A Good Sweet New Year

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion   by Alexandra F. Taylor   At sundown on September 6th, a new year will begin. Marked not by fireworks nor television specials, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will be toasted with apples, honey, raisin challah bread, and wine. Wine is universally celebratory. The year will be 5782, and those…

Spotlight on Cyndi Cummings: JLA Sustainer, advocate for Austin seniors, and my mom

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  A Junior League of Austin sustainer spotlight.   For this Sustainer spotlight, I am interviewing my mom, Cyndi Cummings. Like many members, I became involved with The Junior League of Austin (JLA) before I was even eligible to join, through the involvement of my mother. She inspired me to join the League and she…

Dress for Success: Empowering Women & Empowering Yourself

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“Empowering women also helps empower yourself,” says Bentley Harris, a member of The Junior League of Austin (JLA) who is wrapping up her second placement volunteering with Dress for Success Austin. The Dress for Success mission is to empower women through providing resources to build the skills they need to gain financial independence. This is…

Three Community Partners you can Help From Home

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Self-Quarantine Checklist: [✓] Phone date with an old friend [✓] Master a TikTok dance [✓] Quarantine cocktail making class [  ] Volunteer Virtually with a Junior League of Austin community partner   Over the past year, The Junior League of Austin’s (JLA) community partners were forced to quickly adapt to offering virtual volunteer opportunities to…

KICS 2020 Kicks It to COVID-19

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Four years ago, The Junior League of Austin (JLA) kicked off the Kids in Cool Shoes (KICS) program. KICS provides new athletic sneakers for children at high-need Central Texas-area schools with help from corporate sponsorships and volunteer hours. Starting with just a small group of JLA volunteers visiting Guerrero-Thompson Elementary school in the Rundberg neighborhood…

Best State Parks to Visit this Spring

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Springtime in Texas is one of the best times to visit a Texas State Park. With activities like camping, hiking, fishing, and swimming, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Below is a list of Texas state parks in different regions, to give you a few options if you are traveling to West…

Get the Whole Family Outside This Spring

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Five Things to Do With the Family this Spring in and around Austin, Texas 1. Dinosaur Park What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? (I haven’t met one yet!) The Dinosaur Park in Bastrop provides a wonderful outing for kids of all ages. The paved nature walk is easy to navigate with a stroller or wagon and…

Austin Beerworks Creates a Community

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A Junior League of Austin Business Spotlight  In her 11 years of living in Austin, Courtney DeBower went from knowing only two people in the entire city, to being at the heart of the Austin community.  Community Within The Junior League of Austin When Courtney moved here in 2010, her sole friend in town, Amanda…

Family-Friendly Easter Celebrations in Austin, Texas

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As the weather gets warmer and the days are sunnier, you might be looking for other ways to celebrate the Easter holiday or just the first signs of spring. A mix of in-person and virtual events this year means there is an option for every family! Virtual Easter Events in Austin, TX Egg Dying Live…

JLA Member Spotlight: Lauren Jerden of Lauren Allyn Interiors

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A Junior League of Austin Business Spotlight     The Junior League of Austin (JLA) gave me the opportunity not only to serve the local Austin community, but to also form close friendships along the way. In my Provisional year, I was blessed to form a friendship with several ladies in my Provisional Small Group,…