Category Archives: Palm Springs Lifestyle

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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Desert Horizons Country Club

Warm relationships and lasting memories – that’s what you’ll get at Desert Horizons Country Club in Indian Wells, California. Desert Horizons is a 300 acre, private equity club that features top-notch cuisine, high-class service and a multitude of recreational activities.

Desert Horizons Country Club is home to an 18 hole championship golf course designed by the world-renowned Ted Robinson. It offers outstanding fairways and magnificent lakes with more than 2,000 beautiful palm trees scattered throughout. This course is a challenge for the beginner and pro alike.

This community features beautiful custom homes along the golf course with upscale amenities. Home prices here range from $675,000 to $2 million. Most feature stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the distance.

Other features you’ll find at Desert Horizons Country Club:

  • Brand new fitness center open 24 hours featuring Cybex equipment
  • Personal training
  • Five night lighted tennis courts
  • 40,000 square foot clubhouse
  • Golf instruction program with full-time professional staff
  • Golf practice range and member tournaments
  • Fully stocked golf pro shop with equipment and apparel
  • Variety of dining options including a Casual Grill, a Member’s Lounge and outdoor patio
  • Main dining room with live music three nights a week
  • Women’s Club with monthly luncheons featuring guest speakers
  • Special themed events and holiday parties
  • Friday night happy hour

 

Desert Horizons Country Club has won numerous awards including Best Low Density Residential Development in the West by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

Desert Horizons is located at 44900 Desert Horizons Drive, Indian Wells, CA, 92210. It is centrally located in Indian Wells, and only minutes away from world class shopping, quality entertainment and fine dining.

 

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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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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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Rat Pack Reflected Palm Spring’s Devil May Care Attitude

Rat Pack makes Palm Springs their home

In the late 50’s and early 60’s, a group of entertainers and the spots they hung out in came to symbolize the American style of mixing power and pleasure. A group gathered around Frank Sinatra, did movies together in Hollywood, performed on stage with one another in Las Vegas, and relaxed and partied in Palm Springs. They started out staying at the Riviera Resort that they helped christen with gigs in the Chi Chi Room, but many of them such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford emulated their leader, Sinatra, and bought homes of their own in Palm Springs.

Their camaraderie helped to give them enormous power in the entertainment industry and helped to make Palm Springs a power center of world class renown. Unlike other tony enclaves of the era, Palm Springs was not the least bit restrictive and proved to be open to all. The same could be said of the Rat Pack. They included a members from a wide array of backgrounds. This was at a time when even the two Italians in the group would have had a hard time qualifying for membership at certain country clubs. Not so on the links at Palm Springs.

The men in the Rat Pack had swagger and were often seen as vulgar, but it was seen as a sign of their confidence and disdain of convention. They were not about to be assigned to any second class status imposed by the old guard of American culture. They fashioned their own brand of hip and obviously had a good time doing it.

The openness of the desert suited their style. In Palm Springs, it was possible to party at poolside all through the night and sleep through the heat of the day. Since they had so many friends in town, there were always people to see and places to go.

Bogie’s Wife Gives the Name

In 49, Sinatra moved to a home in Holmby Hills near the house where Humphrey Bogart. The two men became drinking buddies along with several other future members of the Rat Pack. When Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall, saw the boisterous crew storming through a Las Vegas casino, she stated, “You look like a @#$% rat pack.” Sinatra seems to have taken the slur as an endearment.

Sinatra enjoyed having a circle of buddies around. The arrangement also had enormous commercial success. Their popularity in Las Vegas was unparalleled. They generated enormous amounts of press coverage just by hanging out at pools in Palm Springs and posing for photos with bikini clad babes.

At first, the press referred to them as the Clan. Sinatra did not like it and snidely remarked, “Just because we get together once a week wearing sheets over our heads is no reason to call us that.” To which, Sammy Davis Jr. added, “Would I belong to an organization called the clan?” This sort of humor was new to America. The Rat Pack managed to demonstrate how ethnic and racial differences could form a basis and not a barrier to friendship.

 

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Palm Springs Caters to Frank Sinatra Fans

 

Feeling at Home in Frank’s Home

Palm Springs has put really put out the welcome mat for fans of Frank Sinatra. Not only can you stay in the main house of his Palm Springs compound, but the rates have recently been reduced by 25% because of the recession. Not that staying here has become cheap. It will still set you back $1950 a night, but that is still a far sight less than the $2,600 rate that prevailed in better times. While that might seem a steep price to pay, the home does have four bedrooms, a large living room with a pull down screen for movie viewing and a gorgeous pool. The home is set up for entertaining both inside and outside as party loving Sinatra was wont to do when he lived here.

Palm Springs is promoting a list of places that Sinatra liked to visit while in town. It is part of the city’s efforts to promote tourism in the desert resort. They recognize the value it adds for legions of his fans to learn that Sinatra was frequently a guest at certain bars and restaurants. While Sinatra did enjoy being the center of attention, he generally shunned publicity while staying in Palm Springs. Some of his encounters with newsmen and photographers became legendary as he tried to shun the press with a retinue of bodyguards who were less than gentle in keeping the paparazzi at bey.

Now it is possible to walk right over his grave or at least very close to it. For diehard Sinatra fans, no visit to Palm Springs would be complete without a stop at his final resting place in the local cemetery where fans often leave miniature bottles of Jack Daniels in tribute to their idol

 

His Spirit Still Captivates Visitors

At one of the city’s many parks, you can bush a button set by a bad of petunias and here “Old Blue Eyes” describe the scenery. Instead of breaking into song, he goes on to detail the mating habits of Bighorn Sheep. After that you might want to attend the church where Sinatra went to mass. Palm Springs has its own Walk of Fame copied after the one in Hollywood because so many celebrities choose to live in Palm Springs. Sinatra has a star located outside of a T-shirt shop.

The house however remains the ultimate attraction for Sinatra fans. It is filled with Rat Pack mementos and memories of the many dalliances Sinatra conducted here. He romanced both Ava Gardner and Lana Turner here. The sink in the bathroom off the master bedroom is cracked, but no repairman is ever likely to fix it. Ava Gardner broke it when she threw a champagne bottle at Frank after learning of his escapades with Lana Turner. No would want to destroy evidence like that.

Melvyn’s bar and restaurant is within walking distance of the home. It was one of Sinatra’s favorite watering holes when he was in town. A giant portrait of him greets patrons of the place.

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Palm Springs, CA Housing Market Report for the week of July 30th, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 this week is $325,000.

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. However because of excess inventory, prices have not yet stopped falling. Should the sales trend continue, expect prices to level off soon and potentially to resume their climb from there. Watch prices as the market transitions from a Buyer’s market to a Seller’s market.

Prices

Again this week in this zip code we see a downward notch for prices. Pricing has been weak in recent weeks and versus their absolute-high level. At this point, we will be looking for a persistent upward shift in the Market Action Index as a leading
indicator for a trough in prices.

 

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