Feature Stories

Blasting Echo

Blasting Echo

By | July 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm | 1,463 comments

Blasting Echo front man, Josh Heinz, is quite happy with his current band. Formed in December of 2008 with guitarist Jeff Fortson, the band has been through several line-up changes. Actually there have been a few different bass players that have come and gone including Fortson...

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Riverside County Jails

Riverside County Jails

By | July 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman Riverside County’s five detention centers, including the county detention center in Indio, and five juvenile detention facilities lack adequate staff to provide sufficient mental health treatment to inmates, according to a grand jury report released last...

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Hope for Isaiah: Local Boy Battles, Beats Rare Brain Cancer

Hope for Isaiah: Local Boy Battles, Beats Rare Brain Cancer

By | June 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman Three-year-old Isaiah Poag of Thousand Palms tackles his older brother in games of tag, plays with his grandmother in the pool and tumbles with his sister during gymnastics class like any other three-year-old. But Isaiah is far from an ordinary...

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Fourth of July Celebrations around the Valley

Fourth of July Celebrations around the Valley

By | June 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm | 2,047 comments

By Marissa Willman Independence Day, the patriotic holiday synonymous with backyard barbeques, pool parties and fireworks displays, is just around the corner. Although fireworks are illegal in Riverside County, there are plenty of places for locals to see some spectacular...

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Film Fest Keeps It Short & Sweet

Film Fest Keeps It Short & Sweet

By | June 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm | 353 comments

By Marissa Willman The 18th annual Palm Springs International ShortFest is in full swing after kicking off Tuesday, bringing a total of 325 short films from around the world to Camelot Theatres through Monday. More than 20,000 people attend the festival’s various events,...

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Red Cross

Red Cross

By | June 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm | 952 comments

by Lucinda Perez The American Red Cross will hold its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony on June 26, at the Moreno Valley Convention Center. Among the recognitions is the Rookie of the Year award; nominated this year for her efforts is Coachella Valley Weekly Sales...

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FSHN Remembers Juneteenth This Saturday

FSHN Remembers Juneteenth This Saturday

By | June 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm | 882 comments

By Marissa Willman Family Health and Support Network, a non-profit foster family agency in the desert, will honor African American culture and heritage this Saturday at its 5th annual Juneteenth event at the La Quinta Resort. “Juneteenth is an opportunity to honor...

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Voodoo Going Strong in Coachella

Voodoo Going Strong in Coachella

By | June 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm | 1,056 comments

By Laura Anne Rowell Voodoo Glow Skulls are a band that hales from Riverside and have been around since 1989 and are still touring in places like Australia, the UK and yes, even here in the good old USA. They are one of the few groups around that still believe in the ethos of...

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Palm Springs Fashion Council

Palm Springs Fashion Council

By | June 13, 2012 at 8:59 am | 1,412 comments

By Marissa Willman When AuBrey Ward Jr. came to Palm Springs two and a half years ago, he had a vision: He was going to turn Palm Springs into a premier fashion mecca, one designer at a time. “I had decided to come to Palm Springs as a designer,” Ward said. “But once I...

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SafeHouse of the Desert Shelters Youth in Crisis

SafeHouse of the Desert Shelters Youth in Crisis

By | June 13, 2012 at 8:58 am | No comments

By Marissa Willman For four years, SafeHouse of the Desert has provided a safe haven for teens in crisis through its emergency shelter in Thousand Palms. Whether teenagers are homeless, ran away from home or were kicked out, teens have a SafeHouse to turn to. “A lot of...

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You Think It’s Hot Now?

You Think It’s Hot Now?

By | June 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm | 1,816 comments

Red Hot Date Ignites Summer Romance at Spa Resort Casino! Dating Game Style Show Brings Valley Singles Together By Rachel Montoya Palm Springs, CA, June 1, 2012 –Just because temperatures are on the rise,...

