Scottsdale Update - Sept. 28, 2017



Were circling back to roundabouts. Data continues to support roundabouts as the safest, greenest and most efficient option for many intersections.

Bill Walton and the Wash. Scottsdale's first park, Eldorado, celebrates its 50th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 30 (See information below). Eldorado is more than a park, however. It was the first piece of a visionary project that not only transformed Scottsdale, but also the science of flood control. Learn the story of a greenbelt pioneer.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist opens Tuesday, Oct. 2. The program, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, offers rental assistance based upon eligible household income. It provides affordable and safe housing opportunities for lower-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Applications may be completed online or in person through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.

Office of Diversity presents American Lives: The Impact of Islamophobia Hear personal stories and authentic perspectives about the impact of Islamophobia at this free program 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Civic Center Library.


Explore new worlds in this behind-the-scenes look at the Scottsdale Public Library card.


Celebrate Scottsdale Parks at Grand Old Picnic, Saturday. Several city parks have milestone anniversaries in 2017. Each will celebrate in its own way through the year. But Scottsdale's oldest park, Eldorado, will celebrate with free games, food and entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

Bacon and Beer Classic sizzles Oct. 7. Sample more than 50 craft beers, eat 25 bacon-infused dishes, play giant Jenga, battle it out on the bungee run and compete in a bacon-eating contest. This unique event begins at noon, Saturday, Oct. 7, at Scottsdale Stadium.

Celebrate all things railroad at Railfair, Oct. 7-8. This free event includes model train displays, exhibits of seldom seen vintage railroad equipment and presentations about Arizona's railroad history. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Do you know a Diversity Champion? Nominations are open for Diversity Champions individuals who have enriched the Scottsdale community through their work and/or volunteerism by empowering others. They will be honored Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the 2018 MLK Jr. Dinner Celebration. Eligible nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale. The nomination deadline is noon Friday, Nov. 10.

Planning Commission to hear 2017 major General Plan amendment cases. The remote meeting takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Cocopah Middle School cafeteria, 6615 E. Cholla St. No formal action will be taken but public comment is welcome. Review the proposed Major General Plan Amendment cases. Get a public hearing schedule.

Scottsdale featured in Thrillist and Toronto Sun. Thrillist included Scottsdale on its list of 9 Surprisingly Great U.S. Food Cities You Have to Visit. The Old Town Farmer's Market, FnB, Cowboy Ciao and more were highlighted. Read the Thrillist list here. Culinary also was the focus of Kevin Hann's article in the Toronto Sun, "From desert to dessert: Weather not the only thing that sizzles in Scottsdale." The Old Town Farmer's Market gets another shout-out, along with The Mission, Fat Ox and Virtú Honest Craft. Read his article here.

Canal Convergence and the Scottsdale Arts Festival win multiple awards. These events won a combined 10 awards for excellence in event creation and execution from the International Festivals & Events Association. Canal Convergence has its roots in an early 2013 mix of art and maintenance, created through a partnership between Scottsdale Public Art and Salt River Project. The annual Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place each March and features about 175 artists, food, entertainment and activities.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Learn about the economic value of green, Oct. 5. If you're considering retrofitting your home for energy efficient features, learn which ones might be important for your home. This free Green Building program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center

Don't be a victim of identity theft; shred event takes place Oct. 7. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Wal-Martparking lot. Cost is $4 per box. 

Electronics recycling takes place Oct. 7. Scottsdale residents can drop off unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city's Corporation Yard. Recycling these items prevents them from reaching landfills, creating less waste and providing usable items to organizations that can recapture their value. 

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