Scottsdale Update - Nov. 15, 2018

There will not be a Nov. 22 edition. Enjoy your Thanksgiving - we'll see you on the 29th!


Most city offices closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving. The city will not collect garbage and recycling Thursday, Nov. 22. All collection moves one day later. Note that McDowell Mountain Ranch, Cactus and Eldorado aquatic & fitness centers will be closed.  

Scottsdazzle holiday celebration kicks off Nov. 24. This monthlong holiday celebration kicks off with a tree lighting and sing-along at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in Old Town Scottsdale.  


Out with the old, in with the new. Watch this amazing time lapse video of the razing and then raising of the Scottsdale Airport terminal area.


Canal Convergence continues through Sunday. Surround yourself with cutting-edge public art installations suspended above and around the Scottsdale Waterfront. Activities include art workshops, outdoor dance performances, community bike rides, a series of artist talks, poetry readings and live music. 

Hot rods, custom cars headed to WestWorld Nov. 16-18. The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association will bring together more than 3,000 hot rods, customs and classic cars Nov. 16-18 at WestWorld.

Get hooked on fishing Saturday. Tackle family fun at Eldorado Park's free Fishing Expo from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the North Lake, 2311 N. Miller Road. Event highlights include: free fishing (licenses are not required during the event), fishing gear provided, lake stocked with trout, Arizona Game & Fish representatives and prizes.

Fetch some fun at the Day of the Dog Festival, Nov. 17-18. The west coast's largest outdoor pet festival hits Old Town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. This free festival is perfect for you and your pet to sample treats, accessories and toys, and get hooked up with loads of free swag.

Bring in the holiday season with railroad park's Holiday Lights. Opening night is Friday, Nov. 30, and the event runs through Sunday, Jan. 6, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Festivities take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly, with a few exceptions. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5 with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Avoid lines by buying tickets early or purchasing a fast pass online. Get event details.  

WestWorld hosts International Off-Road and UTV Expo. The expo features displays of off-road and sand vehicles as well as utility task vehicles and numerous accessories. It runs Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at WestWorld.  

Dash, dance and prance your way to Pinnacle Peak Park's Jingle Hike, Dec. 1. Enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and a trailside visit with the jolly old guy himself. Various times are available Saturday, Dec. 1, at the park: 9 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10 to 10:30 a.m. The cost per family is $10 for residents; $15 for nonresidents. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult who also will be on the trail. Strollers and bikes are not allowed.  

Donate a toy and get a free engine ride Dec. 1. Children can ride free in a fire engine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Target store, Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. To participate in Rides for Toys, donate a new, unwrapped gift for Scottsdale Fire's annual holiday toy drive. You also can drop off toys at any fire station through Friday, Dec. 21. Call 480-312-1817 for more information.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


"Shop Small" on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms. What's more, for every $100 spent locally, $73 stays in the economy; compared with $43 from non-local stores. Learn more about Small Business Saturday.

Reminder to hide it, lock it & keep it. Scottsdale is buzzing with activity now that the weather has cooled down. If you must keep belongings in your car, make sure they are out of sight and you lock your car.

Cactus Pool closed Nov. 26-Jan. 6. The closure is due to a chlorine system upgrade. However, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Chaparral aquatic centers will be open. Watch this to learn more about the upgrades.

Stay in shape through the holidays. Registration is open for city programs providing a wide variety of active classes for tots, youth and adults.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


I Recycle - One Stop Recycling event Saturday. Keep Scottsdale Beautiful invites you to I Recycle Scottsdale, an event aimed at ridding Scottsdale homes and businesses of unwanted, harder-to-recycle items. Free paper shredding also will be offered. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at Pima Center, 9200 E. Pima Center Parkway.

Alli Ortega Empty Bowls raises funds to fight hunger. This year's event takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Scottsdale Community College, Student Center Cafeteria. Local artisans sell hand-crafted bowls - proceeds benefit Vista del Camino.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day, Dec. 1. Scottsdale residents can recycle electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the city's North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment. 

Learn about life and culture under Fidel Castro's regime. Join "Death Comes in Through the Kitchen, A Cuban Mystery" author Teresa Dovalpage from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Civic Center Library. Dovalpage was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. She is a winner of the Rincon de la Victoria Award and was a finalist for the Herralde Award. The program is free.  

Shake off the winter blues and register for parks & rec classes, Dec. 3. Enjoy a variety of parks and recreation classes and team sports to keep you healthy and happy! Residents can register beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3; nonresidents can register at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Classes for the winter session run January through March.  

Parks & Rec launches Over-the-Line Tournament, Dec. 8. Join in the fun for a new kind of softball tournament, inspired by the popular San Diego game. Over-the-Line incorporates all the best parts of softball, without the base running or umpires. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Thompson Peak Park, 20199 N. 78th Place. Learn more and register.

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