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Donations Needed
Donations for the Pixley Park Development Committee Annual Memorial Day Fundraiser Yard sale are now being accepted. Gather up things you do not want or need. Drop off goods at L&P machine at 8488 SR 305 Garrettsville or the Salvage Pantry at 11462 Nicholson Rd Garrettsville. Phone Terry Allen at 330 719-2584 or Anna Mae Vanderhoeven at 330 527-4969.
Monetary donations can be made at Middlefield Bank. All proceeds are used to improve the park.

Spring Craft Show Seeks Vendors
Call Today!
Vendors sign up now for the Spring Craft Show being held by the Windham American Legion, March 24, 9-5pm. Food will be available on site. Tables $10 each paid in advance. Sign up by 3/17/2012. Call 330-326-3188.

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.

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.

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.

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 SR. 82

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.

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.

Interact Club Book Drive
Beginning March 14
Interact Club at James A. Garfield High School is running a book drive.  The books we are collecting should be gently-used educational books.  The books will be sent to Africa or sold to provide money to purchase necessary books for education.  Donation boxes can be found at local businesses and at the school buildings. This will run from 3/14 – 5/16 or longer.

“Annie Get Your Gun” Presale Tickets
On Sale Now
Tickets for the J.A. Garfield High School Theatre Production of “Annie Get Your Gun”are available for $7 Adults, $5 SR Citizens & Students. Stop by the high school front office to purchase pre-sale tickets. The show will be April 12 – April 15.

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 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 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.

Friday Fish Fry
March 23, 30 & April 6
Come out and enjoy the best fish dinner around, including fresh cut fries and coleslaw. Adults are only $8; children under 10 are only $4. And for the hearty appetite, get all you can eat for just $10! Eat In and Carry Out are available. Friday, March 23, 30 and April 6 from 5 to 8 pm weekly. Praise Assembly of God 10280 State Route 88 – Garrettsville (located across from the JAG High School). Call (330) 527-2777 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
March 24
Spaghetti & meatball dinner including salad, bread and beverage.
Proceeds to benefit the coat mission for Newton Falls Children. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 24 at Newton Falls United Methodist Church 336 Ridge Rd. Newton Falls, OH 44444 Donations welcome.

Soup’D Up Jazz Dinner
March 24
Soup’d Up Jazz Dinner at Garfield Elementary School March 24 from 5 -7 pm. Featuring the 6th grade Swing’n G-Men Jazz Band, Garfield Middle School Jazz Band, Varsity Gold Show Choir & The Garfield High School Swing Machine Jazz Band. Tickets are available at the door for $7, adults; $6 for students and FREE for students 5 and younger.

Little Tigers Football Sign-ups
March 24
The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be holding sign-ups for football and cheerleading for children ages 5 through 12 years old. The sign-ups will be held on 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.

“It’s All About Him”
March 24
Praise Concert will be held on march 24 at 6:30 pm (Doors Open 6:00) at the Morning Star Friends Church
12550 Ravenna Rd.,Chardon 44024 Love Offering – No Charge for Admission

“Oklahoma” Auditions
March 24
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre will hold auditions for their production of “Oklahoma” on March 24, 2012 at 1 pm in the choir room at James A. Garfield High School. Please have a monologue and song prepared. The production of “Oklahoma” will run July 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21st. For more information contact Jackie at 216-375-0709.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
March 24
Crestwood High School Baseball will be hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on March 24th from 4pm – 8pm at St. Joseph Church on Pioneer Trail in Mantua Tickets are $7 pre-sale, $9 at the door, $5 for seniors and kids (5 to 11).  There will be many baskets and sporting event tickets for the silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Coach John Bakalar at jbakalar@crestwoodschools.org

Crafts & Collectibles Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club is hosting a Crafts & Collectibles Sale on March 24th from 9 am – 3 pm. Free admission. Lunch / door prizes / raffle. Twenty-plus vendors. Portage County Gardeners Center, 5154 South Prospect Street, Ravenna.
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.

Ravenna Garden Club Sale
March 24
The Ravenna Garden Club will be holding a crafts and collectible 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

Pancake Breakfast
March 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 25
The Parkman Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring pancake & sausage breakfasts at the Parkman Community House, SR422 in Parkman on March 25 from 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy pure Geauga Maple Syrup. Adults: $7.50; Children (6-12): $3.00; Children 5 & under: Free

Free Community Dinner
March 27
Windham American Legion 9960 Center St. from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Everyone welcome! Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach, Warren, OH
Hiring Fair at Southeast High
March 27
Portage County Hiring Fair will be held on March 27 from 3-6 pm at Southeast High School 8423 Tallmadge Road, Ravenna. Free to all employers and residents. Employers must reserve space by calling (330)297-1436 or on-line at Portage-ESC.org.

JA Garfield High School Parent Teacher Conferences
March 29
James A. Garfield H.S. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 29, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please call Mrs. Fisher at 330-527-4341 to schedule an appointment.

Yoga Classes
March 29
Yoga classes offered by Ravenna Recreation are held Thursdays 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Tower Lodge in City Park from March 29 to May 3. Fee for city taxpayers is $32.00 and non-city taxpayer fee is $37.00, drop-in fee $8. To register contact Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 at 530 N. Freedom Street weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

T’AI CHI Class
March 29
Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a 6-week, adult beginner / intermediate T’ai Chi class on Thursday evenings beginning March 29 to May 3. Sessions will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park. Fee is $35 for Ravenna city taxpayers and $40 for non-city taxpayers. For more information or to register contact Ravenna Recreation, 530 N. Freedom St. or call (330) 296-2864 weekdays 8 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Boys Scout Fish Fry
March 30
Boy Scout Troop 76 will be hosting a fund-raiser FISH FRY on Friday, March 30th at the Parkman Community House (St.Rt. 422 just east of St.Rt. 528). Fish, fresh-cut fries, and coleslaw will be served from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adults: $9/ Kids (4-8 years old): $5 Take-out adult dinners will be available. Hot dog dinners will also be available (for the kids) for $3 Beverages included – Desserts available with additional donation.

