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Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
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Spaces 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 Needed
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Southeast 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 Sale
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Start 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 & Exhibitors
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The 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 Entries
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Parade 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.

RFC Basketball Camp
Wednesday Mornings
Renaissance 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 Study
Thursday Nights
Huntsburg 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 Backdoor
Tuesdays & Fridays
Economy 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 up
1st Monday of Month
Freedom 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-in
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 Wanted
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Renaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

Male Mentors Needed
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Although Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage County is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life right now there is a greater need for male mentors. Call Big Brothers & Sisters today at (330) 296-6655.

Free Summer Food Program
Through  Aug 19
There is a free summer food program running through Aug. 169th at the Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham. Any child 1-18 years old is welcome. Breakfast is from 9-9:30 am and lunch is served from Noon – 1:30 Monday – Friday.

Summer Programs
Renaissance 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.

Annual Rummage Sale
July 7 & 8
Faith 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 Fry
July 8
Garrettsville Eagles Fish Fry will be held July 8 from 4-8pm at 8149 Water Street. Dinner will be $8.

Birding Hallowed Ground
July 8
This 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.

“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
July 8-10 & 15-16
Curtains 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.

Hiram Rapids Community Sale
July 8 & 9
5th Annual Hiram Rapids Community Sale will be held on
July 8th & 9th 9AM-5PM.
For more information or to be
included on the site map ($5 fee)
call Joan @ 330-569-4292 or Becky
@ 330-569-7496.

Rummage & Bake Sale
July 8 & 9
Come 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.

Campfire & Night Hike
July 9
Campfire & 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 Concert
July 9
The 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 Hill
July 9
Saturday, July 9, 10-5, East Prospect Street, Mantua. 50+ artisans, live entertainment, food, Chinese auction, door prizes & more. Info: 330-414-6486

Chinese Auction
July 9
Saturday, 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.

Stephens Memorial Observatory Open
July 9
Saturday July 9: Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM, weather permitting. Earth’s Moon will be the feature of the night seen in astonishing detail through the Observatory’s large telescope. If conditions permit the Ring Nebula, remnant of an expired sun, will also be viewed. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or find “StephensObs” on Twitter.

Opening Reception for “Tattoed”
July 9
From July 10 – August 2, Trumbull Art Gallery will feature the body art and artwork of Thad Minnick.  Thad is a noted tatooist as well as a painter, and the owner of “Time Well Spent”.  His inspiration stems from nature and the world around him, and his signature style has garnered him a vast following.  The reception for Thad will be held July 9th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be available.

Opening Reception for “People I Knew”
July 9
Kip, who is Thad Minnick’s father and a resident of Newton Falls, is a prolific artist whose non-judgmental approach captures the essence and the mood of the characters he paints.  The Opening Reception for “people I Knew”  will be held at Trumbull Art Gallery on Saturday, July 9th, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  No admission fee will be charged.  Refreshments are available.

Mantua Center School Open House
July 10
Bring your favorite dish to pass and join Mantua Township trustees for a pot luck dinner in the newly renovated gym/cafeteria annex on July 10 from 1-6 pm.  11741 Mantua Center Rd, Mantua.

St. John Monastery Walk About
July 10
The small Russian Orthodox Church and retreat center in Hiram Rapids has an extensive forest preserve of over 100 acres that stretches to the Cuyahoga River. Explore this little known section of Hiram Township and discover this private area protecting lands along the Cuyahoga. Meet at 1:00pm in the parking lot at 5862 Allyn Rd. southwest of Hiram Rapids. Fee: $5 ($3 for Friends of the Hiram College Field Station). Registration is required. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

“The Jesus Expedition”
July 11-14
All kids ages 3 years through 6th grade should plan to attend the Nelson United Methodist Church’s vacation bible school. “The Jesus Expedition” will start on July 11 and travel through July 14 from 6 -8:30 pm. The church is located on Nelson circle at 9367 SR 305, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Come and learn about Jesus, have fun, enjoy crafts and snacks too!

Over The Hill Gang Dinner
July 13
Over 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.

