Scottsdale Update - Sept. 26, 2019


Celebrate the McDowell Sonoran Preserve's 25th anniversary. On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council formally dedicated the first lands for the preserve. The "Day One" preserve was 4.5 square miles consisting of three parcels of city-owned land. Today, this permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat encompasses 47 square miles … about one-third of Scottsdale's land area. Here are various ways to commemorate this anniversary.

Register to vote by Oct. 7 for the city's November Special Election. The city will hold a Special Election by mail to seek approval for the issuance of bonds for parks, recreation, and senior services; community spaces and infrastructure; and public safety and technology in the principal amount up to $319 million. The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $ 0.2877 per $100 of limited assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes. If you're not already registered to vote, you can do so here.  

Public invited to meet three finalists for city attorney position. The public is invited to meet M. Colleen Connor, Deryck R. Lavelle and Sherry R. Scott from 3:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Candidates will make an introductory presentation to the City Council following the meet and greet. The finalists are meeting "one-on-one" with City Council members Wednesday, Oct. 2. Learn more about the finalists.


The Scottsdale Police Department partnered with a local shopping center to conduct a realistic active shooter training exercise.

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It's full steam ahead at Railfair, Oct. 12-13. 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 $3; children 2 and younger ride free with a paying adult. The fun takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.  

Spice up your life at the Arizona Taco Festival, Oct. 12-13. This festival runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days, at WestWorld. More than 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve up $3 tacos. The event also includes hot chili pepper and taco eating contests, live music and a Chihuahua beauty pageant. Learn more and get entrance fee costs at

Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Oct. 13. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road. This group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.  

Run to Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area, and enjoy dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town.

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, October through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Online mapping tool allows you to see planning projects in your neighborhoodThe Planning Cases Dashboard allows users to easily find cases on a map, then link to get the case information sheet related to a specific project.

You're invited to new public art gallery grand opening Oct. 4. Scottsdale Public Art has opened a new exhibition space inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. The grand opening takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Scottsdale Public Art will organize four exhibitions per year in the new space. The first show "Scottsdale Collects Art," includes rarely seen pieces from the city's fine art collection. Some items never have been shown before.

Pima Freeway construction impacts travel. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Learn more about the project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.

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Get schooled at October Neighborhood College classes. Register for one or all programs: "Legislative Update and Fiduciary Responsibilities," Wednesday, Oct. 2; "Everything About Pets in an HOA," Monday, Oct. 7; "Social Security Made 1, 2, 3, Easy," Oct. 23; and "From Scott to Drinkwater: The History of Scottsdale," Thursday, Oct. 24, or Wednesday, Oct. 30. 

Don't be a victim of identity theft; shred event takes place Oct. 5. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7-10 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot. Cost is $4 per box.

We have an outlet for your unwanted electronics. Scottsdale residents can drop off unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the city's Corporation Yard. Recycling these items prevents them from reaching landfills and creates less waste and provides usable items to organizations that can recapture their value.

Find fall break fun, Oct. 7-11. The city hosts camps that offer various activities including sports, crafts and games. They run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at both Mountain View and Horizon parks.

Library hosts "RX Matters: Drug Takeback," Oct. 9. Dispose of your unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and medications - no questions asked. The free program takes place from noon-3p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Civic Center Library.

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