Hello Wednesday.
This weekend has much in store for you. What I find most fun and fascinating about this weekend’s lineup is that there is something that could appeal to anyone, any age, and cultural interest and any hobbie.
There are Monster Truck activities going on to take your little brother to, Modernism Week to take your mom too, a million things to take your granny to, and a Date Festival to take your sweetheart to.

From sweet tooths, to sweet digs, to sweet dates, the Coachella Valley has it pretty much covered this weekend.

Below are a list of all the highlighted activities that I think you might enjoy. For a nightlife listing, please come back on Thursday for the Things 2 Do Thursday post that features all of the local bands and DJs nightly gigs.

Thursday, January 19th:

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
Riverside County Fair National Date Festival Fairgrounds

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 (not free, but like…. just go)

Desert Trails Hiking Club
Morrow Trail La Quinta, CA
Description:easy 6 mile hike with 300 ft. elevation gain.
Phone number:770-2800

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Palm Springs Indian Canyons Victor Trail
Coachella Valley Hiking Club Palm Desert, CA 345-6234
Description:an easy 3 mile, 600 ft. elevation hike. Entrance 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:341-7096

Open Studio Model Sessions
Chaffey community Art Association at J. Filippi Winery

12467 Base Line RoadRancho Cucamonga, CA 91729(909) 463-3733
Description:every Thu.

Desert Trails Hiking Club
Mid-Lyyken Trail Palm Springs, CA
moderate 4 mile hike with 1000 ft. elevation gain.
Phone number:322-1621 or 325- 7002

Friday, January 20th:

Nature Hike to Indian Potrero in Palm Canyon
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center
51500 Highway 74Palm Desert, CA
Description:me at tollgate entrance to Indian Canyons in south Palm Springs
Phone number:862-9984

Free Family Fun Night
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
71701 Gerald Ford DriveRancho Mirage, CA 92270321-0602
Description:a great time to enjoy the museum for free. sponsored by the city of Indian Wells.
Phone number:321-0602

The Art of Henry Moore, sculptor and painter
Eleonore Austerer Gallery73660 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.
Phone number:346-3695

Desert Mysteries: A Hollywood Murder
Palm Springs High School Auditorium
2401 E. Baristo RoadPalm Springs, CA 778-0400
Description:a two act comedy set in 1936 is a blend of local history and a who-done-it plot. 7 p.m. Feb 20; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Feb. 21; 3 p.m., Feb 22
Phone number:778-0419
Price:$15 (date night)

Desert Trails Hiking Club
49 Palms Oasis and Morongo Preserve
Description:easy moderate 5 mile hike with 1280 ft. elevation gain. Entry fee.
Phone number:(719) 337-4260

McCormick’s 46th Palm Springs Exotic Car Show and Auction
Spa Resort Casino401 E. Amado RoadPalm Springs, CA (888) 999-1995
Description:featuring 600 classic and exotic cars. Open to the general public. Friday is free. $10 Sat.-Sun.
Phone number:320-3290

Saturday and Sunday, February 21st and 22nd:

Archaeology Weekend
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon DriveBorrego Springs, CA 767-4063
Description:with lectures and field trips. Hosted by Colorado District Archaeology Society. You must register.
Phone number:767-4063

WGAS Motorsports Monster Trucks
Riverside County Fair National Date Festival Fairgrounds
82503 Highway 111Indio, CA 92201
Description:3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Phone number:(800) 811-3247

Coachella Valley Hiking Club: Chiriaco Summit Carey’s Castle
Coachella Valley Hiking Club Palm Desert, CA 345-6234
Description:a strenuous 8 mile, 1400 ft. elevation hike. Boulder scrambling to miner’s castle. Register with listed hike leader not more than one week in advance. Bring appropriate clothing, water, and food. 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 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.

Astronomical Society Star Party
Mountain Observing area
Up Highway 74 for 15.6 miles, left at the Sawmill Trailhead sign and Pinyon Flats Campground, follow road to left parking lot on left.San Jacinto, CA
Description:observing will begin at sundown and continue into the night. Telescopes and giant binoculars will be provided. Dress warm.
Phone number:329-9029

Farmers Markets in the following cities:
Palm Springs
Cathedral City
Palm Desert

Desert Trails Hiking Club
Garstin-Shannon-Henderson LoopPalm Desert, CA
Description:moderate 5 mile hike with 1000 ft. elevation gain
Phone number:(206) 388-7976

Black History Month Celebration
Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center
82616 Miles Ave.Indio, CA 92202760-342-6651
Description:with live performances and presentations.
Phone number:342-6651

Peter “Wolf” Toth artist Reception
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
67616 E. Desert View Ave.Desert Hot Springs, CA

Blackhart Productions Presents 6 Hardcore Metal Bands from Across the US
Desert Christian Community Church
31280 Sierra del SolThousand Palms, CA 92276
Phone number:989-4327
Price:$12 (this sounds really interesting)

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