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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
ABOUT BDSA AND
3rd Thursday of
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt.
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as follows:
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $120 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum.
Troy Reis | Association
The Management Trust
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A
• Palm Desert, CA 92211
P: (760) 776-5100 x6343 |
F: (760) 776-5111
|Today is Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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|ORDER YOUR SALTON SEA SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE
The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is leading a campaign to encourage motorists to purchase a Salton Sea specialty
license plate. The new plate is an opportunity for all California drivers to help the Salton Sea. Not only will the sales of the plate generate
continuous funding for the Salton Sea Authority, but it can provide free advertising on the roads of California and throughout the country about
this important cause.
The license plate will cost $50 initially and then $40 each year to renew. In order for the plates to go into production, 7,500 pre-paid
reservations must be received by January 2016.
This initiative is strongly supported by the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, the Salton Sea Authority and the Board of
|NOTE FROM MRS. B.
I know, Christmas?
Since I plan on putting up a Thanksgiving tree this year, I went on this site to see what I could find.
My Grandson Alex, along with Ryan his friend and owner, are working on this great website. Christmas Traditions. They have
thousands of items they sell. I am getting great ideas.
|BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING*
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Yucca and Avenue 42
MEETING STARTS PROMPTLY AT 6:00 Pm
COME MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
* Agenda to Follow
|THE HOT SHEET
|MRS. B ....LOVED THE WILD GOOSE STORY AND THE GREAT PIX OF BETTY'S BIG BIRTHDAY BASH.
Hi Maggie: Betty's Bash was so much fun and I just loved all of the cute hats. Regarding the Wild Goose story:
my father sailed all his life and I remember him talking about John Wayne and his staying around Montague
Bay when he could. It hit home with me.
|COMMENTS FROM FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
Nothing has been done with this property.
I suggest you send your complaint to Troy Reis | Association Manager The Management Trust, his phone
number is under BDHOA information right on the blog. Mrs. B
Subject: Questionable Property in Bermuda Dunes Country Club
As I walk my dog, I pass by this house and find it to be a real eyesore. I also have to pass by this property on my way in and out of the gate,
therefore, anyone who comes to visit me or anyone else in Bermuda Dunes will also pass by. We've lived here for the past year; we thought it
might be just a renovation project, but it's been this way for the whole year. Although it's hard to see in this picture, if you look close the deck
above the garage is full of trash. The address is 42520 Baracoa; do you know anything about this property? You have been able to shed light
on other eyesores in past blogs, so I was hoping you could help me understand this one. Thank you.
We are concerned residents in Bermuda Dunes Country Club
I hope your August is going well!
I think your blog is wonderful and very informative about local matters and some interesting trivia. You put a lot of time and caring into this.
I also realize that fact checking everything can be daunting. I do though wish to offer some commentary regarding this article on heart attacks.
Unfortunately it contains mostly fictional or anecdotal information and with the exception of a couple of items including the note on taking
aspirin (and no, it can't be expired aspirin) contains a dearth of facts. Heart attacks are not prevented by drinking water, nor is blood pressure
lowered. Renal function is not dependant on being prone unless there is an underlying circulatory fault. Chest pains are indeed often absent
as a symptom of a heart attack but another symptom can be pain in the jaw, not the chin.
And so forth. Most of this circulated in junk e-mails several years ago and was debunked hither and yon. The Mayo Clinic itself says:
Neither Dr. Somers nor Mayo Clinic contributed to this email, which contains some information that is inaccurate and potentially harmful.
We recommend that you speak with your physician if you have specific questions.
However, now that it's out there, given the older people that probably constitute the largest demographic group of this blog, maybe some
factual information would be apropos.. I pulled this up from the National Institute of Health which contains accurate and well written information.
There are others out there too.
Anyhow, I just wanted you to have this information and I hope it helps. If I ever can help you on anything, please let me know!
Very best regards
Jenel C. McNaughtan
79162 Starlight Lane
Thanks so much for caring enough to contact us about an article I posted. I generally check Snopes.com,
however the information I received was from a friend recovering from a heart attack.
I have checked this on Snopes.com and am more than happy to put this new information here for our readers.d
And thanks so much for your kind comments - they mean a lot to me.
CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HEART ATTACK
|Council Woman Nelson:
Please add this application on the Blog Site for those who might want to apply for an appointmen to the Council.
Click Below for application and all information.
