Posted on September 18, 2017

Riley is currently in New York meeting with the doctors at Sloan Kettering
Memorial Cancer Center where they are planning out the next phase of her
treatment. Thanks to generous anonymous donors, she was able to see Aladdin
yesterday (9/16/17) and meet the actors. Another generous donor allowed them
to take a carriage ride around Central Park today (9/17/17)! We are so grateful for
each and every dollar and prayer from our supporters!

We are almost to $44,000. Our goal is $50,000

We continue to solicit donations for Riley!

Please donate

Click HERE to donate to the
Riley Rose Fund
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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Jerry Lugo-- Acting President
Robert Nelson-- Treasurer
Phillip Bettencourt-- Secretary
John Thiele-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Robert Nagles-- Director
Charles Bishop-- Director

John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every


Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 10-6
Wednesday Closed
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Admin Building:

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Board Members
President            Patrick Bohner
V. P.                   Brett Coors
Treas.                Mike Soran

Secretary           Janet McMurtrey
Director             John Van Kuelan

Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett

Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community

Here is what
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309

The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A •
Palm Desert, CA 92211

P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111

Email us:




TODAY is Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Additional Information Click
on the subject to view
We need volunteers:

Email to Ramina Arce in the Education Department at Thank you!
Apple Butter Festival at Historic Los Rios Rancho
November 24-25, 2017

Riley's at Los Rios Rancho
39611 Oak Glen Rd. #13, Yucaipa, CA. 92399
Tel: (909) 797-1005

Oak Glen (Yucaipa), CA - The smell of apple butter is in the air
during this crisp, fall season out on the ranch. Rileys at Los Rios
Rancho pays tribute to a delicious spread made from fresh
harvest apples during California's apple season each November.

There's no better place or way to honor tradition than at this
historic California rancho, with its annual Apple Butter Festival
held Thanksgiving weekend. (The event will be held each year
after Thanksgiving Day, unless otherwise noted).

Making apple butter has been a long tradition spanning several
hundred years in America. Pioneer families made apple butter
from the last of the season's crop. When canned properly, it lasts
longer than applesauce and makes a fantastic gift or family treat.
In colonial times apple butter was a practical way to preserve the
apples throughout the year and a pleasurable way to preserve
community spirit.

Families are invited to share the tradition on Thanksgiving
weekend at Rileys at Los Rios Rancho. Hands-on
demonstrations of apple butter making in a big copper kettle
outdoors, visitors can "start the snitz" and "add the money". If you
don't know what that means, you will learn on a visit to the farm.
There will be pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage rides,
and other fun activities rekindling memories of a simpler time.

Pioneer families made a custom of gathering together in late fall
to cook up apple butter from the last apples of the season.  It was
a practical way to preserve the apples throughout the year and a
pleasurable way to preserve community spirit. Annual
Thanksgiving weekend Apple Butter Festival celebrates this fine
old tradition, and we invite families to come up and share in it.
We'll have a hands-on demonstration of apple butter making the
old-time (and slow!) way - outdoors in a big copper kettle. Come
learn how to "start the snitz"ť and "add the money"ť, plus enjoy
pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage rides, and lots more.

Admission to the Festival is free; there are small fees for some
activities. Apple Butter Hoedown admission includes the pumpkin
stew, served up in large Cinderella pumpkins.

An old-fashioned hoedown Saturday night will feature music by
the Riley's Mountaineer Band.

The Festival admission is free (small fees for some activities).
Tickets are required for the hoedown on Saturday night and
include a supper of Pumpkin Bread and Harvest Soup.

For information, or to purchase hoedown tickets, log on to or Call (909) 797-1005.

Oak Glen and Los Rios Rancho include: History, early settlers
and pioneer ranches. Pictures private collections, the Glen's
journey from agriculture to agritourism, and from a purely farming
community to Southern California destination events planning
and marketing.

