New council to be sworn in. City Clerk Carolyn Jagger will administer the Oath of Office to incoming councilmembers at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Scottsdale City Hall. Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and Solange Whitehead will each serve four-year terms.
Recycle your Christmas tree Jan. 5-13 at drop off locations. Yellow collection bins will be available at three city parks: Eldorado, Scottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. We don't accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on your scheduled brush/bulk service week.
Survey allows residents to rate city programs and services. In December, some Scottsdale households were randomly selected to participate in the National Citizen Survey. A web version is now available for any resident who would like to provide feedback. Find more information and a link.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Learn about doggie doo's and don'ts in the preserve.
Holiday Lights continues through Sunday. Festivities run 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 6, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5, with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Avoid lines by buying tickets early or purchasing a fast pass online. Get event details.
Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction rolls in Jan. 12-20. It's the granddaddy of all car events. The Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction returns Jan 12-20 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 on Discovery Channel and Velocity.
Sunday A'Fair minifestivals return Jan. 13. 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 to 4 p.m. most Sundays Jan. 13-April 7, on the Civic Center Mall.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Understanding short-term and vacation rentals. In 2017, the Arizona State Legislature passed a law eliminating the ability for cities and towns to prohibit short term rental properties (offered for rent less than 30 days). With the growing popularity of these properties thanks to online marketplaces like Airbnb, VRBO and others, Scottsdale's Neighborhood Advisory Commission is encouraging residents, rental property owners and homeowners associations to learn more.
Learn about plans for Indian Bend Wash from Thomas to McKellips roads. The city is in the early stages of developing a master plan for this area, which includes Eldorado and Vista del Camino parks. Attend an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, to learn about this project. Can't make it to the meeting, but want to let us know what you think? Visit the project website and fill out the project questionnaire.
Reserve a ramada or a room. Did you know you can rent meeting space and ramadas through Scottsdale's Facility Booking Office? Host your kid's next birthday party at a city park, find great space for a family reunion or book a room for your next business meeting.
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Start your new year with a paper cleanse. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.
Check out the library's book sale, Jan. 12. Gently used books, DVDs, movies and more will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mustang Library.
Home Safe Home program helps seniors reduce falls. Fire Department volunteers visit seniors' homes to address potential tripping and falling hazards. They also can replace smoke alarm batteries or install a new alarm.
Take a jab at getting fit this January at Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center. Scottsdale's Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center is the perfect spot this January to meet your physical conditioning goals. Classes include Yoga, boxing, kickboxing, conditioning, spin, Tabata, Barre, rowing and weight training. Equipment includes a boxing ring, heavy bags, treadmills, bikes, stair climbers, rowers, elliptical machines, free weights, weight machines and full-court indoor basketball. Annual, three-month and one-month memberships are available at affordable prices.
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