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AETN celebrates 50 years of public media in Arkansas with Family Day 2016 Sept. 24

Posted 05 Jan 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network has announced Family Day 2016 – a free public event to encourage community spirit through family-friendly fun and entertainment, educational activities and community service drives. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the statewide network headquarters, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway. AETN is proud to be celebrating 50 years of public media in Arkansas and will mark the occasion with the theme 'Peace, Love & AETN,' traveling back in time to the 1960s when AETN first went on the air.

'AETN began broadcasting on Dec. 4, 1966, as Arkansas's first educational television station licensed to Little Rock,' AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. 'In the 50 years since, we have grown to cover the entire state, expanded our educational services to rival any in the nation, convened conversations about pressing issues and produced countless hours of original programming for and about Arkansans.

'We are thrilled to continue our extensive work in Arkansas and celebrate this milestone with our popular Family Day. We look forward to lots of fun, food and fellowship at our headquarters in Conway, and we are excited about many more years of serving this great state.'

Special guests for the day include Walkaround Cookie Monster and Walkaround Elmo of Sesame Street. Children are invited to meet and take photos with the characters.

In an effort to give back to the community, AETN holds community service drives during Family Day to collect items for local charities. Donations are not required to participate in Family Day activities, and all collected items will be distributed to neighbors in need free of charge.

Drives at this year's event include:

Additionally, AETN has planned free activities and entertainment for the entire family:

Local food trucks will be on hand for additional food and snacks.

Additional information and the most current schedule of activities are available at aetn.org/familyday. Promotional support for AETN Family Day2016 is provided in part by Conway Macaroni Kid.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).