- Join Stark Parks and the Stark County District Library-Perry Sippo Branch to visit with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. There will be holiday crafts to take home, Santa’s live animals, cookies and milk, and a music performance by the Jacks ‘n Jills Show Choir from Jackson High School. The Exploration Gateway is a drop-off location for the Toys for Tots campaign. Purchase a Toys for Tots item from the Lily Pad Gift Shop and receive 30 percent off another toy. New and unwrapped toys can also be dropped off before Dec. 10.
- Join Aultman Hospital at 1 p.m. and walk the Downtown Louisville Leopard Mile for the December Walk with a Doc. Walk with a Doc is a year-round walking program that operates in communities across America and abroad to encourage healthy physical activity for people of all ages. A practicing family physician for 20 years, John Sutton, M.D., will lead the Aultman walk. The walk will take approximately one hour. Meet at Uptown Joe’s and learn healthy holiday eating tips and get your questions answered. Those who arrive prior to the 1 p.m. start time will receive a free eight-ounce cup of coffee or hot chocolate, courtesy of Uptown Joe’s. For more information, visit www.walkwithadoc.org.
- An Evening in the Village will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in historic downtown Hartville. The evening includes a live nativity, wagon rides, cookie contest and open houses at downtown shops. The Christmas tree in the square will be lit in honor of Lake Township’s Bicentennial. Following the lighting, three local church and school choirs will perform. Visitors can also bid on silent auction items to benefit Hartville’s new police K-9 unit. Santa will arrive by fire truck. Crafts, barrel train rides and story time in the train car will keep the kids busy all evening. Adults, teens, kids and families can enter the Ugly Sweater Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most creative tops, just bring a breakfast item for the Lake Township FISH food pantry to enter. New this year, wooden trees painted for the 2016 Community Art Project will make their debut decorating downtown for the holidays. For more information, call 330-877-9650 or visit www.facebook.com/historicdowntownhartville.
- A Santa Fly-In will be held at MAPS Museum, 2260 International Parkway, Green. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. All arrivals will get a time frame number to visit with the Claus' for complimentary photos. Also bring your own camera for shots with Santa and kids in the cockpit of a MIG, sitting in a Goodyear blimp gondola. Photos and admission to the museum are free. The event is open to children of all ages.
- Stark State College is hosting Express Enrollment Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. which will allow students to talk with admissions counselors, get financial aid advice, take admissions tests and enjoy refreshments. Students need to bring high school (and, if applicable, college) transcripts along with their 2015 income tax return (and parents’ return if a dependent). The event will be held at the Barberton satellite Center, 664 Norton Ave. and the Downtown Canton Satellite Center, 400 Third St. SE. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are preferred at starkstate.edu/express. For more information, call 330-494-6170, Ext. 4228.
Chris Craft, moderator of the Massillon Museum’s history group, invites guests to bring favorite ornaments, photographs, and stories of Christmas past for the next session of the group on from 10 a.m. until noon. Everyone is welcome to bring an item or a reminiscence, but listeners will be equally encouraged to attend the "Cherished Christmas Memories" discussion. It is free and open to everyone with a story to tell or a desire to listen. No reservations are required. Coffee and pastries are available for a donation. The Massillon Museum is at 121 Lincoln Way E. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
- Stark State is holding a college showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. at the downtown Canton Satellite Center, 400 Third Street SE. The showcase will spotlight the jobs in the oil and gas industry along with the ways Stark State can help students get there. Participants will tour the college’s Well Site Training Center and representatives will be on hand to answer questions about academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more. Employers, including Marathon, Dominion, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and others, will be on site to share how a Stark State degree or certificate can lead to a solid career in the oil and gas industry. Refreshments will be served. To register or for more information, contact Jean Barbato at email@example.com or 330-494-6170, ext. 5194 or visit www.starkstate.edu/oilandgas.
- The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark 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. There is a $10 fee per person for program materials. Registration and payment of the information session must be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. Click Orientation, then Registration and choose Small Business Orientation Stark County. For additional information, contact the SBDC at 330-244-3290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An advent retreat for men and women, based on "The Wild Goose Series" will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, Clinton. The retreat invites you to take a quiet weekend away from the commotion and noise of the world and join in observing this holy season of anticipation and preparation. The cost is $160 per person. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit www.loyolaretreathouse.com.
- Santa Story Time will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Community Branch Library, 656 Market Avenue SW. For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.
- Experience a Different Kind of Christmas with Mark Schultz and special guest JJ Weeks Band in concert at 7 p.m. at Canton First Friends Church, 5455 Market Avenue N. Platinum-selling artist Mark Schultz’s Christmas single, "Different Kind of Christmas," has reached viral status on social media. Schultz has 13 number one singles, a GMA Dove Award, 18 Dove nominations and the top spot on Billboard's "Hot Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter" list. Tickets can be purchased at www.markschultzmusic.com. For more information, call 330-966-2800.
- The Canton Preservation Society will hold its fourth annual Christmas Wonderland from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hartong House, 131 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there with a stuffed animal for all children 12 and under. Cookies and a beverage will be served. Cost is $3 for those between 5 and 12 and $5 for those 12 and older. People under 4 and under are free. For more information, call 330-452-9341 or email email@example.com.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Santa Claus will be stopping by the Massillon Public Library’s Reading Room to meet boys and girls of all ages. Bring your Christmas wish list to share with Santa, and make sure to bring your own camera to capture the memory. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, stop by or call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. The library is at 208 Lincoln Way E. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.
Stark State College is hosting Express Enrollment Days from 2 to 6 p.m. which will allow students to talk with admissions counselors, get financial aid advice, take admissions tests and enjoy refreshments. Students need to bring high school (and, if applicable, college) transcripts along with their 2015 income tax return (and parents’ return if a dependent). The event will be held at the Barberton satellite Center, 664 Norton Avenue and the Downtown Canton Satellite Center, 400 Third St. SE. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are preferred. at starkstate.edu/express. For more information, call 330-494-6170, Ext. 4228.
- Help others conquer the cold this winter by attending Affinity Medical Center’s Transition of Care Committee’s Cookies & Cocoa for a Cause event to benefit The Salvation Army in Massillon. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Affinity Medical Center, 875 Eighth St. NE, Massillon, in Conference Room One. With the donation of at least one new childrens or adult winter apparel item (gloves, mittens, scarves, coats, boots, etc.) or a minimum $5 donation, attendees will enjoy hot chocolate and a baker’s dozen of cookies to go. All donations will be given to The Salvation Army in Massillon. Santa will be joining the event. Attendees will also be able to visit Affinity’s annual Festival of Trees held in the Eighth Street Lobby. For more information, call 330-830-1650.