Picnic in the Park
No school, no lunch?  Hilltop Christian Church can help! This summer one day of each week we will be serving lunch at the Mantua Village Park.  Picnic in the park is free & open to all, kids and adults.  Serving Thursdays  through August 1st. Serving times are 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Play in the park and have lunch too!  See you there!

Praise and Worship Service
Southington UMC Praise and Worship Service, Saturdays at 7pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us!

Hiram College Nature Camps
Call today!
For information on Hiram College Nature Camps, email sorrickmw@hiram.edu or call 330.569.6003

Soccer Sign Ups
July 26
Garrettsville Soccer Signups will be July 20th from 11am-1pm and July 26th from 4:30-6:30pm at Garrettsville Village Hall. Ages 4-8. Cost is $30

Tommy’s Back In Town
July 26
Tommy’s back in town, Tommy’s back in town and he’s cooking turkey with all the trimmings, July 26th at the Renaissance Center in Windham from 5-6:30pm

FREE Showing of “Carbon Nation”
July 26
In the inspiring, non-partisan documentary “Carbon Nation,” experts show how our growing energy needs can be met with environmentally safe, sustainable “green” energy.  In Ohio, this industry already employs thousands and is affordable.  Ohio State Univ. saves $1million per year by buying 25% of the campus’s electricity from Ohio’s largest wind farm! (Columbus Dispatch, 1/28/13.)  The event is sponsored by Sierra Club & Don’tFrackOH.org. Please join us at 7:00pm, July 26, at the First Congregational Church,266 South Chestnut Street, Ravenna, OH 44266.

G-Men Football Golf Scramble
July 26
Help support the G-Men! 4-Person 18-Hole Golf Scramble will be held Friday, July 26 at Sugarbush Golf Course.  $90 per person / $360 per team. Includes catered dinner and prizes. $400 cash prize for lowest score. Hole sponsorship available $100. To register or for more info call Aaron 330-524-2646 or Head Coach Mike Moser 330-472-0325

God Provides a Free Meal
July 26
God Provides a Free Meal July 26th from 4-6pm at Nelson Methodist Church. Dinner will include; Macaroni and beef, vegetables, roll and cake.

Marching Pride Premier Night
July 26
The James A Garfield Marching Pride will end band camp week with Premier Night on July 26th at 7 pm.  The event will be at the high school football field and is free and open to the public.  Join us for a sneak peek of the band’s pregame and halftime shows!

Calling All Regional Artist
July 26 & 27
Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren announces that it will be accepting entries for its 49th TAG Annual Juried Exhibition on July 26th & 27th from noon to 4 pm. The show will open with a reception, open to the public August 3rd from 7-9 pm, with awards announced at 8 pm. Last day to see both shows will be August 23rd, earlier than stated on the entry form, because TAG will be relocating to Park Avenue on Courthouse Square beginning Sept. 1. Entry forms can be picked up at Trumbull Art Gallery, 198 E. Market in Warren, or downloaded from its website at www.trumbullartgallery.com. Questions may be referred to TAG at 330-395-4876, or to the curator, Karen Fry, at 330-652-0201.
Rummage Sale & Concert
July 26-28
Rummage Sale and Concert will be at Christ Covenant Church, Rte 87 in Middlefield, June 27th  from 9am-7pm and July 28th from 9am-3pm. Rummage Sale includes Bake Sale and Chinese Auction – Donations welcome. Also, during the event weekend at Christ Covenant, Praise Concert:  July 26th at 7pm Featuring “Spirit Bound” quartet and Gail Mangeri, Soloist. No admission fee, Benefit for Charity Children’s Ministries

Mission Possible Diabetes Family Event
July 27
Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Mission Possible Diabetes Family Event at Ravenna High School on July 27.  The day will include several educational sessions focusing on diabetic health, expert advice, free snacks, lunch, giveaways, and exhibitors with information.  Some of the topics will include: Obesity & Diabetes, Preventing long term complications, Diabetic Drugs, and Truth behind Diabetes and Your Feet. This year, a special guest will join the event.  Mr. Marcus Dupree, former NFL and AFL player.  Dupree will be on hand to share his journey with Type II diabetes. Please call 330.297.3456 to register for this one day event.  Registration is free but space is limited.  Call today!

