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www.coachellavalleyweekly.com • July 25 to July 31, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 18

Symara Stone

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Martha’s Village

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Alex Batres

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Tilted Kilt

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City of Indio’s Dynamic Duo

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Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Manager: Chuck Courtney Sales Team Jenna Demarco, Jennifer Tan Public Relations and Promotions Manager Lisa Morgan Classified Manager & Nightlife Editor Philip Lacombe Features Writer Lisa Morgan, Marissa Willman, Judith Sulkin Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Lola Rossi-Meza, Craig Michaels, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Mike Livingston, Rachel Montoya, Angela Janus, Janet McAfee, Heidi Simmons, Dale Gribow, Raymond Bill, Jack St. Clair, Rob Brezny, Amanda Dorta, Eleni P. Austin, Curtis Hendricks, Noe Gutierrez, Jill Coleman, Jennifer Tan, Sunny Simon, Richard Weiss, Dr. Peter Kadile, Dr. Maria Lombardo, Bruce Cathcart, Patte Purcell, Julie Buehler Distribution Jim Fox Distribution/ William Westley, Rudy Mendez

Contents

The Only Authentic Neapolitan Pizza In The Desert

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Elaine Holmes & Joyce Donaldson... 3 Quick N Easy Mural........................4 LMS - Symara Stone.......................6 LMS - Brain Vat...............................7 Martha’s Village.............................8 34th Winter Wonderland Ball.......8 Public Pers. - Alex Batres...............9 Sheryl Crow at Fantasy Springs....9 Gamer Girl ...................................10 Road Trippin - Shield’s Dates......11 Consider This................................12 Valley Rhythms............................13 Pet Place.......................................14 The Vino Voice..............................15 Club Crawler Nightlife.................16 The Pampered Palate..................18 Good Grub....................................19 Screeners......................................20 Book Review.................................21 Haddon Libby..............................23 Desert DJs....................................23 Dale Gribow.................................24 Real Estate....................................24 Safety Tips....................................25 ShareKitchen................................25 Sports Scene................................26 Free Will Astrology......................27 Mind, Body, & Spirit.....................27 Health w/ Jill Coleman RN...........28 Beauty w/ Dr Maria Lombardo...28 Comics - Weiss Cracks..................30

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very incorporated CV city has a Mayor and Chamber of Commerce President. These two important positions have the ability to directly impact their immediate community through constituents and business. In the city of Indio, citizens elect the city council to four-year terms. Each year a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem is selected from the five council members to serve in these positions. Elaine Holmes is the current acting Mayor and is half way through her term. She was elected to the council in 2010. Besides being Mayor, Holmes is a smallbusiness owner. She and her husband run two trophy shops, both in Indio. They have lived in the CV for ten years. “I wanted to do something for the community,” said Mayor Holmes. “The city has huge potential and I

wanted to be involved.” Indio is the fifth fastest growing California city and there are projects all over town to show for it. “Downtown is going great. In one year from now, everything will be in place. It will be great,” said the enthusiastic and optimistic Mayor. College of the Desert East Campus is a going up in downtown. The three-story steel framed building has taken shape and is now scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. The surrounding area is zoned for mixed-use, allowing for small retail business opportunities like boutique shops and dining. At the end of the block, county facilities are scheduled to begin a $350 million upgrade and new construction by the end of the year. The East Valley Detention Center expansion will bring in high paying jobs and improvements to infrastructure. In North Indio, 500 homes are under construction. The development will

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eventually build a few thousand homes over the next several years. A new Holiday Inn Express is being built on Indio Parkway across from Fantasy Springs Casino. There is also a new mall with an Arco AM PM, an AutoZone and a Family Dollar. The city recently annexed Citrus Ranch (1800 acres off Dillon) and another property (730 acres) near Washington and Francis Way. With more people and businesses coming in, Indio’s Chamber of Commerce is ready to help the community. Joyce Donaldson is President and CEO. She has served in the position for the last four years. During her tenure, she has reshaped the office and website and increased membership. The city now has a four star accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce. The roots of the Chamber of Commerce come from European businessmen who wanted to protect their businesses and establish policies to govern trade. It came to the United States with King George III in 1770 and the first Chamber of Commerce

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JOIN CITY LEADERS AND THE PUBLIC ARTS AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN THE UNVEILING OF THE QUICK N EASY MURAL, THE NINTH EDITION TO INDIO’S COLLECTION OF PUBLIC ART MURALS

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he City of Indio will hold an unveiling ceremony to celebrate and commemorate the Quick N Easy public art mural project on Thursday, July 25th at 9:00 AM. Mayor Elaine Holmes will be the guest of honor to unveil the second mural made possible by the City of Indio Public Arts and Historic Preservation

Commission. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy the official unveiling and commemoration of the completed mural located at 82660 Miles Avenue (northeast corner of Miles Avenue and King Street) with some light refreshments and snacks. Meet artist Nicole L. Ponsler,

a renowned mural artist from Point Arena who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, and has completed several murals around the country. Indio City Council members will be in attendance as well as artist representatives of the Indio arts community. The artist’s mural depicts natural

elements that can be seen in the landscape of the area. Indio is home to 8 other murals, which were initiated by the Indio Chamber of Commerce and supported by various Indio community members. The last mural was installed in March, 2013. For more information about the City’s public art program, contact Joe Lim at (760) 541-4255 or by email at jlim@indio.org

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was established in 1768. Today’s chambers protect and promote business as well as address socioeconomic concerns and social needs. A Chamber is made up of local business and community members with an elected Board of Directors. The Board then hires a President or CEO. “This is a busy time for juggling family, friends and business,” said Donaldson in an email. “But I want to be sure that the Chamber remains a top priority.” Donaldson lives and breathes Chamber business. She has been in the Chamber business for nearly seven years. Besides ribbon cuttings, mixers and committee meetings, Donaldson holds regular educational conferences designed to assist businesses. It is the Indio Chamber of Commerce that puts on the Southwest Arts Festival. It is the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser. Donaldson herself is always working to learn more about what makes a great Chamber. Last week she graduated from the U. S. Chamber Institute of Organization Management. Last year she finished The Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy. Donaldson spent 2000 hours writing and working on the detailed and rigorous application, which covers nine areas from governance to benchmarking to receive Indio’s U. S. Chamber accreditation. Palm Desert is the only other CV city with an accreditation.

This July there have already been several ribbon cuttings. On July 25 there is a Lunch & Learn Roundtable about Board Roles and Goals with Bob Harris CAE of the Nonprofit Center. On the 26th, they have a Board Work Planning Conference and on the 30th, a Social Networking live mixer at Sun City Shadow Hills with special guests City Manager Dan Martinez and Mayor Holmes. The Chamber never rests. In September, the Good Morning Coachella Valley Legislative Breakfast at Bellatrix at the Classic Club will feature congressman Raul Ruiz, MD. The Chamber’s Good Morning CV is an informationpacked program designed to brief the business community on the latest business trends, legislative updates, economic developments and relevant issues that affect the community. See their well organized, friendly and easy to use website for more details and to register. Indio is the city of festivals and is working on providing an art and entertainment focus. They value their diverse population and strive to have something interesting or entertaining for everyone of every age. They have a beautiful teen center and new senior center. They are proud of the Indio Performing Arts Center and have seen a growing interest in theater. Starting this Saturday, IPAC is holding a summer cinema series showcasing classic movies in the 127-stadium seat air-conditioned theater. The Coachella Valley Arts Center has classes in glass blowing and welding. The Mayor has been working with the Coachella Valley Symphony to bring an outdoor concert

event in October. And the city signed a 17year agreement with Goldenvoice for up to five festivals a year at the Empire Polo Club. The contract allows the concert promoters to try new music and entertainment venues that may appeal to an even wider spectrum of artists and audiences. It is important to the Mayor to be accessible to Indio citizens. She regularly hosts a casual get together she calls “Mocha with the Mayor.” On the third Thursday of every month at It’s a Grind Coffee on Jefferson Street from 8:30 to 9:30 am constituents can share their ideas or concerns. Mayor Holmes is actively seeking volunteers to serve in the community and hopes to build a volunteer program. “There are a lot of opportunities to do things,” said the Mayor. “We want to match people with staff.” Mayor Holmes believes that pulling people together city-wide will not only get things done, but generate pride. Some special concerns include Indio’s animal shelter and the lack of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Indio Animal Care Center is closing August 31. The city is discontinuing their contract with the county because of staff issues and the building’s age and the need for expensive updating. The Thousand Palms shelter is a state of the art facility. Indio hopes to have animal spay

and neuter clinics and low cost vaccines available to residents. A year ago the city council decided that medical marijuana dispensaries were not a good fit for Indio. But that was before it was decided that local municipalities had jurisdiction over the location of dispensaries. The council can, and may, eventually revisit the issue. For Mayor Holmes the hardest thing is to be patient. “The city has a process and we want to make sure everyone is engaged. It’s important to get the public behind the process,” said the Mayor. “We want what’s best for the city. We want to create a better place for families and businesses.” Both Mayor Holmes and Donaldson would agree that they work for a great city. Based on their big smiles and positive attitudes, they love what they do and enjoy making Indio their priority. For the next six months these two women will continue to be an effective duo for Indio with the help of their capable and dedicated colleagues. Incorporated in 1930, Indio is the oldest city in the CV. It is a city focused on building its future. In a city where the Woman’s Club has been an active service organization for over 100 years, it is not surprising that two of Indio’s most important positions are filled by women.

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Local Music Spotlight

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Symara Stone: Music Embodied

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here is definitely something in the water here in the Coachella Valley; something is coming up from the wells under this parched desert earth that is emitting a musical vibration reflective of the stark, unique, surreal beauty of its terrain. Stark, unique, surreally beautiful – these are the same descriptors I am inspired to use for local artist Symara Stone. Once this singer/songwriter/musician steps up to a microphone to sing, I get the strange feeling that in her heart and mind, it is only her and the music present in her world. With childlike joy and total abandon, she slips into a sphere where nothing is more important than the song and the music built around it, even if she is just offering up background vocals. In her song, I feel and hear Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and Amy Winehouse channeling through a voice that equals the contemporary presence and potential industry power of Adele. Don’t misunderstand this reference; she is no mimic. Depending on the song, this intuitive music maker has the potential to bust out of that impressive box and reveal an entire record collection of other influences while still being undeniably unique. I would say she is a risk taker as a singer, but there seems to be a zero percent chance of anything less than lovely coming out of her mouth with a range and dynamics that far surpass most in the business. Born in Desert Regional Hospital to a family already in love with music (her mom playing cello and piano, and her stepdad playing in big bands as a jazz guitarist) as well as surrounded by visual art (stepdad was also a painter and sculptor), this future melodist had fertile, right brained, creative soil in which to grow. When she was six, her mother had her in ballet with Valerie Mahabir and singing in

