Scottsdale Update - April 21, 2022


Interstate 10 will be closed in both directions this weekend. In conjunction with the Interstate 10  Broadway curve improvement, I-10 in Phoenix will be closed both directions between State Route 51 and State Route 143 from 10 p.m. Friday, April 22, to 4 a.m. Monday, April 25, for utility relocation work. Get details.

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Earth Week activities run April 22-29. From volunteer road cleanups and tree giveaways, to a solar power presentation and green expo breakfast with the Mayor and City Council, Scottsdale has a full lineup of events for everyone looking to recognize Earth Day and make our city a better place. Register


Friday, April 22: 

  • Mayor and City Council Green Expo Breakfast (8-10 a.m.): Head over to Pima Park, 8600 E. Thomas Road on Earth Day to enjoy breakfast with Mayor David D. Ortega and City Council members and explore sustainability-focused educational booths. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle to fill up at our Scottsdale Water trailer.

  • Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility Public Tours (10-11:20 a.m.): Experience Scottsdale’s newest water facility and learn how Scottsdale Water invests in infrastructure and diversifies its water resources portfolio to secure our water for the future. Participants are encouraged to pre-register because slots are limited. Tour participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

 Saturday, April 23

  • Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market (8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 3806 N. Brown Ave.): Stop by the city’s booth at the Old Town Farmers Market Saturday where we’ll be giving away small trees, while supplies last. Also learn about the Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission's citizen science tree inventory mini project, which aims to collect valuable tree information and other biodiversity data in the city.

  • Lifecycle of the Saguaro Guided Walk (8-9:30 a.m. at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead): Native only to the Sonoran Desert, these giant cacti are sights to see! Join our steward guides to follow the growth of a Saguaro from seed to skeleton and view multi-armed, old Saguaros. This easy hike covers 1 mile on the Jane Rau Trail.

  • Spring Citywide Adopt-a-Road Cleanup: Learn more.

 Sunday, April 24

  • Nature as Therapy Guided Walk (8-9:30 a.m. at Brown's Ranch Trailhead): Learn why time in nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative. Enjoy an easy 1.5-hour walk at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead where steward guides will teach you how to use nature as a prescription to improve your overall well-being.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents “Balloonacy,” a tender, uplifting, laugh-out-loud comedy show. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this family-friendly play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere. Performances take place 11 a.m. Friday, April 29; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Learn more and get tickets.

Take note - Scottsdale Jazz Festival comes to Old Town Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Jazz Festival, a tribute to the 11th Annual International Jazz Day, runs 3-10 p.m. Saturday, April 30, on the northeast lawn of Scottsdale Civic Center, near Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Event sponsors have a spectacular lineup including Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Nayo Jones, Jaleo Afro Cuban ensemble, along with The Molina’s 32nd Jazz Band, all-star youth jazz orchestra, and world-renowned trumpeter Jesse McGuire and Carlos Rivas. Festival proceeds help to sponsor music programs for at-risk youth in organizations. 

Ongoing Events and Activities:

Prescription Drug Take Back available at two Scottsdale locations Saturday, April 30. The collections – which take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 – are part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 17th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back. Bring your pills for disposal to the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, or Foothills District Police Station in the Market Street Plaza at DC Ranch, 20363 N. Pima Road. Please do not bring liquids of any kind. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that many abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The Scottsdale 360 series kicks off with “Water Wise” 11 a.m.-noon April 28. We’re asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use by at least 5% due to the Colorado River shortage. Scottsdale’s Water Policy Manager Gretchen Baumgardner will talk about the city's water resources portfolio, conservation efforts, and ways residents and businesses can help. Register here.

Scottsdale360 is a virtual learning series that highlights the people, policies and programs that shape our community. Other topics include short-term rentals, emergency preparedness and investing in Scottsdale through capital projects. Sign up for one session – or the entire series. All classes take place from 11 a.m.-noon every other Thursday, starting April 28. Learn more and register.


Maricopa County animal shelters are full, and they need our help. This means there are no kennels left for additional homeless pets who might come in. You can help by doing any of these things: 

  • Spread the word about the situation to friends or family who might want to adopt or foster a pet

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Tickets on sale for inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament. The PAC-12's first ever championship baseball tournament is set to begin May 25 at Scottsdale Stadium, and tickets are on sale

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


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