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…

FIT Feeds Children Hit the Hardest by COVID-19

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A Junior League of Austin program spotlight. According to Feeding America, as of 2017, 1 in 5 children in Travis County faced food insecurity.  As school closures and other protective measures meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus remain part of our daily lives, Feeding America predicts that this number could rise to 1…

5 Resolutions for the 2020 – 2021 JLA Year

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June officially kicked off the 2020–2021 League year for The Junior League of Austin (JLA) members and committees. After a monumental 2019–2020 League year during which we opened the doors to our new Community Impact Center, supplied weekly meals to over 950 kids in Del Valle ISD through Food In Tummies (FIT), and raised $645,525…

Mueller Retailer Lilla & Beth Pivots to Stay Open During the Pandemic

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  A Junior League of Austin business spotlight. When Megan Cooper, member of The Junior League of Austin and owner of Lilla & Beth, pictured the last weeks of her pregnancy, she pictured a calm and restful period for her to prepare to be a new mom. Megan had worked to build up Lilla &…

Take A Hike in the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

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A Junior League of Austin community spotlight. A summer hike may not sound appealing in 100-degree weather but what if it got cooler as you hiked farther? That’s the reality in the 76-acre Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center. Only a 45-minute drive from downtown Austin, Westcave is located in the Hill Country, two miles past the…

Kids Giving Back Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

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While our world may be facing the coronavirus pandemic, Austin-area kids haven’t let the COVID-19 crisis keep them from contributing to their communities. The Junior League of Austin (JLA)’s Kids Giving Back program, now in its fourth year, has, like other staple programs of the League, adapted to provide socially distant service opportunities meaningful both…

JLA Member Owned Business Spotlight

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busy bébés The membership of the Junior League of Austin is very large – one of the largest in the nation – so it’s no wonder you’ll find a lot of amazing Junior League run businesses among us. With such a large group, it’s hard to know which businesses out there are lead by our…