Christmas Raffle Tickets On Sale Now The JAG All Sports Boosters are hosting their 2nd annual Christmas Raffle. This year there will be 3 prize categories: 1st Apple iPad 2, 2nd Apple iPod touch, and 3rd $100 cash. The drawing will be held on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1/2time of boys varsity BB game. Tickets can be purchased at the program booth during the remaining varsity home FB games. The All Sports Boosters meet on the 2nd Monday of every month in the High School Commons at 7 pm. All are welcome. Visit us at jagsportsboosters.webs.com. Bingo at St. Michael Church Thursdays Bingo every Thursday night in the parish hall at St. Michael Church, 9736 East Center Street, Windham. Games start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fish Fry Fridays Fish Fry every Friday at the Windham American Legion, 9960 E. Center St. Fresh cod, shrimp or chicken served 5 pm - 8 pm. Christmas Tree Sale Weekdays Come support Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community and Adults with Autism. Fresh-cut Christmas tree Sale: Scotch Pines, White Pines and White Spruce Christmas Trees ONLY $40.00 On Sale Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm 11485 Garfield Road, Hiram, OH 44234 330-569-3441 Portage County District Library Announces Holiday Hours All offices and branches of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season): December 24, 25, 26, and 31; January 1 and 2. Visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org for additional information on library programs and services, including downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Quilting For The Homeless First Thursday Of Month You are invited to join the ladies of the Windham Church of Christ to make quilts for the homeless. We meet the first Thursday of the month from Noon to 2 pm in the fellowship hall of the church, 9837 Wolf Road. Anyone who wants to share their quilitng experience, or who wants to learn, is invited. Call Carolyn Miller at 330 326-3340 if you have any questions. We look forward to having you join us. Letters From Santa Would you like your child to receive a personalized letter and special ornament from Santa? Simply send your child’s name, age, address and sex of child along with your payment of $9 to: Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre, P.O. Box 541, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 Attn: Santa’s Workshop. All checks must be made payable to: Curtains up Theatre. All letters will arrive to the children between Dec. 12 and Dec. 20, 2010. NUMC Christmas Cookie Sale Order by Dec 15 Don’t forget to order your decorated one pound or two pound boxes of delicious homemade Christmas cookies. The order deadline is Dec 15. Pick up date is Dec 20 from 3-6 pm at the church on Nelson circle. One pound of cookies usually runs 2 ½ to 3 dozen fancy cookies. The Nelson United Methodist church is located at 9367 SR 305. Call Norma at 330 527-5442 or Pam at 330 527-5744 to place your order. Windham Toys For Tots Collection Through Dec 16 Each year, the Windham Toys for Tots organizes a food drive for the community members in need from Freedom, Garrettsville, Nelson and Windham. Your monetary gift will provide necessity and joy to those families that have fallen on hard times. If you are interested in donating, please issue your check to Windham Toys for Tots and mail it by December 16th to Guy Pietra , 8219 Clover Lane, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Your donation is tax deductible. As always, a follow-up letter will be sent to all those able to provide a donation to update you on the success of our effort. “Focus on Fiber” Through Jan 8 Come to the Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren and see the juried exhibit “Focus on Fiber - A Tribute to the Fiber Artist”. This is a juried exhibition for the artist who creates original works of art using traditional or non-traditionl needle and fiber arts techniques. The exhibit can be seen from noon-4 pm Tue. - Sat. at 196-198 E Market St. in Warren. Admission is free. Fish Fry Dec 9 The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting a fish fry on Friday, Dec 9th from 4-8 p.m. Also available will be chicken strips and shrimp dinners. Carry out available by calling 330 527-2330. “A Christmas Carol” Dec 9-11, 16-18 Kent Trumbull Theatre is proud to present “A Christmas Carol”. This adaptation written by Paul Kimple and direct by Patricia M. Fagen will be presented on Dec 9-11, 16-18 at Kent Trumbull Theatre 4314 Mahoning Ave NW in Warren. Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Fri & Sat and 3 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children, $5 for groups of 10 or more. Aurora Breakfast with Santa Dec 10 Breakfast with Santa will be held at Doogan’s of Aurora on Dec 10th. There will be seatings at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Windham Breakfast With Santa Dec 10 The United Methodist Church of Windham and RFC are teaming together for Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10th at 9 a.m. You can get a picture with Santa, do a craft and more. Location: 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. Please RSVP if possible. Breakfast With Santa Dec 10 Santa will be stopping at the First Congregational Church , 612 W. Broad St., Newton Falls early this year for his favorite breakfast. We would enjoy having everyone here to enjoy all you can eat Pancakes & Sausage from 9:00-10:30 on December 10th. It’s FREE for young and old!!!! Live Nativity Dec 10 Live Nativity complete with live animals featuring Rupert the camel will be held Dec 10th from 5 pm-8 pm at the Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 GAR Hwy (Rt 6), Chardon, Oh 44024. Bring the entire family and be transported back in time to the birth and life of Jesus! Nativity sets will be on display. Free crafts for the children. Free admission. Free parking. Free refreshments. Lasagna Dinner & Dance Dec 10 Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a lasagna dinner and dance on Dec 10 at Kent VFW Post #3703. Dinner will be from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with the dance from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm. The dinner and dance are open to the public and all are invited to attend. Cost for the dinner and dance is $14 members and $16 for non-members. For reservations call Mary