Quick Peeks, January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

The nonprofit One Community Foundation Calls for Support of Scottsdale Council’s Request to Revise Arizona’s  Non-Discrimination Laws

One Community Foundation Announcement (PDF)

January 18, 2018

Scottsdale Update Newsletter, January 18

For City of Scottsdale headlines, news, video of the week, events, and information, including contact information, for city programs and services, click below. You will aways find this newsletter in the Events/Venues category and in Community Events.

Scottsdale Update Newsletter (PDF)

January 17, 2018

Interested in Scottsdale Planning & Zoning? Review the latest issue of P & Z Link.

Check out the latest issue for information about new planning and zoning requests and cases, related meeting agendas and minutes and links to informative resources. These resources include links to zoning ordinances, the general plan. an online map that identifies neighborhoods and nearby activity, and much more. You will always find recent copies of this newsletter in the Planning & Zoning category.

January 17 – Scottsdale P & Z Link Newsletter (PDF)
View Recent P & Z Newsletters

January 15, 2018


Live near Shea Boulevard and 116th Street in Scottsdale?

You might want to read this notice regarding an application to build a community storage facility. In addition to the notification letter, you will find conceptual drawings, a site plan and a landscape plan. Developers are required to provide this type of notification to neighbors.

Property Owner Notification (PDF – 6 Pages) 

CCUSD: Ms. Kristi Frederiksen Named Palo Verde Republican Women Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Frederiksen was honored at the group’s December 20th meeting. The luncheon was held at Grayhawk Golf Club with guest speaker Mr. Kevin Knight, District Director, from Congressman David Schweikert’s office.

Superintendent Burdick said, “Ms. Frederiksen plans engaging learning with high expectations for her students. She is caring, loving, supportive, dedicated and a master teacher. The little ones in her class are very lucky to have her teaching first grade—one of the most important grades for laying a foundation for all the learning that follows in the future.”

In 2016, Ms. Frederiksen was named the Arizona Technology in Education Association’s (AZTEA) Elementary Innovative Teacher of the Year. Honored for being a creative teacher who clearly understands student-centered technology integration, she leverages technology to positively impact student learning on a daily basis. Student engagement is obvious when you walk into this amazing educator’s classroom. During center time, “Dot & Dash” robots conduct spelling and rhyming practice. The students sit in front of the robot and follow its directions, writing their responses on their whiteboards. In another station, Ms. Frederiksen has pre-recorded lessons on iPads for the students to review while another group does low-tech makerspace activities. Students in Ms. Frederiksen’s innovative classroom are engaged, motivated and achieving.

For more information on Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, an A+ School of Excellence, offering its students a Chinese Immersion Program beginning in Kindergarten, an on-site Horsemanship and Equestrian Program and Chinese being taught PreK-6, contact the principal, Dr. Matt Schenk at mschenk@ccusd93.org or by calling 480-272-2500.

January 14, 2018

For Seniors (as in older folks, not students)

Now here is an email newsletter that is short and gets you to the main course quickly. It’s the  Winter Edition City of Scottsdale Senior Quarterly newsletter. It’s published by City of Scottsdale Senior Services.

City of Scottsdale Senior Quarterly (PDF)

January 11, 2018

Checkout this visually appealing and interesting newsletter from the Scottsdale Coalition of Today and Tomorrow (SCOTT)


January 11, 2018

Interested in Scottsdale Planning & Zoning? Review the latest issue of P & Z Link.

Check out the latest issue for information about new planning and zoning requests and cases, related meeting agendas and minutes and links to informative resources. These resources include links to zoning ordinances, the general plan. an online map that identifies neighborhoods and nearby activity, and much more.

January 11 – Scottsdale P & Z Link Newsletter (PDF) View Recent P & Z Newsletters

January 8, 2018

Read the Cave Creek Unified School District’s January Superintendent’s Letter & Cactus Shadows High School Newsletter

These two informative newsletters are published every month in The Peak. You will find them in the Newsletters and Announcement category.

CCUSD: Superintendent’s Letter & News from the Creek Newsletter, January

Updated January 11, 2018

Looking for information about Scottsdale events, programs, and services?

Here is a handy monthly newsletter in The Peak’s Events and Venues category.


Scottsdale Update (PDF)

January 2, 2018

Here are two newsletters to check for January family activies.

You’ll also find these newsletters in the Events and Venues category of The Peak.

Scottsdale Parks & Recreation Monthly Update (PDF) Scottsdale Public Library Newsletter (PDF)

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! Here’s the Scottsdale Video Network program guide, a pathway to entertainment and information.

The Peak publishes the Scottsdale Video Network program guide as part of its Community Events Calendar and with other electronic newsletters. In the January issue, you’ll find a program listings and YouTube videos about construction at the Scottsdale airport, information about how to enroll in Scottsdale Recreational classes, the city’s free trolley, and images of some of the best equestrian art found throughout Scottsdale.


