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nice amenities, sustainable design, spectacular mountain views and close proximity to Interstate 10 and the Thousand Palms library and community park, Legacy is a beautiful example of affordable housing done well.” Legacy serves families with incomes between 30 to 60 percent of area median income. There are 14 onebedroom apartments, 34 twobedroom apartments and 32 three-bedroom apartments, with an additional threebedroom unit for an on-

site manager, in 11 two-story buildings. Residents enjoy gated entry and security cameras, a swimming pool and kiddie pool, a tot lot playground, picnic areas, covered parking and mountain views. An onsite community center includes a kitchen, fitness center, computer lab, multipurpose room and classroom for after school programs. The Art Samson Community Library



of alternative housing at Mountain View Estates. Representatives from the state Housing and Community Development Department have been invited to participate. Since being elected to state office, Pérez has been


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Special Enforcement Team Selected DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Three Desert Hot Springs Police officers have been selected to serve on the newly formed Special Enforcement Team (SET). Gang expert Officer Michael Valentich, Drug Recognition Expert Ryan Steinhaus and former SWAT member and DUI specialist Officer Daniel Clary will form the team that will focus on gang intervention, property crime suppression and other community specific needs. The team will augment both the Patrol and Detective divisions and will be assigned

to various duties based on crime trends, quality of life

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PALM DESERT, CA—There is good news for men and women looking to become firefighters. The College of the Desert (COD) has extended the Basic Firefighter Academy application due date to Dec. 1. The recently accredited two semester program will begin Jan. 28, 2013, at the new Roy Wilson Training Center in Thousand Palms. The application due date was extended to provide additional preparation time for interested students. JUMP TO PAGE 23

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Asm. Manuel Pérez visited Las Mañanitas Apartments INDIO, CA – Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez visited the Las Mañanitas Apartments in Mecca on Friday, Oct. 12 to meet with residents displaced by the recent flooding at Duroville Mobile Home Park, discuss affordable housing and update residents on his efforts to expedite the construction


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THOUSAND PALMS – Legacy, an 81-unit affordable apartment community in Thousand Palms, celebrated its official grand opening on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 72-490 El Centro Way. The community was developed by Palm Communities with significant financial support from the county. “Families on a limited income have a new affordable place to live as they pursue work and education opportunities in the Coachella Valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “With


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PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Serenity Hospice of the Desert is opening a new branch to its facility called the Serenity Pantry offering patients food assistance on Friday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. “We hope that our patients are willing to come for food, if they need it,” said Jim McDonnell, a registered nurse

and liaison for the hospice. “This has been an overlooked situation, . “After our aide, Janice, asked a patient, ‘Do you have food in the house?’ and received a no answer, we decided to open another sub-division to our facility,” McDonnell added. “Janice started purchasing cases of Ensure to give to the patients.” “When someone is

discharged to their home, they often arrive at the household with no available food. We wish to reach out during this transition and provide a few days of nourishment.” A February 2009 UCLA study revealed that 50 percent of our senior citizens in Riverside County lacked sufficient income to feed themselves. “Our goal is to help provide these folks

a supplemental supply of groceries to ensure their comfort and dignity, he said. To attend the grand opening of the Serenity Pantry, please RSVP by Nov. 9. If you’d like to help the Serenity Pantry, please call, 760-325-8718. Serenity Hospice of the Desert is located at 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 309 in Palm Springs.

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he dictionary definition of a snowbird is: “A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.” Snowbirds are returning to the Coachella Valley and we are approaching our “high season” with an influx of tens of thousands of snowbirds. We have all heard Valley residents say that snowbirds come completely self-sustained in their RVs and mobile homes, but I believe that is a misconception. Contrary to this popular belief

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snowbirds are not 100 percent self-sustained. They buy gasoline, food and all the necessities of everyday life. They see our dentists and doctors; they get massages and beauty treatments; they go to our spas and theaters. They spend their money here, and a lot of it. My husband Tom’s long time, childhood friend from Benton Harbor, Michigan, Tom Mashak visited us this past week with his wife, Sally, to check out the Coachella Valley. Tom worked for Whirlpool for 16 years, and Sally works for AUSCO, an off road brake manufacturing company. They both hope to retire soon. They own a home on 10 acres back in Benton Harbor and contemplate selling some of that property to relocate here for their “golden years.” The Mashak’s spent their vacation rejuvenating in our natural hot mineral waters at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel and getting massages. They visited Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown and toured Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Whitewater, Andreas Canyon, the Marilyn Monroe statue and visited all the typical tourist attractions. They also checked into the price of homes and our state-of-the-art health care services. Herb and Pat Krause, originally from Longville, Minnesota, started coming to the Valley 20 years ago and bought a home in Thousand Palms 10 years ago. They are perfect examples of snowbirds who return to Minnesota in late spring and back to the Coachella Valley in early fall. The Krause’s both play golf almost daily and Pat attends the region’s many civic, charity and cultural events working as a photographer for our newspaper. Many snowbirds are returning to the Coachella Valley over the next few months to enjoy the 137 golf courses our region offers and the ample tennis, hiking trails and spas with natural healing waters. Snowbirds enjoy seeing



the plethora of Hollywood celebrities and sports heroes that make this their playground. This Valley has a big city personality in a small compacted area. You wouldn’t be able to attend all the events, theater, films, restaurants or pubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas or San Diego like you can here because those cities are so spread out, congested with traffic (and the rudest drivers), and most with a typically poor metropolitan infrastructure. e have more film, theater and art museums per capita in this Valley than perhaps any where else in the world. Just to mention a few notables, we have the McCallum, the Palm Springs Follies, the Arthur Newman, the Annenberg and the Coachella Valley Repertory Theaters. In art, we have the Palm Springs and Palm Desert Art Museums, the El Paseo Galleries, the Back Street Alley galleries and the Annenberg Estate which recently opened to the public as the Sunnylands Center and Gardens. We also have the Palm Springs Air Museum, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. And of course we have a variety of Indian casinos – Fantasy Springs, Spotlight 29, The Spa, Augustine, Morongo and Aqua Caliente Resort casinos. What more could a snowbird ask for? There is a lot to do here in the Coachella Valley and not enough days in the year to experience everything. Snowbirds are very important to our local economy. Our merchants should do more to entice and welcome them. In Needles, California, a small Colorado River


Editor’s opinion By Jackie Devereaux Springs resident Tim Radigan Brophy who runs a dry cleaning business. “We welcome them with open arms and are grateful for their business which jumps 25 to 30 percent when they’re here.” f you’re under 55 years old and bothered by the influx, remember they are not simply the annoying slow vehicle ahead of you as you frantically speed down the boulevard to drop the kids off at the sitters. They are not the people who are taking their time ordering at the local fast food joint, and they are not the ones standing in line at the DMV seemingly there


with nothing better to do.

Truth is, snowbirds are generally retired. They don’t have to be in a hurry to get to the bank or anywhere else for that matter. Maybe if all of us could adopt a more patient attitude and take a little more time to understand choices and differences we are faced with every day, then we could begin to see why and how senior citizens do what they do. They have lived a lot more life than the rest of us. Just maybe we could learn a little from them. After all, we will all be in their shoes someday…or hope that we will be.

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desert community, they host an annual Snowbird Appreciation Day with a golf tournament, barbecue, a recognition ceremony and raffles with prizes donated by area businesses. We called the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership to find out the numbers but they have no demographics for how many snowbirds or seniors flock to the region between October and May each year. Estimates claim that our Valley population swells from approximately 250,000 to 350,000. et’s remember that most of these folks live on fixed incomes and appreciate getting a discount at local theaters, restaurants, golf courses, merchants and spas. “I am adamant that they contribute to our economy. They do not come down fully contained,” said Desert Hot


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actively involved in efforts to improve living conditions and access to safe drinking water in the unincorporated communities of the eastern Coachella Valley, including at Duroville. In recent months, Pérez has stepped in to bring state attention to the crisis at Duroville and the need to press forward on the construction of alternative housing for residents. The future of the Mountain View Estates complex has been uncertain, due to a determination by the California Department of Finance earlier this summer rejecting Riverside County’s request to use $12.1 million in redevelopment monies to fund the construction. In 2007, the Duroville park was declared uninhabitable due to extensive code violations and was placed under courtappointed receivership. Las Mañanitas Apartment complex is

managed by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC). CVHC has developed 26 rental housing complexes, totaling 1,713 units. CVHC builds housing for people from all walks of life, including migrant and retired farm workers, large families, seniors, individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) serves as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. He represents the 80th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Blythe, Brawley, Calexico, C a l i p a t r i a , C a t h e d ra l City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, and Westmorland.

Desert Sun Photos Correction The Desert Star Weekly wishes to apologize to the Desert Sun and the Gannett Corporation for using photo images of Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and Dr. Raul Ruiz on the front page our Oct. 18 issue that are copyrighted by them. Our graphic artist acquired the images off the Internet and did not realize those photos were copyrighted by the Desert Sun. We would like to credit those photos to the Desert Sun and apologize for any inconvenience and misunderstanding.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Slot Caption We also would like to apologize to the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for an incorrect photo caption on page 23 of our Oct. 18 issue where a photo of covered slot machines stated “the slots were down.” The slots are not down at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino but were merely covered for a brief time while their gaming floor underwent a remodel project. We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience.

PALM SPRINGS, CA The Palm Springs Rotary Club (PSRC) visited the Cahuilla Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to distribute 120 Webster’s Dictionaries to all third grade students, 120 World Atlases to all fourth grade students and 100 Thesauruses to all fifth grade students at the school. “Members of our club volunteer at the school, but this event is special because we know that for some kids this may be the only book that belongs to them. Our club and Rotary International strongly believe that literacy is so very important in the development of children,” said Milt Levinson. Dictionary Distribution Day is in its ninth year and is a partnership between Palm Springs Unified School District

Students at Cahuilla Elementary School (PSUSD) and the Palm Springs Rotary Club benefitting more than 2,300 students since its inception. The books cost $800 annually with total program costs at $7,100, all funded by the PSRC. The PSRC was founded in 1941. Rotary members have donated $1 million to more than 50 local charities and sponsored scholarships for

students via the club’s local Foundation. The club also raised more than $55,000 specifically to assist Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, is made up of over 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries and geographical

areas. Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self,” exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s 1.2 million members.

