Portage County Gardeners Clubs

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The Portage County Gardeners would like to invite you to join their clubs in 2013. Programs, workshops, field trips, crafts and friendship are just some of the reasons for joining a club. Four clubs within Portage County Gardeners have open membership. Please contact, President Helena Parry at 330-673-0577 for more information and to find a club right for you.


Praise and Worship Service


Southington U.M.C. Praise and Worship Services are held Saturdays at 7pm. Casual dress and refreshments afterwards. Located at the town center on S.R. 305


Volunteers Needed

Geauga Co. Job and Family Services is looking for caring, motivated adults to volunteer a few hours a week tutoring local elementary students in basic reading and math. Volunteers will be required to attend training at Geauga Co. Job and Family Services and complete a criminal background check. Please contact Sara Shininger, Community Support/Volunteer Coordinator for Geauga Co. JFS at 440-285-9141, ext. 1263 to register or for more information.


Portage APL Promo

Now-Jan 31

With the holidays over and the season of giving behind us, Portage APL knows that the next couple of months will bring a lull in activity.  So, to celebrate 2013, dog adoptions are only $125 (reg. $150) and cat adoptions are $40 (reg. $50) until the end of January!  All dogs and cats adopted are up to date on vaccines, spayed or neutered, checked for appropriate disease and free of fleas and worms.  Many are also microchipped and have an additional medical history. For more information, please call the Portage Animal Protective League at 330.296.4022 or follow us on Facebook to see daily news and stories.


Crestwood BOE Special Meeting

Jan. 17

The Crestwood Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Jan. 17 at 6pm at the Special Services Building, 4571 W. Prospect St. in Mantua. The purpose of this meeting will be for a presentation from Chevron Energy Solutions, with possible board action, personnel actions and the Board will move into Executive Session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee or official, or to consider the investigations of charges or complaints against a public employee, official, licensee or “regulated individual.”


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., Burton, $12 presale, $15 at the door. Contact Skip (440) 834-1191 for more info.


Spaghetti Dinner

Jan. 19

A spaghetti dinner will be held Jan. 19 from 4-7pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge, St. Rt. 88 in West Farmington. Dinner includes salad, bread and pie, cost is $7 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, children under 5 eat free. Carry-outs are available for $7.50


Bluegrass Music Show

Jan 19

A Bluegrass Music Show will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 19, at the Shalersville Town Hall, located on S.R. 44 at S.R. 303.  Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature three bands Coney Carver & The Rainbow Valley Boys, Red Dust Mountain Boys, and Highway 57. The cost is $10 per person and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 330-325-7867.


50% off Sale at The Menagerie

Jan. 19

The Animal Welfare Thrift Store, The Menagerie, 6037 E. Market St (next to DQ) Howland is having a one day 50%off storewide sale, Jan 19 from 10am-6pm. Don’t miss out on fabulous finds. All proceeds benefit Animal Welfare’s Shelter


Salli Swindell Visit

Jan. 19

Salli Swindell, co-author of They Draw & Cook 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World and website www.theydrawandcook.com will be at the Aurora Memorial Library on Jan. 19, at 2:00 pm in the gallery. The idea behind the book and website is “unique and artful cooking adventure for all ages”, as people from all continents submit artwork depicting the recipes. Copies will be available for purchase following Swindell’s presentation. Refreshments will be provided by the Aurora Cooks Club.


Legislative Brunch

Jan. 19

The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown will host the annual Legislative Brunch on Jan.19, at 10:00 AM . This year the brunch features changes in location and program format. The event will be at the Youngstown Country Club, 1402 Youngstown Country Club Dr. and will be open to the public .  The program will feature 2 key  issues: school finance and Reform of Congress and the Senate.   Invited guests include US  Senator Sherrod Brown, US Sen. Robert Portman, US  Rep. William Johnson ,US Rep. Timothy Ryan,Sen. Capri Cafaro, Sen. Joseph Schiavoni, Rep. Ronald Gerberry  and  Rep. Robert Hagan. Admission is $22.50 for members and $25 for non-members. For reservations, send a check, made out to LWVGY, to Karen Lazarus, Treasurer,4213 Glenwood Avenue #1,Youngstown, OH 44512 or phone330-788-8946. For League info visit the web at www.lwvy.org ; email info@lwvgy.org; phone 1-888-781-1176 or League of Women Voters on Facebook.    


Windham Marching Band Disney Fundraising

Jan 19 & 26

The band has funds for their Disney trip due at the end of this month and need help to meet the cost. Last minute fundraisers currently going on are: Tag Day Jan. 19 from 10 am – 2 pm  in Windham,

Spaghetti dinner and concert Jan. 26 from 5-7 with a Chinese auction at Windham High School. Please help to support the trip and any donations for the trip can be made to Windham High School to Rebecca Kresen Band Director.


