Coachella Valley Weekly - December 1 to December 7, 2022 Vol. 11 No. 38

Page 1 • December 1 to December 7, 2022 Vol.11 No.38
Strong pg13 Level One 11 - Ugly Sweater Party pg5 Grooves At The Westin pg6 AMP Showcase 2022 pg7
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Janet McAfee, Haddon Libby, Sam DiGiovanna, Dale Gribow, Rob Brezny, Denise Ortuno Neil, Dee Jae Cox, Lynne Tucker, Aimee Mosco, Ruth Hill, Madeline Zuckerman, Ed Heethuis, Daniel Paris, Michelle Borthwick, Nadia Popova, Dennis Shelly


Robert Chance, Laura Hunt Little, Chris Miller, Esther Sanchez Videographer

Kurt Schawacker


Phil Lacombe, William Westley

The City of Palm Springs is delighted to announce the 30th annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade will return to world famous Palm Canyon Drive at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The parade, the City’s signature holiday event and a much loved tradition, features

spectacular twinkling floats, magnificent marching bands, huge holiday balloons – and a visit from Santa Claus of course!

This year’s Community Grand Marshals are Chief of Police Andy Mills, Don Wardell, Grammy winner and long-time DJ for Mod F.M, Spectrum News evening anchor Bianca Rae, founder of the Coachella Valleybased Bianca Rae Foundation, and parttime resident Alison Martino, reporter for

Spectrum News, Los Angeles Magazine columnist, and founder of the acclaimed Vintage Los Angeles blog. Martino frequently highlights the Palm Springs destination and covers mid-century architecture, design, collectibles and all things modern. Once again, the parade will be broadcast live on NBC Palm Springs. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.

Just one day prior to the parade, residents are invited to bring the whole family and join Santa Claus and the City Council for the Official City of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting at 5:15 p.m. sharp in Frances Stevens Park, 500 N. Palm Canyon Drive. As always, the event includes holiday caroling, free cookies, hot cocoa, and activities for children.

Prior to the lighting of the City’s spectacular 22-foot tall Holiday Tree, Main Street Palm Springs and Mayor Lisa Middleton will host the annual Holiday Banner Student Awards beginning at 4 p.m. in the park.

“The City of Palm Springs is thrilled to once again celebrate the magic of the holiday season with our residents and visitors at the Official City of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting and at the spectacular Festival of Lights Parade,” said Mayor Middleton. “We invite the entire Coachella Valley to bring the whole family and come celebrate the magic of the holidays in downtown Palm Springs, truly like no place else!”

For more information about the parade, visit December 1 to December 7, 2022 3
CONTENTS Palm Springs Festival Of Lights Parade 3 Level One 11 - Ugly Sweater Party 5 Grooves At The Westin .............................. 6 Keg Whisperer ........................................... 6 AMP Showcase 2022 at The RockYard ..... 7 Consider This - The Happy Fits ................. 8 Club Crawler Nightlife .............................. 9 Screeners .................................................. 10 The Vino Voice ......................................... 12 Art Scene - Kathy Strong ......................... 13 Pet Place 14-15 Pampered Palate - BaBaLoo Lounge 16 Haddon Libby ........................................... 17 Dale Gribow ............................................. 17 Solar Panel Doctors ................................ 18 Safety Tips ................................................ 18 Send Me A Trainer ................................... 19 Free Will Astrology .................................. 19 Cannabis Corner ...................................... 20 Travel Tips 4 U .......................................... 22 Coachella Valley Weekly (760) 501-6228 Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Kirby, Kathy Bates, Raymond Bill Club Crawler Nightlife Editor Phil Lacombe Head Music Writer Esther Sanchez Head Feature Writer Crystal Harrell Feature Writers Lisa Morgan, Rich Henrich, Heidi Simmons, Noe Gutierrez, Tricia Witkower Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Eleni P. Austin, Craig Michaels,
Website Editor Bobby Taffolla Bring the whole family and come celebrate the magic of the holidays in downtown Palm Springs!
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Andy Mills BIANCA RAE Alison Martino Don Wardell
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On December 8th, the “Very Ugly Kinda Sexy Sweater Holiday Party” will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the LEVEL ONE 11 Studios in Palm Springs. This hip holiday mixer is presented by California Authority on Aging Resources and Education Services, or C.A.A.R.E.S.—an agency dedicated to providing resources that respond to the needs of ageless individuals with medical, social, and economic disadvantages.

The dress code for the mixer is to don your best holiday sweater. Attendees who sport their seasoned apparel will get in to the mixer for free. Without a sweater, there is a 100-dollar entrance fee. Ugly sweaters will be available at the door with a donation at the event, all proceeds benefitting C.A.A.R.E.S.

“The mixer is to bring together the community for a fun event full of happiness. While bringing happiness, we want to continue spreading the word on the importance of the services we provide. In addition, we want to share how the community can help support those in need,” stated Rebecca Rizzo, the Creative Engineering Officer at R.IZZO STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS on behalf of C.A.A.R.E.S.

C.A.A.R.E.S. strives to make a difference in the community by supporting the leaders that contribute to the public’s way of life today: the aging population. The C.A.A.R.E.S. programs affect the lives of hundreds each year who are having issues with the progression of aging,

disabilities, hunger, illness, loneliness, and substandard housing. The C.A.A.R.E.S family would like to contribute to caring for the aging, help protect their dignity, celebrate their achievements, and embolden their families/ caregivers.

The Christmas Mixer will be specific to gaining resources to expand the Guardian Angel Program at C.A.A.R.E.S. This is a community-based program to assist chronically-ill individuals over 50 that require more support to live at home. Some of the services the Guardian Angel Program entails are courtesy checks, which includes visits from the nursing team for medication, symptom and pain management, a social worker to provide social support, and shower aides to

help with personal hygiene. The program also includes daily wellness phone calls, a digital health system that has real time monitoring and reporting, and in-home quarterly therapy screen for safety. The goal of this program is to help relieve hospitalization by early detection and management.

“Guests can expect to have so much fun at the mixer for a great cause. We are presenting an opportunity for people to collaborate with prominent leaders in the Coachella Valley— spreading good will and building a stronger community. In addition, we have food, drinks, giveaways, and music,” expressed Rizzo.

The purpose of C.A.A.R.E.S. is to promote value in life, maintain independence, encourage confidence, foster spiritual wellbeing, reassure safety, and advocate for excellent and professional services. The agency strives to increase awareness by collaborating,

educating. encouraging, and funding resources that meet the needs of a complex population, thus promoting health, preventing illness, enhancing the quality of life, and increasing years. C.A.AR.E.S. endeavors include preserving the functionality of the healthcare system by reducing cost, supporting healthcare workers, and maintaining the quality of care.

“I’m excited personally to attend because I believe in the mission and the importance of creating community. I’m excited to see the creative sweater designs that will be shared. I’m a creative that loves community,” stated Rizzo.

The support of the community is vital to the sustainability of C.A.A.R.E.S. and the capability to deliver its mission. No matter the size of the support, it goes to those in need, helping to build a stronger community. Community support allows the agency to provide services to those complexed individuals who may not otherwise have access.

“We love ugly sweaters when they are personally made. It is super cool to see the creativity and personality of the creator comes through in each sweater. I’m excited to decorate my sweater. I’ll be tacking on some locally sourced ornaments,” shared Rizzo.

Guests can RSVP for the “Very Ugly Kinda Sexy Sweater Holiday Party” on Eventbrite. com December 1 to December 7, 2022 5

Grooves at the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa presents a special Holiday concert with veteran saxophonist Euge Groove ( along with Westin Grooves favorite Michael Paulo and special guest. Don’t be a scrooge! Come and check out the new backyard venue at the Westin;


In the past I shied away from publishing a buying guide for beer aficionados for one simple reason. In the not so distant past, locating excellent beery gifts ranged from difficult to impossible; but with the advent of online outlets, not only has the game changed, so has my attitude.

That said, here is a list of suggested beerific holiday gifts (in no particular order) along with my personal commentary on general usefulness, pricing, and availability.

Spiegelau IPA Glass - “If you want to get some fancy glasses, Spiegelau has some really nice stuff specifically designed for specific styles,” explains David Zuskov, the brewer and lab manager at Almanac Beer Co. in Alameda, Ca. “Their IPA glass really makes a huge difference. I drank the same beer out of their glass and a pint glass, and you can taste so much more flavor from theirs.”

