Ox Roast Fair Raffle Tickets

Now Available

2015 Ox Roast Fair raffle tickets are available now. Take a chance at the first prize Harley Street Glide Special FLHXS Motorcycle valued at $20,599.00 & supplied by Carlton Harley-Davidson of Mantua and second prize of $3,000.00 cash! Don’t see yourself riding a Harley? Carltons will help facilitate a sale if you don’t want to keep the prize. Tickets are $10.00 each or book of 6 for $50.00. Purchase online at stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org,  Miller’s of Mantua, Carlton Harley Davidson in Mantua, or Mantua Station Drug Co., through St. Joe parishioners, or during the 52nd Ox Roast Fair, July 17-19. Raffle Drawing held Sunday evening of the Fair at 9:30 p.m. (winners need not be present).

Are You Our Alumni? 

If you attended James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation…. you are! JAG Alumni are cordially invited to the James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 19 at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The banquet is a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with past classmates while enjoying a delicious meal. Your reservation can be mailed to: James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet, P.O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH 44231. The cost is $18 per person. Please include the name and year of the alumni attending and the name(s) of any guests. Please contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 for additional information.

Hiram College Nature & Art Camps

Summer 2015

Join us for a fun summer of Youth Art and Nature Camps for ages 3-17. Call 330.569.6003 or visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram/ for more information.

Free Meal

May 22

God Provides a free meal will be May 22nd from 4-6pm at the Nelson Methodist Church. Dinner will consist of rigatoni and meat, salad, roll and dessert.

Mantua Farmer’s Market Plant and Miscellaneous Sale!

May 23

The Women’s Guild of Christ Lutheran Church will again sponsor the Mantua Farmer’s Market.  All vendor fees will be used to help pay for the new handicapped entrance to the church basement, which was built last summer.  The first sale for the season will be a Plant and Miscellaneous Sale on May 23rd from 9am – 1pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua.   The regular season will begin on July  11th and will run to September 26th.  Same Time, Same Location.  Price is $5.00 per date for vendors.  We will offer a variety of  items –  crafts, bakery, plants, flowers, canned goods and vegetables.  Call Diane for information at 330-274-2868.

Memorial Day Service

May 25

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Memorial Day Service will be May 25th at the Village Gazebo at 11am, followed by an open house at the Legion Home. Open to the public. For more information call Bo: 440-834-8764

Nelson Twp. Memorial Day Service

May 25

Nelson Township Memorial Day Service will be May 25 at the Veterans’ Monument on Nelson Square. The service will start at 10:00 and will include the American Legion Honor Guard. Please join us to honor the service of women & men protecting our freedoms, past and present.

Nutter’s Knitters

May  25

Garrettsville YMCA Active Older Adults 55+ invite you to join us at  8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event: Want to have fun, create personal gifts and keepsakes for friends and  loved ones, share knitting tips and ideas with the group?  Come join us at the YMCA the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month at 10:50am. Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Library Closed Memorial Day

May 25

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day. They will resume regular operating hours on May 26th. You can visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for all your entertainment needs.

Annual Health Fair

May 26

Annual health fair at the Farmington Senior Center will be May 26th from 9-2. Come learn nutrition and health tips, exercise ideas and other freebies. UHHS will be assessing blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressures. Come meet your friends, learn a few healthy habits and have some healthy screenings. Homemade soup and sandwiches available.

Free Community Dinner

May 26

There will be a free community dinner on May 26 from 5-6 pm (while supplies last) at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center St., Windham. Everyone welcome!

Summer Reading Club Registration

 May 27

Want to be a superhero this summer? The Portage County District Library is pleased to announce that Summer Reading Club registration begins May 27. Join us for fun-filled activities such as crafts, presenters, and treats. Contact your branch library for specific details. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial (330-562-6502), Garrettsville (330-527-4378), Pierce Streetsboro (330-626-4458), Randolph (330-325-7003), and Windham (330-326-3145). Visit us online at www.portagelibrary.org for more information about other library services and programs. Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Pinterest.

RFC Dinner

May 28

You weren’t there. Where? There. There where? At the dinner.  What dinner?  The Renaissance Family Center Dinner. It’s at 9005 Wilverne Dr. in Windham. When’s the next one? May 28th at 5-6:30 pm. I’ll be there.  Will you?

Full Moon Hike

May 30

Full Moon hike at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. Garrettsville, will be May 30th from 8-10pm. Join us as the almost full “Strawberry Moon” lights our path as we explore the night sounds and activities of nature. Event is contingent upon sky conditions. Bring a pair of binoculars to view the moon in more detail!  This is a free event but registration is required. For more information call (330)-527-5118

Community EMS Parade

May 30

Community EMS District parade, open house and health fair will be May 30th. The parade will begin at noon, and travels from JAG High School to Community EMS (10804 Forest St, Garrettsville). Join us for food and fun following the parade!

