FYI

- Free tax preparation will be available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at the Lake Branch Library, 565 Market Avenue SW, on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Feb. 2.  The program is especially for those 50 years old and older, but is also open to other lower income individuals and families. Bring your Social Security card for yourself and all dependents, as well as photo ID. Last year's return is helpful and your checkbook is needed if you want to direct deposit any refund(s).

Jan. 13

- The Yoga Place and Yoga Central present Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan from noon to 6 p.m. Explore the joyful, profound and spiritual side of drumming while partaking in various beginner friendly drumming activities. This program will consist of developing and practicing creative drumming skills, personal wellness and becoming the next best version of you. These techniques will aid in relieving anxiety and stress, help to provide a better night’s sleep, gain mental clarity and increasing overall energy. Drums are provided and this is open to all levels. The cost is $99 if registered by Dec. 31 or $129 after. Tickets are available at www.Eventbrite.com and www.TheYogaPlaceOhio.com. No Refunds. The Yoga Place is at 6990 Whipple Ave. NW. For more information, call 330-499-2863 or email Info@TheYogaPlaceOhio.com.

- At 11 a.m., the Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., will host a free program for children from grades K to 6 for a program, Gross-Out Gourmet. Kids will learn how to make treats that sound disgusting, Like Kitty Litter Cake, but actually taste delicious. All recipes will be provided to recreate them at home and gross-out your family and friends. Registration is required. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.

- The Massillon Public Library presents Make Your Own Cards. Participants can come any time between 2 and 4 p.m. and all ages are invited to join in. Use the library's stash of card-making and scrapbooking supplies to make cards, Valentines or scrapbooking pages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and open to the public. No registration in needed. For more information, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. The library is at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible. 

- Meet adoptable cats and kittens from A Cat’s Cradle rescue group from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Canton Library, 185 North Main Street. For more information, visit northcantonlibrary.com or call 330-499-4712.

- The Canton Christian Women's Connection invites you and your friends to join in for the "Giveaway Gala" at The Fairways at Arrowhead, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, North Canton. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. and includes lunch buffet , speaker Alma Keaton with her story "Finally a Queen" and includes lots of free gifts. The cost is $13. RSVP by the Jan. 14 to 330-837-6552 or email cantoncwc@aol.com. Complementary childcare upon request.

Jan. 15

- From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., paper crafters wanting to learn or rediscover tried and true techniques that add fun elements to projects will be offered at the North Canton YMCA's Ellsworth Gallery room. Four different techniques will be shown. Bring adhesive and scissors. To register, contact 330-499-2587. Cost is $18 for members and $20 non-members.

Jan. 16

- Beat the Winter Blahs with some animated fun for everyone. At 5:30 p.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, presents Family Movie Night. Join in as some animated cars head overseas to an international race and run into some foreign espionage. The family evening is free and so is the popcorn and no registration is required. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 330-832-9831, ext. 317, or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.

JAN. 17

- McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Chirch, 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Twp., is hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Money is such a big and important part of our lives, its no wonder it can cause stress and anxiety. To get a better handle on your finances, get rid of debt, and plan for the future then join in. The nine-week program is from 7 to 9 p.m.  For more information, go online to www.daveramsey.com or call 330-499-6971 or e-mail mcdchurch@sbcglobal.net. Register at www.fpu.com/1053019.  

- At 6 p.m., learn why quitting smoking can be the single best change you can make to improve your health in 2018. During the seminar attendees will learn how nicotine addiction works and how to develop a plan to quit smoking. Get tips on overcoming barriers to quitting and learn how to stay smoke-free for good. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; call 330-363-8255. The seminar is held at North Canton Medical Center, Entrance A, 6046 Whipple Ave. NW.

- The Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, is offering Microsoft WORD Basics at 3 p.m. Attendees will learn how to create and edit documents using basic formatting tools like font size and style, page set-up, and cut/copy/paste within a document. Prerequisites: Experience using a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows operating system. The class is free and registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by or call the Computer Center or call 330-832-9831, ext. 327. 

Jan. 18

- The health of your brain plays an important role in your overall well-being. The brain changes with age, but its purpose does not. Join Linda Griggs, to learn strategies to keep your brain functioning at optimal level. The program will be held at noon at Danbury Independent Living, 181 Applegrove St. NE, North Canton. To participate in this free Generations event call 330-363-6262. 

Jan. 19

- A Swiss steak dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the  McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Church, 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Twp. Swiss steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, roll, green beans, dessert and beverage choices will be served and carryout and gluten free are available. All profits go to local community outreach and mission projects. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children and children under 2 are free. For questions, call 330-499-6971. If Jackson Schools are closed that day, then the dinner will not be held.

Jan. 20

- Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, presents Kit & Nanea: an American Girl Doll Program at 11 a.m. The program is for grades 3 and up. Kids are invited to bring their favorite adult and their own American Girl or other doll to learn about the Great Depression and WWII Era and how it affected the lives of the American Girl book characters Kit and Nanea. Attendees will enjoy stories, a craft, and light refreshments. The program is free and registration is required by calling 330-832-5037 or visiting www.massillonlibrary.org.

- From 1 to 4:45 p.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., invites students in grades 1 to 12 to come and play the game of chess. Library staff members will be on hand to teach those who do not know how to play. But for those who know how to play, invite some friends and challenge them. Come anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Kids in grades 3 or below must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations are required for this free program. For more information, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. 

- A Neil Diamond Tribute, The Diamond Project, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Lions Lincoln Theatre, 156 Lincoln Way E, in Massillon. The 11-piece band will perform the hits of Neil Diamond. Tickets are $15 for the balcony and $20 for the main floor. Tickets are available online at www.lionslincolntheatre.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information, call 330-481-9105.

