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Candidate Filings - San Bernadino County through Aug. 9 Riverside County through Aug. 10 People interested in running for office in Riverside County in the Nov. 6, 2012 Presidential General Election must submit candidate filing papers by 5:00 p.m on Friday, Aug. 10. If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline for that office is extended to 5:00 p.m on Wednesday, Aug. 15 for everyone except the incumbent. Riverside County Registrar of Voters staff are available to assist with competing the necessary paperwork and answering any questions candidates may have. Candidates who are unsure of the local district offices

they are eligible for, based on residency, should contact the Registrar of Voters office for help. Candidates will receive informational handbooks at the time they obtain the papers. Further information about this election may be obtained from the Registrar of Voters at 951-486-7200 or 800-773-8683. San Bernardino County Candidate Filing Period Open Through Aug. 9 For residents of San Bernardino County the candidate filing period for local citizens interested in running for public office is 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Two four-year term seats are open on the Twentynine Palms City Council this year. Potential candidates who want to run for office are asked to contact Cindy Villescas, Acting City Clerk, at City Hall at (760) 3676799 and request an appointment to obtain the initial candidacy filing paperwork, which includes an application, election materials, and various forms necessary for the nomination and election process. A $37 initial filing fee will be required at the time of filing, and potential candidates should allow at least 24 hours advance notice

for scheduling an appointment. All qualified candidates will receive informational handbooks upon filing for candidacy. A copy of the San Bernardino County Elections Office 2012 Candidate Filing Guide is also available on the City’s website at More information concerning the 2012 election and other offices up for election may be obtained from the San Bernardino Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters at or at (909) 3878300 or (800) 881-8683.

Palm Springs City Council Adopts Medical Marijuana Ordinance One dispensary voluntarily closes down by Jackie Devereaux PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Palm Springs City Council adopted an ordinace in mid-July that significantly constrains the business operations of medical cannabis dispensaries operating throughout the city, like the Palm Springs Safe Access dispensary located on East Industrial Place. “The city council graciously allowed us to discuss the ordinance with them in the days leading up to its adoption, and we urged them to reject it out of hand or at least send it back to staff for redrafting,” said a prepared statement by Palm Springs Safe Access. “We appreciate this opportunity and, it goes without saying, are deeply disappointed by their diecision to adopt the ordinance. “Palm Springs Safe Access would like to express its gratitude to the city council for providing residents of Palm Springs with safe access to medical cannabis to all,” said

the prepared statement found taped to the doors and windows of PS Safe Access. The dispensary voluntarily closed down in order to comply with the city’s vote on July 11. “We would like to acknowledge both the hard work that has gone into fine-tuning that legislation and the real need that exists for that. This ordinance, like all human endeavors, has some serious flaws, but we can see and appreciate that the decision to adopt it come from a real desire to provide for and protect this community. “While Palm Springs Safe Access does not agree with the city council’s decision to adopt this ordinance, we must abide by it. Accordingly, although we loath to do so, we are closing our storefront dispensary effect immediately. “We view this as a temporary measure, and we will continue our effots to obtain a permit to re-open this aspect of our cooperative. In the meantime, Palm Springs

Safe Access is not going anywhere; we will continue to provide all our other servies, such as a permanent art gallery, a community room, and yoga facilities, and will continue to advocate for the rights of medical cannabis patients in the local forum, to work with the city council and those community organizations which share our goals and may even expand our services to this community through a 501 (c)(3) corporation, tentatively titled the ‘Palm Springs Safe Access Wellness Center,’ which will offer patients access to holistic treatment option such as acupressure and message therapy. “We would like to sincerely thank our members, and others in the community at large, who have spoken out regarding the need for open and safe access to medical cannabit in Palm Springs – you have supported us from the onset and are a constant reminder of why we do what we do,” the statement reads.

The California Endowment for a Healthier Coachella COACHELLA, CA – Leaders from the Eastern Coachella Valley are working to build healthy communities with a 10year, multi-million dollar plan called The California Endowment. In connection with staff-led, statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including the City of Coachella and unincorporated communities of Mecca, North Shore and Thermal are taking action to make where they live healthier. They’re doing this by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy food and more. The goal is to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. “Ultimately, we’re aiming at nothing less

than a transformation in the way all of us think about and support health for all Californians,” said community leaders. The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible

for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools and with prevention. Go to for more information about the endowment. PolicyLink is a national research and advocacy institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works. ® Founded in 1999, PolicyLink helps create sustainable communities of opportunity that offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. The organization is based in Oakland, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. and

contents: articles City Beat.................................... 3 Society & Events........................ 4 Travel....................................... .5 Music Worth Buying.................. 6 Local News................................ 7 Body, Mind & Spirit................... 8 Living Longer............................. 9 Happenings............................. 10 Dining Out............................... 11

features Artist in Profile...................12-13 At the Movies.......................... 14 Calendar................................. 15 NiteLife...............................16-17 Astrological Affects.................. 18 Safety Awareness................... 19 Classifieds............................... 20 Gardening Guru...................... 22

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Society & Events

The Star’s Desert by Frances Allen

Raising Coachella and Stagecoach Ticket Prices – Not a Good Idea

Not a good idea. Goldenvoice immediately threatened to move the location of its concerts, and local hotels and businesses expressed the fact that they would lose the millions of dollars that would otherwise be spent in the local economy. Although Goldenvoice is in escrow to purchase 280 acres of land in Indio for the promoters to broaden the reach of the concerts, the company has also been reported as showing an interest in other properties outside the city even looking at land as far away as Blythe. The existing contract between Indio and Goldenvoice expires next year and the city has

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,” There’s a lot of sage advice in those lyrics, as the Indio City Council found out recently. Indio is the home of the Empire Polo Club, site of the immensely popular back-to-back Coachella rock music concerts and the following weekend’s Stagecoach country music concert. All three concerts are produced and promoted by Goldenvoice, who are as immensely powerful as the concerts are popular. All three concerts are mega-hits. This last April, the three events drew more than 214,000 and generated more than $60 million in ticket sales. The City of Indio could not fail to notice this cash cow, even though the city’s share of the take was an $800,000 overnight camping fee and an already existing per ticket charge of $2.33. So, Indio City Councilman Sam Torres did the math and had an idea: up the City of Indio’s ticket tax by approximately $18.00 per ticket; that would bring Dogs in a basket at Pets On Parade in an additional $4 million to the city.

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expressed an interest to re-negotiate before then (without a ticket tax increase). Goldenvoice is being slow coming to the table and we will keep you informed as the music gets amped up a notch. As Kenny Rogers could have told them: “You never count your money when you’re settin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”

Pets on Parade Winners Announced On July 15, as they have for the previous 13 summers, the Pegasus Riding Academy, which provides equine motion therapy for children and adults of all ages and disabilities, teams with another animal-centered, non-profit organization, the Humane Society of the Desert, which provides a “no-kill,” safe haven for homeless, abandoned and abused pets, to present Pets On Parade, both as a major joint fundraiser and in recognition of those four-legged companions who love us through the best of times, and the worst. The highlight of the Pets On Parade luncheon is the awarding of prizes in numerous categories, and the results are as debated as the results of a close presidential election. We name the award-winners without comment, knowing each of our pets is the true winner. Avian/Wild/Other: Winston, a Sulpher Crested Cockatoo, owner: Sarah Shiller. Equine: Mia & Aspen, owner: Maja Ruetschi, M.D. Feline: Gracie, owner: Tory & Jim Luick Large Canine: Moon III, owner: Alice & Gerry Bucci Small Canine: Crisket, owner: Tamar Geller Palm Springs Cutest Pet of the Year: Bailey, owners: Sue & Rick Moore In Memoriam: Ginny & Deer, owner; Bonnie Campbell

Forever Marilyn Tribute Concert Aug. 5

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“Forever Marilyn” is not the title of a new movie, or even a line of cosmetics. It’s the official name for the 26-foot-tall statue towering over passersby at the north-west corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. After the City of Palm Springs approved the placing of the statue, but denied any financial support, a private group of hoteliers raised about $100,000 to bring “Forever Marilyn” to Palm Springs on a temporary basis. The questions now are: Can we keep her, do we want to keep her and where will we keep her? The easiest question to answer is: Can we keep her? Yes, the statue is for sale at an asking price of $1.5 million. But, not everyone wants to keep her. Some locals feel “Forever Marilyn” is a boast for tourism, while others consider it tacky and tasteless. And then, where is “Forever Marilyn” to be

Malinda Bustos, President of Humane Society of the Desert with Robin Montgomery, Managing Director of Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped. permanently placed? Her present location is only temporary and available until work begins on the Desert Fashion Plaza. Come to think of it, waiting for work to begin on the Desert Fashion Plaza may result in the statue’s present location being permanent. Regardless of Marilyn’s future, the organization that brought her to Palm Springs is hosting a tribute concert at 6:30 p.m., on Aug.5, the 50th anniversary of her death. The concert will feature Jeffrey Allen, a Las Vegas entertainer known for his performances as Elton John in “Legends in Concert.” Seats are available at a first-come, first-had basis, so you may want to bring your own chairs and blankets.

