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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:13 pm | Updated: 10:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Views sought on airpark area

Property and business owners are invited to city forums and a public workshop to devise a Greater Airpark Area Plan. Forums are noon to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Alltel Ice Den, 9375 E. Bell Road.

Views sought on airpark area

Property and business owners are invited to city forums and a public workshop to devise a Greater Airpark Area Plan. Forums are noon to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Alltel Ice Den, 9375 E. Bell Road.

The workshop is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Zuni Elementary School cafeteria, 9181 E. Redfield Road.

To register, call (480) 312-7990.

Marge Purcell, (480) 970-2328

Lecture series on preserve begins

The second annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Summer Series of lectures starts Thursday and will continue through July 31.

The free series, sponsored by the city of Scottsdale, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Arizona State University and the Center for Urban and Native Wildlife, will feature lectures on conservation, sustainability and science relating to the Sonoran Desert and its mountains.

This Thursday’s 6 p.m. lecture, presented by Dr. Kevin McGraw, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State, will reveal how house finches and hummingbirds have made the preserve their home.

On May 29, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s chairman of the board, Len Marcisz, will present “Women of the McDowells.”

June’s highlights include discussions on cannibalistic spiders within the preserve’s ecosystem, algae and its role in the Salt River, and geoscience in the Valley.

July’s topics will feature invasive plants, birds and their effect on the preserve, and a native foods taste test.

The series takes place Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Scottsdale Community College through July 31. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, contact the MSC office at (480) 998-7971, ext. 105 or visit

Julie Janovsky, (480) 970-2369

Main Street event features wine, art

As part of the “Re-Discover Downtown Scottsdale” initiative, Main Street merchants Su Vino Winery, River Trading Post and Xanadu will present a wine and art progressive event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Starting at Su Vino, 7035 E. Main St., attendees will learn about award-winning wine and be able to sample five different wines, followed by a tour of the River Trading Post gallery, 7140 E. First Ave., to learn about sculpture from artist Cliff Fragua.

The evening concludes at Xanadu Gallery, 7039 E. Main St., with Arizona artist John Horejs discussing composition and color in fine art.

To register visit:

Marge Purcell, (480) 970-2328

Scottsdale student named Flinn Scholar

A Scottsdale high school senior is among 20 students statewide to become a 2008 Flinn Scholar.

Saguaro High School student John Ingraham was chosen from a pool of about 500 students to receive the approximately $50,000 scholarship.

The scholarship covers four years of study at an Arizona university, a study-abroad trip, a seminar in Eastern Europe and opportunities to participate in mentoring activities and cultural events.

This is the 23rd year the Flinn Foundation has awarded the scholarship.

Ingraham has received numerous awards and honors apart from the Flinn Scholarship, including seven medals in the state Science Olympiad, second place in the state Chemistry Challenge and the Prudential President’s volunteer service award.

He is also an Eagle Scout and is involved in track and field, band and choir.

Amanda Keim, (480) 970-2337

Local school named to Newsweek’s best

A Scottsdale school has made it onto Newsweek magazine’s 2008 list of the top 1,300 high schools in the country, while another school with Scottsdale ties has been named the top school in the nation.

Newsweek’s rankings are determined by comparing the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by all students compared to the number of graduating seniors.

Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain High School was ranked 867 on this year’s list, down slightly from its 857 rating last year.

BASIS Charter School in Tucson, which has a sister school in Scottsdale, was ranked No. 1 after making it into the list’s top 10 two years in a row.

Two schools in the Paradise Valley Unified School District also made the list: Pinnacle High School was ranked 445th and North Canyon High School was ranked 1,110th.

Amanda Keim, (480) 970-2337

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