Scottsdale Update - Nov. 18, 2021


Most city offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. Trash/recycling will not be collected Thursday, Nov. 25. Collection occurs one day later than usual through Saturday.  

Emergency Manager Troy Lutrick completes Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security is the nation’s homeland security educator. During the 12-month program, Lutrick collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy and organizational design challenges. Lutrick oversees citywide emergency management including leading the COVID-19 Incident Management Team, the Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability Taskforce, All-Hazards Incident Management Team Development and the Emergency Operations Center. Learn more


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.  

Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for 17th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has increased to 179 cases per 100,000 residents. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. For context, 179 cases per 100,000 means there were about 450 new cases over a seven-day period (Oct. 24).  

According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 71.5% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 66.2% are fully vaccinated. The vaccination rates for the eligible population have dropped slightly because the CDC expanded approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11. The calculation for the eligible population will be changing significantly in the coming weeks. 

The city is hosting COVID-19 vaccination opportunities through early December. Scottsdale will continue to host these free COVID-19 vaccination events: 

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 26 and Dec. 10. 

  • Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays Nov. 29 and Dec. 13.  

Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. However, those wanting to save time onsite can pre-register by sending an email to mobilenppllc@gmail.comVisit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more information

Learn about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. Scientists spent months testing the safety and effectiveness of this Pfizer vaccine in thousands of 5-11-year-old children. In clinical trials, they found it to be 91% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. The pediatric vaccine is one-third the dosage given to teens and adults. It requires two shots at least three weeks apart to get that level of protection.  

COVID-19 is now one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death in the United States. Doctors and researchers believe the vaccine is the best way to protect this age group from the immediate and long-term effects of COVID-19. To date, more than 11 million adolescents ages 12-17 have already safely received the COVID-19 vaccine.  

In addition to the personal protection provided, vaccinating kids is also recommended to help protect friends and family, especially those at higher risk of severe illness, as well as the broader community. As overall vaccination rates increase, the risk of more dangerous variants spreading decreases. Learn more


Head to the “ulti-mutt” event for you and your pup. Considered “the social event of the year for dogs and their people,” Day of the Dog includes Running of the Bulls (French and English Bulldog races), Weiner dog races, a puppy stampede, 65 exhibitors, yoga with puppies and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in Old Town Scottsdale. This event receives funding through the city's Community Event Funding program.  

Steam into the holiday season with McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights Nov. 26-Jan. 2. Hop on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays. Visit and take a photo with Santa through Dec. 23. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $15; children two and younger ride free with a paying adult Find details

Scottsdazzle, Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration, returns with more than 45 events and activities. Join in the merriment and cheer as we celebrate the season with our 6th annual Scottsdazzle holiday extravaganza. There is something for everyone – this month-long celebration, delights residents and visitors alike with festivals, concerts, unique events, stunning decor, dining, shopping, drinks and more. 

Highlights are below; browse the full schedule.  

  • Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along – This signature seasonal celebration serves as the kickoff to more than a month of festivities. Enjoy holiday décor and sing along to classic Christmas tunes led by MusicaNova Orchestra and local celebrities. The night culminates with the lighting of a new 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, Scottsdale Waterfront’s Soleri Bridge.  

  • Meet Santa at the Old Town Farmer’s Market – Scottsdale’s beloved farmers market continues with a festive twist and a special holiday guest! This year, Santa will join the wide array of farmers and vendors to make for a very special morning. Children can make their wish list at the Letter to Santa station, and then get a picture with Ol’ St. Nick himself. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Nov. 27; and Dec. 4 and 11, at Brown Avenue and First Street. 

  • Gold Palette ArtWalk – Take a holiday stroll through historic Scottsdale’s Art District while perusing the city’s finest works of art. Soak in the beauty with all your senses as you’re surrounded by the sounds and smells of the season, including classic holiday carols and hot cocoa. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. 

  • Sparkle & Spin Scavenger Hunts – Get ready for a holiday head-scratcher! Bring your bike for this seasonal scavenger hunt throughout Old Town. Puzzles lead participants from clue to clue, culminating in one final challenge to earn a unique holiday keepsake. $18; registration required. 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, Marshall Way Bridge. 



Valley Metro is seeking comments regarding proposed bus changes that would begin April 2022. Proposed changes include expanding service, increasing frequency and route modifications. This includes updates to the Scottsdale 68th Street/Camelback Road route by extending it along Camelback Road to provide service on Indian School Road, between Miller and Hayden roads. Other routes Valleywide are being proposed, as well. Provide comments through Sunday, Dec. 5: 

Get more information, including route maps

Scottsdale Fire Department kicks off annual toy drive on Black Friday. Donate unwrapped toys and gift cards at the Scottsdale Fire Department headquarters or any fire station through Tuesday, Dec. 21. Donations are distributed to partner organizations who serve families in need. About 15,000 toys are collected annually through the toy drive, serving more than 1,000 families. Donors are asked to consider buying gifts for children 7-18 years old, as this age group is more challenging to buy for than younger ones. Get gift ideas

Celebrate Police Crisis Response canines’ birthdays. Help Chase and Rocket celebrate their birthdays by donating pet toys and supplies. Items needed include dog and cat toys; canned chicken; dog, puppy, cat and kitten food; soft dog and cat treats; chicken broth; baby blankets; and puppy pads. Drop off items by Wednesday, Dec. 15, to Civic Center or Mustang libraries, Scottsdale Police Department McKellips or Foothills districts, or Horizon Park Community Center.  

Expand your horizons with Scottsdale Parks and Recreation classes. Registration for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation winter programs begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, for Scottsdale residents, and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 for nonresidents. Winter programs take place during January, February and March. These include swim lessonswater exercise classesyouth activitiesadult programs and more! Browse all offerings online at, search “recreation classes.” You can register via the city's Activenet page. 


Podsdale Episode 15: 'Tis the season for Scottsdazzle! The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means that Scottsdazzle is right around the corner! Podsdale host Holly Walter sat down with Tourism and Events Director Karen Churchard and Old Town Marketing Manager Jackie Contaldo to chat about this month-long event and the festivities that you and your family won't want to miss. Get ready to make some holiday plans! Listen now

Watch the latest Fast Five. Scottsdale's favorite singing cowboy makes his return to Old Town, a new trail opened in the preserve and residents volunteered to clean up our roads for National Make a Difference Day. These are just a few of the things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know about. Watch now

Cactus Aquatic and Fitness Center is closed for scheduled maintenance through Nov. 28. The city is replacing pool drain covers, which is required every 10 years. During this time lap swim will be available at ChaparralEldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers. Visit Eldorado or McDowell Mountain Ranch fitness centers. Additionally, all Scottsdale aquatic facilities will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday-Friday, Nov. 25-26. Visit to view specific facility schedules and lap lane availability.  

Scottsdale grabs gold! The city of Scottsdale took home the gold… the Golden Prospector Award for Economic Development Deal of the Year, that is. At the recent Arizona Association for Economic Development Fall Forum, the city’s Economic Development team was honored with this award for its efforts to retain Axon Enterprise. The global, innovative tech company chose to stay in Scottsdale and is building a state-of-the-art 250,000 square-foot facility that will accommodate 1,500 employees. 

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


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