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a kids group that sang at Knott’s Berry Farm. “My mom noticed my voice was becoming bigger, and she didn’t want me to ruin it so she put me through training with Mary Jane Smith, a prominent vocal coach.” Symara’s introduction to musical theater began at the age of 10 as part of MusicKids. She eventually performed such roles as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Sandy in Grease, and Eva Peron in Evita. “It was a wonderful time for me! I got to learn how to socialize, work with an ensemble and build a great work ethic. I feel like theater is a great foundation for people who want to understand & shape anything in their life ~ friends, jobs, relationships...” After seeing Josie and the Pussy Cats at age 15, Symara fell in love with the idea of playing the guitar. With influences ranging from Joni Mitchell, Jewel and even Brittney Spears, she became enchanted with the idea of becoming a female recording artist. “I had always sung my own lyrics to songs just goofing off, so then I really honed in on my song writing. She wrote and performed her own song, “When I’m alone”, for Open Call at The McCallum. She had 2 all girl bands in high school, where they wrote songs about teenage angst. When the bands didn’t seem to get much further than their own garage, Symara began to focus on playing guitar and writing more. “I didn’t even get cable. I wanted make my house a sanctuary for teaching myself guitar. My dad showed me a few things, but I basically taught myself through song writing. I have no idea where these chords came from.... Even to this day, I have no idea what some of these chords I’m playing are. I just intuitively know where to place my hands based on the sounds. I have about 50 songs now that I’ve been writing since I was 15. They’re about love and struggles. Some of them are even experiments, and don’t make lyrical sense but they just came out of me.” At 18 years old, a student of Chapman University, Symara’s music became more than a passion, it became her survival. During her time at the University she felt lost and out of place, and found herself severely depressed. “My parents had gotten divorced, and many relatives died while I was in high school. My mom had to take care of everything, and it was hard to see her go through that. It’s extremely hard to lose a lot of people all at once. Then she got sick. I had come back from Chapman and enrolled in COD, and was lined up to perform in Sweet Charity when I had to withdraw. My mom was struck with a very rare illness, Viral Encephalitis. It attacked her hippocampus (the part of the human brain that plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and spatial navigation). She was in the hospital with a one out of five chance of living, on a feeding tube, and was in ICU for 6 months. It was

really tough & painful. I fell into a deep bowl of self-destruction. My mom was one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to be alive.” As Symara reminisced about her mother, emotions took over, revealing the intensely deep connection and love she has with her. “She is an amazing mother, and really into yoga and meditation. She actively participated in the Sierra Club. She taught and inspired so many kids at a continuation school. She was such a wonderful, kind woman to everyone; it was awful to see this happen to her... it’s still hard to this day. Fortunately, she survived and is alive and living well in Minnesota with her sister. She remains to be a light, a teacher, and is always positive, but the virus has left her with a limited memory spanning from 10-15 minutes. It’s painful, but it’s also beautiful. It relates me to more people who are hurting and has created huge momentum for my writing. Writing was a way to get through that pain... to surrender to the music, and let the music do the healing. Anybody will agree that when you listen to your favorite song, it changes your mood. It can empower you or shift your perspective. The power of music is there. It was there for me.” Symara recently has turned to Yoga as a source of inner healing. “I started working on my inner work, and developing a practice of yoga. That’s been very physically & emotionally healing... those emotions get stuck in our body. It’s been restorative to become a teacher like my mom.” Symara will start teaching soon at Power Yoga Palm Springs, as she just completed her 200 hour certification. “Oh Boy, has it sky-rocketed my music,” she shared. Through everything, Symara celebrates her many great relationships and connections with local artists, most specifically with her boyfriend Michael Matson. “Michael has been a friend, an inspiration and a teacher, keeping me focused on my music and the ‘business’ of music. I’m about to record my first ever album with Gene Evaro Jr. He is a multitalented, absolutely gifted great person. He is a light and a great inspiration, along with his sisters. He’s an excellent producer

and I really trust that he’s going to be able to produce my music the way I would want somebody to hear it. We’ve been working on songs that I’ve been writing over the last couple of years and a few new ones as well. They just seem to be coming to life. I am so in awe and excited. I feel like this is a really pivotal time for me right now.” Follow Symara Stone’s music and career at the links listed below. Be watching for the “Kick-starter” for her new album in which you can play a direct part in producing the music that lives inside this immensely creative and experimental artist. Here is an example of the heart and soul of Symara’s music; the lyrics to her song “Dreamer”, one of many songs that will be featured on her album: “Dreamer” by Symara Stone Well I, dreamt of a day, When I’d be like you, Waltz around the room, Smell of sweet perfume, But, that sure is my fascination, With you girl, How you carry your confidence in a straight line. Well that day is here, And I feel awake, Yet, so talkative, Basically, mostly baked. It’s so crazy how you fascinate me, With your treasure chest, And your mind. How you gonna grow If you can’t express All the thoughts and feelings Deep inside of your chest? How you gonna seek what the Seer sees Love is a potion you must choose to drink. How you gonna grow If you can’t express All the thoughts and feelings Deep inside of your chest? How you gonna Seek what the Seer Sees Love is a potion you must choose to RECEIVE.. Choose to RECEIVE. I love it when you leave the lights on I love it when you turn me on I love it when It’s evident We all are Dreamers We all are Dreamers We all are Dreeee-eeee-eeeeamers! Symara Stones Links: facebook.com/symarastone soundcloud.com/symarastone (Music. Michael Matson featured instrumentalist on some tracks & wrote “Life Is So Sweet”) youtube.com/symarastonemusic (Video’s of Symara and Local Musician Friends) www.clinicbarps.com - (Performing Every Thursday night with fellow musicians: Michael Matson, Vanessa Reddin, Giselle Woo, Michael Theophilos, Erik Mouness, and more) poweryogapalmsprings.com (Check Out Their Class Schedule to Take a Yoga Class with Symara Stone)

Local Music Spotlight

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n a one word description, Brain Vat is aggressive. Brain Vat is a collaboration of four local desert musicians including Brad Garrow  on guitar, Frankie Ramirez on drums, Sheridan Carnahan on vocals and David Gonzalez on bass. Garrow and Ramirez are seasoned veterans of the desert metal scene who were teenage band mates in the 80’s in the bands Solid Steel, which included Mikey Doling (Snot, Soulfly, Invitro, Channel Zero), and Rapid  Fyre. Garrow  later went on to form the bands Enrage, Ultralord  and most recently Wizenfyrebutchenkreped  aka ‘WFBK’ with Carnahan. Multi-instrumentalists Carnahan and Gonzalez are also band mates in the desert thrash band Dekreped. This mishmash of intellectual metal has accumulated at the bottom of the barrel. “I wish I could take my brain out and put it in a jar,” is the conclusion made by

Carnahan in determining the band name. Ramirez recalls the unique name given, “Well, as I remember, our singer Sheridan, was working on lyrics and just randomly sat back and said those words. The name evolved from there.” Ramirez was born and raised in Indio, California. He began playing drums at the appropriate age of 15 and was heavily influenced by his late friend Jon Coty. Ramirez lauds his fellow musical comrades, “David Gonzalez is a great guitar player. We persuaded him to put down the guitar for a minute and pick up the bass and write some killer tunes with us, he’s awesome! Sheridan Carnahan is a great vocalist and also a kick ass drummer, which makes it much easier to write songs having versatile musicians in the band. Brad Garrow is a great guitar player, riff writer and the lifeline of many of the bands he has played with.” Given the length of time Garrow and Ramirez have been at it, they have a wideranging interpretation of the metal scene here in the Coachella Valley. “There are more metal bands around then before. The thing that really sucks is that there aren’t many venues that want to book metal or hard rock bands these days. It’s like a knife in the back for the scene. We just think more venues should be a little more open minded about hard rock and metal. There’s more out there than just punk. No offense but we would like our share of exposure.” Garrow and Ramirez are two decades

ripened on Gonzalez and Sheridan. With this “seniority” comes the potential for some sort of generational gap. Not so with Brain Vat according to Ramirez, “Well you know, there is about a 20 year age difference between us and Sheridan & David. They both love punk. Brad and I are a little more old school. We put it all together and come up with some good stuff.” Influences that are evident in their music are Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Snot, Pantera, Slayer and Randy Rhoads. I make light of the veteran status of Garrow and Ramirez to prove a point. They are in the prime of their life and still maintain a passion to pursue original metal. They do not deny their mortality but embrace it. “We would like to just keep writing and recording songs and playing live whenever we are able to,” Ramirez states. “We’ve been spending the last few months focusing on the completion of the album. Brad is putting the finishing touches on it as we speak and now we would like to perform live a lot more.” The new album was recorded at Garrow’s own Dead End Studios. Brain Vat’s next performance is at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Thursday 7/23/13.

They will be performing along with Ventura County’s Wooden Nomad. The show is free. What’s next for Brain Vat? According to them, no one knows. “The unexpected! Wait and see.” www.facebook.com/BrainVatmusic soundcloud.com/brainvat

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Martha’s Village

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started researching this story after talking with Matthew Naylor, Founder and Executive Director of Music Programs for Marquee Performing Arts. He explained that he was working on finding a way to transport 10 homeless children from Martha’s Village to the academy, so that they could participate in the free music program. I thought to myself, “TEN HOMELESS CHILDREN!! - here in OUR community?!!” I was astounded. At least I thought I was, until I spoke with Bob Therieau, Communications Manager, from Martha’s Village. Today’s current numbers* took my breath away: 21 homeless families are seeking shelter and a new start at Martha’s Village, right now as I write. That number includes 25 adults and 32 children. There are another 26 single adults, women and men, in addition to that number. That is a total of 83 homeless individuals, and that is just the number of people who managed to find their way to Martha’s Village and had the courage to ask for help. Times have been difficult for the best of us. It is not a far cry to say, that at one point or another, a perfect life-storm of sorts could not have placed many of us in the same position. Sure, some of these clients deal with mental illness. Some of their troubles may seem to be self-inflicted where drugs and/or alcohol have been a huge factor in bringing them to these hard times. But even if you lack the education,

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experience and humility to understand that part of our desert’s demographic, any presence of compassion has to be stirred when you realize that 32 children are currently homeless in our neighborhood to no fault of their own. That is the size of an entire, large classroom! Martha’s Village does their best to provide a safe and healthy community for all who enter their doors. They, with help from volunteers and local businesses, are providing field trips to the pool or to the beach, along with other programs, to keep children who are currently out of school learning, active, and maybe more importantly, smiling over the summer school break. Meanwhile, their parents have access to computers and educational programs to help them better themselves and become independent. Martha’s Village has effectively utilized donations to provide professional and structured programs and services to these temporary residents. 92% of the families served, who exited their transitional housing program, moved to permanent and stable housing. The services are always free of charge and are easily accessible under one roof. Martha’s Village now touches thousands of lives a year and is one of the largest providers of homeless services anywhere in Riverside County. Summer times are difficult in the desert, but especially for our nonprofit facilities. Many of the snowbirds that contribute time

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and money have left, leaving us full time residents to care for our own. Here are some very easy ways we can do that: When you go to Walmart or Costco (or wherever you shop for yourself or your family), buy an extra package of socks; buy one extra set of white towels, hand towels and/or washcloths; any and all hygienic items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner etc. are put to good use. Children’s sunblock is also a much needed item. If you have a group: book club, band, social club, church group ~ think about doing a group project at Martha’s Village. They will be more than happy to tell you what their needs are and to work with whatever skill set you have to offer. (Even organizing the food provisions in their climate controlled warehouse is helpful) Talk to them about how you can help with a couple of hours out of your week. There is no better cure for depression or boredom than to contribute to give to others. Like any charity, cash donations are a vital part of keeping everyday things going – they literally keep the lights on. Donations are tax deductible and gosh darn it, they make you feel good! Martha’s Village has been a highly respected and productive organization in the Coachella Valley since its early

in need. Martha’s Village addresses the underlying causes of homelessness, and challenges each resident to become a better person through Bridges to Independence, a groundbreaking approach to rehabilitation. “We offer a gateway to hope where people regain their lives to become responsible, selfsufficient, productive citizens and pass their newfound independence and life skills on to their children and families. We know that when we can change one person’s life, we can change generations of lives.” Coachella Valley Weekly will proudly be bringing you success stories of changed lives that are a result of this necessary and valuable asset to our desert community. Meanwhile, for more information on how you or your group can help support these families with children as well as these adults who are working hard to recover from difficult times, go to marthasvillage.org or call them any time at (760) 347-4741.

beginning in 1990, when founders Gloria Gomez and Claudia Castorena started serving meals to their homeless neighbors

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“Best Party in the Valley” to Recognize Pivotal Contributions of Valley Philanthropists

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troke Recovery Center will host its 34th annual Winter Wonderland Ball on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage. Lee Appel and Harold Matzner will serve as co-chairs for the black tie gala, which will honor several Valley philanthropists. This year’s honorees are Valley philanthropist Donna MacMillan, Stroke Recovery Center board member Harvey Gerber and his wife, Angie, and Dr. Javed Siddiqi, head of the Primary Stroke Center at Desert Regional Medical Center. Dr. Siddiqi has been instrumental in making the most advanced stroke treatments and equipment available to local patients, and will be

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honored with the Ann Angel Award. The late Ann Angel was a longtime supporter of Stroke Recovery Center, and her family remains dedicated to the organization. “We are honored to show our tremendous appreciation and support for the charitable work that is being done by so many here in our Valley,” says Beverly Greer, Chief Executive Officer of Stroke Recovery Center. “There are so many outstanding individuals who commit themselves to the care of others, and we are privileged to honor a few of these wonderful persons who make the Valley a better place to live.” The evening begins with a hosted cocktail reception at 6 pm followed by dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at 7 pm. A lively music program by Wayne Foster Entertainment is back by popular demand and will have the whole room dancing. Tickets are $350 per person and may be purchased by calling 760-323-7676 x112. RSVP is requested by November 19. “We anticipate that this year’s event will be even bigger and better than ever, and we hope everyone will join us for the best party in the desert!” says James P. Martinez, Director of Development for Stroke Recovery Center. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact James Martinez via email at jpmartinez@

strokerecoverycenter.org or call 760-3237676, extension 112. Founded in 1978 by Dr. Irving Hirshleifer, the Stroke Recovery Center offers long-term rehabilitation to the survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with support for their families, caregivers, and loved ones. Services are structured to each client’s need and include exercise, cognitive training, speech therapy and counseling, along with education, nutrition, socialization, and just plain fun. All services

are free, since insurance coverage does not exist for the long-term treatment of stroke or TBI. With an annual budget approaching $1 million dollars, the Center relies exclusively on fundraising events, foundations, family donations, and revenues from its on-site thrift shop to fund the more than 10,000 visits it provides to more than 280 clients per year, five days per week. For more information, please call (760) 323-7676 or visit www. strokerecoverycenter.org.

