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Programs & Exhibits Guide - December - February

Program Guide, December 2019 - February 2020

December 2019 through
February 2020

Library Hours Nearly All of Our

Monday to Tuesday FREEPrograms Are
9 am to 6 pm
File that under fact,
Wednesday not fiction!
9 am to 8 pm
Thanks to the support of
Thursday to Saturday our generous donors.
9 am to 6 pm
Unless otherwise noted, programs
Closed Sundays are presented by the

Library Closures

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24

Wednesday, December 25

New Year’s Day
Wednesday, January 1

Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 20

Rancho Mirage
Writers Festival
Monday, January 27 through
Saturday, February 1

Presidents’ Day
Monday, February 17

71-100 Hwy 111 We Want to Hear from You!
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Tel: (760) 341-7323 Have a program idea or a connection to a
Fax: (760) 341-5213 person or organization we should feature?
Send us a message to tell us your ideas and let
Email: [email protected] us know how we’re doing! [email protected]

Cover Image: Rancho Mirage
Observatory Integrated Space
Theater by Bruce Feagle.

Welcome to Your Rancho Mirage Library
and Observatory

As we wrap up 2019 and head into a new year, we’re working hard to constantly bring new and diverse
opportunities for lifelong learning. It has often been observed that special things happen where the
arts, culture, and science intersect, and we continually strive to create that environment here at the
Library and Observatory. In the coming months you’ll find a particularly strong lineup of music and
astronomy programs.

We’re excited to announce our new Integrated Space Theater in the Observatory where science, music,
and projected video come together to create an inspiring and educational experience (see page 4
for more details). And on February 13, we welcome Mark Pine, Deputy Director of the Griffith
Observatory in Los Angeles, to talk about the iconic landmark’s history and impact and the power of
public observing.

Several great concerts are lined up for the next three months, featuring returning favorites along with
new performers we know you will enjoy. Lenore Raphael and her trio will pay tribute to The Modern
Jazz Quartet on January 8, we’ll celebrate Black History Month with LP and the Vinyl on February
19, and we will welcome the duo of Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, pioneers in the use of
four-hands piano in jazz, on February 25.

Additional Highlights

• The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Writers Series features an incredible lineup of free
lectures featuring bestselling authors (pages 10 and 11).

• Remember Doris Day with screenings of her first and last feature films (page 14).

• Perennial favorite Dr. William Gudelunas returns for a three-day history lecture series January
21–23 that will trace the development of America’s major political parties (page 13).

As you read through this guide, you’ll discover many more terrific programs for you to enjoy.
Nearly all our programming is completely free to the public, and is funded directly by the support
of donations, grants, and sponsorships through the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Foundation. If you’d like to learn how you can help, or simply chip in with a quick online donation,

PLEASE NOTE: The Library will be closed January 27 through February 1 to host the Seventh
Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. Resources will remain available on our website, and other
libraries in the Valley will be ready to serve you in person.

Wishing you a joyous season and happy new year,
The Staff of Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

To sign up for email alerts about upcoming programming and to view a complete online calendar with information
updated daily visit our website at

People of all abilities are encouraged to attend Library programs. If you have special communication or access
needs, please contact the Library at 760-341-7323 four business days in advance of the event(s) you will attend.

December 2019 through February 2020 1

Table of Contents

Community Showcase How Not to Die: The Role of Diet in
Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top
Coachella Valley Storytellers Project 5 15 Killers 11
An Afternoon of Poetry 5
LifeStream Blood Drive 5 Travel Light, Move Fast 11
Palm Springs Writers Guild 6 Moving Forward 11
Book Discussion Group 6 Reach for the Sky: Tradition +
Learning in Retirement 7 Inspiration 12
Secrets to Survive the Big One! 7 Melnikov House: Saving an
Rancho Mirage Artists Studio Tour 7 Avant-Garde Icon 12
Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay 13
Lectures Protecting the Endangered Painted Dog in a
Human Dominated Landscape 13
Who’s Afraid of Opera? 8
Keeper of the Flame 8 Film
Jazz Lecture Series 9
Remembering Doris Day 14
From Lincoln vs. Douglas to Trump vs. RMWF Film Club 15
Clinton: What Happened?!? 9
Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of
Tesla Motors 10 Jonathan Mamora 16
Celebrate the Season with Mistletoe
Elvis in Vegas: How the King and Holly 16
Reinvented the Las Vegas Show 10

First Nation totem pole Bottlenose dolphin
2 Programs & Exhibits • Table of Contents

Jarabe Mexicano: A Holiday Celebration 17 Teens, Kids and Families
Annual Holiday Concert 17
Storytimes 24
Tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet 18 Girls Who Code 25
Planet Cole Porter 18 Design It • Make It 26
Toujours l’amour 19 Family Night 27
Scott Beaty, Pianist 19 LEGO Club 28
LP and the Vinyl: Celebrating Black History
Through Jazz 20 Exhibits
Jazz Piano Duo 20
International Classical Concerts of Coachella Valley Watercolor Society 29
the Desert 21
Library Donors 30
Swoon @ the Moon! 22
Saturn: The Ringed Giant 22 Calendar
Venus: Earth’s (Evil) Twin? 23
Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Observatory, and Complete Calendar of Activities 37
the Power of Public Observing 23
Look for the ram’s head icon
14 that marks our Premier programs!

All residents of Rancho Mirage and donors who
contribute $100 or more annually to the Rancho
Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation can
take advantage of priority seating for Premier
programs by arriving early.


Doris Day in a promotional photo for Romance on the High Seas Vocalist Leonard Patton of LP and the Vinyl
Table of Contents • December 2019 through February 2020 3

Experience the Observatory in a Whole New Way

The Rancho Mirage Observatory opened on March 25, 2018, and since then has provided
thousands of residents and visitors the opportunity to connect with the cosmos. In the spirit
of perpetually improving our program offerings, we recently installed a new feature that
can be enjoyed day or night, no matter the weather. The Integrated Space Theater system is
a collection of seven projectors, four speakers, one subwoofer, and hours of creative design
that come together to display short, visually gorgeous astronomical films on the inside of the
Observatory’s closed dome. And this is only just the beginning: the system also allows a real-
time customized journey through outer space led by one of our experts. You can rest assured
that the system in no way interferes with the performance of the CDK700 telescope now or
in the future. We look forward to introducing you to the Integrated Space Theater during your
next visit to the Observatory!

New Hearing Loops Installed

We’re excited to introduce our new state-of-the-art “hearing loops” throughout the facility.
When you attend any program or event in the Library or Observatory, including film screenings
and the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, you can now conveniently receive crystal-clear sound
that is wirelessly transferred directly to your hearing aid, cochlear implant, or smartphone. No
matter your seating distance from the amplified speaker, distractions by audience noise, or the
room acoustics, you will be able to clearly comprehend speech and enjoy music as if you were
sitting right next to the presenter or performer.

Simply switch your hearing aid or cochlear implant to the “T,” telecoil or
hearing loop program. Our system is compatible with all manufacturers
of hearing aids and cochlear implants that are equipped with an activated
t-coil or telecoil; consult with your audiologist for activation. Hearing
loop packs with headphones can also be checked out for use during
programs via the circulation desk.

The new hearing loops at the Library and Observatory were made possible with support
from The Bartush Family Foundation.
4 Programs & Exhibits • What’s New


Coachella Valley Storytellers Project: New Beginnings
Wednesday, December 4, 7–9 pm
As we approach the new year, many reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Join
The Desert Sun and their partner—the University of California Riverside-Palm Desert graduate
program for creative writing and writing for the performing arts—for a night dedicated to
interpretations on the theme of ‘new beginnings.’

By creating a space where neighbors and notables can share
first-person stories, this project explores the importance
of the personal narrative as a means for connection.
As Americans identify in increasingly complex ways
religiously, racially, and culturally, there’s a growing
appetite for sharing, and hearing individual stories with
universal themes and lessons. Admission is free, however
registration is highly recommended. Register online at A limited number of open seats
will be available on a first come, first served basis to
any non-registered patrons at 6:55 p.m.
An Afternoon of Poetry
Thursday, December 5, 2 pm
Rancho Mirage Public Library Poet Laureate Dorothea Bisbas and The Wordkeepers Poetry
Group invite you to enjoy an afternoon with local poets, and to listen to them read some of
their creations, accompanied by live music. Refreshments will be served.

