News from across the Canton area


Saturday Barista Contest

AKRON — Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co., 373 S. Main St., is sponsoring a barista contest from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be two competitions: a Solo Barista and a Duo Barista Team. Prizes are $500 for first place, $200 for second, and $50 for third.

To learn more about the competition, to purchase spectator tickets, or to register as a competitor, check out the Facebook page, “Ohio Barista Champs.” Tickets are available on Eventbrite by searching “2022 Ohio Barista Champs”.

Mount Union will present a band concert

ALLIANCE — The Mount Union University Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brush Performance Hall at the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. The Concert Band is open to Mount Union students and faculty as well as local high school students and teachers and local musicians. This event is free and open to the public.

5k Mother’s Day is May 7th

BREWSTER – The Fairless High School Student Council’s Mother’s Day 5k will take place at 9 a.m. on May 7 at Fairless High School, 11885 Navarre Road. SW.

The Fairless Mother’s Day 5k is a family-oriented 3.1 mile walk/run that begins and ends at the Fairless High School sports complex and runs through Brewster. The student-run event is dedicated to appreciating mothers and increasing engagement in the Fairless community.

This is a stroller and family friendly event. Participants will receive T-shirts and medals while supplies last. All participants will receive a finisher medal at the end of the 5 km. The three best men and women will receive a plaque at the end of the 5 km. Race day registration and pack pickup is at 8:30 a.m. Start time is 9 a.m. Profits will be donated to a community organization. Register until May 2 at Sign up to volunteer at

Stephanie King of Munroe Falls reads a story to her daughters McKenna, 17 months, and Adelaide, 5, during a visit to the North Canton Public Library.

The McKinley Museum organizes events

CANTON — Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, will host a free virtual book discussion with Gretchen Sorin, author of “Driving While Black,” from 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Sign up at

On May 5, NASA Engineer Nicole Smith, project manager of all Orion testing at the Space Environments Complex at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Plum Brook Station, will present Artemis I: NASA Returns to Earth. Moon, a program from the Soup at Six series. The price of $20 includes soup, bread, drink, dessert and the program. Registration is required at

The museum’s last Science Saturday until the fall will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 14 and will be Marvel Mania. Come dressed as your favorite Marvel character. There will be activities and crafts. This event will be open house style and will be free with admission to the museum.

Green's Lindsay Kahlenberg chooses a selection of books for her children during a recent trip to the North Canton Public Library.

Hunger Task Force is having a game night

CANTON – Milestone Game Bar, 312 Cleveland Ave. NW, will host a game night on May 1 to raise money to fight hunger in Stark County.

The event is organized in partnership with Kent State University’s Business Consulting & Practicum class. The first round of games begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m., and the second round begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a gourmet hot dog, side dish, and soft drink. To register and pay online, go to or send a check payable to Stark County Hunger Task Force at PO Box 20941, Canton, Ohio 44701.

North Township Public Library page Emma Heller puts the books back on the shelves.

The orchestra performs

CANTON — The Canton Symphony Orchestra will present Music for Humanity: Beethoven’s Ninth Performance at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St. NW.

The orchestra will feature “Serenade to Music” by Vaughan Williams and “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven, as well as “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1” by Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower. Tickets are $20, $30 and $50. For more details, visit or call 330-452-2094.

The dance is May Day

CANTON – Canton Country Music will hold its next dance on May 1 at the Polish American Club, 1605 Henry Ave. SW. Music will be provided by Kenny Eddy Band. Doors open at 1 p.m. for social hour. Music is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 at the door.

Welcome package for ex-prisoners

CANTON — A welcome reception for those recently released from incarceration and prison will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Drop In Center, 1492 Cherry St. SE.

The return reception is intended to provide information about services to help them succeed and overcome barriers in society, according to the Stark County Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Outreach Project, which is sponsoring the event. Make reservations at 330-949-1927. All service provider organizations are welcome to participate.

Author to speak

DOVER — Edgar-nominated author Robin Yocum, known for his fiction set in Eastern Ohio and the Ohio River Valley, will present a program titled “Mining the Hills of Eastern Ohio for Murder and Mayhem” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dover Library, 525 Noyer Street N.

Yocum will discuss his books and how his roots in the Ohio River Valley influenced his fiction. A book signing will follow the program held in the community room of the library. Register online at or call the library at 330-343-6123.

Blues Competition Saturday

JACKSON TWP. – The Northeast Ohio Blues Association will hold a blues challenge Saturday at the Eagles, 6979 Sunset Strip Ave. NW. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and catering will be provided by the Eagles Club.

Ten blues acts, comprised of bands and solo/duo artists, will compete for cash prizes and association sponsorship at the 2023 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Saturday Arbor Day Celebration

LOUISVILLE — The Louisville Tree Commission will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at Metzger Park Gazebo, 1420 S. Nickelplate St. Louisville is a designated “Tree City, USA.”

The grazing workshop is on Thursday

MALVERN — The Eastern Ohio Pasture Council will host a pasture workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at Straight A’s Ranch Supply, 9036 Leopard Road.

Topics include fencer chargers, proper grounding, wireless scales, environmental liability insurance, and sprinkler system options. Registration is requested. Contact the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District at 330-627-9852 to register.

Brown Bag Lunch Talk’s topic is Newark Earthworks

MASSILLON — The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, will host a Brown Bag Lunch program on April 26 featuring John L. Low, storyteller and director of the Newark Earthworks Center. Its program will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:50 p.m. to accommodate those attending their lunch hours.

The Newark Earthworks are the largest geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Built by people of the ancient Hopewell culture between 100 BC and 500 AD, it was part cathedral, part cemetery and part astronomical observatory.

Admission to Brown Bag Lunches is free and no reservations are required. The Museum offers free cookies and coffee to participants. Guests can purchase sandwiches, salads, and smoothies from the Greatness Cafe in the museum lobby or bring their own lunch.

North Township Public Library page Emma Heller puts the books back on the shelves.

Pegasus Farm Planning Workshop

NORTH TOWNSHIP – Pegasus Farm invites parents and caregivers of a child or youth with special needs to an information session with several key community organizations that provide important services and programs for families.

The Making Community Connections: Supporting Families Through Partnerships & Collaboration program will be from 9 a.m. to noon on April 30 at Walther’s Twin Tavern, 430 Applegrove St. NW.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Reservations at are required due to limited seating. Refreshments and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The program will include speakers from community organizations such as Care Team Initiative, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, State Support Team – Regional 9, The ARC of Ohio, Stark County Family Council, Sharing Solutions, and Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty.

Coffee with a cop is Friday

TWP UNI. – The next Coffee with a Cop program hosted by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office will be Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Samantha’s Restaurant, 6326 Market Ave. NOT.

The Coffee with a Cop program offers community members the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how the Sheriff’s Office serves the community.

The community is welcome to ask questions, raise concerns, or simply get to know the members of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office better. The Coffee with a Cop program is a national initiative.

For more information, call 330-430-3889. Citizens can also communicate with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office using the mobile app, which can be downloaded for free through the App Store on any smartphone by searching for Stark Sheriff Ohio.

Green's Lindsay Kahlenberg chooses a selection of books for her children during a recent trip to the North Canton Public Library.

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