At Suba Paoay Sand Dunes.

Bermuda Dunes
Community Council
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month

Supervisor PEREZ office
Victoria Llort
760 863 8211

Sheriff's Department
Lt. Jeff Buompensiero
760 863 8990

California Highway Patrol
Office Phil Watkins
760 772 5300

Cal Fire
Battalion Chief
Eddy Moore
760 540 1878

Code Enforcement
Brenda Hannah
760 393 3344

Bermuda Dunes Community
Center/Desert Rec
Adam Encinas
760 564 9921

Bermuda Dunes Airport

Ann Goodwin - Airport
(760) 345-2558

Bermuda Dunes Airport
79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·


Myoma Water Co
Mark Meeler
General Manager
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
760-772-1967  Office
760-345-9761  FAX

All other areas of the

Rubbish Retrieval
760 320 1048

1 393 3344
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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Phillip Bettencourt - President
Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
John Thiele-- Secretary
Don Kerpetka-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - 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 Thursday, February 15, 2018

Trust your path & follow your heart.
February 15, 16, 17th, 2018
8AM - 2 PM

Parking is FREE. We ask for a $5.00 donation
entry fee. Part of the entry fee proceeds will go
to our wounded veterans. Bring a copy of this
flyer for a FREE raffle ticket.
Subject: hi do you know anyone selling a car - cheap for my
Also looking for furniture!

Capn’s phone
760 200 9052

Hi Paul:

I don't, but maybe some of my readers can help you.

Mrs. B

As announced by Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook (AFSB), La
Quinta Arts Festival captured the #1 in the nation ranking for both
judging categories, Fine Art and Fine Craft.  The ranking is based
on the 2017 event, which broke records for attendance and art sales.

Since 1993, AFSB has been collecting and analyzing sales and
anecdotal data for more than 1,500 fine art and fine craft shows
annually. AFSB’s resources and tools assist artists in selecting
shows and venues appropriate for their work in order to maximize
their earnings.

“It is rare to capture the top spot in both Fine Art and Fine Craft
competing against so many events across the United States,” says
Christi Salamone, President and CEO of La Quinta Arts Foundation,
producer of the festival. “La Quinta Arts Festival has claimed the #1
honor four times in the last six years, and now, twice for both

In Fine Art, LQAF bested competing shows in Colorado, Virginia,
Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, and Oregon. The top 10 events in
Fine Craft placed LQAF ahead of the Smithsonian Craft Show in
Washington, D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and One
of a Kind in Chicago, Ill.

“This award validates the consistent high quality of participating
artists and patrons who appreciate their offerings,” Salamone says.

The 36th La Quinta Arts Festival is slated March 1-4, 2018, at La
Quinta Civic Center Campus. For more information and tickets, visit


About La Quinta Arts Foundation/La Quinta Arts Festival
La Quinta Arts Festival, produced by La Quinta Arts Foundation, is
the top-ranked fine art festival in the nation. The festival raises
funds for the Foundation’s nonprofit mission of “promoting &
cultivating the arts.” Event proceeds have funded scholarship
awards totaling $1.27 million to students pursuing an education in
the visual arts.

The 36th La Quinta Arts Festival is scheduled Thursday through
Sunday, March 1-4, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at La Quinta Civic
Center Campus, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA. Tickets are
$17 Single Day, $22 Multi-Day, Children 12 and under are free.

La Quinta Arts Foundation has successfully served its mission of
“promoting and cultivating the arts” with award-winning outreach
programs and events since 1982. Visit or
call 760-564-1244.
More Music!
Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience
welcomes Petty Cash and The Flusters
March 3, 2018 | Empire Polo Fields | Indio, CA
Palm Desert will be conducting a CERT class
March 23-25, 2018.

Date & Time:

March 23rd Friday 5:30pm-9:30pm

March 24th Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

March 25th Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm


College of the Desert.

Thank you,

Eric W. Cadden,

Emergency Services Coordinator

Office of Emergnecy Services

73-510 Fred Waring Drive

Palm Desert, California  92260

760-346-0611 x590

Bermuda Dunes Community Council Agenda
6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018
Bermuda Dunes Community Center
78-400 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call -
All Council Members were present (4)

III. Approval of the Minutes – May 9, 2017, November 9, 2017 &
January 11, 2018 -
Minutes unanimously approved (4)

IV. Councilmember Reports and Comments

Jeff Wattenberger reported that a home outside the CC is
calling itself a 'wedding house.' There are many loud
parties. Code Enforcement Officer, Brenda Hannah will
respond to the complaint.

V. Staff Reports: Presenters must direct their report to the council.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may allow questions.
Each speaker must first be recognized by the Chair.