LifeStream Blood Drive • Monday, December 23, 9 am–2 pm
Support your community and join us for a blood drive! Throughout
the year the Library and Observatory partners with LifeStream to host
these important events. Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring
photo ID with proof of age. Donors under the age of 17 must bring a
signed LifeStream parental consent form. To learn more and sign-up in
advance, visit or call 1-800-879-4484.

Community Showcase • December 2019 through February 2020 5

Palm Springs Writers Guild
Everyone is welcome to attend the Writers Guild monthly meetings at the Library. For more
information, please visit

Saturday, December 7, 2–4 pm: Book Publicity and Marketing with Judith Briles
Dr. Judith Briles is the award-winning, bestselling author of 36 books, including Author YOU:
Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms and The Crowdfunding Guide for Authors
& Writers. Her latest, How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech, was just released. She founded and
runs The Book Shepherd, a book and publishing consulting and project management firm.

Saturday, January 4, 2–4 pm: An Afternoon with Jeff Herman
Jeff Herman is an exceptionally successful literary agent, entrepreneur, and author. His areas of
editorial expertise include popular business, spirituality, self-help and more. He has made over
one thousand book deals, including many bestsellers, and has presented hundreds of workshops
about writing and publishing. His own books include Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publishers, Editors
& Literary Agents and Write the Perfect Proposal (co-authored with Deborah Herman).

Saturday, February 8, 2–4 pm: Hollywood Story Consultant Christopher Vogler
Christopher Vogler is a veteran Hollywood story consultant known the world over for his
landmark book The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers. As a consultant, he has
influenced the stories of many productions, including Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin, and
Hercules, and Fox’s Fight Club.

Saturday, February 15, 2–6 pm: Desert Writers Expo
You are invited to the always popular Desert Writers Expo! Over 40 authors who live and work
in the Coachella Valley will be signing and selling their books covering all genres: non-fiction,
fantasy, cooking, travel, memoir, and more.

Book Discussion Group
The Library’s Book Discussion Group meets on the second Friday of each month. No advance
sign-up is necessary! For more information, send an email to [email protected]

Friday, December 13 Friday, January 10 Friday, February 14
10–11:30 am 10–11:30 am 10–11:30 am

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells Washington Black The Library Book
by Andrew Sean Greer by Esi Edugyan by Susan Orlean

6 Programs & Exhibits • Community Showcase

Learning in Retirement
The Library is excited to be partnering with Learning in Retirement to offer free programs
for area seniors. Learning in Retirement’s curriculum is taught by local experts and is designed
specifically for those ages 50 and above who want to learn for the pure enjoyment of learning.
No registration is required to attend the programs at the Library. To learn more about all of
the programs offered by Learning in Retirement visit For questions, email
[email protected]
Monday, February 3, 2–3:30 pm • America is #1: Perception vs. Reality
Over the years we have become accustomed to hearing that the United States has the best of
everything—health care, schools, social mobility and on. This lecture will examine the U.S.’s
performance versus other economically developed countries on these key variables to better
understand our true position in the world.
Monday, February 10, 2–3:30 pm • Social Media vs. Privacy
We will present an explanation of the growing social media’s threat to our democracy, your
privacy, and who is responsible for verifying information that is seen by millions on social
media. Are Facebook, Google, and YouTube anti-competitive, and should they be broken up?
Monday, February 24, 2–3:30 pm • The Human Genome and Personalized Medicine
The completion of sequencing the entire human genome has yielded incredible knowledge
about human genes, how they are expressed, how mutations cause various diseases and affect
human health, and how genetic variability directs how we diagnose and treat patients today.
We are now moving to a new era of personalized medicine that utilizes this information in
almost every aspect of medicine.

Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Forum: Secrets to Survive the
Big One!
Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 pm reception • 6–7 pm program

Do you know what to do when the earth begins to shake? Emergency Preparedness
Commissioners and technical experts will guide you through what to do and
share the “secrets” to surviving the next big Coachella Valley earthquake no matter
where you are. Video demonstrations, a panel discussion, and a Q&A session with the
audience will prepare you to respond in a way that will help you, your family, and your
community survive. Doors open at 5:30 with a light champagne, sparkling water, and
snack reception.

The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission Presents the Seventh
Annual Rancho Mirage Artists Studio Tour and Pop-Up Gallery
Saturday, February 29, 10 am–4 pm
The Seventh Annual Rancho Mirage Artists Studio Tour is a self-guided tour that provides
the unique opportunity to meet our City’s artists in their own environment, seeing how they
live and work. The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory will feature a Pop-up Gallery where
additional artists will have their work on display. The tour begins with registration at the Library
where participants will receive a map and a pass before heading out for a day of discovery.

Community Showcase • December 2019 through February 2020 7


Kip Cranna • Who’s Afraid of Opera?
Tuesday, December 3, 2–3 pm: Opera for Laughs: Great Moments from the World of Opera
Tuesday, February 11, 2–3 pm: I Hear American Singing: American Opera in Mid-Century
and Beyond (A Salute to Modernism Week!)
San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will share his 40 years of experience
as he explores the wonderful world of opera, using video examples (with English subtitles)
to illustrate how opera got started and how it continues to have such
power to stir our souls and touch our hearts. No previous experience
necessary. Just watch, listen, and enjoy. Cranna has served on the
staff of the San Francisco Opera for over 40 years, 30 of them
as Director of Music Administration. He has managed the
commissions or co-commissions of more than 20 new operas.
He lectures and writes frequently on music, and teaches at the
Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at U.C. Berkeley
and Dominican University.

This series is presented in partnership with the Palm Springs Opera Guild
of the Desert and is made possible by a generous gift from The Bartush
Family Foundation.

JoAnn Petrie Carr • Keeper of the Flame
Monday, January 6, 2–3 pm
What is it like being married to an astronaut? Author JoAnn Petrie Carr offers an inside
view of an astronaut family as she draws from her personal experience. A fiction based on
fact, Keeper of the Flame tells the story of an Apollo astronaut wife as she struggles to establish
an identity of her own, putting her ambitions aside in favor of
supporting her husband’s quest for the moon. In time, however, she
pushes the traditional envelope of her life as far as she is able without
jeopardizing her husband’s chances or neglecting her children. An
emergency on the lunar surface, endangering the crew, causes her to
reexamine her core values and meet the tough choices that face her
head on. Carr was born and raised in Orange County, California,
and has degrees in elementary education and law. In addition to
raising six children against the backdrop of Gemini, Apollo, and
Skylab, she has taught kindergarten, designed distance-learning
programs, and worked as counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation and Star Station One, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to space education for children.

8 Programs & Exhibits • Lectures

Alan P. Schultz • Jazz Lecture Series

Join broadcaster and jazz aficionado Alan P. Schultz for a series of lectures that will both
entertain and educate. Dive into jazz history, explore the genre, and learn about the careers and
lasting impact of some of our greatest musicians. Schultz’s career in radio broadcasting includes
stations in San Bernardino, Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Carmel, and currently
KAJI-FM in Palm Desert. He is proud to serve on the advisory board of the prestigious
American Jazz Institute (Palm Desert).

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday,
January 7, 2–3 pm February 4, 2–3 pm March 3, 2–3 pm
Stan Kenton: Innovations Sarah Vaughan: The Jazz Vocalist Charlie Parker: Bebop
in Modern Big Band Jazz with a Three Octave Range
and the Bird

Stan Kenton, circa 1947 Sarah Vaughan, circa 1946 Charlie Parker, circa 1947
(photo: Library of Congress) (photo: William P. Gottlieb) (photo: William P. Gottlieb)

Gail, Alfred, and the extended Bryman family of jazz aficionados are deeply rooted in this great American art form and
wish to keep the genre alive and well. They are proud to sponsor this Jazz Lecture Series by Alan Schultz, as a part of
the American Jazz Institute’s mission to educate and expose the public to live performance, radio, and jazz discussion.

Dr. William Gudelunas
From Lincoln vs.
Douglas to Trump vs. Clinton:
What Happened?!?

American history professor and Library Lincoln–Douglas Debates of 1858
favorite Dr. William Gudelunas returns
to present a three-part lecture series.
He’ll use his humorous and entertaining
style to trace the development of our
country’s major political parties.

Tuesday, January 21, Wednesday, January 22, Thursday, January 23, 2–3 pm:
2–3 pm: The Age of 2–3 pm: FDR and The Age of Two Party Parity (?),
Republican Dominance,
Democratic Dominance, 1980–2019 and Third
1860–1930 1930–1970s Party Challengers

Dr. Gudelunas’ annual visit and lectures are made possible by a generous gift from Roberta Peters Jones.