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Middle East, Africa, US Railroads and Family Flying Qatar Airlines Ranked #1, Four Seasons Serengeti Opens, Railroad Splendor Renewed By Sherman Fridman

Qatar Airlines, the world’s best airline It’s only 15 years old, and it’s an airline you have probably never heard about. But, millions of international travelers have; enough, in fact, for the airline to win three prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards including the coveted, “Airline of the Year 2012.” The young upstart, which also won “Airline of the Year 2011,” is Doha-based Qatar Airways; and, in addition to being recognized as the world’s best airline, Qatar Airways also received two other awards: “Best Airline in the Middle East” for the seventh consecutive year and “Best Airline Starr Service” award for the Middle East. The awards are given by Skytrax, a global aviation research organization that polled over 18 million business and leisure travelers from more than 100 countries.

with the recent signing of a management agreement between the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts and Bilila Lodge, a resort in Serengeti National Park. The property is now being upgraded and will be renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti this fall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park covers about 5,700 square miles. The landscape features the largest concentration of plains animals in Africa and is acclaimed for the best game drives and abundant year-round wildlife, including the famous migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and gazelle as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and abundant bird life. The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is located in the Central Serengeti, entirely within the Park and boasts 60 rooms, 12 suites and five villas – all of which have direct views over the Serengeti. Designed with contemporary African architecture sympathetic to the natural landscape, the centerpiece is a two-story great house offering several dining options with indoor and outdoor seating, a spa and an infinity-edge swimming poll overlooking an active wildlife watering hole. Guests have the opportunity to witness nature at its best, day or night, including a herd of nearly 30 elephants that are frequent visitors. Truly, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti offers experiences that will last a lifetime.

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The Unfriendly Skies If you’ve noticed the skies becoming a bit more unfriendly lately, now is your chance to speak up. There is a bill in Congress (H.R. 6124) called the “Families Flying Together Act of 2012.” The purpose of the bill, written by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) is to make airlines seat families together (if requested) while on the airplane.

Seems like an easy agreement; but the airlines disagree. They see the bill as infringing on their rights to offer premium isle and window seats at an additional fee. Families, if they now want to sit together, must pay extra if there is a premium seat that will be occupied if the family sits together on the flight. You know the drill; call your congressperson.

Rio Grange Scenic Railroad Adds 1948 Dining Cars Akbar Al Baker, CEO Qatar Airways The survey covered more than 200 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers. Air travelers were surveyed during a 10-month period by telephone, questionnaires and online about their experiences with airlines on the ground and in the air. The survey measured passenger satisfaction across more than 38 key performances indicators of airline front-line produce and service, including check-in, boarding, on-board seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, in-flight entertainment and staff service. However, you may have to go a bit out of your way to board a Qatar Airways flight. Currently, the airline only offers service in the United States to New York, Washington, D.C. and - no surprise – Houston.

Four Season Safari Lodge Serengeti Opens this Fall Think of luxury hotels and chances are you are not thinking about bush-covered, animalsroam-free Africa. But that’s about to change

Alas, the legendary Denver & Rio Grande Railway, founded in 1878, is no more. Overtaken by truck traffic and over flown by airplanes, its history is entwined with the growth and development of the Rocky Mountain region. But, all is not lost for those who rather travel through breathtaking scenery than fly over it. Headquartered in Alamosa, Colorado, re-living the nostalgia of now extinct railroads is the mission of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. In keeping with their tradition of running historic rolling stock, the Rio Grange Scenic Railroad has announced the addition of a classic 1948 dining car from the New York Central Line to its collection of historic trains that will run on all trains departing Alamosa. These trains will be treated to a truly classic collection of cars pulled by a steam engine that just celebrated its 100th birthday. The addition of the New York Central Dining Car will give all guests the opportunity to enjoy an expertly prepared meal in a stylish dining car like the ones seen in movies such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” starring Cary Grant. The menu aboard the Dining Car includes such selections as elk burgers, Philly sandwiches and Asian Quinoa Salad. And your wallet can enjoy as well: no dish on the menu is more than $10.

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Kasey Chambers, The English Beat and Clever Stranger Celebrate The Art Of Stellar Songwriting On Latest Discs By Robert Kinsler

Kasey Chambers and The English Beat celebrate the past with wonderful releases while newcomer Clever Stranger forges bright future.

Artist: Kasey Chambers Album: Storybook (Sugar Hill Records)

You might be interested in buying this if you like: Joan Osborne, Lucinda Williams, Jann Browne Tell me more: 2012 has been marked by a number of excellent tribute albums, with Joan Osborne’s “Bring It On Home”(featuring vintage blues and soul standards) and Macy

Gray’s “Covered” (offering a mix of rock material) being two of the best. Now comes a similarly-ambitious effort from Aussie songstress Kasey Chambers, whose aptlytitled “Storybook” (due July 30 on Sugar Hills Records) equals those gems. The uptempo version of Lucinda Williams’ “Happy Woman Blues,” a tender take on the late Gram Parson’s “Return of the Grievous Angel” and the intoxicating Matthew Ryan-penned country-rocker “Guilty” are among the standouts on an across-the-disc treasure. Chambers is a fantastic singer, and her emotional soprano really thrusts material originally covered from everyone from Steve Earle to John Prine in a new light.

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and unreleased tracks. The collection also includes a 24-page book with an essay and rare photographs. Released on July 10, “The Complete Beat” is the ultimate keepsake for fans of the groundbreaking band.

Artist: Clever Stranger Artist: The English Beat

Album: The Complete Beat (Shout! Factory) You might be interested in buying this if you like: General Public, Fine Young Cannibals, Pato Banton Tell me more: Founded in England back in 1978, 2 Tone ska outfit The English Beat fused ska, reggae, pop, soul and a dash of punk rock musical stylings against lyrics mostly addressing love and social-political topics. Headed by singer-guitarist Dave Wakeling and vocalist Ranking Roger, the group scored success on radio and across dance floors in the early ‘80s with hits such as “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Too Nice to Talk To” and “All Out to Get You.” Now Shout! Factory has issued “The Complete Beat,” a boxed set that features the band’s original three CDs (“I Just Can’t Stop It,” “Wha’ppen?” and “Special Beat Service”) and two bonus discs featuring rare

Album: Clever Stranger (Clever Stranger/CSBP Publishing Co.) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Metric, Garbage Tell me more: Orange County, Californiabased Clever Stranger is a decidedlycourageous outfit that has opted to reject the modern-day trend to play one kind of song and repeat that formula ad nauseam. On the foursome’s self-titled debut (released July 17), there is strong mix of rock, funk and bits of country and hip-hop that add up to a 10-track journey across a musical universe that is at once artful and accessible. From the funk-tinged groove of “Blamer” and melodic rock of “Don’t You Cry” to the rock ballad “Love Harmony” and genre-defying “Memory Fades” the four members of Clever Stranger (singer Misty Becker, drummer-singer Lee Godden, guitarist Scott Richmond, bassist Robert Trujillo) have issued an impressive debut. Information:

