While last month’s First Friday was coincidentally overshadowed by a much larger event — our country’s independence — August’s lineup of participating artists and venues is set to make up for it. Don’t let the sticky, hot forecast keep you from enjoying cool art in the equally cool, air-conditioned galleries. Many are serving cold refreshments, like River City Brewing, which is bringing back its Liquid Art Series, featuring a one-time pouring of a cask-conditioned beer. This month’s schedule also offers something for the kids, with Polka Dot Pottery’s “Pint Size Picasso” painting class ($10; registration required), for ages 10 and up. Local foodies shouldn’t miss the chance to enjoy a six-course benefit dinner prepared by Chef Jeremy Hansen of Santé in Riverfront Park, along the river. Tickets for the dinner are $100-$150 (call 625-6601), and proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.