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Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Children By Jackie Devereaux INDIAN WELLS — Robert Keith Bryan, 59, a teacher at Gerald R. Ford Elementary School was arrested last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a fourth grade girl and an undetermined number of other children. Bryan received his California teaching credential in 1978, and has been working within the Desert Sands Unified School District since 1986, according to Jeff Kaye, the district’s director of Security and Safety Services.

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Employment records indicated that Bryan previously taught at Lincoln and Kennedy elementary schools, but officials did not comment on why Bryan had been transferred from school to school. Officials also said they could not locate his extended employment records to determine if Bryan had worked in the Coachella Valley Unified School District in the past, according to Mari Tarango, a CVUSD public information officer. According to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) website, Bryan

But Wins Gold in the Hearts of Americans Sarah Robles, Olympic Athlete

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call shortly before 9 a.m. about a dog in distress at the Desert Veterinary Specialist located at 42065 Washington St., in Palm Desert. When officers arrived, they couldn’t find the vehicle’s owner so they broke a window and popped the doors open to rescue the dog. A sheriff’s spokesman said the dog had a seizure and died of suspected heat exhaustion.

Huber, who authorities confirmed is a veterinarian, was released that afternoon on $2,500 bail. Huber has been licensed in California since 2004. Before that, he was licensed in Massachusetts since 1987. California state law prohibits any person from leaving an animal in an unattended vehicle if it endangers their health or well-being. Huber faces up to six months in jail and up to $500 in fines. BERMUDA DUNES — A La Quinta bicyclist was killed and another one injured last Saturday after being struck by a vehicle near Country Club Drive and Jefferson Street in Bermuda Dunes. The two bicyclists were struck in the 79900 block of Country Club Drive shortly after 7 a.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Mark Ledbetter, 44, died at the scene about a half hour later, according to the Riverside County coroner’s report. A second bicyclist with him suffered minor injuries, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt. Indio police officers closed Country Club Drive for three hours during the crash investigation.

investigation revealed several additional victims but the exact number has not been determined. Bryan was arrested at his Palm Desert home last Wednesday morning, according to Indio jail inmate records. He was detained on suspicion of 11 preliminary felony charges, four of them for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and seven of them for annoying or molesting a child. Formal charges were filed last Monday and the criminal case is currently making its way through the DA’s office.

Local Woman Places 7th in Olympic Weightlifting

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — A local veterinarian was arrested last weekend after a dog locked in his car died. Douglas Huber, a Rancho Mirage resident was booked into the Indio jail for investigation of animal cruelty on Saturday, Aug. 4 after an 8-year-old German Shepherd dog suffered a seizure and died at the scene.

As deputies were preparing to tow the vehicle away, Huber arrived. He was taken into custody and transported to the police station for questioning. Huber, 51, was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor animal endangerment.

earned a multiple-subject teaching credential authorizing him to teach grades K through 12, including preschool and adult education classes. No disciplinary actions were listed on the CCTC website. Bryan, a resident of Palm Desert, posted a $220,000 bail on Thursday, Aug. 2 and was released from the Riverside County Jail in Indio. The Riverside County Sheriff’s department received a report in July that a fourth-grader had been sexually assaulted at the Gerald R. Ford Elementary School located in Indian Wells. The

By Jackie Devereaux DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – Weightlifter Sarah Robles may not have won a gold medal at the Olympics but she scored a perfect 10 in the hearts of many for her determination to succeed despite poverty and food banks to get to the London games. Called the “strongest woman in America” Robles placed seventh in the woman’s heavyweight division at the Olympics last weekend lifting an incredible 584 pounds (combined total weight). Local DHS residents and Mayor Yvonne Parks gathered at the crack of dawn to watch Robles compete for a medal on live video streaming at the public library. Robles, born Aug. 1, 1988 in DHS, attended Edward Wenzlaff and Two Bunch Palms Elementary schools and graduated from San Jacinto High School in 2006. She made headlines for persevering towards her Olympic goal living on $400 a month – an award from USA Weightlifting, which could be compared to the sum that LeBron James, Serena Williams or Michael Phelps might spend on a fancy dinner. Robles hopes the Olympic spotlight will attract some much-needed sponsorships for the 2016 Rio de Janiero games where she’ll again compete in the women’s +75kg group weightlifting competition. While many athletes make huge personal sacrifices to

realize their Olympic dreams few have had more weight on their shoulders than Robles whose financial plight sparked an online campaign to find the 24-year-old some sponsorship. “It has been really hard. Some days I couldn’t go to the gym to train because I had no gas in the car,” said Robles during an NBC television interview. “I hope it’s going to be easier when I go to Rio.” Most sponsorship dollars went to swimmers or gymnasts. However, Solve Media, an Internet advertising company, offered to help finance her trip to the London games. Before that Robles got by on cash loans from her coach and food from local food banks. She also prayed and got help from family and friends. “When you’re an Olympic hopeful nobody knows who you are. Who wants to invest in you? But now that I’ve actually competed, hopefully, somebody will be willing to invest in me and make me their little project,” she said. Her mother, Joy, said there was a time when they lived in a car. Proctor and Gamble stepped forward and paid for her mom’s trip to London so she could watch her daughter compete in the Olympic games. Despite the financial hardships, Robles has grown as a person. She reflected on being bullied for being the tallest and biggest girl in school. It was when she discovered sports that she found some self-esteem and was encouraged by coaches to embark on an Olympic journey. “I’ve always wanted to go something great, to be something great. You plan your whole life for it, imagining how it might be and your opening ceremonies outfit hangs in the back of your closet just like a wedding dress. Right now this is the pinnacle of my life.”


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Palm Springs Air Museum In spite of triple-digit heat, there are still advantages living in the Desert during the “off-season.” Traffic becomes manageable again, restaurants don’t need reservations and most attractions remain open all summer; all of which gives local residents a less harried opportunity to experience why the whole Coachella Valley is a destination resort for global travelers. One extremely popular Desert attraction is the Palm Springs Air Museum, a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to exhibit, educate and honor World War

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II combat aircraft and the role the pilots had. Not only does the museum house one of the largest collections of still-flying WWII aircraft, it also has an 8,500-volume library, flight simulators, movie theater and tours through a B-17 bomber, all housed in 65,000-square- feet of climate controlled exhibit space. Throughout the year, the museum puts on special presentations, such as its Children’s Discovery Series with a workshop on the Tuskegee Airmen’s featuring Rusty Burns, who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black squadron of fighter pilots who flew fighter support for heavy bombers during WWII. This remarkable group of heroes flew over 1,500 missions during which time not one heavy bomber under their protection was lost to the enemy. This year, the Air Museum will recognize the significance of August 15, 1945, the day Japan’s Emperor Hirohito told his people in a pre-recorded radio address to lay down their arms and unconditionally surrender to the Allied Forces. As part of the price of admission on Aug. 15, the museum will hold a special lecture and program presenting an overview of The Manhattan Project and the dropping of two bombs that changed the world. The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, across the runways of the Palm Springs International Airport. It is open daily from 10 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.,and children under six years of age and active military with ID are admitted free of charge.

Classic Comedy Films On a lighter note, the Palm Springs International Film Society and the Palm Springs Art Museum have teamed together to present the Classic Comedy Film Series, presented at the museum’s Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive in Palm Springs. The film series begins, Aug. 9, with the classic comedy, “Duck Soup,” featuring all four of the Marx Brothers. The series will then screen a different film on the next four consecutive Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., and, this is no joke: admission is free. The Frank Capra comedy classic, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane screens Thursday Aug. 16, followed a week later by Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom in “The Ladykillers.” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” a frightening comedy of life in an era of nuclear bombs, starring Peter Sellers (in multiple parts) George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden screens Aug. 30. The comedy series closes out on Sept. 6 with the Woody Allen classic “Annie Hall.” The Classic Comedy Film Series at the Palm Springs Art Museum follows on

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Mrs. Globe Pageant Ever hear of “Ms. Globe;” how about “Mrs. Globe?” If you haven’t you will shortly as women – married, single, mothers and/or divorced – from 40 countries are expected to arrive at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage next Thursday to compete for the crown of Ms. or Mrs. Glove. This is a beauty contest with a twist. While the traditional focus of other contests remain, i.e. judging contestants on their personality as well as how they look in swimsuits and evening gowns, the field is open to a broad range of individuals and the proceeds go towards supporting the W.I.N. Foundation, an organization that provides recovery, education, prevention and empowerment programs to victims of emotional and/or physical abuse. The competition at the Westin Mission Hotel runs from Aug. 11 through the heels of its free, Thursday foreign film Aug. 18, when the new Ms. and Mrs. screenings. However, if you have missed any Globes will be the crowned. of these films, they will all be screened again starting in October.

Desert Aids Project Honors Military Philanthropy is never far from the hearts and wallets of Valley residents – even in the summer. Case in point: more than 560 partiers joined Desert AIDS Project in honoring our military men and women at its “Do Ask, Do Tell Mid-Summer Dance Party at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club on July Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management and social services such as food, housing and counseling. The $34,000 raised by the dance party will go to Desert AIDS Project’s Red Band program, which purchases HIV test kits, and is an essential part of Desert AIDS Project’s goal of getting everyone in the Coachella Valley tested … free and confidentially. More information about Desert AIDS Project is available at (760) 323-2118.

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Cooking With Care, Airlines Under Fire, USC Trojans Take Flight Subhead

By Sherman Fridman’s

Airlines Under Fire


Regular readers know that I don’t like the airlines’ attempt to turn each degree of seat pitch or flight attendant-brought amenity into a profit center. They say it gives passengers more freedom of choice, but I’d rather know what I am getting and how much I’m paying for it when I purchase my ticket, not when I’m at the gate. However, American Airlines has just announced a new service offered by them in conjunction with BAGS VIP Luggage Delivery that may cost the traveler less than its worth in convenience and stress. Effectively immediately, passengers who purchase the new Baggage Delivery Service option can bypass the airport’s baggage claim area upon arrival and have their bags delivered to their office, home, hotel or wherever else their final destination may be. Baggage Delivery Service is available seven days a week, including holidays, at more than 200 U.S. domestic airports and select international pre-clearance cities. Customers have the option to buy this service online up to two hours prior to departure. The cost is $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to 10. When customers arrive at the airport, a special indicator will be printed on their bag tags. VIP Luggage Delivery representatives correctly identify luggage and quickly get it to its final destination. Customers can then bypass the baggage claim at their destination airport and head to their hotel, home or wherever their travel may take them. For delivery locations within 40 miles from the airport, bags are slated to arrive within one to four hours at the destination of choice. For those bags delivered between 41 and 100 miles from the airport, there will be an additional $1.00 per mile charge and an estimated delivery time between four and six hours instead of one to four Of course, the price for Baggage Delivery Service is in addition to any applicable bag fees that need to be paid to American Airlines at the airport during check-in. After all, those profit centers still have to be protected.

