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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 www.weeklyvillager.com (type Summerfest Wedding in search) or at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com. Deadline April 29, 2011.

4C’s Participation In Feinstein Challenge

Through April 30

Crestwood 4 C’s is again participating in the Feinstein Challenge. Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds between March and April. The way it works is this: any money, cash, checks and food items (valued at $1.00 per item or pound) raised between March 1st and April 30th, 2011 will be added to by The Feinstein Foundation. The more donations we receive, the more of the Feinstein $1 million we will receive. The million dollars will be divided proportionately among all agencies complying with the rules of the challenge. We could receive between $250 and $40,000. Last year we received $250. We are hoping to increase our donation this year.  Please help us to feed the hungry. Donate food, cash/checks between March 1 and April 30th. Please designate your donations for the “challenge.” 4 C’s is located in the basement of Hilltop Church in Mantua. We are open Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Donations can be mailed to Crestwood 4 C’s, P. O. Box 227, Mantua, Ohio 44255. For any further information please call B. Pancost at 330-569-3107.

Mantua Garden Club

Mondays

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.

Free Book Discussion

Wednesdays

Join in the free book discussion on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. No need to have read the book, “After Life The Complete Guide to Life After Death.” Call (330) 569-3376.

Spay & Neuter Program

March

Geauga Humane Society’s Fix It in the Farmland low cost spay and neuter clinics will be held once or twice a month in 2011 for low income and Amish residents of Geauga County. The cost is $10 per animal. For more information and find out if you qualify, call Barb at (440) 338-4819 ext. 21 and follow the prompts. Call today as clinics fill quickly.

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.

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.

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 www.hcc@netlink.net.

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.

Pasta Dinner Benefit

March 5

Deuces Wild, Maple Drive in Newton Falls, will hold a pasta dinner benefit for burn victim Joseph Wright on March 5th. Dinner will be served from 2-6pm, $5/person with carryouts available. A Chinese auction will be held from 6-8pm and live entertainment from 9pm-1am. All proceeds will go to help with Joseph’s medical bills.

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.

American Legion Breakfast

March 5

The American Legion 674, 9960 E. Center Street in Windham, will host a breakfast on March 5th from 8-11am. The cost is $5. This event is open to the public.

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 mg-sgs@att.net.

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.

Singer Bonnie Baughman

March 6

Singer and songwriter Bonnie Baughman of Barberton will perform on March 6th at the 11am service at the First Church of God, 9016 N. Main Street in Windham. A love offering will be taken. For more information call (330) 326-2293.

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.

42nd Annual Pancake Breakfast

March 6, 13, 20 & 27

The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will host pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March from 9am-2pm at the Parkman Community House. The cost is $7.50/adults, $3/children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

Sap’s-A-Risin’

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 http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.

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.  www.mantuasoccerohio.com

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 $20 for students and $25 for adults. 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. http://geaugaparkdistrict.org

Windham Free Dinner

March 10

The Congregational U.C.C. of Windham will serve a free spaghetti dinner on March 10th from 5-6pm (while supplies last) at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main Street. Everyone is welcome. The Congregational Church provides free community dinners on the second Thursday of each month. Carryouts are not available. (330) 326-3133.

Down Home Gospel

March 11

Down Home Gospel will present a free concert on March 11th at 7pm at the Akron Free Will Baptist Church, 1802 Eastwood Avenue. Also performing will be Tammy Jones Robinette and Church Talent. There will be food available at 5:30 for a suggested donation. For more information call (330) 256-3114.

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.

SS Mary & Joseph Fish Fry

March 11 – April 22

Saints Mary & Joseph School will host a fish fry at St. Mary’s Social Hall on Fridays beginning March 11th and running through April 22nd. Lunch hours are 11am-3pm; a fish sandwich and side dish are $5. Dinner hours are 4-7:30pm with a choice of baked or fried fish, 2 sides and beverage. Dinner is $8.50/adults, $8/seniors, $5/children and $2/extra side dishes.

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. http://geaugaparkdistrict.org

Rummage & Bake Sale

March 12

Pregnancy Care of Summit County is having a Rummage & Bake Sale on March 12th from 9am-3pm at our facility, 195 East Tallmadge Ave in Akron. We have lots of adult clothing, children’s clothing, books, VCR tapes, DVDs, housewares and much more. Visa & MasterCard accepted. We will be accepting donations for the sale through Mar 4th. For more information, call (330) 253-4071. Proceeds from the sale will be used to provide services for pregnant women and their families.

