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Frank Sinatra Jr. Lives Up To Father’s Name

March 16th, 2010

Growing up under one of the most famed musician ever can be a tough act, but Frank Frank Sinatra JrSinatra Jr. has played it well.  Born on January 10, 1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra is the son of the well known musician and actor Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato. 

The family as a whole has lived up to the last name as Frank Sinatra Jr. has a younger sister Tina who is a television producer and an older singer and actress Nancy Sinatra.  However, Frank Jr. is perhaps the most famous of the siblings with his own musical career.  Over the years is has been an American singer, songwriter and conductor.

There is no question that music was in the blood of Frank Jr.  Despite hardly ever seeing his father who was constantly on the road performing, he does recall wanting to become a piano player and songwriter very early in life.  It did not take long before he was performing at local clubs and venues in his early teens.

He became the vocalist for Sam Donahue’s band at the age of 19 and was often seen learning the music business with Duke Ellington as well.  He knew the time and effort that would have to be invested into performing in order to become the type of musician he wanted.  By the time he was 24, Frank Jr. had performed in 47 states and 30 countries, was a guest host on countless television shows, had sung with his own band in Las Vegas casinos, and was building up the reputation of someone who went through rigorous rehearsals and high musical standards.

Frank Jr. was quick to note that having a famous father did open some doors.  But at the same time, he said it meant he had to work three times as hard to live up to the expectations.  In addition to performing, he also appeared in the Sammy Davis Jr. television drama A Man Called Adam in 1966. 

In the midst of all of his fame and pursuance of a musical career, he was kidnapped at the age of 19 on December 8, 1963 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.  The kidnappers demanded a $240,000 ransom, which was paid by Frank Sr. and Frank Jr. was released two days later.  The kidnappers would later be captured, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to short prison terms.

Over the years Frank Sinatra Jr. has appeared in many television shows and has released several new songs and albums.  He had a guest spot playing himself on The Sopranos for a short time along with a single appearance in a 2006 episode and a 2008 of Family Guy.

In 2006 he released an album entitled That Face! that included well-known songs “You’ll Never Know” and “Spice.”  Although he is by no means as famous as his father, Frank Sinatra Jr. has certainly lived a fulfilling and successful life thus far.  From his music to guest roles in television shows to guest appearances on late night shows, Frank Jr. has continued to be in the eye of the public.

The Frank Sinatra House in Twin Palms Palm Springs, California

Designed in 1947 by E. Stewart Williams for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, Twin Palms is a spectacular example of mid-century architecture in the heart of Palm Springs’ Movie Colony community.  E. Stewart Williams created a masterpiece residence with seamless interior / exterior flow.  Twin Palms Estate is located just around the corner from residences once owned by Al Jolson, Jack Benny and Cary Grant.  This Palm Springs luxury vacation rental estate boasts both luxury and historical and architectural significance.

Palm Springs Photo Festival Connect 2010 Set To Amaze

March 7th, 2010


Whether you are looking to enhance your photography skills or meet some of the top photographers around, Connect 2010 is the place to be.  Connect 2010 is America’s most talked-about photography event with evening presentations, one-on-one tech consultations, countless workshops and master classes, and much more. Connect 2010 is the Palm Springs Photo Festival, which is an intense week-long event.  It is ideal for professional, emerging and serious advanced amateur photographers.  This program will truly inspire you while providing outstanding education that will reignite the passion within you toward art and commerce of photography.

The event begins on Sunday, March 28 with an Open Portfolio Review and Opening Reception.  Throughout the week, you will have the opportunity to meet top photographers, curators, art directors, editors, gallery directors, ad agency creatives, educators and many more inspirational leaders.  The goal is to not only learn a great deal about the industry, but to show off the skills you already possess.  You have the ability to show your portfolios, study with the best photographers in the business, and attend cutting-edge seminars and symposiums.The economy has had a negative impact on virtually every industry out there; including photography. 

 For this reason, Connect 2010 gives you the opportunity to be seen and actually network with master photographers who can help you get your foot in the door.  There are a number of terrific evening parties that allow you to loosen up and interact with those in the business.  In all, you will be able to choose from 18 intense workshop programs that allow you to learn from world-renown working photographers and educators.  Most programs are three to four days long and provide a great deal of information that can truly allow you to excel and develop the skills needed to be successful down the road. There are also 20 important seminars that will be held throughout the week on a wide array of different subject matters.  These seminars can provide useful information that you may have never even thought of before.Best of all, you will find over 1200 portfolio reviews with top industry professionals available.  Read the rest of this entry »

Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions Continue To Excel After 24 Years

March 6th, 2010

Palm Springs Car Auction 

For the last 24 years Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions have delivered hundreds of hot rods, sports cars, muscle cars and classics to auctioneers.  There are hundreds of buyers and sellers who visit the auctions every year and for obvious reasons, they keep coming back.  Regardless of whether you have a classic you are looking to get rid of or are looking to get your hands on a beauty, these auctions are the place to be.

The story began back in 1985 as Keith McCormick hosted his first exotic car auction.  Although it was nowhere near the standards of today’s auctions, it certainly got the tradition underway.  Today, Keith’s car auctions are some of the most prestigious, respected, and successful ones in America.

