First Friday Kicks Off Summer

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The Main Street merchants kick off summer with a block party for the First Friday Art & Antique Walk, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 5.

The merchants participating in First Friday are heavily involved in the support of local charities throughout the year through the event’s activities, and this First Friday is no different. Down The Street Art Gallery is hosting its 2nd Annual Silent Auction for the Humane Society of Central Arizona. There are more than 60 pieces of art in many different media donated by the artists. It’s a great chance to pickup a gift or piece for yourself and do something good for the community. Bidding starts and 4 p.m. and ends promptly at 8 p.m.

In honor of June being National Rose Month, everything will be rosy at the Senior Center and Thrift Store. Guests can enjoy floral decorations, refreshments, musical entertainment by the Center’s Old Time Music Makers, hourly door prizes (winners need not be present), special sales and a treasure hunt for items marked with rose stickers. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Green Mountain Emporium will be featuring a photo show by event photographer Shawn Cromwell. Also, there will be some really good food served up by Thunder Ranch BBQ.

Jerry of Jerry’s Clock Shop, the Main Street Merchants Guild’s newest member, will be opening his doors and working in the shop on First Friday. With clocks of all kinds, Jerry will be happy to show you his wares and introduce himself to you and your family.

Green Scene Solar will have an open house. Energy conservation and generation discussions will be ongoing.

Artists of the Rim Gallery will have an artists’ reception for its featured members for June: Jack Greenshield, Dixie Guldner and Ruth Overton. Everyone is invited to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

At Body Elegance Day Spa tours of the historic 100-year-old house will be given.

Re-Runs Resale Boutique for consignment and collectibles will have its famous chocolate fountain for all to enjoy. A new wardrobe is fun anytime; with new items arriving weekly.

Watch for “Drew’s Pit Stop” and his New York-style hot dogs for another food choice.

Gasoline Alley will have Wayne Todd playing the guitar and singing; the Soroptimists selling See’s Candies; and the famous Kiwanis brats. There will also be a collection of classic cars to admire at the shop.

At Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art there will be live music, refreshments and ambiance.

Sounds Unlimited will perform light rock, classic oldies and country on Bootleg Alley’s porch.

Two tables will be set up in front of Bootleg Alley. First Friday participants can also visit with representatives from the Humane Society and even make a donation.

At Community Presbyterian Church, The Child Learning Center will be providing dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On the menu are sloppy joes, salad, chips and dessert for only $5.

Live music will be offered at the church with Colleen Brown and the Starlighters. Guests can stroll Old Main Street or use the Main Street Shuttle — park at the Community Presbyterian Church and just hop on, it’s free.

The First Friday festivities are held rain or shine and are presented by the Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation.

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