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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Living Desert Lights Up For The Holidays

WildLights at The Living Desert.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in "Green Book."

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 1:16 pm

Is your electricity bill too high? Be grateful that it’s not the one coming to the Living Desert in Palm Desert for December of this year. The reason for the super-high bill are the more than one million holiday lights that will illuminate the Living Desert’s Zoo and Gardens from 6 p.m. to 9 p. on select dates now through Christmas Eve.

In addition to a massive light display, additional features include synchronized holiday music, life-sized animal lanterns, visits with Santa Claus, hot chocolate and s’mores.

The Living Desert has been undergoing a massive renovation and there are many new ways to enjoy the park … including the interaction with the guests, animals and birds. I just feel that adding some seasonal holiday spirit into the mix makes for a special time to share with the family.

For more information about the Living Desert and its special holiday programs call: 760-346-5694.

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And the awards keep coming.

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that it would present the film Green Book with the Vanguard Award at its annual Film Festival Gala. The Vanguard Award is a group honor distinguishing a film’s cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project. Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as well as director Peter Farrelly are expected to attend.

The Green Book is a poignant story about a New York City bouncer from the Bronx who is hired to drive and protect a world-class black pianist from Manhattan to the Deep South. The film chronicles the two men and their experiences along the way.

A much-coveted award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. Named after the pop star, and latter Palm Springs mayor and congressman who was an initial force behind the award festival creation, this January’s Sonny Bon Visionary Award goes to Alfonso Cuaron for his work (director, writer, cinematographer and editor) in Roma a film that follows a young domestic for a Mexico City middle-class Roma neighborhood.

More information about the Palm Springs International Festival is available at 760-778-8979.



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