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Season Opens for Palm Springs Dancers Every Wednesday Night

ballroom-214x300There are many forms of dance that people enjoy these days. However, one thing considered to be the most elegant kind of dance, performed even back in the ages, is what they call as ballroom. Ballroom dance is often performed by two people, or partners. This dance can be done socially or competitively, and is known all over the world. But surely, it is famous in California, especially to those with older age. Because of the entertainment it brings, this form of dance has been enjoyed on stage, films and even the television.

There is nothing better than a whole night of dancing and fun in Palm Springs. Luckily for people who are quite interested in dancing, particularly in ballroom dancing, the seasons have opened for the Palm Springs Dancers every Wednesday night. People in California have waited all year for this, and now it has started. Since this is the 30th Anniversary for the Wednesday night dancers, every night will indeed be grand. To play the music, several bands and the best DJs are hired to make the night alive.

The dancing during these nights will go on from September until April next year, and hopefully, another season will come again. There will surely be long nights of dancing during such day of the week, a day that people will always look forward to. The dance starts off at 7 in the evening up until 9:30pm, two and a half hours of fun, entertainment, and endless ballroom dancing. Thinking of it alone makes the ballroom enthusiasts shiver with excitement. The venue of the dance will be at the Palm Springs Pavilion.

The Palm Springs Pavilion is owned and managed by the Palm Springs Park and Recreation. This is actually part of the large recreation complex located on the Pavilion way, South of Baristo. This is between Farrell and Sunrise. The dance floor is pretty huge, with a size of 10,000 square foot, made of hardwood. People can expect that the place can accommodate a large number of crowd. This is considered to be the best among the rest in the valley, that’s why it was chosen as the venue for the Palm Springs Wednesday night dance. For more than three decades, the Pavilion has been home to 300 dances and a venue to thousands of events in the said locale in California.

For those interested to take complimentary dance lessons and those who would like to attend the dance, they can contact the Palm Springs Park and Recreation through the official website which is http://www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us/index. Aside from that, people can send an e-mail to palmspringsdancers@gmail.com. Technology has surely made communication a lot easier for people these days, just one click and people can be connected. However, for those who wants to see the actual area or venue, they can also go directly to the address: 401 So. Pavilion, Palm Springs, California, or contact the number (760) 323-8272. These contacts are also applicable for those who would like to organize events in the said venue.



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Palm Springs’ Star Studded Golden Years

Though Palm Springs may not be the fabulous vacation spot of the rich and very famous as it once was, it still has that old Hollywood sparkle. That’s leftover from years as the premiere American vacation spot for Hollywood’s execs and stars. Palm Springs became an official city in 1938. It started with seven councilmen and the mayor was Phil Boyd. During the 1939 census, Palm Springs reported a year-round population of just over 5,000, while during the summer, that number climbed to 8,000.

Kaufman_House_Palm_Springs-300x208Because the city’s four major hotels were all entirely occupied during the peak season, this prompted other hotels to move into the area. The top four hotels during the late ’30s and early ’40s were the Oasis, the Desert Inn, El Mirador and Del Tahquitz. The Deep Well Guest Ranch was not technically a hotel, but did host many seasonal Palm Spring residence.

The Chi Chi Nightclub became the town’s premiere nightclub with many national acts stopping by. Restaurants known in town were the Palm House and the Polynesian restaurant located in the Palm Springs Hotel. A Western-themed nightclub opened dubbed The Mink and Manure Club. During this Palm Spring saw travelers from Hollywood, but also various wealthy parts of the United States.

Golf courses became a recreational activity for the elite and in Palm Springs, it was played at Tom O’Donnell’s golf course. There were also several tennis courts. Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club was another hot spot for the rich and famous during their leisure time. At this time, Palm Springs boasted the most swimming pools of any county in the United States. Bike rentals were available at numerous hotels, which let guests explore Palm Springs on bike, taking in the scenery. There were, and still are, amazing trails for hikers and runners to take in the mountains of Palm Springs.

In December of 1941, there were many people at the the Desert Inn for the annual dog show, which drew an eclectic and wealthy group of folks. It was here that people heard John Miller announce that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. With the declaration of war, many people fled Palm Springs to live in larger cities. Those who stayed and held on to their property for future generations prospered greatly.

Many thought Palm Springs had seen its best days before the war, however after the war, tourists returned to the area in droves. In 1962, John F. Kennedy visited the area, putting it back on the map for those who wanted to see and be seen.

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Palm Springs Historical Society Helps Preserve the Past


palmcanyon1932-300x183Helping to Preserve the Past

The Palm Springs Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Palm Springs.  It is sited on the Village Green.  This park like locale is set in a lushly landscaped portion of Palm Canyon Drive amidst a warren of shops, hotels, and restaurants.  The site may be toured individually or on a guided tour.  To arrange a guided tour the society should be contacts online or one may call them at 760-323-8297.

