One Three Dog-gone good Night


Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton noted to the audience at Arcadia Performing Arts Center Saturday that in the mid-1960s he and co-founder Cory Wells began their rock band career by playing at high schools. And here they were, nearly half-a-century later, back at a high school campus again on Jan. 10, 2015. The L.A.-based band was playing to an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of more than 1,000 mostly baby boomers, many of whom … [Read more...]

Fund AHS Alum’s Art School Dreams

Emily Zheng

Arcadia High School alumni Michelle Kim decided at the beginning of this year to stop attending University of Southern California to pursue what she loves: art. She hopes to one day share her passion with the world by working in film and television programs, but in order to take the next step in becoming a professional artist, Michelle must expand her skills by attending the Art Center College of Design this spring. However, unfortunate events … [Read more...]

Shuttle diplomacy in Arcadia


There's a lot of pride in showing off your town to visitors and having them express genuine interest and gratitude. Some of us had that opportunity this last weekend when a handful of us representing the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce (Vicki Knight, Bill Hacket, Lisa Ferrick and myself) and Arcadia Historical Society (Bev Street and myself) decided to ride back and forth for several hours on the City of Arcadia's shuttle buses from Downtown … [Read more...]

East creates Arcadia Wild West?

Scott Hettrick

"In a conspiracy like this, you build from the outer edges and go step by step. If you shoot too high and miss, everybody feels more secure. You've put the investigation back months." - Deep Throat to Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men." Bloomberg Business Week, the same magazine that in 2008 and 2009 named Arcadia the Best City in California to Raise Kids, published a lengthy article on Oct. 15, 2014, describing Arcadia as a haven … [Read more...]

Going One Direction to diverse music

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My wife Betty and I may have been the only people in their 50s at one of the recent concerts of One Direction at the Rose Bowl who were there without teen or pre-teen kids with us. Many parents didn’t even bother going in the stadium that was filled with 60,000 fans on three consecutive nights, choosing instead to lie around on the golf course-turned-parking lot for several hours eating and drinking like it was a tail-gate party, or to hang out … [Read more...]

AHS: Your Challenge Went Too Far


Don’t get me wrong: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a great fundraising strategy. It has raised awareness of the disease to people all over the globe and has brought a total of $112.4 million as of September 12. However, when you're living in California with one of the most severe droughts on record, you should probably think again before doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. During the annual Arcadia High School All-School Assembly on … [Read more...]

Making history: Walk of Champions

Scott Hettrick

Fifty-four years ago a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 1960. It quickly became world famous and remains one of the most popular tourist attactions to this day, with new stars regularly added. A groundbreaking ceremony and activities for the Arcadia Historical Society's new Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the heart of Downtown Arcadia on First Avenue, … [Read more...]

Free Fun Flute Club starts Oct. 19

Emily Zheng

Come join Fun Flute Club’s fourth year with free weekly group lessons for elementary school flute students enrolled in their school’s music program! The last three years were amazing. Thank you to the community's continued support! I am looking forward to another great year. Some of Fun Flute Club’s goals are to help elementary school music students master flute technique and tonality, develop a passion for music, and build confidence in … [Read more...]