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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
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Desert Resort Mgmt
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and need to contact
Desert Resort Mgmt
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related issues. Forms
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or phone number will not
receive a response.
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The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
and stickers for gate
Admin hours are as
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Desert Resort Mgmt
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.
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|Today is FRIDAY, December 5th, 2014
|ODDS AND ENDS AROUND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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DESERT DUNES 2ND ANNUAL
INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
At the Bermuda Dunes Country Club
DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
TIME: 8:15 AM SHOT GUN
ENTRY FEE: $150.00 PER PERSON
Price Includes: Continental Breakfast, Cart, Tee Package, 18 Holes of Golf, Lunch and one
free drink ticket
All gratuities are included
We have tee times for 72 players
LUNCH, AWARDS AND RAFFLE FOLLOWING PLAY
Lunch Only w/Raffle Tickets $30.00
Proceeds go to:
The Stuart and Barbara Spencer FOLD Scholarship
Friends of the Living Desert
Contact: Donna Hubenthal-Nelson, BDCC Hostess
|THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE
AND THE FUN BEGINS...SAVE THE DATES
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|NEWS FROM MY FAVORITE
INDIO INTERNATIONAL TAMALE FESTIVAL, DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2014
This is our favorite festival of the year
Click TAMALE FESTIVAL for all the details
Admission is Free!
Saturday and Sunday
December 6-7, 2014
(The 1st full weekend in December every year!)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
The Festival is between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles,
Towne, Smurr & Requa.
No animals allowed, except certified service animals.
No ice chests or outside beverages allowed
It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio
The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale
makers have created the festival's tremendous success.
Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10
"All-American Food Festivals" in the nation!
Festival's Guinness World Records:
The World's largest Tamale-over 1 foot in diameter and 40 feet in length, Dec. 4, 1999.
The World's largest tamale festival-with 120,000 in attendance, Dec. 2-3, 2000.
|SURPRISE FOR OUR KIDS...A COVERED WAGON TOUR
Craig and Jona were just great hosts and very knowledgeable in their fields.
Covered Wagon Tours' muleskinners are real cowboys, blacksmiths, and genuine
teamsters. These long-time desert dwellers navigate the team of mules drawing your
wagon across long-established desert trails.
During your wagon excursion, Covered Wagon Tours' naturalists/guides narrate the
ecology, biology, geology, anthropology and history of our local desert.
We took their unique dinner tour package which included a two-hour wagon excursion in
part along the infamous San Andreas Fault and Horseshoe Palms Oasis. We then
meandered back to Camp through Hidden Palms Oasis.
You can enjoy cowboy coffee and hot chocolate and live western music before, during,
and after dinner. Finish the night with marshmallows roasted over a campfire.
Our son (who is a graduate of the Seattle Art Institute) a photographer and works in TV
and movies in Hollywood shares his photos with us. Thanks, Son.
We hope you enjoy our trip - get a group together and go. You will be glad you did.
Here is there contact information:
Local: 760/347 - 2161
Toll Free: 800/ 367 - 2161
|A desert is a place without expectation.
|BIG CHANGES at the PUEBLO
New Tour - New Experience
Announcing our new Signature Tour beginning on December 2nd.
You'll experience Cabot's Pueblo Museum in a whole new way! There is so much to learn about
the man responsible for the settling of the Coachella Valley. Do you think the Valley would be the
same if Cabot hadn't made it his home?
New rooms open to the pubic for viewing!
Many haven't been open in decades. Cabot's Office and Artist sleeping quarters and drawing
space are open for viewing. More rooms will be open soon!
Walk around the beautiful grounds.
We've been hard at work creating peaceful paths and gardens throughout the grounds for you to
enjoy. Make sure you see the Alter in the Wilderness - Meditation Garden (it's also the perfect
place for a wedding or special event!)
Remind yourself why there is No Place. Just Like this Place.
Few people have left as indelible a legacy on the Coachella Valley as Cabot Yerxa. When you
tour his remarkable hand-built 5,000 sf Pueblo you experience how his life changed the Valley.
His stories will inspire you.
Cabot's Pueblo Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Guided tours are offered every half hour.
Cabot's Pueblo in the News!
