Press Releases


October 4, 2010

Community Cinema - October 7, November 4, December 2
Mittens & More Drive - October 11-29
Baby & Toddler Expo Storytime - October 17
Children's Writing Workshop - October 28
Evening with Ray Suarez - November 6

Milwaukee, WI (September 22, 2010) - MPTV regularly extends its mission to entertain, educate, and inspire beyond the small screen into the community through its Outreach Programs for children and adults. The Community Cinema is a monthly movie night and discussion covering a wide range of topics from the environment to religion, disabilities, ethnic violence, and jobs. Geared to children, are Storytimes at the Baby & Toddler Expo in Whitefish Bay; Children's Writing Workshop in Mequon; and Mittens & More Drive, MATC campuses and Waukesha locations. At the Evening with Ray Suarez, the veteran PBS NEWSHOUR broadcaster will share stories of his experiences. The I AM F!T GENERATION website ( hosts games, activities, and healthy habits resources to help motivate young people. Reservations or tickets are necessary for some events. These are available from Details on the events follow.

COMMUNITY CINEMA SCHEDULE, Discovery World-Innovation Theater, 6:30 p.m., Open to Public, Free
This special report examines the impact of a recent event and long-term policy - the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and 70 years of dredging, channeling and damming of the Mississippi River and its tributaries - on the marshes of the Louisiana Gulf Coast and its wildlife resources, and how that impact reaches the Upper Midwest. Dan Small hosts. Broadcasts on MPTV 10.1/36.2 on Thu., Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 4 DEEP DOWN
Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. Broadcast not yet scheduled.

Tue., Dec. 2 THE CALLING
A look at young Americans--Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim--preparing to become the nation's next generation of religious leaders. The film explores the forces that are drawing young people to serve their communities and their faith. Broadcast not yet scheduled.

MITTENS & MORE DRIVE, Several drop-off locations
Mon., Oct. 11 - Fri., Oct. 29
Schools, religious groups, service organizations, scouts, 4-H clubs, knitting groups, and individuals are invited to knit or purchase mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves and drop them at a collection location. They are then sorted and donated to about 35 schools and community organizations in the Milwaukee area. Drop-off locations for this 3rd annual drive will be set up at MATC-Downtown Campus/MPTV lobby, MATC-North Campus, Mequon; MATC-South Campus, Oak Creek; MATC-West Campus, West Allis; MPTV Auction site, Brookfield; Harry & Rose Sason Family Jewish Community Center, Whitefish Bay; and The Arboretum in Menomonee Falls. Donation questions can be answered at 414-297-7518 or

Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay
Sun., Oct. 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Storytimes: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
MPTV Supervisor of Outreach Services Darlyne Haertlein will share "Stories (Almost) Good Enough to Eat" at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Attendees will receive a free raffle ticket in exchange for a donation to the Mittens & More Drive. The suggested donation for the Expo is $5, which also includes a free raffle ticket. The MPTV booth will provide information about programming and projects offered for the benefit of children. The Expo will have upscale baby and toddler products, helpful resources, leading experts and a lot of family fun activities.

YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, Mequon
Thu., Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Registration is not required, but space will be limited for this free workshop where participants learn the process to create an illustrated story. Although the workshop motivates students to participate in the MPTV'S PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, the primary focus is to teach kids the joy of writing. Participants will see copies of award-winning children's entries from prior years' contests. Active discussion will help the children identify elements of story and illustration that judges look for when selecting books in a competition. The deadline for MPTV's next writing contest is Mon., Mar. 7, 2011.

EVENING WITH RAY SUAREZ, Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Reservations Required
Sat., Nov. 6
The MPTV Friends Leadership Circle presents AN EVENING WITH RAY SUAREZ which features a dinner and conversation with the PBS NewsHour correspondent and award-winning author. Prior to joining the PBS NewsHour, Suarez had been the host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation" since 1993. Mike Gousha will moderate the conversations between attendees and Suarez. For information and reservations for this event, contact Marina Tanzer at
(414) 297-8026 or

MPTV and MPTV Friends maintain a website as part of the I AM THE F!T GENERATION pilot program aimed at reducing childhood obesity. The site has resources for parents, kids, and teachers on nutrition & wellness, exercise, and games & activities. A handy calendar spotlights events such as the National School Lunch Week, Oct. 11-15. Links to recipes, success stories, and tips for how parents can get more involved are easy to find. The website is part of a pilot program launched by MPTV, Children's Health Education Center and Children's Hospital's NEW KIDS in April 2010. Generously supporting the pilot are several Milwaukee organizations: Brewers Community Foundation, Cordon Family Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Dorothy Watkins Inbusch Foundation, and the Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation.

MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College; and since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today MPTV offers viewers a family of 10 digital channels to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It also operates a website where local productions can be viewed online after original broadcast.

10.1 MPTV 10.1 HD
10.2 MPTV World
10.3 MPTV V-me (Spanish language PBS programs)
10.4 MPTV Weather (Upgraded service)

36.1 MPTV 36.1 (HD in early 2011)
36.2 MPTV 36.2 Simulcast of 10.1 in standard definition
36.3 MPTV Create (How-to programs)
36.4 MPTV Classical music
36.5 MPTV Jazz music
36.6 MPTV Traffic

For the additional information on Milwaukee Public Television, visit www://; or call MPTV Viewer Services at 414-297-7520, 24 hours a day; or consult FINE TUNING, the MPTV Friends monthly viewing guide. Local and PBS program videos can be viewed online at Viewer comments are welcomed.