Remember Your Furry Friends This 4th of July

Meet WiFi! WiFi is the unofficial mascot of the Coachella Animal Network (CAN), and he is spreading the word about how dangerous illegal fireworks are to your family's four-legged friends. Some pups get so scared from the loud booming of illegal fireworks, they escape from their homes in terror. "Some public shelters even euthanize some of the animals already there to make room for many of the dogs that end up there because of the illegal fireworks on July 4th," said Kim Hardee, CAN's executive director.

Did you know that some of our military Veterans also suffer during 4th of July celebrations because they have flashbacks from combat when they hear fireworks? The City of Indio's Police and Fire Chiefs even took part in this video to remind residents to be respectful of others and encourage responsible use of fireworks.

Please be aware this Independence Holiday and only celebrate with safe and sane fireworks!

Indio Offers Four Cool Centers During Summer Heat

The Sun City Shadow Hills Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee is posting this for the benefit of our residents based on information from Riverside County.

Four cool centers are now located throughout Indio for those who need temporary relief from the heat.

Cool Centers are activated when temperatures reach 97 degrees, or are needed by their community, and are open to the public through October 15, 2021.

“That could mean the Cool Centers are active every day until the end of the summer here in the desert,” said Indio’s Emergency Services Manager, Dennis Day. “We were glad to be able to work with the county to add the Indio Public Library as another option here, with the added bonus of getting children involved in the library’s summer reading program.”

The four cool center locations in Indio are:

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
84110 Manila St., Indio 92201
Mon-Sun 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Indio Senior Center
*Seniors only
45700 Aladdin St., Indio 92201
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Martha’s Village & Kitchen
83791 Date Ave., Indio 92201
Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Indio Public Library
200 Civic Center Mall, Indio 92201
Mon 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tue-Thur & Sat 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If more time and relief is needed from the heat this summer, please visit any of the cool centers identified throughout Riverside County. Additional cooling center locations can be found at

IID Conserve Alert Is In Effect

A Conserve Alert is in effect today through Saturday, June 19. By conserving energy we can take stress off the energy grid, maintain reliable energy delivery service and help avert rotating power outages. Please conserve energy during the hours of 4-9 p.m.

SHHS 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Please be advised that on Friday, May 28 2021, Shadow Hills High School will host a traditional graduation ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will run until 10:30 p.m. The ceremony will also include a live fireworks display beginning at 10:00 p.m. Please anticipate loud noises, as well as traffic delays on Jefferson Street and Avenue 40.

Local Vaccine Clinic Information

This post is for informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association.


Circe Healthcare in Palm Desert


Desert Care Network in Indio

Thursday, April 22
Clinic hours: 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Last appointments 4 p.m.
380 appointments for Moderna available
Sedona Surgical Center
81812 Dr Carreon Blvd STE F
Indio, CA 92201

California Driver License Extensions

California has extended noncommercial driver licenses (including AB 60 and limited-term) expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The terms of your extension depends on your age.

  • License holders under the age of 70 (March-July 2020 expirations): Extension valid through July 31, 2020.
  • License holders over the age of 70 (March-December 2020 expirations): Extension valid for one year from original expiration date.

The extensions are automatic, but eligible drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail. As an option, these drivers can request a free temporary paper extension online through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document their extension, though one is not needed to drive.

For more information, please visit the DMV website:

Interstate 10/Monroe Street Interchange Public Comment

A public outreach virtual hearing with CalTrans and the city of Indio is scheduled for June 9, 2020, from 4 to 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to keep the public updated about the Interstate 10/Monroe Street project. In addition, the Draft Initial Study/Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) is now available for review and download.

If you are unable to participate in the virtual hearing, and have comments about the IS/EA, please submit your comments in writing no later than June 22, 2020 to: California Department of Transportation, ATTN: Renetta Cloud, Senior Environmental Planner 464 W 4th Street, 6th Floor, MS 823 San Bernardino, CA 92401 or via e-mail to: Please include “Interstate 10 Monroe” in the subject line. If there are no major objections, Caltrans will proceed with the project’s design.

