- The Plain Township Parks and Recreation Department is holding Mess Hands for parents and little ones to get creative. The sessions are held in the Diamond Community Room, 2782 Diamond Street NE. Everyday craft items are used in creative ways and parent/guardian participation is required. Space is limited. The sessions are held Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 and Jan. 8 and 22. The fee is $41 per session and the program is open to children ages 2 to 5 years old. To register, call Plain Township at 330-492-4689 or online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/plaintownship/Home.
- The North Canton Library is collecting donations for a Community Christmas and the Holiday Paws Pantry. A Community Christmas is a Stark County non-profit that provides gifts, coats, mittens, hats and more to families in need. The library will host a Coats for Christmas collection bin, a Mitten Tree and a Giving Tree – all to benefit A Community Christmas. The library will also collect food and supplies for dogs and cats through the Holiday Paws Pantry. The Pantry is a program of Pawsitive Ohio, and this year the donations will be given to Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties’ Wheels for Wags which through Meals on Wheels delivers pet food to their clients in addition to human food. Programs are: Holiday Paws Pantry (through Dec. 18) – accepting pet food and supplies for dogs and cats; Coats for Christmas (through Dec. 4) – new and gently used coats of all sizes are being collected; Mitten Tree (through Dec. 8) – decorate a tree with new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for all ages; and Giving Tree (through Dec. 8) – visit the library to select a tag and purchase a gift for someone in need.
- A Swiss Steak Dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Church, 7641 Wales Road NW, Jackson Twp. Carryout and gluten free are available. All profits go to local community outreach and mission projects. Adult tickets are $8, Children (12 and under) are $4 and children 2 and under are free. Call the church office one week prior to obtain tickets if your group has eight or more people. For questions, call 330-499-6971.
- Malone University’s Rho Tau Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society, will host recording artist Chip (Richter) and the Munks for Jammin' in Your Jammies, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the East Campus (formerly Temple Israel) on Malone's campus, 2600 Cleveland Ave. The family concert will end with milk and cookies. Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 maximum per family. Church groups pay as a family at $20 per five people. Call 330-471-8464 for ticket information or register online at www.malone.edu/jammies. Each child will receive special gifts to take home.
- Kent State University at Stark’s theatee department presents "Consider the Oyster," by David MacGregor at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 19. "Consider the Oyster" features Gene, who, after watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Marisa. In the midst of the excitement, he breaks his leg. A doctor places an oyster shell in Gene’s leg to aid in healing; however, the oyster shell sets off a chain reaction of feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Gender identity and humor explode on stage in this comical, yet thought-provoking, play. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with a current student ID. Tickets may be reserved online at www.kent.edu/stark/theatre or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348.
- A One Stop Holiday Shop is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greentown Fire Department in the community room, 10100 Cleveland Ave. NW. The event is free and open to the community. Everyone will receive a raffle ticket to enter the door prize drawing of their choice. Area business owners featured include Everyday Custom, LulaRoe, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs, Scentsy, Scrooge's Kranky Kraut Balls, Simply Said, Tastefully Simple, The Busy Mom's Bakery, Thirty One and Trades of Hope. Come join us for a fun evening and get a jump on your holiday shopping. For more information, call 330-705-7011
Kent State University at Stark will host Turkey Trot, an adult 5K and a children’s quarter mile Fun Run. The events will be held on the Kent State at Stark campus, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Twp. The Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the recreation and wellness center. The fee is $5 per child. Participants in the children’s Fun Run will receive a medal. They also will make a craft to take home. The adult 5K race begins at 9 a.m. Registration will take place between 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and is required. The fee is $25 per person. Participants can pay online with their registration at ohioraceday.com. Payment at the event will be by cash or check. Adult and children participants should bring one non-perishable food item to benefit the Stark County Hunger Task Force. All 5K participants will receive a T-shirt and medal. The top male and female adult runners will each win a turkey. For more information, visit www.kent.edu/stark/turkey-trot or contact Stacie Humm at 330-244-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Van-Dells will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Lions Lincoln Theatre, 156 Lincoln Way E, Massillon. The concert is a fun and exciting tribute to the 50s and 60s. All seating is reserved and tickets are $20 for the main floor and $15 for the balcony. Tickets are available online at www.lionslincolntheatre.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
- The Rotary Club of Canton and Mercy Medical Center have partnered to bring low-cost health screenings to the Stark County community. The Health Screen and Wellness Fair will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy Hall Auditorium, 1320 Mercy Drive. For $40, community members can purchase a Basic Panel of blood screenings, which include: CBC with differential, CMP, lipid profile and thyroid (TSH). This Basic Panel tests for cholesterol, anemia and kidney/liver function and provides over 30 results. In addition to the $40 Basic Panel, several optional screenings will also be offered. Registration is available online by visiting www.cantonrotary.org. Although registration is preferred, walk-in appointments are welcome. Rotary Club of Canton will accept cash, check and credit card for the above screenings. Mercy Medical Center is offering a free Wellness Fair with booths offering additional free screenings and important health information. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
- The Stark Parks Ranger Explorer program offers individuals ages 14 to 20 the possibility to explore Stark Parks, trails, and lakes from the perspective of a Stark Parks Ranger. Learn about enforcing natural resource laws by patrolling parks with ride-alongs, bike patrol, and watercraft. Participants will get the chance to be a part of Stark Parks’ programs and events by ensuring the safety of park patrons and promoting Stark Parks. From 3 to 6 p.m., all individuals ages 14 to 20 are invited to an open house at Quail Hollow Park to learn about the Ranger Explorer program. Free food and drinks will be offered, as well as a K9 demo by Ranger Gunnar, real-life crime scenarios, and an opportunity to ask questions and receive detailed information about the program. Through simulated situations, participants will learn basic investigative skills and how to deal with animal encounters in a safe way. Friends, siblings, and parents are all welcome. For more information, visit reservations.starkparks.com/programs or contact 330-353-2377.
