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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Act Out with PD Theatre Academy

By Denise Ortuno Neil

Do you feel that you have acting bug? Want to flex your creative muscle? Then come join the Palm Desert Theatre Academy for their Adult Acting Classes this summer! The Academy will offer a 4 week acting session starting Thursday, June 20th then every Tuesday night through July 9th, 6pm-8pm at the CSU, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus. The sessions are offered at the amazing price of just $75!

You will be taught by the best, by former C.O.D. drama director David Catanzarite, who has directed over 70 professional and college productions.

For more information and reservations call 1-951-764-7647 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enchanting Salton Sea Exhibit

By Denise Ortuno Neil

The Mysterious Enchanting Salton Sea Exhibit will be featured at the La Quinta Museum June 2013 through September 21, 2013. The exhibit will highlight the facinating past of the Salton Sea including photography by Christina Lange, who has chronicled stories of the people who live there in her new book, Portraits and Voices of the Salton Sea.

The exhibit is educational, giving the public a glimpse of the Salton Sea's peak as a tourist attraction in the mid 60's. The history of glamour days of the Salton Sea will give the public pause and hopefully a new appreciation of this diverse and mysterious body of water. Find out more about the Salton Sea at the exhibit, a great outing for the entire family.

The La Quinta Museum is located at 77-885 Avenida Montezuma in the La Quinta Cove. The museums hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information call 760-777-7170


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