To attend the virtual hearing, go to the City of Indio's website for a Zoom meeting link. To attend without internet access, use the following call-in numbers:

  • English - (253) 215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID: 953 6052 2503
  • Spanish - (872) 240-3311 and enter the Access Code: 126-113-853

The public review period runs from May 22- June 22, 2020.

The current estimated project cost is between $63-$65 million, and construction is scheduled to begin in late 2023.

Monroe Interchange Project Soon Ready for Community Review

Project engineers are just days away from setting a date for a public meeting on the I-10/Monroe Street interchange project. Due to the current environment involving COVID-19, the public meeting will be held 100 percent virtually. All efforts will be made to outreach to community members who would like to participate in the public review portion of this long-awaited project. Watch for more information in the next few weeks.

Some improvements include reconstructing and widening the I-10/Monroe Street bridge overcrossing and the Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel bridge; reconstructing and widening the existing on- and off-ramps; adding an eastbound auxiliary lane between the Monroe Street and Jackson Street interchanges; adding acceleration and deceleration lanes at the westbound Monroe Street on- and off-ramps and a deceleration lane at the eastbound Monroe Street off-ramp.

The current estimated project cost is $85 million, and final design is expected to begin in late 2020.

Indio Collection Events

You might recall back in March in which we passed along Indio's 2020 schedule of free collection events. That has changed due to COVID-19 concerns. All events scheduled in the month of May have been cancelled.

These include:

  • The May 2nd paper shredding event.
  • The May 16th e-waste and paper shredding event.
  • The May 30th hazardous waste collection event.

No word yet on the remainder of the 2020 schedule, but it is copied below. As you can see the next event still on the schedule is not until September 12th. If any of that changes I will let you know.

Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – March 2020


Empire Polo  Through Mar. 29
Every Sunday. A fun polo season filled with competitive polo tournaments and games that are open to the public. Spectators are invited to attend matches throughout the season, either by tailgating or watching from the comfort of the VIP section.
Time/Place: 12pm & 2pm / Empire Polo Club, Indio
Contact: 760-342-7755 /


Playtri Desert Triathlon   Mar. 1
Desert Triathlon is the perfect race for both the new or beginner triathlete, and the experienced triathlete looking to shake off their winter rust. Were situated on the calendar as the perfect warmup to several longer distance races, including the 70.3 in Oceanside.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12:30pm / Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, La Quinta
Contact: 949-444-2365 /


La Quinta Art Celebration   Mar. 5-8
Fine Art, Fine Wine, Fab Food & Live Music. Will showcase 220 world-class juried artists from across the country and abroad exhibiting their fine art and craft in 12 media categories including Painting, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Jewelry, Photography, Fiber, Wood and Mixed Media.
Time/Place: La Quinta Civic Center: 78495 Calle Tampico
Contact: 760-628-7770 /


Living Desert Zoo Golden Anniversary Gala 2020: Palm Desert   Mar. 7
Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation Guests are invited to dress in black and gold cocktail attire and share in an evening of entertainment, unique raffle opportunities, dinner, and engaging animal encounters. The Gala fundraiser, benefitting new habitats for African black rhinoceros, lions, and a state-of-the-art event center, begins in the Living Legacy Garden with a Golden Opportunities Cocktail Reception. Following the reception is 24K Fine Dining along with Raise the Paw, the Mane Event Raffle, and Solid Gold Entertainment by The Midtown Men.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-9584 /


Braille Institute Coachella Valley Open House   Mar. 7
Join us in celebrating the opening of our new neighborhood center! Braille Institute provides free services and programs for people who have low to no vision.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / 74-245 Highway 111, #E101, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-321-1111 /


Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival   Mar. 7
This FREE event celebrates wellness, recreation, safety and the outdoors. Featuring local artists and exhibitors, a kids zone, beer & wine garden with live music, food & beverages for purchase, raffles and much, much more! FUN for all ages.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Contact: 760-862-9918 /


Rancho Mirage Music in the Park   Mar. 7, 14 & 21
Free to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase inside the amphitheater. FREE PARKING is available at the park and adjacent to the park along San Jacinto Drive. Please note, the following items are NOT PERMITTED inside the amphitheater: Outside food/beverages, smoking, vaping, lawn chairs, pets or ice chests/coolers.
Time/Place: 7-9:30pm / Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
Contact: 760-324-4511 x273 /


Desert Living Home Expo   Mar. 12
Rancho Mirage is famous for the design district we have here! The chamber is bringing chamber members and the public together for something unseen in the valley before. In the height of season, local businesses will showcase their wares and products to the masses in an absolutely beautiful setting. Whether attendees are looking for a major renovation, solar, adding a pool or high end appliances this is the home showcase where it is all found under one roof.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage


Friends of the Palm Springs Library Book Sale   Mar. 13-15
FOPSL will be selling books, CDs, DVDs and more! Friday is members preview.
Time/Place: Fri 12-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-1pm / JC Frey Building: 300 S. Sunrise Way
Contact: 760-668-8838 /


Art on Main Street   Mar. 14 & 28
Features over 100 artists each season showing and selling their paintings, jewelry, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, sculptures and more.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Old Town La Quinta
Contact: 760-600-0758 /


Cathedral City State of the City & Expo   Mar. 17
This annual event offers a review of economic activity from the previous year, as well as future development and plans significant to the business community.  Mayor John Aguilar will be the featured speaker for this event.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs, Cathedral City
Contact: 760-347-0676 /


Palm Desert State of City Luncheon   Mar. 20
Join us for this valuable networking opportunity celebrating the City of Palm Desert.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-346-6111 /


ONE-PS Picnic & Community Expo   Mar. 21
Over 1000 residents enjoy the BBQ lunch, DJ entertainment, Pooch Parade, and exhibits at more than 50 booths. Exhibitors range from the Desert Water Agency which provides our water, to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The City of Palm Springs always has a great showing with the Police Department, Fire Department, Search and Rescue teams, as well as the CERT Program. Neighborhoods get involved with booths and prizes.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs


Cathedral City Movies in the Park   Mar. 21
Tonights movie is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs. The free event, hosted by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening between November and May, at dusk. You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks.
Time/Place: 7pm / Panorama Park: 28905 Avenida Maravilla
Contact: 760-770-0340 /


The VIMY Awards & WineLovers Auction   Mar. 21
A signature event reflective of the extraordinary people who populate the Palm Springs area. Because of who we are, we recognized the need to honor a significant contributor to healthcare in our Coachella Valley and beyond.  This first year we have chosen R. Ron Hare, MD as our inaugural recipient. Guests of this much-anticipated event are treated to delectable appetizers and an exquisite pre-auction meal courtesy of the Thunderbirds inspired culinary team.
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-625-0737 /


Rancho Mirage State of the City Luncheon   Mar. 26
Enjoy lunch and networking with like-minded professionals and learning more about the growing city, events and upcoming plans for the center of the valley. A very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage and our Title Sponsor, the City of Rancho Mirage, Dessert Sponsor, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Centerpiece Sponsor, Rancho Mirage Florist.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage


Cathedral City LGBT Days   Mar. 27-29
Will honor the LGBT community and celebrate the diversity of Cathedral City. The free weekend festival includes an opening night kickoff party, the 6th annual community LGBT Days bed race, live musical performances, outdoor dancing, food, beverages, and community booths.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza


Candidates Forum: Rancho Mirage City Council 2020   Mar. 30
Incumbents: Ted Weil & Richard Kite. Challengers: Stephen Jaffe & Maggie Lockridge. Free to the public. Limited seating. Will be on featured on RM TV as well.
Time/Place: 4-6pm / Rancho Mirage Public Library


