Scottsdale Update - Oct. 18, 2018


Trolley and bus routes changing Monday. 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.

The Old Adobe Mission has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Officially named Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church, this property is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government's official list of properties considered worthy of preservation. Old Adobe Mission Executive Board members prepared the nomination, which was considered by the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee and the State Historic Preservation Office before it was submitted to the National Park Service. With the addition of the Old Adobe Mission, there are nine properties in Scottsdale that are listed in the National Register. Learn about those on the National Register and Scottsdale's Historic Register.

Where's the love? Last week, Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture moved to a new location in Scottsdale Civic Center. The popular selfie spot had been closed to the public since late July because it sat on a pedestrian overpass undergoing repairs. The sculpture was moved a short distance just northeast of Civic Center Library to provide public access. The sculpture now faces south, making the lighting better for photos. (, Oct. 9)


Mind your manners along the city's trailsWatch this to learn about trail etiquette.


Get your treats by the tracks at Railroad Park's Halloween Movie Night. Event fun includes trick or treating, costume contests and a star-studded movie - Disney/Pixar's Coco, a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure. Bring chairs and blankets. The free funtakes place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the historic Charros Carousel. Who knows - you might even find a few spooky surprises along the rails. Rides are $2 each with those 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult.

Have a frighteningly fun time at Scottsdale's Fall Festival. Join friends and family for a night of treats, fun and frights from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the south Eldorado Ballfield, 1909 N. Miller Road. Come for games, a haunted forest and costume contests, then stay until the end for fireworks.

Forget bobbing for apples; try dunkin' for a pumpkin. Pumpkins float! Join us from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the heated McDowell Mountain Ranch pool. Pick a pumpkin then decorate it. Admission is $10 per person and includes admission and a pumpkin - while supplies last.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Public invited to learn about Main Street Streetscape guidelines. Join city staff to learn about this project at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Scottsdale Museum of the West. Participants will learn about the project, view preliminary plans and can provide input. A streetscape is the visual element of a street, including the road, adjoining building, sidewalk, street furniture, trees and open spaces that form a street's character.

Cooler temperatures mean less water. Adjust your irrigation/sprinkler controller to match cooler fall temperatures. Bermuda grass needs water only about once a week this time of year. Save even more by not over seeding for a winter lawn.

October is a perfect time to visit the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park. Scottsdale Water's 5.5-acre Xeriscape Garden contains more than 7,000 plants from over 200 species. Enjoy our fantastic fall weather, see beautiful fall-bloomers and take the self-guided tour to learn about proper plant care. The garden is on the southeast corner of Hayden and McDonald roads.

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.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Library hosts "Women and the Military - From Art to Service." Learn the stories of the many women who documented the impact of war on their lives through art. The free program takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Civic Center Library

Free loaner tools available for neighborhood cleanups. Take advantage of the cooler fall weather and plan a neighborhood cleanup. The city provides use of a roll-off container and landscape tools - at no charge. A minimum of five households or five volunteers is required.

City provides equipment to borrow for block parties. Get to know your neighbors. The city provides party equipment like pop-up canopies, ice chests, microphones, water coolers, game ideas and more.

Curb address painting kits available for loan. Is your house number hard to read, unlit or obscured by landscaping? Borrow this kit which includes stencils, masking tape, brushes and instructions. You supply the paint and elbow grease.

Attend free landscape classes this fall. Go from drab to fab! Learn how to revitalize and rejuvenate your landscaping from a landscape designer. Then, learn how to design, install, and repair your drip irrigation system to keep those plants healthy. Workshops take place at the Civic Center Library.

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