Hiram Community Trust: Grant Applications

Due by April 4 

Hiram Community Trust provides grant funds for projects that promote a spirit of cooperation among Hiram Village, Hiram Township, Hiram College, and James A. Garfield and Crestwood Local Schools. The purpose of these funds is to enrich life in the Hiram community by funding creative proposals for projects to support community enrichment. Grant applications are due no later than April 4. For an application, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

4-H All Stars

Now enrolling new members for the coming year. Youth must be 5 years old through 18 years as of January 1st, 2015 and live in Portage County. Our club offers many projects: small animals, sewing, cooking, quilting, photography, electricity, wood working, small engines and many more. We meet in Nelson Township. Call Janet at 440-548-5142 for more information.

NGCC Food Donations

State Farm Agent, Shannan Jursa’s office now has a bin for drops offs to support the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard.   We will donate $10 to the Community Cupboard for every 10# of food donated.   For now, we plan to have the bin in our office through March.  Office located at 8454 Windham St., Garrettsville, OH 44231

American Legion Fish Fry


Windham American Legion fish fry every Friday from 4:30-8pm. Cost is $9. Choice of French fries or baked potato. First come, first serve, with a dessert!

American Legion Breakfast


Breakfast every Monday at the American Legion Post #674.  Time: 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.  Place 9130 Center Street in Windham.  Carry out available.  Call 326-3188.

Water Dog Swim Lessons

Begin March 29

Need swim lessons? Well look no further than Hiram College.  This will be our final session of Water Dog Swim Lessons for the semester.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to have your child learn a valuable life lesson.  Get instruction from the colleges finest once a week for a four week period.  Each lesson lasts forty-five minutes with an additional fifteen minutes for your child to gain more confidence in the water.    Ages four and up welcomed.  Sign up online at www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons.  Lesson times are from 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6pm Sunday afternoons on March 29, April 12, 26, May 3, and 10.  Cost is fifty dollars.  For more information, please contact Brian O’Neill at 330.569.5343.

Homemade Kolache

Orders Due By March 21

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Easter holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10 each. Fillings offered are apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951. Pick up times will be March 24th from 9am-4pm and March 25 from 9am-6pm. Brighten your Easter holiday with the flavors and traditions of this tasty pastry. Order deadline is March 21st.

Pancake Breakfasts

Sundays in March

The Geauga County Historical Society will hold its annual Pancake Breakfasts on the five Sundays of March 2015, beginning March 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Meals served in the Lennah Bond Activities Center on the grounds of Century Village Museum.  All-you-can-eat pancakes served with maple syrup produced from our own sugar bush.   Adults $7.00, children 5-12 $5.00, children 4 and under free.  Please mark your calendars for this delicious Geauga County tradition, come and enjoy an early breakfast, brunch, or lunch, and support your local historical society.

Geauga West Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale 

March 5-7

Please join us for the Geauga West Friends of the Library Spring book sale.  There are thousands of new and gently used adult and children’s books, puzzles and games, and Audio/Video items. The Book Sale begins March 4 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4-6pm, followed by the Open Public Sale from 6-8:30pm. March 5 from 9-8:30, March 6, from 9-4:30 and March 7 is $3.00 Bag Day from 9-4:30.  The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland next to West Geauga High School. The phone number is 440-729-4250.

Soup Supper

March 6

Mantua American Legion & Auxiliary No. 193 will hold its monthly soup supper on March 6th at 6pm at the Village Park Lodge.

Christ Episcopal Craft Show 

March 7

Mark your calendar for the Christ Episcopal Craft Show, March 7th from 10-4 located at 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren, Oh 44483.  Admission is $2.00 and parking is FREE.  There are over 50 crafters/vendors to showcase their unique items and products.   A Chinese Auction will be held with baskets full of goodies to be given away.  Delicious hot food will also be available.  There is sure to be something for everyone.  Proceeds for the craft show go toward our outreach ministries at the church.

Sugarhouse Dinner

March 7

You are invited to an old fashioned Sugarhouse Dinner, March 7th at First United Methodist Church in Middlefield. The menu includes salad bar, eggs boiled in maple sap, maple dill pickles, maple brown bread, maple glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, maple baked beans and maple sundaes and cookies for dessert. Beverage included. Pre-sale tickets $12 for adults, at the door $14, ages 6-12 $5, and preschool free. Pre-sale paid reservations available at the church office by March 1st.The church is located at 14999 South State Ave. call 440-632-0480 for more information.