Giving is Always in Fashion   Mar. 30
Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at the Carlisle Collection for women. Proceeds will benefit Loma Linda University Childrens Health - Indio.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Cuistot Restaurant, Palm Desert
Contact: 909-226-1085 /


Maclins Open Air Market   Every Wed. & Sat.
More than 400 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Regional cuisine and various snack foods are available. Parking is free and a small admission fee is charged to shoppers. Nearly everything for the entire family can be found at reasonable prices by browsing the many aisles with the moon as your companion. This is a very social marketplace and friends gather to shop and eat here.
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Riverside County Fairground, Indio


VillageFest   Every Thursday
Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is one of Southern Californias most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive
Contact: 760-320-3781 /


College of the Desert Street Fair   Every Sat. & Sun.
With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmers market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 /

Indio City Manager’s Message

Mark Scott
Indio City Manager

Dear Indio Neighbors,

I am happy to report this month that our long-discussed Downtown Specific Plan is in final draft form and available for review on the City’s website. We are hoping that the City’s Planning Commission will review and adopt this plan in February, and that the City Council will be holding a final public hearing in March or April.

Yes, this plan is a long-time coming! I have read some online posts suggesting that people are tired hearing about Downtown plans and wondering when something will finally happen! One post said that there has been plan after plan, but we want restaurants and brew pubs, and housing and nightlife!

Fair enough! We hear you. Let me make the case that there are all sorts of reasons for hope right now:

  • The College of the Desert just announced that the Indio campus enrollment for the current semester is more than 6,000 students. That is a population of 6,000 students who mostly drive away from campus after their classes because we have not offered them any Downtown options.
  • And what is more, COD is going to build TWO new campus buildings that will bring its enrollment up to more than 10,000 students.
  • Meanwhile, in the City’s IPAC Theater, our Desert Theaterworks community theater group is selling out show after show in yet another award-winning season. Hundreds of people come Downtown for these shows regularly, but have only a few options for dining before or after the shows.
  • And the Coachella Valley History Museum is building its following with innovative new programs and new on-site exhibits. If you have not been to the history museum lately, you will be impressed with their new energy.
  • The beautiful new Loma Linda University Children’s Health - Indio, the newest jewel in our Downtown, is doing so well in serving the kids in our region that they are looking at the possibility of expanding.
  • And of course, the California Desert Trial Academy in Downtown Indio will soon be the only law school in Riverside County.
  • The John J. Benoit Detention Center is inching its way toward completion. Hundreds of new jobs and thousands of weekly business transactions will be occurring there. This offers an exciting new employment and housing market.
  • And only a few blocks away, the owners of the proposed Indio Grand Marketplace (formerly Indio Fashion Mall) are giving us very encouraging reports on their efforts to develop an active family lifestyle/entertainment center.

Downtowns are best defined, I think, as gathering places where the whole community feels ownership. That is why they are great places for museums, theaters, the arts, civic buildings and schools. So with that exciting foundation, we are inviting private investment to bring housing, retail, hospitality and nightlife to bolster those existing uses. And I am happy to report we are doing so with some success!

We already have negotiations underway with two potential developers of mixed use residential projects – one on Oasis Street and the other on Towne Street. These would be multi-story market-rate housing with street level restaurant, entertainment or retail tenants. We are also negotiating with a potential developer of a Downtown hospitality project. Time will tell if these deals move forward, but we are quite sure it is in our near future.

As an economic opportunity, our Downtown is ripe for reinvestment. As they say in the real estate business, our Downtown still has “the bones” to be restored as an “authentic public place” reflecting the cultural history of our community. Over the last few years, the City has acquired most of the property in the core of the Downtown. And with adoption of our General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan, the development community is able to look at a development opportunity ready to go! Stay tuned to this space for updates!

