Damage From Tropical Storm Hilary Remains

It’s been six months since Tropical Storm Hilary blew through the Coachella Valley. Heavy down pours flooded streets, and left behind piles of mud. And communities were left to dig out, especially neighbors in Cathedral City. But many stepped in to lend a helping hand while city officials worked around the clock to get aid to those who needed it.

Firebirds Skate with Public League Players

Some of the Coachella Valley Firebirds stopped by the Berger Foundation Iceplex to skate with the public during practice. Some of the players started at that young age with big dreams, with the Firebirds doing their part to give back to our community. Following two games on the road where the birds went 1-0-1, they’ll return home on Wednesday against San Jose.

Desert Brew: Beanless coffee company breaking new grounds in the Coachella Valley

There’s a big buzz brewing around Atomo Coffee for making coffee products without actually using any coffee beans. “It really kind of blows people’s minds when they try our coffee because they are confused,” said Andy Kleitsch, CEO of Atomo Coffee. “This tastes like coffee. How is this possible?” Kleitsch says this Seattle-based startup is a new upcycling center in Thermal, Ca and turning disregarded date pits from the Coachella Valley into coffee that can be consumed around the world. “It’s the first coffee that’s ever been grown in the desert,” he said. “It’s something that’s been thrown away for years and years. And we finally said, “We have to do something with this waste”. And so really giving this ingredient another life is something that we’re really proud of.” Kleitsch says Atomo’s Thermal location has generated 10 jobs in our desert and expects that number to grow along with this brand. He adds, Atomo’s coffee-making process has a much more positive impact on our planet than traditional coffee production. “If you drink two cups of coffee a day, it takes about 20 coffee trees

A flavorful experience: Ritz-Carlton chefs partner with RMHS students in culinary arts program

Dozens of Rancho Mirage High School students recently got a taste of what it’s like to work in a professional kitchen. “We are trying to show students what opportunities are out there in the Coachella Valley,” said Jenna Van Loon with the Rancho Mirage High School Culinary Arts Food Education Academy known as the CAFÉ Academy. “Hospitality and recreation and culinary are a huge part of our budding valley.” Van Loon says this program is all about serving students academic entrees of education in the art and science of cooking paired with side orders of food preparation. “These students are awarded a great opportunity, hands on every day in the kitchen,” she said. “The idea here is this is a career in technical education. anybody who takes this class can go out and join the workplace.” Recently, several chefs from the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage led cooking demonstrations and held talks with these students. On the educational menu: opportunities to turn these skills into careers. “I think it’s important to show and tell about our profession,” said Bruno Lopez, executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. “I think it’s

“Living Large In Small Spaces” Walking Tour

Modernism Week continues, and not all of it in Palm Springs. The walking tour of “Living Large in Small Spaces” featured smaller homes and condos that helped provide diversification in housing for South Palm Desert. A variety of talented and award winning builders and architects helped bring it to life.

Butterflies Exhibit at Riverside County Fair & Date Festival

And if you haven’t made your way to the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, now’s your chance. From food to fun for the entire family, and this butterfly exhibit! The fair is in town until the 25th, and pays homage to the rich date farming history in the area, so be sure to get out there this weekend if you haven’t.

Safehouse Of The Desert Offers Services To Local Teens

In Desert Hot Springs, a new mental health and education service opened its doors for local teens. Safehouse of the Desert provides emergency shelter and outreach services to runaway, homeless, or other teens in need. And now, these services will be provided at Desert Hot Springs Recreational Center every Thursday from 11 to 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

Missing Two Year-Old From Garden Grove Found In Palm Springs

A two year old girl who went missing in the Los Angeles Area has been found in Palm Springs. The Palm Springs Police found the abducted toddler named Harmony with her mother near a Palm Springs bus station. An Amber Alert was sent out early Wednesday morning when the child went missing from Garden Grove. Harmony’s mother, and another suspect have been arrested for kidnapping.

The Prestige Golf Tournament Winners At PGA West

The Prestige Golf Tournament at PGA West has come and gone for another season. The Top Notch College Tournament another success this year from all involved started with tourney director Mark Weissman. The team champion and individual champs crowned today, Texas Tech taking the the team honors by 12 strokes and Kansas represented in the individuals.

Tropical Storm Hilary Helpers Honored At Chamber Mix

Once Hilary made landfall here in the Valley, flooding took out roads shut down Interstate 10, and  most notably displaced dozens of people in the panorama neighborhood. Feet of mud and water crashed through the Cathderal City community severely damaging homes and left 46 people needing to be rescued. In the following days, residents from all over the Valley descended into this neighborhood. Either helping shovel mud and debris out of these homes, or provide food and water to people who lost much their belongings. Many didn’t even know each other wanted to help their neighbors recover. And that’s why tonight those helpers and others who stepped up during that time be recognized for their service and commitment.

Modernism Week Student Projects Displayed At Palm Springs Art Museum Exhibition

In a tribute to Palm Springs Art Museum’s exhibition of Albert Frey, students showed off their incredibly work at their gymnasium for visitors this afternoon. Alongside these models were paintings depicting Frey’s designs created by the seventh grade class. The school’s Modernism projects were all made possible from in-class instruction and workshops from the Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Education Committee. Brad Dunning, curator of the Museum’s Albert Frey exhibition, provided special instructions for students focused on Frey’s important work, especially in Palm Springs.

The Prestige Hosts 24th Annual Collegiate Golf Tournament

And every year its not just fans that the tournament brings in from all over the country, it brings in amateurs from coast to coast. Inviting golf teams and players from schools like Pepperdine University, to Texas Tech, to Princeton. But it wasn’t always at the world reknown PGA West, the tournament initially started off at Desert Willow in Palm Desert, shortly before the tournament officials had the opportunity to move locations.

Wildflower 5k Run On Saturday

You can start this weekend with a 5k. The Wildflower 5k Trail Fun Run and Walk is this Saturday at 8 and 9:30pm on the Randall Henderson Trail. It’ll cost you $35 dollars and it includes a T-shirt, but you must first RVSP by Friday at 12 noon with the number 760-568-9918. Important to note no dogs or strollers allowed on the trail.

Residents Invited To Share Input On Palm Springs Parks & Rec System

Also later this week, residents are invited to share their input on the future of the Palm Springs Parks and Recreation system. This is the first in a series of workshops with the hopes of making the Parks and Recreation system more accessible and sustainable. The workshop is this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Palm Springs Pavilion. If you can’t make it, there are more workshops and community engagement sessions planned over the next several months.