Monthly Dance

March 7

Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have its monthly dance March 7, 7:30-11pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge, OH. The chapter will be serving “Hobo Stew”. Members and non-members who bring 2 cans of vegetables will be given a $1 discount towards their admission. Open to public. Wear your green. For more info contact Warrine 330-322-9559.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

March 8

American Legion post 674 auxiliary is having an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast March 8th from 8 am- 12pm. Price $7.00 for adults $5 for kids under 12 and seniors. All proceeds will go towards Windham High School girls’ softball/ boy’s baseball  fields (dugouts)

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner

March 8

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner of homemade soups, salads, breads and desserts March 8th at 5:30pm, at the Mantua Center Civic Center (4118 St. Rt. 82). Cost is $6 per person.  The dinner will include an auction of hand-crafted items made by the youth of CYF United (Christian Youth Fellowship).  Funds benefit the CYF summer mission trip to Hazard, KY where the youth will be repairing homes.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Mar  8, 15, 22, 29

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield American Legion will be hosting pancake and sausage breakfasts including eggs and home fries March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 9-1:30 at the Legion Home. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. For more information,  call: Will 440-635-0223. Also during these dates there will be a craft show in the Berkshire High School Gym from 9-1:30.

Parkman Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

March, 8,15 & 22

The Parkman Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 47th annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market – Rt. 422) on Sundays: March 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Adults eat for $8.00; children – $4.00 (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 after our pancake breakfasts are done for the year.  Gather your friends and family and join us for breakfast!

Skywarn Training

March 9

Warren Amateur Radio Association will have Skywarn Training on March 9th beginning at 6 p.m. registration. It is put on by the National Weather Service. It will be at Kent State Trumbull Campus 4314 Mahoning Avenue n.w. in Champion. It will be held in the Technology building room 117. Contacts are: Gail and Emily Wells, 330.989.8091 or cell: 330.553.7510.

Auxiliary Meeting

March 9

Mantua American Legion Auxiliary meeting will be March 9th at 1pm.

Crescent Chapter Meeting

March 9

Crescent Chapter No 7 O.E.S. will meet Monday March 9. The event will begin with a potluck dinner at 6:30.

Mantua Community Center Re-Opening

March 10

Community Center at Mantua Center Re-opening Tues March 10, 9-3 and 5-7. Come with friends or make some new ones! Coffee’s ready by 9:30. Work on a picture puzzle, sit and chat, bring supplies and join the 9:30 watercolor group or ongoing sewing projects. Board games available. Potluck lunch at Noon, bring a dish to share. Old Mantua Center School, Center Rd just N of SR 82.  If you eat way too many meals alone, come for the 5:30 Don’t Eat Alone Supper, meal provided.

“In Shadows”

March 11

The miracles and passion of our Lord will be performed, “In Shadows” by the adults of St. Ambrose Church, on March 11th at 7pm. Admission is free, donations accepted.

Legion Meeting

March 12

Mantua American Legion Post 193 will meet March 12th at 7:30pm.

Soup Supper

March 13

St. Ambrose Church CCD and DSR students will be performing “In Shadows” followed by a soup and bread supper on March 13th at 7pm. Admission is free, donations accepted.

Swiss Steak Dinner

March 14

The Nelson UMC will be hosting their Swiss Steak Dinner on March 14th at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle. Dinner is served from 4-6:30pm, cost is $9 for adults and $6 for kids 6 years and older. Dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage. Carry out is available.

Chili Cook-Off

March 14

Huntsburg Grange 15th annual chili cook-off and Chinese auction will be held March 14 from 11:30 – 2:30 in the Huntsburg Gym, intersection of Rt. 322 and Rt. 528.  Local favorites Bob Stanek and the Boys are Back band are returning for another fun musical experience.  Cake walk, food, kid’s games, 50/50 raffle, quilt raffle, vendors and local organizations  This is an event for the whole family.  Just $3 for a sampler pack and a vote for the People’s Choice award.  For more info or to enter your favorite recipe, call 440-636-5517 or 440-477-2822.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

March 14

New Mercies community church 12767 Butternut Road is having a corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 14th at 5 pm – corned beef and cabbage, beverage and dessert  or corned beef sandwich, chips, beverage and dessert. Adults $10 kids 6 to 12 $5 and kids under 5 are free; take out will also be available. Any information please call the church at 440 834 8386

Parkman Fish Fry Fridays

March 14, 21 & 28

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 $9.00 (Dine-in or take-out).  Desserts will be available for an additional donation.  (An alternate kid-friendly dinner will also be available for $5.00 each.)  Sponsored alternately by Parkman Boy Scout Troop 76 and Huskies’ Touchdown Club.  Please come out and enjoy a good meal and support our sponsors.

Crestwood Ponytail League

March 14 & 19

Register your players for Slow-Pitch Softball  where everybody plays! Open to Girls Age 6 through Grade 12. Sign ups will be March 14 from 1-4pm   &  March 19 from  6:30 – 8pm at the Mantua Village Park Lodge. Watch for additional information and coupon in the February  Crestwood Comments.

