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Scottsdale Update for Jan. 29, 2015




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  • Open, Super Bowl activities in full swing
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Senior Center hosts dance Friday
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Lifeguard classes start Tuesday
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Learn how to create edible landscapes at the Feb. 5 Green Building Lecture
  • Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day, Feb. 7
  • Find out how Scottsdale created the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


Open, Super Bowl activities in full swing
Arizona plays hosts to the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 – and much of the glitter, glam and festivities leading up to the NFL championship will be focused in Scottsdale. Meanwhile, the city is also hosting this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, where record crowds are possible.

Stay informed:              

  • For all things Super Bowl, visit Big Game in Scottsdale,links to external site a website hosted by the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau packed with details on events and activities.
  • Get the latest traffic information by following @DriveScottsdale.links to external site
  • The city’s information phone line at 480-312-CITY will carry the latest event, traffic and parking information.               
  • An interactive web map lists the latest traffic and parking conditions in Downtown Scottsdale.               
  • Avoid the crowds ... use the trolley: During peak event days, parking in Scottsdale will be at a premium. Park in an outlying lot and use Scottsdale’s free trolley service. It's a convenient way to travel to events and activities. Several trolley routes work together to connect resort corridors, special event locations and the downtown shopping and entertainment districts. The trolleys run daily on a convenient schedule and connect to the regional Valley Metro transportation system.  

Catch the football frenzy! If your goal is to tackle football-related fun, you won’t have to look far. Check out these events:

  • The Waste Management Phoenix Openlinks to external site continues through Sunday, Feb. 1, Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf and has earned the nickname “The Greatest Show on Grass.”
  • Fan Fest Scottsdalelinks to external site takes place through Sunday, Feb. 1, just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. It’s the spot where ESPN is broadcasting more than 120 hours of live programming. This free open-to-the-public event highlights Scottsdale’s unique elements including culinary activities, fashion shows, interactive gaming; entertainment; team lounges; and fan rallies.
  • The Entertainment District Experience runs Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, along Saddlebag Trail and Indian Plaza streets, just south of Camelback Road. Experience this lively street party from 11 to 2 a.m. daily showcasing numerous restaurants, bars and nightlife venues in a pedestrian-friendly, high-energy environment!
  • Hashknife Pony Express gallops into town at high noon, Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hashknife sculpture on Scottsdale’s Marshall Way Bridge. More than two dozen members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse participate in this 200-mile horseback trek from Holbrook delivering 20,000 letters by horseback.
  • The Big Game ArtWalklinks to external site is set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the downtown arts district. Enjoy Big Game artist exhibits, sports collectibles, live music and more
  • Learn about more eventslinks to external site associated with the Big Game.   

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Senior Center hosts dance Friday
The Via Linda Senior Center is hosting a “Swinging in the New Year” Dance at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the center, 10440 E. Via Linda. The event features live entertainment, refreshments and raffle prizes. Cost is $5 for residents; $7 for nonresidents. Register online using class code #112272.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:                        
  • Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.
  • Celebration of Fine Artlinks to external site – Watch art as it’s being created! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 29, housed in the big white tents southwest of Hayden Road and the Loop 101. 
  • Old Town Farmers Marketlinks to external site – local growers and specialty food producers, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 3806 N. Brown Ave., 602-290-5093.
  • Arizona's Singing Cowboylinks to external site – Enjoy western music and cowboy poetry, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, near Main Street and Brown Avenue in Old Town.
  • Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
  • Artisan Marketslinks to external site – Mini-festivals feature live music and locally-sold products, Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 10 to 4 p.m. through May, Downtown Scottsdale Waterfront.
  • ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District.     
  • Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850.
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes and educational programs – ongoing.
  • WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events. 
  • Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update e-newsletter. 
  • See more on the city's event calendar.  

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Lifeguard classes start Tuesday
Teens, are you looking for the perfect summer job? Become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. Lifeguard and swim instructor certification classes start in February and run through spring. Once you are certified, you can apply to work for the city. Get more information and sign up here.

Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
Get City Council meeting and agenda information

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Learn how to create edible landscapes at the Feb. 5 Green Building Lecture
Join urban gardeners as they share the benefits and “how-to's” of growing healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert. This free discussion takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Reservations aren’t necessary, but you can get more information here.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day, Feb. 7
Rid your home of unneeded electronics items at Scottsdale’s Electronics Recycling Collection Day. Accepted items include computer, office and entertainment equipment. This free program will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the city’s Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador.

Find out how Scottsdale created the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Twenty years ago this spring, Scottsdale voters approved a modest increase to the sales tax to buy land for the newly-established McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Now at 30,000 acres – with 4,000 acres yet to acquire – the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a citizen-driven point of pride for Scottsdale. Community historian and author Joan Fudala will describe what it took to create the preserve, and she will show what a passionate love story the preservation movement has been since the late 1980s. The program is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda.

Dispose of your brush and bulk
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service. Here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood:               

  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Feb. 2.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Feb. 9.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Feb. 16.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Feb. 23.

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