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Doin’ the Hollywood ‘Hustle’ W E E K L Y
December 25, 2013 Vol. 7 No. 72
The fest’s Ensemble Performance Award for 2013: “American Hustle,” starring Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. (Photo by Francois Duhamel)
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is Greeting 2014 with a Galaxy of Major Stars
By Frieda Noone PALM SPRINGS – Perhaps more than ever before, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which runs from Jan. 3-13 and will have a splashy Awards Gala presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, is working diligently to lure Hollywood to the desert. To herald its 25th year and what most critics would agree
has been a stellar 12 months for cinema, PSIFF has been rolling out a list of high-profile awardees faster than a red carpet in recent days. All of the hype and fun promises an exceptionally glittery launch for what has become an increasingly newsworthy fest. In addition to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey, PSIFF’s Ensemble Performance Award for 2013 is going to “American Hustle.” The
award will honor the film’s cast, which includes Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. “David O. Russell has created a viscerally powerful film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “‘American Hustle’ grabs you from the start and is populated by a group of eminently believable characters as brought to life by this brilliant cast.” Past recipients of the
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Ensemble Performance Award include last year’s Academy Award-winner for Best Picture, “Argo,” as well as past Best Picture nominees “Babel” and “The Social Network.” A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most extraordinary scandals of the 1970s, “American Hustle” tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner Sydney Prosser
(Amy Adams) is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of New Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile political operator caught between the con artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), could be the Continues on Page 10
Calif. Small Biz Owners Win as Security Deposits Halted
By Larry Jameson SACRAMENTO – Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization, has announced that the members of the board have voted unanimously to eliminate the agency’s automatic security deposit requirement and begin the process of releasing over $296 million to smallbusiness owners.
“This is a great victory for taxpayers and small businesses,” said Steel. “Ending this program will allow new businesses across the state to keep capital in their pockets, available to invest in their businesses or to support their families, instead of having to send a large security deposit to the state.” “The elimination of
unnecessary security deposits is the right thing to do,” said Teresa Casazza, president of the California Taxpayers Association. “This state is a notoriously tough place to run a business, especially for small business owners who struggle to keep up with California’s costly taxes, fees Continues on Page 5 Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization: hero to small business owners.
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Treasure Trouvé at Indian Wells Arts Fest
Deadline for Entries in Unique Found Art ‘Festival within Festival’ is Jan. 6
The Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival will feature work such as this by Lauretta Lowell of Palm Desert. (Courtesy Indian Wells Arts Festival)
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By Frieda Noone INDIAN WELLS – Objet trouvé, the idea of using everyday objects and “found” materials to create stimulating works of art, comes to the Coachella Valley in a unique found art festival. Attracting award-winning found artists from all over the country, Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival will run at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden April 4-6 in conjunction with the Indian Wells Arts Festival. In the tradition of Picasso, Duchamp, Man Ray and Braque, artists will create and exhibit one-of-a-kind art pieces for sale. Featured objet trouvé categories will include assemblage, collage, sculpture, jewelry, painting and ceramics. In addition, hands-on found art demonstrations will take place during the three- day festival. A highlight of the event will be a 20-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower made entirely from found materials. The Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival is the genesis of two Coachella Valley-based art organizations — the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance and
the Student Creative Recycle Art Program (S.C.R.A.P. Gallery). Working together with the Indian Wells Arts Festival, rated one of the “100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country” by Sunshine Artist magazine, it showcases one of the most cutting-edge and innovative forms of art. A r t i s t s i n t e re s t e d i n participating in the Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival can apply online at objettrouvefoundartfestival.com. Deadline for entries is Jan. 6. For more info, visit the aforementioned website or call 760.861.6479. Celebrating its 12th year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Indian Wells Arts Festival discovers and brings together a wide variety of fine art and quality crafts to delight residents and tourists alike. More than 10,000 attended, and art sales totaling $650,000 were reported, in 2013. The event incorporates a number of local charities as festival partners and donates to their art scholarship funds. For more info, visit indianwellsartsfestival.com. www.desertstarweekly.com
Fed’s ‘Xmas Gifts’ Suggest Brighter ‘14
By Kevin Powell We all received a couple of nice Christmas gifts from unexpected places. First, Congress actually passed a budget with spending caps and the Fed finally announced its tapering plan. While the budget deal doesn’t go nearly far enough to rein in spending, it does cap Congressional outlays for the next two years and is better than having nothing at all. There will be another debt ceiling battle in early 2014, but it will be nice knowing that we won’t have the dual threat we have had so many times in the past. The other early Christmas
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gift was the Fed announcement of a “baby taper.” The threat of tapering has been hanging over the stock markets for some time. Once most traders accepted that the taper was inevitable, the question then became how much and how fast? The Fed reduced its bond-buying program by just $10 billion a month. That was well-received by the markets, as we saw big gains on stock indexes as soon as the news broke. With the reduction in bond buying, the Fed will be pouring nearly $900 billion a year into bonds to help stimulate our tepid economy. That’s still a lot of money and it indicates that they are not convinced that the economic recovery is strong enough or rebounding fast enough. It also shows the Fed does see improvement in some areas. Hopefully, we’ll see that expand into 2014. These two early gifts should continue to provide a boost to stocks next year. Longer-term bonds will
remain one area of concern. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond has crept back up to 2.9 percent. We’ll likely see interest rates continue to rise in 2014. Remember that bonds usually do not respond well to rising interest rates. So far this year, bonds with 15-year or longer maturities have lost close to 20 percent of their value. And this is for something that the industry describes as a “fixed” investment. I’ve never liked telling clients that bonds were a fixed investment. Anything that can lose that much money is hardly fixed. Thanks for all the feedback Desert Star Weekly readers have provided. Please continue to ask questions and offer suggestions next year. I pray everyone has a blessed and safe Christmas and that the New Year is prosperous for all. Kevin Powell has been a financial advisor for 28 years. He can be reached at kpplanner1@ aol.com.
Cathedral City Celebrates Green 2013
Municipal Projects, Awards Mark a Year of Steady Environmental Progress By Larry Jameson CATHEDRAL CITY – Over the past year, Cathedral City has been attacking tough environmental issues by continuing to champion the work of the Environmental Conservation Division (ECD) and providing the support to enhance and expand ongoing successful projects. “Staff at City Hall and passionate local volunteers have been working together for many years to improve environmental conditions in the community,” said Mayor Kathleen DeRosa, “and 2013 has proven to be a pivotal year filled with success and growth regarding our longstanding and new sustainability projects.” Projects have included the Energy Action Plan and the Median Beautification Project. Several years ago, the City was saddled with $850,000 in utility, gas and fuel bills. In an effort to save money and reduce
greenhouse gases, the ECD formulated a blueprint for energy efficiency. The Energy Action Plan has incorporated lighting upgrades at the Civic Center and Library, as well as HVAC improvements in city-owned buildings — resulting in a drop in energy usage by over 500,000 kilowatt (kWh) hours this year. An alternative fuel infrastructure and detailed education and outreach program complete the program. The Climate Registry, in partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE), has recognized Cathedral City for its outstanding energy efficiency plan by awarding the city a 2013 Cool Planet Award. The Cool Planet Project honors leaders in the area of energy and carbon management. The city has cut energy usage by over 1,000,000 kWh hours thus far. The energy efficiency plan also was recognized by Green Technology — a non-profit
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organization that works to create sustainable communities through renewable energy, green building and environmentally preferred practices — and garnered it 2013 Green Leadership Award for Energy Efficiency. The plan received a third accolade: the Climate Protection Award in the small cities category from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cathedral City now boasts a 13.7 percent per capita energy reduction rate, with a 16.1 percent drop in municipal buildings output — statistics that can primarily be attributed to aggressive energy efficiency goals. Most importantly, the ECD, assisted by several cooperative partners, is helping the city to save money and resources while significantly lowering greenhouse gas production. Innovative reuse and recycling initiatives are also proving to be award-winning solutions to the challenge of creating a sustainable city. One exemplary sustainability project is the Median Beautification Project. The city takes great pride in the maintenance and design of its outdoor spaces. Unfortunately the upkeep of these areas was requiring constant attention and daily watering, which began to drain the budget. Environmental Conservation and Public Works Manager Deanna Pressgrove, along with the Student Creative Recycling Art Project, or the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, the Palm Springs Unified School District and the Cathedral City Arts Commission,
replaced water-hungry medians with unique landscape designs using drought-resistant plants, recycled tiles, paint and glass and city-owned sculptures. The endeavor won them the first Pavitra Crimmel Award from The California Resource Recovery Association. The award is named for Pavitra Crimmel, who was a champion of environmental sustainability through the reuse of available materials. The city plans to redesign 10 medians, resulting in over $30,000 in maintenance savings and a drop in annual water usage by more than 400,000 gallons. The City’s Environmental Calendar and Refuse and Recycling Guide were both singled out by the 3CMA, a nationwide marketing and communications organization — garnering two 2013 SAVVY awards. The SAVVYs applaud municipalities and companies that expertly promote the awareness of vital community issues. “Cathedral City sends out a variety of publications, including the Calendar, Refuse Guide and announcement postcards to inform local citizens about all of the upcoming events that they can take part in to help protect the local environment,” said Councilmember Greg Pettis. The ECD and city staff will continue to work independently and collectively with other Coachella Valley communities to reduce greenhouse gas production and conserve precious natural resources.
