First Fridays art walk celebrating its fifth anniversary

The First Fridays art walk in Bixby Knolls will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a rich pageant of art, music, shopping and dining.
Ingredients for November will include: Something Creative mobile art stations, jazz, bike portraits, glass blowers, belly dancers, henna, a scavenger hunt, cake, photography, bikes, student musicians, deejays, jazz, swing, crooners and swooners, Timstrument, crafts, community drawing, face painting, First Books, a piano man, Bixby Belle, and the Big Red Bus.
Those who ride bikes to First Fridays may use the bike valet station at The Workshop, 4242 Atlantic Ave., as well as stop inside for free bike maintenance. Bike-riders may also bring their bicycles to the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., to get free bike portraits.
Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson will host “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library at 5:30pm, with special guest readers: Long Beach Fire Chief Alan Patalano and Assistant Chief of Fire Operations Mike Duree.
Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will provide information about First Fridays, maps, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm.
When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” will begin across the district. Nino’s Italian Restaurant will host its “Friday Night Disco Fever” with a mix of music, dancing, and late-night dining. The Factory and EJ Malloy’s will also go late into the night with dinner, drinks, music, and community mingling.
First Fridays attendees are encouraged to dine on “Art-Lantic” Avenue at one of the numerous restaurants, then grab the Big Red Bus that will transport them venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses.
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