City, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy honored for their work with preserve
It took an inspired network of citizens to create Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and a unique public-private partnership to steward its evolution.
That vision and ingenuity are being honored this fall by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Society will present its Medal of Excellence to Scottsdale and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nov. 9 in Chicago.
The award recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and design, or a combination of those disciplines.
Learn more about the preserve and the Medal of Excellence award.
Scottsdale has signed the UNITY Pledge – will you?
The Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved the city’s signature on the Unity Pledge last August. It’s a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies.
Now, Scottsdale’s Mayor and City Council are asking residents, businesses and organizations to sign as well, and to work together to promote the UNITY Pledge among everyone in Scottsdale.
A letter encouraging support is being mailed to each of Scottsdale’s 88,000 utility customers over the next five weeks. The letter was signed by the mayor and all six City Council members.
Those who want to sign the UNITY Pledge can visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “Unity” or go directly to the UNITY Pledge website: www.OpenAZ.co
The city also has several hundred UNITY Pledge window clings for local businesses, organizations and individuals to use to publicly show their support. Those will be provided free upon request at the front desk of Scottsdale City Hall, or by contacting the city’s diversity office at 480-312-2727.
The latest in modern housing on display this week in Scottsdale
What are the latest trends in homes, appliances and domestic design?
Scottsdale is hosting a glimpse into that world this week.
A prefabricated house, custom-built and outfitted with luxury appliances is setting up in the City Hall parking lot, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
The exhibit is part of a six-city tour put together by Dwell magazine and Monogram appliances. They define the tour as a celebration of craftsmanship, innovation and design ingenuity.
Dwell chose Scottsdale to coincide with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s MetaModern exhibition, which features modernist design objects of the mid-century.
On Friday, June 26, the home will host a series of continuing education classes for design professionals. On Saturday, June 27, the doors of the Monogram Modern Home will be open to the public for tours, tastings and demonstrations.
The home has already toured Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, and will be going to Austin and Dallas later this summer, before ending up in Boston in the fall. More information is available on the Dwell website.
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Last weeks for free Sunday concerts at railroad park
Grab a blanket and dance beneath the stars. The free Summer Concert Series at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park take place 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through July 5. This Sunday, enjoy the Beach Boys/British Invasion sounds of The Rave. Check the link above for this summer’s complete schedule.
Mark your calendar for July 4th festivities at WestWorld
Be red, white and “cool” at Scottsdale’s 4th of July celebration from 2 to 9:30 p.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. The event will be inside the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and features a super kids’ play zone; bull riding, StuntMasters BMX Big Air Half Pipe and TNT Dunk Squad Trampoline shows; Grand Prix Gatsby-era Racing (ages 16 and older); Frozen 4th Spectacular with appearances by Ana & Elsa; the 108th Army Band “Saguaro Brass;” delicious food; live entertainment; and traditional fireworks. Get ticket information by calling 1-866-977-6848 or visiting this website.
Watch this video for event highlights.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
- 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.
- Summer Concert Series – Free concerts, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through July 5, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.
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 Club plays home games through September at Scottsdale Stadium, northeast corner of Osborn Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 e-newsletter.
- See more on the city's event calendar.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Public review process continues for Scottsdale General Plan 2035
Get an insight into our community’s future.
Now is the time for the public to review and comment on the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 draft update. The plan is the primary tool for guiding future development and character of the city over the next 20 years. State law requires the city to update its General Plan every 10 years.
Planning staff will continue to present and discuss the draft General Plan 2035 with city boards, commissions and community groups through October. Get the schedule here. Tentative hearing dates for the Planning Commission and City Council in fall 2015 are canceled. The City Council will discuss the plan at a study session Oct. 13.
Comments collected will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and City Council for their consideration.
The General Plan Task Force put its finishing touches to the draft plan in November 2014. The Task Force recommended the draft plan to the Planning Commission, thus disbanding its role as a public body.
The public can review the draft and submit feedback.
Meeting tonight on Preserve’s Cultural Resources Master Plan
The public is invited to a meeting to provide feedback on the draft Cultural Resources Master Plan for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Cultural resources include archaeological and historical sites, architecture, artifacts and landscape features. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, June 25, at the Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m., followed by breakout sessions addressing various topics. When completed, the plan will guide decisions related to the interpretation, protection and management of resources. The draft plan is posted on the city’s website. Those who can’t attend the meeting can provide feedback online.
Temps are soaring – learn how to spot heat illness and avoid it
Temperatures are climbing above 110 degrees this week. Summer is here – and so is an increased threat of heat-related illness. The Scottsdale Fire Department urges you to know the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during triple-digit temperatures. It is important to know the early warning signs of heat-related illness and to take action. Common symptoms include:
- Heavy sweating
- Shallow breathing
- Rapid but weakened pulse rate
If heat exhaustion is left untreated, it may progress to heat stroke, a severe form of heat illness. Learn more on how to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe from summer heat.
Preserve to close at 3 p.m. July 4
Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, as a safety precaution. With the focus on fireworks for this holiday and dry summer conditions, the early closure helps protect this precious natural resource. City staff and volunteer stewards with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be patrolling the preserve to help ensure the safety of visitors and the preserve’s plants and wildlife. They thank the public in advance for adhering to the closure and protecting the preserve. For more information, contact Preserve Manager Liz Hildenbrand, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Donations needed for Back-to-School program
Your help is needed to support Vista del Camino’s Back-to-School program. Kindergarten through 12th grade eligible students are provided with one set new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, backpack and school supplies. Items can be dropped off at Scottsdale’s social service agency Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Cash/check donations are also accepted on behalf of Scottsdale’s Concerned Citizens for Community Health or “CCCH,” a 40-year community-based nonprofit organization supporting the program. To volunteer or to get more information, contact Eduardo Durazo at 480-312-0063.
Vista del Camino serves as hydration station
Scottsdale’s social service agency Vista del Camino Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., serves as a heat refuge and water hydration station through September. The station’s purpose is to protect vulnerable individuals during the summer by providing relief from the heat and sites where people can get free bottled water, and as available, sunscreen wipes, lip balm and hats. Vista del Camino Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Local organizations partner with the city to provide the supplies. The public can donate water and new/unopened sun protective supplies. For more information, call Vista at 480-312-2323.
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 June 29.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of July 6.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of July 13.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of July 20.
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