Scottsdale Update - Jan. 18, 2018


Bike Share update scheduled for tonight's (Thursday) Transportation Commission meeting. You've probably noticed various colored bikes throughout Scottsdale. Bike sharing is a popular movement thanks to an innovative GPS technology and electronic locking that allow bikes to be freestanding. Without this need for infrastructure or land for docking stations, these services require no public investment to operate. Share your thoughts about bike sharing at the commission meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. tonight (Jan. 18) in the City Hall Kiva. Please check to see where on the agenda this item will be discussed. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still provide comments here.

Watershed project will reduce flood risk south of Arizona Canal. A reduced threat of flooding and potential flood insurance savings are just two benefits of a project taking place within Scottsdale's Granite Reef Watershed. The watershed is generally between the Arizona Canal and the Salt River, Granite Reef Road and Pima Road.


Spring Training will be in full swing soon. Catch a bird's eye view of Scottsdale Stadium, home of the San Francisco Giants.


Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction continues through weekend. Check out some of the world's finest collector automobiles at this year's Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction at WestWorld.

Commemoration of 75th anniversary of Royal Air Force plane crash takes place Sunday. On Jan. 18, 1943, two aircraft in a British RAF training exercise collided over the McDowell Mountains, resulting in the deaths of RAF cadet Robert Lawther and Robert C. Hammond, an American civilian instructor and Mesa resident. A ceremony commemorating this tragic event takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The event will include a flyover of an original World War II SNJ/T6 aircraft.

Golden Palette ArtWalk features "Art in Motion - A Video Experience," Jan. 25. Galleries on Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale will present video installations on buildings, within galleries and on storefronts. Come and see what the medium of video art is all about while enjoying the full Scottsdale Arts District experience.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Take steps to promote acceptance at Regional Unity Walk, Jan. 27. Scottsdale is joining other Valley cities for the annual Unity Walk to promote mutual respect and understanding. The event starts at Tempe Beach Park with a festival at 4:30 p.m. then a one-mile walk over the Mill Avenue Bridge at 6 p.m. Get details on where the Scottsdale group will meet by calling 480-312-2727.

Mark your calendars for Mayor's State of the City Address. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane's annual State of the City Address will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. The mayor's remarks will start at 12:30 p.m. Those wanting to join the mayor and other community leaders for an earlier reception and lunch can purchase individual tickets for $50. Proceeds benefit "Operation Fix It," a program that teams volunteers and businesses to assist homeowners or tenants who are physically or financially unable to maintain their properties.

Reminder: New library hours. Due to public demand and usage patterns at our libraries, we are expanding hours at some of our locations and reducing hours at other branches. View the new schedule.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Meet local authors, Saturday. Talk with Arizona authors as they showcase their books and share their creative processes. This free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Civic Center Library. Books will be available for signing and sale.

Bring your favorite four-legged friend to Paws in the Park, Saturday. Fetch some fun at Paws in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Chaparral Park's off leash area. Talk to experienced pet professionals, visit information booths, learn about dog adoptions, get great giveaways and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Dog food donations will be accepted.

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