The Summer Reading Challenge will begin June 5 at the Stark County Libraries, including the Jackson Township Branch from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event encourages children and teens, birth to grade 12, to read throughout the summer months. Each library and the mobile services will participate in the challenge and will host additional reading activities for kids and teens throughout the summer. Sign up now through July 29. A kickoff event is being held at each location beginning June 5, that will include fun activities for children and their parents. Visit www.StarkLibrary.org/SummerReading for a downloadable Summer Reading Map, reading lists, and printable activity pages. The kickoff will be from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 at the Lake Branch, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Main Branch and from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Plain Community Branch.
- First Friends Church of Canton with The Legacy Coalition is hosting Grandparenting Matters! Conference. Grandparents are incredibly important to their grandchildren and are uniquely positioned to influence them spiritually and otherwise. The conference will be held June 2 and 3, at the church located at 5455 North Market Avenue, Canton, Ohio. For more information, visit www.firstfriends.org or call 330-966-2800.
- Registration is open for The First Tee of Canton Junior Tour. The format is for competitive golfers and the first date is June 5 at Skyland Pines Golf Course. Age groups are 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18. Contact 330-452-5331 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The First Tee of Canton is a non-profit, youth development organization that offers character development and golf programs for all experience levels and ages 5 to 18. Registration for classes is available online at www.thefirstteecanton.org.
- From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 5 through 9, Faith United Methodist Church North Canton is hosting Summer Youth Honor Chorus, involving talented middle school students. It is a one week day camp which cultivates the art of singing in promising vocal students. Students will receive music and vocal training in four afternoon sessions. The camp is for incoming 7 through 9 graders. The cost is $50 and registration includes camp t-shirt, snacks and lunches as well as dinner before the performance. To register call the office to make a credit card payment at 330-455-1000 or visit http://voicesofcanton.org/ for a registration brochure and more information.
First Friends Church of Canton, in association with The Legacy Coalition, is hosting Grandparenting Matters! Conference. Grandparents are incredibly important to their grandchildren and are uniquely positioned to influence them spiritually and otherwise. The conference will be held June 2 and 3 at First Friends Church, 5455 Market Ave N, North Canton. For more information, visit www.firstfriends.org or call 330-966-2800. Register online at eventbrite.com by May 28.
- The Single Seniors will hold a luncheon meeting at 1 p.m. at LaPizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road. Reservations required by calling Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.
- The ABCs of Medicare will be presented from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Canton Medical Center, Entrance A, 6046 Whipple Ave. NW. Learn what is needed when approaching Medicare eligibility. This educational meeting will help people and their loved ones navigate the Medicare network as they prepare for the future. For more information or to make reservations, call 330-363-8255 or sign up online at www.aultman.org.
- The Massillon Dixieland Jazz Band will present a concert from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Massillon Senior Center, 39 Lincoln Way W. 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. For more information, contact email@example.com or log onto the library’s website www.massillonlibrary.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 to 7 p.m. at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW. The fee is $10 per person for materials. Registration and payment for the session can be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. For additional information, contact the SBDC at 330-244-3290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Massillon Community Book Club invites readers to join in as it discusses "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld at 5:00 p.m., at Panera Bread 2010 Lincoln Way E. The Community Book Club, sponsored by Massillon Public Library, is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, call the Reference Desk 330-832-9831, Ext. 312, or log onto: www.massillonlibrary.org or Community Book Club on Facebook.
- Diabetic Foot Care will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. at North Canton Medical Center Entrance A, 6046 Whipple Ave. NW. Find out how diabetes affects the feet, and learn more about neuropathy, diabetic foot ulcers, infections and wound care. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 330-363-8255 or sign up online at www.aultman.org.
- Stark County Safe Communities, a program of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with AAA Ohio Auto Club, Aultman Hospital and the North Canton YMCA presents the Keep Seniors Driving Safely program. The purpose of this free program is to give seniors the tools and information they need to drive safely for a longer period of time and what they need to determine when to stop driving. Reservations are needed, call 330-455-6761 for reservations or more information. The program is held at the North Canton YMCA, 200 South Main Street. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and lunch is included.
- The North Canton Mayor's Fishing Rodeo will be held at Price Park with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. The competition runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. There will be prizes and refreshments. All children ages 2 to 12 who live in the North Canton School District are invited to join in the fun.
