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Kindergarteners Tour Local College


PALM DESERT, CA—The kindergarten class at Cielo Vista Charter School has adopted College of the Desert (COD) to learn more about continuing their education after high school. The visit on Oct. 26 began with a welcome by a College Administrator at the Hilb Building. The Office of Student Life took the 150 children on a tour of the campus. Stops included the nursery in Agriculture; Diesel Mechanics

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Palm Springs held its annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival last weekend. On Friday Nov. 2 awards were given to many people for their efforts for equality and volunteerism. One hundred and twentyeight performers entertained on seven stages at Sunrise Park and downtown Palm Springs. There were three dance venues, food vendors and HIV/AIDS booths with information on the disease and where to find support if needed. The Greater Palms Springs Pride Parade was Jump to page 23

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where an exhibit of an air bag and vehicles; and the Public Safety Academy (PSA) where the children were able to interact with representatives from CAL FIRE, Palm Desert’s Citizens on Patrol, a California Highway Patrol Unit and a PSA Module II student. Presentations at each location visit lasted about 15 minutes with a ‘hands-on’ approach. They finished the tour at the Public Safety Academy where the children ate their own

sack lunch. Each year ever y kindergarten class at Cielo Vista Charter adopts a college or university to learn about throughout the year. All students learn about their chosen school and other institutes of higher learning, and are encouraged to continue their education after high school as part of Cielo Vista’s No Excuses University Program. Jump to page 23

Palm Springs Prided Parade entrant

Mole Day with COD to the COD campus and participated in a college-level chemistry lab. Students spent four hours on the COD campus and worked Professor Joana Ciurash experiments with class with Associate Chemistry PALM DESERT, CA—The Professor Joana Ciurash’s Marywood-Palm Valley chemistry lab on projects (MWPV) School’s 10th including single and double grade chemistry students displacements reactions, joined College of the Desert melting point experiments, chemistry students on Oct. titration experiments, 26, to celebrate a holiday and gas chromatography nationally recognized by experiments. MWPV chemistry teachers: Mole chemistry teacher William Day. Twenty-one Marywood- Kim said his chemistry Palm Valley students traveled students were excited about

being in a college-level chemistry lab. “The students will be making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. They can’t wait,” Kim said. COD contacted Kim to invite his class to the campus to celebrate Mole Day. “This would not have been possible if not for the overwhelming support from the past and current college presidents and deans,” Ciurash said. “My goal in taking students to celebrate Mole Day is to help them see the bigger picture for chemistry and its applications,” explained Kim. “I am excited to help make chemistry relevant to our students and want the students to see Jump to page 23

Cielo Vista Charter School kindergarten class with Palm Desert Fire Department at COD

2012 Veterans Day Parade

PALM SPRINGS, CA - Up to 20,000 people are expected downtown for the 16th Annual

Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade, Sunday, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day Parade, which is always a powerful and poignant event, pays tribute to those who have served to protect our freedoms. The parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road and heads north on Palm Canyon, concluding at Alejo. This year’s

parade will pay special tribute to the late Agua Caliente Tribal Chairman Richard M. Milanovich, a veteran of the United States Army, who passed away earlier this year. The theme is “Honoring All Who Served.” For the fourth year in a row, the Veterans Day National Committee of the Jump to page 23

STARNews Economic Investment Photos and Story by Bruce Montgomery DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - The 2012 Economic Investment Tour and Forum Program in Desert Hot Springs took place on Friday, Nov. 2. It was hosted by Heather Coladonato, Chief Executive Officer of the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Patrick Evans, KPSP local Channel 2 meteorologist. After opening remarks by DHS Mayor Yvonne Parks special guest Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley spoke. The boxing champion owns and operates a tire business in Desert Hot Springs. The bulk of the morning was a tour of the city via bus, led by Councilmember Scott

Matas and Mayor Pro Tem Jan Pye. Two stops were made along the way: first to tour the new Health and Wellness Center, the second for a close up look at a local spa. Upon return from the tour, guests were treated to lunch, followed by economic updates given by four special speakers. Michael B ra cke n s p o ke Tour of Boys and Girls Club and Health and Wellness Center regarding economic opportunities. Geoff Payne of just north of I-10 on Indian attendance. People interested Tahiti Partners unveiled plans Canyon. The final speaker in learning more about for the Pierson Plaza mixed was Nick Wirick of Lee and the economic investment use commercial center. Chad Associates, who spoke on the opportunities in Desert Hot Springs should contact Froman of ARES management topic “What Retailers Want.” unveiled plans for a West This first ever Economic Michael Bracken (760) 272Coachella Valley Logistics Forum and Tour was deemed 9136 or opportunities@ Center project to be located a great success by those in

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The Palm Springs Unified School District broke ground on a new elementary School Friday, Nov. 2 to be named Bella Vista Elementary located at 65750 Avenida Jalisco in Desert Hot Springs. Bella Vista is the district’s 17th elementary school and is slated to be complete in the

Officer Lisa Silverman, Desert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks, and Board of Education President Richard Clapp.

Audience of civic leaders at the Economic Investment Forum

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County Superintendent Kenn Young spring of 2014. Students and staff from Edward Wenzlaff Elementary will be relocated there. Wenzlaff Elementary will then be the new home to the Desert Hot Springs Alternative Center. Speakers at the ceremony included Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenn Young, Office of Public School Construction Acting Executive

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LocalSTAR Community Police Indio Public Safety Academy Graduation Awards Ceremony

DHS Mayor Yvonne Parks and City Manager Rick Daniels presents certificates The Desert Hot Springs Police Department and the City presented certificates of completion to 19 residents at the seventh Community Police Academy on Monday Oct. 29. The eight week class met on Monday nights for three hours at the Henry V. Lozano Community Center at Guy J. Tedesco Park and culminated with a potluck attended by alumni, city staff, and police personnel. The Academy is part of the department’s C o m m u n i t y Po l i c i n g Initiative and is designed to provide an in-depth look at department practices, personnel, and the criminal justice system. Students will meet and interact with staff including the Chief of Police, Operations

and Administrative Commanders, Sergeants, Patrol Officers, Special E n fo rc e m e n t Te a m s , Detectives, Crime Scene I nve st i ga to r s , C r i m e P reve n t i o n O f f i c e r s , Dispatchers, and representatives from the District Attorney’s office. Many topics are discussed and include Community Policing, Use of Force, Narcotics, Gangs, Patrol Operations, Parolees, Criminal Prosecution (what happens after the arrest), Crime Scene Investigation, Department Weapons, and Police Academy life to name a few. A station tour and ride along with an officer is also encouraged. We believe that the Community Police Academy

provides an invaluable opportunity for residents, city and police staff, to come together and create a rapport, build relationships, and put a name and face to who might otherwise have been a phone call. In this way the relationship becomes more personal and strengthens the resolve to work together on community issues. The Academy is open to adult residents of DHS and surrounding county areas; 16-17 year olds may attend with a parent or legal guardian. We encourage residents to sign up for our next class which runs Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. starting March 5, 2013 and ends April 23, 2013. Applications are due three weeks prior to the start date. As class size is limited please submit your applications early. Applications can be obtained from the city web site at www.cityofdhs. org/Community_Police_ Academy, or at the Police Department lobby located at 65950 Pierson Blvd., in DHS.

Tiara Jones Recognized for Public Safety

Tiara Jones was recognized by DHS PD Sgt. Guerrero for her public safety. Jones was on Hacienda Drive when

she witnessed a hit and run car accident. She called 911, responded to the victim and kept him calm while help arrived.

In addition, during an interview by Sgt. Guerrero, Jones provided good descriptions of the car that had left the scene. She is in our Public Safety Academy at DHSHS. Sgt. Guerrero said that when he asked her why she had responded so appropriately, it was because of the training she’d been receiving in the PSA. We are very proud of her,” said DHS HS Principal Anne Kalisek, Ed.D.

INDIO, CA - The Indio Police Department and Indio Fire Department announced the recipients from the Annual City of Indio Public Safety Awards Ceremony for the calendar year of 2011/2012 that was celebrated this past Sunday Oct. 28. The departments presented their distinguish service, meritorious service, outstanding service, bravery award and employees of the year. This year’s breakfast ceremony was held at Heritage Palms Country Club, 44-291 South Heritage Palms Country Club Street. The event was hosted by Heritage Palms Country Club and community donations which we thank for all their support that made this event possible. The City Council, City Manager and other community dignitaries attended the awards event. POLICE CADET of THE YEAR: Police Cadet Felipe Escalante and Police Cadet Denise Oropeza POLICE VOLUNTEER of THE YEAR: Cold-Case Investigator Volunteer Peter Slaviero POLICE EMPLOYEE of THE YEAR: Records Specialist Lina De Larosa RESERVE POLICE OFFICER of THE YEAR: Reserve Police Officer Javier Romero POLICE DISPATCHER of THE YEAR: Police Dispatcher Maria Romero POLICE HIGH ACHIEVER of THE YEAR: Detective Kelly Hawkins POLICE OFFICER of THE YEAR: Corporal Lisa Corton INDIO POLICE DEPARTMENT & INDIO FIRE DEPARMENT BRAVERY AWARD: Corporal Lisa Corton Police Officers Joe Sparks, Joe

Osmond, Craig Sanetrick and Kathleen Doyle MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD POLICE: Police Officers Jason Polanco, Jeremy Hellawell, Oscar Santos, Larry Hammers, Leo Perafan, Austin Studer. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD POLICE: 36 Members of Indio Police Dept. were awarded FIREFIGHTER of THE YEAR: Firefighter Bill Boyd FIRE PARAMEDIC of THE YEAR: Fire Captain Jose Rodriquez FIRE SUPPORT STAFF of THE YEAR: Monica L. Rodriguez MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD FIRE: Fire Captain Brent Norwine DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FIRE: Firefighter Travis Ames For more information contact: Indio Police PIO office (760) 391-4037 or pager (760) 776-3359

On November 2, 2012, at approximately 2212 hours, Officers from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department located a stolen vehicle and subsequently went in pursuit when the driver failed to yield in the area of Two Bunch Palms Trail and Verbena Drive. The vehicle had been previously reported stolen to the San Bernardino Police Department earlier in the day. The vehicle entered the desert area north of Two Bunch Palm Trail and west of Cholla Drive. With the assistance of several allied agencies, the investigation lead to the arrest of Steven Padilla. The investigation is on-going to determine if Padilla has been involved in several similar incidents involving Coachella Valley law enforcement agencies. Anyone with information is urged to contact Investigator Steinhaus at (760) 329-2904 X 331 or the Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous at (760) 341-STOP (7867). Padilla was subsequently booked at the Riverside County Jail in Banning with the above mentioned charges.

