Scottsdale Update - Nov. 8, 2021


Thursday’s Veterans Day commemoration features future USS Arizona ship sponsor. Nikki Stratton, whose grandfather survived the attack on Pearl Harbor as a crewmember aboard the USS Arizona (BB-39), will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Veterans Day commemoration in Scottsdale. Stratton is serving as the sponsor of the next USS Arizona (SSN-803), a Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine that will join the U.S. fleet upon completion. Scottsdale’s Veterans Day Commemoration takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public. Get more details. 

*Most city offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 11. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected.  

“Investing in Our Scottsdale” – Pima-Dynamite Trailhead. The city will dedicate this trailhead at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at 28777 N. Pima Road. The trailhead provides access to the northern region of the preserve, which includes more than 225 miles of trails. Amenities include parking; restrooms; a covered ramada and small educational amphitheater; interpretive, directional, and regulatory signage; and drinking fountains for hikers and dogs. Funding for this project comes from the voter-approved 2004 Preserve Sales Tax. Watch this brief video about the project

Attend final weekend of Canal Convergence. Cutting-edge technologies combined with public art create some of the most innovative artworks you'll see at Canal Convergence. Through this year’s theme, alongside the event’s perennial themes of Water + Art + Light, Interactivity, and Sustainability, Scottsdale Public Art hopes to expand the public’s understanding of technology’s role in artmaking.  

Canal Convergence hours: 

  • 6-10 p.m. Friday/Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13 

  • 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 (closing night) 


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.  

Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for the 16th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has increased to 151.9 cases per 100,000 residents. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. For context, 151.9 cases per 100,000 means there were about 380 new cases over a seven-day period (Oct. 17). According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 74.6 percent of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 69 percent are fully vaccinated. The calculation for the eligible population will be changing significantly in the coming weeks as the CDC has recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11.  

The city is hosting additional COVID-19 vaccination locations through early December. Scottsdale will continue to host these free COVID-19 vaccination events: 

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 12 and 26; and Dec. 10. 

  • Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays Nov. 15* and 29; and Dec. 13.  

*Nov. 15 event runs 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. Visit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more information

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more.  


Scottsdale International Film Festival continues through Friday. Founded in 2001, Scottsdale International Film Festival is an annual event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 20-year history, the festival has presented more than 700 films – ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered independent gems – to more than 110,000 attendees. 



Don’t miss the season’s final Neighborhood College class...the stories of Scottsdale history series. Find out about the man from a small Arizona town found dead in his brother’s Scottsdale apartment in 1976. The suspect was apprehended quickly but the masterminds in the case were harder to convict. Learn about this fascinating case and its implications for Scottsdale and Arizona from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Register

Join a free Green Building webinar: “Electric Vehicles, Battery Storage and Electrification.” Electric vehicles (EV) contribute to cleaner air, and electric utilities are preparing for the increasing number of them expected to hit the roads in the coming years. Learn how SRP and APS are committed to reducing carbon emissions and supporting EV charging infrastructure. The program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Register for the webinar. Learn more about the Green Building Program

Shredding sensitive documents reduces your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. Take your bags or boxes to be shredded from 7-10 a.m. (or until the truck is full), Saturday, Nov. 13, to the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box. Get more information


Scottsdale Rotary Club helps Sister Cities secure ambulance for Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. These two organizations invite the public to a presentation of an ambulance that is being donated to Scottsdale’s first Sister City. The presentation is at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at Rotary Park, 7960 E. Doubletree Ranch Road. Due to limited parking, people are asked to carpool. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Shops at Gainey, 8989 N Scottsdale Road. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 19. Learn more about Scottsdale Sister Cities

City continues to seek input on Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan & Zoning Ordinance. The city is hosting more in-person open houses on updates to the Old Town Character Area Plan and the downtown sections of the Scottsdale Zoning Ordinance. Various sessions are offered Monday, Nov. 15, at SkySong, 1365 N. Scottsdale Road. The same content will be presented at each session; and it's the same content presented at earlier open houses.  

The city also offers an online, self-guided, open house series that allows participants to provide input on topics such as the Old Town Plan vision values, the provision of quality development and public open space in Old Town.  

To participate in the open house or the online series, please register on the city webpage.  

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list

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