Thursday, October 30, 2014

November 2014 La Quinta Events

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Future Special Events
Mark your calendars and tell your family and friends!

12/5 - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Old Town La Quinta

12/6 - Hike with Philip Ferranti @ Back of Cove Loop, La Quinta

12/7 - Nature Hike @ Boo Hoff Trail

12/20 - Explore Boo Hoff's History and Trail @ Bear Creek Trail

La Quinta Museum
77885 Avenida Montezuma
(760) 777-7170
Life in La Quinta and Early California
Become familiar with the local history of the Cahuilla Indians, native desert animals, and the first resorts. Experience pioneer life in early California with artifacts, dioramas, and hands on activities!
Journey Stories

The Smithsonian comes to the La Quinta Museum!
Journey Stories is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Exhibit Envoy.
November 25, 2014  through January 3, 2015
La Quinta Library
78275 Calle Tampico
(760) 564-4767
It's Your Library
The La Quinta Public Library offers FREE programs for the whole family. Weekly story times, monthly book clubs, and special programs are just a few of the activities you can find at the Library.
Click here for a list of November programs.

La Quinta Fitness Center
77865 Avenue Montezuma
(760) 564-9921
La Quinta residents can join today for only $50 
  • Spa Like setting
  • Wellness System
  • Smart Key Equipment
  • Fitness Assessments
  • Personal Trainers 
November In La Quinta

La Quinta is a little piece of paradise surrounded by the majestic Santa Rosa mountains offering year-round sunshine, scenic hiking and biking trails, spectacular golf, magnificent views, fabulous shopping and dining venues and so much more.  
Community Activities

Pick-up the November issue of The Gem for upcoming community activities. The Gem is packed with classes, events, hikes, and much more. Click here for a listing of current programs. Register for classes at
Veteran's Day
The City of La Quinta is proud to be home to many distinguished Veterans. A ceremony will be held on Veteran's Day to honor those men and women who have served our country. 
Date:  Tuesday, November 11
Time:  11 AM
Location:   Civic Center Campus
Nature Walks and Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes around the Coachella Valley with Philip Ferranti:

November 8 - Mecca Hills

Join us at 9 AM for a beautiful easy 5 mile hike. Meet and carpool from the Albertson's shopping center in Palm Desert at 42185 Washington Street. Park in the first two rows in front of the Postal Connection. All participants should dress appropriately and bring water.

Provided by the Stewards of the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve. Join us each month for a unique look at our local environment with special guest leaders and topics.
Nature Walk:
Third Saturday of the month beginning at 8 AM. All Nature Walks begin at the Shade Shelter on the Bear Creek Nature Trail at the corner of Calle Ensenada and Avenida Montezuma in the La Quinta Cove.
November 15 - Gardening with Nature  easy

Nature Hike:
Hikes meet at the Top of Cove parking lot on Calle Tecate.

November 22 -  Bear Creek Wash    9am   easy, 2-3 miles

Disc Golf
Grab your discs and join us for some high flying action at the Civic Center Campus. All ages and experience are welcome. We will have a division for everybody so gather the family and join us for an exciting event.

Date:  Saturday, November 22
Time: 10 AM
Cost:   Free! 
Location:  Civic Center Campus

For more information please contact us 760.777.7094.
Flag Football

The City of La Quinta has partnered with the YMCA of the Desert and Friday Night Lights to offer more exciting flag football at Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School. 

Winter Season

Family YMCA of the Desert:
  • 5 vs 5 Flag Football ages 6-14, $90
  • Y-Rookies ages 3-5, $80
  • Season: Fridays,  January 23 - March 13, 2015
  • Registration: November 3 - December 5, 2014
If you have a flag football team do not forget to join the YMCA's Flag Football Tournament on December 14 for $90 per team. Please call theFamily YMCA of the Desert at (760) 341-9622 for more information or to register. 

Spring Season

Friday Night Lights:
  • 6 vs 6 Flag Football grades K - 8
  • Season: Fridays, beginning March 2015
  • Registration Now Open
Join the largest flag football league in the United States. Everyone plays 3 out of 4 quarters in this fun and exciting new league. For more information or to register please visit orcall 760.636.0477.

