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Scottsdale Update for April 30, 2015

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • As weather heats up, obey hiking and hydration rules
  • Here’s an outlet for your unwanted electronics
  • Scottsdale well-represented at Road-E-O                
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Summer concert series sounds off Sunday at railroad park 
  • We’ve got a great Date Night idea! 
  • Check out these ongoing activities and events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • “Beat the Heat” program seeks donations 
  • Scottsdale public swim begins Saturday
  • Registration begins Monday for summer lifelong learning & leisure classes
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Learn how “cool roofs” reduce energy use May 7
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


As weather heats up, obey hiking and hydration rules
Play it safe when hiking. Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your cellphone. Tell friends and family where you’re heading and when you plan on returning. If you are thinking of bringing your dog with you, remember that it, too, can suffer from heat stress. Learn the signs of heat stress.

Here’s an outlet for your unwanted electronics
Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment. Recycling and reuse of these electronic items prevent them from reaching landfills, which creates less waste and provides usable items to organizations that need them.

Scottsdale well-represented at Road-E-O

The city had some of the state’s top talent during the Arizona truck Road-E-O event earlier this month. The Arizona Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America hosts the annual driving and safety competition for municipal workers. The contest includes a written exam, preflight inspection test and a challenging obstacle course. Fleet Management’s Chris Bock earned the “Top Gun” award for highest cumulative score and will represent Arizona at the International Road-E-O this fall. In addition Solid Waste truck operators Tony Robles captured third place in the “Automated Side Loader” division and Robert Casillas took home third place in the “Rear Loader” division. Contact Solid Waste Management at 480-312-5600 for more information.

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Summer concert series sounds off Sunday at railroad park 
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concertslinks to external site every Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 3 through July 5. Bring a blanket or chair and hear a variety of favorite local bands. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children younger than 3 ride free with a paying adult. Food will be available for purchase. The park is at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.

We’ve got a great Date Night idea! 
Are you running out of fun and creative date night ideas? Here’s something new. Scottsdale Stadium is hosting Date Night for the 21 and older crowd from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 8. Grab your sweetie and enjoy stadium tours and a movie – bring a blanket! Gourmet food truck fare and libations will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Scottsdale Cares. For more information, call 480-312-0217.

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.            
  • 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. Free.
  • 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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“Beat the Heat” program seeks donations 
The Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide Beat the Heat care packages for Scottsdale’s isolated, frail and homebound seniors each June. Donations are being accepted for these items: new reusable water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks (Ensure/Bounce regular and no sugar, Gatorade), bottled water, small healthy snack items (pretzels, raisins, protein bars), unused personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery store gift cards for a minimum of $35. Drop off your donations at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, by Friday, June 5. For more information, contact Human Services Specialist Leslie Lory at 480-312-8465 or visit the website.

Scottsdale public swim begins Saturday
Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers are open for unstructured swimming Saturdays and Sundays starting May 2. Public swim hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at all three facilities. On Sundays, McDowell Mountain Ranch and Eldorado are open 1 to 5 p.m. and Cactus is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekday lap swimming continues through May at the aquatic centers. Learn more.

Registration begins Monday for summer lifelong learning & leisure classes
Scottsdale’s Leisure Education is changing it up this summer. We have new classes and opportunities from baby to boomer whether you are looking to try an activity with your kids, stay fit or pick up a new hobby. Registration begins for residents at 7 a.m. Monday, May 4. Non-residents can register at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 6.

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

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Learn how “cool roofs” reduce energy use May 7
Did you know that 43 percent of all electricity consumed in Phoenix metro area homes is used for air conditioning? Learn about cool roofing strategies from solar reflective surfaces to radiant barriers and attic ventilation techniques at a Green Building lecture. The free program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Cool roofs reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. 

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 #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of May 4.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of May 11.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of May 18.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of May 25.

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