Dave is not wrong here as I have convinced many a beer lover that the same beer in a standard pint glass and custom glassware are completely different beers. These are an excellent choice and available for $11 at Crate and Barrel as well as varying Amazon vendors, so pricing will vary. Grade: A

A multi-million-dollar remodel of their outdoor concert venue.

This is a great way to celebrate Christmas with that special loved one, friends or make it a corporate party event and treat your employees.

Stay an extra night and play some golf. I guarantee, you won’t find better weather

brews on their own, this subscription might be their best bet.”

In my opinion, this can be a hit or miss strategy depending on two factors. First, who is on this “panel of experts”? Second, many breweries (and some retailers) use beer clubs and assortment packages to rid themselves of brews which have expired or are close to their ‘best-buy’ date. My advice would be to start with a short subscription as a trial and then re-upping if the beer is of very good or better quality. Grade: C

than the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage CA.

Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself! Get a front row sponsored reserved table seat with VIP meet-and-greet reception. Meet the artist and enjoy gourmet appetizers, with wine and beverages included one hour before performance.

Date & Time: December 17th 7:00 pm

Location: Westin Grooves Backyard 71333 Dinah Shore Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Phone: 951.696.0184



Pick and Purchase Your Seat: https://

when she wrote that they kept her slender White Claw ice cold, even on a hot summer day. Current ad copy states, “Luckily for the beer drinker in your life, BrüMate’s Hopsulator coozie comes in a standard size that’ll keep their favorite 12-ounce bottles of IPA ice cold, too.”

Kegco 24” Wide Triple Tap Stainless Steel Kegerator – According to The, this is “for the serious beer lover; that is, a fridge for a keg. While definitely pricey, a Kegerator is a great way to spruce up a homebar setup for your beer collector,”. They pitch this 24-inch model from Kegco because it can accommodate a full-size keg; a quarter-size barrel; or three narrower slim kegs. It also comes with three taps, caster wheels for easy mobility, and can be converted into a regular refrigerator by adding the two included shelves.

Spiegelau 4-Piece

Craft Beer

Tasting KitIf you are not sure what particular style your beer-lover enjoys the most, but still want to upgrade their glassware from traditional pint glasses, give them a Spiegelau fourpiece tasting set. Each set contains the IPA glass noted above, a glass for stouts, one for common ales, and one for American wheat beer. While I would still prefer a German Weizen glass for my wheat beer, this is a very nice set and would be enjoyed by any beer lover providing their cupboards are not already overflowing with glassware. Available for $37 at Kegworks as well as some Total Wine & More! locations. Grade: B-

BrüMate Hopsulator BOTT’L Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Cooler

- Strategist writer Dominique Pariso first turned the world on to Brümate’s stainless-steel coozies

This is pure balderdash in my book as most folks who are serious about their suds are not bottle babies and would much prefer to consume their beer from a proper glass. Pure form over function results with no substance attached. Grade: D

Beer Across America Monthly Beer Club

Subscription – One would believe the best gift you could give someone who loves beer is… well, beer. According to the folks from Beer Across America, “we offer a customizable monthly subscription of beer samples from all over the country your beer lover is sure to enjoy.” Each month, for however long you choose, Beer Across America delivers four varieties of award-winning beer from two independent craft breweries that have been curated by a panel of experts. “If your beer enthusiast can’t hit the road discovering new

Andrew McNally, the founder and Brewmaster at Common Bond Brewers agrees that, “a kegerator makes a great gift,” adding, “You get to serve draft like the pros in the comfort of your very own home.”

The KegWhisperer says you might want to think long and hard about such a decision. Before buying someone a keg box, you’d better be part of the family, otherwise this purchase is akin to giving your niece or nephew a drum set without parental approval. The Kegco is a solid residential unit, but having three taps at home is more than a little over the top…as is the price tag of $1,311 from Beverage Factory. Grade: C-

Tasting Beer, 2nd Edition: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink – I’d be hard pressed to not recommend Randy Mosher’s Tasting Beer for anyone who wants to develop and refine their palate and develop a better understanding of the

sensory components of the beer they’re drinking. Anyone who seriously drinks beer needs this book, as is evidenced by the dogeared copy I keep on the bookshelf in my own brewery. Randy was one of my instructors at Siebel Institute and conveys all aspects of beer in a very approachable manner. Available on Amazon for $18. Grade: A+ There you have it; a partial guide to beery gift giving for 2022. Should you be stumped and are looking for more personalized advice, simply hit me with an email at the address contained within the disclaimer below.

When Ed Heethuis isn’t brewing at Spotlight 29 Casino for 29 Brews, you will find the Certified Cicerone / Brewmaster out on his road bike, critiquing the latest Holiday brews, or talking beer with the patrons at Taproom 29. He may be reached at: heethuis. or wherever beer may be found in the wild.

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The Academy of Musical Performance Fall Final Showcase is an all ages FREE concert featuring performances by academy students from the 2022 Fall session. The event serves as a fundraiser for the AMP’s music programs which are aimed at students 11-18 years of age in the Coachella Valley.

The showcase features live performances on the famed Rock Yard stage from five student bands: 2x4, The Friday’s, Red Hot Children Peppers, Root 49, and Volatile. The student groups will be accompanied by house band Steel Rod.

WHEN: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

WHERE: The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA 92201 December 1 to December 7, 2022 7


The Happy Fits have been a going concern for about a decade. Cellist Calvin Langman and guitarist Ross Montieth first connected in high school, working their way through their favorite cover songs. After some serious woodshedding, Calvin shared some original songs he had written. The pair recruiting drummer Luke Davis and the New Jersey natives got down to business, releasing their Awfully Apeelin’ EP in 2016.

One song, “While You Fade Away” managed to gain traction on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist and the threepiece opted out of college to focus on the band full-time. Their dedication paid off. By the time they released their official long-player, Concentrate, arrived, they had cultivated a loyal and passionate fanbase. Their popularity only increased when they hit the road.

After two years on tour, The Happy Fits returned to the studio, intent on capturing the intensity of their live shows. Their second full-length effort, What Could Be Better, arrived in 2020. Of course, before the band could roadtest the new material, the pandemic put the kibosh on their plans. Undeterred, the trio concentrated on staging livestreams on their YouTube and Twitch accounts. Their fans completely embraced their freewheeling antics, which verged on variety show kitsch.

Unable to tour the band channeled their energies in the recording studio. They took their time, they experimented with new musical colors and textures. Lyrically, they looked past their own introspection and embraced a broader worldview. The result is Under The Shade Of Green. The opening two tracks detonate like smart-bombs. Around And Around weds fuzz-crusted guitars, sawing cello, boinging bass and a pogo-riffic beat to a rollicking melody. Boyish harmonies wrap around an angsty declaration of love; “Cause I keep thinking about it, keep thinking about it, can’t be still anymore, no there’s nothing so simple about it, nothing simple about it, can’t be still any still anymore, I can’t be still anymore, I can’t be still anymore.”

There’s barely a second to breathe before “Dance Alone” careens out of the speakers, a frothy concoction of angular guitars, shivery cello, slingshot bass lines and a hopscotch beat. The buoyant melody and squiggly instrumentation is matched by lyrics that could have been lifted from a longlost John Hughes teen opus. Diffident boy yearns for popular girl with an enigmatic secret; “Hands are shaking,



vagabond directions no, I don’t wanna start any place that’s away from you.”

Meanwhile, “In The Lobby” carefully takes aim at media whores and the culture of the celebutant. Lowing cello, loose-limbed bass, darting synths and crisp guitars fold into a relax-fit ChaCha-Cha. Caustic lyrics like “There you go again, talking shit, Helter Skelter politic, hide under that shade of green, ‘I can be a Kardashian, I don’t hate the hordes below, I’d just rather drink Merlot, marinate in my sex appeal, I’ll forget what’s wrong and real,’” ridicule the twin vices of avarice and instant gratification.

I’m okay got this feeling I’m just miles away, heart is racing, you’re to blame, I can’t seem to find the words to say I will never understand how no one was there to hold your hand.” Sticky, static-y guitars and a jittery beat pingpong through the mix mirroring the door-die adolescent desperation.

A couple of tracks, “Changes” and “Cold Turkey” crib their titles from two seminal ‘70s songs. On the former, spidery synths, tensile bass, gauzy guitars and a hiccoughing beat thread the needle through a crazy-quilt melody. The listener isn’t required to “turn and face the strange.” But lyrics like “I can’t control the world or change it,” reflect the yin yang emotions, anxiety and ennui, that gripped the globe during the lockdown.

