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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 who will turn age 5 before Sept 30, 2012. Registration will take place on March 14, 15 and 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.  

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild Bake Kolache
Order Today
St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Easter holiday and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $9.00 each.    The Ladies offer the following fillings:  Apricot, Nut and Poppyseed.    To order your taste of Europe, contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951.   Pick up times and days will be March 20 & 21 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and March 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Computer Training at the Library
Register Today
PCDL is pleased to announce that it is taking reservations for its next set of computer training sessions. Training sessions will take place at the Windham Library (located within the Renaissance Family Center) April 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. There is also a training session scheduled at the Aurora Memorial Library April 23 through April 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sessions fill up fast so register early at www.portagelibrary.org (select “Library Services”). Call 330-562-6502 for additional information. In addition to the training sessions at the libraries, there is a self-paced curriculum available online at http://training.connectohio.org.

Fellowship & Music
Wednesdays
Beginning on February 29, 2012, Wednesday night, at 7:00 p.m. and each Wednesday night  after  February 29 there will be fellowship and music at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church located at 336 Ridge Road, in Newton Falls.  This program will supply soup and drinks but most of all there will be worship, fellowship, and music.  The music will be provided the United Methodist Church Praise Band. Come and bring your friends.

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.

Crafters & Vendors Wanted
Spring Ahead Bazaar is sponsored by Claridon Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1324 and looking for Crafters and Vendors. Tables are $20.00 each. It will be held on Sat. April 14 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at 13830 Mayfield Rd., Claridon at the corner of Claridon Troy Rd. and Rt. 322. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.

Hiram Rapids Historical Building Fundraiser
Donations now accepted
The Hiram Rapids Church and Cemetery Association (R.C.C.A.) is accepting donations for our spring rummage sale. All proceeds are used to maintain this historical building. Please call if you have some things you would like to donate. 330-569-7204 330-569-7453

Hiram Community Trust Grants
Apply By April 20
The Hiram Community Trust was created by Reign Hadsell with the goal of providing funds for projects that make the Hiram Community a distinctive and special place to live. It was Reign’s wish that these funds be used to promote a spirit of cooperation among Hiram Village and Township, Hiram College, James A. Garfield Schools and Crestwood Schools. Funding for projects ranging from several hundred dollars to $25,000 is available. Grants applications are due April 20, 2012 with funds available for projects beginning or after July 1, 2012. For grant guidelines, an application or questions, contact Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Eagles Fish Dinners
Fridays through April 13
The Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting fish dinners on March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 & 13.  Dinners will be held from 4 – 7:30 pm at 8149 Water St.  All dinners are $8 and avail for carry out.

Mantua K of C Lenten Dinners
Fridays through March 30
Mantua Knights of Columbus are hosting Lenten Dinners each Friday night through March 30th featuring a variety of delicious Peirogi’s from the Famous West Side Market “Peirogi Palace”.  Additional dinner options  available. Dine-In service is available 5–8 PM or Carry-Out by calling (330) 274-2576.  The Mantua K of C Party Center is located at 11845 St. Rt. 44 just north of St. Rt. 82

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 9,16, 23 & 30
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Fridays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30. The dinner includes 2 pieces of breaded flounder, potato and pierogi (all oven-baked), bread or rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner. Serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Pierogi dinners also available. Takeouts available. For more information call 440-248-4530.

Burton Public Library Book Sales
Sundays in March
The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold used-book sales at the library on each Sunday in March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are items for everyone:  books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, vinyl LPs, CDs, tapes, movies and puzzles.   Sunday, March 25, will be “bag day.”   Please enter the sales through the white door located at the back of the building.

Seeking Artisans!
Mantua’s Art on the Hill is seeking artisans and food vendors for their 4th annual event which will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 from 10am-5pm in downtown Mantua, Ohio. Each year there are over 60 artisans selling and displaying their handmade work. Booth fee is $45. Call 330-414-6486 or email communityjournal@yahoo.com for an application or more information.

Evening Services
Sundays in March
Please join us at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Road – Route 528 — for Sunday evening worship services during the month of March at 6 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Bingo at St. Michael Church, Windham
Thursday Nights
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.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 9
The next Western Reserve Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be March 9th, 5-7 pm in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.  Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out available.  NEW! There will be a silent auction!  Among the items to bid on are  Cleveland  Indians tickets, $25 gas card, and many other fun prizes. Our co-host is Hiram Hilltoppers Baseball Team.

