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Free events include music, theater, films, family friendly cinema under the trees

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - 1980s hitmakers Quarterflash is one of several bands to grace the Dale Nichols Main Stage in Sandy for the Summer Sounds series in its 24 years. Summer fun in Sandy isn't over when mountain festival ends.

Summer Sounds, a jam-packed series of concerts, plays and movies coming July 17 to Meinig Memorial Park, has provided entertainment for the Sandy community for 24 years.

Coordinated by Sandy librarian Katie Murphy, this year's go-round comes with help from sponsors Clackamas County Bank, Hoodview Disposal, EverFresh Fruit Co., Wippersnappers, Konell Construction, Les Schwab Tire Center, Sandy Public Library and the Sandy Community Services department.

This year's Sounds event will be a little different. Besides offering an array of new movies and artists, the event's format will change a bit.

Food vendors will not be present in the park for events. However, those attending the series are allowed to bring their own picnic dinners, wine and beer to enjoy with the festivities.

And although Portland Actors Ensemble couldn't make the event this year, the series will not be lacking in theater. Theater companies including Boring's Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co., and Gresham's Eastside Theater Co. and Gresham Little Theater, will offer shows at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays, on the Theater in the Woods stage, beginning July 21. That stage also will host the folk dance troupe Estampa Mexicana for an evening of dance.

"I'm looking forward to getting more kids and families out to see the theater groups," said Murphy.

The Dale Nichols Main Stage will include tunes from celtic to soul to bluegrass from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting on July 17.

"I enjoy seeing all the people come out from Sandy and surrounding areas, (and) the community aspect of it," Murphy noted. "We like giving people the chance to experience something — music or theater — that they might otherwise not see. Music in particular is so uniting. It's a language we all understand."

The Starlight Cinema will offer five Saturdays of movies at dusk, beginning July 27.

All shows in the series are free of charge. In case of rain, concerts and theater/dance performances will move to the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd. Movies remain in the park rain or shine, so bring a raincoat, poncho or umbrella if there's chance of rain.

"We'll also do whatever we can to accommodate people with mobility issues," Murphy added.

For the full schedule of events, visit www.ci.sandy.or.us/sandy-summer-sounds-starlight-cinema.


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