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Sentinel Power Plant Gets Air Quality Review PALM DESERT, CA – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit thanked the South Coast Air Quality Management District last Friday for its thorough review of 75 applications for $53 million in air pollution reduction credits from the CPV Sentinel power plant mitigation fund. “Clearly a great number of people are interested in improving air quality in the Coachella Valley. I appreciate the tremendous effort that went into submitting and evaluating so many detailed proposals,” said Benoit, a member of the AQMD board. “It appears the AQMD staff recommendations fully comply with funding guidelines regarding where

Aerial view of Sentinel Power Plant

COD Accepting Basic Firefighter Academy Applications PALM DESERT, CA— College of the Desert (COD) is now accepting applications to begin a fully accredited Basic Firefighter Academy beginning January 28, 2013, at the new Roy Wilson Fire Training Center in Thousand Palms. The COD Basic Firefighter Academy is designed for working students with evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and day time classes on Saturdays throughout the Spring and Fall semesters. The program is constructed to provide students with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and to provide entry-level skills required by most fire departments. College units earned can be applied to an associate’s degree. Upon successful completion of the academy, students will be eligible

to receive their State of California Firefighter I Certificate. Prerequisites to the academy include: • Minimum age of 18 to apply • Possession of a current California EMT certification • Possession of a transcript of FIT 1 (Fire Protection Organization) or college level equivalent. • Current Physical Abilities Test Certificate (Biddle or CPAT completed within one year prior to the first day of the academy) Applications are due no later than Nov. 1, and are available on the COD website www.collegeofthedesert. edu by clicking Academic Programs, Fire Technology, State Fire Marshall Training (Basic Firefighter Academy). Applications may also be picked up in person at the Public Safety Academy

these air quality improvement funds must be spent. I’m especially pleased that, thanks to the support of my fellow board members, all of this funding will stay here in the Coachella Valley.” According to legislation that Supervisor Benoit coauthored while serving in the state Senate, at least 30 percent of the mitigation funding must be used within six miles of the plant near Desert Hot Springs, and at least 30 percent of the funding must be used in environmental justice areas. The remaining 40 percent could have been spent on emission reduction projects anywhere in the AQMD multi-county coverage area. However, Supervisor

Benoit’s AQMD colleagues supported his argument that this funding should be allocated exclusively within the Coachella Valley. Benoit said he looks forward to evaluating the proposals and staff recommendations when they come before the full AQMD board. Until he has an opportunity to fully review the staff recommendations, he won’t comment on the details of any specific proposal. To review the proposals and for additional information from AQMD, use the following link: www. coachellavalleyPR.htm.

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Annual DHS Historical Society Soup Supper Oct. 25 (PSA) lobby on the main COD campus Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Completed hard copy applications should be dropped off in person at the PSA lobby or mailed to: College of the Desert, 43500 Monterrey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260, Attention: I. Otero. For more information, call Fire A c a d e my Coordinator Ignacio Otero at 760 346-8041, Ext. 5691 or by email iotero@ The PSA lobby may be reached at 760 674-3765.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The Historical Society will hold its annual Soup Supper on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Miracle Springs Resort located at 10625 Palm Drive from 6 – 8 p.m. Hotel Lautner owners Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge will present a program on their four year renovation project. Beckman is an interior designer and Trowbridge is a furniture designer. Both live in Los Angeles. A buffet with soup, salad, bread and desserts

will be served. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To RSVP, call

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STAROpinion Undecided? Will the presidential debates help you decide? I wanted to write about politics but hesitated because I don’t like politics. However, I felt the need because it’s October and we go to the polls on Nov. 6 and I’m still undecided. Personally, I don’t like politics because it’s all about personal power, influence and MONEY, and I don’t believe either side for a minute. After the first presidential debate, I was confused and asked several people, “What happened?” It seems that one guy showed up and one guy didn’t. One guy is president and the other guy wants to be. How does the outcome of these debates affect the Coachella Valley? The answer is as plain as the reconstructed nose on my face (more on that later). Elections are always about jobs, the economy, taxes and health care – certainly the last few elections have been. I’m an undecided voter, probably among the most valuable votes. In search of some answers and perspective, and before making my decision, I consulted two lifelong friends from both parties. Elizabeth Saron Milner is a free-thinking Democrat and former president of the League of Women’s Voters in Pennsylvania. Milner was matron of honor at my wedding in 2008 and her political affiliation is bluer than her silver blue hair. Milner had this to say about the debate: “Romney was on his game. It looked like he had a few Red Bulls because he appeared all speeded up. Don’t know what happened to Obama. Romney bullied him and wouldn’t let anyone speak. That’s the businessman side of him, firing people, cutting people off. He was scary. He seemed very dictatorial. Everything out of his mouth was a bold faced lie. The mention of the words ‘tax cuts’ sounded like he never heard those words before – just a lot of bold faced lies. And Jim Lehrer from KPBS just let him get away with it. Lehrer was bullied too and let the debate get out of control. “The only specific thing Romney said was that he’d eliminate funding to KPBS, firing Lehrer and Big Bird! And their talk about domestic policy was confusing. Does anyone know what Simpson Bowles is? I cover politics daily and barely knew what they were talking about. Why didn’t they talk about issues like the poor, poverty in America, women’s issues, feeding people, oh yes, Romney mentioned those on Food Stamps and the numbers. The commentators were nothing more than talking heads. Romney appeared a more frightening figure to me than ever. He changed his mind on tax cuts. He was lying through his pearly white teeth.” Then I consulted Stacy Taylor, a radio talk show host and freethinker who leans to the Right and is more read than red. Don’t

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expect Taylor to be happy about the current administration because he lost his job at KGO radio and currently lives in exile in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Here’s the bulk of what Taylor had to say: “More than 58 million Americans watched the first presidential debate. It would have been 58 million and one had President Obama been watching instead of staring at his podium. Less than 24 hours after this disaster, the meme floating around among the chattering class is that Obama appeared distracted, dispassionate, tired, bored and aloof, which is exactly how I felt after watching for 90 minutes, and it’s hard to disagree. “The best spin anyone could come up with later was that Obama was ‘professional.’ No doubt a compliment from the upper West Side or in Cambridge, but a word that roughly translates to ‘baloney artist’ in Omaha and Pittsburgh (not a direct translation). In fact, the consensus across the political spectrum was so negative

Editor’s opinion By Jackie Devereaux toward the president’s performance that pundits scrambled to outdo one another with damning metaphors. The prize went to The New York Times who likened Obama to a ‘zombie bee.’ Was this the same President Obama who famously said during the 2008 that you should never take a knife to a gunfight? “How could Obama not have brought up Romney’s recent statement that he didn’t really give a damn about the 47 percent of Americans who he and his fat cat donors consider government dependent moochers, especially after Ronmey had the gall to say during the debate, ‘The reason I’m in this race is because people are really hurting?’ How could Obama have gone 90 minutes in a debate that focused on the economy and jobs and not once mention Bain Capital? “How could the president have shined on Romney’s phony support of Medicare when Romney is on the record as supporting Paul Ryan’s plan of gutting Medicare and replacing it with a voucher system? It’s not that Obama didn’t respond to the voucher issue, it’s that he cited studies and the opinion of AARP. “In fact that’s what the president did way too much of, citing studies and the opinions of others, while Romney talked in stark terms about the ‘immorality’ of budget deficits while reciting lachrymose anecdotes of the unfortunate victims of Obama’s policies siding up to him at campaign events begging for help. “There’s a weird disconnect between watching the debate as it occurred and reading a transcript of the debate. In the written transcript, Obama comes off as rational, thoughtful and thorough, but during the debate itself, he came across as bland, defensive and wonkish. “Later, the professional liberals in the media were floating the idea that everyone knew going in that Romney would put on a strong performance and would likely win the first debate. Really? This guy who recently said, ‘I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America

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millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.’ The joker who’s been running around for the last six months bragging about his wife’s two Cadillacs, boasting that he likes to fire people, and saying he would have a better chance of winning the election if he were Latino, this is the guy everyone expected to win the first debate? Weeks ago, the talking heads on MSNBC were declaring the election in the bag after Romney’s 47 percent comments were leaked. “The next debate is Oct. 16 at Hofstra University on Long Island. The focus will be on foreign policy, one of Obama’s alleged strengths. Let’s hope the president bothers to show up for that one.” Are you still an undecided voter like me? I wonder who is tough enough to moderate the next presidential debate and not get run over or bullied? Shall we recruit Arnold Swartzenegger or Sylvester Stallone? Or how about Big Bird and Jimmy Carter? You choose. If you’d like to read more of Stacy Taylor’s opinions in their entirety, go to

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From Aug. 2011 to Aug. 2012, major crime (part 1 crime) has dropped nearly 46.5% in Desert Hot Springs; due in part to an increase in community policing and neighborhood watch programs. This is an effort by the City, in association with community activism, to reduce crime and create a safe environment for families in Desert Hot Springs.


