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Posted on: April 11, 2017

Moonlight Movies open on April 21 with 'Finding Dory'


April 11, 2017

Moonlight Movies open April 21 with ‘Finding Dory’

Earth Day booth set up at showing to honor the planet

MURPHY (April 11, 2017) Murphy’s Green Team, in connection with Keep Murphy Beautiful, is planning to host an information booth at this year’s inaugural Moonlight Movie to highlight the important messages that surround Earth Day.   

                “All of us get so busy with our day-to-day lives that we may lose sight of the critical work of caring for our planet,” says Candy McQuiston, Chair of the Murphy Green Team and Director of Keep Murphy Beautiful.  “Our intent is to remind people how important it is to treat our home with care and kindness.  After all, there is no other alternative.”

                The season’s first Moonlight Movie is set for Friday, April 21 at the amphitheater of Murphy’s Central Park, 550 North Murphy Road, adjacent to Murphy PSA.  The evening’s festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m.  The movie is free and includes free popcorn, snacks and drinks.  Free parking is available at the various City Hall lots and the PSA parking area.

                The movie presentation is “Finding Dory.”  The year’s theme of animated animal movies continues on May 12 with “The Secret Life of Pets” and concludes with “Zootopia” on May 26.  All three movies are presented at the same location, with the final two pictures starting at 8:15 p.m., although events begin at 7:30 p.m.

                Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated in late April worldwide.  Events of all kinds are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

                “In addition to the handouts, giveaways and other materials that we plan to share with movie-goers, we will be available to answer questions regarding the various programs we offer throughout the year,” she said.

                In keeping with the emphasis on Earth Day, Murphy student Isabella Haen will be collecting used shoes.  Last year, she collected close to 1,000 shoes for the international Soles4Souls organization, but this year she is keeping her focus on local needs by donating the shoes she collects to the Network of Community Ministries (, a non-profit organization based in Richardson serving people in 14 zip codes in Dallas County. 

                Collection boxes for used shoes are also located at the City Hall lobby and at the Murphy Community Center.


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