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Summerfest Wedding
Deadline April 29
The Summerfest committee accepting entries for couples who would like to get married or renew their vows at Summerfest 2011. Send your story on why you would like to be Summerfest’s First Couple to: Summerfest’s First Couple, c/o Weekly Villager, PO Box 331, Garrettsville, OH 44231 or enter online at www.weeklyvillager.com (type Summerfest Wedding in search) or at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com. Deadline April 29, 2011.

Bread & Soup Meal
Thursdays
Join in a Hiram tradition that has been going on since 1982 by attending a bread and soup dinner at Hiram College. The meal will be held every Thursday from 5-7pm at the Kennedy Center. Cost is $5 for students (or a student meal swipe) and $1 goes to a local charity that works to alleviate hunger in the community. For more information email Yurcichel@hiram.edu.

Story Time
Tuesdays
The Garrettsville Dairy Queen invites you to bring your children or grandchildren to story time by the fireplace while enjoying a free cup of hot chocolate. Every Tuesday at 7pm children will enjoy a new story.

Volunteers Needed
The Township of Troy will celebrate its bicentennial by reviving the Troy Homecoming Days on Aug 20 & 21. If you are interested in helping or have ideas please attend the meetings on  Feb 24, March 24 and April 28 at the Troy Community House at 7pm. If you are unable to attend but would like to help or have ideas, call Jerry at (440) 834-4774.

Open Registration
SS Mary & Joseph School in Newton Falls will have open registration for the 2011-12 school year for pre-school through 8th grade. Registration materials are available at the school office from 9am-2pm Mon-Fri or call (330) 872-7676.

Spay & Neuter Program
Feb
Geauga Humane Society’s Fix It in the Farmland low cost spay and neuter clinics will be held once or twice a month in 2011 for low income and Amish residents of Geauga County. The cost is $10 per animal. For more information and find out if you qualify, call Barb at (440) 338-4819 ext. 21 and follow the prompts. Call today as clinics fill quickly.

Senior Bingo Cancelled
Feb
There will be no senior bingo for Feb. Bingo will resume again on March 14th from 5-7pm at the Newton Falls Community Center.

Swim Lessons
Feb-March
Children 5 and over can learn to swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs on Sunday afternoons, Feb 13, 20 & 27 and March 13 & 20. The cost is $50 for all five lessons. Sign-ups will be held on Sunday, Feb 6th from 2:30-5:30pm at the Hiram College Pool or register online at www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html. For more information call Jack at (330) 569-5343.

Block Watch
Feb 3
Due to the recent break-ins, there will be a “Block Watch” meeting on Feb 3rd at 7pm at the Nelson Township Community House. Portage County Sheriff Doak and Nelson and Hiram Township Trustees will speak about property safety and more.
NF Youth Softball & Baseball
Feb 5, 12 & 19
Sign-ups for Newton Falls youth softball and baseball leagues will be held at the Newton Falls Community Center, 52 E. Quarry, on Feb 5, 12 & 19 from 10am-1pm. Boys and girls must be ages 5-14 by 5/31/11. All new players must bring a copy of their birth certificate.

Windham Hot Stove
Feb 5 & 16
Windham Hot Stove will hold baseball and softball sign-ups on Feb. 5th from 10am-2pm, Feb. 16th from 6-8pm and Feb. 26th from 10am-2pm. All sign-ups will take place at the Windham Town Hall. T-Ball (ages 4-5) $40, PeeWee (ages 6-8) $55, ages 9-14 in ABC, HGF $60 and ages 15-18 in D, E, EE $70.

Cabbage Roll Dinner
Feb 5
St. Michael’s Church located on Ridge Road in Newton Falls, will host a cabbage roll dinner on Saturday, Feb. 5th from 4:30-6pm. The cost is $7.50 and carryouts are available.

Post 674 Breakfast
Feb 5
Join for breakfast on Feb 5th from 8-11am at the American Legion Post 674, 9960 East Center Street in Windham. The cost is $5.  Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage, bacon and hash browns.

