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Participants include Harmony, Mossy Rock, Lennox Jai & Julie Cooper Designs, Bobablastic, AntFarm and Spiral Gallery.

An upcoming event organized by Antfarm will encourage community members to spend an evening with Estacada businesses.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, a variety of local businesses will offer refreshments, opportunities to create art, discounts on items or other special features as part of a First Friday event coordinated by Antfarm, a nonprofit organization that started in Sandy and also works with the Estacada School District. The group is also working to open a tea shop on Zobrist Street in Estacada.

"As we move into Estacada, we want to be sure we're supporting the community," said Chris Stanton, Estacada Community Manager for Antfarm. "The community asked for a similar event."

Though some have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spiral Gallery typically hosts a First Friday gathering to highlight the work of the month's featured artists. Participants in the Antfarm event will include Harmony, 221 S.W. Wade St.; Mossy Rock, 398 Broadway St.; Lennox Jai & Julie Cooper Designs, 365 Broadway St; Bobablastic, 380 S.W. Zobrist St.; AntFarm, 350 S.W. Zobrist St.; and the Spiral Gallery, 341 Broadway St.

Stanton nodded that the October gathering will be a pilot event, and future First Fridays will be adapted as needed.

He hopes the event creates a space for community members to connect with one another.

"There's a widespread area of who considers themselves an Estacadian," he said, adding that it will be great to see people in the downtown area. "Some people haven't seen each other for a while, and others can meet new people."


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