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PALM SPRINGS, CA Thirtyfour puppies visited Ontario International Airport on Saturday, Nov. 10 as part of their extensive training to become heroes to the blind through Guide Dogs of the Desert (GDD). Puppies and their raisers became familiarized with the security screening process, sights, sounds and smells of the airport environment including a tour of the tarmac/aircraft parking areas, airport public transportation systems and – subject to availability – board an aircraft to experience use of jet ways and the boarding process. Cynthia Yancu, who organized this trip with the Ontario airport and Alaska Airlines, is a puppy raiser of Pilot, a male black Labrador Retriever, and an employee of Alaska Airlines. Puppies, their raisers and

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the event’s organizers met in front of Ontario Airport Terminal 2 to begin their familiarization tour. For the blind, a guide dog means increased freedom, companionship and safety. Since 1972, Guide Dogs of the Desert has worked to connect people in need with the tools they require for success. Guide Dogs of the Desert is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that improves the lives of the blind by creating Guide dogs at Ontario Airport opportunities for lifechanging independence, and by through the use of a guide dog. conducting community outreach Guide Dogs of the Desert breeds, and education programs. We raises and trains dogs and then offer safe mobility, loving trains their blind clients to work companionship and the “miracle with their hand selected dog at of independence” to the blind no cost to their clients.

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Canada Needs 40,000 Construction Workers Huge Indio Job Fair Slated for Dec. 4 INDIO, CA – A huge job fair hopes to attract 40,000 construction workers needed for jobs in British Columbia, Canada. The job fair will be held at the Workforce Development Center located at 44-199 Monroe Street in Indio on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. “California’s economic dive left thousands of skilled construction workers out of jobs. Some have not found work for the past four years in their trade. With the U.S. recovery moving slowly and residential and commercial construction at a standstill we are actively looking for ways to send these skilled workers back to work,” said Commissioner Tom Freeman in the Office of Foreign

Construction workers needed in Canada Trade with the Economic Development Agency (EDA) of Riverside County. “Canada is having

an unprecedented economic boom and Please see jobs, page 3

A New Private Resort Spa Under Construction in DHS

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - The City recently issued a building permit for a new 10-room resort spa YK Spa, located at 13060 La Salle Road off Hacienda Ave. The new private spa is under construction and when completed will be a 12,503 square foot facility consisting of nine guest rooms on a .80 acre site with on site management. The resort will have a common kitchen for users, a swimming pool and each room will have its own spa and patio area. The developer is Daehung Construction out of Los Angeles. “Desert Hot Springs is becoming known for its world class resorts and healing waters. We welcome this new spa as it joins us in offering our amazing waters to more people,” said Judy Bowman, president of the Desert Hot Springs

Hoteliers Association. “It is the healing waters that make the spa resorts in Desert Hot Springs so special. There is no other naturally occurring hot water springs like this in

Architectural rendering of YK Spa

the world,” said DHS Mayor Yvonne Parks when she congratulated the developer noting that, “Desert Hot Springs has gained international notoriety in the travel industry for its outstanding hot water spa resorts.”

STARNews Community Leader Jack Becker Dies DESERT HOT SPRINGS , CA - Planning Commissioner, animal welfare activist and former Chamber of Commerce board director Jack Becker died on Saturday, Nov. 10 after a short battle with cancer. In the five years Becker was a Desert Hot Springs resident, he championed numerous causes like Animal Samaritans, Cabot’s Museum and the city’s Economic Development Committee. “Jack was the embodiment of a community activist and a force for good in our city. He was a class act and a true gentleman in every sense of the word.” said Tim Radigan Brophy, a friend and local business owner. A former Campbell’s Soup executive, Becker also enjoyed a long and successful career as a “turnaround expert,” restructuring troubled companies prior to resale. Growing up Jack Becker with his dog Diva in the Miami area Becker saw the development of southern Florida from its earliest days and those early impressions in turn became the foundation of his knowledge for the city’s planning commission. His passion for the world of business, architecture, art, an animal’s role in our daily lives and helping to shape our city’s destiny are efforts that will be sorrowfully missed in our community. Becker is survived by his loving wife Dr. Lorraine Becker, his children and grandchildren. “Jack was a great citizen who loved his community and served it as a volunteer without hesitation. His dedication to the love and care of animals set him apart as a kind and gentle soul. Jack was a truly good and decent man who will be missed,” said City Manager Rick Daniels. “Jack was a real asset to the city, a great ambassador and very knowledgeable and not afraid to ask questions. He really will be missed,” said longtime friend and colleague George Fisher.



CraigsList robber arrested Desert hot springs, ca – A Craigslist robber was arrested by the DHS Police Department on Saturday, Nov. 10 during a sting operation orchestrated by the Special Enforcement Team (SET). Darius Mark Anthony Griffin, 22, of DHS was arrested at 12850 Maui Way and faces three counts of attempted armed robbery, a felon with a firearm, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, being in possession of a loaded firearm in public and receiving stolen property. Griffin is in custody at the Riverside County Jail with bail set at $545,000. “On Nov. 1, the first victim located an ad on Craigslist regarding a 2000 BMW 328I for sale. The contact information located in the ad was the email address of DevinJones925@yahoo. The victim communicated back and forth with the suspect, which eventually led to the victim bringing $3,250 in cash to purchase the BMW to 12550 Miracle Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Darius Mark Anthony Griffin victim parked behind the apartment complex as directed. Soon, the suspect appeared wearing a beanie covering his face, pointing a handgun and demanding the money. The victim escaped,” said DHS Commander Ken Peary in a written statement. “On Nov. 7, a second victim located the same ad with the same email address. He agreed to meet at the same location. The victim saw two Black males talking with each other. One walked past him and the other approached with a beanie over his face and started yelling at the victim to hand over the money. The victim fled and called 911. Officers from the DHS PD SET initiated an extensive three day investigation that led them to believe Griffin would be attempting another robbery. “On Saturday Nov. 10, the SET officers, with the assistance of patrol officers and detectives began surveillance and saw Griffin leave his residence and walk towards the Miracle Hill location putting the beanie over his head. Griffin tried to run from officers but was quickly captured. “As he ran he threw a loaded handgun and the beanie to the ground. The gun was loaded. A search warrant was served at his residence nearby. Further evidence recovered stolen property, and that he used a neighbor’s unlocked wireless system to both conceal and enhance his communication capabilities. Griffin has a lengthy criminal history and was on probation for other felonies. “Although a large percentage of these types of ads are legitimate, we would strongly urge the public to take some simple precautions when attempting a transaction from any type of advertisement involving private parties and large amounts of money. The most simple and safest method is to use a very public and well lit location for these transactions. If

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the seller balks at this request, or if you witness behavior that you believe to be suspicious in any way, abandon the effort and re-evaluate your options,” Peary said.

Del taco robberies Indio, CA – Two robberies in one week are alleged to be the job of one suspect. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, a white male adult about 20-30 years old robbed a Carl’s Jr. located at 81770 Hwy 111 in Indio. Video depicts the suspect fleeing in a dark colored truck, possibly a Ford. The same truck was seen fleeing an earlier robbery at Del Taco on Friday, Nov. 2, where a white male, 5’10’ or taller, “chunky” heavier build, wearing gold-rimmed prescription glasses and had blue eyes, pointed a gun at the onsite manager and demanded the cash in the register. The suspect then requested the manager take him to the two safes in the back. In the Carl’s Jr. robbery the suspect walked in as an employee was making a money deposit and pointed a gun at the employee and demanded the money.





