The Spirit of Arcadia Marching Band is on a three-year winning streak. In 2017 and 2018, the band won the Arizona Marching Band Association’s (AzMBA) state championship in the 2A division. This year they did it again, with their performance of Along Came a Spider, composed by Gary Gilroy.

In just two years, Ingleside Middle School has been able to jump from a low “B” grade to an “A” grade as designated by the Arizona Department of Education. Although Ingleside doesn’t have a motto, their ‘students first’ mentality has contributed greatly to their improved grade.

The Phoenix City Council in late November approved a mixed-use development plan to be built on the northwest corner of Camelback and 44th Street. Arcadia residents were initially opposed to the building height proposed by RED Development, the company behind the project, but the developer has…

With little-to-no experience in the restaurant business, Beth Goldwater started her career in the industry by working at a small café in Chicago. Now, more than a decade later, Goldwater will be expanding her career as a restaurant owner with a second eatery on Camelback Road. 

Art One held its first anniversary fundraiser in November to celebrate 26 years in business and to raise money for their newly-named nonprofit, NCBFST (nurture, create, believe, flourish, succeed, and transform) Foundation for Student Artists.

As managers of Echo Canyon School’s gardens, Lou Rodarte and his wife Ann have turned their labor of love into a hands-on curriculum that takes garden produce into the classroom and invites students to taste locally-grown food prepared by some of the best chefs in the Southwest.

Hikers could hike a new trail every day of the month, with more than 60 available in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Some trails are rated “extremely difficult” by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, like the climb of the 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains Park…

I received a text from a friend who works in IT that said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” It had a link to a fun, short video he had created.

The Arizona Children’s Business Fair was established by a group of Phoenix entrepreneurs looking to mentor the younger generation. The event provides kids with hands-on entrepreneurial involvement and experience, including serving as boss for a day.

Although I had to use them frequently during my days as a travel writer, airports are not very high on my list of favorite places. But I have learned to tolerate them because…well, if you’re going to fly, you’re going to wait. And, sometimes, wait and wait and wait. I guess it’s all part of …

How often do you come home feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation? It’s usually when you’ve gone some place far away and are trying to pack in so many activities, excursions and cities because you want that long trip worth the miles traveled.

Our client opened a wood and metal, leather-strapped trunk, and neatly wrapped in tissue paper was layer upon layer of crocheted and embroidered handiwork created by her grandmother and three aunts.

Colleen Drury loved life. She exercised, loved to cook, travel and spend time with the people she adored. She also “gave the best hugs,” according to her grandchildren Chloe, Luke, Blake and Caleb. In 2007, Colleen was diagnosed with Stage 3-C ovarian cancer. Six years later, she passed away…

While Americans make mostly health-related pledges every December 31, most don’t stick with them beyond the first half of the new year. In ancient times, resolutions were profound commitments to powerful deities, and there were serious consequences for not following through.

Alison Dunn, an art teacher at Xavier College Prep was recently honored with the 2019 Secondary Division Outstanding Art Educator award during the annual Arizona Art Education Association (AAEA) conference. 

Wellness tourism is a fast-growing industry that was last reported to be worth $639.4 billion annually by the Global Wellness Institute. Arizonans don’t have to go far to experience some of the best of what the industry has to offer.

The Economist named 2019 “The Year of the Vegan,” and although vegans make up a small portion of the American population, their numbers are likely to grow in 2020 and beyond.

Gleaning – the process of removing abundant ripe fruits from citrus trees – has become a familiar event for Arcadia residents. From January until March, many neighborhoods collect their excess oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits and tangerines and donate them to local food banks. 

It’s been there for more than 40 years. Situated on the corner of 38th Street and Indian School Road, the Chicago Hamburger Company is a beacon of hope for those looking for Chicago-style favorites. While the neighborhood changes around them, owner Bob Pappanduros and his staff remain dedica…

The best way to describe Bill Herndon is as an “American Patriot.”

All of my early Christmas celebrations were spent on the frigid plains of North Dakota, where the festivities commonly involved long underwear, stocking caps with ear flaps, woolen shirts, the scent of freshly cut pine trees, the fragrance of warm apple cider, school kids with squeaky voices…

Renowned Valley Chef Christopher Gross has a 30-year history of award-winning restaurants in the Arcadia area. His personal commendations and awards started early in his career in 1989, after he made Food & Wine magazine’s list of America’s 10 Best New Chefs. He was one of the early reci…

Arcadians don’t have to travel far to experience most of the premiere holiday events this December. Markets, festive walking wine tours, puppy kissing booths and tree lighting ceremonies are just some of the happenings within a 10-minute drive.  

While most of us will be waking up Christmas Day ready to open presents and eat lots of food, many people around the Valley will be waking up searching for their next meal or a warm spot to lay their heads. 

Last month, more than 100 businesses gathered in the warehouse of Arizona Helping Hands (AHH) to learn about making a contribution to the organization’s annual toy drive. In its first year, AHH was able to provide 500 kids with toys and books for the holiday season. This year, the goal is 30…

The youngest of seven kids in a blue-collar family, Joe Pizzimenti learned early that hard work was the formula for success. Growing up in an Italian borough of Detroit, he and his siblings witnessed just how hard their parents worked and they simply followed their example.

St. Theresa’s Boy Scout Troop 147 recently recognized three of its members as Eagle Scouts, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program. The designation, which only 4 percent of Scouts ever achieve, requires years of hard work and dedication.

Arcadia, we’re back with another monthly discussion on the many points that constitute “sustainability.” Last month, we unpacked that sustainability is – at its core – “Balancing our environmental, social and economic realms to create opportunity, beauty and prosperity.”

As a child, artist Jackie Sorkin had a small obsession with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Not necessarily Wonka himself, but with the plot of the film: a person who doesn’t come from a lot can still find him or herself with a golden ticket. And Jackie’s golden ticket, it turns out…

Kids and families won’t be left out of 2019’s New Year’s Eve merriment. There are a variety of places, from the Phoenix Zoo to the skating rink, that will be hosting family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties. 

Have you ever had a date with someone who had recently been through a bad breakup? There’s a good chance they were nervous to go through the same thing again. You can practically see the fear in their eyes. In relationships, we call this sort of thing emotional baggage. And it can be tough t…

American painter, illustrator and sculptor Frederic Remington is perhaps best known as one of the most gifted interpreters of the American West. His early work appeared as illustrations in popular journals, but as he matured, he turned his focus to painting and sculpture. In fact, his work i…

It can be tough getting into the holiday spirit when there’s no chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose and no folks here in the Valley dressed up like Eskimos. Then again, as much as I love traditions, why not celebrate the holidays in a uniquely Arizona way?  

How rock music and art is improving the lives of Phoenix teens

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. 

August 14 came and went relatively unnoticed for the most part, but it was a special day for a specific group of heroes. These are the Navajo Code Talkers, who played a major role in winning decisive battles during World War II. Although they were instrumental in the victories, their feats w…