KLRU & Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday

On Saturday, June 26th, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Clifford the Big Red Dog participated in the Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday. KLRU was one of many Central Texas organizations that participated, bringing a variety of activities, music and food to the hundreds of Austinites who came out to support the hospital’s efforts. The crowd spent the day dancing to Sara Hickman, taking pictures with Clifford, planting flowers and more.

KLRU and Clifford at the Dell Children's Hospital 6/26

Join KLRU and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday on Saturday, June 26th. KLRU is one of many Central Texas organizations helping celebrate the big day with arts & crafts, games, a Starflight helicopter liftoff and, of course, birthday cake. The event begins at 10 a.m.n, with a special performance from Sarah Hickman at noon.

Dell Children’s 3rd Birthday
Saturday, June 26th
10am – 2pm
Dell Children’s Medical Center (directions)
4900 Mueller Boulevard
Healing Garden, west side of hospital

Juneteenth Parade airs 6/19 on Q

KLRU is proudly partnering with channelAustin to bring you live coverage of the Austin Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on KLRU-Q. In years past, only Time Warner subscribers were able to view the parade but now we are excited to bring it to viewers in the entire KLRU broadcast radius. The parade will be hosted by Natomi Austin and Gregory Harrington.

One point of interest about the parade you are about to see is that the video production is staffed mostly with local youths who are practicing as you read this! Teenagers from the African-American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation and Skillpoint Alliance are participating in a week-long media training camp in preparation. The live production of the parade is the culmination of the educational camp for the students.

Channel Austin promotes the creative power and First Amendment right to free speech for all members of the Austin community who wish to access the television and multi media forums. Channel Austin believes that freedom of expression should be available to all members of the Austin community regardless of disability or ability, on a fair and equitable basis that is non-discriminatory, non-commercial, non-exclusive, and content neutral. Find out more at channelaustin.org

Sneak Preview of Citizen Architect

The new documentary from Austin’s own Sam Douglas will air nationally in August. But KLRU is offering our viewers the first look at this inspiring story tonight (6/10) at 7 p.m. The filmmaker and other guest will be in the studio talking about the experience of making this film.

Citizen Architect
In 1993, the late architect and MacArthur “genius” Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build program in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate, never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee, the film shows how students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, indigent client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known as “Music Man” for his passion for soul music. The Rural Studio provides students with an experience that inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship and social change.

Antiques Roadshow event

This Monday, KLRU is offering a chance for two lucky fans to get their jewelry appraised by local appraiser Ralph Mothnar live on KLRU during Antiques Roadshow.

Have a piece of your Grandmother’s jewelry you’re curious about? Maybe a piece of fine jewelry or a watch that you want to know more about? Mr. Mothnar will give you background information about your item and a dollar value if possible.

Enter your name and email address and we will choose two lucky Antiques Roadshow fans at noon Friday, June 4. You must be able to come to the KLRU studios on Monday, June 7, from 5:30-8:30pm and be willing to appear on live television. Enter here

2nd Half of Life returns with Seasoned Traveler

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50.

This week at 10:30 a.m. Sunday:
Bermuda for a Bargain
The Seasoned Traveler visits these beautiful islands some 600 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Spotlighting Bermuda’s attractions from end to end, host George Bauer showcases the parishes, as well as some of the islands’ history; shares tips on the best food and drink and the most fun thing to do; and reveals what may be Bermuda’ s best- kept secret.

In the studio: Sally Ride 5/25

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with astronaut and science advocate Sally Ride on Tuesday, May 25. Taping starts promptly at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVP here

Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she received a doctorate in physics from Stanford University.  Five years later, she joined a mission on the shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman to fly in space.  After a long career with NASA, Ride joined the University of California at San Diego as a professor and the director of the University of California’s Space Institute.  But Ride’s most enduring passion involves passing along her love of science to young people – especially young women and girls. She has written six science books for children and founded Sally Ride Science to motivate young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

RSVP here

Family Choice: National Geographic Bee 5/27

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together.  This month’s Family Choice program is National Geographic Bee on Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 22nd consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek. The 2010 National Geographic Bee will feature 54 fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

For Love of Liberty screening 5/26

In honor of Memorial Day,  the LBJ Library and KLRU will host an extraordinary event honoring the achievements of African-American servicemen and women and their contributions to the freedoms we cherish on Wednesday, May 26, starting at 6 p.m. RSVP here

The event will feature a screening of the documentary For Love of Liberty:  The Story of America’s Black Patriots and a panel discussion. It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Panelists are scheduled to include Clarence Sasser, one of two living African American Medal of Honor recipients; Rich Hull, Producer, Love of Liberty; Frank Martin, Director, Love of Liberty; Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, Center for Women Veterans.

Ten years in the making, For Love of Liberty:  The Story of America’s Black Patriots,  uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text, and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women since the earliest days of our country. The story, introduced by Colin Powell and hosted by Halle Berry, spans the Revolution to the inauguration of President Obama and examines why these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves often did not enjoy.  It portrays an honest account, stirring in the telling and leaving an indelible mark on mind and heart.

KLRU Community Screening: Sunshine 5/4

KLRU and Reel Women present a screening and discussion of Austin filmmaker Karen Skloss’ new documentary Sunshine. The event begins at 8 p.m. with a behind-the-scenes discussion featuring Skloss and key producing, shooting and design crew members as well as the single parents who participated in the film. Following the discussion, KLRU will host a screening of the Independent Lens television debut of Sunshine at 9 p.m. RSVP now