Scottsdale Update - Dec. 6, 2021


Free COVID-19 vaccines for students at Scottsdale Stadium. First shots take place from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 15, or Friday, Dec. 17. Seconds shots will be scheduled after the first shot, and take place from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 11, or Wednesday, Jan. 12. Those 18 and older are approved for the Moderna and Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Those 5 and older are approved for Pfizer. Pfizer for ages 5-11, Pfizer 12 and older, Moderna and Janssen (J&J) will be available. The priority is kids ages 5-11, then 12-18 and then adults, based on capacity. Register. 

Scottsdale honors its employees. Helping to apprehend a suspect in an assault case. Retrofitting heavy street fixtures to make them safer. Coordinating the presence of a therapy dog on school campuses. That’s just a sample of ways employees made Scottsdale even better in 2021. The city honored a couple dozen employees at the annual City of Scottsdale Employee Awards Program. The winners were among 550 nominated in several categories. Learn about the winners.  


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 the 20th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has decline by 16.5% to 174.8 cases per 100,000 residents for the week of Nov. 13. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, according to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard 71.9% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 66.6% are fully vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is your best defense against getting or spreading COVID-19. Find a vaccine or attend one at a city facility (see below).  

Two dates still available for the city’s vaccination opportunities. Attend from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.; or 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. Check in no later than 30 minutes before each session ends. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. However, those wanting to save time onsite can pre-register by sending an email to mobilenppllc@gmail.comVisit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more informationFind other vaccine locations.  


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: Gold Palette ArtWalk – Take a holiday stroll through Old Town Scottsdale’s Art District while perusing the city’s finest works of art. Soak in the beauty with all your senses as you’re surrounded by the sounds and smells of the season, including classic holiday carols and hot cocoa. Featuring Old Town’s finest art galleries, this holiday-themed ArtWalk can be enjoyed by everyone from aficionados to aspiring art-fans and everyone in between. 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. Free.

Scottsdale Center for the Arts offers a joyful list of holiday events. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is known for its festive holiday performances, and this year’s diverse offerings include everything from theatrical comedy to mariachi music to classical classics. Holiday season performances include Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Scottsdale Philharmonic’s Holiday Concert an a Christmas show from singer-songwriter AJ Odneal and the Littlest Big Band. Alongside those special performances are separate days of the free Shop & Be Merry Holiday Market, featuring live music, children’s activities, and special food and beverage offerings alongside a curated market of fine arts and crafts. Learn more

Attend Scottsdale Concert Band’s free “Holiday Pops” program. Enjoy live entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Scottsdale Community College (SCC), 9000 E. Chaparral Road, in the outside pavilion. The Scottsdale Concert Band is an adult community band established in 1977, and it is the SCC’s longest standing ensemble. At the band’s inception, it was a small group, and today has over 60 members.  



The Green Building Program kicks off a new webinar series Thursday. This webinar series features industry experts discussing timely topics and opportunities related to electrification, battery storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, renewables, edible landscapes, green healthy living and a showcase of innovative low-carbon green-built projects. “Creating a Healthy, Energy Efficient and Low Carbon Home” runs from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The webinars are free. Register. See the full schedule.  

Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the shredding event. It runs from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box. Learn more.   

Parents – enjoy a night away from the kiddos. Mountain View Community Center is hosting a magical night of winter wonder from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Participants will enjoy cookie decorating, reindeer games, a hot chocolate bar and pizza. Send your child in his/her favorite holiday pajamas! The event is open for those in kindergarten through sixth grade. Cost is $15 per child. Registration is limited, sign up today

Seniors – Enjoy the Jingle and Mingle Holiday Lunch. Deck the halls at the Granite Reef Senior Center's annual holiday luncheon. Participate in fun activities, pose for a photo with Santa and enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Doors open at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Cost is $7 for residents; $11 for nonresidents. Register by calling 480-312-1700 or going online.  


Properly dispose of medications. Please don’t put medications in your garbage disposal or drain, or flush them down the toilet. Environmental Protection Agency research reveals that pharmaceuticals are evident in our nation’s water bodies and groundwater – possibly due to improper disposal.

Instead, here’s a simple, safe and effective way to dispose of medications: 

  • Place the medication(s) in a watertight container 

  • Add enough warm water to help them dissolve into a paste 

  • Add a small amount of an undesirable substance like dish soap, coffee grounds or kitty litter to prevent pets and animals from eating it 

  • Bag and tie the container and place it in your black trash receptacle for normal collection 

You also can take unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs to one of the participating Scottsdale Police Department drop-off locations.  

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


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