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Scottsdale Update for July 31, 2014


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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Sister City hit by devastating typhoon - help needed
  • In-person voting available at Scottsdale City Hall
  • School starts Wednesday – focus on safety!
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Saturday’s Safety Luau focuses on water safety
  • Explore the life cycle of innovation at the Innovation Arizona Summit
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Pinnacle Peak Park accepting volunteer applications
  • Scottsdale General Plan gets new name to clarify timeframe, process
  • “Bag & tie” your garbage to beat the summer heat
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Afternoon Connection
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk
  • “Helping Hands” video highlights programs and services for senior citizens
  • Find a furry family friend through county’s pet adoption program
  • Registration for lifelong learning classes begins Aug. 13
  • Fall tennis registration begins Aug. 13
  • Scottsdale offers “Thrive After Three” after-school programs

HEADLINES 

Sister City hit by devastating typhoon - help needed
A super typhoon recently struck Haikou, China, one of Scottsdale’s Sister Cities. Typhoon Rammasun toppled commercial and residential buildings, destroyed transportation systems and disrupted essential services to the city of nearly 2 million people. Haikou is in desperate need of relief supplies and assistance to begin the long process of cleaning up and restoring the city. Here are three easy ways you can donate:
1. Via PayPal: Visit Scottsdale Sister Cities, scroll down and look for the PayPal “Donate” button.
2. Mail your check, payable to “Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Inc.” to 3295 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Suite 9, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Write “Haikou Relief contribution” on the check memo line.
3. Make a deposit at any Chase Banking Center. On the deposit slip, write “Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Inc.” and the above address. Reference “Haikou Relief contribution.”

In-person voting available at Scottsdale City Hall
Registered voters can cast ballots for three open council seats at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Voting is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Aug. 22. Candidates must receive a majority of the legal votes cast to be elected outright in the primary. If not, the top two vote-getters for every open seat will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. More election information:  

  • Early ballots: Registered voters must request an early ballot by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, through Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or online to have the early ballot mailed to them. Registered Independents or those with no party affiliation must designate which ballot desired.
  • Election Day voting: Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 26. Your polling location will be indicated on the mailing label of that candidate information pamphlet you recently received. Your polling location will be indicated on the mailing label of that pamphlet. Find polling locations. View a map of polling locations.
  • View the candidate information pamphlet.
  • Watch a candidate forum on Scottsdale’s Channel 11.
  • Learn more about the election.

School starts Wednesday – Focus on Safety!
School starts Wednesday, Aug. 6, and that means more cars, bicyclists and pedestrians will be on the streets. Remember, it’s everyone’s responsibility to know the rules of the road whether you’re walking, bicycling or driving. Watch a school zone safety tips video.

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EVENTS 

Saturday's 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.

Explore the life cycle of innovation at the Innovation Arizona Summit
The Innovation Arizona Summit will explore the lifecycle of Innovation – from inspiration to commercialization. The daylong event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The summit will empower collaborators to expand their networks and engage in unique discussions around science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. What makes this summit so unique is the diversity of collaborators represented with business, industry, education, government, community leaders and more! With an anticipated 20 sessions, 60 exhibitors, countless networking opportunities and 1,000 attendees, there is something for everyone. Cost is $20 per person. Register and get more information.

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.
  • 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

Pinnacle Peak Park accepting volunteer applications
Pinnacle Peak Park is accepting volunteer applications. Volunteers learn about the animal life, geology and birds of the area, plus trail etiquette, maintenance and first aid. Volunteers are asked to donate 50 hours during the course of a year. Pinnacle Peak Park is at 26802 N. 102nd Way.

Scottsdale General Plan gets new name to clarify timeframe, process
The City Council recently extended the General Plan process until November 2016. With that action, the former name of the process became dated. To better reflect the community’s land use and economic forecast expiration date of 2035, we’re now calling the update process “Scottsdale General Plan 2035.” The process will update Scottsdale’s General Plan, a document that guides how the city will evolve over the next 20 years. This communitywide process will include extensive opportunities for citizen involvement. The General Plan Task Force recently released its second draft document. Review the draft and submit your feedback. Remember – It’s your city, it’s your plan, it’s your future.

“Bag & tie” your garbage to beat the summer heat
Please “bag & tie” all garbage and grass before placing them in your black refuse container. Reducing spillage during the summer heat minimizes odors and pest problems. It's more than a good idea, it’s the law. To learn more refuse tips, contact Solid Waste Management at 480-312-5600 or visit its website

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PROGRAMS & SERVICES 

Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Afternoon 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 Afternoon Connection, hosted by Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services. Participants can enjoy a variety of activities including fitness, creative expression, indoor/outdoor games, sports, walks/hikes, social skill development and specialized instruction. The program meets at the Drinkwater Community Center, right outside Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road.

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 #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.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Aug. 18.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Aug. 25.Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of July 28.

“Helping Hands” video highlights programs and services for senior citizens
Are you an older adult looking for help with new challenges in your life? Or maybe you’re looking to expand your horizons, get in shape or meet new friends? Learn how Senior Services can assist you by watching this latest installment of “Helping Hands,” produced by Channel 11. You can watch the program anytime on YouTube or on Channel 11 at 9 a.m., and 1, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Fridays starting Aug. 8. 

Find a furry family friend through county’s pet adoption
Wanting to find a furry family member or looking to help a pet get a new home? Watch Channel 11’s program about Maricopa County’s Everyday Adoption Center in PetSmart at Camelback and Miller roads.

Registration for lifelong learning classes begins Aug. 13
Come explore the wide range of Scottsdale recreational activities available as part of the fall session starting mid-September. You’ll be amazed to discover all you can do with Parks and Recreation. Registration begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, for residents and Aug. 14 for nonresidents. See the choices. For more information or to set up an account, call 480-312-7957 or email Leisure Education.

Fall tennis registration begins Aug. 13
Tennis enthusiasts of all ages can “love” the game through learning the sport, expanding skills or playing in a league. Scottsdale recreation lessons and leagues are available for adults and seniors. Juniors ages 5-17 can learn tennis or improve their game. Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 13. Lessons begin the week of Sept. 8. Leagues begin the week of Sept. 15.

Enroll your kids in the “Thrive After Three” after-school programs
Scottsdale’s Thrive After Three after-school programs resume Wednesday, Aug. 6, and run concurrently with the Scottsdale Unified School District calendar. Programs start at school release times and run until 6 p.m. including early release days. Registration is $30 a month or $300 for the school year; financial assistance is available.

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