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Appreciating the Wells

Appreciating the Wells

By | June 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm | 3,308 comments

_by Selma Grows Support and Education for Local Music and Arts (S.E.L.M.A.) Coachella Valley Chapter would like to take a moment to appreciate one of the Wells of our desert home as the life supporting, nurturing and creative forces they are. The Well we are speaking of today...

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PS Art Museum to Screen Foreign Films, Comedies This Summer

PS Art Museum to Screen Foreign Films, Comedies This Summer

By | June 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm | 2,178 comments

By Marissa Willman Looking for a way to stay cool this summer? Then join the Palm Springs Art Museum on Thursday nights for free film screenings of handpicked foreign films and classic comedies each week through September. The Palm Springs Art Museum will screen ten...

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Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Palm Springs Restaurant Week

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:57 am | 1,044 comments

By Marissa Willman It’s time to discover your next favorite restaurant—the 5th annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week starts Friday, offering 10 days of fresh dining experiences and ample opportunity to sample the desert’s diverse culinary...

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Resale Therapy

Resale Therapy

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | 970 comments

by Lucinda Perez “Shop more, spend less, feel better,” with names like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Prada lining the shop, it is hard to argue against shopping at Caroldean’s Resale Therapy. Established in 2002, Resale Therapy is the premiere source for...

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Olive Crest Educates, Protects At-Risk Youth

Olive Crest Educates, Protects At-Risk Youth

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:46 am | No comments

By Marissa Willman For more than 10 years, Olive Crest has worked to change the lives of at-risk youths in the Coachella Valley by preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk youth. Olive Crest operates throughout the West Coast and began operations in the...

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CV Food Swap Brings Community Cooks, Growers Together

CV Food Swap Brings Community Cooks, Growers Together

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:44 am | 2,200 comments

By Marissa Willman Leave your wallets at home: homemade food, homegrown produce or foraged items are the only forms of currency accepted at the Coachella Valley Food Swap, a new group that trades food items monthly at Ironwood Park in Palm Desert. Food swapping is...

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Forever Marilyn

Forever Marilyn

By | May 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm | 1,958 comments

By Heidi Simmons Marilyn Monroe is Back in Town and She’s Bigger Than Ever! Monroe stood 5 feet 51/2 inches, weighed 125 pounds. Her measurements were 36, 23, 37. She was constructed of sugar and spice and everything nice. That was in 1962. Today you can...

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CVRM Cares for the Valley’s Needy

CVRM Cares for the Valley’s Needy

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm | 1,066 comments

By Marissa Willman Founded in 1971 as a soup kitchen, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and its life-changing programs have grown into much more than a place for the homeless to find a hot meal. As the only emergency shelter in the area, CVRM provides beds, clothes and...

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Summer Program to Begin at Palm Desert Theatre Academy

Summer Program to Begin at Palm Desert Theatre Academy

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm | 1,993 comments

By Marissa Willman Coachella Valley youth will have an opportunity to study theatre with experienced instructors during Palm Desert Theatre Academy’s five-week summer program that begins on June 11th. The Palm Desert Theatre Academy was founded in 2010 by expert...

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Palm Springs Safe Access Focuses on Community

Palm Springs Safe Access Focuses on Community

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm | 1,229 comments

By Marissa Willman Medical marijuana dispensaries might not usually be related to yoga studios, fitness classes or art galleries, but a Palm Springs dispensary is going to change that. “We’re trying to raise the bar and be a model for how [dispensaries] should be...

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Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs

Beach Boys to Perform at Fantasy Springs

By | May 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm | 1,377 comments

By Marissa Willman The Beach Boys are bringing their good vibrations to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Saturday as part of their global 50th Anniversary Tour that will reunite the iconic musicians for the first time in more than 15 years. The legendary American rock...

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5th Annual Concert for Autism:  My, How You Have Grown!

5th Annual Concert for Autism: My, How You Have Grown!

By | May 16, 2012 at 12:20 am | 2,219 comments

By D. Arment Back in 2008, local musician Josh Heinz was lead singer and songwriter for the band Dufreign. As a father of an autistic son, he wanted to combine his love for playing live music with his need to spread awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He decided that the...