1. Office of Supervisor V. Manuel Perez – Victoria Llort, 760-863-

Victoria reported that the Storage facility on Avenue has
been postponed until Tuesday, February 27, in Riverside.

a. Requested Updates On:
i. StorQuest Storage facility, Board of Supervisors, Public Hearing
o Public Hearing will be Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2. Sheriff’s Department – Lt. Jeff Buompensiero, 760-863-8990, -
Working with Council, County
and Code enforcement to handle parties during Coachella
Fest, and other parties planned in the valley

3. CAL Fire – Captain Coby Dyche, 760-772-4391, coby. -
Got an emergency call and did not give

4. CHP – Officer Phil Watkins, 760-772-5300,
gov -
Officer Watkins relayed that California Highway Patrol
could be called - 911 - in the event of parking issues during

5. Code Enforcement – Brenda Hannah, 760-393-3344, -
Brenda reported that Code Enforcement
is also involved in citations when parties get too loud

6. Other Departments

 Homelessness Presentation - Greg Rodriguez, Office of
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

The Homelessness situation is growing larger due to the
weather conditions and many chosing to live outside in tent
cities. Most have mental health issues, and are on drugs.

VI. New Business: Presenters must direct their report to the
council. At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may allow

Each speaker must first be recognized by the Chair.

1. Coachella Fest/Festival Committee, Update/Discussion
All issues were addressed above

VII. Old Business:

VIII. Public comments: All persons wishing to address the Council
on items not specifically on the agenda or on matters of general
interest should do so at this time. Please limit your remarks to 3

IX. Agenda Items for next meeting

Parties during Coachella Fest

X. Adjourn meeting - Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM

2018 meeting schedule: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, April 12, May 10,
Sept 13, Nov 8 (Additional meetings may be added if
needed). Please visit Supervisor Perez’s Web site to access more

If you would like to get agenda’s and other important meeting
information for the Bermuda Dunes Community Council,
please send your email address to Victoria Llort at

Donna Hubenthal

Jacob Alvarez

Michael Pierson

Jeff Wattenbarger

Vacant Seat
Weather permitting, there will be two firings daily,
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

All pots fired at Cabot's, will be auctioned off afterwards!

Once a year the wonderful potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico
pay to visit to Cabot's Musuem. It is always one of the
highlights of the year for me.

These gentle, talented, family oriented people love to show
off their skills. They make pots (no electric potting wheels
are ever used). The pots are made using only their hands
and a flat paddle. They paint and fire their works in
out-of-doors in ovens they make of stones and wood.

Most do not speak English and it is always fun to see the
translators interact with everyone.

They use human hair for their detailed work - so special to
see them paint!

I have been collecting their works of art for several
years...ever since I began volunteering at Cabot's. The
value of their pots increases every year.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to visit and enjoy the
company of many Mata Ortiz potters and their families.

Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua; a village of potters

This article on the potters and pottery of Juan Mata Ortíz,
Chihuahua will set the stage for a monthly series entitled,
"Among the Artists and the Cowboys." Visitors to the village
describe the place as "magical."

Readers of future stories will discover the charisma of Mata Ortíz
and its people-both the potters and the cowboys. Men and
women fashion the beautiful earthenware, and many of the men
also double as cowboys. While the pottery is unique, the work of
the vaqueros is mirrored in many communities throughout the

                          Mata Ortiz

Our car rolled to a dusty halt at the top of the hill and the quaint
Mexican village of adobe buildings stretched below us along the
banks of the Río Palanganas. Gray tendrils of smoke rose lazily
from the backyards of a dozen or so homes. Later, we would
discover the smoke came from small open kilns where finely
decorated pottery was being fired, one or two pieces at a time.
Mata Ortíz is a village of highly talented craftspeople.

We started down the hill towards the little town, relieved that the
stories about difficulties in getting to the village were highly

Mata Ortíz lies about four hours south and west of El Paso,
Texas in northern Chihuahua. With the exception of the last 12
miles, which are over a gravel road, the trip was made on paved
highway. There is even a city of 44,000, Nuevo Casas Grandes,
with complete tourist facilities only 27 miles from the village.

Accommodations are also now available within Mata Ortíz at the
Posada de las Ollas.

Not quite sure where we were going, we tooled down the bumpy
streets, exploring. Seeing two black-on-red slip bowls sitting on
the windowsill of one of the homes, we stopped and piled out of
our Trooper. The door to the house opened and a graceful,
noble-looking woman with shoulder-length gray hair and skin the
color of tanned leather greeted us.

Potter By a stroke of luck, we had stopped at the home of
Consolación Quezada, the older sister of Juan Quezada, the
man who first made pottery in Mata Ortíz about 27 years ago.
We were invited in to view her wares, displayed on a double bed.

The unglazed earthenware was astounding in its diversity and
beauty. There were blood-red bowls embellished with black
geometric designs, buff-colored pots impressed with star-like
patterns, a large black clay frog, legs kicking in a swimming

"All my family makes pottery," Consolación said proudly,
indicating pieces by a brother named Reynaldo, her sons and
daughters, and of course, her own black-on-red pots.

