Longtime fiddler, dance caller David Kaynor connects community through music

While alternate contra dance couples move up and down the set at Greenfield’s Guiding Star Grange on weekends, David Kaynor acts as caller, plays fiddle or simply inspires other musicians.

But he’s also present as a guiding spirit.

Kaynor, at 70, has been a staple of the nationally known Greenfield dances for nearly 40 years, as well as a central figure in building community around traditional music, dance and ritual. He’s also credited with keeping the grange halls in Greenfield and Montague alive and swinging.

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She makes sure unwanted food gets to hungry Americans

CNN Hero Maria Rose Belding

Maria Rose Belding grew up working in her church’s food pantry in her small Iowa hometown.

“Jesus said, ‘For I was hungry and you fed me.’ … Stacking cans was my answer to this call,” Belding said.
As she got older, Belding realized that feeding the hungry wasn’t as easy as it should be. The pantry’s shelves overflowed with some items while other foods were desperately needed.

In 2009, when she was 14, the pantry received a huge donation of macaroni and cheese that was more than the community could use, and she saw how hard it was to contact other charities that could take it.

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Inside one of India’s eco-friendly luxury resort: Evolve Back

The Jal Mahal Suite at Evolve Back, Coorg, India. Picture: Supplied

India is home to many eco-conscious resorts, but Evolve Back stands out from the pack and is known for its commitment to the environment and the local community.

There’s a reverse osmosis water filter in every room, a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant, electric buggies and windmills that power the lodge’s electricity.

“When guests visit, they can contribute towards social, economic and community development and learn more about environmental impact,” Kanthi Aneesh, general manager of Evolve Back Coorg, tells CNN Travel.

“Nowadays, it is necessary for our generation to learn how to preserve nature and how to contribute in smaller ways.”

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Jackson in the running for $1M for art installations to address food insecurity


The city of Jackson is vying for up to $1 million to create art installations addressing food insecurity.

Part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, the program “provides cities with catalytic funds to develop a public art installation that addresses a pressing civic issue, fosters creative collaboration and supports the local economy.”

Of 200 submissions, Jackson is one of 14 cities in the running for the funding. Three of the 14 cities will be selected. Those cities will be announced in the fall.

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Evolve Back: Inside one of India’s greenest luxury resorts

India is home to many eco-conscious resorts, but one stands out from the pack.

Surrounded by dense forests and undulating hills, Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate sits within a 300-acre plantation in Coorg, in southwestern India.

The address is known for its commitment to the environment and local community.

There’s a reverse osmosis water filter in every room, a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant, electric buggies and windmills that power the lodge’s electricity.

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Children and seniors are collaborating on a heartwarming art project in Oconomowoc

It’s art day at the Shorehaven senior community in Oconomowoc.

That’s where we meet Al. He and the other seniors are rolling out clay on tables in a big multipurpose room. Al is all set to go — he’s wearing a paint-stained denim apron.

“Have you worked with clay before?” I ask.

“Yes,” Al says with a laugh. “I’m a former art teacher.”

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Summer mural project empowers community youth through public art

The 2018 Youth Mural Project will give young artists the platform to explore their creativity and showcase their work from July 11-13 with a youth mural project this summer with the Illinois Art Station (IAS).

The community public reveal will be held from 2-3:30 p.m.Saturday, July 14, 2018. The project provides youth an opportunity to learn basic skills in mural painting and visual representations, while exploring issues of community. The reveal will be held on Constitution Trail, at the Washington Street bridge tunnel near Atwood-Wayside Herb Garden.

“The empowerment that comes from knowing that the work and vision you put into a mural has the ability to become a memorable backdrop to the lives of people in a community, is a great feeling for all artists,” teaching artist Jeremy Langston said. “It’s great to give young artists an opportunity to share in that sense of accomplishment while contributing to the culture of the place they live in.”

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