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Praise and Worship Service


Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Service, Saturdays at 7 pm. The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! For more info call 330-898-2156.


Leopold Bench Orders


Hilltop CYF United will be taking orders for Leopold Benches through the month of March. Payment appreciated with order. In April they will be building the benches and in May they will be delivered to you. 48” double is $50 and 24” single is $35. Choose your color; medium brown, dark brown, green, red or unstained. Checks payable to Hilltop CYF United. Place your order today! Contact Rick Painley 330-606-6314 or rick. painley@charginschools.org.


4-H All Stars 

Enrolling Now

4-H All Stars is enrolling new members for the coming year. Youth must be 5 years old through 19 years as of January 1st, 2014 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 or 330-235-3687 for more information.


Benefit Book Sale

Sundays in March

Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, every Sunday in March at 9am to 4pm in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar (14588 West Park Street; Burton, OH  44021).  In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and much more.  All proceeds benefit library programs.


Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry

Friday Nights

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.


Windham Am. Legion Fish Fry

Friday Nights

Windham American Legion Post 674 fish fry Friday night’s from 4-7:30pm now through Lent. Fish, chicken, shrimp, or combo dinners available. Also choice of 2 sides; green beans, mac & cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, and a dessert. Cost $8.00 per dinner; children under 5, free. Carry out available, call 330-326-3188. The Legion post is located on S. R.303 in Windham.


Monday Breakfast


American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning breakfasts, serving from 7:30-11am at 9960 Center Street, Windham, Ohio. Cost is $6.00 or all-u-can eat for $7.00. Cost includes coffee and juice. Takeout is available. For more info call 330-326-3188


Wednesday Lenten Services

Through Apr 9

The Windham Community Clergy Fellowship invites you to join them for Wednesday Lenten service followed by a time of fellowship.  All the services will be at 7pm and will be conducted jointly by the pastors and laity in the Windham area. March 12–Congregational Church of Windham 9029 N. Main St. March 19–Windham Church of the Nazarene 9749 E. Center St., March 26–St. Michaels Catholic Church 9736 E. Center St., April 2– Windham United Methodist Church 9051 N. Main St., April 9– Congregational Church of Windham  9029 N. Main St.


All New Lenten Pierogi & Fish Dinner

Through Apr 11

The Mantua Knights of Columbus are once again hosting their Annual Lenten Dinners every Friday during Lent 3/07- 4/11. Location will be at their hall on S.R.44 (North of S.R. 82). Door will be open 5:00-8:00 p.m. Serving ends at 7:30 pm. Enjoy your choice of combinations of pierogis, all new baked, beer battered cod or breaded shrimp. All dinners include: two hot vegetables; choice of coleslaw or apple sauce; rolls and butter; beverage and fresh desserts. Takeout’s available after 4:30 p.m. by calling 330-274-2576. Prices are adults $12.00, seniors $11.00, kids 12 and under $6.00 for the pierogi and fish sticks or pierogi and shrimp dinners (as always mac and cheese, available as a substitute for kids side). All major credit cards accepted.


Soup & Sandwich Suppers

Through April 16

On Wednesdays throughout the season of Lent (March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9,16), soup and sandwich suppers will be held 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the community rooms of the Garrettsville United Methodist Church (handicapped accessible)for all those seeking to be filled with food  and fellowship.    Come to partake. Come to contribute. Come.


Spring Fling Raffle

Buy Now

Buy your ticket now for Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County’s Spring Fling Raffle. Tickets are $50 and only 200 will be sold. If all 200 are sold, one person will win $5000. In the event that 200 are not sold, a straight 50/50 drawing will be implemented. Don’t wait! To purchase your ticket call the Big Brothers & Sisters office at 330-296-6655.


Spring Soccer Signups

Register Now

Soccer Signups for Current 7th and 8th grade Coed Garfield students in Geauga County League with Brosius Rd as home field.  Travel to Geauga County is required but not provided. Tentative practices to begin mid April and games in May. Contact Kim Curry 330-527-2186 or curryk19@yahoo.com.  Cost is $25.00 each.  Coached by the Garfield High School soccer coaches


Newton Falls Football Fish Fry Fridays

Now-Good Friday

Lenten fish fry at Newton Falls VFW every Friday now through Good Friday. Now – April 11th from 409om and April 18th from 11-9pm. Dinners include fried fish, bread and your choice of 3 sides. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for Veterans and $7 for children 10 and under. The VFW Post is located at 433 Arlington Blvd in Newton Falls. Hosted by the Newton Falls Mothers Club  and proceeds to benefit the Newton Falls Football program. Call in orders 234-223-0448.


