The temperatures have cooled and this time of year we all seem to get a bit more active and inspired. I feel inspired to pull out my easel, buy a few canvases and paint.

Painting and art have always been a pastime for me, and as our front-page story by Marice Richter shows, the arts still are making their way here.

We tend to think we need to make the drive to Fort Worth or Dallas for a little culture. But organizations such as the Southlake Apex Arts League bring the fine arts to you. Residents can enjoy recurring performances from parts of the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies, the Dallas Opera and ballet in Southlake. In downtown Grapevine, art lovers also can stroll amid galleries and see the works of artists, sculptors and glass blowers.

This time of year as we enjoy the great weather and everything our cities have to offer, Editor Judy Wiley's story about GRACE reminds us of those who need help. GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange) assists families with food and clothing, medical help and transitional housing. The numbers are rising and Page 24 lists ways you can get involved.

Page 6 is our transportation update. Drivers can expect delays because of the work planned on FM 1938. You may want to plan your commute accordingly.

Maybe you're not an artist or a sculptor, but I hope you'll be inspired to check out the arts in your community. And if you are an artist or sculptor, I encourage you to get involved in the charity of your choice as we enter the holiday season and give back, because giving can sculpt a life.

Toni Barron, DFW Publisher, [email protected]