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Food Now Feeds 550 Families Each Week Summertime Brings More Children in Need of Food DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The nation’s painful economic hardship has stuck a deep blow to many residents throughout the desert. Families are struggling just to put food on the table, let alone pay their overdue mortgages. One group is working hard to ease some of that financial burden by providing food to families in need. Food Now, a community food pantry, is on the front lines in the war against hunger feeding more than 550 families every week who live in the western Coachella Valley cities of Desert Hot Springs, North Palm Springs, Thousand Palms, Sky Valley and Whitewater. In 2011, Food Now fed approximately 400 families each week, but that number has increased to more than 550 families due to a number of economic factors. “Most of our new clients are not chronic. They are the newly unemployed or the underemployed people feeling the effects of the economy,” said David Johnson, program director at Food Now. “And summers really hit us hard. Our support dramatically drops when the Snow Birds leave, but our demand goes up because students receiving free or assisted lunches at school are out for the summer, but still need to be fed every day,” Johnson said. Another problem is that federal, state, county and city funding has dried up. “It’s no one’s fault,” said Dana Johnson, David’s twin brother and volunteer grant writer for Food Now. “The city use to fund the program director’s salary of $30,000 a year but that stopped in 2010,” he said, noting that most government support was slashed over the past two years. “DHS has a huge need. In 2011, we supplied assistance to 21 percent of the population,” Johnson said. That staggering number reflects the city’s 18.9 percent unemployment rate which is double the national average. DHS

“DHS has a huge need. In 2011, we supplied assistance to 21 percent of population.” “We offer more than a hand out – we offer a hand up.”

Fund. The Community Foundation is such a great partner,” said Johnson. “We are truly humbled and elated they deem us worthy of their support. This is a big deal for us. We help over 500 families every week and see firsthand the devastation hunger can have on a family. We are so blessed to be in a position to have a direct impact on our community. Without support from partners like The Community Foundation, our work would be impossible,” he said. Additionally, Food Now has partnered with Family Services of the Desert (FSD) sharing their offices and food storage space. “The additional space worked out,” said John Brown, executive director of FSD. “There are challenges to finding financial support. The county cut back, there are less resources but we have more need. We’re both strapped.” Hunger comes with a whole set of problems. Many chronic clients have mental health issues and alcohol and drug problems. FSD offers mental health and medical treatments from volunteer physicians through their Urban Community Action Program. “We’re not just a food pantry anymore. We have wrap-around services with Family Services of the Desert, such as primary medical care, counseling, nutrition programs, parenting classes and pharmacy discount cards,” Johnson said. “We offer more than a hand out – we offer

Lisa and Cheryl, volunteers at Food Now a hand up.” Food Now operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., and are located at 14080 Palm Drive behind the UPS store in the Von’s shopping center. For more information on how to receive food assistance or on how you can help, call 760-329-4100. Visit their website at or email them at

Dana and David Johnson of Food Now

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has approximately 25,000 residents with nearly 3,000 more undocumented alien residents. Food Now gives away (on average) 45,000 pounds of food each month. Twenty volunteers give 10,000 hours a year, equaling more than $225,000 worth of labor to the cause. “We couldn’t do this without our volunteers. We have a very stable group of folks who come from our local churches and private homes.” Many volunteers are seasonal who come from Washington and Oregon, he added. The Johnson twins have found some very creative ways to shore up their leaking finances with fund-raising events like a chili cook-off at the Dillon Roadhouse last February and a golf tournament at the Mission Lakes Country Club last June - each event raised more than $12,000. Currently, the twins are busy planning a half marathon and 10K walk/run fundraiser for Dec. 8 hosted by the Skybourne residential community. Additionally, all donors of $500 or more will receive tickets to a Donor Appreciation Cocktail Party on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa. That event will honor DHS City Manager Rick Daniels and his wife Joyce for their hard work and dedication in helping Food Now over these tough times. Luckily, on June 26, Food Now received some much-needed financial reinforcement with a $10,000 grant from The Community Foundation through their Community Impact


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Bhakti Fest 2012

The Festival of Yoga, Kirtan and Wisdom Returns to Joshua Tree JOSHUA TREE, CA – Bhakti Fest culminates its fourth season Sept. 6-9 with four full days of yoga, kirtan music and wisdom workshops. The Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Center will host their largest turnout of the year, bringing nearly 3500 attendees from all over the world. Past attendees have come as far as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, England, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Russia and Thailand.

“Bhakti is devotion to love and the Festival provides a place for people to immerse themselves in it through music, education and inspiration,” said Sridhar Silberfein, founder and producer of the Bhakti Fests. Music is the central core of the Bhakti Fest. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience continuous devotional chanting, called kirtan, along with nationally acclaimed musicians including Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, WAH, and C.C. White. Some of the music is traditionally performed, yet many of today’s kirtan musicians have created contemporary adaptations based in jazz, blues, rock and even hip hop. This artistic integration of cultures has become extremely successful and draws a following as diverse and unique as the music itself. Commenting from the musician’s perspective, rising kirtan diva Donna DeLory’s first performance at Bhakti Fest was “like finding my home – a great meeting of spirits – with a complete sharing between players and listeners alike.” She has performed at every festival since 2009 and will showcase new music this fall from her summer sessions in the recording studio.

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The night crowd at Bhakti Fest Twelve hours of daily yoga classes in three large studios will be facilitated by worldrenowned yoga teachers such as Shiva Rea, Sara Ivanhoe and Bryan Kest. Each day will also feature extensive wisdom workshops geared to educate and inspire with some of the most formidable guides of our time covering such topics as Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Pranayama, Mantras and Mudras, Meditation and more. Presenters include Radhanath Swami, Shyamdas, Ron Alexander, Mirabai Devi, Lorin Roche, David Haberman and others.

to handle the Bhakti Fests. Monies raised from the Bhakti Fests will be donated to CCS to be disbursed to its various charities which provide housing, food, education, medical, and environmental beautification programs around the world. CCS was founded by Sridhar Silberfein who has been on a personal spiritual quest for more than 30 years. He has hosted many eminent Indian saints and teachers such as Swami Muktananda, Kalu Rimpoche and Ammachi. He produced the docudrama “River of Love” on the life of Ammachi, and has been instrumental in managing Ram Dass’s remarkable return to health as well as producing his retreats. He brought Swami Satchidananda to Woodstock as a young yogi, at which time he committed to someday producing the spiritual equivalent of Woodstock, which now embodies the three Bhakti Fests: Shakti Fest, Bhakti Fest Midwest and the original Bhakti Fest held every September since 2009. Silberfein’s life as a spiritual businessman Massage and relaxation are practiced also included the first health food store in Attendees will be invited to leave the busy Southern California, The Desert Essence natural world behind and immerse themselves in a products company, and the Triloka recording conscious community for four full days for label. what the festival producers call “the path of the heart.” They will experience an thriving an ecofriendly vendor village of more than 100 artisan merchants offering, raw, vegan, and vegetarian foods, yoga gear, clothing, musical instruments, crafts and more. The Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Center is the perfect setting to foster inner reflection and spiritual reconnection because of its peacefulness and natural desert beauty. Thousands have come back since 2009 to experience the Bhakti Fests at this pristine resort. Accommodation options includes on-site housing, RV and camping and more than 10 hotels within a few miles of retreat center. For a full list of performers and teachers and to purchase tickets (kids under 12 are free) please visit Offering incomparable yoga and world music since 2009 Bhakti Fest embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional Sing and dance to your heart’s content and non-traditional spiritual practices. It was originally organized by The Center for Spiritual For more information: http://www. Studies (CSS), a non-profit foundation created For a full list of performers and in 1973 to generate a united voice for yoga and teachers and to purchase tickets. Kids under 12 chanting. CCS has now licensed BhaktiVentures are free.

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Training the Soul to Stay Around by Art Kunkin While it isn’t fashionable or common to speak about “the soul” in an American newspaper, one of the most hidden secrets of our materialist culture is the prevalence of a belief in religion and the existence of the soul. In 2007, 82 percent of Americans told Gallup Poll interviewers that they identified with a Christian religion. That includes 51 percent who said they were Protestant, five percent who were “other Christian,” 23 percent Roman Catholic, and three percent who named another Christian faith including two percent Mormon. Only 17 percent of adult Americans say they never attend church. Whereas Americans say that religion is an important part of their daily lives, that compares with just 30 percent of the French, 27 percent of the British and 23 percent of the Japanese. So what do the major religions say about “the soul.” While Buddhism teaches that all things, including humans, are constantly changing and there is no permanent self (the doctrine of ‘annata’), Buddhism does not really deny the existence of a soul. It is clear that Buddhism maintains a firm belief that the Buddha himself reincarnated and that this is what followers of that faith can expect.

