Texting to 911 a reality in Scottsdale. Texting in an emergency is now an option in Scottsdale and across Maricopa County. Texting may be easier for the deaf or hearing impaired, those with a speech impairment, victims of domestic violence, and victims who are concerned about being heard by an assailant. Dialing 911 is always the best option, but when you can't, text.
Scottsdale Stadium renovations move to final design. Scottsdale Stadium is moving forward with a major renovation. Master planning is concluding, and city staff are issuing a request for proposals to enter the design/build phase. Scottsdale's City Council recently approved $5 million for that process to begin.
Celebrate the arts April 19 at special Mayor and City Council breakfast. This free, informal event takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, 7374 E. Second St. The breakfast will feature displays, information and demonstrations from many of Scottsdale's most noted arts organizations.
Food for Fines runs April 8-14. Pay off your library fines with a food donation. In celebration of National Library Week, Scottsdale libraries will waive $1 in fines for every nonperishable food item you bring to the library. Donations will help restock the Vista del Camino food bank.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Watch "State of the Fire Department" to learn everything you need to know about this important city service.
Gold Palette ArtWalk features "A Taste of Scottsdale: Eat, Drink & Art," tonight. Great art, luscious food and lovely wine are at their best when they are paired. Visitors can stroll the galleries from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to view remarkable original artworks by renowned artists while quenching their palates with wonderful noshes and beverages.
Run the Runway race offers "plane" old fun for a great cause. This one-of-a-kind race takes flight Saturday, April 7, on the Scottsdale Airport runway. A vendor fair with fun-for-the-whole-family activities follows. Use promo code 'Playworks' for a 25 percent discount.
International Jazz Day AZ hits the high note Saturday. Celebrate International Jazz Month at this event from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Fountain Stage. The lineup includes Jessie McGuire, Neamen Lyles, Mario Abney, Carlos Rivas, Lisa Hightower, Tina Estes, Nayo Jones, and a special guest appearance by Dave Riley. Get more information and ticket prices.
Attend season's final Sunday A'fair minifestival. Listen to the Valley's top musicians and experience an arts-and-crafts market. This free event take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, on the Civic Center Mall. Bring a blanket and picnic, or buy food on-site.
Don't throttle the thrill at Arizona Bike Week, April 11-15. Attend the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest at WestWorld. Highlights include hundreds of world class vendors, stunt shows, live music, demos, exhibitions, contests, flat track racing, auctions and bike shows. Each night ends with a concert featuring big names in the rock world.
Pinnacle Peak Park hosts Sonoran Desert Life program. Arizona Game and Fish Department's Randy Babb will share the fascinating ways that animals and plants adapt and survive in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. The free program starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the park ramada. Register at 480-312-0990.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
April is Water Awareness Month. Celebrate Water Awareness Month by learning how to save water inside and outside your home. Take a free water efficiency class, request free landscaping and leak brochures, explore the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park and visit ArizonaWaterFacts to learn what's real and what's myth when it comes to our water supplies.
Parks & Rec's summer class list and brochure hits the streets. Get details on summer camps, recreation programs and classes, special events, senior programs, fall afterschool programs, facility and pool schedules, park listings and more.
Avoid using remote vehicle starters. Starting your vehicle before you're ready to drive wastes fuel, pollutes our air and can damage your engine. Learn more.
Try these turf watering tips for April. Inspect your irrigation/sprinkler system to ensure it's working properly. Water your turf areas deeply and thoroughly for best results. This time of year, Bermuda grass needs water only once a week and rye grass once every four to five days. Use our free watering guide or free online leak guide for more watering and leak discovery tips.
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
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 7, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.
Cycle the Arts pedals off Sunday and April 15. Hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley's best public art. Two events take place; one April 8 in Old Town Scottsdale; the other April 15 in north Scottsdale. Helmets are required.
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