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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Number Of Events On Desert Calendar Continues To Grow

Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017 – 2:56 PM

As the temperature in the Coachella Valley heads down into the double digits, the number of events held throughout the Desert begins to rise.

Holding “Pride of Place” in heralding the new season was last weekend’s El Paseo Golf Cart Parade. For the past 53 years, the parade has brought an array of lavishly decorated, themed-golf carts to El Paseo, Palm Desert’s premier fashion street.

This year, the theme was safari-based, emulating the movie, Jumanji. The result: picture Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive overrun with golf carts in the guise of animals, with their drivers playing Indiana Jones, but at least no one had to stay behind and clean up after the elephants.

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Less than half the age of the golf cart parade, but more animal-centric, is The Living Desert, in Palm Desert, an accredited zoo and gardens dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create experiences that last for a long time.

Recently, the Living Desert has been named one of the 10 best zoos in the U.S, joining such prestigious venues as the San Diego Zoo, Indianapolis Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, St. Louis Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Alaska Zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha and Brookfield Zoo.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will celebrate its 25 years here with “Zoobilee,” a safari-style Silver Anniversary dinner March 3. For information call: 760-346-9584.

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Now entering its 29th year, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Jan. 2 through 15.

Conceived by the late Sonny Bono three decades ago, the festival is a culturally diverse program of 200-plus films from 60-plus countries, and showcases the best of international cinema with about 135,000 attendees each year.

The festival’s star-studded black-tie gala, set for Jan. 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center honors individuals in the film industry with awards for action, directing and life achievements.

This is one of the largest film festivals in North America with an attractive film sales land distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools. It also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and the annual black-tie gala award presentation.

Additional information is at 760-778-8979.





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