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Labor Day Weekend in the Desert

by The Desert Sun

Looking for adventures this Labor Day Weekend? The Desert Sun compiled some great ideas!


11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Swing on by the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs for live DJs and poolside drinks to start the weekend. Must be 21.

Visit either The Coachella Valley Brewing Company or La Quinta Brewing Company for tours and samplings of locally-crafted beers.

Enjoy dinner at Sirocco, the hotel restaurant at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Nearby restaurants include Cork Tree, Arnold Palmer's, Morgan's in the Desert or Shabu Shabu Zen and Sake Bar.

8 p.m.: Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine take us back to the '60s with their performance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Toast the end of the evening with drinks at the casino bar, 12th Floor Cocktail Lounge & Wine Bar.


Keedy's Fountain Grill in Palm Desert, serves up inspired dishes including hotcakes, chili cheese omelet or the Tex-mex scramble. There are also classic sandwiches on the menu including the Reuben, tuna melt or French dip. Other great brunch spots include Rick's Desert Grill, FARM or Wilma & Frieda's Cafe.

Visit the Childrens's Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs Air Museum or the Palm Desert location of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

7 p.m.: The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is bringing the flavor of the big island to the valley with their Hawaiin Luau BBQ on Sunday - activities happening all weekend. The menu includes lomi-lomi salmon, seared swordfish and Kalbi beef ribs. And a true luau wouldn't be complete without Polynesian dance and music following dinner.


Take last-minute advantage before "season" of lowered rates at many of the area's golf courses, including Indian Canyons Golf Resort, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Visit Wet 'n' Wild in Palm Springs. Through Labor Day Weekend only, tickets purchased online are $19.99.

Grab a pie at Bill's Pizza Palm Springs and close out the weekend with a sweet treat at Great Shakes, Nitroinfusions, Beach House Frozen Yogurt or your favorite ice cream shack.

Labor Day Weekend Guide

Certified Farmers' Market Palm Springs, 401 S. Pavilion Way, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 898-5250.

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 325-9676.

Coachella Valley Brewing Company, 30640 Gunther Street, Thousand Palms. Information: or (760) 343-5973.

La Quinta Brewing Company, 77917 Wildcat Drive, Palm Desert. Information: or (760) 200-2597.

Sirocco, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. Information: or (760) 773-4444.

Cork Tree, 74950 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert. Information: or (760) 779-0123.

Arnold Palmer's, 78164 52nd Avenue, La Quinta. Information: or (760) 771-4653.

Morgan's in the Desert, 49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta. Information: or (760) 564-7600.

Shabu Shabu Zen Sake and Wine Bar, 71680 California Highway 111, Suite F, Rancho Mirage. Information: or (760) 779-5000.

Brian Wilson with Al Jardine, 8 p.m. Saturday. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. $29-$69. Information: or (760) 342-5000.

Keedy's Fountain Grill, 73633 Highway 111, Palm Desert. Information: (760) 346-6492.

Rick's Desert Grill, 1596 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 325-2127.

FARM, 6 La Plaza, Palm Springs. Information: (760) 322-2724.

Wilma & Frieda's Cafe, 73575 El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert. Information: or (760) 773-2807.

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, 71701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage. Information: or (760) 321-0602.

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, 219 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 323-0151.

Palm Springs Art Museum of Palm Desert, 72-567 Highway 11, Palm Desert. Information: or (760) 346-5600.

Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. Information: www.palmspringsairmuseum.or or (760) 778-6262.

Bat Country Labor Day Blast, 5 p.m. Sunday. Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Road, Twentynine Palms. $10. Information: (760) 361-2810.

Labor Day Hawaiian Weekend, 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. show, Master's Plaza, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage. $38 adults, children 6-12 $15. Information: or (760) 328-5955.

Indian Canyons Golf Resort, 1097 E. Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 833-8704.

Desert Willow Golf Resort, 38-995 Desert Willow Drive, Palm Desert. Information: or (760) 346-0015.

Indian Wells Golf Resort, 44-500 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. Information: or (760) 346-4653.

Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs, 1500 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 327-0499.

Great Shakes, 160 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Information: or (760) 327-5300.

Nitroinfusions, 78010 Main Street #108, La Quinta. Information: or (760) 771-0700.

Beach House Frozen Yogurt, 72363 Highway 111, Palm Desert. Information: or (760) 773-5400.


--As Compiled by The Desert Sun

Mortgage Rates - As of 8/29/14

by Rob Zwemmer


History of Labor Day

by Rob Zwemmer

Labor Day - A History

Labor Day is always observed on the first Monday of September as a salute to the contributions and achievements of the American workforce. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday exactly one year later. The first Monday in September was selected as the officially holiday in 1884, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow what New York had began, and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. With the growth of labor organizations, the concept for Labor Day spread, and in 1885 it was observed in numerous industrial center around the country. President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894.

Celebrate all of the hard work put forth by American workers of yesterday and today that build, strengthen and support our great country with their own unique contributions.

Exercise Benefits for Those Over 50

by Rob Zwemmer

An active lifestyle is important for everyone, and particularly for people over 50. Regular exercise boosts energy level, lower’s blood pressure, manages symptoms of illness, and the pain that comes from arthritis. Studies indicate that a lifestyle full of activity can reverse some symptoms of aging. Your mind and body benefits from daily walks, and a sensible exercise regimen.

Maintaining a daily exercise routine is not easy. It takes commitment, discipline and time. Always try to make the time - even a half hour of activity will keep you feeling fit, and help you in managing weight. You will see the difference in your whole outlook on life as you get your daily dose of exercise.

