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Scottsdale Update for March 26, 2015

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  • Business news: “Work Scottsdale” initiative begins
  • Be aware of heat stress as weather warms
  • Snake sightings on the increase – follow these safety tips
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve Update: Be a trailblazer and attend opening of the Kovach Family Nature Trail               
  • Celebrate the season at the Spring ArtWalk April 2               
  • Navigate your way to the April 4 Ultimate Play Date               
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Recycling makes cents
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Fight roof rats – Citrus Drop Off Program ends Saturday               
  • Using smart technologies topic of April 2 Green Building Lecture               
  • Expo offers opportunities for summer and year-round employment
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


Business news: “Work Scottsdale” initiative begins
Local companies have consistently indicated the desire for additional support in recruiting top talent. To assist them, Scottsdale’s Economic Development Department created the "Work Scottsdale" initiative. It includes messaging campaigns delivered through social media, marketing and relocation materials for prospective workers, an online job search portal and participation in job expos in markets where labor with targeted skill sets are prevalent.

Be aware of heat stress as weather warms up
Temperatures are above average and climbing into the 90s. Learn how to identify and take action against heat stress. Symptoms include: heavy sweating, paleness, headaches, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing and rapid but weakened pulse rate. Tips to avoid heat stress:

  • When outdoors wear hats and sunscreen, and rest in shaded areas.
  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level.
  • Continue to drink fluids even after strenuous activity.
  • Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they dehydrate the body.
  • Avoid very cold beverages as they cause stomach cramps.
  • Limit exercise or outdoor activity between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak intensity.
  • Some medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, may increase the risk of heat related illness. Consult your physician if you have questions.

Snake sightings on the increase – follow these safety tips

Snake sighting increase as the weather warms. Treat all snakes with respect and always keep a safe distance – at least six feet. Never pick up a snake. If you or someone else is bitten by a poisonous snake, call 911 immediately. Here are other safety tips when you encounter a snake in a residential area:

  • Do not try to kill or capture the snake yourself.
  • If you or your pet is not in danger, leave the snake alone and allow it to make its way back into the desert.
  • If the snake is in your yard, and you are not comfortable waiting for it to return to its normal habitat, the Phoenix (602-550-1090) and Arizona (480-894-1625) Herpetological Associations are volunteer organizations that can relocate the snake.
  • If you are in an undeveloped area, such as the desert or a park, leave the snake alone. Restrain your pet until the snake moves on. Warn others in the area.

If you determine the snake is poisonous and it is located inside your home or garage, call the fire department’s non-emergency number at 480-312-8911. Be sure to watch the snake’s movement, as it cannot be relocated if it cannot be found. Get more snake safety tips.


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McDowell Sonoran Preserve Update: Be a trailblazer and attend opening of the Kovach Family Nature Trail
The public is invited to the official opening of the Kovach Family Nature Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The free event kicks off with an official ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, 124th Street north of Via Linda. The Kovachs donated money for the trail’s creation. The celebration continues through 2 p.m. with various activities including desert wildlife demonstrations, self-guided walks on the new trail, guided spring wildflower hike, scavenger hunts, the Singing Cowboy and raffles. Read the monthly edition of Preserve Update.

Celebrate the season at the Spring into the Arts ArtWalk April 2
The Scottsdale Arts District celebrates the season of awakening with the Spring into the Arts ArtWalk links to external sitefrom 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 2. You’ll find special treats along the ArtWalk route on the streets of beautiful downtown Scottsdale. ArtWalk is free and takes place every Thursday in the Downtown Arts District.

Navigate your way to the April 4 Ultimate Play Date
Get ready, kids! The third annual Ultimate Play Datelinks to external site takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, outside Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library. With eight play zones full of interactive activities for families, the Ultimate Play Date is the Valley’s largest free event dedicated to children 8 and younger. Community partners from all over Scottsdale also will be on-site to share services and resources.

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.
  • San Francisco Giants Spring Traininglinks to external site – Various dates through March, Scottsdale Stadium, tickets - 1-877-473-4849.
  • 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. 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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Recycling makes cents
Recycling benefits us all by preserving landfill space and by recovering and reusing non-renewable resources. 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 467,163 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 $19.2 million.

Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
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Fight roof rats – Citrus Drop off Program ends Saturday
Scottsdale and Phoenix Arcadia residents are joining forces to remove citrus from area properties to help control the roof rat population. The season’s final Citrus Drop off Programlinks to external site will be Saturday, March 28. Residents can drop off edible fruit from 8 a.m. to noon, and commercial drop off will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Individuals are no longer able to pick up fruit. The program is at the Elk’s BPOE Scottsdale Lodge parking lot, 6398 E. Oak St.

Using smart technologies topic of April 2 Green Building Lecture
Using smart technologies to manage energy and water use is the topic of Scottsdale’s Thursday, April 2, Green Building Lecture. The free event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Learn about new and cutting-edge technologies that reduce our resource consumption, curtail our reliance on non-renewable resources, improve comfort/convenience and lower our operation costs.

Expo offers opportunities for summer and year-round employment
Scottsdale’s Opportunity Expo for teens and young adults takes place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road. The Expo offers the opportunity for job-seekers and hiring employers to explore opportunities for summer and year-round employment. Representatives from volunteer programs will also be present. Mock interviews as well as application and résumé assistance will be available. This event is recommended for teens 16 years or older. If you know a local employer who would like to participate or would like more information, contact Sheila Williams at 480-312-7922.

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 March 30.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of April 6.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of April 13.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of April 20.

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