Senior Citizens Luncheon
Feb 5
The First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal St. in Newton Falls, will host a Senior Citizens Luncheon on Saturday, Feb 5th at noon following a brief program at 11:30am. This event is open to all area seniors. For more information please call (330) 872-7055.

Scotch Doubles
Feb 5
The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre will hold a Scotch Doubles on Feb 5th at Sky Lane Bowling Alley. The cost is $40/couple and includes beer, pizza and bowling. There will also be a 50/50 and Chinese auction.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Feb 5
The Portage County Chapter of Parents Without Partners will hold their monthly dance on Feb 5th from 7:30-11:30pm at the Kent VFW post home, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent. Dances are open to the public. For more information call Warrine at (330) 699-2361 or (330) 322-9559.

Night At The Races
Feb 5
The Newton Falls Athletic Boosters will host their annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Feb. 5th at St. Mary’s Social Hall in Newton Falls.  Doors open at 5:30pm and races begin at 7:30pm.  The cost is $15 per person and includes a buffet dinner, beer, mix and soda.  Monte Carlo games will also be played before races begin. Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling Tami at 330-984-9535.

Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market
Feb 5
The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will hold its annual organizational meeting on Saturday, Feb 5th at the OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center on the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. The meeting will begin at 10am. This is a producers- only market that allows farmers and producers to sell directly to customers. For more information call Cheryl at (440) 474-9885 or email geaugamarket@yahoo.com or visit www.geaugafarmersmarket.com.

“Souper Bowl” Sunday
Feb 5 & 6
The First Congregational Church, 612 West Broad Street in Newton Falls, will sponsor “Souper Bowl” Sunday on Feb 5th & 6th. Order your choice of Broccoli Cheese, Ham & Bean or Chicken Noodle with homemade rolls by Feb 2nd. Call (330) 872-5670; leave your name, phone number and types of soup/how many quarts of each. Pick up dates are Feb 5th and 6th from noon to 2pm.  The cost is $6/per quart.

Four Chaplains Services
Feb 6
Ron Widowfield, Chaplain of Newton American Legion Post 236, has announced that the Four Chaplains Services will be held on Sunday, Feb 6th at 10:45am at the Newton Falls First Christian Church.

Gas Drilling/Fracking Meeting
Feb 7
The Portage County TEA Party will host a comprehensive county-wide meeting on natural gas drilling, including horizontal drilling and fracking technology. The meeting will be held on Feb 7th at 7pm at the new Ravenna High School Auditorium, 6589 N. Chestnut Street. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Ravenna Youth Soccer
Feb 7-18
Registration for co-ed youth spring soccer with Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department will be from Feb 7th through 18th for children 4 years of age to the sixth grade. The fee is $40/taxpayers and $48/non-taxpayers. A $10 late fee will be charged after Feb 18th. Practice begins March 20th. Games scheduled for Sundays in April and May at the Ravenna Soccer Complex. For more information call (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8am-noon or 1-4:15pm, or stop in at 530 North Freedom Street.

Home-Cooked Supper
Feb 9
The Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Road in Newton Falls, will have a home- cooked supper on Feb 9th from 5-6:30pm. The cost is $7/adults, $3/children 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. Dinner will include meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverage. Carryouts will be available.

Career Center Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 10
On Thursday, Feb, 10th  Maplewood Career Center will hold its annual Open House and Spaghetti Dinner between the hours of 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.  A spaghetti dinner featuring salad, pasta with choice of sauces, bread, dessert and drink, will be served from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and self-guided tours will be permitted until 8:30 p.m.  The public is welcome.

Eagles Fish Dinner
Feb 11
The Garrettsville Eagles Club will host a fish dinner on Friday, Feb 11th from 4-8pm. These dinners are open to the public. During Lent, March 11th through April 22nd, fish dinners will be served every Friday from 4-8pm.

Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 11
The Berkshire Marching Band will host a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction on Feb 11th from 4:30-7:30pm. Pre-sale tickets are $7/adults ($8 at the door) and $4/children 12 and under ($5 at the door). Chinese auction tickets are $1/each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10; winner need not be present. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased through a band member.

