The Idyllwild Arts Foundation presentation of the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines, featuring various genres of blues-based jazz and works by more than two dozen bands with art, food and breathtaking majestic pines as a backdrop and lot’s of cool fresh air.
The Idyllwild Art Campus was temporarily evacuated due to the Cranston Fire. Many feared Jazz in the Pines Festival would have to be cancelled. But thanks to the hard work and invaluable help from over 1,400 fire fighters, the campus was saved. This year is the Silver Anniversary of the Festival and it will go on as planned. The difference this year is the Jazz Festival will be much more than just a celebration of music. It’s a celebration of survival.
President and Head of School Pamela Jordan of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, which produces Jazz in the Pines as a fundraiser, said “This special year now takes on a new level of significance as our community will gather to celebrate our own fortitude, and that of the over 1,400 firefighters who valiantly battled the Cranston Fire to protect us”
The festival opens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Some of this years performers will be
Saturday, August 11
11:00 – 12:15 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – French Quarter
Ruby and the Red Hots
Ruby and the Red Hots is a San Diego-based rockin’ blues, R&B, funk, and jazz band. For over 25 years their earth-shaking music has made audiences all over the U.S. and abroad simmer as they’ve performed arrangements of classics as well as original compositions. Ruby (Etoile Ruby Presnell), with her unique and powerful voice, beauty, and sensual stage presence, is known as the “first-class sultry lady of blues.”
12:45 – 2:00 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
The Chase Jackson Sextet
This year, one of the new groups at the festival will be the Chase Jackson Sextet. While he will be new to this stage, Jackson is already a popular jazz musician. He has several awards from the Berklee Jazz Workshop, a popular venue for Idyllwild Arts jazz students.
2:30 – 3:45 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
Evan Christopher Clarinet Road
Christopher is recognized for his embrace of the early jazz legacies of New Orleans clarinetists Lorenzo Tio Jr., Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, and Johnny Dodds. Christopher is an Idyllwild Arts Academy elder statesman as one of the school’s first jazz graduates and student of jazz faculty elder statesman Marshall Hawkins. He toured with singer-songwriter A.J. Croce in the early 1990s and eventually joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, where he appeared nightly as their featured clarinetist. Christopher is permanently based in New Orleans, but is a charter member of the Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra based in Southern California. Evan will be joined be fellow at Idyllwild Arts Academy graduate and Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson.
2:00 – 3:30 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – French Quarter
Euphoria Brass Band
Euphoria Brass Band is a San Diego-based musical collective that serves up a contemporary mix of old school New Orleans traditional brass band jazz, funky street beats, and new school edginess with a West Coast feeling. They recall the early days of New Orleans street bands. Euphoria Brass Band was created in 2011 by New Orleans transplants Ron Bocian and David Bandrowski and local jazz radio DJ Drew Miller. They quickly assembled a top-notch, hard-hitting horn section: Steve Ebner (trumpet), April West (trombone), David Jackson (tenor sax), J.P. Balmat (baritone and alto sax, clarinet), and Wayne Rice (sousaphone). Euphoria Brass Band was nominated five years in a row for various San Diego Music Awards. Embracing the exciting spirit of improvisation with a hard funk edge, Euphoria Brass Band has become known for their incendiary high-energy shows, guaranteed to get a crowd smiling, dancing, and having a good time.
4:15 – 5:30 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
Graham Dechter – A Quartet feat featuring John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Tamir Hendelman
Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his youth. The Los Angeles native shows a deep reverence for the jazz guitar tradition in his warm-toned renditions of ballads, bossas, bebop, and blues. A formidable soloist and consummate accompanist, he imbues standards with rare enthusiasm and an inherent bluesiness while carving his own path with affecting original compositions.
Sunday, August 12
1030 – 11:45 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – French Quarter
Chuck Alvarez is a Los Angeles-based guitarist/singer/songwriter with roots in blues-rock, who has also earned a reputation for R&B, light jazz, and Americana. Alvarez has composed for nine musicals for national and international audiences.
