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Sandy throws a party

First Friday event takes place at about 30 businesses May 3


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Belinda Underwood combines the sound of her upright bass with an accordion played by Justin Franzino during the First Friday concert from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 3, inside the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.The monthly First Friday activity, which is becoming more popular each year, is offering the second in its 2013 series from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at businesses on the boulevards in the downtown core.

The event, which could be called a “business crawl,” takes people inside businesses they might never have visited previously.

They sample wines or beer or food in some of the businesses, while in others there is entertainment or demonstrations or special prices on products or services.

Sandy Main Street sponsors the event, and its purpose is economic development by encouraging residents to purchase from local businesses. First Friday also gives people the opportunity to learn what local businesses have to offer.

Anyone interested in the specials offered by all First Friday businesses can receive a list by email each month. To receive this information by email, send an email requesting the information to this address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clackamas County Bank

An example of what is happening inside one of the downtown businesses is Clackamas County Bank. From 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 3, the bank will feature Open Mic Night from 6-7:30 p.m., giving young people ages 3-18 a chance to show their talents.

While this is happening, Corrine Konell from Cowgirl Cupcakes will provide treats inside the bank, and bank visitors also can sample Willamette Valley wine.

In addition, a fifth-grade class from Firwood School will display spring haiku art. And Teri LaVoy from the Sandy Historical Society will display a raffle quilt and sell tickets.

Sandy Public Library

Meanwhile across the street, the Sandy Library Coffee House takes on an international feel this month with Justin and Belinda, a bass and accordion duo performing old French and Spanish tunes, Gypsy jazz and more.

The coffee house — free and open to all ages — will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday May 3, in the rearranged library space, where it even looks like a European café.

Belinda Underwood and Justin Franzino combine their talents to create a great combination of upright bass and accordion.

Franzino is a seasoned professional and energetic performer with an imaginative style.

Franzino’s repertoire includes German, French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as various other types of music such as jazz, bluegrass, swing, classic standards, Cajun, country and new age.

Underwood is a lifelong musician and dancer who brings elements of the world’s folk art traditions together with her own Western training. She is adept at artfully blending the elements of her training along with folk and world music influences to create art that is uniquely her own.

Free refreshments will be available, and all library services will be open an extra hour, until 8 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.