Register now for the Class of 2025!

The J. A. Garfield School District is now accepting kindergarten registration information for your child that will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 14, Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2012 at the elementary school.  Please call the Elementary School office at 330-527-2184 to schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.   We also require copies of the following documents at the time of registration: *Child’s certified birth certificate; *Social Security card; *Immunization Records; *Custody Papers (If applicable); *Proof of Residency (property tax statement, deed, rental agreement or voter registration card); *Driver License or photo identification of custodial person enrolling student


Guitar Lessons

Register Now

Ravenna Parks and Recreation is offering Guitar Lessons for children 8 yrs to adult.  Students must provide their own Guitar and must also purchase the Melbay Book 1 prior to the start of class.  Classes held at Brown Middle School Band Room on Tuesdays beginning Jan 24 to March 13.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers is $40 and fee for all others is $45.  Ages 8-12 will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and ages 13 through adults from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m.  To register contact Ravenna Recreation Department, 330-296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m


Geauga County Umpire Classes

Register Today

Geauga County Umpire Association is offering an umpire association certification course for high school baseball and softball. Classes are on Mon, Weds and Sat from Feb 13 – Mar 17. Weekday classes are 6:30 – 8 pm; Sat 8 – 11 am. Cost is $100 plus uniforms and equipment. For info contact David Henry at (440) 840-5231. Softball classes begin Jan 22. Contact Mike at (440) 564-7336.


Indoor Soccer Foot Skills

Register Now

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering Indoor Soccer Foot Skills for children 4 years to 7 years old on Mondays, January 30 to March 5 (no class on Feb. 20) at the First Congregational Church of Ravenna, 266 S. Chestnut Street.  The 4 and 5 year olds will meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 6 and 7 year olds will follow at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Registration limited to 12 per age group. Fee for city taxpayers is $30 and non-city taxpayer fee is $35. Registration deadline is Jan 23. After that there is a $10 late fee if any openings.  To register contact Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.


Line Dance Lessons

Register By Jan 20

Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is offering line dance lessons. Open to teens and adults, the lessons will begin on January 24 to March 6 for 7 weeks. The lessons are held at John Tontimonia City Park Tower Lodge on Tuesdays.  Cost is $55 for city taxpayers or $60 for non-city taxpayers.  Min 15 and max 30.

Deadline to register is Jan 20.


Swim With The Hiram College Water Dogs

Register By Jan 27

Swim lesson registration ends on Jan 27th! Register online!  Lesson times are  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm  on Sunday afternoons – Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26.  All levels. Lessons are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of free time at the end.

Cost: $50 per child for all 5 lessons              Age: 4 years and older. Sign up at the Hiram  College Pool  on  Jan 22, from 2:30-4:30pm  ** Questions? Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343


Fish Fry

Jan 13

Garrettsville Eagles, 8149 Water Street, will be having a fish fry on Jan 13 from 4 – 7:30 pm. Choose from fish, shrimp, chicken strip or  have a combo platter! All dinners include potato, (French fries or baked), cole slaw, green beans, roll and butter. Take outs welcome. 330 527-2330.  Note: Dinners will be served every week during Lent starting Feb 24.


“The Odd Couple”

Jan 13-15 

Curtains Up Theatre presents “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon. Performance dates are January 13 and 14 at 7 pm and January 15 at 2 pm at the Iva L Walker Auditorium located at JA Garfield High School, 10231 State Route 88, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Prices: Adults $10; Seniors over 65 and Children 12 and under $7. Groups of 15 or more per night $5 per person. Tickets on sale at 216-375-0709 or at

All performances will be interpreted for the Deaf  by students from Kent State University and Tri-C Interpreter Training Program.


SummerFest Scotch Doubles

Jan 14

On Jan 14th at 9 pm SkyLanes will be hosting a Scotch doubles to benefit SummerFest.  Cost is $40 per couple and includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, unlimited draft beer, pop or coffee.  Call Aaron at 330 527-9999 to reserve your lane!


Snowman Parade

Jan 14

Square Dance and Line Dancing will be held at the “Snowman Parade” on Jan 14 from 7-10 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall (junction SR 45 & 87).  Admission $5 ages 10 and up; $4 under 10.  Refreshments will be served. For more information call (440) 685-4582 or (440) 685-4301.



Jan 15

The movie “Courageous” from the creators of “Fireproof” will be shown at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd., Garrettsville on January 15 at 7 pm. Child care available if needed. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the movie.


Windham Historical Society Meeting

Jan 16

The Windham Historical Society begins its new year on Monday, January 16, at 7 PM in the Brick Chapel on North Main Street in Windham. The Brick Chapel opens at 6:30 to all interested visitors for a meet and greet. At the November meeting, Portage County antiquarian Larry Fischer spoke on “Gizmos, Gadgets and Doodads,” his fascinating collection of bizarre artifacts. He passed them around and attendees tried to guess what they were, often with hilariously wrong results. For more information on the January meeting, please call Society President Lynnea St. John at 330-326-6061, or email her at


Loaves And Fishes Dinner

Jan 17

On January 17, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. COVENANT BIBLE FELLOWSHIP (8146 High Street, Garrettsville) is inviting you to start the new year off right by eating a delicious homemade dinner without the hassle of cooking. The invitation is for anyone regardless of residency or income.  If you should have any further questions, please call 330.527.4205.