Spaghetti Dinner

March 21

Our next Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be March 21st from 5-7pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center, upstairs in Dix Dining Room. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Dinner is $6.00 for adults, children under 8 FREE! Carry out available.

Girl Scout Cookie Sales

March  22

Girl Scout troop 442 from Crestwood Intermediate School will be selling cookies at two locations this month – please come see what a girl can do!  Cookies are $4/box (cash only) and we will have 8 varieties available.  We will be at the Giant Eagle in Streetsboro on March 15th from 1-4 and Mantua Hardware on March 22nd  from 9:00-3:00.  For questions, please call 330-858-9043. We hope to see you there!


Pruning: Art & Science

March 22

Master Gardeners Jim Zeitz and Deb Palmisano will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to achieve desired growth and maximum performance. Understand the when, how, where and why associated with pruning all your landscape plants and trees.  Light refreshments provided. March 22nd from 9-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.  Send check payable to “OSU Extension,” OSU Extension Office, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. geauga.osu.edu


Bog Sucker Boogie

March 22

Woodcocks will be all atwitter as they perform their evening aerial song and incredible sky dance. Join naturalist Bob Faber at 6:30pm as he leads a quiet observational walk to look and listen for these odd and secretive birds that go by entertaining nicknames like “timberdoodle”, “Labrador twister” and “bog sucker”. Fee: $7 for members of the Friends of the Field Station ($10 for non-members). Phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register and for directions.


Crestwood Baseball Benefit

March 22

Crestwood Baseball Benefit spaghetti dinner & Chinese auction will be March 22nd from 4-8 pm at Saint Joseph’s church. Pre-event tickets are $7, Adults $9 and kiss 5-11/senior citizens $5. Tickets   can be purchased from baseball players or Coach Bakalar 330-274-2214 ext. 403.


Bluegrass Music 

March 22 

Bluegrass Music event will be March 22 at Chapparell’s Community Center (2418 South Arlington Rd., Akron, OH). Featuring two bands:  Coney Carver & the Rainbow Valley Boys and Young & Blue. Doors open at 5:30PM, Music from 7:00-11:00PM. Admission $10, children under 12 free with an adult.   For more information contact Coney Carver at 330-592-5648


Swiss Steak Dinner

March 22

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner March 22nd from 5-7pm.  Dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free.


Stephens Memorial Observatory Open

March 22

Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on March 22nd from 9-11pm. Visitors can stop in for a look at the giant and beautiful planet Jupiter, the Beehive star cluster, and perhaps other objects of interest. Clear skies are a must for this event. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. 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. 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.


Swiss Steak Dinner

March 22

The Nelson UMC will be hosting their Swiss Steak dinner of March 22nd at the Nelson Community House on Nelson Circle. Dinner will be served from 4-7 pm and the cost is $9.00 for adults. The dinner consists of tender Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage.


Nature’s Wine: Painting Workshop

March 22

Join instructor Carol Agnew and come paint with us! All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of fun, creativity and relaxation while enjoying our featured wine from Candlelight Winery! The painting workshop will be held at the Hiram College Field Station on Wheeler Rd. (between Hiram and Garrettsville from 3:30-6:30pm on March 22. Paint, brushes and canvas are all supplied. Fee: $25 for members of Friends of the Field Station, faculty/staff/students ($30 for non-members). To register, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.


Worship 101

March 22

The Southington UMC will be hosting a night of Praise and Worship featuring the praise and worship band “Worship 101”. Please join us at 7 pm on March 22nd. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Dress is casual. Call 330-898-2156 for more info.


Free Water Well Monitoring

March 24

Concerned Citizens of Ohio/Hiram free monthly private water well monitoring using Sierra Club meters to test for “indicators” of water quality in the Community Room of Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road in Hiram. Next testing will be held March 24th at 7pm. For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com


Women’s History Month Event

March 25

The public is invited to attend a free event honoring Women’s History month on March 25th at 7pm for a program featuring Great Women in the Mahoning Valley History. The League of Women Voters of  Greater Youngstown and  The Mahoning Valley Historical Society are sponsoring  this program by Traci Manning at Tyler Historical Center in downtown Youngstown .Traci’s lectures are always very interesting and informative.  The Tyler Mahoning Valley Historical Center is located at 325 West Federal Street with ample parking and facilities that are handicap accessible.