I don’t know if the iconic Craig Claiborne had Paula Deen in mind when he said these truthful words, but he could have. She easily fits the mold as she shares her TV-based kitchen with family and friends while she adds just one more love-calorie to an already potentially artery.

“Cooking done with care is an act of love.”

Paula Deen Those gourmands who live to eat rather than eat to live, will have the opportunity of getting a closer look inside Deen’s Southern-comfort kitchen if they join her and her family aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas’ 3114-passenger floating city for a sevenday voyage to the eastern Caribbean. Deen’s planned activities include cooking demonstrations, a pajama party, Jazz Brunch and a southern barbeque. There will also be opportunities to meet Deen and sons Bobby and Jamie. Cruise ships are well known for putting on pounds – passengers being unable to resist the combination of the sea air and lavish displays of delicacies – and the temptation to ‘eat large’ certainly exist with Deen’s culinary creations. Passengers aboard the Mariner of the Seas can burn off those calories climbing up and down 15 decks on their way to 10 pools and whirlpools and 17 bars, clubs and lounges. Not enough ways to burn calories? The Mariner has a 200-foot rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and basketball courts, as well. So, start you diet now; the Paula Deen cruise departs from Galveston, Texas on Jan, 27, 2013.

USC Trojans Colors and JetBlue What do you get when you mix deep blue with cardinal and gold? Answer: A white horse and frequent Traveler. Traveler is the white horse and name of the University of Southern California Trojans’ mascot. If you have ever watched a home game of USC football you have seen Traveler prancing up and down the side-lines, especially when the Trojans have scored a point or two. Cardinal and gold are the school’s colors and the blue

comes from the color palette of JetBlue Airways, and all this mixing of colors is in recognition that JetBlue and USC have entered into a multiye ar sp ons orship agreement whereby JetBlue will serve as the official domestic airline partner of all 21 USC Trojan’s division one teams, f rom fo otball to basketball to baseball USC Trojans fly JetBlue and all sports in recognition of the fact that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the appropriatelynamed Traveler. JetBlue offered a special two-day Traveler Sale (now finished) with flights starting at $55. each way, from Long

Beach to six west coast cities. But don’t despair; there will be other Traveler specials. He may only be a horse, but he has a lot of rabid Trojan fans and alumni behind him.

PS Air Museum Presents Rare Summer Program

The Manhattan Project PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Palm Springs Air Museum presents an overview of The Manhattan Project on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. It was 67 years ago, in 1945 that Japanese Emperor Hirohito told his people to lay down their arms and unconditionally surrender to the Allied Forces. He delivered his message via a prerecorded radio announcement bringing World War II to an end. Known as the Jeweled Voice Broadcast, Emperor Hirohito made this recording after the country suffered two devastating atomic bombings the previous week. Learn about the development of the secret weapon that changed the world. It all started in 1939 when Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt expressing his concern that Nazi Germany may be trying to develop nuclear weapons. The project culminated in August 1945 with the U.S. dropping two atomic bombs on Japan. This lecture is included with the price of admission to the Palm Springs Air Museum, but seating is limited. The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and honor our veterans while educating future generations. One of the largest

collections of flying WWII aircraft, an 8,500 volume library, flight simulators and tours through a flyable B-17 are housed in 65,000 square feet of climatecontrolled exhibit space. Movies show in the Buddy Rogers Theatre continuously after 11 am. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission ranges from $8 to $15, free for children under six and for active military with ID. Call 760-778-6262 or go to www.

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Music Worth Buying

A Wide Range Of Classic Artists Impress With New Releases Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran, and Bachman & Turner are highlighted on recent titles available on DVD and Blu-ray Tell me more: Few artists in the long history of rock have blended commercial success and artistic greatness like Peter Gabriel. A gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” is finally available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video. “Secret World Live” features many of Gabriel’s epic songs wrapped in the theatrical presentation that are light years ahead of his contemporaries when the film was made in Modena, Italy across two nights in November 1993. Highlights include the stunning “San Jacinto,” upbeat “Sledgehammer” and a blues-tinged version of “Kiss That Frog.” Restored and remastered from the original 16mm film, and with the audio also remixed and remastered with a similar attention to detail, “Secret World Live” is a powerful and arresting concert film.

this if you like: Sweet, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who Tell me more: Rock fans who came of age in the 1970s likely have great memories of cranking up their stereo system while listening to hits such as “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” “Let It Ride,” “Roll On Down the Highway” and “Takin’ Care of Business.” The good news for “gearheads” of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, (and there are many, with the band having sold more than 30 million albums over the past four decades) is that singer-guitarist Randy Bachman and singer-bassist Fred Turner have returned front and center on “Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC.” Backed by top-notch players such as drummer Marc LaFrance, guitarist Brent Howard Knudsen and guitarist Mick DallaVee, the 2010 performance featured classic Bachman-Turner Overdrive hits, recent Artist: Duran Duran material penned by Bachman & Turner, Artist: Peter Gabriel Tell me more: Duran Duran’s impressive and several Guess Who hits including DVD Title: A Diamond In The Mind 65-minute set in front of a massive crowd “American Woman” from Bachman’s days Album: Secret World Live (Eagle (Eagle Rock Entertainment) at Coachella in 2011 was truly one of as a member of that 1960s Canadian outfit. the highlights of the three-day festival Rock Entertainment) You might be interested in buying and demonstrated that the band remains You might be interested in buying this this if you like: Duran Duran, Neon Trees, relevant three decades after their rise. if you like: Elbow, the Fixx, Radiohead Gardens & Villa Another performance by the group last year on the same tour has been captured on “A Diamond In The Mind,” a fast-paced and by The River perfectly-directed concert film available on Blu-ray, DVD and CD (a deluxe edition features all three formats in one package). There is a mix of old and new here, with classic tracks such as “Planet Earth” and ichael c innis “A View to a Kill” delivered with the same punch as wonderful new stuff, notably “Reach Up For The Sunrise,” “Blame the Machines” and “All You Need Is Now.” 71-780 San Jacinto Drive | Suite H-2 By Robert Kinsler


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Local Child Attacked By Dogs Dog Owners Beware: No “One Free Bite” Rule In California By Jackie Devereaux CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – A six-yearold girl was treated and released from an area hospital after being attacked by two dogs in Cathedral City on Friday, Aug. 3 Laci Lopez was dropped off at the Agua Caliente School by her mother Crystal. However, the little girl forgot something at home and decided to leave the school campus to retrieve it. During her walk home she was attacked by two dogs. An anonymous driver saw the attack and stopped to help the little girl who was rushed to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. No one at the school saw Laci leave the school premises. With warmer temperatures and longer days that means people are taking longer walks with their dog. You may trust your dog would never bite someone but are you 100 percent sure? For dog owners, a dog bite can mean major financial consequences. Attorney Saar Swartzon said the public needs to be educated about the legal responsibilities of dog ownership. “When a person is bitten by a dog in California, the dog owner is liable for damages even for first time bites. I have too often seen first-hand the long-term anguish of dog bite victims. Dog owners need to be acutely aware of the laws relating to their pets and take action to prevent their dogs

“Man’s best friend can leave trauma and scars for life.” from inflicting life-long scars and emotional trauma,” said Swartzon, a partner at Cohn & Swartzon law firm located in Santa Ana, California. “Af ter work ing w it h fami lies traumatized from serious dog bites, it is my sincere hope that dog owners will become more diligent in safely managing their pets. Man’s best friend can leave trauma and scras that last a lifetime.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), dogs bite approximately 4.5 million people each year in the United States. Those who are at the greatest risk include children from ages five to nine, adult males and individuals with dogs in their homes. In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites. These disfiguring injuries can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with embarrassment and humiliation. Become familiar with the no “one free bite” rule - California Civil Code states “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property

of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” The law (in California) makes an owner strictly liable for any dog that causes injury. This liability extends to other dogs that are attacked as well. Swartzon advises people to review homeowner or renters insurance policies to make sure proper insurance coverage is included. This protects, in most cases, the dog owner from having to pay damages related to dog injury claims. Make sure the insurance policy does not exclude your particular breed of dog. Dog breeds typically excluded from insurance polices are: Pit Bulls; Chow Chows; Doberman Pinschers Akitas; Wolf hybrids; German Shepherds; Staffordshire Bull Terriers; and Prensa Canarios. Owners should have enough insurance coverage to protect their assets, he said. Understand the risks of not having proper insurance coverage. Homeowners who do not have the proper insurance coverage in their home insurance policy are personally liable even if the attacking

dog belongs to a renter. Most dog maulings involve rips and tears of flesh and victims are generally awarded high damages as juries can relate to these injuries. According to Professional Insurance Agents, dog bite claims exceeded $400 million across the nation in 2010 and cost on average $26,000 per claim. Dog owners without proper insurance coverage can lose their homes, assets and income as a result of a single dog bite. Owners are still liable in dog parks – the location of the dog mauling does not matter. California’s strict liability statute applies even to public places such as parks and beaches: California Civil Code states, “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place.” Cohn & Swartzon, P.C., is a progressive law firm committed to vigorously representing the legal rights of its clients in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, automobile accidents, wrong ful death, slip/trip and falls, defective products and dog maulings. Jason D. Cohn and Saar Swartzon, both graduates of the University of Southern California, provide more than 25 years of combined litigation experience to their clients. For more information, please call (888) 444-1955 or visit www.

