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Head Waters Adventure RaceRegister TodayHead Waters adventure race registration is now open . Race is July 9 from 8am to 1pm at Buchert Memorial Park East High Street Mantua, OH 44255. Register online now at www.portageparkdistrict.org or call (330) 297-7728. Stay after the race and enjoy dozens of art and crafts booths in downtown Mantua at Art on the Hill.
Vendors Wanted For Freedom DayRegister TodaySpaces are now available for crafters, artisans and musicians for the Freedom Day Picnic and Celebration. Show your skills on August 21. For information call Jim (330)527-2855 or John (330)527-4094.
Golf Outing Sponsors NeededCall TodaySoutheast Portage County Lion’s Club – Golf Outing sponsorship information may be obtained by contacted Randy at (330) 207-6040 or Renee at (330) 297-6686.
Newton Falls Community Yard SaleRegister NowStart planning now!! The Newton Falls 4th annual citywide yard sale is being planned for this year. It is scheduled for August 5th, 6th &7th. 9-5. Forms will be available in the villager and on our face book page. Please join us for a fun filled weekend and get your application in quickly! For more information or questions go to our face book page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newton-Falls-Community-Wide-Yard-Sale/108474485879459?v=wall or call Linda Nord at 330-872-7788
Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & ExhibitorsRegister TodayThe Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses and agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna and September 17 & 18 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm on St. Rt. 59, Ravenna. For booth space price and application call Judy Tompkins, Booth Chairperson at 330-527-5695. For general questions call 330-296-FAIR.
2011 Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Parade EntriesRegister TodayParade applications are still available. Parade line up begins at 7:00 am and the parade step off at 9:00 AM Saturday, September 17, in beautiful downtown Ravenna. The All American Judges will be judging the parade. Parade entries are encourage to stay for the opening ceremony when the parade winners will be announced. Entries should focus on this year’s theme “Patchwork Skies”. For more information call the BAF Hotline (330) 296-FAIR.
Garfield Elementary 2011 Safety Village RegistrationRegister NowPlease register your 2011-2012 kindergartener now for James A. Garfield PTO Safety Village. The areas to be covered are fire, school, electric, gun safety, stranger danger, home and personal safety and much more. This is a great way to introduce your child to the school environment. This is open to all incoming James A. Garfield Elementary kindergarteners. Registration fee is $25.00; this provides a T-shirt, snack, and craft everyday plus more! The deadline for registration is July 1st. If you have any questions or need a registration form please call Michelle Cmunt @ 330-527-9310 or Kellie Norris @ 330-527-7708. Sorry- no late registrations and no walk-ins.
“This Means War” Basketball TournamentRegister by June 30The inaugural Beth Ann Vanek “This Means War” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 16 at Champion High School, 5976 Mahoning Ave NW in Warren.  Cost is $65 per team. Teams must register by June 30. Play begins at 8 am; Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and other contests will be held.  Funds raised will help defray medical expenses.
RFC Basketball CampWednesday MorningsRenaissance Family Center basketball camp every Wednesday morning – Grades 4-7 9:30-10:30, and Grades 8-12 11- noon, 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.
Huntsburg Congregational Church Bible StudyThursday NightsHuntsburg Congregational Church has a new Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7:00pm at the church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg, just south of US322 on SR528. 440-636-5504 for any info.
Hilltop Opens BackdoorTuesdays & FridaysEconomy got you down? Let us help…part of the ministry of Hilltop Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Mantua is to help those who simple need a little assistance. Visit the BackDoor for gently used household goods donated by people who seek to help. While some items have very moderate prices, most are available at no charge. The room is open every Tuesday 1 – 4 pm and Friday 1 – 3 pm.  Enter our BackDOor from the parking lot behind the church located at 4572 West Prospect St in Mantua.
Freedom Township Brush Pick up1st Monday of MonthFreedom Township will be doing the monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.
Schumann’s Cruise-inSaturdays Public is welcome to Saturday’s at Schumann’s Cruise-in car show and pot luck dinner from 5 – 9 PM every Saturday now through September. Any cars old or new are welcome we have space for 120 cars. Come to 6191 Hazel Street Ravenna each week for our free car show.
Crafters WantedCall TodayRenaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.
Male Mentors NeededRegister TodayAlthough Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage County is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life right now has a greater need for male mentors. Call Big Brothers & Sisters today at (330) 296-6655.
Free Summer Food ProgramThrough  Aug 19Free summer food program for children 6/13 – 8/19, 2011 at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham. Breakfast will be from 9-9:30am and lunch from Noon-1:30pm Monday through Friday. Any child ages 1 – 18 years old welcome.
