The week ahead
First Friday Ride: Tonight, 5:30 p.m., at Newark
Shopping Center. A casual community bike ride sponsored by BikeNewark begins at the shopping center and travels through the city. After the ride, participants will meet for food and drinks at Timothy’s of Newark. Participants may park for free at the shopping center. Mickeyfest benefit concert: Tonight, 5 p.m. to midnight, at Delaware Park, 777 Delaware Park Blvd.
Event will raise money for Mickey Merrill, a young Newark girl battling a rare terminal illness. Several bands will perform, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free admission. Bobbies and Brews 5K: Saturday, 8 a.m. at Olan Thomas Park, 89 Paper Mill Road. 5K race celebrates the popular Capriotti’s sub and raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. An after party at Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen features Bobbies and beer. Registration $30 at fusionracetiming.com. National Night Out: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., on Academy Street, between Main Street and Delaware Avenue.
Newark Police, University of Delaware Police and Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company will team up for the fourth year to provide community members a relaxed setting to meet first responders. Police and firefighters will give demonstrations, and the event also includes music, face painting and a magic show. Officers will be grilling hot dogs for attendees. Free. Summer concert: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at White Clay Creek State Park, 880 New London Road. The U.S. Navy Cruisers will perform as part of the park’s weekly summer concert series. Free, but park fees apply. Battle of the Bars: Friday, Aug. 10, 5 to 8 p.m., at Courtyard Marriott, 400 David Hollowell Drive. Eight Newark bars will compete to raise the most money charity. Free. Artist reception: Friday, Aug. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St. A reception will be held for The Leadership Show, an exhibition and competition for members of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 31. Free.
For more events, visit newarkpostonline.com/calendar. To submit listings, go online or email email@example.com. Information runs in the print edition as space is available.