Around Garrettsville: Dinner and a mystery, fall reading, theater and Car Cruises coming right up in Garrettsville

A photo of the road sign at the Garrettsville border
Carter Eugene Adams/The Portager

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is again hosting its Murder Mystery event — “A Pep Rally To Die For” at the Haunted James A. Garfield Campus on Oct. 28.

Written exclusively for NGCC and performed by Curtains up Theatre, this fundraiser promises to have attendants searching for clues and prowling around the haunted campus utilizing their best detective skills.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the event starting at 5 p.m. Appetizers and dinner will also be served.

The cost for this event is $30 per person or $50 per couple and includes both dinner and the murder mystery experience. There will also be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle.

Be sure wear your best JAG attire to be entered in the dead or alive JAG spirit(s) contest.

Tickets are available online at, or in person at The Weekly Villager, Garrettsville YMCA, and the JAG Board Office beginning Sept. 15.

The Portage County District Library began the Fall into Reading Challenge on Sept. 11. Participants can register at or any PCDL branch location to track reading minutes, write book reviews and participate in fun activities to earn digital tickets and badges.

Sign up now for a chance to win an awesome prize basket!

The Portage County District Library’s fall events calendar is now live, which includes events like book clubs, crafting sessions, story time and more. Visit

Coming soon, The Garrettsville Curtain up Theatre will hold auditions for its January production of Sherlock Holmes. Watch this column for more information and dates.

The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its last Car Cruise of the season from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in the parking lot of NAPA Auto Parts-Gee-Ville Auto Part, by Dairy Queen at 8015 State St. in Garrettsville. Special Roger Angel Memorial Car Cruise. Music will be by Ohio Crossroads Bluegrass Band. There is a rain date of Sept. 17.

Remember to drive carefully, our children are back in school.

If school is back in session that must mean Friday Night Football is back — come out and watch the G-men. Below are the next few games.

  • Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
    Champion High School at James A. Garfield High School, 10233 S.R. 88, Garrettsville
  • Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
    Varsity Football and Homecoming
    Campbell Memorial High School at James A. Garfield High School, 10233 S.R. 88, Garrettsville
  • Sept 29 at 7 p.m.
    James A. Garfield at Liberty High School, 1 Leopard Way, Youngstown
  • Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
    James A. Garfield at Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls
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