Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic cooler and head to an area park this summer for free family-friendly entertainment, courtesy of the Marysville and Arlington parks departments.
"Marysville is a great place to be on Thursday and Saturday nights this summer as we celebrate free recreation opportunities for the entire community," said Jim Ballew, the city's Parks and Recreation director.
The city's Popcorn in the Parks series, sponsored by Waste Management NW, kicked off July 7 and continues Saturday nights through August 18. Movies the whole family can enjoy are shown on a large inflatable movie screen at Jennings Memorial Park Baseball Field, 6915 Armar Road, accompanied by free popcorn provided by Marysville Kiwanis Club.
On July 14, enjoy "Happy Feet 2" (rated G), followed by "Big Miracle" (PG) on July 21. Films begin at dusk, typically around 9 p.m.
In Arlington, films are screened Thursday evenings at Terrace Park beginning at dark (approximately 9 p.m.), with karaoke starting at 7 p.m. The first movie of the season, "Scooby-Doo," will be shown tonight, July 12. On July 19 enjoy "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," followed by "Cars 2" on July 26.
If you enjoy live local music, the parks departments have you covered there too.
Marysville hosts live concerts on Thursday nights at 7 p.m., beginning tonight (July 12) at Jennings Memorial Park's natural amphitheater near the Lions Centennial Pavilion, thanks to sponsorship from The Cottages at Marysville. The first band presented is Shameless Hussy, with a blend of rock 'n roll and blues tunes. On July 19, rock out to Shaggy Sweet, a reggae band with rock influences.
Arlington's outdoor music concerts are also planned for Thursday evenings beginning August 2, with the first downbeat at 6:30 p.m. in Arlington's Terrace Park.
On August 2, the Terry Holder Trio will entertain the crowd with acoustic folk music. Ramp it up a bit on August 9 with the Wild Snohomians, a rock and roots band.
Details are available on the cities' websites: marysvillewa.gov or arlingtonwa.gov.