August 8 to August 14, 2019
COMMUNITY BY CRAIG MICHAELS ANNUAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAYS RETURNS TO PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY
hat better way to say “Thank You” to those who protect our communities then FREE tram admission during the month of August. For the entire month, all qualified first responders receive free admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway as part of - First Responders Days. In addition, up to four of their guests receive 25% off of their regular tram fares. According to Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, “We are happy to have our second annual ‘First Responders Days’ and welcome the men and women who so courageously protect and serve our communities. We truly hope they enjoy their visit with us and make cherished memories with their families and friends.” Some of the qualifying personnel include,
Fire and police personnel, California Highway Patrol, County Sheriff Officers and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs,) This program runs August 1-31, 2019 with tickets (only) available at the Tramway’s Valley Station on the day of visit. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car which takes you on a ride from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft.) in approximately 10 minutes. Enjoy amazing hiking, food and valley views with temperatures close to 30 degrees cooler than the low desert. For more info or a complete list of emergency personal, call 888-515-TRAM or 760-325-1391, or visit www.pstramway. com. Also, download the free mobile tour now available in the App Store/Google Play.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR BIANCA RAE FOUNDATION’S RAE OF HOPE RETREAT FOR GIRLS
he Bianca Rae Foundation is excited to announce registration is now open for the sixth annual Rae of Hope Retreat for Girls. The event will take place Saturday, September 21 at Westin Mission Hills (71-333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA). This Rae of Hope Retreat is an annual, one-day leadership retreat for middle school girls where they learn social media safety tips, anti-bullying techniques, self-esteem building methods and more. Over 1,300 children have attended and completed this program in the past. “It is a beautiful thing to see this retreat continue now in its sixth year, knowing so many children will be positively impacted,” said Bianca Rae, Founder of the Bianca Rae Foundation. “This year even more children will receive solid mentorship and guidance from different leaders in the community in efforts to
become their best selves.” To register and for more details about this retreat, visit BiancaRaeFoundation.org. Later in the year there will be a Rae of Hope Retreat for Boys held on Saturday, November 2 at Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage. More information about that event will become available in the coming months. The Bianca Rae Foundation serves as a resource of funding, knowledge, and empowerment for the socially disadvantaged, the underserved, and all animals. Through its endeavors, Bianca Rae Foundation attempts to make the world a better place through thought, deed, and action, and to encourage people to do the same.
PROFILE MODEL BEHAVIOR: BUSINESS COACHELLA VALLEY MEETUPS BY CRYSTAL HARRELL
oachella Valley Meetups is a community-based organization founded with the belief that all are welcome, regardless of whether or not participants have had prior modeling/ photography experience. It was founded by model and valley resident Dazy Smith last year as a way to network with local artists, businesses, photographers and models, so they can find an accessible outlet for their craft. “The first shoot we ever held was actually in Venice Beach. I made sure to host the next meetup in the Coachella Valley, and ever since then, we’ve gotten a great response. People love coming to the meetups and my favorite part is seeing each person’s confidence grow with every shoot,” said Smith. Through collaborations and social connections both personal and online, Smith’s team has created a social platform to help the meetups community members express their individuality and creativity through photoshoots. The general public is welcome to come to the open meetups to model for different valley photographers. Aspiring photographers can attend and gain experience and new skills with participants in each photo shoot. CV Meetups provides an easy, accessible platform for businesses to grow. Past business collaborations have included Westfield Mall, Holey Scoops Ice Cream, and Tahquitz Canyon. Hair stylists, makeup artists and small business interested in participating can also reach out online to take part in future shoots. Smith hosts multiple open, closed, and private meet-ups at various Coachella Valley locations every month. With each meetup, she seeks to promote inclusivity, body positivity, and local businesses by collaborating with different desert stores, restaurants, and products. Smith sees a bright future for Coachella Valley Meetups with a prevalent online presence that supports networking and artistic collaboration. “My goal is to create my own studio providing multiple unique photography scenes that locals can rent for photo shoots. This will provide a physical place for local creatives to start growing their business. Especially with the heat, I’d like to make it an easy way of hosting shoots in a more comfortable environment for the models and photographers. Not only that, but a platform where anyone can see all the unique local businesses that the Coachella Valley has to offer,” explained Smith. There are three types of meetups. Meetup
event information is located on the Coachella Valley Meetups Instagram highlights, Twitter and Facebook. The first type of meetup is an open meetup, open to the general public and are hosted in a public location. Models and those participating in the shoot must come prepared wearing the outfits they plan to model in, and have their hair and makeup done prior to the shoot. Photographers are required to come with their own equipment and cameras ready to shoot as well. All parties agree the photos taken there belong to anyone in the frame, including the photographer. All participating parties must tag Coachella Valley Meetups and everyone involved in the photo frame if they post pictures online. A Closed Meetup is the kind of shoot where collaborations take place with local businesses and artists. The shoot admittance price ranges from $120-$200 depending on the content of the shoot. The session will focus on advertising what the business sells or does. Depending on the details, outfit, hair and makeup services will be provided. All participants of the shoot will receive pictures from the shoot, with the requirement that they must tag anyone who helped create each photo they post on social media. Coachella Valley Meetups will also write a review on Yelp for each business that collaborates and a general description of the business on their web page with a link connecting potential clients to the collaborating businesses page. The collaborators’ business cards will also be distributed throughout the Coachella Valley with the help of Smith’s ambassadors. The third photoshoot is a Private Meetup, which consist of photo sessions hosted in a private location. This event includes hair, makeup, food, goodie bags, pictures for the models, constant light equipment, props and six to ten backdrops and scenes to pose against. It costs $45-$85 for a ticket. All ticket prices increase the closer they are purchased to the shoot date so it is best to secure them as early as possible for the best deal. All photographers are required to send in six edited photos to participants within two weeks after the event is held ensuring models and local businesses participating get photos. “CV Meetups made me realize my true beauty. Everyone involved is so accepting of anyone who wants to participate and they gave me the confidence to want to be a model. I am grateful for what Dazy has created so that I can follow my dreams,” stated Haylee Joi Krachman, who has been attending the Coachella Valley Meetups shoots since March of this year. Coachella Valley Meetups can be reached on Instagram @cvmeetups, Twitter @cvmeetupss, Facebook.com/ Coachellavalleymeetups, and at the official website, www.cvmeetups.com. For further questions and business inquiries, emails can be sent to coachellavalleymeetups@gmail. com. This article was printed in last week's issue with incorrect information. We are running it again this week with corrections. Apologies to Dazy Smith and CV Meetups.
Coachella Valley Weekly - August 8 to August 14, 2019 Vol. 8 No. 21