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BriefsSTAR Youth Violence and Gang New Playground Planned at Intervention Ad-Hoc Health & Wellness Center Committee Meeting

The Desert H ot Springs Youth Violence and Gang Intervention AdHoc Committee held their monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Carl May Community Center located at

11711 West Drive. The speakers at the meeting were representatives from the YMCA, the Parent Project and the Indio Youth Task Force. The group discussed the various programs offered for our at-risk youth. The public is strongly encouraged to attend. The focus of the Ad Hoc Committee is to work together on gang intervention best

practices and to collaborate on intervention/prevention outreach programs, working in partnership with local nonprofit agencies, ministerial groups and county agencies that will provide services and resources to the city’s gang population, said DHS Police Commander Ken Peary. The Ad Hoc Committee will report its findings and recommendations to the City Council in Spring 2013. The public is strongly encouraged to attend future meetings.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coachella Valley is seeking volunteers to help

with a Design Day on Nov. 15 for a new playground for the Health & Wellness Center. “We are in the planning

stages of building a new KaBoom playground at the new Health & Wellness Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. It is a one day build. We are hosting the Design Day at our current Boys & Girls Club site on 8th Street for the children and our adult volunteers,” said Jim Ducatte, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley Foundation. The children’s portion of the design will be held from 4 - 5 p.m., and the adult volunteer portion of the design day will be held from 5 - 7:30 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club is currently recruiting between 20-30 adult volunteers who might like to be a part of the design day to build the playground. Contact Cynthia Grier at 760-836-1160 or at cgrier@ Jim Ducatte, Chief Executive Officer Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley Foundation, 42-600 Cook Street, Suite 120Palm Desert, CA 92211760 8361160 ext 102760 776-9111

Gas Fitters; Carpenters (formwork); Rebar; Heavy Equipment Operators; Millwrights; Commercial/ Industrial Plumbers; Pipefitters; Steamfitters; Estimators; Electrical Technicians; Geo-technical Technicians; Engineers; Electrical Engineers; Mechanical Engineers; and other specialties. The construction worker job fair is co-hosted and sponsored by the British Columbia Construction Association; the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce; the cities of Lake Elsinore, Riverside and Desert Hot Springs; the Coachella Valley Economic Corporation Riverside County Workforce

Investment Board and the EDA.. “We wish to thank our Canadian partners in government and the development industry for making this job fair a possibility,” Freeman said. This is a voluntary program and open to all skilled construction trades. Union tradesman and nonunion skilled construction workers are welcome and needed. For more information, go contact Tom Freeman, Commissioner-Office of Foreign Trade-EDA, 3403 10th Street, Suite 300, Riverside, CA, USA 92501 or visit their website at www.

Park Committee Recap DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - The local DHS Parks Committee met last week and summarized the staff’s follow-up on several items. The Dog Park located on Long Canyon and Hacienda Avenue is on city-owned land. Several aerial view maps were provided with park dimensions. A follow up on the building usage at the old Boy’s & Girl’s Club was discussed including the

Boxing Club and Workforce Development programs. Other ideas discussed were the Coachella Valley Women’s Business; Small Business Center; Riverside Connect and the Mini-ihub. Additionally, the usage at the Cabot Yerxa building was discussed and supported to keep it for youth sport leagues and for meetings and training sessions. There was a request for a community garden to

be built where the helipad is behind the police station. Also, there was mention to have a community garden along the pathway between the police station and the Carl May/Senior Center. The committee is looking to see if there are water lines to supply the garden and if this is an option the city should pursue. The next Park s Committee meeting is on Monday, Nov. 19.

New Skate Park Sign Installed

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA The new replacement sign was installed for the skateboard park located at on Thursday, Nov. 1. costing $350 to replace the one that was stolen. This is the third sign. “We have directed the community camera to the sign to see if we can find the thief that will try to take this sign,” warned City Manager Rick Daniels. Additionally, the city was hit hard by graffiti vandals over an 18 hour period during this incident, he said. Dozens of buildings along Cactus Street and north of Pierson Blvd. were

hit. “We have leads and will pursue vigorously. Special thanks to Interim Commander Ken Peary and Javier at GPC for his quick response in eradicating the vandalism against the city and local businesses. Theft and vandalism

costs many city hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. “Hopefully, the council’s Task Force on Youth Violence and Gang Intervention will provide some ‘best practices’ solutions to address this very expensive problem for the city.” Daniels said.

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is experiencing severe shortages of skill construction workers across all provinces. Skilled construction workers looking for work and willing to travel to Canada to return to work are invited to this Dec. 4 job fair,” Freeman said in a released statement. Applicants should bring a resume and certified training records. Trades needed include: Industrial Insulators; HVAC; Refrigeration Technicians; Heavy Duty Mechanics; Ironworkers; Fabricators/ Welders; Crane Operators (mobile and tower);

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The World From The Top Down

Young is an entrepreneur in the truest I remember well the first house I sense. As a teenager in Oregon, he saw an bought in the early ‘80s when I lived in opportunity to earn some extra money Houston, Texas. I agreed to buy the house after the volcanic eruption of Mount “as is” and got a great price. A few weeks St. Helens in 1980. The roofs of homes after I made my offer, I closed escrow became covered in acidic ash that needed and moved in to my first fixer upper. to be cleaned fast so the roofs wouldn’t There are always a few funny things begin to deteriorate. Young went to the about buying a house that needs a little local hardware store, bought a garden work. The problems that you didn’t know hose and a few other supplies and started needed fixing always seem to pop up at the most inopportune time. Like when I had some friends over to watch Monday Night Football. I had a big pot of Texas chili on the stove and fresh homemade By Frances Allen cornbread in the oven when a crack of thunder warned of an approaching storm. By Reno Fontana About 15 minutes later, it started raining. cleaning the ash covered roofs for $99. Not a Fred Astaire singing in the rain kind It wasn’t long before the word spread of shower. No, this was a “Noah gather the about Young’s hard work and dedication. animals” kind of deluge. It was the sort of The money came rolling in and he was cataclysmic downpour that immediately literally walking around with thousands let me know that the “as is” part in my of dollars on many occasions before he home purchase included a leaky roof. could get to the bank to make a deposit. I quickly called a 24-hour roofer and In 1987, Young moved to Southern told him about the rain that was making California and began his roofing its way into my house. He said it was too company. Young’s story is a lesson wet outside to work on my roof and told for anyone wanting to go in business. me to put some bowls under the leaks With a $20 investment after Mount and call him when the weather got better. St. Helens exploded, to owning one I gave him a ring a couple of days later of the premier roofing companies when the sun came out and said I’d sure in the region today, Young has seen like to get my roof fixed. He told me not to and done it all in his industry. worry about it for the time being because “I learned to knock on doors looking it had stopped raining and roofs don’t for business when I was just starting leak when there is no precipitation. and not be afraid to hear the Only after I hung up did I word No” Young said. “Today, realize I just had my first when someone hires experience with the logic me, they are just not of a Texas roofer. getting a licensed I sure wish I had and bonded known Todd Young contractor, back then. When it they are comes to the business getting a of keeping friend for life. Giving a homeowners customer the best quality and dry during best service is what Reliable a storm, Roofing is all about.” Young and Young is a fine his company, Christian man who Reliable Roofing, literally takes enormous pride in his work. I’d stands 10 stories tall sometimes and will go to any heights to repair or replace a roof. encourage anyone needing roofing work to give him a call. Life is too short to take “Todd always stands behind his work the chance of burning your chili and and always does what he says he will missing Monday Night Football. You can do,” said Jackie Autry, widow of singer, contact him by calling 760.568.1673. actor, and businessman Gene Autry, and herself a satisfied Reliable Roofing client. Autry also told me Young is the To reach the author of this story only man she trusts with her roofing send your email to renofontana@ needs for all her investment properties.



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DHS Future Charted DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Mayor Yvonne Parks announced last week that she is appointing Mayor Pro Tem Jan Pye as Chair of the city’s Finance Committee to lead a citizen based effort to determine the proper service levels for city services in the future. Mayor Pro Tem Pye will expand the Finance Committee to the maximum extent possible to draw residents and representatives of business in the city to the table to review city services, desired level of services, cost to provide those services, and how those services should be funded and prioritized in the future, Mayor Parks said. “This is a ground up planning process that will provide the City Council with the citizen’s vision and priorities for City government. It is often a tough choice to make between police and parks and recreation and cultural amenities. We need to develop a Financial Master Plan for the future. This process will be the ultimate experience in transparency in government.” The Finance Committee invites the public to participate and become an active member. The first Finance Committee meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Carl May Community Center located at 11711 West Drive. The Finance Committee will meet every third Thursday. The meetings will be working meetings that are interactive and informative and community participation is strongly encouraged. City officials will provide information on the city’s current financial condition and the many challenges facing the city in the next five years. The committee’s round table forum is an excellent opportunity for residents and businesses to provide input and feedback into these critically important decisions on the Community’s future. ”Desert Hot Springs residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to join City officials and others concerned about the financial future as we embark upon charting the City’s future course of action to maintain critical Public Safety, Public Works, Economic Development, and Quality of Life City services,”said Parks. “This citizen based planning effort has been critical to land use planning in the past and shows great promise in fiscal planning as well”, said Parks. “First, it is a good idea, and second citizen engagement is the new way of doing business in these new economic realities. People should get what they are paying for and they are willing to pay for what they want.” If you have any questions about the Finance Committee please go to the City’s website,, fill out an application to provide contact information and come to the Carl May Community Center on Nov. 15 prepared to work on the City’s Financial Master Plan. Additional information can be gathered by contacting Kristie Ramos at 760-329-6411 x260 or

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– to the tune of $1 million over the past five years. The special recognition of Casey and Altieri occurred at a ceremony last Friday when D.A.P. formally unveiled a sculpture entitled “Circle of Love” along with the “Love Lives On” signage on the side of its building. The 10-foot diameter


By Frances Allen Jackie Lee Houston’s Spirit

Ever since the event’s beginning, an invitation to celebrate Halloween with Jackie Lee and Jim Houston at Houston South, their Palm Springs estate, has always been one of the seasons most cherished. Tragically, Jackie Lee passed last year, about a month before Halloween

look-alikes to foreign potentates, from Sponge Bob Square Pants to a stuffed horse, the creativity was endless, as was the love for Jackie Lee expressed by all those present. Her spirit was so overwhelming that evening under a full moon that I’m sure I will be excused if I say I saw a beautifully coiffed angel perched on a high

Circle of Love welded-steel sculpture, which is valued at $6,000, is a gift to Desert AIDS Project by its artist Simi Dabah, who donates his sculptures to public and nonprofit organizations for permanent installation on their sites. D.A.P. supporter, Colin Fisher, covered the cost of transportation and placement of the sculpture. More information about Desert AIDS Project, which provides comprehensive support for people living with HIV/AIDS, is available at (760) 323-2118.

