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09/26/08

Palm Springs Pride November 1st and 2nd to Celebrate "Family"

This year, Greater Palm Springs Pride will feature the theme "Winds of Change–Celebrating Family" in recognition of significant strides in the past year to advance individual rights, particularly gay marriage. As in past years, the event will include a two day festival on November 1st and 2nd at Palm Springs Stadium and the Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade down Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, on Sunday, November 2nd, beginning at 10 am.Gay couples who have legally married in California are invited to march in a special contingent in the parade. For information visit www.pspride.org or email parade@pspride.org. Also, planning is underway to provide for gay marriage ceremonies at a private area at the festival for couples with valid licenses to marry. Details will...

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08/26/08

Top Chef Joins Top Restaurant

A new season at Spencer’s heralds the arrival of well-known chef Eric Wadlund as Executive Chef /Director of Operations, who bring his expertise as chef at some of America’s finest four-star restaurants. He has amassed many awards, written a cookbook with Henry Fenwick and is very popular with desert diners.Chef Wadlund is fortunate to have a seasoned culinary staff headed by Executive Sous Chef David Sanchez and a highly trained service staff so that he can create his masterpieces to add to Spencer’s modern cuisine and classics to please the ever-faithful clientele.This is where guests congregate to see and be seen and much deal making goes during lunch or Sunday brunch and at night it is time for romantic dining in sumptuous surroundings.Open every day for lunch from 11 a.m. to...

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08/18/08

Kip’s Baby Boomer Blog

Checking out the Boomer scene for recreation, dining, and entertainment in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert communities. Get ready for some excitement, Boomers. Between wine and music, it doesn’t get much better than this coming weekend! First, let’s start with a showdown. How about pinot noir from California versus pinot noir from Oregon? For $50, take your pick of one of two tastings, one at 5:30 and the other at 7:30 p.m. at the Desert Springs Resort, 4855 Country Club Dr. in Palm Desert. Here’s the lineup: the best California pinot noir goes head to head against the finest vintages from the Willamette Valley. Picture this — a Russian River Valley pinot noir with its bright fruit against a Willamette Valley pinot noir that shows great depth with a dusty, fruit...

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08/11/08

Kip’s Baby Boomer Blog

Checking out the Boomer scene for recreation, dining, and entertainment in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert communities. Get ready for another fun and exciting weekend Boomers! This is our desert! Well, let’s see … shall we start with wine, food, music, or dancing? How about all at once! Remember, Boomers, everything to excess; moderation is for monks! You can do all this 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Rattlesnake Wine Bar at the Classic Club, 75200 Classic Club Blvd. in Rancho Mirage. This festive event features seven different Chambers wines. Rattlesnake’s Chef Jimmy Schmidt is preparing a series of hors d’oeuvres that are especially paired to each wine. Of course, all this is with a backdrop of the incredible vistas and sunset visible from the Classic Club Golf...

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08/04/08

JAZZ, JAZZ, JAZZ!

David Koz headlines Sunday Lee Ritenour headlines Saturday It’s August and it’s time for the 15th Annual Jazz in the Pines, produced by the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation. This is one of the coolest events in the area, literally cool high above the desert in the pine-scented mountain air, and doubly cool to get to hear the top jazz greats in the country in a picturesque outdoor amphitheatre shaded by swaying parachutes. Held on the campus of Idyllwild Arts for two whole days — August 23 and 24, to benefit scholarships for the Idyllwild Arts Foundatation. Gates open at 10 a.m. with continuous music from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at various venues in addition to the amphitheatre. The headliner on Saturday is the legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour with hi special...

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08/04/08

Kip’s Baby Boomer Blog

Checking out the Boomer scene for recreation, dining, and entertainment in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert communities. There are a lot of good things happening for Boomers this weekend. Let’s start with Friday — a double-header, so to speak. The first event isn’t entertainment, but is something very worthwhile. The city of Indian Wells, in partnership with the Community Blood Bank, is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Indian Wells City Hall, 44950 Eldorado Dr. The Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. Refreshments will be provided and each donor will receive discounted tickets to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark in Palm Springs. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you wish to reserve a time in advance, please call. Please...

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07/21/08

Kip’s Baby Boomer Blog

Checking out the Boomer scene for recreation, dining, and entertainment in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert communities.Okay, Boomers, time for more fun. It’s getting a bit too hot for energetic activities, but there’s plenty of more sedate goings on this weekend just right for mature desert audiences.Kenny GHow about starting the weekend with some cool jazz Friday evening. Kenny G takes the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino stage at 8 p.m. This iconic musician uses his saxophone to transport his audiences to a gentle, magical place. Other artists recognized Kenny G as something special as he has shared the stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, and Dionne Warwick. His sale of 70-million CDs testify to his...

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07/16/08

Great Summer Deals for Locals and Visitors of the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs Desert Resorts Offer Discounted Rates on Dining, Lodging and —Free Art Coachella Valley Restaurants Celebrate Summer with Prix-Fixe Menus Piero's Acqua Pazza, at The River in Rancho Mirage, (71800 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage) is offering a three-course summer menu. Choose from 4 appetizers, a choice of 7 entrees — including an eight-ounce filet mignon and lobster ravioli — and a choice of three desserts for $19.95. For reservations, call 760-862-9800 The Tropicale (330 E. Amado Rd., Palm Springs) menu includes a choice of salads, three main courses — Atlantic salmon, Southern fried chicken, and Saffron Linguini with jumbo shrimp and asparagus tips — and a choice of two deserts for $28.95. The dining lounge also hosts a party for Leos from 6-10 p.m....

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07/15/08

Day Trip To The Pines from Palm Springs desert cities

Idyllwild Makes a Cool Summer Retreat A quick escape only an hour from the desert cities, the community of Idyllwild exists among alpine forests, mountains, and meadows — and amid first-class offerings of art and music.The beauty and tranquility of the mountain resort alone lure travelers to the quaint village. Add top-notch musicians, along with the area's popular art workshops, and Idyllwild becomes an ideal getaway destination.At an elevation of 5,000 feet, visitors to the western slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains enjoy temperatures at least 20 degrees cooler than the desert air — an extra appeal of popular summer events: Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines and Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.Jazz in the PinesIn its 15th year, the festival, Aug. 22-24, offers three-days of...

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07/14/08

Kip’s Baby Boomer Blog

Checking out the Boomer scene for recreation, dining, and entertainment in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert communities. Well, Boomers, I hope you’re rested, because this coming weekend is packed with a lot of fun. Art, Culture, and Nightlife in Old Town La Quinta It starts out relaxed and refined 5 p.m. Friday with a celebration of art, culture, and nightlife in Old Town La Quinta. Now, this event is designed to experience the desert summer as it should be experienced. For those of you not familiar with Old Town La Quinta, it’s a district offering shops, restaurants, and art galleries in an Early California setting at 78015 Main St. in La Quinta. Stroll along the street and listen to music, browse the various shops and galleries, and sample some of the food...

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