Scottsdale continues work to address short-term rental concerns. The Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to update the city’s Vacation Rental and Nuisance Parties and Unlawful Gatherings ordinances at its meeting Wednesday night. The updates take effect Jan. 7, and will remove loopholes, increase fines and improve the city’s enforcement abilities when handling short-term vacation rental complaints. The public can review the approved updates in the City Council report. Learn more.
COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.
FDA expands eligibility for Pfizer COVID-19 booster to 16- and 17-year-olds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, allowing a single booster dose to those 16 and 17 years old at least six months after completing the primary Pfizer vaccinations.
Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available for students at Scottsdale Stadium. First shots take place from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, or Friday, Dec. 17. Seconds shots will be scheduled after the first shot, and take place from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 11, or Wednesday, Jan. 12. Those 18 and older are approved for the Moderna and Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Those 5 and older are authorized for Pfizer. Pfizer for ages 5-11, Pfizer 12 and older, Moderna and Janssen (J&J) will be available. The priority is kids ages 5-11, then 12-18 and then adults, based on capacity. Register.
THINGS TO DO
Scottsdazzle, Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration, returns with more than 45 events and activities. Join in the merriment and cheer as we celebrate the season with our 6th annual Scottsdazzle holiday extravaganza. There is something for everyone – this month-long celebration delights residents and visitors alike with festivals, concerts, unique events, stunning decor, dining, shopping and more.
Scottsdazzle Spotlight: Wine Dazzle – Several Old Town wineries, tasting rooms and wine bars are getting into the holiday spirit this Scottsdazzle with a new event series. Wine lovers are invited to explore all the ways these Old Town establishments are “tis-ing the season.” Participating wineries include Carlson Creek, LDV Winery, Kazimierz, Su Vino and Wine Girl. All events are 21 years of age and older. These take place at various dates, times and locations. Registration is required; space is limited.
Attend Scottsdale Concert Band’s free “Holiday Pops” program Wednesday. Enjoy live entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Scottsdale Community College (SCC), 9000 E. Chaparral Road, in the outside pavilion. The Scottsdale Concert Band is an adult community band established in 1977, and it is the SCC’s longest standing ensemble. At the band’s inception, it was a small group, and today has over 60 members.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Scottsdale Public Library will expand hours at all four branches starting Monday, Jan. 10. Arabian and Mustang libraries have been operating under reduced hours, while Appaloosa Library has only been open limited hours to Pony Express patrons through the COVID-19 pandemic. The new hours bring the library closer to a “pre-pandemic” schedule, with branches open and staffed seven days a week. More details on the new schedule can be found on the library’s website.
Cactus Aquatic Center sets up for long course lap lane swim. Cactus Aquatic Center will have long course lap lanes Dec. 18-Jan. 2. Most of the year, the pool is set up in 25-meter short course lap lanes. Long course lanes provide swimmers the opportunity to swim a 50-meter distance. A limited number of short course lap lanes will be available during this time.
Follow these winter holiday safety tips. Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to gather. It also means there is a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season:
Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
Keep matches and lighters high in a locked cabinet.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
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