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The Dolphin Tale Experince coming to "Movies in the Park" Friday night!

The finale in this summer’s “Movies in the Park” series may be the best one yet. In a partnership with Hanger, Inc., the City of Round Rock brings you an interactive experience of the real Dolphin Tale story. On Friday, August 10, the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department presents Dolphin Tale on a large, 50 foot blowup movie screen in Old Settlers Park. Hanger, Inc., the company that makes the prosthetic, has relocated to Austin and will be present at the movie to allow everyone to view the original prosthetic tail and ask any questions about the project. The event will begin at 7:30pm.

It’s the story of a dolphin named Winter who was caught in a crab trap. She was freed, but was forced to part with her tail. When her story reached prosthetist Kevin Carroll, the vice president of prosthetics at Hanger, Inc. and volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, he and fellow prosthetist Dan Strzempka developed the world’s first prosthetic tail to replace the entire tail fluke of a dolphin. Along with the development of the prosthetic tail came the creation of something else, called WintersGel, that originally worked to protect Winter’s delicate skin and prevent the tail from slipping. WintersGel is now used as a liner to provide comfort for human amputees who need additional cushioning due to bony spurs or challenging amputations. For more than five years now, Carroll and Strzempka have volunteered their nights and weekends to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to fabricate a series of tails for Winter as she grows and develops.

Let the story of a brave little dolphin and her human angels captivate and inspire you. Bring the entire family out to Old Settlers Park at 7:30 pm to partake in the interactive Dolphin Tale Experience. There will be giveaways and a video of Winter working with her trainer as well as an up-close look at Winter’s first prosthetic tail. Representatives from Hanger, Inc. will be on site to answer questions and provide more information.

As always, feel free to bring blankets and chairs to make yourself comfortable. This will be a perfect night for a family picnic in the park. Kona Ice will also be on site with their signature treats.

For more information on this event, please visit http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/parksandrec. To learn more about Winter’s story, visit http://www.hanger.com/winterthedolphin. You can also view Winter’s live webcam feed at http://www.seewinter.com.

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