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11/21/17 Newsletter

Congratulations to the city's Tourism and Events Department for giving you many reasons to be in Downtown Scottsdale with your house guests and family during the holidays.


What is Scottsdazzle?  Check out this YouTube video

All events are FREE and will delight all ages.

Saturday, November 25th  from 7:00 9:00 pm
Soleri Plaza, Scottsdale Waterfront

7 PM  SING-ALONG  Gather around the Waterfront/Arizona Canal bank at Scottsdale Road south of Camelback Road in the Southbridge area. Holiday songs will be led by 99.9 KEZ host Marty Manning with local celebs and music by MusicaNova Orchestra. There will be live entertainment and holiday treats.

 The countdown to energize more than 1 million LED colors on the unique Scottsdale computerized tree begins at 8 pm in the Soleri Bridge Plaza. This is visible south of Camelback Road and on the west side of Scottsdale Road at the canal.

ELSEWHERE ALONG THE CANAL November 25th to January 8th
Reflection Rising by Poetic Kinetics. It is a very large and lengthy, suspended kinetic sculpture spanning from Marshall Way to the Soleri Bridge above the Arizona Canal water. It has dazzling colors and motion in daylight or with night lighting.

Prismatica features 25 giant revolving prism sculptures that trigger variable-intensity bell music when you rotate them. As you walk among the prisms you will see city life in every color of the spectrum or you can turn the prisms to make the colors dance. After sunset, the enormous interactive kaleidoscopes are awesome.  The whole family will be eager to experience them.
Local merchant are also involved with special sales and events inside their business Get details at this website  SCOTTSDAZZLE.COM


Saturday, Nov. 25. "Shop Small" on Small Business Saturday Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms. What's more, for every $100 spent locally, $73 stays in the economy; compared with $43 from non-local stores. You may not know that when you buy online the sales tax goes to the State of AZ and not Scottsdale! Click here to Learn more about Small Business Saturday.

Saturdays, November 25th, December 2, 9, 16 and 23 Old Town Farmers' Market at Brown Ave/1st Street parking lot

Wednesday, Nov. 29th 11 am to 6 pm is when the
Alli Ortega Empty Bowls raises funds to fight hunger at the Scottsdale Community College, Student Center Cafeteria. Local artisans sell hand-crafted bowls - proceeds benefit Vista del Camino social service agency.

Thanks to popular demand, Holiday Lights will expand. This year's McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park event runs for five weeks, kicking off Friday, Dec. 1, and then most nights through Sunday, Jan. 7. The Holiday Lights train ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad will require a special ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance, during the park's normal hours. Another welcome  offer-- you can avoid long lines by buying a Fast Pass. Get details about this year's event.

Saturday, December 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm Santa Wine Around sends adults into wine tasting rooms. If you dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus or an elf you will receive a commemorative wine glass. Take your taste buds to Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek Tasting Room, LDV Winery Wine Gallery, Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room and/or SuVino Winery.

Support Scottsdale Cares at Holiday Lights, Dec. 7. Scottsdale Cares supports a variety of social service agencies that assist thousands of Scottsdale residents. City staff will be on-site at Holiday Lights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, providing refreshments and activities. Those not attending the event can donate to Scottsdale Cares.

Saturday, Dec 9th  3 pm to 7 pm   Cowboy Christmas in Old Town District (Main St & Brown Avenue). Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon twisting, western games, free rides on trackless train, hay wagon and/or horse carriages. The children area features the western bounce houses and petting zoo .

December 9 at 4 pm, 15th at 6:30 pm and 17 at 2 pm enter The Old Adobe Mission in Old Town on Brown Ave/1st Street. They will host various events in the 1933 mission built by the first Mexican settlers in Scottsdale. It features beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and handcrafted stained-glass windows.

December 12 to 20th a Life Sized Menorah is lit nightly during Hanukkah in the Civic Center located east on Main Street walkway toward City Hall.

Thursday, December 14th 6:30 to 9 pm Gold  Palette Artwalk in the Art District on Main Street and Marshall Way north of Indian School Road.

Saturday, December 16th 3 pm to 7 pm Sugar Plum Avenue . Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and watch The Nutcracker performed by ballerinas on 5th Avenue west of Scottsdale Road. There will be aerial performances, live entertainment, and interactive crafts for children. Shop the locally owned boutiques and unique 5th Avenue shops and look for the Snow King & Queen but don't trip the stilt walkers.

Saturdays in December from 7 pm to 8:30 pm listen to Canal Concerts on the Soleri Plaza. Dec 2-Phoenix Boys' Choir....Dec. 9th
Campanillas del Sol Handbell Ensemble...Dec 16th Phoenix Women's Chorus and finally on Dec 23rd the MC6 A Cappella.

Culinary Demonstrations Dec. 2nd at 9:30 am at Barrio Queen (tamale making), Dec 9th at 2:30 pm at Super Chunk Sweets & Treats (creative marshmellows) and Dec 16th at 1 pm in Marcellino (Christmas Eve in Italy).


Yes...parked around town you will see 150 lime green bikes waiting for you to ride. This is a dockless share system and it relies on GPS to track the bike location when you are finished with it.  (Do park in a legal bike area however--don't abandon it  where it will be a pedestrian or other hazard).  Use the code HELLOAZ for 10 free rides until the end of November.
Here's how:(1) Scan a code on the bike with the app and it unlocks (2) When finished with your ride, park it and shut the lock on the back wheel. The app provides users with a trip summary. After these 10 free rides, it's $1 per 30 minute ride. Special student prices and package prices are available. To start you deposit $5 and can earn free rides the more money deposited in your LimeBike wallet. This program cost the city NOTHING.

Want to STROLL and not ride a bike? Then check out this video on the Bajada Nature Trail in your Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Wheelchairs, walkers, small children and slow-pokes will enjoy the level grade trail through pristine desert. The half mile has storyboards, quizzes and pictures of what to watch for in animals and plants.

It has been COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale pleasure to provide you with suggestions for your holiday season. Our next newsletter will concentrate on city government issues, council decisions, and alerts and summaries about new land cases that may affect your neighborhood.

Special thanks to Patty Badenoch who has resigned as Treasurer after years of outstanding accuracy and efficiency. Jim Davis of Estancia  has accepted the position and will be processing your $10 annual COGS membership renewal (or new membership).  Our website is

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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