Upcoming Community Events Guide | Weekly VIllager

Forestry Fundamentals, New Friends, and Fun … all for FREE!?!

Calling all high school students! Do you enjoy being outside and are you interested in natural resources? Let Forestry Camp give focus to your future! Don’t delay… there’s still time to apply for Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s scholarship funding to the 2016 Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp! Learn firsthand about Ohio’s forests and natural resources through challenging and engaging activities, woodland hikes, demonstrations, and outdoor experiences taught by resource professionals. Sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association, camp is held June 12-17, 2016 at beautiful FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. There’s fun for everyone, plus college scholarship and career interest opportunities. Applicants must be current Geauga County residents and enrolled in high school at the time of camp. Students who have completed eighth grade through seniors graduating this year are welcome to apply. Don’t delay… apply today!! Scholarship application deadline is April 1st. For more information, visit geaugaswcd.com or call (440) 834-1122.

Northern Portage Relay For Life
Register Today!
The 2016 Northern Portage Relay for Life 5k & 1 Mile run event will take place at Sunny Lake Park on May 7th, starting at 8:30AM. Anyone wishing to participate should register online at www.NPortageRFL5k.
Each participant will receive the 2016 event t-shirt and runner package. Anyone who signs up for the 5K will receive a 2016 custom finisher medal and official race bib, as well as official race timing to track individual finishing times. This year 5K runners have a chance to win a prize for being the fastest finisher in their age group. The top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in the 5K will also receive additional prizes.

JA Garfield 55th Class Reunion
Register by May 18
The James A Garfield class of 1961 will celebrate their 55th class reunion on June 11 at Roby Lee’s at 6 pm. There will be a picnic June 12 at the Silver Creek Winery at 1 pm. Reservations are due by May 18. Contact Connie Leedom at 330-274-2821.

Am. Legion Breakfast
Legion Aux Post 674 in Windham will serve breakfast on Monday mornings from 7- 11 am $7.00 for full menu; $5.00 for limited; Includes coffee, juice and water. Everyone welcome !

Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church
Second Tues. of Month
Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 – 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. email gzimcosky@gmail.com or call 330-297-6424 with questions.

Renegade Soccer Club
Call Today!
Newly formed Renegade Soccer Club (RSC) is seeking youth soccer players to join our program this spring and fall. RSC was formed to provide youth players an option to play beyond the recreation level, opening up to all communities and providing a high level of training while keeping the costs very reasonable. We are looking for 8 to 12 year old boys and girls (U10 and U12) who desire to play and train at a competitive level, throughout the year. Teams will be divided as all-girls and all-boys and to start out we will play in the Kent Ravenna travel league so traveling is required. Practices will start April 6, 2016 at Friendship Alliance Church on SR 44, between SR422 and SR82 at 6PM. The fee for the spring session is $65. Please contact Dave Larch at larchy15@gmail.com or Bob Finney at matrixprints@yahoo.com for more information and reserve your spot on the team. We will have additional training opportunities throughout the year so feel free to contact us at any time.

St. Michael’s Church at 9736 East Center Street in Windham, OH holds bingo every Thursday in the church hall. We have a Large Running Progressive! Ticket sales begin at 6:00 pm. Games start at 7:00 pm. Please come and support St. Michael’s Church!

Spring SoccerAnyone?
Register Today!
If you are serious about soccer AND are you are currently a 7th or 8th grader at James A Garfield MS we have an opportunity for you! A co-ed team is being formed to play in an outdoor spring Geauga County Rec league. The team will be coached by Mike Coney, the current J.A. Garfield High school boys varsity soccer coach. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with Coach Coney & the high school team. Tentative practices start the 1st week of Aoril. Contact Kim Curry at 330-620-1263.

Legion Fish Fry
Fish fry is back at American Legion Post 674, Windham. Fridays from 4-7:30 pm. Choice of fish, chicken, or shrimp. Pick one or do combo. Comes with fries and choice of 2 sides. Price $8.00

Garden Club Welcomes New Members
Fourth Weds. of Month
Silver Creek Garden Club welcomes new members. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Members enjoy speakers, gardening, visiting gardens and garden centers. If you are a lover of flora and fauna please goin us.. For more information all Barb @ 330-527-2802

Village Piecemakers Quilt Club
Third Tuesday of Month
Whether you are a new quilter or experienced all are welcome to learn, help another and share your passion for quilting. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Garrettsville Village Hall on High Street. For more information call Barb @ 330-527-2802

Lenten Fish Fry
Through March 25
Lenten fish fry at Newton Falls VFW March 25th from 3-8pm. Dinner includes fried or baked fish, bread, and 3 sides of your choice. Cost is $9. Hosted by the Newton Falls Athletic Booster Club. Proceeds support the athletes. VFV Post 3332 is located at 433 Arlington Blvd. Takeout dinners available by calling 330-780-1986.