Summer ProgramsOn-goingRenaissance Summer Programs are Wednesday – Friday 1:30-3:30pm ages 5 through 12. We have cooking, wood working, guitar and piano lessons, Health Fair, volley ball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.
Hiram Community Band RehearsalsJuly 1The Hiram Community Band returns! Rehearsal will be 6:45-9 on Fri. 7/1 at Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus, with the concert, as always, at “4 on the 4th” of July on the street outside Frohring. The concert will feature the premiere of “Windham Bicentennial March” by Jeffrey Quick, which  may possibly be repeated for the Bicentennial festivities (July 28-30). If you play a band instrument and want to play, email jaq@case.edu or call 216-368-6677 (weekdays) or 330-527-0144 (evenings and weekends)Trumbull Art Gallery’s Children’s Art ParadeJuly 1Trumbull Art Gallery’s Children’s Art Parade will begin on July 1 at 11:30am  at the Trumbull Art Gallery, 196-198 E. Market St., Warren, OH, and ends at Warren County Courthouse lawn. Music, refreshments and children’s entertainments, which includes Fine Art Council of Trumbull County’s CHALK ON THE WALK, until 2:00pm. Trumbull Art Gallery, 330-395-4876, www.trumbullartgallery.com.
Windham Lions Sandwich SaleJuly 1 & 2The Windham Lions will hold their Monthly summertime sandwich sale in the Sparkle Market parking lot in Windham, July 1st and 2nd 2011 The menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are still only $ 4.00.  They are hot juicy and freshly made. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight related causes and local community needs. Stop by and say hello to the dedicated, hard working Windham Lions and ask how YOU can help make a difference in Windham.
Swiss Steak DinnerJuly 2Public Invited to the Unity Lodge 12, F&AM swiss steak dinner on July 2 from 5-7pm at the Ravenna Masonic Complex SR 14 & Washington Ave. Ravenna. A donation of $8/adults and $5 children 7-12 and 6 and under are free. Carryouts will be available. For more information call (330) 296-4556.
Know Your ForestsJuly 2Get to know your forests on Saturday July 2 – 2 to 4pm at Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township. Senior Naturalist Dan Best calls it “a walk and talk production.” Registration is not required for this program. Call (440)286-9516 with questions. Geauga Park is also online at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Book Signing At Newton Falls LibraryJuly 2Reid Lamport, former Newton Falls resident and local pastor, coach and author will be holding a book signing for his recently released book “Unleashing the Power of Encouragement” at the NF Public Library on July 2 from 10 am – 2pm.
SUNBEAU Valley Farm July FestJuly 2 & 3Festival at SUNBEAU Valley Farm, 3229 State Route 59 starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kissel Amusement Rides, food, live music and fireworks (weather permitting). Cost is $5 per person; free for ages 12 and under with a paid adult. Saturday’s featured entertainment includes Fog Band; Steve Cipriano Band and R&B Recording Artist Maria Jacobs with local Guitarist Steve Cipriano At dusk, the American Fireworks Company will provide fireworks. Sunday’s featured entertainment includes Southbound Band. The day will end with a final firework display. For information call 330-297-9505.
4-H BreakfastJuly 3The Trumbull 4-H Advisory Committee is sponsoring a pancake breakfast at the Trumbull County Fair on Sunday, July 3 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. in the pavilion by the horse area.  The menu includes pancakes & sausage, sausage gravy & biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, and beverages.  All items are priced separately.  All proceeds from this pancake breakfast will benefit the Trumbull County 4-H program.  The profit from this breakfast will provide camp scholarships, program supplies, recognition items for members and volunteers, and help with family activities.
Veteran’s Appreciation DayJuly 4The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be celebrating Veteran’s Appreciation Day on July 4, 2011 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and goes through the conclussion of fireworks. Several members will display a considerable amount of military memorabilia under the grandstand, and there will be a number of food concessions available. The Honor Guard will post The Colors and there will be a flag-burning ceremony to properly dispose of worn flags. $4 donation per car or $1 walk-in. Rain date is July 5th.
Portage County District Library Branches ClosedJuly 4All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the 4th of July.  They will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, July 5.  Visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for information about library programs and services. Have you tried Portage County District Library’s downloadable media catalog? Visit overdrive.portagelibrary.org to get started downloading audiobooks and eBooks today. Available titles include new releases, the classics and many children’s titles as well.
Little Tigers MeetingJuly 5The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding their monthly meeting on July 5, 2011 at the Newton Falls community center. The meeting will start at 6:00p.m.Southington UMC Chicken DinnerJuly 6The Southington United Methodist Church, SR 305 & 534 in Southington will be holding a chicken dinner on July 6th from 3:30 -6 p.m. The menu includes 1/4 chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts and beverage. Adults $7.50; Children 4-10 $4 (meal includes chicken tenders); under 3 Free.  Carry out available by calling 330-898-2156.