Tiara Jones honored by DHS Police Safety Academy Team

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I can’t help but laugh when I see an orange juice (OJ) commercial on TV. The 30 second spot usually begins with a shot of a married couple waking up from a restful nights sleep. They stretch, smile, and get out of bed. The next scene is from their back yard patio pouring cold OJ into fine crystal glasses. They are looking into a meadow with a beautiful trout filled stream running through it, and a mare and her foal galloping across the field. There are a lot of chirping birds in the background singing away. The last frames are of them drinking their OJ and heading off to work in their BMW’s. I can buy into that vision. I’m sure it happens like that somewhere and where it does, good for them. But here is the more likely scenario. The alarm rings. It’s 6 a.m. A dad gets out of bed alone. His wife is not home yet. She’s working the grave yard shift at the factory and has two more hours before she clocks out. The dad has three kids to get ready for school, has to make breakfast and get himself ready for his job as the sales manager at a new car dealership. Sales have been slow lately because so many good folks lost their credit during the Great Recession and can’t qualify for a new car loan. He’s behind on his bills and the Regional Director is pressuring him to meet this month’s sales quota. To put it mildly, he is under a mountain of stress. But he decides to make a choice on how the day will unfold.

He starts his day with enthusiasm and the belief that everything will be okay. He sits down with the kids for their morning meal, he pours them fresh OJ, and says a prayer. “Lord, thank you for this meal we are about to receive, and thank you for the blessings our family enjoys in this great country of America.” A few minutes later, the school bus shows up and the kids climb aboard; dad drives 25 minutes to go 10 miles. But it doesn’t bother him a bit. It’s a sunshine kind of day in his mind. Here’s the point: Television gives us an image they would like us to believe - the moms and dads in the world live in a completely different reality. It’s a reality of hard work, choosing which bills to pay, and wondering in some cases if they’ll have jobs six months from now. Elvis sang a song with this line:“The man who can sing when he doesn’t have a thing is the King of the whole wide world.” When faced with problems and challenges, we as humans have a free will to make choices. The choices we make can affect every aspect of our business and personal lives. Do we make a

Randy Pausch wrote an Can anyone imagine a world inspirational book on living while today without this wonderful he was dying. It’s a motivational Superstar? Never ever be afraid piece titled “The Last Lecture.” I’d to try anything if the passion for encourage every one to read it. something burns within you, no Pausch chose to seize every living matter how hopeless it may seem moment with a positive attitude at the time. I want to leave you today with and enter death’s door on his own terms. a poem written by Ralph Acosta that While Senator McCain and I carried this in my pocket for years Pausch a r e extreme positive examples o f choosing to climb By Frances Allen o n e ’s symbolic personal

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mountains on one’s own terms, most of us will never have to choose life or death in our daily decisions. Since that is the case, that should make it easier to not cave in to a victim mentality and become disillusioned, disheartened or depressed when confronted with our own mundane daily tribulations.

before giving it to a young man who reminded me of myself. I know how powerful and motivational these words have been through my tough days. This poem, “Words from Zig Ziglar,” and my Bible, have helped me become a success. I hope this message today will be an inspiration to you, your employees and your family.

“Lord, thank you for this meal we are about to receive, and thank you for the blessings our family enjoys in this great country of America.” positive “glass half full” choice? Or do we make a “glass half empty” choice, submit to failure and give up? Senator John McCain was offered his freedom in 1968 while being held captive as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. There was one condition. His friends and fellow prisoners had to remain behind. McCain said if his friends couldn’t leave, he wasn’t leaving. McCain chose to endure five more years of torture in prison instead of abandoning his fellow POW’s. That choice made him a national hero and a legend in our nation’s armed forces. That act alone won the hearts of people around the world.

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Another favorite true story of mine is that of Carrie Underwood. In 2005, she heard auditions for “American Idol” were being held in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her mother drove nine hours from their farm home in Oklahoma where Underwood used to sing to the livestock. Upon arriving, Underwood saw 35,000 other signers waiting to try out. She said to her mother that there was no way she could possibly be chosen and they should just turn around and head back to Oklahoma. Her mother, having faced and overcome her own trials in life, said she had to at least try so she would never wonder “what if?”

“Keep climbing. Every mountain has a top that can be reached!” “When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit – rest if you must, but don’t you quit.” “Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tint in the clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are, it might be near when it seems afar; so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”



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By Frances Allen Festival of Lights Parade What’s billed as the “biggest holiday event in the Coachella Valley,” attracting residents and tourists alike? According to local hoteliers it’s the annual Festival of Lights Parade, this year to be held in downtown Palm Springs on Dec. 1. The parade starts at 5:45 p.m. and begins at Palm Canyon Drive and Ramon Road, ending at Tamarisk Road. Legendary movie producer Jerry Weintraub will serve as Grand Marshall of the parade, while a new position, that of the parade’s Guardian Angel, was created for local community leader and philanthropist, Helene Galen. Special attractions of the parade this year will be holyday-themed floats, giant Macy’s-style balloons along with ol’ Saint Nick and his reindeer riding aboard the Jackie Lee Houston Santa Clause Express, in honor of the woman who, throughout the years, made so many days seem like Christmas for so many people.

Les Dames du Soleil Most readers know what it’s like when the kids turn 18. They want to go out into the world and try to make it on their own, leaving behind an empty nest or at least an empty bedroom with closets containing the remnants of clothes worn in a bygone era. It’s enough to get some adults all chocked up. Sadly, that’s the way it was earlier this month when, after 18 years, the Valley’s much-loved drag troupe, Les Dames du Soleil, gave their final performance. Founded nearly a

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generation ago by two successful businessmen, Marshall Pearcy (who performed under the stagename Dottie DuBois) and Douglas Woodmansee (better known as Maude Chapeau), the Dames raised nearly $2 million for charity by their performances in clubs, or just serving as “greeters” at Desert gals events with their brand of humorous, tasteful, drag entertainment. It all began as a ‘party

act’ engaged in by Pearcy and Woodmansee, but the founders wanted to give back to the Desert - an area they found so personally welcoming - and they expanded their troupe to include other talented performers, such as local caterer and chef Aturo Montes (Rita Del Taco) and Al Johnson (Lisa Karr), who lip-synced to the music of anyone, from pop singers to operatic divas. Starting from small beginnings, Les Dames made Desert Aids Project the principle beneficiary of their performances, raising more than $1 million for that group, alone. However, other charities were not forgotten, and Les Dames raised nearly $1 million for various Desert children and animal charities. It was truly a labor of love. Each Dame paid their own expenses, from

designing and sewing their elaborate costumes to paying for gas to get to the varying performances. Every dime went to the charity being supported. Les Dames final event was held before a packed ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. Here guests stuffed paper money down the

dresses and waistbands of the performers all in an effort to raise a minimum amount of $100,000; the amount that Tim Hanlon, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation, had promised to match dollarfor-dollar, raised at the event. (I have it on good authority that the bank balance of the Wells Fargo Foundation is about $100,000 less today than it was a few days ago). It was a bittersweet evening, driven home by the entire cast as they repeatedly turned their backs to the audience as they performed the final song, “Stop, In The Name of Love,” signifying that Les Dames were truly their wit’s end. HIV/AIDS is often thought of a male-borne disease, but 10 percent of the nearly 2,200 clients of Desert AIDS Project (DAP) are women who face different needs than male patients

in dealing with the physical and emotional affects of the disease. Plus, women are often more reluctant to acknowledge that they have HIV, especially when children are involved. To meet this need, DAP has inaugurated “100 Woman,” a donor program devoted to raising money for the needs of women and children affected in some way by HIV. Currently DAP women’s program has 73 members, each of whom give at least $1,500 per year to the program. But, while this is a sizable amount for some people, you can benefit the 100 Women program, and yourself, by shopping at Desert AIDS Projects chain of Revivals thrift shops throughout the Valley. Not only will you find bargains, by shopping at a Revivals you will also be contributing to nearly 25 percent of DAP’s total funding. This year also marks the second-annual DAPpresented “Dancing with the Desert Stars,” to be held on Nov. 16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs. The event, hosted by Desertliving John Barrowman, star of television’s “Arrow” and “Torchwood,” will have local residents and ‘professional’ partners vying for recognition as the Desert’s best dancers. DAP’s 100 Women program will be the beneficiary of the receipts of Dancing with the Desert Stars. For any information on DAP and its events, please call 760-323-2118.

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Benefits Local Pet Shelter Great Autos of Yesteryear

Cathedral City, CA - Blue skies and sunshine greeted all visitors to the Doral Resort last weekend when Great Autos of Yesteryear put on its annual car show to benefit the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. For the second year, car enthusiasts have chosen the new animal shelter to receive proceeds from the show, as well as the raffle of a 1973 Ford Thunderbird. The automobile was donated by a member of the car group; last year’s winner even donated the vehicle back to the shelter, which was then auctioned off by McCormick’s auto auction at the Agua Caliente Casino. The show featured more than 70 different cars such as a 1914 Ford Model-T and a 2008 Bentley Brooklands Coupe. A large part of the show featured cars form the 1950s through the mid-1970s. More than 1,000 people toured the emerald green golf course. The Doral hosted the event for the first time and the crowd agreed by measure of their applause, when asked by Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Ginny Foat about the move. The show was open to the public and cost $10. If you missed it this year, watch out for 2013!

