4-Way Speech Contest
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Student in grades 9 through 12 in James A. Garfield or Windham High Schools are invited to participate in the 4-Way Speech Contest sponsored by the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.  Check with principals, speech teachers, Interact advisors or go to the website for Rotary District 6630 for more information.  The local prizes are $100 for first place and $50 for second place.  The district reward is $750.  Competition for the local club will be held on March 10 or March 17.  Sign up now!

Benefit Book Sale
Sundays in March
Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, every Sunday in March at 9am to 4pm in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar (14588 West Park Street; Burton, OH  44021).  In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and much more.  All proceeds benefit library programs.  For more information, or to volunteer, call (440) 834-4466.

Book Group Forming
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Death, Dying & After Life book group forming.  Call Joseph 330 569 3376

Village Piecemakers Quilt Club
Village Piecemakers Quilt Club is extending to new quilters and experienced alike an invitation to attend one of the meetings. The meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Garrettsville Village Hall, 8213 High Street.  For further information you can call Barb at 330-527-2802 after 7 P.M.

Praise and Worship Service
Southington UMC Praise and Worship Service (Located at the town center on S.R. 305) are held on Saturdays at 7pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Can’t make Sunday morning? Try us!

Friday Night Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Windham American Legion Post 674 fish fry Friday nights from 4-7:30 pm through Lent.  Fish, chicken, shrimp and combo dinners available. Also choice of 2 sides-green beans, mac /cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, and a desert. Cost, $8.00 per dinner, children under 5 free. Carry out available, call: 330-326-3188 Legion post is located on S. R.303 in Windham. Sponsored by American Legion S.A.L.

JAG High School Parent Teacher Conferences
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James A. Garfield H.S. Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for Feb27th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please call Mrs. Fisher at 330-527-4341 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Softball Players Wanted
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Looking for 12 and under girls softball players interested in playing in an early bird tournament in Akron May 2-4.  This is a local all-star team and will be subject to a tryout. Garrettsville, Windham, Crestwood girls are all welcome. Cost is $50 for entry and uniform t-shirt.
Please call or text Coach Tom V 440-487-0486

Portage Parks Volunteer Chili Dinner
Feb 21
Portage Park District is hoping to get the support it needs to open additional park land to the public, develop more trails and enhance public programming. Are you a supporter? Plan to attend the Volunteer Orientation Chili Dinner on February 21 (6:00pm) in Ravenna. For details, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Square Dance
Feb 21
The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Western-Style Square Dance with Line dancing also, on February 21. At the Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 45 and Rt. 87. No dancing experience is necessary. The time is from 7-9:30pm. Admission is 5.00 per person. Light refreshments will be served. More information call (330)506-3370.

Steak Fry & Chicken Dinner
Feb 22
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday Feb. 22nd from 4 – 7:30 pm. Meals include choice of baked potato or French fries, green beans, salad and roll. Steak dinners are $12 and chicken is $8. Carryout is available by calling 330-527-2330.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Feb 22
Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner Saturday February 22, 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.

Kick-Off Dance
Feb 22
Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Kick-Off Dance will be Feb 22nd from 7pm – Midnight. $10.00 donation tickets available in advance or at the door. DJ Mike McBride – Hawaiian Theme Music from 1950’s – current. Open to the public.  18 yrs & older – No Exceptions! Location VFW Hall @ 60000 New Milford Rd Ravenna, OH. Raffles every half hour – 50/50 drawing. Grand Prize Drawing at 11:30 P.M. Cash Bar provided by VFW – Light snacks provided. Prizes for games, Limbo Contest, Hula Hoop Contest, Best Hawaiian attire. For more information contact: Linda Pierson 330-208-7398 or BAF 330-296-FAIR.

