Scottsdale Update - Jan. 25, 2018


Attend Mayor's State of the City Address Wednesday. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane's annual State of the City Address is 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.

Residents invited to share comments regarding flight path changes. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Phoenix have entered into a settlement regarding changes to the flight paths out of Sky Harbor Airport. Residents are invited to three public workshops to voice their concerns and can also comment online.

Scottsdale offers ride-share discounts to visitors. Scottsdale has partnered with ride-share companies Lyft and SuperShuttle/ExecuCar to offer discounted rates to visiting travelers during a trial program. Starting this month, these ride-share companies will promote a Scottsdale-specific discount code to their customers. When visitors pay for their ride-share vehicles, they will use the provided code to reduce their fares on eligible trips between a Scottsdale hotels and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and trips within Scottsdale's borders.


Here are highlights from the MLK Jr Dinner and Celebration that featured keynote speaker Ken E. Nwadike Jr., founder of the Free Hugs Project.


Waste Management Phoenix Open tees off Monday. Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf and has earned the nickname "The Greatest Show on Grass." The Phoenix Open takes place through Jan. 29-Feb. 4, at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. Get traffic restriction information.

Catch a matinee at the senior center Wednesday. Enjoy a flick and light refreshments at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Granite Reef Senior Center. We will announce the name of the movie closer to the date. Cost is $3 for Scottsdale residents. Register here.

Get wild for Western Week in February. For the second consecutive year, the city is hosting a variety of events that combine traditions of the city's Old West roots with modern day Western-style family fun. Western Week runs Feb. 5-11 and includes the 65th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail's End Festival Feb. 10. Get a complete list of activities.

 Browse the city calendar for more events.


City revises planning website - finding information now easier and quicker. The website now features separate areas for home improvements, residential development and commercial development. It also incorporates more videos, step-by-step explanation graphics and is organized so visitors can quickly find the needed information.

Scottsdale pools are open and heated year-round. Enjoy lap swimming or water exercise classes at one of three facilities: McDowell Mountain Ranch, Cactus or Eldorado. Get more information on facility locations and specific schedules.

Register for Scottsdale City Government 101. Whether you are a community leader, board member or volunteer ... you are invited to participate in Scottsdale City Government 101. The series of free classes presents the "nuts and bolts" of Scottsdale city government. Classes begin early March.

Central Arizona Project celebrates 50th anniversary of the Colorado River Basin Project Act. On Sept. 30, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Colorado River Basin Project Act. This law authorized the construction of what is today known as Central Arizona Project (CAP). The 336-mile system brings Colorado River water to central and southern Arizona and is the state's single largest renewable water supply. About two-thirds of Scottsdale's water supply comes from the CAP. Throughout 2018, CAP will celebrate the many ways it provides reliable water supplies to central Arizona's municipalities, irrigation districts and tribal nations.


Take steps to promote acceptance at Regional Unity Festival and Walk Saturday. 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.

Learn benefits and how-to's of growing your own food, Feb. 1. Join urban gardeners as they share information on growing healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert. This free Green Building discussion takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Free programs through Scottsdale Fire to keep you safe. Scottsdale Fire can check smoke alarms, review exit plans, install lockboxes and identify tripping or falling hazards. Schedule a visit.

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