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Society soaks up this Martini
Taste
Continued from B1
They will very shortly
though, said resort marketing director Denise
Harnett.
“We want to create
awareness. To have a one
up,” said Harnett of why it
was important to participate in the Taste.
Pinzimini replaces Restaurant Bella Vista at the
resort and is marketing itself as a modern Italian
restaurant that will serve
antipasti, pizza, pasta and
panini’s.
On Sunday, it handed
out a mini veal meatball
sandwich in an arrabiata
sauce with arugula and
parmesan cheese and Italian sodas.
“The vibe has been
Science
Continued from B1
Science Institute.
The X-Treme Team is
composed of 10 team
members ranging from
ages 10 to 12.
All of the team members couldn’t make it so
only half attended the
summit.
Jenna Anderson-Richards, Mikie Bowman,
Matthew Chang, Harrison and Parker Cassar
were fortunate enough to
be able to speak in front
of such a prestigious audience and make the trip
to Palm Springs for the
Energy Summit.
Harrison, the team
leader who has been interested in robotics since
the third grade, is aiming
to be an engineer in either
the medical or technical
side of the field once he
finishes high school.
Mikie, the team’s lead
presenter, thinks placing
robots on the moon would
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around 11 p.m., guests
descended upon the gourmet pasta, salad, grilled
veggies and cookie bar
like cruisers on a ship at
the midnight buffet.
This was the first time
a cast-and-guest party has
been held in the Green
Room, where the overhead lighting was replaced with pink florescent bulbs, casting an
added glow over the pink
on pink tablecloths, napkins and cookies with
pink icing in the shape of
a martini glasses.
Among the guests
attending the show and/or
after-party were the new
president of the McCallum Mitch Gershenfeld
and wife Sam, Barbara
and Jerry Keller, Kimberly and Dr. David Tahernia, Louise and Stuart
Korshak, Jim Houston,
Terri and Dr. Bart Ketover, Dorothy and Harold
Meyerman, Susan Davis
and Alyse and Andreas
Maurtizen.
Also making an appearance were Palm Desert City Councilwoman
Jan Harnik and husband
Brian, Mark Anton and
Scott Histed, Susan and
Dick Stein, Harvey and
Angie Gerber, Lisa Austin, Lori and Aubrey Serfling, Tom Truhe and
Chuck Sasse, Lisa and
Judy Vossler, Daniell
Cornell, Susan and Dr.
Bob Rosser and Elena
Ramirez from Desert
Motors.
Much of Pink Martini’s
success in presenting
foreign music to Englishspeaking audiences is the
intimate, on-stage banter
between Lauderdale,
Forbes, band members
and the audience. By the
time they regaled the
audience with stories
about an upcoming
French number, attendees
were totally in sync with
their comic performance
of “I Don’t Want to Work.”
A special guest was
famed clarinetist Norman Leyden, 94, who
played several numbers,
including two stunning
solos, one of which earned
a standing ovation.
Forbes has such a
perfectly controlled voice
range, she not only sings
in several languages but
actually creates the
sounds of additional instruments with her vocal
cords.
Never one to rest on
her laurels, Galen is already talking to Pink
Martini about a return
engagement in 2014.
pretty good. The response
to our dish is very complementary,” Harnett said.
At the Stadium Club
Sports Bistro booth, the
restaurant, only open four
weeks, was handing out
crab cake sliders and BBQ
pulled pork sliders.
“It’s not your average
sports food,” said Billy
Mieldazis, one of the owners.
Since they are so new,
he said he wanted to let
people know they are more
than a sports bar. This
month they are hosting dueling pianos every Tuesday
and
Wednesday,
among
other
special
events.
“We’re going to make it
a really fun place,” Mieldazis said.
For the more established restaurants, the
event is an opportunity to
talk to people outside the
restaurant atmosphere.
Josh Goddard, an operating partner with P.F.
Chang’s restaurant at The
River said he enjoys the
“one-on-one banter” with
the attendees.
“It’s a wonderful, wonderful event. The exposure
is always good,” he said.
Kristi Brown, president
of Tulip Hill Winery with a
tasting room at The River,
said she is always amazed
when
someone
says
they’ve never heard of the
winery
even
though
they’ve been around for 10
years.
The event is an opportunity to get some of those
people to become customers, she said.
“Hopefully, they’ll develop a liking of our wine,
and become a club member,” she said.
be a great opportunity to
mine for vital resources.
Installing solar panels
there would go towards
Earth’s consumption and
to further lunar exploration.
With an R2-D2 pendant
on her neck, it’s safe to
say team member Anderson-Richards likes all
things space.
She was displaced
from Colorado this summer when the Waldo Canyon fire flared up16 miles
from her home.
She was forced to relocate to the valley and stay
with her aunt and cousin
— fellow team member
Mikie — because the
smoke would have worsened her asthma.
In the team’s pamphlet
she wrote, “I never would
have thought that a wildfire would lead me to the
moon. But, I guess life is
just funny that way.”
She has since moved
back to Colorado Springs.
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Team’s
coach, Liberty Naud of
Indio, helped create the
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Sound the trumpets and
roll out the red carpet. The
Desert Sun’s Desert Scene
section returns Oct. 21 for
its second season. Every
Sunday through May, the
six-page special section will
celebrate and honor philanthropic efforts in the
Coachella Valley with a mix
of photos and stories told
through the eyes of social
scene veteran Betty Francis
and friends. Online extras
this season will include
extra photos from events
and a searchable database
of 501(c)3 charities at mydesert.com/desertscene.
team after visiting her
son’s school and seeing
students on their computers playing solitaire.
