RMHS Winter Music Spectacular Concert

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

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 Indio.org/SeniorCenter 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 reed.chilton@webbassociates.com.

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 stenorio54@hotmail.com.

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 usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Courtesy of militarytimes.com.

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 dalleyne@indio.org.

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 jraya@indio.org 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 jcurtis@indio.org.

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

Indio to Begin Road Improvement Project

Work to Take Place June 26 - August 12, 2019 on Regional, Residential and Industrial Streets

INDIO, CA (June 21, 2019) – The City of Indio will be laying new asphalt on various regional, residential and industrial streets throughout the community from Wednesday, June 26 to Monday, August 12, 2019. Work will consist of grinding the existing roadway and overlaying the roadway with new asphalt pavement. Work will occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

During construction, there will be traffic control in place with flagging operations restricting traffic flow. Residents and motorists are urged to use alternate routes due to localized delays. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected. Construction work is scheduled to be completed by August 12, 2019.

Residents living on streets where work is being done will receive a “door hanger notice” by the contractor with detailed instructions for the scheduled paving work. There will be no street parking on scheduled paving days, and there may be times during construction where access to driveways will not be permitted.

Below is a list of roads currently scheduled for asphalt grind and overlay:

Construction Start Dates

  • Ave 40 (Madison St. to Jefferson St.) June 25
  • Jefferson St. (Varner Rd. to Ave 39) June 27
  • Miles Ave. (Clinton St. to Monroe St.) July 1
  • Requa Ave. (Monroe St. to Oasis St.) July 8

The road improvement work involves grinding the top surface of the street and overlaying it with new asphalt. The project is funded by Measure X, which was a voter-approved 1% sales tax measure passed by Indio voters in 2016 for infrastructure improvements and public safety.

For questions regarding this project please call Kelly Koleszar at Matich Corp. at 909-228-1659.

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Indio General Plan Update – Draft Climate Action Plan

As you all know, the City of Indio is currently in the process of updating its General Plan. We are pleased to announce that an Admin Draft of the Indio Climate Action Plan (CAP) is available for review and download at the following website:


The Draft Climate Action Plan document is available to view here.

The Indio Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a roadmap for how the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This CAP quantifies greenhouse gas emissions from the Indio 2040 General Plan, describes the scientific and regulatory context, analyzes strategies and actions within the General Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and specifies a group of measures to achieve the greenhouse gas targets established by the plan. These measures support a healthy and vibrant community.

Please submit your written comments to Leila Namvar, Senior Planner, at Lnamvar@indio.org with “Indio Draft CAP” as the subject.


Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – June

Beatnik Bazaar   Through June 29
Handmade & Vintage Goods, Local Art, Jewelry, Photography & Crafts, And Much More!
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / 61597 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree
Contact: 760-475-4860 / www.facebook.com/BeatnikLounge

Acting Up Again - A Festival of One Act Plays   May 31-June 2
A festival of four one-act plays that will both amuse you and stimulate your intellect is being presented by the Sun City Performing Arts Club.  Reserved cabaret seating and an open bar make this fun event one that you should plan to attend.
Time/Place: 7-9:15pm / Sierra Ball Room, Mountain View Club House, Sun City Palm Desert
Contact: 760-797-5305 / www.scpdca.com

Contact in the Desert: UFO Conference   May 31-June 3
The most comprehensive lineup of experts ever assembled will lecture on the latest developments in UFO studies, government disclosure, ancient civilizations, crop circles, and more. Attendees from all over the globe gathering for panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, speaker meet & greets, night sky gazing, and tours of the areas historic UFO sites.
Time/Place: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-660-8484 / www.contactinthedesert.com

Geater Palm Springs Restaurant Week   May 31-June 9
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a 10-day dining event taking place at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. Participating restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy.
Contact: www.dinegps.com

Palm Springs Firefightes Fish Fry   June 1
The much loved annual event features fried trout, corn on the cob, slaw and beverages along with live music and dancing through the night. Admission is just $10 per person.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Ruth Hardy Park: 700 E. Tamarisk Road
Contact: 760-323-8181 / www.palmspringsca.gov

World Environment Day   June 2
Join us for an environmental networking and brainstorming session, an Environmental Art Exhibition & contest awards ceremony. Live entertainment with muse Symara Stone and Flowbox Circus & Aerial Arts begins at 3pm! Farm to Table food demos with local chefs all afternoon.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Palm Springs Pavilion
Contact: www.yoursustainablecity.com

