Upcoming Community Events Guide | Weekly VIllager

Big Brother Mentors Needed!
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Male mentors needed! Right now there are boys in all areas of Portage County waiting for a Big Brother volunteer mentor.
These boys are in need of a positive and consistent male role model. Being a Big Brother is about spending quality one-on-one time with a youth; helping him stay on the right path; teaching him about opportunities; being someone he can talk to and count on.
Big Brothers are regular people who want to make a positive impact on the life of a child. Please call or email today for more information – 330-296-6655 or info@bbsportage.org

Images of a Naturalist’s Journey
Session 2: Oct 16, 23, 30
Session 3: Nov 13, 20, 27
Through simple observation, capture the intricacies of natural habitats as you discover their value and the interconnection they share. Join Carol A. Agnew for a short introduction of basic illustration techniques along with hand-lettering. Apply these techniques en plein air (French: Open ‘in full’ air) as we venture outside to capture and define details within a variety of habitats found at the James H. Barrow Field Station. All skill levels are invited for an afternoon (1:30-3:30pm)of creativity and scientific discovery as you complete your artistic nature journal. At the completion of all three series, enjoy a Winter Reception with fellow participants, friends and family as we enjoy each unique approach to the natural world around us. Fee: $14 per date, $42 per session or $108 for all three sessions. To register, contact Carol Agnew at 216.816.4305 or canneagnew@gmail.com.

Attention Crafters!
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The J. A. Garfield Historical Society is looking for Crafters to participate in their craft show which is included as part of the Christmas Walk. The Christmas Walk is Nov. 4,5 &6 and Nov.11,12 &13. Crafters do not have to be present during this fun event but do need to be available to help set up on Nov. 2, 5:30-7:00 at the Garrettsville Village Town Hall. For questions and registration call Maureen at 330 527 4674 and leave a message.

Vendors Needed
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Parents of Troop #124 will be sponsoring their 4th annual Craft/Vendor Show on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Set-up will be at 8:00 a.m. The show will be held at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 326 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. Cost is $25 and includes an 8 ft. table and 2 chairs. Limited electric available. Each crafter will be asked to donate one item for a raffle. Those wishing to set-up should contact Louanne 330-872-1353 or Teresa 330-503-9388.
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.

Free Water Well Monitoring
4th Monday of Month
Free well water monitoring will be conducted on the 4th Monday of the month, at 7:00 P.M., at the Hiram Christian Church on the corner of Routes 82 and 700 in Hiram.

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.

Friday Fish Dinner
American Legion Post 679, 9960 E. Center Street in Windham will be hosting Friday Fish Dinners from 4-7 pm. Cost is $8. Carryouts available.

God Provides A Free Meal
Sept 30
God provides a free meal at Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 SR 305 on Sept. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Beef & noodles – green beans – roll – dessert.

Heartbeat Afrika
Sept 30
The explosive world music ensemble HEARTBEAT AFRIKA will appear in concert at Hiram College on Sept 30 at 7:30 pm, in the Frohring Recital Hall, 11746 Dean St. The group fuses rare and traditional forms of African drum rhythm and dance with modern band music, poetry and narration. They begin with the African drum and demonstrate the progression to blues, jazz, hip hop and other contemporary music. FREE! Bring friends and the whole family—great for kids.

Broom Making Demo
Sept 30 & Oct 1
Broom maker Chuck Fath will be doing a demonstration on broom making at the Joe Leonard Gallery & Vintage Emporium on Sept. 30 and Oct 1. from 11am to 4 pm each day. The gallery is located at 12157 SR 88 in Garrettsville.

Fall Family Fun Fest
Oct 1
Please join us for our Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, October 1st from 1:30-4:30 (rain or shine). Enjoy pony rides, hay wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, selfies with Bart the Pony, bonfire & weenie roast. All proceeds will benefit the JAG Schools SnackPack Program operated by the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Admission $10 – kids 2 & under free. In The Woods Barn, 9916 Nichols Road, Freedom Township.

Harvest Moon Pot Luck Dinner
Oct 1
The Harvest Moon Pot luck dinner and pig roast will be held on Oct 1 from 2-6 pm at the Nelson Community House. This is a pot luck dinner – please bring a favorite dish to share. Come out and get to know your community. There will be a 50/50 and Chinese auction with proceeds supporting the Pixley Park. A donation of $10 per person without a covered dish.

Chardon Fall Fest
Oct 1
This year’s the Fall Fest will be held on October 1st, from 7 PM to 9 PM, on the Historic Chardon Square. The evening will include smores, scarecrow making, a balloon artist, and DJ music. In addition, there will be free hot dogs, hot chocolate and pastries. In the event of rain, the event has a rain date of Sunday, October 2. To find out more about the Fall Fest please visit the City of Chardon website at www.chardon.cc.

