Registered voters should be on the lookout in their mail for ballots. The city will hold a Special Election by mail Tuesday, Nov. 2, regarding Proposition 463. This proposition asks voters to consider whether or not to ratify the “Scottsdale General Plan 2035,” adopted by the Scottsdale City Council this summer. Other important dates: Oct. 22: Last day to request a replacement ballot; Tuesday, Oct. 26: Recommended date to mail completed ballot; Tuesday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.): Deadline for ballots to be received (NOT postmarked) by Maricopa County.
Fencing goes up today on Civic Center in preparation for renovations. The $27.3 million project approved by Scottsdale voters in the 2019 Bond Election begins Oct. 18. Scottsdale City Hall, Civic Center Library, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and surrounding businesses will remain open. The area will be fully-closed to pedestrian traffic for about four months as crews salvage trees, install waterlines and complete demolition. Learn more by reading the project fact sheet or visiting the Civic Center improvements webpage. Additional details on the area’s relocated and temporarily-stored public art can be found at Scottsdale Public Art.
Mayor David D. Ortega proclaims Indigenous Peoples Day. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It falls on the second Monday in October annually. Read the proclamation.
Thursday’s Gold Palette ArtWalk features “Clue: Art + Literature Trivia Scavenger Hunt.” Gold Palette ArtWalks are specially-themed events offered throughout the year in addition to the weekly Thursday programs. Attend the October event from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Old Town Arts District. The Scottsdale Gallery Association is teaming with The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library to present this one-of-a-kind program that leads guests through an evening of traveling “Trivial Pursuit.” Learn more.
Grab the family and your neighbors Saturday for G.A.I.N. parades. Known in other parts of the country as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement. This year’s celebration begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Pack a picnic and party on your driveway or along the various parade routes. Call 480-312-3111 for more information.
Scottsdale Arts awarded $131,000 in Community Arts Grants to 22 local organizations for the 2021–22 Fiscal Year. Recipients must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts or cultural organizations that provide programs or activities within Scottsdale or for Scottsdale residents. They must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. The city funds the Community Arts Grant Program and Scottsdale Arts administers it. Learn more.
Stop in for a spell as the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is transformed into a haunted park of fun for this family-friendly event. Two one-and-a-half hour reservable time blocks are available at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly. Visit the Railroad Park’s website for more information.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.