Rancho Mirage Night at the Ballpark   June 4
OC Pirates -vs- Palm Springs Power. Along with FREE admission to the game, Rancho Mirage residents will receive a complimentary hot dog, bag of chips and a soda or bottled water. Proof of Rancho Mirage residency is required and up to four children per adult are welcome.
Time/Place: 7pm / Palm Springs Stadium
Contact: 760-324-4511 / www.ranchomirageca.gov

The Art Place Art Walk   June 5
Trusted by designers and homeowners for over 20 years as the one-stop-shop for all your decor needs, you will find the finest selection of fine art, design, and high-end furniture. Park on site and spend an afternoon perusing nearly a dozen fine art galleries & interior design boutiques.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-776-2268 / www.artplacepd.com

Summer in Provence at Cooking With Class   June 5
Instructor: Executive Chef Janet Ebright. Join us for an evening of French culinary delights! Our Menu: Le Grand Aioli platter with radish, tomato, radicchio, haricot vert and shrimp, Soup au pistou with grilled sourdough, Pan roasted chicken paillard with pan roasted peewee potatoes and lemons, Summer blackberry financiers. $65 Per Person special summer pricing!
Time/Place: 6-8pm / 47875 Caleo Bay Drive, La Quinta
Contact: 760-777-1161 / www.cookingwithclasslq.com

Splash House   June 7-9
Splash House is what you get when you mix up fun-loving people, with some rocking pool parties, and an escape to sunny Palm Springs, California. Its a little slice of paradise where friendships are forged as people dance to the best in house, disco, and electronica.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Palm Springs
Contact: www.splashhouse.com

Shavuot Retreat   June 7-11
Enjoy a retreat of friendship and inspiration featuring guest speakers, First class accommodations and fine Kosher dining all in the beautiful setting of the Indian Wells Mountains. The event will feature Gourmet Catered Cuisine, a 24 Hour Tea Room, All Night Learning, Minyanim, Kids Program, Dynamic Speakers, Glatt Kosher - Cholov Yisroel, and a Matchmaker on Board.
Time/Place: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 310-772-0000 / www.jemretreats.com

Coachella Movies in the Park   June 7 & 14
June 7: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. June 14: Aquaman. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Veterans Memorial Park
Contact: 760-398-3502 / www.coachella.org

Palm Springs Chamber Installation & Business Awards Luncheon   June 14
$75 per person. Tables of 10 $750.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Renaissance Palm Springs
Contact: 760-322-6000 / www.pschamber.org

Rockin Sock Hop   June 14
Come dressed to listen and dance to the music from the 50s and 60s and enjoy hot dogs provided by Sonic Drive-in and ice cream sodas. Each item is only 25 cents. Join all the hip cats and dolls who will be participating in the rocking 50/50 raffle.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Cathedral City Senior Center
Contact: 760-321-1548 / www.cathedralcenter.org

Joshua Tree Pride   June 14-16
Friday: Queerated Gallery Opening Reception. Saturday: Mermaid March, BBQ & Bands, Stonewall 50th Anniversary One-Act and Comedy hosted by Shann Carr. Sunday: Brunch & Music, Youth Slam Poetry, Poet Claudia Rodriguez, Pride & Poetry.
Time/Place: The Shops at Zannys: 61877 Twentynine Palms Highway
Contact: www.jtpride.org

Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival   June 18-24
A highly competitive festival, the ShortFest receives over 5,000 submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing in the Market. An Oscar, BAFTA, and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscarnominations and/or awards.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
Contact: 800-898-7256 / www.psfilmfest.org

Coachella Valley Chamber Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting   June 25
This years event is Behind the Mask, Coachella Valley Superheroes, celebrating professionals that make a difference in our community. A cocktail and silent auction reception will welcome guests.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.gcvcc.org

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
Contact: www.maclinmarkets.com

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 / www.villagefest.org

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 more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com

Indio to Begin Slurry Seal Project on Highway 111

Work To Take Place May 8-17, 2019 on Highway 111 Between Jefferson Street and Madison Street

INDIO, CA (May 8, 2019) – The City of Indio’s Public Works Department will slurry seal Highway 111 between Jefferson Street and Madison Street starting Wednesday, May 8 to Friday, May 17, 2019. Work will occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Residents and motorists are urged to use alternate routes due to localized delays. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected. This work is weather dependent and cannot be performed if there is rain forecasted.

