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Palm Springs Cultural CenterYou may think the Palm Springs Cultural Center is just the Camelot Theater and the movies on the marquee, but it’s much more than that. Founded in 2007 by local philanthropists Ric and Rozene Supple, the Cultural Center has grown to not only include the Palm Springs International Film Festival, but a speaker’s series, book clubs and the vintage and farmer’s markets.

The Camelot Theater, a Midcentury Modern showcase that was once part of the defunct Palm Springs Mall complex, had fallen on hard times, when the Supples bought, restored and reconfigured it. In 2017, they gave to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. (The Palm Springs Mall, abandoned for years, has recently been acquired by the College of the Desert. Construction is underway for a new Palm

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Conventional belief is that Southern California doesn’t have seasons, or if it does, there’s a wet and a dry season. That’s it. While not accurate, this perception from those on the East Coast or Northwest may seem true, especially on the California coast.

But in Palm Springs, you can experience a full range of seasons, more varied than that in, say, Los Angeles or San Diego.

Winter: December through February

Winters in Palm Springs are among the mildest in the continental United States, with temperatures ranging from around 40 – 70° F (4.5 – 24°C). 

Like the rest of Southern California, winter is the rainy season, but Palm Springs only receives about five inches of rain per year. It’s really hard to call that “rainy.” 

It’s the mountains

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Palm Springs, centrally located in the Southwest, is within driving distance of several metropolitan areas, and the airport (PSP) provides great service to the Bay Area, the Northwest, and Phoenix. And that makes it easy for all your friends and family to visit you all year long. 

Driving to nearby cities

The closest metropolitan area is, of course, Los Angeles, at least in terms of distance. In terms of drive time, that depends on when you leave Palm Springs, and when you return. The 10 freeway is the most common route to get to central LA, and, say, to Santa Monica. But it’s also the most congested. If you leave Palm Springs on weekday mornings or on an Sunday afternoon, you’re bound to get in traffic, no matter which way you go. Early Saturday

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Living in Palm Springs gives you the opportunity to attend any number of local events and festivals without the costs of hotels and transportation. And there are really too many to choose from, especially in season from January through May. But more and more attractions are coming to the desert in the summer. August is now the scene for Splash House parties at several local, hip hotels, like the Ace and Saquaro. And rates drop at many gay resorts sponsoring splash parties during the summer months.

Below is a list compiled from many different sites. Be sure to check out the links for up-to-date information. Dates change somewhat from year to year.

Starting in January:

Palm Springs International Film Festival. Early January. This festival has

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New building in Palm SpringsLook around. Palm Springs is booming. The last several years have brought new hotels, restaurants, clubs and housing to Palm Springs. Downtown is undergoing a revitalization, and the Uptown Design District is hopping with hip shops and cafes.

What was known as primarily a sleepy retirement community has suddenly morphed into a sexy destination for young people – all year round. Major events follow one after another, especially in season, from the Palm Springs Film Festival to Modernism Week and the Coachella Music Festival. All these visitors need places to stay, to eat, and shop. And those businesses need employees, who need places to live.

So, what’s new on the horizon? Some of the projects you see when driving around town include:

New Hotels

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When you move to Palm Springs, you might notice everyone’s wardrobe is about the same: shorts and t-shirts. Except for more formal occasions when folks opt for a polo shirt. For most months of the year, clothing is scanty. Expect to show lots of skin.

Hence, the abundance of gyms, fitness studios, and outdoor activities of various kinds to help you look your best. In and out of clothes.

Gyms

The Palm Springs area – and for our purposes, we’re limiting ourselves to Palm Springs and Cathedral City – has many of familiar, chain gyms. They vary in size, price, hours and clientele. Most have aerobic classes of some kind, and maybe yoga or mat Pilates. Not all are mentioned here. A good practice is to visit each on a trial basis and see which one suits

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Whenever you relocate, there are some many mundane considerations. Things you took for granted for where lived before: Where is the best, closest grocery store or pharmacy? It took years to find my someone who knows how to cut my hair; now, what do I do? Where is a decent dry cleaner, a reliable mechanic, a dog groomer? 

But perhaps one of the most important concerns is how to replace your doctor. What can you expect from medical services in the Coachella Valley?

The Coachella Valley has excellent medical resources. Doctors, medical centers, urgent care and hospitals can be found throughout the desert from Palm Springs to Indio. There are two major networks that provide all services: The Desert Care Network and Eisenhower Health. (For those seeking

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As if searching for the right house, making the offer, and closing escrow aren’t enough, now you actually have to move!

How are you going to furnish the place? If you’re buying in Pam Springs, chances are you’ve selected a contemporary, a Midcentury Modern, or a Spanish/Mediterranean style home. Will your Seattle apartment’s French settee and or your San Francisco Edwardian flat’s Louis VX dining set go with your new digs? And if your Palm Springs home is used as a second home, or maybe as a part-time vacation rental, you’ll have to find some practical, durable furniture. 

Luckily, Palm Springs is the place to be for vintage, contemporary and consigned furnishings. Savvy shoppers from all over Southern California make the trip out to the desert

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If you’re looking for a home in Palm Springs, and you’re not from the southwest, the landscaping around here may be unfamiliar, even confusing. On the one hand, you’ll see lush, Mediterranean gardens, with green lawns, tropical-looking palms, bougainvillea, olive and citrus trees. On the other, lots of rock and gravel, some spikey-looking things, and a few trees that don’t appear to have much going on in the leaf or shade department. And if you’re into gardening, trying to figure out what to do with your new yard can be intimidating.

Golf courses in a desert?

People forget: this is a desert. All Southern California is dry. And we just came out of a years-long drought, with water rationing, rate hikes, and a mandated push toward drought resistant

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If you have a dog, you’ll see that Palm Springs is a very welcoming place for your best friend. If you don’t have a dog, you may just decide to get one (or two) after you settle in to your new home here.

Dogs are everywhere in Palm Springs, and the chill atmosphere seems to effect them just like it does its human residents. You’ve never seen such an assembly of the most well-behaved, laid back pups. Maybe it’s because of all the places they can go with you and all the other dogs they get to meet. 

People clearly love their dogs here and take them everywhere – to restaurants, parks, shopping and on hikes. 

Patio Dining

If you haven’t already noticed, the Palm Springs climate lends itself to outdoor dining, and many restaurants and coffee shops

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