 of the high school.

Troy Idol
Aug 19
The Troy Idol Contest will be held on Aug 19 at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road in Troy.

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, potatoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Couponing 101
Aug 20
Want to save money on your grocery bill? Join us at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna for Couponing 101 on August 20th at 2:00 p.m. Michelle Filler from Filler Finds will be at Reed Memorial Library to help us learn how to save up to 90% on our grocery bills. Michelle has been seen on New Day Cleveland and on Channel WEWS speaking about Couponing 101. Space is limited so please register by calling 330-296-2827 ext. 204 to save your place. This program is free and open to the public.

Summer Steak Fry
Aug 20
The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a steak fry on Aug 20th at St. Ambrose Church. Doors open at 6 pm; dinner begins at 6:30. Adults $15; children $5. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Menu includes delicious steak or chicken breast, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, rolls, desert and beverage. Call David Vincent for reservations 330 527-2474 or email Dvincent52@gmail.com

Stuff the Bus
Aug 20
Crestwood Local Schools & Mantua American Legion Post 193 invite you to donate school supplies for needy kids by stuffing the bus on Saturday, Agu 20th from 10 am – 2 pm at Crestwood High School. Supplies needed are: Backpacks, # 2 Pencils, Black or Blue Ink Pens, Colored Pencils, Notebook Paper, Spiral Bound Subject Notebooks, Glue Sticks, Kleenex, Crayons, Expo Dry Erase Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Pencil Sharpeners and Pocket Folders

Antique Tool Show
Aug 20
The 5th Annual Antique Tool Show will be held on Aug 20th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bond Building located in Century Village, Burton OH. Free to the public. Come see tools you won’t see again! Join us at our member meeting 8pm on Sundays at the same location. Contact Dan Miller 330-297-6344 for more information.

Cardinal Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction
Aug 20
Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their 5th Annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at Cardinal Middle School. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the Drawings start at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 (includes 20 bidding tickets). Additional bidding tickets are 10 for $1.00. Big ticket items: tickets are 20 for $5.00. Door Prizes, Sideboards, Lottery Board, Money Jar, 50/50, Mystery Prizes, Surprise Drawings and Buy- a-Block-for-a-Buck. Win up to $500. Concession Stand Available. At last year’s auction, we gave away over $12,000 in prizes! We have hundreds of items, gift cards and certificates and gift baskets to give away! If you would like to donate a prize or if you would like to purchase tickets for this event…please call Tally Hostetler at (440) 632-5478.

It’s a BIRTHDAY BLAST!
Aug 20
Join Geauga Park District for its Observatory Park Dedication & 50th Birthday Celebration anytime 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the new Observatory Park. That’s right, it’s a day to celebrate the past while blasting off into the future, with family-friendly activities all debuting the internationally recognized Observatory Park. At 4 p.m., opening ceremonies will include astronomy-themed music, resolutions and birthday cake for all. Free food and activities will keep guests entertained from 5 to 8 p.m., following by a concert under the stars by Foster Brown. Then, from 9 to 11 p.m., stargaze through telescopes with the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. Registration is not required for this free event, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Observatory Park is located at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township.

Support Garrettsville Youth Football
Aug 20
The community is invited to an open house to raise funds for our youth football teams. The open house will be on Saturday, Aug 20th from 12-3 pm at the old Tom-C-Toys, 8095 SR 305. Gold Canyon Candles, Tastefully Simple and Premier Jewlery will have their items to purchase.

Faith 180 Fest
Aug 20
Join us at Faith 180 Fest, Aug 20th 11 am – 7 pm at the Village Park, 10482 South Street, Garrettsville. Concerts through the day with different music artists, food, face painting, activities and much more. Ministry tent for prayer, healing and prophetic words. All donations will be for the Vineyard Youth to attend the Acquire The Fire this October and other outreach programs.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st. There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade. Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

Summer BBQ
Aug 21
St Nicholas Orthodox Church will be hosting a summer bbq on Aug 21 from 1-4 pm. Donation per person $10 Adult; $5 children 5-12; Under 5 are free. The church is located at 2053 North Road, Warren.

Antique Auto Show
Aug 21
The Northern Chapter, Ohio Region, of the Antique Auto Club of America, is planning a fun filled family summer event at the Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio on Sunday August 21, 2011- a GENUINE ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW! The show, held on the grass at the Farm, at 11414 Caves Rd.,, 2.5 miles north of Mayfield Rd., will showcase vehicles that are a minimum of twenty five years old in 19 judged classes. It is anticipated that 200 quality vintage and antique display vehicles will attend. Gates open at 8 A.M., cars on the field by 10 A.M. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 P.M. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will conclude at approximately 4:30 P.M. In order to make the event attractive to the entire family, all display vehicle occupants will be able to visit the show without charge! Pre-registration fee for display vehicles is $12.50, if received before August 17, 2011. The fee for registrations received after August 18th is $15.00. Admission for adult spectators is $5.00, children 12 and under, free. Trailer parking is available. For additional information, contact David Heinrichs 440-668-3763 or heinrichsvintagecarshop@gmail.com.

Pre-Dance Combo Lesson Registration
Aug 22-Sept 2
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is registering now for Pre-Dance Combo lessons for children 3 to 5 years old. Registration and payment in person during registration from August 22 to September 2. Classes held at John Tontimonia City Park and continue throughout the school year ending with a Spring Recital end of April 2012. Class fee of $80.00 for Ravenna city taxpayers or $85.00 for non-city taxpayers is due at the time of registration; the second payment of $85.00 for CTP or $90.00 for NCTP is due by November 4. Classes will continue with winter session January 2012. Pre-registration is a must; class size is limited so register early. A $10 late fee is applied after September 2, if any openings remain. For more info contact Ravenna Rec at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Office located at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna.

Father/Son Banquet
Aug 27
Knights of Pythians West Farmington Lodge 333 West Farmington, Ohio cordially invites you to attend our annual father and son banquet. The event will be held on Saturday August 27, 2012 starting at 6:00 PM at the VFW Post 7200 West Farmington 6006 State Road 534West Farmington, OH 44491. We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment. R.S.V.P. by August 24 to Joe Len 4107 Hoffman-Norton Road West Farmington, Ohio 44491 330-889-3757 email jblen0406@aol.com The cost for the dinner will be $10.00 for anyone over 13 years of age. No charge under 13 years of age.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show. If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011. The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else! The event will be free to the public.

Harvest Point Church Luau
Aug 28
For the second year, Harvest Point Church in Lordstown, Ohio will host their community outreach Luau on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This FREE event will be held in the 4-Corners Park located at the intersection of Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. Fun activities will be available for children, family photos will again be available, and 95.5 The Fish will be bringing additional games, music, and the Fishmobile to this year’s event. Various food items will be offered throughout the afternoon and many prize drawings will be conducted. This is a fun-filled FREE afternoon for local families. All are welcome. Pastor Shannon New Spangler is Pastor.

OH MY STARS Benefit Sale
Sept 2 & 3
Fall is almost here and we’ve redecorated with some new fall items. Come browse through our primitives, furniture (old and new) and collectibles. New dry food mixes too. Something for everyone!! Hotdogs, chips, and drinks … OH MY! Pies, cakes, and cookies … OH MY! The good cooks of Mantua Center Christian Church will be providing the goodies both days. YUM! A HUGE gift basket will be given out to one lucky winner. Bring a canned good(s) item to enter. More cans – more chances to win. Friday, September 2, 2011 9am – 4pm; Saturday, September 3, 2011 9am – 4pm. Located at 13127 Pond Road, Burton, OH 44021 Come join in the fun, food and fellowship. Bring your friends!! Proceeds will go towards local and regional missions.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

Chamber Photo Contest
Due By Sept 7
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a photo contest for their 3rd Annual Calendar. This year’s theme will be “Unique Area Architecture”. This would include barns / monuments / bridges and buildings. We are looking for things such as unique designs on barns, stained glass, carvings etc. Each submission will require two (2) photographs. One photo will be an up close shot of a unique aspect of the building / structure and the second will be a full shot of the building / structure. If you have any questions, please call Colleen at (330) 527-2121. Entry forms available at Middlefield Bank or online at garrettsvillearea.com. Entry fee is $5 per photo set. Deadline is Sept 7th.

Friends of Melana Murder Mystery Night
Sept 10
Friends of Melana are hosting a murder mystery dinner at the K of C Hall in Mantua on September 10, 2011 with the doors opening at 6pm. Tickets are $25 each which includes the catered dinner and the drama. Tickets are on sale now at Millers Restaurant and Huntington Bank in Garrettsville. The drama is being performed by the Curtains-Up Theatre and will be an interactive performance. Along with the dinner there will be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar (beer & wine) and a Chinese auction. For more information on tickets call Stacey at 330 357-9946. Proceeds from the dinner will go for Glioma cancer research.

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run
Sept 10
The 33rd Annual 9-mile potato stomp race and 1-mile run run are planned in conjunction with the Mantua Potato Festival. The races will be run on Saturday morning September 10th. The one-mile fun run will begin at 8:30am and the 9-mile race will begin at 9am. Both start at Crestwood High School. If you pre-register, fees for the 9 mile race are $13/$18 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run $5/$13 (no shirt/ shirt). For race day registration the fees for the 9 mile race are $15/$20 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run fees are $8/$15 (no shirt/shirt). Registration opens at 7am the day of the race. For more information, call Advanced Rehab at 330-274-2747

Civil War Encampment
Sept 10 & 11
The James A Garfield National Historic Site will be holding a Civil War Encampmenbt on Sept 10th from 11 am – 4 pm and Sept 11th from 11 am – 4 pm. This event is located at 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH and is Free of charge! Watch USA, USCT and CSA reenactment units march, drill and fire their weapons. Kids are invited to participate in special drill instruction! Tour the Garfield home.

Eagles Golf Outing
Sept 10
The Garrettsville Order of Eagles #2705 will be hosting a golf outing to benefit Eagles National Diabetic Research Center on Sept 10th at Sugarbush Golf Club. 4-Man Scramble. Cost is $65 per person / $260 per team. Members & non- members welcome. Hole and event sponsorships available. For additional information contact Matt (440) 227-6927 or Brian (330) 979-3723.
Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on September 10th at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign-in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School. Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to: James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Please include the year you graduated. Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years. The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00. Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00. Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

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Closed Circuit TVs Available For Rent
On-Going
The Portage County Society of the Blind has closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) available for rent. Rental fees are $5 a month. A CCTV magnifies printed material onto a monitor. Reading mail and the newspaper are things that may be possible again. If you know someone who would benefit from a CCTV please call Dorothy Jones at 330 296-4060.

Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
Register Today
Spaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses & agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna & Sept 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme, “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

Donations Appreciated
On-Going
Donations are being accepted at this time for the purchase of a headstone in Laura Ritchey’s honor. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check to Laura Ritchey Memorial Fund, 10860 North Street Apt. 19, Garrettsville, OH  44231. If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Linda Ritchey at 330.527.0502.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011.  Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

JAG Youth Cheer Camp
Register Today
All girls ages 5 – 12 are invited to attend the JAG Youth Cheer Camp being held Aug 23-25 from 6-8 pm in the JAG Middle School gym.  Cost is $35 and includes a FREE T-Shirt when you register and pay by August 15th.   Contact Coach Terry at 330 360-9122 or tclutter8002@yahoo.com with any questions or to register.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Free Summer Food Program
Through  Aug 19
There is a free summer food program running through Aug. 19th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham. Any child 1-18 years old is welcome. Breakfast is from 9-9:30 am and lunch is served from Noon – 1:30 Monday – Friday.

Summer Programs
On-going
Renaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood-working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volleyball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

Lake Milton Farmers Market
Through October
2011 Lake Milton Farmers Market is now open.  The market will run every Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through October.  The market is located at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, located just north of the swim beach and south of the dam on Grandview Road.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
Through – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays  through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Flag Football Registration
Through Aug 19
Registration for Flag Football with Ravenna Recreation and Ravenna Police Association is August 1 to August 19 for youth entering grades 1 through 6.  This is a recreational /instructional league.  Games will be played against teams in our league as well as teams from Kent and Stow.  Practice scheduled to begin early September during the week; games are scheduled on Saturdays beginning Sept. 24, 2011.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is 35.00, non-city taxpayer is $43.00.  A $10.00 fee will be added after August 19 IF ANY OPENINGS are available.  For more info, contact 330-296-2864, weekdays 8:00 to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Outdoor Movie @ RFC
Aug 5
Renaissnce Family Center invites you to our Outdoor Movie. Free popcorn. Show starts at dusk, bring lawn chairs, blankets or sit in your car.

North Jackson (Mahoning County, Ohio) Community Wide Yard Sales Days
Aug 5&6
Friday August 5th and Saturday August 6th starting at 9 AM there will be  200+ addresses listed on a map locating sales throughout the entire township.  Maps available at 11349 West Mahoning Avenue and businesses August 5th.   Free parking and Live music by Steve Frazzini at this location.

Come Shop With Us For Bargains
Aug 5-7
Newton Falls Community Wide Yard Sale will be held Aug 5, 6, & 7th from 9am  – 5pm.  Over 65 different addresses to shop at, you’ll be sure to find something you need. Maps will be available at area businesses, and online at our facebook page and
the community website. Join us for our 4 th fun filled year. Sponsored by the area commerce association.

Bridge To A Cure  Sale
Aug 5 & 6
Bridge to a Cure Relay for Life Team is participating in the Newton Falls Community Yard sale on Friday and Saturday, August 5 & 6th from 9-5. We will be set up at Ella Johnson’s parking lot, 127 N Canal Street.  Guy’s Award Winning Ribs and Dip n Dots will be there too.  We have a wide range of high quality items to sell as well as baked goods.  All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.  Come help us raise money for a cure!!!

11th Annual Ledgewood BBQ
Aug 6
The men of the Ledgewood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will hold their 11th community barbecue on the grounds of the church on Saturday, August 6 starting at 4:30 PM  and serving until 7:30.  In addition to great smoked pork BBQ ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and potato salad will be served.  The church is located at 8261 Kinsman Rd. (State Rte 87) in Russell Twp. 1?4 mile west of Rte. 306.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults and young adults;   $6.00 for school children under 12, and FREE for pre-schoolers.  Advanced reservations may be made by calling  Jim Lucas at 440 338-1322 or Tom Sipos at 440 729-7142.

Portage County Crushers Tryouts
Aug 6
The Portage County Crushers 2012 11U Travel Baseball Team will hold
tryouts on Saturday, August 6th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Freedom Community Park.  Players can’t turn 12 before May 1st, 2012
For more information, call 330-687-0387

Free Youth Archery Clinic
Aug 6
The Eagle Creek Conservation Club will be conducting a youth archery clinic on Saturday, August 6, 2011.  The event will take place at the club property located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. The event is free and open to all children ages 7 to 15. Doors open at 9:30am and the fun will start at approximately 10am. This program is designed to help foster children’s interest in archery and provide a basic knowledge of the sport. All youth archers will be taught basic safety and shooting techniques. All equipment needed for the day is provided by the club but you are welcome to bring your own as well. Come out and join us for some fun. Call (330) 872-1075 for more information.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
Aug 6
A benefit Spaghetti Dinner?for Eric “Dub” Warner will be held on August 6th from 4pm to 7pm?at LaBrae High School. ?Donations: $7.00 adults;  children 4 to 8 $4.00; ?kids 3 and under free?. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction & a?Chinese auction. The door prize is a gas grill – winner need not be present.  Eric was in an auto accident resulting?in the amputation of his left leg,. He is not able to receive sick pay and  his bills are mounting. Donations may be sent to ?Craig Householder at?775 Althea Ave., Warren, OH 44483

Back To School Bash
Aug 6
Join the  us  for our back to school bash at Southington Baptist Church at 4395 St. Rt. 534 (North of Southington Center) on Saturday, August 6th from 4 – 7 p.m.. Southern Gospel Music Singer Mark Allen Chapman will be in concert at 5pm. Free school supplies for children while they last.  For more info ph: 330.766.2410  Please bring a chair.

