Scottsdale Update - Dec. 5, 2019


Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane seeks nominees for Scottsdale All Star Awards. These awards highlight Scottsdale community members and organizations that in 2019 received an award, honor or participated in an exceptional, documented achievement. We will recognize winners at a special ceremony during the 67th annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol. Nominate an All Star here by Jan. 15.

Scottsdale PD celebrates 25 years of accredited status. The Scottsdale Police Department recently achieved its 25th year of accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In 1994, the department underwent its first on-site review and successfully earned its first accreditation. Over the years, the department has undergone another eight successful assessments, received recognition under a Gold Standard Assessment, multiple Meritorious Accreditation awards and hosted a CALEA conference.

Scottsdale named a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community. The League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of Scottsdale to build better places to bike by designating it a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community for 2019-2023. The award recognizes Scottsdale for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.


Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion on the department's efforts in public information and outreach. Learn what "redaction" is and what it means for public records requests, including body camera video.

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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! While at the event Thursday, Dec. 12, stop by the Scottsdale Cares booth for free popcorn and cotton candy.

Scottsdazzle events continue in December. Spread the holiday cheer through the end of the year … Sugar Plum AvenueCanal Concerts, a Sweet Treat TrailGold Palette ArtWalk and more. 

International Off-Road and UTV Expo comes to town. Rugged Radios presents the International Off-Road & UTV Expo. This is Arizona's original and largest off-road, sand and UTV event. The fun takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at WestWorld

Scottsdale Band Concert performs "Holiday Pops." Sponsored by Scottsdale Community College, the Scottsdale Concert Band performs a diverse repertoire ranging from timeless Big Band favorites, contemporary wind music and rousing patriotic. The free concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, 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.


Scottsdale is seeking input to create a "Smart City" roadmap. Scottsdale is creating a "Smart City" roadmap to explore and identify ways that new technology could enhance the community's quality of life. Safer roads, shorter commutes, reduced emissions, a more engaged and inclusive community and quicker emergency responses are just some of the potential short and long-term benefits. Residents, businesses, community stakeholders and high school students are invited to learn more and provide ideas.

Scottsdale's Civic Center reopens to pedestrians. The pedestrian overpass – on Drinkwater Boulevard between Second Street and Indian School Road – closed in July 2018 for emergency repairs to a supporting bridge structure. The area connects civic buildings and creates an open space for festivals.

Scottsdale Fire Department accepting donations for annual holiday toy drive. You can help the Fire Department make this season a little brighter for families by providing unwrapped toys and gift cards. Donations are distributed to partner organizations that serve families in need. Typically, 15,000 toys are collected annually through the toy drive, serving more than 1,000 families. Drop off gifts to any fire station by Dec. 20.

Reduce your winter water use and save. Scottsdale Water calculates sewer fees based on winter water use. Reducing your water use during December, January and February will help you save money all year long. 

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day, Saturday. Scottsdale residents can recycle electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

Ultimate Play Date – big fun for the little ones! Located on the lawn outside Civic Center Library, kids up to 8 years old can enjoy a play-filled day of interactive art, science, sports and building activities. The free event takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

"Begged and Borrowed" duo provides holiday music delight. Join Shannon Schumann and Rick Boyle for an afternoon interweaving traditional Celtic holiday music and favorite holiday tunes. The free program will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Via Linda Senior Center holiday art show draws gallery-caliber talent, Dec. 13. Student and instructor artwork will be on display at a reception starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the center. Admission is free with one canned food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank. Call 480-312-5810 for details.

Deck the halls at senior holiday luncheon, Dec. 20. Attend Granite Reef Senior Center's free "Jingle and Mingle" annual holiday luncheon at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Participate in holiday activities, pose for a photo with Santa and sing along to all your "carol-oke" favorites. Space is limited and registration is required.  

Get assistance using your new e-reader. Do you need assistance getting your devices up and running? The library offers free drop-in help on how to download library eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, magazines and movies. Millions of digital titles are available online - all you need is your library card! Check the library's calendar for dates and times. 

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