The events are held every year in the months of November and February on the grounds of the Spa Resort Casino located in downtown Palm Springs, California.  It is as if every year the auctions get bigger and even more cars enter.  The auction in November of 2009 was the largest yet with 496 lots total and 332 lots sold.

When it comes to car auctions, numbers do not lie.  Over the years, the Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions have put up impressive numbers to say the least.  They have accumulated well over 235,000 in auction attendance and over 17,046 cars have been displayed.  There have been over 11,762 successful sales which equates to 69% of the cars displayed.  10% of the cars that do not sell end up being sold by the staff during the sale and many vehicles listed to be sold at no reserve end up selling to the last bidder.

What separates this auction from others is the wide variety of luxurious vehicles that appear year after year.  The auction that just came to a close in February featured everything from a 1967 Rolls Royce to a 1965 Ford T-Bird to a 2003 Mercedes Benz SL 500.  There were vehicles all the way from 1929 to 2009 for buyers to choose from.  And with several different models and makes at the auction, there was a little bit of something for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Hills Country Club

January 20th, 2009

Mission Hills Country Club

If you are a serious golfer, a real serious golfer, then you want to check out Mission Hills Country Club. It would be a challenge to find a country club in Southern California that offers so much to its members. The club offers a luxury resort atmosphere and exclusivity to all its residents and club members. For over 35 years Mission Hills Country Club has strived and succeeded in providing the most amazing golf experience backed by incredible service and luxurious atmosphere that boasts beauty and function all wrapped up into one prestigious quality package. It’s a golfer’s dream.

With 54 holes on three championship golf courses there is never a reason not to be on the green. You can golf to your heart’s delight all year long. And, with the weather in the area you can do that easily. Mild breezes and perfect climate underscore the beauty and challenge of these extremely well maintained and serviced courses. If you want to switch up your leisure activities a bit there are also 29 tennis courts at your disposal for a brief respite from the links. After your game enjoy the comfort and luxury of the new state of the art 17,000 square foot spas and sports complex where you will find all the perfect accoutrements to a day of leisure activity.

For socializing there is the 55,000 square foot clubhouse offering stunning views of the desert and mountain landscape. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the company and companionship of the club’s members and tell a story or two. And, you will be well serviced by the club’s dedicated and skilled service staff. The membership of the Mission Hills Country Club demands only the best and the staff delivers every time. The social calendar of the club has something for every member of the family. You don’t have to ever worry about being clubless when you travel either because Mission Hills Country Clubs have reciprocals with over 250 clubs worldwide.

There are plenty of options for living arrangements within the membership area of Mission Hills Country Club including, Legacy at Mission Hills, Mission Hills Community and Legacy at Oakhurst. All of these upscale, luxury communities offer fabulous country club living amenities and have some of the most beautiful homes in the area. Being a member of the Mission Hills Country Club as well as a resident can change your life forever.

The Citrus

January 2nd, 2009

The Citrus in La Quinta, CA

If you are considering moving into a golf community, why not go with the best. The Citrus is well known for its exclusivity, warmth and rich and lush setting. The Citrus community is literally legendary in its renown and anyone who is an avid golfer or is looking for the quintessential golf social experience should consider The Citrus at La Quinta. Add to the amazing views and serene setting, the availability of top quality golf courses and you have the perfect recipe for golf club living. Elegance and splendor abound at The Citrus enticing the most interesting and socially minded people into its midst.

The Citrus golf community offers luxury residences to fit anyone’s specific needs. Surrounded by beautiful citrus plantings and trees, the lush atmosphere of The Citrus is second to none in the La Quinta area. Views of the Santa Rosa Mountain range add a majesty not found in other golf communities. The social life at The Citrus is full and fervent and you will find the residents to be friendly, engaging and passionate about maintaining a setting of camaraderie and community. The community feel of The Citrus is one of the things that set it apart from other residential communities.

Of course, there is the golf. The choices of golf courses can be mind boggling but rest assured they are all fabulous and beautifully designed and a round of golf on any of the surrounding course including the Citrus, Mountain and Dune will offer plenty to talk about with your friends when you get back to the Spanish Colonial style clubhouse at The Citrus. And, when you finish that round of golf and hit the club house you can enjoy a wide variety of amazing meals cooked up by Chef Kevin Lau. Chef Lau is a classically trained chef whose meals have delighted each and every resident of The Citrus.

Other amenities at The Citrus include a beautiful crystal clear crescent shaped pool with spectacular views of the desert landscape. You can also enjoy a workout at the fitness center on new state of the art equipment. Enjoy amenities at the La Quinta Resort where you can find special pricing on spa treatments, salon services and pro shop items as an added benefit to your Citrus membership. No matter what appeals to you, The Citrus offer premier residential golf club living for the most discerning of golfers.

Trilogy in La Quinta, CA

December 12th, 2008

Southern California desert life is as exciting as it is beautiful, and if you are considering making the jump to an adult planned residential community in the desert, Trilogy at La Quinta is just what you need. Located at the bottom of Coral Mountain in one of the prettiest areas of Palm Springs, Trilogy offers a truly luxurious setting for the ultimate in gracious living. The climate of Trilogy is warm and bright throughout the year making it easy and fun for year round outside activities, of which Trilogy and the surrounding area offer no end to. Trilogy offers the ultimate in adult community desert living.

