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.

- 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).

Feb. 3

- 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.

- Brandon Doman began The Strangers Project in 2009, collecting more than 30,000 real-life, anonymous stories throughout the country in public spaces. Doman debuts The Strangers Project for the first time in Stark Couty at Belden Village Mall in Center Court from 2 to 4 p.m. The Strangers Project will exhibit 100 curated stories from the project’s overall collection. Visitors will meet Doman, hear him speak about the project and then explore and read the personal, anonymous stories collected through the project clothespinned to strings. From the opening evening through Feb. 15, all Belden Village Mall shoppers and guests are welcome to contribute a story from their own life on the paper provided at the exhibit.

- Explore in the snow around Quail Hollow Park while learning about cross country ski equipment, basic techniques, and safety. The program is held at 9 a.m. and the cost is $12 per participant for equipment rental. Rental fees will be collected by Quail Hollow Park the morning of the program. Cash or check only please. Program is weather dependent and registered participants will be contacted prior to the program to confirm attendance. Pre-registration is required with a minimum of 10 participants. Ages 12 and up.

- Join the Stark County Beekeeper's Association to learn everything needed to start keeping bees this year, including honeybee basics, equipment, honeybee management, and best practices. A how-to book The First Lessons in Beekeeping, light snacks, and lunch will be provided for each participant. No prior experience necessary. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-Registration only. The cost is $30 per participant. The event is held at Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township.

Feb. 4

- Create beautiful origami birds at the Massillon Museum’s "Do the Mu!" workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Instructor Gary Spangler will help guests use Japanese origami folding techniques to make representational birds. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way E in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.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.

- The Massillon Museum will offer a one-day Couples Clay workshop for adults from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 10. All levels of ceramics skill are welcome. Space is limited. The class fee is $35 per couple ($30 for Museum members) and includes instruction and materials. Pre-registration is required for this class by Feb. 5. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For  more information, call  330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org. 

Feb. 5

- Join in with Down to Earth Yoga at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Yoga meets each person where they are and can offer great benefits to people in all walks of life. This hour-long yoga practice will leave you feeling relaxed and strong. The environment is judgment free and adaptable to all levels of experience. The cost is $5 per participant.

- Stark Parks offers a new citizen-scientist project, FrogWatch USA. As a trained volunteer, you will assist with identification of our local frog and toad species as well as identifying their various calls. You will also monitor wetlands and record data. This is a two hour training module and will require a frog calling identification test to complete your certification. Volunteers 18 and older are welcome. The training will be held at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township.

Feb. 6

- 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.

- Adventures in Birding through Stark Parks will take place at 9 a.m. at the Exploration Gateway Shelter at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Sippo Lake Park consists of several distinct habitats. Take a leisurely hike along the trails searching for wintering birds, year round residents and migrating waterfowl. Bring your own binoculars.

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.

- Adventure Kids: Ice Age Ohio will be held by Stark Parks at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Winter can seem like it will never end. Did you know during the Ice Age, winter did go on forever? Through stories, games, and hands on activities participants will explore a time when Ohio was covered in ice.

- A Woodcarving Get-Together will be held at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. Learn a relaxing, low-cost hobby or meet other people that share your interest. Master woodcarvers will share their expertise with you. Materials will be provided for beginners. Additional wood blanks may be available for purchase. For ages 10 and up. Adults must remain at the class with participants under age 18. 

Feb. 8

- "Date Night – Animals in Love" will be held by Stark Parks at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Leave the kids at home and get out for a date night to remember at Animals in Love. Explore the crazy things that animals do to find love, play our wildlife dating game, and enjoy dessert with your sweetheart.

Feb. 9

- Walsh University is commemorating the dedication and opening of its newest academic building, the Marlene and Joe Toot Global Learning Center. Walsh invites the public to tour the new building during a Community Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the center. For more information, visit www.walsh.edu.

Feb. 10

- Explore in the snow around Quail Hollow Park while learning about cross country ski equipment, basic techniques, and safety. The program is held at 9 a.m. and the cost is $12 per participant for equipment rental. Rental fees will be collected by Quail Hollow Park the morning of the program. Cash or check only please. Program is weather dependent and registered participants will be contacted prior to the program to confirm attendance. Pre-registration is required with a minimum of 10 participants. Ages 12 and up.

Feb. 13

- 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.

- Single Seniors will meet for a luncheon and meeting at 1 p.m. at Samantha’s, 4954 Portage St. NW, Jackson Townshop. Reservations are required. Participants pay for their own meal. To make a reservation call Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.

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.

- Join Stark County District Library at 6:30 p.m. for the Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series, which is bringing #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber to the Canton Palace Theatre for a special Valentine’s Day event. Macomber has captured the hearts of fans with uplifting stories of love, hope and forgiveness, making her one of today’s most popular women’s fiction writers. Though she is celebrated as "the official storyteller of Christmas," Macomber delights her readers with her romantic tales year round. Reserve your free seats  at starklibrary.org/SpeakingofBooks.

Feb. 17

- As far back as the ancient Romans, the egg symbolized new life and has become a universal symbol of springtime. If you’re on the lookout for egg decorating ideas, pickling recipes or tips for identifying bird eggs in the wild, The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Wilmot, has the class to inspire your creativity – an "Eggstravaganza!" The class is for 10 and up. There will be a natural dyeing and decorating demo, a pickled egg tasting and a presentation on identifying eggs in the wild, The "Eggstravaganza" is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-register, $25/per person. For more information, or to pre-register for this class, call 330-359-5235 or email barb@wildernesscenter.org.

- From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, invites children from Pre-K to grade 6 to attend their Wonderland Tea Party. It is a tea party for kids and their favorite adult. If you wish, wear your fanciest dress or hat. Attendees will make a Mad Hatter hat, play flamingo croquet and have tea party refreshments. Bring a tea cup. Registration is required for this free program. For more information, call the library Children’s Department at 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.

- The Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump registration begins at noon and jumping begins at 2 p.m. it takes place at Portage Lakes State Park at the swim beach, 5031 Manchester Road. The cost is a minimum donation of $25, to receive a free t-shirt cost is $100, $500 makes you a VIPB - Very Important Polar Bear. For more information, visit portagelakespolarbearclub.com.

Feb. 21 

- At 6 p.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., will present Chair Fitness with guest presenter Julie Fairless. You don't have to get up from your seat to improve your fitness level. Have fun stretching and moving to the music while staying safely seated. Participants will practice strengthening muscles and increasing range of motion through gentle exercise. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Feb. 27

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