People Tree Donations

This year the People Tree is in need more than ever before. The suppliers of our toys in the past years are now unable to provide us with toys. Toys are needed for walk-in families. Other needed items are as follows: food, coats, hats, gloves, boots, misc. household items and personal care products. Items can be dropped off at the Library, Bay Window, Huntington Bank, Middlefield Bank, Rite Aid and the Garden Bistro. If you would like to mail a donation, please mail to: People Tree, 8309 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. (330) 527-4097 or (330) 527-2408

Homemade Kolache

Place Orders Now

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls are once again offering their delicious homemade Kolaches for the Christmas holiday for only $8 each. You can choose from apricot, nut and poppy seed filling. To order call Joanne at (330) 358-2710. Pick-up times will be on Dec. 7th from 9am-4pm, Dec. 8th from 9am-6pm and Dec. 9th from 10am to noon.

2011 Chamber Calendars

The Garrettsville Area Chamber Photo Contest Calendars are on sale now.  The 2011 calendars make a great holiday gift ~ $6 each or 2/$10.  Calendars are available at Middlefield Bank, James A Garfield Historical Society, and Village Bookstore.  Calendars can also be picked up at the craft show at Village Hall during the Christmas Walk.

i-Pad Raffle

The James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters are selling tickets for a chance to win an i-Pad. Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held on Dec 18th during the varsity girls’ basketball home game. Tickets can be obtained through any booster member or during any home basketball game. This would make a great Christmas gift!

Fix It in the Farmland

The Geauga Humane Society’s program, Fix it in the Farmland, low cost spay and neuter surgeries, will not hold any Dec clinics. Clinics will begin again in January. If you wish to to call for the next available clinic call (440) 338-4819 ext. 21 and leave a message and a coordinator will call you to schedule. The cost is $10 per pet and owners are required to pre-qualify.

Holiday Cookie Sale

Now – Dec 14

The Nelson United Methodist Church is taking orders for Christmas cookies. The cookies are $6/pound and sold in one or two-pound decorated boxes. Call Norma at (330) 527-5442 or Pam at (330) 527-5744 before Dec 15th to order.

Bell Ringers Needed

Nov & Dec

The People Tree is in need of volunteers to ring bells this holiday season. If you are able to volunteer 2 hours of your time, you can help make a difference. Groups and organizations are welcome to sign up for blocks of time. If you are able to help, please call Hallie at (330) 527-4097 or Kim at (330)527-4873.

Letter From Santa

Have your child receive that special letter and gift from Santa, send the following information to: Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre, P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231, Attn: Santa’s Workshop Enclosed your payment of $8.00 and please include the following: child’s name, age, address and sex of child. All checks must be made payable to: Curtains up Theatre. All letters will arrive to the children between Dec 12 and Dec 20, 2010. For more information contact Jackie at: 216-375-0709 or

Senior Lunch


Seniors — young and old — are welcome to lunch on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Nov will be covered dish at noon at the Braceville United Methodist Church.

Senior Citizens Meeting


Senior citizens are invited to join in a social time every Friday from 1-4pm at the Renaissance Family Center in Windham. Join with other seniors to play board games, card games, and socialize.

Child Advocates Needed

CASA (Child Appointed Special Advocates) for KIDS of Geauga County is recruiting volunteers to advocate for the “best interest” of abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court. No particular background is required. You must be at least 25 years of age and have no criminal record. Couples may work together. 32 hours of pre-service training is provided. The next training sessions will be in March 2011. If you are interested, call Chris at (440) 279-1696.

Influenza Vaccinations


The Geauga County Health District will offer seasonal influenza vaccinations on Friday mornings from 8:30-11am at 470 Center Street, Bldg. 8 in Chardon. No appt necessary and is available to anyone age 19 and older. The cost is $25. Traditional Medicare Part B, there is no charge. If you have any questions, please call the health department at (440) 279-1950.

Geauga County Libraries

Nov 24 & 25

All Geauga County libraries will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 24th and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Newbury Library will be closed all day Wednesday, Nov. 24th. The libraries will reopen at 10am on Friday, Nov. 26th and the stations will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 27th at noon. The Bookmobile will resume service on Saturday, Nov. 27th.

