Bring a lawn chair and a blanket and enjoy a show under the stars during free movies and concerts planned this summer by the Medford Parks and Recreation Department.
Starting this week, concerts will be held every Wednesday night through Aug. 12 in the Bear Creek Park Amphitheater. Shows run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A special concert in conjunction with the Medford Cruise this weekend is planned at 7 p.m. Friday with Jamie's Rock 'n' Roll Legends in Hawthorne Park.
Family movies will be shown every Saturday night beginning June 27 and running through through Aug. 15 in the Bear Creek Park Amphitheater with pre-movie games such as superhero costume contest, face-painting or karate demonstrations starting at 7 p.m. and the shows beginning at dusk.
For an early taste of the films, the movie series kicks off with a special showing of "American Graffiti" on Friday and "Grease" on Saturday in Hawthorne Park in honor of the Medford Cruise.
"All (concerts and movies) are wholesome and family friendly," said Quinnan Kirkland, marketing and special events coordinator for parks and recreation.
Music genres will range from traditional jazz to new age, folk, bluegrass and rock.
"The Bear Creek Summer Concert Series gives everyone in the community the opportunity to experience the artistry of live music absolutely free and in a relaxed atmosphere," Kirkland said.
Holding the concerts on Wednesday nights is a change from last year, when they were held on Sunday evenings.
Kirkland said after researching several markets that offer free concerts within Oregon, she observed "weeknights compete less with other regional events that occur on weekends."
For more information about the series of concerts and movies, contact Medford Parks and Recreation at 774-2400.
Summer movie schedule
- June 27 — "Iron Man" (PG-13, 2007). When billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is kidnapped he builds a high-tech suit of armor to escape and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.
- July 11 — "Fireproof" (PG, 2008). Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighter adage: Never leave your partner behind. But he is unable to apply the motto at home where his cooling marriage leads to divorce. Caleb accepts as a final effort a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare," which makes him discover the love of God and how to rescue his wife's heart.
- July 18 — "Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa" (PG, 2008). The animated comedy brings back the adventures of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Marty the Zebra and Melman the Giraffe. They try to leave the island of Madagascar to go back to New York but they crash in wild Africa. There Alex meets his family but has trouble communicating after his time spent at the New York Zoo. Voices: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
- July 25 — "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (NR, 1961). Based on Truman Capote's 1958 novella, the comedy tells the story of eccentric socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) who makes her way in New York City and falls for struggling writer Paul Varjan (George Peppard).
- Aug. 1 — "Never-ending story" (PG, 1984). The film tells the journey of 10-year-old Bastian, who is drawn by a book to the world of Fantasia, which is threatened by a consuming force. Bastian's wishes and imagination alone can save the magical wonderland from total destruction.
- Aug. 8 — "Top Gun" (PG but contains mature themes, 1986). Maverick (Tom Cruise) is one of the best daredevil pilot in his class at the Miramar Naval Air Station for Top Gun advanced fighter school. He and his partner Goose fight Soviet fighter pilots over the Indian Ocean.
- Aug. 15 — "Kung Fu Panda" (PG, 2008). Po is a giant and lazy panda who loves kung fu and is bored working at his father's noodle shop. Unexpectedly foretold to be the legendary Dragon Warrior, Po fulfills his dream and is trained by kung fu guru Shifu to fight the snow leopard Tai Lung. Even though he doesn't grasp the basics of kung fu, Po proves he has an impressive tenacity, culinary skills and a great sense of humor. Voices: Jack Black, Jackie Chan and Angelina Jolie.
Summer concert schedule
- June 24 — Hot Gossip, classic rock band from Southern Oregon.
- July 1 — The Mixers Band, swing, jazz and east/west coast jump blues.
- July 8 — Five A.M, a Northern California rock band.
- July 15 — Guitarist Thad Beckman, modern blues with a contemporary twist.
- July 29 — Salsa Brava, salsa dance music.
- Aug. 5 — Jason Johnston and Mike Boren, country music and western swing.
- Aug. 12 — Rhythm Kings, rhythm and blues with swing and Memphis-style blues.
Parking is available for seniors with mobility problems, those with handicap parking permits and for senior facility buses and vans near the Highland Drive parking entrance, to the right of the barricades.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed if kept on a short leash at all times and not disruptive.
Small children may play in an area away from the stage as long as they don't disrupt performers or distract from the performance.
No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Picnics on blankets and under shade umbrellas are allowed. Chairs also may be used, as long as they don't obstruct the view of others.
The concession will offer drinks and light snacks.