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Families are invited to join in an evening of music, dancing, food and mingling with neighbors.

TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The Street Dance is set for July 8.Ten years ago the West Linn Street Dance was organized as part of the celebration of the Willamette neighborhood's centennial. Ten years later the event has become a staple of the community and a sure sign that summer is in full swing.

The Street Dance is set to take place Saturday, July 8, from 5 to 10 p.m. It was established to emulate the old traditional street dance where people lined the streets with powdered soap to create a slick dancing surface. Families are invited to join in an evening of music, dancing, food and mingling with neighbors. Around 2,000 people from West Linn and surrounding communities are expected to descend on 13th Street and Willamette Falls Drive this weekend, according to Assistant Parks and Rec Director Ken Warner.

I think it's a unique event," Warner says. "It's got activities for all ages and there's a wide range of food opportunities. It's just been adopted by the community."

The Street Dance will feature face painting, a bouncy house and an interactive juggling show for kids hosted by local juggler Mag Hughes beginning at 6 p.m.

A performance by the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's Pipe and Drums band will take place at 7:25 p.m. before opening ceremonies at 7:45 p.m.

Music will begin at 8 p.m. provided by the musical stylings of local band "JILT," who promise to provide "soaring vocals, shredding guitars, dazzling keyboard, and a super-human rhythm section." JILT's offers a wide range of tunes from rock bands like Journey and Boston, to pop and funk artists like Michael Jackson and Kool and the Gang.

"It's a family event, and our goal is that every song the band plays is known by the crowd," Warner says. "We try to make sure it's a mix of top hits from the past four or five decades."

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