Through May 27
Art in Bloom
The Art in Bloom exhibit at Beech Creek Gardens in Alliance will feature various movements of the arts nestled in with thousands of gorgeous flowers and plants, resulting in a beautiful “horticultural art gallery” of color and fragrance. Create your own art to take home in the hands-on art studio. A different make-and-take project is offered each week for free. Admission for the event is $5 per person. Members and children 2 and younger get in free. Art in Bloom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. beechcreekgardens.org

May 1
Business Excellence Awards
The Business Excellence Awards salute companies that have distinguished themselves in areas such as entrepreneurship, longevity, growth, innovation, capital improvements and consistent involvement in the community. Winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be honored at a ceremony and dinner at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center. Tickets are $60, and tables of 10 are available. The awards begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. cantonchamber.org

May 1
Spring Wine Pairing Dinner
Head to Gervasi Vineyard this spring for an exclusive dining experience in The Bistro. Gervasi’s knowledgeable wine steward will lead guests through a selection of Gervasi wines paired with a five-course gourmet meal. The dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $90 per guest. gervasivineyard.com

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Open mic night
Open mic night gives local talented people the chance to come out and play in front of a fabulous crowd in the coffee shop environment at Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. in downtown Canton. Bring yourself, friends, neighbors and instruments on Tuesday nights for a good time. The sign-up sheet goes out at 7:30 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. Each performer gets to play three songs. Open mic night ends at 11 p.m. Check the site for more information. muggswigz.com

May 2
“Cabaret”
Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning production, Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) “Cabaret” comes to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $53. kent.edu/tusc/cabaret

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Free live trivia
Do you like trivia? Do you like to drink wine or beer? Then head to Maize Valley on Wednesday evenings for Sporcle Live Trivia. This free event will have two rounds of trivia, one starting at 6:30 and one starting at 7:30 p.m. Sign up and play one or both rounds, as an individual or as a team. There is no cost to play, and there are prizes awarded to the winner of each round. maizevalley.com

May 3
Unforgettable Mystery Book Club
Meet at the North Canton Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “In the Woods” by Tana French. ncantonlibrary.com

EDITOR’S PICK

Silent Film Special: “The Mark of Zorro”

May 3
Experience a silent film on Canton’s largest movie screen with original accompaniment on the Kilgen Theatre Organ by organist Jay Spencer. “The Mark of Zorro” is about a seemingly idiotic fop who is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $6. cantonpalacetheatre.org

May 4
First Friday
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. It begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for May is Fitness Frenzy. The free First Friday family movie at the Canton Palace Theatre is “Space Jam.” It begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. cantonartsdistrict.com

EDITOR’S PICK

High Mileage Hike

May 5
Lace up your hiking boots and get out with Stark Parks for this 6-mile hike. Explore the natural surface trails at Quail Hollow Park. Wear hiking shoes, dress for the weather and bring water. The hike is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. starkparks.com


May 5
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Book sales held by The Friends of the Library include gently used books, CDs, DVDs and other materials donated by the community or no longer needed at the library. The book sale will be at the Stark County District Main Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starklibrary.org

May 5
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Drop in at the Massillon Museum any time between noon and 2 p.m. for a different art and history workshop taught by local artists or museum staff. No registration is required, and it’s free for all ages. The theme for May is Fantastical Plant Terrariums with Kat Francis. Make a fun terrarium with fantasy plants of your own imagination. massillonmuseum.org

May 5
Walsh Women’s Committee Kentucky Derby Party
Join the Walsh University Women’s Committee at Brookside Country Club for the best derby party in town. The event will feature food stations, music by Ryan Humbert, real-time race betting, a hat contest, a raffle and silent auction. The party begins at 4 p.m. For more information, call 330-244-4752. walsh.edu

May 5, 6
Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird
Emporium of the Weird is Oddmall’s largest and most established show. It features more than 260 booths showcasing the works and wonders of an abundance of artists, crafters, entertainers and purveyors of games, toys, comics and all things geeky, awesome and amazing. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 5 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. It is free to attend, but a $5 donation is suggested. oddmall.info

