Voter-approved sales tax increase takes effect Friday. Following voter approval in the Nov. 6 general election (Question 1), Scottsdale's transaction privilege tax rate – commonly known as sales tax – will increase one-tenth of 1 percent (0.10 percent) Friday, Feb. 1. Funds from the sales tax, which will sunset after 10 years, will be used for transportation projects. Scottsdale's sales tax rate will be 1.75 percent, the same as neighboring city Mesa and less than neighboring cities Phoenix and Tempe. Learn more about sales and use taxes and see the combined rate you pay when purchasing items here.
Green Building program presents, "Living an Edible Landscape Life." Be inspired to grow as urban gardeners share the benefits and how-to's of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. The free program includes an interactive food-tasting experience for all ages. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
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Missed the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner? Don't despair … get a recap here.
Waste Management Phoenix Open continues through Sunday. Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf and has earned the nickname "The Greatest Show on Grass." The Phoenix Open takes place at TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road.
Watch the Hashknife Pony Express complete its 200-mile journey to deliver mail, Feb. 8. Experience living history when the oldest officially-sanctioned Pony Express in the world, the Hashknife Pony Express, rides into Scottsdale. The posse will deliver more than 20,000 pieces of mail at high noon to the front steps of Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with entertainment, food trucks and family-friendly activities.
The Parada del Sol and Trails End Festival take place Saturday, Feb. 9. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Scottsdale Road south of Camelback Road and weaves through Old Town. The celebration continues with the Trails End Festival at noon with live music, performances, refreshments, activity booths and more. Get parking and road closure information.
Celebrate indigenous people at the Arizona Indian Festival, Feb. 9-10. Arizona tribes will share their culture – including food, song, dance and crafts – Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10, on Scottsdale Civic Center. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on the Civic Center Mall. 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 through April 7, on Scottsdale Civic Center.
Browse the city calendar for more events.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Census 2020 jobs available. The U.S. Census Bureau continues to recruit thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers by completing a single application online. Opportunities are available nationwide and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.
Lifeguard classes start in February, and they're half price! Know someone at least 15 years old and looking for a great summer job? They can become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. Certification classes start in February and run through spring. Once certified, they can apply to work for the city.
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Mark your calendar for the Mayor's State of the City Address. Register for Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane's annual State of the City Address. The speech will begin at noon, Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. It is free. A luncheon to benefit Operation Fix It begins at 11:30 a.m. For sponsorships or table purchases, call 480-312-2466.
Check out the Local Author Book Sale, this Saturday. Meet talented Arizona writers at this amazing book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Civic Center Library. Books are available for all ages and interests. Be where Arizona authors and readers connect!
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