Warm climate and warm people make Trilogy an alluring option to desert living. You will find the community at Trilogy to be friendly, active and very passionate about making the living at Trilogy the best it can possible be. This positive energy is one of the most attractive attributes to the community and what keeps it so alive. There is no end to the possibilities of things to do at Trilogy. Trilogy Golf is always fun and the course is just beautiful. There is truly something for everyone. There are arts, culture, hiking, sports everything you can imagine. These activities all center around the club, where residents commune to enjoy each other’s company and plan out new adventures.

The homes at Trilogy are beautiful and varied to meet the needs and desires of everyone. The idea is to create the specific beauty as interpreted by the owner. All homes regardless of size are quality built and beautiful to behold. Feng Shui is standard in all homes to help create and maintain balance in your life. All this positive energy works to create the ultimate in serenity and happy living. The use of space in all Trilogy homes will amaze you and most homes are equipped with casitas for visiting guests. Accommodating all lifestyles is the goal of Trilogy.

Trilogy at La Quinta in Palm Springs offers truly gracious and active living in a beautiful warm and bright desert setting. There are many activities beyond the community nearby that include tennis and golf at your choice of clubs. It’s certain that you can always find fun exciting activities to engage in at Trilogy. Trilogy offers everything a planned adult residential community should offer; beauty, peace, activity and good friends. Desert living has never been so fulfilling for your body and soul. Start living life well at Trilogy.

Ironwood Country Club

November 21st, 2008


Ironwood Country Club is one of the most impressive communities in Palm Desert. It is a genuine haven for golfers, but also features a variety of other attractive features. In this brief article, we’ll take a look at what makes the Ironwood Country Club so famous and what potential future residents could expect to see while living there. As far as sports, fitness, and social atmosphere is concerned, the place is a paradise, and luxurious living has never been done in such a welcoming environment.

There are two golf courses at the Ironwood Country Club. The first, the North Course, qualifies annually for the U.S. Open, but is open at all other times of the year to Ironwood residents. This course is professional level, and the full eighteen holes can at times be punishingly difficult. If golfers find the North Course too hard, the South Course can offer a more intermediate challenge. While not as long, the South Course rewards accuracy more than hitting power. Each course is designed to help you practice a certain aspect of your golf game. There are other facilities available, such as a driving range and bunker area, and trained professionals are available at the Pro Shop.

The Ironwood CC also features over a half a dozen tennis courts, including a tournament grade stadium court. There are all kinds of lessons, clinics, and tournaments available to club residents. One of the best features is the ten thousand square foot fitness center, complete with spas, weight rooms, exercise classes, and locker rooms for men and women. Well trained staff is available at all times to assist with whatever you might need. There are all kinds of social activities monthly, seasonally, and yearly for all ages and interests.

One of the biggest attractions is the on site dining, as the cuisine at all the local eateries is outstanding. The Ironwood Country Club features some of the best country club dining available, and the green terraces and gardens with views of the spectacular mountain ranges only serve to enhance this experience. If you’re looking for a country club home, take a closer look at the Ironwood Country Club.

Sun City Shadow Hills

November 20th, 2008

Sun City Shadow Hills is just another gorgeous Active Adult community to take into consideration located in the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Area.

As one of the newest addition of Del Webb’s community, this resorts area is surrounded by amazing mountains and amazing landscaping.It offers the perfect option for people looking for a reasonably priced home starting in the $200’s. And with ten new floor plans to choose from, you are sure to find something that suits you best.

Living here, you are bound to get out and enjoy the relaxing and luxurious lifestyle that can be experienced in gorgeous California.Whether it is relaxing by the pool or staying active in the work out room, there is a little something for everyone.

No longer do you have to feel like your social life is over.There is a variety of new clubs and activities that give you the opportunity to get out and meet new friends.You probably never would have thought it would be a resorts area that would give you the chance to rekindle your active lifestyle and meet new people.

If you are a golf fan, there is the Shadow Hills golf course that provides more than enough for the golf enthusiast.It presents golfers with a championship course filled with 18 challenging holes to test out.This is one course you will never get tired of no matter how many times you play it.

This wonderful community will give you the rare privilege of enjoying a balanced lifestyle of comfort and activity.You can rest peacefully in your stunning room or get out and enjoy the numerous activities available.There is nothing better than having options, which is precisely what you will find with these exceptional amenities.

All that is left for you to do now is get out and check it out for yourself.Once arriving, the scenery and setting itself will win you over.Combine that with pleasant property and a plethora of activities to enjoy, there truly is a little something for everyone.From laying poolside to hitting off of the tee on a championship golf course, this is one of the finest resorts in the Palm Springs Real Estate area.

Thunder & Lightning Pow Wow

September 14th, 2008

Palm Springs MLS

Enjoy the wonderful festivities of the annual Annual Thunder and Lightning Pow Wow show being held during September 26th, 27th and 28th . The show offers a great opportunity to travel through the path of our ancestors.

