Aug. 2 First Friday: Dog Days of Summer

File photo; Rudy, a dog available for adoption through the York County, gets hosed down during the 2012 First Friday in July.

File photo; Rudy, a dog available for adoption through the York County, gets hosed down during the 2012 First Friday in July.

The Dog Days are here: Celebrate summer and pooches during First Friday Aug. 2 in downtown York. There are lots of events, art displays and retail specials. The fun runs 5 to 9 p.m. Don’t miss these offerings:

Special events
Body Rhythms Life Fitness hosts a free Zumba class 6 p.m. at Beaver and Market streets.
Growing Up Green, 266 W. Market St., hosts a stuffed animal parade at 6:15 p.m. with snacks, refreshments and prizes.
CGA Law Firm, 135 N. George St., hosts a kids carnival with games, crafts, face painting and more at 5 p.m.
YorIT Challenge hosts a First Friday kickoff party 5:30 p.m. at CoWork155, 155 W. Market St.

For people and pups
The Watchmaker’s Daughter, 22 N. Beaver St., will display artwork and host live music. Visitors can make a dog tag.
– Check out dogs in local shelters looking for forever homes at My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, 14 N. George St. Ten percent of sales will be donated to local animal shelters.
– The York County SPCA hosts a Yappy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. with appetizers, mocktails and doggie treats on the OffCenter Grill Patio at the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St. Fifty percent of food proceeds will be donated to the SPCA.
– Get a free 5-by-7 frame for your pet photo and enjoy Indian snacks at the Art & Framing Warehouse, 147 W. Philadelphia St.
– Pick up soaps and sprays for humans and animals at Sunrise Soap Co., 29 N. Beaver St.
– Get your pet fitted for a designer collar and get a pet portrait on the red carpet at Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St. Participants can enter pet photos in the shop’s Facebook contest for the chance to win a bow tie collar.

Food and nightlife
– Sample hot dogs and get ideas on how to spice up your next cookout at Park Street Pantry, 24 N. Beaver St.
– Enjoy a pig roast 5 to 9 p.m. with beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co. at Maewyn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 110 N. George St. Live music starts at 9 p.m.
– Get a free iced or hot coffee with any $10 purchase at Ladybug Baking Company & Café, 33 N. Beaver St. Visitors can enter to win a pair of tickets to see Halestorm Sept. 7 at the York Fair.

Art and more
Philosophy Collective, 126 E. King St., hosts acoustic music, local organic snacks and its “Sustain” recycled exhibit.
– Stop by to see pottery being crafted at Clay Path Studio in Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St.
– Check out masks by James Christian, live music, chair massage and henna art at Lotus Moon Yoga, 36 N. Beaver St.
The Parliament, 116 E. King St., presents “Installation Nation” — a show of sculptures and installations.
Here are more events, discounts and offerings.

About Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.
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