When it comes to commuting, less red is better. Thanks to new technology and some intuitive sleuthing, many commuters are enjoying shorter waits and quicker trips through Scottsdale. The city is wrapping up a two-year project that analyzed traffic flow to reduce both red light waits and commuting times in 15 high-traffic corridors.
Text to 911 service will launch countywide in April. Major mobile carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile) are implementing next generation 911 technology that offers this functionality, and the Scottsdale Police Department is currently testing it. Public launch and education on the service will begin April 2; call takers will be assigned to receive texts 24 hours a day. The largest benefit is for the deaf and hard of hearing community, who have not had the ability to contact law enforcement effectively since the advent of cell phones. Call if you can, text if you can't.
Transportation Department invites you to take brief online survey on sidewalk widths. Survey results will guide recommendations for city design standards. The survey takes approximately four minutes to complete and will close Saturday, March 31.
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Get a bird's eye view of popular Indian School Park.
Ciao -- Italian Festival of Arizona takes place this weekend. 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.
Gold Palette ArtWalk features "A Taste of Scottsdale: Eat, Drink & Art," April 5. Great art, luscious food and lovely wine are at their best when they are paired. Visitors can stroll the galleries from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to view remarkable original artwork by renowned artists while quenching their palates with wonderful noshes and beverages.
Outspoken journalist and activist Dan Savage appears at arts center. This moderated conversation takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Savage is known for his take-no-prisoners attitude in his political and social commentary. This program is part of the Out@SMoCA series which celebrates Arizona's LGBTQ community and its support of contemporary art in Scottsdale. Tickets are $20.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111. Live operators provide the information you need or will forward your call to the correct department - from where to pay a traffic fine to where to park at a city event. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Caution - native wildlife active in spring. Bobcats, coyotes, javelina, raccoons and skunks can sometimes be seen in neighborhoods this time of year. Help to discourage wildlife from living in your area by removing habitat essentials such as water, food and shelter. Call the Arizona Game & Fish Department at 602-942-3000 for more information.
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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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