Scottsdale Update - Jan. 16, 2020


Most city offices closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Most city offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash and recycling collection for the holiday will not be affected.

Community Assistance Office needs public's input on programs and services. We're developing a plan to guide policy, actions and investment for housing, infrastructure, community and public facilities, and economic development over the next five years. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the plan, known as the "Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development." Survey results will be used to address unmet needs and determine funding allocations for eligible investment of HUD federal funds including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The survey, which you can take online here, should take less than 10 minutes.

Scottsdale Fire Department offers safety tips as we head into "special event" season. As the city gears up for major events like Barrett-Jackson and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale Fire urges attendees to follow these simple tips to be prepared and be safe.


Watch Leo's doggie "doo's" when hiking in the preserve.

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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction runs through Sunday. It's the granddaddy of all car events. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction returns to WestWorld bringing hundreds of the world's finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators to Scottsdale. The auction also features an exhibitor marketplace and hours of live worldwide television coverage.  

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals return Sunday. 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.


Rock 'N' Roll Marathon affects Scottsdale traffic Sunday. Known for live music and excitement, the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona marathon is a relatively flat course that runs through Scottsdale (and Phoenix and Tempe) Sunday, Jan. 19. Drivers should expect traffic delays and street restrictions during the event. View road restrictions.

New city gateway entry markers in the works. The city is working with Scottsdale Public Art to update and provide a contemporary look to the markers for residents and visitors entering Scottsdale. Public Art narrowed down the pool to five artists and designs. The new markers will reflect Scottsdale's unique character. Consequently, there may be more than one design awarded as Scottsdale's character can change depending on location. The designs will be on display through January at Scottsdale libraries:

  • Appaloosa Library: this week
  • Arabian Library: week of Jan. 20
  • Mustang Library: week of Jan. 27

The public also can access information online and tell us which design(s) they like best. An artist selection panel will choose the finalist(s), which will be announced in February.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Check out the library's book sale, Saturday. Gently used books, DVDs, movies and more will be on sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Mustang Library

Learn about German prisoners of war in Arizona, Wednesday. World War II historian and author Steve Hoza will present a free program on the history of the German prisoners that were held in Arizona. Artifacts from the prisoners will be displayed. Attend from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Civic Center Library.  

Take steps to promote acceptance at Regional Unity Walk, Jan. 25. Scottsdale is joining other Valley cities for the annual Unity Walk to promote mutual respect and understanding. The event starts at Tempe Beach Park with music, food and fun at 4:30 p.m., and then a one-mile walk over the Mill Avenue Bridge starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. Call 480-312-2727 for details on where the Scottsdale group will meet.

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