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FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet Sept. 24

This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited.

Following the meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. will be a public reception with screenings of Ken Burnss newest documentary, The National Parks: Americas Best Idea, which premieres Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., only on AETN. Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovish will welcome guests to the reception and share stories from his travels in the Natural State.

In conjunction with the films premiere, AETN developed the Arkansas State & National Parks Initiative. The initiative includes a passport program, which is a fun and educational way to learn about Arkansas parks and encourage people to visit them throughout the year. Six National Park Service sites in Arkansas and six Arkansas State Parks are featured in the passport. AETN encourages individuals to order a free passport and visit any of the 12 featured parks to receive a stamp at the visitors center. Participants can then receive prizes for visiting any four, eight or all 12 of the highlighted parks. Passports may be ordered by visiting www.aetn.org/parks or calling 800-662-2386.

Other elements of the initiative are AETNs Arkansas State & National Parks Amateur Photo Contest, Story Share and online activities for kids.

The photo contest is open to all ages and requires photos taken in an Arkansas park between June 1, 2009, and Sept. 23, 2009. All submissions must be made online. Story Share invites visitors to parks to share their experiences and photos on AETNs Arkansas Parks Web site.

To order or print a passport, enter AETN's Arkansas Parks Amateur Photo Contest, and see a complete list of AETN's parks-related events, visit www.aetn.org/parks.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (www.aetn.org) provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETNs transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.

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