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drainage and dry wells),
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NEWS FROM FRIENDS AROUND OUR COMMUNITY
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|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Does anyone know of a good shoe repair service?
Please contact me...
|THE BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB IS OFFERING SOME
|NOTE FROM MRS. BLOFOLKS
Thanks so much to our community for taking the time to look for Baby Cakes. She did show up
and we were so happy to see her!
This is another reason we continue to keep this site going...all of the nice people in our
community deserve a place to put free ads, announce lost and found animals; and where they
can ask, say and comment on things without retribution. And, don't forget those
pesky 'coyote alerts.'
Many of our community are heading back to their summer residences - we wish them well and
hope everyone has a safe trip.
We are gearing up for our Annual Hopi Kachina Weekend which will be April 24, 25, and
26, from 9AM to 4PM!
We will be featuring three Hopi Kachina carvers: Eric Kayquaptewa, Darance Makwesa Chimerica, and
Raynard Tawma Lalo. The artists will be demonstrating their art from beginning to end (carving,
painting, and decorating) and will also be available for questions.
There will be a children's activity on Sunday from 1-2PM. The event is FREE, and we will have plenty
of docents here to provide tours every half hour beginning at 9:30AM, with our last tour taking place at
2:30PM. We hope to see some of the Bermuda Dunes Country Club there!
Thanks for sending me this information. Of course, you know that Cabot's is very dear to my
heart. I will certainly encourage our Community to attend...and thanks so much for your
concern about Baby Cakes. Imagine, your sister's cat's name is Baby Cakes, as well!
|A CONCLUSION IS SIMPLY THE PLACE WHERE YOU GOT TIRED OF
|SOME COMMENTS FROM FRIENDS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAVE
WATER...Your suggestions would be appreciated. Mrs. B
It may be my lack of understanding of how these homes are plumbed, but I think in order for the
recirculating pump to work your plumbing has to be installed in a loop system. That is individual
lines don't terminate, rather, they each branch off a loop system that constantly circulates.
Therefore if older homes don't have loop systems the recirculating system may not be effective.
Someone please correct my if I'm wrong.
One method is to run new pipe throughout the home but it is labor intensive and can be expensive.
They can be plumbed under the sinks or in our case, they are plumbed directly at the water heater
in the garage. Wide range of costs. Check around and get a lot of estimates, especially if it has to
be plumbed at the water heater.
Another method is to install a pump under a bathroom sink in the bathroom farthest from the hot
water heater. The pump basically moves hot water from the hot water heater into the cold line. No
need to re-pipe. Downside is that when you use cold water it may be hot/warm for a few seconds
until the cold water reaches the faucet. Works best if you can power the pump via a light switch.. so
you can turn it on just before you need the hot water and turn it off when you are done. Otherwise if
on a timer or always on, you will probably end up wasting water waiting for the hot/warm water to
get cold. There is a youtube video that shows you how to install this. Is easy if you have electrical
under the sink and just want to use the built in timer to control when the pump recirculates.
Yesterday I witnessed my neighbors mail being stolen from their mailbox. I contacted BD
Security and a Sheriff came by and took information . It was a dark gray car possibly a
Honda , driver and the woman was the one that took the mail , they were Hispanic .
Please pass this on . This occurred on Sandy Bay Rd . The thief's may have gained
access thru Lima Hall gate . I also spoke to our Mail Courier and she said that this is
occurring more often. Hopefully Security can pull the tapes and get some information.
Mary F Gipson
Okay - let's keep our eyes out for this car and this description. Thanks so much
Mary for sending us this information.
|I have seen many walkers and kids on the golf course when there are still players out there.
Dangerous at the very least. Perhaps the marshal could go around more often later in the day? I
can't understand why people think this is okay. Especially with their kids.
When you see this type of situation, call our Bermuda Dunes Security. They will come
and get the situation handled. You need to call while they are still on the course.
It is not only dangerous, but now allowed on our Bermuda Dunes golf course.
Thanks so much for offering to put this guy on the blog,etc. It's refreshing to find a good,
honest hardworking person these days.
I am ATTACHING a scan of his card which has all the info.
I told him what you had offered to do and he was really pleased!
Your friend, Rob
Thanks so much for sending us this vendor for our list. Honestly, I was just looking
for a good painter. I will give him a call.
Look for A1 Custom Painting on the List, Click on 'P' for Painting
|Bermuda Dunes Country Club
New Membership Offering
Be the next generation of Members at Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Be the next generation of Members at Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Young Executive Family Golf Membership
Initiation Fee: $2,500 (non-refundable)
Monthly Dues: $299 Age 21 to 35
Monthly Dues: $425 Age 36 to 45
Monthly Dues: $571 Age 46 to 55
(Age based on age of eldest spouse)
Limit 25 to each age group.
