‘Be a Hero’ is theme for first Summer Nights

By ANNE

BLANKENSHIP

ablankenship@freemanjournal.net

A popular Webster City festival returns for the second year Friday night. Summer Nights will be held downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. and will feature food, games and entertainment.

The theme for the first Summer Nights of 2014 is “Be a Hero,” with a nod to the Help Entertain and Restore Organization that is working to reopen the Webster Theater. That organization will be selling popcorn and snacks inside the theater. As fundraising continues, the group is looking at a September reopening date for the historic movie house. The evening will also offer a sneak peek at the renovations going on inside the theater, according to organizers.

Area residents will also have an opportunity to be a hero in another way. First American Bank has partnered with local volunteers and Be The Match to offer information about bone marrow donations. Those attending can sign up to be a donor (and give a cheek swab) or take information home. The group will have a 50/50 Raffle with one person winning 50 percent of the raffle proceeds and the remainder going to National and Local Be The Match programs.

Peterson Construction will bring down their Sky Jack and give rides up to look over the city. Costs will be $5 for adults and $2 for kids and all proceeds go to support Be A Hero/Be A Match.

Building Families and Bee Inspired CAPP Program is partnering with Family Community Action Team to encourage children and families to come down and be a hero. They will have interactive booths for children of all ages to make masks and capes and be everyday heroes.

A Nickel Scramble will be hosted by Crimestoppers. First American Bank will provide $150 in nickels for the event. Organizers said there will be two age groups – 0 to 5 and 6 to 10. The younger group will have two opportunities to scramble at 6 and 7 p.m. The older age group will scramble at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. In addition to the coins, participants may find other prizes, including Dairy Queen coupons and Adventureland passes, sponsored by KQWC.

Nick Woolley of 15 Below Zero Photography will be set up to take pictures of heroes and a portion of the proceeds will go to Be The Match.

The Lions Club will be serving burgers, chips and a drink for $5. WCF Financial will provide a comfort station.

Other businesses and organizations taking part include: American Legion Post 191, Kendall Young Library, Top Notch Productions, All Cultures Equal, Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, The Produce Station, Cloud 9, Future of Health Massage, stock cars on display, Building Families Early Childhood area, Iowa Caregivers/Southfield, FabUlous Glam 4 Divaz, Iowa KidsNet, Young Living Essential Oils, Pampered Chef, Ti-De Creations, Tastefully Simple, Wilson Brewer Park and Museums, Sundown Gardens, In a Pikle, Thirty One, Shays Country Creations, Relax the Bath and Scentsy.

Two more Summer Nights celebrations are planned for July 19 and Aug. 15.