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Movies Under The Stars Relocates To New Venue
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Oakdale Community Park serves as the new viewing location for the summer’s Movie Under the Stars series. The next feature film, Coco, will be hosted on Saturday, July 28 beginning at dusk. Photo Contributed

Oakdale’s Center for Human Services has once again rallied its sponsors to present the community with Movies Under the Stars for the fifth consecutive year. The first of three showings was presented on Saturday, June 26. The next two shows will be: Coco, set for Saturday, July 28 and Peter Rabbit, on Saturday, Aug. 25. Show time is at dusk at the Oakdale Community Park.

Series sponsors are Oakdale Rotary Club, City of Oakdale, Oakdale Pediatrics and David Verdegaal Farming, Inc.

Program Coordinator of Center for Human Services-Oakdale, Tamberly Stone, shared use of the Oakdale Community Park as a benefit to the community, as well as the event. The central location, open air amphitheater, as well as restroom facilities are just a few of the benefits of the move.

“It’s a big move. It’s a big change for people,” Stone said of the relocation from Cottles Woods Park in past years. “It opens the door for the whole entire family to come and watch.”

The program coordinator noted the skate park at the south end and the play park in the center, as available options for families whose children might be too old or young for any given movie night presentation.

“I feel this is a great place for that to happen,” she said.

The first presentation of Moana in late June brought a crowd of approximately 100 people on a triple digit night.

With the popularity of the event and the juggle of summer schedules for volunteers, Stone shared the group could use volunteers for set up and take down of the open air cinema screen.

“I’m looking for volunteers for the next two movies,” she stated, sharing ideally a couple of dads attending to view with their families would work just fine.

“It’s community, it’s what it is,” she said of the event and relying on sponsors and volunteers to present the free to the community series each summer.

To volunteer or for additional information, call Stone at (209) 847-0420.