NOVEMBER 2017 Event Calendar

National Public Lands Day Saturday - November 18
Top of The La Quinta Cove
At the corner of Calle Tecate and Avenida Madero
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Friends staff and volunteers, City of La Quinta staff and the
staff from the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
Mountains National Monument for a clean-up day to protect and
conserve our mountains.

Bring your family, friends, students and coworkers to spend the
day outdoors giving back to your community by removing
invasive species, maintaining trails and more. Your work will
help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places to
enjoy. Bring your sun hat, wear long pants and sturdy closed toe

Reusable water bottles are recommended.

Tools, Personal Protective Equipment and iced water (bottle not
included) will be provided for participants. Registration begins at
7:45 AM. First 50 people will receive a free tee shirt. Call 760-
568-9918 for more information!

Star Party at the Monument Saturday - November 25
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor
51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours”
and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and
giant binoculars. Hosted by the Astronomical Society of the
Desert. For more details or information visit their website at

This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or
guardian. For more information call 760-862-9984. Hosted by
the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Visitor Center. Sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains.
The LGBT Community Center of the Desert added an event.
· Monday, December 4
6PM – 9PM
Eight4Nine, 849 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

This year, spread the holiday cheer ten-fold at the 23rd Annual
Wreath Auction. Use your talents to create a wreath that can be
auctioned in support of two great causes. All wreath sales will be
split between the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and
The Center. Wreaths will be accepted and displayed @ The
Center after November 23rd.

Special thanks to Dick Haskamp and Streetbar for their 21 years
of hosting the wreath auction, and to John Pascal, Willie Rhine,
and the team at Eight4Nine, Restaurant & Lounge for being the
successors of this great event!

Bob is a Board Member and I am a member of American
Outreach Foundation. It has been a great experience for us
and we are deeply honored to be part of such a wonderful

This is one of two big events American Outreach holds each
year. The other is the American Outreach Invitational at
Thunderbird Country Club - March of 2018.

The Foundation's signature program, Donate Your
Powerchair, collects used electric wheelchairs and scooters
to give them to veterans and low-income seniors who cannot
afford them.

Assistive Technologies is a program that provides a tool for
educators and therapists to engage children with learning
and developmental disabilities, such as attention-
deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism and dyslexia.

This tool 'Slanto,' is a low-tech assistive device, similar to a
clipboard. It has proven helpful in focusing a child's attention
on learning situations in which they previously lacked

And now on with the car show...

A car show is an opportunity for people to forget the cares of
the world and come together to share an experience, both
uplifting and fun.

Aircraft and motorcycles are added to the mix this year!

Okay Bermuda Dunes get ready to "go country.'

December 9th is fast approaching and we are so pleased to
announce the Morgan Leigh Country Western Band will be
entertaining at the Bermuda Dunes Airport. They will help
kick off the biggest event in Bermuda Dunes EVER.

Put on your cowboy hat and boots and join us for this
fantastic event. (I know many of the Club ladies just love to
line dance), so come on out and show us how it is done!

Morgan Leigh Band is one of Southern California’s hardest
working high energy country bands! Performing all of your
favorite current country hits as well as their original debut
album “Trouble”, they keep the party rocking all night long.
Morgan Leigh was a contestant on American Idol S12 and
S14, Texaco Country Showdown State Winner, nominated for
Best Country/Americana by San Diego Music Awards, and
National Anthem performer for PBR Finals Las Vegas, PBR
New York at Madison Square Garden, the San Diego Padres,
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and PRCA Rodeo’s.

Morgan Leigh Band has been an opening act for Pat Benatar,
Garth Brooks, Emerson Drive, Chris Young, Craig Wayne
Boyd, James Otto, Sammy Kershaw, Phil Vassar, Raelynn,
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and Kevin Fowler.  With
63 shows in 2016, the band is ready for a busy and better

Ya'll come now...don't miss out on all the fun!

To get you in the mood...

The Lyons club will be ready by 7 am with coffee and pancakes.

