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Flashback Friday coming to downtown for April First Friday


Downtown Kokomo will be going back in time during Flashback Friday, April’s First Friday event.

Businesses and organizations from downtown and all around the community will gather in the city center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, to celebrate their favorite decades.

“Flashback Friday will be a fun evening in downtown Kokomo for children of all decades,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown creative placemaking for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “We encourage everyone to really get into the spirit of the evening by dressing themselves in the looks of their favorite decade.”

There will be a Roaming Prize Patrol looking to heap prizes on the best-dressed in the crowd. Prizes will include gift certificates to downtown businesses. On the Courthouse Square, you can get up-close looks of classic cars.

The Excel Center is pairing up with the Baja Salsa food truck to take you back to the ‘80s. There will be hula hoop contests, Thriller battles, break dancing, Trivial Pursuit, Footloose dance-offs, Rubik's Cube competitions, best-dressed contest, karaoke sing-offs, Polaroid photo booth and more. Join the fun at 101 W. Superior St.

Artworks Gallery will celebrate with 1960s music and dress while showcasing the Mayan- and Aztec-inspired art of guest artist Ryan McKain. Also be sure to check out the work of Brenda Brink, this month’s gallery artist.

Bona Vista will celebrate its 60th anniversary with 1960s-style games. There will be hopscotch, four square and sidewalk chalk available outside the Bona Vista’s The Corner Décor gift store on North Buckeye Street. Also, grab a free cookie and peace sign magnet made by those Bona Vista serves.

Other activities planned include:

• The IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery will celebrate its grand opening at its new location, 102 N. Main St., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. followed by an opening reception for its Nefelibata Exhibition curated by IUK student intern Lizzy Lewis.

• The Coterie will have an evening of live music and dancing starting at 7:30 p.m., with The Garden of Eden, Daytime Sinners, Kirk Morrow Jr. and The Peaceful Kings, which will be releasing its debut EP during the event.

• Redeemer Lutheran School will have a variety of games for elementary school children with prizes for everyone. They’ll also have information about their school and how the state’s School Choice program can help make quality Christian education affordable.

• Community First Bank of Indiana will be selling little black dresses in support of the Family Service Association and the domestic violence shelter. Gently used dresses donated by supporters will be sold for $20 each. The dresses have been professionally dry cleaned courtesy of Hobson Cleaners. You can also pick up a "Live Empowered" bracelet for $10 and tickets to the Little Black Dress Event coming up in April. Find it all at 201 W. Sycamore St. until 8 p.m.

• Belle Tire, a new tire and auto services shop opening soon on East Markland Avenue, will be downtown to meet their new neighbors. Visit their booth for information on car seat safety, types of car seats and installation. There will also be coloring books for kids and a photo op with Tireman.

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