Warren Family Mission Benefit Auction
Aug 6
There are thousands of items being auctioned off at 361 Elm Rd NE, Warren.  We have furniture, household goods, home improvement items (sinks, toilets, shower doors, windows, etc.), hardware, cabinets, antique collectibles, commercial cooking equipment & exercise equipment, and more… Any questions please call (330)219-0846. All items must be removed from the Mission premises day of sale, unless arrangements are made.We will accept cash, good checks, MC/Visa 5% Buyer’s Premium. Proceeds benefit Warren Family Mission

Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run
Aug 6
The 10th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 6th. Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund and Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain (330) 221-6338 or Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 for details.

Square Dance
Aug 6
Come One, Come All! The Akron Federation Beginners Square Dance will be held on Aug 6th from 2-5 pm at the VFW Hall, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent.  Cost is $5 for adults; children 12-17 are $2. No experience needed! Bring your family, friends and a snack to share!

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 6
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.

Bluegrass / Gospel Festival
Aug 6
General Assembly Church of God at Newton Falls, OH announces its 4th Annual Bluegrass/Gospel Music Festival. The Festival will be held on the church grounds, located at 2021 East River Road in Newton Falls, OH on Saturday August 6, 2011 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. There will be a bounce house, snow-cones, cotton candy and plenty of family fun for the kids.Admission will be on a donation basis at the entrance, but a recommendation of at least $5.00 per adult is suggested, with youth admitted free. Handicap parking will be available. For further information, or if you wish to help, or donate to the festival in any way, call Joe Click at (330) 979-4882.

It’s Not Too Late To Donate
Through Aug 7
Help our local children and the children of tornado-stricken Joplin, MO. Open your heart and help a child. Our goal is to fill a horsetrailer with school supplies by Sunday, Aug 7th. For more information contact the Garrettsville United Methodist Church at 330 527-2055.

Open Baptismal Service
Aug 7
Open Baptisimal Service, August 7th at 11:00am. Open to all those that have never been baptised. You are welcome to come and be baptised with others as being obedient to the Lord. Call Pastor Bruce Wells, First Chuch of God, 9016 North Main St, Windham at 330 794 5131 for more information.

Free School Supplies
Aug 7
The Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 East River Road will be hosting a free school supply giveaway on Sunday, Aug 7th from 3-4 pm ~ while supplies last.  Children must be present.

Little Tigers Meeting
Aug 7
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their monthly meeting on August 7, 2011 at the Newton Falls Community Center. The meeting will  start at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS
Aug 8 – 11
Parkman Congregational Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 8th – 11th (Mon. – Thurs.) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Registration forms can be picked-up at the church M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or call the church at 440-548-4829 or send an email to parkmanchurch@windstrem.net to request a form.

VBS at Burton Congregational Chuch
Aug 8-11
Burton Congregational Church will hold Vacation Bible School for pre-K through Grade 6 on August 8 -11 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  The theme this year is “Discovering the Friends of Jesus” and will include stories, music, crafts and games.  All children are welcome and may register at the first session on Monday, August 8 at 6:30.  For more information, please call Sarah Siewert at 440-313-2429.  An adult bible school, “The Parables of Jesus through Middle-Eastern Eyes,”  will be held at the same time.  Parents of children attending VBS are cordially invited, as our any other interested adults who may wish to participate.  The adult class will be led by the Rev. Rod Funk, interim minister.  If you are interested in participating in the adult class, please call the Burton Congregational Church at 440-834-4495.

Ready for the adventure of a Lifetime?
Aug 8-12
Kids will discover that God is wild about them at the PandaMania Vacation Bible School which the The First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, is hosting Aug 8th to 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. for children 3 yrs to 6th grade.  There will be crafts, games, songs, and treats.  To register your child for this life changing adventure, please call 330-898-4637, 330-281-0606, or stop by the church for a registration form.

Freedom Twp. School Room Mothers Luncheon
Aug 9
The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2011 luncheon will be held at noon, Tuesday, Aug 9th at the Freedom Township Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service including cup.  For more info call Elaine Duffield at 330 296-3568.

Troy Idol Auditions
Aug 10
Auditions for Troy Idol will be held on Aug 10th  at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Rd.  Entry fee is $5.

Red Cross Babysitting Class
Aug  11 & 18
This is a great $85.00 value for free from the Red Cross. Girls and Guys who wish to take the Red Cross Babysitting class The classes will be held Aug. 11th and 18th. from 1:30 –3:30 pm at the Renaissance Center  Ages 12-18 and you get a certificate after the class. Please call RFC 330-326-3008 to sign up or stop in the Center.  Limit 12 to a class.
Down By The River – Canoeing, Bluegrass, Food, & Fun
Aug 12
Camp Hi will be hosting a concert and picnic on Friday, August 12 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, food to purchase, and field games (water balloons, minute-to-win-it) and a concert by The Hiram Rapids Stumblers bluegrass band. Bring your lawn chairs, BYOB, and enter the pie-baking contest for a prize.  Admission is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds benefit the national award-winning Crestwood Scarlet Guard Marching Band. Camp Hi is located at 12274 Abbott Road in Hiram Twp. Call 330-626-5152 for additional information.

Fish Fry
Aug 12
Garrettsville Eagles are hosting a fish fry on Aug 12 from 4-8 pm at 8149 Water Street. $8 per person. All invited. Open to the public!

Music Camp Concert
Aug 12
The James A Garfield music department invites you to attend a concert on Friday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m. in the Iva Walker Auditorium. The performance will showcase the talents of the intermediate and middle school students participating in our summer music camp. The concert is FREE and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Peach Pies Needed
Aug 13
Calling all bakers!!  The Garrettsville Area Chamber is in need of approximately 50 homemade peach pies for their annual Peach Social being held on Aug. 13th.  If you would like to help, please contact Rick at 330 687-9637.  Any donations will be greatly appreciated!

Penn-Ohio Annual Coin Show
Aug 13
The Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors Club will be holding their annual coin show on August 13th, from 9-5 at the Red Maple Inn, 14707 South Cheshire Street?  Burton, OH 44021?Free Admission, Drawings & Door Prizes

Portage County Republican Party Family Picnic
Aug 13
The Portage County Republican Party will be hosting a family picnic on August 13 at Lake Hodgson Lodge, 5089 Lakewood Rd, Ravenna OH from 2-7pm.  There will be fishing, games, entertainment, and fellowship. Dinner will be served at 4 pm.  Hamburgers, Hot dogs, buns, paper products and plastic ware will be furnished. Please bring a dish to pass and drinks. RSVP by Aug 6 to Andy Manning (330) 678-1403;
Faith Lyon (330) 204-2232 or Jeneen Kubala  (330) 687-4067

Memorial Car & Bike Show
Aug 14
Ravenna Elks Tirpak Memorial Car & Bike Show Sunday August 14, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  $8.00 registration from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Dash plaques to the first 100 vehicles, food, prizes.  Family Place on site for digital imaging of vehicles.

Troy Idol
Aug 19
The Troy Idol Contest will be held on Aug 19 at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road in Troy.

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, potatoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Couponing 101
Aug 20
Want to save money on your grocery bill?  Join us at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna for Couponing 101 on August 20th at 2:00 p.m.  Michelle Filler from Filler Finds will be at Reed Memorial Library to help us learn how to save up to 90% on our grocery bills.  Michelle has been seen on New Day Cleveland and on Channel WEWS speaking about Couponing 101.  Space is limited so please register by calling 330-296-2827 ext. 204 to save your place.  This program is free and open to the public.

Cardinal Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction
Aug 20
Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their 5th Annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at Cardinal Middle School.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the Drawings start at 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 (includes 20 bidding tickets).  Additional bidding tickets are 10 for $1.00.  Big ticket items:  tickets are 20 for $5.00.  Door Prizes, Sideboards, Lottery Board, Money Jar, 50/50, Mystery Prizes, Surprise Drawings and Buy- a-Block-for-a-Buck.  Win up to $500.  Concession Stand Available.  At last year’s auction, we gave away over $12,000 in prizes!  We have hundreds of items, gift cards and certificates and gift baskets to give away!   If you would like to donate a prize or if  you would like to purchase tickets for this event…please call Tally Hostetler at (440) 632-5478.

It’s a BIRTHDAY BLAST!
Aug 20
Join Geauga Park District for its Observatory Park Dedication & 50th Birthday Celebration anytime 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the new Observatory Park. That’s right, it’s a day to celebrate the past while blasting off into the future, with family-friendly activities all debuting the internationally recognized Observatory Park. At 4 p.m., opening ceremonies will include astronomy-themed music, resolutions and birthday cake for all. Free food and activities will keep guests entertained from 5 to 8 p.m., following by a concert under the stars by Foster Brown. Then, from 9 to 11 p.m., stargaze through telescopes with the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. Registration is not required for this free event, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Observatory Park is located at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township.

Support Garrettsville Youth Football
Aug 20
The community is invited to an open house to raise funds for our youth football teams. The open house will be on Saturday, Aug 20th from 12-3 pm at the old Tom-C-Toys, 8095 SR 305. Gold Canyon Candles, Tastefully Simple and Premier Jewlery will have their items to purchase.

Faith 180 Fest
Aug 20
Join us at Faith 180 Fest, Aug 20th 11 am – 7 pm at the Village Park, 10482 South Street, Garrettsville. Concerts through the day with different music artists, food, face painting, activities and much more. Ministry tent for prayer, healing and prophetic words. All donations will be for the Vineyard Youth to attend the Acquire The Fire this October and other outreach programs.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township  is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st.  There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade.  Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

Summer BBQ
Aug 21
St Nicholas Orthodox Church will be hosting a summer bbq on Aug 21 from 1-4 pm. Donation per person $10 Adult; $5 children 5-12; Under 5 are free.  The church is located at  2053 North Road, Warren.

Antique Auto Show
Aug 21
The Northern Chapter, Ohio Region, of the Antique Auto Club of America, is planning a fun filled family summer event at the Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio on Sunday August 21, 2011- a GENUINE ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW! The show, held on the grass at the Farm, at 11414 Caves Rd.,, 2.5 miles north of Mayfield Rd., will showcase vehicles that are a minimum of twenty five years old in 19 judged classes. It is anticipated that 200 quality vintage and antique display vehicles will attend. Gates open at 8 A.M., cars on the field by 10 A.M. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 P.M. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will conclude at approximately  4:30 P.M. In order to make the event attractive to the entire family, all display vehicle occupants will be able to visit the show without charge! Pre-registration fee for display vehicles is $12.50, if received before August 17, 2011. The fee for registrations received after August 18th is $15.00. Admission for adult spectators is $5.00, children 12 and under, free. Trailer parking is available.  For additional information, contact David Heinrichs 440-668-3763 or heinrichsvintagecarshop@gmail.com.

Father/Son Banquet
Aug 27
Knights of Pythians West Farmington Lodge 333 West Farmington, Ohio cordially invites you to attend our annual father and son banquet.  The event will be held on Saturday August 27, 2012 starting at 6:00 PM at the VFW Post 7200 West Farmington 6006 State Road 534West Farmington, OH 44491.  We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.  R.S.V.P. by August 24 to Joe Len 4107 Hoffman-Norton Road West Farmington, Ohio 44491 330-889-3757 email jblen0406@aol.com  The cost for the dinner will be $10.00 for anyone over 13 years of age. No charge under 13 years of age.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else!   The event will be free to the public.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

Chamber Photo Contest
Due By Sept 7
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a photo contest for their 3rd Annual Calendar. This year’s theme will be “Unique Area Architecture”. This would include barns / monuments / bridges  and  buildings. We are looking for things such as unique designs on barns, stained glass, carvings etc. Each submission will require two (2) photographs.  One photo will be an up close shot of a unique aspect of the building / structure and the second will be a full shot of the building / structure. If you have any questions, please call Colleen at (330) 527-2121. Entry forms available at Middlefield Bank or online at garrettsvillearea.com.  Entry fee is $5 per photo set. Deadline is Sept 7th.

Eagles Golf Outing
Sept 10
The Garrettsville Order of Eagles #2705 will be hosting a golf outing to benefit  Eagles National Diabetic Research Center on Sept 10th at Sugarbush Golf Club.  4-Man Scramble. Cost is $65 per person / $260 per team.  Members & non- members welcome. Hole and event sponsorships available. For additional information contact Matt (440) 227-6927 or Brian (330) 979-3723.

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  September 10th  at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign-in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years.  The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00.  Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00.  Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

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Closed Circuit TVs Available For Rent
On-Going
The Portage County Society of the Blind has closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) available for rent. Rental fees are $5 a month. A CCTV magnifies printed material onto a monitor. Reading mail and the newspaper are things that may be possible again. If you know someone who would benefit from a CCTV please call Dorothy Jones at 330 296-4060.

Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
Register Today
Spaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme, “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011.  Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

JAG Youth Cheer Camp
Register Today
All girls ages 5 – 12 are invited to attend the JAG Youth Cheer Camp being held Aug 23-25 from 6-8 pm in the JAG Middle School gym.  Cost is $35 and includes a FREE T-Shirt when you register and pay by August 15th.   Contact Coach Terry at 330 360-9122 or tclutter8002@yahoo.com with any questions or to register.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Free Summer Food Program
Through  Aug 19
There is a free summer food program running through Aug. 19th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham. Any child 1-18 years old is welcome. Breakfast is from 9-9:30 am and lunch is served from Noon – 1:30 Monday – Friday.

Summer Programs
On-going
Renaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood-working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volleyball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
through – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays  through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Marching Pride Premier Night
July 29
The James A Garfield “Marching Pride” is proud to present Premier Night on July 29th at 7 p.m. at the football stadium. The performance is free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy the band as they debut their pre-game and half time shows.

God Provides A Free Meal
July 29
Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their monthly God Provides a free meal on july 29 at the church on Nelson Circle; 9367 SR 305, Garrettsville, OH . Dinner will be served from 4 – 6 p.m.  Come and enjoy!

Music in the Mini Park
July 29
Your invited to join us at the Mini Park, corner of Main St. and W. High St., Mantua from 6-8pm on Friday, July 29. Enjoy the sounds of blues band, “Finger Music”. Hots dogs and beverages will be available. This is a FREE event hosted by the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation (DMRC).

RFC Hosting Luncheon
July 30
Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, is serving lunch during the Bicentennial, on Saturday, July 30th, from 1-3 pm.  come in and cool down during your visit to the Windham Bicentennial.

Adopt-A-Pet Day
July 30
GFS Marketplace, 2725 Niles-Cortland Rd, Niles is holding an adopt-a-pet community day on July 30th from 11 am – 3 pm to benefit the animal welfare shelter’s homeless pets.

