3rd Annual Wine Tasting to Benefit Rosie’s Kids
Friday, November 8th 2013 * 7pm – 10pm at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Cost: $50 Individual ~ $90 Couple
Rosie’s Kids is hosting its 3rd annual wine and cheese tasting fundraiser in the 12th Floor Wine Bar at Fantasy Springs. Come sip delicious wine and enjoy cheese while listening to jazz music.
From soccer to piano lessons, to ballet or art class, there are so many extracurricular options for children here in the valley. But for many families the options don’t matter because they can’t afford all the extras that go along with those activities like cleats, music books, ballet shoes and art supplies. That’s why Rosie Welmas started Rosie’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps families afford to enroll their children in the activities they love.
Rosie’s Kids strives to make extracurricular activities more affordable for children and their families. Rosie Welmas, founder of Rosie’s Kids, says her organization was started because of the need she saw first-hand while coaching a group of children’s cheerleading squads. The organization helps offset the high cost of supplies needed to participate in extracurricular activities for children throughout the Coachella Valley, and helps them to become well-rounded individuals.
For more information on the 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Benefit Rosie’s Kids, contact Rosie Welmas at (760) 574-1828 or email

Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Music, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Bouncy Houses, Swing Chair Rides, Food & More
Make slimy gloop, ride a pony, join a garden scavenger hunt, explore science! These are just a few of the many exciting, family-friendly, fun activities that will be on tap for kids of all ages at The Children’s Discovery Museum’s Fall Family Extravaganza on Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Everyone can be a kid for the day enjoying an abundance of activities set up throughout the Museum’s spacious grounds and facilities. At the Children’s Discovery Museum, children and families thrive in an environment rich with interactive and creative exhibits that make learning fun. The Fall Family Extravaganza elevates the educational entertainment with even more exciting activities in a festive atmosphere.
Tickets for the family friendly day are $15 for members, and $20 for non-members. Tickets to the Extravaganza include entry to the Museum. Food tickets are $1 each. The special day of festivities is generously sponsored by Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center, RBC Wealth Management, The Shalhoub Family McDonald’s, and Susan & Ed Burger.

Saturday, November 9  10am-2pm
Do you have old electronics cluttering up your attic or garage? You can drop off your electronics and help raise money for FIND food bank. Members of the community and businesses are encouraged to clean out their garage or attic and donate their old electronics to a good cause. Bring all of your old electronics to the event, including, but not limited to: computers, monitors, televisions, printers, mobile phones, laptops, DVD players, VCRs, microwaves, calculators, iPods, cables and wires, telephones, fax machines, scanners, computer parts, and more. Saturday, November 9, 10am-2pm. StorAmerica Self Storage Indio 43421 Monroe Street Indio, CA. 92201. Free hot dogs, cold drinks and prizes for kids.

The 2nd Annual Fantasy Cupcake Challenge is back! Pop those delicious morsels in the oven and join the sweetest competition in town. On Sunday, November 17th, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians will play host to the 2nd Annual Fantasy Cupcake Challenge, a decadent baking competition with all the proceeds going to Well in the Desert, a non-profit organization that provides meals to those in need.
The Fantasy Cupcake Challenge includes invited professional chefs and bakers from top local restaurants as well as a group of folks who just like to bake for fun. Each participant can create a cupcake of their choosing, then the mouthwatering morsels will be judged and cash prizes handed out.
The most delicious part, from 1pm-4pm, the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge is open to the public. Everyone will be able to browse the aisles of cupcakes and tantalize their taste buds with cupcake samples from ALL the participating bakers. The event also includes boutique vendors selling handmade items and unique gifts, baking demonstrations, a silent auction and live music. Also included with the ticket, is complimentary tastings of wine, champagne and international coffee.
Admission to the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge is $30 for adults $10 for children. If you bring three canned/non-perishable goods to the box office the day of the event, you will receive $5 off admission.
We are accepting entries for the amateur category online NOW! For tickets, details or to enter the contest, log on to


Zoo Announces Camel Rides For the Public Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 20th
Imagine yourself on a camel, gliding across the sands of the Sahara desert in a caravan of desert traders on your way to the exotic pyramids. Now imagine yourself riding a camel right here in the Coachella Valley! Starting Wednesday, November 20th, The Living Desert will be offering camel rides to children age 3+ and adults for only $5.00.
These nomadic, legendary animals have a characteristic rocking gait unlike any other animal. Last year, The Living Desert offered rides on two camels, Cleopatra and Augustus, and they became one of the park’s most popular attractions.
“We’re thrilled to have camel rides back this year! They’re amazing animals and our guests learn a lot about them when they’re here,” says Liz Hile, Curator of Animals. “It’s interesting watching how they interact with people, and we’re looking forward to introducing them to our visitors this year.”
Daily camel rides will be offered to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the upcoming WildLights events, camel rides will also be available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The rides are $5.00 per person per ride. For more information, visit or contact 760-346-5694.