Windham Free Community Dinner
July 14
A free  community dinner  will be served JUly 14, at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  The dinner will be served  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   All are welcome, bring your friends.  The dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carry-outs.  For more information call 330-326-3133.

Rummage Sale
July 14-16
First 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

Harvest Point Rummage Sale
July 15 & 16
Harvest 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.

Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale
July 15 & 16
Christ 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.

Blue Ribbon Flowers
July 16
Geauga 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.

July 15-17
The 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 Needed
Deadline July 16
The 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.

An Accidental Garden: Ravenna Rails to Trails
July 16
Join us at 8:00am to explore the profusion of weedy wildflowers along the former rail line that runs through an old industrial area of Ravenna is quite amazing and beautiful. Velvet soft mullein, exotic viper’s bugloss, and host of other vibrant flowers grow between the ties and along the rails. A surprising number of songbirds and butterflies also add to the charm of this seeming unattractive area. Directions will be sent upon registration. Fee: $5 ($3 for Friends of the Hiram College Field Station). Registration is required. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

G-W Soccer Club Sign-Ups
Through July 16
Fall Soccer Signup Dates:             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. Gathering
July 16
The 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

18th Annual Hiram School Reunion
July 17
The 18th Annual Hiram School Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 1-4 pm for all those who attended Hiram School. This years reunion will be held at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Rd. (RT 422), Welshfield, Ohio.  Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. Last names A-K please bring a desert. Last names L-Z please bring a salad or vegetable. For more informatin contact Barbara 330-296-3732 or Carol at 330-527-4457.

Rod Truman To Perform
July 17
The 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.

Portage County Republican Women’s Club Meeting
July 18
You and your guests are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Portage County Republican Women’s Club on Monday, July 18, 2011 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Kinsey’s Korner Restaurant & Pizzeria, 1281 St. Rt. 183, Atwater, OH . Guest Speaker will be Todd McKenney, Ohio House Representative for the 43rd District . If you have any questions please contact Jeneen Kubala at 330 687-4067

Gospel Light’s Son Surf Beach Bash
July 18-22
Gospel 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.

“The Greatest Victory”
July 19
Veteran and former POW Harry Guinther will present “The Greatest Victory” on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00pm at the Middlefield Library. Experience one hero’s exciting role in World War II.  Mr. Guinther joined the U.S. Army Air Force shortly after his 19th birthday and trained as a radio operator and aerial gunner on a Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft. Listen to his personal stories as an Airman including his two daring escapes from imprisonment. Bring the whole family and pass history onto younger generations.  A question and answer session will follow the program.  Please call the Middlefield Library at 440.632.1961 to register for this exciting presentation.  The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.

Garrettsville’s Farmers Market
July 20 – Oct 5
The 2011 Garrettsville’s Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays 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.

Friends of Burton Library Preview Book Sale
July 23
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a members-only Preview book sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 23.  This is a FRIENDS only sale and memberships may be purchased on that day.

Vacation Bible School
July 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) 440-834-0955

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
July 30
The 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.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
July 30
On Saturday, July 30, the Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 am to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, maps, puzzles and vintage items.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This 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 Picnic
Aug 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.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS – Vacation Bible School
Aug 8 – 11
Parkman Congregational Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 8th – 11th (Mon. – Thurs.) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Registration forms can be picked-up at the church M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or call the church at 440-548-4829 or send an email to parkmanchurch@windstrem.net to request a form.

A Day In Provence
Through August 15
It’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

Steak Roast
Aug 20
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will be hosting a steak roast on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at the American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Pre-sale tickets are $13; at the door $15. Dinner includes steak, poratoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike Show
August 27
The 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 4
Southeast 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.

6th Annual Alumni Banquet
Sept 17
The 6th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on  Saturday, September 17, 2011, with sign in being 5:00 p.m. at the James A. Garfield Elementary School.  Reservations are $17.50 and need to be mailed to:  James A. Garfield Alumni, P. O. Box 93, Garrettsville, OH  44231. Please include the year you graduated.  Friday night’s home game is against Southeast. For a carefree class reunion, plan with the Alumni.