Scottsdale Update - Oct. 10, 2019


Maricopa County began mailing ballots for the Nov. 5 Special Election. This will be Scottsdale's first election conducted completely via mail. This means that every registered voter will be sent a ballot and prepaid postage return envelope—and that no polling places will be provided. It can take up to a week for the post office to process that much mail. If you do not have your ballot by Thursday, Oct. 17, contact Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or 602-506-2348 (TDD). Learn more about the election and watch this video.

Attend trailheads dedication as part of McDowell Sonoran Preserve's 25th anniversary. Join the community at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, to officially open Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads at the Fraesfield Trailhead, 13400 E. Rio Verde Drive. On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council formally dedicated the first lands for the preserve. The "Day One" preserve was 4.5 square miles consisting of three parcels of city-owned land. Today, this permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat encompasses 47 square miles. Here are other ways to commemorate this anniversary.

Scottsdale City Council hires Sherry R. Scott as city attorney. Scott has more than 20 years of municipal legal experience and has served as Scottsdale's deputy city attorney since 2006. She began serving in the Scottsdale city attorney's office in 2001, when she was hired as an assistant city attorney. In that capacity, she provided legal advice on planning and zoning matters and ligated hundreds of cases on behalf of the city before being promoted to the role of senior assistant city attorney and then deputy city attorney. She holds a juris doctor degree from Arizona State University, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science from Southwest Missouri State University.


Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane proclaims Monday, Oct. 14, as Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Gold Palette ArtWalk kicks off 45th season. This special event will kick off the Scottsdale Gallery Association's Gold Palette ArtWalk's 45th season with live music, "meet the artist" demonstrations and a historical look at ArtWalk. The free program runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Old Town Arts District.

It's full steam ahead at Railfair, this weekend. This free event includes model train displays, exhibits and a variety of seldom seen vintage railroad equipment. Paradise & Pacific Railroad and Charros Carousel rides are $3; children 2 and younger ride free with a paying adult. The fun takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad ParkWatch this to learn more about the park.

Spice up your life at the Arizona Taco Festival, this weekend. This festival runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days, at  WestWorld. More than 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve up $3 tacos. The event also includes hot chili pepper and taco eating contests, live music and a Chihuahua beauty pageant. Learn more and get entrance fee costs at

Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert, Sunday. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road. This group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program. Watch a previous performance.

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.


You won't lose with GAIN - Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods. Arizona's answer to National Night Out unites communities Saturday, Oct. 19, to create safer neighborhoods. Learn more about how you can host a successful GAIN block party

Nominations now open for 2020 Diversity Champions. Scottsdale's Diversity Champions are individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched and impacted the Scottsdale community through their work and/or volunteerism by empowering others. Nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale. Nomination deadline is noon Friday, Nov. 8. The dinner celebration will be Thursday, Jan. 16, featuring keynote speaker Herm Edwards, ASU football coach. Learn moreWatch highlights from last year's program.

It's the perfect time for planting. Plant now to give your plants time to develop strong and healthy root systems before summer returns. "Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert" will help you choose Arizona-friendly plants. Watch this to learn about plants suitable for Arizona's desert.

Pima Freeway construction impacts travel. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Learn more about the project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Let's bake a fall pumpkin cake. Join a professional chef and learn the basics of layer cakes from 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Horizon Park. This class is tailor-made and structured for all levels of learning, including the at-home baker, curious-cooking-channel-lover or trained professional looking to expand his/her skills. 

Neighborhood College hosts free class on Social Security. Attend this free seminar, "Scottsdale Security Made 1, 2, 3 Easy," from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. This presentation will teach you how to maximize your benefit. Register here.

Celebrate National Make A Difference Day by participating in Adopt-A-Road cleanup. Grab a group of friends and volunteer to clean Scottsdale. The Adopt-A-Road event will be Saturday, Oct. 26, which coincides with National Make A Difference Day. The city provides trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves. 

"Sprint to Success" seminar and job fair aid those looking for jobs. The city is hosting a free seminar on mastering interview skills, understanding online applications and perfecting resumes from 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Civic Center Library Loft. A job fair follows where attendees can meet with local employers offering a variety of jobs in various industries. Learn more and register.

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