SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO HOSTS A WEEKEND OF TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN
SONG AND DANCE AT THE WINTER GATHERING POW WOW
Winter Gathering POW WOW Set For December 6-8, 2013
Native American culture will come alive with Native American song and dance at the festive Winter Gathering POW WOW presented by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians from Friday through Sunday, December 6-8, 2013, at the Spotlight 29 Casino Spotlight Showroom. Admission is free.
Native Americans from across the United States and Canada attend the gathering for a breathtaking display of traditional handmade dresses, dancing, songs, arts, crafts and food. For those who haven’t attended a POW WOW, this is an opportunity for people young and old to participate in a memorable cultural event steeped in Native American tradition and heritage.
The Winter Gathering POW WOW brings tribes together to compete in various dances and drum contests. In previous years, more than 300 people of all ages competed. Guests will see dancers in the “tiny tots” group (6 years and under), up to the “golden age” group, which will feature both men and women age 65 and older. Prizes are awarded for the top performers in every category. Be sure to join the fun on Saturday for the Spectacular Iron Man Fancy Special and on Sunday for our Men and Women’s Team Dance Special.
A highlight of the Winter Gathering POW WOW is the Grand Entry, where all of the tribal dancers enter the Showroom in a procession. Grand Entry times are Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy food, including authentic recipes like Native American Fry Bread and Indian Tacos. A variety of vendors will be on hand selling items such as Native American jewelry including, bracelets, earrings, turquoise jewelry, silver jewelry and beaded jewelry. There will also be Kachina Dolls, Native American Art Work as well as clothing and apparel, Navajo Pottery and traditional Dream Catchers.
Winter Gathering POW WOW hours:
Friday, December 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. estimated
Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. estimated
Sunday, December 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. estimated
(Winter Gathering POW WOW will close from approximately 5-7pm Saturday December 7th for a dinner break). For more information, call 866-377-6829 or visit www.Spotlight29.com.
About the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians:
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians trace their origins back to the Chemeheuvi, a peaceful and nomadic tribe whose territory once covered Utah, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. In 1867, a group of Chemeheuvi settled at the Oasis of Twenty-Nine Palms. The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians are their descendants. Today the Band’s reservation lands are located near the town of Twenty-Nine Palms and in the City of Coachella, where the tribe’s Spotlight 29 Casino is located. The Casino is at Interstate 10 and Highway 86, and its proceeds help provide housing, education and financial security for future generations of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY CLASSIC CAR SHOW OPEN TO ALL CLASSIC CARS AND SPECIAL INTEREST CARS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH 9 AM UNTIL 3 PM…CAR CHECK-IN IS FROM 7 AM UNTIL 9 AM
RIVERSIDE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN INDIO…HWY 111 AT ARABIA STREET
THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ADMISSION GATE – AT THE MAIN ENTERANCE TO THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AND THROUGH THE PARKING ENTERANCE GATE ON ARABIA
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – “NIGHT LIFE” PERFORMING THE GREAT HITS OF THE 50’S, 60’S AND 70’s ON THE MAIN STAGE FROM 11 AM THROUGH 3 PM
ADMISSION – JUST FIVE DOLLARS, ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL ADMITED FREE BY PRESENTING THEIR MILITARY ID CREDENTIALS
BENEFACTORS – ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE PEGASUS THEREPUTIC RIDING ACADEMY
OTHER ATTRACTIONS – EXHIBITORS AND VENDOR DISPLAYS / FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE
MILITARY TRIBUTE – IN HONORING THE REMEMBERANCE OF PEARL HARBOR DAY THERE WILL BE A MILITARY TRIBUTE DURING THE EVENT
COME JOIN US TO VIEW SOME OF FINEST CLASSIC CARS AROUND, A TIME FOR GREAT FAMILY FUN AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME TO SOME OF AMERICA’S HAPPIEST DAYS

