Scottsdale Update - Feb. 13, 2023


Most city offices/facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day. Recycling and garbage collection will not be affected. Place your containers out by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the evening before. We will publish Scottsdale Update Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Play ball! Spring training begins Feb. 25. The San Francisco Giants begin their home spring training schedule Sunday, Feb. 26, at Scottsdale Stadium. Get a schedule (pdf). Buy tickets Learn about Scottsdale Stadium.

Get into the swing of Spring Training at these events and activities:

  • Explore Legends, All Stars and Rogues: The Rich Legacy of Scottsdale Spring Training. This new exhibit at Civic Center Library provides a whimsical and thought-provoking journey through more than six decades of baseball at Scottsdale Stadium and its home city. Five Major League franchises have trained in Scottsdale, featuring some of the most memorable teams, players and characters to grace the game. Rare Artifacts, memorabilia and vignettes will transform fans back to the launch of Scottsdale spring training when a rookie (and future Hall of Famer) named Brooks Robinson was trying to earn a job with the Baltimore Orioles. Visit the exhibit from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

  • The Scottsdale History of Baseball at a Hometown Happy Hour, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Civic Center Library. Community historian Joan Fudala will provide a rich history of Scottsdale's connection to spring training and baseball. Registration for Hometown Happy Hour isn't required, but space is limited. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. For more information, check our online calendar of events at  

  • Help select Scottsdale’s all-time spring training All Star team. Five Major League teams have trained in Scottsdale since 1956. Through the years, an impressive lineup on legends, phenoms and Hall of Famers have called Scottsdale Stadium home. Who were the greatest? Who should make up the Scottsdale All Star spring training team? Link to your All Star ballot, make your selections and submit. We’ll compile the results and announce an all-time Scottsdale spring training team in March.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up: 

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve. 


WestWorld hosts the Arabian Horse Show, Feb. 16-26. Since 1955, the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning.

Scottsdale Sister Cities hosts “The Influence/Impact of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico on the Southwestern United States.” The free presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way. Scottsdale and Alamos established a Sister City relationship in 1969. Historically an important center of silver mining, the town's economy is now dominated by the tourist sector. Designated a pueblo mágico due to its architecture, the town is host to several arts festivals. It also hosts the Alamos Alliance, a yearly summit of economic policy makers, academics and business leaders. Seating is limited; register at [email protected].

Lights, camera, action! The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival features cultural films from around the world that offer an authentic portrayal of the historic and contemporary Jewish experience. In addition to the film screenings, the event features esteemed guest speakers. The festival runs Feb. 19-March 5. In theater and virtual opportunities are available. 

February’s Civil War Roundtable features historian Dr. Fay Yarbrough, discussing her book "Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country." Yarbrough’s talk will focus on why the Choctaw Nation aligned with the Confederacy. The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable meets Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The lecture starts at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. for book sales and speaker meet and greet. The meeting also will be available on Zoom

The Holland Center presents “The Wild West – Arizona History – Jim Sherbert Lecture Series.” Arizona is a special place with a very humble beginning and an interesting journey to become the last of the 48 contiguous United States. Examine how pre-Columbian Native Americas built the most elaborate irrigation system in the Western Hemisphere; how the Arizona Territory sided with the Confederacy with the tiny village of Tucson, and how mining became Arizona’s catalyst to growth. The program runs 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the center, 34250 N. 60th St. A $10 donation is requested at the door.

International Jazz Day AZ Foundation and the city’s Human Relations Commission proudly present: “Dear Martin: A Jazz Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” This live immersive experience of music, storytelling, spoken word, film and movement in celebration of Black History Month honors the life and legacy of Dr. King. The free event takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Community Design Studio. Learn more and register

Celebrate Scottsdale’s founder. Join the Scottsdale Historical Society, the city of Scottsdale and the Daughters of the American Revolution Winfield Scott Chapter as we mark this event. Scottsdale's founder Winfield Scott’s 186th birthday will be celebrated at noon, Friday, Feb. 24, in front of the newly re-opened Little Red Schoolhouse, 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall. Free. Call 480-312-3111 for information. 

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West hosts “Meet the Author” Chris Enss, writer of more than 20 books recognizing women of the Old West. The free program begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the museum. Register by emailing [email protected].

Ongoing events:

  • 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. 

  • Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market: The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. It runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave. 

  • Second Saturdays @SMoCA: Solve a puzzle, create art to take home and explore the museum. Noon-3 p.m. 

  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Attend exciting, diverse events throughout the year. 

Get more events information


Scottsdale 101 offers an inside look on how the wheels of government work. Scottsdale 101 Citizen Academy is open to Scottsdale residents and Scottsdale business owners. The 10-week program will be limited to 40 participants. Sessions run 9 a.m.-noon beginning Tuesday, March 7, and will take place in various locations around the city. Learn more and apply by Monday, Feb. 20. 

Neighborhood College registration is open for the spring series. We offer four tracks: HOA\Condo, Scottsdale 360, Good Neighbor and History. Register for one or all

Remaining February classes:   

  • Water Wise 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 16, on Zoom. With the Colorado River water shortage, we have been asked to reduce use by five percent or more. Scottsdale's Water Policy Manager will talk about the city's water resources portfolio, the efforts the city is undergoing to conserve, and ways residents and businesses can help. Instructor: Scottsdale Water Policy Manager Gretchen Baumgardner.  

  • Behind the Scenes: Scottsdale Volunteer Opportunities. 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Police, Fire and so much more! The number of volunteer opportunities with the city of Scottsdale can be overwhelming. Learn about the process to become a volunteer and the steps you can take to be a great candidate. Instructors: City staff.  

Registration for Scottsdale Water’s five-week Citizen Academy begins Wednesday, Feb. 15. The Scottsdale Water Citizen Academy provides an inside look at all aspects of the Scottsdale Water utility, one of the most advanced municipal water systems in the country. Scottsdale Water staff take participants inside our state-of-the-art facilities; demonstrate daily operations from lab work to water main repair; and explain all facets of water operations, planning and policies. Seats are limited and restricted to Scottsdale residents. Learn more

In your backyard: Kids can explore architecture, engineering, art and photography at Camp Taliesin West. Located at the Scottsdale home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Camp Taliesin West invites participants to explore, create and design with fun and educational activities in a setting like no other. Camp Taliesin West is available in weekly blocks in June and July and open to students 7-15. Sessions focus on architecture, city planning, photography, interior design, engineering and more – all taught in the spirit of discovery and conscientious creativity. About Taliesin West. About the camp.

Scottsdale Sister Cities launches international student golf exchange with Killarney, Ireland. For the first time, Scottsdale Sister Cities Association is building a youth ambassador exchange around golf, a sport vital to both Scottsdale and Killarney, our sister city since 2020. Scottsdale students will travel to Killarney June 17-26. Killarney students will visit Scottsdale Oct. 26-Nov. 4. Youth ambassadors will experience cultural excursions and volunteer opportunities while in each host city. The association is accepting applications through Wednesday, March 1.


Scottsdale community survey available for all residents. The National Community Survey allows residents to rate their overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and their level of participation in community events and activities. Participating is easy - visit these links on Polco, the city's online survey platform: 

Job of the Week: New! Mustang Library Assistant Adult Services, part-time. Library assistants are information advocates who work at service desks, answer patron questions and recommend resources. This position requires evening and weekend hours. Learn more and apply.


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  • Report things that need to be fixed, or submit other requests via Scottsdale EZ

  • Traffic Restrictions Map – We update this map weekly to include most road improvement projects     

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