Scottsdale Update - March 7, 2019


Help McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park chug its way to a top park title. The annual ELGL Knope Award honors top local government places, so it's not a surprise to find McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in the running for recognition as one of the nation's best parks. The award process began with nominations, which were narrowed down to a field of 32. Finalists meet up in a bracket style challenge this month. Show your support for the railroad park as it faces off against McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida. As we advance in the bracket - as we're sure we will - we'll keep you updated on when and how to vote. Let's take the railroad park all the way!

Parada del Sol Rodeo takes place through Sunday at WestWorld. Scottsdale's flagship rodeo includes bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping.

Art is in the air; Scottsdale Arts Festival runs this weekend. Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival at Scottsdale Civic Center. Enjoy toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food and lots of other fun.  


Businesses in Scottsdale talk about why they chose the city, and what they see in the future. (Video first played at Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane's 2019 State of the City luncheon).


Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show runs through Sunday at WestWorld. Watch the country's best quarter horses and riders compete in reining, ranch riding, versatility, trail, roping, working cow horse and cutting.

The Boys of Summer heat up March. Catch the San Francisco Giants as Cactus League action continues at our award-winning Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, by calling 1-877-473-4849 or at

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. 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 to 4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Last chance to become a summer lifeguard. The StarGuard Lifeguard Training class certifies those 15 and older in lifeguard rescues, basic first aid and CPR. The spring break class runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, March 11-14.  Another series runs March 26-April 9.  

Register for Chamber's annual economic development symposium. Scottsdale Forward will be packed with timely, valuable information about where Scottsdale's economy is headed. The program is Wednesday, March 13, beginning with a 7 a.m. registration and breakfast, followed by a 7:30 a.m. program, at Scottsdale Community College. Cost is $25 for Chamber members; $35 for nonmembers.

Violins of Hope on display through March 28 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Violins of Hope Exhibition shares the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each violin has a unique and inspiring story that educates both young and old about the Holocaust in a deeply personal and emotional way.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Registration open for Scottsdale Water Citizen Academy. Attend this five-week course to get an inside look at all aspects of the city's water utility. The academy runs Wednesday nights, March 27-April 24. Register here.  

Learn about community resources for seniors. As part of the Caregiver Series, participants will learn how to navigate the maze of available senior resources. The free program takes place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Appaloosa Library.  

Spring break camps run March 11-15. Sessions run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mountain View and Horizon community centers. Activities include fitness, arts and crafts, sports and more. 

Granite Reef Senior Center hosts Spring Training Spectacular, March 15. Celebrate the magic of the Cactus League from 12:45-2:45 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Play games and enjoy ball park snacks. Cost is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. Register here.

Horizon Community Center hosts monthly "Game Nights @ the Rec." This family-friendly series welcomes all ages to play both classic and modern board games. The program runs from 6:30-10 p.m. Fridays,  March 22, April 26 and May 17. Learn a new game at our featured demo table, check out a game from our library or bring favorites from your personal collection. Cost is $5 for four people. We will waive the fee with the donation of a new or gently-used game.

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