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Citys Family Night Out Features Classic Cars
Singer and guitar player Brad Brown performs his brand of blues-tinged pop, rock and folk music at the Aug. 3 concert in Community Center Park. The free event and several other activities are sponsored by the Riverbank Chamber of Commerce and include a free movie after dusk. Ric McGinnis/The News

A Classic Car Show has been a weekly feature of the Riverbank Chamber of Commerce’s Family Night Out these past summer Wednesdays with votes being tallied to determine a crowd favorite. Tonight, the winner will be revealed.

The car show has been one of many free activities provided by the chamber at their Night Out/Concerts in the Park/Certified Farmers Market on those mid-week evenings at the Community Center Park.

Cars featured included classics, both restored and just as they are. Some are in the midst of renovation, but each is a gem in its own right.

Owners of the cars come from all over the area, including some from Riverbank.

One such is Linda Jo Carlson, who brings her father’s 1963 four-door Ford Falcon Futura. She acquired the car when he died, and has kept it, more or less, as she received it. Plus, adding some ‘bling’ to decorate areas of the engine and passenger compartment.

Other vehicles on display have been faithfully restored to original specifications. Still others have been customized with lots of chrome and special paint.

Each week, visitors to the display have been able to cast a vote for their favorite vehicle and tonight will be the final tally. Chamber officials will award the ‘Crowd Favorite’ during tonight’s (Aug. 10) Family Night Out.

Meanwhile, Brad Brown brought his style of blue-tinged guitar and harmonica accompaniment to his versions of pop, rock and folk tunes to entertain the crowd in the park this past week.

With temperatures cooling off, performing on the outdoor stage should be more comfortable. In past weeks, with 100-plus degree heat, two bands did not arrive to perform. The chamber learned from a family member last week that the band for the week of July 27 did not perform because the leader of the group, Ryan Russell, passed away unexpectedly.

Scheduled to perform tonight is the Rob Hill Band. They last performed in the park on June 8, featuring jazzy music.

Featured free entertainment also continues at the Chamber event.

In addition to activities provided by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, the bounce house will still be available and the Community Pool will be open during the Aug. 10 Night Out for free open swimming.

Tonight’s movie, again from the Marvel Studios Library, is scheduled to be The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It will begin after dark.