Scottsdale Update - Nov. 29, 2018


Donate a toy and get a free engine ride Saturday. Children can ride free in a fire engine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Target store, Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. To participate in Rides for Toys, donate a new, unwrapped gift for Scottsdale Fire's annual holiday toy drive. You also can drop off toys at any fire station through Friday, Dec. 21. Call 480-312-1817 for more information.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day, Saturday. Scottsdale residents can recycle electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment. 

Scottsdale launches citizen survey. Some Scottsdale residents have been randomly selected to participate in a survey to measure their views on the community, city programs and services. The city will use the feedback to prioritize initiatives, services and programs. After the randomly selected residents have an opportunity to respond, a web-based version will be available for all residents to provide feedback. Survey results will be available in February.

New smartphone app helps drivers find parking faster in Old Town. Visitors to the northeast part of Old Town Scottsdale can now find parking faster with Parker - a new smartphone app that displays available free on-street parking. As part of a pilot program, 834 sensors were embedded in on-street parking spaces from Scottsdale Road east to 75th Street between Indian School and Camelback roads. The sensors relay data to the app that displays street-by-street parking availability in real time.

Annual Cure Corridor program features MedSec's Stephanie Domas. Find out about the latest in Scottsdale's rich healthcare and bio-life science community. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Stephanie Domas is vice president of research and development at MedSec, a company developing services and products address cybersecurity of medical devices in health care. Learn more and register.  


Find out how the Scottsdale Police Department manages the thousands of records requests it receives every year.


Scottsdazzle events continue. The Feliz Navidad Fiesta, Sugar Plum Avenue and canal concerts will keep Old Town Scottsdale dazzling. A handful of merchants and restaurants are offering holiday specials, as well. Find the full schedule and details at

Arizona Asian Festival includes canned food drive, Dec. 1-2. Donate nonperishable food at the Arizona Asian Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Donations benefit Vista del Camino's Food Bank. The event is free to enter and includes, performances, a fashion show, art competition, children's play area, food and a marketplace.

Bring in the holiday season with railroad park's Holiday Lights. Opening night is Friday, Nov. 30, and the event runs through Sunday, Jan. 6, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Festivities take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly, with a few exceptions. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5 with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Avoid lines by buying tickets early or purchasing a fast pass online. Get event details.  

Westworld hosts International Off-Road and UTV Expo. The expo features displays of off-road and sand vehicles as well as utility task vehicles and numerous accessories. It runs Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at WestWorld.  

Civic Center Library hosts "Aspenglow: A John Denver Winter Wonderland Concert." Cottonwood Stone performs John Denver's holiday songs to bring in the joy of the season and the warmth of the heart. This free family event runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the library auditorium.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Honor K9 Chase's second birthday with Arizona Human Society donation. Scottsdale Police Department's Crisis Response K9 wants to help his four-legged friends at the Arizona Humane Society. You can donate a new dog toy or new/gently used towels through Thursday, Dec. 20. Drop donations to Civic Center LibraryGranite Reef Senior CenterMustang Library or Via Linda Senior Center.

Aviation Business Center at Scottsdale Airport worth a visit. Scottsdale Airport has unveiled a new Aviation Business Center, veteran's memorial, hangars and restaurant. This modernized facility replaces the outdated and underutilized airport terminal built in 1968. The new center makes better use of the existing footprint and welcomes the public to experience the airport via the new restaurant, public viewing deck and park-like plaza area.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Learn about life and culture under Fidel Castro's regime. Join "Death Comes in Through the Kitchen, A Cuban Mystery" author Teresa Dovalpage from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Civic Center Library. Dovalpage was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. She is a winner of the Rincon de la Victoria Award and was a finalist for the Herralde Award. The program is free.  

Shake off the winter blues and register for parks & rec classes, Dec. 3. Enjoy a variety of parks and recreation classes and team sports to keep you healthy and happy. Residents can register beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3; nonresidents can register at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Classes for the winter session run January through March.  

Learn about "Building Our New Energy Future" at Dec. 6 Green Building lecture. Since electric lights first appeared in buildings, the electrical grid and buildings have had an important relationship. To date, the relationship has been one-sided - the grid provides electricity and buildings have been passive consumers. Learn about new technologies to change that relationship and efforts to reduce energy costs at the free Green Building program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.  

Protect your identity at "Shred It" event, Dec. 8. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.  

Parks & Rec launches Over-the-Line Tournament, Dec. 8. Join in the fun for a new kind of softball tournament, inspired by the popular San Diego game. Over-the-Line incorporates all the best parts of softball, without the base running or umpires. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Thompson Peak Park, 20199 N. 78th Place. Learn more and register.

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