JAG Class of ’79 Birthday Party
July 30
Please join us for the JAG Class of 1979 50th Birthday Party. The big event is Saturday, July 30, 4pm – midnight. The Hermann Family is graciously hosting the party at the Pickle Farm, 11964 State Route 88, Garrettsville.  Bring a dish to pass and join us for cornhole, horse shoes, and Larry Bratnick’s band.

Eagles Steak & Chicken Dinner
July 30
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday July 30th from 4 – 8 pm. Choice of Porterhouse or New York Strip steak or grilled chicken breast. Meals include potato, vegetable, salad and roll. Dinners are $12 for steak and $8 for chicken. Other menu items are available for children. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
July 30
On Saturday, July 30, the Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, maps, puzzles and vintage items.

2012 10U Travel Team Tryouts
July 31
The 10U Munson Mud Hens are having their tryout for the 2012 season on Sunday, July 31st 3:00-6:00 at Kawalec Field (12210 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH).
Eligible players are residents of Munson Township, Chardon, and throughout Geauga County and must be 10 years or younger on May 1, 2012. Tryouts are for 10 players and up to 3 alternates.  Cost per player could range from $500-$700+ ($200-$300+ for alt.) – may be less depending upon fund raising.
Practices 2x/month in Oct/Nov; 2x/week Jan-Mar; 1x/week during the season.  Up to 20 regular season games and 3-5 tournaments including potential 2011 Labor Day tournament.  Please RSVP via email bidelectric@windstream.net by July 28th. Go to www.munsonmudhens.shutterfly.com for more details and possible 2nd tryout date.

Community Pot-Luck Dinner
July 31
The Shalersville Historical Society will hold its annual Community Pot-luck Dinner, everyone welcome  Sunday July 31  in the Shalersville Town Hall at 1:00. Bring a dish to pass; beverage and table settings are provided.  The Society Museum will be open at 2:30 until 5:00 with a new dispay [Women and the things they used in the Past]

Crestwood BOE Meeting
Aug 1
The Crestwood Board of Education will hold the regular August meeting on Monday, Aug 1 at 7 p.m. at the Crestwood Primary School, 11256 Bowen Rd, Mantua. A hearing for the employement of a retiree will be held at 6:45 pm before the regular meeting at the same location.

Free Mad Hot Monday Ballroom Boogie
Aug 1
Fun Free Night Featuring Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Hustle. August 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Kuzmans, 1025 S. State St. in Girard, Ohio.
Dancing is great for your mind, body and spirit….  Open to the Public.

Tennis Camp
Aug 1-4
Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held on Monday through Thursday,   August 1 to 4 (raindate is August 5). From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 15 years.
Fee is $27.00 for city taxpayers and $32.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 18.  Deadline to register is July 22. After July 22 there is a $10 late fee.  Forms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m.

VBS Garrettsville UMC
Aug 1-4
Come and join Mary as she shares her Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus Was a Child.  Garrettsville United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School the week of Aug 1-4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening.  VBS is open to children ages 3-6th grade.  Teen helpers are also needed.  Anyone interested in participating, please contact the church office at 527-2055.

Backyard Bible Club
Aug 1-5
A Backyard Bible Club, sponsored by First Baptist Church, Newton Falls will be held August 1-5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  This outdoor event will be held at East River Gardens’ Freedom Park located at the corner of Newton Drive and Trumbull Court in Newton Falls.  The club is open to children and youth in grades K thru 12 and will include games, singing, Bible lesson and crafts.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Calling all Heroes… To Hero Headquarters Vacation Bible School
Aug 1-5
Where: Southington Baptist Church 4396 St. Rt. 534 Southington, OHio 44470 When: August 1st through 5th. Time: 6-8:30 p.m. Who: Children of all ages from Preschool to Adults   For more information call: Director: Ben Bogun at: 330.889.6051 or the Church phone and leave a message at: 330.889.9587.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspires creativity and inventive thinking through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).  It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).

Flag Football Registration
Aug 1-19
Registration for Flag Football with Ravenna Recreation and Ravenna Police Association is August 1 to August 19 for youth entering grades 1 through 6.  This is a recreational /instructional league.  Games will be played against teams in our league as well as teams from Kent and Stow.  Practice scheduled to begin early September during the week; games are scheduled on Saturdays beginning Sept. 24, 2011.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is 35.00, non-city taxpayer is $43.00.  A $10.00 fee will be added after August 19 IF ANY OPENINGS are available.  For more info, contact 330-296-2864, weekdays 8:00 to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

GCRTA Grants Awarded
Aug 2
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will award three $1,500 grants to deserving college seniors at their Tuesday, August 2, 2011 picnic luncheon at Chickagami Park: Pine Grove Shelter (Geauga Park District), 17957 Tavern Road (Rt. 168), Parkman, Ohio. The three recipients are: Elizabeth Hess, a former Berkshire student; Kate Ritchie, also a former Berkshire student; and Rachel Henry, a former Chardon student.

Garfield Band Booster Meeting
Aug 2
The Garfield Band Boosters meeting will be held on August 2 at 7 pm in the high school band room. All band parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tae Kwon Do Classes
Aug 2-30
New session of Tae Kwon Do will be held from August 2 to 30 at First Congregational Church in Ravenna for ages 7 years to adults.  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 p.m. to 8:00 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.

Southington UMC Chicken Dinner
Aug 3
The Southington UMC, Routes 534 & 305 will be holding a chicken dinner on Aug 3rd from 3:30 – 6 pm. Cost is $7.50 Adults, $4 children ages 4-10. Carry out is available. Call the church at 330 898-2156 and your dinner will be ready for pick up when you get there.

Baton & Dance Demo Day
Aug 4
Ravenna Recreation is offering a Baton and Dance Demo Day for ages 5 to 18 on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at John Tontimonia City Park.  This  FREE event will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  A baton demonstration will be held by Ravenna Recreation summer twirling team and a hip hop demonstration will be performed by the department’s hip hop instructor.  After the demonstration you will have an opportunity to learn a few dance moves and baton tricks.  Pre-registration is a must by calling the office at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m. Deadline to register is July 28 or the first 25 to enroll, so sign-up early.

Auxiliary Units to Entertain Veterans
Aug 4
The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will entertain veterans from Wade Park Veterans Hospital on Thursday, August 4th at 5 p.m.  Hosting the annual event is Deerfield Auxiliary Unit 713 at the Deerfield Post Home on Route 14. Assisting  will be the other auxiliary units which include Streetsboro, Ravenna, Kent, Windham, Aurora and Mantua. Auxiliary members are urged to attend and welcome these deserving veterans.

North Jackson (Mahoning County, Ohio) Community Wide Yard Sales Days
Aug 5&6
Friday August 5th and Saturday August 6th starting at 9 AM there will be  200+ addresses listed on a map locating sales throughout the entire township.  Maps available at 11349 West Mahoning Avenue and businesses August 5th.   Free parking and Live music by Steve Frazzini at this location.

Come Shop With Us For Bargains
Aug 5-7
Newton Falls Community Wide Yard Sale will be held Aug 5, 6, & 7th from 9am  – 5pm.  Over 65 different addresses to shop at,
you’ll be sure to find something you need. Maps will be available at area businesses, and online at our facebook page and
the community website. Join us for our 4 th fun filled year. Sponsored by the area commerce association.

Back To School Bash & Outdoor Concert  with Potluck Picnic
Aug 6
Join the  us  for our back to school bash at Southington Baptist Church at 4395 St. Rt. 534 (North of Southington Center) on Saturday, August 6th from 4 – 7 p.m.. Southern Gospel Music Singer Mark Allen Chapman will be in concert at 5pm. Free school supplies for children while they last.  For more info ph: 330.766.2410  Please bring a chair.

Warren Family Mission Benefit Auction
Aug 6
There are thousands of items being auctioned off at 361 Elm Rd NE, Warren.  We have furniture, household goods, home improvement items (sinks, toilets, shower doors, windows, etc.), hardware, cabinets, antique collectibles, commercial cooking equipment & exercise equipment, and more… Any questions please call (330)219-0846. All items must be removed from the Mission premises day of sale, unless arrangements are made.We will accept cash, good checks, MC/Visa 5% Buyer’s Premium. Proceeds benefit Warren Family Mission

Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run
Aug 6
The 10th Annual Brittany Myer’s Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, August 6th. Registration starts at 10AM at the Windham American Legion Hall.  2 or 4 wheels are welcome.  All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myer’s Scholarship Fund and Special Needs Program at James A Garfield and the Youth Softball League. Call Jamie Cain (330) 221-6338 or Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 for details.

Square Dance
Aug 6
Come One, Come All! The Akron Federation Beginners Square Dance will be held on Aug 6th from 2-5 pm at the VFW Hall, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent.  Cost is $5 for adults; children 12-17 are $2. No experience needed! Bring your family, friends and a snack to share!

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 6
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.

Bluegrass / Gospel Festival
Aug 6
General Assembly Church of God at Newton Falls, OH announces its 4th Annual Bluegrass/Gospel Music Festival. The Festival will be held on the church grounds, located at 2021 East River Road in Newton Falls, OH on Saturday August 6, 2011 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. There will be a bounce house, snow-cones, cotton candy and plenty of family fun for the kids.Admission will be on a donation basis at the entrance, but a recommendation of at least $5.00 per adult is suggested, with youth admitted free. Handicap parking will be available. For further information, or if you wish to help, or donate to the festival in any way, call Joe Click at (330) 979-4882.

Free School Supplies
Aug 7
The Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 Eat River Road will be hosting a free school supply give away on Sunday, Aug 7th from 3-4 pm ~ while supplies last.  Children must be present.

Little Tigers Meeting
Aug 7
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their monthly meeting on August 7, 2011 at the Newton Falls Community Center. The meeting will  start at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS
Aug 8 – 11
Parkman Congregational Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 8th – 11th (Mon. – Thurs.) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Registration forms can be picked-up at the church M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or call the church at 440-548-4829 or send an email to parkmanchurch@windstrem.net to request a form.

VBS at Burton Congregational Chuch
Aug 8-11
Burton Congregational Church will hold Vacation Bible School for pre-K through Grade 6 on August 8 -11 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  The theme this year is “Discovering the Friends of Jesus” and will include stories, music, crafts and games.  All children are welcome and may register at the first session on Monday, August 8 at 6:30.  For more information, please call Sarah Siewert at 440-313-2429.  An adult bible school, “The Parables of Jesus through Middle-Eastern Eyes,”  will be held at the same time.  Parents of children attending VBS are cordially invited, as our any other interested adults who may wish to participate.  The adult class will be led by the Rev. Rod Funk, interim minister.  If you are interested in participating in the adult class, please call the Burton Congregational Church at 440-834-4495.

Ready for the adventure of a Lifetime?
Aug 8-12
Kids will discover that God is wild about them at the PandaMania Vacation Bible School which the The First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, is hosting Aug 8th to 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. for children 3 yrs to 6th grade.  There will be crafts, games, songs, and treats.  To register your child for this life changing adventure, please call 330-898-4637, 330-281-0606, or stop by the church for a registration form.

Freedom Twp. School Room Mothers Luncheon
Aug 9
The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2011 luncheon will be held at noon, Tuesday, Aug 9th at the Freedom Township Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service including cup.  For more info call Elaine Duffield at 330 296-3568.

Troy Idol Auditions
Aug 10
Auditions for Troy Idol will be held on Aug 10th  at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Rd.  Entry fee is $5.

Down By The River – Canoeing, Bluegrass, Food, & Fun
Aug 12
Camp Hi will be hosting concert and picnic on Friday, August 12 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, food to purchase, and field games (water balloons, minute-to-win-it) and a concert by The Hiram Rapids Stumblers bluegrass band. Bring your lawn chairs, BYOB, and enter the pie-baking contest for a prize.  Admission is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds benefit the national award-winning Crestwood Scarlet Guard Marching Band. Camp Hi is located at 12274 Abbott Road in Hiram Twp. Call 330-626-5152 for additional information.

Penn-Ohio Annual Coin Show
Aug 13
The Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors Club will be holding their annual coin show on August 13th, from 9-5 at the Red Maple Inn, 14707 South Cheshire Street?  Burton, OH 44021?Free Admission, Drawings & Door Prizes

Portage County Republican Party Family Picnic
Aug 13
The Portage County Republican Party will be hosting a family picnic on August 13 at Lake Hodgson Lodge, 5089 Lakewood Rd, Ravenna OH from 2-7pm.  There will be fishing, games, entertainment, and fellowship. Dinner will be served at 4 pm.  Hamburgers, Hot dogs, buns, paper products and plastic ware will be furnished. Please bring a dish to pass and drinks. RSVP by Aug 6 to Andy Manning (330) 678-1403;
Faith Lyon (330) 204-2232 or Jeneen Kubala  (330) 687-4067

Memorial Car & Bike Show
Aug 14
Ravenna Elks Tirpak Memorial Car & Bike Show Sunday August 14, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  $8.00 registration from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Dash Plaques to the first 100 vehicles, food, prizes.  Family Place on site for digital imaging of vehicles.

Troy Idol
Aug 19
The Troy Idol Contest will be held on Aug 19 at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road in Troy.

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, potatoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township  is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st.  There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade.  Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

Antique Auto Show
Aug 21
The Northern Chapter, Ohio Region, of the Antique Auto Club of America, is planning a fun filled family summer event at the Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio on Sunday August 21, 2011- a GENUINE ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW! The show, held on the grass at the Farm, at 11414 Caves Rd.,, 2.5 miles north of Mayfield Rd., will showcase vehicles that are a minimum of twenty five years old in 19 judged classes. It is anticipated that 200 quality vintage and antique display vehicles will attend. Gates open at 8 A.M., cars on the field by 10 A.M. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 P.M. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will conclude at approximately by 4:30 P.M. In order to make the event attractive to the entire family, all display vehicle occupants will be able to visit the show without charge! Pre-registration fee for display vehicles is $12.50 if received before August 17, 2011. The fee for registrations received after August 18th is $15.00. Admission for adult spectators is $5.00, children 12 and under, free. Trailer parking is available.  For additional information, contact David Heinrichs 440-668-3763 or heinrichsvintagecarshop@gmail.com.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else!   The event will be free to the public.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

Chamber Photo Contest
Due By Sept 7
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a photo contest for their 3rd Annual Calendar. This year’s theme will be “Unique Area Architecture”. This would include barns / monuments / bridges  and  buildings. We are looking for things such as unique designs on barns, stained glass, carvings etc. Each submission will require two (2) photographs.  One photo will be an up close shot of a unique aspect of the building / structure and the second will be a full shot of the building / structure. If you have any questions, please call Colleen at (330) 527-2121. Entry forms available at Middlefield Bank or online at garrettsvillearea.com.  Entry fee is $5 per photo set. Deadline is Sept 7th.

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  September 10th  at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years.  The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00.  Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00.  Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

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Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
Register Today
Spaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme, “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011.  Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Free Summer Food Program
Through  Aug 19
There is a free summer food program running through Aug. 169th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham. Any child 1-18 years old is welcome. Breakfast is from 9-9:30 am and lunch is served from Noon – 1:30 Monday – Friday.

Summer Programs
On-going
Renaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood-working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volleyball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
through – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays  through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Community-Wide Garage/Yard Sales!
July 22 & 23
The Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Community Wide Garage/Yard Sales on July 22 and 23 from 9-5. There will be dozens of sales this year… maps available at most local business in Mantua Village, Township and Shalersville. Info, call Christine Pitsinger at 330-414-6486.

