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Scottsdale Update for Oct. 23, 2014

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Commitment to McDowell Corridor continues
  • You won’t lose with G.A.I.N. – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods
  • Scottsdale honored for economic development website
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Horses and Horsepower Polo Party starts Friday
  • Ruff it up at the Via Linda Senior Center’s Dog Days event
  • Scottsdale’s “scaretacular” Fall Festival happening Saturday
  • Catch a free flick at “Movie Under the Stars” Nov. 5
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Join Scottsdale Public Art to unveil the newest piece in its collection
  • Tap Into Quality for safe, clean and affordable water
  • City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111
  • Upcoming Loop 101 traffic restrictions
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Discover how to get around town: Valley Metro presents travel training class
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Nov. 1
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk

 

HEADLINES 

Commitment to McDowell Corridor continues
Revitalizing Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor remains a top priority for the city. Learn more and participate:

  • City seeking ideas and input for the McDowell Corridor: We want to hear ideas and feedback from the people who live there. City staff will provide information, answer questions, and listen to ideas and feedback about the area at open houses:
    • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Tonalea Elementary School, 7501 E. Oak St.
    • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road

Input will be considered to become part of future programs and plans to revitalize the area. The McDowell Corridor is defined as the eight square miles south of Osborn Road. Learn more about activity in the corridor, and sign up for a monthly e-newsletter.

  • Get home makeover tips at 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, and 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.

You won’t lose with G.A.I.N. – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods
Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, or G.A.I.N., is an annual event to unite neighbors and communities to create safer neighborhoods. G.A.I.N. will be held in Scottsdale neighborhoods from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Formerly known as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement.

Scottsdale honored for economic development website

A Scottsdale website dedicated to assisting business attraction and support was honored recently by the International Economic Development Council. The city’s ChooseScottsdalelinks to external site website received the council’s Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the general purpose website category for cities its size. In 2013 the city’s economic development team identified a need for its dedicated economic development website to launch more dynamic content, imagery, and tools to serve the department’s existing and prospective client base. Completed in only 90 days using in-house resources in response to expert firm recommendations, the project involved a complete revamp of the website with a separate URL contained behind the city firewall. The impacts of this project were immediately visible -- in the first week after relaunch 74 percent of the visitors were new as a result of marketing efforts and unique visitors increased by 32 percent.

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EVENTS 

Horses and Horsepower Polo Party starts Friday
It’s more than just equine and autos. Join the fun at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Party for polo, stomping of the divots, a fashion show, exquisite collector cars and gourmet food. The fourth annual event takes place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. Get details.links to external site

Ruff it up at the Via Linda Senior Center’s Dog Days event

Join us at the Via Linda Senior Center for a doggone fun afternoon, where you and your four-legged friend will enjoy a variety of activities. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the center, 10440 N. Via Linda Admission is free with a pet food donation, which supports Vista del Camino's P.E.T. Pantry. Activities will include a Desert Dog Walk, Ask the Veterinarian sessions, a Howl-Oween costume contest, a caricature artist and photo booth. We will also have on-site dog adoptions. Scottsdale Fire Fighters Charities supports the event. Dogs must have vaccinations and be well-behaved in crowds. Although there is no fee, reservations are required. Register online using bar code #108505.
           
Scottsdale’s “scaretacular” Fall Festival happening Saturday
Looking for a fun and safe alternative to trick or treating? If so, join us at Scottsdale’s 45th Annual Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The event takes place at Eldorado Park, 1909 N. Miller Road. There will be games, food, entertainment, bounce houses, fireworks and the newly-redesigned “Tot Alley” for kids five and younger.

And speaking of Halloween … Scottsdale ranks seventh as best place in the country to go trick-or-treating, according to the online blog MyLife.com.links to external site It looked at several factors including costume stores per capita, the number of abandoned homes and the percentage of residents younger than 14.

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 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.
  • Arizona Fall League Baseballlinks to external site – through mid-November, various times and dates, Scottsdale Stadium.
  • Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare – Haunted attraction, through Nov. 1, WestWorld.
  • 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

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,links to external site 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.

Tap Into Quality for safe, clean and affordable water
Scottsdale is dedicated to providing you with safe, clean and affordable water. Water Resources staff works around the clock to continually test your water to ensure it’s safe for you and your family. That’s the message Tap Into Quality wants to make sure you know. Tap Into Quality is a group of water providers dedicated to educating you about the benefits of tap water.

City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111

City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111. The city’s information line connects you with live operators who know about event, traffic and meeting information. Or, they’ll connect you to the right people for further assistance. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and for special events as publicized. So, the next time you have a question about the city, dial the city information line: 480-312-3111.

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.links to external site 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.

Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES 

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. Two programs are available: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29; and 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Both sessions will be 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Nov. 1
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.

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 Oct. 27.
  • 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.

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