Crestwood BOE MeetingJuly 6Due to the 4th of July holiday the Crestwood Board of Education will hold their regular July meeting on July 6th at 7PM at the Crestwood Primary School, 11256 Bowen Road, Mantua.
Annual Rummage SaleJuly 7 & 8Faith Evangelical Free Church will be holding their annual rummage sale on July 7th & 8th from 9am – 5pm and July 9th from 9am – 3pm. The church is located just outside Garrettsville (in Nelson Township) at 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., 1 1/2 miles south of the Nelson Circle or 1 1/2 miles north of S.R. 82. The sale is being held behind the church building in their pavilion.
Eagles Fish FryJuly 8Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be held July 8 from 4-8pm at 8149 Water Street. Dinner will be $8.
Birding Hallowed GroundJuly 8This avian exploration for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas surveys the sylvan surroundings of Burton Memorial Forest and Burton Township’s Lower Cemetery. Call (440) 286-9516 for information. Program will be held on  July 8th from 7-9pm Burton Park – Rapids Road Burton Village.
Hiram Rapids Community SaleJuly 8 & 95th Annual Hiram Rapids Community Sale will be held on July 8th & 9th 9AM-5PM.For more information or to beincluded on the site map ($5 fee)call Joan @ 330-569-4292 or Becky@ 330-569-7496.
Rummage & Bake SaleJuly 8 & 9Come and find new treasures at the Ravenna Order of the Eastern Stars rummage and bake sale on July 8-9 from 9 am to 4pm at the Ravenna Masonic Complex, 4785 Washington Ave., Ravenna.
“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”July 8-10 & 15-16Curtains up Theatre is proud to present “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” July 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7 pm and July 10 at 2 pm.  Performances will be held at JA Garfield High School Iva Walker Auditorium. For tickets call 216 375-0709 or order online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com.
Campfire & Night HikeJuly 9Campfire & Night Hike will be held on Saturday July 9, 8-10PM Headwaters Park Boathouse, gather around a blazing campfire with s’mores for nature songs, skits and stories followed by a journey into the darkness. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Call (440) 286-9516 for information.
Huntsburg Grange ConcertJuly 9The next Huntsburg Grange bandstand concert is set for Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 with performance by the Boys Are Back band.  Serving chili by first place Chili Cook-Off winner, Matt Morgan with 50/50 raffle and famous Cake Walk.  Bring a lawn chair and donate canned food for local food cupboard.
Art on the HillJuly 9Saturday, July 9, 10-5, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 50+ artisans, live entertainment, food, Chinese auction, door prizes & more. Info: 330-414-6486 Chinese AuctionJuly 9Saturday, July 9, 10-4:30, Mantua Grain Building, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 150+ items. Lots of artwork, gift certificates and many more great items. Info: 330-414-6486.
“The Jesus Expedition”July 11-14The Nelson United Methodist Church will hold “The Jesus Expedition” vacation Bible school from July 11 – 14 , 6 – 8:30pm for kids 3 years through 6th grade. (330) 527-9953.
Over The Hill Gang DinnerJuly 13Over the Hill Gang dinner will be held on July 13th at 6:30pm at The Mantua Center Christian Church . The dinner is open to anyone 55 and over. Donation: $6. The church is located on the historic green at the corner of Rt. 82 and Mantua Center Road in Mantua Township.
Rummage SaleJuly 14-16First Christian Church, 7 North Center St. in Newton Falls will be hosting a rummage sale on July 14-15,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon will be bag day.  LUNCH AVAILABLE
Christ Lutheran Church Rummage SaleJuly 15-16Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 North Main Street, Mantua, will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 9 AM to 1 PM.  There will be a large selection of clothing, household items and much more. For more information please call the Church at 330-274-2849.
Harvest Point Rummage SaleJuly 15 & 16Harvest Point Church will hold a Rummage Sale at the church on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The church is located at 6100 Tod Ave. in the Lordstown Plaza.   The proceeds  of the sale will be used for the church’s outreach ministry which includes the Free Community Luau which will be held on Sunday, August 28, at the 4-Corners Park on Tod Ave. in Lordstown.  Pastor Shannon New-Spangler is Pastor.
Blue Ribbon FlowersJuly 16Geauga County Master Gardener volunteers present “Blue Ribbon Flowers – Competing at the Fair” on July 16 from 10 am – Noon. Learn how to enter the fair and how to select and present your plants and flowers to look their best. Fee $15 Call (440)834-4656 for information.
