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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Movie in the Park a first effort for Young Professionals

  • Moving to a new neighborhood can be tough, as Scotty Smalls discovered in the 1993 movie “The Sandlot.” Taken under the wing of the local baseball guru, he and his buddies experienced a summer of adventures that include baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, a traveling fair and the legendary baseball-eating dog called the Beast.


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  • Moving to a new neighborhood can be tough, as Scotty Smalls discovered in the 1993 movie “The Sandlot.” Taken under the wing of the local baseball guru, he and his buddies experienced a summer of adventures that include baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, a traveling fair and the legendary baseball-eating dog called the Beast.
    The Pratt community is invited to be a part of the adventure, with a Movie in the Park at dusk on Saturday night. It’s a fun summertime movie, appropriate for all ages and a good companion for the weekend Hap Dumont Tournament at Green Sports Complex. And it’s free.
    The Pratt Young Professionals are hosting the event and have hired an outdoor entertainment company to put on a “world class, first-rate event,” according to coordinator Jackie Mundt.
    All the amenities of Lemon Park, the walking path, nature trail and playground equipment, will be available before the movie, and concessions can be purchased beginning at 8 p.m.
    The Movie in the Park is the first community event planned by the organization that is still in the formative stages, with about 20 members. Profits from concessions will help fund future philanthropic projects, including a community clean-up on Sept. 29. Need-based applications will be available at the Movie in the Park. Community members may nominate themselves or someone they know.
    PYP members will help with cleaning or yard work for people who are physically or financially unable to do the chores themselves, Mundt said. They will also help organize the Pratt Night Out, scheduled for Oct. 11 this year.
    Pratt Young Professionals, organized as a committee of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce, brings together a group of people who may have had a tough time getting acquainted in their new community.
    Mundt moved to Pratt two years ago, and for the first year, said she didn’t know a single person in her age group. After joining PYP, her network has grown to about 15 people.
    “People want to be in a small town and raise their families in a small town, but it can be lonely,” she commented. “(PYP) opens a door. If we’re going to be the future of Pratt, we need to get connected.”
    Members meet for an informal lunch once a month, and for a dinner meeting, where someone comes to “speak about what’s important,” Mundt said. Pratt County 4-H Ambassadors filled members in on the fair. Another topic to be covered is the sales tax question on the August primary election ballot.
    “It (PYP) keeps the membership updated about what’s going on,” she said. “As we get more active, it will be a great opportunity for members to be seen in the community and take on leadership roles.”
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