Giving Back

In the five years between college and becoming a school counselor at South View Middle School, Paul Andress held just about every odd job imaginable.

Dan Hoedeman is a natural goalkeeper. He guarded the real estate around soccer goals up through his collegiate career, and Hoedeman continues to tend goals—greater ones—as a cofounder of the Minneapolis City Soccer Club (MCSC).

A little over a year ago, Edina Magazine featured the artwork of local Instagram photographer Jill Emmer of Shine On Photos. But we weren’t the only folks to take notice of Emmer’s whimsical photography and social media know-how.

Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. to noon the women of the LeagueAires choir ensemble gather for rehearsal at Colonial Church of Edina, until the second week of January, when it is time to take their show on the road throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

Picture this: Ten gentlemen sporting vests and green caps emblazoned with the words “Edina Lions,” flipping pancakes and joking with high school graduates and their parents in a suburban garage.

Edina High School is filled with clubs that aim to address different issues, both globally and communitywide. Two of the largest are Hornet Connections and United for UNICEF. Hornet Connections works with special education students at EHS, with overall inclusion the goal.

How can would-be volunteers get connected? Carynn Roehrick, community resources and volunteer program manager for Edina Public Schools (EPS), is very glad we asked.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green,” says Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer-in-residence. The simple yet powerful sentiment is shared by Edina business owner Tim Murphy. “You can’t get people healthy unless they have clean water,” he says. “It’s a basic necessity of life.”

Creative holiday gifts can be found at Needlework Unlimited, from classes and accessories to handmade sweaters and mittens. Classes range from beginners’ crafts to specific projects, such as creating mittens or ponchos.

It started late in 2014. Edina resident Greg Fast and his wife, Robbie, decided to have a few people over for a holiday party. They invited friends from a couples’ group at Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) and also their new neighbors, Dr. Joel Hutcheson and his wife, Kelly.