Info on Council
Thanks Cheryl Isen
I have contacted Joe in Supervisor's office to see if all the positions have been filled. I will post the application
after I hear back from Joe.
|Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.
|Does anyone know of someone who paints lawns with biodegradable spray. I saw a guy on Facebook who does it just not in our area. The
lawn looked great! (considering its painted.) Would sure look better than my dead lawns now.
Hi Sandra, let's see if any of our readers know of someone. I wonder if the Bermuda Dunes Home Owners'
Association would have to okay the color of green used?
|DESERTSCAPE REBATES AVAILABLE
Rebates for conversation from lawns to desertscape are available from IID and some other water districts, as their funds may be available. IID
requires an application to be completed online and you must have a sketch of the project available to upload. Response to your application
can be anywhere from 3-6 weeks ... AND ... a new rebate is now available at: http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/ . This became available
August 12th and must be applied for online as well. This rebate is up to $2.00/ft maximum (The IID rebate is $1.00/ft) and this rebate is not on
top of any other rebate and solely covers the differences between any other rebate and the $2.00/ft maximum.
In addition, both entities offer toilet replacement rebates ...
Message from Roger A. Sullivan from North La Quinta
|Friday afternoon, just about time for some vodka and thought a little levity for my many women friends and a bit of humility for my
buddies....have a great weekend..
Have one for me...thanks for sending this - I like it.
Subject: Fwd: Spanish name for computer
A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike
English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups,
male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether 'computer'
should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four
reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the
feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2 The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible
later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half
your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine
('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE
the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a
little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
|MESSAGE FROM MRS. B
Our vacation afforded us an opportunity to get to know my cousins better. We had a reunion in Hawaii a
couple of years ago, but have not been in touch since then. Of course, we keep in touch through FB, but that's
not like staying with one another for a short visit.
I was simply amazed at how much we gals have in common, except for one thing... Gloria and Gay have
pantries filled with all sorts of delicious fruits, vegetables, baked goods and fish they have baked or canned.
Both of these cousins live near the water. They get their fish directly from fishermen at the docks...Gay paid
$2.00 per pound for a 25 pound tuna. She brought it home, cleaned it and canned it. Talk about delicious!
Gloria is a great baker and she taught me to make a great pie crust - then she took out home frozen
blackberries and we had a delicious blackberry pie after our dinner of fish. Of course, it was straight off the
dock at Galiano Island. She also served us a wonderful antipasto that she had canned. They both remind me
of the Pioneer Woman on the Food Network.
Gay gave me my Grandmother's pressure cooker which we believe to be about 60 years old. Once it is
checked over and it is good to go - I am hoping to make some homemade Christmas presents...and fill a shelf
or two with fruits and veggies from our desert. Howevr, right now I will be making homemade antipasto. If
you make this recipe soon it will be ready for Christmas. Antipasto is best if it is stored for several months
prior to serving.
Here is my recipe that I have used for years...
1 pound red peppers
2 pounds green peppers
3 pounds carrots
1 stock of celery
3 - 5 cans of anchovies (depending on personal taste)
2 large cans pitted black olives
2 (10 - 12 ounce) jar stuffed green olives
2 pounds of pickling onions
2 large head cauliflower
1 qt olive oil
1 qt vinegar
5 cloves garlic, smashed
2 (15 ounce) bottles ketchup
2 large cans tomato paste
1 tablespoon oregano
2 (14 ounce) cans artichokes
3 (10 ounce) cans mushroom pieces
2 cans green beans
1/4 cup of sugar
Chop veggies in bite size pieces and par boil. Set aside.
Boil oil and vinegar for 10 minutes - add tomatoe paste, garlic and anchovies, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add all remaining par-boiled veggies and cook for 10 minutes. DO NOT ADD OLIVES until the veggies have all
cooked. Then add olives and sugar - stir and pack in sterilized jars and lids.
Place in a boiling water bath and process for 20 minutes. Make sure you follow the water bath
instructions. You can find all info needed online.
Yields: 32 half pints
I add some white Albacore tuna to the antipasto just before I serve it. I serve with an assortment of
crackers and cheeses.
|I BELIEVE FIVE OUT OF FOUR PEOPLE HAVE TROUBLE WITH FRACTIONS!!!!!
Catwalk National Recreation Trail
by Sly Hardcastle
Geronimo and his Apache warriors hid out here from Army soldiers
in the 1800s. Outlaw Butch Cassidy took cover here as well
whenever the Pinkerton detectives were too hot on his trail later on
in the nineteenth century.
Nowadays, most visitors come to the cool, clear waters of
Whitewater Canyon in Southwestern New Mexico simply to dodge
the heat of the sun or the stress of city living. However, more and
more visitors are discovering that this is a canyon for all seasons
and a great escape anytime of year.