- The Plain Township Fire Department is hosting Walk for Heroes, a fun run or walk at 9 p.m. The cost for runners is a minimum $10 donation and for walkers a minimum $5 donation. Register online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/WalkforHeroes or the day of the event with cash or check. Pre-registration deadline is May 29. All proceeds will go to Heroes Honored, a nonprofit organization. The money earned from the race will go toward flag poles, flags, a concrete walkway, lighting and enhancements to the Veterans’ Memorial.
- Do the Mu: Father’s Day Photo Frames with Diane Gibson will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and no reservations are needed. Drop-in any time during the workshop at the museum at 121 Lincoln Way E. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, 4600 Fulton Drive NW in Jackson Township, will feature Loren C. Veigel, organist, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 50th anniversary of St. Stephen Martyr. Entitled “Music of the Lutheran Church,” the program begins at 3:00 p.m. Vocalists Julie Meinhart Dewald, soprano; and Alan Irvin, baritone, will also be a part of the program. A freewill offering will be taken and a cookie reception will follow. For more information, call 330-492-4591.
SURF SHACK, Vacation Bible School for ages 3 through grade 6, will be held June 5 to 9 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Attend all week or part of the week. Bible Stories-Snacks-Games-Crafts-Prizes and fun. The program is free and bring a friend. Pre-register by calling 330-499-6971 or on www.realhope.us.com .You may also register on the opening day or any day of that week. The program is held at McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Church and Here for You Child Development Center, located in Jackson Township between Portage and Strausser Streets, 7641 Wales NW.
- Hartville Church of the Brethren is holding its Vacation Bible School program from 9 a.m. to noon from June 5-9. It is a week of searching the visible to discover the invisible at Galactic Starveyors. Kids will begin each day at a worship rally, then off to the Starveyors Clubhouse where they will explore God's work. For more information, call 330-877-9480.
- The Massillon Public Library invites readers to attend its Historical Fiction Book Club as it discusss The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore at 6 p.m. The Massillon Public Library’s Historical Fiction Book Club meets in the library’s auditorium, and is free and open to the public. The library invites members of the community to read this book, then join others for an hour of relaxed discussion. For more information or to reserve your copy, call 330-832-9831, Ext. 312 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- Massillon Public Library is offering a mini-series of free computer classes during the month of June. The first class, Internet for Beginners, will be held at 2 p.m. Those attending will receive an introduction to navigating the Internet and World Wide Web, and an explanation and demonstration of the most popular web browsers. Prerequisites for this class are experience using a computer mouse, keyboard, and Windows operating system. This class will be held in the library’s Auditorium. Laptop computers will be available for use during these classes, or attendees may bring their own. Because the number of available laptops is limited, registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by the library or call 330-832-9831, ext. 327.
- The Massillon Museum’s History Discussion Group session will be devoted to a discussion of what participants want the young people in their lives to remember about them. From 10:00 a.m. until noon, moderator Chris Craft will lead the conversation. The History Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Fred F. Silk Community Room in the Museum’s lower level. The program is open and free to everyone. No reservations required.Coffee and pastries are available for a donations. The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way E. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
- The Massillon Genealogical Society presents Brick Wall Session at 6:30 p.m. At some point, everyone encounters barriers in their genealogy research known as brick walls, often appearing impossible to work around. At the meeting, attendees can present their brick walls in either their genealogy or local history research, allowing others to share what they have found to be solutions to their own roadblocks. The program is free and is held in the Massillon Public Library auditorium, 208 Lincoln Way E. For information, call Jill Wingard 330-832-9831, Ext. 337 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org/genealogy.
- The Junior League of Stark County is celebrating 80 years of community volunteerism at an anniversary luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookside Country Club, 1800 Canton Ave. NW, Perry Twp. The organization is welcoming any past or current members to attend and celebrate the positive influence Junior League has had on the community throughout the past eight decades. Longtime members will be honored with a special recognition. A complete list of achievements can be found at http://jlstarkcounty.org/about-jlsc/history-junior-league-stark-county/. Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling 330-491-4552 or co-chairs Sally Bernard 330-495-4045 or Judy Russell 330-453-7936.
