Scottsdale Update - Nov. 14, 2019


Register for the 7th annual Cure Corridor event. Learn about the latest in Scottsdale's vigorous healthcare and bio-life science community. The event is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Laikind, Viactyte's chief executive officer. Cost is $50 per person. Learn more and register.  

Canal Convergence runs through Sunday. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event! Surround yourself with cutting-edge public art installations suspended above and around the Scottsdale Waterfront. This year's focus is on the history, conservation and future of water. Activities include workshops, outdoor dance performances, community bike rides, a series of artist talks, poetry readings and live music. Watch this.


This time of year, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve fills with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Ensure enjoyment for all by obeying trail etiquette. Watch this video for simple tenets of the trails.

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Attend the Arizona Asian Festival, this weekend. Celebrate the incredible diversity of Asian cultures at this event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17, at Scottsdale Civic Center. The Arizona chapter is hosting this family-friendly event that features cross-cultural dance performances, songs, food and fashion. Free admission. 

Run to the Gold Palette ArtWalk, Nov. 21. As part of the city's Contemporary Month, this Gold Palette ArtWalk highlights contemporary artists born since 1950. Galleries will showcase works of art that "may shatter traditional stereotypes of how Scottsdale art is traditionally defined." The event takes place from 6:30-9 p.m. in Old Town.  

Fetch some fun at the Day of the Dog Festival, Nov. 23 & 24. With the state's highest percentage of dog owners in Arizona, it's no wonder Scottsdale is home to this free, pet-friendly festival. It's a perfect place for you and your pet to sample treats, food, accessories and toys, and get hooked up with loads of free swag. The event runs from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday in Old Town Scottsdale.   

Annual ArtFest highlights contemporary art, Nov. 23 & 24. Find one-of-a-kind art, listen to music on two stages and find fabulous food. This annual event, featuring 150 vendors, runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, on Scottsdale Civic Center. Free parking, free admission, pet friendly!  

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, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


WaterSense product rebates are available. Consider installing water-efficient toilets, showerheads, urinals and/or an irrigation controller. Learn about and apply for these rebates.  

Exterior home improvement assistance available to those who qualify. The city's "Operation Fix It" program provides free assistance to qualified Scottsdale homeowners needing exterior home improvements. Common types of help include landscape maintenance and enhancements, installing low water usage landscape, house painting and basic handyman repairs. You can help by donating time, money or supplies. Call 480-312-8703 for more information.

Scottsdale by the numbers:

  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park hosted 14 railroading clubs and about 5,000 guests for Railfair.
  • Adaptive Services - Twenty-four teams and 14 individuals competed in the Special Olympics Golf Classic; 50 athletes competed in aquatics competitions, bringing home several gold, silver and bronze medals; and softball teams hit a homerun, capturing first and second place awards.
  • Twenty-three neighborhoods participated in GAIN – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods.
  • The Granite Reef Senior Center packs 250 food bags each Thursday and distributes them to those who qualify for the program. Seniors received more than 81 tons of food last fiscal year.
  • Scottsdale tennis centers hosted the USTA Phoenix Junior Masters with more than 240 participants coming from Texas, New Mexico and Tucson.
  • About 8,000 ghouls and boys (and their parents!) attended Eldorado Park's annual Fall Festival.

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Celebrate Indian School Park's 40th anniversary. Rediscover Indian School Park and Tennis Center by attending its 40th anniversary celebration from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. The free event will feature a live band, playground story time, information booths and food vendors.

Learn about the cultural and historic relevance of Sicily. Attend "Sicily: Land of Love and Strife," from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Civic Center Library. This program demonstrates that fewer places on the planet compare to Sicily for a story of spectacular beauty, epic human struggle, depth and diversity of culture, philosophic insights, and historic sites.  

Library presents "Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories." Did you know the U.S. government has operated Indian Boarding Schools since 1879? The Heard Museum's Janet Cantley presents this history, and Phoenix Indian School alumnus Patty Talahongva shares her experiences. Attend the free program from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Civic Center Library.  

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