Ladies' Locker Room
Everyone is invited to participate
What a great way to meet new ladies
Jewelry Making and Repair
And much more...
Contact: Donna Nelson
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
Supervisor PEREZ office
760 863 8211
Lt. Michael Bianco
760 863 1600
California Highway Patrol
Officer Hector Gutierrez
760 772 5300
Div Chief Ty Davis
760 393 3450
Bermuda Dunes Community
760 564 9921
760-347-3484 ext. 134
Bermuda Dunes Airport
79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558
Myoma Water Co
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
All other areas of the County
Riverside County Waste
Waste Management has a
roadside cleanup program
in the Riverside County they
can be reached at
Union Pacific RR
Critical Need Phone #
888 877 7267
1 393 3344 NOT
|Revised: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
|Card Games, Mexican Train, Samba and
Bridge and Bocce Ball
Are also offered at the Club
Mexican Train Gals
My Tuesday Morning group plays ACBL bridge. We play 9:00 to
approximately noon, the cost is $3.00 . This group is for women
with a basic knowledge of conventions.
On Thursday afternoons, we have a more relaxed group playing
from 2:00 to approximately 4:30. Discussion of play is permitted
to help players of all abilities to improve their knowledge of
We welcome new players!
Season Opens in January
Everyone member is invited to play
Contact: Zeke and Terri Wheeler
ABOUT BDSA AND
Bermuda Dunes Security
Robert Nagles-- President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
Don Keprta-- Director
Don Clarke - Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Anderson - Director
Jerry Lugo - Director
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
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
760 346 1161
BDSA RULES AND REGS
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Resident Login System
is handled by DRM
Admin hours are as follows:
Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month
President Charlie Bishop
Vice President. Brett Coor
Secretary. Janet McMurtrey
Board member Barbara Black
Treasure. Mike Soran
Joint Committee Representative
BDCA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
760 346 1161
CC&Rs for BDSA
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
A. THE MISSION: As
representatives of each
Homeowner, members of the
Committee (ACC), are
members. The ACC, as
established in the CC&R’s,
has been charged with the
mission to oversee that each
lot and dwelling within the
Community is developed and
maintained in a manner
compatible with its standard
aesthetics and quality.
B. ALL IMPROVEMENTS: The
ACC has the responsibility to
approve or to reject all plans
for real property
improvements on all lots
within any subdivision of the
Community, and all
properties owned by the
Bermuda Dunes Community
Association and Bermuda
Dunes Security Association,
prior to commencement of
construction of that
C. RESPONSIBILITY: The ACC’
s goal is to foster careful
design in furtherance of its
responsibility to represent
each Homeowner in the
preservation of the
landscaping aesthetics and
character of the homes
within the Community and to
monitor, according to its
authority for interpretation,
enforcement of BDCA’s
Utilizing and interpreting the
Guidelines, the ACC will
consider the aesthetic and
functional aspects of each
design, including placement
of buildings, landscaping,
exterior finishes and
materials, height and bulk,
orientation of site lines, etc.
In addition, the ACC will
consider the effect of the
proposed improvement on
neighboring properties and
the Community as a whole.
D. LIMITATION OF
RESPONSIBILITY: The ACC is
not responsible for reviewing
nor shall its approval of any
plan or design be deemed
approval of any structural
safety or conformance with
building or other codes. The
ACC assumes no
responsibility for the
structural or mechanical
soundness of approved
E. RECORDS: Records of
ACC approvals or actions will
be kept on file, by Tract or
Unit and by Lot number, at
the office of the BDCA.
F. AUTHORITY: Submissions
are required directly from
homeowners, regardless that
they may reside in sub-
communities that may have
their own architectural
review boards, guidelines
and committees. The BDCA-
ACC has final authority for
approval of projects as
outlined herein. No
submittals will be accepted
from sub-community boards
or committees, unless
submission is for common
area projects within the sub-
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AT THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 5–9 p.m.
60 ft. Christmas Tree Lighting
Live Entertainment: Stevie Nicks Illusion
Tastes and Spirits
5-Story Ferris Wheel
Photos with Santa Claus, and more!Saturday,
November 23, 2019, 5–9 p.m.
