Calendar Compiled By Jorge Romero III
Desert Hot Springs – Training for the Tram Road Challenge is here. Come out and join your DHS neighbors from Sept. 15 through Oct. 20
Session three will be Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. at the Living Desert with Supervisor John J. Benoit and Assemblyman Brian Nestande.
Session four will be Sept. 22 at 7 a.m. Cathedral City’s Dennis Keat soccer park.
Session five will be Sept. 29 at 7 a.m. Palm Springs Demuth Community Center with Mayor Steve Pougnet.
Session six will be Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. Indio High School fitness track with boxing trainers the Diaz Brothers.
Session seven will be Oct 13 at 7 a.m. Old Town La Quinta, Embassy Suites with The Desert Sun President and Publisher Mark Winkler. The last training session will be Oct. 20 at 7 a.m. at the Palm Desert Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on El Paseo with actor David Naughton.
Palm Springs – Mizell Senior Center will begin accepting appointments for free flu shots at the Senior Living Expo on Friday, Sept 21. Appointments will be available between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sept 21. To schedule an appointment, just stop by the Mizell ticket window and obtain your free appointment card. Only a limited number of free flu shots will be available, so be sure to stop by for your appointment soon.
In addition to providing free flu shots, they will be presenting health, wellness, and legal seminars, hosting information booths, having a BBQ lunch and even a free senior Farmer’s Market. To add to the fun, there will be prize drawings for individuals who visit at least ten vendor booths. For additional information, call 760-323-5689, visit the website at www.mizell.org, the center located at 480 S Sunrise Way.
Palm Springs – The 21st annual Desert Samaritans is hosting its “Good Samaritan of the Year” award on Nov. 18 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Agua Caliente Resort and Spa. Magician Fielding west and Ventriloquist Rob Watkins will be the entertainment for the night.
Palm Springs – The 13th Annual Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs Garden Party will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3-6 p.m. at HRC Federal Club member’s Eric Ellen Bogen’s ‘Abernathy House.’ The event is co-chaired by Raymond Manci and Paul Thompson and sponsored by Integrated Wealth Management. “The Abernathy House will provide a gorgeous backdrop in support of our fundraising efforts, and we’re grateful that Eric Ellen Bogen agreed to host us at his historic home.”
Tickets are $50 for Federal Club members and $75 for non-members, which includes hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar. To purchase tickets, go to www.hrc.org/psgardenparty. A co-host package is also available for $275 (two tickets) and additional sponsorships are available. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. For information about HRC or the Garden Party, contact Raymond Manci at 760-864-1494.
Palm Springs – AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) has been selected by the Desert Tennis Association as the benefitting charity for the2012 Palm Springs Open 19 Tennis Tournament. The tournament is taking place from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 23 – 25 at the following host sites: Mission Hills Country Club, Plaza Racquet Club, and Rancho Las Palmas Resort. The event is free to the public and a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction and dinner will benefit AAP.
A welcome party will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22 at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. The hotel will also host the PS Open banquet featuring PS Open Got Talent on Saturday, Nov. 24. 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. For match times and other tournament information, please visit www.deserttennis.us. If you would like to donate to this event, please call 760-325-8481.
Rancho Mirage – The City of Rancho Mirage is welcoming the upcoming 5th Annual Desert Woman’s Show to the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, November 17 – 18. The weekend-long Expo is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees and will shine the spotlight on women’s issues while focusing on improvement and enlightenment in every aspect of life.
The 5th Annual 2012 Woman’s Show will be open all weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 17 & 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Carissa Marlo, Marlo Productions, Inc., at (760) 285-3903, buy tickets and more online at www. DesertWomansShow.com
Yucca Valley – Residents and visitors can attend the Third Annual Natural Health Fair to discover what’s new in the natural world of healing. Alternative therapies and natural health care products will be demonstrated.
The event will feature: Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Nutritionists, Psychotherapists, Massage Therapists, and more.
