Scottsdale Update - May 30, 2019


Scottsdale encourages residents to direct dollars to social service agencies. City staff are working to direct those in need to appropriate resources while accommodating citizens' concerns about excessive panhandling and related issues. The most visible sign of that work will hit city streets this week, when temporary signs will be placed at "high volume" panhandling intersections in Scottsdale. The signs encourage the public to donate to social service agencies rather than giving to individuals asking for money.

Learn about cutting-edge high-performance green buildings. Attend the season's final Green Building Lecture and learn about successful, innovative residential projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living. The free program takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.  

Scottsdale employee team wins Valley Bike Month Team Challenge. In just a month, Scottsdale’s 15-member cycling team "AZ Single Speed" logged 589 trips, rode 2,462 miles and burned 120,767 calories. Their efforts not only earned them slimmer waists but also a first-place victory in the 2019 Valley Bike Month Team Challenge (medium-sized team category). Led by Senior Management Analyst Monica Staats, the team included employees from Transportation, Facilities, Citizen Services, Human Services, Public Works and Fire. They had 100 percent participation and are estimated to have saved 115 gallons of gas and 2,264 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Let's make Scottsdale even more bike friendly. With 174 miles of bike lanes and 129 miles of paved shared use paths, Scottsdale is one of only 39 communities nationwide rated Gold level or higher by the League of American Bicyclists for its bicycle friendliness. Gold, schmold. We want platinum! The Transportation Department is hosting a pair of meetings so you can share your thoughts on how we can achieve this community goal. The first meeting is from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Community Design Studio; the second is from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Mustang Library. Get more information about bicycling in Scottsdale.


Hear the story of Scottsdale's founding father Winfield Scott and how he established our community, narrated by Richard Lynch.


It's the "grandmudder" of events - Mighty Mud Mania, June 8. Come sling mud at this year's Mighty Mud Mania from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 8, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This free event offers muddy obstacle courses for people of all ages and ability levels.  

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series continues through June 30. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks – or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.

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.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Wash away your library fines with bottled water donations. Scottsdale libraries are waiving 50 cents in fines for every bottled water donation, up to $24.99. The bottled water will be distributed to Vista del Camino's "hydration station" to assist vulnerable citizens during the summer.

Back-to-School program needs your donations. School's barely out for summer break, but there's no time like the present to start donating to the Back-to-School program.Students need new clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Learn how you can donate items or money.  

Fight the bite … from mosquitoes. Help eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from breeding by following these simple tips.

Summer is bee season. Learn how to protect yourself. If you are attacked, run as far and as fast as possible; get shelter in a building or car; cover your eyes and face; don't swat at bees; and don't jump into a pool. Call a bee removal company if you find a hive on private property. Call 480-312-5000 if it's on city-owned property.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Learn how a Polish Catholic swimmer survived Auschwitz to live the American dream. Author Katrina Shawver shares highlights of her award-winning biography, "Henry – A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America." The free program runs from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Civic Center Library.

School's out for summer, but that doesn't mean the learning has to go on a break too. Scottsdale Parks and Recreation offers a variety of sports, classes and fitness instruction for everyone.

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