by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
The Rogers City Council approved funding for several upcoming entertainment events for residents at their regular meeting July 9.
This summer at the picnic shelter at Triangle Park, there will be a magic show from Kevin Hall, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, July 18; a comedic performance from Homeward Bound Theatre July 25; and a concert of classic kids’ songs from the Splatter Sisters Aug. 22. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
There will also be a showing of The Lorax Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at North Community Park, complete with face painting, inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses, games, and prizes.
Staff is currently working on future family-friendly events at the Rogers Activity Center this fall.
In April, Rogers Parks and Recreation staff had requested to find funding sources to resume periodic live entertainment for residents. Funding for these events was put on hold several years ago due to budget shortfalls. Staff had requested permission to solicit sponsorship opportunities to help pay for the programming.
Council member Darren Jakel argued that the family-friendly events were a great way to enhance the quality of life for Rogers’ residents. The rest of the Council agreed and felt that rather than solicit funds from local businesses, the City should resume paying for them now that they are back on sound financial footing.
In other matters, the Rogers Fire Department will receive a donation of a new audio system for their weight room. The donation was made by Unitech Technology Contractors as a thank you for the service that local public safety officials provide.