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Balloon-A-Fair Seeks Vendors & Exhibitors
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The Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is seeking craft vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, local businesses & agencies to set up booths September 17 in downtown Ravenna & Sept 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 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.

Donations Appreciated
On-Going
Donations are being accepted at this time for the purchase of a headstone in Laura Ritchey’s honor. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check to Laura Ritchey Memorial Fund, 10860 North Street Apt. 19, Garrettsville, OH 44231. If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Linda Ritchey at 330.527.0502.

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.

JAG Youth Cheer Camp
Register Today
All girls ages 5 – 12 are invited to attend the JAG Youth Cheer Camp being held Aug 23-25 from 6-8 pm in the JAG Middle School gym. Cost is $35 and includes a FREE T-Shirt when you register and pay by August 15th. Contact Coach Terry at 330 360-9122 or tclutter8002@yahoo.com with any questions or to register.

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.

Lake Milton Farmers Market
Through October
2011 Lake Milton Farmers Market is now open. The market will run every Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through October. The market is located at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, located just north of the swim beach and south of the dam on Grandview Road. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

Flag Football Registration
Through Aug 19
Registration for Flag Football with Ravenna Recreation and Ravenna Police Association is August 1 to August 19 for youth entering grades 1 through 6. This is a recreational /instructional league. Games will be played against teams in our league as well as teams from Kent and Stow. Practice scheduled to begin early September during the week; games are scheduled on Saturdays beginning Sept. 24, 2011. Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is 35.00, non-city taxpayer is $43.00. A $10.00 fee will be added after August 19 IF ANY OPENINGS are available. For more info, contact 330-296-2864, weekdays 8:00 to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Down By The River – Canoeing, Bluegrass, Food, & Fun
Aug 12
Camp Hi will be hosting a concert and picnic on Friday, August 12 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, food to purchase, and field games (water balloons, minute-to-win-it) and a concert by The Hiram Rapids Stumblers bluegrass band. Bring your lawn chairs, BYOB, and enter the pie-baking contest for a prize. Admission is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds benefit the national award-winning Crestwood Scarlet Guard Marching Band. Camp Hi is located at 12274 Abbott Road in Hiram Twp. Call 330-626-5152 for additional information.

Fish Fry
Aug 12
Garrettsville Eagles are hosting a fish fry on Aug 12 from 4-8 pm at 8149 Water Street. $8 per person. All invited. Open to the public!

Music Camp Concert
Aug 12
The James A Garfield music department invites you to attend a concert on Friday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m. in the Iva Walker Auditorium. The performance will showcase the talents of the intermediate and middle school students participating in our summer music camp. The concert is FREE and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Peach Pies Needed
Aug 13
Calling all bakers!! The Garrettsville Area Chamber is in need of approximately 50 homemade peach pies for their annual Peach Social being held on Aug. 13th. If you would like to help, please contact Rick at 330 687-9637. Any donations will be greatly appreciated!

Public Observation Night
Aug 13
On Saturday August 13th Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 9:30 pm to 11pm, weather permitting. Earth’s Moon will be the feature of the night seen in all its brilliance through the Observatory’s large telescope. If conditions permit stars and star clusters 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. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee for observatory public nights. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event and, in that case, the observatory will not open. There is no parking at the Observatory. Visitors may park on permissible side streets or in the nearby parking lot of Harrison’s Hideaway Convenience Store, 6821 Wakefield Road, a short distance east of the observatory.

Western Night Of Fun
Aug 13
The Friendly Squares western-style square dance club is sponsoring a “Western Night of Fun” on Saturay, August 13. This evening is to introduce everyone to the fun and new friendships of square dancing. No experience is necessary and ages from the young to the young-at-heart are invited. Square Dancing was installed as the national dance of the United States, by President Ronald Reagan. Refreshments will be served, along with door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Professional caller, Gene Hammond, is instructing and his wife, Frankie, will be cueing line dances. This event is to be held at the Niles Senior Center, 14 East State Street, Niles, OH, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.. This is an air-conditioned facility. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for ages sixteen and under. For more information, call 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

Penn-Ohio Annual Coin Show
Aug 13
The Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors Club will be holding their annual coin show on August 13th, from 9-5 at the Red Maple Inn, 14707 South Cheshire Street? Burton, OH 44021?Free Admission, Drawings & Door Prizes

