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Preschool Screenings for Fall 2017
Preschool screenings will take place at James A. Garfield Elementary on Friday, April 21 for children age 3 through 5 years of age that will not attend Kindergarten. The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. Please call 330-527-5524 to schedule an appointment.

Camp Invention
Register Today!
Camp Invention will take place at JAG Elementary School June 26th – 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for students entering grades K – 6th grade next school year. If you are interested in having your child attend, contact Mr. Hatcher by emailing him at dhatcher@jagschools.org or calling the school at 330-527-2184.


The First Congregational Church of Freedom will be celebrating its 189th Easter service with the proclamation that Jesus is risen from the dead and alive for all eternity.
The First Congregational Church of Freedom’s original congregation, which built the church, consisted mainly of settlers from New England who were descendants of the Pilgrims.
Local legend tells that one dedicated early parishioner rode an ox through the woods to get to the church, as the roads were not yet opened, and ruined her dress as it got torn on the bushes.
The church bell in the steeple was an important part of village life; on the day of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, the bell ringer tolled the bell for two hours. The bell will be ringing on Easter Sunday as an invitation to come and worship.

Pastors Jim and Janie Melick invite the residents of Freedom Township and the surrounding communities to come and participate with us in this joyful worship experience. The Easter Sunday worship service begins at 10:30a.m.

The Good Friday church service will be held on April 14th at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at the public green on S.R. 88 at S.R. 303 in Freedom Township.


Vendors Wanted
Auburn Community Church will host an outdoor flea market Aug 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.at the church. Persons selling new items as well as used items are encouraged to participate. Spaces are 25 ft. wide and deep enough to park two regular-sized vehicles as well as vendor tables. Cost per space is $25.00. Food will be available. In the event of rain, the event will be held Aug 12. To reserve a space (s), send your check along with your name, address, email and/or phone # and whether selling new or used items to Auburn Community Church, 11076 Washington St. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023. If any questions call Auburn Community Church 440-543-1402

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
Mondays
“Men on Mondays” a men’s Bible study is held every Monday from 6:45 – 8 pm at the “Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.

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!

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.

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. is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.

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 Ave.Haddock Fish Dinner or enjoy chicken or Shrimp, french fries, cole slaw & roll $10. Perogies – $4

Lenten Fish Fry
Through April 14
Lenten 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.

Donations Wanted
The Freedom Township Historical Society will participate in the annual Garrettsville community yard sale on May 5, 6, and 7. We are looking for donations of good quality items like clothing and household wares. Donors can put prices on the items, but it isn’t necessary. To donate or for more information contact Amanda Garrett at 330-842-4374 or agarrettsun@yahoo.com or Judy Thornton at 330-527-7669 or at threeponys@frontier.com.

Free Movie
April 14
On Good Friday, April 14, at 6:30pm join us for a free movie at First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. The movie is from the Book of Matthew, Ch 26 depicting the life of Jesus Christ from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions, call Pastor Erv at 330-354-5500.

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
April 14
Fish Dinner serving Fish, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders from 4 – 7:30pm on April 14. Open to the Public. 8149 Water Street
Garrettsville. Carryout is Available Call 330-527-2330

Burton Easter Egg Hunt
April 15
The horn blows at 11am, Saturday April 15, for ages 1-6 to hunt Easter eggs at Burton’s south end of Village Park or Berkshire High School parking lot (depending on the weather)

Birding In The Bog
April 15
Ring in the spring migration of new-tropical migrants as well as our year round bird friends April 15th at 7:30 – 10:30am at the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, 1028 Meloy Rd. No registration is required. More information call Adam at 330/527-5118

Easter Sunrise Service
April 16
Auburn Community Church will host an Easter Sunrise service April 16th at 6:30 a.m. The event will be held at La Due Reservoir near the boat ramp on E. Washington Street. A light breakfast will be available. Flashlights are helpful. All are welcome to attend this special Easter service. Auburn Community Church will also hold its regular Easter service at 10 a.m. at the church.

Easter Sunday Services
April 16
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 16, at 6:30am , starting in the parking lot of First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. for a procession to the Middlefield Cemetery for the Service at 8:42am, then back to the church for a continental breakfast. At 8am, will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of our church. Easter Worship Celebration at the Church at 10am. Questions? Call 440-632-0480, leave a message, we will call you back.

