Scottsdale Update - March 7, 2022


Watch Mayor David D. Ortega’s State of the City Address. Mayor David D. Ortega's “State of Scottsdale 2022” – is here. Celebrate the city's successes and accomplishments over the past year, and hear the mayor discuss challenges and areas of focus for the year ahead.  

Join the city in celebrating Women's History Month at an in-person event March 10. Scottsdale has a long history of strong female leadership which carries on today – meet City Council members Tammy Caputi, Betty Janik, Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and Solange Whitehead in a moderated discussion from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Women's History Month honors women's contributions to history, culture and society. President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as Women's History Week, which evolved into a monthly commemoration. 

Join the discussion: “Understanding Ukraine,” a Hidden Heroes Community Forum. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation will host this free webinar at noon Tuesday, March 8. The panel includes experts from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Veterans Affairs, the Wounded Warrior Project® and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. The program will provide up-to-date information about the Ukraine situation and tools we can use to cope with these fast-moving developments. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session, or they can submit them when registering.  

Scottsdale Aquatics pilots “special duty” lifeguard pay. With summer fast approaching, Scottsdale’s four pools are revving up for another fun-filled season of swim lessons; dive teams; and recreation, lap and open swim. Scottsdale needs to fill 74 lifeguard and swim instructors to safely staff pools. If minimum lifeguard levels are not met, we might reduce pool hours or eliminate programs. 

To help fill these important positions, Scottsdale is piloting an incentive pay program. The minimum base pay for city lifeguard and swim instructors will increase from a minimum of $12.90 an hour to $14.50 an hour from Sunday, May 22, through Saturday, Aug. 27. We will reimburse training and certification costs after a lifeguard has worked for the city for 90 days. Learn more about lifeguard training.   


Buck up for the Parada del Sol Rodeo, March 10-13, at WestWorld. Experience the action and excitement of a professional rodeo with two and four-legged athletes who travel around the United States to compete for the winning title of each event. The Thursday night event is dedicated entirely to the bull riding event. 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! *Community-funded event 

Register for the Tuesday, March 15, Civil War Round Table featuring Dr. Brooks Simpson, speaking on “Lincoln, Grant and the Summer of 1864.” These monthly lectures, held at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, start at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. for book sale and meeting the speaker. Simpson's lecture will focus on the failure of Union generals in the Shenandoah Valley and the quest by Lincoln to find an officer capable of defeating the Confederate army led by Maj. Gen. Jubal Early. Simpson is an award-winning Civil War historian, and he has taught history for more than 25 years at Arizona State University. Guests are welcome to join the presentation virtually

Ongoing Events and Activities: 


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 with onsite employers ready to hire. The event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Vista del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. Employers will be onsite offering part-time and full-time opportunities for various positions. Walk-ins are welcome but job seekers are encouraged to register prior to event by calling 480-312-0060 or emailing [email protected].  

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club hosts families for “Special Day for Special Kids.” This event is for people who have disabilities or special health care needs. It runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. The free program includes activities and refreshments. Registration is not required.  

The luck of the Irish: Join Scottsdale Sister Cities Association for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The association invites the public to attend these events in honor of the city's Irish Sister City Killarney of County Kerry. 

  • Irish Faire, dubbed the “Greenest Day in the Desert,” festivities highlight the best of Irish culture and heritage, including games, food and drink. The event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Margaret T. Hance Park (east side) in downtown Phoenix. A parade along Third and Oak streets kicks off the event. Get event details.  

  • The Musical Instrument Museum’s Experience Ireland offers Irish dancing, violinists, harpists, crafts and even an Irish dance workshop. It runs 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Get a detailed program and admission information. Stop by Scottsdale’s table in the lobby to say, “hello.”  

  • Extend the celebration by attending the association’s happy hour spotlighting the city’s Irish Sister. The event will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at R.T. O’Sullivan’s, 7919 E. Thomas Road. O’Sullivan’s will donate 10% of the groups proceeds the Scottsdale organization.   

Neighborhood College presents “Til Death Do Us Part.” Learn about two local romances gone wrong at a free program from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. or on Zoom. A couple was murdered just north of Scottsdale on county land in 1962. The case took nine years to solve … but did police catch the real killer or was he framed? In the second case, a woman was spotted dumping her husband's body parts in a Dumpster in Mesa. We'll revisit the story and its ties to Scottsdale. Scottsdale Storyteller Bruce Wall hosts this new hybrid presentation. Register


Investing in Our Scottsdale: McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center replastering is complete. The leisure pool was replastered, filled and reheated last week just in time for shallow water aerobics classes to begin. The lazy river will be replastered in May.   

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.  

Scottsdale reaches lowest COVID-19 transmission case rate since July 10, 2021; we are no longer at high community transmission. The city is now in substantial community transmission (less than 100 cases per 100,000 residents). Scottsdale’s COVID-19 case rate has decreased by 38 percent to 82.9 cases per 100,000 residents (week of Feb. 26). This does not include undetected cases of COVID-19, or unreported cases that have only been detected through an at-home test. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed the prioritization of COVID-19 indicators, now being more focused on countywide hospitalization numbers rather than case rates per 100,000 residents.  

Vincere Cancer Center is administering free COVID-19 testing for active infection (PCR and antigen) at two city locations. Testing is available to everyone, 3 years and older. PCR test results will be available by the end of the next business day via email. Antigen results will be available onsite. Appointment are recommended for testing; walk-ups are accepted. 

  • Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays 

  • Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays 

Due to low turnout, the city has cancelled the two final vaccine events at Horizon Community Center (March 11) and Eldorado Park and Community Center (March 14). 

Find information about free vaccines, boosters and testing for Scottsdale residents


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