Mark Scott

Originally published at

RMHS Winter Music Spectacular Concert (Dec. 17)

After participating in our Tenth Annual Golf Cart Parade last week, the Rancho Mirage High School Band and Instrumental Music Department proudly invites our friends at Sun City Shadow Hills to attend our Winter Music Spectacular Concert December 17, 2019 at 7 pm at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, 31001 Rattler Rd, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

Featuring the String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, and the SCSH Pom Squad.

Admission is FREE and donations are accepted.

We will also have a silent auction with wonderful baskets for the holidays.

We hope to see you there.

~ Dr. Brian McDaniel, Director of Bands and Instrumental Music

Imagining Our Future: Vision Indio

The City of Indio has just produced a new video about their vision for the future. This is a dream, not a guarantee. It’s fun to imagine what this city can become though. Enjoy this look at the future.

Bob Hope USO 6th Annual Spirit of Hope Gala

Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa • Rancho Mirage

Help us impact 32,000 service members and military families annually in the Desert Area.

Bob Hope USO strengthens America’s military by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Bob Hope USO Desert Area provides USO services and programming to more than 32,000 current members of the military and their families annually through volunteer support at our USO Center at the Palm Springs International Airport, in the community and 29 Palms MCAGCC Marine Base. Investing in Bob Hope USO is a chance for you to have an enduring and meaningful impact on our military’s strength and effectiveness—and on the lives of our courageous service men and women. Show our service members that they are in our hearts and minds and that we will never stop standing by them.

Indio Senior Center Offers Blood Pressure Classes and Unveils New Blood Pressure Kiosk

The Indio Senior Center, in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Desert Oasis Healthcare, began offering a series of blood pressure classes in September 2019 to educate residents on how to improve their heart health as part of the “Desert Communities: Life is Why” initiative. The AHA also unveiled a new blood pressure kiosk at the Indio Senior Center to allow members to check their blood pressure on a regular basis outside of the doctor’s office. The kiosk is free to use and is a great way to monitor blood pressure in a relaxing setting, and offers tips on how to lower high blood pressure risk. High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because there are no obvious warning signs and if left uncontrolled it can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other serious life threats.

The remaining classes will be held from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., in both English and Spanish, on the following dates:

  • Control Your Blood Pressure - October 21, 2019
  • Eating Smart with Fruits & Vegetables - November 18, 2019
  • Salt & Cardiovascular Risk - December 16, 2019

To join the Indio Senior Center or for more information, visit or call 760-391-4170.

Indio Begins Citywide Road Improvement Projects

The City of Indio began laying new asphalt on major roads and residential streets throughout the City on Monday, September 30, 2019. The work will continue through Monday, December 23, 2019, and will occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Residents and motorists should expect travel delays, are urged to use alternate routes, and should observe all construction signs and obey road crews.

The project is part of the City’s street maintenance program to restore the appearance of the street pavement while extending its service life and minimizing further deterioration. The work involves grinding the top surface of the street and overlaying it with new asphalt as well as slurry sealing, which is a mixture of asphalt and fine aggregate to repair cracks and surface defects on roads. Some streets will also include the repairs of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, ramps and driveways.

Click here for more information and to see the streets and neighborhoods where work will occur.

Indio to Begin Citywide Road Improvement Projects

Work to Take Place from September 30 to December 23, 2019

INDIO, CA (September 26, 2019) – The City of Indio will lay new asphalt on major roads and residential streets throughout the City from Monday, September 30 to Monday, December 23, 2019. Work will occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Residents and motorists should expect travel delays, are urged to use alternate routes, and should observe all construction signs and obey road crews. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected.

