People Tree Donations

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

Homemade Kolache

Place Orders Now

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

2011 Chamber Calendars

The Garrettsville Area Chamber Photo Contest Calendars are on sale now.  The 2011 calendars make a great holiday gift ~ $6 each or 2/$10.  Calendars are available at Middlefield Bank, James A Garfield Historical Society, and Village Bookstore.

i-Pad Raffle

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

Knit ‘n Stitch

If you know how to knit, or want to learn, join Knit ‘n Stitch at the Newton Falls Library on the 2nd floor at 4pm every other Thursday (next meeting Dec. 16) For more information or to register, contact the Newton Falls Library at (330) 872-1282.

The Menagerie Shoppe

The Menagerie, Animal Welfare League’s Thrift & Gift Shoppe, 6037 East Market St. (old Rt. 82 in Howland next to the Dairy Queen), has a great selection of Christmas items and so much more. Come shop at this unique store where proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare League. Call (330) 856-5174 for more information.

Special Open House


Come visit the Animal Welfare Shelter, 545 Brunstetter Road SW in Lordstown, to adopt the love of your life during our special open house in the month of Dec. Saturday hours are noon-6pm and Monday thru Friday from 1-6pm. All cats with red heart are $20 and dogs over the age of 3-years are free. Call (330) 394-4122 for more information.

Holiday Cookie Sale

Now – Dec 14

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

Bell Ringers Needed


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

Letter From Santa

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

Senior Citizens Meeting


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

Influenza Vaccinations


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

“iHoliday” Raffle

through Dec 14

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

Senior Lunch


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

Home 44444 the Holidays


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

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec 3-19

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

Santa Is Coming To Town

Dec 4

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

Food Pantry Donations

Dec 4

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

Night at the Races

Dec 4

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

Curtains Up Hosts  Holiday Social

Dec 4

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

Parents Without Partners

Dec 4

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

Texas Hold’em Benefit

Dec 4

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

Yuletide Memories Wreath

Dec 4

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

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 4

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

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 4

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

Cornhole Tournament

Dec 4

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

Breakfast With Santa

Dec 4

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

Senior Luncheon

Dec 4

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

Pizza With Santa

Dec 4

The Kiwanis Club of the Western Reserve will host Pizza with Santa on Saturday, Dec 4th from 10am-12:30pm in the Dix & the ballroom of the Kennedy Center. The cost is $3/person and free for ages 2 & under. Tickets are available at the Hiram College bookstore. Come enjoy games, cookie decorating, face painting, a Secret Santa Shop, pizza and Santa!

Pet Pictures with Santa

Dec 4, 5, 18 & 19

The Aurora PetSmart is sponsoring a fundraising event for Rose’s Rescue, an all-breed animal rescue organization. Pet pictures with Santa will be taken Dec 4, 5, 18 & 19 from 11am-5pm. For more information visit

Community Worship Service

Dec 5

The Garrettsville area churches invite you to join us for an evening of worship as together we call upon the Lord on behalf of our families, churches and community. We will gather at 7pm on Sunday, Dec 5th at Praise Assembly of God, 10280 State Route 88 (across from the high school). For more information call (330) 527-2777.

Gospel Music

Dec 5

The First Church of God in Windham hosts Eddie Gillentine from Barberton as their guest during the evening worship service on Dec 5th at 6pm. All are invited to enjoy this Gospel Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. A free will offering will be taken. For more information call (330) 326-2293.

Dedication of Barn

Dec 5

Hiram Farm, LLC invites everyone to celebrate and dedicate our beautiful new barn for the living, learning and greater independence of individuals with Autism on Sunday, Dec 5th at 3pm.

Toy Bingo

Dec 5

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

Christmas Concert

Dec 5

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

All District Band Concert

Dec 5

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

Hidden Hiram

Dec 5

Join leader Bob Faber and explore pleasant landscape surprises around Hiram Village that include a hidden pond, a pawpaw patch, a bed rock quarry, some architectural treasures, old growth forests, lost trails and lost rails, and several springs all are hidden in plain sight. Meet at 1pm at the parking lot next to the Hiram Police Station. The cost is $5/non-members and free for members of Friends of the Field Station. To register, or for more information, phone (330) 569-6003 or email

Nature’s Ornament

Dec 5

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

Pearl Harbor Day

Dec 7

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

Celebration Open House

Dec 7

The Renaissance Family Center, 9005 Wilverne Drive in Windham, will host an open house to celebrate 1-year. Come enjoy discussion, tours and refreshments. (330) 326-3003.

