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Live music, street vendors and art project mark final Park and Play event for 2019.

The final First Thursday Park and Play event of the summer kicks off at 5 p.m. this Thursday, featuring live music, food, vendors and a community art project.

Cheyenne West will be performing in Hideaway Alley during the event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and, as always, different vendors will be set up throughout the event.

Art Adventure Gallery and Madras Downtown Association are hosting a community art project during the event, in which community members can write or draw on a piece of origami paper, that will later be folded into a crane for the final projects. Sometime in November the cranes will be strung with beads, flowers and bells.

The hope is to "boost positive thinking about our community," according to a post on the art gallery's Facebook page.

In November, organizers will begin folding the sheets into cranes to be strung with beads and flowers and bells. Art Adventure Gallery will host three folding/stringing parties in November, and organizers say they will need lots of help. These collaborative works of community art and positive thought will be displayed at Art Adventure Gallery in December and will be up for auction with proceeds going to the Madras Downtown Association and Art Adventures Gallery to be put toward similar endeavors in the future.

Ideas for how to decorate the papers include: what you love about the community, your favorite places to visit, play, camp, picnic etc., your favorite things to do around Madras, or things about Madras that make you happy.

The crane project will continue into the fall with several other decorating opportunities and several opportunities to fold and string the projects before they are put up for auction to raise money for other community art projects. For more information, visit the Madras Downtown Association Facebook page or the Art Adventure Gallery Facebook page.

Stop by the Madras Downtown Association's booth on Thursday to decorate an origami paper for the project, on the corner of Fifth and C streets.


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