For lunch, the Lyons club will have bacon wrapped hot dogs and
chili on chips.

The Lyons club will be selling food the entire event, until 3 pm.

We will also have E & E Pels as a vendor, lemonade and orange

Morgan Leigh Band will be the only ones performing from
11 am – 12 pm and 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Cranberry Brie Bites



1 tube crescent dough
Cooking spray, for pan
Flour, for rolling out dough
8 oz. wheel Brie
1 c. whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 c. chopped pecans
6 sprigs of rosemary, cut into 1" pieces.

Preheat oven to 375° and grease a mini muffin tin with cooking
spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll out crescent dough, and
pinch seams together. Cut into 24 squares. Place squares into
muffin tin slots.
Cut brie into small pieces and place inside the crescent dough.
Top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce, some chopped pecans,
and one little sprig of rosemary.
Bake until the crescent is golden, about 15 minutes.
Serve warm.

BDSA Open Session Board of Directors Meeting/2017
Annual Meeting of the Members

Bermuda Dunes Security Association Board of Directors
Meeting Agenda

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Open) Regular Session,
12:00 p.m.

Bermuda Dunes Country Club, 42-765 Adams St.,
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203


MEETING MINUTES                                                             



COMMITTEE REPORTS                      
a. Security Committee/Transponder Exchange Project Draft Letter
b.  Joint Committee   
c.  Street Committee
d.  Landscaping Committee
e.  Emergency Preparedness Committee      
f.   Communications Committee
g.  Ad Hoc Governing Docs Committee        `

a.     2018 Assessments/Vote
b.     2018 Budget Revisions/Vote      
c.      Amended and Restated Vehicular


NEXT MEETING – The Next Bermuda Dunes Security
Association Board of Directors Meeting to be held on December
21, 2017 @ 3PM for Open Session. Meeting place TBA.


The BDSA 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members will begin
immediately following this Regular Open Session Meeting (1PM)
for the purpose of introducing the Inspector of Elections and
tabulation of ballots.  The business portion of the Annual Meeting
will begin at 3PM.
Hello Mrs. B

Please put in the blog for a high school student who like to make
some extra money a month hosing off a pool deck and emptying
the trash  every Friday
For a  homeowners association.


Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2017 6:18 AM
Subject: Re: Bermuda Dunes Community Website and Blog -
Lots of News to Share✔

I saw in your blog a letter from a homeowner about how
wonderful their street is . We have pot holes everywhere. A huge
one in from of our driveway too. Can you please forward this on
to who is now in charge of fixing these?
79320 Four Paths lane
Also holes on Old Harbour

Thank you
Leslie Kantor

Good Morning Leslie:

We too have issues on our road - Ryan Way.

I can forward this to Jerry Lugo for his reply.

I do want to let you know that prior to Jerry's being elected
to the BDSA Board several years ago, we had NO curbs or
gutters. You may not know this, but we have 22 miles
inside our gates that need to be improved and done. I think
Jerry is doing a wonderful job. In just 4 years he has really
made our community much better.

There are lots and lots of problems when someone takes on
such a huge project.

Thanks for contacting me Leslie. Have a great day.

Mrs. B

Email: - or

The aviary will be open daily from 9:00 am-4:00 pm through April

Experience a free-flying colorful spectacle with Lorikeets: Winged
Wonders this fall at The Living Desert. Get up close to these
beautiful and unique members of the parrot family. Native to
Australia, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands, lorikeets are known
for their dramatic colors and unique brush-like tongue. Unlike most
parrots, the lorikeet prefers nectar over seeds, and The Living
Desert is excited to offer our guests the opportunity to feed these
beautiful pollinators. Nectar cups will be available for purchase,
and guests will be able to feed the birds. Don’t miss this unique
opportunity to feed – the lorikeets may even land on your hand,
arm, shoulder or even head to get a sip of sweet nectar!

