Scottsdale Update - May 23, 2022

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Join local veterans organizations Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in military service. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Chaplain Statue outside City Hall. Scheduled speakers include Mayor David D. Ortega, Rep. David Schweikert, U.S. House of Representatives, and Jim Geiser from the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen. 

Across Arizona, there are many veteran monuments and memorials – places we can go to pay our respects – on Memorial Day, or any other day of the year. Watch this brief video to learn where.

Gov. Doug Ducey proclaims May 23-27 Heat Awareness Week to highlight the importance of staying safe during the hot season and spread awareness about extreme heat. In 2021, Arizona hospitals saw 2,873 heat-related emergency department visits and a record 552 deaths. Heat-related illness is preventable. Learn more and find resources such as programs that help low-income households pay their energy bills, and see a map cooling centers throughout Maricopa County. Learn more.

Donation deadline approaching - 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. 


THINGS TO DO

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.

Senior services Entertainment Extravaganza returns. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment from singers, musicians, dancers and more. This free event will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more.

Discover the bountiful benefits of building a “passive” house at the June Green Building Webinar. Attendees will meet resident Gerald Leenerts and learn about and see a “passive” house. Essentially, a passive house is a standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for heating or cooling. The free webinar begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Register

Ongoing Events and Activities:

Scottsdale 360 discusses the long and the short of short-term rentals. 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.


FYI

The city and Scottsdale Midas etched 113 catalytic converters to prevent theft. The Scottsdale Police Department has seen a 967% increase in catalytic converter thefts from 2020 to 2021. Burglars typically target catalytic converters for the trace amounts of valuable metals like platinum and rhodium used to help purify the car's emissions. Based on the event’s success, more are planned. Stay tuned for details.

Scottsdale Leadership and city staff tackle Pride Park revitalization. The refresh at 8006 E. Coronado Road includes six new trees, more than 60 new pollinator-friendly plants, a concrete pad for sidewalk chalk or four-square, a mural by local artist Laura Thurbon, several areas that promote pollination within the park and a Little Free Library for visitors to find something to read. Click through the photos on the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Facebook page (May 17 post).

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