New Ministries Format

Saturday Afternoons

The new ministries format is now taking place at the church of God in Windham.   Group meetings and discussions are now taking place each Saturday afternoon at 5pm.  The group is meeting at the parsonage at 9004 N Main St.  This group is planning the entire revamping or the church from organization to ministries.  Everyone who is interested in attending and being a part is welcome to come.  For questions or more information you can call 330-671-1426


Start Something

What if every child fulfills their potential? Think how amazing that would be. Start something. Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother volunteers. We have boys waiting in all parts of the county for someone to spend time with them. Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical is organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture  children and strengthen communities, and we couldn’t do any of it without you. Please call us today at 330-296-6655 or visit our website at all it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to Start Something. You’ll be glad you did


Book Sale

Now-Sept 21

Friends of the Garrettsville Library book sale will be held Friday Sept 20th from 10am-6pm and Sept 21 from 9am-noon.


Community Center

Sept 18

The Community Center at Mantua Center, is free and open to all, regardless of age (supervised children welcome) or place of residence, every Wednesday 10:00am to 8:00pm, in the old Mantua Center School 11741 Center Road, just north of SR82. Sept. 18, 26, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  Many activities available and ideas for others welcome.  Lunch and supper are potluck, so bring a dish to share.  Beginning yoga taught by a certified instructor at 7pm is also free of charge.  For more information contact Ellie Monroe (330)274-0711 or


Benefit Yard Sale & Raffle

Sept 19-21

Freeway’s Greyt Escape Benefit Yard Sale and Raffle.  Sept 19th – 21st, from 9am-3pm – 105555 South St., Garrettsville. Community response has been great and this sale has lots of quality items. Participate in our raffle to win Greyt items and enter to win Garrettsville’s Greytest door prize basket featuring gift certificates, merchandise, and even cash from local businesses. Bring bagged or canned pet food to help Hiram’s Police Department support People Care Pet Pantry and receive a free gift. Contact Diana 330-527-2276 or 239-470-6429 for more info.


All-U-Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 20

Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti dinner will be Sept 20th from 5-7pm in Dix in the Hiram College Kennedy Center.  Spaghetti with choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and ice cream, all for $ 6.00 for adults and children 8 and under FREE! Our co-host is Little Village Early Learning Center at Hiram Christian Church


Give Back Program

Sept 20 & 21

Ruby Tuesday Give Back program will be benefiting Portage Park District on Sept 20th & 21st. Visit Ruby Tuesday at 7135 N. Aurora Rd to support this organization!


Salsa Tasting Contest

Sept 21

The Annual Geauga Fresh Farmers Market Salsa Tasting Contest will take place Sept 21st from 10-Noon. If you think your salsa recipe is the best-tasting in town, enter it into the Annual Salsa Tasting Contest. There will be two categories: mild and hot. Bring a quart of salsa to the market booth before 9:30am next Saturday. Mark it with your name and identify it as mild or hot. Past years have brought salsas made with a variety of local fruits and vegetables – peaches, watermelon, tomatoes, tomatillos, corn and pumpkin. Ingredients must be local – no mango or pineapple salsa! Customers and vendors are encouraged to enter their favorite salsa. Everyone can taste and vote. The Market is located in the South Russell Village parking lot at Rt. 306/Chillicothe Rd. and Bell Rd.  Hours are 9:00-Noon every Saturday, rain or shine, until early October. Keep up to date on special market events at


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.


Community Yard Sale

Sept 21

The Church of God in Windham will once again be sponsoring and hosting a community yard sale on Saturday, September 21st from 9am to 3pm.  Spaces are free but must be reserved.  A limited number of tables are also available on a first call basis.  New ideas are being developed for this event.  You can reserve your space now by calling 330-671-1426


Spaghetti Dinner

Sept 21

A Spaghetti Dinner will be held Sept 21st from 4-7pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on St. Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes salad, bread, pie and coffee. Cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12 and free for 5 and under. Carry-outs are available at $7.50. Come join us and tell you friends!


