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2/07/18 Newsletter

Western Week is here!  Experience on Friday the Hashknife riders delivering the mail....Saturday morning Parada del Sol on Scottsdale Rd....followed with afternoon music, foods and activities at the Trails End in Old Town

Scottsdale's annual Western Week is in full swing. Checkout these family-friendly activities:

  • Thursday Feb 8th  6:30 pm to 9 pm Western Spirit Gold Palette Artwalk  (Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and Marshall Way north of Indian School Road) Stroll art galleries to the sound of live mariachi performances and experience live western art demonstrations. Watch (or join in) line and square dancing. Take the walking historic tour and munch on western-themed refreshments.  Details:
  • Friday Feb 9th 11 am to 2 pm Hashknife Pony Express Mail Delivery in front of the Museum of the West (2nd St. on Marshall Way south of Main Street) This is the oldest sanctioned Pony Express in its 60th year. They road the 200 plus miles from the northern town of Holbrook, AZ. Stay in the plaza south of the Museum to greet the horses and riders. There is story telling, face painting, live entertainment and food trucks.
  • Friday Feb 9th  FREE admission to the Museum of the West from 9:30 am to 5 pm. A $5 donation would be appreciated though.... View movie posters from old west movies, saddles, spurs, western art, Hopi pottery and more.
  • Saturday Feb 10th Farmers' Market 8 AM TO 1 PM (Brown Ave/1st Street) Parking will be difficult because of road blockage for the parade. Bike or walk into the area.
  • Saturday Feb 10th 65th annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol (10 am to noon) and Trails End Festival (noon to 4 pm) Parade route comes southward down Scottsdale Road from the AZ Canal....turns west on 1st Street to the Museum of the West/Marshall Way.....south to 2nd St then east to Brown Ave in Old Town....then north to Indian School Road.  Aztec and Folklorico dancers, street entertainment, dancing, wine garden and a Cowboy Kids' Zone will be throughout the Historic Old Town area.--east of Scottsdale Road.
  • Sat-(10am-6pm) Sunday (10 am-4pm)  Feb 10th-11th Arizona Indian Festival Celebrate Native American culture and ancestral traditions with storytelling, performances, music and contemporary entertainment, yummy Fry Bread, giveaways and kids' activities as well as artisan market.
  • Sunday Feb 11th  1 to 2 pm  "The Last Buffalo"--a Smithsonian film will be shown at the Museum of the West. Free to members. General admission price includes the film.


Loloma Property to be Sold: The city property to the west of the Scottsdale Artists' School (formerly the Loloma School) and the city bus transit site south of the Museum of the West will enter into escrow if approved at the city council February 13th meeting.  The $27,750,000 agreed price does not include the Artists' School, Stagebrush Theater nor most of the city parking lot north of 2nd St and adjacent to the theater.  On page 2 of the land case/council document it states that the city is in the process of updating the Downtown Character Area Plan and Planned District section of the zoning ordinance that would "expand the existing areas where additional heights of up to 150 feet is allowed".  It further states, "The proposed project would incorporate the additional height..." A hotel and mixed-use buildings are proposed.

City Council subcommittee on Capital Improvement Projects is completing its many months of careful evaluation of much-needed city infrastructure and maintenance projects and how to fund them.  City departments submitted prioritized lists of CIPs which the subcommittee carefully deliberated. Their final list for WHAT projects to recommend to the full council and OPTIONS TO FUND them will be prepared in the next weeks.  COGS will provide a special  report at that time to our readers because of the importance of the funding decision and the need for public support. Councilmen Smith and Phillips and Councilperson Korte were members of the committee. Yes, COGS  attended every CIP subcommittee morning meeting.

Congratulations to the Scottsdale Gallery Association 
for their compiling and publishing the excellent new marketing booklet that highlights individual art galleries, shows images of the type of art for the shopper to appreciate and easily identifies the location and business hours. It is available to the public in the Downtown Ambassador carts and some hotels.  Pick up your copy on this Thursday night ArtWalk 6:30 pm to 9 pm in our Arts District along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and Marshall Way north of Indian School Road.

 Meeting and Workshops and Electronics Recycle 

Feb 8th. Thursday  8:30 am to 10 am  Old Town Merchants and Property Ownersare invited by city staff to hear Downtown 2009 update. Location-Design Center.

Feb. 10th, Saturday 7:30 am to 2 pm  Electronics Recyling  9191 E San Salvador. Accepting computers/peripherals, office equipment/products, entertainment equipment. No light bulbs, batteries, air conditioners, can openers, coffee pots, microwaves, stoves, ovens, hair dryers, hot water heaters. NO commercial material.

Tuesday, February 11th 
  Education Rally at Coronado High School 3 to 5 pm (Oak/Miller Rd)

Thursday evening February 15th Community Council of Scottsdale holds its monthly public meeting at the city's Design Center 75th/Indian School (former church) to hear a guest speaker tell about updating the Downtown Plan 2009. The meeting begins at 7 pm.

Friday, February 17th 10 am to 1 pm  Learn to Prune Trees  Registration is required. 480 312 5650 Water Conservation Office, City of Scottsdale

Saturday, February 24th 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
  Drip Irrigation Design & Installation FREE Workshop held by the city experts. Meet in the Civic Center library auditorium

Business Changes of interest:

4020 North Scottsdale Road Bank of America is closing on May 15th.

Indian School Road Car Wash (west of Miller Rd) has a new owner and it is reported to be remodeled. Your pre-paid discount card with the previous owner is not being honored.

REMINDER IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE COGS POLITICAL COMMITTEE:  Contact Copper Phillips at  She will send you detailed information and the application.  The PC is just forming for the 2018 Scottsdale city council election year.  Yes, you need to be a COGS member and your $10 annual dues current. 

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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