City of Desert Hot Springs, working in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, has undertaken initiatives to either destroy, remove or close buildings/structures which are a haven for gang-related activities. Enforcement has also included the arrests of key suspects who are responsible for destructive and unsightly graffiti.

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The 2012 Street Rehabilitation Project has completed miles and miles of street and public ways improvements. Over 5 million dollars has been spent and more has been allocated for these improvements. Also, approximately 5 million dollars will be allocated toward projects such as storm drainage and flood control improvements throughout the city.


City of Desert Hot Springs is actively involved with efforts to revitalize the downtown business corridor. The city’s goal is to attract new business and create a diverse blend in the business structure. The new Walmart shopping center, Dollar General store and the recent Rite-Aid store remodel are examples of the city’s economic development vision.


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Fall Modernism Tour “Docomomo,” no it’s not the word for “thank you” in some obscure Asian language, but unless you are an admirer of modern architecture, (think around the middle of the 20th Century), the word may just as well be. Actually, Docomomo is an anachronism for a Barcelona-based international group formed for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement. Those visitors and residents, who look beyond the golf courses and casinos of Palm Springs and surroundings, understand that the interest of Docomomo in Desert architecture is based on the fact that the Coachella Valley is literally home to a museumquality collection of modernism that could fill a coffee-table book. For the past seven years Palm Springs has presented Modernism Week in February as a multipleday event organized to showcase some of the local modernism treasures. However, with interest of Palm Springs’ Modernism Week becoming global, it attracted Docomomo, which now sponsors a Fall Modernism Tour and learning event that serves as a logical precursor to Modernism Week. This year Docomomo’s event was Oct. 6-8. Capping off the modernism experience were double-decker architectural bus



tours that depart from the Palm Springs Hilton Hotel. Some of the places visited on the $75 bus tour were houses once owned by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Cary Grant. In addition to the mobile tour, other Docomomo events included a cocktail party, awards preservation luncheon and free lectures. Who said the dry, hot desert climate wasn’t a preservative; you would be amazed. More information about February’s Modernism Week is available at

Palm Springs AIDS Walk and Pride Parade

will b e two sections of the Palm Springs AIDS Walk this year. Some Walkers may choose to complete only the first half of the Walk, while others may decide to complete in the second half; that’s when the Walk joins up with the 2012 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade. Registration for the Walk begins at 7:30 am in Nov. 4 at the Kaiser facility located at 1100 N. Palm Canyon, (corner of Tachevah), in Palm Springs. The actual Walk begins at 9

Twenty-five years ago, Anne and Kirk Douglas, along with former First Lady Betty Ford, chaired the very first Desert AIDS Walk. That year, 100,000 diagnoses of AIDS were reported. Today, about 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV; globally, the number is 34.2 million. So the walks go on. The first 24 Walks raised more than $6 million through the efforts of individual Walkers who obtained donation pledges from friends and families, in addition to significant sponsorships from community partnerships. Hopefully, the 2012 Palm Springs AIDS Walk will break all past records by raising more than $250,000 this year. To help reach this goal there

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Desert Society a.m., as participants head off toward the Pride By Frances Allen Parade staging area at Ramon and Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. The Gay Pride Parade starts at 10 a.m. For 28 years Desert AIDS Project has been serving people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management and social services, as well as free and confidential H I V te s t i n g at a number of locations throughout the This year, although they’ll Valley. deny it, their fight for recognition M o r e has left the producers of the i n f o r m a t i o n two biggest award productions about the Walk to trying to upstage the other in and Deser t announcement dates, with the AIDS Project Oscar nominees being announced is available at Jan. 10 and the Globes on Jan. 13. (760) 323-2118. Had things gone the way they did last year, the Academy would have Palm Springs International made its announcement one day Film Festival after the Foreign Press made theirs. It’s no secret, there has been All of this confusion and onea multi-year rivalry for attention upmanship has been watched with between the Academy of Motion some interest by the Palm Springs Picture Arts and Sciences, International Film Festival, as the presenters of the Oscars, and Film Festival’s red-carpet gala the Hollywood Foreign Press draws the attendance of motion Association, presenters of the picture A-Listers and has built up a Golden Globes. very impressive score for honoring them prior to their nomination by either of the two dominant Hollywood organizations. But Desert residents need not be concerned. The Film Festival gala has always preceded the announcement of Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. The fact that the Festival has been so accurate is due to the prescience and efforts of Film Festival board chairman, Harold Matzner, and executive Director, Darryl Macdonald. This won’t change. To see how well they have picked honorees this year, watch this column. The announcements of the Palm Springs International Film Festival award winners should be released over the next two months.

TravelSTAR Pope Blesses Harley-Davidson & DaVinci Does Las Vegas The Pope Bless Harley-Davidson Tanks

Who would have thought it? The Pope is a biker-dude. In Vatican City last week, Pope Benedict XVI, along with Willie G. Davidson, grandson of one of the founders of Harley-Davidson, along with Davidson’s son Bill, Vice President of the HarleyDavidson Museum in Milwaukee, launched the countdown to HarleyDavidson’s 110th Anniversary celebration in Rome, June 14-16, 2013, as they presented His Holiness two commemorative motorcycle gas tanks two be blessed. The tanks will be signed by Pope Benedict and the two Davidsons before they are mounted on two motorcycles. One motorcycle will return to the company’s hometown of Milwaukee and displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum, while the other will be auctioned, with proceeds to support the Good

Pope Benedict XVI Samaritan Foundation. Harley-Davidson is planning world-wide celebrations for its upcoming anniversary. In Rome, there will be a party in the Port of Ostia, a parade through the heart of Rome (and its horrendous traffic), two major music concerts at Rome’s Stadium Olimpico and a papal bike blessing in St. Peter’s Square. We don’t know if the wearing of biker ‘colors’ will be permitted and there is nothing to the rumor that the Pope will exchange the four wheels


of the Popemobile a ticket to get in; they’re for a helmeted ride available at the Venetian’s around Vatican City box office. on a two-wheeled Hog. THE GHOSTBAR For bikers Of course just because unable to celebrate Vegas moguls Sheldon Adelson and Steve Winn in Rome, the second of the two main display their artistic tastes Harley anniversary it doesn’t mean that their events will take colleagues around “The Strip” will follow. In fact, place Aug. 31-Sept. 2, By Sherman Fridman the Palms Casino Resort 2013, in Milwaukee. has brought back for a second Organized rides to the city are being leaving the unfinished “Horse and planned, along with a party on the Rider” to his star pupil, Francesco year, the Ghostbar Dayclub, billed shores of Lake Michigan as well as Melzi. It is believed that the piece as the first high-energy daytime a massive parade, activities at the remained with Melzi’s family in extravaganza in Las Vegas. Harley-Davidson Museum and Italy until the 1930s, when it was “Daytime” is the operative three major music concerts. taken to Switzerland for safekeeping word. The Ghostbar Dayclub begins So rev up the engines…and through World War II. at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, when guests have a blessed day. Today, the owner of the are encouraged to don playful original mold taken from the costumes while attacking piñatas Leonardo di Vinci at the model is Richard A. Lewis. He has filled with ‘adult-friendly’ toys Venetian commissioned limited edition casts and goodies, high-end beer bongs, Left with just the memory of of the sculpture in four different choreographed Go-Go dancers and Briton’s Prince Harry’s trip to Las finishes: Leonardo Classic, Classic themed costume parties, all backed Vegas, Sin City is reveling in the Bronze, Verde and Silver. These casts up with DJ-provided music. hundred of thousands of media are on display at the exhibition and The festivities take place in mentions and figuring ways to available for purchase at a price I am the chic and sophisticated indoorattract more visitors to what casino sure is negotiable. Only be prepared outdoor lounge and sky deck located moguls are trying to present to the to write a check with a lot of zeros; 55 floors above the Las Vegas Strip. rest of the world as a destination Lewis has made a commitment to And ladies, don’t worry about a resort that, oh-by-the-way, offers the local Salvation Army branch of dress code: it’s anything goes, the gambling as well. As can be a $1 million donation from sales of more outlandish the better. imagined, with billions of dollars “Horse and Rider.” However, as with the Venetian, at stake, no expense is being spared “Horse and Rider” will be on unless you’re known as a bigto capture our ‘Benjamins.’ display at the Venetian through spender, or a female Las VegasEven Leonardo da Vinci is now January 2013, and the exhibition resident, there is an admission fee part of the marketing of Las Vegas. is open daily to the public. Unless to be paid before you can go partyA new discovery from the hands of you’re a high-roller, you will need crazy. da Vinci, “Horse and Rider,” is on display to the public in, of all places Italian, the Venetian Resort-HotelCasino. Visitors to the exhibition titled “Da Vinci – The Genius,” now have the rare opportunity to see the mold and original bronze cast of the only known Leonardo d Vinci sculpture surviving today. Created more than 500 years ago from a block of solid beeswax, a mold was made from the delicate wax sculpture in order to preserve Leonardo’s work before the beeswax deteriorated; the mold was then cast in bronze. An early maquette for an apparently unfinished monument, “Horse and Rider” features a rider in full military regalia on horseback. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas


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STARCommunity Living Waters Spa Celebrates Life After Breast Cancer By Jackie Devereaux DESERT HOT SPRINGS, C A – To help bring more awareness and early detection to the issue of breast cancer, a local businesswoman offers discounts to her therapeutic and spa, along with a retrospective about her battle against the deadly disease. Judy Bowman, along with her husband Jeff, own the Living Waters Spa, along Mountain View Road in Desert Hot Springs notable for their iconic neon sign “Kismet,” which was recently restored to its original beauty. The Bowman’s want to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month by offering a 50 percent discount off all room rates for Breast Cancer survivors. All proceeds from spa services and massage treatments this month will go to Breast Cancer research. The couple invites the public to enjoy their pristine natural hot mineral spring waters, get a massage and support Breast Cancer research. Judy, who is a breast cancer survivor, shares her personal story: “In 1992 I heard the words most women dread, ‘I’m sorry, it is cancer.’” “Jeff and I were about to move 350 miles to a new job for him with our four children, ages eight to 15. We all made

Judy Bowman in 1992 appointments for routine physicals with our familiar doctors before the big move. At my exam I asked my physician whether or not I should get a mammogram; I was only 38. He hesitated but said okay. “Later on the afternoon of the test I received a call from the doctor, saying there was something on the film, and he had made an appointment for me to see a surgeon two days later. I naively was not worried, and continued working toward our move, which by now was only 10 days away. Jeff wisely suggested we stop packing until we saw the doctor. When we saw him he said he wanted to schedule a biopsy, which we were able to do that coming Monday. I was in recovery when I

heard those fateful words, ‘I’m sorry, it is cancer.’” “Those words caused our world to stop and we quickly became knowledgeable about the disease. My path became a mastectomy and ‘tram flap’ reconstruction a month later, followed by six months of chemotherapy. Jeff, my family and friends were wonderfully supportive. “Fast forward to the present time, and I can proudly say that I am a breast cancer survivor. I have been able to go along the journey with a number of friends and guests as they dealt with the disease. There’s something about the understanding you can only get from someone who has been there. “So in celebration, we would like to embrace other breast cancer survivors and offer them an amazing deal at our resort. If you are a survivor, we offer you a 50 percent discount on room rates during the month of October. Come and celebrate life with us.” Twenty years ago, Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer because of early detection. “Back in that time I was working in the computer industry and had really good health insurance,” said her husband Jeff. “Before our big

Jeff and Judy Bowman, owners of Living Waters Spa move we decided to use that insurance and get the kids and ourselves a full round of medical check-ups. After the kids were done, it was Judy’s turn and after a cursory exam where the doctor did a few pokes here and there, Judy had the wherewithal to ask if she could get a mammogram. “The doctor asked her how old she was, and she said ’38.’ The doctor said that they usually wait until age 40 but said okay. If he would have said ‘No’ Judy would have gone along with it. If we had waited…who knows,







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she might not be alive today,” he said. “When I hear that some people are saying women should wait until they’re 50 to have a mammogram is just crazy to me,” he added. “Woman shouldn’t wait.” You can reach the Bowman’s at the Living Waters Spa located at 13340 Mountain View Road two blocks south of Hacienda Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. Call 760-329-9988 or go to

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CommunitySTAR New Cinemania Events to Benefit the LGBT Center of the Desert By Jackie Devereaux PALM SPRINGS, CA – If you visit Snapshot Palm Springs on Friday, Oct. 12 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for a one night only screening of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” it surely won’t be a typical movie night. Cinemania, a monthly showing of classic films with a party atmosphere will benefit the LGBT Center of the Desert. Promoters are excited to present a new monthly happening in the Desert with the inaugural month’s movie showing a warm-up to the Halloween season. Patrons will enjoy a partially hosted

bar available the entire evening with $5 cocktails and soft drinks plus optional delicious boxed picnic meals from Cello’s Bistro’s new lunch venue “Cello’s Pantry.” It’s indoor “lawn” seating, so bring-yourown blanket or lawn chair. Snapshot’s 4,000 square foot facility located south of the Palm Springs International Airport, off Ramon and Douglas Way, is a print and commercial photography production site that offers use for specialty parties and events. This is the first of what promoters hope will be a series once a month, said Brian Vatcher promoter for Snapshot Palm Springs. “The idea is to do this

kind of thing once a month. The venue can hold up to 350 people and half those tickets have already been sold,” Vatcher said. This month’s movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” is just in time for Halloween and offers an optional sing-along. Promoters encourage a visit to their official costume source, Partylab, for all your Rocky Horror costume needs. If you’d rather not dress up and just be a spectator, that’s cool too. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 for a special social cocktail hour. Scantily clad models will sell raffle tickets for amazing prizes donated from local businesses

including Christopher Kennedy; Palm Springs Errands & More; Studio M Salon and Spa; Marc Russell Interiors; Contempo Lending; Ken Rambo Photography; Dr. Marc Eisman; Taylor Massage and Canyon Pacific Insurance Services. The film starts at 8 p.m. and at intermission there will be a costume contest for the best Rocky Horror-inspired costume with incredible prizes. After the movie, hang out for music, cocktails and more merriment to raise money for the LGBT Center of the Desert. Tickets are limited, so call 760383-1270 to RSVP or go online at

Center Kicks Off First Annual COD Latino Film Festival

PALM DESERT, CA—The Marks Art Center at College of the Desert (COD) will be hosting a film screening on Wednesday Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., to kick off the inaugural year of the COD Latino Film Festival. Scheduled in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the first screening addresses contemporary art in Latino culture. Director/producer Roberto Oregel and mural painter Eloy Torrez will be visiting from Los Angeles for a screening of the documentary Eloy Take Two, and Gronk’s Tormenta: A Method, with a Q&A afterward. The COD Latino Film Festival is a collaborative project, initiated by English instructor Jay Lewenstein and his COD Friends of the Earth group. This first screening is made possible by the support of COD’s Diversity Council and the

Office of Student Life. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be first-come, firstserved. This film screening will also be accompanied by refreshment sales to support the student clubs Ballet Folklorico, Latina Leadership Network, and

Cheech Marin, musician Doug Martinez (from the band 311) and others. Explore Eloy’s canvas, the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Oregel Productions/www. Roberto S. Oregel was born in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and grew up in East Los Angeles.

Film Screening, Q&A with Director and Mural Artist Alas Con Futuro. Eloy Ta k e Two chronicles the journey into the creative mind and work of Los Angeles artist, Eloy Torrez, famous for painting the celebrated mural of Anthony Quinn on the Victor Clothing Building. The documentary features comedy legend/art collector

He earned his B.A. from UC Berkeley and both his M.A. in Latin American Studies and his M.F.A. in Film Directing and Production from UCLA. Oregel is an independent filmmaker who has been writing, directing and producing documentary films for 15 years. He has produced and directed an

eclectic array of awardwinning short films that have earned him a following in both the art and film world. His works represent a variety of film genres, including experimental, narrative, and documentary and deal with a range of subjects, from the creative process to the issues that impact underrepresented communities. The themes of social justice and human relations run through his films. Information: Marks Art Center 760.776.7278 or artcenter.

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By Reno Fontana Forty-two year old Canadian, Marc Robinson, President and CEO of aFusion Realty is a man of great rarity. The business name he chose is one of the best I have ever seen. It’s memorable and unique.

It’s right up there with Google, ebay and Facebook. Here is the meaning of aFusion. The “a” stands for alpha and the first letter of the Greek alphabet. It means the first one; the beginning; the highest grade.

