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11th Annual J.A. Garfield Reunion
Reserve Your Spot!
The 11th annual James A. Garfield Alumni Reunion will be held at the James A. Garfield Elementary School on September 17, 2016. A buffet dinner will be provided by Guido’s Catering of Ravenna. Following dinner, alumni representing the classes of 1946, 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006 will be recognized. Anyone who attended Freedom, Garrettsville, Nelson and James A. Garfield schools is welcome to attend. 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 NAME(S) OF ANY GUESTS. You may contact Helen Louise Bouts at 330-309-2734 for further information.

The Friends of Melana 5k Run/1 Mile Walk
Register Today!
The Friends of Melana Foundation is organizing the 6th Annual Friends of Melana 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk to be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Garrettsville Summerfest. All proceeds go towards research for children’s glioma brain cancer. Event registration can be done on line at www.2016friendsofmelana5k.eventbrite.com. Registration will also take place the day of the event on the front lawn of St. Ambrose rectory on Freedom St. in Garrettsville. Come out and help support a great cause. Call Norm Fashing at 330.527.8093 for more information.

Monday Breakfasts
Through Summer
American Legion Post 674 in Windham will have breakfast from 8 to 11 beginning on Monday May 9th. Breakfasts will continue on Mondays through the summer. Many things are changing, come take a look.

Families Anonymous Meeting
Mondays
Families Anonymous meetings for families dealing with drug addicited members meet every Monday from 7-8 p.m. 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 the Hiram Christian Church at the corner of SR 82 & 700 in Hiram. Trained water monitors from Concerned Citizens Ohio will look for chemicals and salts that can show possible contamination from nearby drilling, injection wells, pipeline leaks, or other problems. These water evaluations are not EPA certified, but they do provide a
baseline in the event of contamination. If possible, run cold water for a full ten minutes before the water reaches hot water heaters, softeners, or other filtering treatment. Collect the sample in a clean, large mouth glass jar (such as a Mason jar)—about two cups’ worth. Names should be on jars.

Food Addicts In Recovery Meeting
Wednesdays
Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous meets Wednesdays weekly, 6:45-8:15 p.m., St. Luke Episcopal Church, 11519 Wilson Mills Rd. Offers a solution for all forms of food addiction: obesity, undereating, bulimia, and obsession with food. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Details at foodaddicts.org or 330-819-5028.

BINGO!
Thursdays
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!

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.

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 join us. For more information all Barb @ 330-527-2802

Community Center Open!
Tuesdays
The Community Center at Mantua Center is open every Tuesday from 9:00 am until about 2:00 pm. Housed in the cafeteria wing of the old Center School just N. of SR 82 on Center Road, we provide a casual place to socialize, meet friends for cards or a board game, help work a picture puzzle, join the painters’ group, or work on a sewing project. At noon we have a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to share. (Tableware is provided.) Coffee and tea are always on. It’s free and open to all. You’re invited, whether or not you live in the township.

Vendors Wanted
Reserve Space by July 15
The Hiram Recreation & Park Board is seeking vendors with household goods to sell at our Community “Garage” Sale on July 23. All proceeds will benefit the Hiram Parks.When: Saturday, July 23 – 9 am – 4 pm Where: On the lawn in front of the Hiram Village Municipal Hall at 11617 Garfield Rd, Hiram Price for a 10’ x 10’ space is: $15 Please reserve your space by July 15. Call Chris at: 330-357-7634 or email: park.board2.hvoh@gmail.com for application form or questions

Volunteer Opportunity
Call Today!
Are you searching for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Camelot Center, a growing therapeutic horseback riding program, is in need of volunteers, aged 14 to adult. Volunteers assist riders to groom their horses, lead horses, side-walk riders who may need physical or emotional support, help with maintenance, and fundraisers. No experience is needed, as all training is provided. Riding lessons are on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This is a great way to help children, adults, and horses, and have fun in the process. The Camelot Center is located at 3498 Barclay Messerly Rd., Southington, Ohio. Contact us at (330) 889-0036, www.thecamelotcenter.org, or visit our Facebook page for more information.