The latter, a stompy minuet, is powered by sylvan strings, slippery guitars, wily bass and a martial meter. Fraternal harmonies verge on falsetto on the pre-chorus. The lyrics limn the prickly sensations of chemical detox, but by the chorus, it becomes clear that (much like Robert Palmer), the narrator’s going to have to face that he’s addicted to love; “It’s going to take some time and space, honey so when you go leave me alone, it’s gonna getcha high and low from me, so when you go leave me alone.” A Surprisingly jaunty whistle usher the song to a close.

With each new record, The Happy Fits manage to expand their musical

horizons and remain true to their original sonic blueprint. Take the stately “Another Day,” which connects shadowy cello notes to air raid siren synths, brittle bass lines, soaring guitars and a hulking backbeat. Introspective lyrics suggest we push past everyday challenges; “It’s just the madness of reality is that nothing really matters, so through the chaos sing your melody, you’ll find everything you wanted.” Ross, Calvin and Luke’s willowy harmonies coalesce around song’s final denouement; “My thoughts recede to all my habits, a kind of freedom that’s automatic, if I’m my keeper, will it matter? Will it matter? Does it matter?”

If The Buzzcocks, The Cars and A Flock Of Seagulls ever thought to collaborate, it might’ve sounded like “I’ll Be Somewhere.” Skronky guitars ride roughshod over whirring synths, sinewy bass, and a walloping backbeat. Sunny harmonies can’t camouflage tart lyrics that hint at emotional treachery and betrayal; “Tell me your secrets, maybe I’ll tell you mine, cause I’ve got a feelin’ something just ain’t right, I’ve been believing one day it’ll all be fine, so give me a reason to stay here one more night.” As suspicions mount, the song’s velocity increases, and the final verse reveals fidelity is a two-way street; I got a million dreams but I’m blind to my own affection, oh, when I fall apart, everything you can make anew/ I got a lover’s heart, but I walk in

Finally, on the infectious “Place In The World” jangly guitars, spiky synths, brisk cello notes and flinty bass lines are tethered to a percolating beat. Enigmatic lyrics decry economic disparity and the casual culture of cruelty that has pervaded these last few years; “Something about it don’t sit right, as we feast, brothers devoured by bombs that we drop at night.” But, to paraphrase The Stones, what can a poor boy do, ‘cept sing in a Rock & Roll band?

Other interesting tracks include the hooky “Little One,” and the honeyed effervescence of “Sweet Things.” The record winds down with the pugnacious strut of “Do Your Worst.” Strummy guitars partner with staccato cello, stroppy bass and a caffeinated beat. Lyrics throw down a verbal gauntlet; “Do your worst, fetch the hearse and I will curse your name again.” Spectral guitar and synth lattice on the break, amping up the menace. Equal parts catchy and fractious, it’s a whizz-bang end to a dazzling record.

Usually, there is a lot riding on an artist’s third album. Songwriters have their whole life to write their debut, effectively shooting their (creative) wad. A second effort simultaneously refines that sound and works out the kinks. Icons like Elvis Costello, Blondie and Tom Petty all hit their stride, critically and commercially, on record number three; Armed Forces, Parallel Lines and Damn The Torpedoes respectively. The same can be said for The Happy Fits’ Under The Shade Of Green. They deftly match erudite lyrics to infectious, hook-filled melodies, without sacrificing their primitive attack. The trio’s first two albums were great, but the third one’s charm.

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Thursday, December 1

Babaloo Lounge – Tony Grandberry –7pm

Casuelas Café – Avenida – 5:30pm

Chef George’s – Marc Antonelli – 6:30pm

Coachella Valley Brewery – Open Mic – 6pm

Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm

Indian Wells Resort Hotel – Christine Love – 6pm

Jazzville @ Agua Caliente – Greg Adams and East Bay Soul – 7pm

Jolene’s – Desert Crows – 6pm

Lavender Bistro – Scott Carter – 6pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

O’Caine’s – Shillelagh Brothers – 6pm

Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

– Intimate Acoustics – 8pm

Pretty Faces Nightclub – Latina Night w/ DJ LF – 9pm

Runway – Derek Jordan Gregg – 6pm

Tommy Bahamas – Alex Santana – 5pm

Vicky’s of Santa Fe – John Stanley King – 6pm

The Village – Rob & JB – 5:30pm, Village Idiots – 8:30pm, DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm

Friday, December 2

Ace Hotel – High Life w/ DJ Day and Pedro Le Bass – 9pm

Babaloo Lounge – Tony Grandberry –7pm

Bart Lounge – Goth Night w/ Forever Grey , Hallows and DJs Danza De Luna,

Luna Divina and Dead Romeo – 8pm

Casuelas Café – The Myx – 7pm

Chef George’s – Lizann Warner – 6:30pm

Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm

Desert Beer Co. – Fakes and Lames, The Sieve and the Saddle and Pastor Matt –6:30pm

Indian Wells Resort Hotel – Marc Antonelli – 6pm

Jolene’s – Patrice Morris – 7pm

Larkspur Grill @ Hotel Paseo – Doug and Meg Music – 7pm

Lavender Bistro – Scott Carter – 6pm

Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Rhythm Nation – 9pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

O’Caine’s – Craic Haus – 6pm

Old Town La Quinta – Live Music –7-10pm

Pappy and Harriet’s – Everclear – 7pm and 9:30pm

Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

– Red’s Rockstar Karaoke – 9pm

Pretty Faces Nightclub – DJs Cielohigh and Hymn – 9pm

Purple Room – The Skivvies – 6pm

Rockyard @ Fantasy Springs – AMP and Steel Rod – 7pm

Tommy Bahamas – Alex Santana – 5pm

Vicky’s of Santa Fe – John Stanley King – 7:30pm

The Village – Rob & JB – 5:30pm, DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm, Rapmarz – 9pm, DJ LF – 10pm

Wildest – Derek Jordan Gregg – 6pm

Saturday, December 3

Babaloo Lounge – Desert Crows – 7pm

Bart Lounge – DJ Frankthadank and Friends – 8pm

Café @ Shields – Derek Jordan Gregg – 9am

Casuelas Café – Daveed Macias – noon, Live Music – 6:30pm

Chef George’s – Marc Antonelli –6:30pm

Coachella Valley Brewing Co. – Local Comedy Showcase – 8pm

Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm

Indian Wells Resort Hotel – Marc Antonelli – 6pm

Jolene’s – Rebecca Clark – 7pm

Larkspur Grill – Eevaan Tre ant the Show – 7pm

Lavender Bistro – Scott Carter – 6pm

Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Rhythm Nation – 9pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

O’Caine’s – Whiskey Sunday – 6pm

Old Town La Quinta – Live Music –7-10pm

Oscar’s – Oscar’s Caberet – 6pm

Pappy and Harriet’s – The Mother Hips – 8:30pm

Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

– Red’s Rockstar Karaoke – 9pm

Pretty Faces Nightclub – DJ LF and Friends – 9pm

Purple Room – The Skivvies – 6pm

Rockyard @ Fantasy Springs – Green Today (Green Day Tribute) and Electric Ash – 7pm

Sullivan’s – The Myx – 5:30pm

Tommy Bahamas – Alex Santana – 5pm

Vicky’s of Santa Fe – Rose Mallett –5pm, John Stanley King – 7:30pm

The Village – Rob & JB – 1pm, Rapmarz – 9pm, DJ LF – 10pm

Wildest – Derek Jordan Gregg – 6-9pm

Sunday, December 4

Babaloo Lounge – Tristen/Flamingo Guitar – 1pm, Tim Burleson – 6pm

Bart Lounge – Latina Night w/ DJ LF – 8pm

Blu Ember – Gina Sedman – 5pm

Casuelas Café – Mariachi Coachella –1pm, Voices Carrie – 5:30pm

Coachella Valley Brewing Co. –Acoustic Afternoon w/ Kelsey Manning and Afternokn – 3:30pm

Fisherman’s Market, PS – Live Music – 6pm

Jolene’s – Sharon Sills – 6pm

Lavender Bistro – Scott Carter – 6pm

Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

Pappy and Harriet’s – Brennen Leigh and Sunny Sweeney – 8pm

Tommy Bahamas – Alex Santana –12pm

The Village – Gio the Ace - 9pm

Monday, December 5

Babaloo Lounge – Tim Burleson – 6pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm

Tuesday, December 6

Babaloo Lounge – The Carmens –6:30pm

Casuelas Café – The Desert Suite Band – 5:30pm

Chef George’s – Lizann Warner –6:30pm

Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

Vicky’s of Santa Fe – Slim Man Band – 6pm

The Village – Karaoke – 9pm

Wednesday, December 7

Babaloo Lounge – DJ Erineil – 7pm

Casuelas Café – Lisa Lynn and the Broken Hallelujahs – 5:30pm

Chef George’s – Tim Burleson – 6:30pm

Coachella Valley Brewing Co. – Trivia Night – 7pm

Cunard’s Sandbar – Bill Baker – 6pm

The Fix – Alex Santana – 5:30pm

Indian Wells Resort Hotel – Patrice Morris – 6pm

Lavender Bistro – Scott Carter – 6pm

Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Sarah Winchester – 7pm

The Nest – Live Music – 6:30pm

Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

– Red’s Rockstar Karaoke – 9pm

Tack Room Tavern – T-Bone Karaoke – 7pm

Vicky’s of Santa Fe – John Stanley King – 6pm

The Village – Rapmarz – 9pm, Banda Revolucion – 10pm December 1 to December 7, 2022 9


Once upon a time there was a piece of wood …

And that piece of wood became Pinocchio and the story became the first internationally known work of Italian children’s literature. The Adventures of Pinocchio is the most translated Italian book in the world. It has been adapted for film 18 times, including two live-action movies starring Roberto Benigni. Disney and Netflix have both released new versions.

For most of us, Pinocchio is synonymous with Disney’s beautiful hand-drawn 1940 animated movie about a wooden puppet

whose pointy nose grows every time he tells a lie. But the original Italian story is not primarily about lying. Yes, he lies but he’s also selfish and unreliable and makes a ton of bad choices. The moment Geppetto fashions him out of a miraculous block of wood Pinocchio runs away and refuses to come home. His antics lead to Geppetto’s arrest.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

It’s more than a little self-aggrandizing that Guillermo del Toro gets a possessory credit for a movie that he actually co-wrote and codirected.

This classic and beloved story as originally written is about the dangers of innocence. Del Toro’s take is about death, grief and fascism. You read that correctly. Marketed as a family film, it is not for kids. It’s trying to say too much and becomes tedious and confused. It’s visually murky and dark. The stop motion is nothing

exceptional. But the voice cast is amazing but cannot make up for the thematic missteps.

Oh, and on top of that it’s a musical (really). I promise you will not leave the theater humming or skipping to any of the bland songs. And it felt like the movie would never end. It’s unnecessarily long.

There was no one else in the cold theater auditorium we attended on opening day.. That should have been a clue. Finally one lone person wandered in and sat in the front

row. He immediately began making guttural sounds, grunts and shouts at the screen. His attire suggested he was an unhoused individual dealing with mental challenges.

In the original story, the fever that turns Pinocchio into a donkey is his punishment for skipping school and running away to Playland. Pinocchio had already been warned by a talking cricket (in the del Toro movie version the insect’s name is Sebastian). The story as originally written was about the value of getting an education. The cricket originally says something like: “You poor little sucker, don’t you know you’re bound to grow up and be an absolute donkey and everyone will make a fool of you…”

So much more could be written about this disappointing film but what would be the point? Not recommended. If you feel differently, I want to hear from you. Now streaming on Netflix.

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Some wine folk hold dear to the thought that seasons alone dictate what’s best to drink at the time. Here in the desert, our options are all over the place! Palm Springs and all of its surrounds enjoy the heat of summer and the warmth of winter. So much so, that as a welcomed change of pace, we love some cold rain, snow on the mountains and cool weather whenever we can get it!

And the wine that follows suit is the welcomed red from Tuscany: Chianti wine for Christmas and the holidays is the perfect quaff. The Coachella Valley weather influences the weight and heft of what we’re cooking and dining on. Chianti, produced primarily from the Sangiovese grape, is a great match for cold weather heavy stews and casseroles as well as food cooked outdoors over coals: steaks, burgers, grilled chicken & game.

The reason of course is that the depth of Chianti, be it a Classico, a Brunello di Montalcino, a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, or the new Chianti kid-on-the-block, a Montecucco Chianti, there are layers of fruit and savory complexities along with enough acidity to refresh and brighten our taste buds to enjoy the holiday fare, and more vino!

There is no question that a Chianti is a mouth-wateringly acidic wine with medium to high tannic structure that contributes to its dry flavor. For many folks in the past, Chianti was just too acidic, but long gone are the days of the 1960s and 70s. Even today, a Chianti can scare someone if the wine is not enjoyed along with meals. However, those who are not frightened can savor a solo glass of Chianti and feel the aesthetics and Old World feel of the wine-soaked Tuscan region that screams the good life.

And these days with all of the wisdom the aged Italian winemakers and the energy of the young astute vino-culturalists following their path, modern Chianti fulminates with flavors of black and red cherries, blackberries, plums, strawberries, flowers, herbs, spices, earth, meat, leather, minerals, licorice, smoke, cedar, cinnamon, tea, tobacco, coffee, vanilla, and violets. Merry Christmas Baby!!

Chianti is pretty much a medium-bodied wine that exhibits the epitome of elegance and drinkability. It’s not as dense as our California reds, thus easier to enjoy with food and family without all the heaviness.

Through the years, this column has covered so many of the particular Sangiovese wines mentioned above. And right now, we are simply loving the Sangiovese from the Montecucco Region. Montecucco, is a rising star in the Tuscan wine game with a “new and different” expression of Sangiovese that comes from an area of the famous Maremma region, nestled between the Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations.

Crafted with extreme care by small familyowned wineries committed to sustainable farming and earth-friendly practices. Up to 70% of the Montecucco producers tend their land following respectful practices with a noninvasive approach to viticulture, representing one of the highest percentages of organic grapes’ producers in Tuscany.

Montecucco wine is the smart sexy

choice to elevate any festive table. Thanks to their vibrant acidity, medium to full body and smooth tannins that cut through the fat and cleanse the palate, these dense, fruity, complex reds go with everything from turkey to savory stuffing, delicious soups, veggies and hard cheeses.

We recently enjoyed a couple of Montecucco wines that will appear on our holiday table:

2020 Villa Patrizia Leremo, Montecucco Rosso ($15) This is a medium-bodied Italian red-blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. It’s as smooth a Chianti that we’ve tasted at this price point. It owns aromas of fresh red cherries, red plums and herbal essence. The palate is almost plush as all the above aromas meld into the flavor profile along with licorice, herbs and a hint of black pepper.

This Chianti reeks of the Tuscan terroir along with acidity and tannins which will match well with the holiday table.

Many of you true vino cognoscenti know that a “Rosso” on a DOC or DOCG Italian label tells you that one can get a great deal on a red wine from a classic region. No need to pay the high prices when you wish for a table wine to meet expectations reflecting the famed vineyard area. At $15, this is one of the best Italian deals for a world-class red

Enter now: 2016 Tenuta L’Impostino Viandante, Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG Riserva ($35) Okay folks, this is the Italian red to impress all your guests and taste buds. A wonderfully bold but dry wine—again reeking of Italian terrior. Close your eyes and you’re back to the smells of the vineyards hills all around the Chianti region.

The wine is full of red fruits on the nose, such as raspberries, cherries, red plums, strawberries, and red currants along with licorice, sweet spices, and violets. The palate moves to dark fruits that include blackberries, blueberries, dark plums and currants, along with a touch of earth, clove, smoke and meat. Great acidity, with a finish of cocoa and menthol mint. What’s not to love here!

A perfect choice for beef, pork, poultry, lamb, veal, and cured meats! Buone feste e buon appetito!

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Today’s featured artist is the amazing travel writer Kathy Strong. Kathy’s latest book is a must have for adventure lovers. It is called Secret Southern California - A Guide to Unique Places. Kathy is like a travel detective unearthing the most unusual places to explore. Drive a musical road that plays the William Tell Overture; hike to an abandoned zoo; explore a shipwreck off the Orange County coast; and more. Her book is a city-by-city guide of places to visit.

Kathy has been a travel writer for more than 30 years, having written or contributed to more than 20 guidebooks and countless magazine features, covering all areas of the world. Her own books sold in bookstores nationally are: Southern California: Off the Beaten Path; Recommended Bed & Breakfasts: California; Driving the Pacific Coast: California; Driving the Pacific Coast: Washington and Oregon; and The Seattle Guidebook. Strong was also the author of Recommended Island Inns: The Caribbean. Her latest travel book, Secret Southern California, is a culmination of the native Southern Californian’s knowledge and love for the off-the-beaten-path treasures of the southern part of the state, as well as “secret, authentic” finds at every turn.