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July 25 to July 31, 2013

PLATINUM SELLING RECORDING ARTIST SHERYL CROW HEADS TO FANTASY SPRINGS

Socal’s very own Alex Batres F W ho you wake up to in the morning can set the tone for the whole day ahead of you. If it’s KESQ morning news anchor Alex Batres, your day is probably off to a pretty good start. Along with co-anchor Jeff Stahl, Batres has been on the early shift at the desert station for the past year. She works the 6AM and noon newscasts, along with the cut-ins during “Good Morning America.” Her work day usually finishes around 1 p.m. The best part for Batres is being back in SoCal after two years in the wilds of Casper, Wyoming. “That was a shock for me!” Batres said recently from KESQ’s new home in Thousand Palms. From the wide open spaces to the hip-deep winter snows, “I’d never experienced anyplace like that before; and it was eye-opening.” The mid-twentysomething Batres was born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from CalState Fullerton. As a teen and throughout her college years Batres worked as a model and part-time actress. “But I was never that interested in acting and modeling,” she said. “It was something to do and it paid well.” Not that she brags about her former career, but she does have some good stories. “I don’t remember when, but Jose and I were talking when it came up that I’d been in “Don Juan (Demarco)” with Johnny Depp,” she recalled. Mendoza was reluctant to believe that his girlfriend at the time had actually been on a movie set with Depp, let alone had an on-screen scene with him. “When I went home I asked my mother if she knew where the picture (autographed) of Johnny and I was. I found it and showed it Jose,” she said with a smile. “which really surprised him.” She became interested in news and journalism in high school, and followed her muse into college. “I was in the journalism club and I realized that I could change people’s lives,” she said. “I wanted to tell the stories that touched people or gives them information that they need.” Batres interned at the KCBS/KCAL newsroom in Los Angeles, which prepared her for working at the ABC affiliate in Wyoming. Driving around Casper and looking for a place to live her first day in the area had her wondering what she’d gotten herself into. “I’d researched all my options and picked what I thought were my top five possibilities,” she recalled. While some pictures tell a wonderful story, sometimes they lie. “Every place I went to was worse

than the one before. None of them looked anything like the photos I’d seen.” With darkness closing in, Batres contacted her new News Director asking for help and he directed her to the home of a local who had rented a room to another affiliate staffer. “I lived in his basement for about four months,” she said. “Until Jose was able to join me and we got a place together.” Jose is Jose Mendoza, Batres’ husband, whom she married in early June. While in Wyoming, Batres took advantage of what the area had to offer by hiking and exploring the area, even trying her hand at whitewater rafting on the Snake River. “Living there gave me an opportunity to explore and experience a part of the country I never had before,” she said. “I wouldn’t have seen Denver or Yellowstone (National Park) or gone rafting. It changed my life.” With her family in L.A. County, Batres wanted to get closer to home. One of her co-workers came from the Coachella Valley and encouraged the SoCal native to look into jobs in this market. It turned out to be good advice. “It’s not L.A., but it’s a lot closer than Wyoming,” she said. “And I’m living across the street from my friend’s mom, which is really nice.” While it’s not the typical life her closeknit Latino family would have expected, Bates credits her mother with encouraging her to pursue her dreams. “My mother always supported me in everything I wanted to do,” she said. “In my culture girls usually live at home until they get married, but my mother supported me in going to college and then when I got my job in Wyoming.” Along with seeing family more often, Batres and Mendoza are hoping to do more traveling. For their recent honeymoon they went to Tokyo. “It was amazing,” she said. “It was a total culture shock and we just loved it.”

ree-spirited, fearless and fierce, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million records worldwide and on Saturday, October 12th the accomplished musician will take over the Special Events Center stage at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Crow’s debut, the seven times platinum Tuesday Night Music Club, hit #3 and earned three Grammys, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the classic “All I Wanna Do.” The album also featured “Strong Enough,” “Can’t Cry Anymore,” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” 1996’s triple platinum Sheryl Crow (#6) earned the Grammy for Best Rock Album and, for “If It Makes You Happy,” Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. 1998’s platinum The Globe Sessions (#5) also garnered the Best Rock Album Grammy, as it’s “Everyday Is a Winding Road” and “My Favorite Mistake” both reached the Pop Top 20. The new millennium brought 2002’s platinum C’mon C’mon (#2), who’s gold “Soak Up The Sun” peaked in the Top 20 and “Steve McQueen” again nabbed her a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy. The 2003 greatest hits compilation, the four times platinum The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, was also a #2 charter, featuring a new recording, a cover of Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” 2005’s platinum Wildflower (#2) featured the duet with Sting, “Always on Your Side.” On her 2008 release, Detours, Crow explores both personal and global issues. Produced by Bill Bottrell (who last worked with Crow on her 1993 debut, the seven times platinum Tuesday Night Music Club). Crow unveiled her soul stylings on her seventh studio set 100 Miles From Memphis. Growing up in Kennett, Missouri, 100 miles from Memphis, Crow grew up

listening to the irresistible soul sounds on the radio coming out of Memphis in the late 60s; Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T, Aretha Franklin and early 70s; Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone and Aretha Franklin, all of which shaped the artist Sheryl Crow is today. Since the release of her seven-times Platinum, Grammy award-winning debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow launched her very own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor, has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide. Her new single, “Easy” is off her forthcoming Warner Music Nashville release out later this year. Tickets for the 8PM Sheryl Crow performance go on sale Friday, July 26th for $99, $89, $69, $49 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.

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by Jennifer Tan aka mrs. fett

San Diego Comic Con 2013

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his article is a bittersweet one. Bitter in the sense that it means San Diego Comic Con has come to an end, and sweet in the sense that I get to share all of my amazing experiences with everyone. The entire week was a cyclone of cosplayers, previews, exclusives, anime, Magic: The Gathering tournaments, autographs, and parties. Preview night has always been about exactly that. Previewing exclusive merchandise, getting to know the floor, and planning out the rest of your week. This year, they went out of their usual routine, and allowed vendors to sell their merch, causing absolute line chaos. As I walked the floor, my attention was grabbed by a few things off the bat. The Xbox One, and PS4 demo areas, featuring some of their headlining games, and consoles on display, and the Walking Dead booth, featuring a prison theme, a zombie photo booth, and the Governor’s lounge, complete with the wall of jarred heads. After walking the floor, almost literally running into Jim Lee, while he was doing autographs, and watching Ming Bob turn into the creepy fan that says nothing and snaps a photo, the day came to an end, and it was time to head to the highly anticipated Mad Catz Unveiled Party. Thanks to Project Gaems, who was kind enough to give me

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VIP access, I got my hands on some amazing titles from Mad Catz, including Killer Instinct, Elsword, and Dark. VIP lounge featured SF4 Arcade Edition, on Xbox and PS3, all played on the Vanguard portable gaming units, by Project Gaems, extremely impressive screen resolutions, and overall design, but more on that in the future. The IMAX Killer Instinct dual was amazing, and so were the gift bags on the way out, with full copies of the games, and an awesome Pair of Tritton Kunai universal headphones! For the first time ever, I was able to go to an actual, sanctioned Magic: The Gathering event, and it was far from disappointing. Free starter decks in every color, exclusive foil cards, and hundreds of eager, and friendly planeswalkers ready to battle it out, friendly or wagered. I played in my first tournament, lost, but the experience was well worth it! And! you get to keep the cards you pull! Saturday, the busiest day at ComicCon, featured two firsts in SDCC history. I cosplayed as Mrs Fett for the first time ever, and I single handedly, created an art war between some of the greatest artists in

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Shields Date Garden MTG’s archive. The Mrs Fett cosplay was an original design, created, and executed by myself. Through sheer distraction, Not only did I forget all of my jeans, but I also forgot the ammo belt, and gun, that completed the outfit. Never-the-less, I wore my cosplay, and owned it like a CHAMP! I took photos with attendees, and fellow cosplayers, and even though I was not confident in my cosplay, received dozens of compliments on tailoring, and distressing details. So many times, I either moved hair from my face, or scratched my nose, leaving me with random black smudges that I would have to clean up. 12 hours of high heels, and a bare stomach later, I was relieved when it was time to go home, and sleep. Many wars have been started by a woman including Cleopatra, and Queen Elizabeth, and I am proud to say, I am now in that pool. No one died, (literally) in my war, but the 5 hour battle left a mark in Comic Con’s history, and my own. The plan was to have a simple white playmat (used to play MTG and protect your cards) autographed, by some of the artists attending the con, who created the art for the cards. Steve Argyle, was the first to sign the mat, and feature a tiny, adorable triangularly shaped angle above it. This would not stand for long, and after asking for a few more autographs, John Stanko, Mark Winters, Jason Engle, and the highly respected and talented Todd Lockwood, all entered the battlefield, peeing, pooping, eating, and sodomizing each other’s creatures, until the war finally ended, courtesy of Jason Engle’s ninja, stabbing Todd Lockwood’s demon in the back of the head. It was all in good fun, and the artists loved seeing the rebuttals to their artwork. I went to get an autographed playmat, came out with a piece of art, that will be framed, and never played on instead. Luckily, I have a plain back up one I can use! While all of this was going on, not only was I wearing, and promoting NewBreed Girl clothing, and handing out awesome swag, I was also wearing my Looxcie HD camera, so I could record a majority of the

adventure as it happened. The responses to the camera were hilarious. I created a game called, awkward eye contact, which is basically me making eye contact with random strangers, then watching their initial reaction when they realize there is a camera attached to my head. My favorite responses were “what’s your costume? like a Cyborg or a robot?” and “DUDE! You totally look like you jumped out of Black Ops/Call Of Duty! Ready to kick some ass!” The camera was comfortable, and ran like a champ. Ming brought his camera as well, and thought it would be hilarious to place his centered in on the bill of his hat, creating the Gonzo Cam. SDCC is over, and I am already planning SDCC 14. with bags and bags of freebies to put away, toys to unpack, and clothes to hang, I am sure I have plenty to keep me occupied until then. Plus! PAX Prime is right around the corner, I have new tech to review, and games to livestream. Vlogs coming soon, including the entire story, of the Engle Lockwood War, which you are not going to want to miss!

watch “The Romance and Sex Life of the Date” which has been re-done and is a great documentary about how dates are cultivated. Did you know that 95% of all the world’s dates are grown right here in the Coachella Valley? The movie is just long enough to sip your date shakes down and steal a few kisses too. Shields also sells amazing stuffed date platters and a variety of other dried fruits. Even if you don’t have a “date” you should still stop in and enjoy one of the Valley’s most famous road side attractions. For more information go to: www. sheildsdategarden.com. You can also have Shields famous dates delivered to friends and family anywhere in the world. Drive safe and enjoy the scenery.