Benefit Yard Sale & Chinese Auction
July 23
There will be a benefit yard sale and Chinese auction on July 23 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Imperial Mobile Home Park Pavilion, Bailey Road, Lordstown. Proceeds to benefit Bone Marrow recipient Debbie Bokan. Lots of Misc. and Food!

Christmas In July
July 23
The Garrettsville Browns Backers will be hosting the 3rd Annual Christmas in July fundraiser to benefit the People Tree at Slim & Jumbo’s in Garrettsville on Saturday, July 23rd.  In addition to our traditional Chinese Auction, we have added a BIG raffle for a chance at $1,000 and an Afternoon at the Races in which you can purchase and/or bet on horse races which will be broadcast on the big screens.  The day begins at 1pm with live entertainment and Browns buses to tour.  Races start at 4pm.  This event is open to fans of all teams and families of all ages.

G-W Soccer Club Sign-Ups “LAST DAY”
July 23
Saturday, July 23rd at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon) will be our LAST sign up date for the G-W Soccer Club.  Registration is only $40.
Huntsburg Grange Free Concert
July 23
Huntsburg Grange Free Summer Concert Series continues on Saturday, July 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the bandstand at US322 & SR528 in Huntsburg.  Fort Huntsburg Band will be playing.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, we will have a 50/50 raffle; cake walk; maybe a Grange Garage Sale inside the pavilion; and International Refreshments Night in the pavilion.  This is a fund raiser for the Grange to continue community improvement projects.

Animal Welfare Open House
July 23
Don’t wait for Xmas to adopt a pet. Come to the Animal Welfare Open House, 545 Brunstetter SW in Lordstown on Saturday, July 23rd from 1 – 6 pm. Adopting a cat or dog 4 years or older is only $25 and you’ll be glad you did!!

Annual Packard Car Show
July 23
The WARA Ham Club will be having their Annual Packard Car Show Event on July 23 and 24 from 8-5.They will have their equipment set up behind the Packard Museum in the parking lot. Those with radios are invited to come and set up their stations and get on the air and make contacts for this event. For more information contact: Jackie Clay KD8DNE at P.O. Box 809 Warren, Oh 44482 or call her at 440.636.2560. She can also be e-mailed at: KD8DNE@yahoo.com.

Cole Family Free Concert
July 23
A free gospel concert will be held at the Newbury Full Gospel Church,  Kiwanis Lake on Saturday July 23 at 6 p.m.  The Cole Family Singers were at Kiwanis Lake Church in concert earilier this year.  The singers will receive a free will offering and have a variety of CDs for sale.

Little Tigers Meeting
July 23
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding a football and  cheerleaders parents’ meeting/ equipment handout on July 23 at the  Newton Falls park stone pavilion. The meetings will be at the  following times:  Varsity ( 10,11,12 years old) at  9:00 a.m.; Junior Varsity ( 8,9,10 years old ) at 10:00 a.m.; Mighty Mites ( 5,6,7 years old) at 11:30 a.m. There will also be football sign-ups held at the same time.  Please bring a  copy of the child’s birth certificate when signing up. For  further  information contact Andy McElrath @  330-565-0950.

Friends of Burton Library Preview Book Sale
July 23
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a members-only Preview book sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 23.  This is a FRIENDS only sale and memberships may be purchased on that day.

Ice Cream Social
July 23
Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Road S.W., Lordstown, will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday July 23.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, homemade pies and ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

Vojan Singing Group & Dinner
July 24
Enjoy a performance by the Vojan Singing Group and a chicken or duck dinner too! Sunday, July 24, DTJ Taborville is having a dinner from noon to 2 pm. Cost is $11 for adult chicken dinner and $6 for children’s chicken dinner.  1?2 duck dinner is $16.  Dinner includes dumplings, sauerkraut, a homemade doughnut and coffee.  The Vojan Singing Society is a Czech group that performs many favorites from the old country in the Czech language.  DTJ Taborville is located at the corner of Quinn and Bartholomew roads in Auburn Township.  Reservations are a MUST. Call 440 543-8494.

Hungarian Cultural Picnic
July 24
There will be a summer picnic on July 24 from noon to 7 pm at the Hungarian Cultural Center on Abbott Road in Hiram.  Music will be provided by The Hungarians.

Mantua American Legion Post 193 Picnic
July 24
The Mantua American Legion Post 193 and the Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will host a joint picnic on Sunday, July 24th from 2-4 p.m. at the Shalersville Park. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service. Meat and beverages will be provided by Post 193. Come prepared to enjoy games and fellowship.

Windham Library Book Sale
July 25-29
The Windham Library will have a book sale during regular library hours the week of July 25-29. There will be a selection of adult, young adult and children’s books available. Money raised will help to fund special programs at the library.

Marching Pride Band Camp
July 25 – 29
The James A Garfield “Marching Pride” full band camp will be held on July 25-29 from 9 am to 9 pm. All high school band members are required to attend.

Free Community Dinner
July 26
Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street will be hosting a free community dinner on Tuesday, July 26th from 5-6 pm. No take outs.  Everyone welcome. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach of Warren.

Circus In Middlefield
July 27 & 28
The Circus is coming to Middlefield  July 27th and July 28th, two shows each date at 4:30 pm and at 7:30 pm.  Presale Adult tickets $10, presale children’s $6, 2 years and under are free.  You are also invited to come and watch the Circus set up from 8 am to about 9 am at Cardinal Middle School field, Almeda Drive in Middlefield Village. Tickets are also available the day of show, bought at the Circus grounds, cost of tickets would be higher $16 adults & $7 children.  Ticket Outlets are in Middlefield at Huntington Bank, Charter One Bank inside Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot, The FIg Tree, Coffee Corners, Cortland Banks, Middlefield Banks, Hilltop Variety Store.  Any questions call the Middlefield Chamber Office 440-632-5705.

Vacation Bible School
July 27-29
“Nazareth – Where Jesus Was a Kid” will be held at Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR 44), Auburn Township on July 27-29 from 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Ages 4 years – 6th grade welcome. There is NO COST for this program. Contact the church to register (walk-ins also welcome) 440-834-0955
fac@friendshipalliancechurch.org

Hiram Historical Society “Garden Party”
July 28
Join the Hiram Historical Society for a ‘Garden Party’ on July 28 at
7:30 p.m. Enjoy the refurbished gardens at the Century House (across
from the Hiram Fire Station) and hear a presentation on sustainable
gardening practices. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be
served.

Marching Pride Premier Night
July 29
The James A Garfield “Marching Pride” is proud to present Premier Night on July 29th at 7 p.m. at the football stadium. The performance is free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy the band as they debut their pre-game and half time shows.

Eagles Steak & Chicken Dinner
July 30
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday July 30th from 4 – 8 pm. Choice of Porterhouse or New York Strip steak or grilled chicken breast. Meals include potato, vegetable, salad and roll. Dinners are $12 for steak and $8 for chicken. Other menu items are available for children. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
July 30
On Saturday, July 30, the Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, maps, puzzles and vintage items.

2012 10U Travel Team Tryouts
July 31
The 10U Munson Mud Hens are having their tryout for the 2012 season on Sunday, July 31st 3:00-6:00 at Kawalec Field (12210 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH).
Eligible players are residents of Munson Township, Chardon, and throughout Geauga County and must be 10 years or younger on May 1, 2012. Tryouts are for 10 players and up to 3 alternates.  Cost per player could range from $500-$700+ ($200-$300+ for alt.) – may be less depending upon fund raising.
Practices 2x/month in Oct/Nov; 2x/week Jan-Mar; 1x/week during the season.  Up to 20 regular season games and 3-5 tournaments including potential 2011 Labor Day tournament.  Please RSVP via email bidelectric@windstream.net by July 28th. Go to www.munsonmudhens.shutterfly.com for more details and possible 2nd tryout date.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspires creativity and inventive thinking through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).  It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).

Tennis Camp
Aug 1-4
Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held on Monday through Thursday,   August 1 to 4 (raindate is August 5). From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 15 years.
Fee is $27.00 for city taxpayers and $32.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 18.  Deadline to register is July 22. After July 22 there is a $10 late fee.  Forms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m.

VBS Garrettsville UMC
Aug 1-4
Come and join Mary as she shares her Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus Was a Child.  Garrettsville United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School the week of Aug 1-4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening.  VBS is open to children ages 3-6th grade.  Teen helpers are also needed.  Anyone interested in participating, please contact the church office at 527-2055.

Backyard Bible Club
Aug 1-5
A Backyard Bible Club, sponsored by First Baptist Church, Newton Falls will be held August 1-5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  This outdoor event will be held at East River Gardens’ Freedom Park located at the corner of Newton Drive and Trumbull Court in Newton Falls.  The club is open to children and youth in grades K thru 12 and will include games, singing, Bible lesson and crafts.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Tae Kwon Do Classes
Aug 2-30
New session of Tae Kwon Do will be held from August 2 to 30 at First Congregational Church in Ravenna for ages 7 years to adults.  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 p.m. to 8:00 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.

GCRTA Grants Awarded
Aug 2
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will award three $1,500 grants to deserving college seniors at their Tuesday, August 2, 2011 picnic luncheon at Chickagami Park: Pine Grove Shelter (Geauga Park District), 17957 Tavern Road (Rt. 168), Parkman, Ohio. The three recipients are: Elizabeth Hess, a former Berkshire student; Kate Ritchie, also a former Berkshire student; and Rachel Henry, a former Chardon student.

Chardon Chamber Lunch
Aug 2
The Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting is being held on August 2, 2011 hosted by The Residence of Chardon located at 501 Chardon Windsor Road.  Registration will begin at 11:45 am.  Meal expense will be $13 per person payable at registration by cash, check made payable to the Chardon Chamber or Visa/MC.  The informational portion will begin at approximately 12:20 pm by Frank Samuel of Geauga Growth Partnership.  Both Chamber members and non-members are encouraged to attend.  Make your reservation by contacting the Chamber office at 440-285-9050 or info@chardonchamber.com NO LATER THAN July 28, 2011.

Garfield Band Booster Meeting
Aug 2
The Garfield Band Boosters meeting will be held on August 2 at 7 pm in the high school band room. All band parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Baton & Dance Demo Day
Aug 4
Ravenna Recreation is offering a Baton and Dance Demo Day for ages 5 to 18 on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at John Tontimonia City Park.  This  FREE event will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  A baton demonstration will be held by Ravenna Recreation summer twirling team and a hip hop demonstration will be performed by the department’s hip hop instructor.  After the demonstration you will have an opportunity to learn a few dance moves and baton tricks.  Pre-registration is a must by calling the office at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m. Deadline to register is July 28 or the first 25 to enroll, so sign-up early.

Auxiliary Units to Entertain Veterans
Aug 4
The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will entertain veterans from Wade Park Veterans Hospital on Thursday, August 4th at 5 p.m.  Hosting the annual event is Deerfield Auxiliary Unit 713 at the Deerfield Post Home on Route 14. Assisting  will be the other auxiliary units which include Streetsboro, Ravenna, Kent, Windham, Aurora and Mantua. Auxiliary members are urged to attend and welcome these deserving veterans.

Square Dance
Aug 6
Come One, Come All! The Akron Federation Beginners Square Dance will be held on Aug 6th from 2-5 pm at the VFW Hall, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent.  Cost is $5 for adults; children 12-17 are $2. No experience needed! Bring your family, friends and a snack to share!

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 6
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.

Bluegrass / Gospel Festival
Aug 6
General Assembly Church of God at Newton Falls, OH announces its 4th Annual Bluegrass/Gospel Music Festival. The Festival will be held on the church grounds, located at 2021 East River Road in Newton Falls, OH on Saturday August 6, 2011 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. There will be a bounce house, snow-cones, cotton candy and plenty of family fun for the kids.Admission will be on a donation basis at the entrance, but a recommendation of at least $5.00 per adult is suggested, with youth admitted free. Handicap parking will be available. For further information, or if you wish to help, or donate to the festival in any way, call Joe Click at (330) 979-4882.

Free School Supplies
Aug 7
The Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 Eat River Road will be hosting a free school supply give away on Sunday, Aug 7th from 3-4 pm ~ while supplies last.  Children must be present.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS
Aug 8 – 11
Parkman Congregational Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 8th – 11th (Mon. – Thurs.) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Registration forms can be picked-up at the church M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or call the church at 440-548-4829 or send an email to parkmanchurch@windstrem.net to request a form.

Freedom Twp. School Room Mothers Luncheon
Aug 9
The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2011 luncheon will be held at noon, Tuesday, Aug 9th at the Freedom Township Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service including cup.  For more info call Elaine Duffield at 330 296-3568.

Portage County Republican Party Family Picnic
Aug 13
The Portage County Republican Party will be hosting a family picnic on August 13 at Lake Hodgson Lodge, 5089 Lakewood Rd, Ravenna OH from 2-7pm.  There will be fishing, games, entertainment, and fellowship. Dinner will be served at 4 pm.  Hamburgers, Hot dogs, buns, paper products and plastic ware will be furnished. Please bring a dish to pass and drinks. RSVP by Aug 6 to Andy Manning (330) 678-1403;
Faith Lyon (330) 204-2232 or Jeneen Kubala  (330) 687-4067

Memorial Car & Bike Show
Aug 14
Ravenna Elks Tirpak Memorial Car & Bike Show Sunday August 14, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  $8.00 registration from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Dash Plaques to the first 100 vehicles, food, prizes.  Family Place on site for digital imaging of vehicles.
Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, poratoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township  is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st.  There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade.  Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else!   The event will be free to the public.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  September 10th  at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years.  The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00.  Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00.  Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.

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Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
Register Today
Spaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.

Newton Falls Community Yard Sale
Register Now
Start planning now!! The Newton Falls 4th annual citywide yard sale is being planned for this year. It is scheduled for August 5th, 6th &7th. 9-5. Forms will be available in the villager and on our face book page. Please join us for a fun filled weekend and get your application in quickly! For more information or questions go to our face book page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newton-Falls-Community-Wide-Yard-Sale/108474485879459?v=wall or call Linda Nord at 330-872-7788

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encouraged to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme, “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

RFC Basketball Camp
Wednesday Mornings
Renaissance Family Center basketball camp every Wednesday morning – Grades 4-7 9:30-10:30, and Grades 8-12 11- noon, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.

Hilltop Opens Backdoor
Tuesdays & Fridays
Economy got you down? Let us help…part of the ministry of Hilltop Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Mantua is to help those who simply need a little assistance. Visit the BackDoor for gently used household goods donated by people who seek to help. While some items have very moderate prices, most are available at no charge. The room is open every Tuesday 1 – 4 pm and Friday 1 – 3 pm.  Enter our BackDoor from the parking lot behind the church located at 4572 West Prospect St in Mantua.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011.  Enjoy the delicious, slow cooked St. Louis Style rib dinners for carryout or you are welcome to picnic on our lawn.
Half Slab Rib Dinner includes Baked Potato, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans and Corn on the Cob.  Other dinner options will be available, watch for more details! We have a beautiful country setting perfect for lawn style picnics.  So pack your blanket, bring your own beverage, play some games and enjoy a delicious Rib Dinner.  Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

Schumann’s Cruise-in
Saturdays
Public is welcome to Saturday’s at Schumann’s Cruise-in car show and pot luck dinner from 5 – 9 PM every Saturday now through September. Any cars old or new are welcome we have space for 120 cars. Come to 6191 Hazel Street Ravenna each week for our free car show.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Male Mentors Needed
Register Today
Although Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage County is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life right now there is a greater need for male mentors. Call Big Brothers & Sisters today at (330) 296-6655.

