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Western Reserve Public Media takes pride in being a part of our greater northeast Ohio community. This page showcases our participation in local events. We hope to see you at the next one!

   
Plant the Seed to Read — Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair

Plant the Seed to Read — Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair
PBS Kids characters was on hand for the Plant the Seed to Read Youngstown Area Book Fair on April 12, 2014. Taking place at the Fellows Riverside Gardens, the free event brought together storytellers, illustrators, book characters, celebrity readers and many fun activities for children, including meet-and-greets with Daniel Tiger and Princess Presto from Super Why.

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A Downton Abbey Evening

A Downton Abbey Evening
More than 200 guests attended our Valentine's dinner dance to benefit Western Reserve PBS. It was held on Friday, Feb. 14, at Sheraton Akron-Cuyahoga Falls and included a fabulous five-course Edwardian feast, optional wine pairings, a live dance performance, dancing and a silent auction. The event was such a success that we're going to do it again next year!

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Seventh Annual Family Reading Festival

Seventh Annual Family Reading Festival
Western Reserve PBS was both participant and media sponsor of the 7th Annual Family Reading Festival, held
at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on Feb. 8, 2014. Over 1,000 children and their families gathered to meet Western Reserve PBS’s special guest, Curious George. The free event provided a book to every child attending as well as live entertainment.

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“Downton Abbey” Preview

“Downton Abbey” Preview
On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, Stambaugh Auditorium and Western Reserve PBS co-sponsored a free sneak preview of the first hour of the much-anticipated “Downton Abbey, Season 4.”

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Fourth Annual Summit for Kids

Summit for Kids
Western Reserve Public Media had a booth at the Fourth Annual Summit for Kids. Five costumed characters from Super Why greeted children throughout the day. The annual family expo offers fun and educational activities, plus free back-to-school items. The event was hosted by Summit County Children Services and held at the John S. Knight Center, on Aug. 17, 2013.

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Joseph O’Sickey: The Art of Life Preview Screening

Joseph O’Sickey: The Art of Life Preview Screening
On May 2, 2013, Western Reserve PBS held a premiere screening and reception for its new production Joseph O’Sickey: The Art of Life. More than 70 invited guests attended the event, which celebrated the life and career of artist Joseph O’Sickey.

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Plant the Seed to Read — Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair

Plant the Seed to ReadYoungstown Area Children’s Book Fair
PBS Kids character Sid the Science Kid was on hand for the Plant the Seed to Read Youngstown Area Book Fair on April 27, 2013. Taking place at the Fellows Riverside Gardens, the free event brought together storytellers, illustrators, book characters, celebrity readers and many fun activities for children, including meet-and-greets with Sid the Science Kid.

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Summit Mall/Western Reserve PBS Family Expo

Summit Mall/Western Reserve PBS Family Expo
Walkaround Bert and Ernie, the beloved Sesame Street duo, joined us at this year’s Summit Mall/Western Reserve PBS Family Expo, on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event was part of the 26th Annual Family Awareness Month activities organized by Summit County Children Services.

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Sixth Annual Family Reading Festival

Sixth Annual Family Reading Festival
Western Reserve PBS was both participant and media sponsor of the 6th Annual Family Reading Festival, held
at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on Feb. 9, 2013. Over 1,000 children and their families gathered to meet Western Reserve PBS’s special guest, The Cat in the Hat. The free event provided a book to every child attending as well as live entertainment from Jim Gill.

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Shaw Jewish Community Center’s Family Wellness Expo

Shaw Jewish Community Center’s Family Wellness Expo
Western Reserve PBS joined the Shaw Jewish Community Center in Akron for its second annual Family Wellness Expo on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Sid the Science Kid met children throughout the day. The event included hands-on activities regarding fitness, nutrition, education and more. Guests also met Jared Fogle, national Subway spokesman.

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Fashion & Fandom: A Downton Abbey Evening

Fashion & Fandom: A Downton Abbey Evening
Western Reserve PBS and the Kent State University Museum teamed up for a special evening celebrating the new season of Downton Abbey. “Fashion & Fandom: A Downton Abbey Evening” was held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Kent State University Museum. The event featured a one-hour sneak preview of season three of Downton Abbey, audience conversation led by Plain Dealer writer Joanna Connors, a tour of Kent State University Museum’s collection of Edwardian fashions and light refreshments.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Sesame Street’s Rosita was a big attraction at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on Sept. 22, 2012. The event included meet and greets with Rosita, bilingual story time and hands-on activities for children. Rosita is Sesame Street’s first bilingual Muppet, fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers at the Akron Zoo

Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers at the Akron Zoo
Children had fun finding animal tracks, collecting items from nature, discovering recyclable materials and learning about conservation at the Akron Zoo. After completing the Dinosaur Train-inspired activities, they became members of the Nature Trackers Club. They also enjoyed meet-and-greet sessions with Buddy the dinosaur, the lead character in Dinosaur Train, and watched Dinosaur Train “Nature Trackers” episodes in the zoo’s theater.

