Scottsdale This Weekend

I have been remiss lately on the weekly calendar due to time spent on defeating Proposition 430, etc. I promise I’ll start publishing the events listing again soon. Meanwhile, Sonnie Kirtley of COGS sent this email about some fun events this weekend.

Also, the City of Scottsdale recently published a video on fun recreation activities for your kids this summer. You can also see a number of online videos relating to Scottsdale city services and volunteering opportunities on the Human Services & Volunteering video list.

Of course, don’t forget our “usual” weekend activities:

  • Saturday Sounds – 1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays, northwest corner of Main Street and Scottsdale Road.
  • SouthBridge Sundays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through May, SouthBridge on the Canal, Downtown Scottsdale.
  • Native Trails – Experience the music and culture of Arizona’s original residents, noon to 1:30 p.m. most Thursdays and Saturdays through April 14, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.
  • Sunday A’Fair – Free afternoon mini-festival, noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through April, Civic Center Mall.  (480) 994-ARTS.

And watch the City of Scottsdale’s eTicket for information about more events.

Good evening, Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) E-Newsletter Reader:  If you are watching that family budget and in shock at the $4.00 plus per gallon gas prices then this is the weekend for you, family, and friends. Ride the FREE Neighborhood and Downtown trolleys to enjoy FREE family fun in our green belt (skate boarding competition) or along our Arizona Canal west of Scottsdale Road (special events described below).

Picnic with a Fish this Saturday
The Soleri Bridge and Plaza on the Scottsdale Waterfront will transform into a one-of-a-kind picnic this Saturday, March 24. The day-long event includes dancing, storytelling, yoga, special offers from local vendors and free family-friendly activities. At sunset, walk west down the canal path to see Amur Serenade, local artist Mary Lucking’s award-winning artwork. Learn more at

Catch “big air” at the Wedge Skate Park Competition this Saturday
You’re invited to watch great athletes demonstrate their best ollie, kickflip and grind Saturday, March 24, at Scottsdale’s 12th Annual Wedge Skate Park Competition. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eldorado Park skateboard facility, located east of Miller Road and just north of McDowell Road. Registration is $10 and begins March 4 at the park’s office, 2311 N. Miller Road. Age groups start from 10 and under all the way to 18 and up. There will be a live DJ, giveaways and prizes for winners in each age group. For more information, call 480-312-0217 or email

ALERT:  THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK OF CACTUS LEAGUE BASEBALL.  Show your baseball game ticket to any of our Downtown Ambassadors at the information booths on Main/Brown in Old Town or at 5th Avenue/Stetson in the 5th Avenue Shops District or to any docents inside the “Little Red Schoolhouse” in Civic Center. They will give you a free GIANTS BASEBALL pin for your hat or lapel.

The San Francisco Giants enter their final week of spring training at Scottsdale Stadium with a great lineup of games. The Giants host the American League champ Texas Rangers on Friday and division rival Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

The Giants finish the season with another four home games next week. For ticket information, visit You can celebrate the season by picking up a free collectable spring training pin at any of four Downtown Scottsdale locations. Learn more here:

While in Downtown Scottsdale, take a trip along the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a self-guided tour that celebrates the history and culture of spring training baseball. Learn more at:

For more about the Scottsdale spring training experience, visit

For the COGS Board of Directors, Sonnie Kirtley, Chair
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