Burton Library Public Book Sale
July 27
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold two book sales in July, July 20 is a “Friends Only” preview sale from 9 a.m. until noon.  Annual Membership to the Friends of the Burton Public Library is just $5 for the year and may be purchased at this sale. The next book sale will be July 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition to books, there are magazines, sheet music, puzzles, movies, CDs and more.  Burton Public Library is located at 14458 West Park Street, on the square in Burton Village.

Middlefield Summerfest Parade
July 27
American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459 will participate in the Middlefield Summerfest Parade on  July 27 at 11am. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details

5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
July 27
2013 Run For Hope 5k & 1-Mile Fun Run / Walk at New Hope Christian Fellowship 11051 E. Washington St. Auburn, OH  44023.  Driveway entrance is off of Auburn Rd.  Run/ Walk will be held July 27 at 8am. 5K  $20 pre-registration, $25 race day registration, 1 Mile $10 registration. Proceeds to benefit Dominican Republic Mission Water Purification Plant Project. To register go to www.greaterclevelandxc.com

Free Movie & Popcorn
July 27
On July 27 from 3-5pm, the Windham Church of Christ, 9837 Wolf Rd, will host a free movie – Toy Story 3, on our new theater screen. All families are invited to attend. Hot dogs will be served after the movie and there will be games for the kids.

Free Workshop
July 27 & 28
Free workshops and training sessions about fracking, waste disposal injection wells, July 27 & 28th:  A series of free workshops and training sessions about fracking, waste disposal injection wells, legislation, and how it all affects Ohioans and what we can do:   First Congregational Church, Ravenna.  For details, watch for announcement next week or contact info@concernedcitizensohio.org.

Pancakes in the Park!
July 28
Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invites you on Sunday, July 28th for a delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Sunny Lake Park (885 Mennonite Rd. Aurora 44202 – boathouse pavilion) from 9am to 11am.  Let our team of volunteers cook you breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee) while you enjoy the scenic view or a 2 mile walk/jog around Sunny Lake. Cost:  $6 adults, $4 kids 3-10 yrs., under 3 yrs. free!   Dog walkers  welcome!

Youth Soccer Practice
July 28
Calling all youth soccer players in grades 2 thru 8.  There will be soccer open fields from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on July 28th at the Brosius Road soccer fields.  Shin guards are required and bring a soccer ball and water bottle.  We will practice foot skills and go through different drills then play a game.  We are also looking for parents to help.  Contact Russell Thornton (russell61731@yahoo.com), Bob Finney (matrixprints@yahoo.com) or Brian Gorby (bgorby1@yahoo.com) with any questions.  Any person interested in running the Garrettsville youth soccer program please stop by or contact us.  We still have all the info needed to get the program running and have a few options to help.

Classic Car Show
July 28
Classic Car Show will be held on July 28th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 G.A.R. Hwy Chardon, Oh (Hambden Township). Registration from 1-2pm. Free Event for the whole family! For more information call: Dorothy at 440-286-4655 or 11311vulcankd@roadrunner.com or Yvonne at 440-286-7270 or yvonnelandon@hotmail.com

Rally at Trumbull County Courthouse
July 29
Rally, July 29th at the Trumbull County Courthouse, Warren, OH. 11:30-6:00. Musicians, information about fracking, injection wells, activities for children: chalk drawing, crafts.  Local, state and national speakers: why Ohioans are concerned about fracking and its waste.

Love Reading Mysteries?
July 29
Love reading mysteries? Kent Free Library has a group for that! We’ll meet the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm in the 2nd floor meeting room. Next meeting will be July 29th with, “The Doctor Digs a Grave” by Robin Hathaway. The Library is located at 312 W. Main St.  Kent, Ohio 44240

Backyard Bible Camp
July 29 – Aug 2
A Backyard Bible Club will be held July 29th thru August 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm in Newton Falls at the Everett Greathouse Playground in the East River Gardens neighborhood.  The event, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Newton Falls, is open to children ages 4 years old through 8th Grade and will include games, Bible stories, songs, crafts and snacks.  For further information please contact the church at (330) 872-7055.

