Images of a Naturalist’s Journey
Session 1: Sept 18, 25; Oct 2
Session 2: Oct 16, 23, 30
Session 3: Nov 13, 20, 27
Through simple observation, capture the intricacies of natural habitats as you discover their value and the interconnection they share. Join Carol A. Agnew for a short introduction of basic illustration techniques along with hand-lettering. Apply these techniques en plein air (French: Open ‘in full’ air) as we venture outside to capture and define details within a variety of habitats found at the James H. Barrow Field Station. All skill levels are invited for an afternoon (1:30-3:30pm)of creativity and scientific discovery as you complete your artistic nature journal. At the completion of all three series, enjoy a Winter Reception with fellow participants, friends and family as we enjoy each unique approach to the natural world around us. Fee: $42 per session or $108 for all three sessions. To register, contact Carol Agnew at 216.816.4305 or

Call Today!
Burton Health Care Center is hosting a craft fair on Saturday,October 8, 2016 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. We are currently looking for vendors for the event. The cost to reserve a table is $20. Burton Health Care Center is located at 14095 E. Center St. Burton, OH 44021 For more information or to register, call Michele at 440-834-1084 or email at

NHS In Search Of Paint
James A Garfield National Honor Society is looking for water/latex based paints you want to dispose of, if so inclined, please drop off at the High School any school day between 7:30 – 200. Water based/Latex based only, no oil based.

Families Anonymous Meeting
Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicted members meet every Monday from 7-8 pm at Coleman Behavioral Services Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For more information call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

Free Water Well Monitoring
4th Monday of Month
Free well water monitoring will be conducted on the 4th Monday of the month, at 7:00 P.M., at the Hiram Christian Church on the corner of Routes 82 and 700 in Hiram.

Community Center Open!
You are invited to attend the Community Center which meets every Tuesday in the historic Mantua Center School, just north of SR 82 on Mantua Center Road. It’s free, and the cafeteria wing, where we meet is fully accessible. Free coffee and tea are ready soon after 9. Painting group gathers at 9:30. Potluck lunch is at noon; bring a dish for the buffet. (Tableware provided.) We usually close about two, but could stay open later if there were demand.

Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 16
The next Western Reserve Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be held Friday, September 16th 4:30-7:00pm at the Hiram Christian Church. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, & dessert. $ 7.00 per person, kids 8 & under eat FREE! Carryout available!

Hiram Historical Society Open House
Sept 17
The Hiram Historical Society is participating in a state-wide program by offering an Open House from 1-4 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Various items in the Century House will be on display, including quilts, a plate collection, vintage card and board games, and books about history and genealogy for children from 6 to 95. The House is located beside the Hiram Fire Department and Village Hall. There is no handicapped access.

Charity Yard Sale
Sept 17
3rd Annual Charity Yard Sale supporting Freeway’s Greyt Escape, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation helping greyhounds. Saturday, September 17th, 9AM until 4PM. Multi-families supporting their favorite non-profit organization or helping to support Freeway’s non-profit. Refreshments available. Lots of antiques, collectables, books, furniture, etc. already set aside for this sale. 10555 South Street, Garrettsville, Ohio. Call Diana for more information or to reserve your space 239-470-6429 or 330-527-2276.

Faith Tabernacle Choir To Perform
Sept 18
Pastor Bobbie Gwaltney and Faith Tabernacle Choir from Cleveland, OH will be at Shepherd’s Joy Ministries
Sept. 18th, at 6:00 pm. The ministry is located at 9445 1/2 Annette Dr., Windham, Ohio. Please come early for a good seat. More info. 330 527-5009

Dinner & Music
Sept 18
Come join us at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 WindhamParkman Rd., Garrettsville on Sept, 18 at 11 am for our annual Homecoming Sunday! Enjoy the music of the Mercy River Quartet, followed by a pot luck dinner and fellowship.

Film Review & Discussion Group
Sept 19
Monday, September 19th at 10:30am Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for a FILM Review and Discussion Group presented by Dr J Patella: The video
MYSTERY MOVIE – Please join us! If you are interested in the film group, they meet the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am. Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Free Community Meal
Sept 19
Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be hosting their monthy Free Community Meal on Monday, September 19 from 5 to 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and a chance to visit with your neighbors and friends.

PCGC Program
Sept 20
The Portage County Gardeners, 5154 S. Prospect will sponsor a program by Bill Johnson at the garden center on Sept. 20. His power point will focus on alternative techniques in gardening which includes hydroponics, aquaponics, and more. The free program for the public and members begins at 1p.m.; however, if you would like to join us for lunch please make a reservation by calling Marilyn Tyger at 330-348-6089. The cost of the lunch to non-members is $7.00 made payable to PCGC.

