Monday, April 24, 2017

Desert area events April/ May 2017

Looking for something to do in the desert?!

College of the Desert Street Fair   Saturdays & Sundays
With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 /

VillageFest   May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive – and the result is one of Southern California’s most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive
Contact: 760-320-3781 /

Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike & 5K Run   May 5
Fellowship prepares next generation of leaders Annual Legacy Hike & 5K Run in Indian Canyons supports educational program The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is carrying out the philosophy of one of its great Tribal leaders, Richard M. Milanovich, with an educational fellowship in his honor.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
Contact: 760-699-6951 /

Train Day at The Living Desert   May 6
Train Day, which is free with paid admission, features fun events centered around The Living Desert’s 3,300 feet of track at the Garden Railroad. Train Day includes a scavenger hunt, train arts and crafts; special trackless train rides, and of course a Choo-Choo-Churro special. Model train enthusiasts will enjoy informative train chats being offered.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-5694 /

Cruise-In Car Show Series   May 6
The exhibitions will feature classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods, corvettes, customs, antiques, restored and original collectible cars and motorcycles. The monthly event also features food, drink and clothing vendors, as well as raffles and prizes given to the top cars. Fun for the entire family, there is a special area for kids with coloring, hula hoop contests and other activities.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Westfield Palm Desert: 72-840 Highway 111
Contact: 760-275-3786 /

A Day of Hope   May 6
Delicious lunch, live auction and raffle, free photo booth and inspiring speakers. Soroptimist House of Hope (SHOH) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to provide recovery programs to women with substance abuse disorders.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs
Contact: 951-849-9491 /

American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kickoff Party & Luau   May 6
This year's theme is Hawaiian Luau. So come dressed in your grass skirt and best Hawaiian attire! We will be meeting in the Administrative Conference Room. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Time/Place: 12-2pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Coachella Spring Cleaning Event   May 6
The City of Coachella will be accepting unwanted electrical waste, tires, bulky trash, and green waste at no cost to residents!
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / Vista Escondido Park
Contact: 760-501-8100 /

Palm Springs Vintage Market   May 7
First Sunday of every month. Boutique flea market featuring up to 100 vendors of MCM furniture, art, accessories, clothing, jewelry and objects d’art. Vintage trailers, food, drinks, and entertainment.  
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / Camelot Theater: 2300 E. Baristo Rd.
760-534-7968 /

Palm Springs Film Noir Festival   May 11-14
Writer and Film Noir Foundation director Alan K. Rode, who is producing and hosting the festival for the sixth consecutive year, promises another fun-filled weekend of classic noir enlivened by special guest star appearances and introductions by noted film historians.
Time/Place: Camelot Theater: 2300 E. Baristo Rd.

United Way of the Desert Presents: “Paris En Rouge” Gala   May 12
The organization’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the Coachella Valley and foster a healthy and vibrant community, built on opportunities for everyone. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with signature Rouge cocktails, an exquisite, French-inspired dinner and fine wine. The always incredible and spectacular Sensation Showband will return this year with live music, dancing and special surprises.
Time/Place: 6pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-323-2731 /

PIPS Jazz Golf Spa Getaway   May 12-14
Enjoy “Jazz and Blues on the Greens” featuring Barbara Morrison, Eric Darius, DW3, Ray Goren & Bobby Hurricane Spence. Pip’s Palm Springs will host this inspiring retreat designed to rejuvenate and pamper you.
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, Indian Wells
Contact: 800-604-9931 /

Shakti Fest 2017   May 12-14
The festival features world famous yoga teachers, Kirtan music stars, wisdom workshops, sound baths, and a healing sanctuary.
Time/Place: Joshua Tree Retreat Center  
Contact: 213-840-0077 /

Blacklight Run   May 13
The Blacklight Run™ is none other than the brightest, most fun 5K out there. These three miles will be the best three miles you’ve ever spent with your friends and family—we promise.
Time/Place: 4:30pm / Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio
Contact: 602-559-4076 /

Battle of the Badges Boxing Event   May 13
Watch police officers and firefighters box in the main ring. The Battle of the Badges is a significant contributor to our local communities and contributes financial support to several non-profit organizations that are in desperate need of assistance.
Time/Place: 5-11pm / Cathedral City Hall Lawn
Contact: 760-335-8895 /

Cherish, Conserve, Consider, Create   May 14
24-Hour Global Event Celebrating 100th Birthday of Lou Harrison. A global day of creativity and conservation in Joshua Tree and around the world, celebrating the life and legacy of composer Lou Harrison. Music and dance performances, tree plantings, visual art exhibitions and film screenings will be streamed live from Harrison House for 24 hours.
Time/Place: Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology, Joshua Tree  
Contact: 760-366-4712 /

