2014 Balloon-A-Fair Seeking Parade Entries 

Parade applications are available for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Grand Parade. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”.  Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM September 20, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. All units must have a 2014 parade application on file.  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.  For more information and deadline, call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.


Praise & Worship Service


Southing UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturday’s from 7-8pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! Call 330-898-2156 for more info.


2015 Calendars Available

The Newton Township Cemetery Association calendar for 2015, featuring photos of the tornado damage that destroyed property thirty years ago in Newton Falls, may be purchased from Art Effects, Newton Falls Printing, Nussles Florist, Roods Wallpaper and Paint and from association members or by calling 330.872.0236 or 330.872.5452. The calendar price is $10.


Garfield Fall Jr. High Soccer Sign Ups

Our Garfield Junior High soccer team will be co-ed and be comprised of grades 6 thru 8; open to all communities.  We will be playing other Jr. High teams in Geauga County and the surrounding area so travel is mandatory, skill level is higher than recreation and games will most likely be played on the weekends.   Expect the fee to play to be about $50.00 per player and team sponsors are welcome.  This is the first step in Garfield establishing a Jr. High soccer program.  Our first practice will be August 7 at Brosius Rd. Field from 6 to 8 PM.  Please contact Bob Finney for more information and any ideas you may have to help grow our program at matrixprints@yahoo.com.


Help JAG Elementary PTO turn Trash in Cash

The JAG Elementary PTO is collecting used ink and laser cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics.  If you are just throwing these items away, let our organization recycle them for you to help raise money for our students.  There are collection bins at JAG Elementary School, Middle School, Board Office and Garrettsville Library.  Any local businesses interested in donating on a regular basis can set up a pick up by contacting Holly at 330-527-0023.


Overeaters Anonymous


Do you worry about the way you eat?  Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may have the answer for you. OA is a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Meetings every Sunday at 5:00 pm in Newton Falls at Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad Street, Newton Falls or find more information on OA on the web at www.oa.org.


Rummage Sale 

July 31 – Aug 2

Rummage sale and Flea market July 31st, Aug 1, and 2nd from 9 am till 4 pm at New Mercies Community Church, 12767 Butternut Rd, Burton. Spaces are available for all three days for $10; we are also accepting donations for the rummage sale. Drop off at the church. If interested in a space, please contact Sue at 330 274 7093 to reserve your space. Food will be provided for a small cost to everyone


Trash & Treasure Sale

July 31-Aug 2

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale at Parkman Congregational Church(18265 Madison Rd. 528 just north of 422) will be July 31 –Aug. 1st from 9-5.  Aug. 2nd  9 – noon items ½ price – 12:30 till close at 3 p.m., items free. Donations may be brought to church July 28 & 29 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast & lunch available. Something for everyone! Questions call church office at 440-548-4829.


18th Annual Charity Gold Outing

Aug 1

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold their annual Gold Scramble on Aug 1st at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. Shot gun start at 9am. Golfers 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 foursome. Hole in one prizes include $5000, Callaway Clubs, flat screen TV and more. Our auction features 2 Southwest airline tickets. Cost is $110 per person. Call 330-296-6655 to register.


Jackson Township Community Yard Sale Days

Aug 1 & 2

North Jackson Citizen’s Association Community Wide Yard Sale Days will be Aug 1st & 2nd at 9am. 200+ addresses listed on map locating sales throughout the township. Maps available at a new and larger field, 10748 East Mahoning Ave and businesses on Aug 1st. Free parking and music by Steve Fazzini.


Steak & Sausage Trailer 

Aug 1 & 2

Windham Lions Club will be hosting their monthly steak and sausage trailer at the Windham Sparkle parking lot Aug 1st from 10am-7pm and Aug 2nd from 10am-3pm.


Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run

Aug 2

The 13th Annual Brittany Myers Memorial Poker Run will take place on August 2nd.  Registration is 10am to 12pm at the American Legion Hall in Windham OH (9960 E. Center st) . 2 or 4 wheels are welcome. cost is $10.00 per person. Huge buffet, Chinese auction, door prizes and 50/50 raffle! All proceeds go toward the Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund at James A Garfield. Contact Jamie Cain @330-221-6338 or Tom Myers @ 330-646-5797 for more info.


Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic

Aug 2

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on August 2nd.  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 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.


Buffet Supper & Monthly Dance

Aug 2

Portage County Chapter #600Parents Without Partners will have a buffet supper from 6:30-7:30 and its monthly dance from 7:30-11 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. The cost for the dance is $6.00 per person for members and $8.00 a person from non-members. The cost of the buffet supper is $6.00 per person. For reservations or more info call Mary: 330-571-3801 or Warrine: 330-322-9559.


