Okay, Arcadia. Time to put down the shopping lists, cookie sheets and twinkle lights. The December issue of Arcadia News is in your hands! Take a moment to relax and catch up on what’s going on in the neighborhood. 

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending my first G.A.I.N. Picnic. My cheeks hurt from all the smiling I did that day. Laughter, good music and great food are three things that help make a get together successful and there was plenty of each to go around.  

Along with various others, Helping Hands Arizona is hosting its annual holiday toy drive until December 10 this year. Started over 20 years ago, this organization has provided millions of foster children with essentials and gifts for the season. Arcadia’s own UPS driver, Jeremy Giles, enlisted the help of more than 20 Arcadia businesses to donate for the toy drive. Check out the story on page 22.  

The Shemer Art Center is celebrating a few anniversaries this year. It’s been 100 years since the first home was built in Arcadia – what we now know as the art center. It’s also the anniversary of what would be Martha Shemer’s 100th birthday, and the 35th anniversary of Shemer’s opening. To commemorate these anniversaries, the building now boasts new signage. 

Check out our story on the history of the Shemer on page 10 and be sure to catch our follow up story in January which will discuss the birth of Arcadia and the Arcadia Water Company. 

2019 is coming to an end. A new year is ahead and a new decade as well. We are excited to welcome in the new year with our wonderful neighbors, and as always, thank you for reading Arcadia News.