First Weekend Art Walk, New Shops and Extended Hours
The El Paseo Shopping District is heating up while the Coachella Valley cools down for the 2013-2014 season. With the change in seasons comes much anticipated signature events and new happenings, such as the Annual Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, October 27 at 1pm, First Weekend Art Walk beginning November 1, extended shopping hours on the First Friday, and many new shops and restaurants to explore.
As part of Palm Desert’s new monthly citywide event, First Weekend, El Paseo is pleased to participate with First Weekend El Paseo Art Walk starting on November 1 from 4-8pm. Strollers can shop in-store events during extended shopping hours, enjoy the receptions and new exhibits in the many art galleries, and view the classic cars that will be cruising El Paseo as Cruise Night kicks off their season. First Weekend will take place every month through May.
A number of retail fronts have recently made their mark on the acclaimed El Paseo avenue including Aveda Experience Center, Blonde clothing boutique, Classic Art Gallery, Inland Injury Center, Jos. A. Bank, Mares Menswear of El Paseo, Out of the Closet Designer Consignment, Penny Lane, Robert Rose Photography, Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Thairapy, The Art of Shaving, Uno de 50, Wilma & Frieda’s and Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar.
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Happy 75th Anniversary to Palm Springs Woman’s Club! Palm Springs Woman’s Club was formed in 1938 and incorporated in 1939 with 65 charter members, many of whom were pioneers of the area. The season opener “MargaritaVille” on October 27th is the first event planned to kick off the 75th Anniversary. Dress for the occasion and enjoy a Caribbean dinner catered by Personal Chef Robert Wepplo, owner of Bistro a Go-Go. The Evaro Brothers will provide the entertainment for the evening. The club is looking to grow their membership this year and current members are inviting outside guests to experience and learn more about the club. Any interested potential members who would like to attend please contact Mej Grofer at (760) 325-3636 or
On November 13th at Smoke Tree Ranch an official 75th Anniversary Party is being planned that will include a slide presentation of the seven decades of the clubs service to the Palm Springs community. The clubs Annual Scholarship/Philanthropy Luncheon and Fashion Show March 28th will be held at the Palm Springs Riviera Resort & Spa titled A Black & White Affair. Teas, luncheons and events are scheduled throughout 2014 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary. More information can be found on the clubs website at or contact Membership Chair Denise Hoetker at (760) 320-4091.

The Friends of the COD Library cordially invite you to a special event:
Name of Event: Meet the Author and Book signing
Date, time, location: November 7, 2013, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Catalan Restaurant, 70026 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage (between Country Club and Frank Sinatra)
Brief Description of event: Introducing author of Roots of the Vines, Arlene Morgan who will discuss her latest novel and the process of co-authoring a book. Includes tapas, wine and copy of the book
Name of Non-profit: Friends of the College of the Desert Library
Event Price: $35 (includes tapas, wine and book)
Public contact telephone number: 760-333-9689
Palm Springs Writers Guild Upcoming Meeting/Program: “Four Ways Authors Make Money from Publishing: Fingers on Your Keyboard to Dollars in Your Bank Account.” with Literary Agent and Entertainment Attorney Paul Levine On November 2nd From 2:00pm-4:00pm At The Rancho Mirage Library.
Meetings Are Open To Non-Members. There is no charge for this event sponsored by Palm Springs Writers Guild.

Mr. Levine “wears two hats”–he is a lawyer ( and a literary agent ( He has practiced entertainment law for over 30 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theatre companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising.
In 1998, Mr. Levine opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and television rights in and to books. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 100 adult, young adult, and children’s fiction and non-fiction books to at least 50 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.


Four years ago this Pride Weekend, Raymond McCallister and Larry Abel launched their Art • Style • Innovation boutique in what soon became known as the Uptown Design District. In 2011 when they opened Raymond | Lawrence, a curated collection of offerings, brands and choices for lovers of style, ASI moved in, and became part of the now thriving store at the heart of the design district.
In celebration of their anniversary and as part of the Greater Palm Springs Pride official events, ASI will host a Palm Springs Pride Weekend kickoff party on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6-8 pm at Raymond | Lawrence, 830 North Palm Canyon Drive. Donations to benefit Palm Springs Pride are appreciated.
Greater Palm Springs Pride, now in its 28th year, is calling the event The Uptown Design District Chill-Out, and encourages everyone to enjoy an evening of art, style, design and dining as Palm Springs’ trendiest neighborhood celebrates Pride with late night food, drink, shopping and music. A fabulous mid century, modern, chic Uptown merchant filled gift basket will be raffled during the evening.
For more information about Raymond | Lawrence, call (760) 322-3344 or visit

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is offering the following classes:
October 26 Hike Wall Street Mill to Barker Dam
October 26 Map and Compass for Families
October 26 & 27 GPS Navigation Techniques
November 2 Geology of the San Andreas Fault
November 2 & 3 Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Cooking in Joshua Tree National Park
November 3 Desert Discovery Quest for Families
For more info: Contact:
Kevin Wong (temporary number) 442-666-4977

WHY: Worldwide, one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and stroke claims a life every six seconds.
MORE: Stroke Recovery Center, the only facility of its kind offering free long-term rehabilitation for the survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury, invites you to stand in solidarity with them on World Stroke Day to help raise awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.
Consider Stroke Recovery Center your local resource for learning about the warning signs of stroke using F.A.S.T., an acronym that stands for:
· F – Face Drooping
· A – Arm Weakness
· S – Speech Difficulty
· T – Time to Call 911
For more information about stroke awareness and Stroke Recovery Center call 760-323-7676 or visit