First Fridays to showcase non-profits

S ince its inception, First Fridays have recognized and promoted the community’s artists. Beginning this week it will also recognize the community’s non-profit organizations.
The Pember will introduce a new feature of First Friday called “community corner.” Community corner will allow a local non-profit the chance to showcase its organization, activities and services.
“The idea being to recognize and promote the work of non-profits, who often work behind the scenes in a community,” Rob McGuire, a member of the Pember trustee and organizer of First Friday said.
The program will debut this Friday, June 6, with the Friends of the Pember.
During the event, members of the organization will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about what the group does.
“The Friends have worked diligently to provide books, computers and needed services for the library. Their recognition is long overdue,” McGuire said.
The organization, a service group made up of volunteers, aims to “acquaint the community with the library’s resources and services, to provide assistance with various programs and activities, and to raise funds to help the library with the purchase of items outside the library’s budget.”The group hosts a weekly book sale that raises funds for the library and has also made donations to the library.
McGuire said he hopes to include a different organization each month and hopes to one day open the program to non-profits in other communities.
Besides the opportunity to learn more about the Friends of the Pember, guests will also be able to view the eclectic work of Don Taylor.
In addition to his leather work and jewelry, Taylor will display his scenic furniture pieces, as well as paintings of Betty Taylor.
Chris Morash will provide the evening’s musical entertainment, playing a mix of his own songs as well as some classics.
And Scarlotta’s Car Hop will bring its portable ice cream machine to the library and will be serving dessert.
A few hundred feet away, the Slate Valley Museum will host an opening reception for “Slate as Muse,” a five-month art exhibit featuring the work of 19 artists from throughout the country.
The reception, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m.
First Fridays are held from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Admission is free.
For more information, call either the Pember Library at 642-1515 or the Slate Valley Museum at 642-1417. You can also visit or




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