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Jennings Park hosts free movies, Sounds of Summer concert series


Christopher Andersson

Local family ZoeRae Coleman, left, Shawna Andrews, center, and Curtis Coleman watch "Minions" at the Movies in the Park series provided by the city of Marysville on July 16.

Jennings Park is hosting free films, concerts and children's concerts this year as the city's summer series kicked off recently.

The Sounds of Summer, Children's Concerts and Popcorn in the Park programs in Marysville began last week and will continue into August.

"Our entire mission is to present quality recreation opportunities for the community," said Lauren Woodmansee, recreation coordinator for the city's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

She said the concerts and movies are for all ages and backgrounds, and because they are provided free there is usually a good turnout.

"It's really a nice blend of the community," said Woodmansee.

The fact that there is no charge also allows big families a good opportunity to get out, she said.

"Sometimes these families wouldn't be able to bring their whole family out to events like this," she said.

The city will bring back their Children's Concerts offered on Wednesdays that they held last year.

On July 27 Eli Rosenblatt and Friends will play and on Aug. 10 Seattle-trio Recess Monkey will put on a concert. Children's Concerts begin at noon.

"In years past we have had concerts around the city," said Woodmansee. "Last year we brought them back and into Jennings Park," she said.

She said the city received a great response to the concerts they held last year.

"We've always done the family/adult concerts in the evenings and this was a great complement to that," she said.

Woodmansee said it was good to have a family event at Jennings Park at midday as well.

"Whether they are in day camps or just with family, this is another opportunity for kids to get out into the park for the summer," she said.

Sounds of Summer returned to the city on July 15 and will include four more concerts for the season.

On July 22, Pacific Northwest band The Walrus will bring their music to the park, which includes songs from the Beatles, Queen and the Jackson 5.

Creedence Rising will cover Creedence Clearwater Revival on July 29.

The Cars tribute band Shake it Up will play at the park on Aug. 5.

The nine-piece Seattle band American Fool will bring their tribute to rocker John "Cougar" Mellencamp to the park on Aug. 12.

Sounds of Summer concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Woodmansee said that when attending the concerts "families have an opportunity to come out and enjoy one of our pristine parks."

She said that Jennings Park is a great location and a good place to spend a summer evening listening to music.

Popcorn in the Park will bring four more films to the park as well.

"Inside Out" will be shown on July 23, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be shown on July 30, "Shaun the Sheep Movie" will be shown on Aug. 6 and "The Good Dinosaur" will be shown n Aug. 13.

Woodmansee said that movie nights at the park are good for families to bring a picnic basket and enjoy an evening at Jennings Park.

"Jennings is an incredibly family-friendly park," she said.

She wanted to thank the sponsors who provide financial or in-kind assistance for the three programs.

"All of the series are free due to our amazing sponsors," she said.

Sponsors include Marysville Kiwanis, BNSF Railway, The Cottages of Marysville, Gamut 360 Holdings and Kids 'N Us Early Learning Academy.

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