Scottsdale Update - March 5, 2020


Tonight! The Gold Palette ArtWalk features Native Spirit. The Native Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk is dedicated to honoring Scottsdale's rich Native culture and history with activities, entertainment and exhibits. The free event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Old Town Arts District.

Your participation in the 2020 Census is vital. Census notices will begin arriving in Scottsdale mailboxes March 12-a key point in the once-a-decade process to count everyone in the United States. Data collected via the short questionnaire affects more than $20 billion in funding annually for Arizona. Responding in Scottsdale helps our community receive its fair share. The city uses census data to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective. An accurate count is vital. Learn more.

Scottsdale Ranch Park gets a boost from Operation Fix It. More than 60 volunteers installed several ADA-accessible paths, 300 plants and raised bed gardens at the park in just three hours. The team included 40 volunteers from PHX Architecture and roughly 20 city employees who donated their time. Salt River Project representatives added tables and benches. The city's Neighborhood Advisory Commission contributed $10,000 to fund this project. Learn more about Operation Fix It.

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 in your presence 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.


Yesterdays: Charlie and Gwen Briley: From the old Scottsdale Channel 11 archives comes this interview show featuring former City Manager Dick Bowers talking with Charlie and Gwen Briley. They are the former owners of the Pink Pony restaurant. Charlie recalls the drive to bring baseball spring training in Scottsdale starting in 1956. They reminisce about the baseball stars who visited the restaurant, including Dizzy Dean, Joe DeMaggio and Roger Hornsby.

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Parada del Sol Rodeo trots in March 5-8. This annual PRCA-sanctioned rodeo runs March 5-8, at WestWorld. Events include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirl's barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping.  

WestWorld hosts Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show through March 8. Sun Circuit is not just a horse show … it's an equine extravaganza! While it's the largest AQHA circuit in the west, there is still a class for every exhibitor at every level.  

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.

The Wedge Skate Jam returns Saturday! Parks & Recreation rolls out the annual Wedge Skate Jam from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Eldorado Park, 7650 E. McDowell Road. Event highlights include a DJ, giveaways and fun for all ages. Entry is free, but parents/guardians must sign waivers. Don't miss this action-packed event!

Celebrate the Persian New Year at a festival, Saturday. The Persian New Year has  been a time-honored tradition celebrating family, community, food, music and dance each spring for more than 3,000 years. Join in this year's celebration from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place March 13-15. 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.  

Spring training continues at Scottsdale Stadium. Catch the San Francisco Giants as Cactus League action resumes at the award-winning Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, by calling 1-877-473-4849 or at

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.


Explore the legends and lore of the Cactus League at free exhibit. Fans can dig deeper into baseball at a free exhibit about the history, players and characters of the Cactus League. The exhibit features dozens of rare and historic items through April at Scottsdale's Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Seniors and students make the perfect study buddy pairs. The city has partnered with Scottsdale Unified School District and the Scottsdale Parent Council to launch the Intergenerational Literacy and Leadership pilot program to help at-risk children who could benefit from having a positive adult role model and tutor. The program's 15 senior volunteers completed a rigorous interview process, as well as two days of training with a school district trainer.

The Scottsdale Seed Library is stocked with plant and herb seeds. Library card holders are welcome to check out three seed packets per month (seed availability is dependent on seasonal growing conditions). The seeds you get from the Seed Library are yours to plant and nourish. Scottsdale's Seed Library is located at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Presented in partnership with Garden Pool, an Arizona-based international public charity dedicated to the research and education of sustainable ways to grow food.

Via Linda Senior Center begins pilot senior congregate meal program. This program allows up to 20 seniors to enjoy a nutritious meal twice a week in the company of others. Two senior center staff members with the help of five volunteers run the program. 

BYORB (Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle) event draws crowds to the preserve. On Feb. 16, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve taught hikers the value of sustainability with the "Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle" event at the following four trailheads: Lost Dog Wash, Gateway, Brown's Ranch, and Pinnacle Peak Park. At each trailhead, staff asked hikers to sign a pledge to live a sustainable life and to not use single-use plastic water bottles. Upon signing the pledge, they were gifted their choice of a stainless-steel reusable water bottle or a reusable straw with cleaning wand. Each trailhead handed out 100 straws and 100 bottles. 

Scottsdale Aquatic Club breeding college athletes. Three swimmers currently qualify for the Olympic Trials that will take place June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. Amy Bilquist, Ashley Strouse and Greer Pattison will be competing. The Scottsdale Aquatic Club runs year-round, providing high school athletes an opportunity to continue swimming outside of the normal fall season for the Arizona Interscholastic Association. 

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Paiute Neighborhood Center offers free legal service to those who qualify. Community Legal Services provides 30 minutes of no cost legal assistance from 1-4 p.m. every other Thursday at the center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. The March 19 session focuses on social security, SNAP and AHCCCS. Appointments are first come, first served.

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.

Rid your home of household hazardous wastes Saturday. Bring them to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It will be from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the city Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. 

Still time to get schooled at Neighborhood College. Two classes remain in the spring session. Register for a class on fraud prevention that takes place March 11; and hear stories from the Scottsdale Police Department files on March 23. Registration required.

Learn about transaction privilege tax basics for businesses. The Arizona Department of Revenue, along with the city of Scottsdale and town of Fountain Hills, are hosting this workshop from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The program will be at Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda (located at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale). Topics include licensing, reporting, tax rates, exemptions and more. Attendees must bring their own electronic devices. Learn more and register.

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