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Big Brothers & Sisters Needed
On-Going
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother Volunteers. We have boys waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Please call us today at (330) 296-6655 or visit our web site at www.bbsportage.org. All it takes is 12 hours a month to help a child. You’ll be glad you did!

Cars For Kids
On-going
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is accepting running and non-running vehicle donations. Your unwanted vehicle (car, truck, van or motorcycle) will be picked-up within 3 days. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation. Call Big Brothers & Sisters at (330) 296-6655. Donors need to have the title and keys.

Produce Vendors Needed
Register Now
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is planning their 2011 Farmers Market. They are currently looking for PRODUCE vendors. Please contact Jackie Loreta-Rinearson at 216-375-0709 or email her at rinearson05@frontier.com. The market will be held Wednesdays from late July through early October.
Other vendors selling edible products are needed also, but only produce vendors are being registered at this time. The cost for the entire season is only $60.00. The Market is in great need of produce vendors. If you need people to run your table please speak to Jackie about this option.

JAG Kindergarten Registration
On-going
Garfield Elementary School Kindergarten registration is STILL in progress for the 2011/12 school year. Please call 330-527-2184 with your child’s information to get him or her enrolled today. Children must turn 5 years of age by September 30th and live in the district in order to be eligible to attend school this fall.

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.

Mulch Sale to Benefit Crestwood Bands
Order by April 22
The Crestwood Band Patrons are now accepting orders for both bagged and bulk mulch for pick up or delivery on Saturday, May 7th. Order forms are available at www.crestwoodbands.org/mulch. Black hardwood, brown pine, or golden cypress is available in bags for $4.25, and bulk black hardwood is available for $23 per cubic yard (4 yards minimum). There is a $10 per order delivery charge bagged or bulk, limited to the Crestwood school district. The deadline to order is April 22. Orders may also be placed by calling the Crestwood Band Dept at 330-274-2214, ext. 110 or by contacting any band member. Help your community by supporting the legacy of musical excellence of the Crestwood Bands.

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 carry outs are available. (330) 326-3188.

Eagles Fish Dinner
Through 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
Through April 22
Saints Mary and Joseph School sponsors a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent, including Good Friday, at Saint Mary Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive, Newton Falls. Lunch is served from 11:00am to 3:00 pm. Dinner is served from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Take out orders are available by calling 330-872-1828. If you wish further information , please call the school office (330-872-7676).

Shannon Bunch In Concert
April 1
Gospel singer and song writer Shannon Bunch will appear on Saturday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Shepherd Joy Ministry. For more information call 330 527-5009.

April Fools Garage Sale
April 1 & 2
Cortland Wine Cellar is sponsoring an April Fools Garage Sale on April 1 & 2 from Noon – 6 pm. The sale will be held at Cortland Wine Cellar, 5292 Warren Road in Cortland. Proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare Shelter.

Parents Without Partners Ham Dinner
April 2
The Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a ham dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and its monthly dance from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at the Kent V.F.W. #3703 post home, 500 VFW Parkway (off Stow Road) in Kent. Music will be by disc jockey Mel.

Edible Book Festival
April 2
The Burton Public Library will host the annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. until noon. The Edible Book Festival is celebrated world-wide every year on or around April Fool’s Day. The object is to make an edible book, document it, and then eat it! All ages are welcome to participate in this fun and creative time – just use your imagination and make something edible that somehow represents a book. Make your edible book at home and bring it to the library at 11 a.m. on April 2. Please call the library at 440-834-4466 to register.

Swiss Steak Dinner
April 2
A Swiss Steak Dinner will be held April 2, from 4:00 p.m. to7:00 p.m. in Windham at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Proceeds from the dinner will go towards repairs needed in the historical part of the building. Carry – outs are available by calling 330-326-3926. The dinner will feature Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes, green beans, Harvard beets, salad, roll dessert & beverage. A donation of $8.50 per adult and $3.50 per child (age 6-12) is requested. There is a ramp access at the front of the building. The dinner is sponsored by the Congregational UCC.

