Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal
The City of Alice is gearing up for another summer of fun as the Movies in the Park program continues for its third year.
All children and families are welcome to the event, which will take place every Friday evening at the Anderson Park Pavilion beginning Friday at 9 p.m.
Liz Montemayor, recreation superintendent of the RECenter, said the city is interested in providing entertainment the whole family can enjoy together.
"Most of the films we will show will be 'G' rated movies. We try to get those most Friday, so that kids of any age can come out and enjoy the films," Montemayor said.
The films are usually new DVD releases, and the kids themselves, who frequent the RECenter during the week, select them.
Movie in the Park is free to the public, and a concession stand will be available, with nachos, hotdogs, popcorn and pickles, all priced for a $1 or less, Montemayor said.
People are encouraged to bring their blankets, chairs and other items to get comfortable. Many people even remain in their cars during the film, to give the event a drive-in feel.
Movies in the Park is in conjunction with Family Night, which will take place every Friday through July 27.
Every Friday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., families will be able to swim at the pool for only $2 per family.
"Our goal is to try to get the family to come out together for the event. They can go swimming, and then head to a movie together, all at Anderson Park, every Friday," Montemayor said.
For information on Alice summer activities, or information on upcoming films at Movies in the Park, individuals can call the RECenter at 668-7260.
Starting June 4, there will be a Kids Kamp & Youth with Special Needs Summer Program hosted by the RECenter. The latchkey program will be available for morning, afternoon and all-day sessions. The all-day camp is from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the morning schedule will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon session will run from 1 to 6 p.m. Every session incorporates activities such as bowling, swimming, football, basketball, baseball and others. The program runs through July 23.
Along with Family night activities, organizers will have a Fishing Derby on June 23 and a Firework Fandango on June 30. A Paws for Pets event will be organized later this summer, where families can get information on pet adoptions and learn about new city ordinances concerning pets. There will also be a pet contest with a pet runway walk.
In conjunction with the Jim Wells County Juvenile Probation Department, the RECenter will hold a Splash Bash Party Aug. 4.