News from across the Canton area


Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump is Saturday

AKRON – The 18th annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump, benefiting the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, will take place on Saturday. Community members can support local hunger relief efforts by jumping into the freezing waters of Portage Lakes.

The 2021 jump to support the food bank’s hunger relief efforts has been postponed due to COVID-19. This year riders will be organized into groups and spaced accordingly to maintain social distancing.

To register, visit People can also register as a “chicken” to collect donations.

The goal for this year’s Polar Bear Jump is to raise $150,000. The food bank said the amount would provide the equivalent of 600,000 meals to its network of 600 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger relief programs in its eight-county service area.

Meet the author at the Palace Theater

CANTON — Jason Reynolds will speak Thursday at the Palace Theater as part of the Stark Library Speaking of Books Author series.

Reynolds is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” “Look Both Ways,” and “Long Way Down,” which received a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. A dedication will follow.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit to make a reservation.

Thrift Shopping 101 on Tuesdays

CANTON — The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will present the free virtual program Thrift Shopping 101 at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

One must reserve; a link will be sent after registration. Register at

The program is presented to complement Thrift Style’s traveling exhibition in the Keller Gallery at the museum through March 10. The exhibit is sponsored locally by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, which will feature items from their retail stores in a section of the Keller Gallery.

The McKinley Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Presidents Day.

Dances on Wednesday

CANTON — Dance group Variety of Music will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Polish American Club, 1605 Henry Ave. SW. Admission is $3. Everyone is welcome.

Dover Library welcomes local author Adrian Schaar

DOVER — Local author Adrian Schaar will share stories and images from his memoir, David of Muskrat Bottom, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dover Library Community Room, 525 N. Walnut St.

The book begins with Schaar’s childhood adventures in Muskrat Bottom in New Philadelphia and ends after he returns from Vietnam. A signing session will follow the program.

Register online at or call the library at 330-343-6123.

Learn More About Kindle Direct Publishing

DOVER – Liz Strauss will discuss the world of Kindle Direct Publishing at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Dover Library Community Room, 525 N. Walnut St. Strauss will discuss her journey from writing and publishing her first novel on Amazon to creating and selling planners, guided journals and notebooks. She will share her personal experience and give tips for getting started in the KDP world.

Strauss is the Director of Teen Services/Outreach at Dover Public Library. In addition to organizing engaging activities for area teens, she also designs Footnotes, the library’s monthly newsletter, and is responsible for the 3D printer at the library. Strauss wrote and published his first novel “Teen Psychic” in 2021.

Questions are welcome. A book sale will follow this event. Register online at or call the library at 330-343-6123.

Saturday Oddmall Event

GREEN – Oddmall: Expedition Elsewhere will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Tadmor Shrine, 3000 Krebs Drive. Admission is free, although a $5 donation is appreciated.

Oddmall, an exhibition of arts, crafts and all things interesting, is a celebration of art, cosplay, entertainment and shopping with dozens of artists, artisans, costume designers and purveyors of all things weird, geeky, horrific, unusual, and wonderful.

The theme of Expedition Elsewhere is exploration. For more information, visit

Tickets available for the Massillon Lions Club show

MASSILLON – Tickets are now on sale for the Massillon Lions Club’s annual show, “Under Construction”, the weekends of March 4 and 11 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The presentation will feature family humor and a variety of musical genres performed by soloists, ensembles and the Lions Club Chorus on the stage of the Lions Lincoln Theater in Massillon, 156 Lincoln Way E. The show benefits the Lions Club.

Tickets, $10 each, can be purchased online at or at the following locations: Friends & Family Credit Union (downtown office), Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery, Emmert’s Market, Sweeper Mart, Massillon Senior Citizen Center, Buehler’s at Mayflower Shopping Centre, and members of the Massillon Lions Club. Tickets will be sold at the door subject to availability.

The Massillon museum extends the hours of last Saturday’s artists’ reception

MASSILLON — The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, will host an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday as part of Massillon’s Downtown Final Saturday event.

The event will be free and open to all. Alex Vlasov: I Promise to Make a Fabulous PTG Tomorrow, a selection of mixed media paintings, will be exhibited at Studio M at Musée Massillon until April 6.

The Massillon Museum will publish a podcast interview with Vlasov at noon on March 1 on and

Visit StoryWalk outside the library

MASSILLON – Families are invited to stop by the StoryWalk outside the Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, to read “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns N’ Roses anytime from February 28 to March 10.

Begin the walk in the Camille Leslie Memorial Garden on Lincoln Way E and read your way to the second street entrance to the library. You can pick up a take-out gear at the end of the walk.

For more information, contact the Children’s Department at [email protected] or 330-832-9831, ext. 317.

Snack for children at the library

MASSILLON — The Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, will host a free open house for children’s afternoon tea from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library auditorium. There will be crafts, activities and refreshments for afternoon tea. Participants are invited to put on their best tea party finery. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 330-832-9831, ext. 317.

The subject of the Brown Bag Lunch program is black hair

MASSILLON – Tameka Ellington will present the Massillon Museum’s next Brown Bag Lunch program on Tuesday. The program on the art and history of black hair will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:50 p.m.

Admission to Brown Bag Lunches is free for all and no reservations are required.

While working as an academic at Kent State University, Ellington’s work focused on the social psychological aspects of black hair culture. This work led to the development of his largest project to date, TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair, a museum exhibit at Kent State University.

The Brown Bag Lunch presentation complements the Massillon Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery exhibit, The Art and History of Black Hair: Through the Eyes of the 21st Century African American Child. Sponsored by the Kent Region Chapter of The Links, Inc., the exhibit features photographs of sixth through eighth grade students from Stark, Summit, Portage and Medina counties.

Monday vinyl night

MASSILLON — The Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, will hold its monthly vinyl night from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday in the library’s main auditorium.

Steve Malich will present on “Early Elvis” and Don Specht will have musical anecdotes. Bring along a selection from your vinyl collection to share, whether it’s 33, 45 or 78 rpm. Everyone is welcome to participate or just sit down and listen.

This free program takes place every third Monday and no registration is required. For more information, contact Sherie Brown at 330-832-9831, ext. 314.

Invited vendors for crafts and handicrafts fair

NORTH TOWNSHIP – The North Township Lions Club will be hosting a Spring Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 26 at North Canton Hoover High School.

The cost is $50 for a 10 foot by 5 foot space. There is an additional cost of $5 if electricity is required. Applications must be received by March 12. Contact Bill Humphrey at 330-497-1694 or [email protected] for more information.

History club meets on Monday

PERRY TWP. –The Perry History Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the lower level of the Perry Police Department.

Christopher Craft from the Massillon Museum will talk about the American Revolution. A business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


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