Soup & Sandwich Luncheon
March 9
The Newton Falls United Methodist Church located 336 Ridge Road in Newton Falls will hold a Soup & Sandwich Luncheon on March 9  from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m.  The menu will include:  Bean & Ham Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup, and Potato Soup.  The sandwiches will be:  sausage sandwiches with peppers & onions, hot dogs, sloppy joes, chicken salad and tuna salad sandwiches. Take Outs Will Be Available (330-872-1564)

Craft Bazaar
March 10
The ladies auxiliary will be hosting a craft bazaar on March 10 from 9-3 pm at the VFW Post 1055, 6000 New Milford Rd, Ravenna. Come join us for crafts, baked goods and many interesting items.  Lunch will be available. If you are interested in renting a table call Pat at 330 297-0232.

Team Night Dance
March 10
Wear your favorite sports team’s shirts or hats and come out to dance. Team night dance will be held on March 10 form 7-10 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, junction of SR 45 & 87.  Admission $5; under 10 yrs is $4.

Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard Grand Opening
March 10
Please join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard on March 10th from 2:00-4:00.  The Cupboard is located behind Isaac Mills Bakery at 9415 St. Rt. 305 on the Nelson Circle.  Come meet our volunteers and take a tour of the Cupboard.  Refreshments will be served.

Pancake Breakfast
March  11, 18 & 25
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave, Burton, is hosting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Adults $8; Children $5. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea.

Pancakes & Sausage Breakfasts
March  11, 18 & 25
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring pancake & sausage breakfasts at the Parkman Community House,
State Route 422 in Parkman on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9 am to 2 pm.  Enjoy pure Geauga Maple Syrup. Adults: $7.50; Children (6-12): $3.00; Children 5 & under: Free

Shalersville Pancake Breakfasts
March  11 & 18
Goodell Family Farm will again serve its traditional pancake breakfasts the first three Sundays in March, the  11th, and 18th at the Shalersville Townhall, at the corner of Routes 44 and 303.  The pancakes will be buckwheat or plain, with butter, freshly-made maple syrup, and country sausage.  Prices are adults, $7.50 and3.50, aged 3 to 12.  Children under age 3 are free.  We seat you and serve you.  Bring your friends.

Toy Bingo
March 11
Toy Bingo at St. Michael’s Church on Ridge Road in Newton Falls.  Sunday, March 11.  Doors open at 1:00.  Play begins at 2:00.  $5 per person.  Extra cards are $1.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  50/50 and other raffles.  Ticket includes cake and coffee or punch.  Also available are pizza, macaroni and cheese, nachos, and pop.

JA Garfield OGT Week
March 12 -16
During the week of March 12, 2012, 10th grade students will be taking the Ohio Graduation Test or OGT. Information pertaining to the alternative schedule for the week has been sent home with all James A. Garfield High School students. Parents can also find information of the James A. Garfield Local School web site, http://garfield.sparcc.org. Then click on the High School page.

Senior Bingo
March 12
Senior bingo will be held on March 12 from 5-7 pm at the Newton Falls Community Center. Free to all seniors. There is a 50/50 raffle and prizes.  Come out and have some fun.
Girl Scout Activities
March 13
Free Girl Scout activities in Windham for girls in 4th – 8th grade. Program will begin Tuesday, March 13th at the Windham Renaissance Family Center and will run for 12 sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:00pm-4:30pm. If you have any questions please call Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio at 800.852.4474.

Amateur Radio Class
March 13
An Amateur Radio class starts March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dietrich Building located beneath the radio tower at Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street in Ravenna.  Students can earn their Technician License and join the exciting and fun hobby of amateur radio.  There is a $25 fee payable to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS); texts are $30 and will be available at the class.   Contact Jim Aylward, KC8PD, 330-297-7979, kc8pd@portcars.org for more information.

Pricetown Home-Cooked Supper
March 14
The next home-cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd., Newton Falls, will feature meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, homemade desserts and a beverage. The meal will be on  March 14 from 5 to 6:30 P.M.  Cost $7.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children,  6 to 12 years,  and free for children 5 years and younger.
Carryouts will be available.

