By Tracy Dietlin

Six years ago when I started CV Weekly I had no idea what the future would hold; I just knew that I had to follow my dream of starting my own publication. I made a decision and 3 weeks later CV Weekly came to fruition. It was not just my dream, but that of several writers that came on board from day one, wanting to bring a new publication to this valley.

From day one our Mission Statement has been: Our goal at CV Weekly is to provide our readers with content that appeals to every age, race, gender, life style and income level. We will cover community events and newsworthy issues with a fresh perspective.

We want to be the ONLY weekly paper that you want or need to pick up for music, movies, live theatre, dining, casinos, business, fashion, sports, mind, body & spirit, health, fitness & beauty, book reviews, politics and culture. From Palm Springs to Coachella and every city that lies between. We are here to serve the entire Coachella Valley as well as the hi-desert cities.

WHO reads Coachella Valley Weekly? EVERYBODY does!

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I feel that we have accomplished that and we continue to strive to bring our readers quality content as well as our advertisers a publication that gets their message out there.

I am extremely proud of my whole team. They are all listed here on page 3 so I won’t name them all again here. Without ALL of you we would not be able to continue week after week to deliver this paper to the valley. THANK YOU TEAM!!

So we have several CV Weekly events coming up and I would like to take this space to make sure our readers know about them. Please SAVE the DATES:

6 Year Anniversary Party – Thursday, April 5 from 6-10pm @ Big Rock Pub.  Come out and celebrate this milestone with the CV Weekly team. Free event and open to the public. Entertainment provided by: Lisa Lynn Morgan, The Flusters, Bobby Taffolla & Chelsea Sugarbritches, Josh Heinz, Michael Keeth, and Lance Riebsomer.

The Whizards Reunion Show – Saturday, April 7 from 8:00pm @ The Hood Bar & Pizza. This show is long overdue and all the Whizards fans finally get their wish. They will be supported by Brain Vat, The Hellions and special guest Nick Oliveri. $5.00 at the door. See article on The Whizards by Jason Hall in this issue.

CV Music Showcase (last preliminary round) – Sunday, April 8 9:00 pm. Four bands will battle it out to advance to win $200.00 and advance to the Finals. Bands competing are: Rogue Ogre, Krystofer Do, Kill the Radio and Ormus. Free show.

Saturday, May 12 – The CV Music Showcase Finals @ The Hood Bar & Pizza at 8:00pm. Bands that have already made it into the Finals are: Manuel the Band, CMF’s, Sleazy Cortez, Willdabeast and the band who wins the preliminary round on April 8. There will also be a Wild Card pick from all the preliminary rounds. The winning band will receive $2,000 cash sponsored by The Hood Bar (1,000) and Julie Montante of PSA Organica (1,000) along with a one song recording at Arthur Seay’s Bitter Sands Recording Studio and a Photo Shoot with Laura Hunt Little Images. $5.00 at the door.

May 3 – Publish date for the Top 12 Most Interesting & Influential Men of 2018 Issue

May 10 – Publish date for the Top 12 Most Interesting & Influential Women of 2018 Issue

Top 12 Most Interesting Men & Women Awards Ceremony/Party Charity Fundraiser – Thursday, May 17 from 6-10pm to be held @ Hard Rock Hotel PS. Last year we raised almost $5,000 for 2 charities. This year we hope to double if not triple that. There will be a healthy competition between all 24 Men & Women selected to bring the most people to the event to win one of the four cash prizes awarded to their charities of choice. More details to be announced in next week’s issue.

CV Music Awards Pre-Show – Thursday, May 31 @ Big Rock Pub

6th Annual CV Music Awards Main Show – Sunday, June 3 @ Hard Rock Hotel PS from 6-9 pm with VIP party to follow. Details to be announced in next week’s issue. Check out the list of nominees in this week’s issue and go to www.coachellavalleyweekly.com to vote for your favorite bands and artists in   categories. We have some surprises in store for this year’s event. Ticket link coming soon.

Thank you for supporting all of our events. While we look forward to some vacation time this summer but we can’t rest on our laurels. Look for CV Weekly to announce the launch of another new separate bi-monthly publication at the Men’s & Women’s party on May 17. This new publication will hit the streets in September 2018.