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Scottsdale Update for Sept. 25, 2014

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Scottsdale captures more national recognition and awards 
  • Annual report highlights last year's achievements, this year's priorities
  • Upcoming Loop 101 traffic restrictions  
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Learn about Native American culture at annual recognition day Oct. 3
  • Scottsdale Stadium hosts first Arizona Fall League game Oct. 8 
  • Scottsdale International Film Festival runs Oct. 9-13
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Comment on trails ideas for McDowell Sonoran Preserve 
  • City seeks input on "community needs"
  • Visit a city recreation amenity Saturday for National Family Health & Fitness Day
  • Applications available for community assistance funds  
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Protect your identity at Saturday's document shredding event
  • Employment Symposium prepares teens to enter the workforce
  • Register for fall landscape workshops
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk 


Scottsdale captures more national recognition and awards
Besides being named the No. 1 city to take a selfielinks to external site and No. 3 for pet friendlinesslinks to external site, Scottsdale captured several more honors recently. They include:
  • Scottsdale’s high quality of parks and recreation services was reaffirmed recently when the department earned accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. Scottsdale was one of only four cities in the state to earn the honor. The city was one of the first in the nation to earn accreditation in 1994, and it has held that distinction for 20 years. Accreditation requires meeting or exceeding 36 fundamental service and operational standards. Agencies must also comply with an additional 92 performance measures. Learn more about our parks in this downloadable infographic (PDF/1Mb).
  • The city’s Brown’s Ranch Trailhead won an Arizona Forwardlinks to external site Environmental Excellence top honor – the Credscordia – in the site development and landscape category for parks and trails. The Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Parkway, was recognized for its design, which blends into the Sonoran Desert terrain and its renewable energy systems, which make it a “net zero energy” campus. The trailhead opened in spring 2013 and is a main entryway into the preserve’s unique northern areas.
  • Scottsdale was recognized by the National Research Centerlinks to external site with a “Voice of the People Award for Excellence” in two categories: economy, and recreation and wellness. Based on responses from the National Citizen Survey, residents report the highest levels of satisfaction with these two areas compared with responses from residents from other cities.
  • Scottsdale was recognized for its performance management efforts with a Certificate of Excellence from the ICMA Center for Performance Analytics.links to external site This means Scottsdale met or exceeded eight best practice criteria.                

Annual report highlights last year’s achievements, this year’s priorities
The “Report to Our Citizens” (PDF/1.52 Mb) is available online. The four-page report provides citizens with a snapshot of their government and its priorities, results and future challenges.

Upcoming Loop 101 traffic restrictions
Work continues to add lanes to the Loop 101 Pima Freeway between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. This week’s restrictions:

  • Loop 101 freeway ramps at Pima Road/90th Street will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 5. Those wanting to enter or exit the freeway at this location will have to use Shea Boulevard or Via de Ventura.

As part of the $72.7 million project, one lane in each direction will be added to the 11-mile stretch of road. A second northbound lane will be added between the Loop 202 interchange and McDowell Road. For the time being, all lanes will be open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.links to external site

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Learn about Native American culture at annual recognition day Oct. 3
The public is invited to learn about Native American culture at the 32nd annual Native American Recognition Days Opening Ceremony. The free event takes place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. This year’s theme is “Body, Mind and Spirit – Healthy in our Community.” Native American healing is based on the belief that everyone and everything on earth is interconnected, and every person, animal, and plant has a spirit or essence. Through this annual celebration, our connection with one another promotes positive community wellness and acknowledgment of one another. Event highlights include a continental breakfast, the Phoenix Oyate Singers, a flag raising ceremony, a Yaqui Deer Dancer Blessing and the Tsootro’s Hopi Dance Group. The commemoration began in 1982 as a way to share the culture and heritage of Native Americans.

Scottsdale Stadium hosts first Arizona Fall League game Oct. 8
Arizona Fall League baseball returns to Scottsdale Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Oct. 8 when the home team Scottsdale Scorpions host the Salt River Rafters. Former Fall League players include Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Derek Jeter. While at the stadium, visit the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame and concession stands. Individual adult game tickets are $7. Senior and children tickets are $6. The stadium is at 7408 E. Osborn Road.

