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

$10,000 Give Away!
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is having a raffle and if all 200 tickets are sold, one winner will have a choice of $10,000, a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland or a trip to the Hawaiian Islands! In the event that all 200 tickets are not sold, a straight 50/50 drawing will be implemented. Tickets are $100 and only 200 tickets will be sold, much better odds than winning the lottery. Plus you will be supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring program. Buy a ticket yourself or get together with a group of friends. But don’t wait! To purchase your ticket call the Big Brothers & Sisters office at 330-296-6655. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.

Hiram College Water Dogs Signups
Register NOW
On Sunday afternoons from:  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm there will be swim lessons for all levels, all hours. Lessons are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of free time at the end. Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and October 6th. Cost is $50.00 per Child for all 5 lessons for ages 4 years and older. Sign-ups will be Sept 7th, from 2:30-5:30pm at the Hiram College Pool. Register online – Deadline to register Sept 6th.  Questions? Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Crestwood Raffle Fundraiser
Now – Aug 30
The Crestwood Band Patrons and Scarlet Guard Marching Band are holding a raffle fundraiser.  The winning numbers will be drawn during the first CHS home football game on Aug 30th – Winner need not be present to claim prize. Tickets are $10 each.  To support the band and a chance to win 1 of five $500 prizes, contact a band member or Larisa Catcott at (330) 322-3606.

Newton Falls Chili Cook off Call for Cookers
Now – Sept 18th
Do you make the best chili in Northeast Ohio? The 24th Annual Chili Cook Off will be October 5th and registration for cookers is now open! Entry fee is $50 per team and the top prize is $500 (plus bragging rights)! Applications are also being accepted for vendor table spaces. For more information and Cook Off rules, call Julie (330) 240-9268 or Patty (330) 872-7641 or visit Deadline for entry is Sept 18th.

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 Aug 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.

NF Community Yard Sale
Aug 16-18
During the Newton Falls Community-wide Yard Sale Aug 16-18th from 9-5 each day, the Senior Community of Newton Commons, Village & Manor will be having a yard sale at the community room near the office. People of these buildings will be able to have a table in that room, because the room is so small. No permit is needed. Tables are free and first come first serve. Follow signs and if you want to participate and to reserve your table, please call Delyte at: 330.872.4063

Garrettsville Library’s “Under The Sea” Tea Party
Aug 17
The Garrettsville Library, a branch of the Portage County District Library system, invites boys and girls from preschool to third grade to an “Under The Sea” Tea Party on Saturday, Aug 17 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Come dressed in your fiercest pirate outfit or your most spectacular “under the sea” princess dress. We’ll have crafts, stories, and prizes. Followed by refreshments of homemade cupcakes and punch served in the library’s beautifully decorated Captain’s lounge. Registration is required as there’s a limit of 25 children. There is no cost to attend this program. Call 330-527-4378 to register today.

Public Observatory Night
Aug 17
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open from about 9:30 to 11:00 PM, Saturday, August 17. The focus of the night’s viewing will be the waxing gibbous Moon. If sky conditions and time allow, some other objects may also be seen. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. Good sky conditions are critical to viewing; for updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: or “@StephensObs” on Twitter. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets or in the nearby parking lot of Harrison’s Hideaway Convenience Store, 6821 Wakefield Road, a short distance east of the observatory.

Annual Steak Roast
Aug 17
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton- Middlefield Annual Steak Roast at the Legion Home on Goodwin St. will be Aug 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.

Family Game Night
Aug 17
First Church of God of Windham, 9016 N Main St, is having a game night on August 17th at 7 pm.  Games and snacks for adults and children will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Call 330-671-1426 for questions or more information.

Cowboy Action Shoot
Aug 17
A Cowboy Action Shoot takes place on Aug 17th at Salem Hunting Club.  The safety meeting starts at 9:00am with the shoot to immediately follow.  Salem Hunting Club is located at 549 Indiana Ave. in Salem, Ohio. For additional information about the club’s activities, please call (330) 332-9847 or visit

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 Aug 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

Warren Amateur Radio Association Annual Hamfest/Computer Show
Aug 18
Warren Amateur Radio Association will be holding their annual Hamfest / Computer show on  Aug 18 , from 8 am to 2pm.  at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds 899 Everett-Hull Rd. Cortland, Ohio 44410. Gate B only.  Admission is $5.00 a person, Tables are $10. each.Inside and outside. VE Testing will be held at 10 am. Special drawing for those who pass their test. Call in frequency will be 146.970 (-) if the repeater has been fixed. If not fixed there will be no call in frequency. Watch for signs along the way. Contact information: Jacqueline Williams N8JMW, 440.636.2806.Website is: www.

