Welcome to, your premier resource to the Coachella Valley’s best, from a local's perspective. Your guide, Denise Ortuno is, The Palm Springs Local, with over 38 years of desert living under her belt, experiencing all the wonders of the Coachella Valley. And now she’ll be sharing her knowledge with you! From dining to attractions, to events and much more, you’ll be able to “Go Where the Locals Go”.

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Sweet Transvestite

Sweet TransvestiteBy Denise Ortuno Neil

I was a pre-teen when I first heard of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. My sister Colette had long been into the cult movie craze and as the curious little girl that I was, I followed along. My sister even convinced the principle at Palm Desert Middle School to let her teach the "Time Warp" to all of my classmates during P.E. class one day. It was a great success! I'm sure todays parents would not allow such a thing to occur knowing the premise of the film, but this was in the early 80's, and how happy I am that I grew up back then.

I quickly became a fan of the film, learning every song on the sound track, singing and dancing with zeal  every time I'd hear it, and with my sister in the house, it was alot. The Rocky Horror Picture Show debuted in 1975. The creation came from Richard O'Brien and starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarrandon and Barry Boswick among the other talented cast. It has been hailed the longest running film musical ever.

Healthly from the Inside out

Nancy BoothBy Denise Ortuno Neil

We hear the phrase, "You are what you eat" all the time, because it is basically true. It is a credo that Nancy Booth and Debra Kennedy live by. Kennedy is the owner of the DK Apperance Studio in Palm Desert and has been in the beauty business for over 30 years. Her studio offers Endermologie among other non-evasive yet effective  beauty treaments such as Lipomassage, Cellulite & Body Contouring and Facial Fitness.

Endermologie was originally used to soften the apperance of scars, but now has been deemed a treament for reducing cellulite. Endermologie is also effective for relieving muscle pain and spasms.

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