KLRU Teams Up with Austin High School and the NewsHour

KLRU is participating in a pilot program for students around the country to create their own NewsHour Reports to be shared on NewsHour Extra (the student and teacher web site of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer). The program, called Student Reporting Labs, teams up individual classrooms with local area journalists, and the national NewsHour Team.

In Austin, KLRU is the sponsoring station for these students and KUT is helping to mentor them. This year we are working with students from Academy for Global Studies and the Media Lab at Austin High School.

Check out Austin High School students Joanne Troutner and Lee Mendez’s report on climate change on the NewsHour Extra site.

KLRU at Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros

Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros
(Day of the Child / Festival of Books)
When: Saturday, April 24, 10am -2 pm
Where: J.J. Pickle Elementary School, St. John Community Center, 7500 Blessing Avenue

Join Clifford and Maya & Miguel in enjoying stories, dancers, music, free snacks, free books and much more! KLRU will have a fun activity for children to do along with a free book to take home.

Host a Food, Inc. Potluck Party

On Wednesday, April 21, KLRU and PBS will broadcast “Food, Inc” as part of the documentary series P.O.V. This Oscar-nominated film discuss what we eat, how it’s produced and where we should go from here.

Invite your friends and family to have a pot luck dinner, watch the film together and discuss the issues. P.O.V. Has put together a Potluck Party Kit and checklist to help you plan your event. The site also features recipes for appetizers, entrees, salads, sides and desserts

P.O.V. will be giving away some prizes to people who sign up on their web site and commit to hosting a party. Enter here

Even if you don’t plan a Potluck Party, be sure to watch this enlightening documentary on April 21 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

KLRU & Biscuit Brothers at Austin Family Music Festival

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, web site
When: Saturday, April 10, 10am-4pm
Tickets: $10 for children and grandparents; $14 for adults

Come celebrate with The Biscuit Brothers, Sara Hickman and Invincible Czars as they headline nearly two dozen music acts at Austin’s premier music festival for children. Steel drums, bagpipes, maricahis, musical hayrides, food, crafts and much more. Clifford, the Big Red Dog will be there for the kid’s enjoyment.  Come stop by the KLRU booth and make a musical instrument that your child can decorate and take home, along with resources for the family.

Directions: Pioneer Farms is located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35. Exit I-35 at Braker Lane, go east and follow the signs. From Parmer Lane, a mile north of Braker, go east to Dessau Road (third traffic light), turn right and go to Braker Lane East (first traffic light).

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, six child care providers, their friends and family gathered in the Austin City Limits Studio to be celebrated as outstanding caregivers in Central Texas. Melissa Huber, 2008 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, presented a short training on conflict resolution using A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa parenting series.  Kierstan Schwab, Executive Director, Texas Public Broadcasting Association, discussed the role TPBA has had in early child care.  After a catered lunch, the providers viewed a short KLRU-produced video on the 2010 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, Brandi & David Hitchcock of Austin TX.  To wrap up the celebration, Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO presented each caregiver with a certificate and a bag of gifts as our way of saying “Thank you!”

Congratulations to the following caregivers: Christine Baird, from Kyle, TX; Tony Bingham, from Austin, TX; Martha Carrillo, from San Marcos, TX; Margaret Coose, from Austin, TX; and Linda Woodard, from Pflugerville, TX for being selected as an outstanding caregiver in Central Texas!

Photos from the event:

Video profile of Brandi & David Hitchcock, the 2010 KLRU Caregivers of the Year winners.

Local filmmakers speak

KLRU Community Screenings featured a panel discussion with three Austin filmmakers who work is appearing in this season of Independent Lens.  Michel O. Scott’s “The Horse Boy” will air on May 11, Karen Skloss’ “Sunshine” will air on May 4 and Keith Maitland’s “The Eyes of Me” aired on March 2. Here is a short exert from the discussion, which was moderated by Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor Paul Stekler.

Panelists announced for 3/25 Live United Film Series discussion

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion focusing on health issues and the Hispanic community on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

We will be screening a portion of the powerful documentary Critical Condition. Following this short film there will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas, featuring José E. Camacho, Executive Director/General Counsel Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and Lil Almonte, Director of Outreach El Buen Samaritano. Complete biography information below. RSVP today as space is going quickly.

Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel
LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas Author, research and expertise in family, health, aging and Latinos She received her PhD from Rutgers University in 1989 and post-doctoral training at Rutgers in mental health services research and the Pennsylvania State University Program in Demography of Aging. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of family, health, and aging. She is particularly interested in evaluating the impact of policies on the health and well-being of Latinos, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups, and how cultural heterogeneity among the elderly affects the design of programs for the cost-effective delivery of health services.

José E. Camacho
Executive Director/General Counsel Texas Association of Community Health Centers José assisted in the development of TACHC as an organization in the early 1980′s, and served as General Counsel since the incorporation of the Association in 1983. He has served as Executive Director since 1984. José earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1973. Prior to working for TACHC, he obtained extensive legal and policy experience while working on migrant farm worker issues, and running a private law practice.

Lil Almonte
Director of Outreach El Buen Samaritano As the director of outreach, Lil brings a wealth of experience in community outreach and health, wellness and disease prevention in the Hispanic community. She oversees the Vida y Salud Program which includes the Promotores de Salud program.

Live United Film Series February Highlights

On February 25, KLRU and United Way Capital Area screened Frontline “Inside the Meltdown” at the Alamo Drafthouse South as part of the Live United Film Series. Here are some highlights from the evening.

Attend the next Live United Film Series event focusing on health care and the Hispanic community on March 25 at the Alamo Drafthouse South. RSVP today