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Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts holding a sweater drive in honor of Mr. Rogers

The Center for Puppetry Arts, along with Atlantic Station and the Georgia State University College of Education Alumni Club, is sponsoring a "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" Sweater Drive.

The Center will hold an evening with actor David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely, the Speedy Delivery man, on the long-running PBS children's show. Newell will take a look back on the show and his career, in "Mr. McFeely Remembers: A Tribute to Fred Rogers," at 8 p.m. Sept. 10.

Newell will share images, video clips (including bloopers) and personal memories of working with the show’s host and lead puppeteer Fred Rogers for more than 30 years. At the end of the evening, fans will have a chance to take a picture with Newell, in character as Mr. McFeely.

During the Sweater Drive, members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn children’s sweaters to benefit the Children’s Restoration Network, which supports homeless children in shelters and group homes.

Collection boxes will be in the GSU College of Education building through Sept. 10 and in the Center for Puppetry Arts from Sept. 10-30. You may also drop off sweaters in the Atlantic Station Artist’s Market 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. Those dropping of sweaters at Atlantic Station will receive discount coupons from Atlantic Station retailers.

Tickets for the show are $10.

Call 404-873-3391.

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