Quail Hollow Herb Society
Oct 2
On Oct. 2 at 2pm Master Gardener, Keith Barton, will join us with recipes and a cooking demonstration of delicious herbal holiday recipes! Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Quail Hollow State Park Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road, Hartville, OH For more information, please contact Mary Lovin 330-325-3028.

Book Review Discussion Group
Oct 3
Garrettsville YMCA invites you to join us at 8233 Park Ave, Garrettsville, OH on Oct 3 at 10:30am for a continuation of September’s Book Review and Discussion Group “What God Said”. Presented by Dr J Patella, he introduces a book to you, attempts to achieve its purpose for you, and allows you to express your own reactions. If you are interested in a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions the group meets the 1st Monday of every month at 10:30am.
Questions – call Phil at the YMCA (330)469-2044.

Freedom Twp. Brush Pick-up
Oct 3
Freedom Township will be doing their roadside brush pick-up on October 3 starting at 8 am. Please call 330-527-7414 if you need this service.

Pawpaw Tree Sale
Oct 3
Pawpaw is found throughout Ohio and is the state native fruit. It is an understory or woodland edge tree, often found in moist places such as the bottoms of ravines, steep hillsides, and creek banks. Over 50 young trees between 6-12” are available. Directions for overwintering will be provided with the trees. Pawpaw trees will be available for purchase on Monday, October 3 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at the James H. Barrow Field Station located at 11305 Wheeler Road, Garrettsville. Cost is $5.00 per tree, proceeds going to the Field Station’s various native plant initiatives. Questions? Contact Jane O’Brien at obrienjs@hiram.edu or 330 338-4218.

2016 Burton Art Show
Oct 4 – 9
The 33rd annual Burton Art Show features the work of artists from Geauga and Lake Counties. During show hours, there will be a scavenger hunt with prizes for the children. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite art piece for the Popular Choice Award. This is a FREE event that is open to the public and is held at the Burton Public Library (second floor), 14588 West Park Street, Burton. Gallery Hours:Oct 4,5,6 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Oct 7& 8 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Oct 9 – 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Chicken Dinner
Oct 5
A chicken dinner will be held at the Southington UMC, SR 305 & 534, Southington on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 3:30 to 6:00. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $9.00, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner Children ages 4-10 $4.50, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

Beginners Cake Decorating Class
Oct 6
Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham is hosting a beginners cake decorating class. Limited to 24 participants. Must be ages 18 up. Oct. 6th from 4-6 pm Call the RFC at 330-326-3003 to sign up.

Craft & Vendor Fair
Oct 8
Burton Health Care Center invites you to a Craft & Vendor Fair on October 8 from
10:00am-4:00pm at Burton Health Care Center, 14095 E. Center St., Burton, OH 44021
Featuring specialty chocolates, jewelry, perfectly posh, ceramics and handmade crafts and much more. FREE ADMISSION/ ALL ARE WELCOME. Vendor info call Michele at 440-834-1084

Burton Congregational Church Bazaar
Oct 8
The Burton Congregational Church will hold its fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Delicious, affordable lunch will be served all day and craft items and baked goods will be on sale. There will also be a rummage sale. Attention Craft Vendors: Call Kathy Uncapher to reserve table space – $20 per table. 440-834-1172.

Bark Boo-Nanza
Oct 8
Bark Boo-nanza 2016 is being held with Aurora’s Fall Family Fest. Presented by Freedom Greyhound Rescue and Aurora Parks & Recreation. Saturday, October 8th from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Road, Aurora OH 44202. Fun for the entire family including the furkids! Free Admission! TAKE YOUR DOG TRICK-OR-TREATING (1.75 mile walk). Cost: $8 per dog. Boo treat bags for first 100 registered dogs! Registration: 11:30am – 12:30pm. Doggie trick-or-treating begins directly after dog costume contest. DOG COSTUME CONTEST at 12:30pm. Categories – 1. Dogs: scariest, funniest, creative. 2. Adults/Dog: Look-a-like, and best theme. 3. Kids/Dog: Look-a-like, and best theme. Dog Contests & Games at 2:30 p.m – prizes! For information: www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org; email rescue1.fgr@gmail.com or call Aurora Parks and Recreation at 330-562-4333. See you there!

Harvest Festival
Oct 8
Come to the Harvest Festival on Oct. 8 from 10 am – 2 pm, at the Historic John and Elsa Johnson Farm, 6203 Pioneer Trail in Hiram. Fun family activities include pumpkin toss and water carry, decorate pumpkin cookies, pioneer story time, tractor hay rides, petting barnyard and many more fun activities. This is a community wide event so invite all your friends and neighbors to come and join in the fun!