Concealed Carry Class
Aug 18
On Aug 18th, certified National Rifle Association Instructors are teaching a one day concealed carry class for students with any level of experience at Salem Hunting Club. Pre-registration is required. Hunting Club is located at 549 Indiana Ave. in Salem, Ohio. For additional information about the club’s activities, please call (330) 332-9847 or visit

Freedom Twp. Community Picnic
Aug 18
The annual Freedom Township picnic will be held on Aug 18 beginning at 11:30 am.  Chicken will be provided ~ bring a dish to share.

2nd Annual Community Fall Sports Pep Rally
Aug 18
2nd Annual Community Fall Sports Pep Rally – Sponsored by Crestwood All Sports Boosters (CASB) will be Aug 18th at 7pm at the Jack Lambert Stadium at Crestwood High School. All parents, grandparents, friends and community members are invited to attend this free event to recognize all Crestwood High School and Middle School teams as well as the youth teams in our community. The High School coaches (Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf and Girls Tennis) will be introduced and speak briefly about their program and upcoming 2013/14 season. We hope to see you there! Questions  – call (330)204-2635

Community Dinner at CBF
Aug 20
Covenant Bible Fellowship would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend our free dinner on August 20th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. We will serve everyone Oven Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Corn on the Cob, and Strawberry Shortcake and a drink. We have no income restrictions. If you should have any questions, please call our office at 330.527.4205.

Community Center Open
Aug 21 & 28
Community Center at Mantua Center – Now open every Wednesday from 10 to 4, with potluck lunch at noon.  Take part in activities, or just sit and chat.  Bring your handwork if you like, help assemble a jigsaw puzzle, play cards or board games, or help make a quilt.  Open to all, without charge.   Youngsters must have supervision, but craft materials and games are available for their entertainment.   We want save our beautiful old school and fill it with new life.  Won’t you join us?  Just north of SR82 on Mantua Center Road.

Free School Supplies
Aug 22
If your child/ children go to James A. Garfield Schools and you need help with school supplies, People Tree will be giving them out on Aug 22nd. To register your children call 33-527-4097 or 330-527-2408. Each child has to be registered to get school supplies.

Community Appreciaton Night At Burton Public Library
Aug 22
The community is cordially invited to Burton Public Library’s “Community Appreciation Night” on Thursday, Aug 22 at 7:00 p.m.    Bring a lawn chair to the library’s Reading Garden and enjoy refreshments, prizes and a free concert by West African drummer and dancer Sogbety Diomande.    Get a glimpse of the Ivory Coast with drumming, dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs.  Please join us for a fun evening.    Burton Public Library is located at 14588 W. Park Street, on the square in Burton Village.  The phone is 440-834-4466

2nd Annual Golf Outing
Aug 23
The 2nd Annual Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is Aug 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

“Cops and Kids Fishing Day”
Aug 24
Join the Hiram Police Department for the annual Cops and Kids Fishing Day on Aug 24th from 9 am – 2 pm.  Location Camp Asbury, 10776 Asbury Road Hiram. COME JOIN US FOR A FUN FILLED DAY!       Meet  your Hiram Police Dept. Members. Fun, Food, Prizes, and Community Togetherness

Summer Steak Fry
Aug 24
St Ambrose K of C will be sponsoring a summer steak fry  on Aug 24. Doors open at 6 pm ; Dinner at 6:30. Cost is $15 each or $25/couple.  Door prizes; 50/50 Raffle; Cash Bar! Dinner will be  steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage.  Contact  David Vincent for reservations 330-527-2474 or

Feed the Team Fundraiser
Aug 24
Attention G-Men Family and Fans! Feed the Team Fundraiser – Scotch Doubles will be Aug 24th at 9pm at SkyLane Bowling Alley. $20 a person – $40 a couple, prices include bowling, pizza and beer. There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Come help support your GHS Football Team! If you have questions or would like to get involved, call: Sue Chambers 330-352-2193

The BEST Spaghetti Lunch
Aug 25
The BEST spaghetti lunch will be held at  St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on Sunday August 25th 11:30am to 2:00pm. Lunch includes spaghetti & meatballs, fresh salad, Italian bread,dessert and beverage. Takeout available!
Purchase tickets at the door
Adult: $7.00 (3 meatballs with meal) Child: $4.00 (2 meatballs with meal) Extra meatballs .50 each.  The church is located on  North Road, Warren Ohio

Special Sunday Service
Aug 25
Garrettsville Church of God is thinking of all the students, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and anyone else involved in the school. They will be having a Special Sunday morning service on August 25th at 11 am to acknowledge all of you. We have a special gift for each student (elementary thru college) and a special gift for those involved with students in any way (public, private and homeschool). Please come and participate with us, 12888 St. Rt. 88 in Nelson Township. For more information please call 330-527-2942.

