A Pioneer Easter Celebration
Hiram – The Historic Johnson Home, 6203 Pioneer Trail, Hiram, OH, invites the community to join them on March 25 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m., noon, for a Pioneer Easter Celebration. When they say “pioneer”, they’re not kidding.
There will be live farm animals on-site, butter churning, wool carding, a hay ride, an egg hunt, crafts of all sorts, pioneer games, story-telling time, crafts, treats, even an Easter video. See and experience something old, try something new, learn something, enjoy everything. It’s free and open to the public.
The home itself is a display of “how things used to be” and a prominent part of the heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which they enjoy introducing to the community at-large.
Mark your calendars for March 25, 2016; be a pioneer-for-a-day. Visit part of the 1800’s right here at home.

“Grief Gathering 2016” to be Offered in Garrettsville
St. Ambrose Church will be offering “to the community” a gathering of grief support and information on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the church hall, starting April 20th through May 25th. Participants should try to attend all of the sessions, to take advantage of this beautiful, gentle program. Each gathering builds upon the previous gatherings. It will be helpful in our planning if interested participants would call the St. Ambrose rectory at 330-527-4105.
Linda R. (Malobenski) Simpson, of Hiram, will be facilitating the grief gathering. Simpson, a graduate of James A Garfield High School, attended Hiram College and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1994 with a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. In 1995, she completed her apprenticeship in Port Clinton, Ohio, and became a licensed embalmer and funeral director in 1996. She is also licensed by the Ohio Department of Insurance, enabling her to arrange preplanned funerals. In 1999, she became a member of the American Academy of bereavement and is now a bereavement facilitator, after attending and passing the four day certification award program offered by the AAB in Nashua, New Hampshire. In June of 2000, Simpson attended the five day “World Gathering on Bereavement” in Columbus, Ohio. This wonderful event, which occurs once every five years, allowed professionals, caregivers, and grieving individuals from all over the world to gather together, to support each other, and to learn more about grief. In August of 2005, she attended the last “World Gathering on Bereavement” which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
People grieve for many reasons. We may grieve from the loss of a loved one through death, from the loss of a job, from the loss of a spouse and children through divorce, from the loss of familiar home and town, or from the loss of a pet. The list is endless.
We welcome all grieving individuals to our gathering. We invite you to take whatever information you need and to leave the rest behind. Support means “I will walk with you, I will not try to change you or how you feel. I will simply be here beside you.”

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.

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 every Friday during lent and Good Friday. Feb 12th-March 18th from 4-8pm and 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.

Fish Fry Fridays
March 18
Fried fish, French fries, coleslaw and beverages will be served from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422 – 1/4 mile east of St. Rt. 528 in Parkman). Adult dinners are $9 (Dine-in or take-out). Desserts will be available for an additional donation. (An alternate kid-friendly dinner will also be available for $5 each.)

The Stations of the Cross in Shadow
March 18
Join us for The Stations of The Cross performed by St. Ambrose and St. Michael Youth Ministry Friday, March 18th at 7:00pm at St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville. This extravagant show will feature The Stations of The Cross performed in shadow and include live music. It will also include renderings of The Last Supper, The Agony in the Garden, and the Resurrection of Jesus. A Lenten soup and bread supper is offered after the show in the church fellowship hall. Admission is free for both the show and meal. Free will donations will be gratefully accepted. Please don’t miss this inspirational Lenten event!

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner in Windham
March 19
Windham United Methodist Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 19th , from 4:30 – 7:00pm.All you can eat, includes spaghetti with meat sauce, coleslaw, bread & butter, homemade dessert and beverage.Adults $8.00, Children 5-12 $4.00, under 5 free. Takeouts are available!

Easter Egg Hunt at Pixley Park
March 19
Easter Egg Hunt at Pixley Park-Nelson Twp. will be held at noon on March 19. Don’t forget your Easter Basket to collect your eggs. Ages 3-11 – Games, Crafts, Prizes. Location: Pixley Park, 9231 St. Rt. 305, Nelson
Alternate weather location: Nelson Township Community House on the Circle. To help and/or donate individually wrapped candies, please contact Dawn at 440-227-8064

Casino Bus Trip
March 19
Windham Softball and Baseball casino bus trip to Presque Isle in Erie, PA will be March 19th. Bus leaves from Windham High School at 1:30pm, returning by 11pm. Cost is $40 per ticket, each person receives $25 free game play (must have driver’s license to receive), 50/50 and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the building of the baseball/softball field. Please contact Dawn Kilgore 216-406-0019 or Danny Burns 330-984-3016.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 19
All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on March 19 from 4-6 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507 216 E. Main St., West Farmington. Dinner includes Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad, bread, pie, coffee and lemonade. Donation is $7 adults; $4.50 ages 5-12; under 5 free. Take-out available.

Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off and Chinese Auction
March 19
The Huntsburg Grange 16th Annual Chili Cook Off is Saturday, March 19 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Huntsburg Gym, behind the Fire Department Garage, parking is behind the old school. Just $3.00 buys a chil sampler pack and 1 “People’s Choice Vote” for your favorite entry. Call Colleen by march 12 at 440-636-5517 to enter the contest, $5 entry fee. 1st and 2nd place ribbons and cash prizes, 3rd place honorable mention. Free Grange Cake, Chinese Auction drawing starts at 2:00 pm. Live music by Bob Stanek and The Boys Are Back, kids games, cake walk, Raffles, 50/50 drawing, vendor show – support local organizations, memorial brick order forms available, $45.00 with installation. For more information, contact Lynnette at 440-477-2822 or Colleen at 440-636-5517.

Oink & Squeal
March 19
Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 annual Oink & Squeal Chinese auction and ham raffle will be March 19th at the Burton American Legion Hall. 14052 Goodwin St., Burton. Doors open at 5pm, raffle starts at 7pm. Raffle prizes: 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $150 and 3rd prize $75. Plus 15 hams will be given away. Raffle tickets are $2 each, Chinese auction tickets are 25 cents each or 5 for $1 sold at event. Admission is a non-perishable food, bath, personal hygiene item or cash donation to be donated to the local food bank. All proceeds will fund our scholarship program and Girls State Sponsorships.

Palm Sunday Dinner
March 20
St. Michael’s Church is hosting their annual Palm Sunday Dinner, March 20, 2016. We will be serving from 11am to 3pm. All are welcome! There will be turkey and dressing, cabbage rolls, pasta, salads, homemade desserts, and more. Adults are $11.00. Children are $6.00. Children 5 and under are free. Carry outs are available. Please come and support St. Michael’s Church! We are located at 9536 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfasts
March 20
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 48th annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market – Rt. 422) on March 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Adults eat for $8; children – $4 (Pre-schoolers are free). Adult take-outs are also available. Our pancakes are served on real plates (no disposables here) and we use only real Geauga County maple syrup. Our own secret recipe is used for our sausage patties. You can even buy some sausage to take home and enjoy.

Palm Sunday Breakfast
March 20
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 will be hosting the Annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast at St. Joseph’s in Mantua featuring “All You Can Eat” buttermilk pancakes, on Sunday, March 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This delicious meal is served with homemade toppings and/or syrup, sausage patty, oj, coffee, tea, or milk. Great Family Prices: $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Seniors, $4.00 for Children (6-12), Under 5 FREE. Plus, each child in attendance will be able to put their name in for a FREE drawing for two Easter baskets filled with goodies! Theme Basket Raffles will also be a part of the event (tickets are just $1.00 or 6/$5.00). Try your luck on the Spring Garden Basket, Snack Basket, or Pamper Me Basket. Hope to see you there! To volunteer or for more information, please contact Peg Haney (330-274-2268 or phaney@stjosephmantua.com).

Pancake Breakfast
March 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion will be hosting pancake and sausage breakfasts on March 20 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at the American Legion Home on Goodwin St. in Burton. Call Ron at 440.343.1478 for more info and pricing.

“What Dreams May Come”
March 21
Monday, March 21st at 10:30am Garrettsville YMCA Active Older Adults 55+ invite you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for a continuation of a FILM Review and Discussion Group of last month’s film: WHAT DREAMS MAY COME A film starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions the group meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am. Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Free Community Meals
March 21
Christ Lutheran Church will be hosting their Free Community Meals on Mondays, March 21, April 18 and May 16 from 5 to 6:30 PM. The Church is located on North Main Street in Mantua right next to the Crestwood High School. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal.

Tree City Carvers Meeting
March 22
The Tree City Carvers will meet on March 22 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park, Middlebury Road in Kent. Speaker this month: Our guest speaker will be Raquel Loree, who is a 33 yr. old graduate student at Ursuline College in their Masters of Art Therapy program. She will be talking to us about her journey as a mother, recovering alcholic, mental health professional, that has brought her to the occupation of art therapy.It should be an interesting talk. This meeting is free and open to the public. for more info, call Larry Hurd; 330-297-7905

Free Community Dinner
March 22
Windham American Legion is hosting a free community dinner on March 22 from 5-6 pm. or while supplies last. The Legion Hall is located at 9960 Center St. Windham.

Tuesday Community at the Center
March 22
The Tuesday Community at the Center get togethers will resume at the historic Mantua Center School building, 11741 Center Road in Mantua Township, on Tuesday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. This first gathering will include a program by the Portage County District Library after lunch and a pop-up library from 9:30 to 3:00. Potluck lunch is at about noon. Anything from snacks to casseroles to desserts is welcome.

Battle of the Baptist Cooks”
March 24
If you missed our February Dinner by the Baptist Church in Garrettsville, you missed a “SUPER COLOSSAL” belly full dinner. Now this month just for you at the Renaissance Family Center, March 24, 5-6:30 p.m.
the New Hope Baptist Church is cooking up another belly full dinner. I’m calling it the “Battle of the Baptist Cooks”. Dare you to come to the “battle”.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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. Takeout’s available. Advance tickets only available from any Cemetery Association member or call Louanne at 330-872-1353.

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.

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.

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