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The Suburbanite
  • Family fun abounds in Green, Canton

  • First Friday will mark its five-year anniversary July 6 in the arts district of Downtown Canton.

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  • First Friday will mark its five-year anniversary July 6 in the arts district of Downtown Canton.
    The monthly community arts festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with First Stop, a wine-and-cheese reception at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., during which museum galleries are open to the public at no charge.
    From 6 to 10 p.m., First Friday will feature live music, performance and visual arts events and a special birthday cake for the occasion.
    Located between Cleveland and Market avenues, from Sixth St. N.E., to Tuscarawas St., the Canton Arts District comprises a variety of galleries, restaurants and cultural establishments.
    At about 7 p.m., visitors to the new, yellow First Friday information booth at the corner of Fourth Street, North, and Cleveland Avenue, can sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy a piece of cake to celebrate the festival's milestone.
     Nearby, the main stage will feature live jazz music and a dance floor, while seven chalk artists create designs along the paths connecting visitors to events and activities for all ages.
    Interactive visual and theatrical projects for children, along with popcorn, funnel cake, ice-cream and lemonade stands will also be available.
    From arts district shops and galleries to the Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N., where the cast of the North Canton Playhouse production of “Chicago” will perform prior to a free showing at 7:30 p.m. of the movie, “Mirror, Mirror,” the anniversary brings a celebratory theme.
    “We have done 60 consecutive First Fridays,” ArtsinStark spokeswoman Judith Christy said.
    “There’s no other organization in Ohio that has a festival that goes on, year round, outdoors,” she added.
    Presented by ArtsinStark and the Special Improvement Project of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, the monthly event will be sponsored by for the first time the Stark Community Foundation, Christy said.
    After 5 p.m., all on-street, metered parking is free. Free parking is also available at several area lots.
    For a map of the downtown Canton Arts District and parking-lot locations, go online to cantonartsdistrict.com.
    For more information about First Friday, call ArtsinStark at 330-453-1075 or go online to www.cantonfirstfriday.com.
    Flick and Float event
    Children and family members can dive in, towel off and take in a Saturday-night movie at “Flick and Float,” a free, public event July 2 at the Green Family YMCA, 3800 Massillon Road in Uniontown.
    From 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., an open swim with no admission fee will include community access to the six-lane lap pool as well as a recreational pool with water features.
    At 9:15 p.m., weather permitting, a free viewing of the all-ages comedy, “We Bought a Zoo,” about a family that purchases a broken-down zoo in need of repairs, will be shown outdoors on a large screen in the lawn area.
    Page 2 of 2 - Community members are invited to bring  folding chairs and blankets to watch the 2011 movie directed by Cameron Crowe, which stars actors Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church.
    Concessions, including popcorn, candy and beverages, will be available for sale, as will items from Fox's Pizza Den.
    “Come have a swim and watch the movie at kind of a family night at the 'Y,'” said Tracy Williams, member experience director at the Green Family YMCA.
    For more information about Flick & Float, call the Green Family YMCA at 330-899-9622.