Blast From The Past Fundraiser
Feb 22
A “Blast From The Past” fundraiser for youth baseball teams will be held at 7:30 P.M. Saturday, February 22 at Roby Lee’s Restaurant, 425 Ridge Rd, Newton Falls.
The “throw-back disco” theme event features a full dinner buffet, a DJ, and a costume contest.  All proceeds to toward expenses for 15 to 18-year-old Class-B teams.  Tickets are $20.  For tickets or more information, contact Doug 330-212-5510 or Jim, 330-720-4938

Pancake Breakfast
Feb 22
A Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Garrettsville’s BSA Troop 4262 will be held Feb 22nd at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave in Garrettsville, from 8am-noon. Fresh Blueberry and Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes with warm syrup, sausage and assorted beverages to drink. A suggested donation of $5.00 for adults, kids 4-12 years $3.00 and children 3 and under, free.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Feb 22
On Feb 22nd there will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off  St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4pm and we serve until 6:30, unless food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeouts are available.

Youth Softball Sign Ups
Feb 22 & Mar 1
Garrettsville Youth Softball signups will be held at the Garrettsville Village Hall on
Feb 19 from  6-8;  Feb 22 from  9-12 and Mar 1 9-12

Garfield Hotstove Baseball Sign ups
Feb 22 & Mar 1
Garrettsville Hotstove Baseball signups will be held at the Garrettsville Village Hall on Feb 19 from  6-8;  Feb 22 from  9-12 and Mar 1 9-12. Registration is open to players who will be 5-14 years old on 5/31/14. A copy of your child’s birth certificate must be turned in at the time of sign-ups if they have not played before. For information contact:Phil Britton (pres)330-527-2209 or                                                          Colleen Khairallah (sec)    330-524-2807

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Feb  23
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 will be hosting pancake and sausage breakfasts Feb 23rd. Price is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Breakfast will be held at the Post Home on Goodwin St. Call Bo 440-834-8765 for details.

Free Community Dinner
Feb 25
Free Community Dinner will be Feb 25 from 5-6 pm – while supplies last, at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street in Windham, Ohio. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Samaritan Outreach in Warren, Ohio

Indian Trails Chapter IAAP Meeting
Feb 25
Indian Trails Chapter IAAP will meet on Feb 25th at 5:45 pm at the Portage County Board of DD, 2606 Brady Lake Road. Ravenna. Greg Dykes, Manager of Technical Services, The Davey Tree Expert Company, will present  “Working in the Cloud.” Find out what cloud computing means, the advantages and disadvantages, how it differs from traditional software, how it can improve business, and how it allows you to work from anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Dinner will be potluck. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. RSVP: Janis Hittle, CAP-OM at 330-673-9515 ext. 8363 or janis.hittle@davey.com before Feb 24th.  All interested office professionals are welcome to attend. Visit us on the web http://iaap-hq.org or on Facebook IAAP Indian Trails Chapter Kent OH

Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Seeks 2014 Pin Design
Feb 26
The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Parade committee is challenging area artists to put their creative abilities to use to design this year’s pin. The drawing should be centered on this year’s theme, “Ravenna Pride In The Sky”. Pin design winner will receive a free 2014 BAF themed pin and a 2014 BAF t-shirt featuring the winning design, not to mention bragging rights. The entry must be limited to three to four colors. No computerized drawing will be accepted. Hand drawn entries only. Entries should be received no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Mail to: Ravenna Balloon A-Fair, Attention: Parade Committee, P.O. BOX 454, Ravenna, OH 44266. For more details, call 330-296-FAIR.

Middlefield 3 on 3 Tournament
Register by Feb 28
Middlefield  3-on-3 Tournament will be held on Fri Mar 7th. 3 or 4 man teams- $5 each player  3rd thru 12th grade double elimination. Download registration at www.Cardinalschools.org
or e-mail bobwicks66@gmail.com Registration deadline Feb 28th

Christ Episcopal Craft Show
Mar 1
Mark your calendar for March 1st for the Christ Episcopal Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at 2627 Atlantic St NE Warren, OH.  Admission is $2.00 and Parking is Free! There are over 50 crafters/vendors to showcase their unique items and products. Proceeds for the craft show go toward our outreach ministries at the church.

