- Kent State University at Stark Theatre is holding open auditions for its next production "Reasons to Be Happy" by Neil LaBute. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and community members. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 24 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township. Roles are available for two women and two men. There are no roles for children in the production. The play is for mature audiences only. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, if they wish, and the director may also choose sides (selected scene excerpts) for some to perform. Performance dates are April 14 and 15 and 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and April 16 and 23 (with American Sign Language interpretation) at 2 p.m. at the Kent State Stark Theatre. Rehearsals begin Febr. 27 and will occur five evenings a week until opening. Visit www.kent.edu/stark/theatre-auditions for more information about auditions for this production or for scripts and audition sides call 330-244-5151.
- The Department of Music at Malone University is accepting new students for its preparatory lessons program for most musical instruments. This program offers weekly 30-minute lessons with an instructor or Malone music student at Malone University's campus located at 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. All ages welcome. If you want to learn a new skill or brush up on existing skills, request preparatory lessons via an online form or contact the music office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-471-8231. A Malone instructor will contact you with pricing information and to schedule a spring lesson time.
- 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's "Eternal Idler 1948, Oil on Masonite," a gift from Dr. Gene Gilbert; and Ferdinand A. Brader's "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, 2017. The Little Art Gallery is in the North Canton Library, 185 N. Main Street. For more information, call 330-499-4712.
- Children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten (accompanied by an adult) are invited to attend Mia Meow’s Art Adventures with artist BZTAT at the Massillon Museum. Participants will follow Mia Meow’s adventures as she tells stories and explores her world through art activities. Visit miameow.com to learn more about the artist and her artwork. The three-session class will meet on Feb. 5, 12, and 19, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. The class fee is $25 ($20 per Museum member) and includes materials. Pre-registration is required for this class by Jan. 30. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10 percent discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org. The Massillon Museum is at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots.
- The 2017 Belden Village Bridal Show will be held in Belden Village Mall beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22. The show will provide area couples with information on how to create the perfect wedding experience. Brides-to-be can find their dream dress at the Glam To-Go pop up bridal shop, brides and grooms can spin the prize wheel and play the Honeymoon Hunt. Each bride will receive a complimentary issue of Akron Canton Weddings magazine. Sign up for the chance to be a contestant in the Price is Right Game Show and the Nearly Newlywed Game.
- From 11 a.m. to noon, the Massillon Public Library invites children in grades K-6 to attend a Super Saturday program Angry Birds Games. Kids will join in to build their own structures to launch birds at the pigs like the video game. It is a free program and registration is required. For questions or to register, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. The Massillon Public Library is at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.
- Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is opening its doors at 10 a.m. for prospective students interested in health care degrees. The event is built around the theme of "Discover Your Path to a Health Care Career" and features tours of college facilities and presentations about the college’s various nursing, radiography, and health sciences degrees and the College Credit Plus program. The college will also waive the application fee for anyone who applies at the event. Aultman College recently announced a new bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program, with the first group of students being accepted for fall semester 2017. Reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.aultmancollege.edu/open-house. Aultman College is located next to Aultman Hospital at the corner of Dartmouth Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest in Canton.
- How to Give it Up and Leave the Pack Behind! will be presented from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Aultman West, 2021 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon. Let Aultman help you quit smoking in 2017 with a few tips from doctors in training. You’ll learn strategies to quit and how to continue those habits. You will have the opportunity to meet some of our patients who have successfully quit and learn about their journey toward leaving the pack behind. Reservations are required. Call 330-363-8255 or sign up at www.aultman.org.
- Eye Health and Nutrition will be presented by Laurence J. Karns, M.D., Ophthalmologist at North Canton Medical Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A plant-based diet has tremendous benefits to eye and systemic health. Switching to this type of diet has the ability to prevent suspend and/or cure many of the most debilitating and chronic conditions that plague our society. Reservations are required. Call 330-363-8255 or sign up at www.aultman.org. North Canton Medical Center is at 6046 Whipple Ave. NW.
- ABCs of Medicare will be presented by Chuck Cheton, AultCare’s PrimeTime Health Plan from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Canton Medical Center, 6046 Whipple Ave. NW. Learn what you need to know as you approach Medicare eligibility. This educational meeting will help you and your loved ones navigate through the Medicare network as we prepare you for tomorrow. Reservations are required. Call 330-363-8255 or sign up at www.aultman.org.
- Tween Time Science Saturday Part 2 will be held at 2 p.m. at the Massillon Public Library. Kids in grades 4 through 8 are invited to get the chance to have fun as they channel their inner scientist while potentially being messy. Kids will do experiments from the book "The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments." The program is free and registration is required and can be done in person or by phone. For more information or to register, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org. Massillon Public Library is at 208 Lincoln Way E. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.
- Children in grades one through five can learn how to paint a winter scene step-by-step in the Massillon Museum’s Kids’ Acrylic Painting workshop. The one-day session will meet from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The class fee is $18 ($15 per Museum member) and includes instruction and supplies. The class is open to the public and pre-registration is required. by Jan. 23. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10 percent discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org. The museum is at 121 Lincoln Way E. (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.
- Chocolate: A Healthy Treat will be presented by Bobbie Randall, RD, LD, Certified Diabetes Educator, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Aultman West, 2021 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon. Learn all about the wonderful world of chocolate. Explore the health benefits of chocolate and cardiac function. Taste-test a variety of chocolates and you will change the way you eat this treat. Make sure you bring your sweetheart. Reservations are required. Call 330-363-8255 or sign up at www.aultman.org.
- NewPointe Community Church (Dover Campus) will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. This worldwide movement is set to take place in all 50 states and 10 countries around the world. Every guest enters the complimentary event on a red carpet, complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe-shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors for each honored guest and a dance floor all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom. To register visit newpointe.org/nighttoshine. The church is at 3950 SR 39 NW, Dover.
- Best-selling author and New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center of Kent State University Stark. The Featured Speakers program is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Main Hall Information Desk at Kent State Stark. Cahalan, whose book, "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness" has been made into a major motion picture. The book recounts her experience as a victim of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Her medical records, from a month-long hospital stay of which she has no memory, showed psychosis, violence and dangerous instability. Since sharing her story, thousands more have been diagnosed with the same autoimmune disease and saved the anguish and cost of misdiagnoses.
- Best-selling author Terry McMillan will be the guest at the Stark County District Library's latest installment of the Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series at 6:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Canton. McMillan is world-renown for her books, including "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," both which were adapted into award-winning movies. Reserve free tickets to the event at StarkLibrary.org/Speakingofbooks.com or by calling the library at 330-452-0665.