Events aplenty in Bonney Lake this summer

With Memorial Day behind us, thoughts turn to how to spend the summer months and once again the city of Bonney Lake is serving up a full slate of events for the whole family.

New this year is a semi-permanent stage in the park.

“We are excited about a new stage at the park,” said Special Events Coordinator David Wells, adding that several community business helped sponsor the purchase.

Things officially get started June 23 with the annual Bark in Bonney Lake at Allan Yorke Park. The event puts a focus on our four-legged friends with exhibits, venders, prize drawings and a costume/look-alike contest. Also this year, the Bark for Life “6 Legs/6K Fun Run Walk,” with proceeds benefitting the Bonney Lake/Sumner Relay For Life. Both events begin at 10 a.m.

The season kicks into high gear in July, however, with the return of the Kids Club at Cedarview Park and the Tunes @ Tapps concert series.

This year, like last year, there are two Kids Club events each week, at 6:30 p.m. Monday and then at 11 a.m. Tuesday, each with their own guests.

Many guests, such as favorites the Reptileman and the Last Leaf Theater will make stops at both the evening and daytime events, though not in the same week. The summer series concludes Aug. 27 and 28 with the annual “Touch a Truck” event.

For a complete list of scheduled performers, visit the city’s website.

Last Leaf Theater also gets a full night of its own again this year at the city’s Shakespeare in the Park at 3:30 p.m. July 28, performing an abridged version of one of the Bard’s masterworks.

The Tunes @ Tapps series, offering free music at 6:30 every Wednesday at Allan Yorke Park gets started July 11 this year, with the return of the Great Pretenders. Junction City, Hook Me Up, Ian Dabson’s Panleego, The Beatniks, and Craig Terrill Band are also scheduled to play before the series wraps up with the Boinkers Aug. 29.

“I think we’ve got a great lineup,” Wells said.

A pair of Friday Night Flicks movie nights are also scheduled at Allan Yorke Park, with “Despicable Me” set for dusk Aug. 10 and “Soul Surfer” scheduled for Aug. 24.

According to Wells, both movies were selected by kids at the Community Summit.

The city’s Get Fit Healthy Living Expo, a joint event with the Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce is set for July 21 in the Rainier Dental parking lot while the Bonney Lake/Sumner Relay for Life makes its Bonney Lake debut this year July 27 and 28 at Bonney Lake High School. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Relay.”

August 7 brings the National Night Out Against Crime, with the Bonney Lake Police Department hosting free community events at Sky Island and Lake jane Park. This year, the department will honor Chief For A Day William Knight III during the events.

But as always, the big event this summer is the annual Bonney Lake Days celebration, this year scheduled for Aug. 17 an 18 at Allan Yorke Park.

Friday’s events include stage shows and fireworks. The fun continues all day Saturday with the Fun Run, Parade, Car Show, Kids Zone, stage shows, and much more. Vendor booths will be set up both days.

Knight will also be on hand for the Bonney LAke Days parade, which starts Saturday’s festivities at 9:30 a.m.

For more information visit www.citybonneylake.org.