Scottsdale Update - Nov. 22, 2021

We will not publish Scottsdale Update Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 



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.  

Planning and development at your fingertips. Curious about construction happening around Scottsdale? The city’s Active Cases and Permits Interactive Map now allows you to see projects awaiting public hearings, as well as projects that have been approved and are under construction. You can also easily access the case information sheet related to each project on the map. Watch a brief instructional video


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 18th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has increased to 189 cases per 100,000 residents. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. We’ve been at high transmission for a longer time then during the 16 weeks of the October 2020 to February 2021 wave. 

According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 71.7% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 66.4% are fully vaccinated.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to those 18 and older. The agency published its new recommendations Friday, as health officials sound the alarm over rising cases around the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, authorizing use of a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Find a vaccine or stop by a city vaccination site (see below). 

The city continues to host 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


Get your caboose to 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 Thursday, 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 and more. 

Scottsdazzle spotlights: 

  • 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.  

  • Shop Scottsdale for a chance to win one of five $250 American Express gift cards; through Dec. 25. Get double entries for shopping on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27 (see below). Find out how!

  • Small Business Saturday (Nov. 27) – Shop small, shop Scottsdale! Old Town is home to a vibrant small business community with dozens of locally owned and operated boutiques, galleries and retailers. If you’d rather sip and savor than shop, our many restaurants are ready to welcome you with the finest in local fare. With specials and sales for Scottsdazzle patrons, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list, all while supporting your local economy! ee all the deals and specials local restaurants and shops are offering. 




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. 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

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 and more! Browse all offerings online at, search “recreation classes.” You can register via the city's Activenet page. 

Help support children in foster care. Voices for CASA Children, an Old Town Scottsdale based nonprofit, is looking for volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. Monetary donations also are needed. You receive an Arizona dollar-for-dollar return on your taxes for your donation. 


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


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