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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
By Crystal Harrell The Coachella Valley continues to persevere through the ongoing battle against the spread of the coronavirus, slowly resuming operations of previously closed businesses and opening more testing facilities. One such clinic that has been treating patients stricken with COVID-19 is the Palm Springs-based Desert AIDS Project. Established in 1984, the Desert AIDS Project (DAP) is a Federally Qualified...
By Crystal Harrell Small businesses and industries have taken a significant hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many establishments were forced to limit their operations or have remained closed under government orders. Even with social distancing limitations in place, the local chambers across the Coachella Valley have continued to support members during quarantine through the financial hardships. The Rancho Mirage Chamber...
By Crystal Harrell As more businesses start to open their doors and the state of California slowly removes restrictions to set the economy back in motion, the announcement has been made that several casinos will be open to the public, including Agua Caliente, Morongo, Spotlight 29, Tortoise Rock, and Pechanga Resort. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will reopen its casinos...

FITZ and Friends

Sunday, May 24, 2020 9 p.m. on FOX 11 PALM SPRINGS Benefitting the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission By Noe Gutierrez Along with paving the way for others, a pioneer also settles in a region in order for that area to be utilized and developed by others. CV104.3 radio host, musician and concert promoter jimi ‘FITZ’ Fitzgerald experienced homelessness at a young...
By Dee Jae Cox What makes a great play?  It starts with an amazing script.  A play can be produced a multitude of times, in black-box theatres and thousand seat arenas.  It can feature well known performers or local talent.  Yet regardless of venue or performers, a well written script will always prevail upon any stage.  Such is the case...
Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, Palm Springs, CA After an eight-week COVID-19-induced closure, Cheeky’s reopens for takeout by hosting a pancake breakfast to benefit Keep Shining Palm Springs. 100% of the proceeds from pancake sales go to the fund aiding Coachella Valley small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Keep Shining has been hosting an online merchandise-based fundraising campaign (bit.ly/keepshiningpsp)...
By Craig Michaels They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, it leaves the question: how much is video worth? For many, the use of video in their private and business lives has become increasingly essential. According to an online source, viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video, compared...
Servicing the Coachella Valley in Indio CA Bob Williams Nursery was established in 1963 by Bob's father and has been run by the second generations since 1996. Since establishment, their family-owned business has shared their love for plants, the outdoors and the Coachella Valley. Full-Service Nursery With more than 4 acres of plants, trees, flowers, shrubs, and cactus, they are one of...

Virtual Viewing

Thursday, May 21 Warsaw Poland Bros – Facebook – 11:30am Sergio Villegas – Facebook – 3pm Hey Bertha – Facebook – 5pm Cody White and the Easy Ride – Facebook – 7:30pm Nicholas J. Sosa – Facebook – 10pm   Friday, May 22 Sergio Villegas – Facebook – 3pm Slim Man – Facebook – 5pm Rose Mallett – Facebook – 5pm Derek Jordan Gregg  – Facebook – 6pm Michael Keeth –...
By Eleni P. Austin                 These are dark days for a number of industries. One that has been hit the hardest is the music business. In the face of the pandemic, album releases have been shelved or postponed. Tours, the true lifeblood for any working musician have been delayed indefinitely. As labels, artists and venues begin to create new business...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Though many places will remain under quarantine from the Corona Virus, it won’t stop us from enjoying Memorial Day weekend. There are plenty of fun things to do, but keeping safety in mind is a priority! Travel Safety Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Be well rested, alert and patient; give your full attention to the...

WORTH A WATCH

By Robin E. Simmons In the last month, there has been a measurable and considerable increase in local marijuana and alcohol sales that coincide with the huge online bump of the streaming and bingeing of older and in some cases truly classic films.  The purchase of physical discs and VOD files have also seen a significant spike.  Although movie studios...
By Janet McAfee Recent news reports showed rows of empty kennels at animal shelters.  Those kennels tell the story of happy endings for homeless animals adopted by homebound Americans seeking pet companionship during the pandemic.  Now as California begins to reopen some businesses and work places, many of those adopters are heading back to work.  Most of these rescue pups...
By Rick Riozza With the new normal in place, we wine columnists are taking the opportunity to ply our trade through virtual tastings with the winemakers.  And it’s as exactly as it sounds: we sample the winery’s proffered wines on this side of the computer, and, the winemaker samples along with us as he or she describes what it all...
By Aaron Ramson When I was eight years old, I wanted to make a club for kids who specifically loved Masters of the Universe lunch boxes, Weird Al’s second album, Biff from Back to the Future, and Samantha Fox’s denim jacket. To the shock of no one but myself, not a single kid in the third grade (or the entire...

