Learn about proposed bond projects and program
The public is invited to the Tuesday, April 21, City Council work study session to learn about proposed projects to be included in a potential bond election. The session begins at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. At an earlier work study session, a majority of the council recommended that the city consider preparing for a bond election. However, members did not reach consensus on a proposed bond election date or on the composition of the bond program. These items will be discussed Tuesday. General obligation bonds are issued by states and local governments to raise funds for public projects. Review projects being considered.
Bee alert; bee prepared!
You’ve probably been hearing the buzz about increased bee attacks throughout the Valley and at Scottsdale’s Pinnacle Peak Park. The rise in bee activity is not unusual for this time of year. Be aware that more bees are expected this year because of warmer weather and last year's above-average rainfall. Pinnacle Peak Park is open, and we remind hikers to leave bees alone. If you are attacked, follow these tips:
• Cover your face.
• Run immediately into a building or vehicle.
• Do not swat at the bees.
• Do not jump into a pool (some varieties of bees will wait for you to come up for air).
• Call 911 if someone is being attacked.
Drowning is no joke; get pool safety information at April Pools Day
Scottsdale’s free April Pools Day event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. The event features a mock rescue with the Scottsdale Fire Department and emergency medical services, interactive booths, games, raffles and drowning prevention information. This is a fun way for families to kick off summer and practice safe behavior in and around water.
Scottsdale Stadium hosts 2015 Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl
Scottsdale Stadium will be the home of this year’s Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. with the first match beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18. Rugby is the fastest growing sport in North America and is the third largest sporting event in the world behind only soccer and the Olympics. Get more event and ticket information.
Cycle the Arts and celebrate Valley Bike Month
The 10th annual Scottsdale Cycle the Arts offers two unique opportunities to hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley’s best public art:
- First, join the fun Sunday, April 19, for a ride that begins and ends at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with small groups of riders departing at 8 a.m. The bike tour is free and fun for the entire family and cyclists of all levels. Learn about each public art piece along a guided eight-mile loop. Helmets are required.
- Experienced cyclists are invited on a 30-35 mile-long guided public art tour Sunday, April 26. Riders should meet at Mountain View Park, 8625 E. Mountain View Road, near the restrooms adjacent to the basketball courts. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with riders departing at 8 a.m. Helmets are required.
Visit Share the Ride for additional 2015 Valley Bike Month events.
We’ve got a great Date Night idea!
Are you running out of fun and creative date night ideas? Here’s something new. Scottsdale Stadium is hosting Date Night for the 21 and older crowd from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 8. Grab your sweetie and enjoy stadium tours and a movie – bring a blanket! Gourmet food truck fare and libations will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Scottsdale Cares. For more information, call 480-312-0217.
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.
- 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.
- Arizona's Singing Cowboy – 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 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.
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.
Turf watering tips for April
Remember to do a thorough check of your irrigation/sprinkler system this month to ensure it’s working properly. Look for blown sprinkler heads and any missing or malfunctioning drip emitters. Also, water your turf areas deeply for best results. This time of year, Bermuda grass only needs water once a week and rye grass once every four to five days. Get more watering tips.
Caution … native wildlife active in spring
Desert wildlife like our springtime weather. That means urban animals such as bobcats, coyotes, javelina, raccoons and skunks can sometimes be seen in neighborhoods. Neither the city nor the Arizona Game & Fish Department trap or relocate wildlife under normal circumstances. But you can help to discourage urban wildlife from living in your area by removing essentials of wildlife habitat such as water, food and shelter. Learn more.
Fight the bite . . . from mosquitoes
Everyone is responsible for eliminating and preventing mosquito breeding on their property according to Maricopa County Vector Control. Mosquitoes must have water to complete their life cycle. Stagnant water can increase mosquito activity. Follow these tips to eliminate mosquitoes from breeding:
- Drain animal watering troughs, bird baths and pet watering dishes weekly.
- Drain standing water from buckets and other containers that can collect water.
- Repair water leaks, sprinkler systems or coolers that cause water to pond.
- Remove vegetation and floating debris in and around ponds and stagnant swimming pools to limit breeding potential.
- Fill in low spots in your yard.
- Control the irrigation in your yard or pastures.
Learn Scottsdale parks survey results; offer input for master plan
A recent survey of 600 randomly selected Scottsdale households revealed that 80 percent use city libraries, 75 percent visit neighborhood parks and 97 percent rate the condition of city parks and facilities excellent or good. The city is using the results of that survey as part of updating the Community Services Master Plan, which lays the foundation for Scottsdale parks, libraries and social services in the future. Four community presentations to discuss the full range of survey results and other elements of the draft master plan are scheduled:
- Wednesday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.
- Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., Boys and Girls Club Thunderbirds Branch, 20199 N. 78th Place
- Monday, April 27, 5:30 p.m., Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road
- Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m., Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda
The public is encouraged to attend any of the meetings to learn more and offer feedback on Scottsdale’s parks, libraries, recreation and human services sites. A final draft of the updated master plan will be available in May; City Council consideration is expected this summer. Call 480-312-7275 or email Parks and Recreation for more information.
Partners for Paiute hosts annual fundraising breakfast
The public is invited to the Partners for Paiute annual fundraising breakfast. It begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Partners for Paiute is a nonprofit organization that supports the Paiute Neighborhood Center through promoting, funding and facilitating social services and educational, cultural and recreational activities. While the breakfast is free, donations are encouraged. For more information or to attend, call 480-980-2516 or email Partners for Paiute.
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Run … jump … throw! Youth Sports track & field begins Monday
Scottsdale youth sports track is off and running. Track is open to kids 7 to 14 years old. Teams are offered at all Scottsdale school district elementary and middle schools. Practices begin the week of April 20 and will run two days per week on school grounds following classes. The cost is $35 for the season. The Scottsdale All City Meet takes place Saturday, May 9. It is a local qualifying meet for the Hershey Track and Field program.
Oh, the places you can go on the Scottsdale trolley
Transportation staff will facilitate free trolley trips featuring various routes every month for the remainder of the year. Each trip will have a lunch destination. Participants pay for their own lunches. The next trip begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22. To register for a trip or to find out more specific details on the routes, call the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or email Jessica Johnson.
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 #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of April 20.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of April 27.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of May 4.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of May 11.