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Thank you for reading and being informed.   Holiday and city government events fill December. New city manager possible? New land use cases that might affect you? An ENERGIZED Downtown with music and entertainment action on sidewalks and street corners will occur in Old Town, Arts District and 5th Avenue. Dates and some events are listed in this newsletter for you to enjoy with friends and family.  

Downtown Scottsdale’s Western Spirit: Museum of the West scores again!  The world’s premier collection of Western and Indian movie poster graphic arts has found a new home in the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History, valued at nearly six million dollars, consists of approximately 5,000 items—primarily posters and lobby cards dating from the early 1900s to contemporary times. (When movies were released, theaters historically received a set of eight 11”x14” photos − known as lobby cards − showing different scenes from the film for display in theater lobbies.)  To read more, CLICK HERE.

Holiday shopping? Go to YOUR Downtown western museum store for authentic southwestern gifts. Select ornaments, cowboy boot stockings, artisan-made items, holiday cards, children and adult books, puzzles, board games, home décor and more.  The store is open Tuesday-Sunday during normal museum hours—no admission is required. All purchases are tax-free and support this nonprofit organization. Museum members enjoy at 15% discount. Annual membership for 2 seniors (couple or plus a friend) is just $60 and individual adult levels begin at $45. Details at  Location is south of Main Street on Marshall Way. Our free trolley takes you to the front door.

HOLIDAY SEASON IS DEFINITELY IN SCOTTSDALE !  Mark your calendar or load your cellular phone so you do not miss The Scottsdazzle events and special ArtWalks.

Go to   for all event details.  

·         Don’t forget to see Scottsdale’s LED holiday tree near Scottsdale Road/Camelback Road on the southern end of the Solari Bridge on the AZ Canal.  

·         The traditional green tree is in Old Town at Brown Ave/Main Street

·         In the Civic Center you will find a life-size Menorah lit nightly. Enter from the intersection of Brown Ave & Main Street and walk eastward beyond the Historic “Little Red Schoolhouse” into Civic Center’s expansive grounds and fountains area.

 Thursday, Dec 8th events:

5pm  City Manager candidate final interviews are in the Kiva. Attend or watch on Channel 11.  Will the city council make a selection and announce it this evening? Our city has lacked a permanent city manager since June 2015.

"I Spy Santa" Artwalk /Downtown Arts District.  Families can search for Santa Claus throughout the Downtown and enjoy refreshments and live music with special artists such as Grammy-nominated flutist Sherry Finzer.  

6 pm Scavenger Hunt on Marshall Way. Take pictures with the costumed Elves. Find Santa’s House.  Have dinner downtown in one of the many restaurants Italian? Chinese? Mexican? Thai?

7 pm to 9 pm Free horse and carriage rides Dec 8, 15, and 22.

 Browse the Arts District galleries for specials 7 pm to 9 pm.

·         Stop by the Carsten’s Main Street gallery to see the new line of hand-crafted - Limited Edition signed & numbered scarves. Most are large enough to be worn as shawls. Each one is silk screened with permanent inks onto 100% silk or satin, sewn & signed by the artist, Cyndy Carsten.  7077 Main Street/Art District

·         Don’t miss being in the DeRubeis Fine Art of Metal as they feature the drip master, Romero.  Watch him create new originals with his unique style of dripping paint. Times are also on Friday from 12-4 and again on Saturday from 12-3.  Location-7171 Main Street/Arts District

·         Browse the new location of the Pejman Gallery 7130 Main Street and meet artist, Bob Pejman.


6:30 to 9 pm nightly MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK train will travel through holiday lights. Holiday displays begin Dec 9th through January 1st (except Dec 24, 25 and 31). Details at

5 pm to 8 pm…Local artists’ reception in The Angel Store in Kiva Center Courtyard Shops on 5th Avenue (west of Scottsdale Road) ….As part of Downtown Scottsdazzle official events, The Angel Store is inviting you to " Angels in Art. Light refreshments will be served while the live jazz quartet, The Phoenician Four, plays right outside in the Kiva Courtyard.

Some of the featured artists you will meet are: K Nadine Booth, Kathleen Ekholm, Sandy Schenkat, Mary Clark, Alene Geed, Colleen Brown, Bill Follis, Dave Bigelow, Dina Petruzzi, Judy WoodSteven Kaye, John Horejs,  Anne Greiner, Carly Hack, and Meggie Thiesen name a few.

