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There is a new boutique in the area; you can find the cutest place for Christmas giving at the Renaissance Family Center. The boutique just received estate jewelry with jewelry from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Come see the boutique; all proceeds go for programs provided at the Center. 

Mobile Dentists to Visit Garfield Elementary 
On January 29, 2013 The Mobile Dentists will come to the Elementary with all the necessities to do x-rays, exams and routine cleaning.  Parents, take advantage of this awesome program.  There will be no need for you to take off work or take your child out of school for their dental appointment.  You will also receive a written report on the health of your child’s teeth from the dentist.  Permission forms have been sent home with the students, please send back the form if you want your child to participate in this wonderful program.  If you need a form, they are available in the office.  Children can use their insurance, Medicaid, or apply with grant forms for dental care at NO COST.  Please call the elementary @ 330-527-2184 if you have any questions.[/highlight]

Gift-Giving and Holiday Items at the Geauga West Library

Do your holiday shopping at the Geauga West Library this season. There are many like-new, gift-giving items for children and adults at reasonable prices from the Geauga West Friends of the Library. Items include paperback and hardback fiction and non-fiction, seasonal music and cookbooks, decorating ideas, and more.Items for sale are priced individually and are displayed in the lobby of the Geauga West Library located near the front desk. The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School.


Holiday Special

Now-Dec. 14

What better way to give yourself or a loved one a gift of fitness and health for the holiday and New Year. The Ravenna Athletic Center is offering a 6 month special. The special must be purchased between now and Dec. 14 at 530 North Freedom St. The 6 month special is available to city, non-city, corporate and seniors.  You must sign up and pay for the 6 months at once in order to get this discounted monthly rate. For more information contact the Ravenna Athletic Center at (330) 298-1201.


Loaves and Fishes at Lunch

3rd Weds each Month

Hilltop Christian Church Fellowship Hall – Side Door Entrance, 4572 W Prospect St Mantua  OH  44255. 330-274-2771 (Hilltop)// 330-274-3585 (Liz Meeker) Join us for a homemade soup lunch the third Wednesday of each month 12:30 to 2:00. Open to all – no charge (donations gratefully accepted)


Antique Tractor Club Christmas Party

Dec. 7

Dinner @ $13.50 (27.00  per couple) at the Gardenbrook Banquet Hall, State Route 5, North of Cortland. Dinner @ 7:00 pm ~ Doors open @ 6:00 pm. Gift exchange after dinner if desired. Men bring Man’s gift, Ladies bring Lady’s. Questions contact Donna Shelar @ or Phone: 330-544-6890. Cell: 330-974-6450


Monthly Soup Supper

Dec. 7

The Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary No. 193 will hold its monthly soup supper at the Village Park Lodge on Dec. 7 at 6 pm. Open to the public, $6 for adults and $3 for children.


Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service

Dec. 7

Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service held Dec. 7 at the Burton Village Gazebo at 11 AM. Call Bo (440) 834-8764 for details


Fish Fry

Dec. 7

American Legion Post 674 will be having fish fry 4 P.M. till 8 P.M. $8. Choice of fish, shrimp or chicken, or combo plate, choice of potato (French fries or baked) ,and 2 sides ( coleslaw, apple sauce, green beans, mac and cheese) roll and butter. Carryout’s available, 330 326 3188. 9960 east center st (st rt 303) (by the tank) Windham    Public Welcome 


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Dec. 7 & 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (holy day of obligation):  Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. & Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua


Pork Dinner

Dec. 8

Portage County 4-H & Mantua Masonic Lodge are hosting a Pork dinner Dec. 8 from 5-7PM.  Dinner includes pork, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce, bread, dessert, and your choice of coffee or punch. 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.


Annual Angel Shoppe & Craft Show

Dec. 8

The Huntsburg Congregational Church, 12435 Madison Road, Huntsburg, is hosting the Annual Angel Shoppe and Craft Show Saturday Dec. 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. A lunch counter is also available, serving hot food and snacks. The Bake Sale, crafts, secret shopping area for kids to bring their list and have their purchases wrapped will all be there. If you would like to have a table here, please call the church at 440-636-5504.


Make it and Take It Christmas Craft Day

Dec. 8

New Mercies Community Church on the corner of Butternut and Aquilla road is having a make it and tak e it family Christmas craft day sat Dec. 8 from 2 -6 pm. It’s a low cost way for the kids to make Christmas presents for family members; bracelets, key chains, ceramics, popsicle ornaments, foam crafts, necklaces, and many other fun things for  food will be available in the kitchen for purchase; bring the family to have a night out together and join us for some fun.


