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Scottsdale Update - Dec. 15, 2016


You may not realize it, but there are hundreds of Scottsdale employees working around-the-clock to make sure you have clean, safe water and sewer services. Watch these videos to find out how water gets to your tap and what happens to it when it goes down the drain. You'll also learn how to be a good steward of this most precious resource.


City Council hires Jim Thompson as city manager. Thompson will begin his duties around Jan. 8, pending completion of an employment contract. He served as Casa Grande's city manager from 2003 until earlier this year where he oversaw city operations and a $175 million budget. He has 20 years' experience as a city manager, previously holding that position in Bothell, Washington, and Bullhead City, Arizona.


Scottsdale honors employees for performance and commitment to community. Assisting a single mother in crisis. Rescuing victims of domestic violence. Supporting LGBT issues through advocacy efforts and new events. Those are just some of the actions over the past year by Scottsdale employees.


"Scottsdale Shares" campaign assists with holiday donations. The Scottsdale Shares campaign provides one point of contact for residents, businesses and organizations seeking to assist those in need through donations or volunteer activities.


Holiday Lights continues at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Take a train ride through festive holiday lights and displays which turn the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. The train ride is $4 and the carousel ride is $2. Children two and younger ride free with a paying adult. Holiday Lights runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 1, excluding Dec. 24, 25 and 31. The park is at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. 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.


Scottsdazzle sizzles on the 17th. Another Scottsdazzle event takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Downtown Scottsdale. Enjoy a Cowboy Christmas from 1 to 4 p.m. in Old Town with themed-décor, entertainment, and free horse and carriage rides; Sugar Plum Avenue takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on 5th Avenue and includes shopping specials, entertainment, face painting and crafts; and Scottsdazzle concerts take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Waterfront.


Browse the city calendar for more events.


Evaluate regional bus stops. Valley Metro and the Maricopa Association of Governments are assessing all regional bus stops to create a comprehensive list of amenities -- such as benches, shelters and shade -- available for riders, including those with disabilities. Complete the brief survey by Friday, Dec. 23.


Two Scottsdale third graders' art featured in 2017 Cool Transit STUFF Calendar. Lexis Preparatory Academy's Finn Lawrence's piece is the November feature; and Copper Canyon Elementary School's Advika Vishwakarma's artwork earned an honorable mention. Their pieces were chosen from 584 entries from across the Valley. The winning artwork can be viewed in the 2017 calendar.


Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Fire department continues to take holiday donations. Drop off new, unwrapped toys through Thursday, Dec. 22, at any fire station. Residents donated more than 200 toys at the Rides for Toys event held earlier this month.


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