One of my favorite memories of growing up was hopping off the bus, careening down the half-mile-long gravel driveway and bursting through the front door to see what delicious snacks awaited me after a long school day. I always hoped there would be peanut butter Rice Krispies treats. Of course, I wouldn’t turn down the brownies or cookies, either. On that note, happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms out there!

This month, we focused on all things outdoors – perfect spots for picnicking, where to brunch for Mother’s Day, Veritas’ Music Festival and Arcadia High’s Agora event. 

I channeled my athletic side for this month’s Things We Tried feature and experienced my first archery lesson with Papago Archery Association. When I showed up at the range, a couple of people were practicing for the Papago 900 Spring Shoot that happened in April. The pair wore all the bells and whistles of professional archers, and my first thought was, “Oh no, I am not prepared for this.”

Thankfully, Coach Kevin Ikegami was there to talk me through the process and share the history of the association. I learned that at the Spring Shoot, there was a 7-year-old AND a 100-year-old participant. Archery is truly a sport for all ages. I am proud to mention that I shot three arrows into the bullseye area! 

As summer approaches, we’re looking forward to all the fun activities and stories coming our way – we can’t wait to share them with you! Have a beautiful May, and thank you for reading the Arcadia News. 

— Mallory Gleich