The Center

Construction on the La Quinta Community Health and Wellness project is underway. The facility is closed off to the public while we prepare for the new addition. Classes have been relocated to other City facilities.
New Amenities coming Early 2015:
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • 5,990 extra square feet
  • Aerobic Room  
  • Cardio and Weight Training
  • Outside Patio Area 
Click here to view the La Quinta Active Newsletter.

For more information about classes/programs please visit us on the web at or call us at 760.564.0096
La Quinta Community Services Department
78495 Calle Tampico 
La Quinta, CA 92253 
760.777.7090   |

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Realty Rave news Letter

RealtyRave Newsletter
David Burke
Tel: 760-250-2570
October 2014
Hi David
Welcome to this month's edition of the RealtyRave newsletter. We hope that you find it filled with interesting and useful information!

Please think of me with any real estate related questions you may have - now and in the future. It would be my pleasure to be of assistance to you.
The single highest and best compliment a Real Estate Professional can receive is a referral to friends, family or colleagues. As appropriate, please feel free to forward this Newsletter and/or my contact information. Thank you!

David Burke

Find the right tools to invest in a healthy smile

(BPT) - If you’re concerned about your oral health and looking to protect your physical and financial well-being, one of the easiest ways to do so is to practice preventive care. Attending bi-annual dental checkups and making smart oral health decisions can help you spot a concern well before it becomes an expensive problem.
Despite the obvious benefits of adhering to preventive care, many people forget this simple routine and risk bigger expenses down the road. Here are some easy tips you can follow to invest in a healthy smile and protect your oral health.
* Get serious about flossing. Daily flossing is one of the most important things you can do to improve your oral health. Floss helps to get down into the crevices between the teeth. This is where plaque resides. Daily flossing helps you remove this plaque before it turns into tartar.
* Find the toothbrush that’s right for you. As the main tool for scrubbing and brushing away unwanted plaque, the toothbrush tends to do the heavy lifting. Most dentists today recommend using an electric toothbrush. This allows you to give your teeth a better cleaning in less time, and it ensures you are brushing with the appropriate pressure.
* What’s your toothpaste of choice? With so many kinds of toothpaste, personal preference plays a big factor. Toothpastes vary by flavor, whitening power and other additional features, so it really comes down to your brushing goals. Whichever brand you select, make sure the box has the American Dental Association (ADA) stamp. This way you’ll know your toothpaste has been regulated and tested.
* Don’t forget the mouthwash. People tend to forget about this important last step in a mouth cleansing routine, but a recent Good Housekeeping study found that “More than 9 out of 10 respondents who are not currently mouth rinse users (93 percent) said they would use it if it could help improve their dental visits.”
* Your smile is affected by what you eat. There are many products on the market that that can help you whiten your smile, but you can also improve your pearly whites by making the right food choices. Eating strawberries, broccoli, apples and cauliflower, or drinking water and dairy products help to whiten your smile. Meanwhile, you should avoid drinking red wine, tea, coffee and cola, as these drinks can stain your teeth.
Maintaining good oral health doesn’t have to be hard. With the right tools and an established daily routine, you can ensure your minor oral health concerns don’t lead to major dentist bills in the future.

