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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 8:51 pm | Updated: 8:49 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Expanded trolley route launched

Scottsdale launched a new expanded neighborhood circulator trolley route Sunday that includes stops at a number of south Scottsdale locations. This is one of two free trolley routes operated by Scottsdale; the other is the downtown trolley.

The expansion will go south from the Granite Reef Senior Center to Roosevelt Street and head west past Scottsdale Road. It will head north along 70th Street and 68th Street before reaching Osborn Road and traveling west to the Paiute Neighborhood Center. It will then turn around on Osborn and head to the Loloma Transit Station on Second Street between Goldwater Boulevard and Marshall Way, where riders can catch the city's downtown trolley or a Valley Metro bus. The stops include Vista del Camino and a transfer stop for Tempe's Orbit Earth circulator.

The neighborhood trolley will run between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. every 20 minutes, seven days a week in both directions except for major holidays. There is no cost to ride.

Free swim assessments for kids

Three city aquatic centers will provide free swim assessments for children from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The centers are located at Cactus Aquatic and Fitness Center, 7202 E. Cactus Road, (480) 312-7665; Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, 2311 N. Miller Road, (480) 312-6677; McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, (480) 312-6677.

Certified instructors will conduct a 30-minute swim test to determine each child's level of ability. All children will receive a skill checklist and a recommended level for summer swim lessons.

Registration begins May 7. Visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics.

Attend writing, editing conference

Writing That Works, a conference for writers and editors sponsored by Arizona Press Women, will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. May 10 at Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. The event is open to the public.

Workshop topics and speakers are "Taking Your Novel to the Movies," Katherine Atwell Herbert, writer-educator, Scottsdale Community College film department chairwoman, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; "Publishing Process: Poisoned Pen Press and the Modern Market," Jessica Tribble, Scottsdale's Poisoned Pen associate publisher-editor, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; "The New Face of Publishing," Lynda Exley, writer-editor, Five Star Publications of Chandler, 11 a.m. 11:45 a.m.; "Prepress Treatment for Digital Photos," Peggy Boughman Deal, Deal in Design owner, Scottsdale Community College graphic design instructor, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Keynote speaker for the luncheon is Catherine Anaya, news anchor of KPHO-TV (Channel 5).

Registration for the four workshops including lunch is $65 for members, $85 for nonmembers. Deadline is Thursday. E-mail annmarchiony1@qwest.net or call (623) 580-7715.

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