Scottsdale Update - Feb. 13, 2020

HEADLINES

Most Scottsdale offices closed Monday for Presidents Day. While most city offices will be closed for Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 17, your trash will be collected as scheduled. Please place your containers in their normal spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before. 

Spring training returns to Scottsdale Stadium. Catch the San Francisco Giants as Cactus League action resumes Saturday, Feb. 22, at the award-winning Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, by calling 1-877-473-4849 or at sfgiants.com

Attend open house to learn more about sign ordinance update. The city is considering updating the building, freestanding and temporary sign regulations (PDF) that would allow appropriate signs for developments adjacent to the Loop 101 freeway between Scottsdale and Hayden roads. The city's sign code was written prior to construction of Loop 101. Attend an open house from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, Room 1, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, to learn more.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Winfield Scott, Founding Father - Hear the story of Scottsdale's founding father and how he established our community. Watch on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox channels 11 and 1011[HD] and Century Link channel 8001) at 4 and 9 a.m., and 1, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Sundays; and at 2, 7 and 11 a.m., and 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Watch more Scottsdale Video Network programs.


EVENTS

Get reel … the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival continues through Feb. 23. This festival presents great cinema from all over the world with Jewish themes or universal stories through a Jewish lens. Movies play at various theaters throughout the Valley.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld through Feb. 23. Since 1955, this annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,400 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win.  

Celebrate Scottsdale's founder's birthday, Feb. 26. Scottsdale officials and historians Marshall Trimble and Joan Fudala will provide brief tributes to Scottsdale's founder and namesake, Chaplain Winfield Scott. The free, annual outdoor program will take place at noon in front of the Scottsdale Historical Museum

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals rock Sundays. 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 through 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.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Get a head start on securing a summer job; become a lifeguard or swim instructor. Are you at least 15 and looking for a great summer job? Become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. Certification classes start in February and run through spring. Once you're certified, you can apply to work for the city. 

Free loaner tools available for neighborhood cleanups. Scottsdale provides the use of a roll-off container and landscape tools – at no charge to residents. A minimum of five households or volunteer groups is required. 

Residents can borrow block party supplies at no costEquipment includes ice chests, water coolers, shade canopies and traffic cones. 

Your irrigation system is your landscape's lifeline. Check your irrigation system regularly for leaks or defects. A well-maintained system will help keep your landscape healthy while using water efficiently. Conduct a mini irrigation audit using Scottsdale Water's handy checklist, watch our how-to videos and use our helpful guides to help you save water and money. 

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Spring into fun … class registration starts Feb. 24. You won't want to miss all the fun happening in April and May in Scottsdale. Make sure you're ready for class registration, which starts Monday, Feb. 24. View classes, events and opportunities or scroll through Scottsdale Life (PDF) magazine for more details.  

Kids can with "Books Can." This unique program uses popular picture books, rhymes, songs and interactive activities to promote children's social and emotional development. Our six-week series runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 20-March 26, at Rio Montaña Park.  

City aquatics can assess your child's swimming ability. Free assessments are available every 30 minutes Saturday, Feb. 22, at three Scottsdale aquatic centers. Attend between 8 a.m.-noon at McDowell Mountain Ranch or Eldorado; or 1-5 p.m. at Cactus. Participants will receive a skills checklist and recommended level to assist with swim lesson registration. 

Businesses invited to join "Company Wellness Leagues." Scottsdale Adult Sports offers opportunities to employees of local businesses. These leagues encourage exercise, provide team building and dish out loads of fun. Rules are simplified to encourage all experience levels, games will not be officiated and scores will not be recorded. A variety of locations and sports are available. Call 480-312-0227 or visit this website for more information.

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