There is free parking available in the lot behind the headquarters off South Belardo Road between Barristo Road and Arenas Roads.  The Society is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  There is a $3 admission fee for adults.  Children get to enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  This charge includes admission to the nearby Comela White House and McCallum Adobe, two nearby historic structures.

The Palm Springs region has long attracted musical talents both as a place to relax and to play music.  In accordance with that rich tradition, the Historical Society is hosting an exhibit entitled “Chi Chi” after the famed nightclub where such luminaries as Cab Calloway and Ella Ftizgerald performed.  In this exhibition, one may listen to live recordings of those two iconic artists along with hearing tunes from Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong, and many more.  These recordings will take you back to the era of Swing when Big Band music was featured at many of the local resort hotels.  Included are a number of instruments played by legendary performers.

 

Schedule of Events

The Historical Society is featuring a raft of exhibitions for the remainder of 2012.  To begin with, there is a collection of Vintage Palm Springs Hotel brochures.  This tribute to the ephemera of yesteryear is entitled, “Graphic Hospitality.”  For history buffs of shopping, “La Playa” gives a photographic record of the development of one of the earliest shopping malls ever constructed called “La Playa.”  The Society is also showing off its collection of paintings by Carl Eytel,Palm Springs first artist in residence.

A video presentation of the creation of Palm Springs first resort hotel, the Desert Inn shows throughout the day in the Society’s theater.  The film traces the development of the site and shows how the hotel and close byFashionPlazahave evolved over the years.

Another video program playing regularly is called “Palm Springs Then and Now.”  The film flips back and forth from how sites looked in 1946 compared to the way they appear today,

The Winfield Line,Palm Springs: a True Story of Our Time is part of a new gallery that the Society has set up devoted to color photographs.  It features 75 color prints by Grace and Winfield Line that trace the history of Palm Spring from 1940 until 1980.  It includes journals and a guest book.

There are also black and white photography exhibitions chronicling the region’s history and the Naïve American culture.

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Rancho La Quinta Country Club

Do you want to live at one of the best addresses in the country? Then you should definitely check out Rancho La Quinta Country Club in beautiful La Quinta, CA. With its carefree lifestyle and spectacular golf course, this is one wonderful community to call home.

The golf at Rancho La Quinta Country Club includes two world class 18 hole private courses. The traditional course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the more modern course was created by former US Open Champion Jerry Pate. Approximately half of the club’s residents are also golf members. Golf Membership is $105,000 non-equity deposit, with monthly dues of $1,050.

Established in 1994, Rancho La Quinta Country club sits on 700 acres and offers 960 homes. The homes are set back on elevated lots, giving them stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains as well as the two golf courses. HOA dues run $615 per month for homes and $758 per month for condos and include social/fitness/clubhouse membership with access to tennis, pools and more.

Other amenities you’ll find at Rancho La Quinta Country Club include:

  • 23,000 square foot clubhouse
  • Main dining room, club room and bar and private dining room featuring five star cuisine
  • Fully appointed golf pro shop
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms
  • Racquet Club
  • Nine lighted tennis courts including two clay courts and a stadium court
  • Pro tennis shop
  • Fitness center with state of the art exercise equipment
  • Junior Olympic size pool
  • Several community pools and spas

Rancho La Quinta Country Club is located at 79295 Rancho La Quinta Drive, La Quinta, CA, 92253. To get to Rancho La Quinta from Interstate 10 east, take the Washington Street exit and make a right onto Washington Street. Head south past Highway 111. Turn left on Rancho La Quinta Drive into the main gate at the stoplight at the intersection of Rancho La Quinta Drive/Washington Street/Eisenhower Drive.

For more information on Rancho La Quinta Country Club homes & properties, CLICK HERE to contact Claudine.

Traveling to La Quinta for a short stay? Considering a relocation? Looking for a new home? Claudine can show you amazing properties & luxury golf course homes in La Quinta or the nearby Desert communities – Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage & Indian Wells. CALL (760) 799 5308!!!



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Palm Springs, Market Report for the Week of August 27, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 this week is $319,900.

Inventory is tightening and days-on-market is falling. The Market Action Index shows demand heating up. These are relatively bullish signs for prices.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess inventory is consumed. However, as the supply and demand trends continue, the market moves into the Seller’s zone, and we are likely to see upward pressure on pricing.

Price

We continue to see prices in this zip code hovering around these current levels, even though they bumped up a bit this week. Look for a persistent up-shift in the Market Action Index before we see prices move significantly from here.

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Rancho Mirage, Market Report for the Week August 27, 2012

The median list price in RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270 this week is $785,000.

Inventory has been lightening lately and the Market Action Index has been trending up. Though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the market.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer’s market, prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller’s Market.

Price

The market for this zip code continues its bounce again this week. We’re a long way from the market’s high point so watch the Market Action Index to predict how long this trend will last.

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The Living Zoo in Palm Springs

The Living Desert in Palm Springs, California, seeks to preserve, conserve, and interpret the various deserts of the world. With its imporessive assortment of desert flora and fauna, Living Zoo visitors can learn about the world’s deserts all in one place.

History

The Living Zoo was founded in 1970 by forward-thinking trustees at the Palm Springs Desert Museum who predicted the impact that development of their town was having and would continue to have on their local ecosystem. This led to the building of a nature trail and preserve in Palm Desert. Four decades later, the zoo continues to focus on preserving the surrounding desert as well as sharing it with visitors. Additionally, the zoo teaches visitors about the deserts of the world with exhibits and displays that bring them to life.

The following are among the zoo’s highlights:

North American Desert

This exhibit features the beauty and wonder of flora and fauna that flourish in the four North American deserts. It features small animals such bats, scorpions, mice, lizards, snakes, and more, all of which are mainly active at night due to the intense daytime heat. See the multitude of birds that call the desert home, including hawks, eagles, vultures, falcons, quail, doves, orioles, and roadrunners. Mammals such as bobcats, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, and badgers are featured as well. And then there’s the rare desert bighorn and the endangered Peninsular Pronghorn.

Botanical gardens such as the Yucca Garden represent the great diversity of flora found throughout the North American deserts. There’s also the Living Desert’s colorful Sage Garden, home to over 35 different colorful Lamiaceae species and the hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees that love them.

African Desert

Africa – home to deserts such as Sahara, Namib, and Kalahari – features some of the most dramatic, hostile deserts in the world.

Catch a glimpse of this arid splendor and the animal and gardens that call these deserts home at the Living Zoo. The Living Desert, with one of the best zoo breeding colonies found in the world, is host to two of the most endangered animals in the world, the slender-horned gazelle and the addax, a nearly extinct African antelope. The Living Desert has one of the best zoo-based breeding colonies in the world. Recently, addax born at the zoo were reintroduced to an area at the edge of the Sahara, in hopes of boosting the population in the wild.

Other African animals showcased at The Living Desert include hornbills, meerkats, warthogs, sand cat, foxes, giraffes, ostriches, endangered cheetahs, gazelles, and rare Grevy’s Zebras. Don’t forget about exotic African plants, too, from 30 kinds of acacia to strange kokerbooms.

The Ant Lab

Ant colonies are usually hidden, but The Living Desert exposes ant life at the new Ant Lab! In this unique and fascinating exhibit, visitors can watch 10,000 ants build tunnels, catch prey, do housekeeping, and care for their eggs, larvae and pupae.

Learn about ant social life and the ants’ role in the keeping the desert soil in constant good condition. The Ant Lab is located at the NEW Discovery Center and is open during regular park hours.

The Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is delightfully indoors, a respite from the heat where guests, especially children, discover interactively how sun, wind, sand, and just a little water join together to make such an amazing desert. Highlights include:

  • A giant ground sloth skeleton mounted in a recessed cavern
  • Replica bones and skulls of ancient animals displayed on a fossil wall
  • A carpeted “dune” where children can crawl, roll, and play
  • A crafts counter for kids with rubbing plates, paper, and colored pencils
  • Interactive areas where visitors discover the four elements shaping the desert
  • An old seismograph and computer display that provide a real-time look at tremors in the area

For more information on ticketing, directions, zoo hours, and more, please visit http://www.livingdesert.org/.

All these and more awaits your kids in Palm Springs. As a family-friendly city, this desert city offers a wide range of theme parks & tourist spots perfect for family weekend getaways. Call Palm Springs Realtor, Claudine Messika @ (760) 799 5308 to know more about Palm Springs Real Estate & latest listings.



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Masters of Post Modern Architecture – Palm Springs

Masters-of-Post-Modern-Architecture-–-Palm-Springs-300x196Recently, the Palm Springs Museum has obtained the former Santa Fe Federal Saving and Loan building and it firstly expressed its intention to transform the location into a new type of museum. This was going to be centered on architecture and art. The idea received unexpected support from both the public and the media at a national level.

At the moment, it is raising funds in order to rehabilitate the historic building. After it will be renewed it is going to be transformed into a state of the art architectural museum. This would be the first museum of this kind in the country and it intends to amaze the public with the pieces exhibited. Imaginative, unique pieces will be presented and they are hoped to serve as source of inspiration for many future architects. Until now, no less than 30 famous entrepreneurs and famous leaders have shown their support for the project. The museum needs one hundred founding members that must commit to pay a certain sum for the next three years to keep the institution running, until it begins to produce its own profit.

Furthermore, the modern architect E. Stewart Williams will be in charge with the esthetic rehabilitation of the structure and also he will gather the pieces and the collections that will be exhibited. Also, the name of a great pavilion inside it, the Edward Harris pavilion comes from a great architectural historian, Beth Edwards Harris, who with her husband, Brent are thought to have been responsible for the revival of the Mid-Century Modernism, an important step in architecture. Their most important vision was to create community and commercial space. This way the local organizations were going to be supported and therefore, now the first level of the museum will be transformed into a public library with special cabinets for the architectural blueprints.

In addition, the plans of the museums involve the existence of an elevator, as well as walls made entirely of aluminum, glass panels, and decorations based on original blueprints. All must be as creative and as unique as possible, and visitors must not be disappointed by what will see. Also, the dividers from the former offices have already been removed and a larger open space has been created. This way, the original Terrazzo floor can now be completely admired and the overall look is much more impressive.

Moreover, the plan includes various decorations with black and white photos made by the famous photographer, Julius Shulman. These will be the perfect additions to the place and they will blend perfectly with the general style. The overall area will have different looks, to present as many unique ideas as possible, but in some way they are all going to match and come into a harmonious flow that will surprise and enchant the visitors. The architecture and design of the museum will surely be well received on the market and it will represent a fabulous source of inspiration for many architects. With its history and esthetic beauty it will be a pleasure to visit it.


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Oasis Country Club in Palm Desert

1-oasis-country-club-fairway1-300x225The secret is out – Oasis Country Club is one of the best golf communities in Palm Desert!  With a beautifully maintained 18 hole executive golf course designed by Ted Robinson featuring twenty-two lakes, it’s sure to challenge even the most seasoned golfer!  Oasis is a public golf course, and offers membership to its members for $3,000 plus $3,000 annually.

The Oasis features 662 detached style units with more than 25 different floor plans.  Homes range in size from 775 square feet for a one bedroom to 1,803 square feet for the largest three bedroom unit available.  The units here are bright with open floor plans and represent some of the best deals in the Coachella Valley.  The homes range in value from approximately $200,000 to $525,000.  Monthly HOA dues are $455.

Some other amenities you’ll enjoy at Oasis Country Club include:

  •     Putting green and practice driving range
  •     Three lighted tennis courts for night play
  •     Golf instruction and lessons
  •     Fully stocked golf pro shop for the golfer and non-golfer alike, with 20 percent discount for homeowners
  •     18 pools and spas
  •     24 hour manned gate
  •     Stunning grounds and landscaping with breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains
  •     Wedding and banquet services
  •     Beautiful clubhouse with views of 1st tee and 18th hole
  •     Second floor lounge with casual dining and wi-fi
  •     Newly remodeled restaurant The Grille Room with full menu

Oasis Country Club is located at 42330 Casbah Way, Palm Desert, CA, 92211.  Directions to the club can be found here.  They are conveniently located in Palm Desert on Hovley Lane between Cook Street and Washington Street, approximately 1.5 miles from Interstate 10.  Excellent shopping, entertainment, and dining are all within five to ten minutes from the club gates.

More information about membership and club amenities can be found at their website, or by calling (760) 345-5661.  You may also email oasishoa@aol.com.

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Trilogy Country Club in La Quinta

Tucked against the Santa Rosa mountains in the heart of the Coachella Valley you’ll find the beautiful oasis of Trilogy Country Club in La Quinta. This thriving desert community is surrounded by a dramatic mountain backdrop and provides all the luxuries you’ve come to expect with Palm Springs living.

The Golf Club at La Quinta features an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Gary Panks. Opened in 2002, it has since hosted professional golfers such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Adam Scott, and has been the home of the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 PGA Tour Skins Game events. Dramatic water features and sand traps complement the fairways which lead to rolling greens. Residents can purchase annual golf passes that run approximately $3,250 for a single and $4,350 for couples.

The homes you’ll find at Trilogy feature diverse designs that have a touch of Feng Shui. The developer was named “Builder of the Year” in 2007 by Builders’ Best Magazine. The community is comprised of 1,200 homes that range in value from $215,000 to $799,000. Recent HOA dues were $287 per month.

Other features and amenities you’ll find at Trilogy Country Club include:

  • 21,000 square foot clubhouse called the Santa Rosa Club
  • State of the art athletic club
  • Exercise classes including Tai Chi
  • Club Naturopath
  • Coral Spa featuring a range of treatments
  • Two beautiful pools including a Junior Olympic size pool
  • Four lighted championship tennis courts
  • Close to dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities

 

Trilogy Country Club is located at 80600 Trilogy Parkway, La Quinta, CA, 92253. From Highway 111 or Interstate 10 exit on Washington Street and drive south to Avenue 54. Turn left (east) at the stop sign and drive just over one mile to the first stop sign at Madison Street. Turn right and drive south on Madison for five miles to Avenue 60. Turn left and you will see the entrance to Trilogy Country Club.

 

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