The Arcadia Leadership Academy is a free, interactive civic education program for Arcadia residents 18 years and older who are interested in becoming better acquainted with City operations. The purpose of the program is to provide an interesting perspective into the workings of Arcadia, to develop civic leadership, and to build a stronger community through well-informed and engaged residents. The Academy takes place in the evening over a period of nine weeks, the first session begins Sept. 11. Each class features a presentation by top City staff and ample opportunity for discussion and questions. Some sessions also include a tour of the facility being discussed.