Desert Nurses Appreciation Luncheon   May 15
Tickets before May 4 are $45 and $55 after May 4.  
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-568-9351 /

Palm Springs State of the City Luncheon   May 18
With Mayor Robert Moon. Reservations required. $70 per person.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / Renaissance Palm Springs
Contact: 760-325-1577 /

Joshua Tree Music Festival   May 18-21
The experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. Better still in an intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Add free water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, and well...let the games begin.  
Time/Place: Joshua Tree Lake Campground  

Women in Business Awards Luncheon   May 19
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Denise Dubarry Hay, American actress, businesswoman, film producer and philanthropist.
Time/Place: 11am / The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-322-2275 /

Star Party & Night Adventures in the Monument   May 20
The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. When it becomes full darkness, black lights will be used to seek out the various night creatures inhabiting the desert. Some creatures that might be found are: scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, geckos, spiders, owls, jackrabbits, snakes and maybe a coyote. This is a family event.
Time/Place: 8-10pm / Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-862-9984 /

Dr. Carreon Foundation Scholarship Awards Banquet   May 26
20-25 local Hispanic High School seniors from local area schools will receive Scholarships.
Time/Place: 6:30-pm / Double Tree Hilton Resort, Cathedral City

Caribbean Music Festival   May 26-28
The three-day event brings tourists from across the country, mostly from the East Coast, for a destination vacation to celebrate Caribbean food, music and culture in the Coachella Valley.
Time/Place: Cathedral City’s Festival Lawn
Contact: 760-770-0340 /

Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair   May 29
Join the museum as they drop 3,000 red and white carnations from a vintage airplane to commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Activities for this event include flight exhibitions throughout, special program, music, children’s activities, and food vendors. A Beer Garden area will also be available for those age 21 and over.
Time/Place: 10am / Palm Springs Air Museum
Contact: 760-778-6262 /

Indian Wells Memorial Day Ceremony   May 29
Please join us for a special ceremony and light refreshments. No RSVP necessary.
Time/Place: 9-10am / The Pavilion - Indian Wells Golf Resort
Contact: 760-346-2489 /

Thank you Peggy Sue from First Americana title for this list!!!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

La Quinta Events April 2017

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35th City Picnic and Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the City's 35th birthday with family, friends, and neighbors while enjoying a high energy event. There will be non-stop entertainment, activities for children, hot dogs, refreshments, and plenty of giveaways. Indulge yourself in audible treats from our performers that are sure to entertain all day long! Click here for more information.
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What You Need
With the flowers blooming it's a great time to take the camera out and snap as many pics as you can!
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Community Services Classes & Programs:
April & May
Online registration available at For more information, please call (760) 564-0096.
La Quinta Boys & Girls Club Community Room
Dance, Play, Pretend (2.5 - 5 years)
Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
La Quinta High School Dance Room 1006
Beginning Ballet (5 - 10 years)
Thu: 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Belly Dancing (18+ years)
Wed: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
La Quinta Library
Dance, Play, & Pretend
Mon: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Gentle Flow Yoga
Mon: 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Gentle (Flex) Yoga
Wed: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
La Quinta is a world class location for hiking. No matter your preference we have a hike for you. For our hiking events, click any of the dates below. 
What To Do
La Quinta's Farmers Market is every Sunday in Old Town La Quinta in April! Come check it out!
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The Wellness Center has classes nearly ever day of the month. Click any of the sections below to see all of this months classes for that section.
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The Wellness Center holds events all month. Click below for full details on each event. 
What To See
On Saturday, April 8 from 10am - 4pm enjoy a relaxing day in beautiful Old Town La Quinta featuring the original art of 80 artists, including paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, metal sculpture, jewelry, and textiles. Admission and parking are free and all Old Town restaurants and shops will also be open.
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Book Park Rentals Online!
Reserve the Fritz Burns Park or La Quinta Park by visiting and click "Search,” then "Facility,” then "Calendar," and select your date and time.
Having an event? We've got you covered!
The La Quinta Wellness Center is available for private rentals! This facility is perfect for your wedding reception, birthday party, company gathering, banquet, neighborhood event, family reunion, or other social event. The multi-purpose room has a capacity of 200 and includes tables and chairs for up to 200 people. An elevated stage and dance floor are included; large kitchen is available for additional fee. Call (760) 777-7090 for more information and pricing.