Ted and V.J. Hume in costume and with her family and the entire Coachella Valley in mourning for her loss, there was no “Howling with the Houston’s.” But, this party was one of Jackie Lee’s most favorite and so it did not come as a complete surprise when an invitation from the Houston Family arrived with the notation: “It was Jackie Lee’s plan before she left us.” The Houston’s favorite party planner, Sherri Kelly, went to work, as she’s done for so many years, and created a world of geeks, ghosts and creeps, along with a wide alfresco expanse of food, drink, a five-piece band and dance floor. From Village People

Jason Altieri and Jim Casey

director’s chair, overlooking the revelers. It had to be Jackie Lee - no one else can take her place.

Desert AIDS Project “Circle of Love”

There was a lot of love in the Desert last Halloween week as Desert AIDS Project recognized the dedicated, committed support of Jim Casey and his life partner, Jason Altieri. Through his company, Integrated Wealth Management, Casey has underwritten and co-chaired the annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala – Desert AIDS Project’s principle annual fund raiser

Sunnylands Center and Gardens

It is not too often that we get to walk in the places that played host to powerful people who shaped – and continue to shape - our nation’s history as well as that of the world. But, if you are intrigued by power and money, as well as its use, then a day spent touring Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage will be a memorable experience. Formally known as the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, the property, (now owned by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands), was the 200-acre Rancho Mirage

estate of Ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg who lived in the 25,000 square-foot Midcentury Modern house in the middle of landscaped grounds, including a private golf course, for about five months each year. It was here they entertained presidents, royalty political figures, as well as cultural and entertainment of icons. In fact, it is the presence of Sunnylands that gives the City of Rancho Mirage the right to call itself “The Playground of Presidents.” Today, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands presents and hosts high-level conferences, retreats and seminars of national and international importance. Working with national and international leaders from a range of disciplines, the Retreat’s staff develops these programs designed to have an impact on society. Visitors begin their exploration of Sunnylands with a guided tour of the grounds that includes a 90-minute tour aboard seven passenger electric shuttles. The Sunnylands Center and Gardens, a part of the Annenberg estate, features a wide range of guided walks and a historic estate tour, exploration of the architecture of the home, a review of the landscaping including the greening of the 15-acre Center and Gardens. Guests can also relax in the Great Room, with its spectacular view of Mt. San Jacinto, or take a break in the Café and browse the gift shop. However, one attraction not to be missed is the Gardens’ use of desert plants to paint a living canvas based on the Annenberg collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. You will also learn about ways in which solar panels supply energy, along with the minimal use of water, to the Gardens. Tour information and schedules can be found online at www. .

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Helene Galen, Jaime Kabler and Helen MacMillan

Galen Party Photos and Story by Pat Krause

The Galen - Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert held its “Meet the New Museum Party” on Saturday, Nov. 10. More than 1,000 people descended on the Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden located on 72-567 Highway 111 for complimentary drinks from an open bar and foods catered by Spencer’s restaurant. The event was underwritten 100 percent by Art Angels, Helene Galen, Donna MacMillan, Harold Matzner and Faye Sarkowsky. The theme for the party was the ‘60s and many guests dressed the part. Patrons started the event by touring the Palm Springs Art Museum where mannequins were placed all over wearing mod dresses and gowns. Guests mingled in the spectacular gardens and listened to music by DJ Alt Alpha. There were food stations all through the garden area and a dessert table loaded with all kinds of sweet treats. Co-chairs for the party were Jamie Kabler and Susan Stein. Honorary Chair was Mayor Bob Spiegel. The price of admission included a one-year museum membership. All the monies raised go to support the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Arianna Chase and Josh Grossman dressed for the occasion




BOZ SCAGGS at the McCallum Theatre

Grammy Award winning singer Boz Scaggs returns to the McCallum Theatre for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. presented by KJJZ’s Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald. Boz Scaggs grew up in Texas immersed in rhythm and blues, soul music, early rock ‘n’ roll and raw Delta and Chicago blues. It was the music he heard coming over


the radio across Texas and from as far away as Nashville. In high school, he played in a band with classmate Steve Miller before striking out on his own. In 1965, Scaggs landed in London and spent the next few years traveling around Europe, playing everywhere from clubs to sidewalks before making his first record and establishing a home base in Stockholm. In 1967, he headed to San

Francisco (via a roundabout route that took him through India and Nepal), where he joined the Steve Miller Blues Band and took part in the Bay Area scene that was revolutionizing American rock. After two albums with Steve Miller, he made his U.S. solo debut for Atlantic Records. The album, “Boz Scaggs,” was cut with the famed Mussel Shoals rhythm section and

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featured the young guitarist Duane Allman on the blazing 13-minute blues workout “Loan Me a Dime.” In 1971, Scaggs moved to Columbia Records, where he made a string of records (Moments, Boz Scaggs & Band, My Time) that increasingly explored his love for rhythm and blues. 1974’s “Slow Dancer” was his most explicit bow to soul music, and it was

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Bozz Scaggs appears at the McCallum Theatre on Nov. 29 followed two years later by the commercial and artistic breakthrough Silk Degrees. Boz made a few more albums (including the hit Middle Man in 1980) before taking a hiatus. In 1988, “Other Roads” showed that he hadn’t lost anything. In the early 1990s, he signed with Virgin and made four albums including the Grammy-nominated blues collection Come On Home and the critically acclaimed 2001 release Dig. On his own Gray Cat label, Scaggs has released “Greatest Hits Live,” a two-disc live collection spanning his entire career. He also made “But Beautiful,” in which he tackle d the Great American Songbook accompanied by a jazz quartet. “It opened up a whole new set of challenges for me,” he says. “It’s sacred ground, as far as I’m concerned, and the more I got into it, the more I realized how little I know.” Critics thought that he rose to the challenge. Rolling Stone commented, “Boz Scaggs is hardly the first rock star to turn toward the classic American songbook, but few have ever done it with the soulful ease he does on “But Beautiful.” Boz himself was particularly happy about the album’s reception in jazz circles, both in the United States and in Europe. Scaggs revisited the classics from his own songbook

on “Fade Into Light.” Intimate, understated, distinguished by the interplay of a handful of virtuoso musicians and the silken voice of one of the classic singers of our time, “Fade Into Light” showcased Scaggs in a different setting, introducing new material and revisiting old classics with subtlety, elegance and flair. “I’ve always just tried to explore the music that means something to me,” he said. “I had a period where I had hits and sold a lot of albums, but I wasn’t really aiming for the pop charts with those albums. I was exploring the area I love, w h i ch has always been rhythm and blues music, and a lot of those songs got on the radio because at the time they were close to the mainstream. And now I know that I might be out of the mainstream, but I’m still exploring the music that I love.” With an abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music, Scaggs has combined rock, jazz, R&B and blues to create a trademark sound that continues to prove that he is one of music’s most creative and original artists. His current albums are “Greatest Hits Live” and “Speak Low.” Tickets are $95, $75, $65 and $55 and online at www. or at 760-340-2787. The McCallum Theatre is located at 73000 Fred Waring Dr.

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A trio of ground breaking newcomers are making a strong impression in 2012 thanks to their full-length debut albums. Artist: Holly Herndon Title: Movement (RVNG International)

By Robert Kinsler

Artist: Gary Clark Jr. Title: Blak and Blu (Warner Bros.) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, Albert Collins, Eric Clapton. Tell me more: Gary Clark Jr. impressed thousands of new fans when he performed at Coachella earlier this year with his blistering sets that fused the energetic guitar-anchored rock of Jimi Hendrix with the soulful singing of Al Green. On his full-length debut “Blak and Blu,” the Austinbased Clark performs a dozen far-flung original tracks that showcase his interest in exploring every conceivable corner of the music universe. From the old school R&B of “Ain’t Messin’ Around”

and heavy electric blues of “When My Train Pulls In” to the soulful ballad “Please Come Home” and intoxicating rocker “Bright Lights,” Clark’s debut is one of the most challenging – and ultimately rewarding – releases of 2012.