GET TICKETS HERE
Old Town Artisan Studios will be converting their 3-acre art campus
into Gingerbread Lane – a winter wonderland with multiple trees,
trimmed garland, twinkling lights, holiday train, a marquee 17-foot
tree next to Santa’s workshop all wrapped in the music of the
holidays! The moment you walk through the gates you’ll enter a
winter wonderland of Gingerbread delights! We will be offering
gingerbread cookies and hot cider in the culinary area, cookie
decorating, clay ornament painting, and more!
Santa Claus is coming! Each Saturday Santa will be here in person
and available for area children to visit. All day activities are
scheduled to keep you entertained and in the holiday spirit.
Scheduled events include seasonal music, delightful dance and
performances by our local youth organizations in the Coachella
Gingerbread Lane has been the dream of Founder Victory Grund.
“The mission for this new family event is to bring back the joy of
giving through the holidays through creating hand made gifts for
family and friends. When a person of any age creates a gift by hand
for loved ones it becomes a treasure that grows more valuable with
each passing year”. Grund went on to say, “The personal expression
gives meaning to each piece of art. Creating gifts with a group of
family or friends can become a tradition and, though not expensive,
these gifts are treasures”.
Festivities will be held from noon to 6 p.m on Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, and
21. The event is free to the public.
Sponsored by H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation
Old Town Artisan Studios
78046 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta, CA 92253
You may also like the following events from Old Town Artisan Studio:
This Saturday, 26th October, 12:00 pm, Finger Knitting Workshop in
Next Tuesday, 29th October, 10:00 am, Expressions in Paint Course
in La Quinta
Next Tuesday, 29th October, 10:00 am, Introduction to Ceramics
Course in La Quinta
|Mojave Maxine is getting ready for brumation!
Maxine is almost in brumation! Take part in our annual Mojave
Maxine Contest and predict when she will make her 2020
debut. Students (K-12) in nine southern California counties
have the opportunity to participate in the contest.
|HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS TREE CHEESE BALL:
This cheese ball starts with a flavorful mixture of cream cheese,
shredded cheddar, green onions, pimientos, and spices.
Once ingredients are well combined, let the mixture chill in the
refrigerator for at least an hour before shaping. This will make
working with it much easier. I created the tree shape using my hands
(in a v-shape with palms together) on a clean kitchen counter. Just
roll the mixture back and forth and shape as you go.
Once your Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is formed, you’re ready to
decorate. I recommend starting with tomatoes, then adding chopped
parsley, followed by almonds and red pepper.
As you can probably see, I added the almonds before the parsley
and this was a bit more challenging. Also, feel free to use whatever
garnishes you like. I found that tomatoes, almonds, and peppers
work well with the flavors of the cheeseball, but decorate your
Christmas Tree Cheese Ball with whatever suits you.
Two quick tips. First, use a yellow pepper to create the star on top of
the tree. I found it easier to cut out the star with kitchen shears rather
than a knife. Second, if any parsley sticks to the almonds or
tomatoes, gently brush it off with a clean pastry brush.
Your Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is now ready to serve. I promise it
will be the merriest appetizer on your table!
While it takes a bit longer to put together (maybe an extra 10
minutes), I think the results are well worth it. Your guests will
definitely be impressed with the special touch of holiday merriment.
CHRISTMAS TREE CHEESE BALL RECIPE:
| prep time: 20 mins
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
4 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions chopped
1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 yellow pepper chopped and cut into a star
Assorted crackers and pretzels
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fully. Beat in cheddar
cheese, onions, pimientos, butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic
powder, salt, and pepper.
Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Roll and press the cheese ball mixture into the shape of a Christmas
Garnish first with the cherry tomato halves, then add parsley,
followed by the sliced almonds and peppers.
Serve with assorted crackers and pretzels.
|What is Dog Walker Watch? Paw Patrol
A crime awareness program that encourages dog walkers
throughout the area to assist as “extra eyes and ears” in the
ongoing crime prevention efforts.
Those who know the neighborhood best (you) now become more
aware and less hesitant to report
How Paw Patrol Works
The program trains you how to effectively observe and report
criminal activity as you are routinely out in your neighborhood.
THE GOAL OF PAW PATROL
Let criminals know that dog walkers DO REPORT suspicious
activity. Criminals will then go elsewhere!
THE POLICE NEED YOUR HELP!
What is Suspicious?
People aren’t suspicious, behavior is!
Does the person(s) appear to have a destination?