The Lorikeets: Winged Wonders aviary will feature six sub-species
of lorikeets and two sub-species of lories, with a grand total of over
60 birds. The most common residents will be the green-naped and
blue mountain (Sawinson) lorikeets, which will stand out with their
wide range of rainbow colors.
Open Daily, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Members           $2 entrance        $3 nectar cup
Non-Members   $3 entrance        $3 nectar cup

What is a Lorikeet?

Lories and lorikeets are colorful members of the parrot family that
are adapted to feeding on the nectar and pollen of trees like
eucalyptus and melaleuca. Oftentimes referred to as honeyeaters
or brush-tongue parrots, they are known for the tiny hair-like
structures on their tongues that assist them in gathering up nectar
from a flower in addition to their dramatic coloring – a true rainbow
of colors. As birds feed, pollen brushes against the birds’ forehead
and throat and is spread to other flowers accomplishing their
ecological role as pollinators of those flowers. Their strong feet
and flexible legs allow them to hang from the tiniest of branches in
order to reach the desired flowers.

Lories and lorikeets are only found in Australia, the islands of
Southeast Asia and some of the Pacific Islands. They range from
the size of a small parakeet to the size of a medium sized parrot.
The names lory and lorikeet do not refer to a taxonomic difference.
Generally, the smaller species with the proportionally longer, more
pointed tail are referred to as lorikeets, and the larger birds with
the more squared off tails are lories.
Wildlife Wonders Presentations
Zoorassic Park Presents

Guardians of The Living Desert

The Living Desert is pleased to announce the opening of Zoorassic
Park, a thrilling live Rethink Extinct stage show, and dinosaur
related activities, hatching at the zoo and gardens.

The 25-minute interactive, family-friendly show featuring a trio of
Hollywood-caliber dinosaur characters, will be performed twice
daily during regular season hours in the Tennity Amphitheater.

Seasonal, October 1st – April 30th. Subject to cancellation if
temperatures rise above 95 degrees F.

Animal Encounters

Don’t miss the chance to meet some of our smaller residents.
Hedgehogs, snakes, fox, frogs, owls, and other birds of prey are
just a few of the animals you can meet, touch, and learn about in
these fascinating personal encounters with our desert residents.
Times vary seasonally, so please see the Daily Program Schedule
for more information.
Animal Chats
Keeper Chats

Get the inside scoop on all The Living Desert’s residents from the
people closest to the animals. Keepers share insights and
anecdotes about their charges in these up-close-and-personal
presentations on various animals around the zoo. Locations
change daily, so please check the Welcome Center for more

Giraffe Chat

What’s as tall as a two-story building, can hear sounds through
brush and buildings, and see a leaf move from a mile away? The
Living Desert has all the tidbits on the tallest animal on the planet.
Join us for an opportunity to feed our giraffe herd and learn about
this amazing animal. Times vary seasonally, so please check the
Daily Program Schedule for more information.

Animal Encounters

Don’t miss the chance to meet some of our smaller residents.
Hedgehogs, snakes, fox, frogs, owls, and other birds of prey are
just a few of the animals you can meet, touch, and learn about in
these fascinating personal encounters with our desert residents.
Times vary seasonally, so please see the Daily Program Schedule
for more information.

I am sure you haved noticed that they reference the 'Daily
Schedule' frequently. Upon your arrival at the park, you will
be given a copy of the daily activities. BUT, if there is
something that you really want to do or see, be sure to call
ahead. Often times the daily schedule changes...


Daily Schedule
Please call ahead for any exhibit closures, 760-820-2710.

