Scottsdale hosts catalytic converter etching event to combat significant increase in thefts. The Scottsdale Police Department has seen a 967% increase in catalytic converter thefts from 2020 to 2021. To protect car owners, the city and Scottsdale Midas have partnered to host a free catalytic converter theft prevention event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Midas, 2428 N. Scottsdale Road. Sport utility vehicles, cars and trucks less than 1,500 pounds are eligible. Etching and stencil work should take no more than 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment due to limited parking.
Planning debuts new video: “Before & After.” This new six-minute video highlights recently completed private investment projects in Scottsdale. It’s part of a series updated periodically to visually track reinvestment occurring in Scottsdale. View previous Before & After publications under the “Active Cases and Permits Interactive Map.”
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. This free poolside event features Disney’s Encanto, an animated musical set deep in the Colombian 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.
Join Scottsdale Sister Cities for a “pop-up” social gathering Sunday. Join us for a fun evening of music, dancing and socializing during McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Look for the Sister Cities area – it'll be decked out with red balloons. Admission is free, but bring chairs, blankets and snacks/picnic. Get details.
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 are competing in this double elimination tournament – the winner will receive the Pac-12's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Old Town Scottsdale heats up with June Days. This monthlong celebration presents the very best of what makes Old Town Scottsdale so desirable — with more than 80 special events to tempt locals and visitors to get out and discover the area’s shops, restaurants, wineries, galleries and museums. From crafting workshops to live performances and music to immersive art exhibits and scavenger hunts, the city welcomes everyone to join in on this summertime celebration. Get details.
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More free antigen COVID-19 test kits are available. You can order up to eight additional test kits from the government website COVIDTests.gov. When clicking on the link to order, visitors are redirected to a U.S. Postal Service website to complete it. Your order will ship in two packages, four tests in each package. You don’t need identification, credit card information or health insurance details to order.
Check out this Featured Job of the Week: Library Aide. This position supports library services in the circulation department for Scottsdale Public Library patrons and staff. Job duties include working at public service desks and a call center in addition to handling a variety of daily circulation tasks. Learn more and apply.
Tell mosquitoes to bug off! The best way to avoid getting West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites in the first place. Fight the bite with this checklist.
May is Mental Health Awareness month. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Some warning signs of a mental health crisis are excessive worrying, extreme mood changes, changes in sleeping habits and school performance, avoiding social activities and problems concentrating. Learn the signs and how to get help.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month; learn how to protect yourself. With more than 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. Follow these safety tips:
Wear a SPF 30+ sunscreen (always within its expiration date and one that blocks UVA and UBA rays)
Avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Seek shade and wear clothing that protects your head, neck and shoulders … sunglasses too
Avoid tanning beds … the risk of skin cancer increases by 85% if you use a tanning device before age 30
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