City seeking ideas and input for the McDowell Corridor
Revitalizing Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor remains a top priority for the city council. Community members have an opportunity to share their ideas and provide feedback on the area at a series of open houses:
- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, SkySong Global Room ,1475 N. Scottsdale Road
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Tonalea Elementary School, 7501 E. Oak Street
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road
Input received will be considered as part of future plans and programs to revitalize the area. The McDowell Corridor is the eight square miles in Scottsdale south of Osborn Road. Learn more about activity in the corridor, and sign-up for a monthly e-newsletter.
Deadline nears for Employment of People with Disabilities award nominations
The Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Awards serves to thank those who provide counseling, education and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It also recognizes individuals with disabilities who have provided outstanding examples of courage, perseverance and love in the face of adversity. You can nominate people in categories that honor teachers, students, employees and employers through Monday, Sept. 15. Get more information and the nomination form. The website also provides information on scholarship applications for students with disabilities. The awards program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.
Scottsdale home to 19 of Arizona's top 40 tech companies
Each year, Inc. Magazine releases its Inc. 5000 List which highlights the nation's top 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies. Scottsdale is home to 19 of Arizona's top 40 companies that made the list. Get details.
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. This week’s restrictions:
- Northbound Loop 101 will be closed from the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway to Chaparral Road from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Suggested detour: Northbound travel approaching the 202 can go west to Rural/Scottsdale roads, north to Curry Road, then east to Hayden. From there, traffic can follow detour signs to Chaparral, then east to the freeway.
- McKellips Road at the Loop 101 interchange will be closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, through 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19. The ramps will remain open for east-and westbound traffic, and vehicles coming from those directions will be allowed to enter the freeway. Freeway travelers will be able to exit at McKellips, but they will not be able to cross under the freeway.
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 will be open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.
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Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare comes to WestWorld
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare comes to WestWorld Friday, Sept. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 1. Experience three haunted attractions – Captain Spaulding's 3D Clown School, The Lords of Salem black-out and The Devil's Rejects – in addition to the Bloody Boulevard with roaming monsters, music, games and more. The experience is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. WestWorld is at 16601 N. Pima Road. Get cost and additional information at Great American Nightmare.
Learn about Native American culture at annual recognition day Oct. 3
The public is invited to learn about Native American culture at the 32nd annual Native American Recognition Days Opening Ceremony. The free event takes place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. This year’s theme is “Body, Mind and Spirit – Healthy in our Community.” Native American healing is based on the belief that everyone and everything on earth is interconnected, and every person, animal, and plant has a spirit or essence. Through this annual celebration, our connection with one another promotes positive community wellness and acknowledgment of one another. Event highlights include a continental breakfast, the Phoenix Oyate Singers, a flag raising ceremony, a Yaqui Deer Dancer Blessing and the Tsootro’s Hopi Dance Group. The commemoration began in 1982 as a way to share the culture and heritage of Native Americans.
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.
- 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
City seeks feedback on Design Standards & Policies Manual update
We need the public’s help with the city’s review of the Design Standards & Policies Manual. The goal of the manual is to present clear and concise technical requirements, policies and processes to help design professionals to prepare plans and reports necessary for development of both public and private projects within the city. Get information and provide feedback through September these ways:
- Subscribe to a Design Standards & Policies Manual e-newsletter
- Attend an open house: noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, One Civic Center, 7447 E. Indian School
- Review the document and comment online
- Email: Design Standards Feedback
- Write: Kira Wauwie, Project Coordination Liaison, 7447 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
- Call: 480-312-7898
Check the website for periodic updates.
Input needed for flood control study
The public is invited learn about and comment on a flood control study at a pair of meetings hosted by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. Attendees will have the opportunity to review potential flood hazards identified in the study – known as the Pinnacle Peak West Area Drainage Master Study. Because the potential for flooding varies throughout the 95-square mile area, each meeting will focus on one of two geographic sub-areas (map):
- Rawhide Wash sub-area: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Grayhawk Elementary School, 7525 E. Grayhawk Drive.
- The Northwest Watersheds sub-area: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St.
There will be a presentation at 6:15 p.m. both nights. If you can’t attend the meetings, you can provide feedback at FloodTalk.
