We made it to the final four! Help McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park chug its way to the "top park" title. The annual ELGL Knope Award honors top local government places. It's no surprise to find McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in the running as one of the nation's best parks. Show your support for the railroad park as it faces off against Rotary Park, Livonia, MI. Voting takes place through noon Saturday, March 30. Be sure to use the hashtag #ELGLKnope on social media. Also, find out how you can win an annual park membership for four!
Eastbound Loop 101 in Scottsdale to close this weekend for widening project. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening and improving the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Scottsdale restrictions: All eastbound freeway lanes will be closed from Scottsdale Road to Pima Road/Princess Drive from 10 p.m. Friday, March 29, to 5 a.m. Monday, April 1. Detour options include exiting south on Scottsdale Road to east on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard/Bell Road back to Loop 101; or exiting north on Scottsdale Road to east on Thompson Peak Parkway to south on Pima Road back to the Loop 101. Learn more about the project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.
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Participate in Eldorado Park's annual Wedge Skate Jam, Saturday. The fun rolls from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the skate park. Entry fees are free, but participants must fill out a waiver to compete. Competitors younger than 18 must have a legal guardian with them to register.
Throttle the thrill … at Arizona Bike Week, April 3-7. Attend the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest at WestWorld. Highlights include hundreds of world-class vendors, stunt shows, live music, demos, exhibitions, contests, flat track racing, auctions and bike shows. Each night ends with a concert featuring big names in the rock world.
Run the Runway race offers "plane" old fun for a great cause. This unique race takes flight Saturday, April 6, on the Scottsdale Airport runway with 5K, 10K and Kids Dash options. A vendor fair with fun-for-the-whole-family activities will follow. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit, Playworks Arizona. Use code "TakeFlight" for 25 percent off.
Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon-4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Celebrate cycling - April is Valley Bike Month. Spring and bike helmets are in the air as we head toward April, also known as Valley Bike Month among folks partial to peddling. Scottsdale is joining the month-long cycling celebration with these events.
City to dedicate Paiute Neighborhood's Active Learning Center. The center is a multi-sensory hub for kids and families to play, learn and gather. The ribbon cutting begins at 3 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Paiute, 6535 E. Osborn Road. Working with the nonprofit Partners for Paiute, Scottsdale Leadership Class 33 Team 4titude raised funds and donated hours to turn this vision into a reality. Children attending programs on the Paiute campus will paint donated handmade adobe compressed earth bricks to create a path to the Alli Ortega Memorial Garden. Alli worked at Paiute Neighborhood Center before she died in 2014 at age 31. The project is a legacy of love, giving hundreds of children a safe place to be a kid.
Honor people and organizations that have made significant contributions to Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 26th Annual History Hall of Fame from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. This year's inductees include Cactus League President Jeff Meyer, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Sugar Bowl, among others. Tickets are $90. Register here.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Learn how to stay cool with radiant cooling at April's Green Building Lecture.Forty-three percent of all electricity consumed in Valley homes is used for air conditioning. Learn efficient ways to remove heat while improving thermal comfort and saving energy. The free program runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, April 6. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.
Big things are in store for the Exclusively Little Expo, April 6. Families are invited to this one-of-a-kind event to learn about programs, services, education and products for families and children. The event, designed for kids 10 and younger, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Is the library haunted? Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, Inc. discusses the scientific methods used to investigate paranormal activity. Representatives will divulge why they think the Arabian and Mustang libraries are haunted. This free program runs from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Arabian Library.
Library presents "Cannabis 101 – A Safe and Effective Pain Management Alternative." Are you considering cannabinoid therapeutics as an alternative to narcotics? If so, attend this free presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Civic Center Library. Discussion focuses on science over stigma.
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