Scottsdale Video Network January program guide


December 22, 2017

Cheers! 250+ H.S. Students Attending SCC’s Math/Science Field Day


More than 250 students from 17 Valley high schools are expected to attend Scottsdale Community College’s annual Math/Science Field Day Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Coordinated by SCC Math and Science divisions, the event brings together students to celebrate math and science knowledge. Students also are encouraged to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.

“Past competitors have said the event is one of the most fun and challenging of any they have attended,” said Patricia Dueck, a lead event organizer and SCC math faculty member. “It’s aimed at both students and teachers. SCC faculty love working with and hearing the experiences of the high school faculty.”

When the students arrive in the morning, they will be treated to a Science and Math carnival in Two Waters Circle. The carnival will feature exhibits staffed by SCC instructors, with displays and demonstrations in robotics, chemistry, wildlife management, biology, forensics and other STEM disciplines.

Following lunch, students will gather in the school’s Performing Arts Center to participate in or observe a science and math competition among school teams followed by a Q&A competition. Top finishers will take home modest scholarships and gift cards as will students who scored highest on competency exams given earlier in the day.

Attendance is limited to registered participants.

December 20, 2017

POP & NoDDC Announce New Ballot Initiative

Two Scottsdale organizations, POP (Preserve Our Preserve) and NoDDC (NO Desert Discovery Center) have announced a new ballot initiative for the 2018 Scottsdale election. According to their joint announcement, “It appears that City Council is willing to wait for the results of a Citizens petition on the proposed Desert Edge (Desert Discovery Center) before moving forward with construction. Citizens would finally have a say on whether they want the Desert Edge or any construction in the Preserve.

Therefore, POP and NoDDC are combining efforts to put forth a new citizen petition to place the following ballot language concerning the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on the November 2018 Scottsdale ballot:

1. No construction in the Preserve, except trails and trailheads, without voter approval.*
2. No use of Preserve funds except for land purchase, trails, and trailheads, without voter approval.*
*language abbreviated for simplicity”

POP and NoDDC are organizing to collect nearly 30,000 signatures of Scottsdale registered voters are required. We need volunteers. Please send your name, phone number, and email address to info@protectourpreserve.org. Within about a week, we will distribute via email more specific information for volunteers.”

December 18, 2017

Read The Peak on Your Kindle

If you use a Kindle Fire to read your books and newspapers, you can also use it to read The Peak.  Give it a try. You’ll find it’s really easy to read the feature articles and community events on your Kindle Fire. Just use the browser on your Kindle to access The Peak as you would on  your laptop, desktop, notebook, or phone.

December 13, 2017

Hunting Season Opens December 15th

"Sunrise at Pinnacle Peak Park" by Jim Sciacero

“Sunrise at Pinnacle Peak Park” by Jim Sciacero

Good Morning Outfitters, Volunteers and Regular Hikers!

For your information. . .

Hunting season for deer and javelina opens this Friday the 15th and will end on Jan. 31st.

On opening day, Officer Aaron Bolin and another mounted patrol officer will patrol the area. Their mission is to make sure that the hunting community who will be in the area are aware of the areas that are off-limits to hunters, that they know the rules, regulations and guidelines that come with hunting in the preserve, as well as being there for community outreach.

Additionally, the Game Warden of our area, Curtis Hubert will also be on sight as his schedule dictates. He told us in a meeting last week that his follow-up with those issued a hunting permit indicates that the Tom’s Thumb area is the most chosen sight for hunting in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

I have attached the Preserve Hunting Laws documentation should you need further information.

Thank you!

Yvonne R. Massman
Natural Resources Coordinator
Pinnacle Peak Park
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Central Area
Direct line) 480-312-7901
Office main line) 480-312-0990
To learn more about the Pinnacle Peak Park and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve,
log onto: www.scottsdaleaz.gov use the search box

December 11, 2017

Next Scenic Drive Roadside Cleanup Set for Saturday, January 27th, 8 A.M.

Jojoba Exhibit, Near Boulders, Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, 1995

Jojoba Exhibit, Near Boulders, Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, 1995

The snowbirds are back and more are heading our way. It’s time to stand tall.

Friends of the Scenic Drive-GPPA will need your help on Saturday, January 27th at 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to help clear roadside litter. New volunteers are welcome. Your support is essential. Volunteers are invited to a post cleanup complimentary light breakfast and drawing at Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen, the event’s sponsor.  A great way to meet and greet your neighbors.

Use the links below for more information about the event and Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive.

January 27, 2018 Cleanup Information


Scenic Drive Information Directory


December 14, 2017 (Updated 12/27/2017)

Read Scottsdale Update for Summary of City News, Events, Meetings, Schedules

Here’s a quick tip. Probably the fastest way to find out what the City of Scottsdale will be involved with in a given month is to read the Update Newsletter that the city publishes every two weeks. Below is a link to the latest edition.

Scottsdale Update Newsletter (PDF)



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