Scottsdale Update - June 22, 2017


'Tis the season for wildland fires. The summer heat brings an increased risk for wildland fires. Learn how to protect your family by creating defensible space around your property.

Duo recognized by Scottsdale Fire for life-saving actions. Richard Farkas was attending a martial arts class recently when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Fellow students Dennis Scribner and Santosh Rao immediately recognized the problem, called 911 and began CPR. Due to their quick actions, Farkas walked out of the hospital days later and back to his family.

Remembering Scottsdale's roughest day. It wasn't heat that pummeled Scottsdale June 21, 1972 - but a devastating tornado, followed by record flooding. The sudden monsoon-like storm wrecked more than 200 homes, injuring dozens of residents and causing millions of dollars in damages. The threats continued the next day when more rain caused four breaks in the Arizona Canal, creating widespread flooding. The events of June 1972 are rare, but they are a reminder that summer storms can be destructive. Remember these safety tips as we enter the season of heat and monsoons. 


Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion on how to keeps kids out of trouble during summer break.


Listen to the music at railroad park's free Sunday night concert. Pop-singing band Smashed takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks - or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Concerts continue through July 2.

Season's final Old Town Farmers Market takes place Saturday. Check out the selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, organic produce, artisan and ancient grain breads, local pasta, and salsas and sauces. The market runs from 7 to 11 a.m. on the northwest corner of First Street and Brown Avenue.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Programs for children with special needs available throughout the summer. The Adaptive Services Center provides smaller staff ratios and activity adaptations with an emphasis on positive social interactions. Inclusion services are free. Call 480-312-2204 for details.

Summer brings earlier hours for refuse collection. If you have curbside refuse collection, please have your container at the curb by 5 a.m. the day of your scheduled collection.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West showcases "Grand Canyon Grandeur" exhibit. In the early days of Grand Canyon travel and tourism, the Santa Fe Railway regularly offered free transportation and lodging to artists in exchange for their artworks. Museum visitors can view these works by two dozen of these distinguished historical artists.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Library offers lifelong learning opportunities. Learn how to access and navigate hundreds of online classes on almost any topic imaginable. The free class takes place from 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Appaloosa Library.

Discover ways to use search engine optimization to increase online visibility. This free class takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in Civic Center Library's Eureka Loft.

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