Girls Empowerment Network: Igniting a Spark in the Pandemic

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  A Junior League of Austin community placement spotlight   Last year, I had the joy of working with Girls Empowerment Network in my first placement as an active member of The Junior League of Austin (JLA). Like most newly-active members, I was eager to serve my community, make a difference in the lives of…

Trick or Cheese(cake)

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The air is starting to cool, pumpkins are sitting on doorsteps, and the many princesses, superheroes, zombies, and ghosts are preparing their costumes for the big day. It is time for Halloween and thinking about this spooky Saturday makes me giddy. Honestly, my porch has been adorned in oversized spiders and skeletons since September! However,…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like A Christmas Affair

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It’s beginning to look a lot like A Christmas Affair (ACA) as The Junior League of Austin (JLA) prepares for its 45th annual holiday shopping and fundraising event from November 18-22.  However, ACA will look a little different this year as the event goes fully virtual for the first time! “The new standards and health…

Party Hearty Box Takes the Stress Out of Hosting

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  A Junior League of Austin Business Spotlight   The Junior League of Austin (JLA) members own a variety of businesses in the Austin area. From specialty shops to toy subscription services, you may have supported a JLA member-owned business without even knowing it!   Party in a Box Founded in 2019, Party Hearty Box…

Hiking in Heels Sorority Rush Coaching

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  A Junior League of Austin Business Spotlight The Junior League of Austin’s Mission Statement includes “developing the potential of women.” Current active member, Stacia Damron, is doing just that with the company she founded: Hiking in Heels Sorority Rush Coaching. Hiking in Heels is the first, and only, sorority recruitment coaching program of its…

JLA Members, It’s Time to Hit the Polls!

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  This year, America celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. As we approach November 3, what should every Junior League of Austin (JLA) member—and every Austinite for that matter—be prepared for? Not only are President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden vying…

Craft Night at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children

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  A Junior League of Austin community placement spotlight.   The dining room of the Austin Shelter for Women and Children (ASWC) hums with quiet concentration and pleasant companionship. The children, and some of their mothers, work diligently using the markers, stickers, glitter, and glue to make Valentine’s cards for each other. One girl looks…

Quarantine Baking: Try Pear Bread This Fall

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It’s fall, y’all! We might still be waiting on cooler temperatures, changing leaves and chunky knit sweaters here in Texas but technically fall is here. So why not get inspired and take your quarantine baking up a notch? Banana bread might be having a moment, but pear bread should be your next baking challenge. Often…

Community Partner Spotlight: ZACH Theatre

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A Junior League of Austin Community Partner spotlight. The ZACH Theatre has been an Austin landmark since 1932, supporting local talent and setting the stage for family traditions for decades. A fan favorite of The Junior League of Austin (JLA) community volunteer placements,  JLA has supported ZACH Theatre for eight years. And even amidst the…

Finding Strength in Letters: Coping With Stress Through Expressive Writing

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  Am I the only one that is tired of hearing the word, “unprecedented” when talking about the last five months? Let’s just be real. It’s been TOUGH! On top of the fears and stress that come with a worldwide pandemic, we must also continue handling our precedented times. Our regularly scheduled stressors still require…