Swim Lesson Sign Ups
March 2 – 14
Swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs. Times: 2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm on Sunday Afternoons. All Levels, All Hours. Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Free time at the end. March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13th. Cost: $50.00 per Child for all 5 lessons. 4 years and older. Sign-ups: March 2nd from 2:30-5:30pm at the Hiram College Pool. Register online! Deadline to register March 14th. www.hiramterriers.com/sports/swimdive/swimlessons. Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Dinner, Games & Auction
March 2
CYF United invites you to an evening of dinner, games and an auction on March 2nd at 5:30pm at the Mantua Center Civic Center. Donations, $5 in advance, or $20/family of 4 or more. $6 at the door. Dinner includes an assortment of homemade soups, breads and salads, desserts and beverages. All proceeds will support the CYF United’s 2014 Mission Trip to Rockford, IL. For reservations call the Aubles 330-569-7466.

Banjo the Clown
March 2
You’re invited to Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville on March 2nd for a mixture of juggling and sharing the Gospel, by Patrick Jolly as Banjo the Clown. He will be ministering to children, ranging in ages from toddlers to 6th grade. Banjo will be sharing the Word in our church’s story room from 9:45-10:45 am. Call the church 330-527-4068 for more info.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
March 2
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 Burton-Middlefield American Legion will be hosting pancakes and sausage breakfasts on Sundays during the month of March from 9am-1:30pm at the Post Home on Goodwin Street. Call Bo at 440-834-8765 for details.

Special Bingo
March 2
St. Michael’s Special Bingo, 9736 E. Center St, Windham on March 2nd starting at 1:30. Gift and bakery raffles, refreshments available. No one under 18 permitted. Sponsored by Ladies Guild and Knights of Columbus.

Brighter Day Pancake Supper
March 4
The 9th Annual Eating of the Pancakes will be held on March 4th from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Christian Church at 4572 W. Prospect St., Mantua. In addition to free pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, there will also be prizes, crafts and plenty of fellowship to go around. This fun Mardi Gras celebration only happens once a year and you won’t want to miss out!

Dr. Seuss Night
March 5
Circle K, a Kiwanis sponsored community service club at Hiram College, invites the community to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at their 2nd annual Dr. Seuss Night on March 5th from 6-8 pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center, upstairs in the Ballroom. There will be games, crafts, treats, & a story time. The event is free! Fun for pre-school and elementary children

World Day of Prayer
March 7
Messiah Lutheran Church in Newton Falls, is hosting this year’s World Day of Prayer worship service on March 7th at 11 am. There will be a covered dish luncheon after the service and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

Presque Isle Fundraiser
March 8
A Presque Isle trip has been planned for March 8 as a fundraiser for  the Windham High School Softball program. Cost is $40 per person.  Bus leaves at 2 pm and returns by 11 pm. Contact Dawn at 216-406-0019; Dan at 330-351-2812 or Denise at 330-717-1029 to register or for more info.
West Branch State Park: Searching for Little Foot
March 8
At over 8,000 acres of land and water, West Branch is one of the largest parks in the state. Naturalist Bob Faber will lead an exploration of the rolling forested landscape and the extensive shoreline that surrounds the Kirwan Reservoir at 10:00 am. We will be searching for tracks and signs of creatures that live in the area. Extensive oak-hickory and beech-maple woodlands, beaver colonies, and an extensive reach of open lake all contribute to a rich variety of wildlife. Hiking fee: $6 for members of the Friends of the Field Station ($10 for nonmembers). To register, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Chili Cook- Off
Mar 15
The Huntsburg Grange will be having their annual Chili Cook-Off from 11:30-2:30  on Mar 15th in the Huntsburg Gym. Please call 330-636-5517 to register your favorite chili. Space is limited. Live music, Chinese auction, cakewalk, raffle, vendors and food.

Gardening 101
March 15
Master Gardener Joe Banzer demonstrates a plan for a successful  garden with great tips and how-to pictures. Topics include: soil improvement, raised beds, soil testing, fertilizers, plant selection and other aspects of starting or improving a home garden!  Light refreshments provided. March 15th from 9:30-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.  Send check payable to “OSU Extension,” OSU Extension Office, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. geauga.osu.edu

The Miracles of the Parish
March 19 & 21
St. Ambrose Parish will present The Miracles of the Parish on March 19th at 7pm in the church. The Stations of the Cross will be presented by the high school Religion class on March 21st at 7pm. These presentations will be presented in shadows on a stage set up in the church. No admission fee, donations accepted

Spaghetti Dinner
March 21
Our next Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be March 21st from 5-7pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center, upstairs in Dix Dining Room. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Dinner is $6.00 for adults, children under 8 FREE! Carry out available.

