holidays http://kut.org en It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes http://kut.org/post/its-good-friday-some-area-school-districts-are-holding-classes <p>Most Austin area school districts are closed today for the Good Friday holiday. But some students will be attending class.</p><p>That’s because they’re making up days off for bad weather earlier in the school year.</p><p><strong>DO have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://burnet.txed.net">Burnet ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.delvalle.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1">Del Valle ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.dsisd.txed.net">Dripping Springs ISD</a></strong> is holding classes today and on Memorial Day to make up for canceled classes.</li><li><strong>Eanes ISD</strong> is holding classes today. The rest of the school year will continue as planned.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.lockhartisd.org">Lockhart ISD</a></strong>&nbsp;will hold regular school hours today and on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong>Manor ISD</strong> is holding classes today as a make-up. There will not be classes on Memorial Day.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.tsd.state.tx.us">Texas School for the Deaf</a> </strong>will have regular school hours today.</li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wimberleyisd.net">Wimberley ISD</a> </strong>is also holding classes this Good Friday.</li></ul><p><strong>DO NOT have school:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Austin ISD</strong> is off today. AISD has no make-up days scheduled for the rest of the school year. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Laura Rice & Maria Roque 10247 at http://kut.org It's Good Friday – But Some Area School Districts Are Holding Classes How Much Energy Do We Use at the Holidays? http://kut.org/post/how-much-energy-do-we-use-holidays <p>The holidays are here and it might surprise people how energy-intensive they can be. Commentator Michael Webber is keeping a list - and checking it twice - on some ways we burn fuel this time of year.</p><p>For starters: There's the energy involved in travel to visit family – those long road trips over the hills and through the woods to visit Grandma, plane flights, even train travel.</p><p>Then there's the energy for heating our homes during cold weather. In the northeast that's likely fuel oil; gas in the Southwest; and electricity in the South. Then there are all those presents!</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125785844&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:15:00 +0000 Michael Webber & Emily Donahue 9420 at http://kut.org How Much Energy Do We Use at the Holidays? Holiday Safety: Tips For Not Getting Your Car Stolen or House Set on Fire http://kut.org/post/holiday-safety-tips-not-getting-your-car-stolen-or-house-set-fire <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The holiday season is here. For many that means traveling, shopping and celebrating</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">all of which can pose certain safety issues. Here’s a rundown of holiday safety tips, and info about city services offered over the winter holidays:</span></em></p><p><strong>Auto-Burglary Awareness Program</strong></p><p>In Texas, a vehicle is broken into every 2.5 minutes, and auto-burglaries escalate during the holiday season.&nbsp; With the holiday season upon us, local law enforcement is raising awareness over auto burglaries. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Austin Police Department's Auto Theft Interdiction Project</span>&nbsp;suggests that you take the following actions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of auto burglary:</p><ul><li>Lock your car and take your keys</li><li>Park in well-lit areas</li><li>Don’t leave valuables in plain view</li><li>Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Avoid carrying a large amount of cash or credit cards Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:53:25 +0000 Ryan Groves 9394 at http://kut.org Holiday Safety: Tips For Not Getting Your Car Stolen or House Set on Fire How the Salvation Army Brings Santa's Workshop to South Austin http://kut.org/post/how-salvation-army-brings-santas-workshop-south-austin <p>Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s elves are hard at work – not just at the North Pole, but here in &nbsp;Austin.</p><p>For more than a century, the Salvation Army has been helping with Santa's mission. Back in the 1800s, the Salvation Army’s Christmas mission consisted of delivering food baskets to people who would otherwise go hungry.</p><p>But by the 1970s, Austin Salvation Army Major Shannon Winters recalls, the group’s focus turned to toys for children in need. Its humble mission grew into a project that, in Winters’ words, now covers “six thousand children in Austin that are depending on us.