Scottsdale Update will be sent once per week beginning with this issue. Thanks to the nearly 300 Scottsdale Update readers who provided feedback about this newsletter, we are making that change along with a few improvements to the content we offer. Find links to some of your most requested information – city meetings, the city’s general phone number, how to report just about anything and Scottsdale weather (yes, the weather!) in “Quick Links” below.
Remember to cast your ballot for tomorrow's primary election. Scottsdale’s Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary election is the first step toward selecting three City Council members who will take office in January 2023. A general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, to elect any office that remains unfilled after the primary. Learn about the candidates and find more Scottsdale election information at Scottsdale.Vote.
Maricopa County offers "vote anywhere" Vote Centers. They will be open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, election day. Find a Vote Center. You also can download a list of Scottsdale sites (PDF). The city will at share election results after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Scottsdale.Vote.
Did you notice an adjustment on your July water bill? Scottsdale Water annually calculates sewer charges based on customers’ average water usage billed during December, January and February. The adjusted charges begin in July every year. If your water use this past winter was not a true reflection of the actual water discharged to the city’s sewer system – maybe you filled a pool or watered a winter lawn – you may be eligible for an adjustment to your sewer charges. Fill out a “Sewer Charge Adjustment Request” form at ScottsdaleAZ.gov/Water.
Podsdale Episode 20: Finding Some Relief. It’s hot outside, but did you know Scottsdale is a proud partner of Maricopa County’s Heat Relief Network? This week on Podsdale, we sit down with Vista del Camino Community Center’s Andy Passmonick and Ray Gomez to learn how residents can find some help from the heat, and the ways Scottsdale supports its vulnerable residents all year round. Listen now.
Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Meetings are light during the summer, but here are a couple upcoming ones you can attend:
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West hosts film and discussion on inequities of health care. “The Color of Care” chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what they have long understood and lived: they do not receive the same level of care. Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. The free program starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the museum. Register. *Masking is strongly encouraged.
Slide the Rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Enjoy the perfect end to summer by getting wet and wild at this crazy event from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. There will be a variety of inflatable water slides and obstacle courses suitable for all ages. A $10 wristband includes unlimited access to the water attractions, and train and carousel rides. They will be sold onsite the day of the event. Remember to bring a towel and sunscreen. Learn more.
“Disenchanted!” shines new light on beloved characters at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Audiences can join Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in Aug. 25–28 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Using an all-woman cast, “Disenchanted!” introduces beloved princesses in brand-new roles, including Snow White as the self-assured leader of the princess pack; Cinderella as an enthusiastic feminist; Sleeping Beauty as the comedic opposite of Snow White; and many more familiar faces. Learn more and buy tickets.
Scottsdale ArtWalk Thursday evenings: Internationally known as a mecca for art collectors, Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace.
The city’s Street Operations division activates an on-call program to respond to storm-related damage on streets and washes. These crews are part of Scottsdale’s Emergency Response team and work alongside Parks & Recreation and Facilities Management staff to remove trees and debris off roads and walkways as soon as possible after a storm. Transportation plays a part in all our lives, every day. Be prepared for monsoon activity: Ready, Set, Go!
A Look Back: Bill Walton and the Wash. Sometimes a single idea can move a community. This is the story of the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, a recreational mecca that not only transformed Scottsdale, but also the science of flood control. Many people played a role in the evolution of the greenbelt. This is the story of one of those pioneers. Watch now.
Get up to speed with Scottsdale's Fast Five. Slide the Rails is back, Parks and Recreation fall classes and programs are now open for registration and "Pinball Wizard" is on display at the Scottsdale Waterfront. These are just three of five things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this week's Fast Five. Watch now.