Scottsdale Update - Dec. 23, 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.

Celebrate successes, focus on the future at Mayor Ortega's State of Scottsdale address. Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega will hold his “State of Scottsdale” address from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.To attend, register online at, search “state of the city.” Registration closes at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.

Those who can’t make it in person can catch Mayor Ortega’s address on Scottsdale Video Network Cox channel 11, and Century Link channel 8001 or on Scottsdale’s YouTube Channel.


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

The FDA issued an EUA for Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Paxlovid for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease. It is the first oral, at-home treatment and a new tool to fight the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Paxlovid was nearly 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in patients at high risk of severe illness, according to data from the company's clinical trial. 

The White House will buy and distribute 500 million rapid COVID-19 tests beginning in January. The move comes amid a wave of new cases, mostly coming from the Omicron variant. Americans will be able to request that these free rapid tests be shipped to their home via a new government website that is now being set up. Learn more.

Scottsdale Stadium event helps vaccinate more than 250 people. COVID-19 vaccines were administered Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 17. About 8 of every 10 people vaccinated at this event were children (the target audience for this effort). Free second doses will be available from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, or Wednesday, Jan 12. All three vaccination types will be available – registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. 

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.


Events continue for Scottsdazzle, Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration. Join in the merriment and cheer as we celebrate the season with our 6th annual Scottsdazzle holiday extravaganza. There is something for everyone -- festivals, concerts, unique events, stunning decor, dining, shopping and more.

Scottsdazzle Spotlight: Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – Hop on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays.The annual tradition of Holiday Lights offers a modified format featuring limited capacity and one-and-a-half hour blocks at 6 and 8 p.m.Note: There will be no Holiday Lights on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

Ongoing Events and Activities:


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 channel11  or Century Link channel 8001.


Scottsdale Housing Agency receives vouchers for veterans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs awarded Scottsdale’s Housing Agency with 15 housing vouchers. The vouchers will help provide veterans with immediate access to permanent housing.

Game, set, match! Racquet Sports Industry Magazine named Indian School Park Tennis Center the “Municipal Facility of the Year.” It was recognized for its excellent condition to host a demanding schedule, thanks in part to upgrades from a $2.2 million renovation that included rebuilding all 13 courts, and adding new LED lighting, fencing and windscreens.

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety issues two grants to the Scottsdale Police Department. The city accepted an $80,000 Speed Awareness Grant and a $50,000 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Grant. Serious traffic collisions have consistently remained a concern, and these grants will assist with initiatives to decrease the number of collisions on our roads and increase community safety. 

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












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