Her Gannett/USA network newspaper column, GOING MY WAY, appeared in the newspaper travel sections for a decade. Strong also was a regular contributor to USA

Today’s travel magazine, “GoEscape.” She has also been a contributor to Forbes Travel Guide and USA Today weekly magazine.

Kathy’s latest travel reveal is a new online travel website: PS Wish You Were Here ( ) that covers both national and international travel news and explorations. Email Kathy at

Secret Southern California – A Guide to Unique Places can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

DeAnn Lubell is a publicist, writer, novelist, photographer, artist, and event planner. Lubell has written for several publications including The Desert Sun, The Palm Springs Life Magazine, and others. Her published works include a novelette Nightmare Island; educational books for Little Folk Visuals; historical novel The Last Moon has won five national awards and three international awards including a gold medal first place for historical fiction from Reader’s Favorites and the first-place winner in the category of history at the 2016 Amsterdam Book Festival. Her landscape photography and art images can be viewed and purchased on https:// She is a publicist for nonprofits, including her own, Amy’s Purpose at .

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with other animals and people during the first three or six months of life. This prevents asocial behaviors, fear, and biting. Make sure they are vaccinated and have rabies shots!

Bite inhibition - This is important to keep everyone safe. Most dogs begin learning bite inhibition from their mother and litter mates. If a dog nips or bites during playtime, teach him the fun stops quickly. Ignore him, stand up, and “yelp” or yell NO loudly. Eventually, train him to use his mouth safely. Wave a closed fist in front of him and pull away if he tries to nip. Try again, and when he does not nip, give him a treat from the other hand.

Lots of puppies are adopted during the holiday season, some as Christmas presents from parents to surprise children. Nothing can be more joyful than a happy bouncing young canine, full of fun and frolic. However, patience and prevention are needed to prevent frustration for you and danger to your new puppy.

Most dogs calm down from high energy puppyhood around 2 years old, depending on the breed. Meanwhile, here are some tips to help with your new canine youngster: Puppy proof your home and yard before puppy arrives – A teething puppy may gnaw on anything it can reach. Put your best leather shoes, phone charger, purses, bottles of medication, pens, children’s toys, and poisonous plants (including holiday poinsettias) off floors and coffee tables. These items can cause obstructions, expensive vet bills, and even death. Provide dog-safe toys such as dog chews (no rawhide) as an alternative.

Provide plenty of exercise. Puppies are full of energy and need positive outlets for playtime. Playing fetch in your backyard is a great way to tire them out. If you live in an


URGENT, STRESSED IN CROWDED SHELTER Please come meet me at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms from 10am-4pm Monday thru Saturday. I’m a lovely 2-yr-old 60-pound Labrador Retriever mix girl who loves people and other pups. Ask to meet me in a visiting area, dog ID#A1700211. I will be happy again when I’m home with you!

apartment, the dog park is a great way for a vaccinated puppy to enjoy romping with others. Walks through the neighborhood provide you and your pooch exercise and bonding time.

Provide mental stimulation. Rubber toys such as Kongs can be filled with treats. Kongs are a great alternative to prevent pups chewing on other objects. Best Buddy puzzle toys (Premier) offer another chance to chase and bite the toy and get a treat reward. Be wary of toys with parts that can be chewed off and eaten, dangerous obstructions may result.

Play with your puppy. Involve everyone in the family. Dogs love attention, and that includes games and belly rubs. Most dogs love to travel, and outings to sites that welcome them are plentiful. Most businesses welcome well-mannered pooches along with your business. Restaurants with outdoor seating usually allow pups, including Boozehounds Restaurant in Palm Springs which was designed with them in mind.

Obedience training. A well-trained dog is a happy dog! Start out with simple commands like “Sit!” and reward with a

treat. Leash training is important to prevent pulling. Lots of training assistance is available online. If jumping on people becomes an issue, turn your back away from your pup and ignore him until he calms down. Consult a professional dog trainer if needed. Reasonably priced puppy training classes are available at PetSmart and Petco. House training. Puppies are like babies in that they pee and poop more frequently than older dogs! They require more trips outside, especially after meals, first thing in the morning, and last thing you do at night. At the beginning, reward with a treat and say “Good potty!”. Puppy pads may solve problems when this is not always possible. You can put a dab of urine on the pad to make the connection. If you must leave for extended periods of time, a baby gate can keep him safely inside a tiled bathroom or kitchen. For tougher cases, reward with a treat and say “Good poop”! Crates large enough for your dog to stand and move around may be used, but for no longer than 3 or 4 hours.

Promote socialization. Young dogs need frequent and positive social experiences


This beautiful 1-yr-old Tuxedo girl is spayed and ready to go home with you! Just 8 lbs, she waits for a home at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, open 10am to 4pm Monday thru Saturday. Ask to meet her in a private visiting room, I’m cat ID#A1690006. Her hobbies are playing with toys and sitting on your lap!

What NOT to do. You should never use physical punishment such as scruff shakes, hitting with hands or objects, or squeezing. This tends to make a dog fearful of the person. Shaking a tin can with coins or a spray water bottle (not directly aimed at the face) is a safer alternative to correct negative behaviors. Don’t allow young children to play with the puppy unsupervised until he is well trained.

CAUTION, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ADOPTING A PUPPY ONLINE. SOME OF THE CUTE PHOTOS YOU SEE ON SOCIAL MEDIA MAY BE PART OF A SCAM. UNSCRUPLOUS BREEDERS MAY NOT DO ANY VETERINARY WORK, AND MAY BREED RELATED DOGS WHICH CAUSES MEDICAL PROBLEMS. GOOD LUCK GETTING REIMBURSED IF THERE IS A MEDICAL ISSUE WHEN THE PET ARRIVES. Where do you get a puppy or an adult dog if you want to rescue a homeless shelter dog? If you seek a specific breed, there are many specific breed rescues groups throughout Southern California. These groups will almost always provide you with a healthy vetted puppy or dog and tell you about its temperament. The shelters and groups on our weekly list can assist you with locating the dog you seek. The Palm Springs Animal Shelter,, and the Coachella Valley Animal Campus,, are the two of our largest shelters. They are open to the public now, so head over and enjoy the New Year 2022 with a best new fur-friend!

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Here are some places where you can adopt a wonderful rescue dog or cat!

COACHELLA VALLEY ANIMAL CAMPUS –Open 10:00-4:00 Monday through Saturday. View animals online at all 4 county shelters, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, (760) 343-3644. (Public)

PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER – Open to the public, closed Tuesday. View animals online at and complete application for the one you want to meet, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, Call (760) 416-5718. (Public)

DESERT HOT SPRINGS ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL - Open daily 9:30-4:30. www. , 65810 Hacienda Ave, Desert Hot Springs, (760) 329-6411 ext. 450.

ANIMAL SAMARITANS – Open to the public. View their animals at Email volunteer@ to foster or volunteer. Located at 72307 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms, (760) 601-3918. (Private)

CALIFORNIA PAWS RESCUE - Call for an appointment to adopt. Located at 73650 Dinah Shore, Palm Desert. View their animals at, (760) 656-3833. (Private)

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY – Fill out an application online www. and call for an appointment. This shelter has dogs of all sizes and cats, Located at 17825 N. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, (760) 329-0203. (Private)

KITTYLAND – Open to the public to adopt cats and kittens. Located at 67600 18th Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, www., (760) 251-2700. (Private)

PRETTY GOOD CAT – Foster based rescue for cats located in La Quinta. Contact them at, (760) 660-3414 (Private)

LOVING ALL ANIMALS – Call for appointment to adopt dogs. Located at 83496 Avenue 51, Coachella, www.lovingallanimals. org, (760) 834-7000. (Private)

ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER OF CALIFORNIA (ARC), Foster based rescue for dogs and cats in Indio., (760) 877-7077 (Private)

FLUFFS & SCRUFFS – Foster based rescue for small dogs in Cathedral City. FLUFFSANDSCRUFFS@AOL.COM, (310) 9803383 (Private)

SOCIETY’S OUTKAST ANIMAL RESCUE – Foster based rescue for dogs in Rancho Mirage,, (760) 832-0617. (Private)

LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY –Large outdoor shelter for dogs and cats up Hwy 74, Mountain Center, org, (951) 659-4687. (Private)

CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO ANIMAL SHELTER – Open 12:00 – 3pm Tues through Sat. Google “City of San Bernardino Animal Shelter” for website to view animals and get the ID number of the animal you want. Located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, (909) 384-1304 or (909) 3847272. (Public)

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER AT DEVORE – Open 7 days a week. Call (909) 386-9280, and get the ID number of animal you are interested in adopting, 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino (Public). December 1 to December 7, 2022 15

When I hear a restaurant has Cuban food on the menu, I know there is only one choice for me, the Cubano Sandwich. Layered with roasted pork, thin-sliced dill pickle, Swiss cheese, and sliced ham on a Cuban bread baguette slathered with mustard and pressed in a hot iron grill. This dish determines the authentic versus the poser Cuban restaurants. I am glad to say this sandwich was better than any I had in Miami’s Little Havana district. Succulent roasted pork shoulder flavored with garlic, oregano, cumin, and citrus juice, thin slices of smoked ham, melted Swiss, pickles, and mustard in a perfectly delivered package.