About 27 years ago, Juan Quezada began making and painting
pottery based on the shapes and designs of the prehistoric
Indians from nearby ruins of Paquimé in Casas Grandes. By
1976, he was selling the decorative earthenware to traders from
El Paso.

However, it was after his "discovery" by a businessman and
amateur anthropologist, Spencer MacCallum, that Juan's work
improved and his popularity grew in the United States. At the end
of the 1970s, this young man, with only a second grade
education, had had his pottery featured in several museum
exhibitions, including ones at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and
the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

Now, there are over 300 potters -- men, women, adolescents --
working in the village. Many of them turn out original pots, bowls
and plates, which some collectors believe rival or surpass the
more famous Pueblo pottery of the southwestern US.

Mata Ortíz wares, often erroneously called "Casas Grandes
pottery," can be found in galleries throughout the Southwest and
in other parts of the United States. A gallery in Cincinnati has a
large collection. Shops from Santa Cruz, CA to Albany, NY are
known to carry the naturally-made earthenware plates, pots and
figures. Potters recently demonstrated their art in such diverse
cities as Petaluma, CA, Denver, CO and Mystic, CT.

While the pottery can be found throughout the country, the fun is
in visiting the village to meet and purchase pieces from the
artists. There are no signs on the potters' homes, but children will
flag down a stranger's car, or one may see a man or woman
tending a small fire beside a home.

Under the smoldering dried cowchips or kindling, a piece of
pottery is cooking. Visitors are invited to view and photograph the
firing and, hopefully, buy that piece or another already finished
and waiting inside the house.

The potters are often found working in their bedrooms which
usually double as studios. There, a "tortilla" of clay is pressed
into a plaster mold. Coils of clay are added and the walls are
pinched and smoothed upwards by hand. None of the
craftspeople uses a potter's wheel. All the artwork is built by

Sanding, polishing and painting are other steps to be completed
before the pot is fired.

As much as possible, the potters adhere to the techniques of the
ancient Paquimé Indians. The clays -- gray, yellow, orange, red
and white -- are taken from the valley floor or the nearby foothills
of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The paints are made from the
clay or from crushed manganese, which is also mined locally.

Emphasis for many of the craftspeople is on the quality, not the
large quantity of pieces churned out daily in many villages in
central Mexico.

Prices are surprisingly reasonable. While they range from $1.00
for a tiny bowl to upwards of $300.00 for an exceptionally fine
polychrome on white clay, the average price for a good quality
pot is about $40.00. The potter signs each work of art. (Juan
Quezada, the master potter, charges considerably more for his
fine pieces).

While Nuevo Casas Grandes has a full range of tourist facilities,
the Posada de las Ollas in Mata Ortíz, gives visitors a chance to
literally live with the potters. The inn provides rooms, indoor
plumbing and three meals per day. The Posada is a block from
the village center and is surrounded by pottery families. Each
day sees the artists' children visiting to display their parents'
latest offerings.

For more information about the Posada, email to or, on AOL, to Canuck8590. A large website is
available at:

We bought several bowls, each signed by a different member of
Consolación's family on our first visit in 1989, including the black
frog and one of Consolación's unique black-on-red pots.

Consolación has been making pottery for 22 years. She enjoys
the craft not only for the valuable supplement to her family
income, but for the pleasure it gives her, despite nagging arthritis
in her hands.

"My hands tell me I should stop making pots," she says, "but my
heart won't let me."

This warmth and pride in potterymaking is village-wide. It is
easily transferred to visitors who often return to Mata Ortíz
looking for new treasures.

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It’s called Smart Training and you learn in a classroom
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as little or as much as you want.

Call 760:883-8856 and ask for Wendy
You’ll be glad you did

Merry Brady, Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Ed Decker, Sun City Shadow Hills
Missing hummingbirds
My everpresent hummingbirds have been missing now for a few
days. I'm Concerned. Hoping they have gone south for the season

Any one  know what is happenig?

Hi Ed:

I have volunteered at The Living Desert in their hummingbird
and butterfly pavilion. I can relay the following information.

Although hummingbird migration is not well documented by
large numbers of banding records, we do know a few facts,
and we can draw logical inferences about some of the
unknown areas. ("Banding" means trapping a bird and
wrapping a tiny numbered strip of aluminum around one leg.

This is currently the only way to identify individual
hummingbirds. Species are studied by gathering data on large
numbers of individuals.)

Each hummingbird species has its own migration strategy,
and it's incorrect to think of "hummingbirds" as a single type of
animal, all alike. I will discuss Ruby-throated migration,
because it's likely that more people see that species than all
the others in North America combined, and its dynamics are
similar to other species, although the dates and locations vary.
An exception is Anna's Hummingbird, which typically does
not migrate but may wander up- and downslope following
seasonal food resources.