November 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm Lorikeets: Winged Wonder*
Seasonal Exhibits

9:00am to 5:00pm Camel Rides*
Giraffe Habitat in Africa

9:30am to 2:30pm Giraffe Feeding*
Giraffe Habitat in Africa

9:30am Jaguar Chat
Jaguar Habitat located in North America

9:30am Nature Walk
Meet at Welcome Center

9:30am Giraffe Chat
Giraffe Habitat in Africa

9:30am Animal Meet and Greet
Wildlife Hospital Lobby

9:45am Hornbill Chat
Hornbill Habitat located in Africa

10:30am Wildlife Wonders Show
Tennity Amphitheater

11:15am Cheetah Run
Cheetah Habitat in Africa

11:45am African Wild Dog Chat
African Wild Dog Habitat in Africa

1:00pm Pronghorn Chat
Pronghorn Habitat in N. America

1:00pm Eagle Chat
Eagle Habitat in North America

1:30pm Wildlife Wonders Show
Tennity Amphitheater

2:30pm Giraffe Chat
Giraffe Habitat in Africa

2:30pm Dino Meet and Greet
See Welcome Center for the day’s location

2:45pm Reptile Show
Village WaTuTu

2:45pm Rehab Chat
Wildlife Hospital

3:00pm Porcupine Chat
Porcupine Habitat in Africa

3:00pm Animal Meet and Greet
Discovery Center

3:15pm Camel Chat
Camel Habitat in Africa

3:15pm Reptile Chat
McManus building near Admissions

3:30pm Cheetah Chat
Cheetah Habitat in Africa

4:00pm Bighorn Chat
Bighorn Habitat in N.America

*Additional cost. Timing is subject to change due to weather
Chats are at the animal’s exhibit unless noted. Programming &
timing subject to change.

Quick facts
Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort city famed for
its vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour casinos and other
entertainment options. Its main street and focal point is the Strip,
just over 4 miles long. This boulevard is home to themed hotels
with elaborate displays such as fountains synchronized to music
as well as replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, the Venetian Grand
Canal, and the Eiffel Tower.
Population: 632,912 (2016)
Elevation: 2,001′
Area code: Area code 702

Quick facts
San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich
colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission
preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for
Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio
River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian
promenade lined with cafes and shops. HemisFair Park’s 750-ft.
Tower of the Americas overlooks the city.
Population: 1.493 million (2016)
Elevation: 650′
Area codes: Area codes 210 and 726Area code 830

Quick facts
Coweta is a city in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, United States
and is a suburb of Tulsa. As of 2010, the population was 9,943.
Part of the Creek Nation in Indian Territory before Oklahoma
became a U.S. state, the town was first settled in 1840.Wikipedia
Zip code: 74429
Population: 9,673 (2016)
Elevation: 663′

Quick facts
Princeton is a city in Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties in the U.
S. state of Minnesota, at the confluence of the Rum River and its
West branch.Wikipedia
Zip code: 55371
Population: 4,707 (2016)
Elevation: 981′

Quick facts
Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United
States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay
Area, about 16 miles east of the city of Oakland.Wikipedia
ZIP codes: 94595–94598
Population: 69,122 (2016)
Area code: 925
Mrs. B

I was reading that you and the council approved a new stoplight
at Adams and Avenue 42. What were you thinking? That is a
mess trying to get in out of that gate during rush hour. Where are
all of the cars making a right into the Club going to be?

Sandra Snyder

Hi Sandra:

We have been working on this project for about 3 years.
The traffic has increased considerably, the speed has
increased and we feel that it is time to take the necessary
steps to make Avenue 42 safe.

The County showed us their plan, and trust me, they are
addressing all of your issues and more.

Donna Hubenthal-Nelson
Chairwoman - Bermuda Dunes Community Council

It says 'no golf carts' - can you please clarify for me? Thanks, J

I sent this question to Oscar who is the President of
American Outreach Car Show and here is answer:

No golf cart means you cannot showcase your golf cart. Also, you
cannot go through the show with the cart, meaning you cannot
enter the show with the cart.

However, people can park the cart outside, like a normal car, and
walk the show.

No one has asked or inquired about that, it's common in every car
show that golf carts are not allowed - even the Dr George car show.