The project is part of the City’s street maintenance program to restore the appearance of the street pavement while extending its service life and minimizing further deterioration. The work involves grinding the top surface of the street and overlaying it with new asphalt as well as slurry sealing, which is a mixture of asphalt and fine aggregate to repair cracks and surface defects on roads. Some streets will also include the repairs of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, ramps and driveways. The project includes the following streets:

Major Roads

  • Avenue 49 (Jefferson Street to Monroe Street)
  • Fred Waring Drive (Jefferson Street to Monroe Street)
  • Hoover Avenue (Fred Waring Drive to Indio Boulevard)
  • Jackson Street (Dave Avenue to Avenue 48)
  • Jackson Street (10 Freeway to Avenue 42)
  • Jefferson Street (Varner Road to Sun City Boulevard)
  • Madison Street (Indio Boulevard to Fred Waring Drive)
  • Miles Avenue (Madison Street to Clinton Street)
  • Monroe Street (Highway 111 to Indio Boulevard)
  • Shields Road (Avenue 49 to Highway 111)
  • Youngs Lane (Avenue 48 to Highway 111)

Residential Neighborhoods

  • Bella Vida
  • Park Madison
  •  Sun Gold
  • Cheyenne Ranch
  • Rancho Verde
  •  Veranda
  •  Del Rey Palms
  • Riverbend
  • Villa Montego
  • Liberty Village/Desert Song
  • Silverwood
  • Villa Montego 2
  • Madison Ranch
  • Sunburst
  • Waring Palms
  • Montego Dunes

Residents and businesses in work areas will receive a “door hanger notice” with detailed instructions for the scheduled road slurry work. “NO PARKING” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of scheduled work and there will be no street parking but parking will be available at a reasonable distance away.

The total cost for the project is $3.4 million and is funded by Measure X, which was a voter-approved 1% sales tax increase measure passed by Indio voters in 2016 for infrastructure improvements and public safety. The City was able to secure $420,000 in funding through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program to cover the cost of road improvements in the Sun Gold neighborhood.

For any questions, please contact Charlie Hoffman with PMI, Inc. at (760) 802-8422. For questions specifically related to the Sun Gold neighborhood work, please contact Reed Chilton, Construction Manager, Albert A. Webb Associates, at (951) 686-1070 or

Second Annual Craft Fair at the Indio Senior Center

Discover Unique Arts and Crafts in the City of Festivals

INDIO, CA (September 12, 2019) – The Friends of the Indio Senior Center (FOISC) will once again be hosting the 2nd Annual Craft Fair on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indio Senior Center located at 45700 Aladdin St., Indio, California 92201. The event is free and open to the public.

The inaugural event last year attracted hundreds of attendees and the FOISC is inviting all artists to join the fair and sell their one-of-a-kind crafts. Many of the seniors at the Indio Senior Center participate in the event and are able to showcase their talents and works of art to friends and the public. Outside vendors are also welcome and are encouraged to reserve a table since space is limited.

“The Indio Senior Center Craft Fair was so successful last year that we had to bring it back again,” said Sylvia Tenorio, President of the Friends of the Indio Senior Center. “There’s an incredible amount of talent in our community that create the most incredible handcrafted products and works of art. I invite everyone to attend and start shopping for the upcoming holiday season.”

For questions or to reserve a space as a vendor, please contact Sylvia Tenorio, President of the Friends of the Indio Senior Center, at (760) 668-0395 or

Postal Service to start selling new Purple Heart stamps on Oct. 4

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that a new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp will be dedicated and will go on sale nationwide Oct. 4.

A stamp dedication ceremony will be held at INDYPEX, a show for stamp collectors in Indiana.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action. According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat-wounded veterans, the medal is “the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier.”

The Purple Heart Medal 2019 stamp is a redesign that features a purple border matching the purple of the medal and its ribbon.

The Purple Heart Medal 2019 stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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Indio Announces New Public Art Sculpture on Highway 111

“Sequitur” Sculpture of Tall Majestic Creatures to Welcome Visitors to the City of Festivals

INDIO, CA (August 27, 2019) – The City of Indio will install a new public art sculpture entitled Sequitur in the Highway 111 median entryway just east of Jefferson Street and opposite the world-famous Shields Date Garden on Thursday, August 29, 2019. The stainless steel artwork features tall majestic creatures entering the city and beckoning others to follow.