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2012 Holiday Parade

By Dave Christensen DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - The city council voted 2 to 1 to proceed with the Dec. 15 Holiday Parade. The vote for the parade was cast by Councilman Adam Sanchez and Mayor Yvonne Parks to proceed with the parade. Mayor Pro Tem Jan Pye cast the solo nay vote. Councilmembers Scott Matas and Russell Betts recused themselves. The proposed route of the parade will start at Desert View and Pierson Blvd., and proceed southbound to Two Bunch Palm shopping center. The city

will provide police protection, barricades, liability insurance and wave the permit fee. Contending against the parade, Police Commander Dan Bressler said “…the city did not have enough staff to have a parade go down Palm Drive,” but they would be able to staff an alternate parade route to go westbound on Pierson. However, the Community and Cultural Affairs Committee member and parade subcommittee leader Joe McKee said the committee “would not even lightly consider” changing the parade route. “For 20 years the parade went down Palm Drive, a significant number of buildings are abandoned, have been boarded up with foundations are just sitting there from buildings that have been torn

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down. Access to the parade route would be more difficult for spectators and public parking would be further away with the proposed alternate route. “Marching into the wind would present a significant issue,” as opposed to the Palm Drive route where business buildings block the wind. The end route at K-Mart rather than Desert Hot Springs High School would benefit the business community,” McKee added. “We are ready to go, but we can’t convince bands to come if we don’t know if we are going to get your support. Everything we have done is worthless if we don’t get your approval.” “Either we start coming together as a community or we start falling apart,”

said Councilman Sanchez. “We don’t have a 4th of July parade because fireworks cost a tremendous amount of money. When it comes to doing an event that embraces what is good and great about this community, that’s what a parade does.” DHS Chamber of Commerce volunteer ambassador Jennifer Braun said “This community doesn’t have any events for the children of this community to look forward to. We need a parade for this city to heal; you can’t say bahhum-bug to that.” The city council vote gave the green light to proceed with plans to have a Holiday Parade on Dec. 15. On Oct. 18 the CCAC met and shifted into overdrive to “bring back” the Holiday Parade.



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hings change. The horse and buggy era gave way to the automobile. Lanterns were replaced with the invention of the light bulb. In 1981, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates purportedly said 640K of computer memory ought to be enough for anybody. Caterpillars become butterflies. Once the encyclopedia Britannica was our source for understanding the world, today the internet has become an astonishing and phenomenal tool that literally puts planet Earth at your fingertips. Type in any conceivable topic on your computer keyboard and up pops volumes of information on the subject. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Chandler, Indiana, a sleepy Midwest farm town of about 700 people was an experience I wish every young fella could enjoy. Me and my best friend, Dennis Lockhart, whom I met in kindergarten almost 55 years ago, could ride our bikes anywhere in the county without any worries. We had cane poles stashed at every fishin’ hole in the area and we carried our slingshots and cap guns ready to take on any “stwaainjuh” that got in our way. And frequently, we would ride down to Ralph Bond’s Phillips 66 gas station and watch the old men play checkers and listen to them talk about growin’ crops or the current weather. One thing the old timers at the station never did do though was gossip or speak ill of someone. That was just something gentlemen did not do in my era. “The Andy Griffith Show” wasn’t fantasy about Midwest small town living. It was a real life reflection of the Chandler’s dotted throughout middle and southern America. People were kind. Everybody knew everybody. Neighbors and the town’s people helped each other with whatever the need might be. Today, in the infinite expanse of cyberspace, nobody knows anybody. Kindness seems to be in short supply and almost non-existent. Now, anyone can write the vilest things about someone they’ve never met, whether it’s true or not. An anonymous Internet post can destroy a person’s life simply by typing a malicious message or rumor. You don’t need a gun anymore to kill someone. Say enough cruel things about a fragile soul on the Internet and it can drive a person to commit suicide. Decency is a virtue that seems to be lost today in Internet conversation among web browsers. It was 1986 when a friend of mine bought an Apple Macintosh Plus. He paid about $2,600 to get plugged into this developing new computer term called “online.” His family and I sat down one evening and pretty much went through

the entire Internet in just a few hours. The internet in those days was a small community of people. Everyone was nice to one another and we all shared our names with each other. Being crass, secretive or rude wasn’t even something any of us considered. I remember telling By Frances Allen my buddy the Internet reminded me of an “electronic Chandler,” small and friendly. By Reno Fontana oday, the dark side of the Internet has reached terrible and unprecedented lows. Person to person ut in today’s Internet blogs, post’s and anonymous verbal attacks have become so nasty requests for comments to news stories, it is and ugly that this generation thinks lingual abuse time that policy makers on a national level is the norm. I doubt Bill Gates or our forefathers step in and pass legislation to stop anonymous who wrote the Declaration of Independence ever abusive Internet comments. Militant, explosive, imagined while creating their legacies that their curse words written about another human being plans for good would be desecrated and used in one has never met must come to an end. Want to the most negative personal way and all under post hateful speech toward another individual? the guise of free speech. Then you should be required to list a confirmable The first ever domain photo, name, telephone and address, and open yourself to a possible lawsuit for slander, harassment or a host of other legal challenges. Otherwise, keep your ugly words to yourself. The old men at Bond’s Phillips 66 used to remind me often that if you couldn’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all. There are now companies that exist to manage one’s reputation that might need help in reversing damaging and unfounded charges placed on the Internet. How is this different from the crime of identity theft? Those that are hiding behind a computer screen and made-up user name, do they think they are better or different from an identity thief just because they are hurting someone anonymously? There is something extremely unfair about having to spend thousands of dollars on legal services to clear one’s Internet name or one’s business name when one did nothing name w a s wrong in the first place. registered on March 15, 1985 The pen has always been mightier than as VeriSign now reports on its the sword. The written word is a dangerous Domain Name Information Brief (ONIB) that commodity left in the hands of an ignorant, there are over 233 million registered domains insensitive and anonymous Internet writer. worldwide in 2012. Somewhere between Free speech has its limits. You can’t yell domain number one and almost a quarter of “fire!” in a crowded theater. It’s against the law. a billion domains later Internet users became Yes, things change. The Internet is a place mean spirited. Businesses are crippled every of marvel and wonder. But the lack of human day by false reports on their company activities civility created by a nameless and faceless which are read by millions. Internet society is not a town where I want my There are certainly occasions where yet to be born grandchildren to grow up. anonymity is necessary in a given moment. If Lawmakers, step up. Reset America’s moral someone wants to report abuse and that person compass. End anonymity on the World Wide is afraid of revenge or if the police want to catch Web. a criminal and ask folks to call in tips, then an To contact the author of this story write anonymous call is something most everyone will agree is appropriate.

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“I think the (presidential) candidates know how serious it is. I think they are trying to avoid it in part because it is so consequential and serious and the ideas that would be put forward are unattractive to some people.” The Simpson-Bowles committee has outlined specific recommendations f o r Washington, DC to consider and implement to avoid the fiscal cliff yet nothing has been done with that work. This is a huge IF but IF the politicians actually do something and avert this fiasco (not just kick the can down the road again), the markets could rally strongly behind that news. The International Monetary Fund, (IMF) is a global thinktank. Their opinions and forecasts are followed very closely by economic and political leaders from around the globe. The IMF describes themselves as, “An organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” Earlier this month the IMF issued a similar warning but went a little further than the Simpson-Bowles committee. They forecast global growth would fall. They lowered US GDP estimates to 2 percent for 2012 and a little lower for 2013. They went on to say that the same problems we were facing in 2008 when markets collapsed around the world are still plaguing us today. That’s a very frightening comment when you consider all the money that central banks and governments have thrown at this problem. Things haven’t gotten a lot better. The IMF warned specifically that the US and the globe would be negatively impacted if the US government does not


Many of my clients have been asking about this “Fiscal Cliff” that you are hearing so much about in the news these days. “Fiscal Cliff” is the term coined by the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who used it to describe the peril of what will happen should the automatic tax increases and massive spending cuts be allowed to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Leaders from around the globe are concerned of the dire consequences if nothing is done to stop this looming disaster. Recently, Erskine Bowles, NC businessman and cochairman of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform issued a stern warning: “We have $7.7 trillion worth of economic events that are going to hit America in the gut in December and in Washington, they’re (US politicians are) doing nothing about it.” Bowles’ co-chair on the commission is former Republican Senator Alan Simpson. Simpson went on to say that the culture in Washington, DC is preventing any action to address what is known as the fiscal cliff. “They are both in this,” Simpson said of the warring Democratic and Republican parties. They worship the god of re-election.”

DHS Pets and Supplies Business needs community support to remain open

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Randy German owns the DHS Pets and Supplies. German opened the store with a dream of providing a service to the community that was not presently available. The store has received a lot of positive feedback, but for the store to remain open he needs more support from the community and hopefully this article will drive people in to see what he has to offer. “Besides all the name brand foods, collars, bowls, toys, vaccines, cages, bedding and treats for all your fur and non-fur kids, we also have live animals and grooming services on sight. We carry reptiles, rodents, feeders, birds and fish. And we adopt kittens and puppies out to the community,” German said. “But I may not be around for too much longer if I cannot get the community to support me. So please come down to your local pet store and check me out. Tell a friend and ‘Like’ me on Face book. Find me on the web at and on Face book under DHS Pets and Supplies. You can email me with any questions at “I am also seeking alternative measures to stay open. If you or someone you know invests in small businesses please let them know I am here and open to discussion. “I look forward to seeing you at the pet store where it ‘Feels Good To Have a Pet.’” DHS Pets and Supplies is located at 13313 Palm Drive, Suite B and their phone is 760-671-6067. They are opened seven days a week from 10 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. They are located directly across from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.







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By Kevin Powell address the problem. “We hope that both sides of the political isle (should) signal that they are willing to compromise and that they are willing to get this done.” A consensus of economists has stated that failure to do anything would result in damage as high as $720 billion dollars to our economy. That would result in a 4.6 percent drop in our GDP (Gross Domestic Product). A decline that large would plunge us into another recession. Sadly many of the Bush era tax cuts that will go away at the end of the year are not just for wealthy Americans. Four tax breaks in particular will have a profound impact on middle and lower income families. They are the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Credit, Child & Dependent Care and the American Opportunity Credit or the Old Hope College tax credit. There is no reason for our country to be put in this position. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is a pending crisis for every citizen. We should hold our elected officials to a much higher standard. Unfortunately, once the partying and celebrations from the elections are over, there will only be a few short weeks to address this problem and avoid the fiscal cliff. How much do you trust our politicians to finally do the right thing? Kevin Powell is a new columnist for the Desert Star Weekly who will be writing articles that deal with investment and economic related news. Powell has been a financial and business advisor for the past 27 years and works with clients and businesses nationwide. If you have question or would like more information, contact


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STARSilverScreen Disney’s “Cinderella” and Warner Bros. Comedy “The Campaign” On Oct. 2, Disney Studios opened up their magical vault to release one of Walt Disney’s most charming fairytale classics-- “Cinderella” on Blu-ray and DVD. Every little Princess in the family will love this timeless story about a young girl who has faith that her dreams will come true as she sings “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” while doing the many chores expected of her by her unloving stepmother and her two pampered stepsisters. She is cheerful and kind and the animals, especially the many little mice that live in her home, adore her. They all try to do their best to keep her spirits up. Well almost all of the animals are on her side, except for the cat, Lucifer. Even though the cat lives up to his name, his devilish antics are part of the humor that is sprinkled throughout. Things look as if they are about to change for Cinderella when an invitation from the castle arrives asking all the eligible young ladies in the kingdom to attend a Royal Ball.

