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Usually PP&R provides the band for Movies in the Park; this time a purely local band stepped up

DAVID F. ASHTON - The local Mars Rovers band - Larry Roberts, Shawn Patterson, John David Duncan, Chris Moran, Richard Kiely, and Skip Landis - posed for THE BEE before going on stage to play their first set at Brentwood Park. Due to the diligent efforts of the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Board Members, orchestrated by Gail Kiely, the tradition of hosting a concert plus a Portland Parks & Recreation "Movie in the Park" continued on Friday evening, July 27, at Brentwood Park.

Typically, organizing groups are offered a choice of musical acts from a list approved by the Parks Bureau. This year, Brentwood-Darlington petitioned that a very local band – a group that rehearses mere blocks away from the park – be the one to play for the event.

And so, "The Mars Rovers" came to play their eclectic classic rock, rock, and blues music for the gathering crowd. "I don't know why I haven't heard of this band, but they are great!" exclaimed neighbor Max Meyer, during their break.

Also unique to this event, Meals on Wheels volunteers served free barbecue chicken dinners to all who came – as a way of introducing their "Meals 4 Kids" children's program to the people in the neighborhood.

And, when the sun set, at twilight, all eyes were on the "big screen on the green" as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" flickered to life for an audience munching on fresh popcorn, to complete a perfect summer evening in Brentwood Park.

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