Feral Alley Cats And Friends Helping Animals in Our Community By Jackie Devereaux DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – There are many unsung heroes who work daily to improve the community they live in. DHS resident Jackie Martin does that by helping abandoned and feral cats live a better life in the Coachella Valley. “We need to reduce the overpopulation

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of feral cats and educate people about animal welfare. We promote the humane treatment of feral cat colonies, stray cats, and dogs, and save as many animals lives as possible,” said Martin, program director of Feral Cats and Friends SPCS Inc, a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. “Every cat and dog’s life is deserving of human compassion and love. Feral cats, stray cats and dogs have special needs but with patience and determination we can bring positive change. We value all animals’ lives and our organization will never give up - even in tough times we will continue to do whatever it takes to help these animals.” Some people are confused about what constitutes a feral cat. A feral cat is an outdoor free-roaming cat that has never been socialized by humans. Some feral cats were formerly domesticated cats that have been abandoned and reverted back to a “wild” state. Feral cats are fearful of humans, show aggression by arching their backs, hissing, avoiding eye contact and running away.

From early spring to fall is the “Kitten Season,” when warm weather coincides with the female cat’s heat cycle. It’s impossible to determine how many stray or feral cats live in the United States. ASPCA estimates range up to 70 million. One pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a sevenyear period. The overpopulation problem carries a hefty price tag too. Statewide more than $50 million is spent by animal control agencies and shelters for catrelated expenses. Martin hopes to reduce the feral cat overpopulation by a method called TrapNeuter-Return (T-N-R) and has established a voucher program that will help reduce

their numbers in the Coachella Valley. “Our voucher program will help pay for the cost of spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations for feral cats.” Today, Martin and her team of volunteers are feeding hundreds of feral cats every night from DHS to Indio. Their voucher program is set up to help individuals cover the cost of spay and neuter surgeries and to help low income pet owners pay for part of their cat and dogs spay and neuter surgeries. I f y o u ’d l i k e t o d o n a t e o r v o l u nt e e r, c o nt a c t Ja c k i e Ma r t i n at 760-309-2344. For more information, go to their website www.,or email

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Body, Mind & Spirit

After Yoga, the Dishes Bhakti Fest 2012: The Festival of Yoga, Kirtan and Wisdom from the Heart Returns to Joshua Tree September 6-9 JOSHUA TREE, CA – . Thousands of seekers flock from all over the world to the high desert’s Joshua Retreat Center for yoga, kirtan music and wisdom workshops during the fourth annual Bhakti Fest. The event is a boon to the local economy and in addition provides an endless flow of love and devotion to the desert all season long. The Bhakti Fest supports many local businesses in the community including Desert Holistic Network, Joshua Tree Retreat Center and Kristin Olson’s Urban Yoga Center, which is a hub for many of the pre-Bhakti Fest yoga and Kirtans that keep the “love” flowing all year long. In addition, Desert Holistic Network’s Director Renee Baribeau, known to her

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Yoga class at Bhakti Fest clients as The Practical Shaman, will present a workshop on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9) called After Yoga, the Dishes which is about taking the sacred back home into your every life. “When it comes to dishes, are you the type who will leave your food-encrusted dishes piled high in the sink overnight and wait for your morning coffee to brew before you start cleaning? Or perhaps you jump from the table after the last forkful of dessert like a whirling dervish of the ammonia bottle, a cleaning tornado scrubbing until every last counter shines?” said Baribeau. “Are you aware of how you tend to chores? If you look closely, I guarantee you will find a ritual in everything from chopping an onion to emptying the dishwasher. These everyday rituals relate directly to your ability to shift, change and grow. “In my life, when I started the arduous journey of self healing, the first task on the

Joshua Tree Campground Reopens For Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 10 - 12 By Jackie Devereaux JOSHUA TREE — Joshua Tree National Park will reopen one of its campgrounds this weekend to provide more room for visitors to enjoy the upcoming Perseid meteor shower. The Ryan Campground provides 31 campsites with no water or electricity. It is usually closed during the hot summer months when there are fewer visitors, but due to popular demand, park officials decided to be reopen it Aug. 1012 for the spectacular annual meteor shower. “Every year we’ve had an increasing number of visitors come and park to watch the meteor showers. The park’s main road was so full that we decided to read the tea leaves and reopen a campground for the celestial event,” said Joe Zarki, park spokesman.


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“The temporary opening of Ryan Campground will make it safer for visitors to stay the night instead of driving home.” Zarki said that dogs on leashes are allowed along with horses. “People wanting to bring their horses need to call and make special (water) arrangements before coming,” he said. Park rangers will offer a program about viewing the Perseid shower at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Oasis Visitor Center, 74-485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms. Zarki said meteors will rain down from the direction of the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky. Perseus begins rising around 11:00 p.m. The overnight camping fee is $10 per night. For information or special equestrian arrangements, call 760- 367-5500, or go to

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to-do list was to learn a new ritual of making the bed every day. Simple as this may seem to some, it was not easy to master. Now, 20 years later, the task has become second nature, yet the goal is to be present to this routine, fluffing the pillows with joy and gratitude for another great night’s sleep. “Before I travel, I dust, vacuum, change the sheets and wash the floors for the ghosts who will inhabit my space. Sashi the cat appreciates a clean place to sleep and I feel scattered and incomplete if the house is left in disorder. “Somewhere inside I hold a belief that the quality of my travel is dependent upon how well I vacuum. The more I travel, the more I realize that this ritual is not so much about the away time but rather the meditation I use in preparation to go. “According to the indigenous shamans, time is not a linear arrow but travels in a circular movement in all directions, backwards and forwards. This leads me to believe that the conscious acts we engage in before a spiritual retreat are every bit as important as coming home to a clean home waiting with open arms.

“What does it mean to implement a yoga practice into your chores? According to the yogis, it is crucial that we bring our loving attention to every act. In readying yourself for a yoga retreat or spiritual gathering, it’s important to recognize that the gifts you take home begin with your preparation well beforehand. “Before you go to yoga, in your preclass preparations, ask yourself: “What is my intention for this practice?” “The answer could be as simple as self-commitment or as complicated as destressing from your job or the care of aging parents. Either way, it is essential that you consciously begin your practice by setting an intention. “Once you are there (at a retreat or at home on your mat), it is crucial to be there. Being at a yoga retreat and thinking about the dirty dishes stacked in the sink back home will not help you engage in love. Love is an energy that is entirely experienced

Renee Baribeau in the present moment. Therefore, it is important to clean the proverbial dish before leaving home. The simple act of preparation and intention will begin to shift your day—and inevitably, your life.” Grab your dishtowel and yoga mat and head up the hill to the Bhakti Fest to be part of the fourth annual music fest.

Avalokitesvara, bodhisattva of compassion Pre-sale tickets are now available. For a full list of performers and teachers and to purchase tickets (kids under 12 are free. Visit for more information on The Practical Shaman v isit w w Suppor t y our local online w ellness directory and service providers at www.

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Exercises For Stopping The Aging Process Subhead

By Art Kunkin, Mr. Life Extension In this and my next columns for this newspaper, I will present a set of six ancient Tibetan exercises said to increase the human life span while also helping people to look and feel younger than their actual age. These exercises first came to the attention of English-speaking people in a charming little book by author Peter Kelder titled “Ancient Secret of The Fountain of Youth.” Successive editions of this book have been highly recommended by such notables as popular actor Martin Sheen, famous medical doctor Bernie S. Siegel and well known author John Gray, (“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”). Testimonials by readers say that these exercises makes one’s hair dark, improves vision and memory, gives relief from arthritis, provides weight loss, etc. My plan is not only to write a series of articles about these exercises but to soon begin a series of classes at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center where I will teach these practices. I will write more about these classes at the end of this column. As can be seen, since first learning of these antiaging exercises in the 1970s, my personal contact with Tibetan teachers has increased my own knowledge of these exercises far beyond Kelder’s book. The first exercise consists of a spinning

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Art Kunkin, Mr. Life Extenasion said to improve the performance of the endocrine glands even when done without the other five exercises. When the glands said to be our bodily “energy vortexes” (“chakras” in Sanskrit) are revolving at an identical rate of speed, the Tibetans believe that the body is functioning in a state of perfect health. However, if “one or more of them slows down, aging and physical deterioration sets in.” The instructions given by Kelder to align the “chakras” are first: “Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal to the

floor. Now, without wandering from the spot you are in, slowly spin around.” Many adults will be able to spin only half a dozen times at first. As a beginner, stop as soon as you begin to get dizzy. In an early edition of Kelder’s book, he specifies stopping the spin at a maximum of 21 turns. This spinning exercise is very similar to the meditation done by the Islamic Sufi Whirling Dervishes of the Middle East although they whirl for hundreds of times, not 21. From my association with the Mevlevi Tibetan monastery Order of Whirling Dervishes (founded by the poet, Rumi), I have learned certain take six very slow and deep yogic breaths refinements to the Tibetan spin practice to charge myself with the radioactive not mentioned by Kelder. For example, men energy of “prana.” And then, to make this spin in a clockwise direction while women spinning practice a development of all one’s spin counter-clockwise. And when the arms emotional, mental and spiritual components are outstretched, the right palm faces up as well as physical, I was taught by the while the left palm faces down. Tibetans to recite a “Longevity Mantra.” The Dervishes explain that the right However, instead of teaching the palm takes energy from the heavens, the Longevity Mantra in the Tibetan language, heavenly energy then rotates in the body I use the following summary adaptation as it is spinning, and the energy is finally in our own language. “I can and I will add returned to the earth by the down-facing many, many years to my life because I am left palm. This will be explained in detail strong, conscious and have many, many in the exercise classes to be started soon at goals to complete. My life is healthy, happy the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. and prosperous.” Kelder’s description of the first exercise I say this mantra at the very beginning or longevity rite also leaves out two crucial of the exercise when I am standing erect and elements found in all ancient yogas. First, motionless. Then I bow to the East, extend there is no mention of breathing. When I my arms with the right palm up and left first learned this practice, I was taught to palm down, and begin spinning 21 times. I actually don’t count the spins because in repeating the longevity mantra four times as I am spinning that properly regulates the number of spins. I will not start the classes on these Tibetan longevity exercises at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center for a few weeks until I have students registered and committed. Therefore, if you want to attend these classes, please phone me at 760-369-8921. Leave your name and phone number so I can get back to you with class information. Art Kunkin is the 84-year young journalist who founded the alternative weekly newspaper, the Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 and later became president of the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles after the passing of Manly Palmer Hall. A free download of a magazine cover story interview with Art about his research into stopping aging is now available at Art’s eBook, “Life Extension Alchemy: The Secret of Immortality Finally Revealed,” is also available at a reduced sale price of $9 at that website. Art is planning a Free Press Reunion in January 2013 and would like former Free press readers, staff and others interested in the American counter-culture to contact him by email at artkunkin@ Copyright 2012 by Art Kunkin, all rights reserved. AUGUST 9 - 15, 2012