You might be interested in buying this if you like: Radiohead, Moby, Julia Holter, Caribou. Tell me more: Electronic music has a new champion in Holly Herndon, whose defiant electronica masterpiece “Movement” was crafted primarily via computer. Against a tapestry of inviting rhythms, bleeps, blips, static and sci-fi noises Herndon creates a futuristic soundtrack that is simultaneously immersed in the now. “Fade” is the most accessible track, with the blend of manipulated voices and computerlike sounds layered atop a mid-tempo beat. The avant-garde title track and haunting “Dilato” are also standouts.

Since the San Francisco-based composer is a student at Stanford University completing her doctorate in electronic music, it’s likely “Movement” is just the beginning of a fascinating and extended musical journey into the future.

Artist: Field Report Album: Field Report (Partisan Records) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Bon Iver, the Avett Brothers, Mountain Man. Tell me more: There is a beautiful and haunting soundscape displayed across the self-titled debut from Field Report. Headed by singer-songwriter Christopher Porterfield, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Field Report is already expert

at mining that rare sonic terrain positioned between folk and traditional country, with the group’s 10-song disc likely to impress fans of the burgeoning 21st century Americana/ roots music movement personified by the Avett Brothers, Mumford &

Sons and First Aid Kit. But whereas many of their contemporaries use blunt force to make their mark, Field Report isn’t afraid to embellish the songs with piano, pedal steel, guitar, synthesizer, bass, drums and classical instruments to get it all just right.





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on an inter-city Greyhound bus recently, especially one providing non-stop service, you are in for a surprise. Greyhound Express busses are equipped with features such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets at passenger seats, leather seats, reserved seating and extra legroom. In addition, Express customers have access to private waiting areas, protected from the elements in a secure environment, and a dedicated guest services specialist to provide extra customer assistance. Greyhound Express tickets can now be purchased online, but beware, tickets are nonrefundable.

Now that the elections are over, a whole bunch of pollsters will need to find gainful employment … or at least some pollable issue to report upon. The pollsters have not disappointed as they gauge the country’s travel habits for the upcoming holidays. TripAdvisor, which bills itself as the world’s largest online travel site, has just announced the results of its Thanksgiving survey of more than 1,500 U.S. residents. Thirty-five percent of the population is planning to travel this Thanksgiving, up from 34 percent who did so last year; and, although airfares are on the rise, 38 percent of those traveling for Thanksgiving plan to fly to their destination. The peak Thanksgiving Travel days are Thanksgiving Day, followed by Wednesday, Nov. 21. Most of the travelers will cover a distance of more than 500 miles, with 70 percent of drivers saying that they will travel at “off-peak” hours to try and avoid the worst of the Thanksgiving holiday traffic, (thereby creating a new hi-traffic period). The before-Sandy-hit

survey also found that New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Orlando and Philadelphia where the top five U.S. destinations travelers will visit. While Thanksgiving travel is expected to see a major increase, it’s nothing compared to projections for Christmas, when 40 percent of the population traveling this year, compared to 22 percent last year. It looks as if the lyrics of “Home for the Holidays” will need to be revised.



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By Sherman Fridman Holiday Travel

With Thanksgiving and Christmas travel fast approaching, air travel in the U.S., and around the globe is increasing dramatically. The last two weeks of December, alone, see tens of millions of people boarding planes for domestic and international destinations. For most of these travelers, their journeys will be stressful enough; but what about the travelers who lost their luggage, or wallet, or any thing of value in a foreign airport? You have not known stress until you try to retrieve an item in a foreign airport where English is not the primary language. Claiming a 78 percent success rate, Airport Lost and Found offers a solution to the perennial problem of lost item recovery. The company connects the lost and found departments at more than 9,000 airports and 900 airlines across the globe, including eateries, shopping outlets and other commercial spaces inside airport terminals. When an airline passenger realizes they have misplaced something of value, they can go to the Airport Lost and Found Website (www. and make a claim. Then, using a sophisticated logging and database system – including digital and photographic - that brings together the collective knowledge of every airline and airport in the system, Airport Lost and Found initiates a search for the lost item. Once an item is found, the owner has the option of picking it up in person or, especially if it is on the

other side of the world, Airport Lost and Found can arrange for delivery by a courier service. With Airport Lost and Found pricing beginning at $29.99 for a lost wallet, it may be worth making a note of their Website. Only, don’t put it someplace where you might lose it.

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Over the past few months we featured some interesting airline paint schemes, but plane fuselages are not the only canvas for transportationthemed artists. Just ask those dedicated “rail birds” who line the railroad tracks taking pictures of train engines in new livery or in unique surroundings. So, in fairness to those who love trains, not planes, it should be noted that Norfolk Southern Railway has just placed a one-of-a-kind “Veterans Locomotive” into freight service on its system to honor people who have served in the military and reserves, especially those employed by the railroad. The newly-painted engine proudly carries a red, white and blue paint scheme and a yellow ribbon with the message “Honoring our Veterans.” Painting the Veterans Locomotive involved 26 Norfolk Southern employees using 66 gallons of primer and paint over a 112hour period. They would have done it for free.

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By Kevin Powell At the end of the day, not a lot of things changed. We have the same President and we have the same split Congress. Republicans held onto control of the House of Representatives and Democrats retained control of the Senate. We are facing the same problems and issues that confronted us before the election. The Fiscal Cliff threatens to plunge the U.S. into recession. We desperately need more jobs for our family and neighbors who are unemployed or under employed. Working families are under siege as never before. Putting all partisanship aside, it’s time for the United States of America to become the priority of our elected officials. We are not red or blue states. We are all red, white and blue. Being a part of the process does not stop when you cast your ballot. Keep an eye on what your elected officials do and how they behave. Hold them to a higher standard that each and every one of us deserves. Elections in America are amazing events. There’s nothing quite like them in the rest of the world. Maybe the rest of the world is a little better off in some aspects too.

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Americans cast a vote for President last week. That works out to about $22.50 per vote cast! Members of Congress all earn a base salary of $174,000, with small bumps for those in leadership positions. In the House of Representatives, the winner spent an average of $1.4 million per contest. The runners-up spent an average of $688,632. Representatives also get an official expense allotment (staff, travel, offices, etc) that is estimated to be about $1.5 million per year. The most expensive race was Michele Bachmann in Minnesota who spent more than $11 million. Ms. Bachmann won re-election. Winners in the U.S. Senate spent an average of $9.7 million compared to $6.5 million by the runner-up. Senators get similar expense allotments as Representatives. The most expensive Senate contest was Linda McMahon in Connecticut who spent more than $50 million. Even after spending so much, McMahon lost her race. Obviously spending the most money greatly increases the odds of winning your race. Sadly, values and character don’t seem to matter much when you break down the numbers. Having experience is a definite help when running for election. Incumbents won a whopping 85 percent of their races in the House and 84 percent in the Senate. What does all this mean?

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Despite the prevalence of gum disease in the U.S., most people do not have any significant knowledge about the problem. Some estimates indicate there are more than 75 percent of the population with some form of this dental disease. Besides the possibility of tooth loss from more advanced forms of the disease, recent research has indicated that the inflammation associated with this problem can significantly increase people’s risk for other health problems. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, has been linked to such serious problems as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few. Diabetics are also known to have more severe symptoms from that disorder as

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No matter which side of the aisle you stand with your political ideologies, it seems like most of us are happy that the elections are finally over. While you may not agree or be pleased with how your candidates or propositions faired, at least we won’t be bombarded with endless commercials, campaign signs and photo ops by the candidates. We live in the greatest country on the planet. Our founding fathers wisdom and foresight that went into writing our Constitution still boggles the mind. But U.S. elections are not for the faint of heart or for the folks who live on Main Street USA. Our elected officials are powerful people. Many are in the one percent that we heard so much about in this past election. We hope that they aspire to office because they want to make our country a better place to live. They want to ensure our children have the opportunity for a better life than we might have had. But there is an ugly side to politics (besides the negative ads) that should make us stop and think about what motivates some politicians. That ugly side-in a word-is MONEY. Elections in the U.S. are very expensive. Estimates are that candidates spent upwards of $6 billion in 2012. The race for President saw roughly $2.7 billion in spending. That might actually be a slight decline from the 2008 election. All that money to win a job that pays a base salary of $400,000 and increases to $550,000 when fringe benefits are added in. However, no one runs for President of the United States for the salary. This is the most powerful person in the world and that obviously comes at a very high price. About 120 million


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a result of uncontrolled gum disease. Part of the problem of addressing this issue lies in the fact that oftentimes, especially in the earlier stages of the disease, there are no symptoms. That’s where coming in for regular checkups to your general dentist becomes very important. When caught early enough, this problem can usually be treated successfully. In more advanced forms of the disease, referral to a specialist may be necessary. The office of Barry H. Mayron, DDS and Associates has been serving the Desert Hot Springs area for the past 30 years. It now offers the latest digital X-ray technology that keeps radiation exposure to a bare minimum. Dr. Mayron’s office is located at 11400 Palm Drive between 4th and 5th Streets, and he can be reached by calling 760-329-2227.

