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‘Hot August Knights’ draw out artisans for sizzling First Fridays fun

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The summer heats up on Aug. 5 with an eclectic evening of First Fridays entertainment. The night kicks off at 5:30pm with Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library. This month’s “First Books” features knight-themed books and special guest reader Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester.
First Fridays patrons who arrive via bike are encouraged to take advantage of the bike valet station at The Workshop, 4242 Atlantic Ave. Bike maintenance demonstrations and service are also available.
Other highlights include mobile art stations, medieval knights and artisans, improv comedy, dancing Elmo & Smurfette, classic cars, re-enactors, karaoke, photography, DJs, jazz, rockabilly favorites, Timstrument, reggae, Robin Hood, a community drawing, dominoes, tarot cards, face painting, antiques, the Big Red Bus, and the Knolls Ranger.
The First Fridays information table will be available from 6:30 to 8pm at Bella Cosa, 3803Atlantic, with maps, restaurant recommendations, and info about First Fridays and area businesses.
When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins across the district. Nino’s Italian Restaurant will host its usual mix of music and late night dining. Music, food, and a cigar lounge can be found at “Overtime at The Factory.” EJ Malloy’s offers late night hospitality, and the LB Petroleum Club will host a late night pool party. Fore more information, visit

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‘Hot August Knights’ draw out artisans for sizzling First Fridays fun