Scottsdale is hosting a free lecture on solar buildings and energy from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale.
Advance registration is not required.
For more information, call (480) 312-7080 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/greenbuilding.
School hosting online talent contest
An online school is putting the Web to a slightly different use - for an online talent contest for students in grades six to 12.
Pinnacle Education's iQ Academy Arizona is holding the contest to highlight how the flexibility of online classrooms can let students pursue other talents. Entrants must submit a three-minute video to YouTube demonstrating their talents.
Prizes include savings bonds, cash, HDTVs and Nintendo Wiis, plus iTunes downloads for all who enter.
The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. For more information or to enter online, visit www.youtube.com/group/iqacademy.
Museum offers free admission on Fridays
There are two Fridays left to take advantage of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's free Friday admission during August.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Aug. 29, patrons can get into the downtown museum at the Civic Center Mall.
The museum's summer exhibitions include:
A whimsical multimedia installation by California artist Pae White titled "Pae White: Lisa, Bright & Dark."
A group exhibition of artists responding to consumerism and media culture called "Branded and On Display."
A selection of large, abstract paintings by established and emerging artists from the museum's permanent collection titled "Pushing Paint Around."
Visit www.smoca.org for more information.
Scammers posing as SRP employees
Salt River Project customers are being warned of a scam in which someone is impersonating an SRP employee and asking for credit card information.
The impostors try to convince customers that their power is in danger of being cut off and that only an immediate credit card payment can prevent disconnection.
Michael Lowe, SRP's manager of customer services, said customer service representatives do not call customers and ask for credit card numbers.
Residential customers are not the only potential targets of these scam artists.
According to Lowe, several commercial customers have notified SRP of similar suspicious contact.
In the past, thieves have impersonated utility company employees to steal credit and debit card numbers or to offer cash to attempt to solicit appointments in people's homes.
To avoid becoming a victim of these scams, Lowe urged SRP customers to not give their credit or debit card numbers or other personal information to any caller or visitor without knowing their true identity.
Customers should call SRP at (602) 236-8888 for accurate information about an electric account and to obtain SRP employee identification and program information.
Coaches needed for youth sports leagues
Scottsdale is seeking coaches for the fall's youth flag football and volleyball leagues.
Practices begin Sept. 22 and are held two days a week after school on school grounds. Coaches will be able to determine their team's practice schedules.
The games, for fourth- through eighth-grade participants, run Oct. 4 to Nov. 22.
Football games are held Friday evenings, and volleyball games are held Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Coaches are paid between $9.61 and $12.53 an hour.
Those interested need to complete a recreation specialist application, which is available at www.scottsdaleaz.gov/hr/jobs.
For more information, call (480) 312-7657.
New fire station hosts open house Saturday
The new downtown Scottsdale fire station will open its doors to the public from7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The station, at 7522 E. Indian School Road, is expected to provide quicker fire and emergency response times to the 68th Street corridor, parts of downtown and areas along the city's western border.
Firefighters will also be on hand offering safety tips.
For more information, call (480) 312-3473 or visit www.scottsdalefd.com.
Residents invited to apply for city boards
Scottsdale residents may apply for volunteer positions opening this winter on city boards and commissions, city officials announced.
Applications should be filed by Sept. 12 to give City Council members adequate time to review them.
Council members will make nominations Sept. 23 and nominees will be interviewed Oct. 14.
The council will appoint residents to three-year terms. Current members who have completed a first term are eligible for reappointment for a second term.
Application forms and a full list of vacancies are available at www.scottsdaleaz.gov by following links for "Mayor, Council and Government" and "Boards and Commissions," by calling (480) 312-2412, or in person at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.