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McLean/Great Falls Notes, 6/12/24 roundup

News of community interest from around McLean and Great Falls

GREAT FALLS AUTHOR PENS CHILDREN’S BOOK: Mascot Books has published “Dear Dragon and the Birthday Wish,” a children’s book by Great Falls resident Tara Joy Ahrens with illustrations by Amelia Jones.

The tale follows young Joy and her stuffed dragon on a whimsical birthday adventure.

“Through fluffy clouds and into a stunning castle, they chase their dreams and follow their hearts,” the publisher said. It encouraged readers to “dive into a tale of friendship and enchantment that will leave you brimming with joy.”

Ahrens said she hopes young readers will let their imaginations run wild.

“I purposely used big colorful pictures to cater to children who can make up stories as they look at the illustrations, as that helped me as a child,” she said.

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GREAT FALLS NATIONAL PARK TO HOST JUNETEENTH EVENTS: Admission will be free at Great Falls National Park on Wednesday, June 19 due to the federal Juneteenth holiday.

Four days before – Saturday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. – the park will host a free showing of the Disney Pixar film “Soul” to mark Juneteenth.

The screening will be held in the picnic area. There will be no entry permitted after 8:45 p.m.

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