For Immediate Release

“Family Fun & Flix” Teams Up with “National Night Out” at Meisel Park in Springfield, August 5, Featuring the Movie “Despicable Me 2”

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Recreation announce that the next evening of “Family Fun and Flix” – the free summer entertainment and film series on Tuesday evenings – will team-up with National Night Out organizers on August 5 at Meisel Park, off Meisel Avenue in Springfield.

National Night Out activities start at 6 p.m. and then at sunset, after 8 p.m., the audience can enjoy the animated family comedy “Despicable Me 2,” sponsored by Investors Bank. This will give families a chance to participate in the 31st annual nationwide community safety event – including free hot dogs, popcorn and refreshments; inflatable slides and activities for kids; and an assortment of emergency vehicles – and then catch a movie under the stars in Meisel Park.

“Family Fun and Flix begins at dusk, but come early to the park to enjoy free refreshments, activities and fun things for the kids to do, meet Springfield and Union County police and emergency personnel, and learn about youth, educational, safety and public awareness programs,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “Bring a blanket or beach chair to claim your spot on the lawn for a good view before the movie begins at sundown.”

Children of all ages will enjoy the animated comedy family film “Despicable Me 2,” the story of Gru, the former super villain, who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find out who stole a secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle. Steve Carell, Russell Brand and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles in this 2013 sequel to the 2010 animated film “Despicable Me.” Free popcorn will be available during the movie, courtesy of AMC.

This summer’s Family Fun and Flix will conclude on Tuesday, August 12, at Conant Park in Hillside, with the showing of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” The final movie of the summer series will be sponsored by Investors Bank, with free popcorn provided by AMC.

Family Fun and Flix movies start at dusk, weather permitting. For more information, call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900 or visit the Union County website: www.ucnj.org/summer. For program and rain information call 908-558-4079 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show.