|PAW PATROL OFF AND RUNNING IN BERMUDA DUNES!!
Our thanks to Supervisor John Benoit for taking time out of his busy schedule to be at BDCC to kick-off this
event, and his help in getting lots of media attention for this project!
Thanks, also, to Lt. Johnny Rodriquiz for his crime prevention presentation.
LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES...
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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
Please click HERE
if you are having problems
and need to contact
Desert Resort Mgmt
for any BDSA
related issues. Forms
without a valid name, email
or phone number will not
receive a response.
Responses can take up to
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.
Monarch is the BDCA
You may call Monarch
Management direct at
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|Today is Saturday, October 11th, 2014
ODDS AND ENDS AROUND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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 and Lunch
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 City of Palm Desert will be hosting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
class the week of October 20, 2014 The five day course will be from 10/20 to 10/24 (8:00
AM-Noon each day) and be held at Palm Desert City Hall (Council Chamber). This class will be
available to all residents of the Coachella Valley and space is limited to 40 people; however,
a waiting list will be maintained. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who
may be interested in attending.
Stephen Y. Aryan
Stephen Y. Aryan
Office Direct: (760) 776-6326
73-510 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Click HERE for CERT Flyer and Additional Information
THIS IS A FABULOUS EVENT!!
6th Annual Super Pet Adoption Festival
Save The Date November 15 &16, 2014
Calling All Animal Lovers!
Come and enjoy an absolutely fun filled weekend of lovable and adoptable pets, family activities, fabulous food,
live entertainment and shopping for unique animal inspired items.
Loving All Animals’ spectacular 6th Annual Super Pet Adoption Festival is November 15th & 16th, 2014 at Rancho
Mirage Community Park (formerly Whitewater Park), Rancho Mirage CA.
This Wizard of Oz themed event, “There’s No Place Like A Home” will be your chance to meet over 500 adoptable
dogs, cats and birds brought to the festival by over 40 animal organizations.
This festival is a great place to see all different types of animals, talk to experts and find the perfect new member
of your family. Attendees will have the opportunity to microchip adopted animals and new pet owners will receive
a wonderful gift bag. As an added benefit, all adopted animals will receive a free health check by local
Whether you already have a family pet, are seeking another one, or simply looking for something fun to do, this
event offers enjoyment for everyone. Plus you will be helping over 500 homeless pets find their forever home!
General Admission is $5.00 per person;
children under 12 years of age are free.
For more information please call 760-834-7000 or visit http://lovingallanimals.org
|FALL IS HERE
AND THE FUN BEGINS...SAVE THE DATES
|MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU!
9th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Novice and expert gardeners will all enjoy this event.
There will be something for everyone including exhibits and information booths from local water agencies,
gardening clubs, and The Living Desert. This popular, free event features workshops on water-wise
gardening, garden design, proper pruning techniques, irrigation practices and many other topics. See below
for a list of participants and classes.
The Living Desert
UCR Master Gardners
California Native Plant Society
College of the Desert
Synthetic Grass Depot
CV Water Counts (Water Agencies)
Mission Springs Water
Desert Water Agency
Coachella Valley Water
City of Coachella Water
City of Indio Water
Water Wise Now
Speakers, Classes, and Demonstrations*
The schedule for the classes below will be posted soon.
Emphasis on shrubs, citrus, grasses and how to repair improperly pruned natives
Al Hollinger, arborist and operations manager, Vintage Associates
The Big Switch-Turf to Drip, Hands On Irrigation System Conversion
Spencer Knight & Water Wise Now
Katie Ruark, Desert Water Agency & Derek Nguyen, City of Indio Water Authority; CV Water Counts
DIY Grass Removal - Make Way for a Desert Garden!
Great alternative native plants to traditional garden choices
Robin Kobaly, Executive Director, Summer Tree Inst.
Colorful New Desert Adapted Plants for Your Garden
Wendy Proud, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery
Growing Vegetables in the Desert – Sustainable Edible Garden
Angela Fasano, CVWD
Natives for Newcomers
Designing a garden that will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
Glenn Huntington, Vintage Associates
How to be a Weed Warrior in your own Back Yard
Invasive Species: How to spot them and what to do about them.
