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Free concerts and movies coming to Yakima parks

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YAKIMA, WA - City of Yakima parks will be alive with the sound of music – and movies – during three different series that begin next week.

“The idea is to encourage families to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the free concerts and films outdoors,” said Parks & Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “The community is invited to relax and listen to great music or watch family films in a beautiful park.”

The Summer Sunset Concert Series at Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Drive, will kick things off on Friday, July 13 with the Americana/Alt-Country band Little Spirits (featuring Star Anna). Other performances – all are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – include Massy Ferguson on July 20, Pat Moss on July 27, The Mongrels & Co. on August 3, the Rod Giles Band on August 10 and the Joe Brooks Quartet on August 17.

The Viva La Musica Concert Series also returns and this year will be held at two City parks.

Viva La Musica begins Sunday, July 15 at Miller Park, on the corner of North 4th Street and East E Street, with Los Arroyo de Jungapeo Michoacán. Miller Park will also host Grupo Adrenalina on July 22, and Hermanos Gonzales on July 29.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, on the corner of South 8th Street and East Beech Street, will feature Viva La Musica concerts by Sinceridad De La Sierra on August 5, Los Piebes De Tierra Caliente on August 12, and Avion on August 19. All concerts are from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Viva La Musica’s finale for this summer will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on September 16 at Miller Park. The September 16 finale will feature entertainment magic for children by Payaso Cacharro at 4:00 pm, followed by concerts performed by Faraones Del Norte USA at 5:00 pm and La Tropa Chicana at 6:00 pm

As for the movies, the Outdoor Summer Cinema Series returns Sunday, July 15 to the City’s Chesterley Park, on the corner of 40th Avenue and River Road. The movies will each begin at sunset, about 8:30 pm, on six consecutive Sundays. The film series begins with “Cars” on July 15, “Justice League” on July 22, “Holes” on July 29, “Field of Dreams” on August 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 12, and “The Lion King” on August 19.

For more information, call 575-6020 or see Page 9 of the City of Yakima Parks and Recreation 2018 Summer Program Guide. The guide is available at https://yakimaparks.com/assets/2018-summer-program-guide.pdf

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