Banding studies suggest that individual birds may follow a
set route year after year, often arriving at the same feeder on
the same day. We do not know if any individual bird follows
the same route in both directions, and there are some
indications that they do not.

Why migrate?
As with most of our migratory birds, hummingbirds apparently
evolved to their present forms during the last ice age. They
were (and largely still are) tropical birds, but as the great ice
sheets retreated from North America, they gradually expanded
their ranges to exploit rich temperate food resources and
nesting space, filling unoccupied niches in the U.S and
southern Canada while evading intense competition in the
tropics. Some songbird species have adapted completely to
our variable North American climates, in part by becoming
vegetarians in winter, and don't migrate. But hummingbirds
are carnivores (nectar is just the fuel to power their flycatching
activity), and depend on insects that are not abundant in
subfreezing weather, so most of them must retreat back "home"
to Central America in the winter or risk starvation. A few
Ruby-throated remain along the Gulf coast each winter
instead of continuing to Central America, perhaps because
they are too old or sick to make another trans-Gulf flight or too
young (from very late nests) to have had time to grow fat and
strong enough to migrate; their survival chances depend on the
severity of each particular winter, and many perish in
unusually cold years. Another small population winters in the
Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Northward Migration
Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds winter between southern
Mexico and northern Panama. Since hummingbirds lead
solitary lives and neither live nor migrate in flocks, an
individual bird may spend the winter anywhere in this range
where the habitat is favorable, but probably returns to the
same location each winter. Ruby-throats begin moving north
as early as January, and by the end of February they are at
the northern coast of Yucatan, gorging on insects and spiders
to add a thick layer of fat in preparation for flying to the U.S.
Some will skirt the Gulf of Mexico and follow the Texas coast
north, while most apparently cross the Gulf, typically leaving
at dusk for a nonstop flight of up to 500 miles, which takes
18-22 hours depending on the weather. Although
hummingbirds may fly over water in company of mixed flocks
of other bird species, they do not "hitchhike" on other birds.
Some hummingbirds land on offshore oil rigs or fishing boats
to rest. Individual birds may make landfall anywhere
between southern Texas and central Florida. Before departing,
each bird will have nearly doubled its weight, from about 3.25
grams to over 6 grams; when it reaches the U.S. Gulf coast, it
may weigh only 2.5 grams. It's also possible that a few
Ruby-throats island-hop across the Caribbean and enter the
U.S. through the Florida Keys.

Males depart Yucatan first, followed about 10 days later by
the first females. But the migration is spread over a
three-month period, which prevents a catastrophic weather
event from wiping out the entire species. This means that a
few birds will arrive at any location very early (the dots on
the migration map), but the bulk of the population will follow
later, so you may not see your first hummingbird for several
more weeks. Each individual has its own internal map and
schedule, and "your" birds may arrive early, late, or anywhere
within a two-month span.

Once in North America, migration proceeds at an average rate
of about 20 miles per day, generally following the earliest
blooming of flowers hummingbirds prefer. The northern limit of
this species coincides with that of the Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker; if the earliest males arrive in Canada before
sufficient flowers are blooming, they raid sapsucker wells for
sugar, as well as eat insects caught in the sap. The northward
migration is complete by late May. Banding studies show that
each bird tends to return every year to the same place it
hatched, even visiting the same feeders. See the
Ruby-throated migration map for the species' range and
earliest arrival dates.

Southward Migration
Unlike the Rufous and other hummingbirds of the western
mountains, where freezing nights are common even in summer,
Ruby-throats aren't well adapted to cold temperatures; they
have a tough time below the mid-20s (F), and don't enter torpor
as regularly as their western cousins to conserve energy. To
avoid the cold, and the scarcity of food when flowers stop
blooming and insects stop flying, they go south. Some adult
males start migrating south as early as mid-July, but the peak
of southward migration for this species is late August and
early September. By mid-September, essentially all of the
Ruby-throated at feeders are migrating through from farther
north, and not the same individuals seen in the summer. This
is difficult to see, since they all look alike, but has been
proven by banding studies. The number of birds migrating
south may be twice that of the northward trip, since it
includes all immature birds that hatched during the summer,
as well as surviving adults.

For a hummer that just hatched, there's no memory of past
migrations, only an urge to put on a lot of weight (see above)
and fly in a particular direction for a certain amount of time,
then look for a good place to spend the winter. Once it learns
such a route, a bird may retrace it every year as long as it
lives. The initial urge is triggered by the shortening length of
sunlight as autumn approaches, and has nothing to do with
temperature or the availability of food; in fact, hummingbirds
migrate south at the time of greatest food abundance. When
the bird is fat enough, it migrates. It's not necessary to take
down feeders to force hummingbirds to leave, and in the fall
all the birds at your feeder are already migrating anyway. If
you remove your feeder, birds will just feed elsewhere, but
may not bother to return to your yard the next year. I
recommend continuing to maintain feeders until freezing
becomes a problem.

