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Scottsdale Update for Dec. 18, 2014

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Happy holidays! We will not publish Scottsdale Update on Christmas. We will send an early edition the following week – Wednesday, Dec. 31.

HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Scottsdale post offices open Sunday
  • Park the car and get a free ride aboard the Scottsdale Trolley
  • Get holiday schedule and information
  • Scottsdale community assists nearly 400 families for Thanksgiving
  • Make recommendations to the City Council by serving on a board or commission   
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Holiday Lights event continues through Jan. 3
  • Cowboy Christmas lights up downtown this weekend
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • City continues to seek feedback on Design Standards & Policies Manual update
  • Attend open house to learn about and comment on airport master plan
  • The Pony Express will deliver your mail
  • Arizona United Soccer Club moving to Scottsdale Stadium
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Day Tripper trolley service launches Dec. 26
  • Customers can submit special event and development applications online
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk          



Scottsdale post offices open Sunday
To accommodate last minute Christmas mailings, two Scottsdale post offices will be open Sunday, Dec. 21. Visit the Scottsdale Main office, 1776 N. Scottsdale Road, or the Scottsdale Kachina branch, 7339 Williams Road. Both will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Park the car and get a free ride aboard the Scottsdale Trolley
We’re here to serve you! Despite some erroneous news reports, Scottsdale’s free trolleys are on the road and ready to take you where you want to go. Experience Scottsdale’s many attractions, shops, restaurants, events and public art installations. The city operates three year-round trolley routes providing convenient service and connections to all Downtown Scottsdale has to offer. Learn more about the Day Tripper in the “programs and services” section below. It’s a seasonal trolley route designed to serve resort visitors beginning Dec. 26. Get information on all Scottsdale trolley routes.

Get holiday schedule and information
Most city offices will be closed for Christmas Thursday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Thursday, Jan. 1. Here’s information you should know about city services and keeping safe:             
  • Regular refuse collection in Scottsdale will take place Wednesdays, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. However, the city will not pick up refuse or recycling on Christmas Day – Thursday, Dec. 25, or New Year’s Day – Thursday, Jan. 1. If Thursday is your normal collection day, collection will take place Friday. Friday’s collection moves to Saturday. Get more information.
  • Scottsdale’s citywide Christmas Tree Roundup takes place Jan. 5-10. If you have residential collection service, please have your Christmas tree curbside by 5 a.m. on the morning of Monday, Jan. 5. Remove stands, lights and ornaments. Artificial trees will not be collected. If you miss the roundup or don’t have residential collection services, you can drop off your tree between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda, or Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road. Collected trees will be turned into compost or mulch. For more information, call 480-312-5600.
  • Tis the season to be careful … Light up your home with festive holiday lights, not a blazing fire. Check out Scottsdale Fire Department’s holiday safety tips.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Check out sober/safe ride programs under the “holiday extras” section on this website.
  • Having friends and family visit your home for the holidays is a warm, joyous occasion. But the good times can turn tragic when kids slip away and into unprotected water hazards. Drowning is a year-round issue in Arizona. Keep children away from pools, spas and any other water features when unattended. Get drowning prevention tips.

Scottsdale community assists nearly 400 families for Thanksgiving

Hundreds of families in need had a bright Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of the Scottsdale community – businesses, volunteers and residents. Their efforts made it possible for the city’s Vista del Camino social service agency to distribute turkey dinners to more than 370 eligible recipients through its Adopt-a-Family program. To help with the success of this year’s program, 27 volunteers, logging nearly 200 hours, assisted Vista del Camino in screening families for eligibility and processing donations.

Make recommendations to the City Council by serving on a board or commission
Scottsdale residents are invited to apply for volunteer positions on 12 boards and commissions that will be filled in February. The citizen-based boards and commissions research topics and recommend policy direction on a variety of issues important to the city. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 30. The Council will nominate from the application pool Tuesday, Feb. 3, and those nominated will be interviewed at the Tuesday, Feb. 17, City Council meeting. For more information or to view the application, visit the Boards and Commissions web page or contact Kevin McKee at 480-312-7977.

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Holiday Lights event continues through Jan. 3
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’slinks to external site Holiday Lights event continues through Saturday, Jan. 3.Take a train ride through festive holiday lights and displays that turn the park into a winter wonderland. Train rides are $3 and carousel rides are $2 with children younger than three riding free with a paying adult. Holiday Lights runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly excluding Dec. 24, 25 and 31. The park is at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.

Cowboy Christmas lights up downtown this weekend
You’re invited to a “Cowboy Christmas”links to external site this weekend in Old Town Scottsdale. This event is Old Town’s version of winter wonderland – a sleigh-full of activities featuring live music, children activities, Western characters and free horse drawn hayrides. The fun takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, in and around the Main Street and Brown Avenue area.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:

  • 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.                
  • 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.
  • 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.

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City continues to seek feedback on Design Standards & Policies Manual update
The city continues to seek the public’s help reviewing 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 prepare plans and reports necessary for development of both public and private projects within the city. Get information and provide feedback through Thursday, Jan. 22, these ways:


Attend open house to learn about and comment 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, Jan. 6, at the Scottsdale Airport Terminal, 15000 N. Airport Drive. This workshop will focus on a recommended master plan concept and associated capital program, environmental evaluation and economic benefit analysis.

The Pony Express will deliver your mail
Want a letter delivered via the Hashknife Pony Express,links to external site the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the United States? Simply drop off mail by Friday, Jan. 23, to the Scottsdale main post office, 1776 N. Scottsdale Road. Letter envelopes are $1 each and include a commemorative Pony Express hand stamp. Then celebrate the Old West and a Scottsdale tradition at high noon Friday, Jan. 30, when the Hashknife Pony Express makes the super delivery to the Scottsdale Waterfront. Get event details here.

Arizona United Soccer Club moving to Scottsdale Stadium
Arizona United Soccer Clublinks to external site – the state’s only professional soccer team playing in USL PRO - will play in Scottsdale Stadium beginning in April 2015. The club played its 2014 USL PRO home schedule at Peoria Sports Complex where it averaged about 3,200 fans in 16 home matches. For tickets prices, call the Arizona United Soccer Club at 623-594-9606 or email Arizona United. Season ticket deposits are $50 per seat, and season tickets start at $165.         

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

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Day Tripper trolley service launches Dec. 26
The Scottsdale Day Tripperlinks to external site begins service Friday, Dec. 26. The Day Tripper provides free transportation daily through April 1 to help visitors get around the city with ease. It departs from Scottsdale Fashion Square every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., then travels north on Scottsdale Road, making stops at The Shops at Gainey Village, Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter, the Scottsdale Promenade and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Turn-around service is available, as well. Additional trolley service will run to and from Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the following events: Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction (Jan. 10-18), Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 26-Feb.1) and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show (Feb. 12-22). The city offers other free trolley services. Get details.            
Customers can submit special event and development applications online
Businesses can submit pre-applications and upload development files online. A new project is created, staff is notified, and customers can print files and credit card receipts. The submittal program can be accessed from several places on the city’s website including the online services portal, the special events page and the pre-application process page. Cases eligible for online submittal include general plan amendment, rezoning, conditional use permit, development review, special event, plat and variance.

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 #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Dec. 22.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Dec. 29.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Jan. 12.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Jan. 19.

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