Black Bear Valley

Sept 22

Explore this remote section of the Akron Watershed that has had numerous reports of black bear activity with naturalist Bob Faber. This sprawling woodland near Hiram Rapids stretches from the uplands along Tilden Road to the Cuyahoga River. We will search for signs of bears and other wildlife in this area of upland forests and a wildlife rich floodplain along the Cuyahoga River. This is an off-trail walk that may require sloshing through shallow water and some mud. Sept 22nd from 1-3pm. Fee: $6 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Directions will be provided at the time of registration. Call 330.569.6003 or email


Hubs Square Dance Club

Sept 23

Fun + Friendship + Fitness!  That’s Western Style Square Dancing. The Hubs Square Dance Club is now accepting reservations for new dancers.  Beginner Dances, with the first night free, will  begin on Monday, Sept. 23 at Bainbridge Community Church, RT. 306, just south of Rt. 422 beginning at 7 pm. The Hubs Square Dance Club has been dancing since 1970 and invites all ages to participate in square dancing. Get out of the Rut! It really is exercise set to music!  Our very experienced caller will have you dancing the first night. Come, bring your spouse, give it a try and make new friends.  To register or for more information

call 440-241-2309 or 330-562-8719.


Collector’s Series

Sept 24, 28 & Oct 5

Burton Public Library presents the Collector’s Series: Join us for our own local version of the Antiques Road Show! Each person may bring two items for appraisal. Comic Books: Sept 24th, at 6:30 p.m. with Jim Williams of Comic Heaven in Willoughby. Coins: Sept 28th, at 11:00 a.m. with local coin-collector Newell Beaumier. Vintage Books: Oct 5th, at 11 am with Bob McCullam of Cattermole Books in Newbury. Free! Please register for these events by calling: (440) 834-4466.


Bi Monthly Blood Drive

Sept 25

It is time for our bi monthly blood drive at the Newton Falls United Methodist church, at 336 Ridge Rd. It will be held on Sept 25th from noon to 6 PM. in our fellowship hall and we hope you can come and help us out, as there is always a need for blood. It is our “lifeline to life”. Thank you so much for helping us out.


Senior Luncheon

Sept 25

Those 55 and older are invited for a FREE soup and salad lunch Wednesday, September 25th at noon.

Join us at Life Church AG, 10280 State Route 88 in Garrettsville. For more information and to RSVP call (330) 608-6661 or (330) 527-2989.


St Edward Church Open House

Sept 25

Open House at Saint Edward Church, 165150 Center St in Parkman  and St. Lucy Mission, 16280 East High St in Middlefield will be Sept 29th from noon-5pm


Meal at RFC

Sept 26

Everyone is invited to another great meal at the Renaissance Family Center at 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh. It will be held Sept 26th from 5-6 pm and we always have something exciting. We have a piano player or door prizes or free clothing give away. RFC is for everyone, we would love to have you join our RFC family.  We are more than a pretty building. FREE CLOTHES, FREE WINTER COATS and piano music while you eat the FREE meal. What a deal.


Swiss Steak Dinner

Sept 28

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner Sept 28th from 5-7pm.  Dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $8.00, Children (4 thru 11) $7.00, Children 3 and under are free


Corn Hole Tournament

Sept 28

Legacy Dog Rescue is holding a charity corn hole tournament at O’Donold’s, 6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, Event will take place on Sept. 28th.  Registration begins @ Noon.  Early Registration – $40.00 per team of 2, $50.00 day of, Cash Bar, Teams of Two, CASH PRIZES, 50/50 Raffle, Chinese Auction.  Please contact or Pete/Erin @ 330-737-1479 for more information.  All proceeds benefit the homeless dogs of Trumbull and Mahoning County.  You do not need to play corn hole to come out and participate in the Chinese Auction or 50/50 Raffle.


First Christian Church Craft Show

Sept 28

The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ravenna is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Craft Show on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9 am

to 3 pm.  The church is located at 420 South Prospect St. in Ravenna.  Some of the items for sale are: hand crafted jewelry; maple products; crocheted

items of every kind; quilts; floral arrangements and personalized art framed and printed at the show.


