Friday is last day for in-person early voting
In-person early voting in Scottsdale is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 31, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Voters will elect three council members from the pool of six who qualified in the August primary election. Other election information:
- Early ballots: Voters should turn in their early ballots sooner rather than later to avoid delays caused by processing early ballots dropped off at the polls on Election Day. Ballots should be mailed by today, Thursday, Oct. 30, to arrive at the county Elections Department by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 (postmarks do not count).
- Election Day voting: Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.
- Registered voter households should have received their candidate information pamphlet which lists their polling location on the mailing label. View a map of polling locations.
- View the candidate information pamphlet and get more election information.
- Watch a candidate forum video.
Fire Department offers Halloween safety tips
We want your little ghosts and goblins to have fun on Halloween, but also want them to be safe. The Fire Department offers these safety tips for trick-or-treaters.
“Scottsdale Shares” campaign needs your help with holiday donations
The Scottsdale Shares campaign returns this holiday season to make it easier for residents to get information about city charitable programs and how to make donations. The Scottsdale Shares campaign provides one point of contact for residents, businesses and organizations seeking to assist those in need through donations or volunteer activities. Programs participating in this year’s program include:
- Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Family Program
- Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Senior Program
- Scottsdale Fire Department's annual toy drive
- Paiute Neighborhood Center’s annual toy and teen gift card program
- Vista del Camino Food Bank
- Scottsdale Cares, utility bill donation program
Get home makeover tips at Saturday's home improvement workshop
Could your place use some sprucing up? How about repairs? Thinking of remodeling? Then come talk to the experts at Scottsdale’s first ever McDowell Corridor Home Improvement Workshop. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, 1375 N. Scottsdale Road. Homeowners can learn about the many programs available to guide, and in some cases, reimburse them for repairs and improvements to their homes. Home and garden experts from the city, Salt River Project, Harper’s Nursery and Paul’s Ace Hardware will present tips and answer questions. Some of the city programs that will be featured include:
- Up to $7,500 in matching funds for exterior rehabilitation on homes in historic district
- Water conservation rebate programs for removal of turf and installation of hot water re-circulators and high efficiency plumbing fixtures
- “Scottsdale Unsalted” rebates for replacement of inefficient water softeners with newer, lower salinity models
No sales pitches – just good information, prizes and fun for the whole family. Continuing the revitalization of Scottsdale’s McDowell Road corridor is among the City Council’s top priorities. Scottsdale’s McDowell Road Corridor is defined as the eight-square-mile area south of Osborn Road. Learn more.
Fight hunger by dining at a local restaurant
In the spirit of the Taste of the NFL’s 24th anniversary, it has enlisted 24 Valley restaurants to participate in “Flavors of the Valley.” The challenge, which runs through December, raises funds for Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino Food Bank and Phoenix’s St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Get a list of participating restaurants, and learn how you can donate. The five restaurants that raise the most money will be invited to participate in the “Flavors of the Valley” area at the Taste of the NFL’s 24th Annual Party with a Purpose®, a star‐studded culinary event held at WestWorld of Scottsdale on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX.
Nominate an individual for a Diversity Champion award
Nominations are open for Diversity Champions – individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched the Scottsdale community through their work and/or volunteerism by empowering others. Champions are honored each year at the MLK Jr. Dinner Celebration. This year’s event is Wednesday, Jan. 14. Eligible nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale. The nomination deadline is Friday, Nov. 14. Nomination forms are available online.
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Catch a free flick at “Movie Under the Stars” Nov. 5
Spend a beautiful fall evening watching a movie under the stars at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 N. Via Linda. Join us in the courtyard at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, as we screen Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins. Moviegoers may bring their own chairs, but we will also provide seating. Register by calling 480-312-5810.
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.
- Arizona Fall League Baseball – through mid-November, various times and dates, Scottsdale Stadium.
- 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.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Aquatic center drop-in fees change Saturday
Prices at Scottsdale’s three, year-round aquatic facilities increase Saturday, Nov. 1. The cost to use the pool and gym from November through February is $3 for residents and $4.50 for non-residents. All facilities sell discounted passes. Lap swim hours vary by facility.
Join Scottsdale Public Art to unveil the newest piece in its collection
Join Scottsdale Public Art as it dedicates its newest artwork, Sonoran Seed Pods, at George “Doc” Cavalliere Park. The program will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 27775 N. Alma School Parkway. Meet artist Jeff Zischke and check out the eight larger-than-life welded sculptures in the shape of magnified seeds and pods common in Sonoran Desert plants.
Jeff Myers Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament begins Nov. 8
The 2014 Jeff Myers Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament runs Saturday- Monday, Nov. 8-10, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda. This United States Tennis Association sanctioned event features singles play in younger than 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 divisions for boys and girls. Contact tournament director Karen Weir at 480-312-8401 for information
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. Get the latest restrictions. 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 are open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway is reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion.
City hosts open house on proposed safety zone ordinance
The city will host an open house to share information and get feedback on a proposed safety zone ordinance. The open house will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. A new state law allows cities to establish up to two transportation safety zones to relieve traffic congestion and resolve other traffic issues. Inside each zone, cities may establish dedicated traffic lanes for use by for-hire vehicles such as taxis, limousines and pedicabs to pick up and drop off passengers.
Learn about design alternatives for proposed widening of Loop 101 from I-17 to Princess Drive
The Arizona Department of Transportation wants the public’s feedback on design alternatives for the proposed widening of the Loop 101 from I-17 to Princess Drive. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Drive. There will be a presentation at 6 p.m. Get more information.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Adapted Recreation hosts events this November
Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services is in full swing this November providing recreation programs, Special Olympics sports and social opportunities for individuals of all ages with special needs. Programs include:
- Providing inclusion services to children with disabilities in the city’s afterschool program.
- The population-specific Chaparral Afternoon Connection teen afterschool program
- A weekly Spectacular Saturday Club for adults, offering a variety of excursions and activities.
Other programs include the Scottsdale Bobcats Special Olympics Bowling team, the Scottsdale Bobcats Special Olympics Golf State Tournament and a trip to Castles ’n Coasters with the monthly Friday Night Social Club.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday
Rid your home of household hazardous wastes by bringing them to Scottsdale’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the city Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador.
Neighborhood College classes continue in November
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 knowledgeable on a variety of topics. November classes include navigating Medicare, the Affordable Healthcare Act and how to amend your CC&Rs. 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.
Field trip alert: Learn the ins and outs of riding the trolley
Residents are invited to join the city’s transportation staff on a unique ride on the Scottsdale Trolley. The trip’s purpose is to learn more about using the trolley. The outing runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, and starts and ends at the Granite Reef Senior Center. The tour will connect to Tempe's Orbit Earth and travel to Tempe Marketplace. Participants will have lunch at Ruby Tuesday, where they can chit chat with senior center and transportation staff. While the ride is free, lunch is on your own. Register online using code #111490.
Get latest news on green building certification programs and their impact Nov. 6
Green building programs have evolved over the last decade, saving energy, water, materials and boosting our quality of life. Find out about the next generation of certification programs and what it means for your home or business at Scottsdale’s Thursday, Nov. 6, Green Building Lecture. This free program takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.
Discover how to get around town: Valley Metro presents travel training class
Oh, the places you can go! Find out how Valley Metro bus and light rail can take you all over the Valley. A Valley Metro representative will provide a free in-depth presentation on the public transportation system – riding the trolley, the bus and the light rail. It’s free and will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. The presentation also includes information on how to plan your trip, fare policies and accessibility.
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 #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Nov. 3.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Nov. 10.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Nov. 17.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Dec. 1.
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