Scottsdale Update - Feb. 7, 2019

HEADLINES

Mark your calendar for the Mayor's State of the City Address. Attend Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane's annual State of the City Address at noon Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. There is no charge to attend and RSVPs are not needed. A luncheon to benefit Operation Fix It begins at 11:30 a.m. Purchase luncheon tickets here; for sponsorships or table purchases, call 480-312-2466.

Reporting bike and scooter issues is EZ. The fastest and most effective way to report devices that are parked improperly is through the city's Scottsdale EZ website. Type "bike" or "scooter" into the search box and follow the prompts to make a report. The application will forward your report to city staff and to the private bike/scooter-sharing companies. You can also report bikes/scooters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, by calling 480-312-RIDE. View rules for parking and riding as well as frequently asked questions.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Watch as the old 68th Street bridge is demolished, and a new structure rises in its place. The project should be complete in April. Learn about other city construction projects here.


EVENTS

Watch the Hashknife Pony Express complete its 200-mile journey to deliver mail, this Friday. Experience living history when the oldest officially-sanctioned Pony Express in the world, the Hashknife Pony Express, rides into Scottsdale. The posse will deliver more than 20,000 pieces of mail at high noon to the front steps of Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with entertainment, food trucks and family-friendly activities.  

The Parada del Sol and Trails End Festival take place this Saturday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Scottsdale Road south of Camelback Road and weaves through Old Town. The celebration continues with the Trails End Festival at noon with live music, performances, refreshments, activity booths and more. Get parking and road closure information.       

Celebrate indigenous people at the Arizona Indian Festival, this weekend. Arizona tribes will share their culture – including food, song, dance and crafts – Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10, on Scottsdale Civic Center. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld Feb. 14-24. Since 1955, this annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win.  

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

February is American Heart Month. Schedule a free hands-only CPR class for your group, company or organization through the Scottsdale Fire Department. 

Scottsdale pools are open and heated year-round. Enjoy lap swimming or water exercise classes at one of three facilities: McDowell Mountain Ranch, Cactus or Eldorado. Get more information on facility locations and specific schedules.  

Find a Smartscape-trained landscaper. Smartscape is a landscape training program specifically designed to educate landscape professionals on appropriate practices for the Sonoran Desert. A well-designed desert-friendly landscape will add beauty and value to your home and minimize water use. Hire a Smartscape-trained landscape professional to design, install and maintain your landscape. Find a list of Smartscape professionals.  

Fleet's in-house repair of trolleys reduced downtime by 66 percent. In August 2017, the Fleet Management Department assumed responsibility for maintaining and repairing Scottsdale's trolleys, a service previously performed by a private contractor. By bringing the overall maintenance standards up and completing necessary repairs, the number of broken down trolley road calls went from 170 in 2017 to 145 in 2018. The overall  reduction in downtime was reduced 66 percent from 2017 to 2018 – and this is with an increase in the number of routes served.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Take advantage of the Old Town matching marketing program. There is still time to apply for the city’s matching marketing program, which supports leisure tourism marketing efforts in Old Town. The Tourism and Events Department will award up to $30,000 to each approved applicant until the program's funds are depleted. Contact Jackie Contaldo, downtown specialist, at 480-312-2459 for more information.

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, this Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.

Here's an outlet for your unwanted electronics, this Saturday. Electronics make up the bulk of waste that threatens our environment because of the potentially dangerous elements contained in them. Properly dispose of your unwanted electronics at Scottsdale's Electronics Recycling Collection Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.

"All Things Senior" Expo & Tradeshow offers one-stop resources, Wednesday. This free event features more than 100 exhibitors providing information about health care, senior housing, recreation and fitness opportunities, entertainment, lifestyle, technology, transportation and much more. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.  

Register now for the Spring 2019 session of Scottsdale Neighborhood College. Our 20th year of Neighborhood College continues with two tracts: "Homeowners Association" or the "History of Scottsdale." Attend as many classes in each tract as you want.

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