Affable Birds Winging In from Down Under
Winter ZooCamp, College Scholarship Also Offered by The Living Desert
Aussie budgies will be getting all lovey-dovey at The Living Desert Jan. 4. (Courtesy of The Living Desert) By Pamela Price PALM DESERT – Just when you think the snowbirds have finished migrating to the Coachella Valley, the desert is aswirl with word that more than 300 “personable” birds are expected to arrive and settle in for Jan. 4 opening of “Birds of the Australian Outback,” a new, interactive exhibit at The Living Desert that will run through April. Stacey Johnson, president
and CEO of The Living Desert, assures local residents that new feathered attractions, called budgies, “are very friendly… they’re going to charm kids of all ages who discover how much fun it is to hand-feed the colorful, friendly birds.” For those unfamiliar with these precocious but precious specimens, aviary experts describe them as a type of parakeet that weighs about an
By Larry Jameson PALM DESERT – The Living Desert has announced the addition of Rebecca Brown as marketing and public relations manager for the park. Brown will develop, plan and implement marketing and public relations with the goal of increasing visitation to the popular attraction. “Rebecca brings with her a wealth of marketing experience, including solid knowledge about our park and campaign history,” said Stacey Johnson, CEO and president of the attraction. “We’re confident she’s going to be a great asset to our team with her strong background and personal passion for The Living Desert.” Brown is a senior marketing professional with 18 years of experience in public relations, advertising, special events and digital marketing. Prior to joining The Living Desert, she served as vice president of business development and account services for FG Creative in Palm Desert, and was an associate
development director for Olive Crest. At The Living Desert, Brown will be responsible for marketing strategies, developing annual marketing and advertising budgets, and researching new media and innovative marketing opportunities. “I’ve been an enthusiastic fan and supporter of the park for years, so I’m thrilled to join this incredible team to elevate marketing and efforts to spread the word about all the great things happening at this park,” Brown said. In her new role at The Living Desert, Brown will report to the director of park services and guest relations. The Living Desert is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo and gardens facility dedicated to conservation and education. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful, memorable experiences for guests.
ounce and sports shades of green, blue, white and yellow. Their disposition, they confirm, is nothing about which to worry — especially for those with lingering fears instilled by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic “The Birds.” The budgies will fly, chirp, swoop, and feast on the seed sticks offered by visitors inside the aviary. It’s a great opportunity for guests to get up close to
the exotic birds. It’s a “cagefree” experience offering an extraordinary way to learn about the Australian Outback, as well. Open during regular park hours beginning Jan. 4, “Birds of the Australian Outback” is sponsored by the City of Palm Desert and presented by Dal Weber and Kelly Carmien. Admission to the exhibit, which includes one feed stick, is $2 for non-members and $1 for
members of The Living Desert. Additional feed sticks will be available for purchase. The Living Desert also is offering its Winter ZooCamp for children ages 4-12. ZooCampers get an insider’s look into the facility with behind-the-scenes tours and special animal encounters — all while learning all about habitats, propagation, adaptations, food chains and endangered species. Each funfilled two day “mini camp” is unique, so parents can enroll their children in one or all of the sessions. Several two-day sessions lasting from 8:30 a.m. to noon remain as of this writing: Dec. 27-28, Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 1-2. Members: $75 per 2-day session; on-members: $95 per 2-day session. Parents can register online at livingdesert. org. For more info, contact the Education Department at 760.346.5694, ext. 2501, or send an email to zoocamp@ livingdesert.org. For local high school students and veterans interested pursuing higher education in environmental, veterinary and / or natural sciences, applications are being accepted for the Stuart & Barbara Spencer Friends of The Living Desert Scholarship, which is being offered in partnership with Pathways to Success. For info or to apply online, visit cvpts. com. Deadline to apply for this cycle is March 2, 2014. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Avenue. For more info, visit livingdesert.org or call 760.346.5694. Pamela Price has coauthored three editions of “100 Best Spas of the World,” available at globepequot.com.
The Living Desert Bolsters Marketing, P.R.
Rebecca Brown is the new marketing and public relations manager for The Living Desert. (Courtesy of The Living Desert) December 25, 2013
Aussie M.D. Wants to Be Immortal By Art Kunkin (Mr. Life Extension) In January and June of this year, I wrote several articles reporting that the Templeton Foundation in Philadelphia had given a $5 million dollar grant to Prof. John Martin Fischer at the University of California, Riverside, to study immortality and near-death experiences. The Immortality Project issues grants of tens of thousands of dollars to individual scientific researchers and publishes their results. It is planning two major conferences during the next three years. When I checked with The Immortality Project this week, I found on their website a very interesting 8,000-word application to the project from an Australian name Dr. Janni Lloyd. Since 8,000 words would fill many pages of this newspaper, I have edited the opening sections so that readers may benefit from the information included. Submission to The Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside, by Dr. Janni Lloyd “I’m Dr. Janni Lloyd. My interest in health formally began in 1973 when I commenced my medical degree at the University of Western Australia. I spent many years in general practice with a special interest in the psychological and emotional aspects of health maintenance and disease creation. “In 1994, I moved into Alternative / Complementary medicine. In 1992, I had begun researching and living Healthy Life Extension and the philosophy of Physical Immortality from many different perspectives, including spirituality, theology, alternative medicine, psychology, medical science and quantum physics. “Throughout the ages, pioneers have been questioning the accepted belief systems of the populace and producing
major evolutionary leaps: ‘The Earth is the center of the Universe’ gave way to the understanding that the earth revolves around the sun. ‘The Earth is flat’ fell away when Columbus did not fall over the edge. The Wright Brothers also flew us into another reality, as have countless others. I will be suggesting in the words to follow that the belief system ‘physical death is inevitable’ may have a similar fate… “I have been living and researching the possibility of Physical Immortality since 1992. Let me share with you the insights I have gained during that time. I want to begin by answering this question: Why do I feel that Physical Immortality is possible? “I will begin from the viewpoint of medical science…. We have seen major advances in medical science, particularly over the last 100 plus years. In Australia, the average age of death in the late 1800s was 40; however, the average age of death now is around 80…. A doubling of life expectancy was achieved even though the populace believed ‘physical death was inevitable. “A very conservative estimate of average life span 100 years from now, based on what we’ve seen in the last 100 years, is a further doubling to 160. “There have been two wonderful books written which chronicle the advances in medical research that are leading not just to increased longevity but to physical immortality. They are ‘The Last Mortal Generation’ by Damien Broderick and ‘Immortality’ by Ben Bova. “Damien Broderick commences his book by saying, ‘Some time during the 21st century, ordinary humans like you and me — or our children or grandchildren — will be
QUARTER-BILLION TAX REFUND Continued from Page 1 and regulations. There is simply no need for the state to hold on to millions of taxpayer dollars.” Steel, who heads the board’s Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee and requested that this matter be heard, was responsible in 2007 for finding
a multi-million dollar mistake in the security deposit program and returning $42 million to over 5,500 small-business owners whose refunds had been delayed for years. The latest stash of security deposit funds will be released beginning in February.
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Australian doctor Janni Lloyd has submitted an impassioned application to the UC Riverside-based Immortality Project. offered new medical treatments that will lead, eventually, to physical immortality. Science and technology, to be more precise, will provide the option of indefinitely extended youthfulness. That will be the start of an epoch when old age is unknown and nobody ever again will need to die …’ “Ben Bova begins his book with equally powerful comments ‘The first immortal human beings are probably living among us today. You might be one of them. There are men and woman alive today who may well be able to live for centuries, perhaps even extend their life spans indefinitely. For them, death will not be inevitable. As the American Immunologist William R Clark put it, ‘Death is not inextricably intertwined with the definition of life. Just because human beings have
always died does not mean that they always will die.’” Next week in this newspaper, I plan to continue sharing excerpts from Dr. Janni Lloyd’s interesting application to The Immortality Project. Art Kunkin, 85 years young, is a journalist who founded the alternative weekly newspaper The Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 and later became president of the Philosophical Research Society. He is on the advisory board of The Institute of Mentalphysics, also known as the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Kunkin has a new website, stopagingrightnow. com, which provides cuttingedge health info daily, as well as links to his book, “Life Extension Alchemy.” Copyright © 2013 by Art Kunkin.
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Beginning Hatha Yoga Class will meet for 4 weeks on Mondays from 10-11 a.m. from Jan. 6-27. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Cost for course is $35 for members and $65 for non-members. Drop-ins are allowed for $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For info, call 760-323-5689. Love to Draw classes begin Mondays and Wednesdays for five weeks beginning Jan. 6-Feb. 10, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. Cost for course is only $90 for members and $120 for non-members, supplies are included.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS Open mic every Sunday from 3- 7 p.m. at Sidewinder Grill 66121 Pierson Blvd. For more information, call 760329-7929. 5th Year Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5-8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce at 760-329-6403 or at 11-999 Palm Drive.
