November 2013 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In November 2013, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities by continuing the new series The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross which features a full look at African American history in a compelling six-part series and premiering NATURE’s “Parrot Confidential” about the thousands of parrots in need of rescue. Finally, a special night of NATURE programs themed to Thanksgiving Eve: turkeys, ducks, and deer with “My Life as a Turkey,” “An Original DUCKumentary,” and “The Private Life of Deer.” 

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross
Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 7pm
(series repeats Sundays at 2:30pm)
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day — when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.

NATURE’S “Parrot Confidential”
Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world’s most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Hard wired for the wild, their ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rain forest, not the suburbs. Add a lifespan of 50 plus years to their intense need to bond and a life in captivity often ends in disaster. With shelters and sanctuaries bursting at the seams, too many birds like Lou have no place to go.

NATURE’s Thanksgiving Eve broadcast
Wednesday, November 27, from 7-10pm

“My Life as a Turkey” at 7pm
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book, “Illumination in the Flatlands.”
“An Original DUCKumentary” at 8pm
Ducks fly through the air on short stubby wings — traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. There are some 150 species of them, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. “The Private Life of Deer” at 9pm
From coast to coast, some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. Deer are the most highly studied mammals in the world, but does the typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year? Enter the hidden world of white-tailed deer outfitted with night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

KLRU and PBS Kids at the Texas Book Festival!

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KLRU Educational Services will be on hand for two events connected to the Texas Book Festival. The first, a joint presentation by the Texas Book Festival, KLRU, and the AISD Department of Communications and Community Engagement is a book reading and signing by the bilingual children’s author Yuyi Morales, who was profiled by PBS and regularly has a spot airing during the PBS Kids block (which you can see here). The book signing will take place at Mathews Elementary, 906 West Lynn, on Friday, October 25, from 4-5 pm.

The second event will be our three-hour appearance at the Texas Book Festival itself, on Sunday, October 27, from 12 noon – 3 pm. We will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th) with our iPads loaded with learning apps and with none other than Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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Congratulations to the Theriot Family!

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Once a year, KLRU will send one of our fantastic Explorer families to Washington DC to explore the museums, zoos, and more in our nation’s capitol. This year, we are happy to announce the winner: The Theriot Family of Cedar Park.

Explorer Trip Winner 2013

Theriot Family – KLRU Explorer Trip Winners 2013

Amanda, Leland, Josie & Howard will be travelling this fall – congratulations to them and thanks to all of our Explorers families for their financial support of KLRU-TV.

If you want your family to have a chance to win next year, sign up to be a KLRU Explorer today!

 

Sid Movie Was a Hit!

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Thanks to all the families that joined us for the Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Slaughter locations on Saturday.

Before the movie, we had fun playing catapult games in the lobby, posing for photos with Sid, and meeting Clifford the Big Red Dog!

See photos from both locations: Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere | March 30, 2013

Be a part of future KLRU kids events by signing up as a KLRU Explorer.

Martha’s Thanksgiving + others

Martha's ThanksgivingOn Monday, November 19, 2012, Martha Speaks premieres a brand-new, two-part episode “Martha’s Thanksgiving.” The special Thanksgiving episode will air all week long at 5 p.m. on KLRU!

Martha learns that Helen’s extended family will be coming for Thanksgiving and decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings. Tails begin to wag as the family reunites, but where is Martha’s mother? In search for her mom, Martha digs into her past to uncover the reason they were separated. Can Martha and her friends solve the mystery and find her mom in time for the family reunion? Tune-in all Thanksgiving as this special episode will be airing all week long.

Additional Thanksgiving programming:

DANIEL TIGER NEIGHBORHOOD #114
Thank you, Grandpere Tiger!/Neighborhood Thank You
Daniel Tiger takes a day to thank those around him.
Monday, November 2o, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 5:30 a.m.

WILD KRATTS #205
Happy Turkey Day
Monday, November 19, 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 4 p.m.

New Children's Schedule

KLRU is excited to announce the following changes to our schedule for children’s programs, to begin September 3:

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new show from the Fred Rogers Institute (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.) Daniel is the grandson of the original Daniel Tiger, and many other relatives from the original show are present in the Land of Make Believe. The show focuses on Daniel’s communications with friends and family, especially when things don’t work out the way he wants them to! [Monday-Friday, 10am and repeats Monday-Friday, 12:30pm and Sundays at 8am.]

Sesame Street characters
Sesame Street will have many new episodes and Elmo will star in a new segment highlighting music and creativity. [Daily at 7am and repeats Sunday at 5am]

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We will have lots more Math and Science content during the after-school times, including new episodes from Cyberchase [Monday-Friday at 1:30-pm], SciGirls [Friday at 4:30pm], and the Wild Kratts [Monday-Friday at 4pm]!

Martha Speaks
In the morning before the start of the school day, kids can get a vocabulary blast from Martha Speaks [Monday-Friday at 6:30am and repeats Monday-Thursday at 5pm]

Signing Time will run Monday through Friday at 1pm to help infants and toddlers communicate with caregivers.

