Looking for Swim Lessons for Your Children?

Well look no further than Hiram College.  Missed the start of our first session?  Have no fear as every five weeks begins a new opportunity for the community’s youth to participate in the Hiram College Water Dog Swim Lessons.  Get lessons from the colleges finest once a week for a five week period.  Each lesson lasts forty-five minutes with an additional fifteen minutes for your child to gain more confidence in the water. Ages four and up welcomed.  Sign up October 4 from 2:30-4:30 at the swim pool or online at www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons.  Lesson times are from 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6pm Sunday afternoons on October 12, 19, 26 and November 2 and 9.  Cost is $50.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.


All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 19

The next All-U-Can-Eat Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will be Sept 19th serving from 5-7pm in Dix Dining Room at the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, garlic bread, beverages, & ice cream. Adults $ 6.00, children 8 & under are FREE!

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Sept 20

A spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on Sept 20 from 4 to 7 pm at the  Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt. 88 In West  Farmington , Ohio   Salad, Bread, Pie, Coffee, and Juice.  Cost is $7.00 for Adults,  Ages 5-12 $4.50. Under 5 is FREE..

Carry-outs are available for $7.50, Come join us and ask Your friends to come —  3rd Sat. of the month,  Same time same place

Homecoming Sunday

Sept 21

Homecoming Sunday at Faith Evangelical Free Church will be Sept 21st at 11 am. Come and enjoy the music of the Mercy River Quartet, pot luck dinner after church and corn hole tournaments in the backyard. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share and lawn chairs. Church is located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd.

Blue Mass for Safety Forces

Sept 21

The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invites all local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMT members and their families and all St. Joseph parishioners to a Blue Mass to honor our safety forces on Sunday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Mantua. The intent of the Mass is to recognize all the hard work and dedication these individuals put into our communities. A punch and cake reception will be held immediately following in St. Joseph’s Hughes Hall. For more information, please contact Jo Yash (330-686-9399) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).

Free Water Well Monitoring

Sept 22

Free Water Well Monitoring – we are now also testing for nitrates Sept 22nd at 7pm (fourth Monday of every month) Concerned Citizens Ohio/ Hiram free monthly private water well monitoring using Sierra Club meters to test for “indicators” of water quality in the Community Room (downstairs) of the Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road, Hiram, OH 44234 (corner of State Routes 700, 82, 305). For accurate readings, your sample should be taken as directly from the well as possible— before any treatment and within an hour before we test it. For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com.

Free Community Dinner

Sept 23

Free Community Dinner will be Sept 23rd from 5-6pm, while supplies last, at Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, OH.

Fish Sale

Sept 23

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 September 23, 2014 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Order deadline is Friday, September 19th.  Please visit the district website atwww.geaugaswcd.com or call (440)834-1122 to obtain an order form or more information.  To guarantee your order, please complete an order form and send with your payment to Geauga SWCD, PO Box 410, Burton, Ohio 44021 before September 19th.  Make checks payable to Geauga SWCD or to pay by credit card, please contact our office.  All proceeds support the district’s education programs

Community Center at Mantua Center

Sept. 23, 30

We’re bringing life and activity to the old school at Mantua Center (just north of SR 82 on Center Road) every Tuesday.  Doors to the old cafeteria open at 9:30 and the coffee pot is on.  The watercolor group paints all morning and is welcoming to new participants (bring supplies).  There’s always a jigsaw puzzle to work on and a box of board games is available.  There are usually people sewing and various projects to try.  You’re welcome to bring your own project, or just come to sit and chat.  Bring food to share for potluck lunch at noon.  We’re going to try having a program or demonstration of some sort  after lunch, starting on Sept. 16, with a chance to make a bed/hideaway for your cat.   Bring an old adult size t-shirt and a six sided cardboard carton approximately 12 x 12 x 18.  Instruction and additional materials provided.  We usually close for a while in the late afternoon and reopen at five for our Don’t Eat Alone Supper served at 5:30.  If you eat way too many meals by yourself, you’re invited to join us for this meal, which is no longer potluck, but planned and provided.  For more information call Ellie Monroe at 330-274-0711 or e-mailefoster@config.com.