In Judaism, the Hebrew terms “nephesh” and ‘ruach’ (the wind) and ‘neshama’ (literally ‘breath’) are used to describe the soul or spirit. There is an entire spiritual literature in Hebrew about the ‘Gilgulim,” the reincarnated soul. Although Jewish theology does not agree on the nature of an afterlife, the soul (or ‘Gilgul’) is said by the Kabbalists to “return to God” after death. The Christian view of the soul is based upon the teaching of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains the statements, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (12:7) and “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” When people die, their souls will be judged by God and determined to spend eternity in heaven or hell. It is well known, of course, that early Christians did have a belief in reincarnation until the third century A.D. when the Christian Bible was revised by church leaders in their efforts to separate themselves from previous ‘pagan’ doctrines. At this time, Origen, one of the early Church fathers, was disciplined because of his firm reincarnationist beliefs. Protestants generally believe in the soul’s

existence but fall into two major camps about what this means in terms of an afterlife. Some, following Calvin, believe in the immortality of the soul and conscious existence after death, while others, following Luther, believe in the mortality of the soul and unconscious “sleep” until the resurrection of the dead. Mormons believe that the soul is the union of a spirit, which was previously created by God, and a body, which is formed by physical conception on earth. After death, the spirit, not the soul, progresses to the Spirit World. In Hinduism, when the soul (Atman) becomes embodied it is called birth, when the Atman leaves a body it is called death. The Atman transmigrates from one body to another body based on karma (performed deeds, cause and effect). In Islam, one belief (hadith) is that the soul is put into the embryo 40 days after fertilization takes place. In brief, what I am attempting to prove here is that despite a variety of detailed disagreements, there is a majority opinion that humans contain a soul, a consciousness, that survives after death. And, while I myself don’t like to use the word “soul” because of its religious implications, I am frankly mystified by the nature of consciousness and see no other recourse than to call that invisible reality a “soul.”

As a person who was preparing to be a professional geneticist and has more than a common knowledge about the way that DNA transmits our human physical characteristics from generation to generation, I have little difficulty in theorizing that our chromosomes somehow also transmit the consciousness information that can be called the soul. So when I speak about stopping the aging process, and tell people that I want to preserve and develop the individual human consciousness, I am describing the development of what the majority of people in the world call the soul. In his past life, journalist Art Kunkin founded the 60s alternative weekly newspaper, The Los Angeles Free Press, and was known as Mr. Free Press. Since writing the ebook, “Life Extension Alchemy: The Secret Of Immortality Finally Revealed,” (now available at a reduced price of $9 at, he is now known as Mr. Life Extension. Art teaches at The Joshua Tree Retreat Center and on the internet ( about timebinding, planning for the future, healing, longevity, alchemy and meditation. Contact him at 760-365-8371. Copyright 2012 by Art Kunkin. All Rights Reserved.


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Marilyn Monroe Tribute Concert Aug. 5 Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of her death PALM SPRINGS – PS Resorts, the local organization that brought “Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot tall statue to Palm Springs, is hosting a tribute concert on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed actor’s death. The concert will feature Jeffrey Allen, a Las Vegas entertainer known for his performances as Elton John in the “Legends in Concert” series. Seats are available at a first-come, first-had basis, so you may want to bring your own chairs and blankets.

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The towering statue of “Forever Marilyn” weighs 34,300 pounds and measures 26 feet tall, 17 feet wide and 18 feet deep. Its first home in July 2011, was at the Pioneer Court in downtown Chicago. The huge statue then moved to its current temporary location in downtown Palm Springs at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way last May. The statue is expected to reside at the temporary location until the Desert Fashion Plaza reconstruction project has completed the first phase of construction at the end of 2014. PS Resorts shared in the $78,000 cost of getting the massive sculpture to the desert, including costs to take it apart in Chicago, packing, transportation, reassembly in Palm Springs, and an insurance policy that covers any possible vandalism. American artist Seward Johnson, age 80, (an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune) said he designed the sculpture from the famous photograph of her holding down her dress in the film “The Seven Year Itch.” Marilyn Monroe has many historical ties to Palm Springs and is credited with being discovered here at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club by Johnny Hyde from the William Morris Agency. She also was frequently seen with her second husband Joe DiMaggio at Movie Colony estates, and the couple owned a small home in Las Palmas.

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The 26-foot statue “Forever Marilyn” stands in downtown Palm Springs “I am very pleased that Marilyn will be on view in Palm Springs. It was, after all, a location of her own choosing, and I assume that she was drawn to the beauty and stillness of the landscape. There is something about her pose; the exuberance for life without inhibition, which is quintessentially American. It expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy,”

said Seward Johnson in previous reports. The tribute concert is expected to draw a big crowd. PS Resorts strongly suggest visitors wear a hat and sunglasses, bring water and a chair or blanket to sit on. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Road. Parking is limited so get there early.

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Indio, CA – The Indio Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through August for the Southwest Arts Festival® that will be held on January 25, 26 and 27, 2013. Celebrating their 27th anniversary, the Southwest Arts Festival® will once again be held at the world-renowned Empire Polo Club in Indio, a Coachella Valley landmark, featuring the desert’s natural landscape and sweeping mountain ranges. “We are excited to host the Southwest Arts Festival at the picturesque grounds of the Empire Polo Club again this year. The world renowned venue is the perfect background to showcase the exemplary artwork of our fine artists from around the country,” said Joyce Donaldson, President/CEO of the Indio Chamber Commerce. Featuring more than 250 acclaimed artists showing traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts, the festival is a major internationally recognized

cultural event. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the finest in the country. As the Indio Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser, they are exceptionally fortunate to have more than 200 community leaders and volunteers who contribute numerous hours to make certain that the festival is successful. All artists, regardless of weather, must be present every day of the festival. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Spaces (12’ x 12’) are $250 each. Up to four spaces may be purchased. Applications fees are $55 through Friday, Aug. 31. The Southwest Arts Festival® is again utilizing Zapplication. ZAPP® is a onestop universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals and fairs. Follow the Festival on Facebook at SouthwestArtsFestival

Dining Out

Morgan’s in the desert – An Award-Winning Experience Famed Chef Jimmy Schmidt Astounds Diners by Jackie Devereaux When you first enter Morgan’s in the desert, you’re stuck by the elegant, rustic haciendastyle décor of this world-class restaurant and bar located inside the historic La Quinta Resort and Club. Since it’s opening in January 2010, customers have been astounded by the awardwinning cuisine of Chef Jimmy Schmidt, who is the only four-time recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award for excellence in the culinary arts. My husband, Tom, and I smiled broadly upon hearing this, and our taste buds salivated with the anticipation of our upcoming meal. Open for dinner only starting at 6:00 p.m., Morgan’s tastefully-priced menu features à la carte selections that change with the Coachella Valley’s local farm growing seasons. This summer Chef Schmidt features savory, woodgrilled, roasted meats and freshly caught, seasonal seafood specialties.