Free Summer Food Program
Through  Aug 19
There is a free summer food program running through Aug. 169th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham. Any child 1-18 years old is welcome. Breakfast is from 9-9:30 am and lunch is served from Noon – 1:30 Monday – Friday.

Summer Programs
On-going
Renaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood-working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volley ball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

Rummage Sale
July 14-16
First Christian Church, 7 North Center St. in Newton Falls, will be hosting a rummage sale on July 14-15,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon will be bag day.  LUNCH AVAILABLE

“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
July 15 & 16
Curtains up Theatre is proud to present “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” July 15 & 16 at 7 pm.  Performances will be held at JA Garfield High School Iva Walker Auditorium. For tickets call 216 375-0709 or order online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com.

Harvest Point Rummage Sale
July 15 & 16
Harvest Point Church will hold a Rummage Sale at the church on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The church is located at 6100 Tod Ave. in the Lordstown Plaza.   The proceeds  of the sale will be used for the church’s outreach ministry which includes the Free Community Luau which will be held on Sunday, August 28, at the 4-Corners Park on Tod Ave. in Lordstown.  Pastor Shannon New-Spangler is Pastor.

Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale
July 15 & 16
Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 9 AM to 1 PM.  There will be a large selection of clothing, household items and much more. For more information please call the Church at 330-274-2849.

Parkman Community Picnic
July 16
All residents of Parkman Township are invited to a Community Picnic at Overlook Park on Saturday, July 16th, 5 – 8 p.m.  We will have carnival treats and games, corn hole, Amish-Yankee baseball games, and a bounce house for the little ones. The park also has a volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court, and playground.  The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be providing burgers and hot dogs, beverages, and paper products.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish or two to share and an appetite for a GREAT TIME!

Blue Ribbon Flowers
July 16
Geauga County Master Gardener volunteers present “Blue Ribbon Flowers – Competing at the Fair” on July 16 from 10 am – Noon. Learn how to enter the fair and how to select and present your plants and flowers to look their best. Fee $15 Call (440)834-4656 for information.

Soccer Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors Needed
Deadline July 16
The GW Soccer Club is looking for new and returning coaches, someone to head concessions, someone to head fundraising and team sponsors.  The cost to sponsor a team is only $125.00.  Anyone interested should contact Bob Finney (330) 527-0656, Stacy Neer (330) 527-5720, Russell Thornton (330) 527-0955, Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 or Melissa Roubic (330) 296-4336  by Saturday, July 16th.

An Accidental Garden: Ravenna Rails to Trails
July 16
Join us at 8:00am to explore the profusion of weedy wildflowers along the former rail line that runs through an old industrial area of Ravenna is quite amazing and beautiful. Velvet soft mullein, exotic viper’s bugloss, and host of other vibrant flowers grow between the ties and along the rails. A surprising number of songbirds and butterflies also add to the charm of this seemingly unattractive area. Directions will be sent upon registration. Fee: $5 ($3 for Friends of the Hiram College Field Station). Registration is required. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

G-W Soccer Club Sign-Ups
Through July 16
Fall Soccer Signup Dates:             Saturday, July 9th at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon); Wednesday, July 13th at Windham Town Hall (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.);     Saturday, July 16th at Windham Town Hall (9:00 a.m. – Noon)

G.I. Gathering
July 16
The public is invited to a G.I. Gathering on July 16th from 8am-noon at 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton American Legion Post 459, contact Bruce Zupancic (440)897-2396

18th Annual Hiram School Reunion
July 17
The 18th Annual Hiram School Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 1-4 pm for all those who attended Hiram School. This years reunion will be held at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Rd. (RT 422), Welshfield, Ohio.  Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. Last names A-K please bring a desert. Last names L-Z please bring a salad or vegetable. For more information contact Barbara 330-296-3732 or Carol at 330-527-4457.

Rod Truman To Perform
July 17
The Rev. Jim Melick, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Freedom invites the public to come join us and hear Rod Truman with Thru It All Ministries at the church on July 17 at 10:30am. Mr. Truman will share his story of healing. The church is located at State Route 88 and State Route 303 in Freedom Township.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club Meeting
July 18
You and your guests are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Portage County Republican Women’s Club on Monday, July 18, 2011 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Kinsey’s Korner Restaurant & Pizzeria, 1281 St. Rt. 183, Atwater, OH . Guest Speaker will be Todd McKenney, Ohio House Representative for the 43rd District . If you have any questions please contact Jeneen Kubala at 330 687-4067

Crestwood BOE Meeting
July 18
The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 18 at 8 am at the Special Services Building, 4571 W. Prospect St Mantua. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct necessary procedures to place a renewal permanent improvement levy  on the November 2011 ballot.

Pricetown Vacation Bible School
July 18 – 22
Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School from July 18 thru July 22 from  6 to 8:30 P.M.  Please come join us for a week of fun and fellowship at “SON SURF” Beach where your youngsters ( 3 years to 12th grade) are invited to meet Jesus.  They will enjoy Bible stories, music, games, crafts and snacks.

Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash
July 18-22
Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash VBS will be held at the Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd., Wayland on July 18-22. The fun begins at 6 pm SHARP and lasts until 8:30 pm. This years theme focuses on John 14:6. All children, age 3 through those that have finished 6th grade, are welcome. There is no charge to attend.  For more information call Anna 330.938-2335; JoDel 330.358.2739 or Debbie at 330.358-2638.

“The Greatest Victory”
July 19
Veteran and former POW Harry Guinther will present “The Greatest Victory” on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00pm at the Middlefield Library. Experience one hero’s exciting role in World War II.  Mr. Guinther joined the U.S. Army Air Force shortly after his 19th birthday and trained as a radio operator and aerial gunner on a Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft. Listen to his personal stories as an Airman, including his two daring escapes from imprisonment. Bring the whole family and pass history onto younger generations.  A question and answer session will follow the program.  Please call the Middlefield Library at 440.632.1961 to register for this exciting presentation.  The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

Adventure Through The Cosmos
July 20
Join us  in an exciting adventure through the cosmos as we watch on the large screen “How Great Is Our God” at Shephards Joy Ministry and JC Café.  We are located at 9445 1?2 Annette Dr. in Windham.

Lake Milton Independent Senior Citizens Meeting
July 20
The Lake Milton Independent Senior Citizens will meet at Lake Milton State Park, NE River Road for their picnic and bingo at 11 a.m. on July 20th.  Please bring a covered dish.

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
July 20 – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays from July 20th through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Christmas In July Dinner
July 21
On July 21st at the Renaissance Center there will be a free “Christmas in July” Dinner. Remember the joys of Christmas, all the great smells and pretty lights. Time is 5-6:30, presents, prizes and a Chinese Auction.

Little Tigers Meeting
July 23
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding a football and  cheerleaders parents’ meeting/ equipment handout on July 23 at the  Newton Falls park stone pavilion. The meetings will be at the  following times:  Varsity ( 10,11,12 years old) at  9:00 a.m.; Junior Varsity ( 8,9,10 years old ) at 10:00 a.m.; Mighty Mites ( 5,6,7 years old) at 11:30 a.m. There will also be football sign-ups held at the same time.  Please bring a  copy of the child’s birth certificate when signing up. For  further  information contact Andy McElrath @  330-565-0950.

Friends of Burton Library Preview Book Sale
July 23
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a members-only Preview book sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 23.  This is a FRIENDS only sale and memberships may be purchased on that day.

Ice Cream Social
July 23
Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Road S.W., Lordstown, will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday July 23.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, homemade pies and ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

Mantua American Legion Post 193 Picnic
July 24
The Mantua American Legion Post 193 and the Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will host a joint picnic on Sunday, July 24th from 2-4 p.m. at the Shalersville Park. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service. Meat and beverages will be provided by Post 193. Come prepared to enjoy games and fellowship.

Windham Library Book Sale
July 25-29
The Windham Library will have a book sale during regular library hours the week of July 25-29. There will be a selection of adult, young adult and children’s books available. Money raised will help to fund special programs at the library.

Vacation Bible School
July 27-19
“Nazareth – Where Jesus Was a Kid” will be held at Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR 44), Auburn Township on July 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Ages 4 years – 6th grade welcome. There is NO COST for this program. Contact the church to register (walk-ins also welcome) 440-834-0955
fac@friendshipalliancechurch.org

Hiram Historical Society “Garden Party”
July 28
Join the Hiram Historical Society for a ‘Garden Party’ on July 28 at
7:30 p.m. Enjoy the refurbished gardens at the Century House (across
from the Hiram Fire Station) and hear a presentation on sustainable
gardening practices. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be
served.

Hiram Men’s Basketball Golf Outing
July 28
Join the Hiram Men’s Basketball team for their 3rd Annual Golf Outing on July 28th. The day promises to be filled with golf, food and fun – all to benefit the Men’s Basketball program.  Cost is $125 and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, dinner, door prizes and skill shots. Skins and mulligans will also be available.  Sign up as a foursome or individually. Registration Deadline is July 21st. Make checks payable to Hiram College Men’s Basketball. Return registration and payment to:  Steve Fleming – Head Men’s Basketball Coach, P.O. Box 1777,  Hiram, Ohio 44234.  Any questions- Call 330-569-5346.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
July 30
On Saturday, July 30, the Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, maps, puzzles and vintage items.

2012 10U Travel Team Tryouts
July 31
The 10U Munson Mud Hens are having their tryout for the 2012 season on Sunday, July 31st 3:00-6:00 at Kawalec Field (12210 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH).
Eligible players are residents of Munson Township, Chardon, and throughout Geauga County and must be 10 years or younger on May 1, 2012. Tryouts are for 10 players and up to 3 alternates.  Cost per player could range from $500-$700+ ($200-$300+ for alt.) – may be less depending upon fund raising.
Practices 2x/month in Oct/Nov; 2x/week Jan-Mar; 1x/week during the season.  Up to 20 regular season games and 3-5 tournaments including potential 2011 Labor Day tournament.  Please RSVP via email bidelectric@windstream.net by July 28th. Go to www.munsonmudhens.shutterfly.com for more details and possible 2nd tryout date.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspires creativity and inventive thinking through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).  It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).

Auxiliary Units to Entertain Veterans
Aug 4
The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will entertain veterans from Wade Park Veterans Hospital on Thursday, August 4th at 5 p.m.  Hosting the annual event is Deerfield Auxiliary Unit 713 at the Deerfield Post Home on Route 14. Assisting  will be the other auxiliary units which include Streetsboro, Ravenna, Kent, Windham, Aurora and Mantua. Auxiliary members are urged to attend and welcome these deserving veterans.

Square Dance
Aug 6
Come One, Come All! The Akron Federation Beginners Square Dance will be held on Aug 6th from 2-5 pm at the VFW Hall, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent.  Cost is $5 for adults; children 12-17 are $2. No experience needed! Bring your family, friends and a snack to share!

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 6
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS – Vacation Bible School
Aug 8 – 11
Parkman Congregational Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 8th – 11th (Mon. – Thurs.) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Registration forms can be picked-up at the church M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or call the church at 440-548-4829 or send an email to parkmanchurch@windstrem.net to request a form.

A Day In Provence
Through August 15
It’s becoming known as “Ohio’s Provence.” So treat yourself to the rich color, heady fragrance and an unexpected feel of French countryside at the Ohio Lavender Harvest hosted by DayBreak Lavender Farm, 2129 Frost Road, Streetsboro, OH. An island of tranquil purple set against the greens and golds of the summer season, the Lavender Harvest offers a bouquet of delightful activities to enjoy. Gather a lavender bouquet, spread out a picnic on the banks of the large pond, set up your easel, take pictures, hike the trails, reconnect with nature or meditate in the Woodland Meditation Retreat.
It takes all takes place in the beautiful and peaceful country setting known as DayBreak Lavender Farm. For details visit www.ohiolavenderfestival.com

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, poratoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township  is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st.  There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade.  Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four-person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni.

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Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
Register Today
Spaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.

Golf Outing Sponsors Needed
Call Today
Southeast Portage County Lion’s Club – Golf Outing sponsorship information may be obtained by contacted Randy at (330) 207-6040 or Renee at (330) 297-6686.

Newton Falls Community Yard Sale
Register Now
Start planning now!! The Newton Falls 4th annual citywide yard sale is being planned for this year. It is scheduled for August 5th, 6th &7th. 9-5. Forms will be available in the villager and on our face book page. Please join us for a fun filled weekend and get your application in quickly! For more information or questions go to our face book page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newton-Falls-Community-Wide-Yard-Sale/108474485879459?v=wall or call Linda Nord at 330-872-7788

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encourage to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

RFC Basketball Camp
Wednesday Mornings
Renaissance Family Center basketball camp every Wednesday morning – Grades 4-7 9:30-10:30, and Grades 8-12 11- noon, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.

Huntsburg Congregational Church Bible Study
Thursday Nights
Huntsburg Congregational Church has a new Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7:00pm at the church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg, just south of US322 on SR528. 440-636-5504 for any info.

Hilltop Opens Backdoor
Tuesdays & Fridays
Economy got you down? Let us help…part of the ministry of Hilltop Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Mantua is to help those who simple need a little assistance. Visit the BackDoor for gently used household goods donated by people who seek to help. While some items have very moderate prices, most are available at no charge. The room is open every Tuesday 1 – 4 pm and Friday 1 – 3 pm.  Enter our BackDOor from the parking lot behind the church located at 4572 West Prospect St in Mantua.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

Schumann’s Cruise-in
Saturdays
Public is welcome to Saturday’s at Schumann’s Cruise-in car show and pot luck dinner from 5 – 9 PM every Saturday now through September. Any cars old or new are welcome we have space for 120 cars. Come to 6191 Hazel Street Ravenna each week for our free car show.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Male Mentors Needed
Register Today
Although Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage County is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life right now there is a greater need for male mentors. Call Big Brothers & Sisters today at (330) 296-6655.

Free Summer Food Program
Through  Aug 19
There is a free summer food program running through Aug. 169th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham. Any child 1-18 years old is welcome. Breakfast is from 9-9:30 am and lunch is served from Noon – 1:30 Monday – Friday.

Summer Programs
On-going
Renaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volley ball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

Annual Rummage Sale
July 7 & 8
Faith Evangelical Free Church will be holding their annual rummage sale on July 7th & 8th from 9am – 5pm and July 9th from 9am – 3pm. The church is located just outside Garrettsville (in Nelson Township) at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., 1 1/2 miles south of the Nelson Circle or 1 1/2 miles north of S.R. 82. The sale is being held behind the church building in their pavilion.

Eagles Fish Fry
July 8
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be held July 8 from 4-8pm at 8149 Water Street. Dinner will be $8.

Birding Hallowed Ground
July 8
This avian exploration for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas surveys the sylvan surroundings of Burton Memorial Forest and Burton Township’s Lower Cemetery. Call (440) 286-9516 for information. Program will be held on  July 8th from 7-9pm Burton Park – Rapids Road Burton Village.

