Scottsdale Update - Feb. 27, 2023


Scottsdale City Council approves temporary Rio Verde Foothills water agreement. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Scottsdale City Council unanimously authorized the city manager to execute an agreement with Maricopa County that would re-open a water supply for water hauling to non-city residents in unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills. Once Maricopa County is ready to move the agreement forward, city staff will work to obtain additional water resources, which will then be treated and made available for county residents in the Rio Verde Foothills area. Scottsdale will work with Maricopa County on this solution as quickly as possible, details will be available once the intergovernmental agreement with Maricopa County is finalized.

City provides one-stop-shop resources for senior citizens. The free All Things Senior Expo and Tradeshow takes place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7308 E. Second St. Participants can get information about healthcare, senior housing, municipal services, recreation, technology and transportation. The event also features free health screenings and educational opportunities. 

Scholarships are available through the Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Scholarships provide qualified students living with a disability with educational financial assistance to support success in future employment. If needed, students can seek assistance from their academic or transitional counselor. Applications are open through Friday, March 3. Learn more and apply.

Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen will be dedicated March 18. Residents of the Scottsdale area, including nearby Native American communities, have served with distinction in the United States military for more than 100 years. During the nation's armed conflicts and in the course of military duty, 66 of those service members have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Their names are now permanently engraved on the granite faces of the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen. The new memorial will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2023. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at Scottsdale Civic Center’s Memorial Lawn, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (on the east side of City Hall). Learn more.


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. 


Enjoy music from around the world at the Scottsdale Concert Band’s free performance. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Scottsdale Community College Amphitheater, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. The band will perform “Adventure Awaits,” where you’ll “travel” from Arizona – Grand Canyon Fanfare to Central America – The Pathfinder of Panama march to outer space – Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The Scottsdale Concert Band is an award-winning community band established in 1977, and it is the college’s longest standing ensemble. It performs a diverse repertoire ranging from timeless Big Band favorites, contemporary wind music and rousing patriotic tunes.  

Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts Native Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk. The Native Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk recognizes Scottsdale’s rich Native American culture and history with activities, entertainment and exhibits. It runs 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Old Town Arts District. Learn more.

WestWorld hosts Sun Circuit, March 4-12. The 50th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Sun Circuit is the largest American Quarter Horse Association circuit event in the west, and there is a class for every exhibitor at every level. WestWorld is home to three indoor, climate-controlled arenas along with multiple outdoor arenas with plenty of extra space for warm-ups. 

Enjoy free “Sun & Sounds” Sunday outdoor concert series on the newly renovated Civic Center. Experience the best local music in a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere, surrounded by unique artist vendors, Bring your pup and lawn chair for some fun in the sun. Concerts run noon-4 p.m. through March 28.

Ongoing events:

  • 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. The festival runs through March 5, in theaters and virtually. 

  • Spring Training: The San Francisco Giants battle other Cactus League teams at Scottsdale Stadium through March 25. Get a schedule (pdf). Buy tickets Learn about Scottsdale Stadium

  • The Rich Legacy of Scottsdale Spring Training. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library. This new exhibit provides a whimsical and thought-provoking journey through more than six decades of baseball at Scottsdale Stadium and its home city. 

  • 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


Paiute Neighborhood Center hosts Scottsdale Bar Association’s free legal clinic. The association provides attorneys at no charge for community members to discuss legal issues, receive advice and obtain referrals. The clinic runs 5:30-7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Space is limited. Appointments can be made by calling 480-312-2529.

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!

March programs:

  • Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, the Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Hear fascinating stories about Scottsdale including how a famous breakfast cereal connects to a Scottsdale resort, the time the community rallied behind a motorcycle police officer involved in a life-threatening car crash and how one little boy's wish became an international organization. 

  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Learn about two local romances gone wrong. 

  • Scottsdale's Unlucky Sevens. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road; or 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. We'll look back at two unusual criminal stories in Scottsdale history that happened the same year! Same presentation for both sessions. 


Job of the Week: Scottsdale offers increased pay, referral bonuses and other incentives for summer lifeguards. The city is seeking 40 lifeguards to staff pools and to teach swim lessons. Scottsdale pools will be open Memorial Day to Labor Day for water park fun, recreation swim & dive teams, swim lessons and lap swim. Pools are conveniently located throughout the city, easily accessible by car, bicycle and public transportation. Learn more and apply.

Celebrate World Open Data Day Sunday. 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 other ways the city uses data to make decisions and deliver services.  


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