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Mortgage Update - As of June 28, 2014

by Rob Zwemmer

 

 

 

 

4th of July Events Around Palm Springs!

by Rob Zwemmer

 

July 3rd Fireworks at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Indio
What: Fireworks on the 3rd at Fantasy Springs   
When: Thursday, July 3rd
* FIREWORKS BLAST OFF AT 9PM
Where: Eagle Falls Golf Course
       84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio
          
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino invite the community to attend a free fireworks event, the day before Independence Day.
* Watch the fireworks from area around Eagle Falls pro shop and surrounding parking lot
* All ages welcome
* Bring blankets and folding chairs
* Refreshments available for purchase
* Come early for a good spot
* Public parking permitted in the dirt/gravel parking lot closest to the Eagle Falls Golf Course Pro Shop (follow signs for Eagle Falls) and in the casino’s west and north lots
4th of July Fireworks & Power Baseball Game
Friday, July 4 from 6pm-10pm 
1901 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA, 92262 
Celebrate with a bang at the Palm Springs Stadium for the “All American Fourth of July” fireworks spectacular and Power Baseball extravaganza. You can enjoy swimming, music, the game and a dazzling fireworks show! Free admission for the fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy.
Palm Springs Baseball Stadium
1901 E. Baristo Rd.
Palm Desert's Independence Day Celebration 
It’s a wonderful annual tradition, the City of Palm Desert’s Independence Day Celebration at Palm Desert Civic Center Park! Come out and celebrate with live music, fireworks and fun. Bring a picnic, blankets and chairs. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and portable BBQs are not allowed. For more info call:  760-346-0611
Palm Desert Aquatic Center for a Cool 4th!
This unique water park will offer extended hours on the 4th of July, so you can view the fireworks show from the pool! It’s located right behind Civic Center Park and opens at 11am and will close following the fireworks show at 9pm. Come early, there will be a few street closures. For shuttle bus info call: (760) 565-7467
 
Independence Day Celebration Benefitting AIDS Assistance Program
Join supporters of the AIDS Assistance Program at the legendary O’Donnell House. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $100 per person. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Valet parking. Contact 760-325-8481 for more info, or purchase online at www.aidsassistance.org.
Historic O'Donnell House, 412 West Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs
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July 3rd Fireworks at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Indio

An early kick-off to the holiday! FIREWORKS BLAST OFF AT 9PM

Eagle Falls Golf Course       84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio          

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino invite you to attend a free fireworks event, the day before Independence Day. Watch the exciting fireworks spectacular from the area around Eagle Falls pro shop and surrounding parking lot. Bring your blankets and folding chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Public parking permitted in the dirt/gravel parking lot closest to the Eagle Falls Golf Course Pro Shop (follow signs for Eagle Falls) and in the casino’s west and north lots.


4th of July Fireworks & Power Baseball Game

Friday, July 4 - 6pm-10pm 

1901 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs

Celebrate with a bang at the Palm Springs Stadium for the “All American Fourth of July” fireworks spectacular and Power Baseball extravaganza. You can enjoy swimming, music, the baseball game, and a dazzling fireworks show! Free admission for the fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy.


Palm Desert's Independence Day Celebration 

It’s a wonderful annual tradition, the City of Palm Desert’s Independence Day Celebration at Palm Desert Civic Center Park! Come out and celebrate with live music, fireworks and fun. Bring a picnic, blankets and chairs. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and portable BBQs are not allowed. For more info call:  760-346-0611


Palm Desert Aquatic Center for a Cool 4th!

This unique water park will offer extended hours on the 4th of July, so you can view the fireworks show from the pool! It’s located right behind Civic Center Park and opens at 11am and will close following the fireworks show at 9pm. Come early, there will be a few street closures. For shuttle bus info call: (760) 565-7467 


Independence Day Celebration Benefitting AIDS Assistance Program

Join supporters of the AIDS Assistance Program at the legendary O’Donnell House. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $100 per person. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Valet parking. Contact 760-325-8481 for more info, or purchase online at www.aidsassistance.org.

Historic O'Donnell House, 412 West Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

Have a Happy 4th of July!



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Health Tips - Keep Yourself Well & Feeling Great!

by Rob Zwemmer

Practicing good health and adopting healthy habits into your day will keep you well and feeling great.