The City of Indio, through the Arts in Public Places program, commissioned Heath Satow to produce the sculptural monument upon recognizing the need to create more public artwork in the community, especially at entryways into the city. Satow is well known for his mastery in mirror polish stainless steel and this will be his inaugural installation in the East Coachella Valley. In 2016, the City’s Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission selected Satow’s piece through a rigorous process from a field of 90 applicants.

“Heath Satow has created a unique and iconic work of art for the City of Indio,” said Indio Mayor Lupe Ramos Amith. “We are fortunate to have a community that supports public art and I am excited about future art projects we have planned.” The official dedication ceremony is set to take place this October during National Arts and Humanities Month.

For additional information, contact the City of Indio’s Public Arts and Historic Preservation Management Analyst Debra Alleyne at (760) 391-4075 or

City of Indio ADA Accessibility Public Input Survey

The City of Indio, in keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the community, is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan and self-evaluation. The accessibility plan provides a comprehensive plan for access for individuals with disabilities to City facilities, parks, programs, services, activities and events, and helps to address and prioritize current and future needs. Complete the online survey here. Deadline to submit your survey is September 30, 2019. If you have questions or comments or would like to request a survey in an alternate format, please contact Juan Raya, ADA Coordinator, at or (760) 541-4225.

11th Annual Wii Bowling Tournament at the Indio Senior Center

Event Keeps Seniors Physically Active and Socially Engaged During Summer Months

INDIO, CA (August 12, 2019) – The Indio Senior Center will host the 11th Annual Senior Pin Pals Valley Wide Wii Bowling Tournament on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Wii Bowling has brought the senior centers of the Coachella Valley together to compete for trophies and bragging rights. Approximately 150 – 200 seniors from around the Coachella Valley will attend.

Each year the finals are held at one of the participating senior centers to give each senior center equal exposure. Participants this year will include seniors from:

  • Indio Senior Center
  • Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
  • Joslyn Center
  • Thermal Senior Center
  • North Shore Senior Center
  • Cathedral City Senior Center
  • Coachella Senior Center
  • The Wellness Center
  • Mizell Senior Center
  • Mecca Senior Center
  • Blythe Senior Center

The summer months can be isolating and inactive for many of our seniors. Wii Bowling brings seniors to each of the senior centers during the summer months to stay physically active and socially engaged. Humana serves as this year’s Platinum Sponsor.

For questions, please contact Jim Curtis, Community Services Manager, at (760) 391-4174 or

Public Cooling Center Locations Near SCSH, Should the Power Go Out

Community Action Partnership Cool Centers

Keep Cool! Protect Your Health When It’s Hot!

County of Riverside Community Action Partnership is coordinating Cool Centers to serve as drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, seniors, the disabled, and others in need of temporary relief from the heat.

Hot Weather Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing.
  • Slow down—rest in the shade or a cool place when possible.
  • Never leave a child, elderly, disabled person, or animal alone in a vehicle.
  • Keep shaded areas with fresh water for outdoor animals.
  • Turn on your air conditioner.
  • Check on friends and neighbors who are elderly, have medical conditions, or are at higher risk for problems when it is very hot.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan, make sure your windows are open, and visit a cool center.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • When it is hotter than 90˚ ,visit a friend that has air conditioning in their home or a cool place like a mall, a library or a senior center.

You are also at risk if you have certain medical conditions, take medication for high blood pressure, have a mental health condition, have been using drugs or alcohol, or have had a previous heat-related illness.

For Cool Center locations, hours and tips on how to protect yourself from heat related illnesses, please call:

County of Riverside Community Action Partnership
2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 951-955-4900
TTY: 951-955-5126
FAX: 951-955-9089