Mantua Community Center 

March 25

The Community Center at Mantua Center has reopened, now on Tuesdays, in the gym of the old Center School on Center Rd just north of SR 82.  Hours are 9:30 to 4:00, with coffee, tea, and fellowship available all day.  A water color group (not a formal class) will meet from 9:30 to 11:00; bring your own supplies.  Also bring a dish to share for potluck lunch at noon.   Our one o’clock program for March 25 will be show and tell, so bring something you’d like to tell the group about: a hobby or collection, something you made or old photos taken at the school are some suggestions.  Other available activities include a picture puzzle to work on, board or card games to play, and guided exercise if there is interest.  It’s all free, and your attendance is a vote to make community use of this landmark building


Your Power is Not in Your PowerPoint

March 25

Indian Trails Chapter IAAP will meet on March 25th at 5:45 pm at The Davey Institute, 1500 N. Mantua St., Kent. Deborah Darling will present Your Power is Not in Your PowerPoint. This course will start by giving you some background in how the mind takes in information and how the information needs to be delivered in order to gain the most attention and retention by the listener. This course will help you create presentations that will move your audiences to action in a powerful and persuasive manner. Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP: Janis Hittle, CAP-OM at 330-673-9515 ext. 8363 or janis.hittle@davey.com before March 24th.

God Provides a Free Meal

March 28

God Provides a free meal March 28th at Nelson UMC from 4-6 pm. Dinner will include beef & noodles, green beans, roll and dessert.


Men’s Breakfast

March 29

Nelson UMC Men’s Breakfast will be March 29th at Nelson UMC and April 26th at Windham UMC, both at 9:00 am.


Lenten Potluck Dinner

March 30

Lenten Potluck Dinner at Portage Faith UMC, 9922 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua on March 30th at 6pm. Bring your favorite food dish to share and casual place setting.  At 6:45pm: speaker Sandra Zirkursh will present monologue of Mrs. Noah: a humorous look at life and the Ark. Free will offering will go to Nehemiah Mission.


Chicken Dinner

April 2

Southington UMC, St Rt 305 & 534, Southington, OH will be holding a chicken dinner, on April 2nd 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, $4.00, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.


Make Your Own Birdbath, Fountain or Bubbler

April 5

Water features are the hottest trend in garden decor.  Spend an enjoyable morning learning the basics in creating simple bubblers and fountains.  Enhance your flower bed and attract birds with your own creation.April 5th from 10am-1pm.  $40 fee. Materials included:  indoor/outdoor ceramic, terra cotta or resin pot; water pump and tubing; decorative stones and more.  Light refreshments. Preregistration is required and limited to 24 participants.    Call 440-834-4656.


NF Cemetery Association Dinner

April 5

A dinner sponsored by the Newton Township Cemetery Association will be held April 5th from 4-7 p.m. at the First Christian Church; 17 N. Canal St., Newton Falls. The menu will be creamed chicken on biscuit, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert, and beverages. Prices for the dinner are: Ages 12- Adults  $9.00,  Ages 3-11  $6.00  Ages 2 & under  free. Proceeds from the dinner will be used for a cemetery improvement project. Tickets are available from any association member or call Louanne at 330.872.1353.


The Lordsmen in Concert

April 6

Join us April 6th at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Garrettsville, as we hear The Lordsmen in concert. The service will begin at 11 am. The Lordsmen is a male quartet from Elkview, WV, and have traveled since 1966 spreading God’s Word through Southern gospel music. For more information, contact the church at 330-527-4068 or visit www.lordsmen.org.


Prom Dress Sale

April 6

On April 6th from 1-5 in the High School band room, the James A. Garfield softball team will be sponsoring a prom dress sale featuring new and pre-owned prom dresses. All dresses will be priced from $5 up, nothing over $50. If you would like to help by donating a dress, please contact Sherry at 330-715-0837 or Tammy at 330-571-1534. All dresses purchased or donated will be given a tax deductible receipt.


Kolache Bake

April 8 & 9

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 $10.00 each. Your choice of apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order, contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951. Pickup times will be April 8th from 11am-3pm and April 9th from 11am-6pm.


