Accordion and sax hit high notes

Nick Ariondo (right)

Back by popular demand, classical composer and accordionist Nick Ariondo entertained more than 100 attendees at the most recent classical Kaleidoscope concert Wednesday, Nov. 19, presented by the Arcadia Public Library Foundation. The personable Ariondo offered amusing and informative anecdotes about many of the 12 numbers he played, ranging from concertos by such disprate composers as Vivaldi and  Artie Shaw to a Benny Goodman finale … [Read more...]

ACA gala another success


The Arcadia Chinese Association once again put on an enjoyable and entertaining annual fundraiser gala Nov. 1. President Francine Chiu and co-President Shelley Liu hosted the event wearing gorgeous gowns that would have been standouts on any red carpet. Among the dignitaries presenting certificates of appreciation were Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assembly Member Ed Chau (who lives in Arcadia), Mayor John Wuo, and Arcadia Chamber of Commerce … [Read more...]

Snow Fest and Santa Dec. 6


Breakfast with Santa and the annual Holiday Snow Festival, featuring 40 tons of snow and snow-related activities, returns Saturday, Dec. 6. Rain or shine the Snow Festival will go on from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, with many activities under tents.  The free public event will feature holiday entertainment, crafts, trolley train rides, dual sled runs and two snow play areas. Delicious food from the popular … [Read more...]

Christmas Market returns Dec. 6, 13 & 20

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Blowing snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Dickens Christmas carolers in Arcadia? The popular Downtown Christmas Market presented by the Arcadia Improvement Association in association with Arcadia’s Best Foundation returns for a second year on the first three Saturday evenings in December. First Avenue will be closed between Huntington Drive and Wheeler Street to allow you to stroll around the European-style Christmas Market from 5-9 p.m. … [Read more...]

Society brings Prince Erik to Arcadia


The Arcadia Historical Society brought royalty back to Arcadia at it's quarterly member program Oct. 23, 2014. City Clerk Gene Glasco played Prince Erik of Denmark in a program written by Society VP Carol Libby and  performed in front of about 60 dinner guests at the one-time home of the Prince on Santa Anita Avenue just north of Live Oak Avenue. Among the guests were Mayor John Wuo, City Council Members Sho Tay and Tom Beck, and former Mayors … [Read more...]

Soprano sings for her child at Library


Another wonderful evening of music at the Arcadia Public Library Sept. 17 with this month's free Kaleidoscope classic music concerts presented by the Arcadia Library Foundation featuring an eclectic mix of Aaron Copeland and French folk songs. The highlight of the program presented as always by violinst Paul Stein, a 30-year member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was soprano Amanda Squitieri. Not only is she a beautiful and emotive singer who … [Read more...]

Vanni wins prestigious award


Arcadian Gregory R. Vanni of the Pasadena firm Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell was one of several lawyers named Consumer Attorney of the Year Saturday for their work to improve the safety of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas. The case that drew national attention ended with a settlement in May 2014 after six years that resulted in new safety standards. The announcement was made Saturday night at the awards dinner as part of … [Read more...]

Transit plaza not waiting on train


With the opening of service at the new Gold Line train station still at least two or three years away, the City of Arcadia and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority opened the adjacent Arcadia Transit Plaza to the public Nov. 6. The triangular plaza on the northwest corner of First Avenue and Santa Clara Street, across from 24 Hour Fitness, fills the land space between the train station and the two-level 300-space parking … [Read more...]