FYI

- Through Dec. 15, the Jr. Friends of Massillon Public Library is conducting a Pet Supply Drive to be donated to the Stark County Humane Society. Items that are most needed are bleach, canned cat and dog food, dry cat and dog food, 9- by 13-inch cake pans, cupcake pans, leashes, Swiffer 360 dusters, blue Dawn dish soap, Zip Lock freezer bags, dish towels, wash cloths, laundry soap, hand soap, hand sanitizer, molasses, toilet paper, and new blankets. Items may be placed in the collection box next to the Christmas tree in the library’s rotunda. For more information, call 330-832-9831, ext. 312 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org . The library is at 208 Lincoln Way E.

Dec. 1

- Four panels of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Stark State College from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 4, 5 and 6. The quilt, built in 1987 in San Francisco, commemorates the lives of people who lost their lives to AIDS by more than 48,000 individual, 3- by 6-foot panels created by friends, lovers and family members. Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the 54-ton tapestry memorializes more than 92,000 people. For more information, email kchhay@starkstate.edu, call 330-494-6170, ext. 4667 or visit aidsquilt.org.

Dec. 2

- The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., will host its annual members holiday party from 7 to 9 p.m. The theme is a fun tip of the hard hat to the Museum’s construction project. While the party is open only to museum members, new members are welcome at any time. The annual membership drive is underway and will continue until Dec. 31. The party includes holiday treats, beverages, and live music. Fifteen trees decorated by downtown Massillon neighbors will be in the lobby. The Museum shop, patrons will find handcrafted items, local books, and unique Christmas gifts. Although reservations are requested, current members and anyone who walks in to purchase a new membership will be welcome. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

- Walsh University digital photojournalism classes have examined the work of renowned photojournalists from the perspectives of artistic style, technique, and history. Their project will culminate when they collaborate with the Massillon Museum to host the Image to Image exhibition in the Museum’s Studio M. The exhibition opens Dec. 3 and the public is invited to meet the photographers, view their work and enjoy refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. at the museum, 121 Lincoln Way E. The show will run through Dec. 31, call for hours the exhibit is available for viewing at 330-833-4061.

- From noon to 2 p.m. at the Massillon Museum, participants will make galaxies and nebulas they can hold in their hands. The workshop is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Guests may drop in any time during the two-hour session. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Dec. 3

- A free family holiday celebration will be held at the Hoover Historical Center inside Walsh University’s Hoover Park from 1 to 4 p.m. John Whitacre will provide Christmas selections alternating the mandolin, mountain dulcimer and violin. Santa will be available throughout the afternoon to greet and take pictures with children of all ages. North Canton Girl Scouts will be crafting gingerbread houses that will be displayed throughout and available for free raffles. Other volunteer-based organizations decorating trees throughout the Hoover family home and Cleveland Indians memorabilia, including a jersey, will be available for raffle. Ladies in vintage attire will be baking cookies in the old-fashioned, cast-iron stove and refreshments will be served. Free hot chocolate will be available and encouraged for all who wait to carol through Hoover Park for the horse-drawn wagon ride. Wagon tickets sell for $3 throughout the afternoon.

- Walsh University digital photojournalism classes have examined the work of renowned photojournalists from the perspectives of artistic style, technique, and history. Their projects will culminate when they collaborate with the Massillon Museum to host the Image to Image exhibition in the Museum’s Studio M. It opens Dec. 3 and the public is invited to meet the photographers, view their work and enjoy refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. at museum, 121 Lincoln Way E. The show will run through Dec. 31, call for hours the exhibit is available for viewing at 330-833-4061.

- Join in the Massillon Community Candlelight Walk. The free event is a self-guided stroll through downtown among luminaries and Christmas lights to visit eight historic churches and five community attractions from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Brochures that include a map of the event and descriptions of the participating churches and attractions are available at the churches or choose your own route. From 7:45 to 9 p.m., the candle lighting ceremony and the grand finale musical program will be held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. For more information, call Margy Vogt, chairman, at 330-832-8469 or email vogt@sssnet.com.

- The Massillon Museum opening of the Stark County Artists Exhibition will be from 3 to 5 p.m. with a reception for the artists. It is free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 31, 2018 during regular museum hours. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way, E. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.

