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Shake that Date!

By Denise Ortuno The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival kicks off Friday, February 16th, through Sunday, February 25th in Indio. In honor of the festival, we give homage to one of the tastiest Date creations around, the Date Shake. The Date Festival’s purpose is to celebrate the harvest of the Date Palm. The fair started out slowly in the...
BY FLINT WHEELER The Super Bowl is yesterday’s news, which means the next big event on the sports betting calendar is March Madness.  While we’re still a month away from the college basketball postseason, “Bracketologists” are closely studying the potential field of 68 teams trying to figure out which NCAA programs have what it takes to crack the opening weekend of...

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK

BY ALEXANDRA MIKLOSOVA My name is Alexandra Miklosova, and I have been in real estate here in the Coachella Valley for over 10 years. Currently, I am a Realtor and Creative Marketing Strategist for Lux Box Agency and I absolutely love what I do! I love our valley, I love real estate and I love social media! Out of the...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. Valentine’s Day was started in 270 AD when Emperor Claudius II executed two men with the name Valentine in different years on February 14th. Instead of showering our lover or prospective lover with chocolates, flowers, and candlelight dinners, here are some suggestions for gifts to your wife, husband, son or daughter, mother or father. Give the gift...
BY LOLA ROSSI A few weeks ago, I met with Lorie Loftis of Venus De Fido in Drive in Palm Desert. Our meeting was mainly to discuss the upcoming Entertainment Schedule for February, but the venue is so much more. “I want to bring good music to people, good dancing and good times to remember,” said Loftis. They have Happy Hour...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan's highest peak. If you're in good shape, you can reach the top in seven hours. The return trip can be done in half the time -- if you're cautious. The loose rocks on the steep trail are more likely to knock you off your...
By: Bronwyn Ison Often times we have heard someone say, “I'm just going through something right now." When we hear these words, we have a tendency to refrain from inquiring what the person in experiencing. Why? Generally, we believe the person must be going through something adverse. Have you contemplated someone is going through something, translates into a poor experience? Truly,...

CANCER SCREENING

BY DR PETER KADILE Preventive medicine is something that I practice almost everyday. The guidelines for screening for cancer can change and are often confusing for everyone. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts in primary care and preventive medicine that reviews the evidence  and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services. I’d like to...

Listen Up!

By Sunny Simon      Recently my friend Barb and I attended a very enjoyable breakfast brunch. Later we met up with our spouses and  related stories the key note speaker told about his life. About half-way through Barb’s rendition of the speech, I realized we were both at the same meeting and yet, she heard more of the story than...
JOINED BY BRIGHTENER & THE FLUSTERS By Tracy Dietlin Black Water Gospel will be releasing their first 5-song self-titled EP on Sunday, February 18. There will be an EP release party that evening from 7-10pm at Big Rock Pub. The EP will also be available on iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify the same day. The wait is finally over for Black...
BY TRICIA WITKOWER Janis Joplin’s unmistakable voice and electric presence had America enraptured in the late 1960s and in 1970, before her untimely passing at age 27. Now, almost 50 years later, you can enjoy her most famous hits in the show, A Night with Janis Joplin, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Friday, February 9. I talked to Janis’...
BY TRACY DIETLIN Alex Antonio Perez lost his one year and three-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer on Wednesday, January 31, a little after 7:00 am. His devoted wife, Jennifer, was by his side. Alex fought the disease with everything he had. After being diagnosed in October of 2016, he had several surgeries, many chemo and radiation treatments, tried several...
Sunday, February, 11at Hard Rock Palm Springs with Acoustic Listening Party to Follow By Jason Hall Senses Fail is set to perform an intimate acoustic show during Hard Rock Palm Springs’ listening party. They will be previewing their new album, If There Is Light, It Will Find You on Sunday, February, 11 at 6:00pm. The preview of the album will be...
By Denise Ortuno Valentine’s Day is only a week away. It is by far the busiest night in the restaurant business, basically because everyone wants to take their sweetheart out on Valentine’s. If you plan to go out, and have yet to make a reservation, you better get on it. Because tables might be hard to come by on this most...
Call for Entries Open through February 15th; $5,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded to Winning Artists By Andrea Carter The City of Indio’s Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission invites all professional artists to apply for participation in the 10th Annual Art in the Square Chalk Festival in Indio, happening March 8-12, 2018, in Downtown Indio. Awards for participating professional artists will...
Skip Paige to be honored as “Great Friend to Kids Award” recipient By Cara Van Dijk The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert will celebrate its 30th year in the Coachella Valley on February 15, 2018 at the Clubhouse at BIGHORN. At this fundraiser, attendees will celebrate the past 30 years while supporting the Museum as it moves toward the future. This...
By Chris Clemens Martello The 8th Annual Matthew Varon Memorial Luncheon will be held on February 23, 2018, at Desert Willows Country Club in Palm Desert. Hosted by Helen Varon, known for her philanthropic commitment to Jewish organizations in the desert, she founded the event in memory of her grandson and to raise money for Israel Guide Dog Center for...
Best known for his victory on America’s Got Talent in 2007, Terry Fator captured the hearts and tickled the funny bones of America with his unique combination of celebrity impressions and his unparalleled voice. On Saturday, April 7th, Terry Fator brings his “It Starts Tonight” show to the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Returning with Fator will...
By Aaron Ramson I got alcohol poisoning when I was 18 years old, and I was pretty sure I was going to die of a hangover. According to friends, I’d drunk a half-bottle of vodka, then tottered two miles to my ex-girlfriend’s house where I triumphantly peed all over her dad’s truck. I staggered back to the party, demanded that someone...
By Craig Michaels A wine and food lover's dream will come true on February 17, 2018 during the Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater and Community Park. Guests will get a chance to sample over 200 incredible wines and cuisine from 15 of Rancho Mirage's very best chefs. Award winning wineries will be pouring their...
By Eleni P. Austin                 “Earth is just one big asylum, an explosive Prison cell/See us squirm in our own damaged spell.” Yep, Morrissey is back, and as usual, he’s happy, peppy and bursting with love.                 People either love or loathe Morrissey, he has evoked passionate opinions ever since he appeared on the music scene in the early ‘80s as...
By Angela Romeo There are book clubs and then there are book clubs. In the second in an on-going series Durden and Ray brings Book Club: Speedboat. Written by Renata Adler, published in 1976, Speedboat was a departure from what was acceptable fiction structure. The book centers on the world of Jen Fein. Told in a first person, in a...
BY JANET McAFEE A microchip with two disconnected phone numbers was the only clue to the identity of a stray matted dog running the streets of Palm Desert. A group of animal advocates connected through Facebook, and worked together to create an incredible reunion.  Sammy’s journey home was a miracle, separated by 10 years and 2,000 miles.  A good Samaritan rescued...
BY RICK RIOZZA Wine columnists pretty much have one column to tout their line-up of wine recommendations for the celebrated Day of Love.  Actually most of us lovers and Lotharios lovingly stretch this Valentines interlude to well over a week, making sure that we—well, spread the love! Champagnes, sparklers and bubblies are de rigueur for this amorous week.  And since we’re...

