News from across the Canton area

Olde Canal Days Festival

CANAL FULTON – The Olde Canal Days festival will take place Thursday through Saturday at St. Helena Heritage Park. The opening hours of the festival are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

The parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday and the fireworks will be at 10 p.m. The festival features rides, concessions, arts and crafts, the Princess and Queen pageant, museum tours, a vintage baseball game, canal boat rides and live entertainment.

For more information and a schedule, visit

Movies for children at the Palace

CANTON — The Palace Theater’s summer children’s movie series features movies for the whole family at 1 p.m. Mondays, except July 4. The ticket office and doors open at noon.

Admission is $2. The film’s program is July 11, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; July 18, “My Neighbor Totoro”; July 25, “Paw Patrol: The Movie;” August 1, “Sing 2”; and on August 8, “Inside Out”.

After:North Canton YMCA closed indefinitely due to pool leak and water damage

Italian-American Festival

CANTON — The Stark County Italian-American Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at Weis Park, 2600 Harvard Ave. NW.

The free event features entertainment, a bocce tournament, merchandise vendors, and Italian cuisine. The festival begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. Saturday. For musical entertainment programming, visit

Hand bell choir to play

CANTON — The Raleigh Ringers, a handbell choir, will perform a benefit for the McKinley High School Choir program at 7 p.m. July 14 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th St. NW.

The Raleigh Ringers perform interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including rock ‘n’ roll, arranged for handbells. For more information on the Raleigh Ringers, visit

All reserved seats are available at Tickets are $20, including all fees. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, email [email protected] or call 330-327-9449.

The museum offers science camps for children

CANTON — The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, will host two separate science camps this summer.

The July 12-15 camp is for students in grades 1-5. The themes are Fun in Nature Day, Wacky Weather Day, Super Hero Science Day and Digging for Gold Day. Summer camps take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The registration deadline is Monday.

The Foodie Camp from July 19 to 22 from 9 a.m. to noon is intended for students in grades 4 to 6. The themes are Eat from Garden Day, Tasty Desserts, Baking Breads and Pastas and The Ultimate Bake Off. The registration deadline is July 12.

The cost is $25 per day per student for non-members and $23 per day per student for members. Students can enroll for any number of days.

More information on and the museum’s Facebook page. If you have any questions, contact Scientific Director Lynette Reiner at 330-455-7043, ext. 208, or [email protected]

After:St. Barbara Catholic School closes; low enrollment, loss of faculty and risk of indebtedness cited

Program at Reeves Victorian Home

DOVER — The lawn of the Reeves Victorian Home, 325 E. Iron Ave., will be the site of Stories on the Steps, a program co-sponsored by the Dover Public Library and the Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum, from Saturday 2-8 p.m.

Three living historians will portray various authors before bestselling author Linda Castillo appears.

At 2 p.m., local actor Chris Hart will play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British author who created the character of Sherlock Holmes. At 3:30 p.m., Women in History member Anne McEvoy will introduce Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the popular Little House on the Prairie series. At 5 p.m., local author Don Maurer will play American writer and humorist Mark Twain. At 6:30 p.m., Castillo will speak with local radio celebrity and library board member Bob Scanlon about his latest book, “The Hidden One,” which will be released Tuesday.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Drinks and food will be on sale. Register online for the free event at or call the library at 330-343-6123.

Pike Grange offers dinner

EAST SPARTA – Pike Grange, 1421 Battlesburg Road SE, will host a drive-in sausage dinner Saturday from 3 p.m. while supplies last. The meal includes a sausage sandwich with peppers and onions, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce and dessert for $10. Come in and someone will bring the food to your car. For more information, call Jenny at 330-806-9362.

Concert at Hartville Kitchen

HARTVILLE – The Lock 4 Barbershop Quartet will perform July 14 at Hartville Kitchen, 1015 Edison St. NW.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch is served at noon and the concert is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit or call 330-877-9353.

After:After a two-year hiatus in Silver Park, the Alliance’s Independence Day fireworks celebration returns there on July 4

Pegasus Farm Blueberry Festival

MARLBORO TWP. – The Pegasus Farm Blueberry Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 16 at the farm, 7490 Edison St. NE.

The family event includes barn tours, wagon rides, photo station, aerobatic demonstration, carriage driving demonstration, animals, traveling magician and treasure hunt. Food will include blueberry sundaes, soda floats, hot dogs and Kona ice cream. The event is free, but there is a cost for food and beverages.

Upcoming Live Music Festival

MINERAL CITY — The 34th annual Live Music Festival will take place July 14-17 at the Outdoor Amphitheater in Atwood Lake Park.

The event features live music from some of the biggest names in Christian music including For King & Country, TobyMac, Skillet, We the Kingdom and Danny Gokey.

Lake Atwood Park is located at 9500 Lakeview Road NE. Camping and RV sites, swimming and food vendors will be available. For more details or tickets, go to:

Friday bike party

MINERVA — Minerva will host its first bike party on Friday, starting and ending at Sandy Springs Brewing Company. The group will meet at 6 p.m. A bike party is a recreational group bike ride for all ages and abilities. Minerva’s first ride will be a six-mile run through the neighborhoods of the village.

The group will stay together and obey all traffic laws. Everyone rides at their own risk and wearing a helmet is recommended. For more information, contact the Minerva Chamber office, 330-868-7979 or [email protected]

Safety Town in North Township

NORTH TOWNSHIP – The North Township Jaycees will offer a Safety Town program for children entering kindergarten in the fall.

The program covers basic safety skills, such as remembering your name, address and phone number; request assistance in an emergency; and understand fire safety, water safety and travel safety (bus/bike/car).

The program will take place from 6-8 p.m. July 25-28 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 349 Lindy Lane Ave. NW. The cost is $40 per child. The program is limited to 50 participants; places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit

This program will be taught by staff from the Canton du Nord security services and representatives of other community organizations familiar with these security issues. Each evening will include hands-on small group learning sessions, snacks and large group songs/stories. Children will have the opportunity to visit police, fire and EMS vehicles. Each child will receive a t-shirt.

Beach Boys Tribute Concert

WILMOT – The Beach Party Boys will perform a Beach Boys tribute concert at 6:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Amish Door Banquet Center, 1210 Winesburg St.

The price of the concert ticket includes a plate prepared at the banquet center. Doors open for seating at 6:00 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating only. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

For tickets ($55) and more information, call 330-359-5464 or visit or

donate blood

The American Red Cross offers the following opportunities in Stark County to donate blood:

Alliance: Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Alliance Community Hospital, 200 E. State St.; July 12, 1-6 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 11394 Edison St. NE; and July 14, 1-7 p.m., Alliance Elks Lodge No 467, 606 Glamorgan St.

Lake Township: July 14, 2-7 p.m., Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW.

Municipality of Perry: July 15, 1-6 p.m., Richville United Church of Christ, 6125 Richville Drive SW.

All blood groups are required. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Those who donate until July 10 will receive a Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.

Corina C. Butler