Unfortunately, before Cinderella can sew a dress for herself, her stepsisters constantly interrupt her preparations. They keep her so busy helping them get ready that she has no time to create an outfit to wear that evening, but the busy little mice and the birds all pitch in to create a gown for their “Cinderellie” while she waits on her stepsisters, hand and foot. Their mother, Lady Tremaine, encourages their dreadful behavior and by the time Cinderella finishes helping them primp and preen she has no dress to wear. When she sadly goes to her humble room she discovers the gown her busy little friends have created. As she hurries to join her stepmother and stepsisters in their carriage they rip her dress to shreds. Now all hope is gone. Cinderella runs sobbing into the garden as her sister ‘uglies’ head for the palace. Then, out of the blue, her fairy godmother appears and faster than you can say “BibbidyBobbidy- Boo!” she is sprinkled with fairy dust and magically dressed in a gown befitting a princess. With another wave of her wand Cinderella’s fairy godmother creates an elegant



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carriage from a pumpkin. However, she is warned that she must leave the Ball before the stroke of midnight. If not, she will again be dressed in rags and her carriage, footmen and horses will once again be just a pumpkin and scampering little mice. If you have read this fairytale you know the Prince falls in love with Cinderella. When she runs away as the clock starts to chime the midnight hour he races after her, but all he finds is her tiny glass slipper. To say any more would spoil the surprise, but like all Disney fairy tales there is eventually a “happily ever after,” although not for the cat. In the 2-Disc Combo pack there are many extras including an animated short called “Tangled Ever After”


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election. While the upcoming election is no laughing matter, “The Campaign” is, so if you just want to laugh at politics, not have a nervous breakdown over the process, check out “The Campaign.” In the film, directed by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”), long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) makes a major gaffe shortly before an upcoming election. As a

result, a pair of ultrawealthy CEO’s decide to put up a rival candidate against him in order to gain influence in Brady’s North Carolina district. They choose Marty Higgins (Zach Galifianakis) who actually does well. Due to

cutthroat campaign practices the two are locked in a dead heat. (Sound familiar?) There are plenty of DVD extras like deleted scenes and Ultra Violet to instantly stream and download the film to compatible devices. The Combo Pack sells for $35.99 and the single disc DVD is $28.98.

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PALM SPRINGS, CA - The Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT) brought Margaret O’Brien to the Ironwood Country Club for a luncheon on Oct. 20. PSWIFT President Patti Gribow spoke about the upcoming Broken Glass awards scheduled for March Margaret O’Brien 1, 2013. Then Gribow introduced actor Randal Malone to the podium. Malone told of the many accomplishments of the famous child actress, O’Brien. He spoke about their friendship over many years and introduced several women that had ties to O’Brien. One woman was her Stand-in during many of her films and another was Joyce Bulifant, a dear friend and daughter-in-law of the famous Helen Hays. Malone mentioned O’Brien’s has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Stars for Film, TV, Stage and Radio. O’Brien spoke to the audience about her life in the movies,TV and on stage. She spoke about the lives of some of her co-stars and how they were to work with. She told of the competition between her and June Allyson as the best criers in the business. Many are still close friends after so many years. She said she started at age of one in commercials as a Gerber Baby and was discovered actually with her dog when they were the cover photo for the Saturday Evening Post. She loved her life in the movies and said she had the greatest childhood. O’Brien gave out three awards to people in attendance. The Golden Halo Awards went to Mel Haber owner of the Ingleside Inn, President Patty Gribow and Sherri Davis, member of the board. PSWIFT also gave plaques to O’Brien and Malone for their participation in the luncheon. Nancy Tortellini, Randy Malone and Partty Gribow

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Legendary singersongwriter Van Morrison, modern country singer Jason Aldean and the genrebusting Celtic outfit Off Kilter have issued releases worth a multitude of listens.

Artist: Van Morrison Title: Born To Sing: No Plan B (Blue Note Records) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Mark Knopfler, Donald Fagen, John Hiatt. Tell me more: Van Morrison’s sound has always boasted an amalgamation of rock, soul, R&B, folk and jazz. So it’s not surprising that the Northern Irish singersongwriter’s new album “Born To Sing: No Plan B” is immersed in that like-minded intoxicating sweet brew that wisely branded albums such as 1968’s “Astral Weeks” and 1970’s “Moondance” landmarks. The six-time Grammy Award winner’s new album finds the 67-year-old Morrison at the top of his

game with his potent vocals dancing amidst the horns on the bouncy “Open the Door (To Your Heart)” and singing tenderly on the extended jazzy ballad “Goin’ Down to Monte Carlo.” “End of the Rainbow” is otherworldly in its beauty and “Mystic of the East” s h owc a s e s M o r r i s o n’s uncanny ability at phrasing a lyric like no other singer. The biggest surprise? M o r r i s o n’s heavy blues gem “Pagan Heart” that conjures up memories of John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson. Information: www.

modern country music’s biggest stars, Jason Aldean headlined at the first night of Stagecoach in Indio earlier this year and topped the Go Fest country music festival in nearby Orange County last month. Based on the strength of his just-released fifth album “Night Train,” there is a good chance that Aldean will continue to be packing in fans whenever and wherever he is performing. From the beautiful power ballad “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” to his first hit single off “Night Train,” the infectious “Take A Little Ride,” Aldean blends arena rock and authentic country with a magical touch that has eluded most of his contemporaries. The icing on the cake is the up-tempo “The Only Way I Know,” where he collaborates up with fellow country superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Information: www.

any major U.S. city and it’s not unusual to find an Irish pub hosting young rockers playing amped-up versions of traditional Irish tunes such as “Dirty Old Town” or “Drunken Sailor.” But Minneola, Floridabased Off Kilter is not your common Celtic troupe; the quintet blends Emerald Isle melodies and rhythms with the explosiveness of the American Wake and Young Dubliners layered with the progressive rock appeal and virtuoso musicianship of ASIA. On “The Live Tracks,” the winning mix of bagpipes, whistles, bass, guitar and drums comes in support of strong vocals and astounding arrangements on well-known standards (“Whiskey in the Jar,” “Wild Rover”), unearthed treasures (“Fields of Athenry”) and even reworked rock classics (Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Good). Information: www.

“Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” By Alejandro Paiz PALM SPRINGS, CA – “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” from maverick writer and director Henry Jaglom’s (“Déjà Vu,” ”Eating,” “Festival in Cannes,” “Venice Venice”) is a wonderfully insightful and disarmingly comic celebration of actors and those who love them, opens Friday, Oct. 26 at the Camelot Theater. The show opened in Los Angeles on Oct. 3 and in New York on Oct. 17. “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” stars the extraordinary and effervescent Tanna Frederick (“Queen of the Lot,” “Irene in Time”) and in a revelatory performance, Judd Nelson (“The Breakfast Club”). Whether trodding the boards for paying audiences or performing at the kitchen table for her theatrical family, the only place Pandora Isaacs (Frederick) has ever felt truly safe and entirely at home is onstage. Like so many actors, she is not completely sure about the difference between real life and the theater and - as she willingly admits - she really doesn’t want to. Stinging from a recent romantic break-up, she retreats to the safety of her parents’ ramshackle upstate country house — “Just 45 minutes from Broadway”— where her non-theatrical sister (Julie Davis, “I Love You, Don’t Touch Me!) and her sister’s non-Jewish fiancée (Nelson) are also arriving for the weekend and the family’s yearly Passover Seder, which is presided over by another uncle (Michael Emil, “Insignificance”). Family secrets, sibling rivalries and the possibility of true love as rare as a blue bullfrog all emerge, but at what cost? Evoking the pathos of Phillip Barry’s “Holiday,” Just 45 Minutes From Broadway is a bravura observation of the machinations that involve and intertwine family, love and the dynamics of the theater. The film co-stars David Proval (“The Departed”), Diane Salinger (“Carnivale”), Jack Heller (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). and singer/ songwriter Harriett Schock.


Artist: Jason Aldean Title: Night Train (Broken Bow Records)

Artist: Off Kilter Title: The Live Tracks (Off Kilter)

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“There’s gold in dem thar hills!” At least there is for some hoteliers, according to a survey taken by If you had to guess where the most expensive hotel in the country is, what would you say? New York City, Washington, D.C., Beverly Hills; good choices all, but they are all inexpensive when compared to The Ranch

that the Burj Al Arab is on nearly everyone’s short-list of moneyed hotels. You may not be familiar with the name but you have probably seen a photograph or two of the hotel -- a 1,000 feet tall structure designed to resemble a billowing sail sitting on its own island off the coast of Dubai in the UAE. It’s considered as one of the most photographed objects in the world.

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Burj Al Arab at Rock Creek, located in mining country outside of Philipsburg, Montana. Here people have stopped mining for gold; they have hung up their sifting pans and exchanged bulky mining equipment for a mini-credit card reader. And, you will need a very high balance card; a night’s stay at the ranch during an extended summer season, in the most affordable double room, will average $2,279. Want to spend more? The Ranch at Rock Creek also rents out well-appointed log and stone cabins at correspondingly higher nightly amounts. ‘Rustic’ must be the new opulence as the second most expensive accommodations in the U.S. are found at the $1,848 per night Point Resort, situated within the boundaries of Adirondack Park, in Lake Placid, New York. Following, in a very close third place is Bush Creek Ranch, located in South Central Wyoming’s North Platte River Valley, where a night’s rest starts at $1,770. But it comes as no surprise


Not shy about its status, the Burj Al Arab describes itself as the “Worlds Most Luxurious Hotel,” and who can argue with amenities, such as insuite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round-the-clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s fleet of Rolls-Royces. There is one other aspect of the Burj that attracts a lot of attention: the hotel’s connection to the sea and fish. Known for its fish tank display, the hotel recently renovated its massive aquariums, two on either side of the lobby and one built over and around a walkway leading into the hotel’s sea food restaurant. These aquariums are designed to be the ultimate undersea habitat for more than 4,000 exotic fish and contain underwater lighting, artificial coral reefs and a state-of-theart filtration system. How much will all these amenities cost a night? It’s amazingly inexpensive; about half of what a night at the