Bar specialty drinks We wanted their Seared Maine Diver Sea Scallops ($32), as an appetizer because upon our arrival at the La Quinta resort, I met Rick Blackburn, the executive director of sales and marketing for the property. Blackburn recommended the scallops for any first-time diner, and he was right. The scallops were perfectly cooked, incredibly tasty and a great way to start our award-winning meal. But I must backtrack and describe our whole dining experience from start to finish. I started with a pre-dinner cocktail – the Agave Gingerita ($11) made with top-shelf, vintage tequila, ginger liqueur, lime, shaken and served in a chimney glass on the rocks. It was the perfect refreshing drink to erase the tension from a long, deadline driven, hot summer day. Our five-star server, Salvador (originally from Zamora, Mexico), eloquently explained the menu options and patiently answered all our newbie questions. Being a former waitress, I knew to let Salvador do most of the ordering for us. Because we wanted to share plates, he ordered the Two Peach Salad ($14) to start. It’s was a lovely, and again, refreshing combination

of textures and sweetness from the soft peaches and onions to the fresh greens topped with prosciutto and drizzled with a ginger balsamic emulsion. He suggested we eat all three items (peach, greens, prosciutto) at the same time to

“This was ambrosia... food fit for the Gods.” get the full effect. We did and my taste buds exploded. Both our eyes widened while we savored our way through salad heaven. This was fit for the Gods.. I want this recipe or at least want to watch the kitchen staff make it. And speaking of the kitchen staff, turned out Chef de Cuisine, Brian Racor was at the helm in the kitchen. While Chef Schmidt is the architect of Morgan’s cuisine, it was Chef Racor who prepared our meal on this Thursday evening. I’ve got to give proper credit where credit is due. I don’t eat much meat, but I do enjoy seafood a lot. Salvador chose the Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut ($33) for me, and the Pan Roasted Maple Leaf Duck ($30) for my meateating husband. We voted the halibut was the best of the two entrees, mostly because of the super tasty sunchokes and scallions topping the fresh filet which sat on a ragout of chantrelles. It tasted “absolutely fabulous” (and that’s not a British sitcom joke). My husband was surprised by the large portion of his duck entree. He’s from Michigan and I’m from Pennsylvania where duck entrees are generally smaller, real crispy, and since they’re wild game, are usually a little bit on the greasy side. The Maple Leaf Duck Breast from this kitchen blew that old-school, East

Patio dining at Morgan’s in the Desert cippolini ragout. My husband loves cherries, so this was a perfect pairing. Also, I love champagne, so I ordered one glass of a Scharffenberger sparkling wine ($11) and thoroughly enjoyed it during our appetizer and salad courses. For our main course, the Wine Director, Jane Benjamin, suggested the Napa Valley, 2009 Trefethen ($15) white wine. Another perfect pairing with my halibut. For desert, Salvador served three desert items in abreviated portions on one plate, so we could sample more flavors. We loved it all – the Twisted Smores of Chocolate made of firekissed marshmallow ice cream and an almond graham crust; a Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream Parfait made from bittersweet chocolate fudge and sea salted caramel; and my favorite, their Blackberry White Chocolate Crème Brulee. We were in gastronomic heaven. If the Gods made anything better than this, they saved it for themselves. As we were finishing our coffee, our busboy

packaged our leftovers and brought them to us. I generally don’t eat breads because, quite honestly, most bread isn’t very good. However, their garlic poppy seed rolls are outstanding, and so good that I boldly asked a few be added to our doggie bag. Our house guest thoroughly enjoyed those five-star leftovers. If you are going to propose to someone, or celebrate a promotion, or treat someone to a special dinner, make Morgan’s in the desert your choice. Every dollar spent will be worth their award-winning cuisine, and every minute there will be filled with elegant and impeccable service. If I gave out stars for excellence in culinary art, then Morgan’s in the desert would get them all. For reservations, call 760-564-7200, or go to Morgan’s in the desert is located at 49-499 Eisenhower Drive inside the historic La Quinta Resort.

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Diane Morgan A Master of Watercolors and Oils “One of the hottest artists in the Valley” “Just Glorious” (oil) work-in-progress by Jackie Devereaux

“Heaven in a ‘57” (watercolor)

IN DIAN WEL LS , CA – Ar t ist Diane Morgan is considered by many art aficionados as “one of the hottest artists in the Valley.” She can best be described as a woman with a passion for art - a passion that has won her numerous awards and landed her paintings in several prestigious collections (both private and public) throughout the United States and Canada. Morgan paints the world around her, first by capturing a common image in a photograph, then transferring that image onto a canvass in a very uncommon and spectacular way. “I envision a painting in almost everything I see,” Morgan said from her Indian Wells home. “Adding drama and mystery through the use of powerful lighting ef fects, ref lected surfaces, exaggerated contrasts and unusual

compositions, I strive to transform simple everyday life into un-ordinary, not-sostill life. “I like to take an ordinary subject and enhance the perception of it, invite the viewer to take a closer look. If you look closer, you may discover something new about yourself. I love how the medium takes command. The artist starts the process, but the paint takes charge and leads the work to a sometimes unintended outcome. It’s always exhilarating,” she said.

Morgan’s home is filled with her watercolor and oil paintings which have won many firsts, bests of show and best local artist honors. She is currently featured in a 10-page article, “Breathing Life into Not-So-Still Life,” in the June/ July 2012 issue of International Artist magazine. Her watercolor painting, “Raindrops on Roses” recently completed a yearlong tour in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. as part of the “Blossom Art of the Flower II” in Naples, Florida. Only 100 paintings were chosen from out of 2,300 entries from 35 countries. Morgan currently ser ves as the president of the C oachella Valle y Watercolor Society and a member of many art societies. Her work has been featured in major art magazines including American Art Collector, International Artist, Southwest Art, American Artist, the Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist. She teaches classes in watercolor, oil and acrylic at Venus Studio in Palm Desert.

“Autumn Delights” (watercolor) Morgan originally relocated to Palm Desert in 1988 but moved to Indian Wells in 2002. She was born and raised in Michigan where she earned a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Michigan. Since moving to the desert she’s held numerous positions in the art community including her role as manager of the public arts program for the city of Palm Springs for 11 years. “Morning Glorious” (oil)

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“The new Starbucks at the Palm Springs International Airport officially opened with my three watercolor giclees prints to help perk up the walls. I love them contrasting the black wall made of coffee beans – it smells fantastic,” she said. Her painting “Heaven is a ‘57” was accepted in the Paint America Top 100 Exhibition and traveled on national tour throughout 2010. It won first place in watercolor at the Indian Wells Arts Festival. In addition to the awards, “Heaven is a ‘57” has been selected by f + w publications, publishers of Southwest Art, The Artists Magazine and Watercolor Artist as a feature in their advertising. It

“Eldorado” (watercolor) was also one of only 10 finalists out of 2000 entries in Aaron Bros “Show us your America” contest. Inte r n at i on a l A r t i st Mag a z i n e selected her painting, “I Love Bees” a 24” x 30” oil as a finalist in the Still Life and Florals competition. A full page was devoted to her work in the Oct/Nov 2009 issue. The painting was on display

at the Palm Springs Art Museum in the annual Artists Council Exhibition and sold through their online auction. Her painting “Organized Chaos” was chosen for the 89th Annual National Watercolor S ociety Exhibition and received the “Watercolor West” Award, a $500 cash prize. It was also one of only 30 chosen for the NWS Traveling Exhibition which toured the United States during all of 2010. Morgans has 20 paintings currently on exhibit at the El Paseo Bank located at 74-175 El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. She also has another 15 paintings at the Artspresso Art Gallery located at 54380 North Circle Drive in Idyllwild. Her ar t work c an b e found at, an online art store, blog and local art community website founded in 2006 by Rick Pantele to spotlight incredible artists nationally and locally. Additionally, her work can be found at A Company of Artists which represents more than 100 artists featuring a diverse and unique collection of incredible art to design and decor specialists nationwide, including private collectors and hospital giants such as Kaiser Permanente. Visit

“Sunset Snack” (oil) Morgan can be reached by email at or call 760902-8855 for an appointment. More of her artwork can be viewed at www. or at www.