The 1.1-mile Catwalk National Recreation Trail winds through the
canyon’s steep, pink walls of volcanic rock, following the path of a
pipeline built in the early 1890s to provide water and electricity for
the mining town of Graham. Simply known as "the Catwalk," the
trail and picnic area are located in the Gila National Forest, five
miles east of Glenwood, New Mexico.
Whitewater Creek flows year round and its constant source of
water in the dry Southwest supports an abundance of life and
beauty. Tall, graceful western sycamores line the creek and, in the
warmer months, provide dappled shade for the picnic area. In the
fall, their large, five-lobed, copper-colored leaves serve as a
subdued backdrop for the shimmering yellows of cottonwood trees.
A few months later, the naked pale greenish-gray, almost white,
branches arch against the wintry sky.
After a snowfall, tracks of the year-round canyon dwellers – rabbits,
raccoons, squirrels and other small mammals – pock the trail.
Deep in the canyon’s folds, snow covered branches of junipers and
walnut trees muffle any sounds. As soon as the weather warms,
wildflowers dot the trail, often appearing out of sheer rock. Yellow
columbine, coral globe mallow and pale-lavender asters mingle
with mint and Solomon’s Seal near the creek. Salt bush, sotol,
prickly pear and agave grip onto the exposed, rocky surfaces.
Life quickens its pace. Insects buzz. A lizard slips into a crack in lichen-
covered stone. A shiny garter snake surveys how to slither up a mica-
flecked rock. Two trout glide effortlessly beneath a boulder at water’s
edge. A scrub jay cries over the steady tapping of an acorn woodpecker.
Leaves rustle, and four Gambel’s quail scurry into brush, taking cover
from a circling red-tailed hawk. Migrating ladder-back and hairy
woodpeckers are seen in the fall and spring, as well as a variety of
hummingbirds passing through.
But it is the hot summer months when the Catwalk Trail and Whitewater
Canyon are most appreciated by visitors. Children scramble over the
rocks as they head for the waterfall-fed swimming hole halfway up the
trail. Those less active stake out a shady picnic spot and dip their bare
feet into the cold stream.
Summertime also offers a symphony of sight and sound. The melodic
chiming of canyon wrens soften the creaking of a cliff swallow, and
cooing doves join the divas of song—the thrashers and the
mockingbirds. Oranges and yellows from the Western tanager mix with
different shades of yellow as Scott’s and Bullock’s orioles fly by; a black-
chinned hummingbird’s throat glistens like wet purple paint and a summer
tanager’s fire-engine red plumage blazes in the sunlight.
Snakes, including the docile (though still dangerous) black-tail rattler,
and larger animals congregate here, too. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
have been spotted along the rim, and coyotes and mountain lions
wander through the canyon as they journey to and from the nearby Gila
Now a favorite destination for hikers, this rugged area near the Arizona
border, was once famous for the gold and silver dug from the mining
claims throughout the Mogollon Mountains. In fact, "the Catwalk" got its
name from those colorful mining days.
|John T. Graham built his ore-processing mill at the mouth of Whitewater Canyon
in 1893. The mill, and later the town of Graham (population 200), were built
roughly where the parking lot and picnic areas are located today. Remnants of
the mill can be seen on the hillside to the west.
Water was needed for the town and the mill but, during the dry months of the
year, it did not always flow beyond a mere trickle by the time it reached Graham.
Since water ran year-round further up the canyon, investors of the Colorado-
based mining company determined that three miles of four-inch pipeline along
Whitewater Creek was the solution. If a boulder got in the way, they simply
blasted out slots the height of a door to make way for the pipe and, in an
engineering feat that probably would never be attempted today – much less
pass government "rules and regs" – workers suspended themselves from ropes,
sometimes 25 feet above the canyon floor, and chiseled out square holes to
brace the supporting timbers and iron beams.
The pipeline literally hung from the west side of the canyon – along the path of
today’s trail from huge bolts and rigid cables anchored into the solid rock. To
keep it from freezing, workers packed the entire pipe in sawdust, then encased it
in wood. A bigger pipeline was built four years later. It paralleled the original one
and, while more water could rush through the 18-inch line, it was in constant
need of repairs. It was those same repairmen, loaded down with tools as they
balanced themselves along the pipe, who dubbed their precarious route "the
The mill went belly up in 1913, many blaming its demise on mismanagement.
Others pointed at flash floods. Whatever the reason, Graham dried up, too, and
most of the mill and pipeline were torn apart and sold for scrap metal. Residents
moved to the present site of Glenwood and left Whitewater Canyon to return to
its natural state.