Community Dinner

Sept 25

Renaissance Family Center’s Community Dinner will be Sept 25th from 5-6:30 pm. Totally new chief with many skills. Everyone Welcome.

Bomber Marching Band Blacklight Halftime Show

Sept 26

The Windham Bomber Marching Band is very excited to put on their first Blacklight halftime show on September 26th during their home game against Lutheran East.  They have been working hard and would like to invite everyone to come see the show.

Aurora’s Fall Family Fun Fest & Bark BOOnanza.  

Sept 27

Saturday, September 27th from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Road, Aurora OH  44202.  Fun for the entire family!  Free Admission!   For information:  www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org; email rescue1.fgr@gmail.com or call Aurora Parks and Recreation at 330-562-4333.  See you there!

Book Sale

Sept 27

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library will be Sept 27th from 9am to 4pm in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar (14588 West Park Street; Burton, OH  44021).  In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and much more.  All proceeds benefit library programs.  For more information, or to volunteer, call (440) 834-4466.

Bargain Box Sale

Sept 26

The Women’s Guild at St. Christopher’s by-the-River Church will hold its semi-annual Bargain Box Sale on Sept 26th at the Church at 7601 Old Mill Road in Gates Mills Ohio. The traditional sale includes many rooms of gently used or new goods featuring: The Unique Boutique, The Children’s Room, The Housewares Room, The Book Nook, The Men’s Room and The Women’s Room, which continues to bring an array of stylish clothing, accessories and shoes for discriminating bargain shoppers. Doors open at 9 in the morning and close at 5 in the afternoon.  All items are in good condition and include fine jewelry, designer clothing, antiques and art, and vintage items that set this sale apart as an “essential for the bargain hunter. Don’t miss the semi-annual BARGAIN BOX! The sale is sponsored by the St. Christopher’s by-the-River Women’s Guild and all money from the sale supports the church’s missions, especially among local agencies. Join shoppers for this “not to be missed” event.

Fortress of Fear Zombie Dash

Sept 27

The Fortress of Fear, located in Garrettsville, is hosting a 5K Run and After Party on Sept 27. This is a night run using live actors, special effects and loud music.  Come run in the race or be part of the chase! It may not be suitable for children under 11 years of age.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each group.  Registration information and forms can be found at HMAPromotions.net or at the RollerHutt Skate Park, 10268 Hewins Road, Garrettsville.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Sept 27

Braceville UMC will be having a stuffed pork chop dinner on Sept 27th from 4-6:30pm unless food runs out. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea, or punch. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeout’s are available.

Vendors Wanted

Sept 27

Vendors wanted for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1055 Ladies Auxiliary Rummage and Craft Sale.  The VFW Auxiliary will be sponsoring a rummage sale on Sept 27th from 9-4. Set-up can be either Friday evening 4 – 7 pm or Saturday morning at 7:30 am.  The sale will be held at the VFW Post, 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna.  Cost is $15 for a 8’ table.  Applications and information:  contact Pat Thomas at 330-541-1825 before September 20.

Swiss Steak Dinner

Sept 27

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner Sept 27th from 5-7pm.  Dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.

Rummage Sale & Craft Show

Sept 27, Nov 1

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1055 in Ravenna will be hosting a rummage sale on Sept 27th and a craft show on Nov 1st at 6000 New Milford Rd., Ravenna. They both are from 9-4. You can sign up for one for $15.00 or for both for $25.00. there will be a light lunch and a bake sale. For further information contact Pat Thomas 330-297-0232.