Pizza with Santa

Dec. 8

The Kiwanis Club of the Western Reserve will be hosting Pizza with Santa on Dec. 8 from  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in (*new location)  the Fellowship Hall at the Hiram Christian Church located at the intersection of Rt. 82 & 700 in Hiram, OH.  Free parking is available at the church.  $3.00 per person, kids 2 and under FREE!  Games, crafts, a Secret Santa Shop, and of course, SANTA!  Tickets available at: the Middlefield Bank in Garrettsville, Cortland Bank, and at the door.  All proceeds go to the mission of supporting children in our community & around the world.


Picture With Santa

Dec 8

Free picture with Santa  Dec. 8th from 2:00-4:00 at Windham Hardware  9155 N. Main Street  Windham, OH    Don’t forget to enter our coloring contest for ages 12 and under! Deadline Dec. 15th.


Country Craft Sale

Dec. 8

Country Craft Sale from 10 am-4 pm at the Hiram Living and Learning Community; 11543 Garfield Rd. Hiram (330) 569-3441 Christmas ornaments, holiday crafts, bean soup mixes, jar cookie mixes, bread mixes, jellies and jam, candle holders, hand woven rugs and pot holders, soaps, and much more.


Bench-Building Workshop

Dec. 8

A great gift, just in time for the holidays! Meet at the Hiram College Field Station (9:30am) for this ‘make-two, take-one’ bench-building workshop. Take one bench home as a gift and help us build additional benches to be placed along the trails at the Field Station. Benches will be pre-cut, but help is needed to piece them together. Weather permitting, a campfire will keep us warm or we will be working indoors. The cost is $25 and includes one completed bench and one bench to place along the trails at the Field Station. Can’t make the workshop? Order a bench for $40. Call 330.569.6003 or email to register. Sponsored by Friends of the Field Station.


Girl Scouts Food Drive

Dec. 8 & 9

Girl Scouts of Garrettsville/Windham 9 am to 9 am. Dec. 8 & 9, Isaac Mills, Nelson Circle collecting for Nelson – Garrettsville Community Cupboard. Please help us. Fill the Pantry for the Holidays! Accepting unwrapped gifts, perishable and non-perishable food items, gift cards and monetary donations


Garfield High School Winter Band & Choir Concert

Dec. 9

GHS Winter Band/Choir Concert Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm The GHS winter band and choir concert will be performed in the High School auditorium.


Garfield Middle School  Winter Band & Choir Concert

Dec. 9

GMS Winter Band/Choir concert Dec. 9 at 4:00pm the GMS winter band and choir concert will be performed in the High School auditorium.


All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner


All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner from 12:00pm-3:00pm At Saint Mary & Joseph’s Social Hall                      120 Maple Drive. Newton Falls. Knights Of Columbus Council #3350. Dinner Includes: spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, coffee or punch, and dessert (Carry out available)Adults:$7.00; Children: $3.00 (6-11)  Children: FREE(5& under). For any additional information   Tom Fetock (330) 872-5886, Matt Stimac (330)872-7865, Jim Burns    (330)883-0575


Towner’s (lost) Woods: the Mound, the Kettle, the Canal

Dec 9

Explore natural and historic Towner’s Woods on Sunday, December 9. It has many stories and many mysteries.  The distinctive arching trees hint at a past landscape. Lake Pippen’s ice age beginnings, the Mound, and a search for landscape artifacts of the P & O Canal’s lost channel are all to be discovered. Join us for this naturalist led bio-geo-cultural adventure from 1:00-3:00pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station (hiking fee: $10 non-members, $7 members). To register, phone 330.569.6003 or email


Annual Christmas Party

Dec. 9

The Mantua American Legion and Auxiliary No. 193 will hold its annual Christmas party at the post at 5:30 pm. Members and families are asked to bring an item for the 4-C’s food cupboard and a dish to pass for dinner.


American Legion Breakfast

Dec. 10

American Legion Post 674 Windham, will be having a breakfast Monday 8 am till 11 am. Cost is $6 per person.  Come out and support your local veterans


Cardinaires Annual Christmas Concert

Dec. 11

The Cardinaires Annual Christmas Concert and Luncheon Buffet sponsored by the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce is Dec.11 at 12 noon. This concert will be held at Welshfield Inn at 14001 Main Market Road in Troy. The cost for this Concert/Luncheon Buffet is $20 each reserved seat. Checks can be written to “The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce” and mailed to P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. The deadline for reservations to be made is Dec. 7. This concert will be cancelled if Cardinal School is cancelled on Dec. 11. Reservation payment prior to the concert date is appreciated. Any proceeds will be donated to the Cardinaires/Cardinal Local School. If the concert must be cancelled, your reservation cost will be fully refunded to you.