10:45 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Stephens Hall
Jazzgrass creates an unusual blend of jazz and bluegrass instruments in surprising yet delightful combinations. A cello plays duet with the mandolin, a trumpet and trombone horn section backs up a banjo, a saxophone and a guitar rip out smooth and engaging solos. The tempo ranges from upbeat stomping to mellow swing. The improvisations in these tunes catch the expression of free spirit. In 1999, Idyllwild resident Barnaby Finch put the band together to honor the newer and more progressive side of Bluegrass music. In 2011, he recruited some talented locals to play with him. Don Reed is a virtuoso on mandolin, dobro, and guitar. Sam Zorn, on fiddle, covers everything from jazz to Celtic music. On bass is Bill Saitta, one of the busiest musicians in the Desert, and drummer Jeff Olson also plays with David Benoit. Pianist Barnaby Finch, formerly music director and touring member of Lee Ritenour’s band, has played with Ronnie Laws, Alphonse Mouzon, Boz Scaggs, and Lionel Richie. His piano was featured on the Lionel Richie/Diana Ross hit, “Endless Love.” From 1982 to 1989, Barnaby toured with George Benson, for whom he was conductor and musical director from 1987 to 1989.
4:15 – 5:30 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
Casey Abrams featuring special guest Haley Reinhart
Casey Abrams’ story is that of a born natural. But it’s also the story of a person who studied diligently and worked hard, striving toward his dream of a life in music. Casey’s childhood resonated with music. Mother Pamela Pierce is a screenwriter and teacher, plays piano and sings. Father Ira Abrams taught at Idyllwild Arts
Academy. At age ten his family moved to Idyllwild and Casey attended the Idyllwild Summer Arts program prior to enrolling in the Academy. He gained proficiency on guitar, upright bass, cello, drums and the sitar. He credits his jazz and upright bass instructor, the
legendary Marshall Hawkins, for helping him develop into the musician he is today. Casey tried out for and won a spot on American Idol, describing the experience as his ticket to getting his foot in the door. Not long after his Idol experience, Casey found himself in London recording his debut album, working with renowned producer Martin Terefe. Even though his prodigious artistic gifts and wide-screen creative vision augur many great things in the future, his ambition at heart remains very simple: to make music that people love.
Escape Room Palm Springs is great fun for family, friends and team building with co-workers. Choose from six escape rooms and games.
Merlin’s Magic School is in trouble. The entire school was accidentally cursed during a talent show, and only you and your team are able to save everyone by finding Merlin’s hidden spell book. In this game you’ll have to figure out what to do with magical objects, get help from a magical creature, and work your way into Merlin’s secret study. What’s in there?!
Bank Heist, you and your crack team have been assembled to pull of this caper involving sneaking past the banks high tech security, hacking your way into a computer and deciding how you’ll break into the vault. Your objective? Get as much loot as you can before the police spoil all the fun.
Locker Room, Trapped in an abandoned locker room, you and your team will battle wits with a sadistic serial killer. Uncover the fate of the prisoners captured before you and if you’re clever enough, maybe you’ll save more than just yourselves. Both mental and physical challenges will test your mind and spirit.
Vampire’s Lair, A man and woman in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1690’s fall in love and are set to marry. Shortly before the wedding, the man finds a magic spell in his fiancee’s handwriting – the spell was to make him fall in love with her by unnatural means. He rejects her, call off the wedding and called her an evil witch. “I’ll show you an evil witch!” she vows, and turns him into a vampire, but that’s not all, he finds his coffin impossible to open! Now it’s up to you and your team to uncover the secrets of their love affair and help the vampire reclaim his coffin.
Jack the Ripper, Transport yourself to the slums of Victorian London where you’ll help Scotland Yard solve the Jack the Ripper murders, hopefully without ending up as a next victim. You and your team will uncover evidence that will help you identify the killer as you work through the game. But if you think identifying the world’s most notorious serial killer will be simple, then you don’t know jack.
Escape Room Palm Springs opened in the Fall of 2017 and has been a hit with fans near and far. They’re continually updating / tweaking secret details to keep the games fresh and new so you can go over and over and never get tired of the fun.
Make closer connections with the family, Have a fun afternoon with friends, or even build stronger relationships among your office staff. You’ll experience an unforgettable bonding experience where no special skills are required.
