Don’t miss Garrettsville’s Annual Clock Tower Lighting on Saturday, November 25th.
The fun starts at 5:30 PM, Santa arrives by fire truck at 6:00 PM.

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).

Windham Lions Club Gun Raffle
The Windham Lions Club is selling Gun/Cash raffle tickets. Win your choice of: S&W M&P Shield 9mm, Mossberg 500 12Ga 28” VR/24”RS, PSE Fang LT Crossbow, $400 Cash. Anyone interested in supporting the Lions Club can purchase tickets by calling Harry Skiles 330-326-3387.

Have Extra Yarn To Spare?
Donate to the art students at James A. Garfield High School!!! Donations can be dropped off during school hours (7:30am-3:00pm) M-F at the front office. Thank you so much!

Bell Ringers Needed
Call Today!
The Salvation Army serving Portage County needs volunteers to ring the Red Kettle Bells starting November 24 thru December 23. There are locations throughout Portage County to volunteer call the Salvation Army office at 330 296-7371. Two hours at a kettle will feed a family of four (4) for a week.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 Saturday’s at Mantua Christian Church 4118 S. R. 82, Mantua, Ohio 44255

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.

Kolache Sale For Holidays
Order deadline Dec 8
St. Mary & St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Christmas Holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10.00 each. The Ladies offer the following fillings: Apricot, Nut and Poppy Seed. To order your taste of Europe, contact Patti Kinel at 330-980-8560. Pick up times and days will be Tuesday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brighten you Christmas Holiday with the flavors and traditions of this tasty pastry native to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Order deadline is Friday, December 8.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23
There will be a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday November 23rd at Newton Falls American Legion 2025 East River Rd. Newton Falls. Serving from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Take outs available after 12:30 pm.
Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach, Warren, Ohio in Co-operation with Newton Falls American Legion Post #236

Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23
No where to spend Thanksgiving Day? Come enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, family style, at The Way Chapel. We will be having lots of food, games, and fellowship. We will start at 1:00. 8924 E Center St Windham (Behind Circle K)

Library’s Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
Nov 23
All Portage County District Library branch libraries and offices will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain being closed on Thursday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Service hours will resume on Friday, November 24.

Observatory Open
Nov 25
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open for public observing Saturday, November 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Given good skies, visitors will see the stars of the Pleiades and Hyades clusters. Other objects of interest will also be viewed. Cloudy skies at the scheduled starting time cancel the event and in that case, the observatory will not open. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets near the Post Office, a short distance east of the observatory.

Japanese “Radio Exercise” Program at Garrettsville Library
Nov 27
Guest speaker Hurahide Osugi, a visiting professor at Kent State University from Japan, will be at Garrettsville Library on November 27 at 6:00 pm. Osugi will be speaking about and leading us in Rajio Taiso. Also known as “Radio Exercise”, it’s practiced by all age groups in Japan, and is used as a warm up for physical education classes as well. He’ll also discuss sports in Japan and how it differs from United States’ sports. Join us for a healthy, informative presentation. Call 330-527-4378 to reserve your seat or for more information.
The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library, is located at 10482 South Street in Garrettsville.

5th Annual Model Train Display
Wed & Sat in Dec
The N. Bloomfield Historical Society is presenting its 5th holiday model train event on every Saturday afternoon in December from 2-5pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm in the 1893 Town Hall. The address is 8830 Park Drive. Each year the layout has grown, with new items added each year and now exceeds 500 square feet. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome. Fun for children and adults alike. For more information call 440-685-4410.

Annual Christmas Sale
Dec 1
At the First United Methodist Church located at 14999 South State Ave., Middlefield. Come and shop on Friday, Dec. 1 and Sat. Dec. 2 from 9 am – 2 pm.

Free Christmas Decoration Giveaway
Dec 2
The Back Door Free Store of Hilltop Christian Church is having a FREE CHRISTMAS DECORATION GIVEAWAY on Sat Dec 2nd. 10am – 4:30pm. We have many beautiful Christmas Decorations and a few Christmas trees to give away at: Hilltop Christian Church…4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua, The giveaway is located in the Church fellowship hall. Everything is FREE!!!!