Lectures • December 2019 through February 2020 9


Edward Niedermeyer
Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors
Friday, December 6, 2–3 pm
Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk have shaken up the staid auto industry with innovative
electric vehicles that have wowed the marketplace and defied conventional wisdom. The
company’s market valuation now rivals that of long-established automakers. But behind the
hype, Tesla has some serious deficiencies that raise questions about its sky-high valuation,

and even its ultimate survival. In Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of
Tesla Motors, Edward Niedermeyer lays bare the disconnect between
the popular perception of Tesla and the day-to-day realities of the
company—and the cars it produces. Blending original reporting and
never-before-published insider accounts with savvy industry analysis,
Niedermeyer tells the story of Tesla with clear eyes, objectivity and
insight. Edward Niedermeyer is an auto-industry analyst, journalist
and podcast host.
The first 200 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of
Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors.

Richard Zoglin • Elvis in Vegas: How the King
Reinvented the Las Vegas Show
Thursday, January 9, 2–3 pm
Elvis Presley’s comeback engagement in Las Vegas, in August 1969,
was a spectacular success, drawing rave reviews and more people than
any other show in Las Vegas history. The show not only revitalized
Elvis’s career; it changed the face of Vegas entertainment for good.
Elvis’s show was something new; not an intimate, Sinatra-style night-
club show, but an over-the-top, rock-concert-style extravaganza in the
city’s largest showroom. Elvis set a new bar for Vegas performers; the biggest salary, the biggest
musical production, and the biggest promotion campaign the city had ever seen. What’s
more, he brought a new mass audience to Vegas from Middle America that Vegas depends on
for its success to this day. Richard Zoglin is also the author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century
and Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America. He is a contributing
editor for TIME magazine, where he has spent more than 30 years as an editor, writer and
most recently as the magazine’s theater critic.
The first 200 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of Elvis in Vegas: How the King
Reinvented the Las Vegas Show.

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Dr. Michael Greger • How Not to Die: The Role of Diet in
Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers
Friday, January 10, 2–3 pm
Dr. Michael Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America and
explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills
and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases,
freeing us to live healthier lives. Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, bestselling author, and
internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.
The first 200 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of Dr. Greger’s new book,
How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss.
Alexandra Fuller • Travel Light, Move Fast
Thursday, February 6, 2–3 pm
Alexandra Fuller is the author of several memoirs including Leaving Before the Rains Come
and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. Her new book, Travel Light, Move Fast, is
the unforgettable story of her father. A master of time and memory, Fuller moves seamlessly
between the days and months following her father’s death and her childhood spent running
after him in southern and central Africa.
The first 200 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of Travel Light, Move Fast.
Karine Jean-Pierre • Moving Forward
Friday, February 7, 2–3 pm
Karine Jean-Pierre’s professional experience has ranged from presidential campaigns to
grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre is the chief
public affairs officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC political analyst. Moving Forward
is an inspiring memoir, chronicling her path from New York’s Haitian community to working
in the Obama White House, showing how politics can be accessible to anyone.
The first 400 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of Moving Forward.

This series is made possible by a generous gift from the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation.

Lectures • December 2019 through February 2020 11

Sunnylands Series

Anne Rowe • Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration
Friday, January 17, 2–3 pm
How did Sunnylands connect Herb Alpert, one of America’s most famous
musicians, with Canada’s foremost family of First Nations’ woodcarvers?
Through art. Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions at Sunnylands,
details the backstory of how she produced the exhibition, Reach for the Sky:
Tradition + Inspiration, which features the artworks of Alpert and Kwakiutl
carvers Henry, Stanley, and Jason Hunt. For Rowe, it all started in 2009, when
she encountered a monumental, 30-foot totem pole on the fifth hole of the
Sunnylands golf course and thought, “Who could have carved this?”

Pavel Kuznetsov • Melnikov House: Saving an Avant-Garde Icon
Friday, February 21, 2–3 pm

Pavel Kuznetsov, deputy director of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow,
explores the history and preservation efforts of Melnikov House, an iconic example of Russian
architectural avant-garde. Built between 1927 and 1929, architect Konstantin Melnikov’s
cylindrical home eluded Soviet restrictions on architecture and tested his concepts for mass-
produced housing. Presented in partnership with Modernism Week, this free lecture is open
to the public, however registration is highly recommended. Visit to
reserve your seat. A limited number of open seats will be available on a first come, first
served basis to any non-registered patrons.

SUNNYLANDS This series is presented
in partnership with
CENTER & GARDENS Sunnylands Center
and Gardens.

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Lecture Series

Dr. Richard Connor
Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay
Tuesday, January 14, 2–3 pm
The bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, live in the
most complex non-human society known. Dr. Richard Connor,
who has been described as “the Jane Goodall of dolphins” will
describe over 30 years of dolphin discoveries and ‘politics’ from this
remarkable marine habitat, which boasts the largest seagrass beds in
the world. He will describe an exciting future of dolphin research in
Shark Bay, The Dolphin Decade, driven by new technology, which
promises to reveal the secrets of dolphin intelligence in the wild.

Dr. Gregory Rasmussen
Challenges and Triumphs:
Protecting the Endangered
Painted Dog in a Human
Dominated Landscape
Thursday, February 20, 11 am–12 pm
Dr. Gregory Rasmussen grew up in
Zimbabwe where he developed a strong
affinity for wildlife, to the point of spending
all his spare time in the laboratories of the
Natural History Museum. After a stint in the
British Navy, he returned to Africa where he
began researching the endangered painted
dog (also known as the African wild dog).
Founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust, Dr. Rasmussen continues his life’s research into
painted dogs and also pursues a new vision. Believing that good conservation must be supported
by sound science, Dr. Rasmussen is building a conservation ecology center to inspire and train
tomorrow’s generation of conservationists. His mission is to mentor young Zimbabwean and
international university students. On top of all that, he is one of the few people to survive a
plane crash where he was stranded in Hwange National Park for a day and a half with his pelvis
and both legs broken. Join us for what promises to be an exciting (and entertaining) talk about
his life, his work, his vision, and solutions to protect the painted dogs of Zimbabwe.

This series is presented in partnership with The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Lectures • December 2019 through February 2020 13


Remembering Doris Day

Join film historian Jason Bruecks for a
pair of special screenings as we look back
on the life and career of legendary actress
and singer Doris Day. After starting out
as a big band singer, Day’s first film,
Romance on the High Seas, launched a
twenty-year motion picture acting career
that saw her ultimately become one of the
biggest film stars of the 1960s. Although
she continued to find success in music
and television, and became known for
her incredible work in promoting animal
welfare throughout her life, Day’s final
feature film role was in the 1968 romantic
comedy With Six You Get Eggroll.

Romance on the High Seas (1948) • Monday, December 9, 2–4 pm
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful,
and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.  
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) • Monday, December 16, 2–4 pm
Two widowed people fall in love and marry, unprepared for the hostile reactions of their

Romance on the High Seas With Six You Get Eggroll
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Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club is a free series, held on the third Thursday
of the month October to December 2019 and February to April 2020. Films will start at
2 pm with free popcorn and water available. Films are curated by Festival founder Jamie
Kabler and film expert Peter Bart. As 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of
the nineteenth amendment acknowledging women’s right to vote, this year’s films celebrate
female empowerment.

The Young Victoria Julie & Julia

The Young Victoria (2009) • Thursday, December 19, 2 pm
This British-American period drama is based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria and
her marriage to Prince Albert.  
Julie & Julia (2009) • Thursday, February 20, 2 pm
The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career with the
life of young New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook
in 365 days.

This series is made possible by a generous gift from the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation.

Film • December 2019 through February 2020 15


Steinway Society of Riverside County Presents Jonathan Mamora
Thursday, December 5, 7 pm
Pianist Jonathan Mamora is a native Southern Californian who began his piano studies
at the age of four. He joined the studio of Elvin Rodríguez eight years later and continued
studying with Rodríguez throughout his undergraduate studies at La Sierra University, where
he received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2017 as a member of the University
Honors Program. In 2019, he received his Master of Music in Piano at The Juilliard School,
where he studied with Hung-Kuan Chen and also served as a Teaching Fellow for Ear Training.

He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in
Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School
of Music. Mamora has served as a pianist and organist
at several churches throughout his life and strives to
uplift and positively influence others using music as a
means of service not only through the church, but also
in the community through homes, schools, community
centers, and concert halls.