The road will be open to traffic at all times and access to businesses will be maintained but may be altered. There will be lane restrictions and some left turn pockets will be temporarily closed. Motorists can expect delays until Friday May 17, 2019.

Slurry seals are a mixture of asphalt and fine aggregate to repair cracks and surface defects on roads. The project 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.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Charlie Hoffman with PMI, Inc. at 619-778-1921 or City of Indio Street Maintenance at 760-625-1802.

City of Indio: Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the City Council of the City of Indio, California, will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on May 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as is possible, at the Council Chamber, located at 150 Civic Center Mall, Indio CA, 92201, to consider the following:

Springland Corporation, the Applicant , has filed an application consisting of the following entitlements:

  1. Environmental Assessment 18-07-541: A Mitigated Negative Declaration with Mitigation and Monitoring Program) to allow the Affresco West ("the Project") and,
  2. Tentative Tract Map 18-07-477 {TTM 37447): to subdivide 43.89 acres into 146 single family residential lots, parks, retention ponds, and private streets in a gated community and,
  3. Project Master Plan 18-07-62: The Project includes development of a master plan to establish zoning, density, minimum lot size, setbacks, building heights, and land uses as well as design guidelines for architectural themes, common area landscaping , and community walls for Affresco West (the "Project").

The project site is located at the northeast corner of Avenue 40 and Monroe Street (APN: 691-150-008 & 692-101-012 .

Pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Initial Study (EA 18-07-541) has been prepared for this Project. No substantial adverse impacts were found that could not be mitigated to a level of less than significant. Therefore, the City prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Project. The public review period for the Initial study and the Mitigated Negative Declaration for Affresco West began on December 26, 2018 and ended on January 15, 2019.

All interested persons are invited to attend and speak on this matter. Written comments are also invited and should be addressed to City of Indio City Council, 100 Civic Center Mall, Indio, California 92201 or may be faxed to (760) 391-4027, and such comments should be received prior to the City Council Meeting.

Files related to this project, the proposed ordinance and environmental assessment may be viewed during normal business hours at the Community Development Department, 100 Civic Center Mall, Indio. If you need further information, please call Leila Namvar at (760) 541-4258. Please remember, if you challenge the City Council's action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the hearing before the City Council or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the meeting.

DATE: May 2, 2019

Sabdi Sanchez, CMC
City Clerk Administrator

Indio Hires New General Manager of Indio Water Authority

Trish Rhay Brings 20 Years of Water System Experience

INDIO, CA (May 7, 2019) – The City of Indio announced the hiring of Patricia “Trish” Rhay as its new General Manager of the Indio Water Authority. Rhay will oversee a department that provides approximately 5.7 billion gallons of water annually to 80,000 businesses and residents within a service area of 38 square miles in the City of Indio.

Rhay brings 20 years of experience in the water/wastewater and public works fields. She worked for the City of Seattle’s Water/Wastewater & Stormwater Division and served the City of Beverly Hills as Assistant Public Works Director in charge of their utility operations. More recently, Rhay worked as Public Works Director for the City of San Bernardino.

“Ms. Rhay brings an impressive track record of working cooperatively with multiple constituencies & partnerships in various capacities throughout California and Washington,” City Manager Mark Scott said. “We are delighted to have her join the Indio team at a time when we are realizing so many positive opportunities.”

Rhay earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. Her official start date is June 3, 2019.

Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – May 2019

The Phantom of The Opera May 2-5
Features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, and book by Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe. There will be fog, lighting, masks, a crashing chandelier and more, but many visual aspects will be left to the imagination.
Time/ Place: McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-340-2787 / www.mccallumtheatre.com

Palm Desert Concert in the Park May 2-30
Every Thursday evening, concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs. The Family YMCA of the Desert will conduct children activities prior to each concert and food trucks will be on site with tasty food options, beverages, and snacks for purchase. Dogs are welcomed.
Time/ Place: 7: 30pm / Civic Center Park Amphitheater
Contact: 760-568-1441 / www.discoverpalmdesert.com