Eagles Fish Dinners
Through March 25
The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting a fried fish dinner on Fridays through Mar. 25th. Dinners will be served from 4 – 7:30 pm. Choice of fish, fish and shrimp combo or chicken tenders. Meals include choice of baked potato or french fries, green beans, coleslaw or apple sauce, roll and butter. Meals are $9.00. Carryout available by calling 330-527-2330. Open to the public.

Service of Shadows
March 24
The Garrettsville United Methodist Church—8223 Park Ave, Garrettsville– will be having a Service of Shadows (Tenebrae) on Maundy Thursday (March 24) at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Good Friday Service the following day at 12:00, noon, traditionally the hour when the crucifixion began, in the church.

God Provides A Free Meal
March 25
God provides a free meal on March 25 at the Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR 305 from 4-6 p.m. Chicken & rice casserole, vegetable, roll and dessert.

Short Stack Pancake Breakfast
March 26
On March 26 from 8-11 am we will be serving a short stack pancake breakfast. You will receive pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice for a suggested donation price of $5. No take out available. Provided by The Fountain COG, 12888 SR 88, Garrettsville — north of SR 305 and just south of the Geauga County line.

Edible Book Festival
March 26
14th annual Edible Book Festival will be held at the Burton Public Library on March 26, 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories: FUNNIEST, MOST BOOK-LIKE, and MOST REALISTIC
*It can be a cake, cookie, sandwich, any form you choose – as long as it is entirely edible.*
Make your edible “book” at home and bring it to the library at 11 a.m. on the day of the festival.The “book” creations will be judged then eaten! If you do not wish to make a book, come anyway! There will be “books” to decorate, stories, and FUN! All ages are welcome to come and enjoy the fun! (No registration required)

Hope For Happiness Walk
March 26
Hiram College Hope for Happiness Suicide Prevention Walk will take place on March 26. The events include a pancake breakfast in KC Dix from 8-9:30AM (he cost of the pancake breakfast is $5/$7 for students (advance/ at door), and $8/$10 for community members), then the Walk events (including speaker Dr. Acacia Parks and a 3 mile walk around campus) will take place from 10AM-12PM. The event will happen rain or shine, since we have an indoor location in case of inclement weather. Registration for the Walk will be $5 for students (will receive a drawstring backpack) or $15 (backpack and T-shirt); or $10 for community members (backpack) or $20 (backpack and T-shirt). To register for the breakfast and/or walk, go to www.hiram.edu/hiramhope. Payment can be made the day of the event by cash or credit card.

Eagles Steak Fry
March 26
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak
fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday Mar. 26th from 4-7:30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or french fries, green beans, salad and roll. Carryout available by calling 330-527-2330. Open to the public.

“Spring into Fitness” Trail Run
March 26
Put on your running shoes or boots as we experience the preserve in a totally unique and healthy way. Location – Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231. Date and time: March 26th, 2016 10:00am- 12:00pm. For more information call (330)-527-5118 or email adam.wohlever@dnr.state.oh.us Special note: Please dress according to the weather as the temperatures may still be cold this time of year. The goal of this event is to combine fitness with the serenity of nature. The trails at Eagle Creek are semi-unimproved (mostly bare soil) and will afford a moderate challenge when run. Total distance will be approximately 3 miles. Refreshments will be available after the run.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
March 26
You are invited to a pancake breakfast fund raiser for Windham Bible Church’s Youth Ministry on Saturday, March 26th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Windham Bible Church, 9550 Windham Parkman Rd., Windham, Ohio. Adults $5, Children $3, kids under 2 are free. The funds raised will go to the students to attend the LIFE 2016 conference in Kansas City. Any questions, please call Windham Bible Church at 330-326-3550.
Portage Co. Republican Women’s Club Meeting Rescheduled
March 28
The Portage County Republican Women’s Club Meeting has been changed from March 21 to March 28. Mary Taylor, Lt. Governor of Ohio will be the speaker.

College Planning Program at Garrettsville Library
March 30
Students in grades 7 through 12 and parents are invited to the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, for a college planning program on Wednesday, March 30 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Come learn how to pay for college without going broke, jeopardizing your savings or retirement, and find out reasons why you should never use a 529 plan. Also, find out why the new FAFSA rules will cost you even more in financial aid. Please call 330-527-4378 to reserve your seat today.