Register Now for Cave Quest VBS at Friendship Alliance!
Call Today!
Get Ready! Vacation Bible School is coming to Friendship Alliance Church (19126 Ravenna Rd./SR44, Auburn Township) on June 6-10, 9am-12:30pm. Your kids will love the fun, friendship and Bible teachings through Cave Quest explorations. You will love the price (FREE!) and the excitement your kids will bring home every day. You can register your children (ages 5 years old through 6th grade) at FAC-OH.org or by using this link: https://webgenics.wufoo.com/forms/fac-vbs-2016-registration/

Need A Cookie Fix?
Call Today!
Is your Girl Scout cookie stockpile running low? Never fear! Girl Scout Troop 442 still has some cookie inventory to share! We have 4 delicious varieties available: Rah Rah Raisins (oatmeal raisin), Samoas (carmel, chocolate, coconut), Trefoils (shortbread) and Savannah Smiles (crispy lemon cookie). All cookies are $4/box (cash only). Order 10+ boxes and we will deliver to you! All proceeds will go towards a 2017 trip to Savannah, GA to learn about our founder. Call/text Tracie 330.858.9043 for details. All messages returned promptly!

VFW Rummage Sale
June 17 & 18
VFW Post 6519 Annual Rummage Sale and Bake Sale
Friday and Saturday, June 17 &18 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
752 Water St., Chardon.
Sponsored by the VFW Post 6519 Women’s Auxiliary

Casino Night
June 18
Join us for Casino Night at Ravenna Moose Lodge 1234 Located at 5727 St Rt 14, Ravenna OH (formerly Holiday Sands) Saturday June 18th at 5 pm. There will be pre-order dinners available! Please contact Karen to order your dinner at (330) 524-5694 Steak dinner including baked potato, salad, and bread for $14. Chicken dinner including baked potato, salad, and bread for $12. Cash bar. Appetizers to purchase until 9 pm. Basket Raffle $1/ticket. Chuck – A – Luck, Black Jack, Poker. This event is open to the public!

Enouch To Speak
June 18
Fathers Day – Larry Enouch, a young exciting Evangelist from Parma, OH. will be speaking at Shepherd’s Joy Ministry on June 19th. 10:30 am. Shepherd’s Joy Ministry is located at 94451/2 Annette Dr. Windham. Come early for refreshments. More info 330 527-5009

Observatory Open
June 18
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, June 18, from 9:30 to 11:00 PM. Beautiful ringed Saturn, planet Mars, Earth’s amazing Moon, and (if the Moon doesn’t interfere) the Ring Nebula will be the featured objects. 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.

Youth Football Car Wash
June 18
Need your car washed? Please support our Garfield Youth Football Teams by driving over to Charles Chevrolet to have your car washed this Saturday, June 18th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A donation of $5.00 will be put towards purchasing new equipment for our program. Thank you to Charles Chevrolet and NAPA Auto Parts for their donation of supplies and use of space.

Father’s Day Breakfast
June 19
Windham Legion Auxiliary Post 674 will be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast on
June 19th from 8am -12 pm/
Cost $7.00. Fathers eat free

Build A Gym, Build A Life
June 19
Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities is hosting a 5K Race and 1 mile fun run, walk or roll on June 19. Fun run begins at 8 am, 5K begins at 9:30 am. For more info or to register go to www.raceroster.com, type in Portage County Parent Council.

Field Ecology Research
June 19-25
This experience offers high schoolers an opportunity to work and learn alongside Hiram College faculty and students while doing ecological research at the Hiram College Field Station. Participants stay overnight. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

Republican Women’s Club Meeting
June 20
The June 20th monthly meeting of the Republican Women’s Club will be held at Cal’s Restaurant & Pizza Express, 8301 Windham Street (Rt. 82), Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. come and meet the Local Republican Candidates. This will be a great opportunity to
get involved in the November elections. Reservations are recommended.

