For our first publication of 2022, also known as the “fitness” edition, I attended my first-ever barre and aerial fitness classes. Sure, folks can get a wealth of information about them with a simple internet search, but where’s the fun in that? I wanted to experience it for myself. 

Let me start by sharing that I am not a fitness person by any definition of the word. I’ve joined gyms, taken weightlifting, yoga and Zumba classes, and none of them held my interest long enough to make a difference. 

The morning fog lifted near Indian School Road and toyed briefly with the sun for a moment. Then it drifted back down onto the glistening pavement. I thought of poet Carl Sandburg.

For many Phoenicians, one of the pleasures of living here is the easy access to numerous mountain preserves. Maintaining these trails’ safety, functionality, and beauty is no easy task and wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated help of volunteers working in the Park Steward Program.

The world has changed. Our personal and work lives will continue to look much different from those in 2019. So what does this mean for hiring in 2022? There are a few trends you should be on the lookout for. 

Arcadia’s Boy Scout Troop 6 presented three Arcadia High students with the highest rank of Eagle at a recent awards ceremony. Nick Horonenko, Brad Gooch and Lucas Binsfeld are the 219th, 220th and 221st Eagles to advance from Troop 6 since it was founded in 1934.

Let’s kick off the new year with some healthy, easy recipes that you won’t believe are plant-based and loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients. Eating healthy can taste delicious and keep you feeling full and satisfied!

In October 2021, a well-known name in the Arcadia neighborhood – Dr. José María Burruel – passed away, leaving a tremendous void in the place he loved and called home.

Neighborhood resident Travis Angelini knew from a young age that he was passionate about food. In fact, he had a dream to open his own restaurant. 

It might take us a while to add the two instead of the one as we mature into the beginning of another year, with the decisions and opportunities that challenge us daily. We have been writing Ask the Appraiser for four years and giving you news, views and revelations about several topics: mov…

It’s easy to understand why where Keith Woods grew up, and the early life lessons taught by his grandfather, have shaped who he is today – and even, for that matter, where he lives.

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THURSDAY 12/2 – Santa’s Circus: 7 p.m. at Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix. The inaugural Santa Circus acrobatic performance is happening this month at Madison. Guests can meet their favorite Christmas characters and write letters to Santa with the help of Mrs. Claus while enjoying the wonder and music of the holidays. Make sure to wait around after the show to get a photo. Tickets are $35-$65. themadison.org

Growing up, Jason Boyer spent his playtime building things out of Lego blocks. As he got older, he moved on to model kits, constructing all sorts of things. When he wasn’t caught up in his creations, he helped his dad build or fix things, so it’s of little wonder that he would eventually bec…

Once upon a time, American households regularly set tables and had family meals. Glass makers and china companies capitalized on this wholesome tradition by flooding the market with millions of pieces that once graced everyday tables of yore.

Around this time of year, it’s not unusual to reflect upon Christmas memories. When that happens to me, a specific one always surfaces. It happened many years ago – maybe even longer ago than that.

As we wrap up 2021, here are three quick, healthy dip recipes to bring to a party or serve at home. The healthier we are during the holidays, the happier we are when setting resolutions!

Gala season opened in September, with all the pomp and circumstance of events from years past. There were fancy dresses, a red carpet, and plenty of entertainment to be had at the Night of Hope Gala, which turned out to be a massive success. 

Not long ago,I heard NPR announce that toys will be scarce this holiday season. Container ships are waiting at the Port of Long Beach, with similar queues in ports around the country. Many ships in the Pacific hold the gifts that Arizona retailers ordered months ago.

Wessel and Baker Contracting, a local residential remodeling business, founded DIY with an Expert after years of experiencing homeowners reaching out in a panic when their home projects became more complicated than expected.

I want to start this month’s note off with massive congratulations to our fearless leader, Greg Bruns, for winning 2021 Publisher of the Year from the Association of Community Publishers, the largest association of freely distributed papers in the country.

Recently, more than 100 community newspapers from around the country gathered together in Des Moines for the annual Association of Community Publishers (ACP) industry conference and “Best of the Best” Awards Show. 

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In a blue dress with a bouquet in hand and a sash around her shoulders, Miss Arcadia – also known as Faith Phares – has earned the crown and the title of United States of America’s 2022 Miss Arizona. 

Last month, I received an email from an Arcadia neighbor asking if we would be interested in sharing her husband’s story: that of a soldier who served in the United States Air Force for almost 30 years. 

Like most youngsters matriculating in distant places, one of my childhood dreams was growing up and living in a castle. Only half of it came true – I grew up. On the other hand, I have visited several castles around the world. And the good news is that some of them are near my present home. …

After months of dedicated planning, the Arcadia Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association (ACMNA) is ready for the annual Arcadia Neighborhood Picnic on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 2-5 p.m. at Hopi Elementary School (5110 E. Lafayette Blvd.).

Patriotism, loyalty, and courage are three things that take precedence in the form of Veteran’s Day. This holiday brought about the Phoenix Veteran’s Day Parade and a nonprofit organization called Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV). 

A perfect day for Van Heywood would be to spend time hiking and hanging out with friends and family. But in 1958, when he joined the United States Air Force, his days were, well, a little different. 

When he’s not sleeping with his legs straight up in the air or searching for his next gourmet meal, Winston, a four-year-old Pomeranian pup, is “touring” the world with the help of his mom, Cynthia Finefrock, and her new book.