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Children’s Hospital Recognized for 20 Years
Kelly Jackson, director of marketing for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, receives a proclamation from Loma Linda Mayor Rhodes Rigsby recognizing the institution’s 20th anniversary. By Frieda Noone LOMA LINDA – The City of Loma Linda honored Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) last month with a proclamation celebrating the medical institution’s
20th anniversary. Mayor Rhodes Rigsby presented the proclamation to Kelly Jackson, director of marketing for LLUCH, who accepted the recognition on behalf of the hospital. “On behalf of the City Council
and citizens of this community,” Mayor Rigsby read from the proclamation, “I congratulate Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on the occasion of their 20th anniversary celebration and ask for the continued support
of the valued professionals, staff, community partners and friends of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital as they seek to enhance the lives of our community’s children by delivering in the promise of a healthier future today.” Although unable to attend, LLUCH administrator Zareh Sarrafian expressed his appreciation for the proclamation. “It is an honor for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to be recognized by the city,” he said. “We are proud to partner with a community that shares our commitment to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Our organization looks forward to continuing to serve the precious young lives in our region for many more years to come.” The city proclamation was the final, official event of the hospital’s 20h anniversary celebration. Medical Miracles homecoming reunited past patients with members of their clinical care team during a media event on Nov. 7, and the official birthday party
followed on Nov. 10. LLUCH opened its doors in November 1993. The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility — known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health — the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals, and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventhday Adventist organization, LLUCH is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”
Palm Springs Writers Guild Welcomes 2014 Multi-Award-Winning Author and Journalist Lucinda Sue Crosby to Address Group Jan. 4
By Larry Jameson PALM SPRINGS – The Palm Springs Writers Guild’s (PSWG) monthly meeting and programs launches the new year on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Rancho Mirage Library. The afternoon’s program features multi-award winning author, journalist and environmentalist Lucinda Sue Crosby. The title of Crosby’s presentation, “If I Can Do It... You Can Do It: Sometimes Ignorance is Bliss,” is inspired by the fact that, without a college degree or any formal writing classes, this prolific wordsmith has managed to make a living for the past two decades in everything from songwriting, presentation poetry, political blogging, newspaper reporting, children’s and literary fiction, and magazine profiles. Crosby has had a love affair with the written word since she was three years old, when she first learned how to read. Her passion for rich, character-driven storytelling and the power of the written word led her to tackle a wide array of word-centric genres in addition to her currently flourishing literary career, for which she earned selection by TheAuthorShow.com in 2011 as “One of 50 Great Authors You Should Be Reading.” Crosby’s e-book “Francesca of Lost Nation,” a novel, won five literary prizes and has been a Kindle bestseller — one of three
Kindle hits she has authored. The others are the children’s fiction “The Adventures of Baylard Bear — a Story About Being Different” and “$ell More E-books$ — How to Increase Sales and Amazon Rankings Using Kindle Direct Publishing,” an e-book marketing guide for independent authors. Also currently available on Amazon is Crosby’s newest piece — a disturbing extended essay called “Water in the West: The Scary Truth About Our Most Precious Resource.” Her next novel, “The Cancer Club,” an irreverent tale of survival based on a true story, is scheduled for release next year. The subjects of upcoming monthly PSWG meetings / programs include an author discussion about writing a reality novel, improving grammar usage, tackling screen story structure, the Desert Writers Expo and the annual Day of New Works. PSWG formed in 1977, when a small group of area residents — all with an interest in becoming polished, productive writers — sought to promote the art of writing among aspiring and professional writers. The guild has grown to almost 300 members, becoming one of Southern California’s best resources and networking groups for writers at all levels and of all interests. PSWG hosts
lively and informative monthly groups and a variety of other meetings with featured speakers activities for those who write and and educational workshops. those who aspire to write. PSWG’s Lucinda Sue Crosby In addition, there are critique
event, which runs from 2-4 p.m., is open to non-members at no charge. For additional info, visit palmspringswritersguild.org.
Prolific wordsmith Lucinda Sue Crosby will discuss her best-selling e-book, “Francesca of Lost Nation”— and more — at the first 2014 meeting of the Palm Springs Writers Guild on Jan. 4. December 25, 2013
‘Lone Survivor’ a True, Brutal War Movie
By Theda Kleinhans Reichman “Lone Survivor,” directed and co-scripted by Peter Berg (“The Kingdom, “Battleship”), is a powerful film based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s 2007 nonfiction account of the same name — a book written to honor his illfated military rescue team, whose Chinook helicopter was downed by ground-based Taliban forces. Not since “Black Hawk Down” (2001) has there been a war movie of such heart-stopping intensity.
Berg opens the film with scenes depicting actual Navy SEAL training. The tests are grueling and designed to weed out all but the toughest applicants. Then, cut to a base in Afghanistan, where four Navy SEALs are preparing for a June 2005 mission to capture or eliminate Ahmed Shaw — a Taliban operative responsible for countless killings in Eastern Afghanistan. The team includes leader Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matt
Axelson (Ben Foster). Everything goes according to plan until the team encounters a group of Afghan goat herders accidentally. The SEALs detain the three locals, and after considerable debate, Murphy releases them since they are civilians and not Taliban combatants. His decision, while morally right, proves deadly. The eventual confrontation between the SEALs and Taliban soldiers lasts for 40 relentless minutes onscreen. In actuality, the battle raged for four hours as these heroic warriors struggled to reach higher ground. The action is so unsparing that you may find yourself momentarily averting your eyes from the hellish visuals. Luttrell, a Texas native who suffered a broken pelvis and other severe wounds in the conflict, lived up to his own words in these circumstances. “I will never quit,” he said. “My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission.” That the mission, called Operation Redwing, ultimately claimed the lives of several of
“Lone Survivor,” from violence. It debuts in limited our most courageous military personnel gives this fine film Universal Pictures, is rated R for release this week and opens a very emotional and painful strong language and intense, nationally Jan. 10. resonance. prolonged scenes of war-related
By Larry Jameson INDIO – Best known for his victory on “America’s Got Talent,” Terry Fator captured the hearts, and funny bones, of America in 2007 with his unique combination of celebrity impressions and unparalleled voice. On Saturday, Jan. 18, Fator will return to the Special Events Center Stage at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Accompanying Fator will be a stellar cast of puppets, including Monty Carlo the lounge singer, Winston The Impersonating Turtle, cowboy Walter T. Airdale, Julius the soul singer, Vikki “The
Cougar,” Wrex the crash test dummy and hip hop diva Berry Fabulous. Each character allows Fator to sing a different genre, with performances ranging from Garth Brooks and Dean Martin to Aretha Franklin and Lady Gaga. Fator’s rise to fame from his time with a Texas-based cover band to his very own theatre at The Mirage Hotel & Casino was 32 years in the making. He first discovered his knack for impressions at the age of six, when he began performing Bill Cosby comedy routines for his family and friends. As a young
man, Fator sang lead vocals for Texas the Band, a group whose playlist ranged from Garth Brooks to Guns N’ Roses. A trip to Las Vegas in 2005 sparked Fator’s desire to become a name entertainer, and he left with visions of billboards and bright lights reflecting his name. Unwilling to give up on his dreams, Fator was persuaded to audition for “America’s Got Talent” when he saw a ventriloquist from season one on the “The Late Show with David Letterman.” During his audition, Fator stunned the judges with his
Mark Wahlberg plays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the fact-based war drama “Lone Survivor.” (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)
Terry Fator to Make Impressions on Desert puppet Emma Taylor and her impression of Etta James. In the final episode, a stunning Roy Orbison performance of “Crying,” courtesy of Winston The Impersonating Turtle, led to an eruption of praise from the audience, the judges and America. His life would never be the same. In one year, Fator went from
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Executive Chef Adam Votaw is stirring new culinary excitement at the Miramonte Resort & Spa. By Larry Jameson INDIAN WELLS – There’s a star in the kitchen at the Miramonte Resort & Spa. T h e p ro p e r t y ’s n e w executive chef, Adam Votaw, brings a wealth of experience not only as a master chef, but also as a culinary educator and
enthusiast to The Grove Artisan Kitchen. His impressive portfolio and accomplishments span the spectrum of culinary versatility from around the world. “Chef Votaw’s creative imagination, innovative presentation and adept understanding of ingredients are
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Votaw graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1984 and apprenticed with master chefs Albert and Michel Roux at the esteemed Le Gavroche in London. He received classic French training in all areas of the kitchen and gained extensive knowledge of the essence of French cuisine, including the art of creating sophisticated pastries — a skill he perfected with the guidance of Michel Roux. Extensive credentials and accolades include both executive chef and executive pastry chef positions at prestigious venues such as the Four Seasons Ocean Grand in Palm Beach, Fla., where Votaw received recognition as the “Top Pastry Chef” by Food Arts Magazine; The Point in Saranac Lake, N.Y., where he helped them earn the Zagat award for the “#1 Lake Shore Resort in America”; Little Palm Island, an exclusive island resort and spa located three miles off Little Torch Key, Fla., earning them numerous awards from AAA, Mobile, Golden Spoon and Gourmet Magazine; and Chispa, a Zagat award-winning contemporary Latin restaurant and bar in Coral Gables, Fla. Additionally, for three years, Votaw was a James
Beard House participant and has received “Best New Concept” awards from both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for separate restaurants. Votaw collaborated with such notables as Chef Robbin Haas and restaurant operations expert Vincent Lombino in multiple corporate roles. His corporate credentials include Lavalee Restaurants in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he created innovative concepts for gourmet pizza, seafood and steakhouse restaurants. Votaw directed the culinary opening of the historic Riviera Resort and Spa with the awardwinning Circa 59 restaurant and other outlets. With Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Colorado, he directed Atwater on Gore Creek Restaurant. Most recently, Votaw was the corporate director of culinary for Amalgamated Holdings in Sydney, Australia — overseeing 45 hotels and 12 restaurant brands. Miramonte Resort & Spa brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the California desert community of Indian Wells. For more info, visit miramonteresort.com.