November 22, 2017 - December 24, 2017

6:00 - 9:00pm

25th Annual WildLights

The event kicks off with a special lighting ceremony for members
only on Wednesday, November 22 – Members Night
WildLights is open to the general public beginning Friday,
November 24th at 6 p.m.

WildLights begins Nov. 24 and runs selected nights through Dec.

Friday, November 24 – Saturday, November 25
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2
Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9
Friday, December 15 – Sunday, December 24

6:00 – 9:00pm
With last admission at 8:30
Park closes at 9:00pm

Adults $10
Members / Children / Military (with ID) $8
Children (under 3) FREE
*Children strollers and Wheelchairs available under first come
first serve basis

This year WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is
celebrating 25 years of dazzling guests by transforming the zoo
into a sparkling winter wonderland. This festive, annual tradition
kicks off Friday, November 24 with festivities from 6 pm to 9 pm
and continues on select nights through December 24.

New this year and in celebration of the silver anniversary of
WildLights, guests will have the opportunity to visit with reindeer!
Free with paid admission, guests can catch a glimpse of Santa’s
reindeer and a select number of reindeer photo and feeding
opportunities will be available for purchase each WildLights

In addition to marveling at the more than a million colorful,
sparkling holiday lights, guests will encounter a herd of life-size,
luminescent animal lanterns including giraffe and cheetahs,
explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular
tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. Animal encounters and
keeper chats, camel and carousel rides, and entertainment are
offered nightly.In true WildLights tradition, the festive G-scale
model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track will be decked out
for the holidays. Delicious food and beverages will also be
available for purchase.
November 18, 2017 - March 17, 2018

8am - 9am

Breakfast with the Giraffe

November 18th
8 – 9am
Spend the morning with The Living Desert’s beautiful Giraffe.
Special enrichment, keeper chats and animal encounters will
complete the morning’s festivities.
breakfast with the giraffe

Visit with Santa
Saturday, December 16th
Seating beings at: 7:30 – 9:00am

Santa arrives early at The Living Desert to meet with all of the
good little boys and girls. You will have an exclusive opportunity
to visit with Santa and friends, help make presents for The Living
Desert’s animals, and get up and close to Reindeer!

Second Seating open to the public at 9am
Adult – $33
Child – $28

Breakfast with the Mountain Lion
January 20th
8 – 9am

Get up close to our Mountain Lion Salem and her friends in Eagle

Breakfast with the Lorikeets

Saturday, March 17th
8 – 9am

Have breakfast then enjoy a walk through the new Lorikeets
(Nectar not included)

breakfast with the animals
Price for One  Price for Series
Adult $28        Adult $88
Child $21        Child $71

Breakfast includes: Eggs, Pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit,
yogurt, coffee and juice, mini bagels

Living Desert Members Only.  Reservations Required.  Limited
For more details, please feel free to contact us at our Membership
office by calling 760-820-2710 x2133
Survival Kit for Desert Travel
Tips and Ideas for Desert Survival

Survival in nature does not always turn on life and death situations,
but it certainly can.  If planning your equipment and clothing
improves your personal comfort and convenience and adds to the
enjoyment of your trip, then they become essential benefits that
may improve your experience and perhaps your chances for
survival in the wild.

Servival Kit contents

An emergency survival or preparedness kit is an item to be carried
while exploring on foot.  It can be modified for road trips and other
methods of exploration, but specifically here, it is intended for
hiking and climbing experiences.  Whether you are engaged in a
recreational activity or in coping with a survival problem, this
simple, well-planned, homemade item can determine the outcome
of your time in the wilderness.  Emergency survival kits are not one-
size-fits-all.  Different locales require different items.  A desert
excursion requires different items than one in a cold area.

Servival Kit contents

The most important factor in an emergency preparedness kit is that
it contains what you need to take care of YOU until help arrives or
until you are back to civilization.  The most important aspect is to
include items that can be used for many purposes.  Single-purpose
items usually are not very important unless they hold a significant
value to you or your health.

