Two Movie in the Park events will be sponsored this year by the city of Coon Rapids and the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation at Sand Creek Park.
The first, which will take place Friday, May 24, will screen “Wreck-it Ralph,” a Disney computer-animated, comedy adventure.
The movie will be shown on softball field two at the park, which is located at 1008 Northdale Blvd.
Activities at the park begin at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk, about 8:30 p.m.
There is no charge to see the movie, but the activities for kids prior to the movie will have a nominal fee.
A concession stand operated by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club will open at 6 p.m.
“Wreck-it Ralph” is about a titular arcade game villain named Ralph who rebels against his role and dreams of becoming a hero.
According to the Wikipedia website, he travels between games in the arcade and ultimately must eliminate a threat that could eliminate the entire arcade and one that Ralph inadvertently began.
The movie premiered in late October 2012 and went into general release in early November.
It won the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Actors voicing the characters in the movie include John C. Reilly (Ralph), Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill and Dennis Haysbert.
The second Movie in the Park presentation is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9 at Sand Creek Park.
The Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation formed in 2011 was the idea of Mayor Tim Howe.
It brings together representatives of community/civic groups under one umbrella as well as representatives of the city.
The foundation is operated exclusively for charitable purposes, promoting Coon Rapids “through civic celebrations, the arts and healthy community building events and activities,” according to its articles of incorporation.
The foundation’s funds don’t come from the taxpayers. The annual Twin Cities Gateway grant to the city is one source, so is 90 percent of the 5 percent the city gets from local charitable gambling license holders.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]