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    Come for the Film Festival

    by marinarena Updated May 1, 2014

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    In southern California, it's not just Hollywood with the big movie festivals and hoopla. Palm Springs host an acclaimed, annual movie festival, held every January. Reserve tickets in advance to guarantee but this is not absolutely needed.

    Features of festival:

    Black Tie Gala- very exclusive , celebrity filled event. Past celebrities here include Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Sean Penn among several others. Passes are this are pricey (usually a few thousand)

    other galas, movie screenings, seminars and presentations.

    Ticket location may vary year to year but, for one, is likely to be at :
    Regal Cinemas Palm Springs Stadium 9,
    789 Tahquitz Canyon Way

    or the Camelot Theatres
    2300 E. Baristo Road

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    Beware the forest fires

    by davesut Written Mar 24, 2014

    On our way up to Idyllwild we saw the plumes of smoke indicating a forest fire was in full flow. On our journey we saw many a sign praising the fire fighters for tackling recent fires. On return to Palm Springs the smoke was really unpleasant, all of the restaurants were forced to close there outdoor terraces and the pools were all shut. We feared for the worse but thankfully by the next morning the smoke had cleared and everything was back to normal. We saw a few TV reports saying how the previous fire and smoke had lingered for weeks,

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    Palms to Pines drive

    by davesut Written Mar 24, 2014

    After a couple of days in the heat of the desert it was time to escape into the far reaches of the Palms to Pines Road. It leads to Idyllwild up in the pine tree laden countryside high above the Dessert floor. Really enjoyed this drive out into the country. You get a real change in the flora which to be fair starts at nothing and then becomes steadily greener. Once you get to Idyllwild the temperature is much more pleasant and you can have a walk about. Idylwild and the surrounding area is a great place for outdoor sports. We only stayed an hour or so but really thought it was great.

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    Cornelia White House

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    The Cornelia White House was built of railroad ties in 1893 and is part of the Palm Springs Historical Society. Displays include Miss Cornelia's bible collection and the first telephone in Palm Springs. It too is located in the Village Green Heritage Center.

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    McCallum Adobe Museum

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    The McCallum Adobe was built for John and Emily McCallum, the first white settlers in the area in 1885. It is the oldest remaining building in Palm Springs. The building was moved to this spot in the 1950s and the land was donated to the city of Palm Springs with the provision that the building was preserved as a museum. The building is also the headquarters for the Palm Springs Historical Society.

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    Peace Pole

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    This pole, which says "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in 13 different languages (including Cahuilla), is one of 200,000 located in different parts of the world promoting peace and understanding around the world. This one is located at the Village Green Heritage Center in Palm Springs.

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    Palm Springs City Hall

    by Basaic Updated Feb 20, 2013

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    This is the Palm Springs City Hall and it is located across the street from the Riverside County Courthouse Annex. It has a nice statue out front and a couple of historical markers.
    Looks prettier than the annex too.

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    Riverside County Courthouse Annex

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    Palm Springs is not the county seat of Riverside County but it does have a Riverside County Courthouse Annex. The annex is not actually that old nor that interesting architecturally; but I photographed it for my courthouse collection.

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    Hiking Mount San Jacinto State Park #2

    by Yaqui Updated May 15, 2011

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    PERMIT REQUIRED (FREE)
    Wilderness Trails: A number of excellent opportunities for more challenging day hikes or camping are beyond Long Valley. Please check in at the Ranger Station for a Wilderness Permit, and to inquire about current conditions. SO SIGN IN PLEASE, this is so they know when and who for YOUR safety.
    760-325-1449

    Recorded information: 760-325-1391

    Aerial Tramway

    9:45 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m weekends and holidays. Cars depart at least every half hour. Last car.

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    See President Abraham Lincoln on the mountain

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Their is a look nook of a shoping area off the main street, there are lots of these little mall areas. This one is called Henry Frank Arcade.

    You will see this wooded sign that says FREE Historic Sight Sign, so follow it and it will take you towards the front of Siddhi Tree Jewelry. Here you will see another wooded sign and this pipe, which if you view it through it at a certain time you are suppose to see a shadow that looks like President Abraham Lincoln on the mountain. Not sure if it is true, but it looks like fun if your in this area during sundown.

    Best time to view is at sundown.

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  • The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

    by psfollies Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the 30's and 40's, with a cast old enough to have lived it. Playing from October 30, 2007 through May 17, 2008 is our all-new 17th edition entitled Tin Pan Alley.

    The Follies has proven, beyond a doubt, Billie Burke's (a.k.a. Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld and a star in her own right) famous quote, "Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese." We pledge to remain true to the spirit of the 20's, 30's, 40's and promise to provide a world-class entertainment experience at every performance!

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    599 things to do....

    by Witty38 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Planning to visit the Palm Springs area later this year or next? Would you like to email your friends or relatives a travel guide about this area? Check out this website:

    http://palmsprings-ebook.com

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    Palm Springs Villagefest

    by jumpingwithnorman Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    This is one of the best street festivals around with music, local handicrafts, toys, soaps, etc. And lest I forget, there's food galore: from gyros to fresh kettle corn, refreshing lemonade to fajitas to everything you could possibly want. A lot of the shops on Palm Canyon Drive are also open for business. EVERY THURSDAY ONLY From October to May, the festival is open from 6pm to 10pm and from June to September, it's open from 7pm to 10pm. Leashed dogs are welcome to come to this festival too. Challenge is in finding street parking but since the festival is open late, you're sure to find one.

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    Walk of Stars

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 3, 2009

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    While you are walking in downtown Palm Springs, take a look at the sidewalk. There you will see a series of 320 Golden Palm Stars embedded on the sidewalks. There is a Board of Directors that oversees this project. "Honorees must have, by their presence in the area, contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs." See how many of these honorees you recognize. Marilyn Monroe is near the Starbucks on the 100 block of S. Palm Canyon.

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    "La Plaza"

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 3, 2009

    Before Modernism took hold in Palm Springs, the town was noted for the Spanish Revival architecture of many buildings. La Plaza was a center of it all. La Plaza was the first outdoor oriented shopping center in the US, built back in 1935. Trendy shops have moved to bigger stores in the area, but La Plaza still stands in the heart of downtown. The building style, stucco wall, tile roofs and large paving stones, has evolved and become ubiquitous throughout much of California and the Southwest.

    La Plaza, Palm Springs
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