Come out and watch comedians and improv groups compete for laughs. Enjoy an afternoon of award-winning stand-up comedy with a new comedy act every 15 minutes. You can enjoy them all or just those that suit your fancy with an all day pass so you can come and go as you please.
The Desert Classic Ballroom Dancing Competition in Indian Wells is going to be Wildly Hot this year!
Part of the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series and Global Series Events where Pro/Am Dancers vie for points and national recognition.
The total purse this year is over $85,000. with awards not only going to best Dancers but also to the best teachers and studios.
Ready to learn? Check out one of the Workshops, where you can learn from the best. Some of the great competitions include Tango, Flamenco, Professional Cabaret, Latin, Jack and Jill and this years new events; Kid’s Solo and pro / am Gentlemen Closed Championships.
The Event is at The JW Marriott Desert Springs in Indian Wells
July 12 – 15, 2018
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SESSION 1 – THURSDAY (all day): Doors Open 8:00 am
Pro/Am, Student/Student, Mixed Amateur Adult & Youth (16-18) Events
- Pro/Am American Smooth Closed Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am American Smooth Closed Scholarships
- Pro/Am American Smooth Open Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am American Smooth Multi-Dance Championships
- Pro/Am American Smooth Open, World DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
- Pro/Am American Smooth Open Scholarships
- Pro-Am International Latin Closed Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am International Latin Closed Scholarships
- Pro/Am International Latin Open Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am International Latin Multi-Dance Championships
- Pro/Am International Latin Open, World Pro/Am DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
- Pro/Am International Latin Open Scholarships
- Pre-Champ Adult Amateur International Latin & American Smooth Championships
- Pre-Champ Adult Amateur American Rhythm Championship
- Senior Amateur American Rhythm (over 35) Championship
Amateur and Professional Events
- Masters Amateur American Rhythm (over 50) Championship
- Masters Amateur American Smooth (over 50) Championships
- Professional Rising Star International Ballroom Championship
- Professional Rising Star American Rhythm Championship
- Professional Rising Star American Smooth Championship
- Professional Rising Star International Latin Championship
- Professional Open Jack and Jill Contest
SESSION 2 – FRIDAY MATINEE: Doors Open 8:00 am
Pro/Am, Student/Student and Mixed Amateur Adult & Youth (16-18) Events
- Pro/Am International Ballroom Closed Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am International Ballroom Closed Scholarships
- Pro/Am International Ballroom Open Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am International Ballroom Multi-Dance Championships
- Pro/Am International Ballroom Open Scholarships
- Pro/Am International Ballroom Open World Pro/Am DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
- Solo Exhibitions (Will be danced throughout the day)
- Pre-Novice Adult Amateur International Latin & American Smooth Championship
- Novice Adult Amateur International Latin & American Smooth Championship
- Amateur Youth International Latin Championship
- Amateur Youth American Rhythm Championship
- Senior Amateur American Smooth (over 35) Championship
- Masters Amateur International Latin (over 50) Championships
SESSION 3 – FRIDAY EVENING: Doors Open 7:00 pm
- Formation Team Ballroom Championship
- Formation Team Latin Championship
- Amateur Under 21 American Rhythm Championship
- Amateur Under 21 International Latin Championship
- Senior Amateur International Ballroom (over 35) championship
- Adult Amateur Open Ballroom Championship
- Adult Amateur Open American Rhythm Championship
- Professional Open American Smooth Championship
- Professional Open International Latin Championship
- Professional Theatre Arts/Cabaret Championship
- Amateur Theatre Arts/Cabaret
- Open Mixed-Pro, American Style
SESSION 4 – SATURDAY MATINEE: Doors Open 8:00am
Pro/Am, Student/Student and Mixed Amateur Adult & Youth (16-18) Events
- Pro/Am Pre-Teen/Junior Single-Dance & Scholarship Competitions (Nightclub, Country & Rhythm)
- Pro/Am Nightclub & Country Western Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am American Rhythm Closed Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am American Rhythm Closed Scholarships
- Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Single Dance Competitions
- Pro/Am American Rhythm Multi-Dance Championships
- Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Word DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
- Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Scholarships
- Pre-teen & Junior Solos & Show Dance Numbers
- Pre-Novice Adult Amateur International Ballroom & American Rhythm Championships
- Novice Adult Amateur International Ballroom & American Rhythm Championships
- Pre-Champ Adult Amateur International Ballroom Championship
- Amateur Youth American Smooth Championship
- Amateur Youth International Ballroom Championship
- Amateur Under 21 American Smooth Championship
- Amateur Under 21 International Ballroom Championship
- Amateur Theatre Arts/Cabaret
SESSION 5 – SATURDAY EVENING: Doors Open 7:00 pm
- Senior Amateur International Latin (over 35) Championships
- Masters Amateur International Ballroom (over 50) Championship
- Adult Amateur Open Latin Championship
- Adult Amateur Open American Smooth Championship
- Top Teacher, Top Studio & Top Student Awards
- Professional Open American Rhythm Championship
- Professional Open International Ballroom Championship
- Show of Champions
- Breakfast Under the Stars
SESSION 6 – SUNDAY MATINEE: Doors Open 8:00 am
Pre-Teen & Junior: Pro/Am, Student/Student, Mixed Amateur and Amateur Events
- Pro/Am Pre-Teen/Junior Single-Dance & Scholarship (Ballroom, Latin & Smooth)
- Pre-Teen/Junior Amateur Single-Dance Competitions
- Pre-Teen/Junior Amateur Multi-Dance Championships
Lighting of the Night Sky in the Coachella Valley
The traditional lighting up of the night sky with fireworks in celebration of Independence Day is almost here! Time to Make Your Plans, Here’s where to watch:
July 3rd in Indio at The Fantasy Springs Eagle Falls Golf Course with music simulcast on The Eagle 106.9 FM radio. The fun starts at 8:45 p.m.
July 4th in Palm Desert at Civic Center Park. The event kicks off with a live concert in the Open Air Amphitheater featuring the Swing Cats Big Band. You can watch the Fireworks from the lawn at the Amphitheater or from the Aquatic Center. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.
July 4th in Palm Springs at the Swim Center starting at 2:00 p.m. with a pool party with music, games and inflatable slide.
July 4th Rancho Mirage at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort. Watch the fireworks display synchronized to music on The Eagle 106.9 FM radio and simulcast on KPSE.
Catch the replay on KMIR TV at 11:00 p.m.
The 24th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest boasts up-and-coming filmmakers featuring their finest flicks. Presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society, this event is the largest film festival of its kind in North America. Each year, approximately 325 short films are selected from over 4,200 submissions to be screened at the Camelot Theatre in the Oscar® and BAFTA®-qualifying festival, with over 100 of the past winners advancing to be nominated or even win Academy Awards.
Each screening will feature 4-10 short films, all curated and blocked together to cover a central theme. In addition to the film screenings, the festival features a ShortFest Forum with panel sessions, master classes, and roundtables. Working industry professionals will share their insights into the film industry and tackling the latest trends in the business, as well as provide networking opportunities.
Running June 19-25, the 24th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest is an excellent appetizer until the Palm Springs International Film Festival returns in January 2019.
For more information, including a list of events, tickets, and more, visit the ShortFest website.
Passes, 6-packs, Opening & Closing Night tickets on sale now
Film & event tickets on sale June 13, 9am | Member ticket sales begin June 11, 9am
Monday, June 11 | Member ticket sales begin 9am
Wednesday, June 13 | General ticket sales begin 9am
Tuesday, June 19 | Opening Night
Wednesday, June 20-Sunday June 24 | Film Screenings
Thursday, June 21-Saturday June 23 | Forum
Sunday, June 24 | Closing Night
Monday, June 25 | Best of Fest
A preserved Old West ranch portrays a pioneer family’s life, the Keys Ranch and Desert Queen Mine. In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. The story of William F. Keys and his family is particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert.
To most people, life in the desert seems harsh and desolate, but to rancher and miner William F. Keys, it was home for nearly 60 years. Bill Keys was hired to run the Desert Queen Mine in the early 1900’s, but when it closed in 1917, he stayed in Joshua Tree until his death in 1969, homesteading on a patch of land that he called the Desert Queen Ranch.