This mega show presents more than 1,200 dancers competing to win the mega prizes worth more than $260,000. This is a grand occasion which shares the verdant cultural heritage of different communities in this great’country.’ Pow Wows, originally planned for spring, welcome the new beginnings of life, and are grandeur festivities showcasing the culture and heritage of Native Americans. It is a great occasion for the people to join together, sing, dance and’share’cultures. This is considered as the best time to renew the friendships, recollect relations and also to make new friends.’

Today, Pow Wows are an integral part of the Native Americans lives. The Pow Wow celebration brings together many native tribes together in a festive and social atmosphere. ‘There is a lot of’enthusiasm and the whole atmosphere becomes vibrant during the festival period.

This is a grand occasion of dance and music.’There’will be areas of the PowWows thriving with illuminations, joy and activities. The spectators are allowed entry at free of cost. The Grand Entry is an attractive event in the beginning of every session of Pow Wow. It consists of a parade of well dressed people, dressed in colors accompanied with songs and dances. This is a nice occasion to the participants to score more points. All competing people will be participating in the Grand entries.

The cultural heritage and the marvel of the dance compositions and music are displayed in the Pow Wow. The tribal songs and dances have been inherited through many generations.’Competitions are held for various age groups, kids, women and men. This will be an eye catching event for the people to enjoy and experience the grandeur traditional artistic talents in the country. Make sure you attend this great Pow Wow near the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa.

Elaine Stewart Remax Real Estate Consultants

Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel

September 12th, 2008


The Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel of Southern California is one of the most elegant lodging facilities of its kind. Today, I wanted to share some basic information about this hotel to give some insight into one of the great travel offerings in this part of the country. If you appreciate luxury hotels, the Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel is a great option for you or your family when staying in Southern California.What makes the Viceroy Hotel so unique? I’m glad you asked. First, upon arrival most visitors are awestruck by the gorgeous setting of this impressive vacation property.

This hotel is so inspiring visually it seems like the place just popped right out of a Thomas Kinkade painting! Personally, I adore environments like this whether I am enjoying a leisurely vacation away from home or entertaining guests in my hometown.Just imagine lounging by the pool while taking in the luscious scenery. (Are you imagining yourself at the Pam Springs Viceroy Hotel yet? I certainly hope so.) Or, picture an unforgettable wedding for one of your family members. The Viceroy special events facilities can help you achieve an event production in Southern California that you will never forget!

In fact, many stars have stayed here in the past to relax and enjoy the Hollywood Regency mode of this spectacular hotel. Who knows which mega star you might run into during your stay or event at the Viceroy? In such a magical setting, the options are limitless.

One thing you are sure not to forget is the friendly and courteous hotel customer service. When was the last time you visited a hotel where the staff actually went above and beyond the basics? Well, from what I’ve gathered, the personable service at the Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel is very standard. Virtually everyone who visits this Southern California hotel notes the prompt service at the desk and in the valet.

The next time you are in the Southern California area, pay a visit to the Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel to see some one of the most impressive vacation destinations in the area.

Revitalization of Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs

June 24th, 2008

Palm Springs Riviera Resort

A breath of fresh air is building momentum in Palm Springs, the location? The Riviera Resort & Spa. Already the largest hotel known for its beauty and splendor, they have undertaken an expansion and renovation project that is destined to deliver one of the most spacious and awe inspiring hotels in Palm Springs. Having invested well over $50 million dollars in the re-building and re-designing effort, the team is determined this new behemoth of hotels will carry their name proudly into the new millennium with a declaration of perfection in this year and far beyond.

Keeping in mind the new breed of traveler, the committee realizes that they need to provide amenities to entice even the most experienced of travelers, and they’ve done a fantastic job of it by providing spa packages and treatments that span the globe with multi-cultural treatments being administered throughout 22 treatment rooms. A new fitness center will satisfy any urges for more physical exertion, followed by relaxing in the encompassing lounge or off for the full salon treatment including full service hair and nails. For all those road weary tourists and visitors, the welcoming lights of the resort and spa will never go dim.

The variety is endless, allowing you to take your pick from over 400 amazingly superb rooms that ooze elegance and desert charm boasting spacious areas to give you a comfortable feeling while entertaining guests, or working in the ‘office’ area of your room. Offering wireless internet, TV’s, and various other work related amenities, keeping in touch with your business is still as simple as a phone call, email, or instant message. Separated into different areas, your suite gives you the option of selective actions throughout your day, whether it is work, relaxing, or entertainment. The larger suites allow for guest entertaining with the inclusion of various actual rooms in addition to a guest room, enabling you to enjoy company or peace in solitude.

Private balconies and patios give guests and visitors alike, a breathtaking view of the mountains that serve as a backdrop to the surreal gardens and lush greenery that are inter laid around the hotel. The committee has spared no expense or option when it comes to the design and the development of perfection with the addition of sprawling lawns and foliage that mark it as true gem, sparkling amid the serene tones of the surrounding desert. The landscaping aids in the appearance of an oasis in the midst of the stark beauty of the desert, mixing the hues and natural colorings to blend together in a natural wonder.

