Scottsdale Update - May 31, 2018

HEADLINES

Caution: native wildlife active. Arizona Game and Fish Department warns residents of wandering wildlife during drought conditions. Officers tranquilized and later euthanized an ear-tagged black bear found wandering an Anthem neighborhood recently. Help to discourage urban wildlife from living in your area by removing essentials of wildlife habitat such as water, food and shelter.

Flood hazard reduction efforts lower insurance costs for property owners. Scottsdale property owners started saving more on flood insurance May 1 thanks to flood hazard reduction efforts by the city. Scottsdale scored tops in the state among municipalities during a recent federal audit of floodplain management practices, ranking in the top 1 percent of all U.S. cities and counties. Scottsdale's rating for flood risk improved from Class 6 to Class 5 because of the audit - a move that will boost the premium discount in special flood hazard areas from 20 to 25 percent. Policy holders outside the special flood hazard areas will continue to see their premiums reduced by 10 percent.

"Wash Away Library Fines" runs June 1-7. Bring in a bottle of water to donate, and $1 in fines will be removed from your account. Water bottles will go to Vista del Camino's Hydration Station program.

Car sharing startup Turo expands in Scottsdale. This San Francisco-based business recently opened a larger Scottsdale office with plans to have more than 80 employees by the end of this year and 300 by 2020. The Phoenix area is the company's eighth largest market with 77 percent of local bookings coming from out-of-town guests. Scottsdale was Turo's first expansion office outside of its headquarters and is the company's second largest office. (Phoenix Business Journal) 


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Live coverage of City Council meetings begins at 4 p.m. June 5, 19 and 26; and 5 p.m. June 12. Meetings replay the following Fridays at 5 p.m. You can livestream meetings on Cox channels 11 and 1011 and Century Link channel 8001. Other public meetings are also available on replay.


EVENTS

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series continues. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 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 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk -- An American original. Every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale hosts this feast for the senses featuring galleries, food and entertainment.  

Be part of the muddy tradition at this year's Mighty Mud Mania, June 9. Come sling mud at this year's Mighty Mud Mania from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This free event offers muddy obstacles for people of all ages and abilities.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Scottsdale residents can get free tickets to Fahrenheit Festival. Get two free tickets by Saturday, June 2, to this event, which takes place June 16, at WestWorld. Watch runners compete  in what's billed as the hottest race on earth, plus enjoy world class arm wrestling. The event also includes the Arizona Ales and Cocktails Festival featuring craft beers and top mixologists, unlimited rides on the world's tallest inflatable water slide, a jalapeno eating contest, a fast pitch competition, hot rod displays, a fire-eating exhibition and more. Get two free tickets  with promo code CITY.

Community Celebrating Diversity announces youth scholarship recipients. The two 2018 Community Youth Scholars are Desert Mountain High School graduates Maheeyah Mukarram and Analisa Peterson. Mukarram ranked in the top 13 percent of her class. She will attend Arizona State University and major in psychology. Peterson excelled in academics, volunteerism and art. She will be attending Northern Arizona University where she plans to pursue a biology degree with a minor in forensics.

Aquatic centers available for private rentals. Consider McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center or Eldorado pool for unique party venues. Both facilities are available to rent from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays through August.

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

Running on empty -- it's not just a great Jackson Browne song. An idling engine wastes up to a half gallon of fuel per hour and delivers zero miles per gallon. Idling with the air conditioner on increases fuel waste and tailpipe emissions.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Still time to sign up for Summer Reading Program. Sign up for the free Summer Reading Program at any Scottsdale Library location starting June 1. Programs for babies, youth, teens and adults.

Discover how to cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent using ductless mini-splits, June 7. Ductless mini-split heat pumps use an indoor unit connected to an outdoor unit via refrigerant lines. Learn more about this energy saver at a free Green Building Lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

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