Vacation Bible School
July 29- Aug 1
Vacation Bible School for preschool through Grade 6 will be held at the Burton Congregational Church beginning July 29 through August 1 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The theme is “Let’s Grow” and will explore Jesus’ parables of seeds and growing.  All children are welcome to attend for learning and fun.  The program will include songs, stories, games, crafts, and snacks. Burton Congregational Church is located at 14558 W. Park Street, the red church on the square in Burton Village.  Phone:  440-834-4495

Nature Explorers
July 29 – Aug 2
Exploring nature has never been so much fun. 8-10 year olds will explore the slimy, smelly, wet and dirty parts of ecosystems as they hike, crawl, wade and slog through forests, fields, ponds and streams, July 29th – August 2nd from 9am-3:30pm. For information on Hiram College Nature Camps, email sorrickmw@hiram.edu or call 330.569.6003

Half-Day Hikers Nature Camp
July 29-Aug 2
A variety of sensory and creative explorations in nature awaits these 5-7 year olds. This adventure will stimulate your child’s curiosity as they learn about the wonders of the natural world, July 29th – August 2nd from 9am-noon. For information on Hiram College Nature Camps, email sorrickmw@hiram.edu or call 330.569.6003

BioBuddies Nature Camp
July 29-Aug 2
Specifically for preschoolers (ages 3 & 4) and an adult, BioBuddies will explore nature as young children see it…new & exciting. Each day will be a different adventure full of learning, fun and memories for little hands and big imaginations, July 29th-August 2nd from 9:30-11am.  For information on Hiram College Nature Camps, email sorrickmw@hiram.edu or call 330.569.6003

Youth Fall Soccer League Signups
July 31
Ravenna Parks and Recreation still have openings for its Youth Fall Soccer League for League U-12 Girls & U-12 Boys: Age 10 by 7/31/13. The U12 league will play teams from Ravenna and as well as other local soccer programs in our area. A tournament will be held at the end of the season. Players receive a team t-shirt for the games. Openings remain, but are limited; for more Information please contact the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department at 330-296-2864.
Annual Picnic
Aug 1
The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual picnic on August 1st at Deerfield Legion Post at 6pm. Their guests will be 30-40 Veterans from the Wade Park Veterans Hospital. Hosting will be Mantua A.L.A Unit 193; Ravenna Unit 331; Portage (Kent) Unit 496; Windham Unit 674; Streetsboro Unit 685; Aurora Unit 802 and Deerfield Unit 713.

Bainbridge Swing Dance
Aug 2
Blues DeVille will be playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance on Aug 2nd at the Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023).  Blues DeVille is known for playingBlues, Swing, Old Soul, even a little Zydeco. Dance lesson at 8pm. Dance and live music 9-11:30pm. Adult $10, student $8, family $25.

The Longshot
Aug 2
The Longshot will perform from 7-10pm at Newton Falls City Park – Jaycee Pavilion Intersection of Center Street & Quarry Street on Aug 2nd

Community Yard Sale Days
Aug 2 & 3
North Jackson Citizens Association’s Community-wide Yard Sales Days will be Aug 2nd and 3rd starting at 9am. Maps to locate 150 addresses will be available the morning of the sales at 11349 W. Mahoning Ave. where there is free parking and at businesses.

Taco Supper & Monthly Dance
Aug 3
On August 3rd Portage County Chapter #600 Parents Without Partners will have a taco supper from 6:30-7:30pm and its monthly dance from 7:30-10:30pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Avenue in Tallmadge. Event is open to the public and nonmembers are invited to join the PWP members to celebrate the “Fiesta Night” dance theme. The cost for the dance is $6 per person for members and $8 for nonmembers. The cost for the taco supper is $5 per person. For reservations and information please call Mary 330-571-3801 or Warrine 330-322-9551

Annual Trunk Sale
Aug 3
The Third Annual Trunk Sale will be held on August 3rd from 9am to 1pm at Harrington Square in Cortland Banks parking lot area, in Middlefield, between McDonalds and Wal-Mart.  Free to shoppers.  There will be “Fair Food” at the Trunk Sale, as well as all the regular lunch, snacks and restaurants right there.  Come and find your treasures here.  If you would like to be a vendor, call the Middlefield Chamber for info at 440-632-5705 or emailmccinfo@middlefieldcc.com.  Spaces are $20 each or two spaces for $35.  Rain or shine event.  The Chamber is non-profit and proceeds will go to School Safety Program and other community projects.