Pancakes at Hambden Grange

Jan. 20

Hambden Grange #2482 is serving an AYCE Pancake Breakfast with maple syrup, corn fritters, sausage, juice, cocoa and coffee, Jan.20, from 8:00am to 1:00 pm. The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road, Chardon. Cost is $7 for Adults and $3 for Children 10 and under.


Crestwood Band Citrus Sale

through Jan 21

The Crestwood Band annual citrus sale has started and will run through January 21, 2013.   Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Instrumental Music Departments in the Intermediate, Middle and the High schools.  You can order three ways:  contact a band member, call 330-328-3599 or 330-569-7613, or you can order online at www.doorstepdirect.org.  Please enter the school code OH11184 so we receive credit for the sale.  Thank you for supporting the Crestwood instrumental music programs.


Blood Drive

Jan. 23

It is time for our 1st blood drive of the new year at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Rd., Newton Falls, OH. We are looking forward to seeing all our old friends again and all the newcomers too. We are always happy with new faces. It will be held, Jan. 23, from noon to 6PM in our fellowship hall.


Swim with the Hiram College Water Dogs

Register by Jan 25

Classes are held  2 – 3 pm, 3 – 4 pm, 4 – 5 pm, 5 – 6 pm on Sunday afternoons. All Levels, All Hours, Lesson are 45 minutes with 15 minutes of free time at the end. Classes will be held on Jan. 27, Feb. 3,10,17 and 24. Cost is  $50 per child for all 5 lessons.  Must be 4 years and older. Sign-ups: Jan. 20, from 2:30-4:30pm at the Hiram College Pool. Register online! Deadline to register January 25th  http://www.hiram.edu/athletics/menssports/swim/lessons.html Questions Call Jack Groselle at 330-569-5343


PCDL  Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 21

All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed onJan.21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Jan. 22. For more information about Portage County District Library, visit us online at www.portagelibrary.org. Find us on Facebook.


Pre-School Open House

Jan 26

The Aurora Co-op Preschool, located at Centerville Mills, 8558 Crackel Road, will hold an Open House and Registration event for the 2013-2014 school year on Jan. 26, 2013 from 11:00AM – 1:00 PM. During the open house, families can tour the school, speak with teachers, enjoy refreshments, and complete enrollment paperwork/payment. The Aurora Co-op Preschool offers developmentally appropriate classes for children ages 2-5. The school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has been named a Three-Star Step Up To Quality Program by the State of Ohio. In 2012, the Aurora Co-op Preschool was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation with a Nature Explore certification for outdoor learning and was designated a WILD School Site by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For more information, please visit www.auroraco-op.com or call: (440) 543-1443.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner

Jan. 26

There will be a stuffed pork chop dinner at the Braceville UMC off of St. Rt. 82 in the center of Braceville on Jan. 26. The dinner begins at 4:00 and we 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 children. Takeout’s are available. 


Spaghetti Dinner

Jan. 26

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Dawn Raines (Turner) will be Jan. 26 from 4-8pm at The American Legion, 9960 E. Center St. in Windham. Adults $10, Children 8 and under $5. All donations will go toward Dawn’s medical expenses


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Jan.  27

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


Free Community Meal

Jan. 27

St. Joseph Parish is hosting a free Community Meal on Jan. 27 from 12:30 – 2:00pm.  The meal will be in Hughes Hall at St. Joseph School, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. Mantua, OH.  Call (330) 274-2253 for more information. 


Monthly Gathering

Jan. 27

The EarlyJAS Society will hold its regular monthly gathering on Jan. 27 from 2:00-5:00 PM at the British American Club, 8564 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH (near the intersection of Route 82 East and Ravenna Rd.) EarlyJAS invites traditional jazz musicians to come and play, and all others interested to come and listen. We especially encourage student musicians to take part. The club provides a good set of drums, a piano and amplification for vocals. It is an informal event, and everyone gets a chance to play. Good music, cash bar, pizza. Bring your axe, or simply come and listen or dance.


Crestwood Girls Fast Pitch Signups

Jan. 27, Feb 9 & 10

Crestwood Girls Fast Pitch has been around for over 10 years and is having sign ups on Jan.27, Feb. 9 and Feb.10 from 1-3pm at the Mantua Village Park Lodge for girls between the ages of 5 and 18.  If anyone has registration questions, they can e-mail them to crestwoodfastpitch@gmail.com or contact Barb Hill (President) 330-388-4685


Senior Citizens’ Luncheon

Feb. 2

First Baptist Church, 2640 South Canal Street, Newton Falls will be hosting a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon on Feb. 2.  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 or log on at: www.fbcnewtonfalls.com.


