by Kali Cozyris
They're here! Those sweet summer days that stretch out late leaving lots of time for outdoor activities. And when those activities cross over from dusk to darkness, sunset to stars, well, that's even better. Watching movies under the night sky against a backdrop of redwoods is a sublime way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. Add live music and snacks to the scene and you've got one perfect Saturday night. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission thinks so, too. The organization's popular Movies in the Park summer series kicks off Saturday, May 27 with everyone's favorite wrinkled alien E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982) touching down through the trees around 8:45 p.m. at Eureka's Sequoia Park (free). Come a little early to secure your spot on the grass and enjoy live music by Michael Dayvid beginning at 7 p.m. followed by Looney Tunes cartoons before the main attraction at dusk. Remember, this is Humboldt, so wear warm clothing. Bring a lawn chair and blanket (and a box of Kleenex for this one) and snuggle down with your little ones. Or your date. Popcorn, candy and refreshments are available by donation. Then come back one Saturday a month through August for the remaining films: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) on June 24, Disney's Moana (2016) on July 22 and The Neverending Story (1984) on August 19.