Old Fashioned Hoedown

Sept 28

Come and enjoy this community event and support the many ongoing free community outreach events at New Hope Baptist Church in Windham, Sept 28, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Events include Senior Moments, Halloween Handout, Easter Egg Hunt, and JC Nights.


Fundraiser to Benefit Fire Victims

Sept 28

Craig Beach Fire Victims & Gift Show Fundraiser will be held September 28 from 12-5 pm at 175 E. Broad St in Newton Falls Ohio. This event is being held for a local family in need after a horrific fire destroyed their home. Crafts, vendors, 50/50, silent auction, food and more. Please come out, have fun shopping, all while helping a great cause. Winners for auction and 50/50 drawings will be called at 4pm sharp.


Chili Cook-Off

Sept 28

Do you make the best chili around?  It’s time to put it to the test at our Old Fashioned Hoedown Fundraiser. New Hope Baptist Church, Windham,  on Sept 28, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.The winner will receive a trophy, gift basket full of awesome things and of course, full bragging rights! Call 330-326-3777 to register. There is no entry fee, just make enough to be judged and shared. The chef with the most votes wins!


Baking Contest & Auction

Sept 28

Attention Bakers – it’s time to showcase your talent at New Hope Baptist Church Old Fashioned Hoedown Fundraiser on Sept 28, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The baking contest is limited to cakes and pies only. Judging will be based on creativity and TASTE! Bakers need to make enough of their items for samples and then make a separate item to be auctioned off at the end of the hoedown. The winner will receive a trophy and a prize basket filled with lots of awesome things, and of course, recognition and full bragging rights! Call 330-326-3777 to register.


Fall Luncheon

Sept 28

The Women’s Council of Hiram College will be hosting their fall luncheon/program on September 28th at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls, corner of Snyder and Washington Streets.  The event will begin at 11:30 am for a social time; lunch will be at noon; followed by the program of “Cleveland Millionaire’s Row – Euclid Avenue”, given by Daniel Ruminski, the “Cleveland Storyteller”.  He will be sharing stories and photos from 1875 – 1929.  Reservations can be obtained by calling Donna Jobin at 330-562-8033; the cost is $19.00.


2013 Fall Family Fun Fest & Bark Boo-nanza

Sept 28

2013 Fall Family Fun Fest and Bark Boo-nanza, presented by Aurora Parks and Recreation, Freedom Greyhound Rescue, and Aurora One Fund, will be Sept 28th from 11am to 6pm at Sunny Lake Park, 885 Mennonite Road in Aurora OH  44202.  Fun for the entire family!  Free Admission!  Fees required for some activities.  For information:; email; call Aurora Parks and Recreation at 330-562-4333.  See you there!


Benefit Concert by Gail Mangeri

Sept 29

Christian Singer-Songwriter Gail Mangeri of Hiram will be praising God with her beautiful voice and the inspiring messages of her lyrics. She will be joined by two of her talented  children: Angela and Robert. The concert is open and free to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to help church members affected by the flash-flooding in this summer’s storm. Refreshments and fellowship will be shared during a short intermission. Please join us Sept 29th at 4pm at Garrettsville United Methodist Church for an afternoon of Praise and Fellowship.


Homecoming at Faith Evangelical Church

Sept 29

An old fashioned  Homecoming celebration will be held at Faith Evangelical Church in Garrettsville on Sept 29. Sunday school will begin at 9:45 with morning worship to follow at 11. There will be a covered dish dinner at 12:30. The afternoon services (outside weather permitting) will include the Stoney River Band with the Klein Family. There will also be testimonies, and some old fashioned games thrown in. Please bring lawn chairs, sweaters, and a dish to pass. For more information call : 330-527-4068


Pilates Class

Oct 2-30

Ravenna Recreation offers Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Classes will be held from 5-6 pm from Oct 2 – 30 at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat.  Class fee is $32 for city taxpayers and $37 for non-city taxpayers or an $8.00 drop in fee. You can register on line @ or in person at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Yoga Classes

Oct 3-Oct 24

Yoga classes offered by Ravenna Parks and Recreation are held Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm at Tower Lodge in City Park from Oct 3 – 24.  Fee for city taxpayers is $32.00 and non-city taxpayer fee is $37.00, drop-in fee $8.00.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace; bring a mat and wear loose fitting clothing.  To register you can go to our website @  or contact Ravenna Parks and Recreation (330) 296-2864 at 530 N. Freedom Street weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.