EDITOR’S PICK

Hearts with Hope: An Evening in Old Hollywood

May 5
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. presents its signature fundraiser: Hearts with Hope. Join the fun for an evening of great food, a silent and live auction and supporting the mission of DVPI. The theme this year is Hearts with Hope: An Evening in Old Hollywood, and attendees are asked to dress up in Hollywood glam styles from years past to dance the night away while celebrating the 40th anniversary of DVPI serving the Stark County community. The event is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Historic Onesto Lofts. Tickets are $125 for singles, $225 for couples and $900 for a table of eight. There are additional fees. dvpi.squawqr.com

May 5, 6
27th Annual Comedy, Magic and Illusion Show
The 27th annual Comedy, Magic and Illusion Show (also known as the “Battle of Magicians”) returns to the Canton Palace Theatre for two days. This show is family-friendly. Experience the magic at 8 p.m. May 5 and 2 p.m. May 6. Tickets are $25 and $30. See more on Page 26. cantonpalacetheatre.org

May 5, 12, 19, 26
Free Public Winery Tours
Take a public tour of the state-of-the-art winery facilities at The Crush House every Saturday afternoon. No reservations are required for tours. Tours begin at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. at The Crush House Tasting Bar and last approximately 30 minutes. gervasivineyard.com

May 5, 19
Adoptable Cats and Kittens
Meet adoptable cats and kittens from A Cat’s Cradle rescue group at the North Canton Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ncantonlibrary.com

May 6
Horton Hears a Who
The Roxy Theatre in Minerva will present “Horton Hears a Who,” sponsored by Minerva United Methodist Church, at 3 p.m. Admission is free. minervachamber.org

May 8
Flights & Bites
Head to The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard for a fun and interactive experience in the casual, cozy Balconatta. Gervasi’s wine steward will lead guests through three wines paired with three appetizer bites. The Flights & Bites sessions are at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. The cost is $16 per person per session. gervasivineyard.com

EDITOR’S PICK

2018 Angel Auction

May 11
Mark your calendars to join the Aultman Women’s Board for a safari through the plains of Africa during the 2018 Angel Auction, “Splendors of the Serengeti.” The 49th annual event will be under the direction of auction co-chairs Jen Clark and Ann McCabe. Enjoy an evening of fabulous live entertainment, a delicious catered dinner and hundreds of unique live and silent auction items. There will be two exciting raffle packages available this year. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Canton Civic Center. Reservations are $175 per person or $350 per couples. For more information, call 330-363-6198. aultmanfoundation.org/home/womens-board/angel-auction/event/


May 11 through Oct. 21
Exhibit Opening–Under Cover: Highlights from the Hat Collection
Head to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum for the Under Cover: Highlights from the Hat Collection exhibit opening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This exhibition features the museum’s vast collection of 20th century hats. The exhibit will be on view through October 21. mckinleymuseum.org

May 12
Lake Mohawk Spring Expo
Head to the grounds of the main beach and pavilion at Lake Mohawk for a spring expo. There will be a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. for $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Matt Fox of HGTV’s “Room by Room” will be the guest host at the expo. A huge flea market will be held with a localized version of “Flea Market Flip” and “Antiques Roadshow.” This event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Parking and admission are free.

May 12
Maifest
Celebrate the coming of spring with a traditional German Maifest. Zoar celebrates its German Heritage during Maifest with German food and drink, German music and a maypole. See the 2018 Bimeler Art Exhibit. Lillian Martin Spencer also will premiere during the event, and the Zoar plant sale will take place in the Zoar garden. Maifest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 198 Main Street in Zoar. historiczoarvillage.com

May 15
Taste of Alliance
Area vendors will be providing samples of their delicious food from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alliance Elks. Tickets are $15.

May 15
CMA Uncorked
Relax and enjoy friends, wine and fun while creating a personal masterpiece. Instructor Erica Emerson will make painting easy and fun by instructing you step-by-step through re-creating a painting inspired by the artwork Young Moe by Paul Klee in 1938. This painting represents not only Klee’s love of music, but also his fascination with unusual materials. In this abstract composition, swirling black lines flow on top of shifting fields of color, implying a sense of rhythm and melody. You must be 21 or older to register. The cost is $28 per person and includes the materials, wine and refreshments. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Canton Museum of Art. cantonart.org

May 16
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant
Contestants will be judged on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. At the conclusion of the evening, a queen and five royal ambassadors will be selected to serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community while also promoting the importance and rewards of volunteerism. See the pageant at 7 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Tickets are $22.50. profootballhoffestival.com