Scottsdale International Film Festival runs Oct. 9-13
The Scottsdale International Film Festival runs Thursday-Monday, Oct. 9-13. The festival is a destination event and catalyst for connecting diverse filmmakers from around the world. This year’s festival will feature dozens of films from various nations at multiple times throughout the five-day run.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:

  • Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare – Haunted attraction, through Nov. 1, WestWorld.
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • See more on the city's event calendar.

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Comment on trails ideas for McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The city is seeking feedback on a draft trails plan for the Phase 2C area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This 3,100-acre area is located in the northernmost region of the preserve (see map). A trails users focus group worked with the city to draft the plan. Participate by attending one of two open houses: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road; or 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Parkway. Those who can’t attend the open houses can get more information and comment online.

City seeks input on “community needs”
The Community Assistance Office is seeking the public’s feedback on affordable housing and community development needs. Input will be considered for inclusion in the 2015-20 Consolidated Plan that the city will submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a communitywide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities. Those priorities align and focus funding from federal grant programs such as Community Development Block Grant and the Home Investment Partnership Program. The public can participate in a couple of ways:

  • Attend one of three open houses Thursday, Oct. 9:
    • 9:30 to 11 a.m., Horizon Community Center, Room A, 15444 N. 100th St.
    • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road
    • 5 to 7 p.m., Human Services Commission meeting, City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
  • Take an online surveylinks to external site

For more information, contact Community Assistance Manager Michelle Albanese at 480-312-2309.

Visit a city recreation amenity Saturday for National Family Health & Fitness Day
Celebrate National Family Health & Fitness Day Saturday, Sept. 27, by visiting one of the city’s many recreational amenities. The goal of the commemoration is to emphasize the importance of regular physical activity. Work outlinks to external site at one of our fitness centers, bike through the Indian Bend Wash, hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve or swim a lap in a pool. Before heading out, check the city’s parks web page for weather-related closures.

Applications available for Community Assistance funds
The city’s Community Assistance Office is inviting organizations to apply for funding for the 2015/16 fiscal year. To be considered, applicants must be a 501(c)3 or a city of Scottsdale program. Funds are available through a variety of sources, including:

  • Scottsdale Cares
  • City funded grants for public services (city General Funds)
  • Endowment funds
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME (Department of Housing and Urban Development funds)

An information meeting will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Those attending will need to print the appropriate documents ahead of time and bring them to the meeting – hard copies will not be available. Applications will be available beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30, on the Community Assistance website. The deadline to submit completed applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Contact Housing Coordinator Justin Boyd at 480-312-2479 for more information.

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

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Protect your identity at Saturday’s document shredding event
Protect your identity at a document shredding event this Saturday, Sept. 27. The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association hosts shredding events from 7 to 10 a.m. one Saturday a month, September through May, at Walmart, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. A $3 per bag or box suggested donation benefits the association’s outreach programs. For more information, contact Officer Craig Abernethy at 480-312-2894.

Employment Symposium prepares teens to enter the workforce

Students 14 to 18 years old are invited to a free, fun and educational Teen Employment Symposium. The program is available only to students who attend Scottsdale schools or live in the city. The two-day conference will be during fall break from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14-15. It takes place in the Scottsdale Community College Student Center’s Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Road.

Teens will learn:

  • Work readiness skills
  • Job search techniques
  • College and career strategies . . . and much more!

Employers will be on site to offer assistance and, in some cases, jobs!
Get more information and register online. 

Register for fall landscape workshops
Now is the perfect time to think about creating a beautiful landscape while conserving water. Registration is underway for the city’s fall landscape workshops, including plant selection and understanding your drip irrigation system. These free workshops are held throughout October and into November at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Advance registration is required.

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 Sept. 29.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Oct. 6.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Oct. 13.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Oct. 20.

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Get a complete list of Scottsdale events and public meetings.

Get a list of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts events. 

Get a list of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts events.

To reach Scottsdale Update, email Jan Horne or call 480-312-2636.

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