The coronavirus put a damper on nearly everything. Folks struggled to put a smile on their faces while not being able to leave their homes. Arcadians John Besser and Candice Gohman decided to do something about it and turned their front yard into Bear and Minnie’s Many Adventures.

When I first started playing golf quite a few years ago, the game was more often the butt of jokes rather than the prestigious sports competition it is today, with its million-dollar payoffs and extended television coverage.

Don’t bother boasting about your frequent flyer miles around Tesh Rao, because you will wind up feeling grounded compared to his travels. 

Searching for a job right now might not make sense to many people. The market feels volatile. If you have a job, it may not feel like the right time to take a risk and switch jobs. However, I would encourage you to keep your eyes open. There are companies hiring and onboarding new employees,…

After 23 years with the Women’s National Basketball Association, Bridget Pettis retired from the sport and launched a new adventure – Project Roots. This nonprofit strives to grow healthy, organic food and share it with the community with a goal of helping people live a healthier life.

Most people come to Flagstaff for its outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking and skiing. However, this picturesque northern Arizona mountain town also has a ton of history and culture that you can experience by taking a stroll or a self-led walking tour downtown. 

A unique art piece has a new home at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Electro-Symbio Phonics for Phoenix, by international artist Nam June Paik, was initially commissioned by the City of Phoenix in 1992 for America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena).

Necessity is the proverbial “mother of invention” for the entrepreneurial duo Michael and Kathryn Romley, who became sweethearts at Arizona State University in 1994. They are the owners of two companies; Sipforia, which focuses on enhancing the coffee drinking experience with a product calle…

With its easily recognizable red plastic frame and magical flat gray screen, the Etch A Sketch holds its place in history. Entertaining across generations, the mechanical drawing toy was once a must-have for family road trips, rainy days and indoor playdates. Some fresh takes on the famous c…

Did you know there are more than 550 species of birds in Arizona? That may be hard to believe, since it seems like we mostly see pigeons and mourning doves, with an occasional cactus wren. But our diverse biomes help put us third on the list of states with the largest number of species.

Mid-century modern design continues to be a popular style for homes, and many collectors like to capture that look in their kitchens.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on Monday, October 5. In honor of the event, Arcadia News spoke with Deborah Smith Johnston of Keystone Academy – an international boarding school in Shunyi, Beijing – to find out how this special day came about.

In honor of Oktoberfest and all the local events that probably won’t be happening this year (thanks a lot, COVID-19!), I decided to take matters into my own hands and attempt something I’ve never done before: brewing beer.

Three AHS junior football and basketball players made sure to stay busy during the quarantine summer. Brad Gooch, Jack Spiekerman and Brandon Austin started Valley Window Cleaners, a window washing company that serves the Arcadia neighborhood and surrounding areas. The business has allowed t…

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Tortilla Flat is a historic unincorporated community in a mountain passage near the Salt River in the Superstition Mountains. It’s entangled in the history of Phoenix and many legends of the Old West.

In August, Arcadia Girl Scout Troop 312, composed primarily of Veritas Prep students, worked on their Bronze Award. Their mission was to collect 1,000 K-8 books to donate to the United Methodist Outreach Ministries, which focuses on preventing and ending homelessness. The girls reached their…

While most of us are accustomed to using the internet to purchase things, the pandemic has made shopping, ordering food and discovering new places online much more prevalent. 

In times of crisis, the need for medical care and supplies can skyrocket, and for many, that’s where the real challenge lies. This is where organizations like Flights for Life and Angel Flight come in. 

Internships are an essential part of a college education. They allow students to test out their skills and to dip their toes into a future career. They can also help confirm interest in one field. Or they can help redirect attention to a new field.

Back-to-school traditions didn’t feel very traditional this year, and parents are trying to figure out how to roll with all of the unpredictability. One issue that many parents are trying to navigate is their involvement in remote learning. 

Inspired by music, Leland Cline moved to Phoenix with dreams of starting a band. When he realized that wasn’t in the cards, he went back to his roots in the restaurant industry and opened the Ranch House Grille, one of the Valley’s hidden gems on Thomas Road and 56th St. Leland sat down to s…

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in the case of Justin Bayless, that couldn’t be truer.

It might be hard to believe, but COVID-19 can have an upside. The pandemic has ushered in a new paradigm for learning. There are now countless ways for people, and specifically seniors, to keep their neurons firing with just the click of a button. Here are some ideas to help stretch the mind…

Families across the country spent a night without a bed in June to raise money to protect children from homelessness. This inaugural event was held virtually by Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, an organization that “rescues first-time homeless families from the streets and provides emergen…

As collectors, we require a valid certificate of authenticity to prove that art, signed posters or autographs are authentic. A COA is similar to maker’s marks, branded furniture and stamped or molded designs or symbols that not only identify the item but add a possible “guarantee” to the val…

Grandparents can play a huge role in many people’s lives, and Arcadia area resident Edgar Rider acknowledges these strong family ties in his new book 5990: Tribute Story about Grandparents. 

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If you know anything about Jim Fox, it’s probably that he was once a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. What you might not know, however, is that he’s also an accomplished watercolorist and that he’s helped his daughter-in-law, Phoebe Fox (sometimes lovingly known by her fa…

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Randy Williams and his company cultivated a special relationship with the Arcadia neighborhood. Located at 48th St. and Indian School Road, W.R. Williams came to be known as a trusted name in jewelry. Countless marriage proposals had their sparkling beginnings forged at their glass countertops. 

New non-medical fabric masks are in stock at Art One Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale. Created by local Arizona artist Deborah McMillion-Nering, the masks are 5x4 inches and are $20 each. For more: artonegalleryinc.com. 

Over the last five years, Kidz 4 Causes has become a fairly well-known name in the community, due to their focus on fundraising for the Phoenix-based TGen Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. Since the start of the program, Kidz 4 Causes has raised over $141,000 for TGen.

There are times, due to a lack of foresight and clear thinking, when a seemingly good plan becomes a bad idea. As an example, I cite my recent endeavor for visiting all five of Utah’s national parks. Utah is close by, so it seemed like a logical adventure. Then, while checking my map, I obse…

Eight years ago, Eva Hofstedt decided to open her own business and become part of Arcadia’s well-known restaurant industry. Through trials and tribulations, The Stand has become a staple in the neighborhood and shows no signs of slowing down. Arcadia News caught up with Eva to see where this…

Arcadia couple Bernard and Vicki Levi will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. Although they have a celebratory weekend getaway planned, Vicki was able to gift Bernard with something even bigger and more important: her kidney.

Combining the exhilaration of running with the satisfaction of giving back to the community proved to be a winning combination for three Phoenix teens. Brophy Prep students Jackson Moran and Charlie Fallon, along with Jamie Stelnik of Xavier Prep, brainstormed a creative way to do both durin…

Known for its deep-fried food, Pete’s has satisfied the cravings of locals and visitors across the Valley for 73 years. It was founded by Indianapolis native Peter Grant Jr., a World War II PT boat skipper, NBA basketball player and international golf champion, not to mention a big fan of En…