4th Annual Chase Your Shadow 5K Race

Feb. 2

Chase the chills away!  Enjoy a brisk run to loosen up those muscles and get back into the swing of things.  Reconnect with fellow runners at the 4th Annual Chase Your Shadow 5K Race in Portage Lakes State Park.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Portage Lakes State Park, and will take place at 10:00 a.m. Feb. 2.  Entry fee is $20 through Active.com and includes a race tee shirt for advance registration.  Registration closes Jan. 30.  Any profit earned by the race will be used by the Friends Group on projects at the State Park, including the proposed Environmental Education Space. If you wish to participate either as a runner or as a sponsor, please contact Lynn Stamp, Tel.:  330-644-2422 or by Email at:  lynnstamp@sbcglobal.net


4 Chaplains Program

Feb. 3

4 Chaplains Program at 14052 Goodwin St. Program begins at 3 pm. Contact Skip (330) 834-1911 for detail


WILD About Bats Workshop

Feb. 6

Don’t’ miss this one-of-a-kind Advanced Project WILD workshop focused on Ohio’s fascinating winged mammals.  This free workshop will be held on Feb. 6 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Brandywine Center (across from 4787 Old State Route 39) in Dover, Ohio.  Researchers and education professionals will share bat biology, survey techniques, education activities, and threats to bat populations through formal presentations and hands-on opportunities.  More information can be found atwww.ohioprojectwild.org or www.geaugaswcd.com.  Register by January 31st to reserve your seat at this unique program by contacting Jamey Emmert at 330-245-3020 or jamey.emmert@dnr.state.oh.us. Hope to see you there!


Looking For Our Next Grand Marshall

Due by Feb. 8 

The Candidate must be a community-minded Ravenna resident who has had a positive impact in the community. The committee asks that when nominating, the reason and some background information be included. The Grand Marshal will preside over the grand parade and all other festivities of the Balloon A-Fair Festival.  This year’s event will be Sept. 19 – 22, 2013. Written nominations for Grand Marshal should be submitted no later than Feb. 8, 2013.  Mail to: Ravenna Balloon A-Fair, Attention Parade Committee, and P.O. BOX 454, RAVENNA, OHIO 44266.  For more information, call 330-296-FAIR.  


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Feb. 10, 17 & 24

Pancake & Sausage breakfast will be held at 14052 Goodwin St. from 9am-1:30pm. Contact Ron (440) 343-1478 for details


Chili Cook-Off

Feb. 10

Garrettsville United Methodist Church  2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off benefitting the Nelson – Garrettsville Community Cupboard will be held on Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and children 10 and under are free.  Register to participate in the competition by February 1st by calling the church office at (330) 527-2055. 


Reconnecting With The Catholic Church

Beginning Feb. 14

St. Ambrose Church is offering a series of sessions for Catholics who want to reconnect with the Church.  We offer an opportunity for conversation, socializing and questions.  These sessions will be held on Thursdays for six weeks beginning on Feb.14.  Please call the St. Ambrose rectory at 330-527-4105 with questions or to register.


Crestwood Youth Baseball Sign Ups

Feb. 16, 17, 23 & 24

Sign ups for the Crestwood Youth Baseball Leauge will be held in February for children  ages 4 to 14. Signups are from 1pm to 4pm at Grange Hall. http://www.crestwoodyouthbaseball.com/


Amateur Comedy Night

Feb. 16

Streetsboro Eagles Aerie 4300 presents their  1st Annual Amateur Comedy night and dinner on Feb. 16th. Doors open at 6:00 pm and dinner will be at 6:30pm. Comedians start at 7:30 and you, the audience will pick the winners Advance tickets $15.00 per person, at the door $20.00 per person. Ticket includes dinner and the comedy show. NO FEE for Amateur comedians wishing to participate. Contact (dgjr57@hotmail.com or sheak66@yahoo.com) for entry instructions. Grand Prize $200.00, Second place $100.00 and third place $ 50.00. Come out to enjoy dinner and evening of laughs from a hilarious comedy  show full fun that you don’t want to miss. Streetsboro Eagles Hall, 9052 State Route 14, Unit D, Streetsboro. For information on ticket purchases phone (330) 626 – 9362 


“250 Club” Reverse Raffle

Drawing Mar. 16

Grand Prize $2500.00, First ticket out $250.00, Every 10th ticket $100.00. March 16 at Saint Mary’s & Joseph’s Social Hall, 120 Maple Dr., Newton Falls Oh 44444. 16oz. porterhouse steak dinner, beer and mixers. Dinner served 5-7 pm. 50/50 Drawing * Table Games * D.J. Donation $50.00 For Tickets Call Pete@330-872-0270, Tony@330-360-4546,  Johanna@330-240-9561