Food Donations Wanted
First Church of God in Windham is collecting canned good and non-perishable foods for inclusion in food baskets for local families for this Thanksgiving.  If you would like to help with this project to help locatl families in need this Thanksgiving,  donations may be brought to 9016 N Main St, Windham or by calling 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.

Start Something! Big Brothers Needed
What if every child fulfills their potential? Think how amazing that would be. Start something. Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is currently in need of Big Brother volunteers. We have boys waiting in all parts of the county for someone who wants to spend time with them. Big Brothers & Sisters is not your typical organization, we help children realize their potential & build their futures. Call us today (330) 296-6655 or visit All it takes is 12 hours a month and the willingness to Start Something. You’ll be glad you did

Youth Basketball Sign-ups
Register Today
It’s not too late to sign up for Garfield Youth Boy’s Basketall Grades 4-6th. The cost is $40 and you can sign up by emailing Garfield
Head Coach Andy Olesky at: or by calling Aaron King at 330-524-2646.

Musical Gifts & Abilities Wanted
Sunday Mornings
If you have musical gifts and abilities and would like to apply those more regularly, First Church of God would like to consider adding you to their worship experience.  They will work with your gifts in the fashion the fits you best.  You can contact the church at 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.  Worship is held Sundays at 11 am and is general a blended style.

Praise and Worship Service
Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Service (Located at the town center on S.R. 305) Saturdays at 7pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Cant make Sunday morning? Try us

“A Muddy Road Taken”
Now-Nov. 10
The Trumbull Art Gallery is proud to present two new exhibits at our gallery in downtown Warren.  The first is “A Muddy Road Taken” by Carolyn Roble.  Roble’s display is a retrospective journey of fourteen years of thought as expressed in ceramic sculptures.  Admission is free.  The Gallery is open Tue-Sat from noon to 4.

God Provides Free Meal
Oct. 26
The Ladies of the Nelson UMC, 9367 St. Rt. 305 in Garrettsville will be making a cauldron of vegetable soup Oct. 26. The menu will also include coleslaw, cake and beverages.

Halloween Reader’s Theater
Oct. 26 & 27
Geauga Lyric Theater Guild presents a Halloween Reader’s theater on Oct. 26 & 27 at 7:00 pm. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, will all come to life as actors bring a dramatic reading of these spooky tales to the stage. The evening will also include readings from Ray Bradbury, and the cheery witches scene from MacBeth. Earlier in the day on Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be a “Kids Mystery Theater”, perfect for those 12 and under. Children will be able to participate in interactive drama to solve a crime, and then enjoy treats at the end. It will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to live theater. This event is $5.00 per child general admission. Reservations appreciated, but not required.

After Dark in the Park
Oct 26 & 27
The event is called “After Dark in the Park Haunted Hayride”. The dates are Oct.26th and 27th from 7 P.M. to 12 A.M. The first hayride each day at 7 is non-scary so that the little kids can enjoy it without being scared by the actors. Admission is $8 per person and all the proceeds go to phase 2 of the Banks Park playground project. It’s held at the LAC ball fields on St. Rt. 82 in Leavittsburg/Braceville (right before St. Rt. 5, coming from Garrettsville/Windham area), Cash and Credit Cards are accepted.

Curtains Up Theatre Auditions
Oct 25 & 27
Auditions for The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre’s Production of “The Dinner Party” are Oct.25 at 7pm and Oct.27th at 1pm. In the James A. Garfield High School, choir room. Please have a monologue ready. We are looking for 3 male and 3 female characters from the age of 20 – 45. We will consider some roles close to those ages also. For more information, Please contact Jackie at Show dates are Jan. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7pm and Jan. 13, 2013 at 2:00 for “The Dinner Party” by Neil Simon. Ticket prices are $10.00 for Adults, $7.00 for children under 7 and seniors, and $5.00 for groups of 15 or more. In the James A. Garfield Iva Walker Auditorium.

