Scottsdale Update - Feb. 6, 2020


Scottsdale Airport is an economic powerhouse. Scottsdale Airport, the country's busiest single runway general aviation airport, continues to be a significant asset for the city and the entire region. This was confirmed recently through an economic analysis by Dr. Lee McPheters, a research professor at Seidman Research Institute at ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business. The airport experienced a 20.7 percent increase in total benefits since 2014. Total benefits consist of direct benefits like output, employment and income related to aviation activity plus secondary benefits from spending recycled into the regional economy.

Tonight! Green Building program presents, "Living an Edible Landscape Life." Be inspired to grow as urban gardeners share the benefits and how-tos of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. ASU’s School of Urban Planning and Sustainable Food Systems Frances Craik will join master gardener and environmental artist Joan Baron to share their adventures in growing edible flowers, vegetables and herbs while inventing tasty recipes to share. The free program includes a food-tasting experience for all ages. Attend from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.  

Celebrate Western Week in Historic Old Town Scottsdale. Old Town transforms into an authentic Old West experience for the entire family during Western Week. In addition to the featured events below, find lots more at the website provided above.

  • Western Week Gold Palette Artwalk, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Scottsdale Arts District: In celebration of the Scottsdale Gallery Association's 45th anniversary season, this month's Gold Palette ArtWalk will be dedicated to the theme of Western Week with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries.
  • Hashknife Pony Express Arrival, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West: Witness the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. This free event features the "Hashknife Boot Camp" for kids (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), free museum admission, live entertainment, family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, onsite food trucks and more. At noon, the Hashknife Pony Express arrives in Scottsdale and delivers more than 20,000 pieces of mail to the U.S. Postal Service at the front steps of the museum.
  • 67th Annual Scottsdale Parada Del Sol Parade and Trail's End Festival, 10 a.m.-noon (parade), noon-4 p.m. (festival), Saturday, Feb. 8, Historic Old Town: A celebration of the city's past, present and future, the Parada del Sol Parade boasts nearly 150 entries including colorful floats, mounted horse-riders, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches representing many cultures from Mexican to Native American to Arabian to Western. At the culmination of the parade, the Historic Old Town District becomes the setting for a Western-style block party with a kids' area, pony rides, food and merchandise vendors, and multiple stages with live entertainment from today's popular bands to traditional performers. 
  • Arizona Indian Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Scottsdale Civic Center: This two-day celebration honors Arizona Indian culture - most of Arizona's 22 tribes will be featured during the event. From traditional food, storytelling, and dancing to singing and dwellings, you will walk away fascinated by the native beauty that Arizona has to offer.


Get a preview of the Hashknife Pony Express's ride into Scottsdale. Then go watch the "real thing" Friday. (see details above).

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Get reel … at the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Feb. 9-23. This festival presents great cinema from all over the world with Jewish themes or universal stories with a Jewish lens. Movies play at various theaters throughout the Valley.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld Feb. 13-23. Since 1955, this annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,400 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win.  

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, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


February is American Heart Month. Save a life. Schedule a free hands-only CPR class for your group, company or organization through the Scottsdale Fire Department. 

Scottsdale Water offers free landscape and water-efficiency workshops. Fan favorites, such as "Learn to Prune" and the "Xeriscape Garden Tour" return to this season's line-up. The latest workshops highlight trees and the beauty and benefits they provide to our landscapes and our city. Register and learn more.  

Railroad Park seeking exhibitors for Exclusively Little Expo. If you are a local business or organization that provides products or services to families, you won’t want to miss out on exhibitor space at the Exclusively Little Expo, Saturday, April 4, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Businesses that would benefit include museums, summer camps, educational institutions, attractions, theme parks, retail organizations and rental companies. For more information or to secure space, contact Darryl Grimes at 480-312-8501 or

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Protect your identity at "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.

Here's an outlet for your unwanted electronics, Saturday. Electronics make up the bulk of waste that threatens our environment because of the potentially dangerous elements contained in them. Properly dispose of your unwanted electronics at Scottsdale's Electronics Recycling Collection Day from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive

Civic Center Library presents the play, "An Iliad." From the touring education wing of the Southwest Shakespeare Company comes this play based on Homer's epic poem. Bridging the past with the present, the story explores man's warlike nature and questions humanity's ability to change. The free program runs from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. 

Paiute Neighborhood Center provides free health screenings Tuesday. Get your blood pressure, glucose, and weight and height checked. Flu and hepatitis A vaccines also will be available, along with health insurance enrollment assistance. The center is at 6535 E. Osborn Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the center at  480-312-2529.

Keep your family safe – check your child's car seat. Did you know 85 percent of child car seats are not installed correctly? Don't put your kids' lives in jeopardy – make sure their car seats are installed the right way. Schedule a free appointment with a certified technician to learn how.  

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