Sandbags available for residents as part of monsoon preparedness. Arizona's monsoon season officially begins Friday and right on cue the remnants of Hurricane Bud are expected to enter the Valley and generate a chance for significant rain this weekend. Summer monsoon storms can develop rapidly and cause severe localized winds and flooding. Be prepared. The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources.
Transportation Commission considers revised transit proposal and changes to bicycle ordinance. The Transportation Commission will consider a revised transit proposal and changes to the bicycle ordinance. The commission meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Scottsdale City Hall. Under the new trolley proposal, service would still be expanded to Mustang Transit Center and the Via Linda Senior Center. Unlike earlier plans, the Miller Road and 68th Street routes would be one continuous route, eliminating the need to transfer from one trolley to another. Notable proposed changes to the bicycle ordinance include clarifying prohibited parking areas for bicycles and similar vehicles, including electric mini-scooters and electric and motorized bicycles, skateboards and play vehicles.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Behind the Badge: Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell and newly-promoted Assistant Police Chief Richard Slavin discuss homelessness and how various city departments collaborate to address it. The show plays at 4 and 9 a.m., and 1, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Tuesdays on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox channel 11 and 1011, Century Link channel 8001).
Cool down or heat up at the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival, Saturday. Three big events under one roof - this festival features an arm wrestling contest, a Beat the Heat run and the Ale and Cocktail event. The fun takes place Saturday, June 16, at WestWorld. Get specific information and tickets here.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series continues. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks - or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult.
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk -- An American original. Every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale hosts this feast for the senses featuring galleries, food and entertainment.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
A special event will commemorate a special year in Scottsdale. Celebrate '68 marks the 50th anniversary of Scottsdale City Hall. To commemorate our iconic civic home, the city is hosting "Celebrate '68" - a modern day take on the wonderful community celebration held when the building opened in 1968. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 13, at City Hall and the Civic Center Mall. Details are still in the works.
Get the most out of your brush and bulk collection service. Put the right stuff - at the right time - in the right place. Please place your brush and bulk items in separate piles 3 feet apart.
Prevent drownings. Olympic skier Bode Miller's 19-month old daughter's drowning is a sad reminder to watch your kids around water. Drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to answer the phone, tragedy can occur. Learn how to put a pool safety plan in place and get drowning prevention tips.
Get the buzz on bees. It's bee season. Learn how to protect yourself: Don't try to remove the bees yourself. Don't call 911 unless the bees are attacking and someone is in a life-threatening situation. If you are attacked, run as far and as fast as possible; get shelter in a building or car; cover your eyes and face; don't swat at bees; and don't jump into a pool. Call a bee removal company if you find a hive on private property. Call 480-312-5000 if it's on city-owned property.
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Take a moonlight swim in June and July. UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Avoid the danger by swimming under the stars at Moonlight Swims: June 15 and 29, and July 20, at McDowell Mountain Ranch; and June 16 and July 14, at Eldorado. All Moonlight Swims run from 5 to 9 p.m., regular entrance fees apply.
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole or a missing trash can, an online service makes it easier to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ is a single, mobile-optimized system that lets you quickly report issues and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system.
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