Sprawled over more than 45,000 square feet, the hotel will leave nothing to the imagination when the time comes to welcome its first guests. The rating of perfection stands strong coupled with their intense passion to maintain their hard earned reputation. Choosing the Riviera for your vacation, wedding, or other venue give you the guarantee of satisfaction, while enjoying the new definition of desert living, where living in comfort is the new level of enjoyment. If you looking for Palm Springs Real Estate while you are out in the desert, we would be glad to show you whats availible!

Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage

June 2nd, 2008

Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA

Having raised and successfully set the new bar for excellence, the Agua Caliente Casino proudly introduces their version of perfection. Completed in mid April of 2008, the spectacular hotel now offers accommodations in a variety of packages ranging from one night to multiple nights stays.

Each guest room is furnished with space and convenience in mind, allowing for ample room while invoking a sense of comfort and relaxation. Freshly ducted air is constantly circulated into each individual room, providing excellent climate conditions to suit your personal preferences. With the ushering in of a new standard, the staff is available at any hour to guarantee your satisfaction and enhance your overall experience at Agua Caliente Spa Resort Casino.

After settling in, indulge in a period of self pampering in the spacious bathroom and take your time to dress for dinner. Offering a choice of six different dining establishments, you can opt for a meal that suits your mood. The Steakhouse sets a tone for fine- dining, wine, and an upscale atmosphere, while the buffet style Grand Palms carries your taste buds on a sensory journey spanning four different cultures. For a mix of delightful renditions from around the world, the waters cafe’ is open 24 hours daily, seven days a week, and for those perfect deli cravings, a visit to the Poker Deli gives you an experience rivaled only by your stay at the hotel. More relaxed settings include the Wet Bar where you can relax poolside and enjoy the surrounding beauty, or the coffee house, Java Caliente, where your sweet tooth gets a rare treat.

World class action enables the casino to shake up the stakes with a guarantee of a hit by $100,000 on the Paradise Jackpot, beginning at $25,000. A variety of monthly promotions keep the ball rolling in the casino, with weekly slot tournaments, pool side social relaxation and interaction, and some of the hottest table games in Palm Springs.

Visit the poker room and double your jackpots, set a blazing trail in the Hot Water Craps game, and fall in love with Blackjack once again with the liberal rules, both single and double deck games parried with high and low limit games. The luxurious high-limit room enables access to some of the highest limits available in the valley, and guarantees you a winning chance.

The popular Sunstone Spa features over 10,000 square feet of luxury minded treatment rooms and a fitness center providing a solution for your exercise needs. A variety of specialty, full-service features include, but are not limited to:

  • Style, color, and design services for your hair.
  • Full pedicure/manicure services
  • Private label products available in custom scents for your skin care regimen.
  • Body treatments
  • Massage experiences
  • Varying therapy rooms for couples

So many more amenities are only a miniscule part of the overall experience of staying here. Join thousands of others that have discovered one of the best kept secrets in Palm Springs. Discover the desert in an entirely new way while re-discovering yourself and your passions. Be a part of something hot, something amazing… come be a part of Agua Caliente.

Palm Desert Historical Society Museum

June 1st, 2008

The Palm Desert Historical Society Museum has brought their creative genius into play, making available a truly magnificent venture guaranteed to tempt young minds to indulge in learning about their culture rich history, as well as capture the hearts and attention of everyone with a finished product worthy of display in any home or office.

Palm Desert Historical Society MuseumInvesting their talent and attention, Lynn Englar, Mark Lunn, and Terry Cardinal have created a spectacular tool geared toward educating people about the desert and the community surrounding it that comprises their life story, both past and present. Terry Cardinal, the Director of Membership Development (Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce) in 1977, determined the need for passing on the wealth of knowledge gained from the pas, to the future generations was a task that was both necessary and important.

Rallying the aid of a knowledgeable educator named Lynn Englar; the solution to this educational and fun learning adventure was planned and brought into existence after the addition of Mark Lunn to the creative team. is a brilliant display of a myriad of pictures covering a broad range of topics from historical buildings to animals of the desert, famous masterpieces, and locations.

Currently available online, are 100+ paintings that are fully downloadable to be colored by children or anyone else interested in viewing history in a colorful and fascinating way. Embarking on an intellectual journey made simple and easily remembered through beautiful designs and paintings, the Palm Desert Historical Society Museum has produced a valuable tool for not only helping to educate young children, but also enabling them to maximize the learning process by actively taking part in determining their view of color and design to some of the most famous masterpieces known to man.

Divided under two main categories are three additional sub categories that include numerous sub-headings covering a compilation of art history lessons taught through pictures for coloring? Each individual picture includes an explanation of the painting, animal, or location being displayed. The masterpiece paintings also include a number of multiple choice questions created by educators in the grade school level, geared specifically toward encouraging memory enhancement.

The two main categories are Masterpiece Collections, and Nature Collections. Under these two are the three more in depth headings of Color Me Masterpieces which gives children a vast number of choices between such pictures as Matisse’s “Lady Playing Guitar”, Rousseau’s “The Sleeping Gypsy”, “Portrait of Mother” by Whistler, and the ever popular “Mona Lisa” by Advance, along with so many more. Also parts of this collection are the American Art Masterpieces and some Masterpiece Sculptures that serve as an integral part of the history of the United States. Color Me Nature gives children a wide variety of bird and mammal pictures to choose from, while Color Me Location provides pictures of local historical locations in the surrounding Palm Desert area as a means of teaching the children about their community. Currently undergoing construction is a number of other collections, Plants, California, and Reptiles & Amphibians.

