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You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Winter Fundraising Drive this week, but we want you to know that we’re doing things a little bit different this time around.

In an effort to keep more of your favorite PBS programs on-air during fundraising periods, this drive, we’re pledging to provide one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime shows, like Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece TheaterIt’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week, helping us transform the way we fundraise on-air and in turn, making this fundraising effort a success.

Best of all, we have an exciting challenge that begins today – a $25,000 match from a generous donor of KLRU! Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity in an instant.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now to take advantage of this generous donor match!

Flores Education & Training Center Grand Opening

KLRU Demonstration Station

KLRU joined the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) of Austin on Nov. 21 to help celebrate the grand opening of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Flores Education & Training Center at the Meadowbrook Apartments. HACA and B&GC will make this our fifth and final partner for the Ready To Learn Demonstration Station grant.

HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, spoke and cut the ribbon on the new center. The center features classrooms for youth and adult education programs, a community library, an outdoor amphitheater, computer lab, outdoor green spaces, a video and sound production lab and more.

Castro and Clifford

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club and HACA, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families!

Congratulations to the Méndez family for winning the Thomas the Train door prize!

Mendez Family with Thomas the Train door prize

November 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, November 5 at 7pmNATURE “A Sloth Named Velcro” In 2000, in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story of Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life..

Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm:  NATURE “Leave It to Beavers” explores how beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands..

Wednesday, November  26 at 7pmNATURE My Life As a Turkey,” An Original Duckumentary” and The Private Life Of Deer Get ready to view a NATURE marathon in time for Thanksgiving with these three programs on turkeys, ducks, and white-tailed deer!

KLRU NewsBriefs: Drought impacts state’s freshwater supply

Matagorda Screenshot

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two stories that’ll make you appreciate your local swimming hole over the holiday weekend. Both stories come from our partners at The Texas Tribune.

Labor Day tubers heading for the Guadalupe River may want to watch our story from the Tribune’s Alana Rocha on Saturday. Riders are seeing slower currents and at some spots they have to get out and walk.

“With the reduced spring flow, the speed of the current is so slow that what normally a float trip would require a six-pack – now will require a case,” Bill West of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority quipped.

A longer version of this story is available on The Texas Tribune’s website.

On Sunday, our story travels further south from Austin, all the way to Matagorda Bay. The state’s second largest estuary is at the intersection of the inter-coastal waterway and the Colorado River. Less rain means less freshwater flowing into the area, which is harming seafood and the businesses that depend on it.

“For the Bay to recover we need several things: we need a lot of rain. Also we need to look for cooperative management of our freshwater inflows into the bay,” Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife said. “Certainly people in Austin need fresh water but our bays need fresh water as well.

You can see an extended version of that story here.

 KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

KLRU NewsBriefs: Expanding Health Education in Austin and Harris County Jail program helps female inmates

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On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend, we hear about an Austin based non-profit establishing innovative techniques in the realm of healthy living education.

KLRU intern Bria Lott brings us the story about WeViva, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy eating and regular fitness habits to adults living in Austin’s low income communities. They provide a team of traveling nutritionists and fitness instructors to people who might not have access to these resources otherwise.

“We bring it to locations that may not have that supportive environment built in. Maybe they’re typically unsafe neighborhoods or people don’t want to go outside, but by bringing something to them that’s fun and enjoyable and free they’ll want to come out for it,” Founder Carolyn Haney said.

In the beginning stages WeViva started in only one neighborhood. They now serve 14 communities across Austin with intentions for growth in the near future.

On Sunday, our story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. Reporter Alana Rocha went inside the Harris County Jail to talk to female inmates participating in the “We’ve Been There Done That” rehabilitation program.

Most of the women have been charged with prostitution and those sentenced to the program must serve a minimum of 90 days, time that counts toward their sentence. The program has been so successful that the 83rd state legislature passed a law to establish prostitution courts elsewhere in Texas.

You can learn more about the program in the Tribune’s story here.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday evening. 

KLRU NewsBrief: East Side Company Puts New Spin on Compost

Compost Pedaller

This Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend we’ll preview a Central Texas Gardener story about an East Austin company offering a fossil fuel-free way to compost.

Since 2012, East Side Compost Pedallers has cycled through 5 neighborhoods to collect residential and commercial compostables. Residential customers pay $4 a week, each opting to spare the landfill and instead nourish their neighborhood farms and urban microgrowers.

East Side Pies pays the Compost Pedallers to pick up their vegetable scraps. They say they’ve even attracted more customers as a result.

“We have a lot of vegetable scrap and instead of it going into a dumpster it goes back into soil and our local community and gets more food for everybody. The fact that we’re taking several hundred pounds of waste out of the landfill I think more than makes up for the small cost that we pay,” Randall Holt of East Side Pies told us.

East Side Compost Pedallers recently won the Austin Green Business Leaders Communication and Outreach award.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend. An extended version of “Will Pedal for Compost” will air during Central Texas Gardener on July 12 at noon.