84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks
April 16 – May 21
Enjoy spring migrants return on bird walks led by experienced birders. Held Sundays, April 16 through May 21. Meet in parking lot at 7:30am, these locations: James H Barrow Field Station, 11305 Wheeler Rd., Hiram – 330/527-2141, Aurora Sanctuary: Audubon Society of Cleveland Sanctuary, E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora – 216/337-2202. Novak Sanctuary: Audubon Society of Cleveland Sanctuary, Town Line Rd, Aurora – 440/543-6399

Film Discussion Group
April 17
Monday, April 17th at 10:30am, the YMCA invites you to join us for the following FREE event: THE SECRET, a 90 minute film & discussion presented by Dr J Patella, explains with simplicity the law that is governing all lives and offers the knowledge of how to intentionally and effortlessly create a joyful life.
Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am for our monthly Film Review and Discussion Group. Questions – call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club Monthly Meeting
April 17
The Portage County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. at the English Pub Bistro, 320 E. Main Street, Ravenna. Our speaker will be Desiree Perry, Coordinator of the CARE children group of Skeels Center. During the April meeting we are asking for donations to support the “Bowl Against Abuse” fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Advocacy Center of Portage County. This event will be on Saturday, April 29th at Kent Lanes. To RSVP or for more information call Jeneen at 330 687-4067.

Tree City Carvers Monthly Meeting
April 18
The Tree City Carvers will hold thier monthly meeting on
April 18 at 7:30 pm at Fred Fuller Park, Middlebury Rd. Kent. Share your thoughts about woodcarving and have some coffee with friends. This meeting is free and open to the public for more info call Larry Hurd at 330-297-7905

Portage County Retired Teachers Hold Workshop
April 19
The Portage County Retired Teachers Association (PCRTA) is sponsoring a Preretirement Workshop, April 19 from 5-7 pm at the Channels 45/49 building, 1750 Campus Road right off SR 261 in Kent. The event is free, refreshments will be served. A STRS representative will be available to discuss pensions and insurance benefits with the attendees. Other matters pertinent to retirement will also be addressed. ALL TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS THINKING OF RETIREMENT ARE URGED TO ATTEND. For reservations, contact: Mary Ann Brockett at brockettma@hiram.edu; mabrockett@gmail.com or 330-527-8049. Attendees are urged to make reservations as soon as possible!

Board Meeting Newton Falls Schools
April 20
The Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is holding its regular board meeting April 20 at 6pm in the board room located in Jr. High School, 907 Milton Blvd.

Huntsburg Church Rummage Sale
April 20-22
Huntsburg Congregational Church is holding their annual rummage and bake sale on April 20, 21 and 22 at 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg. Rt. 528 1/4 Mile South of Rt. 322. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursady & Friday, Bag Day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Questions or Donations accepted by calling 440-636-5504

Altar & Rosary Rummage and Bake Sale
April 21-22
St. Ambrose Church Altar and Rosary Society is sponsoring a Rummage and Bake Sale April 21, 9am to 5pm and April 22, 9am to 1pm in the church hall – 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. Clothes, housewares, books and more! Something for everyone! Saturday is $2.00 bag day!

Rummage Sale
April 21-22
The Portage County Gardeners are hosting a Rummage Sale at 5154 S. prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio 44240 -The PC Garden Center on April 21-22 from 9-2p.m. Join in and find those bargains on books, clothing, accessories, home décor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knick-knacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available

Windham Annual Clean Up
April 21, 22, 23
Windham Township and Village clean up 8am-4pm at Windham Village Sewer Plant, East Center St by Legion. We will be provided 5 dumpsters; once they are full spring clean up will be over. Items accepted: Appliances, batteries, furniture and up to 4 tires per household. NOT accepted: Paint, shingles, building debris and garbage.

Spring Brunch & Silent Auction
April 22
The Ladies Spring Brunch & Silent Auction will be held on April 22, 2017 at 9:30 am. Tickets are $15.00 per person
Girls Ages 12 & under $7.00
Tickets must be purchased by April 16 Guest speaker Joy Trachsel Special music Liz Simpson with Christina Dupre.
Christian Life Center Church
1972 East Summit Road, Kent, Ohio. For info and tickets call the church office at (330) 678-9234

Vernal Pool Exploration
April 22
Vernal pools are seasonally water-filled depressions found in the forest providing habitat for many plants and animals. Explore the fascinating plant and animal communities April 22, 10am – 12 at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. No registration is required. Muck boots are recommended. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

Huntsburg Grange Rummage Sale
April 22
Huntsburg Grange 2541 is holding their annual open house and rummage sale on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Huntsburg Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 528 and Rt. 322. Help us celebrate the 150th birthday of the Grange organization with free birthday cake. Lunch available. Phone 440-286-7210 with questions.

