Children in kindergarten through fifth grade may celebrate April Fool's Day at 2 p.m. April 1 at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna. Those attending may enjoy the silly holiday and create some take-home pranks to fool their family and friends. Registration is required.
The Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists Chili Bowl 5K Walk/Run will be held at 6 p.m. April 7. The event starts at 4707 Mill St., in Mantua, and goes east on the Headwaters Trail. Pre-registration (customized ceramic mug for the first 72) is $20.
The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert at 3 p.m. April 2 in Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean St., on the campus of Hiram College. The "American Sampler" program will present an overview of American composers and styles.
Growing Daisies Ministry is holding an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon April 1 at Portage Community Chapel in Ravenna. Fun, candy and prizes will be offered for ages 1 through 10 (fifth grade). Also, the Easter Bunny will be there.
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The Portage Trailwalkers will hike at 9 a.m. April 1 at the West Woods. To reach the start of the hike, travel S.R. 43 north to S.R. 306 north. Turn right (east) on S.R. 87. Look for signs to the West Woods on the right. Parking is at the Visitor's Center.
The Mogadore School Alumni Foundation will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 1 at the Mogadore High School Commons. The cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 10 and free for children younger than 5.
The Inter-County Horsemen's Association, Inc. held its 2016 Awards Banquet recently at the Mahoning Country Club in Girard. They honored one of our most notable Ravenna residents -- Ron Wilson -- with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
By Gerry Lewis
DEAR ABBY: My sister ''Maddy" is in 12th grade and will graduate soon. Over the past two years, we have grown really close -- from eating Chinese together every other day, to going shopping together. We have the closest relationship in the family, and I consider her to be my best friend.
The Portage County Chapter No. 600 of International Parents Without Partners will hold a spaghetti dinner on April 1 at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. Cost for the dinner is $7 per person.
An open house reception to celebrate Dr. Steve Dean's retirement from his office practice will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 1 in the fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna, 263 S. Prospect St. Patients and friends may join Dr.
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In celebration of St. Patrick and St. Joseph, students at St. Joseph School in Randolph were treated to a formal banquet. The younger children sat with their buddies while the fifth- and sixth-grade students served them.
"Searching for the Erie," an overview of the Erie/Lackawanna railroad line that passed through Garrettsville, Hiram and Mantua, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 Prospect St., Mantua.
The Friends of Akron Children's Hospital will host its annual "Purses are like Friends" luncheon at 11 a.m. April 1 at Fairlawn Country Club in Akron. The luncheon will feature the sale and auction of new and gently-used purses.
Brianna Pontius and Anthony Abbuhl Jr. of Newton Falls announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey Gail Abbuhl. She arrived March 10 at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna and weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Hunter William Abbuhl, 1, is the baby's big brother.
The Rootstown Cooperative Preschool will hold an open house and registration for the 2017-18 school year from 10 a.m. to noon April 1. The preschool has been in business since 1981, educating and preparing children ages 3, 4 and 5 to enter kindergarten.
The Brimfield Lions Club is hosting its Spring Rummage and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 and April 1 at Faith United Methodist Church, 1235 Tallmadge Road in Brimfield. Items to donate can be dropped off from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 28 and noon to 6 p.m. March 29 and 30.
The Portage County Association of Realtors recently wrapped up its Care with Coats drive. With the help of many area realtors, Marshall's Dry Cleaning in Ravenna, and the community, more than 1,000 winter items were donated to the Phyllis Zumkehr County Clothing Center in Ravenna.
The Friends of the Randolph Library will host a library book sale March 30 through April 1 at the Randolph Township Community Center, located behind the library. The Randolph Branch of the Portage County District Library is located at 1639 S.R. 44 in Randolph.
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Computer classes will be offered at the Portage County District Library's Deerfield Computer Lab. On March 29 at 2 p.m.
The Randolph Branch of the Portage County District Library will host its first meeting of a new Genealogy Club from 6 to 7 p.m. March 28 at the Randolph Community Center, located behind the library.