Dayton, Sept 30, 2013– What is a better way to kick-off the Halloween season than downtown Dayton’s free First Friday event on Oct 4, from 5 to 10 p.m? To put everyone in a ‘creepy’ mood, dancers from the SMAG Dance Collective will roam the streets as ghouls, witches and other characters before the performance of SMAGmare at 8 p.m. at 530 E. Fifth St. (next door to the Trolley Stop). Deniz with Caravan Workshops and Funk Lab Dance Center also will be part of the performance.
Two Oregon District stores will be celebrating openings: Pop-up Shop Spice Paradise (16 Brown St.) will celebrate its grand opening while Sew Dayton (261 Wayne Ave.) will open its doors in a new, larger retail space.
Steel drummer Joseph Glenn, guitar player Todd the Fox and fire dancers Soul Fire Tribe will provide entertainment as they roam downtown.
As an encore performance from this past Urban Nights event, CADC (45 S. St. Clair St.) will offer visitors another chance to try out Paint Boxing. Anyone is invited to create a unique piece of art or T-shirt at one of the Paint Boxing stations for $20. Call 313-9883.
Clash Consignment (521 E. Fifth St.) will feature artists Erica Blackstock, Craig Galentine, Josh Hydler, Liz Dearth and Robert Walker. This store will also offer 20 percent off all costumes. Call 241-9434.
The monthly Courteous Mass Ride will meet for one ride at 5:30 p.m. at Don Crawford Plaza (220 N. Patterson Blvd). This route will take riders on a 10-mile journey to the Midwest Outdoor Experience and back. Riders may choose to stay at the Experience. All tours are free and welcome any skill level.
Dayton Visual Arts Center (118 N. Jefferson St.) will continue its exhibit Music for Teacups: Colagiovanni and Haviland, a selection of video, artist books and original prints by two artists from Athens, Ohio. Showing through Oct 19. Open until 8 p.m. Call 224-3822.
Stainless steel artwork by Ryan Struve will be on display at Gallery 510 Fine Art (508 E. Fifth St.). Call 672-6717.
All are welcomed to Garden Station’s (509 E. Fourth St.) beginner’s cheesemaking class at 6 p.m. and a course on soaking and sprouting grains followed by live music at 8 p.m. by Stillwater Riverband. The Urban Farmer’s Market beings at 5:30 p.m. Call 610-3845.
Synergy Incubators hosts the First Friday Food Truck Rally, featuring many popular local food trucks at 200 S. Jefferson St.
Junkyard Dojo will be playing at The Yellow Cab, (700 E. Fourth St.) The completed works created during the live Urban Nights “Works in Progress” show will be showcased along with the creepy but intriguing exhibit “Squick.” Call 203-8175.
First Friday is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with support from the Oregon District Business Association and Rev. Cool’s “Around the Fringe” show that airs on Fridays from 8 p.m. to midnight on WYSO-FM 91.3. The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more. Download the Find It Downtown mobile search tool for smartphones at http://mobile.downtowndayton.org.