Dinosaurs Invade Cathedral City

Dinosaurs hit center stage in Cathedral City
Photo Courtesy of Simeon Den by way of Peter Palladino

A herd of dinosaurs the desert has not seen in 65 million years is making their way to Cathedral City as a part of the “Jurassic Wonders” exhibit.

In conjunction with the Museum of Ancient Wonders, Nancy Ross helped make this project come to life in an effort to bring some safe family fun to our corner of the Coachella Valley.

The dinosaurs are making their way little by little to downtown Cathedral City, at the corner of East Palm Canyon Drive and West Buddy Rogers Avenue. The free public exhibit will take four to six weeks to complete and will be on display throughout the year. 

Artist Ricardo Breceda designed the stunners which are accurate to their historic size.

Museum Director Alberto Acosta said each vignette will offer educational information about the history and characteristics of the dinosaurs.

“You will leave the dinosaur exhibit in awe of their grandness and with a better understanding of their magnificent creation,” Acosta told the Desert Sun. Acosta added that the museum, Cathedral City and Breceda will be working together to fund the exhibit. Councilmember Nancy Ross’ Community Assistance Funds allocation will also help fund the project. 

“Families will be able to park nearby, walk up to these marvelous, life-like sculptures and take selfies to share with friends and other family members,” Ross told the Desert Sun.

Fun-O-Rama at Ocotillo Park in Cathedral City

Councilmember Nancy Ross, Volunteer of the Year Sue Townsley, City’s Environmental Conservation Division, SCRAP Gallery, the Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club, Cathedral City Arts Commissioners and the Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission have teamed up to provide a family fun day event at Ocotillo Park on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Fun-O-Rama encapsulates the charm of an old-fashioned family fun day with field day activities such as sack races, box relay, cornhole toss, bean bag toss, ring toss, T-ball hit and running of bases, basketball dunk, and cupcake walks.  It will also include a Tug-of-War competition between our fire and police departments.

Beyond field day activities, Fun-O-Rama offers art projects for kids, photo booth with a fall theme, and a Sunline Clean Bus display.

The free event also provides free snacks and drinks for families (while supplies last) from 9 am to 1 pm.

City Hall at Your Corner

Join us and register now for September’s virtual “City Hall at Your Corner” as Councilmembers Mark Carnevale and Nancy Ross. The two council member’s will host a zoom event for an informal discussion of issues in Cathedral City. It’s your chance to speak up.

This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Zoom.us.  You must register for the event in advance at https://bit.ly/3kr2F4V.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on the day of the event.

If you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet, it may be beneficial to download the Zoom app in advance and sign-up for an account.  Remember to lower the volume of your audio speakers if you ask a question to the councilmembers to avoid audio feedback.

“City Hall at Your Corner” is scheduled once a month and at different times of the day to make it accessible to a variety of schedules.  It is your opportunity to share your ideas, let the council know your concerns, and hear the latest news. Best of all, the discussion is free!

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Art Memorial Unveiling in Cathedral City

The City Council, Cathedral City Public Arts Commission, and the Cathedral City Fire Department will host an event on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 8:15 am to honor those who lost their lives on that day. There will be an unveiling of an art memorial including a moment of silence.

All are welcome. The occassion will take place at the new Cathedral City Fire Station 411, 68950 Buddy Rogers Avenue, South Main Entrance, in Downtown Cathedral City.

The art memorial was designed by Cathedral City Fire Captain Corey Goddard and fabricated by a local businessman Jason Carlin.  The memorial pays respect to those who lost their lives at the Twin Towers in New York City including hundreds of first responders.  A 9/11 Memorial Plaque will also be unveiled that honors all who died and the thousands of injured survivors at the World Trade Center complex, at the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93 that crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

Facial Coverings Required if Social Distancing is Not Possible.

Agua Caliente Casino Ground Breaking Ceremony

Mayor Carnevale stated, “It is refreshing to know that our downtown will look and feel completely different in about two years.  Residents will have so many new entertainment and food options than they currently have.  Visitors will be wanting to stay in Cathedral City to enjoy gaming, LIVE performances, musical concerts, the latest blockbuster movie, and our incredible line-up of festivals and events.”

— Mayor Carnevale

On November 4th, the entire City Council, former City Councilmembers as well as the Tribal Council of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Agua Caliente Casino – Cathedral City. This beautiful, new facility will serve as a major anchor at the eastern edge of the City’s Downtown Arts and Entertainment District.  The City of Cathedral City could not be more appreciative to the Tribe for their continued commitment to Cathedral City residents and our inter-governmental relationship.

 The Tribe planned a casino, restaurants, and future mixed-use retail to the 13 plus acres on the eastern edge of the Arts and Entertainment District is a major milestone in our City’s history.  

Their commitment to the roads and public safety for Cathedral City was shown in the Intergovernmental Agreement signed several months ago that provides approximately $6.5 million over ten years to help mitigate the impacts of a new gaming facility.  Specifically, the City will receive $150,000 per year to help pay for increased public safety including police, fire, and ambulance service.  It will also receive from the Tribe $500,000 annually for repairing, maintaining and reconstructing city streets.

And possibly most exciting, this project will spur the investments and expedite the building of restaurants, hotels and housing on the southside of Highway 111 as well.

Lift to Rise- Rental Assistance

For more than a year now, thousands of families throughout Coachella Valley have lost their jobs or had their work hours drastically reduced due to the effects of COVID-19. This rental assistance program is for both those who are behind as well as those struggling to pay their rent due to these dire circumstances.

