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Mantua Restoration Society Fundraiser
Mantua Restoration Society Fundraiser makes a great Christmas gift. Mantua Township and Mantua Village beautiful historical coverlets for sale. Cranberry red – $50 each. Contact Rhetta Hall 330-562-8127

Monday Morning Breakfasts
American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning Breakfasts, time serving from 7:30 am to 11:00. 9960 Center Street, Windham, Ohio. Cost $6.00 or all-u-can eat for $7.00. Includes coffee and juice. Take out available. More information call 330-326-3188

Do you play a Band Instrument?
If so, Hiram College Wind Ensemble needs you!! Enroll online for Spring 12 week semester. 1 credit – (crn 20139-1) “0” credit – (crn 20138-0) Rehearsals-Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30 – 5:45pm. That’s less than 3 hours of your time per week! Music ensembles look great on your resume for Grad School and prospective employers. Need an instrument? We can probably provide one. Faculty, campus workers and community members are welcome to join. Questions? -email Professor Young at youngke@hiram.edu

Praise and Worship Service
Southington UMC Praise and Worship Services are Saturdays at 7 pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us! The church is located at the town center on S.R. 305. Call 330-898-2156 with any questions.

Fish Dinner
Windham American Legion Post 674 Fish Fry – Friday nights from 4-7:30 pm, now through Lent. Fish, Chicken, Shrimp or combo dinners available. Cost is $8.00 per dinner. Legion Post is located on S.R. 303 in Windham. Sponsored by American Legion SAL.

Angel Shoppe Craft Shoppe
Dec 14
The Angel Shoppe Craft Show and Santa Shoppe will be Dec 14th from 10 am to 3 pm at Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg.  A variety of craft and vendor tables will be there. Children should bring their gift shopping list so they can shop with our help from our adult elf, their purchases will be wrapped to remain a surprise. There will be a delicious lunch menu available, eat in or carry out.  Proceeds will go to Sunday school projects.

Live Nativity
Dec 14
The Hambden Congregational Church located at 13840 G.A.R. Highway, Hambden Twp., Ohio 44024 invites you and your family to come and witness a live outdoor nativity on Dec 14th from 5-8pm.  See   Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, Wisemen, and live animals. Come inside and view numerous Nativity sets on display inside our original historical Sanctuary. Then continue the journey to see other   biblical scenes throughout the church building.   Don’t forget to stop in our fellowship hall, where there is a children’s craft center, and free refreshments. Admission is completely FREE!

Holiday Decoration
Dec 14
Make a beautiful winter centerpiece with Master Gardener Phyllis Mihalik starting with a paper white birch log. Add fragrant greenery, berries, ornaments, even candles and a bow.  Materials are provided.  Bring a friend along and have some fun making memories.  Dec 14th from 9-noon. $35 fee.  Light refreshments.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Make your check payable to OSU Extension and mail to PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021-0387.  Program is held at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Road in Burton.  Call 440-834-4656 or visit www.geauga.osu.edu for updates, additional classes, information and directions.

Seneca Ponds & Black Maple Woods
Dec 14
Join naturalist Bob Faber at 1:00pm on Dec 14th to explore two preserved natural areas and some surprise accidental preserves tucked into the landscape of busy Streetsboro. Seneca Ponds is a Portage Park with trails traversing several types of woodland communities on the edge of the headwaters of Tinkers Creek. Black Maple Woods is a forested area of the city park that contains large old growth trees including the rare and unusual black maple. Leader: naturalist Bob Faber. Fee: $8 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

Breakfast with Santa
Dec 14
The Palymra Fire Department and the Palmyra Fireflies will be hosting the 7th Annual “Breakfast with Santa.”  The breakfast will be held at the Palmyra fire station on Dec 14th from 8-11am.  Santa will be arriving at 8:30 am on a fire truck!  Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and a beverage.  Cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 4 – 10; 3 and under are FREE. Along with Breakfast with Santa you will receive one 4×6 photo and frame per family.  Additional pictures will be available for an additional $2.00 each.  Non-perishable items are also being collected to help our adopted family this year during the holiday season.  Come and join the fun with Santa and the Palmyra Fire Department and help a needy family enjoy the holiday as well.

Stephens Memorial Observatory Open
Dec 14
Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will be open to the public on Dec 14 from 7-9:00 PM. Visitors can stop in for a look at the Moon and stars during the final Open Night of 2013. Given clear skies, visitors will enjoy views of the nearly-full Moon, hoping its brilliance doesn’t drown out the nearby Pleiades star cluster. Other objects may be viewed if time and sky conditions allow. Comet ISON will not be visible as it disintegrated during its November close encounter with the Sun. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. 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.

