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Monday, Nov. 21 | 🌤️ 74°/50°

Happy Monday and what we hope is the start of a short work week for you (It is for us). Before you head out to find cranberries for your Thanksgiving dinner, however, we wanted to take time to thank you. Late last week we surpassed 12,000 subscribers (!). Not to get too far into the weeds of the news business, but for a newsroom that's only 21 months old, that's not too shabby. We're proud that you put your trust in us. We do not take that lightly!
 
🎶 Setting the mood: 9 to 5” by Dolly Parton

Leading off: The final countdown?

Clockwise, from top left: Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege, Greg Wallis, Scott Nevins, and Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner.

Thirteen days after votes began to be counted in the Nov. 8 General Election, the fate of two members of the Palm Springs City Council who were on the ballot, and their opponents, continues to remain in a state of suspense.

Driving the news: After both Riverside and San Bernardino counties reported additional counts Saturday evening, Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege, a Democrat, had her lead in the race for State Assembly in the 47th District cut to single digits over Republican Greg Wallis.

  • Meanwhile, Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner, seeking re-election in the city’s District 1, maintained her lead over challenger Scott Nevins, still by roughly 50 votes — 1,429 to 1,376. She had trailed after Election Day, but the vote count showed her pulling ahead eight days later.
Details: With 16,000 votes remaining to be counted in San Bernardino County and 15,000 remaining in Riverside County, both races continue to be nail-biters, with the State Assembly race appearing ripe for a recount with Holstege leading by only nine votes — 82,828 to 82,819.
  • Candidates and their supporters got a bit of a break Sunday, as the next vote counts won’t be posted until this evening. Will they finally finish? Stay tuned!
Bigger picture: In other City Council races, both Jeffrey Bernstein (District 2) and Ron deHarte (District 3) have comfortable leads and should be headed to the dais in December. 
  • Should Holstege win a seat in Sacramento it will require she be replaced with by a special election or appointment. Four candidates have so far lined up to express interest in taking her District 4 seat.
Dive deeper with our complete story.

In brief: Let us guide you this holiday season

Palm Springs is a busy, busy place, and it gets even busier during the holidays. Between performances, charity events, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, and more, it's almost impossible to keep up with everything happening. That's where we come in.

At a glance: Last year, we attempted to keep a running, curated list of all the events, and it proved to be a big hit. This year, we're back at it. You can check out the list here.

  • We'll throw in one giant caveat: We're a small staff, and try as we might we will never be able to list everything happening in and around the city between now and New Year's Day.
     
  • Also note that the list is living and breathing, so expect events to be added and removed as we pass through the next six weeks.
Want your event list? Just email us here and we will consider it.
  • Note that this special holiday calendar of events is separate from the Community Calendar we offer. You're welcome to fill out this form for us to consider listing your event there.
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The Roundup

❤️ Transgender Day of Remembrance at Palm Springs City Hall on Sunday was a particularly poignant event given the tragedy that unfolded Saturday in Colorado Springs. (KESQ)

💥 One person died Friday night during a crash that involved two vehicles on Highway 111 just north of Angel Canyon Drive. A suspected drunk driver was later arrested. (Palm Springs Post)

🎥 ‘Women Talking’ director Sarah Polley will receive the Director of the Year Award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards in January. (Hollywood Reporter)

Today's calendar

City Council Closed Session
8 a.m. | City Hall and online

The Palm Springs City Council meets in closed session today to discuss candidates for the open city manager role.

Knit Together
10 a.m. | The Center Palm Springs

Knitters and other fiber enthusiasts come together regularly to knit socially and connect with others. Though it’s not a class, beginner knitting classes will be offered soon.

Film: "Queen of the Capitol"
2 p.m. | Welwood Murray Memorial Library

Recall the life and contributions of legendary drag queen and queer activist Jose Sarria at the library in the Cornelia White Community Room. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited.

Sustainability Subcommittee on Waste and Recycling
2:30 p.m. | Online

This is a rescheduled meeting from Nov. 3.  See the agenda here.

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Looking ahead

CV Philharmonic Society Chamber Series: Baroque
Tuesday | 6 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center

Music from the Baroque period will be performed by John Scanlon on Viola and Richard Treat on Cello. ($30)

Movies in the Park: Pillow Talk
Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Downtown Park

Bring your pillows and blankets to enjoy the classic 60s rom-com Pillow Talk starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Palm Springs Wild Turkey Trot
Thursday | 8 a.m. | Palm Canyon Drive

Get your Thanksgiving dinner prep ready the night before so you can wake up early to run or walk the 3.1-mile course. Be sure to register online here.

Modern Men Holiday Concert Preview
Sunday | 3 p.m. | St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Enjoy this one-hour preview of the Modern Men Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert, Stars: A Galaxy of Song. ($20)

See our complete community calendar here.

And finally...

Every year, Well in the Desert serves thousands of meals in our community to those in need, including hundreds during daily service at local churches and via street outreach. But one upcoming event is their biggest of the year, and now is the time to start thinking about helping out.

What we know:  Arlene Rosenthal, president of the nonprofit, said last week that gift cards and monetary donations are needed to help make this year's "Christmas at the Convention Center" event a memorable one for some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including seniors and children living in poverty.

  • "What people can do to help us is to donate $20 gift cards so we can give seniors a present this year," she wrote. "And financial donations are wonderful since this event and food alone at the convention center costs us $10,000."
Details: An army of 150 volunteers is preparing to serve food, deliver gifts, and entertain those who attend this year's event. It's scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 25, from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. The Convention Center is located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros.
  • Food, gifts, and more are free for those in need. All you need to do is show up.
How to help: Anyone who wants to donate a gift card or other donation can contact The Well at 760-285-7297 or email her at rose1944@aol.com. You can also find a donation link at The Well's website here.

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