FREE Hunter Safety Course
Register Now
Register now for FREE Hunter Safety Course with Ravenna Parks and Recreation.  The state of Ohio requires first time hunters to complete a hunter safety course before purchasing a license.  Upon passing the written exam, a certification card will be mailed to you.  This three-night course will cover topics including: firearm safety, wildlife laws, conservation, and personal safety.  There will be 3 sessions offered : Sept 20-22; Oct 4-6 and Oct 18-20.  All sessions are from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Classes will be held at the Apco Lodge at Lake Hodgson, 5089  Lakewood Rd., Ravenna.  This course is FREE and participants must attend all three nights.  Please bring a pencil.   Participants  11 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is a must.  Pre-register with Ravenna Recreation at (330) 296-2864    8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m. weekdays.

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.

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 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   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

Free Community Dinner
Aug 25
The piano will be playing while the Windham V-Squad cooks and serves the Community Free dinner Thursday, 25th at the Renaissance Family Center, 5-6:30 pm.  Everyone welcomed come and enjoy a variety of tunes.

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

Portage County Crushers Try Outs
Aug 27
Tryouts for The Portage County Crushers 2012 11U Travel Baseball Team will be held on Saturday, August 27th @ Freedom Community Park from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Players can’t turn 12 before 5/1/12.
Call 330-687-0387 for more information.

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  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.

Warren Republican Women’s Club
Sept 1
The Warren Republican Women’s club is kicking off it’s 75th Anniversary season.  A picnic wil be held on September 1 st at noon.  Republican candidates in the November election will be our honored guests.  Like minded women are always welcome with advance reservations.  Cost is $11.00 per person.  If you would like more information please contact Careyann Koren at (330)856-5228.

PCDL Fall Storytime Registration
Begins Sept 2
It’s with great excitement and anticipation that Portage County District Library announces fall storytime registration begins Friday, September 2 for all branch libraries. Online registration will be available. For further details, contact your branch library or visit Select “About PCDL” and then “Branch Locations”.
Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services- includes Home Delivery & Library Express. Library Express locations include Aurora, Brimfield, Edinburg, Hiram, Mantua, Randolph, Rootstown, and Shalersville. Join Portage County District Library on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see all the fun from previous storytime experiences.

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.

Scotch Doubles Fundraiser
Sept 3
Scotch Doubles Fundraiser for Garfield G-Man football Feed-The-Team. Saturday September 3rd, 8:45 p.m.  SkyLane Bowling.  Includes 3 games bowling, pizza, beverages.  $20/person.  50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction too!  More info, tickets, or to OFFER YOUR HELP.  Contact Lynn Mullins: 330-527-7134/330-671-3768  or  Chris Gerez  330-527-4027/330-212-7226

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.

Library Closed For Labor Day
Sept 5
All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of  Labor Day. They will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, September 6.

Garfield Band Booster Meeting
Sept 6
The Garfield Band Boosters will meet on Tuesday, Sept 6th at 7pm in the high school band room.  The boosters support our bands at all levels including the Intermediate School, Middle School and High School.  All band parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Volunteers are needed to chaperone trips and games, work in the concession stand and help with other fundraising activities.  Please come and get involved!

Chicken Dinner
Sept 7
The Southington United Methodist Church, Routes 305 & 534 will be holding a Chicken dinner on Sept 7th from 3:30 pm – 6 p.m.  The menu includes 1?4 chickem, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, homemade desserts and beverage.  Adults $7.50; Children 4-10 $4. Carry outs available.

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  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.

Sept 10
Spiderday will be held on  Saturday, September 10 – drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. at the West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township.  Children will make a yummy marshmallow spider, catch plastic bugs in a giant web and look at live spiders up close. At 2 p.m. adults will hear about spider habits and identification from Barbara Nattere of the Ohio Biological Spider Survey. Then child and adult alike will get a chance to join Barbara, nets in hand, to catch spiders outside The West Woods Nature Center.   This free, all-ages program is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration is not required. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Fall Trunk Sale
Sept 10
It’s a 1-day garage sale from the trunk of your car. Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  @ St. William Church Parking Lot. Cost in advance: $15/spot or 2 spots for $25. Bring your own table to set up in front of your trunk. Refreshments available. We will also have a book/media sale, bake sale, and a mum sale. Come and enjoy the fun.  IF YOU’RE NOT SELLING – PLAN TO STOP BY THAT DAY TO SHOP!  For questions, contact Debi at 330-847-6556.

Scottish American Society Meeting
Sept 11
The Scottish American Society will be gathering on Sunday, September 11th, 2011, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage. This meeting will feature a presentation on Alaska by Marnie Sweet. You may bring donations for our Silent Auction at the International Water Aid Ceilidh to that meeting. Any and all are invited to attend our meetings. You do not have to be Scottish, but must have an interest in our Scottish culture. For more information call: Jim or Margaret Frost at: 330.882.0342, or Gene or Betty Marcus at: 330.499.1681. For more information on the Society and its activities, you may refer to our website at:

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.

Amateur Radio Class
Sept 13
An Amateur Radio class starts Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dietrich Building located beneath the radio tower at Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna.  Students can earn their Technician License and join the exciting and fun hobby of amateur radio.  There is a $25 fee payable to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS); texts are $30 and will be available at the class.  All students will also receive a one year membership in PCARS. Contact Jim Aylward, KC8PD, 330-297-7979, for more information.  Additional information about the class and amateur radio activities can be found at

Pricetown Home Cooked Supper
Sept 14
The next Home Cooked Supper  at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will be held  Weds, Sept 14, 2011 from 5 to 6:30pm.  It will feature  spaghetti, meatballs, salad, homemade desserts, bread & beverage. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 yrs and  free for children 5 years and younger. Carry outs available.

Rummage & Bake Sale
Sept 14 & 15
The Southington United Methodist Church Day Circle, Routes 305 & 534 in Southington will have a rummage & bake sale on Sept 14 from 9 am – 4 pm. Lunch of homemade bean soup, sandwiches, drinks and desserts will be served. Carry outs are available. Bag day will be Sept 15 from 9 am – 11 am.

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.

Spaghetti Dinner
Sept 18
An ALL YOU CAN EAT  Spaghetti  Dinner  will be held from 12 pm- 3 pm  at  Saint Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner Includes: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and Dessert  (Carry out available). Adults:$6.50; Children: $3.00 (6-11) Children 5 & under FREE

Free Computer Training at Windham Library
Sept 19 – 22
Portage County District Library has been partnering with Connect Ohio to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions offered will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and email basics. The next session will be held at Windham Library on September 19, 20, and 22 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Register online at Call 330-527-5082 ext 213 for additional information.  There is also a free self-paced curriculum available at which allows computer users to complete the courses online. Registration is required in order to create an account. Once the courses have been completed, your certificates will be sent to your mailing address.

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.

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.

Auburn Garden Club Meeting
Sept 28
Auburn Garden Club will have it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday September 28, 2011 at the Auburn Town Hall. Meeting start time is 7pm. Please bring a plant, blub or seeds to exchange along with your Zinnia Photos, Special Guest Judges from Hemlock Landscapes. Prizes Awarded for Photo Contest. Public Welcome. For More Information Call Club’s President Susan at 330-883-2833 or email

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.