Gustavo Ungo’s (aka The Mad Cuban) roots are in Havana and his wife’s are in Peru. Both of these countries have cuisines that have been heavily influenced by immigrants. Cuban cuisine has the Caribbean, African, Garifuna, and Spanish. Peru is influenced by the Incas, Chinese, East Indian, and Japanese.

me some insight on the history of Babaloo. The Palm Desert restaurant is the second venue opened by Gustavo and his Cordon Bleu trained Chef Jonathan. The grand opening was planned for 2020 just as COVID shut down every restaurant. But their vision and passion overshadowed adversity.

The restaurant is one of the largest venues in the Coachella Valley and is decorated in a Cuban theme with large leaf shaped fans and

conga drums. There is live music most days with a bandstand and dance floor as well. There is a well-stocked bar and all-day happy hour. Prices are reasonable with to-go boxes inevitable given the size of portions served.

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It seems hard to believe but December is upon us. While the primary focus of the month is on Christmas and Hanukkah, the other twenty-nine have a litany of observances.

Did you know that December is Bingo’s birthday month? Created in 1929 by Edwin Lowe, Bingo was based on a carnival game called Beano. Beano finds its roots in Italy during the mid-1500s as Lo Giuoco Lotto Italia – one of the original lottery games. According to, Lo Giuoco Lotto Italia was played in a manner like the game played today. As the original cards that Lowe created had too few number mixes, he brought in math professor Carl Leffler to figure out the 6,000 possible bingo card mixes that would make it less likely that any two cards would be the same in a game of Bingo.

The largest bingo game in history took place in Bogota, Columbia on December 2nd, 2006 where 70,080 played for over $250,000

in prizes. The largest online game included 493,824 players in Tokyo.

While it is Human Rights Month, December 4 through 10 is also Human Rights Week. That same week promotes Handwashing, Older Driver Safety and Cookie Cutters.

December 1st is National Eat a Red Apple Day. Why green apples are excluded is a mystery. Apple proponents at the University of Massachusetts Lowell say that apples help increase brain activity. Apples help in combating Alzheimer’s while reducing the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, Type 2 diabetes and ten types of cancer. I guess that an Apple a day can indeed keep the doctor away.

December 2nd is National Special Education Day. This observation was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and was accompanied by the Individuals with Disabilities Act which ensured public education for all children.

December 5th is Bathtub Party Day. I’m

not sure if this is meant to be a solo, couple or group celebration. Thomas and Ruth Roy created and trademarked the celebration as they felt people take too many showers. Tom is available for parties in the Pennsylvania area where he will craft a party to go with any of his more unique party themes.

Nearly every day celebrates something we can ingest. On the 4th, you should eat a cookie, the 6th is gazpacho, 7th is cotton candy or brownies, 8th a pear, 9th a pastry, 10th have a beer, 13th some cocoa, 14th roasted chestnuts, 15th cupcakes, 16th chocolate covered anything, 17th maple syrup, 18th roasted pig, 19th oatmeal muffins, 20th have a sangria, 21st fried shrimp, 22nd date nut bread, 24th eggnog, 25th pumpkin pie and 27th fruitcake.

So long as you are not a vegan, December 30th is the food day to circle on your calendar if you can celebrate one as it is Bacon Day. Not to be confused with International Bacon

Day on September 3rd, the 30th is when Americans get to celebrate this sumptuous piece of swine. During the Middle Ages, people first began speaking of Bakko in Germany and Bako in France. As this type of meat was easy to preserve, it first entered human diets around 1500 BC. Today people eat bacon in brownies, tacos, cookies, mints, and lollipops. No wonder that the 30th is also National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.

December 31st may be New Year’s Eve, but it is also Universal Hour of Peace. The hour starts at 11:30pm and ends thirty minutes into the New Year. Dr. Barbara Condron of the School of Metaphysics in the Midwest conceived of the hour. With all the conflicts in the world, it makes sense that more people would want to approach the New Year in a more subdued manner.

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Whenever lawyers get together, inevitably the McDonald’s hot coffee case comes up and we discuss whether it was a fair verdict. In other words, was justice served? I have discussed the case in the past, however, new information, unknown to most lawyers, makes the outcome understandable.

At first glance it seemed like a stupid verdict. However, few know all the facts which support the underlying verdict. This verdict led to the Stella Awards for crazy litigation.

The Stella awards were created for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the USA. These are the kinds of cases that make everyone ask, Why? What most people don’t know is that there were many McDonald’s complaints stating their coffee was too hot, and many customers got burned.

I don’t know of a lawyer, who would have accepted the McDonalds case in 1990, based on what we all read and heard in the news.

Stella Liebeck, 79, had retired a week earlier, purchased .49 coffee in the drive thru, and was parked in the McDonald’s lot. Because her car didn’t have a cup holder, she put the coffee between her thighs, to remove the lid and add sugar. In so doing, the coffee spilled, resulting in major 3rd degree burns covering 16% of her body and disabling her for 2 years.

It was reported she almost died from this.

Stella retained a lawyer to file for Gross Negligence, after McDonalds refused to pay $18,000 for her medicals and daughter’s loss of earnings driving her to doctor appointments, and offered $800. At mediation Stella demanded $200k. That too was denied. McDonalds responded “coffee tastes better at a high temperature” of 180190 degrees.

This was after the Shriners Burn Institute previously warned the franchise food industry to not brew above 130 degrees, because customers could get burned. That was 50 degrees cooler than McDonalds. However, McDonalds continued to require their franchisees to brew at higher temperatures.

The jury had to decide what percent of fault should be attributed to Stella. During the proceedings the jury learned that McDonalds was not going to do anything about this issue. Thus, they decided Stella was 20% at fault and awarded her $200k for her medicals less 20%... and $2.7 Million in punitive damages. The judge reduced the verdict amount.

The amount was the equivalent of 2 days’ worth of coffee sales, reported to be $1.3M/ day and brewed dangerously too hot. Lawyers argued, the only way to get the attention of a big company was by punitive damages…to punish them to change their ways.

The ruling was appealed, and then the matter was settled outside of court …with a Non-Disclosure Agreement. McDonalds was found to be 80% at fault. This was because they knew of the danger, and didn’t do anything about it.

The case has been reported inaccurately all over the world and supported the term Frivolous Lawsuit. Was this because McDonalds PR people took the lead and spread false info so that there was no sympathy for Stella? It was suggested she was an irresponsible scam artist, and was bringing a Frivolous Lawsuit. It was not reported that Stella had asked McDonalds to request all their franchisees brew at a lower temp and pay her medical bills.

Now that you know “the rest of the story” I think you will agree it was in reality a fair verdict. Clearly justice was served!


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Solar, it’s a topic discussed now more than ever, and especially since the inception of the United States’ Presidents’ Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

The bill will see “green energy” receive its largest financial stimulus since we first heard about, “going green”.

It would appear, and thankfully, that our society wants to become healthier, and in more ways than just individuals getting on a diet and losing body weight. Although, this might not currently be the majorities primary focus given – “Tis the season … a time to eat and be merry …” – or so we have been led to believe.

The concept of “going green” has been in the works for some time. Unfortunately, big business such as gas and oil companies have done everything within their power [every pun-intended], to prevent it from happening. But prevent as they may, the depletion of earth’s natural resources has now forced their grubby little hands to yield to the creation of our more “selfsustainable” future.

