6th Annual Austin Entertains

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By: Kiley Sheehy The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is happy to bring Austin Entertains back for its sixth year – and we are even more excited to be back in-person at the Community Impact Center!   Austin Entertains is proud to spotlight one of JLA’s signature impact Programs, FIT – Food in Tummies, which helps…

Training & Education February 2022 Kick Off

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February 1 kicks off JLA’s annual Training and Education month, an opportunity to learn, explore, and try something new. This year, the Training and Education Committee’s goal is to offer unique classes where women can learn about various topics, even those not often talked about, in a space that feels comfortable. According to Mildred Hammond,…

What’s Your Why? End of the Year Reflections on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The racial equity movement of 2020 was a galvanizing experience for many. People’s eyes were opened to the idea that our Union might not be perfect, that liberty and justice may not be equally applied to all, and that everyone can take an active role in building a better world. For members of The Junior League…

Back in Action: Community Placements Post-Lockdown

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The League Gets Back to Serving In-Person With our Community Partners By: Nancy Funkhouser McTyre While we may not have yet completely turned the page on Covid, we have indeed turned the page on the lockdowns and the more restrictive measures that many of us experienced in 2020. That’s excellent news for the Junior League…

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting Events and Lights Around Austin

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  Even if you’re feeling a bit “bah humbug,” it’s hard not to feel a bit of seasonal cheer when Austin and its environs get festooned with millions of twinkling bulbs. We’ve put together a list of our favorite Austin-area holiday light shows and decorations. Get a hefty dose of holiday spirit at these gorgeous…

Dashing Toward the Holidays

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I have a confession to make: a holiday tree has been up and decorated in my home since before Halloween. In my house, we don’t typically start to deck the halls until at least November, but something about the feeling in the air this year has us ready for the cozy comfort of the winter…

The Joy of Coats for Kids

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I joined The Junior League of Austin and stay involved year after year because I have seen firsthand the difference League volunteers can make in the lives of children here in Central Texas through programs such as Coats for Kids.  Coats for Kids was my first exposure to the power of the League. I was…

Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month

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by Tania Leskovar-Owens   On this final day of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, I wanted to share a few words about what Hispanic Heritage Month means to me and my family. I am originally from Argentina and while I have been living in the states for over 35 years, I continue to celebrate my culture…

Spotlight on the 2021–2022 Provisional Class

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Each fall marks the beginning of a new League year for The Junior League of Austin (JLA). And with the start of each League year comes a new group of League members. First-year members, called Provisional members, bring new energy and fresh faces to the League. The Provisional class is an important part of the…

Christmas in July’s Successful Debut

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By Anna Morris   The COVID-19 pandemic made for a year of firsts for the Junior League of Austin (JLA). The success of the inaugural virtual market of A Christmas Affair (ACA) in November 2020 further proved that the innovation of JLA’s members can keep our beloved traditions alive through challenging times – and create…