Friends of Pavillion Park will deliver summer entertainment again this year with an encore for Shakespeare in the Park (above), the Montana acting troop who debuted last year, as well as a longtime FOPP favorite, crowd-pleasing, wardrobe-laden Spokane band Men in the Making (left).
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Pavillion Park events highlight Liberty Lake summer schedule
5/30/2012 11:47:07 AM
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By Craig Howard
About a month after all the decorations are stowed away from the Friends of Pavillon Park Holiday Ball, work begins in earnest on the schedule for the parks' traditional Summer Concert Series.
According to Josh Schluter, FOPP president, aligning the agenda for the series "takes up the majority of the budget," with the typical lineup featuring four concerts, a performance of "Shakespeare in the Park" and an array of movies balanced out over the summer calendar.
"We focus on getting one local, one regional and one national band, in addition to the Spokane Symphony," Schluter said.
The fact that the entire block of entertainment does not include ticket prices has always been another plus for attendees from all over the region, Schluter said.
"The community has always been supportive and appreciative of the fact that these are free events," he said.
Funding for the schedule is made possible by the FOPP December fundraiser, sponsorships and reimbursements from the city of Liberty Lake's tourism fund.
Finalizing a roster that earns the applause of a considerable and diverse audience is one of the group's central challenges each year, Schluter said.
"The goal is to find a good mix of something for everyone," he said.
This summer, the committee appears to have done its job, including the staging of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.
The musical parade begins on Independence Day with a pair of lively bands, starting with Big Hair, a ‘70s and ‘80s cover band, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spokane-based Men in the Making will follow, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with their popular set list from the ‘50s through the ‘80s accompanied by imaginative stage antics.
On Aug. 4, emerging British blues guitarist Oli Brown will bring his original songs to the Pavillion Park stage, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The headliner that evening will be Peter Rivera, founding singer and drummer of the popular 1970s band Rare Earth and a successful solo artist.
The series winds down with the annual Labor Day weekend appearance by the Spokane Symphony on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. Schluter said the orchestra typically draws around 4,000 for a show that generally features a mix of classical standards, patriotic tunes and pop favorites.
While the movies and pocket park concerts for this summer had not been finalized by press time this week, the dates will fall on July 6-7, 21-28, Aug. 10-11, 17 and 24. Films begin at dusk.
Summer Community Calendar of Events
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In 2012, summer will once again offer a lot in Liberty Lake, including (pictured from top to bottom) the Liberty Lake Loop, annual fireworks, pie-eating contests, a return appearance by Peter Rivera and weekly festivities at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market.
Compiled by Craig Howard, Kelly Moore and Kelli Dexter
June 2 | Run for the Son 9 a.m., Rockin' B Ranch, exit 299, Stateline/Liberty Lake. 3.1-mile run/walk and celebration of faith. Registration is $10 for all ages, and participants receive a keepsake T-shirt. For more: www.libertycross.org
June 2 | Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Golf Scramble 8 a.m. shotgun start, MeadowWood Golf Course, 24501 E. Valleyway, Liberty Lake. Benefits scholarships for local students. $75 individual; $300 foursome. For more: www.libertylakekiwanis.org
June 6, 13, 20 & 27 | Corporate Cup HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake. Round up a team from your company and compete in the inaugural tournament featuring volleyball, basketball, dodgeball and Zumba (respectively). Businesses can field a team for all nights or just pick or choose tournaments of interest. June 27 Zumba night benefits Blessings Under the Bridge. For more: 927-0602 or www.hubsportscenter.org
June 8 | MDA Golf Tournament 1 p.m., MeadowWood Golf Course, 24501 E. Valleyway Ave., Liberty Lake. This four-person golf scramble event benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more: 325-3747
June 9 | Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 19th annual celebration of bargain shopping is expected to include more than 200 homes as well as additional vendors in Pavillon Park.
This year, the Kiwanis-sponsored event will include Pavillion Park -based yard sale sites. All Registered homes will also be entered in a drawing to win $500 toward a set of new tires from Clark's Tire and Automotive. For more: www.libertylakesplash.com/yardsales
June 9-10 | Hoopfirst HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake. This 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament will include participants from grades 4-12. For more: 927-0602 or www.hubsportscenter.org
June 16 | Summer reading registration kickoff Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Programs will be available for children and adults, running through Aug. 11. For more: 232-2510
June 23 | Lego Mindstorm Robot Class 10:30 a.m. to noon, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Class for ages 9-14, registration required. For more: 232-2510
June 23 | Art at the Market Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane
June 28 | "E.T." Family Movie Night 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510
July 4 | Fourth of July parade The 24th annual Fourth of July parade will be staged by a group of local volunteers in the Alpine Shores neighborhood. Games, music and other festivities continue afterward at Alpine Shores Park. Parade time and further details will be announced closer to the event. Contributions to the parade group are welcome. For more: 255-6839
July 4 | Pavillion Park Summer Concert Series: Big Hair Revolution & Men in the Making 5 to 9:30 p.m., Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road.
July 4 | Fourth of July Fireworks At dusk (usually about 10:10 p.m.), the community-funded fireworks show launches from a floating dock on Liberty Lake. Private gatherings around the lake and Pavillion Park are good places to take in the holiday-capping show. Contributions to the Liberty Lake Fireworks Fund can be mailed to P.O. Box 430, Liberty Lake, WA 99019.
