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Kindergarten Registration Time!
The James A. Garfield School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will turn age 5 before August 1, 2017. Registration will take place on, Monday, March 27nd , Tuesday, March 28th and Friday March 31st, 2017. Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment.

Preschool Screenings for Fall 2017
Preschool screenings will take place at James A. Garfield Elementary on Friday, March 17th for children age 3 through 5 years of age that will not attend Kindergarten. The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Please call Kristine at 330-527-5524 to schedule an appointment.

Newton Fall Kindergarten Registration
Registration for children entering the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District for the 2017-2018 school year will be held: Feb 15, 3:00 – 8:30 p.m. and March 13 through March 17, 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m. daily. You do NOT need an appointment, but please only come during these times. It is not necessary to bring your child at this time. To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be 5 years of age by August 1, 2017. Upon registering, you will be given an appointment to bring your child to the school in the spring for screening. Bring the following items with you when registering: Your child’s legal birth certificate;Immunization records; Proof of residency; Child’s Social Security Card and custody papers (if applicable)

Families Anonymous Meeting
Mondays
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 info call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

Men on Mondays
beginning March 6
“Men on Mondays” a Men’s Bible Study will be starting on Monday, March 6th. and continuing every Monday thereafter at the “Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. We will meet at 6:45pm and end at 8:00 pm. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.

Society Of The Blind Meetings
4th Monday of Month
The Portage County Society of the Blind is looking for new members The Society meets the 4th monday of the month except Jan and Feb at 2 pm at the English Pub in Ravenna 320 East Main St.
It takes all of us to achieve our mission, which is to provide support and visual aids when we can. Our membership is made up of sighted , low vision and blind persons, and it takes all of us to carry out our mission. If interested please call Jim Hammar 330-527-2855 or Dorothy Jones 330-296-4060.

BINGO
Every Tuesday
ST AMBROSE CHURCH 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville– “Early bird” at 6:45p and first game at 7pm. Also featuring instant tickets, coverall jackpots, and other fun games. Doors open 5:45p. Great refreshments!

TOPS Meetings
Thursdays
TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Members learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise, motivation and more at weekly meetings. Find out more at http://www.tops.org
Please join us as we take off and keep off pounds sensibly!

BINGO At St Michael’s
Every Thursday
St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

2nd Thursday Storytime
through May 11
2nd Thursday Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church. Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 – 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. We will not meet if Ravenna Schools are closed.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
Fish fry dinners will be held at the American Legion Post 674, 9960 East Center St., Windham from 4-7:30 pm. Cost $8. Choice of fish, chicken, shrimp or a combo dinner. Open to public. Carryout available.

American Legion Fish Fry
Through April 14
The Lake Milton American Legion Fish Fry is back! Serving every Friday beginning Feb 3 through April 14 from 3-7 pm at the 737 Legion Post, Milton Avenue
Haddock Fish Dinner or enjoy Chicken or Shrimp, french fries, cole slaw & roll $10. Perogies – $4

Roast Pork Buffet
Feb 18
Roast pork buffet with sauerkraut and dressing dinner includes potatoes, vegetables, salads, rolls, dessert & beverage. $10 adults, $5 kids 5-12. Carry-out available. Dinner will be held at First Congregational UCC, 4022 SR 44 Rootstown on Feb 18 from 4-7 pm.

RFC Yard Sale
Feb 18
Calling all “treasure hunters” far and wide. Renaissance Family Center Yard Sale will be held on February 18th, 9 am-4 pm at 9005 Wilverne Dr.Windham, Ohio. Treasurers of every kind under one roof. You will be “amazed” at what you may find.

MSA Reverse Raffle
Feb 18
Help support Mantua Soccer Association by attending the Reverse Raffle on Feb 18 at 6 pm at the K of C, 11845 SR 44 in Mantua. $75 per ticket provides admission for 2 adults, 1 entry into grand prize drawing ($1,000), dinner, drinks and dancing. Contact MSA at mantuasoccer@gmail.com.

Benefit dinner for Jeff and Lisa Miller of Windham
Feb 18
A spaghetti dinner at the Windham United Methodist Church will be heldFeb. 18 from 4:30-7:00 and will benefit Jeff and Lisa Miller of Windham. Benefits from this dinner will go to offset medical expenses. Dinner will include salad, bread, beverage and homemade desserts. Cost of the dinner for adults will be $8.00; children 5-12 yrs will be $5.00; children under age of 5 yrs old will be free. The Windham UM Church is located at 9051 N. Main St. in Windham.

