Scottsdale Update - June 7, 2018


Scottsdale elections will wait until November. There will not be an Aug. 28 primary election in Scottsdale. Only six candidates filed to run for three City Council seats by the May 30 deadline, making a Scottsdale primary election unnecessary. Scottsdale voters will elect three City Council members at the Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election. The Scottsdale City Council has also called a Special Election Nov. 6 so voters can consider a temporary tax to fund transportation improvements.

Be part of the muddy tradition at Saturday's Mighty Mud Mania. Come sling mud at Mighty Mud Mania from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This free event offers muddy obstacles for people of all ages and abilities.

Back to School program needs your donations. Students need new clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Learn how you can donate items or money. 


Fire Station 605 renovation complete: Investing in Our Scottsdale Project Update. The 25-year old station at 74th Street and Shea Boulevard received a full interior renovation thanks to bond financing approved by Scottsdale voters in 2015. Watch this to see the results.


McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series continues. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks - or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk -- An American original. Every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale hosts this feast for the senses featuring galleries, food and entertainment.  

Cool down or heat up at the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival, June 16. Three big events under one roof - this festival features an arm wrestling contest, a Beat the Heat run and the Ale and Cocktail event. The fun takes place Saturday, June 16, at WestWorld. Get specific information and tickets here.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Summer dilemma - how much to water? Landscape watering requirements change throughout the year. June is typically the Valley's driest month, which means plants may need more water. Get watering reminders once a month from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association by texting "WhenToWater" to 33222.

Fire up the grill. Temps are rising, which makes it a good time to keep the kitchen cool and heat up the outside barbecue grill. However, each year about 30 people are injured because of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these incidents occur when using a grill that has been left idle or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, perform these safety checks provided by Scottsdale Fire.

Railroad Park shifts to summer hours. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park adopted a summer schedule June 1 with revised operating hours. Here's a list of activities and their new times. The 30-acre park is on the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads. Amenities include train and carousel rides, food concessions, two playgrounds, birthday party facilities, reservable and drop-in picnic areas, a historic railroad museum, a model railroad building, desert arboretum and retail shops. 

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Attend free "Plant Care in the Desert" workshop, June 14. Learn proper watering, fertilizing, pruning and other landscape maintenance techniques to help your landscape thrive. The program takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Civic Center Library. Register at, search "workshops."

Take a moonlight swim in June and July. UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Avoid the danger by swimming under the stars at Moonlight Swims: June 15 and 29, and July 20, at McDowell Mountain Ranch; and June 16 and July 14, at Eldorado. All Moonlight Swims run from 5 to 9 p.m., regular entrance fees apply.  

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