Free Football Clinic
April 2
A free football clinic will be held at the KSU Field House (Summit Road-next to Dix Stadium) on Saturday, April 2nd from 1-4pm for all boys and girls grades K-6. Participants can expect to learn or review a variety of football skills and may register for the 2nd Annual Football Season being held at Portage Community Chapel mid-April through July. Pre-registration is not required for the football clinic. Call (330) 297-0803 or e-mail upwardsports@portagechapel.com for additional information.

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. 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.

All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner
April 2
All-you-can-Eat Pasta & Salad Bar, with meatballs, bread and a beverage. Enjoy the entertainment of The Al Bonnis Group. Saturday April 2 from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Belle’s American Grille in Burton Circle,, Burton. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Tickets are available at the door.

Genealogical Society Meeting Cancelled
April 2
There will be no meeting of the Portage County Chapter of the Ohio
Genealogical Society on April 2 because of the OGS Conference in
Columbus. A members-only field trip to the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville is being planned for Friday, April 15. Any member interested in going must call Barb at 330-358-2227 or e-mail pccogs@embarqmail.com by April 6. More information on when and where to meet will be available after April 1.

Morgan Preserve Hike
April 2
Although this park is not yet open to the general public, we have been given permission to begin exploring this 500+acre parcel land with wetlands, mature and young forest, and abandoned farm fields. Come and explore the newest of the Portage Parks with naturalist Bob Faber. Meet at the parking area just north of the intersection of Nicodemus Road and Babcock Road at 2:00pm. This hike is free to all in attendance. A donation to the Portage Park District is recommended. To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

Big Monthly Breakfast
April 2
The American Legion Post 674 located at 9960 E Center St in Windham will host their big monthly breakfast on April 2 from 8 – 11 am. Cost is $5 per person or All-You-Can-Eat for $7. Includes juice, tea and coffee.

Cops For K-9’s Garage Sale
April 2 & 3
The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County will hold an indoor garage sale on April 2 & 3 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Packard Shelter House on Mahoning Ave in Warren. Hundreds of items for sale! Bag day is April 4 from 2-3 pm.

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

Southern Gospel Music Concert
April 3
The First Church of God, 9106 N. Main St in Windham will be holding a Southern Gospel Music Concert featuring Down Home Gospel Artist Steven Foster on April 3rd at 10 am. For more information call Pastor Bruce Wells at 330-326-2293 or online www.windhamchurchofgod.com

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.

Public Meeting Regarding Portage County Courthouse
April 4
There will be a public meeting on April 4 at Maplewood Career Center to discuss whether the new court house should remain in Kent or if the commissioners should explore other locations. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Shooting Stars Soccer
Register by April 6
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. Shooting Stars will meet at Maplewood Christian Church Soccer Fields, Mondays April 18 to May 16, 2011. Three 45 minutes sessions will be offered beginning at 5 p.m. Fee for Ravenna city taxpayer is $30 and non-city taxpayers is $35. Min 10 and max 10 per session. Registration deadline is April 6, or until filled. . PRE-REGISTRATION IN PERSON IS A MUST at 530 North Freedom Street, Ravenna, weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or1 to 4:15 p.m. Call (330) 296-2864 for more information.

Warren Republican Women’s Club Meeting
April 7
The Warren Republican Women’s Club’s next meeting will be held April 7th at noon at DiLucia’s Banquet Center on Elm Road in Warren. Liz Clark will be speaking on the “Trumbull 100”. Luncheon cost is $12.50. Guests always welcome with advance registration by calling Cary Ann at 330-856-5228.

Huge Rummage Sale
April 7 – 9
Pricetown Methodist Church located at 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Road, Newton Falls will be having a huge HUGE rummage sale with lots of treasures!! Sale hours are April 7th & 8th from 9 am – 5 pm and April 9th from 9 am to Noon. There will also be a bake sale on Thursday and Friday.

Ohio’s Regulations of Natural Gas
April 7
Tom Tomastik is a geologist in the Technical Support Section and Underground Injection Control for the Division of Mineral Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. His talk will discuss regulations for gas drilling and disposal of wastes. The talk is Part 2 of a series @ Natural Gas Drilling, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Nature and Society, Hiram College. The talk begins at 7:00pm in the Kennedy Center (SR 700) on the campus of Hiram College.