Our many thanks to Valley publications featuring Cabot's Pueblo Museum. This past month
Desert Magazine ran a great photo spread from last May's Evening at the Pueblo event. Outlook
magazine ran a story on Cabot and the incredible resorts in DHS. Cabot's was also in the news
for being on the Desert Sun's Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for in the Coachella Valley listing.
And Cabot's Pueblo Museum is one of the best museums as listed in the CV Independent.
Volunteer at Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Contact Michael Rodrigue at (760) 329-8100 for information
Group Tours and Special Events
Contact Julie McQueeney at (760) 329-8100
December 12 - 14
Cabot's Pueblo Museum is thrilled to welcome back talented weaver Porfirio Gutierrez with his
beautiful Zapotec-inspired patterned textiles, along with Oaxaca Wood Carving Painter Julia
Fuentes Santiago and Oaxaca Potter Magdalena Pedro Martinez.
The Artists will give demonstrations of their artistry and their artwork is available for sale. You are
also invited to attend our Sunday Family Event Paint your own Oaxaca Wood Carving from 1:00
PM to 2:00 PM.
The Oaxaca Weekend is free and open to the public.
Where: Cabot's Pueblo Museum
When: Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
For more information, please call (760) 329-7610 or visit us online at www.CabotsMuseum.org.
Funding for the Oaxaca Weekend is provided by The Louis L Borick Foundation.
A couple of weeks ago we noticed that a lot of water was flowing down Kingston in the early
morning. We followed the stream and discovered a broken sprinkler head in a front lawn up on a
side street, and the homeowner didn't know about it. Our Mom notified both BDSA and Myoma
water, and it was repaired 2 days later. We are sure the man will notice a decrease in his water bill,
and Mom is happy that water isn't getting wasted.
We have also noticed that there are points where debris has built up in the lovely new gutters on
Kingston, to where grass and weeds are actually taking root and growing. We think there is a street
sweeper that comes through, so why isn't this getting cleaned up? Even though we like drinking out
of the puddles, our Mom says that the new gutters will quickly deteriorate if they aren't kept clear
and that's not a good way for the HOA to manage the investment they made. Can you help?
Annie and Sasha
Oh Annie and Sasha - so nice to see you are keeping busy with Paw Patrol. These are the types
of issues you can help us keep abreast of, as well as, looking out for bad guys!
Thanks so much for getting the running water taken care of, and I will send your email to our
BDSA Security Department who would be responsible for the gutter issues.
It was my understanding that they had hired a company to take care of the street cleaning, so I will
be interested in hearing back from Security, as well.
I just want to thank you for helping our community in so many ways.
Our company who visited us for Thanksiving noted how nice our BDCC community is looking.
Linda Snyder - Lima Hall
This is a great month to take advantage of the delightfully mild winter weather and tackle
major garden projects. Save water in 2016 with a major outdoor project.
Here is a list of project ideas and tips:
Install a drip irrigation system complete with a smart irrigation controller.
Install a dry stream bed for landscape aesthetics and better drainage.
Make a rock garden or install other hardscape features into your outdoor area.
Remove tired and overgrown plants and replace with colorful, water-efficient,
Remember to turn off your sprinklers on windy and rainy days!
Visit our conservation page for more water wise ideas and tips.
|AGENDA for CVERT
Coachella Valley Emergency Readiness Team
The new name, CVERT was approved by the DSERT/INCA members on Oct. 8, 2014. It is still however
pending FINAL approval from the Office of Emergency Services. We will refer to DSERT and INCA for the
transition period from Oct. 8, 2014 until June 10, 2015. CVERT falls under the direction of COACHELLA
COMM, Office of Emergency Services.
DSERT (Desert Standardized Emergency Readiness Team)
INCA (Interstate North Corridor Association)
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:00 -11:30AM
Chaparral Country Club
Located at 100 Chaparral Dr. Chaparral is off Portola between Hovely East and Magnesia Falls on the West
side. Phone: 760-340-1893.
Our meeting is in the multipurpose building, a stand alone building next to the Country Club Clubhouse.
1. Call to Order and Welcome – Carla Sullivan-Dilley
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Self-introductions and sign-in
4. Approve minutes of the meeting October 8, 2014 meeting. See attached.
5. Brief review of why the need to change from DSERT/INCA to CVERT.
6. Our guest speaker today is Tim Beringer, Eisenhower Safety Director. Why our communities
need to be prepared physically and Medically!