Vendors Needed
Oct 8
Vendors are needed for the Camelot Community Garage Sale. This indoor event will be held at the Camelot Center, 3498 Barclay Messerly Rd., Southington on Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM. The public may purchase a table space for $10. (Table not provided) Please send your check along with your name and email address to The Camelot Center by October 1 to reserve your space. Items may also be donated for the sale. The Camelot Center is a non-profit 501C3 organization. Proceeds from this event will benefit the facility and our therapeutic horseback riding program. For more information, call (330) 889-0036.

Home Cooked Supper
Oct 12
The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and beverage. The supper will be held from 5pm to 6:30pm, Oct 12. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Carry-outs will be available.

Second Thursday Storytime
Oct 13 – 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. Email gzimcosky@gmail.com or call 330-297-6424 with questions.

Apple Butter Festival
Oct 15
The Lake Milton Presbyterian Church,942 Grandview Rd, is holding its annual Apple Butter Festival on Oct 15 from 9 am – 5 pm and everyone is invited to come and help stir the apple butter in a copper kettle over an open fire. The freshly canned, warm apple butter will be for sale along with all kinds of baked apple goodies including pies, dumpling, cookies, candy apples etc. Also for sale; hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, french fries, along with hot soup and drinks to warm the body and soul. We will have our beautiful, 300 recipe, hard cover cookbook for sale for $5.00. Available gift wrapped if you wish. For free flea market or craft space you can call 330-654-3396. No food or bake sale items please. We look forward to seeing you there. Dress warm as this is a rain, snow or shine event.

American Legion Breakfast
Oct 16
American Legion Post 459, Goodwin St. in Burton is hosting a Geauga Co. Council fundraiser breakfst on Oct 16 from 9 am – 1:30 pm. For additional information please contact Skip at 440-313-2095.

Special Fall Bingo
Oct 16
St. Michael’s Church is holding their Fall Special Bingo. It is October 16, 2016 at 9736 East Center Street, Windham, OH 44288. There will be refreshments, raffles baked goods, and a gift table. It will be Great Fun! Please come out and support St. Michael’s Church!

Harvest Dinner
Oct 19
The North Bloomfield Historical Society is holding its annual potluck dinner in the old town hall on the square on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00pm. The address is 8830 Park Drive, N. Bloomfield, OH. The speaker will be former resident Dale Wildman, author of FARM DAYS:A Memoir and Then Some. Please bring a dish to pass. Table service and drinks will be provided.

Auditions For “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
Oct 25 & 26
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is proud to announce their January production will be The Emperor’s New Clothes. This production is great for the whole family and only runs about an hour. It will have your children snickering in their seats. The production runs January 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28. Tickets will be available at the door. Auditions for The Emperor’s New Clothes are being held on October 25 and 26 at 7pm in the James A. Garfield High School’s choir room. Please have a 3-4 minute monologue memorized for your auditions. This production will feature adults, two younger children (male and female) and high school students. For more information contact Jackie Loreta-Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com.

Crafters Needed
Oct 29
Crafters needed for October 29th for Renaissance Family Center Craft Show. Call for information 330-326-3003 or 330-326-2013.

GMS To Host Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov 11
The James A. Garfield Middle School would like to invite our local veterans to a ceremony to honor their service to our country on Friday, November 11th at 1:45 in the Iva Walker Auditorium. Please call the middle school office to RSVP 330-527-2151

Holiday Craft Show
Nov 11 & 12
Portage County Gardeners and the Portage County Herb Society are sponsoring a Holiday Craft Show on Nov. 11, 4-8 p.m and Nov. 12, 10-3 p.m. We need crafters! Please call Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 if you would like an 8’ table for a onetime fee of $35. We have enough jewelry, knit and crocheted scarves and hats, floral wreaths, and homemade candy. Other type hand crafted items are welcome.

Texas Hold’em Tournament
Nov 12
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus will host their 1st annual Texas Holdem Tournament, Nov 12. Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged with bonus available to those who register before Nov. 5th, 2016. Registration begins at 5 pm with games starting at 6pm. Registration fee includes tourney fee, start up chips, food and pop. A large pay-out is expected (based on required minimum number of players) along with hourly options and a 50 / 50 drawing.
Location is the Sentinel (K of C) Party Center at 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Contact Dan Baumbick for details and registration at (330) 274-2589. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

Nelson Literary Music Craft Show
Nov 12 & 13
Nelson Literary Music Club announces its 7th Annual Christmas Craft Show November 12th and 13th from 10:00 am, to 5:00pm both days. The show will be at the Nelson Community House, 11642 Parkman Road Garrettsville,Ohio 44231 Food,handmade items, a few vendors and baked items. Come join us.

JAG PTO Craft Show
Nov 12
The JAG Elementary school PTO is sponsoring a craft show on Nov 12 from 10 am – 3 pm. The show is open to JAG families and public vendors. Contact Diane Irwin at 330-524-0592 if you are interested in being a vendor. Tables are reserved on a first come basis. We are accepting hand crafted vendors and company vendors. Premium tables are $25, Hallway tables are $20.

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.