Garden Club Card Party
March 15
The Warren Township Garden Club is sponsoring a card party on March 15th at the Johnson Community Center, 800 Gillmer Rd NW, Leavittsburg. Doors open at 5 pm. Cost is $5 per person and includes meal. Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle.  Questions call Judy at 330-872-0847 or Barb at 330-872-5613.

Card Making Party
March 17
There will be a card making party on March 17 from 1-4 pm at the North Bloomfield Town Hall, located at SR 45 & 87 junction.  Participants will make 15 card! All supplies included in the cost of $14 as well refreshments.  Reservation deadline is March 10. Call Kathy at 440-685-4425 or Liz at 440-685-4582.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
March 17
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with all the fixings including beverage and dessert.  Hosted by Portage Faith United Methodist Church located at 9922 State Route 44 in Shalersville.  Saturday, March 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Adults:  $8, Children 6 -12:  $4, under 6 free.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
March 17
The Garrettsville Eagles will be serving corned beef & cabbage dinners from 1 – 9 pm on March 17.  The Eagles club is located at 8149 Water Street. Dinners will be $8; corned beef sandwiches $4.

Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off
March 17
Annual Huntsburg Grange Chili Cook-Off and Chinese auction March 17 at 11:30 – 2:30 in the historic Huntsburg gym.  Number of spaces for cook-off are limited, phone 636-5510 to enter so you don’t get shut out.  Live entertainment with Bob Stanek and The Boys, raffles, vendor show, food, free cake, games.   Call 636-5517 for more information.

Paws For Reading
March 17, 24 & 31
For children struggling with reading, the Paws for Reading program has proven successful in helping them build confidence in their reading skills.  Each child is paired with one dog for a half hour session of reading.  Three sessions of Paws for Reading will be held at the Burton Public Library.  On Saturdays March 17, 24 and 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  children may come to the library for a half hour session of reading with a therapy dog.  Appointments are required.  To schedule a time for your child, please call Beth Pettit at 440-564-7139.

Little Tigers Football Sign-ups
March 17 & 24
The Newton Falls Little tigers will be holding sign ups for football and cheer leading for children ages 5 through 12 years old. The sign ups will be held on March 17th and March 24th at the Newton Falls community center from  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.. Please bring a copy of child’s birth certificate for the league records. The registration fee is $ 55.00 per child and a $ 25.00 volunteer fee. If you have questions please contact Andy McElrath @ 330- 565-0950.

Benefit Chili Dinner
March 18
The First Federated Church, 10786 Mahoning Ave, North Jackson will be hosting a benefit chili dinner on March 18 from Noon – 3pm.  Cost is $5 adults; $3 kids aged 6-12 and free for kids under 6.  All proceeds to benefit Cathy Bartek and Joshua Ferry to assist with their medical expenses.

“Christ In The Passover”
March 18
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will host a “Christ In The Passover” Seder presentation on Sunday, March 18 beginning at 6:00 PM.  The Seder will be conducted from a Messianic Jewish perspective by Mark and Cheryl Kholos of Salem, Ohio.  All participants will have an opportunity to learn about and taste the traditional food items of the Seder.  There is no charge to attend this event.  For more information contact the church at (330) 872-7055 or www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Parish Soup and Salad Dinner
March 18
St. Mary ad St. Joseph Parish will have a Soup and Salad Dinner on March 18, 2012 from 12pm to 3pm at the Social Hall located at 120 Maple Drive. The cost is $5.00.  Three kinds of soup will be offered along with Tossed Salad, Bread and Butter, Dessert and Beverage.  Sloppy Joes will also be offered for a $1.00 extra. For more information about this event, please contact the Parish Office at 330-872-5742.

After Prom Pancake Breakfast
March 18
The JAG After Prom Committee is hosting an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Pancake Breakfast at the Nelson Community House on March 18 from 7:30 am to 12 pm. Cost is $5 per person, children 3 and under are free. Presale tickets are available, contact Denise Kropp for more information at 330-527-7707. Please join us for a hearty breakfast! Proceeds benefit JAG Junior-Senior After Prom.

Singing Weavers to Minister
March 18
Singing Weavers will be
ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on March 18 at 10:30 am  A covered dish dinner will follow. The church is located at SR 88 & SR 303 in Freedom Township.

Amvets Breakfast
March 18
Amvets Post 112 will be hosting a breakfast to support the troops on March 18 from 9 am – Noon at 37 W. Broad St, Newton Falls.  Cost is $6 adults; $4 children ages 4-9 and free for kids under 4.