July 5 | Family Game Night 6 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510
July 7 | Liberty Lake Loop 8 a.m., starts and ends at Pavillion Park. This four-mile fun run follows a scenic (and sometimes hilly) course of paved roads. A kids' race follows at 9:30 a.m. around Liberty Lake Elementary School. Pre-registration of $20 with a shirt and $10 without for this 15th annual event must be turned in by June 27. Entry will be available at local businesses and in the June 14 and 21 issues of The Splash. Race-day registration will be available for $15 at Pavillion Park. For more: www.pavillionpark.org
July 7 & 8 | Liberty Lake Jr. Classic 2 p.m., MeadowWood Golf Course and Liberty Lake Golf Course. This two-day tournament s is part of the Junior Golf Northwest Tour and is open to junior golfers of all abilities. Registration closes July 2 and includes range balls, awards dinner and tee prizes. Fore more: www.juniorgolftournorthwest.com
July 8 | Valley Girl Triathlon 7:45 a.m., starts near Molter Road and Inlet Drive. The sold out sprint-distance triathlon for women features a 1/3-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 3-mile run in Liberty Lake. For more: www.valleygirltri.com
July 12 | Lego Mania Contest 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Entrants to show off original Lego creations. For more: 232-2510
July 19 | Bob McCaslin Family Concert 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510
July 20 & 21 | Relay For Life 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., Meadowwood Technology Campus. The second annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society will feature games, entertainment and food vendors. The event kicks off with a survivors lap and parade of teams. A luminaria ceremony will be held at dusk to honor those who have fought cancer. Admission is free. For more: www.relayforlife.org/libertylakewa.
July 26 | Creepy Bug Night 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510
July 27 | Liberty Lake Days: Friday Night Car Cruise and Street Dance 6 to 9 p.m., "downtown" Liberty Lake. The free event is open to all class or collectible vehicles, and spectators are encouraged to line Liberty Lake Road between Albertsons and Safeway for the event or take part in the street dance located in the front area near Safeway. Car registration begins at 5 p.m. in the Albertsons parking lot. For more: www.libertylakewa.gov
July 28 | Liberty Lake Bed Race 9 a.m., Pavillion Park. The inaugural event sponsored by the Liberty Lake Lions Club will start at the park entrance on Molter Road and run toward Country Vista Drive. Teams are encouraged to decorate their beds and dress in costume. One participant per team must ride the bed and wear pajamas. The team entry fee is $125 and includes T-shirts and breakfast for participants. Entry deadline is July 15. Awards will be given for overall winner, best bed design and best team spirit. All proceeds will benefit local charities. For more: 896-7657
July 28 | Liberty Lake Days 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pavillion Park. This city of Liberty Lake event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pavillion Park. Resembling the All-Valley Picnics held in Liberty Lake starting in 1922, the event is free of charge and features carnival games, contests, a car show and vendor booths. For more: www.libertylakewa.gov
July 28 | Italian Festival Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane
July 28 | Liberty Lake Kiwanis Family Campout 5 p.m. to 10 a.m., Pavillion Park. Sign-in and tent set up starts at 5 p.m. at Pavillion Park. Camping is free. A $7-per-person pizza and hotdog dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a $5-per-person pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning. A family movie will also be shown at dusk. Campfires and alcohol are prohibited. For more: www.libertylakekiwanis.org
Aug. 2 | Summer Reading Carnival 5 to 7 p.m., Pavillion Park. The Liberty Lake Municipal Library event will be open to the community. For more: 232-2510
Aug. 4 | Pavillion Park Summer Concert Series: Oli Brown & Peter Rivera 5 p.m., Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road.
Aug. 9 | Pajama Story Time 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510
Aug. 18 | Mutt Strut 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A community walk/run for dogs and their owners will be held beginning at Pawpular Companions, 21950 E. Country Vista Drive. The pledge walk event will consist of 1.5- to 2.5-mile routes that end at Pawpular Companions parking lot with an ice cream social, free giveaways and raffle prizes. All proceeds will benefit SCRAPS Hope Foundation. For more: www.pawpularcompanions.com.
Aug. 25 | Lego Mindstorm Robot Class 10:30 a.m. to noon, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Class for ages 9-14, registration required. For more: 232-2510
Aug. 25 | Pie Festival Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane
Aug. 25 | Shakespeare in the Park "Twelfth Night" 5 p.m., Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road
Aug. 26 | Reds, Whites and Brews 3 to 6 p.m., Meadowwood Technology Center. The Liberty Lake Kiwanis present the sixth annual wine and beer tasting event. Admission is $35, and proceeds benefit the club's various service projects and programs in the Liberty Lake community. For more: www.libertylakekiwanis.org
Sept. 1 | Pavillion Park Summer Concert Series: Spokane Symphony 6 p.m., Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road
Sept. 3 | Chef's Demonstration Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane
Sept. 9 | Bailey's Brigade Car Show 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Allsport Polaris and Honda, 19505 E. Broadway. The car show will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Registration for cars is from 8 to 10 a.m., and awards will be announced at 1:15 p.m. This year's event will feature music, food, raffle prizes and a wheel of fun and fortune. Basic registration is $15 . For more: www.baileysbrigade.com