Keys owned at least 30 mining claims, where he dug for gold and gypsum. He also operated a stamp mill and crushed ore for other miners in the area. In this remote and rocky canyon, he and his wife Frances brought up five children and built a ranch house, schoolhouse, workshop, and store. They raised goats, chickens, and cattle and grew a fruit orchard and vegetable garden. They dug deep wells for water, built windmills, and dammed up the rocky canyons surrounding the ranch to create a lake. They were—in a word—pioneers.
The ranger-guided tour of the ranch includes the colorful story of the 60 years Bill and Frances spent working together to make a life in this remote location. The ranch house, school house, store, and workshop still stand; the orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story.
Tickets are required and must be purchased in person on the day of the tour. Buy tickets at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twenty Nine Palms starting at 8:30 am. Keys Ranch tours cost $10 per person aged 12 and over and $5 for children 6 to 11. Children under six are admitted free. Senior and Access Pass (Golden Age and Golden Access passport) holders pay $5. Please note: We run out of tickets for this tour every day it is offered. Be flexible with your plans and know even if you arrive early the tickets may all be gone. We are working to improve the ticketing system. (760) 367-5500
To find the ranch, pass the entrance to Hidden Valley Campground, turn left at the Y-intersection, follow the road approximately two miles to the locked gate. Your guide will meet you there. (See map.) Please arrive at the ranch gate 15 minutes prior to your tour.
Attention All Foodies… It’s Restaurant Week 2018!
Don’t miss this 17 day Dining Extravaganza during Restaurant Week. Each year as the summer heats up, local restaurants across the valley come together to host Restaurant Week benefiting FIND Food Bank. Each restaurant has something special to offer, ranging from 3-course pre-fix menus, discounts on wines, Chef’s Choice Dessert Specials, to Dining Credits with hotel stays. Here’s a great way to try some of the desert’s top restaurants at a discount and help a local charity at the same time.
Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells Golf Resort
The ‘spot’ in the Coachella Valley to find: award-winning cuisine from an expert culinary team, creative craft cocktails, extensive wine list and spirit selections, craft beers and friendly service. Located within walking distance from four luxury hotels in Indian Wells, the Indian Wells Golf Resort is ideal for golf tournaments, group outings, dream wedding ceremonies and receptions and especially family weekend getaways.
Wally’s Desert Turtle
“A California Dining Destination” – Wally’s Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage supports ranches, farms, and fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly, and ocean-friendly practices. Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand brings his culinary experiences to the desert offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. The finest local ingredients, classic service, and exceptional surroundings always make for a great night out at Wally’s Desert Turtle.
WorkShop Kitchen + Bar
The kitchen is based around seasonal products from local farms, so the menu changes often. Although “Americana” may best describe the style of food, influences are many. Favorite techniques in the kitchen include wood-fired pizza oven, wood-fired grill and custom sous-vide station. The bar looks mostly to American classics and focuses on researched ingredients and carefully homemade basics. Original cocktails vary with the market’s availability and tend to rock.
Zin American Bistro
The little neighborhood restaurant where they know who you are, greet you warmly, and serve you satisfying foods that change with seasons and define regional, homey, French cuisine.
Tack Room Tavern at the Empire Polo Club
Offering one of the Desert’s most unique and affordable settings for hosting guests. Private parties are available on the patio and in the dining room. Full catering service available.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe
Known for its exceptional food, generous portions, friendly service, and electrifying live music, Vicky’s of Santa Fe is one of the desert’s favorite dining and live entertainment destinations. It’s where to go and who to know in Indian Wells. Serving the best American cuisine of prime steaks, fresh seafood and an extraordinary selection of California wines. An inviting bar and music lounge with local and nationally known musicians appearing nightly. Vicky’s also accommodates private dining and special events up to 100 guests.
A chef owned and operated restaurant in Old Town La Quinta. Dine inside or out, browse local artists’ creations, and feel like part of the family while enjoying delicious creations.
State Fare Bar + Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
State Fare Kitchen pays tribute to California’s prized harvest and ingredients, inspired by offerings from the finest purveyors in the Coachella Valley, inland Southern California and the Pacific coast. Presenting the best of California for daily breakfast, lunch and supper, the restaurant provides a fresh and creative California menu, a lively chefs’ display kitchen, a chef’s table and private dining room. The restaurant is highlighted by a choice of settings from intimate to lively, including a fireplace “snug”, private dining rooms, relaxed fireside patio dining and expansive terraces overlooking gardens and pools.
