STERLING – Although it's hard to think about relaxing outdoors with the temperatures we have now, summer will be here before long.
And with summer will come the return of Sterling's Summer Movies in the Park program at Grandon Civic Center.
Last year, the city's then-management intern Hadley Skeffington-Vos initiated the program, in which the city showed fun, family-oriented movies free of charge on Thursday evenings.
Among the featured films were "The Wizard of Oz" and "Despicable Me." The program attracted families and friends to the park to enjoy movies under the starry sky.
Concessions were available. The city even held special events for certain movie nights. For the showing of "The Wizard of Oz," a yellow-brick road was created.
The dates for this summer's program are May 23 and 30; June 13 and 27; July 11 and 25 and Aug. 8.
Skeffington-Vos, now assistant to City Manager Scott Shumard, said the movies have not yet been chosen, but they again will be geared toward children and young families.
The most popular movies last year were "The Wizard of Oz," "Despicable Me" and "Up," each of which attracted an average of 500 people.
"We were very happy with the first year," she said. "We only got positive feedback."
So, residents have something to look forward to when the weather finally gets warm again.
Sauk Valley Media reporter Kiran Sood covers government and happenings in Sterling and Rock Falls. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-798-4085, ext. 529.