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Scottsdale Update for July 23, 2015

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  •  Public invited to comment on Police Department’s reaccreditation
  • Two Scottsdale teens selected regional finalists in Google competition
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Swim under that stars at Eldorado pool Saturday
  • Learn what influences led to the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
  • You’re invited to the Safety Luau Aug. 1
  • Check out these ongoing activities and events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Police Department offers free security surveys
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Teen Connection
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk

HEADLINES 

Public invited to comment on Police Department’s reaccreditation
The Scottsdale Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its reaccreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The public can learn more and provide input at 4 p.m. meeting, Monday, July 27, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Assessors from the commission will be on-site July 26-29 to examine all aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. Verification by the team that the Scottsdale meets the standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The department initially received accreditation in November 1994 and reaccreditation every three years since. Those unable to attend the meeting are welcome to provide input from 1 to 3 p.m. that same day by calling 480-312-1985. Written comments also can be submitted to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.

Two Scottsdale teens selected regional finalists in Google competition
Scottsdale teenagers Divya Vatsa and Aakanksha Saxena have been selected from among thousands of students hailing from more than 90 countries as regional finalists in the 2015 Google Science Fair links to external sitecompetition. Google and Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane announced the news earlier this week. The Google Science Fair is the largest online science fair in the world, offering students ages 13-18 the opportunity to pursue their interest and passion in science and technology. Divya, a BASIS Scottsdale student, conducted a study on Gender Equality in the Digital Age.links to external site  Desert Mountain High school student Aakanksha’s project focused on the Influence of Contaminants on the Optical Properties of FeS2, a New Candidate for Photovoltaic Cells.links to external site

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EVENTS 

Swim under that stars at Eldorado pool Saturday
Bring the family to Eldorado Aquatic Center’s Moonlight Swim. The pool will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at 2301 N. Miller Road. Regular pool admission fees apply.

Learn what influences led to the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Former City Planner Don Hadder discusses the events, politics and economics that influenced mountain preservation decisions. The free program - Politics, Planning and Preservation: the Precursors of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve - will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Hadder’s talk begins with the city’s first General Plan and proceeds to the first attempt to update the plan with the NorthEast Area Plan and the Hillside Ordinance. The Hillside Ordinance was a key step toward community awareness of mountain and desert preservation. Lastly, Hadder will describe the court case resulting in the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance and the catalysts that led to the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

You’re invited to the Safety Luau Aug. 1
Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water! You’re invited to the city’s second annual Safety Luau from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug.1, 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.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:             

  • 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.            
  • 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.
  • Arizona United Soccer Clublinks to external site plays home games through September at Scottsdale Stadium, northeast corner of Osborn Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
  • Free Downtown Trolley – Runs every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and until 9 p.m. Thursdays for ArtWalk. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “downtown trolley.”
  • 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. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “preserve.”
  • WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “WestWorld.”
  • See more on the events by visiting the city’s home page and searching for “events.”            

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Police Department offers free security surveys
Don’t wait until you’ve become a victim. The Scottsdale Police Department offers free security surveys to Scottsdale residents and business owners. During the survey, a member of the Crime Prevention Unit will come to your home or business and suggest ways to make your property a less desirable target to criminals. Please contact your district crime prevention officer for more information or to schedule an appointment:

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PROGRAMS & SERVICES 

Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Teen Connection
Teens and young adults ages 12 through 22 with intellectual disabilities have a safe place to hang out after school this year! It’s called The Chaparral Teen Connection, hosted by Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services. Program activities include creative expression, fitness, art therapy, excursions and social skill development. Adapted Recreation’s brand new multisensory room and fully accessible kitchen are a part of programming. The program meets at the Adapted Recreation Services Center, right outside Chaparral Park -- 8102 E. Jackrabbit Road. For more information or to register, call 480-312-2234 or visit the city’s home page and search “adapted recreation.”

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 July 27.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Weeks of Aug. 3 & 31.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Aug. 10.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Aug. 17. 

For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “bulk collection.”

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