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Celebrate First Friday with the best poker hand

After a month break, First Friday returns to Sandy

After an absence in July, Sandy Main Street’s First Friday event once again will liven up downtown Sandy on Friday, Aug. 1.

The theme for the August First Friday is the Best Poker Hand Contest. Each participating business will receive a playing card. The person who comes back with the best poker hand, or has visited the most businesses, will win a prize.

First Friday, from 5-8 p.m., 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.

Refreshments and deals will be provided at businesses such as Clackamas County Bank, Ox & Marley, Thrifty Dollar and Discount Furniture.

Specials on provisions will be offered at Golden Key Restaurant and Sparky’s Pizza.

Visit sandymainstreet.org/first-friday-june-2014/ for a map and full list of activities. You also can pick up an event guide at any of the participating businesses.

AntFarm Café and Bakery

The AntFarm Café and Bakery will celebrate First Friday with a tribute to Gloria Gaulke Swan, a local resident, educator, author and artist.

Swan, who grew up and lived most of her life in the Sandy area until her death in December 2011, attended Welches Grade School and graduated from Sandy Union High School in 1957.

Swan served as an art teacher at Cedar Ridge Middle School for 20 years, beginning in 1979.

Her artwork, which often features wildlife and horses, can be viewed at gloriaswan.com.

Swan’s daughter, Tahnee Swanton, will host an art show and sale benefiting AntFarm, 39140 Proctor Blvd.

Aaron Knudson, a jazz guitarist, also will provide the musical atmosphere.

Avamere at Sandy

During First Friday, Avamere at Sandy, 17727 S.E. Langensand Road, will open its weekly Happy Hour to all community members from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come enjoy two free drinks and live music before hitting the streets of downtown Sandy.

Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic

The Sandy animal clinic, 39231 Proctor Blvd., will teach visitors about acupuncture for furry friends.

Those who stop by also will receive and exclusive discount on the start-up bundle.

Library Coffee House

The Library’s monthly Coffee House will begin at 6 p.m. with music, refreshments and a book sale at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

This month’s performer is the Michalangela Duo. Jazz singer Michal Angela Wilson will perform accompanied by Portland jazz pianist and composer Matt Tabor.

All services will be open for one extra hour, until 8 p.m., so visitors can browse through the stacks while listening to the live music.

The event is free and family friendly.

LoriRyland.com Art Studio and Gallery

Singer and songwriter Isaac Turner, from Albany, will perform from 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 38906 Proctor Blvd.

Desserts and wine will be available, and new artworks from students of the gallery’s Art Launch program will be on exhibit.

Friday is also the deadline for students wishing to apply for scholarships for the gallery’s Art Launch program.

Applicants should submit one piece of art in person and fill out an application form during the gallery’s First Friday event.

Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce

Artist Rod Stroh, whose work is featured in the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce gallery during July and August, will be available to talk about his pieces from 5-7 p.m. First Friday in the new SACC office, 38979 Pioneer Blvd.

Stroh said his art is classified into three categories: straight-up photography, artistically mastered photography and digital art.

“Artistically mastered means I have taken a photograph and used the computer to substantially alter its appearance,” Stroh said. “Sometimes I give it the appearance of a painting, changing the colors, or moving things around for a better composition than nature had provided. The process takes much more creativity and time than standard processing, but the essence of the original photographic subject is still there.”

The art show is sponsored by the Wy’east Artisans Guild.