Here in the Coachella Valley, as you are all aware, we have an abundance of sunshine. The sun’s solar rays, as you may also be aware, can be harvested, converted, and used to produce electrical energy. By employing “solar energy”, we citizens can cut the cost of energy bills. That’s right. Not only can we help the planet by reducing our carbon footprint, but we can also save a buck or two while doing so.

Years ago, the concept of solar panels upon rooftops seemed daunting. Why? In a nutshell - they were downright expensive. Today, solar panels have become more affordable by way of “lease options”. Think about it like this. Instead of leasing your

power from say, Edison, you can now lease solar energy from a local solar company.

So, how do solar panels work?

Solar panels capture the sun’s lifenourishing solar rays on panels made from silicone cells. These solar rays are then converted into electricity that fuels the spark to power your home. The method in which this is accomplished is by solar panels’ ability to convert DC power (direct current) into AC power (Alternating Current). An inverter is then needed to convert the DC to useable AC power. Additionally, if you purchase a battery from a solar company, it can capture whatever energy is stored from the DC contact made from the sun’s rays during the day and then use that energy at night [or during a power outage]. It doesn’t take a solar salesperson to explain it. Information regarding solar panels and solar energy is readily and abundantly available online.


Feeling an onset of sadness? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of mood disorder associated with seasonal changes. Commonly seen as depression arising during the winter months. It happens due to a disturbance in the circadian system of the body.

SAD is said to occur due to changes in the body’s internal clock, and changes in brain and body’s chemicals.

Symptoms: Feeling depressed on most days, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, reduced energy, concentration, and interest in activities especially during winters are the commonly noted symptoms.

Diagnosis: Diagnosis is based on detailed medical history and thorough psychiatric evaluation. Doctor may also suggest some tests to rule out other medical conditions.

Facts: Treatable & diagnosed by a medical professional

Often requires lab test or imaging

Can last several months or years

Common for ages 18-35

Family history may increase likelihood

Most cases of SAD begin during late fall or early winter and go away during spring or summer


Reduced energy

Loss of concentration and interest in activities

that is now a common weather occurrence. When dirt covers, and/or gets into a solar panel array (cluster of panels), customers can lose up to 60% efficiency of solar energy conversion. That’s right - 60%! Which leads me to another imperative aspect of solar“servicing”.

Placing solar panels upon a roof is one thing, but if your panels aren’t serviced, worse yet, night falls and the sun never rises upon the solar provider that installed your solar panels [i.e., the solar provider you chose goes out of business – and a lot of them do] - your solar panels will likewise eternally fade-to-black. Fortunately, for the Coachella Valley’s contingent of solar panel enthusiasts, The Solar Panel Doctors have finally come to town.

One thing generally any potential solar customer needs to know is how many solar panels are required upon their rooftop to generate the amount of energy their home requires per year. It’s a good idea to research this point yourselves, otherwise, a solar salesperson may not get your home the correct number of solar panels. In this case, you won’t end up saving any money on your energy bills at all.

I am not The Wizard of Oz, or the proverbial man-behind-the-curtain, but I do believe in educating to ensure we in the Coachella Valley, always receive correct and honest information. What is likewise honest, is that in time, solar panels will become dirty due to weather and other natural conditions that can wreak havoc, especially here in a valley: Windstorms kicking up dust reminiscent of a plague in ancient Egypt - [Watch out for the locusts!],


Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

Trouble sleeping/oversleeping

Nausea, loss of appetite/craving for fatty or carbohydrate rich foods

Weight loss/weight gain

Suicidal thoughts

Causes: The exact cause for SAD is not known but some of the factors that are said to influence the condition include: Changes in the body’s internal clock due to seasonal changes. Reduced levels of the brain chemical serotonin. An imbalance in the chemical melatonin that influences sleep and mood patterns. Vitamin D insufficiency.

Your doctor may also suggest some tests to rule out other medical conditions such as:

Blood test - May be recommended to determine the blood cell counts, check for infections, or other medical conditions such as thyroid problems.

Psychological examination

Mental health professionals use questionanswer type tools for evaluating and assessing the patient’s disorder.

Treatments - Light therapy, medications, and psychotherapy are the treatments available for SAD. It is important to let the doctor know of your other medical conditions, including bipolar disorder, to avoid any side effects from any of the medications or therapies.

Complications: If untreated, may include:

Social withdrawal

Drug or substance abuse

Prevention: Follow a healthy, nutritious diet

Monitor your mood and energy levels

Take adequate rest

Learn to manage stress

Avoid alcohol

Try and connect with people to avoid loneliness

Take a trip to cooler or warm locations depending on the type of SAD you have

Questions To Ask Your Doctor: Do I have to make any changes to my diet or lifestyle?

How do I manage my symptoms?

Can I have a family with this condition?

What are the likely chances that this will be passed on to my children?

Foods to eat: Vitamin D rich foods: e.g. fatty

Created by Nick Anderson, a young man in Corona with a plethora of knowledge and passion to assist solar panel users, his company, The Solar Panel Doctors, is a now a thriving privately owned company. The Solar Panel Doctors are ready to perform surgery on any solar panel array and will do so long after everyone has finally made the switch to solar, and long after solar sales companies have gone out of business. The Solar Panel Doctors are becoming so popular in fact that they would like to hire more hands-on-deck in the Coachella Valley.

If you or your solar company needs solar panels serviced, installed, or you are currently seeking employment, contact: The Solar Panel Doctors today at (760) 980-7431. Your life support has arrived.

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fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, rainbow trout, fish oil, fortified milk, egg yolk

Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids: e.g. oily, fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, sardines, anchovies, flaxseed, hemp, canola, and walnut oils

Berries: e.g. blueberries, raspberries, strawberries

Foods rich in folic acid: e.g. leafy greens, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, oranges, fortified cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, and soybeans Foods to avoid: Sugary foods

For informational purposes only. Consult your medical professional or a licensed qualified therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist for advice.

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*Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. This information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from the use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

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Going to the gym isn’t the only way to get in a great workout. Working out at home can be just as effective and so much more convenient. While a gym provides a dedicated space, home workouts offer more flexibility and can be more efficient. It all depends on how you use your time and equipment to maximize your effort.

The first thing to realize about Home Workouts is that It’s convenient. You can skip traffic, and you don’t have to leave your house or work out during specific times.

It’s also cost-effective. You don’t have to pay gym membership fees, and there’s no need for fancy or expensive equipment to get a great workout.

What’s an Effective Home Workout?

An effective workout doesn’t have to take a long time or need equipment like heavy-duty weights. Intermittent intervals of working out for 10 minutes at a time, three times a day can be as effective as one 30-minute session.

The important thing is to get started. Here are some ideas:

Find sufficient space to do your workouts. This could a spot in your bedroom, the den, a patio or even the backyard or front porch. Some of our clients exercise in their backyard, by the pool or in the living room. At a minimum, it should have enough space for a yoga mat and for you to stretch your arms

in all directions without hitting anything.

Plan your workouts. Set days and times to exercise, and hold yourself accountable with an alarm or reminder on your smartphone. If you struggle with motivation, team up with local professionals who come to our client’s homes. Please visit our website for more information at

Use your body weight. Body weight activities, when used correctly, can be as effective as weight-lifting for building muscle. By modifying your workouts and increasing the intensity or duration over time, you’ll make the most of it. Keep in mind:

● Try planks, lunges, squats, stairclimbing and pushups as great body weight exercises.

● Up the ante of your body weight circuits by increasing the number of repetitions per workout.

● Use proper form to prevent injury. Ask a professional to correct your form or watch a tutorial online before diving into new workouts.

You may not know the correct form for various exercises. This means you could injure yourself, so it’s best to stick to exercises you are already comfortable with or hire a professional that will come to you. Please visit our website for more details or call/text to (760)880-9904.



