Fall Favorites from Breakaway PR
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
The 21st annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar returns Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day (except for Christmas Eve, when it closes at 6 p.m.). This beloved holiday shopping tradition offers many ways to shop including in-person, online, and personal shopping to find the best gifts for everyone on your list. For a head start on your shopping, check out the online store.
To continue the merriment, shop and give at We Are Blood’s end-of-year mall drives around Austin. The holidays are usually a scarce time for blood donations, so by donating you can help save lives at more than 40 hospital and medical facilities across Central Texas. Visit their website to make an appointment at a location near you.
COOL CLIENT HAPPENINGS
Grand Opening of Vintage Haven, Leopard Lounge
Leopard Lounge is bringing stylish vintage clothing to Austin starting November 26, just in time for Black Friday deals and holiday shopping. Leopard Lounge, sister concept and next-door neighbor to Pavement (on Guadalupe), will offer hand-selected vintage wears for the casual shopper or vintage collector right at Guadalupe and 30th streets.
Leopard Lounge plans to begin buying from the public on opening day and will offer customer-sellers 40% cash or 50% store credit of the store’s retail price.
Georgetown’s Christmas on the Square
The city of Georgetown, Texas’ traditional Lighting of the Square will return to an in-person ceremony this year. The lights around the square and Williamson County Courthouse will be lit November 26, 2021 by Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell. Santa Claus will be available for photos inside the courthouse in exchange for an unwrapped toy, wrapping paper or monetary donation to Brown Santa.
Festivities will begin at 5:30pm. Guests are encouraged to come early, enjoy holiday shopping and dining around the square, and witness the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” light up with tens of thousands of lights. For more information, including important parking details, visit https://visit.georgetown.org/the-annual-lighting-of-the-square/
The National Museum of the Pacific War: Remembering Pearl Harbor
As the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor approaches, the National Museum of the Pacific War’s Pearl Harbor exhibit is a compelling review of the events surrounding the day that lives in infamy. Among the important artifacts housed at the museum are a Japanese midget submarine HA-19, one of five submarines that attacked Pearl Harbor the morning of December 7, a hatch from the USS Arizona and a tribute to Doris Miller, the Texas native who was a mess steward on the USS West Virginia and became a decorated hero for manning a machine gun to defend his ship and crew.
Learn more about the Pearl Harbor exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War’s website And congratulations to the museum for being selected as a Top 5 Museum in Texas by Travelocity users!
CONGRATS TO OUR CLIENTS!
Pure Barre Southwest Austin successfully opened its doors in late October. A limited-time, new member rate is available through Dec. 5, so take advantage and get your fitness routine into gear before the holidays!
In November, Pure Barre is hosting donation-based classes raising money for Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a social outreach ministry providing food, clothing, job training, and housing for the working poor and homeless in Austin. Non-members— sign up for class on 11/21 at 10:30 a.m. Members’ donation class is 11/20 at 10 a.m. $10 suggested minimum donation to lift, tone and burn for a good cause!
And, after much anticipation, Blue Norther Hard Seltzer hosted a tasty and all-around entertaining grand opening at their new HQ located at The Yard on St. Elmo. Keep up to date with their events on Blue Norther’s social media or host your own party in this amazing new space.
A STUDENT’S TAKE: MEDIA LITERACY AND A CAREER IN COMMUNICATIONS
By Katie Berger
Journalism and public relations school are both very different now versus 20 or 30 years ago. Smartphones have put a powerful computer in everyone’s pocket, making it possible for anyone to be a citizen journalist. Plus, there is now more information circulating the web than ever before. In the midst of today’s 24/7 news cycle and the ever-increasing spread of disinformation, media literacy is imperative to know how to properly vet the media sources you rely on.
As a college senior preparing to enter a career in the media and communications industry, I have learned through internships, classes and my own personal news diet how crucial it is to be a smart media consumer. Here are a few of the biggest media literacy lessons I’ve learned.