Understanding Your Utilities
March 30
The Middlefield Library will be hosting “Understanding Your Utilities” on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm. Looking to learn some potentially money saving options when it comes to your utilities? Zack Frymier, public information officer for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), will discuss resources that assist you in understanding the state’s utilities. In addition, learn about choosing an electric or natural gas supplier, consumer protection tips, consumer rights and responsibilities, payment assistance programs, and local government aggregation. Please call 440-632-1961 to register for this informational session. The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

Hiram Community Trust Grants
Through April 1
The board of the Hiram Community Trust is soliciting funding proposals for creative, community-based projects that support a spirit of cooperation among Hiram, Hiram College, Garfield and Crestwood Schools. To obtain an application form and funding guidelines, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
April 2
On April 2, 2016 Kiwanis of the Western Reserve and Hiram’s Little Village Learning Center are co-hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast featuring Goodell’s recipes and syrup; sausage; juice; coffee and tea at Hiram Christian Church from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pay at the door. $7.00 per adult; children 8 and under free.

Vernal Pool Exploration
April 2
Vernal pools are seasonally water-filled depressions commonly found in the forest. These pools provide the necessary habitat for many plants and animals. Join us as at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231 as we explore the fascinating plant and animal communities associated with vernal pools.
April 2 form 10:30 am – 12 pm. No registration is required. Muck boots are recommended. For more information call (330)-527-5118 or email adam.wohlever@dnr.state.oh.us

April 2
Join us for fun at Hiram Christian Church/ Little Village Early Learning Center on April 2 from 11:30 to 1:00. Children from ages 18 months to 12 years will participate in an Easter Egg Hunt and crafts and activities. You will have a chance to meet members of Hiram Fire Department and Police Department and view their equipment. Come early or stay late and share pancakes with the Kiwanis at their pancake breakfast.

Night Creatures
April 2
On Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m Lake Metroparks is bringing their Night Creatures program to the Burton Public Library! Get an up-close look at live nocturnal animals and discover how they function at night. No registration required.

Windham HS Golf Texas Hold ‘em Tournament
April 2
There will be a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament held on Aprl 2 at the Windham Community Center on April 2. Doors open at noon. Proceeds benefit the Windham HS Golf Team. Questions — call Kennt Shearer 330-219-2571 or Dove Fall 330-442-6495.

Chicken Dinner
April 2
The Newton Twp. Cemetery Association will be having a Baked Boneless Chicken Breast Dinner on April 2 from 4-6pm at the First Christian Church, 17 N. Center St., Newton Falls, OH. Menu also includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, bread, dessert, and drink. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Takeouts available. Advance tickets only, available from any Cemetery Association member or call Louanne at 330-872-1353.

Quail Hollow Herb Society Meeting
April 3
Sunday, April 3 – 2pm: Have you ever eaten a Rose of Sharon flower or a Yellow Birch tree? Bill Hendricks, President of Klyn Nurseries, will lead us through perennials and woody plants in our landscapes that have edible possibilities. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Quail Hollow State Park Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road, Hartville, OH For more information, please contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
April 3 & 10
Pancake and sausage breakfasts will be held at the American Legion Home on Goodwin St. in Burton. April 3 & 10 from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Call Ron at 440-343-1478 for prices.

“What God Said”
April 4
On Monday, April 4th, at 10:30am the Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville for a continuation of March’s Book Review and Discussion Group: WHAT GOD SAID.by: Neale Donald Walsch, Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Chicken Dinner
April 6
Southington UMC, SR 305 & 534, Southington, Oh will be holding a chicken dinner, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $9.00, Chicken tenders dinner for children ages 4-10, $4.50, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

A Course In Miracles
April 6
On April 6, at 10:30am Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville for “A COURSE IN MIRACLES”.Reading Assignments discussed: Both Text and Teacher’s Manual Chapters 20,21,22. Student’s Workbook Lessons 215 – 245.
If you own the book “A COURSE IN MIRACLES” please bring it.Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Quarter Auction Fundraiser
April 9
Parents of Troop #124 will be holding a Quarter Auction Fundraiser on April 9 at the United Methodist Church on Ridge Road in Newton Falls, OH. Admission is $6 per person, doors open at 5pm and the auction begins 6pm. For tickets or more information call Louanne at 330-872-1353 or Teresa at 330-503-9388

A Treasure Trove of Terrific Things Rummage Sale.
April 7 -9
Rummage sale will be held at the Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, April 7th & 8th, 9am to 5pm and April 9th, 9am to 12 noon. Saturday will be bag day. Bake sale and lunch counter Thursday and Friday.

