Observatory observed

In this week’s newsletter: The New York Times recommends a Rancho Mirage landmark & more.

Welcome to midweek and some news you can use.

We’re sending out some congrats to the folks at our favorite observatory, which was recommended in this New York Times article titled “52 places to go in 2023.”

Since we’re all pretty close to Rancho Mirage we can probably cross this recommended destination off the list easily.

Check out all the details on the observatory here.

Permits required for Cathedral City sidewalk vendors

  • Two months after first starting to explore the subject, Cathedral City leaders have finalized new regulations for the ever-increasing number of sidewalk vendors in the city.
  • During its regular meeting on Jan. 11, the City Council unanimously approved new rules aimed at both streamlining the permitting process for vendors and assuring greater oversight of their operation.
  • The issue came to the Council’s attention in November after it was noted that code compliance officers interacting with many vendors found they were not licensed, did not have a food handler permit, and did not carry identification.
  • In context: A rise in street vending has been occurring throughout the Coachella Valley since the start of the pandemic, as many residents lost service industry jobs and looked for other ways to earn a living.

Talus project backer faces La Quinta officials

  • The developer of a long-delayed luxury resort in La Quinta presented an update Tuesday evening to the City Council after announcing last month that the opening of the initial phase of the project faces more delays. 
  • Developer Robert Green informed city officials that a planned fall 2023 opening for a portion of the development would not happen. Green is projecting the Montage hotel will open in early 2024, with the 200-room Pendry hotel opening later that same year.
  • Councilmembers all said they were still supportive of the project but wanted more transparency.


Be a part of an immersive Mid Century art and architecture exhibition in Palm Springs

We are excited to present you with an opportunity for a new kind of experience.  The exhibition is invite-only in the heart of palm springs showcasing one of the city’s most famous architects’ homes with curated art and furniture.   Sign up here for more information on available times.

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Author Series: Tim Mulligan
1 p.m. | Desert Hot Springs Library
Tim Mulligan is the best-selling co-author of the book “ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way.”

Downtown Improvement Workshop
6 p.m. | City Hall Council Chambers | Desert Hot Springs
This workshop, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., invites you to imagine a future for downtown Desert Hot Springs. All DHS residents are encouraged to participate. 

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
7 p.m. | McCallum Theatre | Palm Desert
As one of the world’s longest running and most iconic events, the Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 65th year with a must-hear, once-in-a-lifetime ensemble.


El Paseo Cruise Nights
The Gardens on El Paseo
You don’t need to own a classic car to enjoy all the festivities of Cruise Night on El Paseo, which also has more dates over the next few months. Everyone is welcome!

Show: “The Simon & Garfunkel Story”
McCallum Theatre | Palm Desert
Now performed in over 50 countries, “The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a critically acclaimed, concert-style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Also playing Saturday.

Musical: “All About Moonbeams”
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert | Rancho Mirage
This musical by June August is about five quirky women, residents of an upscale 55+ complex, who join a weekly memoir-writing workshop. Also playing Saturday.


New Literacy Tutor Training
10 a.m. | Desert Hot Springs Library
Interested in knowing what it means to be a literacy tutor and to help adult learners in the community? Join the DHS library at its upcoming literacy tutor training for adults.

And finally …

  • We’ve made no secret of our love of frozen treats, so when we got a text last month that a new frozen yogurt shop was opening in Desert Hot Springs we were prepared to jump into action. Unfortunately that jump took us a month to make, but it was well worth the wait.
  • Following a year of work and permitting, Liz Sackley held a ribbon cutting for Lizzy’s Premium Frozen Yogurt on Dec. 19 and has since become somewhat of a star. Her new shop at 66040 Pierson Blvd. has been featured in the newspaper and on one of the local TV stations.
  • Lizzy’s exudes cuteness, thanks to playful art done by her cousins — a pair of LA-based artists named Shelby and Sandy — that adorns the exterior and interior walls, and a simple, bright interior.
  • If you go: The shop is open every day at 11 a.m., and stays open until 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Liz also tries to post daily on Instagram and Facebook.

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