Farmer’s Market Returns to Old Town La Quinta!

The Farmers’ Market returns this Sunday!    


Farmer’s Market is back in Old Town La Quinta!  October kicks off with a bang in Old Town… and that marks the return of the Certified Farmers’ Market to Main Street in Old Town La Quinta.

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The first Farmers’ Market of the season is this Sunday, October 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and it will continue Sundays through May 24, 2015. (Closed on Easter.)

The popular weekly market features produce, herbs, honey, nuts, cheese, fresh cut flower bouquets, fresh baked breads, live chef demos, knife sharpening, fresh meats, music and more.  For info visit:  Sponsored by The Palm Springs Cultural Center.

The Wine Bar in Old Town is Moving

The Wine Bar is Moving in Old Town La Quinta

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The Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta is moving across the street after many years in the same location!  Saturday July 26th is the last day it will be open until it re-opens Labor Day weekend as The Wine Bar Bistro in it’s new location on Avenida La Fonda- former site of The Desert Sage.

The Wine Bar Bistro will serve a full bar with cocktails, and an expanded dinner menu.  They will still focus on great wine, wine tastings, wine club and a moderately priced menu.

We look forward to enjoying The Wine Bar Bistro when it opens for next season in Old Town La Quinta!

Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta!

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Right in the heart of Old Town La Quinta, 80 + artists present works in painting, glass, ceramic, jewelry, wood, sculpture, photography, fiber and mixed media at each Art Under the Umbrellas show. 
Just find Main Street and the Event Lawn and you will know you are there by the beautiful white umbrellas lining the street!  Art patrons and locals will find quality artwork of every genre while tourists will discover a trove of treasures. Sometimes calypso, sometimes folk…live music complements the event and sets the stage for fun.
The setting in Old Town is breathtaking and you won’t want to miss it!

Art Under The Umbrellas will also be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays in Old Town La Quinta: January 11, January 18, February 1, February 15 & March 22, 2014

Admission and parking are free! 

Two events this month!  
Saturday, November 16 & 30, 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sponsored by the La Quinta Arts Foundation:





best of the valleyVOTE  for Best in the Valley NOW!


It’s time to cast your vote for your favorite Palm Springs area restaurant, dog park, coffee spot, wine bar, hiking trail, golf course, hotel, salon, local event, music venue… and more!

Support your favorites and discover some new ones!  Winners will be published in the December issue of Desert Magazine.  Voting closes on Monday Sept. 30th, sorry no new nominees for this years voting.

Categories include:

  • Pride of Place
  • Touring
  • Food & Drink
  • Entertainment
  • Looking Good
  • Buying & Selling

Click here to cast your vote:  VOTE FOR BEST OF THE VALLEY! 




Thermal Racetrack is OPEN and will be kicking off this season!

Thermal Racetrack is OPEN and will be kicking off this season!


 Thermal Racetrack for some Fast Driving Fun!



According to their website, The Thermal Club is the premier private motor sports facility in 

The Thermal Clubworld. In addition to 4.5 miles of Members-only racetrack, the Club facilities will include a fully amenitized Clubhouse and Village unrivaled in the motor sports world, and will rank among the best of private clubs of any type. 

Facilities and amenities are reserved for use by Members and their guests. Corporate use of the Club is exclusively available to Thermal’s corporate Members.


The Track is comprised of three independent courses with the flexibility to run nineteen unique configurations, the 4.5 miles of track complete with a breathtaking 2,500 foot main straightaway was designed by acclaimed international race track designer, Alan Wilson.



I took this short video during our tour… LIVE ON THE TRACK!

Membership is by invitation. The initial offering of Thermal memberships is only available to owners of an entertainment garage or garage lot. If you have an interest in learning more, please contact The Thermal Club sales office.


Thermal Racetrack


As far as real estate, The Thermal Club features Garage Villas.  Basically a place to store your Porsches, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis… and hang out with your buddies!  The ultimate man cave!


For more info on Thermal Racetrack and Club click on the links below!


Thermal Racetrack Coming Soon!


Thermal Racetrack & Motorsports Club Gets a Green Light from Major Backer! 

THERMAL Racetrack is on TRACK!

 Thermal Track Races into Desert video from KMIR

Where is the Cool?-Thermal Racetrack

4th of July Events for the Palm Springs Area

IMG_3893July 4th lands on a Thursday this year, but the weekday backdrop has not stopped the greater Palm Springs area from putting on a red, white and blue spectacular.