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scenes made from more than two million pounds of ice. Visitors can walk through a Fairytale Castle, Ice Cave and Santa’s Toyland. Each exhibit is handmade and was created by an international team of expert ice sculptors. Kept at a temperature of nine degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice, guests will be provided parkas as they enjoy this remarkable display. Standing two stories tall and 100-feet long, the Queen Mary’s Ship and Slide lets guests can grab an oversized tube and race down a slide made completely of ice. Ice Skating will also be available at the Queen Mary’s 6,500 square-foot ice rink. While only be about 40% the size of the rink at Rockefeller Center, where else can you feel the Pacific Ocean air on your face as you take a yuletide glide with the majestic Queen Mary as a backdrop. Prices for admission are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids, with ice-tubing and skate rentals at $9.95, each.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center, one of the most iconic sights in New York City, has just opened for the 20122013 season. Now operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, ice skating on the rink at Rockefeller Center began 76 years ago and since then it has become one of the most romantic, and family friendly things to do during the holiday season while in New York. However, this year will see some innovations, such as VIP Express Skating, where for $95, between Nov. 16 and Jan. 7, guests bypass the line and receive admission, skate rental, hot cocoa and the services of a skate concierge to book time on the ice. A n ot h e r f e a t u re , “Engagement on Ice,” is available throughout the season. This program offers couples private ice time for their proposal, a rink-side Champagne toast and an optional dinner package. There will also be a lot of ice closer to home, in Long Beach, thanks to the Queen Mary and “CHILL.” Billed as the only event of its kind on the West Coast, “CHILL” features “The Ice Kingdom,” h o l i d ay- i n s p i re d Rockefeller Center

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PALM DESERT, CA - Are you ready to travel this year? Would you prefer to travel with a group? Are you looking for an easy way to travel abroad and have your rooms and sightseeing and specialty tours already planned? Then traveling with the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce is the way to go. For 2013 the Palm Desert Area Chamber is scheduling up to four travel opportunities, with three confirmed trips including Spain, Germany/Austria during Oktoberfest, and the Alps/Croatia. A fourth trip to Cuba is currently in discussion. Embark with a group, for a low fare price. Trips include roundtrip airfare and nine days of travel with seven nights of accommodations, guides and tours on quality tour busses, and some meals. First trip scheduled trip will be embarking to Spain on March 5, 2013 where the group will experience Coast del Sol, staying seven nights at the Hotel Amargua, Torremolinos with stops including Seville, Malaga, the Rock of Gibraltar, shopping including the Kasbah bazaars and more. The second trip confirmed and scheduled is to Austria & Germany, taking flight on Oct. 4, 2013 and arriving in Munich in time to start the trip with experiencing Oktoberfest in Munich. Trip includes seven nights at the Hotel Grauer Baer in Innsburg, with day trips to explore the city and great side trips including Salzburg and the Italian Alps. Our third confirmed adventure will be jetting off to the Alps, including Slovenia and Croatia. With seven nights of exploring the Adriatic and Alps. Two hotels will be experienced on this great trip, a four night stay in Slovenia and a three night stay in Croatia. Explore Alpine villages, shopping and more, this trip is scheduled to start on November 5, 2013. Call at 760.346.6111 or email . Visit and click TRIPS where you can download the full itineraries. The Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce invites all interested persons to RSVP and attend the Oct. 30 Trip Meeting, where they will discuss all three trips, and possibly the fourth trip to Cuba. Get your questions answered. Meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Offices, 72559 Highway 111 in Palm Desert on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.

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PALM SPRINGS, CA– Virgin America is bringing more of its upscale, low-fare flights to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) from both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Just in time for winter getaways, the airline is

expanding its footprint at PSP, with a new 2012-2013 seasonal flight schedule that will include a new weekly Saturday nonstop flight from JFK to PSP – the only nonstop flight offered from the New York City area to Palm Springs. The new service will add to Virgin America’s existing seasonal daily connecting flight schedule from JFK to PSP and

its daily nonstop schedule from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to PSP. Tickets are on sale at and 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN.** Fares start from $79** SFO-PSP and introductory fares from $149** JFK-PSP. (**Fares subject to change). “Virgin America’s upscale flight service is a perfect match for travelers visiting our region, and we’re pleased to see the airline spread its wings and expand here. The new JFK service will be the only nonstop flight to the Northeast from PSP. Virgin America’s decision to grow its presence here is a testament to the appeal of our region as a global destination and the strength of our local tourism economy,” said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet. The airline first launched seasonal flight service into

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Want to see how airport security has changed? Come to the Palm Springs Air Museum and see artist Steve Maloney’s fascinating mixed media exhibit. The Museum has cleared the runway for the debut of “Banned Booty – Palm Springs Checkpoint.” The exhibition runs through May 17. The exhibit is included with regular museum admission, which ranges from $8 to $15. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maloney’s show is set against the backdrop of vintage World War II combat aircraft. The exhibit is created from items confiscated from carry-on bags at airports by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during the days following 9/11. Maloney uses a shipping container doubles as an exterior canvas for a retro-style black and white illustration of air passengers standing on the tarmac ready to board.

Maloney’s Houdini Booty Lock-Up (2002) is located outside the container, composed of confiscated oddsand-ends such as a common blender blade, barbells, a butane torch, corn-on-the-cob skewers, deer antlers etc, boxed in bullet proof Plexiglas, roped with a 60-foot rusted chain with antique padlocks. The five composite sculptures inside the container are: Booty Runway Sculpture (2011) with 16-feet of confiscated miscellany encased in Plexiglas superimposed over a landing strip base; a seasoned Travelers (2003) with mixed media of confiscated scissors, tools, and video game gun with oil and resin on canvas; a Traveler’s Pile Up (2003) with mixed media including confiscated scissors, folding pocket knives, a wrench, a drafting compass and even a bicycle kick-stand with oil and resin on canvas; a Big Banned Booty (2002) with everything from reflex hammers to cork

screws with resin, acrylic and pastel on canvas; a Swiss Travelers (2003) with – you guessed it – brightly colored confiscated Swiss Army Knives with oil and resin on canvas A QR Code on the outside of the shipping container for smartphone users connects them to and Banned Booty on Facebook. More than 28 flyable vintage aircraft are housed in 65,000 square feet of climate controlled hangar space. The Berger Foundation Youth Exploration Center and an 8,500 volume library with flight simulators round out activities for all ages. The exhibit is included with regular museum admission, $8 to $15. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and on Feb. 8. Call 760-778-6262. For more information, call 858756-4088, visit stevemaloney. com; or and Banned Booty on Facebook.

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the Palm Springs market in December 2011 with a daily nonstop flight from SFO and a daily “same plane” through flight from JFK to PSP. Just weeks after launching its service into Palm Springs, Virgin America partnered with the Palm Springs International Film Festival as a premier sponsor. In April 2012 the airline ramped up service during the Coachella Music Festival and hosted unique events for festival-goers, including a flight with a live DJ spinning from the back of the plane. “We’re thrilled to see Virgin America expand its award-winning service in

our region. Virgin America’s fresh approach to travel is obviously striking a chord with travelers headed to and from the Coachella Valley,” said Scott White, president and CEO of Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Virgin America’s added commitment to our region will help lower fares and improve service in our market, allowing more travelers to enjoy all that our dynamic region has to offer,” White added. “Since entering these Palm Springs markets, we’ve seen strong demand for our unique flight service. We’re pleased to be expanding in the market

and offering a new nonstop option for travelers coming from New York to the Desert oasis this winter,” said John MacLeod, senior vice president of Planning and Sales at Virgin America. “With service that continues to sweep the travel awards, touch-screen entertainment at every seat and new aircraft that look like nothing else in the domestic skies, we think our flights are a great fit for the region. We’re thankful for the partnership and support of the airport, Mayor and tourism community in welcoming our new service and helping us grow.”

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STARSociety Dinner in the Canyons Like a Pied Piper, the solo sounds of the Native American flutist, strategically positioned in front of a massive upwardtilted rock, attracted tribal members from throughout Southern California and hundreds of Anglos to a

Arriving guests parked at the base of the canyon from where they were transported by mini-bus to the event site overlooking Palm Springs. Here they were made welcome by a receiving line of museum board members prior to a cocktail reception at sunset followed

(of “Our Land”) Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers from the shores of the Bering Sea in southwest Alaska. Through their performances of centuries-old art forms in traditional regalia with authentic Yup’ik masks and artifacts, this distinguished traditional dance ensemble shares with others some of the richness of Alaska’s native cultural heritage. More information about the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and how you can help preserve our land’s native culture is available at 760-7781079.

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Chuna McIntyre and the Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo performers spectacular palm-surrounded oasis located in Andreas Canyon just south of Palm Springs, one of the ancestral homes of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Each year, on the second Saturday in October, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum holds its signature fundraising event – Dinner in the Canyons. This event, which is also considered as heralding the start of the Desert’s fall-tospring social season, is unique in the Coachella Valley. While all fundraising galas feature varying degrees of elegant décor, delectable cuisine and show-stopping entertainment, there is something very different about experiencing those same elements outdoors under the stars in the natural beauty of Andreas Canyon. Out of respect for this sacred ground, Dinner in the Canyons is the only such evening event the tribe allows to be held in the canyons. Décor for the event is provided by Mother Nature and showcases the natural beauty of the land, panoramic views, centuries-old boulder formations, running spring waters, indigenous plants, and towering palm trees that comprise the largest palm oasis this side of the Sahara.


by dinner in the shadow of the towering palms. In the spirit of sharing Native gifts, ingredients of the three-course dinner were said to have come from traditional foods originating with indigenous cultures of North, Central and South America.

We’ve had the unofficial opening of the Desert’s society/ social season, what about the unofficial closing event? It’s the always-looked-forward to “Evening Under the Stars,” benefiting AIDS Assistance Program. This is a mega-fun gala that literally ends the season with a bang. Under the directorship of Mark Anton, the organization’s Executor Director and CEO, it has also earned a well-deserved reputation as presenting some of the best live entertainment

AIDS Assistance Program is a non-profit volunteer-driven organization formed in 1991 to provide meals to low-income individuals living in the Valley with HIV/AIDS. Currently and provides $600,000 worth of food to its clients annually. This year’s 20th annual “Evening Under the Stars” will be held on May 11, 2013 at the O’Donnell Golf Course in downtown Palm Springs. More information is available at 760325-8481.

“Modern Family” star to host Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards The Desert AIDS Project has just announced that threetime Emmy nominee, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, will host the 2013 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Ferguson is widely known for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett, one-half of the gaydad-couple dealing with the challenges of raising their adopted daughter on “Modern

STAR’S DESERT By Frances Allen Family.” The Steve Chase Awards gala is the primary fundraiser of Desert AIDS Project and is so popular and well-attended that it needs to be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center. Openly gay in real-life, Ferguson proudly stands up not only for LGBT rights, but for HIV/AIDS causes as well. Last month, Ferguson launched Tie The Knot, a notfor-profit he founded along with his fiancé, Justin Nikita. The new charity was started as a means of raising awareness and to advocate on behalf of marriage equality through art, fashion and entertainment.

Tie The Know will release a limited edition collection of neckwear each season, with all sale proceeds will go directly to various organizations across the country that are fighting for civil rights. Tie The Knot’s debut collection will be available exclusively online at The Tie Bar beginning November 2012. Desert AIDS Project serves people in the Desert community living with HIV/AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management and social services such as food, housing and counseling. To find out more, call 760323-2118.

