Monthly “MOTO in NOTO” ride to include classic cars every third friday beginning in May

Friday event coincides with Mental Health Awareness month in NOTO

From left, Randy Labrecque riding his 2000 Harley Davidson Spinger Softail, Gordon Pearson riding his 2015 Triumph America, Jona Rupnicki, co-owner of J&J Gallery Bar, 917 N. Kansas Ave. and Jimbo Watson III riding his 2010 Harley Davidson Street bob, which he affectionately named “Jimbob.” Rupnicki is hosting “MOTO in NOTO” Friday, where classic cars and motorcycles can gather in the 800 and 900 blocks of North Kansas Ave. to show off their rides. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

The NOTO Arts District will host a variety of events Friday, including the MOTO in NOTO cruise night.


Hosted by Jona and John Rupnicki, owners of the J&J Gallery Bar at 917 N. Kansas Ave., MOTO in NOTO will feature classic cars and motorcycles on display in the 800 and 900 blocks of N. Kansas Avenue.

Jona Rupnicki said she and her husband opened J&J about four years ago and have been hosting bike nights in NOTO for about three years. The event has continued to grow, and beginning in May, classic cars will be incorporated into what was originally a bikes-only gathering.

Riders come to hang out, admire each other’s bikes, drink, shop at the various vendors along N. Kansas Avenue and enjoy the live music.

Rain or shine, the band Chance Encounter will begin performing at 7 p.m. at J&J’s, free of charge.

May marks the beginning of monthly collaborative MOTO in NOTO event, which will take place every third Friday of the month from April through September.

The Creations of Hope Gallery, 909 N. Kansas Ave., will also be partnering with Valeo Behavioral Health Care to celebrate “Glow Green for Mental Health Awareness” from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Guests are invited to wear green in support of May as Mental Health Month and stroll the streets of the NOTO Arts District.

The evening will include free green glow sticks, a scavenger hunt and raffle prizes and artwork from the Valeo Creations of Hope permanent collection on display in stores throughout the arts district.

For information, contact the NOTO Arts Center at (785) 408-8996.

Contact reporter Savanna Maue at (785) 295-5621 or @SavannaMaue on Twitter.