Participants can enjoy listening to live healing music by local artists: MazAmar, Riz Orkestra, Philip Rosenberg and Sequoia that will uplift the body, mind and spirit. Participants will also be entertained by Rev. Debra Savitt performing her magical Middle Eastern dance. Organic foods and natural beverages can be purchased for breakfast and lunch.
High desert local residents and visitors will gather at Yucca Valley Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Joshua Tree – The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will hold a community drum circle on Thursday, Sept 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary, celebrating that weekend’s Autumn Equinox. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering.
“Fall is on the way; the meteor showers and Labor Day have announced its arrival, and the Autumn Equinox brings its official beginning,” said Sloneker, Participants are encouraged to bring drums, shakers, tambourines, etc., a number of instruments will also be available at the event. There is no charge to attend, though a suggested donation of $5 per participant or $10 per family will be welcomed and appreciated.
The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located at 59700 Twentynine Palms Hwy. For additional information, call the Center at 760-365-8371.
STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY THROUGH YOGA
Joshua Tree – Join Eleanor Price for Yoga Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in the harmony hall. Eleanor believes that yoga combined with breathing, stretches your mind as it strengthens your body and gives the flexibility to stay youthful. Beginners will be taught basic breathing techniques combined with the asanas (poses). Advanced students will enjoy the flow of connecting spirit and body, Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located on 59700 29 Palms Highway, for info, call 760-365-8371.
“ANNE OF GREEN GABLES”
Twentynine Palms – Theatre 29’s production of a new musical version of the classic L.M.
“Anne of Green Gables” is now open, running through Sept. 22. Brought to the stage, in part through the support of US Bank, this family musical, with music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, is Helmed by the veteran production team of Director and Musical Director, Kathryn Ferguson and Assistant Director Marty Neider.
“Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy. She wins over the Cuthberts, and all of Prince Edward Island, with her irrepressible spirit and imagination.
“Anne of Green Gables” will run weekends through Sept. 22 with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There also will be a Thursday performance, at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and a Sunday matinee, at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. All tickets sales are available now through the Theatre 29 Web site: www.theatre29.org , or by calling the box office at (760) 361-4151 located at 73637 Sullivan Road.
Twentynine Palms – The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce announces the 2012 Outhouse Races. Homemade outhouses can be made out of any material and be any size or weight. One team member must sit in the outhouse and the other team members will push the outhouse in a race. Outhouses can be as elaborate as the team can imagine. An outhouse clinic will be available in September for those who need assistance.
The entry fee is $40 if you register by Sept. 30, and $50 after the deadline. Entry forms, containing complete rules and specifications, can be found at www.29chamber.org or at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce office at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway. Start working on ideas for the most extravagant outhouse and gather your team. For more information call 760-367-3445.
Twentynine Palms – Theatre 29, Creator/Producer Eric Ross and Director Frances Wright with the assistance of Charles Harvey announce auditions for the ninth incarnation of the highly popular “Halloween Haunt.” The event entitled “Asylum,” will come to “life” beginning Oct. 19 ending Halloween night.
Performances of this popular seasonal “scarefest” will begin at 7 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27. Monday and Tuesday performances will be at 7 – 9:00 p.m. Oct. 29 – 30. Halloween Night, Oct. 31st will be from 7 – 10 p.m..
The Oct. 19 – 20 “haunts” will be presented as part of this year’s Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Days celebration.
In “Asylum,” all new for 2012, adventurous souls will be self guided as they explore the depths of an abandoned asylum for the criminally insane where the inmates never left. Fright fans are promised a terror trip they will never forget this year. Are you up to the challenge?
The production team will be seeking at least 20 performers and behind the scenes technicians, ages 16 & older only. Be prepared to move and perform cold reading, if required. Auditions will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. on the Theatre 29 main stage.
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road. For information, contact the Box Office at (760) 361-4151 or on Facebook, (search Theatre 29 haunt).