Jennifer Prado, Friends of the Desert Mountains
Where Does My Green Waste Go and How do I Get it Back as Mulches or Soil Amendments for My
Letty Vasquez, Site Manager Coachella Valley Compost & Valerie Ward, Director Community Affairs
Habla Espanol? No Problemo! Communicating with your Landscaper.
Includes handout with important key phrases.
Linda Knight, M.A. in Education and creator of simple and effective methods for bridging the communication
gap between different cultures.
*Subject to change. Class sizes limited.
Mr. Nelson has received emails from several individuals
wanting to help with this important committee, but there is
still room for more.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE FORMING
Dear Mrs. Blog Master
I am looking for five (5) individuals willing to serve on a planning committee to prepare a plan for
our gated community. It will require meeting once a week until the plan is prepared and approved.
It will involve considerable time reviewing, researching and listening. I want to get total
representation so need people from all areas of our gated community.
This is a great opportunity to help your community as it will make a difference, if and when, we
have a disaster.
BDSA Board of Directors
If you would like to be part of the team:
|I found this dog in my back yard about 6am today. It may be a puppy. It left before
I went to work. It was in my front yard when I came home at 6pm. Please call me if
you know the owner. 760-774-8910
|BECOME A VOLUNTEER AT
THE LIVING DESERT
AND GET TO
ATTEND ALL OF THESE
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS...
|Can we call 911 if it's not an emergency? I have his license plate # and description of car. I didn't
get a picture of him but he is easy to describe. He has tattoos on his arms, face. Short, thin
hispanic. I am happy this nightmare is over. I just hope it doesn't happen to someone else!!
Yes, you can. and please do it now. Tell them everything you know.
Just wondering if you know of a good Ophthalmologist in the area?
My mom is new to the area and needs to get a good eye doctor - I would appreciate any help.
I recommend Dr. Mike Roth and/or Dr. Bart Ketover
They both work at Milauskas Eye Institute
Office Phone Numbers:
Would you please post this on the site? I will really appreciate it.
Medicare Open Enrollment ( Oct. 15th thru Dec. 7th) is upon us and there are lots of
changes with all the plans that are available in our area. If you need help
understanding which plan may be best for you or just have general questions about
Medicare please call Richard Torres at 760-771-1658. I'm local and have a great
staff with lots of knowledge about Medicare. Medicare can be very confusing at times
and we are here to help.
Ekizian & Pickett Insurance Agency, LLC
An Insurance Brokerage/General Agency
CA License # 0I96584
La Quinta Office
79440 Corporate Centre Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
Phone: (760) 771-1658
Fax: (760) 564-4139
Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 473-4010
Fax: (805) 473-4011
|Dear Mrs. Blogmistress:
Thanks for bringing James' situation to my attention. I'll contact James and see what the
BDSA Board can do. TWC has assigned a representative to handle our account. I'll get her
name and contact info. and will share with you as soon as I receive it.
Just a couple of notes for our members. The only service that is paid through your BDSA
Account is Cable TV. If you chose, you may get telephone and internet service from
anyone. You do have a choice.
The Cable TV service to our community is competitively bid and approved by the BOD.
There are reasons why service can be poor but as far as I know they all can be resolved.
If any of your readers are experiencing problems, please have them contact me. I'll be
glad to make sure their problem is resolved.
BDSA Board of Directors, 2014
|Hello Blog Folks
I was reading in the community blog about the issues with Time Warner Cable. I have been dealing with
Time Warner also, we had them to our house on Saint George Drive for the same issue that others are
having; pixilation, frozen screens, etc. When the technician came to inspect the problems he told me that
there was nothing wrong as he could see, at that time my neighbor came over and asked if we were having
issues with our cable. Well, they were having the same problem and had a technician over weeks earlier
and they told him that he needed to rewire his house! Now, this made the technician think that there just
might be something going on since two of us had the same issues. The technician set up a crew to come
and see if they could find the problem in their wires, I never heard back from him and this morning guess
what, the same things started again! I called and stayed on hold for 5 minutes to let them know what was
going on and the woman from Time Warner said she didn't see any information from the last technician
and that she would call someone else out to check on it. Here we go again! Now, this is interesting after I
informed her that I was reading our community blog and noticed others were having this problem she said
"hmm, I don't see any appointments for our technicians in your area I suggest you call your neighbors that
are having problems and make them call in for support this will cause Time Warner to take more notice and
get a large crew out to find the problem". So, here I am asking all of you that are having problems with your
Time Warner Cable to call in so we can get this finally taken care of.
