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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

American Legion Breakfasts
Mondays
The Windham American Legion will be serving breakfast every Monday morning from 8-11 am. Cost is $6.

GCRTA Grant Offered
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association is offering a $1,500 grant to a college senior. The recipient must be enrolled in a college of education and be a student teacher during the 2012-2013 school year. In addition, the person must have resided in Geauga County or graduated from one of the high schools in the county. For an application, contact Ruth Holm at 15920 Arbor Trail, Newbury, OH 44065 or call 440-564-6652.

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.

American Legion Fish Fry
Fridays
The Windham American Legion will be hosting a fish fry every Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Cost is $8.50.

Coaches Needed
Apply through Feb 3
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be accepting coaching applications
for the upcoming 2012 season. We will be accepting applications for
head coaches until February 3, 2012. For more information please
contact Share O’Leary at 330-984-7045 or e-mail shanestbernard@gmail.com.. You may also contact Bill Wright for information @ 330-240-1435 or e-mail wbwright@yahoo.com.

Hearts For A Lyon
Through Feb 10
“Hearts For A Lyon” paper heart drive is going on now. Hearts are $1 each and are available in Garrettsville at Porter’s IGA, Mc Donald’s, Subway, Dairy Queen, Huntington National Bank, Sean’s Pub and Miller’s Family Restaurant. Businesses in Windham, such as Windham Hardware, Windham Sparkle Market, and Circle K are also joining the campaign to sell the red paper hearts as well. Purchase a heart and put your name on it and it is on display at the business where you purchased it.

Big Brothers Needed
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is in need of Big Brother volunteers. We have boys waiting in all parts of Portage County for someone who wants to spend time with them. All it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to start something! Please call 330-296-6655 or visit our website at www.bbsportage.org.

God Provides A Meal
Jan 27
The Nelson United Methodist Church will be hosting their free “God Provides A Meal”, on January 27. A hearty soup dinner will be served from 4-6 pm, with brownies for desert! Everyone is welcome to join us on Nelson Circle at 9367 SR 305 in the church social hall. If you are shut in, please call (330) 527-2268 previous to 1/27/12 to make arrangements for delivery.

Eagles Steak Fry & Grilled Chicken Dinner
Jan 28
The Garrettsville Eagles will be holding their monthly steak fry and grilled chicken dinner on Sat. January 28th from 4:30 to 7:30. Dinners include choice of baked potato or french fries, vegetable, salad and roll. Steak dinner is $12.00 and chicken is $8.00. Open to the public. Also you are welcome to stay and listen to the Boys Are Back band from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.

Coffee & Conversation With Kathleen Clyde
Jan 28
State Representative Kathleen Clyde will be hosting “Coffee & Conversation” at Susie K’s Café, 145 East Main in Ravenna on Saturday, January 28th from 11 am -12:30 pm. These informal discussions are held monthly at different locations across Portage County for residents to speak one-on-one with Representative Clyde.  All are welcome.
Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Jan 28
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off SR 82 in the center of Braceville on Jan 28 from 4-6:30 p.m. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. Phone number for takeouts (330) 898.5607.

Windham Hot Stove Baseball and Softball Sign Ups
Jan 28, 31 & Feb 11
Windham Hot Stove baseball and softball sign ups will be held on Jan 28th 10a-2p, Jan 31st 6p-8p and Feb 11th from 10a-2p. All sign ups are at Windham Township Hall. Sign up forms will NOT be accepted without payment. 2012 prices are:4 & 5 year olds $40; 6 – 8 year olds $55; 9 – 14 year olds $60; 15-18 year olds $70. A $5 late fee will be added to all forms submitted after February 11th.

Newton Falls Baseball / Softball Sign ups
Jan 28, Feb 1 & 4
Newton Falls youth baseball/softball signups will be held for boys and girls – ages 5-14 on Sat. Jan. 28  10 am -1 pm; Wed. Feb. 1  5-8 pm and Sat. Feb. 4  10 am-2 pm. All sign-ups held at community center.  Please bring a COPY of your child’s birth certificate if they are new to the league.

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.

Ice Caves: Winter splendor at Nelson Ledges
Jan 29
Explore the crevasses, shelter caves, and rock bluffs that provide the setting for a variety of winter ice formations on Jan 29th from 1-3 pm. Frozen waterfalls, ice stalagmites and stalactites, verglas, needle ice and perhaps ice flowers are all part of this winter geologic wonderland. The geology is both ancient and contemporary, rocks formations millions of years old frosted with ice formations that may be only hours old. The trails may be difficult and slippery. Meet at the Nelson Ledges parking lot. To register, call 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu. Sponsored by Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (Fee: $5 for non-members, $2 for members).
J.A. Garfield Band Concert
Feb 2
The Garfield Fifth Grade Band will hold its first concert on Thursday, Feb 2 at 7 p.m.

Warren Republican Women’s Club Meeting
Feb 2
Warren Republican Women’s Club will be meeting February 2nd at The Reef.  We are honored to have Marine Sgt Jim Rapone as our guest speaker.  Mr. Rapone will be discussing the Boy Scout’s  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Mr. Rapone proudly served his country in Vietnam and is a chair for the Veterans Memorial in Warren.  WRWC is proud to be celebrating it’s 75th anniversary.  This month’s hostess is Kellie Pope.   Like minded individuals are always welcome to attend functions.  Our luncheon does require a reservation.  If interested in attending or for more club information please contact CaryAnn at (330)856-5228.

Monthly Breakfast Buffet
Feb 4
Post #674 of the Windham American Legion will hold their monthly breakfast buffet at 9960 E. Center Street (SR 303) on Feb 4th from 8-11 am. All-you-can-eat $7; Children 12 and under $5; Children under 5 are free. Questions? Call 330-326-3188.

