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Scappoose Public Library to host free movies and games every Friday in August

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF WEISS, SCAPPOOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT - Kids and adults gather for a movie in Heritage Park last year. After the completion of Heritage Park in fall 2017, Scappoose Public Library Director Jeff Weiss saw an opportunity to host more events for the community."Movies in the Park," a free movie-night event in Scappoose, will start this week for the second year in a row.

Organized by the Scappoose Library, the movie showings will occur each Friday night in August at Heritage Park.

The event theme is "Drive-In Movies," but attendees can't actually drive their vehicles onto the grass and watch the movies from inside their cars. Instead, JJ Duehren, one of the event organizers, said the theme is to create a vintage feel.

Last year, the events were "really successful, but the movie that got the most excitement was the original Ghostbusters," Duehren said. "That's what got me thinking maybe we should do the more vintage options."

Jo's Grub Shack, a local food truck, will sell sweet treats, hamburgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and more.

"We're trying to recreate as much drive-in type of food as possible. Probably not the healthiest choices, but certainly the most nostalgic," Duehren explained.

Proceeds from the sale of elephant ears and caramel corn will go toward the Elks Veterans Bunker in St. Helens.

The Scappoose Community and Senior Center will also host a bake sale at the events, with proceeds funding the "Meals on Wheels" food delivery service in Columbia County. Other local groups will sell snacks to raise money.

Activities start at 6 p.m. each Friday, with movies starting after sunset. Tonight's showing, Aug. 2, will start around 9 p.m., but movies later this month will start slightly earlier as the sun gradually sets earlier in the day.

Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can bring picnics, purchase food, cool off in the fountain, and play games. On August 2, the movie will be the 1985 science-fiction hit 'Back to the Future.' The evening is sponsored by Pro Automotive and Diesel in Scappoose, which will hold a free raffle for oil changes, and other prizes.

On August 9, the 2018 movie Bumblebee will play after a game night. On August 16, guests can watch Dirty Dancing, the 1987 romance, after movie trivia sponsored by the Spotlight. Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's 1985 directorial debut, will play on August 23 after an evening of bingo, where the prizes are certificates for Fultano's Pizza. The final night, August 30, kids can compete for the best Wizard of Oz character costume before singing along with the the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.

Movies hosted through the Scappoose Public Library are funded by grants from the Scappoose City Council and the Columbia County Cultural Coalition. Last year, funding for movies in the park was used to purchase equipment to show the movies.

"This year, we're going to use the equipment that we purchased and do that again through every Friday in August," Scappoose Public Library Director Jeff Weiss told Scappoose City Council in June.

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