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Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” A Smash Hit At The Box Office Disney’s animated comedy adventure “WreckIt Ralph” was a smash hit this past weekend, breaking box office records by earning $49.1 million in just three days. Wow! It has also become a darling with the critics. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times began her review by saying “It’s not just the joystick junkie in me that admires “WreckIt Ralph”….The movie’s subversive sensibility and old-school/new-school feel are a total kick.” And Peter Travers, RollingStone, dubbed it “Hilarious.” “Wreck-It Ralph” takes us back to the 80’s when Arcade games were the rage. For a quarter kids and teen-agers could grab a joy stick and manipulate the characters within their video game of choice. As the film begins Ralph (voiced by John



By Theda Kleinhaus Reichman C. Reilly) is busy demolishing a big high rise building, breaking its windows with his oversized fists. He is the bad guy of the game called “Fix It Felix Jr.” Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) is the hero who scampers about, fixing and repairing the damage Ralph has caused with his magic hammer. All the little characters in their game admire Felix, but over-sized Ralph is an outcast who, when the Arcade closes, is relegated to the junkyard where he leads a very

lonely life. To help ease his unhappiness and isolation he eventually takes part in a Villain’s Support Group where the bad guys go to commiserate their under appreciated roles in their Arcade games. They also try to comfort themselves by affirming “bad is good.“ Like “Toy Story,” the game characters have a life of their own when the Arcade closes for the night and no humans are around. After hours they can step outside of their game boxes

and enter into the empty Arcade via “Game Central Station” for a change of pace. For 30 years Ralph has been demolishing a big high rise building by day, then leading a lonely life after hours. As he returns to his game box on the night of their 30th anniversary he discovers there is a big 30 year celebration party going on and every one from the game is socializing, but he has not been invited. His role as the bad guy, coupled with his very large size in comparison to all the other game characters, has kept him isolated and this night he decides to join the group, much to their dismay. When he is totally rejected he sets off to prove to them that he

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is a hero at heart. To do this, Ralph enters another game box in order to win a medal to gain peer acceptance. The next game we encounter is a macho warstyled game called “Hero’s Duty” where Ralph hopes to win a gold medal for bravery. Here he meets Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch of TV’s “Glee”) who looks super sexy, but she is tough as nails. He is able to win a medal, but unleashes a super computer bug in the process. When he runs off with his medal, he is followed by Calhoun in hot pursuit. To escapes from the “Hero Duty” game with his prize, Ralph dashes into the “Sugar Rush” computer box, a game, filled with all sorts of sweets and confections where a big race to the finish takes place over and over every day. Soon soft-hearted Ralph runs into a little computer glitch named Vanellope Von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), a pixilated outcast in her game world and eventually they become reluctant friends and allies. If you were an Arcade game player in your youth, you will recognize the historic characters from vintage games, but even if you are not, the story will make sense. There is a sweetness to the plight of both Ralph and spirited Vanellope, who just wants to race like the other little gals in her game. In a non-preachy way, the story explores the

Scene from “Wreck-It Ralph” importance of friendship, love and acceptance. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action violence. If you are in the LA area you may want to check out “Wreck-It Ralph” in 3-D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood where it will run thru December 18. Along with the film there is live

stage show featuring Disney’s newest characters, Ralph and Vanellope, who perform on stage with the El Capitan DJ. There is also audience participation and prizes. After the film you can enjoy a large display of artwork and models including a whole confection display depicting the domain of “Sugar Rush.” Bring your cell phone or camera because you can photograph the kids with a giant model of Ralph in the lobby area. For tickets and information call 1-800-DISNEY6 or on line at

EntertainmentSTAR A Wide Range Of Releases Celebrate The Art Of Music Making Artist: Paper Route Album: The Peace Of Wild Things (Tree of Hearts)

Day shares much with spiritually-leaning outfits such as U2, Jars of Clay and Switchfoot when it comes to constantly adding more textures and colors into their sonic mix. On Third Day’s newly-issued “Miracle” (released Nov. 6) the Marietta, Georgiabased outfit has fused its

Legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), Southern rockers Third Day and Nashville, Tennessee-based Paper Route all have new collections highlighting strong songcraft and potent performances. Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival Title: Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Neil Young, John Fogerty, The Doors. Tell me more: Likely the strongest collection of Creedence Clearwater Revival ever released, the aptlytitled “Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival” (released on Nov. 6, 2012) features 40 of CCR’s best studio recordings from 1967-1972 on two CDs, as well as a third disc featuring choice live cuts recorded by the band during its magnificent but

brief five-year existence. In addition to all of the glorious music (“Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” “Lodi” and so much more) there is a 19-page illustrated booklet featuring a thoughtful retrospective of the El Cerrito, Californiaspawned quartet and notes about each of the tracks.

Artist: Third Day Title: Miracle (Provident Label Group) You might be interested in buying this if you like: Three Doors Down, Switchfoot, Daughtry. Tell me more: One of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, Third

You might be interested in buying this if you like: Neon Trees, Thomas Dolby, Depeche Mode, Jars of Clay. Tell me more: Like Neon Trees, Nashvillebased Paper Route has found new creative pay dirt in the synthpop that defined much of ‘80s new wave. On the group’s latest album, the wonderful “The Peace Of Wild Things,” the band’s retro-tinged attack shines thanks to


Worth Buying By Robert Kinsler straightforward Southern rock edge with the magic touch of well-known producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Train, The Killers) to add elements such as layered guitars and harmonies, an artful song-within-asong arrangement on one track and sing-along vocals throughout. Listeners even get to hear singer Mac Powell use a falsetto (hereto never utilized by the vocalist). The touches are not dramatic, but grace the material in a way that works. Highlights on the disc include the powerful “Hit Me Like A Bomb,” melodious “Kicking and Screaming” and affecting “I Need A Miracle.”

an authentic collection of songs. From the dashing electronica of “Love Letters” and infectious “Two Hearts” to the Thomas Dolbyminded experimental craft of “Glass Heart Hymn” and R&B-aided “You and I” there is a broad brush used by Paper Route that defies simple description. In the end, it’s all about the music. And good music it is.

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the Entertainment Don Rickles and Tony Orlando Appearing Together at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino INDIO, CA – Don Rickles is one of comedy’s most famous funnymen and Tony Orlando is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. On Friday, Feb. 8 the two of them will appear together on stage at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. For almost 60 years, Rickles has appeared in to p s h ow ro o m s and concert halls throughout the U.S. and internationally. The Emmy Award winner is regarded among the world’s top entertainers. The legendary master of putdowns is known as the prototypical “insult comic.” Rickles Comedian Don Rickles has done more than just comedy, his film career includes Beach Party films from the 1960’s to Casino in 1995 to sitcoms. He even voiced Mr. Potato Head in three Toy Story films. It is said that no entertainer can move and excite an audience like Orlando, who brings to the stage a warm and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. From a million selling records, five number one hits, a popular television variety series, movies and Broadway, Tony Orlando has conquered Singer Tony Orlando every facet of show business. Orlando remains one of America’s best loved personalities. He has been a recipient of three American Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Orlando has played to packed arenas and for five Presidents. His universal appeal has bridged many a generation gap. Tickets for the 8 p.m. Rickles/Orlando performance went on sale Friday, Nov. 2 for $59, $49, $39, call 800-827-2946 or online at





Dominican Rebublic, Paint the Plane “Know Me” Program Dominican Republic

It’s been 50 years since bikini-clad Ursula Andress strolled down a Jamaican beach in “Dr. No,” the first of nearly two-dozen movies produced by the James Bond film franchise. And while some may have enjoyed the action, the pseudo sophistication of 007 or Bond’s

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beautiful playmates, everyone can agree that each film was sure to have the most exotic destinations in the world as a backdrop. Although Monte Carlo and Venice are some of the most picturesque places in Europe, they’re expensive and the cost of a journey in Bond’s shoes throughout Europe would equal the budget of a small country. However there are three Bond locations that won’t require you to take a lien on your house in order to pay your hotel bill. Of course there are beach resorts of the Caribbean featured throughout the Bond films; but, some can be pricey. So, what about the Dominican Republic?

Bond was there, prices are still reasonable and activity abounds, from water sports to visiting the many local markets. Tourists are beginning to discover the Dominican Republic and it’s best to do so before the island’s historic charm and beach lifestyle become eroded. Want something in a Bond location that is a bit more exotic, with the thrill of being in a place where the language, food and atmosphere are widely distinct to that at home, try Tunisia. This North African country still offers good value for your dollars as you explore its culture and heritage. For those tourists who want to enjoy some exciting

nightlife after spending carefree days on the beach, the Greek island of Rhodes offers an extensive selection of bars and clubs that will satisfy anyone’s craving to party hardy.

