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Scottsdale Update for April 23, 2015

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Chamber donates famed Cowboy sign to city
  • Water Resources employee, elite rescue team member helps save family of four
    Learn about proposed bond projects and program
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Arizona United Soccer Club kicks off first home game at stadium
  • Drowning is no joke; get pool safety information at April Pools Day 
  • Cycle the Arts in celebration of Valley Bike Month
  • Check out these ongoing activities and events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Save money by participating in Unsalt Scottsdale program\
  • Curb address painting kits available for loan
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Here’s an outlet for your unwanted electronics
  • Scottsdale public swim begins May 2
  • Register your kids for summer recreation camps
  • We’ve got a great Date Night idea! 
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


Chamber donates famed Cowboy sign to city
It pointed the way to the Chamber of Commerce’s original offices, publicized local events and, today, serves as a top spot to take a selfie. Now, it belongs to the city of Scottsdale. The Chamber of Commerce recently donated to the city the recognizable Downtown Scottsdale Cowboy which sits in its original location on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Main Street. The sign was commissioned in 1952 and created by artist Dee Flagg. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Kidder says, “That the sign no longer serves its original purpose is of no consequence to its historical value to the city and its place as a symbol of Scottsdale.” View images of the Cowboy sign.

Water Resources employee, elite rescue team member helps save family of four
A city employee’s volunteerism recently turned into an act of heroism. Water Resources Sr. Water Quality Specialist Justin Bern is a volunteer with Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association. The elite group of climbers, cavers, mountaineers and backcountry adventurers perform search and rescue missions throughout the state. Team members maintain the fitness, skills, training and stamina to perform a continuous 36-hour shift in the backcountry when they receive a rescue call. Justin received one such call on an early April evening when a family of two adults and two children were stranded in the Verde River after their boat capsized in rapidly rising water. Justin and his mountain rescue team rushed to Horseshoe Bend where they immediately executed a plan – with the only light coming from a DPS helicopter overhead – to paddle out to the family, rescue the two children and go back for the adults. You can watch morelinks to external site on the dramatic rescue in this full Fox 10 News story. (Justin is the second mountain rescue volunteer interviewed).  

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Arizona United Soccer Club kicks off first home game at stadium
Arizona United Soccer Clublinks to external site plays its first home game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at its new home field – Scottsdale Stadium. Arizona United plays in the 24-team United Soccer League. The team moved its home field to Scottsdale Stadium this season after playing a year at the Peoria Sports Complex. The stadium is at the northeast corner of Osborn Road and Drinkwater Boulevard.

Drowning is no joke; get pool safety information at April Pools Day 
Scottsdale’s free April Pools Day event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. The event features a mock rescue with the Scottsdale Fire Department and emergency medical services, interactive booths, games, raffles and drowning prevention information. This is a fun way for families to kick off summer and practice safe behavior in and around water.

Cycle the Arts and celebrate Valley Bike Month
The 10th annual Scottsdale Cycle the Arts offers a unique opportunity to hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley’s best public art. Experienced cyclists are invited on about a 30 mile-long guided public art tour to celebrate Valley Bike Month. Riders should meet Sunday, April 26, at Mountain View Park, 8625 E. Mountain View Road, near the restrooms adjacent to the basketball courts. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with riders departing at 8 a.m. Helmets are required. Visit Share the Ridelinks to external site for additional 2015 Valley Bike Month events.        

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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Save money by participating in Unsalt Scottsdale program
Receive up to $250 for removing your water softener. Reduce the amount of salinity in our reclaimed water while saving money and protecting the environment. Learn more at Unsalt Scottsdale.

Curb address painting kits available for loan
Is your house number hard to read, unlit or obscured by landscaping? Add painted house numbers to your curb by borrowing a free curb painting kit from the city. The kit is free to use and includes stencils, masking tape, brushes and instructions. You supply the paint and elbow grease.

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

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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 public swim begins May 2
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.

Register your kids for summer recreation camps
Scottsdale Parks and Recreation offers summer camps June 1 through July 24 at seven Scottsdale locations. Camps are offered for those going into first through eighth grade. Kids will participate in sports, fitness competitions, science experiments, craft projects, arts, special events, excursions and more.

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.

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 April 27.
  • 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.

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