Celebrate the season at the Ultimate Play Date Saturday. Join Scottsdale Public Library at this free family event featuring interactive activity zones for kids and teens from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 9, at Scottsdale Civic Center. Enjoy performances by Scottsdale school music groups, face painting, balloon animal making and more. Enjoy food vendors and a mimosa garden for adults. End the day rocking out to a concert by the band Smashed from noon-1:30 p.m. Get details.
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:
The monthlong holiday celebration Scottsdazzle continues through December in Old Town Scottsdale. Attend new events and old favorites! Get all the dazzling details.
Gold Palette ArtWalk: The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s Gold Palette ArtWalk takes a seasonal spin! The fun runs 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Scottsdale Arts District, and it features 35 galleries stocked with holiday-themed art and gifts. Free.
Miracle of the Roses Pageant: Celebrate the apparitions of the Holy Virgin Mary of Guadalupe to an Aztec Indian, Juan Diego, on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City, in 1531. The pageant runs 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Old Adobe Mission Church, 3817 N. Brown Ave. Enjoy colorful Mexican folkloric dancers, bop to live Mariachi music and munch on free refreshments.
Scottsdazzle Stroll: Stroll along the canal banks surrounded by the sounds of the season! Live music anchors this sprawling celebration filled with public art, holiday décor and the 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree that lights up the night with dazzling holiday spirit. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16, Scottsdale Waterfront Canal Bank, free.
View “ART is Culture, Culture is ART,” a film chronicling the life and legacy of Lloyd Kiva New as an innovator, entrepreneur and educator who left an indelible mark in Scottsdale. Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, for an extraordinary cinematic experience and a magnificent night of Indigenous fashion. The experience begins with the debut screening and discussion at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The evening turns glamourous with a ticketed VIP fashion showcase featuring two prominent Indigenous designers at 7:30 p.m., at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The event also will feature a silent auction with one-of-a-kind designs from Indigenous designers. Learn more and get tickets.
Take a look at senior works of art at the Via Linda Senior Center’s Holiday Art Show. View stunning masterpieces from students enrolled in various city art classes from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Enjoy refreshments and live music throughout the evening, as well.
Hometown Happy Hour presents “Thunderbird Fields.” Learn how a bit of Hollywood glamour and gumption helped thousands of U.S. and allied military pilots earn their wings in Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix and Glendale from 1941-1945 at the Valley’s four Thunderbird Fields, which included what is now Scottsdale Airport. The free program, presented by historian Joan Fudala, starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Mustang Library.
Giddy up to The Arizona National American Quarter Horse Association’s show, Dec. 14-17, at WestWorld. Rain or shine, horse men and women from all over the West travel to participate, competing in events such as ranch riding, reining, halter and more. Get details.
Listen to the sounds of the season at the Scottsdale Concert Band’s free holiday show. Pull out your favorite Christmas sweater and join the Scottsdale Concert Band for its annual holiday program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center. The award-winning community band will play such favorites as “A Home Alone Christmas,” “Polar Express,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Eighth Candle.” Call 585-749-8583 if you need more information.
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.
Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event. The service runs 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box or bag.
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 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the city’s North Corporation Yard, 9191 N. San Salvador.
Participate in a variety of free services to support families, parents, caregivers, expectant parents and young children. Located at the Paiute Neighborhood Center, the Scottsdale Family Resource Center provides access to resources, referrals to support services and educational programs to ensure healthy growth and development for Scottsdale's youngest learners and their families. The center is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Help Maricopa Association of Governments develop a plan to reduce climate pollution and improve air quality. Attend the East Valley open house from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. A hybrid option will be available soon. The Environmental Protection Agency selected the association to create and implement a regional plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, including ozone. Learn more.
Job of the Week: Vista del Camino Human Services Representative. The successful candidate provides a variety of information about programs and services. Work hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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.