Many people notice that adult males migrate earlier than
females, because in the last month or so there may be no birds
with red throats at feeders. However, remember that immature
Ruby-throats of both sexes look much like their mothers.
Young males often have a "5 o'clock shadow" of dark throat
feathers in broken streaks, and many develop one or more red
gorget feathers by the time they migrate. Immature females
may have much lighter streaks in their throats, but no red.

There is evidence that fewer Ruby-throats cross the Gulf in
fall than in spring, most instead following the Texas coast
back into Mexico. Perhaps the hurricane season is a factor,
and the genes of many birds with a tendency to fly over water
were lost at sea during storms.

We still have many more questions than answers about
hummingbird migration. Until technology provides radio
transmitters small enough for a 3-gram hummingbird to carry
safely, banding is the best tool to collect data on individual
birds. But since only a few dozen people in North America -
almost all of them amateurs like me - are licensed to handle
hummingbirds, progress is slow and the odds of recapturing a
banded bird are very low.
The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
The 10-day 72nd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date
Festival is pleased to announce a star-studded performer lineup as
well as some fun, new family-fun shows!

Back by popular demand, WAR is set to take the stage on opening
Fantasy $5 Friday, February 16th. Admission is only $5 all day,
thanks to the Fair’s Presenting Sponsor Fantasy Springs Resort
Casino. Platinum selling country star Chase Rice will perform at the
Fair on Saturday, February 17th. Rice released his highly
anticipated sophomore album, Lions & Lambs, November 17th. Los
Rieleros Del Norte will perform at the Fair on Sunday, February
18th. The band is one of the oldest norteño bands performing today.
Lou Gramm, founding member of Foreigner, with Opening Act
Foghat will perform at the Fair Saturday, February 24th. Gramm
became one of the most successful rock vocalists of the late 1970s
and 1980s with Foreigner. Foghat has earned eight Gold records,
one Platinum and one Double-Platinum record.
On the last day of the Fair, Sunday, February 25th, Super Fiesta will
pack the house with excitement. Performing in the Fantasy Springs
Concert Pavilion will be Los Tequileros de Ramon Jimenez, Banda
Pachuco and Carmen Jara.

Don’t forget to check-out some of the Fair traditions like the Camel &
Ostrich Races and the Nightly Musical Pageant with an amazing
local cast, and of course, the Monster Trucks, Motocross and Bull-
Riding shows are back as well!

You won’t want to miss some of the new family-fun shows like Scott
Land’s Marionettes, Scott’s World of Magic Show and the Rainforest
Exhibit, with shows daily. Be sure to look for dates on sale in the Taj
Mahal and Aladdin’s Gift Shop, and while you’re in the Taj Mahal,
the daily cooking show is a must-see!
Protect Endangered Species Habitat,
Join Friends of the Desert Mountains and US Fish and Wildlife staff
to help remove invasive Sahara mustard from sensitive sand dune
habitat on the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

This aggressive weed threatens endangered native plants and
wildlife, reduces native wildflower populations, and creates fuel for

To protect endangered species, space is limited, and volunteers will
be accepted in the order RSVP’s are received. To reserve a spot,
you must RSVP to Jennifer Prado, FODM's Conservation Lands
Manager. Call (760) 568-9918 or email her at

Once you have reserved a spot and provided your contact info,
Jennifer will provide the meeting location details and logistics, but be
prepared to arrive at 8:00 am and work until 12:00 noon. Bring plenty
of water, sun protection & snacks. Tools and gloves will be provided.

A man wanted to become a monk so he went to the monastery
and talked to the head monk.

The head monk said, “You must take a vow of silence and can
only say two words every three years.”

The man agreed and after the first 3 years, the head monk came
to him and said, “What are your two words?”

“Food cold!” the man replied.

Three more years went by and the head monk came to him and
said “What are your two words?”

“Robe dirty!” the man exclaimed.

Three more years went by and the head monk came to him and
said, “What are your two words?”

“I quit!” said the man.

“Well,” the head monk replied, “I am not surprised. You have
done nothing but complain ever since you got here!”
Mrs. B

Would you please add this to your blog. We need to get the word out
to everyone.


Thanks Chris. Thanks for the information and I have posted it
on  my blog in hopes that by working together, we can rid our
valley of this invasive species.

Mrs. B

Threats and opportunities for eradication

Chris McDonald
Natural Resource Advisor
University of California Cooperative Extension (link sends e-mail)

A young Volutaria plant

A new and highly invasive weed is spreading in Borrego Springs
including in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP). Volutaria
(Volutaria tubuliflora) was first discovered in Borrego Springs in 2010
in ABDSP. It has also been discovered in Chula Vista and Newport
Beach. In the past six years Volutaria has been found in over 20
locations in Borrego Springs, making it the largest of the three known
Volutaria infestations. It is unknown how Volutaria arrived in
California; it is, however, making itself an unwanted guest and
threatening desert and coastal communities.

