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The Arcadia neighborhood Fourth of July Parade is back! Join neighbors on Sunday, July 4 at 8 a.m. on Jokake and Calle Tuberia. The Military Order of the Purple Hearts will sing the National Anthem, and Troop 6 Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Neighbors and families are encoura…

If there was one word to describe Gary Lasko, it would be passionate. The passion he has for his hobbies, loved ones and his position at Stockyards Restaurant and 1889 Saloon is evident, but his joy for life is almost addicting. Lasko has been in the business for over 50 years – and he knew …

Five years after Navy SEAL Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in action in Iraq, his family continues to honor his legacy with the C4 Foundation – a charity dedicated to providing resources and support for active duty SEALs and their families.

For someone who says he didn’t have a plan, Bill Byron’s career worked out quite well. 

Summers in Phoenix mean lots of outdoor grilling and poolside snacking. I love to take advantage of the beautiful produce that is in season during these months. Crops picked at their peak of ripeness are more nutrient-dense and also better tasting. Here are three fun summer recipes to enjoy …

In the appraisal world, we encounter all sorts of people and situations when a valuable item causes strife in families. One issue we have seen in recent appraisals is when one family member wants this, and another wants that, but they turn their backs on each other and never speak again if t…

Storied retreat center to undergo renovations

Arizona has always had a spirited reputation. Cowboys, gunslingers, card players, prospectors and entrepreneurs seem to pair perfectly with the desert backdrop. What might not seem like such an obvious pairing is Arizona and wine.

Arcadia resident Terrah Hancock recently published her first book titled It Never Took: A Memoir, which documents the abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents and family.

From 1999 to 2019, nearly 500,000 people died in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. While this statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is heartbreaking, there is hope in curbing this crisis. And it begins with places like Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center whic…

Arizona natives Josh Katz and Sheldon Wiley, along with their partner Moe Murillo, have taken the concept of the seedy, underground Prohibition-era speakeasy and upgraded it with their latest project called 36 Below. The modern cocktail lounge is located at 36th St. and Indian School below S…

A quiet spring night in May was suddenly interrupted by the yells, whoops and cheers of Arcadia’s Little League teams as they took to the baseball field at Ingleside Middle School for the last hurrah of the season, otherwise known as the Home Run Derby.

Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.

This Fourth of July will be packed with fun as many events and places are now open for business. Check out these venues for a safe and memorable time for the entire family.

The Valley of the Sun is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, and when newcomers arrive they inevitably begin exploring their surroundings and often ask “what is that thing?” Here are some answers to those inquiries.

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On our current episode of Arcadia Podcast, we welcomed award-winning journalist Sam Lowe. His name may look familiar, as Sam is our resident On the Lowe Road columnist, composing stories of his travels and interesting finds here in Arizona.

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Phoenix residents Paul and Kathy Donaldson made a promise to Kathy’s dying sister, Patty Neroni, that they would do one good deed a day in her memory. To fulfill that promise, they formed Arizona Helping Hands, and since 1998 the nonprofit continues to accomplish its mission.

Black Cat Coffee House, located at 48th St. and Indian School Road, is hosting a food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. Participants can drop off non-perishable food items at the shop. The drive will run through June 7 everyday until 8 p.m.

Dave Rowe spent 35 years as a music educator and molder of young minds before retiring in June 2020. This decision didn’t sit right with his former students, so they reached out to him earlier this year to gauge his interest in starting a jazz band.

There was a time when the railroad depot was an exciting spot to visit. They were places where locomotives filled the air with steam and loud belching sounds, while strangers peered from the windows of passenger cars. They also had a lot of ambiance. The sound of the telegraph key, clicking …

Good thing that Martha Fogler took four years of Spanish in high school, as it would come in handy years down the road when she became a tireless volunteer and advocate for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) – a charity that provides homes to orphaned and abandoned …

The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.

Look out, America’s Got Talent, a new competition is in town – although the contestants aren’t human. Chicken’s Got Talent is the brainchild of Chickens.org, a local nonprofit whose mission is to combat malnutrition and poverty through education and the promotion of sustainable food choices.

Fourth-grader Boden Bindley has more than just schoolwork on his mind these days. Last year, when his Phoenix Country Day School class was learning about wolves, Boden immersed himself in the topic. He enjoyed learning about the animal so much that he wrote and published a children’s book ca…

Tucked away inside downtown Phoenix’s historic Heritage Square on 6th St. and Monroe stands a jewel known as the Rosson House. This Victorian and Eastlake classic home was officially opened to the public in 1980 and has since found its way onto the National Register of Historic Places. For o…

Just 92 miles north of Phoenix, in the heart of the Verde Valley, is the town of Clarkdale. Originally founded as a modern copper smelting town for the employees of the mines in nearby Jerome and their families, it has evolved into a quaint and charming place for art, history, alfresco dinin…

Arcadia resident Kira Brown always loved to sing. In school, she played the clarinet but dreamed of being on the stage. So, when the self-proclaimed late-bloomer turned 23, she enrolled herself in private singing lessons, and the dream took off from there. Brown and her music partner Scotty …

Give in to the wanderlust! Families, couples, and those looking to get away can explore and become one with nature by forgoing the classic resort staycation and staying somewhere unconventional. Check out a few uncommon spots to rest your head.

A new café has made a promise to its patrons: “We are good people doing good things to support and inspire other good people doing good things.”

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Seth Landau is working hard to conserve the purity of some of Phoenix’s most beautiful and popular hiking destinations. Over the last year, he noticed an increase in trash along the hiking trails on Piestewa Peak and the greater Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

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Summer is here, and that means school’s out, the kids are home and snack requests are at an all-time high. With a bit of planning and prepping, families can have plenty of yummy and healthy food to keep them energized at any time of day.

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Fourth-grader Dorothy Zhou has been expressing herself through art since kindergarten, and her artistic talents were rewarded last month when she won Best in Show in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Art Contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Fourteen-year-old Arcadia resident and Phoenix Country Day School student Mia Lovell can now add actress to her lengthy resume of accomplishments. Mia, an expert skateboarder, recently garnered a part in the movie The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, which Amazon released earlier this year.

Hospice of the Valley’s latest project, a dementia care and education campus, has plans to open in phases in early October 2021. The education center will open first with classes, a café and a community support group. Located on 44th St. south of Indianola, the campus will include dementia i…

In March, Junior Scouts from Arcadia Troop 4352 initiated a community service project that distributed a cornucopia of community-donated items to senior residents at Arcadia Assisted Living. The project resulted in the troop receiving the Girl Scout Cactus-Pine Council Bronze Award, the high…

Between palm trees and a patch of bare land on the north shore of Hawaii’s most populous island, Oahu, stands a giant wooden carving of the head of a Native American. The carving is the final giant head in a collection of massive sculptures created by Hungarian-born artist Peter Wolf Toth.

From the cotton and wheat fields in Tucson to the flashing lights of Las Vegas, native Arizonan Chef Jeremy Pacheco has had his fair share of experience in the food industry. Pacheco started working in the kitchen as a teen – to save money to buy a car – and his career evolved into multiple …

Shannon Keller grew up in a large, lively family that she credits as shaping who she is today. One of six children and fourth in line, she learned early on to roll with the punches. Literally!

An old question recently resurfaced: Should high school seniors go straight to college, or should they enter the workforce first?