On January 10, Rancho Mirage Mayor Ted Weill’s bi-monthly Mayor’s Message touted all the best of Rancho Mirage for 2016. As Mayor Weill put it, “Our city experienced some tremendous milestones and accomplishments.”

First and foremost, on December 7, ground was broken on the Coachella Valley’s first observatory, located at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Completion of the facility, with its retractable dome and 28-inch research-level telescope, is expected by summer.

Mr. Mayor also mentioned the 2016 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, held annually the last weekend of January at the library. The 2017 iteration of the perennially sold-out event surpassed last year’s, with more authors, more lectures/panels/readings, and more readers. Festival founder Jamie Kabler is also the just-revealed cover subject of the 2017 edition of R/M magazine, which recently made its debut. There’s nowhere for this jubilee of literature—the largest of its kind to be held at any American public library—to go but up, up, and up some more!

Other 2016 highlights mentioned by Mayor Weill include President Obama’s two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands, last year’s dedication of the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater in Rancho Mirage Community Park (also covered in R/M, and with its Music Series kicking off on February 19), the ANA Inspiration (the first LPGA major championship of the season, played at our Mission Hills Country Club since its 1972 inception), the final phase of the rejuvenation of Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center (home to Pieology, Brandini Toffee, Steinmart, the only drive-through Starbucks in Rancho Mirage, and the upcoming House of Poke eatery), the city’s first and only dog park (4.5 acres of sublime canine real estate), and the success of an outdoor ice skating facility, The Rink at The River over the holidays. Yet to come at The River are the return of Acqua California Bistro, the opening of Fox & Fiddle, and new luxury lounge recliners in every auditorium of the Century Theatres.

So, it seems that our city’s future is looking bright! After being reminded of all of last year’s exciting developments, I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for one of the most beautiful places on earth!

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