Happy Memorial Day! Plenty of time from now till then to make plans for the 4th of July. But not for everyone. Since 2015, Mountain View Meadows has sponsored the annual 4th of July Community Celebration at Mountain View Park and is joined this year by co-sponsors Sierra Custom Homes, Stahly Engineering and the Mountain View Meadows HOA. The event offers afternoon and evening activities for people of all ages, all of which are free and open to the public. Behind the scenes, MVM Director of Design Rebecca Ryland and Assistant to the Directors April Kortz started planning for the event nearly two months ago. One of the first orders of business was to book the band. April reached out to vocalist and percussionist Ron White and vocalist and guitarist, Terry O’Hair. This acoustic duo found their start after long journeys on the road and around the world to come together 15 years ago at Clark’s music store in Helena. Ron would come into the store where Terry was working. The two found they had much in common during their informal jam sessions. They both enjoyed the acoustic feel and the freedom to share and create music. One day, Ron suggested they start a band together and name it Common Ground. With that, the two began playing gigs all over Helena. Common Ground is excited to connect with the crowd at the Annual 4th of July Community Celebration, not only because Ron lives at Mountain View Meadows, but to celebrate the day and spread good feelings and joy. Common Ground’s repertoire of current country and classic rock is sure to provide just the right laid-back atmosphere for the listening pleasure of those picnicking on the lawn and taking full advantage of the park amenities and event activities in anticipation of the best in-town views of the Prickly Pear Fireworks Display. At this time, Rebecca and April are welcoming food truck vendors to participate in the event. The Missionary Mexican Food Truck is on board to offer for sale their delicious chicken and beef tacos to the hundreds of hungry people who will attend the event. Volunteers are still needed to assist with several activities including the “Chalk Up the Block” sidewalk art competition, the “Best of Ten” Basketball Showdown, the “Friendly HorseShoe Tournament” and the “Kids Push, Pull & Pedal Parade”. If interested in either vending or volunteering, please call April at 406-422-8107.