Neighborhood College

Classes Now Virtual

Your health is our number 1 priority, therefore we have transitioned our in-person Scottsdale Neighborhood College courses to virtual presentations.

Classes will be held via Zoom, which will deliver your course seamlessly. These classes are free and open all residents, but registration is required.

In Scottsdale, the success of our community is defined by how we as individuals address and respond to neighborhood issues and challenges. Believing that one person can make a difference, the city of Scottsdale developed the Neighborhood College to provide residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders.

Professional, volunteer instructors invite you to participate in classes regarding city programs, volunteer opportunities, personal safety tips and HOA guidelines. Classes are offered at no cost but registration is required.

Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Please register early!

Classes for Homeowners Association (HOA) Board of Directors and Residents

Our oldest series of classes are now in their 21st year. These classes are for those serving on the board, interested in serving on the board or those new to living in an HOA are welcome to attend.

Tips from the Trenches for HOA/Condo Communities

DESCRIPTION:
How to have a successful association and not get sued! This class will discuss the importance of good communication, using licensed/bonded contractors, architectural requests, audits, records requests, reserve funding, defamation and much more. There will also be a Q-and-A session at the end of this class.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14
INSTRUCTOR:
Mulcahy Law Firm, LLC

Ammending Your CC&R's

DESCRIPTION:
Do you have a bad provision in your CC&R's? Are your Bylaws in conflict with Arizona Statutory Law? This seminar will discuss how to amend a HOA’s CC&Rs, Articles and Bylaws. This seminar will also discuss common provisions of the CC&Rs and Bylaws that have been trumped by recent changes to Arizona Statutory Law
DATE:
6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20
INSTRUCTOR:
Shaw & Lines Law Firm

Running Effective Board Meetings

DESCRIPTION:
Do you feel like your HOA/Condo board meetings are too long and you aren’t accomplishing anything? This class will teach attendees the proper planning, agenda preparation and procedure for conducting productive 1-hour board meetings. Tips for following parliamentary procedure and how to take perfectly proper meeting minutes will also be discussed. There will also be a Q-and-A session at the end of the class.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2
INSTRUCTOR:
Mulcahy Law Firm, LLC

HOA and Condo Technology

DESCRIPTION:
Learn how to use the cloud in a reserve study, monitor short term rentals, online voting, and connect with your community.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9
INSTRUCTOR:
Neighborhoody.com

Enforcing Your HOA's CC&R's

DESCRIPTION:
One of the primary duties of a homeowner’s association is to enforce the restrictions in the association’s CC&Rs. In some circumstances, associations may have an obligation to enforce the restrictions found in the CC&Rs. This seminar will discuss the ins and outs of CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.
DATE:
6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23
INSTRUCTOR:
Shaw & Lines Law Firm

Social Media: Friend or Foe?

DESCRIPTION:
If used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool for engaging community members in a homeowner’s association. Learn about the best and the worst HOA practices for using social media including YouTube, Twitter, and especially Facebook and Nextdoor.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 9
INSTRUCTOR:
Vial Fotheringham Law Firm

Good Neighbor Series

Classes that benefit all Scottsdale residents. No products or services are sold as part of these classes.

The Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

DESCRIPTION:
Are you among the majority of Americans who have put your estate planning on the back burner? Did you know...
  • Even if you have a Will, your heirs will be stuck in a nightmare called Probate Court for 1 to 3 years. This will cost them up to 6% of the total sum of your assets, or more.
  • All Living Trust plans are not created equal! Internet, do-it-yourself and bargain-priced trusts almost always end up in court.
  • Most Living Trusts wrongly expose the inheritance to your children’s ex-spouses and creditors after you die.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16
INSTRUCTOR:
Phelps Laclair, Estate Planning

The Stories of Scottsdale History Series

Our most popular classes! Please register early!

Scoundrels, Rascals & Cutthroats - Part 2

DESCRIPTION:
Our historical storyteller is back with two Scottsdale cases from the 1970s and 1990s, yet they have a relevance to today. There is a story of a teenager who was believed to have run away from home but was found dead more than 10 years later, and a shocking story of two men who were murdered after a road rage incident.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18
INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale Stories: Behind the Business

DESCRIPTION:
Some businesses stay around for more than one generation. But do you know the story behind the business? We will look at an auto parts store that became one of the longest lasting restaurants in Old Town and an insurance agent whose office has become part of the community!
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 2
INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

Register for Neighborhood College Classes

Neighborhood College Video Series

HOA Series

Responsibilities of an HOA Board Member

Learn the responsibilities of an HOA board member, how the working parts of an HOA or Condominium Association come together and how the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences.
Recorded Fall 2016.

Enforcing Your HOA's CC&Rs

A discussion on the ins and outs of HOAs’ CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.
Recorded Spring 2020.

HOA Board Roles, Responsibilities, Meetings and Minutes

The roles and responsibilities of an HOA board member and how to assure the association's business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner.
Recorded Fall 2016.

HOA Federal Laws and Amending Association Documents

Understanding an association's requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Also learn the importance of amending an HOA's governing documents.
Recorded Fall 2016.

The Five Most Important Concerns For HOA's Right Now

This presentation looks at top five biggest issues affecting planned/condo communities during the pandemic and provided strategies for how to deal with them.
Recorded Fall 2020.

Amending Association Documents (2020)

Do your association’s CC&R’s and bylaws need to be amended? This class will teach an easy to follow 5-step process for amending association documents.
Recorded Fall 2020.

Board Member Boot Camp

You have been elected to your Board of Directors—now what?! Join us for a board member boot camp where we will cover the duties of board of directors, all there is to know about governing documents, how to abide with open meeting laws and how to collect delinquent assessments.
Recorded Fall 2020.

History Series

From Scott to Drinkwater: The History of Scottsdale

The history of Scottsdale is presented thru the stories of fourteen people who contributed to the development from a small farm/ranch community to the innovative city of today.
Recorded Fall 2019.

Scoundrels, Rascals & Cutthroats

Learn about some of the most “nefarious” people in Scottsdale’s history and the Scottsdale lawmen who tracked them down. The stories include a murderous mailman, a murder mystery with three possible endings, and the murder of a 60’s TV star right here in Old Town!
Recorded Spring 2020.

The Great Desert Escape

The largest escape of prisoners of war in North America during World War II happened right here in Scottsdale. Join historian and author Keith Warren Lloyd as he explores the factors leading up to the escape, the escape itself and the aftermath.
Recorded Fall 2020.

Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered

In this presentation you will hear the stories about the connection between a breakfast cereal and a Scottsdale resort and how a little boy’s wish led to the creation on an international organization.
Recorded Fall 2020.

Stories from the Files of the Scottsdale Police Department

Scottsdale Neighborhood College takes a look at fascinating crimes, direct from the files of the Scottsdale Police Department! Cases include an explosive situation at a city facility that targeted a city employee and a bank robbery that started in Scottsdale and led to an international manhunt.
Recorded Fall 2020.

Contact Information

Bruce Wall
Program Coordinator
P: 480-312-7898
bwall@scottsdaleaz.gov

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