Scottsdale Update - Oct. 11, 2018


Join us Saturday for Celebrate '68 - a free family festival from City Hall to the Hotel Valley Ho - featuring rock 'n' roll, art, classic cars and fireworks.Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Scottsdale City Hall and the Civic Center Library, "Celebrate '68"  is a modern day take on the original community celebration held when the buildings opened in 1968. Rain or shine, partake in all the fun Saturday, Oct. 13, in Old Town Scottsdale:


  • Art and architecture at City Hall and Civic Center Library - Get to know some of Arizona's most iconic public buildings during an open house and behind-the-scenes tours. 5 to 7 p.m., Scottsdale City Hall and Civic Center Library
  • Celebrate '68 Scavenger Hunt - Search for clues around Scottsdale Civic Center to earn a chance to win prizes including a night at the Hotel Valley Ho. 5 to 7 p.m., begins outside Scottsdale City Hall
  • Main Street Car Meet featuring Barrett-Jackson - Stroll Main Street alongside classic cars from the '50s, '60s and '70s, including special selections from the Barrett-Jackson collection, along with Walter the Bus and other street entertainment. 5 to 8 p.m., Main Street from Brown Avenue to the Hotel Valley Ho
  • Beatles vs. Stones: Musical Showdown - A live music tribute to the Fab Four and the Rolling Stones, legends of rock who dominated the charts in the late 1960s. 6 to 8 p.m., the Hotel Valley Ho
  • "March with the Mariachis and Finish with Fireworks" - Join the public procession walking from Scottsdale City Hall to the Valley Ho behind a mariachi band in a flatbed truck - just like they did in '68 - and close the evening with a short fireworks show at the Valley Ho. 7 p.m. beginning at Main Street and Brown Avenue

Other programs and exhibits will complement the Oct. 13 family festival. Here's the lineup:

  • Gold Palette ArtWalk: Demonstrate! Artists Celebrating Scottsdale - See local artists at work and shop Scottsdale's world-class galleries. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, along Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale
  • The Art and Architecture of Bennie Gonzales - View rarely seen Bennie Gonzales artworks Oct. 11-14, at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Free admission Thursday.

Get the complete list of  activities.


Watch these striking new public art pieces being installed at the Scottsdale Airport Aviation Business Center.


Adaptive Services Center hosts "Spook-tacular Halloween Dance Party." Those 16 and older with disabilities are invited to join the fun from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the center. Wear your favorite costume, eat treats, socialize and boogie! There is a $2 charge at the door. Call 480-312-2234 for more information.

Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Sunday. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Pieces to be performed include: "Piano Concerto No. 1" by Liszt; "The Swan of Tuonela" by Sibelius; and "Coriolan Overture" by Beethoven. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Weather watch through the weekend. Several weather systems may deliver showers to the Valley this weekend with the potential for localized heavy rains. Always obey traffic signs and do not try to cross running water or flooded areas. If your property is at risk for flooding, the city is offering free sandbags. Both sand and bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at these locations: 

Get more information, including storm safety tips.  

Happy Golden Birthday, GAIN - Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods takes place Oct. 20. Arizona's answer to National Night Out unites communities to create safer neighborhoods. Register your neighborhood block party or get more information.

The inaugural Scottsdale Contemporary Month kicks off Oct. 21. This monthlong celebration showcases the many art, design and architectural events occurring throughout Scottsdale. Highlighted activities include the Magical History Tour, Scottsdale International Film Festival, the 2018 Larson Art Auction and Canal Convergence.

Celebrate National Make A Difference Day by participating in Adopt-A-Road. Grab a group of friends and volunteer to clean Scottsdale. The Keep Scottsdale Beautiful event will be Saturday, Oct. 27, which coincides with National Make A Difference Day. The city provides trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves.

Mark your calendars for Aviation Business Center grand opening. You are cleared for landing at Scottsdale Airport from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Celebrate the grand opening of the new Aviation Business Center, Volanti Restaurant & Bar, Thunderbird II Veteran's Memorial and the new Gemini Hangars. Enjoy family activities, aircraft displays and delicious refreshments. The event is free, but registration is required.  

City captures two excellence in economic development awards. The International Economic Development Council awarded Scottsdale's Economic Development Department with a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Special Purpose Print Brochure category for the "Scottsdale Relocation Guide." The council also honored the city with a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Annual Report category for its "Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Annual Report: Enhancing Scottsdale's Business Brand."

Parada/Trail's End Festival captures two awards. Arizona travel professionals recently recognized the Parada del Sol Parade/Trail's End Festival volunteer leaders for their exceptional efforts to keep this vibrant and volunteer-driven event alive. Wendy Springborn, Don Chiappetti and Chris Lyman accepted the award for the "Outstanding Tourism Partnership - Urban Event" in Arizona. The Public Relations Society of America Phoenix Chapter also recognized the event with the prestigious Copper Anvil for exceptional planning and marketing in the "Arizona Special Event" category.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Support survivors and those finding the courage to speak up. The Scottsdale City Court is hosting "Awareness Creates Change" - a day dedicated to demonstrating the court's role in ending domestic violence. The open house takes place from 8:50 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Scottsdale City Court, Courtroom #5, 3700 N. 75th Street.

Trolley and bus routes changing Oct. 22. A series of transit changes will go into effect Monday, Oct. 22, affecting trolley service and regional transit routes in Scottsdale. Changes include expanding free trolley service to the Mustang Transit Center and the Via Linda Senior Center while reducing redundancy among current transit routes and eliminating route segments with low ridership. Get details.

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