Home Cooked Supper

Dec 8

Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Road in Newton Falls, will host a home-cooked supper featuring sweet sausage or chicken cacciatore on Wednesday, Dec 8th from 5-6:30pm. The cost is $7/adults, $3.50/children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Carryouts will be available.

Windham Free Community Dinner

Dec 9

A free  community dinner  will be served Dec. 9,  at the Brick Chapel, 9003 N. Main St. Windham.  The dinner will be served  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while supply lasts.   All are welcome, bring your friends.  The dinner is provided by the Congregational UCC of Windham.  They are providing free dinners on the second Thursday of each month.  There is a ramp access at the front of the building.  No carry-outs.  For more information call 330-326-3133.

Art Takes a Bough Reception

Dec 9

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

Fill-A-Police Car

Dec 10

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

Hiram College Music Events

Dec 10 & 14

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

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Dec 10-12 & 17-18

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

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

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Dec 10-12 & 17-19

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

Winter Camping/Survival

Dec 11

The Geauga Park District will host a winter camping and survival program on Saturday, Dec 11th from 1:30-3pm at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township. For more information call (440) 286-9516 or visit

Christmas Cookie Walk

Dec 11

Bainbridge Community Church, 17751 Chillicothe Road, will host their 2nd annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec 11th from 10am-2pm. Enjoy a cup of coffee and Christmas music while strolling down aisles of homemade holiday sweets. Cookies are $8/pound and larger items are individually priced. For more information email

Angel Shoppe & Crafts

Dec 11

Angel Shoppe & Crafts will be open on Saturday, Dec 11th from 10am to 4pm at the Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road. Shop for craft and bake sale items while your children have fun purchasing inexpensive pre-wrapped gifts on their own. Lunch service while you wait.

Live Nativity

Dec 11-12

The Braceville Christian Church, 4387 Church Street SW, Newton Falls (located behind the Braceville Town Hall), will present a live nativity on Dec 11th & 12th from 6-8pm. There is no cost to drive through this special presentation.

Bare Naked Trees

Dec 12

Identification can be difficult with the leaves on the trees. It is really a challenge when the trees are naked. Join leader Matt Sorrick and learn techniques to identify trees by bark, twig and other subtle features. Meet at the Hiram College Field Station on Wheeler Rd. between Hiram and Garrettsville at 2pm. The cost is $8/non-members and $5/members of Friends of the Field Station (includes winter tree identification guidebook). To register, or for more information, phone (330) 569-6003 or email

New Toy Auction

Dec 12

The American Legion Post 674 of Windham will host a new toy auction on Dec 12th from 2-4pm at the Legion hall, 9960 E Center Street. Food and refreshments will also be available. This event is open to the public. Call (330) 326-3188 for more information.

Christmas Cantata

Dec 12

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

NF School Tax Budget Hearing

Dec 15

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

NF School Board Meeting

Dec 16

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

Toys For Children

Dec 18

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

Candlelight Walk

Dec 21

The Geauga Park District invites you to join the Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk on Tuesday, Dec 21st from 7:30-9:30pm at The West Woods Nature Center. Dress for the weather and help bring some light into the longest night of the year. End the evening with hot beverages and holiday music inside. For more information, contact Geauga Park District at (440) 286-9516 or visit

Giant Candyland

Dec 29

Stop by the Newton Falls Library between 11am and 6pm on Wednesday, Dec 29th with your children ages 3-8 and spend 20-40 minutes playing Candyland on our giant board. No registration is required. For more information call (330) 872-1282.

Free Throw Championship

Jan 12

Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on January 12th at 6:30pm at the Crestwood Middle School. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For more information, or an entry form, call Anthony at (330) 296-3097 or (216) 789-8495.