Schedule A Visit From Santa
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 Friday, 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.
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!
Registering Now For 4-H
4-H All Stars are accepting new members ages 5-19 as of January 1, 2017. We meet Saturday mornings and offer foods, sewing, photography and many other life skills. We also offer small animal projects including rabbits, market and fancy poultry, hamsters, and cavies. It is important to join soon if you are interested in market poultry as there is a mandatory meeting in January. We are working on crafts and gifts for area senior citizens. If you are interested in learning more about our club, call Scott at 330-931-2839 or Janet at 440-548-5142. Everyone is welcome!
Kindergarten Registration Time!
James A. Garfield Elementary School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will be 5 years of age by AUGUST 1, 2017. Registration and full screenings will take place on Friday, March 24th, Monday, March 27th, and Tuesday, March 28th. These are the only dates we will do complete screenings. Please call the Elementary 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.
Families Anonymous Meeting
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 information call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.
Relocated, But Open!
Relocated, but Staying Open thru the Winter. The Community Center at Mantua Center will be open on Tuesdays thru the winter, but has temporarily relocated to the Civic Center during construction at the historic school. The Civic Center is the on the sw corner of the township green, beside Center Road, just across SR82 from the school. Restrooms there are downstairs, so not handicapped accessible. Stove and refrigerator are available. Painting group at 9:30 and potluck lunch at noon are the main activities, other than just getting together to socialize. Hours are 9:00 to 1:30 or 2:00.
Trains In The Town Hall
Wednesdays in Dec
The 4th Annual Trains in the Town Hall will be held every Wednesday in December from 5pm-8pm. The trains will also be running on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. Closed Christmas Eve. The display covers 448 square feet of space and features summer and winter layouts. New this year is Area 55 with a flying saucer and alien invaders. New rolling stock and engines will be circling the towns and the countryside. Admission is free. The 1893 Town Hall is on the east side of the Bloomfield square.
Friday Fish Dinner
American Legion Post 674, 9960 E. Center Street in Windham will be hosting Friday Fish Dinners from 4-7 pm. Cost is $8. Carryouts available.
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.
PCDL Holiday Hours
Happy Holidays! All offices and branch libraries of the Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates for the holiday season: Saturday, December 24; Monday, December 26; Saturday, December 31; and Monday, January 2, 2017.
Our branch libraries may be closed for the holidays, but the Digital Library is always open- 24/7. Use your Portage County District Library card to enjoy free access to a huge assortment of digital movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines. For more information about our digital services, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org and look for the Digital Library.
Bristol Public Library Holiday Closings
The Bristol Public Library will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27th. The library will also be closed Friday, December 30th for the New Year’s holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2nd. The staff of the Bristol Public Library would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and a safe new year. Visit us at 1855 Greenville Road in Bristolville or contact us at 330-889-3651.
Are you looking for a nice Christmas Gift for your loved one? Then this is the gift for you. Southington Garden Club has for sale a cookbook of 500 recipes using zucchini.The cookbook has recipes from appetizers to desserts all using zucchini. The cookbook is $13.00 which includes postage. Send the check to Southington Garden Club @ Evelyn Wibert 2959 Leiby Osbourne Road, Southington, Ohio 44470.
In Search Of Seniors For Volleyball Team!
Looking for 8 to 9 seniors,age 55 and up for a weekly 1 hour volleyball team.It will be on Wednesday at 11 am for 1 hour at the Garrettsville YMCA located on Park Ave. .It is about having fun,social outlet,It is 50% exercise,30%volleyball,and 20% Fun! Contact Linda 440-548-5347 for more information. If a different time would work better for you, please let me know – our goal is to have a convenient time for everyone!
Live Nativity in Mantua
Dec 16 – 18
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting a drive-through Live Nativity. Come help us celebrate the true meaning of Christmas; view the manger, enjoy some hot chocolate and join in our caroling. Freewill donations and non-perishable food items are appreciated. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs and non-perishable items will be donated to 4C’s. Participants include members of Women’s Auxiliary, Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766, PSR students, Scouts, and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish. This event will take place on St. Joseph Church grounds, located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255 on Friday, Dec 16th through Sunday Dec18th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Santa’s Little Helpers Craft & Vendor Show
On Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11am-5pm at Freedom Town Hall Santa’s Little Helpers Craft and Vendor Show will be held. Profits from Chinese Auction, 50/50,& Concessions will be donated to 7 year old Donovan Stringer who has been diagnosed with (UELS) Liver Cancer. All vendors will have cash & carry items on hand.
UMC Christmas Concert
The United Methodist Church of Garrettsville invites friends old and new to its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 pm. The program will feature traditional Christmas carols and hymns, early American music, modern anthems, as well as works for bell choir. Director of Music Max Jackson conducts the Chancel Choir (accompanied by Barbara Hill), and the Chancel I Bell Choir is directed by Jeanette Poole. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church’s music ministry.
Kid’s Christmas Party & Pictures With Santa
You are invited to attend our annual Kids Christmas Party, and pictures with Santa on Dec 17 from 3-5 pm at the Windham Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 9837 Wolf Rd, Windham. We will make chocolate Christmas candy, decorate Christmas cookies, and make an ornament. Refreshments will be served at 4:30. Join us for the fun! Everyone is welcome!
St. Ambrose Christmas Concert
Christmas concert at St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville, Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm. Y’all deserve THIS Christmas Gift. Take a pause from all your frantic and hectic Christmas preparations and join us. It will refuel you, refocus you, & restore your joy of Christmas.
Film Discussion Group
Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us December 19th, at 10:30am, at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, as Dr J Patella offers the following film for the group to analyze and evaluate: “The Preacher’s Wife” is a 1996 American romantic comedy family film directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is set around the time of the Christmas season and is a remake of the 1947 film “The Bishop’s Wife”. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions please join us.
Library’s Book Discussion Club Meeting
Garrettsville Library’s Book Discussion Club will meet on Tuesday, December 20 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm in the meeting room. This month’s selection is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s the story of Oskar’s father who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. After he finds a key in an envelope labeled “Black” in his father’s closet, Oskar embarks on a quest through New York’s five boroughs to find the lock that fits this key. While on this journey, Oskar has hopes of learning more about his father’s last days. Interested patrons may sign up at the Reference Desk (where copies of the book are available). The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville.
Tree City Carvers Monthly Meeting
Tree City Carvers will meet on Dec 10 at Fred Fuller Park on Middlebury Rd. in Kent. The annual Christmas Part begins at 6 pm. All are asked to bring a covered dish to share or contribute to the collection jar. Every year we celebrate another great season of fun and friendship in the name of woodcarving. The meeting is free and all are welcome. for more info call Larry Hurd at 330-297-7905
Free Turkey Dinner at CBF!
Covenant Bible Fellowship, 8146 High Street, Garrettsville, is inviting everyone to a FREE turkey dinner with all the fixings on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. There will be no income restriction. Join us for this dinner. It will be a great homemade meal and lots of fellowship to enjoy! If you should have any questions, please feel free to call us at 330.527.4205. We look forward to seeing you!!
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 Saturday, December 31, 2016. If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join us at the KofC Hall, Sentinel Party Center, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, available through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156), cost $65/couple, $50/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. All proceeds go towards a new roof for St. Joseph Church.
Crescent Chapter to Meet
Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No 7 OES will meet Monday, January 9 with a 6:30 pm pot luck supper followed by the 7:30 meeting.
Please mark your calendars for Parkman Cub Scout Pack 4076 BSA Annual Spaghetti Dinner/Auction. The date is January 27th, 2017 and will be held at Parkman Community House. Time: 4:30-7:30. Tickets are $8.00 advance/$9.00 at door. Kids are $5.00 advance/$6.00 at door. Under 5 free. Carry outs available. Tickets can be purchased at Parkman Church on Tuesdays 7-8 pm or call Monique 216-337-2104. Credit cards accepted at event. 100% proceeds benefit Parkman Pack 4076 BSA.
Adult Basic & Literacy Education Program Receives United Way Community Grant
The Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) Program received a grant from United Way of Portage County in the amount of $1,350. ABLE applied for a grant project entitled “United Way’s Adult Ride, Learn & Succeed.” The grant is being used to purchase PARTA bus passes for those that have transportation barriers. United Way’s generous donation will help Portage County residents eliminate transportation barriers so they can earn their GED.
The Adult Basic & Literacy Education classes have sites conveniently located on the bus line throughout Portage County in the morning, afternoon, or evening to fit your schedule. We have classes in: Brimfield, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham.
The ABLE program provides all classes and materials free-of-charge for those 16+ in a non-traditional classroom setting with certified instructors. If you feel transportation is a barrier and want to earn your GED, take advantage of “United Way’s Adult Ride, Learn & Succeed” program by calling (330) 235-0020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Burton Public Library Events
For more information & registration call the Burton Public Library at (440) 834-4466, or visit burtonlibrary.org.
For The Kids:
Storytimes begin the week of January 10 and are available for babies through 5 year olds. Check our website for days/times.
Thurs., Jan. 26, from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
For Grades K – 3. Brought to you by the Geauga Park District. Registration is required.
For The Adults:
Become a Google Guru!
Tues., Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.
We will teach you the search skills necessary to find whatever it is you are looking for. Bring a laptop or tablet if you have one – we will have a few laptops available for sharing.
FOX8 Sports Guy, Dan Coughlin
Thurs., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as local author and TV sports personality talks Cleveland sports! Books will be available for purchase & signing, $15.
Artists’ Journal Swap Club
Informational meeting on Sat., Jan. 28, 1 p.m.
Artists from all visual media and all skill levels welcome. Ages 16+. Monthly meetings will be led by local artist Halcyon Domanski to swap journals, chat and share techniques.
Sat., Jan. 7, 12 – 3 p.m.
For fans of Ben Hur and Ancient Rome who are aged 10+. Led by a moderator, all game pieces will be provided. Join us for this exciting strategic game! Registration is encouraged.