Scottsdale honors its employees. Assisting a disabled resident in need. Developing an advanced, computerized system for customers to easily report and request services. Restoring neighborhood calm and peace-of-mind to residents living near the preserve. Those are just some of the actions over the past year by Scottsdale employees honored for outstanding performance and commitment to the Scottsdale community. In all, 160 employees and one volunteer were honored at Scottsdale's annual Employee Awards Program. The winners were among more than 550 employees nominated in several categories.
New rodeo museum coming to Old Town. The Scottsdale City Council approved a lease agreement to establish the Old Town Scottsdale Parada del Sol Rodeo Museum. The new museum, to be housed at the old Noriega Livery Stable, will be home to local historical rodeo memorabilia and host events.
City OKs deal to move Giants' development facilities. Scottsdale has approved a lease with the city of Phoenix to relocate the San Francisco Giants' player development operations. It moves from Indian School Park to Papago Sports Complex, 64th Street north of McDowell Road. Scottsdale Stadium will remain the spring training home for the San Francisco Giants. The Scottsdale City Council approved the 35-year lease agreement with Phoenix and concurrently agreed to sublease the facilities to the Giants. Learn more about the agreement.
Toy drive donations low this year; please help. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at any fire station through Friday, Dec. 21. Collected items will be distributed to Paiute Neighborhood Center, HonorHealth, Cardon Children's Medical Center, Family Promise, Arizona Helping Hands and the Arizona Burn Foundation. Call 480-312-1817 for more information.
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Don't waffle - attend pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday. Join the Scottsdale Historical Society at its annual Old-Fashioned Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Little Red Schoolhouse Historical Museum Courtyard. The Scottsdale City Council will host the event and the Scottsdale Firefighters Association and APS sponsor it. Proceeds will go toward operation and programming costs. Get details and register.
Civic Center Library hosts "Aspenglow: A John Denver Winter Wonderland Concert." Cottonwood Stone performs John Denver's holiday songs to bring in the joy of the season and the warmth of the heart. This free family event runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the library auditorium.
Scottsdazzle events continue. Holiday golf cart rides, Sugar Plum Avenue and canal concerts will keep Old Town Scottsdale dazzling. A handful of merchants and restaurants are offering holiday specials, as well. Find the full schedule and details at Scottdazzle.com.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Reduce your winter water use and save. Scottsdale Water calculates sewer fees based on winter water use. Reducing your water use during December, January and February will help you save money all year long.
Forest restoration in northern Arizona benefits Scottsdale. Did you know SRP provides Scottsdale with water that starts as snow in the forest? We support Four Forest Restoration Initiatives in our watersheds because forest health is key to keeping our water supply clean and sustainable.
Scottsdale senior services assist those for holidays. Scottsdale hosted Thanksgiving lunches for more than 350 seniors. Employees from various city departments pitched in to serve lunch. Also, through the Adopt-a-Senior program, more than 320 low-income seniors and disabled adults were supplied with personal supplies, gift cards, food and support during the holidays. City staff worked with volunteers and donors to provide aid.
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Via Linda Senior Center holiday art show draws gallery-caliber talent, Dec. 21. Student and instructor artwork will be on display at a reception starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the center. Admission is free with one canned food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank. Call 480-312-5810 for details.
Visit Scottsdale's Museum of the West for the Confluence of Cultures exhibit. Visit on or before Sunday, Jan. 13, to experience the unparalleled artworks showcased in "Confluence of Cultures in the American West: A Selection of Contemporary Artists." You'll see an exceptional selection of artworks by celebrated contemporary Western American artists including Martin Grelle, Paul Calle, Lindsay Scott, Howard Terpning, Z.S. Liang and Alfredo Rodriguez.
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