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First Friday: Acts of Welcome, Art Alley, Ride Roll & Stroll

Art Alley. (Source: Lancaster city)

Lancaster’s monthly First Friday is this week, running from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5, and several nonprofits have special events planned, including the following:

  • Acts of Welcome: A collaboration between Millersville University and Church World Service, Acts of Welcome features performances by members of Lancaster’s refugee and immigrant communities. The free show includes a Nepali youth dance troupe, singer Ramiro Velasco of Columbia, and Anna Koziar, who will sing, recite verse and introduce the “Ukrainian Performing Arts Fund” she has set up. (6:30 p.m. at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St.)
  • Art Alley: Lancaster city is partnering with the Center for Creative Exploration at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to offer free creative experiences for all ages during First Friday in the alley between Central Market and the Lancaster City Welcome Center at Penn Square.
  • Ride Roll & Stroll: Global Shapers Lancaster Hub is having a kickoff party for “Ride Roll & Stroll Lancaster,” a monthlong initiative encouraging residents to get around without using a car. Throughout May, which is National Bike Month, participants are invited to visit 15 locations around the county and collect stamps in a “Ride Roll & Stroll” passport. Passports are available at participating locations or can be downloaded. Stamped passports can be submitted by June 2 to win prizes. (6 to 8 p.m. at The Common Wheel, 324 N. Queen St. RSVP encouraged.)

Lancaster city, meanwhile, is introducing a free First Friday Trolley. It will pick up and drop off riders in a loop around downtown between 5 and 8 p.m. Beginning in June, the loop will be extended to include A Concrete Rose Bookbar, 910 S. Duke St.