- Aultman Hospital hosts Walk with a Doc program held at noon in downtown Louisville. During the Leopard Mile with Dr. Lynette Rennecker, community members are invited to take part in the walk, which takes approximately one hour. Meet at Uptown Joe’s, 117 E. Main St. For questions, contact Linda Brunk, at 330-363-3381, or check out the complete list of events at www.aultman.com/events.

- An Evening in the Village will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Historic Downtown Hartville. The evening includes a live nativity, wagon rides, cookie contest and open houses at downtown shops. The Christmas tree in the square will be designated a Remembrance Tree and ornaments with loved ones names can be added. Following the lighting, local church and school choirs will perform and train rides will be available. Visitors can bid on silent auction items to benefit Hartville’s new police K9 unit. Santa will arrive by fire truck. For more information, call 330-877-9650 or visit www.facebook.com/historicdowntownhartville. 

- Auditions for the musical, "RAGTIME," will be held Dec. 3 and 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Players Guild Theatre, 1001 Market Avenue N, in the Cultural Center for the Arts. Dance Callbacks will be held Dec. 5 and principal callbacks will be held Dec. 7. Actors are asked to prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song that best showcases their vocal ability, and bring the corresponding sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. In addition, they are asked to bring a current photo or provide a headshot/resume if available. Diverse and non-traditional casting will be considered for all roles. To audition, make an appointment by filling out the online audition form at www.playersguildtheatre.com/audition. RAGTIME will open Feb. 16 and will run through March 4.

Dec. 4

- The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark is sponsoring an information session for individuals interested in starting a small business of those who are in the early stages of business formation. The information session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the conference center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW. There is a $10 fee per person for program materials. Registration and payment must be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. For additional information, contact the SBDC at 330-244-3290 aschwitz@kent.edu.

- The Children's Department of the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, is hosting a Family Christmas program. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 330-832-5037 to register for one of the following performances: Dec. 4 at 6:45 p.m. or Dec. 5 at 6:45 p.m. The program is 45 minutes of songs, stories, poems, and the family favorite 15-to-20 minute puppet show. All ages are invited to come and hear about Christmas with the Three Billy Goats Gruff. For more information, visit www.massillonlibrary.org.  

Dec. 5

- The Massillon Museum’s history group invites guests to bring objects for a show and tell session from 10 a.m. until noon. Everyone is encouraged to bring an item or reminiscence, but listeners will be equally welcome. Attendance is free and open to everyone with a story to tell or a desire to listen; new participants are welcome at any time. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way E. For more information, call the museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.

Dec. 6

- Caring Note Card Making classes will be held at the North Canton YMCA in the Ellsworth Gallery, 200 S. Main St. The classes will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each guest will make eight cards. Bring adhesive and scissors all other supplies will be provided. Registration closes two days prior to class date. To register, call the North Canton YMCA at 330-499-2587 or register online at http://www.ymcastark.org/. the cost for members is $18  and non-members is $20.

- Walsh University is hosting Bob Stutman, a former DEA special agent, and Judge Jodi Switalski, who will present "Not My Kid Not My Community," a program for parents and community leaders on how to protect your children from America’s opioid and heroin epidemic. The program is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the The Center is owned and operated by Walsh University. The event will be held at the Krassas Event Center at 251 25th St. NW. For more information, call Dr. Constantin Farah’s office at 330-494-7004.

- The Massillon Museum hosts its annual children’s holiday party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It is open only to museum members, their children and their grandchildren, but new members are welcome any time. The annual membership drive is underway and will continue until Dec. 31.The children’s party includes refreshments, crafts, games and a visit and treat from Santa. Reservations are requested and may be made when purchasing a new membership. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way E. For more information, call  330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

- Christmas at the White House will be the topic of the luncheon held by the Canton Fine Arts Associates held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The featured speaker is Janet Weir Creighton, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. She will display select holiday items and explain the traditions of a White House Christmas. The event is held at the Wilkof Courtyeard of the Canton Museum of Art. The luncheon is open to the public and reservations are required. The cost is $15. For more information, call Marcie Shaw at 330-453-7666, ext. 105.

- Lake Friends of the Library is sponsoring Holiday at Your Library at the Lake Community Branch, 565 Market Ave. N, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, 330-877-9975.