“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
July 8-10 & 15-16
Curtains up Theatre is proud to present “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” July 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7 pm and July 10 at 2 pm.  Performances will be held at JA Garfield High School Iva Walker Auditorium. For tickets call 216 375-0709 or order online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com.

Hiram Rapids Community Sale
July 8 & 9
5th Annual Hiram Rapids Community Sale will be held on
July 8th & 9th 9AM-5PM.
For more information or to be
included on the site map ($5 fee)
call Joan @ 330-569-4292 or Becky
@ 330-569-7496.

Rummage & Bake Sale
July 8 & 9
Come and find new treasures at the Ravenna Order of the Eastern Stars rummage and bake sale on July 8-9 from 9 am to 4pm at the Ravenna Masonic Complex, 4785 Washington Ave., Ravenna.

Campfire & Night Hike
July 9
Campfire & Night Hike will be held on Saturday July 9, 8-10PM Headwaters Park Boathouse. Gather around a blazing campfire with s’mores for nature songs, skits and stories followed by a journey into the darkness. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Call (440) 286-9516 for information.

Huntsburg Grange Concert
July 9
The next Huntsburg Grange bandstand concert is set for Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 with performance by the Boys Are Back band.  Serving chili by first place Chili Cook-Off winner, Matt Morgan with 50/50 raffle and famous Cake Walk.  Bring a lawn chair and donate canned food for local food cupboard.

Art on the Hill
July 9
Saturday, July 9, 10-5, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 50+ artisans, live entertainment, food, Chinese auction, door prizes & more. Info: 330-414-6486

Chinese Auction
July 9
Saturday, July 9, 10-4:30, Mantua Grain Building, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 150+ items. Lots of artwork, gift certificates and many more great items. Info: 330-414-6486.

Stephens Memorial Observatory Open
July 9
Saturday July 9: Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM, weather permitting. Earth’s Moon will be the feature of the night seen in astonishing detail through the Observatory’s large telescope. If conditions permit the Ring Nebula, remnant of an expired sun, will also be viewed. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or find “StephensObs” on Twitter.

Opening Reception for “Tattoed”
July 9
From July 10 – August 2, Trumbull Art Gallery will feature the body art and artwork of Thad Minnick.  Thad is a noted tatooist as well as a painter, and the owner of “Time Well Spent”.  His inspiration stems from nature and the world around him, and his signature style has garnered him a vast following.  The reception for Thad will be held July 9th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be available.

Opening Reception for “People I Knew”
July 9
Kip, who is Thad Minnick’s father and a resident of Newton Falls, is a prolific artist whose non-judgmental approach captures the essence and the mood of the characters he paints.  The Opening Reception for “people I Knew”  will be held at Trumbull Art Gallery on Saturday, July 9th, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  No admission fee will be charged.  Refreshments are available.

Mantua Center School Open House
July 10
Bring your favorite dish to pass and join Mantua Township trustees for a pot luck dinner in the newly renovated gym/cafeteria annex on July 10 from 1-6 pm.  11741 Mantua Center Rd, Mantua.

St. John Monastery Walk About
July 10
The small Russian Orthodox Church and retreat center in Hiram Rapids has an extensive forest preserve of over 100 acres that stretches to the Cuyahoga River. Explore this little known section of Hiram Township and discover this private area protecting lands along the Cuyahoga. Meet at 1:00pm in the parking lot at 5862 Allyn Rd. southwest of Hiram Rapids. Fee: $5 ($3 for Friends of the Hiram College Field Station). Registration is required. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

“The Jesus Expedition”
July 11-14
All kids ages 3 years through 6th grade should plan to attend the Nelson United Methodist Church’s vacation bible school. “The Jesus Expedition” will start on July 11 and travel through July 14 from 6 -8:30 pm. The church is located on Nelson circle at 9367 SR 305, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Come and learn about Jesus, have fun, enjoy crafts and snacks too!

Over The Hill Gang Dinner
July 13
Over the Hill Gang dinner will be held on July 13th at 6:30pm at The Mantua Center Christian Church . The dinner is open to anyone 55 and over. Donation: $6. The church is located on the historic green at the corner of Rt. 82 and Mantua Center Road in Mantua Township.

Windham Free Community Dinner
July 14
A free  community dinner  will be served JUly 14, at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  The dinner will be served  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   All are welcome, bring your friends.  The dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carry-outs.  For more information call 330-326-3133.

Rummage Sale
July 14-16
First Christian Church, 7 North Center St. in Newton Falls will be hosting a rummage sale on July 14-15,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon will be bag day.  LUNCH AVAILABLE

Harvest Point Rummage Sale
July 15 & 16
Harvest Point Church will hold a Rummage Sale at the church on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The church is located at 6100 Tod Ave. in the Lordstown Plaza.   The proceeds  of the sale will be used for the church’s outreach ministry which includes the Free Community Luau which will be held on Sunday, August 28, at the 4-Corners Park on Tod Ave. in Lordstown.  Pastor Shannon New-Spangler is Pastor.

Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale
July 15 & 16
Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 9 AM to 1 PM.  There will be a large selection of clothing, household items and much more. For more information please call the Church at 330-274-2849.

Blue Ribbon Flowers
July 16
Geauga County Master Gardener volunteers present “Blue Ribbon Flowers – Competing at the Fair” on July 16 from 10 am – Noon. Learn how to enter the fair and how to select and present your plants and flowers to look their best. Fee $15 Call (440)834-4656 for information.

“Footloose”
July 15-17
The Kent Trumbull Theatre and Summer Stock 34 is proud to present our upcoming performances of “Footloose” by Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, and Tom Snow. Footloose performs July 15- 17, 22-24, and 29-31, 2011. At the Kent Trumbull Theatre located at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren, OH. All shows are at 8pm except for Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or e-mail trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.

Soccer Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors Needed
Deadline July 16
The GW Soccer Club is looking for new and returning coaches, someone to head concessions, someone to head fundraising and team sponsors.  The cost to sponsor at team is only $125.00.  Anyone interested should contact Bob Finney (330) 527-0656, Stacy Neer (330) 527-5720, Russell Thornton (330) 527-0955, Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 or Melissa Roubic (330) 296-4336  by Saturday, July 16th.

An Accidental Garden: Ravenna Rails to Trails
July 16
Join us at 8:00am to explore the profusion of weedy wildflowers along the former rail line that runs through an old industrial area of Ravenna is quite amazing and beautiful. Velvet soft mullein, exotic viper’s bugloss, and host of other vibrant flowers grow between the ties and along the rails. A surprising number of songbirds and butterflies also add to the charm of this seeming unattractive area. Directions will be sent upon registration. Fee: $5 ($3 for Friends of the Hiram College Field Station). Registration is required. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

G-W Soccer Club Sign-Ups
Through July 16
Fall Soccer Signup Dates:             Saturday, July 9th at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon); Wednesday, July 13th at Windham Town Hall (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.);     Saturday, July 16th at Windham Town Hall (9:00 a.m. – Noon)

G.I. Gathering
July 16
The public is invited to a G.I. Gathering on July 16th from 8am-noon at 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton American Legion Post 459, contact Bruce Zupancic (440)897-2396

18th Annual Hiram School Reunion
July 17
The 18th Annual Hiram School Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 1-4 pm for all those who attended Hiram School. This years reunion will be held at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Rd. (RT 422), Welshfield, Ohio.  Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. Last names A-K please bring a desert. Last names L-Z please bring a salad or vegetable. For more informatin contact Barbara 330-296-3732 or Carol at 330-527-4457.

Rod Truman To Perform
July 17
The Rev. Jim Melick, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Freedom invites the public to come join us and hear Rod Truman with Thru It All Ministries at the church on July 17 at 10:30am. Mr. Truman will share his story of healing. The church is located at State Route 88 and State Route 303 in Freedom Township.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club Meeting
July 18
You and your guests are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Portage County Republican Women’s Club on Monday, July 18, 2011 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Kinsey’s Korner Restaurant & Pizzeria, 1281 St. Rt. 183, Atwater, OH . Guest Speaker will be Todd McKenney, Ohio House Representative for the 43rd District . If you have any questions please contact Jeneen Kubala at 330 687-4067

Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash
July 18-22
Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash VBS will be held at the Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd., Wayland on July 18-22. The fun begins at 6 pm SHARP and lasts until 8:30 pm. This years theme focuses on John 14:6. All children, age 3 through those that have finished 6th grade, are welcome. There is no charge to attend.  For more information call Anna 330.938-2335; JoDel 330.358.2739 or Debbie at 330.358-2638.

“The Greatest Victory”
July 19
Veteran and former POW Harry Guinther will present “The Greatest Victory” on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00pm at the Middlefield Library. Experience one hero’s exciting role in World War II.  Mr. Guinther joined the U.S. Army Air Force shortly after his 19th birthday and trained as a radio operator and aerial gunner on a Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft. Listen to his personal stories as an Airman including his two daring escapes from imprisonment. Bring the whole family and pass history onto younger generations.  A question and answer session will follow the program.  Please call the Middlefield Library at 440.632.1961 to register for this exciting presentation.  The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
July 20 – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays from July 20th through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Friends of Burton Library Preview Book Sale
July 23
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a members-only Preview book sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 23.  This is a FRIENDS only sale and memberships may be purchased on that day.

Vacation Bible School
July 27-19
“Nazareth – Where Jesus Was a Kid” will be held at Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR 44), Auburn Township on July 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Ages 4 years – 6th grade welcome. There is NO COST for this program. Contact the church to register (walk-ins also welcome) 440-834-0955
fac@friendshipalliancechurch.org

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
July 30
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  July 30 at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
July 30
On Saturday, July 30, the Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, maps, puzzles and vintage items.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspired creativity and inventive thinking through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).  It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 6
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS – Vacation Bible School
Aug 8 – 11
Parkman Congregational Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 8th – 11th (Mon. – Thurs.) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Registration forms can be picked-up at the church M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or call the church at 440-548-4829 or send an email to parkmanchurch@windstrem.net to request a form.

A Day In Provence
Through August 15
It’s becoming known as “Ohio’s Provence.” So treat yourself to the rich color, heady fragrance and an unexpected feel of French countryside at the Ohio Lavender Harvest hosted by DayBreak Lavender Farm, 2129 Frost Road, Streetsboro, OH. An island of tranquil purple set against the greens and golds of the summer season, the Lavender Harvest offers a bouquet of delightful activities to enjoy. Gather a lavender bouquet, spread out a picnic on the banks of the large pond, set up your easel, take pictures, hike the trails, reconnect with nature or meditate in the Woodland Meditation Retreat.
It takes all takes place in the beautiful and peaceful country setting known as DayBreak Lavender Farm. For details visit www.ohiolavenderfestival.com

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, poratoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lion’s Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni.

