Pops plans progressing

Plans are moving along as the 2012 Pops in the Park celebration, set July 3 at the Comanche Trail Park amphitheater, gets closer. The pre-show has been planned, the flyover has been booked and deposits have been made. However, with the event date closing in quickly, there are still a few things needed for the event from the community. As usual, the military tribute video compilation will be played leading up to the night's main event. For that video to be completed, the community is asked to submit photos of local — active or retired — military members. According to video creator Cindy Smith, the deadline for submissions is Friday. “We are needing new pictures and short videos for those wanting to be included in the video compilation,” Jan Hansen, Pops in the Park co-chair, said. In addition to video contributions, donations are also needed to help make the event a success this year. The goal has been set at $40,000. “Letters have gone out for sponsorships, but we are still lacking donations for this year's event,” Hansen said. “The first presenters donation has been received and we are expecting more donations to come in.”Donations received from the community help fund the event, including pre-show entertainment, the symphony performance, fireworks and other expenses. Any excess funding raised will be seed money for next year's event, according to Debbye ValVerde, committee member. Several items are getting closer to being checked off the to-do-list. The flyover, which will be put on once again by the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Midland, will include four planes. “For those who were stationed at Webb Air Force Base, some of the planes should look familiar,” Kelly Grant, co-chair, said. “A couple of the planes were actually test planes at Webb.”The pre-show has also been booked. This year, Don Turner will be providing entertainment before the Big Spring Symphony takes over for the night. For those interested in taking part in the chorus this year, rehearsals will be held from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. June 12, 19 and 26 at First United Methodist Church. The first rehearsal was held Tuesday. “The music for the evening has been ordered and everything seems to be on track,” Symphony Director Keith Graumann said. “People can join in at any point to be part of the choral up until the last practice.”To make a donation or to get more information, stop by or call the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce at 432-263-7641. Video submissions and photos can be sent to chamber@bigspringchamber.com.