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Join Downtown South Bend for First Fridays on Friday, April 4

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On Friday, April 4, 2014, Downtown South Bend (DTSB) will present as part of its First Fridays an event it calls Book the Bend. DTSB describes First Fridays as "Special promotions, events, and activities await you every first Friday at downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants." Most events take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Book Events Include:

- Ali on the Boulevard (722 E. Jefferson) will be collecting used books to donate to the Friends of the Library. For every book you give her, Ali will give you 50 cents in store credit - for up to 50 books!

- Author B.I. Woolet, author of The Hunter, The Bear, and the Seventh Sister, will have a book signing at the Chocolate Café from 5-9.

- Idle Hours Bookshop at 212 S. Michigan St. is hosting a Make Your Own Bookmark craft from 5:30-6:30.

- At the Main Library, Dr. Frankenstein's monster and the monster's bride will make appearances and lead a scavenger hunt. All participants get a prize, and the winner gets a special gift basket. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is this year's One Book, One Michiana.

- The Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 4-8 p.m.

- Marigold's Uncommon Home and Garden at 722 E. Jefferson will offer its books at a buy one, get one 50% off discount. The store stocks new and used children's books as well as books for adults on gardening and decorating.

- Meet Amelia Bedelia (costumed character) from the beloved children's book series at Indiana Rug Co., 214 S. Michigan St. Downtown South Bend's "Textile Boutique" offers aprons and scrubby kits to go with the theme.

- The Music Village at 108 N. Main St. will have a special shelf of music books for people to leave an unwanted one and, in exchange, take home a new one. TMV will also host a free open jam from 5:30 to 6 and from 8 to 9. From 7-9, stop by for Friday Night Swing Dance with the Notre Dame Swing Club.

- The Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture at 1045 W. Washington St. will offer literacy-themed crafts for kids and parents to do together. The Center's Segura Arts Studio offers tours from 5-7, and the exhibit "INmigration: Beyond Borders, a Visual Journey" will be on display.

Other Activities Include:

- The Chicory Café at 103 E. Jefferson Blvd. will feature live music by acoustic singer/songwriter Paul Erdman from 7 to 10 p.m.

- Circa Arts at 528 E. Colfax will hold an opening arts reception from 5 to 9 p.m.

- Dancehipology at 121 E. Niles Avenue is having a Hip Hop Dance Party from 6-8 p.m., with a dance routine class from 6-6:30. Food and drinks will be provided by the East Bank Emporium Restaurant. The cover charge is $5. There will also be live music in the common area of the Emporium building. Call (574) 400-5408 for more information.

- Dream Coach Carriages will offer horse-drawn carriage rides, beginning near the Chocolate Café.

- From 3 to 6 p.m., admission at Healthworks Kids Museum is buy one, get one free. Bring an item to tie-dye for $1 per person. Items to dye will also be available for purchase.

- At Just Goods at 714 E. Jefferson Blvd., learn the stories behind the products, participate in the trivia quiz, and earn up to 5% off for correct answers.

Hungry? A Few of Your Food Choices:

  • Barnaby's Pizza: $15 all bottles of wine
  • Ciao's Lounge: $20 bottles of house wines
  • CJ's Pub: $1 off stuffed burgers; drink specials
  • Linden Grill: free hot dogs for kids 12 and under
  • Starbucks's in The Doubletree at Hilton: buy 1 drink, get 1 50% off
  • Sunny Café Italy: 1/2 price appetizers
  • The View: free appetizer bar with any drink purchase
  • Tippecanoe Restaurant: 50% off bottles of wine
  • Woochi Japanese Fusion: First Fridays specials

For your convenience, free parking will be available at the downtown parking garages, and the Transpo Trolley will be free from 5 to 9 p.m.

Other Events This Weekend:

- One Book, One Michiana Events
- Henry V at St. Mary's
- Six Short Plays at the Purple Rose Theatre

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