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Family series continues at Artown


poster-1-5251324-4273684As Artown takes the stage for its 31-day celebration of arts and culture, KNPB joins the 19th annual edition of the nationally-renowned festival to present four weeks of free, family-friendly entertainment during its Monday night Family Series including Miss Rosa and Mr. Steve from PBS Kids. Beginning July 7, downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park, hosts families from throughout the region for presentations ranging from performance art to fairy tales brought to life every Monday evening.

On Monday, July 7, audiences enjoy a live rendition of “Charlotte’s Web” at 7 p.m. Based on the book by E.B. White, the classic tale is performed by Theatre Works of Northern Nevada, displaying the overall message of friendship.

July 14 features Allynn Gooen, madcap balloon artist, and his rendition of “The Wizard of Oz.” Allynn dazzles and delights crowds of all ages with his unique “pop” artistry in Wingfield Park from 7-8 p.m., and will not be a show to be forgotten.

July 21 brings a combination of music, comedy and puppetry as Norman Foote showcases all three on the Wingfield stage at 7 p.m. Norman weaves stories and paints musical imagery that audiences respond to immediately with his unique storytelling, and his pop culture references are sure to bridge the generation gap.

A special event on Thursday, July 24 is the broadcast premiere of “First 30 Years” at 8 p.m., followed by the documentary “Convection” at 9 p.m. on KNPB channel 5.1.

Closing out the series on Monday July 28, KNPB presents Miss Rosa and Mr. Steve from PBS Kids for a special singing and story time appearance at 7 p.m. Together, the pair encourage children to explore and learn through art, song, dance, storytelling, humor and advice.

Each Monday before Artown’s Family Series, audiences young and old enjoy a free festival from 5-7 p.m. in Wingfield Park, featuring crafts, games, characters from KNPB and PBS KIDS programs and more. Face painting reservations are recommended.

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