This new First Friday event is free, fun and supports one of the best food events of the year

First Friday always offers plenty to do and see each month in downtown Dayton.

One of the best events happening this Friday from 6-9 p.m. will be a glazing party at K12 Gallery and TEJAS at 341 S. Jefferson St.

With paint parties and pop-up art classes all the new rage, this gathering is priced right (it’s free) and helps out a great cause.

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Girl Scout Troop #33101 and K12/TEJAS will be making pottery bowls for House of Bread’s annual Empty Bowls event held on Thursday, March 1 at the University of Dayton River Campus and they are looking for help to decorate and glaze them.

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It’s an opportunity to learn more about pottery, meet new people and create your own masterpiece. If you love what you make, you can attend the event on March 1, find your bowl, eat and take it home with a story of love, community and art to share with your friends.

For a minimum $25 donation, you will be able to select a ceramic bowl of your choice glazed by K12/TEJAS and Girl Scout Troop #33101 (and maybe you) and have it filled and re-filled and re-filled and re-filled with whatever soup you desire. The bowl is yours to keep after the event.

All of the proceeds go to the House of Bread, a non-profit community kitchen located in Dayton that serves hot, nutritious, lunchtime meal to anyone in need seven days a week. In addition, they offer personal hygiene and warm wear items, as well as referrals to other social services. Their website says “help and hope are always on the menu at the House of Bread,” so it’s a terrific cause you can feel good about supporting.

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Desserts and bread at the March 1 event will be provided by Ashley’s Pastry Shop and Evan’s Bakery.

Soups will be provided by: Amber Rose, Brock Masterson’s Catering, Carmen’s Deli, Chef George Sideras, Coco’s Bistro, Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, Culinary Art Programs at Ponitz, Greek Isle Deli, Jimmie’s Ladder 11, Mamma DiSalvo’s, Mudlick Tap House, Old Scratch Pizza, The Caroline, Wheat Penny, Texas Beef and Cattle Company and 10 Wilmington Place.

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