Calling All Frogs and Toads
April 8
Open your ears and help us identify the chirps, quacks, drums and plunks of our local hopping amphibians as they return to spring ponds to reproduce. We will dip nets into the pond and hopefully catch a glimpse of these slippery croakers, too. Arrive at the Hiram College Field Station (Wheeler Rd.) at 7:00pm and bring your warm clothes, rubber boots and quiet voices for this family-friendly event. Fee: $5 per family, $2 for individuals, Free for members of the Friends of the Field Station. To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

Spaghetti Dinner/Chinese Auction & Wizard of Oz Play
April 8
The Berkshire Operation Prom Party (B.O.P.P.) is hosting a spaghetti dinner and a show. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 children 12 and under. Tickets include dinner (Spaghetti with or without meatballs, garlic bread, salad, drinks, and dessert) and entrance into Friday night’s play “The Wizard of Oz” that will be performed in the small gym at 7:00. If you would like to attend the Spaghetti Dinner only, tickets are Pre-Sale $7 for Adults, $4 for Children (12 and under) At the Door: $8 for Adults, $5 for Children (12 and under) There will also be a Chinese Auction. Pre-sale tickets are available at the High School office or from any After Prom Committee member.

Fast Paws For A Cause
April 8
There will be a charity basketball game held at Bristol High School to raise money for the new Animal Welfare Center & Education Center. The game will be the Racers vs. Veterinarians. Cost is $5. Donations of gently used blankets and pet dishes welcome.

Wright Patterson AFB Trip
Reserve by April 9
The Mantua American Legion Post 193 and Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 are sponsoring a one-day bus trip to the Wright Patterson AFB Museum in Dayton on April 27. Cost of the trip is $65 which includes lunch and gratuities. The bus leaves at 5 am from Mantua Village Park and will return around 9 p.m. Reservations must be made by April 9 by calling 330-274-2603. This trip is open to the public.

Spaghetti Dinner
April 9
The St. Ambrose Youth Group Ministry will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 9th from 4:00-7:00pm at Garrettsville St. Ambrose Parish, 10692 Freedom St, in the church hall. The menu includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, a beverage and homemade dessert. The price for adults is $6.50, and children are $4.00. Carry-out is available for an additional 50 cents. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund the youth group’s many projects and activities.

Oink & Squeal Party
April 9
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Street, will host an Oink & Squeal Party on April 9th. Doors will open at 5pm and raffle begins at 7pm. Raffle tickets are $2/each. There will also be a Chinese auction; tickets are $1 for 10. Food will be available for purchase through the kitchen. Admission is a non-perishable food item, bath item or cash donation for the local food bank. For tickets contact any American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

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 cosponsoring 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.

Roast Beef Dinner
April 9
The Newton Falls United Methodist Church will be holding a Roast Beef Dinner on April 9th from 4-6 p.m. The church is located at 336 Ridge Road in Newton Falls, OH. Adults $9.00, Children $4.00 and Children 5 and under meals are free. Carry Out is Available.

Senior Citizens’ Luncheon
April 9
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, April 9. The program will begin at 11:30 AM and the luncheon will follow at noon. The event is open to any area senior citizen. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Hunter Education Course
April 9 & 10
The Eagle Creek Conservation Club will be offering a Hunter Education Course on April 9th and 10th. The program will run from 1pm to 6 pm each day and will be held at their clubhouse at 5525 Eagle Creek Rd. in Leavittsburg, Ohio. The hunter education class is cosponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and is required for all first time hunters before they purchase a license. Classes are offered free of charge. Study materials are provided but you will need to bring a pencil or pen and a highlighter. Preregistration is required and class size is limited. For more information or to register contact the ODNR at 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543).