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Explore Your Backyard with Desert Adventures

Explore Your Backyard with Desert Adventures

By | May 16, 2012 at 12:04 am | 4,843 comments

By Marissa Willman Quick, pop quiz! Which desert do we live in? If your answer was “the 760” or “the hot one,” it’s probably time to book a Desert Adventures tour and learn a little about the history and ecology of the Arizona-Sonoran desert (there’s your pop...

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FIND Food Bank: Feeding the Food Insecure

FIND Food Bank: Feeding the Food Insecure

By | May 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm | 1,129 comments

By Marissa Willman About 8 million pounds of food was distributed by FIND Food Bank of Indio throughout eastern Riverside County last year, and with about one in seven people in the United States being food insecure, the food bank will distribute another 8 million pounds...

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Joshua Tree Music Festival Heats Up This Weekend

Joshua Tree Music Festival Heats Up This Weekend

By | May 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman The low desert’s music festivals have come and gone. Now, it’s time for the high desert to transform into a musical experience at this weekend’s Joshua Tree Music Festival. Festival founder and organizer Barnett English intentionally gave the...

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Support and Education for Local Music and Arts

Support and Education for Local Music and Arts

By | May 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | 2,534 comments

._By Selma Grows This week we introduce the locally founded Public Benefit Corporation Support and Education for Local Music and Arts, fondly called S.E.L.M.A. by the Coachella Valley community. Late 2007 a simple lunchtime conversation between two friends about the...

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Where to Treat Mom on Her Special Day

Where to Treat Mom on Her Special Day

By | May 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm | 546 comments

By Marissa Willman Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the special mothers in your life. But before you rush out to buy a “Best Mom Ever” trinket or pick out a new vacuum cleaner, check out Coachella Valley Weekly’s picks for some truly great ways to show...

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Fluffy and Friends Bring the Funny

Fluffy and Friends Bring the Funny

By | May 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm | 711 comments

By Marissa Willman “It’s like WWE meets the Food Network.” This is how comedian Gabriel Iglesias, better known to his fans as Fluffy, described his Stand-Up Revolution tour. With five of his tear-inducing funny friends in tow, the comedy tour brought nearly three...

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PSWIFT’s Press Panel Puts Media Members in the Hot Seat

PSWIFT’s Press Panel Puts Media Members in the Hot Seat

By | May 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm | 860 comments

By Marissa Willman Palm Springs Women in Film and Television will put members of the media in the hot seat on Saturday at its annual PSWIFT Luncheon, where a press panel discussion will give the public an opportunity to ask hard-hitting questions to members of the local...

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Profiles

Profiles

By | May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm | No comments

Patti Gribow Profile As the newly-elected president of the Palm Springs chapter of Women in Film and Television, local TV personality Patti Gribow brings more than 30 years of experience in television, stage and screen to the position. Gribow is the host of the “The Patti...

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Eve To Adam

Eve To Adam

By | May 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | No comments

“I’m calling from Baton Rouge, LA,” stated Taki Sassaris, lead singer/ guitarist and songwriter for the band Eve to Adam. “It’s our first day off in a week from being out on tour with Creed. We started April 1st and we’ve been everywhere. These guys really know how...

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Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo

By | May 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | 277 comments

By Marissa Willman   Dozens of craft beer, wine and food vendors will descend upon The Living Desert on Saturday to help raise funds for the desert wildlife and nature preserve. Craft brewers such as Hanagr 24, Big Sky and Coronado will bring a variety of ales,...

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By | May 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and plenty of local businesses are celebrating the increasingly popular Mexican holiday. From family-friendly fiestas to tequila-slinging soirees, the desert has plenty of options to enjoy this weekend. Here are...

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“Red Hot Date” to Bring Valley Singles Together

“Red Hot Date” to Bring Valley Singles Together

By | May 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | 4,342 comments

“Red Hot Date” to Bring Valley Singles Together By Marissa Willman Single in the desert? Valerie Wells and her crew at “Red Hot Date” might change that. The new local dating show to be filmed at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs is aimed at providing a new way...

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