BSA Troop 62 Open House

Jan 17

All parents and boys from 5th grade to 18 years of age are invited to attend a Boy Scouts open house on Jan 17 at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church, 7656 SR 82 in Garrettsville. Come out and meet the troop leaders and scouts and find out how you can become a scout.  For more info call Roy Lambert at 330-647-1053 or Quentin Spaur at 330-577-6576


eMedia Class At Burton Public Library

Jan 17

Do you have a Kindle, Nook, or other eMedia device and would like to know how to download eMedia such as eBooks, audio, music and movies from the library? Burton Public Library is offering a class on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. which will explain the process of successfully downloading your desired eMedia from the Burton Public Library website.  Please bring your eMedia device to the class, and if you have a laptop you use with the device, bring that along as well.

Call the Burton Public Library to register for the eMedia class:  440-834-4466


Aurora Co-op Preschool Open House

Jan 19

The Aurora Co-op Preschool, located at Centerville Mills, 8558 Crackel Road, will hold their Open House and Registration event on Jan 19 from 7 – 8 p.m.  The Aurora Co-op Preschool offers developmentally appropriate classes for children ages 2-5.  The school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has been named a Three-Star Step Up To Quality Program by the State of Ohio.  For more information visit the website: or call:  440.543.1443.


Otter Hike

Jan 21

Though these neat mammals have been spotted in the area, the chance of actually seeing one on this hike is slim. The group will spot signs of where otters live, such as slides, dens, scat and tracks. The hike will take place on Jan 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. at  Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Landing, 16115 Rapids Road, Troy Township.

The River Otter is one of the most playful animals out there, so there will be plenty of behaviors to talk about while looking. Registration is not required for this free program for all ages. Dress for the weather – waterproof foot gear is recommended, too. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.


Science Saturday At NF Library

Jan 21

Saturday, January 21 @ 10:30 am – Students, ages 5 – 12 years are invited to become mad scientists, performing hands-on biology, chemistry, and physics experiments at Science Saturday on Jan 21st at 10:30 am. Students will work together to set up and complete experiments and discuss the results. Registration is required due to supplies needed.  Call 330.872.1282 to reserve your spot.


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 am. Directions will be provided upon registration. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email 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.


Roast Beef Dinner

Jan 24

The Garrettsville United Methodist Church, located at 8223 Park Ave, will be hosting a Roast Beef dinner on Jan 24th from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12 and free for preschool children. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, desert and beverages. Take-out orders are available.


Crestwood Band Annual Citrus Sale

Through Jan 25

The Crestwood Band annual citrus sale is being held through Jan 25, 2012.  This annual sale has been supporting the band for over 40 years! Proceeds will be used to support the Instrumental Music Departments in the Intermediate, Middle and the High schools.  You can order three ways:  contact a band member, call 330-274-2567 or 330-569-7613, or you can order online at  Please enter the school code OH11184 so we receive credit for the sale.  Thank you for supporting the Crestwood instrumental music programs.


Book Discussion Group

Jan 25

On Jan 25 at 6 pm  the Newton Falls Public Library’s Book Discussion  will meet to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and then they became one of the most important tools in medicine. Copies of the book are available for borrowing at the library’s circulation desk. It is not necessary to have finished the book to attend.


Auburn Garden Club Meeting

Jan 25

The Auburn Garden Club will Host an OPEN HOUSE on January 25th, 2012. Time is 7:00 pm at the Auburn Township Hall (corner of East Washington St & Auburn Rd)   Anyone interested in gardening, from the beginner gardener to an expert, stop by and learn what the Auburn Garden Club is all about. For more information contact Susan at 330-883-2833 or email


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.




Spaghetti Dinner & Music

Feb 11

The Renaissance Family Center and the Windham Bands are having an evening of food and entertainment. Make a date for the family for a great Spaghetti Dinner and music from the Windham Band on  Feb. 11th at the Center from 5 pm to 7 pm, cost $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.  Presale tickets available but not necessary.  Don’t spend another Saturday watching reruns on the TV. Come have some fun at the Renaissance Center and hear the band.


5th Annual Men Who Cook!

Feb 18

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Catholic Charities at our 5th Annual Men Who Cook!

The event will be February 18, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:30pm at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Ravenna. Come enjoy the specialties of our local chefs!  Tickets are $40 per person which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert tastings from all of our celebrity chefs!  Make your reservations now. We expect a sell out!  To purchase tickets contact: Bobbi McKnight at Catholic Charities of Portage County  Phone: 330-297-7745


Indoor Garage Sale

Feb 18

Huge Indoor Garage Sale February 18th from 9 am to 3 pm, food concessions available you can shop all day and not get hungry. Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh