Scottsdale Update - March 4, 2024


The Arizona Department of Transportation is closing northbound Loop 101 between Raintree Drive and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard from 10 p.m. Sunday March 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, March 11. The Cactus Road on-ramp also will be closed. This is part of Arizona Department of Transportation’s two-year project to add lanes and improve interchanges on Loop 101 between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive/Pima Road. “Stay in the Loop” by subscribing to project updates on ADOT’s website.

Join the Scottsdale community in thanking Vietnam veterans March 29. A free event to honor and thank Vietnam veterans will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 29 – National Vietnam Veterans Day – at the Scottsdale Civic Center East Bowl. The event includes a complimentary lunch for registered guests, a display of classic vehicles from the 1960s and 1970s, a special guest speaker from the Veterans Heritage Project and information from HonorHealth about its combat medic training program. 

Most importantly, the event is an opportunity for the community to meet Vietnam veterans and learn about their stories of service and sacrifice. The Scottsdale Veterans Advisory Commission is hosting the event.

Vietnam veteran lapel pins will be provided for all who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam era, courtesy of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Special pins for those who lost a family member are also available, along with materials everyone can use to express their support for Vietnam veterans.

The United States Congress established the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. The city of Scottsdale is a proud member of this program. Learn more at

Learn about the inner workings of city government. Scottsdale Government 101 Citizen Academy participants engage in dynamic and interactive learning experiences, group discussions, case studies and hands-on activities to enhance their understanding of city operations. The academy is open to Scottsdale residents and business owners and limited to 40 people. Participation in seven of nine sessions and completion of two special assignments are required to graduate. 

The academy starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21, and will convene Thursdays through May 9. Graduation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Get all the details.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. 

Week of March 4:

Week of March 11 (Posted so far; check back next week for the full list):

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve.  


Experience the action and excitement of a professional rodeo with two and four-legged athletes competing in various events. Rodeo Scottsdale takes place Thursday –Sunday, March 7-10, at WestWorld. The Thursday night event is dedicated entirely to bull riding. Friday through Sunday events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, breakaway roping and barrel racing. There are different riders and stock each performance, so you never see the same action twice!

Celebrate spring training with a free showing of “The Sandlot.” The movie starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, on Scottsdale Civic Center’s East Lawn. The 1993 comedy surrounds Scotty Smalls move to a new neighborhood where he wants to learn to play baseball. Benny Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes him under his wing and he soon becomes part of the local baseball buddies.  

Big things are happening for small ones at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s “Exclusively Little.” This is the perfect one-stop-shop for families to find information about summer camps, school and education options, youth sports, city recreation programs and more. There also will be plenty of activities for the park’s youngest friends. The event runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Free admission. Get details.

Here’s a reason to be freezin’! Rally your family and friends to join the Scottsdale Police Department for the Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics Arizona. The event runs 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Chaparral Aquatic Center, 5445 N. Hayden Road. Creative costumes are encouraged! Enjoy food and music too. Learn more and register!


  • WestWorld hosts Sun Circuit through March 10. The annual Sun Circuit is the largest American Quarter Horse Association circuit event in the west, and there is a class for every exhibitor at every level. 

  • Spring training continues through March 23, at Scottsdale Stadium. Catch the San Francisco Giants in Cactus League action before beginning their regular season. Get a schedule (pdf). Buy tickets. Learn about Scottsdale Stadium.   

  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month. 

  • Old Town Farmers Market: Find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, and seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish and free-range eggs. Th market runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West: Immerse yourself into the unique story of the greater Western region with unique exhibits and events. 

  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Attend exciting, diverse events throughout the year. 

  • Find McDowell Sonoran Conservancy events

Get more events information.


Neighborhood College Spring 2024 Series continues with “Treasures of Scottsdale: The Extraordinary Ellis Family.” The family behind this one-of-a-kind home for the arts traces its Scottsdale roots back to just a few years after Arizona’s founding. The free tour and presentation run 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Cattle Track Arts Compound, 6105 N. Cattle Track Drive. Learn more and register.

Other classes:

  • HOA/Condo Series track: Rentals, Animals & Disabilities - What You Need to Know. 

  • The Stories of Scottsdale History Series track: Murder in the First Degree; and The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.

Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event. The service runs 7-10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box or bag.

Donate professional clothing to support Vista del Camino’s Career Closet Dress for Success Program. This program provides assistance to local job seekers who need professional outfits, work clothes and shoes for interviews and/or office jobs. Gently-used men’s and women’s clothing in all sizes are needed, but plus sizes are especially appreciated. The career closet also accepts gently-used bras, socks, belts, ties and shoes. New undergarments, makeup and toiletries also are needed. Drop off items through March 13 at Civic Center, Mustang or Appaloosa libraries, or Vista del Camino. Contact Vista del Camino at 480-312-0060 or  [email protected] for more information.  

Attend the “What to Wear Career Fair.” The city’s Career Center staff will assist job seekers in improving their interview skills, enhancing their resume, selecting a professional interview outfit and networking. The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Vista del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Employers will be onsite offering part-time and full-time opportunities for various positions. Learn more (pdf). Walk-ins are welcome but job seekers are encouraged to register prior to event by calling 480-312-0060 or emailing [email protected].   


Investing in Our Scottsdale: Take note of these two projects. 

  • Happy Valley Road between Hayden and Miller roads will be closed in both directions through late April. County Flood Control District contractor crews are working on the Rawhide Wash Flood Hazard Mitigation Project to raise the road, construct two concrete retaining walls and complete a segment of block wall running along the road. Details are available on the project website.

  • Miller Road construction crews are working extended hours to minimize impacts on Scottsdale’s water system. Work will take place around the clock through 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, to complete connections related to the relocation of a 36” water line between Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads. Residents may experience noise and construction traffic. Call this 24-hour project hotline if you have questions: 480-898-4110. Project website.

Smoke alarms – toss 'em in 10. Regardless of whether your home has battery-powered or hard-wired smoke alarms, they need to be replaced every 10 years. The older the alarm, the longer it takes to recognize a fire and alert you. Since a fire can double in size every two minutes, you don't have time to spare.


  • Half of home fire deaths occur in the 6% of homes with no smoke alarms. 

  • In three of every 10 reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work. Households with non-working smoke alarms now outnumber those with no smoke alarms. 

  • Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries. 

Snakes alive! As the temperatures rise, so do snake sightings. The warmer weather encourages them to come out and become more active after their winter rest. If you or someone with you is bitten by a poisonous snake, call 911 immediately. The Scottsdale Fire Department offers tips on what to do when snakes are in residential areas and how to ensure your safety.   

Job of the Week: Senior Stormwater Engineer. This job includes conducting professional engineering reviews of private development and city infrastructure projects, focusing on stormwater-related issues. Additionally, the successful candidate will help manage drainage and flood control studies, oversee the city's floodplain regulations and provide technical assistance to other city departments. Learn more and apply.


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