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Free Movies In The Park? Yes, Please!

OAKHURST — Grab chairs, blankets and kids and plan to head to Oakhurst Community Park this Friday and other Fridays throughout summer, as free Movies In The Park debut right here in Oakhurst.

Have you noticed lately a bunch of fun, family-friendly events popping up in Oakhurst Community Park? These events have come to fruition after one mom expressed her desire to have a splash pad in the park. For those who don’t already know, a splash pad or spray pool is a recreation area, often in a public park, for water play that has little or no standing water.

It all started earlier this year, when Grocery Outlet owner Jessica Steele was given the green light to bring back the annual Easter Egg Hunt, from Oakhurst Community Park Chairman, Andrew Pence. The idea was to gauge community interest and involvement with events at the park. Jessica and co-chair Bobbie Evans of Walt Bannon Drilling brought together a group of community-minded individuals who were able to plan and execute a successful hunt, which led to the next goal: free Movies in the Park.

The inaugural event takes place on Friday, June 30 with a screening of the magical 1984 classic, The NeverEnding Story.

On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called The Neverending Story, Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by The Nothing, a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.

On Friday, July 21 at the park, it’s Land Before Time, and on Friday, Aug. 18 the movie planned is Goonies.

“We love the park and want to use it,” Jessica says. “The people on the park committee are all committed to bringing back the family feel to the park, and providing fun, safe activities, all while making memories. I couldn’t do these events without these ladies and husbands who help. We’re all excited to see the community response to a fun movie night in the park.”

The movies are summer classics the whole family can enjoy, shown on a large screen. The show starts at dusk and organizers say if you arrive around 8 p.m., you’ll get a great seat and time to pick up some concessions.

Popcorn, sodas, water, candy and hot dogs will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go toward the Park Committee Fund to assist in the building of a splash pad and adding lights.

For more information contact Anne Driscoll at Branches Books & Gifts: (559) 641-2019

 

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