Sunday, May 20, 2012

26-foot-tall Marilyn Monroe sculpture lands in Palm Springs



“Forever Marilyn,” the 26-foot-tall statue that became a controversial fixture on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, has been getting final touchups since its arrival in Palm Springs on Monday morning.
The 34,000-pound sculpture, which cost about $40,000 to transport, took a week to be trucked across the country. Passersby have gotten a sneak peak this week as installers, and a few cranes, reassemble the statue at Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it will remain until June 2013.

The sculpture by Seward Johnson, the 80-year-old artist and Johnson & Johnson heir who’s known for casting famous images into giant sculptures, re-creates the scene from the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch" in which a drafty New York subway grate blows the sex symbol's skirt well above her knees.
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Solar eclipse will be one of century's best in Palm Springs area


A celestial show is in store for the Coachella Valley on Sunday as the moon slides in front of the sun in rare fashion.

The continental U.S. hasn't seen a “ring of fire” eclipse since 1994, and Sunday's will be one of the best eclipses visible from the valley this century, a local astronomer said.
Sunday evening, a swath of the country — including spots in Northern California — will see a bright halo of light as the moon blocks out most of the sun.

A partial eclipse visible locally will begin at 5:26 p.m.
When the eclipse peaks at 6:39 p.m., the moon will cover about 80 percent of the sun's area. Valley residents won't see more of the sun blocked by the moon until 2044.

Sunday's show will take place as the sun sinks toward the horizon between west and northwest.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Indian Wells Art Festival This Weekend!



The Indian Wells Art Festival, where Art is a Happening! 
      Mix & mingle with over 200 award winning artists as you stroll the pathways.  View one of kind pieces of art, watch demonstrations of sand sculpture, glass blowing, painting, weaving, stone sculpture.  Called the "Best of the Best" by Palm Springs Life magazine.
     The artisan village atmosphere includes a Gourmet Market Place with gourmet food specialties, Art Market, Wine Tasting, Live Music and don't forget fun for the kids too, lot's of children's activities including sidewalk chalk drawing.
    Don't miss the fun.........we'll see you there!

Sell Your Home for Top Dollar with Landscape........

Money Does Grow on Trees!

"Statistics show an investment
in landscape can increase
the value of your home
by as much as 15%."



      Landscaping is one of the best ways to immediately improve your home's appearance without  breaking the budget.
A well manicured yard tells a buyer before
they set foot in the front door, "Pride of Ownership", you've set the stage for the buyer's first good impression.  Landscape is an inclusive term meaning decks, trees, patio's, fountains & pathways.
      In recent years, homeowners spent over $37 billion caring for their property, up from $22 billion just 5 years ago, according to the National Gardening Association, consumers value a landscaped home more than one that is not. 
     The society of Real Estate Appraisers survey revealed that 95% of the appraisers responding to the survey, believe landscaping adds to the dollar value of residential real estate, while 99% of them said it enhanced the sales appeal.
     Thankfully, resources for home landscape ideas are plentiful. If hiring a professional landscaper is cost prohibitive, visit your local nursery and glean information from them for ideas.
     You can stand apart from every other house on your street with some smart landscape ideas. The first step is embracing the concept of a smartly landscaped home.
    Consult with your Real Estate Agent - they work with buyers everyday and observe their clients reactions. Ask them about what buyers are saying, trends & styles.  They'll be happy to help.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Indian Wells Tennis Tournament Sees Record Turnout

The BNP Paribas Open reported 370,408 fans at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, breaking the tournament's attendance record for the sixth year in a row.

The tournament also set a day session attendance record on Sunday, March 11 with more than 24,300 fans coming to the event.

In the finals, No. 3 Roger Federer beat out American John Isner in straight sets. No. 1 Victoria Azarenka made quick work of No. 2 Maria Sharapova.