Burton Wetlands Hike
Oct 27
Explore trails and pathways of the Burton Wetlands, the largest and one of the most important wetlands of the Lake Erie watershed from 9:00-11:00am. The area provides habitat for bald eagles, river otters, sandhill cranes, and a host of other wildlife. Glacial lakes, bogs, swamp forests, marshland and the old and new Cuyahoga River are all part of this fascinating complex. We will explore several segments of this important wetland complex, including the riparian areas along the Cuyahoga River, upland forests, and a glacial bog lake. Fee: $8 for nonmembers, $5 for members of Friends of the Field Station. Phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.eduto register.

Swiss Steak Dinner
Oct 27
Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Oct. 27, from 5-7PM. Located at the Masonic Hall at 10801 John Edward Dr. Mantua, OH 44255. We do offer carry-out as well. Prices are: Adults $7.00, Children (4 thru 11) $6.00, Children 3 and under are free.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
Oct. 27
There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville United Methodist Church off of St.Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville. The dinner begins at 4pm and will serve until 6:30 unless food runs out. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade desserts, bread , coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Takeouts are available. We will also have a bake sale and craft table.

Gallery Talk
Oct 27
Carolyn Roble, noted clay artist, will be giving a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 27 at 1 PM at the Trumbull Art Gallery.  Admission is free.

Cleveland State University Fall Visit Day
Oct. 27
High school and transfer students, and their families, are invited to Cleveland State University to experience the $500-million campus makeover, while learning about freshman scholarships, academic programs, exciting downtown internships, 200+ student organizations and more. 9 AM & 11AM on Oct. 27. Highlights Include: Financial Aid & Academic Information, Student-Led Campus Tours, Meet Admissions and Academic Representatives, CSU Information Fair. This event is free and open to the public. To register visit or call 216-523-7416.

Turkey Dinner
Oct. 28
The Ladies Guild St. Mary & St. Joseph Church will be having  their Turkey Dinner at St. Mary & St. Joseph Social Hall, 120 Maple Dr., Newton Falls on Oct. 28 from 12-3 pm. Adults $9, Children 5-12 $4, and 5 and under free. Carry out available.

“Young at Art” Exhibition
Oct 28
Meet the Artists from 2  to 4 p.m. at  The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township. At this public art reception, Geauga kids ages 5 to 12 will proudly display one or two pieces each interpreting nature through their own eyes. This is a public reception – to which all artists, parents and teachers are especially invited The West Woods Nature Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Hanusosky Benefit Brunch
Oct 28
There will be a Benefit Brunch on Sunday Oct 28th from 8am to 1pm at Parkman Community House (16295 Main Market Road; Parkman, OH 44080).  All
you can eat pancakes, sausage and hash browns. Proceeds go toward the Hanusosky family’s medical bills incurred after falling from a tree stand earlier this autumn. Adult $9.  Child $4 (12 and under).  Hosted by NorthEast Community Church of the Nazarene.

Free Movie
Oct 30
Genetic engineering & the secret changes in your food. A guide to the very real dangers GMO foods present to our health. Hiram Christian Church Oct 30 at 7:00pm. (330) 569-3376

Mark Dawidziak Talks Dracula at Reed Memorial Library
Oct. 30
Author Mark Dawidziak will present a Count Dracula program at Reed Memorial Library on Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m. Dawidziak will discuss Dracula, the current vampire boom and the enduring appeal of the undead. Mark Dawidziak is the author of such vampire-centric books as The Night Stalker Companion and The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula. He also teaches the Vampires on Film and Television course at Kent State University. “Items from the Crypt” will be on display, and the talk will be followed with a Q&A session.

Fruit Sale Begins
Oct. 31
Get ready for some tasty citrus, just in time for the holidays. The Garfield Marching Pride are again selling fresh fruit starting Oct. 31. See any band student or call the music department for ordering information.

Trunks of Treats
Oct. 31
Harvest Point Church, 6100 Tod Ave. (Lordstown Plaza), will again hold their Trunks of Treats in conjunction with Lordstown Trick or Treat on Oct. 31 from 5 – 7 p.m.  For a safe, friendly, fun family time, bring your little ones, big ones, and everyone in between, to Trunks of Treats at Harvest Point Church.