The Civilian Conservation Corps – better known as the CCC – changed all that
in the 1930s, when the corps’ Depression-era workers rebuilt the Catwalk for
visitors to the Gila National Forest. Hikers followed that CCC-built Catwalk Trail
until 1961, when the Forest Service constructed the steel walkways used today.
The trail, much of it protected by guardrail, is considered moderate for hikers. It
begins at the picnic grounds. No water is available in the picnic area or along
the trail, so visitors should carry water with them. Glenwood is located on U. S.
Highway 180, 65 miles northwest of Silver City, New Mexico, and 75 miles
southeast of Springerville, Arizona. From Glenwood, turn east on NM 174 (also
known as the Catwalk Road) and drive five miles to the parking area.
Parking costs $3 a vehicle, except for the first day of each month, when there is
no charge. The picnic area is closed between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Persons
backpacking into the wilderness along Trail 207 can leave their vehicles at the
parking area. More information is available at the Glenwood Ranger District 1-
As of 07/31/14 about 1/2 mile of the trail is partially open after being closed for
several months due to landslides, fallen rock and debris.
The Forest Service site states:
The Catwalk NRT has been partially reopened
The closure of the universally accessible trail and Whitewater Creek from the
CCC steps to the junction of Gold Dust Trail #41 will remain in effect following
reopening of the lower portion of Catwalk National Recreation Trail.
The Forest Service intends to continue working with community members and
interested agencies throughout the upcoming months to develop a long-term
plan for the Catwalk.
Hours of use at the Catwalk National Recreation Area will be restricted to 8:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 2.
|Did I read that sign right?
“TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW”
In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES
WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT
In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS
In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY
PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN
In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND
UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD
Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY
NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS
Spotted in a safari park:
(I sure hope so)
ELEPHANTS, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR
Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A
DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR
Notice in a farmer's field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT
THE BULL CHARGES.
Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET
|SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR VINEGAR!
Don’t have Drano or don’t want to spend all the money on expensive drain clearing solutions that harm the environment?
Simply pour about half a cup of baking soda down your drain followed by a cup of vinegar. When the foaming stops, rinse
with hot water.
Does your trash can smell even though it’s empty? This vinegar hack might change your life. Take a slice of bread and
soak it in vinegar. Place it on a paper towel at the bottom of your trash can overnight. In the morning, it should be smelling
Are the fruit flies annoying you too? Take a small cup and fill it with apple cider vinegar. Cover it with plastic wrap and
poke a few holes. Your trap is set. Now just wait for them all to get stuck.
Stop your cat from scratching up your couch. Put vinegar in a spray bottle with some water. Spray furniture lightly. Cats
hate the smell of vinegar. Repeat as needed.
Use vinegar to make your flowers last longer in a vase.
Use vinegar to remove hard-to-clean stains from your pots and pans. Add vinegard and soap, place on burner - let boil for
3 - 5 minutes. Rinse, your pots and pans will be new again.
Use vinegar and water to clean windows and floors. Simply add water.
|NOTE FROM MRS.B
When you hear the word sponge - what do you think of? Ocean, something growing in the ocean? That is what I
No..Luffa Sponges can be grown right here in California. Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in
the cucumber family. In everyday non-technical usage, the luffa, also spelled loofah, usually means the fruit of
the two species L. aegyptiaca and L. acutangula. The fruit of these species is cultivated and eaten as a
vegetable. The fruit must be harvested at a young stage of development to be edible. The vegetable is popular
in China and Vietnam. When the fruit is fully ripened it is very fibrous. The fully developed fruit is the source
of the loofah scrubbing sponge which is used in bathrooms and kitchens. Luffa are not frost-hardy, and require
150 to 200 warm days to mature.
How to Grow Loofah Seeds
Most people are surprised to learn that loofah "sponges" grow in the garden, not undersea. They're actually
squashes, sometimes called sponge gourds, and the blossoms and fruits are produced all summer. The mature
loofah fruits actually look and grow a lot like cucumbers, and they're quite tasty while they're still small.
Bug-free and easy to grow, these heat-loving vines are large and heavy so trellising is always necessary.
Loofahs require about 140 to180 frost-free days to mature, so start them inside early if you're not located in
Zone 7 or warmer.
