Valley residents can push Scottsdale's railroad park to the national title. It's West versus South in the final, as Scottsdale's iconic McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park takes on Amerson River Park in Macon, Georgia. The winner will be determined through an online vote and a tally of Instagram posts – whichever park captures the most by noon Saturday, April 6, will earn the 2019 ELGL Knope Award for the nation's best park or open space. Vote online and encourage others to do the same! Post pictures and videos using hashtag #ELGLKnope and tagging @ELGL50 and @theRailroadPark – you could win great prizes.
And just one of the reasons why the park mentioned above is so fantastic ... Events like the Exclusively Little Expo! Families are invited to this one-of-a-kind event to learn about programs, services, education and products for families and children. The event, designed for kids 10 and younger, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Tonight! Learn how to stay cool with radiant cooling at April's Green Building Lecture. Forty-three percent of all electricity consumed in Valley homes is used for air conditioning. Learn efficient ways to remove heat while improving thermal comfort and saving energy. The free program runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
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Mannequins that blink, breath and bleed? Get a realistic MASH-like look at HonorHealth's military and first responder training.
Run the Runway race offers "plane" old fun for a great cause. This unique race takes flight Saturday, April 6, on the Scottsdale Airport runway with 5K, 10K and Kids Dash options. A vendor fair with fun-for-the-whole-family activities will follow. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit, Playworks Arizona.
Thunderbird Park hosts free Bike-in Movie event. Attend this free family event from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the park. Highlights include play areas, city information booths and food for sale. We will be showing the 1995 version of Jumanji shortly after sunset.
Scottsdale Stadium hosts Desert Dog Police K9 Trials this weekend. Watch these amazing police dogs compete in exciting events. The trials runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, at the stadium. Food, drinks, vendors, souvenirs, 50/50 raffle, SWAT demo and more will be on site. Please, no privately-owned dogs or pets allowed. Free admission.
Last chance to attend Sunday A'Fair minifestival. The season's final concert runs from noon-4 p.m. April 7, 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.
Gold Palette ArtWalk features "Sip of Scottsdale," April 11. In partnership with the Scottsdale Wine Trail and Sonoita AVA, this event features tastings of local Arizona wines throughout various Old Town galleries. Great art and great wine – the perfect mix! Visitors can stroll the galleries from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
Please your palate at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 13 & 14. Expert chefs, scrumptious food creations and enthralling entertainment are all part of the mix, culminating with the Great Arizona Picnic.
Put your pedal to the pavement for Cycle the Arts, April 14. Hop on your bike and get an up-close look at some of the Valley's best public art. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ride at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14, at Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Helmets are required for this family-friend 10-mile ride.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
April is Water Awareness Month. Commemorate Water Awareness Month by learning how to save water inside and outside your home. Request free landscaping and leak brochures, explore the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park and visit Arizona Water Facts to learn what's real and what's myth when it comes to our water supplies.
Scottsdale Adopt-A-Road needs your help, April 13. Celebrate the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful event Saturday, April 13, by organizing a group of friends to clean a road. Registered groups receive free trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves.
Scottsdale Fire hosts fire service introduction for females 16-21 years old. The Female Inspired Rescue Response Experience (FIRRE) program runs from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 4, at the Hontz Training Facility, 911 N. Stadem Drive, Tempe. Scottsdale residency is not required; space is limited to 20 attendees. Register here.
Provide your feedback on the future of transportation in this region. The Maricopa Association of Governments is seeking your input on its long-range transportation plan. Your suggestions will be used to help develop plans for future roads, freeways, public transit, bike and pedestrian improvements. The online survey will take approximately 10 minutes. Participants can win raffle prizes ranging from $100 gift cards to personal electronics, or even a $1,000 grand prize! Take the survey here.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.
Is the library haunted? Find out Saturday. Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, Inc. discusses the scientific methods used to investigate paranormal activity. Representatives will divulge why they think the Arabian and Mustang libraries are haunted. This free program runs from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Arabian Library.
Library presents "Cannabis 101 – A Safe and Effective Pain Management Alternative." Are you considering cannabinoid therapeutics as an alternative to narcotics? If so, attend this free presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Civic Center Library. Discussion focuses on science over stigma.
Entertainment Extravaganza showcases senior talent, April 17. Scottsdale Senior Services' signature variety show returns at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Free admission with a canned food donation for Vista del Camino's Food Bank.
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