Alumni Soccer Game
Aug 3
The Crestwood High School Boys Soccer Team will be hosting their annual Alumni Soccer Game on August 3rd @ 6:00 pm at the Bowen Rd. field (11256 Bowen Rd in Mantua).  All Crestwood Boys Soccer Alumni are invited to play.  The cost is $10.00 & includes T-shirt & picnic hosted by the current Crestwood boys’ team and families following the game. For additional details, please contact Jason @ (330)283-1682 or Ruth @ (330)204-2635.

Free Youth Archery Clinic
Aug 3
The Eagle Creek Conservation Club will be conducting a Free Youth Archery Clinic August 3rd. The event will take place at the club property located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. The event is free and open to all children ages 6 to 15. Doors open at 8:30am for registration and the fun will start at approximately 9am. This program is designed to help foster children’s interest in archery and provide a basic knowledge of the sport. All youth archers will be taught basic safety and shooting techniques. All equipment needed for the day is provided by the club. Come out and join us for some fun. Call Jim Starkey (330) 357-6316 or go to eaglecreekconservationclub.com for more information.

Sweet Corn Festival
Aug 3 & 4
Kent Lions Club 6th Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Beckwith Orchard 1617 Lake Rockwell Rd from Noon – 5pm on Aug 3rd & 4th.  Ear-resistable fun for all ages.  Hot Dogs, sausage sandwiches, peach and apple pie, boiled sweet corn, & ice cream available for purchase.  Live entertainment, free trolley rides, face painting, clown, and craft vendors.  Proceeds fund Lions Sight Projects

Free School Supply Giveaway
Aug 4
Newton Falls American Legion is hosting a Free School Supply Giveaway – while supplies last –on August 4th from 3-4pm. Children must be present. Legion is located at 2025 East River Rd. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach in co-operation with Newton Falls American Legion.

Tennis Camp
Aug 5-8
Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held August 5 to 8 (rain date is August 9). From 8:30-10:30am for ages 5 to 15 years. Fee is $27.00 for city taxpayers and $32.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 30.  Deadline to register is August 2. After August 2 there is a $10 late fee. For more information visit our website @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us

Aug 5-9
The Newton Falls First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St. will hold “Kingdom Rock” Vacation Bible School August 5th-9th from 6-8:30pm. Ages 3 years to 6th grade welcome. Pre-registration forms are available at the church office.

Crestwood Primary Offers Summer Safety Town Program
Aug 5-9
Crestwood Primary School (CPS), in conjunction with their PTO, is offering Safety Town for Fall 2013 kindergarteners. The program will run from August 5 – 9 at CPS from 9 – 11:30 am and will cover fire, bus, playground safety, stranger awareness and other important topics to help your child learn to stay safe. Register by July 1 at a reduced rate of $25 per child. If space allows, late registration will be taken on August 5 at a cost of $35 per child. For more information, call (330) 931-0568 or email crestwoodsafetytown@gmail.com

Summer Music Camp
Aug 5 – 9
The Garfield band department is again offering its summer music camp for all band students entering 6th through 8th grade.  The camp is August 5-9 and the students will perform a concert on August 9th at 7pm.  The cost of the camp is $35 and includes a t-shirt and a pizza party. Registrations will be accepted until August 1st.  Please mail your payment (checks made to Garfield Band Boosters) along with the students name, instrument and shirt size to Garfield Band Boosters 10233 SR 88 Garrettsviile, Ohio 44231.

Chicken Dinner
Aug 7
The Southington UMC, Routes 305 & 534 in Southington, will be holding a Chicken Dinner on August 7th from 3:30-6pm. The menu includes ¼ chicken, escalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, and homemade desserts – Cost is $8.00 for adults. Children’s meal with chicken tenders – ages 4 thru 10 – cost is $4.00. Children 3 and under eat free. Carry outs will be available – call (330) 898-2156 and they will be ready for pick up.

GI Get Together
Aug 10
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton- Middlefield GI get together will be August 10th from 8am – noon at the Legion home on Goodwin St. Event is free to all Vets – coffee and donuts will be served. Call BO (440) 834-8764 for details.

