In-person early voting available at Scottsdale City Hall
In-person early voting in Scottsdale is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Friday, Oct. 31, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Voters will elect three council members from the pool of six who qualified in the August primary election. Other election information:
- Early ballots: Registered voters who wish to have an early ballot mailed to them must make the request by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, through Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or online.
- Election Day voting: Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Registered voter households should have received their candidate information pamphlet which lists their polling location on the mailing label. You can also find polling locations here. View a map of polling locations.
- View the candidate information pamphlet and get more election information.
Watch a candidate forum video.
Celebrate Preserve Month at free event Saturday
October is McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month. To celebrate, Scottsdale is hosting a free community event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Parkway. Learn the history of the preserve effort from local historian Joan Fudala. Walk the half-mile long Jane Rau interpretive trail featuring interactive stations that explain the area’s ecology. For those wanting a longer hike, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy stewards will be available to lead a guided hike. Read the October Preserve Update to learn more about this magnificent resource and what it has to offer. Watch these videos in celebration of McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month.
- Jane Rau at Brown's Ranch Trailhead: Jane Rau's mission is to educate others about the fragile, magnificent land of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Visitors to the Brown's Ranch Trailhead are now able to walk the Jane Rau Interpretive Trail.
- Northern Preserve Area: Climb up to the summit of Brown's Mountain and see for yourself the remnants of Brown's Ranch. Cowboys rode herds of cattle in the area between 1917 and the 1960s.
- Bajada Nature Trail: This interactive nature experience is for everyone including young children, the elderly and those with physical challenges.
Explore the historical journey of the “River People” – among Arizona’s original nations
Learn the historical journey of the Akimel O’Otham – “River People” – at Scottsdale’s October Civil Dialogue program. Gila River Indian Community member Shannon Rivers will provide a glimpse into the fascinating lives and culture of the original people of this territory whose people include both the Gila River and Salt River neighboring communities. The free program will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St. Get a preview of the fascinating discussion in this video. Register for the program and get more information here.
Scottsdale Cares. Do You? City utility donation program helps others
Scottsdale Cares is the city’s voluntary utility bill donations program. By paying the “grand total” on your city utility bill, $1 will be directed to nonprofits that help thousands of neighbors in need. Read stories about the impact of your donations. Watch this video on how the program helps others. View this infographic to learn the easy ways you can donate to Scottsdale Cares.
Upcoming Loop 101 traffic restrictions
Work continues to add lanes to the Loop 101 Pima Freeway between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. Upcoming restrictions:
- Pima Road/90th Street will be closed under the Loop 101 freeway from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20. Freeway ramps will remain open, and traffic approaching the freeway can make right turns to enter the freeway. Traffic also will be able to exit the freeway but must turn right since drivers cannot cross under the freeway. Southbound 90th Street travelers will not have access to the southbound 101.
- Westbound McKellips Road access to southbound Loop 101 continues to be closed through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Drivers can travel north on Alma School Road, then head west on McDowell Road to reconnect with the 101.
- The Indian School Road lanes adjacent to the underpass median will be closed through Friday, Nov. 21. As a result, one of the two eastbound left-turn lanes on Indian School Road to northbound 101 left-turn lanes will be closed. The single westbound left-turn lane on Indian School to southbound 101 also will be closed. To avoid congestion, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes to access the northbound freeway at Indian School Road.
- Eastbound McKellips Road to northbound Loop 101 continues to be closed through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Drivers can travel north on Hayden Road, then head east on McDowell Road to access the Loop 101.
As part of the $72.7 million project, one lane in each direction will be added to the 11-mile stretch of road. A second northbound lane will be added between the Loop 202 interchange and McDowell Road. For the time being, all lanes will be open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.
Cardboard City event demonstrates plight of homeless
Scottsdale Stadium hosts Cardboard City, an event to raise awareness about homelessness, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. The event supports Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, a nonprofit that helps homeless families get back on their feet through a variety of programs. Cardboard City participants will build their own cardboard “house” to spend the night in on the stadium’s field. For more information or to register, contact Family Promise’s Morgan Taylor at 480-659-5237.
Granite Reef Senior Center hosts dinner show Wednesday
You’re invited to the Granite Reef Senior Center’s fall dinner show, “Sentimental Journey.” It will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. The event includes a catered dinner and a memory-filled musical trip through time. Cost is $23 per person and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Jessica Johnson at 480-312-1734.
Oct. 23 breakfast to focus on promoting economic development
“Elevating Excellence and Promoting Economic Prosperity” will be the topic of the October Mayor and City Council Breakfast. The public is invited to the free program which begins at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Paul Heller, Vanguard managing director, will discuss the company’s success and plans for future growth in Scottsdale. Vanguard is one of Scottsdale’s top five employers. Get details and RSVP.
Horses and Horsepower Polo Party gallops in Oct. 24-26
It’s more than just equine and autos. Join the fun at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Party for polo, stomping of the divots, a fashion show, exquisite collector cars and gourmet food. The fourth annual event takes place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. Get details.
Ruff it up at the Via Linda Senior Center’s Dog Days event
Join us at the Via Linda Senior Center for a doggone fun afternoon, where you and your four-legged friend will enjoy a variety of activities. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the center, 10440 N. Via Linda Admission is free with a pet food donation, which supports Vista del Camino's P.E.T. Pantry. Activities will include a Desert Dog Walk, Ask the Veterinarian sessions, a Howl-Oween costume contest, a caricature artist and photo booth. We will also have on-site dog adoptions. Scottsdale Fire Fighters Charities supports the event. Dogs must have vaccinations and be well-behaved in crowds. Although there is no fee, reservations are required. Register online using bar code #108505.
You won’t lose with G.A.I.N. – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, Oct. 25
Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, or G.A.I.N., is an annual event to unite neighbors and communities to create safer neighborhoods. G.A.I.N. will be held in your neighborhood from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Formerly known as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement.
Scottsdale’s “scaretacular” Fall Festival happening Oct. 25
Looking for a fun and safe alternative to trick or treating? If so, join us at Scottsdale’s 45th Annual Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The event takes place at Eldorado Park, 1909 N. Miller Road. There will be games, food, entertainment, bounce houses, fireworks and the newly-redesigned “Tot Alley” for kids five and younger.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
- Artisan Markets – Mini-festivals feature live music and locally-sold products, Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 10 to 4 p.m. through May, Downtown Scottsdale Waterfront.
- Arizona Fall League Baseball – through mid-November, various times and dates, Scottsdale Stadium.
- Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare – Haunted attraction, through Nov. 1, WestWorld.
- Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.
- ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District.
- Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
- Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850.
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes and educational programs – ongoing.
- WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events.
- Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update eNewsletter.
- See more on the city's event calendar.
Learn about Scottsdale’s “age-friendly” community efforts
Scottsdale has the highest percentage of people 65 and older among cities with 100,000 or more people. Learn about Scottsdale’s “age-friendly” community efforts. Two forums are available:
- Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road
- Wednesday, Oct. 29, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road.
Both forums will offer continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. RSVP online.
City seeking ideas and input for the McDowell Corridor
Revitalizing Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor remains a top priority for the city, and we want to hear ideas and feedback from the people who live there. City staff will provide information, answer questions, and listen to ideas and feedback about the area at open houses this month and next:
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Tonalea Elementary School, 7501 E. Oak Street
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road
Input will be considered to become part of future programs and plans to revitalize the area. The McDowell Corridor is defined as the eight square miles south of Osborn Road. Learn more about activity in the corridor, and sign up for a monthly e-newsletter.
Participate locally in National Make A Difference Day, Oct. 25
Every year on the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. You can make a difference in Scottsdale by taking part in Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Day, an annual citywide litter cleanup Saturday, Oct. 25. Both registered Adopt-a-Road groups and “one-time” groups or individuals are encouraged to participate. For more information or to request a road for a one-time cleanup, call 480-312-3111.
October is a perfect time to visit Scottsdale’s Xeriscape Garden
It’s a perfect time to visit Scottsdale’s Xeriscape Garden to witness beautiful examples of plants that fit our desert environment. You can also learn about proper plant care with the self-guided tour. The garden is at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. Parking is off Hayden, south of McDonald Drive next to the dog park.
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Protect your identity at Saturday’s document shredding event
Protect your identity at the Saturday, Oct. 18, shredding event. The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association hosts shredding events from 7 to 10 a.m. one Saturday a month – through May – at Walmart, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. A $3 suggested donation per bag or box benefits the association’s outreach programs. For more information, contact Officer Craig Abernethy at 480-312-2894.
Discover how to get around town: Valley Metro presents travel training class
Oh, the places you can go! Find out how Valley Metro bus and light rail can take you all over the Valley. A Valley Metro representative will provide a free in-depth presentation on the public transportation system – riding the trolley, the bus and the light rail. Two programs are available: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29; and 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Both sessions will be at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. The presentation also includes information on how to plan your trip, fare policies and accessibility.
Field trip alert: Learn the ins and outs of riding the trolley
Residents are invited to join the city’s transportation staff on a unique ride on the Scottsdale Trolley. The trip’s purpose is to learn more about using the trolley. The outing runs from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, and starts and ends at the Granite Reef Senior Center. The tour will connect to Tempe's Orbit Earth and travel to Tempe Marketplace. Participants will have lunch at Ruby Tuesday, where they can chit chat with senior center and transportation staff. While, the ride is free, lunch is on your own. Register online using bar code #111490.
Neighborhood College classes continue in October
Registration is available for Scottsdale’s Neighborhood College, a series of free classes where residents can receive the information, resources and tools needed to become more informed about a variety of topics. Here’s the schedule:
- Oct. 20 – The City, Your Neighborhood and You
- Oct. 21 – Top 10 Things you Need to Know about Community Associations and Trustee Sales & Bankruptcy
- Oct. 28 – Social Security
Classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. and take place at several city locations. Registration is required. For a complete schedule, class description or to register, call 480-312-2342, email Joy Racine or visit Neighborhood College.
Dispose of your brush and bulk
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service. Here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood:
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Oct. 20.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Oct. 27.
Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Nov. 3.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Nov. 10.