7. No update this month from Blake Goetz, on CREWS (Coachella Valley Regional Early Warning
8. Review meeting schedule for 2014-15.
9. Updated Speakers List and Vendors List. Email suggestions to Carla by January 15, 2015
10. Review rejuvenation plan. Suggestions to Carla by January 15, 2015…any new suggestions?
11. Roundtable-Caliente Springs Sat., Jan. 10, 9 am -2pm. Volunteers are needed to educate
attendees on CVERT, CERT and independent community EP Plans. Please sign up on the sheet being
passed around to help.
12. Adjourn. Next meeting will be on Wed., February 11, 2015 at Ivey Ranch Country Club. Our host
is Darryl Hendershot and the program is VPS, Volunteer Palm Springs, Keys to successful volunteer
recruitment and retention presented by David Carder.
Please RSVP by Monday, December 8, to Carla Sullivan-Dilley at Carlagolfs@gmail.com, 951-218-0188.
Questions? Contact Steering Committee: Carla Sullivan-Dilley, Hillary Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org, Bobby
Grassi at PDGERT@gmail.com, Richard Gitmed at email@example.com, Eric Cadden at eric.Cadden@fire.ca.
gov or Byron at Byron-Woosley@dc.rr.com, 760-485-7500. If you need to change or add an email address,
PLEASE contact Byron via email.
The parent organization of both DSERT and INCA is Coachella Comm., an arm of Riverside County Office of
Emergency Services (OES), tasked to assist in coordinating emergency preparedness efforts in the
Coachella Comm’s members represent such organizations as County OES, law enforcement, fire, cities,
school districts, HOAs, Sunline, hospitals, CVWD, utility companies, R.A.C.E.S. ham radio operators, and
Civil Air Patrol.
Any members of the three groups, as well as the general public, are welcome to attend the meetings of the
|GENERALLY SPEAKING, YOU AREN'T LEARNING MUCH WHEN YOU MOUTH
|Received these sayings from my brother - thanks for the laughs
Golf balls are like eggs ~ they're white. They're sold by the dozen.....and a week later you have to buy more.
* A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy
anything in there.
* It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball
marks, and rake his sand traps.
* When you think about it, did you ever notice that it's a lot easier to get up at 6:00 to play golf than at 10:00
to mow the lawn or go to church?
* It takes longer to learn golf than it does brain surgery. On the other hand, you seldom get to ride around
on a cart, drink beer and eat hot dogs while performing brain surgery.
* A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfers from giving up the game.
* Water hazards are no walk in the park for fish, turtles, frogs or alligators either.
* Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up praying a lot.
* A good golf partner is one who's always worse than you.
* That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work.
* If there's a storm rolling in, never fails; you’re having the game of your life.
* If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he
probably shot an 8.
|Create Natural Air Fresheners From the Garden
Have you ever sprayed air-freshener in your home? Does it ever smell like the fragrance described on the
I must confess that I have used air-fresheners in the past, but I was never happy with how my house smelled
afterward. To me, the fragrances were so 'artificial' and I also wondered if there were some ingredients in
these sprays that maybe weren't so healthy to be inhaling.
So, I was quite intrigued when I heard about 'natural' air fresheners made from plants - many of which I had in
my own garden.
Imagine if your home had the natural fragrance of citrus paired with your favorite herbs drifting throughout. No
overpowering, artificial fragrance, just subtle, refreshing scents.
The combinations are endless and the fragrance is released into the air by adding the contents of jar and
enough water to fill a small pot at least 1/2 – 3/4 full. Heat to boiling and then turn the heat down to low and
allow it to simmer for a couple of hours. That’s it!
So are you as excited about creating your own 'natural' air fresheners as I am?
Let's get started with some ingredients that can be used to create your own unique fragrant
All types of citrus are refreshing and can serve as the base of your air freshener. I chose lemons, oranges and
limes. But, if you have a grapefruit tree that is overly generous with its fruit, they would work well too!
Now let's grab some herbs from the garden (or grocery store)....
Rosemary and lavender would also work great, but I didn't have any growing in my garden.