Dog Fest 5K Run and Mutt Strut

May 30

The City of Aurora Parks and Recreation & Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invite individuals, families and fur-kids to put on your running shoes and join us at the Freedom Dog Fest 5K Run and Mutt Strut.   Race location: Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Rd., Aurora, OH  44202.   Cost:  $20 pre-registration; $25 day of race; $35 for both.  Registration at 7:30am.  5K run begins at 8:30am.  1.75 mile Mutt Strut begins at 9:15am. Dogs permitted on mutt strut only.  Must be leashed.  Adoptable greyhounds will cheer you along the route!  Water stops, timers, t-shirts for first 100 participants, pup packs for first 50 dogs, awards & prizes.  Refreshments to follow.

Western Square Dance

May 30

The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Western Style Square Dance with Line Dancing on May 30th from 7-9:30pm at the Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 45 and Rt. 87. Admission is 5.00 per person. No Experience is Necessary.  Light refreshments will be served and fireworks after the dance. More information call (330)506-3370

Observatory Open To Public

May 30

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on Saturday, May 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 PM. On the observing list for the night are: the Moon, star cluster M13 in Hercules, and, later, the Ring Nebula. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

Hypertufa Planter Workshop Registration

May 30

The Portage County Gardeners’ are hosting a hypertufa planter workshop on Sat. June 6th from 10–noon.  The workshop will be held at the center at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44266 (Rootstown area) The fee of $20.00 made out to PCGC is to be sent by May 30th to Mary Nitzsche. Call her for her address-330-673-8877. You will need to bring a container to pat your mixture into to form your planter.  You will also need rubber gloves and a large plastic bag to line the container.  Suggestions for a container include a large plastic salad bowl, or a large plastic hanging basket pot, or a rectangular or square shaped container at least 4” deep.

Dog Fest Vendor & Adoption Fair

May 31

Aurora Parks & Recreation Department and Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invite you to attend the 2015 FREEDOM DOG FEST/COMMUNITY VENDOR & ADOPTION FAIR.  The event will be held at TAILS & TRAILS DOG PARK, 841 Page Rd., Aurora, OH  44202.  Time:  10am-3pm.  Free Admission.  All breeds welcome and must be on a leash!  Pet owners will enjoy letting their dogs romp in the one acre fenced dog pens.  For more information visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org or call Peggy (330-562-0555) or Colleen (330-562-4333

Legion Raffle

May 31

American Legion post 674 Windham, Ohio is having a raffle for improvements to the post cantina and for summer picnic. Raffle is for gps, car starter and $100 gift certificate towards installation for Car Toys. $5 a ticket, drawing being May 31st.

Chicken Dinner

June 3

Chicken Dinner at Southington UMC, St. Rt. 305 & 534, Southington, OH will be holding a chicken dinner, on June 3rd from 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price: Adults $8.50, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner ages 4-10, $4.50, Children 3 and under, free. Carry-outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

Trunk Show by Quilter Pat Knoechel

 June 3

Portage Patchers’ Quilt Guild is presenting a trunk show on June 3rd  from 6:30-8:30pm with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. at the Mogadore Methodist Church 3828 Mogadore Rd. Mogadore, Ohio. Contact Mary Nitzsche at 330-673-8877 for more information and to pre-pay and register.

Nelson UMC Rummage Sale

June 6

The Nelson UMC located on SR 305 on Nelson Circle will be holding a rummage sale on June 6 from 9 am – 5 pm.

6th Annual Golf Outing

June 6

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield 6th annual golf outing will be June 6th. Sign-in at 10:30am at Pleasant Hills Golf Course. Call Bruce Zupancic 440-897-2396 for details.

Texas Hold’ Em Tournament

June 6

Windham Fire Department Texas Hold’ Em Tournament will be June 6th starting at 2pm. Doors open at 1pm for cash. Windham Fire Department is located on East Center St. in Windham. 50% buy-in (25.000 in chips), $10 charge for extra 5,000. All pre-registered receive bonus 5,000 in chips, cash games to follow, 50/50 raffle, food & beverage provided, re-buys available until 1st break, re-buy/add-ons $20/20,000 or $40/40,000, best hand wins $50 up to 1st break, payout equally 75% raised with 25% going to the WVFD. Any questions contact Kenny Shearer 330-219-2571 or John Friend 330-569-4523.

Hiram Community Band Seeks Players for 4th of July Concert

June 8

The Hiram Community Band is looking for people who can play band instruments and read music, for their annual concert of patriotic, nostalgic and middlebrow pieces at 4pm on the 4th of July in the street behind Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus. Rehearsals will be June 8th, 17th and 25th from 7-9pm in Frohring Hall. You’re welcome to join even if you have to miss one of the rehearsals. Opening in all sections. Email Jeffery Quick jaq@case.edu or call 330-527-0144, evening and weekends.