“Surface Tension” (watercolor) Diane signing a painting at Starbuck’s

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At the Movies

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Is Back By Theda Kleinhans Reichman Summer is in full swing, and that means comic-book super heroes are out in force and en masse. First came “The Avengers,” featuring a cast of countless super-heroes, which brought in multi-millions at the box office worldwide. Shortly thereafter came “The Amazing Spider-Man,” with the very talented British actor Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) in the title role as teenager Peter Parker who gains “amazing” strength and the ability to generate flexible webs of steel after accidentally being bitten by a spider

Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). All of the particulars of Peter’s early life are similar to the back story fleshed out in the first “Spider Man” film of a decade earlier when Tobey Maguire was Peter and Kirsten Dunst was his main squeeze. She is now played by the fetching Emma Stone (”The Help”) and she and Peter have good chemistry in and out of their high school science classes. Since I am probably older than your typical Comic-Con fan, I found the story leading up to Peter’s quest to save others by means of his super-powers as interesting as his high flying exploits. But I think

Garfield, while playing a somewhat geeky intellectual kind of a kid, is also attractive, especially in his scenes in the gym when he confronts the school bully. in the OsCorp Research Laboratories run by a one-armed scientist, Dr. Curt Connors (British actor Rhys Ifans--you will know him when you see him). Dr. Connors, it turns out, was an associate of Peter’s late father who disappeared when Peter was just a small boy. Before his parents’ mysterious death Peter is placed in the loving care of his Uncle

Andrew Garfield as Spiderman hands of his adversary earlier in the film. The thrust of the story concerns papers Peter finds in a briefcase left by his father. It turns out there was a reason his dad wanted to stop further study on the genetic experiments he and Dr. Connors were working on. Their experiments involved the use of animal and insect DNA which could transform their subjects into super-human beings. What particularly fascinated Dr. Connor was the prospect of injecting animals, then human test cases, with reptile DNA so that lost human limbs could be regenerated.

the train, but when he is rudely awakened by a curious fellow in the car his super human powers come into play much to the surprise and horror of the other passengers. Peter also freaks out. At this point Peter has no clue as to why he can do the “amazing” things he is doing. The running time of the film is two hours and eighteen minutes, but the impact of the story would have been better served if some of the action sequences, particularly with the giant lizard, had been tightened up. In this case, less would have been more.

older audiences are more into character development while the younger crowd is fueled by high testosterone action sequences. Garfield, while playing a somewhat geeky intellectual kind of a kid, is also attractive, especially in his scenes in the gym when he confronts the school bully. At last he can get some revenge on the basketball court for the schoolyard beating he endured at the

Andrew Garfield as Spiderman When an unauthorized injection of the lizard DNA goes wrong, a super lizard is created that wreaks havoc on NYC and it is Spider-Man who flies into danger in order to save the innocent from this freak of nature. The flying sequences are fun and exhilarating throughout. One of the most humorous scenes in the film takes place on the subway as Peter attempts to get home following his painful spider bite. He has passed out on


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Having said this, do not leave till after the credits roll. Many in the showing I attended did go and therefore missed a final sequence in which an important question is asked of one of the main characters. ”What,” says the mystery man. “really happened to Peter’s parents? Did you tell Peter?” And that leads me to believe there is a sequel in the works. The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.

Calendar Paul Krassner Book Signing & Reception

PALM SPRINGS – A reception and book signing for local publishing pioneer Paul Krassner will be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Crystal Fantasy shop at 7:00 p.m. Krassner is an author, journalist, stand-up comedian, and the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the free thought magazine The Realist, first published in 1958. Krassner became a key figure in the counterculture of the 1960s as a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and a founding member of the Yippies. Crystal Fantasy is located at 268 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown Palm Springs. For information, call 760-322-7799 or go to

Do The Robot PALM SPRINGS – SMART Education has only a few spots remaining for their Summer Robotics Camps at the Palm Springs Air Museum the next three weeks. Kids build robots out of LEGOs and then use computers to program the robots to do “cool things.” Materials are provided during class. The classes for ages five - 14 combine physics, computer science and technology. The week long class is $155 per student, with a discount for those taking at least three classes. Each class runs five mornings: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon inside the air conditioned Gen. Ken Miles Aviation Science Center at the Palm Springs Air Museum. For information or to enroll, contact or call 760-449-7530.

Smoking Cessation PALM SPRINGS – The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center) and Eisenhower Medical Center announces that a six week Smoking Cessation Class will start at The Center on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The class, taught by Donna Boatman, is designed to develop personal strategies and coping skills necessary to help successfully combat the psychological and side effects of smoking cessation. Information on stress reduction and nutrition will also be included. Cost is $100 for members of The Center and $150 for non-members, and will meet for six consecutive Thursdays from Aug. 2 to Sept. 6. Class size is limited, so preregistration is required. Call 760-4167790.

Canada Fest 2012 PALM SPRINGS – Canada Fest will play host to 18 different vendor districts from travel, golf and real estate, to pets, fashion and art. Another first will be the Desert Entertainers launch of Canada South at a special invitation only opening night party. Canada South is the first ever Canadian magazine in the desert. Music, food and seminars are a small portion of the happenings at the celebrity studded fest. Two non-profits benefit from Canada Fest are: The Re-

habilitation Foundation for Disabled Persons, Inc., a subsidiary of March of Dimes Canada and the local non-profit Helping People Hear Again. The event is scheduled to happen Dec. 8-9. To reserve a booth, ticket information call: 760.202.4007 or visit the Canada Fest 2012 web site at

The Aquatics PALM SPRINGS – The Palm Springs Aquatic Center is open seven days a week all year round. The cost is $4 for adult residents and and $5 for non residents, children 4-12 are $3 ,all kids under 3 are free. There is recreational swimming which is from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lap Swimming is also held Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. And then 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.. The Palm Springs Aquatic Center is located on 405 S Pavillion Way in the Sunrise Plaza Complex.

Summer Salsa Mambo and Bachata Madness Festival CATHEDRAL CITY – A spectacular weekend getaway kicks off with the 2012 Summer Salsa Mambo and Bachata Madness Festivals at the Doral Resort. The event starts with an opening workshop and party on Thursday night, July 26 and concludes with workshops on Monday, July 30 at noon. This event caters to all ages offering more than 60 salsa dance workshops of all levels, pool parties during the day and championship caliber performances, shows and dance parties and competitions in the evenings. The super weekend activities includes four nights of evening parties with social dancing until 4:00 a.m. Dedicated ballrooms for Bachata (Bachata Madness) and Tango (Milongas) will be available and Beginner Salsa Bootcamp, an Argentine Tango Bootcamp and new class in Salsa 101- the very basics of Salsa will be offered. Dance Competitions, pool parties with DJs on deck and super pool games will also be available for this year’s theme is a Hawaiian Luau. Full event passes for all workshops, shows, day and evening parties will be available at the event as well as individual evening tickets and single day passes. Advanced registrations are online at or email dance@ For more information call 562988-3180 or 714-274-3181.

Palm Desert Swim PALM DESERT – The Palm Desert Aquatic Center hosts classes and programs designed to please water lovers of every age and fitness level. Located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive on the northeast corner of Civic Center Park, the Aquatic Center includes three pools, diving boards, slides and play features. All or part of the nearly eightacre facility can be rented for birthday parties, corporate events, swimming competitions, and other special events. Admission is $4 for Palm Desert adults and $6 for adult non-residents. Admission for seniors and children ages six to 12 is $3 for residents and $4.50 for non-residents. Fees for children ages two to five are $2.50 for residents and $3.75 for non-residents. Annual and three-month passes are also available. For more information about the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, call 760-565-7467.

Summer Fencing PALM DESERT – Desert Fencing Academy (DFA) will offer its Summer Fencing program to beginning fencers ages eight to 80 through Aug. 4. The Begging Fencing lessons cost $25 for 30 minutes. All fencing gear is provided. College of the Desert Coach Leslie Taft will be coaching all classes. She is a national fencing champion, has competed in three World Cup competitions and has been coaching fencing for 25 years. DFA is located at 73 760 Dinah Shore Drive Ste. 103, Palm Desert in the My Gym Children’s fitness building. For more information, contact Coach Taft at 760 218 1343 or visit

Summer Golf Tour LA QUINTA – This very popular summer program is back for another year of fun in the sun. Advance, intermediate, and novice golfers are all welcome to enjoy playing on this 13-week golf tour. Every Saturday morning, participants have the opportunity to play at some of the finest courses in the Coachella Valley. The Summer Golf Tours continue through Aug. 25 with registration open throughout the tour . Cost is $69 per player to register and reasonable weekly green fees. Players may choose to play in either single or team divisions and will be divided into flights based upon their weekly handicap. Points are earned throughout the tour based upon net scores. On the final Saturday of play, an End of Tour Banquet is provided for all participants to enjoy. Register at

Walking Equals Long Life (W.E.L.L.) LA QUINTA – The City of La Quinta and W.E.L.L. (Walking Equals Long Life) invites you to walk with a group at the downtown Civic Center Campus every third Sunday of the month. This group is open to everyone, so come out and enjoy exercising and socializing while improving your health. The city’s mission is to encourage everyone, regardless of fitness level, to get out, exercise and have fun.