Now, if They say that there is no problem I will be changing to satellite and will be really upset if I have to
pay for Time Warner because it is in my monthly dues. I suggest the community association changes also.
|So glad someone finally decided to speak up. We have had the same trouble with pixelating of the
picture. Finally called and were told to call when it was happening, strange, it has not happened again.
One evening it went on for 20 minutes. This cable company should be replaced with Verizon, or the
community should get its own satellite dish.
Nancy and Tom Coates
|I THOUGHT I SAW AN EYE-DOCTOR ON AN ALASKAN ISLAND, BUT
IT TURNED OUT TO BE AN OPTICAL ALEUTIAN!!!!
Welcome to The Benoit Bulletin. This e-report provides updates and information on what’s happening in Riverside
County and, especially, here in the Fourth District. I trust you will find it informative, and I invite you to share it with
County Legislative Update
State of Riverside County Video: The fifth annual State of Riverside County event, held Sept. 24, highlighted the
growth of our tourism and hospitality industry. Local attractions were well represented on a panel that included
operators of the Riverside Convention Center, Lake Elsinore Storm, Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon,
Temecula Valley winegrowers and the convention and visitors bureaus for the Coachella Valley and Temecula
Valley. Board Chairman Jeff Stone presented a video showing the county’s efforts to be the best place for
businesses, residents and tourists. My segment focused on incentives we created to attract the film industry to
Riverside County and its 28 cities.
I hiked the Whitewater Preserve with Secretary Jewell.
Visit by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: It was an honor and privilege to represent the county for Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell’s visit to the Coachella Valley. An accomplished engineer and business leader, Secretary
Jewell leads an agency that serves as steward for one-fifth of the nation’s lands. The purpose of her visit was to
announce the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, a plan to help expedite the appropriate
processing for solar and renewable energy projects in the desert without adverse problems for the environment. It
was a great day touring conservation lands and hiking with Secretary Jewell.
I visited the Transportation Department workers at Rio del Sol in Thousand Palms.
Thousand Palms Storm Clean-Up: Severe storms in September caused nearly $7.5 million in damage to public
infrastructure in the Coachella Valley and western Riverside County. The county proclaimed a local emergency to
seek relief for these extensive damages, should recovery funds from the state and federal government become
available. The storm left the equivalent of a football field of mud eight-feet deep on Thousand Palms roads. The
Riverside County Transportation Department dispatched equipment from other parts of the county and crews to
haul away the mud and make the roads safe again for driving. Crews worked long hours to restore access to these
vital roads within the week and allow businesses to function and customers to return. It was an extraordinary, very
commendable clean-up effort.
CV Link Update: I traveled to the California Transportation Commission meeting in San Jose to offer
support for the CV Link project, which will connect cities in the Coachella Valley with a green parkway for
low-speed electric vehicles, bicyclists, joggers, hikers and walkers. This innovative project will transform
our mostly auto-oriented suburbs into mixed use, sustainable communities and drive tremendous
economic prosperity. I’m pleased that the commission awarded $10.9 million to CV Link, bringing the
project funding to $75.9 million secured to date. For more information about CV Link, visit www.
Nov. 4 Election Information
The Registrar of Voters is recruiting poll workers for the Nov. 4 election. Poll workers can earn up to $125 as
precinct inspectors or $90 as precinct officers, and $20 for attending required training on election procedures. To
participate as a poll worker, you must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day, be a
resident of California and be registered to vote in the state of California. County-wide, there is a particular need for
bilingual poll workers, fluent in English and Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese. If interested, please
call the Election Officers and Polls Division at 951-486-7341.
