Scottsdale Update - Nov. 7, 2019


Scottsdale Special Election results. Unofficial results indicate that Scottsdale voters have approved three bond questions in the city's Nov. 5 Special Bond Election. Find the city's election results here. This was Scottsdale's first election conducted completely via mail. These unofficial results do not include ballots that were received in the mail over the past two days, nor those that were dropped off at ballot replacement centers. The Maricopa County Elections Department expects to have a final count by close of business Friday, Nov. 8. Learn more about the bond projects here.

City offices close for Veterans Day. Most city offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. Your garbage and recycling will be collected as scheduled. Please place your container in its usual spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before.

Senator Martha McSally slated to be keynote speaker for Veterans Day commemoration. Senator Martha McSally, a United States Air Force combat veteran and Arizona's junior United States Senator, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the city's annual Veterans Day commemoration. The event takes place at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public. Army veteran JB Spisso also will be a guest speaker. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served 26 years, including 10 years with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment before retiring with the rank of sergeant major.

Scottsdale begins tracking international visitors as tourism continues to rise. Scottsdale remains a tourist destination of choice – a fact confirmed in a recently-released tourism study conducted by the city's Tourism and Events Department. According to the 2019 Scottsdale Tourism Study Visitor Statistics Report (PDF), the city saw an increase in visitors over the prior year, hosting about 200,000 more overnight and day trip visitors in 2018, totaling 9.1 million, compared to 8.9 million in 2017. This was also the first study to include international overnight visitors - estimated to be about 1.7 million in 2018.


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Explore the "Story of Water" at Canal Convergence. Surround yourself with cutting-edge public art installations suspended above and around the Scottsdale Waterfront. This year's focus is on the history, conservation and future of water. Activities include workshops, outdoor dance performances, community bike rides, a series of artist talks, poetry readings and live music. Canal Convergence starts tomorrow and runs through Nov. 17. Watch this.

Get a head start on holiday shopping at Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday. The Granite Reef Senior Center hosts this annual event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Choose items from more than 150 vendors selling original artwork and handmade crafts. The event also features entertainment, live music and food trucks.   

Discover India 2019, this weekend. Get to know the culture and other aspects of the Indian lifestyle at this event from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Scottsdale Civic Center. The local India Association is hosting this free family-friendly event that features cross-cultural dance performances, songs, food and dress. 

Attend the Arizona Asian Festival, Nov. 16 & 17. Celebrate the incredible diversity of Asian cultures at this event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17, at Scottsdale Civic Center. The Arizona chapter is hosting this family-friendly event that features cross-cultural dance performances, songs, food and fashion. Free admission. 

Scottsdale Contemporary Month runs through Nov. 25. This monthlong celebration showcases the many art, design and architectural events occurring throughout Scottsdale. Highlighted activities include Canal Convergence and the Gold Palette ArtWalk.  

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.


Attend Indian Bend Wash Master Plan open house, Nov. 14. The city is developing a master plan for Vista del Camino and Eldorado parks to make sure they meet the future needs of users and nearby residents. Learn more at an open house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. These parks are well-used and provide valuable amenities, but the infrastructure is aging and it's time to evaluate what's needed as part of a master planning process.

Scottsdale Aviation seeks public comment on proposed rate changes. Scottsdale Aviation conducted a market analysis of its rates and fees. It discovered that some categories are below market average. Learn more about the proposed increases and how you can comment.   

Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit. The Spirit of Scottsdale Awards are separated into two categories this year – one recognizes an individual resident, and one recognizes an organization or business on how it strengthens and builds community through its commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Advisory Commission will consider nominations that:

  • Demonstrate active years of service/involvement in strengthening neighborhood identity;
  • Champion community dialogue to produce constructive recommendations/solutions that address the dynamic need(s) of a neighborhood, and;
  • Provide unique contributions of time, effort, skills, and/or financial resources to a neighborhood. 

Fill out your nomination here by Dec. 31. Award winners to be recognized at a February 2020 City Council meeting.

Get a head start on securing a summer job. Get certified in lifeguard rescues, basic first aid, CPR and swim instruction. Upcoming classes are now half price!  

"Scottsdale Shares" program assists with holiday donations. Scottsdale Shares provides one point of contact for residents, businesses and organizations seeking to assist those in need through donations or volunteer activities. 

Scottsdale Community Centers available for holiday parties. We have the perfect venue for you to host your next get together. Mountain View, Horizon and Eldorado community centers have large, reservable rooms available to host a party, family reunion or other fun activity. Learn more by visiting our "reservation inquiry" website.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Pinnacle Peak Park hosts "Transit of Mercury" viewing Monday. Get a safe look through solar telescopes at the transit of Mercury as it slowly crosses the face of the Sun. The actual "cross" takes place at 11:42 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the park, but you'll want to get there early. Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions. Learn and touch real meteorites. Don't miss this -- the next one won't be until 2032!

Celebrate Indian School Park's 40th anniversary. Rediscover Indian School Park and Tennis Center by attending its 40th anniversary celebration from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. The free event will feature a live band, playground story time, information booths and food vendors.

Learn about the cultural and historic relevance of Sicily. Attend "Sicily: Land of Love and Strife," from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Civic Center Library. This program demonstrates that fewer places on the planet compare to Sicily for a story of spectacular beauty, epic human struggle, depth and diversity of culture, philosophic insights, and historic sites.  

Library presents "Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories." Did you know the U.S. government has operated Indian Boarding Schools since 1879? The Heard Museum's Janet Cantley presents this history, and Phoenix Indian School alumnus Patty Talahongva shares her experiences. Attend the free program from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Civic Center Library.  

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