Celebrate the Season with
Mistletoe and Holly

Tuesday, December 10, 2–3 pm

Mistletoe and holly are just around the holiday
corner! Celebrate the season with the Joslyn

Singers, a mixed chorus of energetic seniors who
love to sing and then share that love with the

desert community by entertaining at assisted living
facilities and clubs in the valley. Eva Myers, the

Music Director, has her Master’s of Music Education
and has been directing them for 17 years.

This program is made possible by a generous
gift from The Bartush Family Foundation.

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Held at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission Presents
Jarabe Mexicano: A Holiday Celebration
Thursday, December 12, 7 pm
Jarabe Mexicano invites audiences on a joyride through a versatile songbook of
Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia.
This special concert will feature a variety of holiday favorites from across the cultural
landscape, and will help bridge the frontiers between musical genres, diverse cultures,
and generations. Performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively
percussion, Jarabe’s dramatic, harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained
them the admiration of audiences across the country. For the members of Jarabe,
every performance, wherever they go, is an opportunity to create a deeper and more
inclusive sense of family and community.

This program is made possible by the Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission.

Ken Dahleen and His Big Band Staff • Annual Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm
Unwrap a spectacular evening of holiday music as Ken Dahleen’s Big Band Staff shifts the
season into full swing. Enjoy a wide array of finger-snapping tunes, from the best of the big
band years right through to today’s top hits. This year’s concert will also feature a special
tribute to the music of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band. Comprising many of the finest
players from across Southern California, Ken and the Big Band Staff are sure to make the
season bright the moment they take the stage. Join us as we enjoy a magical night of melodies
and memories.

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Lenore Raphael with Steve Hobbs and
Hilliard Greene • Tribute to the Modern
Jazz Quartet

Wednesday, January 8, 7 pm

International Jazz pianist and Steinway artist Lenore Raphael,
renowned vibraphonist Steve Hobbs and bassist Hilliard Greene
will play a tribute concert recalling tunes made famous by the
Modern Jazz Quartet, such as Django, Afternoon in Paris, Bags Blues,
Nearness of You, and many more. It will be a very swinging evening
of great jazz.

The Modern Jazz Quartet (photo: James J. Kriegsmann) Steve Hobbs
Depends on Yamaha.

“I choose to play Yamaha vibes because of the great projection,
wonderful intonation, clarity of tone and big sound. These attributes,
along with the quiet frame, allow me to focus on my musical
expression both on the stage and in the studio.”

– Steve Hobbs,
Jazz Vibist, Composer and Educator

Peter Sprague with twin neck guitar Peter Sprague • Planet Cole Porter
(photo: Rick Sokol) Wednesday, January 15, 7 pm

Guitarist Peter Sprague takes Cole Porter’s
classic songs and presents them in a new color of
samba, funk, salsa, and jazz. Come hear fresh and
inventive arrangements such as Just One of Those
Things, which swings fast. Morphing over to funk,
Love for Sale takes a trip to Cuba, while Night and
Day arcs with a Brazilian moon. Meanwhile, I Get
a Kick Out of You is heavily influenced by Eddie
Harris’ Freedom Jazz Dance, and Every Time We
Say Goodbye is as nice and gentle as Cole intended
it to be. Sprague has won numerous awards
including the Lifetime Achievement Award at
the San Diego Music Awards (2015). His band
features Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague
on sax and flute, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and
Duncan Moore on drums.

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Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert
Toujours l’amour
Wednesday, February 5, 7 pm
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of opera, or have never experienced a performance, you’re sure
to enjoy this special show. The Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert presents Toujours
l’amour, a performance of love arias just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Providing the evening’s events talent will
be two accomplished and very well-known
opera singers from Southern California –
Joshua Wheeker, tenor, and his wife, Tara
Wheeker, soprano. These real-life lovebirds
will take your breath away as they celebrate
the beauty of romance through music.

This program is made possible by a generous gift
from The Bartush Family Foundation.

Scott Beaty, Pianist
Wednesday, February 12, 7 pm
Join us and celebrate Valentine’s Day with award-winning
pianist Scott Beaty. This performance, part of Beaty’s new
Silhouette concert series, will be accented with clips from
Oscar-winning films as well as vocal selections. The evening will
feature overtures from Bernstein, Wagner, Gershwin, and more.
Beaty has performed to sold-out crowds across the country,
played for President Gerald Ford, and was hired by Sonny
Bono to perform for the first ten years of the Palm Springs
International Film Festival. This year marks his twenty-seventh
year performing at the McCallum Theatre. He is active in the fundraising efforts of many
groups including the Desert AIDS Project, The Steinway Society, and The Virginia Waring
International Piano Competition.

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The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission Presents LP and the Vinyl:
Celebrating Black History Through Jazz
Wednesday, February 19, 7 pm
LP and the Vinyl sends pop and R&B favorites through a kaleidoscope of jazz, providing
the best of both worlds: familiar songs dear to the heart, freshly intensified with beautifully
mastered improvisation. Vocalist Leonard Patton draws upon his rich background in jazz and
gospel to energize the virtuosic interplay of pianist Danny Green, bassist Justin Grinnell,
and drummer Julien Cantelm. In this special concert, the band will play tribute to Black
History Month with a performance featuring music by Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Sam
Cooke, Louis Armstrong, and Bobby Timmons.

This program is made possible by the Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission.

Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi • Jazz Piano Duo
Tuesday, February 25, 7 pm
Pioneers in the use of four-hands piano in jazz, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi
have earned widespread success with their arrangements of classics from the stride piano,
ragtime, and boogie woogie repertoires, as well as from the swing era and the Great American
Songbook. The husband-and-wife duo have performed across the United States, Europe, and
Japan, winning the acclaim of critics and fans alike. Blending impeccable technique and

mature musicality with humor and showmanship, they are
considered the most engaging piano duo dedicated to the
repertoire of classic jazz.
Following the release of their first album, Two for One
(2012), they have been invited to perform widely in
the United States, Europe, and Japan. A second CD,
Sentimental Journey (2014), shows Stephanie and Paolo’s
commitment to the formula of four-hands duets on one
piano, rarely used in jazz. Their partnership continued
with Double Trio Live (2015) and Double Trio Always
(2016), recorded in the piano trio setting, but with two
pianists instead of one. In 2018, they released their first
album on two pianos, Broadway and More.

This program is made possible by a generous gift from The Bartush Family Foundation.
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International Classical Concerts of the Desert

The Library is proud to once again be home to the International Classical Concerts of the
Desert series. These ticketed events provide the opportunity to see world-class music right here
in Rancho Mirage.
Series tickets $150. Single tickets $35. For tickets and information call 760-459-0650 or visit

Jon Nakamatsu, Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner
Saturday, January 18, 3–5 pm

Trio Con Brio, Award Winning Trio From Denmark
Saturday, February 22, 3–5 pm

Jupiter String Quartet, Fishoff Chamber Music Award
Saturday, March 7, 3–5 pm

Augustin Hadelich, Indianapolis Competition Gold Medal
Saturday, March 28, 3–5 pm

Ilya Kazantsev, Chopin Award Winner
Saturday, April 11, 3–5 pm

Jon Nakamatsu Trio Con Brio (Photo: John Green)

Jupiter String Quartet Augustin Hadelich Ilya Kazantsev
(Photo: Rosalie O’Connor)

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When Is the Next Stargazing Party?
Our philosophy for hosting our popular Stargazing Parties is to maximize the variety of
astronomical objects we can share with the public. With that in mind, we typically schedule
the events surrounding the time of the month when the phase of the Moon is new. This means
that the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun and isn’t illuminated from our perspective
here on Earth. With no light from the Moon to interfere, we’re able to target dimmer objects
and bring you the most fascinating views possible. Keep an eye out for the next Stargazing
Party registration email approximately two weeks before the next new Moon. You can join
our email list by visiting our website at

Swoon @ the Moon!

Please join us at the Observatory to view the Moon in its
first quarter phase. We’ll meet at sunset to explore volcanic
features, impact craters, and lunar swirls! It’s also prime
time to view the terminator—where light meets dark.
Wednesday, December 4, 5–7 pm
Thursday, January 2, 5–7 pm
Saturday, February 1, 6–8 pm
Everyone is welcome and no registration is necessary
for this self-guided, open house style event.

Eric McLaughlin Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/
Saturn: The Ringed Giant Space Science Institute
Friday, December 13, 2 pm
One of the most picturesque places in the solar
system—Saturn has captured our imagination and
wonder for centuries. From its icy rings and pale clouds
to its vast host of varied moons, Saturn and the worlds
that orbit it are unique and dynamic. What we have
learned of this world and its moons have left us with more
questions than answers. How did the rings form? How
long will the rings last? Is there life elsewhere in the solar
system? Can you sail a hydrocarbon sea? Can it “snow”
in a vacuum? Would you like to fly like a bird under an
orange sky? These and other questions beckon us to
explore this beautiful place further.