Free Thanksgiving Day Luncheon

Nov 25

Loaves and Fishes Community Meal will be serving a traditonal Thanksgiving meal from Noon to 1:30PM, Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010.  This is a free meal open to anyone and is located at Mantua Christian Church, 4118 SR 82, Mantua, OH. (West of SR 44 at Mantua Center Rd.)  For More info call 330-274-8258, or visit

PCDL Closed

Nov 25

Portage County District Library is closed for Thanksgiving holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Portage County District Library branch locations with evening hours will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24.  All branch locations and offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25. They will resume regular operating hours on Friday, November 26. Visit Portage County District Library online at for information about library services and programs.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 25

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Thanksgiving Day at the Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 E. River Road. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Outreach.

Christmas Parade

Nov 26

Ravenna Balloon A-Fair’s annual lighted Christmas Parade will take place on Friday, Nov 26th at 7pm in conjunction with Ravenna’s Mid-Night Madness Sale. The parade will begin at the former Ravenna High School. Santa will be at the Buckeye Mini Mall, 250 E. Main St., to visit with the children. For more information call Mark at (330) 297-1586 or the Balloon A-Fair line at (330) 296-3247.

Book Sale In Burton

Nov 27

On Saturday, Nov 27, from 9 am until 4 pm–the Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a  book sale in the library basement.  Burton Public Library is located opposite the Burton park.  There are items for everyone; books (fiction and non-fiction), magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, cds, tapes, videos, and puzzles are available.  Please enter the sale through the white door located at the back of the building.

Santa’s Collection Craft Show

Nov 27

The 10th annual Santa’s Collection Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Nov 27th from 9am-3pm. Unique gifts, crafts and toys. Free admission to show. For table information contact Carol at (440) 834-4532. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Breakfast with Santa

Nov 27 & 28

The Burton American Legion Auxiliary, Post 459, Goodwin Street, will host Breakfast with Santa on Nov 27th & 28th from 9am to 1pm. Admission is $6/adults, $3/children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

Scavenger Hunt

Nov 27 & 28

The Geauga Park District will host a Turkey Trottin’ Scavenger Hunt on Nov 27th & 28th from 10am-5pm at The West Woods Nature Center. Go on a scavenger hunt inside and out on this fact-finding turkey mission. Fun for the whole family.

Birds of Prey

Nov 28

The Geauga Park District invites you to join Harvey Webster, director of The Wildlife Resource Center at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, on Sunday, Nov 28th from 2-3:30pm at The West Woods Nature Center. He will discuss birds of prey and their  adaptations along with bringing some with him for the talk. For more information, contact Geauga Park District at (440) 286-9516 or visit

Black Birch, Silver Trout and a Historic Lodge

Nov 28

Explore one of the hidden gems of the Chagrin River valley at the Sulphur Springs area of the South Chagrin Reservation near Chagrin Falls with leader Bob Faber (11am-2pm). Up and down walking in a narrow gorge and muddy trails. Fee: $8/non-members, $4/members of Friends of the Field Station. To register, or for more information, phone (330) 569-6003 or email Directions will be provided upon registration.

Musical Program

Nov 28

The First Christian Church of Newton Falls, 17 North Center Street, will have a musical program on Sunday, Nov 28th at 3pm. The featured choir is from the Second Baptist Church in Sharpsville, PA. This is a free program; a free will offering will be collected. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the program.

Band Fruit Sale

through Nov 30

The J. A. Garfield High School Band is selling  fruit from Nov 1st-30th. Orders will be delivered between Dec 12-18th. Options for doorstep delivery available. Orders may be placed with any band student in grades 5-12 or contact Judy at (330) 687-0630 or the band directors at the high school.

NF School Board Workshop

Nov 30

The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold its Board Workshop on Tuesday, Nov 30th at 4pm in the Board Room located in the Jr. High, 907 1?2 Milton Blvd.

“iHoliday” Raffle

through Dec 14

Crestwood Bands is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Tickets are $5/each, $20/5 tickets or $50/15 tickets. The second prize is an iPod Shuffle and the third prize is an iTunes gift card. Drawing will be held on Dec 14th at the Crestwood Bands Winter Concert. Tickets can be purchased from any band patron, the high school or by calling Sue at (330) 842-0012.

Home 44444 the Holidays


The Newton Falls Area Commerce Association will sponsor the 6th Annual Home 44444 the Holidays. A parade will be held on Saturday, Dec 4th. Registration will begin at 5pm in the old Andretti parking lot and parade will begin at 5:30pm. The Home 44444 the Holidays Festivities will be held at Newton Falls High School on Saturday, Dec 11th from 10am-4pm. Join in the fun — pictures with Santa, crafts, vendors, food, Chinese auctions and more! Visit the website at for more information.

