Full disclosure: I have been listening to Christmas music on and off for probably the last three months. There’s just something about a familiar tune that can make all the day’s drama fade away.

Arcadia’s Boy Scout Troop 6 recently recognized member Tanner McGeough for earning Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program. The designation, which only 4 percent of Scouts achieve, requires years of hard work and dedication.

Merry Christmas to your friends and my friends and people with no friends. To those who debate, create, grate, orate, and illustrate. To banjo plunkers and donut dunkers. And math test flunkers. To those who are nervous and those in the service. To professors, hairdressers, confessors and as…

If you’re hoping to stay out of the kitchen this December – or prefer someone else do the cooking – a few area eateries are offering holiday and New Year’s Eve specials.

Once a commercial banker, Jess Roman has gone from serving financial solutions to business owners to serving food and financial support to those most in need: the homeless population.

Happy Holidays, Arcadia! Even though December tends to be one of our busiest months, it’s also one of the most beautiful. Did you know that spending time in nature can improve your mood and reduce stress? And to get an even better bang for your buck, sitting directly on the earth (grass, san…

In the early 90s, if you were looking for teenagers Trent Martin or Ed Cox, you’d probably find them cruising around town on their skateboards. The pair loved their hobby so much that, as adults and after meeting Laura Martin, who advocated for Phoenix’s first skate park – they decided to cr…

The Tutu Project, a breast cancer-focused nonprofit that offers financial and emotional support to patients receiving care, didn’t actually start as a nonprofit. 

How do you react when you’re behind at work? So often, when this happens, it feels like the answer is to do more. Roll up your sleeves, work harder, push through it, stay up late and get up early. This can be effective if you’re doing something mindless, like unpacking boxes after a move. Bu…

If you’re looking for a place off the beaten path to do some shopping and enjoy some down-home holiday spirit, head to Miami, Arizona. About an hour and a half from downtown Phoenix, Miami is a classic Western copper boomtown with a rich mining and ranching history. 

Part of the holiday season means celebrating yearly family traditions, so Arcadia News reached out to the neighborhood and asked them to share some of theirs – here’s what they had to say!

On a cool Saturday morning in November, Arcadia kids of all ages made their way to the AZ Children’s Business Fair, held at Arcadia Park on 56th St. and Indian School Road. This year, 100 youngsters had the chance to turn their creative ideas into a reality.

After the success of their Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup chain, Phoenix brothers Aaron and Jared Pool are excited to open their new venture this winter. The duo has been in business together for nearly a decade and are preparing to open their latest establishment: a beer hall in Park Centra…

Not all cats can be domesticated. Some felines, including many feral cats rescued by the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), are simply not suited for life indoors. 

One could say that Chris French and Pat Jasmin know a lot about wine with both of them having been in the industry for a combined 20+ years. So when they decided to open a business together, they knew that drink would be the focus. Far Away Wine and Provisions, located at 32nd St. and Indian…

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Just an hour north of Phoenix lies a 60-acre property, lush with cottonwoods that create a cool canopy along a winding creek. Readers and viewers will often hear me say, “just off an Arizona Highway.” Well, in Mayer, The Creekside Lodge and Cabins really are just off the highway. Turn off St…

November is one of those months that fills me with a sense of pride. Sure, we have the Fourth of July and Memorial Day in May – but there’s just something about Veterans Day that makes me proud of our country and the folks who risked their lives to ensure we can keep our freedom.

Their mission is powerful, and for the past ten years, their cause has helped over 100,000 children and their families – 20,000 in the last year alone – in various school districts across Arizona. Feed Our Students USA aims “to bring community resources together to develop and implement a su…

Some people can’t wait for Fridays – and dread the “Sunday scaries” that eventually lead to Monday. Greg Hoyt is not one of those people. He looks forward to the start of a new week and the opportunity to return to work.

The holidays are upon us, which means busy weeks, weekends and healthy routines are probably going out the window. With a little extra planning, folks can continue to exercise and eat right so that when January starts, they are energized for the new year. P.S. YouCare-SelfCare wellness class…

As the holidays approach, there are Valley organizations working hard to support those in need. From family charities to animal rescue groups, there are many opportunities to get involved in meaningful causes and show support. Here are a few nonprofits that could use some assistance in makin…

Following the temporary closing of their youth sports league, Arcadians Katrina and David Alfaro and their son, Deuce, decided to flip the script and try something new. And with how much David loves to shop, finding their next venture was easy. 

One of the best ways to experience the multitude of culture and history within the Grand Canyon State is with the museums offered across Arizona. Here are a few familiar – and maybe not-so-familiar – places folks can visit. 

Among Arizona’s historical accounts are various individuals from bygone days who contributed, in one way or another, to the state’s lore and legend. Some are easily recalled, like Senator Barry Goldwater, Rex Allen and Billy the Kid. But others have faded into the dusty pages of time, once w…

Thanksgiving conjures up images of families gathered together, kids running into – and out of – the kitchen, lots of laughs and lots of food. Maybe you want someone else to do the cooking this year. If so, we’ve got a list of some – not all, but some – restaurants and businesses offering Tur…

In 2013, Walmart pledged to spend $250 billion over 10 years on products made, grown or assembled in the United States. In 2021, they upped that number to $350 billion and hope to achieve that by 2031.

The Phoenix Zoo has many different creatures, but elves are not one of them – unless it’s time for the cherished holiday display known as Zoolights! A six-person crew is working diligently to bring the magic of a few million twinkle lights to visitors, with an opening date of November 23. 

In September, the City of Phoenix Transportation Department proposed a change to Thomas Road from 48th St. to 52nd St. Currently, this section of Thomas Road has two westbound lanes and three eastbound lanes. 

Eager to get into the holiday mood? Look no further than Old Town Scottsdale and its annual month-long festival, known as Scottsdazzle, which runs from November 26 through December 31 and provides various holiday-themed activities and fun for the whole family. 

For Arizona-transplant Teri Friedland, owner and founder of Pink Ribbon 360, the expression “it takes a village” is more than true for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Through her business, she’s made it her goal to better the lives of survivors. 

There are a couple of reasons why October is my favorite month, but the main one is that there are so many events – pumpkin patches, balloon launches and haunted houses, anyone? Every year around this time, the calendar is packed – don’t worry, we included a few Halloween-themed events in th…

Hospice of the Valley is proud to celebrate a special milestone this year. Forty-five years ago, in the fall of 1977, a group of volunteers founded our not-for-profit community hospice. We began with just a few patients, very few staff and virtually no funding. But our commitment to serving …

Arcadian Alyssa Gofonia-Dinowitz has always been a jack-of-all-trades. After moving to Arizona from Long Island as a kid, attending Xavier and ASU, then going back to NYC for a two-year acting program, Alyssa eventually made her way back to Phoenix. 

Unicorns have been a fascination throughout the ages. The mythical beings have symbolized human characteristics such as innocence, purity, boldness and positivity. Storytellers have long depicted their healing, nurturing powers. Little wonder, then, that Harmony Fulton says that the unicorn …

October is a great month to get organized for the holiday months ahead. Cleaning out the pantry is a good place to start. I encourage people to minimize processed foods as much as possible and go for products with five or fewer ingredients. Start reading the ingredients on food labels and tr…