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 (type Summerfest Wedding in search) or at Deadline April 29, 2011.

Story Time
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.

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.

J.C. Café Special
Through Feb 28
SJM/J.C. Café, 9445 1?2 Annette Drive in Windham behind the hardware store, is offering two large pepperoni pizzas for only $10. They are open for lunch on Fridays from 11am-8pm. The dinner special for Feb 11th is meat loaf, mashed potatoes and sides. A free sweet for your Valentine sweetie. Eat-in or take out. (330) 326-2024.

NF Youth Softball & Baseball
Feb 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  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  26
Windham Hot Stove will hold baseball and softball sign-ups on  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.

Kiwanis All-You-Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 18
The next Western Reserve Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, Feb.18 5-7 pm in the Kennedy Center.  Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.  Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available.  Our co-host is PEOPLE TREE in Garrettsville

Fish Fry
Feb 18-April 22
The Windham American Legion, 9960 E. Center Street, will hold Friday night Fish Fries now through Lent, April 22nd. Enjoy fresh cod for $8/person. Public is welcome and carryouts are available. (330) 326-3188.

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 19
The Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road, will host a spaghetti dinner on Feb 19th from 4-6pm. The cost is a free will donation. For more information call the church at (330) 872-1564.

G.E.M.S. Fundraiser
Feb 19
Come join the Garfield Elementary Making a Stand (G.E.M.S.) Relay for Life Team will host a fundraising event at Candlelight Winery on Saturday, Feb. 19th from 7-10pm. The Boys are Back band will provide entertainment. There will also be gift basket raffles, games, lots of fun and great wine! Come out for a fun night while supporting a good cause.

Inside Yard & Bake Sale
Feb 19
An inside yard & bake sale to benefit the Terri Tuttle family will be held on Feb 19th from 9am-5pm at the Nelson Community Center. Please join us for refreshments, Chinese auction, 50/50 and a raffle for $150 meat package from IGA. If you have items you would like to donate for the yard sale or would like more information, please call Diane at (330) 235-4265 or Ashley at (330) 285-4411.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Feb 19
The Shalersville Historical Society will host a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the maintenance of the Historical Society House. Dinner will be held on Feb 19th from 4:30-7pm at the Shalersville Town Hall. The cost is $7/adults, $4/ages 5-10 and free for ages 4 and under. Carryouts will be available.

Backyard Bird Count
Feb 19 & 20
The Geauga Park District will sponsor the 14th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count for all ages at The West Woods. Stop in any time between noon and 4pm on Feb 19th & 20th to participate. To register, or for more information, call (440) 286-9516 or visit

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.
Post 459 Pancake Breakfast
Feb 20
The Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave. in Burton, invites you to enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb 20th from 9am-1pm. The cost is $8/adults and $5/children.

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 for more information, cost and a schedule of events.

Free Community Dinner
Feb 22
There will be a free community dinner at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street, on Tuesday, Feb 22nd from 5-6pm (while supplies last). Everyone is welcome.

Indian Trails Chapter
Feb 22
Indian Trails Chapter IAAP will meet on Feb 22nd at the Davey Institute, Davey Tree, 1500 N. Mantua Street in Kent. A baked potato bar will open at 5:45pm and the speaker will begin at 6:15pm. Topic is “Confidentiality, Workplace Ethics and Trust”. Meetings are open to the public. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Barb at (330) 673-9515 ext. 234 or

Portage Co. Republican Women’s Club  Meeting
Feb 22
You and your guest are invited to the Portage Co. Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Located at The English Pub, 320 E. Main Street, Ravenna,OH 44266 .  Those attending will order from the menu or select the Pasta Bar.  Our guest speakers will be Mr. Jordan Warfield, Outreach Rep. for Congressman Steve LaTourette and Mrs. Lori Coogan, Habitat Restore.  Any further questions please contact Jeneen at 330  687-4067

Auburn Garden Club
Feb 23
The Auburn Garden Club will have its monthly meeting on Feb 23rd at 7pm at the Aurburn Town Hall. This meetings topic is “Forcing Bulbs Indoors”. Please bring a planter for forcing bulbs, bulb and potting mix is provided. The fee is $3/non-members. This event is open to the public. For more information call Susan at (330) 883-2833 or email

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.

