Summerfest Wedding
Deadline April 29
The Summerfest committee is 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.

Mantua Garden Club
The Mantua Village Garden Club is seeking new hands to help beautify Mantua Village. Meetings are the first Monday of each month, either at lunch or in the evening. Our interesting programs include do-it-yourself projects and field trips. New faces are welcome. For more information call Patsi at (330) 274-2124.

J.C. Café
Through March
SJM and J.C. Café, 9445 1?2 Annette Drive in Windham, is offering a large pepperoni pizza for $10 and get one free on Fridays from 11am-8pm now thru March, eat in or take out. For more information call (330) 326-2024.

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.

Fish Fry
Through 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.

God Provides Free Meal
Feb 25
God provides a free meal on Feb 25th from 4-6pm at the Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305, Garrettsville (on the Nelson Circle).

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 Sat, Feb. 26th from 9am-noon at Swine Creek Reservation Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road. Registration 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. 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 girl’s 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 on 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.
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.

Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 26
An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb 26th from 4-6pm at the Farmington Community Center. The cost is $7/adults and $4/ages 12 and under. Proceeds will go to the Farmington Fire Department.

Eagles Steak Fry
Feb 26
The Garrettsville Eagles will hold their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday, Feb 26th from 4-8pm. The cost is $12/steak and $8/chicken. There will be other menu items available for children. This event is open to the public.

Sweet Heart Square Dance
Feb 26
The North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Sweet Heart Square Dance on Saturday, Feb 26th from 7-10pm at the Town Hall (intersection of SR. 45 & 87). No experience is necessary. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $5/ages 10 and up and $4/ages 9 and under.

Spiritual Music
Feb 27
The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave., invites you to enjoy the spiritual music of Gail Mangeri, a local Christian recording artist, on Sunday, Feb 27th at 6:30pm. This is a free concert, however, a love offering will be taken to help fund renovations of the church’s pipe organ.

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.

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.

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

Environmental Hero Nominations
Due By March 1
Nominations are being accepted until March 1st for awards honoring contributions to Portage County’s environmental conservation in the areas of education, business, stewardship and community involvement. Submit your and your nominee’s contact information and a paragraph describing their contributions to Christine Craycroft at or mail to Portage Park District Foundation, 705 Oakwood St., Suite G-4, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. For more information call (330) 297-7728.

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.

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.

Fracking Information Programs
March 1
The League of Women Voters will sponsor a Fracking information program on March 1st from 7-9pm at the Aurora Memorial Library, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. This program will feature two documentaries and audience questions and discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

March 3
Knitters and those who would like to learn, join Knit’n’Stitch at the Newton Falls Public Library on the 2nd floor at 4pm every other Thursday. This group is for ages 10 and up and any skill level. The next meeting will be held on March 3rd. For more information, contact the Library at (330) 872-1282.

Crestwood Kindergarten Sign-Ups
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 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.

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

Large Screen TV Raffle to Benefit Crestwood Bands
March 4
Are you ready to enjoy your favorite movies, sports, and TV in hi-def? Someone will be winning this great TV just in time for March Madness – and it could easily be you.  The Crestwood Band Patrons will be raffling off a Vizio 47 inch / 1080p, LCD television, with the drawing to be held at the Crestwood Jazz Festival on Friday, March 4th at the Middle School.  Tickets are $5.00 each, five for $20, or 15 for $50 and are available from any member of the Crestwood Bands, with cash or checks payable to the “Crestwood Band Patrons” and marked TV raffle and returned to the school office. Call 330-842-0026 for additional information.  All proceeds will benefit the national award winning Crestwood Band program.

Planting & Growing Trees
March 5
The Geauga County Master Gardeners invites you to Tips & Techniques for Planting & Growing Trees on Saturday, March 5th from 9am-noon. Registration is $15. For more information, or to register, call (440) 834-4656. Class will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road. Please register at least 2 days prior to the class.

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.

2011 Gardening Series
March 5 & 12
The Master Gardeners of Summit County will present the 2011 Saturday Gardening Series on March 5 & 12 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main Street in Akron, from 8:30am-2:30pm. The cost for the series is $60 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. For reservation forms and more information, call the event phone at (234-525-7034 (local call) or email

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.

Hambden Grange Pancake Breakfast
March 6
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee, Sunday, March 6, from 8:00am to 1:00pm, located at 9778 Old State Road. Cost is $6 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.

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.

Sweet Scenes Bucket
March 8
Geauga Park District invites children ages 6-12 to tap their creativity at the Sweet Scenes sap bucket workshop on March 8th from 6-7:30pm at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township. Each participant will paint a six-inch sap bucket to take home. Registration is $20 and waiver for each participant is needed. For more information, or to register, call (440) 286-9516.

Eagles Fish Dinner
March 11- April 22
The Garrettsville Eagles Club will host a fish dinner on Friday nights from 4-8pm during Lent, March 11th through April 22nd. These dinners are open to the public.

23rd Annual Tree Tapper’s Ball
March 12
Celebrate Geauga Park District’s tappin’ season at the 23rd annual Tree Tapper’s Ball on Saturday, March 12th from 7:30-10:30pm at the Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market (Rt. 422) in Parkman Township. Registration is open for this free event and limited to eight per registering party, (440) 286-9516. The Community House is not equipped with a ramp or elevator to get to the 2nd floor for the event.

Corned Beef Dinner
March 12
The Women’s group at Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 State Route 44 in Mantua, invites you to a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 12th from 4:30-7pm. The cost is $9/adults, $5/ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under. Carry out dinners will be available.

Maple Madness Tour
March 12, 13, 19 & 20
The March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour will be held on March 12, 13, 19 & 20 from 10am-5pm at Swine Creek Reservation, Sugarhouse, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield/Parkman Townships. This event is free for all ages and does not require registration. Don’t forget your boots and warm outerwear. For more information about the tour call (440) 834-1415 or visit

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 Ladies’ 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

Safe on My Own
March 15
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Dept. and The American Red Cross are offering Safe on My Own designed to teach children 9 to 13 years safety precautions for staying alone.  Class will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at the Red Cross Building, 705 Oakwood Street, Suite 101, Ravenna from 6:30-8pm. Pre-registration is required by March 8.

LAF SOMe – Seniors Game & Craft Day
March 16
The 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 to play 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.

SSMJ Night at the Races
March 26
Saints Mary and Joseph School’s Faculty and Staff will sponsor a Night at the Races on Saturday, March 26th at Saint Mary’s Social Hall. Doors will open at 6pm, buffet at 6:15pm and post time at 7pm. Admission is $15 and includes dinner and drinks. You can also sponsor a horse or the event. For more information call (330) 872-7676 or email Julie Stimpert at

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.  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.

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 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.

4-H Bowl-a-Thon
April 1
The Trumbull 4-H Advisory Committee will sponsor a Moonlight Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, April 9th at 9pm at the Cortland Lanes. The cost is $25/twosome and includes 3 games, shoes, and refreshments. For more information call (330) 637-2437. If you would help but cannot bowl you can donate for the auction baskets or sponsor a lane for $25.

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.

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.