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Donations Appreciated
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.

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.

Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs
Register through Sept 10
Registration is underway for Hiram College Swim Lessons. In person sign ups will be held on Sat. Sept 10th form 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hiram College Pool.  You can also register online  through September 9th  at http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html   Classes will be held on Sundays beginning Sept 11 and run for 5 weeks.   Cost is $50 per child. Children should be 5 yrs of age or older. Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343

Tent Revival
Aug 18-21
Big Tent Revival at Praise Assembly of God Church across from James A. Garfield High School. August 18th-21st. 7pm nightly and 10am on Sunday the 21st.

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.
Antiques Appraisal Fair
Aug 20
Discover timeless treasures in your own home! Have your items appraised by a local expert a the Antiques Appraisal Fair being held on Aug 20 from 1-5 pm at Garfield Middle School Gym.  Cost is $5 per item or 3 items for $10.  All proceeds benefit the James A Garfield Historical Society.

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 are 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  8 am 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.

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.

End of Summer Party to Benefit Food Pantries
Aug 20
The Mantua Village Tavern and Restaurant will be hosting its Annual End of Summer Party August 20th from 2 pm until 10 pm. This year they will be making a donation to the local food pantries from event proceeds.   Admission will be the donation a of non-perishable food items or a $5 cash donation at the door. ALL proceeds will go to the local food pantries.  There will be out back grilling of Burger and Dog Platters for just $5. A DJ will be out on the back deck, there will be a 50/50, Chinese Auction and Corn Hole. Come join the fun while helping our local families in need!

Family Funday
Aug 20
Family Funday at Praise Assembly of God Church across from James A. Garfield High School. August 20th from 12-4 pm. Inflatables, hayrides, games and activities. All free to the public.

Pig Roast
Aug 20
First Annual Pig Roast @ Praise Assembly of God Church across from James A. Garfield High School. August 20th from 4-6pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets available in advance at the church.

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.

Southern Gospel & Bluegrass Gospel Music Concert
Aug 21
First Church Of God, 9016 N. Main St in Windham is proud to present  a Southern Gospel & Bluegrass Gospel Music Concert featuring  Kelly Perry  from  Ashville, Ohio on Sunday, August 21 at 6 pm.  All are welcome.  Love offering will be taken. Call 330 326-2293 for more information

Hungarian Club Picnic
Aug 21
The Hungarian Club picnic will be held on Aug 21 from Noon – 7 p.m. at their facility located on Abbott Road in Hiram.  Public Welcome!! Music by Harmonia.

NFYSL Meeting
Aug 21
The next NFYSL soccer meeting will be Sunday August 21 @ 6:00 in the community center. All are welcome.

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.

Crestwood School Board Meeting
Aug 22
The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a special meeting  on  Monday, Aug 22 at 6 p.m. at the high school library, 10919 N. Main St., Mantua. The purpose of this meeting is to hire staff needed to start the school year and any other business that may come before the Board at that time.

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.

Free Community Dinner
Aug 23
There will be a FREE
COMMUNITY DINNER on Aug 23rd form 5-6 p.m. at the Windham American Legion, 9960 Center Street. Everyone is welcome. NO TAKE OUTS

Anime & Manga Club
Aug 27
Anime and manga lovers, attend the Anime/Manga Club on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Newton Falls Library. The next meeting is on August 27 at 2 pm. All are welcome.  Students under 16 years of age need to bring a signed permission slip. Enjoy several episodes of an anime, and discuss new and interesting manga. No registration is required. Anime and manga lovers, be sure to check out the library’s extensive anime and manga collections

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.

NF Library Story Time Registration
Begins Sept 1
Registration begins on September 1 for Family Time for children ages 0 – 6 years and their families, beginning Tuesday, September 13, 6 pm.  Beginning Wednesday, September 14, enjoy Baby Bugs for children ages 6 – 30 months with a caregiver at 10:30 am; and Story Time for children ages 2 1?2 – 5 with a caregiver at 11 am.

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.

Middlefield Car Show & Safety Forces Day
Sept 11
Join us on Sept 11th at the Middlefield Municipal Center, 14860 North State Street for Safety Forces Day and the 2nd Annual Car Show.  Pre-registration is $8; $10 day of show.  50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, Cash prizes!! Music by Crazy Dave & Roadhouse Music.  Food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Middlefield’s Christmas Shop With A Cop.

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

7th Annual Vatra
Sept 17
The 7th Annual Vatra hosted by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will be held on Saturday,  September 17, 2011 from noon to midnight at the Shrine of Mariapoch, 17486 Mumford Rd, Burton, Ohio. The event is free and under roof and will happen rain or shine. Come join us for songs and dances from Eastern Europe, ethnic foods, genealogy help, children’s activities and ethnic sales items. Call Bonnie at (440) 729-2045 or Jim at (330) 544-0107 for more information.

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Open House
Sept 22
Calling all passionate gardeners!  Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. for our annual open house to discuss  “What it Takes to Become a Master Gardener.”  Meet current Geauga County Master Gardeners and Erik Draper, OSU County Extension Agent and Course Instructor.  Hear the program explained in detail.  Meet with  us for refreshments, plant displays, gardening discussions, plant identification and diagnosis (bring samples).  Find out if the Master Gardener Program is right for you.  Hope to see you then!  Call 440-834-4656 for more information and to RSVP.  Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton.  http://geauga.osu.edu

Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Sep 24
Save money and have a beautiful garden.  Let Master Gardener Barb Begam take you through the steps of choosing seeds and knowing when and how to sow them successfully to produce healthy mature plants.  Learn how to take cuttings from favorite plants.  Discover how easy it is to divide and winter your prized dahlias, calla lilies, caladiums, non stop begonias and canna lilies.  You can even keep your favorite costly annuals going all winter long so they are bigger and better the following spring.  This is a hands on class with free cuttings being held on Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Save money and enjoy the plants you love year after year.   $15 fee.  Light refreshments and handouts included.  Space is limited.  Please register and prepay early.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Send check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.  Class will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton.

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.

First Snow Christmas Rock Concert
Nov 26
The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Dr, Windham is selling tickets for their upcoming concert.  Tickets are $10 each and available at the Family Center office or from any Windham Band member.