Here is what’s in store for the holiday.

Palm Springs
A full day of events are planned culminating with a fireworks display at the end of the Palm Springs Power baseball game against the Los Angeles Brewers at 9:15 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road. Free admission to the fireworks show only starts at 8 p.m., and attendees can bring blankets and chairs to sit on the field.,

The day starts off with a cool dip in the Palm Springs Swim Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. VillageFest will also be fully operational that evening from 7-10 p.m. along Palm Canyon Drive in the downtown district, including red, white and blue cupcakes as supplies last. Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet will throw out the first pitch of the Power baseball game at 6:05 p.m.

Palm Desert
Civic Center Park, 73510 Fred Waring Drive, is the place to be. Starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Swing Cats Big Band, there will be patriotic music and big band sounds to set the mood followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m. accompanied by synchronized music from The Mix (100.5FM).

Bring your picnic dinners, blankets, and chairs to the park. Drinks and snacks will also be on sale at the park and the neighboring Palm Desert Aquatic Center.  No alcohol, smoking or portable barbeques are allowed. Drivers are asked to enter the park via Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue as road closures will begin at 4 p.m. Air-conditioned shuttle service is available from The Gardens on El Paseo to the park starting at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

La Quinta
Nothing says Fourth of July better than chili. La Quinta starts its celebration with a Chili Cook-off at 4:30 p.m. in the La Quinta Park off of Avenida Montezuma. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and there is free swimming that day from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Fritz Burns Park Pool on Avenida Bermudas and Avenue 52. A fireworks display starts around 9 p.m. at La Quinta Park.

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West
The Fourth of July is just the beginning of a full holiday weekend at the resort. An indoor barbecue block party at the resort’s Fiesta Ballroom runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 4 with food, dancing, movie watching and games. The fireworks display begins shortly after 9 p.m. During the fireworks show, MD Burger at the Mountain Dunes Clubhouse will serve from a special dinner and drinks menu at the Fireworks Lounge.

The rest of the weekend includes dive-in movies, kids’ camp, pottery and canvas painting by the pool, candy Bingo, tennis clinics, stargazing and swim lessons. For information, call (760) 564-4111 or visit

AIDS Assistance Program
AAP will host an Independence Day fundraiser July 4 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the historic O’Donnell House, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way. The vantage point will provide a great view of the Palm Springs fireworks. Tickets are $00 each and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking. For information, call (760) 325-8481 or visit

Spotlight 29 Casino
An All-American buffet at Café Capitata on July 4 features barbecued chicken, ribs, hamburgers and hot dogs served all day. Lunch runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4-10 p.m. Lunch costs $10.95 per person and dinner runs $14.94.

Two musical acts highlight the holiday weekend at the Spotlight Showroom. Garth Brooks and Faith Hill Tribute performers hit the stage at 8 p.m. July 5, and Saturday night (July 6) features a Motown Revue Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye also at 8 p.m.

Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms

Yucca Valley has moved its Fourth of July fireworks to a new youth park at the corner of Palm Avenue and Little League Drive, across the street from the Boys and Girls Club facility, 56525 Little League Drive. Gates open at 5 p.m., live entertainment follows at 6 p.m. and the fireworks at 9 p.m. There will be vendor booths, food and refreshments available.

Twentynine Palms will celebrate the holiday from 4-9 p.m. July 4 with entertainment, kids games and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. at Luckie Park at the corner of Utah Trail and Joe Davis Drive.

July 3
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will get a jump on the holiday with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 3 at Eagle Falls Golf Course, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, in Indio. Bring blankets and chairs, refreshments will be available and public parking permitted in the dirt/gravel parking lot closest to the golf course pro shop, and the casino’s north and west lots.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The tram will observe holiday hours. The first tram goes up at 8 a.m. and the last tram up at 8 p.m. the last tram down is at 9:45 p.m. Fireworks cannot be seen from the Mountain Station.

Out of Town
Newport Beach has packed a weekend of activities into one day with its annual July 4th celebration at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. Among the highlights are a chili cook-off, food eating contest, small Sundae contest, and a Kid’s Coral with inflatables, craft station and balloon makers. Music ranges from tribute bands (Carlos Santana and Beatles) to the real thing, America. The day runs noon to 10 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. For ticket information, go

Article by

Jim Powers
Senior Online Editor
Palm Springs Life