Geauga County Council Fundraiser Breakfast
April 23
Join American Legion Atwood Mauck Post #459 ‘Home’ Goodwin St. Burton on April 23rd from 9 – 1:30pm for breakfast. Contact Skip at 440/313-2095 for info.

Brick by Brick Auction
April 23
Windham Brick by Brick Scholarship fund 3rd annual kitchen and bath cabinets charity auction will be held April 23 at the Windham Hardware. View at 9 am Auction at 10:30 am. Additional cabinets can be bought at Home Depot. Details at McGuire GMC website.

Hidden In Plain Sight Awareness Program
April 24
Interactive exhibit designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom containing 150+ items, which may be indicative of dangerous risky behaviors. Come Monday, April 24 to Hiram Christian Church, “Snoop & Search” starts at 6pm, presentation begins at 6:30pm. No youth permitted due to nature of material. For info contact Hiram Police Dept 330/569-3236 or Hiram Christian Church 330/760-6285

Crescent Chapter Inspection
April 25
Crescent Chapter No. 7 OES will hold its annual inspection on Monday, April 25 at 7:30 pm at the Mantua Masonic Temple on John Edward Drive.

Spring Round Up Meeting
April 25
Please join Parkman Pack 4076 on April 25th, 2017 for our Spring Round Up. We will meet at Parkman Congregational Church at 6-8 pm. This is an informative meeting about joining Cub Scouts. If you have questions, are interested or just want to see what we are about, please come. There will be snow cones, pop bottle rockets and a whole lot of fun for your son. We are an active Pack and believe in learning while having fun! See ya then!

RFC Community Dinner
April 27
April Dinner for the Renaissance Family Center will be April 27th, 5-6:30 pm. The cook and the menu is a secret. Please come and bring a friend, but, SHHHH, it’s a secret.

Mayfield Church Rummage Sale
April 27 – 29
A Rummage Sale will be held at the Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, on April 27 – 29. The hours are Thursday (9 am – 4 pm), Friday (9 am – 6:30 pm) and Saturday – Bag Day (9am – noon). The sale has something for everyone. All proceeds are for missions

“Beauty and The Beast”
April 28-30
The Crestwood High Drama Club Proudly Presents Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast”. Shows are Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door and $6 pre-sale. There is a Special Sunday Brunch show on April 30th that starts at 2 pm. Sunday’s brunch is 11 am to 1 pm and show is at 2 pm. Cost is $14 at the door and $10 pre-sale for adults and children to age 3 and children under age 3 are FREE. Brunch includes show ticket, pancakes and other brunch goodies, as well as, activities and crafts with cast members. Pre-sale tickets available starting 4/17/17. For tickets or any questions contact emiller@crestwoodschools.org or cuvegas@crestwoodschools.org.

Rose’s Rescue Pasta 4 Paws time again
April 29
Join Rose’s Rescue, a not- for- profit pet rescue, on April 29, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna Ohio for a pasta dinner and huge gift raffle. The event runs from 2:00pm-7:00pm for dinner. Takeout orders available. The raffle drawings begin promptly at 7:00pm. Winner need not be present for the drawings. Pasta 4 Paws, 251 W. Spruce St, Ravenna Ohio. Adults $8, Children $5. Please check out the Rose’s Rescue website for the flyer with further details. www.rosesrescue.net. All proceeds to benefit the homeless pet that we serve.

Sunshine Committee 5K Run
April 29
The Windham High School Student Council and Sunshine Committee will hold the 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 29th. Registration begins at 8:00 AM, and the race starts at 9:00 AM. The race will be held at the Ravenna Aresenal entrance behind the school, near the football field, by the large parking lot. Adults can pre-register for $20.00 (before April 29th) or pay $25.00 the day of the race. Students, younger than 18, can pre-register for $15.00(before April 29th), or pay $20.00 the day of the race.
You can register online at www.gopherarun.com or visit the Windham Schools facebook, website, or contact Sam Pochedly at spochedly@windham-schools.org.