Middlefield Trunk Sale
Aug 13
On Saturday, August 13th from 9am – 1pm, the Middlefield Chamber will be hosting a Trunk Sale. Admission is free for shoppers. The event will be held in the old Sparkle store lot, Geauga Commons Plaza. Refreshments, bakery, treasures for sale. If you would like to be a vendor, call 440-632-5705 to find out how, $20 for a space reserved before the sale, $25 for a space that morning. The Goodwill Industries Donation Trailer will be manned that day until 5:00 pm. Proceeds will help fund the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

Raccoon County Music Festival
Aug 13
Come and enjoy 2 stages of music, childrens games, food and fun at the Raccoon County Music Festival. Festival runs from Noon to 8 pm at the Century Village Museum, 14653 E. Park St, Burton. Adults $10; 6-11 $4; under 5 FREE.

Opening Reception for Trumbull Art Gallery
Aug 13
Trumbull Art Gallery invites you to attend the opening reception for the 47th TAG Annual, which features entries from many different artists in many different media. The reception will be on August 13th from 7:00-9:00 PM. Awards announced at 8 PM. It is our biggest show all year. This show runs from August 13th – September 30th. Please plan to come to the reception or the show, and view the many fine entries on display. You won’t regret it. Admission to Trumbull Art Gallery is free.

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.

Shanower Trio
Aug 14
The Renaisance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Drive, Windham will be hosting the Shanower Trio on Sunday, Aug 14 at 5 pm. This free concert will feature the Shanowers from Leavittsburg. Dean and his sons Dean and Brian have been singing together for about 20 years. If you enjoy Gaither Southern Gospel style music this trio will especially bless you.

Mantua Soccer Registration
Aug 14 – 19
Registration is currently underway for the Mantua Soccer League. In person registration at St. Josephs Church will be Sunday August 14th 12:30 -2pm; August 15-19 11am-noon at St. Josephs Church. You can also register via mail by sending in your registration to MSA, P.O. Box 464, Mantua OH 44255. Registration ends Sept 1,2011. Cost is $60 1st Child; $55 second child. Practices begin around Aug 28th. We are all volunteers – practice times and days very according to the coaches schedules. For more information contact: Janice Schmidt, MSA secretary, 330-474-1346

Warren Amateur Radio Annual Hamfest
Aug 15
Warren Amateur Radio Annual Hamfest will be held at the Trumbull County Fair Grounds, 899 Everett Hull Rd. Cortland on Aug 15th. Check in time for vendors is 6 am; 8 am-2 pm for all others. Admission: $6; VE TESTING STARTS AT 10AM. CHECK IN: 146.970. Contact Info: Jacqueline Clay, KD8DNE, P. O. Box 809, Warren, Ohio 44482, (440)636-2806, kd8dne@yahoo.com
Windham Board of Education Meeting
Aug 16
The Windham Exempted Board of Education has changed the originally scheduled August 25th board meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 pm in room 121 of the high school.

Troy Idol
Aug 19
The Troy Idol Contest will be held on Aug 19 at 6:30 pm at the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road in Troy.

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, potatoes, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Couponing 101
Aug 20
Want to save money on your grocery bill? Join us at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna for Couponing 101 on August 20th at 2:00 p.m. Michelle Filler from Filler Finds will be at Reed Memorial Library to help us learn how to save up to 90% on our grocery bills. Michelle has been seen on New Day Cleveland and on Channel WEWS speaking about Couponing 101. Space is limited so please register by calling 330-296-2827 ext. 204 to save your place. This program is free and open to the public.

Summer Steak Fry
Aug 20
The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a steak fry on Aug 20th at St. Ambrose Church. Doors open at 6 pm; dinner begins at 6:30. Adults $15; children $5. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Menu includes delicious steak or chicken breast, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, rolls, desert and beverage. Call David Vincent for reservations 330 527-2474 or email Dvincent52@gmail.com

Stuff the Bus
Aug 20
Crestwood Local Schools & Mantua American Legion Post 193 invite you to donate school supplies for needy kids by stuffing the bus on Saturday, Agu 20th from 10 am – 2 pm at Crestwood High School. Supplies needed are: Backpacks, # 2 Pencils, Black or Blue Ink Pens, Colored Pencils, Notebook Paper, Spiral Bound Subject Notebooks, Glue Sticks, Kleenex, Crayons, Expo Dry Erase Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Pencil Sharpeners and Pocket Folders

Antique Tool Show
Aug 20
The 5th Annual Antique Tool Show will be held on Aug 20th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bond Building located in Century Village, Burton OH. Free to the public. Come see tools you won’t see again! Join us at our member meeting 8pm on Sundays at the same location. Contact Dan Miller 330-297-6344 for more information.

