Scottsdale Update - Dec. 20, 2021


Most city offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1, for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Garbage and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your containers out by 5 a.m. the day of collection or the evening prior. 2021 brush/bulk and holiday schedule2022 brush/bulk and holiday schedule

City continues to seek input on Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan and Zoning Ordinance updates. The city is updating the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan as well as sections of the city’s Zoning Ordinance specific to the downtown area. 

The city offers a self-guided online series that allows you to provide input on topics such as the Old Town Plan Vision and Values, and the provision of quality development and public open space in Old Town. Each session includes a presentation and questions for participants to answer that are specific to each topic. Provide your input.   


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 22nd straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has decreased by 10.6% to 192.6 cases per 100,000 residents (week of Nov. 27). High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 72.3% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 67% are fully vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is your best defense against getting or spreading COVID. Attend a city vaccine site (see below) or find another location

The city is hosting another series of free vaccine events at community centers. We’re offering the Pfizer vaccine (5 and older), and the Janssen (J & J) and Moderna (both for 18 and older) vaccines: 

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, and March 11 and 25. 

  • Eldorado Park and Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 and 31, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 14 and 28. 

Registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. Please check in no later than 30 minutes before the session ends. Call 602-506-6767 for more information. 

COVID-19 and holiday celebrations. Many in our community will be celebrating holiday traditions with family and friends this season. Enjoy your time together and keep everyone safe by minimizing COVID-19 risk and getting vaccinated.   
Because many generations tend to gather during this time, it's important to take these steps to protect family and friends. Consider these holiday tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

  • Protect those not yet eligible for vaccinations by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated. Find a location

  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated.

  • Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission. Scottsdale is in high transmission. 

  • Outdoors is safer than indoors. 

  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces. 

  • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering. 

  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

Find more holiday tips.   


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: Merry Make and Takes – Join us at The Merchantile of Scottsdale for crafting events led by Crafting Goddesses! Events include pre-packaged supplies and guided tutorials needed to create beautiful holiday cards and keepsakes. Register as a group, a couple, or come yourself and make new friends. Various dates, times and fees. Registration is required; space is limited. 

Ongoing Events and Activities: 

Register for the Jan. 12 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner Celebration. Motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud headlines Scottsdale’s 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner Celebration. Russell-McCloud works to create an environment in which high achievement among young African Americans is the rule rather than the exception. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Learn more and register


Scottsdale Shares provides a one-stop-shop. Here’s one point of contact for residents, businesses and organizations seeking to assist those in need through donations or volunteer activities.  


Wellness wins! Scottsdale received the following awards in 2021 acknowledging our dedication to building a culture of workplace health and well-being: 

  • Gold Level Workplace Health Achievement Award – American Heart Association 

  • 1st Place Outstanding Culture of Well-Being – Cigna’s Well Being Award 

  • 2nd Place Phoenix Business Journal’s Valley’s Healthiest Employer 

  • 24th Place Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America 

  • Platinum Award Healthy Arizona Worksite Program – recognized by the Arizona Department of Health Services 

Scottsdale welcomes homebuilder D.R. Horton! D.R. Horton is an award-winning, family-owned construction business founded in 1978. It is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States … building move-in ready houses in 31 states across the country. The new Scottsdale facility will employ more than 300 people from its engineering, communities, title, mortgage and West Division Home Building operations. It will occupy 60,000 square feet at 7689 E. Pinnacle Peak Road.  

Beware - December frost can damage plants. Average lowest temperatures of the year typically hit during December making it the coldest month of the year. Pruning should be delayed until new foliage begins to emerge in the spring when plants are damaged by frost. Frost-damaged foliage can offer some protection against recurring freezing temperatures.  

The annual Yule Log returns on Scottsdale Video Network! Experience the delightful ambiance of a glowing fireplace that burns cheerfully throughout the evening and morning. The mesmerizing flames are accompanied by holiday music that is sure to warm your home. You can enjoy the festive fireplace starting at 2 p.m. Dec. 24, through midnight Dec. 25. Livestream or watch on Cox channels 11 and 1011(HD) or Century Link channel 8001. 

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


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