Scottsdale Update - March 12, 2020


Coronaviris update. The city continues to serve the public throughout situations like the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Scottsdale’s All Hazards Incident Management Team is a cross-functional group staffed by employees from throughout the organization who are meeting regularly to share current information and ensure that city staff and the public are protected, and that city operations continue despite any interruptions that could occur. This team is in regular contact with partners at Maricopa County Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services, who are providing updated guidance as needed. Learn more.

**Also, if you are attending events or activities listed in this publication, please contact them directly to confirm they are still being held.

Short-term rental owner information available in searchable database; reminder to register. The Scottsdale City Council adopted an ordinance last fall that requires owners of short-term or vacation rentals to provide the city with emergency and complaint contact information including names, email addresses and phone numbers. The database for this information has been updated so that owners and operators can now provide information online in a fillable form. This is a "searchable" database where the new mapping system shows both the properties registered with Maricopa County as rental properties and short-term rentals registered with the city.

Apply to serve on a city board or commission. Scottsdale has several openings on various commissions. Residents wanting to institute positive change are invited to apply to serve. Volunteers are needed for six boards and commissions, which will be filled in May. Openings are on the Building Advisory Board of Appeals, Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee, Human Relations Commission, Industrial Development Authority, Path and Trails Subcommittee and the Transportation Commission.

Scottsdale Arts Festival starts Friday. Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Friday-Sunday, March 13-15, on Scottsdale Civic Center. Enjoy toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food and lots of other fun.  


Meet this year's Diversity Champions: Peter RusinShannon Paloma and Rosa Casas

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McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's free March Movie Mania continues. This movie series is the perfect way to spend a Friday night. Complete the experience with a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the Scottsdale Charros Carousel. Tickets will be sold in Stillman Station for $3 each, with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Movies start at dusk – around 6:30 p.m.

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals rock Sundays. 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 23, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Scottsdale Arts is a finalist in Governor's Arts Awards. Only 11 statewide finalists were chosen for the Arts Administrator/Organization Award. Presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the 39th annual Governor's Arts Awards will take place March 26 at the Mesa Arts Center. Scottsdale Arts is one of Arizona's largest arts umbrellas with four branch organizations — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts (SMoCA), Scottdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.

Help prevent wildfires. Globe Chamomile is a fast-moving invasive plant in Arizona. Explore your property and be diligent about pulling it now before yellow ball flowers develop mature seeds and dry out in our summer heat. Plants resemble a carrot plant with dark green leaves and a strong odor. Just one pull will prevent the spread of thousands of seeds. Invasive plants upset the sensitive and natural ecological balance of the surrounding area and can also disrupt the habitat for desert wildlife. In addition, it could become a major fire fuel source during the hot weather when these weeds dry out. Learn more.

Celebrate Fix a Leak Week March 16-22. Learn how to be a leak detective and save water and money. Find out how to fix leaks by reading "Find and Fix Leaks that are Draining Your Budget."

There are many myths and misconceptions about domestic violence. Here are a few:

  • Myth: Domestic violence is only physical; Fact: There are many forms of domestic violence besides physical, such as sexual, emotional, isolation, coercion, stalking, financial or economic control, harm to pets, intimidation and threats.
  • Myth: Men are only abusers; Fact: Although statistically women are more commonly the victims of domestic violence with one in four women experiencing intimate partner violence, one in seven men will experience physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
  • Myth: If the victim doesn't leave, the abuse must not be that bad; Fact: Victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships for several reasons including fear of additional harm or death, lack of money, there may be children involved and lack of outside support.

Learn more or speak to an advocate by calling 480-312-4226. Call 911 in an emergency.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Senior centers celebrate Paddy's Day fun. Enjoy Desert Pipes St. Patrick's Day free performances Monday, March 16. Performances takes place at 10 a.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, and at 1 p.m. at the Via Linda Senior Center. And don't miss the St. Patrick's Day Luncheon starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Granite Reef. Cost is $5. Learn more and register here for the luncheon. 

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment – women's right to vote. Join local author Jana Bommersbach as she presents "Hyenas as Petticoats – How Women Struggled Against Every Dirty Trick in the Books to Win the Vote!" The free program runs from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Civic Center Library. Jana exposes it all – the heroines, the heroes and the haters.  

Fire Department "Home Safe Home" program helps elderly, frail reduce falling risks. Trained Fire Department volunteers visit seniors in their homes and point out potential tripping and falling hazards. Volunteers can replace smoke alarm batteries or install a new alarm and give free nightlights to ensure areas are well-lighted. Learn more and schedule and appointment. 

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