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Scottsdale Update - March 8, 2018


Comment on draft Downtown Plan update, Downtown Overlay and text amendments. Register to attend one of three open houses to review and comment on the draft Downtown Plan update and updates to the Downtown sections of the Zoning Ordinance. The Downtown Plan and Zoning Ordinance work together to set planning and development guidelines and regulations. Get specific dates, times and location, plus register.

Scottsdale high school students can win $500 by showing how they love the arts. The "I Love the Arts" video contest is a way for future community leaders to share why the arts are important to our city. In addition to winning cash, the contest winner will get a Scottsdale Arts membership, an invitation to the Mayor's Breakfast for the Arts and a presentation of their video at a City Council meeting. The city, PHX Architecture and Scottsdale Arts are sponsoring the contest.


Hosting spring training games at Scottsdale Stadium is a team effort that includes the Giants, the city and the nonprofit Scottsdale Charros. The Charros are an all-volunteer group of business and civic leaders that promotes the community through funding and support of youth, education and charitable causes.


Parada del Sol Rodeo runs through Sunday. This annual PRCA-sanctioned rodeo runs through Sunday, March 11, at WestWorld. Events include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirl's barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping.

Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place this weekend. Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, on Scottsdale's Civic Center Mall. Enjoy toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food trucks and lots of other fun.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce hosts annual economic development symposium, Scottsdale Forward. This event, held at Scottsdale Community College, will be packed with timely, valuable information to help business leaders, developers and others learn where Scottsdale's economy is headed. The program is Wednesday, March 14, beginning with a 6:45 a.m. registration and breakfast followed by a 7:30 a.m. program. Cost is $25 for chamber members; $35 for nonmembers.

Scottsdale Resort hosts Operation Fix It fundraiser. Every Thursday in March, the Scottsdale Resort will donate 5 percent of all Bar Six40 and Kitchen West proceeds, from sales after 4 p.m., to Operation Fix It. The city program secures volunteers and local businesses to provide labor and materials to help eligible, low-income residents maintain their properties.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Teens can get valuable employment information at symposium. Students 15 to 18 are invited to learn how to find and capture jobs. The free program runs three days, March 13-15, at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Mock interviews and resume writing assistance, among other learning opportunities, will be available. Register online

Eldorado Park hosts annual Wedge Skate Jam, March 10. The fun rolls from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the skate park. Entry fees are free, but participants must fill out a waiver to compete. Those younger than 18 must have a legal guardian with them to register.

Public invited to free program: "American Pastime" film and discussion. In conjunction with the induction of Chicago Cubs longtime clubhouse manager Yosh Kawano to the Cactus League Hall of Fame, "American Pastime" provides an intimate look into the lives of Japanese-Americans detained at internment camps during WWII and the significance of baseball in Japanese-American culture. The free program takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Civic Center Library.

Learn about the impact of Japan's manga and anime. Art historian Deborah Deacon discusses the impact of Japan's most successful soft power exports -- manga and anime. The free program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Civic Center Library.

Find out how to prune shrubs at free Water Conservation Workshop. Learn basic techniques in a hands-on, outdoor setting. The program takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park. Registration required.

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