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07/16/17 Newsletter

July Scottsdale Topics and Events--

Registration for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Fall Classes begins 7:00 a.m., Monday, July 31 for Residents of Scottsdale.  Search for class offerings online at when registration opens. Online is the quickest way to sign up.  You are encouraged to set up your account now so that you are ready July 31. This fall  new classes like family hikes in the preserve, new dance classes for youth and other leisure activities are planned.
For more information, visit and search "leisure education". 

Swim Under the Stars – Moonlight Swims
  Friday, July 21  McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center

Saturday, July 22nd, Eldorado Park Aquatic Center

 Public Hearings on neighborhood land cases

  • Thursday, July 26th starts 5 pm Planning Commission in the Kiva (city hall)  Attend or send comments to

  • Wolf Springs Ranch rezoning equestrian/rural to smaller lots and increased density of 41 homes on 20 acres at NW corner 94th and Cactus Road. Adjacent neighborhood representatives have continued concerns and will be speaking at this hearing.

  • Granite Reef Townhomes aka Hudson East   8340 E McDonald Drive rezoning from Commercial to Urban Neighborhood to build multifamily complex.

  • Escondido Manor, Lot 10 request to add a second story to existing home 12768 N Windrose Drive. 


                July New Land Cases--are any near you?
SE corner Shea Blvd and 116th St. Bell Group Self-Storage.  Request to rezone 4.6 acre site to Neighborhood Commercial (C-1). Public open house was last week in Mustang Library. Neighborhood concerns are that if C-1 is approved more intense uses can occur if the property is sold again without specific restrictions. Customer access is 24 hours to the storage units through a keypad system. Case 9-ZN-2017

NE corner 70th Street and Continental Drive Request to rezone a mobile home park to Suburban Neighborhood and to build 65 single family 2-story homes with zero foot side yard on one side of the home. Taylor Morrison is the proposed builder on 8.9 net acres. Case 12-ZN-2017. This is the MH site that was in Scottsdale news for more than a year while elderly residents were removed from their longtime affordable homes.

118th & Jomax request for Preliminary Plat approval of 51 lot single family home subdivision with Amended Development Standards on 77.58 acres. Case 10-PP-2017 details at

Indian School Rd/Marshall Way/ 1st Avenue in Downtown  Funke Mixed Use   No zoning change is needed to build the 3-story retail, commercial and residential units on the vacant parcels. Four condos and 19 apartments are planned. Some area businesses are concerned about the 37 on-site parking spaces as not being sufficient for the retail-commercial and residential needs of the project. Coach House is currently using this as a parking lot—where will they park?. Case 27-DR-2017 details are at

Cattletrack and Palo Verde Drive  Siena Estates request for a Zoning District Map Amendment from Single-family Residential (R1-43) zoning district to smaller lots Single-family Residential (R1-18) zoning district, located on a +/- 3.2-acre site. Case 10-ZN-2017 details at

6828 E Duane Lane (south of Dixileta Drive) Approved on July 10th,   Assisted Living 10 bed facility.

             Can't have summer boredom in Scottsdale!!  Look at these options:

Wednesday, July 19th Billards Tournament 9 am to 4 pm at the Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. It is free and prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Call 480 312 1700

Wednesday July 19th Summer Lecture Series by Dan Gruber of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
"Magma's Last Gasp". Mustang Library 110101 N 90th St. from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, July 21st  for ages 10 to 18 yrs old--
Get a Clue! mystery sleuthing skills 3 to 5 pm in Civic Center Library 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd. Register

Friday, July 21st 
Moonlight Swim 5 to 9 pm McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center.  Regular swim fees apply.

Saturday July 22nd
  Moonlight Swim 5 to 9 pm Eldorado Aquatic Center 2301 N Miller Rd.

Wednesday July 26th
Children's Indoor Birdwatching 10:30 to 11 am Appaloosa Library 7377 E Silverstone Drive. Learning calls and doing crafts.

Thursday, July 27th 4 to 5 pm
Macrame Hummingbird Feeders Workshop in the Gallery at Civic Center Library.  Learn from local artist Amy Guerrero.

July 28th through August 25th
Live & Local Fridays summer concerts will be held in both indoor venues of the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center in Civic Center. At 8 pm enjoy larger Arizona bands in the Virginia G Piper Theater and smaller ensembles  on Stage 2 beginning at 8:30 pm. It all starts with Americana, blues, flamenco, jazz, Latin and pop as 10 Arizona groups are scheduled to perform through the summer. details at or 480 499 8587.

Monday, July 30 through Friday August 4th
Water Sports Camp
at McDowell Mountain Aquatic Center 15525 N Thompson Peak Parkway  $32 residents for the week. Kids learn the FUNdamentals of different water sports--swimming, diving, water polo and water basketball.


What is happening at your Museum of the West?

Did you know that you can reserve the architecturally stunning Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Theater/Auditorium? This versatile and intimate multimedia venue is a popular choice for private events. To learn about reserving the theater/auditorium, please visit their Private Use page.
This month you will enjoy an inaugural exhibition that features
118 western film posters and lobby cards dating from the 1890s to the mid-1980s, curated from one of the world’s largest—and most historically important and inclusive—collections of western film graphic arts. The first of many planned exhibitions featuring posters and objects from the collection, it celebrates the American West, cowboys, Native Americans, the history of the movie industry, and the power of the West’s cultural legacies. It also pays tribute to Rennard Strickland (Osage/Cherokee), whose collection of more than 5,000 items was acquired in late 2016 in an education and community partnership between Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University.
This exhibition, on loan from The A.P. Hays Collection, includes 100 striking and historically important portrayals of one of the world’s most revered natural wonders. Oil paintings, watercolors and prints dating from the 1850s to the 1950s capture the ecological, sociological and visual diversity of the
Grand Canyon, while showcasing a range of artistic styles such as naturalism, impressionism, and abstraction. Thomas Moran, Eanger Irving Couse, Gustave Baumann and Gunnar Widforss are among the celebrated artists included in this exhibition.

Do your summer house guests like bronze sculptures?
Take them to the selection of more than 20 bronze sculptures by award-winning sculptor and painter John Coleman celebrates one of the nation’s most important artists of the American West, as well as the arts patronage of collectors Frankie and Howard Alper. Coleman’s stories about Native American culture are conveyed throughout the exhibition, as his artistic process is illuminated.

CITY COUNCIL IS ON VACATION.  The Desert Discovery Center LLC will deliver their concept by the deadline 31 July 2017.  They are scheduling multiple Public Meetings to present their design and business plan to finance the construction and the continued operations and maintenance. The next COGS E-Newsletter will cover their presentation and update you on the Protect our Preserve and the NoDDC citizens' groups activities.  
        Have safe summer travels.....Scottsdale Schools begin in early August ---Look out for children!

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   


Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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