Prepare your loofah gardening spot ahead of time. Plan to set the seedlings outside as soon as all danger of
frost has passed for your area. Choose a rich, well-draining location in full sun. If the soil is poor, just amend it
a couple of inches deep with some organic compost or peat moss. Install a sturdy trellis, or position your site in
front of a fence. Otherwise, the large heavy vines will take over your entire gardening area. Loofahs will
encircle and climb a wooden pole, or even a wall with a rough surface. They aren't terribly fussy about what
Fill the cells of a plastic seed starting six-pack to one quarter to one half an inch from the tops with seed
starting mix. Set the six pack into a shallow container of warm water until the surface of the soil feels moist.
Take it out of the water and let it drain for about an hour.
Plant two to three loofah seeds in each of the cells, about half an inch deep. Close the tray up in a clear plastic
bag, and poke a few air holes in it with a toothpick. Set it in a warm spot with bright indirect light, such as on
top of your refrigerator or over a hot water heater.
Check the seed tray each day to make sure that the soil never dries out. It should always be evenly moist, but
never wet. If condensation forms on the inside of the plastic bag, open it up for a few hours to eliminate excess
moisture. Make sure you're not over-watering. Your loofah seeds should germinate in two to four weeks.
Remove the plastic bag as soon as seedlings begin to poke through the soil. Move them to a very warm
windowsill where they'll begin receiving direct sun. When two to four true leaves appear, choose the healthiest
seedling in each cell, and cut the others off at the soil line.
Transplant the seedlings 8 to 12 inches apart in your prepared gardening site after all danger of frost has
passed. Apply a 1-inch deep layer of lightweight mulch such as grass clippings, which is much better for
loofahs than heavier materials like bark. Keep the mulch about 3 inches away from the stems to discourage rot.
Water just enough daily to keep the seedlings moist for the first week. Thereafter, watering once weekly
should be sufficient as the seedlings become well established. Keep them uniformly moist, but don't let them
stand in water, which will subject them to rot. Begin training them to climb their trellis or fence.
Apply an all-purpose liquid fertilizer when plants begin to produce yellow blooms around midsummer. Pinch
off the first flush of flowers to appear, and snip off the first two to four lateral shoots from each plant. This will
encourage fullness, as well as a higher production of better quality fruits. Monitor fruit production carefully,
and cut off and discard any that are blemished or damaged.
When to pick your loofah is the big question. If the skin feels loose and thin like it will come off easily,
then it's ready. That is the short answer. The luffa seed pods can hang on the vine until they are crisp and dry
but you do not need to wait until the skin gets completely dry. It may be easier to peel them when they still
have some moisture. If they stay on the vine until becoming crunchy brown the skin gets brittle and tends to
break off rather than peeling. Most loofahs are still good after hanging until crispy dry and there is no question
they are done growing. However, the loofahs tend to get darker the longer they hang. If it rains much it is more
likely to develop rot or dark spots. If any part turns black from decay then it should be peeled before the whole
thing rots. Brown is OK but black is not.
For the fiber to be fully developed you don't want to pick it too soon. Once the green color has started leaving
and the weight has decreased, the fiber quits growing. Lift to feel the difference. It should be lighter and the
skin should be loose. Anytime after that they can be picked and peeled. If you time it just right the skin will
fall off very easily.
If the vines have died from frost the pods have quit developing and should be peeled soon before they begin to
decay. If the vines have died off before reaching full maturity there may still be some good fiber, but green
hard skin may be much harder to peel. An easy way to test the development of the fiber is by slightly crushing
and/or throwing the luffa pod hard at the ground. If there is fiber worth peeling it may crack but will hold
together. If it breaks apart, then it wasn't developed enough and belongs in the compost heap. If the skin is
very hard then it requires much effort to remove. We crush, slam, and break the skin off to peel them. A hard
freeze can break down the skin to make it come off more easily. Some people have baked large hard green ones
at 300 degrees for half an hour to soften the skin and make removal easier. Another option is to just let them
hang on the vine and see if they dry enough to peel. Often green luffa pods will rot instead of drying so watch
closely for decay.
The first step is to select a loofah that is ready to be peeled. Luffa pods lose the dark green color and become
lighter in weight when ready. Some varieties go from green to dark brown. Some types turn a yellow or light
brown color. The skin feels loose and thinner when they are ready to pick. If it feels like it can be peeled
easily then it is ready.
Cutting Luffa from vine
The loofah sponges can be removed by twisting until the vine breaks. If the vine is still alive it may be
desirable to neatly cut the sponges off in order to minimize damage to the vine.
Pounding Loofah Slamming the luffa pod against a hard surface will knock the skin and seeds loose. Slightly
crushing the sponges can also loosen the skin. This is especially helpful for peeling less mature loofah with
hard green skin. The skin will normally fall off easily if the loofah is fully mature.
