Got Pride? Gear Up for Palm Springs Pride Week & Join in the Equality March on June 11th!

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I’m happy to present a special guest post by Ron deHarte, President of Palm Springs Pride. 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 […]

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How To Do Palm Springs In One Day

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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 […]

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In light of the recent tragic deaths of Palm Springs police officers, Gil Vega and Lesley Zerebyn, fatally shot on October 8th, today’s Spotlight includes a very special message from Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes. The two officers were shot through a closed front door as they tried to get a man to step out of a home following a disturbance call. Vega, a 63-year-old father of eight, had served as a police officer for 35 years and was slated to retire in December. Zerebny, a 27-year-old, had just returned from maternity leave. If you would like to make a donation to […]

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This week, Kate Buckley is delighted to feature a guest post by Leslie Spoor, President of Executive Errands®, a Lifestyle Management company servicing the Coachella Valley since 2006.  Since creating Executive Errands®, Leslie has become a Certified Concierge Specialist (CCS); earned the 2012 Concierge Member of the Year award from the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the ICLMA in 2013.

Can you believe it’s already May? As we prepare for the long hot summer, many people are planning to leave for six months while others are going for a month, or just a […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: Fashion Week El Paseo Returns to Palm Springs

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This week, Kate Buckley is delighted to feature a guest post by the iconic Susan Stein, Fashion Editor, Palm Springs Life Magazine and creative producer/director, Fashion Week El Paseo. 

It’s that time of year again! From April 2-9, 2016, thousands of people will come to our community from near and far for the 11th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2016, taking place at The Gardens on El Paseo at 73545 El Paseo in Palm Desert.  As many of you know, Fashion Week El Paseo is the premier Greater Palm Springs fashion event – one of the largest of its kind on the […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: The Largest Lesbian Event in the world, The Dinah, Celebrates 25 Epic Years in Palm Springs!

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For this week’s Spotlight, I am happy to feature a guest post by Mariah Hanson, the creator of The Dinah—the largest lesbian event in the world, held right here in Palm Springs. The Original Dinah Shore Weekend is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and will take over the Palm Springs Convention Center as well as various clubs and hotels in Palm Springs from April 1 – April 3, 2015. This year’s musical headliners include Meghan Trainor and Christina Perri, as well as world class comedians, DJs, and more. This cultural and social phenomenon has become one of the largest and most important […]

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Kim Laidlaw and “Farrah”

For this week’s Spotlight, Kate Buckley invited Kim Laidlaw, the newly appointed Director of Development of Animal Samaritans, to share more about her journey and the very important work she does for this Coachella Valley nonprofit, as well as upcoming events—have a blast while supporting Animal Samaritans—and other ways to get involved. 

The only constant in life is change, and my life has certainly changed quite a bit in the last 12 months.

In October of 2013, I left my job as Executive Director of Guide Dogs of the Desert and returned back to my roots […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: Shifting Sands—The New Face of Palm Springs

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Photo: Bridget Fleming

Jaime Kowal’s 14-year career as a freelancer photographer and multimedia producer has taken her to 23 countries spanning seven continents, providing travel and lifestyle imagery as a Creative Contributor for Getty Images, and to editorial magazines including Wallpaper, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and She’s been a guest speaker on photography and sustainability at distinguished events including the 2010 Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver, the City of Vancouver Ideas Slam hosted by CBC Television and the Green Living Show, where she shared the stage with Canada’s former Ambassador to the UN […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Scott White, President of the Greater Palm Springs CVB

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Scott White, President and CEO at the Greater Palm Springs CVB

Since December 2010, Scott White has served as President and CEO at the Greater Palm Springs CVB. Scott previously served as the Executive Director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau where he oversaw the promotion of San Antonio’s $11 billion visitor industry.  Scott also served as the Executive Vice President of the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he made a successful bid for Super Bowl XLII in 2008. Having hosted the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Phoenix, Scott was instrumental in bringing the series to San Antonio in 2008 […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Kim Laidlaw of Guide Dogs of the Desert

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Kim Laidlaw of Guide Dogs of the Desert with her companion—and canine ambassador—Rose, a Golden Retriever.

Kim Laidlaw is the Executive Director of Guide Dogs of the Desert.  For the blind, a guide dog means increased freedom, companionship and safety.  Since 1972, Guide Dogs of the Desert has worked to connect people in need with the tools they require for success.  Clients who are legally blind, come to the campus to learn how to work with a custom-trained guide dog, who can offer them safe mobility, loving companionship and the miracle of independence. 

Kim grew up in Chicago, and […]

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