Dec. 8

- The Akron Zoo hosts Wild Lights presented by Akron Children’s Hospital from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8-10. Guests will experience the zoo lit up with thousands of holiday lights and enjoy live entertainment. S’mores and other treats can be purchased at Mrs. C’s Sweet Shop, and the Komodo Kingdom Café will be open for a variety of food options. Adult beverages will also be available for those 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo box office or online. Visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 for ticket prices and to purchase.

- Those who have experienced the death of a loved one know that the holiday season can be extremely stressful and sometimes heartbreaking. Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service will hold a free support group "Kids and Holiday Grief" from 5 to 7 p.m. Support for children ages 5 to 11 who have experienced a significant loss, such as a parent, sibling or grandparent. Meet at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. To register, or for more information, call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.

- Theatre 8:15 presents Jingle Bell Follies, a family variety show for all ages at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 and at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 10. It is a celebration including songs, dance, holiday skits and a visit from Santa. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under age 5. Tickets are available online by emailing tickets@theatre815.com or call 330-896-0339.

- 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.

Dec. 9

- Join the Green Family YMCA at 8:30 a.m. for its Breakfast with Santa event at Applebee’s on Arlington Road. Enjoy breakfast, pictures with Santa, crafts and story time with Mrs. Claus. Adults are $9 and children ages 2 and up are $6. Register at the Green YMCA or by phone 330-899-9622.

- Take a charming lantern-lit tour of the Hale Farm and Village and visit the historic houses, delightfully decorated for the season. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season as celebrated in the 19thcentury Western Reserve. Afterward, join in for holiday treats. Tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 5:40 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Dates of the tours are Dec. 9, 15, 16, 17 and 19-23. Dress appropriately for the indoor/outdoor activity. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. Reservations are required by calling 330-666-3711 ext.1720 or email halereservations@wrhs.org. The cost is $20 nonmembers; $15 members; $12 children (ages 3-12). Visit www.wrhs.org for more information. The village is located at 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath Township.

Dec. 12

- Stark State College Akron will hold an informational open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 755 White Pond Drive, Stark State’s current Akron location. Students and their families are invited to take tours, enjoy refreshments, meet staff, speak with admissions representatives, fill out an application and more. Financial aid staff will be on hand to help students and parents look at financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 16. To register or for more information, call 330-494-6170, ext. 4670, email akron@starkstate.edu or visit starkstate.edu/akron.

Dec. 13

- Those who have experienced the death of a loved one know that the holiday season can be extremely stressful and sometimes heartbreaking. Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service will hold a free support group "Grief, Loss and Holiday Pain" from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. This session will provide tips to help you through the holiday season. It will also offer tips for family and friends when dealing with a bereaved person. Meet at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. To register, or for more information, call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.

- Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn how adaptations help animals survive from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks area, 40 Axline Ave. The event includes a hike and craft. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required by calling 330-865-8065.

- Create holiday card mosaics of the natural world with tiny, colorful and patterned pieces of paper from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton Street. Call for more information at 330-865-8065. 

Dec. 14

- A basic computer class is being offered at 3 p.m. at the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E. 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.

Dec. 15

- The Akron Zoo hosts Wild Lights presented by Akron Children’s Hospital from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15-17. Guests will experience the zoo lit up with thousands of holiday lights and enjoy live entertainment. S’mores and other treats can be purchased at Mrs. C’s Sweet Shop, and the Komodo Kingdom Café will be open for a variety of food options. Adult beverages will also be available for those 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo box office or online. Visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 for ticket prices and to purchase.

- Theatre 8:15 presents Jingle Bell Follies, a family variety show for all ages at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 and at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 17. It is a celebration including songs, dance, holiday skits and a visit from Santa. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under age 5. Tickets are available online by emailing tickets@theatre815.com or call 330-896-0339.

Dec. 17

- Join a naturalist and take a look at how the last Ice Age shaped many of the features in the Metro Parks. Learn what kettle lakes are, why the Cuyahoga River turns north and how Sand Run got its name. The event is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is held at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm visitor center, 1828 Smith Road. For more information call 330-865-8065. 

- Families are invited to learn all about pine trees through fun activities from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Summit Lake’s Reach Opportunity Center, 390 W. Crosier Street. Children will make a craft to take home, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

Dec. 18

- Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn how adaptations help animals survive. The program will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and includes a hike and craft. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 330-865-8065. The program takes place at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton Street.

Dec. 21

- The Akron Zoo hosts Wild Lights presented by Akron Children’s Hospital from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21-23. Guests will experience the zoo lit up with thousands of holiday lights and enjoy live entertainment. S’mores and other treats can be purchased at Mrs. C’s Sweet Shop, and the Komodo Kingdom Café will be open for a variety of food options. Adult beverages will also be available for those 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo box office or online. Visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 for ticket prices and to purchase.

- 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.