Rockwood Grill at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
A sophisticated all-day dining venue featuring an upscale-casual menu of diverse American classics. Made from scratch daily from locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are expertly prepared and served in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and sophistication.
Schnitzelhaus Palm Desert
Enjoy homemade German food together with a beer in this traditionally furnished restaurant.
Award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi brings to Rancho Mirage his Hawaiian-fusion food from the heart. Bold flavors, food friendly wines, aloha service. Groups up to 100.
533 Viet Fusion
Palm Springs’ favorite fusion eatery has upgraded its 90-seat restaurant to feature a bold new entrance and casual lounge area with loveseats and a large communal table. Adding an impressive cocktail and beverage bar, 533 Viet-Fusion now has a dedicated 10-seat spring roll bar presenting guests with front row seats as chefs prepare fresh spring roll varieties. 533 Viet-Fusion’s new spaces feature handpicked pendant lighting, reclaimed farmwood tables, a neutral backdrop with accents of bright blue and orange, and the inclusion of a carefully curated selection of Vietnamese landscape photography.
A|C|3 Restaurant + Bar
The hottest new restaurant featuring Chef Andrew Copley’s passion for new American cuisine with unique, global twists on classic dishes.
Acqua California Bistro at The River
he Keller family returns to The River with Acqua California Bistro featuring the finest modern California cuisine from multi award-winning Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs. Acqua features expanded dining areas, new River-view seating, a remodeled outdoor patio, and the new River Room, a private dining experience like no other for private parties, corporate events and special occasions. Join them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, outstanding prix fixe feasts, or the all day/night happy hour at the bar. Generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients and a dash of innovation from a talented team.
Al Dente Trattoria Toscana & Bar
A quaint cucina with a decidedly European atmosphere. Everything is homemade with the freshest of ingredients beginning with flavorful antipasti, salads and a variety of soups. Your pasta course features an incredible array of sauces with a Tuscan flair, such as a simple Aglio e Olio – fresh garlic and olive oil – to the succulent Frutti di Mare – calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels in tomato sauce, or Quatro Formaggi, a four-cheese sauce to die for.
Alebrije Bistro Mexico
Alebrije proposes clarity of flavor and quality of ingredients, together with the new contemporary Mexican techniques, from the platform of a restaurant that perfectly integrates the dynamics of the kitchen / service. It is the gastronomic tradition of Mexico, updated, and combined with a special wine list that offers wines from Mexico and Latin America and that complements the flavors and textures of our cuisine
Az’ucar at La Serena Villas
Tucked away inside the beautiful La Serena Villas, Azucar features a modern spin on Tapas and Mediterranean plates.
Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club
Re-live the atmosphere of what dining used to be. Stop by for martinis, supper and a swingin’ lounge act. Transport yourself to a time when nothing else mattered – except for being cool. Classic American dishes are created using modern cooking techniques. Committed to only the freshest ingredients, the produce and meats are sourced locally and sustainable whenever possible.
bluEmber at Omni Restaurant Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Showcasing the region’s rich harvest in a setting that exudes the sun-drenched charm of the Desert and the relaxed elegance of Southern California. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cafe Des Beaux-Arts
A premiere Parisian-style restaurant. The menu features an outstanding selection of fine French entrees such as duckling a l’orange, roasted rack of lamb provencal, savory crepes and salads. The climate-controlled outdoor patio has a Parisian ambiance and is the ideal spot to people-watch and enjoy the desert lifestyle. The elegant bar with its balance of cozy booths and a U-shaped copperplate bar top is where you will find a delectable “small bites” menu and features live entertainment two nights a week.
Enjoy the stylish music of Patrick Tuzzolino while sipping a brandy or cappuccino Romano. Pasta, veal, seafood, beef, and chicken specialties. Extensive wine list and full bar. Open nightly. Enclosed patio.