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ere’s a perfect spot for a date. Seriously, no pun intended. Shields Date Gardens in Indio is a fantastic local spot to take your special lady for a little romance. Sex too! You may have passed by on 111 and Jefferson and noticed the giant Knight. Your lady will love the nostalgic merchandise in the gift shop. Grab a couple date shakes and head into the theatre to

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by Eleni P. Austin

BLACK SABBATH

“13”

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ear that sound? Like all the Whos down in Who-ville, Metal-Heads everywhere are rejoicing. Black Sabbath is back with Ozzy Osbourne. After myriad false starts, the band has recorded their first studio effort in 35 years. Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler, drummer Bill Ward and vocalist John “Ozzy” Osbourne first came together in Birmingham, England back in 1968. First they were the Polka Tulk Blues Band, very briefly they were Earth. Influenced by the Boris Karloff/Mario Brava Italian horror movie, they officially settled on Black Sabbath moniker. The band’s sound was the antithesis of peace, love and flower power. Theirs was a visceral fusion of Blues, and Psychedelia with a hint of Prog Rock. Somehow, Black Sabbath accidently created the template for Heavy Metal. Their self-titled debut arrived in 1970. The record was reviled by critics but embraced by the fans. (Led Zeppelin endured the same fate back in the 70s). Black Sabbath shot to number 23 on the Billboard charts. Five classic albums followed in quick succession. Paranoid and Masters Of Reality in 1971, Vol. 4, in 1972, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath in 1973 and Sabotage in 1975. The relentless schedule of touring and recording, coupled with increased drug consumption was starting to take its toll. Osbourne briefly left the band in 1977, toying with the idea of a solo career. The band lured him back for what would be the last album from the original line-up, Technical Ecstasy. By

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1979, the band fired Ozzy Osbourne. Between biting the heads off bats and doves and ridding the world of cocaine one snort at a time, Ozzy achieved massive success as a solo act. Eventually, even Pat Boone covered Ozzy’s signature tune, “Crazy Train.” Sabbath soldiered on, first with former Rainbow vocalist, Ronnie James Dio and later with ex- Deep Purple singer, Ian Gillian. By 1986, Black Sabbath was basically Tony Iommi and a rotating cast of British musicians. In 1997, Ozzy and Black Sabbath reunited and toured, playing to capacity crowds. A live album documented their achievement. In 2001 they reunited again. This time they headlined Ozzfest, (Ozzy’s Metal answer to Lollapalooza). It was announced that the band was working on new material with protean producer, Rick Rubin. Unfortunately, the project was postponed indefinitely, when Ozzy and his family participated in the MTV reality show, “The Osbournes.” The program was Ozzy’s version of domestic bliss: Ozzy: clueless, high and dithering; his wife Sharon: bossy and sarcastic. The show also featured his teenage kids, Kelly and Jack and an assortment of incontinent family pets. The profanity laced show lasted three seasons touching on serious issues, like Sharon’s bout with breast cancer. Mostly, it was a showcase for Ozzy’s absentee parenting style. The erstwhile Prince Of Darkness came across like a neutered house cat. The enormous popularity of the show completely derailed Sabbath’s recording plans with Rubin. Iommi recruited Ronnie James Dio and Vinnie Appice and toured as Heaven & Hell, (named after a Sabbath album recorded during Dio’s tenure with the band). Sadly, Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer and died in 2010. Finally in 2011, it was announced that the original Black Sabbath line-up would reconvene and record with Rick Rubin. All of Metal-dom exulted! Unfortunately, Bill Ward bowed out due to “contractual disagreements” and Tony Iommi was diagnosed with Lymphoma. But this time, the boys from Birmingham would not be deterred. Rubin suggested using ex-Rage Against The Machine drummer, Brad Wilk and Iommi began an aggressive program

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of chemotherapy. After this elongated gestation, the band has released their first studio album since 1978. 13 opens with the one-two punch of “End Of The Beginning” and “God Is Dead.” “End…” is the perfect intro to 21st century Sabbath. Powered by thick slabs of percussion, the track begins at a narcoleptic pace. It’s a full minute before Ozzy’s sepulchral tones kick in. The lyrics seem to address the band’s hotly anticipated rebirth and the struggle ahead with Iommi’s illness. “Is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end/ Be the master of your fate, don’t look back live for today, tomorrow is too late.” Following these philosophical affirmations, Iommi executes not one, but two face-melting solos. “God Is Dead?” is fittingly foreboding. Wilk pounds out a triple time tattoo that thunders ominously. Ozzy’s vocals sound remarkably youthful and pliant. The question doesn’t seem flippant or facile. Butler’s lyrics sketch out a cogitative search for spirituality. Midway through, the tempo shifts as Ozzy chants “Rivers of evil run through dying land swimming in sorrow, they kill, steal and borrow/ There is no tomorrow, for the sinners will be damned.” (Somehow, these chord changes mirror the ones used for the Frankie Valli cheese-fest, “Grease Is The Word.” Scary!) As much as 13 is a showcase for sludgetastic riffs and macabre melodies, the nicest surprise here is Gezzer Butler’s lyrics. In the 70s, he concerned himself with Black Magic, drugs and fantasy. Presently, Geezer comes across an erudite elder statesman. Three songs highlight his facility with language, “Loner,” “Age Of Reason” and “Live

Forever.” “Loner” is a nuanced character study of a serial killer. The instrumentation grinds and pivots. Piquant guitar notes underscore the speculation… “I wonder if the loner can assimilate, a life less lived alone plays devil’s advocate.” On “Age Of Reason,” a doomsday scenario is made more urgent by an anxious rhythm and shredding guitar licks. A dour and vaguely Dylanesque world view is presented.. “Mass distraction hides the truth, Prozac days and sleepless hours/ Seeds of change that don’t bear fruit.” Finally, “Live Forever” is even gloomier, (but in a good way!) A mordant meditation on mortality, the tempo is suitably dirge-like. Ozzy is plaintive and resolute.. “I don’t want to live forever, but I don’t want to die.” Iommi echoes the mood with an epic two minute solo. Black Sabbath steps out of their comfort zone on a couple of tracks, “Zeitgeist” and “Damaged Soul.” The former opens with Ozzy’s trademark Beelzebub(ba) chortle, but the melody feels uncharacteristically desolate and spacious. Honestly, it’s kinda beautiful, closer to Bowie’s “Space Oddity” or Pink Floyd’s airy reveries. Anchored by jazzy, modal chords, Iommi’s fret work is fleet and flawless. On the latter, Ozzy filters “harmonica from hell” fills through a ramshackle Blues –Rock ramble. Wilk and Butler lock down a rock solid rhythm, allowing Iommi to unleash a series of tensile solos that are both brutish and hypnotic. The album closes with “Dear Father,” a withering excoriation of pedophile priests. Who could have guessed that these former bad boys of casual Satanism would offer a trenchant and articulate indictment of these consecrated predators… “Preacher of theocracy, hiding your hypocrisy under a false sanctity/ Holy phony empathy.” Matching this cogent criticism, the melody and instrumentation are tour de force. Headbanging riffs ride roughshod over a triple time gallop. Howling mortar bursts of guitar alternate with punky verses and Beatlesque choruses. 13 is a triumphant return for Black Sabbath. Brad Wilk lacks the jazzy finesse that was Bill Ward’s trademark, but he provides a fine rhythmic foil for Iommi and Butler. Vocally, Ozzy is at the top of his game. It was definitely worth the wait.

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July 25 to July 31, 2013

Valley Rhythms

Actress, singer, playwright VJ Hume in original production “Lush!”

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fter countless re-writes, actress, singer, harpist, producer and director, Valerie-Jean Hume, has delivered an award-winning two-act play about Marty Mann, the First Lady of AA. The “Staged Reading” will be held on Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. in The Palm Springs Woman’s Club House located at 314 South Cahuilla Road in Palm Springs. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or in advance by calling Zigi Graham at (760) 464-2138. Proceeds benefit Michael’s House, a Palm Springs Recovery Center. Born and raised in Saskatoon, in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada, ValerieJean Hume was the middle child with an older sister and younger brother. Her Mother was a professional artist and her Father was an assistant superintendent of the public school system. They both were very talented and interested in the arts and the sciences. “My Grandparents were among the Pioneers and settled there with a dream to be Temperance Colonists,” said Hume. “They brought with them a lot of culture and since the winters are very long and cold, they would entertain each other by performing in plays, musicals and meet for social dances.

It is also the wheat growing capital of the world, and to this day, is still a very cultural community. It was a small city and a great place to grow up.” The family all participated in music lessons growing up. “No one in my family was surprised that I chose to be an entertainer because all my life growing up, I would vie for attention. Then I found out I could do that for a living.” They all took piano lessons, but VJ decided she preferred the flute. “I took up

flute just at the time when jazz came along. It was so inspiring to me because Herbie Mann was recording and Moe Kaufman wrote ‘The Swingin’ Shepherd Blues’ and the minute I heard that, I knew that was the kind of music I wanted to play. It was a very exciting time to play jazz flute. However, I quickly saw as an adult, the one way road to the poor house was to be a jazz flutist in Canada, so I didn’t pursue it.” Years later while invited to perform on the Juliet Television Show for a Christmas Special, she sang a North American Indian song that was an interpretation of how the priests tried to explain Christmas to the Indians. “Moe Kaufman was in the orchestra, and all day I asked to meet him. After the show, all the musicians had left and I was so disappointed. I left and while walking to the parking lot there he was. So I went up to him and introduced myself and thanked him for inspiring me as a teenager to play jazz flute. He was very appreciative and told me he liked my song, too. I never saw him again, but I still remember that day.” She took to the road and moved to Toronto to be an Actress, but when she saw how difficult it was to make a living in that profession, she started teaching theatre in a girls finishing school. When the school closed she set up the first Professional Modeling Course in the Community College in Oakville just outside of Toronto. “My girls were fabulous, some of them were contestants in the Miss Canada Pageant and some of them won, too.” One day she remembered being introduced to the Autoharp by one of her teachers. She called a local music store and ordered one. “My teacher couldn’t play it, but after I purchased one, I became completely obsessed with it. I finally found my voice.” She could always sing, but she and the Autoharp blended perfectly together, so she went on the road with it in 1973 and she still plays it to this day. While on the road she developed her style and was able to sing in ten languages. She was a very different act and was very

successful working on various cruise ships. In 1986 she moved to Los Angeles but couldn’t find enough work there. The Musician’s Union suggested she go find work in Palm Springs where her style of music would be more suited. She moved to Palm Springs in 1987 and opened in the lounge at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs. Dick Contino was performing in the Mediterranean Room where Hume later performed for the Sunday Brunch. In addition to her many talents, she started doing voice overs for KWXY AM/ FM Radio and later had her own show “VJ’s Corner” where she taped over 4600 shows with celebrities, authors, charities, fashion designers, journalists, actors, doctors mayors, sports figures, prime ministers and more. She won several awards including the “Athena” and “Press Woman of the Year” in 1992. After she left her show, she went back to acting, and performed in many shows. She was asked by Ted Herman to perform in a show and that is where she met her husband, musician Ted Pethes, in 2003. They married on May 1, 2004. Since that time she is busy doing all the things she loves to do, including bringing her original play to the world, “Lush!” I have seen this brilliantly written and cleverly directed play and highly recommend it. Mark your calendars and plan to attend, you will be helping raise funds for a very worthy cause, and leave with more understanding and compassion. I know I did.

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flown overnight from Canada and inserted in each dog. The paperwork was organized and covered in plastic and attached to each crate. Volunteers drove them from the shelter to the Thermal airport. The passengers were given a potty break walk before boarding the first leg of the flight to Boise, Idaho. In Boise, the animals were transferred to a 6-seater jet plane for the final two hour voyage to Calgary. Vicki Wright was there waiting at the Springback Airport near Calgary with the excited group of foster parents waiting for their animals to arrive. The dogs went through customs, and it was a happy gathering as each dog met the family who would be caring for him. One tri-colored terrier named laFonda snuggled happily under her foster mom’s chin. Vicki is pictured here greeting Bea, a cute reddish colored Chihuahua she came to know well during her volunteering days at Indio. These lucky dogs were given a second chance by their Calgary guardian angles. They were given a second chance by a group of pilots who decided to become part of the solution. You can read more about this amazing organization at www. wingsofrescue.org. These animals might otherwise had their lives cut short if they been transferred to the large county shelter system at the end of August. But transports alone aren’t going to solve the homeless pet problem in California. We need to look at the seventy “No Kill” communities in the United States, implement their techniques, and make our public shelters a safe haven for homeless pets.

