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Having a ball at Evening in the Park

By: Ilaf Esuf, Special to The Placer Herald
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Evening in the Park, an entertainment event that has been going on for more than six years at the Johnson-Springview Park, attracts people of all ages, from toddlers to married couples.
Approximately 750 to 1,000 people attended the event and enjoyed a night filled with stars — both in the sky and on stage.
“It is always fun to get the little ones up and dancing,” said Grace Sauser of the band Essex.
“The social camaraderie that an event like this creates for a community,” is Sauser’s favorite aspect of the event.
“Rocklin is such a wonderful small town in the middle of such a big city and it is obvious that this event helps to bring people together in a way that only music can,” she said.
Using blankets and lawn chairs for seating, audience members enjoyed the two hours of music, food, and business showcases.
“I have attended all of the Evening in the Park events since they started a few years ago, (and) I love to be out in the community to meet new people and to enjoy this fun, family event.” said Terry Broadbent, a Cookie Lee Jewelry vendor.
Cookie Lee Jewelry was one of the many vendor booths where people who attended Evening at the Park visited and made purchases.
On selected Fridays, from 7-9 p.m., the Johnson-Springview Park is lit up with bright lights and smiles, all due to the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce’s Evening in the Park.
“The city always does a great job of finding a diverse range of musicians, so it is also a great opportunity to find your new favorite local band and check out a variety of music,” Sauser said. “The Evening in the Park event is the best free entertainment you can ask for.”
For Megan Hemming with the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, the best part is seeing the children enjoying themselves.
“Watching all of the kids dance and hula hoop in front of the stage” makes the Evening in the Park a worthy event, Hemming said.
For volunteer opportunities, e-mail megan @rocklinchamber.com.

Enjoy an Evening in the Park
Summer schedule
When: 7-9 p.m. at
Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 Fifth St., on selected Fridays
July 9 — Kid’s Night will feature bounce houses and the band Essex playing a range of favorite songs
July 23 — Health & Safety Night will include child identification kits from the Rocklin Police Department, car seat safety, drowning prevention and more safety information. The band will be Eclipse.
Aug. 6 — Teacher Appreciation Night will feature giveaways for teachers and school staff. The band Departure will play popular Journey songs.

For more photos: Evening in the Park starts up, offers summertime fun