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Scottsdale Update for March 5, 2015

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Get set for a big baseball weekend in Scottsdale
  • New downtown trolley route proposed
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Big things happening for little kids at “Exclusively Little”
  • Come mingle at senior center’s Spring Single’s Mixer
  • Check out ongoing events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Scottsdale Cares. Do you? City utility donation program helps others
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Channel 11 airs new programs
  • Register for Run the Runway
  • Fight roof rats – Citrus Drop off Program continues on Saturdays
  • Registration continues for free landscape workshops
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


Get set for a big baseball weekend in Scottsdale
The crack of the bat, the scent of cut grass and the Cactus League’s most intimate venue – there’s nothing quite like spring training in Scottsdale. This weekend features a packed lineup of baseball fun and entertainment:

  • The World Champion San Francisco Giantslinks to external site continue their Cactus League schedule with games at 1:05 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at Scottsdale Stadium. Game tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the stadium box office or by calling 1-877-473-4849.
  • Baseball Citylinks to external site-- a fan fest and trade show rolled into one big extravaganza. The free event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, on Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall, 7333 Scottsdale Mall. Fans of all ages can test their batting, pitching and base-running skills, plus get a hands-on glimpse behind the science of baseball. They’ll also experience a showcase of some of the world’s finest baseball memorabilia. Major league ballplayers, both past and present, will also be on-site signing autographs, talking baseball and hanging out with fans.
  • The Scottsdale Giant Race,links to external site benefiting the Scottsdale Charros charities, takes place Sunday, March 8, at Scottsdale Stadium. Enjoy a unique footrace through the heart of Scottsdale. Race distances include 3 mile, 9K and a kids race/family relay.
  • Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library hosts a free presentation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, on “The Cactus League Experiencelinks to external site by baseball writer Charlie Vascellaro.
  • The Scottsdale Historical Museumlinks to external site features an eclectic spring training memorabilia exhibit throughout March at 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall.
  • Cactus League Legacy Trail:links to external site Download this free map and guide to visit Valley baseball history and cultural sites. Learn how Scottsdale and the Valley grew up around baseball.


New downtown trolley route proposed
The city’s Transportation Department is recommending a revision to the downtown trolley route in hopes of increasing ridership. The public is invited to review the proposed route and provide feedback. The Scottsdale City Council will consider the change at its Tuesday, April 14, meeting. If approved, the new route would start in October.

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Big things happening for little kids at “Exclusively Little”
Full-size fun for kids 6 years old and younger takes place Saturday, March, 7, during McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s annual Exclusively Little event. The free program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Activities include game booths, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and other entertainment. Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal and enter it in the stuffed animal contest --prizes will be awarded to the most loved, cutest and best dressed. Train and carousel rides are $2 each. Children younger than three ride free with a paying adult.

Come mingle at senior center’s Spring Single’s Mixer

Single seniors can enjoy a night of entertainment and socializing at Granite Reef Senior Center’s Spring Mixer. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. It will include interactive games, live entertainment and refreshments. Registration is required; cost is $5 for residents and $7 nonresidents. Call 480-312-1734 for 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.
  • San Francisco Giants Spring Traininglinks to external site – Various dates through March, Scottsdale Stadium, tickets - 1-877-473-4849.
  • Celebration of Fine Artlinks to external site – Watch art as it’s being created! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 29, housed in the big white tents southwest of Hayden Road and the Loop 101. 
  • 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.
  • Arizona's Singing Cowboylinks to external site – Enjoy western music and cowboy poetry, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, near Main Street and Brown Avenue in Old Town.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.     
  • 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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Scottsdale Cares. Do you? City utility donation program helps others
Scottsdale Cares is the city’s voluntary utility bill donations program. By paying the “grand total” on your city utility bill, $1 will be directed to nonprofits that help thousands of neighbors in need. Read storieslinks to external site about the impact of your donations. Watch this videolinks to external site on how the program helps others. View this infographic to learn the easy ways you can donate to Scottsdale Cares.

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

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Channel 11 airs new programs
Scottsdale’s Channel 11 airs these new programs:

  • Helping Hands – Faith Organizations: Are you looking for something meaningful through your church, synagogue or mosque to help others? This episode of Helping Hands showcases three faith organizations doing amazing work in Scottsdale. The program airs on Channel 11 at 8:30 a.m., and 12:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Fridays or watch anytime.links to external site
  • Behind the Badge – Scams:  Learn about current phone scams, how to identify them and what you can do to protect yourself. This episode also addresses the signs of caregiver fraud. The program plays at 9 a.m., and 1, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Tuesdays. Or watch it anytime.links to external site


Register for Run the Runway
Let your feet take flight at the 3rd annual Run the Runway 5K/10K Saturday, April 4, at the Scottsdale Airport. The family-friendly event features a kids’ 1-mile Mascot Dash with Arizona sports team mascots and a post-race festival. The run benefits Playworks Arizona, a nonprofit organization that helps transform recess and play into positive experiences in low-income schools. For more information or to register, visit Run the Runwaylinks to external site  or contact Race Director Jose Moreno at 520-270-1984.

Fight roof rats – Citrus Drop Off Program continues on Saturdays
Scottsdale and Phoenix Arcadia residents are joining forces to remove citrus from area properties to help control the roof rat population. The Citrus Drop Off Programlinks to external site runs Saturdays through March 28. Residents are encouraged to drop off edible fruit from 8 a.m. to noon, and commercial drop off will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Individuals are no longer able to pick up fruit. The program will be at the Elk’s BPOE Scottsdale Lodge parking lot, 6398 E. Oak St.

Registration continues for free landscape workshops
Spring is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about your garden as it wakes up from its winter sleep. Help get your garden off to a good start by attending one or more of Scottsdale’s Water Conservation Landscape Workshops. From pruning to plant selection to watering your landscape efficiently, there is a workshop for every gardener or gardener wannabe. Workshops are at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. or at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park.

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 March. 9.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of March 16.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of March 23.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of March 30.

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