Fall Photo Contest
Thru Nov 1
Dust off the camera and head out to the Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station on Wheeler Rd. to capture an image that just might win you a fabulous prize. Categories include: landscape and flora/fauna. Prizes include a Nikon 8x40mm Action Ultra-Wide-View Binoculars. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station, whose purpose is to promote and support educational programs, conservation efforts and research activities at the Hiram College Field Station. For information and an entry form, phone 330.569.6003 or email

Pigskin Review
Nov. 2
Just in case you missed a show or would like to hear the music again without the football interruption. The Garfield Marching Pride on Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm will recap all the music from this seasons shows. Please join us for a heart pounding night of entertainment in the Iva Walker Auditorium for this free show.

Murder Mystery Dinner
Nov. 3
Join the Friends if Melana for a “Big Fat Geek Wedding” presented by Garrettsville Curtains Up Theater at the Mantua K of C Hall, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua. (geek apparel optional) Pre-sale only, tickets are $35. All proceeds go to glioma cancer research. Tickets are available at Huntington Bank, Middlefield Bank, Cal’s, Sky Lane Bowling, Miller’s Restaurant or call Donna Bicker at (216) 210-1677 or Norm Fashing (330) 527-8093. Dinner is catered by Eiseli Catering and consists of Prime rib, chicken piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, seven cheese macaroni, green beans, almandine, salad, appetizers and dessert. The evening also consists of a cash bar, auctions, DJ and dancing and solve “who dunnit”. The event is held in memory of Melena Matson. Please help to let her hope shine on.

Evening of Hope
Nov. 3
Bethel Springs Fellowship will host an Evening of Hope at 6 p.m, Nov. 3. At the Freedom Community Center, 8940 state Route 700, Freedom Township. The evening will feature real people who have found true hope and change in Jesus Christ. Anyone who needs a miracle, prayer or encouragement is invited to attend.For more, visit

Chinese Auction
Nov 3
The Kayla Irene Daniels Cure for Cancer Foundation will be holding its 4th annual Chinese Auction on Nov 3, at the Parkman Community Center located just East of the Parkman Center on State Route 422. Doors open at 3:00pm and the auction starts at 6:00pm. This year “we bundled” and the value of our items is huge. Last year the building was totally jammed, so reservations for this year’s auction are highly recommended. Call (330) 889-9600 and give us your name to guarantee your place at the auction.

19th Annual Labrae Craft Show
Nov. 3
From 10 am-4 pm at Bascom Elementary School; 1015 N. Leavitt Rd, Leavittsburg Ohio, 44430. Email for more info. Free admission and parking. Over 100 vendors. Homemade food being served all day.

Newton Falls Library Book Sale
Nov. 3
Friends of the Newton Falls Public Library will be having a Book Sale on Nov. 3 from 9am – 4 pm.  Please bring your donations of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs to the library during the week prior to the sale. Proceeds from the sale are used by the Friends to support library programs and activities.

Annual Turkey Dinner
Nov. 3
Pricetown United Methodist Church is holding their annual turkey dinner on Nov. 3. All you can eat buffet. Newton Falls High School (907 Milton Blvd. South) 4-7 pm. Adults $9, Children (5-12) $4, 4 & under free.

Annual Bazaar
Nov. 3
The Women’s group at Portage Faith UMC at 9922 St. Rt. 44 in Mantua invite you to their annual bazaar and country store on Nov. 3 from 9am-3pm. Come purchase homemade crafts, baked goods, vegetable beef soup, quilts and much more. Admission is free. Continental breakfast & light lunch available.

Quilt & Craft Auction
Nov. 3
Experience the excitement of an old-fashioned Amish Quilt and Craft Auction on, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metzenbaum Center, located at 8200 Cedar Road, in Chesterland.  Early risers may also enjoy a hearty all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, complete with Geauga County’s rich maple syrup from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium.  Admission and parking for the auction are FREE.  The pancake breakfast will cost $7 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 12, and children 2 and under are free, payable at the door. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Patti Gallagher at (440) 834-9658.