Police Chief Rodbell receives Supervisor of the Year award
Police Chief Alan Rodbell received the Doeg Nelson Supervisor of the Year Award by the Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees Association. He was recognized for his role in mentoring employees to prepare them to serve as police chiefs in other jurisdictions. This includes Casa Grande Police Chief Johnny Cervantes, former commander, and Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan, former assistant police chief. Chief Rodbell also was singled out for his leadership with the Arizona Chiefs of Police Association and his coordination of promotional preparation classes for the association’s conferences. The Supervisor of the Year Award is named after Doeg Nelson, the first black assistant police chief in Arizona. The award is given to law enforcement management who model excellence in leadership.
Environmental Design Award winners showcase environmental excellence
Thanks to its innovative design, the Bicycle Haus captured a Scottsdale Environmental Design Award. The biennial awards program recognizes the best in Scottsdale design and architecture – aesthetically expressive, sustainable work appropriate to the upper Sonoran Desert and Scottsdale’s unique environment. The program serves to educate the public by example and acknowledge quality green and sustainable development. The North Scottsdale Park & Ride and Simply Dentistry also captured awards. This year the awards committee established a new category, Legacy Awards, to recognize projects that are more than 25 years old that meet the same criteria as the environmental design awards. Find out who they are and learn more about the program.
Scottsdale Spring Training Festival earns national recognition
The Scottsdale Spring Training Festival is rated among the nation’s top special events by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association. The festival, which promotes and celebrates the start of Arizona’s Cactus League season, received a second-place Silver Circle Savvy Award. More than 6,500 people attended the February Spring Training Festival. It featured Hall of Fame players, team information and booths, baseball memorabilia and a variety of interactive fan activities geared around the science of baseball. Scottsdale partnered with the Arizona SciTech Festival, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, the Cactus League and other local groups to present the festival. Judges singled out the festival’s marketing, website and media coverage in announcing the award. The annual Savvy Awards recognize local government efforts to connect with residents and businesses and engage them in the community.
Scottsdale’s YouTube Channel surpasses 100,000 views
Scottsdale’s Channel 11 team has created and posted more than 250 videos to the Scottsdale YouTube channel since July 2009. During the past two years, viewers have spent more than 3,800 hours watching city videos. The average length someone watches a single video is about two and a half minutes. After Arizona, the states that watch our channel most are California, Texas, Florida and New York. After the United States, the countries that watch our channel most are the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Australia.
Preserve’s Lost Dog Wash Trailhead temporary closure continues through sunrise Sunday
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Lost Dog Wash Trailhead is temporarily closed for construction until 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Crews are working on the new Interpretive Trail and an expansion of the parking lot. You can access the preserve at other nearby locations:
- Sunrise Trailhead, 12101 N. 145th Way
- Ringtail Trailhead – 12300 block of North 128th Street
- Gateway Trailhead – 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Youth sports start Sept. 22
Parks and Recreation Youth Sports programs offer your kids a chance to make new friends, learn good sportsmanship, get exercise and have fun. Registration is currently underway for flag football and volleyball leagues for those 8 to 11; and the Skills U class for those 6 and 7. Prices are $50 and $30, respectively. All practices are immediately after school on select school campuses. Games are Saturday mornings starting Oct. 4. Call 480-312-7657 for more information.
Register for fall landscape workshops
Now is the perfect time to think about creating a beautiful landscape while conserving water. Registration is underway for the city’s fall landscape workshops, including plant selection and understanding your drip irrigation system. These free workshops are held throughout October and into November at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 N. Via Linda. Advance registration is required.
September Neighborhood College class focuses on most common HOA issues
Registration is available for Scottsdale’s Neighborhood College, a series of free classes where residents can receive the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders. The Tuesday, Sept. 23, class topic is “Boards vs. Residents,” a lively seminar that will pit lawyer against lawyer to discuss both sides of the most popular HOA issues. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Registration is required. advocate, humanitarian, and proud member of the Gila River Indian Community, will provide a glimpse into the livelihood and culture of the Gila River and Salt River Indian communities. Get details and register for the event.
Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
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:
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Sept. 22.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Sept. 29.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Oct. 6.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Oct. 13.
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