Homecoming Parade

Oct 4

All who want to put floats into the Homecoming Parade can contact me, Frances Bell at or call 330-527-4341 extension 216.  Homecoming is Oct 4th for the parade.  Lineup will begin at 4:00 and the parade will begin at 4:15.


Parkman Chicken Dinner

Oct 4

The Parkman fire and Rescue Association in conjunction with local Amish schools proudly announce their annual Fall Chicken Dinner on Oct. 4th, serving 5-8pm at the Community House in Parkman, next to the Fire Station. Adults $14.00, children 12 and under $7.00. Limited tickets…presale tickets only; Make checks payable to Parkman Fire and Rescue. Send check or money order to: Joan Dillon 12709 Nelson Ledge Rd. Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Tickets can be returned to you (include SASE) or held at door. Questions? Call Chuck or Joan at 440-548-7541


Dr. Zoot

Oct 4

Dr. Zoot is playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance Oct 4th at Bainbridge Township Town Hall (17826 Chillicothe Road aka Route 306; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023). Dr. Zoot hails from Pittsburgh.  Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.Lesson at 8pm.  Dance and live music 9-11:30pm.  Cost is $10 for Adult, $8 for student and $25 per family.


JAG Alumni Band

Oct 4

Calling all J. A. Garfield Band Alumni!  Once again the JAG Marching Pride will be accompanied on the field by the Alumni Band and the Garfield Middle School Band at our Homecoming football game on Oct 4th.  For more information and registration, please contact the Garfield Band Alumni committee at 330-527-4341 or


Rummage & Bake Sale

Oct 4

Pythian Sister Rummage and Bake Sale will be held at K of P Hall, 123 College St in West Farmington, on Oct 4th from 9am-5pm and Oct 5th from 9am-noon. Lunch will be served Friday only, Saturday is $2 bag day. Books, clothing and household items.


Community Yard Sale

Oct 5

First Church of God in Windham is sponsoring and hosting another community yard sale on its property on Oct 5th from 9am-3pm.  Note this is a change from the previously advertised Sept 21st date due to scheduling conflicts.  Spaces are free upon registration.  A limited number of tables are also available for use on a registration basis.  A lunch will also be provided for vendors and patrons alike as part of the church’s monthly free meal program.  Spots are filling fast and registration is taking place now by calling 330-671-1426


All Trail 5K

Oct 5 

The Crestwood Class of 1988 celebrates 25 years with a memorial  All Trail 5K celebrating the lives of 3 students from our class taken by cancer. The a-MAZE-ing race for Cancer Research Oct 5th.Packet pickup and event morning registration 8am-8:45am, 5k start 9am, Family 2mile fun walk 9:15 am. Run or walk through one of NE Ohio’s largest corn mazes and trail around the 180 acres of the working farm, tackle obstacles like hay bales and tires. Trail and maze will be marked. No Strollers, No dogs. Hosted by Derthick’s Corn Maze. Pre-register to guarantee Official “Corn Maze” run t-shirt or  under  Schedule of Events tab


12th Annual Mesopotamia Fall Heritage Day

Oct 5

The 12th annual Mesopotamia Fall Heritage Day will be held at the Mesopotamia Commons on Oct. 5th from 10am-pm. Located in Mesopotamia, Ohio, corner of State Route 87 and State Route 534. The Mesopotamia Fall Heritage Day brings together skilled artisans from the Greater Mespo area that specializes in traditional Amish and Yankee crafts. For more information, call Ridgeview Farm at 440-693-4000 or the End of the Commons General Store at 440-693-4295 and ask for Scott.

Annual Turkey Dinner

Oct 5

Annual Turkey Dinner will be held Oct 5th at Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg (south of Rt. 322 on Rt. 528). Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, breads, dessert.  Adults $10.00, seniors $9.00, children 5-10 $6.00, preschoolers free.  Carry out available.  Phone 440-636-5504. Chinese auction $1 or 6 for $5.  Come to the Pumpkin Festival and Stay for Dinner!