Grand Marshal Nominations
Feb 11
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair will accept nominations for the 2011 Grand Marshal. If you would like to nominate a community-minded Ravenna resident who has had a positive impact in the community please send to Ravenna Balloon A-Fair, Attention: Parade Committee, PO Box 454, Ravenna, OH 44266. Deadline for nominations is Feb 11th.

Winter Sky
Feb 11
The Geauga Park District presents Winter Astronomy and Fireside Songs and Stories on Feb 11th from 7-9pm at The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge, 10110 Cedar Road in Munson Township. Bring the whole family to enjoy this time in the inflatable star dome in the lodge. For more information call (440) 286-9516 or visit http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Co-Ed Summer Softball
Feb 11 & 14
Ravenna Parks and Rec will offer adult co-ed softball on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. The cost is $425/per team. Registration for last year’s team until Feb. 11th and new teams accepted beginning Feb. 14th. Games will be played at Havre’s and City Park and begin in May. For more information call (330) 296-2864 or stop in at 530 North Freedom St., weekdays 8-12 and 1-4:15 p.m. Also available are Men’s Summer Sunday morning doubleheaders. Call for more information.

The Miracle Worker
Feb 11 – 17
The Geauga Lyric Theater will present The Miracle Worker Feb 11th through Feb 27th. Tickets are $15/adults and $13/students and senior. The theater is located at 101 Water Street in Chardon. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (440) 286-2255 or visit www.geaugatheater.org.

50s & 60s Dance
Feb 12
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair will host the 50s & 60s Dance on Feb 12th from 7pm to midnight at the VFW Hall on New Milford Road in Ravenna. The cost is a $10 donation and you must be 21 or older to enter. For more information call Linda at (330) 208-7398 or (330) 296-FAIR.

Night at the Races
Feb 12
The Garrettsville Lions Club will host their 2nd annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Feb 12th at Sky Lane Bowling Alley in Garrettsville. Doors will open at 7pm and races begin at 8pm. The cost is $15/person or $25/couple and includes pizza and wings. One dollar 12oz sodas and a cash bar will be offered. The cost to buy & name a horse is $10 in advance and you can sponsor a race for $25. For more information call Paul at (216) 533-0147 or Aaron at (330) 527-9999.

Book Sale
Feb 12
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement on Feb 12th from 9am-4pm. Please enter through the white door at the back of the building.

Steak Fry
Feb 13
The Newton Falls VFW Post 3332 Ladies Auxiliary will host a Steak Fry on Feb 13th from 4-6pm at the Post. Tickets are on sale now for only $12, tickets will be $14 at the door on the day of the event. purchase tickets at the Canteen or Outdoor Men’s Barber Shop. (330) 872-7318.
Scottish American Society
Feb 13
The Scottish American Society will meet on Feb 13th from 3-5pm at the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St. in Akron. Any and all are invited to attend our meetings. You do not have to be Scottish, but must have an interest in our Scottish culture. For more information call: Jim or Margaret at: (330) 882-0342, or Gene or Betty at: (330) 499-1681. www.scottishamericansociety.org

2011 Pin Design
Deadline Feb 14
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Parade committee will accept entries for the 2011 pin. This year’s theme is Patchwork Skies. Entries are limited to three to four colors. No computerized drawings will be accepted. Deadline to submit entry is Feb 14th. Mail entries to Ravenna Balloon A-Fair, Attention: Parade Committee, PO Box 454, Ravenna, OH 44266. For more information call (330) 296-FAIR.

Kindergarten & New Student Registration
Feb 14 & 15
Newton Falls School System will register students for the 2011-2012 school year on Feb 14 & 15 from 4:30-6:30pm. You do not need an appointment and it is not necessary to bring your child. To be eligible for kindergarten your child must be 5 on or before September 30, 2011. You must bring your child’s legal birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency and custody papers if applicable. For more information call Mrs. Howard at (330) 872-5225 ext. 2301. Registration will also be held March 21-25 from 9-11am and 1-3pm.

TOPS Open House
Feb 15
All men and women are welcome to the TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, open house on Feb 15th at 10am at the United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road in Newton Falls. We meet every Tuesday at 8:45am for weigh in and meeting at 10am. For more information call Joan at (330) 872-7441.
NF Board Meeting
Feb 17
The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, Feb 17th at 6pm in the Board Room located in the Jr. High, 907 1?2 Milton Blvd.

