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Families seeking to distract themselves and their children from the dazzle of technology devices can find a variety of entertainment in the great outdoors at Richmond’s Beebe Street Park this summer.
Family fun begins with a free film series at Beebe Street Park, located at 69310 Beebe St. in Richmond. The series begins July 16 at dusk with the film “Jungle Cruise” and continues on Aug. 20 with “The LEGO Movie,” a 3D animated film.
Both films have rain dates, with the “Jungle Cruise” rain date set for July 23 and “The LEGO Movie” set for a rain date of Aug. 27.
Patrons can bring blankets, chairs and snacks.
Sept. 17 will be a special free movie night at the park called Furry Friends and an Outdoor Film from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The film shown will be “Peter Rabbit 2.”
Families and their pets are invited to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Pets must remain on a leash of not over 6 feet during the duration of the event. Owners must clean up after their pets, and only pets that can get along with other animals well be welcome.
The event will include pet vendors, pet photography and mobile nail trimming for pets. Games and food trucks will also be available.
Saving Destiny Animal Rescue Event Coordinator Kelly Moilanen said cost for pet photography is $10, and nail trims are $10, with portions of these proceeds to benefit the rescue organization. Those who attend the event can donate to the Saving Destiny Animal Rescue. T-shirts will also be sold to benefit the rescue.
Moilanen said pets will be available for adoption at the event, but those interested in adopting must go through the standard adoption application process and cannot take the animal home the same day. She said all animals are up to date on vaccines, microchipped, fixed and dewormed. Adoption prices are generally as follows:
• Puppies younger than 1 year of age: $400
• Small dogs ages 1 year to 9 years: $350. Small dogs over age 9: $300
• Large dogs ages 1 year to 9 years: $300. Large dogs over age 9: $250
• One kitten younger than 1 year old: $175
• Two kittens younger than age 1 year: $250
• Cats older than age 1 year: $125
• Two cats older than age 1 year: $200
The Richmond City Council approved special event requests for the animal rescue fundraiser and for the mobile food vendor on June 20. Saving Destiny Animal Rescue is a nonprofit foster organization, principally based at the Clinton Township home of founder Sabrina Stinson. Saving Destiny specializes in rescuing pregnant or nursing female animals, orphaned animals and fearful dogs. Saving Destiny can be found online at facebook.com/SavingDestinyAnimalRescue.
Moilanen, a Richmond resident, and Recreation Director Margo VanHove first discussed the movie and rescue fundraising partnership in the spring. Moilanen said funds raised during the movie night will go towards covering emergency or unexpected vet bills for the nonprofit’s animals.
“So we are hoping that if this is successful, that we can kind of make this a thing in the town, to start drawing in, you know, people, to kind of use their pets, and kind of spread the word out about rescuing and hopefully get some adoptions and funds, and hopefully recruit fosters and things like that,” Moilanen told the Richmond City Council on June 20. “And I think the park would be a good location to be able to kind of have those gatherings.”
Van Hove told the council she hoped the Sept. 17 event would help to grow the movie program as well as assist Saving Destiny.
“I think it is going to be exciting and I think it will grow, hopefully our movie program, to bring a bigger draw for people to come. I am hoping that the word is getting out there, so I am hoping that this will help Saving Destiny as well as our program,” VanHove said.
The rain date for the Furry Friends and an Outdoor Film event will be Sept. 24.
The final film in the series will be “Jurassic Park” on Oct. 15.
The free Children’s Entertainment Series will be held at Beebe Street Park Pavilion starting in late July. No registration is needed to attend. VanHove said that the series is recommended for children in the age range of 6-12. The series will kick off with the outdoor show Eureka on July 28 at 11 a.m. The Michigan Science Center program will highlight the history of inventors and their inventions, such as the light bulb, microwave oven and toys.
Magician Gordon Russ will perform at the pavilion on Aug. 11 at 11 a.m.
“Gordon Russ has performed for us about three years now. His program is very interactive for the children. He asks for volunteers and has them help him with his tricks,” VanHove said.
On Aug. 25 at 11 a.m., Ka-Boomistry will teach the flashy effects of mixing physics and chemistry. Children can learn the relationship between pressure, temperature and fuel through the program.
A Richmond Recreation event in Beebe Street Park will also offer children the opportunity to explore the sound of sirens on Aug. 17, when the recreation department hosts Kids, Trucks and Tractors at 11 a.m. Police cars, fire trucks, an ambulance, DPW trucks, a front loader and other vehicles will be present for children to view up close.
“We do have a big truck event on Wednesday, Aug. 17, where public works brings their big trucks, EMS brings an ambulance, fire department brings their truck, and I have waste management bringing a truck this year,” VanHove said. “Macomb County is coming with something and Starr of the West bringing something. We will hopefully have a combine and some other farm equipment, too.”
Nicole Tuttle is a freelance reporter for MediaNews Group.
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