TOWANDA - The next First Friday event in Towanda, which takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 5 in the borough's downtown, will have an Earth Day theme.

The First Friday events, which are held on the first Friday of each month, begin in the late afternoon and continue into the evening and are a chance to socialize and become more familiar with what local businesses have to offer, said Sue Ann Williams, a member of Towanda's First Friday committee.

First Friday events have "a nice, family atmosphere. You can bring your kids downtown and go into the stores, and do different crafts and projects that they have," she said.

Activities are free of charge at First Friday events.

"You won't get charged anything unless you go into a store and buy their products," Williams said.

Here are some of the highlights of the April 5 First Friday celebration in downtown Towanda:

- There will be an Earth Day 5K run, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Chemung Canal Trust office on Main Street, The run's route is on the side streets in the hill area of Towanda Borough. The run, which has a $5 entry fee, is a fundraiser for First Friday.

- The public is invited to make recycled life-size sculptures out of recycled materials and then bring them to the lawn of the Bradford County Courthouse to be displayed and judged. Any material that has already been used can be incorporated into the sculptures. Each sculpture will be assigned a number, and members of the public can vote for the sculpture they like best by writing its number on slip of paper and placing it in a jar. The winning sculptor or sculptors will win a "pizza party," including pizza and soda. Sculptures can be made at any time until the judging starts. A single individual or a group could make a sculpture.

- Kids are invited to color Earth Day posters at Chemung Canal Trust

- Dunn Hill Racing will be set up in the parking lot between the Flying Cow Bakery & Cafe and the Merrill parkway

- An Autism Awareness Booth will be set up along Main Street with information for the public and projects for kids to do

In addition, "the KZFM Krazy KZ Cat will be prowling about, so make sure you stop and shake a paw with him," the First Friday Committee said in a press release that they issued about the April 5 event.

There will also be live music at the Weigh Station Cafe from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.