Events in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 20, 2011

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Scottsdale Update - Oct. 20, 2011

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Granite Reef Senior Center captures Pinnacle award
National Emergency Alert System test set for Nov. 9

The ArtFest to be held this weekend
Check out ongoing activities

City adds open house on proposed pawn ordinance update
"Scottsdale Shares" campaign assists with holiday donations
2011 Frances Young Unsung Community Heroes named
G.A.I.N. parties to be held Oct. 29

Upcoming brush and bulk pickup schedule
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Nov. 5
Enjoy Downtown Scottsdale with free trolley rides

Still time to attend fall landscape workshops
Solar tour showcases sustainable structures
Neighborhood College classes continue in October
Photo workshop provides skills to capture Preserve's beauty
Living in balance with desert ecosystem topic of Nov. 3 event
CityCable airs Mayor & Council Breakfast program celebrating Preserve
Poetry Corner show with Bob Frost features Artist-te

A listing of city events and programs scheduled in the coming weeks



Granite Reef Senior Center captures Pinnacle award
The Granite Reef Senior Center was recently honored with NuStep's Pinnacle Award for outstanding senior center. The Pinnacle is annually awarded to a senior center that best demonstrates a culture of whole-person wellness. Judges applauded the center's holistic approach to senior services, which include recreation, social services and socialization. They were especially impressed with the staff's focus on customer service. NuStep manufactures recumbent cross-training machines. For more information about the award, contact the senior center at (480) 312-1700.

National Emergency Alert System test set for Nov. 9
A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is set for noon Wednesday, Nov. 9. The test will broadcast over radio and television stations statewide and last about three minutes. Local, state, federal and tribal governments use the system to communicate potentially life-saving information during an emergency. Most Arizonans are familiar with the distinctive tone and the scrolling message unique to the system. This is the first time the system will be tested simultaneously nationwide. For more information, visit



The ArtFestT to be held this weekend
Attend The ArtFestT of Fifth Avenue -- a three-day celebration featuring independent fine artists, local musicians and food. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 23 on Fifth Avenue between Scottsdale Road and Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale. One hundred booth exhibitors will show and sell one-of-a-kind works of art. Street closures begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Free admission and parking. Get more details at

Check out these ongoing activities:
** ArtWalk - 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Scottsdale Arts District, just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.
** Local Motion Trolley Tour - 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission - Downtown Scottsdale. (480) 634-6850,
** WestWorld hosts various horseshows. ** Arizona Fall League baseball - Scottsdale Stadium., (480) 312-2586.
** McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month activities.

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City adds open house on proposed pawn ordinance update
Interested parties are invited to a third and final open house on proposed changes to the Secondhand Dealers, Pawnbrokers and Auction Houses ordinance. The open house takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Police Department District 3 Community Room, 9065 E. Via Linda. The city is updating the ordinance to enhance the Police Department's ability to quickly identify stolen property. The city has revised the draft ordinance to incorporate suggestions made by citizens during the review process. Learn more at

"Scottsdale Shares" campaign assists with holiday donations
The Scottsdale Shares campaign returns this holiday season to make it easier for residents to get information about city charitable programs and how to make donations. The Scottsdale Shares campaign provides one point of contact for residents, businesses and organizations seeking to assist those in need through donations or volunteer activities.
Programs participating in this year's program include:
** The Scottsdale Fire Department's annual toy drive
** Scottsdale's Adopt-A-Family Program
** Scottsdale's Adopt-A-Senior Program
** The Paiute Community Center's annual toy and teen gift program.
** The Vista del Camino Food Bank
** Scottsdale Cares, community assistance program
To learn more about Scottsdale Shares, call (480) 312-3111, visit, watch this or view on CityCable 11 at 1, 5 and 8 p.m. Mondays.

