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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).

Brookfield Youth Basketball Tournament
Register Today
Brookfield High School and the Trumbull County Basketball Officials Association will be conducting a 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graded basketball tournament for boys and girls. The tournament will be held from March 4th through March 11th. Cost is $100. For more information contact Matt Vadas at 330-883-7208 or e-mail matthewvadas@aol.com

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.

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.

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.

Start Talking! Portage Mantua
4th Tuesday of Month
Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6PM to make a difference in our communities by combating drug abuse in our schools and our county. Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, OH — Lower Level. Next meeting on January 23rd

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!

Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays
Windham United Methodist will host an ongoing Adult Bible Study: “Resilient-Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life”, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 9051 N. Main St., Windham, OH. Please leave a message for the pastor at the Church Office, 330-326-2571.

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

Soup & Sandwiches
Weds through March 21
The Garrettsville United Methodist Church will be hosting Soup & Sandwiches every Wednesday during Lent (Feb 21, Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21) from 4:30pm to 6:45pm. Donations are welcome. Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of great fellowship. We are located on Park Avenue near the YMCA.

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.

Eagles Club Fish Fry
Feb 9 – March 30
Starting Feb 9th through March 30th the Garrettsville Eagles Club #2705 will have a fish fry every Friday. All dinners are $9.00. Fish dinner 2pcs; Shrimp dinner 7pcs; Combo dinner (1pc fish 4 pcs shrimp). Dinners include baked potato or french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, green beans, dinner roll with butter. Served from 5:00-8:00
Open to the public!
Friday Fish Fry
through March 30
The Lake Milton American Legion Fish Fry is back serving every Friday through March 30 from 3-7 pm at the 737 Legion Post, 16465 Milton Avenue. Haddock Fish Dinner or enjoy Chicken or Shrimp
french fries, cole slaw , roll, & drink $10.50. Perogies $4.50 Extra Fish $4.50. NEW Children’s Menu includes Fish, Shrimp, or Chicken Nuggets with fries, coleslaw or applesauce, roll, & drink for $5.00. Serving our Veterans needs

Crafters Wanted
Call Today!
Crafters are wanted for the Ravenna Garden Club’s Craft Show on March 17th—10a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be held at 5154 S. Prospect Street ( the Portage County Gardeners’ Center) Ravenna, Ohio 44240. The cost is $20 for an 8ft table-. Lunch, raffles, and more will be available. To reserve a table or get more info call Pat Thomas 330-297-0232

JA Garfield Kindergarten Registration
Schedule Today!
The James A. Garfield School District is now taking reservations for Kindergarten registration for children that will turn age 5 before August 1, 2018. Registration will take place on, Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23 and Monday, March 26, 20128 Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment.

Space Available
Call Today
Hiram RCCA Consignment Treasure Sale will be held at
6337 Winchell Rd. Hiram Rapids on March 29th – 31st 10 a. to 7 p. Consign your new or gently used items with
us and stop by to shop. For more info call 330.569.4292 or email: rcccahiramrapids@gmail.com

Baseball Signups
Feb 3, 7 & 11
Garrettsville Hot Stove Baseball Signups at the Village Hall in Garrettsville (8213 High Street), Sat. Feb 3rd 9am-noon, Weds Feb 7th 6-8pm and Sun. Feb 11th 6-8pm. For any child age 5 and older as of May 1st, 2018. Email garfieldhotstove@hotmail.com with any questions or come to signup times to learn more.

Night At The Races
Feb 3
Newton Falls Athletic Booster Club will be holding their Night At The Races on Saturday February 3, 2018. Doors open at 5:00 P.M. Post time 7:30
Lake Milton American Legion
16465 Milton Ave, Lake Milton, OH 44429 Tickets $20.00 a piece. Any questions or want to purchase a ticket call Chuck Crum at 330-780-1986. Tickets are also available at any home high school basketball game.

Four Chaplains Program
Feb 4
There will be a Four Chaplains’ program on Feb 4 at 3 pm at the American Legion Post 459, Goodwin St., Burton.

Quail Hollow Herb Society Meeting
Feb 4
On Sunday, February 4, from 2 – 4 pm Lynn Vogel, Portage County Master Gardener, will discuss Phenology (The study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life.) Program begins at 2:00 pm. The Quail Hollow Herb Society is looking for new members – refreshments served and everyone is welcome! Quail Hollow State Park, Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road, Hartville, OH. For more information, please contact Pat Kaiser, 330-877-2873.

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
Feb 4
The Windham Lions Club will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 4 from 8AM to 12PM at the Brick Chapel on North Main Street. the Club will be teaming up with the Windham High School Football team for this breakfast. Proceeds from all presale tickets sold by the team will be split with half going back to the Windham varsity football team. Presale tickets cost $6.00. Tickets at the door are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children age 5-14 and children under 5 are free. Carry outs available. If interested in presale tickets contact Anthony Maiorca.

Super Bowl Sunday At The Legion
Feb 4
Come join us on that day at Legion Post #674 Windham Ohio, Starting at 3:00. $5.00 will buy you Italian sausage or homemade meatball sub w/chips. Bring a friend and enjoy our club. Call 330-326-3188 for more info.