Travel to Australia

Sept 30

Prudy Hall, Hiram College Professor Emerita, will share photos and observations from her travels in Australia on September 30th at 1:00 pm, at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living!  Prudy has traveled extensively and brings the wonder and excitement of her experiences to her audience.  Won’t you join us?  Refreshments will follow. 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.  Questions?  Call Fran at (440)834-0260, ext. 8 (voice mail), or e-mail your questions to “fran@brookshouse-assistedliving.com”.

Retired Handbags for Retired Greyhounds

Oct 2

Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville will host an auction of donated “gently used” designer handbags on Oct 2nd. Proceeds will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape. Donation of $12 per person includes complimentary glass of wine, cheese board and chocolate. Bring a friend and receive a complimentary raffle ticket for fabulous door prize. Wine social 6-7pm, auction 7-9pm. RSVP Diana; 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276. Donations of your gently used designer handbags accepted.

Chicken Dinner

Oct 4

Garrettsville Eagles Annual Chicken Dinner will be Oct 4th from 4-7:30 PM. The Eagles Club is located at 8149 Water St., Garrettsville, OH 44231. Adults $9.00, Children 12 & under $6.00, to include: chicken breast, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, cole slaw, homemade bread, coffee and desserts

Save the Date!

Oct 4

Freeway’s Fairway Challenge at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville. An 18-hole scramble with a tee-off at 8:30am, registration and breakfast beginning at 7:00am, and lunch and raffle at 12:30pm. Event will benefit Freeway’s Greyt Escape, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to saving greyhounds, one Greyt dog at a time! For more information, contact Diana at 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

Fall Festival & Chili Cook Off

Oct 4

Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, Ohio will be having a Fall Festival and 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off  on Oct 4th from 11-4. Chili will be available for purchase. See you there!

Contra Dance

Oct 4

Troy Township Contra Dance will be October 4th at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the irresistibly fun atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Book Sale

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Every Saturday in October from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.$3 for a bag of books.  We have an entire floor of books that must go!  Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Saturday the 11th of October at 9am to 4pm in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar (14588 West Park Street; Burton, OH  44021).  In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and much more.  All proceeds benefit library programs.  For more information, or to volunteer, call (440) 834-4466.

Crop Walk

 Oct 5

The Hiram/Mantua Crop Hunger Walk is a community-wide event  sponsored by Church World Service and organized by groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Twenty-five percent of the money raised comes back to our local 4C’s Food Cupboard. On October 5th at 1:00p.m., participants will walk from Hiram Christian Church to Mantua Village Park. Pledge forms and more information can be obtained at Hiram Church, Mantua Center Church or Hilltop Church. You can also donate on-line at cwsglobal.org. You can also donate by pledging to support a walker on Sunday morning, Oct. 5th at our joint church service.

Special Fall Bingo

Oct 5

St. Michael’s Church special Fall Bingo will be Oct 5th at 1:30pm. Church is located at 9736 E. Center St., Windham, Oh. Gift and bakery table, refreshments will be available. No one under 18 permitted. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild & Knights of Columbus. Questions call 330-326-3636

Blood Drive

Oct 8

Falls Home Remodeling will be hosting a Blood Drive for the Red Cross, Here at our Showroom at 104 A East Broad St. Newton Falls, Next to Circle K, on Oct 8th from 1-6 pm. There is a shortage of blood throughout the summer months. So please come out and donate blood to help others and save a life. Call 330-872-3257 for more info and Appointments.

Annual Amish Auction

Oct 10

Bring the entire family out for an evening of fun and food at the Annual Amish  Auction on Friday, Oct 10th at 4:00 pm at the John “Buster” Miller farm located at 17719 Newcomb Rd., Middlefield, Ohio 44062.  Again this year we will be auctioning off a 2-car 24 x 24 garage built to your specifications on your site, horses, quilts, furniture, crafts, flowers and vegetables.  Two Seater Open Buggy Raffle tickets will be sold and there will also be a Chinese raffle.  Burgers and fries, pie and ice cream are some of the delicious food items available to eat. Proceeds will benefit DDC Clinic~Center for Special Needs Children located in Middlefield, a primary care and research facility for special needs children with rare genetic disorders. For more information, please contact DDC Clinic at 440-632-1668 or visit our website at   www.ddcclinic.org.