More store, off Hwy 111 in Palm Desert, without my car veering towards that megabeverage market. The place is so huge; I think it has its own pull-gravity which may also explain why I’m heading there right now. Actually I had spoken to Jamie earlier and she had three great summer picks for me. And when I arrived, Tom had them chilling up and joined me for the tasting. What great service! Our first Sauvignon Blanc—perhaps out of respect for the Loire Valley, was a wonderfully light Sancerre. The 2012 Salmon Vieilles Vignes (old vines) is quite juicy considering the limestone hills that this grape grows on which generally provide very fine but complex wine—very dry, very French. But this wine, although crisp, is a touch more new-world in style—easy on the palate, lingering of lemon and lime. My favorite wine tones wafting here are soft briny whiffs of the sea shore. It’s a Sancerre after all and these type of complexities often show. A lasting finish of candied lemon make it a summer’s treat for around $16. We next came home to a Napa Valley Sauv Blanc. The 2012 Courtney Benham reeks Napa as it is an elegant, mediumbodied quaffer, inviting tropical aromas of light floral and green melon and carrying green apple with a touch of peach & pear. Courtney Benham is a well-known winemaker and we continue to enjoy the integrity of his craft. This white wine shines

to the party. With all that going on, it’s a pleasure at $16.99. And the party continues as the wine’s finish lingers with juicy acidity hinting around passion-fruit, lemon zest and a little grapefruit. Thirsty Diane? Totally won over at Total Wine & More, 72339 Hwy 111 Palm Desert. 760.346.2029. Rick is the desert’s sommelier-abouttown entertaining at wine events & tastings. Contact winespectrum@aol.com

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country? Vicki Wright, a Coachella Valley snowbird, returned to her home in Calgary after the winter season and immediately set to work on contacting private Canadian rescue groups about the Indio animals. Vicki volunteered at the Indio shelter, taking lovely photos of their animals to post on Petfinder among other duties. She sent out a series of letters to Canadian animal welfare groups explaining the need in Indio, and the director at Little Mutts responded that they could help with the smaller dogs. Why Canada? Briefly, they have better programs for spaying and neutering. Canada’s dog population has an abundance of medium and large size animals. California shelters are overwhelmed with Chihuahuas and other small breed dogs they can’t find enough homes for. Most of the animals on the July 15 transport were Chihuahuas, Terriers and Poodle mixes, breeds that are readily adopted across our Northern border. Jose Mercure, Indio shelter manager, describes the complex three week process required for a successful international transport. The selected animals had to be tested for giardia, and then if found positive, treated for this condition prior to the flight. Desert Dunes Veterinary clinic conducted a health check on each animal, and issued a health certificate. All animals were vaccinated. International microchips were

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Adorable Tortoiseshell 11-week-old female kitten, Koopa waits for you at the shelter in Indio, 45-355 Van Buren, Indio, (760) 391-4135. This Tortie is animal ID#A002291. The Indio shelter is open Wed through Sun. Adopt 2 cats or kittens and the fee on the second one is waived!

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hose of us throwing in a prayer for cooler weather, as we clink our wineglasses and toast to good times, aren’t seeing any results yet—but the Lord continues to bless us with vineyards that are producing some very cool, crisp and refreshing wine. Apart from a snappy bubbly, the undisputed staple wine and the summertime favorite of Palm Springs is the beautifully clear light green tinted eyes of Sauvignon Blanc—or something like that. Anyway—this white grape produces all that matters to our lunches, summer parties, and light dinner fare. Yes—we tip our tennis and golf visors & caps to France where we find the original wine from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, but we’re here in hot haven and need this thirst quencher more than ever. Indeed, doesn’t the new Global Warming Flag picture a chilled bottle of Sauv Blanc in the middle of a bunch of grumpy old men? Because it’s so hot out, we can handle the gripping bracing Sauvignon Blancs that get us going. Not that we necessarily want to be going places, but refreshing Sauv Blanc charges up the brain cells so we can at least be aware of the fact that maybe we’re just mailing it in—but still enjoying life. All the good Sauv Blanc tends to be very fresh and crisp with wonderfully varied fruit flavors such as: lemon, lime, grapefruit, gooseberries, figs, green apples, melon, nectarines, peaches, passion fruit, guava— even kiwi fruit—yeah! With naturally high acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is always tangy, tart, nervy, racy, or punchy, keeping it from being cloying and sticky-tasting. And it’s got great minerality notes of stones, steel, and slate—in a good way! These elements combine to produce a wonderfully refreshing wine with an affinity for food, particularly those we love in the warm summer months: crudités, salads, light pastas, seafood and the riches that come from the bounty of our garden— or the local farmers’ market. The wine is very versatile and can handle components such as tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, raw garlic, smoked cheeses or other pungent flavors that would clash with or overpower many Chardonnays and a lot of other dry whites. In fact, Sauvignon Blanc is probably the best choice for dry white wine to accompany the greatest variety of foods …And now, on to our wine reviews! Like metal filings to a magnet, I can’t seem to drive by the hefty Total Wine &

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and at $11.99 a bottle, it’s the deal of the hot—hot day. For the finale of the tasting trio, we went down-under to find the 2012 Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. By this time, the wine tasting crowd had formed around the rotund Total Wine wine-bar for the 4pm Friday tasting, so everyone was poised to shed the heat. This Framingham is fun and an absolute delight! If one were to comment on lounging apparel while enjoying the above trio of Sauvignon Blanc, I’d say we’re wearing a Polo Shirt with the Salmon Sancerre, a cool button-down short sleeve with the Courtney Benham, and definitely a Hawaiian or beachcomer-type opened shirt for the Framingham. With aromas full of gooseberry and lime, the palate rushed in with…ready?— with garden-fresh Mexican chile peppers along with a flavor note of crisp green bell-pepper! It was like we were plopped atop a cool dish of pico de gallo or salsa fresca! No wonder the crowd either loved it or shunned it. New Zealand Sauv Blanc wine consistently brings that racy zesty pop!

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Come meet lovely Lizzie, a 2-yr-old Blue Nose female Pit bull Terrier. She is leash trained, and loves to play in the park. Dog ID#A002208 at the Indio shelter, 45-355 Van Buren, Indio, (760) 3914135, open Wed through Sun. Shelter closes next month, so Lizzie and her buddies need homes!

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Non-GMO Project Verified and is 5-Step Rated. The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards Program structure encourages higher welfare practices and systems to the benefit of farmers, consumers, retailers, and the animals, according to the company’s website, MarysChickens.com. “As soon as we read about Mary’s Chickens, we knew we found our new source for poultry,” says Reed. The chicken is featured in several dishes on Zin’s menu including the Macadamia Chicken Schnitzel and the new Honey Roasted Half Mary’s Chicken with truffle jus. “Each recipe highlights the quality and flavor that is unique to Mary’s Chicken,” says Reed. All of Zin’s meats are hormone-free and from sustainable farms, and all its seafood comes from fresh sustainable sources. Vegetables are sourced from local California farmers. In addition, Zin’s fresh-sourced menu features new starter items such as Tempura Bay Scallop on Japanese eggplant in a Sriracha oil with a soy mirin reduction and Lemon Crab Cakes with papaya and cucumber slaw and chili aioli. On the entrée

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lettuce, tomato and sun dried tomato pesto mayonnaise on toasted sourdough bread. I’ve had a couple bites of this and it is truly amazing. There’s something in that mayonnaise and the honey mustard dressing that are absolutely addictive, making us both not want to let more than a week go by without getting our fix. The sandwich is served with some of the best thin cut firm fries you can find with just a light dusting of another one of those secret ingredients. We have actually tried their signature wings and they are definitely worth bragging about as they do have more meat on them than the average wing and Philip loves them in the Kilt Burner sauce. Don’t think that we don’t order other items because there’s not a lot to choose from; quite the contrary. Their menu is quite extensive and includes everything from typical bar items like ‘big arse’ burgers, fish n chips, shrimp baskets, wraps, flatbread pizzas and Irish stew to fresh salmon, steak, chicken fettuccini, shepherds pie and lasagna just to name a few. I’ve heard from our friends that all of these selections are just as tasty. I’ve made a commitment to my taste buds to try the Atlantic cod fish n chips on my next visit and Philip the ‘big arse’ burger. And for dessert the Tilted Guilt; a partially baked chocolate chip or white chocolate macadamia nut cookie served hot from the oven, topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup……sigh. If you’re looking for delicious food that won’t break the bank (most items range from 8.99 to 12.99) in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere where you can kick back and watch your favorite event, then get on down to the Tilted Kilt and get your good grub on. Tilted Kilt is located at 72-191 Hwy 111 in Palm Desert (760-773-KILT). Check them out on Facebook.com/TiltedKiltPalmDesert Or at TiltedKilt.com/locations/palmdesert Hours are: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm Fri & Sat 11am-midnight Sunday 11am-11pm

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ometimes some of the best food is found in smaller hole in the wall restaurants off the beaten path or less than fancy unassuming diners and in the case of this weeks featured review.... Sports bars like Tilted Kilt. While many gentlemen and ladies too, enjoy Tilted Kilt for its enjoyable eye candy that their lovely waitresses offer, there is more to this Pub and eatery than meets the eye (no pun intended). Upon entering you will be greeted by the sexy hostess who will engage in friendly conversation while seating you. Next up is your personable waitress who will make you feel comfortable by chatting with you like your old friends regardless of whether you are male or female. Tilted Kilt only hires the friendliest waitresses with the extra outgoing personality to make your experience there a fun one. Tilted Kilt is one of the largest Sports Bars in the valley and has 2 pool tables, darts and a couple of arcade games along with a large rectangular bar with seating all the way around. They also boast 47 large screen TVs throughout the bar for your viewing enjoyment. They also have an extensive mixed drink menu and offer more than 30 draft and bottled beers to choose from. But wait, even with all of that, the best part is still the food. The first time I ate at Tilted Kilt I really wasn’t expecting the food to be as good as it was. I have since eaten there several times and it never disappoints. I always get the chicken tender salad with honey mustard dressing and because it’s so amazing. I order it every time, swearing that next time I will try something else. They are without a doubt the best chicken tenders anywhere, ever!! They are large, tender, moist and flavorful, prepared in a light, tasty batter and placed on top of a fresh, crisp romaine lettuce salad with, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and mandarin orange slices. My husband, Philip, always gets the ‘Kilt Club which has turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese,

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I always wondered if the real life ghosthunters and freelance exorcists Ed and Lorraine Warren were in some way the cause of the hauntings they investigated and wrote about. I assume they made a comfortable living and found a degree of rewarding fame along the way. That said, THE CONJURING, a movie adaptation of one of the Warren’s “cases,” is a terrifically unnerving, old-school ghost story that delivers it’s chills and scares without resorting to cheap gross-out, blood-drenched shots. This purportedly true story has the paranormalists Warrens, here played nicely by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, investigating a hostile presence in a remote farmhouse. The focused direction by James Wan follows the clever script by Chad and Carey Hayes. The mounting sense of dread does not let up as the Warrens close in on a dangerous demonic entity with whom they seem ill equipped to do battle. Now playing. R.I.P.D.

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Hines and producer Susan Goforth bring us the fuller story. They are to be commended for this ambitious cinematic account of an important historical event that we best not ignore. Vintage footage of journalist Bertie Wells, the last living eyewitness to the terrifying Martian invasion, adds immensely to the verisimilitude, immediacy and poignancy as he recounts the search for his missing wife in the midst of humankind’s struggles to survive. Pendragon. DVD. THE SAPPHIRES

If you like feel-good movies, THE SAPPHIRES has a sweet, dramatic and fun vibe that lingers after the movie ends. Based on real events, the story, set in 1960s Australia, is about four Aboriginal girls from a far-flung mission who form a singing group. It should be noted that Aboriginals were hardly considered human but rather “flora or fauna” until 1967. The girls respond to an ad, and with a Scottish manager entertain U.S. soldiers in Vietnam in 1968 with soul-based harmonies and pop tunes. Along the way, they discover life and truths about war and love. The movie is great looking and the young women, all unknowns to me, who play the Sapphires are vibrant and engaging. But best of all, they have a wonderful natural harmony. Among the extras, there’s an interview with the real women who recall their memories of being the Sapphires. Anchor Bay Entertainment. Blu-ray.

