Every now and again we have to tell you a True Story. Cross our hearts…etc. There was a young couple walking along a river late afternoon of a lovely day (few mosquitoes) in the Midwest countryside, nuzzling and noodling, as young couples do. (Some old couples do, too, but that’s another story.) As they gazed out on the quietly moving river, they saw a body, face-up, floating on the water. In haste, they dialed 911 on their mobile and soon rescue came with all the bells and whistles, shouting, slipping, sliding and clanking down the river bank. At his point the body opened its eyes to see what all the commotion was about. It seems the gentleman’s body, very much alive, was contentedly floating in the rippling stream, simply taking advantage of the cool watery balm provided for his pleasure during the last days of summer. He was last seen standing in the sand oozing between his toes, shivering in a proffered towel as the sun slowly sank from view behind the pines. Moral? Nah. Summer needs no moral. Just sip it, splash in it, suck it dry! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 26, All Day! What a trip! The Palm Springs Art Museum still has seats available for a day of heat-escaping pleasure in San Diego with the Photography Collection Council. The luxurious motor-coach tour includes a visit to the studio of photographer Philipp Schotz Rittermann, and a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego with curator Deborah Klotchko. After a visit to other prominent museums, the day ends with a sunset reception in Rancho Santa Fe at the home of Stephen and Sandra Dorros, whose photography collection ranges from daguerreotypes to current prints. The tour leaves at 8am, and will have you home at 8pm. To R.S.V.P., please call PCC coordinator Brooke Devenney at 760-322-4818. PSAM hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Free admission Thursdays, 4-8pm and second Sunday of every month. Closed Mondays and major holidays. More information, go to

Saturday, August 25, 3pm to 8pm. “All about style” retailer Rosemarie Troy, whose beautiful boutique is a fashion fixture on El Paseo, will be opening its doors and inviting patrons to enjoy a special one-day summer sale with 10% of every sale going to benefit Martha’s Village and Kitchen, a partner of father Joe’s Villages and one of the largest providers in Riverside County of homeless services, including an emergency shelter and children’s programs. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as you sort through the racks of the finest designers featured from around the world, including Ming Wang, Baratelli, Lafayette, Bessi of Italy. These upscale clothing collections and others throughout the store are now offered at 40% to 75% off regular prices. Troy, 73255 El Paseo, Palm Desert, telephone 760-776-1101. For more information, contact Martha’s Village & Kitchen, 83791 Date Avenue, Indio, or visit

Friday, August 31, 7-9pm. Once in a Blue Moon! Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s Drum Circle honors the second moon of the month traditionally called the Blue Moon and you don’t want to be seen “standing alone without a dream in my heart,” so join the Institute of Mentalphysics as they host another of their monthly Drum Circles. Fair warning: The next
Blue Moon won’t be until July 2015, according to facilitator Sam Sloneker, so bring your family, friends, drums, shakers, tambourines and any other percussive instrument and join the party! Get wise moon children, because the full moon’s polarity effect created by the Sun and the Moon pulling in opposing directions with Earth in the middle brings on a period of intense energy and precarious balance (oops!). Playing together in a circle helps to ground and center the group according to legend, along with other benefits of creative togetherness, including community connection, relief of stress and strengthening of the immune system. Location: 59700 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree. More information, call the Center at 760-365-8371, or visit

Sunday, September 9, 6:30 – 9pm. “Party Hearty!” That’s the request on the invitation to a benefit for The Well in the Desert and it couldn’t be more fitting as an honor to the organization’s late friend Chuck Hodges. The charity provides daily hot meals, emergency food assistance, weekly supplemental food distribution, and access to community services to the working poor, the homeless, seniors, handicapped and others in need throughout the west end of the Coachella
Valley—and have for 15 years. Join the party in The Purple Room at Club Trinidad for music, dancing, dinner buffet. Entertainment will be provided by notable locals vocalist Lola Rossi, Reggie “Vision” Alexander and pianist Denise Motto. $35 per person, no-host bar. Call 760-323-8353 for reservations. Credit cards accepted, or pay at the door. Location: Club Trinidad, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Donate to Well in the Desert, PO Box 5312, Palm Springs, CA 92263.

Saturday, September 22, 8pm. Tickets going fast! Daryl Hall and John Oates are bringing their show titled “Do What You Want, Be What You Are Tour 2012” to the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and it’s lining up to be the hottest ticket for the number one selling duo in music history. Originally devoted disciples of soul, they have become soul survivors with musical influences on artists today in many genres—boy band harmonies, neo-soul to rap-rock fusion. From the ‘70s to the ‘80s they scored six #1 singles: “Rich Girl, “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “Sara Smile,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Every Time You Go Away.” They participated in the historic “We Are The World” session and closed the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. With the fortieth anniversary of their first album this year, Whole Oates, Hall and Oates are at the height of their powers. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. Tickets are $79, $59, $39 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via telephone 800-827-2946, or online at

No Sell-By Date for Sammy the Horse! Sponsors needed for the Humane Society’s First Horse groomed for adoption! We warn you this story is a blubber-blubber wet hankie fest, but it will have a happy ending thanks to readers like you according to the Humane Society of the Desert. Ready? Here we go. “Sammy spent the first part of his life on the racetrack until an injury left him on the sidelines and headed for a horrible fate. Gulp. Thankfully, a good Samaritan rescued him from his untimely demise and fostered him through his healing and rehabilitation.” Today, at the Humane Society, they are working on restoring his mind, body and spirit for adoption in a “forever home.” Here’s where you come in as a sponsor. One month, $450. One month boarding, $325. Ferrier and horseshoe, $330. One month hay, $120. One week Boarding, $81. One Month shavings, $75. One week’s hay, $30. One month carrots and apples, $25. Don’t say “neigh,” send check to Humane Society of the Desert, PO Box 2922, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Telephone 760-329-0203. Or visit and click on the “donate” button.

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