Stark County roundup: News from around the Canton region

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Northwest Primary School second-graders Rylinn Wirtzberger, from left, Mila Swank and Lena Herron, dance their way through recess Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the school.
Northwest Primary School second-graders Rylinn Wirtzberger, from left, Mila Swank and Lena Herron, dance their way through recess Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the school.

Library hours changing

CANAL FULTON – The Canal Fulton Public Library, 154 Market St., will have new hours of operation starting Tuesday. The library will be open an hour longer in the evening Monday through Thursday, and will close one hour earlier Friday and Saturday. The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The library will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. For more information about the library or its programs, call 330-854-4148 or visit

Movies at Centennial Plaza

CANTON – The Stark State College Centennial Plaza Movie Series, presented by the Canton Palace Theatre, will be at 7 p.m. every Wednesday from June 1 through Aug. 17.

The free rain or shine outdoor event brings family-friendly movies to the big screen at downtown's Centennial Plaza. This week’s movie is “Trolls 2: World Tour.” Other movies are “The Prom” on June 8; “The Princess Bride” on June 15; “Annie – 30th Anniversary Sing-Along” on June 22; and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on June 29.

For a full schedule of this summer’s movies, visit

Blues Fest on Saturday

CANTON­ – The Canton Blues Fest will be Saturday at Centennial Plaza in downtown Canton. Annika Chambers will perform at 9:30 p.m., with the opening act Gary Lee & The CatDaddys at 7:30 p.m. Visit for the latest event details.

Greek Fest

CANTON – Canton Greek Fest will run 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church. The family-friendly event features food, performances by the St. Haralambos Hellenic Dancers, a wine-and-craft beer tasting room, live music, cooking demonstrations, gift shop area, drive-thru and playground.

Parking and admission are free. For more information, a complete schedule and menu for all dining options, visit

YMCA offers Camp on the Fly

CANTON – The YMCA of Central Stark County will offer Camp on the Fly again this summer. The camp is part of the “Y without walls” program seeking to take the YMCA to communities outside of its normal service area.

The “Y on the Fly” Initiative aims to provide a fun, safe space for all to enjoy and will make stops at SMHA properties, local schools, and parks in the Alliance, Canal Fulton and Canton communities from May 31 through Aug. 5. The free program is designed for children entering grades one to six.

For more details, visit your local YMCA or check

Appreciation day for first responders

CANTON ­ – Christ the King Apostolic Church, 1004 Fourth St. NE, will host an Appreciation Day for all rescue and safety providers from Canton City and surrounding areas on June 8. Bishop Randall B. Winn and the congregation invite first responders to drive by from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and enjoy free refreshments at the church. Park and visit, or have refreshments brought to your vehicle.

Dances June 5, 12

CANTON – Canton Country Music will hold dances at the Polish American Club, 1605 Henry Ave. SW, as follows: June 5 with music by Kenny Falls Band, and June 12 with music by Pat Massie & PM Country. Music is from 2 to 5 p.m. Food is available, as well as a lottery tree and 50-50 drawing.   Admission is $3 at the door.

Cubers club meets at Dover Library 

DOVER­ – Anyone who wants to hone their skills at solving the Rubik’s Cube is invited to join other cubers who gather at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut St. Attendees share techniques and tips about improving their solving time. Andy Basnett is always on hand to demonstrate the various strategies. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Sherrel Rieger at 330-343-6123. 

Forestry Association to meet 

DOVER – The monthly meeting of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut St. The guest speaker will be Colton Frink, a consulting forester, who will speak about carbon credit and the money that might be awarded to those in carbon sequestering programs. All are welcome, and no registration is necessary. 

Concerts at Jackson Amphitheater

JACKSON TWP. – A Night of Music and Compassion, a free concert benefit event, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson Amphitheater, 7454 Community Parkway NW.

Four Jackson Township-based nonprofit organizations – Another Act of Kindness, 33 JordynStrong Foundation, Jackson Bear Hugs and the Jackson Local Schools Foundation – will come together for a fun night of music, fellowship and support. There will be live music with Hot DJang! taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. and Tim & TJ Gang taking the stage at 7:30 pm.