-- Learn to do stretching exercises when you first wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion and eases back pain.

-- Don't skip eating breakfast! You've probably heard it is the most important meal of the day, and it is! Studies show it is one of the best things to do if you are dieting.

-- Change your routine periodically. Researchers adopted the term "neurobics" into our language, referring to tasks that activate the brain's biochemical pathways and bring new pathways to strengthen or preserve brain circuits. So change up the same old routine; take a different path to work, have breakfast before getting dressed, etc.

-- Enjoying a glass of wine a day is really good for you. An antioxidant known as "polyphenols" contained in red wine, green teak and olives may protect against breast cancer. 

-- Get in your important daily calcium by drinking milk, eating yogurt or taking a daily vitamin. Keep your bones strong. 

-- After exercising, refrain from eating carbohydrates for at least an hour. This forces your body to break down body fat, rathern than using the food you start eating. Keep that post-exercise snack to fruit and fluids.

-- Find out your family history. Know the risk factors that may run in your family. This information could be life saving and help you determine how you will eat, drink, exercise to avert problems as you get older.

Have a healthy day!

 

 

 


 

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Inspiration for Today: Make Something Out of Nothing!

by Rob Zwemmer

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." 
 
~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) 
 
MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING! 
 
When's the last time someone told you it's okay to screw things up? Well, unless you're a neurosurgeon or a ballot counter, it's okay! For most of us, a mistake is an action that can be corrected - it's not usually the end of the world, although we're sometimes made to feel that way. Everyone makes mistakes, so don't let somebody else tell you that your mistakes are any worse than theirs. 
 
Of course, we all prefer to succeed rather than to fail. Just remember that most successes actually are the result of at least one failure, if not dozens. Just imagine the realm of scientific discovery - almost every step forward in the name of science really came from taking a lot of steps back! Although trying does not always mean you'll succeed, you'll obviously never succeed without at least trying. 
 
Our mistakes are at least a sign of effort (and of room for improvement!). We just have to keep going until we get it right - study harder, pay more attention to details, listen more carefully. There is honor in persistence - you can't be faulted unless you just give up. We're taught from an early age that mistakes are acceptable as long as you learn from them. 
 
By focusing only on successfully reaching our destination, we tend to overlook the journey and all we can learn (and teach) along the way. Every mistake is an opportunity from which either we or our peers can learn something. In "Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun," author Wess Roberts illustrates that "every hun is useful, if only to serve as a bad example." 
 
We all know the adage about "nothing ventured, nothing gained." If we do nothing, then we teach nothing, learn nothing, and gain nothing. If we are afraid of failure, then we are ultimately doomed to experience it. Embrace life's challenges, do the best that you can do, and be willing to accept the consequences! Make mistakes, but at least make something!

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."  ~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) 

MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING!  When's the last time someone told you it's okay to screw things up? Well, unless you're a neurosurgeon or a ballot counter, it's okay! For most of us, a mistake is an action that can be corrected - it's not usually the end of the world, although we're sometimes made to feel that way. Everyone makes mistakes, so don't let somebody else tell you that your mistakes are any worse than theirs.  Of course, we all prefer to succeed rather than to fail. Just remember that most successes actually are the result of at least one failure, if not dozens. Just imagine the realm of scientific discovery - almost every step forward in the name of science really came from taking a lot of steps back! Although trying does not always mean you'll succeed, you'll obviously never succeed without at least trying.  Our mistakes are at least a sign of effort (and of room for improvement!). We just have to keep going until we get it right - study harder, pay more attention to details, listen more carefully. There is honor in persistence - you can't be faulted unless you just give up. We're taught from an early age that mistakes are acceptable as long as you learn from them.  By focusing only on successfully reaching our destination, we tend to overlook the journey and all we can learn (and teach) along the way. Every mistake is an opportunity from which either we or our peers can learn something. In "Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun," author Wess Roberts illustrates that "every hun is useful, if only to serve as a bad example."  We all know the adage about "nothing ventured, nothing gained." If we do nothing, then we teach nothing, learn nothing, and gain nothing. If we are afraid of failure, then we are ultimately doomed to experience it. Embrace life's challenges, do the best that you can do, and be willing to accept the consequences! Make mistakes, but at least make something!

