Newton Falls – At the beginning of July, the Community Center area of Newton Falls bustled with the excitement of Independence Day celebrations complete with carnival rides and fireworks, but that spot in town isn’t quite done playing host to family-style festivities this month.

On Saturday, July 25th, residents and visitors are invited to come on out for another day of mid-summer family fun for a very good cause. Starting at 10am, local crafters and growers will offer a selection of their wares and fresh produce for the first Farmers Market of the season. Then from 2pm-6pm, kids of all ages can participate in family-friendly games and activities, including a visit with the Army Reserves and their dog tag machine. Free popcorn and cotton candy will be served.

Once the young ones are worn out from all the afternoon fun, the adults can have their turn with a special “Arty Party” at the pavilion by the restrooms. From 5pm-7pm registrants will have the opportunity to relax with a glass of wine and try their hand at painting an artistic wine glass picture. An instructor will walk the students through the process and all supplies for the piece are provided. Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved by July 18th, so interested parties should call (330) 647-3245 or (330) 872-5261 to sign up. The $40 entry price for the Arty Party workshop also includes admission to the wine tasting event which follows.

Those who wish to attend just the wine tasting from 6pm-10pm will be treated to an array of wine samples from several area wineries. For $10 per individual or $15 per couple, payable at the gate, attendees will receive a complimentary wine glass and three coupons per person to trade in for a taste of their choice while enjoying live entertainment by Joe Fritz.

The real treat for this day of play is that all proceeds will be used to help others play as well: the Newton Falls Parks & Recreation Commission has received a $15,000 grant from KaBoom! to build a handicapped-accessible playground. In order to fulfill the grant requirements, the city must raise an additional $9,000 which will be added to the funds received by the foundation and start the process of bringing this new play area to completion. As this is designed to be a community project, eventually volunteers will be needed to help build the playground which will be located in the area by the tennis courts — closer to the pavilions, restrooms and parking lot — so look for that invitation soon! Learn more about KaBoom! grants by visiting their website at

In addition to this Summer Family Fun Day, the commission is planning an array of fundraising opportunities to supplement the grant efforts such as a community cookbook and other projects. General questions about this event or future fundraising developments should be directed to Ashley Grunder, Parks & Recreation Director, at (330) 872-5261. Anyone interested in being a crafter or farmer at the Market may contact Barb Gordon (330) 872-0920 or Vickie Ball (330) 872-9923 for information. And don’t forget to visit the City of Newton Falls facebook page for updates as well and help the community members continue in working together to build a better tomorrow!