SS Mary and  Joseph’s Ladies Guild Bake Kolache

Dec. 11 & 12

St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade Kolache for the Christmas 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 poppy seed.    To order your taste of Europe, contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951.   Pick up times and days will be Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Brighten your Christmas Holiday with the flavors and traditions of this tasty pastry native to Czechoslovakia and Poland.  If you would like more information about this event, please contact Barbara Wolff at 330-872-1951 or Joanne at 330-872-5742.


T’ai Chi Classes

Dec. 13-Jan 17

Ravenna Recreation Department is offering a 6-week, adult beginner / intermediate T’ai Chi class on Thursday evenings beginning Dec. 13 to Jan. 17. Sessions will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Tower Lodge in John Tontimonia City Park.  Instructor is Bill Vandenboom.  This class is Yang style, long form T’ai Chi.  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.


Yoga Classes

Dec. 13-Jan. 17

Yoga classes offered by Ravenna Recreation are held Thursdays 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Tower Lodge in City Park from Dec. 13 to Jan. 17.  Fee for city taxpayers is $32.00 and non-city taxpayer fee is $37.00, drop-in fee $8.00.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace; bring a mat and wear loose fitting clothing.  Achieve strength, stamina and flexibility while feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and at peace by the conclusion of each class.  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.


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 requests 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


Yuletide Revels Show & Dinner

Dec. 15

JAGHS Theatre Dept. Presents: Yuletide Revels Show & Dinner on Dec. 15 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person (includes dinner/show). Reservations required by calling Laura Young 330-527-4341 M-F between 8a-2p. The Yuletide Revels is a recreation of a Renaissance Christmas musical performance complete with a royal court, court jester, recorder consort, herald trumpeters, harp and a bountiful meal.


Holiday Cookies

Dec. 15

Call to place your order for homemade Christmas cookies today so you won’t forget. The Nelson UMC annual holiday cookie sale will take orders until Dec. 15. The cookies are packed in decorated one and two pound boxes at $7 a pound. To order call Norma (330) 527-5442 or Pam (330) 527-5744. Cookies will be ready for pick up on Dec. 20 at the Church located on Nelson Circle. 


Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 15

The Palmyra Fireflies, along with the Palmyra Fire Department. Present the 6th Annual Breakfast with SANTA! Santa will be arriving at 8:30 A.M. on a FIRE TRUCK Date: Dec. 15. Time: 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Location: The Palmyra Fire Station on St. Rt. 225 (just south of Tallmadge Road in Diamond) Meal: Pancakes, Sausage, and Beverages. Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for kids 4-10, 3 and under – FREE. Along with Breakfast with SANTA, you’ll receive one (1) 4×6 PICTURE and FRAME per family. Additional pictures available for $2 and Santa will have a little gift for all kids. Bring in a non-perishable item to help our adopted family!


Windham Toys for Tots

Dec. 15

Windham Toys for Tots will take place Dec. 15 at Windham Town Hall (Sheriff’s Dept.) New coats, toys, food needed. No proof of income to receive food required. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact: Paula (330) 285-1334, Dusty (330) 977-7063 or Dianne (330) 527-8051


Masonic Treasures Silent Auction

Dec. 15

Silent Auction will be Dec. 15 from noon till 2 pm at 10801 John Edward Drive, Mantua Village. Enjoy the holidays and come bid on our many treasures. Too much variety to mention. During our two hour silent auction, brats, dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. Get out of the weather and come here for some great bargains. 


Christmas Party

Dec. 15

The retirees of Local 2243 U.S.W.A. Copperweld Steel Co. (S.O.A.R. Chapter 1-28-10) will have their Christmas party this year at Dilucia’s family restaurant, 2610 Elm Rd. in Warren from 1-3 pm. Please bring a small gift so everyone can receive one. Call George (330) 847-2929 if you are attending, for a headcount. 


Spaghetti Dinner

Dec. 15 

Spaghetti dinner will be Dec. 15 from 4-7 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge on St. Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes salad, pie and bread. Cost is $7 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12, five and under eat free. Carry-outs are available for $7.50.


Annual Christmas Party

Dec. 15

Warren Amateur Radio’s Annual Christmas Party with Santa along with the Annual Awards Ceremony will be held Dec. 15 at First United Methodist Church on North Park Avenue in Warren. It will be held downstairs. Social hour starts at 5 pm, dinner will begin at 6 pm, the meat will be furnished by the club.Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to pass, which can be a casserole, vegetable dish or dessert.There will be a $20.00 gift exchange, woman bring woman’s gift , man bring a man’s gift. If you bring children to talk with Santa please bring a gift for that child.