at 330 947-2867 or Warrine at 330-322-9559 by Dec 5th. G-Men Youth Basketball Scotch Doubles Dec 10 Come out and support the G-Men Youth Basketball program by bowling in the Scotch Doubles this Saturday, Dec 10 at 9 p.m. Cost is $40 per couple which includes: 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, pop or beer. There will also be a Chinese auction. To reserve your spot please call or text Aaron at 330 524-2646 Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Open House Dec 10 Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is recruiting individuals who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to serve on active committees helping with the operations and various functions of the organizations. Individuals interested in selecting and working with Habitat families, oversight of construction days, marketing, fundraising and more are needed to assist the non-profit fulfill its goals. A Volunteer information meeting will be held on Saturday December 10th at 10am at the Habitat office at 6630 Cleveland Road, Ravenna OH 44266. To learn how you can volunteer with Habitat or to sign up for the volunteer orientation, contact the Habitat office at (330) 296-2880 or email@example.com Palmyra Breakfast With Santa Dec 10 Palmyra Fireflies are hosting their 5th annual Breakfast w/Santa on December 10th from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Santa is arriving at 8:00 on a fire Truck. Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, sausages and beverages along with one 4x6 picture w/Santa per family. Additional pictures can be purchased for $2. Santa will have a small gift for all kids that attend. Breakfast cost: Adults $5, Kids 3- 10 years old $3, and kids under 3 are free. We will also be collecting non-perishable items to give to our adopted families for $1 off your meal. St William Winterfest Craft Show Dec 10 There will be a Winterfest craft show on Dec 10 from 10 am – 3 pm at St. William Parish, 5411 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren. The show will feature over 70 select craftspeople from the area. Come and finish your Christmas shopping and have lunch. Ethnic foods pirohi, halushki, wedding soup as well as other foods will be available to purchase. Take out is also available. Hard Hats & Heels Dec 10 Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is teaming up with the Kent State University’s School of Fashion and Design for “Hard Hats & Heels Fashion Show.” Over 125 students have created unique fashion designs using building materials purchased at the ReStore and will have their designs modeled on the runway. A judged contest, this evening will be filled with creativity, a full runway show, and awareness for housing issues in Portage County. Tickets are $7 and are available at the ReStore: 1510 S. Water St. Kent OH. Tickets will also be available at the door. This event is located at the Kent State Ballroom at the KSU Campus. Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm. For more information, call 330-296-2880. JAG Middle School Concert Dec 11 The JA Garfield Middle School Band and Choir Winter Concert will be held on Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. All concerts are FREE and open to the public Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Information Session Dec 11 Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is currently looking for interested individuals and families who would like to fulfill their dream of owning their own home. Openings for home ownership are available for current building projects. An informational session about Habitat home ownership will be held on December 11th at the Habitat Office Conference Room located at 6630 Cleveland Road in Ravenna Township. The session will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. Families are chosen without respect to age, gender, sexual preference, disability, race, religion or national origin. Persons interested in attending the November orientation are encouraged to call the Habitat Office at 330-296-2880 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise the staff that they are coming to the orientation session. Holiday Shopping Night Dec 12 Just for you ladies… holiday shopping event will be held on Dec 12 at Faces Down Under banquet center featuring popular vendors for your gift giving. Tickets are $10 pre-sale (at Church Mouse Thrift Shop, Next Generation Technologies or by calling 330-872-4502) or $12 at the door. Price includes finger foods, coffee or tea. Door prize drawings and holiday favors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Church Mouse Giving Tree & the NF Backpack Program. Cardinairs Christmas Concert Dec 13 The Annual Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon Buffet will be held on December 13th, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Grandview Restaurant, 13404 Old State Road, Middlefield. Tickets are $20 each, and include the Cardinaires’ performance and buffet luncheon of Chicken Marsala, potatoes, vegetable, beverage and dessert. This is a beautiful way to start the Christmas Season. You can call in to save your place in the audience at 440-632-5705, leave your name, phone number and how many are in your party. You may send checks made to Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, to P.O.Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062 - $20 each person. Any proceeds from this concert will go toward the Middlefield Chamber Scholarship Fund and a donation will also be given to the Cardinaires. Pricetown Church Supper Dec 14 The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls will feature: meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and beverage on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 6:30pm. Cost $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 years and younger. Carryouts available. Newton Falls BOE Meeting Dec 15 The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board will hold a regular board meeting on Dec 15 at 6 pm in the board room, located in the Jr. High School located at 907 ½ Milton Blvd. “Rockin’ For A Reason” Dec 15 Rockin’ For A Reason benefit concert will be held Dec 15th, at The Outpost, 4962 SR 43 in Kent, OH, starting at 6 PM. The all-ages show features bands: Carousel Kings, Maddie Finn, Muffinslap, Lovelikeviolence, Grlz Nite and The Knickers. All proceeds from the concert will benefit