Haile Thomas To Speak At Garrettsville YMCA
Sept 21
Youth Health Advocate, motivational speaker, teen chef Haile Thomas is coming to the Y, right here in Garrettsville on September 21 at 7 pm! Open to the public and aimed at any students, any parents, any educators, any coaches who are interested in making optimum use of nutrition as a means of achieving their best outcomes, in athletic performance or daily living. She’s a great example of the fact that it’s never too early to make a positive and lasting impact. Call the YMCA at 330.469.2044

Rummage Sale
Sept 21 & 22
Southington UMC, SR 305 & 534, will be holding a rummage sale/Bake Sale, on Sept 21, 9am to 4pm. Bag Day Sept 22, 9am to 11am. Lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, dessert, and beverage will be available for purchase on the 21st only. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156 for orders & information.

RFC Community Dinner
Sept 22
Do you remember the famous commercial where the old lady yells into the telephone receiver, “Where’s the beef”?
Well this old lady knows “where the beef is”. It’s at the Renaissance Family Center Sept 22, from 5-6:30 at the Community Dinner. See you there; come see the “old lady”. The oldest lady there gets a prize.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Sept 24
There will be a Swiss Steak Dinner on Sept 24 from 4-7 pm at the First Congregational UCC in Rootstown. Dinner includes assorted salads, rolls, variety of vegetables, Swiss steak, potatoes, gravy, desserts and beverage. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 children ages 6-12.

Shop Locally for the Holidays!!
Sept 24
Enjoy a local craft show on September 24 from 10am to 4pm at Lake Hodgson Lodge, Lakewood Road, Ravenna
Please bring non-perishable food to donate to local food cupboards. All money we receive from Chinese auction provided by our vendors will go to the APL. Vendors include: Thirty One Gifts, Scentsy, Perfectly Posh, Jewelry by Carol, LulaRoe Clothing, Dirty Margaret-Bags, Belts & Bling, One Step Closer, Younique, Dixie Darlins Double Dippers, and
Chi-Chet’s Crochets

Swiss Steak Dinner
Sept 24
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their Swiss Steak Dinner at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle in Garrettsville, Ohio, 44231 on SEPTEMBER 24, 2016. Dinner is served from 4:00-6:00 PM. The price is $10:00 for Adults, $6.00 for Child age 6-12, Children 5 and under FREE. The dinner consists of: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Corn Casserole, and Drinks and Dessert. Carry-out is also available at the same location.

Pork Chop Dinner
Sept 24
On the 24th of September there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4 and we serve until 6:30 unless food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Takeouts are available.

Free Community Dinner
Sept 27
There will be a free community dinner on Sept 27 from 5-6 pm., while supplies last. Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St. Everyone welcome.

Burton Art Show at the Burton Public Library
Sept 27
Calling all artists (16 years and older) that live, work, or attend school in Geauga or Lake County. Entry night is Sept. 27 from 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm. A non-refundable entry fee of $10 per item or 3 for $25 is due (payable by cash or check) on entry night. Pick up an entry form with the rules of the show at the library or print it out from our homepage: Call us at (440) 834-4466 for more information.

Fall Family Fun Fest
Oct 1
Please join us for our Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, October 1st from 1:30-4:30 (rain or shine). Enjoy pony rides, hay wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, selfies with Bart the Pony, bonfire & weenie roast. All proceeds will benefit the JAG Schools SnackPack Program operated by the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Admission $10 – kids 2 & under free. In The Woods Barn, 9916 Nichols Road, Freedom Township.

Bark Boo-Nanza
Oct 8
Bark Boo-nanza 2016 is being held with Aurora’s Fall Family Fest. Presented by Freedom Greyhound Rescue and Aurora Parks & Recreation. Saturday, October 8th from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Road, Aurora OH 44202. Fun for the entire family including the furkids! Free Admission! Rescue groups, vendors, raffles and prizes! Enjoy Inflatables, hayrides, crafts, scarecrow making, concession and much more! Fees required for some activities. TAKE YOUR DOG TRICK-OR-TREATING (1.75 mile walk). Cost: $8 per dog. Boo treat bags for first 100 registered dogs! Registration: 11:30am – 12:30pm. Doggie trick-or-treating begins directly after dog costume contest. DOG COSTUME CONTEST at 12:30pm. Categories – 1. Dogs: scariest, funniest, creative. 2. Adults/Dog: Look-a-like, and best theme. 3. Kids/Dog: Look-a-like, and best theme. Dog Contests & Games at 2:30 p.m – prizes! For information:; email or call Aurora Parks and Recreation at 330-562-4333. See you there!