Night At The Races
Feb 4
Newton Falls Athletic Boosters will hold their annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Feb. 4th at St. Mary’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Dr., Newton Falls.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be bought ahead of time or at the door.  Price includes a buffet dinner, dessert, soda and beer.  Doors open at 5:30pm with post time at 7:30pm.  All profits made go the the senior scholarship fund.  For tickets call Tami at 330-872-0116.

Senior Citizens Luncheon
Feb 4
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Saturday, February 4.  The program will begin at 11:30 AM with the luncheon to follow at noon.  The event is open to any area senior citizen.  For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055.

Curtains up Scotch Doubles
Feb 4
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is holding their annual Scotch Doubles on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Registration time is 8:30. The cost is $40.00 per couple and includes pizza, beer, soda and bowling. Register by calling 216-375-0709. There will be a chines auction also. All vendors wishing to donate, contact Jackie at 216-375-0709.
4 Chaplains Program
Feb 5
The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their 4 Chaplains Program on Feb. 5th at 3 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton. Contact Tony at 440 632-5568 or Skip at 440 834-1191.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
Feb 5
Knights of Columbus Council  #3350, will be hosting an All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from Noon – 3 pm on Feb 5th, 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 Children: $3 (6-11); Children 5 & under: FREE For any additional information   Tom Fetock (330) 872-5886, Matt Stimac (330)872-7865, Jim Burns    (330)883-0575

Home-Cooked Supper
Feb 8
The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Road, Newton Falls, will feature Creamed Chicken over biscuits, vegetables, salad, homemade desserts, applesauce and beverages. Dinner will be from 5pm to 6:30pm on Feb 8. Cost  $7 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 12; free for children 5 years & younger.
Carryouts will be available.

Book & Art Silent Auction
Feb 9
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold a silent auction on Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Offered for sale will be vintage books, prints and original art work.  Cash or checks will be accepted for the sale.  The public is cordially invited and refreshments will be served.  The Burton Public Library is located at 14588 West Park Street, on the square in Burton.  The library’s phone number is 440-834-4466.

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.

Heart of the Lyons Walk
Feb 11
A one mile fun walk through Northgate in Garrettsville will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11th to benefit Porter Lyons and his family. The cost of this event will be $10. The race will come with a t-shirt that shows you truly came and supported Porter and his family in their time of need. Folks can register online for the race at www.heartofthelyons.eventbrite.com until February 3, 2012.

Burton Public Library Book Sale
Feb 11
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold their next book sale on Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, movies, music, puzzles, etc.  Please enter the sale through the white doors located at the back of the building.

St. Michael’s Church Special Bingo
Feb 12
St. Michael’s Church, 9736 East Center St in Windham will be hosting a special Bingo on Feb 12 at 1:30 pm. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild and K of C, the bingo will include gift and bakery raffles and refreshments. No one under 18 admitted.

American Legion Pancake Breakfasts
Feb 12, 19 & 26
The Middlefield-Burton American Legion Post 459 will be hosting their pancake and sausage breakfasts Feb 12, 19 & 26 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St, Burton. Contact Ron at 440 343-1478 for more information.

Wine Tasting Event
Feb 16
The Field Levy Committee is hosting a Wine Tasting Feb 16, 5 – 9 pm at the Viking Vineyard, 268 Old Forge Rd., Brimfield.  Tickets are $10 and include 4 sample tastings, Hors d’Oeuvres entertainment by Joe Cavaretta (www.myspace.com/joecavmusic).  There will be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at any school office or at the door.  For more information call 330.687.8439.

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 bobbi.mcknight@catholiccharitiesps.org

Indoor Garage Sale
Feb 18
Huge Indoor Garage Sale Feb 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

Free Computer Training at the Garrettsville Library
Feb 20-22
Portage County District Library is partnering with ConnectOhio, a non-profit organization, to offer free computer training sessions to Portage County residents. The training sessions will provide basic Internet training such as computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and email basics. Sessions have been scheduled for the Garrettsville Library on February 20 through 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Online registration is available at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Programs”). Space limited to 12 seats. Call 330-562-6502 for more information about these sessions. There is also a free self-paced curriculum available online at http://eco.connectohio.org/. Registration is required in order to create an account.

Chili Cook-Off
Feb 26
Calling all cooks! Think you make the best chili in town? Here’s your chance to prove it! Garrettsville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a chili cook-off on Feb 26 at 1 p.m. to benefit the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Registration fee is $5 for each team (due by Feb 17), and admission to the event is $5 per person, children under 10 are free.  Contact the church office at 330-527-2055 for registration forms or further information.

Oink & Squeal Party
March 24
The Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 are pleased to present an Oink & Squeal Party on March 24. The raffle and Chinese auction will be held at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. Burton. Doors open at 5 pm, raffle at 7 pm. Raffle tickets are $2 each; Chinese auction tickets 10 for $1.

Souped up Jazz
March 24
JA Garfield Band’s “Souped up Jazz” will be on March 24th, 2012.  The jazz bands and the show choir will be performing.  We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic fundraiser.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectable sale from 9 am – 3 pm on March 24, 2012 at the Portage County Garden Center, 5154 South Prospect St, Ravenna. Free admission. Lunch available. Door Prize and Raffle. Contact: Pat Thomas at 330-297-0232 or Laura Yaunt at 330-850-5007 for more information and to reserve a table space for $20.00

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers (formerly Hiram College Choir) will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on Friday,  March 30th, 2011, at Hiram Christian Church at 7:30 pm.  All voices are still welcome to audition, but we are very much in need of altos and tenors!   Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30 in Frohring Recital Hall. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.