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Scottsdale Update - Feb. 15, 2018


Motown sound brings celebrations through generations, Saturday. Enjoy a free concert featuring the unique and powerful Motown sound from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The George Howard Band will get people of all ages moving to classic Motown hits. If you enjoy Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes and other stars of the Motown sound, you'll want to be sure to attend.

Most Scottsdale offices closed Presidents Day, Monday. While most city offices will be closed for Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 19, your trash will be collected as scheduled. Please place your containers in their normal spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before.

City Council to consider $350 million funding plan for capital projects. Many projects have been identified as community needs. But they are not included in proposals for Scottsdale's next fiscal budget or five-year capital improvement plan due to lack of funding. However, they could be funded by a variety of additional revenue sources as recommended by a Council subcommittee that, for the past year, has been studying how to prioritize and fund them.


Connecting with Scottsdale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more is a valuable way to stay on top of everything in Scottsdale. Enjoy this summary of our social media highlights from 2017.


Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld through Feb. 25. Since 1955, this annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win.  

Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert, Sunday. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding program.

Canal Convergence lights up the Waterfront Feb. 23 & 24. Visitors will experience cutting-edge public art installations suspended above and placed throughout the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Scottsdale Public Art will present a range of educational activities and engaging events throughout the weekend.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Scottsdale reveals flag design finalists. Which is your favorite? Several months after an open call for design ideas, 10 finalists are in the running to be the city's official flag. The public is asked to choose its favorite to help the City Council decide whether one of the designs will be selected. Review the design concepts and choose your favorite here.

Students invited to register for Scottsdale Youth Town Hall. The Scottsdale Mayor's Youth Council will be hosting a discussion on substance use and addiction from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Civic Center Library Auditorium. Get details and register.

Free loaner tools available for neighborhood cleanups. Scottsdale provides the use of a roll-off container and landscape tools at no charge to residents. A minimum of five households or volunteer groups is required.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival continues through Feb. 25. The 22nd annual film festival features 21 full-length films and five short films hailing from 11 countries. Films screen at three Valley Harkins theaters in Scottsdale, Tempe and Peoria. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding program.

Scottsdale Library presents book discussion and readings from "The Children of Willesden Lane," Feb. 18. In 1938 a young Jewish pianist, Lisa Jura, came to England with Kindertransport from Vienna to escape the Nazis. There she created a new life and regained her hope to become a concert pianist. Lisa's daughter, concert pianist Mona Golabek, tells her mother's story in this book. The free discussion takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Civic Center Library. Golabek will perform in concert in April at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

Attend free landscape workshop: Drip Irrigation Design & Installation. Learn simple things you need to know to make your drip irrigation system efficient and easy to maintain. The free program takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Civic Center Library. Register and get more information.

Participate in Picnic in the Park, Feb. 24. This free community event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda. Highlights include live entertainment, games, community info booths, food trucks and raffles.

Celebrate Scottsdale's Founder's birthday, Feb. 26. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane, Arizona's Official State Historian Marshall Trimble and Scottsdale historian Joan Fudala will provide brief tributes to Scottsdale's founder and namesake, Chaplain Winfield Scott. The free, annual outdoor program includes old-fashioned picnic refreshments and takes place at noon in front of the Scottsdale Historical Museum.

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