JA Garfield Retirees Luncheon
Aug 26
The 10th annual James A. Garfield Retirees luncheon will be August 26th at 12 noon at Roby Lee’s in Newton Falls. Please contact Paula 330-296-6544 to reserve a seat.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Aug 27
The Newton Falls Crescendo Club is pleased to offer delicious Mrs. Field’s Cookie Dough as our first fall fundraiser!  Pre-portioned cookies are delivered frozen.  Pick from many different varieties or other quality snacks.  Our final date for all orders is August 27th.  Delivery date will be in September — just in time for your fall baking!  Ask any Newton Falls Band Member to order, or call Laura at 872-1647 or Kristy at 330-5198.  Thanks for supporting your local school band!

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 – Aug 29th thru Sept 2nd. Come to our tent by the “Big Tank” behind the milking counter. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details.

Hiram Police Hot Rod Car Show
Aug 31
Hot Rod Cars, Trucks, Food, Music, Trophies and Family Fun!
No Registration Fee, Donations accepted to benefit “SHOP WITH A COP” Program!  Show will be held on August 31st,  9am-2pm  on Hayden and Dean Streets, Hiram Village. More information: Rick Patrick (330) 687-9637

Parents without Partners Picnic
Sept 2
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will be having a picnic from 12 noon until? At the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House pavilion, 109 W. Avenue in Tallmadge. Members as well as non-members are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish to pass.
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 Sept 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

Talent Showcase
Sept 6-8
The Mantua Potato Festival is hosting a “Talent Showcase” at this year’s festival. We are looking for musicians, singers and comedians to perform. If interested in participating please contact Lisa at 330-554-7187. We are looking for Grand Marshals and Royalty from the past festivals to participate in our Grand Parade. We need you to contact Elaine at 330-274-8019. This year’s festival will be held Sept 6th, 7th and 8th.

Monthly Dance
Sept 7
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will be having their monthly dance from 7:30-10:30 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 W. Avenue in Tallmadge on Sept 7th. Open to public. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Volunteers Needed
Sept 12
Volunteers Needed: Geauga Co. Job and Family Services are looking for caring, motivated adults who would like to make a difference in a child’s life. The Volunteer Tutoring program matches volunteers with local elementary students who need help in basic reading and math. Volunteers will be required to attend training at Geauga Co. Job and Family Services and complete a criminal background check. The training will take place on Sept 12th at 9 am. Please contact Sara Shininger, Community Support/Volunteer Coordinator for Geauga Co. JFS at 440-285-9141, ext. 1263 to register or for more information.

Portage County Gardeners Workshop
Sept 14
Portage County Gardeners is hosting a Saturday workshop; open to the public, on Sept 14th at 10:00 am at their Center located at, 5154 S. Prospect St. (Rt. 44) in Rootstown. Participants, using a special pen, will create a work of art by connecting lines and space. The cost of this “Tangled” workshop is $25.00 and is limited to 25 people. Please call Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 to sign up and prepay. The instructor is Linda May.

Garfield Alumni Banquet
Sept 21
Payment and reservations for the 8th Annual Garfield Alumni Banquet are due by Sept 2, 2013.  Postcards were mailed out earlier this summer for the upcoming event.  The banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the J.A. Garfield Elementary School beginning at 5 p.m.  Cost for this event is $18 per person.Classes to be recognized are 1953, 1963, 1973 and 1983.  For additional information please contact Helen Louise Paul Bouts at (330) 309-2734.

Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Sept 21
Save money and have a beautiful garden.  Let Master Gardener Barb Begam take you through the steps of choosing seeds and knowing when and how to sow them successfully to produce healthy mature plants.  Class will be held Sept 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m While walk-ins are welcome, early registration and payment for this popular class is appreciated. Light refreshments, handouts and cuttings included.  Registration fee of $15.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Send check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.  Class will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road, Burton 44021.  View updates and a list of MG class offerings:

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

Winter Craft Festival
December 7
The Portage County Gardeners’ Herb Society is seeking talented crafters and artisans to participate in a Winter Craft Festival on December 7th at the Gardeners’ Center in Rootstown. The fee for a table is $20.00. Please contact Marilyn Tyger at (330-348-6089) or Helena Parry at (330-673-0577) to reserve your space.