“Speak Up Scottsdale” Encourages Residents to Engage in Community Conversations
Scottsdale residents are invited to be part of a new online community designed to foster continuous, meaningful conversation among residents, businesses, and the city – part of Scottsdale’s implementation of the Collaboration and Engagement chapter of the voter-approved Scottsdale General Plan 2035. The city partnered with Scottsdale-based research and design firm ATOM Innovation to create Speak Up Scottsdale, a hosted online platform that allows participants to contribute their insights, opinions and feedback about city initiatives, local issues, civic matters, and services. To join this new community of civic contribution, visit speakupscottsdale.com.

Scottsdale Salutes: Nominations Open for Local Military Heroes
Scottsdale is calling on its community members to nominate their local heroes for a unique honor. The Scottsdale Salutes program is gearing up to recognize and celebrate veterans, active-duty military, and National Guard and reserve members from the city this November. Those selected will have their images and service details proudly displayed on light pole banners throughout Old Town.

To qualify, nominees should either reside in Scottsdale or hail from the city. Residents can send in their nominations via scottsdaleaz.gov – just search for “Scottsdale Salutes.” Make sure to submit your nominations by the deadline on Friday, Sept. 22.

In addition to the public banner display, those chosen for the honor will be invited to a special community reception in November. This heartfelt initiative was brought to life by the Scottsdale Veterans Advisory Commission, a group of seven city-council appointed residents. Their mission is to provide counsel on issues related to veterans, raise awareness of their invaluable contributions, and ensure they receive the honor and recognition they deserve in the community.

SMoCA’s Fall Opening Celebrates New Exhibitions with Artist Talks and Performances
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is ushering in its fall season with a vibrant evening of exhibitions, conversations, and performances on Friday, Sept. 22. The event will commence at 5 p.m., spotlighting an intimate dialogue between artist Phillip K. Smith III and the renowned SMoCA architect, Will Bruder. The duo will dive deep into discussions surrounding Smith’s “Three Parallels” exhibition.

Following their conversation, attendees will be treated to “Four Shades,” a unique site-specific performance by Nicole L. Olson, crafted in partnership with intermedia artist Shomit Barua. As this segment of the evening has limited ticket availability, guests can expect an exclusive experience, complete with light bites and two complimentary drink tickets. It’s worth noting, seating will be limited, so attendees should be prepared to stand or move throughout Olson’s performance.

Meanwhile, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the atmosphere will be enlivened with music, a cash bar, and yet another captivating performance by Nicole L. Olson. Those attending can look forward to a night celebrating artistry, innovation, and community. SMoCA is located at 7374 E. 2nd St., in Scottsdale. For more information, visit smoca.org.

Free Action & Adventure Festival at Arizona Boardwalk
On Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Arizona Boardwalk Courtyard will come alive with the Action & Adventure Festival. Enthusiasts and families can anticipate an action-packed day with opportunities to meet their favorite action heroes and engage in thrilling activities.

The festival offers a multitude of attractions, including a zipline, bounce houses, slides, and face painting. In addition to these activities, attendees can enjoy live entertainment and dynamic performances throughout the day. To sweeten the deal, raffle prizes, giveaways, and a variety of local vendors will be present for a shopping spree.

Arizona Boardwalk is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, in Scottsdale. The event is outdoors and boasts free admission, with no additional activity fees, ensuring a fun-filled day for all without breaking the bank.

For more information, visit azboardwalk.com.