Vote-by-mail ballots will begin mailing this week. Becoming a permanent vote-by-mail voter allows you to receive
your ballot in the mail every election. Your vote will be in the first results reported on Election Night, provided you
return it before Election Day. You can sign up until Oct. 28 by filling in an application here.
Early voting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24-26 at Westfield Palm Desert Mall. Voters can visit the
Registrar’s office in Riverside, 2724 Gateway Dr., to vote early, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The office will be open the two Saturdays before the election for early voting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 20 is the final day to register to vote for this election. For updates and election questions, visit the Registrar’s
Web site, Facebook, Twitter or call 951-486-7200.
Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility
The growth of solar development in the desert has impacted the desert tortoise population. My wife and I have
fostered desert tortoises so we had a great interest in attending the opening of a first-of-its-kind shelter dedicated to
My wife, Sheryl, admired one of the baby tortoises.
The Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility at the Mojave National Preserve was built by Chevron and
Molycorp, in partnership with the National Park Service and National Park Trust. At this facility, University of
California-Davis and University of Georgia-Savannah River researchers bring in female tortoises found in the desert
and help hatch eight to 10 baby tortoises, whose survival rate would be about 10 percent in the wild. The mother is
then returned to the field. In various pens, the tortoises are raised to 3 years of age, increasing their likelihood of
survival to 95 percent, before being returned to the wild. It was quite amazing to see the good work being done here.
I also toured the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the big towers you can see near the Nevada state line.
It was extremely interesting to talk to management and learn about the renewable energy generated there, enough
to power 144,000 homes.
Youth Advisory Council Update
The students of the 2014-15 Youth Advisory Council, Coachella Valley.
The Fourth District Youth Advisory Council, comprised of Coachella Valley and Blythe area high school students,
recently began the 2014-15 term. These young leaders volunteer in many community events, including service
projects, community clean-ups and programs benefiting worthy causes and non-profit organizations.
College students interested in working with youth and learning about county government are encouraged to apply
for a part-time position in my office as the Youth Advisory Council coordinator. The coordinator would work side-by-
side with students on projects and help them develop leadership skills and career and education opportunities.
Around The District
Southern California Energy Summit, October 9-10: The County of Riverside is a proud host of the 6th Annual
Southern California Energy Summit, taking place in Palm Springs Oct. 9-10. The summit features a green building
bus tour, Salton Sea forum, educational sessions, keynote presentations, panel discussions, and an exhibit hall of
cutting-edge green technology and services. Prominent speakers include Tesla co-founder and Chief Technology
Officer JB Straubel, California Senate President Pro Tem-elect Kevin de León and Microsoft’s Director of
Worldwide Energy and Building Technology Darrell Smith. Event and registration information is available at www.
Veterans Expo, Saturday, Oct. 11 - 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Veterans needing help with health care, employment,
education, legal issues, buying a home, joining a service organization or just learning what benefits they are eligible
for will find it at the 5th Annual Veterans Expo. All veterans, service members, their families and survivors are
welcome to this special and completely free event on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Fullenwider Auditorium at the
Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. More information is available on my events calendar.
New Roadmap to Chronic Care, Friday, Oct. 24 - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: The Riverside County Office on Aging,
National Association of Social Workers Region F Desert Cities Unit and the California Commission on Aging are
sponsoring an informative event on the future of long-term care. The “New Roadmap to Chronic Care” event will be
held at UCR Palm Desert on Oct. 24, and is open to health care professionals, caregivers, consumers and all
others interested. The National Association of Social Workers will provide free continuing education units to LCSWs
and LMFTs. Please see my events calendar for a flyer and more information.
Jacqueline Cochran Air Show, Saturday, Oct. 25 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Come out and enjoy the Jacqueline
Cochran Air Show, which is returning Saturday, Oct. 25 to the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal (56-
850 Higgins Dr.). With free admission and free parking, this show is always a spectacular and exhilarating
experience for everyone in the family to enjoy! The schedule and sponsorship information is available at www.
