Vendors Wanted For Freedom Day
Register Today
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.

Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
Register Today
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
Register Today
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 encouraged 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.

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.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib Dinners
Fridays In August
The Mantua council Knights of Columbus is conducting their Second Annual Bar-B-Q Rib Dinner Fridays during August 2011.  Dinners served Fridays August 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-7 PM.  Mantua K of C is located on State Route 44 just north of Route 82 in Mantua, Ohio.

Crafters Wanted
Call Today
Renaissance Family Center is looking for Crafters for their annual craft show Nov. 11th and 12th 2011. Call (330)326-3003.

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
On-going
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, volleyball, anti drug, concert. All at the Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Drive Windham.

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

Community-Wide Garage/Yard Sales!
July 22 & 23
The Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Community Wide Garage/Yard Sales on July 22 and 23 from 9-5. There will be dozens of sales this year… maps available at most local business in Mantua Village, Township and Shalersville. Info, call Christine Pitsinger at 330-414-6486.

Benefit Yard Sale & Chinese Auction
July 23
There will be a benefit yard sale and Chinese auction on July 23 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Imperial Mobile Home Park Pavilion, Bailey Road, Lordstown. Proceeds to benefit Bone Marrow recipient Debbie Bokan. Lots of Misc. and Food!

Christmas In July
July 23
The Garrettsville Browns Backers will be hosting the 3rd Annual Christmas in July fundraiser to benefit the People Tree at Slim & Jumbo’s in Garrettsville on Saturday, July 23rd.  In addition to our traditional Chinese Auction, we have added a BIG raffle for a chance at $1,000 and an Afternoon at the Races in which you can purchase and/or bet on horse races which will be broadcast on the big screens.  The day begins at 1pm with live entertainment and Browns buses to tour.  Races start at 4pm.  This event is open to fans of all teams and families of all ages.

G-W Soccer Club Sign-Ups “LAST DAY”
July 23
Saturday, July 23rd at Garrettsville Park (9:00 a.m. – Noon) will be our LAST sign up date for the G-W Soccer Club.  Registration is only $40.
Huntsburg Grange Free Concert
July 23
Huntsburg Grange Free Summer Concert Series continues on Saturday, July 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the bandstand at US322 & SR528 in Huntsburg.  Fort Huntsburg Band will be playing.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, we will have a 50/50 raffle; cake walk; maybe a Grange Garage Sale inside the pavilion; and International Refreshments Night in the pavilion.  This is a fund raiser for the Grange to continue community improvement projects.

Animal Welfare Open House
July 23
Don’t wait for Xmas to adopt a pet. Come to the Animal Welfare Open House, 545 Brunstetter SW in Lordstown on Saturday, July 23rd from 1 – 6 pm. Adopting a cat or dog 4 years or older is only $25 and you’ll be glad you did!!

Annual Packard Car Show
July 23
The WARA Ham Club will be having their Annual Packard Car Show Event on July 23 and 24 from 8-5.They will have their equipment set up behind the Packard Museum in the parking lot. Those with radios are invited to come and set up their stations and get on the air and make contacts for this event. For more information contact: Jackie Clay KD8DNE at P.O. Box 809 Warren, Oh 44482 or call her at 440.636.2560. She can also be e-mailed at: KD8DNE@yahoo.com.

Cole Family Free Concert
July 23
A free gospel concert will be held at the Newbury Full Gospel Church,  Kiwanis Lake on Saturday July 23 at 6 p.m.  The Cole Family Singers were at Kiwanis Lake Church in concert earilier this year.  The singers will receive a free will offering and have a variety of CDs for sale.

Little Tigers Meeting
July 23
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding a football and  cheerleaders parents’ meeting/ equipment handout on July 23 at the  Newton Falls park stone pavilion. The meetings will be at the  following times:  Varsity ( 10,11,12 years old) at  9:00 a.m.; Junior Varsity ( 8,9,10 years old ) at 10:00 a.m.; Mighty Mites ( 5,6,7 years old) at 11:30 a.m. There will also be football sign-ups held at the same time.  Please bring a  copy of the child’s birth certificate when signing up. For  further  information contact Andy McElrath @  330-565-0950.

