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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A Merry July!!

By Denise Ortuno Neil

Spending the summer in the Coachella Valley takes quite a bit of tolerance and character. The tolerance comes from withstanding the heat, and the character comes from the tolerance itself.

Creativity also plays a big part in summertime life in the desert. It seems that trying to find ways to entertain ourselves while keeping cool, is a everyday challenge.

I recall several years back being tried by this dilemma, and coming up with a solution with some friends of mine. We came up with a festive, albeit an unlikely manner of celebrating summer. I'm talking about, a Christmas in July party!

What better way to get through the sweltering heat and have a jolly good time as well! The practice of celebrating one of the most coveted holidays in the world in the summer is not a new one. It actually originated in Europe, when weary people yearning for colder weather and the coziness of the holiday decided to celebrate Christmas five months in advance. For us here in the desert, its a fantastic way to put some Ho, Ho, Ho in our Hot, Hot, Hot!

Throwing such a chin-dig is relatively easy. Just get a hold of someones (or your own) synthetic Christmas Tree, go foraging for decorations in the garage, whip up some eggnog, blast the A/C up to 65 (don't panic, it's only for one night) light the fireplace if you've got one and there you's Christmas time again. You can even twist it up a bit if you'd like. No need for bulky sweaters, have a bikini clad Christmas and a sexy Santa contest...something that would not be that accepted once the real holiday comes around. The possibilities are endless, as is the fun!

Some might find that celebrating Christmas in advance takes away from the spiritual aspect of the holiday, but I disagree. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and thrusts most people into a whirlwind of peace, love and joy. Which is something that we should be doing all year round...not just in December.

The Christmas in July party that I was part of years ago was a blast! It was an absolute distraction from the summer heat, and gave us a glimpse of the our most treasured holiday to come...promoting peace, love, joy and thoughts of cooler weather.

Have a Merry July!!

Desert Summer Shopping Expedition

By Denise Ortuno Neil

With summer deserts temps a bit on the toasty side, going out for a day of shopping may be slightly unappealing for most. But Bette King Productions has found a fun and cool alternative to shopping in less than pleasant circumstances with her "Shopping Expedition In Our Desert" day!

On Wednesday, July 31st, in celebration of her one year anniversary of her Desert Entertainer column, "Shopping with Bette", Bette King will be your guide to the best shopping in the desert. The Shopping Tour will be store bound loaded with enthusiastic shoppers inside a luxurious, A/C pumped bus, ready to hit the road in search of deals and steals and a just a fabulous day of fun! Guests will receive special store discounts, exclusive give-a ways and a delicious lunch to give you energy for your purchasing power.

There will be no need to worry about slugging around in the heat or finding parking, just board the bus and enjoy a day a first class shopping done Bette King style!

Experience your pampered day for only $45.00 per person. The excursion goes from 9am to 5pm for a full day of Super Shopping!

For more information and reservations call Sandy Thornton at 1-949-463-1904



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