Sharing history with your children in a fun and relaxed manner is what ColorMeOnline is all about. They have created a tool to help you build a strong foundation for your children as they search for knowledge and understanding of their past, in an effort to perfect the future.

Palm Springs Cruisin Association

May 29th, 2008

Palm Springs Cruisin Association

Brought into existence 15 years ago by social interaction between a small number of people joined by their enthusiasm for cars, the Palm Springs Cruisin Association has grown from a small group to well over 100 club members and as many as 125 cars on average, at each monthly cruise. Started by Bob Hunt and Loren Orcutt as a means for connecting with other car enthusiasts, this association has grown in both size and reputation with their charitable fund raising activities. Known mainly for their annual benefits for the Bread of Life and Dr. Sebastian George Cancer Foundation charities, this group excels in their enthusiasm for helping mankind and their own community by hosting fund raisers geared at raising money for a number of valid causes.

The group activity schedule includes a monthly cruise night located on the corner of Calle Encilla and Amado at the exotic Spa Resort Casino gracing downtown Palm Springs. For a night of fun, friends, and an enjoyable atmosphere, these cruises are normally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month from September to June. Welcoming everyone and anyone, the collection of over 150 spectacular cars ranging from hot rods to corvettes, street rods to classic cars, and many more are available for free viewing, accompanied by a variety of activities that include the entire family.

Kids and adults alike are welcome to try their luck in the slot car racing, coloring and model car contests, and for those risky enthusiasts, a hula hoop contest lures contestants with the promise of fun and laughter. Interspersed between the entertainments that accompanies each cruise night are 50/50 drawings and a raffle, giving you a chance to help support the clubs endeavors to aid their fellow man.

A pit stop at their spectacular website gives you a variety of options to choose from through a list of click-able links that make user navigation a breeze. Leaving the competition in the dust, the club devotes an entire page to explaining their purpose driven continuity of a tradition started fifteen years ago, and provides numerous links for additional information or help, depending on your interest. The list of links includes, but is not limited to Hot Rod Hotline, Palm Springs Corvette Club, Dr. Torch Designs, and several others. For you enthusiasts looking for a sister site that offers more thrills, activities, and cars, the links page is designed entirely with you in mind.

Race over to the Members Rides page for a glimpse of the club members and their individual choices of motor masterpieces. Sporting a broad range of makes and models spanning a wide selection of the early years, these vehicles have been lovingly cared for, restored, and kept in mint condition with a meticulous dedication that can only be the result of being a die hard car enthusiast.

Even if you have no understanding of cars, attending one of these amazing events is a must-do, so grab your friends and family, visit the website for the Palm Springs Cruisin Association and get the date for the next monthly cruise night and become a part of something big, fun, and unforgettable.

If you are interested in crusin around Palm Springs and looking at some Real Estate, give us a call. We would be glad to help!

Decorate with Color Inexpensively

May 5th, 2008

colorful wall

Adding Color is a great way to decorate rooms inexpensively. If you live here in the Palm Springs desert area, you will see a combination of homes decorated with earthy desert tones and hues and cool pale colors which compliment the beautiful Palm Springs architecture and our desert climate.

10 Easy Ways To Add Color

Here are some basic and easy tips to follow for adding color to your rooms.

  1. Create mixed flower arrangements from your garden and place them in interesting shaped vases; add lemons or oranges or other colorful fruit too. Also use colorful fruit arrangements by themselves in beautiful bowls.
  2. Group similar colored items together on tables, walls, counter. Colored glass bottles are easy to put together and look pretty near a window area in kitchens.
  3. Add colorful artwork to neutral or white walls.
  4. Use natural lighting by keeping windows open, opening blinds, shades and drapes.
  5. Change the color of your indoor lighting to give it a more natural sunlight look by using colored light bulbs.
  6. Paint walls and ceilings in interesting hues. Paint baseboards in complimentary colors.
  7. area rugs in solids or patterns. Solid color floor coverings that match walls will make the room appear larger.Darker color floor coverings will give the room a smaller cozier look.
  8. Hang family photos with colorful picture frames.
  9. Accent your furniture with colorful throws and pillows.

Create a Mood or Theme

During the summer months, you may want to accessorize your rooms with lighter colors and themes. In the fall, try earth tones such as browns, oranges, golds, and greens.Use your imagination and creativity.

Accent your furniture with colorful throws and pillows. By simply adding color to a room, it makes it look new and refreshed. Color can change the mood of a room and the size. Rearranging accessories from an adjoining room to another room can also update the look of a room.Don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing colors, fabrics and textures. Add candles, oil burners or room diffusers for long lasting aromas. There are many great home fragrance products on the market these days.


Swap meets, flea markets, antique stores and Goodwill stores are great places to shop for interesting and colorful accessories. Garage and estate sales are also good places to find inexpensive treasures.