Rummage & Bake Sale

April 9 & 10

The Southington UMC Day Circle, Rts 305 &534 in Southington will be holding a Rummage & Bake Sale, will be April 9th  from 9-4pm. Homemade soup, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages will be available for purchase. Carry Outs also available. Bag Day will be April 10th from 9-11am. For more details call the church at 330-898-2156


Preschool Registration Open House

April 10

Apple Tree Preschool, located at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church on Park Avenue in Garrettsville, will be having a Registration Open House on April 10th between 6:00 and 7:30 PM.  Come check out our classrooms, meet the teachers and learn about our Step Up to Quality award-winning program!  Apple Tree Preschool is currently registering students between 3-5 years of age for fall classes. Call the church office at 330-527-2055 for more information.”


Drug Awareness Program

April 10

The head of the drug task force of the Portage County Sheriff’s Department will have a presentation on drug awareness in Portage County at the Nelson Community Center on April 10th at 7pm. Sponsored by Nelson Township Trustees.


Oink & Squeal Party

April 12

The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 Oink and Squeal Party raffle and Chinese auction will be April 12th. Doors open at 5pm and raffle begins at 7pm. Raffle tickets are $2.00 each. 1st prize $250, 2nd prize $150 and 3rd prize $75, as well as 20 hams. Admission is nonperishable food and bath items or cash donations. The post is located at 1450 Goodwin St. For tickets contact any American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member.


Spaghetti Dinner

April 12

Windham UMC Spaghetti Dinner will be April 12th from 4:30-7 pm. Dinner includes all-you-can eat spaghetti, coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert and beverage. The church is located at 9051 N. Main Street in Windham.


Hypertufa Workshop

April 12

Come create a Hypertufa planter on April 12th from 10:00 a.m.-Noon at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio (St. Rt. 44 s. of Rootstown) Fee: $20 all materials (except plants) included Contact Helena Parry for registration 330-673-0577.You can create a hypertufa planter. Materials will be provided. If you have a special form you want to use, or special items for creating outside texture, please bring them. We provide disposable latex gloves, but you may wish to bring a sturdier pair of dishwashing gloves. Your finished container will be wet. To safely transport the container in your vehicle, consider how to best secure your creation for the drive home. As your container cures it will strengthen, ensuring that it will stand the test of time in your garden. Contact Helena Parry at hmparry@att.net 330-673-0577


Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 12

The 61st annual Newton Falls Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Girl Scouts will be held April 12th at 1 pm at the Community Center basketball courts. The event is for ages 2 through 10. There will be 8000 eggs placed, all with prizes. The Easter Bunny will be visiting along with guests. Anyone wishing to donate of help in any way, please call Shara Sullivan 330-872-7333.


Introduction to Bonsai  

April 12

Geauga County Master Gardeners present master of bonsai, Dale Harder, from The Cleveland Bonsai Club.  Learn about the history, origin and meaning of the ancient art of bonsai and how you can get started in creating your own bonsai tree.  Dale will display a few of his own creations.  Enjoy a demonstration and instructions in choosing the right plant, tools and pruning techniques.  Light refreshments provided. $15 fee.  While walk-ins are welcome, early registration is appreciated.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.


Open House & Rummage Sale

April 19

The Huntsburg Grange will be having their annual Open House and Rummage Sale on April 19th from 10-2.


Breakfast with the Bunny

April 19

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt will be April 19th from 8-10am at the Windham UMC, 9051 N. Main St. in Windham. Open to kids ages 12 and under. Free picture with the Bunny, make crafts, Easter egg hunt, and have breakfast on us


Shooting Stars Soccer

Apr 12 –May 17

Shooting Stars Soccer teaches children 3 and 4 years, with help from parents and instructors, the basic skills of soccer.   Non-competitive games will be played throughout this five week program and each child will receive a T-shirt.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayer is $32 and non-city taxpayers is $35. Min 10 and max 14 per session. Pre-Registration in person will begin Jan13th at Ravenna Parks and Recreation office at 530 North Freedom Street, Ravenna, you can register on-line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For more information please contact us at: (330) 296-2864


Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

April 26

On April 26th there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville UMC off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4pm and we will serve until 6:30, unless we run out. Dinner will include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeout’s are available.



May 31- June 28

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an instructional T-ball program for boys and girls ages 4 and 6; child must be at least 4 years old before May 31st. The fundamentals of basic baseball / softball are taught as children learn better throwing, catching and batting techniques using tennis balls and batting tees. Classes will be held on Saturdays May 31st to June 28th from 10-11:15am. at Havre Woods Park in Ravenna.  Registration fee for City Taxpayers (live or work in the Ravenna City) is $32.00 or Non-City Taxpayers is $40.00.


Hambden Grange Concerts

June 21 & July 19

The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.


Chaney High School Reunion

July 18 & 19

The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726