Free movie night featuring ‘Coco’ to lead off late-summer parks activities

Sean C. Morgan

The city is gearing up for two events in Sankey Park in the next couple of months.

First up, the city is returning its Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 with “Coco.”

“Were going to do one (movie) this year because we had turnover in our office,” said Lagea Mull, who works for the Community and Economic Development Department, which has spent the year reorganizing. It’ll be “like an end-of-summer celebration.”

“Coco” was the winner of a poll on the city’s Facebook page, Mull said.

“We had a total of 147 votes. ‘Coco’ won with 86 votes.”

The alternative was “Paddington 2.”

“We wanted to get the community involved (from) the beginning,” Mull said. “The Community and Economic Development Department will be utilizing our Facebook page more.”

Admission to the Movie in the Park is free, Mull said. She asks that people bring chairs and blankets to use during the movie.

Now, she is focusing on planning the 12th Annual Harvest Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 6.

“We’re keeping with the tradition of the first Saturday in October,” Mull said. The city is getting some help this year, with the Kiwanis Club taking over and serving the hot dogs, which will free up city staff to work on other parts of the festival.

The Oak Heights Parent-Teacher Club is working with city staff on children’s games, Mull said.

Mull said the city is seeking additional community involvement in the event, which relies on volunteers as well as city staff.

Last year, she was a volunteer, Mull said. “This year, I get to plan it.”

On the agenda, Chafin Farms is returning with free hay rides. Sweet Home Police Department and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District will both have vehicles and staff present. Mull is hoping that the canine officer, Gemma, will be able to attend.

Cascade Rye, a Willamette Valley Americana band, will play the festival.

The city will provide free pumpkin painting again, and the pie-eating contest will return.

Vendors are already lining up, Mull said. So far, 14 have submitted applications. The city will accept vendor applications almost to the date of the event.

“I’d like more volunteers to help set up the booths the morning of the event,” Mull said. She also needs volunteers who are willing to help clean up the park afterward.

“I would love to see the city employees be able to bring their families and attend the festival and not just work the event,” Mull said, especially those with young families.

Applications and additional information are available on the city’s website at; at the CEDD office in City Hall, 1140 12th Ave. and (541) 367-8113; or by email to [email protected].