JAG Dance Camp

Dec 3 & 4

The 2010 JAG Dance Team will host a JAG Elementary Dance Camp for grades kindergarten – 4th on Saturday, Dec. 4th and Sunday, Dec. 5th from 9-11am. The performance will be on Dec. 10th during the JV game. The cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Registration is due by Dec 2nd. For more information contact Ms. Makowski at or (440) 679-0975.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec 3-19

“It’s a Wonderful Life” the holiday classic of our time based on the film by Frank Capra and adapted by James W. Rodgers, will be performed live at the Geauga Theater this Dec. This version is not a musical, however there will still be music included at the production. A talented Children Chorus will perform. The cost is $15/adults, $13/students and seniors and $5/children 10 and under. A canned food donation will receive $2 off the ticket price (excluding the special children’s price of $5). Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets for the play, visit or call the box office at (440) 286-2255.

Santa Is Coming To Town

Dec 4

He sees you when your sleeping – and knows when you’re awake – and We know when he is coming to town!! Saturday, Dec 4th, Santa will be in Windham at the RFC for breakfast. Come and be jolly, Breakfast is from 9am to 10am. There will be food, crafts, and an opportunity to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Pictures will be taken, It’s all here and it’s all free. Santa will be available until 12 noon. Moms, while the kids are spending time with Santa, take some time for yourself and view the craft show going on all day Saturday at the RFC

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 4

Santa has some time this coming month and he is again stopping at the First Congregational Church. 612 W. Broad St. Newton Falls on Saturday Dec 4th, from 9:30-11:30 for a FREE BREAKFAST.  We are so excited!!!! so everyone is invited for pancakes and sausage (It’s Santa’s favorite)

Food Pantry Donations

Dec 4

Girl Scout Troop 751 will be collecting non-perishable goods for the 4C’s Food Pantry, serving the Crestwood community, on Saturday, Dec 4th at the Hiram Christian Church from 9am to noon. Help your neighbors this holiday season with a donation.

Night at the Races

Dec 4

Mantua Soccer Association will host A Night at the Races with the District One National Show Horse Association on Saturday, Dec 4th from 6pm-midnight at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 11845 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua. The cost is $35/couple or $20/single and includes dinner, beer and wine. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, sideboards and instant bingo. Name your own horse for $10. Call Janice (330) 474-1346 or Russ (330) 562-9570.

Parents Without Partners

Dec 4

The Portage County Parents Without Partners will hold their monthly dance on Dec 4th from 7:30-11:30pm at the Kent VFW, 500 VFW Parkway off Stow Road in Kent. Cost is $6/members and $8/non-members. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information please call Warrine at (330) 699-2361 or (330) 322-9559.

Senior Luncheon

Dec 4

First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, Dec 4th at 11:30am and will feature the First Baptist Puppet Team and Christmas carols. The luncheon will follow at noon. The event is open to any area senior citizen. For additional information call (330) 872-7055.

Texas Hold’em Benefit

Dec 4

There will be Texas Hold’em Tournament for Lenny Polichena on December 4th at 4pm at the Windham Fire Department. Buy in for $50/20,000 in chips, extra chips $10/5,000. Pay out is 70%. Pre-sale tickets receive 5,000 in extra chips. Food and drinks supplied, no alcoholic beverages or smoking. For tickets or more information call Kenny at (330) 219-2571. Cash games, doors open at 2pm.

Curtains Up Hosts  Holiday Social

Dec 4

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host a Holiday Social on  Dec 4th from Noon to 4 pm. Vendors are asked to contact Sherri Collins at 330-548-3668 to reserve your spot. Table costs are $30 or $20 with a new toy donation to The People Tree.To participate in the “So You Think You Have Talent” contest you must pre-register, as time slots are limited.

Yuletide Memories Wreath

Dec 4

The Master Gardeners are offering a Yuletide Memories Wreath workshop on Saturday, Dec 4th from 9am-1pm at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road. While making your wreath, learn about the meaning of flowers and plants. All materials are provided. The fee is $35. Mail a check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. Call (440) 834-4656 to register.

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 4

On Saturday, December 4th from 9 to 11 a.m. join us for Breakfast with Santa at the Parkman Community House at 16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422 (1/4 mile east of St. Rt. 528 in Parkman).   Bring your camera and take your child’s picture with Santa.  Enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes & sausage. (Adults – $3.00, children – $2.00)  Call Denise at (440) 548-2939 or Patty at (440) 548-2242 for reservations or any questions you may have.  Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce.

