With the arrival of spring, Sandy businesses are celebrating with an even more festive First Friday this week.

The event is held each First Friday with special prices, giveaways and entertainment to give local residents another reason to find out what local merchants have to offer.

The activity continues from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at about two dozen participating businesses in the downtown core, between Bluff and Ten Eyck roads.

Some businesses are changing their offerings, while there also are new entries to the event which is enjoying growing popularity.

Coffee house

A highlight event this week, which has been missing for about a year, is the Library Coffee House.

'Sandy's Library Coffee House is back and better than ever,' said program coordinator Katie Murphy.

First Friday visitors should expect the same ambience, Murphy said, but in a newly remodeled library.

Between 7 and 9 p.m., the normally quiet reading room turns into a bustling coffee house, with live entertainers, café tables, tablecloths, flowers, coffee, tea and delectable pastries - all free.

Two members of the Pagan Jug Band will return to Sandy: Pat Buckley (guitar and vocals) and Chris Miskow (banjo, dobro, mandolin and vocals) will play bluegrass, Irish and folk tunes from 7 to 9 p.m.

'While you're enjoying the ambiance,' Murphy said, 'you are welcome to explore your new library, check out books, flip through the magazines or use the computers. All library services are available during the extended hours."

In addition, the Friends of the Sandy Public Library will have a book sale in the community room beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information call 503-668-5537.

Artist reception

There also is a new twist on the artist reception at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, which occurs every First Friday with a new artist.

This month the artist is Annatova Neches, who is not only an artist but also a photographer, musician, songwriter and teacher.

The artist reception, normally scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will end at 7 p.m., and Neches will walk next door to the Impact Learning Center, where she teaches music.

Between 7 and 8 p.m. she will lead a recital showing the talents of her students as well as showcase her songs.

Other businesses

In addition to the plethora of restaurants around town, other businesses are making special offers; having in-store sales; hanging art exhibits; playing games; featuring tastings of wine, beer, food and chocolate; hosting an open mic; and scheduling prize drawings and entertainment.

Small signs will identify each participating business.

Residents also may go to City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., or the UPS store, 38954 Proctor Blvd., and get a copy of a brochure that lists all of the events and participating businesses.

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