Dec. 7

- Spring Hill Historic Home is hosting its Holiday Experience from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a beautifully decorated home, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live music on the 150-year-old Chickering Piano. The evening is a fundraiser with proceeds going toward keeping Spring Hill open to the public and the variety of preservation and community programs. Tickets are $18.21 per person, in honor of the year the house was built. Tickets are available at the door or by phone at 330-833-6749. Spring Hill is at 1401 Spring Hill Lane NE, Massillon. information is available at www.springhillhistorichome.org or www.facebook.com/springhillhh.

Dec. 8

- This Advent, "Come Away to the Quiet," and prepare for Christmas by opening your heart to Baptism in the Holy Spirit and an experience of a New Pentecost from Dec. 8-10. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00. The cost is $165 and the event takes place at Loyola Retreat House located at 700 Killinger Road, Gren. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or emailoffice@loyolaretreathouse.com.  Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

- The New York City Ballet dancers will perform the leading roles in The Nutcracker on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N. Admission is $21 to $25 for adults and $17 to $19 for children. Reserved seat tickets can be purchased online at cantonballet.com, by calling 330-455-7220 or at the ballet office in the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. The office is closed Friday and Sunday. Performances will be held in the Palace Theatre.

Dec. 9

- The Coffee and Cookies Blanket Drive Open House will be held by Shared Blessings to provide blankets, gloves, scarves and hats to the men, women and children of Hope Outreach Ministries Refuge of Hope Family Living Center Canton Calvary Mission. Stop in and enjoy Christmas cookies, coffee and cocoa with your friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Church on the corner of Fulton and Dressler Roads in Jackson Township. For more information, call  330-575-0295.

Dec. 10

-First Friends Church invites the community to join in for a night of song and worship. Singer, songwriter and musician Josh Lavender of Indianapolis, Indiana will lead the audience in traditional Christmas worship. Additionally, he will publicly debut his own Christmas songs. First Friends Church is at 5455 Market Ave. N, Canton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the church or at eventbrite.com. Fee applies to tickets purchased online.

Dec. 11

- At 6 p.m., the Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library invites kids in grades 3 to 8 to attend Harry Potter Trivia Night. Kids are invited to bring their friends and challenge them to trivia from all of the Harry Potter books. Fun prizes for the winners. Magic-themed snacks will be provided. Registration is required for this free program. For more information, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. The library is at 208 Lincoln Way E. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.

- The 10-Year Retrospective exhibition show featuring artwork that has been added to the Little Art Gallery’s permanent collection during Elizabeth Blakemore’s tenure as curator will open. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 21, 2018. Pieces included celebrate the development of the Little Art Gallery’s permanent collection for the past decade. Multifaceted works selected for the show the show include ceramics, blown glass, metalsmithing, mezzotint, painting, drawing and more with pieces dated 1890 to 2014. The gallery of the North Canton Public Library is home to a permanent collection of more than 200 pieces of original artwork by area artists and those whose work has had an impact on the community. For more information, call 330-499-p4712 x331 or email cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

Dec. 14

- A basic computer class is being offered at 3 p.m. at the Massillon Public Library. Attendees will learn how to use a computer, then practice using a mouse and keyboard. Hear about the hardware and software parts of a computer system. No previous experience needed. The classes are held in the Library's auditorium, are free and registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by or call 330-832-9831, ext. 327. The library is at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.

Dec. 16

- Pittsburgh-based alt/indie-rock band James Drakes and the Chris Taylor Trio will be performing at George's Lounge, 229 Cleveland Ave. NW. The band has a fun, distinct sound. The show starts at 7 p.m. and will feature other musicians from Canton and from the region.

Dec. 21

- An Internet Basics class is being offered at 3 p.m. at the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E. Attendees will learn to navigate the Internet and World Wide Web. They will get an explanation and demonstration of popular web browsers. Prerequisites are experience using a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows operating system. The class is held in the Library's auditorium, are free and registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by or call 330-832-9831,  ext. 327.

Dec. 28

An Email Basics class will be offered at 3 p.m. at the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E. Attendees will learn how to create, use and navigate an Internet email account. Prerequisites are experience using a computer mouse, keyboard, the Windows operating system, and familiarity with navigating the World Wide Web. The classes are held in the Library's auditorium, are free and registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by or call 330-832-9831,  ext. 327.