Scottsdale Update - Nov. 14, 2022


Nov. 8 general election unofficial results indicate Barry Graham was elected over Pamela Carter to the Scottsdale City Council. Incumbent council members Kathy Littlefield and Solange Whitehead retained their seats in the August primary. All three begin their four-year terms in January. View election results

Phone scammers use caller ID software to mimic calls coming from Scottsdale Police. Scammers tell people they have a warrant and demand payment over the phone with credit cards, gift cards or money orders. Police employees will never ask for payment over the phone to clear a warrant. Hang up if you receive one of these calls, then report it to the police non-emergency number at 480-312-5000.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up:


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts gears up for the holiday season with a bunch of incredible performance. Here’s what’s happening in November:

  • Vienna Boys Choir – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

  • Matthew Whitaker – 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

  • Altan: Donegal to Scottsdale – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

  • Jake Shimabukuro’s Christmas in Hawai’i – 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26

Civil War Roundtable features author and historian David Dixon, discussing “August Willich’s Civil War: Radical International Revolution.” Dixon's free lecture will examine the career of Willich who was prominent in the German war of revolution in 1848-1849 and a superb general during the American Civil War. Dixon will highlight Willich's transformation from his Prussian aristocratic life to revolutionary and later a citizen. The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable meets Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The lecture starts at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. for book sales and speaker meet and greet. You can also join virtually:

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers November programs:

  • Nature as Therapy Walk – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Brown’s Ranch Trailhead: Learn how to use nature as a prescription to improve your overall well-being.

  • Preserve Origins Educational Walk – noon Sunday, Nov. 27, Fraesfield Trailhead: A Scottsdale preserve pioneer will walk and talk about the history of this Preserve.

  • The Full Story of Pueblo Grande (or at Least a Few Chapters) – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Virtual:  This presentation will combine a brief history of the archaeology of Pueblo Grande, its role in the surrounding archaeology, and its value as a resource for preservation archaeology. Zoom link available on our website calendar.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West offers these fall programs: 

  • Aerospace Art – John Clark – 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17: Arizona’s own aerospace artist John W. Clark, who has completed commissioned work for both NASA and the U.S. Air Force, will discuss his art. 

  • Gallery Walk: Scott Baxter – 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1: Well-regarded for his “100 Years 100 Ranchers,” a ten-year official Legacy Project for the Arizona Centennial, Baxter will lead a gallery walk of Edward S. Curtis in his Light and Legacy exhibit.

  • Art of the American West – Dr. Betsy Fahlman – 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8: This ASU School of Art professor will present her research for the 2022 exhibition, “Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West.”

  • Ask the Author –Jennifer McLerran – 6-7 p.m. Dec. 15: This retired NAU arts history and museum studies professor will talk about her new books.

For additional information or to register, contact Western Spirit Visitor Services at 480-686-9539 or [email protected].

“The Arizona Native Edible Experience” takes place at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. This event features traditional and contemporary Native cuisine, art, a silent auction, curated films and live performances. Attend 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the museum. Learn more and get ticket prices.


  • 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 Scottsdale Farmers Market: The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. It runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

  • Second Saturdays @SMoCA: Make contemporary art a family tradition. Solve a puzzle, create a wearable art pendant and explore the museum. Noon-3 p.m.

Get more events information.

The monthlong holiday celebration Scottsdazzle kicks off Nov. 26, with the Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony along the Scottsdale Waterfront. This is just one of 45 events planned this year. Ten new events are in the lineup, including Holiday Hooves & Howls, the Dazzling Magic Shows, Candle Making Classes, Jingle Barre at the Bridge and the Sugar Plum Tea Party. Get all the dazzling details


Attend the final fall Neighborhood College program. Scottsdale Fact or Fiction: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15; or 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Register.

Singles wanted. Pay the extra $1 on your city water bill to help those in need: Scottsdale Cares.


Loop 101, Princess Dr. to Shea Blvd. virtual public meeting recording now online. If you missed the virtual meeting for the Loop 101, Princess Drive to Shea Boulevard project you can view a video recording online. Learn more about this project.

Scottsdale’s Adaptive Services Bobcats take gold in Special Olympics Fall State Games. The team's 15 swim athletes competed in individual and relay events, earning two gold and one silver team medals and more than 30 individual medals in the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. The 10 bocce ball athletes competed against Lake Havasu and Sun City/Youngstown to earn two silver medals. Learn about the city’s Adaptive Services program.


Scottsdale What Works Cities 2023 Gold certification

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