Films on the Great Lawn May 3, 10 & 17
Film-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnic items for the outdoor screening. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly advised. May 3: A Bugs Life. May 10: Monsters, Inc. May 17: Ratatouille.
Time/ Place: 8pm / Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-202-2234 / www.sunnylands.org

Train Day May 4
Enjoy train chats, train adopts, a scavenger hunt and more! Train Day features fun events centered around The Living Deserts 3,300 feet of track at the Garden Railroad. Train Day includes a train-themed treasure hunt, special trackless train rides, and of course a Choo-Choo-Churro special. Model train enthusiasts will enjoy informative train chats being offered.
Time/ Place: 9am-12pm / The Living Desert, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-5694 / www.livingdesert.org

Fiesta on El Paseo May 4
Visit our Gourmet Food Trucks serving everything from Tacos to Churros. Enjoy the sounds of the Mariachi Serenata Mexicana band, while Latin Ballroom Dancers Meagen Mendoza and Dzianis Marasin perform the Bachata and more.
Time/ Place: 11am-4pm / The Shops on El Paseo
Contact: 760-341-4058 / www.theshopsonelpaseo.com

Tequila & Taco Fiesta May 4
Enjoy tequila and taco tastings for only $5 each at Solanos West Coast Bistro, The Grill on Main, Old Town Tavern Barbecue & More, and Stuft Pizza. Each restaurant will offer a different brand of tequila and a distinctive food tasting, so visit more than one! Special features include Mariachi music on Main Street and an outdoor beer garden and family fun and games.
Time/ Place: 6-9pm / Old Town La Quinta
Contact: www.oldtownlaquinta.com

Evening Under the Stars May 4
Food Samaritans (Aids Assistance Program) proudly announces that the gala will feature the Music of ABBA performed by ARRIVAL from Sweden. Cocktails, community awards, dinner, and dancing. The largest annual fundraiser for AAP Food Samaritans, a non-profit organization that provides nutritional support for low-income people living with HIV/ AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
Time/ Place: 5: 30-10pm / ODonnell Golf Course, Palm Springs
Contact: 760-325-8481 / www.aidsassistance.org

Cinema Under the Stars May 4 & 11
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages to this extraordinary outdoor cinematic experience. This event is free to the public and includes complimentary popcorn and water. May 4: Space Cowboys. May 11: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Time/ Place: 6: 30pm / Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
Contact: 760-324-4511 / www.ranchomirageca.gov

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta May 5
Featuring Live entertainment, Margaritas, tacos, and much more Mexican Food & Drink. Proceeds of the event will benefit Visionaries of Tools For Tomorrow.
Time/ Place: 4-7pm / Old Town Artisan Studio, La Quinta
Contact: 760-601-3954 / www.toolsfortomorrow.org

Palm Springs Photo Festival May 5-10
Guests can take workshops that allow them to work intimately with world-renowned photographers and learn new skills. They can also attend seminars, symposiums & presentations, and can sit down with industry professionals and have their own portfolios reviewed. There are dinners, parties, and networking events in the evenings
Time/ Place: Hyatt Palm Springs
Contact: 479-544-7985 / 2019.palmspringsphotofestival.com

Suavecito Sunday May 5-26
Enjoy free music in the park in the Suavecito theme.
Time/ Place: 6-9pm / Veterans Park, Coachella
Contact: www.gcvcc.org

The Chocolate Soiree Benefit Event May 7
Enjoy the decadent desserts, and the recipes, of elite chefs from around the Coachella Valley while benefitting the Childrens Discovery Museum of the Desert. It will be a night of food, friends and fun, and remember, it is brown tie optional!
Time/ Place: 6-9pm / PIRCH, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-321-0602 / www.cdmod.org

California Preservation Conference May 8-11
Preservation Springs Eternal will showcase the rich historic preservation movement present throughout the state, with a special focus on the architecture of Palm Springs, and the impact of preservation action in the region. The 2019 conference focuses on a range of topics exploring ways of building on Californias preservation legacy and shaping its future of heritage conservation throughout the state.
Time/ Place: Hilton Hotel Palm Springs
Contact: www.californiapreservation.org

Coyote Classic Golf Tournament May 9
Cost is $200 a player, which includes cart, unlimited bottled water, Classic Club logoed towel, range balls, dinner and drinks, and evening awards presentation. Raises thousands of dollars annually for the SoCal Coyotes non-profit leadership organization and its numerous youth outreach programs.
Time/ Place: 11am-5pm / Classic Club, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-601-3600 / www.thesocalcoyotes.com