Capital Fee: $25 monthly
Annual Food & Beverage Minimum: $600 single/$900 couple
* Unlimited golf privileges to 27 holes of championship golf
* First class practice facilities
* PGA teaching staff available
* All Club social events and dining
* At age of 56 will convert to Equity Membership
(original initiation fee paid will be applied toward the Equity Membership initiation fee at
All fees subject to change
|New Step-Up to Equity
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Join for $2,500 and low monthly dues
• Play where the Pros played The Bob Hope Classic for 50 years
• 27 holes Classic Golf
• Always a game available
• Play in less than 4 hours
Initiation fee: $2,500 Monthly Dues: $750 1st year
$2,500 Monthly Dues: $850 2nd year
$2,500 Monthly Dues: $950 3rd year
$2,500 Monthly Dues: Equity 4th year
Own a piece of history in three years. You will be a full Equity Stock
Owner/Voting Member at the end of the 3rd year.
Cannot have been a member for two years prior to electing this program.
This is a onetime offer.
Capital Fee: $50 monthly
Annual Food & Beverage: $600 single/$900 couple
Please contact Myra Sandlin @ 760.345.2771 ext. 124
I have 4 hickory shafted Kro Flite irons and one driver for sale.
Mario Gorgio assured me they are pre 1930.
I am looking for $100 per club
CHECK OUT THE HOT SHEET - WE HAVE NEW ITEMS FOR SALE
|Limited tee times available...Get a foursome together and join us for a fun
day. Golf, Raffle, Silent Auction, Entertainment and much, much more!!
Contact: Donna Nelson email: email@example.com
|LATEST CERT INFORMATION
In Partnership with:
DHS Chamber Foundation
Sponsored by: Riverside County Fire Dept. / Cal Fire ES Fire Department Liaison: Pat Tomlinson,
Fire Chief Eddie Moore, Fire Chief
Eric Cadden, ES Coordinator
Jack Becker Youth CERT Desert Hot Springs HS Instructor: Eric Huber
Dave Nunn, Chairman Wayne Weierbach Bill & Myna Durr Anna May Moss Daisy Ramirez
John Mesicek Jeff Freiberg
Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
64-565 Pierson Blvd. Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Meeting Time & Date:
February 26, 2015 - 6:30 P.M.
Christ Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall is located at 64-565 Pierson Blvd. South side of the street
between Little Morongo and Indian Canyon.
Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month, Except: November’s meeting is held on the
Thursday before Thanksgiving. Dark July, August and December.
Support your DHS CERT Committee with a Tax deductable donation. Donations can be mailed to
the DHS Chamber of Commerce at 11999 Palm Dr. - Desert Hot Springs, CA. 92240. Make your
check payable to: Chamber Foundation EP CERT.
DHS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS / CERT COMMITTEE
(Serving the Community of Desert Hot Springs)
11999 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA. 92240 Chamber Phone: 760-329-6403 - Chairman’s
Phone: 760-671-6904 /
April 2015 Newsletter
Our meetings are now being held the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Another Free Community Service being offered by our committee. I am extremely proud of the way
our committee members have stepped up to participate in the American Red Cross “Smoke Alarm
Installation Campaign” scheduled for May 9, 2015. Our committee has partnered with the American
Red Cross, the Riverside Fire Department, and the Desert Hot Springs Chamber Foundation to
install approximately 400+ smoke alarms to needy homeowners. This will be the first of several
events that will cover the entire area of Desert Hot Springs (city & county).
Service organizations, businesses, churches, etc., this is an opportunity to participate in a program
that will save lives and injury caused by home fires. We need 120 people to participate in this
program on Saturday, May 9th. Please contact Dave Nunn at: Phone: 760-671-6904 – Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Aleman at Cell: 760-505-2183 – Email: Michelle.aleman@redcross.
org. If you would like to donate money for food (that will be provided to all the workers) you can
send a check to: DHS Chamber Foundation at 11999 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs, CA. 92240
Attn: Smoke Alarm Campaign.
There will be 20-25 teams of four people each who will participate in the actual installation and
education to the recipients. There will be a staging area that will coordinate the day’s event. There
will be pre-training for all who participate and hot dogs with all the trimming will be provided for the
One of the most important things necessary when a disaster happens is triage for those injured. In
January we had a great triage program with a hands one exercise at our February meeting. This
month we will show a film of the triage that took place during the Katrina hurricane. This film is
being presented by Carole Rogers who volunteered for two weeks at the Houston Astrodome after
Over the next few months we will be providing valuable flyers on Preparedness Safety &
Information. This month’s attachment is from the Emergency Survival Program ESP “AWARE” Plan
for all Communities! Emergency Supply Checklist.