Book Review & Discussion Group At YMCA
Feb 5
The monthly book review & discussion group returns on Feb 5th, 9:30am. Dr J Patella presents, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA: A STILL, SMALL VOICE: A Psychic’s Guide to Awakening Intuition. Author – famed psychic, Echo Bodine, turns to a subject she knows and is passionate about: INTUITION. Using humorous anecdotes and a positive, readable style, she explores the various internalized voices and emotions that can mask one’s intuition. Continuing throughout the book’s duration each chapter tells its own story. It’s not necessary to have your own copy. Please stop in for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, There is no cost & YMCA membership is not required. Questions – call the YMCA (330)469-2044

Newton Falls Kindergarten Registration Dates
Feb 5, March 12 – 16
Registration for children entering the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District for the 2018-2019 school year will be held: on
Monday, February 5, 2018
2:30 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 12:00-2:30 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, 2018. Upon registering, you will be given an appointment to bring your child to the school in the spring for screening. If there are items you do not have available to bring, please still register your child at this time.
You must bring the following items with you when registering: Your child’s legal birth certificate Immunization records; Proof of residency;
Child’s Social Security Card;
Driver’s License (for Photo ID – NOT Proof of residency);
Custody papers (if applicable).
If you have any questions, you may contact the school Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Dee Howard, at 330-872-5225 (ext. 2301).

IDEA Funds Meeting
Feb 8
James A. Garfield School District will be holding a public meeting on ?February 8, 2018?. 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.

Beginning Beekeepers Class
Begins Feb 8
Portage County Beekeepers are offering a beginner’s beekeeping class series on Feb 8, 15, and 22 from 6:30pm-9pm at the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District in Ravenna. Learn what it takes to keep honey bees or what you can do to help them. Registration includes all three beginner’s classes, book and over $150 savings on memberships and discounts. Cost is only $60.00 and makes a great gift! Registration is limited. To register go to http://bit.ly/BeeClass2018 or for questions, call Geoff at 330-338-6140

Monthly Square Dance
Feb 10
The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance Saturday, February 10, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St., Niles, Ohio. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. Valentines will be the theme for the dance. 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 and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Valentine’s Special Bingo
Feb 11
Great Fun! Great Food! Great Games! Valentine’s Bingo at St. Michael’s Church, 9736 East Center Street (SR 303) Windham, on February 11. Games start at 1:30pm. Refreshments, Raffles, Baked Goods, Gift Table. Sorry, No One Under 18 Years Old Allowed!

Pancake & Sausage Breakfasts
Feb 11, 18 & 25
Pancake & sausage breaksfasts will be held at the American Legion Post 459, Goodwin St., Burton on Feb 11, 18 & 25 from 9 am – 1 pm.

Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 14
The Garrettsville United Methodist Church will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Donations are welcome. This is also Valentine’s Day. What a sweet way to treat your family to great food and fellowship. Ash Wednesday service begins at 7pm. We are located on Park Avenue near the YMCA.

Freedom Twp Trustee Meeting Rescheduled
Feb 15
Freedom Township will be cancelling the first meeting of
February 1, 2018. The next Regular meeting will be held on Feb. 15 at 7:30 pm at the Freedom Townhall

JAGHS Conferences
Feb 15
James A. Garfield Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 15th from 3:30 to 6:30. Please call Mrs. Fisher at the high school at 330.527.4341 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Snowbelted
Feb 15
Join us for a look back at whopping winter weather events of the past with an illustrated presentation intended to touch off a blizzard of audience memories – and come share yours! Refreshments provided; fully wheelchair accessible. Thursday, February 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m., The West Woods Nature Center. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

St. Joseph Parish in Mantua Invites Men to their Annual Renewal
Feb 17 & 18
St.Joseph Parish in Mantua is holding its annual Men’s Renewal Feb 17 and 18 on the parish grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd.,Mantua. The Men’s Renewal is a two-day gathering of Christian men (Catholic and non-Catholic) coming together in faith to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and other Christian men. The weekend will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 17 and conclude with Mass on the afternoon of Feb. 18. During the weekend, participants can expect time for prayer, reflection,fellowship and food. For more information, call Lee Dorrance at 330-328-6071 or Doug McSwain at 330-289-7346;or e-mail MenOfStJosephMantua@gmail.com. Register online by following the Christ Renews His Parish link under Faith Formation at www.StJosephMantua.com.

Mantua Casino Trip To Benefit Area Families
Feb 19
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus is hosting a casino bus trip to Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA on Monday, February 19th. Cost is $40 per person and will include $30 free play. Please call 330-274-4982 and leave a message to make your reservation. The group will depart from the Sentinel Party Center, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255 at 8:30 a.m. and will return by 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event go to help the less fortunate families in Portage County.

Pricetown Church Dinner
Feb 21
The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, dessert and beverage. The supper will be held from 4:30pm to 6pm, on Feb 21.The Cost: Adults $9. Children under 10, $5.
Carry-outs will be available.

Hiram Christian Church Chili Cook-off
Feb 23
Hiram Christian Church is Hosting Their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off on February 23rd @ 5pm – 8pm. The event will feature a Silent Auction of gift baskets and gift certificates, a “Service Auction,” featuring talents and services of church and community members, and a Raffle for a stunning 14kt Rose Gold and Diamond Heart Pendant valued at $900, generously donated by Chas. S. Rivchun & Sons/ Joseph Soukenik, Jr. Family. $5 to enter your chili. $5 to eat chili and cast your vote for the best. $5 raffle tickets. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the restoration of the Church’s Bell Tower. Prepare your favorite chili, come hungry, and let’s share an evening blessed by the gifts of community and generosity.
For more information, or if you or your business would like to donate a gift/service, please contact secretary@hiramcc.org, Margaret at 330/592-5433.

A Sweet Treat from the Trees
March 15
Discover the secrets of pure Geauga Gold…maple syrup! We’ll enjoy lunch in the lodge at 11:30 a.m., then take a hands-on look at the sugarbush and sugar house to learn about the maple sugaring process. Some portions of this program will not be wheelchair accessible.
Thursday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Swine Creek Reservation. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org