Cardinal Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction
Aug 20
Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their 5th Annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at Cardinal Middle School. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the Drawings start at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 (includes 20 bidding tickets). Additional bidding tickets are 10 for $1.00. Big ticket items: tickets are 20 for $5.00. Door Prizes, Sideboards, Lottery Board, Money Jar, 50/50, Mystery Prizes, Surprise Drawings and Buy- a-Block-for-a-Buck. Win up to $500. Concession Stand Available. At last year’s auction, we gave away over $12,000 in prizes! We have hundreds of items, gift cards and certificates and gift baskets to give away! If you would like to donate a prize or if you would like to purchase tickets for this event…please call Tally Hostetler at (440) 632-5478.

It’s a BIRTHDAY BLAST!
Aug 20
Join Geauga Park District for its Observatory Park Dedication & 50th Birthday Celebration anytime 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the new Observatory Park. That’s right, it’s a day to celebrate the past while blasting off into the future, with family-friendly activities all debuting the internationally recognized Observatory Park. At 4 p.m., opening ceremonies will include astronomy-themed music, resolutions and birthday cake for all. Free food and activities will keep guests entertained from 5 to 8 p.m., following by a concert under the stars by Foster Brown. Then, from 9 to 11 p.m., stargaze through telescopes with the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. Registration is not required for this free event, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Observatory Park is located at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township.

Support Garrettsville Youth Football
Aug 20
The community is invited to an open house to raise funds for our youth football teams. The open house will be on Saturday, Aug 20th from 12-3 pm at the old Tom-C-Toys, 8095 SR 305. Gold Canyon Candles, Tastefully Simple and Premier Jewlery will have their items to purchase.

Faith 180 Fest
Aug 20
Join us at Faith 180 Fest, Aug 20th 11 am – 7 pm at the Village Park, 10482 South Street, Garrettsville. Concerts through the day with different music artists, food, face painting, activities and much more. Ministry tent for prayer, healing and prophetic words. All donations will be for the Vineyard Youth to attend the Acquire The Fire this October and other outreach programs.

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.

Summer BBQ
Aug 21
St Nicholas Orthodox Church will be hosting a summer bbq on Aug 21 from 1-4 pm. Donation per person $10 Adult; $5 children 5-12; Under 5 are free. The church is located at 2053 North Road, Warren.

Antique Auto Show
Aug 21
The Northern Chapter, Ohio Region, of the Antique Auto Club of America, is planning a fun filled family summer event at the Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio on Sunday August 21, 2011- a GENUINE ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW! The show, held on the grass at the Farm, at 11414 Caves Rd.,, 2.5 miles north of Mayfield Rd., will showcase vehicles that are a minimum of twenty five years old in 19 judged classes. It is anticipated that 200 quality vintage and antique display vehicles will attend. Gates open at 8 A.M., cars on the field by 10 A.M. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 P.M. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will conclude at approximately 4:30 P.M. In order to make the event attractive to the entire family, all display vehicle occupants will be able to visit the show without charge! Pre-registration fee for display vehicles is $12.50, if received before August 17, 2011. The fee for registrations received after August 18th is $15.00. Admission for adult spectators is $5.00, children 12 and under, free. Trailer parking is available. For additional information, contact David Heinrichs 440-668-3763 or heinrichsvintagecarshop@gmail.com.

Pre-Dance Combo Lesson Registration
Aug 22-Sept 2
Ravenna Parks and Recreation is registering now for Pre-Dance Combo lessons for children 3 to 5 years old. Registration and payment in person during registration from August 22 to September 2. Classes held at John Tontimonia City Park and continue throughout the school year ending with a Spring Recital end of April 2012. Class fee of $80.00 for Ravenna city taxpayers or $85.00 for non-city taxpayers is due at the time of registration; the second payment of $85.00 for CTP or $90.00 for NCTP is due by November 4. Classes will continue with winter session January 2012. Pre-registration is a must; class size is limited so register early. A $10 late fee is applied after September 2, if any openings remain. For more info contact Ravenna Rec at (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Office located at 530 N. Freedom Street, Ravenna.

