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Janet Ivey, formerly Janet Clowes of Covington, is performing at Union City’s new Discovery Park of America, Jan. 3, 4, 5. 

Ivey, a 12-time Emmy and five-time Gracie Award winning actress, can be seen on more than 140 PBS stations across the USA. Performing as her character from "Janet’s Planet," she is presenting her live show “Tour of the Solar System.” 

Ivey said that learning the sciences at a young age has been instrumental in her life and because of that she is very excited to perform at Discovery Park of America.

“I fell in love of the solar system in fifth grade at Holmes Elementary, because of my teacher, Earnestine Yarbrough-Jones,” said Ivey.  “She gave us planets to study and mine was Saturn. She was a spectacular teacher and an inspiration to me. Because of her, I believed I could do anything. 

“When I began Janet’s Planet, there were very few women talking about science. I built my programs around what I knew and enjoyed as a child, the Electric Company and Sesame Street, shows that entertain, but teach. I focus on the beauty of the cosmos, but with a watchful eye on earth.”

The park, located in Union City, opened Nov. 1 and offers Discovery Center, encompassing 100,000 square feet, including 10 interactive galleries focusing on nature, science, technology, history and art and outside grounds, consisting of 50 acres for outside experiences. 

“I am proud that West Tennessee has been the innovator with such a theme park,” said Ivey.

Tickets are $5 plus the cost of park admission. Friday and Saturday performances are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The park is closed on New Year's Day.

For more information about Janet’s Planet or “Tour of the Solar System,” visit www.janetsplanet.org  and www.janetplanet.com or Discovery Park of America, www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.

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