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Heroes within themselves

Heroes are people who overcome great obstacles by remaining hopeful and doing what’s right, even when it seems they may not succeed.

That’s why the Optimist Club of Exeter has selected heroes as the theme of its 3rd annual Movies In The Park next month at Exeter City Park. Each movie will focus on heroes – some with superhuman abilities and others who find strength from within to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future, a popular saying in the Optimist Club.

“The Optimist Club supports unsung heroes every year – the students, teachers and administrators at our local continuation high schools,” said Club President Roger Wagner. “Many of our continuation high school students overcome obstacles just to attend school. The administrators and teachers inspire these young people to rise above their circumstances and get an education, in some cases despite their friends and family telling them they would never be able to do it.”

The free movies are normally held on Thursday nights in July, however there will be no movie on July 4 and Aug. 1 was added to take its place. The dates and movies are as follows:

The wading pool will open at 6 p.m. with a lifeguard for families to come and cool off in the summer heat. As soon as it is dark enough, the Optimist Club will start the movies on a projection screen behind the Exeter Branch Library near Chestnut and D streets. The A&W Root Beer Float Mobile will be handing out root beer floats during the kick-off event on July 11.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Movies In The Park, call 559-909-2996.


Movies In The Park

• Thursday, July 11 – The Incredibles: A family of superheroes goes to great lengths to hide their powers after a lawsuit sends all superheroes into hiding. The father, aka Mr. Incredible, struggles to fit into his mundane life until he is contacted by a mysterious woman asking him for help. Eventually his wife and children get pulled into the mix. Along the way, the family must come together and learn to use their powers they have been forced to suppress.

• Thursday, July 18 – Kung Fu Panda: Po, a young panda with dreams of being a Kung Fu master, is ecstatic after being chosen as the next member of the famous Furious Five. Unfortunately, neither his new master nor fellow martial artists believe he has what it takes to fulfill the prophecy. Master Shifu must look beyond Po’s exterior and find a way to help his unorthodox student find his own style of Kung Fu before it is too late for the Valley of Peace.

• Thursday, July 25 – Mulan: Faced with the idea of her aging father riding off to war, a young girl breaks thousands of years of family tradition by pretending to be his son to fight in his place. Posing as man, Mulan must prove herself worthy to be among those protecting China from its invaders and that a girl can be a hero as long as she never gives up despite rules saying she is unfit for the job.

• Thursday, Aug. 1 – Hercules: Taken from his parents at a young age, a teenage outcast searches for answers as to why he is so strong. He finds out he is the son of Greek gods Zeus and Hera and must become a hero to be restored among the pantheons of the gods. Despite being mortal and even losing his superhuman strength, Hercules must decide if he will continue to fight against the more powerful Titans to prevent his uncle, Hades, from overthrowing Olympus.

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