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Third Annual Summit for Kids

Summit for Kids
Super Why and Princess Presto, characters from the PBS hit show Super Why, joined Western Reserve PBS at Summit for Kids. The event was hosted by Summit County Children Services and held at the John S. Knight Center, on Aug. 18, 2012.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Timken Grand Parade

Pro Football Hall of Fame Timken Grand Parade
PBS superstar Super Why rode in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Timken Grand Parade on Aug. 4. This nationally televised event showcases the new class of enshrinees, returning Hall of Famers, giant helium balloons, marching bands and much more on the 2.2-mile parade route through downtown Canton.

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A Doo Wop Celebration V

A Doo Wop Celebration V
Over 1,800 concertgoers enjoyed Western Reserve PBS’s A Doo Wop Celebration V, held on Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the historic Akron Civic Theatre. The concert featured an impressive lineup of renowned doo wop performers: Charlie Thomas’ The Drifters, Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler, Jay Siegel’s The Tokens, The Vogues and Jay Traynor. Their many hits include “Up on the Roof,” “Five O’Clock World” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” About 230 Gold Circle ticket holders attended a post-concert reception, where they met the performers.

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Plant the Seed to Read — Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair

Plant the Seed to ReadYoungstown Area Children’s Book Fair
PBS Kids character Curious George was on hand for the Plant the Seed to Read Youngstown Area Book Fair on April 28, 2012. Taking place at the Fellows Riverside Gardens, the free event brought together storytellers, illustrators, book characters, celebrity readers and many fun activities for children, including meet-and-greets with Curious George.

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Screening of Rebels on Lake Erie

Screening of Rebels on Lake Erie
Western Reserve PBS and University of Akron professor Kathleen Endres, Ph.D., presented a free screening of her production, Rebels on Lake Erie. Following the free screening, Dr. Endres discussed the production and moderated a related panel discussion.

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The 25th Annual Summit Mall and Western Reserve PBS Family Expo

The 25th Annual Summit Mall and Western Reserve PBS Family Expo
Summit County Children Services, Western Reserve PBS and Summit Mall presented Family Expo at Summit Mall on Saturday, April 14, 2012. This Child and Family Awareness Month event creates a family-friendly day with community resources, educational materials, fun activities and entertainment for everyone. Western Reserve PBS welcomed Walkaround Cookie Monster and SteveSongs of PBS Kids.

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5th Annual Family Reading Festival

5th Annual Family Reading Festival
Western Reserve PBS was both participant and media sponsor of the 5th Annual Family Reading Festival, held at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on Feb. 4, 2012. We hosted WordGirl for meet-and-greet sessions throughout the day. The free event provided a book to every child attending as well as live entertainment from Jim Gill and storyteller Robin Echols Cooper. Over 1,700 people attended and 1,200 free books were distributed. The event was sponsored by Akron-Summit County Public Library, Western Reserve PBS, PNC Grow Up Great, Giant Eagle, This City Reads, Akron Children’s Hospital and Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts.

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Shaw Jewish Community Center’s Family Wellness Expo

Shaw Jewish Community Center’s Family Wellness Expo
Western Reserve PBS was a media sponsor of the Shaw Jewish Community Center’s Family Wellness Expo, held on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at the Shaw JCC in Akron. Free family-friendly entertainment and information on healthylifestyles were the focus of this event. Western Reserve PBS hosted Walkaround Grover from Sesame Street in its booth.

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Ninth Annual Healthy Baby Fair

Ninth Annual Healthy Baby Fair
On Oct. 22, 2011, Western Reserve PBS participated in the Ninth Annual Healthy Baby Fair at the John S. Knight Center, which attracted a large crowd of families and parents-to-be. Dan Hluch, senior development officer with Western Reserve PBS, hosted an informational booth and emceed the baby races held periodically throughout the day. The babies enjoyed the opportunity to roam while their guardians got some comic relief from Hluch’s unique emceeing style.

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Second Annual Summit for Kids

Second Annual Summit for Kids
Sesame Street’s Walkaround Zoe joined Western Reserve PBS at the Second Annual Summit for Kids. Hosted by Summit County Children Services and held at the John S. Knight Center, the event on Aug. 20, 2011 drew more than 14,000 parents and children.