May 17
Vintner’s Dinner
Head to Maize Valley the third Thursday of every month for a Vintner’s Dinner paired with Maize Valley wines. With guests seated along one long table, these dinners are a great way to visit old friends and meet new ones as you explore the tastes of Maize Valley. Meals are $50 per guest including tax and gratuity. Dinners require advance reservations and payment. maizevalley.com

May 18-June 2
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is an epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. See it at the Mainstage Theatre at the Players Guild Theatre. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors and $22 for 17 and younger. playersguildtheatre.com

May 19
Ida McKinley Mother’s Day Tea
Canton’s own First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, her mother, Catharine Saxton, and Ida’s sister, Mary Saxton Barber, will share their personal lives in what will be an unforgettable afternoon of history. The Saxton ladies were anything but Victorian women. In between the stories of their fascinating lives, guests will be served a high tea. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the National First Ladies’ Library. The cost is $40 for general admission and $35 for members. For reservations, call 330-452-0876, ext. 320. firstladies.org


May 19
Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival
The eighth annual Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival will come to Minerva’s North Market Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival will feature professional jazz bands, including Blu Monsoon, AZJazz, Erbo and the Buzz Factor, and the Alliance Symphony Orchestra Big Band, as well as four high school jazz bands. There also will be a wide variety of fine crafts and art available for sale, food vendors, artist demonstrations, the Art Bus walk-through gallery, a drum circle, kids’ art area and many more interactive activities for all ages. minervachamber.org

May 19
Spring Lantern Tour
Head to Dennison Depot from 7 to 9 p.m. for an after-hours walk through the village, which will be lit by luminaries. Explore the grounds by lantern glow, and see the cabins alive with 18th century life. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 7 to 17 and free for children younger than 7. dennisondepot.org

May 20
720 Market
Don’t miss this unique showcase of local makers, bakers, brewers, growers, community nonprofits, live music and food vendors. Support local businesses, meet your neighbors and enjoy the day at Gervasi Vineyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 720market.com

May 22
Countywide coloring day
In partnership with StarkMHAR, many local libraries are participating in this countywide day of coloring. Color and relax. Experience the stress management and mental health benefits of coloring on this countywide Day of Coloring.

May 22
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
All Brown Bag Lunch presentations are free and run from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Pack a lunch or purchase a lunch at Anderson’s in the City inside the Massillon Museum. There are complimentary cookies and coffee for guests. No reservations are needed. Because of museum construction, the lunch will be at the Massillon Salvation Army at 315 Sixth Street NE. massillonmuseum.org

May 24
Vintage Canton
Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world. Come on out to downtown Canton’s Central Plaza from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. to join in the festivities. Tickets are $30 presale and $40 the day of the event. 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. Special group-rate pricing is available for groups of 20 or more at $25 per ticket. cantonchamber.org/vintage-canton-2018

May 24-26, 28
Memorial Day at Hartville MarketPlace
The big shopping weekend at Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market kicks off Thursday, May 24 and runs May 25 and May 26, is closed May 27 and finishes up May 28. Typically, there are more than 1,000 outdoor vendors and around 30,000 customers. Mark your calendars so you won’t miss out on all of the bargains and fun. hartvillemarketplace.com

May 24-June 3
High School Musical—On Stage!
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. See the performance on the Main Stage at the North Canton Playhouse. Tickets are $15. Visit the site for more information. northcantonplayhouse.com

May 25
Festival Fridays
Come out to the Old Nimishillen Grange on Easton Street NE in Louisville for Festival Fridays. Enjoy vendors, crafters, a beer garden, food trucks and kid and teen activities including inflatables. There will be a car cruise-in from 5 to 7 p.m. and live music by Ricky Lee at 7 p.m. louisvilleohchamber.org

May 27
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band
See Jimmy Buffet and The Coral Reefer Band in concert at Blossom Music Center. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $103. clevelandamphitheater.com

May 28
Most Delicious Book Club Ever
Welcome to the Louisville Library potluck cookbook book club. Every month, there’s a theme. Check out a cookbook, try a new recipe and bring it to the potluck. Often, there are speakers and presentations, and sometimes they give out prizes. The club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. louisvillelibrary.org

May 28
Journey and Def Leppard
See Journey and Def Leppard at Quicken Loans Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. theqarena.com

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