Emergency Response Program manages the monsoon
Arizona’s summer monsoon season is almost here. As defined by the National Weather Service, the season runs from June 15 through Sept. 30. It’s also the busiest time of year for the city’s Emergency Response Program. Extensive preparation is involved, as the monsoon season often brings heavy rain, flooding, strong gusty winds, dust storms and outflow from thunderstorms and microbursts. For example, barricades are placed at locations known as “wet crossings” areas that are prone to flooding and along the Indian Bend Wash. Find out how you can stay safe.
Teen Academy provides exposure to realities of public safety careers
More than 40 teens gained life skills while learning about future careers in law enforcement and fire services recently at the Public Safety Teen Academy. This is the sixth year the Scottsdale Police and Fire departments offered the total public safety experience, which included exposure to both police and fire training. The action-packed week featured hands-on learning and demonstrations. The academy’s top recruit, Dylan Gundry, shared some highlights of the week’s activities. Check out pictures on the Public Safety Facebook page. Teens interested in pursuing a career in public safety are encouraged to apply for Scottsdale Police or Fire Explorer programs that offer year-round training and education. Visit Scottsdale Police or Scottsdale Fire.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE
Railroad Park concert continues with the Statics
Listen to the retro sounds of Static at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s free Sunday concert. The free event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., June 16, at the park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Bring a blanket or chair and hear a variety of favorite local bands. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children younger than three ride free with a paying adult. Food will also be available for purchase. Concerts run through July 7.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
** ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District, just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.
** Jazz on Main – Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., Main Street, just west of Scottsdale Road.
** NEW Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, Saturdays, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
** Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.
** Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission – Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850.
** McDowell Sonoran Preserve – Hikes and educational programs, ongoing.
** WestWorld hosts various horseshows and other events.
** Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update enewsletter.
GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT
City launches Scottsdale General Plan 2014 workshop series
What should Scottsdale look like in 10 years? In 20 years? By participating in the 2014 General Plan process, you will help answer those questions. The next phase of the public process for the Scottsdale General Plan 2014 begins with the launch of the first two in a series of eight workshops. They will be on:
** Wednesday June 19, Desert Canyon School Library, 10203 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road
**Thursday June 20, SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Convergence Room
There will be two sessions for each workshop. They will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The same material and topics will be discussed at both sessions.
Each workshop series focuses on specific themes and topics. This first series addresses “Neighborhoods and Housing.” Some of the existing values for this topic in the city’s General Plan include:
** A broad diversity of owner-occupied and rental housing types
** Housing that is energy efficient, environmentally sensitive, and that blends with the city’s natural surroundings
** Citizen involvement in the preservation and revitalization of Scottsdale neighborhoods
** Redevelopment and reinvestment in the community’s mature areas.
** Preservation of the community’s historic, archeological, and cultural heritage.
Workshop participants will determine if these values are still relevant today and how they should change, if at all. Registration is required and is available on the General Plan website or by calling 480-312-3111.
Public invited to review and comment on draft Airport Master Plan
Provide online comments for the first two chapters of Scottsdale Airport’s draft Master Plan. The document identifies and lays out plans for future airport needs. Drafts of Chapter One – Inventory and Chapter Two – Forecasts are available at online. Submit your feedback on these two sections by Wednesday, June 26. The Master Plan will focus on several key areas including aviation forecasts, demand/capacity, facility requirements, airfield design and safety standards, development alternatives and environmental reviews on airport property. It does not include noise abatement or studies. The next public workshop is slated for fall. For questions or more information, contact Scottsdale Airport at 480-312-2321.
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AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE
Stay fit this summer with indoor fitness classes
You can “turn up the heat” in your exercise routine this summer without getting burned by Valley temperatures. Scottsdale offers a variety of air-conditioned facilities and fitness programs close to you. Classes are offered from baby to ‘boomer’, with us you can! Contact Leisure Education for class and registration information at 480-312-7957 or visit our Sports web page.
Transition period helps create a healthy summer lawn
If you planted a winter lawn and want a healthy lawn this summer, remember to turn off your sprinkler/irrigation system for about two weeks once temperatures are consistently over 90 degrees. This allows the winter grass to die out and the Bermuda grass to revive. Once Bermuda grass is growing, it only needs to be watered once every three days. Remember to water deeply and evenly for best results. Get more watering tips.
Vista del Camino serves as hydration station
Scottsdale’s social service agency Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., is serving as a water hydration station this summer. The station’s purpose is to protect the vulnerable during summer by providing relief from the heat and sites where they can get free bottled water, sunscreen wipes, lip balm and hats. Vista del Camino is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Scottsdale Healthcare is partnering with the city to provide the supplies, plus information on the dangers of extreme heat. The public can donate water or other items, including light-colored T-shirts, sunblock, socks and underwear, hats and pre-packaged snack items. For more information, call Vista at 480-312-2323.
Upcoming brush and bulk pickup schedule
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Residents are asked to have brush and bulk items out for pick up by 5 a.m. on Monday the week of scheduled service.
Here's the upcoming schedule:
** Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of June 17.
** Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of June 24.
** Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of July 8.
** Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of July 15.
For more information, contact Solid Waste Management Division 480-312-5600.
PROGRAMS FOR YOU
Racin’ at the Basin running series kicks off June 22
Whether you’re looking to run your first 5K or a chance to improve your fitness, you will enjoy “Racin’ at the Basin” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the beautiful Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive. Chip-timing equipment tracks your two-loop run over the fun and challenging course. Participation is $15 in advance or $20 race day. Online registration closes 48 hours prior to race times. Other series runs take place July 20 and Aug. 24. Register online here.
FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE