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Touché! Desert Fencing Academy Offers a Lifetime of Swordplay

Touché! Desert Fencing Academy Offers a Lifetime of Swordplay

Veteran coach extends sports reach to life lessons
Step inside Desert Fencing Academy in Palm Desert and you will understand why it's a lifetime sport with students ranging in age from 7 to 83.
Where You Can Splurge on Ice Cream in Palm Springs Area

Where You Can Splurge on Ice Cream in Palm Springs Area

Shields Date Garden boasts nostalgic ice cream bar
As the lazy days of summer come to a close, splurge on a unique ice cream “shoppe” experience in The Greater Palm Springs area.
5 Features to Explore in Summerland, California

5 Features to Explore in Summerland, California

Take a stroll through this classic beach town nestled between Montecito and Carpinteria
The next time you find yourself stuck in traffic on U.S. 101, take a worthwhile detour to the artsy, eclectic hillside beach town of Summerland, California.
Stay Cool and Rock Out With Indoor Miniature Golf

Stay Cool and Rock Out With Indoor Miniature Golf

La Quinta location puts new twist on traditional game
Rather than tell his kids to find something to do this summer, Jody Erdahl actually created that something: Rock’n’Roll Mini Golf in La Quinta.
Revelle at Clancy Lane Adapts Houses to Your Life

Revelle at Clancy Lane Adapts Houses to Your Life

Specially-designed modules can become morning room to a casita
Some of the new homes at the Revelle at Clancy Lane in Rancho Mirage may look the same on the exterior, but these houses are the antithesis of cookie-cutter.
Cinema Diverse Offers Record Number of Feature Films in Palm Springs

Cinema Diverse Offers Record Number of Feature Films in Palm Springs

Alum screens opening night film, "Saugatuck Cures"
Individual tickets for Cinema Diverse go on sale Aug. 31 as the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival offers the largest selection of feature films in its seven years.
Michael Caruso: 'DeVanity' Was Not All About Him

Michael Caruso: 'DeVanity' Was Not All About Him

Wrote web-based soap series as an ensemble piece
When he decided to both write and star in his own soap opera web-based series, DeVanity, Michael Caruso made sure to put his personal ambitions aside.
Chef Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ, Chego!, A-Frame, Sunny Spot, and POT

Chef Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ, Chego!, A-Frame, Sunny Spot, and POT

Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2014 Videos
Chef Roy Choi shares his recipe for and prepares Korean barbecue on the final day of Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2014
10 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs This Weekend

10 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs This Weekend

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Aug. 14-17
Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Explore Palm Springs: Nightclubs Spruce Up for 1950-51 Season

Explore Palm Springs: Nightclubs Spruce Up for 1950-51 Season

Chi Chi adds the glamorous Starlight Room
In August of 1950, many Palm Springs restaurateurs and business owners announced major improvements they had made to their restaurants and nightclubs during the summer.
Michelle Stafford Creates Internet Hit with 'The Stafford Project'

Michelle Stafford Creates Internet Hit with 'The Stafford Project'

Audience reaction spurs adding more episodes
When actress Michelle Stafford of General Hospital decided to try her hand at developing "The Stafford Project" for the Internet only, she was surprised by the audience's reaction.
Solano's Bistro Caters to Locals All Summer Long

Solano's Bistro Caters to Locals All Summer Long

Menu features dishes from Baja, California’s seacoasts, and Washington
Solano's Bistro owner and chef Francisco “Paco” Solano says his La Quinta restaurant is a “locals” place that works to serve customers all summer long.
Top 10 Road Trip Videos in Greater Palm Springs Area

Top 10 Road Trip Videos in Greater Palm Springs Area

Unique places to explore near and not so far
Some of the most unique and interesting places to visit are within an easy drive of the Greater Palm Springs area.
David Garfield Makes 1st Appearance at Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines

David Garfield Makes 1st Appearance at Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines

His music connections include George Benson, Smokey Robinson
David Garfield could have flown to Cleveland for his next gig, but instead will drive 2 hours from his LA home to play for the first time at Idyllwild Jazz in The Pines.
Splash House Palm Springs: Chromeo, Flume, Anna Lunoe, A-Trak

Splash House Palm Springs: Chromeo, Flume, Anna Lunoe, A-Trak

Fans flock to poolside music scene
Chromeo, Flume, Anna Lunoe, and A-Trak were just some of the acts to appear in Palm Springs for Splash House 2, the second summer installment of poolside music and fun.
Evan Christopher Returns to Idyllwild to Headline Jazz in the Pines

Evan Christopher Returns to Idyllwild to Headline Jazz in the Pines

Idyllwild experience helped shape his musical career
Evan Christopher will return to one of his musical homes in Idyllwild when he headlines the 21st annual Jazz in the Pines, Aug. 16-17.
Sol Palm Springs Creates 'Escape' Room

Sol Palm Springs Creates 'Escape' Room

The Sol Room becomes whatever homeowner decides
Both floor plans at Sol Palm Springs have a third bedroom called the Sol Room that can be used for multiple purposes from reading, watching TV, exercise or work.
Kerry Simon Brings Rock 'n' Roll Rep to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Kerry Simon Brings Rock 'n' Roll Rep to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Simon Kitchen + Bar will replace Sessions restaurant
Dubbed the rock ‘n’ roll Chef by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon seems a natural fit to bring his restaurant to the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Bartender Creates Winning Pairing of Avocado, Selvarey Rum

Palm Springs Bartender Creates Winning Pairing of Avocado, Selvarey Rum

Combination produces refreshing drink for desert climate
Zane Tessay's vision of the perfect desert cocktail became a reality in winning the “Battle of the 111 Bartender Competition".
"Top Rock" Commands Stage at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

"Top Rock" Commands Stage at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Audience will hear rock songs they know, love
"Top Rock" brings a brash, rockin' musical tribute to the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs on Friday and Saturday nights through September.
Workshop Kitchen + Bar Bartender Wins Title

Workshop Kitchen + Bar Bartender Wins Title

Selvarey Emerald Star drink shines above the field
Zane Tessay, a bartender at Workshop Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs, created the best drink at the "Battle of the 111 Bartender Competition".
10 Things to Do This Weekend in Palm Springs Area

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Palm Springs Area

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Aug. 7-10
Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Explore Palm Springs: Fire Destroys El Mirador Hotel

Explore Palm Springs: Fire Destroys El Mirador Hotel

Despite destruction, Desert Regional Hospital rebuilds tower, lobby
An early morning blaze lit up the desert sky on July 26, 1989, destroying the historic El Mirador Hotel and tower.
Dann Foley: Natural Woods, Neutral Linens Are All the Rage

Dann Foley: Natural Woods, Neutral Linens Are All the Rage

Living With Style column shares tips, trends on decorating your home
Palm Springs designer Dann Foley, who recently appeared on "American Dream Builders", shares tips and trends on what's hot in interior design.
Spa at Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Focuses on Indoor-Outdoor Wellness

Spa at Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Focuses on Indoor-Outdoor Wellness

15 treatment rooms, personal fitness features open to visitors and guests
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Spa has unveiled a full menu of treatments and fitness offerings, with a focus on indoor-outdoor wellness.
The Broken Yolk Cafe Adds Sunny Side to La Quinta Shopping Center

The Broken Yolk Cafe Adds Sunny Side to La Quinta Shopping Center

Create your own omelets or choose from a dozen “Omelet Obsessions”
La Quinta’s Plaza at Point Happy shopping center has gotten a little sunnier since The Broken Yolk Café opened up in March.
'Top Rock' Brings Interactive Musical Tribute to Palm Springs

'Top Rock' Brings Interactive Musical Tribute to Palm Springs

Medley ranges from Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and Fleetwood Mac to Michael Jackson
"Top Rock" is back home at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, featuring a 12-member cast and a five-piece band that belts out hit after hit.
Diane Delano Enjoys Playing  'Wacky' Role in Web Series

Diane Delano Enjoys Playing 'Wacky' Role in Web Series

"Pretty the Series" debuts fourth-season opener at Palm Springs fan fest
Diane Delano is known for TV roles in Northern Exposure, The River Wild, and The Lady Killers, but she is helping to bring credence to web-based TV series proggramming.
Actress Martha Byrne Sees Real Future in Web-Based Programs

Actress Martha Byrne Sees Real Future in Web-Based Programs

Emmy-winning soap star says medium is attracting top-notch talent
As the World Turns alum Martha Byrne believes the future of web-based programs is here, and joins a growing base of Hollywood talent making the move.
Listening to Your Autonomous Voice

Listening to Your Autonomous Voice

The payoff is deep absorption and happiness in something you love
Listen to your autonomous voice, and find the happiness you forsake when you are too distracted to be absorbed in something you love.
Erich von Daniken's 'ET' Assertions Gain Credibility Over Time

Erich von Daniken's 'ET' Assertions Gain Credibility Over Time

Will speak at 'Contact in the Desert' Conference in Joshua Tree
Erich von Daniken, author of Chariots of the Gods, has found the scientific community has been more accepting of his assertions of the existence of extraterrestrial beings.
Splash House: August Lineup Mix Perfect for Poolside Parties

Splash House: August Lineup Mix Perfect for Poolside Parties

Performers range from Australia’s Cut Copy to remix masters Gigamesh
Over three sun-soaked days, nearly 40 of the world’s most relevant DJ’s and electronic acts converge in Palm Springs for Splash House.
Palm Springs Animal Shelter Spruces Up Canine Suites

Palm Springs Animal Shelter Spruces Up Canine Suites

Marc Russell Interiors and MDC Contractors volunteer time, talents
Those doggies in the window over at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter are wagging their tails in approval over the recent makeover of the canine suites.
Purple Room Supper Club Bartender Puts His Skills to Test

Purple Room Supper Club Bartender Puts His Skills to Test

Selvarey Rum and Saguaro tournament finals pit six local mixologists
Six local bartenders, including the Purple Room Supper Club's Garrett Spicher, will vie for the title of "Saguaro-Selvarey King" in the Aug. 4 finals.
TRIO Palm Springs Heats up in August With Menu Specials

TRIO Palm Springs Heats up in August With Menu Specials

Comfort food, bottomless mimosas, and delectable desserts
August brings much-anticipated weekly menu specials and Brunch A Go Go with bottomless mimosa, plus the celebrated extended happy hour in the always-jumping bar.
New Construction Taking Off at Toscana Country Club

New Construction Taking Off at Toscana Country Club

Twenty homes are under construction with more coming
Construction activity at Toscana is matching the soaring temperatures in the desert with 20 homes under construction and more slated to start in the upcoming months.
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Touché! Desert Fencing Academy Offers a Lifetime of Swordplay

Step inside Desert Fencing Academy in Palm Desert and you will understand why it's a lifetime sport with students ranging in age from 7 to 83.

Where You Can Splurge on Ice Cream in Palm Springs Area

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, splurge on a unique ice cream “shoppe” experience in The Greater Palm Springs area.

5 Features to Explore in Summerland, California

The next time you find yourself stuck in traffic on U.S. 101, take a worthwhile detour to the artsy, eclectic hillside beach town of Summerland, California.

Stay Cool and Rock Out With Indoor Miniature Golf

Rather than tell his kids to find something to do this summer, Jody Erdahl actually created that something: Rock’n’Roll Mini Golf in La Quinta.

Revelle at Clancy Lane Adapts Houses to Your Life

Some of the new homes at the Revelle at Clancy Lane in Rancho Mirage may look the same on the exterior, but these houses are the antithesis of cookie-cutter.

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