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Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair for Veterans and Military Spouses Event Includes More than 30 Employers with Jobs Available INDIO, CA—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Palm Desert/ Indio,” on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 1 – 4:00 p.m., at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino located at 84245 Indio Springs Parkway. The hiring fair hopes to connect veterans and military spouses to more than 30 employers. Veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience are invited to attend. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from across the state. Interested job seekers should register for free at Walk-in job seekers are allowed with proper military ID. Since its launch in March 2011,

Hiring Our Heroes has held more than 220 hiring fairs nationwide, helping more than 10,400 veterans and military spouses find employment. Thursday’s event is also part of “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” a national

campaign announced by the U.S. Chamber, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One, to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. This event is being held in partnership with the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (DOL VETS), Department of Veterans Affairs, Indio Workforce Development Center, State of California Employment Development Department, Guard Support Center, the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), California National Guard’s “California Guard Work for Warriors” Program, Veterans Employment Committee,

“The Little Lodge That Could And Does” Event Includes More than 30 Employers with Jobs Available By Tom Hile Desert Hot Springs has a relatively unknown “Jewell”-the Elks Lodge located on 4 ½ acres on Pierson Blvd between Little Morongo and Indian Canyon. In recent years the Elks has been the largest charity organization supporting nearly all DHS youth activities. From April 2011 to March 2012, they raised $50,000. The Elks major state charity helps handicapped kids “walk, talk, see and play.” The DHS Elks donation of over $11.000 ranked them second out of 11 South District Lodges and 11th out of 174 statewide. Elks nationally support Veterans, national competitions in soccer and basketball, and are the second largest organizational donor of scholarships behind the US Government. For the year ending March 2012, the local lodge donated over double their quota which

resulted in return funds enabling them to donate individual dictionaries to all DHS third graders for the third consecutive year. Locally, sample donations included $3200 for Little League baseball, $2200 to AYSO (soccer), Boys and Girls Club, $2100 Camp of Champions, $1500 Eagles football, $1000 and numerous smaller donations totally more than $20,000 locally. The annual events, and one ongoing weekly event, raise the majority of charity funds. Our 18th annual golf tournament once again broke its previous record netting over $25,000. For the second year we brought 21 Marines to play in the tournament for golf, breakfast and dinner and free raffle tickets. Great group of young men and they had a ball- It’s annually held the fourth Saturday of April. For the past three year, November Monte

Carlo Nights have netted $30,000. As it continues to grow our Tuesday night big $$$ Remote Caller Bingo will become our biggest source. Its first 12 months netted $25,000, we had many winners including two for $800 each and every one had a great time. All three of the above are open to the public. For Tuesday nights bingo doors open 4:00 p.m., and there are three sessions of eight games each at 4:30-6:30-8:30 p.m. Many local charities sponsor bingo players automatically receiving 50 percent of the net charity funds generated by those players. For these benefits, particularly to local youth charity, the DHS Elks currently reigns as the Chamber of Commerce’s Non Profit of the Year. For details on any of these programs, activities, bingo or to be considered for membership, call Tom Hile at 760-329-6444.

the United States Army Reserve and the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The National Chamber Foundation (NCF), a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to identifying and fostering public debate on emerging critical issues. They provide business and government leaders with insight and resources to address tomorrow’s challenges. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. For more information, go to www.uschamber. com or

Coachella Blood Drive COACHELLA, CA - Desert Blood Services invites all healthy residents to give the gift of life Sunday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Soledad Catholic Church located at 52-555 Oasis Palm Ave. Walk-ins are welcome; for an appointment, please call 877-827-4376. Donors receive (while supplies last) a coupon for a free pint of BaskinRobbins ice cream and an “Everyone’s A Kid” discount coupon for $10 off adult admission to Knott’s Soak City, or for their second complete donation a free-ticket voucher valued at $33.99 to Knott’s Soak City, Palm Springs. Blood Donors should maintain their regular eating schedules and increase their intake of decaffeinated fluids in the 24 hours prior to donating.

Las Palmas Community Church INDIO, CA - It’s late summer in the Desert and soon will be time to head back to school. But before you get those backpacks ready, join the Las Palmas Community Church Aug. 13 -17 from 6–8:00 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 10:00 a.m. for their Summer Vacation Bible School (VBS). VBS provides children a chance to learn about God. The children’s pastor, Deanna Gibson said the church has hosted VBS for more than 30 years. Over the course of five days, the universal theme, “Amazing Wonders Aviation,” delves into God’s power over nature, circumstances, sin, death, and life itself. Each day the children will take off from the Worship Rally Hanger and fly to some of the world’s greatest natural wonders and witness God and his amazing power.


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The journey includes exotic destinations such as: Africa’s Victoria Falls; the Northern Lights; the Great Barrier Reef; the Matterhorn; the Grand Canyon; and the Paricutin volcano. Along the way we will learn biblical stories, perform skits, play games and enjoy some healthy, delicious food. Each activity will be full of excitement while focusing in on the message of the day. Throughout VBS experience children can win prizes from the VBS store. Additionally, there will be a prize awarded to the child who brings the most friends with them. Church member Cheri Kommel, visiting from Africa, has been a missionary for the more than 30 years. She will share her experiences with the children all week. VBS Mission Leader Roger Watterman,

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will collect school supplies to distribute brand), no larger than 9 ¾ x 7 ½ inches among underprivileged children. School • Package of 10-12 #2 pencils supplies can be dropped off at the Las Palmas • Package of 10-12 black pens Community Church located at the corner of • Pink erasers, 2-3 inches long Avenue 48 and Monroe Street. • 6-inch or 12-inch rulers • Composition notebooks (such as Mead (with metric measurements) • Package of 12-15 colored pencils • Blunt-nosed scissors • Hand-held pencil sharpener (NOT electric or battery-powered) Donations will be sent to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry warehouse It is important to donate these specific items listed above due to airport customs not accepting certain items. VBS is free of charge and is open to all kids K-6th grade. To preregister, visit www.

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Joe’s Sushi – The Cabo Way Five Locations Across the Coachella Valley By Jackie Devereaux DESERT CITIES – If you love sushi, like I do, then you’ll love Joe’s Sushi – The Cabo Way because no matter where you are in the Coachella Valley, chances are you’re just a hop, skip and jump from one of their sushi bars. The original Joe’s Sushi has five locations across the Coachella Valley owned by Joe Acevedo - Bermuda Dunes, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, and two more locations in Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs that Acevedo owns in partnerships.

topped with really thin slices of Serrano chile covered with a special chef’s sauce. I generally never order anything with imitation crab, but this time I experimented because our Chef, who drives from Rancho Cucamonga everyday to work, said it was a house favorite. I was surprised that I liked it and will order it again next time I go. However, in saying that, I also enjoy their Rainbow Rolls ($8.99), which is a California Roll with tuna, salmon, snapper, shrimp and avocado on top. Another house favorite is the Cheh Cheh Roll ($13.99), stuffed yellow peppers with salmon, (imitation) crab meat and shrimp, lime, chives,

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Joe’s Sushi offers traditional sushi dishes with a distinctive Mexican flair and an all you can eat menu at the low price of $19.99 for lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and all you can eat dinner price of $24.99 after 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. However, most restaurants stay open until at least 10:00 p.m. One thing to remember: If you order from the all you can eat menu, you must finish all your sushi, otherwise you’ll be charged an extra dollar per piece left on your plate. Also, there is a restriction of two orders of each type of sushi. This means that if you like Ahi tuna, you can get a total of four pieces of Ahi sushi from the all you can eat menu. Normally, four pieces of sushi would fill most people, but during one dining experience at the Palm Desert location I witnessed a patron complain and argue with the staff about not being able to order more than two orders of the same sushi. Another thing to remember is that Joe’s Sushi is not your typical sushi bar. It’s a modern Japanese restaurant group that serves inventive Japanese cuisine ranging from sushi, roll and creative salads with a very strong South-of-the-Border influence. Joe’s Sushi also provides services for private parties and most locations offer lounges and a lively sake and beer bar scene. Whenever I get to choose the type of cuisine, I pick Japanese sushi and usually go to one of Joe’s Sushi restaurants. Since I live in Desert Hot Springs, my husband and I go there, but I’ve enjoyed the food at their Bermuda Dunes and Palm Desert locations over the past few years. During our last two visits at Joe’s Sushi in DHS, we ordered their delicious Volcano Cut Roll ($10.99) which is a California Roll topped with a ample portion of Baked Baby Scallops in a spicy sauce. My husband, Tom, ordered their Cathedral City Special ($11.99) which is (imitation) crab meat and shrimp wrapped with slices of Ahi tuna

ponsu sauce and serranito sauce. They get high praises for their Alexia Roll ($11.99), which is an exotic tasteful delight that is made with (imitation) crab, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado and cucumber neatly wrapped in a pale soy paper. It is gently covered in a savory sliced mango strips and topped with a slice of Serrano to give your taste buds a kick. Joe’s Sushi offers the traditional Japanese combination dinners like Shrimp Tempura, Chicken, Beef and Salmon Teriyaki paired with California Rolls for $8.99 to $12.99 served with rice, miso soup and salad. But I recommend you order something from their Cabo San Lucas or Seafood menus. Their Ceviche de Pescado ($12.99) made with tuna, red snapper, callo cantarina and hamachi marinated with lime juice, serranito sauce, cilantro and cucumbers is to die for. They also serves a good seafood Campechana made with shrimp, octopus, scallops and clams served with round totopos for a very reasonable $14.95. Other specialty items include the Wrapped Calamari ($7.99), Almond Shrimp ($10.99), Anitza Roll ($10.99) and Moniques Special ($10.99) made with slices of salmon wrapped on (imitation) crab meat covered with the Chef’s special orange jalapeño sauce. Every item on the menu is filled with fresh fish surrounded by sauces that will make your taste buds explode. Go to Joe’s Sushi with a friend or a group of friends because it’s always better to order a variety of dishes and share. Go to their official website www.joessuchillc. com for more information. Otherwise, visit one of their five locations in the Coachella Valley. Bermuda Dunes, 40100 Washington St.; Cathedral City, 68655 Ramon Rd.; Palm Springs, 330 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; Palm Desert, 72286 Highway 111 or their newest location at the corner of Palm Drive and Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs.