Archery Clinic

Aug 2

Eagle Creek Conservation will be hosting an Archery Clinic on August 2nd for kids 4-15. Pre-registration will be at 9am and we will begin around 10am. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided. This year we have another new target; it should be a blast to shoot at. For more information or questions contact Jim Starkey at 330-357-6316 or Paramedicw18@yahoo.com.


7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival

Aug 2-3

Kent Lions Club hosts the 7th Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard at 1617 Lake Rockwell Road.  August 2nd and 3rd from NOON – 5:00 pm.  EAR-resistible fun for the whole family!  Enjoy Carnival Games for children, Face Painting, Trolley Rides and a Photo Booth. Vendors.  Model A’s Display on Saturday. Live Musical Entertainment lineup:  Saturday at noon is Willie and Friends followed by Kerry Kean and The Hot Potatoes.  Sunday at noon is Rio Neon followed by Celtic Clan of Kent. Lions will be serving boiled sweet corn from Pochedley’s, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches, and Beckwith’s peaches & peach pie available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions sight preservation projects. Located on the Portage County Hike & Bike Trail between Kent and Ravenna.  Hike, Bike, or Drive there for a great time!  OUTSIDE Vendor spaces available Contact Fran:  330-678-4012 or fhardest@kent.edu.



Aug 2-31

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. from August 3 to August 31 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. This four week program will strengthen your abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your overall muscle tone and posture. You can register on line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


School Supply Giveaway

Aug 3

Free school supply giveaway, while supplies last, will be August 3rd from 3-4 pm at the Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 East River Rd. Children must be present. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach in co-operation with the Newton Falls American Legion.



Register by Aug 4

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school.  The deadline for completed applications is August 4.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.


VBS – Rivet

Aug 4-7

Rivet, our VBS host, wants to see all of you August 4-7 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave. At WOW VBS, discover how the ordinary becomes   extraordinary with God. Experience the love of Jesus. Start an adventure. Use your imagination and creativity to build your faith. Meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. Use your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders! For questions call 330-527-2055 Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.


Safety Town

Aug 4-8

Safety Town for incoming Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten students will take place Aug 4-8, 2014 at Crestwood Primary School. The program will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m., and your child will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Graduation will be on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am, so please plan to attend with your child. Register by July 1 and pay $25.00. If space allows, late registration will be taken the first morning of the program, August 4th at 8:30 am at a cost of $35.00.  Please visit www.crestwoodschools.org for registration forms, or contact Jolene Reese at crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com with questions.


Mantua Community Center Open 

Aug 5

Free and open to all, the Community Center at Mantua Center is open Tuesdays from 9:30 to mid-afternoon with a variety of activities.  Watercolor group starts at 9:30, sewing projects all morning, jigsaw puzzle throughout the day.  Bring your own project to work on, or just have some coffee and chat. At noon we share a potluck lunch, with everyone bringing food for the buffet. When everyone but those in charge has left, we lock the doors until 5:00, when we re-open for our “Don’t Eat Alone Potluck” at 5:30, with a special invitation to anyone who eats way too many meals without companionship.  Come join us.


St William Parish Rummage Sale

Aug 7-9

Saint William Parish, Champion, is hosting their annual rummage sale staring Thursday August 7th, 8th, and 9th. Hours on Aug 7 & 8 are 9:00 to 5:00 P.M. Saturday Aug 9 Bag Day 8:00 to 12:00. The huge sale, located at 5431 Mahoning Ave. Warren, Ohio is held in the large social hall and adjoining classrooms. Lunch counter available. This is the sale you don’t want to miss.


Chicken Dinner

Aug 6

Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a chicken dinner, on August 6th from  3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, homemade desserts and beverage. Price Adults $8.50; Children/Chicken Tenders dinner ages 4-10 $4.00; Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.


Veterans Picnic

Aug 7

Veterans from the Cleveland Wade Park Veterans Hospital will be honored Aug 7th at Deerfield American Legion Post 713 in Deerfield. There will be a 5:30 pm picnic provided by the Auxiliary members from Kent, Windham, Streetsboro, Ravenna, Deerfield, Mantua and Aurora.


Shalersville Historical Museum Meeting

Aug 7 

The Shalersville Historical Museum monthly meeting will introduce a pictorial book on the Barns of Shalersville. The meeting starts at 7 but those who only wish to see the book may come at 6:30.  This book has been created by Judy Thornton and her love of barns has been a 2 year project.  Books may be purchased for $35.00.


Vacation Bible School 

Aug 7-10

Southington Baptist Church Vacation Bible School will August 7th & 8th from 6-8pm and August 9th from 11-3pm. The program will be held on the 10th during the morning worship service. All ages are invited to attend. The church is located at, 4396 Warren Painesville Rd. Southington, Ohio 44470. This is Rt.534 north of center of Southington, on the right hand side.  For more info or question call: 330.889.9587.


