Money available for college-bound students
Students heading to college this fall can apply for scholarships to help ease the financial burden of higher education costs. Each year, the Scottsdale Community Collaborative offers scholarships to college-bound high school students. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and La Gran Fiesta event sponsors, along with the educational partnerships of Community Celebrating Diversity and the Scottsdale Unified School District, fund the scholarships. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 20.
City starts Home Hazardous Waste Collection Program
Starting Sunday, March 1, residential utility customers can sign up for home collection of hazardous waste. There are 200 appointments available on a first-come first-served basis. Residents may schedule three appointments per calendar year. There is no additional fee for this service.
Have a ball – spring training in Scottsdale kicks off Wednesday
The crack of the bat, the scent of cut grass and the Cactus League’s most intimate venue – there’s nothing quite like spring training at Scottsdale Stadium. The World Champion San Francisco Giants first home game will be at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Purchase tickets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or call 1-877-473-4849. Tickets also are available on the San Francisco Giants website. Get a schedule. Before or after the game, stop by the Civic Center Library to view an exhibit featuring the Cactus League Hall of Fame and Giants memorabilia from the 2014 World Series. The exhibit runs through March at the library, which is just a short stroll from the stadium at 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Learn more about Scottsdale spring training activities.
Parada del Sol Rodeo brings Old West to life
The Old West roars out of the chutes in Scottsdale through Sunday, March 1, at the 62nd annual Parada del Sol Rodeo. Bull- and bronc- riding, roping and barrel racing are just some of the featured events at this time-honored celebration. The rodeo takes place at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road.
Take in a movie during Horizon Park’s Family Fun Night Saturday
Join us at Horizon Park for Family Fun Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Take part in outdoor activities featuring free play equipment, potato sack races, tug-o-war and more. Then after sundown, enjoy a movie in the park. Food vendors will be selling treats on-site. For more information, call 480-312-0217.
Canal Convergence celebrates unique canal culture and history
Art, science and the elements combine when Scottsdale Public Art presents the Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event on the banks of the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. This engaging and inspiring free event takes place Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 26-March 1 and offers something for everyone—innovative installations, hands-on activities, live music and the Artisan Market's urban marketplace experience. It will be a treat for the senses as high caliber local, national, and international artists activate the Scottsdale Waterfront with exciting day and night installations – floating, hovering, releasing, revealing and emerging in and around the water.
Celebrate Latino history and culture at two special events Sunday
Make plans to attend these two events Sunday, March 1:
- Civil Dialogue Series – Latino/a Impact Panel, Unique Perspectives of Legacy, Culture, and Influence: Latino residents helped shape the history and culture of Scottsdale. Learn more about their legacy and influence from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts’ Stage 2 Theater, 7380 E. Second St.
- La Gran Fiesta – This free event is part of the Sunday A’Fair series and showcases live Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, fun activities for families, delicious cuisine and more. Grammy-winning band La Santa Cecilia headlines the event which takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Due to the possibility of rain, this event will take place in the Virginia G. Piper Theater in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.
Big things will be happening at “Exclusively Little”
Full-size fun for kids 6 years old and younger takes place Saturday, March, 7, during McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s annual Exclusively Little event. The free program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Activities include game booths, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and other entertainment. Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal and enter it in the stuffed animal contest --prizes will be awarded to the most loved, cutest and best dressed. Train and carousel rides are $2 each. Children younger than three ride free with a paying adult.
Step up to the plate and visit Baseball City in Scottsdale March 7-8
Baseball City is your one-stop shop for all things spring training – a fan fest and trade show all rolled into one big extravaganza! The free event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, on Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall, 7333 Scottsdale Mall. Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to test their batting, pitching and base-running skills, plus get a hands-on glimpse behind the science of baseball. You’ll also experience a showcase of some of the world’s finest baseball memorabilia. Major league ballplayers, both past and present, from the hottest young prospects in spring training to legendary Hall of Famers will be on-site. Attendees can get autographs from their favorite players and even participate in clinics held by the game’s greats. Baseball City is a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival.
On your mark, get set, go… to the Scottsdale Giant Race March 8
The Scottsdale Giant Race, benefiting the Scottsdale Charros charities, takes place Sunday, March 8, at Scottsdale Stadium. Enjoy a unique footrace through the heart of Scottsdale. Race distances include 3 mile, 9K and a kids race/family relay.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
- 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.
- Celebration of Fine Art – Watch art as it’s being created! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 29, housed in the big white tents southwest of Hayden Road and the Loop 101.
Old Town Farmers Market – local growers and specialty food producers, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 3806 N. Brown Ave., 602-290-5093.
- Arizona's Singing Cowboy – Enjoy western music and cowboy poetry, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, near Main Street and Brown Avenue in Old Town.
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.
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.
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.
- Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale, 480-634-6850. Free.
- 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 e-newsletter.
- See more on the city's event calendar.
Living large in a small home; learn about the “tiny house movement”
Imagine living in a home the size of three parking spaces. People are downsizing the space they live in as part of the “tiny house movement.” Learn all about it from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, as part of Scottsdale’s Green Building lecture series. The lecture takes place at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet; the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms, and they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. People are joining this movement for environmental and financial reasons or just seeking more time and freedom. You’ll hear from several local tiny house advocates at the lecture.
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 #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of March 2.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of March. 9.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of March 16.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of March 23.