Make a Difference Day: Saturday, Oct. 25 is the 24th Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest, single day
of community service. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge 6K will once again be the signature event
held in the Coachella Valley and will support the United Way of the Desert and numerous local health and human
service non-profits. The Desert Sun is leading a series of warm-up events over the next two weekends, with two
more ways to support local charities. Please join us in making this the best Make a Difference Day yet! Visit http:
//makeadifferenceday.mydesert.com to get involved.
The Sheriff's Department donated a marked patrol vehicle to this program. I joined Desert Edge community
members in celebrating the launch of Citizens on Patrol.
Desert Edge Citizens on Patrol: Desert Edge residents, with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s
Department, organized a Citizens on Patrol program to enlist volunteers to help keep the community safe. I was glad
to attend the Desert Edge Community Council meeting to launch the program. I appreciate the community’s interest
and thank the Sheriff’s Department for handling all the arrangements to establish and support this program. KESQ
did a very nice story about it here.
CVWD Water-Use Restrictions: To combat California’s devastating drought, the Coachella Valley Water District
(CVWD) recently adopted mandatory water-use restrictions. The CVWD board also approved an additional
$540,000 for conservation programs to help residents and businesses save water and reduce demand on the
aquifer. For a list of new restrictions and conservation programs:
Coachella Valley Water District Water-use restrictions fact sheet
In response to California’s devastating drought and state-mandated restrictions, Coachella Valley Water District
(CVWD) implemented mandatory water-use restrictions on Aug. 12, 2014, effective immediately.
What are the restrictions that apply to everyone using domestic water?
1. Irrigate lawns/other landscaping only after sunset and before 10 a.m., except when over-seeding.
2. Use CVWD’s drought watering guide to irrigate: www.cvwd.org/conservation/wateringguide.php.
3. Repair broken sprinklers within 24 hours of being notified.
4. Do not wash down driveways, sidewalk and other hardscapes.
5. Only use a hose with a shutoff nozzle when washing vehicles, windows, solar panels, tennis courts.
6. Prevent runoff onto a neighbor’s property or hardscape such as sidewalks or roads.
7. Operate fountains or other water features only if they recirculate the water.
Some of the listed actions are not prohibited if they are needed to address an immediate health and safety need,
use recycled water or if taken to comply with a condition of a state or federal agency-issued permit.
What about businesses?
The above restrictions apply to residents and businesses. In addition:
1. Restaurants can serve water to customers only upon request.
2. Hotels are being asked to place messages in guest rooms promoting water conservation.
What are the fines for violating the restrictions?
First offense is a written warning; 2nd offense is a $50 fine on the water bill; 3rd offense is a $100 fine; and 4th
offense is a $200 fine.
What is CVWD doing to help residents and businesses conserve water?
Also on Aug. 12, CVWD approved an additional $540,000 for conservation programs, increasing funding to nearly
$1.4 million for the fiscal year. Conservation programs include:
1. Residents can receive $1 a square foot, up to $1,000 per project (maximum two projects), for converting grass
lawns to desert-friendly landscaping. Commercial/large landscape customers can receive up to $25,000 per project.
2. Smart controllers are free for residents; CVWD will refund half the cost for large landscape customers.
3. Rebates cover the cost of new generation irrigation nozzles (up to $4 each).
4. Indoor water conservation kits are free for residents: http://www.cvwd.org/conservation/residentialkit.php
5. Residents can receive $100 rebates for installing a high-efficiency toilet (maximum two per home). Commercial
establishments, such as hotels, can receive a rebate of half the cost of installing these water-efficient toilets.
6. Pre-rinse nozzles and water broom sets will be distributed free to restaurants, schools and other commercial,
institutional or industrial customers.
Where can I find additional information?
Visit CVWD’s website at www.cvwd.org.
Thank you for taking the time to read these periodic updates. It’s an honor to be your representative on the
Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
|Five Exotic Creepy Crawlers
By Jay W. Sharp
Some insects, closely examined, would seem more at home in a fantasyland. With often bizarre shapes,
astonishing adaptability, remarkable defenses, strange appetites, and unique reproductive strategies,
they speak to the limitless evolutionary resourcefulness of our natural world. Insects stir the human
imagination. They can alter the course of human history.
