Scottsdale Update - Feb. 27, 2020


Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce hosts Scottsdale Forward, annual economic development symposium. This event, held at Scottsdale Community College, will be packed with timely, valuable information outlining where Scottsdale's economy is headed. The program is Tuesday, March 3, beginning with a 7 a.m. registration and breakfast followed by a 7:30 a.m. program. Cost is $25 for chamber members; $35 for nonmembers.

Parada del Sol Rodeo trots in March 5-8. This annual PRCA-sanctioned rodeo runs March 5-8, at WestWorld. Events include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirl's barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping.  

Victims can go online for orders of protection requests. AZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool, is an online portal that allows victims to quickly begin the process for requesting orders of protection. Those seeking protection on behalf of another person can also use the portal. Your information will be saved in this portal for up to 90 days. At any time during this period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. It is important to remember that an order of protection is not in effect until you have appeared in court before a judge. Until you file, you will be able to update your information, if necessary. Victims are encouraged to speak to an advocate before filing a petition. An advocate can help make a safety plan and provide more information. Learn more at 480-312-4226 or call 911 in an emergency.


Watch how 40,000 pounds of rocks were helicoptered into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to help construct the Fraesfield Interpretive Trail. The rocks will help create the foundation for the walkway, which can be easily navigated for people using wheelchairs or walkers, pushing strollers, or having limited mobility or hiking experience.

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McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's free Movie Mania kicks off Friday. This family-friendly five-week movie series is the perfect way to spend a Friday night. Complete the experience with a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the Scottsdale Charros Carousel. Tickets will be sold in Stillman Station for $3 each, with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Movies start at dusk – around 6:30 p.m. Here's the lineup:

  • Friday, Feb. 28 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Friday, March 6 – Lion King (2019)
  • Friday, March 13 – The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Friday, March 20 – The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • Friday, March 27 – The Incredibles 2

*Movies are subject to change

WestWorld hosts Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show, Feb. 29-March 8.  Sun Circuit is not just a horse show … it's an equine extravaganza! While it's the largest AQHA circuit in the west, there is still a class for every exhibitor at every level.  

The Gold Palette ArtWalk features Native Spirit, March 5. The Native Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk is dedicated to honoring Scottsdale’s rich Native culture and history with activities, entertainment and exhibits. The free event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Old Town Arts District.

The Wedge Skate Jam returns March 7! Parks & Recreation rolls out the annual Wedge Skate Jam from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Eldorado Park, 7650 E. McDowell Road. Event highlights include a DJ, giveaways and fun for all ages. Entry is free, but parents/guardians must sign waivers. Don't miss this action-packed event!

Celebrate the Persian New Year at a festival, March 7. The Persian New Year has  been a time-honored tradition celebrating family, community, food, music and dance each spring for more than 3,000 years. Join in this year's celebration from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Spring training continues at Scottsdale Stadium. Catch the San Francisco Giants as Cactus League action resumes at the award-winning Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, by calling 1-877-473-4849 or at

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals rock Sundays. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon-4 p.m. most Sundays through March 29, on the Scottsdale Civic Center. 

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday year-round, 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 23, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Teens and parents – attend Youth Corps Info Night. This program will provide your child with valuable volunteer experiences to work one-on-one with field experts in various departments such as human resources, marketing and the City Manager's office. The information session runs from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St. Call 480-312-2650 for more information or to register.  

World Open Data Day is March 7, and Scottsdale has it covered - every day. Open data – it's the idea that data should be freely available and accessible to everyone. It's also a tool for Scottsdale to promote openness, transparency and accountability. For example, you can view active building permits for your neighborhood, plan your commute or locate public amenities such as libraries, parks and trails. Discover the many ways the city uses data to make decisions and deliver services. 

Art contest celebrates 50th anniversary of Earth Day; offers prizes and praise. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate this global event, the city is hosting a youth art contest. The contest's theme, "The Art of the Tree," coincides with several tree-related activities Scottsdale is hosting, including tree plantings, seminars on finding the right tree for the right place, Xeriscape demonstrations and more. Art in any medium will be accepted. Get contest information and submission requirements. Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 13.

Students can apply for 2020-21 Scottsdale Community Collaborative scholarships. High school seniors who enroll at an accredited two-or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in Arizona are eligible. Since 2007, 40 students have been awarded a total of $96,500 in scholarships. Application deadline is Monday, March 23. Learn about the criteria and apply.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Attend Expedition Day at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is hosting this free event from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. It features interactive exploration with representatives from the Desert Botanical Garden, Southwest Wildlife, Pueblo Grande Museum and APS. The trailhead is at 12601 N. 124th St.

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

Rid your home of household hazardous wastes March 7. Bring them to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It will be from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the city Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. 

You're never too old to learn how to swim. We offer adult swim classes Saturdays, March 7-April 25, at Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers.

Spring break camps run March 9-13. Sessions run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and take place at Mountain View and Horizon community centers for students in first-fifth grades. Activities include fitness, arts and crafts, sports and more.

Become a summer lifeguard. The StarGuard Lifeguard Training class certifies those 15 and older in lifeguard rescues, basic first aid and CPR. Two spring sessions are available various times and days: March 9-21 or March 17-April 4.  

Learn about transaction privilege tax basics for businesses. The Arizona Department of Revenue, along with the city of Scottsdale and town of Fountain Hills, are hosting this workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The program will be at Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda (located at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale). Topics include licensing, reporting, tax rates, exemptions and more. Attendees must bring their own electronic devices. Learn more and register.

Free tax preparation assistance available to those who qualify. This service is available to help individuals, families and elderly taxpayers of low-to-moderate income prepare and file their income tax returns. Make an appointment by calling either senior center: Granite Reef Senior Center – 480-312-1700; Via Linda Senior Center – 480-312-5810.

Scottsdale Water's free water efficiency workshop series is in full bloom. Attend Scottsdale Water's 2020 workshops and learn about landscape container gardening, leak detection, proper pruning and more from plant and irrigation experts. Classes meet at the Mustang Library and the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park.  

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