Scottsdale Update - Aug. 16, 2018

HEADLINES

Monsoons expected to continue through the week. Monsoons continue to threaten Scottsdale and the Valley. These storms develop rapidly and can cause severe localized winds and flooding. Be prepared by reviewing these safety tips and resources.  

Mayor's Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride; offers prizes and praise. To commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution, Scottsdale Mayor W. J. "Jim" Lane is inviting students to participate in his annual Constitution Day Contest. This year's contest includes an art/video category in addition to the essay category. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 17.

Scottsdale park wins "Best City Park" in magazine's reader survey. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park took top honors in Phoenix Magazine's 2018 Best of the Valley Reader's Picks survey. The 30-acre park, located on the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads, is one of the most unique parks in the country. Visitors can take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the 1950-vintage Allan Herschell carousel. The park also features a variety of shops and museums, one-of-a-kind playgrounds and large grassy areas. Other notable Scottsdale "bests" include the Scottsdale Culinary Festival (Best Food Festival); Tom's Thumb (Best Hike); Harkins Camelview (Best Movie Theater); and TPC Golf Course (Best Public Golf Course).


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Scottsdale Fire Station 613, located near Hayden and Jomax roads, is a new facility that replaces a "temporary" modular building that was used for more than 20 years. The $5.1 million station was funded with General Obligation bonds approved by Scottsdale voters in 2015. The bonds will be repaid through the secondary property tax


EVENTS

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - An American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday year 'round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, Tuesday. The Via Linda Senior Center will transform into a fabulous five-star Vegas resort from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. The $5 registration fee for Scottsdale residents includes food, games and live entertainment.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Volunteer at The Arizona Meal Pack for 9/11 Day. Join more than 1,000 volunteers to pack 250,000 non-perishable meals for individuals who are food insecure. The city of Scottsdale has reserved several spots to work two hour shifts throughout the day at the St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix. Get details and sign up. Take a moment to watch this brief video about the mission of 9/11 Day. 

Make adjustments for monsoon humidity and rains. Summer storms and muggy weather have arrived. The higher humidity during monsoon season means plants lose less water to evaporation, making it easy to over water. Remember to skip a watering cycle if storms produce a half inch or more of rain. Check out more water-savings suggestions.  

You're never old enough to swim alone. Adults drown, too. In fact, more adults than kids drown in Arizona. August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Show your support and commitment to water safety by wearing a purple ribbon during August. Get one at any Scottsdale fire station or aquatic center. Follow these tips to prevent drownings.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Register for 20th season of Neighborhood College. Neighborhood College provides residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders. Sign up for the free fall program.  

Cab Connection serves seniors needing transportation. This taxi voucher program provides seniors a relatively affordable transportation option to fit their schedule. Participants may request up to 16 one-way reduced-fare vouchers per month. Email Cab Connection.

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