Bluegrass Music
Dec 14
Bluegrass Music Dec 14th at Chapparell’s Community Center (2418 South Arlington Rd., Akron, OH) Three bands: Coney Carver & the Rainbow Valley Boys, Vertical Limit, and Lloyd Bleveins & Ramblin’ Mountain. Doors open at 5:30 pm, Music from 7-11 pm.  Admission $10, children under 12 free with an adult. For more information contact Coney Carver at 330-592-5648

Open House
Dec 15
Alpha Company, 1st Battalion of the Ohio Military Reserve is hosting an open house for Ohio Citizens wanting to serve their State and Country in a disaster response unit locally. The Ohio Military Reserve is a part of the Ohio Adjutant General’s Office and serves only in the State of Ohio responding to natural and man-made disasters. The unit drills one weekend a month and attends a one week Annual Training at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio. Accepted ages are 17 to 62. No prior military experience needed. Soldiers will be trained on US Army Common Soldier Skills, FEMA training, and leadership training. ln true Minute Men fashion, soldiers supply their own uniform and equipment. The open house will take place Dec 15th from 2-4 pm. Located at the National Guard Armory, 1175W. Vine St., Alliance, Ohio 44601. Don’t just read about Ohio history, be a part of Ohio history!

Community Choir Concert
Dec 15
Appalachian Winter Ravenna Community Choir Concert will be Dec 15th at 3pm at First Congregational Church, 266 S. Chestnut St. in Ravenna. Freewill Offering. Refreshments Following the concert. Janis L. Harcar – Director, Rick DeMattia – Accompanist. any questions please call Debbie 330-730-2114

Chinese Auction
Dec 15
The Garfield Band Boosters will be having a Chinese Auction on Dec 15th from 2-4 pm during our “Sounds of the Season” winter concerts.  The auction is open to the public and will be held at Garfield High School.  Please also join us for some great holiday music as the high school concert band and choir will perform at 2 pm followed by the middle school concert at 4 pm.   Between concerts, light refreshments will be served and the high school “Swing Machine” jazz band will perform.  All Garfield band concerts are free and open to the public.

Christmas Party
Dec 15
The Mantua Legion and Auxiliary will have a joint Christmas party which will be held Dec 15th at 5:30pm at the Village Park Lodge. Members and guests are asked to bring an ample dish to pass for the pot luck dinner and a donation of items or money for the Four C’s

Lending an Ear to Aid Amphibians
Dec 17
Celebrate December’s Long Night Full Moon by thinking about spring, warm weather and those adorable peeping, quacking and croaking amphibians. That’s right, frogs and toads! Join us for another Full Moon Field Station Talk at the Hiram College Field Station beginning at 7:00pm. Biology Professor Cara Constance directs Hiram’s FrogWatch program and discusses the value of amphibians as harbingers of ecosystem health and their precipitous worldwide decline over the past few decades. FrogWatch, USA is a citizen science program that engages community members to learn about frog and toad calls, with the goal of identifying important wetland habitats and ultimately helping to conserve these important amphibians. Who knows? Maybe you will want to become a FrogWatch volunteer. For questions, call 330.569.6003 or emailsorrickmw@hiram.edu.

CBF Dinner Invitation
Dec 17
Covenant Bible Fellowship 8146 High St., Garrettsville invites everyone to our Loaves and Fishes Dinner. This dinner will be held on Dec 17th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. There are no income restrictions, so if you would like a home cooked meal without all the work, please join us and let us serve you. If you should have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 330.527.4205. We look forward to seeing you!!

Home Cooked Supper
Dec 18
The next Home Cooked Supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, will feature Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Rolls, Homemade Desserts, and Beverage.  This will be held Dec 18th from 5-6:30pm. Cost is $7 for adults; $5 for children 4 to 12; free for children 3 and younger.

Blue Christmas Service
Dec 18
Blue Christmas Service Dec 18th at 6:45pm. At Mantua Center Christian Church (4118 SR 82, Mantua, OH 44255) Making sacred space for grief during the Holidays. Join us after for conversation with bereavement counselor.

Community Center Open
Dec 18
The Community Center at Mantua Center will be open on Wednesday December  18. Hours are 10am to 4pm, reopening for a 7pm yoga class.  Enter the south entrance of the single story addition behind the old Mantua Center School, just north of SR82 on Center Rd.  We will be closed on Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 because of holidays.   Contact Susan Buckles at 724-544-6881 or Carol Srajer at 330-562-8869 if you need more information.

Christmas Party
Dec 19
The retirees of Local 2243 U.S.W.A. Copperweld Steel Co. (S.O.A.R Chapter 1-28-10) will have their Christmas party on Dec 19th from 1-3pm at Dilucia’s Restaurant, 2610 Elm Rd. in Warren. If you are coming please call George 330-847-2929 by Dec 14th. Cost is $11. Please bring a small gift exchange.