Inspiration For Today: Be Free!

by Rob Zwemmer

 "Leaders are like eagles. They don't flock - you find them one at a time."  ~ Unattributed
 
BE FREE!
 
In Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits," he talks about focusing on the important to the exclusion of the unimportant. In his own words, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."
 
See if you recognize which motivational trainer espoused this similar philosophy:
 
"There are things within your power, and there are things beyond your power. Within your power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion; in a word, whatever affairs are your own. Beyond your power are body, property, reputation, office; in a word, affairs not properly your own. Concern yourself only with what is within your power.
 
The essence of good consists of things within your own power; with them there is no room for envy or emulation. For your part, do not desire to be a general, or a senator, or a consul, but to be free; and the only way to do this is a disregard of things which do not lie within your own power."
 
If you guessed Zig Ziglar, Howard Brinton, or Anthony Robbins, guess again. Its author referred to it as a "field manual for soldiers." It was carried by Frederick the Great on all his campaigns. It was written by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.
 
Stephen Covey conveys a similar message when he suggests drawing two concentric circles with a dot in the middle. He equates the dot in the middle to you, the first circle as your area of influence, and the outside circle as your area of concern. He suggests that you concentrate only on the circle of influence, things which you have the power to influence or change. He advises that you disregard those in the area of concern over which you have no influence or power.
 
YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK:
 
How much time and energy are you wasting through worry and concern over things you cannot control? Focus your energy and your life on the "main thing" beginning now - then watch your circle of influence begin to grow. Do it now!

World Giraffe Day at The Living Desert

by Rob Zwemmer

The Living Desert invites you to spend the longest day of the year celebrating the longest-necked animal for World Giraffe Day - Saturday, June 21st, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

The celebration is set to include giraffe education, keeper chats, giraffe enrichment, arts and crafts and more! The special event is included in General Admission.

Cost: $17.25 Adults - $15.75 Senior & Military - $8.75 Children 3-12 - Free under 3

The Road Not Taken

by Rob Zwemmer

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN 
 
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 
 
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 
 
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back. 
 
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." 
-Robert Frost

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN  

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both,
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,  
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." 

-Robert Frost

Olive Crest: Maria, A Life Transformed

by Olive Crest

Maria, 10, came to Olive Crest after her father lost his job. They were homeless and he needed treatment for alcohol addiction. Maria stayed with a Safe Family while her father got the help he needed. He was able to secure work and an apartment. Maria and her dad have been reunited and doing well. The following is a letter, as written by Maria, to her Olive Crest Safe Family.

 

 

Inspiration for Today: Everyone Has A Story in Life

by Rob Zwemmer

 

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity,
suddenly he again exclaimed…
“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…
“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”
The old man smiled and said…
“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

A 24-year old man seeing out from the train’s window shouted…“Dad, look the trees are going behind!” Dad smiled, and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24-year old’s childish behavior with pity. Suddenly he again, exclaimed…“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!” The couple couldn’t resist saying something to the Dad…“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The Dad smiled and said…“I did, and we are just coming from the hospital. My son was blind from birth, and he just got his eye sight restored today!"

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

What's Happening the 1st June Weekend!

by Rob Zwemmer

 

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM COD Street Fair 
340 Vendors offering New Merchandise, Food Court, Arts and Crafts and Farmers Market. The fair is an open-air shopping experience with something for everyone!
Cost: Free
College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert
Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week event concludes today. Experience the best in dining
at many of your favorite restaurants. Three-course meals are offered for $26 or $38.
All Weekend it's "Discover the Dinosaurs", a fun and educational event that delves into the 
mystery of prehistoric life. The exhibit is open Sunday at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Call (760) 325-6611 for information.

 

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM COD Street Fair 
340 Vendors offer an array of new merchandise, arts and crafts, fabulous food served at the food court and a farmer's market! The fair is an open-air shopping experience with something for everyone! Free admission. College of the Desert, 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert

Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week event concludes today. Experience the best in dining at many of your favorite restaurants. Three-course meals are offered for $26 or $38.

All Weekend it's "Discover the Dinosaurs", a fun and educational event that delves into the mystery of prehistoric life. The exhibit is open Sunday at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Call (760) 325-6611 for information.

Make it a great weekend!

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