“I was frustrated with
the lack of hands-on science and technology
courses,” she said.
So she went to the principal and asked what was
going to be done about the
situation. Naud said the
principal responded by
asking her what she was
going to do to fix this
growing concern.
A simple, but legitimate concern of a parent
turned into something
tangible and influential
not only for Southern
California, but the country, and possibly the planet.
Laud told The Desert
Sun “we’re a team not a
club.”
She tells the kids “take
Lives remembered
PAID NOTICES
Continued from B1
Maintaining health
and fitness are priorities for the Rust family. Yeraj has run at
least one mile a day for
the past 441 days. Veronica has done the
same for nine years
and Gary for over 18
years.
Breanna Bazua and
Kevin Jaimes
Boys & Girls Club of
Cathedral City
Breanna, 16, and
Kevin, 17, have been
members of the club
for eight years. They
both are involved in all
program areas of the
club and are active in
the “Leaders In Training” program. They
volunteer at the club as
homework helpers and
coach sports. They also
volunteer at community events and various
fundraisers. They both
are positive role models and mentors for the
younger members.
Vanessa Sandoval
Boys & Girls Club of
Palm Springs
Vanessa, 15, attends
Palm Springs High
School where she is a
member of the track
team. She is also an
active member in the
Club’s Keystone Club,
a leadership program
that encourages community involvement.
At the Boys & Girls
Club of Palm Springs,
she volunteers as a
junior staff member,
teaches guitar and will
perform as one of the
“scare actors” for the
club’s Haunted House
this year.
This is a snapshot of
some of the people who
are making a difference in our community
and who understand
the relationship between fitness and contributing to our quality
of life in the desert.
They are the perfect
illustration of Greg
Klein’s observation
that for many Coachella Valley residents,
“fitness has become
lifestyle-based instead
of just hobby-based.”
There are dozens of
kids and adults on
waiting lists who would
welcome the opportunity to take part in the
Tram Run Challenge,
which in turn supports
United Way programs
that address youth,
health, and emergency
care.
With just over two
weeks before the run,
there’s still plenty of
time for businesses or
individuals to provide
sponsorships and support. So let’s make it
happen!
your good ideas, put them
together and make great
ideas.”
She wants the team to
have a lifelong bond and
be good examples to others. Her desire is that the
children become critical
thinkers and apply that to
this world and galaxies
beyond.
Even though Anderson-Richards is no longer
living in Indio, she plans
on keeping in touch with
her newfound family
through
Skype
and
iPhone’s FaceTime.
No matter the distance, the bonds between
this team remain strong,
unfazed through space
and time. Their ambitions
could have an impact on
generations many years
into a future when
iPhones would be considered primitive tools.
Francis (Lucky) Wood Tisdell
Lucky passed away at home at the age of 91.
He was born in Nebraska, grew up in South
Dakota, joined the Navy and saw the world.
Most of his adult life was spent living in Bellevue,
Wash. And Cathedral City, Calif., then traveling
to Carmel, Indiana and Redmond, Wash., to
visit kids (his vacation homes as he liked to
call them). Lucky spent 21 years in the Navy,
was a WWII vet, and taught at the University
of Washington in Seattle. He was an active
member of the VFW, Moose and Elks during
his many years in Cathedral City. He will be
missed by his friends there. He leaves behind
his daughter Melody Albertson, son Gene
Tisdell, daughter-in-law Michelle and four
grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
To view or sign this guestbook, please visit:
mydesert.com/obituaries
Robert Charles Gostanian
August 18, 1944 – September 8, 2012
Robert was born in Selma, California to Armen
and Marjorie Gostanian. He attended Lone
Star Elementary and Sanger High Schools,
eventually earning his Doctor of Optometry
from UC Berkeley in 1968. Robert practiced
his profession until the day he died of a heart
attack at his home in Cathedral City, Calif. He
was predeceased by his parents and survived
by his brother, Armen (Marilou), and numerous
family members and friends. Robert enjoyed
playing billiards and bridge but his favorite past
time was music, especially playing the organ.
Services will be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday,
October 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
located at 125 West El Alameda, Palm Springs,
Calif. 92262. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
church or your favorite charity may be made.
To view or sign this guestbook, please visit:
mydesert.com/obituaries
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If Thomas Lauderdale, the founder, conductor and pianist of Pink
Martini, would run for the
official title of ambassador to the United Nations,
he would win by a landslide.
Pink Martini has to be
the most international
orchestra in the world,
performing numbers
from a dozen countries so
delightfully, they leave
their audiences with a
feeling of love for the
people of every country
they visit.
The orchestra’s recent
performance at the
McCallum Theatre was
sold out in advance, but
that was only the beginning of the good news.
Philanthropist Helene
Galen, a personal friend
of Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes, said she
underwrote the cost of
the performance for several reasons:
» “I wanted to jump
start the McCallum’s
season by making one of
their early presentations
extra profitable.”
» “I wanted to set an
example that might lead
to other individuals underwriting a performance
of their choice later in the
season.”
» “I wanted to provide
a very special season
kickoff party for some of
my friends. This gave us
an opportunity to host
about 80 guests at an
after-party in the McCallum Green Room and
patio, which turned out to
be a great venue.”
Jamie Kabler and
fellow philanthropist
Donna MacMillan joined
Galen in hosting the party, catered by Spencer’s
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