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TOLLEY MARNEY – COWBOY ARTIST Merging Two Worlds in Art By Jackie Devereaux PALM SPRINGS, CA – Cowboy Artist Tolley Marney was born with a unique name and maybe that’s why he evolved into a truly unique person. After you meet him and walk around the Smoke Tree Stables, you begin to realize he’s the perfect blend of two opposing worlds. In one world, he’s an authentic cowboy who works daily as a “farrier” or person who shoes horses. In the other world, he’s an amazing sculptor who transforms his cowboy life into highly collectable art. Marney is an unassuming character that walks between these two worlds as effortlessly as a well trained horse walks around a familiar stable. You could easily imagine him sauntering through a John Wayne Western movie set as one of the co-stars, when in reality, he’s an authentic cowboy who works with horses every day at the seven-acre Smoke Tree Stables nestled against the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs. Marney wasn’t always a cowboy. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, raised a military brat and traveled around a lot during his childhood. Like many military brats, he attended so many different schools that

eventually he just stopped making new friends. “What was the point when you knew you were gonna move again,” he said. His father finally settled down in San Bernardino (working at Norton Air Force Base), and Marney graduated from Pacific High School in 1976. After that he found his niche as a cowboy at a Colorado ranch. He returned to the Desert in 1982 and raised three children in the Morongo Valley - Cole, 30; Kyle, 25; and Case 22, who was driving a bobcat around the stables and leveling dirt in the horse stalls. Marney said he “Devotion” discovered his artistic direction about 20 years ago after he divorced. “Art is interesting. It takes a long time to cycle in the world. It’s not like music or books. Great art is always there, once you see it you get a feel about how it invokes your being and touches your soul in one way or another.

“Art is a constant – it never leaves my mind. I don’t think about creativity as much as I always feel its presence blooming and developing into something new. “I create horse sculptures because I’ve interacted with horses all of my life, so I understand the horse and feel a comfort working with its image. The horse is a kindred spirit. Horses are creatures that will do anything in the world for us as long as we ask in the right way. “Heart and soul, they always amaze me. The horse is a reflection of our actions. They are pure and don’t lie. They tell us when we are doing something right and when we aren’t. The process of creating each sculpture has the same truth.” Marney has been forging metal sculptures out of old, worn out horse shoes




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“Crucifiction” true cowboy life, like shoeing horses and fixing most anything on a ranch led Marney to focus on traditional blacksmithing. Marney’s technical expertise as a blacksmith and farrier (horseshoer) puts him in daily contact with horses, as well as gives his art the integrity of his singular vision.

Close-up of “Awakening” for the past 20 years. He combines wood and glass to make exquisite designs that attract both public and private art collectors from across the nation. “Building a sculpture is a whirlwind courtship. I’m drawn into the piece and it consumes me. When the steel I’m working with is red hot, I can feel and see the particles and molecules of the hot steel in motion running like a river or an ocean. It’s not easy

to put life and motion into steel, but if I can give it a sense of motion, I’ve completed my desire to bring the sculpture to life.” The cowboy life doesn’t usually include art training or even the opportunity to learn art, but sometimes, life and talent merge in mysterious ways and magic happens. Marney is one of those cowboys who have found artistic magic. The heritage skills that are part of the

won first prize in the New Jersey Equine Art Expo in 2003, and his sculptures have been exhibited in premier art galleries in New York, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Besides creating beautiful sculptures, Marney creates practical and functional wrought iron furniture and decorative items for interior designers and client. Marney’s functional wrought iron art includes: forged iron lamps, tables, desks and entertainment centers; wrought iron fireplace screens and tools; iron hinges, shelving, signage and lettering. For more information about the cowboy artist and blacksmith, go to tolleymarney. com or email him at tolley.marney@gmail. com, call 760-668-0809 or visit him at Smoke Tree Stables, 2500 Toledo Ave, Palm Springs. If you’d like to see more of his work, go to, an online art store hosted by art dealer Rick Pantele.

“Strength” The results are magnificent sculptures of horses. What was once discarded horseshoes and other reclaimed steel becomes transformed under his hands into fluid and twisting lines and shapes that combine to form iconic images of the Western horse. Marney’s iconic horse images have been featured in many publications such as Southwest Art and Palm Springs Life. He

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Bryan Fenkart - A Star on the Rise By Theda Kleinhans Reichman In 2010 “Memphis” won four Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro) and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). Now this rousing musical about the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s has come to the Pantages Theatre for an all too brief run through Aug. 12 only. It’s a story about a white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Bryan Fenkart) who falls in love with rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. When his vision meets her voice the music is changed forever. The dazzling choreography in “Memphis” is by Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys”). In 2009, Fenkart, a Midland Park, New Jersey native, landed a coveted role in the original Broadway cast of “Memphis” and also served as the understudy for the lead. Amazingly he has appeared in the lead role for more than 20 percent of all performances, earning him the nickname “Wonderstudy” from his peers. Fenkart’s career path began during his formative years. “I was around 10 years old and really connected to the music of Billy Joel and Paul Simon. Their music told a story and I love telling stories. By listening to their music on the radio I learned to sing and play music by ear. So I said to myself ’I can do that myself ’ and this desire and ability to sing, compose and play music has never stopped.”

Bryan Fenkart Fenkart is completely self-taught. He has never had any formal training in singing, piano or guitar but when you hear him sing or strum an acoustic guitar or play the keyboard you would think he had spent his lifetime in formal training. Since he is a Jersey boy, I asked how he learned the Southern accent he uses in “Memphis.” He laughs, “ I learned by listening. As

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understudy to the lead I listened every night and lucky for me as the understudy I also worked with a dialect coach.” Fenkart recently released an album of his own songs entitled “Simple & Gray.” The songs capture the mood of our times and are about love and heartbreak, struggle and success, loneliness and hope. He says his songs on the album “bridge the grey areas of life.“ They also uplift and inspire. “Simple & Grey” is available on iTunes, Amazon and anywhere music is sold. His songwriting is remarkably diverse and can take you places that are both polished and raw, epic and restrained as well as mainstream and independent. His work has been described as “introspective, with emotionally charged lyrics and strong, soulful music that ring with naked honesty.” It is said that his music makes the listener feel as if the songs had been written expressly for and about them. When in New York he performs in such legendary venues as The Bitter End, the Knitting Factory, Sullivan Hall and many others as well, building him a strong and loyal fan base. Fenkart’s talents aren‘t limited to music alone.

He has appeared in several independent films and theatre productions. He made his network television debut in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” that introduced Jeff Goldblum’s character to the show. He starred in the independent romantic comedy “You Tell Me,” turning in a sweet, funny and poignant performance. The film featured his song “Imperfect Man.” He also had a starring role in the independent film “Red Hook” which featured his song “Independence Day.” “Red Hook” recently aired on Showtime On Demand. Utilizing his comedic flair, Fenkart starred as “Nunzio” in a series of humorous Internet webisodes called “Jersey, Son,” a spoof of three “Jersey Guidos” who spend their time at the beach looking for love and adventure Bryan also lends his talents and time to a number of charitable organizations like Musicians on Call which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. “I try to give back to others in order to be worthy to receive. Early in my career I wasn’t able to donate money, but I could donate time and talent. It is amazing to see how much music and live performances affect the patients who can’t get out to see a show. But I really think it is even more rewarding for the artist than for the patient.” One of the most special moments with Musicians on Call came when he was just trilling his guitar in a common area at an AIDS hospice. “As I was practicing patients wheeled themselves into the place where I was playing. That was so gratifying to me. I knew they really wanted to hear me perform because they came to me on their own.” Fenkart is a young man whose star is definitely on the rise. If you are in L.A. you can see him perform in the Tony Award winning Broadway hit “Memphis” at the Pantages Theatre through Aug. 12 only. But if you don’t see him while he’s in L.A. I am certain you will be seeing him on TV or at the movies. He’s a young man who can make you laugh or even cry with his acting ability and his original music and lyrics. You can follow Bryan at: www.bryanfenkart. com, and at For more information about “Memphis” visit www.

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

Palm Desert - Growing up in New Jersey is tough enough but when you are a scrawny, horny, near-sighted Italian teenager it is even worse. And when the chicks don’t dig you, there is only one man you can turn to for romance advice and guidance - the man and the legend himself, Frank Sinatra. When the ghost of ‘Old Blue Eyes’ shares his ring-a-ding-Rat Pack rules of how to get the dolls with his biggest fan, it takes him on a journey of awkward, hilarious and sometimes raunchy, self-discovery in the one-man music-comedy “Frank Sinatra Screwed Up My Life”. Les Michaels Life Is A Cabaret is presenting “Frank Sinatra Screwed Up My Life” at a special time and day for one show only on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Arthur Newman Theater located in the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert. The box office will open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 cash. For more information call 760-325-2731.

La Quinta – Summer Golf tour continues through Aug 25. Registration has begun and is open throughout the tour for only $69 per player and a reasonable weekly green fees Register at communityservices This very popular summer program is back for another year of fun in the sun. Advanced, 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. 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.