Volutaria poses several threats to the Park. Volutaria can grow in
thick stands potentially reducing native wildflowers. It grows taller
than most wildflowers, shading out its native neighbors. And because
Volutaria is taller and much less attractive than the native wildflowers
it can obstruct the brilliantly colored wildflowers, leading to a reduced
spring flower bloom.

Volutaria also does not appear to be very palatable to wildlife. While
caterpillars and rabbits have frequented populations of wildflowers
adjacent to Volutaria plants, most Volutaria plants show limited signs
of grazing. It is possible that Volutaria contains chemicals that leave a
bad taste in the mouths of herbivores. This means that as Volutaria
increases in numbers and crowds out native plants there is less food
available for native herbivores including rabbits, butterfly and moth
caterpillars, and even pollen for our numerous bee species.

A patch of flowering Volutaria plants growing faster and taller than
the native plants

In Borrego Springs, Volutaria can be abundant along roadsides. This
means that visitors can inadvertently pick up seeds on their clothes,
boots, pets, cars and bikes as they spend a day, weekend or month
in Borrego Springs and then carry them a long distance back to their
home. They can also accidentally spread the seed locally by visiting
an infested site with mature seeds and then unknowingly carry the
seed to a new stop later in their trip. Cleaning your equipment and
clothes before and after a trip is one way to prevent the spread of
Volutaria. Without containing the spread of Volutaria the chances of
eradicating this weed are greatly reduced.

Volutaria is in the sunflower family and has relatively small
unattractive flowers. It is closely related to knapweeds and star
thistles. These two groups of plants are well known among botanists
and land managers across the Western United States because they
contain numerous and noxious weeds including yellow star thistle
(Centaurea solstitialis) and spotted knapweed (Centaurea stroebe
ssp. micranthos). This is the first introduction of Volutaria tubuliflora
in North America and it threatens to be just as invasive as its close

Volutaria plants have a distinct shaped leaf (a quarter for scale)
In its native range in the Mediterranean and North Africa, Volutaria
can occupy a variety of habitats from disturbed areas, grazed
pasture, farms, rocky slopes, extremely dry deserts and coastal plant
communities. All of these types of plant communities are found in
Southern California. ABDSP contains several of these habitats and
the potential for this weed to flourish locally and across the region is
high. So far, most Volutaria populations are in the central portion of
Borrego Springs and in locations that are easy to access. Other
weeds in ABDSP are in very isolated and difficult to reach locations,
which hinders their removal. Despite the ease of accessing Volutaria
populations, it is spreading rapidly and without a significant effort to
control this weed it could spread beyond our capacity to eradicate it
from California, creating another threat to our deserts.

One of the ways you can help is to learn more about Volutaria: how
to identify it, how to keep it from spreading, how to keep it out of your
yard and volunteering to pull it. ABF will be working with
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to organize weekly volunteer
weeding events every Thursday from January 26 and continuing
through March 30.  You can get all the event details on the ABF
website. You can also learn to identify Volutaria and how to keep it
from spreading. Because this noxious weed is a recent invader and
is, so far, found in only a few places in Southern California, there is a
chance an organized effort can successfully eradicate this weed from
North America and prevent it from spreading across the Park as well
as the rest of the desert.

Join us for a Spring Plant Walk in Anza-Borrego Desert
State Park. Enjoy and learn about the ingenuity of the
Park's survival experts, our amazing desert plants!

Meet knowledgeable volunteers of the Anza-Borrego
Desert State Park Botany Society for an easy morning
stroll in different locations in the Park. Leaders and
destinations will vary. Bring water, sun protection, and
sturdy shoes.

Leaders: Botany Society Volunteers

Fee: Free of Charge; donations encouraged. No
pre-registration required

Meeting Place: ABF State Park Store (next to Calico's)
587 Palm Canyon Drive #110, Borrego Springs, CA  92004

Time: 8:30-11:00 a.m.  (depending on travel time to the

The full Spring Plant Walk schedule is:

Wednesday, February 21
Wednesday, February 28
Friday, March 2
Wednesday, March 7
Friday, March 16
Wednesday, March 21
Wednesday, March 28
Hello Mrs. B

This is our baby girl we adopted from Loving all animals out of
Palm Desert they do such a good job. Her name is Lula Mae. 2
months old. Carmen

She is sooooo adorable.
Re: tree removal across within bdcc, bdsa and gated

Hello Mrs. B

First of all, let me say, once again, that I really enjoy your blog.
We have recently joined the club as members and it's great to
have a source of information.

