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Scottsdale Update for July 30, 2015

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Be prepared -- monsoon expected through weekend
  • Scottsdale ranks among best cities for staycations
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • You’re invited to the Safety Luau Saturday
  • Check out these ongoing activities and events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • City delivers nearly 200 “Beat the Heat” care packages
  • “Bag & tie” your garbage to beat the August heat
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Hands-only CPR presentations available for free
  • August swim lessons begin Monday
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk

HEADLINES 

Be prepared -- monsoon expected through weekend
Triple digit temperatures and an increase in moist air could trigger monsoon activity through this weekend. Be prepared for high winds and rain. Most fatalities during storms occur in motor vehicles. Your home is generally one of the safest places to be during a severe storm. Plan ahead and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary during heavy rains or high winds. At home, make sure you have a “ready kit” packed with a 72-hour supply of food, water and other basic needs. Such a kit is important to have during a power outage or if you are unable to leave your home for an extended period. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “monsoon safety.”            

Scottsdale ranks among best cities for staycations
Scottsdale recently ranked No. 4 on a list of the best cities in the nation for staycations, according to WalletHub.com.links to external site Scottsdale also ranked No. 1 for most golf courses per 100,000 residents and No. 4 for most spas per 100,000 residents. Lori Pennington-Gray, associate professor of tourism at University of Florida, said the most important aspect of taking a staycation is drawing clear boundaries between work and play. “A staycation cannot really replace a vacation,” she said. “Typically, if people stay home, they tend to still respond to work calls, do chores around the house, so the benefits of 'getting away' are more difficult to achieve.” Other cities making the top five list for staycations were Atlanta; Cincinnati; Orlando, Fla.; and Boise, Idaho. (Source: KTAR.com, July 26)

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EVENTS 

You’re invited to the Safety Luau Saturday
Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water! You’re invited to the city’s second annual Safety Luau from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug.1, 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.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:             

  • 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 Clublinks to external site plays home games through September at Scottsdale Stadium, northeast corner of Osborn Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
  • Free Downtown Trolley – Runs every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and until 9 p.m. Thursdays for ArtWalk. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “downtown trolley.”
  • 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. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “preserve.”
  • WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “WestWorld.”
  • See more on the events by visiting the city’s home page and searching for “events.”            

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

City delivers nearly 200 “Beat the Heat” care packages
Scottsdale city staff and volunteers delivered 193 “Beat the Heat” care packages to seniors in recent weeks. Every June, the Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide bags of summer goods for isolated, frail and homebound senior citizens. Residents donated supplies, which included reusable bags and water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks, small snack items, personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery gift cards. Besides bringing relief to those in need, city staff gets the opportunity to personally assess the growing demands of homebound seniors. Senior centers accept donations year ‘round.

“Bag & tie” your garbage to beat the August heat

Please “bag & tie” all garbage and grass before placing them in the 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.

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PROGRAMS & SERVICES 

Hands-only CPR presentations available for free
Learn how to save the life of a loved one with the Scottsdale Fire Department’s free, hands-only CPR presentations. This version of CPR is for individuals in sudden cardiac arrest and can be learned in about an hour. To schedule a group presentation, call Fire Public Education Officer Lori Schmidt at 480-312-1817 or visit the city’s home page and search for “CPR.”

August swim lessons begin Monday
Splash into the fall season and sign up for August swim lessons. The lessons are offered at all three of Scottsdale’s year-round aquatic centers and will run Monday and Wednesday afternoons from Aug. 3-26. For more information, call 480-312-POOL or visit the city’s home page and search for “aquatics.”

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: Weeks of Aug. 3 & 31.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Aug. 10.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Aug. 17. 
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Aug. 24.

For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “bulk collection.”

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