February Meeting

The literary world can be confusing. 
You want to get a book published, but where do you begin? 
How do you decide what to write? 
How do you know if what you write can actually be published? 
How do you find an agent, and how do you know what to submit to an agent?

These and other questions will be answered


Literary Agent
and author of

Diane Nine

Nine Speakers, Inc.


Diane with her companion and muse.

February 16, 2016


Buffet lunch followed by the program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Reservations required. $26 member $28 guest
Please RSVP by January 15 to Jill at jadlersportink@sbcglobal.net
or 209-872-5673

Diane, who calls the nation’s capitol her home, has held numerous positions in politics and the media.  She is the President of Nine Speakers, Inc., and a graduate of George Washington University’s Law School.  Founded in 1988, Nine Speakers is a full service entertainment agency representing people across the world in the literary, lecture, television, film, and theatrical arenas. She is currently representing Cindy Williams and her book Shirley, I Jest

January Meeting

Learn about the creative process of
Altered Books  

Sylvia Torres and Carole Hatcher


An altered book is a type of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.  The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, rocks, memorabilia, or other three-dimensional objects. Some artists change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art. It may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Altered books are shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet.


January 19, 2016


lunch buffet followed by the program

Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

About the artists:
Sylvia Torres (satorres@me.com) creates altered books, and will show examples for sale.
Carole Hatcher (carolejhatcher@gmail.com) creates altered books for use in her event planning business.

Reservations required.
Please RSVP by January 15 to Jill at jadlersportink@sbcglobal.net
or 209-872-5673


December Meeting

       Dreams do come true . . .


   Old Town Artisan Studio, founded in 2009 as a small studio, will expand to a 10,800 square-foot art
and education center
 with the recent purchase of a 1.6 acre parcel of land in La Quinta.

Come hear

 Old Town Studio founder Victory Grund


Studio Director Linda Baughman

tell us about their exciting plans



December 15, 2015
lunch followed by the program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert



Reservations required.
$26 members $28 guests 
Please RSVP by December 11 to Jill at jadlersportink@sbcglobal.net
or 209-872-5673

November Meeting

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe


 High heels throughout history have had a complex relationship to fantasy, functionality, identity and power.
They have been seen as an object of art as well as played a part in the cultural influences of societies.


Come join us on a docent led tour
of more than 110 contemporary high heels and 50 historical designs drawn from designer archives and the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned costume collections.  



November 17, 2015



Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs



Lunch to follow the tour at the Muses cafe in the museum


Lunch choices: 
       1) Clyde’s Wrap – grilled chicken, tomato, avocado, lettuce and Swiss cheese with   cheese spread in a flour tortilla.
       2) Palm Springs Salad – mixed salad greens, chopped chicken breast, strawberries, toasted almonds with sesame dressing.

Reservations required.
$26 members $28 guests includes tour and lunch
Please RSVP to by November 12 to Jill at  jadlersportink@sbcglobal.net

or 209-872-5673









October Meeting



Gas Station at the entrance of the road to the Tram


Palm Springs is known world-wide for its mid century modern architecture which can be found on government offices, businesses, and homes scattered throughout the Palm Springs area. The architecture of Wexler, Frey, and Williams has left its stamp on a community that seeks its appreciation and preservation. The public is invited to celebrate this unique period of architecture and design during 


Coachella Valley Savings and Loan


Mary Jenson

from the Modernism Week organization

will tell us the exciting events planned for this year’s celebration  

October 20, 2015


buffet lunch followed by program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Lunch is $26 for members $28 guests
Reservations required. Please RSVP to jadlersportink@sbcglobal.net 
or 209-872-5673

May 19 2015 Meeting


panoramic-sunrise-reflections-dan-hollandA presentation of art and writings by our members

. . . an opportunity for us as artists and writers to share and fete our own in an enjoyable and fun way.




May 19, 2015




lunch buffet followed by program
$26 members            $28 guests




Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert



Please make your reservations by Friday, May 15 to Donna at donnaturrentine@reagan.com




April Meeting

As artists and writers we all have a story to tell, but in the midst of our computers and Kindles sometimes we need to be taken back to the beginning . . . way back to the campfires of early man where storytelling was an art and the best storytellers were held in high regard.


Has storytelling become a lost art?  We will learn the answer from our guest speaker 



Lois Whitney
Master storyteller

 who will entertain us with her stories 



April 21, 2015



buffet lunch followed by program
$26 members $28 guests



Desert falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Lois Whitney has a broad background in music and drama. She has been active in barbershop quartet performances, a comedy singing quartet, and is a member of Desert Storytellers who visit schools, hospitals, and senior centers. Lois has been a resident of the Coachella Valley for twenty-seven years. Lois has no web site, so here is a special page for you to view:http://www.storyarts.org/library/nutshell/index.html

Please make your reservations by Friday, April 17 to Donnaturrentine@reagan.com

March Meeting




September 11, 2001

A day of unbelievable horror that still stays etched in our memories



Bert Upson

eye witness to the disaster
. . . was on the 78th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.


Bert will share his gripping description and insights of that day 


March 17, 2015



buffet lunch followed by program
$26 members $28 guests



Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Please make your reservations by Friday, March 13th, to Donnaturrentine@reagan.com


Bert describes his miraculous escape, the horrible destruction and heroic evacuation of that day in his book On A Clear Day www.amazon.com/bert-Upson/e/B00AVRA7RI
A graduate of Yale, Bert began a career in the army. After his Army service, Upson became a top East Coast advertising executive in New York. He and his wife retired to Palm Desert in 1998 where he was living that fateful day.


February Meeting

Do you drive all the way to L.A. or Orange County to see a play?


Have you always yearned to write your own play? perform?
work behind the stage?  


 Now is your chance to learn about a playhouse near you.




Michael Shaw, artistic director of Dezart Performs




will be our presenter


February 17, 2015


lunch buffet followed by program
$26 members   $28 guests



Desert falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Mission of Dezart: By providing an artistic home for new plays to be developed and performed, we aim to create an atmosphere of creative growth for actors, writers and directors in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert valley area. Through encouraging and nurturing new talent, we hope to cultivate increased artistic awareness and ideas in the community. dezartperforms.org


Please make your reservations by February 13th to donnaturrentine@reagan.com

January Meeting

Large                  Colorful                         Amazing               

These are words that could only describe the art of Karen and Tony Barone.
Their mind-boggling larger-than-life and thought provoking works of art
challenge the sense of scale & spatial reality.
In the world of Karen & Tony Barone, small objects that are a part of our everyday life:
scissors, wine openers, forks, toy puppy dogs & sandbox toys, become art.


 Come listen to this dynamic and creative couple share their creative process.


January 20, 2014


luncheon buffet followed by program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

$26 members  $28 guests


RSVP by January 16 to Donnaturrentine@reagan.com

Both Chicago born, the Barones  met, married and began their careers there before moving to New York to set up shop in the midddle of the SOHO district where they became hugely popular. They then moved to a hillside studio on their horse farm in East Tennessee and finally settled in California where they became a powerful artistic presence working out of a large studio in the artist community of Venice Beach. Though best known for their sculpture and paintings, Karen and Tony have also brought their “pop culture” art to architectural designs of restaurants and businesses in cities around the world. They now reside in our own Coachella Valley in a home and studio compound they call their “Paradiso Seco.”