Scottsdale Arizona

34th Annual Mighty Mud Mania Set July 17 by quotes

The muddiest show on (or in) earth returns July 17 when Scottsdale’s Mighty Mud Mania flings into action for the 34th time.

Activities run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This year Might Mud Mania has a lead sponsor — Henkel Consumer Goods Inc., marketers of well known brands such as Dial soap.

Mighty Mud Mania features activities for kids in two age groups, 6 and under and ages 7 to 17.  The younger group can enjoy the Mini Mud Course, Mudville (a “funtown” of mud), mini waterslide, mudpit and sand castle building. Older children can try the Original Mud Obstacle Course, waterslides, sandcastle building, and mudpits.

Participants must wear lace-up or Velcro shoes (sandals and flip-flops are not allowed) and must bring a signed permission slip or have a parent or guardian available at the event to sign one.

Scottsdale firefighters will provide a “kidwash,” so children can go home
clean.  Fully rinsed kids who bring along clean swimsuits and towels can
also enjoy a free swim at Chaparral Pool from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Residents can call 480-312-2771 to be put on a list to receive Mighty Mud Mail, or e-mail to be put on an e-mail list for detailed information, permission slips, parking map, and everything needed for the event.

There is also an MMM answer line at 480-312-2704. About 200 volunteers are needed to staff the event each year.  Muddy and
not-so-muddy jobs are available.  Please call or e-mail the numbers and
address listed above by July 6 to volunteer.

Other sponsors for the 2009 event are Arizona’s Tooth Dr. for Kids,
ClifKid/Clifbar, Cricket Communications, Heritage Trucking, SRP, and
Universal Fog Outdoor Misting Systems.

For event details, visit


Summer Hours Under Way at Railroad Park by quotes

The summer schedule is now in effect at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.

From June through August, the park will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rides and concessions will be open during those hours on weekends, but closed from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Park reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park’s museum also is closing for the summer. It will reopen in October. The 30-acre park is located on the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads. Amenities include train and carousel rides, food concessions, two playgrounds, birthday party facilities, reservable and drop-in picnic areas, a railroad museum, desert arboretum and retail shops.

For more information on the park, visit:

Culture Pass Opens Doors to Scottsdale and Valley Landmarks by quotes

Your Scottsdale Public Library is participating in the Culture Pass Program, which allows participants free entry to the Valley’s top entertainment and educational destinations.

The list of locations includes museums, cultural centers and historical
sites.  This is a first-of-its-kind partnership that unites 13 local arts
and cultural organizations with six greater Phoenix area public libraries.
Passes are available for check-out at all four Scottsdale libraries.

Libraries have a limited number of passes, and they are available on a
first-come, first-served basis.  For more information on how to participate in the Culture Pass Program, call the library at (480) 312-READ or visit

Tempe’s 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival by azhttp

Tempe’s 30th Annual Halloween Carnival a treat for all

Families invited to the best “monster mash” in town

TEMPE, Ariz. – Don’t get spooked this Halloween! Come to one of the most

exciting and safe places in the Valley to celebrate Halloween with your

family. Tempe’s 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival will be Wednesday,

Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Kiwanis Community Park, 6005 S.

All-America Way (Mill Avenue and All-America Way).

Some spooktacular highlights include entertainment, food, face painting,

carnival games and a 7:30 p.m. costume contest for goblins of all ages.

Local groups will provide live entertainment.

Admission is free and is offered to Valley families as a safe alternative to

trick-or-treating. Carnival tickets are 25 cents each, and proceeds will

benefit non-profit groups around the state.

More than 5,000 families are expected to attend this year’s event, and Tempe

hopes that number will grow even more in the years to come.

For more information visit or call the City of Tempe

Parks and Recreation Office at 480-350-5200. Text telephone/TDD is available

at 480-350-5050.


October means cooler Scottsdale temperatures – and an ideal time to get out into the desert and celebrate McDowell Sonoran Month.

The fun begins this weekend with a pair of free, guided hikes hosted by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Both start at 8 a.m. The Saturday, Oct. 6, hike features the 2.5-mile Ringtail Loop starting at the Lost Dog Trailhead. A free discussion on desert hiking tips begins at 7:30 a.m. in the trailhead’s amphitheater.

The Sunday, Oct. 7, hike starts at the end of Alma School Road, north of Dynamite Boulevard. It’s a 4.2-mile round trip to one of the area’s striking rock formations.

Two half-hour morning programs at the Lost Dog Trailhead amphitheater area also are on tap for the weekend. Both start at 9 a.m. Saturday’s program is a presentation on Cooking With Desert Ingredients and Sunday’s program is on Desert Birds.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve encompasses about 14,000 acres of pristine desert and mountain land rich in a diverse array of plant and animal life, geological formations, and cultural heritage.

A complete list of events and activities being held in conjunction with McDowell Sonoran Month is available on a special Web site,


Recognized for its sustainable design and sensitivity to the desert habitat

within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale’s Lost Dog Wash Trailhead was recently awarded the top Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects, Western Mountain Region.

 The trailhead’s building and parking area have been designed to blend inwith the surrounding desert preserve and incorporate green buildingtechniques.  These include photovoltaic cells that provide electricity, andgrey water and rainwater harvesting that produce nearly 75,000 gallons ofwater annually for landscape irrigation. In addition, special attention hasbeen paid to salvage and relocate native vegetation to other areas of

disturbance within the preserve. 

 Earlier this summer, the city also received an award for the South AreasTrails Map of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from the Arizona Information

Council in the cartographic design category.

 The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead also won the Valley Forward Environmental

Excellence Crescordia award in the open space and connectivity category last October.  


Since 1994, nearly 15,000 acres of the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert have been preserved in Scottsdale. To commemorate October as McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month, residents are invited to attend Scottsdale’s Mayor and City Council Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

 For more information about the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, visit or call (480) 312-7722. For more information about events planned during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month, visit or call the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy at (480)998-7971.

Employment Opportunities by quotes

Employment Opportunities


Scottsdale JobsCity Attorney

Legal Secretary

City Auditor

Deputy City Auditor

Community Services

*Assistant Pool Manager (PT, PT Benefited)

[Building] Maintenance Technician II – Facilities

*Library Assistant I (PT Benefited)

Library Assistant Supervisor

*Lifeguard / Instructor (Temp, PT, PT Benefited)

Pool Manager – Chaparral Aquatics (PT Benefited)

Pool Manager – El Dorado Aquatics (FT Benefited)

*Recreation Leader I (Temp, PT, PT Benefited)

*Recreation Leader II (PT, PT Benefited)

Recreation Leader III – Adaptive Recreation

*Recreation Specialist (PT, Temp & Seasonal)

Financial Services

Tax Auditor / Audit Associate

Water Audit Technician

Human Resources

Sr. Human Resources Analyst

Municipal Services

Maintenance Technician II

Planning & Development

*Associate Planner

Planning Assistant

Police Department

Police Aid

Police Communications Dispatcher

Police Detention Officer

Police Officer Trainee

Police Records Supervisor

Public Works

City Engineer

Fleet Technician II

Maintenance Worker I

Public Works Inspector

Solid Waste Laborer (PT)


*Administrative Secretary

Transportation Planner / Transportation Planner

Traffic Engineer Analyst / Traffic Engineer / Sr. Traffic Engineer

Water Resources

Water Services Worker

Internship Program

*Internship Program (Citywide Opportunity)

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