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The Western Reserve PBS / Summit Mall Family Expo

The Western Reserve PBS / Summit Mall Family Expo
Summit County Children Services, Western Reserve PBS and Summit Mall presented Family Expo at Summit Mall on April 9, 2011. Kids enjoyed meet-and-greets with The Cat in the Hat and characters from the hit PBS Kids series Super Why!. Families also enjoyed special performances from The Cat in the Hat and Coolbelly throughout the day.

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Plant the Seed to Read — Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair

Plant the Seed to ReadYoungstown Area Children’s Book Fair
PBS Kids character The Cat in the Hat was on hand for the Plant the Seed to Read Youngstown Area Book Fair on March 26, 2011. Taking place at the Fellows Riverside Gardens, the free event brought together storytellers, illustrators, book characters, celebrity readers and many fun activities for children, including meet-and-greets with our The Cat in the Hat.

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Facebook Winner — The Cat In The Hat Visit

Facebook Winner — The Cat In The Hat Visit
Our Western Reserve Public Media Facebook page has great giveaway opportunities. Congratulations are in order for Amanda Davis! She won the free visit from The Cat in the Hat.

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Akron Family Reading Festival — This City Reads!

Akron Family Reading Festival — This City Reads!
Western Reserve PBS participated in the Feb. 5, 2011, This City Reads Family Reading Festival at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Children who attended the event met PBS Kids characters Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George. The characters were also on stage during story time with community leaders.

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Facebook Winner — Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog Visit

Facebook Winner — Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog Visit
Our Western Reserve Public Media Facebook page has great giveaway opportunities. Congratulations to Amanda Olmstead Macik. She won the Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog meet and greet. Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog visited L.J. Smith Elementary in Massillon, Ohio.

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Canfield Fair

Canfield Fair
Visitors at the 2010 Canfield Fair enjoyed getting their picture taken with the Cat in the Hat at the Western Reserve PBS booth.

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Country Crush Screening

Country Crush Screening
In September, Western Reserve Public Media hosted a free screening of Country Crush, a new locally produced documentary about the combine demolition derby at the Columbiana County Fair.

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Summit for Kids

Summit for Kids
WordGirl greeted children at the Western Reserve PBS booth at the new Summit for Kids event on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. 

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A Doo Wop Celebration IV

A Doo Wop Celebration IV
Western Reserve PBS hosted a live Doo Wop Celebration IV event on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Herb Reed’s The Platters, The Crystals and The Dubs performed their classic hits that including “Only You (and You Alone),” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Could This Be Magic.” Western Reserve PBS also hosted a Gold Circle event, which include best-in-house seats plus a private dinner reception and meet-and-greet session with members of the groups.

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The Western Reserve PBS / Summit Mall Family Expo

The Western Reserve PBS / Summit Mall Family Expo
Summit County Children Services, Western Reserve PBS and Summit Mall presented Family Expo at Summit Mall on April 10, 2010. Kids enjoyed meet-and-greets with PBS KIDS Host Miss Rosa and Buddy from the popular program Dinosaur Train. Miss Rosa presented three free sing-a-long stage shows throughout the day for the attendees.

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Cleveland International Film Festival — Official Akron Preview Party

Cleveland International Film Festival — Official Akron Preview Party
In celebration of the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival, Western Reserve Public Media invited viewers to get a sneak peek of the films at the Official Akron Preview Party on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

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Dolley Madison: American Experience Screenings

Dolley Madison: American Experience Screenings
Western Reserve Public Media and the Canton-based National First Ladies’ Library (NFLL) co-hosted the national premiere of the new American Experience documentary Dolley Madison on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Muffie Meyer, the filmmaker, and Ron Blumer, the writer, attended the event to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Western Reserve Public Media President and CEO Trina Cutter made the introductory remarks along with the NFLL Executive Director Pat Krider and NFLL Board President and founder Mary Regula.

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Family Reading Festival — This City Reads!

Family Reading Festival — This City Reads!
Western Reserve PBS participated in the Feb. 6, 2010, This City Reads Family Reading Festival at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Children who attended the event met PBS Kids characters WordGirl and WordWorld’s Dog. The characters were also on stage during story time with community leaders.

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Even Start’s Family Reading Festival

Even Start’s Family Reading Festival
Beloved PBS Kids stars Clifford the Big Red Dog and Super Why were the headliners of Even Start’s Family Reading Festival at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia in November. Western Reserve Public Media was on hand to handle the stars and to promote the organization’s commitment to literacy.

