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!

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
Volunteers Needed
Adult daycare looking for someone to come once a month and play the piano for seniors. We are also in need of a therapy dog to come visit with seniors once a month. Hours are only M-F from 7:30-5:30 so we would like someone around 1pm to visit with seniors. Please call Madeline Hakin Activity Director 330-296-3214.

4-H All Stars
Enrolling Now
4-H All Stars is enrolling new members for the coming year. Youth must be 5 years old through 19 years as of January 1st, 2014 and live in Portage County. Our club offers many projects: small animals, sewing, cooking, quilting, photography, electricity, wood working, small engines and many more. We meet in Nelson Township. Call Janet at 440-548-5142 or 330-235-3687 for more information.

Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry
Friday Nights
Garrettsville Eagles Fish fry. Friday nights from 4-7:30pm.  Fish, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, also served as a combo. Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans and dinner roll. To go orders welcome 330-527-2330.

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

Monday Breakfast
American Legion Post 674 to host Monday morning Breakfasts, time serving from 7:30-11am at 9960 Center Street, Windham, Ohio. Cost is $6.00 or all-u-can eat for $7.00. Cost includes coffee and juice. Takeout is available. For more information call 330-326-3188

God Provides Meal
Feb 28
God Provides a free meal on Feb 28th from 4-6pm. Dinners includes turkey casserole, salad, roll and dessert. Dinner will be held at Nelson United Methodist Church on Nelson Circle. Call the church for more information.

Youth Softball Sign Ups
Mar 1
Garrettsville Youth Softball signups will be held at the Garrettsville Village Hall on
Mar 1 from 9-12

Garfield Hotstove Baseball Sign ups
Mar 1
Garrettsville Hotstove Baseball signups will be held at the Garrettsville Village Hall on Mar 1 from 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

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.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfasts
March 2, 9, 16 & 23
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 45th annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts at the Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market – Rt. 422) on Sundays: March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Adults eat for $8.00; children – $4.00 (Pre-schoolers are free). Adult take-outs are also available.  Our pancakes are served on real plates (no disposables here) and we use only real Geauga County maple syrup.  Our own secret recipe is used for our sausage patties.  You can even buy some sausage to take home and enjoy after our pancake breakfasts are done for the year.  Gather your friends and family and join us for breakfast!

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!

Exercise your PEROGI-tive.
March 5
Dinner on Ash Wednesday at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 5:00-6:30 p.m.   Ash Wednesday service at 7:00, Offering taken.  Cheese and potato perogies available for purchase

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

Geauga West Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
March 5-8
Come early to the Geauga West Friends of the Library spring book sale and find thousands of books, puzzles, music and like new gift items. The Book Sale begins March 5th with the Members’ Preview from 4-6 pm followed by the Open Public Sale from 6-8:30 pm,  March 6th from 9am– 8:30pm , March 7th  from 9am– 4:30pm and March 8th  is $3.00 Bag Day with hours from 9am– 4:30pm. Adult books are 25 cents for pocket-sized paperbacks, $1.00 for hardbacks and oversized paperbacks, and other items are priced individually. The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland next to West Geauga High School. The phone number is 440-729-4250.

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.

All New Lenten Pierogi & Fish Dinner
March 7-Apr 11
The Mantua Knights of Columbus are once again hosting their Annual Lenten Dinners every Friday during Lent 3/07- 4/11. Location will be at their hall on S.R.44 (North of S.R. 82). Door will be open 5:00-8:00 p.m. Serving ends at 7:30 pm. Enjoy your choice of combinations of Pierogis, All new Baked, Beer Battered Cod or Breaded shrimp. All dinners include: two hot vegetables; choice of coleslaw or apple sauce; rolls and butter; beverage and fresh desserts. Takeout’s available after 4:30 p.m. by calling 330-274-2576. Prices are adults $12.00, seniors $11.00, kids 12 and under $6.00 for the Pierogi and fish sticks or Pierogi and Shrimp Dinners (as always Mac and Cheese available as a substitute for kids side). All major credit cards accepted.
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.

Spaghetti Dinner
March 9
Knights of Columbus Council #3350 is having an All You Can Eat spaghetti dinner on March 9th at Saint Mary’s social hall (120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls) from 12 – 3 pm. Dinner includes: Spaghetti, with or without meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Cost is $7 for adults, Children: $3 (6-11), Children: Free (5 & under). Carry outs available. For any additional information please contact: Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886 or Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865

Huge Rummage Sale
March 12 & 13
The Appalachian Experience group from St. Joseph Church in Mantua is hosting a Huge Rummage Sale at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall (11845 St. Rt. 44) on March 12th from 10am-7 pm, and March 13th from 10am- 2pm (bag day). Donations of clean, usable items are appreciated and may be dropped off at the front entrance of the K of C Hall on March 10th between 10am and 7pm and March 11th between 10am and 2pm or by appointment. For further information or to volunteer, please contact Kathi Trares (330-274-2253 or ktrares@stjosephmantua.com).

Monthly Dance
March 15
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have its monthly dance on March 15th from 7:30-10:30pm at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Avenue in Tallmadge, Ohio. Open to the public, and nonmembers are invited to join the PWP members in celebrating the “Wearing of the Green” dance theme. If you are interested in joining PWP, call Warrine 330-322-9559 for more information.

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

St. Patty’s Day Dinner
March 16
The Garrettsville UMC invites you to come for a St. Patty’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 16th from 4-7pm. Dinner, drink and dessert included; hot dogs available for the wee little ones. This is a fundraiser and a good-will offering will be taken. We are located at 8223 Park Ave., next to the Intermediate School.

BioBuddies: Life Under a Log!
March 17, 24, & 31
BioBuddies provides hands-on, developmentally appropriate nature experiences for early learners (ages 3-5). During Life Under a Log children will explore the creepy, crawly critters that live under logs in the forest, including salamanders, worms, potato bugs, millipedes and much more. In the process, children will explore habitats, the differences between living and nonliving things, and make a terrarium. Children and adult will meet for three afternoon sessions (1:00-2:30) at the Hiram College Field Station. Fee: $20. To register phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

The Miracles of Jesus
March 19 & 21
St. Ambrose Parish will present The Miracles of Jesus 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

Free Water Well Monitoring
March 24
Concerned Citizens of Ohio/Hiram free monthly private water well monitoring using Sierra Club meters to test for “indicators” of water quality in the Community Room of Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road in Hiram. Next testing will be held March 24th at 7pm. For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com

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