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F124709288&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:50:09 +0000 Joy Diaz 9369 at http://kut.org How the Salvation Army Brings Santa's Workshop to South Austin 'Santa to a Senior' Brings Holiday Cheer to Austin's Elderly http://kut.org/post/santa-senior-brings-holiday-cheer-austins-elderly <p>The holidays can be a difficult time of year for older people. Many live alone and are on fixed incomes.</p><p>The local Home Instead Senior Care offices are encouraging Central Texans to “<a href="http://www.homeinstead.com/496/aboutus/Pages/BeaSantatoaSenior.aspx" target="_blank">Be a Santa to a Senior</a>” by purchasing gifts for area seniors in need.</p><p>The group has identified more than 1,000 older people in the Austin area who could <a href="http://beasantatoasenior.com/default.asp" target="_blank">use a little holiday cheer</a>. Many have lost a spouse or don’t have immediate family in the area. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:11:48 +0000 Laura Rice 9289 at http://kut.org 'Santa to a Senior' Brings Holiday Cheer to Austin's Elderly For One Austin Man, Every Day Is Worth a Memorial http://kut.org/post/one-austin-man-every-day-worth-memorial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Memorial Day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of duty.</span></p><p>But Rick Smith doesn’t wait on any specific day of the year. He has made it his mission in life to honor the U.S. flag every morning and night – and plans on doing so for the rest of his life.</p><p> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:01:48 +0000 Joy Diaz & Joy Diaz 7885 at http://kut.org For One Austin Man, Every Day Is Worth a Memorial ABIA and AAA Hope These Travel Tips Make for Happy Holidays http://kut.org/post/abia-and-aaa-hope-these-travel-tips-make-happy-holidays <p>If you’re flying out of Austin for the holidays, be ready to arrive at the airport early and expect long lines.&nbsp; <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/holiday-hits-and-tap-dancing-st-nick-arrive-90-minutes-all-flights-austins-airport" target="_blank">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is advising travelers</a> to arrive 90 minutes before their departure time from today through Dec. 21.</p><p>Checkpoints open at 4 a.m. to give passengers on the earliest flights ample time to get check their bags and get through security. ABIA has also temporarily opened a fourth&nbsp;security checkpoint to handle the high volume of holiday travelers and reduce security wait times.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:15:52 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5952 at http://kut.org ABIA and AAA Hope These Travel Tips Make for Happy Holidays Austin, Don't Be Duped by This Phony Salvation Army Bell Ringer http://kut.org/post/austin-dont-be-duped-phony-salvation-army-bell-ringer <p>The <a href="http://www.salvationarmyaustin.org/" target="_blank">Austin Salvation Army</a> is warning people to keep an eye out for imposter bell ringers after a man was spotted with a red kettle at the corner of Parmer and Metric yesterday.</p><p>The Salvation Army says bell ringers who are collecting money legitimately for the organization will have necessary signage and identification and won't be positioned on street corners. Instead, Salvation Army bell ringers are located at stores and malls. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Laura Rice 5816 at http://kut.org Austin, Don't Be Duped by This Phony Salvation Army Bell Ringer Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, Austin Style http://kut.org/post/celebrate-talk-pirate-day-austin-style <p>If you’re feeling holiday withdrawal during the weeks between Labor Day and Halloween, there’s good news: today you can celebrate <a href="http://www.talklikeapirate.com" target="_blank">International Talk Like a Pirate Day</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>This year marks the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the quirky holiday. International Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 2002 after columnist Dave Barry <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2002/09/08/100129/arrrrr-talk-like-a-pirate-or-prepare.html" target="_blank">wrote a piece in the Miami Herald</a> about the piratical exploits of Oregonians John Baur and Mark Summers (otherwise known by their pirate aliases, Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy). Baur and Summers began Talk Like a Pirate Day among their circle of friends while playing racquetball in 1995 and appealed to Barry to publicize the event seven years later.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated with events all over the world, from Texas to Japan. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:03:59 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5105 at http://kut.org Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, Austin Style DPS Increasing Patrols This Independence Day; APD Sets 'No Refusal' Enforcement http://kut.org/post/dps-increasing-patrols-independence-day-apd-sets-no-refusal-enforcement <p>The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Fourth of July revelers to plan ahead before they party.