Scottsdale Update - Sept. 6, 2018


September is National Preparedness Month. Create a plan that outlines each family member's responsibilities in case of an emergency. Make a "Go Kit" which can include food and water, medication, money, contact information and locations to meet.

Commercial real estate industry leader signs 10-year lease at SkySong. Berkadia signed a lease on a 21,000-square-foot space at Skysong and will employ about 90 people. Berkadia is a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group that offers a robust suite of services to multifamily and commercial property clients.  

Fun new aquatic classes this fall - SCUBA and log rolling. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center is hosting two new classes. SCUBA Sundays will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Participants must bring their own gear and their PADI certification card. Log rolling is an aquatic sport in which participants use foot work, core strength and balance to stay on top of a spinning log in the waters.


City Council meeting live coverage begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Meetings replay the following Friday at 5 p.m. Council meetings are closed captioned.


Get an up-close, hand-on glimpse of essential city services. Want to drive a police robot? Operate a garbage truck? Scottsdale's Show and Tell event takes place in conjunction with the free Children's Learning and Play Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at WestWorld. Learn more about city programs and services while enjoying activities such as nature exhibits and a children's play zone.  

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday year 'round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.


Pickleball courts coming to Horizon Park. A project begins Monday, Sept. 10, to convert Horizon Park tennis courts into pickleball courts. Pickleball is growing in popularity across the country and especially here in Scottsdale. Keep up-to-date on the progress.

More than 7,000 people participated in Scottsdale Library Summer Reading Program. Participants logged 4,379,314 minutes of reading throughout the program which ran June 1-Aug. 1. Nearly 2,920 people finished the program and claimed a free book. According to the School Library Journal, summer reading program participants not only mitigate summer learning loss, they show gains.

Mayor's Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride. Commemorate the signing of the constitution by submitting art/video or an essay. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 17.  

Conservation tip: Skip a watering cycle after a heavy rain. There's still a good chance we'll experience a powerful storm in September. Also, if you have a power loss during a storm, be sure to check that your controller hasn't reverted to default settings.

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Do something GRAND for National Grandparents Day, Sept. 7. The Granite Reef Senior Center is hosting a celebration at 12:30 p.m. Friday with food, live entertainment and giveaways. Cost is $5 for residents. Register at, search "Grandparents Day."

Exhibit and programs celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona. Frank Lloyd Wright came to the Scottsdale desert in 1937 and built Taliesin West - a primitive outpost that would become one of the most influential and enduring landmarks of American architecture. That legacy is being celebrated at an exhibit and program series at the Civic Center LibraryFootprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona runs from Sept. 15 to Dec. 31.

Lifelong learning and leisure classes begin in September. Scottsdale's Parks and Recreation provides close-to-home, low-cost, readily available facilities, programs and instruction.  

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