programs of Townhall II. Tickets will be a minimum $5.00 donation at the door. For more information contact Nick Onuska at Nickonuska@yahoo.com or (440)-384-0045. Search “Rocking For A Reason Benefit Concert” on Facebook for additional information. JAG Intermediate School Concert Dec 15 The JA Garfield Intermediate School Carols and Choruses (Band and Choir) Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 15 @ 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Intermediate School Gymnasium. All concerts are FREE and open to the public Toys for Children Dec 17 Toys for Children will be held on Dec 17th from 8 am to noon at the Windham Town Hall/Sheriff department. New coats and toys will be available. Toy are limited. Food will be distributed by Guy Pietra . No proof of income needed for food. For more information please call Paula at 330 285-1334; Dusty at 330 977-7063 or Dianne at 330 527-8051 or 330 842-1446. Benefit Shower for Fire Victims Dec 17 Friends and Family invite you to a Benefit Shower for Ed and Jackie (Kramer) Zwilling who lost their home and belongings in a recent house fire. The benefit will be held at United Church of Christ, “The Brick Chapel”, 9003 N. Main St., Windham, OH on Saturday, December 17, 2011 from 1 – 4 PM. Ed and Jackie are registered at Target and a donation account has been set up at Huntington National Bank. (Donations can be made at any Huntington branch in the name of “William (Ed) Zwilling”). For more information contact Kim at (330) 296-7977 or Jane at (330) 296-2707. Observatory Open Night Dec 17 Saturday December 17: Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, weather permitting. Rounding out the year’s public programs, visitors will view the solar system’s biggest planet, Jupiter. November’s guests were treated to excellent views of the gas giant’s four Galilean Moons, the planet’s cloud bands, and the famous Great Red Spot; given clear skies those features should be seen again this night! Also to be explored is the flossy beauty of the Orion Nebula, and possibly other wonders of the night sky. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. For updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: StephensObservatory.org or “StephensObs” on Twitter. Chamberlain Road: A New Portage Park Dec 18 Explore this undeveloped Portage Park on the headwaters of the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River. A variety of trees and biotic communities are awaiting discovery on the rolling glacial landscape. There are no formal trails, allowing for the discovery of hidden gems and woodland secrets as we explore the nooks and crannies of this closed preserve. Directions provided upon registration. The hike begins at 11:00am. Call 330.569.6003 or email email@example.com. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (donations will be collected for the Portage Park District). JAG High School Concert Dec 18 The JA Garfield High School ‘Tis the Season Winter Concert (Band and Choir) will be held on Sunday, December 18 @ 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. All concerts are FREE and open to the public Newton Falls BOE Tax Budget Hearing Dec 19 The Newton Falls Exempted Village School Board will hold a Tax Budget Hearing on Dec 19 at 10 am in the board office, located at 909 ½ Milton Blvd. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls. There will be a 5:00 PM and a 7:00 PM service. Both services will include traditional Christmas carols and hymns, a message and a congregational candle lighting. Additional information may be found at www.fbcnewtonfalls.com. Candlelight Christmas Service Dec 24 The First Congregational Church of Freedom will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 pm on Dec 24th. This service will include the lighting of candles in the original church candelabra. The church is located at the intersections of SR 88 and 303 in Freedom Twp. Christmas Morning Service Dec 25 The First Congregational Church of Freedom will hold a Christmas morning worship service at 10 am on Dec 25th. There will be no Sunday school on that day. The church is located at the intersections of SR 88 and 303 in Freedom Twp. All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner Dec 30 Please join the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard for an All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction on Friday, December 30th. Dinner will be served from 4:00-8:00pm at the Nelson Community House. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, homemade rolls, dessert and beverage. The admission price includes 1 free ticket for the Chinese Auction. The cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-12 years old and children under 3 years old eat free. All proceeds to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard to further our mission to “Shut The Door On Hunger” in our community. Celebrate the end of the year with great food for a worthwhile cause. New Years Eve Dinner & Dance Dec 31 New Years Eve Dinner Dance at the Parkman Community House (16295 SR 422, east of SR 528) Live music by The Boys are Back. Dinner catered by JD’s Post House. $30 per person – B.Y.O.B. (Wash provided) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. – Dinner will be served 7:30 – 9 p.m. Band will play 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are limited – Call for reservations today! Patty @ (440) 548-2242 or Denise @ (440) 548-2939 Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce New Year’s Eve Trip Dec 31 What are you doing New Year’s Eve? St. Anselm Young of Heart invite you to join them on a bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio, for a Dickens Victorian Christmas. Stroll down Main St. to see 80 life-size Dickens Scenes. See the great Courthouse Music & Light Show and much more. Lunch and dinner are included. We will have our own private New Year’s Eve party at the hotel. After breakfast on New Year’s Day we’ll head over to Wheeling Island Casino, then see the Festival of Lights at Oglebay on the way home. All this for only $175 ($181 non-members). Deadline for payment is Dec 15. Call Nancy for reservations, 440-729-9684. JAG Board Of Education Meeting Jan 12 On Thursday, January 12, 2012 the James A Garfield Board of Education will hold their 2012 Organizational / Regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the JAG Middle School Library.