Scottsdale Update - Nov. 21, 2019

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not publish a Nov. 28 Scottsdale Update. See you back Dec. 5.



Most city offices closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday Nov. 29, for Thanksgiving. The city will not collect garbage or recycling Thursday, Nov. 28. All collection moves one day later than normal. Place your containers out the night before or by 5 a.m. the day of collection.

Scottsdale is seeking input to create a “Smart City” roadmap. Scottsdale is creating a "Smart City" roadmap to explore and identify ways that new technology could enhance the community’s quality of life. Safer roads, shorter commutes, reduced emissions, a more engaged and inclusive community and quicker emergency responses are just some of the potential short and long-term benefits. Residents, businesses, and community stakeholders are invited to a workshop to learn more and provide ideas. Learn more.

New Veterans Advisory Commission wants your input. The public is invited to provide feedback on this commission's workplan and goals. Members will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Witzeman Public Safety Building, 8401 E. Indian School Road. The commission advises the City Council on veteran programs, policies and practices, and it serves as a community connection point for veterans and the community where they live.

Arizona Legislature to host second of three meetings on short-term rentals. The public is invited to the Tuesday, Dec. 3, Joint Ad Hoc Committee to address impacts of these rentals. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at 1700 W. Washington St. in the Senate Hearing Room 1. This meeting will focus on the clustering or abundance of short-term rentals in Arizona and the impacts they have on quality of life, housing availability and affordability, and employment.



Missed our annual Veterans Day commemoration? No worries, watch a recap here!

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Fetch some fun at the Day of the Dog Festival this weekend. 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, Saturday and Sunday. 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!  

Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Nov. 24. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road. Today's feature – Haydn: Symphony No. 88 (Hoboken); Rossini: Italian Woman in Algiers Overture; Strauss: Voices of Spring. This group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.  

Bring in the holiday season with railroad park's Holiday Lights. Friday, Nov. 29, is opening night with the event running through Sunday, Jan. 5, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Festivities take place from 6:30-9 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. This year's event is getting a little ugly, thanks to an Ugly Sweater Contest where you can win fabulous prizes!   

Scottsdazzle holiday celebration kicks off Nov. 30. This monthlong holiday celebration kicks off with a tree lighting and sing-along at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Soleri Bridge in Old Town Scottsdale. 

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments. 

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.



Alli Ortega Empty Bowls raises funds to fight hunger. This year's event takes place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Scottsdale Community College's Student Center cafeteria. Local artisans sell hand-crafted bowls – proceeds benefit Vista del Camino social services.

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Dec. 7. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.

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

Never empty pool water into the street. Reuse pool water by draining it into the sewer cleanout or onto your desert landscape or lawn. Just make sure your plants are salt-tolerant! 

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Shake off the winter blues and register for parks & rec classes, Dec. 2. Enjoy a variety of parks and recreation classes and team sports to keep you healthy and happy. Residents can register beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2; nonresidents can register at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. 

Learn about "dirty electricity" at Dec. 5 Green Building lecture. The electrical utility industry coined the term to describe electromagnetic interference caused by plugging incompatible electronics into the electric grid or outlets in your home or at work. Consumers can learn about electrical pollution and how it is controlled, measured and mitigated, at the Thursday, Dec. 5, Green Building lecture. The free program runs from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Ultimate Play Date – an event just for the little ones! Located on the lawn outside Civic Center Library, kids up to 8 years old can enjoy a play-filled day of interactive art, science, sports and building activities. The free event takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

"Begged and Borrowed" duo provides holiday music delight. Join Shannon Schumann and Rick Boyle for an afternoon interweaving traditional Celtic holiday music and favorite holiday tunes. The free program will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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