Hoover 2.0

By Haddon Libby Due to the global economic shutdown, it is increasingly likely that the United States is entering only its second depression in 150 years.  The depth of this economic decline will be decided in large part by the actions of our elected leaders over the next few months. To understand the difference between a depression and a recession, a...
There is some attempted legislation calling for a .05 to be the national legal limit throughout the USA. However today it is .08 is most states. Many drivers mistakenly believe that as long as they are below .08 they are in the clear. However, an arrest could still take place if some of these factors are present: The DA would...
By Bronwyn Ison As time continues to pass during quarantine, I believe the time that we have now should be utilized with full and positive intentions. It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole and wonder what will happen and what’s next. Stop! If you haven’t already, begin using this downtime to figure out what is next. For me, I’ve enrolled...
© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Excellence does not require perfection," wrote Aries author Henry James. Now I'm conveying this brilliant counsel to you—just in time for the season when it will make good sense to strive for shining excellence without getting bogged down in a debilitating quest for perfection. Have fun re-committing yourself to doing the...
By Heidi Simmons “This year cancellations in the last two months alone have deprived Coachella Valley businesses of roughly $2 billion in revenue and caused approximately 600,000 visiting tourists to abort their plans,” said Joe Wallace, CEO, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. “The current disruptions mean that the visitor-dependent Coachella Valley is among the most negatively impacted places on the planet.” The...
By Heidi Simmons “The Corona virus is not going to disappear,” said Representative, Raul Ruiz, M.D., 36th Congressional District.  “We need to reduce the transmission rate until we have a safe vaccine and stop the spread around the globe.  We need to focus right now, because we haven’t reached the levels for containment.” Ruiz has stepped up as a leader not...