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Mediterranean themed restaurant, bringing forth tastes from Spain, Italy and California. Catalan firmly believes in creating an exceptional farm-to-table dining experience through the utilization of the finest ingredients the season has to offer. Chef Drew Davis is proud to support local farmers and fishermen by sourcing local when possible, as well as incorporating Spanish imported ingredients to build the authenticity of the restaurant’s Tapas and signature dish, Paella Mixta.
Good food is simple. It starts with great ingredients sourced from local farms who apply sustainable, eco-friendly standards to their craft. Chicken Ranch rotisserie chicken, crisp, delicious salads and savory, succulent sides are prepared carefully and artistically, with respect to seasonal ingredients, flavors and seasonings
Summer is the time for the lavender harvest and the annual Lavender Festival.
Every June 123 Farm at Highland Springs Resort opens their lavender fields to celebrate the beginning of harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. Visitors are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, participate in guided tours in horse-drawn hay wagons, learn how lavender essential oil is extracted, taste lavender-inspired dishes and enjoy live music. The organic herbs are featured prominently throughout the family-friendly festival with refreshing lavender-inspired favorites such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. The organic marketplace showcases specialty items made with lavender like honey, balsamic vinegar, essential oils, fresh bouquets, plants and even lavender-stuffed toys. With over 20 acres of organic lavender fields and more than 90 varieties of lavender. They primarily grow three varieties of lavender – Provence, Angustifolia & Munstead – which they use in their own aromatherapy products, for floral arrangements and in the kitchen. Bring your camera take as many photos as you like. The Lavender Festival is a real treat for the whole family!
PALM DESERT VISION SAN PABLO
The City’s newly updated General Plan identifies San Pablo Avenue as a key area for transformational change to facilitate the creation of a downtown/city center. The mile-long corridor connects shopping, restaurants, and other commercial services at El Paseo and Highway 111 with residential neighborhoods and The Civic Center including Civic Center Park, City Hall, College of the Desert, and eventually the CVLink.
Conceptual plans for the corridor call for a “road-diet” that would remove one vehicle lane in each direction on San Pablo and add enhanced walkways and buffered bike and golf cart lanes.
In May of 2016 the city set up a mock Vision San Pablo for 6 weeks. The city striped San Pablo reducing the road by one lane in each direction. They set up golf cart, bike and pedestrian lanes and created a round about at San Pablo and San Gorgonio. They brought in large boxed trees to line the center island and asked the community to use it and give feedback. The responses were overwhelmingly positive and the city adopted Vision San Pablo into their Updated General Plan.
They are currently working on updating the construction plans and surveyors are working now with ground breaking expected this summer.
THE CORRIDOR PLAN
A central goal of the 111 Corridor Plan is to systematically
evolve the physical design and functional characteristics of 111 to a 21st Century City Center Boulevard. The transformed 111 Corridor will provide an aesthetically cohesive, practically connected, safe and welcoming city center that emphasizes pedestrian activity and community life, balanced with and not dominated by high-speed automobile traffic. The 111 Corridor will become the city’s primary gateway as an iconic arrival point and a major hub for civic and commercial life and future developments in the Coachella Valley. In addition to 111 itself, the Corridor is supported by key districts and streetscapes.
The primary focus area
Approximately 1-mile of the 111 corridor between Highway 74 and Portola Ave. and includes seven cross streets, San Luis Rey, Larkspur, San Pablo, Las Palmas, Lupine and Sage. These areas are targeted to implement the city’s new urban design standards designed to increase the flow of vehicular, bike and pedestrian circulation for future development and open spaces.
Second Focus is along San Pablo between El Paseo and Civic Center, with street-scape renovations and traffic calming which will bolster connections to the larger community and Civic Center. In particular, San Pablo Avenue will feature a future roundabout at its intersections with San Gorgonio Way. This will allow the City and future developers to introduce and incorporate active and passive open spaces such as the existing community gardens and other public frontages.
Third Focus is San Alessandro, to incorporate several vacant lots that will be linked and transformed into a “Woonerf” District, which is a walkable flexible-use arts district pioneered to integrate live-work developments with the surrounding community and bolster cultural institutions and businesses.
Want to see more of what’s cook’n in Palm Desert and the New Updated City Plan, drop me a line, I’m happy to provide a copy of the whole report. Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com.