Coping With Back Pain
June 20
On Monday, June 20th 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, “Coping With Back Pain”. A film from University Hospitals Network.
If you are interested in the film, the group meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am. Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Free Community Meal
June 20
Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, invites you to a Free Community Meal on Monday, June 20, from 5 – 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and visit with your friends and neighbors.

Vacation Bible School
June 20 – 24
Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will host Vacation Bible School to be held June 20 – 24 from 9:30 to 12 Noon. Come and explore Cave Exploration as we learn about God’s animals and truths from the Bible. All ages, starting at 3 years old, are welcome. There will be a closing program on Friday at Noon followed by a lunch. To register call Diane at 330-274-2868 or the Church at 330-274-2849. Come and enjoy a week of fun and learning.

Huntsburg Baptist Church VBS
June 20-24
Huntsburg Baptist Church is hosting Ocean Commotion VBS June 20-24, at 6:30-9:00 pm for ages K-6th grade. For more information contact 440-636-5203 www.huntsburgbaptist.org

Ocean Commotion VBS
June 20 – 24
Ocean Commotion VBS will be held at Crossroads Community Church, 9018 SR 44 Ravenna from June 20th-June 24th from 9 am-12pm for
Children age 3-6th Grade. To sign up call 330.296.6729 or register @ www.thecrossroads.cc

Roses, Queen of the Garden
June 21
Rick Strebler will present a program at the Portage County Gardeners Center on June 21 at 1p.m. His topic is “ Roses, Queen of the Garden.” Rick is a Master Gardner and is President of the Garden Club of Kent. He has grown many types of rose at his farm in Atwater. He especially likes the old roses, and can offer many tips for growing lovely roses.
Non- PCGC members who wish to make a luncheon reservation for noon for a cost of $7.00 may call Marilyn Tyger at 330-348-6089. The 1p.m. program is free and open to the public.

Couch to 5K/9Mile Program
June 21- Sept 28
Training for the Sept. 10th Potato Stomp will be offered by Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists. This is a 12 week program where you will build endurance, strength and flexibility. Walkers & runners are welcome to join. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at 4707 Mill St in Mantua. Contact ARHS at 330-274-2747 for additional information or to register.

Home Cooked Supper
June 22
The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, well be held from 5 to 6:30pm June 22, 2016. It will feature: Sweet Sausage Cacciatore or Chicken Cacciatore over Linguini w/Provolone garnish, salad, rolls, homemade desserts. Cost is $7.00 for adults, Kids $5.00 This will be a benefit for the RELAY FOR LIFE. Carry outs will be available.

Caring for the Caregiver
June 22
“Caring for the Caregiver” will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm at the Middlefield Library. A Caregiver is someone who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people or chronically ill). Caregivers end up putting their own needs aside to assist their loved ones. If you are a caregiver, join us to learn tips on keeping yourself healthy while in this demanding situation. Presented by experts from UH Geauga Medical Center. Please call 440-632-1961 for more information or to register. The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

Tom’s Turkeys At RFC
June 23
Another awesome dinner last week at the Renaissance Family Center, one that walked us right into the Memorial Day festivities. Thanks to the Windham Bible Church ladies (and a couple spouses) for the delightful feast. Now write this on your calendar or set your cell phone to remind you for June 23rd. Tom is back in the kitchen and he is cooking up turkeys. Tom’s turkeys– get the drift? Anyway, you’re invited June 23rd, 5-6:30. At the amazing Renaissance Family Center. Where people walk, exercise, visit, drink coffee, read, shop and get clothes. All under one roof.

New Mercies Rummage Sale
June 23-25
There will be a rummage sale at New Mercies Church, 12767 Butternut Rd, Burton on June 23, 24 & 25; 9 am till 4 pm. We are also selling spaces for $20. We are accepting donations you can drop off at the church or we can pick up. For more info please call 330 274 7093.

