Art by Hiram farmer Ryan Lind

Portage Senior Citizens Opportunities
The Portage County Senior Center, located at 705 Oakwood St., in Ravenna has many daily opportunities for local seniors to enjoy. On any given day, you can enjoy, bingo, Tai Chi, educational programs, art class, corn hole, cards & dominos with friends, and they even have a pool table. They serve lunch daily (by reservation) and are open M-F from 9-3. If you would like more information you may call them at 330-297-3456.

Grief Support Group
Grief Group meets every Sunday at 3 pm. The meetings are held at Garrettsville United Methodist Church and last about 1 – 1 ½ hours. Everyone is welcome. For questions you can call the church at 330-527-2055.

Men on Mondays
Men on Mondays, a men’s Bible study, is held every Monday from 6:45 – 8 pm at the Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry provided at no charge.

4F’s: Everyone Welcome
2nd Monday of Month
Please join us for an afternoon of 4F’s (Fun, Food, Fellowship & Faith) on the 2nd Monday of every month from 12:30pm to 2pm at the Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave. This FREE event is open to everyone! For questions or additional information, please call the church office at 330-527-2055.

Loaves And Fishes Free Community Meals
3rd Monday of Month
Meals served 3rd Monday of every month at Christ Lutheran Church 10827 Main Street, Mantua, OH between 5:00-6:30 pm. All are welcome!

Wing Night At The Eagles Club
Every Tuesday
Every Tuesday: 60 cent wings with purchase of a beverage– Open to public 5:00- 8:00. The Eagles Club is located at 8149 Water Street.

Every Tuesday
St. Ambrose Church 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville– Early bird at 6:45pm and first game at 7pm. Also featuring instant tickets, coverall jackpots, and other fun games. Doors open 5:45pm. Great refreshments!

Senior Lunches
Tues – Fridays
Welcome seniors! Come and enjoy hot, nutritious lunches at the Farmington Senior Center, 150 College St., West Farmington. Lunches are served Tuesdays through Fridays (except the 3rd Tuesday of the month) and cost $2. Please call ahead by three days for lunches – 330-889-2733.

Recovery after Suicide Loss Support Group
Last Weds of Month
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one to suicide, we invite you to attend a free monthly support group to find acceptance, information, and inspiration. The support group meets the last Wednesday of each month at the Kent Free Library located at 312 W. Main Street, Kent from 6:30-8pm. The group is sponsored by the Portage County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. For more information call 330.673.1756 ext 201.

Start Talking Portage
4th Thursday of Month
Start Talking Portage is a group of public and community partners who work together as a team to help fight the drug epidemic. We have a new location for our monthly meeting – Ravenna Library, 167 East Main Street, Ravenna Ohio in the Carlin room. Come and see what we are all about! Meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

BINGO At St Michael’s
Every Thursday
St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

Senior Center Corn Hole Sessions
The Portage County Senior Center is continuing their Corn Hole session each Friday morning. They start playing at 10 and usually wrap up by 11:30. The game is played indoors and there are always lots of laughs, while also getting a little exercise. Seniors are welcome to join in on any Friday. For more information on this or other activities, the Senior Center can be reached at 330-297-3456, and they are located at 705 Oakwood St. (Floor G) in Ravenna.

Fish Dinners
Friday fish dinners at the American Legion Post #674, 9960 E. Center St. Windham. Serving from 4-7 pm carryout available. Fish, chicken or shrimp dinners $10; combo $12. Open to public.

Crafters Wanted
Lordstown Apple Cider Festival will hold its annual Craft Show Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019. Indoor & outdoor spaces are available. Anyone interested in a space or for more info should contact: Sue Minor at Ph. (330) 824-3777 or email:

Volunteers Needed
Call Today
The Phyllis Zumkehr Portage County Clothing Center, which is located at 3377 State Route 59, Ravenna, is looking for volunteers to help with sorting, hanging and stocking clothing and helping customers. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.If you are interested in volunteering, contact Veronica Williamson at 330-819-9760 or email

Summer Break For Free Dinners
There will be no free community dinners held at the Windham American Legion during the month of August. Dinners will resume Tuesday, Sept 24.

Eagles Club Entertainment
Aug 2
On Friday August 2nd, Carol Procas will be performing on our patio from 7:00-10:00. The club located at 8149 Water St, Garrettsville, will be open to the public from 6:00 to 11:00.

Steak & Sausage Trailer
Aug 2 & 3
The Windham Lions Club will be having their steak/sausage trailer on Friday, August 2nd from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Dee’s parking lot.

Free Book Bag Giveaway
Aug 4
Free book bags filled with school supplies — while supplies last on Aug 4, from 3 – 4 at Newton Falls American Legion, 2025 E. River Road, Newton Falls, OH 44444 CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT

Chicken Dinner
Aug 7
Southington UMC, SR 305 & 534, Southington, will be holding a Chicken Dinner, on Aug 7, 3:30 to 6. The menu includes: one fourth of a chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, homemade desserts, beverage. Price Adults $9.00, Children/Chicken Tenders dinner Children ages 4-10 $4.50, Children 3 and under free. Carry Outs available. Call 330-898-2156.

Furry Friends Preschool Program
Aug 9
Join Miss Jane and the Hiram interns on Friday Aug 9 to hear stories, sing songs, do a craft and meet some bunnies. We’ll meet at the James H. Barrow Field Station pavilion at 11305 Wheeler Rd. Garrettsville at 1:00 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will be held indoors. No registration necessary. Questions can be directed to Jane O’Brien at 330.338.4218 or

Rummage Sale
Aug 9 & 10
Rummage Sale: Newbury Community Church 14916 Auburn Rd. Newbury. Aug 9 9am – 4pm; Aug 10 9am – 12pm $2.00 bag day Household items, file cabinets, metal cupboards, books. Something for everyone.