I saw this with was very divided. Some thought it was silly, while others found it sublime. I’m still thinking about it. 2oth Century Fox. Blu-ray EVIL DEAD

Fede Alvarez’s reboot of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult masterpiece is devoid of humor and relentless in it’s stylized, ever spreading viscera. Similarly plotted as the original, we follow five young people in their who are 20s holed up in a remote cabin. When they find a Book of the Dead, they innocently (?) summon demons from the surrounding woods that, of course, possess the kids until only one remains with the will or strength to fight for life. This gore-fest is relentless, if that’s your thing. But make no mistake; this is nowhere near as frightening or satisfying as the bloodfree THE CONJURING. Sony. Blu-ray. 42

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Writer-director Brian Helgeland’s 42 is a heartfelt and uplifting look back at the paradigm shifting, iconic events that put Jackie Robinson in the national spotlight and changed the way America looked at race, sports and itself. Based on recent events, race is still an issue, but in 1946 it was an even more intense catalyst that could and did trigger widespread hate that put many innocent lives at risk. Brooklyn Dodgers’ General Manager Branch Rickey changed everything when he crossed the color line, took a stand against prejudice and signed Jackie Robinson (a wonderful Chadwick Boseman). Maybe everything changed, but not necessarily for the better because it all rested on Robinson’s unknown ability to let his athletic skill alone do the talking. His courage to not retaliate made him another kind of hero. Robinson’s extraordinary skill and more so his grace, eventually won over his team, his enemies and gave America a new way to consider its soul. Warner Bros. Blu-ray. Comments? RobinESimmons@aol.com

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ast week I reviewed Debbie Reynolds’ newest memoir Unsinkable. It is a fascinating life of a Hollywood celebrity. She talks very personally about her long career, her marriages and her beloved children Todd and Carrie Fisher. In more than one chapter, Reynolds speaks intimately about her famous daughter’s challenge with drugs and mental illness. It made me curious to read Carrie Fisher’s second autobiographical novel The Best Awful (Simon & Schuster, 271 pages). A sequel to Fisher’s first and most wellknown autobiographical novel Post Cards From the Edge, the character of Suzanne Vail is reprised. Vail is a daughter of two celebrities and herself, a Hollywood actress and screenwriter. The Best Awful begins as Vail struggles to rebuild her life after her husband, Leland, leaves her and her six-year old daughter Honey for a man. Suzanne, apparently, the only one who missed the signals -- his attention to wardrobe, neatness and frequent trips to the gym -- is heart-broken. A diagnosed manic-depressive, Vail finds herself making self-destructive decisions.

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Believing her manic self is far more interesting, likeable and just a lot more fun, she deliberately goes off her meds to welcome her “Lucrezia Borgia”, a conniving sexual vixen unafraid to get what she wants. While Honey is on vacation with Leland, Vail goes on a search for a heterosexual man and finds herself on too much OxyCotin with an abusive, ex-con, tattoo artist in Tijuana. Stranded and sick, her Hollywood friends come to the rescue but their warnings and concern are not enough. Back at her Beverly Hills home, Vail overdoses and has a psychotic break. Committed to a mental hospital, Vail seriously hopes that her mind can be restored. Post Cards From the Edge (1987), was written mostly in a first person telling of Vail’s privileged life, drug abuse and challenges being a child of Hollywood royalty. The Best Awful (2004) is a third person narrative, which allows the reader to be in Vail’s head as well as see the big

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picture of a terrifying mental illness. After reading Reynolds’ Unsinkable, it is absolutely clear that Suzanne Vail is Carrie Fisher’s avatar. Many events in The Best Awful are confirmed in Reynolds’ memoir. At the very least, the main characters and big beats of what Vail experiences, is what Fisher experienced. And this is important because Fisher shares such an intense inside view of what it feels like to live with severe manic depression. Fisher has a very literary voice. At times it is poetic and beautiful. She is smart and witty. Clearly, for Fisher, humor is a survival mechanism, but it is also part of Fisher’s nature. She can’t help herself -- the humor is self-deprecating, sarcastic and an exaggeration that always makes its point. Why an autobiographical novel and not just write a memoir like her mother? For one, in fiction, the author can use the “story” to engage the reader. The author can provide an outside and separate narrative of events that creatively fill in the blanks. And the author can remove her private voice and replace it with one that has better insight and understanding. This is what makes Fisher’s book so compelling. She can specifically share what it felt like from her interior world, as well as the exterior world. With maturity and hindsight, she is

able to paint a very provocative and clear picture of her disorder. Suzanne Vail’s story is relatable, sympathetic and real. Fisher is a reliable narrator. Vail’s biggest concern is for her beautiful and precocious young daughter. Her fear is, not only that she is a bad mother, but also that she will damage her daughter psychologically. In this, the reader gets some insight to why she, Fisher, may feel she is so fucked-up. Vail’s (and Fisher’s) extraordinary life, raised by narcissistic, self-absorbed parents, was anything but healthy and happy. Vail also identifies with her estranged father known to have shot-up speed. Vail believes her mental illness may have been inherited. That would be Eddie Fisher. For Suzanne Vail, The Best Awful is when she begins to share and help others in similar situations from drug abuse, mental illness and heterosexuals with homosexual husbands. There are many clues in Vail’s travails to find the truth about Carrie Fisher and her famous family and friends. This revealing book may be the closest we come to knowing the real Ms. Fisher.

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s the satirist Dave Barry said, “deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers.” Looking globally, the United States ranks behind only China and India in traffic deaths with Russia having a comparable record to us. Looking at this statistic per 100,000 citizens Iran has the worst record with 34.1 deaths followed by Brazil (22.5), China (20.5), India (18.9) and Russia (18.6). The countries with the fewest fatalities are the United Kingdom (3.4), Germany (4.7), Japan (5.2), Australia (6.1) and France (6.4). The United States has 11.4 deaths per 100,000 with Canada to the north at 6.8 and Mexico to the south at 14.7.

According to the AAA, our relatively bad driving records here in the United States cost all Americans $1,500 each annually or $300 BILLION. Men are responsible for 70% of all accidents and 74% of all costs. Montana has the most traffic fatalities in the United States as ranked by vehicle miles with Louisiana and Mississippi tied for second. The fewest deaths are in Massachusetts with New Hampshire and Minnesota second. California ranks as the 20th safest. In Tennessee, more that 10% of all fatal traffic accidents are due to distracted drivers using their cell phones for calls or texts with New Jersey and Massachusetts ranking second and third. According to Allstate, the safest driving city with at least one million people is Phoenix where drivers are in accidents once every 10.2 years. Los Angeleno’s have accidents once every 6.1 years and San Diegans once every 8.8 years. Washington DC drivers are 112% more likely to have accidents than the national average followed by Baltimore (88%) and Providence (81%). In California, drivers in Glendale (78%), San Francisco (55%), Los Angeles (49%) and Torrance (37%) are more likely to have accidents.

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According to GMAC Insurance, drivers who are the most knowledgeable on driving rules are in Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon. The least knowledgeable drivers are in Washington DC, the seat of power in the United States. Other low driving IQ motorists are DC suburb state Maryland, Mississippi, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Hawaii. California ranks 16th worst. Thinking about Washington DC’s low driving IQ for a moment - if they don’t know how to drive a car, is it an wonder that they have trouble steering our country and economy?! Maybe we should move the nation’s capital to Sioux City, South Dakota or Boise, Idaho, America’s best cities for driving. One of the leading causes for driving accidents is related to drinking and driving. According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of all drunk drivers are men. Men from 18-20 years old are the most likely to drink and drive followed closely by men over 55. Among women, 21-24 year olds were the

most likely to drink and drive although at onethird of the rate of their male counterparts. Here in California, Palm Springs consistently ranks as the city with the most DUIs for its population with most DUIs being comprised of locals, not tourists. To be an above average driver, you only need to follow a few simple rules of the road: don’t drive angry, upset, drunk, on drugs or tired; don’t speed, weave through traffic or tailgate; stay off of the phone and never text. Also remember to use your turn signals, your seat belt and use the proper lane while never running red lights. In closing, George Carlin once observed that “anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster...is a maniac.” Keep that in mind next time you get mad at the idiot or maniac you see on the road.

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Success Coach Robb Braun Speaks at CVDJA mixer at Jackalope Ranch

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n its second year, the Coachella Valley DJ Association continues to support local DJs, entertainers and event professionals by building new relationships and promoting their companies. The CVDJA has recently scaled down the number of mixers from once a month to bi-monthly in an effort to prevent mixer burnout. With fewer mixers the CVDJA board can spend more of their resources booking professional speakers and making the 6 mixers a year the best that they can be. Since many of us have smart phones and spend much of our time in front of the computer, it’s no wonder websites like Facebook and Linkedin have become such a popular method of networking for those just too busy to leave the office. Social and business networking websites can be effective tools but never underestimate the power of pressing the flesh. There are many benefits to meeting other professionals face to face instead of friending them on Facebook or inviting them to link onto your site. Many times, it has been my experience that when I approach an individual who I would like to do business with and begin a conversation, it’s not long before we find common interest such as sports,

family or music (my favorite.) Building a personal relationship with a perspective client is a great way to open the door for a professional relationship. Trying to figure out what method of promotion works best for your business can be a full time job. Between social media, mixers, advertising on radio, TV or print, it can confusing even for the most seasoned business professional. This is where success coach Robb Braun comes in. At the upcoming CVDJA mixer, you will get a chance to hear Robb Braun give his presentation on success strategies for your

business. Robb has been a motivator in the realm of personal and organizational leadership development for more than two decades. He will show you how to create a Prosperity Plan and help you identify your unique offering, your top clients and your system for success. Having these will lead to the uncovering of the Sweet Spot of your business and assure that you get to experience the “Three F’s” - indicators of your business success.” After the mixer at Jackalope Ranch in Indio, guests will also have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session. The last hour of the mixer will feature music by DJ Dynamic Dave and raffle prizes from RR Broadcasting who is one of the sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring future events or joining the CVDJA board, there will be more information at the mixer. The CVDJA is an organization that is dedicated to elevating the level of professional ism of local DJs and entertainers but the evening is open to all business professional s(let’s face it everyone needs entrainment.) Cost of the mixer is $5.00 and includes complimentary appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages. If you would like to attend we strongly recommend you RSVP

by calling (760) 880-3848 or e-mail craig@ musicalaffair.com. Don’t forget to like the Coachella Valley Coachella Valley DJ Association on Facebook. The information for the mixer is as follows: Date: Wednesday, July 31 Location: Jackalope Ranch, Indio Networking: 5:30 to 6:00 Speaker Robb Braun: 6:00 to 7:00 Music and raffles with DJ Dynamic Dave: 7:00 to 8:00 Written By: Craig Michaels Musical Affair Entertainment www.musicalaffair.com

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Dale Gribow On The Law

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by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

by Dale Gribow Attorney at Law

Don’t Let the Current Fire Distract You From Driving Safely

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he Fire this week has been one of the worst fires I can remember in our area. As I drive in the CV, I see drivers looking up at the hills that are on fire. This is just as bad as talking on the phone or reading email messages or looking on Facebook. It does not take much for one to become distracted as one drives. The slightest distraction can cause an accident. I realize that no matter what I write here most of you will not follow or remember this missive and many of you will get in an accident or be stopped for a DUI this summer. Clients often have no memory of what they were doing after an accident or DUI arrest. Sometimes your lack of memory is from Black and White fever for which you do not have to have been drinking. You just get nervous. This is the same fear we have when we see a police man behind us and worry about getting a ticket. Multiply this several fold when you have been in an accident or have been drinking and worry about being arrested for a DUI.  On my former legal radio show and I started off each episode saying People Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan. If you understand and remember what I am writing this week you will be Planning Ahead. If you are stopped for a possible DUI remember that the Field Sobriety

Tests (FST’s) at the scene are OPTIONAL as is the BREATH TEST at the scene. Politely tell the officer that you understand the FST and Breath test are optional and you opt “not to take them”. Then be courteous and request a Blood Test. They will have to take you to the hospital or police station to get a professional to draw your blood. There is a case that came down a month or two ago that requires a licensed person to draw blood if there is a refusal and a resulting Forced Blood Draw. I predict it will soon extend to regular blood draws, The following is a step by step summary of what will happen with a DUI: A DUI is a criminal offense that has two separate legal proceedings… the Court and the DMV : Booking and Custody: The officer will snatch your license, under the Stop and Snatch Law, and give you a pink DMV form which is a temporary license to drive for 30 days. They will then take you to the station. You may be asked to submit to another chemical test to determine your Blood Alcohol Content and you will be fingerprinted and a booking photograph will be taken. You will be in custody and released on your own recognizance after 4 hours. Schedule a DMV Hearing Within 10 days.