“How to Prepare for a Disaster & What to do when a Disaster
ESP Neighborhood Preparedness AWARE Plan
ESP Emergency Supply Checklist
Less than $5
Black diamond (cards) Bottled water: For drinking (one gallon per person per day for a three-day
to a three-week supply).
Black diamond (cards) Local maps: To help guide the user if an alternate route is needed.
Black diamond (cards) Manual can opener: To open canned goods in an emergency food supply.
Black diamond (cards) Nonperishable food: Dried fruit, unsalted nuts and other high-energy foods
to provide nourishment and energy.
Black diamond (cards) Safety lightsticks: To provide light, especially good for use by children.
Black diamond (cards) Whistle: To signal, attract or call for help in an emergency.
Black diamond (cards) Books, games, toys: To provide comfort to children after an earthquake or
Black diamond (cards) Comfort and personal hygiene kit: Surgical gloves, mouthwash, toothbrush
and toothpaste, wet wipes, bar soap, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine and infant supplies, etc.
Black diamond (cards) Flashlight, spare bulb, and batteries: To provide light if power is out or the
user needs to walk home at night.
Black diamond (cards) Heavy leather work gloves: To protect hands from sharp objects and debris.
Black diamond (cards) Pocket knife: To cut rope or other materials.
Black diamond (cards) Portable battery-operated radio: To
provide access to information and instructions if power is out.
Black diamond (cards) Duffel bag or backpack: To store items that comprise an emergency kit.
Black diamond (cards) Multipurpose ABC-type fire extinguisher: To help combat small residential
fires that might result from downed power lines, damaged wiring in appliances, or other causes
since firefighters may not be available for at least 72 hours.
Black diamond (cards) Hand tools: Adjustable wrench, crowbar, pliers, screwdrivers, hammer,
shovel, etc., to help turn off utilities, remove debris, etc.
Black diamond (cards) Camp stove or barbecue: To facilitate outdoor cooking should gas leaks or
other factors make cooking indoors impractical.
Black diamond (cards) Commercially made emergency kit: For home, office or car.
Black diamond (cards) Emergency cash: Include enough cash to begin repairs, etc. Small bills—
ones, fives and tens—are best. Also include change to make calls.
Black diamond (cards) First aid kit and book: To treat cuts, burns, abrasions.
Black diamond (cards) Lantern: To provide emergency lighting.
Black diamond (cards) Portable generators: To provide
Black diamond (cards) Sleeping bag: To provide warmth and
comfort if outside sleeping is required
due to a damaged home.
Black diamond (cards) Sturdy shoes: To protect feet from broken
glass and other sharp objects.
Black diamond (cards) Tent: To provide protection from rain,
wind, and other environmental elements.
|SAVE THE DATE
BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY CENTER
YUCCA AND AVENUE 42
STARTS AT 6 PM ON THE DOT!
Come meet your Council Members
|Shamans and Sorcery
The Lives of the Desert Shamans
by Nicholas Clapp - Author, Old Magic
Shaman... or Sorcerer?
What to make of these shamans? Haughty and scowling. Eyes lidded, yet burning. As an early report
had it, “Their snuffy, artful faces are lighted by beady eyes.” Are they men of good or evil intent? The
question plagued desert tribes.
Tribes roaming the deserts of the far West heeded their shamans; their old magic could conjure rains,
bring luck to a hunt, doctor illnesses. They were honored and respected – all but a secretive few.
They cursed rather than cured. They cared only for themselves.
Among the Palm Springs Cahuilla, the tale was told of Met (“Gopher”):
Met was a great shaman who claimed to be God. He could catch bullets in his hands, and see the
child in the sun. He bewitched many people and killed them, so his daughter asked the people to kill
him. A bear shaman was elected to kill him. It was in summer and the watermelons were ripe; as Met
was sitting down eating one of these, he came up behind him and hit him over the head with a digging
stick, but he could not kill him. All the other people then piled rocks over Met and finally he died.
Sorcerers died hard. And there was one who never did. From generation to generation, one was a
figure of fright to wide-eyed children and their elders. His name: Tahquitz.
It was said that when the earth was newly formed and populated, the Cahuilla’s creator-god Mukat
granted a select few of his people special powers. They would be shamans. The first was Tahquitz,
and he was to endure as the most powerful. As related by Francisco Patencio, a latter-day chief:
He was very wise and knew many things. He said, “You watch me now, because there is no danger.”
He then took an arrow, pushed it down his throat, then thrust it in his side, then through his head at
the temples, then stabbed himself through the lungs. He said, “You can see it is nothing. I am not
dead. It is only play.”
He was a man of great power. But he did not do any good. He never tried to cure anybody, or do any
good for anyone. So he did not have any friends among his people, and he knew that he did not
He became a very bad spirit… He speaks through the lightning and thunder, and is seen everywhere.
