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Ravenna Summerfest Vendors & Crafters Needed
Register Today
The return of Ravenna Summerfest is June 16th from 10 am – 6 pm. We are currently looking for vendors & crafters to add to the days activities and car show. Please contact Barb at (330) 297-6684 or Susie at (330) 296-3779.

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. Call Dolly at 440-635-1173 for reservations or more information.
Harlem Ambassadors vs Windham’s Home Town Heros
On Sale Now
A fantastic internationally-acclaimed basketball team which regularly entertains the U.S. Military, will challenge Windham with a unique brand of Basketball, filled with antics, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy on Friday, April 20th @ 7pm at the WHS gymnasium. Our co-ed team consists of former “stars” and other town leaders and personalities, dating from the 1960’s to the present. Pre-sale tickets which are priced $5 seniors, four years and under FREE & all others $7 are now on sale at Monica’s Café, Cortland Bank, the Renaissance Family Center of Windham and CAC of Portage County. For more Info- 330-326-3003 or 330-326-3380.

American Legion Fish Fry
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.

Eagles Fish Dinners
Fridays through April 13
Garrettsville Eagles will be hosting fish dinners on March30 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.

“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.

JAG Scholarship
Apply Today
Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that they will be offering a scholarship ro senior athletes at James A Garfield High School for the 5th year. The scholarship will be for $750. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are availible at the Chiropractic office or through the school counselor

Bingo at St. Michael Church
Every Thursday
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.

Bingo at St. Ambrose Church
Every Tuesday
Bingo every Tuesday night in the church hall at St. Ambrose Church, 10692 Freedom Street, Garrettsville. Games (early bird) start at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

God Provides Free Meal
March 30
Come out to Nelson Circle and join us at the Nelson United Methodist Church on March 30 for God Provides. Nelson Church (9367 St Rt 305) will be hosting a free dinner from 4-6 pm. The menu will include beef and noodles, Indian succotash and cake for desert. Good home- cooked food and great fellowship. Hope to you there.

Lenten Fish Dinners
March 30
St. John Byzantine Catholic Parish, 36125 Aurora Road (corner of Liberty and Aurora roads) will serve fish dinners during Lent on Friday, March 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 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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Work Day At First Church of God
March 31
Windham First Church of God, located at 9016 Main St, will be having a work day, as well as a bake sale and yard sale on Saturday March 31 from 10am-2pm.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
March 31
Optimist Club of Newton Falls is offering “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny,” Saturday March 31 at the Newton Falls Communtiy Center on Quarry St from 10am –12 noon. 12 and under is free. Adults $3 donation. Includes games, candy, crafts and a chinese auction. Any questions call Mar at (330) 872 0898

“Fill A Police Car”
March 31
Hiram Police Department’s “FILL-A-POLICE CAR” food drive will be held on March 31st from 9 am-2 pm in the Hiram Municipal Center Parking Lot. Non-Perishable food items collected for Easter Food Baskets to support our area needy families.

Palm Sunday Dinner
April 1
St. Michael Church will be hosting their annual Palm Sunday Dinner on April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church hall. The dinner will feature turkey/dressing, cabbage rolls, pasta, salads and homemade desserts. Prices are: adults ($9.00), children under twelve ($5.00) and children under five (free). Carry-outs are available.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt At Independence Village
April 1
Join us rain or shine! Children 8 yrs and under are welcome to come and hunt for Easter Eggs at Independence Village of Aurora, 505 S. Chillicothe Rd in Aurora. RSVP to Allison Tucker at 330 562-1750.

Ecumenical Service
April 1
The churches of Lordstown, Ohio will join together on April 1 at 7 p.m. for an Ecumenical Service at Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave., Warren. 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.

The Gospel Echos Quartet
April 7
The Gospel Echos Quartet will be in concert Saturday April 7 at 6pm at Brady Lake Baptist Church, 6269 Cox St. in Ravenna. Please come and join us for a wonderful evening of southern gospel music. Admission is free

Geauga Area Youth Orchestra
April 7
The 2012 season of the Geauga Area Youth Orchestra begins on Saturday, April 7.  The Orchestra is open to all school age string players who have had at least one year of lessons, and are good music readers.  For more information contact founding director, Sally Dawson at 440-834-4391.

