Nov. 28, 2022 


Licensing for short-term/vacation rental properties opens. The Scottsdale City Council unanimously adopted Scottsdale Ordinance 4655 in October, requiring rental property owners/operators to obtain a Scottsdale license for each property and comply with several safety, health and neighbor notification requirements.  

Owners of existing short-term/vacation rental properties must obtain licenses by Jan. 8, 2023. New short-term/vacation rental properties must also comply with ordinance requirements and be licensed before being offered for rent in Scottsdale. The annual license fee is $250 per property; fees will go 100 percent to cover costs associated with licensing vacation and short-term rentals. 

Scottsdale’s ordinance complies with Arizona Senate Bill 1168 passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in July, and reflects the full authority granted to cities under state law. 

Review the requirements and apply for a Scottsdale rental property license at, search “short-term rental.” 

Scottsdale Fire will participate in a $4 million grant to address occupational-related cancer. The University of Arizona will lead the study in partnership with the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and Arizona State University. The research will test the effectiveness of whether blood or plasma donations lower cancer-causing “forever chemicals” levels. Firefighters encounter these substances in many ways, including burning household items, potential contamination from personal protective equipment and firefighter foam, which is used to put out burning liquids. 

Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population. Learn more.  

Tonight! Attend a public meeting to learn about two new city projects: a fire station and well site. It begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the TPC Clubhouse Thunderbird Room, 17020 N. Hayden Road. 

  • Scottsdale voters approved Fire Station 612 in the 2019 bond election. The 12,000-square-foot fire station will be constructed at the northeast corner of Hayden Road and Mayo Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin late 2023 and take approximately a year to complete. The station will help improve response times in the area.  

  • Scottsdale Water will construct a new aquifer storage and recovery well next to the fire station, maximizing the city’s commitment to renewable surface water supplies. The city is building a 24-foot sound wall around the construction zone to minimize noise and light pollution. Well drilling begins in December, with phase I lasting about four months. Phase II will start up to a year later with the building of a well structure, wall and landscaping. 


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up: 

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve. 

Find more public meetings


Monthlong holiday celebration Scottsdazzle continues through November and December in Old Town Scottsdale. Attend new events and old favorites! Get all the dazzling details.  

This week’s highlights: 

  • Scottsdazzle Stroll: Meander along the canal banks as you listen to live music, experience public art, view holiday décor and marvel at the 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree. Warm up with hot cocoa, coffee and sweet seasonal treats from local food vendors, then wander through Old Town Scottsdale’s own winter wonderland! 6-9 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 7135 E. Camelback Road. Free. 

  • Holiday Celebration at the Chef’s Table: Enjoy delicious cuisine and fascinating tales as Chef Marcellino recounts stories of his life in Italy. Guests will dine on three courses: an artistic antipasti, award-winning handcrafted pasta and a main course. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson. $120 per person. 

  • Gold Palette ArtWalk: Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday carols as you stroll through Scottsdale’s Art District while perusing the city’s finest works of art. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, art galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way, Old Town. Free.  

The Children’s Expo features fun activities and educational information to support children’s healthy growth and development. The free event takes place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 E. Pima Road. Meet representatives from Scottsdale Unified School District, Child Crisis, NOAH and more. Scottsdale Police, Fire and Public Library departments will also be in attendance interacting and handing out goodies.  

Scottsdale Library presents Hometown Happy Hour – unique and entertaining stories about our community. Attend the final in the 2022 series featuring Scottsdale as a “Mecca for the Fabulous and Fashionable of the Southwest” by community Historian Joan Fudala. The free program takes place 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Mustang Library.  

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers these December program highlights: 

  • Desert Connections Educational Walk at Fraesfield Trailhead: Explore how the environment affects the plants and animals that live here, how living things in turn change the environment, and how climate change and increasing development may impact what we see. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 13400 E. Rio Verde Drive 

Find McDowell Sonoran Conservancy events

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West offers these fall programs:  

  • Gallery Walk: Scott Baxter – 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1: Well-regarded for his “100 Years 100 Ranchers,” a ten-year official Legacy Project for the Arizona Centennial, Baxter will lead a gallery walk of Edward S. Curtis in his Light and Legacy exhibit. 

  • Art of the American West – Dr. Betsy Fahlman – 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8: This ASU School of Art professor will present her research for the 2022 exhibition, “Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West.” 

  • Ask the Author –Jennifer McLerran – 6-7 p.m. Dec. 15: This retired NAU arts history and museum studies professor will talk about her new books. 

For additional information or to register, contact Western Spirit Visitor Services at 480-686-9539 or [email protected]

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents “BODYTRAFFIC,” a unique dance company displaying a mixed repertoire of creative expression. The dance company was founded 15 years ago and was selected by the Obama Administration to be a part of DanceMotionUSA, which strives to engage international audiences through captivating performances. Members of the company served as cultural ambassadors in Israel, Jordan, South Korea, Algeria and Indonesia. The event will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the center. Learn more and buy tickets.   


  • Holiday Lights through Dec. 30, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: Hop on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays.  

  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month. 

  • Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market: The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. It runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave. 

  • Second Saturdays @SMoCA: Make contemporary art a family tradition. Solve a puzzle, create a wearable art pendant and explore the museum. Noon-3 p.m. 

Get more events information


Donate unwrapped toys and gift cards at the Scottsdale Fire Department headquarters or any fire station through Tuesday, Dec. 21. Donations are distributed to partner organizations who serve families in need. Donors are asked to consider buying gifts for children 7-18 years old, as this age group is more challenging to buy for than younger ones. Thanks to you, approximately 15,000 toys are collected through the toy drive, serving more than 1,000 families annually. Fire station locations. Get gift ideas (pdf).

Registration open for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation classes. Registration for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation winter programs is open for Scottsdale residents, and it will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, for nonresidents. Winter programs take place during January, February and March. These include swim lessons, water exercise classes, youth activities, adult programs and more! Browse all offerings online at, search “recreation classes.” You can register via the city's Activenet page. 


After an extensive search, the city of Scottsdale has hired Monica Boyd to lead its Human Resources Department. She has over 20 years of experience with the city of Phoenix, including more than 10 of those in senior-level human resources management. She currently serves as the deputy human resources director managing the Organizational Support and Leave Management Programs division. Her first day on the job in Scottsdale is Dec. 12.  

Boyd holds degrees from Arizona State University – a Master’s of Public Administration and bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business and Psychology. She earned her Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional designation and certification in workplace mediation.  

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Gateway Monument Replacement Project underway. Residents and visitors entering Scottsdale will soon be welcomed with new gateway markers. In early 2020, residents voted on five concepts, and they selected the one created by Moazam Khan and William Lester from MoD a+p. The design includes a combination of natural materials with contemporary forms which represents the integration of the old with the new and the harmony of nature with the built environment. The markers initially will be built in 11 locations and replace existing ones. Work begins in mid-December and will be completed the end of January. Get details.   

Marathon may cause traffic delays. More than 950 runners are expected to participate in the 30th annual Scottsdale Half Marathon & 5K 6 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 4. Roads will remain open, with minimal traffic restrictions. However, drivers should plan ahead to avoid delays. Get more information and the runners’ route


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