Scottsdale Update - Oct. 4, 2018


Celebrate Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month in October. The preserve spreads across more than 30,000 acres of spectacular desert and is home to diverse wildlife, lush flora and jaw-dropping topography. View October preserve events.  

Hear from the Scottsdale City Council candidates. The Scottsdale Independent hosted a candidate forum Oct. 1 where each candidate answered questions and provided their perspective on issues facing the city and its residents. Watch the forum here or catch the replay on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox channel 11/1011 and Century Link channel 8001) Fridays at 2, 7 and 11 a.m.; 3, 6 and 9 p.m.  

Key dates to remember for Scottsdale's Nov. 6 general and special elections.Scottsdale voters will elect three Scottsdale City Council members Tuesday, Nov. 6. The five candidates seeking seats are incumbents Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and David Smith; the challengers are Bill Crawford and Solange Whitehead. The Scottsdale City Council also has called a special election to run concurrently with the Nov. 6 general election. Voters will consider Question 1, a temporary tax increase to fund transportation improvements, and Proposition 420, an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter proposed by initiative petition. Key dates for voters: 

  • Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the general election
  • Oct. 10 is when early ballots are mailed
  • Oct. 10-Nov. 5 is early voting at the Indian Bend Wash Visitor Center, 4201 N. Hayden Road. Avoid long lines and wait times by not waiting to cast your ballot until the last week.
  • Oct. 26 is the last day to request to receive an early ballot in the mail

Get more information.

Meg's Café now open at Civic Center Library. The next time you're in Old Town Scottsdale, stop by Meg's Café in the Civic Center Library and pick up a coffee, sandwich, snack or treat. Proceeds from vending and food service purchases help blind and visually-impaired entrepreneurs with the state Rehabilitation Services Administration's Business Enterprise Program.


Celebrate '68 - Fifty and fabulous: Scottsdale City Hall marks a milestone with charm and character.


"Turning Point" kicks off Scottsdale Celebrate '68 activities. Throughout October, we're commemorating the 50th anniversary of City Hall and the Civic Center Library. A free program entitled "Turning Point - How 1968 Shaped Scottsdale and its Residents" launches the celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Civic Center Library. Join us for a photo-rich flash-back of Scottsdale in 1968 presented by historian Joan Fudala, followed by a panel discussion with people who were in Scottsdale in 1968.

A special event will commemorate a special year in Scottsdale. Here are more "Celebrate '68"  activities. Mark your calendars - these events take place Saturday, Oct. 13: 

  • 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 firework show at the Valley Ho. 7 p.m. beginning at Main Street and Brown Avenue

Besides Thursday's "Turning Point" presentation, other programs and exhibits will complement the Oct. 13 family festival. Here's the lineup: 

  • Street dedication: Bennie Gonzales Way - Join city leaders to rename First Avenue between Drinkwater Boulevard and 75th Street as "Bennie Gonzales Way." Gonzales was the architect of Scottsdale City Hall, the Civic Center Library, the original Civic Center Mall and other iconic Arizona buildings. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, north of Scottsdale City Hall
  • "Celebrate '68!" presentation and discussion - Enjoy a photo-rich presentation about this historic year in Scottsdale by historian Joan Fudala and architect Doug Sydnor. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Civic Center Library
  • 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.

Celebrate all things railroad 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 $2. Children 2 and younger ride free with a paying adult. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Construction will impact Pima and Indian School roads. This intersection will be impacted Oct. 8-Nov. 16 due to the Granite Reef Watershed project. Drainage structures are being built at the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection. Pedestrian ramps also will be built at the northeast, northwest and southwest corners. Work will take place daily and include intermittent closures along Pima Road.

Brown Bag program provides weekly grocery bags to seniors in need. Bags are packed with fresh vegetables, canned goods, drinks and bakery items every Thursday at the Granite Reef Senior Center. In Fiscal Year 2017/18, nearly 80 tons of groceries were distributed to over 380 low-income seniors and people with disabilities. This program is made possible through a partnership with the city's Human Services Department, HonorHealth Desert Mission Food Bank and Scottsdale Community Partners. Call 480-312-1700 for more information.

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7-13. This year's theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can Happen Anywhere." Look where fires can start. Listen for the sound of a smoke alarm. Learn two ways out of every room.  

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Don't be a victim of identity theft; shred event takes place Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Cost is $4 per box.  

Electronics recycling collection happens Saturday. Scottsdale residents can drop off unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the city's Corporation Yard. Recycling these items prevents them from reaching landfills - creating less waste and providing usable items to organizations that can recapture their value.  

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.  

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.

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