By Bruce cathcart

Let your Agent Go First!

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or the last 16 weeks I have been offering up advice in my articles designed to help buyers and sellers to better understand the current real estate market here in the Coachella Valley and basically how to make good decisions in obtaining their real estate goals. This week’s article will be a little different as it applies only to buyers shopping for homes and offers the simple advice of allowing your agent to go first. It has been nearly 30 years since I made an appointment to show a middle aged couple a small ranch property located off of Jefferson on the border of Indio and La Quinta. It had just come on the market and the listing agent had told me that there was no need to call the caretaker, just show up and tell him that I was there to show the home. Well, show up we did around four o’clock in the afternoon. With my clients standing a few feet behind me I opened up the old, spring loaded, wooden screen door and just as I was about to knock, the door swung open and I was greeted with the business end of a double barreled shot gun! As I jumped back the screen door slammed closed on the

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barrel of the gun which fortunately did not go off and a cantankerous old man started screaming obscenities at me and my clients… who by that time were already halfway down the long driveway and back to my car. After we got the heck out of there they told me that they were sure glad that I had gone to the door first! There have been plenty of other times that it was a good thing that I was first through the door as well. Despite having an appointment, ringing the door bell, knocking loudly, and after using my lock box key to gain entry into a home and then yelling “helloooo” at the top of my lungs I have managed to “surprise” sellers in their homes. This usually happens when I approach the master bedroom and that sixth sense kicks in right before I swing the door open and discover the naked form of a John Candy like body with Eugene Levy like body hair sprawled across the bed. Honestly, some things just cannot be unseen! By allowing me to go first I am able to spare my clients that horror… especially their kids, if they happen to be along for the tour. And speaking of naked bodies, showing private homes and condos in a resort community can oftentimes result in the discovery of vacationing guests who insist on sun bathing by the pool “European style”. I have discovered that this can actually mean

That is all you have and if you wait 11 days the DMV will tell you that you are too late. Thus your license will be gone for 4-5 months. If you request it on time you will given a Temporary License and when your attorney requests a DMV hearing and asks for a stay you will get a new temporary license that will be good until the DMV hearing is over. Retain an Attorney. DMV Hearing: Your lawyer presents evidence and can subpoena witnesses, including the arresting officer. Your attorney can advocate for your license and driving privileges on your behalf, and the DMV will then rule on whether or not the officer had reasonable cause to take your license. The DMV hearing is stacked against the driver as the hearing officer is both the prosecutor and judge. However it gives you and your attorney to get a free glimpse of the case and the evidence against the driver. The hearing is taped and thus when you have a motion in court if the officer testifies differently you can impeach him/her. We have a case now where the deputy testified two different ways and the DA’s knew that WE have a copy of the tape we would play in front of the jury. Arraignment: You, or your attorney on your behalf pursuant to a 977 Waiver of your appearance, will appear and enter a plea of not

guilty. Plea Bargains and Pretrial Motions: After the arraignment your attorney can discuss the case with the DA and possibly negotiate a plea bargain or set the case for Motions to Dismiss, Motions to Suppress Evidence and or for a Pre Trial or Trial Trial: The DA and your lawyer will present evidence, argue, and cross-examine any witnesses. The jury will then decide whether or not you are guilty of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol of over a .08. If you are found guilty of either that is enough to convict. Sentencing: The court sentences you after a plea bargain or conviction. The penalties will differ based on the circumstances of your case, but could include fines, jail time or home arrest with an ankle bracelet, community service, and alcohol education. If you have any questions regarding this column or ideas for future columns please contact Dale Gribow at The Dale Gribow Law Group at our NEW number 760 837 7500 and or our new email of dale@dalegribowlaw.com

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no swim suit at all. Don’t get your hopes up here as in over 30 years of doing this I have never come upon supermodels sun bathing this way. It appears that those who we pay to look at always cover up and those who you couldn’t pay us to look at seem to expose themselves whenever possible. Always let your agent go first when entering the back yard of an occupied home. I usually stand at the door and whistle, clap my hands and yell “here doggy, here doggy”! Despite that I have won 3 out of 4 foot races with angry, four legged beasties that were either sound asleep or just lying in wait for me. Fortunately the fourth one only got a nice leather shoe I came flying out of as I dove for the door to the house! Always let your agent go first when you are going into the master bedroom or master bathroom of an occupied home, especially if you have children with you. I don’t know if some people are really proud of their sex toy collection or if they just forget to put this stuff away when they know that agents will be bringing their clients to see their homes. By letting your agent go first you can avoid that awkward moment that comes when you are trying to explain to your 5 year old son not to worry, they don’t really get that big. And finally, always let your agent go first when entering a dimly lit garage, especially in the summer time at a vacant home. There is nothing that gets me to do the boogie dance

faster than wearing short pants and walking through that unmistakable spider web of a black widow. Always let your agent go first, you will be glad you did! This week’s real estate tip: As a seller you can avoid potentially embarrassing situations that were described above by taking one simple step. Make sure if you are using a lock box to provide agents with access to your home that you install a “privacy” lock on your front door. This is a lock that can only be opened from inside the home, like a slide lock or door chain. Even though the agents will be able to unlock your door, they will not be able to gain access if you are inside and have used your privacy lock. Bruce Cathcart is the Broker/Co-Owner of La Quinta Palms Realty, “The Friendly Professionals” and can be reached by email at laquintapalms@dc.rr.com or visit his website at www.laquintapalmsrealty.com.

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Safety Tips

Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets in Parked Vehicles

ach year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia.  Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle.  Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day.  Studies have shown that

the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults.  Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.  The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults.  

Safety tips concerning children include but not limited to: Make sure your child’s safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.  Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.  Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.  Always lock car doors and trunks--even at home--and keep keys out of children’s reach.  Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination.  Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever! “In addition to heat stroke, children left unattended in automobiles may also experience other types of injuries as well says Chief DiGiovanna.”  For example, there are documented cases in which children left unattended in cars have put the vehicle in motion and hurt themselves and other people.  Car-jackings and abductions that may occur when a child is left alone in a vehicle are also cause for concern. For additional information contact your

local fire department or law enforcement. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat! Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

ShareKitchen

PS Underground and ShareKitchen: A match made in culinary heaven.

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hareKitchen has a diverse offering of client members with one of the most unique being PS Underground, a wandering supper club.  They host dining experiences, parties and special events in art galleries, warehouses, private homes and unique locations which are only revealed at the last minute to those who reserve a seat.  PS Underground’s owner, Michael Fietsam, needed a licensed catering kitchen in order to build his business. Because they only use a kitchen for a limited time each month, ShareKitchen was a perfect fit.  “Without ShareKitchen, we could not have built our business. The overhead of renting or leasing a full kitchen is just too cost prohibitive when first starting an operation such as ours,” said Fietsam. The resources offered by ShareKitchen have helped launch PS Underground’s brand and laid the foundation to help Fietsam reach his goal of becoming a viable, stand alone business. 

Since first partnering with ShareKitchen in March 2013, PS Underground has also hosted several of their secret dining experiences at ShareKitchen including a Last Dinner on the Titanic party held on the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with guests being served the same fare as first-class passengers ate on that fateful night.   Due to its popularity, PS Underground will be hosting an encore of their culinary theater known as Spectrum on  August 2nd and 3rd.   Spectrum is a six-course culinary tour inspired by the colors of the spectrum, billed as a kaleidoscope for the senses. The evening includes libations, appetizers, wine and multicurse feast for $89 per person plus tax. Tickets can be purchased online at www. psunderground.com. ShareKitchen is a non-profit organization located at 68805 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City. For more information, call 760-459-4259 or visit www.ShareKitchen.org.   For information about PS Underground, visit www. psunderground.com, call 760-636-8442 or email info@psunderground.com. 

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by JULIE BUEHLER

Keeping Cool As The Summer Heats Up

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here are not many places I’d rather be than on a golf course, sipping a cold beverage of choice, strategizing the perfect shot before unleashing my slice that would make a New York style pizza joint proud. Problem is when the temperatures seemingly soar beyond the New York area code; that cold beverage is warm in a matter of seconds and you’re melting faster than mozzarella in a brick oven. The summer is a great time to play golf in the desert because the days are long and the rates are low, but it can also be dangerous in such extreme heat. So here are 5 tips to enjoy the world’s greatest game without suffering in the summer temps. Hydrate the night before. It’s critical to drink as much water as you can while playing any sport in the summer, but golf isn’t a sport that requires much exertion and therefore most people underestimate the hydration the body needs. But the heat will assault your body and your sweat evaporates rapidly. Beginning the hydration the night before creates reserves for the body rather than expecting the day’s liquid intake to supply all the resources. So start early, avoid caffeine and other diuretics and drink water

Friday, July 26 Dollar Beer Night

CG Cotton Kings

Saturday, July 27 6:05 HR Derby & All-Star Game SCCBL Vs. OCCBL

Sunday, July 28 Back Packs East LA Dodgers

Tuesday, July 30 2 ($2 for 1 admission hot dogs, beer and soda) So Cal Sklz

Wednesday, July 31 Dollar Admission SCCBL vs. OCCBL Championship

Palm Springs Stadium 760-778-HITS (4487)

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by JULIE BUEHLER

From The Infantry In Iraq To Sculpting Dreams In 29 Palms

This is the first of a 3-part series duty called. Or as he said it, “Of course, I had to looking at the growth of MMA in deploy to Iraq 2 more times.” the Coachella Valley

the night before to ensure your ready for the day’s adventures. Take Gatorade popsicles. Grab a couple large bottles of Gatorade or other sports drinks, pour out 2-4 ounces into another container, reseal and stick those bad boys in the freezer the night before your tee time. The next morning pull them out, add the 2-4 ounces you poured out the night before back in and as you go through the round, the iced Gatorade will melt and keep your beverage cold, refreshing and you can stay hydrated with electrolytes. The reason you need electrolytes is to keep your brain working properly through the round. A birdie putt on 16 gets tough when you’re hallucinating 3 different holes because your body is depleted. Wrap ice towels around your neck. This is an old trick, but works every time. Grab a couple extra towels from your bag and stick them deep in the ice in a cooler. As the temperature increases, pull one out, wring it out a little, and fold it around the back of your neck. It will instantly cool your whole body. Refresh it as much as you need. Stay in the shade. This seems obvious, but wearing sunglasses doesn’t protect you. Park your cart under a tree. Watch your buddies from under the cart awning or take an umbrella if the course you’re playing doesn’t have many trees. The temperatures can be up to 20 degrees cooler in the shade, so seek it out and stay there as much as possible. Go easy on the alcohol. We all love a cold beer on a hot day. We all REALLY love a cold beer on a long par-5. BUT alcohol is a diuretic, which depletes your body of much needed hydration. Same goes for energy drinks. So all your work hydrating the night before and icing your Gatorade will largely be negated if you’re cranking through a 6-pack. Go easy on alcohol, if you can, avoid it on the course and enjoy yourself at the clubhouse after your round. Follow these 5 easy tips and you can enjoy the great rates and gorgeous views our desert has to offer this season.

