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Scottsdale Update for April 17, 2014


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HEADLINE NEWS ( go to this topic )
  • Recycling makes cents
  • Deadline nears for Photo Challenge
  • Equipment available for neighborhood cleanups 
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE ( go to this topic )
  • Learn how to keep kids safe around water at April Pools Day 
  • Check out ongoing events
GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT ( go to this topic )
  • Registration available for April 26 citywide litter pickup
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE ( go to this topic )
  • Protect your identity at upcoming document shredding events
  • Be cool with water from your pool
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
PROGRAMS FOR YOU ( go to this topic )
  • Check out Parks and Recreation’s summer class listing
  • Learn about the economic value of going green with your home
  • CityCable 11 airs program on economy and employment trends
  • “Understanding the LGBT Experience” topic of April 24 discussion
FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE ( go to this topic )
  • A listing of city events and programs scheduled in the coming weeks

HEADLINE NEWS

Recycling makes cents
Recycling benefits us all by preserving landfill space and by recovering and reusing non-renewable resources – and it also makes economic sense. By participating in Scottsdale's Curbside Recycling Program, residents can lower the city's cost of providing residential solid waste services. Lower costs mean lower service fees to residents. Since its inception in 1996, the recycling program has diverted more than 443,288 tons of material from the landfill. The cumulative savings to our residential customers through the sale of recyclables and the avoided cost of discarding this material is $18.1 million.

Deadline nears for Photo Challenge
We’re looking for your pictures of people enjoying life in Scottsdale – whether it’s hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, biking the Greenbelt, working in the Scottsdale Airpark, shopping Downtown, or relaxing in one of our diverse neighborhoods. Submit your photographs to the Scottsdale Life Photo Challenge at Capture My Arizona through Sunday, April 20. The challenge is sponsored by Scottsdale’s draft 2014 General Plan, and entries may be used to help illustrate the final document. Two winners will be selected from among the photos submitted, and each winning photographer will receive two tickets to a performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The photo challenge runs during the public comment period for Scottsdale’s draft 2014 General Plan. A citizen task force of residents, business owners and other stakeholders has been working with the community and staff to update the Scottsdale General Plan since December 2012.

Equipment available for neighborhood cleanups
It’s spring and the weather’s fantastic!  Grab a pair of work gloves, your neighbors, and borrow a trailer loaded with landscape tools for a neighborhood cleanup.  There’s also a roll off dumpster available to put yard waste in and we’ll haul it away for free. With your approved application, the city will deliver the equipment on a Friday and pick it up on Monday. You must have a minimum of five households or at least five volunteers involved, and we require two weeks advance notice.

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

Learn how to keep kids safe around water at April Pools Day
No fooling – let’s keep our kids safe around water. Scottsdale’s free “April Pools Day” event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. The goal is to educate children and families to prevent drowning. The event includes raffles and prizes, as well as exhibits and water safety demonstrations.

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.
  • Artisan Markets – Various vendors showcase locally made and grown products at this Downtown Scottsdale market. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, SouthBridge at the 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. 
  • Old Town Farmers Market – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through May, 3806 N. Brown Ave.
  • 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.
  • 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 eNewsletter. 

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GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT

Registration available for April 26 citywide litter pickup
Volunteers are invited to keep local roadways clean and scenic as part of the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful event on Saturday, April 26. Residents and businesses that have adopted a road are encouraged to pick up litter on this day. Not part of the city’s Adopt-a-Road program? You’re welcome to join in the effort on a one-time basis. Trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves are provided to registered groups.

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

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AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE

Protect your identity at upcoming document shredding events
Protect your identity by attending the Saturday, April 26, shredding event. The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association hosts the shred event from 7 to 10 a.m. at Walmart, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. A $3 per bag or box suggested donation benefits the association’s outreach programs. Contact Officer Craig Abernethy for more information.

Be cool with water from your pool
When you drain your swimming pool, it’s best to use that water for irrigating your landscape. However, if your landscape can't tolerate the chlorine, remember to drain the water down your sewer cleanout and not into the street. Doing so creates a hazard for your neighbors, tears up the streets and sidewalks, and is not good for the environment.

Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
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. on Monday the week of scheduled service: 

  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of April 21.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of April 28.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of May 5.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of May 12.  

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PROGRAMS FOR YOU

Check out Parks and Recreation’s summer class listing
Grow your passion or find new ones through Scottsdale recreation classes. Check out the offerings online now. Scottsdale residents can register for most classes beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Learn about the economic value of going green with your home
Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. What do you really know about your prospective home’s operating costs? How do you decide whether to invest in energy improvements? How can you maximize the return on your investment if you make those improvements? Four industry experts will share their knowledge about this topic at a free Green Building Lecture. It will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. RSVPs are not needed.

CityCable 11 airs program on economy and employment trends
Learn about job trends and economic impact of employment by watching Scottsdale Forward 2014. Economic development experts will share information about:

  • The top sources for new jobs are in Arizona
  • What jobs have rebounded since the recession
  • What's in store for employment in the Valley of the Sun
  • The local economic impact of major special events

Understanding the LGBT Experience topic of April 24 discussion
Understanding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Experience is the topic of the Thursday, April 24, installment of Scottsdale’s Civil Dialogue Series. The free event takes place at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Library auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Members of the LGBT community living and working in the Valley will join attendees for an eye opening conversation on the challenges they face. Light refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not needed. Call 480-312-READ for more information. Get a preview of the program by watching this show.

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FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE

None listed. 

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