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STARBody, Mind & Spirit Tidings of Comfort and Joy? Center to Hold Vigil for Facing the Holiday Season Transgender After Bereavement Day of Remembrance PALM SPRINGS, CA The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, (The Center) announces that it will host the 2nd Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance held in the Coachella Valley on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Coachella Valley Transgender Community, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, and The Center, the public is cordially invited to attend. “Transgender Day of Remembrance is a reminder that we still have a long way to go in the fight for equality,” said Mattie Leyden, facilitator of the Transgender Support Group that meets monthly at The Center. “We need to remember all of those in the transgender community, as almost all of us have been in situations where we know how easily you can get hurt.” Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to antitransgender hatred or prejudice. Held in November to honor Rita Hester, who was murdered on Nov.28, 1998, it began in San Francisco with a candlelight vigil in 1999. Today one in 12 transgender Americans is


murdered, and 49 percent of transgender people attempt suicide. The event will begin with a presentation highlighting transgender people who have died; followed by brief remarks by the Rev. Clinton Crawshaw from the Metropolitan Community Church of Cathedral City, after which candles will be lit in honor of those who have died. The mission of The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is to enrich the lives of the LGBT community. A thriving, communitybased organization, the Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy health, wellness, educational and social programs, where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. The Center advances its mission through senior programming, a clinical counseling and internship program, a weekly food bank, youth suicide prevention and support, extensive social and recreational offerings, a David Bohnett cyber center, a g row i n g volunteer program and periodic special events in the community.


When you’re grieving the death of a family member or friend, you may dread the holiday season. Thoughts of social gatherings, family traditions and obligations leave you anxious and overwhelmed. Your sadness can seem unbearable. You may wish you could skip these next two months and go straight to the routine of the next year—but you can’t. What can you do to lessen your stress and loneliness? “If you’re feeling overwhelmed as this holiday season approaches, that’s very normal,” said psychologist Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, whose husband died. “You’re probably wondering how you’re going to handle this and are unsure of what course to take. I want to assure you that you can get through these holidays, and hopefully you can even find moments of joy.” When you know what to expect, you won’t be rendered helpless as holiday events trigger unexpected emotions. Make a point to spend time talking with people who have experienced a past loss and have already been through a holiday season without their loved one. They can help you have an idea of typical emotions and emotional triggers to expect. These people can also provide much-needed comfort and support. Another important step in surviving the holidays is to create a healthy plan for the coming season. “Planning does help you to have a little control, even when you feel totally out of control,” said Dr. Zonnebelt-Smeenge. A healthy plan involves making decisions in advance about traditions, meals, time spent with others, holiday decorating, gift-giving and commitments. “You will likely not have the energy or the interest in doing as much as you have in past years. Decide ahead of time which invitations you’ll accept, and let the host or family member know that you might leave early. Consider whether your decorating will be different this year: perhaps a smaller tree or simpler ornaments. If you cook or bake, cut back. Make a list of every holiday tradition you can think of, from music to presents to outings. Then decide which traditions will be too difficult without your deceased loved one, which traditions you’d like to maintain, and what new traditions you

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can start this year. “What’s also helpful in facing the holidays is to communicate your specific concerns and needs with your family and friends. People in grief are often tempted to put on a mask and pretend things are fine, especially over the holidays. “I didn’t want to put on a damper on anyone else’s joy,” shared Mardie. “So I put on a happy face and tried to be the sister, the daughter, the aunt, that everybody wanted to see. Putting on that happy face was a heavier burden than I was emotionally able to carry at the time.” Your friends may want you to “cheer up” and “have fun,” when that’s the last thing you want. Others will avoid you because they don’t know what to say and don’t want to make you feel worse. Some family members will give you wrong advice in a misguided attempt to help. All of these people likely mean well, but will only end up hurting you if you don’t communicate what you truly need from them. As difficult as this may be, it’s important to tell people what they can do to help and what they are doing that isn’t

helping. And if you don’t have the energy or inclination to talk to people face-to-face, then write your thoughts, concerns and needs in a letter or email. What’s important is that you are being honest and gracious in your communication. In describing the first holiday dinner after she was widowed, Dr. ZonnebeltSmeenge said, “It seemed like no one wanted to talk about my husband. I kept waiting for somebody to bring up [his name]. After a while I couldn’t stand it anymore. I excused myself and left and bawled all the way home. Later I decided maybe they were waiting for me to decide if it was okay to talk about him; maybe they were afraid if they said anything, they’d make me feel worse. From that time on when I went to an event, I found a way to let people know I wanted to talk about him and I wanted to hear their stories.”

To find out more about GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, call Joan Nye at 760-863-0700 or email


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Mirage city officials and the new owners. Signature Menu items were served along with tastings of the many tap beers. Live entertainment was provided by Gabriel Tristan with some of the songs made famous by Elvis Presley. Johnny Rockets is known for its famous hamburgers and full service menu items. This restaurant

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STARAt the Movies ‘Brave’ and ‘Pixar Short Films Volume 2’ Debut on Blu-Ray and DVD Nov. 13 Silver Screen

By Theda Kleinhans Reichman Thirteen--some people consider it an unlucky number, but not the animators and dreamers at Disney Pixar because the number 13 marks the 13th full length film from their studio - “Brave.” If you are a Pixar-lated person you are familiar with their other


12 delightful films like all three “Toy Story” gems, “Up,” “Wall.E,” “Monster’s Inc,” and “Ratatouille,” the tail, oops tale, of the marvelous Parisian chef, an amazing rat named Remy. Pixar’s latest creation, “Brave,” takes the viewer back in time to the ancient


magical Highlands of Scotland where we meet Merida, the headstrong, red haired daughter of a Highland Chieftain. Like her father, she is brave and feisty; she is also an accomplished archer as well. Trouble brews when her mother wants to turn her into a demure lady so she can marry, but Merida wants no part of this plan. To remain true to her nature, which is much like her dad’s, she turns to a witch for a magic spell. Alas, the witch is a wee bit of a screw up whose curses and spells have a way of backfiring. Instead of changing Merida’s mother’s mind, the spell turns mom into a bear,

which is an unbearable thing to do. But some good comes from this terrible situation as her mother begins to appreciate her daughter’s ingenuity in the wild and her great skills with a bow and arrows. There is plenty

“Brave” production team go to Scotland to learn about the land, culture, people and dialects. Fans will also learn what Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland. Another

of humor in the film along with some great scenes involving bears that may be too frightening for the very young or the scardy cats in the family. For this reason the film is rated PG. Also some of the humor is a little rowdy at times. The exciting home entertainment debut of “Brave” will be available in multiple ways, containing exciting all-new bonus features that extend the breathtaking movie experience. “The Ultimate Collector’s Edition: 5 Disc Combo Pack” is loaded with countless extras, but you can also buy the DVD package as well. The DVD package includes two animated shorts, “La Luna” and “The Legend of Mordu” plus director commentary. If you get the Blu-ray 5 disc combo pack you will also experience “Brave Old World” as members of the

interesting segment, “Bears,” looks at the art and design behind the bears in “Brave” and “Magic” talks about the magic and mystery of Scotland from mystical potions to the will-o’-thewisps that appear in the film. Other features give you a closer look at the evolution of the storylines plus extended scenes as director Mark Andrews discusses the decision making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes in the actual film, plus much, much more.

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“Pixar Short Films Collection 2”

Also arriving on Nov. 13, “Pixar Short Films Collection 2” which should be of special interest to movie buffs. It includes seven rarely seen student films by directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter plus 12 Disney-Pixar short films. Here are a few samples. In “Your Friend the Rat”

Chef Renny and his brother Emile guide fans through world history from a rat’s perspective. “Partly Cloudy” features baby-delivering storks who receive their special packages high in the stratosphere from clouds who sculpt babies and bring them to life, and then there’s “Presto” who is a great turnof-the century magician who neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times. Soon the magician discovers that he isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve. “Hawaiian Vacation” has a “Toy Story” theme as Woody and Buzz lead a group of toys in giving Ken and Barbie the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams-without ever leaving home. In “Small Fry,” another “Toy Story” short toon, Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast food restaurant where he finds himself in a support group for discarded toys. As Woody and the gang devise a way to rescue their friend, Buzz tries to escape the toy psychotherapy meeting. There are several shorts featuring dump truck Mater from “Cars.” In “Air Mater” Mater decides he wants to learn how to fly and is accidentally recruited by an elite group of formation flyers, the Falcon Hawks. Then there’s “Time Travel Mater.” In this one a clock lands on Mater’s engine and he travels back in time to 1910 where he meets Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. “Day & Night” is a charming short that follows Day, a sunny fellow, who encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly dark moods. As their suspicions turn to curiosity, they are delighted to find that this budding friendship can offer a new perspective on the world.