Pictures With Santa
Dec 2
Shannan Jursa – State Farm 4th Annual Pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 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 2
Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2nd 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 – Sandy @ (440) 548-5740; Patty @ (440) 548-2242; Denise @ (440) 548-2939

Craft Bazaar
Dec 2
Ohio Women’s Ministeries of Mantua Center Christian Church is holding a craft bazaar on Saturday, December 2,2017 8am-4pm At Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd. Mantua. There will be food & beverage available, 50/50 Raffle FREE PARKING… Contact Carolin 330-60607125

Portage County Genealogical Society Meeting
Dec 2

The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School.
The topic of the program will be Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate Packets, presented by Chris Staats. The program is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. The genealogy chapter meets the first Saturday of the month at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. from September through May, with no meeting in January.

Christmas Craft Connection
Dec 2
The Christmas Craft Connection will be held at Aurora Mennonite Church on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and will feature vendors, crafts and food. The church is located at 59 East Mennonite Rd. in Aurora. For more information please call the church at 330-562-8011 or visit the website at www.auroramennonite.com

Tuba Christmas & Craft Show
Dec 3
Back by popular demand! Start the holidays with a family sing-a-long tradition as “tubists” perform at the 19th Annual TubaChristmas on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. This year a Holiday Craft Show will take place in conjunction with the event from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come early or stay after to do some shopping and food and drink concessions! Admission to TubaChristmas concert is by donation to cover costs associated with in kind use of Stambaugh Auditorium and event.

Book Review Club
Dec 4
MONDAY, December 4th, 9:30am: Dr J Patella, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA, presents and reviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS in which every chapter tells it’s own story. It is not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st (non-holiday) Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions – call the YMCA (330)469-2044

Holiday Celebration Dinner
Dec 9
The Geauga County Democratic Party will host a “Holiday Celebration” Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Road, Newbury. The event is 6 pm to 9 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for a local Food Pantry. Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza. RSVP: on the website www.geaugadems.org or call Janet Carson 440-836-4060

Breakfast with Santa
Dec 9
All are invited for a pancake breakfast, fun activities and of course, Santa will be there making his list and checking it twice! Sponsored by the St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus on Sat., Dec 9th at 10am in the St. Ambrose Church hall 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. Admission is only a can of food for the Food Pantry. Please join us in sharing food and fun during the season!

Drive Thru Nativity
Dec 9 & 10
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting their second drive-through Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come join us in caroling. A free will donation of cash or non-perishable food items will help you to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Proceeds from this event will help St. Joseph Church in Mantua with interior repairs and food items will be donated to 4C’s.

Pizza With Santa
Dec 9
Kiwanis of the Western Reserve invite you and your family to our annual Pizza with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 9th 10:00am – 12:30pm in the Hiram Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram 44234.
$3.00 per person, naughty & nice kids 3 & under FREE! There will be face painting, cookie decorating, elf crafts, Secret Santa Shop with gifts $1.00-$5.00 and of course, pizza and SANTA! Bring your camera to take photos with Santa and don’t forget your list!

Silent Auction
Dec 9
New Mercies Community Church 12767 Butternut Rd., Burton is hosting a Silent Auction on Saturday, Dec 9th at 2 pm. Please bring a salad to pass as we will have a salad lunch. Also bring a new or handmade item for the auction.

Morning Retreat With Mary
Dec 9
St. Joseph Parish, Mantua invites you to a Morning Retreat With Mary – Mary, Woman of Hope, presented by Sr. Mary Dion Horrigan, SND, on Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. All adults are welcome to come join us for a morning of reflection on the Virgin Mary in the Season of Advent. The day begins with coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by welcome and introduction at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Dion will guide us through Mary’s Annunciation and My Life, Mary: Hope and Advent Light, and Being HOPE in our world. Cost is $10.00 (payable at the door). Registration is required by Monday, December 6 (330-274-2253 or jschreiber@stjosephmantua.com).

Santa on The Fire Truck
Dec 16
The Hiram Fire Dept. and Firefighters Association will be working with Santa Claus to deliver presents on Dec 16 beginning at 4:30 pm. Presents for delivery can be dropped off at the fire station beginning on Monday, Nov 27 through 6 pm. Questions – call 330-569-9826.

Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 26
Parkman Cub Scout Pack 4076 will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner/Auction at the Parkman Community House on January 26th, 2018
from 4:30-7:30 pm. Advance $8.00 Adults/Kids $5.00 (5-12) under 5 free. At Door: $9.00 Adults/Kids $6.00 (5-12) under 5 free. *carry-out available Pre-sale tickets: Call Monique 216-337-2104. 100% of proceeds benefit Parkman Pack 4076 BSA

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