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Ashland in Motion gears up for First Friday

ASHLAND — Ashland in Motion’s September First Friday event is set for Friday in downtown Ashland, and has something for everyone.

In conjunction with the First Friday event, local Girl Scouts will provide a free, fun-filled evening with crafts, games and activities through a block party celebrating the Girl Scout traditions of camps, cookies and more. The theme of this year’s block party is “Girl Scout Sampler.”

Throughout the duration of the block party, the Girl Scout Service Center, located at on the corner of 16th Street and Greenup Ave., will be offering a 10 percent discount on everything in the store. To qualify for the discount, purchases must be made between 5-8 p.m. Friday.

For more information or questions regarding the Girl Scout block party, contact the Ashland Girl Scout Service Center at 606-325-2111.

Boy Scout Pack 1100 will also host the Boy Scout Cubmobile Derby, which is open to all Boy Scouts. Cubmobiles are gravity-powered coasters resembling soap box racecars. The derby will begin at 6 p.m., and will take place on 15th Street between Winchester Ave. and Greenup Ave.

Both of the scout activities are free and open to the public. Girls can re-register or become first-time Girl Scouts and boys may register for Boy Scouts at the events.

Also part of the First Friday event is Appalachian folk band Wiley Dew, set to perform on the Town Square Bank Stage, located at the intersection of 15th Street and Winchester Ave. facing the First Friday Beer Garden.

The First Friday Beer Garden, co-hosted by the Ashland Fat Patty’s, will feature domestic beers, wine and specialty drinks, and is located on 15th Street adjacent to the restaurant.

The musical talents of the students and instructors of the Aspire! Conservatory, an outreach ministry program of Ashland First United Methodist Church, will perform on the sidewalk within the designated event space, with some utilizing the recently debuted painted pianos sponsored by the Ashland Kiwanis Club.

The Aspire! Conservatory provides private and group instruction for youth and adults in music, art, dance and drama.

The Upstairs Gallery, at the Thoroughbred Agency, located at 1430 Winchester Ave., will host a photography exhibit titled “Looking at Life Through a Lens,” which features the work of Huntington Museum of Art students, led by the instruction of photographer Larry Rees.

The Pendleton Art Center, located at 1537 Winchester Ave. will feature “Painting with the Pros,” hosted by resident artists Janet Lester and Sylvia Jackson. The instructors will offer suggestion and guidance to aspiring artists. Artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies and current projects.

Kentucky Residential Arts and Music (KRAM), located at 224 15th Street, will also feature an art exhibit.

The First Presbyterian Church, located at 1600 Winchester Ave., will host free face painting, ice cream sundaes and lemonade in the church basement, with entrance facing 16th Street.

In conjunction with Ashland Pathways, First Friday will also observe the Kentucky initiative, Green Out Day, a violence intervention initiative that focuses on the power of the active bystander. The community is encouraged to wear green in support of the Green Out Day and the Green Dot movement.

The First Friday event also features extended downtown shopping and dining hours, the First Friday Classic Car Show and children’s inflatables.

Classic Car Show participants may begin parking at 3 p.m., and registration is a $5 donation, which benefits hosting non-profit organizations, Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s, and Ashland in Motion. The $5 donation registers vehicles and enters participants into a nightly door prize drawing.

Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s mission is to create “hope for a cure,” creating outlets, not only for raising research funds, but also serving as a spiritual and educational support system for families dealing with the disease. Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the Coalition for the Cure of Parkinson’s, visit www.ccpdky.org.

The children’s inflatables at the First Friday event are sponsored by BC Tool and Party Rental, and cost $5 per child.

First Friday will be 5-9 p.m. Friday on Winchester Ave. between 14th and 18th Streets. For more information about First Friday and other upcoming Ashland in Motion events, visit www.ashlandinmotion.org.