God Provides A Free Meal
June 24
God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR 305 on June 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Jumbo hot dogs – baked beans – chips – dessert.

Strawberry Festival
June 25
Christian Women’s Fellowship
First Christian Church, 17 North Center Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a strawberry festival on June 25 beginning at Noon. Strawberries and all the fixin’s. Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joes, Coffee

Spring & Summer Craft Show
June 25 & 26
Spring & Summer Craft Show
June 25, 2016 – 9am to 4pm
June 26, 2016 – 10am to 4pm
at 5727 St. Rt. 14, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. This event is rain or shine! Still some spaces available! Contact Marisa Smith at msmith728@icloud.com or check out the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/981917551846129/
Nature Camps for Kids
June 27-July 1
OR July 25-29
Nature Camps are Naturally Wonderful for kids ages 3-10. Explore streams, forests, animals, plants and much more as we learn about the world around us and have fun doing it. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

BioBlitz: Fish & Food Webs
July 7-8
11-15 year olds will slog through creeks and streams in search of fish and the things they feed upon. Nets, waders and fast fingers will be our tools as we try to map where and how these creatures live. Participants will camp overnight at the Hiram College Field Station. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

Dance & 50/50 Drawing
July 9
Summer 2016 YMCA Fundraiser Dance and 50/50 Drawing, at the Garrettsville YMCA Gymnasium (formerly Garrettsville Intermediate School), 8233 Park Ave, Saturday, July 9th, 7-11pm.
Please bring your friends and join JimBob – DJ Extraordinaire… Karaoke & Lighting Specialist along with a host of dedicated YMCA employees, lovely line-dance instructors, our wonderful certified exercise professionals and selfless volunteers for a rockin’ great time! Rock ‘n’ Roll, Swing, Line Dance, all your favorite music! Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Everyone’s $5 donation at the door is greatly appreciated. Any questions call the YMCA at (330)469-2044.

Wilderness Leadership
July 10-16
High schoolers will develop leadership skills, connect with nature, and work to achieve individual and group goals at Hiram College’s Northwoods Field Station in the remote wilderness of Michigan. Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for registration or contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for more information.

Portage County APL Fundraiser
Through July 15
In honor of national pet month, Aurora Animal Care Center & Aurora Kennel are holding a fundraiser for the Portage County APL through July 15th.
You can help by donating unopened pet food, treats, bedding, toys, cat litter, cleaning products, etc. You can also purchase a can or bag of food at one of our clinics to save you a trip to the store.
You can drop your donated items off at any of our locations.
Aurora Veterinary Clinic, 46 South Aurora Road Aurora;
Mantua Veterinary Clinic, 4789 East High St Mantua; Streetsboro Veterinary Center, 9324 St Rt 43 Streetsboro;
Aurora Kennel, 1013 W Garfield Rd Aurora

Grant In Aid Scholarship
Due By July 16
The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school. The deadline for completed applications is July 16, 2016. Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

Picnic and Car Show
July 23
Everyone’s invited to celebrate Cliff and Pat Goffs 50th Anniversary at Freedom Town Hall on Saturday July 23, 2016
2pm to 6pm. Please come and enjoy friends, family, food, and cars. We will be serving refreshments. Please rsvp by July 15th, so we have an idea of the number of people and cars. Please contact Roxanne Maur at 330-238-0268 or Jessica Maur at 330-235-3776. Hope to see you there!

Garfield High School Football Skills Camp
July 25 & 26
Garfield High School will be hosting a Football Skills Camp
July 25 and 26 from 6pm-8pm
for Grades K-8. Cost is $30 (checks made payable to JAG All Sports Boosters)

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
July 30
An all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner will beheld on July 30 from 4-7 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507, 216 E. Main St., West Farmington. Dinner donation $7 Adults; $4.50 Kids 5-12; under 5 free. Carryout available. Shot cun raffle will be held at 6 pm. Tickets are $5 each or 5/$20.