by: David F. Ashton As the sun sets, another “Movie in the Park” rolls.

With real summer weather perhaps just around the corner, Southeast Portlanders have hopes they'll be able to enjoy in warm and dry weather one or more of Portland Parks and Recreation's 'Movie in the Parks' programs before the season ends.

Under stormy-looking skies, brave folks assembled at Brentwood Park on July 21, hoping the showing of the 2010 remake of 'Gulliver's Travels' would go on as planned. There may have been a chilly north wind, but the show did go on.

As the 'Over the Edge' band played before the movie, Chris Hart, Chair of the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association, looked over the crowd and smiled. 'Events like these are great for the health and well-being of the community. It's a great opportunity for everyone to get together.'

The neighborhood association's Parks Committee Chair, Jacob Sherman, agreed, and added, 'It's important to get people together because, ultimately, you don't care about what you don't know about. These people are getting to know one another, know about their park, and they're gaining a feeling of community. I think gaining a sense of place helps people care a little more about their neighborhood.'

Hart pointed out that the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 S.E. 62nd Avenue, and will next meet on September 1st at 7 pm.

More movies to come

If you haven't been to one, each 'Movie in the Park' includes free pre-show entertainment starting at 6:30 pm. Then, at dusk, a movie on a giant, 268-square foot outdoor movie screen with a state-of-the-art sound system - and the Parks Department even provides fresh, free popcorn to the moviegoers.

Coming in August to a park near you:

Thursday, August 4 -- Mt. Scott Park -- 'Despicable Me'

Sunday, August 8 -- Sellwood Park -- 'Yogi Bear' (after 'Sundae in the Park' all day)

Sunday, August 14 -- Hazeltine Park -- 'Tangled'

Thursday, August 18 -- Woodstock Park -- 'Toy Story 3'

Feel free to pack a picnic dinner; bring soft drinks but NO alcohol. Bring a blanket to lie on, or chairs to sit in; and if you like, a blanket to wrap up in, in case it gets a little cool. For more information about these, and other Portland Parks and Recreation Summer Free for All events, visit their official Internet website: .

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