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“A Morning with Clifford the Big Red Dog” on March 23

Local PBS Stations Present “A Morning with Clifford the Big Red Dog” on March 23

Family-friendly event to be held at The Paramount Theater at 9 a.m. Registration is recommended.

More information: ideastations.org/CliffordCville

Charlottesville, Va. -  Clifford the Big Red Dog bounds into town Sat., March 23 for a screening at The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. The free community event, held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., includes a visit and photo opportunity with Clifford, a free book for every family in attendance, and a 30-minute video of Clifford projected on the big screen.

A perennial favorite on PBS KIDS® television, Clifford has been an icon of children’s literature for over 50 years. Presented by WVPT and WHTJ PBS, this event celebrates and coincides with the Virginia Festival of the Book, now in its twenty-fifth year. With Clifford, the event’s hosts are aiming to entertain, engage, and inspire the Charlottesville area’s youngest readers.

For the Community Idea Stations, bringing Clifford to Charlottesville during the Virginia Festival of the Book was a natural fit.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog books are one of the most popular early learning books for children learning to read,” explains Mary Jo Grieve, Director of Ready to Learn at the Community Idea Stations. “Clifford's character wonderfully introduces children to lessons about being a part of a community, of acceptance and resolving differences. These stories relate to children's lives and everyday experiences like attending school, learning manners, or going to the doctor.”

The Community Idea Stations’ Ready to Learn program works to share PBS KIDS® resources with children and families to engage them with fun and educational activities. This event represents one of many held by Ready to Learn in the Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Richmond communities throughout the year.

“Educational TV began with public television, and education is still at the heart of what we do, especially when it comes to our kids” continues Grieve. “Parents say that PBS KIDS® helps prepare their children for success in school with educational, award-winning programs. Research shows children achieve measurable gains in literacy when they engage with PBS KIDS® content on multiple platforms.”

Watch “Clifford the Big Red Dog” on WHTJ/WCVE weekdays at 12 p.m. and on the PBS KIDS® 24/7 channel every day at 11 a.m. New episodes of “Clifford” are set to premiere in late 2019. More information is available at ideastations.org.

Major support for this Community Idea Stations event is provided by UVA Children’s Hospital in partnership with UVA Community Credit Union and Charlottesville Family Magazine. The event is free, but registration is recommended.

About the Community Idea Stations:

The Community Idea Stations is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in the region, each week reaching more than 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

WCVE PBS, WCVW PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview serves the Richmond community with television programming.

The Stations serve the Charlottesville community with television programming on WHTJ PBS, WVPT PBS, WCVW PBS, Create TV, MHz Worldview, and PBS Kids 24/7.

The Stations serve the Harrisonburg community with television programming on WVPT PBS, WVPY PBS, Create TV, and PBS Kids 24/7.

WCVE Music provides classical music, jazz, blues, world music, and more for radio listeners in Richmond on 93.1 FM and 107.3 FM (HD2), and also serves radio listeners on 89.1 WCNV in the Northern Neck and on 90.1 WMVE in Chase City.

WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 (HD1) in Richmond, and also serves radio listeners on 89.1 WCNV in the Northern Neck and on 90.1 WMVE in Chase City.

Additional content for lifelong learners of all ages can be found at ideastations.org.