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Get your tickets now for the JAG All Sports Booster PATIO RAFFLE! A 600 sq. ft. decorative concrete patio with fire pit, decorative seating and steps is being donated by Creative Concrete Impressions. Install will take place at the winner’s home in the spring of 2018 and winner will be drawn at the Spring JAG Night at the Races. Proceeds benefit JAG Athletic Facilities Committee. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Please contact Ted Lysiak (216.534.7413) for tickets or stop into the JAG Athletic or Board office (330.527.4336).
Windham Lions Club Gun Raffle
The Windham Lions Club is selling Gun/Cash raffle tickets. Win your choice of: S&W M&P Shield 9mm, Mossberg 500 12Ga 28” VR/24”RS, PSE Fang LT Crossbow, $400 Cash. Anyone interested in supporting the Lions Club can purchase tickets by calling Harry Skiles 330-326-3387.
Bell Ringers Needed
The Salvation Army serving Portage County needs volunteers to ring the Red Kettle Bells starting November 24 thru December 23. There are locations throughout Portage County to volunteer call the Salvation Army office at 330 296-7371. Two hours at a kettle will feed a family of four (4) for a week.
Have Extra Yarn To Spare?
Donate to the art students at James A. Garfield High School!!! Donations can be dropped off during school hours (7:30am-3:00pm) M-F at the front office. Thank you so much!
Grief Support Group
Grief Group meets every Sunday at 3 pm. The meetings are held at Garrettsville United Methodist Church and last about an 1 – 1 ½ hours. Everyone is welcome. For questions you can call the church at 330-527-2055.
Monday Breakfast at American Legion
Open to public $7.00 breakfast from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/326-3188 for info.
Men on 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.
Families Anonymous Meeting
Do you have a family member addicted to drugs or alcohol? Families Anonymous may help restore your serenity. We meet 7pm every Monday at Coleman Behavioral Services, Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For information call Peggy 330-760-7670.
St. Ambrose Church 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville– Early bird at 6:45pm and first game at 7pm. Also featuring instant tickets, coverall jackpots, and other fun games. Doors open 5:45pm. Great refreshments!
Start Talking ! Portage Stop Addiction
Tuesday & Saturday
Start Talking! Portage has been able to schedule two NEW NA meetings in Portage County on Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 South Mantua St., Kent, Ohio at 7:30 p.m. the second one is on Saturdays at Mantua Christian Church 4118 S. R. 82, Mantua, Ohio 44255
Story Time At Mantua Center Church
Children ages 2-5 are invited along with their accompanying adult (siblings are welcome too) every Thursday to STORY TIME, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 St.Rt. 82. No need to sign up, simply drop in any Thursday. This program follows the Crestwood School schedule and meets every Thursday that Crestwood is in session.
BINGO At St Michael’s
St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.
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.
2nd Thursday Storytime
through May 10
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-297-6424 with questions.
Kolache Sale For Holidays
Order deadline Dec 8
St. Mary & St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade kolache for the Christmas h and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10.00 each. The Ladies offer the following fillings: Apricot, Nut and Poppy Seed. To order your taste of Europe, contact Patti Kinel at 330-980-8560. Pick up times and days will be Tuesday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brighten your Christmas Holiday with the flavors and traditions of this tasty pastry native to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Order deadline is Friday, December 8.
5th Annual Model Train Display
Wed & Sat in Dec
The N. Bloomfield Historical Society is presenting its 5th holiday model train event on every Saturday afternoon in December from 2-5pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm in the 1893 Town Hall. The address is 8830 Park Drive. Each year the layout has grown, with new items added each year and now exceeds 500 square feet. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome. Fun for children and adults alike. For more information call 440-685-4410.
Annual Christmas Sale
At the First United Methodist Church, located at 14999 South State Ave., Middlefield. Come and shop on Friday, Dec. 1 and Sat. Dec. 2 from 9 am – 2 pm.
Free Christmas Decoration Giveaway
The Back Door Free Store of Hilltop Christian Church is having a FREE CHRISTMAS DECORATION GIVEAWAY on Sat., Dec 2nd. 10am – 4:30pm. We have many beautiful Christmas decorations and a few Christmas trees to give away at: Hilltop Christian Church…4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua, The giveaway is located in the Church fellowship hall. Everything is FREE!!!!
Pictures With Santa
Shannan Jursa – State Farm 4th Annual Pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Avenue Garrettsville, OH 44231. Join us for cookies and refreshments. Donate a canned good for the Community Cupboard to receive a FREE Professional digital image of your child or family with our Jolly Elf. For questions please call our office at 330-527-2001.
Breakfast With Santa
Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Parkman Community House (16295 St. Rt. 422). Bring a camera and take your child’s picture with Santa Claus. You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage & pancakes. Kids eat for only $3.00 each and $5.00 each for accompanying adults. Call to make your reservation – Sandy @ (440) 548-5740; Patty @ (440) 548-2242; Denise @ (440) 548-2939
Ohio Women’s Ministeries of Mantua Center Christian Church is holding a craft bazaar on Saturday, Dec 2, 8am-4pm At Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd. Mantua. There will be food & beverage available, 50/50 Raffle FREE PARKING. Contact Carolin 330-606-7125
Advent Celebration & Cookie Walk
Ready to kick off the holiday season with some delightful music performed by Faith Journey Four? Need cookies for family and friends? Portage Faith Church, 9922 SR 44, Mantua, has what you need. Join us at 9:30 am for an uplifting Advent Celebration as we look forward to our Savior’s birth and then from 10:30 – noon for a cookie walk where you purchase tasty homemade cookies for very reasonable prices. A free continental breakfast will be available after the service.