BioBuddies: Chicken School at Hiram College

March 17, 24, 31

Get your feathers on! Chicken School is back at Hiram College. Eggs Alive is the theme for this discovery program as preschool children (ages 3-5) explore chickens, eggs and observe the life inside as they incubate and hatch chicks. BioBuddies provides hands-on, developmentally appropriate educational experiences for early learners and are specially designed to develop the cognitive, social, creative and physical skills of early learners. Chicken School meets 1:00-2:30 March 17, 24 & 31 at Hiram College. To register, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Crestwood Kindergarten Registration

March 18

2015-2016 Kindergarten registration packets are now available at Crestwood Primary School. Registration dates will be March 18th from 9am-4pm. Your child must be five years old on or before August 1st, 2015 to be eligible to register for Kindergarten. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Crestwood Primary School at 330-357-8202.

2015 Pond Clinic

March 19

Join the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for an informative and free Pond Program on March 19 from 6-8 pm at Centerville Mills Dining Hall, 8558 Crackel Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023.  Learn more about managing your pond with featured speakers Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Specialist, OSU Extension and Bob Griesmer, Geauga SWCD Technician.  Eugene Braig will provide pond management strategies to minimize harmful algal blooms.  Bob Griesmer will offer tips for aquatic plant identification and management.  Now is your chance to ask the questions you’ve been “pondering”!  Registration is required due to limited seating, so please call Geauga SWCD at (440)834-1122 or email gprunty@geaugaswcd.com to register by March 16th.  Hope to see you there!

Craft & Collectible Show

March 21

There will be a Craft and Collectible Show at the Portage County Gardeners 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44266 (Rootstown area) on March 21st from 9-3. There will be local crafters and artisans selling a variety of handcrafted items, delicious food and baked items, raffles and more. For more information or to reserve a table contact Pat Thomas 330-297-0232. This show is hosted by the Ravenna Garden Club of PCGC.

JAG Kindergarten Registration

March 24-26

Please call the James A. Garfield Elementary school to set up an appointment to register your child for Kindergarten.  The age requirement for the JAG School district is 5 years of age by Sept 30, 2015.  Registration and full screenings will take place on March 24, March 25 and March 26, 2015 at the Elementary School, these are the ONLY times we will do complete screenings.  Class lists will be finalized in May, so it is imperative that we have your child registered!   Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 for an appointment.  It is required that you bring in your child for this appointment.

Community Dinner

March 26

Renaissance Give Away March 26th Community Dinner. If you are interested in a little surprise, come eat with us. Time 5-6:30. Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham

Fish Fry & Silent Auction

March 27

Parkman Troop 4076 BSA will be hosting a fish fry & silent auction on March 27th from 4:30-7pm, at Parkman Community House. Dinner includes fish (Pollock), fresh cut fries or baked potato, coleslaw and beverage. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 5-10 years old. Alternate kid’s dinner available. Desserts available with donation. Sponsored by the Parkman Boy Scout Troop 4076. Chartered by Parkman Congregational Church.

Night at the Races

March 28

The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting a Night at the Races on 3/28 at the Elks Club in Ravenna. Tickets are $30 apiece or $50 a couple. Dinner and 2 drinks are included. There will be side boards, over 100 raffle items and a cash bar in addition to  the races. Horses are available for $20.00. All proceeds benefit the G-Men Stadium Improvement Foundation.  For tickets please contact Athletic Director Jim Pfleger at (330) 527-0039 or jpfleger@jagschools.org

Irish Music Sessions

March 29

Sean Moore Irish music sessions at Hiram College spring dates are March 29th and May 3rd. Learn tunes at 2pm and open session at 3pm. Potluck refreshments—All welcome. Frohring Music Hall Room 102 (recital hall), 11746 Dean St., Hiram Village

Spring Break Day Camp

March 30-April 3

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting and annual Spring Break Day Camp.  It will be held March 30 through April 3 from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm. Participants must bring a sack lunch, water bottle and afternoon snack each day. Camp is held at John Tontimonia City Park – Tower Lodge. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 to register. For additional information contact Ravenna Recreation at 330-296- 2864.

Young at Heart  Trip

May 4-9

St. Anselm Young of Heart from Chesterland are planning a 6-day trip planned for May 4th -9th to Vermont to celebrate “The Sound of Music’s” 50th Anniversary. This all-inclusive package includes:  3 nights at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, 2 nights at the Turning Stone Casino with a $60 bonus; 13 meals; Vermont State Capitol including lunch; a history tour at the Trapp Family Lodge and viewing of “The Real Maria”; gratuities, and much, much more. The cost is $1,180 ($1,195 for non-members). For more information call Nancy Battenfield at 440-729-9684.

Kindergarten Parent Meeting

May 21

The Crestwood Primary School Kindergarten Team will hold a Kindergarten Parent Information Night on May 21st at 6pm in the Crestwood Primary Cafeteria.  This meeting is for parents only. If you have any questions please call 330-357-8202.