Tuesday marked summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
Though the weather predictions for Sandy this week rotated between partly cloudy and chance of rain, community members found plenty to be excited about for summer 2011.
'I'm most looking forward to the Sandy Mountain Festival and Movies in the Park,' Christine Lyons said, joking that she also awaited having her kids go back to school. Her children, Danielle, Chloe and Gabe agreed that Movies in the Park was their favorite summer event in Sandy.
Eva Bozkurt, who is visiting her friend Carol Kiggins in Eagle Creek for three months from Germany, is delighted to be back in the Sandy area. July 30, Bozkurt will help Kiggins host a wedding for a family member. 'She's helping make the yard beautiful and cleaning the grounds,' Kiggins said.
The friends are also looking forward to Estacada's Fourth of July celebration. This is Bozkurt's fifth trip to the Sandy area since she met Kiggins six years ago.
Heaven Foster most looks forward to celebrating her 21st birthday June 22. 'It better be hot, or I'll be one mad Oregonian,' she joked. Foster said the beautiful summers in Sandy have kept her in the area her whole life.
Foster's friends, Shane Dunford and Zach McReynolds, said they planned to job search this summer and spend time with friends.
Bill Odbert, who drums for the Silvertones, Sandy Senior Center's band, said he awaits Music in Meinig Park. Odbert picked up the drums almost five years ago after a 40-year hiatus from playing.