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Eric McLaughlin • Venus: Earth’s (Evil) Twin? Image: JAXA/PLANET-C Project Team
Thursday, January 16, 7 pm

Named for the Roman goddess of love, Earth’s nearest
planetary neighbor was long thought to be much like the
Earth. Venus is similar in size and density to the earth, and
for many years we had hoped that life could call it home.
However, beneath its calm, sweeping cloud tops, its true
nature is concealed. At its surface, the pressure is crushing,
and the air is hot enough to melt lead. Perhaps this hostile
world is better described as Earth’s evil twin, or perhaps it has
more in common with other worlds.

Mark Pine • A Cosmic Vision: Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Observatory,
and the Power of Public Observing
Thursday, February 13, 6–7 pm

Griffith J. Griffith believed a person’s perspective could be transformed by looking at the night
sky through a telescope. He conceived of a place for the public to have that opportunity and left
money in his will to make it a reality. Griffith Observatory was the result of his vision and, after
85 years, is an icon of public astronomy (and Los Angeles). It is joined by a growing number
of public observatories and amateur astronomy groups that share the wonders of the cosmos.

Mark Pine is Deputy Director of Griffith Observatory, owned and operated by the City of Los
Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day
activities of the Observatory, which welcomes 1.6 million visitors per year. From 2000–2006,
Mr. Pine served the Observatory as Deputy Executive Director of Friends Of The Observatory

(FOTO), the Observatory’s non-profit support organization.
He managed the design, development, content, and installation
of the Observatory’s new $15-million exhibit program, a key
element of the building’s $93-million renovation and expansion
(2002–2006). Prior to his work at the Observatory, Pine served
as Outreach Manager for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
and worked at NASA Headquarters on the agency’s science
programs. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in
1996. Pine holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s
Kennedy School of Government and Bachelor’s degrees in Mass
Communications and Political Science from Miami University.

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Kids, Teens
and Families


Tiny Tot Tales
Ages 1 to 3 • Tuesdays 10 am and 11 am • Wednesdays at 10 am
Twenty-five minutes of lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, flannel board stories, and
books, followed by a coloring activity, will delight the young ones ages one to three.
Preschool Stories and Me
Ages 3 to 5 • Thursdays at 10 am
Thirty minutes of engaging stories, songs, and active rhymes captivate the imagination of children
ages three to five. Coloring sheets and simple crafts round out the themed storytime experience.

Each session is held in the Children’s Room. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit
from the total experience and minimize disruptions.

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Girls Who Code: Information Session for Girls and Parents

Wednesday, January 15, 6–7 pm
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs that let girls use computer science to
impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. Girls Who
Code is a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Tech jobs are
among the fastest growing in the country, but less than a quarter of computing jobs are held by
women. Girls Who Code aims to change that! Learn more and sign up for the ten-week series of
club meetings by attending our information session for girls and their parents.

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Design It • Make It

A monthly program that sparks creativity and imagination with STEAM/STEM projects
(recommended for ages 5+).

Sand Art
Friday, December 6, 4–5 pm
Layer different colors of sand to
make your own beautiful creation.

Snowflake Salt Painting
Friday, January 17, 4–5 pm
Make your own snowflake design.
Then transform it with an afternoon
of snowflake salt painting.

Balancing Act
Friday, February 21, 4–5 pm
Have you ever balanced a heart?!?
Come learn how as you explore
balance and weight.

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Family Night

Family Night is sponsored by the Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation

Gingerbread Houses
Wednesday, December 11, 5:30–7 pm
Join us to design and build your own
gingerbread house to take home!

Mo Willems Night
Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 5:30–7 pm
Do you love Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the
Bus! or the Elephant and Piggie books? We
will be celebrating author Mo Willems with
stories and crafts. Feel free to come dressed
as your favorite character!

Pajama Party at the Library!
Wednesday, February 5, 5:30–7 pm
Bring your favorite toy or stuffed
animals for a night of fun with
sleepover stories and crafts. Don’t
forget to wear your PJs!

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Build with us! Each month has a theme. It’s up to you whether your creation reflects that
theme or your own individual expression. Work alone or in a group. You’ll have 45 minutes
to build, 5 minutes to clean up, and 10 minutes to show off your work. Creations will be
displayed until the following month. For kids ages five and up.

Wednesday, December 18

5–6 pm

City Life
Wednesday, January 22

5–6 pm

Self Portrait
Wednesday, February 26

5–6 pm

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Coachella Valley Watercolor Society
In addition to the regularly featured painting of the month, over the next several months
visitors to the Library can enjoy a new exhibit featuring art created by members of the
Coachella Valley Watercolor Society. Located just beyond the reference desk inside the
Annenberg Room, the show is centered around the theme of plein aire (paintings created on
location rather than in a studio). The Society’s plein aire group, known as “The Field Mice,”
paint weekly at various local locations. The paintings featured in the exhibit are all inspired
by the local area, with most of the work created at the majestic Shumway Ranch, just a short
drive from the Library and Observatory up the mountain on Highway 74.

Paintings of Shumway Ranch by Coachella Valley Watercolor Society President Diane Moore

A nonprofit organization with over 150 members, the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society is
currently celebrating its 31st anniversary. The group comprises artists throughout the valley
and meets October through April on the second Monday of each month at the Joslyn Center
in Palm Desert. Many members are teachers, and the organization’s programs feature exciting
demonstrations and workshops led by nationally recognized instructors, with an annual show
held each February. The Society encourages and welcomes new members of all levels. To learn
more, visit the group’s website at

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Founder Anita B. & Howard S. Richmond Ann & Don Rogers
Foundation Susan & Robert Rossi
$100,000 and above Richard & Dolores Sara
Arthur & Jeannie Rivkin Virginia & Richard Saville
Annenberg Foundation Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage Nan Aune Shipp
The Auen Foundation Robert & Kathleen Seymour Three Sisters Foundation
Coeta & Donald Barker Ladda Toelkes Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Smale
Grace Helen Spearman
Foundation Partner
Janet C. & Charles E. Barker Charitable Foundation
Frances C. & H.N. Berger $10,000–$24,999 Joanne & Dominick Summa Jr.
Robert Walker & Ernest
Foundation Anonymous
Castle Foundation Inc. Janet & Jerry Banks Phinney
Sally Contant Dorothy Lyons Berns Vanguard Charitable Foundation
City of Indian Wells Borax Family Charitable Fund Eric & Evelene Wechsler
Friends of the Rancho Mirage Linda Bray Weinstein Family Foundation
Grady Bruce Wells Fargo
Public Library William F. Coan Ruth White
Ida M. & J.W. Jameson The Deutsch Foundation Cynthia & James Williams
Jarka & Martin Dolemo Drs. Jane & Morton Woolley
Foundation Elyse & David Fleming Eilean Wuhl
Mary & Fred Leydorf President & Mrs. Gerald R. Ford
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald D. Marsee Elaine Frank Associate
Reinsch Family Memorial Linda & Edward Kazazian
City of Rancho Mirage James Kelley and Joseph Lund $2,000–$4,999
Helen Reinsch Louise Kermode
Gigi & Joe Roberson Becky & Richard Kite Kaye & L.E. Alford
Mr. & Mrs. G. Teryl Koch Bernice & Paul Alloy
Benefactor Sidney Laub Edward Anixter
Martin, Kayla, Noah, Bella & Anonymous
$50,000–$99,999 Isabel & Lawrence Barnett
Alexandra Lax Ms. Olga Jane Battisti
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Arlette & Don Lea June Beeler
Indians George Lee & Scott Roberts Kay Bell
Michael G. McCafferty Rebecca & Jack Benaroya
The Bartush Family Foundation Fay McClung Robert Borns
Dr. Maurice & Laine Falstein Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Morgan Ken Bourgidnon
The Brian & Patricia A. Barbara Palm Lyndsy Bowcott
Dr. S. Jerome & Judith D. Beth & George Briggs
Herman Fund at Community Lois Buell
Foundation Santa Cruz Tamkin Dr. & Mrs. Richard Byrd
County T.A. & Joani Toussoun The Champions Volunteer
Roberta Peters Jones Nancy B. Watson
Dr. Charles M. Monell John F. & Martha Wilson Foundation
Jeanne & Charles Parrish Jo Chapman
Iris & Thom Smotrich Sponsor Charity Challenge, Inc.
Arthur Strickman Terri & Timothy Childs
$5,000–$9,999 Lee Comisar
Visionary Susan Cook
Ramelle Monsky Luis Cordero
$25,000–$49,999 Lyn Chernis & Dr. Bob Morris Janet Daggatt
Patty & Arthur Newman Wilbur Daniel
Anderson Children’s Foundation Paul Newman Carol & Raleigh DeBow
Katherine J. Andrews Foundation Doris & Robert O’Neill Catherine Devine
Joseph A. Bartush Claudette R. Pais Salli Dick
Richard Brooke Foundation Joyce Palmer Norman Edwards
Peggy & Donald Cravens Dorothy Begg Parker Florence Finer
Roy E. Crummer Foundation Mary Patrick Andrea Best & Calvin Fox
The Family of Walter & Elizabeth Mary & Charles Rich The Fremont Foundation
Rancho Mirage Country Club
Demyanek Diane S. Robertson Charitable
Jackie Lee & Jim Houston
Larson Jones Family Trust Foundation
Edeltraud McCarthy
Don McIntosh
DeeAnn & Larry Nichols
Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

