Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. WIN Buckshot Run for Special Olympics (registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Carson Park. Online registration is $27 and closes at 11:59 p.m. today. In-person registration is $35. specialolympicswisconsin.org/events): Whether you’re a hard-core runner or just want to enjoy a beautiful day and support a good cause, The Buckshot Run has something for you. Saturday’s events include a 5-mile and 2-mile run as well as a kids’ dash.
This annual event raises funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin, and is a great way to feel good about yourself while helping others. Plus, you can reward yourself with some tasty treats following the race. Grab the kids and head outside Saturday to the scenic Carson Park and enjoy a run, walk or stroll through the grounds.
2. Food Truck Cinema (6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at River Prairie Park, 1419 Front Porch Place, Altoona.): You could go to the movies this weekend and spend $10 to sit in a dark theater on a summer evening. Or you could head on down to Altoona’s gorgeous River Prairie Park with a blanket or lawn chair and watch two movies for a total of zero dollars, surrounded by folks enjoying an evening outdoors.
Option two sounds preferable to me. That’s Food Truck Cinema, put on by Altoona’s Parks and Recreation Department. It’s a new event that will feature two movies, “Ferdinand the Bull” and “The Greatest Showman.”
While being entertained, local food trucks will be on site giving you access to some yummy snacks or even a full dinner, and the Parks and Recreation Department also will serve popcorn, soda, juice and water.
3. “The Big Paintings” opening reception (6:30 p.m. Friday at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St.): Before you head out of town for the holiday, check out some work by local artist Denise Presnell.
Her paintings are a calming mix of abstract forestry and waterways that sooth the mind and evoke thought. She uses a combination of oil on canvas, acrylic and oil paint stick on canvas and incorporates oil on Plexiglas mounted over oil pastel on linen mat board.
4. Jeremy Boettcher Trio (8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at The Lakely, 516 Galloway St.): If you find yourself in town over the holiday weekend, find yourself in The Lakely Saturday night for some upbeat jazz tunes.
In the times I’ve seen Boettcher perform, I’ve heard everything from jazz standards to a funky rendition of “Under the Sea” — whichever way they’re swinging, they’ll have you moving right along with the beat.