Olde Canal Days Festival
CANAL FULTON – The Olde Canal Days Festival will be Thursday through Saturday at St. Helena Heritage Park. Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, and fireworks will be at 10 p.m. The festival features amusement rides, concessions, arts and crafts, the princess and queen’s pageant, museum tours, a vintage baseball game, canal boat rides and live entertainment.
For more information and a schedule, visit http://discovercanalfultonevents.com/oldecanaldaysevents.htm.
Kids movies at Palace
CANTON – The Palace Theatre's Summer Kids Movie Series features family-friendly movies at 1 p.m. Mondays, except July 4. The box office and doors open at noon.
Admission is $2. The movie schedule is July 11, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas;" July 18, "My Neighbor Totoro;" July 25, "Paw Patrol: The Movie;" Aug. 1, "Sing 2;" and Aug. 8, "Inside Out."
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 food. The festival begins at 4 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday and Sunday. Fireworks will start around 9 p.m. Saturday. For a lineup of musical entertainment, visit https://cantonitalianfesta.org/entertainment-1.
Hand bell choir to perform
CANTON – The Raleigh Ringers, a hand bell 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 hand bells. More information about the Raleigh Ringers is at www.rr.org.
All reserved seating is available at http://mckchoir-rr.ticketleap.com/handbellconcert. Tickets are $20, including all fees. Tickets also will be available at the door. For more information, email email@example.com or call 330-327-9449.
Museum offers kids science camps
CANTON – The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, will run two separate science camps this summer.
The camp on July 12-15 is for grades 1-5. The themes are Fun in Nature Day, Wacky Weather Day, Super Hero Science Day, and Digging for Gold Day. Summer camps run from 9 a.m. until noon. Deadline for registration is Monday.
Foodie Camp on July 19-22 from 9 a.m. until noon is for grades 4-6. The themes are Eat from Garden Day, Tasty Desserts, Baking Breads and Pastas, and The Ultimate Bake Off. The deadline for registration is July 12.
The cost is $25 per day per student for nonmembers and $23 per day per student for members. Students can sign up for any number of days.
More information is at mckinleymuseum.org and the museum’s Facebook page. For questions, contact Science Director Lynette Reiner at 330-455-7043, ext. 208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Three living historians will portray various authors prior to the appearance of bestselling author Linda Castillo.
At 2 p.m., local actor Chris Hart will portray Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British author who created the character of Sherlock Holmes. At 3:30 p.m., Anne McEvoy, a member of Women in History, will present Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the popular series "Little House on the Prairie." At 5 p.m., local author Don Maurer will portray American writer and humorist Mark Twain. At 6:30 p.m., Castillo will talk with Bob Scanlon, local radio celebrity and board member of the library, about her latest book, "The Hidden One," which will be released Tuesday.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Beverages and food will be for sale. Register online for the free event at www.doverlibrary.org or call the library at 330-343-6123.
Pike Grange offers dinner
EAST SPARTA – Pike Grange, 1421 Battlesburg Road SE, will have a drive-thru sausage dinner Saturday from 3 p.m. until sold out. The meal includes a sausage sandwich with peppers and onions, baked beans, cole slaw, applesauce and dessert for $10. Drive in and someone will bring the food to your car. For information, call Jenny at 330-806-9362.
Concert at Hartville Kitchen
HARTVILLE – The Lock 4 Barbershop Quartet will perform July 14 at the Hartville Kitchen, 1015 Edison St. NW.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the meal is served at noon, and the concert is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit https://www.itickets.com/events/458427 or call 330-877-9353.
Pegasus Farm Blueberry Festival
MARLBORO TWP. – Pegasus Farm’s Blueberry Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at the farm, 7490 Edison St. NE.
The family-friendly event features barn tours, wagon rides, a photo station, vaulting demonstration, a carriage-driving demonstration, animals, a strolling magician and a scavenger hunt. Food will include blueberry sundaes, soda floats, hot dogs and Kona ice. The event is free, but there is a cost for food and beverages.
Alive Music Festival coming up
MINERAL CITY – The 34th annual Alive Music Festival will take place from July 14-17 at Atwood Lake Park’s outdoor amphitheater.
The event features live music from among the biggest names in Christian music, including For King & Country, TobyMac, Skillet, We the Kingdom and Danny Gokey.
Atwood Lake Park is at 9500 Lakeview Road NE. Camping and RV sites, swimming and food vendors will be available. For more details or tickets, go to: alive.org.
Bike party Friday
MINERVA – Minerva will hold its first bike party Friday, beginning and ending at Sandy Springs Brewing Company. The group will gather at 6 p.m. A bike party is an all-ages, all-abilities recreational group bike ride. Minerva’s first ride will consist of a six-mile route through the village’s neighborhoods.
The group will stay together and obey all traffic laws. Everyone rides at their own risk, and helmets are recommended. For more information, contact the Minerva Chamber office, 330-868-7979 or email@example.com.
Safety Town in North Canton
NORTH CANTON – The North Canton Jaycees will provide a Safety Town program for children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.
The program addresses basic safety skills, such as remembering their name, address, and telephone number; seeking help in an emergency; and understanding fire safety, water safety and travel safety (bus/bicycle/car).
The program will be 6 to 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; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/5b346nnp.
This program will be taught by North Canton safety services personnel and representatives from other community organizations with knowledge of these safety issues. Each evening will include hands-on learning sessions in small groups, snack time and song/story time as a large group. Children will have the opportunity to tour 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. July 14 at the Amish Door Banquet Center, 1210 Winesburg St.
The concert ticket price includes a prepared plate meal at the banquet center. Doors open to begin seating at 6 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 https://amishdoor.com/events or https://tinyurl.com/ymzkjtc2.
The American Red Cross is offering 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 to 6 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 11394 Edison St. NE; and July 14, 1 to 7 p.m., Alliance Elks Lodge No 467, 606 Glamorgan St.
Lake Township: July 14, 2 to 7 p.m., Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Perry Township: July 15, 1 to 6 p.m., Richville United Church of Christ, 6125 Richville Drive SW.
All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Those who come to give through July 10 will receive a Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Stark County roundup: News from around the Canton region