Conjunto Primavera Palm Desert – McCallum Theatre presents Conjunto Primavera, a popular Latin sextet who has set themselves apart from the genre through their distinct sound of the saxophone, the voice of Tony Melendez, and the special touch of the accordion. On Sept. 1 at 8 p.m., the group will bring to the McCallum stage their numerous romantic and nostalgic hits delivered in a variety of styles including Cumbias, Rancheras and Norteño. Tickets are $75, $65, $55 and $25 and are available online at or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. McCallum Theatre is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive.

Pink Martini Palm Desert– Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Pink Martini’s diverse repertoire is a blend influenced by Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, Tito Puente and Xavier Cugat, as well as Argentine tango, Brazilian samba, Italian folk, Asian and romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ’50s. According to bandleader/ pianist Thomas Lauderdale, “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, Pink Martini would be that band.” Tickets are $95, $75, $55 and $35 and are available by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787 or at the Theatre’s web site at The McCallum Theatre is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive.

Perfectly Imperfect Palm Desert- Doug Graham has done a lot of performing since moving to the Desert five years ago but it pails by his credits as a Broadway ‘gypsy’ which is a long list indeed. There’s CATS, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, just to name a few. Locally he continues to sing and dance and recently recreated his Rum Tug Tugger role in CATS for Palm Canyon Theater. As a choreographer, Doug is a 2012 Desert Theater League nominee for both his work on Broadway Tonight and Hooray For Hollywood for Cabaret Theater West. For this new one-man show “Perfectly Imperfect” Doug has compiled a roster of song selections from Broadway, The Great American Songbook, and Popular music that he feels describe himself. The show begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Arthur Newman Theater located in the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert. Local musical director Joel Baker will accompany Doug on piano for the show and it is presented as part of the Les Michaels Sundays In Summer Cabaret Concert Series that runs through Oct. 28 with a new show each Sunday. The box office opens at 1 p.m. and tickets are $10 cash. For more information call 760-325-2731.

Science at the Mall Palm Desert - College of the Desert (COD) and event sponsor Time Warner Cable will present the first annual COD KIDS Science & Technology Festival at the Westfield mall in Palm Desert on Saturday, Aug. 11. The festival, a free family focused event, will be throughout the lower level of the Westfield mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with interactive science and technology demonstration booths, robot races, a robotics exhibition and much, much more.

Palm Desert Swim Palm Desert – Make the Coachella Valley’s coolest attraction – the Palm Desert Aquatic Center – your destination for refreshing fun with a host of features, 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 eight-acre facility can be rented for birthday parties, corporate events, swimming competitions, and other special events.

Be a Lifeguard Day La Quinta – On Aug 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the La Quinta Pool at Fritz Burns Park will offer presentations about becoming a lifeguard. Kids pay $2 (12 & under) and $3 (13 & up) Come and join the staff and learn more about what it means to be a Lifeguard. Presentations designed to promote safety in and around all pools, how to perform simple assists and what to do in the event of an emergency will also take place at various times during the swim. Fritz Burns Park is located at the corner of Avenue 52 and Avenida Bermudas.

Open Gym Basketball and Volleyball La Quinta - From 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays come to the President Gerald R. Ford Boys and Girls Club of La Quinta for basketball there is a free mandatory sign-in. Shoot baskets or play full or half-court games. Youth and adults can drop-in for a workout or play just for fun. Participants 13 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Volleyball is on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to play you need to sign in for free and it is also located at the President Gerald R. Ford Boys and Girls Club

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 info, call 760-365-8371.

Urban Yoga Joshua Tree - Kristin Olson will host three classes at Bhakti Fest 2012. She will host the first yoga class to kick off the festival on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 a.m. Another class on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. and her last class of the festival will be Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.

Outhouse Racing Twentynine Palms – The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is excited announce the 2012 Outhouse Races. 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 you register by Sept. 30 and $50 after the deadline. Entry forms, containing complete rules and specifications, can be found at or at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce office at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway. Start working on ideas for the most extravagant outhouse and gather your team. For more information call 760-367-3445.

ASYLUM TWENTYNINE PALMS - Theatre 29 Creator/Producer Eric Ross and Director Frances Wright with the assistance of Charles Harvey, proudly announce auditions for the ninth incarnation of the highly popular “Halloween Haunt.” The event entitled “Asylum” will come to “life” beginning Oct. 19 ending Halloween night. Performances of this popular seasonal “scarefest” will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27. Monday & Tuesday performances will be at 7 – 9 p.m. Oct. 29 - 30. Halloween Night, Oct. 31 will be from 7 – 10 p.m. The Oct. 19 and 20 “haunts” will be presented as part of this year’s Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Days celebration. In “Asylum” all new for 2012, adventurous souls will be self guided, as they explore the depths of an abandoned asylum for the criminally insane, where the inmates never left. Fright fans are promised a terror trip they will never forget this year! Are you up to the challenge? The production team will be seeking at least 20 performers and behind the scenes technicians, ages 16 and older only. Be prepared to move and perform cold reading, if required. Auditions will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 beginning at 7 p.m. on the Theatre 29 main stage. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road just behind Barr Lumber in the City of Twentynine Palms. For further information, contact the Box Office at (760) 361-4151 or on Facebook, (search Theatre 29 haunt).

Historic Plaza Twentynine Palms - The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, along with the Historic Plaza Merchants would like to announce “The Historic Plaza Days” on Sept. 22 from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Historic Plaza. The Historic Plaza merchants are organizing this fun event to kick off Pioneer Days. There will be craft and food vendors, live western music, dancing, and several fun contests including a Mustache/Beard Contest, Western Costume Contest, Hat/Bonnet Contest, and Tattoo Contest. We are accepting applications for food and craft vendors for the event. Not all applicants are guaranteed a space, applications will be reviewed and accepted vendors will be notified. A fee of $25 must be submitted at the time application is submitted. All applications must be received by August 26 to be considered. For more information contact Robin Anaya at 760-367-7437 or the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445.

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THURSDAY AUG 9 29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Bill & Beverly 6pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 Reunion w/DJ Day 10pm (VD) AGUA CALIENTE CASINO, RM; 888-999-1995 Nash & Quinto Menguante 8:30pm (LR) ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6:00pm AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Rudy de la Mor 7pm (PB) BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946 DJ Party 6:30pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 John Stanley King Band 6pm (AC) CAFE PALETTE, PS 760-322-9264 Live Music 7pm CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CENTRAL PARK REST.,PS; 760-866-9166 Rebecca Clark 6pm CIVIC CENTER PARK, PD; Concerts in the Park 7:30 pm CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Mikole Kaar 8pm (PB) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music nightly 6pm (PB)





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CUNARD’S SANDBAR, LQ; 760-564-3660 Johnny Morris 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Diva Kiesha D’ 8pm (VD) ESCENA LOUNGE & GRILL, PS; 760-992-0002 Lola Rossi and Reggie “Vision” Alexander 5pm (JZ) FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Gold Rush Country 9pm (C) FIRECLIFF, PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm (PB) INDIAN WELLS RESORT, IW; 760-345-6466 Frank DiSalvo 6pm (JZ) LAS CASUELAS TERREZA, PS; 760-325-2794 Hot Rox 8pm LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Single Mingle Night, 4pm on patio MELVYN’S LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) (VD) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 DJ Richie Rich 8pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 Saint Maybe 8pm free PLAN B LIVE, TP; 760-343-2115 Bar room dancing 7pm REDBARN, PB; 760-346-0191 Live music 9pm RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 The Edge Duo, 5pm sidebar patio (VD) SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm (LR) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 The Smooth Brothers (BL)(RG) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6pm, Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE TROPICALE, PS; 760-866-1952 Derrik Lewis Duo w/Jeff Stover 5:30pm (CAB) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx 9pm; DJ Chris Lancaster 9pm (RR) WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Bill Saitta & Friends 7pm (JZ) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

FRIDAY AUG 10 29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Dana Larson 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 Always a party! 10pm AGUA CALIENTE CASINO, RM; 888-999-1995 The Lounge, Venus Rising 9pm (VD, POP) Heart Fanatic 9pm ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6pm (JZ, PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 Rebecca Clark 8pm BILLY REEDS, PS; 760-325-1946 Dance Party 7pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 The Stanley Butler Trio 6pm (Isl. Rhythms) CAFE des BEAUX-ARTS, PD; 760-346-0669 Linda Peterson 6-9pm (JZ) CAFE PALETTE, PS; 760-322-9264 John Gallagher 7pm CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB)

AUGUST 9 - 15, 2012

CENTRAL PARK REST., PS; 760-866-9166 Rebecca Clark 4pm CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Walt Young, Muddy Sparks Trio 8pm (VD) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music nightly 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR, LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Lit Lounge, New Breed 9pm (VD) FIRECLIFF, PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm FISHERMAN’S MARKET, LQ; 760-777-1601 The PS Blues 8pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, LQ; 760-698-8303 Agave Blues Band 8:30pm INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-3456466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) JOSHUA TREE SALOON & GRILL, YV; 760-3662250 Ghostlight Trio 7pm KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/Roberto, 8pm LA QUINTA RESORT, LQ; 760-564-4111 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm (RB) LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS, RM; 760-328-8844 Nash & Quinto Menguante, 10pm (LR) LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) MELVYN’S LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 5pm (LJ) O’LEARY’S PUB, PS; 760-325-4913 DJ Nakai 9pm OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100 Live Music 9pm (VD) PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE, PS; 760-327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 DJ Richie Rich 9pm PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Record Company 8pm RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 Lyndsey Harper, sidebar patio, 7pm (POP, BL) DJ Jalil Jagers, 10pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm (JR) SPA RESORT & CASINO, PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9pm SPOTLIGHT 29, IND; 866-377-6829 The Doors Tribute Band 8pm STUDIO ONE11, PS; 760-328-2900 Angie Whitney 7:30pm (JZ) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Demetrious and Co. (JZ)(R) THE GRILL ON MAIN, LQ; 760-771-4653 Mark Gregg 8pm (CR) THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Live Music 9pm (RR) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry 6pm; Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) THE WINE BAR, LQ; 760-564-2201 Shaken Not Stirred 7pm (LR) 360 NORTH, PS; 760-327-1773 Dark till 9-27 VIBE, CAB; 951-755-5391 Funky Fridays 10pm (VD)

VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx & DJ Chris 9pm (CR) WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 RPM 7pm (CR) ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

SATURDAY AUG 11 29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Beverly & Bill 6-9pm (JZ) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 AGUA CALIENTE CASINO, RM; 888-999-1995 The Lounge, Live 9pm (VD) ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6pm (JZ, PB) BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Nicky Vallee and Dreams 6pm (CR) CASCADE LOUNGE, PS; 888-999-1995 DJ Dynamic Daze 9pm (VD) CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Al Lopez Duo 8pm (PB) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music nightly 6pm (PB) CUNARD’S SANDBAR, LQ; 760-564-3660 Paul Patterson 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Lisa Coleman & “Rootbeer” Brown & Alex 8pm (VD) DILLON ROADHOUSE, DHS; 760-251-1991 Muddy Sparks Trio, Walt Young 7:30pm (CR) FANTASY SPRINGS, IN; 800-827-2946 Tribute band, U2 7:30pm New Breed 9pm (VD) Diana Krall FISHERMAN’S MARKET, LQ; 760 777-1601 The PS Blues 8pm FIRECLIFF,PD; 760-773-6565 Sonny Evaro 6pm HAMILTON’S SPORTS BAR, IND; 760-698-8303 Kal David & the Real Deal 8pm (BL) INDIAN CANYONS GOLF RESORT, PS; 760-8338700 Keisha D’ 6pm (VD) INDIAN WELLS RESORT HOTEL, IW; 760-3456466 Frank DiSalvo 5:30pm (JZ) KOKOPELLI’S, YV; 760-228-2589 Karaoke w/ Roberto 8pm & Jamba w/Jimmy King LAS CASUELAS NUEVAS, RM; 760-328-8844 2 DJ’s, 10pm LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) LEVEL 2 BAR & LOUNGE, CC; 760-328-6834 DJ Boost 10pm MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 5pm (LJ) MELVYN’S LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-2323 Ron Greenip 8pm (PB) MARGARITA’S, PS; 760-778-3500 Mark Guerrero 5pm (LJ) MYSTIQUE LOUNGE, CAB; 888-667-6646; Live Music 9pm (VD) NYPD, PS; 760-778-6973 DJ’s 9pm O’LEARY’S PUB, PS; 760-325-4913 Karaoke/Live Entertainment

OVER THE TOP, PS; 760-325-5100 Live Music 9pm (VD) PALM CANYON ROADHOUSE, PS; 760-327-4080 Live Music 8pm (RR) PALM SPRINGS TAVERN, PS; 760-832-8920 DJ Richie Rich PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Shadow Mountain Band 5pm, Sarah Petite 8pm PLAN B LIVE, TP; 760-343-2115 Live music RED BARN, PD; 760-346-0191 Live music 9pm REILLY’S IRISH PUB, CC; 760-324-9600 George Momb Open Mic 7pm (PB) RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-8311 Lyndsey Harper 7pm, DJ Jalil Jagers 10pm ROC’S FIREHOUSE GRILLE, PD; 760-340-3222 The Arrangements 9pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Evaro Brothers 8pm (LJ) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 Live Music 9pm (RR) SPOTLIGHT 29, IND; 866-377-6829 Casino Lng. Live Music 9pm STUDIO ONE11, CC; 760-328-2900 Bill Ramirez 7pm SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers 7pm (BL)(RG) THE DATE SHED, IND; 760-775-6699 DJ Ray 9pm THE GRILL ON MAIN, LQ; 760-771-4653 Rob and JB 8pm (CR) THE HOOD BAR, PD; 760-636-5220 Live Music 9pm (RR) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry; 6pm Tim Burleson 8pm (PB) SCHMIDY’S TAVERN, PD; 760-837-3800 DJ Jeff Ferguson VIBE, CAB; 951-755-5391 DJ Hektik 10pm (VD) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Nite Sixx & DJ Chris 9pm (CR) WILLIE BOYS, MV; 760-363-3343 Live 9pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Damon Von Buren 7pm (R,BL) YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER MUSIC Community Center Dublin Up 7pm Free ZELDA’S, PS; 760-325-2375 DJ’s PJ & The Bigster 9pm (VD)

SUNDAY AUG 12 29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Bob & Allison Garcia 6pm (AC) ACE HOTEL, PS; 760-325-9900 DJ Odysey 9pm ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 Johnny Meza 6pm(JZ,PB) AZUL TAPA LOUNGE, PS; 760-325-5533 The Judy Show 7:30pm BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Steve Madaio 6pm (JZ) CASCADE LOUNGE, PS; 888-999-1995 Nash & Quinto Menguante 9pm (LR) CENTRAL PARK REST.,PS; 760-866-9166 Rebecca Clark 12 pm

CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Pro Jazz Jam w/Mikole Kaar 8pm CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music nightly 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Mark Engel 4pm FIRECLIFF, PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6pm LE PAON, PD; 760-610-5320 Robin Miller 6pm (PB) PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 The Sunday Band 7 pm w/ Pretty Little Demons RIVIERA RESORT, PS; 760-327-4080 Art of Sax Trio 5pm (JZ) SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, PD; 760-341-3560 Smooth Brothers (RR) (LR) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry, 7pm (PB) VICKY’S OF SANTE FE, IW; 760-345-9770 Dark till Sept. VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 School Jam, 9pm WOODY’S BURGERS & BEER, PS; 760-230-0188 Barry Baughn Blues Band 7pm (BL)

MONDAY AUG 13 29 PALMS INN, 29P; 760-367-3505 Bonnie Scott, 6pm (AC) ARNOLD PALMERS, LQ; 760-771-4653 D & Company 6:30pm (JZ,PB) BLUEMBER, RM; 760-862-4581 Dana Larson Duo, 6pm (PR) CASTELLI’S, PD; 760-773-3365 Patrick Tuzzolino 6pm (PB) CLUB TRINIDAD, PS; 760-327-1161 Latin w/ Richard Rivas 8pm (VD) CORK TREE, PD; 760-779-0123 Live Music nightly 6pm (PB) DESERT FOX BAR, PS; 760-325-9555 Open Mic Live and Local 8pm FIRECLIFF, PD; 760-773-6565 Hal Sweasey 6pm LE PAON; PD, 760-610-5320 Dennis Michaels 6pm (PB) PAPPY & HARRIET’S, PT; 760-365-5956 Ted Quinn’s famous open Mic 7pm SAMMY G’s, PS; 760-320-8041 Randy Seymon 6pm (JZ) THE NEST, IW; 760-346-2314 Kevin Henry; 6pm (PB) VILLAGE PUB, PS; 760-323-3265 Scott Carter 12 pm (AC), Michael James Band 9pm

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Astrological Affects


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

Week of August 9 – 15 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 8 - Mercury Goes Direct Most Affected are Leo, Gemini and Virgo. For All Signs: This transit began on July 14 and now comes to an end, a shift towards re-direction. As Mercury begins direct motion, its’ cycle begins slowly then it picks up speed. In about a week or so things begin to feel more balanced in matters related to communications, the written, typed, tweeted, text word, travel, energy and electromagnetic energy related to your neurological system. You can now go forward with new agreements or signing important documents. Expect some fall out from this recent MIR, meaning, some things were not meant to last, it is best to accept the changes and move on. The best offering in understanding the aftermath is to see the retrograde opportunities that may have held you down, slowed you down and perhaps changed you for the better. Best Meditation Mudra: Buddha, (Mercury, thumb over the 5th finger).

On-Going Astrological Affects: Venus In Cancer Most affected are Cancer and All Water Signs (including Libra and Taurus as the planet Venus is their ruling sign). This transit began on August 7 and will continue until Sept. 6. For Cancer: 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


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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 stay at the party too long. Exercise and refresh yourself: Stay in the flow by swimming, bathing, or trying the Aquatic Pool Yoga. The signs of Libra and Taurus may figure more prominently. For All Signs: The private or internal side of Venus enters the nurturing sign of Cancer. The energies here can lead us into deeper feelings or deeper emotional responses towards others. We may experience more sensitive thoughts and keep our relationships more private, less social. Also, remembering the love of mother or the love of the divine feminine returns. Better to honor the divine mother in preparation for what will be forthcoming soon to our planet.

A Hole In One? …Not Likely We gauge our age by how many portapotties it takes to get through 18 holes! The thought occurred to me that something didn’t sound quite right when I read an alarming fact. According to the U.S. government, “Statistics prove that teenage pregnancies drop considerably after the age of 25.” Wow, this is great news and makes you think that kids are finally getting the message. It also means we are still considered teenagers well into our mid-twenties. If we extend the age of a teenager five or six years, I must assume this concept carries forward throughout the aging process. Therefore, when we hit 70, we’re really only

or else they’ll lose their “tee time.” Then it’s prunes, oatmeal and mashed bananas. They can’t even make it around the golf course without stopping at eight porta-potties. Have you ever seen a comb-over boy? One strand of hair, 14-feet long, swirled in a manner never attempted by a cosmetologist. These guys are trying desperately to say, “Look at me, I’m 70 years old and I still have my hair!” Actually, they are correct on this issue, because they still have their own “hair.” It’s one strand of twirled hair trying to cover a six-inch patch of head. Women, on the other hand, seem to believe pink hair looks stylish and spray more lacquer on than a painter at Earl Shiebe’s! They’re wearing “hair helmets.”