CEO Marc Robinson Real Estate Rock Star Look in the phone book for realtors, and “aFusion” is the top of the list. The meaning of fusion also means simply the ultimate power of the universe. Fusion is the process by which two or more atomic nuclei join together or “fuse” to form a single heavier nucleus that creates the same energy that powers the stars. When a customer comes to Robinson

to retain his services, he and the client become one and Robinson puts all his energy into their needs. When it comes to selling property, Robinson is an uber genius in the world of real estate. I don’t use that word lightly. He makes a smart phone look dumb. If he were alive today and looking for a home, Einstein would have chosen Robinson to find him a

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house. You can’t get any more genius than that. Urban legend has it that a glass factory specializing in fragile products couldn’t find a suitable location on safe and stable ground. Then they met Robinson. It’s rumored he sold a 50 acre parcel on top of the San Andreas Fault because Robinson convinced them the earthquakes would shake the ingredients better than their glass making machines thereby giving them a superior glass product. I first became aware of Robinson when I was having lunch one day and overheard a telephone conversation with someone he was speaking to on his cell. He can converse apparently on any topic. It seems the person he was talking with was looking for work in a highly specialized field. Robinson told the individual on the phone he just happened to have a friend with a biotechnology company that was looking for a molecular biologist to oversee bacterial cloning for gene expression studies. What? That was my first thought. I had no understanding of what he was talking about. But my second thought was that this guy was somebody I wanted to know. So, I introduced myself, and that’s when I learned of Robinson’s real estate savvy. Anybody can sell ice to an Eskimo. Robinson can sell them Jet Ski’s and bathing suits in the dead of winter. aFusion today is a premier full service real estate company. aFusion provides not only real estate listing and sales services, but also provides the escrow service, and if needed, loan services. Fully licensed in all these areas, aFusion makes the entire real estate process, from start to finish, seamless and professional. In addition to his sales staff, Robinson maintains an architect, a contractor and a surveyor in house. When time is of the essence, and a multi-

President and CEO Marc Robinson million dollar closing facing a deadline hinges on solving a last minute unexpected problem, Robinson is there. Think Superman rushing in to save Metropolis. In a crisis situation, you can count on Robinson to ride in with a white hat. The day I interviewed Robinson for this story at the aFusion headquarters in Palm Springs, I also met a couple of people who have known and conducted business with Robinson for almost two decades. Words like honest, trustworthy, caring, intelligent and witty were all adjectives used by his friends to describe Robinson. For qualified investors, Robinson will also assist oneon-one in explaining the complicated and confusing process of buying trustee and tax sale properties. World Series pitchers make strikeouts seem easy. Super Bowl quarterbacks throw winning pinpoint touchdown passes that appear effortless. Robinson can handle every conceivable real estate scenario that might come his way because like the pitcher and quarterback, Robinson is a professional at the top of his game. After tens of thousands of hours on the real estate front lines, in good years and in lean times, Robinson remains an indomitable force in his chosen profession. Just like Elvis was to music, Robinson is to the realty business a rock star. To contact Marc Robinson, call aFusion at 760-864-8555. To contact the author, email

50 PLUSSTAR Two Easy Ways To Accomplish Any Goal Now that I (possibly) have developed a simple and inexpensive way of staying alive for many hundreds of years, I am focusing on what I can do to become healthy, happy and prosperous during all those extra years. Frankly, since I am not yet entirely sure that my method for life extension really works (after all, I am only 84 healthy years-young right now and you have every reason to be skeptical of my claims), my major new goal is to become an expert on all the life extension research taking place throughout the world. That way if someone else comes up with a better and more certain method for achieving longevity, I will be among the first to know and can inform my friends too.

costs of operating such services. The beginnings of this web site will be up on the Internet this week as This brings me to the headline of this column. What can YOU learn about accomplishing your own goals from what I am presently doing to become an expert on life extension, web building, etc? The first thing I am going to do to accomplish my goals is build a team. I am certain I can find people interested in life extension to help me write a weekly Internet blog on the current research being done by life extension organizations and scientists. I am already asking some friends to build up an international list of such


By Art Kunkin - Mr Life Extension Then, to accomplish my goal of becoming an expert on life extension research, I have a second goal of building a free website that will uniquely report on all the life extension research being done by organizations and individual scientists world-wide. No one else seems to be performing this useful “umbrella” function. I have come to believe that such a comprehensive information site, including a free weekly blog to update the latest news about life extension research, should be of interest to many people. There may eventually even be a life extension discussion forum on this new website as well as classes on life extension methods accessible for a small additional membership fee of say $2 per month to cover the

scientists and organizations. Would you like to be my team member? Email me. Secondly, I am looking for and already finding experienced mentors in the areas of webmastering, website building, team building and membership programs for the Internet. In other words, I am not going to undertake as a single person the huge endeavor I have in mind. I am going to make it beneficial for others to participate with me in the various aspects of this project, both as team members and mentors. My point is this: If you want to learn something new, including even starting up a new money-making business, talk to possible mentors and find one. Find someone who is experienced in what you want

to do and also wants the great pleasure of teaching their skills and knowledge to a newbie. It’s fun and beneficial to be a mentor. Having a mentor is also one of the best ways for learning anything. How can you find a mentor? Ask your friends for recommendations. Look in your local phone book. Look on the Internet. Ask the businesses you buy from to give you recommendations. Call or write possible mentors and tell them what you would like. Ask for a meeting and ask what you could possibly do for them in exchange. Everyone needs help at one time or another and perhaps you will luck out. Go on the Internet and Google “Mentoring.” There are seemingly hundreds, possibly thousands of mentoring organizations there, often free. The federal government has mentoring services. Local chambers of commerce and other local business organizations offer free mentoring. I recently downloaded a 91 page free ebook, “Success In 10 Steps” from mentoringforfree. com, an organization that seems to offer free mentoring for multi-level marketers. I will be glad to forward you a free copy of this “Success In 10 Steps” if you email artkunkin@ Don’t be shy. Some people get a kick out of giving advice and mentoring. They are waiting for you to find them. If you lack the self-confidence to make calls about mentoring or team-building, email me at and I will email you during the month of October only the free ebook on self-hypnotism by Melvin Powers that I offered in this column last week. SelfHypnotism is a third useful tool for developing self-confidence, accomplishing your goals, creating new habits or ridding yourself of bad habits. I also invite you to attend

this Thursday’s class at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center

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where I will speak about accomplishing goals and mentoring, self-hypnotism, what you can do to achieve life extension, review the Fountain of Youth Rituals and deepen the meditation considered to be the highest system of development in Tibet. This class takes place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, 59700 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, California. There will be a sign on the bulletin board giving directions to the Meditation Building where this class is held. Art Kunkin is the 84year young journalist who founded the alternative weekly newspaper, the Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 and

later became president of the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles after the passing of PRS founder Manly Palmer Hall. A free download of a magazine cover story interview with Art about his research into stopping aging is now available at Art’s eBook, “Life Extension Alchemy: The Secret of Immortality Finally Revealed,” is also available at a reduced sale price of $9 at that website. Art is planning a Free Press Reunion in January 2013 and would like former Free press readers, staff and all others interested in the American counter-culture and life extension to contact him by email at Copyright 2012 by Art Kunkin, all rights reserved.



STARCalendar HISTORICAL SOCIETY SOUP SUPPER Desert Hot Springs – The Historical Society Soup Supper will be held on Thursday Oct.25 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Miracle Springs Resort located at 10625 Palm Drive. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non members. The charge covers a buffet which will include soup, salad, bread and desserts. Owners and renovators of the Hotel Lautner, Tracy Beckman and Ryan Townbridge, will present a program on their four year renovation of John Lautner’s mid-century hotel. Hotel Lauther is located at 67710 San Antonio St. in DHS.

HEALTHY MAKEOVER WORKSHOP Desert Hot Springs – Discover the healing properties of optimized water, air, sleep and light. Learn the health benefits of drinking alkaline water. Hear about natural solutions for osteoporosis, back pain, arthritis, fatigue and more on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Dog Spa Resort located at 67840 Hacienda Ave. from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Dr. Paula Terifaj, DVM has a medical background spanning 25 years in practice as a holistic veterinarian. Dr. Terifaj believes good health is a personal choice, determined by lifestyle. Her inspirational approach to wellness will change what you think about health and your life. For more information, call 760335-3090.

PALM SPRINGS TRAM ROAD CHALLENGE Desert Hot Springs – Training for the Tram Road Challenge is here. Come out and join your neighbors through Oct. 20. Session seven will be Oct. 13 at 7 a.m. at the Old Town La Quinta, Embassy Suites. The last train-

ing session will be Oct. 20 at 7 a.m. at the Palm Desert Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on El Paseo with actor David Naughton.


DOMINIC BALLI Cathedral City – Come to the The Bridge at Calvary Chapel on 32611 Date Palm Drive, Saturday Nov. 3 for the music of Dominic Balli and the American Dream starting at 7:30 p.m. Kids under five free and a small cover charge for adults.

CAT CITY STREET FESTIVAL Cathedral City - The Perez Road Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free street festival featuring more than100 vendors including many local businesses and organizations including the Then and Now Auto Showcases, pet paradise area including pet adoptions and live entertainment at the main stage all day. A beer garden, family fun zone and a dance floor for cha cha, conga, and twist contests includingcharity drawings for great prizes. The event benefits Save-A-Pet, Animal Samaritans and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Parties interested in vending opportunities must apply by Oct. 30. For registration information visit PerezRoad. com or call Astonish Events 760-406-1414.