Is the person(s) in a hurry? (i.e. sense of urgency).
A person or child resisting the advances of another individual.
Unusual behavior: walking to rear of property, canvassing,
unusual mental or physical symptoms.
It’s that gut feeling that something is wrong.
Example Of Suspicious Behavior
An individual knocks on your door and claims to be at the wrong
location, asks for a nonexistent person, or appears suspicious.
A uniform and clipboard does not mean they are who they appear
Local canvassing and solicitation laws (time, registration, etc.)
When Should I Call 9-1-1?
Anytime a police response is needed.
REMEMBER:You are not bothering us.
What To Know When You Call
Nature of the emergency:
What is going on?
Description of subject.
Weapons? Time of incident.
Where are you?:
Address, street name,
landmark, location, etc.
Your name and your phone number.
Are you available to speak with an officer?
Let the operator ask the questions.
Please remain calm and speak clearly.
Inadvertently call 9-1-1?
Don’t hang up.
How Can I Stay Safe?
Break your routine. If you typically walk at 6:30PM around the
block - change it up.
Bring a flashlight at night. And, don’t forget your cell phone.
Lock your door. Keep a television or light on to create the
impression you’re home.
© Dog Walker Watch™ is a registered trademark of National
|What is something you think every cat owner should know?
As a cat person, cat rescuer, and TNR advocate, this is what I think
every cat owner should know:
Getting a cat is a long-time commitment and if you are not committed
to having a cat for the next 20 years, don’t get one.
Cats are not like dogs Obvious, but you’d be surprised.
Cats don’t enjoy being scared from behind or roughhoused or their
Cats choose to love you, they don’t HAVE to love you.
Wagging tails in cats is NOT a good sign. Do NOT engage!
Cats have feelings, too. They get heartbroken at being left by their
people. They are living, breathing, FEELING beings and deserve to
be treated as such.
Indoor cats live longer and safer lives.
Cats are only semi-domesticated. They are closer to their instincts
than most dogs, so they MUST have stimulation. A seat in front of a
window, cat trees, toys, anything that helps engage their play/hunting
drive. If possible, build them a protected catio where they can hang
out and enjoy life. It’s great for their mental health and they will be
happier and more well-adjusted because of it.
Spaying and neutering is NOT optional and no, your cat does NOT
need to have a litter of kittens or get himself some before losing his
Cat sex hurts the female cat because the unneutered male cat’s
penis is barbed. Get them fixed.
Cats are family too and are NOT disposable
Pet cats do NOT do ‘okay’ outside being dumped in the woods or
farms. They RARELY survive and only do when someone finds them
quickly and bothers to help them find a different home. Dumping
them is NOT better than shelters.
Litter boxes are a necessity. If you don’t like the smell, don’t get a
cat. Those fancy cat boxes with lids or electric scooping? NOT a
good idea with some cats.
Cats have claws. If you are more attached to your furniture than a
living being, do NOT get a cat. You can train them to use cat trees
and scratching posts, but accidents happen. Declawing is amputation
Kittens are only kittens for a short period of time. Enjoy their energy
and play. It won’t last forever.
Kittens are destructive. It won’t last forever.
Yarn is NOT an acceptable toy for a cat and it is dangerous.
There is no substitution for veterinary care. Home remedies rarely
work as well as medicine; otherwise, they would already be medicine!
Cats need to go to the vet just like dogs do.
Cats all have different personalities. You do not get to abandon your
cat just because he is not perfect.
Indoor cats NEED flea medicine too!
Please make arrangements for the care of your pets in the event of
an emergency or death!
Leave a notecard in your wallet or purse with your cats and the
person to call to care for them!
Lastly, LOVE them. Truly, love them.
|Here’s how to make the perfect pie.
Making pie crust isn’t the hardest baking project in the world, but it
does come with pitfalls, and every baker seems to have an opinion
on the best way to make one. Some swear by a shot of vodka; others
are leaf lard or bust. The most common debate, though, is on the
merits of shortening versus butter. Shortening, its advocates argue,
makes for easy-to-roll, easy-to-shape crust with guaranteed
tenderness and flakiness. It even comes in a butter flavor option, so
you don’t miss out!
