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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.

"Improv Games" at C.O.D.

By Denise Ortuno Neil

The Desert Dramatic Arts Company of the College of The Desert in Palm Desert, brings comedy to new heights with their first ever "Improv Games" on Friday, August 23rd at 7:30pm. Enjoy an evening of laughter and entertainment with you, the audience, in the drivers seat. That's right, it's a you call it night of fun!

Improv GamesImprovisational comedy has been a constant staple of the art, and the quintessencial measurment of comedic talent, as it takes quick thinking and extreme creativity to pull off this kind of comedy. Shows like Saturday Night Live and Who's Line is it Anyway are great examples of classic Improv.

The talented drama students of C.O.D. will be joined by professional performers including the Director himself, Tres Dean. Audience members will have free reign over the cast as they call out directions, character suggestions and situations. The cast is the clay and the audience the sculptors.

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