Hello all. This week’s theme on the blog is one inspired by the wise words of JFK, “Ask not what the Coachella Valley can do for you, but what you can do for the Coachella Valley.”
I have seen a couple kids around town, moping around, with their heads all in the dark clouds… they think there’s nothing to do here. False. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. It’s a new year, new government, and we still have 6 more weeks of winter (yes!) because the groundhog saw his shadow yesterday.
So get your head out the clouds, butt of the couch, and step away form the computer because there are too many good things going on to pass up.
Here are some of things around town that I think you might enjoy. All events are free, or close to being free.
Ch ch ch check it out, yo:

Thursday, February 5th:

The Art of Henry Moore, sculptor and painter
Eleonore Austerer Gallery
73660 El PaseoPalm Desert, CA
Description:featuring original works on paper, hand signed color lithographs, etching and large scale tapestry. Gallery hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Desert Art Center Plein Air Painting Day
Palm Desert Civic Center Park
43900 San Pablo AvenuePalm Desert, CA 92260
Phone number:328-4911

Black Pioneer Showcase of the Coachella Valley
Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center
82616 Miles Ave.Indio, CA 92202760-342-6651
Description:a look at the pivotal African American pioneers who contributed to the development of the Coachella Valley and later generations who continued the legacy. Feb. 7, opening day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun.

Desert Trails Hiking Club
Art Smith Trail Palm Desert, CA
Description:moderate 4 mile hike with 1000 ft. elevation gain. Contact hike leader.
Phone number:770-2800

Native American Drumming Circle Lecture
Mizell Senior Center 480 S. Sunrise WayPalm Springs, 92262
Description:by Agua Caliente Tribal Ranger, Raven Longbow
Phone number:323-5689

Community Showcase: Wonders of the Coachella Valley Lecture
Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Description:with James Cornett, local nature specialist and author.
Phone number:341-7323

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

Palm Springs Freethinkers Agnostic Atheists Group Meeting
Anne’s Clubhouse
71950 Eleanora LaneRancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone number:832-3169

Friday, January 6th:

Michael Homes in The Judy Show
Indio Performing Arts Center
45175 Fargo StreetIndio, CA 92201
Description:a funny interpretation of the great performers, Judy, Mae West and Bette Davis.
Phone number:775-5200

Mariachis Band Performing Live
Las Casuelas Nuevas
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.

Classics In Schools Concert
Palm Springs High School
2401 E. Baristo RoadPalm Springs, 92262
Description:with students from the Idyllwild Arts Academy music, Theater and Dance Dept.

Moonlight Snowshoe Tour
Knickerbocker Masion
869 Knickerbocker Ave.Big Bear, CA
Phone number:(909) 382-2790
Price:$35 (perfect thing to do on a date)

Robert Mapplethorpe: “Certain Flowers” Opening Reception
The Palm Canyon Galleria
457 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Artist Reception and New Gallery Opening
Desert Art Center
550 N. Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs, CA 92262

Saturday, February 7th:

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Mecca Hills Ladder Canyon, Painted Canyon
Description:an easy 5 mile, 450 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 essential
Phone number:347-2440

From Sicily to Italy Campaign 1943-1945 Presentation
Palm Springs Air Museum
745 N Gene Autry TrailPalm Springs, CA 92262
Phone number:778-6262

“Maybe Baby, It’s You” Theater Production
La Quinta Play House78100 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 (good thing to do on a date)

Palm Springs Certified Farmers Market
Palm Desert Certified Farmers Market
La Quinta Certified Farmers Market
Indio Certified Farmers Market
(get yer grub on)

Desert Trails Hiking Club
La Quinta Overlook
Description:moderate 4 mile hike with 800 ft. elevation. Contact hike leader
Phone number:342-1582

Western Scale Invitational Model Plane Flying
Coachella Valley Radio Control Model Club
East end of Ave. 54Thermal
Phone number:861-2010

First Saturday Desert Art Displays
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center
51500 Highway 74Palm Desert, CA
Description:sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains. Featuring local artist.
Phone number:862-9984

Desert Film Society Presents “Nuits D’ Arabie”
Camelot Theaters
2300 East Baristo RaodPalm Springs, CA 92262760-325-6565
Phone number:772-2999

Lucia Di Lammermoor
Century Theatres @ The River
Phone number:323-1244

11th annual Wine and Music Series
The Gardens on El Paseo73545 El PaseoPalm Desert, CA 92260862-1990
Description:donations to benefit 12 local charities
Phone number:862-1990

Artist Reception and Show, Seong
Red Arrow Gallery
61010 Twentynine Palms HighwayJoshua Tree, CA
Phone number:(740) 207-1986

Desert Night Skies Lecture: Goddess of the Night
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive Borrego Springs, CA
Phone number:767-4063

The Invaders @ Water Canyon Coffee Company
Water Canyon Coffee Company
55844 Twentynine Palms HighwayYucca Valley, CA 92284

Artists’ Reception Group Show with Bruce Cohen, Howard Ben Tr e, Karen LaMonte
Imago Galleries
45450 Highway 74Palm Desert, CA

Sunday, February 9th:

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Palm Springs Indian Canyons Maynard Mine
Description:a strenuous 8 mile, 2200 ft. elevation hike. Some rock scrambling. Register with listed hike leader not more than one week in advance. Bring appropriate clothing, water, and food for trail. Good hiking boots essential
Phone number:327-0064

Desert Sunrise Bicycle Riders
Ralph’s Shopping Center near Maxie’s Cafe
425 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

Second Sunday Shakespeare
Palm Canyon Theatre
538 N. Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs, CA 92262
Description:presents a group participation reading of “Anthony and Cleopatra”. Scripts, snacks and coffee provided.
Phone number:366-8961

Thanks for eadings and make sure to check back in a little later for Highlighted Events and Random pistures/footage from around the desert. Also. on Thursday, the Date Farmer’s Backdoor Art Studio Party Recap, Things 2 Do Thursday, the Cactus Mart, and an Interview will be featured! Fun times.