FYI

- Free tax preparation will be available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at the Lake Branch Library, 565 Market Ave. 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. 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.

- Aultman College is opening its doors for an open house at 10 a.m. for anyone who wants to learn about degree programs in nursing, radiography, BSN completion, social work and health sciences, as well as the College Credit Plus program for high school students. The event includes tours of college facilities and classrooms; the opportunity to meet with students, faculty and staff; and presentations about the various bachelor’s and associate degree programs. The application fee will be waived for anyone who applies at the open house. Reservations are required. To learn more and RSVP, visit www.aultmancollege.edu/open-house. Aultman College is next to Aultman Hospital at the corner of Dartmouth Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest in Canton. For more information about Aultman College, visit www.aultmancollege.edu.

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.

- Are you curious about the worth of a family heirloom or thrift store find? Join Stark County District Library for an antiques appraisal event at the Main Library, 715 Market Ave. N, in downtown Canton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ed Fernandez, of Fernandez Auctioneers, will offer free and entertaining appraisals of any item that can be carried into the library. This includes furniture, art, and other antiquities. Stop by the library any time during the event to have items appraised on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is requested for this free event, but walk-ins are welcome. Contact the Main Library at 330-452-0665 or visit www.starklibrary.org for more information.

Jan. 29

- The Plain Township Parks Department Messy Hands Session 4 begins on Monday’s from 10 to 11 a.m. Session dates are January 29, February 5,12, and 26 and March 5. The program is open to children ages 2 to 5 years. The program is $41 for the session and is held at 2782 Diamond Street NE. Parent or guardian participation is required. To register call 330-492-4689 or register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/plaintownship/Home.

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.

Jan. 31

- Do you wish you had a tool to keep your mind organized when life events and deadlines come at you in rapid-fire succession? At 10:30 a.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, hosts the second session in its Journaling Series with presenter Gloria Miller. Participants will learn about several ways to journal. Examples and suggestions will be provided to make it easy to get started on your path of self-discovery. During class two, participants will experiment with various resources and writing exercises. The classes are free and open to people at every level of journaling experience. Registration is required. Call 330-832-9831, ext. 312, or visit ww.massillonlibrary.org. 

Feb. 2

- The American Heart Association is hosting survivor Julie Wilkes, North American wellness lead for Fortune Global 500 company Accenture, and CEO and owner of Seven Studios, as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Canton Go Red For Women Luncheon. The "super sheroes" themed event will take place at La Pizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road NW, Jackson Township. In keeping with the luncheon’s "super sheroes" theme, Wilkes will share her personal story of survival after overcoming a terminal heart condition that originally gave her a life expectancy of 12 years. Funds raised during the event will go to supporting heart and stroke research and education. To reserve your seat and purchase a $100 ticket to the event, call 330-445-2617or visit cantongored.heart.org.

Feb. 5

- 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, Jackson Twp. The Small Business Orientation will provide a general overview of issues related to starting a business, such as business planning, determining market demand, financing options and available community resources. The fee is $10 for program materials. Registration and payment must be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. For more information, contact 330-244-3290.

Feb. 7

- The monthly meeting of the Massillon Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m and the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E. The program, Publishing Your Genealogy Research, will be held with Genealogy Specialist Jill Wingard. During the program, attendees will explore how to organize the genealogical research they have collected and prepare it for publication. The program is free and there is no registration needed. For additional information, call Jill Wingard at the Massillon Public Library at 330-832-9831, Ext. 337, or visit www.massillonlibrary.org/genealogy.

Feb. 14

- Malone University Chorale presents Singing Valentines from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Surprise someone you love with the gift of music. Quartets of singers will serenade your loved one with your choice of a " love" or "friendship" song which will be delivered with a flower, chocolage, and card. Tickets are available at www.malone.edu/music/tickets.