Cyndi “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Lauper However, I’m not sure that our luscious deserts of Orange Cheese Cake and date pudding were on tribal historical menus. Entertainment for the evening featured the dance, song and storytelling of Chuna McIntyre and the Nunamta


featured in the Valley during the entire season. This year’s blockbuster performer - the incomparable Cyndi Lauper, who is sure to perform her most memorable hits, “Girls Just Wanna to Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”

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INDIAN WELLS, CA Miramonte Resort & Spa will kick off its festive Desert Holidays program on Nov. 1 with the availability of gingerbread lots for sale for Miramonte’s Annual G i n ge r b re a d Vi l l a ge . Gingerbread “home builders” are invited to use their imagination to create confectionary structures for display and entry into a contest. Gingerbread houses will be judged in five categories – from professionals to kids – with prizes for each and an overall grand prize of a threenight stay at the luxurious Mediterranean-style resort. Winners will be announced at the Gingerbread Village Grand Opening on Friday, Nov. 23. Gingerbread Village lot prices range from $20 to $50. All proceeds from gingerbread

lot sales are provided to Shelter From The Storm, the Valley’s only dedicated provider of services to victims of domestic violence. Gingerbread houses must be submitted by Nov. 19 for

the final construction of the village, which will remain on display through the holidays. Opportunities at Miramonte to support Shelter From The Storm include two toy and gift drives in conjunction with Desert holiday events. At Miramonte’s “Spa La La La La” party at THE WELL on Dec. 6, and at the “Desert’s Largest Holiday Extravaganza” on Dec. 13, guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child or a personal gift for a woman in the shelter. To learn more about “Desert Holidays” and the Gingerbread Village, please call the resort at (760) 341-2200 or visit www. The resort is located at 45000 Indian Wells Lane in Indian Wells.

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STARCommunity Palm Springs Writers Guild Principal gets made into Features Lisa Cron Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs Writers Guild hosts it second meeting of the season on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Library with Lisa Cron, author and writing consultant. Cron will discuss her book, “Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide for Using Brain Science to Hook and Hold Readers (Ten Speed Press).” “Wired for Story” reveals cognitive secrets and is a game-changer for anyone inteested in writing. The event is free and open to the public. “I’m thrilled to be the featured speaker at the Guild meeting. There’s nothing I love more than talking to a roomful of writers about what a story really is, and what readers are wired to expect of every story

Lisa Cron they hear,” Cron said. The Palm Springs Writers Guild with almost 300 members welcomes, Cron who provides critical information for any writer, novice to advanced, who is interested in writing a compelling and unforgettable story. The vast majority of writing advice

focuses on “writing well” as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail undefined they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters, losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain’s hardwired desire to learn what happens next. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won’t hold anyone’s interest. Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Cron’s “Wired for Story” offers a revolutionary look at



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PALM SPRINGS, CA Last spring, Vista del Monte Elementary Principal Joe Scudder promised his students that if they improved their API score on the California Standards Tests (CSTs), he would serve as the “ice cream” in their chocolate ice cream sundaes. The school’s API improved by 38 points, so Principal Scudder made good on his promise Wednesday, Oct. 17 when students turned him into an ice cream sundae.

Principal Joe Scudder and students story as the brain experiences it. She’s been a story consultant for Warner Bros. and the William Morris Agency in NYC, and for Village Roadshow, Icon, The Don Buchwald Agency and others in L.A., and a literary agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency. In 1977 a small group of area residents, all with an

interest in writing, founded the Palm Springs Writers Guild to promote the art of writing among both aspiring and professional writers. The Guild has grown to almost 300 members. It is one of Southern California’s best resources and networking group for writers at all levels and interests. The PSWG hosts lively and

informative monthly meetings with featured speakers and educational workshops. In addition there are critique groups and a variety of other activities for those who write and those who aspire to write. For additional information visit: http://

Desert Favorite Mara Getz Comes To Joslyn Center PALM SPRINGS, CA - Local singer Mara Getz will perform her latest one woman show “A Tribute To Ms. Peggy Lee” at The Arthur Newman Theatre at The Joslyn Center in Palm Desert on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. The show will feature songs made famous by the music legend from the Great American Songbook along with stories about Lee’s career and personal life and will complete the Les Michaels’ “Life Is A Cabaret “Sunday series for this year. Getz career began at five in church where her mother, acting as choir director, nurtured her talent for singing and acting. In 1982, the farm girl from Baker, Minnesota packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles and within no time was headlining

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in the nightclub circuit, which brought her to the attention of talent executives, and she was soon appearing on TV’s “The Merv Griffin Show,” “You Write The Songs,” “Cop Rock,” and as a 1985 finalist on “Star Search.” Since then she has appeared at clubs across the country, opening for such legendary entertainers as Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and George Burns, and at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace for Jay Leno. She’s done multiple concert tours of Europe and Asia, and theatrical roles in several musicals including Amanda M c B r o o m ’s “Heartbeats” and “Mail” by Michael Rupert and Jerry Colker. Mara has recorded several

Mara Getz CD albums including: “In Your Eyes,” “George & Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration,” and “Cole Porter: A Musical Toast.” Since moving to Palm Springs, Getz is a familiar face in major venues and local clubs as well as giving back to the community by lending her talents to many charity events. In her spare time, Getz is a brilliant jewelry designer whose work may be found in several boutiques as well as her weekly showings at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage.

CommunitySTAR “The Rat Pack Revue” Returns To Three Sixty North PALM SPRINGS, CA – “The Rat Pack Revue,” starring Nick D’Egidio (as Frank Sinatra) will perform at Three Sixty North Lounge + Restaurant in Palm Springs on Sunday, Oct. 28 for two dinner shows at 5 and 8 p.m. “The Rat Pack Revue” is the #1 act of its kind in the world and you won’t believe your eyes and ears as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., come to life in this nostalgic revue. It is the most brilliant and powerful recreation/tribute show ever staged. Back in the day, people from around the world would converge on Las Vegas to see the Rat Pack. With their great music and good looks, it was the show to see and the place to be seen. Add in the comedic banter and the great chemistry and you had the ultimate in Vegas entertainment. Now you can see exactly what it was like right

here in Palm Springs. Smooth, cool, funny and unbelievably great sounding, these guys are the total entertainment package. Tickets are $60 and include a three-course Prix Fixe dinner. Staying with the evening’s theme, Three Sixty North has created an incredible Italian style feast

featuring Antipasto Salad, choice of entrée including Steak Sinatra, Osso Bucco, Eggplant Parmesano, Chicken Marsala and Seafood Capellini with Amaretto Cheesecake for dessert. Reservations are required and can be made online at www. or by calling 760-327-1773. Located on the strip in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, Three Sixty North’s atmosphere is comfortable, stylish and relaxed, and reminiscent of the famed supper clubs of the 50’s & 60’s with dining, dancing and live entertainment nightly. Happy Hour all the time in the lounge with live entertainment nightly. Dinner nightly starting at 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Three Sixty North Lounge + Restaurant 360 N. Palm Canyon Drive downtown Palm Springs, 760-327-1773, .

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LA QUINTA, CA Naughty, but hilarious comedy skits and music from vaudeville and burlesque will be presented one night only in “A Handful O’ Nickels “ at the La Quinta Senior Center on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The show features special guest Yve Evans, named Monterey Jazz Festival’s musician of the year in 2008. Evans portrays blues great Bessie Smith with her rendition of “If You Don’t

I Know Who Will.” Comedy team Jeanette Knight and Michael Seneca, named Showtime T V’s funniest duo in 1984, perform a tribute to George Burns and Gracie Allen, while local celebrity Justin Blake portrays Will Rogers. These four show biz veterans last appeared on stage together at the historic Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada to help Mark Twain’s former

hometown celebrate its 150th anniversary. The La Quinta Senior Center is located behind the La Quinta Library at 78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta. All seats are $15.00 and can be purchased now at http://nickels.eventbrite. com/ or by calling (760) 403-0504. Directions and additional information are also available on this site. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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yundai (say it like “Sunday”) has upped the ante with a new Turbo model for the Veloster, their new street-fighter that lives up to its moniker. This quick and nimble three-door will set you well apart from the pack - both in looks and performance. Hyundai is selling these cars as fast as

hardware set. The 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine produces 201 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1750 – 4500 rpm with regular fuel. Hyundai’s 1.6-liter Gamma turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo they can make them, and for good reason - it’s affordable, good-looking, fun to drive, and economical. The name “Veloster” is play on the words velocity and roadster. It faces off against worthy competitors like the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper/Clubman S, but with a better power-toweight ratio than all of them, and a unique sport-tuned steering and suspension


GDI system, results in quick power delivery. To handle the power enhancements and deliver good economy, Veloster Turbo is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission - and it gets from 27 to 38-mpg. Veloster Turbo features a quicker ratio steering rack and a revised steering calibration to match, which both give drivers precise cornering, feedback and


control. All Veloster Turbo’s ride on Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires designed to extract the best performance out of the car without compromising the ride. Overall, the package combines to offer an enhanced driving experience over the standard Veloster - well worth the $4,500 price difference. The package goes well beyond just bolting on a turbo charger, as this is nearly its own distinct model. The proof is in the driving experience, and throughout this test I was impressed with the small details, but mostly with feel of the car from the driver’s seat, under way. Braking and power were smooth an linear, and the steering was controlled although a bit hyperactive feeling at low speeds.


nside, full leather seats with the word “Turbo” stitched into the seatbacks help deliver a unique look and provide exceptional support and comfort. An exclusive Supervision Cluster offers the driver information in a larger, clearer and more interactive format. This is due to the Supervision Cluster’s two TFT screens located between the tachometer and the

Cockpit of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo speedometer. Heated front seats are also standard on the Turbo version. The center stack and controls also resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate a push-button starter and alloy pedals. In the digital age, everyone wants to be connected to their electronics at all times, so

The Turbo features a standard 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system with eight speakers including an eight-inch subwoofer, external amplifier and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks. An XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the head unit and

Veloster come standard with a multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display. At engine start-up, the screen comes to life with a Veloster image and a unique sound. There are three interface layouts the user can choose from. Connectivity is enhanced with an RCA cable and an available 115-volt power outlet.

features channel logos and XM Data services. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download and audio streaming is standard. Onboard navigation is optional. The system also integrates a rear-view camera and backup warning sensors. Also available is Blue

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Link. It combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package that works to both help simplify your life on the road. It features voice to text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, and monthly vehicle reporting. ricing starts at $17,450. The Veloster is covered by Hyundai Assurance, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable bumper-tobumper warranty, Hyundai’s 10 - ye a r / 10 0 , 0 0 0 - m i l e powertrain warranty, and 5-years Roadside Assistance. For more information, see your local Hyundai dealer or visit