He kills the people, and the spirits of the people.
Tahquitz, Chief Patencio roamed a rocky canyon in the San Jacinto Mountains.
Tahquitz roamed a rocky canyon in the San Jacinto Mountains
One of many caves in boulder-strewn Tahquitz Canyon.
There, he dwelt in a cave under a large rock. There, he learned to fly and assume all manner of
clever disguises, which allowed him to inveigle men and women – especially young women – up his
canyon. While on their way, the sky would darken and lightning would flash – and Tahquitz would
loom, revealed as the monster he truly was. A giant, a demon! He’d kill with a terrible sweep of his
hand. Pulling an arm free of its socket, he’d gnaw its still warm flesh. Bones crunched between his
teeth; blood oozed from his jaw, ran down his arms, soaked his gnarled hands.
Tahquitz would march on up his canyon – each stomp of his huge feet an echoing peal of thunder –
to finish his dinner in his lair.
The Cahuilla believed that the infernal shaman lived on in his haunted canyon. Only the foolhardy
would venture up there, to quickly flee at the sound of strange noises reverberating in the mountain –
the groans of victims, the roar of the cannibal-demon. For sorcerers to come, he would be a demonic
role model in their pursuit of wicked ways.
Witching, the ways
Sorcerer shamans, as one might expect, were secretive. Even so, from good shamans anxious to
expose them, glimpses survive of their craft. Accordingly, it is possible to venture a sampling of their
In his dreams
A sorcerer could concentrate his dark thoughts by day, and by night dream the image of his victim,
and in that dream, grasp a sharp stick and impale the victim’s heart.
A sorcerer could work his magic upon touching a person, handing him food, or, in feigned friendship,
offering him a pipe packed with tobacco. When no one was looking, he might sprinkle powdered
elephant tree bark on a victim’s food, and bitterness would soon rack his body. All the while, there
would not be the slightest hint of what the sorcerer was up to.
Anything personal could be used to witch someone – hair from a comb, nail parings, clothing, spittle,
or blood. Their whole lives through, Cahuillas would keep these to themselves, or take extraordinary
care in their disposal.
Still, a wily sorcerer could scoop sand from a person’s footprint, and witch his feet and legs with
Playing an eagle bone whistle, a sorcerer would seek out his desert’s “poison places,” and there, in a
basketry tray, sweep up supernatural airshot. Exactly what this was is hard to say, for it was invisible.
Nevertheless, it was capable – as an arrow – of propelling a disease object into an intended victim’s
body. The skin wouldn’t be broken, but the evil little object would be there – festering and death-
dealing – unless and until a benevolent shaman sucked it out, spat it into a hole, and quickly buried it.
This was the worst. The excrement of a victim would be obtained, stuffed into a frog’s mouth, and the
poor creature’s mouth pinned shut with thorns. The sorcerer would order: “Go on… eat it!”
“That person would die for sure,” Cahuilla shaman Ruby Modesto was to lament, “Nothing can be
done to counteract frog sorcery.”
From wishing ill to tormenting frogs, a sorcerer-shaman’s courting of evil was a cautionary tale.
Innocently enough, he might mix and peddle – for a price – a potion that in the eyes of a sought-after
lover, could make the ugliest of men and women be handsome and beautiful, radiantly so. Next, on
behalf of an offended or enraged friend or acquaintance, he might be engaged – for a good price – to
even the score with whoever had set the man off. The shaman would answer the call of the desert
flicker: “Pee-um, pee-um” – “Witch him, witch him!”
He would savor the results, and soon be tangled in a spider web of his own spinning. According to
(good) shaman Joe Green, “After a shaman poisons one person, he cannot stop. Then he always
wants to make people sick and kill them.” Cahuilla medicine woman Ruby Modesto was to add,
“Some shamans were just plain evil. They would poison people just to get rid of them, even in their
A desert mask of death.
Sorcerers at the peak of the power, it was believed, would revel in evil beyond measure. Witching up
drought or torrential rain, they could wipe out crops. They could whip up an epidemic.
In the end, what of the supremely demonic Tahquitz?
In legend, despite many attempts, he couldn’t be killed. He lived – and lives on.
In December of 1899, he was credited with a destructive San Jacinto earthquake. As Cheif Francisco
Patencio would have it, he “causes the wrecks of trains and automobiles, and delights in everything
that makes people trouble.”
Ever a master of disguises, he was said to have in broad daylight strolled the hamlet of Palm Springs.
Gray-gloved and sporting a fancy cane, he appeared “all some swell white man.”
If a meteor flashed low across the night sky, the Cahuilla – especially young women – shuddered and
looked away, for that was Tahquitz, ever on the hunt for wandering souls.
|A WILL IS A DEAD