- The Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, is offering a free Internet Basics computer class at 11:00 a.m. Attendees will learn to navigate the Internet and World Wide Web. They will get an explanation and demonstration of popular web browsers. Prerequisites: Experience using a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows operating system. At 1 p.m., Internet Email Basics, will be held and attendees will learn how to create, use and navigate an Internet email account. Prerequisites: Experience using a computer mouse, keyboard, the Windows operating system, and familiarity with navigating the World Wide Web. The classes are free and registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by or call 330-832-9831, ext. 327.                                              

- The 2018 Belden Village Bridal Show, will be held at the Belden Village Mall Jan. 20 and 21. The show will provide area couples with information on how to create the perfect wedding experience. Brides and grooms will have a chance to spin the Prize Wheel and play the Honeymoon Hunt. Each bride will receive a complimentary issue of Akron Canton Weddings magazine. Also, sign up for the chance to be a contestant in the Price is Right Game Show and the Nearly Newlywed Game. Attendees can take in fashion shows at 2 p.m. each day. The shows will feature bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos and children’s wedding apparel. The expo will include local vendors sharing wedding planning information including formal attire, photographers, rental services, bakeries, DJ services, reception venues, salon and spas, caterers, travel agencies, beauty consultants, and more. Area brides and grooms can pre-register for the event http://bit.ly/BVBridal18 for the chance to win a Bachelorette Party at Gervasi Vineyard, including lunch or dinner for up to 12 guests at the Crush House and a Winery Tour.

Jan. 22

- At noon and 6 p.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, invites readers to join a Monday Book Club, as they discuss In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. Bryson reports on what he found in Australia, the country that doubles as a continent and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The clubs are free and open to the public and no registration is required. The library invites readers to pick the time that best suits their schedules and join others for an hour of fun and relaxed discussion. For more information, call 330-832-9831, ext. 312, or log onto www.massillonlibrary.org.

Jan. 23

- Join the Stark State College community for the free presentation "Revisiting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy in Light of Charlottesville: Lessons for American higher education in the 21st century." Dr. Zachery R. Williams is the featured speaker for the event set for 2 p.m. in Stark State College’s business and Entrepreneurial Building, 6200 Frank Ave. NW. Williams, an associate professor at The University of Akron, is the author of "In Search of the Talented Tenths: Howard University intellectuals and the dilemmas of race in academia, 1926-1970."  For more information, call 330-494-6170, ext. 4667.

- Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, is offering Emerging Technology Trends. During the presentations, attendees will explore some of today’s emerging technologies, including smart phones and tablets, virtual and augmented reality headsets, a clinical grade mobile EKG monitor, and a blood pressure monitor that uses a smart phone app. The classes are free and registration is required. For more information or to register, stop by or call the Computer Center 330-832-9831, ext. 327.    

- Geographer William M. Hunter, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, will speak at the Massillon Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch. Because of construction at the Museum, the event will be held at the Massillon Salvation Army, 315 Sixth Street NE. The program will begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. and conclude about 12:50 p.m., to accommodate guests who attend during the lunch hour. Hunter’s program, "Fields and Forests: Reconsidering the Rural Landscape in Cuyahoga Valley National Park," will provide an overview of the cultural resources in the park and then dovetail into the story of Jim Brown, the notorious counterfeiter and his family's role in shaping the rural landscape. Bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch from Anderson’s in the City, which will cater food at the temporary off-site location. Free cookies and coffee will be provided. No reservations will be required. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.

Jan. 23

- The Harlem Globtrotters come to the Canton Civic Center at 7 p.m. The team’s upcoming performance will showcase the high-flying, fun, and memory-making moments that the Globetrotters are known for. The dribbling,the dunking and the shooting. They led all of basketball in 4-point shots made in 2017. Prior to the game, the Globetrotters will bring fans closer than anywhere else in sports, with an unmatched pregame fan interaction with its Magic Pass. This ticketed event allows fans an exclusive opportunity to interact with the team’s stars on the court, shoot hoops, learn tricks, and pose for pictures. After the game, Globetrotter stars will be on hand for additional autograph and photo opportunities. Tickets start at $28.50 and are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com, the Canton Civic Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.

- Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs that can be effectively treated and maintained. Learn how your asthma/COPD can be controlled, allowing for a full and active lifestyle, with minimal or no limitations. The program will be held at 6 p.m. at Aultman West, Door 3, 2051 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon. It is free and open to the public and reservations are required by calling 330-363-8255. 

Jan. 24

- Cataracts cause blurry vision and are a leading cause of treatable blindness. Learn about prevention of cataracts, and the various treatment options available. The program is held at 6 p.m. at the North Canton Medical Center, Entrance A, 6046 Whipple Ave. NW. The program is free and open to the public and reservations are required by calling 330-363-8255.

Jan. 27

The Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, presents Youth Empowerment Workshop, at 2 p.m. with guest presenter, Ke’Aunte Harris. During this workshop, kids in grades 4 to 8 will hear a variety of topics, including gaining confidence, loving themselves, making good choices, and overcoming odds to reach their goals. As a young girl, Harris often felt like an outsider, always wishing she had someone to turn to about her problems. As a preschool teacher at the Massillon YMCA, Harris became that person to some of the kids she met there. The program is free and registration is suggested. Light snacks will be served. For more information, call 330-832-9831, ext. 319, or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.

Jan. 30

- Single Seniors will hold a luncheon meeting at 1 p.m. at LaPizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road. Participants pay for their own meal. Reservations are required by calling Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.