Now through November 11
TRIALS OF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Come to the National First Ladies’ Library to see how the role of the first ladies has evolved through the years. All tours are guided. Tours are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, plus 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sundays in June, July and August. Tours begin at the Education & Research Center. Reservations are required for groups of six or more. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for youth younger than 18. This includes both the McKinley Saxton House and the Education & Research Center. The cost is $3 for the Education & Research Center only. Parking is free, and buses are welcome.
May 1, 8, 15, 22
SUNDAY MORNING YOGA
Head to Royal Docks Brewing Co. for yoga. For $5, you get an hourlong yoga session with Yoga Plus Brew. Join Kristie and the group for all level yoga. You do not need to schedule in advance for this series of yoga classes. The sessions are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEGACY LECTURE—CAMPAIGN SERIES (JANET WEIR CREIGHTON)
In 2010, Janet Weir Creighton was elected and in 2014 re-elected to the Board of Stark County Commissioners. As president of the board, Creighton brings 30 years of elected experience during which she has cultivated a diverse background in government and public affairs. Hear her lecture at 11 a.m. at the National First Ladies’ Library. The event is free.
SWINGIN’ AT THE DOCKS
May 3, 10, 17, 24
Head to Royal Docks Brewing Co. every Tuesday evening for Swingin’ at the Docks. The local area “Swing Dance Community” will be gathering at the brewery every Tuesday evening for some fun. You will enjoy lively swing music, a great dance floor, delicious food, crafted beer and cocktails. There is no cost to you. Free swing dance lessons for all levels. The lessons will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
GEEKS WHO DRINK
Geeks Who Drink at Buzzbin Music Shop is a homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz. The quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. Each quiz has two audio rounds: a “Name that Tune” style round and another round composed of soundbites from movies and TV. Play in teams of up to six or by yourself, if you’re some kind of savant. Winning teams get street cred, bar cash and other prizes depending on the venue. Come to Buzzbin at 8 p.m. to join the fun.
STARK MINI MAKER FAIRE
Join the library for the first Mini Maker Faire at the Stark County District Library from 2 to 7 p.m. The library will be transformed into an expo for exhibitors from throughout the county and beyond. Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an award-winning, family-friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability and more. Come join the fun at the launch of Stark County’s first edition of this event. It is free and open to the public.
AULTMAN WOMEN’S BOARD ANGEL AUCTION
The Aultman Women’s Board will be rocking it out at the 2016 Angel Auction, “Angels Rock!” at Canton Memorial Civic Center. All proceeds from the Angel Auction will benefit the Women’s Board’s pledge of $5 million to the Aultman Cancer Center. The Angel Auction is an annual fundraising event featuring more than 400 silent and live auction items. It includes live entertainment and dinner. Two exciting raffle prizes will be available this year. For more information, call 330-363-6279.
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children. It is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. First Friday begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the full-out event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. It happens rain or shine. The theme for May is Nifty ’50s.
FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIE: “GREASE” SINGALONG VERSION
Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of “Grease,” the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines? See the movie at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-served.
SECOND ANNUAL SWEAT NOW WINE LATER ADVENTURE RACE
Gervasi Vineyard is hosting its second annual Sweat Now Wine Later Adventure Race. Kayak your way on Nimishillen Creek from Martindale Park to the Middlebranch Trailhead at Spangler Avenue NE. Hop out of the kayak and run or walk the Middlebranch Trail to Gervasi Vineyard, where you’ll enjoy a post-race gathering. This year’s race will feature waves starting in 30-minute intervals, with the first one starting at 9 a.m. The cost ranges from $50 to $80, depending on the date you register. With your registration fee, you get a custom-designed short-sleeve tech race shirt, finisher medal, certificate for Gervasi Vineyard wine or food, finisher food and water, use of a kayak, paddle and life jacket, free parking and transportation.
DO THE MU!
Drop in anytime between noon and 2 p.m. at the Massillon Museum for an art and history workshop on musical instruments taught by Emery Thoenen. No registration is required, and the program is free for all ages.
