Scottsdale Update Newsletter, April 20

Thursday, April 20



What-a-Mayor … Lane “talks trash” in drive-thru window at Whataburger . Mayor Jim Lane is partnering with Don’t Trash Arizona for a litter education event from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Whataburger, 2955 N. Hayden Road. He’ll be encouraging unsuspecting patrons to properly dispose fast food trash and wrappers … some of the most commonly littered items in Arizona.

 Join the discussion on Downtown Scottsdale’s future. Three sessions will be held in early May to review the key findings of Downtown Scottsdale 2.0, a tourism-related economic feasibility study launched last May. The study includes an economic and planning analysis of Scottsdale’s downtown area with a focus on maximizing economic performance and enhancing a desirable, vibrant downtown.

 Mayor Lane proclaims April 23-29 “Volunteer Appreciation Week in Scottsdale.” The recognition honors the city’s 6,800 volunteers who contributed about 187,000 hours in 2016. These volunteer hours are valued at more than $4.2 million.

 Pinnacle Peak Park to close for rock drop morning of Wednesday, April 26. The rocks will be used for future trail projects. The park should reopen around 12:30 p.m. the same day.


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Celebrate Scottsdale becoming a “Tree City USA” community for the 35th consecutive year. Mark this milestone and Arbor Day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Tree City USA provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs.

 Scottsdale galleries will host Art for Aunt Rita’s silent auction and tour Saturday. Two dozen Downtown Scottsdale art galleries and shops are hosting a free charity event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to benefit local HIV/AIDS programs. Check in at Marshall Square, 7077 E. Main St. An after party will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at BS West, 7125 E. 5th Ave. The city’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is a sponsor of the event.

 Scottsdale Stadium hosts Girls Night Out. Ladies can enjoy a night out from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Enjoy a chick flick, indulge in some well-deserved pampering and grab a nosh from a food truck.

 McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s free Sunday Concert Series continues. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through July 2, 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.

 Official State Balladeer performs at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Dolan Ellis weaves storytelling and humor into a crowd-pleasing musical performance that celebrates Arizona, its lands and its people. The program is from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.

 Scottsdale will gather April 28 to honor “The Golden Rule.” Service organizations, clergy, police and community leaders will gather to affirm the community’s commitment to treating people the way they would like to be treated, to helping those in need, and to embracing the rich culture of all the people of Arizona and the southwest. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required.

 Browse the city calendar for more events.


City Court-housed MVD kiosk offers “off-highway” vehicle decal printing. The existing self-service kiosk’s new feature allows people needing the decal to avoid long lines at Motor Vehicle Division sites. People mostly use these vehicles on unimproved terrain, and they weigh 1,800 pounds or less. The decal costs $25 and must be renewed annually. The City Court is at 3700 N. 75th St.

 Borrow landscape equipment for neighborhood cleanups. Grab a pair of work gloves and your neighbors, and borrow a trailer loaded with landscape tools for a neighborhood cleanup. There’s also a roll-off dumpster available to put yard waste in – and we’ll haul it away for free.

 Organize a neighborhood block party. Get to know your neighbors, build relationships, promote neighborhood safety, create a sense of community and … have fun. The city loans block party equipment such as ice chests, traffic cones and pop-up canopies for free.

 Curb address painting kits available for loan. The kit is free to use and includes stencils, masking tape, brushes and instructions. You supply the paint and elbow grease.

 Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Free program offers help finding teens summer jobs. The “Summer Job Boot Camp” workshop for teens 15 to 18 years old will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Paiute Neighborhood Center. Teens will learn about filling out job applications, interviewing and the latest job search techniques.

 Money Smart Week focuses on financial planning. Attend various free programs to help with your financial freedom and the future. The sessions run various days and times April 24-28, in the Eureka Loft at Civic Center Library.

 Talk Cinema mixes Hollywood flair with the element of surprise. This Scottsdale Arts program offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. April’s screening is “Graduation” by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

 Free library workshop set to inspire authors. The “Write On” workshop topics include writing in various genres and learning about the trends in book marketing and publishing. The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Civic Center Library.

 Recycling makes cents. Recycling benefits us by preserving landfill space and by recovering and reusing resources. It also makes economic sense. By participating in Scottsdale’s Curbside Recycling Program, residents can lower the city’s cost of providing residential solid waste services.

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