Knocking seeds out
The bottom tip of the luffa pod can be broken off and many seeds can be shaken out before peeling. Banging
the loofah against the inside of a bucket is one way to get them out. Seeds can also be removed after peeling.
Seeds should be allowed to dry for a day or two before storing so they don't get moldy. Luffa seeds have a
thin clear layer on the outside that comes off after drying. Gently rub and blow off the seed coating outdoors.
As soon as the seeds have dried, store in a cool place. Refrigerate or freeze in airtight containers for long term
Peeling Luffa skin
Use your thumbs to find a loose spot along a seam. Push in to create a tear and pull apart the skin. Tear up the
seam. If the loofah is fully ripe it will come off easily. If not, then some slamming, crushing, and digging with
fingernails may be needed. If peeling large numbers of loofahs it may be a good idea to wear gloves. The skin
on your hands can become overly exfoliated and sore after peeling many. Getting the pods wet often makes
peeling easier and will help the skin to separate. If your pods are dry and have hard or brittle skin then
soaking in water for a few minutes will make it much easier to remove.
Removing skin from Loofah
Peel the skin back off one end, usually the top, and pull off the other end. Do whatever works best for you.
After peeling several you'll get a feel for the best method. Try to get all the skin off as little pieces left behind
tend to turn brown.
Spraying loofah with hose
Apply water pressure from a hose sprayer to remove most of the sap color. It washes out many seeds also.
Washing with soapy water in a bucket and then spraying is another option. Squeeze and shake out excess
water. If your luffa fiber is very dark, or has many dark spots, soaking in a bucket of water with some chlorine
bleach will remove most stains. It doesn't take much bleach, maybe one cup for 3 to 5 gallons of water. Don't
bleach any longer than needed. Rinse well. Most loofahs are good with no bleaching. This one was sprayed
with water only and then dried.
Loofah drying in sun
The final result is a loofah drying in the sun. Allow to dry completely. Rotate as needed. The sunlight will
slightly lighten and change the color. Leaving in the sunlight for longer periods will change the texture of the
loofah and make it rougher feeling. Make sure it is completely dry before storing or mold may grow on any
remaining sap. Store dry loofahs in a bag or box where dust won't settle on them. They can be kept for years as
long as they stay dry and dust free.
|Music event in Old Town LQ this Saturday!
I hope you can join my band, TRILL from 7-8pm, and my husband's band, The Refills from 9:30-11pm this Saturday night
in Old Town La Quinta. It will be a great family event with great food and great fun. So put on your dancing shoes, bring a
blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy a great night of music supporting a great cause!
|Here is some news from my friends at The Living Desert
September is here, and our big season is just around the corner. That means it's time to start filling volunteer
positions around the Park. Volunteers are utilized in many different ways throughout the Zoo, even off
grounds. Returning volunteers are sure to notice new options available, as well as familiar positions, too.
As the Living Desert continues to grow, so do the opportunities for our volunteers.
The Education Department is also offering a much larger curriculum of classes and class times. We want to
give you every opportunity to learn about this amazing place we love to share with our guests.
Share your passion, talk about tails, and inspire guests to go green. Keep your eyes open for new ways to
get involved and work towards our mission as a volunteer.
Many spots are first come, first served, so don't delay. Contact any volunteer scheduler at (760) 346-5694
ext. 2512 or 2558. You can also stop by the Education office to schedule yourself for the season, and speak
with us directly.
What role would you like to play in this educational adventure?
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is a 2015 Travelers' Choice Winner
Travelers' Choice Awards are the highest honor given out by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. The award is based on the reviews
and options of the global travel community.
Less than 1% of attractions on TripAdvisor win this award every year. The Living Desert was awarded this very prestigious award for 2015
An estimated 96 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. An insatiable lust for ivory products
in the Asian market and in the U.S. makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable, and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of
African elephants. If the elephants are to survive, the demand for ivory must be drastically reduced. Pledge your support for stricter
regulation and enforcement of laws combating illegal wildlife trade. https://www.96elephants.org/
Popularly considered a wholly African species, the cheetah once had a distribution that extended across the Middle East and Central Asia,
extending north into southern Kazakhstan and east into India. Today outside of Africa, the cheetah has been extirpated from its entire
Asiatic range except for a small and critically endangered population in Iran. Estimated at 200 animals in the 1970's, the last Asiatic
cheetahs are now thought to number around 60-100 animals restricted to the arid central Iranian plateau.