“Best Party in the Valley” to Recognize Pivotal Contributions of Valley Philanthropists
Stroke Recovery Center will host its 34th annual Winter Wonderland Ball on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage. Lee Appel and Harold Matzner will serve as co-chairs for the black tie gala, which will honor several Valley philanthropists.
This year’s honorees are Valley philanthropist Donna MacMillan, Stroke Recovery Center board member Harvey Gerber and his wife, Angie, and Dr. Javed Siddiqi, head of the Primary Stroke Center at Desert Regional Medical Center. Dr. Siddiqi has been instrumental in making the most advanced stroke treatments and equipment available to local patients, and will be honored with the Ann Angel Award. The late Ann Angel was a longtime supporter of Stroke Recovery Center, and her family remains dedicated to the organization. “We are honored to show our tremendous appreciation and support for the charitable work that is being done by so many here in our Valley,” says Beverly Greer, Chief Executive Officer of Stroke Recovery Center. “There are so many outstanding individuals who commit themselves to the care of others, and we are privileged to honor a few of these wonderful persons who make the Valley a better place to live.”
The evening begins with a hosted cocktail reception and a silent auction at 6 pm followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment at 7 pm. A lively music program by Wayne Foster Entertainment is back by popular demand and will have the whole room dancing. Tickets are $350 per person and may be purchased by calling 760-323-7676 x112. RSVP is requested by November 19.

20th Annual Event is Free to Public and Features Some of World’s Top LGBT Tennis Players
AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) has been selected by the Desert Tennis Association as the benefitting charity for the 2013 Palm Springs Open Tennis Tournament. The 20th annual tournament takes place from Friday to Sunday, November 29 –through Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the following host sites: Mission Hills Country Club, Monterey Country Club, Rancho Las Palmas Country Club, and Plaza Racquet Club. The event is free to the public and a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction and dinner will benefit AAP.
“AAP has an excellent track record in providing critical services to those living with AIDS here in our desert community,” says Tournament Director Nabil Najjar. “We strongly believe in this organization as a trusted and cost-efficient provider of critical services, supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, which make it a great match for our organization.”
Mission Hills Country Club will host a banquet at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 30. Tickets for the banquet are $40 per person and include a no-host cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment. Those who donate to the tournament on behalf of AAP, via a gift certificate, raffle item, or silent auction item, will be recognized publicly at the event and in an advertisement featured in the tournament player book.
Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides food to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760/325-8481 or visit

Saturday, January 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present Morris Day & The Time and Sheila E for an evening of funkalicious R&B on Saturday, January 25th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at Spotlight 29 Casino’s Spotlight Showroom offers the premier entertainment experience in the Coachella Valley.
Morris Day & The Time and Sheila E in concert together at the Spotlight Showroom presents fans with a double dose of sexy, masterful R&B performances. Both shot to pop super stardom through their work with Prince during his Purple Rain period. Sheila E astounded audiences with her rock solid performances on the Purple Rain tour, and her rousing vocals on Prince’s hit songs “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Erotic City.” Morris Day captivated audiences with his critically acclaimed appearance in the film Purple Rain, where he solidified his playboy stage persona.
A few of Sheila E’s countless memorable career highlights include her hit songs, “The Glamorous Life,” and “A Love Bizarre,” her participation in the “We Are the World” session, and a recent gig as celebrity judge on Fox’s “The Next Great American Band.” Morris Day hits like, “Jungle Love,” and “Cool,” remain fan favorites for their timeless rhythm and blues brilliance.
Spotlight 29 Casino encourages fans to purchase tickets early for Morris Day & The Time and Sheila E. Tickets for the concert are $45, $35, and $25 and are available at, Star Tickets (800) 585-3737, or the Spotlight 29 Box Office and Gift Shop. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.