Love at the Roller Rink
A few nights a week, a close-knit group of people gather at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. They say they're like family ... and thanks to the rink, some actually are. It's been the backdrop to more than a few romances over the years. And this Valentine's Day, we thought we'd share the love story of two couples: Matt and Debra Kneen, 55 and 61 respectively, met and fell in love at the skating rink. They began dating in June 2017 and were married Sept. 29, 2018. Theirs is the only wedding to be held at the Roller Garden in 75 years. Friday nights are date nights for Alexander Kelly and Ciara Swart, and they spend it on their wheels. The 26-year-olds have been together for four years and got engaged July 2019.
Melissa Taylor of Beauty Lounge Minneapolis teaches classes targeted towards multiracial families and parents of transracial adoptees who want to learn how to do their children's hair. Taylor says her goal is to empower these parents with knowledge of natural hair care so they can pass that knowledge on to their kids. She also wants these children to see that they are beautiful the way that they are.
Forest bathing is a slow-moving, guided, meditative walk in nature. The practice, called Shinrin-Yoku, began in Japan and is said to have health benefits.
Bull City United holds candlelight vigils in Durham communities where violent crime has been most prevalent. For the last year, the Durham organization has been tasked with addressing gun violence in the community.