Fourteen hibernating bat species in California are at risk from a fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, which has been spreading
westward since it invaded New York State in 2006. The fungus thrives in cooler temperatures, meaning that caves where bats hibernate
create the perfect conditions for its growth. The fungus does not kill the bats directly, but instead alerts their immune and metabolic systems,
processes that have been shut off during hibernation. An increase in metabolic activity forces bats to use stored fat reserves prematurely,
and the bats ultimately starve to death. An estimated 6 million hibernating bats have died. Non hibernating bats are not at risk.
What Does The Term "Hand-Rearing" Mean?
Africa Animal Care Manager
Many of you may have heard the Animal Care Team refer to "hand rearing" an animal before. You might have even asked yourself - "What,
exactly, does that mean?" Hand rearing basically means that we (animal care staff) bottle feed and provide socialization for an animal
There are several different reasons why this may happen. Some (but not all) of those reasons are:
•The neonate might be rejected by an inexperienced dam (mother).
•The dam might not be producing enough milk to successfully nurse the neonate.
•Some neonates, like Fennec Foxes and Pronghorn, tend to be calmer and better parents to their own future offspring if they have been
hand reared and are calm/comfortable around their daily animal care staff.
•The neonate is going to be a future zoo ambassador, such as being in our WLP show area. Early training and a life-long bond with animal
care staff is very important for their success as a zoo ambassador. You may already know some of these successful TLD ambassadors:
Ruka, Linus and Teluk, among many others.
In the case of the first 3 bullet points, the neonate is usually integrated back into a group of their peer's, after they are weaned from the bottle.
Currently, the animal care team is hand rearing 2 porcupine neonates - also known as "porcupettes". They were born on July 22nd and the
animal care team began hand rearing them on July 24th. One, a female, will hopefully be part of TLD's WLP show this fall. The other, a
male, will possibly be leaving TLD to be part of another zoo's ambassador program in a few months.
|Zoo News U Can UseMaureen McCarty
When someone talks about a toad I always conjure up the vision of a small little amphibian. Let me tell you about a toad that is not small at
all. The Sonoran Desert toad (Incilius alvarius) can grow to be about 7 inches from snout to vent. It is olive green to dark brown in color. It
has smooth, shiny skin covered in warts. Its belly is cream-colored and it has one to two warts on the corners of its mouth and large raised
warts on its rear legs.
Formerly it was found in extreme southeast California along the lower Colorado River and in irrigated lowlands of the southern Imperial
Valley. However in their survey of 1994, Jennings and Hayes noted that this toad is apparently extirpated from most or all of its habitats in
California. This is likely due to loss of habitat and to pesticide use brought about by modern agricultural methods. According to a California
Department of Fish and Game report, no toads have been collected or observed in California since 1955. Beyond California, the species is
found in southern Arizona, extreme southwest New Mexico, and in Sonora and northwest Sinaloa, Mexico.
This toad can be found in desert and semi-arid areas. It is also sometimes found in arid grasslands and woodlands. They are semi-aquatic
and usually lives near large streams or can occasionally be found near springs, temporary rain pools, canals and irrigation ditches. The
Sonoran Desert toad is nocturnal and stays underground during the heat of the day and spends most of the summer months in a burrow that
it digs or in an unoccupied rodent hole.
What does it eat? One of my sources tells me "This toad eats anything that it can overtake and capture, mainly a variety of invertebrates,
but lizards, mice, and toads have also been observed in its stomach contents."
What eats it? They are predated on by raccoons, other mammals, reptiles and possibly some species of birds. Large adult toads may be
safe from most predators, other than raccoons, due to the toxicity of their parotoid secretions. The parotoid glands secrete extremely
defensive, potent toxins, which can cause paralysis and even death if ingested by dogs and, presumably, other small animals.
Here is an interesting "ick" factor when dealing with this particular toad: The skin secretions have hallucinogenic properties. Some states
have passed laws against toad licking, and classify the secretions of these toads as a controlled substance. (This is the toad involved in
reports of toad licking or the smoking of dried parotoid gland secretions.) Toad licking = ICK!!!
Check this new addition out at Eagle Canyon just before you go out the door to the Mountain Lion Exhibit. He is really cool!!
|Ask Aunt Tootie
Dear Aunt Tootiei:
The coin vortex for conservation has been on the upper patio for some time. Can you tell me how successful it has been?
Dear Just Interested:
Yes, the vortex has been in place about 8 months and in that time has taken in well over $7,500. The kids of all ages that place
coins in the vortex are all having a wonderful time.