WomenSafe Clam Bake
Nov. 3
On Nov. 3 WomenSafe will be holding its First Annual Clambake at the Ramble Inn, located at 10311 Kinsman Road in Newbury.  Tickets are $35 per person and will consist of one dozen clams, ½ a chicken, sweet potato, corn on the cob, clam chowder, rolls, butter and two drink tickets per person.  Doors open at 4:00 pm and dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.  Side boards, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes will also be part of the day’s event. Only 100 tickets will be sold so reserve your space today.  Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling Annette Phillips at WomenSafe at 440-286-7154 x248. All proceeds generated this day will be to WomenSafe, an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Northeastern Ohio.   For more information on WomenSafe, contact Annette Phillips at

Special Service
Nov. 4
You are invited to visit First Church of God in Windham, 9016 N Main St, on Nov. 4 at 11 am for a special service focusing on the upcoming elections.  The worship will be followed by a monthly fellowship time for everyone in attendance, to include a variety of refreshments.

Chinese Auction
Nov 4
The Windham Athletic Boosters Chinese Auction on, Nov. 4th. Doors open at Noon. Drawing at 2:00pm. Held in the Windham High School Gymnasium. Well over 100 items to view! Tickets 4 for $1. Concessions and 50/50 Raffle.

Roast Beef Dinner
Nov. 6
Election day roast beef dinner, Nov. 6 from 4:30-7 pm at the Garrettsville U.M.C. (8223 Park Ave) succulent meatballs and all the trimmings. $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 6-12, free for preschool children. Carry out available.

Election Day Soup & Bread Meal
Nov. 6
Hiram Christian Church will host the second annual soup, bread and dessert meal on Nov. 6. The meal will be served from 11:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. It is free, with donations accepted. All members of the community are welcome.  Please join us for a delicious meal, along with a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors

Go Loony
Nov. 8 & 10
Attend “Loons in Lore & Legend on our Lakes” on Nov. 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. to hear Dan share the loon’s life, lore and legend. The West Woods Nature Center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Dan will also reveal where and when to see the loon on our local lakes during migration. However, just two days later, he is also taking the community on a field trip during the Loon and Big Bird Lookout on Nov. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in search of Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Tundra Swans and other waterfowl on the water – a Nature’s Not to Be Missed program this season! For that program, meet up at the boathouse parking area of LaDue Reservoir, east of the intersection of Route 44 and Washington Street (Auburn Corners), then join the carpool to LaDue’s west shore to search. Participants may attend one or both of these programs without registration. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

NGCC Scotch Doubles
Nov 10
SCOTCH DOUBLES  BOWLING!!!!!! Come join us at SKY LANES for an evening of fun.  The cost is $40.00 per couple and this will include bowling, shoes, pizza, soft drinks and beer.  There will be a 50/50 raffle.  ALL proceeds go directly to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard. The fun begins at 9 pm.

St. Michael’s Day Dinner
Nov. 10
ST. MICHAEL’S DAY DINNER at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 737 Ridge Road, Newton Falls. Nov. 10, from 4 – 7 p.m.  Adults $12.

Craft/ Vendor Show
Nov. 10
Come join us for a craft/vendor show to benefit the Church Mouse & Programs Nov. 10 at the Newton Falls Community Center. 52 E. Quarry St from 10am-4pm. Will also have a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds donated to the Church Mouse.

Crafters & Vendors Needed
Nov. 10
Claridon Girl Scout Troop 1324 is looking for crafters and vendors for its 7th annual Santa Shoppe to be held on Nov 10 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Claridon Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd. Tables are $20.00 each. For more information and or reservations please call Dolly at 440-635-1173.

Annual 2 Grand Dinner
Nov 10
Mark your calendars for Nov 10 and support your Garfield Marching Pride at our annual 2 Grand Dinner. This year’s event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mantua on State Rt 44 just north of RT 82. Dinner will be provided by Guido’s of Ravenna and there will be a cash bar to quench your thirst.  Tickets are only $40.00 each and can be purchased from any band student or by contacting Judy Huehner @ 330-687-0630. With only 300 tickets available don’t miss out on your chance to win the $2000.00 dollar grand prize or any of the many silent auction items. Help our Pride keep marching!

Guest Minister
Nov. 11
Russ Nottingham a Christian singer, songwriter and musician will be ministering at the First Congregational Church of Freedom on Nov. 11 at 10:30 am. The church is located at St. Rt. 88 & St. Rt. 303 in Freedom Township.

