Scottsdale Update - May 3, 2018


Fire sprinklers prove to be guardian angel. Scottsdale Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford checked in recently with the staff from the Horizon Manor No. 1 residential care facility. The facility and its residents are back to normal after a treadmill motor caught fire in a recreation room last month. The home's sprinkler system helped contain the blaze, which according to Ford, would have quickly grown to threaten both lives and the entire facility.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs are "FAST" to learn. F is for face - have the person smile. If one side of the face droops, call 911 immediately; A is for arms - ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, call 911 immediately; S is for speech - ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. If the speech is slurred or strange, call 911 immediately; T is for time - get help immediately. Get other safety tips from the Fire Department.


Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion on how liquor licenses work.


National Cutting Horse Association Nationals run May 4-12. WestWorld hosts this Western style equestrian competition with horse and rider working as a team to demonstrate the horse's ability to handle cattle. The event is funded in part through the city's Community Event Funding Program.   

May the 4th be with Choo. The Force will be strong at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as we celebrate all things Star Wars. Our train-themed twist on the popular Star Wars Day event will feature concessions, photo opportunities with Star Wars characters and lots of intergalactic activities. The free event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4.  

Cinco de Mario (cue Mario Lopez!) features food, entertainment, shopping and more. The Main Stage, hosted by TV host and Emmy Award winner Mario Lopez will be jammed-packed with live entertainment. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Participate in a "Saved by the Bell" Look-a-Like Contest and shop for Mexican gourmet goods at the Super Mucho Mercado.

Tuba soloist performs free show with the Scottsdale Concert Band. Renowned tuba soloist Patrick Sheridan performs with the Scottsdale Concert Band for its season's final show. It starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Chaparral High School. Scottsdale Community College sponsors the 75-member band.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Scottsdale Public Library collected 1.5 tons of food during "Food for Fines." This program provided library customers a feel-good way of unlocking accounts that had been prevented from borrowing library items due to fines, while assisting with donations for the Vista del Camino food bank. The library will host a "Wash Away Your Fines'" event June 1-8, where bottled water donations will help eliminate fines. This effort will benefit Vista del Camino's summer water stations. Call the library at 480-312-READ for more information.

Cool down this May at one of the city's public pools. Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will be open various times on weekends in May, and on Memorial Day. Each facility offers unique pool amenities ? check all of them out.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Plug into Electronics Recycling Day Saturday. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.

Library hosts free program honoring Sandra Day O'Connor. Retired Chief Justice Ruth McGregor of the Arizona Supreme Court discusses Justice O'Connor's contributions as an Arizonan and a Supreme Court Justice. The program will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Civic Center Library.

Senior centers host pair of Mother's Day celebrations, May 10 and 11. The senior centers are celebrating Scottsdale's marvelous mothers with a pair of Kentucky Derby-themed luncheons. Decorate a hat, listen to music and enjoy light refreshments. The cost is $5 for Scottsdale residents. Space is limited and registration is required.

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