Dear Aunt Tootie:
Two questions if you please.
One: Are the bones of the cheetah displayed in the hospital lobby real or artificial?
Two: Where did the roadrunner eggs that are in the window of the rehab section come from?
Got to Know
Dear Got to Know:
1) The bones of the cheetah are not artificial but real cheetah bones.
2) While the roadrunner eggs are in the rehab room of the hospital, the eggs themselves came from an animal in our collection.
|PICTURE OF THE MONTH
|VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND
CALL TLD/ASK FOR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
IF YOU LIKE BUTTERFLIES, YOU COULD BE TRAINED TO VOLUNTEER IN THE BUTTERFLY PAVILION
Many spots are first come, first served, so don't delay. Contact any volunteer scheduler at (760) 346-5694 ext.
2512 or 2558. You can also stop by the Education office to schedule yourself for the season, and speak with us
FOR FAMILIES WITH
Look for these new sport models at the
Welcome Center this fall along with a
wide selection of our popular dual seat
models from our current inventory.
|Desert Winds Freedom Band
Ralph’s Comunity Contributions Program - Enrollment Begins September 1
Dear Desert Winds Freedom Band Friends,
Do you shop at Ralph's? If so, there is a great way to support the Desert Winds Freedom Band.
Effective today, you can enroll in the Ralph’s Community Contributions Program. By doing this, the Desert Winds
Freedom Band receives a portion of all your shopping dollars and all you have to do is enroll this once. What a great way
to help support the Band!
Enrollment is easy --- just go to www.ralphs.com and sign in to your account. Under the services tab, you’ll find a drop
down menu for “Community Contributions”. Select this option, then select "Community Rewards". On the next page,
scroll down to “Participant” and click on “Enroll now”. Our organization number is 90361, or you can simply type Desert
Winds Freedom Band into the search field and it will bring up our record. Complete the selection process and you’re all
If you haven’t registered your Ralph’s club card online, you’ll need to have the card or a Ralph’s receipt with your number
on it with you. Simply create an online profile, and link your Ralph’s card number to your online profile. Then you can
follow the steps above to start giving a portion of your shopping to the band!
Be sure to do this before your next shopping trip to Ralph’s to help support the Desert Winds Freedom Band.
Thank you for your support!
Richard Bentley, President
|Activities | Films | Exhibitions | Artful Conversations
Sunday, September 13
With generous support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation,
the museum is proud to present FREE 2nd SUNDAYS.
Admission and all activities are free.
About the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation
The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation is a private foundation that generously supports
educational and other charitable projects. Since 1988, the Berger Foundation has contributed
more than $600 million to charities throughout Southern California and the United States.
FREE Friday Film Series
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden
Friday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.
How do contemporary artists address contradiction, ambiguity, and truth? The Art in the Twenty-First
Century documentary Paradox explores these questions in the work of the artists Allora & Calzadilla,
Mark Bradford, Robert Ryman, and Catherine Sullivan. Click HERE to read more.
Friday, September 11, 5:30 p.m.
Might a work of art move us to temper our more destructive impulses? In what ways do artists'
feelings of empathy contribute to works that tackle problematic subjects and address the human
condition? The Art in the Twenty-First Century documentary Compassion explores these questions in
the work of the artists William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, and Carrie Mae Weems. Click HERE to read
|Murph's Celebrates 40 Years with 40% Off*
Dear Valued Patron,
We are proud to announce that we are beginning our 40th year of serving our famous Pan Fried
To celebrate, we are offering the best Dinner Deal in the Desert. 40% Off* all of our dinner menu
items during the month of September.
Dinner is served from 5 PM until Close, Wednesday thru Sunday. Our Happy Hour begins in the
Pub at 2 PM.
Click HERE to get your personal coupon. Please print it out and present it to your server at time
I want to personally thank each of you that have made Murph's Gaslight your number one
destination for Fried Chicken in the Valley. Please join us as we continue our 40 year tradition of
offering our original Pan Fried recipe and other tasty menu items.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
*OFFER ON REGULAR FOOD PURCHASES ONLY. DINE IN OR TAKE OUT. EXCLUDING PUB MENU AND
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. NOT COMBINABLE WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS OR SPECIALS. COUPON MUST BE
PRESENTED AT TIME OF PURCHASE. OFFER EXPIRES SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.
|Did you know?
There are 17 miles of paved driving roads in BDCC..
ACS Heat & A/C
Don & Randy Brockman
We just had to replace our
air-conditioning, we were
only down for a few days.
They were prompt, efficient
and very fair on price.