I'm reaching out to you because I wonder if trees are being
removed at a higher-than-normal rate across bdcc, bdsa and the
gated communities like montego circle.

I have the number for montego west but I was wondering if the
disease and drought-inflicted damages has also hit other areas
or just us.

Do you have a contact that would know how many (approx) trees
are removed across the course and montego circle and across

Thank you so much.

Good Morning Marc & Donna,

I have no numbers as to the trees lost to disease or drought
infected throughout the Country Club.  I do know that BDSA took
down two Eucalyptus trees this past fall as part of the water
retention basin project at the Starlight / Adams Gate.  I did
however notice across the valley what appeared to be an
increase dead of dying vegetation.  After reviewing several
situations on both private property and association areas within
the Country Club with friends and family the conclusion I reached
was that in all cases it appeared as though it was lack of

Unfortunately Gardeners do not check irrigation as often as they
should and I'm sure that has been a greater cause of the damage
being seen. Marc, with regards to Montego Circle where I
assume live you could check with your association board or
management company to find out about your associations area.  
If you new to the area it is always advisable routinely take notice
of areas around you and report any concerns to the appropriate

Hope this has answered your questions
Charlie Bishop
I have 2 VIP stage coach tickets for sale.
I want $1300.00 each or $2500.00 for both.

760- 774- 5547 my cell  

Thanks C.C.
BNP Paribas Open

Mar 7 – Mar 18, 2018 | Indian Wells, CA
Hi Mrs. B

The Country Club said you might be able to help in my finding
part time work.

I live over on Montego Bay Drive and available for house sitting,
dog sitting, driving, etc.

Please respond if I have reached the right party.

Thank you,

Carl Retter
79294 Montego Bay Drive
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

Carl: you have reached the correct person to assist you with
find some work within our community.

Can you please give me a little more information about

Mrs. B

Hello Again Mrs. B

I am 78 years old, healthy, dependable.

My one and only friend, Nancy Warren lives here at the Bermuda
Oasis where I live. She is the President of the HOA here.

I can give a neighbor also as a reference. Nancy was a client of
mine back in the 70's and we are still very good friends.

I drive a 2014 Toyota Hybrid, have been with the auto club since
1971. My record is clean including my credit.

I lived in the Bay Area for many years and have all kinds of

I work for the Collection Bureau of America out of Hayward and
have been working for them since 2010. I am a part time outside
salesman. You can call Linda Jackson to verify this.

If you would like to have a face to face meeting after February
25th please let me know. I have company from South America
until then.
My cell # is 650-274-9200. Will check in with you after the 26th.
Thank you very much.
Carl Retter

Hi Carl:

You sound like a guy with plenty of good things happening.
I am  more than happy to put you on our vendor list.

Mrs. B
Amanda’s Tea Room & Boutique has recently opened in Palm
Desert & is by far one of classiest of it’s kind. The concept is elegant
providing a wonderful experience for anyone interested in taking a
step back in time while having High Tea with friends or to celebrate
a special occasion. Barbara Chavez has spent years trying to bring
her dream to the Desert & has successfully done this for everyone’s
enjoyment. The ambience is unbelievable with tasteful furniture &
accessories & so many different sets of gorgeous China. All her
goodies are baked everyday in her updated kitchen.

Richard Stephan, Bermuda Golf Club Estates

Hi Dick:

Thanks for sending me this info about Barbara's new venture.
I checked out her website and it is delightful.

Amanda's information is listed below along with her direct

Mrs. B
Ceramic Easter Workshop
Old Town Artisan Studios
78046 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta 92253

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Come create a holiday decoration that will last year after year.
Learn to coil build clay into a beautiful Easter basket, then sculpt
the Easter bunny, and paint ceramic Easter eggs! Allow 2 weeks
for kiln firing. 3 eggs per family. $55/family. Additional eggs,
$10/each. To register, go to or
click direct ticket link. For questions, please call (760)777-1444.
Talking About Cats: Helpful Terms and Definitions
Fact Sheet| Cats and the Law, Community Change, Trap-Neuter-

Do you see a few words on our website and in our materials that
you don’t recognize? As Alley Cat Allies grew into a global
movement, we picked up unique lingo to describe the work we do
to protect and improve cats’ lives. You can find definitions of our
most commonly-used terms on this page.

Catch and kill:
Authorities remove cats from an area by trapping and killing or
relocating them. For decades, this was the most common
approach to community cats by local governments and animal
control agencies. It is a cruel and ineffective method that only
creates a vacuum effect. Trap-Neuter-Return should be
implemented instead.

A group of community cats who are bonded to each other and live
together in a specific area outdoors. Colonies are sometimes
maintained by community cat caregivers. Colonies depend on the
care of compassionate people. Click here to learn how to care for
a colony.