Newton Falls 25th Reunion

Oct 11

Newton Falls High School 1989’s 25th Class Reunion will be held October 11th at The First Congregational Church in Newton Falls from 5:30-9 p.m. Social hour 5:30-6:30.  Eat at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person/$35 per couple.  Mailings were sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.

Chili & Potato Dinner

Oct 11

Chili & Baked Potato Dinner at the Palmyra Fire Station on Oct 11th.The dinner will be held from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and is open to the public.  The cost of the dinner is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under and all proceeds benefit the Palmyra Fire Department.

Crescent Meeting

Oct 13

Due to the proximity of Grand Chapter in Dayton, there will not be a meeting on Sept 22. The next regular meeting will be Oct 13th , which will be the annual birthday night with a potluck supper at 6:30.

Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Open House

Oct 14

Calling all passionate gardeners!  Have you ever wondered what Master Gardeners are all about?  Have you considered becoming one?  Join us on Oct 14th at 7:00 p.m. for our open house to discuss  “What it Takes to Become a Master Gardener.”   Hear the program explained in detail and meet with a welcoming group over refreshments.   Find out if this community oriented Master Gardener Program is right for you.  Hope to see you then!  Call 440-834-4656 for more information and to RSVP (as a courtesy).   Walk-ins are welcome.  Questions may be directed to Phyllis at 440-285-9487.  Meeting at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Trop Road in Burton.  http://geauga.osu.edu


Polka Mass

Oct 19

Polkafest Polka Mass will be Oct 19th beginning at noon at St. Edwards Parish in Parkman. Dinner reservations required. Adult dinner dance $15, kids dinner dance $10, take out dinners $13. Call Marlene Collins440-834-4506 for reservations.

Garrettsville Strong 1st Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Oct 29

Let’s get the holiday spirit started. The Harrison Family  dare all those who love the holidays to outdo our Halloween Decorations. All proceeds go to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund to help rebuild our village. Why let Garrettsville turn into a ghost town? There will be three winners in the catagories of Best Lighted, Most spooky and All around best Decorated.  The four judges {whom will be named prior to judging} will be out there looking at the entries on Oct 29th starting at 7pm until finished so please be prepared. Awards and bragging rights will go to the top three winners.  Homes entered will be mapped out and given a number to place in their yard. Maps will be available at different locations throughout the village for those who would like to view them. Anyone interested in  sponsoring a award please let us know. There is a 10.00 entry fee for each home.  Entry forms can be downloaded at http://garrettsvillearea.com/how-can-i-help.html and your home can be registered by calling  Tom at 330-977-7596. This is just the first to come — How about a Christmas Yard Decorating contest???  TOGETHER WE CAN REBUILD GARRETTSVILLE!!

Contra Dance

Nov 1

Troy Township Contra Dance will be Nov 1st at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the foot stompin’, crowd pleasin’ atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Adult $8, student $5, family $25.

Murder at the Pigskin Party

Nov 1

The Murder at The Pigskin Party will be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall located on 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua, Ohio 44255. The event will feature entertainment by the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Mystery Group and dinner catered by Guido’s in Ravenna.  Tickets are available on a presale basis for $40 each.   Tickets can be purchased at Huntington Bank (Garrettsville), Skylanes Bowling (Garrettsville), by calling Karen at 330-527-2622 or Norm at 330-527-8093, or online at www.eventbrite.com (search word “Murder”) and fommysterdinner14.eventbrite.com


Nov 9

Space is available for St. Joseph Garden Club’s 30th Annual Christmas Boutique Nov 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An 8 ft. table is $25.00. Held in St. Joseph Church’s Hughes Hall, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items. For more information or an application, please contact Marlene Hornyak (330-274-8145).