The Real You
Join Today
New sessions are beginning for The Real You program with Coach Lillian. Classes will be held on Monday & Wednesday at 7 pm at the Garrettsville YMCA. With The Real You, you get 8 weeks of nutritional coaching, weekly weigh-ins, group support and individual, personal attention. Call today for more information – 330.469-2044.

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.

Community Center Open!
You are invited to attend the Community Center which meets every Tuesday in the historic Mantua Center School, just north of SR 82 on Mantua Center Road. It’s free, and the cafeteria wing, where we meet, is fully accessible. Free coffee and tea are ready soon after 9. Painting group gathers at 9:30. Potluck lunch is at noon; bring a dish for the buffet. (Tableware provided.) We usually close about two, but could stay open later if there were demand.

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!

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.

Chevy Equinox Raffle
Through Dec 3
Thanks to Chevy All Stars and Cole Valley Chevrolet, Newton Falls, for donating a 2017 Chevy Equinox to Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools. We will be raffling off the Equinox on Dec 3, at the high school. Tickets are $10.00 each and first draw is the Equinox; second draw is $1,000.00 in cash, and third draw will be a new iPad. Tickets are available at all Newton Falls Schools’ respective offices, including the Board of Education’s office. 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.

Kolache Sale
Order Today!
St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking kolache for theChristmas holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10 each. Kolache will be offered in the following fillings: apricot, nut and poppy seed. To order call Barbara at 330-872-1951 or Patti at 330-980-5860. Pick up days will be Dec 13 – 15.

God Provides A Meal
Nov 18
God provides a free Thanksgiving meal Nov. 18 – 4 to 6::00 at Nelson United Methodist church 9367 st. Rt. 305. Turkey and dressing – sweet potatoes – green beans – cranberries – roll – dessert.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Nov 18
First Congregational UCC located at 4022 SR 44 in Rootstown will be hosting a Swiss steak dinner on Nov 18 . Dinner includes potatoes, vegetables, salads, rolls, desserts and a beverage. Cost is $10 adults; $5 kids ages 5-12. Carry out available.

Meteor Shower Viewing
Nov 18
Portage Park District offers Meteor Shower viewing with our Sky Ranger, Guy Gillespie. Join us to view the annual Leonids Meteor Shower.We will get to see the remnants of the shower’s peak, producing perhaps 10-15 meteors per hour. Bring a blanket or chair to lie back on, get comfortable and watch the show. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 7:00-9:00pm
Shaw Woods, 7075 Beery Rd. Ravenna Township

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Nov 18-20
Crestwood High Drama Club presents “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” at Crestwood High School. Tickets are $6 presale; $8 at door. The play will be Nov 18 & 19 at 7 pm; Nov 20 at 2 pm.

Pork Chop Dinner
Nov 19
On the 19th of November there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of SR 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.

Making A Pine Cone Wreath
Nov 19
Make a holiday decoration that will turn heads. Your pine cone wreath will look as if it came from a designer shop. You’ll fill a frame with a few basic pine cones before adding your choice of unusual cones, interesting seed pods and patches of unique mosses. Also consider raffia, ribbons, feathers, berries, bark or driftwood. For fragrance add cinnamon or bayberry. All of these wonderful materials will be provided for your creative use. Prepayment required, $35 Class is Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am – Noon at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road. Call Call 440-834-4656 to register.

4th Annual Craft Show
Nov 19
Parents of Troop #124 will be holding their 4 th annual Craft/Vendor show on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm at the United Methodist Church, 326 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. The show will feature homemade wreaths, jewelry, greeting cards, hair bows, knitted/crochet items, alpaca products, corn-hole boards, peppers, kolachi, candy, honey and holiday gifts. Vendors will also be there from Origami Owl, Scentsy, Snap Jewelry, Tastefully Simple. Perfectly Posh, Paparazzi, Pampered Chef, and LaLuRoe clothing. They will also hold a Girl Scout Bake Sale and Basket raffle at the show.

Breakfast With Santa
Nov 19
Burton American Legion Aux Post 459 located on Goodwin St. in Burton will be hosting breakfast with Santa on Nov 19 from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission: $6 Adults; $3 Kids 6-12; Under 5 Free.

Suicide Survivors Event
Nov 19
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Portage County is holding an event for survivors of suicide loss on Saturday, Nov.19 from 1-3pm. The event will include a screening of the new documentary, “Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss.” The film traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time. The Survivor Day event will be held at the Coleman Professional Services Sue Hetrick Building located at 3922 Lovers Lane in Ravenna. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred. Contact Laura at 330.673.1756 x201 or for more information or to pre-register.

Annual Feather Party
Nov 19
The Parkman Fire and Rescue Association announce their Annual Feather Party at the Community House in Parkman next to the fire station on Saturday, November 19th. Doors open at 6pm. Games, Games, Games. Play for turkeys, hams and stuffed animals. Food and drinks available. Hope to see you there. Any questions call 440-548-2515.

16th Annual Santa’s Collection Craft Show
Nov 19
Burton American Legion Aux Post 459 located on Goodwin St. in Burton will be hosting their 16th Annual Santa’s Collection Craft Show on Nov 19 from 9 am – 3 pm. Unique gifts, crafts and toys. Free admission to show.

