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17th Annual Jazz in the Pines

Monday, August 16th, 2010

jazz in the pines

Headliners for the 17th Annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines!

Tom Scott
David Benoit
Kenny Washington
Oscar Hernandez

The 17th Annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines will take place amid the towering native pine and oak forest on the Idyllwild Arts campus, August 28 – 29, 2010. World renowned jazz and blues artists perform on multiple stages throughout the weekend.


Kuroshio Sea Aquarium Video featuring Barcelona

Friday, August 6th, 2010
aquarium video

aquarium video

Press play, then pause, … to give this a moment to load…center the video on your screen…I made it extra large so you could watch it in HD… turn up your volume and press play again……. enjoy.


Harry Potter in Old Town La Quinta

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Harry Potter MovieFree Movie on the Lawn
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Friday, August 6, 2010

Movie starts at dusk
(Approximately 8 p.m.)

Time Warner Logo
Bring a blanket, your family and Sophia's Cinema Smallfriends and enjoy a free movie under the stars on the Old Town La Quinta Lawn.

Come early and have dinner at one of Old Town’sCity of La Quinta Logo restaurants before the show – or order your food to-go and enjoy your meal with the movie! Old Town Artisan Studio will provide a free kids activity near Old Town Coffee Company starting at 7 p.m.  Children under age 13 must be supervised.

About the movie: As adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and he begins to learn more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series that originated from the writings of author J.K. Rowling.  The film received an Academy Award nomination in 2010 for Best Achievement in Cinematography.


REO Speedwagon this Weekend!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
July 26th, 2010
REO Speedwagon at The Show Friday, July 30!
Get your tickets now!

The legendary American rock band known as REO Speedwagon will hit the stage at The Show inside Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa this Friday, July 30 at 9 p.m.  These ’70s and ’80s hit makers are known for songs such as ’Can’t Fight This Feeling,’ ‘Time For Me To Fly’ and ‘Ridin’ the Storm Out.’ Have you bought your tickets yet?  If not, visit The Show Box Office, go online at

or call(800) 585-3737.


Mary J. Blige in the Desert!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

mary j bligeLabor Day Weekend in the desert is turning out to be one of the best in years!
With a couple of previously announced concerts, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio has just added Mary J. Blige to the musical mix at 8 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Special Events Center.

Blige, a nine-time Grammy winner, appeared as guest judge on this past season’s “American Idol.” And has also recently appeared on “30 Rock” and several films, including “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and her upcoming turn as Nina Simone in the upcoming, “Nina,” which is currently scheduled for release in 2012.

The Labor Day Weekend concert will include cuts from her 2009 release, “Stronger with Each Tear,” along with hits R&B hits from her long career.

Tickets for Blige’s Coachella Valley concert are priced at $59, $69, $89 and $109. Ticket go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Special Events Center box office, online and by phone.

Fantasy Springs is at 84245 Indio Springs Parkway in Indio. Information: (760) 342-5000; (800) 827-2946;


Free Home Check by Valley Police

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Palm Springs Residents Going On Vacation – Police Will Check Home For Free

Palm Springs Property ManagementAs seen in The Desert Sun, police will check your home while you are away. Let your local officer help keep an eye on the house. For years, all nine Coachella Valley cities have offered free home checks to help put snowbirds and vacationing residents’ minds at ease. Even us full-timers planning a summer vacation can benefit from this free service.

“We know that people go away on vacation, and burglaries are an issue anywhere, so if we can help reduce the number of burglaries and help residents feel better, we’re happy to do it,” said Jim Knabb, community resource specialist for the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.

Indian Wells, which has offered the service for 25 years, has the most homes signed up in the valley for its free vacation home checks with an average of 100 homes during the summer, said Indian Wells Police Chief Lt Matthew Jimenez.

The Indian Wells free Vacation Home Checks consist of having the officer inspect the perimeter of the home as well as check to see if doors and windows are locked. And while other city programs do the same, Jimenez said Indian Wells officers go a step further and try to visit each home up to five times a week. Jimenez said he believes that doing these frequent checks is a great preventive measure and, in the event that a crime does happen, helps expedite investigations.

For instance, upon a home check, Jimenez said officers discovered a burglary recently occurred and were quickly able to recover the stolen items. “The city has embraced this program and the citizens really love it,” Jimenez said.

Residents who live in cities that contract for police services with the Riverside County Sheriffs Department – Coachella, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage – all have access to this free service.

Cities that have their own police department – Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Palm Springs – have similar programs offered throughout the year. Some gated communities also offer their own home checks conducted by security officers upon request.

Going On Vacation?

All Coachella Valley cities offer free home checks throughout the year for residents, including snowbirds going back home for the summer or desert residents who take a vacation. To request the service, contact your local police department or city hall:

Cathedral City police:
(760) 770-0300

Coachella police:
(760) 836-3215 Ext 5

Desert Hot Springs police:
(760) 329-6411

Indian Wells City Hall:
(760) 346-2489

Indio police:
(760) 391-4057

La Quinta police:
(760) 777-7376

Palm Desert police:
(760) 836-1600

Palm Springs police:
(760) 323-81I6

Rancho Mirage police:
(760) 836-1600

The Desert Sun, By Mariecar Mendoza, June 17, 2010


Cool Pools and Hot Deals!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Palm Springs and Pop Culture!