Coachella Valley Boys Soccer Roundup By Dan Marinelli
Cathedral City High School Lions 2 / Palm Desert High School Aztecs 1 CATHEDRAL CITY – Despite losing their first game of the season two days prior, Cathedral City (1-1 in DVL, 7-1-1 Overall) — ranked 15 nationally per maxpreps.com — got back on track with a two-goal win over DVL opponent Palm Desert (1-1 in DVL, 6-3-1 Overall). The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Aztecs. The
Lions have now beaten the Aztecs three straight times — twice already this season. Palm Desert will have one final chance to best Cathedral City, at home, on Jan. 26. On Dec 17, Palm Desert beat Xavier Prep High School in both schools’ league openers. Forward Tristan Sinkinson added two goals for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs traveled to Riverside-based Polytechnic High School on Dec. 21, and took part in the Riverside Poly Tournament. In the same tournament, on Dec. 23, the Aztecs took on Yucaipa High School. The Lions are idle until their Jan. 7 home matchup against Xavier Prep High School.
Coachella Valley High School Arabs 1 / La Quinta High School Blackhawks 0 COACHELLA VALLEY – On Dec. 19, the Blackhawks (1-1 in DVL, 7-1-1 Overall) — ranked 56 nationally per maxpreps.com — were upset in a Desert Valley League matchup against the firstplace Arabs (2-0 in DVL, 3-1-1 Overall). In front of the Coachella Valley faithful, a clutch, late-game goal from senior forward Samuel Retano
(seven goals) sealed the victory for the Arabs. Retano’s stunning goal sent La Quinta home with their first loss of the season — and their first loss against the Arabs since early 2012. In their league openers, on Dec. 17, the Blackhawks beat Indio High School and the Arabs had another upset against Cathedral City high School.
On Dec. 21, the Blackhawks started the Riverside Poly Tournament with a double-header against Rialto-based Eisenhower High School and Temecula-based Chaparral High School. Coachella Valley does not play again until their Jan. 7 home matchup against non-league opponent Desert Hot Springs High School.
Desert Hot Springs High School Golden Eagles 1 / San Jacinto High School Tigers 1 SAN JACINTO, CA– On Dec. 19, the Golden Eagles (0-0 in De Anza, 3-3-1 Overall) played the San Jacinto-based Tigers (0-0 Mountain Pass, 5-1-3 Overall) to a draw at San Jacinto High School. Senior midfielder Oscar for the Golden Eagles. Gutierrez scored the lone goal — In the Golden Eagles’ Dec. and his first goal of the season — 17 win over Banning High School,
Jardiel Soto and Jaime Monjarez each scored a goal. On Dec. 26, Desert Hot Springs goes to the San Gorgonio Tournament in a double-header against San Bernardino-based Pacific High School and Hesperiabased Oak Hills High School. December 25, 2013
O f e f e & T , J p a U m with the Fam t a E INTO THE RING OF FAME Continued from Page 1
PALM DESERT – Desert Arc, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life and creating opportunities for people with disabilities in the Coachella Valley and Morongo Basin, took 50 of its clients to a sit-down dinner at the Palm Desert Resort Country Club. Each client received a huge gift basket of fruit and a wrapped present. It was a very special outing for these handicapped adults; the smiles on their faces were infectious. Event co-chairs Ernie Rubin and her sister, Teddie Rozell, felt this would be a nice way to give back at Christmas to those less fortunate, and Desert Arc Executive Director Richard Balocco spoke to guests about what the organization does for its clients. Caregivers assisted diners throughout the meal, then joined in singing Christmas carols. It was a very festive party. Following the Desert Arc dinner, Cristobal Diaz and Epi Longoria (above) happily served as gift-distributing elves, while Inesha Dayes (right) proudly displayed a beautifully wrapped present. (Photos by Pat Krause)
LA QUINTA – On Dec. 11, the 55th annual Humana Challenge golf tournament at PGA West invited the media to a breakfast at the clubhouse, where new ideas that will be incorporated into the Jan. 13-19 contest were discussed by representatives of both entities and last year’s winner, Brian Gay. (For example, in lieu of a celebrity-heavy lineup this year, there will be a focus on participants from the health and wellness field.) The Humana tournament has a very large purse, so the participation of top golfers is expected. Former President Bill Clinton, whose foundation is co-sponsoring the event, reportedly has not committed to play in the tournament but is scheduled to make an appearance. At the Humana Golf Challenge media preview, members of the press were treated to 18 holes of golf — and the sight of a Bighorn sheep (far left) — on the Arnold Palmer Course, while 2013 Challenge champion Brian Gay and Desert Classic Charities Executive Director Bob Marra (left) talked about changes to the contest. (Photos by Pat Krause)
PALM DESERT – Legendary country crooner Willie Nelson brought his family out to the McCallum Theatre to create a concert of many kinds of music on Dec. 17. His son Luke opened the show along with daughter Amy and son Micah performing a hybrid of country and rock. Luke did most of the solo singing, and he can play the guitar just like his dad; Luke even sounds like Willie on occasion. He played a couple songs he wrote, to the audience’s delight — at one point even plucking his guitar strings with his teeth! Following an intermission, Papa Willie joined his children onstage with his seriously beat-up guitar to perform his famous tune “Whiskey River”; the kids accompanied him on almost every song for another 90 minutes. After he and his family played to a sold-out crowd at the McCallum, Willie Nelson (right) signed autographs and shook hands with the crowd. The audience was at a floss for words when son Luke used his teeth to pick a few guitar strings during the show. (Photos by Pat Krause) www.desertstarweekly.com
December 25, 2013
Doin’ the Hollywood ‘Hustle’ Continued from Page 1
Meryl Streep (Photo by Brigitte Lacombe) one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. PSIFF will present Steve McQueen with the Director of the Year Award for his pre-Civil War drama “12 Years a Slave.” “Director Steve McQueen captivates his audiences by challenging them with often unorthodox and unrelenting subject matter and technique,” said Matzner. “He is a master of utilizing the senses to create the essence of his works. In ‘12 Years a Slave,’ audiences become integrally involved in the unbearably violent nightmare of a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, eventually to return home to freedom.” Past Director of the Year honorees include Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell
and Robert Zemeckis. PSIFF will present Meryl Streep with the Icon Award. This award honors a creative talent who, through the course of his or her career, has created a body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement in the motion picture art form. “We’re overjoyed to recognize Meryl Streep for yet another Oscar-worthy performance in ‘August: Osage County,’” said Matzner. “Her portrayal of Violet Weston, the matriarch of a dysfunctional family reunited by a tragic incident, will be remembered in her long list of iconic character roles.” Michael Douglas was the first recipient of the Icon Award. Streep earned her 17th Academy Award nomination for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” — and won the Academy
Award, British Academy Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actress. PSIFF will present Tom Hanks with the Chairman’s Award for “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” “Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of his generation,” said Matzner. “In a remarkable feat that vividly illustrates the range of his talent, this year he portrayed two real-life characters, each a powerhouse performance in its own right. In the film ‘Captain Phillips,’ he plays Richard Phillips, the captain of a ship hijacked by pirates, while in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ he plays Walt Disney trying to turn the book ‘Mary Poppins’ into a film — two roles that couldn’t be more divergent.” Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman. Hanks holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded backto-back Best Actor Academy Awards: in 1993 as the AIDSstricken lawyer in “Philadelphia” and the following year in the title role of “Forrest Gump.” PSIFF will present Julia Roberts with the Spotlight Award for her work in “August: Osage County.” “Julia Roberts is a consummate actress with a range as vast as her talent,” said Matzner. “Her ability to consistently give standout performances over the past 25 years is remarkable. In her latest, ‘August: Osage County,’ she is a key catalyst in a darkly comic tale of a family coming back together after tragedy strikes.” Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt. An Academy Award winner for ‘Erin Brockovich,’ Roberts has appeared in many of Hollywood’s most successful films and worked with its most esteemed directors. Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. PSIFF will present Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for “12 Years a Slave” and Thomas Newman
with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for “Saving Mr. Banks.” “Lupita Nyong’o is outstanding in her American film debut as the exploited slave whose beauty attracts the attention of a vicious slave master,” said Matzner. “She delivers a raw and deeply moving performance in ’12 Years a Slave’ that serves as the fulcrum for the film’s message of the inhumanity of slavery.” Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mariah Carey, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Renner. Of Thomas Newman’s win of the PSIFF’s Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing, his second win in the category, Matzner commented, “Thomas Newman is a master at creating memorable film scores. In ‘Saving
Julia Roberts (Photo by Carter Smith) Mr. Banks,’ he pays tribute to ‘Mary Poppins’ composers Richard and Robert Sherman through an indelible original score.” Past recipients of the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing include
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By taking your traditions on the road, your family can capture the holiday spirit in your temporary home-away-from home. Here are a few tips for making the time special, no matter where you are: • Tell your destination if you are celebrating something special before you arrive. They may be able to accommodate or assist you with your plans. • Just because you’re not at home, doesn’t mean Santa won’t deliver. Don’t let those presents go unopened until you get back home. Bring them with you on the road. You can even consider setting up a small Christmas tree in your hotel room. • Bring your family’s elf along for the ride to keep your little ones on their toes – and on the “nice” list! Whether he’s peeking out of the drapes or hanging from the fan, a hotel room offers some creative hiding spots. • Try asking the front desk to have milk and cookies delivered (quietly) late at night. • If possible, book a suite with a fireplace and bring along Great Wolf Lodge Resorts. Even if you’re traveling, you can make great holiday memories with your family. the stockings to hang. • You may not be able to Traveling this holiday season? make the experience special for there are ways you can still enjoy pack up your kitchen and bring Even if you aren’t in the comfort your family. From decorating your those holiday traditions that are it with you, but you can still have of your own home, you can hotel room to welcoming Santa, near and dear to you. a delicious holiday meal. Many
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Join the Jett Set, Chill with Chilton & Stay Young By Robert Kinsler Influential ’70s rock icons are showcased on three new albums that celebrate and rightfully expand the musicians’ respective legacies in style.
Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Title: “Unvarnished” (Blackheart Records) Listen if you enjoy: The Runaways, Joan Jett’s 1980s hits R o c k e r J o a n J e t t ’s “Unvarnished” is not only her first album release since 2006’s “Sinner,” but it’s likely her most confessional album to date. Without surrendering her punk-
styled, hard-charging style, the singer-guitarist tackles mortality (“Hard to Grow Up,” “Fragile”), society’s ceaseless worship of celebrity (“TMI”), survival (“Make It Back,” penned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy) and loss (“Soulmates to Strangers”). Jett still soars. Info: joanjett.com. Artist: Alex Chilton Title: Electricity By Candlelight” (Bar None Records) Listen if you enjoy: The Box Tops, Big Star, Neil Young Although Alex Chilton originally achieved fame in his teens as lead singer of the Box Tops in the 1960s, it was his role
as a member of the seminal ’70s power pop band Big Star that earned him a permanent place among rock’s elite. Now Chilton, who died in 2010 at age 59, is being celebrated via the release of a powerful live solo performance recorded at the Knitting Factory in New York City in 1997. After a blackout and loss of power, most of the concertgoers headed home. Those who didn’t were rewarded when Chilton came out and proceeded to play
an acoustic performance by candlelight that featured Loudon Wainwright III’s “Motel Blues,” the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Surfer Girl,” and more than a dozen other artfully reworked covers played with an authenticity for the ages. Info: bar-none.com
Cellar Door” recorded in the fall of 1970, it’s simply magical to hear potent performances of many of his finest early gems and realize he was among the original pioneers blending rock, folk and country into timeless masterworks. “Cinnamon Girl” was performed on piano (rather than the now-standard hard rock Artist: Neil Young guitar version), lending the song a Title: Neil Young — Live at decidedly haunting vibe. Among the Cellar Door (Warner the other classics captured on / Reprise Records) tape were “Only Love Can Break Listen if you enjoy: Your Heart,” “Old Man” (which Neil Young’s “Harvest” wouldn’t be widely heard until album, Bob Dylan Neil Young has never “Harvest” came out two years stopped exploring or trying later) and “I Am a Child.” Info: new things, but listening to the neilyoung.com. singer-songwriter’s “Live at the
Jazz Pianist Lenore Raphael ‘Swings’ Through By Frieda Noone RANCHO MIRAGE – Renowned jazz pianist Lenore Raphael is bringing her Oscar Peterson tribute to this city and several others around Southern California from Jan. 8-11. A quadruple threat, Raphael is one of jazz’s top pianists, as well as an ASCAP Awardwinning composer, educator and broadcaster with Lenore Raphael’s Jazzspot at purejazzradio.org. As a Steinway artist, she has appeared at major international festivals and clubs worldwide, including the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, London’s Ronnie Scott’s, New York’s Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and she has played with such major jazz artists as Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Clark Terry and Jon Hendricks. Accompanying Raphael on her Southern California tour will be such noted musicians as Concord and Arbors recording artist Howard Alden (guitar), bassists Jim de Julio and Chris Colangelo (L.A.) and drummers Matt Johnson (Santa Ana) and Roy McCurdy (L.A.). “I am so happy to be returning to Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs,” said Raphael, who will perform at the Rancho Mirage Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 8. “The audiences there have been so receptive to my
music, and I get the pleasure of performing with one of my favorite musicians, guitarist Howard Alden. Paying tribute to my idol, Oscar Peterson, and performing tunes that Oscar did often with just guitar, will be a double pleasure.” Raphael will record a Peterson tribute album in early 2014 with Alden and bassist Kelly Friesen. Both the performances and the album will feature such Peterson classics as “If I Were A Bell,” “Tricotism,” “There is No Greater Love” and Raphael’s own composition “Blues for O.P.” The “Swingin’ Fox,” as she is fondly called due to her musical style, was particularly influenced by Peterson, and she has also performed with his musicians. An educator for many years, Raphael has taught master classes at universities, high schools and All-Steinway schools around the world, including a recent stint in South Africa with a master class at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. Her Southern California tour will include a master class with Raphael and Howard Alden at the Orange County High School for the Arts and a benefit concert for the school. Dan St. Marseille, coordinator of Jazz Studies Program at OCSA, will join the Lenore Raphael quartet for a selection. Raphael also is the author of Jazz Master Class (Hansen Music Publishing), a jazz
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is (are) doing business as: 1a CROSSFIRE MECHANICAL 41400 CAMBRIDGE AVE, BERMUDA DUNES, CA 92203. Riverside County. Full name of registrant(s): 2a. LOUIS J DOMBROWSKI (JACOB) 41400 CAMBRIDGE AVE BERMUDA DUNES CA 92203. This business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: LOUIS J DOMBROWSKI. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on 12/17/2013. LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: Y.R. CRUZ I-2013-03221. Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE
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OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT date 12/25, 1/1, 1/8, 1/15/2014. DSW 13-30476 DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER .The following person is (are) doing business UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW as: 1a DESERT IMPORT/EXPORT AUTO SALES (see Section 14411, et seq., BUSINESS AND 74990 JONI DR. #1 PALM DESERT, CA 92260. PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run date 12/18, 25, 1/1, Mailing Address 17 CHANDON CT RANCHO 1/8/2014. DSW 13-30475 MIRAGE, CA 92270. Riverside County. Full name of registrant(s): 2a. KERRI ELIZABETH DEPIERRO FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 17 CHANDON CT RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270. .The following person is (are) doing business This business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Reg- as: 1a PLANT IT GREEN SAFE GROW SOLUistrant commenced to transact business under the TIONS 31870 AVE LA GAVIOTA CATHEDRAL fictitious business name(s) listed above on 2008. CITY CA 92234. Riverside County. Full name of I declare that all the information in this statement registrant(s): 2a. KENNETH DANIEL BLAKELEY is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as 31870 AVE LA GAVIOTA CATHEDRAL CITY CA true, information which he or she knows to be 92234. This business is conducted by: INDIfalse, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: KERRI E. DE- VIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact PIERRO This statement was filed with the County business under the fictitious name(s) listed above. Clerk of Riverside County on 12/09/2013.LARRY I declare that all the information in this statement W. WARD, Signed by: V. BOYZO-SAUCEDO is true and correct. (A registrant who declares I-2013-03152 Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS as true, information which he or she knows to NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM be false, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: KENNETH THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE D BLAKELEY. This statement was filed with the COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS County Clerk of Riverside County on 12/11/2013.
LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: S. PEREZ I-201303178. Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run date 12/18, 25, 1/3, 1/8/2013. DSW 13-30474
information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: DARNELL REED. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on 12/13/2013.LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: S. ROMERO I-2013-03190 Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run .The following person is (are) doing business as: date 12/18, 25, 1/3, 1/8/2013. DSW 13-473 1a KINGDOM SHIRTS 80765 CANYON-TRAIL INDIO CA 92201. Riverside County. Full name of FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT .The registrant(s): 2a. DARNELL DURAY REED 80765 following person is (are) doing business as: 1a CANYON TRAIL INDIO CA 92201. This business BOM DIA SKIN AND ILLUMINOUS BRONZING is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant com- 73211 FRED WARNING DRIVE PALM DESmenced to transact business under the fictitious ERT CA 92211 Riverside County. Full name of business name(s) listed above on 4/1/13. I declare registrant(s): 2a. AMANDA VIDAL OSMAN 75275 that all the information in this statement is true CAMELLO COURT PALM DESERT CA 92211. 2b. and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, JEANETTE-DE GUZMAN 69738 KENT PLACE CATHEDRAL CITY CA 92234. This business is conducted by: CO-PARTNERS. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious name(s) listed above. . I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: JEANETTE DE GUZMAN This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on 11/05/2013 .LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: T. JENSEN I-2013-02935. Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run date 12/4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. DSW 13-30469
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AMENDED STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following fictitious business name(s) has been abandoned by the following person(s): TO DYE FOR HAIR STUDIO 45120 SAN PABLO SUITE 2K PALM DESERT CA 92260 RIVERSIDE COUNTY Full name of registrant(s): TRACY MARIE HUNSBERGER 74378 MYRSIER AVE PALM DESERT CA 92260.This business is conducted by: A INDIVIDUAL. The fictitious name(s) referred to above were abandoned in Riverside County on July17,2013 The fictitious business name(s) referred to above was filed in Riverside County on APRIL 5TH 2010 I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Signed: TRACY HUNSBERGER. LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: T. JENSEN Deputy I-201000928 NOTE: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run Date 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 and 8/14/13 Amended 12/18, 25, 1/3, 1/8/2013. DSW 13-30313 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following fictitious business name(s) POSH PALM SPRINGS 530 E MEL AVE, PALM SPRINGS CA 92262 JAY CORPORATION 530 E MEL AVE PALM SPRINGS CA 92262. This business is conducted by: CORPORATION. The fictitious business name(s) referred to above was filed in Riverside County on 4/10/2013. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Signed: Michael S Antal This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County, signed by Larry W. Ward by D. Perez, Deputy on Dec. 02, 2013. File No.o. I-201300988 DSW 13-30464 Pub 12/4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT .The following person is (are) doing business as: 1a POSH PALM SPRINGS 530 E MEL AVENUE, PALM SPRINGS CA 92262 Riverside County. Full name of registrant(s): 2a. SANTONY INVESTMENTS, LLC 1048 DANE DRIVE PALM SPRINGS CA 92262. This business is conducted by: LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious name(s) listed above. . I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: SANTO ALOISI MANAGING MEMBER This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on 12/02/2013 .LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: D.PEREZ I-2013-03096 Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run date 12/4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. DSW 13-30463 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT .The following person is (are) doing business as: 1a RAWATION 2580 E.TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY #311 PALM SPRINGS CA 92262 Riverside County. Full name of registrant(s): 2a. SARENA RACHELLE NELSON 2580 E. TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY #311 PALM SPRINGS CA 92262. This business is conducted by: INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious name(s) listed above. . I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Signed: SARENA NELSON This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on 11/27/2013 .LARRY W. WARD, Signed by: S..PEREZ I-2013-03084 Note: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (see Section 14411, et seq., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE.) Run date 12/4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. DSW 13-30461
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APN: 657-201-006-7 Property : 16645 AVENIDA ATEZADA, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240 Title Order No. : 7912063 Trustee Sale No. : 8686002462-F00 NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ€™S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED April 07, 2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 03, 2014, Sage Point Lender Services, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIERâ€™S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT drawn on a state or national bank, cashierâ€™s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashierâ€™s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN BELOW MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST Executed by: RAUL E. GALLO AND BERENICE C. GALLO, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded on April 17, 2009, as Instrument No. 2009-0191520, at Page 7 of Official Records, in the office of the County Recorder of Riverside County, California Date of Sale: January 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM Place of Sale: at the Auction.Com Room of the 400 North Main Street, Corona, CA 92880 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 16645 AVENIDA ATEZADA, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240 APN# 657-201-006-7 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Sale is $111,682.03. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default
and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ€™s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to the return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgageeâ€™s Attorney. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorderâ€™s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you
may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.AUCTION.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 8686-002462-F00. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: December 4, 2013 Sage Point Lender Services, LLC 400 Exchange, Suite 110 Irvine, CA 92602 949-265-9940 Iuliia Calloway FOR TRUSTEEâ€™S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (800) 2802832 or visit WWW.AUCTION.COM SAGE POINT LENDER SERVICES, LLC MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0224344 To: DESERT STAR WEEKLY PUB: 12/11/2013, 12/18/2013, 12/25/2013. DSW 13-30471 Trustee Sale No . 1300022 Loan No. Title Order No. 1512765 APN 644-203-007-0TRA No. 014074 NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ€™S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/28/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01/02/2014 at 09:00AM, IE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS FORECLOSURES as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/24/2010 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 2010-0291721 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Riverside County, California, executed by: DONNA MARIE TRYON, as Trustor, , as beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashierâ€™s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section
lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorderâ€™s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 573-1965 or visit this Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case 1300022. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATE: 12/5/13 Cheyenne Blue Cayman Safe Investments, LP c/o IE Business Solutions Foreclosures 357 N. Sheridan Street Suite 101 Corona, CA 92880 (909) 547-3599 Sale Information Line: (714) 573-1965 Ann Ector, Forclosure Officer P1073939 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/2013. DSW 13-30470
5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: THE FRONT STEPS TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE FORMER CORONA POLICE DEPARTMENT, 849 W. SIXTH STREET, CORONA, CA 92882, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: LOT 54 OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS HIGHLANDS UNIT NO.3 AS SHOWN BY MAP ON FILE IN BOOK 33, PAGES 76 TO 78 INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. EXCEPT THEREFROM ALL OIL, GAS AND MINERAL RIGHTS ALREADY RESERVED OF RECORD. The property heretofore described is being sold lias isâ€?, The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 13635 AVENIDA LA VISTA, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92590. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $97,409.65 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The Beneficiary may elect to bid less than the full credit bid. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property
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APN: 694-010-015-6 TS No: CA05002516-13-1 TO No: 1504116 NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ€™S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED July 16, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM, at the front steps to the entrance of the former Corona Police Department 849 W. Sixth Street Corona, CA 92882, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on July 24, 2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0478739 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Riverside County, California, executed by SHAUN CARLIN A SINGLE MAN , as Trustor(s), in favor of NATIONAL CITY MORTGAGE A DIVISION OF NATIONAL CITY BANK as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold â€œas isâ€?. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 34940 TIOGA, THOUSAND PALMS, CA 92276- The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trusteeâ€™s Sale is estimated to be $138,048.28 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiaryâ€™s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashierâ€™s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trusteeâ€™s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ€™s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorderâ€™s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Priority Posting and Publishing at 714573-1965 for information regarding the Trusteeâ€™s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA05002516-13-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: December 10, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA05002516-131 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-2528300 Joseph Barragan, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1074326 12/18, 12/25, 01/01/2014. DSW 13-30472
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By Jackie Devereaux PALM SPRINGS â€“ The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic ruling on Wednesday, Jun. 26 to grant same sex marriages across the nation. In their ruling on DOMA and Californiaâ€™s Proposition 8, the justices overturned a previous lower court ruling which declared same sex marriage unconstitutional. Within minutes of the landmark ruling, local hoteliers and wedding planners scrambled to promote Palm Springs as a premiere wedding destination. â€œThe Supreme Courtâ€™s
historic action today overturning DOMA and dismissing the appeal of Californiaâ€™s Proposition 8, clearing the way for same-sex marriage in our state is a huge victory for the LGBT community. This is about equal rights and I HTNYH[PĂ„LK[OH[[OLJV\Y[OHZ recognized that we are all the same,â€? said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet. â€œMy husband Christopher and I look forward to same-sex weddings commencing again in the state of California â€“ and rest assured the City of Palm Springs will continue to be a destination committed to celebrating the
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institution of marriage, both heterosexual and same-sex,â€? Pougnet said in a prepared statement â€œRiverside County is prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and record their marriages immediately after the anticipated direction is received from the state and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Hopefully that day will be here soon,â€? said Supervisor John J. Benoit. â€œThe U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the matter of Hollingsworth v. Perry, making
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Local Men Charged in Vanderbilt Rape Case By Jackie Devereaux PALM DESERT - The attorney for one of the men charged with allegedly tampering with evidence in a Vanderbilt rape case said his client, Joseph Dominick Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, received a video of the alleged rape through his phone as a text message. Criminal Defense Attorney )YL[[ .YLLUĂ„LSK ^P[O [OL 3VZ (UNLSLZSH^Ă„YTVM2LUULYHUK Greenfield admitted that his client, Quinzio, â€œsaw the video
and became very disturbed.â€? Quinzio, along with Miles Finley, 19, of Bermuda Dunes are friends of Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio. The three young men played football together at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert. Vandenburg was arrested MVYĂ„]LJV\U[ZVMYHWLHUK[^V counts of sexual battery against an unconscious 21-year-old female Vanderbilt student. Vandenburg is also charged with videotaping the female victim
and passing on those videos to others. The alleged rape and video tapping took place on June 23 in Tennessee. .YLLUĂ„LSK ZHPK [OL ]PKLV was sent to his client. Quinzio and Finley both are charged with tampering with electronic evidence and scheduled to appear in separate courtrooms on Tuesday, Aug. 20 for extradition hearings. â€œHeâ€™s (Quinzio) being accused of somehow tampering with or destroying evidence, and
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German son seeks reunion with father By Jackie Devereaux Emin Bernd Alihodic was born on July 21, 1951 in Siegen, Germany and immigrated to the United States sometime in the late 1980s. Alihodic left behind two children and an ex-wife. His son, Jens (Alihodic) Luschnt, 35, came to Palm Springs on Monday, Aug. 12 to search for his biological father with only a
newspaper article describing how his dad was rescued twice off Mount San Jacinto on Feb. 9, 2009 and then again on May 13, 2010. Jens, who speaks little or no English, was adopted by his stepfather at the age of 10 and only knows a little about his biological father from stories his mother told him through the years. â€œIâ€™d like to know more
about him. Howâ€™s he been living all these years,â€? the younger Alihodic said through a German/ English interpreter. Jens said he started looking for his father about a year and a half ago after meeting the SV]LVMOPZSPML2HYPU/\LILYZ /LHUK2HYPU^HU[[VZ[HY[[OLPY own family soon and through her urging, they traveled to Palm Springs to search for his biological father. Continues on Page 4
nothing could be further than the [Y\[OÂš.YLLUĂ„LSKZHPK Nashville, Tennessee Metro police traveled to California in July to interview both Quinzio and Finley about their involvement with the cover up. .YLLUĂ„LSKZHPKOPZJSPLU[^HZ so disturbed by the video, that he went to the Riverside County Sheriffâ€™s Department on Friday, Aug. 16 and reported everything he knew. â€œDoing the right thing was what prompted him to go to the ZOLYPMMÂš.YLLUĂ„LSKZHPKRUV^PUN an investigation was going on. .YLLUĂ„LSKZHPKVUS`^OLU
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BakeWith Cherries Favorite Recipes & Gluten-Free Updates! Cherry Brownie Pizza
1 box gluten-free brownie mix (or one box brownie mix) plus ingredients needed to prepare the brownies according to the package directions 1/2 cup sliced almonds 16 ounces cream cheese (or dairy free alternative), at room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 20 Maraschino cherries without stems, cut in half and patted dry 1/2 ounce dark chocolate, grated Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan (non-perforated) with butter or gluten-free, non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions, spread into the prepared pan, and bake for half the time called for in the directions or until a toothpick inserted 2-3 inches from the edge comes out clean. Let cool completely. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet, stirring often, over medium-high heat until browned and fragrant. Let cool. Whip the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread on the cooled crust. Top the cream cheese with the toasted almonds, halved cherries, and grated chocolate. Makes 12 servings.