Showcase Your Business

Oct 5

How can the Renaissance Family Center help promote your business or organization? Come join us and partner with us to showcase your business or organization at our open house in Oct 5th from 10am-2pm. Set up a booth or table free of charge. Please reserve your spot, call 330-326-3003 or email Ella Johnson at


Harvest Moon Pot Luck & Pig Roast

Oct 5

A pork dinner will be held at the Nelson Community House on Oct 5th, doors open at 2pm. Residents are asked to bring a family size dish to share, if you don’t bring a dish, a fee will be charged. Serving times vary as to when the pig is done and rested. There will be side dishes of potatoes, pasta salads, green beans, corn, carrots, lettuce salad, chicken, roll and butter, iced tea, coffee and an assortment of desserts. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and bake sale. Winners need not be present. Boy Scouts of Troop65 will be helping with set up, clearing dishes, and clean up after the event. This event is to benefit the Pixley Park Development Committee for the building of a picnic pavilion and new playground equipment.


Fall Frolic Dance

Oct 5

Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have an Oktoberfest dinner Oct 5thfrom 6:30-7:30pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave Tallmadge Ohio. Cost is $8.50 per person for members and nonmembers. Please make reservations by Oct 3rd with Mary 330-571-3801 or Warrine 330-699-2361. The Fall Frolic dance will be from 7:30-10:30pm, open to the public and cost will be $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call Warrine for more info 330-699-2361

Contra Dance

Oct 5

Troy Township Contra Dance will be Oct 5th at the Troy Community House (13950 Main Market Road / Route 422; Burton, Ohio 44021). All ages join in the irresistibly fun atmosphere of Contra Dance and live folk music.  Lesson at 6:30pm.  Dance 7:30-10:30pm.  Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for student and $25 per family.


Senior Citizen’s Luncheon

Oct 5

First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on October 5.  The program will begin at 11:30 AM with the luncheon to follow at noon.  The event is open to any area senior citizen.  For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055 or log on at:


The LaDue Shuffle and a Welshfield Lunch

Oct 6

Join naturalist Bob Faber to explore the country road and the mature forest trails along the western shore of La Due Reservoir. Loons, swans and other waterfowl rest on the waters and eagles fly overhead as the various species prepare for the winter migration. Wild turkeys patrol the forest while beavers and muskrats scour the wetlands in anticipation of winter storms. Bring binoculars and be prepared to get a tad muddy. Following our exploration we will have the option for delicious lunch at the nearby Welshfield Inn (not included in fee). Exploration will be Oct 6thfrom 9:30-11:30am. Fee: $6 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Directions will be provided at the time of registration. Call 330.569.6003 or email


Burton Art Show

Oct 8-13

The annual Burton Art Show, sponsored by the Friends of the Burton Public Library, will be held from October 8 – 13 at the library.  All artists (16 years and older) that live, work, or attend school in Geauga County or Lake County are invited to submit their work.  Each artist is permitted a maximum of three (3) entries.  Works of art include paintings (all media), drawings, photography, sculpture and jewelry.  There is a $5 non-refundable entry fee for each entry.  Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and for 1st Place and 2nd Place in Art and Photography.  The judges this year are Christopher Ryan for all media except Photography and Vaughn Bell for Photography.  Entries must be brought to the library on Monday, September 30 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.   Entry forms with complete entry rules may be obtained at the Burton Public Library or online from the library’s website:     Please call Kathy Schaefer at the Burton Public Library (440-834-4466) for additional information.


Holiday Craft Bazaar

Oct 19

Crafts and Holiday Gifts Ovt 19th from 10am-4pm (set up at 8:00 a.m.) at Aquilla Christian Fellowship, 13925 Stanley Rd, Burton (Near the intersection of Aquilla & Stanley). Tables: $15 – 8 foot, $12 – 6 foot, $10 for your own table. Call Becki at 440-376-4037 or Jeanne at 440-548-2929 (eves) Space is limited, so register early. (No flea market or yard sale items please.) We welcome all crafters and shoppers to join us for an enjoyable day.


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.