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Good evening, This newsletter is worthy of printing so you can keep track of all the November-December events that you don’t want to miss. At the very end are reports on two neighborhood meetings on proposed rezoning cases for your review.


TONIGHT:  Community Council of Scottsdale  Thurs. 8 pm Granite Reef Senior Center Rm 8.  Presentation on the city’s General Plan 2035 will focus on splitting Rural land uses into Desert Rural (2 plus acres) and Rural Neighborhoods (1 acre to minus 2 acres). Purpose is to require more city council scrutiny if rezoning is requested to increase density and reduce the size of the large lot. Currently a simple majority 4-3 vote of council has allowed equestrian and large lot areas to be developed with more homes per acre often causing negative impact on existing neighbors’ home investment and changing the character of an area.


ArtFest  Sat-Sunday in Civic Center. 10am to 5 pm. Free admission

Good Guys SW National Muscle cars, hot rods, trucks thru 1972. WestWorld

American West in Film and TV 11am Sat. Museum of the West 3830 N. Marshall Way-south of Main St. Charlie LeSueur provides behind-the-scenes tales of TV and western film making.

Exploring the West with Smithsonian—Oregon! Third in series of 7 programs on nation’s treasured lands. Sunday 20th 1 pm Museum of West


Friday, Nov 25th Scottsdazzle in the Soleri Bridge Plaza (Scottsdale Rd-Camelback Rd on the AZ Canal)  5:30 pm speakers and music….6:30 pm new LED holiday tree will be switched on to start an annual celebration.

Old Town Cowboy Christmas Family entertainment, free wagon rides from 1 to 4 pm Saturdays—Nov 26, Dec 3, 10 and 17   Main St and Brown Ave area.

Sugar Plum Avenue Family entertainment and decorations along 5th Ave. between Stetson and Marshal Way from 1 to 4 pm on Saturdays Nov 26th, Dec 3, 10 and 22.

Menorah in Civic Center during Hanukkah. Experience a life-size Menorah nightly. Enter from the intersection of Brown Ave & Main Street walking east beyond the Historic “Little Red Schoolhouse

Senior Center Holiday Art Show Fri-Sat Dec 2 & 3  Granite Reef and via Linda Senior Centers.

Electronic Recycle Dec 3, Saturday. 7:30 am to 2 pm  9191 San Salvador Dr.

Pinnacle Peak Jingle Hike 9 to 10:30 am on Dec 3rd, Saturday with Santa. $10 per family $15 nonresidents. Register 480 312 0990.

STARS -nonprofit event with movie “Elf” starts 6 pm Event is 4 to 8 pm Dec 3 in Chaparral Park 5401 N. Hayden Rd. Baked and other sales. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy your city park.

ARTrageous Benefit Gala  5 pm Dec 3 Virginia Piper Theater 7380 E 2nd St

Thursday, Dec. 8th  I Spy Santa Artwalk  Arts District on Main and Marshal Way  6 pm Scavenger Hunt….costumed Elves…Santa’s House   7-9pm ArtWalk. Free horse and carriage rides from 7 to 9 pm Dec 1, 8,15, and 22.

Fridays on 5th Avenue  Dec 2, 9, 16 and 23rd.  Live music and great shopping

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park train ride through holiday lights. Holiday displays begin 6:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 9th.  Enjoy 6:30 to 9 pm nightly from Dec 9th thorough January 1st (except Dec 24, 25 and 31).

JANUARY EVENTS: Native Trails, Barrett-Jackson collector Car Auction, Celebration of Fine Arts, Rock N Roll Marathon, Sunday A’Fair.

…What to do with YOUR holiday tree…Tree Roundup is January 9th through 14th. Place curbside by 5 am Monday, Jan. 9th so the city can recycle into mulch. NO ornaments or artificial trees please!


 Proposed emergency facility at 114th and Shea Blvd. Wed evening a public meeting was held at Laguna Grade School to present a proposed emergency Intake facility operated by Dignity Health at 114th Street and Shea Blvd. According to the speaker, it would not be for urgent care, not be a trauma center, nor have overnight facilities for patients and would operate 24/7. It was estimated that 96% of the patients would be treated and discharged. The remaining 4% would be transported to a hospital. Although Honor Health is 6 to 7 minutes distance, the patient incentive is to be transported to Dignity Health and receive quicker service with pre-admission.

The property was rezoned in 2008 from residential to Commercial-Office with stipulations on 22 foot height limit (applicant wants 24ft and 36ft) , 70 ft view corridor on Shea Blvd. (applicant wants reduction to 50ft) and an entrance/exit onto Shea Blvd (not currently allowed).  

Another neighborhood meeting was held Wed. evening regarding the Wolf Spring Ranch proposed development between 93rd and 94th Street north of Cactus. This equestrian acreage includes the two private schools on the northern side of Cactus Road. The developer, Empire, has purchased Casey School and is leasing back for the school year.  Area residents are adamant to reduce the proposed subdivision density to R 1-18 (one home on 18,000 sq ft lot) to be compatible to existing homes. The developer began with 76 homes and has a current plan of 8 homes on the eastern and northern borders with R1-18 and all others denser at R 1-10 (1 home on 10,000 sq ft lot) for a total of 47 homes. No formal application or case number exists with the city at this time.

…will end the newsletter here…  Am off to the Transportation Commission hearing that includes an action item to approve proposed improvements to the Downtown area sidewalks and other infrastructure.  Public “workshops” were held earlier today by a consulting firm asking WHAT improvements the public wants.  Makes one wonder about the Cart before the Horse story.

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