Errr.. Hump Day (Wednesday) is arguably the most difficult day. And not so much because you have two work days in front of you and two work days behind you, but it is difficult because you have to start planning for what you are going to do for the upcoming weekend. Such a tuffy.

This weekend is super duper packed with things to do. Need I even remind you about the Palm Springs International Film Fest? Seriously. Every hour this weekend is crucial. If it’s not spent in the theater, then you better be in line waiting for the next one.

I am not going to post EVERY film screening, so please go pick up a PS Film Fest newspaper insert (they don’t pay me enough to do all that) and pick which films are most appealing to you. Get a little cultural enrichment in your life. It’s good for ya.

Here are some other things that are good for you:

Thursday, January 8th:

Artisits in Action: Portrait Photography
101 Museum DrivePalm Springs, CA
Description: with Tina Wiskirchen. Demonstrations take place in the Hoover Gallery.

Tai Chi Insturction
Palm Springs Mall191 S. Farrell DrivePalm Springs, 92263
Description: 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for beginners.
Phone number: 325-1047

Palm Springs International Film Festival
1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way #3Palm Springs, CA 92262778-8979
Description:this event has various times and venues.

Nature Hike in Murray Hill Trail complex
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center51500 Highway 74Palm Desert
Description: Garstin Trail trailhead, off Bogert Train in south Palm Springs.
Phone number: 862-9984

El Paseo Art Walk
Palm Desert, CA
Description:with artist receptions, gallery hospitality, and festive atmosphere.
Phone number: 346-8885

Friday, January 9th:

Palm Springs International Film Festival
1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way #3Palm Springs, CA
Description:this event has various times and venues.

Mariachis Band Performing Live
70050 Highway 111Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Description:6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sun.
“Maybe Baby, It’s You” Theater Production
78100 Main St., #108La Quinta, CA 92253
Description:a romantic comedy. 7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Through
Phone number:360-9191
Price:$28 (sorry, this one is not free)

Tantalizing Teapots Artist Reception
77885 Avenida MontezumaLa Quinta, CA
Description: open to the public.

Free Astrology Consultation
264 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262

Saturday, January 10th:

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Palm Springs Snowshoe Hike Tram Station to Hidden Lake
P.O. Box 10750Palm Desert, CA 345-6234
Description:easy moderate 3 mile hike with negligible elevation gain. Rent snowshoes at Tram Station. Fee. Register with listed hike leader not more than one week in advance. Bring appropriate clothing, water, and food for trail. Good hiking boots are essential.
Phone number: 321-5107

Travilla: The Man Who Dressed Marilyn Monroe Exhibition
Palm Springs Fashion Mall123 N. Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs, CA
Description: benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Open to the public. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thu.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.
Phone number: 861-5745
Price:$8-$10 (sorry, not free)

Palm Springs Certified Farmers Market
2300 Baristo RoadPalm Springs, CA 92262
Description:Sats., on going through June 2009

Canyon Plaza South Open Air Market
67555 Highway 111 (East Palm Cayon Drive)Cathedral City, CA 92234333-9309
Description: old and new merchandise and farmer’s market. Sat.

Free Fitness Day
La Qunita Community Center &
Palm Desert Community Center
Description: open to the public – kids, teens, adults welcome. Sign up at community centers.
Phone number: 393-5114

CFA Cat Show
Palm Springs Pavilion401 S. Pavilion WayPalm Springs, CA
Description:with over 100 pedigreed Kittens and cats.
Phone number:(714) 609-4641

Free Psychic Saturday Mini Consultations
264 N. Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs, CA 92262
Artist reception for Several Different Artists
Backstreet Art District, 2680 Cherokee WayPalm Springs, CA
Phone number:564-4628
GasMasquerade Art Show
Red Arrow Gallery61010 Twentynine Palms HighwayJoshua Tree, CA
Description: featuring new works by Calder Feltges and Ryan Smith
Phone number: 366-2519

Sunday, January 11th:

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Coachella Valley Preserve Wilhelm Peak
Description:moderate 6 mile, 1200 ft. elevation hike. Register with listed hike leader not more than one week in advance. Bring appropriate clothing, water, and food for trail. Good hiking boots are essential.
Phone number:(951) 845-4609

Desert Sunrise Bicycle Riders
Ralph’s Shopping Center near Maxie’s Cafe425 S Sunrise WayPalm Springs, CA
Description:weekly vitality bicycle ride and breakfast. Meet near Maxie’s Cafe’ in the Ralph’s market center. Beginner to moderate ride. Wear appropriate safety gear, bring water, and spare tube.
Phone number: 774-3583

Make sure to keep chekcing back to see what else is happening in the valley. And as the story goes, Things 2 Do Thursdays is the day that I post all the local shows and parties.

Thanks for reading…