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Happy Friday morning, COGS E-newsletter Reader.  Does your HOA have current emergency contact info for you? Got treasurer talents? Bargains available at city surplus.  Museum of West docent tours now Tuesdays to Fridays    Did you know we have a unique Police Headquarters Museum?

First—Welcome to all the new members who went to our website or mailed us.  We appreciate your interest in the COGS mission “CONSISTENT LAND USE POLICY AND THE PRESERVATION OF OUR UNIQUE QUALITY OF LIFE”

Please update your personal information with your HOA.  The chairwoman of one of our advocacy groups, Scottsdale Coalition, wisely asked us to remind readers that your home association keeps contact records of their complex homeowners.  In an emergency (fire, plumbing, as well as medical alert home checkup) they need to know how to reach you or an emergency contact person.  Too many HOA records are years out of date. When newspapers stack up at a front door,  neighbors should correctly become concerned if someone  is inside and possibly in need of help. A current home and cellular phone number is important to neighbors and the HOA office.  AND don’t forget to order your Emergency Lockbox to house that entry key for police and fire.

Volunteer your Peachtree Software talent: The Scottsdale Historical Society, a non-profit, volunteer organization housed in the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Scottsdale Civic Center, is seeking a new Treasurer.  Knowledge of Peachtree Software is a requirement and a CPA is preferable.  Duties include working with the Manager, maintaining accounts, writing checks, and giving a financial report at the monthly Board of Directors meetings on the third Monday night of the month.  Estimated time involved is approximately two hours a week.  For more information, please call (480)-945-4499, or email at:  The website for the Scottsdale Historical Museum is:


Support Saguaro High School Golf Team by sponsoring a hole or gathering a foursome to play in their annual fundraiser tournament on May 16th at the McCormick Ranch course.  Contact Coach Chris Brandt at


 Want to buy a bargain? The city of Scottsdale offers to the general public the opportunity to bid electronically on a wide array of assets using our Public Surplus materials auction web site. View the current City of Scottsdale public surplus material auctions.

Competitive Arizona is planning a community forum to talk about issues impacting the LGBT community in Scottsdale. It is hosted by Scottsdale Councilmembers Virginia Korte and Linda Milhaven on Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00-8:00 PM at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church located at 4140 N.Miller Road—just north of Indian School Road across from the Fry’s Shopping Center.

A Civil Discourse Forum will be hosted by the Scottsdale Human Relations Commission on Thursday, June 25th, in the Kiva (city hall). It will have four presenters with different perspectives on LGBT issues in our city.  It will be televised over Channel 11 but you are encouraged to attend. Details will come in future COGS E-Newsletters.

Hidden Police Museum on Indian School Road & Granite Reef Rd  Did you know our city has a fascinating hallway museum at Police Headquarters? It will interest ages 3 yrs old  to ancient with a police motorcycle, forensic displays, official gear worn and used,  police stories and crime items. The western hall is complete showcasing the Deputy Marshall office during the 1960’s-1970. It is FREE.  Just enter the front door and be greeted by the receptionist.

Museum of the West—Western Spirit   Docent Tours Tuesday through Fridays. Our newest museum is located at Marshall Way & 1st Street south of Main Street and offers informational tours. Here is the schedule to fit your day and guests.

Discovery Tour
11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Learn the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (also known as the Corps of Discovery) and how contemporary artist Charles Fritz illustrated the Corps' journey, more than 200 years later.

Western Tour
12:15 p.m.
The tour of this one-of-a-kind collection brings to life the cowboys, lawmen and other figures of the Old West through their saddles, spurs, and other quintessentially western items.

Courage & Crossroads and Confluence of Cultures Tour
1:15 p.m.
This tour of two exhibitions spotlights how encounters between American Indians and the first Euro-American explorers led to friendships, as well as conflicts. It also touches on themes such as trappers, settlement and exploration.

NOTE: Reservations are not required, unless you are bringing a group of 15 or more. To make a reservation, call 480-686-9539.

TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND EVENTS:  AZ Paint Horse Club—jump, trop,  gallop in all age competition.  FREE Saturday & Sunday 8 am to 5 pm at WestWorld of Scottsdale 166601 N.Pima Road. info at ....Craft64 Grand Opening, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday - Sunday, May 8 - 10, 6922 E. Main St. .......Ignite Phoenix 17, Saturday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 480-499-TKTS.........and the unique event called Date Night at the Stadium, 6 - 10 p.m., Friday, May 8, Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road.

Learn about the history of O’Odham and Pilpaash cultures of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at a coming public meeting of the Community Council of Scottsdale. Our fellow advocacy group will be meeting Thursday, May 21st in the Granite Reef Senior Center auditorium Room 1 at 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Valerie Lewis, cultural outreach coordinator for the Indian Community will be the guest speaker

Yes, it was a joke to give retiring Scottsdale Officer Jim Hill a small shirt plus woman’s watch.  His less formal party last week at Flicka’s was packed beyond capacity with well-wishers as he moves on to a security position with a Maricopa County Community College. Hopefully someone will continue his library reading program as a police officer engaging positively with young children.  Thank you, Jim, for all the extra programs you conducted for our city and its residents.

CURRENT COGS ISSUE INVOLVEMENT: (1) Diamond Mountain Estates proposed project  (2) AZ Trust Land Auction/Camelot Homes proposed project (3) Rockbar conditional use permit and city alley lease (4) T mobile 50 ft. tower request at Camelback Rd/Granite Reef Rd (4) Sushi Bar remodel plan and Old Town design standards (5) General Plan 2035 Land Use and Character and Design draft text (6 ) city’s Design Center ownership and/or leasing proposal review (7) tracking EPCOR Paradise Valley water district rate case ( 8) tracking SW corner Lincoln & Scottsdale Road project to be proposed post sale of property.  These are assigned to specific COGS Board members who are highly qualified on that issue.  COGS members volunteer as neighborhood leaders.  Interested?  Have another issue that needs to be on this list?  Contact Chairman Sonnie at   or call 602 717 3886 cellular anytime

 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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