DINNER IN THE CANYONS Palm Springs - On Saturday, Oct. 13, the 2012 Dinner in the Canyons will take place in the magnificent palm oasis of Andreas Canyon – an ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Proceeds from this public event help fund Museum exhibitions, educational programs and cultural festivals. Tickets are available now by calling 760-833-8174.

VINTAGE TIGER SQUADRON Palm Springs - Five Vintage Tiger Squadron Fighter Aircraft will land at the Palm Springs Air Museum Friday, Oct. 12 before departing at 5:40 p.m. to do a brief flight over downtown Palm Springs and the AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots’ Association) show. Three of the planes will depart for home after the Fly-Over.


OPEN MIC Palm Springs - Les Michaels and Joel Baker host the Cabaret Open Mic nights every Wednesday night at the Rock Garden Bar and Eatery starting at 7:30 – 10 p.m. Cabaret Open Mic offers a variety of music genres from Broadway, Jazz, Opera, Country and The Great American Songbook. An average night draws 10 to 20 singers, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Joel Baker accompanies on piano. Sign up is 7 p.m.


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Palm Springs – The 13th Annual Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs Garden Party will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3 - 6 p.m., at HRC Federal Club member’s Eric Ellen Bogen’s ‘Abernathy House.’ Tickets are $50 for Federal Club members and $75 for nonmembers, which includes hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar. To purchase tickets, go to www. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. For information contact Raymond Manci at 760-864-1494.

5k-10k RUN/WALK Palm Springs - A non-profit club for lesbians, gay men, their families and friends, Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers is hosting a 10K Run, 5K Run, and 5K Walk on Saturday. Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. The course is flat and fast. Raffle prizes and refreshments served after the race. Race day registration starts at 6 a.m. at the Palm Springs High School athletic stadium located on Baristo Road and Farrell Way. Online registration at www.

Morongo Valley - On Saturday, Oct. 13 from noon to 3 p.m., Dr. Edward Bryan along with other Vietnam Veterans will gather at Willy Boys Saloon to discuss their experiences with the military, the Veteran’s Administration and the V.F.W. The first 50 Vietnam vets who respond and reserve a seat will get a free lunch. This event is not affiliated with the V.A or the V.F. W. This event is produced by George Pepper , a Vietnam

Compiled By Jorge Romero III and information and mail-in registration at www. $25 entry for 5K Run and 5K Walk, $30 entry for 10K Run. Discounted entry is available for students and current members of Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers. Contact Phil Catalli or Lee Walton at 760-320-7858.




Palm Desert - Several notable musicians and local artist Steve Hill will come together on Oct. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. for an evening under the stars for the 1st Annual Festival of Arts fundraiser for Christopher’s Clubhouse being held at the Bermuda Dunes home of Robert and Teena Enriquez. There is no charge to attend the event; however, donations will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the programs of Christopher’s Clubhouse that teach children and families how to be safe in all aspects of their lives and prevent crimes against them. For address and directions to the event, send an email to or call 760-989-2182.

FREE NATURE WALKS La Quinta - The City of La Quinta and the Stewards of the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve offer this free program to anyone interested in learning about the Preserve. Walks begin at the shade shelter on the Bear Creek Nature Trail at the corner of Calle Ensenada and Avenida Montezuma in the La Quinta Cove. Adult Walk Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m.

ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR La Quinta - Desert Regional Medical Center will be providing free flu immunizations for seniors. No appointments necessary. Various information

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booths and free health screenings will be available. For more information call (760) 564-0096. Immunizations will be given at the La Quinta Senior Center Thursday, Oct 25 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

LA QUINTA COMMUNITY FITNESS CENTER La Quinta - Join the Fitness Center today for only $50 per year. As a member you gain access to Qualified Personal Training Staff, Top of the Line equipment and great fitness programs. Open Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. Call 760 564-9921 for information.

Veteran from the Army I-Corps. For more information, call 760363-3343. Willie Boys is located at 50048 Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley.


WINE TASTING TO BENEFIT ROSIE’S KIDS Indio - Rosie’s Kids is hosting its 2nd annual wine and cheese tasting fundraiser in the 12th Floor Wine Bar at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. This year participants will be treated to the music of 14-year-old jazz saxophonist, Christopher Astoquillca who plays multiple instruments including piano, guitar, flute, percussion and clarinet but will be showcasing his skills on the sax. Astoquillca already builds arrangements for big band artists and is now starting to build his own musical compositions as well. Rosie’s Kids strives to help offset the high cost of supplies needed to participate in extracurricular activities for children throughout the Coachella Valley, and helps them to become wellrounded

Morongo Valley – World famous magician Jordon Hahn will appear at Willie Boys Saloon on Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. to help abused women and children and the Unity Home of Joshua Tree. This is a familyfriendly show. All donations will benefit the Unity Home. This event is produced by George Pepper. Call 760363-3343 for more information. Willie Boys is located at 50048 Twentynine Palms Highway in Morongo Valley.

HALF OFF DISCOUNTS FOR YOGA RETREAT Joshua Tree – From Oct. 12- 14 the Joshua Tree Retreat Center will woo you with pleasant October temperatures and exquisite night skies where you can renew your spirit with yoga, hiking, refreshing pools, spacious Jacuzzis and gourmet vegetarian meals. The retreat costs $325 and includes two accommodations, five yoga classes and evening savasanas. Bring a friend and get a second ticket at half price. All levels of participants welcome. Contact Rebecca for more info and registration at 805 234 7684.

Palate PleasersSTAR Ivan Flowers... Where The Chef’s Eat By Jackie Devereaux LAQUINTA , CA – Executive Chef Ivan Flowers moved from Sedona, Arizona last July bringing his awardwinning culinary talents to the Arnold Palmer restaurant in La Quinta. Chef Flowers gave the Desert Star an exclusive interview sharing his personal thoughts about the Desert community and on the culinary world here. “Sedona is a very small town, so there aren’t many dining options. I was excited to move to this area with so many restaurants. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, so I love Italian. I am also a big fan of sushi, Asian cuisine and Mexican. As you can see, there isn’t much I don’t like. “I am a chef. I love to eat, but my absolute favorite food is authentic New York style pizza. I grew up getting four slices of cheese and a coke for a $1.00. I would fold the slice and the olive oil would run to the tip of the slice. There is

nothing like a perfect slice of NY style pizza.” I asked if being such an accomplished chef made him critical of other’s when he goes out to eat? “Absolutely not! I believe cooking for people is an act of love and an extension of the heart. I am always grateful when somebody cooks for me. Dining out is my entertainment. However, I have eaten out just a couple of times since moving here. I have been working long hours at the restaurant getting the new menu out and training the kitchen staff has consumed much of my time.” I asked when he does dine out where does he and his family go? “My wife and I went to California Pizza Kitchen on El Paseo recently. We were very excited to go. Although it is a chain, they have a wide variety of food and they do it well. Remember, we lived in Sedona, so the closest California Pizza Kitchen was

Chef Ivan Flowers of Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant in La Quinta 2 ½ hours away!” “My wife and I started with a couple of items to share. We had the Asparagus and Arugula Salad. It had perfectly cooked asparagus, arugula, sun dried tomatoes, toasted almonds and shaved parmesan. It was topped with a lemon dressing. We both really liked this dish. It is a good example of keeping it simple and letting the food speak for itself. The saltiness of the Parmesan worked perfectly with the peppery arugula. The acidity in the lemon dressing brightened the entire dish and made it pop. Next time I will get an extra wedge of lemon and squeeze it on top of this salad, just to gild the lily. “We then shared the Mediterranean Tortilla Spring Rolls. Like a good veggie quesadilla with an Italian twist. They were oozing with mozzarella and stuffed with mushrooms, eggplant, sun dried tomatoes and caramelized onion. The eggplant was perfectly cooked

and not at all bitter. The caramelized onions added a jammy sweetness that cut through the richness of the cheese. They are served with a wonderful smoky marinara sauce. I really enjoyed both starters and would order them again. “For our entrees we both had salads. I had the Caramelized Peach salad with grilled chicken. It came with a

slightly sweet white balsamic dressing. The salad had peaches, dried cranberries, red onion, toasted pecans and gorgonzola. The salad was a nice balance of sweet, salty and creamy. The gorgonzola worked perfectly with the sweetness of the peaches. I also enjoyed the mouth feel of this salad: crunchy, soft, creamy and crisp. “My wife had the Warm

Veggie salad. It came with artichoke hearts, asparagus, eggplant, red and yellow peppers, corn, sun dried tomatoes and avocado. It is served with a Dijon balsamic dressing. Of course I HAD to have a bite (or two). The warm vegetables against the cold lettuce were very nice. I really liked the addition of the avocado. It added richness to the salad. The Dijon balsamic dressing was a balance of salty and sweet. What no dessert? “No. Not this time, but I was thinking about their Red Velvet cake. I am a sucker for a good cream cheese frosting.” Where do you think you will eat next? “I am looking at some Italian restaurants and really craving a good eggplant Parmesan. Also, I’m still looking for authentic New York style pizza in the area. If anybody has a suggestion, please let me know.”

