It’s Wednesday.
But all I can think bout is Saturday.

It’s this affair that I have been having with the weekends. So much fun, and so much freedom. Getting to escape from my weekly restrains.

I love you Wednesday, but you’re just not the day of the week for me. The ring of your name just reminds of work. Saturday is my soul mate. The one I belong with and should be with. If everyday was Saturday, then I would just be a happier person. It’s not you, it’s me.

As Wednesday weeps, here is what’s going on around the desert for the rest of the week:

Thursday, April 2nd:
Morning Hikes
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center
Description:8:30 a.m.,Thurs. and 9 a.m.,Sat. in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. For 2 hours explore several areas via different hiking trails. Participants must bring appropriate clothing and footwear as well as plenty of water. No fee, but donations appreciated.
Phone number:862-9984

Plein Air Painting Day
Coachella Valley Preserve
29200 Thousand Palms Canyon RoadThousand Palms, CA 92276
Phone number:328-4911

The Art of Ramon Contreras and the Mexican Muralists Movement
San Bernardino County Museum2024 Orange Tree LaneRedlands, CA 92374
(909) 307-2669
Description:through Oct. 25, 9am to 5pm
Price:$4-$6 (not exactly in the 760, but the 909 is like our cousin)

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

Friday, April 3rd:
Free Family Fun Night
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert71701 Gerald Ford DriveRancho Mirage
760-321-0602
Description:a great time to enjoy the museum for free. sponsored by the city of Indian Wells.
Phone number:321-0602

Animal Presentations
Moonridge Animal Park4328 Goldmine DriveBig Bear Lake, CA
Description:on going daily.
Phone number:(909) 584-1299
Price:$6

Desert Art Center New Gallery Showing
Desert Art Center
550 N. Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs
760-323-7973

Valley Voices of the Muse Featuring Poet Lori Davis
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Westfield Palm Desert, 72840 Highway 111Palm Desert
346-0725

Musical Revue, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!”
Theatre 2973637 Sullivan RoadTwentynine Palms, CA
760-361-4151
Price:$8-$12.
URL:
www.theatre29.com

Saturday, April 4th:
Living Traditions Class : Los Angeles Mural TourLeaves from the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, 219 South Palm Canyon Drive. $50 fee.

Sleeping Beauty
Heartland Players Theater33994 Avenue EYucaipa, CA
Description:8 p.m., Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun
Phone number:(909) 838-4356
Price:$8-$30

Indio Open Air Market
Riverside County Fairgrounds46350 Arabia St.Indio, CA
1-800-811-FAIR
Description:an outdoor night time shopping venue. 4-10 p.m., Wed. and Sat. Admission is 50 cents.

COD Street Fair
College of the Desert 43500 Monterey Ave.Palm Desert, 92260
568-9921
Description:Sat., and Sun., 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Canyon Plaza South Open Air Market
Canyon Plaza South67555 Highway 111 (East Palm Cayon Drive)Cathedral City
333-9309
Description:old and new merchandise and farmer’s market. Sat.

Morning Hikes
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center
51500 Highway 74Palm Desert, CA
Description:8:30 a.m.,Thurs. and 9 a.m.,Sat. in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. For 2 hours explore several areas via different hiking trails. Participants must bring appropriate clothing and footwear as well as plenty of water. No fee, but donations appreciated.
Phone number:862-9984

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

Pet Play Day
Village Park Animal Hospital77895 Avenida MontezumaLa Quinta, CA
Description:a family and dog friendly play day, featuring weiner dog races, pet play pens & pools, and raffle. Located in La Quinta Community Park.
Phone number:564-3833
URL:
www.villageparkanimalhospital.com

Desert Film Society Presents “Fighting for Life”
Camelot Theaters2300 East Baristo RaodPalm Springs, CA
Phone number:772-2999
URL:
www.desertfilmsociety.com

Conversations with Writers, Filmakers and Actors on Their Craft
UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra DrivePalm Desert, CA
834-0597

The Invaders @ Water Canyon Coffee Company
Water Canyon Coffee Company
55844 Twentynine Palms HighwayYucca Valley
760-365-7771

Sunday, April 5th:
Highlighted Event:
4th annual spring desert garden tour, Desert Horticultural Society. Join us for a self-guided tour of several public and private desert gardens in the Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage area. In addition there will be guest speakers and presentations on the proper care and maintenance of desert gardens as well as how to start desert plants from seeds and cuttings. The event is open to the public and is free of charge, although the Desert Horticultural Society gladly accepts donations. Sign-ups begin at Noon at the Palm Desert Visitor Center located at 72-567 Highway 111. Phone 760-568-1441.

La Quinta Certified Farmers Market
Old Town La QuintaOld Town La Quinta, 78010 Main Street

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

4th annual Spring Desert Garden Tour
Palm Desert Community Gallery & Visitor Center72567 Highway 111Palm Desert, CA
Description:see examples of what can be done using desert-friendly plants and other landscape materials.
Phone number:568-1441

4th annual East Egg Hunt
Forest Lawn69588 E. Ramon RoadCathedral City, CA
Description:for kids ages 4-8, featuring face painting and free balloons.
Phone number:328-3471

Smooth Jazz and Poetry
Simbas Ribs Home Cooking190 N. Sunrise WayPalm Springs, CA 92262
Phone number:778-7630

Monday, April 6th:
Nature Lecture:“Fire Ecology”.Todd Esque, fire ecologist for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, will discuss how fire ischanging the face of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. In partnership with the Desert Institute at Joshua TreeNational Park. FREE but seating is limited
will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).
Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way.

Tuesday, April 7th:
Nature Lecture: Wind Energy, 2030 and Beyond with Ken Huskey.Learn how the DOE plans to generate 20% of U.S. electricity from wind turbines by the year 2030.The lecture is FREE but seating is limited
will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).
Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way.

Wednesday, April 8th:
Meetup for Desert ECOLUTION at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery. We will be treated to a tour of the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery in Indio! This award winning gallery has been in existence for 12 years and has a very unique take on “reuse”. S.C.R.A.P. stands for Student Creative Recycle Art Program—and the gallery itself is “an art museum for the environment.”Join us at the S.C.R.A.P. for a fun evening of exploring and possibly even making an art piece of your own.

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