But according to Stella Parks, the author of the award-winning
baking book Bravetart and a senior editor at Serious Eats, “it
honestly just depends on the recipe. All things being equal,” she
says, “there’s more fat per ounce of shortening than butter, and
because shortening has a higher melting point than butter, it’s more
forgiving to work with, so it might give the appearance of more
tenderness.” But any pie crust should have enough fat, no matter the
source, to produce a tender and flaky crust, she continues. It’s really
about how you work the fat into the flour. “I think shortening can be
easier for beginners, but on the flipside, it’s not delicious.”
|BDCA Real Estate Purchase
Several BDCA Board members have gotten calls from residents
asking questions that were not addressed in the ballot materials
about the proposed purchase of the lot adjacent to the
Administration building near the main gate.
Here are the most common questions and the Board’s answers.
ü Why is the BDCA Board proposing to purchase the property at
Following a recent review of our Reserve Account we were told
by the Auditor that the Association was seriously over funded in
the account. He further advised the Board that if the Association
did not reduce the amount of money in our Reserves there could
be serious negative tax consequences as our Association is a
ü Why can’t the Board just refund the excess money to the
Since the excess funds have been accumulated over many years
it is impossible to determine a fair way to distribute the funds. We
have over 1200 properties, many of which have been sold/resold.
Additionally, the Adams-Stirling law firm which specializes in
assisting Associations like ours, advised strongly against doing
ü Will the Annual Dues be reduced since there is excess money?
At this time no reduction is being considered. In the event that the
membership does not approve the property purchase a dues
reduction could be considered in future budget years.
ü Why did the Board decide to purchase property with the excess
Over the past two years the Board has been actively working to
improve, replace and repair all items for which the Association is
responsible. Many improvements are obvious, such as upgrading
the flowers by the main entrance, the holiday lighting and
decorating, and the permanent decorative lighting on the
Additionally, permanent new rope lighting on the eight palm trees
at the main entrance has just been completed and we will soon
have our colorful holiday lighting for the holidays installed.
Many other projects that are not so obvious have also been
accomplished such as the replacement of fountain equipment
including pumps and timers.
Given that current law seriously restricts how Reserve funds can
be spent and because the Association has completed all projects
for which the Association is responsible, the BDCA Board
determined that purchasing property within the community was
the most fiscally sound and prudent expenditure of the
Association’s excess Reserves.
ü What about the rumors that a clubhouse or similar building is
going to be built on the property?
Please be assured that there are absolutely no plans at this time
to build anything on the property. That may be a consideration in
the future but for now the property would be held as an asset of
the Association. It would be an asset which would likely increase
in value over time without increasing money in Reserves.
If you have additional questions please contact Charlie Bishop,
BDCA Board President, at email@example.com or (760) 861-
7099 or Barbara Black, BDCA Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (760) 851-440
|Note from Donna and Bob
We SUPPORT the purchase of this property...and hope you
|HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE
BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB
|Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but
be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the
Bob and I were very disappointed that the Community did
not respond to the ballots sent out for the BDSA and BDCA
So, we are asking you...what can we do as a community to
inspire people enough to care about where we live?
We personally feel most of our apathy is caused by no real
connection to one another. No meeting place, no 'off leash'
dog park in other words, no way to get together.
The Club is now private and unless you are a member you
are not generally invited to participate. The Club members
have lots of opportunities to socialize and share goals.
We hope you will vote YES on the purchase of Lot #1 on the
corner of Adams St and Bermuda Dunes Drive.
RESCHEDULED - BDSA Annual Meeting - November 25,
Dear BDSA members,
Please be advised that the BDSA Annual Meeting has been
rescheduled due to lack of quorum. The meeting has been
rescheduled to Monday, November 25, 2019 in order to receive
more ballots. Click attachment for the updated annual meeting
Ballots must be received by Friday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m. or
in person at the Annual Meeting at Bermuda Dunes Country Club
by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25 (before ballot counting
begins) in order to be counted. Please ensure you sign your
ballot and write your Bermuda Dunes address on the return
Mail your ballot to:
Bermuda Dunes Security Association Inspector of Elections
c/o Desert Resort Management
42-635 Melanie Place
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Or drop off your ballot at Desert Resort Management:
42-635 Melanie Place, Suite 103 Palm Desert, CA 92211
If you did not receive a ballot, contact management as soon as
possible with your mailing address of choice and a replacement
can be mailed to you or picked up at the above address.