By Vince Bodiford

AutomotiveSTAR Suzuki SX4 Crossover Lowest-price AWD vehicle, gets 30-mpg


s American drivers continue to pursue alternate modes of transportation, Suzuki owners and enthusiasts describe Suzuki’s SX4 Crossover as one of the purest examples of ‘alternative’ transport. With 5-door architecture providing both spacious accommodation and flexible utility, and its standard all-wheel drive delivering all-season capability, the SX4 Crossover continues to successfully embrace an automotive duality of day-today practicality and weekend recreation. The name “Suzuki” could easily be interchangeable with the word “value” - as the carmaker continue to bring more value to the brand. The SX4 Crossover is the lowest price AWD car in the US, and every Suzuki goes down the road with the backing of America’s #1 Warranty - a 100,000 miles/ seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty. The SX4 pricing starts at just $16,999. Penned by Giugiaro’s ItalDesign, the SX4 Crossover is arguably the most European of the Japanese-assembled cars and trucks competing for the U.S. consumer. While the Crossover’s overall dimensions are relatively small, its high roofline and

spacious greenhouse make in-town errand running the proverbial piece-of-cake. The SX4 Crossover benefits from an all-new front fascia, alloy wheels, and new exterior colors. Those same proportions allow easy access to the interior. Once inside you’ll find spacious accommodation for your family – and the stuff a family brings with it. Raised theater-style seating enhances the spacious feeling experienced by the rear seat passengers. And if your travels (and Suzuki’s all-wheel drive) take you far afield, those rear seats fold, providing all the room necessary to enjoy an extended, off-the-grid holiday. The 2013 SX4 Crossover retains the MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam rear axle in back. In combination with accurate, well-connected steering, standard all-wheel drive, 4-wheel disc braking and all-season rubber, the SX4 Crossover is equipped for sure-footed handling. Since its introduction, the SX4 Crossover has been America’s most affordable AWD automobile. ith most hatches in its competitive segment offering engines either at or under 1.6 liters, Suzuki’s SX4 family gives a full 2.0 liters


Suzuki SX4 Crossover of displacement, along with 150-horsepower. The end result is flexibility in any driving environment, from Penn Station to Pikes Peak, all while delivering from 23 to 30-mpg. riving the Crossover was fun. The large doors offer easy access, and outward visibility is great. There’s a bit too much road noise, and I drove the car for four days before I could figure out how to get the map to display on the display for GPS navigation. All that aside, it was peppy and eagerly followed every input, from steering to braking to acceleration. For those preferring a 4-door profile, generous interior room and a spacious, secure trunk, the SX4 sedan


and SX4 Sport continue to supply a made-in-Japan trifecta. Powered by the same 2.0 liter engine, the SX4 sedan and Sport offer a great combination of space,


efficiency and affordability. Sharing the 5-door utility of the SX4 Crossover with the more precise handling of the SX4 Sport, the 2013 SportBack is the essential ingredient for those whose active lifestyles typically take place on the beaten – rather than unbeaten – path. Well received by both Suzuki enthusiasts and those simply looking for practical, well-designed transportation, the SportBack can deliver an host of attributes to each segment of its audience. As with the Crossover, SX4 sedan and SX4 Sport, the SportBack enjoys a full 2.0 liters of displacement connected to either a 6-speed manual or CVT. MacPherson struts in front supply tenacious roadholding, while in back

the SportBack’s torsion beam keeps the rear in your rearview mirror. Relative to the Crossover and sedan, the SportBack enjoys a lowered ride height, performance shocks, stabilizer bars and 50-series all-season Dunlops. In 2013 the SportBack receives a revised front fascia outside and interior enhancements. Overall, the SRX line is a cool grouping of models that fit the active lifestyles of today’s Suzuki driver. Rivals include Subaru Impreza, Toyota Matrix, Nissan Juke, and most of the other affordable compact cars. For more information, see your local Suzuki dealer, or visit By Vince Bodiford

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Mental Health Summit PALM DESERT, CA – The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative will host a mental health summit at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Friday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free summit, which will take place in the campus’s Indian Wells Theater, is a “working-summit.” Local decision makers and community leaders in the fields of healthcare and mental health are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend the morning session on a spaceavailable basis. No walk-ins will be accepted. “Our concern is that our comprehensive and actionable strategic plan, designed to reduce mental illness stigma and increase access to mental health services, will lie on a shelf only to be dusted off in a few years with nothing accomplished,” said Gary Jeandron, CVHC director. “The Mental Health Summit II will ensure this does not happen.” Mental healthcare leaders will be invited to the afternoon

session to review a strategic plan designed to reduce mental illness stigma and increased access to mental health services in the Coachella Valley and Pass area. Based on the strategic plan, attendees will be asked to develop action plans and commit to implementing them. Confirmed panelists include: Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack; Assemblyman Brian Nestande; Assemblyman Manuel Pérez; and Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit The keynote speaker will be Ron Manderscheid, executive director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. To register for the summit or for more information, contact Regina Garrison at rgarriso@ The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative held its first mental health summit in March 2012 to discuss reducing mental health stigma. This summit was primarily designed for individuals involved in the delivery or

receipt of services. Attendees discussed how to implement a local campaign to reduce stigmas related to mental illness and develop ideas on how to increase services for those who need them. Attendees participated in four breakout sessions in the categories of Latinos, LGBTQ, seniors, and youth. The sessions collected brain-storming information to be used in the development of a strategic plan to reduce mental health stigma and increase access to mental health services. The mission of the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative is to provide a meaningful forum for individuals, agencies, and organizations to improve the health and well being of residents of eastern Riverside County. Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus, on behalf of the Coachella Valley Health

Collaborative, received funding from Riverside County to focus on early intervention in mental health issues. The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus is located at 37-500 Cook St. in Palm Desert. For more information about the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative, contact Gary Jeandron, project director, at or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78163 or visit the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative website at http:// For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at 760-341-2883, ext. 78107 or

PALM SPRINGS, CA – “The Helping People Hear Again” Witch Hunt Bingo fund raising event will be held on Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro located at 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., 2nd floor in Palm Springs. Witch Hunt Bingo is an evening of Halloween-themed bingo filled with food, prizes and a goblin or two. Costumes are optional but encouraged for entry into the best costume contest. The event benefits the Helping People Hear Again charity, a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit. The event costs $30 per person which includes tax, gratuities, food and one bingo card. There will be a No Host Bar available. Patrons can obtain a free additional bingo card with each donation of one set of hearing aids in any condition (No limit). Reservation deadline is Oct. 29. Helping People Hear Again (HPHA) fits financially challenged, Coachella Valley residents, with hearing aids at no cost. Qualified applicants (once approved) will receive a hearing test, ear molds, fitting or fittings, and hearing aids free through our partnering local hearing aid business. HPHA collects and is in need of hearing aids in any condition. For applications, call 760.776.1738 or download from

McCormick’s Collector Car Auction a Palm Springs Institution PALM SPRINGS, CA – Local parking lot car shows and cable TV programs about collector cars have become part of the conversation for classic car enthusiasts, the hobbyist, or the investor; and the investment opportunity has never been better. Only a few weeks away from the first strike of the gavel, McCormick’s Collector Car Auction in Palm Springs will soon be adding to the excitement with well

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over 500 highly collectable cars scheduled to go across the auction block starting Friday, Nov. 16, with the last car to roll through Sunday evening, Nov. 18. A Palm Springs fixture for more than 26 years, Keith McCormick and his semi-annual car auction have hit upon a formula that works – buyer/sellerfriendly fee structures, straightforward transactions and hands-on support, all in a stunning, legendary location. Combined, this philosophy has led the McCormick’s team to back-to-back-to-back record auction revenues.

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“While I’d like to take all the credit for our very high rate of sale and longevity, I have to acknowledge that my very skilled team and this incomparable setting are the real draw,” said McCormick. “As of today we have more than 90 percent of our spots filled for our November auction. Who wouldn’t want to visit Palm Springs every November and February to wander the rows of these timeless pieces of history in search of that rare find – that special Palm Springs ‘barn car?” McCormick’s continues to be known for its marquee

stable of Corvettes and American muscle cars. But Ferraris, Porsches and more can be found from abroad, including a highlydesirable 1966 21-window VW Microbus in pristine condition, scheduled to go across the block on Saturday. McCormick’s Palms Springs Collector Car Auction holds two events a year in February and November. The 53rd auction is scheduled for Nov. 16-18. To learn more, visit McCormick’s Collector Car Auction at www.classic-carauction. com or follow McCormick’s news at

50PLUSSTAR A New Course About Focusing For Happiness Starts Oct. 25 & Nov. 1 Two important learning experiences are starting in the next two weeks. These experiences will definitely change and revolutionize the lives of the people who participate. However, perhaps even more important is that the lives of untold thousands will also be influenced by the personal growth of that handful. Important learning experiences have a ripple effect from a few to the many; that is the way history and progress happens


By Art Kunkin - Mr Life Extension “Focusing” is a technique that was discovered in the 1970s by a group of researchers from the University of Chicago. They discovered that psychological therapy often doesn’t work, not because the psychologists involved are incompetent but because their patients were simply not hearing or accepting verbal advice, even good advice. Therapy was successful only when the patients would feel and accept the advice given by their bodies. After observing that simple fact, the researchers learned how to increase the success rate of therapy by teaching people to “focus” on the felt-shift of the body rather than words. Professor Eugene Gendlin, the organizer and leader of those Chicago researchers, then published in 1978 a small paperback titled “Focusing” summarizing his research. This book has sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into many foreign languages, proving valuable for people in many different fields. I personally treasure two copies of early editions of “Focusing” that I purchased for pennies in thrift shops. I have found that when people focus during the Tibetan meditations I teach, they can get important information about themselves directly from their bodies without relying on confusing words. In other words, people who “focus” heal quicker, experience less pain, learn new information more thoroughly, are better in business, in test-taking, become more confident in relationships, in creating inventions or in repairing automobiles. Focusing produces magical results! Our sentences are often like algebraic equations with the individual words being the unknown x’s, thus hindering communication, understanding and action. The body is often more truthful, direct and applicable than our words. The good news is that Professor Gendlin has made some new discoveries about teaching focusing that he and his associate, Ann Weiser Cornell, will be communicating personally to participants in a telephone seminar on “Going Forward With Focusing” taking place at 1 p.m. one and onehalf hours per week for five Thursdays, Nov. 8,to Dec. 13 (skipping Nov. 22). The fee is $195 for early registration. The fee increases to $245 on Nov. 3. The last day to register is Nov. 8. There are no pre-requisites. Your money is refundable up to five days before the first day of class minus a processing free of $35. You can register by emailing or phoning Focusing Resources at 510-225-0690 (toll-