Mantua Village Food Drive
Nov 19
Please help others to be thankful this holiday season!!
Village of Mantua’s 1st Annual
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Food & Toiletry Donation Drive will take place on Saturday Nov. 19 from
10AM-3PM at 4808 E. High St., Buchert Park Lodge. All food donations will be given to the Mantua 4 C’s food cupboard which will benefit the entire Crestwood School District!! Donations will also be accepted at the Mantua Village Hall Mon thru Fri 8AM-4PM

Windham FD Turkey Raffle
Nov 21
Windham Fire Department is holding a turkey raffle on Nov. 21 at 7 pm at the Windham Fire Dept.
Bristol Public Library Holiday Closing
Nov 23 – 25
The Bristol Public Library will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 23rd and will be closed all day Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 28th at 8:00 a.m.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 24 – 25
All offices and branches of the Portage County District Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23, and will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Branch service hours will resume on Friday, November 25. Our branch locations may be closed for the holiday, but the Digital Library is always open- 24/7.

Christmas Treasures
Nov 26
Need to cut back on Christmas shopping? Maybe we can help! Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Rd., is holding its Christmas Treasures sale on Saturday, November 26th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. New and like new items will be for sale. Prices range from .50 cents to $5.00. Nothing over $5.00! Great for teacher’s gifts, exchanges etc. Also, have a FREE cup of coffee and soup with us. We will also have available our church cookbook with over 300 recipes.

GPD Fill-A-Cruiser
Dec 3
The Garrettsville Police Department will be hosting a Fill A Cruiser Event on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 9am to 2pm at the Garrettsville Save A Lot. We will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. We will also be accepting donations that will go to the Garrettsville Hiram Shop With A Cop Program.

Tigers 44444 For The Holidays
Dec 3
There will be a craft show held at the high school, Tigers 44444 for the Holidays, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Dec 3. There will be over 100 vendors, student musical selections, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus and more!! Help us fill a bus that day with non-perishable food items. All will be going to help the children of Newton Falls. For each item you bring, you will receive a ticket to be entered to win door prizes.

Pictures With Santa
Dec 3
Shannan Jursa – State Farm presents the 3rd Annual Pictures with Santa on December 3, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the
Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Avenue Garrettsville, OH 44231. Join us for cookies and refreshments. Donate a canned good for the Community Cupboard to receive a FREE Professional digital image of your child or family with our Jolly Elf. For questions please call our office at 330-527-2001.

Breakfast With Santa
Dec 3
Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3rd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Parkman Community House (16295 St. Rt. 422). Bring a camera and take your child’s picture with Santa Claus. You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage & pancakes. Kids eat for only $3.00 each and $5.00 each for accompanying adults. Call to make your reservation – Lucinda @ (440) 221-0577; Patty @ (440) 548-2242; Denise @ (440) 548-2939; or Sandy @ (440) 548-5740

Quarter Auction
Dec 3
A Quarter Auction will be held, Saturday, December 3 at the Newton Falls High school commons beginning at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The cost of tickets is $5.00. You may also have a chance to get 1 free extra paddle with the purchase of an admission and your first paddle.
See you then!!

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 on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. Come join us in caroling. For a monetary donation of $5.00 per carload, you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Non-perishable food items are also appreciated. This event will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16, 17 and 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs.

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 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.

Young of Heart Trip
Register Now
St.. Anselm Young of Heart in Chesterland have a fantastic trip planned for March 8-18, 2017. They will be going on a Panama Canal Cruise on the Coral Princess after a flight to Ft. Lauderdale. Stops will be made in Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Panama (Gatun Lake) and Colon in Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Fares start at $2,500 (depending on cabin choice) and include roundtrip airfare from Cleveland, cruise, transfers to/from ship, taxes, port charges, and government fees. An initial deposit of $520 plus trip insurance is required to secure reservations and assign cabins with final payment due by November 18. For further information call Nancy at 440-729-9684.

Hiram College Music Department Hosts November Concerts

Hiram – The the Hiram College Chamber singers will present a free program titled “In Good Taste.” Featuring the J.S. Bach Coffee Cantata and P.D.Q. Bach’s The Seasonings, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (coffee and cake served at 7 p.m.), Friday, Nov. 18. at the Hiram College Kennedy Center ballroom, 11730 Garfield Road, Hiram.
“‘In Good Taste’ is a program of delectable choral pieces,” describes its director Dawn Sonntag, associate professor of music and chair of Hiram College’s Music Department.
The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra then takes the stage on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street, Hiram. The free “Mostly Mozart” program will feature work from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart along with that of his father, Leopold, and contemporary adversary, Antonio Salieri.
For more information about the concerts, contact Lisa Miller at or 330-569-5295.

Burton Public Library Events

Come see our annual Gingerbread House display from Nov. 23 – Dec. 16 throughout the main floor of the library!
For the Kids
Country Hearth Christmas
Sat., Nov. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Come to the Children’s Room for a Make n’ Take Craft activity. No registration.

Special Holiday-themed Storytime with Holiday-Themed Craft
Tues., Dec. 6, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
For children five and younger with a caregiver. No registration.

Star Wars Lightsaber Training
Sat., Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Come train in the ways of the force with special guests from a galaxy far, far away! Lightsabers will be provided. Grades K – 5. Registration is required.

For The Adults
Tech Petting Zoo
Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m.
Come & try out some of the latest tech devices: BB-8 Sphero Ball, drones, Code-a-pillar, mobile EKG and more! No registration.

Author Visit and Booksigning with D.M. Pulley
Tues., Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Local author Pulley won the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for “The Dead Key”, a mystery set in the former Cleveland Trust Bank on East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. “The Dead Key” and “The Buried Book” will be available for purchase and signing on the night of the event. Refreshments will be served. No registration.

Wool-felt Christmas Tree Ornaments
Thurs., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Taught by our friends at The Craft Cupboard. Each participant will make 2 ornaments. Little to no sewing experience is required. Free, but registration is required.

For more information & registration call: (440) 834-4466, or visit