Across the globe, according to some estimates, the number of insect species may approach 30 million. A
few of the stars in the insect world of our desert Southwest include the following:
Walking Stick -- The slow-moving, plant-eating walking stick, with a twig-like body several inches in
length, has raised camouflage, mimicry and defense to a veritable art form. The insect blends so
perfectly with its natural habitat that it often goes completely undetected. Its other common names - for
instance, devil's darning needle or specter - reflect its hold on the human imagination. Occurring across
our desert Southwest, the insect may feed on a single, preferred species of broad-leaf plant or on a
variety of broad-leaf plants. When mating, the female and her usually much smaller mate may remain
coupled for extended periods. Once she lays her eggs, the nymphs may not hatch for months. A walking
stick typically lives for about a year. The walking stick, when it can be found, may be preyed upon by
birds, reptiles, spiders, bats and primates. In defense, the insect may mimic a twig, play dead, or
discharge foul-tasting liquids. Some species can spray a blinding acidic compound from glands on the
back of its thorax into the face and eyes of a perceived predator. Human or pet victims receiving the
spray in the eyes should seek prompt medical attention. New Mexico’s giant walking stick, Megaphasma
denticrus, six or seven inches in length, ranks among the longest in the United States.
Praying Mantis – The praying mantis appears to kneel as if in reverence. It lifts its front legs, or “arms,”
as if in prayer. Humanlike, it swivels its head from side to side – the only insect in the world able to do
this – as if surveying the congregation of its church. It walks slowly, meekly, like a monk in a holy trance.
But let a bug, say a grasshopper or even another of its own species, wander too near, and the praying
mantis strikes suddenly, like an ogre, to kill and devour its victim. Ten species populate our
Southwestern deserts. The male and female of a species may engage in a ritualistic courtship dance,
stroking each other fondly with their antennae before they finally mate. The male may then make the
ultimate sacrifice, serving as a meal for his mate. Come fall, the female lays her eggs, placing them by
the dozens in a carefully braided pattern. After a spring hatch, the praying mantis will live for some
months, until the fall. With its worshipful appearance on the one hand and bloodthirsty behavior on the
other, the praying mantis has given rise to many prehistoric and historic myths. Indeed its large
compound eyes bear a striking resemblance to those of some figures found in the prehistoric rock art of
Black Witch Moth -- The nocturnal black witch moth - the largest moth in the continental United States,
with a wing span of six to seven inches - bears a foreboding aura of darkness and mystery. According to
the folklore of some cultures, it can convey a curse from an enemy or inflict death on the ill. In Mexico, it
has earned the name Mariposa de la Muerte (Butterfly of Death). By contrast, in the Bahamas, it's said
that the black witch moth can make you rich should it alight on your shoulder. Don’t forget that. The
adults feed, primarily at night, on flower nectars, fallen fruits' juices or woody legume sap. Like all moths
and butterflies, black witch adults mate possibly throughout the year in some locations. The female lays
eggs. Caterpillars hatch, feed voraciously, primarily at night, on woody legumes such as the mesquites,
then spin cocoons. Adults emerge from the cocoons, prepared for a highly mobile life, which may include
seasonal or mass migrations, sometimes across open water. Although it is active primarily at night, the
black witch moth may still occasionally fall prey to birds, bats or even a spider. Otherwise it can live for
several months. Despite its aura of darkness and mystery, the black witch moth, should it alight above
the front door of your home in South Texas, will assure that you win the lottery. Don’t forget that.
Pinacate Beetle – Mess with a pinacate beetle, especially one standing on its head, and you may smell
to regret it. Typically, the beetle – dozens of species of this beetle occur across the Southwest – strolls
confidently through our deserts and mountain ranges scavenging for the flotsam and jetsam of desert
plants, but if threatened by a possible predator, the bug folds its front legs and extends its back legs,
effectively standing on its head. If alarmed, it will – depending on the species – either express from its
posterior, “repugnatory” glands an evil-smelling oily ooze or an evil-smelling brownish spray. It is a smell
that cannot be washed off. Generally, the unappetizing black insect discourages would-be predators,
even skunks, which are not known for a perfume-like fragrance. It does, however, occasionally fall victim
to a grasshopper mouse, which may snatch the beetle and stab the bug’s business end into the sand,
clogging the repugnatory glands. The clever mouse then dines leisurely on the beetle’s head and thorax.
