Join the celebration for Scottsdale’s 70th anniversary of incorporation. The city is hosting several family-friendly events and invites the public to join in on the fun and learn about Scottsdale’s history. Activities include taking a retro ride through seven decades; participating in a Legacy Quest expedition; viewing photos and memorabilia; and helping donate 70 pints of blood in honor of our 70th year. Get all the details!
Scottsdale Water earned a rebate for reducing energy consumption. Scottsdale Water participated in the APS Peak Solutions energy savings program, earning a check worth $121,030. Since the program’s 2009 inception, Scottsdale Water has received $1,235,685 for its energy-saving efforts.
Scottsdale Water annually volunteers to reduce power during peak energy times to help lower the energy load to APS and its customers. Scottsdale Water accomplishes this by relying on reserve water and alternative energy sources while minimizing building cooling systems -- a feat challenged by the coinciding peak period for water customer demand. Learn more.
Healing the hidden wounds of war - Veterans AZ Episode 3. The latest episode of Veterans AZ features an interview with Chad Arruda and Adam Bigelow, our Arizona Veterans of the Month. These United States Army combat veterans have dedicated themselves to helping fellow veterans heal the hidden wounds of war through work with the PTSD Foundation of America. June is National PTSD Awareness Month – an effort to shine a light on issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with it, and help ensure that those suffering receive proper treatment. Learn more at the National Center for PTSD.
Sign up for Tuesday's PTSD Summit. The Phoenix VA PTSD Clinical Team has partnered with the Northern and Southern Arizona VA PTSD Clinical Teams, along with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, to host the First Annual Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs “Summit on Post-Traumatic Stress.” It will be held virtually from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 29. It is free and open to the public. Register here.
Sister Cities celebrates Canada Day with art and photography exchange. The public is invited to celebrate one of Scottsdale’s Sister Cities, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. The exhibit showcases a glimpse into the lives of our Canadian friends as they emerge from winter with renewed appreciation for gathering, understanding, goodwill and artistic expression. Register.
City announces July 4 events, activities and general information. Most city offices will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day (Fourth of July). There is no change in garbage or recycling collection.
Here’s more important information:
Preserve closes early July 4. To reduce the threat of wildfire, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at noon Sunday, July 4. All trailheads into the preserve will have "closed" signs posted. Scottsdale police and staff will patrol the area to advise visitors about the closure and fire threat. Violating the closure is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine.
The preserve will re-open around 5 a.m. Monday, July 5. Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For more information about the park, contact staff at 480-312-0990.
Public swimming pool schedules
Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld. This event returns for the eighth year, from 5-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The event will deliver fresh, family entertainment with the largest fireworks show in Scottsdale’s history ... twice the size of last year’s!
The patriotic celebration of family fun takes place in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the North Hall at WestWorld, giving rise to the slogan “Be Red, White & COOL.” Scottsdale 4th features a delicious backyard barbecue buffet-style menu; live patriotic music; snow and a giant slide to keep the kids cool; face painters; balloon artists; and more. There are a variety of ticket packages from which to choose. Learn more.
Fireworks restrictions in place. Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines.
Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publicly owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets. Violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by citations and fines. Get more information about firework restrictions and safety tips.
Fire Department seeks wreath donations for Sept. 11 commemoration. The city is hosting a 9/11 Memorial Tribute, Sept. 3-12, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Fire Department is asking individuals, businesses and service organizations to donate wreaths to honor the day. Email fire@ScottsdaleAZ.gov for more information.
The tribute also includes a mini-museum featuring a three-story National Unity Flag; 9/11 photos and videos; and replicas of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and a large metal flag. Memorial cards of all those who lost their lives in the attack will adorn the replicas. Scottsdale resident Lisa Vella created and donated the cards.
Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. More events will be announced as Sept. 11 approaches.
WestWorld welcomes beach volleyball and sports camps. WestWorld’s ability to simultaneously produce several types of events is on full display. It has flipped from the Reined Cow Horse Derby to Beachfest Volleyball in the Equidome, and it added Hi-Five sports camp in the Tony Nelssen enter South Hall. The Equidome arena is filled with sand courts for the event, which conclude Sunday. The Tony Nelssen Center will be full of kids for the next five weeks. Camp participants can also play soccer on the polo field.
Know a person or business that embodies Scottsdale’s spirit? Scottsdale’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission invites you to nominate those that strengthen and build our community through their commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Nominations are open through Dec. 31. Learn about last year’s winners.
Did we see you at Solstice Park on Sunday? Despite the heat, a crowd celebrated the summer solstice June 20 at the Solstice Park dedication. Take a peek inside the celebration.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list here.