Paint the Plane Contest Readers of this column have probably noticed that I am a fan of tail art, the term used to describe the distinguishing designs or images that are painted on a commercial jetliner’s tail. It’s a way for carriers to distinguish themselves and is more common with smaller, foreign airlines – two notable U.S. exceptions being Alaska and Frontier Airlines. A few weeks ago, we featured Alaska’s Boeing 737 painted as a giant salmon. Now, Alaska Airlines, which services Palm Springs, is at it again. This time the airline has appointed a panel of 10 judges for its statewide “Paint the Plane” contest, an event that invites Hawaiian schoolchildren to create artwork honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State that may adorn a 737. Why an airplane dedicated to the Aloha Spirit? Alaska flies to Hawaii from the mainland, and its great advertising. The student with the winning submission will have his or her design painted on an Alaska Airlines aircraft, a trip for four to any of the airline’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship. Students in K-12 from public, private and home schools



By Sherman Fridman have until the end of November to submit designs; the newly liveried aircraft is scheduled to be revealed at a public event in

China Air Hawaii in the spring of 2013. While there is a chance that Palm Springs travelers may catch a glimpse of the new Hawaiian-themed Alaska Airlines airplane, it is unlikely (unless you are at LAX) that we will see the uniquely-painted Boeing 777-300ER recently delivered to Air China. Given the fuselage-name of “Smiling China,” the new aircraft – the tenth B777-300ER in Air China’s fleet – marks the 40th anniversary of Boeing’s entry into the Chinese aircraft market and features 40 Chinese smiling faces on its rear fuselage. The livery is meant to carry the message that China is a confident, sincere, friendly and optimistic country in which to do business. Of the 40 chosen faces, 20 are employers of Air China, while the other 20 are globaltraveling passengers.

“Know Me” Program British Airways, the flag carrier of the home of the bespoke suit, is now claiming that BA will offer bespoke passenger service before, during and after a flight. However, some may think that is not such a good thing, and here’s why. The airline is launching a new computer-based program known as “Know Me.” According to airline officials, the program was developed over the past several years; its purpose, to collate a wealth of data from every experience a customer has with the airline. The program is able to send customer-specific information about anyone in the system to anyone who has access to the system. Not only will the system enable the crew to feed back information about their most loyal passengers, enabling the airline to further personalize the service they receive on their next trip, the system has some scary features as well, such as enabling employees to search Google Images for a photo of specific customers so they can recognize them as soon as they enter the airport or aircraft and “proactively” approach them. According to Jo Boswell, head of customer analysis at British Airways, “This is just the start though – the system has a myriad of possibilities for the future.” That, Ms Boswell, is exactly the basis of our concern.

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FinanceSTAR When is the best time to start drawing Social Security? Investment KnowHow When is the best time to start drawing Social Security? This is perhaps one of the most misunderstood questions we will face during our lifetime. A Google search yielded more than 11 million results. It’s obviously something that has a lot of interest. Social Security (SS) is a tad complicated. There are actually 2,728 rules in the SS Handbook. Are they serious? Many folks are already retired so this is a non-issue for them, right? Well, not so fast. You are allowed to start, stop, and then restart your benefits. That means existing beneficiaries may want to consider a change. Please understand this is a complex decision that hinges on many variables and every situation is different. If you start to draw benefits early and are married, you may get hit with a larger than normal penalty because your spouse’s benefits will be reduced for their lifetime. If you are still working and will lose part of your Social Security benefits because you exceed the earnings threshold ($14,640 in 2012), then you probably should wait to start taking your benefits. You will lose $1 dollar in benefits for every $2 you earn in excess of that amount. If you start to draw benefits early, you will lose from 20 percent to 30 percent of your higher benefit amount compared to waiting until later in life. If you calculate that impact on a spouse’s benefit, the reduction can

become much larger. So you have to be careful. Your benefit is calculated on your 35 highest average years of income. If you work less than 35 years, those years will be credited with zero earnings and it will lower your SS benefit. Some people can work a little longer and replace zero or lower income years to help boost the calculation. Please know too that if you are receiving a state or federal

pension, your SS benefits will likely be offset so that has to be considered. The one area that I have never seen addressed with on-line SS calculators or in articles giving you advice on what to do, is if you postpone your start date until later and have to spend money that you’ve saved for retirement, what about the opportunity loss on the money that you spent from your personal savings? What if a married client can receive a benefit of

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By Kevin Powell $1,811 at age 62 or a higher benefit of $2,499 at age 66 or their normal retirement age (NRA)? What should they do? What if they return to work at some point. If that client started drawing their benefits at age 62, they would receive $86,928 over the next four years. If we divide that amount by the extra money they will get at age 66 for their life ($688 monthly) you get about 10.5 years. That means if this client lives for at least 10.5 years or to age 76.5, they would have been better off waiting to start drawing benefits. However, we have to consider that if this client waits until age 66 to start benefits, they will spend $86,928 from their savings. That money will be lost forever and won’t continue to grow for their future needs. Being extremely conservative, $86,928 at a four percent appreciation rate for roughly 17 years (average life expectancy of 79), amounts to a loss of $169,327. If we divide that by the difference in monthly benefits ($688), then this client’s break-even is pushed out to 20.5 years. That means they’d have to live to age 86.5; much longer than life expectancy to break-even by waiting to start their benefits.

If the client had to draw this money from their retirement accounts and they were in a 30 percent combined tax bracket, their losses would be even higher. If we increase the $86,928 of lost capital by roughly 30 percent to account for taxes, then the potential loss swells to more than $113,000. $113,000 invested at four percent for 17 years swells to $220,112 and the break-even point is a whopping 26.6 years or this client would have to live to age 92.5 to make waiting a good decision. This is an understated scenario because I believe the client should earn more than four percent on their investment returns over 17 – 26 years. Plus who knows what Social Security will look like in 20 plus years. If this client were to return to work, they could start, stop and then restart their benefits at a higher amount later in life. That’s one reason why this decision is not a onetime issue for everyone. This is not a decision of a few hundred dollars every month. It’s a decision of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Be sure you review all options to insure you make the best decision possible for your situation. Kevin Powell has been a financial advisor for the past 27 years working with clients and businesses nationwide.

November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving at the Tram

PALM SPRINGS, CA - Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and hike through the majestic forest of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Enjoy the spectacular view of the desert below, listen to the call of the wilderness and relax. The first Tram up Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 22-25, will be at 8 a.m., last Tram up 8 p.m., and last Tram down 9:45 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, Ride ‘n’ Dine combination tickets, which include Tram admission and dinner at the Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant, will be available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. Tickets for the combination are $36 adults and seniors and $23.50 children ages three to 12. The holiday menu will include a mixed greens salad with vinaigrette, carved Turkey, home style stuffing, vegetable Lasagna, roasted potatoes and buttered corn. Dinner roll and small fountain beverage is included. Peaks Restaurant will serve dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A holiday menu that includes seasonal Fig Salad, a carving station; with a choice of roasted turkey or prime rib will be offered; side dishes, served family style, will include roasted almond French beans, candied yams and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. A seasonal dessert display will be offered. Cost of dinner is $42 adults and seniors and $21 children under 10 years. Tram admission, gratuity and tax are not included. Reservations are recommended please call 760.325.4537. Tram admission is $23.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 3-12. Discounted Twilight Tickets are available for purchase from 4pm; $20.95 for adults and seniors and $13.95 for children ages 3-12. For more information please call 888.515.TRAM or 760.325.1391 or visit us at www.

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STARCommunity Desert Chamber Events By Jennifer Braun Desert Hot Springs on Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be co-hosting a joint mixer at Hacienda Hot Springs Inn & Spa located at 12885 Eliseo Road in Desert Hot Springs. The event is a joint mixer with Desert Business Association. This is an excellent time to network with people not only from Desert Hot Springs, but with businesses from all over the Desert. Palm Desert is holding its

Profit Connection Leads Lunch on Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce offices located at 72559 Hwy 111 in Palm Desert. The cost is $15 for lunch; potential members are given the opportunity to attend the luncheon twice prior to joining the chamber. Please RSVP to Katie Slimko at On Nov. 13 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Desert Willow Golf Resort will host the Palm Desert Business Breakfast on tourism.

Desert Willow Golf Resort is located at 38995 Desert Willow Dr. in Palm Desert. The cost is $22 at the door for members and $30 for non-members. La Quinta Chamber of Commerce is having a Flash Lunch Mob on Thursday, Nov. 8 starting at 11:30 am at Hamilton’s Sports Bar, 79-255 Hwy 111 in La Quinta. The cost is the price of lunch. All Valley BBQ, Spa and Fireplace is celebrating its 12th Birthday and is inviting everyone.

The Birthday Celebration will be all day on Nov. 10 at 81955 Hwy 111 in Indio.

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Desert Hot Springs will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Memorial Event at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 1:00 pm . The event will have performances by the DHS Ban Wind Ensemble and the DHS Community Youth Choir. Veteran’s Day Feast at the Sidewinder Grill located at 66121 Pierson Blvd. in Desert Hot Springs. Free turkey dinner with all the trimmings for Veterans of Desert Hot Springs & Spouse, or

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are free. The museum will be unveiling the F4 Jet in original markings. The Cathedral City Healing Fields will have its 7th Annual Closing Ceremonies to pay “Tribute to Fallen Heroes.” The ceremony will begin at noon on Nov. 11. Palm Desert will host a Veteran’s Day celebration on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Palm Desert Civic Center Park. A patriotic concert will be performed by the Heatwave Boys and Girls Club Jazz Band. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. La Quinta is hosting a Veteran’s Day Tribute at the La Quinta Civic Center starting at 11 a.m. There will be music and refreshments. The event is free.