FIND YOUR OASIS

The Official Music Video from The Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau By Noe Gutierrez With almost 4K views in its first several days, the official music video and tourism campaign titled, “Find Your Oasis” is a beautifully orchestrated art piece a year in the making. Focused on the storyline of a young woman played by cellist Michelle Packman “chasing...
By Tracy Dietlin MICHAEL KEETH: The Voice Michael Keeth is a soulful singer-songwriter and fulltime musician. He was working 6 days a week, many days performing 2 gigs to support his family, until quarantine happened. He has a loyal following and gains new fans at every show. I tagged him with the nickname “The Voice” several years ago and it has...
By Dee Jae Cox Theatre is most often referred to as a collaborative art.  Though it is easy to imagine the isolated playwright, pounding away on a keyboard, blood and sweat pouring onto the pages in their creation of unique characters, twisted plots and storylines, filled with a plethora of emotions, those words on the page are meant to been...
By Daniel Paris In 1941, Travis Dickey opened first in Dallas, Texas. The menu featured brisket, polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, smoked turkey, marinated smoked chicken, pulled-pork shoulder, and St. Louis cut smoked pork ribs. Sides include jalapeno beans, mac & cheese, criss-cut fries, and buttery rolls. The menu has remained intact even though there are now five hundred franchises...
By Raul Ruiz and Michael R. Reich Our nation is now entering a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic, as we seek to reopen the economy while protecting the public’s health. These two objectives are not in conflict. Indeed, we must do both together. We developed a five-point checklist to guide efforts to open up safely, based on the best available...
By Chris Clemens Under Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan, we are now seeing local Coachella Valley retailers welcoming customers back via curbside service. A welcome sign for many to see after being hunkered down at home for two months, especially the small business owners themselves. While some have offered online ordering, others have been completely closed. We spoke...
ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER Cove Oasis Trailhead is a 114-acre natural open space area that is located at the southernmost part of the Cove.  Access to the Cove Oasis area is located on Calle Tecate.  Trails such as the Boo Hoff and Bear Creek can be accessed from the trailhead.  Amenities include: Picnic tables & benches Hiking trails Water...
Thursday, May 14 Warsaw Poland Bros – Facebook – 11:30am Sergio Villegas – Facebook – 3pm Hey Bertha – Facebook – 5pm Coachella Valley – Courtney Chambers – Facebook – 7pm Cody White and the Easy Ride – Facebook – 7:30pm Nicholas J. Sosa – Facebook – 10pm Friday, May 15 Sergio Villegas – Facebook – 3pm Slim Man – Facebook – 5pm Rose Mallett – Facebook – 5pm Derek...
By Eleni P. Austin                 Stylistically, the music of The Claudettes is all over the map. That’s a good thing. The Chicago four-piece refer to their sound as Garage Cabaret, but that doesn’t completely cover their nonpareil approach.                 The band began life as a duo in 2011. Johnny Iguana (piano, keys) and Michael Caskey (drums) had made their bones as...
By Janet McAfee One day in 2013, Lindi Biggi was at her Loving All Animals’ office in Palm Desert when a woman rushed in carrying a beautiful tan and white Spaniel dog.  She excitedly explained she was a volunteer at the old Indio Animal Shelter (now closed), and she stole the dog upon learning he was about to be euthanized. ...
By Rick Riozza Now that we’re finding stay-at-home family patio parties the norm, I thought we’d chime in on some BBQ wine suggestions to enjoy before it gets too hot here in the desert to even go out and grill! By now we desert dwellers know that a juicy Zinfandel goes great with juicy burgers; a nice chilled brut rosé Champagne...
By Robin E. Simmons During this unprecedented era where many of us have to stay home first quarter 2020 movie purchases and rentals hit $596 million in March, showing a massive 48% increase over last March’s numbers and making March the biggest month ever for digital transactions. Have we shifted our movie going experience to sitting in front of our huge...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna Recent rains have provided snakes the opportunity to mate a little longer. Generally, rattlesnakes emerge from hibernation into April, or when the average daytime temperatures reach and remain about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas. They have been found in urban areas, in lakesides, parks, and at golf courses. There...
By Haddon Libby Despite wall-to-wall news coverage on COVID-19, it is hard to know how the Coachella Valley is doing relative to the rest of California, the United States or the rest of the world.  John Hopkins University hosts a COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering.  Using their real-time data through May 10, 2020 along with local...
The COVID 19 Stay Home Orders are perfect for scammers because we are all home to receive the scam calls which usually suggest it is too good to be true. These phone scammers will say ANYTHING and push any button to get you to say yes. They will threaten, praise, act like the consummate expert or speak like your...
BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK There is a newfound willingness to give Keto a try after sheltering at home for a while.  I’m finding people reaching out because they’re tired of gaining weight, living in a carb coma, they are finally motivated to get healthy and build their immune system. The questions I’m getting are: “how do I start the Keto diet”...
By Aimee Mosco “Before we choose to incarnate in a physical body, we lay out an intricate plan of what intend to accomplish and experience during the lifetime. We specify with whom we will connect and engage, and we form agreements with other souls…” Gratitude + Forgiveness x (Love) = Happiness, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, pg. 13 We...
By Bronwyn Ison During our uncertain times I’m sure most of us have taken to some silent moments. It may be that you’ve been able to collect yourself or you are finding that you are confused. As we navigate through all of this together, finding stillness and silence may reveal a lot of what you can do and plan for...
© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): During a pandemic, is it possible to spread the news about your talents and offerings? Yes! That's why I suggest you make sure that everyone who should know about you does indeed know about you. To mobilize your efforts and stimulate your imagination, I came up with colorful titles for you...
BY RUTH HILL R.N. With prolonged mandated house confinement anxiety is becoming an unwelcomed friend. You feel it when you try to sleep when you wake up in the morning and during the day when you worry how to feed your children with no income. Your two-year old is running around the house oblivious to the reason he cannot go...
By Dee Jae Cox The tradition of dimming the lights on Broadway began in the 1950s. It was reported that house lights in all Broadway theaters were first dimmed in honor of Gertrude Lawrence, who died of viral hepatitis at age 52 in September 1952 while she was starring in the Broadway musical “The King and I.” It continued in...
By Dee Jae Cox Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” It is with such reverence that one can view the great success and depth of giving, that actress/director, Judith Chapman has committed to her long and memorable career.  Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Chapman,...
By Crystal Harrell From May 3rd to the 9th, the nationally recognized Travel and Tourism Week stands as a way to  celebrate the value travel holds for the country’s economy, businesses, and personal wellbeing by the U.S. population. While it might be difficult to quench the wanderlust cravings during the time of a COVID-19 quarantine, there are plenty virtual solutions...
By Noe Gutierrez Each week Coachella Valley Weekly will provide you with an update on several of our favorite artists and what they are up to. This week we first want to provide an all-embracing thank you to ALL of the Coachella Valley and High Desert artists who are persevering through the pandemic and have maintained their skillful drive despite the...
By Tracy Dietlin The members of these three bands have been nominated for countless CV Music Awards and have won  several. Unfortunately the CV Music Awards had to be postponed this year like every other event. 5th Town released their first CD on March 7th and we’re looking forward to doing a CD release party right before COVID- 19 quarantine...
The Unforgettables Foundation, a unique & essential 501(c)(3) charity in SoCal (and other regions across the US and Canada) is seeing the first wave of cases where COVID caused lay-off’s & cut hours are complicating the already huge crisis & calamity on grief stricken families of trying to pay for a child’s funeral. Founder CEO Tim Evans, M.Div., CFEE reports...
Eight new locations will test additional 1,000 people per day Riverside County residents who want to be tested for coronavirus will be able to choose among eight new testing sites being offered by state health officials starting Wednesday. The locations, which are spread throughout the county, are in addition to the four drive-up testing sites – Perris, Indio, Riverside and Lake...
By Eleni P. Austin       Twenty years into the 21st century no one could have envisioned that the inhabitants of planet earth would be experiencing “quarantine fatigue.” If you feel yourself coming down with a case, an easy way to lift your spirits and nourish your soul is by listening to Jonathan Wilson’s newest long-player, Dixie Blur.       Born in late...

Virtual Viewing

Thursday, May 7 Warsaw Poland Bros – Facebook – 11:30am Sergio Villegas – Facebook – 3pm Hey Bertha – Facebook – 5pm Cody White and the Easy Ride – Facebook – 7:30pm Nicholas J. Sosa – Facebook – 10pm Friday, May 8 Sergio Villegas – Facebook – 3pm Slim Man – Facebook – 5pm Rose Mallett – Facebook – 5pm Derek Jordan Gregg and Jetta King – Facebook –...

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