- The North Canton Library is a drop off location for a number of charity programs. Through today, help fill the Mitten Tree with mittens, gloves, hats and socks for all ages. Also with a deadline of today, select a tag and purchase a gift for someone in need. Until Dec. 12, help out a pet by donating pet food and supplies for dogs and cats through the Holiday Paws Pantry. The library is at 185 North Main Street. For more information, visit www.ncantonlibrary.com.
- Now through Dec. 15, the Massillon Public Library and its branches and bookmobile will accept non-perishable food items and new school supplies in lieu of fines. The fine forgiveness is for all overdue fines on members library record. Collection fees and charges for lost or damaged items are not covered through this drive. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831.
- The Little Art Gallery received two generous donations to its permanent collection and the pieces will be on display as part of the gallery’s annual permanent collection exhibit. The pieces are: Clyde Singer "Eternal Idler"1948, Oil on Masonite, a gift from Dr. Gene Gilbert; and Ferdinand A. Brader "Adolph Lincke’s Homestead, Marlboro Township, Stark County, Ohio" 1890, Graphite and Colored Pencil on Wove Paper, a gift from Carl Lincke. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 22. The Little Art Gallery is in the North Canton Library, 185 N. Main St. For more information, call 330-499-4712.
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.
- The unveiling of the Ohio History Connection's Scott Hagan barn painting representing the iconic rivalry between the Massillon Tigers and McKinley Bulldogs will be unveiled at 3 p.m. The event is free to the public, no reservations needed. The address is 3424 Stump Ave.
- 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.
- The Harmony Ringers, the only semi-professional bell choir in Stark County, presents "The Joy of Christmas," at 4 p.m. at St. Stephen Matyr Lutheran Church, 4600 Fulton Dr. NW, Jackson Township. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. To learn more about The Harmony Ringers, visit harmonyringersofoh.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.
- Music lovers are invited to attend Lake High School's annual Project Connect concert, featuring the LHS Reflections Choir directed by Debra Bordo and the LHS Jazz Band directed by Josh Laux. Complimentary refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. followed by a free performance at 2 p.m. in the Lake High School Performance Art Hall. Enter using Door 5 next to the Lake YMCA entrance.
- Stark State College Akron will hold its inaugural open house to help students learn how they can spend less on their way to a good-paying job or a bachelor’s degree. The "Info to Go" will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 755 White Pond Drive. It is Stark State’s Akron location during construction of the College’s new facility on Perkins Street. Students and families will take tours, have refreshments, meet staff and faculty and have the opportunity to speak with admissions representatives and fill out an application and more. Financial aid staff members will help students and parents check out the financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 17. For more information, call 330-494-6170, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.starkstate.edu/akron. Registration for Info to Go is encouraged but not required.
- Individuals with diabetes are invited to get emotional support and continuing education through a free support group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Affinity Medical Center, Conference Room 1, in Massillon. Family and friends of someone with diabetes are also invited to attend. Registration is not necessary. For more information, contact the Diabetes Support Center at 330-834-4703.
- North Canton YMCA's Kid's Night Out will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the North Canton Community Building YMCA's Child Development Center. The night is for kids ages 3 (potty trained) through 12. Register now for the event. Cost for members is $14 per child and $19 per child for nonmembers. Add a late registration fee of $5 the day of the event. The cost includes dinner, gym time and all activities.
- A Chorus for a Cause will present "The Gift of Christmas" at 3:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 1516 Edison St. NW, Lake Township. The 80-voice choir was voted the 2015 and 2016 Best Performance Group in Stark County by About Magazine. It has donated more than $60,000 to local nonprofits in the community. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. For more information about Chrous for a Cause, visit www.achorusforacause.org.