Harvest Festival
Oct 8
Come to the Harvest Festival on Oct. 8 from 10 am – 2 pm, at the Historic John and Elsa Johnson Farm, 6203 Pioneer Trail in Hiram. Fun family activities include pumpkin toss and water carry, decorate pumpkin cookies, pioneer story time, tractor hay rides, petting barnyard and many more fun activities. This is a community wide event so invite all your friends and neighbors to come and join in the fun!

Vendors Needed
Oct 8
Vendors are needed for the Camelot Community Garage Sale. This indoor event will be held at the Camelot Center, 3498 Barclay Messerly Rd., Southington on Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM. The public may purchase a table space for $10. (Table not provided) Please send your check along with your name and email address to The Camelot Center by October 1 to reserve your space. Items may also be donated for the sale. The Camelot Center is a non-profit 501C3 organization. Proceeds from this event will benefit the facility and our therapeutic horseback riding program. For more information, call (330) 889-0036.

Harvest Dinner
Oct 19
The North Bloomfield Historical Society is holding its annual potluck dinner in the old town hall on the square on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00pm. The address is 8830 Park Drive, N. Bloomfield, OH. The speaker will be former resident Dale Wildman, author of FARM DAYS:A Memoir and Then Some. Please bring a dish to pass. Table service and drinks will be provided.

Crafters Needed
Oct 29
Crafters needed for October 29th for Renaissance Family Center Craft Show. Call for information 330-326-3003 or 330-326-2013.

Holiday Craft Show
Nov 11 & 12
Portage County Gardeners and the Portage County Herb Society is sponsoring a Holiday Craft Show on Nov. 11, 4-8 p.m and Nov. 12, 10-3 p.m. We need crafters! Please call Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 if you would like an 8’ table for a onetime fee of $35. We have enough jewelry, knit and crocheted scarves and hats, floral wreaths, and homemade candy. Other type hand crafted items are welcome.

JAG PTO Craft Show
Nov 12
The JAG Elementary school PTO is sponsoring a craft show on Nov 12 from 10 am – 3 pm. The show is open to JAG families and public vendors. Contact Diane Irwin at 330-524-0592 if you are interested in being a vendor. Tables are reserved on a first come basis. We are accepting hand crafted vendors and company vendors. Premium tables are $25, Hallway tables are $20.

Volunteers Needed To Help in Yards!!

The Geauga County Department on Aging is looking for volunteers to help in seniors yards. Many local seniors no longer rake their yards, weed flower beds, clean up yard debris, or wash windows. By volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can help a senior citizen remain independent and allow them to live in a safe, clean environment. We invite you and your friends to join us and volunteer to help a senior in their yards this October and November.
Volunteers will generally be assigned close to their homes to make the most of their volunteer time; although, some volunteers may choose another area in which they would like to work.
Individuals or groups who wish to volunteer, please contact the Department on Aging by calling Kristen Bibby, Volunteer Coordinator at (440) 279- 2138, or Sherri Davis, (440) 279-2129, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM

The Singing Weavers will be ministering at the First Congregation Church of Freedom on Sunday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. for a special church service and covered dish dinner to follow.
The Singing Weavers is a three generation family group. They have been traveling and spreading God’s love through music and sharing the gospel for more than 45 years.
Verlin and Linda Weaver started their ministry in 1971; then traveled and sang with their three children Dennis, Terri, and Vickie. In 1985, Dennis married Chris. She has been ministering with her gift of music as part of the family ever since.
Dennis and Chris have two children, Alyssia and Michael. Alyssia began singing with The Singing Weavers at the young age of 5. Before that, she could be found sitting on the laps of pastors or napping in her basket. She now shares her love of Jesus singing God’s word and sharing her testimony.
In 2007, Michael began singing a special with The Singing Weavers and continues being part of the family ministry that touches the hearts of all ages with the love of God through music.
Pastors Jim and Janie Melick invite the public to come and join us in an uplifiting and joyful Sunday service of music, sharing God’s love and His Word with The Weavers. Please plan to stay for the delicious covered dish dinner afterwards.
The historic First Congregational Church of Freedom, which has been a place of worship since 1828 is located at SR 88 and SR 303 in Freedom Township.