30 Programs & Exhibits • Donors

Carolyn & Robert Goldberg Elaine & Leonard Rosenbaum Joseph & Ann DeLuca
Dorothy Goldstein Robert & Marion Rosenthal Marge & Norman Dodge
Arline Greenblatt Diane Rubin Joan & Hillary Don
Marcy & Ron Gregory Marcia Rutledge E. R. Dumke
Shirley & Earl Greif Diane & Fred Sagan Carolyn Ehrler
Irene Guistina & Robb Cooper Jean Scripps Phillip & Ruth Elwell
Paul Hagle Dr. Pravin & Katherine Shah Stephen & Rosanne Ezer
Boyd Haigler Hortense Singer Barbara Feldman
Joseph Harris Ruth & Al Siteman George & Dorie Ferrone
Moet Hennessy Mary Small Amarylis C Fisher
Vicki & Dana Hobart Edna Spaulding Linda L Forehand
Bernard & Paulette Horwich The Springs Community Beth Fromm & Ronald Sharrow
Larry Hudack Melvin & Vera Gabel
Paul & Ardis Huizenga Association Helene Galen
Marie Jackson Harold Staw The Gall Family Fund
Michael Craft Johnson Marc & Shari Stewart Harry Gill
Tom Johnson V. Ferris Todd Mim Gottschalk
Dr. & Mrs. W. David Jones Charles Townsend & Gordon Barry & Sarah Gowen
Beatrice & Victor Kane Gary & Maria Greenwald
Tom & Claire Kane Moller Cathy & Bill Griffin
Susan King Alton & Julie Tybout Downey Grosenbaugh
Gerry & Martin Koffman Union Bank of California Carol Wright, ℅ Grousemont
Victor Lamkay Willis Urick Jr.
Mrs. David J. Lavin Pat & Milton Vaughn Foundation
Ralph W. Leatherby Jean Viereck Donald & LaRue Hadley
Irving & Dorothy Levy Joseph & Dee Wambaugh Earle Hagen
Lorna Lewis Frank R. Warren Carole Ann Haller
Tom Lutgen Washington Mutual Bank Lloyd & Noel Hanford
Sharon W. Lynch Weill Family Trust Dan & Joan Hauserman
Gerald Macenas Jeanne Weiss Elaine Henderson
JoAnn & Fred Mackenbach Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Whitney Helen Herman & Jack Talan
Pat & Joe Manhart Joy & Wells Wohlwend Barbara Hochberg
Harold & Dede Marchick Pat & Gordon Hubbard
Margaret McPharlin Scholars Alan J. Hunken
Lucy Meepos Ed Hutten
Ruth & Arnold Meltsner $1,000–$1,999 Mary Therese Jacobson, MD
Patrice & Grady Merritt Dr. David & Mary Jones
Cheryl & Jim Miller Alpha Delta Kappa Lily Kanter
Norma Monty Marjorie & Richard Ameny Michael & Patricia Kremin
J.P. Morgan Anderson Travel William Kroonen
Murrey Morrow & Judith Martin Appel Dorothy Kulvin
Judy Appelbaum & Barbara Rick & Cheryl Lantz
Widmer Sonia Levinthal
Sandy Mossbrook Appelbaum Nancy & Lawrence Levitt
Cindy & Morris Muscatel Robert Armstrong Jason & Marjory Lewis
Benard Myerson Beth Arterberry Wendy Portman Lewis
Lori & Dick Nelson Polly Ball Pat Liedtke
Roland Nobis Stuart & Patricia Barton The Harold A. Linstone Trust
Northern Trust Bank Brian Baxenden Jim & Ann Loeb
Daniel O’Brien Babette “Babs” Bay Susan Mammel
Richard & Carolyn O’Linn Mary Becker The Mammel Family Fund
Russell & Suzanne Orkin Lilo Bendixen Natalie Marcus
Palm Springs Writers Guild Chuck & Cynthia Bowling Donald & Lee Marsden
Lou & Faye Phillips Arla Brown Eileen Mason
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Platt Gail & Alfred Bryman Michael & Ogniana Masser
George Plavec Ivan Budd Ken Maxwell & Dick Redman
S. L. Protess Elizabeth Campbell Lou Mello
Friends of the Rancho Mirage Susan Rhea Carney Frida & Jack Milowsky
Nate & Karen Cheney Gordon Moller
Public Library Nancy Coffey Nagler Larry & Bobbie Morris
Rancho Mirage Woman’s Club Clifton Cole & Scott Smith Moss & Company
Penny & Bart Rivin Karen Comeau Marcia & Irwin Narter
Buddy Rogers Susan Cook
Robert & Cynthia Cramer
Perry Datwyler & John Jacobs
Donald & Nancy Delaski

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John Newburger William J. Wink William & Janice Dunn
Virginia & Graydon Nichols Oscar Wright, Jr. June Dyer
Patrick Olson John & Bette Yee Susan & Jim Eichberg
James Osborne Helen Zimmerman Gwendolyn Enright
Bob Packwood Sandra Epstein
Ray & Pat Paige Donors Tammi Erickson
Palm Springs Genealogical Gerald Ernest
of $100 or Greater Gloria M Farmer
Society 11/1/18 to 10/31/19 Kristin Farson
The Ralph M. Parsons Judith Fedirko
Gail & Bruce Abdura Sharon S. Feeney
Foundation Joyce & David H Abramson Barbara Fier
David & Colleen Pascale Robert Abramson Bernice & Bruce Flamenbaum
Dare H. Paul Arlene & Fred Addison Ms. Barbara Foster & Mr.
Martin & Elaine Pearlman Peggy & Thomas Alamano
Priscilla Pete Donna Albers Michael Monachino
William & Deborah Pitruzzelli Dana Anders Katherine Ardyn Fredericksen
George & Norma Purvis Charles W. Anderson Joan Freeman
Richard & Patricia Reed John Anselmo Zell Friedling
Diana & John Ressler Gerald and Sharon Appel William & Susan Frost
Terry Rhoads Ed Arienti Arlan Fuller Jr
Nicole & Darrell Ripley Edward Ashton Sissy Gardell
Editha Rowell Lorraine Bachmann Lenore George
Adele Ruxton Fred A. Bailey Mark Gerson
Peter & Rhoda Samuels Murray Barton Margaret Gibson & Glenn
Nancy & Marty Schechtman Craig & Gayl Baum
Deidra N. Schumann Carol S. Beath MD Johanson
The Shapiro Family Foundation Arnold Becker Dianne Girazian
Penny Shaw Diane Berk Susan Goldberg
Sheldon Revocable Trust Janice & Stu Bernstein Norzalito Gonzales
Barbara Sherman Richard Berryman Linda D Gosney
Mitchell Simon Shelley A. Birenbaum Dr. Robert & Vivian Greene
Claire Smith Nancy N. Bishop Philip & Dale Grimm
David & Lynn Smith Linda Joan Bohlinger & John Nancy Haase
Marilyn Smythe Ann Habeger
Mrs. & Mr. Stephen Solomon Sohn Virginia Haddad
Peter Solomon Robert Borns Sue Haft
The Springs Book Discussion Boyd Williams David & Rita Halstead
Richard Brooke Foundation Randy Hansen
Group Jim Brown Zella & James Harrison
Ladies Golf Assoc. of the Springs Joyce A Brown Cynthia Chilton Hauck
Donald & Wanda Stein William Buchanan Ann H. Heming
Jackie Story Carol Franc Buck Moet Hennessy
Lester & Joan Strouse Martha Callender Elissa Hepner
Roberta Susskind Maureen & Richard Cantlin Barbara Hershberg
Lucy Tagmyer James Cantrill Barbara J Hickey
Israel Tapick Deborah Chapman Dan Hill
Cornell & Betty Teoman Ronald Cherques John Hoffman
Edward & Brenda Thayer Frances Jean Cholakis Velma Hopkins
Nancy Thompsen Susan Close Carol Simons Huddleston
Carol Thorburn Elliott Cohen Michael Hughes
George & Carol Tielsch J Patrick Cooney Alan J. Hunken
Lowell Trask Joanne & Gordon Cooper Tonia T. & David M. Hyams
Van Patten Estate Susan Countner Linda Iannone & Judith
Craig Vickers John Crane
Steve & Alvena Wagner Soheila Crane Clarkson
Lonna A. Wais John Custer Anna & David Isserman
Lynn Walker Kathleen Daly Donald & John Jackanicz
Virginia Waring Ardis Danon Jon Bradley Jeffreys
E.E. Weaver Barbara J. Dixon Dale Jenkins
Brenda & Robert Weinstock Julia Donahue Judith A. Johnson
Wells Fargo Bank Robert Drake Paul Johnson
John Wempe Constance Duffett Jozu LLC
Bates Westerberg Judy Duffy Richard & Suzanne Kahn
Michael & Barbara Wexler Mary Jo Kalamon