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result of the internet and word of mouth as well as publicity Locks of Love receives in newspapers, magazines and on television programs. Donors provide the hair, volunteers open and sort the donations, and the manufacturer hand-assembles each piece, which requires approximately four to six months. Children comprise over 80 percent of the donors, making this a charity where children have the opportunity to help other children. Locks of Love provides its recipients with a custom, vacuum-

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fitted hairpiece made entirely from donated human hair. The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue. Most of the applicants suffer from an auto-immune condition called alopecia areata, for which there is no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns, or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem, in addition to many other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss. Donated hair is evaluated for its usefulness according to the following guidelines: The donated hair must be at least 10 inches (preferably 12”) in length. It must be bundled in a pony tail or braid. Hair must be free of bleach. Colored hair and permed is acceptable. The hair must be clean and dry, placed in a plastic bag, and mailed in a padded envelope to: Locks of Love, 234 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405 Monetary donations to Locks of Love are tax-deductible. Donated hair that is not suitable for use in children’s hairpieces may be sold at fair market value to offset the cost of manufacturing. For more information about Locks of Love, please e-mail us or call, 561833-7332.


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STARCommunity Thousand Palms Library Unveils Mosaic Mural

THOUSAND PALM, CA – A mosaic mural made of recycled tile and inspired by the artwork of Thousand Palms children brightened the entrance to the Art Samson Community Library in Thousand Palms located at 31-189 Robert Road last week. “This mural provided an opportunity for children to participate in a community beautification project,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I look forward to seeing the results of their creativity.” The “Life in the Desert” mural was created by S.C.R.A.P. (Student Creative Recycle Art

Program) Gallery, a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit that engages kids as stewards of the environment through art and science activities. Students learn to create art with discarded materials from businesses and manufacturers. Some of their sculptures are on display at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery - Art Museum for the Environment in Indio, 46-350 Arabia St. “This mural is a great example of how kids can creatively help their environment by recycling and reusing,” said Karen Riley, executive director of the

Unveiling of the “Life in the Desert” mural, created by S.C.R.A.P. (Student Creative Recycle Art Program) S.C.R.A.P. Gallery. “It is a fun, whimsical piece that tells a story, perfect for the library!” The library held a contest

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PALM DESERT, Ca – “Infinite Exposure: Photographs That Talk to You” an art exhibit by Karen and Tony Barone will present an artist opening and reception on Friday, Nov. 16 at the UCR Palm Desert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Black & white, color, cibachrome prints, pre and post-digital startingin the 1950s with photographers Philippe Halsman and Horst P.Horst and going through the 1980s with artist Sandy Skoglund to the present with Los Angeles’ Dianne Bates and Valley artists Scott Michael, William Dey, Lee Balan, Taili Song Roth. Just like photography has changed painting – Photoshop has changed s t a g e d p h o t o g r a p hy. “Photographs talk to you – some are edgy and challenging – all will draw you in,” said Karen and Tony Barone curators of the exhibit. The Barones will exhibit

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AutomotiveSTAR 2013 Volvo S60 Gives Luxury Brands a Run for Their Money By Vince Bodiford Volvo continues to shake up the luxury segment with all of its new models, and especially the new Volvo S60. Forget about the old idea of Volvo being boxes and numb to drive - that idea has been dead so long its bones are dry. After recently testing the S80, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the S60 T6 AWD R-Design. This car is razor-sharp, blistering-fast, and it delivers more fun than a BMW M5 (and it costs thousands less). The S60 wins praise for its breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics, advanced powertrains, innovative technology and tremendous value. This year, the sportiest and most dynamic Volvo ever gets lots of new trim levels and whopping big power. Most surprising is how serious Volvo is taking performance and how that translates into this solid machine. S60 T5’s standard 2.5-liter turbocharged five-

cylinder engine has more power, making 250-hp and 266-lb-ft torque. Buyers can still select the S60 T5, T6 AWD and R-Design models without a trim level, or move up to new trim levels for each. It’s among the broadest range of choices in the segment. The S60 T6 R-Design (tested) is the delight of enthusiasts. With the most powerful six-cylinder currently offered by Volvo, the R-Design’s 3.0-liter turbocharged engine puts out a remarkable 325-hp that feels like 500-hp, and a stout 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engine choices are smooth and clean, and the T6 3.0-liter engine is likely one of the most underrated engines in the world - it’s really a fine engine. It’s brutal power is delivered in a velvet glove. For enhanced stopping power, R-Design gets bigger front brakes, while its Sport Chassis continues to take the R-Design to the next level of performance. The whole chassis setup is so good, the R-Design could easily be

thought of as a weekend club racer. Everything Volvo does on this chassis is in perfect harmony with the whole car, it each piece works quietly behind the scenes

making your drive safe and comfortable. Power is transmitted to the wheels on all S60s via Volvo’s second-generation six-

styling is emotionally charged, and it sets the tone for the promise of a great drive. Often and correctly described as the “Volvo with an attitude,” the

speed automatic Geartronic transmission with Sport Mode. A new gearshift knob includes illuminated drive modes for added convenience. Like the S60 T6 AWD, the R-Design is fitted with standard All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction plus Corner Traction Control with torque vectoring. Inside the R-Design driver and front passenger sit in sport seats that keep you in place in the turns, and keep you fresh and free from fatigue. Volvo’s seats in my opinion are the most comfortable of any car, at any price. The exterior and interior

S60 stands out from the crowd with a revolutionary design that creates a strong sense of motion. The S60’s profile radiates the look of a fourdoor coupe with a twist. The slim roofline is accompanied by a distinctive contour on the shoulders of the lower body, creating a “double wave” that stretches from the headlights to the tail lights. A standard highperformance audio system includes a CD player, HD Radio, AUX and USB inputs, MP3 capability, 160-watt amplifier and eight speakers. Also included is Bluetooth hands-free phone interface

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Riding Academy for the Handicapped Gets $7,000 Grant PALM DESERT, CA- The Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped, one of the two oldest charities here in the Coachella Valley, was honored at the Pegasus Ranch last month with a $7,000 grant from the Vons Foundation. For more than 25 years, Pegasus has played a dual role by rescuing and adopting horses and retraining them to carry the many disabled and often multi-handicapped young people who come to Pegasus for full-body, range of motion exercise on horseback.

Ann and Joseph DeLuca Honored PALM DESERT, CA - Desert Samaritans for Seniors has announced that Ann and Joe DeLuca will be honored as the21st Annual Good Samaritan of the Year Award, on Sunday, Nov. 18, in “A Magical Event,” at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa. The DeLucas are well known and much loved in the desert for their charitable activities. Many organizations have benefitted from their generosity. Their first store opened in Los Angeles in 1947 and the store here has long been a fixture on El Paseo. In addition, internationally known magician and desert resident Marvyn Roy will receive the First Annual Golden Senior Award at the event, presented by Desert Samaritans for Seniors. The award recognizes Mr. Roy’s continuing activities and participation in the community well into his “golden years”, as well as his enduring reputation as one of the finest magician to ever practice the craft.

“All of our riders make some progress after riding at Pegasus, and they are all very proud of the fact they can ride a horse. We never look at the disability of child, but at their ability,” said Pegasus Founder and President

Pegasus Kids with adopted horse Lori Sarner. Pegasus serves more than 180 disabled children and adults, who arrive by bus at no cost, from all of the Special Needs classes throughout the Valley, which includes Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation; Desert Arc; the Braille Institute; the Autism Foundation and many others. Disabled adults can attend classes on Saturdays, when private riding is available. Fourteen therapy horses and ponies are ready to patiently carry their riders each week, from Wednesday through Saturdays,



from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, in 30- minute sessions. The Pegasus Riding Academy ranch is at 35-450-B Pegasus Court, in Palm Desert, next to Xavier School on Chase School Road. A division of Safeway/Vons Markets, the Vons Foundation takes pride in supporting their local stores and communities, and has donated a grant to support the total therapy costs of disabled students from the Desert Sands Unified School District, especially those schools located in Palm Desert and La Quinta, West of Cook St.

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The 21st Annual Good Samaritan of the Year event, titled “A Magical Affair,” will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 18, from 3-5:30 pm at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort &Spa in Rancho Mirage. The program includes a reception, with strolling magicians and silent auction. Special chefinspired desserts will be featured for a live auction. The entertainment features international comedy magician Fielding West and 2011 McCallum Open Call winner ventriloquist/illusionist Rob Watkins. General admission tickets are $95 and $125 for VIP tickets, which includes a hosted wine reception with Mr. Roy. For ticket information, go to or call 760-837-9066.

