Scottsdale Update - Nov. 1, 2018


Annual Veterans Day event salutes veterans of the Vietnam War. Scottsdale's annual Veterans Day event highlights the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The city has been designated a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and as such, Scottsdale joins a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families. The event takes place at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public. The city is asking Vietnam veterans who are attending the event to please RSVP so they can be properly recognized at the event.

City seeks public input on proposed update to teletracking ordinance. The public is invited to learn about and comment on proposed updates to the ordinance relating to the licensing and regulation of pari-mutuel wagering on telecast racing events. This type of wagering is also known as teletracking or off-track betting. The city is hosting an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. The update will modernize and standardize definitions and descriptions. It also proposes to remove certain distance requirements from city parks and residential districts. However, it will continue to prohibit pari-mutuel wagering in areas zoned for residential use and maintain distance requirements from schools. The public can review the proposed ordinance and submit comments here if unable to attend the open house. The City Council will consider the proposed ordinance at a meeting Monday, Nov. 26, in the City Hall Kiva.


Watch the 2018 Scottsdale Mayor & Council Economic Development Breakfast, held in September. The program featured Curt Kremer, managing partner at George Oliver Companies and keynote speaker John Zanni, president of Acronis.


Hits keep coming in November for the Arizona Fall League. Cheer on your home team, the Scottsdale Scorpions, as they take on top minor league players from both the American and National leagues. Home games take place at Scottsdale Stadium, which hosts the Fall League Championship game at 1:08 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. 

Join LORE Media & Arts for Scottsdale Dia de los Muertos family event, Nov. 2-4. 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 grand opening festival will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Other activities take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4.

Scottsdale International Film Festival runs Nov. 2-11. 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.

Mark your calendars for Aviation Business Center grand opening. You are cleared for landing at Scottsdale Airport from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Celebrate the grand opening of the new Aviation Business Center, Volanti Restaurant & Bar, Thunderbird II Veteran's Memorial and the new Gemini Hangars. Enjoy family activities, aircraft displays and delicious refreshments. The event is free, but registration is required.  

Enjoy the azcentral Wine & Food Experience, Nov. 3-4. A savory culinary exploration showcasing the best food, wine, beer and spirits from local and national chefs and mixologists takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at WestWorld. Don't miss the Martha Stewart Experience featuring her newest products and The Grateful House for interactive culinary experiences. You'll meet celebrity chefs and sample food from the Valley's hottest restaurants. This event is partially funded through Scottsdale bed tax dollars.

Discover India, Nov. 10. Get to know the culture and other aspects of the Indian lifestyle at this event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The local India Association is hosting this free family-friendly event that features cross-cultural dance performances, songs, food and dress.  

Make a goal to attend Scottsdale Polo Championship, Nov. 10 & 11. Watch the country's best polo teams play at the Polo Championships - Horses and Horsepower at WestWorld. The event will include many new elements, old favorites and a first-time appearance by Ralph Lauren model and world-famous polo player Nacho Figueras.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Early voting underway in Scottsdale. Voters registered in Maricopa County can cast an early ballot through Friday, Nov. 2, for the Nov. 6 general election at Scottsdale's Indian Bend Wash Visitors Center, 4201 N Hayden Road. The center is open from 8 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center also will be open for early voting those same hours Saturday, Oct. 27. The center will serve as an Emergency Voting location Saturday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Nov. 5; and as a "Vote Anywhere Site" from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day. The center is not a polling site, so it will serve as an additional Scottsdale voting location open to any registered voter in Maricopa County. To provide voters with an additional option, City Hall will serve as an early ballot drop off location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Nov. 6. 

Nominations are open through Nov. 9 for 2019 Diversity Champions. Nominate a deserving individual who exemplifies the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who has enriched the community by empowering others. Eligible nominees must live, work or volunteer in Scottsdale. The winners will be recognized at the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner Celebration Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


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, "How to Recession Proof Your HOA" and "Scottsdale: Behind the Photos" - a history of Scottsdale.   

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag.  

Get a head start on holiday shopping at Arts and Crafts Fair, Saturday. The Granite Reef Senior Center hosts this annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Choose items from more than 180 vendors selling original artwork and handmade crafts.

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