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widow of Veteran and one guest. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Palm Springs will host its 16th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade Nov. 11 at 3:30 pm on Palm Canyon Dr between Baristo and Amado and will head northbound. The parade features pre parade static exhibits, parade and post parade concert with the Marine 1st Division Band from Camp Pendleton. The concert will conclude with a fireworks finale. Palm Springs Air Museum will be celebrating its 16th Birthday Celebration and Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11 starting at 11 a.m. The event cost is the price of admission for adults. Children under six, active military with ID and Veterans

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RANCHO MIRAGE, CA – Loving All Animals presents “There’s No Place Like A Home” the 2012 Super Pet Adoption fair on Nov. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whitewater Park in Rancho Mirage located at 71560 San Jacinto Drive behind the Pink Elephant Car Wash. More than a Super Pet Adoption Fair, it’s a party and a celebration of companion animals. You won’t want to miss two full days of fun, excitement and entertainment, along with hundreds of dogs, cats and birds looking to adopt a lucky family. Whitewater Park in Rancho Mirage will be fully transformed into a set from The Wizard of Oz as the theme of the event is borrowed from the Wizard of Oz, “There Is No Place Like A Home.” Fair-goers are invited to dress in their best Kansas Farm or Emerald City garb. The Wicked Witch, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto will all

be on hand to greet guests and will be photo op ready. This year’s fair will not only focus on pet adoptions. Rather, the fairlike atmosphere, including vendors, food, entertainment, kids activities, a petting zoo, among other things, is designed to attract families and people who are looking for an event to enjoy, regardless of animal adoption. “This isn’t just an adoption fair, it’s an event. Get your face painted, eat corn on the cob, go to the petting zoo. I guarantee we have enough going on to keep you busy for hours – whether or not you’re interested in adopting an animal,” said Loving All Animals President, Lindi Biggi. The cost is free on Saturday and Sunday, Nov, 17 -18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Go to www. or call 760-776-9397 for more information.

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Ivan Flowers By Jackie Devereaux LA QUINTA, CA – Dining out offers numerous choices for residents and visitors to the Coachella Valley. Which restaurant to choose? What cuisine? There are so many choices for hungry diners in every cuisine imaginable. One of the Valley’s newest five-star chefs, Ivan Flowers, exclusively shared with us where he goes to eat when he has a chance to break away from his kitchen at the Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant in La Quinta. “A couple of weeks ago I had such a craving for Chicken Parmesan, I was desperate for it! I was on a quest to find some and I stumbled upon a really great place called Chapelli’s in La Quinta. Chef Flowers tells a funny story about how he stumbled upon this particular restaurant. “It is close to the (Arnold Palmer’s) restaurant and right next to the Ralph’s where my wife, Trixie, shops. From the outside, it is very non-descript - just a small patio and a sign. I mean, really, it is situated between a hair salon and a supermarket in a strip mall. One day, my wife decided to poke her head in and she came home and said, ‘We have to eat at that little place. It is really different inside and when you walk in, you smell garlic!” She had me at garlic.” “My wife was right, but then she usually is. It is very different inside. Chapelli’s is a good case for ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ When you first walk in, there is a wall and yes, the wonderful aroma of garlic hits you

Chef Ivan Flowers immediately. Then you come around that wall and it is as if you have stepped into a gorgeous Italian Trattoria. We were greeted right away and picked a table in a quiet corner. Chapelli’s reminds me of the little tuck away joints I used to frequent in New York - small, intimate

when a restaurant serves ice cold butter with bread. Room temperature butter tells me that there is attention to detail. The charcuterie plate had salami, prosciutto and shaved Parmesan. Trixie is all about the bread and was in heaven. “My wife and I started with the Caprese Flatbread. It had ripe fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and shaved Parmesan. The crust was a little thicker than most flatbreads I have eaten, but it had a nice chew and flavor. The shaved Parmesan was a nice touch because it lent a little saltiness to the creamy fresh mozzarella. The basil was vibrant and fresh. A really nice touch is that they bring out cruets of really good olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drizzle on the flatbread. We both did

“Warm terracotta walls, black table cloth covered tables and a pretty bar along one wall. places that everybody in the neighborhood frequented. “Before I tell you what we ate, I must comment on their bread service. It is fabulous. As soon as we sat down, hot bread, butter and a small plate of charcuterie was presented. The bread had a nice chewy crust and the butter was soft and easy to spread. A pet peeve of mine is

and I must say, if you do order this, to try it. The fruity olive oil and the acidic balsamic work on the flatbread to create a very nice flavor profile. My wife was giddy when they brought it and also used it on her bread. “For our entrees, I had, I am sure you can guess, the Chicken Parmigiana and Trixie had the Angel Hair Pomodoro (one of her favorites). Both

of our entrees came with our choice of soup or house salad and bread pudding. We both wanted the salad and ordered it with creamy Italian dressing. It was a very nice little salad. Crisp, chilled lettuce, nice amount of vegetables and just the right amount of dressing. We both ate every bit of it. Then, the moment I had been waiting for, the Chicken Parmigiana. The dish had two nice sized pieces of perfectly cooked chicken. Breaded, fried and topped with marinara sauce and cheese. It is served with a side of linguini with the same red sauce. This dish is prepared in the way I remember eating it growing up in New York: Simply great chicken, sauce and cheese. Every bite reminded me of home. The linguine was perfectly al dente and went nicely with the chicken. I must note here, that they have little bowls of freshly grated Parmesan on every table. For cheese lovers like my wife and I, this goes a long way. I think between the flatbread, our salads and our entrees, we just about used the entire bowl. Trixie loved her Angel Hair Pomodoro. With angel hair pasta, there is always the chance that it can become overcooked or served stuck together in one big lump. Not here, al dente, with the skinny strands of pasta beautifully separate in the dish. Pomodoro sauce, as a rule, is very light and simple, just tomatoes, olive oil, basil and garlic. My wife took one bite of her dish and said, “You have to try this!” That always means it is very good. And it was, I sometimes find Pomodoro sauces unseasoned, but this had a nice salty finish. “They have a full bar as well as a nice wine list. Both my wife and I had a glass of the Edmeades Zinfandel with nice forward fruit and a balanced finish. It was a perfect complement to our meal. It had enough fruit and body to stand up to the tomato based sauces without overwhelming them. “The bread pudding was a nice sweet finish to the meal. I must say a word about the service. It was

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Lunch Lemon Cello Tiramisu CATHEDRAL CITY, CA -Award winning Cello’s American Bistro will be opening for lunch beginning Nov. 1. “We have had so many requests for lunch service over the years and the time has come. We will be offering Gourmet Sandwiches, Salads, Hot Entrees as well as a Green Plate Special with a half Gourmet Sandwich, Salad and cup of soup for $12,” said Cellos owners Bonnie Barkley and her husband Tom Steferak. Cello’s will be opening its doors Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to-3 p.m. for lunch. Dinner

service begins at 5 p.m. seven days a week . Cello’s offers a Happy Hour menu in the Bistro all evening beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested, call 760.328.5353 or go to for more information.Cellos American Bistro is located at 35943 Date Palm and Gerald Ford drives in Cathedral City.

fabulous. Greeted the moment we walked in, bread service immediately and an attentive, knowledgeable server. For me, a great night at a restaurant is not just about the food. It is also about the atmosphere and service. When those three components come together, it is magic. And at Chapelli’s, they created some magic.

“What’s next on the agenda? I have not had sushi since I moved here, so I am thinking sushi will be next. But I just may end up at another Italian joint. By the way, I still haven’t found that NY slice. Please send me some suggestions.” Email chefivan@



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include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Siegel l has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov. In addition to his solo appearances, Siegel presents Keyboard

PALM DESERT, CA – “Spellbinding Bach: Immortal Works and the ‘Wow’ Factor” at the McCallum Theatre on Monday, Dec. at 7 p.m. presented through the generosity of Donna Macmillan Distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents “Spellbinding Bach: Immortal Works and the ‘Wow’ Factor” in this season’s series of Keyboard Conversations,, a unique, concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work. The program contains the popular “Italian Concerto,” the exhilarating “Toccata in D,” soul stirring “Preludes,” and Busoni’s famous transcription of the “Chaconne,” considered one of Bach’s supreme masterpieces and most moving works. The distinguished American pianist Siegel has been a soloist with the world’s great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, The Hague Residentie Orkest, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan. In the United States, engagements

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Conversations®, a unique concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in full. Newcomers to classical concerts have greeted these programs enthusiastically, as they present an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music-lovers are constantly delighted by his erudition and wit. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Washington, D. C., Denver and here in Palm Desert. Some of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations® for more than thirty years resounding testimony to Siegel’s superb artistry, innovative format and loyal fans. Following the successful reception of Keyboard Conversations® in the United Kingdom, they continued in April and May 2012 at London’s dynamic, newest arts complex, Kings Place. “Keyboard Conversations® - Piano Treasures,” a one-hour, TV special produced by Time Life for PBS, was broadcast this past season during pledge drives nationwide. Oprah Radio’s “Dr. Oz Show” recently featured Siegel as guest of host and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and popular author and co-host Dr. Michael Roizen. WFMT Chicago produced the CD Music for the Young – and the Young at Heart, now available on Amazon. Random House Audio Publishing Group has released an audio book series of four CDs of Keyboard Conversations: Mozart and Friends; the Power and Passion of Beethoven; The Romanticism of the Russian Soul; and the Romance of the Piano. They are available at www.randomhouse. com/audio/, at, for download at iTunes, and at booksellers across the country. Twin Cities Public Television, in conjunction with The Schubert Club, has produced Mozart & Chopin, and WEDU Tampa has released American Pianistic Treasures, both available on DVD exclusively at Siegel’s concerts. Siegel Siegel’s recording of Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra, with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony, continues to be a best seller and is also available on Amazon. Born into a musical family, Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, with the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London. Siegel and his wife live in New York City and are the parents of two grown children. With the generosity of Donna MacMillan, the McCallum Theatre presents Keyboard Conversations® with Siegel in a program of “Spellbinding Bach: Immortal Works and the ‘Wow’ Factor” on Monday, December 3, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $35, $25 and $20 and are available at the Theatre’s web site at, or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Local attorney James Parkinson, author of the book “AutoDidactic,” spoke to Desert Hot Springs High AVID students and presented each student with a copy of his book. The book is about being a self-starter in life while using the power of words and the understanding of vocabulary to be successful. Throughout his life, Parkinson has pushed himself

Sunshine Cafe Attorney/Author James Parkinson, father of DHSHS Teacher Ely Jauregui, AVID teacher Ely Jauregui and DHSHS Principal Dr. Anne Kalisek. to grow personally and professionally through three tools: reading voraciously, writing constantly and striving to expand his vocabulary. In the book, he outlines how anyone may use these ingredients to trigger personal growth. Here’s a link to his bio: http://www.genesisscholar.