Garfield HotStove Baseball Sign-ups
Feb 18 & 25
Garfield HotStove Baseball signups will be held on Saturday 2/18 & 2/25 at the village hall from 9 to noon.
Please contact Phil Britton 330-233-0419 (Pres) or Colleen Khairallah 330-524-2807 (Sec) with any questions.

Pancakes at Hambden Grange in February
Feb 19
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an ALCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, fruit, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Sunday, February 19th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road. The cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

Free Documentary About Democracy
Feb. 19
You’re invited to a showing of “We The People 2.0.” at 1:30, in the Jenkins Room of Reed Memorial Library (167 E. Main St. Ravenna). Understand our present structure of government and our role as citizens. For more information, call 330-569-8671.

Sorting Out The Singers
Feb 19
Join music professor/naturalist Dr. Lisa Rainsong on Sunday, February 19, for The Music of Birdsong: Sorting Out the Singers at The West Woods Nature Center. From 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Dr. Rainsong will present on which techniques used in music training and appreciation classes can provide valuable tools for identification of birds and their repertoire – a must-see opportunity for any lover of music and Nature! Registration is not required for this free program. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

JA Garfield Historical Society Meeting
Feb 20
The James A. Garfield Historical Society will meet on Monday, February 20th at 7:30 PM. Meetings are held in the historic Mott Building, corner of Main & High Streets.
The Garfield Historical Society covers the village of Garrettsville, and Freedom & Nelson Townships. All interested persons are welcome.

Film Group To Meet
Feb 20
On Monday, Feb 20th, at 10:30am, Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event.
Dr. J Patella offers the following film for the group to analyze and evaluate: The 24 minute video this month is –
“Guided Visualization: Working with the healing power of your immune system.“ If you are interested in the video, followed by a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions, please join us at the YMCA the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am for our Film Review and Discussion Group.

Free Community Meal
Feb 20
Christ Lutheran, 10827 N. Main Street, Mantua, will be holding their monthly Free Community Meal on Feb 20. We will serve between 5 and 6:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and an opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors. See you there.

Tree City Carvers Montyly Meeting
Feb 21
Tree City Carvers will meet on Feb 21 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park, Middlebury Rd. Kent. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more info call: Larry Hurd 330-297-7905

God Provides A Free Meal
Feb 24
God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR. 305 on Feb. 24 from 4 to 6. Chicken & noodles – veg. – roll – dessert.

New Ladies Group – All Welcome!!
Feb 25
Do you want to become part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to be inspired? If this sounds like you then come and bring a friend! There is a new group starting at the Cellar Door Coffee shop in Garrettsville called “Revival in the Country”. Ladies from all walks of life are welcome. We will be meeting the 4th saturday of the month from 9 am to noon. The meeting is free. The first meeting is on Feb. 25. There will be music and sharing and of course some coffee!! The speaker’s theme is “Forgiveness- your roadmap to freedom” We will meet on the lower level.

NGCC Anniversary Open House
Feb 25
Anniversary Open House. Please join us as we celebrate Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard’s 5-year anniversary at our open house on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Come see how it all started and how far we have come in our mission to “Shut The Door On Hunger” in our community. Bring a non-perishable food donation! NGCC, 10661 Highland Avenue (additional parking available at St. Ambrose Church).

Community Dinner at RFC
Feb 23
They’re back. The Baptist are at it again. Beginning February 23rd, 5-6:30 pm
the Garrettsville Baptist Church will be cooking the Community Dinner at the Renaissance Family Center. First comes the Garrettsville Baptist Church, followed in March by the Hope Baptist of Windham. Let the games begin. Best cook wins,so come and eat both meals, then cast your vote for the winner.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Chuck & Wilma Holka
Feb. 25
Friends of Chuck and Wilma Holka will host a benefit at Freedom Town Hall, 8966 S.R. 700 to help pay for the couple’s medical expenses. The event includes a spaghetti and meatball dinner with sides, desserts, and a drink, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, and live music. Tickets are $10 or $8 for ages 55 and older. Children under 5 eat free. Call 330-326-6073.

4th Annual Nicholas Stock Scholarship Scotch Doubles
Feb 25
The 4th annual Nicholas Stock Scholarship fund Scotch doubles will be held on Feb 25 at SkyLanes. Cost is $40 couple. Includes 3 games of bowling, beer, pop, pizza & entertainment by Arrowhead Unplugge. Reserve your space – (330) 527-9999 or (216) 389-0920.