Troy Homecoming

Aug 8-10

Troy Homecoming will be August 8-10 at 13950 Main Market Road in Welshfield, Ohio 44021. A century old tradition continues in southern Geauga County.  Troy Homecoming is a free community festival with live entertainment, contests, raffles, concessions, parade…  Find out more at www.TroyHomecoming.org!


Harvest Point Church Luau

Aug 9

On August 9 Harvest Point Church (Lordstown, Ohio) will host a community Luau at the city parks at Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. from noon- 3:00 p.m.  This is the fourth year that the church has sponsored this family oriented, fun-filled, FREE event which includes games, food, music and prizes.  There will be a Farmers Market and Bakery which provides fresh produce and baked goods at no charge, a Food Court which will provide hot dogs, hot ham sandwiches, chips and more throughout the afternoon free of charge.  Games for all ages, including the dunk tank, goldfish game, high striker, bounce house and slide, to name just a few, will be available for everyone to enjoy.  Members of the congregation will be available in the prayer tent throughout the event.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.


100th Celebration

Aug 9

The former Mantua Center (Township) School is celebrating 100 years since it opened its doors to students in 1914. A special celebration is planned for, August 9th at 1:00pm at the school to recognize the building being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. A special speaker(s) is being invited to attend. All former students, teachers and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. If interested or desire more information please contact Tom at 330-472-8458, Dottie 330-995-3840 or Patsi 330-274-2124.


Canning Workshop

Aug 9

The Portage County Gardeners will reschedule the Canning Workshop to Aug. 9 at 5154 St. Prospect St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 (Rootstown area-You will learn the water bath method of canning as well as pressure canning.  You will also get a Ball Canning Book, and samples to taste. Cost is $25.00-  Call Helena at 330-673-0577 for pre-pay and registration


GI Get Together

Aug 9

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield will host a GI Get Together – coffee and donuts from 8am-noon on Aug 9th, at the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Frank 440-834-8038 for more info.


Steak Fry

Aug 9

American Legion Post 674  Windham, OH, Sons of the American Legion and Ladies Aux Steak Fry will be Aug 9th from 4:30-7:30pm. Pre-sale tickets -$13, at the door – $15. Menu: 10oz NY Strip/Rib eye, baked potato, vegetable, salad   (Prepared By Chef  Harold  Clark ). DJ  from  8 pm to 11pm music by JAY  D, 50/50 Raffle and Chinese Auction


Post 193 Picnic

Aug 9

American Legion Post 193 Legion & Auxiliary picnic will be August 9th at Traveler’s Woods Campground Pavilion beginning at 2pm. Meat and beverages will be provides, if planning to attend call 330-626-3341 or 330-389-9121. Bring a table setting and an ample dish to share. Lots of games and outdoor pool to enjoy.


Memorial Golf Outing

Aug 9

The third annual Jeremy A. Collins Memorial Foundation Golf Outing will be at Sugar Bush Golf Club, August 9. The JACMF provides scholarship money for college bound seniors from LaBrae and James A. Garfield High School. 4-person scramble. $80/golfer before Aug 1st. $85/golfer Aug 2-9th. 18 holes with cart – grilled lunch – beer & soft drinks – catered dinner –Lots of contests and prizes – Rock 106.9’s Dan Stansbury – Hole in one Grand Prize: 2014 Chevy Equinox and more!  Registration 8am – shotgun start at 9am. Hole Sponsors: $100  www.TheJACMF.com for more information.


Dessert Extravaganza

Aug 10

Join Us on August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the KSU Hotel and conference center in Kent, OH for the 6th annual Dessert Extravaganza benefitting Coleman Adult Day Services. This year’s “Sunday’s Salute to Seniors” themed event is sure to keep you guessing with our silent auction and leave you satisfied with our mouthwatering desserts.


Ice Cream Social!

Aug 12

You are invited to an ice cream social at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living on August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  The Celtic Union Band will add to the fun with their high-spirited Irish folk music from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Please join us for this enjoyable evening celebrating summer with friendly folks, good music, and ICE CREAM! 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 (440)834-0260, ext. 8 (voicemail), or e-mail your questions to “fran@brookshouse-assistedliving.com”.  This event is free, and we hope to see you there!


Room Mothers 2014 Luncheon

Aug 12

The Freedom Township School Room Mothers 2014 Luncheon will be held at noon on Agusut 12th at Cals Restaurant banquet room in Garrettsville. All room mothers and mothers who had children in the Freedom School are invited to attend and bring guests. The program this year will be by Michael and Michelle Elias of the Nelson/Garrettsville Food Cupboard.


