Scottsdale Update - March 15, 2018

HEADLINES

New map shows "what, when, where" for city construction projects. Residents can use a new interactive map to find nearby city construction projects and learn about Scottsdale's plans for building and improving infrastructure like roads, parks, fire stations and water facilities. The "Investing in Our Scottsdale" map allows users to browse or search by address.

Mustang Transit Center: "Investing in our Scottsdale" project update. The Mustang Transit Center was completed in December and features improved access to Mustang Library and HonorHealth Shea Medical Center. It also provides connections to regional transit lines with additional capacity for future routes.

Fire Department hosts Sister Cities firefighters for 10 days. Scottsdale Fire Department hosted five firefighters from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, in a Sister Cities exchange. The firefighters lodged in Scottsdale fire stations, participated in joint firefighting training exercises and rode along with firefighters. According to Sister Cities, other programs with Alamos have included language training; high school, music and pen pal exchanges; and medical cooperation.

Marketing misstep leads to invitation for community collaboration. The city's Economic Development Department is inviting the public to participate in a community conversation about diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. The dialogue was prompted by an ill-conceived "SaguarBro" T-shirt handout at Austin's SXSW Conference. The discussion takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the DeskHub Scottsdale, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 360. Register here.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The Gateway Trailhead marks the perfect starting point for a journey through some of the most astonishing desert in the Southwest. See for yourself!


EVENTS

Gold Palette ArtWalk features "Worth a Thousand Words," March 22. A picture paints a thousand words. Scottsdale art galleries will feature photographers showcasing various genres of photography. Visitors can stroll the galleries from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Old Town Scottsdale arts district.

Ciao -- Italian Festival of Arizona takes place March 24-25. This event opens a window to Italian culture -- past and present -- through music, arts, food and drinks. It runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, on Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free. The festival is funded in part through the Community Event Funding program, which makes hotel bed tax dollars available for events and programs that celebrate our community spirit and Scottsdale's unique sense of place.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Green rehab helps homeowner breathe easy. While many cities offer housing rehabilitation assistance to low- and moderate-income families, Scottsdale's program takes an environmentally-friendly twist by focusing on energy-efficient fixes. The Green Building Rehabilitation Program helps qualified homeowners save energy and reduce their home's environmental impact by providing up to $65,000 in assistance toward owner-occupied housing improvements.

Who says a job can't be fun? Try lifeguarding this summer. Those 15 and older can take the StarGuard Lifeguard Training class to get certified in lifeguard rescues, basic first aid and CPR. Several sessions are available.

Do you know a person or place that embodies the Spirit of Scottsdale? Scottsdale's Neighborhood Advisory Commission wants to recognize the people and places of southern Scottsdale that embody the "Spirit of Scottsdale." How a person or place contributes to Scottsdale physically, aesthetically or socially are all reasons to nominate. Get more information and nominate today.

Scottsdale Resort hosts Operation Fix It fundraiser. Every Thursday in March, the Scottsdale Resort will donate 5 percent of Bar Six40 and Kitchen West proceeds, from sales after 4 p.m., to Operation Fix It. The city program secures volunteers and local businesses to provide labor and materials to help eligible, low-income residents maintain their properties.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Students can apply for 2018-19 Scottsdale Community Collaborative scholarships. The program will award $2,500 to high school seniors who enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in Arizona. Deadline is Friday, March 23. Learn about the criteria and apply.

Learn how to create a garden and landscape suitable for our desert. Attend a variety of workshops for Garden Week March 19-24, at Scottsdale Public Libraries.

Fix a Leak Week is March 19-25. Leaky faucets can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water a year -- enough to fill a backyard swimming pool. Learn how to check for and fix leaks in and around your home by reading "Find and Fix Leaks that are Draining Your Budget."

Fire Department "Home Safe Home" program helps elderly, frail reduce falling risks. Trained Fire Department volunteers visit seniors in their homes and point out potential tripping and falling hazards. Volunteers can replace smoke alarms batteries or install a new alarm and give free nightlights to ensure areas are well-lighted. Learn more and schedule and appointment.

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