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Head Waters Adventure RaceRegister TodayHead Waters adventure race registration is now open . Race is July 9 from 8am to 1pm at Buchert Memorial Park East High Street Mantua, OH 44255. Register online now at www.portageparkdistrict.org or call (330) 297-7728. Stay after the race and enjoy dozens of art and crafts booths in downtown Mantua at Art on the Hill.
Vendors Wanted For Freedom DayRegister TodaySpaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.
Golf Outing Sponsors NeededCall TodaySoutheast Portage County Lion’s Club – Golf Outing sponsorship information may be obtained by contacted Randy at (330) 207-6040 or Renee at (330) 297-6686.
Newton Falls Community Yard SaleRegister NowStart planning now!! The Newton Falls 4th annual citywide yard sale is being planned for this year. It is scheduled for August 5th, 6th &7th. 9-5. Forms will be available in the villager and on our face book page. Please join us for a fun filled weekend and get your application in quickly! For more information or questions go to our face book page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newton-Falls-Community-Wide-Yard-Sale/108474485879459?v=wall or call Linda Nord at 330-872-7788
Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & ExhibitorsRegister TodayThe Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.
2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade EntriesRegister TodayParade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encourage to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.
Garfield Elementary 2011 Safety Village RegistrationRegister NowPlease register your 2011-2012 kindergartener now for James A. Garfield PTO Safety Village. The areas to be covered are fire, school, electric, gun safety, stranger danger, home and personal safety and much more. This is a great way to introduce your child to the school environment. This is open to all incoming James A. Garfield Elementary kindergarteners. Registration fee is $25.00; this provides a T-shirt, snack, and craft everyday plus more! The deadline for registration is July 1st. If you have any questions or need a registration form please call Michelle Cmunt @ 330-527-9310 or Kellie Norris @ 330-527-7708. Sorry- no late registrations and no walk-ins.
“This Means War” Basketball TournamentRegister by June 30The inaugural Beth Ann Vanek “This Means War” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 16 at Champion High School, 5976 Mahoning Ave NW in Warren.  Cost is $65 per team. Teams must register by June 30. Play begins at 8 am; Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and other contests will be held.  Funds raised will help defray medical expenses.
RFC Basketball CampWednesday MorningsRenaissance Family Center basketball camp every Wednesday morning – Grades 4-7 9:30-10:30, and Grades 8-12 11- noon, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.
Huntsburg Congregational Church Bible StudyThursday NightsHuntsburg Congregational Church has a new Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7:00pm at the church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg, just south of US322 on SR528. 440-636-5504 for any info.
Hilltop Opens BackdoorTuesdays & FridaysEconomy got you down? Let us help…part of the ministry of Hilltop Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Mantua is to help those who simple need a little assistance. Visit the BackDoor for gently used household goods donated by people who seek to help. While some items have very moderate prices, most are available at no charge. The room is open every Tuesday 1 – 4 pm and Friday 1 – 3 pm.  Enter our BackDOor from the parking lot behind the church located at 4572 West Prospect St in Mantua.
Freedom Township Brush Pick up1st Monday of MonthFreedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.
Schumann’s Cruise-inSaturdays Public is welcome to Saturday’s at Schumann’s Cruise-in car show and pot luck dinner from 5 – 9 PM every Saturday now through September. Any cars old or new are welcome we have space for 120 cars. Come to 6191 Hazel Street Ravenna each week for our free car show.
Crafters WantedCall TodayRenaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.
Male Mentors NeededRegister TodayAlthough Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage County is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life right now has a greater need for male mentors. Call Big Brothers & Sisters today at (330) 296-6655.
Free Summer Food ProgramThrough  Aug 19Free summer food program for children 6/13 – 8/19, 2011 at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham. Breakfast will be from 9-9:30am and lunch from Noon-1:30pm Monday through Friday. Any child ages 1 – 18 years old welcome.
Summer ProgramsOn-goingRenaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volley ball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.
Hiram Community Band RehearsalsJuly 1The Hiram Community Band returns! Rehearsal will be 6:45-9 on Fri. 7/1 at Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus, with the concert, as always, at “4 on the 4th” of July on the street outside Frohring. The concert will feature the premiere of “Windham Bicentennial March” by Jeffrey Quick, which  may possibly be repeated for the Bicentennial festivities (July 28-30). If you play a band instrument and want to play, email jaq@case.edu or call 216-368-6677 (weekdays) or 330-527-0144 (evenings and weekends)Trumbull Art Gallery’s Children’s Art ParadeJuly 1Trumbull Art Gallery’s Children’s Art Parade will begin on July 1 at 11:30am  at the Trumbull Art Gallery, 196-198 E. Market St., Warren, OH, and ends at Warren County Courthouse lawn. Music, refreshments and children’s entertainments, which includes Fine Art Council of Trumbull County’s CHALK ON THE WALK, until 2:00pm. Trumbull Art Gallery, 330-395-4876, www.trumbullartgallery.com.
Windham Lions Sandwich SaleJuly 1 & 2The Windham Lions will hold their Monthly summertime sandwich sale in the Sparkle Market parking lot in Windham, July 1st and 2nd 2011 The menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are still only $ 4.00.  They are hot juicy and freshly made. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight related causes and local community needs. Stop by and say hello to the dedicated, hard working Windham Lions and ask how YOU can help make a difference in Windham.
Swiss Steak DinnerJuly 2Public Invited to the Unity Lodge 12, F&AM swiss steak dinner on July 2 from 5-7pm at the Ravenna Masonic Complex SR 14 & Washington Ave. Ravenna. A donation of $8/adults and $5 children 7-12 and 6 and under are free. Carryouts will be available. For more information call (330) 296-4556.
Know Your ForestsJuly 2Get to know your forests on Saturday July 2 – 2 to 4pm at Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township. Senior Naturalist Dan Best calls it “a walk and talk production.” Registration is not required for this program. Call (440)286-9516 with questions. Geauga Park is also online at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Book Signing At Newton Falls LibraryJuly 2Reid Lamport, former Newton Falls resident and local pastor, coach and author will be holding a book signing for his recently released book “Unleashing the Power of Encouragement” at the NF Public Library on July 2 from 10 am – 2pm.
SUNBEAU Valley Farm July FestJuly 2 & 3Festival at SUNBEAU Valley Farm, 3229 State Route 59 starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kissel Amusement Rides, food, live music and fireworks (weather permitting). Cost is $5 per person; free for ages 12 and under with a paid adult. Saturday’s featured entertainment includes Fog Band; Steve Cipriano Band and R&B Recording Artist Maria Jacobs with local Guitarist Steve Cipriano At dusk, the American Fireworks Company will provide fireworks. Sunday’s featured entertainment includes Southbound Band. The day will end with a final firework display. For information call 330-297-9505.
4-H BreakfastJuly 3The Trumbull 4-H Advisory Committee is sponsoring a pancake breakfast at the Trumbull County Fair on Sunday, July 3 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. in the pavilion by the horse area.  The menu includes pancakes & sausage, sausage gravy & biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, and beverages.  All items are priced separately.  All proceeds from this pancake breakfast will benefit the Trumbull County 4-H program.  The profit from this breakfast will provide camp scholarships, program supplies, recognition items for members and volunteers, and help with family activities.
Veteran’s Appreciation DayJuly 4The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be celebrating Veteran’s Appreciation Day on July 4, 2011 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and goes through the conclussion of fireworks. Several members will display a considerable amount of military memorabilia under the grandstand, and there will be a number of food concessions available. The Honor Guard will post The Colors and there will be a flag-burning ceremony to properly dispose of worn flags. $4 donation per car or $1 walk-in. Rain date is July 5th.
Portage County District Library Branches ClosedJuly 4All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the 4th of July.  They will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, July 5.  Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library programs and services. Have you tried Portage County District Library’s downloadable media catalog? Visit overdrive.portagelibrary.org to get started downloading audiobooks and eBooks today. Available titles include new releases, the classics and many children’s titles as well.
Little Tigers MeetingJuly 5The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their monthly meeting on July 5, 2011 at the Newton Falls community center. The meeting will start at 6:00p.m.Southington UMC Chicken DinnerJuly 6The Southington United Methodist Church, SR 305 & 534 in Southington will be holding a chicken dinner on July 6th from 3:30 -6 p.m. The menu includes 1/4 chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts and beverage. Adults $7.50; Children 4-10 $4 (meal includes chicken tenders); under 3 Free.  Carry out available by calling 330-898-2156.
Crestwood BOE MeetingJuly 6Due to the 4th of July holiday the Crestwood Board of Education will hold their regular July meeting on July 6th at 7PM at the Crestwood Primary School, 11256 Bowen Road, Mantua.
Annual Rummage SaleJuly 7 & 8Faith Evangelical Free Church will be holding their annual rummage sale on July 7th & 8th from 9am – 5pm and July 9th from 9am – 3pm. The church is located just outside Garrettsville (in Nelson Township) at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., 1 1/2 miles south of the Nelson Circle or 1 1/2 miles north of S.R. 82. The sale is being held behind the church building in their pavilion.
Eagles Fish FryJuly 8Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be held July 8 from 4-8pm at 8149 Water Street. Dinner will be $8.
Birding Hallowed GroundJuly 8This avian exploration for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas surveys the sylvan surroundings of Burton Memorial Forest and Burton Township’s Lower Cemetery. Call (440) 286-9516 for information. Program will be held on  July 8th from 7-9pm Burton Park – Rapids Road Burton Village.
Hiram Rapids Community SaleJuly 8 & 95th Annual Hiram Rapids Community Sale will be held on July 8th & 9th 9AM-5PM.For more information or to beincluded on the site map ($5 fee)call Joan @ 330-569-4292 or Becky@ 330-569-7496.
Rummage & Bake SaleJuly 8 & 9Come and find new treasures at the Ravenna Order of the Eastern Stars rummage and bake sale on July 8-9 from 9 am to 4pm at the Ravenna Masonic Complex, 4785 Washington Ave., Ravenna.
“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”July 8-10 & 15-16Curtains up Theatre is proud to present “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” July 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7 pm and July 10 at 2 pm.  Performances will be held at JA Garfield High School Iva Walker Auditorium. For tickets call 216 375-0709 or order online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com.
Campfire & Night HikeJuly 9Campfire & Night Hike will be held on Saturday July 9, 8-10PM Headwaters Park Boathouse, gather around a blazing campfire with s’mores for nature songs, skits and stories followed by a journey into the darkness. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Call (440) 286-9516 for information.
Huntsburg Grange ConcertJuly 9The next Huntsburg Grange bandstand concert is set for Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 with performance by the Boys Are Back band.  Serving chili by first place Chili Cook-Off winner, Matt Morgan with 50/50 raffle and famous Cake Walk.  Bring a lawn chair and donate canned food for local food cupboard.
Art on the HillJuly 9Saturday, July 9, 10-5, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 50+ artisans, live entertainment, food, Chinese auction, door prizes & more. Info: 330-414-6486 Chinese AuctionJuly 9Saturday, July 9, 10-4:30, Mantua Grain Building, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 150+ items. Lots of artwork, gift certificates and many more great items. Info: 330-414-6486.
“The Jesus Expedition”July 11-14The Nelson United Methodist Church will hold “The Jesus Expedition” vacation Bible school from July 11 – 14 , 6 – 8:30pm for kids 3 years through 6th grade. (330) 527-9953.
Over The Hill Gang DinnerJuly 13Over the Hill Gang dinner will be held on July 13th at 6:30pm at The Mantua Center Christian Church . The dinner is open to anyone 55 and over. Donation: $6. The church is located on the historic green at the corner of Rt. 82 and Mantua Center Road in Mantua Township.
Rummage SaleJuly 14-16First Christian Church, 7 North Center St. in Newton Falls will be hosting a rummage sale on July 14-15,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon will be bag day.  LUNCH AVAILABLE
Christ Lutheran Church Rummage SaleJuly 15-16Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 9 AM to 1 PM.  There will be a large selection of clothing, household items and much more. For more information please call the Church at 330-274-2849.
Harvest Point Rummage SaleJuly 15 & 16Harvest Point Church will hold a Rummage Sale at the church on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The church is located at 6100 Tod Ave. in the Lordstown Plaza.   The proceeds  of the sale will be used for the church’s outreach ministry which includes the Free Community Luau which will be held on Sunday, August 28, at the 4-Corners Park on Tod Ave. in Lordstown.  Pastor Shannon New-Spangler is Pastor.
Blue Ribbon FlowersJuly 16Geauga County Master Gardener volunteers present “Blue Ribbon Flowers – Competing at the Fair” on July 16 from 10 am – Noon. Learn how to enter the fair and how to select and present your plants and flowers to look their best. Fee $15 Call (440)834-4656 for information.
FootlooseJuly 15-17The Kent Trumbull Theatre and Summer Stock 34 is proud to present our upcoming performances of Footloose by Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, and Tom Snow. Footloose performs July 15- 17, 22-24, and 29-31, 2011. At the Kent Trumbull Theatre located at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren, OH. All shows are at 8pm except for Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or e-mail trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.
Soccer Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors NeededDeadline July 16The GW Soccer Club is looking for new and returning coaches, someone to head concessions, someone to head fundraising and team sponsors.  The cost to sponsor at team is only $125.00.  Anyone interested should contact Bob Finney (330) 527-0656, Stacy Neer (330) 527-5720, Russell Thornton (330) 527-0955, Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 or Melissa Roubic (330) 296-4336  by Saturday, July 16th.
G-W Soccer Club Sign-UpsThrough July 16 Fall Soccer Signup Dates:     Saturday, June 25th Millers Family Restaurant (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Wednesday, July 6th at Garrettsville Park (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, July 9th at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon); Wednesday, July 13th at Windham Town Hall (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, July 16th at Windham Town Hall (9:00 a.m. – Noon)
G.I. GatheringJuly 16The public is invited to a G.I. Gathering on July 16th from 8am-noon at 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton American Legion Post 459, contact Bruce Zupancic (440)897-2396
Rod Truman To PerformJuly 17The Rev. Jim Melick, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Freedom invites the public to come join us and hear Rod Truman with Thru It All Ministries at the church on July 17 at 10:30am. Mr. Truman will share his story of healing. The church is located at State Route 88 and State Route 303 in Freedom Township.
Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach BashJuly 18-22Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash VBS will be held at the Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd., Wayland on July 18-22. The fun begins at 6 pm SHARP and lasts until 8:30 pm. This years theme focuses on John 14:6. All children age 3 through those that have finished 6th grade are welcome. There is no charge to attend.  For more information call Anna 330.938-2335; JoDel 330.358.2739 or Debbie at 330.358-2638.Garrettsville’s Farmers MarketJuly 20 – Oct 5The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesday’s from July 20th through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.
Vacation Bible SchoolJuly 27-19“Nazareth – Where Jesus Was a Kid” will be held at Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR 44), Auburn Township on July 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Ages 4 years – 6th grade welcome. There is NO COST for this program. Contact the church to register (walk-ins also welcome) 440-834-0955fac@friendshipalliancechurch.org
Garfield Class of 1991 ReunionJuly 30The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  July 30 at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.
Camp Invention: Building Fun!August 1-5This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspired creativity and inventive thinking through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).  It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).
Johnson Rubber Annual PicnicAug 6 Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.
A Day In ProvenceThrough August 15It’s becoming known as “Ohio’s Provence.” So treat yourself to the rich color, heady fragrance and an unexpected feel of French countryside at the Ohio Lavender Harvest hosted by DayBreak Lavender Farm, 2129 Frost Road, Streetsboro, OH. An island of tranquil purple set against the greens and golds of the summer season, the Lavender Harvest offers a bouquet of delightful activities to enjoy. Gather a lavender bouquet, spread out a picnic on the banks of the large pond, set up your easel, take pictures, hike the trails, reconnect with nature or meditate in the Woodland Meditation Retreat.It takes all takes place in the beautiful and peaceful country setting known as DayBreak Lavender Farm. For details visit www.ohiolavenderfestival.com
2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike ShowAugust 27The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.
Golf Outing Sept 4Southeast Portage County Lion’s Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.

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Vendors Needed For Art On The Hill
Call Today
Art on the Hill 2011 will be held on Saturday, July 9 in Mantua and is currently seeking artisans and food vendors. This day-long celebration of the arts includes continuous live entertainment, great food, lots of activities and of course lots and lots of art! If you are interested in selling or displaying your art at this well attended event, please call Christine Pitsinger at 330-414-6486 for an application or more information. Booth space is just $45!

Newton Falls 4th of July Raffle
Tickets On Sale Now
The drawing will take place this year on July 4th at 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Falls City Park (winners need not be present). Grand Prize will be $5,000.00; 1st – 46’”LCD HDTV; 2nd- Apple iPad; 3rd- 15” Laptop Computer; 4th- Xbox 360 with Kinect; 5th- Kindle eReader. The tickets are available at local Newton Falls businesses now.

So You Think You Can Dance
Register Before June 22
Sign up today for the opportunity to live a day in life as a dancing star by performing on stage, obtaining scores and most importantly being chosen the most talented dancer at Garrettsville SummerFest! Contest takes place at Slim-n-Jumbos on Sunday June 26th. Register online at garrettsvillesummerfest.com.

Summerfest Car or Cash Raffle Tickets
Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets are available for the Summerfest Car or Cash Raffle at area businesses in Garrettsville as well as Middlefield & Huntington Banks. Tickets are $20 each or through June 23rd you can get 6 for $100. Grand prize is a 2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ or $20,000 Cash!

Newton Falls Community Yard Sale
Register Now
Start planning now!! The Newton Falls 4th annual citywide yard sale is being planned for this year. It is scheduled for August 5th, 6th &7th. 9-5. Forms will be available in the villager and on our face book page. Please join us for a fun filled weekend and get your application in quickly! For more information or questions go to our face book page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newton-Falls-Community-Wide-Yard-Sale/108474485879459?v=wall or call Linda Nord at 330-872-7788

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.

2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade Entries
Register Today
Parade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encourage to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.

Geauga Park District 5K
Register Now
Registration is open for Geauga Park District’ first-ever athletic event – the Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run on Sunday, June 12, at The West Woods in Russell Township. Race time is 9 a.m.; registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; and free food will follow. All ages are welcome. Find the official Caveman Crawl registration form at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org/special-events.shtml or register online at http://clevelandplaysracing.com. Registration costs $20 if postmarked by June 10 or completed online, and $25 on race day. The first 200 people collect free T-shirts, too, for being part of this exciting debut event.

Middlefield Chamber Raffle
Tickets On Sale Now
Middlefield Chamber of Commerce is holding a raffle for a 50” Samsung TV from RadioActive in Middlefield. Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket / $20 for 5 tickets. You can get a ticket from any members of the Middlefield Chamber, or contact the Chamber Office 440-632-5705. Raffle proceeds go toward the Scholarship fund, which focuses on displaced workers getting back into the workforce.

Garfield Elementary 2011 Safety Village Registration
Register Now
Please register your 2011-2012 kindergartener now for James A. Garfield PTO Safety Village. The areas to be covered are fire, school, electric, gun safety, stranger danger, home and personal safety and much more. This is a great way to introduce your child into the school environment. This is open to all incoming James A. Garfield Elementary kindergarteners. Registration fee is $25.00; this provides a T-shirt, snack, and craft everyday plus more! The deadline for registration is July 1st. If you have any questions or need a registration form please call Michelle Cmunt @ 330-527-9310 or Kellie Norris @ 330-527-7708. Sorry- no late registrations and no walk-ins.

Huntsburg Congregational Church Bible Study
Thursday Nights
Huntsburg Congregational Church has a new Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7:00pm at the church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg, just south of US322 on SR528. 440-636-5504 for any info.

Hilltop Opens Backdoor
Tuesdays & Fridays
Economy got you down? Let us help…part of the ministry of Hilltop Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Mantua is to help those who simple need a litlle assistance. Visit the BackDoor for gently used household goods donated by people who seek to help. While some items have very moderate prices, most are available at no charge. The room is open every Tuesday 1 – 4 pm and Friday 1 – 3 pm. Enter our BackDOor from the parking lot behind the church located at 4572 West Prospect St in Mantua.