THE 720 MARKET
The 720 Market is a series of outdoor, pop-up makers and growers markets happening in North Canton throughout the summer. It will be featuring makers, growers (bakers, keepers, artists, collectors, upcyclers), nonprofit organizations, food trucks, music and more. It will happen rain or shine. The market will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hoover District parking lot at 256 E. Maple Street. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate spring from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beech Creek Gardens in Washington Township, near Alliance. There will be spring wildflower trail hikes, garden olympics, garden art, a maypole dance, recycled container garden contest, plant doctors, plant sale, baby animals and hands-on activities. Admission is free, and food will be available.
KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY
Enjoy the best Derby party in town in a fun, relaxed atmosphere featuring food stations, real-time race betting on two races, a Ladies Hat Contest, raffle prizes and a silent auction from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Brookside Country Club. Dress is business casual, and ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite Derby hat. Entertainment will be provided by Ryan Humbert. Tickets are $55 per person, with proceeds benefiting Walsh University student scholarships. This event is open to the public and is presented by the Walsh University Women’s Committee. For more information or tickets, call 330-478-5811.
See Ellie Goulding live at Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $42.
25TH ANNUAL COMEDY, MAGIC AND ILLUSION SHOW
May 7, 8
The 25th annual Comedy, Magic and Illusion Show (also known as the “Battle of Magicians”) returns to the Canton Palace Theatre from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. May 7 and 2 p.m. May 8. Doors open an hour before the show starts. Tickets are $30, and all seats are reserved.
MOTHER’S DAY GRAND BUFFET
Bring your mother to the grand buffet at Fieldcrest Estate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $27 for adults, $10 for children 4 to 12 and free for children younger than 4. Make reservations by calling 330-966-2222.
LEGACY LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING—CAMPAIGN SERIES (CHRISTOPHER KENNEY)
Enjoy a free lecture at 11 a.m. at the National First Ladies’ Library. Christopher Kenney will speak and sign books. His first book is titled, “The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.” A second book, “The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President” was published in 2006 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the McKinley monument in 2007. He will discuss his most recent book, “The McKinley Years: The Life and Times of our 25th President,” which will be followed by a book signing.
Mercy Service League will hold its spring kickoff fundraising event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Jerzee’s Sports Grille in Belden Village. The public is invited to join Mercy Service League as it raises money for the Mercy Facility Transformation Project. The event will include free admission, local celebrity bartenders, delicious All-American cuisine, celebrity drinks and more. For more information, call 330-430-2750 or email Foundation@cantonmercy.org.
WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS LUNCHEON
The Junior League of Stark County Women of the Year Awards Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Glenmoor Country Club. This year’s award recipients are Natalie Weinsz and Renee Skinner. The speaker will be Robin Swoboda. Tickets may be purchased online for $35. Call 330-491-4552 for more information.
AKRON COFFEE ROASTERS: COFFEE ROASTING BASICS
Coffee roasting is part art and part science. Head to the Akron Art Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn the basics of the coffee-roasting process and how roast approach affects the flavor of coffee. You will sample coffees with a variety of roast levels and flavor profiles. Member tickets are $6.27, and nonmember tickets are $11.54. Register online.
SUN, MOON & STARS
Enjoy music by The Heidelberg University concert choir and chamber singers starting at 7 p.m. at Paradise United Church of Christ in Louisville. The concert is free and open to the public. Dr. Greg Ramsdell is the conductor, and Mrs. Cynthia Ramsdell is the accompanist.
Enjoy performances by small ensembles of Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians in the laidback, casual atmosphere of your favorite hot spot. Each venue will offer “Symphony Specials” on food, drinks and/or merchandise during the performance. Seating is first-come, first-served. There is no cover charge. The May performance will be at 7 p.m. at Grapes in a Glass.
May 13-15, 20-22, 27-29
Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this wonderful musical adventure. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value one another again. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny. Tickets range from $19 to $75. Shows are at 8 p.m. May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 2 p.m. May 15, 22 and 29.
May 13, 14, 20, 21
THE OTHER PLACE BY SHARR WHITE
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface. See it all happen at the Kathleen Howland Theatre in Canton. Tickets are $10 each, and shows are at 8 p.m.
FIFTH ANNUAL 5K MILES FOR KIDS
The Kiwanis Club of Belden Village is hosting the fifth annual 5K Miles for Kids at the Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College Advanced Technology Center. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The free kids fun run starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K race starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 until May 7. After May 7, it is $30. Preregistration can be done at runsignup.com. Proceeds go to Belden Village Kiwanis and Pathway Caring for Children.