Easter Toy Bingo
April 10
Easter Toy Bingo will be held on Sunday, April 10, at St. Michael’s Social Hall, Ridge Road, Newton Falls. Doors open at 1:00; play begins at 2:00. $5 per person includes card and cake with punch or coffee. 50/50 and other raffles available. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday Morning Audubon Bird Walks
April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
Whether you are a birding enthusiast or a beginner, there is a lot to see, hear and learn. Join birding expert Eric Faber and other avid birders for one or more of these early morning walks to welcome and enjoy the return of our feathered migrant friends along their journey northward. This will be a chance to learn from excellent birders and get started in this rewarding hobby. Meet at the Hiram College Field Station (Wheeler Rd.) with your binoculars at 7:30am. Free to all participants.

Windham Library Open House
April 11
On April 11th from 5-7 pm the Windham Branch of the Portage County Library will hold an Open House.

Mantua Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 Meeting
April 11
The Auxiliary will hold their regular meeting on April 11 at 1 p.m. at the Post. Members will be happy to hear that our Unit has reached its goal of 99 members.

Celebrate County Government Month
April 12
Portage County residents are invited to come out and celebrate Government Month on April 12. There will be an Open House at the County Administration Building from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. The commissioners will hold an evening board meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Homemade Kolache
April 12-13
St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade kolache (apricot, nut or poppy seed) for the Easter holiday at the low cost of $8 each. To order contact Barbara at (330) 872-1951. Pick up times are Tuesday, April 12 from 9am-4pm and Wednesday, April 13 from 9am-6pm.

Line Dance Lessons
Register by April 13
Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons. Come join with your friends to learn classic and new line dances and improve your health at the same time. The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays. Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers. Min 15 and max 30.
Deadline to register is April 13. A $5 late fee will be charged after deadline date if any openings. Call for registration and details 330-296-2864

Southington UMC Rummage & Bake Sale
April 13
The Southington UMC Day Circle, Routes 305 & 534 in Southington will have a rummage and bake sale on April 13 from 9 am – 4 pm. Lunch of homemade bean soup, sandwiches, drinks and desserts will be served. Carry outs are available. Bag day will be April 14 from 9-11 am.

Mantua American Legion Post 193 Meeting
April 14
American Legion Post 193 will hold it’s monthly meeting on April 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Lauren Painley will be reporting on her recent trip to the United Nations Seminar in Washington DC and New York City.
Garden Party / Membership Drive
April 14
The Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library will hold its Garden Party/Membership Drive on Thursday, April 14, in the social hall of St. Michael’s Church on Ridge Road in Newton Falls. Doors open at 5:30. Pay your 2011 membership dues either in advance or at the door. Dues are $8 individual; $5 student/senior; $15 family; $25 patron. Matt Minnick will entertain by playing his acoustic guitar and singing. Local nurse/author Jeanne Bryner will give a reading/workshop on her new book No Matter How Many Windows and the process of gathering materials to document women’s lives. Please bring pictures and/or mementos of your great grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and yourself to display.’’

T’ai Chi Classes
Begin April 14
The Ravenna Recreation Dept is offering a 6-week, adult /beginner / intermediate T’ai Chi class on Thursday evenings beginning April 14 to May 19. Sessions will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park. Instructor is Bill Vandenboom. This class is Yang-style, long form T’ai Chi. Fee is $35 for Ravenna city taxpayers and $40 for non-city taxpayers. For more information or to register call (330) 296-2864.

Large Rummage Sale
April 14-16
There will be a large rummage sale, Chinese Auction and candy sale at Christ Covenant Church, RT. 87, Middlefield. This is a Benefit for Charity Children’s Ministries and will be held on April 14 & 15 from 9 am – 7pm; April 16 from 9am – 3pm. NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS of household, furniture, appliances,books, childrens and adult clothing. Call (440) 632-9510

Bloodroot Shuffle
April 15
For just a few days each spring one our most beautiful wildflowers unfolds its white star-like flowers. Small pockets of these ephemeral beauties grow in profusion in several surprising places near Hiram. With luck we will be able to see these spring lovelies in full bloom, along with other spring beauties and dour skunk cabbage. What a floral mix. Join naturalist Bob Faber at the intersection of the Headwaters Trail and Asbury Rd. at 6:00pm. Fee: $4 for non-members, FREE for members of Friends of the Field Station. To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

Nelson Twp. Easter Egg Hunt
April 16
The Nelson Twp. Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11 am on April 16th at Pixley Park. The hunt is open to children ages 3 – 11. Anyone wishing to donate individually wrapped candy can contact Linda at 330-719-8407 or JoAnn at 440-548-2222. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated hat and Easter basket. Please bring a camera for a photo of your child with the Easter Bunny. Rain date will be April 23rd.

