Scottsdale Update - Feb. 8, 2018


Scottsdale reveals flag design finalists - which is your favorite? Several months after an open call for design ideas, 10 finalists are in the running to be the city's official flag. The public is asked to choose its favorite to help the City Council decide whether one of the designs will be selected. Review the design concepts and choose your favorite here.

McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center closed through Sunday for install of on-site chlorine generation system. The project will eliminate the need for bulk chemical storage and handling at the pool, reducing the threat to public safety. In addition, the advanced system will improve water quality and reduce exposure to potential recreation water illness.

A new document highlights recently completed projects in Scottsdale. Before and After Development: In Pictures shows the results of private investment recently completed in Scottsdale. This document is part of a series updated periodically that serves as a visual record of reinvestment occurring in Scottsdale.


Don't worry if you missed Mayor Lane's 2018 State of the City address in person. You can watch a replay here.


Watch Hashknife Pony Express complete 200-mile journey to deliver mail Friday. Greet more than 25 riders as they deliver the mail to the U.S. Postal Service representatives near the Scottsdale's Museum of the West's front steps. The excitement starts at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9. Enjoy free admission, mingle with riders and enjoy family-friendly activities - including a hands-on "Cowboy Bootcamp" for kids, food trucks, games and more. The fun runs until 2 p.m.

The Parada del Sol and Trails End Festival take place Saturday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Scottsdale Road south of Camelback and weaves through Downtown. The celebration continues at noon with live music, performances, refreshments, activity booths and multicultural entertainment. Here are the parade route and road closures.

Celebrate indigenous people of Arizona at Indian Festival this weekend. Arizona tribes will share their culture - including food, song, dance and crafts - in Indian Villages on Scottsdale's Civic Center Mall. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.  

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld Feb. 15-25. Since 1955, this annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win.  

Motown sound brings celebrations through generations, Feb. 17. Join us for a free concert featuring the unique and powerful Motown sound from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The George Howard Band will get people of all ages moving to classic Motown hits. If you enjoy Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes and other stars of the Motown sound, you'll want to be sure to attend.

 Browse the city calendar for more events.


Attend swim lesson assessment to gauge child's skill level, Saturday. Assessments are available every 30 minutes Saturday, Feb. 10, at three Scottsdale aquatic centers. Attend 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at McDowell Mountain Ranch; 8 a.m. to noon at Eldorado; and 1 to 5 p.m. at Cactus. Participants will receive a skills checklist and recommended level to assist with swim lesson registration

Residents invited to share comments regarding flight path changes. The Federal Aviation Administration and the city of Phoenix have entered into a settlement regarding changes to the flight paths out of Sky Harbor Airport. Residents are invited to three public workshops to voice their concerns and can also comment online.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 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. Dispose of your unwanted electronics at Scottsdale's Electronics Recycling Collection Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival kicks off Sunday. The 22nd annual film festival runs Feb. 11-25, featuring 21 feature length films and five short films hailing from 11 countries. Films screen at three Valley Harkins theaters in Scottsdale, Tempe and Peoria. The festival is funded in part through the Community Event Funding program, which makes hotel bed tax dollars available for events and programs that celebrate our community spirit and Scottsdale's unique sense of place.

Wednesday's "All Things Senior" Expo & Tradeshow offers one-stop resources. This free event features more than 100 exhibitors providing information about health care, senior housing, recreation and fitness opportunities, entertainment, lifestyle, technology, transportation and much more. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

City hosts free landscape workshop. Learn basic tree-pruning cuts and techniques from a certified arborist from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park. Space is limited and registration is required.

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