- Winter Skin Care will be presented by Katherine Welsh, enterstomal therapist, at Aultman West, Door 3, 2021 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon, from 6 to 7 p.m. Come learn how winter weather affects the skin, as well as the best ways to protect it during the cold season. For more information or to make reservations, call 330-363-8255, or sign up online at www.aultman.org.
- The North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., is kicking off the holiday season with a Black Friday promotion. Anyone visiting the library during open hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) can have their library fines up to $24.99 eliminated. In addition to the fine forgiveness offer, library patrons will receive free coffee, tea and hot cocoa at the library all day long and prize drawings will be held throughout the day. While here, patrons can take advantage of the library’s ongoing public service that allows anyone with a library card to borrow video games, books, movies, toys, CDs and more every day.
- The Kent State University at Stark Theatre is holding open auditions for its second theatrical production of the season, "Virtual Devotion," by Eric Coble. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and members of the community and will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29 in the Fine Arts Theatre, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Twp. Visit www.kent.edu/stark/theatre-auditions for more information about auditions for this production.
- Mona Lisa Touch (Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause) will be presented by Joann Krivetzky, M.D., gynecologist, at Aultman West Door 3, 2021 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon, from 6 to 7 p.m. Make vaginal dryness a thing of the past. Come learn more about this common problem for women during and after menopause. Guests will also learn about the newest treatment options. For more information or to make reservations, call 330-363-TALK (8255) or sign up online at www.aultman.org.
- "The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show" will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N, Canton. Concertgoers will enjoy the four-part harmonies with Christmas songs and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys, such as "Elvira," "Dream On," "Bobby Sue," "Fancy Free," "American Made" and "Thank God for Kids." Tickets are$35, $40, $45, $50,$55, $65, $70 and can be purchased online at www.cantonpalacetheatre.org, or by calling the box office at 330-454-8172.
- Neuropathy and Diabetes will be presented by Benjamin Nafziger, Podiatry/Foot and Ankle Surgery, at North Canton Medical Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Diabetes increases the risk for developing a range of problems in the lower extremities, including neuropathy (nerve damage) and peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation). Dr. Nafizger will discuss these conditions, their treatments and how to prevent the complications associated with them. The center is at 6046 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton. Use entrance A. For more information or to make reservations, call 330-363-8255, or sign up online at www.aultman.org.
- The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., will host its annual members holiday party from 7 to 9 p.m. The theme is a fun tip of the hard hat to the Museum’s construction project. While the party is open only to museum members, new members are welcome at any time. The annual membership drive is underway and will continue until Dec. 31. The party includes holiday treats, beverages, and live music. Fifteen trees decorated by downtown Massillon neighbors will be in the lobby. The Museum shop, patrons will find handcrafted items, local books, and unique Christmas gifts. Although reservations are requested, current members and anyone who walks in to purchase a new membership will be welcome. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- A free family holiday celebration will be held at the Hoover Historical Center inside Walsh University’s Hoover Park from 1 to 4 p.m. John Whitacre will provide Christmas selections alternating the mandolin, mountain dulcimer and violin. Santa will be available throughout the afternoon to greet and take pictures with children of all ages. North Canton Girl Scouts will be crafting gingerbread houses that will be displayed throughout and available for free raffles. Other volunteer-based organizations decorating trees throughout the Hoover family home and Cleveland Indians memorabilia, including a jersey, will be available for raffle. Ladies in vintage attire will be baking cookies in the old-fashioned, cast-iron stove and refreshments will be served. Free hot chocolate will be available and encouraged for all who wait to carol through Hoover Park for the horse-drawn wagon ride. Wagon tickets sell for $3 throughout the afternoon.
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 of those who are in the early stages of business formation. The information session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the conference center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW. There is a $10 fee per person for program materials. Registration and payment must be made online at www.cantonsbdc.org. For additional information, contact the SBDC at 330-244-3290 email@example.com
Caring Note Card Making classes will be held at the North Canton YMCA in the Ellsworth Gallery, 200 S. Main St. The classes will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each guest will make eight cards. Bring adhesive and scissors all other supplies will be provided. Registration closes two days prior to class date. To register, call the North Canton YMCA at 330-499-2587 or register online at http://www.ymcastark.org/. the cost for members is $18 and non-members is $20.