Spring Ahead Bazaar
April 16
Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Sr. Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for Crafters and Vendors. Tables are $15.00 each. It will be held on Sat., April 16 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13930 Mayfield Rd., Claridon at the corner of Claridon Troy Rd. and Rt. 322. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.

Raptor Education Program
April 16
The Birds in Flight Sanctuary of Warren, Ohio, will be presenting a Raptor Education Program on April 16th, 2011 at 7pm. This is a FREE event and is open to the public. The program is being sponsored by The Eagle Creek Conservation Club and will be held at their club facilities located at 5525 Eagle Creek Road, Leavittsburg, Ohio 44430. Doors will open at 6pm and seating is limited. Come bring the kids and join us for this educational and highly entertaining evening.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 16
Children ages 3-9 are invited to join us at the Renaissance Family Center on April 16 beginning at 10 am for a Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Dinner and A Movie at RFC
April 16
RFC in Windham invites you to attend Dinner and a Movie beginning at 5:00 pm

Kent Business & Community Expo
April 16
Once again the KACC, in conjunction with the Theodore Roosevelt High School Choirs, will hold its Business & Community Expo on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Theodore Roosevelt High School Gym and Cafeteria. Business owners, organizations, crafters/home-based business owners interested in participating can obtain an application at: www.kentbiz.com

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.

Palm Sunday Dinner
April 17
St. Michael’s Church will be having their annual Palm Sunday Dinner on April 17 from 11 am to 3 pm in the church hall. The church is located at 9736 East Center Street (SR 303) in Windham. The dinner will feature turkey and dressing, cabbage rolls, pasta, salads and homemade desserts. The public is cordially invited to our all-you-can-eat dinner. Prices are: Adults $9, Children 12 and under $5. Children under 5 are free. Carry-outs available.

Garrettsville UMC Roast Beef Dinner
April 19
The Garrettsville UMC, located at 8223 park Ave., will be hosting a roast beef dinner on April 19 from 4:30 – 7 pm. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12. Preschool children are free. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, desert and beverages. Take-out available.

Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon
April 20
The Christian Women’s Connection will hold their monthly luncheon at the Chagrin Valley Country Club, 4700 SOM Center Road, Chagrin Falls on April 20th. The luncheon and program are from 11:45AM- 1:30 PM. Please have your reservations to Millie 440-248-4914 or Nancy 440-338-3384 by April 13th. Cost is $16.00, inclusive. You are responsible for your reservation if not cancelled or used by a friend. Our program this month is being presented by the Backyard Feeding Station, caring for our feathered friends. We are also pleased to have Weslie Hintz speak about “riding the roller coaster of life with my arms held high.” Please join us. Invite a friend– she’ll be glad you did!

Free Community Meal
April 21
Renaissance Family Center in Windham will host a free community meal on April 21st beginning at 5 p.m.

Renaissance Men’s Breakfast
April 23
Join us on April 23rd at 9 am for the Renaissance Men’s Breakfast.

Community Sunrise Service & Breakfast
April 24
On April 24th, Renaissance Family Center will be hosting a Community Sunrise Service at 6:34 am. Breakfast will follow at 7:30 am.

Red Shield Food Pantry
April 26
The Red Shield Food Pantry will be at RFC in Windham on April 26th at 1 p.m.

All Skills Softball Clinic
April 26
The Ravenna Recreation Dept is offering All Skills Softball Clinic for ages 9 to 15. Luke Darrah and his staff from All Star Softball and Baseball Academy located in Ravenna will be on hand to help with fielding, batting, pitching, and catching. Clinic will be held at Brown Middle School Gym, Tuesday, April 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for city taxpayers or $17 for non-city taxpayers. Please register at Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St. 8 to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m. weekdays. Deadline is April 15 and for more information call 330-296-2864.

