The Boy Scouts of America recently honored Arcadian Jahnav Bhatnagar with the Cub Scout of the Year award. The nine-year-old has been part of Arcadia’s Cub Scout Pack 6 for the past four years. The award was presented to Jahnav in a ceremony in February. 

Two years ago, the Boy Scouts of America made a significant change and opened the organization to females. History was made again on Scouting’s 111th birthday in February when almost 1,000 girls from across the nation were sworn in collectively as the first female Eagle Scouts.

As travel restrictions gradually loosen and life resumes to some degree of normalcy, many thoughts will once again turn toward travel and far-off places, like Greece. My wife Lyn and I went there, and the journey was quite enlightening. Expecting to find solitude, I envisioned running barefo…

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, in collaboration with the Phoenix Youth and Education Office, has introduced a new program to inspire children to read. The initiative is called the Mayor’s Birthday Book Club.

Hopi Elementary School put its creative thinking cap on when it came to this year’s variety show. Instead of focusing on talent acts, the school decided to share good deeds and service acts around the community. They called it the Hopi Good News Network.

When Kelsey Vickers was a kid, she dreamed of becoming a published author one day. She kept a notebook of story ideas, and she would spend time with her father bouncing them around. The notebook is no more, but Vickers’ dream came true: She recently published her first children’s book. 

Occasionally you hear someone being described as “larger than life.” Such was the case for Mike Kennedy, as eulogy after eulogy painted the picture of a man whose life was too large to fit on any one canvas.

Over the past year, everything about the nature of work has changed, especially our work attire. In the past, khaki pants and golf shirts or suits and high heels were the norms, but today it’s not unusual to see an entire team of people wearing hoodies and stretchy pants. 

Remember the days when it was exciting to run to the mailbox in hopes of receiving a letter from a family member or friend? The art of letter writing may have lost some of its acceptance in today’s world, but local entrepreneur Natalie Meszaros aims to change that with the Pretty Paper Club …

Downtown Phoenix’s first art gallery – the Alwun House – has been a mainstay for Phoenix artists and activists for five decades. The art space is known for its many annual events like The Exotic Art Show, Salon des Enfants (a youth art show) and the Halloween Monster Ball. What isn’t as well…

For the aspiring artists out there, Phoenix has a plethora of summer camps available. Campers can hone their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and more while also making friends and learning new skills – all while having fun. Here, we’ve showcased a few local camps to choose from. 

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” For most people finding just one passion they want to pursue as a career is challenging, but imagine having two hobbies you categorically love that you could envision becoming a profession.

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Arcadia Sports Central spring soccer and basketball registration is open for the upcoming season. The teams are specifically looking for more 7/8 and 9/10-year-olds in soccer and 5/6-year-olds in basketball but are still accepting registrations for all ages: 3-10 for soccer and 5-15 for bask…

For over 30 years, the historic Shemer Art Center has provided emerging high school artists with recognition, encouragement and financial scholarships. Each year, the center’s New Horizons High School Student Art Exhibit showcases young artists who create in various styles such as ink, charc…

Their mission is a straightforward one, and their cause affects 1,000 to 3,000 families in each school district across Arizona. Feed Our Babies USA aims “To bring community resources together to develop and implement a sustainable, nutritious food source for hungry families, one school distr…

Arizona’s Native American ruins are among the most picturesque in the country. Over the years, hundreds of thousands have visited their sites, staring in awe at what these builders were able to construct, and left wondering what happened to those who once lived there. Among them are my three…

Arcadia’s 34th annual Neighborhood Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m. ACMNA will send the code out separately. This year’s meeting will have presentations from Phoenix PD on new leadership and local crime and safety updates, updates on Cholla Trail and City C…

Jude Foster, Zack Koss and Anderson Kopp knew they wanted to do something special to honor the memory of their family friend. The trio of eighth-graders at Saint Theresa created a new charity called Live Like Mo, in honor of Mike McQuaid, Sr., who died from complications related to COVID-19 …

Started in 1959 by Hollywood actresses Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp is one of the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofits that is dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse and helping to put a stop to it. The organization’s 14th annual Wings Fashion Show will raise funds t…

The most common question appraises are asked is “what is it worth?” It’s a logical question, but with so many definitions of value, it can be confusing for the layman and, at times, for the appraiser. There are at least seven different values for the same object, and the answer varies for ea…

Call me biased, but I’m confident I can convince anyone that Arizona is one of the country’s most scenic states. With spring just around the corner, I want to encourage you to lace up your sneakers or hiking boots and treat your senses to some of Arizona’s eye candy.