GUNS, GUILT & GHOSTS

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS NOW PLAYING: WINCHESTER As a kid I loved reading those paperbacks that contained collected true (?) accounts of weird and bizarre events and places.  Among my favorite topics was the legendary Winchester mansion in the Bay Area. I had no reason to believe that the heiress to the enormous Winchester rifle fortune was not stark-raving mad.  Her obsession with...

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

By Heidi Simmons ----- Light it Up by Nick Petrie – Fiction ----- Whether you like it or not, the cannabis industry is up and running.  It is a cash crop generating over a billion dollars a year.  Until the Federal government gets on board, cannabis commerce significantly lacks banking options.   Light it Up by Nick Petrie (Putnam, 387 pages) enters the marijuana market...
February is American Heart Month and Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with one in three deaths caused by heart disease and stroke.. It’s important you start taking some preventive measures one step at a time: Stop smoking. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a person can do to live longer. Cut...
By Haddon Libby The financial markets in 2018 have proven that the casual investor is at a significant disadvantage to professionals.  Whether investing in the stock markets or the unregulated world of cryptocurrencies, casual investors are at a distinct disadvantage to the people who work in those markets every day. To help you to avoid being the dumb money that professionals...

WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE?

You can't read any paper without reading about negligence in some form. But what is Negligence? In the first year of law school all law students have a class called TORTS. A Tort is a simply a civil wrong and the most common is Negligence which is the basis of all accident cases. We are taught that negligence is the...

CANNABIS & SEX

BY PATTE PURCELL I came across an interesting article the other day about cannabis and sex. With Valentine's Day looming I thought it offered some interesting ideas. What's your pleasure? Smoke, vape, nibble, or nosh, there are hundreds of ways to imbibe in your favorite cannabis treasures. The gift of cannabis is always welcome as any marijuana fan will tell you. Cannabis...
By FlintWheeler The NFL season ends on Sunday and leaves sports bettors seven long months to contemplate who will win Super Bowl LIII. Odds on which team will win the Big Game in 2019 are already live and, even though free agency and the draft are still months away, Tilted Sports is taking a couple shots in the dark at which...
Rise Up HobbyTown is the Only Hobby Shop & First Indoor R/C Track in the Coachella Valley Rise Up HobbyTown will host the Series Opener/Round #1 of the 3rd Annual Champion Touring Series R/C On-Road Racing (CTS3) on Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11 at their new Indoor R/C Carpet Track, located at 77583 El Duna Court – Suite H in...
BY BRUCE CATHCART Looks like this year the Coachella Valley is going to skip winter and go straight to spring!  With daytime temperatures in the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s this year in January and February we are definitely enjoying the best weather in the Nation.  Why would anyone want to be anywhere else?  This “Chamber of Commerce” weather means...

