Johnston, Iowa - Special guests, new programs and viewer favorites will take center stage during Festival 2018, February 24-25, March 3-11 and 17-18 on statewide Iowa Public Television. This programming celebration-the network's only extended pledge drive of the year-allows viewers to support the programming they enjoy. Festival programming will air on IPTV (.1), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4). All of this year's new specials airing on IPTV (.1) are listed below. IPTV Productions * Bob Dorr and The Blue Band: Encore-Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. After their "Last Goodbye" tour that began in early 2017, Bob Dorr and the Blue Band came together one last time at IPTV's studios for a special night of music.  * Greetings from Iowa-Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Discover the unique people, places  and experiences that make Iowa great in this compilation special from IPTV's digital series. * Fons & Porter's LIVE Reunion-Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. After nearly 10 years, Marianne Fons and Liz Porter reunite to share new project ideas and quilting tips. * Iowa Ingredient: Season 7 Sneak Peek-Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Host Charity Nebbe takes viewers on a fun-filled foodie adventure to farms growing tasty ingredients and festivals celebrating delicious flavors. General * Little Women: A Timeless Story-Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Loved by generations worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story, as relevant and engaging today as it was when originally published in 1868. Tune in for a preview of this upcoming Masterpiece series. * Mister Rogers: It's You I Like-Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the pioneering children's series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Arts & Entertainment * Celtic Thunder X-Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Celebrate 10 Years of Celtic Thunder with a fantastic performance featuring traditional and contemporary Irish songs, classic hits, love songs, nostalgic ballads and fun retro songs drawn from the soundtrack of our lives. * Concert for George-Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m. Celebrate George Harrison's life in this 2002 memorial concert held at the Royal Albert Hall with performances of his music from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Billy Preston and others.  * Doo Wop Generations (My Music)-Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Many of the original legends of doo wop reunite in this sentimental and emotion-packed night of nostalgia, where the elder statesmen of doo wop pass the torch to a younger, new generation of singers.  * Jimmy Buffett: Buried Treasure-Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m. Discover revealing stories of what got Jimmy Buffett started in music, his early struggles, his determination and the endless days on the road perfecting his craft as a performer. * Joe Bonamassa-The British Blues Explosion Live-Monday, March 5 at 9 p.m. Joe Bonamassa pays special tribute to the British blues rock guitarists who inspired him-Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. * Queen Rock the World-Saturday, March 17 at 11 p.m. In 1977, music journalist Bob Harris and a film crew followed Queen when the group toured America. The resulting film provides a fascinating insight into the band. * Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville Special-Saturday, February 24 at 5 p.m. Musician Ray Stevens performs his greatest hits with special guests from his weekly series. * The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theater-Friday, March 9 at 10 p.m. In May 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, The Rolling Stones performed the entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first and so far only time in their career. * Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece: Season Finale-Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m. In the season two finale, Christmas brings surprise visitors, threats to Victoria and romantic tension throughout the palace. Health & Lifestyle * The Brain Mind Body Connection with Dr. Rudy Tanzi & Dr. Deepak Chopra-Sunday, March 4 at 6:30 a.m. Discover what you can do now to keep your brain healthy, increase energy, sleep better, help prevent dementia and more.  * Brain Secrets with Dr. Michael Merzenich-Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. With practical advice that anyone can follow, Dr. Merzenich demonstrates that it's never too late to improve our mental abilities. * Haylie Pomroy's Metabolism Revolution!-Saturday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. Follow the stories and struggles from people from all over the country as they transform their lives. * Incredible Aging: Adding Life to Your Years-Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Based on the latest scientific research, this documentary program carves a path toward understanding what it means as we age and how the latest information can help you master your life as you age. * Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, M.D.-Saturday, February 24 at 9:30 a.m. In this program, Dr. Daniel Amen shows you how to supercharge your memory and remember what matters most to you. * Mindfulness Goes Mainstream-Saturday, March 3 at 6 a.m. Explore the transformative power of mindfulness meditation through expert opinions and interviews. * Survival Guide for Pain-Free Living with Peggy Cappy-Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 a.m. Peggy Cappy joins yoga and neuromuscular therapist Lee Albert to offer effective strategies for alleviating symptoms and moving toward a pain-free life.    Home & How-To * Ric Edelman's The Truth About Retirement-Sunday, February 25 at 10 a.m. Financial advisor Ric Edelman provides an action plan to ensure a fiscally secure retirement. In addition to these new specials, many viewer favorites will return during Festival 2018-local productions such as Blenko Glass: Creating Iowa Sunrise, P. Buckley Moss: The Lady Behind the Brush, music specials featuring Andre Rieu, Celtic Woman and The Highwaymen, and travel specials from Rick Steves. For a full program list, additional broadcast dates and times and for thank-you gifts associated with each program, visit  For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or - 30 - Iowa Public Television is Iowa's only statewide television network. IPTV's mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: IPTV (.1), IPTV KIDS (.2), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4) on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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