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Red carpet is out for First Friday


Special prices, a drawing and a treasure hunt highlight First Friday

Businesses in Sandy’s downtown core are providing special incentives as a way of inviting local residents to visit the businesses.

This monthly activity is called First Friday and provides entertainment, free food and drink, special prices on merchandise and services, and drawings for prizes.

The event is held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and involves nearly three dozen businesses on the boulevards in the area between Bluff and Ten Eyck roads.

Businesses and their special offerings for First Friday are listed in the Holiday on the Boulevards brochure, which can be found at each of the participating businesses, Sandy City Hall, the Sandy Public Library and online at the city’s website (cityofsandy.com) by clicking on a link at the left side of the home page.

As a special incentive to visit businesses in all three zones of the city’s downtown core, three drawings will be held with valuable prizes for the winners.

Downtown visitors need only look at the jolly holiday pictures found in the participating stores until they find a picture that’s not like the others. Those few pictures would be best described as grumpy, not jolly.

The store visitor then would collect a sticker at that store and place it on the brochure with contact information, and finally place the completed entry in a drop box location described in the brochure.

With one correct sticker, entries are eligible for a good prize; with two correct stickers, entries are eligible for a great prize; and with all three grumpy pictures found and three stickers attached, the drawn entry wins the grand prize for its owner.

First Friday also includes special prices on merchandise or services as well as activities such as individual business’ drawings for prizes; free food and tastings of wine, beer or liquor; games; entertainment; free or discounted services; and two separate appearances of Santa Claus.

Entertainment includes the Café Cowboys from 6-8 p.m. at the library’s coffee café, 38980 Proctor Blvd., as well as the Sandy High School wind ensemble and choir at Mt. Hood Cleaners and members of the high school choir at Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd.

Families with young children should consider taking advantage of babysitting services while visiting downtown Sandy. Babysitting is available from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Maria Snodgrass will offer those services on a donation basis, with no set fees. She will care for up to 10 potty-trained children, up to age 11, at the Church of the Nazarene, 34717 Jarl Road.

For information on babysitting, call 503-793-8897.