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Bridge to the Future Festival 2017

On Saturday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m., meet us at the Clinton Center in Little Rock for a fun, free community festival as part of the 2017 Bridge to the Future Festival! Created to encourage students to read throughout their summer break and avoid learning loss, the festival will feature exciting educational actives for kids and great resources for parents.

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“Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters”

Disasters can strike anywhere at any time, and during the day roughly 70 million U.S. children are separated from their families. What are steps we can take to improve child-focused disaster preparedness, community resilience and help any household become better prepared for emergencies? Experts will share and answer your questions in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

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Plan a Family Movie Night In With AETN PBS KIDS

Reserve the best seats in the house, grab the popcorn and gather the whole family for weekly AETN PBS KIDS Family Night specials! Every Friday on AETN PBS KIDS (AETN-3) starting at 6 p.m., your family can look forward to movie specials or themed programming with PBS KIDS favorites including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Sesame Street” and more.

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Star City’s Farrah McEntire chosen as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are proud to congratulate Farrah McEntire, an EAST Initiative facilitator at Star City High School, on being named at 2017 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Ms. McEntire is one of 52 educators from across the country recognized with this honor, and she will represent Arkansas at the 2017 PBS Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. 

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Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month With LOUPE

Every Monday in May, join us at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month with LOUPE, AETN’s statewide arts initiative. Eclectic episodes featured this season highlight the work of several Arkansas filmmakers and include profiles of the Governor’s Arts Award recipients for 2016 and 2017, an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” artist portraits and an AETN archival piece about pinhole photographer Thomas Harding.

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Preview the Future of Arkansas Cinema at A Young Filmmakers Showcase May 11

AETN is proud to join the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize to host A Young Filmmakers Showcase Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for this free, public event to see curated digital shorts from AETN’s “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” and help us celebrate the 2017 Thea Foundation Scholarship and Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize winners.

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“James Beard: America’s First Foodie” Screening May 11

Join our partners at AARP Arkansas for a special screening of “American Masters — James Beard: America’s First Foodie” at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. The free event will start with a reception featuring light fare from the Dean of American Cookery’s own cookbooks followed by a screening and an exciting panel discussion featuring local chefs! Learn how to reserve your place after the jump.

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An Open Letter to the Future Interns of AETN

Hey y’all, it’s Mary Kate the Marketing and Outreach intern! As the semester comes to a close and my final days at AETN are nearing, I thought I would do one more blog post reviewing my time at AETN. Read on for important tips, from the perils of maxi skirts and office chairs to how you can tailor an internship experience to match your career goals.

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“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Ozark Water Projects

The benefits of giving are well-known. It can increase happiness, and some studies say it might help people live longer.  But how can people who seem to be on the receiving end give something back? Ozark Water Projects is an initiative that gives Arkansas kids — many of them underprivileged themselves — a chance to help people who lack access to clean water. Learn how they are making a difference after the jump.

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Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017

Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!

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2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump.

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“Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2017” Champions

We had a wonderful time hosting the talented teams who competed in “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2017: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 22! Every state finalist team earned their opportunity to compete in the championship by winning difficult region and conference brackets, and they showcased their dedication and scholarship in the year’s final matches. Read on to see photos of the 2017 teams and runners-up.

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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: How Important Is Sleep, Really?

Tired of being tired? Want to find out how to fake sleep? Vanessa Hill of “Braincraft” from PBS Digital Studios explores sleep, and the neurological and psychological reasoning behind personality traits, friend-zoning someone, age and more. Read on for the secrets to sleep and other neurological quirks.

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“Step It Up!” - “Cyberchase” Grant Supports Physical Activity in Pine Bluff Schools

AETN is proud to announce that we and our partners at the Pine Bluff School District, Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation have been awarded a $10,000 “Cyberchase Step It Up!” grant to encourage kids to increase their physical activity during the school day. Learn more about our upcoming five-week initiative and how your school can download materials to participate in a similar program after the jump!

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Countdown to Summer with “Outdoor Hotline” April 27

Get ready for the upcoming seasons with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission! Experts are joining host Tony Brooks live in studio on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. to talk about fishing and improving fisheries habitats, work to restore northern bobwhite quail populations in the state, and changes on the horizon this fall for green tree reservoirs on wildlife management areas. Share your questions for the chance to hear them answered on air at 800-662-2386 or outdoors@aetn.org.

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