MAY 11, 2011

Sixty days of celebration will lead up to City of Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary on June 25

Events are created and hosted both by the City of Scottsdale and by community groups and businesses. The 60th anniversary celebrations scheduled through May 18 are:

The 31st Annual Film/Video Festival presented by The Film School at Scottsdale Community College
The 31st Annual Film/Video Festival presented by The Film School at Scottsdale Community College will be held at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Harkins Theatre.
When:    7 p.m. Thursday; May 12
Where:   Scottsdale Fashion Square Harkins Theatre
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Celebrate Scottsdale ArtWalk
Celebrate Scottsdale ArtWalk will feature live music, gallery spotlights on local artists, performances by Scottsdale poet laureate Bob Frost, the Singing Cowboy Gary Sprague and Royce Manuel will visit from the Salt River-Pima Community with his original Talking Stick, sharing neighboring tribal history in indigenous art form.
When:    7-9 p.m. Thursday; May 12
Where:   Scottsdale Arts District, west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School to 5th Avenue
Info:        Free,

Culture Experience: Free Community Flash Mob Dance Event!
Participate in a community dance event for all ages and physical abilities.  No prior dance experience is necessary.  Participation is limited by studio space; registration is not required but is recommended.  The classes will culminate in a flash mob presentation in a public space within the city of Scottsdale.
When:    6-7:30 p.m. Thursday; May 12
Where:   Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place, 4425 North Granite Reef Road
Info:        Free,

Art and Roses
The Scottsdale Artists’ School and the Scottsdale Rose Society present Art and Roses.  Students will paint and refreshments will be served in the beautiful rose garden.  Rosarians will be on hand to answer all of your rose-related questions and tours will be given of the school.
When:    1-3 p.m. Friday; May 13
Where:   Scottsdale Artists’ School Rose Gardens, 3720 N Marshall Way
Info:        Free, 480-990-1422,

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is known worldwide for its swinging, high-octane Dixieland performances.  The band’s multi-generational roster includes many of the Crescent City’s finest musicians who proudly carry on the traditions of this great American art form.
When:    7:30 p.m. Friday; May 13
Where:   Outdoors at Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater

2nd Annual At Bat for Kids HealthFest Celebrity Softball Game & Concert
The At Bat for Kids event is a celebratory day to empower, educate and inspire families to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.  Radio Disney's Next Big Thing winners, Jonnie & Brookie will rock the stage while families dance and groove to the music.
When:    2 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday; May 14
Where:   Scottsdale Stadium

Dan Zanes & Friends
With a hip sense of humor and multicultural vibe, Dan Zanes and his Grammy Award-winning band create a rollicking ‘Woodstock for Kids.’  The audience is invited to sing along and join the all-ages dance party.
When:    3 p.m. Saturday; May 14
Where:   Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Local Motion Trolley Tour
This tour is filled with Scottsdale’s fascinating history, culture, arts and where to find extraordinary restaurants and shopping.  Highlights include the Old Adobe Mission, the Arts District, Hotel Valley Ho, SouthBridge and the Waterfront areas.
When:    10:30 a.m. Saturday; May 14
Where:   Old Adobe Mission
Info:        Free, 480-634-6850,

Starlight Concert with The Swingtips
Put on your dancing shoes and join your neighbors for an all-ages mix of 1930s-style swing music.  And, don’t forget to pack a picnic basket and bring your blankets and lawn chairs.
When:    6:30 p.m. Saturday; May 14
Where:   Market Street Park, DC Ranch
Info:        Free, 480-342-7178,

"Scottsdale Memories" book signing by Paul Messinger
Mr. Messinger will be available to sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase.“Scottsdale Memories” cover promises 50 personal, heartfelt stories told by one of Scottsdale's most prominent historians and successful entrepreneurs, former Arizona State Legislator and Scottsdale City Councilman. 
When:    5-7 p.m. Tuesday; May 17
Where:   Scottsdale Historical Museum located at 7333 East Scottsdale Mall
Info:       480-945-4499,

Showcase display of Miss Arizona's Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers—May 13, 14 and 17
This spectacular crown is a one-of-a-kind work of Art designed by the Memorable Paul Johnson and handcrafted in 1969.  The crown was gifted to The Miss Arizona Scholarship Foundation that annually awards state scholarships for academic achievements and outstanding community service.
When:    10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13, 14 and 17
Where:   4419 North Scottsdale Rd. Suite 110, Paul Johnson Jewelers
Info:        Free, 480-970-4341

"Art"ini Thursdays—Thursdays between May 5-July 28
Create your own piece of art by custom painting your martini glass, $10 for glass and one martini.  Appetizers at happy hour pricing.  $5 martinis when you bring back your glass.
When:    5-9 p.m. every Thursday between May 5-July 28
Where:   44fifteen Bar and Bistro at the Hotel Indigo, 4415 North Civic Center Plaza
Info:        480-824-6181,

ArtBridge – every Thursday

ArtBridge Thursdays is a weekly artisan market showcasing local artists and crafters as well as live music, entertainment and artistic demonstrations.
When:    6-10 p.m. every Thursday
Where:   Marshall Way bridge on the Scottsdale Waterfront
Info:        Free;

Old Town Farmer's Market – every Saturday

A local favorite – find produce, food and fun in Old Town Scottsdale
When:    8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday
Where:   The corner of Brown and 1st Street
Info:        Free;

For information and a listing of all Scottsdale 60 events visit