free in the US: 866-266-9680, fax: 510-225-0990). You will receive a shopping cart form as well as information about receiving a variety of free emailed information from Focusing Resources. If you have taken a Gene and Anne phone course before, use FAN2012 as a coupon code on the shopping cart (and be sure to click apply to see the total change to $175). You can also contact Ann Weiser Cornell at 510225-0690 for registration or more information, ann@ All course sessions will be recorded and recordings will be available to all participants of the course as downloadable mp3 files. Yes, it is possible to take the course by listening to the recordings. This seminar meets the qualifications for 7.5 continuing education credits (CEUs) for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. PCE #1015. I am also announcing this week an eight-week Life Extension and Happiness Course that has three major objectives: 1: To teach scientific techniques that will possibly help you live for a minimum of 200 years and overcome all fears, including the fear of death; 2: To teach techniques of peak performance, personal power and happiness, including focusing, so that you can fully benefit in all ways from your greatly expanded life span. 3: To teach spiritual methods for surviving accidental physical death even if that happens before you reach a 200 year minimum life span. This free eight-week Life Extension and Happiness Course will be taught by Art Kunkin, former president of the Philosophical Research Society in Lo Angeles, founding publisher and editor of the weekly newspaper Los Angeles Free Press, and Advisory Board Member of the Institute of Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree. There will be two introductory sessions for this Life Extension and Happiness Course on Thursdays, Oct.25 and Nov. 1, at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, 59700 Twenty Nine Palms Highway, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Meditation Building. Although no one will be turned away, a donation of $5 per session is requested to cover the cost of printing student materials. After the first session on Thursday, Nov. 8, this course will be closed to new students and you will have to wait for a new Course to start at a later date. It is planned to also offer this Course on the Internet at a free membership website being constructed this week that will review for you all the life extension research being done by scientists throughout the world. You will then be able to access this useful information in the convenience of your home without having to travel to the Retreat Center. There will be a sign on the bulletin board at the front entrance of the Retreat Center giving directions to the Meditation Building where this class is being held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. A free download of a magazine cover story interview with Art Kunkin 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. Copyright 2012 by Art Kunkin, all rights reserved.

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

Week of Oct. 25 -31 Sun In Scorpio Most Affected are Scorpio and All Water Signs. The month will begin in the sign of Scorpio, for Vedic – Libra. For Scorpio: All Plutonian themes such as test of loyalty, concentration, courage or fear, depth and intensity, darkness, mystery, secrets, detection, jealousy, revenge and transformation will rule supreme until Nov. 22. A more heightened awareness of the mysterious, intrigue, sex and the occult. The best side of Scorpio is seen in their devil’s advocate manner, their loyalty to the cause and assisting others for the sake of transformation. The key is to know how to work on transformation of yourself, for yourself and, when to let go by leaving justice in the hands of the Universe. For All Signs: Celebrate this month with respect, action with and towards water around you, water within you; experience the transformational power of Aquatic Pool Yoga or other water sports, exercises, techniques. Best Sacred Geometry: Icosahedron (Water). Best Yantra: The colors Black, Orange or Oxblood.

Oct. 28 Venus Into Libra: Most affected are Libra and All Air Signs. (This includes the sign of Taurus as the planet Venus is also their ruling sign). This transit will continue until Nov. 21. For Libra: Enjoy your new popularity and the


good possibility of romantic interests. This will be one of the best times of the year for your creativity and your love Life. The signs of Taurus and other Libras may figure more prominently. This transit will assist you to open doors so that you’ll gain people’s attention to sell them what you wish to. However, when Venus is in any sign of the Zodiac, the senses are heightened as well; watch what you desire and consume. Whatever you choices are, you will fare better if you begin with your intention from the heart. Exercise and refresh yourself: Enjoy taking a spa, bathe and enjoy mineral salts or aromatherapy oils. For Taurus: An office or business related flirtation is possible. Or, you may want to channel those energies into a successful, creative project. During this period, watch what you desire and consume. For All Signs: At the entry of this transit, there are supersensitive alignments that can have the most innocent of comments rub someone the wrong way. Once the moon moves into the sign of Taurus on Oct. 29, things begin to stabilize; many people may begin to find the pleasure principle more fun than chaos, debates and concerns.

Oct. 29 MercuRy into Sagittarius Most Affected are Sagittarius, Gemini and Virgo. This transit will continue until Nov. 20. For Sagittarius: With the planet of communications and electrical impulses in your sign,


you may feel a surge of energy moving easily, supporting your communications, travel and gadgetry. The sign of Gemini or Virgo may figure more prominently. Words are just words without depth or positive intention behind them. Choose your words carefully to help promote your intention with clarity. Mercury will turn Retrograde a week later while in your sign; prepare and read about this transit. For Gemini: The fun begins the first week of this transit as your communications expand even further as well as your desire to learn more about the spiritual side of Life. The challenges begin once Mercury goes Retrograde while in Sagittarius, a week later. For Virgo: Your ruling planet takes on a little more fun, Fire and assists your ways of thinking. You may choose to view metaphysics with an open mind and learn how to open your heart. The sign of Sagittarius rules prominently. A week later when Mercury goes retrograde, try not to do an “about face”. For All Signs: We are encouraged to take a new route in exploring spiritual paths. Visit a specialty shop such as your local metaphysics, spiritual store that may also sell books, art and music that may speak to your soul. If you cannot leave your home, visit a website that offers the same, on-line.

and may also involve your moral principles. For All Signs: We need not feel struggle to accomplish our goals, but we may feel the weight of change upon us now. If you accept as is, you are ready to make the changes needed. With this Full Moon, light can be shed on where to transform important relationships in our lives. In your meditation, ask the Universe for guidance, cultivate a deeper connection and support from Mother Earth. Best Mantra: YAM. Best Color: Deep Green.

On-Going Astrological Affects:

Oct. 29 Full Moon In Taurus

Uranus Retrograde Most af fecte d are Aquarius. This transit began on July 12 and will continue until Dec. 13. For Aquarius: Your ruling planet is retrograde; the energies are inward. Refrain from displaying negative emotions in front of others. Your best answers will come from within, not always from outside. For All Signs: We need to continue to review some of our ideas, especially if it involves the off-beat, the unusual or the collective group. The revolution continues a little more quietly; rather than hurling it in the faces of others, it turns inward, reaching for inner freedom from psychological limits. Occupy your inner wisdom, your third-eye.

Most Affected are Taurus and All Earth Signs. For Taurus: The Full Moon is in your sign and brings about completion before beginning or taking on something new. It would be best for you to not dig your heels in, but rather, just go with the flow. It is time for letting go from your home, your emotions, or finding courage to say good-bye to the outdated or unhealthy people, places and habitual practices. This Full Moon illuminates a personal issue

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

October 25, 2012

The Girlfriend Factor Hosts Boutique Spa Tour

By Jackie Devereaux PALM DESERT, CA – The Girlfriend Factor is hosting a tour of six elite Desert Hot Springs spas as part of the Greater Palm Springs Spa & Salon Month of festivities in partnership with the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 25. The spa tour starts at 5 p.m. “Our goal is to provide educational grants to adult women so they can go back to school to become self-sufficient,” said Joan Busick, president of The Girlfriend Factor which operates out of Palm Desert. Women must be more than 25 years old to apply and currently the group is sponsoring 32 women in their program from Desert Hot Springs to Indio. “We are a small organization that promotes through a personal connection the needs of women in our community,” Busick added. The Girlfriend Factor sponsors other events to strengthen ties between women and the community such as their annual, “Wine, Chocolate and Shoes” event during Fashion Week in March. Last year’s sponsors were “Girls in the Vineyard” and and “Little Black Dress” hosting the wine segment; Godiva hosting the chocolate segment, and Sacks Fifth Avenue hosting the shoe segment. More than 700 people attended the 2011 event, she said. “Since the annual Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour in February often sells out quickly, this is a great opportunity for spa lovers to visit some of these exceptional spa properties known for their healing waters before the desert’s high season begins,” said Spa & Salon Month Chair Gayle Moore. Desert Hot Springs spas participating in the Oct. 25 spa tour include: Anahata Springs Spa & Retreat, Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa, El Morocco Inn & Spa, Hacienda Hot Springs Inn & Spa, The Spring Resort & Spa, and Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa. The Boutique Spa Tour price is $40 per person and includes tour transportation from Palm Desert to Desert Hot Springs via VIP Cardiff Coach, cocktails and light snack receptions at each resort, discount vouchers, a Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour reusable bag, and entry in Desert Hot Springs spa giveaway drawings. Sponsor Crater Lake Vodka will offer “spa-licious” drinks during the tour. To reserve your space today, visit www.thegirlfriendfactor. org and click on Events.

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Desire Drug for Women?

HSDD aka Female Sexual Dysfunction: Alternatives to Age-Old Problem Part I

There are an approximately six million related articles on the Internet regarding “female sexual dysfunction” (FSD) and believe it or not, I perused an approximate one million in researching this article. Not one of these “related” articles gave a simple, healthy solution to the supposed problem. So I stopped the research and began on the journey, to share with you the proven, new, yet old alternative treatments. The History: Throughout history, Western medicine has pathologized women’s sexuality in order to understand and control it. During the Victorian era, many women with sexual problems were diagnosed as “hysterical.” In your grandmother’s time, women with low desire were said to suffer from frigidity (unable or unwilling to be sexually aroused and responsive). During the feminist movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, things began to change. The medicalizing of woman’s sexual experience was challenged and resisted. Terms such as “nymphomania,” “hysteria” and “frigidity” lost their punch. Presently, the condition of low desire is now called “hypoactive sexual desire disorder” (HSDD) and there are a large number of drug companies competing to find a spray, a pill, a cream or some attractive looking patch to cure it. And, they are also working on a “desire” – drug for women. The risk is that many healthy women will falsely think that they are diseased when in fact they are perfectly healthy and normal. However, it is important to note that some women do suffer from real physiological and emotional problems when they experience a lowering

of their sex drive. There are a number of reasons why your libido can be affected. From early childhood trauamas to hysterectomies and some anti-depressants, and other drugging really do affect libido. However, the majority of women do not suffer from a disease. For many of women, their libidos are influenced by everyday life experiences, in the linear sense: aging, sense of body image, o u r

relationship(s), stress, and past sexual encounters including rape. The History of the 43 Percent Statistic: This number was taken from a sociology survey that was conducted in the early ‘90s to find out what people’s sex lives were like. It was never meant to measure the number of women with a disease. Using exaggerated statistics like 43 percent manipulates women. It also says to large corporations and Wall Street that there is a large market for a drug to treat it. The term, “female sexual dysfunciton” came about in

the late 1990s. When Viagra was released it was such a great success drug for men that companies like Pfizer began to think that there was also a large market for a Viagra for women. The problem was that in order to develop and test a pharmaceutical drug, the FDA required that there be a clearly defined disease. Pfizer and a number of other drug companies sponsored the first meetings on FSD. In the end, 18 of the 19 authors of the definition of the disease had ties to 22 drug companies. This definition was extremely broad: Almost any sexual complaint you may have, whatever causes it, will fall into this “disease category.” In the documentary film, “Orgasm Inc.,” filmmaker Liz Canner followed the pharmaceutical industry over a period of nine years as it raced to develop a female Viagra. They kept claiming they were developing a magic cure, but most of the products did not work much better than a placebo. In fact, in the hearing for Procter and Gamble’s testosterone patch, Intrinsa, one of the doctors on the FDA panel suggested to P&G that they should consider developing a placebo instead because it worked almost as well and there were no side effects. And why side effects? Still laughable, unimaginable to this writer are those drug commercials that we see today that offer the “possible side affects” that are almost as long as the commercial themselves. One the most damaging socio-cultural beliefs popularized by psychoanalysis during the Sigmund Freud era was that women were supposed to have vaginal orgasms every time they had (heterosexual) intercourse. From the groundbreaking work of Alfred Kinsey in 1938 and Shere Hite in the

