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July Happenings in Greater Palm Springs: Kate’s Top Picks

Can you believe that July is already upon us? (Me neither.) While the traffic on Palm Canyon may be slowing down and the desert days heating up, there’s no shortage of fun things throughout Greater Palm Springs for both residents and visitors alike to enjoy in July! Here are some of my top picks. XOKate

Featured Event: Food Samaritans (AAP) will host a dazzling Independence Day Celebration and fundraiser on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the historic O’Donnell House, also known as “Eye of the Desert” (or Ojo Del Desierto).  Settled on the sheer mountainside above the Palm Springs Art Museum, the expansive terrace of the O’Donnell House seems to float above the desert floor. 

The event begins at 7:30 pm, and the City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display will commence at approximately 9:15 pm. Guests will be treated to a good ole’ 4th of July barbecue catered by Willie Rhine and his team from EIGHT4NINE who will provide amazing décor, great service, and delicious food and beverages. Tickets are $150, which includes an open bar, barbecue, entertainment, and valet parking. (Advance purchase is required.)

“This is our ninth 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. “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 Independence Day Celebration may be purchased at aapfoodsamaritans.org or by calling 760-325-8481.

Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14: Friends! The Musical Parody National Tour: Right Angle Entertainment is delighted to announce tickets for FRIENDS! The Musical Parody are on sale now. FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, the New York City Off-Broadway hit, will play at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater located at 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, 92262 on Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 with showtimes at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. Recommended for audiences aged 13+.

Their most recent production, The Office! A Musical Parody, is now playing Off-Broadway in New York City at The Jerry Orbach Theater and a national tour has been announced launching the summer of 2019. Visit http://friendsparodyontour.com/ for more information and the latest tour dates. Tickets starting at $35 plus fees. Purchase tickets at psmuseum.org

Thursday, July 25, 2019 – Sunday, July 28, 2019; 3pm – 1am each day: Check out “Hemp & Happiness: CBD for Wellbeing” at the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs (1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264).

Not on the hemp train yet? What are you waiting for? (Note: Hemp is NOT Cannabis and does not include THC; it is a wellness product.) The weekend kicks off on Thursday Night with a CBD Meet & Greet where you can interact with brands, sample products, taste CBD mocktails and schmooze with fellow attendees. The weekend includes eight Hemp Educational and Experiential Workshops including experts in Yoga, Mindfulness, Fitness, Nutrition, and Pets. Saturday night join us for a hilarious Doggie Drag Contest with prizes from vendors. The competition is fierce, so get creative with your pup’s ensemble, and please feel free to express your drag persona. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to get some pool-time in!

Weekend passes include access to all events and workshops, as well as a goodie bag with products our sponsors. Day passes are available and include access to the CBD Meet & Greet, Doggie Drag Contest and all workshops that day. For more information, please call: 602-334-0198.

About Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley is a brand strategist, premium domain broker and consultant, interviewer, storyteller, visual artist, and award-winning poet & writer. She’s worked in media and marketing since 1997, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is the author of A Wild Region (Moon Tide Press) and Follow Me Down (Tebot Bach). A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her awards include a Gabeheart Prize and the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize. She was most recently shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. A ninth-generation Kentuckian, she’s made her home in Southern California since 1998.

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