Crestwood Kindergarten Sign-Ups
Feb 24 & March 3
Crestwood Local School District has information packets containing registration paperwork available for parents to pick up at the Primary School. Students must be 5-years old on or before August 1, 2011 to attend kindergarten. Official registration will be held on Feb 24th and March 3rd from 9:30-11:30am, 1-2:30pm and 5-7pm at the Primary School. Parents are required to show two (2) proofs of residency, child’s official birth certificate, social security and custody papers if applicable. Immunizations must be up to date. Call (330) 422-3104 for more information.

Maple 101 Workshop
Feb 26
The Geauga Park District will host a workshop for beginning and experienced maple sugaring producers wishing to hone their skills. Maple 101 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 9am-noon at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road. Registrations is required free workshop. Please call the Geauga County OSU Extension at (440) 834-4656.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Feb 26
The Braceville United Methodist Church, off St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville, will offer a stuffed pork chop dinner on Feb 26th from 4-6:30pm. The cost is $9/adults and $3.50/children. Carryouts are available by calling (330) 898-5607.

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.

Texas Hold’em Tournament
Feb 26
Presented by Windham American Legion to benefit The Portage County Crushers. Check-In begins @ 4:00pm Tournament Starts @ 5:00pm Sharp! Proceeds from the event benefits the Portage County Crushers – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the local 10U Travel Baseball team. Have fun, win money, and support a great cause! Take advantage of early registration – receive chip bonus and reserve your spot! Over 21 only, please! To register, send e-mail to or call Bill @ 330-687-0387.

Garrettsville Softball
Feb 26 and March 2 & 5
Garrettsville girls softball sign-ups will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26th and March 5th from noon-2pm at the Village Hall and Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8pm at the Elementary School. The cost is $45/player, $90/max per family. New players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to leave in file. For more information call Ryan at (330) 646-7150.

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.

Casino Night Benefit Townhall II
Feb 26
Try your luck for a good cause!  Join the fun at the Casino Night benefit for Townhall II, hosted by Beachboys Entertainment on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the lovely Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.  Attendees can gamble, mingle, and enjoy a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres and beverages while benefitting the local community.  With the $60 ticket purchase, each person receives a party container that includes $500 in “fun money” to be played at any of the 12 gaming tables (Blackjack, Roulette, Let it Ride, Texas Hold’em and Craps).  Prizes will be awarded to the top gamblers.  Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for various items.  To help Townhall II in its efforts to provide Child Abuse Prevention, Free Medical Clinic Services for uninsured adults, the 24-hour Helpline, Violence Prevention and Drug and Alcohol Treatment, contact Barb Folan at 330-678-3006 to purchase your tickets.
The Art & Science of Pruning
Feb 26
Geauga County Master Gardeners Jim Zeitz and Deb Palmisano will demonstrate proper pruning techniques on Feb 26th from 9am-noon at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center located on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. The registration fee for this workshop is $15. For more information, or to register, call (440) 834-4656. Space is limited, please register at least two days before the workshop.

NF Soccer Meeting
Feb 27
The first Newton Falls Youth Soccer League meeting of the season will be held on Feb 27th at 6:30pm at the Community Center. Everyone is welcome.

Hotstove Baseball
Feb 26, March 2 & 5
The Garfield Hotstove Baseball sign-ups will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26th from noon to 2pm at the Garrettsville Village Hall (8213 High Street), Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8pm at the Garfield Elementary School, and Saturday, March 5th from noon-2pm at the Garrettsville Village Hall. The cost is $50/5-6 years, $60/7-8 years, and $70/9-14 years. If you have any questions please call Phil at (330) 527-2209.

Community Music Night
Feb 27
The Newton Falls Ministerial Association will sponsor a Community Music Night on Feb 27th at the First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street at 6pm. Various church choirs from the Newton Falls community will perform. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Health Walks
Through March 18
The Crestwood School District is offering free walking at the Intermediate School every Weds & Friday from 7-8am beginning Feb 16 and continuing through March 18th. Park near the tennis courts and enter through the truck delivery driveway off Pioneer Trail (the back door to your right).

Rotary Pancake Breakfasts
Sundays in March
The Burton-Middlefield Rotary will begin their 59th year of flipping pancakes beginning March 6th and continuing every Sunday in March. Breakfast will be held at the Berkshire High School, 14510 N. Cheshire Street, from 8am-1:30pm. The cost is $7/adults, $4/children ages 4-10 and $4 for omelets. For more information call (877) 283-3496

JAG Conferences
March 1
James A. Garfield H.S. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 1st from 4-7:30pm. Please call Mrs. Fisher at (330) 527-4341 to schedule appointments. We look forward to seeing you.

