Plans for July 4th? Check out the Food Samaritans' “IndepenDANCE Day Party”

Photo: Laura Goldenberger Photography

Food Samaritans (AAP) will host a dazzling IndepenDANCE Day party and fundraiser on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the historic O’Donnell House, perched high on the mountainside above the Palm Springs Art Museum, at 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs. The event begins at 7:30 pm, and the City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display will commence at approximately 9:15 pm.

DJ Baz will play a range of upbeat dance songs (some with a patriotic twist) and guests will be treated to a good ole” 4th of July Barbecue with burgers, grilled chicken, and more. Tickets for this event are $150, which includes an open bar, barbecue, entertainment, and valet parking.

Photo: Laura Goldenberger Photography

“This is our seventh year offering this unique and fun-filled way to observe our nation’s birthday,” said Mark Anton, CEO and Executive Director of AAP – Food Samaritans. “This year we decided to step it up a notch by adding dancing. We are thrilled that DJ Baz will be with us this year. Once again, we are extremely grateful for the generosity of Dr. Tracy Conrad and Dr. Paul Marut for allowing us to hold this fundraiser and fireworks viewing party from this amazing location.”

Completed in 1925, the O’Donnell House served as the winter home of oilman Thomas O’Donnell and his wife, Dr. Winnifred Willis Jenny, a well-known Long Beach osteopath. The two-story Mediterranean Revival-Monterey residence remained the highest mountainside home in Palm Springs until the 1960s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Tickets for the IndepenDANCE Day Party may be purchased by calling 760-325-8481 or at www.aapfoodsamaritans.org.

ABOUT AAP – FOOD SAMARITANS

Now in its 26th year of service to the community, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides nutritional support to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760-325-8481 or visit www.aapfoodsamaritans.org.
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Got Pride? Gear Up for Palm Springs Pride Week & Join in the Equality March on June 11th!

I’m happy to present a special guest post by Ron deHarte, President of Palm Springs Pride. PalmSprings.com celebrates and honors the diversity of Palm Springs, and is honored to share this very important message with our readers. In Love & Pride, Kate #LoveWins

Ron deHarte, President, Palm Springs Pride

Pride means something different to everyone.  For some, it’s about being with friends and family in safe and affirming environments. For others it’s about raising awareness on issues that impact their life. At the end of the day, Pride Week is about celebrating our diverse community, giving a voice to those most vulnerable among […]

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Celebrity Interior Designer Christopher Kennedy to Design Sanctuary Palm Springs!

Photo: California Home + Design

Christopher Kennedy does it again!

I just learned that one of my faves, celebrity interior designer Christopher Kennedy (pictured at right), is going to donate services for the new Sanctuary Palm Springs House for LGBT youth in foster care. Kennedy will also hold a fundraiser on May 27th to support the home redesign. When I last caught up with the indefatigable Mr. Kennedy it was at his Christopher Kennedy Compound Home Tour (Modernism Week Show House 2017). Not content to rest on his laurels, Kennedy is passionate about giving back to the community, and Sanctuary Palm Springs is truly an excellent […]

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Mark Your Calendars: Comic Con Palm Springs Returns this Year, August 25 - 27, 2017

Now in its second year, Comic Palm Palm Springs will return August 25 – 27, 2017 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. As with last year, Comic Con Palm Springs endeavors to bring together some of the most passionate and talented people from the world of comic books and entertainment to produce an exciting new comic con in one of the most famous and fun cities in the world. Its team reports they’ve spent years working, observing, and listening to what people want and sought from their comic con experiences, and seek to reflect that in the […]

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Pre-Stagecoach Party at Jackalope Ranch + the Stagecoach Lineup for this Weekend!

Photo: StagecoachFestival.com

Now that Coachella 2017 is in the rearview mirror, gear up for Stagecoach this weekend (April 28 – 30), also at the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, CA. If you’re not familiar with Stagecoach festival, it’s a power-charged blend of country, alt-country, classic rock, and more. The lineup this year includes headliners Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney, as well as Jerry Lee Lewis, .38 Special, The Zombies, Son Volt, Justin Townes Earle, Willie Nelson, Margo Price, Nikki Lane, Tommy James and the Shondells, Cyndi Lauper, Los Lobos, Cowboy Junkies, The Long Ryders, The Blasters, The Sadies, John Moreland and more.

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Don't Miss the Last Few Weeks of Desert X—Closing April 30, 2017

Doug Atiken’s Mirage House, 2017. Photo: Lance Gerber

Seen Desert X yet? If not, what are you waiting for? You have till April 30, 2017 to see what all the fuss is about. The Instagram-worthy (check out #desertx and #desertx2017) site-specific exhibit has already attracted tens of thousands of visitors this spring—alleviate your FOMO go check it out!

An exciting new art project of the Desert Biennial, a nonprofit steering committee and charitable organization that promotes art and the environment in the Coachella Valley, Desert X, which opened Feb. 25, 2017, features indoor and outdoor installations across the valley and its striking desert landscape with 18 works by established […]

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How To Do Palm Springs In One Day

I’m happy to present a fun and fabulous guest post on Palm Springs by travel blogger Mary Zakheim. Whether you live in Palm Springs year round, seasonally, or are planning your next visit, her ideas on how do to Palm Springs in one day are inspired and belong on everyone’s Palm Springs’ bucket list! XOKate
Is it possible to not feel glam gallivanting about through Palm Springs? This past week, my friend and I decided to put this question to the test. Though we ate the equivalent of an entire cake for breakfast, sweat through all our fancy clothes and got hopelessly lost on the […]

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Fashion Week El Paseo™ Announces 2017 Schedule—Not to Be Missed!

The 2017 schedule has been announced for the El Paseo Jewelers’ 12th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™, presented by Franklin Loan Center, taking place March 18-25, 2017 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, California.  This premier eight-day fashion and lifestyle extravaganza — the largest of its kind on the West Coast — will showcase a star-studded line-up of top U.S. and international designers.

“Fashion Week El Paseo is a renowned fashion and lifestyle event featuring the industry’s most promising stars from across the country and worldwide,” said Susan Stein, fashion editor of Palm Springs Life and creative producer, Fashion Week El Paseo. “More than 13,000 attendees return […]

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Palm Springs: A Modern Mecca for Art, Architecture & Design!

Palm Springs just keeps getting better. It truly has become a modern mecca for art, architecture, and design—not to mention fabulous hotels, resorts, and fine dining. I had the pleasure of spending President’s Day weekend in the desert with friends at the intersection of the apex of Modernism Week and Art Palm Springs.

This year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week ran from February 16 – 26th, and was yet another huge success! The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as […]

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Gala Event for the L-Fund supports the Lesbian Community Throughout the Year

The L-Fund 3rd Annual Gumbo Gala at the Palm Springs Pavilion will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The gala event will raise much needed funds to support the lesbian community throughout the year.

The L-Fund is the Coachella Valley’s only organization to provide support for lesbians experiencing a one-time financial crisis. Established in 2012 to assist lesbians with funding due to financial crises, the L-Fund works with immediate needs for medication, medical emergencies, rent, air conditioning, etc. with funds available from 24 to 48 hours from the time of the request. Requests are typically from […]

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