“Pass the Buck” Charity Auction
April 7
Newton Falls Relay for Life Fundraiser, “Pass the Buck” Charity Auction, will be held at Roby Lee’s Restaurant (425 Ridge Rd. Newton Falls, Oh) on Saturday April 7. Doors open at 5pm, Dinner is at 6pm and the Auction begins at 7. Tickets, $15 donation, includes admission and dinner buffet. Cash bar available. For more information contact Ella at (330) 872 4440 or Janette ay (330) 307 1850

Free Family Picture
April 8
The Congregational United Church of Christ in Windham is offering a free family picture after the Easter morning service on April 8th at 11am. Come join us for worship and a free family picture. Coffee hour is at 10:30 am.

Preschool and Kindergarten Registrations
April 9
Parents with students who will be entering Preschool or Kindergarten in the fall may pick up a registration packet beginning April 9 in the KT Elementary office. Windham offers to its residents ½ day, 5 days a week preschool and also a special needs preschool class. Children can attend both Head Start and KT Preschool. Kindergarten is every day, all day for children who will turn 5 before August 1. Parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate, social security card and immunization records. For more information call the K.T. office at (330) 326 9800

Spring Into Life Revivial
April 9-13
Southington Baptist Church, 4395 State Route 534 North of Southington Ohio. April 9-13 at 7 pm. Pastor Tom Anderson from Castlewood Virginia will bring the message each night. Special music each night by Farrel Group, Baptist members, Mark Allen Chapman. For more information call: 330.766.2410

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.

What Do Farms Have to Do With It?
April 12
The presentation “Food: What Do Farms Have to Do With It?” will be held on April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. held at the The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township

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.

April Evening Woodcock Watch
April 13
There will be a Woodcock Watch, Friday, April 13 – 7 to 9 p.m at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road, Munson Township

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
April 13
The next Kiwanis All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti dinner will be April 13 in the Hiram College Kennedy Center. Dinner is served 5-7pm. 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. Our co-host is the Chi-Rho Youth Group from Hilltop, Hiram, & Mantua Center Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ). There will also be a Silent Auction!

Community Church Event
April 13 & 14
“Heaven or Hell Your Choice” This production will be held at the Sanctuary of Praise Church of God, 12888 St. Rt. 88 in Garrettsville, nightly at 7pm. Actors will act out a series of scenes about living life, making choices, death and eventually finding themselves outside the “Pearly Gates”, asking the question, “Angel, is my name in the book?” Contact (330) 527 2942 with any questions

Windham FD Scotch Doubles
April 14
Windham Fire Department will be holding a Scotch Doubles fundraiser on Saturday April 14 at 9pm. $40 per couple, includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, unlimited draft beer, Chinese auction, 50/50 as well was DJ- “Captain Lenny.” Proceeds to benefit the Windham Fire Department. For info or reservations call Trisha at (330) 205-6700

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. 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

Pro Wrestling Saturday
April 14
Prime Wrestling presents, pro wrestling Saturday, April 14 in Hiram Ohio. Located at the Coleman Sports Center, 6925 Wakefield Rd. General admission is $10. Preferred admission is $15

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. 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

Hunter Education Course
April 14 & 21
Hunter education class will be held on Saturdays, April 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m held at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township

Bird Walk
April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
Experienced and beginning birders are invited for these walks as we set out early Sunday mornings to learn and record the sights and sounds, indicating the return of our feathered friends from distant lands. Bird walks begin at 7:30am and usually end about 9:00am. Bring your binoculars and meet at the JH Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. (between SR 305 and SR 82) near Garrettsville. It is a great way to learn birding from experts. No registration is necessary. For questions, call 330.569.6003.

Mantua Historical Society Meeting
April 15
The next Mantua Historical Society meeting will be April 15 at
7 pm. Bruce Dzeda, whose new book “Railroad Town: Kent and the Erie Railroad”, will present an illustrated talk. His book will also be for sale & signing. The event is free and open to the public. The historical society is located in the Mantua Township Hall located on corner of Route 82 & Mantua Center Road.

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.  Included 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…