Scottsdale Update - Oct. 24, 2019


Short-term/vacation rental owners now required to provide contact information. The Scottsdale City Council recently adopted an ordinance amendment to an existing code that requires owners of short-term or vacation rentals to provide the city with emergency and complaint contact information including names, email addresses and phone numbers. Starting today those not submitting the information may be cited for noncompliance and fined. The amendment also emphasizes that these rentals may not be used for non-residential purposes such as restaurants, event centers, commercial business, etc. Owners of these properties can provide information here. Additionally, the state requires all short term vacation rentals have a transaction privilege tax license and list the license number in advertising. Get more information on how to get a license.

Safely dispose of expired prescription drugs through National Prescription Drug Take-Back. Stop by one of two locations from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to dispose of unneeded prescriptions: Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road; or Foothills District Police Station, 20363 N. Pima Road. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Many were taken from family and friends, often taken from a home medicine cabinet.

Remember to mail your voted ballot for the Nov. 5 Special Election. By now, registered voters should have received their Nov. 5 Special Election ballots from Maricopa County. As a registered voter, all you need to do is vote your ballot, seal and sign the envelope, and drop it in the mail. The county must receive voted ballots by Nov. 5 (as opposed to just being postmarked Nov. 5). Learn more about the election.


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World Gay Rodeo Finals ride into WestWorld, this weekend. Witness about 100 contestants from around the United States and Canada compete in bull riding, ranch saddle bronc riding and roping. In addition to the rodeo activities, the event showcases its annual pageantry competition with winners from local chapters vying for the national title.  

Halloween Happenings: Note: Scottsdale does not have laws or ordinances regarding trick-or-treating times or age restrictions. However, we do enforce curfew times – 10 p.m. for those younger than 16; and midnight for those 16-18.

  • Get your caboose to the "Halloween Spook-Track-ula," Oct. 25-31. Stop in for a spell as the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park transforms into a haunted hideaway! The family-friendly event features a spooky train ride created with younger children in mind… a bit spooky, but not too frightening. The event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. nightly. 
  • Calling all boys and ghouls for Scottsdale's Fall Festival, Oct. 26. Join friends and family for a night of treats, fun and frights from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 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, Oct. 27. Pumpkins float! Join us from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the heated McDowell Mountain Ranch pool. Pick a pumpkin then decorate it. Cost is $10 per person and includes the pool entrance fee and a pumpkin – while supplies last.  
  • Halloween Bash happening at senior center, Oct. 31. Looking for a spook-tacular way to celebrate Halloween? Join us at Granite Reef Senior Center's annual Halloween luncheon, featuring costume contests, games and live entertainment. The free program takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Space is limited and registration is required.  

Scottsdale Contemporary Month runs Oct. 26-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.  

Scottsdale International Film Festival runs Nov. 1-10. This festival showcases a diverse mix of film genres from light-hearted comedies to period dramas, chosen from all corners of the world. Screenings take place at Harkins Theatres Shea 14.  

Celebrate Scottsdale Dia de los Muertos family event, Nov. 2. Held at The Old Adobe Mission, this free community event will bring art, dance and culture to life through ancient Aztec ritual, art installations and Folklorico waltz demonstrations. The program runs from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.  

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.


Yes, Virginia, there is an Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum. Enjoy never-before-seen artifacts of Scottsdale's rodeo history including original Parada del Sol Rodeo posters that boast artwork by the likes of Master Artist Kenneth M. Freeman, once called the Rembrandt of Rodeo. You also can check out bull ropes and saddles from world famous rodeo champions such as Jake Barnes. The museum is open from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Nov. 1-May 31, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

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.

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"Sprint to Success" job fair aids those looking for jobs. The city is hosting a free job fair where attendees can meet with local employers offering a variety of jobs in various industries. It starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Civic Center Library Loft.  

Get schooled at November Neighborhood College classes. Register for the final sessions of this season's Neighborhood College classes. Two of November's four programs include, "Scottsdale Stories with a Twist" and "Living in an HOA: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."  

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