A basic kit should fit in your pocket or backpack within a relatively
small metal or plastic container.  The following are some
suggestions and possible uses for various items.  You can probably
think of many more that might suit your individual needs as well or
better.  Plan your kit carefully.  Think it through before you go.  
Know how everything works and what your plans are for each
item.  Make it your own list and tailor it to your personal needs.

Servival Kit contents

You may be tempted to buy a ready-made survival kit and some of
these have some very useful items in them, but they are more
expensive and may not fit your requirements.  They also can be
dangerous if you have not carefully gone through each item in the
kit to know how they work and what their uses are.  You may think
you are prepared, but then if it comes to using an unfamiliar item,
you may have a serious problem.  In an emergency situation, you
will not want to sit down and read a “how to” booklet.  These store-
bought kits may have items in them, however, that can be used in
your kit.  That is a viable option.  If you plan your emergency
preparedness kit yourself, the odds are that you will be thinking
about how to solve a problem, not “What in the world is this thing

Servival Kit contents

Most items are easy to find in a drugstore or in an outdoor store.  
Many of the items may be found around your home.

A sturdy 2-bladed knife.  A Boy Scout variety is a good example
because it is multi-use.  There are many small practical knives

Several large leaf bags for instant body shelter from the sun or cold
weather.  Retail stores sell convenient solar blankets that will
provide the same protection. They come neatly folded into small
packages and are inexpensive. This is one instance where a store
bought item may be superior.

A small mirror or a signal mirror.

A dependable magnetic compass and the ability to use it.  You
should not wait to be lost in the desert before you learn to use one.
Matches, 12 or more.  Buy waterproof matches or waterproof them
yourself by completely coating each match in wax or paraffin.

A police-type whistle.  Make sure it works and works well because
it can be a vital signaling device.

A small magnifying lens.

Heavy thread - 100 feet of 8-strand for snares, shelter building,
gear and clothing repairs.  Add a needle to this as it takes up
virtually no room.  Add a safety pin.  Again, this takes up no room
and has many uses.

Water purification tablets - at least a dozen.  The iodine variety is
much more dependable than halazone.  Keep them dry until you
are ready to use them.  The iodine type can also be dissolved and
used as an antiseptic.

Aluminum foil for signaling.  Aluminum can also be formed into the
shape of a cup or pot.

Razor blade - single edge.

Adhesive tape.  It can be used, not only for first aid purposes, but
also for clothing repair, tying and cactus thorn removal.

Balloons - several large, bright-colored ones for carrying water,
signaling.  Protect them against heat by powdering them and
rapping them in newspaper.  Replace frequently, as balloons will
dry out.

Flint and steel.  Practice using these to start a fire.  This is
something you must know how to do before you have to use them.
Candle stub.  For drying out damp fire tinder or for light.  Wrap in
foil and newspaper to prevent or at least to protect from melting in
desert heat.

Pencil stub.  Help rescue parties by leaving notes if you must move
to another location.

Cigarette or note papers.  For writing on, for fire starting, and for
trail markers.

Fish hooks and line for fishing.

Alcohol wipes or similar items that come pre-packaged in drug

Miscellaneous items.  Permanent metal toothpicks take up little
room, a cork, tweezers, comb for removing cactus thorns,
emergency medication, aspirin, an inhaler, or Tylenol.

Other items that can be carried on a person are a belt knife, a good
map of the area, 30 feet or so of strong nylon cord, a canteen and
a watch.  You might carry a firearm with ammunition—provided you
are trained in its use.  Consider carrying your gear in a small
backpack.  Weight carried in this manner is less tiring to the hiker.

And always make sure you have plenty of water.

Put together this emergency survival kit before you need it.  Think
about the variety of potential dangerous situations you might find
yourself in and mentally prepare yourself by knowing what you
would do.  Be aware of the multiple uses of each item in your kit.  
Even if your kit is never used, it is something you must have.  The
key to this kit is to improvise and think about possible problems
BEFORE they occur.  