Spring Fashion Show
April 10
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is holding a Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua. This event will include a light luncheon, beverages, home-made desserts, door prizes and much more. You will be able to shop with many local vendors and enjoy a full fashion show from Dress Barn and Maurices.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased prior to the event by contacting Mary Dickey at auntieyram@aol.com or call 330-592-1631. Proceeds from this event will help fund many charitable projects within our community.

“Crafting with Marian”
April 11
Crafters are invited to the Garrettsville Library for the next “Crafting with Marian” craft program on Monday, April 11 from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm. This month’s craft will feature turning a book into a unique, beautiful planter. Bringing live plants into your home can be soothing and add beauty to your home. When finished, you can go home with a beautiful plant and a feeling of success in making something unique. Led by Marian Philips of “Crafting with Marian”, the project is fun and supplies are free. There is $5.00 refundable fee to register (refunded on the day of the program). Seats are limited so sign up soon. Call 330-527-4378 to register or for more information.

Appalachian Experience Rummage Sale
April 13 & 14
The Appalachian Experience group is hosting a Huge Rummage Sale at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall (11845 St. Rt. 44) on Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Donations of clean, usable items (no TV’s) are appreciated and may be dropped off at the front entrance of the K of C Hall on Monday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., or by appointment. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, sort items, work during sale hours, and for clean-up afterward. For further information, please contact Margery Cleary (330-274-7274) or Dan & Seán Fejes (330-274-2481 or sfejes24@gmail.com).

Geauga County Fundraiser Breakfast
April 17
The Geauga County Fundraiser breakfast will be held at the American Legion Home on Goodwin St. in Burton. April 17 from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Call 440-313-2095 for prices.

Home Cooked Supper
April 20
The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, homemade dessert and beverage. Dinner will be held from 5-6:00pm on April 20.
The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger.Carry-outs will be available

May 7
Join us for our annual event in Newton Falls, Ohio. Bring at least six plants to trade with other gardeners. No fancy pots required, any old box or bag will do. Plant Exchange starts at nine and runs until noon but we also have other activities. Free yoga from 8 am until 8:30, live music by the Lake Erie Brass Ensemble at ten, vendors, and great company. Email Susan at artsusan21@gmail.com or call 330-718-3469 for more info. Event is on Saturday May 7th at the JC Pavillion in Newton Falls Park. 9 am until noon for the plants.

Spring Wildflower Hike
May 7
Join us at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve as we are treated to one of the best spring wildflower displays in Northeast Ohio. May 7th, 2016 10:00 am-12:00pm No registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118 or email adam.wohlever@dnr.state.oh.us

Waterfalls and Wildflowers
May 14
Location: Sheepskin Hollow State Nature Preserve, 51766 Pancake Clarkson Rd. Negley, OH 44441. Date and time: May 14th, 2016 10:30am- 12:00pmDescription: Join us as we trek through the pristine gorge of the preserve, viewing wildflowers and three amazing waterfalls. No registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118 or email adam.wohlever@dnr.state.oh.us Special note: This is a moderately difficult hike that does not follow a trail. This hike may not be suitable for young children or visitors with mobility difficulties.
Summer Youth Art Camp
June 6-10
Join Hiram College and art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney for a fun-filled week of art explorations. Programs for children ages 3-8. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

BioBlitz: Vernal Pools
June 9-10
11-15 year olds will take a deep dive into the mysterious and murky waters of vernal pools during this 24-hour exploration. The unique wetlands are home to frogs, toads, salamanders and lots of creepy crawlers. Participants will camp overnight at the Hiram College Field Station. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

Field Ecology Research
June 19-25
This experience offers high schoolers an opportunity to work and learn alongside Hiram College faculty and students while doing ecological research at the Hiram College Field Station. Participants stay overnight. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

Nature Camps for Kids
June 27-July 1
OR July 25-29
Nature Camps are Naturally Wonderful for kids ages 3-10. Explore streams, forests, animals, plants and much more as we learn about the world around us and have fun doing it. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

BioBlitz: Fish & Food Webs
July 7-8
11-15 year olds will slog through creeks and streams in search of fish and the things they feed upon. Nets, waders and fast fingers will be our tools as we try to map where and how these creatures live. Participants will camp overnight at the Hiram College Field Station. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

Wilderness Leadership
July 10-16
High schoolers will develop leadership skills, connect with nature, and work to achieve individual and group goals at Hiram College’s Northwoods Field Station in the remote wilderness of Michigan. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.