32 Programs & Exhibits • Donors

Laurien Kamphuis Bernadette Newlon Dianne Stidham
Dr. Arnold Kapitz Carolee or Richard Nichols Carolyn Sullivan & William
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Kaplan Richard Nicholson
Ruth Kaplan Nancy Noddle Sullivan
Sidney Kaplan Barbara A. Nuismer Lavonne Swanson
Hy Karaitberg Kirk S Olsen Leslie A. Taylor
Scot & Lance Karp Patrick Olson Lyndsy Toelkes
Susan Katzen Henry Orozco Judy Torodor
Jeanne & Aron Katzman Sandra Mary Ovesen Ronnie Lee Treat
Debra & Michael Kay Palm Springs Genealogical Leslie & Dr. Barry Usow
Travis & Suzanne Keeler Christi VanCleve
Sheldon Kent Society Mike Wagner
Catherine King Paul Parry Dianne Walker
Susan King Mike & Debby Pascavage Mary Watson
Ira Helf & John Knoebel Nina Pedersen Sharon & Randy Weiss
Wayne Kowalchuk Donna & Paul Pekar Elizabeth West
Rita Lamb Kathy Peregrin Kent Whinnery
Victor Lamkay Kathleen Perotti Madeline A Whitney
Albert F. Langley Gail Dutton Peterson D.A. Davidson
Laurie Lantz Rick John Pineda Atma Wiseman
Edith Lascola Mary Patricia Power Laurel W. Woolf
Cathy H Lauren Ellie Pynes & Tom Silman Celeinne I Ygunza
Carole & William Leaverton Bill & Linda Raines Robert York
John Lehr Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Shirley & Larry Zipkin
Kathryn Lemon John Rasmussen
Hem K. Lepkowski Jacqueline & Keith Reed Lifetime Members
Nancy & Lawrence Levitt Sondra Rees
Anthony Lewis & Frank Jacobi James C. Reichardt Kaye & L.E. Alford
Joan P. Remick Bernice & Paul Alloy
Lewis Carol and Jim Resnick Shirley Alton-Chapnick
Elizabeth S. Lewis James Reynolds Marjorie & Richard Ameny
Jan Lilac Emanuel & Linda Rider Jean Arley
Robert Lilac Richard Ridgeway Auen Foundation
James K. Logsdon Nicole & Darrell Ripley Ayco Charitable Foundation
Carmela Longo Steven & Cheryl Rosen Janet & Jerry Banks
Susan O. Lotz Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage Joseph Bartush
Nadia Lustman Leslie Roth Kay Bell
Janice A.S. MacRae Jean Rouda Kenneth Bernotas
David Mann, Jr. Virginia Sandefur Dorothy Lyons Berns
John O. Manning Myra & Mickey Sanderman Morris & Ruth Beschloss
Paula C. Mariner Mariana Scarcella Mary Ellen & Cooper Blanton
Sherry & Rod Matheson Tom Schaffer Charmaine Blatt
Leann Matlin Tom Fay Schaub Robert Borns
Robert Matteson Norman Schulaner Lyndsy Bowcott
Patricia & Richard May Judith A. Schurr Linda Bray
Barbara McGraw & Steven Dianne Kathryn Schweigert Dennis & Tere Britton
Sandra Sevig William & Gloria Burch
Mosow Kathleen Seymour Virginia & Richard Byrd
Pamela & Eugene McGuire Joe Shackford Joseph Cantrell
Cal & Nancy McIntosh Stuart & Rollie Shanedling Jean Carrus
Heather & Rob McKeracher Dennis J. Sheehan Castle Foundation Inc.
Donald Metcalfe Mary Siegel Margery Chapman
Judith M. Metz Bonnie & Ronald Sima William F. Coan
Peggy Meyer Francesca Toni Simon Coeta & Donald Barker
Laura Mitchell Michael Sims
Mohammad Mojara Nancy & Cathryn Smith Foundation
Mary Lou Montagna Patricia & Malcolm Sobie Edward & Eva Cohon
Connie S. Mora Mrs. & Mr. Stephen Solomon Clifton Cole & Scott Smith
Ronald N. Mora Renee Solomon & Sandy Adler Valerie & Kyle Coltman
Barbara & James Moses Connie Spencer Lee Comisar
Pearl Moskowitz Richard Stetana Sally Contant
Dr. David Naiberg Lynn Stevens & Douglas Barry Robert Cook
Elaine & Dred Nevin Gail M. Stewart Pat & Arthur Coombs
John Newburger Caroline Cooperman
Robert & Cynthia Cramer

Donors • December 2019 through February 2020 33

Peggy Cravens Richard Kite Mary & Charles Rich
Carole Cushmore Irene Koch Mr. & Mrs. Bart Rivin
Carol & Raleigh DeBow Margaret Koster Diane Robertson
Joseph & Ann DeLuca Paula & Vern Kozlen Janice Davis Robson
Sally Cherry Dempsey Michael & Patricia Kremin Ann & Don Rogers
Elizabeth Demyanek William Kroonen Diane Roland
Lester Deutsch Pat Bush Kruse Carolee Rosenberg
Catherine Devine Dorothy Kulvin Susan & Robert Rossi
Salli Dick L. & I. Barnett Charitable Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage
Gerard & Diane Dirkx Helen Ruvelas
Joan Dodge Foundation Richard Sara
Swami Dolin Steve Lachs & Michael Ruvo Virginia & Richard Saville
William & Jan Dorsey Ellie Lavin Nancy & Marty Schechtman
Thieu Duong Martin Lax Seymour Schlesinger
E. & H. Chernis Foundation Arlette Lea Judith & Donald Schliessman
Bruce Ettinger Claire Lehr Janice Schmid
Fidelity Chairtable Gift Fund Mel Lehrman Richard & Mary Schneller
Joan & John Firmage Irving & Dorothy Levy Jean Scripps
Norman Forrester & Bill Griffin Wendy Portman Lewis Lenore Shapiro
The Foundation for Jewish Ann Lindberg Sheldon Revocable Trust
Los Feliz Foundation Nan Aune Shipp
Philanthropies Evelyn Lyons Mitchell Simon
Andrea Best & Calvin Fox Gerald Macenas Roy & Linda Sinclair
Diane Fox Patt Mannino Ruth & Al Siteman
Elaine Frank Lee Manuel Gordon Smale
Marian Frenkel Mr. & Mrs. Gerald D. Marsee Mary Small
Geri Friedman Eileen Mason Claire Smith
Christina Gantz Michael & Ogniana Masser Roger Sorensen
Carolyn & Robert Goldberg Michael G. McCafferty Edna Spaulding
Dorothy Goldstein Edeltraud & Patrick McCarthy Francie Y. Brown Spears
Beverly Rubens Gordon Juanita & Cliff McCormick Linda Starr
Vicki & Herb Grayson Don McIntosh Donald & Wanda Stein
The Greater Cincinnati Vivian McIntosh Stephen Philibosian Foundation
Lucy Meepos Jackie Story
Foundation Lou Mello Joanne & Dominick Summa Jr.
Gary & Maria Greenwald Ruth & Arnold Meltsner Ruth Tallman
Marcy & Ron Gregory Carole Seifer Miller Judith Tamkin
Shirley & Earl Greif Cheryl & Jim Miller Israel Tapick
Deborah Grindall Dr. Charles M. Monell & Dr. Ralph Tash
Paul Hagle Edward Thayer
Kay Hanson Gerald E. Benston The Three Sisters Foundation
Dan & Joan Hauserman Jerome Morgan Ladda Toelkes
Dr. Bettie A. Henry Edith Morrey T.A. Toussoun
Diana Herkimer Lyn Chernis & Dr. Bob Morris Lowell Trask
The Brian & Patricia A. Herman Cindy & Morris Muscatel Jean Viereck
Benard Myerson Roen Viscovich
Fund Virginia & Graydon Nichols Mary Jo Meade Wallace
Helen Herman & Jack Talan Doris & Robert O’Neill Joseph & Dee Wambaugh
Mario & Rosemary Hernandez Claudette R Pais Virginia Waring
Vicki & Dana Hobart Barbara Palm Frank R. Warren
Barbara Hochberg Bernadette Paradis E.E. Weaver
Horner Family Foundation Sanford Paris Eric & Evelene Wechsler
Jim Houston Paul L. Newman - Thomas & Lainie Weil
Larry Hudack Weill Family Trust
Marjorie W. Hyman Newman’s Own Rosella Weissman
Marie Jackson Dororthy Paulson Meg Whitcomb
Jerre Jennings Evert & Norma Person Lewis & Patricia Whitney
Michael Craft Johnson Joann & Gifford Phillips Sandra Woodson
Tom Johnson Lou & Faye Phillips Drs. Jane & Morton Woolley
Judy Peck Foundation Al & Dolly Piano Eilean Wuhl
Beatrice & Victor Kane George Plavec M. J. Young
Lily Kanter Patrick M. Pratt
Katherine J. Andrews Foundation Barry Ralph & Curtis Ringness
Linda & Edward Kazazian Helen Reinsch
Susan King Don Reuben