As your metabolism slows as you age, maintaining a healthy weight is difficult. The things you were able to eat before may be the things you need to eat in moderation, or cut out completely. Exercise will help you burn more calories, build and strengthen your muscles, and keep you in check weight-wise.

Cardio workouts through jogging and walking help lower blood pressure and keep you heart healthy; reducing the risks of heart attack or stroke.

If you have mobility problems due to arthritis or osteoporosis, daily exercise can help improve your overall flexibility, posture, strength, and help you reduce the risk of falling. Building and maintaining your strength and improving balance is imperative as you get older.

You will find that a regular and sensible exercise routine will also help you relax more and improve your sleep. You actually begin to keep your mind more active and ultimately slow the progression of brain disorders that can occur such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise routine. If you have mobility issues, illness challenges and symptoms, you both can select the workouts that will suit you best. You may want to take to the tennis court, try swimming regularly, hiking, biking or joining a yoga class. Exercise can be fun and shared with others. Make it fun, make it social and stay helathy!

Restaurant Review - Egg Cafe in La Quinta

by Rob Zwemmer

Egg Café
One of La Quinta’s best-kept secrets is this quaint little café located in the former Ralph’s Shopping Center near Old Town. Discover a wonderful breakfast and luncheon menu with one of the best omelets you will ever have! Daily specials and a menu complete with old favorites like a BLT and croissant sandwiches with a side of fruit or cole slaw. The friendly staff accommodates you in every way, serving healthy gluten-free and organic selections.  For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Breakfast Burrito stuffed with fluffy eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes. At lunch many love the strawberry arugula salad with avocado lime dressing, or the La Quinta burger with seasoned fresh-cut potatoes! Another fave is the Grilled Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with Marinara Sauce! Try it, you’ll like it!  Phone: 760-564-3223


Coachella Valley City Price Per Sq Ft

by Rob Zwemmer

The lower-priced cities of Coachella, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs, which received the greatest level of speculation activity eight years ago, still show measureable gains. La Quinta, which experienced the strongest price gains a year ago, is flat price wise over the last twelve months.

-per Market Watch, Monthly Desert Housing Report

Inspiration For Today: How's Your Credit?

by Rob Zwemmer

Ever hear someone say, "I have good credit"? They are probably referring to their credit "rating" - a score bestowed upon them by creditors, banks or rating agencies. Simply stating, "I have good credit" changes nothing, nor does the statement merit the attention of creditors. Credit can only be given by others for service to them, i.e. paying them on time.
So, credit is the result of serving others - in many ways. You cannot claim education, victory, experience, success, reputation, or a suave demeanor. Each of these is a gift from others, as a result of your service to them. Friends recognize your courage as a result of your being cool under pressure. Your success is recognized by others only once you have served them well. Knowledge of your career field is recognized by others only after it's been applied to situations in the form of more service.
In the accounting world of income and expense, a debit is something paid out, while a credit is something received. Thus all credits are received from others - not by our own making. The debits - what we pay out - are our efforts, persistence, and service. How they are rated is not under our control, but is determined by those served.
Without service, there are few rewards. Yet, you've seen those who insist on getting more attention than they deserve. They feel they're being short changed, that they are not appreciated, that they are always the victim. If you look more closely at their contributions, you are also likely to see the dearth of service they are offering.
With service, credit follows. It may be subtle or quite visible - but it always follows. Concentrate on what you have to offer and forget the rewards. Those who are served will pick up the tab!

La Quinta Real Estate Market Update

by Rob Zwemmer

Average Listing Price
    for week ending Aug 13


Median Sales Price
    May '14 - Aug '14


Home Standings
    781 Homes for Sale
    6 Open Homes
    965 Recently Sold
    148 Foreclosures

Average price per square foot for La Quinta was $199, an increase of 1.5% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in La Quinta for May 14 to Aug 14 was $360,000 based on 290 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 2.7%, or $10,000, and the number of home sales decreased 20.5%. There are currently 781 resale and new homes in La Quinta on Trulia, including 6 open houses, as well as 148 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in La Quinta was $763,141 for the week ending Aug 13, which represents an increase of 0.2%, or $1,519, compared to the prior week.


Summer Tip: Ice Cream

by Rob Zwemmer

Try putting your ice cream in a Ziplock bag before putting it in the freezer. This will keep it from getting rock hard, and keep it as soft as the day you bought it. Your spoon will never bend again!

Cookin' Up Some Quick Fixes in the Kitchen

by Rob Zwemmer

Here are a few quick fixes for gas or electric stoves/ranges in your kitchen:

Gas Stove

Gas stove burner won't light? Something may have boiled over and plugged the igniter, so try a toothbrush to clean off the food spills. On an electronic ignition stove, it's a little ceramic nub located either on the stovetop or under the ceramic seal strike plate. Also make sure that the round ceramic seal strike plate is properly seated on the burner.

Electric Range

If your stove's burner won't heat up, try turning it off and pulling it out from the socket, then plug it in again and make a tight contact. If it feels loose, remove the burner again and gently bend the burner prongs slightly outward to get a tighter connection. Perform this very gently!

Standing Gas Pilot Range

Pop the lid to check out the ignition in an older standard gas range; hinged usually on the back. If the pilot is out, poke a needle into the pilot hole to remove any soot build-up. Do this gently and not make the hole wider. Clean off with a brush and clean the tube leading from pilot to burner. Now it's safe to light the pilot.

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Zwemmer Realty Group Ca.BRE# 01704275
Luxury Homes by Keller Williams
50981 Washington Street
La Quinta CA 92253
Fax: 760-610-0304