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Scottsdale Update for July 17, 2014


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HEADLINE NEWS ( go to this topic )
  • Will you help us rebuild the city of Scottsdale’s website?
  • Registration deadline nears to vote in Aug. 26 primary election
  • Channel 11 airs latest City Council candidate forum
  • Last week to donate items for Back to School Program
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE ( go to this topic )
  • Check out ongoing events
GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT ( go to this topic )
  • July is National Park and Recreation Month
  • City delivers more than 225 “Beat the Heat” care packages
  • Food bank supplies run low in summer – please donate
AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE ( go to this topic )
  • Vista del Camino serves as hydration station
  • Is your street address visible?  Curb address painting kits available
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
PROGRAMS FOR YOU ( go to this topic )
  • Scottsdale Fire Department offers free Hands-only CPR classes
  • Choose your passion . . . or find a new one
FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE ( go to this topic )
  • A listing of city events and programs scheduled in the coming weeks

HEADLINE NEWS

Will you help us rebuild the city of Scottsdale’s website?
With thousands of pages and millions of visits each year, the city’s website —ScottsdaleAZ.gov – serves as a critical information tool for you, our customers. To help you find what you’re looking for quicker and easier, and to take advantage of current technology, we will be overhauling the site. And we need your help! Here are some quick and easy ways you can assist:

  • Take a short survey to tell us what you think and what you’d like to see in the next version
  • Join the discussion at Speak Up Scottsdale
  • Volunteer to be part of future focus and user feedback groups

We will be collecting feedback until mid-August.

Registration deadline nears to vote in Aug. 26 primary election
Scottsdale residents must be registered by Monday, July 28, to be qualified to vote in the Tuesday, Aug. 26, primary election. Voters will elect three City Council members. Candidates must receive a majority of the legal votes cast to be elected outright at the primary. If not, the top two vote-getters for every open seat will advance to the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election. Register to vote by calling Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or going online. Learn more about the election.

Channel 11 airs latest City Council candidate forum
Scottsdale City Council candidates answer questions in a 90-minute election forum hosted by Scottsdale resident Christian Serena. Watch it anytime here or on Channel 11 at 9 a.m. and 1, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Sundays. Get information about the Tuesday, Aug. 26, primary election.

Last week to donate items for Back to School Program
Support Vista del Camino’s Back to School Program by donating needed items. Families that meet eligibility requirements will be provided with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, a backpack and school supplies per student. Items can be dropped off at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. by Wednesday, July 23. Monetary donations also will be accepted. This program assists up to 500 Scottsdale students each year.

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

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.
  • Moonlight Swims – Escape the heat, relax and enjoy family pool time! Events take place various dates during the summer at Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers.
  • 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. 
  • Old Town Farmers Market – Saturdays, 7 to 11 a.m. through July 26 (summer hours), 3806 N. Brown Ave.
  • 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. 

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GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT

July is National Park and Recreation Month
Scottsdale is celebrating National Park and Recreation Month with the theme “Out Is In!”  Let us help you make a change and improve your life – from health and wellness to nature and community spirit. Make 2014 the year you go outside, improve your fitness and get involved in your community! Learn more about Parks and Recreation.

City delivers more than 225 “Beat the Heat” care packages
Scottsdale city staff and volunteers delivered more than 225 care packages to seniors in recent weeks. Every June, the Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide bags of summer goods for isolated, frail and homebound senior citizens. Residents donated supplies, which included reusable bags and water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks, small snack items, personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery gift cards. Besides bringing relief to those in need, city staff gets the opportunity to personally assess the growing demands of homebound seniors. Senior centers accept donations year ‘round. Contact Leslie Lory, program coordinator, at 480-312-8465 for more information.

Food bank supplies run low in summer – please donate
Remember the Vista del Camino Food Bank this summer. Food and other household supplies for families in need can run low in the summer when kids are home from school and household expenses, such as food and utility bills, are higher. Items most needed include canned foods, boxed cereals, baby food and formula, diapers and toiletries. Drop off donations between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to Vista, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Call 480-312-2323 for more information.

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AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE

Vista del Camino serves as hydration station
Scottsdale’s social service agency Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., is serving as a water hydration station this summer. The station’s purpose is to protect the vulnerable during summer by providing relief from the heat and sites where they can get free bottled water, sunscreen wipes, lip balm and hats. Vista del Camino is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The public can donate water or other items, including light-colored T-shirts, sunblock, socks and underwear, hats and prepackaged snack items. For more information, call Vista at 480-312-2323.

Is your street address visible?  Curb address painting kits available
Do your part to help public safety and emergency personnel more easily locate your home. Add painted house numbers to your curb by borrowing a Curb Address Painting Kit from the city. Kits are free to borrow and include stencils, masking tape, brushes and instructions. You simply provide the paint! 

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 July 21.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of July 28.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Aug. 4.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Aug. 11.

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PROGRAMS FOR YOU

Scottsdale Fire Department offers free Hands-only CPR classes
Learn how to save someone experiencing cardiac arrest. The hands-only CPR technique is easy, safe and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact. Hands-only CPR can dramatically improve a person’s chance of surviving a heart attack. During class, you’ll also learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency, perform chest compressions and use an automated external defibrillator. Various dates, times and locations are available.

Choose your passion . . . or find a new one
If you're looking to get fit, learn something new or pick up a hobby, there are plenty of opportunities. The city’s Fall Recreation Brochure is viewable online. Printed copies will be available at your local community center and library by the end of the month.

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FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE

Safety Luau celebrates water safety
Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water! You’re invited to the city’s first Safety Luau from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Eldorado Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. This event features fun games and activities for the whole family, plus a mock rescue demonstration with the Scottsdale Fire Department. We’ll close the night with live hula and fire dancers. Regular pool admission fees apply. For more information, call 480-312-2484. Get drowning prevention tips.

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Get a complete list of Scottsdale events and public meetings.

Get a list of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts events. 

Get a list of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts events.

To reach Scottsdale Update, email Jan Horne or call 480-312-2636.

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