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Local programs in August feature Arkansas history, culture

Posted on 18 Jul 2011

We here at AETN can’t believe it’s already almost August. It’s practically back-to-school time. Where did summer go?  If you need some ideas for a last-minute summer vacation good for the whole family or just yourself, be sure to tune in to some great local programming coming up in August. Featuring some of the best natural scenery Arkansas has to offer, as well as some wonderful community projects, these programs are sure to give you inspiration for those last-minute summer fun ideas.

“Exploring Arkansas” – Monday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Join Chuck Dovish as he snorkels at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia; goes kayak fishing at Kings River with a newly designed kayak that’s tailor-made for the kayak angler in getting to those secluded “honeyholes”; hikes to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Heber Springs area along the Little Red River; and explores by canoe the Grand Cypress Natural Area located in the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area near Stuttgart.

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“Bridge to War Eagle” – Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m.
A film by Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter, Bridge to War Eagle is a collection of poignant stories framed by the old steel bridge and iconic grist-mill on War Eagle Creek in the Ozark Hills. The documentary is a 30-minute film about a wild stream, protected only by the folks who use it, and illustrated by the stories of those who love it.

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“Historic Bridges of Arkansas” – Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7:15 p.m.
With constant roadway improvements and the decline of repairs to antiquated thoroughfares looming, AETN partnered with the Arkansas Highway Department to develop this documentary. Their common goal: to preserve the history associated with bridges in Arkansas for future generations. This special features scenic footage of various bridges, as well as interviews. Learn more about “Historic Bridges of Arkansas.”

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“U.N.I.T.Y.” – Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
Originally premiering in April, this 60-minute documentary features a group of gang-affiliated inmates in Tucker Maximum Security Prison reinventing themselves to reach beyond prison walls to keep teens from following the path to incarceration. In 2004, inmate Alvin Williams, the late Building Captain Jackie Davis, and Prison Psychologist Richard Moore, formed the U.N.I.T.Y. (U and I helping Teen Youth) program at Tucker Max in Tucker, Ark. The program is a five-month, prison-based intervention program with hopes of reaching into the community to educate youth about the consequences of negative gang activity. To learn more about "U.N.I.T.Y.", including ways you can help prevent gang violence, visit the program page.

“Mentoring Youth” – Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m.
This one-hour live show will feature highly-motivated individuals from various organizations that represent the iBelieve Community Coalition, including Centers for Youth and Families, Let Our Violence End (L.O.V.E.), and Goodwill, among others who are developing creative ways for involving volunteers, mentors and tutors in the community. The men you have just met in “U.N.I.T.Y.” are not only trying to make a difference in their current environment, but they also want to take this opportunity to teach others how to give back to the community and avoid going down the same roads they have traveled. This program will give you the opportunity to showcase your gifts and talents in ways that will help make a difference in the lives people in your community. The audience is invited to call into this live broadcast with comments and questions as it concerns the “U.N.I.T.Y.” broadcast and how you can get involved to make a difference in a child’s life.

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