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ALLENTOWN Movies start on May 19

The City of Allentown’s “Movies in the Park” series returns this year with six community-minded events at various locations across the City.

The family-friendly monthly movie nights are run by the Bureau of Recreation from May through October as part of the City’s free entertainment lineup this summer.

·May 19 at 8:30 p.m.: “Minions: The Rise of Gru” at East Side Memorial Park. Activities start 6 p.m. Rain date is May 20. Food sale proceeds at the concession stand benefit the East Side Memorial Little League.

·June 24 at 8:30 p.m.: “Black Panther Wakanda Forever” at Stevens Park. Activities start at 6 p.m. Rain date is June 25. The movie is hosted in partnership with the Old Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association and the Ortiz Ark Foundation, who are sponsoring free food and resources for attendees at this showing.

Activities at each movie night include yard games, arts and crafts stations, acoustic performances, and information and resources from several City departments.

The Recycling and Solid Waste Bureau will host educational games around trash and recycling, and the Health Bureau will offer education around health services like period poverty, child immunizations, and child injury prevention.

The Allentown School District will be at each event as part of its Countdown to Kindergarten Registration Campaign to encourage families to enroll eligible children this summer.

ASD staff will be present to answer questions and share kindergarten readiness resources.

Lehigh Valley Reads will also provide free books.

All movies will include Spanish subtitles, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and/or snacks.

Community and nonprofit organizations interested in hosting a table during the “Movies in the Park” should contact Ryan Griffiths at Ryan.Griffiths@allentownpa.gov.