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STARCommunity Food Now Donor Party Honors

Rick and Joyce Daniels Story and Photos by Bruce Montgomery DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Food Now held their 2012 Celebration of Donors party at Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa on Thursday night, Oct. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Channel 2 meteorologist Patrick Evans. City Manager Rick Daniels and his wife Joyce were special honorees. About 150 people turned out for the $150 per plate dinner to show their respect and appreciation to the

making our city a better place to live. Co-chairs for the event were Food Now Executive Director John Brown with Michael O-Keefe and Davie Peet. Singing chef Barry Minniefield provided delicious hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Bar One provided the bar. All proceeds went to benefit Food Now. Food Now is located at 14080 Palm Drive, Suite E. in Desert Hot Springs, CA. They distribute nutritionally balanced bags of food at no cost to more than 550 families

Mayor Yvonne Parks Daniels for their commitment to the Food Now Program and their service and leadership in

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Story and Photos by Pat Krause The Blessing of the Animals was held at two locations on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the afternoon. One was held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert and the other was held at St. Francis Catholic Church in La Quinta. The blessings were free to all animals. Dogs and a few cats received these blessing first as a group and then each animal was blessed individually.

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event. Blessing of the Animals is usually held around St. Francis of Assisi Day who is the Patron Saint of all Animals. We are caretakers of all Gods creatures and this blessing celebrates that faith.


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STARSilver Screen ‘Dark Shadows’

Arrives on DVD-Just in Time for Halloween! On Oct. 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released “Dark Shadows,” just in time for Halloween viewing and enjoyment. Yes, October is a month to release vampires, werewolves and all sorts of dark, shadowy creature with stories that will hopefully scare the daylights out of you.

a coffin since 1772, but is released in 1972 when a crew of workers unearth his casket and open it. This turns out to be a big mistake on their part. To his great surprise Barnabas discovers that the flourishing fishing business of his father, dating back to the 1700s, is nearly ruined and

Pfeiffer), is the one relative he feels he can trust with his dark secret past, but it turns out his dysfunctional family members have dark secrets of their own. The screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith is based on the hit black and white television series, “Dark

from the TV cast make a cameo appearance in the film as guests who come to the refurbished Collins mansion for an elaborate ball. They are dressed in party clothes and come to the front door. They are also seen on the dance floor. Their on-screen-tribute is brief, so be prepared.

“Dark Shadows,” directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire awakened from several centuries of cursed slumber. He lay buried in

his descendents are a sorry lot with a live-in-shrink (Helena Bonham Carter) on hand to try and keep them centered. The family matriarch, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michele

Shadows,” created by Dan Curtis. I personally never saw the series, but fans of the original should keep their eyes open because the original Barnabas Collins and others

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By Theda Kleinhaus Reichman named Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), the macabre storyline is also quite amusing. Much of the humor derives from the contrast in time. Everything was prim and proper when Barnabas was buried alive in 1772, but now that he’s back among the living he discovers life in 1972 is totally different from the world he once knew. He’s also distressed to see that his grand estate has fallen into ruin and his current family is a mess. Being an honorable fellow, even though he is a vampire, Barnabas is determined to revitalize his family and their mansion to their past glory days. Unfortunately Barnabas is still haunted by the reincarnation of his former jilted lover, Angelique, who is now Collinsport’s leading citizen. In her current existence she is known as Angie and she bears a striking resemblance to his old nemesis. It seems that no one really dies, they just return century after century in a new body, but to Angie’s surprise she still has the hots for the newly resurrected Barnabas.

In one love scene, as she tries to win him back in this life, they literally bounce off the walls. The tryst is more comical than sexy and there are complications. It turns out Barnabas doesn’t want to rekindle his past lust for Angie because young David Collins’ new nanny, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote) is mysteriously, the mirror image of Barnabas’ one true love, Josette. Uh, oh! The “Dark Shadows” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains many special features with nine behind-the film Focus Points. They range from “Becoming Barnabas” as Johnny Depp talks about transforming himself into this infamous, undead cult character to a segment entitled “Vampires, Witches and Werewolves, Oh My!” which uncovers the method behind Tim Burton’s madness as he twists and tweaks his favorite classic movie monsters for the gothic universe of “Dark Shadows” Another fun feature is “Reliving A Decade.” It examines the 1970s from groovy bell bottoms to classic rock & roll as Barnabas finds himself in a new century so


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EntertainmentSTAR Rock Greats Return With Rousing Studio Efforts Guitarist Craig Chaquico, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Heart and the late keyboardist Jon Lord are all the focus of new collections celebrating their original material.


Worth Buying By Robert Kinsler Artist: Craig Chaquico Title: Fire Red Moon (Blind Pig Records) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Robert Cray, Steve Miller Band.

Tell me more: Blending rock, blues and jazz comes easy for Craig Chaquico, the gifted musician who first gained fame as lead guitarist and songwriter with Jefferson Starship before forging an equally-successful career as a smooth jazz solo artist. On his first-ever blues album “Fire Red Moon” (set for release on Oct. 16, 2012), Chaquico has been able to come full circle and revisit his blues-rock roots. With every track showcasing Chaquico’s virtuoso skills on the fretboard, his approach is broadened as he is joined by lead singer Noah Hunt (lead singer of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) on the stirring original blues tune (“Lie To Me”), as well as lead singer Eric E. Golbach on the poignant blues-rocker “Bad Woman.” Elsewhere Chaquico honors

impacted the entire family.

Artist: Jon Lord Title: Concerto for Group and Orchestra (Eagle Rock Entertainment) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Deep Purple, Yes, Whitesnake. Tell me more: Deep Purple fans around the globe

heroes like Albert King on an instrumental version of “Born Under a Bad Sign” and the legendary Robert Johnson with a fiery take on “Crossroads.”

Artist: Heart Title: Fanatic (Legacy) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Heart’s classic 1970s albums, Led Zeppelin. Tell me more: If there is any justice in the rock ‘n’ roll universe, Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart has followed up the June 2012 release of the five-disc retrospective “Strange Euphoria” with the sterling new studio album “Fanatic.” From the prog rock-tinged “Million Miles” to the sparse blue-rocker “Skin and Bones” and the Led Zeppelin-flavored “Mashallah,” Heart picks up right where the band left off with the excellent 2010 effort “Red Velvet Car.” The real gem on the set is the mighty “Dear Old America,” chronicling the Wilsons’ father who served in World War II and Korea, and whose struggles

Jason Bonham are still mourning the loss of keyboardist-composer Jon Lord, who died on July 16, 2012 at age 71. One of Lord’s greatest works has now been released via its first-ever studio recording serving as a permanent tribute to the Leicester, England native. Many well-known rock artists have attempted to compose neo-classical work, but few have succeeded like Lord as displayed across the magnificent “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” first performed with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969. Fast forward more than four decades and the concerto – broken into three distinct movements – was recorded in-studio featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann with an outstanding rock cast including Lord (organ), as well as guitar heroes Joe Bonamassa, Steve Morse and Darin Vasilev. Blending progressive rock, baroque and classical music, heavy metal and even church music, Lord was able to hear and approve the final mixes on the album several weeks before he died.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience On Stage At Fantasy Springs INDIO, CA – Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will celebrate the life and music of his father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham at a limited engagement of concert dates launched in North America this fall, including a Saturday, Oct. 13 performance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The event commemorates the 30th anniversary of his father’s passing in true epic fashion. Jason Bonham has partnered with Annerin Productions--the critically acclaimed producers of “The Pink Floyd Experience” and “Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles” to create a stunning multimedia concert experience. As Bonham and his band rock through Led Zeppelin’s hallowed catalog, a state-of-theart sound system and light show enhance the live performance onstage. Giant screens display futuristic art and mood-setting historical video footage and photos. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience features Bonham on drums, Tony Catania on guitar and theremin, Stephen Leblanc on keyboards/pedal-steel guitars, Dorian

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Heartsong (in for Michael Devin) on bass and James Dylan on lead vocals. The band’s powerful live performance of Led Zeppelin’s classics takes concert-goers through a mesmerizing visual and aural journey as giant backdrops display iconic art and Bonham’s own historical video footage and photos give the show an intimate feel. Show highlights include a heartfelt duet with Jason performing all the iconic songs from the Led Zeppelin songbook. Tickets for the 8 p.m. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience are $59, $39, $29 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone (800) 827-2946 or online at www.



