Sunnylands RM Library

If you’ve ever been to either Sunnylands or to the Rancho Mirage Public Library, you know that these two most beloved landmarks are not only repositories of information for young and old alike but stellar oases, aesthetically and architecturally speaking—calming sites where one can relax and reflect.

These two giants of our city have joined forces to present the Sunnylands Speakers Series at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Each event is free, with neither reservations nor tickets required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The first speaker to enthrall audiences was biographer Evan Thomas, whose latest book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided, has become a best-seller, as did his Dwight D. Eisenhower tome Ike’s Bluff. Evan spoke at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.

Two other experts are scheduled to appear within the series. Singer-pianist Michael Feinstein, known as the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” and renowned for his interpretations of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits, will speak on Monday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. In an hour paying homage to the centennial of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthday—and sponsored by the McCallum Theatre—Michael will talk about Sinatra and his influence on music.

At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, earthquake expert and Cal State San Bernardino geology professor Sally McGill (who also happens to be the interim chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the school) will present “Earthquakes and Their Faults.” She’ll speak about her research on the San Andreas Fault, its relationship to other nearby faults, and what it means for residents of the Palm Springs Valley.

To learn more about the Sunnylands Speakers Series, please visit either or And remember, as the weather grows warmer mid-day, ducking inside the library for some refreshing entertainment that truly is “good for you” is a wonderful way to stay cool. You’ll find me in the back of the room at both lectures, taking it all in… Hope to see you there!

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