Christmas Craft Connection
The Christmas Craft Connection will be held at Aurora Mennonite Church on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and will feature vendors, crafts and food. The church is located at 59 East Mennonite Rd. in Aurora. For more information please call the church at 330-562-8011 or visit the website at www.auroramennonite.com
Portage County Genealogical Society Meeting
The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School.
The topic of the program will be Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate Packets, presented by Chris Staats. The program is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. The genealogy chapter meets the first Saturday of the month at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. from September through May, with no meeting in January.
Tuba Christmas & Craft Show
Back by popular demand! Start the holidays with a family sing-a-long tradition as “tubists” perform at the 19th Annual TubaChristmas on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. This year a Holiday Craft Show will take place in conjunction with the event from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come early or stay after to do some shopping with food and drink concessions! Admission to TubaChristmas concert is by donation to cover costs associated with in kind use of Stambaugh Auditorium and event.
Book Review Club
MONDAY, December 4th, 9:30am: Dr J Patella, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA, presents and reviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS in which every chapter tells its own story. It is not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st (non-holiday) Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions – call the YMCA (330)469-2044
Hiram Farm Annual Craft & Gift Sale
Dec 8 & 9
Hiram Farm Annual Craft and Gift Sale will be held on Dec.8th and 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Hiram Farm, 11543 Garfield Rd., Hiram. Handcrafted items made by our farmers including holiday decorations, soaps, culinary delights, pet gifts and much more !
Breakfast with Santa
All are invited for a pancake breakfast, fun activities and of course, Santa will be making his list and checking it twice! Sponsored by the St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus on Sat. Dec 9th at 10am in the St. Ambrose Church hall 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. Admission is only a can of food for the Food Pantry. Please join us in sharing food and fun during this wonderful season!
Holiday Celebration Dinner
The Geauga County Democratic Party will host a “Holiday Celebration” Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Road, Newbury. The event is 6 pm to 9 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for a local food pantry. Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza. RSVP: on the website www.geaugadems.org or call Janet Carson 440-836-4060
Friendly Squares Christmas Dinner Dance
The Friendly Squares will host their Christmas Dinner Dance, Saturday, December 9 at the Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St., Niles, Ohio. The festivities begin with a Christmas dinner for Friendly Squares members from 6:00 to 7:30. Members, please RSVP for dinner by November 30 to Frankie Hammond at 330-506-3370. Please bring a covered dish to share. Square dancing, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 and continue until 10 p.m. Neil Harner and Gene Hammond will be the callers and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. This will be a High/Low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual. There is a $6 donation per person at the door.
Drive Thru Nativity
Dec 9 & 10
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting their second drive-through Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come join us in caroling. A free will donation of cash or non-perishable food items will help you to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Proceeds from this event will help St. Joseph Church in Mantua with interior repairs and food items will be donated to 4C’s.
New Mercies Community Church 12767 Butternut Rd., Burton is hosting a Silent Auction on Saturday, Dec 9th at 2 pm. Please bring a salad to pass as we will have a salad lunch. Also bring a new or handmade item for the auction.
Morning Retreat With Mary
St. Joseph Parish, Mantua invites you to a Morning Retreat With Mary – Mary, Woman of Hope, presented by Sr. Mary Dion Horrigan, SND, on Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. All adults are welcome to come join us for a morning of reflection on the Virgin Mary in the Season of Advent. The day begins with coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by welcome and introduction at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Dion will guide us through Mary’s Annunciation and My Life, Mary: Hope and Advent Light, and Being HOPE in our world. Cost is $10.00 (payable at the door). Registration is required by Monday, December 6 (330-274-2253 or email@example.com).
Pizza With Santa
Kiwanis of the Western Reserve invites you and your family to our annual Pizza with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 9th 10:00am – 12:30pm in the Hiram Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram 44234.
$3.00 per person, naughty & nice kids 3 & under FREE! There will be face painting, cookie decorating, elf crafts, Secret Santa Shop with gifts $1.00-$5.00 and of course, pizza and SANTA! Bring your camera to take photos with Santa and don’t forget your list!
Santa on The Fire Truck
The Hiram Fire Dept. and Firefighters Association will be working with Santa Claus to deliver presents on Dec 16 beginning at 4:30 pm. Presents for delivery can be dropped off at the fire station beginning on Monday, Nov 27 through 6 pm. Questions – call 330-569-9826.
New Year’s Eve Reverse Raffle Party
Looking for a New Year’s Eve party! The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is planning to have a New Year’s Eve/Reverse Raffle party on Sunday, December 31. It’s a Roaring 20’s theme this year! If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join us at the Sentinel Party Center (FKA Knights of Columbus Hall), 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $65.00/couple, $50.00/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast. Purchase your tickets in the Narthex after Masses December 2/3 or through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156). All proceeds go towards interior improvements at St. Joseph Church.
Square Dancing Lessons
The Friendly Squares will begin a second session of weekly square dance lessons for beginners. The introductory session will be Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m. Each weekly session builds upon the previous session and will include learning new steps along with plenty of review. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April. There is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. For info call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.
Parkman Cub Scout Pack 4076 will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner/Auction at the Parkman Community House on January 26th, 2018
from 4:30-7:30 pm. Advance $8.00 Adults/Kids $5.00 (5-12) under 5 free. At Door: $9.00 Adults/Kids $6.00 (5-12) under 5 free. *carry-out available Pre-sale tickets: Call Monique 216-337-2104. 100% of proceeds benefit Parkman Pack 4076 BSA