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First Friday to feature music, art, gifts, bingo

June 5 downtown event to honor fathers


Still shopping around for a Father’s Day gift? Drop by Sandy’s June First Friday to get some ideas at local businesses and explore what the city has to offer while you’re at it.

From 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, local retailers, restaurants and other downtown organizations will participate in one big community open house. June’s First Friday theme is Father’s Day and participants are invited to take part in a Sandy Main Street Father’s Day Bingo game. CONTRIBUTED ART - A colored pencil drawing of Big Beach in Maui by Lori Ryland. During First Friday Ryland will instruct teens in the medium for an art competition at her gallery.

Participants can pick up a playing card at First Friday businesses displaying the Sandy Main Street event banner. Completed cards must be turned into Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd., by 8 p.m. on Friday. Three winners will be randomly selected and contacted the week of June 8 to collect a prize.

Businesses in downtown Sandy also will offer specials, entertainment, and food and drink tastings throughout the evening.

First Fridays will continue on the first Friday of August, September and October.

Here is a list of some of this month’s happenings:

Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

The Sandy Library’s June Coffee House begins at 6 p.m. on First Friday.

This month’s event features Sandy artist Pablo Grabiel and his trio, The Steelhead Stalkers.

Grabiel is the owner of Grabielismo Productions, a full-service music and entertainment company he started in Washington D.C. After moving to Sandy in 2012, he added a Portland branch to his company.

On Friday, his band will play a variety of music including tango, swing, rumba, blues, bossa, cha cha, jazz and more.

During the Coffee House event, library staff provide refreshments and children’s crafts. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sandy Library. All library services will be open until 8 p.m. For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.

Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd.

Buddha Kat Winery samples and tasty appetizers from AntFarm will preface the Bank’s festivities for First Friday.

Camille Eide, author of several women’s romance fiction, will be visiting the bank to talk with visitors. Signed copies of her books will be available, as well as music.

LoriRyland.com Art Studio and Gallery, 38979 Proctor Blvd.

Local artist Lori Ryland will host A Call to Talented Teens art competition at her gallery First Friday. The first 10 teenagers to arrive at the gallery promptly at 5 p.m. will receive a free sketchbook. They will then be instructed how to use colored pencil during a one-and-a-half hour drawing session after picking a photographic subject to sketch.

At 6:30 p.m. the drawings will be on display in the gallery.

Patrons to the gallery will vote on their favorite artwork, and the winning artist will receive a colored pencil set, valued at $65, and a free art lesson in the loriryland.com Art Launch Program for teens. New creations by the artists of the Art Launch Program also will be on display during First Friday.

Live music for the event performed by Dave Lee. Refreshments will be available.

Other participating businesses include:

  • AntFarm Café and Bakery, 39140 Proctor Blvd.
  • Chariteas, 38687 Proctor Blvd.
  • Try My Thai, 38753 Proctor Blvd.
  • Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, 38979 Pioneer Blvd.
  • Sandy Fire Department, 17460 Bruns Ave.
  • Sandy Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd.
  • Trattoria Sapori, 39261 Proctor Blvd.
  • For a full list and map of locations, visit sandymainstreet.org/june-first-friday-2015/.

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