2011 Chamber Calendars

The Garrettsville Area Chamber Photo Contest Calendars are on sale now.  The 2011 calendars make a great holiday gift ~ $6 each or 2/$10.  Calendars are available at Middlefield Bank, The Cornerstone Emporium, Miller’s Family Restaraunt and Village Bookstore.

i-Pad Raffle

The James A. Garfield All Sports Boosters are selling tickets for a chance to win an i-Pad. Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held on Dec 18th during the varsity girls’ basketball home game. Tickets can be obtained through any booster member or during any home basketball game. This would make a great Christmas gift!

Special Open House


Come visit the Animal Welfare Shelter, 545 Brunstetter Road SW in Lordstown, to adopt the love of your life during our special open house in the month of Dec. Saturday hours are noon-6pm and Monday thru Friday from 1-6pm. All cats with red heart are $20 and dogs over the age of 3-years are free. Call (330) 394-4122 for more information.

Story Hour at DQ

Mark your calendar for DQ Story Hour on Tuesday evenings at 7pm throughout the winter. The next story hour will be Dec 21st. The DQ Grill & Chill is located at 8013 State Street in Garrettsville, or call (330) 527-4621 for more details.

Dream Discussion

A dream discussion group is now forming and will meet once a month in Hiram. This is a free group. For more information call (330) 569-3376.

PCDL Library Holiday Hours

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed on the following dates (in observance of the holiday season): December 24, December 25, December 31 and January 1. Portage County District Library and its library staff wish patrons and member communities a safe and joyous holiday season.

Senior Citizens Meeting


Senior citizens are invited to join in a social time every Friday from 1-4pm at the Renaissance Family Center in Windham. Join with other seniors to play board games, card games, and socialize.

Influenza Vaccinations


The Geauga County Health District will offer seasonal influenza vaccinations on Friday mornings from 8:30-11am at 470 Center Street, Bldg. 8 in Chardon. No appt necessary and is available to anyone age 19 and older. The cost is $25. Traditional Medicare Part B, there is no charge. If you have any questions, please call the health department at (440) 279-1950.

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Dec. 17-18

A small girl’s belief in Santa and the magic of the holiday is at stake in a climactic courtroom decision. This tender and charming show for the entire family is a Christmas classic.

The performance will take place  in the James A Garfield Intermediate school. Tickets may be purchased online at www.garrettsvillecurtainsuptheatre.com  or by calling  216-375-0709.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Dec. 17-19

Kent Trumbull Theatre will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec 17-19 at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren. All shows are at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm. Call (330) 687-8887 or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for more information.

God Provides a Meal

Dec 17

God provides a free Christmas meal at the Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 St. Rt. 305 in Garrettsville on the Nelson Circle, will be hosting a free Christmas meal for all to attend! Come dine with us from 4-6pm on Friday, Dec 17th for a traditional dinner and great fellowship.

Public Observing Night

Dec 18

The Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College, Wakefield Road (Rt. 82), will host a public observing night from 7-9pm (weather permitting). No reservations are required for this free event. Cloudy skies at the starting time cancel the event. There is no parking at the Observatory, parking is available on permissible side streets or the parking lot of Harrison’s Hideaway. www.stephensobservatory.org

Visit with Santa

Dec. 18

Visit with Santa Claus at the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department on Saturday, 18th from 10:30am-2pm. Christmas trees, holiday candles and gift baskets are available for purchase to help support eye-related projects. For more information contact Harold at (330) 274-2516.

Hiram Farm Barn Sale

Dec  18

Hiram Farm will open their new barn for Christmas shopping on Saturday, Dec 18th from 10am-1pm. Stop by for beautiful gifts and baked goods.

Toys For Children

Dec 18

Toys, coats, and food will be given away on Saturday, Dec 18th from 8am to noon at the Windham Town Hall – Sheriff’s Department. Everyone welcome for food, no requirements. For more information on toys and coats, or food, call Paula at (330) 285-1334 or Dianne at (330) 527-8005.

Holiday Skating Show

Dec 19

Please join the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club for their Holiday Sweets & Treats Skating Exhibition on Sunday, Dec 19th from 4:30-5:30pm at The Pond, 9999 E. Washington St. in Auburn Township. Tickets are $5 and free for ages 5 and under. Free family skate from 5:30-6:30pm. Santa will also be there to visit. For more information call 9440) 534-3884.

Christmas Dinner

Dec 19

Bethel Springs Fellowship will hold a Christmas dinner following the Dec 19th service. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bethel Springs Fellowship meets at 11am each Sunday at the Freedom Township Community Brick Chapel, 8940 State Route 700. For more information call (330) 298-9141 or email bethelspringsfellowship@yahoo.com.

Santa Fire Truck Delivery

Dec 19

Santa will deliver gifts to children in Hiram Village and Township on Sunday, Dec 19th. If you would like Santa to arrive by fire truck to deliver a gift you must have the gift at the Hiram Fire Dept. by Saturday night, Dec 18th. A name and address must be on each gift. For more information call (330) 569-9826.

