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Wednesday, Jan. 11 | 🌥️ 63°/50°

Hello and happy Wednesday. If you haven't heard, the 2023 Coachella lineup was announced yesterday. Check it out here. While one of us (Mark, the old one) is not much a music festival fan, he's pretty stoked to see Blondie in the mix. The veteran Coachella attendee (Kendall, who picks all our music for the newsletter) is a bit bummed "proper rock bands" like Arctic Moneys have been left out, but understands. She has her sights set on six different artists, including Björk, Rosalía, and Gorillaz. Good luck scoring your passes when they become available!
🎶 Setting the mood: "DESPECHÁ" by ROSALÍA

First things first: Milestone moment for big Indio initiative

A beam is signed before being hoisted into place at a new public safety campus in Indio.

A special event in Indio Friday morning marked a significant milestone for a city making strides at keeping up with its growth.

Driving the news: A beam-signing ceremony that brought out city officials and residents was held to note progress on constructing a $50 million public safety campus.

  • Three new buildings, totaling 430,000 square feet, are being erected right next to the current police station at 46800 Jackson St. The buildings will house a new state-of-the-art dispatch center, fire station headquarters, and police administrative offices.

Why it matters: Indio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Officials who approved funds for the project have high hopes that the facility will not only help increase public safety but also serve as a recruitment tool.

  • “We want to attract the most talented and qualified firefighters and officers for this generation,” said Indio City Councilmember Waymond Fermon during the brief ceremony. “Part of that is giving them the right tools for the job.”
But wait: The project is both ahead of schedule and below budget. "That’s a tip of the hat to our contractors and city staff,” Fermon said.

Dive deeper with our full story online.

In brief: Have your say about proposed Palm Desert park

Regional sports parks, such as this one in Jurupa Valley, feature multiple fields, playgrounds, and more.

Palm Desert wants to hear ideas from residents for a new regional sports park.

Driving the news: The city sent out a survey for residents to give their input on the future park that is set to be constructed in the North Palm Desert and University District areas. 

  • The city is open to hearing ideas about the location, programming needs, amenities, and future park design.

Details: One of the locations being considered is the patch of land on the corner of Portola and Frank Sinatra.

  • In addition to questions about what amenities residents want at the park, the survey also asks about the possibility of non-sports events like food trucks, art markets, and movie nights.

How you can help: Fill out this survey to let the city know what you want from a new park, or attend the community meeting on Saturday (Jan. 14) at 10 a.m. at the Palm Desert iHub, located at 37023 Cook St.

  • Landscape architects, designers, traffic planners, and the city’s consultant will attend the meeting to listen to the input and answer any questions.

Tony Award Winner Cady Huffman to Star in CVRep’s Dirty Blonde January 17 – 29

When two Mae West fans meet, they embark on a relationship as unlikely and outrageous as the star herself. Featuring an all-Broadway cast directed by Philip Wm. McKinley. CVRep, your home for quality theatre in an intimate setting. Conveniently located on HWY 111 in Cathedral City.

Tickets are available at

In Other News

🚒 Two people were injured Monday following an explosion under an electric vault that was triggered by an underground natural gas leak in Coachella.

🏌️‍♀️ A part-time Indian Wells resident is finding success playing the sport she loves — golf — despite being sight impaired.

🍸 Take a look at the recently re-envisioned Desert Island Country Club in Rancho Mirage, including The Penney & Parlour restaurant and lounge, which is now open to non-members.


Adult paint & craft hour
Today | 3:30 p.m. | Desert Hot Springs Library
A relaxing, guided acrylic paint on canvas. All supplies will be provided.

District Spelling Bee
Tonight | 5:30 p.m. | Indio High School
Join Indio High school tonight for the district's spelling bee. 

Show: Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
Today and tomorrow | Acrisure Arena, Thousand Palms
Arriving at Acrisure Arena is "Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic," the live touring show based on Sesame Street. ($18 – $85)

Show: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Thursday | 7 p.m. | McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Musical: "Nunsense A-Men!"
Friday, Saturday and beyond | 7:30 p.m. | Desert Theatreworks, Indio
Hallelujah! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are invading Desert Theatreworks this new year. The twist is that all the nuns are played by men, adding another layer of hilarity to this hit musical.

Show: Neil Sedaka 
Friday and Saturday | 7 p.m. | McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
Neil Sedaka, the singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and author, has had an impressive career that spans sixty years. 

Children's program: Reading Pawty
Saturday | 1 p.m. | Desert Hot Springs Library
Read your favorite book to Angel, the doggy pal from Animal Samaritans.

Selena tribute: Second Saturdays Downtown Indio
Saturday | 6 p.m. | 82868 Miles Ave., Downtown Indio
A free outdoor concert for all ages. Enjoy family activities, local food vendors and craft beer. 

The Temptations and the Four Tops
Saturday | 8 p.m. | Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio
The Temptations and the Four Tops, two iconic bands that have stood the test of time, will return to Fantasy Springs for an evening of Motown favorites.  

Comedy show: Tim Dillon
Saturday | 8 p.m. | Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella
Tim Dillon, one of Rolling Stone's "10 Comedians You Need to Know," is coming to Spotlight 29.

The American Express - PGA Tour
Next week | La Quinta
The PGA Tour returns to the Coachella Valley for the American Express golf tournament, which features many of the world’s best professional golfers. 
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And finally...

In one valley youth vocational program, preparing for a future career all starts with the organization’s pizza kitchen.

What we know: The pizza kitchen vocational program was born in 2020 with the support of one “generous donor,” said Quinton Egson, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley. The idea behind the initiative is to offer different professional opportunities and guidance to youth that will eventually help them compete in the workforce. 

  • The primary focus of the program is to use the industrial kitchen and pizza oven in the John Carroll and Jim O’Brien Clubhouse, the Indio facility that the club has used since the 1960s, as a launchpad for members to acquire employability skills.
What they're saying: For Egson, his favorite part of the program is demonstrating the many careers that are possible. 
  • “We’ve had business owners, chefs, pilots and managers speak to our kids about preparing for their future,” he said. “This program can serve as a model for children to understand and prepare for their career aspirations."
Dive deeper with DeAnn Lubell's complete story.

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