Coachella Valley Firebirds Hockey
Acrisure Arena, Palm Desert
Experience the best of AHL with the newest expansion team here in the Valley. 
See schedule for details

Acrisure Arena Live Events
Acrisure Arena, Palm Desert
Enjoy the TOP live events in the Coachella Valley!
See schedule for details

The Street Fair at College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Ave. Palm Desert
Saturdays & Sundays: 8am-Noon

Palm Springs Village Fest
Palm Canyon Drive & Belardo Rd., Palm Springs
Thursdays: 7–10pm

Art Walk 
Backstreet Art District, Palm Springs
First Wednesday of every month: 7–10pm 
Free Nights at the Palm Springs Art Museum
300 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Thursdays: 5pm–7pm

Royal National Dance Company: Fire of Georgia
McCallum Theatre
A variety of the world’s folklore and classical dance elements, acrobatics, and stunts.
Fire of Georgia in Palm Desert | McCallum Theatre Official Site
3/1: 7pm

La Quinta Art Celebration
La Quinta Civic Center Campus
Award-winning fine art and crafts event featuring 200 premier artists from 31 states and six countries.
3/2-3/5: 10am-5pm

Desert X
Various Locations
Featured works by both established and emerging artists explore topics such as climate change, immigration, and the environment.
Desert X

Sunday Polo Matches
Eldorado Polo Club, Indio
3/5 - 3/26: Sundays, 12pm & 2pm
BNP Paribas Open
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
The largest ATP Tour and WTA Tour combined two-week event in the world.
BNP Paribas Open | Indian Wells

Glow in the Park
The Living Desert
A unique event designed to celebrate the beauty of nature through hundreds of illuminated lanterns.
Glow in the Park | The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
 3/17-4/30: 6:30pm-10pm

Fashion Week El Paseo
The Shops on El Paseo, Palm Desert
Luxury, art, fashion and much more culminate into one unforgettable week when the world's most famous designers come together to share their work.
Fashion Week El Paseo Palm Desert CA Apparel and Accessories

The Galleri Classic
Mission Hills Country Club
Featuring 78 legends competing for a $2.2 million purse, this marks the first time PGA TOUR Champions has hosted a tournament in Coachella Valley since 1993.
The Galleri Classic - March 20 – 26, 2023

Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival 2023
Civic Center Park, Palm Desert
 Festival featuring the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tastings in the heart of the famed El Paseo shopping district.
The Palm Desert Food Wine Festival Palm Desert California - Home Page (palmdesertfoodandwine.com)

*Fees may be associated with various events.​

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How Adding an ADU Can Be a Profitable Move

Adding a second living space to your home and property can do more than generate rental income. You may also increase your home's total value by up to 35%. Although the official name for a separate space is Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, they're often called garage apartments, carriage houses or secondary suites.

While an ADU can be rented out, it can also serve as accommodation for an aging parent who prefers privacy. You can opt to keep it vacant for weekend guests or use it as an office, workshop, or studio. Another option: plan to exchange your main home with an adult child upon retirement while you move into the ADU. Aging in place was never so easy!

Here are some common examples of urban and suburban ADUs:
A studio apartment, aka "bedsitter", over a detached garage A suite located above a home's main floor
A converted basement with separate entrance
A 100% detached structure, such as a backyard cottage

Before you begin planning an ADU, you'll need to check your local government's website for a link to zoning codes to your area, or contact your local municipal
planning or building code office.1 

A Home EV Charger

If you're a new owner of an EV vehicle or planning to buy one after your tax refund
arrives, you may be wondering about where and when you'll charge it. While urban areas generally have plenty of public charging stations, you may want to install your own at home, especially if you're in a suburban or rural area.

Not only is it super-convenient, but you'll always be ready to go in case of an emergency. You'll always know how much it will cost, as it will appear on your home utility bill. And depending on your vehicle model, it can take several hours to fully recharge.

You have two options for home chargers:

Level 1, which is powered by a 120V outlet. Although they are slower than Level 2 chargers, they're more affordable, and you can attach most models to an existing electrical outlet. You can probably find one for $600 or less, although you may receive one of these when you buy your EV vehicle.

Level 2, which uses 240/208V power. These charge your vehicle much faster, usually at 10-20 miles per hour. However, you may need to have a special outlet installed if you're not DIY-inclined, unless the charger can be plugged directly into a 240V outlet.

Ask your city office or local jurisdiction if a permit is required for your charger. You may need to install a new 240V circuit breaker, especially for a Level 2 charger.
When installing your EV charger, you'll want to choose an area that's on the same side of the vehicle's charge port. Place the charger with 15-20 feet of the port.

Check to see if you qualify for a tax credit! The best way to do this is to visit the Department of Energy's website at energy.gov and read about Clean

Energy Tax Credits for Consumers


Chances are, you've already encountered an electric card reader at a cafe that nudges you into tipping up to 20%. Restaurant receipts and mobile phone apps are also pressuring consumers to tip more. So what's the tipping point for gratuities these days?

While there are few hard and fast rules, 15% is still the standard. Up to 20% is becoming the norm, but this depends on your opinion of the products and service received. For example, if a restaurant server was prompt and polite but the food was so-so, this doesn't mean you should not tip the server. Instead, ask to speak to a manager (or choose other restaurants for future dining).

Here are the standard tip amounts as suggested by today's etiquette experts:

Restaurant staff and bartenders should be tipped 15% to 20%.
Buffet servers who refill drinks and clear dishes should be tipped $1 to $2 per diner.
Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers should be tipped 15%, although bumping it up to 20% is suitable if the driver assisted with luggage or helped you not miss a flight.
Restaurant delivery drivers: 20% of the total bill or $5, whichever is higher. If your order is late or the food is cold, you can reduce your tip if you politely explain why.
Third-party delivery drivers (Uber Eats, Postmates, Door Dash) may or may not require a tip. Be sure to check the website or app when you're placing your order.
Manicures, massages, and spa services may or may not require a tip, as this may be included in the bill. If not, tip 15% to 20% of the service's cost.
Pet groomers may be tipped anywhere from 10% to 20% of the services,

depending on your pet's behavior and relationship with your groomer.3 

Sources: 1myhome.freddiemac.com; 2realtor.com; 3kens5.com; 4attainablehome.com; 5cnbc.com; 6thespruce.com