The intensity of Sandy's First Friday activities is rising with the anticipated appearance of a world-class guitar virtuoso in the library's coffee café.

Also a part of the celebration is an exhibit of the best work Sandy High School artists have to offer - on display in the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Two dozen businesses on the boulevards between Bluff and Ten Eyck roads will be open from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 4, for the promotion sponsored and organized by Sandy Main Street.

Participating businesses are offering special prices, giveaways, food and wine tasting, and entertainment to give local residents another reason to find out what local merchants have to offer.

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

In addition to the many 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; having an open mic; and scheduling prize drawings and entertainment as well as awaiting an author signing books at a gift shop.

Small signs will identify each of the participating businesses.

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. For more information, visit

Anyone who has traveled to Europe knows what a coffee house or café looks and feels like.

The ambience of a European café is recreated with small tables, colorful tablecloths, flowers on each table, art hanging on the walls and live music filtering through the room.

This month is special, according to event organizer Katie Murphy, because she has booked guitarist Mary Flower from 6-8 p.m.

Flower is a guitarist who swings the blues. She also has mastered the intricate, Piedmont style of fingerpicking.

But Flower goes beyond technique. She's a warm vocalist who sings blues, pop and jazz with ease. She also plays with expertise a steel guitar held in her lap.

Library visitors are invited to sit at a café table and enjoy free snacks, beverages and especially the music coming from an experienced guitar virtuoso.

All library services will be available until 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.

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