INDIAN WELLS ARTIST GESSO COCTEAU FEATURED IN GROUP SHOW “FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING”AT UCR PALM DESERT
The Public is Invited to an Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 11th
Indian Wells Artist Gesso Cocteau, creator of the tallest standing cast bronze sculpture in the United States, will be one of the featured artists in an exciting exhibit, titled “Figuratively Speaking,” at the University of California Riverside in Palm Desert.
Cocteau and other artists featured in the exhibit will be present at an opening reception on Wednesday, December 11th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gesso Cocteau has been showing in galleries since the late seventies, with her work evolving from drawings in pen and ink, to painting to fabricated steel sculptures. In 1990 she began focusing on casting in bronze, evolving toward a celebration of the human form. One of her monumental works is a 51-ft. cast bronze, Endless Celebration, the tallest standing cast bronze sculpture in the America, installed in Bellevue, Washington. Some of her many commissions include sculptures for Eisenhower Medical Center, The Greg and Stacy Renker Pavillion, and Hard Rock Cafes in Rome, Berlin, Niagara Falls, Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando.
The human form, Cocteau’s concentrated focus, is the subject of the UCR Palm Desert exhibit “Figuratively Speaking,” which will examine “the story of each artist in drawing, painting and sculpture.” The show will feature primarily Coachella Valley artists. In addition to Cocteau, other artists in the exhibit include Ryan Motel Campbell, Ming C. Lowe, Luiz Castro, Meridy Volz, Robert Yancy, Adam Rodriguez, Andres Orlowski, Temo Aldrete, Gary Patterson, and Laurel Goddard.
The opening reception is an exciting opportunity to meet and mingle with Cocteau and the other artists. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP at www.palmdesert.ucr.edu. The University of California Riverside Palm Desert campus is located at 75080 Frank Sinatra, Palm Desert.

COMEDY NIGHT AT AZUL STARRING LA’S HOTTEST COMICS
Comedy Night at Azul Starring LA’s Hottest Comics announces its Saturday, December 14, show featuring comic stars CARLEASE BURKE of Showtime’s Shameless, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Fox’s The Mindy Project, CINDY BURNS, recently selected by Joan Rivers as the “Next Breakout Star”, and of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show and MATT MARR of the Hollywood Improv, The World Famous Comedy Store and Laugh Factory.
The pre-show starts at 6:30PM and the show begins at 7:30PM. With 44 sold-out monthly shows in a row, reservations are highly encouraged. Please call 760.325.5533. Cover, with advance reservations, for this great show is only $15 and $20 at the door. Azul is located at 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive in vibrant Downtown Palm Springs.

HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS TO HOST OPEN CASTING CALL FOR THE CW’S HIT SHOW “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL”
Casting Call set for December 15th from 11am – 2pm
The new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will host The CW Network’s “America’s Next Top Model” open casting call on Sunday, December 15th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Casting directors for the hit show led by supermodel Tyra Banks are looking for females and males, ages 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a minimum height requirement of 5’6” tall for women and 5’10” tall for men. Candidates are asked to visit www.kesq.com for casting information and applications.
In this latest series, male models will once again be added to the group of contestants competing for the title of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Viewers will also continue to have a direct impact on the competition by voting for their favorite models though social media, helping decide who gets eliminated and who stays in the running to becoming AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. The contestants will vie for a prize package that will launch their modeling careers.
The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs offers 163 luxury guest rooms, a buzzing pool scene with DJs spinning every weekend, plus excellent dining and a laid back vibe. The resort also offers a groundbreaking, interactive amenity “The Sound Of Your Stay®,” where guests can rock out with hands-on music experiences. Other music-inspired amenities include a VIP Rock Star Suite, Rock Spa® set to open in late December, a Body Rock® workout facility, and the world-famous Rock Shop® featuring Hard Rock’s iconic, collectible merchandise.

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2nd ANNUAL SANTA PAWS 5K RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT GUIDE DOGS OF THE DESERT
Spread the cheer-Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us for the 2nd Annual SANTA PAWS 5K, Saturday, December 21st in Palm Springs-BENEFITTING GUIDE DOGS OF THE DESERT. Awesome fun event -Santa suit, event shirt, Santa photo, goodie bag and milk and cookies at the finish line. Run solo or as a team-medals 3 deep in 5 year age categories, team trophies, dog prizes and more. Pet adoption on-site by Bandit’s Pet Rescue. Runner, walker, stroller and doggie friendly event. Elf Dash for kids! Make this your family’s new holiday tradition. Register today at www.racewire.com or www.active.com. Race capped at 1,000. Sign up today! For more info call Molly Thorpe 760-413-6508.

Saturday December 21st, 2013 9AM at Mizell Senior Center, 480 Sunrise Way, Palms Springs (Corner of Sunrise and Ramon Rd).
Entry Fee: $35.00. $40.00 on race day, as available.
“Litters”-Teams of 6 or more run tethered for $30.00 per runner. Awards to the top three teams. Special Trophy for the Most Tethered Runners.
Elf Dash $5.00 10yrs and under. Includes Elf hat, holiday button and special treat! Dash is after Santa Run at approx. 10:30.
Early Packet Pick-Up Friday December 20th at Running Wild 611 S. Palm Canyon 11AM-6PM
Race Day Registration begins at 7:30AM. Plenty of free parking is available.

Last year over 400 Santas took off from the Mizell Center in Palm Springs for a 5K Run/Walk/Stroll. A great time was had by all including the team from Running Wild who tied themselves together with a long strand of tinsel garland. They called themselves a Santapede. This year more Santas, a Team category and an Elf Dash. Don’t be shy, come on out, it’s great holiday fun!

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