Dino and Tiny from Dinosaur Train
Saturday mornings will have a special 8-9am Train Hour, starring Thomas & Friends and Dinosaur Train.

Go to www.klru.org and click on “Schedule” to see when all KLRU shows appear on all four of our channels!

Sat., Aug. 25: KLRU joins with Whole Foods and PBS Kids in Fantastic Organic!

PBS Parents has recently launched a new website with Whole Foods called Fantastic Organic where you can find collected tips, ideas, recipes, videos and games to encourage you and your family to explore organic produce and foods.

KLRU is joining in the fun, too! Saturday, August 25, the new Whole Foods Market at Arbor Trails in South Austin will have a fun run, an in-store organic scavenger hunt, and our very own Biscuit Brothers! The events start at 8:00 am with the fun run at 8:00 am, then yoga at 10:00 am. The Biscuits take the stage at noon as the scavenger hunt commences. While there, pick up a schedule of our fall PBS Kids lineup, including the debut of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and consider the KLRU Explorers family membership!


KLRU 2012 Summer Learning Challenge

Now that it’s REALLY HOT outside, not just HOT, we know kids will be spending more time indoors and screen time will go up. To make sure that kids have access to quality content and quality activities, along with our friends at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, we’ve started the KRLU Summer Challenge.  To get started, read and download the materials below!

PBS highlights one show each week during the summertime. KLRU starts from here and asks kids to do the following:

WATCH - Here are the shows for each week, and the times they air

June 4-8: Wild Kratts, Zach Attack Week 4:00 pm
June 11-15: WordGirl, Tobey's Robot Summer 3:30 pm
June 18-22: Arthur, Baby Kate Adventure Week 3:00 pm
June 25-29: Curious George, Monkey Business Week 8:00 am
July 2-6: Super Why! Royal Reading Week 9:00 am
July 9-13: The Electric Company Prankster Planet Week 4:30 pm
July 16-20: Dinosaur Train Gone Fishing Week 9:30 am
July 23-27: Martha Speaks Dog Daze Week 2:30 pm
July 30-August 3: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Creepy Crawley Week 8:30 am
August 6-10: Sid the Science Kid Get Up and Move Week 10:00 am

READ – We want kids to read at least 15 minutes a day, or 75 minutes a week. To track progress you can download a chart here or download Scholastic’s Reading Timer for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

DO - Whether your kids are completing pages in the packet or playing PBS games online or on mobile devices, they are learning!

Click here to download an activity packet for ages 4-7.

Click here to download an activity packet for ages 6-10.

Click here to download a Reading Progress Chart.

For online games, go to:

PBS Kids (ages 2-5)
PBS Kids Go! (ages 4-8)
PBS Kids It's My Life (ages 8-12)
PBS Kids Mobile for all mobile downloads (all ages)

PLAY - Not just video games! Get off the couch and go swimming, ride a bike, and run around. Kids should be active at least one hour a day, 365 days a year.

And when you’ve done all of these things, after August 13th you will be able to download a certificate that you can complete and show to your child’s teacher in the new school year.

Announcing NEW Family Membership: KLRU Invites You to Start Exploring!

We are having a great week of celebrating and hope you can join us for our capstone event on Sunday afternoon: KLRU’s 50th Birthday Party! Your favorite PBS characters will be celebrating KLRU’s birthday with the city of Austin. Cookie Monster, Arthur, SuperWhy, Clifford, Maya & Miguel and others will take over 2ND Street with fun for the whole family including a Central Texas Gardener activity, story time with local celebrities, Arts In Context dance demonstrations and much more.

At the Birthday Party, we will also be celebrating the launch of our BRAND NEW family membership called KLRU Explorers! KLRU Explorers goes beyond a typical Kids Club – from events to programming to trips – and there’s an opportunity for engagement and fun for every member of your family.

When your family joins KLRU Explorers, you not only support your favorite public television station, but you also get so much in return!

  • Discounts to local family-friendly and kid-centered businesses, museums and attractions. You will receive a KLRU Explorer card and a Go Local Austin card for hundreds of deals all over town!
  • A bi-monthly eNewsletter with upcoming program, community events, and Explorer discount highlights for kids and families.
  • Want to see Clifford at the Long Center or a great musical performance at the Austin symphony? KLRU Explorers will get automatic entry into all family-fun ticket giveaways!
  • You’ll also receive special invitations to all family and kid-friendly events at KLRU
  • We want to see your adventures – a visit to the zoo? A family photo in the wildflowers? Share your family exploration photos with us and we’ll share them on our website – a great way to showcase Austin and your awesome family!

And finally, as a KLRU Explorer we want you to explore beyond Austin’s City Limits:

Once a year, a KLRU Explorer family will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC to visit incredible museums, zoos, and meet your favorite PBS Kids characters!

For only $7 a month, your whole family will be part of the KLRU Explorers – and, if you’re a grandparent or close family friend, a KLRU Explorers membership would be a great gift to give any time.

Start exploring right now, or sign up at the information booth at the Birthday Party – we’ll be giving away Idina Menzel concert tickets to the first 10 families that sign up on Sunday!

Hope to see you this Sunday!