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1/11/18 Newsletter

Will Scottsdale voters be allowed to vote on a tourist attraction in their McDowell Sonoran Preserve?

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Hot Issue questions continue into 2018.  Focus is on the proposed Desert Edge construction project inside the Preserve, its business plan and the source of funds for the project.

  1. Should the Preserve Funds be used for new construction other than approved trails, trail heads and land acquisition ?
  2. Should there be new construction within the Preserve boundaries other than approved trails and trail heads?
  3. Should the City Charter require these decisions to be made by the Scottsdale voters and not city council ?                                              Multiple residents and community groups have clearly- stated positions on these questions. Funded by more than $100,000 donated by residents, the Protect Our Preserve Political Action Committee (POP-PAC) hired an  experienced legal team to prepare petitions as required by State of Arizona law.  The POP-PAC proposed ballot text would require by City Charter that residents make these decisions in a formal vote. This week volunteers began knocking on doors, and  are available to collect signatures at city libraries, senior centers and at Preserve trail heads. The goal is to collect 30,000 signatures sufficient for the required 25,000 registered voters. The ballot text for Section 12 and 13 is available on their website at


Scottsdazzle was a month-long holiday celebration with more than 3,000 people attending the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Sing-Along, an increase from 400 attendees the previous year. There was also increased attendance at Old Town Cowboy Christmas, Art District Gold Palette ArtWalk , 5th Avenue Sugar Plum event, Canal Concerts and Santa Wine Around. The success was attributed to social media and the KEZ radio advertising campaign  Additionally, city investments were made on new holiday decorations in Old Town, Southbridge/Waterfront, the Arts District, 5th Avenue and along Scottsdale Road. The Waterfront also featured Public Art installations called  Prismatica and Reflection Rising. A large sleigh in Old Town, walk-inside ornament at the base of Marshall Bridge and a holiday box near Soleri Bridge were constantly staging sites for families and friends to take selfies and group pictures.

We recommend that you PRINT the following calendar of events


Every Thursday 7 to 9 pm Arts District ARTWALK. Experience unique galleries and a wide variety of art forms by celebrated local artists.

Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun 11th-14th  Recyle that dry Christmas tree at three city parks: Eldorado, Scottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. Look for collection bins. NO fake trees please.
Fri-Sat-Sun 12th-14th 
Rock “N” Roll Marathon Check this link for the route through Scottsdale and times.
Sat-Sun 13th-21st  Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction  Hundreds of the world’s finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators will assemble for the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction at WestWorld.located east of the 101 near Bell Road. 

Saturday Jan 20th 10:00 AM Paws in the Park FREE Talk to experienced pet professionals, visit information booths, learn about dog adoptions, get great giveaways and hear a variety of entertainment. Dog food donations will be collected.

10:00 AM 5th Annual Local Author Book Sale Free  Support the   talents of our Arizona authors. The Scottsdale Public Libraries present the 5th Annual Local Author Book Sale at all branches.

Fri-Sat 19-20th Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction This is a recurring event.Many styles of classic cars from various eras will be showcased at the Gooding and Company Scottsdale Auction at Scottsdale Fashion Square. 

Sundays noon to April 8th Noon to 4 pm Sunday A'fair Minifestivals  features FREE outdoor concerts near the Scottsdale Performing Arts by the Valley’s top musicians plus an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families.  Bring a chair or blanket and your picnic basket.

Saturday 27th at 4:30 PM  Regional Unity Festival and Walk FREE, Regional Unity Walk as Scottsdale joins other Valley cities for the annual Unity Walk to promote mutual respect and understanding. The event starts in Tempe.
Mon-Sunday Jan, 29-Feb 4th Scottsdale Signature Scottsdale TPC event

Waste Management Phoenix Open See website for ticket cost. This  tournament boasts the largest galleries in all golf and has earned the nickname “The Greatest Show on Grass" More...


Wed Jan 31st at 11:30 AM Mayor Lane's Annual State of the City Address: Cost for lunch $50 (donation benefits Operation Fix It);  Contact: Kelli Kuester , 480-312-7977 Mayor Lane's annual State of the City Address is free for the audience. More details to follow.  More...


12:30 PM Movie Matinee at Senior Center Cost: $3 for Scottsdale residents and is in the Granite Reef Senior Center,   Enjoy a movie and light refreshments! The movie title is announced mid-Jan. Register 480 312 1700


Western Week is coming in February.. Find your western wear and celebrate Scottsdale’s Old West roots.

  • Gold Palette ArtWalk: Western Spirit, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb.8 in the Arts District
  • The Hashknife Pony Express and Food Truck Round-Up, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Museum of the West/Marshall Way south of Indian School Road and south of Main Street.
  • The Parada del Sol Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, followed by the Parada del Sol Trails End Festival from noon to 4 p.m. in Old Town.
  • The Arizona Indian Festival “Celebrating Indigenous People of Arizona,” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, on the Scottsdale Civic Center. Indian tribes from throughout Arizona will gather to share cultural experiences.  **************************************************************************

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Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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