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very now and then you come across a story that gets better with each overturned rock, every source and phone call. Sometimes, a story captures the essence of everything we love about sports in one person’s simple expression of diligence. This is that story. Sergeant Major Mark Geletko spent 27 years in active duty for the US Marine Corp. He served 3 tours in Iraq as part of the infantry. When you hear the term “grunts,” that’s Geletko and his fellow infantrymen, “running and gunning all day long.” After graduating from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he, “like most kids do,” went to work in the steel mills and, missing the camaraderie he saw in high school as a 3-sport athlete, Geletko found the local boxing gym. As the last three letters in his name would suggest, he instantly took to the sport. While Geletko’s career serving our nation advanced, so did his knowledge and appreciation for boxing, and after serving in the Far East, was introduced to Muay Thai kickboxing. Muay Thai is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it teaches a fighter to use more than the 2 points of contact (the fists), as in boxing , and efficiently employs 8 points of contact through the hands, feet, knees and elbows in combat. Many martial art experts consider it the most physically demanding and grueling of any combat sport. After Geletko settled in 29 Palms at the USMC base instructing Marines in MCMAP, or the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program. He decided to open his own gym called “Fight Club 29” to form competition teams. Training was going well, the gym that started with “5-7 guys” was creating a buzz. But as is the case with his fighters, Geletko’s

But thankfully, two more times he came back. In 2010, Sgt. Maj. Geletko retired from the Marine Corp but stayed in 29 Palms to build his gym, coach his competition team and forge a sport in the high desert that was the perfect fit for a community teeming with service men and women needing an outlet for their “extreme Alpha personalities” according to Geletko and a life of selflessness. Geletko’s team just competed on the Up N Comers fight card on July 20th at The Show at Aqua Caliente. But as is typical in the life of any Marine, he’s never sure what he’s going to be taking into any fight, Geletko said, “My roster is always changing with Marines always deploying.” His fighter on July 20th, also his grappling and wrestling coach, Tom Eaton, won his match, but 4 of Geletko’s fighters are currently deployed in Afghanistan, including Kyle Stewart, who has a title fight waiting for him at the 185-pound weight class. “He’s a Spartan,” Geletko said of Stewart. “His dad was a Vietnam vet, his brother is a Marine. We’re just hoping to get them all back in October.” With venues like The Show and promotions that “rival Vegas,” Geletko is confident the fastest growing sport in America will expand even faster in the Coachella Valley. Now Fight Club 29 is one of many MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training facilities throughout the Coachella Valley and high desert that boast traveling competition teams and serve as a testimony to the rapid growth of the sport. Julie Buehler hosts the Coachella Valley’s most popular sports talk radio show, “Buehler’s Day Off” every day from 1-4 on 1010 KXPS, the valley’s all sports station. She’s an avid gym rat, slightly sarcastic and more likely to recite Steve Young’s career passing stats than American Idol winners. Tune in M-F 1-4 pst at www.team1010.com or watch the show on Ustream.

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of July 18

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I was six years old when my parents told me that there was a small, dark jewel inside my skull, learning to be me.” So said the Leo science fiction writer Greg Egan in his story “Learning to Be Me.” Let’s pretend that you, too, have a small dark jewel inside your skull that’s learning to be you. It’s a good metaphor for what I believe has been happening all these years: You have been gradually mastering the art of being the best Leo you can be. It hasn’t been easy. You weren’t born knowing how to be your beautiful, radiant, courageous self, but have had to work hard to activate your potentials. Now you’re moving into an especially critical phase of the process: a time when you have the chance to learn how to love yourself with greater ingenuity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Dear Astrology Guy: Please tell me why I have to work so hard -- meditate, reflect, read, analyze, poke, prod, investigate -- to discover truths about myself that must be obvious to others. Why is it so hard for me to see where I need healing and where I need to let go? Why is it such an ordeal to grasp what is interfering with my wholeness when I can quickly pinpoint what other people’s issues are? -Overworked Virgo.” Dear Overworked: I’m happy to report that you Virgos will soon be offered a gush of revelations about who you are, how you can heal, and what strategies will best serve your quest to minimize your anxiety. Are you prepared to absorb some intense teachings? For best results, make yourself extra receptive. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): One of the world’s best race car teams is McLaren. It wins about 25 percent of the events in which it competes. Its skilled drivers account for much of its success, but its technicians are also pretty sensational. During a pitstop in the middle of a race, they can change all four tires on the car in less than three seconds. Do you have helpers like that, Libra? If you don’t, it’s time to intensify your efforts to get them. And if you do, it’s time to call on them to give you an extra boost. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Let’s try an experiment. It’s risky, but I’m hoping you will do it with such flair that there will be no karmic blowback. What I propose, Scorpio, is that you have fun expressing more confidence than usual. I invite you to strut a bit, even swagger, as you demonstrate your command over your circumstances. Enjoy acting as if the world is your plaything . . . as if everyone around you secretly needs you to rise up and be a bigger, bolder version of yourself. The trick, of course, will be to avoid getting puffed up with grandiose delusions. Your challenge is to be more wildly devoted to embodying your soul’s code without lapsing into arrogance. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I suspect that you are longing to take a quantum leap of faith, but are also afraid to take that quantum leap of faith. You sense the potential of experiencing a very cool expansion, while at the same time you hesitate to leave your comfort zone and give up your familiar pain. In light of the conflict, which may not be entirely conscious, I suggest you hold off on making a gigantic quantum leap of faith. Instead, experiment with a few bunny hops of faith. Build up your courage with some playful skips and skitters and bounces that incrementally extend your possibilities. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Hoaxes exposed! Bluffs called! Secrets revealed! Whitewashes uncovered! Curses banished! Taboos broken! Those are the headlines I expect to see emblazoned in your Book of Life during the coming weeks. Can you handle that many holy disruptions? Will you be able to deal with the stress that might come from having so much raucous success? These are important questions, because if you’re not up to the challenge, you may scare away the transformations. So steel your resolve, Capricorn. Mobilize your will. Do what’s necessary to harvest the unruly blessings. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The French novelist Flaubert declared that if you hope to write a book, you should first read 1,500 books. A Roman author

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named Petronius believed that the imagination does not work at its peak power unless it is inundated with reading material. I suggest you adopt their advice and apply it to your own field, Aquarius. Whatever skill or subject you want to master, expose yourself lavishly to the efforts of other people who have already mastered it. Flood yourself with wellcrafted inspiration. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Should you be worried that a venomous spider has crawled into your shoe while you were sleeping? Just in case, should you flip your shoe upside-down before putting it on each morning? My studied opinion: hell, no. The chances of you being bitten on the foot by a venomous spider lurking in your shoe are even less than the possibility that you will be abducted by an alien who looks like Elvis Presley and forced to sing a karaoke version of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” at an extraterrestrial bar. And if you are going around filled with delusional anxieties like that, you will definitely interfere with life’s current predilection, which is to give you a cleansing respite from your fears as well as immunity from harm. ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I have tried in my way to be free,” sings Leonard Cohen in his song “Bird on a Wire.” In other words, he has done the best he can to liberate himself from his unconscious patterns, bad habits, and self-delusions. He hasn’t been perfect in his efforts, but the work he has done has earned him a measure of deliverance from his suffering. I recommend you follow his lead, Aries. Do your best to bring more relief and release into your life. Get rid of things that hold you back. Overthrow a pinched expectation and ignore a socalled limitation or two. By this time next week, I hope you will be able to say sincerely, “I have tried in my way to be free.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm,” wrote the novelist Willa Cather. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Taurus, you’re in a phase of your cycle when storm-learning isn’t your priority. The educational experiences you need most will unfold when you’re exploring the mysteries of peace and serenity. In fact, I suspect that the deeper you relax, the more likely it is that you will attract life-changing teachings -- lessons that can transform your life for the better and fuel you for a long time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is there a message you’ve wanted to deliver for a long time but haven’t been able to? Are you bursting with thoughts or feelings that you’ve been longing to express but can’t find the right way to do so? Have you spent months carrying around a poignant truth that you have felt wasn’t ripe enough to be revealed? If your answer to any of those questions is yes, I believe the time will soon be at hand to make a move. But it’s important that you’re not impulsive or melodramatic as you initiate your breakthrough communications. For best results, be full of grace and balance. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Bees and other insects can see ultraviolet light, which is invisible to humans. When they look at flowers, they detect designs on the petals that you and I cannot. For example, the evening primrose appears completely yellow to us, but it calls seductively to bees with a flashy star pattern at its center. Many of the secret signs that flowers offer the pollinators are meant to guide them to where the pollen and nectar are. Let’s use this as our metaphor of the week, Cancerian. I am not predicting that you will be able to perceive a broader spectrum of light. But I do believe you will discern cues and clues that are hidden from most people and that have been imperceptible to you in the past. Homework: What do you want so badly that you’re driving it away? How can you fix the problem? Testify at Freewillastrology.com.

July 25 to July 31, 2013

Mind, body & Spirit by Bronwyn Ison

PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE; WHERE ARE YOU LIVING?

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hy do most of us dwell in the past and/or anticipate the future? Are you cognizant you may have spent many of your waking hours contemplating the future? Perhaps, you have revisited your past due to nostalgic memories. Or, possibly we reflect on our past because we find comfort or we are determined not to repeat mistakes. The endless chatter within our own minds precludes us from something very important: living in the present. Calming our thoughts and connecting within are minute steps towards the now. Naturally reflecting on our past can be exhilarating or debilitating. While referencing our past, one should have learned not to duplicate poor decisionmaking. We should glean from our past negative experiences and learn from them. Unfortunately there is no roadmap and we must drive ahead. Leave the baggage behind and know that present moments can lead you to a beautiful future. Indeed our future is important. By nature we plan and organize. This aids us to remain motivated and connected to those around us. By all means I am not suggesting we live one hundred percent in the now. Many may feel living in the present renders us unorganized, intimidated, or irresponsible. Shift your thoughts and ask yourself, how can I accomplish this basic task and feel at

ease simultaneously? Implementing a daily prayer or mantra in your life may facilitate the present. This could be a positive daily ritual. Take a moment to reflect on your fondest memories? Likely, you were in the present. You did not allow for roadblocks. Wasn’t that a feeling of liberation? As I mention to my students in yoga, be mindful. Sometimes it is as simple as taking a few breathes to be centered and present. Generally when we visit our past, we are reflecting on the, should and could haves. Avoid negative thoughts, sadness, or anxiety. I concur, easier said than done. I am not suggesting disregarding your emotions. Remember there is a time and place for everything. Mindfulness allows us to check-in and pay attention. Living in the present may take skillful diligence. With mindfulness you can deepen your wisdom, regain relaxation, and over all pay attention to your surroundings. “If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” - Author Unknown  Bronwyn Ison, Owner of Evolve Yoga. For more information: www.e-volveyoga.com Or (760)564-YOGA (9642)

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Jill has been a Registered Nurse for over 21 years. She has researched and trained in natural methods of health since 2001, and now has her own business where she does nutritional evaluations and testing. She is also developing her line of healthy gourmet products that are gluten and soy free with no processed sugars or fats! She hopes her articles are helpful to all who read them.

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or those of you who suffer from joint pain, I have some pointers that could help, and have personally tried myself. First, I cut way back on sugar, including foods that turn into sugar once digested, like simple carbohydrates. My joint discomfort reduced by 75% in a month! This was without any supplements for my joints. I eliminated most fruits, wheat products, corn, soy, potatoes, rice and any kind of sugar including honey, raw sugar, and agave nectar. Sugars contribute to joint pain because it is inflammatory, (please see my article on sugar for more details), and floods the body with insulin and stress hormones. Sugar binds with protein in the body including our joints, which causes inflammation. Inflammation causes pain and stress on organs and joints. At one time sugar was an occasional treat, but now it is in just about everything. Start reading the ingredient labels and you’ll find it in more things than you can imagine. High fructose corn syrup is even more harmful than sugar because it is over processed and concentrated. Nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers,

hot peppers, sweet potatoes, paprika and ingredients in some hot sauces are thought to increase inflammation because they contain an alkaloid called solanine that can build up calcium deposits in tissues. Dairy and wheat products can be very irritating to joints, especially if you have a food sensitivity or allergy to them. Many do, and don’t even know it. Just try eliminating dairy and wheat for a while and see if you feel better! Fresh, raw goat milk, almond or rice milk can be a better option to cow milk for those who have problems with dairy. A few foods that can decrease joint pain are cherries, (they are packed with antioxidants and are low on the glycemic index), olive oil, salmon, dark green veggies, (like kale, broccoli, leafy greens), grass fed beef, turmeric, blueberries, ginger, green tea, and my favorite, garlic!! They all have anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger, cinnamon and garlic can also help lower blood sugar, which can contribute to joint pain. You can add turmeric, cinnamon or garlic to different recipes to get more anti-inflammatory spices in your diet. So have some ginger salmon, green tea, (with stevia or xylitol), a big salad with garlic dressing, and blueberries for dessert! Do this 3 or 4 times a week and you will also be adding to your overall health as well as diminish those little aches and pains. In health and awareness, Jill Coleman RN/Holistic Nutrition Practitioner www.HealthRestoration1.com www.jillcolemanRN.com

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