GOSHEN — Downtown Goshen is going green for April’s First Fridays.
WHAT IS FIRST FRIDAYS?
First Fridays is a monthly event that highlights downtown Goshen with live performances, fun activities and business promotions. The theme for the event on Friday, April 4, is Green Day Frolic.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Green Day Frolic 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk: Day-of registration and check-in will be from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the Millrace Powerhouse, 212 W. Washington St. A pre-race meeting will begin at 5:50 p.m. at the starting line on Lincoln Avenue between Third and Main streets south of the Elkhart County Courthouse. The 5K run starts at 6 p.m., and the 2K walk begins 10 minutes later. An awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at the Millrace Powerhouse, with prizes for the top three males and females in seven age categories. Early registration at cityonthego.org is $18 before Thursday, April 3. Registration the day of the race is $25. Students can join the races for $10.
Operation 320: A new ministry that works with the Goshen Housing Authority to support local families is launching with a program from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Lincoln Ave. Learn about Operation 320, watch videos about housing assistance, enjoy kettle corn and apples, and enter a drawing for gifts.
Booming with City Church: Hear the Boomer Boys at a free concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St. Fresh pancakes and ham will be available for a donation.
Goshen Farmers Market: Grab a bite to eat at the Goshen Farmers Market from 5 to 8 p.m. at 212 W. Washington St. The market will have apples, scones, bagels, cinnamon rolls, baked oatmeal and an assortment of chocolates. Wash it all down with coffee, tea, juice, soda or a smoothie. The market will also have jewelry, purses, soap, produce and meat on sale. Runners and walkers will have a coupons in their goody bags.
Goshen Commons: Goshen Commons, a community news website, will have a program that merges face-to-face interaction and community building with celebrating the environment. Set up at the north end of the Millrace trail, volunteers will provide participants with conversation starters on note cards and will invite them to find someone to start a discussion with. Partners can take a picture together in a nature-inspired photo booth that will be posted on social media sites like Twitter with the hashtag #FirstFridaysGreenDay.
Launch Party and Author Signing: Meet the Goshen College students who put together a new collection called “Goshen Graphix II” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Better World Books, 215 S. Main St. Dr. Glen Miller will also be signing copies of his newest book released by Herald Press. The retired physician wrote “Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well” after suffering a heart attack. He provides guidance on living more fully and proactively preparing for death.
Go Green!: Visit Ten Thousand Villages, 206 S. Main St., for environmentally friendly products that use recycled materials and natural, sustainable products. Shoppers can pick up a coupon for 20 percent off if they visit the store and make a purchase before First Fridays. Green Day Frolic runners and walkers will get a 25 percent off coupon in their goody bags expiring April 12.
Paper Shredding Event: Bring old, unwanted documents to a mobile shred event and make a $10 donation per box to HeartStrings Sisters from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5, in the parking lot of the Retreat Women’s Health Center, 1135 Professional Drive. The event is hosted by the health center and Integra Certified Document Destruction, a division of Waste-Away Group, in partnership with the Goshen Historical Society and Museum. Pick up a reminder card on Friday at the museum at 124 S. Main St and bring it to the health center Saturday for a gift.
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