WILD KRATTS “Rainforest Week”

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In a week of episodes set in the rainforest, three new WILD KRATTS episodes featuring rainforest creatures premiere on April 1-3.

Monday, April 1, 4pm
Bugs Or Monkeys? – A miniaturized Martin wants to check out insects in the rainforest, but Chris wants to investigate the world of the Spider monkey. Chris wins when he puts “mini” Martin in his pack back and heads off through the treetops.

Tuesday, April 2, 4pm
Shadow: The Black Jaguar – Martin and Chris are trying to decide on their next wild cat adventure when they learn that Zach Varmitech has decided to “catnap” a Black Jaguar to use as a symbol for his new spybots.

Wednesday, April 3, 4pm
Rainforest Stew – When Chris and Martin go in search of an obscure rainforest creature to add to their Life Lists, the Wild Kratts becomes embroiled in the complex relationships of a tropical rainforest.

Thursday, April 4, 4pm
Walk On The Wetside – When Chris and Martin locate an amazing water-walking Basilisk lizard in Costa Rica, they try to replicate its actions in order to learn how this rare lizard is able to walk on water. They discover that by using its wide feet, churning its legs to create water pockets and keeping up a certain speed, the Basilisk is able to run on water in order to escape from predators. And when Donita Donata begins capturing basilisks, Martin and Chris us their new water walking powers to rescue these rare lizards.

Friday, April 5, 4pm
Kerhonk – When Martin’s and Chris’ Creature Power Suits unexpectedly get jammed in Proboscis monkey mode and the top monkey of the troop is injured protecting a youngster from a crocodile, the Kratt brothers find themselves stepping into the injured monkey’s role. While Aviva nurses the monkey back to health, Chris and Martin must keep the troop together and soon discover the important communication function of the proboscis monkeys strangest feature – his huge, droopy, bulbous nose! They uncover some of the different methods animals utilize to communicate important information to each other.

 

180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL

180 Days takes viewers on a uniquely intimate journey through a year in the lives of students, teachers and school leaders in one Washington, DC public high school. The series is framed by volatile national and local politics aimed at reforming this most fundamental of public institutions, but the lives at the center of “180 Days,” most especially those of the five students whose stories take the viewer from the day 1 to day 180, seem at once deeply impacted by and yet profoundly separate from the “Race to the Top.”

Monday, March 25 at 8 pm, Episode 1
Tuesday, March 26 at 8 pm, Episode 2

KLRU and Alamo Drafthouse “Sid the Science Kid Movie”

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When: March 30, 2013, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter

  • Come dressed in your best Hollywood glamour or mad scientist outfit.
  • Walk the red carpet and take photos in our photo booth.
  • Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Enjoy hands-on science activities in the lobby with the KLRU-TV, Austin PBS education team.
  • If you are not already, now’s your chance to become a KLRU Explorers family!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Click here to go the Alamo Drafthouse reservation site.

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME, BUT CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT. PLEASE RESERVE ONLY THE SEATS YOU EXPECT TO USE, AND RESERVE ENOUGH SEATS FOR ALL ATTENDEES, REGARDLESS OF AGE. ALL UNCLAIMED SEATS WILL BE RELEASED TO THE WAITING LIST AT 9:30 AM.

AGENDA:
9:00 Doors open, guest check in, red carpet photos and lobby activities
9:30 Movie starts. Fidgety guests are welcome in the lobby for activities during the show.
11:00 Event ends

 

WORDGIRL TAKES ON VILLAINS!

WordGirl  will premiere five new episodes on KLRU, starting March 11 at 3:30 PM, as part of “(M)Arch Enemy Week,” during which WordGirl will fight against a variety of the series’ most popular – and fan favorite – villains. WordGirl’s adventures that week will include battles for word domination against such formidable villains as Big Left Hand Guy, InvisiBill, Granny May, Dr. Two Brains, and many others.

Monday, March 11, 3:30 pm
PLAIN OLD MISCHIEF MAKERS
When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute?
Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare
HOUSE ARREST
While Chuck’s jail cell is being painted, he’s put under house arrest at the Botsfords’. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck than fighting the other villains.
Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy

Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 pm
MONKEY BUSINESS
After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again), so he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it’s up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal
SAY IT AGAIN, EILEEN
Eileen won’t stop copying Becky ? and it’s driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky’s treasured crumpets) is ruined?
Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance

Wednesday, March 13, 3:30 pm
DAY AT THE MUSEUM
Scoops takes Becky, Bob and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. The team goes on a search when they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure – with The Butcher close behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob and Violet find the treasure and evade The Butcher in time for Scoops to meet his deadline?
Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline
BEST FAN CLUB MEETING EVER
TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans!
Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop