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com/authors/jim-parkinson/ AVID program is geared toward students who are likely the first in their family to be on college track. This presentation sounds like it will be right in line with the program’s goals.

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Palm Springs Unified Wins State Golden Bell Award

PALM SPRINGS – The Palm Springs Unified School District will be honored in the 33rd Annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association in the Technology category for its DIGICOM Student Film Festival, under the direction of Instructional Technology Specialist Dr. Lee Grafton and Retired Walt Disney Motion Pictures President David Vogel. The highly respected Golden Bell Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA’s Awards Luncheon at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Dec. 1. DIGICOM, begun in 2009, develops students’ 21st century skills focusing on communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity through moviemaking. DIGICOM provides


intended messages using moviemaking techniques, equipment and software editing tools. Students submit their movies to the annual DIGICOM Film Festival, where they are empowere d and recognized as they share their productions with the community. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Awards reflect the depth and breadth of the education programs necessary to address students’ changing needs. The goal of the awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.

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Italian Wines from 600-yearold winery INDIAN WELLS, CA – Miramonte Resort & Spa proudly introduces “Serate di Vino” an extraordinary wine dinner series for the 2012 - 2013 Season. The second of these “Evenings of Wine” will take place on Friday, Nov. 9. Guests will have their palates immersed in some of the world’s finest wines, complemented by the culinary specialties of Chef Robert Nyerick.

The schedule and featured wines for “Serate di Vino” is the Antinori family of Florence, Italy who have been making wine for more than 600 years. Antinori has always been identified with the regions of Tuscany and Umbria, with almost 1,400 hectares of vineyards planted in the most highlysuited area for high quality wine production. With so many vineyards under their

ownership, Antinori makes a wide range of wines. . Each event includes a welcome reception followed by an exquisite dinner in an alluring environment such as the second floor Piazza with its grand stone fireplace and dramatic views of the Santa Rosa Mountains; or the Olive Grove amongst the twinkle-lit trees; or the patio of the Citrus

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Grove amidst the fragrant blossoms and the resort’s charming Mediterranean architecture and décor. With an intricate balance of flavors, Chef Nyerick will feature a variety of culinary cuisine over the wine series. Recognized for “farm to table” fresh seasonal California cuisine, his delicacies are of ingredients simply prepared with time honored techniques and accentuated with organic produce, fresh herbs, local ranch raised meats and poultry, fresh Pacific

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seafood, house-made pastas, prime dry-aged meats and innovative vegetarian dishes. The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, call 760-341-7200. Miramonte Resort & Spa brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the California desert community of Indian Wells, just minutes from Palm Springs. The intimate village features THE WELL® Spa, which has been consistently named in the Top 100 Resort Spas in North America

by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Additionally, the acclaimed Mediterranean-inspired Grove Artisan Kitchen, offer guests an unforgettable farm-to-table culinary experience. Miramonte Resort & Spa is one of more than 40 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States.

AutomotiveSTAR 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Is Fourth-Generation Of Popular SUV 1987 Pathfinder

Nissan’s most innovative Pathfinder ever is hitting dealerships this fall. The original Nissan Pathfinder, introduced more than a quarter century ago, set the bar high for the models that followed. Known as the perfect family adventure vehicle, each successive Pathfinder design has remained true to that original premise while evolving to meet the changing needs of its owners. The 2013 Pathfinder utilizes a refined new drivetrain featuring a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine mated to a next-generation Xtronic CVT to help provide an increase in combined City/Highway fuel economy. Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg Highway

/ 20 mpg City and 22 mpg Combined for the 2WD model and 25 mpg Highway / 19 mpg City and 21 mpg Combined for the 4WD model. With the available intuitive four-wheel drive, Pathfinder continues to serve as an excellent vehicle for inclement weather driving conditions. Pathfinder features selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available ALL-MODE 4x4-i system. Along with reduced weight, Pathfinder’s new unibody platform provided the designers an opportunity to create the more aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity - but it moves the Pathfinder very nearly

into “Crossover SUV” category. Nissan says the new Pathfinder is a right-sized, 3-row/7-passenger SUV with the seating and cargo capacity that growing families need, offering the benefits of a modern crossover with the comfort of a larger SUV. Pathfinder’s quiet, comfortable interior includes a range of features, including three rows of leather seating, heated and cooled front seats, heated 2nd row seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, multiple user memory settings and an advanced Bose Audio System with 13 speakers. All the technology you’d expect is found throughout

Other technology includes Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, power rear liftgate, iPod integration and tri-zone entertainment system with 2nd row head restraintmounted DVD display screens. The new Pathfinder carries on the tradition of the previous generations of adventure-ready Pathfinders that have come before – offering a new level of family enjoyment and engagement

After more than 25 years, Nissan is ready to tackle new terrain and the new challenges of modern family lives with the Next-Gen SUV, the 2013 Pathfinder . Pricing for the new model has not been announced, but the current model base price is $29,290. For more information, see your local Nissan dealer or visit SEMA SHOW: The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show begins next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the world’s largest automotive aftermarket and accessory trade show, where “everything new makes its debut.” We’ll be there to report from the show, and also to feature Seal Beachbased restoration parts catalog retailer Original Parts Group and their exhibits and vehicles at the show. DRIVING SCHOOL: Are you looking for the perfect holiday idea for the motorsports enthusiast? In November, we’ll feature the FAST LANE Racing School, which is owned and operated by Danny McKeever, and it’s the Official Racing School of Toyota Motorsports. The school features a variety of driving programs and clinics, using school cars or your own car. For more information on FAST LANE Racing School, visit their web site at: www.

that is just right for today’s real-world, everyday uses.

By Vince Bodiford

2013 Nissan Pathfinder the Pathfinder interior, starting with the instrument panel, which includes the Advanced Drive-Assist Display in the center of the instrument cluster right in front of the driver. The instrument panel also includes a large multifunction center IT display, available Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic real-time traffic and NavWeather weather, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth and RearView Monitor. The new Pathfinder also features Nissan’s very cool Around View Monitor, which provides the driver a virtual 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle.

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Circle of Love

L it e rary

Powerhouse Author Launches Literary Season

Photos and Story by Pat Krause

Desert AIDS Project (DAP) recognized Jim Casey and Jason Altieri on Nov. 2 by unveiling the Circle of Love Sculpture and a “Love Lives On” signage on Vista Chino in Palm Springs. Friends and family attended to witness this unveiling and thank Casey and Altieri for their dedicated support for DAP. The Circle of Love sculpture was donated by Simi Dabah whose artworks can be seen in public and non- profit sites. The sculpture is 10 feet high and made of scrap metals. It can be seen on the corner of Vista Chino

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DAP Board Chair Curt Ringness Jr. and DAP CEO David Brinkman.

Jim Casey and Jason Altieri by the sculpture and signage and Sunrise Way on the and Altieri is located on the boulevard by the DAP. The north side wall of the DAP signage “Love Lives On” building directly behind the with the names of Casey sculpture.

Speakers spoke about the dedication and commitment to DAP by Casey and Altieri. Casey is the Co-chair along with Barbara Keller for the Steve Chase Gala. Casey is also the president of Integrated Wealth Management and they have pledged one million dollars to the Steve Chase Gala.

Mastro’s Steakhouse Party Photos and Story by Pat Krause Mastro’s Steakhouse held a private party on Thursday night Nov. 1st on its new El Paseo address in Palm Desert the night before its Grand Opening to the public. More than 800 people sent a RSVP for this fabulous event that had guests walking a red carpet to enter the restaurant. Mastro’s management greeted each guest as they entered the lobby. Champagne and

Cosmopolitans were handed to each guest on entry. This newest Coachella Valley facility is the 10th addition to the Mastro’s restaurant company. Appetizers and drinks along with seafood, beef, cheese and crackers, and the largest Desert Bars in the Desert were served to guests attending. Long lines at the seafood bar that held shrimp, lobster and clam legs seemed to be the favorite place to be. Music played throughout the

Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa, author Robert K Massie, DHS Mayor Yvonne Parks and Gary Van Arnam

Photos by Pat Krause

Greeters- Bryana Pitt, Chelena Ysiano and Heather Lawson

Mastro’s management- Patrick Barrett, Natalie Stern, Kelly Greene and Michael Martinez



evening that lasted from 3 to 9 p.m. The M Bar is lined with large TVs on the walls for watching sports. The back of the bar is a huge bottle display. Each room has its own style of decoration. Mastro’s Restaurants are known for their signature upscale meals, over 500

wines, eclectic cocktails, fine dining experience and nightly music. They opened on Nov. 2 at 73405 El Paseo in Palm Desert and will be open 7 days a week from 3 to midnight. La carte and private events can be served to up to 200 guests. For reservations, call 760-776-6777

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INDIAN WELLS, CA- Pulitzer prize winner Robert Maisse launched the 12th season of Desert Literary Society. The group, sponsored by Northern Trust Bank, hosts its luncheons at the Esmerelda Hotel in Indian Wells six times a year. The organization also supports local libraries and scholarships for students with promising futures as writers. Maisse’s latest book,” Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman,” focuses on the woman from youth to her final days as one of Russia’s greatest leaders. Maisse’s previous book on Peter the Great was awarded the Pulitzer in 1981. Nearly 30 0 guests listened intently as Maisse shared his insights on the royal court and how he conducts background research for his books. In addition to the lively discussion, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs Mayors were on hand as Librarians from each city received a donation toward its collection. This chapter of the California Literary and Prologue Society is run from Northern Trust’s Newport office, which is headed by Gary Van Ahrm.

