Scottsdale Update - March 31, 2022


Scottsdale Water earned a $138,000 rebate from the APS Peak Solutions energy savings program. Since the program’s 2009 inception, Scottsdale Water has earned more than $1.3 million for its energy saving efforts. Scottsdale Water voluntarily reduces power during peak energy times to reduce the energy load to APS and its customers. To meet electricity load reductions, Scottsdale Water must rely on reserve water and alternative energy sources while minimizing building cooling systems – a feat challenged by the coinciding peak period for water customer demand. Read more.  

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Raintree Drive extension. Construction continues to provide a direct connection though the Scottsdale Airpark between the Loop 101 Pima Freeway and Scottsdale Road. This extension will simplify the route from Hayden to Scottsdale roads and help to relieve traffic congestion on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2023. Funding is provided through various sources including Proposition 400 regional transportation sales tax dollars and 2000 voter-approved bonds. Learn more

Scottsdale Earth Week celebrates commitment to sustainable future. From volunteer road cleanups and tree giveaways, to a solar power presentation and green expo breakfast with the Mayor and City Council, Scottsdale has a full lineup of events for everyone looking to recognize Earth Day and make our city a better place. Scottsdale Earth Week begins Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), and runs through Friday, April 29 (Arbor Day), concluding with a tree-planting ceremony to celebrate Scottsdale’s 40th year as a Tree City USA. Earth Week is an opportunity to shine the light brighter on environmental topics that Scottsdale focuses on year-round. Get details


Scottsdale Arts presents “The Other Mozart,” the story of the genius sister of Amadeus. Learn about Nannerl Mozart – a keyboard virtuoso and composer whose story was lost to history. Multiple performances between April 6-10 are available at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Get details and buy tickets

Arizona Bike Week is back April 6-10, at WestWorld with entertainment for riders and music fans alike. Enjoy two main areas: The RockYard sets the stage for nightly concerts, and the outdoor PowerYard encompasses the rest of the rally, including exciting two, three and four-wheeled adventure, with more off-road and other outdoor recreation vendors. In addition to new features, there will be many of the beloved staples: Vendor Village offering everything from motorcycle parts to custom jewelry, bike shows, factory demo trucks, freestyle motorcycle stunt jumpers and stunt riders. The evening concerts will be held indoors, and the event is set to include more daytime outdoor activities. Learn more and buy tickets.  

Scottsdale Sister Cites Association invites you to the Alamos Art Show and Artisans Exhibit opening reception. The event runs 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Phoenix Mexican Consulate’s Office, 320 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 30. Some of this year’s participants include:  

  • Ana Anaya - Alamos landscape oil painting 

  • Meztli Estrada - pen and ink graphics 

  • Peg Franken - whimsical Southwest art 

  • Katherine Rink Callingham - Alamos art 

RSVP for the reception.  

Scottsdale Community Historian Joan Fudala hosts “Hometown Happy Hour,” a new library program focused on history, arts, architecture and the natural desert environment. Join us at 5 p.m. for a non-alcoholic “mocktail” and a light snack, then enjoy the program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.:   

  • Water! Thursday, April 7: Explore Scottsdale's water history, from the development and use of the canals to today's reclamation and conservation innovations that are emulated by cities around the world.  

  • Park It! Thursday, May 19: Begun by the 1950s Civic Coordinating Council, Scottsdale's parks and recreation programs have helped multiple generations of Scottsdale residents stay healthy and happy. 

Register by going to the library’s events calendar page and selecting the date for each program. 

Ongoing Events and Activities: 


Registration for Scottsdale’s Back to School program is underway. School’s not quite out for the summer, but the city is prepping for the fall. This program provides low-income families with essential school supplies, and it helps more than 1,000 students each year. The distribution event will be Wednesday, July 20, at Scottsdale Stadium. Find out how to participate in the program or how you can donate

Senior Services’ Beat the Heat outreach program accepting donations. The annual program provides care packages to vulnerable homebound seniors during the summer. It is also an opportunity for city staff and volunteers to assess and meet senior needs, making sure vulnerable residents are hydrated, have enough food and their air conditioner is working properly. Items needed include water, nutritional drinks, snacks, ice packs, fans, hygiene items, a gift card and a book of stamps. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, through May 27, at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. 

Discover “Simple Solutions to Restore Our Earth,” at a Green Building webinar. Learn about Dorie Morales' journey with Green Living magazine and her guide to a living a more sustainable life. She will walk you through a home tour and offer simple solutions to help you live a more eco-conscious life. The free webinar takes place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Register


Senior centers giving away free rapid COVID-19 tests. Stop by either the Granite Reef or Via Linda senior center to pick up a free rapid COVID-19 test while supplies last.  

Mosquitoes bugging you? Fight the bite. With temperatures heating up, expect to see more mosquitoes. Prepare now for peak season during monsoons: 

  • Cover rainwater barrels with mesh. 

  • Drain water from swimming pools covers. 

  • Remove water from eaves and drains. 

  • Fill in any low-depression areas in lawns. 

  • Use screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home. 

Daughters of the American Revolution rededicate Scottsdale Police Department’s K-9 Unit monument. In 2012, the Grand Canyon Chapter of DAR honored K9 members and their handlers, placing a monument in front of its headquarters. The group recently held a rededication ceremony and placed rock markers by the monument to remember fallen K9s Fozzie, Havoc, Kilo, Badge, Scout, Castro and Raider. DAR also presented the 10 handlers and nine K9s with Distinguished Citizen Medals. The monument is a visual reminder of the important role dogs play in law enforcement.  

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

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