STAREntertainment Barbie™ Photography Show Opens Oct. 20 PALM SPRINGS - Savage Gallery, 870 Research Drive, Palm Springs, is pleased to announce a special photography exhibition, Barbie™ Does Palm Springs, the work of Palm Springs photographer Steven Henke. Running from Oct. 20 to 31, the show features 40 limitededition prints of Barbie® (and Ken®) dolls at Palm Springs locations. Barbie™ Does Palm Springs will open with an Opening Night Reception on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7-10 p.m., where 100 percent of all proceeds will go to benefit The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. The public is cordially invited to attend. Steven Henke’s story proves ‘it does get better.’ “I was working on a collection of Barbie photographs at well known Palm Springs locations when I was reminded that

when I was young, people made fun of me by calling me ‘Barbie Boy,’” said Steven. Henke’s career took him around the world and by the age of 40, he was working for a company where he not only was getting paid to play with Barbie — but was once again being called Barbie Boy — this time as a compliment by the team at Mattel. “When people look at my work, I hope they feel happy and optimistic because no matter what’s happening, ‘it does get better.’” By choosing The Center as the beneficiary of the exhibition, Henke is excited to be able to give back to the community. “As the beneficiary of Barbie™ Does Palm Springs, we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said John O’Connor, Executive Director of The Center.

Barbie™ Does Palm Springs will also hold an online auction at leading online charity auction site, beginning on Oct. 10 and running

edition photographs by Henke featuring PS...I Love You Barbie® and Ken® at iconic Palm Springs settings. To place bids on any of these items or for more information

through the show on Oct. 31. The auction will feature several one-of-a-kind items, including the “PS...I Love You Barbie® and Ken®” Dolls, designed and donated by Palm Spring resident and Mattel Designer Jim Holmes, especially for this show, along with three single-

about the auction, go to BarbieDoesPalmSprings. For further information about the show, go to www. About The Center: The mission of The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is to enrich the lives

of the LGBT community. A thriving, communitybased organization, the Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy health, wellness, educational and social programs, where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.  The Center advances its mission through senior programming, a clinical counseling and internship program, a weekly food bank, youth suicide prevention and support, extensive social and recreational offerings, a David Bohnett cyber center, a growing volunteer program and periodic special events in the community. For more information, go to www., email info@, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.

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The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and unlike many other museums, our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. In addition to our aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II — the unparalleled event that shaped the world we live in. Our extensive library and our crew of trained volunteers can provide you details on the aircraft and a sense of the experience of flying them. Additionally, a number of aircraft are open for tours every day. Children of all ages are entranced by the big planes and entertained with related activities, from our kid-sized control tower to flying our simulators. And we’re pet friendly to friendly pets.

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STARBody, Mind & Spirit Week of Oct. 11 - 17 Sun In Libra:

Most Affected is Libra and All Air Signs: The month will begin in the sign of Libra, for Vedic Astrology, the sign of Virgo. For Libra: All Venusian themes such as beauty, love, stability, loyalty or disloyalty, romance and patience will rule supreme until Oct. 22. A more heightened awareness of the social atmosphere, social grace of one’s self or of others and decisiveness. The best side of Libra is seen in their polite manner, their ability to charm and their desire for justice to the underdog. The key is to know how to work on the delicate balances in Life, when to behave with diplomacy, to display empathy and tolerance and, when to let go by leaving justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Celebrate this month with respect, action towards the ethers or the air around you, air within you; experience the transformational power of Pramayama, (breath control, breath techniques) found in Yoga. Best Sacred Geometry: Octahedron (Air). Best Yantra: The colors Orange.

Oct. 15 New Moon in Libra:

Most Affected are Libra and All Air Signs. For Libra: The New Moon in your sign happens only once this year, setting the atmosphere for the next 12 months. This is a good time for you to meditate on what you desire to have come into your Life. New opportunities arrive just in time, so be ready. Expansion and luck come from learning higher consciousness. Depending on where you place your focus, there is where the success ratio begins. Begin with your heart’s intention. For All Signs: Initiation of the new in matters relating to yourself or to relationships, we suggest a review and make necessary changes in your


relationships that relate to both personal and business. The key is found in both goals and in the associations, “What can you do to bring more beauty, balance and harmony into your Life and into the world?” – Rumi. In your meditations, ask for what you need and not for what you want. Best Mantras: VAM and HA, HAR, HAREE Best Color: Coral.

On-Going Astrological Affects: Venus In Virgo Most affected are Virgo and all Earth Signs. (This includes Libra and Taurus as the planet Venus is their ruling sign) This transit began on Oct. 3 and will continue until Oct. 28. For Virgo: The planet of Love and beauty is in your sign; you may now enjoy your new popularity and the good possibility of romantic interests. If you are already involved, this can be a very romantic or creative time for you, one of the best times of the year for your love Life. However, when Venus is in any sign of the Zodiac, the senses are heightened as well. Exercise and refresh yourself: Go for a hike with a friend or your lover, have a picnic on the earth under a tree. The signs of Libra and Taurus may figure more prominently. For Taurus: With Venus in fellow Earth sign, this should be an easy-going month of pleasure, fun and romance. This is also a good month to work on improvements to your personal relationships and health. For Libra: A month where the action is in the gym, at a health seminar or holding your own outside. The end of the month brings a positive turning point for your beauty, health and personal relationships. For All Signs: Take a moment to be with the Earth as the fall season is here. The beauty of the season is always there, no matter where you live. Enjoy the senses of it all: Sight, Sound, Taste and Touch. Occupy




By Ren Yogamaya, M.A. E-RYT 500 the mind of your heart.

Mercury In Scorpio Most Affected are Scorpio, Gemini and Virgo. This transit began on Oct. 5 and will continue until Oct. 29. For Scorpio: With the planet of communications and electrical impulses in your sign, you may feel a surge of energy moving easily, supporting your communications, travel and gadgetry. The sign of Gemini or Virgo may figure more prominently. Words are just words without depth or positive intention behind them. Choose your words carefully to help promote your intention with clarity. Mercury assists to deepen your intuition. For Gemini: This transit can affect your career or business matters. Check yourself; refrain from putting out too much energy, information, less is more. For Virgo: With Saturn now in Scorpio, your thoughts, communications could have a tinge of intensity, doubt, paranoia or fear. If selfrealization leads to liberation, do what’s best to release yourself or better yet, try not to birth negative thoughts. For All Signs: What appears on the outside, what words or photos say may not be the entire story. You may have had insightful views before the mudslide came down. Don’t deny your feelings; don’t overwhelm others with your feelings.

Mars In Sagittarius Most Affected are Aries, Sagittarius and Libra. This transit began on Oct. 6 will continue until Nov. 16. For Sagittarius: Mars

continues in your sign infusing more energy into your Life. If you’re not the physical type, you may suddenly feel like joining a gym or start walking on breaks or after work. Or if you are athletic, you may go to the next level. Your sexual drive and physical stamina will be heightened and getting answers may come faster. The sign of Aries may figure more prominently. The worst: You may find that you need to practice more patience. Use or consider Yoga techniques that bring calm and clarity. The Best: With positive intention, you’ll be too busy to worry about the mundane. Focus on the big picture. For Aries: You libido rises. Be careful not to rush, trip over your tongue or step on toes. Instead, consider a short journey and explore. For Libra: You may feel at odds with people born under Fire signs, as they may seem pushy or impatient. Be supportive; don’t judge them as this to shall pass. For All Signs: Wanting to know about the future is fine, just pull back on rushing into the manner on how you go about it. We may also feel the urge to explore or learn the unfamiliar. Take a breath before you begin; choose your steps carefully.

