City offers storm information, safety tips
The remnants of Hurricane Odile continue to dampen our region. You can get the latest local storm information via these sources:
- The city’s website will show road closures and other information relating to the storm.
- Updates will also be shared on city Twitter accounts: @ScottsdalePD and @ScottsdaleAZgov.
- The city’s call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to answer questions and share storm information at 480-312-3111.
The Scottsdale Fire Department also offers a variety of safety and preparedness tips.
September is National Preparedness Month
The recent storms are a strong reminder that no one is immune from an emergency. September is National Preparedness Month –the perfect time to help prepare your family for emergency situations. By developing an emergency preparedness plan, you can outline what each family member needs to do in an emergency. Get more information about creating your family emergency plan and a “Go Kit.” Learn more by watching this video.
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:
- The two right lanes on southbound 101 will be closed from the Arizona Canal to Indian School Road. The left- and high occupancy lanes will remain open, and access to all ramps will be available.
- Northbound 101 will be closed from Chaparral Road to Shea Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22. The primary detour route is Indian School west to Hayden, then north to Shea, then east returning to the freeway. The secondary detour route is west on Chaparral to Pima, then north on Pima to 90th continuing north to Shea, then west to the freeway.
- McKellips Road at the Loop 101 interchange will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, through 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. The ramps will remain open for east-and westbound traffic and will be allowed to enter the freeway. Freeway travelers will be able to exit at McKellips, but they will not be able to cross under the freeway.
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.
Visit a city recreation amenity on 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 out 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.
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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.
Arizona Fall League starts in October at Scottsdale Stadium
Arizona Fall League baseball returns to Scottsdale Stadium this October. Come cheer your home team – the Scottsdale Scorpions, as they take on top minor league players from both the American and National leagues. 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, at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatres, 7354 E. Shea Blvd. 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:
- 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.
- Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare – Haunted attraction, Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, WestWorld.
- 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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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Learn how to fight the (mosquito) bite
With recent rains and resulting standing water, you might have noticed an increase in mosquitoes. In this video, Maricopa County health officials answer common questions relating to mosquitoes and their role in spreading the West Nile Virus and what you can do to keep safe.
Open house focuses on airport master plan
Scottsdale Airport is updating its master plan, a proactive record that identifies and plans for future facility needs. The city-owned airport has been hosting a series of workshops where the public can learn about the plan and the process. The next workshop will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Scottsdale Airport Terminal, 15000 N. Airport Drive. This workshop will focus on airport alternatives. More information is available on this website.
Small Business Series workshops available on video
Couldn’t attend all the “Taking Care of Your Business” workshops? No worries, you can watch all six of the programs on Economic Development’s website, ChooseScottsdale. The series is intended to help small businesses succeed. Topics are:
Part 1: Building Blocks of Modern Marketing
Part 2: Keeping Your Business Safe
Part 3: From Plans to Permits
Part 4: Code Enforcement
Part 5: Design Thinking for Businesses
Part 6: Tax Simplification
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.
City seeks feedback on Design Standards & Policies Manual update
We need the public’s help with the city’s review of the Design Standards & Policies Manual. The goal of the manual is to present clear and concise technical requirements, policies and processes to help design professionals to prepare plans and reports necessary for development of both public and private projects within the city. Get information and provide feedback through September these ways:
Check the website for periodic updates.
Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Make a difference – volunteer with the city of Scottsdale
Learn about the diverse opportunities to volunteer with the city by watching this Channel 11 video.
Protect your identity at Sept. 27 document shredding event
Protect your identity at upcoming document shredding events. 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. The September program will be Saturday, Sept. 27. 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.
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.
Neighborhood College classes continue in October
Registration is available for Scottsdale’s Neighborhood College, a series of free classes where residents can receive the information, resources and tools needed to become more informed about a variety of topics. Here’s the schedule:
- Oct. 6 – Even You Need an Estate Plan
- Oct. 9 – Legislative Updates and Dealing with Difficult People and Harassment
- Oct. 15 – The ABCs of CC&R Enforcement
- Oct. 16 – Estate Planning 202
- Oct. 20 – The City, Your Neighborhood and You
- Oct. 21 – Top 10 Things you Need to Know about Community Associations and Trustee Sales & Bankruptcy
- Oct. 28 – Social Security
Classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. and take place at several city locations. Registration is required. For a complete schedule, class description or to register, call (480) 312-2342, email Joy Racine or visit Neighborhood College.
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. 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 Sept. 22.
- 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.
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