Rancho Mirage Happenings


Eisenhower Medical Center “Most Wired” Hospital

If you’ve been watching “The Knick”—Cinemax’s hot new medical series starring Clive Owen, and executive produced and directed by the award-winning Steven Soderbergh—you know what it’s like to have been a doctor or a patient in 1900. Not fun! Every time I watch an episode, I thank my lucky stars that … [Read More...]

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Fine Dining

Chef Challenge

Rancho Mirage Wins First Chef Challenge

If you are—like me—a foodie who loves a good contest, then have I got the place for you! Every Wednesday through October 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Pirch (the amazingly cool interactive bath, kitchen, and outdoor showroom located just across from The River in Rancho Mirage at 71-905 Highway 111) is … [Read More...]

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Brandon

bluEmber Chef de Cuisine Brandon Testi

Spend any time with Brandon Testi—chef de cuisine at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, bluEmber—and you’ll see how seriously this gastronomic wunderkind takes food. The handsome, 28-year-old Orange County native invariably stops by my table whenever I’m dining at … [Read More...]

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Top Attractions

Palm Springs Tramways

Mural by Local Artist Unveiled at the Palm Springs Tramway

On Thursday, August 7 at 1:00 in the afternoon, I was happy and honored to join journalists from the Palm Springs Valley and varied other invited guests at the unveiling of a very special mural by local artist Keith Blum—who was named “Best Artist of the Year” for 2014 by desert publication the … [Read More...]


Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert Hosts Kids Camp

With so many families needing a break from the cloudy coasts of San Diego and Los Angeles, and heading for the ever-sunny and warm Palm Springs Valley this time of year, it’s no surprise that the City of Rancho Mirage pays particular attention and offers special summer programs for children and … [Read More...]

Sunnylands 2014

Sunnylands Takes a Summer Break

If you’ve been promising yourself a long overdue visit to Rancho Mirage’s Sunnylands—the 200-acre, beautifully designed and decorated midcentury modern estate of the late media titan Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore—you’ve got just a matter of days to do so before the legendary landmark … [Read More...]

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Rancho Mirage Magazine

Rancho Mirage Magazine

There are few things I like better than a good read, whether it’s a tantalizing novel, a juicy periodical, my newspapers, an informative blog, or even a sentimental greeting card—I just love words!  But add a party to the potential for a good publication and I get even more excited.  And that’s what … [Read More...]

Oct4 AmerCup Ellison DALP

Rancho Mirage’s Larry Ellison’s Team is a Winner!

One of our local Rancho Mirage residents has been in the news even more than usual recently. Larry Ellison, the mega-billionaire and founder/CEO of Oracle Corporation, who owns the 249-acre property known as Porcupine Creek Ranch, was the sponsor of the winning yacht in the 2013 America’s Cup race, … [Read More...]


Outlet Mall Food

A Full Day of Fun at the Outlet Mall (Part Two)

As you read in “A Full Day of Fun at the Outlet Mall (Part One),” one of my very favorite pastimes is indulging in a bit of retail therapy at the twin outlet malls located just west of Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs Valley known as the Cabazon Outlets (www.cabazonoutlets.com) and the Desert … [Read More...]

Outlet Mall

A Full Day of Fun at the Outlet Mall (Part One)

This summer has been so full of fantastic events both in Rancho Mirage and throughout the Palm Springs Valley that I only recently had the opportunity to catch my breath and check out the new and improved outlet mall that made its big debut just west of us off Highway 10 in Cabazon prior to Memorial … [Read More...]

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Rancho Mirage Writers Festival: The Sequel, Sold Out!

There are some special events that are so universally appealing, so uniquely worthy, that they sell out in a matter of minutes, hours, or days—months ahead of time. Such is the case with the Second Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival: A Celebration of the Written Word. To be held next January … [Read More...]


Spa-Tastic at Omni Rancho Las Palmas

I already know where I’ll be on the evening of Thursday, May 22—and that’s at glam hotel Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage at the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. To be precise, you can find me at Spa Las Palmas, treating myself to a very special special event, Spa-Tastic … [Read More...]

Rancho Mirage Library Events

Rancho Mirage Library Offers Late Spring and Summer Events

Just when you think things might be slowing down just a bit out here in the warming desert, you get the realization that there’s plenty more to come! The other day, while I lamented the fact that the big events of the season were behind me, I peeked at the site of my favorite library (the Rancho … [Read More...]

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Brandini Toffee

Rancho Mirage’s Brandini Toffee Expands to Palm Springs

Anyone who’s compiling a complete list of the Top Young Turks of Rancho Mirage has got to place twentysomething pals Brandon Weimer and Leah Post at the very tippy top. The story of how, in 2006, the then-14-year-old high schoolers proved their entrepreneurial mettle is best told in their own voice, … [Read More...]

Rancho Mirage Library Plan

What’s in store for the Rancho Mirage Library?

It’s no big secret that I’m a huge fan of the Rancho Mirage Public Library.  I’ve been frequenting this amazing resource in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley since the day it opened its doors.  But even a mature matron of a certain age like me knows that few things stay the same forever, and that … [Read More...]

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