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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.

RFC Looking For Adult Basketball Players
Any adults interested in playing basketball can call Renaissance Family Center and leave your name and number for Teddy or show up at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Renaissance Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham.

Hiram Fire Association Fund Raiser
Through Jan 1
The Hiram Fire Association is selling raffle tickets. First prize is a Polaris Sportsman 500 HO 4-wheeler or $4,500 cash. Second prize is a 32” flat screen tv or $200 cash. Third prize is $50 cash. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any Hiram firefighter or by calling 330 569-9826. The drawing will be held on Jan 1st.

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.

Holiday Bake Sale
Dec 23
The New Hope Baptist Church will be holding a bake sale in front of Sparkle Market on Friday, Dec 23 at 10 am. All proceeds go to the NHBC Vacation Bible School and Community Outreach Programs.

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.

Harvest Point Candlelight Service
Dec 24
Harvest Point Church, located at 6100 Tod Ave., Lordstown, Ohio, hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6pm on Saturday December 24th, 2011. Please come and join with us for a time of celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. We will sing carols, hear the Christmas story and have a candle lighting ceremony. This is a family friendly event for people of all ages. All are welcome!

St. Ambrose Christmas Eve Mass
Dec 24
St. Ambrose Church located at 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville, will hold Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Burton Congregational Church Holiday Worship Services
Dec 24 & 25
Two Christmas Eve services will be held at Burton Congregational Church on December 24. The first, at 6:30 p.m., will be a comtemplative service for those who might find the merriment of a standard service difficult. It will have a more subdued tone and communion will be celebrated. A Festival Candlelight Service will take place at 8:00 p.m. This will be a traditional candlelight service for families and will feature lots of music. All are welcome to attend. On Christmas morning, December 25, the church will have a brief service of Scripture readings combined with favorite Christmas carols at 10:30 a.m. The Burton Congregational Church is located at 14558 West Park Street, on the square in Burton Village. Please call 440-834-4495 for more information.

St. Michael Church Mass
St. Michael Church located at
9736 East Center Street, Windham will hold mass at the following times:Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; Christmas Day (Dec. 25) 10:00 a.m.

Christmas Morning!
Dec 25
Celebrate the birth of Jesus together with us from 10 to 11am at Praise Assembly of God – 10280 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231 (located across the street from the James A. Garfield High School). We’re Family: Connect, Grow and Serve with Us!

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.

Windham Hot Stove Board Meeting
Dec 27
Windham Hot Stove will hold a board meeting on Dec 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Windham Township Hall. The Hot Stove board is seeking new members to join for the 2012 season. We have a variety of positions available that need filled. We need more board members to ensure the continuation of Windham Hot Stove as an organization. Questions please call David Tanner 330-326-0181.

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.

Community New Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31
The Community New Year’s Eve Party will be held on December 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm at Renaissance Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham. This is our free meal for the month of December and we are showing the movie “Courageous”. Everyone welcome.

Hike the BLT
Dec 31
Hike Portage Park District’s newest trail: the Berlin Lake Trail. The BLT cuts through part of an 8,000 acre state wildlife area, crosses a section of Berlin Reservoir, and provides unparalleled views of a remote section of the lake and wildlife area. Bald eagles, ospreys, herons and a variety of waterfowl are observable from the converted railroad bridge and crossing over the lake. The hike begins at 10:00am. Directions will be provided upon registration. Call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu to register. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (donations to benefit Portage Park District will be collected at the hike).

New Year’s Eve 5K
Dec 31
Advanced Rehabilitation’s annual New Year’s 5K run/walk through Mantua will take place on 12/31/11 at 10am. The cost is $5. This is an event to celebrate the New Year in a healthy way and jump start your new year’s resolutions. The event will start and end at Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists in Mantua. Registration will begin at 9:00am the day of the race with the race starting at 10am. There is no need to pre-register. If there are any questions, you can call (330) 274-2747 or email at ARHSmantua@gmail.com. Walkers and runners of all ages are welcome as well as dogs as long as they are on a leash.

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.

Burton Library Book Sale
Jan 7
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a book sale in the library basement from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday,
January 7. There are items for everyone: books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, cds, tapes, movies and puzzles are available. Please enter the sale through the white door located at the back of the building.

Parents Without Partners Dance
Jan 7
On Jan 7th the Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have it’s monthly dance from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm at the Kent VFW Post 3703 in Kent. Music will be by dj Mel. The dance is open to the public, and non-members are invited to join the members in celebrating the “A New Beginning” theme. If you are interested in joining Parents Without Partners or have questions, please call Warrine at 330-699-2361 or 330-322-9559.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan 8
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 8th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 8
Knights of Columbus Council #3350 will be hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on January 8th from noon until 3 pm at Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Dinner includes: spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry out available. Adults:$7.00; Children: $3.00 (6-11) ; Children: FREE(5& under)

J.A. Garfield IDEA Fund Special Meeting
Jan 12
James A. Garfield School District will be holding a public meeting on January 12, 2012. This will provide the opportunity for questions/comments regarding the spending of IDEA funds for our district before the monthly board meeting. Please join us at the Middle School Library on Thursday at 5:50 pm.

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.

The Rarest Forest Around
Jan 21
Visit the White Pine Bog Forest near Burton, considered by ecologists to be the rarest forest in Ohio. Some of the towering pines may be up to 300 years old. Surrounded by wetlands and adjacent to Snow Lake, the forest is a rare remnant of the original Ohio landscape. Owned by The Nature Conservancy, special permission is required to access the property as it is not open to the general public. The hike begins at 10:00am. Directions will be provided upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $8 for non-members, $6 for members).

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Jan 22
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 22nd from 4 pm to 8 pm. Contact Ken at 440 635-6390 or Skip at 440 834-1191 for more information.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Jan 29
Middlefield – Burton American Legion will be holding a pancake & sausage breakfast at 14052 Goodwin St in Burton on Jan. 29th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.