Scottsdale Update - Dec. 26, 2019


Trash/recycling changes for New Years. Please note that trash and recycling collection for Wednesday, Jan. 1, moves to Thursday; Thursday moves to Friday; and Friday's collection takes place Saturday. 

Scottsdale honors its employees. Improving a park and creating a butterfly exhibit. Developing a system to provide faster medical service to Phoenix Open attendees. Helping the homeless learn about and locate resources. Those are just some of the actions over the past year by Scottsdale employees honored for outstanding performance and commitment to the Scottsdale community. In all, 78 employees and one volunteer were honored Dec. 18 at Scottsdale's annual Employee Awards Program. The winners were among more than 420 employees nominated in several categories.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve - If it rains, please refrain. The National Weather Service is predicting wet weather throughout the week. Soggy and muddy trails are vulnerable to damage from boots, hooves, and tires. There’s no definitive rule on when it’s okay to hit the trails again, but a good rule of thumb is if you are leaving tracks, it’s still too wet. Please stop and turn around. Learn more about the preserve.

Mumps on the rise in Maricopa County. Maricopa County is experiencing a communitywide outbreak of mumps, a contagious disease that can lead to serious consequences. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. An infected person can spread mumps to others by kissing or by sharing food, drinks, eating utensils, cigarettes, lip gloss or any other items that come in contact with an infected person's saliva. Learn more about the signs and symptoms and how to prevent the disease.


Visitors to the Brown's Ranch Trailhead can visit and walk the Jane Rau interpretive trail - a fitting tribute to its namesake and a place that captures the magic that inspired Jane to action 30 years ago.

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Railroad Park's Holiday Lights event continues through Jan. 5. Festivities take place from 6:30-9 p.m. nightly, with a few exceptions, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5 with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. This year's event is getting a little ugly, thanks to an Ugly Sweater Contest where you can win fabulous prizes!

The new year starts with the annual Arizona National AQHA Horse Show, Jan. 2-5. Rain or shine, horse men and women from all over the West travel to participate in this first circuit show of the year at WestWorld. Competition includes ranch riding, reining, halter and more.  

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday year-round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Veg out at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Recycle your Christmas tree at these drop off locations, Jan. 4-12. Yellow collection bins will be available at three city parks: EldoradoScottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on their scheduled brush/bulk service week. 

Share your senior story. Celebrate each other's lives and experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others at Horizon Park Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St. The program takes place from 10 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Call 480-312-2650  for more information. 

Make a resolution to start saving water – Try these winter watering tips. Water your landscape less frequently during the winter. Dormant Bermuda grass needs water only about every 30 days. If you planted rye grass in the fall, it requires water about once every two weeks. Watering less means it might be harder to spot leaks, so follow this handy checklist to perform a mini irrigation check. 

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Start your new year with a paper cleanse. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag. 

Eldorado Park offers steps to a healthy new year. Looking for something different for your exercise and fitness goals? Try volleyball, basketball or an exhilarating outdoor walk through our beautiful park! Open gym schedules and walking maps are available online.

A new year, a new you. It's nearly 2020! Start the year off right with small, manageable changes to your lifestyle. Register for a fitness class or pick up a new hobby.

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