Festive Pineapple Upside Down Cake 1 20-ounce can pineapple slices in pineapple juice 7 whole Maraschino cherries 1½ cup Carol’s Amazing All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour or other all-purpose gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum (or regular all-purpose flour) 1½ teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt 3 large eggs, separated 1 cup granulated sugar 1½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark), firmly packed Preheat oven to 350°F. Drain the canned pineapple reserving 1/2 cup of the juice. Lay the pineapple slices (you should have 10 slices) and the Maraschino cherries on a layer of paper towel and pat them then dry with another paper towel. Cut 3 of the pineapple slices in half. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the egg yolks, granulated sugar, reserved 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and vanilla until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well. With an electric mixer beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the batter, combining well. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium heat. When melted carefully swirl the pan so that the butter coats the sides of the pan. Add the brown sugar and cook, stirring, until the sugar has melted into the butter and is lump free, about 1 minute. Let the sugar mixture cool very slightly then lay in the pineapple slices carefully so you do not burn yourself. Start with the center, put one whole pineapple slice in the center then arrange the other six whole slices around it. Place the halve slices in the spaces between the whole slices around the outer edge, the curved side facing toward the center. Place a whole Maraschino cherry in the center of each of the whole pineapple slices. Pour the batter over the pineapples and cherries and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cook for 2 minutes, run a knife around the outer edge then invert on a serving platter and let finish cooling. Make sure you do not let the cake cool too long before inverting or the caramel will harden and the pineapple slices will stick to the bottom of the pan. Servings: 10-12
For more delicious gluten-free Maraschino cherry recipes from Carol Kicinski visit SimplyGluten-Free.com and NationalCherries.com Recipes & Photos courtesy of Carol Kicinski, Professional Recipe Developer, TV Chef & Editor-In-Chief, Simply Gluten Free Magazine. Copyright © 2013 Simply Gluten Free, Inc., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
When gathering together with family and friends, make baking part of the celebration. Special memories are created year-to-year through honored traditions and with our favorite recipes. When preparing those cherished treats, update a couple of the classics recipes with gluten-free versions to satisfy everyone. For those special gatherings or neighborhood cookie exchanges, it has never been easier to convert a conventional recipe to gluten-free. A few simple changes can create delightful results. Gluten-free ingredients are a simple update for today’s baking and are readily available at your local market or on-line. Whether you choose a classic version or an updated gluten-free recipe, be sure to keep plenty of Maraschino cherries on hand. Little bakers will want to help create baking magic. Why not let them place the finishing touches on a wonderful new version of Cherry Brownie Pizza. Cherry Thumbprint Cookies are a perfect choice to thank a favorite teacher or neighbor. Maraschino cherries are the special ingredient that add taste, flavor and color to those favorite desserts. Cherries are easy to keep on hand and enjoy for any occasion!
Black Forest Cookies cups blanched almond flour* cup unsweetened cocoa powder teaspoon baking soda teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt cup grapeseed (or other neutral tasting) oil 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 large eggs 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup Maraschino cherries, patted dry and quartered Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Whisk together the oil, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries. Using a spoon or small (#60) ice cream scoop, spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes or until the cookies are firm. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling Makes about 2½ dozen cookies. *NOTE: Make your own almond flour! Just pulse 3 cups of blanched, slivered almonds in a food processor until it reaches the consistency of flour. Yield: about 21/2 cups almond flour.
Place the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar on a plate. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls (a #60 ice cream scoop works well) and roll the dough balls in the sugar. Place on the prepared pans, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until the dough looks just set but has not started to brown. While the cookies are baking unwrap all your chocolate kisses. As soon as the cookies are done, place a kiss on top of each cookie, gently pressing the kiss into the cookie. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes then gently move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 42 (3½ dozen) cookies
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Cherry Kisses Cookies 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour with xanthan gum (or regular all-purpose flour) 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt 4 ounces Solo Almond Paste 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar, divided use 1 large egg white 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries, stems removed, dried and coarsely chopped 42 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer (preferably fitted with the paddle attachment), beat the almond paste, butter, and 1/4 cup sugar together for 3 minutes or until very light and fluffy. Add the egg white and extracts and beat well. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture slowly. Mix until combined. With a spatula, stir the chopped cherries into the dough.
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Gluten Free Fat Free Sodium Free Only 10 calories per serving • Only 2 grams sugar per serving Kids love them! And they are perfect for decorating cookies, cakes and cupcakes. Keep Maraschino cherries on hand to add taste, flavor and texture to your favorite recipes, desserts and beverages.
4 cups pastry-quality gluten-free flour (or regular pastry-quality flour) 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup corn syrup or light agave nectar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup sanding sugar (or just more granulated sugar) 1 11-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips 24 Maraschino cherries, cut in half and dried well Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer. Add the corn syrup, egg and vanilla and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture, with the mixer on low, and beat until combined. With a spatula, scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is mixed well. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls then roll in the sanding sugar and place on a plate or baking sheet – you can put them on top of each other – and refrigerate for 30 minutes. You can make ahead of time but if they are refrigerated for more than 30 minutes you will have to let them sit out for a few minutes before proceeding. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheets about an inch apart. Flatten with your thumb, making an indentation in each ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm but not beginning to brown. Leave oven on. If the indentations have risen, use the end of a wooden spoon to depress again. Fill each indentation with a teaspoon of chocolate chips. Return to oven for 2 minutes. Using a small offset spatula or spoon, swirl the chocolate chips to melt. Top each cookie with a Maraschino cherry half. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
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cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened cup granulated sugar cup light brown sugar, packed large eggs tablespoon heavy cream teaspoons pure vanilla extract cups pastry-quality gluten-free flour (or regular pastry-quality flour) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 15 Maraschino cherries, stems removed, patted dry, and chopped 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped 6 ounces good quality white chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. Cream the butter with the two sugars in a mixer. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg is fully incorporated. Add the cream and vanilla and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add to the butter and sugar mixture and beat just until combined. With a spatula scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add the chopped cherries, pistachios, and white chocolate chips and fold in. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Gently flatten the cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. Makes about 36 cookies
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Dec. 26-Jan. 1 2014 Astrological Forecast by Risa D’Angeles ARIES A new phase of reality begins. Great aspirations push you forward into dedication and hard work. Your self-identity, sense of family and home, intimate relationships and professional career will change and expand. Work with others cooperatively. All that you aspire to do will come forth only if cooperation is foremost. Tend carefully to moods. Use them imaginatively to create all things new. TAURUS The Grand Cross affects your personal religion and spirituality, your mind (thinking, study, ideas), daily life, health, teaching and travel. Much of the year will be rather dreamy. You might not like this much. However, it’s a time of rest and healing. Dreams help manifest a long-held vision. Be in the sun as much as possible. Write down plans and ideas. A new phase in your life begins. Try not to be too distant with those you love.
