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The Fourth of July means barbeques, fireworks and PBS’ longstanding holiday tradition, A Capitol Fourth.  For three decades, this broadcast has transported viewers to a patriotic celebration on the National Mall.  This year’s concert includes the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and – of course – a musical fireworks celebration second to none.  The evening is hosted by Tom Bergeron and guarantees fun for the whole family. 

Speaking of family fun, make sure to bring the little ones in your life out for the OPT Kids Cooking Class at Hy-Vee on Saturday, July 26.  It’s a free, hands-on learning experience with PBS-inspired recipes like Dinosaur Train Paleontologist Pancakes, Daniel Tiger Stop Light Celery, Curious George Banana Pudding, and Cookie Monster Cookies!  The fun begins at 11am in the Hy-Vee Cooking Classroom.  For more information visit

We’ll also be hosting a Legacy Circle Informational Luncheon on July 23.  OPT’s Legacy Circle recognizes donors who have made a gift to the station through their will or estate plan.  The luncheon will include a brief presentation on estate planning by local legal and financial professionals, as well as a chance to ask these experts your questions about making an estate plan.  This event is free, but space is limited.  If you’re interested in attending, please reserve your spot by contacting our Membership Manager, Lori Street, at 417-836-3506 or

Thank you, as always, for your support of public television.  

Tammy Wiley - General Manager
Tammy Wiley

General Manager