Passers-by around 48th St. and Indian School may have noticed a new sign at one of Arcadia’s namesake restaurants, Arcadia Tavern. The team behind the Tavern has been giving it a makeover – complete with a new but familiar name: Taberna de Arcadia. 

Within minutes of taking office on January 12, Scottsdale’s new mayor, David Ortega, declared a proclamation of emergency in response to the pandemic. This was followed by a second proclamation the next day, reimposing face coverings to combat rising cases. 

We’ve all been there: sitting in a classroom, copying copious notes off the chalkboard and trying to stay awake while learning about our city government and the role it plays in our lives. For today’s students, there is an option that allows a hands-on learning experience. Students are immer…

For many seniors, not leaving home has now become a way of life. It’s hard to imagine not being able to get in a vehicle, run to the store and pick up necessities like bread, produce and canned goods. Enter Scottsdale’s Brown Bag Program, which helps older residents get the nutrition they ne…

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Eggs, rabbits, baskets, candy containers and small porcelain figures make Easter collectibles a signal that springtime is just around the corner. For those of you who enjoy a little bit of comprehensive knowledge, the word “Easter” comes from “Eostre,” a goddess of spring whose festival was …

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Spring is approaching and with it comes a sense of renewal and dreams of new beginnings. It’s also a time of reflection about what is going well in your personal life – and also the perfect time to reflect on your career.

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Charles Keating IV. Charlie Keating. C4. These are names that once rang (and still ring) bells around the world, the nation and especially here in our neighborhood. Keating grew up in Arcadia, attending Hopi, Ingleside and Arcadia High before becoming a Navy SEAL and serving in Iraq. In 2016…

We can do so many things to build our immunity, feel energetic all day long, sleep great, shed weight and look vibrant, and the good news is, it is easier than you think. The key to making changes is starting small and committing three to four weeks to make new changes part of your lifestyle.

There’s no way around it: spring break will feel different this year. While traveling and gathering with family and friends is not advised, young minds still need a mid-semester break. Parents do, too, especially if they’ve taken on teaching roles. We all need to recognize the year’s stresso…

Arizona’s highways can seem pretty lonely at times, miles upon miles of emptiness. Then, in the distance – you see it: a much-needed spot to pull over, gas up and perk up before hitting the road once more. In many instances, these are not your ordinary pit stops – these are roadside attracti…

As the pandemic continues to rage on in the United States, many of us have felt isolated and lonely. This is especially true for anyone who is living away from their loved ones. One solution that many workers are trying is working from a new location. They’re going where their loved ones are.

Arizona celebrates 109 years of statehood on February 14. Since 1997, Arizona’s official state historian Marshall Trimble has dedicated his life to studying western history and sharing the love of his home state with students at Scottsdale Community College and the wider community.

Arcadia newcomer Alyssa Duchesne, who has spent a good portion of her life moving from place to place – namely Canada, San Francisco, Coronado and now, Arcadia – decided that last year, the holidays were going to be about more than spending time with family.

Area resident Landry Brown has combined her love of Arizona with her creative knack for design and crafting to form a new business. The online gift boutique, called Border & Brown, features Brown’s signature collection of unique prints, rustic tin mugs highlighting different Arizona citi…

Even with all of the chaos surrounding the world today, people are still finding ways to keep positive and shine a light on causes that mean a lot to them and to others. Such is the case with Xavier senior Kelly Scott, who created Swim for the Light, a mental health awareness campaign where …

For someone who claims she got a “late start in life,” this accomplished woman has made up her fair share of ground. Though her budding career was put on hold to raise a family, Susan Junker reengaged the workplace in a way that is making a real difference.

The beautiful dresses. The wide smiles. The talent show. All of these drum up one vision: a beauty pageant, and something that has been a dream for Arcadia resident Faith Phares. As the current Miss Arcadia USA, Phares will participate in the 2021 Miss Arizona USA pageant in May – her first …

We’ve all seen the videos on social media: dogs who do good deeds, who help their humans in time of need or are just there to put a smile on someone’s face. They’ve also proven to be helpful with disabled children and adults – and one such nonprofit, located just up the road in Scottsdale, a…

A brief history of Valentines and how they became mainstream

It takes more than just time to build a business, especially in a highly competitive field like public relations and marketing. An industry leader needs to be innovative, excelling in communications and creative services while continually forging and maintaining vital relationships across ne…