CANAL BOAT PUBLIC RIDES START
Kick off the season right. This is the first day for public rides for the St. Helena III, at Canal Fulton Canalway Center. Public rides will be at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
ART GONE WILD—FAMILY EXPO
Head to the Canton Museum of Art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy free art activities for the family. There will be more than 15 awesome activities, and animals from the Akron Zoo. Admission is free.
QUOTA INTERNATIONAL OF CANTON FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON
Quota International of Canton is holding its annual fashion show and luncheon at Brookside Country Club. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Come early to browse and participate in the basket raffles, silent auction and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds benefit disadvantaged women and children, as well as the deaf and hearing- impaired populations in our community. Quota International of Canton is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving Canton and Stark County since 1924. Contact Mary Ellen Addessi for tickets at 330-417-4812. The deadline for purchasing tickets is May 6.
FOURTH ANNUAL TASTE OF ALLIANCE
Taste samples from local area restaurants and eateries from 5 to 7 p.m. at Courtney’s Banquet Center in Alliance at the fourth annual Taste of Alliance. Tickets are $15, and proceeds will go toward the Alliance Area Food Pantry and Fourth of July Fireworks at Silver Park.
CMA UNCORKED: MONET LONDON AT SUNSET
Come enjoy wine, music and friends while creating a personal masterpiece at The Canton Museum of Art. The instructor will make painting easy by teaching you step-by-step in re-creating Claude Monet’s painting “The Houses of Parliament, Sunset.” The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Canton Museum of Art. The cost is $35, and materials, wine and refreshments are included. You must be 21 or older to attend.
See Boston perform live at Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $52.
Head to Quicken Loans Arena at 7 p.m. to see Carrie Underwood in concert. Tickets start at $46 with a $3 facility fee. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Vintner’s Dinners are culinary adventures that pair handcrafted Maize Valley wines with a five-course homegrown meal. The gourmet course is selected specifically to complement the wines. Maize Valley’s winemaker is onhand to describe the winemaking process and the menu selections. The dinner will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Maize Valley. The cost is $40 per person.
Have you always wanted to shoot a bow and arrow, or haven’t shot one since childhood? Head to the Wildlife Conservation Center for an evening of recreational target shooting. Learn about the equipment, proper shooting technique and safety before spending time working on your skills. All equipment will be provided. The free event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Ages 18 and older are welcome.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
See the Dave Matthews Band live at Blossom Music Center at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $90.
VOCI CELEBRATES GOSPEL
Enjoy an afternoon of jubilant gospel music with the VOCI chorus. Special guests include soprano Pat Harris and the KSU Gospel Choir directed by Dr. Linda Walker. The performance starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. For more information, call the VOCI box office at 330-452-4098.
LEGACY LECTURE—CAMPAIGN SERIES (MAYOR KATHY CATAZARO-PERRY)
Head to the National First Ladies’ Library at 11 a.m. for a free lecture by Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry. She was the first woman elected mayor of Massillon in 2011 and again in 2015. Prior to her election as mayor, she served as the council representative for Massillon’s Ward 3 for eight years. Seating is limited, call for reservations 330-452-0876, ext. 307.
BROWN BAG LUNCH
Head to the Massillon Museum for a lecture about “Nell Dorr’s Magic World” by Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director at the Massillon Museum. The lecture will be from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Pack a lunch, or purchase at Anderson’s in the City (lobby café). There will be a complimentary cookie and coffee.
This year, Vintage Canton will continue to bring you the very best wines from area wineries and abroad and will offer several quality craft beers in the Beer Garden. Guests will be able to enjoy small tasting plates from downtown restaurants and Stark County favorites. Tickets will be available online and at all Fishers Foods locations and Carpe Diem Coffee Shop. Tickets are $30 if purchased prior to 5 p.m. May 25 and $40 after that time and at the door. The ticket price includes eight wine tastings or craft beer samples, a variety of breads and cheeses and a collectible wine glass. Nontasting tickets (no wine or beer) are available for $10.
May 26-28, 30
77TH MEMORIAL DAY FLEA MARKET
Hartville MarketPlace’s 77th annual Memorial Day Flea Market will be huge. There are typically more than 1,000 outdoor vendors and about 30,000 customers. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 through 28 and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30.