Keep the things in your kit small and keep it with you.  The best kit
in the world cannot help you if you have left it in the glove
compartment of your car or back at camp.  Being prepared can
mean the difference between success and failure in the wild.
Mrs. B

Great turnout for the Emergency Preparedness Committee’s
presentation with Dr. Dennis Mileti on preparing for a major
earthquake disaster.

For those of you that could not make it to either of the two
presentations, I highly encourage you to search YouTube for this
gentleman’s presentations and spend some time watching one.

Robert Nagels‎
The fourth annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, Nov. 17-
19, starts with a balloon race, and then the balloons become a
backdrop to a romantic dinner Nov. 17 at the Westin Mission Hills
in Rancho Mirage.


Imagine a gourmet Italian dinner, designed by a French chef, on a
plaza overlooking a golf course, with a dozen seven-story-high hot
air balloons glowing nearby. Add a glass or two of Chianti, plus a
chance to make new friends, with music and dancing, and you’ve
got a quintessential desert evening that is part of Cathedral City
Hot Air Balloon Festival, Nov. 17-19, at a variety of locations in
Greater Palm Springs.

Expect balloon races, musical performances, a craft fair, a Fairy
Tale Kids Zone, candy drop, tethered balloon experiences,
fireworks and more. A balloon race and breakfast kicks off the
festival Nov. 17, then events continue through Nov. 19. A pair of
Balloon Glow Dinners will be held starting with the Master’s Plaza
Nov. 17 at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho
Mirage, and followed Nov. 18 with Wally’s Desert Turtle Sunset
Dinner in Cathedral City.

Executive Chef Joel Delmond of Pinzimini restaurant at Westin
Mission Hills will encourage guests Nov. 17 to stroll among food
statsions and engage with each other at this Tuscan-themed event.
“I want to have fun!” he says. “I want people to connect.” He says
Tuscany is one of most preferred places for ballooning. “It’s
because of the views and all the hills and valleys and wind
currents. There are many different ecosystems.”

His menu is a study in the Italian language and flavors: sopressa,
calabrese, foraged mushrooms, hand-pulled mozzarella, di Stefano
stracciatella, porchetta, pine nut cassoulet, salmon with fennel,
chicken alfredo, tiramisu and affogato. Delmond says he will make
the porchetta by carefully pulling the skin over the pork loin.

“This is very classical,” he says. “There’s a mix of herbs including
rosemary and garlic. It will be wrapped and marinated and roasted
slowly. There will be crispy, crunchy skin. Then, on the inside, it will
be very tender.“

Delmond says the fruit mostarda at the salami station is made in-
house and is “very Italian, sweet and spicy and will go straight to
the front of your nose. Don’t take too much,” he says. The salads
will come from a company whose family “supplies the Vatican.” The
polenta aligot will be “creamy, with lots of cheese. It pulls like a
ribbon,” Delmond says

Delmond fell in love with cooking as a young child, while dining out
with his grandparents, who were restaurant food vendors in Paris.
As an adult, he studied at formal French cooking schools and
traveled to Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Greece, Egypt and Morocco
to learn recipes in their native environment. “If you don’t understand
the culture, you really can’t cook a meal well,” he says.

Delmond has been with Westin Mission Hills for more than 25
years. He was honored to be a guest chef at James Beard House
in New York in 2002. “I really enjoy what I do,” he says.

Five years ago, he began keeping bees. “They’re fascinating,” he
says. For one Balloon Glow dessert, he’ll drizzle his honey and
orange zest over ricotta fritters.


Tickets for the Pinzimini dinner are $59 for adults; $29 for children
ages 6-12; free for younger children. Service charges and taxes
also apply. An extra fee applies to online reservations.

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is at 71333 Dinah Shore
Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-328-5955;

Admission to the general Balloon Festival is free. For information
about all events and ticket prices, visit hotairballoonfest.