Donna on the Side at Arcadia 2007
by Donna Dye
The Arcadia Invitational takes place in the beautiful City of Arcadia on the ground of the Arcadia High School. Like Los Angeles is the city of Angels, Arcadia is the City of the Peacock. While many residents might like to see the peacock disappear, the peacock is part of Arcadia and will stay with Arcadia. The peacock was introduced to Arcadia by the daughter of the famous Santa Anita Rancher, E. J. "Lucky Baldwin." Since that time the peacock has settled and mutiplied in Arcadia to the dismay of many residents. You'll find them casually parading around the Arboretum including the parking lot. While they look beautiful and graceful, I'm told they are mean, often beg for food and may bit. So travel at your own risk around a peacock.
Other Arcadia Sights
There is more to see and do in Arcadia beside peacocks. For example, there is the LA Arboretum with the georgous gardens, plants, flowers, peacocks. There is also the Santa Anita Race Track. Here, you can enjoy the races, gardens and horses. Then, you can make a visit to the Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum.
Another of the Arcadia sights is the Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum. Here you will find the history of Arcadia including the lives of its citizens. The museum is a small and quaint collection of facts, artifacts, clothing, photos and more. The staff will guide you through the years and displays. I was interested in learing about the history of the Arcadia High School. While the museum didn't have high school memoriabilia, it did have a book entitled "Arcadia: Where Ranch and City Meet by Pat McAdam and and Sandy Snider that had a few pictures. All of these pictures are presented with permission of the Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum.
DONNA ON THE SIDE AT 2007 ARCADIA
Part 1 - the city
Part 2 - the wave
Part 3 - distance
Part 4 - sprints
Part 5 - relays
Part 6 - field