</p><p>&ldquo;If you are drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or some other form of transportation,&rdquo; said DPS Director Steven McCraw. &ldquo;Otherwise, you could be making a very expensive or even fatal mistake.&rdquo;</p><p>DPS has ramped up DWI patrols and will continue to increase enforcement through July 8. The department will focus their patrols on areas they consider to be high-risk during holiday weekends. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:07:18 +0000 Olivia Gordon 4586 at http://kut.org DPS Increasing Patrols This Independence Day; APD Sets 'No Refusal' Enforcement Zilker Tree Lights Are Strung But Won't Turn On Till December http://kut.org/post/zilker-tree-lights-are-strung-wont-turn-till-december <p>An <a href="http://www.austinenergy.com/">Austin Energy</a> tradition going on 45 years continued today as the power company hung Christmas lights around the park&#39;s <a href="http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/austin_moonlight_towers.htm">moonlight tower</a>. The Zilker Tree will not be lit, however, until December 4.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trailoflightsaustin.com/sample-page">Trail of Lights</a>&nbsp;is<strike> back this year</strike> was cancelled&nbsp;again this year. Check out the story <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/trail-lights-cancelled-again-2011">here</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="318" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0iQCaKG249I" width="425"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:50:49 +0000 Kevin Lindsay 2885 at http://kut.org Zilker Tree Lights Are Strung But Won't Turn On Till December Four Ways People Get Depressed Over the Holidays http://kut.org/post/four-ways-people-get-depressed-over-holidays <p>People have a lot going on this time of year. Party planning, family and friends in town, plus thinking about work next year and meeting those New Year’s resolutions.</p><p>For some, all of this can be too much. Michelle Magid calls it <a href="http://www.seton.net/health_a_to_z/health_news/health_news/2010/12/17/surviving_the_holiday_blues_2">the holiday blues</a>. She’s a psychiatrist at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital and an assistant professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:44:05 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News & Nathan Bernier 553 at http://kut.org Four Ways People Get Depressed Over the Holidays There Are Practically A Billion Ways To Track Santa Claus Online http://kut.org/post/there-are-practically-billion-ways-track-santa-claus-online <p>Probably no surprise that the guy credited with distributing gifts to millions of kids is getting more tech savvy. Here are some ways to track Santa's flight path on the WWW.</p><p>The official NORAD Santa Tracker is going mobile. Not only can you follow Saint Nick's path on <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html">their website</a>, but you can also follow his progress on your cell phone by visiting <a href="http://m.noradsanta.org/">m.noradsanta.org</a> or doing a search for "Santa" on your smartphone's <a href="http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/">Google Maps app</a>.</p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:00:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier 496 at http://kut.org There Are Practically A Billion Ways To Track Santa Claus Online Free Show Next To Zilker Tree Billed As Alternative To Trail Of Lights http://kut.org/post/free-show-next-zilker-tree-billed-alternative-trail-lights <p>The city had to cancel the Trail of Lights this year because of budget cuts, but there is another event going on in its place.&nbsp; It's not quite the Trail of Lights, but it is bright, it's holiday-themed, and it's next to the Zilker Tree.</p><p><a href="http://www.flippedonchristmas.com/">Flipped ON Christmas</a> runs through December 23<sup>rd</sup>. It's an "extraordinary, world-class, light and sound experience that's being produced by Austinites," according to spokesperson Jennifer Hill Robenalt.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:22:54 +0000 Nathan Bernier 494 at http://kut.org Free Show Next To Zilker Tree Billed As Alternative To Trail Of Lights Four Fun Ways To Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season http://kut.org/post/four-fun-ways-help-less-fortunate-holiday-season <p>Austin's bustling non-profit community is brimming with need over the holidays. There's no way we can mention them all, but here are four charities that could use your help. Please add your favorite non-profit to support in the comments section below.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:59:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 493 at http://kut.org Four Fun Ways To Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season