A rundown of events at the First Friday holiday walkabout

Seasonal works by stained glass artist Cheryl MacDonald are among those available at The Lawrence House this First Friday. Submitted Photo

Journal Staff

Sarnia’s First Friday cultural walkabout on Dec. 7 is all about the holidays, and below is a guide to help navigate its shows, shops, galleries and eateries.

The downtown will ring with the sound of Carols sung by Seaway Sounds Sweet Adelines Chorus from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., freshly roasted chestnuts will be available, and The Lawrence House is offering free gift wrapping for purchases made at participating stores that night.

Many are open till 9 p.m., and street and lot parking is free after 6 p.m.


JUDITH & NORMAN ALIX ART GALLERY – 147 Lochiel St – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. see the underground, musically experimental and possibly imaginary band Dee No Namers, the master work of a group of young talents that came together for TNT: Band Makes.


COFFEE CULTURE – 130 Lochiel St. – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Live music with Wild Cards


EXP REALTY – 190 Christina St N. – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Learn about Women’s March Canada – accepting donations on behalf of Women’s Interval Home – new toys, baby items, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, diapers, gift cards, journals & day planners


ARTOPIA GALLERY & FRAMING – 188 Christina St N – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Bruce Clarke will play Christmas tunes while patrons check out paintings, pottery, mugs, charcuterie boards and jewellery.


THE STORY – 179 Christina St N – 6- 9 p.m. – Art Therapy & Silent auction in support of Sarnia Speaks. Donations from local artists. Live painting by Laura Kreviazuk, conversation, music and cash bar


THEMPTATIONS – Hemp Goods and Culture Shops – 180 Christina St. N. – open until 9 p.m. featuring local artist Tyler Ingles


ZZAS PIZZA BISTRO – 170 Christina St N – 6:00 -9:00 p.m. – live music with Blackmore & Blackmore

R.W. LAWTON GALLERY located behind the Imperial Theatre Box Office by The Capitol Bar -168 Christina St. N. – Expansive works by Peg Kivi, Regina Gudelis, Rita Viscount and Deborah Scragg.


CHEEKY MONKEY – 130 Christina St. N – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Live music dedicated to great Canadian rock with Big Highway, plus new original art by Bill Walters.


VANILLA BEAN – 138 Cromwell St. – Live entertainment 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with George Ayers & Gary Wilkins, plus special dinner menu


COWBOYS & INDIANS – 121 Christina St. N – Open until 9 p.m. – works by local First Nations artists


THE LAWRENCE HOUSE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – 127 Christina St. S. – Put a Bow on It exhibition and sale featuring art by members in wide variety of media. Opening reception 6 p.m. Classical guitar music by Colin Graf 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet featured writer Phyllis Humby. Free gift-wrapping for all downtown First Friday purchases.


REFINED FOOL – 137 Davis St. – Shar Stock’s most recent drawings displayed in conjunction with the Sarnia Speaks Fundraiser she’s hosting at the theStory.


RIVER BANK & CO. – 172 Front Street N – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Holiday shopping and socializing, paintings by Baylie Randall – Photography by Frank Kaelin and special musical entertainment.


ONE TOOTH – 155 Front St N – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with music by Demi Krall.


CAFE YOGA: Sarnia Reiki, Meditation & Yoga – 150.5 Front St. N. Suite 7 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Retroflective by artist/designer/maker Holliby plus live music by Andrea Max.


ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 62 – 286 Front St N. – 8:00 p.m. to midnight, music and dancing with The Casuals.


BAD DOG SARNIA – 229 Christina St N – 8 p.m. – midnight – Live music with Dixon AP.


UPS N’ DOWNS – 226 Front St N – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. – live music with Dan Butts