50+STAR Your Negative Feelings & How To Release Them

When you want to attract money or accomplish new goals, including living longer, you may find that your negative feelings about yourself are often your worst enemy. Do you freeze up during job interviews or meetings with investors because you aren’t sure you deserve more money? Does a general feeling of inadequacy hold you back from taking action toward new goals? To rid yourself of the negative feelings that limit future accomplishments, it’s useful to begin by identifying the specific feelings that come and go in your mind. I have found that “The Sedona Method,” a book by Hale Dwoskin, does an excellent job of identifying six common and important negative feelings plus three positive feelings that matter. Following is Dwoskin’s summary of these nine emotions. (If you email me at artkunkin@, I will send you by return email a more complete list plus recommended tools for releasing them). APATHY: When we experience apathy, we feel as though desire is dead. We can’t do anything and no one else can help. We withdraw and play weak so we won’t get hurt. We only see failure. We have little or no energy. GRIEF: We cry out in pain hoping that someone else will solve the problem for us. Our bodies have a little more energy than in apathy. Our thoughts and internal pictures revolve around how much we hurt, what we have lost and whether we can get anyone else to help us. FEAR: We want to reach out but do not because we think we’ll get hurt, the risk is too great. Our bodies have a little more energy than in grief but still mostly painful. Feelings can rise and fall very rapidly, like cool water on a hot skillet. Our pictures and thoughts are about doom and destruction. All we can think of and see is how we will get hurt, what we may lose and how we must protect ourselves.


courageousness, mostly quiet and content. Life is joyous! I N N E R PEACE: Everyone and everything is part of myself and perfect. There is no need By Art Kunkin - Mr Life Extension for pictures or thoughts. Our LUST: We desire possession, energy is quiet and calm. Life is as we are WANTING. We hunger for it is and all is well. money, power, sex, people, places You are invited to attend the and things but with hesitation. Thursday “Tools For Living Longer” We may or may not reach out. class at the Joshua Tree Retreat Our energy and sensations are Center, 59700 Twenty Nine Palms sometimes pleasurable as compared Highway, Joshua Tree, from 7 to 9 to the first three lower emotions but p.m. where we will further discuss we rarely feel satisfied. methods for releasing these ANGER: We desire to strike negative feelings and living longer. out and hurt others but we may or Although a donation of $5 per may not do so. We hesitate! Our class is requested to cover the cost thoughts are about getting even and of printing student materials, no what we are going to do to others one will be turned away because but this energy can frighten us or of a lack of funds. cause us to hurt ourselves. There will be a sign on PRIDE: We want to maintain the bulletin board at the front the status quo. We stop others from entrance of the Retreat Center movement so they won’t pass us giving directions to the Meditation up. Our pictures and thoughts are Building where this class is being about what we have done and what held on Thursday evenings from we know. If we are even aware of 7 to 9 p.m. others, we hope that they will notice Art Kunkin is the 84-year how great we are to cover over our young journalist who founded nagging doubts about ourselves. the alternative weekly newspaper, COURAGE: While the first six The Los Angeles Free Press in 1964 emotions described here mostly and later became president of the include feelings of “I can’t” these Philosophical Research Society in next three include feelings of Los Angeles. A free download of a “I can do and change whatever, magazine cover story interview whenever needed.” In courage, with Art about his research into our energy is high, available and stopping aging is available at clear. Our pictures and thoughts Art’s are about what we can do and of eBook, “Life Extension Alchemy: how we can support others in being The Secret of Immortality Finally courageous. We are self-motivated Revealed,” is also available at a and self-reliant while being willing reduced sale price of $9 at that that others succeed. We can laugh website. Art is planning a Free Press out loud, even at our own mistakes. Reunion and requests that former Life is fun! Free press readers, staff and all ACCEPTANCE: We have and others interested in the American enjoy everything as it is. We have counter-culture contact him by no need to change anything. Life email at is beautiful just as is. Our minds Copyright 2012 by Art Kunkin, all are much less cluttered than in rights reserved.


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STARBody, Mind & Spirit Week of Astrological Nov. 8 -14 affects 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.

Nov. 10 – Neptune Turns Direct Most affected are Pisces and Scorpio. For Pisces: Your ruling planet begins its’ direct motion, bringing you a brighter outlook in your Life. Energies that were turned inward can now be released and you should feel stronger with clarity on which new path to take. For Scorpio: The compassionate and spiritual side to you will speak loudly in your soul and mind. Begin examining modalities and new education: Websites, books and blogs you will take on. For All Signs: The planet of illusion and escapism returns to its’ full strength of positive


and negative characteristics: Oneness, Higher Consciousness, Universal Ego, altruism, selfsacrificing, sensitivity, psychic powers, dreams, peacefulness. Or Lower Consciousness: Lack of structure and ability to handle to norm of the linear 3rd dimension, negative moods, associations with darkness, negative people, escapism, excessive fantasy. Communications are rampant with a touch of clear vision. Still, expect the unexpected as possible resentment or mistrust issues may surface. Focus on the positive to help personal matters.

Nov. 13 – Solar Eclipse In Scorpio Most affected are Scorpio and All Water Signs. . For Scorpio: The Solar Eclipse on the 13th is a Super-New Moon in your sign, prepare for new opportunities, both personal and public. This New Moon happens only once this year, setting the atmosphere for the next twelve months. This is a good time for you to meditate on what you desire to have come into your Life. New opportunities arrive just in time, so be ready. Depending on where you place your focus, there is where the success ratio begins. Begin with your heart’s intention. Your focus may be on your career. Create visuals of the desired results that you want by using what you know. If you like stones or crystals, use the specific characteristic of the stones to strengthen the energies. You could form a new partnership; best not to make a firm commitment until after the 26th when Mercury will turn direct. For All Signs: Before beginning the new, a time for purging and releasing the final debris to make way for the new to come in. Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet assists us in the letting go of what we have out-grown. Time to think in bigger terms of higher consciousness: There



By Ren Yogamaya, M.A. E-RYT 500 are no problems, only solutions. No competition, instead, collaboration. There is equality and not domination. Time again to temper your emotions; Observe your intentions, motivations. When you’ve released, you’ve opened the door to your heartcenter and transformation may happen with ease. In your meditations, it is best to ask for what you need and not for what you want. Best Mantras: LAM . Best Color: Deep Red or Black.

On-Going Astrological Affects:

Mercury In Retrograde – A Special Report ! Most affected are Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. This transit began on Nov. 6. For All Signs: This transit will continue until Nov. 26. It is best to lay low in matters of communications, travel, and purchases relating to electrical gadgets of communications; the cell phone, the computer, an automobile. The written, spoken, and typed word may have to be RE-written, RE-spoken, REtyped. Generally, not a good time to commit with your word or sign important documents as when MIR goes direct, in three weeks there will be changes. Some changes for the better, or more likely, for some people, it will fall apart by the next MIR  (in 3 months). The return of unfinished business from the past, either your past Life but mostly from this Life, will come back via the telephone, the email, the regular mail, certified mail – requesting closure. Machinery such as computers, most telecommunications devices and automobiles are jumpy, faulty or stalled. If you were born during

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

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

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Holidays Seminar Scheduled

“GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. Please join us on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Destiny Church located at 82625 Showcase Parkway in Indio. The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance. You’ll discover what emotions to expect during the coming days; how to prepare for the holidays; how to manage relationships and holiday socials, and how the holidays can help you heal. Those who attend will discover additional resources which provide insights and ideas on holiday survival.

CalendarSTAR Desert Hot Springs – The Elks Lodge is hosting its 4th Annual Monte Carlo Casino Night on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Elks Lodge located at 64680 Pierson Blvd. The event is open to the public and donations of $45 are requested by Nov. 14. After Nov. 14 donations of $55 are requested, donations include food prepared by Elks Lodge ladies and $200 in gaming chips. Entertainment will be provided by Rebecca Clark, who starred as Barbara Streisand in Legends of Vegas for five years. There will be professional dealers at 12 gaming tables and stations. Proceeds from the event go to fund youth activities north of the I-10 freeway. For more information, call 760-6714521 or 760-329-6444.

PAINTED HILLS WORLD RECORD SPORT STACKING Painted Hills Middle School in Desert Hot Springs will take part in what Guinness World Records terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event,” on Nov. 15 from 2-3 p.m., at Painted Hills Middle School located at 9250 Sonora Dr. in Desert Hot Springs. Sport stackers from all reaches of the world will be stacking various pyramids in lightning speed for 30 minutes. The event will also feature a variety of fitness activities, with sights set on 450,000 sport stackers. Local stackers will be taking aim at Guinness World Record in sport stacking.

RANGE RIDERS PERFORM FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY Desert Hot Springs – Miracle Springs Resort on Nov. 15 will present the Range Riders joined by the legendary Weatherfords and world renowned performer Art Harriman, in a Thanksgiving Holiday performance. This Branson style show is oneevening-only performance and will feature live music and comedy. The

Weatherfords got their start from (Elvis Presley’s Pastor) Rex Humbard’s Cathedral of Tomorrow. Art Harriman, musician, singer, songwriter and actor has played music with Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, and Vince Gill. Harriman was Hank William’s drummer in the 1967 movie, “A Time To Sing,” filmed at MGM. Doors open at 6 pm at Miracle Springs Resort located at 10625 Palm Dr. in Desert Hot Springs. A minimum donation of $5 to offset the evening’s cost is accepted at the door.

MEMORY SCREENINGS Palm Springs - On Nov. 13 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can receive free, confidential Memory Screenings at the Mizell Senior Center, hosted by the Palm Springs Police Department and Project Lifesaver. This is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. For information and to make an appointment call 760-323-8149. Walk ins accepted.

HICAP/MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT SEMINAR Palm Springs - On Nov. 14 from 10 - 11 a.m., come to Mizell Senior Center for a HICAP Presentation by Doug Shaw, HICAP Education Coordinator. HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. Volunteer counselors can help you understand your specific rights and health care options. This program is free. For information call 760323-5689.

