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Ten Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

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"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" first premiered on Feb. 19, 1968. Here are just some ideas on you can help celebrate 50 years in the neighborhood.

  1. Be My Neighbor Day
    Join WUCF for the 4th annual Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday, Feb. 17 from Noon to 3 p.m. in Winter Park's Central Park. WUCF will host family-friendly activities themed around being a good neighbor. The Winter Park History Museum will provide educational panels on the life and legacy of the late Fred Rogers. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Daniel Tiger, star of the PBS KIDS program, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood."  Families can enjoy performances by Mr. Richard (Richard Peeles) and fun exercises with Ms. Kelsey (Kelsey Evans) of WUCF’s Happy Healthy Kids series along with new activities and photo opportunities. The event is free.
     
  2. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood/Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
    During the week of Feb. 26, families can tune in to WUCF for a special week featuring back-to-back episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Each day at 9:30 am., PBS KIDS will pair Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes with the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes that inspired them, with complementary themes such as dealing with loss and coping with angry feelings. Click here to see how to watch where you are!
     
  3. Mister Rogers: It's You I Like
    Tune in on March 6 at 8 p.m. for the national premiere of "Mister Rogers: It's You I Like." Michael Keaton hosts the special. He worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970's. Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from the series. Click here for a preview.
     
  4. Mister Rogers In Our Neighborhood
    Premiering on WUCF, Central Florida PBS on Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m. is "Mister Rogers In Our Neighborhood." This special explores the roots of Fred Rogers in Winter Park and the legacy that lives on today.
     
  5. Mister Rogers StampFred Rogers Stamp
    On March 23, the United States Postal Service will immortalize Mr. Rogers when it introduces a Forever postage stamp with his portrait. The stamp features Fred wearing a sweater and holding King Friday XIII. Only 15 million stamps will be printed, so gets yours before it's too late.
     
  6. Memories of Mister Rogers
    Fred Rogers impacted so many of our lives, and we want to hear about how he’s impacted yours. We invite you to share your stories! Submit your story today!
     
  7. Motivational Monday
    Each Monday during 2018, WUCF will share Motivational Monday quotes from Fred Rogers. Be sure to follow WUCF's Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram to get these words of wisdom every Monday.
     
  8. Timeless Wisdom
    Tune in every Thursday to WUCF and WUCF PBS KIDS and be inspired by the words of Fred Rogers and his wisdom that spans generations.
     
  9. Spread Kindness
    Do something kind today. Mister Rogers said positivity is a form of kindness. "If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."
     
  10. Join Your Local PBS station!
    In 1969, Fred Rogers went before the Senate Commerce Committee to defend the funding of PBS. In his speech about what publicly funded TV programs could offer, he gave a stirring testimony about the importance of quality programming for kids. You can help continue to keep this important resource strong with your support. Become a member today.