2011 Frances Young Unsung Community Heroes named
Three citizens whose deeds have benefited Scottsdale through volunteerism, random acts of kindness and mentoring have been named the 2011 Frances Young Unsung Community Heroes.
The honorees are:
** Marguerite "Pam" Berges - A 50-year volunteer with Scottsdale Healthcare's Auxiliary program.
**Amy Davison - The founder of Charity Chicks who mission is simple - getting a bunch of women who care together to "share the joy of giving."
** Matt Mays - A volunteer for Scottsdale's special needs community
The award is named for Frances Young. For nearly a half century she mentored advised, assisted and championed numerous local organizations and causes - simply for the good of the community. Frances died in 2009 in her late 80s. Learn more about the award and winners at

G.A.I.N. parties take place Oct. 29
Scottsdale neighborhoods are throwing parties from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, to get neighbors together for G.A.I.N. - Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods. The aim of the program is to unite neighbors and communities to create safer neighborhoods. To register your neighborhood or for more information, contact Citizen Advisor Joy Racine at (480) 312-2342 or You may also register your G.A.I.N. party at



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 #4 - McKellips Road to Thomas Road and Bell Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Oct. 24.
** Service Area #1 - Cholla Street to Bell Road and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Oct. 31.
** Service Area #2 - McDonald Drive to Cholla Street and Happy Valley Road to Dynamite Boulevard. This includes Sundown Drive between Shea Boulevard and Cactus Road: Week of Nov. 7.
** Service Area #3 - Thomas Road to McDonald Drive and Pinnacle Peak Road to Happy Valley Road: Week of Nov. 14.
For more information, contact Solid Waste Management Division (480) 312-5600 or visit

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Nov. 5
Rid your home of household hazardous wastes by bringing them to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the city Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. For a list of accepted items, visit www. or call (480) 312-5600.

Enjoy Downtown Scottsdale with free trolley rides
Scottsdale's Downtown Trolley is a free ride to anywhere you want to go Downtown - shopping, dining, entertainment or the arts district. Ride around in environmentally friendly bio-diesel shuttles complete with air conditioned comfort during warm weather and fresh air during cooler temperatures. The Downtown trolleys run daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk. The Downtown trolleys connect with Scottsdale's free Neighborhood Trolley, Tempe's Orbit system, the Valley Metro bus system and even Light Rail. More information on the city's trolley routes can be found at or by calling (480) 312-3111.



Still time to attend fall landscape workshops
Two in a series of free fall landscape workshops are still available:
** Saturday, Oct. 22: Irrigation Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair - Get the basics on good maintenance practices, problem solving tips and techniques to keep your irrigation system running smoothly.
** Thursday, Oct. 27: Plant Selection - Match hard-working desert plants to specific areas of your yard and discover an array of beautiful, water-thrifty plants.
For more water conservation tips or information on the free landscape workshops, visit Learn about Scottsdale's Xeriscape Garden here.

Solar tour showcases sustainable structures
A handful of sustainable buildings in Scottsdale will be part of the 2011 Valley of the Sun tour of solar and sustainable buildings. The free, self-guided tour will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. It offers the public a glimpse of how a variety of technologies and strategies are used for energy appropriate and environmentally responsible living in the Arizona desert. Locations will showcase a variety of sustainable building designs, materials, systems and technology, including solar, rainwater harvesting, gray-water reuse, and the use of non-traditional building materials like rammed earth and straw bale construction. Get more information at

Neighborhood College classes continue in October
Registration is available for Scottsdale's Neighborhood College, a series of free classes where residents can receive the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders. October classes include "Hot Topics & HOA 2011 Legislative Updates," "20 HOA Tips in 20 Minutes," "The ABCs of Building, Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement" and "Bidding for Vendors." All classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. and take place at several city locations. Pre-registration is required. For a complete schedule, class description or to register, call (480) 312-2342, e-mail or visit

Photo workshop provides skills to capture preserve's beauty
Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve has some spectacular scenery - and an upcoming photography workshop will provide the skills to capture that beauty. Noted outdoor photographer Richard Buchbinder will host the two-day workshop at the preserve's Gateway Access Area, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. The first session is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. It will cover basic outdoor photography skills such as composition, lighting and lenses. The second session will take place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. It will feature individual instruction on concepts and techniques. The registration fee is $125 and all proceeds benefit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the non-profit group that that works in partnership with the city on the completion and sustainability of the preserve. To register or for more information on the photography workshop, call (480) 998-7971, ext. 102.