Shen Yun 2019 World Tour May 9-11
Featuring one of the worlds oldest art formsclassical Chinese dancealong with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.
Time/ Place: McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
Contact: www.shenyun.com

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival May 9-12
This unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era.
Time/ Place: Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
Contact: arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

Shakti Fest May 9-13
A 5 day Yoga, Music & Personal Transformational Festival dedicated to the divine feminine that blossoms within all of us. Workshops will cover a plethora of wellness and conscious topics including Ayurveda, spiritual nutrition, tantric energy, breathwork, Sanskrit, conscious relationships, womens sexuality, bhakti art, and hoop dance, with internationally known speakers.
Time/ Place: Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground
Contact: 408-460-0504 / bhaktifest.com/ shaktifest/

Star Party at The Monument May 11
The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct sky tours and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars.
Time/ Place: 8-10pm / Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-862-9984 / www.desertmountains.org

Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival May 16-19
An intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Free water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets. A family-friendly global music experience.
Time/ Place: Joshua Tree Lake Campground
Contact: www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

Movies in the Park: The Sound of Music May 25
You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the concession stand.
Time/ Place: 8: 30pm / Cathedral City Downtown Festival Lawn
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com

Street Food Cinema: Selene May 25
Outdoor movie screening of Selena, the true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. There will also be a meet and greet opportunity with Chris Perez, Grammy Award-winning artist. Prez was the lead guitarist for his wife Selenas band, Selena y Los Dinos.
Time/ Place: 5: 30-11pm / La Quinta Park
Contact: www.streetfoodcinema.com/ selena-lq

Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair May 27
A brief Memorial service is dedicated to all fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for freedom. In their honor, the service will be highlighted with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell bomber. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home.
Time/ Place: 8am-2: 30pm / Palm Springs Air Museum
Contact: 760-778-6262 / www.palmspringsairmuseum.org

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: www.villagefest.org

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 more.
Time/ Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 / codaastreetfair.com

Closure Update on Avenue 44

City Working to Reopen Roadway Within Approximately 90-120 Days

INDIO, CA (April 22, 2019) – In mid-February, heavy storms swept through the Coachella Valley and washed out a portion of the road on Avenue 44 along the Whitewater Storm Channel in Indio. The road was damaged to a point where it was unsafe to be opened to through traffic.

City staff has met with Federal, State and other local agencies (Federal FEMA, State Office of Emergency Services and California Department of Transportation) to come up with a quick way to repair the damage, and ultimately reimburse the City for those costs.

Concurrent to temporarily repairing Avenue 44, the City is also pursuing approvals to construct a permanent bridge over the storm channel. The construction of the permanent bridge will begin in two years and take 18 months to complete. Avenue 44 will be closed to traffic during the construction of the permanent bridge.

The City is working diligently to find the quickest and most effective option to reopen the road and understands the inconvenience of not having a through traffic along Avenue 44. It is anticipated that it will take approximately 90-120 days for Avenue 44 to reopen. In the meantime, residents are urged to use alternate routes.

City of Indio General Plan Update Public Workshops

You’re Invited!

Interim Final Draft General Plan Open House #1
Thursday, April 25, 2019
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
City of Indio Emergency Operations Center
45222 Towne Street, Indio, CA 92201

Interim Final Draft General Plan Open House #2
Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
City of Indio Emergency Operations Center
45222 Towne Street, Indio, CA 92201

For the last several years, the City of Indio has been working on an update to its General Plan that was last significantly updated in 1993. The General Plan is a state-mandated document that outlines goals, policies, and programs that provide a 2-20-year framework for future growth and development in the city. The General Plan will address land use, all modes of transportation, housing, safety, conservation, open space, noise, public health, sustainability, and economic development.

The Indio Planning Commission and City Council are expected to review and consider the Draft Interim General Plan during summer 2019, but before they do, the City wants to hear from its residents and businesses regarding the draft Plan. Please plan to attend the City’s upcoming public workshops to share your ideas for the future of Indio. Your input will help shape the final version of the General Plan. This is a free, family friendly event.

For more information please contact Leila Namvar, Senior Planner at 760-541-4258 or lnamvar@indio.org.

For additional information, please visit www.indio2040.org.