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Scottsdale Update - Oct. 14, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.  

Today! Scottsdale is hosting a free follow-up walk-in vaccination pop-up event. Those needing a vaccine or who received their first dose Sept. 23 at our pop-up event can get their second dose from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the same location – Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. We are partnering with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health who will be administering vaccines. All three vaccines will be available, including Pfizer (which is approved for ages 12 and older) and limited supplies of Moderna and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Call 480-312-3111 or visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information. 

The city is hosting additional community pop-ups through early December. Scottsdale will continue to host free COVID-19 vaccination events Fridays Oct. 29; Nov. 12 and 26; and Dec. 10, at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.; and Mondays Nov. 1, 15 and 29; and Dec. 13, at Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road. Registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. View the city’s events calendar for details and times

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here

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The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

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Brush and bulk service is behind schedule; weekly trash and recycling services are unaffected. Due to recent storms and a substantial increase in the amount of material being put out for collection -- on top of a labor shortage, Scottsdale’s monthly brush and bulk collection is running behind schedule. The city is doing everything it can to get materials picked up as soon as possible. 

Crews will focus on homes that have curbside brush and bulk service to have all city streets and common areas free of brush and bulk by Halloween. Please do not place items out after crews have collected in your area. Crews will be picking up curbside only in “area 2” the week of Oct. 11, “area 3” the week of Oct. 18 and “area 4” the week of Oct. 25. Normal collection will resume in November, with the goal of having all alleyways clear of brush and bulk prior to Thanksgiving. 

To help crews catch up, please do not exceed the city size guideline: 10 feet long, 6 feet wide and 4 feet high.  Find your collection area and learn more

Tonight’s Gold Palette ArtWalk features “Clue: Art + Literature Trivia Scavenger Hunt.” Gold Palette ArtWalks are specially-themed events offered throughout the year in addition to the weekly Thursday programs. Attend the October event from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Old Town Arts District. The Scottsdale Gallery Association is teaming with The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library to present this one-of-a-kind program that leads guests through an evening of traveling “Trivial Pursuit.” Learn more

Completed your ballot for the Nov. 2 Special Election? Here are your options. The city will hold a Special Election by mail Tuesday, Nov. 2, regarding Proposition 463. This proposition asks voters to consider whether or not to ratify the “Scottsdale General Plan 2035,” adopted by the Scottsdale City Council this summer.  

You can either mail back your voted ballot or drop it off at the following locations. If you’re mailing back your ballot, the deadline for Maricopa County to receive it (not the postmark date) is Tuesday, Nov. 2. To ensure your ballot is received in time, mail it by Tuesday, Oct. 26. 

Here are the drop box locations: 

  • Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.; Indian Bend Wash Visitors Center, 4201 N. Hayden Road; and Cave Creek Unified School District Office, 33016 N. 60th St.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Monday, Nov. 1; and 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. 

  • Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center, 510 S. 3rd Ave., Phoenix: 24 hours a day, seven days a week through 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. 

Grab the family and your neighbors Saturday for G.A.I.N. parades. Known in other parts of the country as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together in their respective communities to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement. This year’s celebration begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Pack a picnic and party on your driveway or along the various parade routes. Call 480-312-3111 for more information.  

You’re invited to learn about and comment on the Old Town Character Area Plan. The city is hosting a series of in-person open houses regarding updates to the Old Town Character Area Plan and the downtown sections of the Scottsdale Zoning Ordinance. Each session will include a series of presentations and discussion groups to collect public input. Attend one of the following sessions on Mondays, Oct. 18 or 25: 8:30–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or 5:30–7:30 p.m., at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Register.  

Listen to Podsdale Episode 13: Home Safe Home. The Scottsdale Fire Department offers this free program to help keep older residents safer in their homes. Host Holly Walter sat down with Public Information Officer Lori Schmidt to learn more about the program, as well as other programs to keep residents safe. Find the episode in your favorite podcast app or listen now.  

Watch Scottsdale's latest Fast Five video. The city is hosting free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics; Impulsion is lit purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and Scottsdale earns national recognition as a top disability-friendly city. These are just a few of the things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this episode of Fast Five.  

Prescription Drug Take-Back runs Oct. 23. Stop by one of two Scottsdale locations from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, to properly dispose of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs. Bring items to the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, or the Foothills District Police Station in the Market Street Plaza at DC Ranch, 20363 N. Pima Road. 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue. According to a recent survey, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives , according to a 2019 survey. It also shows that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. 

Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list