Pruning: Art & Science
March 22
Master Gardeners Jim Zeitz and Deb Palmisano will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to achieve desired growth and maximum performance. Understand the when, how, where and why associated with pruning all your landscape plants and trees.  Light refreshments provided. March 22nd from 9-noon. $15 fee.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Preregistration encouraged, walk-ins welcome.  Send check payable to “OSU Extension,” OSU Extension Office, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. geauga.osu.edu

Original Sewing & Quilting Expo Bus Trip
Apr 4
The Niles Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is sponsoring a bus trip to the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo (www.sewingexpo.com) at the Cleveland IX Center on April 4th.   Cost of $33.00 for members and $37.00 for non-members includes admission, a free class ($19.00 value), a shopping bag, a commemorative pin, and bus transportation.    Your reservation must be paid by March 21st. We will load for our return trip at 6:15 PM and stop for dinner on the way home at Bob Evans on your own.  Call Virginia at 330-847-7549.

Make Your Own Birdbath, Fountain or Bubbler
April 5
Water features are the hottest trend in garden decor.  Spend an enjoyable morning learning the basics in creating simple bubblers and fountains.  Enhance your flower bed and attract birds with your own creation.April 5th from 10am-1pm.  $40 fee. Materials included:  indoor/outdoor ceramic, terra cotta or resin pot; water pump and tubing; decorative stones and more.  Light refreshments. Preregistration is required and limited to 24 participants.    Call 440-834-4656.

Introduction to Bonsai
April 12
Geauga County Master Gardeners present master of bonsai, Dale Harder, from The Cleveland Bonsai Club.  Learn about the history, origin and meaning of the ancient art of bonsai and how you can get started in creating your own bonsai tree.  Dale will display a few of his own creations.  Enjoy a demonstration and instructions in choosing the right plant, tools and pruning techniques.  Light refreshments provided. $15 fee.  While walk-ins are welcome, early registration is appreciated.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.

Open House & Rummage Sale
Apr 19
The Huntsburg Grange will be having their annual Open House and Rummage Sale on April 19th from 10-2.

Shooting Stars Soccer
Apr 12 –May 17
Shooting Stars Soccer teaches children 3 and 4 years, with help from parents and instructors, the basic skills of soccer.   Non-competitive games will be played throughout this five week program and each child will receive a t-shirt.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayer is $32 and non-city taxpayers is $35. Min 10 and max 14 per session. Pre-Registration in person will begin Jan13th at Ravenna Parks and Recreation office at 530 North Freedom Street, Ravenna, you can register on-line @ www.ci.ravenna.oh.us.  For more information please contact us at: (330) 296-2864
May 31- June 28
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an instructional T-ball program for boys and girls ages 4 and 6; child must be at least 4 years old before May 31st. The fundamentals of basic baseball / softball are taught as children learn better throwing, catching and batting techniques using tennis balls and batting tees. Classes will be held on Saturdays May 31st to June 28th from 10-11:15am. at Havre Woods Park in Ravenna.  Registration fee for City Taxpayers (live or work in the Ravenna City) is $32.00 or Non-City Taxpayers is $40.00.

Hambden Grange Concerts
June 21 & July 19
The Huntsburg Grange has bandstand concerts set for June 21 with Boys Are Back, and July 19 with Fort Huntsburg Band.  Concerts start at 6 PM, rain or shine.  If it rains, concerts are held on the town hall stage.   Bring your lawn chair.  Refreshments will be available. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a concert, please call 477-2822.

Chaney High School Reunion
July 18 & 19
The Chaney High School Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion scheduled for the third weekend of July.  Please save the date and spread the word. The celebration starts on July 18th and the CHS Class of 1974 Invites All Chaney 70’s Graduates to “Come As You Were, Friday Night Fever Party”  at Kuzmans  Lounge.  Cost $5.00 per person. On July 19th the CHS Class of 1974 will be hosting a CHS Golf Outing followed by a CHS Class of 1974 Celebration at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio.  For more information please contact Susan Callos Ryan at susanaryan2@aol.com, call 330-565-0726