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.

Ice Cream Social
July 23
Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Road S.W., Lordstown, will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday July 23.  There will be turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, homemade pies and ice cream.  A bake sale will also be held.

Vojan Singing Group & Dinner
July 24
Enjoy a performance by the Vojan Singing Group and a chicken or duck dinner too! Sunday, July 24, DTJ Taborville is having a dinner from noon to 2 pm. Cost is $11 for adult chicken dinner and $6 for children’s chicken dinner.  1?2 duck dinner is $16.  Dinner includes dumplings, sauerkraut, a homemade doughnut and coffee.  The Vojan Singing Society is a Czech group that performs many favorites from the old country in the Czech language.  DTJ Taborville is located at the corner of Quinn and Bartholomew roads in Auburn Township.  Reservations are a MUST. Call 440 543-8494.

Hungarian Cultural Picnic
July 24
There will be a summer picnic on July 24 from noon to 7 pm at the Hungarian Cultural Center on Abbott Road in Hiram.  Music will be provided by The Hungarians.

Mantua American Legion Post 193 Picnic
July 24
The Mantua American Legion Post 193 and the Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 will host a joint picnic on Sunday, July 24th from 2-4 p.m. at the Shalersville Park. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service. Meat and beverages will be provided by Post 193. Come prepared to enjoy games and fellowship.

Windham Library Book Sale
July 25-29
The Windham Library will have a book sale during regular library hours the week of July 25-29. There will be a selection of adult, young adult and children’s books available. Money raised will help to fund special programs at the library.

Marching Pride Band Camp
July 25 – 29
The James A Garfield “Marching Pride” full band camp will be held on July 25-29 from 9 am to 9 pm. All high school band members are required to attend.

Free Community Dinner
July 26
Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street will be hosting a free community dinner on Tuesday, July 26th from 5-6 pm. No take outs.  Everyone welcome. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach of Warren.

Circus In Middlefield
July 27 & 28
The Circus is coming to Middlefield  July 27th and July 28th, two shows each date at 4:30 pm and at 7:30 pm.  Presale Adult tickets $10, presale children’s $6, 2 years and under are free.  You are also invited to come and watch the Circus set up from 8 am to about 9 am at Cardinal Middle School field, Almeda Drive in Middlefield Village. Tickets are also available the day of show, bought at the Circus grounds, cost of tickets would be higher $16 adults & $7 children.  Ticket Outlets are in Middlefield at Huntington Bank, Charter One Bank inside Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot, The FIg Tree, Coffee Corners, Cortland Banks, Middlefield Banks, Hilltop Variety Store.  Any questions call the Middlefield Chamber Office 440-632-5705.

Vacation Bible School
July 27-29
“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 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
fac@friendshipalliancechurch.org

Hiram Historical Society “Garden Party”
July 28
Join the Hiram Historical Society for a ‘Garden Party’ on July 28 at
7:30 p.m. Enjoy the refurbished gardens at the Century House (across
from the Hiram Fire Station) and hear a presentation on sustainable
gardening practices. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be
served.

Marching Pride Premier Night
July 29
The James A Garfield “Marching Pride” is proud to present Premier Night on July 29th at 7 p.m. at the football stadium. The performance is free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy the band as they debut their pre-game and half time shows.

Eagles Steak & Chicken Dinner
July 30
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Saturday July 30th from 4 – 8 pm. Choice of Porterhouse or New York Strip steak or grilled chicken breast. Meals include potato, vegetable, salad and roll. Dinners are $12 for steak and $8 for chicken. Other menu items are available for children. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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.

2012 10U Travel Team Tryouts
July 31
The 10U Munson Mud Hens are having their tryout for the 2012 season on Sunday, July 31st 3:00-6:00 at Kawalec Field (12210 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH).
Eligible players are residents of Munson Township, Chardon, and throughout Geauga County and must be 10 years or younger on May 1, 2012. Tryouts are for 10 players and up to 3 alternates.  Cost per player could range from $500-$700+ ($200-$300+ for alt.) – may be less depending upon fund raising.
Practices 2x/month in Oct/Nov; 2x/week Jan-Mar; 1x/week during the season.  Up to 20 regular season games and 3-5 tournaments including potential 2011 Labor Day tournament.  Please RSVP via email bidelectric@windstream.net by July 28th. Go to www.munsonmudhens.shutterfly.com for more details and possible 2nd tryout date.

