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Scottsdale Update - Dec. 8, 2016


Watch the Scottsdazzle holiday tree come to life in this time lapse video. Scottsdazzle events continue through December.


Council to interview city manager candidates, possibly extend offer tonight. The field of candidates for Scottsdale's city manager position doubled to six finalists. Joseph L. Lessard, former assistant city manager of Austin, Texas, joins the pool. The City Council will host a special public meeting at 5 p.m. tonight (Dec. 8) to hear from the candidates who were not previously interviewed. The council may extend a job offer to its top choice at the meeting. Tonight's meeting will be at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., and it will be televised/live streamed on Scottsdale Video Network.


Via Linda senior center hosts gallery-themed art show. Artwork by the Via Linda senior center's students and instructors will be on display at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Admission is free with one canned food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank.


Holiday Lights returns to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Dec. 9-Jan. 1. Take a train ride through festive holiday lights and displays which turn the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. Opening night festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and include a tree lighting, entertainment and a visit from a special guest - you know who! Watch this.


Arizona Game & Fish present free program at Pinnacle Peak Park. "Sonoran Desert Life" explores the fascinating ways that animals and plants adapt and thrive to live and survive in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. All ages welcome. Registration is required; call the park at 480-312-0990.


Browse the city calendar for more events.


Reduce your winter water use and save. Scottsdale Water calculates sewer fees based on winter water use. Reducing your use during December, January and February will help you save money all year long.


Ladder falls top injuries during holiday decorating. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 13,000 people are treated annually in emergency rooms nationwide during November and December from injuries related to holiday decorations. Follow these safety tips.


"No Burn" days put into effect for important reasons. Smoke from wood burning fireplaces and outdoor chimineas pose health risks. Maricopa County also risks falling out of compliance with federal health standards, which could mean more burdensome and costly federal regulations. As a general practice, try using these alternatives: natural gas logs, retrofitted fireplaces (if available), electric fireplaces; TV "streamed" fireplace scenes.


Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Senior library program explores the basics of electronics, Dec. 10 and 15. Electrical buffs will want to tune in this month when Scottsdale libraries host free programs on the Arduino system. The first Arduino was introduced in 2005, aiming to provide a low cost, easy way to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. Get specific times and locations on the library's events page.


Austrian violinist Gideon Lapid presents an afternoon of family holiday music. This free event is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Get more information by visiting the library's events page.


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