Arts In The Park
Aug 10
Lots of Family Fun at the 3rd Annual Arts In The Park in Newton Falls! Looking for a fun, free event to take your family to this summer? Head to beautiful Veteran’s Park, located on SR 534 in Newton Falls, for the 3rd Annual Arts in the Park! This spectacular celebration of the arts, which will be held on, August 10 from 11am until 3pm, gives you and your family the opportunity to admire and buy unique artwork, create your own artwork, listen to local musicians, and much more. If you are a local artist who would like to display and sell your artwork, this is the event for you! Contact Jamie at: jamie@ndcis.com  or call 330-872-0597 for information on how to register. Visit www.NewtonFallsArts.com or see Facebook “Newton Falls Arts In The Park”.

Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic
Aug 10
Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from 2-5pm at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion, in Middlefield on, August 10th.  Please bring a dish to pass, own table service, beverage and lawn chairs.  We will provide punch and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 2:00 p.m.  For additional information call Maryan at 330-569-7057 or Melburn at 440-632-0947.  Hope to see you all there.

Luau at Harvest Point
Aug 10
Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave., Unit 4, Lordstown, Ohio, will be holding their 4th Annual Luau on August 10th from noon- 3 pm at Central Park in Lordstown.  The park is located at the intersection of Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd.  This year’s event will include a Farmer’s Market, baked goods, family pictures, door prizes, various games and foods as well as haircuts for school age children by a licensed beautician.  All of this and so much more and it is all FREE!!!

Room Mothers’ Luncheon
Aug 13
The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2013 Luncheon will be at noon on August 13th at the Freedom Township Hall. All room mothers and mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited along with their guests. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensil and their own table service. Meat, rolls and beverage will be furnished.

Trash & Treasure Sale
Aug 15-17
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” Parkman Congregational Church, 18165 Main Street (State Route 528) Parkman. August 15th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., August 16th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., August 17th 8 a.m. – 12 noon (everything half price)12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. (everything free!!) The lunch stand will be open daily!

Trunk Sale
Aug 16 & 17
The First Church of God in Newton Falls is sponsoring a “trunk sale” during the community-wide garage sale on August 16th and 17th.  The sale will be set up in the parking lot at the corner of Ridge Road and Broad Street (great exposure).  The cost for a spot is $10.00.  To reserve a spot call the church at 330-872-7911.  There will also be a food stand with bratwurst sandwiches, walking tacos and other food items.

Annual Steak Roast
Aug 17
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton- Middlefield Annual Steak Roast at the Legion Home on Goodwin St. will be August 17th from 6-8pm. Cost is $17.00 presale from any post member and $21.00 at the door. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for more info.

17th Annual Big Game Banquet
Aug 17
The Lake Erie Chapter of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its annual Big Game Banquet on August 17th in Chardon. RMEF is dedicated to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Local chapters raise funds that assist land and wildlife conservation and hunting outreach efforts in Ohio and around the country. For information call 440-667-6287 or 440-655-1234. You can purchase your tickets at https://events.rmef.org/shop.aspx?eid=0407130

2nd Annual Golf Outing
Aug 23
The 2nd Annual Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is August 23rd at Grandview Golf Course.  Foursomes, scramble format, skins, proximity games, prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places, lunch at the turn, dinner after golf.  The Chamber is non-profit and all proceeds will go directly to the School Safety Program.  Call the Chamber to register or to sponsor on different levels.  440-632-5705 or mccinfo@middlefieldcc.com.

Post 459 at Geauga County Fair
Aug 29-Sept 2
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton- Middlefield will have a display at the Geauga County Fair – August 29th thru September 2nd. Come to our tent by the “Big Tank” behind the milking counter. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details.

Dance Lessons
Sept 4
Have you ever wanted to learn to dance but were afraid you couldn’t because you don’t have a partner or rhythm? Come join the Ravenna Circulators and learn western style square dancing to the music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and today’s hits. Lessons start September 4th from 7 – 9 pm at Brown Junior High School at the corner of Scranton St. and State Route 59 in Ravenna.  (Across the street from Richardson Animal Hospital) For more information call Jan 330-297-0864 or Chris at 330-425-8722

Swap Meet
Sept 21
Come one, come all  to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors on September 21 from 10am-4pm at the Huntsburg Community Center, 12406 Madison Rd in Huntsburg. Free admission, free refreshments, door prizes and raffles.