Annual Trunk Sale

June 13

St. William Catholic Church in Champion will sponsor a Summer Trunk Sale on June 13th in the church parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Cost:  Reserve a spot for $15 by May 29th … $20 day of (if available) … for the one-day garage sale from the trunk of your car … or be a shopper for great bargains in this mini flea market.  Beverages, food items including haluski, and baked items will be available for purchase.   50/50 and gift baskets raffles, along with music and announcements add to the festivities.  For information and spot reservations, call 330-847-8677

Monthly Meal

June 15

Christ Lutheran, Mantua, will be hosting their monthly free meal on June 15 from 5 to 6:30 PM. The  church is located on State Route 44 in Mantua just  south of Crestwood High School.  Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and a chance to visit with friends and neighbors.

Newton Falls Class of 1965 Reunion

June 19

Newton Falls High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50th class reunion on June 19th at Roby Lee’s Restaurant at 5:00 pm. The committee is trying to locate: Annete (Dugic) Wells, James Collins, Joan Jefferies, Jeff Day, Norma Jean (Black) Moralee, Patricia Buchanan, Mary Kay (Teutsch) Garrison, Sandy Moorehead, Francis Nicholas, Karl Duerr and Forest Shipley. Please Contact Judy (Giovannone) Gensburg 330-219-1762 for any reunion information.

Bras for a Cause 5k Run/Walk

June 20

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Bras for a Cause 5K run/walk will be June 20th at 9am. Race starts and finishes at Mountain Run Station. Preregistration adults $20, students (18 & under) $15, Race Day registration (opens at 7:30) adults $25, students $20. Rain or shine event – all entries are nonrefundable, includes short-sleeve cotton t-shirt for first 200 registrants and post-race refreshments. Medals for the top three overall males and females and an invitation to attend the Bras for a Cause Luncheon. Register online at www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=32106 by June 19th at 9am.

Middlefield Summerfest Parade

June 20

Middlefield Summerfest parade will be at 1pm on June 20th. Call Bo 440-834-8764 for details.

Newton Falls Schoolmates Reunion

June 20

Save the date for the 96th annual reunion of the Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends, June 20th at the DiVieste’s Banquet Room, 754 North River Road, Warren. Doors will open at 9:30am, with lunch beginning at 11:30. Cost is $20 per plate. The class of 1965 will be the honored class. The board of trustees will announce the recipients of scholarships awarded to Newton Falls seniors. Please return your reservation card prior to June 1st to Mary Margaret Hildack, 147 Maple St., Newton Falls, OH 44444. For more information call 330-872-0075 or 330-889-3068. Make checks payable to “Newton Falls Schoolmates and Friends”.

Safety Town Registration

June 26

Crestwood Primary School (CPS), in conjunction with the CPS PTO is offering a Safety Town program for incoming Crestwood kindergarteners. Through the program, children will learn how to be safe at home, at school, and at play. Topics covered include Bus, Seatbelts, & Playground Safety; Stranger Awareness, Police, and Gun Safety; Fire Safety, Stop, Drop and Roll, and First Aid. The program will run from July 27-31 at CPS from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. If you register by June 26, you will receive a reduced rate of $25 per child. If space allows, late registrations will be taken on July 27 at 8:30 am at a cost of $35 per child. For more information, email crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com.

Hot Dogs, Wine & A Good Time

June 27

Join Rose’s Rescue for Hot Dogs, Wine and a Good Time! Rescue groups, entertainment, raffles, vendors, wine & dogs, June 27th from 2-6pm at Barrel Run Crossing Winery, 3272 Industry Rd., Rootstown, OH

5K Race & 1 mile run/walk

June 28

5K Race & 1 Mile Run/walk to benefit Glioma Childhood Cancer Research will be June 28th at 9am. Prizes include medals for top place finishers (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) in various age groups. Register online using internet search engine with keywords: Friends of Melana, Register, 2015 Eventbrite, or register on race day (limited shirts available for race day registration).  Contact Diana Morris: 330-931-1660, be4himo.oh@sbcglobal.net or Doug Paroff: 330-351-3507, dparoff@yahoo.com.

Scholarship Awards Program

June 28

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield Legion scholarship awards program will be June 28th at the Legion Home on Goodwin St. in Burton at 3pm. Open to the public.

Run of the Ox Registration Open

July 13

Be a part of the 4th Annual Run of the Ox 5K Run/Walk & 1M Family Fun Walk at St. Joseph’s 52nd Ox Roast Fair!!! It will begin at 8:00 a.m. July 18th at the church (11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua). Only 150 participants will receive a t-shirt, so register early!!! Pre-registration fee is $16.00 by July 13. Race day registration is $20.00. Registration forms are available from St. Joe’s Parish Office, on the parish website (http://stjosephmantua.com/ox-fun-rides-games-events-music), or at HMA Promotions (http://www.zapevent.com/ListActivities.aspx?eventid=7724). If you would like to volunteer the day of the race or be a race sponsor, please contact Brian Hirsch (bhirsch@stratos.net or 330-297-1465).