We will not publish Scottsdale Update Dec. 27. We'll be back Jan. 3, 2019.
City's Christmas collection schedule. Trash and recycling collection will take place Monday, Dec. 24. City offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and there will not be collection that day. Collection continues Wednesday - one day later than normal for the rest of the week through Saturday.
Community Celebrating Diversity nonprofit names Diversity Champions. Gary Griggs, a Scottsdale school district guidance counselor and youth mentor, and Sharon Cini, the city's diversity and inclusion manager, are the 2019 Diversity Champion recipients. The honorees will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Scottsdale Embassy Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. This year's event features keynote speaker Carmen Perez-Jordan, executive director for nonprofit The Gathering of Justice. Registration and a reception begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and recognition at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $75 per person.
Last chance to donate toys for Fire Department's drive. Drop off new, unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 21, at any fire station. 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.
Keeping Scottsdale clean and sustainable. The city uses more than 1.4 million gallons of fuel annually, and 70 percent of it qualifies as "gallons of polluting fuels displaced." This means we use sources that produce less tailpipe emissions - and pollution. For example, we regularly use B-20 diesel, flex fuel and compressed natural gas. In addition, our 26 hybrid vehicles contribute to displacing polluting fuels. As a reporting agency to Clean Cities Coalition through the Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition, Scottsdale is a major player in reducing polluting fuels - more than all of Southern California and the separate Los Angeles coalitions combined.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The annual yule log returns on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox Cable 11 or Century Link 8001). Enjoy the festive fireplace from 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, through midnight Christmas Day.
Scottsdazzle events continue. Holiday golf cart rides, the Java Jingle Crawl and canal concerts will keep Old Town Scottsdale dazzling through the end of the year. Merchants and restaurants are offering holiday specials, as well. Find the full schedule and details at Scottdazzle.com.
Celebrate the holiday season with Holiday Lights at the railroad park. Festivities run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. most nights through Sunday, Jan. 6, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5 with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Avoid lines by buying tickets early or purchasing a fast pass online. Get event details.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Start your new year with a paper cleanse. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.
Recycle your Christmas tree Jan. 5-13 at drop off locations. Yellow collection bins will be available at three city parks: Eldorado, Scottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on your scheduled brush/bulk service week.
Cactus Pool closed through Jan. 6. The closure is due to a chlorine system upgrade. However, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Chaparral aquatic centers will be open. Watch this to learn more about the upgrades.
Interested in living and working in Scottsdale? The Choose Scottsdale Job Board has posted 540 unique jobs from a variety of different industries. A special welcome to Heads Up Health, Savers, NickiErrands and LeadMD who signed up for the job board and posted new positions recently.
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Via Linda Senior Center holiday art show draws gallery-caliber talent, Friday. 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.
Free trolley service expanded. Scottsdale's free trolley service now goes to the Via Linda Senior Center, Mountain View Community Center, Mustang Transit Center, Mustang Library and the shopping center at Northsight Boulevard and Raintree Drive.
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