Each lifetime we attempt to discover your place in the sun. When we die, it’s our last thought that determines where we go. In this lifetime, you’re to train your mind. Planning and strategy is important in the coming year. We can also plan consciously for when we die. You are not dying this year. This is an exercise of preparation. Begin training your mind on what you will think about at the time of death. CANCER The New Year brings great promise of happiness. You won’t be feeling distracted. You will feel harmonious and challenged to move forward toward what you’ve always wanted. Your mind will be clear. You will feel rewarded by your creativity. When there are differences you will step aside (like the crab you are) circumventing them. Then they dissolve. There may be a selling or buying of property/land. See each day as an opportunity. LEO
The New Year is golden for you in terms of work, confidence and GEMINI growth, both subtle and steady. We work in between incarnations. You will make changes concerning
health and healing. Become a member of a spa, begin an exercise and diet regime with yoga, tai chi, biking, swimming, etc. Continued focus on health is most important. You will seek meaning and the highest of truths. Compassion and altruism become your newest psychological orientation. VIRGO Allow constancy of effort into your life, not turning back when difficulties arise. Stand at the middle point. You may feel your life is not moving forward. However, many things are occurring within. New realities, resources… new love and things social rise to the surface — soon offering satisfaction and intimacy. Tend to partners and those who love you with care and feeding. Let your mind be at ease. LIBRA You will work very hard this coming year. When in doubt, call upon your angels to flood your life with light, information and assistance; it will happen immediately. You felt challenged this past year. The upcoming year offers greater progress and power. Avoid controversial decisions. Allow time for Right Decisions leading to Right Action. Don’t show dissatisfaction in relationships. Love is not a feeling — it’s a willingness to love more. SCORPIO
rewarded. You might be too impulsive, leading to expectations that might feel unreasonable to others. Provide affection and attention to everyone, especially friends and loved ones. You will be busy socially for a while. Then your temperament becomes serious and internal. Spending time alone is part of your destiny. SAGITTARIUS You will feel quite dynamic as the New Year unfolds. There will be a fire within burning brighter and fuller. You may need to control that fire a bit, lest conflicts with others are created. Use it for creativity, to achieve greater goals, greater focus and direction. You will rise in stature through new ways of thinking. This has already begun. You’re more positive, bright like the Sun. They eliminate obstacles and hurdles. Do not compete; share instead. CAPRICORN Saturn is your ruler — the planet helping you in all endeavors, especially climbing the mountain, which means “ladder,” of success… in whatever way you see success for yourself. Saturn helps you choose good shoes, too. I wish you a happy birthday for your new year. Remember to speak with your angels; they stand by waiting for instructions. They are to help you with all that you need and want in the coming year. Make your list.
relationships, love, friendship and romance. Avoid any major changes at the first half of the year. Instead focus on building a firmer foundation of achievement. New realities can emerge in the last half of the year, after the retrogrades. Travel when you can. It brings you pleasure, excitement, play and relaxation. Have pride in your accomplishments and the social role you play in the world. PISCES Rest more in the coming year. Focus, stamina and vitality return gradually. Remain conscious of fluctuating finances. You want Right Use of money and resources. Past friends and lovers continue to occupy your mind; send them on their way with love and blessings. Or invite them along the Path. Not many will be able to absorb the fiery field of the Path. You will be called to leadership; step into this with confidence. The many years have prepared you. Risa D’Angeles is the founder and director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies Research Institute: nightlifenews.com, or on Facebook, Risa’s Esoteric Astrology. She can be reached at email@example.com
You will look back on 2014 and see that it was good. There will AQUARIUS be exceptional growth, support, gains and progress with creativity The New Year focuses upon
Cancer Concern Opens Desert Chapter
Love from Margot Foundation Donates 100 Percent to Women’s Treatment By Frieda Noone CATHEDRAL CITY – The Love from Margot Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial and spiritual support to low-income and underinsured women who have been diagnosed with a woman’s cancer, has launched a chapter serving the Coachella Valley. The launch was commemorated with a street naming and dedication last month adjacent to Volkswagen of Palm Springs, located at 67909 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City. Margot Murphy Way is named in honor of the late Margot Murphy, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 38 after a nine-year battle with breast cancer. “As I watched my dear wife suffer, I was completely powerless to do anything to help her,” recalled Michael Murphy, founder of the organization and co-owner of Volkswagen Palm Springs. “I came to the painful realization that there must be so many other wonderful women and their families facing this same sort of horrible situation, and I wanted to help them.” Murphy founded the Love from Margot Foundation in 2012 to help women in the San
Francisco Bay Area who are struggling to make ends meet while undergoing treatment or are on the road to recovery. The foundation gives 100 percent of donations directly to support clients, with Murphy covering all overhead and expenses. On November 23, 2013, the Margot Murphy Community Center opened its doors in Oakland. The Center serves the surrounding community, along with clients of the foundation. The foundation has partnered with The Shanti Project, a Bay Area organization that enhances the quality of life, health and wellbeing of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. Murphy recently gifted a four-year, $600,000 grant to the organization. “I’m touched beyond words by Mike’s generosity,” said Kaushik Roy, executive director of The Shanti Project. “Anyone who is facing life-threatening or terminal illness deserves to have at least one compassionate advocate and friend by their side. Mike’s gift to Shanti over the next four years will ensure that more than 400 of our most marginalized and vulnerable neighbors will have at least one
source of support that they otherwise may not have.” Now with a chapter here in the Coachella Valley, Murphy has committed $100,000 to Gilda’s Club Desert Cities to directly support its members who have been diagnosed with women’s cancer. Paula Kennedy, president and CEO of Gilda’s Club Desert
Cities, estimated that these funds will serve approximately 50 of her clients. “It’s for those extra needs outside of medical treatment,” explained Kennedy. “It’s a wonderful thing, because so many of our members are desperate for this help.” “We are proud to become
part of the fabric of this wonderful Coachella Valley community — and look forward to working with Gilda’s Club to improve the quality of life for as many of these women as possible,” added Murphy. For more info, visit lovefrommargot.com.
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December 25, 2013
A Glimpse into Santa’s World
Fact or Fiction?
Santa’s Workshop Challenge Santa is very busy at Christmastime. Here are some questions about his workshop and helpers. How many can you answer correctly? 1) Santa’s workshop is located at the South Pole. Fact or Fiction? 2) Santa used to have another workshop on the moon. Fact or Fiction? 3) Toys are made at Santa’s workshop. Fact or Fiction? 4) The reindeer make most of the toys at the workshop. Fact or Fiction? 5) Mrs. Claus and her sisters also work at the workshop. Fact or Fiction? 6) Mrs. Claus’ sisters wrap all of the toys. Fact or Fiction?
There are books about Santa’s workshop and movies too. There are amusement parks based on Santa’s workshop There are even replicas of Santa’s workshop. That’s right. People around the world have set up their own Santa’s workshops. The owners of these workshops have used their imaginations to recreate what they think is Santa’s workshop, complete with toys of all types. There are replicas of Santa’s workshop in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. For those that don’t have a chance to visit these workshop replicas, there are websites that focus on Santa’s workshop and what you might see there if ever given the chance to visit. As for visiting the actual Santa’s workshop, well, there’s only one person you can ask about that—the man in the red suit himself! What will he say?
Name That Toy Santa’s workshop is filled with toys for kids of all ages. Fill in the blanks to name some of the toys that might be found in Santa’s workshop.
7) Santa receives many letters from children at his workshop each season. Fact or Fiction?
D O __ __ S
8) Rudolph is in charge of sorting through all of the children’s letters. Fact or Fiction?
T R __ __ N S
9) Santa keeps a list of all the children who are naughty and nice. Fact or Fiction?
T E __ __ Y B __ __ R S
10) During the summer, Santa gives tours of his workshop. Fact or Fiction?
C __ R S & T __ U C __ S
B __ K __ S
B A __ __ S
S K __ T __ S
Answers: 1) Fiction, it is located at the North Pole, 2) Fiction, 3) Fact, 4) Fiction, the elves make most of the toys, 5) Fiction, 6) Fiction, no one knows if Mrs. Claus even has sisters, 7) Fact, 8) Fiction, Rudolph leads the sleigh, 9) Fact, 10) Fiction
What Rhymes with…
Answers: 1) Dolls, 2) Trains, 3) Teddy Bears, 4) Cars & Trucks, 5) Bikes, 6) Balls, 7) Skates
COLORING PICTURE List 10 words that rhyme with “make.”_ 1. ___________
10. ___________ Some answers: bake, brake, break, cake, fake, lake, rake, steak, take, wake
Jokes and Riddles Q: How long does it take Santa to burn down a candle in his workshop? A: About a wick!
Q: Why does Santa keep a
garden outside his workshop? A: Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe!
December 25, 2013
Desert Hot Springs 5th Annual Spa Tour: Thursday, January 30, 2014 5-8:30pm
Join us for a fabulous evening touring world class spas in DHS
From the Staff and Your Friends at the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Best Wishes for a Healthy & Prosperous New Year...
Thank You For Your Continued Support! Explore... Transform... Indulge... Relax... Celebrating the beautiful healing hideaways of Californiaâ€™s Spa City, the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce along with the Hoteliers Association of Desert Hot Springs will host the 5th Annual Spa Tour.
Heather Coladonato, President & CEO with Santa & Kathy Gavin, Board Member
Deborah Cowan, Executive Assistant & Audrey Burak, Administrative Support Heather Coladonato President & CEO
DESERT HOT SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 11-999 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760-329-6403 www.deserthotsprings.com
Overlooking the Palm Springs area, Desert Hot Springs is home to dozens of boutique resorts known worldwide for their natural, healing, hot mineral waters and represent various styles to include Mid-century Modern, Moroccan, casual, classic and clothing optional. Spa Tour is an amazing opportunity to see several of these properties in one evening, and the beauty that rests within. Available ticket levels and prices are as follows: VIP Tour: $125 if purchased by December 31, $150 from January 1st Guided Tour: $40 if purchased by December 31st, $50 from January 1st Self - Guided Tour: $20 if purchased by December 31st, $30 from January 1st *All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable
To Purchase tickets: 760-329-6403 11-999 Palm Drive â€˘ DHS
Desert Star Weekly Dec. 25, 2013