holiho / Pixabay

Patio Raffle
On Sale Now
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).

Fitness Challenge
Register Today!
Join the Crestwood Band Members and Boosters in the March to Good Health Fitness
Challenge. Participants can walk, run, bike, ski, swim or exercise their way to the finish
line goal of 100 points by March 30th. All 100 point finishers receive a Fitness Challenge T-Shirt and free ticket for the raffle baskets at the All District Band Concert on April 13th! Funds raised go towards band student supplies and band travel. To register please log onto Crestwoodbands.com

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
Sundays
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.

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.

Families Anonymous Meeting
Mondays
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.

Monday Breakfast at American Legion
Mondays
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.

BINGO
Every Tuesday
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
Thursday
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
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.

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 gzimcosky@gmail.com or call 330-297-6424 with questions.

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.

Historical Society Gifts
On Sale Now!
Freedom Township Historical Society is trying to simplify your holiday shopping this year. In addition to our T-shirts, we are now offering SWEATSHIRTS to keep your loved ones warm during the winter months. These come in a forest green with lettering and our logo in white; a donation of $20.00 will secure your sweatshirt in adult sizes S-XL. 2XL – 4XL are also available for a slightly higher donation. To place an order call Judy at 330-527-7669 or Amanda at 330-842-4374. We can email you a form or you can simply place an order by phone. We deliver too! What a deal.

Astronomy Adventures at Hiram College
Dec 15
Celebrate the upcoming shortest day of the year by exploring the night sky. Bring the entire family for an opportunity to crawl inside the StarLab Portable Planetarium to view stars, constellations and learn about star legends. Location: Gerstacker Science Hall, Hiram College (on Hayden St. north of SR 82 just west of SR 700). Parking available on Hayden, Dean and Bancroft Streets. Contact Matt Sorrick at (330) 569-6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu for information.

Observatory Open Night
Dec 15
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Friday, December 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Given good skies, visitors will see the stars of the Pleiades and Hyades clusters. Other objects of interest will also be sought. Most of the Observatory’s Open Nights take place on Saturdays but this special Friday event is in support of a related program on the Hiram campus. Cloudy skies at the scheduled starting time cancel the event and in that case, the observatory will not open. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. 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.

Crestwood Cookie Walk
Dec 16
Crestwood Cookie Walk will be held on Dec 16th from 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Crestwood Middle School,
10880 John Edwards Drive in the large cafeteria. $8 per pound. Buy dozens of holiday cookies for your family, friends, neighbors and teachers. Buy now…freeze for later. Trays for sale or free boxes provided

Follow The Star To Bethlehem
Dec 16
“Follow the Star to Bethlehem” on Dec. 16: a walk- through of the birth of Jesus and His miracles then listen to singing in the sanctuary: First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH @ 6-7:30 p.m. Refreshments following in multi-purpose room.

Kids Christmas Party
Dec 16
The Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Rd., Windham, is having a kids’ Christmas party on Dec 16 from 3 pm – 5 pm. There will be a movie (The Toy That Saved Christmas), popcorn, and we will decorate cookies and cupcakes, and make a Christmas craft. Get your picture taken with Santa and join us for the fun. Everyone welcome!

Santa on The Fire Truck
Dec 16
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.

Roast Pork Buffet Dinner
Dec 16
There will be a roast pork dinner on Dec 16 from 4-6:30 pm at First Congregational UCC, 4022 SR 44, Rootstown. Dinner includes potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, dressing, salads and vegetables, dessert selections and beverages. Carry-out available.

Garrettsville UMC Christmas Concert
Dec 17
The Chancel Choir of Garrettsville United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17 at 7 PM. Joined by students from KSU’s School of Music, the choir will perform music both familiar and new. You will recognize traditional carols such as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” choral masterworks like Vivaldi’s beloved “Gloria in excelsis,” and old hymns presented in a new light with Daniel Hughes’s “Creator, Emmanuel.” New works by American composers Daniel Gawthrop, Nathan Jones, and Eric Whitacre will be just as fulfilling. There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering will be taken at the concert’s conclusion.

St. Ambrose Church Christmas Concert
Dec 17
Please come and enjoy the sounds of the season with the adult choir and the bell choir! Concert is Sun Dec 17th at 3pm in the church—10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. You will be refreshed and renewed with the voices and music of Advent and Christmas!

Book Discussion Club
Dec 19
The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library will meet on Dec 19 in the library meeting room from 5-6 p.m. The month’s selection is: A View from the Buggy by Jerry S. Eicher and Nathan Miller. In this compilation by Eicher and Miller, more than thirty Amish men and women present life stories within Amish families and Amish society. It contains tales of happiness, loss, hope, and work. The buggy both slows and limits mobility creating close-knit communities. Patrons may sign up for the Book Discussion Club at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available. The Library, located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231

Lets Go To Bethlehem
Dec 21
Children’s Christmas play: “Lets go to Bethlehem” All are welcome!!! Thursday; Dec. 21st. 7:00pm at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville, OH 44231

Blue Christmas Service
Dec 22
You’re invited to attend a Blue Christmas Service at the Windham United Methodist Church, 9051 N. Main St., Windham, OH on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.. The holidays can be a sad time for those who have experienced loss. We invite you to worship with those who mourn at our Blue Christmas Service. A service of comfort and inspiration this Christmas Season. All are welcome!
Rotary Santa To Deliver Presents
Dec 23
Santa will again be making early deliveries to children in the Garrettsville-Hiram area courtesy of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club. Gifts will delivered the evening of Saturday, Dec. 23rd. There is no cost for this service, but all donations received are given to the People Tree to help others in our area. Please drop your gifts at either The Business Works or MB Realty on Main Street in Garrettsville by Dec. 21st. Call 330-527-4415 for more information.

Library Holiday Schedule
Dec 23, 25, 30 & Jan 1
In observance of the holidays, all Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will be closed on the following dates: Saturday, December 23; Monday, December 25; Saturday, December 30; and Monday, January 1 of 2018. May all your holidays be bright and have a pleasant journey into the New Year.
New Year’s Eve Reverse Raffle Party
Dec 31
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 Dec 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, 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 through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156).

JAG Musical Encore Event
Jan 6
The Musical Department of JA Garfield High School invites you to the 1st Annual Garfield Encore. The event, held at the Cellar Door Coffee Co. on Jan 6, offers 2 show options of 2pm and 6pm. The red carpet event includes an intimate encore of past performances by our own JAG Musical Alumni. Enjoy an exclusive coffee menu, complimentary specialty popcorn, hot pretzel bar and gourmet cupcake plus raffle entry for 2 seats to the spring musical. Tickets are available for $25 at the Cellar Door Coffee Co.

Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 26
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