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'The Lorax' shown in Tom Varn Park tonight

BROOKSVILLE — With summer's end nearing and school about to begin again, it might seem like a good time to get the family together one last time for a little fun.

Brooksville's Parks and Recreation Department had just that in mind when it decided to host a free public showing of the animated film Dr. Seuss' the Lorax tonight at Tom Varn Park.

The event is part of a joint effort with Friends of the Children, a Brooksville nonprofit philanthropic group.

Parks director Mike Walker said his department wants to bring more family-oriented activities to the city's parks. Hence the movie.

"It's our first one, so it's a bit of an experiment for us," said Walker, who hopes to make the public movie showings a quarterly event at the Tom Varn Park softball field.

With the financial crunch putting a damper on many city-sponsored events, Walker and his staff began looking for low-cost activities that would attract residents. The success of the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department's free showing last month of Dolphin Tale in Hernando Park sparked the idea that the city could do the same.

Initial expenses for the film showing are being paid for by Friends of the Children. Walker said he hopes to convince local businesses to sponsor future movie showings.

Gates will open at 8 p.m., with the movie starting about 8:30. Folks are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Vendors will sell kettle corn, snow cones and soft drinks. For information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.

The city is also gearing up to host its second Uptown Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in the City Hall parking lot. The event will feature live bands, vendors and other entertainment.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@tampabay.com.

'The Lorax' shown in Tom Varn Park tonight 08/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:20pm]

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