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Most Affected are Scorpio and All Water Signs. The month will begin in the sign of Scorpio, for Vedic – Libra. For Scorpio: All Plutonian themes such as test of loyalty, concentration, courage or fear, depth and intensity, darkness, mystery, secrets, detection, jealousy, revenge and transformation will rule supreme

Or if you are athletic, you may go to the next level. Your sexual drive and physical stamina will be heightened and getting answers may come faster. The sign of Aries may figure more prominently. Due to other planetary affects, your life will feel more passionate and greater intensity. You may find that you need to practice more patience. Use or consider Yoga techniques that bring calm



By Ren Yogamaya, M.A. E-RYT 500 until Nov. 22. A more heightened awareness of the mysterious, intrigue, sex and the occult. The best side of Scorpio is seen in their devil’s advocate manner, their loyalty to the cause and assisting others for the sake of transformation. The key is to know how to work on transformation of yourself, for yourself and, when to let go by leaving justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Celebrate this month with respect, action with and towards water around you, water within you; experience the transformational power of aquatic, pool yoga or other water sports, exercises, techniques. Best Sacred Geometry: Icosahedron (Water). Best Yantra: The colors Black, Orange or Oxblood.

Nov. 16 – Mars Into Capricorn

Most Affected are Capricorn and Aries. This transit will continue until Dec. 25. For Capricorn: Mars is in your sign infusing more energy into your Life. If you’re not the physical type, you may suddenly feel like joining a gym or start walking on breaks or after work.


and clarity. For Aries: You may feel mentally restless. Business matters may be perked up during this transit, especially after the 26th. For All Signs: People’s word or commitments may come easier or be under scrutiny. Mars is exalted while in the sign of Capricorn. The Challenge: To not give in to competitive urges that may bleed into struggles with control issues and/or with authority. The Best: You can be compassionate for those who are suffering; whether from the choices they have made or by the act of God, (mother-nature).

Nov. 21 – Venus Into Scorpio

Most Affected are Scorpio, Libra and Taurus. This includes Libra and Taurus, as the planet Venus is their ruling sign. This transit will continue until Dec. 15. For Scorpio: Great News! The planet of Love and beauty is in your sign; you may now enjoy your new popularity and the good possibility of romantic interests. If you are already involved, this can be a very romantic or creative time for you, one of the best times of the year for your love Life. However,


when Venus is in any sign of the Zodiac, the senses are heightened as well. Exercise and refresh yourself. Take yourself to an art gallery or museum. Walk and enjoy the beauty of the season. The signs of Libra and Taurus may figure more prominently. For Libra: You may feel an emotional shift as your planet enters the water sign of Scorpio. Try to go with the flow of the changes that are beneficial in your Life; there is beauty in the mysterious and the unknown. For Taurus: Your sexuality may get a boost with intensity as an established relationship can go to the next level. If single, you have a choice to delve into the unseen, unexplored or you can channel those energies into meaningful creativity.

On-Going Astrological Affects: Mercury In Retrograde

Most affected are Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. This transit began on Nov. 6. For All Signs: This transit will continue until Nov. 26. It is best to lay low in matters of communications, travel, and purchases relating to electrical gadgets of communications; the cell phone, the computer, an automobile. The written, spoken, and typed word may have to be rewritten, re-spoken, retyped. Generally, not a good time to commit with your word or sign important documents as when MIR goes direct, in three weeks there will be changes. Some changes for the better, or more likely, for some people, it will fall apart by the next MIR in three months. The return of unfinished business from the past, either your past Life but mostly from this Life, will come back via the telephone, the email, the regular mail, certified mail – requesting closure. Machinery such as computers, most telecommunications devices and automobiles are jumpy, faulty or stalled. If you were born during MIR, some or most of this may

not apply to you. For All Signs: With this particular retrograde in this month, it brings the opportunity to remember, to re-connect. We can become too emotional or unwilling to release, to surrender and let go, this being only the worst of it. The best of it can bring us to be sharp, to double or triple check all communications to avoid emotional distress. Also during this particular retrograde, not just Scorpio and Sag need to be careful. Due to other contributing planetary affects, Valuable information can be found via some forms of communications. Being is more important than “doing.” Do your best to be in a higher conscious realm. Use awareness to avoid unnecessary dramas, disappointments or worse – emotional distress. Job Seekers Take Note: Have no expectations other than the good possibility that it may only be a temporary thing. Unless you are compelled not to take the job, take it anyway for the experience of it. Try not to get attached and know that it may end by the next MIR. A visit down memory lane is possible – some memories we wish to forget or sweet memories to cherish always - it’s your choice. Best Meditation Mudra: Buddha, (Mercury, thumb over the 5th finger).

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

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“Awaken the Goddess Within” RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - Desert Holistic Network presents, “Awaken the Goddess Within,” at the Desert Woman’s Show on Nov. 18 at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage “Today we are witnessing a grand shift of the ages and a movement toward a new Feminine. It’s time to ‘Awaken the Goddess Energy Within.’ The recent election showcased the foreword movement of women and minorities in our Renee Baribeau country as a powerful, collective voice of change. Woman claimed their power by demanding the right to control their bodies and by supporting candidates who were transparent and extended a hand of hope,” said Renee Baribeau, president of Desert Holistic Network. “Join us and get inspired by these remarkable speakers starting at 10 a.m. when Judy Cali opens the ceremonies with a prayer. At 10:30 a.m., Carol Titelbaum follows with “Staying Juicy in Mid Life,” tools for staying young in body, mind, and spirit. In this lively talk you’ll gather insights on how to keep your sexuality alive, even if you live alone. Learn to embrace the wise woman within while aging gracefully. You will leave this talk feeling younger, more engaged and ready to spice up your life.” Learn about “Sacred Unions” with Lori Lothian at 11:30 a.m., whose blog went viral, “A Call to the Sacred Masculine” reached more than 60,000 people from the around the world. Transform your love relationship into a “Sacred Union” that powers up your soul and has the collaborative capacity to impact the world at large. Discover how to be the transformative Goddess you were born to be. Dr. Robert Pease explores “Creating Your Life by Design” at 12:30 p.m. Pease is a Ph.D., a spiritual teacher and transpersonal intuitive counselor who shares the power of Love and Humor as tools for awakening. Renee Baribeau speaks about “Finding Your True North.“ Baribeau is the “Practical Shaman,” an accomplished mentor, respected business coach, dynamic spiritual teacher, and published author. Baribeau is well known for her no-nonsense “tell it like it is” approach in helping others achieve successful business practices. Her clients include entrepreneurs, CEOs, movie producers and celebrities. Go to for more information. Daryl Frazier leads you in “Freedom through Forgiveness“ at 2:30 p.m. When thinking of forgiveness, do you associate your feelings with a negative situation or event? How you were wrong or wronged? Changing your perception from something being “done to you” into something being “done for you” creates enormous internal shifts. Joanne Callahan talks about “Eliminating Stress” at 3:30 p.m. In today’s world life is chaotic, filled with trauma and stress by TV news of natural disasters, war and economic crises. These pressures take their toll, but you have the power to reduce the negative effects on your body, mind heart and soul. General admission is $15 per day, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, includes all displays, lectures and featured presentations but does not include entrance into the“Taste of The Valley.” “Taste of the Valley” participants must be 21 a veritable feast of epicurean delights.) The Desert Woman’s Show will make a $60,000 donation from Advance General Admission ticket revenue to participating charities. For more information, go to


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Thanksgiving Day Calendar of Events Desert Hot Springs

God’s Kitchen will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. God’s Kitchen has been serving Thanksgiving Dinner for 15 years to those not only in need of food, but hugs, love and if needed prayer. God’s Kitchen will be holding the dinner at Desert Christian Center located at 66511 8th St. in DHS. Please come help serve, cook or eat.

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Martha’s Village and Kitchen will be holding its 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk. Nov. 22 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., register for the race that begins at 8 a.m. The Run/Walk will start at the New Balance store on El Paseo.


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Well in the Desert will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 588 Rosa Compiled By Parks Blvd. The event is free to the public and encourages Jennifer Braun people home alone, those in need and the homeless to attend. Volunteers need to fill out volunteer forms and sign up to volunteer for the day. Indio Please call 760-327-8577. Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will be serving Thanksgiving meals on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 10 a.m. Cathedral City The Salvation Army will be serving and 2 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Dinner at noon at the Dick Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 4 and Beverly Davis Corps Community Center to 6 p.m. CVRM will serve more than 2,500 located at 30-400 Landau Blvd. Volunteers Thanksgiving dinners and send hundreds are asked to fill-out an application before of food boxes to families in need. CVRM Thanksgiving Day at the center. is located at 47470 Van Buren St.