Chili & Soup Dinner
Nov. 11
A.U.C.E. Chili and Soup dinner, free to all veteran’s on Nov. 11 from 4:30-7:30 pm. Call Bo (440) 834—8764 for details.

Presenting of Colors
Nov. 11
Post 459 Color-Guard will present “colors” at the Geauga County Veterans Memorial Site, located on Ravenwood Pkwy., across from UHHS hospital at 2 pm. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details.
Special Bingo
Nov. 11
St. Michael’s Church, 9736 E. Center St. in Windham. Gift  & bakery raffles. Refreshments available. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild and the Knights of Columbus. Starts at 1:30. No one under 18 permitted.

PCDL Closed
Nov. 12
All offices and branches of Portage County District Library will be closed on Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Nov. 13. Visit for more information

Senior Bingo
Nov. 12
Senior Bingo will be on Nov. 12 at the Newton Falls Community Center. Free to all seniors. We have 50/50 raffle prize. From 5-7 pm. Come join us and have some fun

Online Shopping Class
Nov. 14
If you are tired of wasting your time and money while driving all over town searching for the perfect gift, enter the world of online shopping at the Burton Public Library.  Online Deals and Steals, a free class for adults, will be held at the library on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.  The class will explore discounted retail sites, auctions, online coupon sites, and free shipping offers.  Please call the Burton Public Library to register:  440-834-4466.

Entries Due Nov. 15
For over 20 years, the Burton Public Library has had a Gingerbread House-making contest.  The gingerbread creations are on display in the library from Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas.  The contest has four categories:  Adult, Teen, Child and Special with cash prizes for first and second place in each category.  All of the contest rules and entry forms are available on the library’s website:   Contest rules and entry forms are also available in the library.  Gingerbread houses are due at the library on, Nov. 15 and will be on display until Dec. 21.  For more information, call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466.

Comedian Night
Nov 17
Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre presents their 4th Amateur Comedian Night on Nov 17 at 7:30 pm at Slim and Jumbo’s on Main Street in Garrettsville. The doors open at 7:00 pm. and the audience will pick the winners. Tickets at the door -$10.00.  Includes ticket for raffle. Amateur comedians wishing to participate contact Jackie ( for entry instructions. No fee to enter. $175.00 Grand Prize, $75.00 Second Place, $50.00 Third Place.

Elk Foundation Annual Banquet
Nov 17
The Lake Erie Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Foundation (RMEF) is holding its annual fundraising banquet on Nov. 17at St. Denis Party Center, Chardon. The RMEF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the future if wildlife and their habitat. Please contact Ed Jackson (440) 567-0847 or (440) 834-8728 or Eric West (440) 667-6287

12 Gauge Raffle
Nov. 20
Windham American Legion Post 674 S.A.L. Remington 870 Exp. Comb 12 gauge raffle. Ticket price $1 each or 6 for $5. Call (330) 326-3188 or (330) 998-1118. Drawing will be held Nov. 20 at 5pm. Winner need not be present. Be ready for that big buck!

Ravenna Midnight Madness
Nov. 23
Traditionally, many Ravenna merchants will be open very late in the Friday after Thanksgiving, Festivities include Elves Workshop will be open to children’s activities at the Chamber Office (135 E Main) from 6-8. Free horse and buggy rides from 7-9. Ice Carver on the courthouse lawn starting at 8. Carolers will be singing throughout the evening. Merchants will be having their own inside sales to help you with your Christmas shopping list.  For more info call Susie K’s Café & Tea Room (330) 296-3779 or House of Holiday Ornaments (330) 297-6684
Santa Letter Fundraiser
Deadline Dec. 14
The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is sponsoring their personal Santa Letter Fundraiser again this year. Order your letters early, to secure your letters. Each letter includes a personalized letter to the child and also an ornament for their tree. The cost is only $9.00 per letter. Cut off for letters is Dec. 14th; all request and monies must be received by midnight on Dec. 14 to be mailed on Dec. 19.No late request will be honored.All letters will be mailed during the week of December 17, 2012.Send a check made payable to Curtains up Theatre to: P.O. Box 541 Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Include the child’s name, address, age and sex