Father/Son Banquet
Aug 27
Knights of Pythians West Farmington Lodge 333 West Farmington, Ohio cordially invites you to attend our annual father and son banquet. The event will be held on Saturday August 27, 2012 starting at 6:00 PM at the VFW Post 7200 West Farmington 6006 State Road 534West Farmington, OH 44491. We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment. R.S.V.P. by August 24 to Joe Len 4107 Hoffman-Norton Road West Farmington, Ohio 44491 330-889-3757 email jblen0406@aol.com The cost for the dinner will be $10.00 for anyone over 13 years of age. No charge under 13 years of age.

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.

Harvest Point Church Luau
Aug 28
For the second year, Harvest Point Church in Lordstown, Ohio will host their community outreach Luau on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This FREE event will be held in the 4-Corners Park located at the intersection of Tod Ave. and Salt Springs Rd. Fun activities will be available for children, family photos will again be available, and 95.5 The Fish will be bringing additional games, music, and the Fishmobile to this year’s event. Various food items will be offered throughout the afternoon and many prize drawings will be conducted. This is a fun-filled FREE afternoon for local families. All are welcome. Pastor Shannon New Spangler is Pastor.

OH MY STARS Benefit Sale
Sept 2 & 3
Fall is almost here and we’ve redecorated with some new fall items. Come browse through our primitives, furniture (old and new) and collectibles. New dry food mixes too. Something for everyone!! Hotdogs, chips, and drinks … OH MY! Pies, cakes, and cookies … OH MY! The good cooks of Mantua Center Christian Church will be providing the goodies both days. YUM! A HUGE gift basket will be given out to one lucky winner. Bring a canned good(s) item to enter. More cans – more chances to win. Friday, September 2, 2011 9am – 4pm; Saturday, September 3, 2011 9am – 4pm. Located at 13127 Pond Road, Burton, OH 44021 Come join in the fun, food and fellowship. Bring your friends!! Proceeds will go towards local and regional missions.

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.

Chamber Photo Contest
Due By Sept 7
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a photo contest for their 3rd Annual Calendar. This year’s theme will be “Unique Area Architecture”. This would include barns / monuments / bridges and buildings. We are looking for things such as unique designs on barns, stained glass, carvings etc. Each submission will require two (2) photographs. One photo will be an up close shot of a unique aspect of the building / structure and the second will be a full shot of the building / structure. If you have any questions, please call Colleen at (330) 527-2121. Entry forms available at Middlefield Bank or online at garrettsvillearea.com. Entry fee is $5 per photo set. Deadline is Sept 7th.

Friends of Melana Murder Mystery Night
Sept 10
Friends of Melana are hosting a murder mystery dinner at the K of C Hall in Mantua on September 10, 2011 with the doors opening at 6pm. Tickets are $25 each which includes the catered dinner and the drama. Tickets are on sale now at Millers Restaurant and Huntington Bank in Garrettsville. The drama is being performed by the Curtains-Up Theatre and will be an interactive performance. Along with the dinner there will be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar (beer & wine) and a Chinese auction. For more information on tickets call Stacey at 330 357-9946. Proceeds from the dinner will go for Glioma cancer research.

Mantua Potato Stomp Race and Fun Run
Sept 10
The 33rd Annual 9-mile potato stomp race and 1-mile run run are planned in conjunction with the Mantua Potato Festival. The races will be run on Saturday morning September 10th. The one-mile fun run will begin at 8:30am and the 9-mile race will begin at 9am. Both start at Crestwood High School. If you pre-register, fees for the 9 mile race are $13/$18 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run $5/$13 (no shirt/ shirt). For race day registration the fees for the 9 mile race are $15/$20 (no shirt/shirt) and for the fun run fees are $8/$15 (no shirt/shirt). Registration opens at 7am the day of the race. For more information, call Advanced Rehab at 330-274-2747

Civil War Encampment
Sept 10 & 11
The James A Garfield National Historic Site will be holding a Civil War Encampmenbt on Sept 10th from 11 am – 4 pm and Sept 11th from 11 am – 4 pm. This event is located at 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH and is Free of charge! Watch USA, USCT and CSA reenactment units march, drill and fire their weapons. Kids are invited to participate in special drill instruction! Tour the Garfield home.

Eagles Golf Outing
Sept 10
The Garrettsville Order of Eagles #2705 will be hosting a golf outing to benefit Eagles National Diabetic Research Center on Sept 10th at Sugarbush Golf Club. 4-Man Scramble. Cost is $65 per person / $260 per team. Members & non- members welcome. Hole and event sponsorships available. For additional information contact Matt (440) 227-6927 or Brian (330) 979-3723.
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.