- Art from the Classroom will be on display in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from Feb. 1 through March 25. The exhibit opens with artwork created by preschool and elementary students from the North Canton City Schools and St. Paul’s School. It concludes with the Hoover High School exhibit, which opens March 15. The high school exhibit showcases the advanced technical skills and creative insight evident in the work of older students. The Art from the Classroom exhibit is comprised of four shows (elementary and preschool, intermediate school, middle school and high school). Community members, including families, students, educators and patrons, are cordially invited to attend opening receptions for each of the shows. Receptions will be held the first day of each exhibit beginning at 5 p.m.
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.
- Women Veterans and Their Daughters/Mothers will be at 9:30 a.m. at Pegasus Farm, 7490 Edison St. NE. Enjoy a morning at the Military Family Center and learn more about this new endeavor dedicated to veterans, active-duty military, first responders and their families. Activities will include, scarf tying, manicures, wreath bows, horse activities and social time.
- The Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, invites children from grades K to 6 to attend their Super Saturday program Gross-Out Gourmet at 11 a.m. Learn how to make treats that sound disgusting, Like Kitty Litter Cake, but actually taste delicious. Registration is required. This free program will be held in the library auditorium. Questions or to register, call the Massillon Public Library Children’s Department at 330-832-5037 or log onto the library’s website: www.massillonlibrary.org.
- Acoustic singer songwriter Bryan Stahl will perform a three-hour show at 8 p.m. at Grapes in a Glass, 575 Market Ave. N, Canton. This performance will feature original music by Stahl and his wife, Mandy Altimus Stahl, as well as covers. Admission is free but tips are welcome. Wine, beer, liquor, and creative small plate creations are available. To learn more visit 50shadesofvine.com or call 330-453-9463.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In light of recent tragic events in the community, NewPointe Community Church, 5305 Broadmoor Cir. NW, North Canton, will present an informational seminar and discussion about suicide awareness and risks from 7-9 p.m. It is open to those in grades 7 and older.
- The Canton Ballet Barre Association has chosen a Beauty and the Beast storybook theme for Belle’s Ball, its annual Father-Daughter dance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton. The evening will include dinner, dancing, basket raffles and photos. Flowers will be available at the door for fathers to present to their daughters. Reservations are due by Feb. 1. The cost per person is $20. Flowers are $5 each and must be preordered. To purchase tickets/flowers call or visit the ballet office at 330-455-7220. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The office is located on the west side of the Cultural Center for the Arts.
- 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.
- Free tax preparation will be available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at the Lake Branch Library, 565 Market Avenue SW from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays 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).
- The beginning of February offers a few days of attention for groundhogs. Local celebrity and Stark Parks’ resident groundhog, General Stark II, will be one of the main attractions at the Groundhog Day Open House at Quail Hollow Park in Hartville to see what these whistle-pigs are all about. From 2 to 4 p.m., meet General Stark II while touring the Nature Center and learn about groundhogs. There will also be games, groundhog-themed tales and create your own paper groundhog to take home. Kids can imagine what it’s like to be one of these land-beavers as they crawl through a groundhog tunnel. This event is free and no registration is required. Quail Hollow Park is at 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville.
- The Savoy Big Band will be performing at the Lions Lincoln Theatre at 7:30 pm. All seats are reserved, and tickets are $15 for the main floor and $10 for the balcony. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lionslincolntheatre.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The Savoy Big Band is a 13-piece band, reminiscent of the smaller big bands of the 1920s and 1930s. The Lion theatre is at 156 Lincoln Way E, Massillon. For more information, call 330-481-9105.
- 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.
- Guests at the Massillon Museum’s History Discussion Group session will talk about wise words learned in school as well as quotations their elders repeated. From 10 a.m. until noon, moderator Chris Craft will lead the conversation. Because of construction at the Museum, the discussions will be held in the parish hall at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 226 Third St. SE. The event is free and open to everyone. No reservations required. Coffee and pastries are available for a donation. For more information, call the museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- 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.
- From 6 to 7:30 p.m., children are invited to read to dog listeners at Paws to Read, a program instituted as a way to connect struggling readers to the benefits that trained therapy dogs can offer. Reading to and petting the dogs help kids relax, forget to feel nervous, and start to enjoy themselves, becoming engaged in the reading instead of their insecurities. The program is free and held in the Massillon Public Library’s auditorium. There is no registration. For more information, call the library at 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. The library is at 208 Lincoln Way E.
- 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.