Over the course of a season, the female lays hundreds of eggs. The larva require months to develop
fully before reaching adulthood. The adult pinacate beetle, also known as the stink beetle or clown bug,
typically measures an inch to inch and a half in length. It may live for one to three years.
Cicada – If the bush katydid serves as a one-bug jazz band, the cicada – perhaps the loudest of the
insects of the Southwest – could perform a one-bug opera. Splendidly adorned with two sets of
transparent and clearly veined wings, the male cicada has on its abdomen two chambers covered with
membranes – “tymbals” – that it vibrates, when at rest, to produce its “song.” Typically a tenor, it
produces an insistent call for a mate, an excited call to flight, or a hoped-for bluff of predators. The male
produces a call distinctive to his species. Ever faithful, the female – also festooned with transparent and
veined wings – responds only to the call of a male of her species. After mating, she lays hundreds of
eggs in openings she has gouged into twigs. Once hatched, a nymph drops to the ground, burrowing into
the soil, where it will spend the next several years in utter darkness, feeding on roots. Once grown, the
nymph emerges, responding to some unknown call. It climbs up nearby vegetation, emerging from its old
nymphal skin as a fully winged adult, beginning the celebration of the climax – and the coming end! – of
its life. It discovers the freedom of flight, the wonder of light and vision, the allure of sound and hearing,
the promise of new generations. Across the Southwest, from prehistory into historic times, the operatic
cicada has become a cultural icon, sometimes identified with the hump-backed flute player, or Kokopelli,
a charismatic and iconic figure portrayed in rock art and ceramic imagery.
Cochineal Scale Insect-- As the Spanish discovered when they conquered Mexico in 1521, the cochineal
scale insect (or “crimson,” scale), when crushed, yielded a supreme scarlet dye, which Aztecs had long
used in the production of textiles. Propelled by the Spanish, the cochineal would come to play an
extraordinary role on the world stage—in textile manufacturing, territorial conquest, international
commerce, cosmetic production, food processing and even science and art. Since it measures only a
small fraction of an inch, the insect seems far too small for such an outsized task.
When crushed, yielded a supreme scarlet dye.
The cochineal feeds almost solely on prickly pear cacti in the lower elevations of the desert Southwest.
The female drives her tubular proboscis through the cactus skin, where she will remain affixed, sucking
out the juice. Simultaneously, she produces a white fungus-looking coating that will help protect her. As
she feeds, the immobile female produces eggs beneath her abdomen. When the eggs hatch, the legged
juveniles, females and males, called “crawlers,” make their way to the edge of their home cactus pad.
The females, wingless, produce long, ethereal filaments, which lift the insects on the desert wind. Some
will land by chance on new host prickly pears, where they will breed and make a new home. Winged
males take flight, searching urgently for mates, perhaps sensing that they die within a few days. Over
time and across Europe, the cochineal would bring the color scarlet to royalty’s garments as well as to
cosmetics, various foods and even Michelangelo’s palette. It may even have been used in the cloth that
Betsy Ross used in making the red stripes for the first flag of the United States.
|BELLA LOVED THE PARTY, BUT COULDN'T STAY AWAY FROM THE
Left, trying to get them off the table, we took them to a different area, below
left , she follows us, then sits staring at the basket of treats!
|14 year old, Morgan
We were happy to see her!
|THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO TURNED OUT FOR PAW PATROL..it was such fun!
THIS IS OUR ORIGINAL PACK OF FIERCE AND FRIENDLY DOGS. THEY WILL BE
GIVING YOU INFORMATION ALONG THEIR WALKS!
Contact: Donna Hubenthal for additional information
760 772 9053
|Note from Mrs. Blogfolks:
Murph's knocked it out of the ball park!!!