The Birth of Christ

Dec 19

First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street in Newton Falls, invites you to the children’s department presentation of The Birth of Christ on Sunday, Dec 19th at 6:45pm. The adult choir will provide Christmas hymns as part of the presentation along with the puppet team.

Advent Services

Dec 19

Bethel Springs Fellowship will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a fellowship to honor the death, resurrection and soon return of Jesus Christ through scripture reading, prayer and the lighting of Advent candles following the Dec 19th service. Bethel Springs Fellowship meets at 11am each Sunday at the Freedom Township Community Brick Chapel, 8940 State Route 700. For more information call (330) 298-9141.

Candlelight Walk

Dec 21

The Geauga Park District invites you to join the Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk on Tuesday, Dec 21st from 7:30-9:30pm at The West Woods Nature Center. Dress for the weather and help bring some light into the longest night of the year. End the evening with hot beverages and holiday music inside. For more information, contact Geauga Park District at (440) 286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Santa Delivery Service

Dec 23

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram has made special arrangements with Santa Claus to personally deliver packages in Garrettsville and Hiram on Thursday, Dec 23rd. Since so many children have been good this year, Santa feels he will be exceptionally busy on Christmas Eve and has agreed to come a day early. If you have a package that you would like Santa to deliver, please drop it off at The Business Works, 8110 Main Street or McCumbers-Brady Realty, 8118 Main Street in Garrettsville, by Dec 20th. Santa does not charge for this service, but encourages donations that will be given to the People Tree. If you have any questions, please call Amy at (330) 527-4415.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Dec 24

The First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street in Newton Falls, will hold Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 5pm and 7pm. The services will include traditional Christmas carols, Christmas message and congregational candle lighting. Nursery will be provided.

Candlelight Christmas Eve

Dec 24

Harvest Point Church, in the Lordstown Plaza at 6100 Tod Ave., will hold a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Friday, Dec 24th at 7pm. Communion will be served. All residents of Lordstown and its surrounding communities are invited to join us for this special time of celebration.

Christmas Services

Dec 24-26

Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Road, will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7pm (childcare provided) and at 10pm on Dec 24th. Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:15am on Dec 25th and Adult Christmas Canata on Dec 26th at 10:15am.

Tracking with Dr. Scat

Dec 26

The Geauga Park District presents Tracking with Dr. Scat on Sunday, Dec 26th from 1-3pm at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township. Several hands-on activities followed by a Scat and Wildlife Evidence Quiz. Registration is not required for this free program. For more information call (440) 286-9516 or visit http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Giant Candyland

Dec 29

Stop by the Newton Falls Library between 11am and 6pm on Wednesday, Dec 29th with your children ages 3-8 and spend 20-40 minutes playing Candyland on our giant board. No registration is required. For more information call (330) 872-1282.

Free Meal in Parkman

Dec 29

A free meal of homemade soups will be served on Dec 29th from 5-6:30pm at Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Road. (330) 548-4829.

New Years Eve Dance

Dec 31

Ring in the New Year with your friends at the Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market/St. Rt. 422. The doors will open at 8pm. The Boys are Back will be playing from 9pm-1am. The cost is $25/couple and BYOB-wash provided and simple snacks. Feel free to bring snacks. Tickets are limited, to make your reservation call Patty at (440) 548-2242 or Denise at (440) 548-2939. Sponsored by Parkman Chamber of Commerce.

Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange


Get ready for long winter evenings with the Annual Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange at the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street. Begin bringing your new or gently used jigsaw puzzles to the library Jan 15-21. Return to the library on Saturday, Jan 22nd from 11am-2pm to select “new to you” ones.

New Years 5k Walk/Run

Jan 2

Advanced Rehab in Mantua, 4707 Mill Street in Mantua, invites anyone who wants to start the New Year the Healthy Way: Walk, Jog or Run! On Sunday, Jan 2nd at 3pm. Special guest Bridget Franek, a 2006 Crestwood Grad, will talk to us after the run about her new life as a professional runner and answer questions. For more information call (330) 274-2747.

Year of Forests Kick-Off

Jan 2

The Geauga Park District presents a Year of Forests Kick-Off on Sunday, Jan 2nd from 1-4pm at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township. Children and adults will experience several stations set up around the center for self-guided activities. There will also be an outdoor scavenger hunt and blindfolded tree search that is optional. Registration is not required for this free program. For more information call (440) 286-9516 or visit http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.


Jan 5-30

Ravenna Recreation will offer Pilates on Sundays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm Jan 5th to 30th at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park. Participants need to bring a water bottle and mat. Fee is $32/taxpayers and $37/non-taxpayers or an $8/drop-in fee. Pre-registration is required, call Ravenna Recreation (330) 296-2864 or stop in at 530 North Freedom Street, weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Free Throw Championship

Jan 12

Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on January 12th at 6:30pm at the Crestwood Middle School. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For more information, or an entry form, call Anthony at (330) 296-3097 or (216) 789-8495.

Book Discussion Group

Jan 26

The Newton Falls Public Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 6pm to discuss Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Join us for conversation and refreshments.