- Free tax preparation will be available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at the Lake Branch Library, 565 Market Avenue SW, on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Feb. 2. The program is especially for those 50 years old and older, but is also open to other lower income individuals and families. Bring your Social Security card for yourself and all dependents, as well as photo ID. Last year's return is helpful and your checkbook is needed if you want to direct deposit any refund(s).
- Crafternoon Tea Card class will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the North Canton YMCA, Ellesworth Gallery room. Enjoy the company of other stampers and nice warm cup of tea or cocoa as you create eight, all-occasion stamped cards. Bring adhesive and scissors. To register, contact 330-499-2587. Pre-register by Jan. 5.The cost is $18 for members and $20 for non-members
- The Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, presents Overcoming Adversity from noon to 2:00 p.m. During this program, attendees will hear the incredible stories of two men who used the unbelievable odds they were dealt as their drive to succeed. Jin Stearns, born in Korea, was separated from his family at age six, kidnapped and sold to an orphanage by a stranger. He overcame obstacles and went on to become a motivational speaker and life coach. His book "Lost Seoul" will be on sale during the event. Brian Ziegler’s college basketball career was halted by a car accident that broke his neck, paralyzing him from the chest down. Defying his diagnosis of having only a 10 percent chance of ever walking again, Ziegler went on to eventually climb Machu Picchu in Peru, and hike 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He became the basketball coach at Northwest High School. His book "A Paralyzing Redemption" will be on sale during the event. No registration is required for the free program. For more information, call 330-832-9831, ext. 319, or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- From noon to 2 p.m., the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, will host "Do the Mu!" at the Massillon Museum. Participants will make crazy New Year hats including resolutions to make the world a better place. The workshop is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Guests may drop in any time during the two-hour session. For more information, call the 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
- Single Seniors will hold a luncheon meeting at 1 p.m. at Samantha's, 4954 Portage Street. Participants pay for their own meal. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.
- From 6 to 7:30 p.m., children are invited to come and read to dog listeners at the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E. Paws to Read was instituted as a way to connect struggling readers to the benefits that trained therapy dogs can offer. Reading to and petting the dogs help kids relax, forget to feel nervous, and start to enjoy themselves, becoming engaged in the reading instead of their insecurities. The program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- The Yoga Place and Yoga Central present Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan from noon to 6 p.m. Explore the joyful, profound and spiritual side of drumming while partaking in various beginner friendly drumming activities. This program will consist of developing and practicing creative drumming skills, personal wellness and becoming the next best version of you. These techniques will aid in relieving anxiety and stress, help to provide a better night’s sleep, gain mental clarity and increasing overall energy. Drums are provided and this is open to all levels. The cost is $99 if registered by Dec. 31 or $129 after. Tickets are available at www.Eventbrite.com and www.TheYogaPlaceOhio.com. No Refunds. The Yoga Place is at 6990 Whipple Ave. NW. For more information, call 330-499-2863 or email Info@TheYogaPlaceOhio.com.
- At 11 a.m., the Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., will host a free program for children from grades K to 6 for a program, Gross-Out Gourmet. Kids will learn how to make treats that sound disgusting, Like Kitty Litter Cake, but actually taste delicious. All recipes will be provided to recreate them at home and gross-out your family and friends. Registration is required. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., paper crafters wanting to learn or rediscover tried and true techniques that add fun elements to projects will be offered at the North Canton YMCA's Ellsworth Gallery room. Four different techniques will be shown. Bring adhesive and scissors. To register, contact 330-499-2587. Cost is $18 for members and $20 non-members.
- Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, presents Kit & Nanea: an American Girl Doll Program at 11 a.m. The program is for grades 3 and up. Kids are invited to bring their favorite adult and their own American Girl or other doll to learn about the Great Depression and WWII Era and how it affected the lives of the American Girl book characters Kit and Nanea. Attendees will enjoy stories, a craft, and light refreshments. The program is free and registration is required by calling 330-832-5037 or visiting www.massillonlibrary.org.
- From 1 to 4:45 p.m., the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., invites students in grades 1 to 12 to come and play the game of chess. Library staff members will be on hand to teach those who do not know how to play. But for those who know how to play, invite some friends and challenge them. Come anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Kids in grades 3 or below must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations are required for this free program. For more information, call 330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.
- The Harlem Globtrotters come to the Canton Civic Center at 7 p.m. The team’s upcoming performance will showcase the high-flying, fun, and memory-making moments that the Globetrotters are known for. The dribbling,the dunking and the shooting. They led all of basketball in 4-point shots made in 2017. Prior to the game, the Globetrotters will bring fans closer than anywhere else in sports, with an unmatched pregame fan interaction with its Magic Pass. This ticketed event allows fans an exclusive opportunity to interact with the team’s stars on the court, shoot hoops, learn tricks, and pose for pictures. After the game, Globetrotter stars will be on hand for additional autograph and photo opportunities. Tickets start at $28.50 and are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com, the Canton Civic Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.
- Single Seniors will hold a luncheon meeting at 1 p.m. at LaPizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road. Participants pay for their own meal. Reservations are required by calling Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.