Thursday, March 14, 3:30 pm
WHO’S YOUR GRANNY?
Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the yearbook and find time to interact with the new, high tech Granny May?
Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption
WIN A DAY WITH WORDGIRL
The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl! A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone’s favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops and TJ to go to extremes to win ? ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library.
Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble

Friday, March 15, 3:30 pm
DINNER OR CONSEQUENCES, PART 1
Dr. Two Brains is stealing the entire city’s milk and using it?with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster?to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It’s up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains, even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences.
Vocabulary Words: Feast, Consequences
DINNER OR CONSEQUENCES, PART 2
Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition ? the family trial ? to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords’ to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains?
Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely

Celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday

Planet Name Game

To mark Dr. Seuss’ birthday, on Friday, March 1, at 8:30 am & 2:00 pm, KLRU-TV will premiere two back to back episodes of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! “Rumbly Tumbly/Planet Name Game.” Nick, Sally, and the rest of the Seussian gang join the Cat as they embark on adventures great and small. From a super-shrunken trip into Thing One’s stomach to learn why our tummies rumble to an epic endeavor in search of the Top of the Sky, both episodes feature the show’s signature whimsy and scientific curiosity.

 

Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure

Four undersea stories packaged together into a one-hour special!

When Buddy and his family want to follow some friends on an undersea fishing trip, the conductor unveils a new invention – the Dinosaur Train Submarine! On its maiden voyage, Otto Ophthalmosaurus guides the sub deep into the ocean using his big eyes that can see in the dark. Then, the family meets Shoshana Shonisaurus, an enormous marine reptile that’s something between a dolphin and a whale, and Maisie Mosasaurus, a huge fast swimming lizard with flippers. Finally, the family watches small eggs hatch on the beach. Baby Archelon turtles emerge and start to swim away. The family follows them on their journey across the ocean where they will grow up to be giant-sized sea turtles!

  • Monday, February 18th at 9:30 AM & 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 23rd at 8:30 AM
  • Sunday, February 24th at 8:00 AM

KLRU adds program to help learners meet GED goal

On January 1, 2014 a new GED test will take effect. People who have already started the GED process,must pass all five segments before January 1, 2014 or will have to start all segments over. Those thinking about taking the GED soon, must start now in order to complete all tests before January 1, 2014.

In an effort to assist our community with this process, KLRU will air GED Connections starting January 7th. Engaging documentary-style videos introduce content and give learners a chance to hear from experts in various fields and advance toward their GED with programs covering each test area. Students hear and see how the skills they are learning for the GED exam relate to work, home and community life. GED Connections will air on KLRU at 5:30 am Monday to Friday and on KLRU Q 2:30 pm Monday to Friday.

If you need more assistance than the television show can provide there are several options in the KLRU viewing area.

Austin Community College’s Adult Education Division provides a variety of services and programs to help adult learners meet their education and career goals. Adult Education offers GED preparation, English as a Second Language classes, workforce certification programs, courses to ease the transition to college, and more. For more information, visit austincc.edu/abe or call (512) 223.5300

Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas’ Adult Education Program provides a wide array of adult education services across a ten county area surrounding Austin. These services include classes for GED preparation, English as a second language, English Literacy and Civics, college and workforce readiness, and basic skills improvement. For more information, visit communityaction.com or call (512) 392-1161 extension 334

Librarian in Leander ISD named a KLRU/PBS LearningMedia Grand Prize Winner!

Rachel Deaton, Librarian of Winkley Elementary in Leander ISD is now the proud owner of a new iPad thanks to her entry in the PBS LearningMedia Sweepstakes! Rachel is a daily user of KLRU / PBS LearningMedia in order to supply her teachers and students with relevant, engaging content and is “amazed” at the wealth of information on the site. Access to the Learning Media portal is FREE to all and offers access to over 20,000 artifacts from the PBS archives. (Two hints: Create your free login ASAP to avoid reminders, and “like” PBS LearningMedia on Facebook to receive valuable tips on contents.)

Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency

In light of the terrible events that transpired in Newtown, CT, here are some materials to help you and your young child.

Talking to children about current news: http://to.pbs.org/UY5Uj7

Here’s a link to a few pointers from PBS Parents and Mister Rogers on talking to kids about news that may be scary:http://to.pbs.org/12pWyyO

Click the picture below to access Here for Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency, to support families either directly impacted or others who are struggling to make sense of this tragedy.  As an additional resource, Sesame Workshop has posted Sesame Street Support PSAs. These discuss monitoring television viewing, managing stressful situations and identifying and coping with emotions. Most importantly for adults, though you may wish to remain glued to the television or Internet for breaking news, after a reasonable time you should step away!

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