Scottsdale Update - Sept. 27, 2018


Fire Station 613 opens. The new station is expected to improve response times and includes crew quarters and facilities, office space, an OSHA-certified decontamination room, equipment storage and an engine bay. It is located near the southeast corner of Jomax and Hayden roads. The station replaces a 600-square-foot trailer modular building that was used for 20 years. The $5.1 million project was financed with bonds approved by voters in 2015. The bonds will be repaid through city property tax.

Honorary chairs Marion and Richard Saba bring Western heritage to Scottsdale Celebrate '68. Family patriarch David Saba Sr. opened his first Scottsdale Western wear store in 1947 when the population nudged 2,000. Saba's son, Richard, and his wife Marion still own the stores. They remain a living bridge between those agrarian roots and Scottsdale's modern-day sophistication. That deep connection and commitment to community make the Sabas an ideal choice to be honorary chairs of Scottsdale Celebrate '68. Activities surrounding Celebrate '68 take place in October and mark the 50th anniversary of Scottsdale City Hall and the Civic Center Library


Watch a time lapse of a WWII Stearman PT-17 aircraft as it takes its place at the new Thunderbird Field II Veterans' Memorial at Scottsdale Airport.


"Lights on After School" highlights importance of out-of-school activities. Free family-friendly fun - including food, interactive booths, entertainment and art - takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Museum of the West.

Celebrate '68: "How 1968 Shaped Scottsdale and its Residents." 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. The free program begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Civic Center Library.

Celebrate all things railroad at Railfair, Oct. 6-7. 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. both days, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday year 'round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Public invited to Scottsdale City Council candidate forum. The Scottsdale Independent is hosting a candidate forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at City HallScottsdale Video Network will air the forum live. Scottsdale voters will elect three Scottsdale City Council members Tuesday, Nov. 6. The five candidates seeking seats are incumbents Kathy Littlefield, David Smith and Linda Milhaven; the challengers are Bill Crawford and Solange Whitehead.

Renaming of Butherus Drive to Aviation Way cancelled. The city's Aviation Department is no longer pursuing this initiative.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


This year marks the 20th anniversary of Neighborhood College! Attend classes at no charge and learn about homeowner's associations, safety and the history of Scottsdale. Register for one, two - or as many classes as you would like.  

Learn about the "Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconsider and Reimagine." Circular economies divert waste from landfills, reduce environmental impacts, conserve energy and water, and save money. Hear about community initiatives, business efforts and what you can do to support a circular economy at the Thursday, Oct. 4, Green Building Lecture. The free program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center.

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

Electronics recycling takes place Oct. 6. Scottsdale residents can drop off unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.  

Find fall break fun, Oct. 8-12. Don't let your kids idle over fall break. The city hosts a camp that offers various activities including sports, crafts and games. It runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both Mountain View and Horizon parks.  

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