Community Cat:
An umbrella term that refers to any member of the domestic cat
species who lives outside. Community cats can be stray or feral.
They are not pet cats and their homes are outdoors. They often
live together in groups called colonies. Learn more about caring
for community cats.

Community Cat Caregiver:
A person who protects and improves the lives of community cats
by regularly caring for one or two cats, or even a colony.
Caregivers tend to the cats’ basic needs by providing food, water,
shelter, and ongoing care. They often conduct Trap-Neuter-
Return and adopt out any socialized cats they find.

The universal identifier of a spayed/neutered and vaccinated
community cat. Eartipping is the painless removal of 3/8-inch of a
cat’s left ear while the cat is under anesthesia for spay/neuter
surgery. Eartips are a visual cue to citizens and animal control
officers that a cat has gone through Trap-Neuter-Return and
should be left alone.

Feral Cat:
A community cat who has never had any contact with humans or
whose contact with humans has diminished over time. Feral cats
are not socialized, so they are generally fearful of people and are
unadoptable. They survive and thrive in colonies in their outdoor
homes and do not rely on humans for their basic needs. The best
way to help feral cats is through Trap-Neuter-Return.

Indoor-Only Cat:
A pet cat who lives solely indoors with humans. These cats are
socialized to and rely on people for their basic needs.

Indoor/Outdoor Cat:
A pet cat who spends time both indoors and outdoors. These
cats are socialized to people and rely on them for basic needs.

A term referring to cats who are generally friendly with or
accustomed to humans, or cats who enjoy companionship with us
in our homes. Cats typically become socialized by interacting with
people from an early age. Cats can have different levels of
socialization depending on their personalities and circumstances.
Learn more about socialization.

Stray Cat:
A community cat who was socialized to people at some point, but
left or lost their indoor home as well as most human contact and
dependence. They live outdoors and, over time, can become
feral if they do not spend enough time around people. However,
stray cats can become adoptable pet cats again if they are given
enough human contact and attention. Learn more about stray
cats and how they differ from other cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR):
The process of humanely trapping (with box traps) community
cats, bringing them to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered,
vaccinated, and eartipped, and then returning them to their
outdoor homes to live out their lives. TNR is the only humane and
effective approach to community cats.

A Trap-Neuter-Return program that has an animal shelter directly
involved in the process. Shelters with an SNR program either
refer any impounded community cats to a local TNR program, or
spay/neuter, vaccinate, and return the cats to their outdoor
colonies using shelter staff.

A term, usually referring to feral cats, that describes any cat who
is not accustomed to people and therefore cannot be adopted
into a home.

Vacuum Effect:
A phenomenon in which the removal of cats from an area opens
the area to an eventual influx of new cats, either from neighboring
territories or born from any remaining cats. These new cats move
in to take advantage of resources like food, and quickly breed
back to capacity. The vacuum effect has been scientifically
documented in multiple animal species, and is why the catch and
kill approach to community cats is pointless and ineffective.
About Our Tea Room & Boutique in Palm Desert, California
How It Came About

Tea with steam and carnation flower - Tea Room in Palm Desert, CA

As a little girl, my dad built me an adorable little playhouse painted
white with red trim. I was so proud of my playhouse and you could
almost always find me there. I hosted hundreds of tea parties for my
dolls, stuffed animals, our family dog Brownie, and on a rare
occasion, my sister Kaye. We sipped tea (water from the garden
hose), from tiny teacups and pretended to eat tea cakes, (mud pies
decorated with honeysuckle and mint and then baked in miniature
muffin tins in the sun).

I would love to have my little playhouse today; but I know it received
lots of love from other little girls, as my Dad gave it to a needy family
with eight children at Christmastime one year. Amanda's Tea Room
is my new playhouse, and I love it too!

While developing my business plan and struggling with the "perfect"
name for my tea room, my nine-year-old Golden Retriever Amanda
passed away unexpectedly. "Amanda's" came to me immediately as
a way of honoring and memorializing my best friend. Later, when
developing Amanda's menu, I decided to name the Tea Fares after
my other dogs, as well as my sister Kaye's dogs, who have also
gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

All of us at Amanda's hope to make your experience with us
delightful in every way. Perhaps your special occasion spent with us
will create lifelong memories such as those I hold dearly from my
childhood tea parties and the sweet dogs who blessed my life
throughout the years. Thank you for joining us and trusting us with
your special occasion.

Barbara Chavez

To view more of Amanda's Tea Room, Click

Thanks to the Weed Warriors who look our for our valley.

Help keep our beautiful National Monument and the Coachella
Valley a sustainable environment for all wildlife! Become a
volunteer with Friends of the Desert Mountains to restore
habitat for wildlife by removing exotic species such as Sahara
mustard, tamarisk and fountain grass throughout the Coachella
Click HERE  for additional info
"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long
enough to suit me."— C. S. Lewis