Anglers Anonymous
March 1
Anglers Anonymous of Warren will meet on March 1st at 6pm at Saratoga Restaurant. Mr. Phil Hillman will give a report on walleye stocking at area lakes. This group is a social fishing group for all interested fishermen in the area and meets the first Tuesday of each month. Dues are just $12/year to cover notification postage. All fishermen are invited to join us.  For more information, please call Gary at (330) 856-2806 or Bruce at (330) 872-0674.

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.

LAF SOMe – The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
March 2
The Garrettsville area LAF SOMe seniors group will be going to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on March 2nd. The cost is $25/members and $30/non-members. All area seniors are invited to attend. For more information, or to reserve a seat on the bus, call (330) 527-5761. Deadline is Feb 21st. Visit for more LAF SOMe activities.

3rd Annual Donkey Basketball
March 2
The James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters presents the 3rd Annual Donkey Basketball Game on Wednesday, March 2nd in the High School Gym from 7-9pm. The cost is $6/advance and $10/at the door. For more information call Coach Downing at (330) 527-4341.

Geauga Church Women United
March 4
The Geauga Church Women United will meet on Friday, March 4 at 9:30am at Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road (south of Rt. 322 on Rt. 528), for World Day of Prayer. Breakfast will be served. All women are invited to attend. For more information call (440) 636-5504 or

Baseball Scotch Doubles
March 5
The G-Men Baseball Scotch Doubles will be held on Saturday, March 5th at 9pm at Sky Lane Bowling Alley in Garrettsville. The cost is $40/couple and includes 3 games, shoes, pizza, beer and pop. There will also be a 50/50 and a Vegas Trip raffle! For reservations contact Beau Norton at (330) 904-4715.

Parents Without Partners
March 5
The Portage County Chapter of Parents Without Partners will hold their monthly dance on March 5th from 7:30-11:30pm at the Kent VFW, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent. Mulligan Stew will be served for dinner. The cost is $6/members and $8/non-members, donate a canned good for the stew and receive fifty-cents off admission. Dances are open to the public. For more information call Warrine at (330) 699-2361 or (330) 322-9559.

Annual Card Party
March 6
St. William Women’s Guild, 5411 Mahoning Ave. in Champion, will host their annual Card Party on Sunday, March 6th. Doors will open at 12:30pm and Card Party will begin at 1pm. A donation of $7 will be accepted at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit “The Granted Wish Foundation.” There will also be a grand salad bar, Silpada jewelry raffle, cash raffle and craft raffle.

March 6, 13 & 20
Come down to the Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield/Parkman Township to join in the free fun with gathering sap. Watch and learn how it is boiled in the sugarhouse, enjoy free samples, woodcarving demonstrations, maple stirs, maple popcorn and live music. Sap’s-A-Risin’ will take place on Sunday March 6, 13 & 20 from noon to 4pm. For more information call the Geauga Park District at (440) 286-9516 or visit

Pancake Breakfast – Hiram
March 6, 13 & 20
The Hiram Fire Association will hold their annual pancake breakfasts on March 6, 13 & 20 in the Dix Dining Hall (upstairs in the Hiram College Kennedy Center) from 8am-1pm. The cost is $8/adults, $6/seniors, $5/children ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under. You can purchase your ticket in advance from any firefighter or call (330) 569-9826.
Mantua Soccer Registration
March 6 & 13
The Mantua Soccer Association will hold registration on March 6th & 13th from 12:30-2pm at St. Joseph’s in Mantua. The season begins on April 1st. You can also print out registration forms online and mail them to Mantua Soccer Association, Box 464, Mantua, OH 44255 by March 20th.

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.

Special Bingo
March 13
St. Michael’s Church, 9736 E. Center Street in Windham, will host a special bingo on March 13th beginning at 1:30pm. There will also be gift and bakery raffles. Refreshments will be available. No one under 18 permitted. This event is sponsored by the Ladie’s Guild and Knights of Columbus.