65. I thought this was wonderful news, until I was pulled over by the police the other day and tested positive for “Metamucil.” Now, Metamucil is a lot different than the terms, “Music at the Met”, or, “I Met Stan Musial.” I’m certain that the former great baseball player is a “regular” guy and the only music you hear after drinking the liquid of regularity, is not a tune you would ever hear at the “Metropolitan.” I believe people buy into the aging process, just like they buy into the concept of an economic recession. They think something, or were told something by the media, therefore it must be. I disagree. However, when it comes to your age moving upward, things seem to happen. Have you ever noticed how older people dress? Wow, what were they thinking and where do they find those leisure suits and puffy sleeved polyester shirts? Then, there are the slickpolyester pants with a pattern usually only found on the side of a Caribbean food kiosk. Then we have the diet itself. People eat normally all their lives; then, all of a sudden believe they had better change immediately

Many opt for blue hair, but these same women complain about teenagers wearing spiked hair or day-glow green hair. I guess pink and blue are acceptable. Have you ever seen a 70 year-old woman with day-glow green and piercings in her nose and eyebrows? Because of all my observations, I’ve decided to grow young. I think “growing up” is a lousy excuse for the gathering of intelligence. If some of you wish to walk into your “golden years,” that’s fine with me. I choose to walk into my “day glow years” and enjoy the ride. As we slide into our more seasoned years, we gauge our age by how many porta-potties it takes to play 18 holes. Terrance K. Phillips is an internationally syndicated columnist and the author of “The DIVORCE DISEASE – Options for a Cure,” “HEART ATTACK-ED – Healing a Broken Heart,” “KING of CONS,” and “Good Morning Nobody.” He is California Superior Court Divorce Mediator and a loving father of two daughters. Go to: email him at, (949) 307-3904

By Terrance K. Phillips

Mars In Libra Most affected are Libra and Aries. This transit began on July 3 and will continue until Aug. 23. For Libra: Mars continuous in your sign infusing more energy into your Life. If you’re not the physical type, you may have felt like joining a gym or start walking on breaks or after work. Or if you are athletic, you may go to the next level up. The good news: Your sexual drive and physical stamina will be heightened and making decisions may become easier. The worst: You may find that you need to practice more patience. Use or consider techniques that help bring calm and balance to your metabolism. The sign of Aries may figure more prominently. For Aries: With other planetary affects involved, this may become a challenging time as you continue to forge ahead. The best is that there may be more flirtatious beauty coming your way. Stay on track. For All Signs: The details in the preparations and going over it again and again from the last eight months has brought us to new liberated heights. New contacts reaching out to others, fighting for a good cause and finally putting your projects out there for the world to respond to are some accelerated characteristics of this transit. Warning: Please consider in letting go and let God, meaning, leave justice in the hands of the Universe. Ren Yogamaya is a Yoga teacher registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, a writer, the published author, EAT BY COLOR: Foods, Colors and The Chakras, 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 www.renyogamaya. com and on Facebook: Ren Rasa Yogamaya

AUGUST 9 - 15, 2012

Safety Awareness

Neighborhood Watch Groups Community Policing Initiatives Needed By Charles Bennett Jr. Think back over the past 25 years to the neighborhoods you lived and grew up in. Whether as a child or an adult, those settings are probably much different today. As a child, one remembers playing in the streets – baseball, football , tag, riding bicycles - or playing in the other kids’ backyards or homes swimming, playing little cars, dolls, or hide-n-seek. If it was raining outside, kids would be inside each other’s homes, and their mothers (usually) would have soup, sandwiches or hot chocolate on the table. If one of the kids got out of line, that kid’s mother would sure let him/her know. And if any kid got hurt, she would also care for them too. On birthdays, Christmas and Easter, we would go from house to house to see and play with each other’s new toys. As an adult, one probably remembers the friendships and trust built among the parents in the neighborhood with each other. People would watch the neighbor’s homes or babysit their kids. In the past, neighbors would take care of someone’s pets while they were on vacation. And parents knew their children were safe because all of the adults treated all the kids, pets and homes as if they were their own. Birthdays and holidays were just as fun as it was for the kids because the adults could hangout, laugh, talk and even drink and play cards. We rarely would see the police in our neighborhoods. If one kid was sick, he/she was not allowed to play with the other kids until they were better. Neighborhood parents would take turns on Halloween and walk the kids around the neighborhood. In some neighborhoods, we even went Christmas caroling together. The bottom line is that everyone watched out for everyone else, not realizing they essentially formed a neighborhood watch group. Many of us reflect, “Those were some good times. What happened to those good old days?” Many things have happened. Our neighborhoods have grown bigger - we have seen cultural differences, language barriers, an increase in crime, bullying, the stop snitching movement, kids wanting to be cool with gangsters, drinking and drug use, the economy, and on and on. The current American system of neighborhood watches began developing in the late 1960s as a response to the rape and murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York. People became outraged after reports that a dozen witnesses did nothing

to save Genovese or to apprehend her killer. Some locals formed groups to watch over their neighborhoods and to look out for any suspicious activity in their areas. The National Sheriffs’ Association began a concerted effort in 1972 to revitalize the ‘watch group’ effort nationwide. How would any of us feel if what happened to Genovese happened to one of our loved ones? Or if one of our children died of a drug overdose? Or worse, died from drugs sold out of a house in one of our own neighborhoods? What if one of our loved ones were raped? Or a house on our street was being used for prostitution or even sex slavery? It happens, and it is happening in many of our neighborhoods today. Can something be done about it? Absolutely. Many people complain about crime and that something has to be done about it. Then do something about it. By not doing anything, we are letting the crime happen. The police cannot be everywhere and see everything all the time. They rely on us to report crime and provide them with as much information as possible to prosecute criminals. Arresting and prosecuting criminals is not the total answer. The solution is prevention. A ‘neighborhood watch sign posted in a window means nothing and criminals know that. However, if the police keep showing up whenever a suspicious person or vehicle is in the neighborhood, or someone is looking into houses or cars, then the word will spread fast that criminal behavior will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods. Setting up a neighborhood watch is not difficult. Start with contacting your neighbors and find out how many

of them are interested in the program and willing to participate. Flyers and letters are ok, but remember not to put them in mailboxes as this is a federal offense. The more people involved, the more successful the program will be. Next, contact your local law enforcement agencies’ public information officer or community ser vice representative and they will coordinate a Community Policing Initiative (CPI) or communications plan like the one instituted in Desert Hot Springs, between police and the neighborhood watch groups. Get to know your neighbors. Keep each other informed. Exchange contact information so that the lead watchp ers on can keep t he p olice representatives informed of everything happening so it can be passed to onduty officers. Another helpful tool is a

neighborhood website that residents can view and post information on, as well as allow police to view. Keeping our families and n e i g hb or h o o d s s a f e i s ou r ow n responsibility, so let’s look out for each other. For more information on setting up a neighborhood watch program or making a current program more productive, contact The Moneé Groupat info@themoneegroup. com, (760) 342-2977 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

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Curb Appeal By Chris Hermann, RLA/ASLA The focus of today’s article is what we can do to improve the curb appeal of our home’s entry walkway. So often the front walk is a straight line of concrete four feet wide from the curb to the front door. If you purchased a new home or have an existing home, it may have a colored concrete or

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plain grey concrete walk. While this is not unattractive, some creative thinking and use of the existing grade differences will increase the curb appeal of a home. Any or all of the following areas can be explored depending upon the budget: 1. Interlocking Pavers 2. Steps 3. Walkway Lighting 4. Redesigned Gate and Columns with Cultured Stone 5. Landscaping that Borders the Entry 6. Pottery Our next photo illustrates some of these ideas on a similar home: You will see that a larger arrival area has been created with two steps. This space becomes the place where friends and family gather at the front of the house to be greeted or bid farewell after an evening of entertainment. In addition, it will serve as the place where neighbors can get off the street and sit down for a casual chat in the shade. The materials used are interlocking pavers set on a diagonal pattern and bordered with concrete bands. The shape of the outside radius for the steps is soft and welcoming and is knitted into the boulders that help transition into a natural landscape

Front walkway with glazed low bowls treatment. Low voltage LED lights are provided for pathways, trees and steps. If your budget is tight and you only have a few hundred dollars to spend, consider using pottery as a way to enhance your entry walkway. In the photo above, the designer selected glazed low bowls with rolled rims to pick up the color of the pavers. Irrigation is not readily available so they have been planted with drought tolerant, low maintenance agave bovicornuta “Reggae

Time” (aka cow’s horn agave). Lastly, the use of polished rock as a topping over the potting soil adds contrast and interest. Chris Hermann is part owner of Aunt Effie’s Gardens in Palm Springs. He has been a landscape architect for 30 years, and heads up the Hermann Design Group in La Quinta. Chris can be reached at chris@ or call 760-777-9130 (HDG) or 760-778-6030 at Aunt Effie’s Gardens.

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Marijuana Dispensaries Win County Court Battle/Lose City Battle Riverside Court Rules County Cannot Shut Down MMJ Storefronts By Jackie Devereaux RIVERSIDE, CA – A Riverside County Superior Court judge ruled last Friday that the county cannot close down medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the unincorporated areas. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Taylor ruled that state law allows for marijuana dispensaries and shields them from local nuisance ordinances. Opponents to the dispensaries and lawyers for the county said the judge’s ruling was a total surprise, adding that they would appeal the unusual decision.

Attorney James De Aguilera representing 21 dispensaries facing closure in the county hailed the judge’s decision saying that local health and safety regulations cannot contradict state laws permitting medical marijuana dispensaries. “When they impose a total ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, that does not agree with the state constitution,” De Aguilera said. “What the judge ruled (last week) is going to be the law in Riverside County until the California Supreme Court rules on several medical marijuana cases before it,” De Aguilera said.

“This court decision gives a green light for pot dispensaries in unlimited numbers to operate anywhere and everywhere in unincorporated areas of the County of Riverside,” said Jeffrey V. Dunn, an attorney representing the county. “That’s a nightmare scenario and an unacceptable risk and danger to public safety.” Patti F. Smith, a deputy county counsel, said Riverside County would continue to look at all legal options to close the dispensaries. While 21 dispensaries were named in the suit, only about 12 are active and will be protected by last week’s ruling, she said.

Indio Court Rules City Can Close Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Rancho Mirage INDIO, CA – In a conflicting ruling, a judge granted an emergency temporary restraining order on Monday against a Rancho Mirage medical marijuana dispensary for operating without a certificate of occupancy which is required by state law and municipal


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John G. Evans issued a written ruling last Monday stating, “Whether or not the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensar(ies) is void or unenforceable, the dispensary still must obtain a certificate of occupancy and a business license.”

Lawyers for the city said that because the restraining order was issued on an emergency basis, another hearing will be held on Monday, Aug. 27 when Judge Evans will decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction to keep the dispensary closed until a trial date is set.

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