Nancy Ross

Help came to Cathedral City in April with the Lift to Rise event that assisted anyone who was behind on their rent due to COVID-19-related issues.  Applicants were eligible for a grant to pay up to 15 months of back and future payments.

The event was held at the Cathedral City amphitheater, at 68526 Avenida Lalo Guerrero. More than $57 million was available for rental assistance in Riverside County. The program provided one-time rental assistance support to cover up to 12 months of unpaid rent from March 13, 2020, to the time of application, plus an additional three months of future rent.

United Lift — a joint effort by Lift to Rise, Inland SoCal United Way and Riverside County, as well as Cathedral City Councilmembers Nancy Ross and Rita Lamb were onsite to help renters with the application process.

Assistance is provided without regard to immigration status, officials said.

“For more than a year now, thousands of families throughout Coachella Valley have lost their jobs or had their work hours drastically reduced due to the effects of COVID-19,”  Ross said. “This rental assistance program is for both those who are behind as well as those struggling to pay their rent due to these dire circumstances.”

More information about the rental assistance program and an online application can be found at UnitedLift.org.

Grocery Outlet Grand Opening in Cathedral City

Cathedral City welcomed it’s newest grocery store as “Grocery Outlet – Bargain Market” on June 17.  Locally owned and operated by Kimberlie and Bob Jackson, the grocery store is located at the former ACE Hardware location, 30025 Date Palm Drive. 

Grocery Outlet is an independently owned grocery store that specializes in name brand foods offered at prices 40%-70% less than traditional retailers.

The City Council of Cathedral City, including Nancy Ross participated in the ribbon cutting celebration hosted by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.  As part of the celebration, the store donated $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City and gave away $1,000 in free groceries. Check out this new edition in our great city today.

2021 Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting

June 22, 2021

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Rizzo

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce 2021 Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells.

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce event was inspiring. This year’s event theme was “Journey to the Valley of Boom”, uncovering the future of business in our Coachella Valley.

The location was the beautiful Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  There was a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner, and awards show.  The awards recognized professionals in the category of Small Business, Large Business, Non-Profit, Leadership, and the inaugural “Patrick E. Swarthout Business Advocate Award”, and the prestigious “Chairman John A. James Lifetime Achievement Award”.

It was a fun night to mingle with great minds in our Valley and I gained inspiration of what our own Cathedral City can strive towards.

The GCVCC Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting were brought to you by Title Sponsors Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Desert Care Network. Presenting Sponsors are Desert Urgent Care and the City of Indian Wells.  The event is proudly sponsored by Altura Credit Union, AT&T, Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services, California Bank & Trust, Chandi Group USA, Coachella Valley History Museum, Eisenhower Medical Center, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries, Greater Palm Springs CVB, Gulf California Broadcasting – CBS Local2, KESQ-TV, KDFX, KCWQ & KUNA-FM-TV, NBC Palm Springs, Osborne Rincon CPA’s, State Farm Insurance – Carmen Contreras, and West Coast Cannabis Club.

Pack the Bus- Back to School Event

We are calling on the community once again to help provide for these students. With the transition back to in-person learning after 16 months away, they need new supplies more than ever.

Lauren Skiver told City News Service

SunLine Transit Agency came out on a super hot day to pack a bus with school supplies at the Walmart in Palm Desert. There is a shortage this year for these supplies and I was happy to donate about $250 of my community assistance money to help fill that bus. We supplied backpacks, paper, pens and pencils, erasers, markers, scissors, crayons, colored pencils and much more (a whole basket full) all for the Palm Springs Unified School District! Happy to help our kids – the next generation!

Coachella Valley residents are invited to drop off school supplies for local students in need at a donation event this week in Palm Desert at the Monterey Walmart, Thursday July 22, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Walmart, located at 34-500 Monterey Ave.

“We are calling on the community once again to help provide for these students. With the transition back to in-person learning after 16 months away, they need new supplies now more than ever,” said Lauren Skiver, the agency’s CEO and general manager.

Organizers are asking for new backpacks, safety scissors, #2 pencils and notebook paper in particular, though other commonly used supplies will also be accepted. The event is Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge

You could save a life by donating blood this year with the Ninth Annual Lifestream Blood Bank– 9 Cities Challenge. The 2021 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge begins soon in Cathedral City! Coachella Valley communities are going head-to-head to collect the most LifeStream blood donations to assist local hospital patients and save lives!

The challenge started July 1, 2021 and runs through August 31, 2021. The dates and locations for Cathedral City donantions are listed below.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Here in the Coachella Valley, in the summer months, when our population dips by about 30 percent, we experience a local blood shortage and an increased need for residents to donate blood. And that’s why LifeStream is holding its annual 9 Cities Challenge Blood Drive this summer. You are encouraged to round up your neighbors – donate blood – make Cathedral City #1!

All blood donors receive a free t-shirt that recognizes your thoughtful donation that will save lives.

Cathedral City’s Dates, Locations and Times:

• Tuesday, July 20th, Stater Bros, 69255 Ramon Road, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

• Wednesday, August 25th, Northgate Community Church, 30010 Date Palm Dr., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

• Thursday, August 26th, Palm Springs Motors, 69200 HWY 111, 6:45 am – 11:45 am

To set your appointment, call TODAY at (800) 879-4484 or go online at https://www.lstream.org/9cities