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courtesy of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine including a sword, musket and a hand-signed document by Abraham Lincoln. For more information call 760 777-7170.

Strengthen the body through Yoga JOSHUA TREE – Join Eleanor Price for Yoga Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in the harmony hall. Eleanor believes that yoga combined with breathing, stretches your mind as it strengthens your body and gives the flexibility to stay youthful. Beginners will be taught basic breathing techniques combined with the asanas (poses). Advanced students will enjoy the flow of connecting spirit and body, Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located on 59700 29 Palms Highway. For information, call 760-365-8371.

Outhouse Racing TWENTYNINE PALMS – Start working on ideas for the most extravagant outhouse design and gather your team. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce announced the 2012 Outhouse Races for Sunday, Oct 21 at 1-3:00 p.m.. Homemade outhouses can be made out of any material and be any size or weight. One team member must sit in the outhouse and the other team members will push the outhouse in a race. Outhouses can be as elaborate as the team can imagine. An outhouse clinic will be available in September for those who need assistance. The entry fee is $40 if received by Sept. 30 and $50 after the deadline. Entry forms containing complete rules and specifications can be found at www.29chamber. org or at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce office located at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway. For more information, call 760-367-3445.


LA QUINTA – Indoor Basketball is free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 - 9:00 p.m. at the President Gerald R. Ford Boys and Girls Club of La Quinta. Shoot baskets or play full or halfcourt games. Youth and adults can drop-in for a workout or play just for fun. Each Thursday Indoor Volleyball is free to play. All you have to do is sign-in when you arrive. Participants 13 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times.

California Pioneers LA QUINTA – Come and experience pioneer life in early California through artifacts, dioramas and hands on activities. Imagine the journey westward by viewing a 25-foot covered wagon scene and enjoy learning Morse code by sending messages to friends via the working telegraph system housed in a mock telegraph office and railroad depot. Guests will be able to view various Civil War artifacts

TWENTYNINE PALMS – The Broadway smash hit musical “Seussical” running at Theater 29 in Twentynine Palms through July 28 is a real family affair. The delightful family-friendly show is based on the children’s books of Dr. Seuss and features characters and situations that generations grew up with. The adventures of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, Sour Kangaroo and more favorites are brought colorfully to life in the bright and energetic musical. With an all-volunteer cast of 27 and stage crew of 10, “Suessical” is the essence of true community theater for the entire Morongo Basin. “Seussical” is about the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in a story that makes you laugh and cry. Tickets for the five-week run are available online at or by calling the Theater 29 box office at 760-361-4151. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students.

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by Guru Ren Yogamaya, M.A. E-RYT 500

Week of July 26 – August 1: Sun In Leo Most Affected is Leo. For Leo: All Sun themes such as warmth, heat, leadership, creativity, wealth, loyalty and showmanship will rule supreme until Aug. 21. A more heightened awareness of courage, selfconfidence, arrogance or humility. The best side of Leo is seen in their regal demeanor, their display of generosity, loyalty, containing their egos graciously, sharing their palatial-like home and their talents. The key is to know when to behave with humility, when to end undue-loyalty and to leave justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Expressing what is important to you is good as long as you deliver the message with a touch of class. Our urge may be that of creativity and playfulness. When in doubt, remain positive; keep a smile on your face. Celebrate this month with Seva, being of service to others with love and generosity. Best Sacred Geometry: Tetrahedron (triangle) Best Yantra: The color Gold.

August 1- Full Moon in Aquarius Most Affected are Aquarius and All Air Signs. For Aquarius: The Full Moon on the 1st is in your sign and illuminates your personal Life. With Jupiter in the brotherly air-sign of Gemini, your personal Life should shine positively, with romance or partnerships picking up steam. For All Signs: This Full Moon emphasizes another quantum leap. It is time to put spiritual intelligence rather than intellectual mind to better use. Make no mistake in your choices at this Full Moon, and “keep up”. As we all live under one sky, what can you do in your Life and integrate it for the greater good? In your meditation ask the Universe for guidance, connection and paternal support. Best Mantra: AUM. Best Colors: Purple, Violet or White.

On-Going Astrological Affects: Venus in Gemini Most affected are Gemini and All Air Signs (including Libra and Taurus as the planet Venus is their ruling sign). This transit began on April 3 and will continue until Aug. 7. For Gemini: The planet of Love and beauty has been in your sign for a long stretch; You may have enjoyed 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. Watch that you don’t over-indulge in food, drink or others. Exercise and refresh yourself: Enjoy an experience for two. Two for the road, KamaSutra, Partner Yoga or one dessert, two spoons. For All Signs: The social side of Venus continues in changeable Gemini. The energies here are even more playful or flirtatious. Various, more social people and situations may seem to grab your


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attention, but only for a little while as in the end substance will win over flightiness. The temptation for air signs “not to…” mirror the classic, Buddhist teachings of “not two” but rather one. Being respectful to the one truth or the one person who is genuine in your Life reflects spiritual maturity.

Mercury Retrograde Most Affected are Cancer, Leo, Gemini and Virgo. For Cancer and Leo: This transit will continue until Aug. 9. 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 RE-written, RE-spoken, RE-typed. 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 3 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 tele-communications 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 Cancer and Leo need be careful. Due to other contributing planetary affects, it’s important to expect the unexpected. 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 and author of, EAT BY COLOR: Foods, Colors and The Chakras. She is a syndicated columnist and she is a natural channel for Universal Light. She supports your community and teaches at Yoga Blue in Pasadena, at Dancing Shiva Yoga in L.A. and can be reached at and on Facebook: Ren Rasa Yogamaya

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Remember Rum, Romance and Rock and Roll! by Terrance K. Phillips

Has it ever occurred to you that if you were making love in the sixties, you’re probably in your sixties now? The question is: are you still making love in your sixties? Making love has no bar code attached to it nor does its shelf life expire because there are a greater number of candles on your birthday cake. You can still hit a golf ball, you can still hit a yellow tennis ball, so why not hit on your spouse? Why do many couples place their libido into storage as they progress into AARPdom? It doesn’t have to be that way! Think back to those days of rum, romance and rock and roll. Our waistlines not withstanding, what has changed since then? Nada! Do you now consider petting as an act reserved for stray dogs? That’s what led you to the naughty nuptials in the first place. If I’m not mistaken, Fords still have back seats, there are numerous secluded beaches and pools and a sofa can be used for many things other than watching TV. If you think about this, you may hear the command, “Where’s the clicker” far less frequently. Why bicker over the clicker when passion is in fashion? If you wish to play for a while, you must foreplay for a while. Many feel “the quicker the better” (there are drugs for this problem). Some feel that foreplay is to sex as a long line is to an amusement park ride. Spending the whole night cuddling with someone you have just made love with is the best part of the experience; however, in some cases it could cost an extra $1,000 pesos! Making love with your spouse is not an option, rather a glorious commitment. It’s an intimate time of communication and your heartfelt expression of passion. It towers over argument, rises above squabbling, rejuvenates the libido and makes boredom run for cover. So run under

the covers tonight, tomorrow, a week from Tuesday. Making love isn’t what you think of doing after five tequila slammers, it’s what you think of doing that will enhance your relationship and it brings forth pleasure too, unless, ESPN is giving a weekend update or during Monday Night Football. California is a great place to be in love, with its glorious sun, pristine beaches, painted deserts, friendly ambiance and sunsets that radiate with romance. It’s a wonderful place for re-inventing those invaluable techniques that stimulate intimac y, encourage equal partnerships, happy relationships and marriages. As couples grow older, many seem to downplay the sig nif ic ance of sensual intimacy. Un f o r t u n a t e l y, there is nothing further from the truth. Sensual activity is a g re at c on du it f or communication, especially in a well-seasoned relationship. Think back to your more active years and reconstruct that excitement, sensuality, emotion, feelings and closeness. Those were wonderful moments of romance and pleasure. As our days grow longer we realize that there is more to life than sitting in your golf cart, waiting to hit your next triple bogey. Maybe the time has come to set that “putter” aside and reach for your driver, like you did in the sixties! Now go out there and love the one you’re with! Ter rance K. Phillips: Speaker, syndicated columnist and author of “The Divorce Disease – Options for a Cure” “Heart Attack-ed” “Good Morning Nobody” “KING of CONS” and “Lunch, Laughter and Love.” For more info go to: www.

