- Save the date for the Jackson High School Class of 1977 reunion Sept. 9. The event will be held at the Lake Cable Clubhouse and details will follow. Send your contact information to Jennifer Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A new family message series, Homies Series, runs from April 23-May 28 at NewPointe Community Church Canton Campus, located at 5305 Broadmoor Circle NW. For more information, visit newpointe.org or call the church at 330-493-0369.
- Kids Night Out will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the North Canton YMCA, 200 South Main Street. For kids ages 3 (potty trained) to age 12. Includes dinner and all activities. Cost is $14 for members and $16 for nonmembers. Add $6 for day-of-event registration.
- McDonaldsville's St. Paul United Methodist Church, 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Twp., is holding its Swiss Steak Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. It is the last dinner until the fall. Enjoy Swiss steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, roll, green beans, dessert and beverage choice. Carryout and gluten free are offered. All profits go to local community outreach and mission projects. The cost of dinner is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children and free for those ages 2 and under. For more information, call 330-499-6971.
- Kent State University at Stark presents Reasons to Be Happy, a play by Neil LaBute, at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reasons to Be Happy begins three years after a contentious break-up with characters Steph and Greg wondering if they can make a fresh go of it. It is romantic, humorous and sometimes has violent ways as well as happiness. The play is for mature audiences due to strong language. Ticket are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with a current student ID. Tickets are available online at http://www.kent.edu/stark/theatre or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348. For more details on Reasons to Be Happy, visit http://www.kent.edu/stark/reasons-be-happy.
- Walsh University is hosting its Spring Music Festival which is free and open to the community at 7 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Saturday. Both evenings will feature the Walsh Chorale and Chamber Singers at 7 p.m. at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the John Trapani Big Band Concert and Dance will be held. The events will be held in the Alumni Arena of the Cecchini Health and Wellness Center, 2020 East Maple St. NW, North Canton. For more information, visit www.walsh.edu.
- A Puzzle and Egg Hunt for teens and adults will be held in historic Downtown Hartville. The goal is to answer a mystery question about downtown. But, three words are missing from this question. On a quest to solve three puzzles, teams will find eggs hidden all over downtown for clues, to enter to win prizes, and score a sweet treat for their team. The first 25 teams to sign up will receive a pizza from Pizza BOGO to enjoy after the game. Team captains should register their group at www.discoverhartville.com/downtown. Be sure to check the page out for a bonus puzzle hidden in the event flyer. For additional information, contact puzzle hunt coordinator Megan Wise at Best Bib and Tucker, 330-877-3308 or by emailing email@example.com.
- North Canton YMCA is hosting Community at Play, Healthy Kids, Healthily Families from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit the Y for a fun-filled play date with community partners and swim, play, ride bikes, play games and win prizes. It is a free event open to all. The Y is located at 200 S. Main St. For more information, visit www.ymcastark.org or call 330-499-2587.
- Spring Scene Kids’ Acrylic Painting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Massillon Library, 208 Lincoln Way W. The event is for kids grades 1 through 5. The cost is $18 ($15 MassMu Member) and includes supplies. Register by April 18.
- From 2 to 3 p.m., the Young Adult and Children’s Departments of the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., invites teens and tweens in grades 4 to 8 to attend Magizoology 101: Become a Magizoologist. In celebration of the DVD release of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the library will transform into 1920s New York, where tweens will become magizoologists and create their own "fantastic beast" in the Experimental Creatures lab. Costumes are welcome. Registration is recommended for this free program. For more informatio,n call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the North Canton Public Library will celebrate Earth Day with a Spring Market and Recycling Fair. The Spring Market will allow community members to meet local farmers, food producers, artisans and activities for children. Attendees will have an early opportunity to purchase produce provided by the StarkFresh Grower’s Collaborative as well as starter plants, handmade baked goods, locally produced personal care items, pet products and more. In addition to the market, Earth Fare North Canton will provide complimentary Earth friendly snacks all day. Recycle electronics, reuse of cooking and gardening equipment and paper document shredding. The event is open to everyone. There is no registration required. For more information, visit http://ncantonlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
- Take in all the wonder of Northeast Ohio trail habitats during an early morning run/walk on The Wilderness Center’s property to celebrate Earth Day. The Wilderness Run is a 5k chip-timed race beginning at 9:30 a.m. along the Wilderness Walk and Pioneer Path trails. The cost of registration includes a race event t-shirt and after-race refreshments. A 1-mile Fun Run will also be held around Wilderness Lake at 9 a.m. for those who would prefer a shorter distance. Walkers are welcome to participate in both races, so bring the whole family. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers overall, as well as the top male and female finishers in each age group. After the run, stay and learn more about those habitats that you just ran past. For more information, visit www.wildernesscenter.org. To register for the run, visit Vertical Runner Race Management at verticalrunnerrm.com.