I also decided to use vanilla extract and peppercorns in my mixtures.
Are you ready for the fun part and make some wonderful natural fragrance combinations?
Here are a few that I made...
I love cooking (and eating) Italian food - even though I have not Italian ancestry that I know of. So, I like this
combination of 1 sprig of basil, 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns and a few slices of lemon - it makes my home
smell fresh as I imagine an Italian kitchen would smell like.
I added these ingredients to jam jars and filled them with water to the top...
I think it looks pretty, don't you?
Of course, if you will use them right away, skip the jar and add directly to a small pot. Pour more water until it
reaches 3/4 full, heat to boiling, lower the heat to low and enjoy for a few hours - KEEP an eye on the water
level and add more as needed - DON'T let it dry out.
Here is another combination that I love...
A few slices of lime, 4 - 5 sprigs of thyme, a sprig of mint and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
You can make up one air freshener at a time, or make a few and store them in the refrigerator for a week or
freeze them for longer until ready to use – just make sure to freeze them in a freezer-safe container such as a
wide-mouth jar, like I have.
Lastly, this is my favorite combination and only has two ingredients...
Oranges and vanilla extract.
I sliced half an orange and added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
The fragrance reminds me of the orange sherbet / vanilla ice-cream that I ate when I was a child.
You can also add cinnamon sticks or a few whole cloves to this mixture for a more spicy fragrance.
If you have ever stepped into a Williams & Sonoma store, they have their own natural air freshener recipe:
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
In addition to the ingredients that I have used, here are some others that you can experiment with to create
your own unique natural air freshener: citrus peels, apple peels, almond extract, peppermint extract, coconut
extract, ginger, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, whole cloves, bay leaves, basil, sage, lavender, oregano and
Have fun creating your own fragrance combinations.
If you want to add a little freshness to your home, don't waste your time spraying artificial fragrance through
your home. You can create wonderful combinations of scents using items in your garden, refrigerator and
I hope you enjoy making these natural air fresheners as much as I do!
|The Desert Cactus
Cactus Is an American Plant
The cactus family is one of the most easily recognized plant families in the world. Their beautiful
blossoms, thick stems and unusual shapes attract thousands of people to the desert each year.
Cactus, as a plant family, show variations between the individual species. They range from the
three-inch fishhook cactus nestled in a rock crevice to the towering saguaro cactus which reaches
heights of 30 to 40 feet. Cactus grow on rocky hillsides, alluvial fans and in barren washes throughout
Saguaro Cactus Sunset
Cactus is an American plant family not native to Europe, Africa or Australia. Very little is known about
early cactus plants because only two cactus fossils have ever been found. The oldest, found in Utah,
dates to 50 million years ago and was similar to today's prickly pear.
Cactus plants probably grew in a tropical environment until about 65 million years ago when, in much of
California, the climate changed from year-round rainfall to a pattern of dry summers and wet winters.
Later, when the desert began to form as the Sierra Nevada and Peninsular Ranges rose and blocked
rainfall to the eastern valleys, the cactus adapted to the dry, desert conditions.
Although cactus are synonymous with desert regions, they are found in some unlikely places. In the
lush, tropical regions of Mexico, South America and some Caribbean Islands, tall columnar cactus grow
among hanging vines and large-leaved trees. One species grows at an elevation of 11,000 feet in the
Adaptations to the Desert
Cactus Up Close
Cactus owe their success in the desert to their structural adaptations. While other desert plants may
have similar features such as spines and succulent stems, these evolutionary traits reach a zenith in
Cactus take advantage of the lightest rainfall by having roots close to the soil surface. The water is
quickly collected by the roots and stored in thick, expandable stems for the long summer drought. The
fleshy stems of the barrel cactus are pleated like an accordion and shrink as moisture is used up.
These pleats also channel water to the base of the plant during rain showers.
When water is no longer available in the summer, many desert shrubs drop their leaves and become
dormant. Cactus continue to photosynthesize because they have fixed spines instead of leaves. The
green stems produce the plant's food, but lose less water than leaves because of their sunken pores
and a waxy coating on the surface of the stem. The pores close during the head of the day and open at
night to release a small amount of moisture.