Swearing In Ceremony
Dec 19
The Public is invited to a brief swearing in ceremony on Dec 19th at 7 pm at the Freedom Town Hall. Re-Elected Township Trustees Roy Martin and John C. Zizka will be administered their oath of office by County Auditor Janet Esposito. Light refreshments will be served. Regular meeting to follow at 7:30 pm.

Christmas Meal
Dec 20
God Provides a free Christmas meal, Dec 20th from 4-6pm at Nelson United Methodist Church. Dinner includes ham, parsley potatoes, vegetable, roll and dessert.

Spaghetti Dinner
Dec 21
Spaghetti and Meatball dinner will be held on Dec 21st at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on Rt 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes salad, bread, pie, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. Carryouts are available for $7.50.

Longest Night Service for Those Who Mourn
Dec 21
The holidays are full of peppy music, colorful desserts, and brightly wrapped gifts.  But the holidays can be difficult when you miss someone at your holiday table.  December 21st is the longest night of the year and represents the long, dark night of mourning.  Join us at the Windham United Methodist Church, 9051 N. Main St. Windham OH, at 7:30 pm for a time to remember those you’ve lost, and take a moment in the quiet of winter to honor them.  All are welcome.

Santa on a Fire Truck
Dec 22
The Hiram Fire Associations Christmas Santa toy delivery for Hiram Village and Hiram Township residents will be Dec 22nd at 5pm. Gifts must be turned in to the Hiram Fire Department by Dec 20th. Name, complete address and phone number must be on each gift. For any questions, contact Capt. Gary Bott 330-646-1951 or Lt. Shaun Parsons 330-697-0916

Creature Adventure
Dec 28
Adventurers of all ages are invited to follow rhyming clues to neat facts about how animals move via the new indoor exhibit, Something’s Afoot: Nature Just Can’t Stay Put. Discover all the clues to be rewarded! Dec 28th from 1 to 4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Twp. Show up any time between 1 and 4 p.m. to participate in this free, mostly indoors program, which will be wheelchair/stroller accessible. Outdoors portions are weather permitting and may not be accessible. Clues are suited for children ages 3 and up. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Eagles, Swans & the Lost Landscape
Dec 29
Walk the trails along Mogadore Lake with naturalist Bob Faber from 1-3pm on Dec 29th. The crenulated shoreline, scattered islands, and hidden coves are clues to the rolling glacial landscape that now lies below the placid waters. As part of the Akron water supply system this area has been protected for many years. Bald eagles, tundra swans, and numerous waterfowl utilize this beautiful aquatic landscape. Leader: naturalist Bob Faber. Fee: $8 for members of the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station ($10 for non-members). Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register.

Grandparents in the Park
Dec 31
Grandparents, are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the coming of a new year of fun with your grandchildren? Join Geauga Park District and Naturalist Nora Sindelar for some fun nature activities and snacks, including a “toast” at 12:00 (noon)! Dec 31st from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Twp. Registration is required at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516 for this free program, which will be entirely indoors and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Guests are only asked to bring a snack to share with the group; beverages will be provided.

Noises Off
Jan 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18
The Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre presents “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn with permission by Samuel French, Jan 10, 11, 17 and 18th, 2014 at 7pm Jan 12, 2014 at 2pm. In the James A. Garfield, Iva Walker Auditorium, 10235 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Tickets available at the door; Adults $10.00, children over 12 and seniors over 65, $7.00 and groups of 15 or more $5.00 per person. Call 216-375-0709 for information

An Invitation to Come Home for the Holidays
Jan 14
St. Joseph Parish in Mantua is offering a program to invite Catholics who are away from the practice of their faith to consider the Catholic Church in January/February 2014. Do you know a Catholic who no longer attends a Catholic church? Could you approach them in the manner of a committed Catholic and friend and offer an invitation to attend the first session of Awakening Faith on Jan 14th. It will take place at St. Joseph’s beginning at 7:00 pm in the All-Purpose Room. To register or for more information, please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND, at 330-274-2253.

Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 24
Parkman Pack 76 Cub Scouts BSA invites you to join them for a Spaghetti Dinner at the Parkman Community House,  16295 Main Market Rd, Parkman, OH 44080 on Jan 24th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Advance Tickets: are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. At the Door: $9 for adults and $6 for kids, under 5 Free. Carry out available. For Tickets Contact: parkmanpack76@gmail.com or Call: Monique 216-337-2104. There will also be a Chinese auction. Event sponsored by Parkman Pizza