‘The Lorax’ to be shown at Coon Rapids family fun night

A family fun night is planned at Sand Creek Park, Coon Rapids, Friday, Aug. 10.

Inflatable gyms will be available from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for a $6 unlimited use charge, then at 8:30 p.m. the movie, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” will be screened at the park at no cost.

People attending are advised to bring their own blanket or chair.

“The Lorax” is a 2012 computer-animated musical comedy based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book of the same name and produced by Illumination Entertainment. Running time is 86 minutes.

Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda with music by John Powell, it features the voices of Danny DeVito (Lorax), Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms and Betty White.

The movie is the second adaptation of the book; in 1972, an animated musical television special was produced.

The book tells the story of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope.

According to an online synopsis of the movie, the animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.

To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

The movie builds on the book by expanding the story of Ted, the boy who visits the Once-ler and was unnamed in the book and television special.

The family fun night is sponsored the city of Coon Rapids and the Community Strength Foundation.

The Community Strength Foundation, formed last year, was the idea of Mayor Tim Howe and brings together representatives of community/civic groups under one umbrella as well as officials from the city of Coon Rapids.

The foundation is not operated for profit, but is exclusively for charitable purposes.

Specifically, the foundation promotes Coon Rapids “through civic celebrations, the arts and healthy community building events and activities,” according to its articles of incorporation.

The foundation’s revenues come from the 5 percent the city gets from local charitable gambling license holders, plus a contribution from TC Gateway, the north metro area tourism bureau of which Coon Rapids is a member and which is funded by a 3 percent lodging tax from hotels/motels in member communities.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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