Ren Yogamaya is a Yoga teacher registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, a writer, the published author of EAT BY COLOR: Foods, Colors and The Chakras, a syndicated columnist and she is a natural channel for Universal Light. She offers solutions, she teaches at Dancing Shiva Yoga in L.A. and can be reached at www. and on Facebook: Ren Rasa Yogamaya

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Earth and Sky Yoga Workshop Oct. 18 at Urban Yoga

PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Urban Yoga Center is pleased to welcome Saul David Raye for an evening of Yoga and Kirtan music on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. All levels of yoga will be taught from 5 – 7 p.m.,with refreshments and a raffle prizes. From 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cosmic Kirtan will be available. Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Raye’s teaching draws on the depth of the Yoga tradition, Bhakti, Tantra and all forms of universal light, love and wisdom. The depth of Raye’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth. A pioneering and inspiring presence in Yoga’s evolution in the west, Raye holds certifications in Yoga, bodywork and energy healing, is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants. He has been on the faculty of International conferences and festivals for years, has taught regularly at Esalen Institute. Raye shares this work through teacher trainings, workshops, classes, sacred journey’s to ancient power sites and music. Saul David Raye & the Manly Band (David Watts, Jim Beckwith and Clay Campbell) will perform at Urban Yoga for the Earth and Sky Workshop. For more information, please visit Tickets cost $30 for the Yoga class, $20 for the Kirtan Music event, and $40 for both. Purchase tickets at www. or call 760-3207702. Urban Yoga Center is located at 458 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Yoga class

Featured Artist at Joshua Tree Roots Festival - Howlin’ Rain JOSHUA TREE, CA Howlin’ Rain headlines the 7th Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Unapologetically influenced by the strong but easygoing grooves of West Coast ‘70s rock, Howlin Rain represented something of a change of pace for guitarist and singer Ethan Miller, who previously fronted the psychedelic noise rock ensemble Comets on Fire. After the recording of Comets on Fire’s final album, Avatar, in 2006, Miller was eager to explore the more melodic direction the group began pursuing, and with bassist Ian Gradek (who has known Miller since high school) and drummer John Moloney (a member of the

like-minded band Sunburned Hand of the Man), he formed a new band, Howlin Rain, and began work on their first album. The independent Birdman Records signed Howlin Rain and released their self-titled debut in 2006, while the band hit the road as an opening act for Queens of the Stone Age, with guitarist Mike Jackson beefing their lineup on-stage. After touring behind the group’s album, Moloney returned to Sunburned Hand of the Man, and while writing material for the second Howlin Rain album, Miller assembled a new version of the band. Jackson joined Miller and Gradek as a full-time member, alongside new recruits Joel Robinow (ex-Drunk Horse)

on keyboards, horns, guitar, and backing vocals; Eli Eckert (also of Drunk Horse) on guitar and bass, and Garrett Goddard (of Cuts and Colossal Yes) on drums. Rick Ruben, a noted fan of classic ‘70s rock, was impressed with the material for Howlin Rain’s second album and 2008’s Magnificent Fiend was jointly released by Birdman and Ruben’s American Recordings imprint. The band released the digital-only “12” and “The Good Life” in 2010, followed by a limited vinyl release the following year. Also in 2010 Belle & Sebastian selected them to perform at the second Bowlie Weekender in the U.K. (produced and presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties). Howlin Rain subsequently

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Howlin’ Rain at Joshua Tree Roots Festival and released by American Recordings/Birdman in early 2012.

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etc...STAR Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr. for Planning Commission PA L M D E S E R T – Supervisor John J. Benoit announced the selection of Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr., 38, a retail development manager and Coachella Planning Commissioner, as his appointee to the Riverside County Planning Commission last week. “ P l a n n i n g commissioners have the crucial role of carefully considering projects in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County and evaluating how they fit into the current and long term direction of the county,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Mr. Sanchez brings valuable career experience and service as a planning commissioner to this demanding position.” Sanchez is a principal at CSG Retail Management in Indio, managing the daily operations of retail shopping centers. He has extensive experience as a

planning commissioner with six years on the City of Coachella Planning Commission, including three years as chairman, elected by his fellow commissioners. He has also been a project manager for commercial developments. A longtime Coachella Valley resident, Sanchez was born in Indio, graduated from Coachella Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business a d m i n i s t ra t i o n f ro m California State University Long Beach. He resides in Indio with his wife of 12 years, Myra, and two daughters. “The Planning Commission is considered among the most significant county appointments, especially for planning the county’s future growth,” Benoit said. “The Coachella Valley will likely be a main focus of developers when

will succeed the late Commissioner Jim Porras (who provided 17 years of service) and will resign from the City of Coachella Planning Commission. T h e f ive - m e m b e r commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on land-use cases requiring general plan amendments, rezoning of land and special land use permits, including Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr. conditional use permits, specific plans, specific plan the economy improves. Bill’s amendments and associated comprehensive knowledge of environmental documents. the eastern Coachella Valley In addition, the commission will be extremely useful to makes recommendations on good decision-making.” subdivision requests Supervisor Benoit will present his recommendation at the Oct. 16 Board of Supervisors meeting. Sanchez’s appointment is subject to the approval of a majority of the board. If appointed, Sanchez

R. Hero Dedication Story and Photos by Pat Krause “R. HERO” artwork was dedicated to the city of Palm Desert in front of the Historical Society of Palm Desert located at 72-861 El Paseo in Palm Desert. The sculpture is of a large metal purple dog designed by Karen and Tony Barone and stands in the median on El Paseo. The dedication was held in front of the Historical Center with refreshments for the many guests attending. The guests were welcomed by Mayor Robert A. Spiegel. Kim Snyder, Chair of Art in Public Places Commission introduced the Artists, Karen and Tony Barone. The Barone’s spoke of their love of art


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and thanked all those responsible for getting this piece of artwork into the city. The artwork is paid for by donations from the private sector and gifted to the cities. Donors for this artwork included Jo Ann and Alan Horwitz, Esq., Contour Dermatology and Orbit In Hotel, Palm Springs. Tours of the Historical Center followed the ceremony and the Old Firetruck , a part of the Historical Center, was parked in the driveway of the center. Other similar artwork designed by the Barones will be dedicated later in another part of the Valley.

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Planning Department, Joe Forgiarini. “There is no proposal being considered at this time regarding a Sun line Shuttle from Desert Hot Springs directly to the College of the Desert campus.” When asked who could make such a proposal, Forgiarini said that basically anybody could write to the Sun line Transit Customer Service department and make the proposal. Sun line Transit would then study and assess the situation with a number of factors in consideration, and render a decision.

DHS students could also petition Sun line through their official College of the Desert area Trustee, Chuck Hayden, to propose that the shuttle be again considered. Jennifer Braun, volunteer Ambassador of the Desert Hot Springs Chamber Of Commerce, is aware of the “time consuming challenges” of the present Sun line services. “It takes up the time that you could serve in a part-time job. With transfers, the present system consumes up to four hours of each day round trip.” “A

Sunline Transit Bus Sun line Direct shuttle could save up to two of those hours per day; a great incentive for even those who drive their own vehicles to the campus, leaving more room for parking, saving students

the expenses of gasoline, maintenance, insurance, and public safety,” Braun said. Of 9,852 enrolled student population, 802 students of the Palm Desert College of the Desert campus

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Walk to School Day with Boxer Tim Bradley PALM SPRINGS, CA Boxing Champion Timothy Bradley, who attended Katherine Finchy Elementary School, led Walk to School Day participants, in pre-walk

stretches and warm-ups, prior to the walk from the Palm Springs Convention Center to the school, on International Walk to School Day on Oct. 3. Finchy was one of eight Palm

Springs Unified schools that participated in the annual event. University Transfer Fair PALM DESERT, CA—College of the Desert (COD) will be hosting

Tim Bradley talks with “Walk to School Day” participants its annual University Transfer Fair Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. Representatives from various colleges and universities are scheduled to have information tables set up in the COD Hilb Building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The representatives will be available to answer questions, pass out literature, and inform students of their various programs. This event is a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to gather information,



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etc...STAR Planes, Planes and More Planes... Street Closure Notice for Parade of Planes in Palm Springs More than 80 airplanes will taxi down the streets of Palm Springs for a “Parade of Planes” starting from the Palm Springs International Airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center. The aircraft will be on display outside and

inside the venue for the 2012 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit, one of the industry’s largest aviation tradeshow and conventions, scheduled for Oct. 11-13 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The street closure schedule is expected to be as follows:

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On Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 2:30 p.m. the planes will return to the Airport. This return route is different from the one the planes will travel on Wednesday. Amado Road will be closed from Avenida Caballeros to Sunrise Way; Sunrise Way will be closed from Amado Road to Alejo RoadAlejo road will be closed from Sunrise Way to the airport. The parade is expected to start at 3 pm and last approximately 2 ½ hours. The streets will reopen at approximately 6 p.m. During the AOPA convention, the planes will be parked on the streets around the Convention Center including Avenida Caballeros, Amado Road, and Alvarado Road, portions of which will be closed from Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8AM

through Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Access to Margarita’s Restaurant and the Palm Springs Unified School District will be available by turning north onto Avenida Caballeros from Tahquitz Canyon Way. Additionally, Alvarado access

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6 TVs & 2 Big Screens

New York Steak

• Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Indoor and Outdoor Dining

• Separate Dining Room Available for Groups and Functions • Catering Available


MiracLe SpringS reSorT

Hours: sunday to thursday 7aM to 9PM Friday & saturday 7aM to 10PM



10625 Palm drive desert Hot springs, Ca 92240

October 11, 2012

September 20 - 26, 2012

Desert Star Weekly  

A weekly community newspaper serving Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley in California