Area Chambers of Commerce Events Palm Springs The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and Kaiser Grille will be hosting the weekly Lead$ Lunch on Nov. 20 at noon. Members and soon to be members are welcome to attend the 60 minutes of power networking. Bring plenty of cards and mix and mingle with local businesses. Kaiser Grille is located at 205 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Indian Wells Peace Officer and Public Safety Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Hyatt Regency located at 44-600 Indian Wells Lane. The event is to honor all of the Valley’s “Everyday Heroes,” and is hosted by the city of Palm Desert. There will be more than 50 awardees and 500 attendees. Tickets are $50 per person or $550 for a table of 10. Contact Barbara deBoom at barbara@ for more information.

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Painted Hills Middle School will take part in what Guinness World Records terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event,” on Nov. 15 from 2 to 3 pm at Painted Hills Middle School located at 9250 Sonora Dr. The event will also feature a variety of fitness activities with sights set on 450,000 sport stackers. Local stackers will be taking aim at Guinness World Record in sport stacking.

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The Elks Lodge is hosting its 4th Annual Monte Carlo Casino Night on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Elks Lodge located at 64680 Pierson Blvd. Proceeds from the event go to fund youth activities north of the I-10 freeway. For more information, call 760-671-4521 or 760-329-6444.

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“A Miracle on El Paseo,” the grand illumination of the 60 foot El Paseo Christmas Tree by Ice Skating Champion Dorothy Hamill. Professional ice skaters will take to the ice to the Sounds of Citrus College’s 22-piece band “Nightshift” along with tastes and spirits from the Valley’s top restaurants and wineries. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets at

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Wine Women celebrating “Go Red for Women” will be hosting an evening of food, wine and fine art. The event will be presenting fine art by Gideon Cohn of I•M•A•G•E•S• by Gideon. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of art will be donated to “Go Red for Women.” The cost is $75 for members of Wine Women of PS or $85 for non-members.

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S u i c i d e P re ve n t i o n H e a l i n g Conference to take place at CSUSB on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in recognition of the 14th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day. The event will be held at the Oliphant Auditorium at CSUSB Palm Desert located at 37-500 Cook St. in Palm Desert.

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La Quinta Resort and Club will welcome the arrival of its 48-foot tree on Nov. 17 from 12 to 2 p.m. There will be historical tours of the resort at 11 a.m. and noon. Refreshments will be Zu Zu Cookies from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” plus hot chocolate and cider. This event is free and open to the public.


FIND Food Bank will host a fundraising event on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at StorAmerica Self Storage located at 43421 Monroe St. Drop off your old electronics, working or not, and help support FIND Food Bank, which helps feed more than 80,000 people per month. There will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks.


Fa n t a s y S p r i n g s Re s o r t w i l l b e hosting the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge, a decadent baking challenge of sorts with all of the p ro c e e d s go i n g to “ We l l i n t h e Desert,” a non-profit organization that provides meals to those in need. The challenge will take place on Nov. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fantasy Springs Resort located at 84245 Indio Springs Dr. For tickets, information and entr y forms log onto www.



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AutomotiveSTAR McCormicks collector car auction set for Nov. 16-18 in Palm Springs 2010 Shelby Cobra Replica boasts a 600 horsepower Roush P51engine. While attendance has been increasing, the trend has been toward more highend and rare cars, McCormick said. Investors are finding a safe haven for their money in a tangible asset. The auction last February generated well over $6 million in gross income with 450 cars sold. It produced roughly $250,000 in state sales tax, of which $40,000 returns directly to Palm Springs, he said. The auction is a boom to the local economy, hiring 100 contract workers who check in cars and process

paperwork, handle security, drive the cars in and out of the auction tent, and handle a myriad other duties. Attendance exceeded 7,000 people per day for a combined total of about 20,000 plus during the three-day event. The auction will stream live via the Internet for three days and people who register in advance may bid for cars by phone, said McCormick. At the previous auction, people tuned in from across the United States, Europe and New Zealand to bid on cars. Four cameras will be set up to show different views of each car as it passes through the auction tent. A special

bank of phones will be set up to receive telephone bids. To connect to the live broadcast and receive registration information, go to www. People bidding by telephone will have to register in advance and follow the same procedures as people attending the auction, McCormick noted. Bidding requires a $30 registration fee and a good faith deposit, which is refunded if nothing is purchased, McCormick said. For more information and a description of cars to be auction, go to

NUDE BAR PALM SPRINGS, CA After 26 years in Palm Springs selling classic cars and trucks, Keith McCormick said, “I never know what is going to show up at the next auction, but I am always pleasantly surprised.” The next auction is set for this weekend, Nov. 16-18 at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. The auction will showcase nearly 600 vehicles, some rarely seen. They range from a hard-to-find 1966 21-window VW bus to a pristine 1962 Austin Healey 3000 sporting

Julie and Jason McCormick show off a 1956 Thunderbird an extensive restoration by Kurt Tanner. If you are not shopping for your dream car, just show up with your camera, McCormick said, and enjoy the day. Vehicles can sell for a few thousand dollars up to six figures. McCormicks Collector Car Auction opens on Friday at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It continues on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets selling for $15 for one day or $25 for two days. The

tickets include $10 worth of free cash play complements of the Spa Resort Casino. Other noteworthy cars include a mechanically perfect 1949 Chevrolet fivewindow pickup truck with less than 100 miles driven since a full restoration that included new chrome, glass and interior upholstery. A 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster is investment grade with a jet-black exterior and a proper red and biscuit interior. A

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STARGarden Guru Succulents for the Desert Environment By Chris Hermann, ASLA CLARB Certified Landscape Architect

Our research this week into the definition of how to define a succulent led to this definition by Von Willert et al, (1992). They define a succulent as any plant that possesses a succulent tissue, and further specified a succulent tissue as “a living tissue that serves and guarantees a temporary storage of utilizable water, which makes the plant temporarily independent f ro m ex te r n a l wa te r supply.” This rather broad

succulents is over watering them and not having good drainage. One of the most popular uses for succulents is the creation of “succulent bowls” like the one shown here in the photo. Several varieties of succulents are

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used in this arrangement including: Senecioserpens, Kalanchoetomentosa “Panda Plant,” Crassulaovata “Hobbit Jade” Echeveriaelegans, sedum angelinarupestre This particular bowl is made for easy pick up and is a perfect gift for a housewarming present because it is so versatile. The bowls can be placed as a centerpiece both indoors and outdoors. The plants will last in full sun throughout the cooler seasons in the desert and can be relocated into the shade during the hot summer months.

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leaf mold can be a great soil amendment - it results from layering fall leaves with other organic matter like fruit and vegetable peels or eggshells. 3. Plant bulbs deep - A common mistake made when planting flower bulbs is placing them too shallow. For best results, plant in the early fall, and place them two to three times as deep as they are tall to give them the best chance of living through the winter. 4. Lengthen the life of your plants - Some plants that many consider seasonal can really survive year after year. For example, if taken care of correctly, mums can add color every fall to your flowerbeds. Planting mums using a plant food such as Mum Food from GreenView with GreenSmart prior to ground freeze allows roots to establish. For added protection

against potentially harsh winter elements, surround the base of the plant with two inches of bark mulch or collected fall leaves. 5. Save perennial pruning for spring Gardeners are divided on when to prune perennials - spring or fall. While there is not one universal answer, experts recommend holding on pruning cold-killed foliage until spring. Research has found that the crumbling dead foliage helps insulate plants and increase their cold tolerance. Be sure you are in the know when it comes to fall yard and garden priorities to ensure a beautiful property next spring. For additional information visit www.GreenViewFertilizer. com, and sign up for their free seasonal lawn and garden tips newsletter.


Thanksgiving Food Drive

PALM SPRINGS, CA - Organic Solutions of the Desert is hosting its second annual food/donations drive for Roy’s of Palm Springs. The food/ donation drive is being held through Nov. 22. Roy’s provides safe shelter, nutritional meals, showers and laundry to Coachella Valley residents who have found themselves in an unfortunate economic situation and caused them to become homeless. The center provides job training and search support, comprehensive counseling, housing placement services, budgeting and many other daily living skills. Items that are needed for the food/donations drive are small canned food goods to distribute to families in transition, large canned food items to help prepare daily meals at Roy’s, warm clothes and blankets, toiletries for both men and women, hairbrushes, compact mirrors, hand lotion, deodorant, etc. Shoes are one of the highest needs, as many are in need of basic footwear.

Donations can be received at Organic Solutions of the Desert, located at 4765 East Ramon Rd and is one of the three licensed dispensaries in Palm Springs. Patients that donate three canned goods or a warm clothing item will receive a ticket for the opportunity drawing to be

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