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.
In January, the survey went to 5,500 randomly selected Scottsdale households. This random sample will provide results that are representative of the entire community within a known margin of error. The city is now making the online survey available to every resident. Feedback provided through these surveys will help the city and City Council prioritize initiatives, services and programs.
Participating is easy - visit these links on Polco, the city's online survey platform:
Once you have answered the questions, you will be asked to provide your email and zip code. This lets us be sure we are hearing from each person only once. Your response will remain confidential - no individual responses or data will be shared with the city. All responses are reported in group form only.
Participating in this online survey will also allow residents to opt-in to future feedback opportunities from the city of Scottsdale, which plans to ask for input about other topics, ideas, initiatives and issues in the future.
Share your thoughts on Old Town Scottsdale’s growth and development by Wednesday, Feb. 8. The call for public participation coincides with proposed updates to the city’s Old Town Scottsdale Area Plan, as well as downtown sections of the city’s Zoning Ordinance. Last updated in 2018, the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan serves as the comprehensive policy document that guides growth and development decisions for downtown Scottsdale.
The self-guided tour facilitates feedback on various topics. Each session includes a presentation and questions for participants to answer that are specific to each topic. Participate and learn more.
Get the scoop on Scottsdale Super Season. Scottsdale Super Season is jam-packed with special events you won’t want to miss. Find all the details so you can join the fun! Watch this.
Known as "The Greatest Show on Grass," the WM Phoenix Open is one of the PGA Tour’s most exciting stops. The event has gained legendary status for combining great golf, great weather and a festive atmosphere, unlike any other tournament. The open runs Feb. 6-12, at Scottsdale’s TPC. Get parking information and directions. Statewide real-time highway condition information is available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov or by calling 511.
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:
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West presents “Meet the Authors – Jana Bommersbach and Bob Boze Bell: Hellraisers & Trailblazers – The Real Women of The Wild West.” Both authors will discuss their latest collaboration, followed by a brief, moderated Q&A. Two sessions take place: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9; and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Attendance is limited. Email [email protected] to register.
Scottsdale Public Library hosts entertaining, insightful and informative history classes. They include:
Arizona Goes to the Movies, 5-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. Featuring the plots, players and behind-the-scenes info about movies made in our area.
The History of Golf in Scottsdale, 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Scottsdale has been a golf destination since its first course debuted in 1910.
The Scottsdale community is celebrating and acknowledging Black History Month in a variety of ways. Join these community events:
Scottsdale Bahá’í Faith Community Center presents Black History Month Film Festival (pdf) over four weekends with 13 films to watch followed by discussions on themes, topics, and issues presented in the films.
Scottsdale Community College will host a variety of programs beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, following the theme of Black Resistance (pdf) set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founders of Black History Month.
Dear Martin, A Jazz Tribute to MLK is a live immersive experience hosted by the city of Scottsdale’s Human Relations Commission and Jazz Day Arizona at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Community Design Studio.
Join us for a presentation on the history of the Underground Railroad, which helped enslaved people escape to freedom, and the Overground Railroad, which allowed work and travel under Jim Crow laws. The free program is at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Civic Center Library.
Missed the January MLK Community Celebration? No worries, you can watch a video of the event, featuring keynote speaker is Dr. Benjamin Chavis, CEO & President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. It airs 3 and 8 a.m., and noon, and 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 2, 7 and 11 a.m., and 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays. In addition to Cox Cable channel 11 and our live stream, Scottsdale Video Network is available on Roku, Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, mobile phone and laptop through the LocalBTV app. Be sure to check out our other videos on YouTube.
Love is in the air – grab your sweetheart for Granite Reef Senior Center’s Valentine’s Day Dance. Enjoy delicious food and fun games, and dance to all your favorite love songs. The event takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Cost is $7 for residents; $10 for nonresidents. Space is limited; learn more and register.
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 its 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].
February’s Civil War Roundtable features historian Dr. Fay Yarbrough, discussing her book “Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country.” Her 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.
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.
Free vaccines are available at Scottsdale’s Paiute Neighborhood Center. Available vaccines include COVID-19, flu, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, shingles for 50 and older and pneumococcal for 65 and older. Two events run 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Monday, March 20, at Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. Bring your insurance information. Those without insurance are still welcome. Call 602-506-6767 for questions.
Enjoy “Parents Night Out.” Follow Cupid's arrow and drop off the kids at Horizon Community Center for the annual Valentine's Day celebration from 6:15-10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. Recreation staff will provide supervised activities including a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, pizza, ice cream sundaes and much more. Cost is $18 for residents; $24 for nonresidents. Learn more and register.
Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the shredding event Saturday. It runs from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box. Learn more.
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.
Investing in Our Scottsdale: Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center. The city resurfaced six of the 18 tennis courts and the basketball courts. Check out the park.
Scottsdale’s Brick by Brick program collaborates with two universities. More than 25 Arizona State University and University of Washington architecture students teamed to make compressed earth blocks for the Brick by Brick program. The city's Human Services department developed and coordinates the program to assist people experiencing homelessness. Learn more about the program. Learn more about the Brick by Brick program.
Job of the Week: Administrative Assistant. Are you organized, creative and outgoing … or do you know someone who is? Scottsdale’s Office of Communication and Citizen Service is looking for an administrative assistant. The job includes performing a broad range of administrative functions and assignments including outreach and public programs, employee events, budget and financial coordination and more. Apply to be part of our fun and hardworking team.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights welcomed more than 33,000 guests. The five-week event ran from Nov. 25-Dec. 30, and welcomed visitors from around the Valley who enjoyed Paradise & Pacific Railroad rides, Hartley’s General Store hot cocoa and a visit with Santa. Learn about the park.
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