Camp Invention: Building Fun!
August 1-5
This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspires 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).

Tennis Camp
Aug 1-4
Tennis Camp with Ravenna Parks & Recreation held on Monday through Thursday,   August 1 to 4 (raindate is August 5). From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 15 years.
Fee is $27.00 for city taxpayers and $32.00 for non-city taxpayers.  Please bring a water bottle. Min 12 – max 18.  Deadline to register is July 22. After July 22 there is a $10 late fee.  Forms are available at Ravenna Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom St, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m.

VBS Garrettsville UMC
Aug 1-4
Come and join Mary as she shares her Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus Was a Child.  Garrettsville United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School the week of Aug 1-4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm each evening.  VBS is open to children ages 3-6th grade.  Teen helpers are also needed.  Anyone interested in participating, please contact the church office at 527-2055.

Backyard Bible Club
Aug 1-5
A Backyard Bible Club, sponsored by First Baptist Church, Newton Falls will be held August 1-5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  This outdoor event will be held at East River Gardens’ Freedom Park located at the corner of Newton Drive and Trumbull Court in Newton Falls.  The club is open to children and youth in grades K thru 12 and will include games, singing, Bible lesson and crafts.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Tae Kwon Do Classes
Aug 2-30
New session of Tae Kwon Do will be held from August 2 to 30 at First Congregational Church in Ravenna for ages 7 years to adults.  Tae Kwon Do emphasizes self-discipline, exercise, and martial art skills.  Instructors work with students individually and as a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Participants must have a mouth piece on first night.  Male students are required to wear protective gear after the second week. Cost is $40 and is paid the first night to the instructors. To register, call Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department at 330-296-2864.

GCRTA Grants Awarded
Aug 2
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will award three $1,500 grants to deserving college seniors at their Tuesday, August 2, 2011 picnic luncheon at Chickagami Park: Pine Grove Shelter (Geauga Park District), 17957 Tavern Road (Rt. 168), Parkman, Ohio. The three recipients are: Elizabeth Hess, a former Berkshire student; Kate Ritchie, also a former Berkshire student; and Rachel Henry, a former Chardon student.

Chardon Chamber Lunch
Aug 2
The Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting is being held on August 2, 2011 hosted by The Residence of Chardon located at 501 Chardon Windsor Road.  Registration will begin at 11:45 am.  Meal expense will be $13 per person payable at registration by cash, check made payable to the Chardon Chamber or Visa/MC.  The informational portion will begin at approximately 12:20 pm by Frank Samuel of Geauga Growth Partnership.  Both Chamber members and non-members are encouraged to attend.  Make your reservation by contacting the Chamber office at 440-285-9050 or info@chardonchamber.com NO LATER THAN July 28, 2011.

Garfield Band Booster Meeting
Aug 2
The Garfield Band Boosters meeting will be held on August 2 at 7 pm in the high school band room. All band parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Baton & Dance Demo Day
Aug 4
Ravenna Recreation is offering a Baton and Dance Demo Day for ages 5 to 18 on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at John Tontimonia City Park.  This  FREE event will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  A baton demonstration will be held by Ravenna Recreation summer twirling team and a hip hop demonstration will be performed by the department’s hip hop instructor.  After the demonstration you will have an opportunity to learn a few dance moves and baton tricks.  Pre-registration is a must by calling the office at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 to 12 and 1 to 4:15 p.m. Deadline to register is July 28 or the first 25 to enroll, so sign-up early.

Auxiliary Units to Entertain Veterans
Aug 4
The Portage County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will entertain veterans from Wade Park Veterans Hospital on Thursday, August 4th at 5 p.m.  Hosting the annual event is Deerfield Auxiliary Unit 713 at the Deerfield Post Home on Route 14. Assisting  will be the other auxiliary units which include Streetsboro, Ravenna, Kent, Windham, Aurora and Mantua. Auxiliary members are urged to attend and welcome these deserving veterans.