Source: Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas

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May 2nd, 2008


SAVE THE DATE:May 8, 2008.

Since 1992, the Palm Springs Walk of Stars has been honoring prominent personalities in show business and the entertainment industry as well as the literary field by placing Golden Palm Stars embedded on the sidewalks located at Palm Canyon Drive, Tahquitz Canyon Way and Museum Drive. The Stars are a historical landmark of the Greater Palm Springs Area.

Meritorious Stars are also awarded to humanitarians and pioneer/civic persons within our desert community, military persons who have received the Congressional Medal Award, sports figures and to The Palm Springs International Film Festival Annual Special Honoree. The Board of Directors also considers certain criteria in choosing honorees.

The event is a great way to promote and benefit our Greater Palm Springs area.


The 312th Golden Palm Star unveiling honoring Miriam and Earl Hoover will be held this year at 101 Museum Drive, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2008. The Hoovers, part-time residents of Palm Springs for over 50 years, contributed to the creation and funding of numerous charitable organizations throughout the desert community. Mr. Hoover, who past away in 1985, managed the Hoover Company and was on the Board of Trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum. The event is open to the public and media and will be hosted by Bob Alexander, the President of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.


If you are interested in adopting a Golden Palm Star, the cost is $275.00 and is tax deductible. The funds are used to maintain and clean the Star for one year with an additional one year right of first refusal renewal. As part of your donation, you will also receive one free admission to the annual “Celebration of Stars” party. The Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Foundation.

Sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit the Palm Springs Walk of Stars website at or contact them at (760) 416-5811.

If you are interested in buying or selling Palm Springs Real Estate or real estate in the surrounding Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta and other desert communities, Elaine Stewart is the Real Estate Agent to call. With 20 years of experience in the Real Estate market, Elaine truly enjoys helping people with the process of buying or selling a home. For more information on Palm Springs Real Estate , visit Elaine at her

Buying Foreclosures in Palm Springs

April 28th, 2008

Buying Foreclosures in Palm SpringsWith the laws that govern the practice of foreclosing on real property varying from state to state, it can be highly confusing attempting to understand the procedures involved in the process. Unless you know of benchmark cases that have set precedence in the state you are interested in pursuing buying foreclosed property, you will need to investigate the local ordinances and laws governing such pursuits.

Foreclosure is the process a bank, lending company, or realty company enacts against the owners of a specific piece of property or property location.If the person or persons attempting to purchase the property are in default or are expecting to be in default of the loan, the property, having been the recipient of a lien in lieu of payment on the full balance of the loan is then seized and offered up for re-sale, often at a fraction of the original cost.

The three main types of foreclosure sales are on properties owned exclusively by a real estate company, pre-foreclosure sales, and foreclosure auctions. Paying close attention to the real estate market and the financial market at the time you wish to purchase foreclosed property is imperative to obtaining the best monetary deal.

Prior to the property being foreclosed is the choice time for novice buyers to begin their adventure into property buying? This is when the owner attempts to sell the property below the previously appraised value which most usually begins at 70% to 80% below the appraisal amount. Paying more than 70% of this appraisal is not advised yet if necessary for an excellent buy, should be arranged.

As a novice, attending foreclosure auctions as a means of acquiring property is not the best route when indulging in property buying. With a high chance of the lender attending the auction as well, which most often results in the property being bought by the lender due to a low selling price being expected, you can expect either a high price or a battle in auction. Payment is required shortly following the end of the auction by cash or certified check, without the buyer being permitted to inspect the property. This can result in conflicting events if there are currently tenants in the property or if it is in below average condition.

Real estate company sales of foreclosed property are the safest option, but without a generous amount of research, you may find yourself on the bad side of the deal. Your research should include, but not be limited to, the current market on surrounding homes within the area and of like models. Being aware of the amounts that most homes similar to your prospective home are being sold for is imperative to gaining an insight on the worth of the foreclosed home.

Fully inspect the home before making your final decision on purchasing, since most foreclosed homes sold by real estate companies are owned by another lending institution or a bank, which is a positive effect in that the title can now be bought clear, but most of the properties are sold “as is.” This could require the need for making repairs before or after the property is bought.

As with any financial investment, whether this is your first home or one of many, seek the advice of an expert and gain as much self-knowledge concerning the matter as possible.

William F. Cody, Architect, Palm Springs CA

April 21st, 2008

William Cody, Del Marcos Hotel

Some of the modern architect in Palm Springs, California is credited to the hard work and diligence of William F. Cody, a man well known for his building of many popular landmarks still fully functioning today.Although he hailed from Dayton, Ohio, he attended USC and following his graduation moved to Palm Springs where he began his long admired journey into modernism. In 1947 Cody designed and built his first hotel, the Del Marcos which is one of the main locations today known for its breath taking, modern design.