Cornhole Tournament

Dec 4

The Newton Falls Little Tigers will host a cornhole tournament on Saturday, Dec 4th at the VFW Post #3332 in Newton Falls. The doors will open at 1pm and games start at 2pm. The cost is $30/pre-registered teams and $40 for teams at the door. No one under 21 permitted. Concessions will be available and there will be a 50/50 drawing and raffle prizes. For more information or to pre-register call Andy at (330) 565-0950 or email

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 4

The Youth Ministry of St. Mary & St. Joseph Church will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec 4th from 10am to noon at St. Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive in Newton Falls. The cost is $5/adults and $3/children. If you would like a photo with Santa the cost is $2 for a 4×6 digital photo. For more information call (330) 872-5742.

Toy Bingo

Dec 5

St. Michael’s Christmas Toy Bingo will be held on Sunday, Dec 5th. Doors will open at 1pm and games begin at 2pm. The cost is $5/person; extra cards are $1 each. An adult must accompany each child. There will also be 50/50 and other raffles. Refreshments are available. For more information call Sue (330) 872-1712.

Christmas Concert

Dec 5

The St. Ambrose Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, Dec 5th at 7pm. The Adult Vocal and Childrens’ O.K. Chorale will perform sacred and secular Advent and Christmas music. This event is free and open to the public.

All District Band Concert

Dec 5

Come to hear the best band program in the county! Grades 4-12 will perform in the gym at James A. Garfield High School on Sunday, Dec 5th at 2pm. Come enjoy this free annual favorite.

Nature’s Ornament

Dec 5

Geauga Park District invites you to try your hand at making some of your own unique ornaments from natural items on Sunday, Dec 5th from 3-4:30pm at Swine Creek Reservation in the Lodge. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Geauga Park District at (440) 286-9516 or visit

Pearl Harbor Day

Dec 7

The American Legion Post 459 in Burton will host a Pearl Habor Day Ceremony at the Burton Square Gazebo on Dec 7th at 11am. The public is invited to attend.

Art Takes a Bough Reception

Dec 9

The Geauga Park District invites you to view and bid on dozens of handmade ornaments at the Art Takes a Bough ornament reception on Thursday, Dec 9th from 6-9pm at The West Woods Nature Center. Holiday music and refreshments provided. For more information, contact Geauga Park District at (440) 286-9516 or visit

Fill-A-Police Car

Dec 10

The Middlefield Police Department’s “Fill-A-Police Car” food drive will be held on Friday, Dec 10th from 2-7pm at the Middlefield Wal-Mart and Save-A-Lot. Non-perishable food items collected for Christmas food baskets to support our area needy families.

Hiram College Music Events

Dec 10 & 14

On Friday, Dec 10th a choral and instrumental Christmas concert will be held at the Garfield Meeting House at 7:30pm. A Senior Recital will be held on Tuesday, Dec 14th at Frohring Recital Hall beginning at 7:30pm.

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Dec 10-12 & 17-18

A small girl’s belief in Santa and the magic of the holiday is at stake in a climactic courtroom decision. This tender and charming show for the entire family is a Christmas classic.

The performance will take place  in the James A Garfield Intermediate school. Tickets may be purchased online at  or by calling  216-375-0709.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Dec 10-12 & 17-19

Kent Trumbull Theatre will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec 10-12 and Dec 17-19 at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren. All shows are at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm. Call (330) 687-8887 or email for more information.

Christmas Cantata

Dec 12

The Chancel Choir of the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Avenue, will present a Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec 12th at 7pm. The service will begin with a congregational carol sing. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken.

NF School Tax Budget Hearing

Dec 15

The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold a Tax Budget Hearing on Wednesday, Dec 15th at 10am in the Board office located at 909 1?2 Milton Blvd.

NF School Board Meeting

Dec 16

The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold its Regular Board meeting on Thursday, Dec 16th at 6pm in the Board Room located in the Jr. High, 907 1?2 Milton Blvd.

Toys For Children

Dec 18

Toys, coats, and food will be given away on Saturday, Dec 18th from 8am to noon at the Windham Town Hall – Sherriff’s Department. Everyone welcome for food, no requirements. For more information on toys and coats, or food, call Paula at (330) 285-1334 or Dianne at (330) 527-8005.