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Oct. 3 First Friday festivities celebrate the Harvest

For the last time this year, businesses in downtown Sandy are getting ready for Sandy Main Street’s First Friday event. The final 2014 downtown open house will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

First Friday features free activities throughout downtown Sandy, providing a chance for residents and visitors of the city to get to know Sandy businesses and their owners.

The theme for the October First Friday is Harvest Celebration. Downtown businesses will feature harvest-themed activities throughout the evening.

Businesses such as Dairy Queen, Dolly’s Pet Shoppe, Sparky’s Pizza, Thai Home, Thrifty Dollar and Discount Furniture and Trattoria Sapori are offering special deals.

Those meandering through downtown can stop in for samples and refreshments at Dita’s Chocolates, Organic Sandy, Sandy Family Restaurant, Sandy Liquor and Tamale Factory.

Other First Friday offerings include:

Chariteas tea shop, 38687 Proctor Blvd.

Chariteas will hold a Chinese tea ceremony and will have loose leaf tea for sale.

Sandy’s Bunsenbrewer will serve its artisan beer. Shalduha Herbals will have samples of salves and room sprays.

To top it all off, Chariteas invites visitors to come meet the adoptable dogs from My Way Home Dog Rescue and Enzo’s Acres.

Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd.

The bank promises to be alive with activity from local organizations during First Friday festivities.

Mt. Hood Hospice is the featured guest and will provide free blood pressure checks.

Clackamas County Bank invites you to come meet the folks from Mt. Hood Hospice and learn more about their organization.

Representatives from the Sandy Historical Society will sell tickets for a raffle quilt while fifth-grade students from Firwood Grade School will display their mosaic self-portraits.

The Simon Rusaw Conspiracy will share musical talents throughout the night, and light appetizers by Sandy Taco Bell and a selection of wines will be available for refreshment.

In the bank’s Sunset Room, several small businesses will greet visitors and pass out information, including AdvoCare, Damsels in Defense, Enchanted Rose Jewelry by artist Dianna Turk, and Friends of the Sandy Pool.

Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, 38979 Pioneer Blvd.

Stop by the chamber office to view art by acrylic painter Sharon Hale Sandgren, a member of the Wy’east Artisans Guild and a resident of Damascus.

Much of Sandgren’s art is drawn from images of nature’s movement, such as waterfalls, forest environments and moody light sources.

Sandgren’s collection will be on display in the chamber office gallery through the end of October.

Future Farmers of America, Sandy Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd.

In honor of October First Friday’s harvest theme, Sandy FFA will host a petting zoo in the parking lot of the Sandy Historical Museum. Visitors will get the chance to enjoy the company of a miniature horse, baby goats, rabbits, chickens and a miniature calf.

Inside the museum, the Sandy Historical Society will provide light refreshments and a free drawing.

Sandy Fire Department, 17460 Bruns St.

Come meet your Sandy firefighters and fire department team during First Friday.

Photo ops with the antique fire engine and a chance to check out the front line engines will be provided, along with root beer floats.

Sandy Library Coffeehouse, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

Stop by the Sandy Public Library from 6-8 p.m. to hear music by French musician Eric John Kaiser.

Known as the French Troubadour of Portland, Kaiser blends his French roots with experiences of traveling the U.S. into his music, sang in both French and English. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - French musician Eric John Kaiser will liven up the Sandy Library Coffeehouse from 6-8 p.m.

Boring resident and author Dan Bosserman, whose new book included in the Images of America historical series depicts the history of Boring, will be in attendance. From 5-8 p.m., Bosserman will have copies of his book available for purchase and signings.

Free refreshments will be available at the library’s Coffeehouse. In honor of the event, library services will be open an extra hour.

For more info

Visit sandymainstreet.org/first-friday-september-2014/ for a map and full list of activities, including details on specific business offerings. You also can pick up a printed event guide at any of the participating businesses.

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