- Spring Scene Kids’ Acrylic Painting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Massillon Library. The event is for kids grades 1 through 5. The cost is $18 ($15 MassMu Member) and includes supplies. Register by April 18. Students will learn how to paint a spring scene step-by-step.
- The NEA Big Read Campfire will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Quail Hollow Park,13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville. It is a free event and open to the public. It is held at the fire pit behind the nature center. Bring a chair. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors. Register at https://reservations.starkparks.com/programs/.
- A Self-Publishing Workshop with Author JoAnn Shade will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. It is for ages 18 and up and is held at the Massillon Museum. Self-publishing options, manuscript preparation, cover design, self-publishing websites, and marketing plan will be discussed. Cost is $18 ($15 MassMu member). Register by April 18 by calling 330-833-4061.
- Single Seniors will meet at 1 p.m. at LaPizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road for a luncheon meeting. Reservations are required. Call Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie 330-477-5325.
- The MassMu Brown Bag Lunch will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E. the topic is "Katharine Hepburn: On Leaning Against a Great Tree." Complimentary cookie and coffee is provided. Bring lunch or purchase at Andersons. The event is free to the public. No reservations are needed but seats fill early. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- The Massillon Dixieland Jazz Band will present a concert from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Massillon Senior Center, 39 Lincoln Way West. The first part of the evening will feature traditional New Orleans jazz. The second half of the program will be open to musicians, young and old, who want to sit in and jam with the band. On-street parking, as well as two-hour free parking in the parking deck behind the Senior Center building, is available to the public. Handicapped parking is also available on street level beneath the parking deck. Attendees may enter the rear of the building. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- The Massillon Public Library invites poetry lovers to its Poetry Read-In at 6:30 p.m. Recite an original or favorite classic poems or enjoy listening. Readers will be limited to five minutes and poems must be family friendly. Winners of the poetry contest will be awarded their prizes and read their winning poems. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 330-832-9831 ext. 319. The Massillon Public Library is at 208 Lincoln Way East.
- Jean Druesedow, director of the Kent State University Museum, will present “Katharine Hepburn: On Leaning Against a Great Tree” at the Massillon Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seats fill early. Guests may bring carry-out or a sack lunch; purchase lunch, sweets and specialty beverages from Anderson’s in the City in the museum lobby; or enjoy a complimentary cookie and coffee provided by the Massillon Museum. The museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172) in downtown. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- Low cost glucose and cholesterol screenings will be offered from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Acme Fresh Market, 1474 N. Main Street, North Canton. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments required. Free parking is provided. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12-$58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Call 330-665-8248 with questions. A schedule with complete dates, times and locations for the year is available at the front desk of each of the Akron General Health and Wellness Centers or atakrongeneral.org/screenings.
- The Walsh University Women’s Committee will host its Annual Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser at 4 p.m. May 6 at Brookside Country Club in Perry Township. Tickets are $59 per person. This event is open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 330-284-1376 or 330-490-7111. Register online at www.walsh.edu/derby. RSVP by April 28. Proceeds will benefit the Walsh Women’s Committee pledge for student scholarships. Ryan Humbert will provide the entertainment.
- Rock with the Harmony Ringers at their "Oldies" concert premiering Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" and including other hits such as "Stairway to Heaven," "Witchita Lineman," "Copacabana," "Here Comes the Sun," "Blues in the Night," "Dancing Queen" and more on April 29 and 30. No tickets needed, donations are appreciated. The April 29 performance is at 3 p.m. and the April 30 performance at 6:30 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 226 3rd Street SE, Massillon. For more information, visit www.harmonyringersofoh.org.