34 Programs & Exhibits • Donors

Calendar • December

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
n Who’s Afraid of Opera? n Coachella Valley n An Afternoon of Poetry n RMWF Writers n Palm Springs Writers
Library Closed 9
n Remembering Doris 2–3 pm p. 8 Storytellers Project 2 pm p. 5 Series: Edward Guild: Dr. Judith Briles
8 7–9 pm p. 5 Niedermeyer 2–3 pm p. 10 2–4 pm p. 6
Day: Romance on the High 10 n Jonathan Mamora
Library Closed Seas 2–4 pm p. 14 n Celebrate the Season n Swoon @ the Moon! n Design It • Make It:
7 pm p. 16
15 16 with Mistletoe and Holly 5–7 pm p. 22 Sand Art 4–5 pm p. 26
n Remembering Doris 2–3 pm p. 16 12
Library Closed 11 n Jarabe Mexicano: 13 14
Day: With Six You Get 17 n Family Night: n Book Discussion Group:
22 Eggroll 2–4 pm p. 14 A Holiday Celebration
24 Gingerbread Houses at Rancho Mirage The Impossible Lives of
Library Closed 23 5:30–7 pm p. 27 Amphitheater 7 pm p. 17 Greta Wells
n LifeStream Blood Drive Library Closed 10–11:30 am p. 6
Calendar • December 2019 through February 2020 35
9 am–2 pm p. 5 n Saturn: The Ringed

Giant 2 pm p. 22

18 19 20 21
n Annual Holiday Concert n RMWF Film Club:

7 pm p. 17 The Young Victoria
2 pm p. 15
n LEGO Club: Circus

5–6 pm p. 28

25 26 27 28

Library Closed

29 30 31 n Coachella Valley Watercolor Society p. 29

Library Closed

Community Lectures Film Music Observatory Teens, Kids Exhibit Premier Program
Showcase and Families

36 Programs & Exhibits • Calendar Calendar • January

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

n Coachella Valley Watercolor Society p. 29 1 2 3 4
n Swoon @ the Moon! n Palm Springs Writers
Library Closed 10
5–7 pm p. 22 n Book Discussion Guild: Jeff Herman
5 6 7 8 2–4 pm p. 6
n Keeper of the n Jazz Lecture n Tribute to the Modern Jazz 9 Group: Washington Black
Library Closed n RMWF Writers Series: 10–11:30 am p. 6 11
Flame 2–3 pm p. 8 Series “Stan Kenton: Quartet 7 pm p. 18
Innovations in Modern Richard Zoglin 2–3 pm p. 10 n RMWF Writers
Big Band Jazz” n Family Night: Mo Willems Night
2–3 pm p. 9 Series: Dr. Michael Greger
5:30–7 pm p. 27 2–3 pm p. 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18
n Dolphin Politics in n Planet Cole Porter 7 pm p. 18 n Venus: Earth’s (Evil) Twin? n Reach for the Sky: n ICCD: Jon Nakamatsu
Library Closed n Girls Who Code 6–7 pm p. 25
Shark Bay 2–3 pm p. 13 7 pm p. 23 Tradition + Inspiration 3–5 pm p. 21
2–3 pm p. 12
n Design It • Make It:

Snowflake Salt Painting
4–5 pm p. 26

19 20 21 22 23 24
n From Lincoln vs. n From Lincoln vs. Douglas to Trump n From Lincoln vs. Douglas
Library Closed Library Closed
Douglas to Trump vs. vs. Clinton Pt. 2 “FDR and Democratic to Trump vs. Clinton Pt. 3
Clinton Pt. 1 “The Age of Dominance” 2–3 pm p. 9 “The Age of Two Party
Republican Dominance” Parity (?)” 2–3 pm p. 9
2–3 pm p. 9 n LEGO Club: City Life 5–6 pm p. 28

26 27 28 29 30 31

Library Closed Library Closed Library Closed Library Closed Library Closed Library Closed

Community Lectures Film Music Observatory Teens, Kids Exhibit Premier Program
Showcase and Families

Calendar • February

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

n Coachella Valley Watercolor Society p. 29 6 7 1
n RMWF Writers Series: n RMWF Writers
2 3 4 5 Library Closed
n Learning in Retirement: n Jazz Lecture Series n Toujours l’amour Alexandra Fuller 2–3 pm p. 11 Series: Karine Jean-Pierre
Library Closed 2–3 pm p. 11 n Swoon @ the Moon!
America is #1: Perception “Sarah Vaughan: The 7 pm p. 19 13
9 vs. Reality 2–3:30 pm p. 7 Jazz Vocalist with a three n A Cosmic Vision 6–8 pm p. 22
Octave Range” 2–3 pm p. 9 n Family Night: Pajama
Library Closed 6–7 pm p. 23 8
Party at the Library! n Palm Springs Writers
16 5:30–7 pm p. 27 20
n RMWF Film Club: Guild: Christopher Vogler
Library Closed 2–4 pm p. 6
Julie & Julia
Calendar • December 2019 through February 2020 37 10 11 12 2 pm p. 15 14 15
n Learning in Retirement: n Who’s Afraid of Opera? n Scott Beaty, Pianist n Book Discussion Group: n Palm Springs Writers
n Protecting the Endangered
Social Media vs. Privacy 2–3 pm p. 8 7 pm p. 19 The Library Book Guild: Desert Writers Expo
2–3:30 pm p. 7 Painted Dog in a Human 10–11:30 am p. 6 2–6 pm p. 6
Dominated Landscape 11
17 18 19 am–12 pm p. 13 21 22
n Celebrating Black n Melnikov House: n ICCD: Trio Con Brio
Library Closed 27
History Through Jazz Saving an Avant-Garde 3–5 pm p. 21
7 pm p. 20 Icon 2–3 pm p. 12

n Design It • Make It:

Balancing Act 4–5 pm
p. 26

23 24 25 26 28 29
n Learning in Retirement: n Jazz Piano Duo 7 pm n Secrets to Survive the n Rancho Mirage Artists
Library Closed
The Human Genome and p. 20 Big One! 5:30–7 pm p. 7 Studio Tour & Pop-Up
Personalized Medicine Gallery 10 am–4 pm p. 7
2–3:30 pm p. 7 n LEGO Club: Self Portrait

5–6 pm p. 28

Community Lectures Film Music Observatory Teens, Kids Exhibit Premier Program
Showcase and Families

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