JEFF HARRISON

BY ELIZABETH SCARCELLA The iconic Nike slogan, Just Do It, and Shia LaBeouf’s motivational speech by the same title, reminds us that we must take action if we desire a great life. It is our right to Live Large…but ain’t nobody gonna do it for us. It is our individual choice to grab our License to Live Large and get...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2018 Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): British athlete Liam Collins is an accomplished hurdler. In 2017, he won two medals at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in South Korea. Collins is also a stuntman and street performer who does shows in which he hurtles over barriers made of chainsaws and leaps blindfolded through flaming hoops. For...

ACCEPTANCE

By Bronwyn Ison “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy Accepting others and self is a magnificent gift. It’s a gift that surpasses anything tangible.  Feeling accepted and being a part of something gives us incredible confidence.  Speaking of self-acceptance, it’s defined as, “an individual’s acceptance of all of...
We are getting hit hard with the flu bug this year. Please wash your hands as often as possible and stay home if you are sick.  How far away do I have to be from someone with the flu to prevent from catching it?  Infected people with the flu can spread it up to about 6 feet away. The flu virus...
By Sunny Simon      You’ve experienced it and so have I. Sooner or later, we all must to deal with those annoying  clients that make us nuts. You know the type. The one who makes you want to take cover when you see his or her name pop up on your cell phone or incoming email list.  They come in...
A City of Palm Desert First Weekend Featured Event BY TRICIA WITKOWER Palm Desert kicks up its heels and swings into full gear again this February when the City presents the exciting third annual Swing N’ Hops Street Party – an outdoor party celebrating swing dance, craft beer, art, classic cars, and live music in the heart of Palm Desert’s upscale...
By Heidi Simmons The Coachella Valley consists of nine contiguous cities each with its own municipal leadership election cycle and term limits.  Rancho Mirage has a five member City Council where the term of service is four years and the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are appointed annually on a rotational basis within the City Council.   Citizens vote on the second...
By Heidi Simmons Some CV people know, while many others may not, that the Rancho Mirage Public Library & Observatory and the City of Rancho Mirage hosts one of the best-known and prestigious festivals in the country!  When passes go on sale in March, they sell out in a few hours. It may be a surprise that it is not a...
By Jason Hall Anybody who is a local music fan has surely heard of Jesika von Rabbit. She has been a part of the local scene since the early 2000s, and has been going strong ever since. Her band, Gram Rabbit, has released several albums. In 2005 after the release of Music to Start a Cult To, the band earned...
By Tracy Dietlin Brandon Henderson recently came off of a 2 year hiatus from playing music and is currently doing shows all over the valley with the surf band The Woodys. Most people remember Henderson from performing in such bands as The Pedestrians, Half Astro and Parosella, however, he has been a member of many more bands as you will...

In The Name Of The Dead

By Olga Rodriguez In The Name Of The Dead (ITNOTD), the band that has strived to become the loudest and most obnoxious metal band in the Coachella Valley, and has succeeded in doing just that, is definitely shaking things up for the upcoming year!  Band members Luis Diaz (guitar), Tetsuo “Tut” Olivares (vocals), Woody (Bass and vocals), Justin Cira (drums)...
The owners of Cork & Fork and Cooking with Class have quietly opened Heirloom craft kitchen, a new farm-to-table concept, located at the corner of 50th and Jefferson, nestled between the borders of Indio & La Quinta in the Citrus Plaza (Ralph's Shopping Center). Featuring delicious scratch made soups, salads, small plates, sandwiches, signature dishes and take-away items, made with...
City of Indio, Desert Theatreworks & Palma City Launches New Music and Art Event The first-of-its-kind ‘Más Indio’ music and art show, featuring local bands and artists, will be held from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Indio Performing Arts Center (IPAC) on Saturday, February 10, 2018. A collaboration between the City of Indio, Desert Theatreworks and Palma City, Más...
BY PATTE PURCELL The stars came out to shine at 'A 420 Jazz Soiree' held in the beautiful 27,000 square ft. Venus de Fido in Palm Desert. Guests were treated to 3 national acts including 'blusion' star Deanna Bogart who rocked the grand piano. Celebrity guests including Michael D'Angelo sat down and sang at the piano to the delight of...
By Jason hall Local musician and songwriter Robert Poole teamed up with Hollywoodland Records to release White Door Revisited, which is a collection of songs Poole recorded between 1994 and 1996 in Washington. Poole’s roots are from Washington, however, he’s been a local fixture for years now. He can often be seen performing at Palm Canyon Roadhouse in Pam Springs....
By Kristen Elaine Watch out Coachella Valley! Word on the street is Van Vincent is the “freshest, sexiest and scariest new band to hit the valley.” Palm Springs residents’ Daniel “Diggler” and Karina Van Ron bring to you a combination of sophistication, class, depth, fun and excitement with a theatrical rawness to the stage. The passion woven into their music...

BEER SUCKS

By Aaron Ramson I remember the first time my dad was away for the weekend and I got into his stash of Natty Light. The refrigerator’s vegetable drawer was completely devoid of carrots and celery, but had a neatly stacked reserve of silver and blue cans (this explains my vitamin D deficiency and low-grade alcoholism completely, now that I think...

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