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Movie tickets for the Sat. April 3 preview screening of the new Miramax Films production, Ella Enchanted starring Ann Hathaway as Ella, will be given away by the Dolphin Bookshop.

Dolphin Bookshop owner Patti outside the store.

It is a wonderful story for children about Ella, who at her birth was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift - the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her. But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest to break the curse.

Susan Miller, a Port Washington resident, bought the movie rights for the highly appraised Newbery Award winning book, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. In the past the author, Ms. Levine, has appeared at the Port Washington Public Library concerning her book and spoken at the annual "Friends of the Library Luncheon."

The Dolphin Bookshop will give a pass for two free tickets to the preview screening when a new, unwrapped gift to a homeless girl age 8-12, that will make her feel "magical" or "special" is given. It can be either brought in or purchased at the bookshop. The showing of the preview will be on Sat. April 3 at 5 p.m. at the Port Washington Clearview Theatre at 116 Main Street. Seats are limited and tickets are available at the Dolphin Bookshop on a first come basis. The official release of the movie will be Friday, April 9.

Unfortunately, there are hundreds of poor, homeless families on Long Island. To encourage awareness among the children in our community, the Dolphin Bookshop is participating in this event. The Family Service League will distribute the gifts in homeless shelters.

The Dolphin Bookshop developed this event as a way to continue to spread goodwill as they have in the past with the "Angel Tree" project. Each year during the holidays, names of homeless children were hung on a tree in the store for a participant to choose from and purchase a gift book that would be wrapped and forwarded to them.

If you would like more information on helping the needy and less fortunate in homeless shelters, the Family Service League may be contacted at 631/427-3700.


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