- The YMCA of Central Stark County is hosting Healthy Kids Day with the Canton Charge at Canton Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to Y members. For more information, call 330-491-9622.
- Aultman Cancer Center is holding a Cancer Screening Day providing free cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured members of the community. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Aultman Hospital. Free cancer screening options will include breast, cervical, colon, lung, prostate, skin and oral. Appointments are required for all screenings. To register, call 330-363-6011 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.aultman.org.
- Rock with the Harmony Ringers when at their "Oldies" concert premiering Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" and including oldies such as "Stairway to Heaven," "Witchita Lineman," "Copacabana," "Here Comes the Sun," "Blues in the Night," "Dancing Queen" and more. No tickets needed, donations are appreciated. The performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 300 Ninth Street NW, North Canton. For more information, visit www.harmonyringersofoh.org.
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University is sponsoring an information session for individuals interested in starting a small business or those who are in the early stages of business formation. The information session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stark County District Library, Perry Sippo Branch, 5710 12th Street NW. The fee is $10 fee per person for program materials. Registration and payment must be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. For additional information, contact 330-244-3290 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register early, as this session will close one week prior to the event or when the session is full.
- The Massillon Museum’s History Discussion Group will meet from 10 a.m. until noon. Moderator Chris Craft will lead a conversation about fires such as the Conrad Hotel, the Erie Hotel, Buckeye and Ceres feed mills, The Alibi, and St. Mary’s Church. The discussion may lead to childhood visits to a fire station or the annual Nov. 30 service in remembrance of the seven firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty in Massillon. Everyone is welcome to bring related stories and photographs. The event is free. No reservations are required. Coffee and pastries are available for a donation. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172). For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
- Walsh University’s Lifelong Learning Academy presents “Civil Conversations About Civic Matters: A Roundtable Dialogue on Religion and the State at 7:30 p.m., in the Barrette Business and Community Center. This event is free and open to the public. Questions discussed will include: Why do we have separation of Church and State? What do our Founding Fathers say? What does the Constitution tell us?
- Boy Scout Troop 1 of North Canton will be sponsoring Taco Dinner fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Proceeds from the event go to supporting the camping and outdoor program for the troop. The event is at Zion United Church of Christ, 415 South Main St.
- Quail Hollow Park will hold its annual Art, Craft and Herb Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7. Various artists and crafters will be set up on all three floors of the historic Stewart Manor House. Displays will also be stationed on the rolling, scenic lawn surrounding the house. More than 150 varieties of culinary and decorative herbs and flowering plants, as well as art and handmade crafts will be for sale. The Hartville Lions Club will be selling food items. They will also be selling beautiful hanging flower baskets. All proceeds from the go toward maintaining the formal herb garden, historic rock garden and historic buildings at the park. It is free to the public and the park is located at Congress Lake Avenue. For more information, visit www.quailhollowpark.net or call 330-608-1487.
- “Do the Mu!” workshop will present the opportunity for sons and daughters of all ages to make creative Mother’s Day cards. Drop in any time from noon to 2 p.m. The session is free and all materials will be supplied. The Museum shop, and Anderson’s in the City. The Massillon Museum is at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- Angel Auction presented by the Aultman Women’s Board will be held at the Canton Civic Center to raise funds to benefit the Aultman Cancer Center. The auction includes entertainment, dinner, raffle prizes and hundreds of exclusive live and silent auction items. To make a donation, or for more information, visit www.aultmanfoundation.org and click on Women’s Board or call 330-363-6198.
- The Kiwanis Club of Belden Village Miles for Kids 5K event is being held at 9 a.m. at Stark State College with a free Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. The event benefits Pathway Caring for Children of Canton and Association of Church Sports Recreation Ministries of Canton. Online registration is $25 through May 12 at www.runsighup.com. Wicking t-shirts will be provided to runners and walkers. The race begins at the Stark State College Advanced Technology Center 6200 Frank Ave. NW.
- The Dancing with the Massillon Stars will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre. The fundraiser helps to pay for the continued restoration of the Lincoln Theatre as well as to provide entertainment and education outreach, so that this landmark can make an impression on the future. Tickets are $10 and are available online at lionslincolntheatre.com or at the door night of performance. For more information, call 330-575-0898, or 330-481-9105.