The first Friday Squared event of 2011 will be held on the downtown square in Cassville this weekend. A pre-show block party will begin at 7 p.m., and "The Great Outdoors" will be shown on the outdoor big screen at dark.
"A common complaint we hear in our community is, 'there is nothing to do,'" said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "This event offers a solution for that complaint. You can enjoy great shopping, live music and a movie, all right here in Cassville. It will be a lot of fun for the entire family, plus it is an inexpensive night out."
Friday Squared attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy live musical entertainment by Barry County Connection from 7 p.m. to dusk. The band includes Ryan Preddy, Tim Thompson, Eli Stehlik, Rocky England, Roddy England and Robby England.
First Christian Church will serve free hotdogs during the event. Church members will collect donations for tornado disaster relief. The Cassville United Methodist Church will offer free baked goods and collect donations for the community food pantry.
During the pre-show, the Cassville YMCA will offer a variety of inflatables, and the Cassville Branch Library will offer bubble games for children. Kornerstone, Inc., of Shell Knob, will also offer glitter tattoos for $5 each.
Community members who attend Friday Squared will be encouraged to shop locally from 7 p.m. to dusk. Downtown businesses will offer the following special promotions during the block party:
* Commerce Bank will serve free popcorn and lemonade.
* Forever Yours Embroidery will offer 10 percent off market baskets.
* Customers who purchase merchandise at Gussied Up Boutique this week will be entered into a drawing. The business will award a $10 gift certificate to one lucky shopper every 15 minutes during Friday Squared.
* Sater's Pharmacy will offer 40 percent off all polka-dot dishes. Customers can also buy one candle and get one free during the event.
* Smith's Clothing will offer 50 percent off marked women's solid short sleeve T-shirts.
* All items in the shape of a square will be discounted by 25 percent at Tomblin's Jewelery.
* Towneley Furnishings will serve free coffee and ice cream to customers. The business will also offer 20 percent off outdoor products.
* Customers at Whitley Pharmacy will receive 15 percent off western and lodge items and 20 percent off Mud Pie totes.
Friday Squared attendees who purchase merchandise at participating businesses will be entered into a drawing for chamber door prizes. The drawing will be held just before the outdoor movie is shown.
Community members are invited to bring lawn chairs to the event to enjoy the music and outdoor movie. The movie will be offered free of charge.
Area residents interested in casting a vote for the June and July Friday Squared movies should visit www.cassville.com.
On June 10, Friday Squared will offer a sports theme. The event will celebrate Christmas in July on July 8.
For more information on this year's Friday Squared events, call the chamber office at 847-2814.