Master Gardener Program
Feb 17
The Trumbull County Master Gardeners will host Brad Melzer who will discuss “The Vacant Lot Issue” on Feb 17th from 10am-noon in the meeting room at OSU Agricultural and Family Educational Center, Suite 1, 520 W. Main St., Cortland. The cost is $20. For more information, or to register, call (330) 638-6783. http://trumbull.osu.edu

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit
Feb 19
A spaghetti dinner benefit for Carol Mitchell Johnson will be held on Feb 19th from 4-8pm at the Garrettsville Eagles Club. The cost is $7/adult, $4/ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. There will also be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffles. Proceeds will go to help Bruce with her funeral expenses. If you would like to make a donation, please call Debbie at (330) 389-1859 or Kelly at (330) 569-7142.

Scotch Doubles
Feb 19
The James A. Garfield Dance Team will hold a Scotch Doubles fundraiser on Feb 19th at 9pm at Sky Lane Bowling Alley. The cost is $40/couple. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call S. Makowski at (330) 527-4341 or Sky Lane at (330) 527-9999.

Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 20
The Knights of Columbus Council #3350, 120 Maple Drive in Newton Falls, will host an all you can eat spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Feb 20th from noon to 3pm at Saint Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive in Newton Falls. The cost is $6.50/adults, $3/ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and under. Carryouts will be available. For more information please call Jim (330) 883-0575, Tom (330) 872-5886, or Matt (330) 872-7865.

Discovery Days
Feb 21
Bring the children to experience life on a farm–making ice cream, meeting newborn calves, piglets, and sheep, and more–at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland, during the annual Discovery Days. Children participate in hands-on activities and snowshoeing scheduled throughout the day in addition to the regular daily Farmpark daily activities. Discover Days are presented Feb 21st from 9am-5pm. Visit lakemetroparks.com for more information, cost and a schedule of events.

The Dating Game
Feb 25
The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre will host The Dating Game on Feb 25th at the J. A. Garfield Elementary School at 7:30pm. Individuals are invited to participate for a chance to win over $100 in gifts for their special date that also includes dinner and a movie (two winners). The cost to participate is $20 or you may come and enjoy the show with a $5 donation. Men ages 50-60, 35-45 and women 35-45 are still needed. To participate call Jackie at (216) 375-0709.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Feb 26
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County will hold the 29th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Saturday, Feb 26th at Kent Lanes. Teams of five bowlers are needed, $50/bowler. Each bowler will receive free bowling, shoe rental, pizza, pop and t-shirt. Door prizes and 50/50 held throughout the event. Call (330) 296-6655 for more information.

Scotch Double Bowling
Feb 26
Cardinal Middle School PTO will host a Scotch Doubles Bowling on Feb 26th at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville from 9pm-midnight. Cost is $35/couple and includes 3 games, shoes, pizza, pop and prizes. There will be a 50/50 and a basket raffle. Bring a snack to pass. For reservations call Patty at (440) 632-1541.

Almeda Trio
Feb 27
The Almeda Trio will perform at Hayden Auditorium at Hiram College on Sunday, Feb 27th at 3pm. Open to the public.

JAG Kindergarten Registration
March 1-3
The James A. Garfield School District is now taking Kindergarten registration information for your child who will turn age 5 before September 30, 2011. Registration will be on Tues, March 1, Weds March 2 and Thurs March 3, 2011.  Call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.

Cavs Tickets
on sale through March 6
Support the 2011 Garrettsville Summerfest by going to see the Cavs vs. New Orleans on Sunday, March 6th at 6:30pm at the Q in Cleveland. Upper baseline tickets are $35 each. For your tickets call Aaron at (330) 524-2646 or stop by the Sky Lane Bowling Alley.

Garrettsville Area Yard Sale
May 21 & 22
Make plans now — mark it on your calendar — the annual Garrettsville Area Yard Sale sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce will take place on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.  Watch the Villager for details.