The dense network of spines shades the stems, keeping them cooler than the surrounding air. Many
barrel cactus lean to the south so that a minimum of body surface is exposed to the drying effect of the
midday sun. Cactus pay a price for these water-saving adaptations -- slow growth. Growth may be as
little as 1/4 inch per year in the barrel cactus, and most young sprouts never reach maturity.
Uses of Cactus
For many animals such as the bighorn sheep and the antelope ground squirrel, cactus are an important
source of food and water. The cactus wren and California thrasher often build their nests in the
buckhorn cholla. These birds trim spines from the cactus to permit their own easier access, but rely on
the balance of the spines for protection from foxes, coyotes and predatory birds. The Gila woodpeckers
and gilded flickers, chop burrows in the long arms of the saguaro cactus. Owls, flycatchers, and
starlings also use the abandoned homes in the saguaros as their abodes.
Different varieties of cactus was used for food and medicinal purposes by Native Americans for
thousands of years. The Cahuilla Indians spent the cooler months gathering wanted plants. They
harvested the fruit of the beavertail cactus for its sweetness. The fruit was cooked in a pit with hot
stones for at least 12 hours, and the large seeds were ground into a mush. When the flesh pads were
young, they were cut into small pieces, boiled and served as greens.
Native women used gathering sticks to harvest the buds of barrel cactus to prevent being injured by
the sharp spines. Usually these buds were parboiled several times to remove the bitter flavor before
they were eaten.
The buckhorn cholla was used medicinally by the Cahuilla. The stems were burned, and the ashes
were applied to cuts and burns to aid in the healing process.
Where To See Cactus
Cactus are found throughout the desert regions and usually bloom in late March through May. The
blossoms range in color from the deep magenta of the hedgehog cactus to the cream-colored blossoms
of the saguaro, and from bright yellow prickly pear to the pink blooms of the beavertail cactus.
Some of the best locations in the United States for viewing cactus:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Death Valley National Park
The Living Desert Museum and Botanical Park
Cactus, highly adapted to the harsh desert environment, flourish in places where other plants cannot
survive. Their survival is threatened by "cactus rustlers" who steal these plants for the profitable
landscaping trade. Some individuals destroy cactus by operating vehicles off the road while still others
use these ancient plants for target practice.
It is illegal to disturb or remove cactus on any public lands. By protecting the cactus you are helping
preserve the desert's intricate and fragile web of life.
Prickley Pear Cactus
The prickly pear plant (also called nopal or nopalitos in Spanish) and the prickly pear cactus fruit (also
known as tuna in Spanish) is an edible nutritious and delicious food offering vitamins, minerals and
There has been medical interest in the Prickly Pear plant. Some studies have shown that the pectin
contained in the Prickly Pear pulp lowers levels of "bad" cholesterol while leaving "good" cholesterol
levels unchanged. Another study found that the fibrous pectin in the fruit may lower diabetics' need for
insulin. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that
help keep blood sugar stable.
Prickly pear extract has also been shown to reduce the severity and occurrence of hangovers if taken
in advance of drinking. Nausea, dry mouth, appetite loss, and alcohol-related inflammation were all
reduced in test subjects who ingested prickly pear extract 5 hours prior to drinking*. You can make
your own tests and see if it works for you, which is the only test that really counts.
How to Make Your Own Prickly Pear Tea
You can add one teaspoon of Prickly Pear Nectar to tea (hot or cold) to make Prickly Pear Tea. You
can also take by adding one teaspoon of Prickly Pear Nectar to 8 oz. of water, juice or take it
concentrated. No Sugar added! 100% Organic.
Medical Interest in the Prickly Pear Plant
The prickly pear plant (also called nopal or nopalitos in Spanish) and the prickly pear cactus fruit (also
known as tuna in Spanish) is an edible nutritious and delicious food offering vitamins, minerals and
medicinal properties. Researchers are using the prickly pear juice, produced by Arizona Cactus Ranch
in Southern Arizona, for their studies, because it is pure.
PRICKLY PEAR SMOOTHIE (2 large glasses)
1 c. apple or orange juice
1/2 c. prickly pear juice or nectar
1 c. frozen berries or bananas
1 c. plain yogurt
2 t. honey
4 or 5 ice cubes