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 information 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.
Shalersville Historical Society Meeting
The Shalersville Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Jan 5 at 7 PM at the Society Museum/House on Rt 44 just north of Rt 303. 2017 Barns of Shalersville Calendars will be on sale there for $10.00.
The Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary Unit 193 will hold its monthly soup supper on Jan 6 at 6 pm at the Mantua Center School complex. A variety of homemade soups, salads and desserts along with hot dogs or sausage sandwiches are available. Adults $7, $3 for children.
Coffee Talk & A Walk
Saturday, January 7, 9:30-11 a.m. at Orchard Hills Park Lodge. Begin your day with a ½-mile walk followed by a fireside presentation on winter wildlife. Hot drinks and donuts provided. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Sledding & Snowflakes
Try fun outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, bring your sled for a ride, learn about winter wildlife, and enjoy winter crafts and games. We’ll even have a cozy fire and warm drinks! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Saturday, January 7, 1-3 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park Lodge
Scottish American Society Meeting
The Scottish American Society will gather on Sunday, January 8th 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the meeting room level of the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage.
The program on Genealogy and other research resources in the library will be presented by Mary Plazo of the Akron Library. If you have an interest in Scottish culture or research, you are welcome to join us. For more information call: Jim or Margaret Frost at: 330.882.0342 or 330.903-4573 or Dave or Dianne Allison at: 330-923-8331, Cell: 330-571-3947.
Windham Lions Club will be hosting their pancake brunch on Jan 8 at the Brick Chapel on North Main St from 8 am – Noon. Presale tickets available for $6 by contacting a Lions Club member. Tickets at door are $7 adult, $4 children.
Hawk Talk: Winter’s Birds of Prey & Live Bird Presentation
Join us on Sunday, January 8, 3:30-4:45 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center for an overview of Geauga’s winter hawks, eagles and owls, plus a live Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owl from Lake Metroparks’ Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Travelogue: Magical Butterflies from the Rainforests of South America
The West Woods, Nature Center on Sunday, Jan 8 from 2-3 p.m. Cynthia Druckenbrod of the Cleveland Botanical Garden will showcase amazing plants, butterflies, moths and other fascinating insects from the lowland rainforests in Central and South America, specifically in Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru. She has been Vice President of Horticulture since 2000 and helped to build the Glasshouse in 2003. Her MS is in entomology from Auburn University. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Crescent Chapter to Meet
Garrettsville Crescent Chapter No 7 OES will meet Monday, January 9 at the Masonic Temple. A potluck dinner will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the 7:30 meeting. Members are encouraged to attend
Legion Auxilary Meeting
The Mantua American Legion Auxiliary will meet on Jan 9 at 1 pm at the post home.
Freedom Historical Society Meeting
Tuesday January 10 at 1 PM will be Freedom’s Historical Society first meeting of the new year. We have much to celebrate (we recently became incorporated) & discuss (our plans, projects and programs) for the coming year. Meetings are held at the Freedom Community Center on Rt 700 and are open to anyone interested in Freedom’s history; our location is completely handicapped accessible. Please consider joining us and sharing your memories and photos of Freedom. If you’re connected to the internet, check out Freedom Township Then & Now on Facebook. If you have questions or need a ride, the number to call is 330-527-7669-Judy.
Mantua American Legion Meeting
The Mantua American Legion will meet on Jan 12 at 7 pm at the post home.
Senior Day: Snowshoeing
Discover the fun of snowshoeing in this seasonal senior program! Snowshoes and instruction provided. Hike if snow conditions aren’t ideal. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Thursday, January 12, 10:30-11:45 am at The West Woods, Nature Center
Full Moon: The Wolf Moon
On Thursday, January 12, 6-7:30 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center explore the lives of wolves and learn to “speak wolf,” then watch the full Wolf Moon rise over Observatory Park! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Dark Matter Galaxies
Find out more about the mysterious dark matter and new hints about our universe’s history on Friday, January 13, 7-8 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center. Followed by night sky viewing using park telescopes till 11 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Free clothing give-away on Jan 14 from 9 am to noon at the old Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd., Mantua. Everyone welcome. Always free; no questions ever asked.
Learn to Snowshoe
On Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m. – Noon at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center come and learn the basics of snowshoeing including clothing, equipment and technique. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor instruction. We provide snowshoes or bring your own! Ages 8+ w/adult. Registration required.
Night Sky Viewing
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. Saturday, January 14, 7-11 PM at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Join Geauga Park District for an exciting afternoon of FREE winter fun at the West Woods Nature Center! Activities include live ice carving/sculptures, guest appearance by a winter snowman and ice princesses, snowshoeing, snow-themed crafts, face painting, refreshments and much more! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Sunday, January 15, Noon-4 p.m.
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
Join us on Sunday, January 15, 2-3 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house from 1-4 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us Monday, January 16th, 2017, 10:30am, at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH for the following FREE event.
Dr. J Patella offers the following film for the group to analyze and evaluate: The video this month is Edgar Cayce on Meditation. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions please join us at the YMCA the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am for our Film Review and Discussion Group. Questions – call the YMCA (330)469-2044.
Library Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
All offices and branch libraries of the Portage County District Library will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Library service will resume on Tuesday, January 17. Although our branch libraries will be closed for the holiday, the Digital Library is always open- 24/7.
All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held on Jan 17 from 4-6 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507, 216 E. Main St., West Farmington. Dinner donation is $7 Adults; $4.50 ages 5-12. Under 5 free. Carryout available.
Join other active seniors on weekly hikes typically 1 ½ miles long on Tuesday, January 17, 1-2:30 p.m. at Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point Shelter. A naturalist leads hikes in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. If temperature is below 20 degrees, please call 440-279-0880 to confirm program will still be held.
Book Discussion Club Meeting at Garrettsville Library
The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, will meet on Tuesday January 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. They’ll begin the New Year with a discussion of the title Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris. Norris will join us as a special guest during a potluck dinner, and she’ll share her love of life and grammar with the group. The self-declared Comma Queen’s love of reading and words has led to her career as a copy editor at The New Yorker. Those interested may sign up for the Book Discussion Club and potluck dinner at the Reference desk, where copies of the book are available.
Timbertots: Black Bears
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. Thursday, January 19, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM at The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge. Indoors and outdoors. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Timbertots: Black Bears
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Scout Day: Brownie Girl Scouts Hiker Badge
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.
Night Sky Viewing
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: Wolf Cub Scout Paws on the Path
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
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
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
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.