Prime Rib Dinner
April 29
An elegant and delicious Prime Rib Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Sat., April 29 at 5:30pm at First UMC of Middlefield, 14999 South State Ave. to help pay off our Land Fund Loan. Tickets are presale only, for $25 each. For questions, call Nancy Cline at 440-632-9053.

Pymatuning Lake 2017 Crappie Tournament
April 30
2016 Crappie Tournament hosted by the Pymatuning Lake Association will be held April 30. Weigh-in and late registration (6am to 8am) is the Espyville Boat Launch(south east side of causeway.) Entry fee per team is $45 ($5 late fee.) Forms should be mailed by April 21 Weigh-in ends at 3:30 pm. Registration forms and rules can found at www.pymatuninglake.com e-mail pymalakeassoc@windstream.net phone 724-418-1501 All proceeds benefit the fish habitat fund.

Church Women United Meeting
May 6
Church Women United of Geauga County are holding their next meeting on Saturday, May 6 from 9 am to noon at the Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg. Laura Christensen from the Red Tulip Project of Geauga will be the guest speaker. Contact 440-636-6262 or 440—321-2476 for information.

Spring Wildflower Hike
May 6
Join us as we are treated to one of the best spring wildflower displays in NE Ohio. May 6th 10am – 12 at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. No registration is required. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

Outdoor Craft & Vendor Show
May 13
Support JAG Elementary PTO at the Spring outdoor craft and vendor show at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley May 13 10am-4pm. Over 40 vendors, hand crafted items and auction items. Call Diane Irwin for info 330/524-0592

Auditions For GodSpell
May 16 & 17
The Curtains up Theatre is holding auditions for their production of GodSpell on May 16 and 17 at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School. Please have a memorized monologue (1 minute minimum) prepared – preferably a comedy or drama one, and a song to be sung a-cappella. The show runs July 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29. Rehearsals begin June 5, 2017 – please bring any conflict dates to the audition. For more information contact Director, Justin Steck at 216-310-1913. Please notify the music director during your audition if there is a specific character you are auditioning for. James A. Garfield High School is located at 10235 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231
Parts available for age groups 15 years to adults over 60.

First Christian Church Yard Sale
May 18 & 19
The First Christian Church Yard Sale 17 North Center Street Newton Falls has been changed to May 18-19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch available and May 20, 9 a.m. to noon – Bag day only.

River Days Tours
May 20
Enjoy a guided tour on May 20th of the National Natural Landmark preserve, normally by permit only, and/or visit Ohio’s first scenic river preserve designated in 1986. Mantua Bog State Nature Preserve tour will meet 11am – Peck Rd and E. High St. The Tummonds Scenic River tour will meet 1:30pm at 4466 Mats Rd. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

Where In The Woods Am I?
May 27
Spring is a busy time for hikers. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you got lost while hiking? Join us May 27th at 1pm – 3 for a basic overview of orienteering with a map and compass at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Rd. A short classroom session will be followed by a practical exercise. No registration is required. More information call Adam 330/527-5118

Miracle Network Fun Ride
May 28
The 8th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Fun Ride & Poker Run will be May 28. Route maps and rules will be available at registration starting at 10AM at BikeTown Harley-Davidson in Austintown, Ohio. Ride will begin at noon which includes three card stops along a scenic route of approx 75 miles. Route ends at Social 45, Lisbon, OH where there will be food and refreshments, two Live bands, and Chinese Auction. Cost is $15 per bike; $5 per passenger. In case of rain, go to Social 45 at 3:30PM. Motorcycles are not mandatory to participate. Call 330-502-9813 for more information.

Noah’s Ark Trip
June 9
“Save the date” for a fantastic bus trip, Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 2017, that is planned for a visit to NOAH’S ARK in Willianstown,KY. Also, included are several activities in the Renfro Valley. If interested, please call now for more information – MaryLee Herron, #330-398-2126

Gott Fen Showy Lady’s Slipper Hike
June 17
Join ODNR staff on June 17th, from 10am – 12, as we offer a special opportunity to view state threatened Lady’s Slipper orchids at Gott Fen State Nature Preserve, State Rte 303, Streetsboro. Space is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register call Adam 330/527-5118 or email adam.wohlever@dnr.state.oh.us