Director of Marketing/Business Development
Community Association Manager
Behalf of the Board of Directors
Bermuda Dunes Security Association
BERMUDA DUNES SECURITY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL
MEETING AGENDA MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2019 4:00 P.M.
TABULATION OF BALLOTS 5:30 P.M. BUSINESS MEETING
BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB, 42-765 ADAMS ST.,
BERMUDA DUNES, CA 92203
I. CALL TO ORDER – Ballot Counting (4:00 PM)
a. Announcement of Inspector of Elections b. Announcement of
Quorum and Begin Counting Ballots
II. BUSINESS PORTION OF ANNUAL MEETING – Business
portion of meeting begins (5:30 PM) a. Introductions b. Current
Board of Directors c. Management Company Representative
III. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
IV. TREASURER’S REPORT
V. COMMITTEE REPORTS
VI. OPEN FORUM
VII. REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ELECTION a. Announcement
of Election Results
There may be a brief Organizational Meeting of the Board
immediately following the Annual Meeting to determine the
Officers for the coming year.
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS Immediately following the Annual Meeting
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
|OUTDOOR CAT & SMALL DOG OWNERS:
Coyotes near Lima Hall. Let your pets in
|Please join us in celebrating the Winter Season at the Desert
Winds Holiday Concert - Sounds of the Holidays. Tickets
are available now and may be purchased at:
DONNA AND BOB NELSON
|COMMENTS FROM COMMUNITY
|Donna, I meant to ask earlier so you could post it in your next
blog: do you remember there was a recommendation for a very
nice gentleman who cleaned out garages at a reasonable price?
Mine has very little clutter, but it needs a good cleaning. There
isn’t a listing in the vendor section.
Sat 11/16/2019 6:01 AM
Bob, the new paving on Port Maria feels lumpy and bumpy.
Let me know what you think?
Can the paving contractor do anything about it?
Went over to see what you are talking about...then drove all the
new roads. It appears they are all in the same condition.
Contact Robert Nagels for an answer.
|White Flowering Plants for the Southwest Landscape:
Some people tend to overlook white flowers in favor of flashier colors
such as yellow, orange or red. But did you know that white flowers
can help show off the other colors in your landscape by providing
In addition, white flowering plants also have a visually cooling effect
in the garden, which is a welcome sight in the Southwest where
summers are hot.
I’d like to share with you some of my favorite white flowers, all of
which do well in the Southwestern landscape.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no
additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through
and make a purchase.
Bush Morning Glory (Convolvulus cneorum)
Pretty white flowers with yellow centers are just one of the reasons
people love Bush Morning Glory. Its silvery foliage is another great
color that it adds to the landscape.
In the desert, the flowers appear for several weeks in spring before
fading away. However, the silvery foliage is evergreen and will add
great color contrast when planted nearby plants with dark green
Do you have an area that gets full afternoon sun and reflected heat?
Bush Morning Glory can easily handle it while looking great.
Hardy to zone 8, bush morning glory grows approximately 2 ft. tall
and 4 ft. wide. Prune back in spring, after flowering has finished by
1/2 its size.
White Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
White Gaura is a flowering perennial that has a prominent place in
my landscape. It has small flowers, shaped like small butterflies, that
start out pink and turn white as they bloom.
This lovely perennial does best in filtered sun and flowers in spring
and fall. It requires little maintenance other then shearing it back in
spring to 1/2 its size.
White gaura is related to the pink variety ‘Siskyou Pink’, but has a
bushier appearance and grows larger – approximately 2 1/2 ft. wide
and tall. This native perennial is hardy to zone 6 gardens.
‘White Cloud’ Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens ‘White Cloud’)
While most of us are more familiar with the purple flowering Texas
sage shrubs, there is a white variety that is well worth adding to your
‘White Cloud’ Texas Sage can grow large, 6+ feet tall and wide, if
given enough space. It thrives in full sun and in summer and fall,
periodic flushes of white flowers cover the silvery green foliage.
Avoid the temptation to excessively prune this shrub, which
decreases the flowering and is not healthy for this type of shrub.
Hardy to zone 7, this shrub looks great when used as an informal
hedge or against a wall.
Hedgetrimmers aren’t needed for pruning Texas sage. My Corona
Compound Loppers are what I’ve used to prune mine for over 10
years with some hand pruning as needed for wayward branches.