Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Scottsdale is one of seven cities to achieve 2019 What Works Cities Certification, a national standard of excellence in city governance. The certification rates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making. Bloomberg recognized Scottsdale for adopting a business mindset to run a well-managed government, embracing transparency, embedding data in decision-making – and several other accomplishments that resulted from those practices.
Neighborhood Watch goes digital: Scottsdale debuts CamerEyes, asks residents to join. Scottsdale police want help catching criminals from residents who have smart technology doorbells and home video systems. Anyone with these devices can notify the Scottsdale Police Department by filling out a quick online questionnaire. Following a crime, police employees often go door-to-door to look for cameras in the area, which can be time consuming. CamerEyes eliminates that process by allowing police to go directly to those registered with cameras. Learn more.
Scottsdale Water wins multiple awards at AZ Water Conference. The city's wastewater maintenance group was awarded the annual Gimmicks and Gadgets Award for its innovative solution to replacing large-diameter reverse osmosis membranes; Water Operations Supervisor Randy Gomez was named Operations Leader of the Year; Principal Scientist Mark Xerxis was named Laboratory Analyst of the Year; and Scottsdale Water's Security, Safety and Training Coordinators Jeff Fritsch and Kerry Leib were awarded the AZ Water Health and Safety Professionals of the Year. Learn more about the award winners and their projects.
Commemorate Pay It Forward Day by donating to Scottsdale Cares. Scottsdale Cares is the city's voluntary utility bill donation program. It helps fund crucial services like delivering meals to homebound seniors, helping teens prevent suicide and providing safe places for kids to play and learn. There are a variety of ways you can donate. Pay It Forward Day, commemorated on Sunday, April 28, is a global initiative that "exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world."
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Watch to learn how to submit plans digitally through Scottsdale's Digital Plan Submittal Application.
City celebrates Arbor Day. Scottsdale will observe Arbor Day at 8 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Scottsdale Rotary Park. The city also will accept its 37th consecutive Tree City USA accreditation and 26th consecutive Growth Award. As part of the ceremony, the city will dedicate a memorial tree to Joe Rubin, former Scottsdale Library Board member. Daughters of the American Revolution Winfield Scott Chapter also will donate a tree in honor of the commemoration.
Scottsdale Police host "Drug Take-Back" Saturday. Residents can dispose of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs Saturday, April 27. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road; and the Foothills District Police Station, 20363 N. Pima Road. Residents also can safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medication year-round through the Safe Drug Disposal Program.
Drowning is no joke – get pool safety information. "April Pools Day" features drowning prevention information, a mock rescue, interactive booths, games and raffles. The free event runs from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's Concert Series runs April 28 through June 30. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks – or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.
Paiute Park hosts "Picnic in the Park," May 4. This free event features games, live entertainment, city information and food for sale. It runs from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the park, 3210 N. 66th St.
May the 4th be with "Choo" – attend movie night at the railroad park. The Force will be strong at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as we celebrate all things Star Wars. Our train-themed twist on the popular Star Wars Day event will feature concessions, photo opportunities with Star Wars characters and lots of intergalactic activities. The free event starts at 5 p.m., with "The Last Jedi" movie starting at 7 p.m.
Senior centers host pair of Mother's Day celebrations, May 9 and 10. The senior centers are celebrating Scottsdale's marvelous mothers with a pair of luncheons: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at Via Linda Senior Center; and 1 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Granite Reef Senior Center. Space is limited and registration is required.
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 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.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Vista del Camino serves as hydration station May through September. These stations help protect vulnerable individuals during the summer by providing relief from the heat. Vista is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Construction to cause temporary closure at Granite Mountain Trailhead, April 29-May 8. The public can access the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve's northern region at the Brown's Ranch, Pima Dynamite and Fraesfield trailheads during the closure. The trails in the vicinity of the Granite Mountain Trailhead will remain open for those traversing the trail system in the area, but the trailhead will be closed to all public access and parking.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Find out what robots are doing on Mars. Planetary Scientist Tanya Harrison will provide an update on what robots are up to on the Red Planet with NASA, the Insight Lander probe landing and more. The free program takes place from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Civic Center Library.
Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day May 4. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.
Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, May 4. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.
City processes passport applications. We can help you on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out what you need and where you need to go.
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