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Good afternoon, COGS E-Newsletter Reader. March is the month for everyone-professional baseball, multiple free horse shows, art festivals, sunshine runs for charity and more. City government asks your opinion on a new downtown trolley route (open the attachment) and there is a summary of the last City Council meeting. Do you have a teenager who wants a constructive summer?-read the last two paragraphs.


  • Thursday 5 March at WestWorld (Pima/Bell Rd) Cactus Reining Horse Classic-free....noon to 1 pm Native Trails native American music, dancing and cultural talk on grass at Civic Center...1:05 pm SF Giants play Chicago Cubs in Scottsdale Stadium (Osborn/Goldwater Blvd)....7-9 pm ArtWalk in Arts District with horse-drawn rides
  • Friday 6th in WestWorld the free Cactus Reining Horse Classic continues
  • Saturday 7th AZ Paint Horse Show and AZ Pony Show 8 am to 5 pm at WestWorld....Marshall Square Art Party 11 am-6 pm art demonstrations, make and take a projects, music & food (Marshall Way and Main Street area)...Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch meet at 7 am on Market Street

BASEBALL CITY FAN FEST Cost: Free admittance For more information, visit: .Description: Baseball City is your one-stop shop for all things spring training - a fan fest and trade show all rolled into one big extravaganza! The free event takes place March 7-8 on Scottsdale's Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard. Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to test their batting, pitching and base-running skills, plus get a hands-on glimpse behind the science of baseball. They'll also experience a showcase of some of the world's finest baseball memorabilia. Baseball City will also be attended by major league ballplayers both past and present, from the hottest young prospects in spring training to legendary Hall of Famers. Attendees can get autographs from their favorite players and even participate in clinics held by the game's greats. Baseball City is a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Exclusively Little Tots and toddlers are invited to join in the fun Saturday,during McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's annual "Exclusively Little" event. This free event for children age six and younger features game booths, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and other entertainment. Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal and enter it in the stuffed animal contest --prizes will be awarded to the most loved, cutest and best dressed. Train and carousel rides are $2 each.

Sunday 8th Sunday A'Fairs Grab a blanket or lawn chair and relax for a concert from noon to 4 p.m. These free afternoon mini-festivals take place on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center, adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The event features concerts and performances by the Valley's top entertainers, a diverse selection of arts and crafts available for sale, hands-on activities for children and families and free docent-guided tours of the sculptures on the Scottsdale Civic Center. Concert dates run through April 5......1:05 pm SF Giants play AZ Diamondbacks

Monday 9th Baseball again-1:05 pm SF Giants play LA Dodgers...

Wednesday 11th Giants VS Milwaukee Brewers 1:05 pm.....6 pm Singles' Mixer at Granite Reef Senior Center 6 pm. $5 residents $7 non-residents. The night will include social games, a comedic entertainer, and refreshments. Call 480 312 1700 to register today.

CITY GOVERNMENT UPDATES: City Council approved the 655 unit project on 17 approx. acres north of Indian Bend Road and Scottsdale Road called Artesia. The approval amended a previously approved project at this location. The concerns of homeowners to the south were reduced with the building corner removals of two stories where their views were impacted. Also, the City Manager was directed to include in the 2015-16 budget planning (1) a proposed 3% "fix" to catch-up Scottsdale to other competitive cities plus 5% step increases in compensation for the police officers* (2) membership fees in the National League of Cities and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. *COGS NOTE: It costs Scottsdale taxpayers approx. $100,000 to train a new police officer then 2 to 3 years of mentoring by a senior officer. We have been experiencing officer departures to higher paying valley cities--an investment. loss in time and dollars. One officer last year received an $18,000 pay increase elsewhere-important dollars for a young family.

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED on the proposed Downtown Trolley Route Change: Monday, March 9th from 6-7 pm at 7447 E. Indian School Rd (conference room) Open the attached route for your review. Considerations: (1) can increase the frequency of the trolleys (2) route requires less turns (3) route improves passenger count with new stops (4) route avoids Indian School Road east of Old Town (4) proposed route continues to service 5th Avenue area (5) route continues to cross the Marshall Way bridge. Comments can be e mailed to 

GOT A TEENAGER WHO NEEDS CONSTRUCTIVE SUMMER HOURS? (1) Youth & Family Services provides training, development and educational workshops, such as skills for interviewing. Contact Sheila Williams, Human Services Specialist, 480-312-0105. (2) Youth Corps is a summer volunteer program for teens 13 - 17 years old. Volunteers can explore career opportunities, give back to the community, and receive school credit (with prior school approval). Applications are available online April 1 - 30, 2015.

Thanks for reading! 


     For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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