PEREZ ROAD FALL FESTIVAL Cathedral City will host the 2nd Annual Perez Road Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.4 p.m., located on Perez Road, between Cathedral Canyon and Date Palm. This event features vendors and exhibitors, tantalizing food choices, a beer garden, fun demos, collector car and


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new car showcases, animal adoptions, and charity raffles. This event is free to attend.

DESERT WOMEN’S SHOW Palm Desert –The 5th Annual Women’s Show and Expo will expand to two conference buildings on Nov. 17-18 at the Westin Mission Hills located at 71333 Dinah Shore Dr. in Rancho Mirage. The Home, Health & Wellness Center offers a Desert Regional Medical Center wellness clinic with complimentary screenings, fitness demonstrations, chiropractic services, rejuvenating spas, holistic solutions, nutritional supplements, renowned cosmetic surgeons and more. Discover the latest fitness trends, get pampered with a relaxing massage or treat yourself to a complete makeover. Visit lecture rooms and hear informative talks on today’s hottest topics including the latest advances in non-invasive cosmetic surgery, weight loss, holistic health, anti-aging and more. The Art & Fashion center features local artists including Karen and Tony Barone with their famed “R Hero,” “Mac & Cheese” and other dynamic sculpture pieces. There will be daily fashion presentations by Macy’s Palm Desert, Project Runway’s Michael Costello and belly dancers from V & G Hipwear on the Macy’s Center Stage. The “Taste of the Valley” with over 20 restaurants also features our Healthy Lifestyles Stage, solar powered by Hot Purple Energy, with Chef demonstrations, organic gardening, and the All-Star Band. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.

LITERACY AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM PALM DESERT – A literacy summit focusing on the use of technology in the classroom will take place at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4-6 p.m. The event’s keynote speaker will be Ted Lai, educational development executive at Apple, Inc. Lai’s speech will be “Crossroads of Literacy – Learning with Integration of Technology.” The summit, which is free

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and open to the public, will take place in the campus’s Oliphant Auditorium. Parking is paid by Friends of the Palm Desert Campus. The summit will have additional discussions about the use of technology in the classroom, and Coachella Valley/ Riverside County academic data will be presented. “The purpose of the summit is to help increase the literacy rate of K-12 students in the Coachella Valley through the use of technology in the classroom,” said Doris Wilson, associate dean at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus is located at 37500 Cook St. in Palm Desert. For more information about the literacy summit, contact Doris Wilson at 760-341-2883, ext. 78170 or 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 msinger@

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF CONCERT Rancho Mirage – The Stadium House in Rancho Mirage will be offering a variety of ways for the Valley to donate and support relief efforts for those suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Monday, Nov. 12 (Veterans’ Day Observed). From donating a percentage of sales from lunch and dinner, to hosting a Benefit Concert with many local bands that evening, the newly opened restaurant located at 69640 Hwy 111, will be serving as the hub for relief efforts including a collection point for donations and canned foods, and hosting all the festivities for the Hurricane Sandy Benefit. All proceeds go directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts.

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FashionSTAR Terri Ketover, chair of the 100 Women Committee and a board member of Desert AIDS Project. “The 100 Women Boutique looks wonderful, thanks to our friends from Raymond|Lawrence, Raymond McCallister and Larry Abel, who have been so generous in donating their time and talent in the design and realization of this Boutique section of the Revivals store.” Treasure-hunters will immediately recognize the names of the clothing donated from designers whose stores populate the exclusive Rodeo Drive area of Beverly Hills and our own El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert. Gently-used items … some never-worn … by these and other designers have been donated for the debut of the 100 Women Boutique: Baracci Beverly Hills –

PALM DESERT, CA - The “Find It HERE!” ads for Revivals, inviting treasure hunters to find bargains, will never be more true than on Thursday, Nov. 15 when the Palm Desert Revivals store unveils its 100 WOMEN Boutique. Members of 100 Women, an annual giving program at Desert AIDS Project which supports access to health services for women and children whose lives are impacted by HIV/ AIDS, have been busy stocking this new section of the Revivals Palm Desert store with designer cocktail dresses, evening gowns, suits, jackets, handbags, and much more. “Any woman interested in great bargains on designer fashions will NOT want to miss the debut of this Boutique because I think everything is going to be flying off the racks within moments!” said

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Two, unworn evening gowns, created by this design house which specializes in customdesigned women’s apparel for clients like Mariah Carey and Beyoncé, have been donated to the Boutique. Each of them retailed for $10,000 each. Fe Zandi – Barbara Keller, who serves on the D.A.P. board of directors and is a proud member of 100

Women, has worn original creations by Fe Zandi for several years to the annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, which she has cochaired for the last five years. Donations created by other designers include a leather jacket and down vest by Emilio Pucci; handbags by Chanel; jackets and suits by Armani; and much more!

Prior to opening the 100 Women Boutique at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, there will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce. Clothing consignment appointments can be made for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons from noon to 2:30 p.m. Please call 760-992-0499 or come into the Palm Desert location, as appointments are required to accept clothing consignments. Donations to the 100 Women Boutique can be made seven days a week, between store hours of 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 100 Women funds gynecological services like pap smears, underwrites mammograms, and helps ensure healthcare accessibility

to women and children whose lives are affected by HIV or AIDS. Purchases from the 100 Women Boutique at the Revivals Palm Desert store help to continue providing those services. All of the Revivals stores benefit client services at Desert AIDS Project, which serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project and 100 Women, please call 760-323-2118, visit or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.





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Silver Anniversary At McCallum Theatre PALM DESERT, CA — When the McCallum Theatre opened its doors in January 1988, seven volunteer ushers were part of a team welcoming patrons to the new stateof-the-art performing arts center. Twenty-five years later, these seven ushers continue to welcome patrons to the Theatre. The McCallum Theatre recently honored ushers Corrine Yates, Barb Steffensmeier, Marcella Halter, George Hallock, Jan Demarviex, Shirley Coleman, and Evelyn Scott for their dedicated


service at a ceremony attended by over 250 McCallum Theatre volunteers and staff. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the theater. They are why we stand out from any other venue in the area. Over 160 of our volunteer ushers have served for more than ten years,” stated Mitch Gershenfeld, McCallum Theatre CEO. He went on to say, “These seven individuals, who have dedicated 25 years to serving the arts lovers of the Coachella Valley, have given not only


their time and energy to the Theatre, they have made us a family.” Individuals wishing to become volunteers at the McCallum Theatre should contact Jeff Clark at 760-346-6505, ext. 118. The McCallum Theatre’s mission is to entertain and educate the public by offering a variety of performing arts experiences that reflect the diversity of people, interests, and tastes of the communities and constituents served by the Theatre.

Letters.” Hunter can now also add best-selling author to his list of credits. His recently published autobiography TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL Became A National Best Seller And Garnered Critical Praise From The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CBS Sunday Morning and dozens more. Hunter admits that being a very private person, he was uncomfortable about writing the book. “But I knew,” he says, “that I had better put it out there before someone else did.” And his incredible journey has proven to be immensely interesting to his public, and a Documentary Feature Film, in the works, begins production next month. Join the Luminary Luncheon fans at CV Rep for this delicious and entertaining afternoon. Luncheon is catered by Aqua Pazza/LuLu’s California Bistros and The Desert Sun’s talented Bruce Fessier will be be presenting the illuminating Q&A with Hunter, who will be signing his book after the interview: Tickets are $35.00 per person and the event begins at noon.. For more information about CV Rep’s new 2012/2013 season, call 760-296-2966 or go to The Coachella Valley

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Soroptimists Seeking Applicants PALM SPRINGS – The Coachella Valley’s four Soroptimist International clubs are seeking candidates for their annual Women’s Opportunity and Violet Richardson Awards recognition program. Winners will be honored and presented with their cash awards at a reception in March. The Women’s Opportunity Award provides assistance to women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and are seeking to gain additional education and skills to advance their status. Four awardees will each receive $1800. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women, ages 14 to 17, who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. Four awardees will each receive $300, and the volunteer organizations they serve will receive at least $200 each. Deadline for the Violent Richardson Award applications is Dec. 1. Women’s Opportunity Award applications must be received by Dec. 15. To have an application e-mailed to you or more information, call Margaret Henderson at 200-3370. Soroptimist International is the world’s largest classified service organization for executive and professional women who focus on “making a difference for women.”

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held on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. with nearly 20,000 people came early to find the right spot to watch the parade. The parade started at Ramon Road and ended at Tamarisk Road. The parade theme this year was “Long May It Wave.” Men, women, children

and even pets came early to find the right spot to watch. Bands, floats, elaborate costumes, horses, pets, walkers and dancers were part of the parade. Exotic vintage cars held celebrities and award honorees while members of the parade handed out beads, leis and other memorabilia. People from far and wide came to witness this once a year event.



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Department of Veteran Affairs has designated the City of Palm Springs as a regional site for the observance of Veterans Day. Palm Springs was one of only 50 events nationwide to receive this important designation. “This year’s parade promises to be the best ever, kicking off with the annual

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some of the more advanced chemistry techniques coming out of a college-level classroom.” This spring, Kim’s seniorlevel physics class launched a weather balloon into the stratosphere, using a weather balloon kit and curriculum from the University of Texas. Mole Day has been celebrated annually on Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole

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flyover, more entrants than ever before and a spectacular fireworks display,” said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet. Immediately following the parade, a post concert will kick off featuring the First Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton. The concert festivities will conclude with the fireworks finale. All of this will take place at the main stage located at the intersection of Amado Road and Palm Canyon Drive. chemistry teacher, was inspired by the article and founded the National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) in May 1991. Some schools celebrate Mole Week around the Oct. 23, Mole Day date. For more information, visit or call 760.328.0861.


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A weekly community newspaper serving Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta,...