Celebrate Vme in Austin through Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

This summer, we brought Vme to Austin in an effort to provide rich content and Spanish programming for Hispanics in Central Texas. Now, join KLRU and Vme as we celebrate Latinos’ contributions to American culture during Hispanic Heritage Month at Barton Creek Square Mall.

Enjoy a preview of Vme programming throughout the week and special festivities planned on select weekends beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, through Oct.15. Children and their families are invited to participate in several fun activities, including taking part in arts-and-crafts, learning new songs, meeting popular PBS characters, and joining in on puppet shows, face painting and balloon sculptures.

Schedule of Events

September 24th • 12:30pm-3:30pm

Join Vme and Mexic-Arte in creating Papel Picado, a traditional form of Mexican folk art that children can create and bring home.

September 25th • 1:00pm-2:30pm

Sing and learn Spanish words and songs through “Aprende Cantando” a 45-minute music class hosted by Heartsong Music. Two sessions will be available starting at 1:00pm and 1:45pm.

October 8th • 11:00am-3:00pm

Meet and greet the popular PBS characters Maya and Miguel.

October 15th • 12:00pm-2:00pm

Enjoy a bilingual puppet show, balloon sculpturing & more with Fonzie the Clown.

* All activities will take place at the ground level of Barton Creek Square Mall by the Macy’s entrance.

About Vme:
Vme is the newest Spanish-language addition to Austin’s KLRU lineup and features drama, sports, current affairs, documentary, food, educational preschool content and lifestyle programming. Austin viewers can watch Vme shows on KLRU channel 18.4 and Time Warner Cable channel 610.

For more information about KLRU and Vme, please visit http://www.klru.org/2011/06/klru-adds-vme-to-digital-broadcast-channels/.

KLRU Appraisal Fair

At the first KLRU Appraisal Fair, over 500 fans and supporters of public television braved the stormy weather to come to the KLRU-TV studios to have their treasured antiques and collectibles appraised by volunteer appraisers and antiques dealers from Austin.

For a gift of $120 to the station, donors could bring up to three items to be appraised – items included jewelry, furniture, paintings, clocks, glassware, dolls, quilts, and much more. There were a lot of surprises throughout the day and we captured some truly special items on video.

We want to share our videos and photos from the event with you all, so for the next couple of Mondays we’ll post something new from the day. We also want to thank everyone who donated to participate in the event and all of the appraisers who volunteered their time!

Visit www.klrusupport.org/appraisalfair for a complete listing of the appraisers who made the day possible.

The KLRU Appraisal Fair will return for its second year in 2012, so stay tuned to KLRU for your chance to attend!

For Once In My Life screening 1/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be For Once In My Life on January 4th.

For Once In My Life
The story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music. This film follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.

KLRU Community Screening & Discussion "Fixing the Future"

Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening with David Brancaccio and Ellen Spiro on their documentary Fixing The Future.

In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America,  including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity. Here are ways to get involved.

Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College, Live Oak Brewing and Texas Coffee Traders.

Reading Heroes Day at Hernandez Elementary

October 29th was Reading Heroes Day at Maria Hernandez Elementary in San Marcos. KLRU has donated over 500 books to the school and was honored to be included in the day’s activities. Along with a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, reading heroes from the community including staff from the Texas House of Representatives, police, EMS and fire department staff, members of the Texas State University baseball team, and personnel of the San Marcos Public Library read aloud to classes throughout the day. Adding to the fun were all the great literary and PBS themed costumes.

Click here to view the photographs taken during KLRU’s visit.

Community Cinema: The Calling 12/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. December’s film is The Calling on Tuesday, December 7.

The Calling takes a  behind-the-scenes look at young Americans — Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim — preparing to become the nation’s next generation of religious leaders. This documentary follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals. This four-hour special event explores the forces that are drawing a new generation of young people to serve their communities and their faith.

Community Cinema: Reel Injun screening 10/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. This month’s film is Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian.

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives.

Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists, film critics, and historians.

KLRU's SuperWhy at CASA Superhero run

KLRU Team posing at the CASA Super Hero Run

KLRU has partnered with CASA of Travis County for their Superhero Run on Sunday, Sept. 19, at The Domain. KLRU will have children’s activities plus SuperWhy will be there to congratulate participants in the Kids 1K.

There will be a superhero costume contest including super kid and super pet categories, a moonwalk obstacle course, create your own superhero mask, a photo booth and much more.

Check out the photos from fun event.

Telling Amy's Story event focuses on domestic abuse

KLRU, The Texas Council on Family Violence and the Verizon Foundation present Telling Amy’s Story on September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum Spirit Theater (1800 N. Congress Ave.). Space is limited, please RSVP today. RSVP here

Narrated by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001.

The victim’s parents and co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death. While we will never be able to change the ending to Amy’s story, this documentary attempts to change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day.

Texas First Lady Anita Perry will make opening remarks before the film. After the screening Detective Deirdri Fishel, El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza, Texas Council on Family Violence President Gloria Terry and Verizon’s David Russell will take questions from the audience.
RSVP here