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.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
The Girl Scouts of Newton Falls will hold the 59th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1 pm at the Community Center Park basketball court. This event is open to all children of the community ages 2 – 10 and will be held rain or shine. Please bring a basket or bag to hold your eggs. Questions or donations call Shara Sullivan, event coordinatior 330-872-7333

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
March 31
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St. Rt. 82 in Braceville. The dinner is from 4:00 until 6:30. The dinner will include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread, and beverages. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Phone number for takeouts 330-898-5607

Easter Hunt at RFC
March 31
Renaissance Family Center in Windham is having our annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 at 11am. All children up to the age of 12 are welcome. Please call 330-326-3003.
All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
March 31
All You Can Eat Breakfast will be held on March 31, 8:30am to 11:30am at the Full Gospel Mission Church, 887 West Spruce Ave in
Ravenna. Cost is Adults: $5; Children(4-12): $3; Children 3 & under: Free. Take out is available

Youth Football Night At The Races
March 31
The Garrettsville Youth Football League is having a Night at the Races event at the Mantua K of C on March 31, 2012 at 6 P.M. Tickets are $25 per person and include all the food, beer, wine and soda you can eat and drink. Please join us for a chance to wager on video horse races, play 50/50 and other activities. All proceeds will benefit the Garrettsville Youth Football League. Please contact Mike May at 216-372-3703 to purchase tickets.

Annual Edible Book Festival
March 31
The Burton Public Library will host the annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. until noon.  All ages are welcome to participate in this fun and creative time.  Make your edible book at home and bring it to the library at 11 a.m. on March 31.  There will be prizes for Funniest, Most Book-Like, and Most Creative edible books.

Nelson Twp Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
Nelson Annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for March 31, 1012 at 2pm at Pixley Park. if it rains it will be held at the Community House. Ages 3 years old to 10 are welcome. Bring a decorated hat for the hat contest and bring a basket to decorate. Supplies for decorating basket will be provided. Candy and cash donations are being accepted at 8488 State Route 305 Garrettsville.

Senior Citizen Luncheon
March 31
First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on March 31. 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.

“Courageous”
March 31
The movie “Courageous” will be shown on March 31 beginning at 6 pm at First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls. There is no admission charge for this event. For additional information please contact the church office at (330) 872-7055 or www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.

Pancake Breakfasts
April 1, 8, & 15
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post #459. Pancake breakfast Sunday April 1, 8, and 15 from 9-1:30 at 14052 Goodwin Avenue Burton, OH. All you can eat pancakes, sausage & potatoes, orange juice, coffee or tea. Adults, $8.00. Kids, $5.00.

Ecumenical Service
April 1
The churches of Lordstown, Ohio will join together on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. for an Ecumenical Service at Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave., Warren, Ohio 44481. All are welcome.

 

Burton Public Library Focus Group
April 3
The Burton Public Library is beginning work on a 2-year strategic plan.  Community members are needed for a focus group to help the library plan its future.  If you are a Burton Public Library user, your input would be appreciated.  The first focus group meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Library.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call Library Director Holly Manning Lynn at 440-834-4466.

Burton Easter Egg Hunt
April 7
Burton Easter egg hunt is on April 7 at Burton Village Park at 11:00 am. Ages 1-6. Rain or shine.

Roast Beef Dinner & Dance
April 7
Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents without Partners will have a roast beef dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 and its monthly dance from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Kent V.F.W. #3703 post home, 500 VFW Parkway in Kent, OH. Music will be by DJ Mel. Cost for dinner and dance is $14.50 a person for members and $16.50 a person for non-members. Call Mary @ 330-571-3801 or Warrine @ 330-322-9559 by April 5 for reservations and further information

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 7
Ravenna Parks and Rec Dept is announcing the opportunities for vendors to participate in the City of Ravenna’s Annual Easter Eggstravaganza scheduled for April 7 at John Tontimonia City Park. The day’s activities will include egg hunts, game booths, touch a truck and photos with the Easter bunny. Event begins at 9:45 a.m. and will conclude by 11:45 a.m. If you are interested please contact Ravenna Recreation at 330-296-2864 to receive additional information. Space is limited.

Records Commission Meeting Notice
April 10
James A Garfield Local School district will be holding a records commission meeting on April 10 at 6:45 p.m. in the Orson E. Ott Administrative Office.

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

Make the Most with Compost, Part 1
April 14
On April 14 from 9 – 11 a.m. Master Gardener Lauren Maser  provides compelling reasons to compost and describes two different methods.  $15 fee. Light refreshments and handouts included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Compost Part 2: Lasagna Gardening & Backyard Composting will be offered September 15.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

Growing Garlic in Geauga Clay
April 21
On April 21 from 10 am – Noon Master Gardener Galen Black will present a class on growing garlic in Geauga County.  He will discuss and illustrate the use of raised beds and soil amendments.  Get tips on selecting garlic that grows well in northeastern Ohio and the best times for planting and harvesting garlic.  Learn about pruning and removing garlic scapes and using them in both cooking and salads and methods of storing and pickling garlic.  Include in the class will also be information on leeks, onions and scallions.  $15 fee. Light refreshments included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.  Class held at Patterson Bldg. on the Burton Fairgrounds.  Visit the MGV site for details and updates.  www.geauga.osu.edu

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.

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