- The Massillon Public Library will host Trevor Zahara, author of "Confessions of an OSU Usher." Join in for a unique insider's perspective on Ohio State University football as an OSU usher reveals some of the most humorous, unusual and captivating experiences of this very dedicated group. Zahara will share exclusive stories of coaches and teams and, best of all, what happens in The Horseshoe when the gates are closed. The program is free and will be held in the library’s auditorium and no registration is required. For more information, call the library at 330-832-9831, ext 312, or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. The library is at 208 Lincoln Way East.
- Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends Annual Stray Cat Strut will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Uniontown Community Park, 3696 Apolio Street NW. The evening includes dinner, drinks, live music, raffles and live auction. The event will be held indoors with an outside deck and park/pond. Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends’ mission is to trap/neuter/return feral, stray and free roaming cats. Presale tickets are $25 (plus five raffle tickets) or $30 at the door. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 330-671-8088.
- The Stark County Hunger Task Force at the Sanctuary Golf Course to help drive out hunger during Fairways to Fight Hunger. Tee off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start during a 18-hole golf scramble on the challenging course at 207 Applegrove Street NW, North Canton. Fees are $80 a golfer or $300 for a foursome for golf, a cart, a hot dog at the turn, dinner, skill contests and hole-in-one prizes. To register and pay on line go to starkhunger.org/golf2017 or send a check, payable to Stark County Hunger Task Force to PO Box 20941, Canton, Ohio 44701. For more information, call 330-455-6667 or visit SCHTF online at www.starkhunger.org. Register online at eventbrite.com.
- Massillon Public Library is offering a mini-series of free computer classes during the month of June. The second class, Microsoft WORD Basics, will be held at 6 p.m. Participants will receive an introduction to Microsoft WORD and hands-on practice using basic text and page formatting skills such as font size and style, page set-up, and cut/copy/paste within a document. Prerequisites for this class are experience using a computer mouse, keyboard, and Windows operating system. This class will be held in the library’s Auditorium. Laptop computers will be available for use during these classes, or attendees may bring their own. Because the number of available laptops is limited, registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by the library or call 330-832-9831, ext. 327.
- A book sale, presented by the Friends of the Lake Community Library, will be held on June 14, 15 and 17 at the library, 565 Market Ave. SW. On June 14, the sale will be for members only and run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The sale is then open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 15; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17. The sale included books, CDs, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles. Memberships are available at the door.
- Ritzman Pharmacy is hosting “Ritzman Revives” workshops, a four-part series themed “Food is Medicine,” From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Buehler's in Jackson Township, 7138 Fulton Drive NW. The topic will be Ristricted Diets Getting the nutrients you need while on restricted diets (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, etc. A Ritzman Pharmacist will lead a 30 to 40-minute discussion, followed by an interactive walkthrough of Buehler’s to identify healthy foods. In order to provide a personalized experience, each session will be limited to 12 participants. Registration is $19.99 per person and can be done in practices or online at www.RitzmanRx.com/events. To learn more, visit www.RitzmanRx.com/Ritzman-Revives.
A Summer Christian MusicFest will be held on Market Square in Downtown Canton, beginning at 4 p.m. with Christian groups performing until 9 p.m. The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. A Prayer Tent will be on location. For more information, go to Facebook and search for Christian-MusicFest on Market Square.
Walsh University and Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy Host Mercy and Mary Weekend Retreat June 23-25, featuring bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and acclaimed speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. This full immersion experience into Divine Mercy and Mary will be held at Walsh University in North Canton. This retreat has a limited number of spaces and registration is required at http://events.marianmissionaries.org/events/mercy-mary-weekend-retreat-ohio/. For more information, call 413-944-8500, ext. 10.
- Margy Vogt will lead the a public walking tour of Massillon’s historic Fourth Street at 2 p.m. The leisurely stroll, which includes historic and architectural highlights of the town’s grandest old neighborhood, takes about two hours. The tour is open to everyone and reservations are not necessary. The $7 fee may be paid at the beginning of the tour, which will begin at the corner of Fourth Street and North Avenue NE (in front of Five Oaks). In case of rain, the walk will be cancelled.
- Coventry High School Class of 1997 is holding its 20 Year Reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. June 30 at Legendes Sports Pub and Grille. Tickets are $20 each. Join the Facebook Group: Coventry High School Class of 1997 (Akron, OH) for more info or contact Christy (Glemming) Mize at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP by June 25.