Don’t miss the December events happening in Scottsdale

Below is a list of Scottsdale city events happening in December for all ages.

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Get a bigger (nutritional) bang for your buck Dec. 3 at senior center program

Seniors can find out how to shop for the most nutrient-filled foods for the lowest price 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Sprouts Farmers Market, 4402 N. Miller Road. Jennifer Drost, nutrition coach and physician assistant at Mayo Clinic, will lead the one-hour tour and presentation. Wear comfortable shoes.

For more information call the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700.

City hosts third annual Cure Corridor event Dec. 4

Discover the accomplishments and innovations of emerging health care and bio-life sciences companies at the Friday, Dec. 4, Cure Corridor event. The city will host the third annual program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairmont Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive.

The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Fleming, president and treasurer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. The Cure Corridor is not just a location, but a concept designed to promote the pioneering activities of the bio-life sciences sector from Shea Boulevard to the Scottsdale Airpark. Cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited to 240.

Get details and register by e-mailing

Learn about incentives for energy home improvements at Dec. 3 Green Building lecture

Did you know that SRP, APS, Southwest Gas and the city offer home improvement incentives? Rebates are available for heating/cooling equipment, duct repairs, insulation, programmable thermostats, lighting, shade screens, solar, shade trees, pool pumps, smart irrigation controllers, plumbing fixtures and more.

Learn about these opportunities Scottsdale Green Building Lecture, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

For more information, call 480- 312-3111.

Senior center holiday art shows set to draw gallery-caliber talent

The Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers are hosting gallery-themed art shows this December.

Artwork by the center’s art students and instructors will be on display. Attend either show – or both! Granite Reef, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, will host its art show Friday, Dec. 4. Via Linda, 10440 E. Via Linda, will host its show Friday, Dec. 11. Both take place at 6 p.m.

Admission is free with one canned food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank. Visit and search “seniors” for more information.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day Dec. 5

Need a place to discard your unwanted electronics?  Scottsdale residents can recycle electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the city’s Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

For a list of acceptable items, visit and search “electronics recycling” or call 480- 312-5602.

Dash, dance and prance your way to Pinnacle Peak Park’s Jingle Hike, Dec. 5

Enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and a trailside visit with the jolly old guy himself from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way. The hike is a self-paced, 1-mile round trip. It’s steep in several sections so little legs may need extra time.

A seasonal craft activity will be provided at the trailhead. The cost per family is $10 for residents, $15 nonresidents. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult who also will be on the trail with them. Strollers and bikes are not allowed. Registration is required.

For more information, call 480-312-0990 or visit and search “Pinnacle Peak Park.”

Donate a toy and get a free engine ride Dec. 5

Children can ride free in a fire engine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Target store at the Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. To participate, donate a new unwrapped gift for Scottsdale Fire’s annual holiday toy drive.

Call 480-312-1817 for more information. Learn about other opportunities to make holiday donations by visiting and searching “Scottsdale Shares.”

Holiday Lights brighten McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Dec. 11-Jan. 2

All aboard for one of Arizona’s most unique holiday events! Take a train ride through festive holiday lights and displays turning the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a winter wonderland.

Opening night festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and include a tree-lighting, entertainment and a visit from a special guest – you know who! The train ride is $4 and the carousel ride is $2 with children younger than three riding free with a paying adult. Holiday Lights runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly from Friday, Dec. 11, through Saturday, Jan. 2, excluding Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

The park is at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. For more information, call 480-312-2312 or visit

Spare some time Dec. 12 to attend Scottsdale Bobcats Bowling Bonanza

Spectators are invited to watch the Scottsdale Bobcats Bowling Bonanza at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Brunswick Via Linda Lanes, 9027 E. Via Linda.

The program caps off Adaptive Services’ Special Olympics bowling season and is an invitational tournament that includes other Special Olympics teams from around the Valley. This is just one of many programs for individuals with special needs available through Adaptive Services.

To learn more, visit and search “adaptive recreation” or call 480-312-2234.

Seniors can light up the holidays Dec. 15 on free trolley tour

Seniors are invited to take a Holiday Lights Trolley Tour Tuesday, Dec. 15. The trip will depart at 5:30 p.m. from the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. We’ll also make a stop for hot chocolate.

The tour is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase. You won’t want to miss out on this special trip.

Register by calling the Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-5810.

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