Scottsdale Update - March 10, 2022



Scottsdale Public Library is seeking feedback on future library needs. The library is developing its 2023-26 strategic plan, and input from library users is an important part of that effort. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad mini, courtesy Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library.   

Scottsdale Police Department acquires second school crisis response K9. “Captain,” a nine-month-old Golden Doodle, is specifically trained to assist students experiencing anxiety, depression or a manic state. Captain provides comfort to victims, calming high-stress situations and bridging gaps with students and community members. The Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation funds the program. 

Hear how Scottsdale City Councilwomen shape lives for others. Scottsdale has a long history of strong female leadership which carries on today – meet City Council members Tammy Caputi, Betty Janik, Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and Solange Whitehead. At a recently held Women’s History Month panel discussion, each provided insight into who and what inspired them to take on influential roles, and how they are inspiring other women to do the same. Watch here.  

Help residents in need through Scottsdale Cares. Simply pay the “grand total” on your monthly city utility bill and a dollar will go toward Scottsdale Cares, the city's voluntary utility bill donation program. One hundred percent of the proceeds are distributed to nonprofits that help thousands of neighbors in need. 


Register for the Tuesday, March 15, Civil War Round Table featuring Dr. Brooks Simpson, speaking on “Lincoln, Grant and the Summer of 1864.” These monthly lectures, held at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, start at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. for book sale and meeting the speaker. Simpson's lecture will focus on the failure of Union generals in the Shenandoah Valley and the quest by Lincoln to find an officer capable of defeating the Confederate army led by Maj. Gen. Jubal Early. Simpson is an award-winning Civil War historian, and he has taught history for more than 25 years at Arizona State University. Guests are welcome to join the presentation virtually

Ongoing Events and Activities: 


Protect your identity by bringing your documents to the shredding event. It runs from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box. Learn more.    

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club hosts “Special Day for Special Kids.” This event is for people who have disabilities or special health care needs. It runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. The free program includes activities and refreshments. Registration is not required.  

The luck of the Irish: Join Scottsdale Sister Cities Association for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The association invites the public to attend these events in honor of the city's Irish Sister City Killarney of County Kerry. 

  • Irish Faire, dubbed the “Greenest Day in the Desert,” festivities highlight the best of Irish culture and heritage, including games, food and drink. The event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Margaret T. Hance Park (east side) in downtown Phoenix. A parade along Third and Oak streets kicks off the event. Get event details.  

  • The Musical Instrument Museum’s Experience Ireland offers Irish dancing, violinists, harpists, crafts and even an Irish dance workshop. It runs 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Get a detailed program and admission information. Stop by Scottsdale’s table in the lobby to say, “hello.”  

  • Extend the celebration by attending the association’s happy hour spotlighting the city’s Irish Sister. The event will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at R.T. O’Sullivan’s, 7919 E. Thomas Road. O’Sullivan’s will donate 10% of the group's proceeds the Scottsdale organization.   

Neighborhood College presents “Til Death Do Us Part.” Learn about two local romances gone wrong at a free program from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. or on Zoom. A couple was murdered just north of Scottsdale on county land in 1962. The case took nine years to solve … but did police catch the real killer or was he framed? In the second case, a woman was spotted dumping her husband's body parts in a dumpster in Mesa. We'll revisit the story and its ties to Scottsdale. Scottsdale Storyteller Bruce Wall hosts this new hybrid presentation. Register


Scottsdale Heritage Connection: Play Ball! We might be missing out on Spring Training, but we can get a little fix, thanks to the Scottsdale Public Library. Enjoy the Scottsdale Heritage Connection, which includes a digital collection of historical images, video and interviews covering more than 60 years of Spring Training Major League Baseball in Scottsdale. It highlights the players, Scottsdale Stadium, philanthropic organizations, team hangouts, and city government officials and employees who brought great baseball to Scottsdale since 1956.  

Scottsdale Aquatics pilots “special duty” lifeguard pay. With summer fast approaching, Scottsdale’s four pools are revving up for another fun-filled season of swim lessons; dive teams; and recreation, lap and open swim. Scottsdale needs to fill 74 lifeguard and swim instructors to safely staff pools. If minimum lifeguard levels are not met, we might reduce pool hours or eliminate programs. 

To help fill these important positions, Scottsdale is piloting an incentive pay program. The minimum base pay for city lifeguard and swim instructors will increase from a minimum of $12.90 an hour to $14.50 an hour from Sunday, May 22, through Saturday, Aug. 27. We will reimburse training and certification costs after a lifeguard has worked for the city for 90 days. Learn more about lifeguard training.   

Swimming pool water saving tips: 

  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation and help keep your pool clean.  

  • Consider using water restoration systems that eliminate the need to drain the pool. 

  • If you must refill your pool, know the rules related to draining and backwashing. 

  • Recycle pool water when backwashing by applying the water to the landscape. Minimize 'splash out' by not overfilling the pool.  

Get other water conservation tips

How the streets got their names: Marshall Way. Old Town’s Marshall Way is named after Thomas R. Marshall, Indiana’s governor (1909-1913) and U.S. vice president (1913-1921). Marshall and his wife Lois Irene (Kimsey) Marshall had a winter home in Scottsdale where Panera Bread now sits, 7145 E. Indian School Road. 

Marshall met Kimsey in Indiana where he was an attorney and she worked for her father, the county clerk. They were married in 1895. Shortly after, Lois’s parents moved to Scottsdale where the newlyweds visited. It was a big deal for the tiny village of Scottsdale to host the vice president. Scottsdale named the street after him in his honor. Marshall was known for his wit. Once, while a senator was complaining about the state of the country and was saying, “What this country needs is this and what this country needs is that...” Marshall quipped, “What this country needs is a good five cent cigar!” Learn more about Scottsdale’s history.  

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.  

Vincere Cancer Center is administering free COVID-19 testing for active infection (PCR and antigen) at two city locations. Testing is available to everyone, 3 years and older. PCR test results will be available by the end of the next business day via email. Antigen results will be available onsite. Appointment are recommended for testing; walk-ups are accepted. 

  • Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays 

  • Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays 

Due to decreased demand, the city has cancelled the two final vaccine events at Horizon Community Center (March 11) and Eldorado Park and Community Center (March 14). 

Find information about free vaccines, boosters and testing for Scottsdale residents


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