December Meeting

Combine a voracious reader with an early love of fairytales and fantasy
with a writer who has skill with words and a gift for characterization
and you have


Shean Pao

author of The Feather and the Moon Well,
a fantasy adventure especially chosen by best selling science-fiction writer Dave Farland* to launch his Discovery Series

Come meet this amazing author and graphic artist


Tuesday, December 20, 2016



11:45 to 1:30
buffet lunch followed by the program




Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Reservations required. Please email Sunny at by Friday,December 16
$26 members $28 guests 

     • ” I’ve helped hundreds of new writers get their first publications as short story writers or novelists, but every once in a while I run across someone with a special gift, and I’ve wished that I could   do a bit more to publish them.”

November Meeting

Someone once said to Sofia Enriquez, ”You’re too young to be doing what you are doing.”
Oh, did she prove them wrong.



Moving back to the desert after graduating from Otis Parsons in Los Angeles, Sofia brought her passion for art along with a mission to bring the love for art to the young and those who can’t afford it. Along with creating her own art, she teaches at the Coachella Valley Art Center, the Palm Springs Art Musuem and the MAKE gallery in the Westfield mall Palm Desert.

Come meet Sofia Enriquez and hear her remarkable story


November 15, 2016


buffet followed by the program

Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

Reservations required. Please email Sunny at by Friday, November 11
$26 members $28 guests

October Meeting

 Are you finding it difficult to navigate the world of publishing?

Is being “picked up” by a major publishing company just a pipe dream?

Do you have that book that is just waiting for an agent to discover it?


Literary Agent Claire Gerus

Claire Gerus has amazing insight into the creative and commercial potential of authors.
She supports all her clients with a loyalty  and a relentless focus that is rare in the publishing industry.
                                                                                                                                      New York Editor Paul Dinas, Penguin/Putnam                                                                                                                                                                        

October 18, 2016


11:30 to 1:30
buffet lunch followed by program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Reservations required. Please email Sunny at by Friday, October 14
$26 members    $28 guests

Claire is open to assisting authors as an agent, a book developer, or an editor.
She is now focusing on adult nonfiction projects.

May Meeting

The Willows


An iconic old hotel at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, The Willows has a varied and colorful history. Newly restored to its previous glamour, we will be treated to learn about its past and current history from the owner who restored this desert treasure and shared it in a book Einstein Dreamt Here.

Tracy Conrad MD

will join us

May 17, 2016


lunch buffet followed by program



Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Please make reservations with Jill at by Friday, May 13
$26 members $28 guests


The Willows has played a major part in the history of Palm Springs, hosting an impressive array of some of the world’s most important and fascinating people. The Willows has welcomed senators and scientists, royalty and rock stars, the brother of a president, the son of a president, the daughter of a president and a president. At least of dozen of its guests have graced the cover of Time Magazine. It has known the greats of Hollywood and Broadway, winners of the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, princes and princesses, barons, lords and ladies, reporters, writers, and artists. And, Einstein Dreamt Here.

April Meeting


At a time when budget cutbacks have substantially reduced arts programs from the curriculum in most schools, the McCallum Theatre Institute, the educational division of the theater, works in close partnership with local education agencies to make the arts available to students. Children from across the Valley and the High Desert have the opportunity to attend world-class theater, dance and musical performances at the McCallum. Approximately 40,000 students and teachers participate in McCallum Theatre Institute experiences each year.

Come learn about the women’s organization that supports the McCallum Theater Institute,
and the many educational programs the Institute is able to provide to the community.


Linda Weakley

president the Muses and Patroness Circle of the McCallum Theatre


Barbara Klein 

education chair of the Muses and Patroness Circle of the McCallum Theatre


Will join us


April 19, 2016

Lunch buffet followed by the program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Reservations required. $26 member $28 guest
Please RSVP by April 15 to Jill at
or 209-872-5673

March Meeting

Every month it appears on the news stand. You see it in the grocery store or it comes in your mail.
You can’t wait to see what’s on the cover. What is this Desert icon?
Palm Springs Life has been reporting on the happenings of the greater Palm Springs area since the 1950s.
What many don’t know is that it is just part of a company which produces over 30 other publications.

We will have an opportunity to learn more about the work that goes into magazine publishing

Julie Sinclair
Desert Publications Inc. Editorial Director, Custom Publishing


 March 15, 2016

lunch buffet followed by program

Desert Falls Country Club

Palm Desert


Julie, previously editor in chief of Palm Springs Life, has enjoyed a career in the magazine industry that spans 20 years. Most of her work has been in New York with consumer lifestyle magazines such as Good Housekeeping Do It Yourself, House Beautiful Kitchens and Baths, Home Remodeling and Decorating Ideas, Bridal Guide, and Spa. 


Reservations required. $26 member $28 guest
Please RSVP by March 11 to Jill at
or 209-872-5673


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
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 ( creates altered books, and will show examples for sale.
Carole Hatcher ( creates altered books for use in her event planning business.

Reservations required.
Please RSVP by January 15 to Jill at
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
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

or 209-872-5673