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Palm Desert Theatre Academy Presents, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"

By Denise Ortuno Neil

The Palm Desert Theatre Academy youth program presents the Broadway musical, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" at the Palm Springs Air Museum Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm and Wednesday July 17 at 2:30pm and 6:30pm.

The beloved whimsical musical features the Charles Schultz Peanuts Gang brought to life by seasoned director David Catanzarite, musical director Doug Wilson and produced by Shauna Holmes. The talented cast was chosen from the PDTA youth program with kids from 3-12 grade school ranges.

As director David Catanzarite exclaims, "This will be the most exciting theatre event in the desert this summer, bar none".

This event is fun for the whole family, held in one of the deserts most intriguing venues, The Palm Springs Air Museum. Tickets and reservations are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 951-764-7647.

Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs Ca.

CVRM "90 Days of Summer"


On June 14 staff members from the men’s and women’s programs of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will be traveling to areas known to be populated by members of the homeless community to distribute information about Rescue Mission services as well as water, sunscreen, long sleeved shirts, shoes and other supplies.”
“Not everyone can, or wants to come to the Rescue Mission for services,” explained Darla Burkett, Executive Director.  “But we still want to make sure as many people as possible are reminded about our services, and provide them with potentially life-saving items.  No one should suffer because they aren’t aware of the available resources we offer,” she added. 
This outreach is the first of three “90 Days of Summer Relief” trips Rescue Mission staff members will make to homeless encampments. Two vans will leave the Rescue Mission at 8 a.m. and return at noon.  Those wishing to help are encouraged to drop off needed supplies at the Rescue Mission or donate online.
Founded in 1971, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, and safe shelter to anyone in need.  Additionally, CVRM helps people end their cycle of homelessness with extensive counseling, job training, and job placement services.  Currently more than 175,000 meals are provided each year, along with 59,800 nights of safe shelter.  The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission is located at 47-470 Van Buren Street.  To learn more about the Rescue Mission or to donate directly, visit and connect with us on facebook

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