NEW AND IMPROVED
Same delicious fried chicken, but they now serve REAL MASHED POTATOES!!
The place looks great, same friendly staff and an improved bar area...
BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY CENTER
Friday, October 17, 2014, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Come join Desert Recreation District for its Annual Halloween Carnival at the
Bermuda Dunes Community Center. We have games, prizes, contests and this year
we are offering a tattoo parlor for our smallest guests.
Fun games, good times with good people kicks off the holiday season for 2014.
Everything is free so get out of the house and join us for our Annual Halloween
Carnival. We will see you there.
The Annual Halloween Carnival is a partnership with Riverside County EDA.
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Phone: (760) 347-3484
Halloween Events: The Living Desert Howl-O-Ween!
The Living Desert is selling tickets online for its spooky holiday event,
Howl-O-Ween, Oct. 28-30.
“It is so much fun to host the valley's largest Halloween event, which will
be full of surprises this year,” spokeswoman Nyla Patzner said.
“In our safe and family-friendly environment, The Living Desert is certainly
the most unique of Halloween venues.”
Revelers can take home some candy loot at more than a dozen trick-or-
treat stations in Berger bluff's Main Street all dressed up in this year's
Wild, Wild West theme with an old-fashioned general store, bank, saloon
and livery stable.
Other exhibits include the Doom Buggy fright ride through Africa and the
ghosts and goblins on Zombie Country Club as well as costumed
characters, rodeo trick roper Dave Thornbury and live music by children's
This year, The Living Desert donated 500 tickets to area nonprofit groups
such as F.I.N.D. Food Bank, Desert Cancer Foundation, Desert AIDS
Project, Boys & Girls Club and Angel View.
Tickets are $9.75 for adult nonmembers and $6.50 for children.
Info: Call (760) 346-5694 or visit www.livingdesert.org.
Pumpkin Patch and Amusement Park
Event Date: October 10 - October 31, 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Westfield Palm Desert
Event Type: Carnival
Pumpkin Patch and Amusement Park with Kiddie Rides, Giant Slide, Fun
House, Snacks, Games and Prizes to benefit Animal Samaritans. Join
us for a Spooky Good Time!
72-840 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA .
|TOGETHER, WE CAN BUILD A SAFER, MORE ALERT COMMUNITY!
What is Dog Walker
A crime awareness program that encourages dog walkers throughout the area to assist as “extra eyes
and ears” in the ongoing crime prevention efforts.
Those who know the neighborhood best (you) now become more aware and less hesitant to report
How Dog Walker Watch Works
The program trains you how to effectively observe and report criminal activity as you are routinely out in
THE GOAL OF DOG WALKER WATCH
Let criminals know that dog walkers DO REPORT suspicious activity. Criminals will then go elsewhere!
THE POLICE NEED YOUR HELP!
What is Suspicious?
People aren’t suspicious, behavior is!
Does the person(s) appear to have a destination?
Is the person(s) in a hurry? (i.e. sense of urgency).
A person or child resisting the advances of another individual.
Unusual behavior: walking to rear of property, canvassing, unusual mental or physical symptoms.
It’s that gut feeling that something is wrong.
Example Of Suspicious Behavior
An individual knocks on your door and claims to be at the wrong location, asks for a nonexistent
person, or appears suspicious.
A uniform and clipboard does not mean they are who they appear to be.
Local canvassing and solicitation laws (time, registration, etc.)
When Should I Call 9-1-1?
Anytime a police response is needed.
REMEMBER:You are not bothering us.
What To Know When You Call
Nature of the emergency:
What is going on?
Description of subject.
Weapons? Time of incident.
Where are you?:
Address, street name,
landmark, location, etc.
Your name and your phone number.
Are you available to speak with an officer?
Let the operator ask the questions.
Please remain calm and speak clearly.
Inadvertently call 9-1-1?
Don’t hang up.
How Can I Stay Safe?
Break your routine. If you typically walk at 6:30PM around the block - change it up.
Bring a flashlight at night. And, don’t forget your cell phone.
Lock your door. Keep a television or light on to create the impression you’re home.
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