Most city offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. Solid waste will not be collected on the 25th. Your trash and recycling will be collected one day later than normal. Learn more.
The Scottsdale Trolley will not operate Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25. Visit Valley Metro.org for complete holiday schedule information.
We will publish Scottsdale Update Tuesday, Dec. 26.
ADOT begins Loop 101 widening and improvement project in January. The project will take place between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive/Pima Road during the next two years. Construction includes adding one lane in each direction and making interchange modifications.
North- and southbound closures are scheduled over the Jan. 5 and 12 weekends.
Northbound Loop 101, from Shea Boulevard to Princess Drive/Pima Road will be closed 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, through 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8. It includes the following northbound on-ramps:
Detour routes will be signed, and traffic can re-enter the freeway at Princess Drive/Pima Road.
Southbound Loop 101, from Princess Drive/Pima Road and Shea Boulevard, will be closed 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 through 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15. It includes the following on-ramps:
Detour routes will be signed, and traffic can re-enter the freeway at Shea Boulevard.
Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. This week:
Holiday Lights: Hop on board McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Paradise & Pacific Railroad through Jan. 7, and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays. Visit and take a photo with Santa various times and days. Cost is $15; children two and younger ride free with a paying adult. To ensure a delightful experience for all, the event will have limited capacity and staggered entrance times. Access to the park will be exclusively for ticket holders during their designated time slot.
Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month.
Help Chase and Rocket make their birthday wishes come true by donating to the Arizona Humane Society. Scottsdale Police Department’s crisis response canines have December birthdays, and they are putting their paws together to host a toy and supply drive (pdf) for their four-legged friends. Drop off new items to any library through Dec. 20. Chase and Rocket thank you for your support!
Scottsdale GIS Special Events Management System recognized as Local IT Innovation of the Year by the Scoop News Group. The LocalSmart Awards highlight the people and projects making city, county and municipal government better. With more than 1 million people visiting the WM Phoenix Open, the TPC became a city within the city. Scottsdale’s Information Technology/GIS team developed an innovative digital map application showing the real-time location and status of onsite first responders. When every second counts, the application helped public safety command staff to dispatch the crews nearest to each incident, and provided first responders in the field with advanced maps of the venue so they could find the quickest path to those in need.
Light up the holidays with Scottsdale Video Network’s annual Yule log. Safe, mesmerizing flames are accompanied by holiday music that will be sure to warm your home. Enjoy the festive fireplace starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, through midnight Dec. 25. In addition to our live stream, find Scottsdale Video Network on Cox channel 11. Learn more about Scottsdale Video Network.
Take steps to stay healthy during the holidays. Gathering with loved ones to celebrate the holidays is an important tradition for many, but it is also a time when many viruses are more likely to spread. Take the following actions to help prevent respiratory virus illnesses:
Talk to your doctor about whether you should get treated with antiviral medication if you have a higher risk for serious illness.
Use every day healthy behaviors, including staying home when sick.
Job of the Week: Contracts Coordinator. The successful candidate administers, coordinates and maintains multiple service, commodity, and performance contracts and projects for a variety of city departments. Benefits include 12 paid holidays; sick leave; medical, dental and vision benefits; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; participation in Arizona State Retirement System; and more. Learn more and apply.