The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory for tomorrow. Those with respiratory sensitivities are advised to take precautions during outdoor activities. Please help reduce ozone by doing one or more of the following:
Use gas or electric instead of burning wood
Limit the lighting of fireworks
Ride transit, carpool or telework
Eliminate all unnecessary driving and/or combine trips
Avoid dirt roads
Avoid the use of leaf blowers
If burning wood for heat or food preparation, use dry wood (burning wet wood releases more particulate matter)
Most city offices closed for Presidents Day. Most city offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21. Garbage/recycling collection will not be affected.
COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.
Vaccines and boosters save lives, and we’re doing our part to help make testing and vaccinations more accessible.
1. Vincere Cancer Center is administering free COVID-19 testing for active infection (PCR and antigen), Influenza A+B tests and vaccinations by appointment at the following locations. Testing is available to everyone, 3 years and older. PCR test results will be available by the end of the next business day via email. Antigen results will be available onsite. Appointments are required for vaccines and recommended for testing; walk-ups are accepted until 3 p.m.
2. In partnership with the Maricopa County Public Health Department, Scottsdale Community College offers free testing 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through February. Testing is open to the public and appointments aren’t necessary.
3. Free vaccine events continue through March at community centers. We’re offering the Pfizer vaccine (5 and older), and the Janssen and Moderna (both for 18 and older) vaccines:
Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 25, and March 11 and 25.
Eldorado Park and Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 28, and March 14 and 28.
Registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. Please check in no later than 30 minutes before the session ends. Call 602-506-6767 for more information.
Find information about free vaccines, boosters and testing for Scottsdale residents.
THINGS TO DO
Lights, camera, action! The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival features cultural films from all over the world that offer an authentic portrayal of the historic and contemporary Jewish experience. In addition to the film screenings, the event features highly esteemed guest speakers to address festival watchers and filmmakers. The festival runs Feb. 14-28 and is virtual only. *Community Funded Event
City hosts gnarly Wedge Hangout event. Drop by Eldorado’s Wedge Skate Park at Eldorado Park from 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, for this free event featuring a live DJ, food, vendors, raffle prizes and more. The Wedge Skatepark, 7650 E. McDowell Road, features a 20,000-square-foot facility that has a fun box, amoeba bowl, launch box, quarter-pipe, pyramid, curbs and rails.
WestWorld hosts the Arabian Horse Show, Feb. 17-27. 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. The city provides matching event advertising funding for this event.
Ongoing Events and Activities:
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Could your HOA/condo board use a refresher on financial matters? Join us from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, on Zoom for “HOA/Condo Finances 101.” A community association attorney will share info on budgets, reserve studies, preventing fraud and more. Sign up.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is recruiting volunteers. Docents lead tours of the exhibitions and tell the stories of the American West. Training takes place 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 2-May 4. Attendance at all ten sessions is required. Those with previous museum volunteer experience, or a background in education or Western studies, are especially encouraged to volunteer. A minimum commitment of two, three-hour sessions per month is required. Those interested should respond online by Friday, Feb. 18, or contact Director of Education Wade Weber at [email protected] or 480-530-3474.
Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.