G-Men Baseball Camp

March 12

The Garfield High School Baseball Team will be hold their annual Baseball Camp on Saturday, March 12th from 10am-1pm. The cost is $30/per camper if pre-registered or $40 at the door and is open to players ages 8-14. Cost includes T-shirt, lunch, prizes and the chance to learn the fundamentals of the game with current varsity players and coaches. Checks can be made out to JAG All Sports Boosters. Call or email Coach Norton to reserve your son’s spot 330-904-4715, bnorton@mail.garfield.sparcc.org.

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 http://ohiomapleproducers.com.

South African to Minister

March 13

Dr. Jeff Van Wyk is a key leader from South Africa who has authored five books and founded more than 500 Bible schools worldwide through his organization named Team Impact University. He will be in the U.S. for three weeks and will prophetically minister Sunday, March 13, at 6pm at a Christian home group that meets every Sunday night at 7845 SR 303, Windham, OH 44288. For more information, please visit www.freedomprayerroom.com.

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 sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

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.

Sugarhouse Dinner

March 19

The First United Methodist Church, 14999 South State Ave. (Rt. 608) in Middlefield, will host an old fashioned Sugarhouse dinner on Saturday, March 19th from 4:30-7pm. The cost is $9/adults, $5/ages 6-12 and free for preschoolers. For more information call (440) 632-0480.

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.

Gardening 101

March 19

The Geauga County Master Gardeners invite you to Gardening 101 on Saturday, March 19th 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. http://geauga.osu.edu/

Swim Lesson Sign-Ups

March 20

Learn to swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs Sunday afternoons on March 27th, April 3rd & 10th and May 1st & 8th. Classes for all levels. Lessons are 45 minutes with 15 minutes free swim. The cost is $50 for children ages 5 and older. Sign-ups will be held on March 20th from 2:30-5:30pm at the Hiram College Pool. For more information call Jack at (330) 569-5343.

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.

Amateur Radio Class

March 22

An Amateur Radio class starts Tuesday, March 22nd  at 7:00 p.m. in the Dietrich Building located beneath the radio tower at Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna.  Students can earn their Technician License and join the exciting and fun hobby of amateur radio.  There is a $25 fee payable to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS); texts are $25 and will be available at the class.  All students will also receive a one year membership in PCARS.  Contact Jim Aylward, KC8PD, 330-297-7979, kc8pd@portcars.org for more information.  Additional information about the class and amateur radio activities can be found at www.portcars.org

Master Gardener Program

March 25

The Geauga County Master Gardeners invites you to Companion Plants for the Shade Garden on Friday, March 25th 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. http://geauga.osu.edu/

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 jstimpert@ssmj.org.

Little Tigers Cornhole Tournament

March 26

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will host a cornhole tournament on Saturday, March 26th at the Newton Falls VFW Post 3332. Doors will open at 1pm and games begin at 2pm. The cost is $40 for pre-registered teams (March 19th) or $50 per team at the door. There will be a 50/50 drawing and raffle prizes. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams totaling 60% of registration. For more information call Andy at (330) 565-0950 or amcelrath51@aol.com. You can mail registration and payment to: Cornhole Tournament Registration, Attn: Andy McElrath, 15050 Robinson Rd., Newton Falls, OH 44444.

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 on a first-come first-served basis. Deadline to reserve a spot is March 14th — SPACES ARE FILLING QUICKLY. For more information call (330) 527-5761. Visit www.weeklyvillager.com 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.

Reverse Raffle

April 2

The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will hold a Reverse Raffle on April 2nd at the Parkman Community House, just east of the Parkman Center of Route 422. Admission is $25 and a limit of 200 tickets will be sold. The Grand Prize starts with $1,200 with a bonus. There will also be a free chicken or veal parmesan dinner, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, and we will raffle off a new 2010 ATV Yamaha Grizzly with trailer. Tickets can be purchased at Edna’s Market in Bristolville or call Kayla’s Cancer Foundation at (330) 889-9600.

Troop 65 Spaghetti Dinner

April 3

Boy Scout Troop 65 will host a spaghetti dinner on April 3rd from 3-7pm at the Nelson Community House, 11639 Windham Parkman Road in Nelson Township. The cost is $7/adult, $5/children under 12. There will also be a bake sale. For more information call Aaron (330) 274-8419 or Dean (330) 274-2094.

Soccer Skills Clinic

April 9

Ravenna Recreation and Challenger Sports, the largest provider of youth soccer camps and clinics in the USA and Canada is co-sponsoring a Soccer Skills Clinic for U6 through U12 players.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Ravenna Soccer Complex, U6 & U8 10:45-11:45am, U10 & U12 noon to 1pm. The cost is $6/city taxpayers and $11/non-city taxpayers. Deadline to register is April 1st.  Pre-register in person at 530 North Freedom St., Ravenna, weekdays 8am-noon or 1-4:15pm. For more information call (330) 296-2864.

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 mantuashalersvillechamber.com or by calling 330-414-6486.