Scottsdale Update - May 16, 2022

HEADLINE NEWS

Please help seniors in our community as summer heat rises. Senior Services’ Beat the Heat program is low on donations and hoping for help. This annual program provides care packages to vulnerable homebound seniors during the summer. It is also an opportunity for city staff and volunteers to make sure vulnerable residents are hydrated, have enough food and their air conditioners are working properly. Your donations are crucial – we need things like bottled water, nutritional drinks, snacks, ice packs, fans, hygiene items, gift cards and books of stamps. We are accepting donations 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, through May 27, at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda.

Scottsdale Parks and Recreation wants to hear from you. Share your thoughts on ways to improve our parks, community centers, events and more. Attend an in-person input meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway. Can’t make it in-person? Take the online survey.

Investing in Our Scottsdale: East Dove Valley Road water main rehabilitation. This project will upgrade our water system to improve reliability. It runs from 56th to 67th streets. Sections of Dove Valley Road will temporarily close during work. Scottsdale Water recognizes the need for school access and hopes to have most work in front of Cactus Shadows High School completed during summer break.

Phase 1 will take place May 23-Aug. 1. It will include a complete closure of East Dove Valley Road from 56th to 60th streets, including the west and south section of the roundabout at 60th Street. Phase 2 will take place Aug. 1-Oct. 1 and include work from 60th St. to 67th streets. One lane road closures will take place. Learn more.


THINGS TO DO

Scottsdale Community Historian Joan Fudala hosts “Hometown Happy Hour,” a new library program focused on history, arts, architecture and the natural desert environment. Join us at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19, for a non-alcoholic “mocktail” and a light snack, then enjoy the program, Park It!, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Begun by the 1950s Civic Coordinating Council, Scottsdale's parks and recreation programs have helped multiple generations of Scottsdale residents stay healthy and happy. Register by going to the library’s events calendar page and selecting the date for each program. 

Support Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, May 20-29. Arizona Restaurant Week showcases local chefs and their culinary achievements with special menus and dining experiences at participating restaurants. Each eatery is featuring a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $33, $44 or $55 per person.  

Dive into a movie under the stars Saturday, May 21. This free poolside event features Disney’s Encanto,an animated musical set deep in the Columbian mountains about the Madrigal family and their extraordinary magical secrets. Admission is free, and registration is not needed. The movie starts at 7 p.m. at the Eldorado Aquatic Center.

Scottsdale Stadium hosts inaugural Pac-12 baseball tournament, May 25-29. In August 2021, Scottsdale announced a partnership with Pac-12 and The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission to create a conference championship event for baseball. Tickets are on sale. The top eight teams from the Pac-12 competing in a double elimination tournament. The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Experience Taliesin West through the paired artistry of Frank Lloyd Wright and internationally celebrated artist Dale Chihuly through June 19. These two icons, both inspired by light, color and nature can be seen side-by-side at Taliesin West. Together, these works create an entirely new story; a conversation between two artists that are surprisingly similar. Learn more and get tickets.

Ongoing Events and Activities:


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Scottsdale 360 discusses short-term rentals, the long and the short of it. Join representatives from Tax and License, Code Enforcement and the Scottsdale Police for a discussion of steps to follow if you have a concern with a short-term rental in your neighborhood. Learn about Scottsdale's new ordinance and how it’s being enforced. Register for the virtual class which starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

Scottsdale 360 is a virtual learning series that highlights the people, policies and programs that shape our community. Other topics include government relations, emergency preparedness and investing in Scottsdale through capital projects. Sign up for one session - or the entire series. Classes take place from 11 a.m.-noon every other Thursday through July. Learn more and register.

New INFLUX art collaboration beautifies above-ground water pipes near Scottsdale neighborhood. The city partnered with Salt River Project and Scottsdale Public Art to beautify a city water riser pipe and SRP irrigation structure with a new community-inspired mural by artist Yuke Li. The mural, Water A Fun, resonates with the surrounding neighborhood near Thomas Road and 82nd Street by activating the dynamic and fun characteristics of water through the shape of the pipe. The mural will remain onsite until June 2024. Learn more.


FYI

Thank you 85257 residents! You donated more than 2 ½ tons of food for the National Letter Carriers’ Association’s Stamp Out Hunger program. There are 20 mail routes in this zip code, and the carriers delivered donated food to Vista following their Saturday mail deliveries.

You may be hearing a lot of news lately about water shortages and the Colorado River, Lake Powell and Lake Mead. While it may seem overwhelming and confusing, we want to explain what it all means to us here in Scottsdale. Learn more

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This commemoration pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its success. The Filipinos were the first Asian/Pacific Islanders to settle in the United States. As early as 1765 and through the 1800s, Filipino sailors, known as “Manilamen,” who worked as crew or indentured servants aboard Spanish galleons, jumped ship in the Gulf of Mexico and established the first Filipino American communities in what is now known as the continental United States of America.

Mark your calendars: Learn more and provide input on care homes. The city is amending part of the zoning ordinance related to care homes to clarify what constitutes a care home and modify the process and criteria for a disability accommodation. Attend one of two open houses: 

Contact Project Coordination Liaison Greg Bloemberg at 480-312-4306 or gblo@ScottsdaleAZ.gov for more information.

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