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First Friday event offers barrage of activities

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Rose City Hot Club will perform Gypsy swing jazz at the Sandy Library coffee house from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Each new month brings First Friday activities to Sandy.

This Friday the promotion committee of Sandy Main Street has planned another crawl — people wandering among downtown businesses, drinking, eating, enjoying live entertainment but most importantly becoming familiar with what is inside downtown stores.

The purpose of First Friday, a program of Sandy Main Street, is to answer the questions people don’t have time to ask. That goal is accomplished by offering incentives for families to visit downtown businesses and see what they have to offer.

Not only are there special prices and giveaways as well as food and drink tastings, there’s the social factor. Many people meet their neighbors downtown and some make new friends while sitting at a café table inside the library or outside Mt. Hood Cleaners or standing at a street corner waiting to cross.

Entertainment can be found this month at the library, Mt. Hood Cleaners and Clackamas County Bank, which features the amazing voice of 8-year-old Jannessa Hannigan.

Library coffee house

From 6-8 p.m., the Sandy Library Coffee House will offer music, free refreshments and a children’s activity.

Bringing Gypsy swing jazz to the library’s monthly coffee café is The Rose City Hot Club, a band that will perform a lively and dynamic style of jazz that became popular in France in the early 20th century.

The Rose City Hot Club will feature two traditional manouche style (gypsy) guitars, a swingin’ violin and an upright acoustic double bass. 

The music the band plays is always danceable but never so loud it interferes with relaxed conversation.

This event is free and open to all. The children’s activity will be available from 6-7 p.m. All library services will be open an extra hour, until 8 p.m. For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.

Sharing space

Dog owners should visit the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce or Mt. Hood Nutrition. The side-by-side businesses are hosting five businesses from around the area, including Happy Tails K9 Training, Sandy Animal Clinic, Sandy Pet Supply, Dolly’s Pet Shoppe and The Pet Biz dog grooming. 

The chamber, at 38963 Pioneer Blvd., will give promotional space to Island Oasis Tanning for the evening, and allow an art exhibit from the Watercolor Society of Oregon to hang for the entire month.

Mt. Hood Nutrition will collect food for Clackamas County “Animeals,” which helps seniors in the Meals on Wheels program feed their pets. Mt. Hood Nutrition has a gift for anyone who brings three 15-ounce cans of pet food or a bag of dry food, at least 3 pounds, for the seniors’ program. The chamber also will sponsor face painting for the kids. 

Just the facts

The event extends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and involves 40 businesses on the boulevards between Ten Eyck and Bluff roads, many offering different incentives to encourage people to visit. For a list of participating businesses and the specials they are offering, visit the home page for the city of Sandy and click on the link on the left side of the page (cityofsandy.com).

For more information on First Friday, call Fran at 503-489-2160 on weekday afternoons.