The Good Life
October 10
From left to right, Patricia Wyche, Corenthia Picou and Eunice Sample dance to “Bikers Shuffle” by Big Mucci during the Not Back to School luncheo

Retired teachers gather every year to celebrate not going back to school

These retired teachers enjoy summer break all year long.
Inspired
October 7
Erica Eriksdotter works on a painting of a dog in her home studio in Reston, Va., on July 28, 2019. Eriksdotter is known for her paintings of pets amo

A Virginia woman quit her job to paint pet portraits. Now, there's a six-month wait for them

She quit her day job to chase her dream. Clients responded in a big way.
Inspired
October 6
Sam Shapiro, left, and Jack Moe, second from right, with nonprofit basketball program supporters Gallop, second from left, and Kaba, far right.

Blake School graduates give Haiti's poorest children a chance to play

Two friends are trying to make a difference with a nonprofit called Sprint to Cite Soleil, benefiting the city's youth.
Inspired
October 4
Kai Oceans, left, workshop facilitator, and resident Sean Toal make candles as part of a gift box business that brings money into the Project Home org

For Philadelphia's formerly homeless, it is better to make one little candle

Formerly homeless residents craft candles, and a bright future.
Inspired
October 4

Class act: High school students team with Habitat for Humanity to build a house

A dozen Leesburg High School students will be doing more than math equations, English essays and science experiments this year.
Inspired
October 4
Chris Bentley is a financial advisor who started the nonprofit, Wings for Widows, offering pro bono financial assistance, as well as coaching and emot

St. Louis Park financial adviser lessens money worries for widows with free services

The nonprofit Wings For Widows offers free services, including financial coaching, during this difficult time.
Inspired
September 27
The Edina Girls’ Sports Summit will tackle why a growing number of girls are walking away from athletics, despite many proven benefits.

Edina students tackle pressures that drive girls out of sports

Edina middle-schoolers create sports summit to counter growing pressures and inequities facing girls.
Inspired
September 27
For the past 20 years, Louis Moore has headed the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, the primarily African-American biking club that teaches be

Meet the Minnesotan who's the biking 'ambassador' to the black community

Louis Moore's Major Taylor Bicycling Club brings biking, fitness and camaraderie to Minnesota's black community.
Inspired
September 27
Connecticut high school coach Scott Cady was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in May.

Fighting for his life, high school football coach finds peace on the field

As he rallies to fight a rare cancer, his devoted community rallies right along with him.
Inspired
September 27
Thirteen year-old Trey Brown, whose fashion line, Spergo, has landed a billboard in Times Square, was photographed in his Landsdowne home on Aug. 21,

Spergo sportswear designer was born with entrepreneurial spirit — 13 years ago

Teen's sportswear line lights up Times Square.
Inspired
September 27

88-year-old Florida man vows to assist people in long-term care 'as long as I can'

Ombudsman, 88, vows to assist people in long-term care "as long as I can."
Inspired
September 27
Mia Youth Summit co-chair Ursula Girdwood, 16, posed with her favorite piece of art, Nick Cave’s 2010 Soundsuit.

Teen Youth Summit at Minneapolis museum explores how creativity can lead to societal change

On Oct. 5, the Minneapolis Institute of Art hosts its first "Creative Fuel" youth summit.
Inspired
September 20
While some people do turn down her offer of a haircut, many others are eager for Katie Steller’s kind outreach and respect.

Stylist takes her Minneapolis salon to the streets — to cut hair for homeless people

Katie Steller is making this world a better place one cut at a time.
Inspired
September 20

These Twin Cities events will get you 'inspired' this week

Horseback help The St. Croix Trail Blazers seeks volunteers age 16 and older to help with its nonprofit adaptive horseback program serving veterans and…
September 19
Kevin Ruchard, left, and Jeff Morse, members of the Southern New England Brotherhood Ride, receive “Mighty Quinn” bracelets from Quinn Waters on A

When a 3-year-old cancer survivor couldn't leave his house, strangers came to him

For this young cancer survivor, there's a world of kindness right outside his window.
September 19
New Monopoly game celebrates women, and pays them more than men

New Monopoly game celebrates women, and pays them more than men

For the first time in Monopoly history, a new Monopoly game features a character other than Mr. Monopoly on the cover.
Inspired
September 19
Ellen Pillsbury practices what she preaches -- working to get everybody to embrace safe walking to all, or at least most, of their destinations. ] Sha

This Minnesotan is doing her part in the fight to make local communities more walkable

Ellen Pillsbury helps lead the Minnesota Department of Health's Walkable Community Workshops.
Inspired
September 19
Community health worker Adar Kahin talked to Ahmed Mohamed about the harmful effects of smoking.

Twin Cities Somali American community is focus of new anti-smoking campaign

The program estimates that smoking prevalence for Somali American adults in Minnesota is 24%, much higher than that for adults overall.
Inspired
September 16
Chalk artist bringing mindfulness to sidewalk near you

Chalk artist bringing mindfulness to sidewalk near you

Taylor Tinkham has left a couple hundred chalk sketches throughout Minneapolis encouraging passersby to stop and take a moment for themselves.
Inspired
September 16

Inspired calendar

Hands-On Twin Cities offers a range of opportunities. Learn more about which groups need volunteers at handsontwincities.org or 612-379-4900.
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