FootlooseJuly 15-17The Kent Trumbull Theatre and Summer Stock 34 is proud to present our upcoming performances of Footloose by Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, and Tom Snow. Footloose performs July 15- 17, 22-24, and 29-31, 2011. At the Kent Trumbull Theatre located at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren, OH. All shows are at 8pm except for Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or e-mail trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.
Soccer Coaches, Volunteers and Sponsors NeededDeadline July 16The GW Soccer Club is looking for new and returning coaches, someone to head concessions, someone to head fundraising and team sponsors.  The cost to sponsor at team is only $125.00.  Anyone interested should contact Bob Finney (330) 527-0656, Stacy Neer (330) 527-5720, Russell Thornton (330) 527-0955, Becky Gough (330) 815-2575 or Melissa Roubic (330) 296-4336  by Saturday, July 16th.
G-W Soccer Club Sign-UpsThrough July 16 Fall Soccer Signup Dates:     Saturday, June 25th Millers Family Restaurant (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Wednesday, July 6th at Garrettsville Park (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, July 9th at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon); Wednesday, July 13th at Windham Town Hall (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, July 16th at Windham Town Hall (9:00 a.m. – Noon)
G.I. GatheringJuly 16The public is invited to a G.I. Gathering on July 16th from 8am-noon at 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton American Legion Post 459, contact Bruce Zupancic (440)897-2396
Rod Truman To PerformJuly 17The Rev. Jim Melick, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Freedom invites the public to come join us and hear Rod Truman with Thru It All Ministries at the church on July 17 at 10:30am. Mr. Truman will share his story of healing. The church is located at State Route 88 and State Route 303 in Freedom Township.
Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach BashJuly 18-22Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash VBS will be held at the Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Rd., Wayland on July 18-22. The fun begins at 6 pm SHARP and lasts until 8:30 pm. This years theme focuses on John 14:6. All children age 3 through those that have finished 6th grade are welcome. There is no charge to attend.  For more information call Anna 330.938-2335; JoDel 330.358.2739 or Debbie at 330.358-2638.Garrettsville’s Farmers MarketJuly 20 – Oct 5The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesday’s from July 20th through October 5, 2011. The location will be in the Skylanes Bowling Alley parking lot, located at the intersection of Liberty and Windham Streets (SR82). The market will run from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Vendors wanting to participate in this years market contact Jackie Rinearson at rinearson05@frontier.com or call 216-375-0709.  We do not accept any vendors of non-edible items and concessions are not permitted at this time.
Vacation Bible SchoolJuly 27-19“Nazareth – Where Jesus Was a Kid” will be held at Friendship Alliance Church, 19126 Ravenna Road (SR 44), Auburn Township on July 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Ages 4 years – 6th grade welcome. There is NO COST for this program. Contact the church to register (walk-ins also welcome) 440-834-0955fac@friendshipalliancechurch.org
Garfield Class of 1991 ReunionJuly 30The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  July 30 at Sugarbush Golf Club. Dinner and dancing. Tickets are $20 each. See a committee member or purchase at Tommie Jo’s/Villager office. 330-527-0100.
Camp Invention: Building Fun!August 1-5This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspired creativity and inventive thinking through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).  It’s learning disguised as fun! Camp Invention meets at Hiram College August 1-5 from 9:00am-3:30pm each day. Children bring a lunch and we provide the excitement and learning. Camp Invention is for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org or call Matt Sorrick at Hiram College (330.569.6003).
Johnson Rubber Annual PicnicAug 6 Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held from  on Saturday, Aug 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, Ohio.  Please bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and your water.  Electricity is available, but there is not water available.  We will provide punch, ice tea and hot dogs.  We plan on eating at 4:00 p.m.   Call 330-569-7057 (Maryan) or 440749-0518 (Jeannie) for additional information.
A Day In ProvenceThrough August 15It’s becoming known as “Ohio’s Provence.” So treat yourself to the rich color, heady fragrance and an unexpected feel of French countryside at the Ohio Lavender Harvest hosted by DayBreak Lavender Farm, 2129 Frost Road, Streetsboro, OH. An island of tranquil purple set against the greens and golds of the summer season, the Lavender Harvest offers a bouquet of delightful activities to enjoy. Gather a lavender bouquet, spread out a picnic on the banks of the large pond, set up your easel, take pictures, hike the trails, reconnect with nature or meditate in the Woodland Meditation Retreat.It takes all takes place in the beautiful and peaceful country setting known as DayBreak Lavender Farm. For details visit www.ohiolavenderfestival.com
2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike ShowAugust 27The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.
Golf Outing Sept 4Southeast Portage County Lion’s Club  Golf Outing will be held on September 4 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course 2745 Grandview Road Lake Milton, OH. Four person scramble – 8am shotgun start / 7-7:45 am registration. $65 per person. A chance to win $10,000. Call (330) 207-6040 for information.