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County Fairs

County Fairs
Western Reserve Public Media hosted booths at two county fairs this summer and fall. From Aug. 10-16, we participated in the Cuyahoga County Fair’s Celebrating American Television exhibit, designed to educate and inform fairgoers about the past, present and future of TV in northeast Ohio and across the nation. From Sept. 2-7, we set up shop at the Canfield Fair. Both events gave the organization the opportunity to honor its 36-year history and to introduce its new digital television channels.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Timken Grand Parade

Pro Football Hall of Fame Timken Grand Parade
PBS superstar Sid the Science Kid escorted Western Reserve Public Media President and CEO Trina Cutter in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Timken Grand Parade on Aug. 8. This nationally televised event showcases the new class of enshrinees, returning Hall of Famers, giant helium balloons, marching bands and much more on the 2.2-mile parade route through downtown Canton.

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KidsFair Akron 2009

KidsFair Akron 2009
PBS Kids characters delighted children taking part in KidsFair Akron on June 7, 2009, at Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron. Western Reserve PBS, a sponsor of the event, hosted meet-and-greets and stage shows featuring children’s performer Coolbelly plus Walkaround Cookie Monster, Curious George, Word Girl and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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A Doo Wop Celebration III!

A Doo Wop Celebration III!
Western Reserve PBS hosted a live Doo Wop Celebration III event on Saturday, May 30, 2009, featuring the “Duke of Earl” and the groups that made “Under the Boardwalk” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” famous. The event starred Gene Chandler, Charlie Thomas’ The Drifters and The Tokens featuring Jay Siegel.

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Passport Fair

Passport Fair
Travelers are required to present a passport when traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean beginning June 1, 2009. To assist Americans in meeting this deadline, the U.S. Postal Service and Western Reserve Public Media held a Passport Fair on Thursday, May 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the television station’s offices in Kent. This event was open to the public and allowed community members to have their passports processed and certified by trained U.S.P.S. staff before the applications were sent for approval. The U.S.P.S. collected fees, processed the applications and even took passport photos when necessary.

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Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair: Plant the Seed to Read

Youngstown Area Children’s Book Fair: Plant the Seed to Read
PBS Kids characters Sid the Science Kid and Word Girl were on hand for the third annual Plant the Seed to Read Youngstown Area Book Fair on April 4, 2009. Taking place at the Fellows Riverside Gardens, the free event brought together storytellers, illustrators, book characters, celebrity readers and many fun activities for children, including meet-and-greets with our PBS Kids characters.

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The Western Reserve PBS / Summit Mall Family Expo

The Western Reserve PBS / Summit Mall Family Expo
Summit County Children Services, Western Reserve PBS and Summit Mall presented Family Expo at Summit Mall on March 28, 2009. Kids enjoyed meet-and-greets with PBS Kids character Sid the Science Kid and Roscoe Orman, who plays “Gordon” on the popular children’s series Sesame Street. Orman presented three free sing-a-long stage shows throughout the day for the attendees.

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This City Reads Family Reading Festival

This City Reads Family Reading Festival
Western Reserve PBS participated in the Feb. 7, 2009, This City Reads Family Reading Festival at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Children who attended the event met PBS Kids characters Clifford the Big Red Dog and Wyatt from Super Why. The characters were also on stage during story time with community leaders, including Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.

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Generations: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Generations: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Western Reserve PBS is working on a new documentary called Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park and has requested help from park visitors past and present. Over the last several months, the organization has been collecting oral histories, home movies, photos and other relevant memorabilia that reflect experiences in the park. Staff members documented items at three open houses at the park’s Happy Days Lodge in January, April and May of this year. Dozens of community members have shared photos, videos, diary notations, antiques, art work and souvenirs collected over the years.

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DTV Open Houses

DTV Open Houses
Western Reserve PBS invited community members to attend a free DTV Open House on Nov. 6 at its main offices in Kent and on Nov. 13 at the Austintown Public Library. Attendees had the opportunity to get information about digital TVs, see demonstrations on converter box hook-ups, get help ordering converter box coupons, ask questions about antennas and more.

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A Doo Wop Celebration II!

A Doo Wop Celebration II!
Western Reserve Public Media and The Kent Stage hosted A Doo Wop Celebration II featuring Carl Gardner’s The Coasters, The Chiffons and The Reflections on Saturday, May 10, 2008. These great doo wop groups gave us “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “He’s So Fine,” “Romeo and Juliet” and many more memorable hits.

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Local Winners of 14th Annual Reading Rainbow Writing Contest

Western Reserve Public Media Announces Local Winners of 14th Annual Reading Rainbow Writing Contest
Western Reserve Public Media announced the local winners in the kindergarten, first, second and third grade categories of the Reading Rainbow 14th Annual Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. The winners were announced on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at two sites: the Western Reserve Public Media/Summit Mall Family Expo in Akron and the Youngstown Book Fair at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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