New city gateway entry markers in the works. The city is working with Scottsdale Public Art to update and provide a contemporary look to the markers for residents and visitors entering Scottsdale. Public Art narrowed down the pool to five artists and designs. The new markers will reflect Scottsdale's unique character. Consequently, there may be more than one design awarded as Scottsdale's character can change depending on location. The designs will be on display through January at Scottsdale libraries:
- Civic Center Library: week of Jan. 6
- Appaloosa Library: week of Jan. 13
- Arabian Library: week of Jan. 20
- Mustang Library: week of Jan. 27
The public also can access information online and tell us which design(s) they like best. An artist selection panel will choose the finalist(s), which will be announced in February.
Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane seeks nominees for Scottsdale All Star Awards. These awards highlight Scottsdale community members and organizations that in 2019 received an award, honor or participated in an exceptional, documented achievement. We will recognize winners at a special ceremony during the 67th annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol. Nominate an All Star here by Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole or a missing trash can, our EZ online service makes it easier for residents to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ lets you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Spokes - Police cars, fire engines, recycling trucks - city vehicles that are some of the most visible signs of government at work. But, in Scottsdale, you'll find city employees doing their jobs a different way.
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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction rolls in Saturday through Jan. 19. It's the granddaddy of all car events. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction returns to WestWorld bringing hundreds of the world's finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators to Scottsdale. The auction also features an exhibitor marketplace and hours of live worldwide television coverage.
Sunday A'Fair minifestivals return Sunday. 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-4 p.m. most Sundays Jan. 12-March 29, on the Scottsdale Civic Center.
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday year-round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.
Veg out at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Recycle your Christmas tree at these drop off locations through Sunday. Yellow collection bins will be available at three city parks: Eldorado, Scottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on their scheduled brush/bulk service week.
Registration opens in January for Scottsdale City Government 101. Discover how city staff and elected officials work together to serve you! Participants will engage with executive level managers, directors and administrators from various city departments. You'll learn about the council/manager form of city government and meet your mayor and council, as well as charter officers. The academy begins in March and runs from noon-2 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks.
Are your toilets running? A running toilet can waste over 6,000 gallons of water per month. Test your toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of dark food coloring in the toilet tank – not the bowl – and wait 15 minutes. Don't flush. If you see color in the bowl, you have a leak. For help finding other leaks in your home, use our free leak detection guide, "Find and Fix Leaks that are Draining your Budget," and other free water efficiency publications.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
"Visit" 16 national parks from Arizona to Washington. Travel with photographer and hiker Larry Zuiker from the Grand Canyon to Olympic National Park with 14 more stops along the way. This free program runs from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Civic Center Library.
Senior centers host free "Home Safe Home" presentations. Seniors can get safety tips on fire alarms, extinguishers, lock boxes and other common safety concerns. Two identical presentations take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Via Linda Senior Center and at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Granite Reef Senior Center. Register online.
Take a jab at getting fit this January at Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center. Scottsdale's Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center is the perfect spot to meet your physical conditioning goals. We host a variety of classes, and our equipment includes a boxing ring, heavy bags, treadmills, bikes, stair climbers, rowers, elliptical machines, free weights, weight machines and full-court indoor basketball. Annual, three-month and one-month memberships are available at affordable prices.
Let us help you get started to a happy and healthy new year. McDowell Mountain Ranch, Cactus and Eldorado aquatic and fitness centers are open for adult lap swim, water exercise classes and working out. Register for monthly water exercise classes or just "drop in." Cost is $3 for residents.
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