BioBuddies: Eggs Alive!
March 14, 21 & 28
BioBuddies is a discovery-based program for preschool age children (3-5 years old) and an adult to experience the wonders of the natural world. BioBuddies provides hands-on, developmentally appropriate educational experiences for early learners. The spring session meets March 14, 21 & 28 from 10am-noon. Instruction and supervision is provided by Dr. Roxanne Sorrick, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, and teacher candidates at Hiram College. Cost is $15 per child (multi-child discount of $10 per child). To register, call (330) 569-6003 or email

LAF SOMe – Seniors Game & Craft Day
March 16
The Garrettsville area LAF SOMe senior group will have a game & craft day on March 16th from 11am-1pm at the Garrettsville Village Hall. This event is a potluck event (dish or snack to share) and is free to all area seniors. Call (330) 527-5761 for more information. Please call to let us know if you are coming by March 15th.

Mattress Fundraiser
March 19
The James A. Garfield Baseball Team will hold the 2nd Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, March 19th in the High School Commons area from 10am-5pm. All sizes and types, delivery available. save 30-60% off retail on brands like Restonic, Southerland and more. Free layaway! Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted. These are brand new mattresses with factory warranties.

Golf Performance Clinic
March 22
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering an adult Golf Performance Enhancement Clinic sponsored by Summa Center for Sports Health on March 22nd from 7-9pm at the RAC in the group exercise room. The clinic will look at posture, strength, and mobility and how it affects the ability of playing golf. The cost is $75/ city taxpayers and $80/non-city taxpayers. Deadline to register is March 15. To register contact Ravenna Parks and Recreation, 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8am-noon and 1-4:15pm or call (330) 296-2864.

Night at the Races
March 26
The James A. Garfield After Prom Committee will host a Night at the Races on Saturday, March 26th at Sugarbush Golf Course in Garrettsville. Doors will open at 6:30pm, dinner at 7pm and betting begins at 8pm. The cost is $20/person and includes dinner, entry fee and draft beer. Cash bar available. There will also be a 50/50 and Chinese auction. For tickets, or to sponsor a race or horse, call Karla at (330) 527-4951 or Jen at (330) 815-0561.

Spring Break Day Camp
March 28-April 1
Registration for Spring Break Day Camp for children ages 6-11 will be held Feb 28-March 11 at the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department, 530 North Street, weekdays 8am-noon and 1-4:15pm. The cost is $80/Ravenna City taxpayers and $85/non-city taxpayers. Call (330) 296-2864 for more information.

LAF SOMe  -Dunham Tavern Museum/West Side Market
March 30
The Garrettsville area LAF SOMe senior group will visit the Dunham Tavern Museum and West Side Market & Café on March 30th. The cost is $40/member and $45/non-member and includes admission, lunch, bus and gratuity. Seating is limited and deadline to reserve a spot is March 1st. For more information call (330) 527-5761. Visit for more LAF SOMe activities.

Crafters/Vendors Needed
April 16
The Claridon Sr. Girl Scout Troop 1324 will host their Spring Ahead Bazaar on Saturday, April 16th from 9am-3pm at the Claridon Town Hall, 13930 Mayfield Road. Tables are $15 each. To reserve a table, or for more information, call Dolly at (440) 635-1173.

Little Tigers Cornhole Tournament
March 26
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting a cornhole tournament on Saturday March 26, 2011. The event will take place at the Newton Falls V.F.W post #3332 on Arlington Rd. in Newton Falls. The price will be $40.00 for pre-registered teams and $50.00 at the door per team. The money for pre-register must be received by March 19, 2011. The doors will open at 1:00 p.m. and the games will begin at 2:00 p.m.. Pay out will be 60% of total registration distributed for 1st, 2nd,and 3rd places. There will also be 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes, and concessions available. No one under 21 permitted. For information contact Andy McElrath @ 330-565-0950 or e-mail You can mail registration money and team names to : cornhole tournament registration attn: Andy McElrath, 15050 Robinson Rd., Newton Falls, Ohio, 44444. Please make all checks payable to Newton Falls Youth Athletics.

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.

Art On The Hill
July 9
The DMRC (Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation), a 501(c)(3) organization will be hosting their 3nd Annual “Art on the Hill” event on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 10AM-5PM. Artisan booth spaces are available for $45. We close Prospect Street for the day and line both sides of the street with artisans. Last year we had over 60 artisans with most reporting meeting or exceeding their sales expectation for the day! There is also a great variety of live entertainment all day long, a Chinese Auction, food vendors and much more! Applications are available online at or by calling 330-414-6486.