Square Dance
Aug 6
Come One, Come All! The Akron Federation Beginners Square Dance will be held on Aug 6th from 2-5 pm at the VFW Hall, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent.  Cost is $5 for adults; children 12-17 are $2. No experience needed! Bring your family, friends and a snack to share!

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.

Bluegrass / Gospel Festival
Aug 6
General Assembly Church of God at Newton Falls, OH announces its 4th Annual Bluegrass/Gospel Music Festival. The Festival will be held on the church grounds, located at 2021 East River Road in Newton Falls, OH on Saturday August 6, 2011 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. There will be a bounce house, snow-cones, cotton candy and plenty of family fun for the kids.Admission will be on a donation basis at the entrance, but a recommendation of at least $5.00 per adult is suggested, with youth admitted free. Handicap parking will be available. For further information, or if you wish to help, or donate to the festival in any way, call Joe Click at (330) 979-4882.

Free School Supplies
Aug 7
The Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 Eat River Road will be hosting a free school supply give away on Sunday, Aug 7th from 3-4 pm ~ while supplies last.  Children must be present.

Parkman Congregational Church VBS
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.

Freedom Twp. School Room Mothers Luncheon
Aug 9
The Freedom Township School Room Mothers’ 2011 luncheon will be held at noon, Tuesday, Aug 9th at the Freedom Township Hall. All mothers who have fond memories of their child’s school years at the Freedom School are invited. Those attending should bring a dish to share with serving utensils and their own table service including cup.  For more info call Elaine Duffield at 330 296-3568.

Portage County Republican Party Family Picnic
Aug 13
The Portage County Republican Party will be hosting a family picnic on August 13 at Lake Hodgson Lodge, 5089 Lakewood Rd, Ravenna OH from 2-7pm.  There will be fishing, games, entertainment, and fellowship. Dinner will be served at 4 pm.  Hamburgers, Hot dogs, buns, paper products and plastic ware will be furnished. Please bring a dish to pass and drinks. RSVP by Aug 6 to Andy Manning (330) 678-1403;
Faith Lyon (330) 204-2232 or Jeneen Kubala  (330) 687-4067

Memorial Car & Bike Show
Aug 14
Ravenna Elks Tirpak Memorial Car & Bike Show Sunday August 14, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  $8.00 registration from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Dash Plaques to the first 100 vehicles, food, prizes.  Family Place on site for digital imaging of vehicles.
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.

Troy Homecoming 2011
Aug 20 & 21
Troy Township  is celebrating its bicentennial during homecoming weekend, August 20th and 21st.  There will be live music, fire department demonstrations, K9 Unit demonstrations, hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), contra dancing, Amish bake sale, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, tractor pulls, car show, and parade.  Schedule of events will be posted on Facebook, “Troy Homecoming 2011”. This is a free family event.

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.

Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Aug 27
The Orange Community Education & Recreation Department is hosting an Antique & Collectible Flea Market on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The event will take place on the grounds of the Orange Senior Center at 32000 Chagrin Blvd in Pepper Pike from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Antique & Collectible Flea Market will feature antiques, collectibles, crystal, china, furniture, books, vintage apparel, hats and handbags, costumes, kitchen wares, collector plates, dolls and bears, toys, tools, vintage dolls, clothing and accessories, artwork, frames, glassware, ceramics and everything else!   The event will be free to the public.

Golf Outing
Sept 4
Southeast Portage County Lions 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.

Garfield Class of 91 Reunion
Sept 10
The Garfield Class of ‘91 Reunion, will be held on  September 10th  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.

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. For any questions, call Helen Louise Paul Bouts at 330-309-2734

Retirement Planning
Sept 29
Wally Waldbauer has arranged for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association to host “Beyond The Classroom”, an STRS workshop for those who will be ready for retirement in about 10 years.  The workshop will be held at Newbury School Auditorium on Sept. 29, 2011 from 4:30 – 7:00.  Pizza and salad will be served at 4:00, prior to the workshop, for a cost of $5.00.  Current teaching staff will receive additional information about this important and informative event.