Scottsdale Update - April 26, 2018

HEADLINES

Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole or a missing trash can, a new online service is making 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.

New Old Town system helps visitors find parking spots easier and quicker. Following installation and testing during April and May, visitors to certain areas of Old Town will soon be able to find on-street parking spaces using Parker by Streetline, a mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The Streetline system also will allow merchants to publish available parking near their location on their websites and encourage more customers to visit their stores.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Take a tour of Old Town Scottsdale and the Arts District in a series called, "Heart of Scottsdale." In the latest edition, you'll meet Bill Faust, owner of Faust Gallery, specializing in Native American jewelry.


EVENTS

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's Concert Series runs April 29-July 1. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 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.  

National Cutting Horse Association Nationals run May 4-12. WestWorld hosts this Western style equestrian competition with horse and rider working as a team to demonstrate the horse's ability to handle cattle. The event is funded in part through the city's Community Event Funding Program.   

May the 4th be with Choo. The Force will be strong at the 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 takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4.  

Cinco de Mario (cue Mario Lopez!) features food, entertainment, shopping and more. The Main Stage, hosted by TV host and Emmy Award winner Mario Lopez will be jammed-packed with live entertainment. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Participate in a "Saved By The Bell" Look-a-Like Contest and shop for Mexican gourmet goods at the Super Mucho Mercado.

Tuba soloist performs free show with the Scottsdale Concert Band. Renowned tuba soloist Patrick Sheridan performs with the Scottsdale Concert Band for its season's final show. It starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Chaparral High School. Scottsdale Community College sponsors the 75-member band.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

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 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Back-to-School Program eligibility screenings take place in April and May. Call Vista del Camino at 480-312-2323 for a screening appointment or to find out how to donate items or money. Donors will provide school supplies and clothes for up to 1,100 children.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Scottsdale Police host "Drug Take-Back" Saturday. Residents can dispose of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs Saturday, April 28. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 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 at three Scottsdale Police district locations through the department's Safe Drug Disposal Program

Attend free workshop: Take Control of Your Landscape Watering. Learn how much water your plants need and how often they need it. Then practice programming an irrigation controller/timer. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. Register.  

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day May 5. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, May 5. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.

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