Breakfast With Santa

Dec. 15

It’s Christmas season, and Santa will be stopping at the First Congregational Church at 612 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls for our annual all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, milk and juice breakfast. In Santa’s honor it is FREE to young and old. Grandparents, Mom & Dad, and, of course, all the children are invited. We will be serving breakfast from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00a.m, Dec.15.


View the Planet Jupiter

Dec 15

Saturday, December 15: Stephens Memorial Observatory of Hiram College will host a public observing night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Visitors will observe the solar system’s biggest planet – Jupiter – with its four Galilean Moons! We will also be looking at the Great Nebula of Orion, red giant star Betelgeuse, and perhaps a star cluster or two. The Observatory is located on Wakefield Road (Rt. 82) less than a quarter of a mile west of Route 700 in Hiram. Good sky conditions are critical to viewing; for updates and more information, see the observatory’s Web site: or “@StephensObs” on Twitter.


Breakfast with Christmas Shepherd

Dec. 16

Hey kids bring mom and dad for a FREE pancake breakfast, Dec. 16 at 9am. Then beginning at 10am all the kids can participate in a Christmas program. Plus once we’ve finished showing our parents the Christmas story we all get a Christmas gift. Join us at Life Church Assembly of God – 10280 State Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231 (across from JAG High School). For more information click to or call (330) 527-2777.


Sock & Mitten Tree

Dec 16

The East Geauga Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a “Sock & Mitten” tree at the Crossroads Country Cafe, 15916 W. High St. in Middlefield. Donations of socks, hats, mittens, scarves, gloves or underwear will be accepted until December 16th, and will benefit Geauga County Jobs & Family Services. For more information, visit


Gospel Music Concert

Dec. 17

The Cole Family Singers from Doylestown, OH will present a gospel music concert on Dec. 17 at 6 pm at the Newbury Full Gospel Church in Kiwanis Lake. The public is invited and the concert is free. The church is located at 14156 View Dr. 


GIS Winter Concert

Dec. 20

All are invited to celebrate the festivities of holiday music on, Dec. 20 at 1:00pm school assembly & 7:00pm evening performance.


People Tree Adopt a Family

Dec. 20

People Tree is getting ready for the 2012 Christmas Season. We will be doing the adopt a family again and each family will receive a food basket. For more information call Hallie (330) 527-4097 or Liz (330) 527-2408. Donations can be dropped off at the Library, Middlefield Bank, Huntington Bank, Bay Window and Rite Aid.  Each family will receive a turkey, dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, noodles, sweet potatoes, green beans, toilet paper, laundry soap, bath soap, dish soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Distribution will be Dec. 20 and appointments are a must.


Longest Night Service

Dec. 21

Windham UMC will be hosting a “Longest Night Service” for those who mourn. Holidays are wonderful and full of joy, but they can be hard when we are missing someone. Whether you’ve lost someone recently or 20 years ago the pain can be more acute during the holidays.  On Dec. 21 at 7:30pm we will gather for a quiet worship service of music and hope with people who understand.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Dec 23

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram has made special arrangements with Santa Claus to personally deliver packages in Garrettsville and Hiram on Sunday, December 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, Garrettsville or at MB Reality, 8118 Main Street, Garrettsville by Friday, December 21st. Of course, Santa doesn’t charge for this service, but encourages donations that will be given to the People Tree. If you have any questions, please call Amy Crawford at (330) 527-4415.


Christmas Services

Dec. 24 & 25

Christmas Services at St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua, will be Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m. (includes Children’s Choir) and at 10:00 p.m. and Dec.  25 at 10:00 a.m.


New Year’s Services

Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

New Year’s Church Services will be Dec.31 at 5:00 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 10:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church; 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan. 13 & 27

Burton-Middlefield American Legion will host a pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan 13 & Jan. 27 from 9am-1:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St. Call Ron (440) 434-1478 for more info.


Getting Ahead Workshop

Jan. 15

Getting Ahead is a 16-week workshop series where participants work in groups to examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities and to explore the world through the lens of economic class. This class is ideal for both individuals who are working to transition from poverty to self-stability or middle-class individuals that want to better serve their community. Class runs 5:30pm-8:00pm, every Tuesday starting Jan. 15, at The Salvation Army in Ravenna, located at 268 W. Main St. For more information call (330)296-7371 or visit


Chicken & Dumplings Dinner

Jan. 19

Geauga Co. Council will host a chicken and dumplings dinner on Jan. 19 from 4:30-7:30 pm at 14052 Goodwin St. $12 presale, $15 at the door. Contact Skip (440) 834-1191 for more info.