Costume contest, giveaways are part of evening's festivities

Celebrate the last First Friday of the season this week in downtown Beaverton as more than 40 local businesses extend their hours until 8 p.m.

The Friday evening event includes live music, dance lessons, a silent art auction as well as special promotions and discounts at participating businesses.

Investment Audio, located at 12604 S.W. Farmington Road, is October’s host business and will provide refreshments and a special performance by Gene Denardo, an accomplished jazz musician featuring a large repertoire of jazz pieces. Investment Audio will also provide information about the evening’s events and participating businesses as well as dog treats courtesy of Petco.

During the event, the Beaverton Downtown Association is sponsoring special dog-friendly activities. The parking lot of the Peddler’s Pack, 4570 S.W. Watson Ave., will host several booths providing entertainment for furry visitors as well as a dog costume contest from 6:30 to 7 p.m. If you would like to participate in the contest, bring your dog in costume to the Peddler’s Pack by 6:30 p.m.

The Art On Broadway gallery will remain open until 9 p.m. to give visitors plenty of time to bid on its collection of Silent Auction artwork created by member artists. The auction starts at 5 p.m., and continues until 8:30, when bidding closes and sales are finalized. Participants are encouraged to place bids early, then stop by often to see if they have the highest bid on any item. 

The band Riverside Northwest will perform on Southwest Broadway Street, near Beaverton Kia, and Swingset Quartet will sing its way through the streets of downtown Beaverton.

Beaverton Florist is also hosting a prize wheel with gifts from participating businesses.

Natalie Verdi, a member of the city’s Sister Cities Advisory Board, and her colleague Marie-France Alfonsi will also host a French cooking demonstration in honor of Beaverton’s sister city, Cluses, France, at the Beaverton Masonic Lodge, 4690 S.W. Watson Ave.

“Be sure to attend the last of these fantastic, family-friendly events,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “First Fridays have brought many visitors into the downtown area to discover this community gem.”

Participating businesses include restaurants, salons, a dance studio, a healing center, coffee shops, a costume store and many specialty shops.

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