Scottsdale Update - June 6, 2022

HEADLINE NEWS

Scottsdale proudly celebrates Pride Month. Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (one's sexual or gender identity) Americans. 

In honor of Pride Month, the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride, will be flown this week at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.  

Pride Month commemorates those who paved the way in fighting for equal rights. Commemorations provide connection and a sense of community, validation and acceptance. Mayor David. D. Ortega issued a proclamation to recognize June as Pride Month, which he will read at the beginning of the Tuesday, June 7, City Council meeting.  

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7. Those with respiratory sensitivities are advised to take precautions during outdoor activities. Please help reduce ozone by doing one or more of the following: 

  • Use gas or electric instead of burning wood 

  • Limit the lighting of fireworks 

  • Ride transit, carpool or telework 

  • Eliminate all unnecessary driving and/or combine trips 

  • Avoid dirt roads 

  • Avoid the use of leaf blowers 

  • If burning wood for heat or food preparation, use dry wood (burning wet wood releases more particulate matter) 


THINGS TO DO

June Days is back for a second year, welcoming all to Old Town. Enjoy a month of events and activities aimed at locals looking for fun ways to beat the summer heat. June Days features four signature events – Breakfast at the Market, June Days Gold Palette ArtWalk, the Juneteenth Community Celebration and Scottsdale Stories & Sweets – in addition to live music, painting nights, crafting workshops and scavenger hunts. 

Highlights:  

  • Breakfast at the Market - 7-10 a.m. Saturdays, Old Town Farmers Market: Come enjoy a variety of breakfast foods and artisan vendors. You’ll be treated to the easy listening tunes of a guitar duo as you nibble and shop your way through the market.

  • Indigenous Experience: Native American Arts & Culture - 4:30-7 p.m. June 9 & 23, Native Art Market, 7215 E. Main St.: Explore Native dance, learn about tribal customs and see the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 Native artisans. After the cultural performance, you’ll create an authentic memento of your visit, such as a dream catcher or beaded bracelet.

Detour Company Theatre doubles the fun with two musicals June 10-12, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Join the theater group on a riotous ride as they spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words in this delightful den of comedic genius. 

  • Once Upon a Mattress: Enjoy a musical comedy adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale Princess and the Pea. Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, this rollicking spin on the classic tale is sure to win the hearts of a prince and an audience. View performances and RSVP.

This theater groups showcases the theatrical talent, courage and artistry of adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. 

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the start of the season at Scottsdale – Bring on the Summer. Taking place from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Eldorado Park, this free family event is your go to spot for inflatable slides, food trucks, lawn games, bubble zones, a foam party and live music. 

Hometown Happy Hour features local fiber artists. Betz Frederick and her husband Harold will discuss the richness of Papua New Guinea's fiber arts and present artifacts from their travels in Papua New Guinea. The fiber artists there incorporate the beauty of the natural environment of the southwest Pacific which is filled with cultural and biological diversity. The free program begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Civic Center Library. Registration is required.

Join us for Juneteenth. Honor this day by attending the “Community Juneteenth Celebration presented by Mayo Clinic.” It runs 2-7 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. Stop by to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including a kids’ corner, raffle giveaway, live entertainment, educational information and various vendors. Parking and admission are free. Learn more.  

Ongoing Events and Activities:


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Scottsdale 360 - Human Trafficking. Join the Scottsdale Police Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit and the Arizona Anti Trafficking Network to learn about labor and sex trafficking. Find out how local leaders are dedicating resources to educate city employees and residents. The virtual program begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, June. 9. Register.

Scottsdale360 is a virtual learning series that highlights the people, policies and programs that shape our community. Other topics include emergency preparedness and investing in Scottsdale through capital projects. Sign up for one session – or the entire series. All classes take place from 11 a.m.-noon every other Thursday, through July. Learn more and register.


FYI

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Miller Road Extension. This project will connect Miller Road between Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads, including a bridge over the Rawhide Wash. The extension will create a new option for north/south travel in addition to Scottsdale and Pima roads, and it will provide a direct connection to the Hayden Road/Loop 101 interchange. The new segment will include two lanes of travel in each direction, bike lanes and detached sidewalks with landscaped buffers on either side of the street. The project is expected to be complete fall 2023. 

Book a birthday party! Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers offer birthday party packages during waterpark hours. Get available days, times and prices.

View Scottsdale traffic restrictions in our map center.


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