McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center closed for maintenance March 22-26. Projects include complying with new drain entrapment legislation, installing pavers near the barbecue and adding permanent shade structures. All programming and operations will be moved to Chaparral Aquatic Center during this weeklong closure. Regular programming will resume Saturday, March 27.
Comment on a proposed ordinance related to camping locations. On May 4, the Scottsdale City Council will consider adopting an ordinance which will prohibit people from camping in areas subject to flooding or within a watercourse. Some of these areas are subject to regular and/or seasonal flooding, and in some cases, flash flooding. The city has seen increased camping in these areas and believes this ordinance is necessary to better protect people's safety. Review the draft ordinance (PDF) and provide feedback by emailing Scottsdale Police at pio@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.
Start gathering items to help seniors “Beat the Heat.” Bring summer relief to homebound seniors. Items most needed include: reusable water bottles, ice packs, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer, small fans, book of forever stamps, and $35 Fry's gift cards. Drop-off items between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 26-May 28, to the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. Monetary donations can be made directly through Scottsdale Community Partners. Learn more.
Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration slated for March 29. The Arizona Military Museum is hosting an informal gathering at noon Monday, March 29, at the Vietnam Memorial in Phoenix Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. The event serves to thank Vietnam veterans and commemorate their service in the Vietnam War and to recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era. More than 58,000 gave their lives serving their country in this war. March 29 honors Vietnam Veterans on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam. Face coverings are preferred even though the event will be outside. Food or beverages will not be provided, and the nearest restroom facilities are in the Capitol Building across the street. Download the event flyer (PDF).
Get drawn into Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area enjoying dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town. COVID-19 protocols are in place.
Arts center presents Thursday evening film series. This series features five movies that range from music icon documentaries to family-friendly stories for all ages. Enjoy the films under the stars along the greenspace outside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and inside the Virginia G. Piper Theater. Films run at 8 p.m. March 25; April 1, 8 and 24; and May 8.
Scottsdale Arts presents Live and Local “On the Lawn” series. Enjoy a variety of genres of music under the cool Arizona sky at Scottsdale Civic Center’s Fountain Stage. The series runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 19 and 26; and April 2. Modern roots band QVLN kicks off the series. Safety protocols will be in place, and you can purchase physically-distanced pods for groups of four or fewer. Food and beverage pre-orders will be available. View the full concert series lineup.
Veg out Saturdays at the Old Town Farmers Market. Buy fresh vegetables, fruits and creative crafts at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market. It’s held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through May. The market is in the public parking lot at 3806 N. Brown Ave. COVID-19 protocols are in place.
Sunday A’fair outdoor concerts take place Sundays in March. The series provides performances in a smaller, intimate setting along the Fountain Stage on Scottsdale Civic Center. The concerts will feature physically-distanced pods that can be reserved for groups of four or fewer. Reservations are first come, first served. Reserve your timed-entry admission today.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.