Auburn Garden Club Meeting
April 27
The Auburn Garden Club Meeting will be on April 27, 2011. It will be a field trip to a local greenhouse to see calla lillies, orchids, & sweet peas. Please Meet at the Auburn Town Hall (corner of E. Washington St & Auburn Rd) at 6:20 PM to car pool to the greenhouse. For more information please call Susan 330-883-2833 or email auburngardenclub@gmail.com

Free Meal At RFC
April 28
Join us on April 28th at 5 p.m. for a free meal at the Renaissance Family Center.

“Photographing Italy”
April 28
Claire Zurbuck, a resident of Hambden Township for nearly four decades is the season’s featured artist at “Art in the Mart” at the Middlefield Library. Zurbuck is a photographer who specializes in film. His work features nature, landscapes and photos from a recent trip to Italy with his wife, Kay. Zurbuck will present “Photographing Italy” Thursday April 28, 2011 at 7:00PM at the Middlefield Library to bring this exhibit to life. More than a travelogue, the program will include tips on photographing your vacation. This program, a must see for both aspiring photographers and armchair travelers, is free and open to the public.

Spring Steak Dinner
April 30
The Newton Falls Kiwanis is bringing back an old tradition — the Spring Steak Dinner which will be held on April 30 @ the community center from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets are $15. You can get them at the law office of Tom Palmer, from Mel Wilson at the community center, other members, and at the door on the 30th.

Laugh Your Butt Off
Coming in May
Upcoming for Curtains up Theatre is Garrettsville’s Laugh Your Butt Off – Comedian Contest. Come enjoy an evening of laughter;you are the judge for the best comedian of the evening. Coming in May. $200.00 to the top Comedian. Watch for upcoming info. Contact Jackie at 216-375-0709 to register as one of our Comedians – no fee to enter. $10.00 per person admission – pre-sale; night of the event $12.00 per person.

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.

M-O-M / T-A-T
May 22
Get ready. It’s coming. Machine-O-Mania / Touch-a-Truck will be at James A. Garfield High School on Sunday, May 22. The Time Bandit and its crew will be there–have your picture taken! Emergency vehicles, big rigs, all of the bells, whistles, sirens, ladders and apparatus a kid could want to see…or hear. Make your plans now to be there…with bells on, if you like. Sponsored by the Garfield Academic Challenge/ Quiz Masters team

Crestwood Youth Football & Cheerleading Sign-ups
May 22
Sign-ups for the Crestwood Youth Football League will be held at the Crestwood High School Field House on May 22 from Noon – 4 p.m. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Registration fee of $120 due at sign-ups; discounts for multiple children are available. Football players MUST reside in the Crestwood School district. Season starts August 1. Questions? Call Scott Vyhnal at 330-858-9597 or online at www.leaguelineup.com/cyf-tyfl

Take a Kid Fishing Day
June 4
Portage County Take a Kid Fishing at Lake Hodgson is a free day open to Portage County boys and girls accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 years and younger are eligible for door prizes. There will be a hot dog roast after the event. Participants need to bring a fishing pole, bait and tackle. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is May 2nd, or the first 200 parent/child teams registered. The fishing day will take place on June 4th from 7am-noon. To register call (330) 296-2864 weekdays.

Ravenna Parks & Rec Safety Town
June 20 – 24
Register early for Ravenna Parks and Recreation’s Safety Town, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club. Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2011 will be introduced to safety awareness in a week-long program, June 20 to June 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Willyard School. Participants will learn safety procedures and simulated situations related to traffic, pedestrian, water, weather, animal, fire, stranger, drugs & poisons, playground, gun and bicycle safety. Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers (live or work in Ravenna city) is $35 or $40 for Non-city taxpayers. Deadline to register is June 3. A form must be filled out in person for registration at the Parks and Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom, 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m., for further information contact 296-2864.

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.