Jan. 12

- Green Sibshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is a free monthly program for typically developing kids in grades 3 through 6 who have a brother or sister with special health or developmental needs. It is held at the Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. For more information including registration, can be found at http://www.facebook.com/greensibshops/ or call 330-244-7650. 

- The Canton Symphony Orchestra will present its SymphonyLand trio performances to children ages 3 to 6. The SymphonyLand trios introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive format created specifically to engage young listeners. The series begins with the string trio at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton. The program is free and open to the public and will incorporate an age-appropriate story book along with educational components in music and reading. Reservations are recommended for the public and are required for school groups. They can be made online at www.cantonsymphony.org or by calling the Canton Symphony box office at 330-452-2094. Reservations for smaller groups are recommended in order to ensure adequate seating.

Jan. 14

- Coventry AARP will meet at 1:15 p.m.at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive. Start the New Year out right with Fitness Trainer Lisa J. Kelleman-McClain demonstrating exercises to help mature muscles get moving.  Free refreshments will be served and all seniors are welcome.

- From 8:30 to 10 a.m., beginners and experienced birders can join a naturalist on a leisurely stroll to search for winter residents of Firestone Metro Park. Afterward, feed the chickadees. For information, call 330-865-8065. The walk takes place at Firestone Metro Park/Warner Road Area, 200 E. Warner Road.

Jan. 16

- From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join a naturalist on a hike to look for tracks and other signs of wildlife. For information, call 330-865-8065. The hike takes place at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road.

Jan. 18

- The Cleveland Clinic Akron General will hold a free casual one-mile “Healthy Strides” indoor walk at the Health and Wellness Centers in Green at noon. The walk will be preceded by a brief informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers. Registration not required. Meet at noon at the front entrance to the facility, 1940 Town Park Blvd.

Jan. 19 

- Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) will resume the National Park Scenic excursion and other special events.  The popular National Park Scenic excursion will run two loops on Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 19 through April 28 out of Rockside, Peninsula, and Akron Northside stations. Passengers will enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour train ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park in historic train cars. A variety of seating options for the National Park Scenic excursion, including coach, tabletop, suites, lounge, first-class, dome, executive and caboose. A coach ticket is an all-day pass where passengers can deboard at any station and re-board later. CVSR has included more Ales on Rails, Mystery Trail and other family fun events like Superheros on the Trail. Visit www.cvsr.com/ or by call1-800-468-4070, ext. 1, for tickets and more information. 

- Tickets are on sale at www.thekentstage.com where the full calendar of concerts can be accessed. Tickets also available by phone at 877-987-6487. Concerts begin Jan. 19, with Keller Williams’ PettyGrass and continue with Cowboy Mouth with Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas (Feb. 15), Bob James (Feb 24), and the Earls of Leicester with Jerry Douglas (March 5). The Kent Stage is at 175 E. Main Street, Kent.

- From 1 to 2:30 p.m., hike along the Towpath to learn about the historic hidden treasures in the area, then warm up with a bowl of hot soup afterwards. For information, call 330-865-8065. The hike takes place at the  Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Summit Lake Nature Center, 390 W. Crosier St.

Jan. 22

- Two young powerhouses in chamber music — Israeli Pianist Inon Barnatan and Calidore String Quartet — will be performing for the Tuesday Musical concert at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Audience members can learn more about the program at 6:30 p.m. during the Concert Conversation with several of the evening’s musicians. Tickets are $25, $40, $45 and free for all students of any age. They are available in advance at www.tuesdaymusical.org or 330-761-3460, and at the door that evening.