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!

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 info call Heather 330-569-4367 or Peggy 330-760-7670.

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.

American Legion Fish Fry
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.

Silk Flowers Needed
The James A. Garfield Art Club is in need of silk flowers to sell for their upcoming Valentine’s Day fundraiser. If you have any you’d like to donate to a great cause, please bring them to the high school office during school hours.

Newton Fall Kindergarten Registration
Registration for children entering the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District for the 2017-2018 school year will be held: Feb 15, 3:00 – 8:30 p.m. and March 13 through March 17, 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 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, 2017. Upon registering, you will be given an appointment to bring your child to the school in the spring for screening. Bring the following items with you when registering: Your child’s legal birth certificate;Immunization records; Proof of residency; Child’s Social Security Card and custody papers (if applicable)

Swiss Steak Buffet
Jan 21
First Congregational U.C.C, 4022 SR 44 in Rootstown is hosting a Swiss steak buffet on Jan 21, 4-7 pm. Dinner includes potatos, vegetables, salads, rolls, desert selections and beverage. $10 Adults; $5 Children 5-12. Carry-outs available.
Timbertots: Black Bears
Jan 22
Preschoolers and their adults (Ages 3-5 w/adult) will have a blast discovering the wonders of Ohio’s largest mammal, the Black Bear, with games and outdoor activities. Sunday, January 22, 2-3 PM at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center. Indoors and outdoors. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Ohio’s Comeback Critters: Bobcats
Jan 22
After facing extirpation by 1850, Ohio’s bobcat population is making a slow and steady rebound! Join Jamey Emmert and Laura Graber from the Ohio Division of Wildlife to learn more about this exciting and elusive creature of the forest. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Sunday, January 22, 2-3 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Learn to Cross Country Ski
Jan 22
Learn the basics of cross country skiing from Chris Newman of Geiger’s including clothing, equipment and technique. Ski rental available in advance from Geiger’s in Chagrin Falls, 440-247-4900, with a special program rental rate of $17 if picked up Friday and returned Monday. Registration required. Program to be held on Sunday, January 22, 1-3 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park Lodge

Maple Town Tune Traders
Jan 26
Informal performances followed by jam session on Thursday, Jan 26 from 7-10 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center. All genres, instruments and skill levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Woven Wire Fairy Basket Workshop
Jan 27
Artist Joan Rusek instructs on weaving a free-form wire hanging basket with dazzling colors, crystals and gemstone chips. These creations are known to attract fairies and keep them out of mischief! Ages 16+. Fee: $36 includes all materials and refreshments. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Friday, January 27, 6-9 p.m. at The West Woods, Affelder House

Dark Matter Galaxies
Jan 27
On Friday, January 27, 7-8 PM
at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center find out more about the mysterious dark matter and new hints about our universe’s history. Followed by night sky viewing using park telescopes till 11 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 27
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.

God Provides A Free Meal
Jan 27
God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church at 9367 SR. 305. Jan. 27 – 4 to 6:00. Macaroni & meat – salad – roll – dessert.

Night Sky Viewing
Jan 28
Saturday, January 28, 7-11 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Scout Day: Brownie Girl Scouts Hiker Badge
Jan 28
Saturday, January 28, 9:30-11 AM at The West Woods, Nature Center join us to work on the Brownie Hiker Badge! We’ll take a winter hike and cover badge requirements 1, 2, 3 and 5. Registration required.

Free Soup Lunch
Jan 28
Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Road, will be having a soup, sandwich and dessert lunch on Jan 28 from 11 am – 1 pm. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Please come and enjoy the food and fellowship.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Jan 28
On Jan 28 there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4:00 and we serve until 6:30 or when the food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Takeouts are available.

Scout Day: Wolf Cub Scout Paws on the Path
Jan 28
Saturday, January 28, 1-2:30 PM at The West Woods, Nature Center join us for an outdoor winter hike to work on requirements 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Paws on the Path Core Adventure! Registration required.

Travelogue: Costa Rica
Jan 29
On Sunday, January 29, 2-3 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center join Tom Sampliner, photographer and past Native Plant Society president, as he shares images of Costa Rica during the summer monsoon season. Presented in conjunction with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Travelogue: A Local Botanist’s Look at the Flora of Kaua’i
Jan 29
Naturalist Judy Barnhart shares images of her recent travels to Kaua’i, taking a look at how Polynesian culture and recent introductions have influenced the flora of the island. Presented in conjunction with the Native Plant Society. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Sunday, January 29, 3:15-4 PM at The West Woods, Nature Center

Monthly Book Review
Feb 6
On February 6th, at 10:30am Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event: The Monthly Book Review and Discussion group meets at the YMCA the 1ST MONDAY each month at 10:30am – presented by Dr J Patella. Author: Annie Kagan – The continuation of the fascinating, true story of her on-going, after death communication with her brother Billy is recounted in this, her debut book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS. One of the most detailed after-death communications ever recorded takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death. Questions – call the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Presentation by Judith Bosau-Allen for Portage County Historical Society

On Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2pm the Portage County Historical Society located at 6549 N. Chestnut Street in Ravenna, will be hosting a presentation by Judith Bosau-Allen entitled “The Second Inaugural Address: Abraham Lincoln, God and Slavery Part 2.”
Bosau-Allen has a Bachelor’s in History from Kent State University and a Master’s in History from the University of Akron. She has done work on her doctorate in History at UA and taught numerous courses at KSU, UA and Mount Union College. She is a resident of Deerfield, OH and member of Portage Community Chapel.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information e-mail

Come Try Something New!
Here’s your chance! The Drum Circle instructor at Hiram College, Olu Manns, is opening his Thursday evening sessions to interested –and probably rhythmic—members of the public who would like to try something new…and very old, as musical things go. Instruments are furnished, the space and the company are supportive, the enjoyment is part of the reward. The sessions begin on Thursday, January 19, but the 26th would not be too late to get in on the start of the semester’s drumming. Everyone, from elementary school students to the annually-advanced, is invited to come and have fun while learning something new. Come to the Frohring Music Building on Dean St. in Hiram to give this a try. Bring a friend, make some friends. Drum on!

Addiction Support Online Class
Townhall II is offering a free online course for those who have loved ones recovering from or living with addiction. The classes will be held on Mondays from 6-8pm from January 30 thru February 27.
The program will be held online via gotomeeting. Participants need to provide their own computers, internet and email access. Weekly handouts will be emailed prior to each session. Topics will include the addiction cycle, family conflict and addiction, stages of recovery, and stress management.
The series is free and registration is required. Contact Kari Hall at 330.678.3006 or

Adult Basic & Literacy Education Classes

The Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) Program classes are held year-round providing classes and materials free-of-charge. Classes are held throughout Portage County with certified instructors at various locations conveniently located on the bus line. Sites include: Brimfield, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham. Don’t miss out on the following opportunities ABLE provides:
• HSE/GED classes (Free GED pre-test and Earn your GED for free)
• Distance Education (Earn your GED from home)
• Basic refresher skills in English, reading or math
• Medical Readiness (Begins: February 2017/10-week course. Prepare for the medical classroom with medical math, vocabulary and soft skills, research your area of interest on the computer and job shadowing is available.)
• Test Prep for RN, LPN, electrician, and other exams
• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Start the New Year off right and sign-up for classes today by calling (330) 235-0020 or e-mail