Built with an awe inspiring view of the San Jacinto mountains in the background, this magnificent hotel is located a mere one block from downtown historic Palm Springs.In 1955, Cody helped design, in a joint project with other architects, the Spa Hotel. This design boasts the classic angles and designs that mark it as a modern masterpiece. Following this group creation was Cody’s double flaunt for the public eye, the Springs Restaurant and the Eldorado Country Club, both of which became well known public gathering locations famous for drawing in many crowds.The J.B. Shamel residence was designed and built in 1961 and shortly following was his next great creation of the home once owned by designer Hal Broderick, the Abernathy House. Built in 1962, this fantastic home is one of Cody’s best remembered projects.The later years of his career produced some of his most well known works, both the Palm Springs Library and the Theresa Catholic Church, built in 1973. These were his last projects completed before he suffered a stroke and passed away in 1978.

Both locations are steeped in modernism, giving them a much coveted place on the list of local wonders. With the inside of the library boasting open spaces and modern design that makes the most of windows and light, the beauty is rivaled only by the outward design that draws attention of visitors and locals alike. Recognized as one of the designers responsible for a broad range of residential and commercial projects, his notoriety expands over Havana, San Diego, Palm Springs, and many other locations. Popular for wide expanses of space and large windows with sloping angles most often associated with modern architect, Cody left a legacy of beauty and inspiration not only for future predecessors of architects and designers, but also for those that visit and live in his creations. Although his passing is mourned, his buildings live on as a historic part of Palm Springs and in numerous other locations. Showing a genuine passion for design and uniqueness, Cody created memories and projects that have lasted decades, and will last for many more. These projects have served to inspire later architects in both design and efficiency.

From hotels to homes, clubs to churches, William F. Cody gave something to the world to inspire and change the people around them. His projects are remembered for their beauty of design and their awareness of life. Come experience Palm Springs, experience modernism in a way guaranteed to make you feel right at home.

Elaine Stewart

Silver Rock Golf Course in La Quinta, CA

April 21st, 2008

silver rock golf course,la quinta

Boasting over 7,500 yards of meticulously designed greens while offering a breath taking view of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the background, the Silver Rock Golf Course is an absolute must-play course to add to your list. No exceptions accepted for this amazing layout bearing Arnold Palmer’s signature of approval and the chance of a once in a lifetime play of a challenging yet enjoyable course. The course was voted among the “The Top Ten New Golf Courses That You Can Play” by Golf Magazine.

Taking extreme pride in their exceptional service from tee and around the green, members and guests alike enjoy the atmosphere of relaxation and enjoyment while making their way around over 50 sand bunkers that form tight plays and demand exceptional skills of any golfing enthusiast. Prominently recognized as the home of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic since 2007, the resort understands the a reasonable amount of expectation for them to deliver the highest quality of golfing available in the Coachella Valley while seeking to immortalize their reputation for providing the best sport and entertainment.

Located in La Quinta, a scenic town that owes much of its beauty to the surrounding desert, the Silver Rock Golf Course began offering their course for use in 2005, since then their doors have been open to anyone with a desire to play a challenging and enjoyable course that offers awe inspiring surroundings as one of the main perks. The course is surrounded by luxury Real Estate with communities such as The Citrus, Mountain View Country Club, PGA West, Andalusia, Palmilla, Griffin Ranch and the Hideway.

Making a practice facility available to members is only one of the numerous amenities offered by this exceptional club. With future plans of expanding not only the clubhouse, but also adding another golf course and building a Destination Hotel, they are keeping the comfort and expectations of their members as their main focus. The current clubhouse, featuring a snack area complete with lounge and pro shop, offer nearly anything you desire or need and if you care to warm up on our practice and putting greens, they are available for your use at your convenience. Once warmed up, you can then start your trip on the course.

Having the ability to play, or the desire to learn, an excellent sand game is necessary on this course due to a reasonable portion of the layout consisting of sand hazards. A myriad of areas that are thoroughly desert require careful planning, but allow for excellent definition of the surrounding landing zones.

Sporting a unique arrangement of winding paths and a merging of greens with desert sand, the Silver Rock Golf Course has managed to create a location that inspires a truly amazing appreciation for nature. In keeping with the challenge of water included on a course, there are eight holes that include plays involving water. Not only are these holes therapeutic, but also capable of challenging even the most skilled of golfers.

Rating among the top noted golf courses, this course comes in among the top listing due to the surroundings, the skill level required, and the professional manner that all members and guests are treated with. Playing the course now, promises you an introduction to perfection, desert style, while offering an intensity difficult to find anywhere else. Come enjoy your game, enjoy Silver Rock Golf Course. If you are looking for Real Estate in the La Quinta, please give us a call, we would be glad to help you.

PGA West in La Quinta California

April 21st, 2008

Indian Wells, located in the Palm Springs area between La Quinta and Palm Desert, is home to one of the Nine Masters Series tennis tournaments. Most often referred to as the Indian Wells Masters is the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament. This tournament is not only one of the most notorious, but also one of the most attended here inIndian Wells.

The Pacific Life Open plays against an awe inspiring view of the mountains in the background and the beautiful desert as the sanctuary. Palm trees are found everywhere, giving you an uninhibited view of southern California during an appealing season. With temperatures reaching the 90’s easily, the tennis tournament offers a change from the usual entertainment to be found in Indian Wells at the surrounding fabulous four star resorts and spas.Being hosted during the second and third week of March, the 10th - the 23rd, this tournament boasts some of the top names in tennis as active competitors in the 16,100 seat Indian Wells Tennis Gardens.

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