Palm Springs has received extra love from the pop culture world recently.

The next time you’re in your car, crank up the radio

and listen for Katy Perry’s latest pop song, “California Gurls” featuring rapper Snoop Dogg; he throws a shout-out for the historic “playground of the stars” in the middle of the song.

Then there is the new TV series “Scoundrels” set against the Palm Springs backdrop — but not actually filmed in the city.

So what gives with all the recent Palm Springs plugs? Is it the result of some top-secret marketing scheme drummed up by Palm Springs tourism organizations?

Not exactly. Hillary Angel, public relations manager for the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism describes the recent Palm Springs references as mere coincidences, but says Palm Springs’ long-standing reputation as a vacation destination certainly helps.

“We did not coordinate anything with the producers or artists,” she confirmed. “But I think Palm Springs is a favorite destination, and when people think of summer fun in California, Palm Springs is often top of mind.”

Click on “sunny sign” for fun things to do in Palm Springs!

That may be true, especially when people living in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles are looking for ways to get out of the “June gloom” cloudy weather pattern that affects those areas this time of year.

For them, a new summer promotional program slated to launch Monday will offer even more incentive to vacation in Palm Springs and surrounding valley cities, according to Mark Graves, executive director of marketing and communications for the Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority.

It’s called “Cool Pools Hot Deals,” and it’s co-presented by the CVA and Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. The promotion, which is supported by several other valley cities, will offer a whole host of hotel deals, ranging from discounts on rates to resort credits, all aimed at getting rooms booked.

“The idea is if they book a stay at a hotel, they’ll want to do other things, like dine out or go shopping,” Graves explained. “It helps valley businesses, all around.”

It’s premature to predict how well the promotion will do, but Graves is confident it will garner some hotel business.

“Either you do something, or you don’t,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting awareness out there.”

For more information, go to or

and check out 365 Things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area on facebook!



Friday, July 2nd, 2010

4th of July Events in the Palm Springs Area

4th of July Events in the Palm Springs Area!

JULY 4  “ALL AMERICAN FOURTH OF JULY” FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, put on by the City of Palm Springs and POWER Baseball; 9:15pm (entry at 8pm).  Fireworks will follow the Palm Springs POWER vs. the Novato Knicks at 6:05pm; Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Rd. Palm Springs; Free Admission to fireworks; game tickets $7 Adults, $6 kids and seniors; (760)323-8272

JULY 4  2ND ANNUAL INDIAN WELLS FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION, CONCERT & FESTIVITIES; 7pm; parking at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78-200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells opens at 5pm with bus service to Indian Wells Resort and the IW Club,

JULY 5 THE CABAZON BAND OF MISSION INDIANS AND FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO FIREWORKS SHOW 8:45pm; Eagle Falls Golf Course, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr., Indio (800-827-2946.

JULY 4 FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION 7:15, live concert 9-9:30pm, fireworks; Palm Desert Civic Center, 73-510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert; (760)346-0611;

JULY 4 ROTARY CLUB FIREWORKS SHOW & CELEBRATION 6pm concert & Color Guard, 9pm fireworks; Yucca Valley High School football field, Yucca Valley; (760)365-0444.



How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

How many times have you found yourself with a great bottle of wine, glasses, friends waiting, and no corkscrew? It happens to me when travelling more often than not.  When you get back to the hotel room and rummage through your bag to find you left the corkscrew at home!  Or you want to share an impromptu picnic lunch and end up high and dry… literally!  Here is a short video that shows you how to open the wine, and save the day!


NYC Opera Comes to the Palm Springs Area!

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

NYC Opera comes to the Palm Springs Area!

Big music, sets and costumes, stories and casts — nearly everything about opera is done BIG!

And that usually includes the cost of a ticket. Even cheap seats can carry a hefty price tag.

But if price is all that’s holding you back from dipping your toes into the world of opera, there’s an option here that’s about as inexpensive as you’re going to find.

Barbara Mortensen calls herself “The Opera Lady,” and she is the catalyst who helped bring the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series of satellite broadcast performances to Century at The River in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs 9.

“For about the cost of just one ticket, you can see six operas,” Mortensen said recently while greeting operagoers for the Summer Encore series in the lobby of Century at The River.

When the Palm Springs opera buff, who has been a fan since the tender age of 5, learned about the satellite broadcasts, she made it her mission to connect The Met to local theaters and bring them here.

Each opera is broadcast complete with English subtitles and includes an intermission. Mortensen makes sure the online information on each production is available for the local audience in the form of handouts.

The Summer Encore series began earlier this month and runs through the end of July.

Upcoming operas include Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” July 7-8; Pucini’s “La Bohéme,” July 14-15 and “Turandot,” July 21-22; and Bizet’s “Carmen,” July 28-29.

The Live In HD series was started in 2006. More than 400 theaters in the U.S. currently participate.

Considering the condition of arts education in schools, Mortensen said she sees it as her mission to expose as many children to opera as possible. “If we don’t (offer the screenings to the kids), where is the next generation of opera audiences going to come from?”

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