Summer Steak Fry In February
Feb 25
The best way to chase away the Winter blues is with a Summer cookout, right? So come to the St. Ambrose K of C “Summer Steak Fry in February” on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4:00 pm – (approx.) 7:30 pm. Cost is $15/person or $25/couple ($50/family max.) – cash, check or MC/Visa. Please call 527-4105 to reserve your dinner. One of the Knights will be taking names after all Masses (so we can purchase the correct # of steaks).

Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 26
Spaghetti & Meatball dinner, hosted by Windham American Legion Women’s Auxiliary #674. Feb 26, 2 pm-5 pm
9960 E. Center Street, Windham. Children under 5 free, 6-12 $5.00. Dinnner includes Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad Bread, Dessert & Coffee or Tea. Price $8.00. Call 330-326-3188.

Jesus Pancake Supper
Feb 28
Join the fun at the Brighter Day Church’s 11th Annual Eating of the Pancakes on Feb 28 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Christian Church at 4572 W. Prospect St., Mantua. In addition to FREE pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, there will also be prizes, crafts and plenty of fellowship to go around.

A Matter Of Balance
begins March 3
Are you concerned about falling? Interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength? Falls are preventable, and this class can make a difference! Matter of Balance Classes will be held on Fridays, March 3 until April 28, 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Burton Health Care Center, 14095 E. Center St, Burton, Ohio 44021. To register please call Dawn Damante 440-214-3180 This class is free for registered seniors! Space is limited

Lent Fish Fry
Fridays – March 3 -April 14
Lent Fish Fry will be held at Newton Falls VFW, 433 Arlington Blvd. every Friday during Lent – March 3 – April 14 from 4-8 pm. Dinners include fried or baked fish, bread, & 3 sides of your choice. $10 each; 10 and under $5. Proceeds benefit Newton Falls Athletic Booster Club.

Spring Fundraising Craft Show
March 4
Shop over 30 craft vendors, 50/50 raffle & refreshments on March 4 from 9-3 at the NF VFW Hall, 433 Arlington Blvd. Doors open again at 5 pm for the Chinese auction. Proceeds benefit the NFHS Boys soccer team.

Road Apple Roubaix
March 4
The Road Apple Roubaix is coming back to Garrettsville on March 4 starting at 10am. This is the opportunity to tour some of the quiet, less-travelled back roads out in Amish country, some gravel roads and the gravel Headwater’s Trail…JUST BEWARE OF THE ROAD APPLES on those back country roads! There will be three routes which include a beginner-friendly 14.5 mile trip (mainly on the Headwater’s Trail), and a 25 and 40 mile option which both include “Heckle-Hill” and plenty of gravel segments. All participants will be provided with a free t-shirt, free pint glass, a free drink for that glass, a bowl of chili and a free raffle ticket to our large raffle. For more information and to sign-up, check out- https://roadappleroubaix.wordpress.com.

Book Review Group
March 6
The Monthly Book Review and Discussion group meets at the YMCA the 1st Monday each month at 10:30am at the Garrettsville Y. A book is not required – it will be presented by Dr J Patella. THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS. One of the most detailed after-death communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death.

IDEA Funds Meeting
March 9
JA Garfield School District will be holding a public meeting on March 9, 2017. This will provide the opportunity for questions/comments regarding the spending of IDEA funds for our district before the monthly board meeting. Please join us at the Elementary PD Center on Thursday at 6:45 pm.

2017 Pond Clinic
March 16
Join the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for an informative and free Pond Program on March 16th from 6 – 8 pm at Centerville Mills Park Dining Hall, 8558 Crackel Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023. Learn more about managing your pond with featured speaker Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Specialist with Ohio State University Extension and School of Environment and Natural Resources. Registration is required due to limited seating. Please contact Portage SWCD at 330-297-7633 ext. 3 or email mwillett@portageswcd.org to register by March 13th. Hope to see you there!

Chili Cookoff & Chinese Auction
March 18
Huntsburg Grange #2541 is holding their 17th annual chili cook off and Chinese auction on Saturday, March 18 from 11:30 – 2:30 in the Huntsburg Gym, corner Rt. 322 and Rt. 528. Enter your chili for cash prize to first and second place. Live entertainment, cake walk, raffle, games, vendors. Contact Colleen at 440-636-3052.