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.”

December Meeting

 Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers
Questioning Teachings About Biblical Women


Christianity–indeed every contemporary religion–has suffered from the effect of being written, interpreted and conveyed, by and large, by men. Traditional interpretations of women in the Bible have been used to dishonor females, discredit their importance in the community and limit their participation in religious groups.

Backed by extensive research  Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers challenges these interpretations and imaginatively retells these women’s narratives in the way they were intended.

Come hear


Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti 

discuss her book and share her insights on this intriquing topic

December 16, 2014


buffet lunch followed by the program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

$26 members $28 guests

For reservations RSVP Donna by Friday, December 12 at donnaturrentine@reagan.com

Dr. Trimble-Familetti is a passionate advocate for women’s rights, inclusive language and biblical literacy.  She holds a B.A. in Religion from Chapman University, an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University and a Doctorate of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She has taught Women in Religion and Women’s History classes at Chapman University.

November Meeting

The Vietnam War . . . a turbulent time in history

We all have memories of that period.

But what was it like as a Vietnamese growing up in that war torn country?

Come learn this as well as hear a love story set in that time.


C.L. “Jim” Hoang,

who was born and raised in South Vietnam during the war will share his experiences and his book

Once Upon a Mulberry Field

From the jungles of Vietnam through the minefields of the heart, Once upon a Mulberry Field follows one man’s journey to self-discovery, fraught with disillusionment and despair but ultimately redeemed by the power of love.


Desert Falls Country Club

November 18, 2014

buffet lunch followed by the program

$26 members      $28 guests


         Mr. Hoang’s book has received numerous awards and positive reviews.

• Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book                      Awards(2014)
•  Gold Medal Winner (Historical Literature Fiction), 2014 Global Ebook Awards
• Grand Prize Winner (Fiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest
• Finalist (Historical Fiction), 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards
• 5-Star Ratings from Amazon Hall-of-Fame Top Reviewers

. . . . a poignant, heartrending story of American and South Vietnamese friendship, respect and love, at the height of the Vietnam War. Through a unique insider’s view, this intriguing novel gives the reader a close-up look at personal aspects of the war. C.L. Hoang has masterfully captured that turbulent chapter in the US and South Vietnam history.

Mr. Hoang came to the United States during the 1970‘s He is a graduate of Berkeley and an electronic engineer who holds eleven patents. You may read his blogs at mulberryfieldsforever.com

Make reservations for the luncheon by November 13 to  donnaturrentine@reagan.com

October Meeting

What does it take to translate a book into a movie?

How can you bring to life what an author has visualized in their book?

screenwriter, author and reporter

Heidi 23 Sept 2014

Heidi Simmons

BA in Journalism; MA in Creative Writing and Fine Arts


Tuesday, October 21

11:30 -1:30
lunch buffet & program

Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Heidi will:
• discuss current book and movie adaptions such as Gone Girl and Shades of Grey

• detail the similarities and differences in story telling between a book and a movie
• tell the important elements needed to create a satisfying narrative in both
She also has stories to tell of her experience working with actors, writers and directors in the movie industry.

A Southern California native and resident of the Coachella Valley for twenty years, Heidi is currently the writer for the book review column for the Coachella Valley Weekly Arts and Entertainment newspaper, and is married to the writer of the newspaper’s movie review column. She says she spends a lot of her time reading and going to movies, as well as hiking, playing the cello and writing.

 RSVP by October 17 to kbjo67@yahoo.com

Ending of a season . . . planning for a new

Please check for new posts on the website this summer.
We are busy planning an exciting array of activities and programs for next season.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of our last event at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert and Cuistot’s restaurant.

Photographs courtesy of Carol Mann

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