“FRIDAYS ON 5TH AVENUE”  Holiday decorated 5th Avenue on the western side of Scottsdale Road will have live music and shopping specials on these Fridays--Dec 9, 16 and 23


Holiday Fun at the Museum!
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Holiday family fun begins at 10 a.m. with a screening of “The Polar Express," the cherished holiday film starring Tom Hanks. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, the film tells the tale of one boy’s journey to the North Pole on a magical train. (Run time: 100 minutes; rated PG).
Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., kids can participate in a silver bell scavenger hunt, make-and-take crafts and games. 
At 1 p.m., families can join OK Chorale members Yodeling Al, Jingel'n Jud and Tumbleweed Tony for an entertaining program of holiday songs and stories, western-style.  

Festive holiday displays at the museum will be on view during regular hours Tuesday, November 29 through Saturday, December 24 and include a one-of-a-kind gingerbread western town created just for the museum by noted Chef Jay Murphy of the KAK Shop. Guests can also delight in a Polar Express model train that will be on display!

 OLD TOWN COWBOY CHRISTMAS Family entertainment, free wagon rides from 1 to 4 pm Saturdays—Dec. 10 and 17 Board at the  Main St and Brown Ave intersection by the Downtown Ambassador information cart.

SUGAR PLUM AVENUE Family entertainment and decorations along 5th Ave. between Stetson and Marshall Way from 1 to 4 pm on Saturdays Dec 10 and 22.

in northern Scottsdale you can VOLUNTEER to clear northern Scottsdale roadside litter this Saturday, the 10th from 8 am to 10 am. Details at the Friends of the Scenic Drive/Peak Magazine

Seeking Community Input

(1)    The City of Scottsdale is preparing a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and Scottsdale Revised Code that will amend the requirements for temporary signs, semi-permanent signs, and special event signs. As part of a broad city-wide outreach on this proposal, the community is invited for review and comment at two Open Houses regarding these proposed amendments: Temporary & Semi-Permanent Signs  Case No. 2-TA-2016

The major change is---To update the regulations pertaining to temporary and semi-permanent signs in the Zoning Ordinance, and remove special event sign regulations from the Zoning Ordinance. Tuesday, Dec. 6  from 5:30 - 7 p.m.  One Civic Center  7447 E. Indian School Road  Community Development Rooms 1, 2 & 3 then Wednesday, Dec 7th from 5:30 to 7pm in the via Linda Senior Center, Rm 4  You can e mail your comments to Andrew Chi, Planner or call him at 480-312-7828 to put your comments into the public record.

(2)    These locations and times will also recommend to update and incorporate new special event sign regulations into Chapter 22 of the Scottsdale Revised Code but the via Linda Senior Center room will be 6. City staff contact is Cheryl Sumners, Events Manager 480-312-7834

(3)    The city is seeking community input related to research and analysis findings to Downtown Scottsdale 2.0 (Tourism-related Downtown Economic Feasibility Study). This project includes several phases of work such as: an assessment of the overall urban design of downtown Scottsdale, and how that design can be improved as to walkability,pedestrian pathways and tranfsportation. Open house meetings will include a presentation by the contractor, CSL International, community and city staff conversation roundtables and an overview of comparable city case studies and concepts. Visit for more information and sign-up to receive project updates and announcements. Open houses will be held at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road.
Choose the session that works best for you:

  • 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14
  • 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15

 Land Use Cases northern and southern Scottsdale: (click on the case link to review details)

The Outpost conditional use permit for a gas station hearing will be held 6 pm Thursday, Dec 8th in the Copper Ridge School cafeteria 10101 Thompson Peak Parkway.

Near 128th Street and Ranch Gate Road. The applicant is requesting approval of a preliminary plat for Storyrock Phase 1A consisting of 66 lots.CASE#5-PP-2016 and Storyrock Phase 1B with 93 lots CASE#5-PP-2016#2 and 1C with 96 lots  CASE#5-PP-2016#3 Then comes Phase 2A & B consisting of 78 lots. CASE#5-PP-2016#4  Then comes Phase 3A with 78 lots. CASE#5-PP-2016#5

 Near 128th Street and Ranch Gate Road. The Storyrock applicant is also requesting approval of wash modifications associated with 1C case 5-PP-2016#3 as CASE#10-WM-2016 and with Phases 2A & B as CASE#12-WM-2016 and finally with Phase 3A as CASE#11-WM-2016.

Near Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. The applicant is requesting approval of the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new 4,000 square foot restaurant with drive through service.CASE#55-DR-2016

Near McDowell Road and 68th Street. The applicant is requesting approval of the preliminary plat for a new 24-lot residential subdivision, including landscape plan, pedestrian and vehicular gates, decorative light masts, a common amenity area, an art theme wall at the street frontage and a street frontage open space/storm water retention area. CASE#1-PP-2016#2

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