ARIES (March 21-April 19): Journalist Hadley Freeman interviewed Aries actor William Shatner when he was 90. She was surprised to find that the man who played Star Trek’s Captain Kirk looked 30 years younger than his actual age. “How do you account for your robustness?” she asked him. “I ride a lot of horses, and I’m into the bewilderment of the world,” said Shatner. “I open my heart and head into the curiosity of how things work.” I suggest you adopt Shatner’s approach in the coming weeks, Aries. Be intoxicated with the emotional richness of mysteries and perplexities. Feel the joy of how unknowable and unpredictable everything is. Bask in the blessings of the beautiful and bountiful questions that life sends your way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Of all the objects on earth, which is most likely to be carelessly cast away and turned into litter? Cigarette butts, of course. That’s why an Indian entrepreneur named Naman Guota is such a revolutionary. Thus far, he has recycled and transformed over 300 million butts into mosquito repellant, toys, keyrings, and compost, which he and his company have sold for over a million dollars. I predict that in the coming weeks, you will have a comparable genius for converting debris and scraps into useful, valuable stuff. You will be skilled at recycling dross. Meditate on how you might accomplish this metaphorically and psychologically.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Tips on how to be the best Gemini you can be in the coming weeks: 1. Think laterally or in spirals rather than straight lines. 2. Gleefully solve problems in your daydreams. 3. Try not to hurt anyone accidentally. Maybe go overboard in being sensitive and kind. 4. Cultivate even more variety than usual in the influences you surround yourself with. 5. Speak the diplomatic truth to people who truly need to hear it. 6. Make creative use of your mostly hidden side. 7. Never let people figure you out completely.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In my dream, I gathered with my five favorite astrologers to ruminate on your immediate future. After much discussion, we decided the following advice would be helpful for you in December. 1. Make the most useful and inspirational errors you’ve dared in a long time. 2. Try experiments that teach you interesting lessons even if they aren’t completely successful. 3. Identify and honor the blessings in every mess.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “All possible feelings do not yet exist,” writes Leo novelist Nicole Krauss in her book The History of Love. “There are still those that lie beyond our capacity and our imagination. From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written, or something else impossible to predict, fathom, or yet describe takes place, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact.” I suspect that some of these novel moods will soon be welling up in you, Leo. I’m confident your heart will absorb the influx with intelligence and fascination.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo author Jeanette Winterson writes, “I have always tried to make a home for myself, but I have not felt at home in myself. I have worked hard at being the hero of my own life, but every time I checked the register of displaced persons, I was still on it. I didn’t know how to belong. Longing? Yes. Belonging? No.” Let’s unpack Winterson’s complex testimony as it relates to you right now. I think you are closer than ever before to feeling at home in yourself—maybe not perfectly so, but more than in the past. I also suspect you have a greater-than-usual capacity for belonging. That’s why I invite you to be clear about what or whom you want to belong to and what your belonging will feel like. One more thing: You now have extraordinary power to learn more about what it means to be the hero of your own life.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s tempting for you to entertain balanced views about every subject. You might prefer to never come to definitive conclusions about anything, because it’s so

much fun basking in the pretty glow of prismatic ambiguity. You LOVE there being five sides to every story. I’m not here to scold you about this predilection. As a person with three Libran planets in my chart, I understand the appeal of considering all options. But I will advise you to take a brief break from this tendency. If you avoid making decisions in the coming weeks, they will be made for you by others. I don’t recommend that. Be proactive.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio poet David Whyte makes the surprising statement that “anger is the deepest form of compassion.” What does he mean? As long as it doesn’t result in violence, he says, “anger is the purest form of care. The internal living flame of anger always illuminates what we belong to, what we wish to protect, and what we are willing to hazard ourselves for.” Invoking Whyte’s definition, I will urge you to savor your anger in the coming days. I will invite you to honor and celebrate your anger, and use it to guide your constructive efforts to fix some problem or ease some hurt. (Read more:

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian comedian Margaret Cho dealt with floods of ignorant criticism while growing up. She testifies, “Being called ugly and fat and disgusting from the time I could barely understand what the words meant has scarred me so deep inside that I have learned to hunt, stalk, claim, own, and defend my own loveliness.” You may not have ever experienced such extreme forms of disapproval, Sagittarius, but—like all of us—you have on some occasions been berated or undervalued simply for being who you are. The good news is that the coming months will be a favorable time to do what Cho has done: hunt, stalk, claim, own, and defend your own loveliness. It’s time to intensify your efforts in this noble project.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The bad news: In 1998, Shon Hopwood was sentenced to 12 years in prison for committing bank robberies. The good news: While incarcerated, he studied law and helped a number of his fellow prisoners win their legal cases—including one heard by the US Supreme Court. After his release, he became a full-fledged lawyer, and is now a professor of law at Georgetown University. Your current trouble isn’t anywhere as severe as Hopwood’s was, Capricorn, but I expect your current kerfuffle could motivate you to accomplish a very fine redemption.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I stopped going to therapy because I knew my therapist was right, and I wanted to keep being wrong,” writes poet Clementine von Radics. “I wanted to keep my bad habits like charms on a bracelet. I did not want to be brave.” Dear Aquarius, I hope you will do the opposite of her in the coming weeks. You are, I suspect, very near to a major healing. You’re on the verge of at least partially fixing a problem that has plagued you for a while. So please keep calling on whatever help you’ve been receiving. Maybe ask for even more support and inspiration from the influences that have been contributing to your slow, steady progress.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): As you have roused your personal power to defeat your fears in the past, what methods and approaches have worked best for you? Are there brave people who have inspired you? Are there stories and symbols that have taught you useful tricks? I urge you to survey all you have learned about the art of summoning extra courage. In the coming weeks, you will be glad you have this information to draw on. I don’t mean to imply that your challenges will be scarier or more daunting than usual. My point is that you will have unprecedented opportunities to create vigorous new trends in your life if you are as bold and audacious as you can be.

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Ican tell the holidays are here in my neighborhood because houses began decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. At my thanksgiving dinner, someone asked what the difference is between smoking a cigarette and vaping. It was a difficult question to answer because most of the guests were over seventy. This age group, who lived through WWII started smoking cigarettes to calm their anxiety. They may have used marijuana, but it was considered “dope,” a substance that fried your brain. That was the thinking in the ’50s and ’60s.

I attempted to explain the benefits of marijuana, but the conversation could not get away from the belief that marijuana is “dope.” It when downhill quickly. So, what is the difference between smoking a cigarette and vaping? That is a valid question.

People vape with battery-operated devices used to inhale an aerosol, which can contain nicotine, marijuana, flavorings, and other chemicals. Puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge or reservoir. The benefits or harm depends on what substance is in the cartridge.

The electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), or e-cigarette, entered the US market in the mid-2000s and rapidly gained popularity among tobacco smokers and never-smokers. Currently, an estimated 10 million US adults and over 3 million high school age adolescents are active ENDS users. Vaping tobacco is not the same as

vaping cannabis. Legal cannabis cartridges are regulated and tested for mold, metals, purity, and pesticides.

According to the CDC, a confirmed case of Vaping-Related Lung Injury (VRLI) is defined as an individual that: (i) has vaped within the past 90 days, (ii) has pulmonary infiltrates which appear as ground-glass opacities on a CT scan, and (iii) has no infection, heart condition, or another disease that could explain respiratory distress.

Martin E. Lee states in an article posted on, that inhaling additivefree, artisanal whole plant cannabis oil with a well-made vaping device is just as safe, if not more so, than smoking organically grown cannabis. Tobacco smoke and cannabis smoke both contain noxious polyaromatic hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, but

the negative effects of cannabis smoke are significantly mitigated by the cytoprotective and antitumoral properties of THC, CBD, and other cannabis components. Currently, there is no causal link between smoking cannabis and cancer. Try explaining that to the over-80 crowd. It’s complicated.

I am sure over the holidays’ parents are offering small servings of alcohol. Does the parent then teach the harms and benefits of alcohol? I doubt that is the case. This dichotomy between alcohol and cannabis needs to be discussed. Teenage children today are more educated about intoxicants than prior age groups. With over 48 million people in the U.S. using cannabis, it is difficult to convince youngsters that cannabis is harmful. The U.S. cannabis market size is estimated at 10.8 billion dollars in 2021 and is

expected to reach 13.2 billion dollars in 2022.

VRLI are more related to the contaminants in the cartridge than to the cannabis or tobacco itself. The CDC has not been able to conclusively link a single product or substance to vaping disease incidents.

One of the advantages of vaping over smoking is the odorless discretion it affords the consumer in a society that continues to stigmatize cannabis. My suggestion to parents is to research with their children the dangers of both alcohol and plant cannabis vs synthetic cannabis.

This contradiction between alcohol good, and cannabis bad leads youngsters to dismiss warnings. Over the holidays when families are gathering for dinner and a toast teach them to research their beliefs and argue the pros and cons based on science instead of myths that extoll the dangers of “dope”. Show them the dangers of synthetic cannabis vs regulated cannabis. Teenagers will have more respect for your advice if it is grounded in science rather than fear and prohibition.

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