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or impossible. However, the majority of women are not experiencing sexual dysfunction. In this modern world, men and women have not been given great sex education – for decades. It can be said that there is a connection to why some women can have many orgasms and why some women do not reach orgasm at all. Ancient, cosmic principles provide the answer to both. An Alternative Solution: To this day, modern agriculture is based on ancient principles that use the cosmic powers from our galaxy: This process comes from a foundational blueprint from ancient man. The same is with the principles in understanding the Devine

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DiversitySTAR LA Women’s Theater Presents Pride Night PALM SPRINGS, CA - In celebration of Palm Springs Pride Weekend, The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project presents; “Women’s Pride Night” an evening of Film, Food and Fun on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Mizell Center from 6 to 10:00 p.m., Nov. 3. The event is hosted by TV & Film star Jillian Armenante, (“Judging Amy,” “Scandal,”

“The Dark Knight Rises,” “North Country” “Girl Interrupted”). A social reception with food and drinks begins at 6 p.m. Film presentations will start the night with the commercial campaign of “Artists Against Hate,” including a Q&A with Writer/Director, Valerie Alexander. The Q&A will be followed by a screening of the multi-award winning short

drama, “Slip Away,” written by and starring actress Michelle Bonilla (“E.R.”, “Saving Grace,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”). The event also will showcase the hilarious comedy, “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival by award winning writer/director, Madeleine Olnek.

The event is produced by The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate, educate and create opportunities for Women in the Performing Arts. The Mizell Center, 480 South Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 When: Saturday, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, November 3, 2012

Tickets: $20.00 – www. (Limited Seating.) Contact: Dee Jae Cox (Producer) - Women’s Pride Night and (Artistic Director) – The LA Women’s Theatre Project. 818-4719100 or online at: info@ Aqua Soleil Hotel and Spa Resort located at: 14500

Two Little Words...“I Do” PALM SPRINGS, CA Two little words … “I do” and suddenly your whole world changes. Don’t miss this afternoon and evening of new short plays conceived by Brian Shnipper and written by an A-list lineup of writers with two Pulitzer Prizes, four Obies, one Emmy® and three Tony® nominations, including Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright. Be there as they offer their unique take on the moments before, during and after “I do.”

Witty, warm and occasionally wacky, these plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often-hilarious power of love. “Standing on Ceremony, The Gay Marriage Plays” comes to the Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Art Museum for two performances only on Saturday, Nov. 10. The cast features well-known local celebrities including Comedienne Shann Carr, S i n ge r / Ac t re s s M o n a Caywood, Cabaret star Jerome Elliott, Singer/Actor Charles

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STARCalendar ECONOMIC INVESTMENT FORUM & TOUR Desert Hot Springs – The 2012 Economic Investment Forum & Tour on Nov. 2 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Carl May Center at 11711 West St. Patrick Evans, Meteorologist at KPSP Channel 2 is the Master of Ceremonies. Updates on Wal-Mart, Dollar General and many other projects will be presented along with a special keynote speaker and “Tour of the City” by Cardiff Shuttle. RSVP to 760-329-6411, ext.260 or email KRamos@ GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY Desert Hot Springs – The Palm Springs Unified School District will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Elementary School #18 at 65750 Avenida Jalisco on Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to this free event. Board of Education heads Justin Blake, Richard Clapp, Karen Cornett, Gary Jeandron and Shari Stewart will be on hand. Superintendent of Schools Christine J. Anderson will officiate the ceremony. HISTORICAL SOCIETY SOUP SUPPER Desert Hot Springs – The Historical Society Soup Supper

is on Thursday Oct.25 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Miracle Springs Resort, 10625 Palm Drive. $15 for members and $20 for non members. The buffet includes soup, salad, bread and desserts. Owners and renovators of the Hotel Lautner, Tracy Beckman and Ryan Townbridge, will present a program on their four year renovation of John Lautner’s mid-century hotel. Hotel Lauther is located at 67710 San Antonio St. SOLUTIONS TO BONE HEALTH Desert Hot Springs - The public is invited to “Proven Solutions to Bone Health” presented by Dr. Kenneth C. Howayeck D.P.M. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the Dog Spa Resort & Wellness Center located at 67840 Hacienda Ave. Bone scans available for $20 hosted by Dr. Paula Terifaj. Call 714.335.3090 or go to Seating is limited. 27th ANNUAL TRAM ROAD CHALLENGE 6K RUN/WALK Palm Springs - The 27th Annual Palm Springs Road Challenge, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 a.m.. Registration must be received no later than Oct. 25.


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5th ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY CELEBRATION Palm Springs - The 5th Annual Sustainability Celebration will coincide with the Palm Springs Organic Farmer’s Market, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be hosted by The City of Palm Springs and Mayor Steve Pougnet. CENTER STAGE Palm Springs - Tickets for the 3rd annual Center Stage benefit concert on Nov. 1 headlined by Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program with special guest emcee Ross Mathews at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Ticket prices start at $100 with limited table sponsorships still available. For information, call 760-416-7790 or go to www.

CAT CITY STREET FESTIVAL Cathedral City - The Perez Road Fall Festival is Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free street festival featuring more than100 vendors including the Then and Now Auto Showcases, pet paradise area, pet adoptions and live entertainment. A beer garden, family fun zone and a dance contests for great prizes. The event benefits Save-A-Pet, Animal Samaritans and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, visit or call Astonish Events at 760-406-1414. IS HE DEAD? Palm Desert – “Is He Dead?” a play written by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives and directed by Tres Dean will run from Nov. 9 - 11 and 16 – 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday

48TH ANNUAL PALM DESERT GOLF CART PARADE Palm Desert - The 48th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. on El Paseo with the “American Pride” theme. The parade steps off with the Camp Pendleton Marine Band and 29 Palms Color Guard. “VIP Main Street Seats” at $25 with a boxed lunch. For more information, go to www. WINE TASTING TO BENEFIT ROSIE’S KIDS Indio - Rosie’s Kids is hosting its 2nd annual wine and cheese tasting fundraiser in the 12th Floor Wine Bar at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. Rosie’s Kids strives to help offset the high cost of supplies needed to participate in extracurricular activities for children throughout the Coachella Valley, and helps them to become well-rounded.

STATE OF THE CITY ANNUAL ADDRESS Indio – Indio Chamber of Commerce State of the City Annual Address on Friday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. for the Business Expo luncheon at 11:30 - 1 p.m. at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Cost is $45, $50 for non-members and $320 for a table of eight. RSVP at www.indiochamber. org. Confirmed speakers are: Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack; Thomas Flavin; CEO of CVEP, Dr. Joel Kinnamon , President/Superintendent COD, and Skip Paige, Producer of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Days. SOCIAL NETWORKING MIXER Indio – Indio Chamber of Commerce and Robin Hood Archery are hosting the monthly Chamber Networking Mixer, Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Robin Hood Archery is located at 44901 Golf Center Parkway. Cost is $5 and $15 for non-members. RSVP at 760- 347-0676 or at

TEAM SELECTED... PAGE 1 The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and unlike many other museums, our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. In addition to our aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II — the unparalleled event that shaped the world we live in. Our extensive library and our crew of trained volunteers can provide you details on the aircraft and a sense of the experience of flying them. Additionally, a number of aircraft are open for tours every day. Children of all ages are entranced by the big planes and entertained with related activities, from our kid-sized control tower to flying our simulators. And we’re pet friendly to friendly pets.

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problem areas. As well, the officers will be available to handle specific issues brought to our attention by way of our Community Policing Initiative (CPI) meetings held throughout the city. This team is the first of its kind in the City of DHS, and although they will be working closely with other regionally oriented enforcement teams in the Valley, their focus will be on crime within our city limits. “I’m very pleased to be able to make these appointments with these particular officers. They are each very deserving and I’m confident the Community will greatly benefit from their work in these assignments,” said Chief Kate Singer.

etc...STAR FIREFIGHTERS... PAGE 1 The COD Basic Firefighter Academy is designed for working students with evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and day time classes on Saturdays throughout the Spring and Fall Semesters. The program is constructed to provide students with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and to provide entry-level skills required by most fire departments. College units earned can be applied to an Associate’s degree. Upon successful completion of the academy, students will be eligible to receive their State of California Firefighter I Certificate. Prerequisites to the academy include: Minimum age of 18 to apply; Possession of a current California EMT certification; possession of a transcript of FIT

1 (Fire Protection Organization) or college level equivalent.; current Physical Abilities Test Certificate (Biddle or CPAT completed within one year prior to the first day of the academy). Applications are due no later than Dec. 1 and are available on the COD website www. collegeofthedesert. edu by clicking Academic Programs, Fire Technology, State Fire Marshall Training (Basic Firefighter Academy). Applications may also be picked up in person at the PSA lobby on the main COD campus Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. pm. Completed hard copy applications should be dropped off in person at the PSA lobby or mailed to: College of the Desert, 43500 Monterrey Avenue, Palm Desert,

Thousand PalmS... PAGE 1 and the Thousand Palms Community Park are within short walking distance from the community. Legacy is named in honor of the late Supervisor Roy Wilson, who supported the project and helped facilitate the project through the county. “Supervisor Wilson’s vision and tireless dedication initiated and made this development possible,” said Dan Horn, President and CEO of Palm Communities. “I was able to share in Roy’s vision because my father, Dana

Horn, instilled in me the same intense desire to provide safe and decent affordable housing for those most in need.” The former Redevelopment Agency for the County of Riverside contributed $7.3 million toward the $24.4 million total project cost. Approximately $1.6 million came from the Mental Health Services Act. The Riverside County Department of Mental Health’s Homeless/Housing, Opportunities Partnership and Education Program will serve clients in 15 units of supportive

housing. The project began construction in March 2011 and was completed and fully leased by May 31, 2012. The project’s environmental design incorporated energy and water saving systems and nontoxic building materials. Architectural features include stone veneers, tile roofs, varied stucco finishes, articulated entries and architectural projections. Tours and refreshments will be available after the ceremony. To RSVP, please email TPLRSVP@


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