Enjoy adult beverages and raffle baskets. Food trucks begin serving at 11:30 a.m. and will be there into the evening. For more information, visit

The concert at the amphitheater from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday will be Without U2 – Celebrating the Music of U2, with the sights and sounds of a live U2 concert in look, sound and feel. Buy tickets for this concert at

Mass Mu plans stationery class

MASSILLON – The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, will offer a free, family-friendly paper marbling workshop as the next in-person Do the Mu on Saturday. Anyone is welcome to stop by the museum between noon and 2 p.m. to join instructor and mixed media artist Kat Francis to learn how to create marbled stationery using shaving cream.

Stark agency plans plant sale

MASSILLON – Stark Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a plant sale of native perennial flowers in 1-gallon containers for $12 each. The sale includes plants for various purposes and property conditions. Guidelines such as plants for shade, part sun/shade, wet/clay soils, and full sun/prairie planting help you to understand what plants will do well on your property. Plants can be purchased individually or as kits.

Orders are credit/debit only, and only at Find details such as plant size, light and soil requirements, bloom time and colors, and other benefits at the site. Order deadline is June 13, and order pickup is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 23-24 at the SWCD office, 2650 Richville Drive SE, Suite 100.

Puzzle swap

MINERVA – The Minerva Public Library’s Puzzle Exchange will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Bring in puzzles you’ve already done and swap them for some that are new to you. The library is accepting donations of gently used puzzles to ensure the swap starts off with a good supply. Minerva Public Library is at 677 Lynnwood Drive. For more information about library programs, call 330-868-4101. Visit the library online at

Golf outing against hunger

NORTH CANTON – Golfers can join the local fight against hunger by teeing off at the Stark County Hunger Task Force Fairways to Fight Hunger golf outing June 11 at Sanctuary Golf Club, 2017 Applegrove St. NE. To register and pay online, go to or send a check payable to Stark County Hunger Task Force to P.O. Box 20941, Canton OH 44701.

Fees are $80 a golfer or $300 for a foursome for golf, cart, food at the turn and a boxed lunch. The scramble event tees off at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Every dollar raised in the event provides seven pounds of food to fight hunger in Stark County, according to a news release. That can provide up to four meals for hungry families in Stark County. 

Walsh president to host fundraiser

NORTH CANTON – Walsh University President Dr. Tim Collins and his wife, Drenda Collins, want to show their Southern hospitality by hosting a Southern Soirée at 6 p.m. June 10 at the Walsh University Hoover Park Dance Hall and Grounds. The event is intended to celebrate their southern roots while raising funds for Walsh University students. Guests are encouraged to wear Southern apparel for the event, such as seersucker jackets, georgette dresses, bow ties and pearls.

Reservations can be made at RSVP before Friday. The $100-per-person cost includes a full Southern buffet, open wine-and-beer bar, specialty cocktail in the Magnolia Cottage and whiskey tasting in the Whiskey River Saloon. Tables of eight are also available.  

The online Browse & Bid Silent Auction will feature “experiences” from Walsh Athletics and handmade items from the Walsh community. The live auction will feature a beach house getaway. Guests may also sponsorhand-crafted magnolias for $500 to support student scholarships.

Music, food trucks on Thursdays 

NORTH CANTON – Live music will be on the City Hall portico Thursdays in June and July from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and food trucks will visit.

The music and food truck schedule for June is as follows:

  • This Thursday: Front Porch Lights, a 5-piece Indie Folk Rock group from Cleveland; food truck A Movable Feast

  • June 9: Great Day for Ducks, soft rock; food truck Empamami

  • June 16: Dustin Kines, a Nashville country artist with Ohio roots; food truck The Teacher's Pet

  • June 23: Box of Squirrels, eclectic acoustic music from the 1960s to the present; food truck Vegan A Go-Go

  • June 30: Josee McGee, a Canton/Akron soulful-jazz band; food truck Cheezylicious

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