Scottsdale Update - Dec. 2, 2021


Missed the Veterans Day Commemoration? Watch it on Scottsdale Video Network. Nikki Stratton, whose grandfather survived the attack on Pearl Harbor as a crewmember aboard the USS Arizona (BB-39), was the keynote speaker at this year’s Veterans Day Commemoration. 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. Watch online or at 4 and 9 a.m., and 1, 5, 8, and 11 p.m. Sundays; and at 3 and 8 a.m., and noon, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Thursdays on Cox channels 11 and 1011(HD) and Century Link channel 8001. 

Deputy fire chief says farewell after 47 years. Jim Ford has had a lot of successes in Scottsdale, but one stands out. He is the steward of the landmark home sprinkler ordinance Scottsdale adopted more than 35 years ago. In 1985, the city passed an ordinance requiring every commercial and multi-family building to be outfitted with fire sprinklers. The ordinance also requires that single-family homes built after Jan. 1, 1986, be fully outfitted with approved fire sprinklers. The ordinance became a model of fire safety for communities nationwide. “Jim Ford has been an incredible asset and advocate for fire prevention all over the world,” said Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “There is no question his dedication to Scottsdale and saving lives is above and beyond. He will truly be missed.” 


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

Two dates still available for the city’s vaccination opportunities. Attend from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.; or 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. Please arrive 30 minutes before the session ends. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. However, those wanting to save time onsite can pre-register by sending an email to mobilenppllc@gmail.comVisit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more informationFind other vaccine locations.  

Should you get a booster shot? A booster shot helps maintain a higher level of immunity to fight off COVID-19. Watch this to learn more

Fact! Vaccinations save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are 6.1 times more likely to get COVID-19 and 11.3 times more likely to die than unvaccinated people. 


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! Scottsdazzle Stroll: Witness the sights and sounds of the holiday season while meandering along the canal banks in Old Town Scottsdale. Live music anchors this sprawling celebration filled with public art installations, holiday décor and the 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree Warm up with hot cocoa, coffee and sweet seasonal treats from local food vendors, and then wander through Old Town Scottsdale’s winter wonderland! 6 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at the Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road. 



Plug into Saturday’s Electronics Recycling Day. Scottsdale residents can properly recycle electronics like computers, printers, phones, cameras, flat panel televisions/monitors and stereo equipment for free from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the city’s North Corporation Yard, 9191 N. San Salvador.  

The Green Building Program kicks off a new webinar series Dec. 9. This webinar series features industry experts discussing timely topics and opportunities related to electrification, battery storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, renewables, edible landscapes, green healthy living and a showcase of innovative low-carbon green-built projects. “Creating a Healthy, Energy Efficient and Low Carbon Home” runs from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The webinars are free. Register. See the full schedule.  

Parents – enjoy a night away from the kiddos. Mountain View Community Center is hosting a magical night of winter wonder from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17. Participants will enjoy cookie decorating, reindeer games, a hot chocolate bar and pizza. Send your child in his/her favorite holiday pajamas! The event is open for those in kindergarten through sixth grade. Cost is $15 per child. Registration is limited, sign up today

Seniors – Enjoy the Jingle and Mingle Holiday Lunch. Deck the halls at the Granite Reef Senior Center's annual holiday luncheon. Participate in fun activities, pose for a photo with Santa and enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Doors open at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Cost is $7 for residents; $11 for nonresidents. Register by calling 480-312-1700 or going online.  


Spread some holiday cheer Saturday and score Disney magic in return. The first 1,000 merry makers who donate a new, unwrapped toy during the Scottsdale Fire Department’s Annual Toy Drive will receive a complimentary show ticket to “Disney on Ice presents Dream Big,” courtesy of Feld Entertainment. Drop off donations between 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square south parking lot. 

The show features favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and more highlighting all the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating. Get details

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


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