Monthly Dance

Aug 14

Coleman Adult Day Services sponsors a monthly dance for Developmental Disabilities participants around the community. D.J. Terri Howe provides the entertainment. Refreshments are served. There is no charge for this dance if you would like to attend the next dance will be on August 14th. Every month on the second Thursday located at 6695. North Chestnut Street Ravenna. 6-8pm   If you know anyone that would like to come join in on a fun filled evening call 33-(296-3214) for more information.


CEAC Meeting

Aug 14

The Community Evaluations and Accomplishments Committee (CEAC) for Hiram Township will hold its third meeting on August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will continue about expanding the existing hiking trails throughout the township.  Come and add your input!  This is a public meeting, and any township resident is eligible to serve on the committee.  Location of this meeting is the Hiram Corner Store and Café, 11658 Garfield, Hiram, OH 44234.


Mantua Craft & Flea Market

 Aug 16

Mantua Center Church Craft and Flea Market will be August 16th from 9-4 at the Mantua Administration Building. All proceeds will be donated to the church Mission Fund. Lunch and snacks will be available. We have spaces for vendors! Contact Pat: 330-527-3127 to rent a $15 space.


Burton Library Book Sale

Aug 16

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Aug 16th 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.


J.A. Garfield Poker Run

Aug 16

James A. Garfield Poker Run will be Aug 16th, check in at 10 am, first bike out at 11am, last bike in 4pm. Buy in is $15 per person. This entry fee includes one raffle ticket for a Harley Davidson Forty-Eight! In addition to the raffle, best poker hand wins the pot! The ride begins at James A. Garfield High School. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit a new JAG Stadium. Sponsored by JAG All Sports Boosters. For info call Gary 330-714-4195.


Community Picnic & Health Fair

Aug 16

On August 16th, the Crestwood Lions will be hosting a Community Picnic/Health Fair at Buchert Park in Mantua from noon until 4pm. The Lions will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop for all attendees. There will be eye screenings for adults and children, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, information from various medical providers and chair massages. Local businesses will be in attendance to provide information on the services or products they provide. The Lions will also provide free games for the children. In addition, there will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will go to the Lions 13D Eye Care Foundation, which provides eye surgeries for individuals who have no means of obtaining them by themselves. There may be more. The only way to find out is to come down and see for yourselves. We look forward to meeting with all of you.


Soil Health Through the Seasons

Aug 19

Soil Health Through the Seasons: How to Naturally Nourish Your Lawn on Aug 19th from 6-8 pm at the Twinsburg City Hall Council Chambers (10075 Ravenna Road).  This program will provide tips and techniques for maintaining a green, chemical-free lawn while improving soil health.   This program is free and open to the public but registration is required by contacting Mary at 330-722-9322 or maungst@medinaco.org.  Registration deadline is August 12th!  Don’t delay… registered attendees will receive a soil test kit, lawn care calendar, and a packet of cover crop seeds!  For more information, visit www.geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122 ext. 2.


Join Scouting Today!!!

Aug 26

Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.From building his own pinewood derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends at a family campout, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if he’s in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years old, then it’s time for him to have some fun … with the Cub Scouts. August 26th from7pm-8pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd, Parkman, OH 44080. For more info or questions contact; parkmanpack76@gmail.com orcall Monique (Cub Master) cell: 216-337-2104


Geauga County Fair Booth

Aug 29-Sept 1

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Geauga County Fair Booth will be at the south end of the Fairgrounds by Tank. Call Frank 440-834-8038.


Vendors Wanted

Sept 1

Vendors Wanted for Girl Scout Craft Show- The Parents of Girl Scout Troop #124 will be sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Set-up at 8 am. It will be held at the Church of God Activity Center, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $20.00 for an 8’ table & 2 chairs. Electric is limited. Crafters are requested to donate one item for raffle. Applications & information-contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388 before September 1.


Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run

Sept 6

The 36th Annual Potato Stomp race will take place on September 6th.  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 3.5 mile and 9 mile races begin at 9am. All races start at Crestwood High school.  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/$20 and for the 3.5 mile race $13/$18.  STAR Therapy will pay the entrance fee for any Crestwood student.  Entry forms are available at Advanced Rehab and Jake’s Restaurant in Mantua.  Registration can also be done online at Active.com.  For race and/or registration information, call 330-842-0856 or email rosalief@yahoo.com

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.



Did you Attend James A. Garfield?

Sept 20

Did you attend James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation? If so, you are cordially invited to join us for the annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20th at James A. Garfield Elementary School. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 or hbouts@yahoo.com to make your reservation.


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 will be sent out in July.  Contact Megan Perrine via email mperrine33@aol.com or phone 330-872-3304.