Treasure Hunt
By June 15
The Windham Bicentennial Committee is looking for treasure to display during our 200th birthday celebration – July 28-31, our biggest celebration in history. If you own any items of historical significance relevant to the Windham community, and would be willing to share them with us for a few days for display purposes only, please contact Lynnea St. John – Chairperson at 330-326-6061 by June 15, 2011.Please be assured that your treasures will be treated with the utmost care and respect in a controlled and secured environment, and will be returned immediately following our celebration.

Freedom Township Brush Pick up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup. Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.

Free Summer Food Program
Through Aug 19
Free summer food program for children 6/13 – 8/19, 2011 at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham. Breakfast will be from 9-9:30am and lunch from Noon-1:30pm Monday through Friday. Any child ages 1 – 18 years old welcome.

Summer Programs
On-going
Renaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volley ball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

Nelson Twp. Tea Party Meeting
June 16
The first Nelson Township Tea Party meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 7pm at the Community House at Nelson Circle. Hope to see all there! Thanks for your help.

Taste of Middlefield
June 17
The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Taste of Middlefield is Friday, June 17th from 4pm to 9pm at the Middlefield Fire Department. Free admission, wine & beer tent, raffles, food from our best restaurants, Chinese auction, samples. Meet your community businesses. Children’s activities & inflatables. The drawing of the winning TV raffle ticket will be held. Contact for further info: 440-632-5705.

Pinocchio
June 17 – 24
Summer Stock is proud to present our upcoming performances of the classic children’s tale Pinocchio. The play, written by Michele L. Vacca and directed by Patricia M. Fagan, will follow the adventure of Pinocchio and all the unique characters he meets along the way, including Gepetto, the Cricket, and the Blue Fairy. Pinocchio, along with a magic show by Gary Morton, performs Fridays June 17 and 24 at 7:00pm and Monday June 20 through Friday June 24 at 10:30am each weekday in Lecture Hall A at the Kent State Trumbull Campus located at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Champion, OH. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children. Call (330)675-8887 or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for more information and reservations.

A Taste of Fashion
June 18
A Taste of Fashion brunch, fashion show and silent auction will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at the Randolph Community (Senior) Center, 1639 State Route 44, Randolph, Ohio. This event is sponsored by the Portage County Republican Women’s Club. Cost $9.00 for the event. For tickets and more information please contact Gail Pavliga at (330) 472-2754 or Elayne Cross at 330 221-0051

St. William Church Summer Trunk Sale
June 18
There will be a Summer Trunk Sale on Saturday, June 18 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the St. William Church Parking Lot, 5431 Mahoning Ave., Champion, OH. 80-Vendors – Lots of Stuff. We will also be selling used books, media and baked goods. Refreshments will be available. Plan to stop by that day to shop! For more information, please contact Debi Hayes @ 330 847-6556

A Naturalist Buys An Old Farm
June 18
An abandon farm is the perfect setting for a field naturalist to settle on. By applying good conservation and preservation techniques the healing of the abandon farmland has resulted in the perfect setting for a living laboratory of natural history-a naturalist dream. The Farm has a well documented population of resident and transient fauna, including river otters, rare butterflies and beautiful and gentle milk snakes. Meet at 9:00am at the Parkman Community House on U.S. 422 just east of the S.R. 528 intersection in “downtown” Parkman. Registration is required ($4 for members, $6 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station.

Animal Adoption Open House
June 18
Adoption Open House – June 18, 2011, 1-6 pm. We have a great selection of dogs & cats just waiting for you. Come to the Animal Welfare Shelter, 545 Brunstetter Road SW in Lordstown. (330) 394-4122.

Sons Of American Legion Chicken Roast
June 18
The Sons of American Legion Post 674 will be holding a chicken roast on June 18. Cost is $7 and begins at 3 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Windham Legion Hall.

GW Soccer Club Lookif for New Officials
Deadline June 19
The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer positions are up for election. Anyone interested should contact Bob Finney (330) 527-0656, Stacy Neer (330) 527-5720, Russell Thornton (330) 527-0955, Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 or Melissa Roubic (330) 296-4336 by Sunday, June 19th.

Shannon Bunch Ministering
June 19 – 22
Shannon Bunch gospel singer &song writer from Nashville Tenn. Will be ministering four nights of exciting services beginning June 19 at 6:30pm – June 22. Service time Mon-Wed 7pm. Shep Joy Min. & JC Café, 9445 1?2 Annette Dr. Windham. For information call (330)527-5009.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club
June 20
Portage County Republican Women’s Club invites you and your guests to the monthly meeting
Monday, June 20, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Monica’s Café,
9680 E. Center, Windham. Lynnea St. John, President/Founder of the Windham Historical Society and
the Chair of Windham’s 2011 Bicentennial Committee will be our guest speaker. RSVP to Jeneen 330 687- 4067

Lordstown Vacation Bible School
June 20 – 24
Hope Lutheran Parish at Lordstown Lutheran Church 5615 Palmyra Rd,44481 will host a Vacation Bible School week long Event for children ages 3 years up to entering Grade 8 from 9:00 am to noon beginning Monday June 20th and ending Friday June 24th. The theme called “Son Rock Kids Camp” encourages children build their lives on Jesus the rock! A special feature will be “Captive Free” a young adult Lutheran Church musical entertainment crew, along with crafts, snacks, games, storytelling and christian education.

Hiram Historical Society Meeting
June 23
Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., the Hiram Historical Society will
sponsor a program on the Newbury Union Chapel, a historic building
linked to James A. Garfield, Susan B. Anthony, and a variety of reform
movements of the 1800s. Sandy Woolf and Mike Fath, trustees of the Union Chapel, will speak on the history of this fascinating building. The meeting will take place in the Historical Society’s Century House,
across from the Hiram Fire Station. All are welcome to attend.

Women’s Fellowship Trash & Treasure Sale
June 23-25
The Parkman Congregational Church located at 18265 Madison Road in Parkman is holding a Trash and Treasure Sale on Thursday, June 23, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Friday, June 24 – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Saturday, June 25 – 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. * 1?2 off specials on Saturday, June 25th.

Free Community Dinner
June 23
Free Community Dinner 6/23 5-6:30pm, cook’s choice, pot luck, whatever in fridge, Tyra surprise. Come join us at Renaissance Family Center. (330) 326-3003

Hiram Community Band Rehearsals
June 23, 28 & July 1
The Hiram Community Band returns! Rehearsals will be 6:45-9 on Thurs. 6/23, Tues. 6/28 and Fri. 7/1 at Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus, with the concert, as always, at “4 on the 4th” of July on the street outside Frohring. The concert will feature the premiere of “Windham Bicentennial March” by Jeffrey Quick, and may possibly be repeated for the Bicentennial festivities (July 28-30). If you play a band instrument and want to play, email jaq@case.edu or call 216-368-6677 (weekdays) or 330-527-0144 (evenings and weekends)

Newton Falls Street Dance
June 24
We are going to start this year’s car & bike show weekend with a Street Dance on Friday, June 24, from 7 to 11 pm in downtown Newton Falls.

Summerfest Flower & Garden Show
June 24-26
Do you have a green thumb and like to display your work? Summerfest has added a Flower and Garden Show to the mix. The event is sponsored by the Silver Creek Garden Club and the Bay Window. Exhibitors will need to have entries dropped off at the show site — the old Portage Motors Building — between the hours of 5 pm and 7 pm June 24, 2011 and arranged to be picked up by Sunday June 26th at 6 pm. Categories are open to all exhibitors except professional florists and more than one entry per person is permitted per category. All flowers are to be home-grown with no artificial flowers, foliage, fruits or vegetables allowed. For more information on the show please contact Linda Klamer (330) 527-5729 or Suzanne Wensel (440) 548-5399

Troy Community Yard Sale
June 24-25
Bargains galore will be available as the Troy Chamber of Commerce sponsors its second annual community yard sale on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or registration materials contact Ken Zwolinski at 440.8341293 days and 440.834.4520 evenings.

Newton Falls 25th Annual Car Show.
June 25
That’s right. Can you believe 25 years? On Saturday, June 25, the Car Show will begin with parking, starting at 11:00; registration 11:00 to 3:00 and trophies will begin an hour early at 6:00. We are planning a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. DJ Mary “O” and area dance studios will provide entertainment. Our website is nfjuly44444.com.

Amateur Radio Field Day Event
June 25 & 26
The Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) will be holding its sixth annual Field Day event at the Ravenna City Park on Oakwood Street in Ravenna from 2 p.m. Sat, June 25th until 2 p.m. on Sun, June 26th. Field Day is sponsored nationally by the American Radio Relay League as a field operation for ham radio operators who provide emergency communications as well as a public demonstration of amateur radio activities. Community members and public officials are invited to stop by and learn more about amateur radio and the many facets of the hobby. There will even be a station for members of the public to operate on the air. For more information check the PCARS web site at www.portcars.org or contact the PCARS President, Jim Aylward, KC8PD, at 330-297-7979 or kc8pd@portcars.org.

“Weekend Madness” Bike Show
June 26
The Newton Falls “Weekend Madness” Bike Show will be on Sunday, June 26. The Poker Run begins at 12:00 noon and vendors will be set up from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The field events will start at 6:00 pm and DJ Fast Freddie will entertain us. Visit our website at nfjuly44444.com.

Vacation Bible School
June 26-30
Vacation Bible School will be held June 26-30 at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls. The VBS will be held from 6:00-8:30 PM and is free and open to all children four years of age through Grade 6. This year’s theme is “Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life connect! As we explore the big city we will also learn how to step out in faith and connect with Jesus”. Registration can be completed online at: www.fbcnewtonfalls.com

Free Community Dinner
June 28
Free Community Dinner on June 28 from 5-6pm, while supplies last, no take outs. Windham American Legion 9960 Center Street. Everyone welcome.

Youth Soccer Skills Program
Begins June 30
Soccer Skills for grades 1-8, open session will begin June 30th from 6:30 – 8:00pm at Brosius Field and be scheduled regularly on Thursday and Sunday through the month of July. We will not meet on 7/3. Fundamental skills will be passing, receiving, ball handling, team work and mini games. Participants must have shin guards, a drink, soccer ball and a positive attitude. For more information please e-mail Bob @ matrixprints@yahoo.com. or Russ @ russell6173@yahoo.com. This is free to all youth. Parents, please check your children in with either Russ or Bob before practice starts unless we are familiar with your child.

Trumbull Art Gallery’s Children’s Art Parade
July 1
Trumbull Art Gallery’s Children’s Art Parade will begin on July 1 at 11:30am at the Trumbull Art Gallery, 196-198 E. Market St., Warren, OH, and ends at Warren County Courthouse lawn. Music, refreshments and children’s entertainments, which includes Fine Art Council of Trumbull County’s CHALK ON THE WALK, until 2:00pm. Trumbull Art Gallery, 330-395-4876, www.trumbullartgallery.com.

Veteran’s Appreciation Day
July 4
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be celebrating Veteran’s Appreciation Day on July 4, 2011 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and goes through the conclussion of fireworks. Several members will display a considerable amount of military memorabilia under the grandstand, and there will be a number of food concessions available. The Honor Guard will post The Colors and there will be a flag-burning ceremony to properly dispose of worn flags. $4 donation per car or $1 walk-in. Rain date is July 5th.

Annual Rummage Sale
July 7 & 8
Faith Evangelical Free Church will be holding their annual rummage sale on July 7th & 8th from 9am – 5pm and July 9th from 9am – 3pm. The church is located just outside Garrettsville (in Nelson Township) at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., 1 1/2 miles south of the Nelson Circle or 1 1/2 miles north of S.R. 82. The sale is being held behind the church building in their pavilion.

Hiram Rapids Community Sale
July 8 & 9
5th Annual Hiram Rapids Community Sale will be held on
July 8th & 9th 9AM-5PM.
For more information or to be
included on the site map ($5 fee)
call Joan @ 330-569-4292 or Becky
@ 330-569-7496.

Rummage Sale
July 15
Harvest Point Church will conduct a rummage sale on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The church is located in the Lordstown Plaza, 6100 Tod Ave., Warren, Ohio. Pastor Shannon New-Spangler is Senior Pastor.

Footloose
July 15-17
The Kent Trumbull Theatre and Summer Stock 34 is proud to present our upcoming performances of Footloose by Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, and Tom Snow. Footloose performs July 15- 17, 22-24, and 29-31, 2011. At the Kent Trumbull Theatre located at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren, OH. All shows are at 8pm except for Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or e-mail trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.

Soccer Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors Needed
Deadline July 16
The GW Soccer Club is looking for new and returning coaches, someone to head concessions, someone to head fundraising and team sponsors. The cost to sponsor at team is only $125.00. Anyone interested should contact Anyone interested should contact Bob Finney (330) 527-0656, Stacy Neer (330) 527-5720, Russell Thornton (330) 527-0955, Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 or Melissa Roubic (330) 296-4336 by Saturday, July 16th.

G-W Soccer Club Sign-Ups
Through July 16
Fall Soccer Signup Dates: Saturday, June 25th Millers Family Restaurant (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Wednesday, July 6th at Garrettsville Park (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, July 9th at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon); Wednesday, July 13th at Windham Town Hall (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, July 16th at Windham Town Hall (9:00 a.m. – Noon)

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
July 20 – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run from July 20th through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709. We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.

Garfield Class of 1991 Reunion
July 30
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on July 30 at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspired creativity and inventive thinking through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM). It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show. If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

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Seeking Artisans!
Register Now
The DMRC’s 3rd Annual Art on the Hill is seeking artisans for their day-long event which will take place on July 9, 2011 in Mantua. Artisans will line both sides of Prospect Street selling and displaying their handmade works of art. Booth fee is $45. There will also be continuous live entertainment, a Chinese auction, foods and much more! For more information call Christine at 330-414-6486 or download an application at mantuashalersvillechamber.com

Ravenna Summerfest Vendors & Crafters Needed
Register Now
The Ravenna Summerfest is June 18th from 10 am – 4 pm. We are currently looking for vendors and crafters to add to the days activities and car show. Please contact Barb @ 330-2974-6684; Becky @ 330-296-1233 or Susie @ 330-296-3779

Newton Falls 4th of July Raffle
Tickets On Sale Now
The drawing will take place this year on July 4th at 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Falls City Park (winners need not be present). Grand Prize will be $5,000.00; 1st – 46’”LCD HDTV; 2nd- Apple iPad; 3rd- 15” Laptop Computer; 4th- Xbox 360 with Kinect; 5th- Kindle eReader. The tickets are available at local Newton Falls businesses now.

Summerfest 5K Run / Walk
Register By June 10
Registration is underway for the 1st annual Garrettsville Summerfest 2011 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk. This all road race to benefit glioma childhood cancer research will take place on Sunday, June 26th at 9 a.m. You must be one of the first 200 racers pre-registered by June 10th to guarantee your t-shirt. Cost is $20. Race day registration is available for $25, t-shirts not guaranteed. Register on-line at garrettsvillesummerfest.com

So You Think You Can Dance
Register Before June 22
Sign up today for the opportunity to live a day in life as a dancing star by performing on stage, obtaining scores and most importantly being chosen the most talented dancer at Garrettsville SummerFest! Contest takes place at Slim-n-Jumbos on Sunday June 26th. Register online at garrettsvillesummerfest.com.