Reignite those romantic urges
(BPT) - With the hectic schedules that many women adhere to, it’s not surprising that many feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The responsibilities of juggling a career, a family and obligations as a wife and mother can be nerve-wracking, and for many women sex is not on their mind. While this lack of desire may be the result of the day’s stresses, in a number of cases it may be the symptom of a bigger issue.
Nearly one in two non-menopausal women ages 30 to 50 say they have experienced low sexual desire at some point in their lives, and 61 percent of these women felt distressed by it, according to a new survey supported by HealthyWomen and Palatin Technologies, which is developing an on-demand treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), a common type of female dysfunction otherwise known as low libido.
HSDD is characterized by a lack of sexual thoughts or desires that cannot be explained by another medical condition. Though HSDD has been diagnosed for over 30 years, the vast majority of women surveyed had never heard of the condition. But HSDD is very real and, if not recognized, can ruin relationships.
“Sex is an important part of a romantic relationship, so a lack of intimacy can sometimes create tension within an otherwise healthy partnership,” says Beth Battaglino, R.N., president and CEO of HealthyWomen. “Women who avoid sex because of low sexual desire may not realize that this could be a sign of a medical issue. Most women don’t know what female sexual dysfunction is, or understand that conditions like HSDD are real and can be a serious concern for them as well as their partner.”
Survey results support this idea, as 85 percent of surveyed women said they felt low sexual desire would hurt their relationship with their partner and 66 percent felt it would impair communication. Perhaps more concerning is that nearly half of those who had identified themselves as having HSDD blamed themselves for the condition, and 38 percent said it made them question their worth in their relationship.
“It’s important for women living with HSDD or some other form of female sexual dysfunction to not blame themselves, and they need to feel confident to discuss their concerns with their health care provider and their partner,” Battaglino says.
There are currently no approved medications for the treatment of HSDD, yet 92 percent of women surveyed said they would be interested in a treatment for HSDD. The good news is that medications for HSDD are on the horizon.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp


Makes 6 servings 

  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter together with the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, red pepper, and mushroom; cook over medium-high heat until soft, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Stir in the shrimp, and cook until firm and pink, then pour in Alfredo sauce, Romano cheese, and cream; bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir drained pasta into the sauce, and serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.
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Re/Max Consultants
47170 Washington Street
La Quinta, CA 92253

Household Tips
Cold Legs
For passengers (not drivers!) who suffer from cold feet and legs while traveling in the wintertime--set your feet in a large brown paper bag and pull it up around your knees. Your legs will stay surprisingly warm.
How to Remove Bumper Stickers (Chrome Bumpers)
To remove stubborn bumper stickers, use nail polish remover or lighter fluid.
Covering Scratches
Use a matching color crayon and work into scratches on your car.
Rust Spots on Chrome Bumpers
Scrub bumpers with a crumpled piece of aluminum foil, or a soap-filled pad.
Car Washing
No matter how dirty your car is, you won't need to wet it down first if you wash with one cup of kerosene added to a bucket of water. Don't wax your car with this method. This also prevents rust on chrome
Windshield Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge or dissolve 2 tablespoons in a bucket of water and wipe spatters and grime off windshield, headlights, etc.
Unfrozen Doors
Heavily coat rubber gaskets around car doors with vegetable oil. This will seal out water without harming gaskets. Do this before washing your car in the wintertime.

DID YOU KNOW?"Did you know" Fun Facts:
  • Did you know the most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E
  • Did you know the least used letter in the alphabet is Q
  • Did you know the 3 most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English
  • Did you know dreamt is the only word that ends in mt
  • Did you know the names of all continents both start and end with the same letter
  • Did you know the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON
  • Did you know if you try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or tongue every letter will sound the same
  • Did you know a cat has 32 muscles in each ear
  • Did you know Perth is Australia's windiest city
  • Did you know Elvis's middle name was Aron
  • Did you know the flag for Libya is unlike any other being a solid green color
  • Did you know goldfish can see both infrared and ultraviolet light
  • Did you know the smallest bones in the human body are found in your ear

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Indian Wells Chamber Mixer Oct. 14th!

Indian Wells Chamber of Commerce
The Desert Welcome Group
(Benefiting Martha's Village)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Jackolope  Ranch  Restaurant

Jackolope Ranch Restaurant  
80400 Highway 111
Indio, CA
Chamber Members & Friends,
Connect with your existing and prospective clients-what excites them about your business, tell them what's new, why should they do business with you, give them your card and have fun! That's what a mixer is all about...  
Members  -  $ 10  
Non-Members  -  $10 
IW Residents  -  $ 10  

Raffle prize donations appreciated!

 Have Mixer Questions? 
Call  Executive Director Mike Avila at (760) 346-7095