Turn that frown upside down.
Although it is Wednesday, there are many things to smile about.
Listed below are just a few things that are free (or pretty close to being free). All the events listed below are open to all ages as well. It’s hard to find an excuse to not go check at least one of these shin digs out.
Oh, and if anyone sends me their black and white photo booth pictures from the Date Festival I would LOVE to post them up here for you! I think that would make a great feature. And feel free to take pictures of people, places and things at the Date Festival for the new feature for you by you, “Explorations of the Desert.” And for that matter, feel free to take your camera anywhere this weekend to document life in the desert. You know you want to.
Here are some other things you might want to do as well:

(p.s. the artwork is done by Albert Reyes)

Thursday, Feb 12th:

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Thousand Palms Pushwalla Palms Canyon
Description:an easy 6 mile, 300 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:880-7963

Black Pioneer Showcase of the Coachella Valley
Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center

82616 Miles Ave.Indio, CA 92202
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
Hopalong Cassidy Trail Palm Desert, CA
Description:moderate 4 mile hike with 50 ft elevation gain.
Phone number:340-3539

Reptiles Alive Showcase
Hi-Desert Nature Museum

57116 Twentynine Palms HighwayYucca Valley, CA 92555
Description:get up and close with creatures you fear and learn about their amazing ways.
Phone number:369-7212

Arts & Letters Lecture Series Authors Presents Junot Diaz
UCR Palm Desert75080 Frank Sinatra DrivePalm Desert, CA 92211

Description:2008 Pulitzer Prize fiction winner
Phone number:834-0578

Friday, Feb 13th:

Blood Donation
Community Blood Bank46100 Rubidoux St., Ste CIndio, CA 92201

Description:1-7 p.m. Wed-Thu; 12-6 p.m., Fri.; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

It iiissss freaky friday!

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
82503 Highway 111Indio, CA 92201
Description:10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to midnight weekends.
Phone number:(800) 811-3247
Price:$8-$30 take a date

Desert Trail Hiking Club
South Lykken Trails Palm Springs
Description:moderate 4 mile hike with 100 ft. elevation gain.
Phone number:341-0632

The Desert Dance company Performs at Tour de Palm Springs
Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida CaballerosPalm Springs

Description:with pasta dinner and live entertainment.
Phone number:770-4626

John Legend Concert
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 84245 Indio Springs ParkwayIndio, CA
(800) 827-2946
Price:$29-$59 swwwooooooooooooooooon

Abstraction Distraction II – Group Art Exhibit
M Modern Art Gallery2500 N. Palm Canyon Drive, B5Palm Springs, CA 92262

760 416-3611
Description:a tribute to abstract painting hosted by Detroit based artist Glenn Barr.
Phone number:416-3611

Saturday & Sunday, Feb 14 – 15th:

9th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale
Palm Springs Convention Center277 N. Avenida CaballerosPalm Springs, 778-8979
Description:10 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb. 14; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Feb. 15. This annual gathering of avid modernism collectors and dealers has grown exponentially since its inception, now drawing thousands of people from around the country and from locations around the globe.
Phone number:322-2502
Price:$15 (take your mom)

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Mecca Hills The Grottos Rainbow Rocks Loops
Description:a moderate 8 mile 500 ft. elevation hike. Bring flashlight. Some cross country, caves, steep. 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:564-7810

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Joshua Tree National Park Ruby Lee Well Porcupine Wash
Coachella Valley Hiking ClubP.O. Box 10750Palm Desert, CA
Description:a moderate 8-9 mile 760 ft. elevation hike. Entry fee. 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:329-8824

It’s Rodeo Time with Bull-O-Rama
Riverside County Fair National Date Festival Fairgrounds82503 Highway 111Indio, CA 92201
Description:presented by Flying U Rodeo.
Phone number:(800) 811-3247

Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club
Water Canyon Coffee Company55844 Twentynine Palms HighwayYucca Valley, CA 92284

The Vagina Monologues
Indio Performing Arts Center45175 Fargo StreetIndio, CA 92201
Description:a highly acclaimed show for women. Adults only. Showtimes 3 p.m and 8 p.m

Farmers Markets around the Valley:
Palms Springs
Cathedral City
Palm Desert
La Quinta

Art Under The Umbrellas
Old Town La QuintaWashington Street and Calle TampicoLa Quinta, CA
Description:fine art and crafts, live music, wine tasting, free admission and parking.
Phone number:564-1244

Artist Reception For Ben Steele
Coda Gallery73151 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260


Alyce Bowie Performing Live
Neil’s Lounge

80956 Hwy 111Indio, CA

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

Thanks for reading and come back soon to what else is going on around the valley! =)