Excessive heat watch in effect through Friday evening for most of the Valley. Larry Hopper with the National Weather Service said the watch means that high temperatures will range between 110 and 115 degrees. He added, "Thunderstorm chances begin to go up by the weekend, early next week, and possibly pushing monsoonal moisture that may stick around for more than a day or two." Get excessive heat safety tips. Get monsoon safety tips.
City seeks input on proposed Bicycle Ordinance revisions. Notable possible changes include clarifying prohibited parking areas for bicycles and similar vehicles. Review the proposed ordinance and provide feedback. The Transportation Commission will consider feedback received and will review, discuss and make recommendations on the draft ordinance at its Aug. 16 meeting.
Scottsdale recognized for performance management excellence. Awarded through the International City/County Management Association's Center for Performance Analytics, this certificate program annually recognizes communities that have demonstrated leadership to create cultures committed to performance management, data-driven decision-making and transparency. Scottsdale has received this certificate eight times, and it's the sixth time achieving the "Excellence" level.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Want a little help enrolling in a Scottsdale Recreation class? Watch to learn how to create a personal ID, navigate the catalog and sign up for classes. Enrollment starts the end of the month.
Summer Spectacular ArtWalk heats up streets of Old Town. The streets of Old Town will be transformed into an "island paradise" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12. It's all part of the Caribbean-themed Summer Spectacular Gold Palette ArtWalk. Participating galleries will feature exhibits by national and international artists and offer refreshments. Entertainment, including Caribbean music, a balloon artist, decorations and vendors will enhance the "island theme."
Granite Reef Senior Center hosts ice cream social. This free event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the center. Call 480-312-1700 to register.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
City Council summer recess under way. The Scottsdale City Council's next scheduled meeting takes place Aug. 28. However, if necessary, the Council could call special meetings and is available to citizens throughout this time. Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
Plan your commute. The city puts together a weekly traffic restrictions report to help you avoid road work and keep your commute smooth.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
The Community Mediation Program helps solve neighborhood issues. Trained volunteer mediators help people work through issues such as barking dogs and landscape disputes to achieve mutually agreeable solutions among neighbors.
New exhibition explores gender roles. "Sticker Traps," Malena Barnhart's new exhibition in the Gallery @ Appaloosa Library explores gender roles through common "mass culture residue." Using stickers found on the "pink aisles" of toy and craft stores, Barnhart creates mixed-media collages featuring different types of traps and constraints. The Tempe-based artist said that mass-produced children's stickers are often stylized symbols that reflect American culture's gender roles. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31.
Moonlight swims continue. UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Avoid the danger by swimming under the stars at Moonlight Swims: July 14 at Eldorado; July 20 at McDowell Mountain Ranch. All Moonlight Swims run from 5 to 9 p.m., regular entrance fees apply.
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