Sunset Yoga
Aug 9 & 16
Meet at the James H. Barrow Field Station at 11305 Wheeler Rd. In Garrettsville at 8:00 p.m. on Aug 9 & 16. Participants will participate in yoga as the sun sets at the lovely Hils Vista. For questions or registration, contact Reverend Chris McCreight at

Windham Car Show
Aug 10
There will be a Car Show on Main Street in Windham on Aug 10 from noon – 4 pm. Join us for food vendors, 50/50 and a DJ. Proceeds benefit the Park & Rec Committee.

Opioid Awareness Music Festival
Aug 11
Addiction has affected countless lives in our community. On average, 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. Almost everyone now knows a neighbor, a friend, a sibling, a son or a daughter struggling with addiction. With that in mind, local musicians and the addiction recovery programs of Family & Community Services have teamed up to inspire positive change through the Opioid Awareness Music Festival to be held on Aug 11 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm at Hometown Bank Plaza, 203 N Water Street in Kent.

Crafting with Marian’s “Jumbo 3-D(ecorative) Letter”
Aug 12
You’re invited to attend Crafting with Marian’s “Jumbo 3-D Letter” program at the Garrettsville Library on Monday, August 12 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn how to make a large letter for use in decorating your home. You will have a choice of letters and a wide variety of “fancy paper” to complete this project. All supplies will be provided. This program is free and open to adults. However, there is a $5 fee to register for a seat, which is promptly refunded the day of the program. Seats are limited for this popular program series, so call 330-527-4378 for your registration or register in-person during your next visit.

SUPER JOY: Learning To Celebrate Everyday Life
Aug 12
Monthly Book Review & Discussion at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Avenue. Monday, August 12th, 2019, 9:30am: The book’s Author, Psychiatrist Paul Pearsall, PhD emphasizes the rewards of “Joyology”. Each chapter is followed with a short quiz intended to help recognize individual needs. A stimulating hour is shared exchanging impressions & opinions. Presented by Dr J Patella in cooperation with Garrettsville YMCA. Community members welcome: No fee. Membership & book not required. Questions: YMCA (330)469-2044.

Nelson Twp. Community Safety Meeting
Aug 12
ODOT and the Nelson Twp Trustees invite resident to come to discuss and provide feedback on the following topics: Amish and Non-motorized travel safety. Topics to be covered will be buggy safety, pedestrian and bicycle concerns. Meeting will be held on Aug 12 from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Nelson Twp. Community House, 11642 Windham Parkman Rd.

Learn About Ohio’s Historic Canals
Aug. 13
Danny Back will give a PowerPoint presentation on Ohio’s Canal Era: 1832-1913 at 7 pm Aug. 13 at the Shalersville Town Hall at the intersection of SR 303 and 44. Mr. Back is a nationally known expert on river history, canals, and steamboats. The presentation includes many rare and unique scenes and draws on Mr. Back’s extensive research. Mr. Back’s many accomplishments include presenting programs aboard the Delta Queen and other historic steamboats, appearing in the PBS documentary “Take the River,” and consulting with several museums and historical societies. This program is co-hosted by the Freedom Township Historical Society and the Shalersville Historical Society. It is free and open to the public.

Pig Roast
Aug 17
Come to the first annual Mantua Restoration Society Pig Roast!
On Saturday, August 17, from 1-5 p.m., come to the Mantua Township school, 11741 Mantua Center Road, for food, fun, and music. Event admission is $25.00 per adult, children under 12 free.
Free hot dogs for the kids. Bounce House, face painting, balloon art, corn hole, and music by Skip Schweitzer and friends.
For tickets, call: Dave Pollard, 330-562-8389; Mark Hall, 330-562-1188; Carole Pollard, 330-274-0118; or Jan Oros, 330-858-8394 Walk-ins welcome, but tickets are limited.

Community Day
Aug 17
Community Day hosted by New Mercies Community Church Together we are better!! Free event for all on August 17th, 11am -4pm!! Professional face painting, balloons, bounce house, obstacle course, crafts, food, live music and more. Something for everyone! 12767 Butternut Road, Burton located on the corner of Aquilla and Butternut Road in Burton, Ohio

Free Community Meals
Aug 19
The Free Community Meals held at Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 N Main Street, Mantua will be held on Monday, August 19 from 5 – 6:30 pm. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and visit with friends and neighbors. Look forward to having you visit.

Women’s Equality Day at the Ballpark
Aug 25
The League of Women Voters, in conjunction with Girls on the Run, Girls Scouts of Northeast Ohio and Sigma DeltaTheta, are partnering to bring you WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY at the BALLPARK! The Akron Rubberducks have declared Sunday, August 25, as Women’s Equality Day at the ballpark. Come celebrate 100 years of Women’s Right to Vote! The game begins at 2:05 PM. Tickets, which are usually $11, can be purchased for only $7. One dollar of each ticket will be donated to the League of Women Voters. Tickets at this special price can only be purchased here: WEAR WHITE to show your support for the suffragists!

Senior Celebration
Sept 10
The Portage Senior Services Network has been diligently planning for this year’s “Senior Celebration” and has a date and location. The event will be held on Sept. 10th at Underwood Hall in The Kent American Legion. This is an annual event where we celebrate and crown one senior “King” and “Queen” who goes above and beyond for their community. The committee is working to keep the ticket price at a low $10 again this year. Nominating applications can be picked up at Home Instead Senior Care or The Portage County Senior Center. The theme is “Senior Pick of the Patch” and there will be square dancers, a luncheon, and lots of freebies and gift baskets available.