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Treasure Hunting at The Palm Desert Antique Mall

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By Denise Ortuno Neil

It's a soothing time for me when I get to stop by an Antique Shop. There's just something about all of the treasures hanging around that intrigue me. I wonder as I walk by the items of where they came from, who had it last, how old it is and how did it end up for sale. If only the treasures could speak...what a conversation that would be.

I've purchased many things from Antique Stores in the past that I still consider my favorite material goodies. There's a gorgeous Marcasite cross ring that I bought years ago, as well as a Poison ring that I'm sure could tell a few tales ( hopefully it never represented its nefarious moniker).

One of my favorite prize hunting spots is the Palm Desert Antique Mall off of San Pablo and Hwy 111. The mall is comprised of small alcoves and condensed floor space where different collectors have their finds for sale. There is an array of different things to choose from. Everything from classic tea cups, to costume jewlery, to the real thing. You can even find a timeless Carousal style horse for your childs room, if you were so inclined.

It's a wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon and I look forward to stopping by the Palm Desert Antique Mall again soon, hopefully to find my next treasure.

The Palm Desert Antique Mall is located at 44-855 San Pablo #7, Palm Desert Ca, 92260

760-776-0077

The Ghost of Erawan Gardens

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By Denise Ortuno Neil

In celebration of the Halloween season, I recently put a call out to the local community to send me their ghostly tales that they have experienced here in the Coachella Valley. So to help inspire you to send me your stories, I will share one of mine.

 

There is no doubt that the desert landscape is blanketed with glorious beauty, but it also possesses a depth of alluring mystery as well. Honestly, with the amount of history that has taken place here, and the millions of people who have traversed through it of the years, the possibility of there being indelible footprints left behind is certain.

"Saturday Night Laughs Comedy Show" benefits The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

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By Denise Ortuno Neil

Thousand Palms: On Saturday, August 11th 2012, I held my second comedy charity event, "Saturday Night Laughs Comedy Show" benefiting the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. This years venue for the show was at Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails in Thousand Palms. The event went well as comedy goers streamed in despite the sweltering weather. Most of the comics that performed, had performed in my event last year, and graciously offered up their time and talent once again. I thank all of them for being there for this worthy cause: Ernie Avila, Justin Brusca, Adrian Delatorre, Hector Castro, Tim Buechner,Jeremy Webb, Doug Gonzalez and Gabe Gomez.

Free Movies With Marilyn

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By Denise Ortuno Neil

Ever since the gigantic Marilyn Monroe sculpture came to downtown Palm Springs in May of this year, people have been flocking to her to be photographed in her iconic presence, shadowed by her 26ft height. The stunning work of art is by Seward Johnson and is part of his ICONS REVISTED series. Mammoth Marilyn first debuted on July 15th, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois before traveling to sunny Palm Springs where she will stay until June 2013. As added bonus, P.S. Resorts, the organization that was a force behind bringing Marilyn to Palm Springs, is presenting "Forever Marilyn Outdoor Movie Series". The movies starring Marilyn of course, will be featured every Friday night through August 3rd. The movies range from last weeks "Gentleman Prefer Blonde's" to the August 3rd showing of "The Seven Year Itch", which was the movie where the famous photo of Marilyn was taken by Bernard of Hollywood, which ultimately inspired the sculpture. The movies will be shown right next to Marilyn on the corner of Tahquitz and Palm Canyon and the admission is Free! The films start at 8:30pm , so get there early to reserve your seat, and enjoy an evening with Marilyn.Marilyn_Monroe

For more information visit www.palmspringsforevermarilyn.com

Hanging out at The Grill on Main Street

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By Denise Ortuno Neil

One of my favorite places to enjoy in the Coachella Valley is Old Town La Quinta. It truly gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling of being in an old Spanish/Mediterranean style village, complete with boutiques, non-commercial shops, serene fountains, and intimate eateries. A favorite of mine to visit is The Grill on Main Street. It's a relaxing spot to duck into and sit at the bar, or dine on their stylish yet un-pretensious patio. I recently stopped by The Grill to check out their summer specials and was treated to a wonderful afternoon, with excellent food by Chef Jeff Desantos, and tried one of their new Summer Cocktails made perfectly by Bar Manager Doug Neyhart. My selected cocktail off of the Summer menu was The Cucumber. It sounded like it would be refreshing, and well....it was! The drink is made with organic cucumber vodka, St, Germain, muddled cucumber and soda. It is a take on the Mojito, with a cucumber twist. I called it a alcoholic spa drink! The only cocktail that I've had that felt kind of healthy. There are other concoctions on the Summer Menu, all with the intention of being light and refreshing, inspiring thoughts of a cool breeze....or a least, cold air-conditioning. Besides their Summer Cocktail menu, The Grill, as explained to me by General Manager Michael Smith, aslo just refreshed their menu to include items such as the Grilled Steak Salad, a tender, cut with a fork grilled marinated Skirt Steak served over Spinach salad with Applewood smoked Bacon, Bleu Cheese crumbles and Balsamic Vinaigrette. The Grill also features a weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10am-2pm with bottomless champagne for $7. And if you're looking for some entertainment, stop by on Friday and Saturday nights for live music from 8pm-11pm. With a friendly staff, fabulous food and a inviting vibe, The Grill on Main Street is definitely a favorite of The Palm Springs Local!The_Grills_Cucumber_Cocktail

The Grill on Main Street

78-065 Main Street

La Quinta, Ca

760-777-7773

www.thegrillonmainstreetlq.com

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