Colorado Theater Shooting Could It Happen Here? By Charles Bennett Jr.

The resident of Aurora, Colorado have become the latest victims of a senseless and horrific mass murder which has become the ninth worst shooting crime in U.S. history. Twelve people are now dead, including a six year old girl with another 59 people wounded. With nine victims still in critical condition, the death toll could go up. In addition, the suspects apartment was “booby-trapped” so that when anyone entered, more than likely emergency responders, they would be seriously injured or killed. This life-changing event started after midnight last Thursday where several hundred people were gathered to watch the release of new and highly-anticipated end of a Batman trilogy. Suddenly, during a gun battle scene, the theater is filled with smoke and gas, with sounds of gunshots ringing out. Most in attendance were unsure if it was part of the movie until some started screaming and running in a state of panic. Others were horrified as they watched friends and loved ones fall to the floor from gunshot wounds. As we watch these terrible events unfold, or read about them in the media, many think about how horrible and unfortunate it is, while most think it could never happen to them. The reality is that it can happen to you and it can happen here. These events can happen anywhere at any time without provocation. This is not meant to scare anyone, however, it is meant to increase awareness and open one’s eyes to reality. In most cases, these tragedies cannot be predicted or prevented. Unless one is a behavioral health professional, it is almost impossible to see the warning signs of a person who has violent intensions or a mental disorder. However, there are some things that we as ordinary citizens can look for. Violence is a strong possibility if one sees the following immediate warning signs: frequent loss of temper; frequent fighting; acts of vandalism or property damage; increased use of drugs or alcohol; increase of risk-taking; detailed plans to commit acts of violence; making threats of hurting others; enjoys hurting animals and carrying any type of weapon or object that could be used as such. In addition to immediate warning signs, things that have been noticed over a period of time that could indicate violence are: violent or aggressive behavior; serious drug or alcohol use; membership or desired membership in a gang; fascination with weapons; regularly threatening others; trouble controlling anger; withdrawing from friends and usual activities; feeling rejected or alone; a victim of bullying; poor work/school performance; history of discipline problems and/or contacts with authority; feeling continuously disrespected and failing to acknowledge the feelings or rights of others. If any of these warning signs are observed,

report it immediately to management or the proper authorities. We should help each other and our emergency responders in an effort to keep our communities safe from these tragic events. One issue arising from this tragedy is of gun control. Something to consider is that Americans have the right to bear arms. Also consider those nations who have the most strict gun control laws also have the highest murder rates. Some will argue that had someone in that theater legally possessed a gun, he/she could have stopped the shooter. Here is the problem with that, and pay close attention those of you who own guns or agree with this argument. First, the procedures for owning a handgun, other than the administrative procedures, are to obtain a Handgun Safety Certificate which consists of a 30 question written test in which the applicant must get 23 correct. In addition to the written test is the safe handling demonstration which only relates to safely handling, loading and unloading the gun. Learning to actually shoot the handgun is the owners responsibility. With that in mind and considering the elements surrounding the shooting – smoke, gas, dark, extreme level of noise, panic, and a large amount of people running chaotically - unless one is combat trained or highly trained in advanced police tactical operations, a person who might have had a gun would have more than likely only shot an innocent person. What does this mean for us in our communities? First, if one owns a firearm, and specifically is licensed to carry it in public, it his highly recommended to constantly train with the gun you have, even if it is only for home protection. Find the local shooting ranges that offer instruction and seek out as much instruction as possible. Get comfortable and confident in the handling and use of the firearm. Second, don’t try to be a “hero” because an innocent person could get hurt or killed. Keep in mind that fear is contagious and it spreads. When we are in a state of fear, we are usually not in rational thought. Always notify and wait for law enforcement. In the event where a firearm must be used, training and judgment will prevail. This was a horrible event, however, we cannot let events like this deter us from going about our daily lives. Do not stop going to the movies, out to eat or anywhere else. Do not be controlled by fear. Do not give these evil (or mentally ill) people control over us. Let’s come together and do everything we can to prevent an incident like this from happening in our communities. For more information on how to spot the warning signs for potential violence or gun safety and proficiency, contact The Moneé Group at, (760) 342-2977 or contact your local Law Enforcement.

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Gardening Guru

July in the Garden

by Chris Hermann, ASLA/RLA Summer has been on us for over a month now with monsoonal moisture and highs ranging from 105 to 120 degrees. For gardeners, early morning is the best time to get out and take care of a few things in preparation for fall planting season. Although gardening almost comes to a

standstill, there are a few necessary jobs that the early risers can handle. Weeds grow rapidly - get your coffee in hand and do some weeding by hand to keep things under control. If you have roses, trim of spent rose blooms that keep trying to flower despite the heat. Apply mulch around plants to help mitigate the affects of high temperature wherever practical.

A day off from irrigation can do irreparable damage; therefore, test your system manually and make sure that none of the drip emitters are clogged and lawn spray systems are properly adjusted. If you have not re-set your controller to three starts a day, this is the time to make that happen. Trees will respond to deep watering, especially palms. Slow, deep irrigation by hand or with a soaker hose is a good choice if you do not have deep well watering irrigation installed. If you were thinking about relocating palms or cacti in your yard, this is a good time for that task. The only pruning at this time of year should be Washingtonia filifera, Washingtonia robustas should be pruned in June - July. No other major pruning should be performed on plants/trees other than that which provides for the safety of pedestrians or clearance of vehicles. If you have taken care of all of the above, it is time to jump in the pool to cool off and head into the air conditioning

of your home to begin planning for the fall or plan a retrofit to make the garden more water efficient. After July, it is only two months until the fall planting season and the onset of cooler temperatures.

Package based on availability. Not available over holiday weekends. However, if you want to experience Two Bunch Palms over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the new owners are offering a super special deal. Stay three nights between Aug, 31 – Sept. 3 and enjoy a guestroom for three nights for two people and daily breakfast for two, plus one 60-minute spa treatment from a select list of 12 treatments. Want more? They also offer 10 percent off all spa treatments on Friday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. Wanna sleep in till noon? Don’t worry, Two Bunch will automatically extend your check time to 2:00 p.m. on Monday (based on availability) and use of the Spa and the Grotto until 5:00 p.m.

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Historic Spa Invites Locals to a Two Bunch Experience DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to spend the weekend at a historic spa? Now’s your chance. The Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa is offering locals the chance to enjoy their exclusive resort with the Taste of Two Bunch package. This special offer is back due to popular demand and available for a limited time only. The Taste of Two Bunch package includes a guestroom for two nights for two people with four 60-minute spa treatments (from a list of 27 luxurious treatments). Guests also will receive one night’s dinner

for two consisting of a three-course meal. Rates from $388 per night with a two-night minimum stay and the package is based on double occupancy. Dinner includes an appetizer or soup or salad plus an entrée and dessert. Specialty coffee drinks and alcohol are not included. Gratuity and resort fee is not included. Room and restaurant tax is included. The Taste of Two Bunch package cannot be combined with any other package or promotion. Spa and dinner reservations must be booked in advance, and be sure to mention this package at time of booking.

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Rates are $257 per night based on double occupancy with a minimum three night stay. Room tax is included, but gratuity and resort fee is not included. This special package cannot be combined with any other packages or promotion. Spa reservations must be booked in advance, and be sure to mention this package at the time of booking. Package based on availability. Two Bunch is also offering a 10 percent commission to travel professionals on the room portion of each package. The historic Two Bunch Palms Resort is located at 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail in Desert Hot Springs. Call, 760-329-8791 |or go to for more information.







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