Living in balance with desert ecosystem topic of Nov. 3 event
Can cities exist in balance with our Sonoran Desert ecosystem? Explore the answers at Scottsdale's Nov. 3 Green Building Lecture Series. The free event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Scottsdale planning staff will discuss ongoing efforts to protect our desert ecology, mitigate the urban heat island effect, increase pedestrian connectivity, enhance bicycle mobility, support urban compact development and minimize nighttime light pollution. For more information, call (480) 312-3111 or visit

CityCable airs Mayor & Council Breakfast program celebrating Preserve
Couldn't attend the recent Mayor and City Council Breakfast? Don't despair, watch the program here. You'll find out about proposed acquisitions that could add more than 10,000 acres to the preserve, get an update on trail and trailhead construction and learn about a comprehensive survey of plants and animals taking place in the preserve. Featured speakers included Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane, former Mayor Mary Manross, Scottsdale Poet Laureate Bob Frost, local historian Len Marcisz and Mike Nolan, executive director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Poetry Corner show with Bob Frost features Artist-te
Scottsdale's poet laureate Bob Frost and poet Artist-te share their poetry and discuss the different styles of verse. The show plays on CityCable 11 at 1:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and also can be online here.



Fall Festival Oct. 31 at Eldorado Park
Ready for some sweet treats? You're invited to Scottsdale's annual Fall Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, on the ball fields at Eldorado Park, 2301 N. Miller Road. This free event features game booths for all ages, costume contests, a pumpkin decorating contest, a canine costume contest, a haunted forest, stage demonstrations and more. End the evening with a bang by staying for our fireworks show! For more information, call (480) 312-0217 or email

First annual Polo Party - "Horses & Horsepower!" set for Nov. 5
As a precursor to January's Barrett-Jackson car auction, the "Horses & Horsepower" Polo Party will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. The event kicks off on-site at 11:30 a.m. at the Olive and Ivy Mimosa Champagne Lounge followed by a 1 p.m. polo match. General admission is $10 advance and $12 at the gate. The event is presented by the Arizona Polo Club, Barrett-Jackson and the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. Get more information at

Explore aviation firsthand at Scottsdale Air Fair Nov. 5-6
You're invited to the Scottsdale Air Fair Nov. 5-6 for an up-close look at the best of military, experimental, civilian and vintage aircraft and warbirds. Gates open both days at 9 a.m. You'll be able to go inside the planes, meet the pilots and explore aviation firsthand at Scottsdale Airport. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for those 11-15 and free for those 10 and younger. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $3 extra. Scottsdale's Air Fair supports the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Event-goers can drop off new, unwrapped toys to receive a discount on admission. Learn more about the Scottsdale Air Fair at or by watching this video. You can purchase tickets online or by calling (480) 980-2174. Learn more about Scottsdale Airport by watching this video.

La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Latin & Hispanic Culture Nov. 5-6
Enjoy an action-packed weekend of Latin music, dance, food and fun Nov. 5-6 on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. La Gran Fiesta takes audiences on a journey from the rich artistry of neighboring Mexico to the cultural vibrancy of the Caribbean and South America. This free community festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. both days and features performances by Arizona's top Latin bands, activities for children and families, a mercado with handmade gifts and Latin-inspired food and drinks. For more information, visit or watch this.

Senior Center's Arts and Crafts Fair serves up gems and bargains Nov. 19
Find great, affordable gifts and merchandise at the Granite Reef Senior Center's Arts and Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. More than 165 vendors will be selling an eclectic collection of original artwork, jewelry, photography, paintings, wood, ironwork and much more. The Granite Reef Senior Center's signature event will have live musical entertainment, art demonstrations, food, children's activities and a whole lot of fun for the whole family. The center is at 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. For more information, call (480) 312-1733, visit www.ScottsdaleAZ.Gov/Seniors/Artsandcraftsfair or watch this.


For a complete list of Scottsdale events, visit

For Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts events, visit or call (480) 994-ARTS.

For Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts events, visit or call (480) 874-4682.


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