An event to educate the public about the Feb. 17 digital television transition will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Whittier Elementary School's auditorium, 1600 S. 300 East.

The event is being hosted by the Salt Lake Community Action Program, Whittier Elementary and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

After Feb. 17, full-powered television stations will broadcast only in digital. People planning to keep their analog TV sets that use rabbit ears or rooftop antennas will need a converter box to receive the digital signals.

The U.S. government is offering households up to two $40 coupons to help pay for the cost of two converter boxes. Applications for the coupons will be available at the event.

Speakers include Sal Jansson, advocate at the Salt Lake Community Action Program; Bridgette Barrowes, PTA president at Whittier; Anthony Wilhelm, director of consumer education and public information for the NTIA; and Stephanie Anderson, "Ready to Learn" coordinator and outreach manager at KBYU-TV.