Friday evening the Hope Town Square will be abuzz with activities for all ages for this month’s cruise-in and a free movie.

The evening kicks off around 4:30 p.m. when the first of a wide array of unique cars and trucks will arrive on the square. Area residents will have an opportunity to check out the rides and chat with owners until the cruise-in officially begins at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the sound of The Good Times Band will offer a two-hour set as the evening’s soundtrack until 8 p.m. At the shelter house, the Student’s Fund of Hope will be offering pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks, Budd says.

This month’s event offers an added bonus and an opportunity for residents to give back as the Student’s Fund of Hope is showing the 2016 Disney Pixar 3-D adventure “Finding Dory” at 8:30 p.m. on the square.

“We thought it would be cool to piggyback off the cruise-in,” says Whitney Budd, president of the Student’s Fund of Hope. “At 6 p.m. we will have children’s activities, including a bounce house and sensory bins with ocean animals in them because we are showing ‘Finding Dory.’”

Friday’s movie event will be the second of its kind offered by the organization, which raised nearly $4,000 last year, Budd says. Proceeds from this event will go towards the raising of funds to offer upper grade levels flexible seating, Budd says.

According to Budd, flexible seating in classrooms has shown to help increase students’ focus, performance and test scores.

“So we are trying to get that for the upper grade levels here,” she says.

The Student’s Fund of Hope was founded in 2018 as an organization intended to raise money to benefit children whose families are faced with economic hardship and unable to meet school-related expenses.

Last year’s event drew an estimated crowd of 800 and organizers hope to rival or exceed that number Friday night.

“It should be a really good time,” Budd says. “It is all freewill donation because we want all kids to be able to come out, experience it and have fun with their families whether they have money for it or not.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

 All of Friday's events are free and family friendly.