Most city offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Here’s information you should know about city services and keeping safe:
- The city will not pick up trash or recycling on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday’s collection moves to Friday, and Friday’s collection moves to Saturday. Get more information at 480-312-5600 or on our website.
- Getting injured while cooking Thanksgiving dinner is the No. 1 cause of urgent care visits during the holiday. If you’re planning on cooking a turkey in a fryer, check out Scottsdale Fire Department’s safety tips.
- Cooking a big holiday meal? Make sure to follow these simple tips to avoid costly and stinky grease-related blockages in your sewer lines. Dry-wipe all pots, pans, plates and cookware before washing to prevent grease from going down the drain; save used oil in a re-sealable container for later use or dispose directly into the trash; and place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to prevent solids from going down the drain. Get more information.
- Registration is open for city programs providing a variety of active classes for tots, youth and adults. There’s even a new one-day class called “Work Your Turkey Off” where you can burn those extra Thanksgiving calories. Scottsdale also offers more traditional activities. Kids can enjoy our beautiful parks while playing soccer; gain confidence and coordination in a “dance combo” class; or sweat their way to higher fitness in kickboxing. Adults can find balance in a gentle yoga, sculpt or tone class.
- Before you start stringing those holiday lights, follow these important holiday safety tips from the Scottsdale Fire Department. Avoid having your holiday dreams go up in flames.
Scottsdale among “Best in Class” of 2014 Digital Cities Survey
Scottsdale finished in the top 10 in its population category for recognition in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey. The Center for Digital Government reviewed responses from hundreds of cities nationwide to find those that aligned their technologies with city goals, saved tax dollars through new efficiencies, boosted transparency and privacy, and innovated through technology. Scottsdale was ranked fifth among cities with populations between 125,000 and 250,000. Scottsdale was recognized for its network cyber security, fleet tracking, police scheduling and cellphone management. The city’s “myScottsdale” app for reporting problems and outreach to gather feedback as part of rebuilding the city’s website also were cited. The center is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.
Still time (barely!) to nominate a Diversity Champion
Do you know a diversity champion? It’s someone like Michele Halyard, one of last year’s honorees. Upon arriving at the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic about 25 years ago, Dr. Halyard immediately began mentoring female staff. Her leadership has resulted in an increased percentage of women on staff and a higher retention rate of female workers. She also championed same sex partner benefits. Dr. Halyard also is a co-founder of The Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer whose mission is to educate people about the higher mortality rates, more aggressive nature and higher incidence of triple negative breast cancer within the African descent population. Diversity Champion nominations are available on the Community Celebrating Diversity website and are due by Friday, Nov. 21.
Gobble til you wobble at Via Linda Senior Center’s Thanksgiving Luncheon
You’re invited to the Via Linda Senior Center’s Thanksgiving Luncheon. It will be at noon Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the center, 10440 E. Via Linda. Cost is $7 for residents and $11 for nonresidents. The luncheon features a traditional Thanksgiving feast and live entertainment. Canned food donations to support Vista del Camino Food Bank will be accepted. Register online with barcode #108507. Call 480-312-5810 for more information.
Shop small, buy big on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29
Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a national program to encourage people to shop local. Small Business Saturday takes place Nov. 29. Celebrate by heading to Downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge and 5th Avenue shops from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This family fun event will feature live music, art demonstrations, hot apple cider, holiday carolers, sidewalk sales, and a visit from a special guest – Santa!
Empty Bowls fills gaps in fight against hunger
Enjoy a meal and help fight hunger in our community. When you buy a bowl of pasta at the “Alli Ortega Empty Bowls” event Wednesday, Dec. 3, proceeds benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank. The event takes place in the Scottsdale Community College Cafeteria and Student Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. Bowls bought from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. include a modest serving of pasta or soup prepared by the college’s Culinary Department and donated by the school’s Center for Civic and Global Engagement. Bowls will be for sale through 6 p.m. Empty Bowls 2014 commemorates Alli Ortega, a longtime city of Scottsdale employee and Empty Bowls volunteer, who passed away earlier this year. Her selfless dedication to the community and her spirit of volunteerism continue to inspire.
Senior centers host a pair of holiday art shows in December
The Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers are hosting gallery-themed art shows. Artwork by the center’s art students and instructors will be on display. Attend either show – or both! Granite Reef, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, will host its art show Friday, Dec. 5. Via Linda, 10440 E. Via Linda, will host its show Friday, Dec. 12. Both take place at 6 p.m. Admission is free with one canned food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
- Artisan Markets – 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.
- Old Town Farmers Market – local growers and specialty food producers, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 3806 N. Brown Ave., 602-290-5093.
- 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.
Protect your identity – attend document shredding event
Protect your identity at the Saturday, Nov. 22, document shredding event. The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association hosts shredding events from 7 to 10 a.m. one Saturday a month – through May – at Wal-Mart, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. A $3 suggested donation per bag or box benefits the association’s outreach programs. For more information, contact Officer Craig Abernethy at 480-312-2894.
Neighborhood College classes take place in December
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 effective neighborhood leaders. December classes include “Lifestyle without Walls” and “Identity Theft & Fraud Prevention.” Classes last two hours and take place at several city locations. Registration is required. For a complete schedule and class description or to register, call 480-312-3111, email Joy Racine or visit Neighborhood College.
Learn the myths and value of employing people with disabilities
The next in a series of Civil Dialogue programs features “Scottsdale's Untapped Resource; Employing Individuals with Disabilities.” Hear Author Gary Karp debunk the myths employers have when hiring people with disabilities. The free program will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at SkySong, 1375 N. Scottsdale Road, Synergy 1, Building 3, Suite 130. The city’s Human Relations Commission sponsors the program. Learn more and register.
Find out about marketplace energy disclosures at Dec. 4 Green Building lecture
Energy efficiency is recognized as the most cost-effective way to reduce reliance on non-renewable fuel sources. While energy codes enhance new construction, benchmarking and disclosure programs have gained prominence for existing buildings. Hear about these programs and what they can mean for you and your home values at the Thursday, Dec. 4, Scottsdale Green Building lecture. This free event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.
Here’s an outlet for your unwanted electronics
Need a place to discard your unwanted electronics? Scottsdale residents can recycle electronics at the Electronics Recycling Collection Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.
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 Dec. 1.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Dec. 8.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Dec. 15.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Dec. 22.