Pancakes at the Grange in March
March 18
Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee, Sunday, March 18, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. Cost is $6 for Adults  and $3 for Children 10 and under. We will also have a breakfast on April 1st.

Northern Portage Relay For Life Meeting
March 19
The Northern Portage Relay For Life will hold their next meeting on  March 19th at 7Pm. It will be at Doogan’s in Aurora. Wear GREEN and receive a special relay gift. Relay is open to everyone and we would love to have anyone interested join us to learn more. Our event will take place on Sat Jun 2 and Sun June 3rd. For more information please contact Carol Ranta at DreamT959@aol.com or 330-607-7589.

Sky Warn Training
March 20
Warren Amateur Radio Association will be holding their annual Sky Warn Training on March 20th. at KSU trumbull branch in the technical building room 117.
The program starts at 6 pm with sign in and 6:30 for the training.  Anyone wishing to learn about storms, storm chasing, cloud formations, how tornadoes form should stop by. Gary Garnett of Cleveland Weather Center will be the speaker. For more information please call: Gail Wells at: 330.394.3560 or e-mail him at: kc8lrh@hotmail.com

Step Into Spring – Tools To Help Manage Arthritis Pain
March 20
A free community education program will be held on March 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Abraham Family Room 150 at Robinson Medical Arts Building, 6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to view exhibits; first speaker at 6:00 p.m. There will also be an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program demonstration, community exhibits, door prizes, and light refreshments.  Register online at http://Stepintospring.kintera.org/ or call the Arthritis Foundation at 800-245-2275, ext. 6431.

Fun Fun… 3 0n 3 Tournament
March 23
On Friday, March 23 the Cardinal Boosters is sponsoring a 3 on 3 Basketball tournament for grades 3rd thru 12th. costs is $5 per player, up to 4 players on a team. Play is approved and allowed by the OHSAA. go to the home page of cardinalschools.org to download rules, release and entry forms. accepting first 12 teams in each age group.

What’s New in Annuals & Perennials
March 24
Dennis James of DJ’s Greenhouse will introduce us to the many new exciting plants, annuals and perennials, available to the home gardener this year!   Fee of $15.  Light refreshments. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Class held at Patterson Bldg. (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road on Sat.,  Mar. 24,  from 9 – 10:30 A.M

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

Night At The Races
March 30
Tickets are now on sale for the JA Garfield After Prom Committee’s Night At The Races to be held at Sugarbush on March 30.  Cost is $20 per person, includes dinners, entry fee and draft beer.  Purchase your tickets by March 23 by calling Stacy at 330 527-4433 or Denise at (330) 527-7707.

Blue Grass Mass
March 30
The Chamber Singers  will be performing a “Blue Grass Mass,”  complete with a Bluegrass band, on  March 30th,, 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.

Youth Football Night At The Races
March 31
The Garrettsville Youth Football League is having a Night at the Races on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6PM at the Mantua Knights of Columbus.  Tickets are $25 per person and includes food, beer, wine and pop.  All proceeds will benefit the Garrettsville Youth Football program.

Little Tigers Golf Fund Raiser
June 2
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their annual Golf outing fund raiser on June 2, 2012 at the Olde Dutch Mill golf course. The four man scramble will be an 8:00 a.m. shot gun with registration starting at 7:00 a.m.. The registration fee will be $65.00 per golfer and will include lunch, dinner, golf with cart, and beverages. Prizes will be awarded for all holes. Come join us for a fun day and support the Newton Falls youth football and cheer leading program. For information please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-235-3046 or Heather Lyndsey from the Olde Dutch at 330-654-4100.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
April 12
There will be a kindergarten parent information night for Crestwood parents on April 12 at 6 pm. in the Crestwood Primary school cafeteria. NO child care services will be available at this time. If you have questions, please call 330 357-8202.

Amateur Comedy Night
April 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will host their third Amateur Comedy Night, at Slim n Jumbo’s on April 14th at 7pm. Amateur comedians from all across Northeast Ohio will gather for the prize money, being awarded to the funniest comedians of the evening. Currently there are 8 comedians registered for this event. Last November, the comedians performed to a standing room only audience of over 90 people. Tickets for this event are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be ordered online at garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709

Ravenna Summerfest
June 16
Save this date!!  Summerfest in Ravenna is coming.  Details to follow…