University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Special Events 2015-16

Join us for fun-filled special events throughout the 2015-16 academic year. All UCR Palm Desert events are held in our auditorium and are free, including parking, and are open to the community.

Saturday, Apr. 16, 2016 • 8:30am-12:30pm • Get Outdoors! - Exploring Nature Wellness Workshop

Our first annual wellness workshop will feature experts, discussing the restorative benefits of exploring nature. Speakers from UC Agricultural and Natural Resources department, Riverside County, Friends of the Desert Mountains, Master Gardeners, and Desert Recreation District will discuss: 

• How being in nature can improve emotional, mental, and physical health.
• Opportunities for hiking and exploring nature in the local desert landscape.
• How to get involved with community gardens.
• Common home gardening questions.

Trost1Ed Trost, PhD is the director of the ASICS World Tennis Classic, the largest sanctioned adult tennis tournament, which is held right here in the Coachella Valley. He is also the coordinator of a Mended Hearts chapter at Desert Regional Medical Center and a “wellness heart coach” with Eisenhower Wellness Institute (EWI).    

HartinJanet Hartin, M.S. is a University of California Cooperative Extension horticulturist and director of Master Gardener Programs in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and a Palm Springs resident. She specializes in sustainable landscapes and therapeutic horticulture and has presented over 1,000 presentations throughout her career.

SouleKatherine Soule, PhD is a  University of California Cooperative Extension youth, families, and communities advisor in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. She has conducted extensive research on the benefits of hiking and outdoor activities including exploring the wilderness of the San Jacinto Mountains.

For reservations, click here or call (760) 834-0800.
Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016 • 5pm • Get Outdoors! - Stay Afloat! Forum on Water Rights
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This free forum, presented by CV Water Counts in partnership with UCR Palm Desert, will focus on water rate changes in the Coachella Valley.

• Kathleen J. Tiegs, president of the Association of California Water Agencies: Tiegs will give an overview of what it costs to deliver safe and reliable water in California, as well as the factors driving rate increases throughout the state.

• Adam Probolsky, CEO of Probolsky Research: Probolsky will share statewide, regional, and local polling research on the public's awareness of the drought and supply reliability, as well as willingness to pay for infrastructure.

• Ken Baerenklau, UCR associate professor in the School of Public Policy: Dr. Baerenklau will discuss pricing as an effective and efficient way to manage demand, as well as how water agencies price water. His talk will also include UCR research examining the effectiveness of allocation-based rates as a conservation incentive and how that impacts customer welfare in Southern California.

For reservations, click here or call (760) 834-0800.


Saturday, April 9, 2016 • Artist Council Demos

The members of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council created an interactive experience of the Art Show "Artistic Expressions." They demonstrated the creative process from watercolor paintings to amazing encaustic works.

The council is dedicated to arts activities, including programs that encourage fellowship among the arts communities, and promoting the roles of artists in the Coachella Valley. All council proceeds support Palm Springs Art Museum’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and operations.

Artists & Media:

hanging PS Artists Council show
  • Kathleen Scoggin • Watercolor

  • Chick Curtis • Charcoal Drawing
  • Andrea Raft • Book Folding Techniques
  • Alicia Siegler • Mixed Media - Textures on Canvas 
  • Pat Kodet • Abstract Acrylic Painting 
  • Angela Koenig • Encaustic Painting

Artistic Expressions: Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Exhibition
A unique collaboration between UCR Palm Desert and Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council results in one of the largest ever exhibitions of local, living artists in the Coachella Valley. This large-scale exhibition, "Artistic Expressions," features only Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council Members and is designed to engage, educate, and enlighten the community in the Coachella Valley.The council is dedicated to arts activities, including programs that encourage fellowship among the arts communities, and promoting the roles of artists in the Coachella Valley. All council proceeds support Palm Springs Art Museum’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and operations. This is a curated, but non-juried show, representing a variety of artistic styles and media for the general public.

Art on display in the lobby outside our auditorium March 3 - April 22. Our opening reception was held on Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016.

To view the art, please come 30 minutes before any of our scheduled events listed on this page or call 760.834.0800 to make arrangements.

Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016 • Film Screening: Shut Up and Play the Hits! - A Palm Desert First Weekend Event

James Murphy is putting LCD Soundsystem back together to play Coachella, and we're ready! To celebrate, we screened the film that documents the band's final days. Or what we thought were the band's final days. Whatever. Let's dance.

About the film
In 2011, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM frontman James Murphy made the conscious decision to disband one of the most influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest concert of its career. The show instantly sold out, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy. Afterward Time Magazine lamented, “We may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this shining performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. Don't miss the film that the Boston Globe raved is "sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both."

First Weekend
UCR Palm Desert is proud to be a part of Palm Desert First Weekend, a three-day celebration of arts and culture, held on the first weekend of every month. Find out more here.

Saturday, Mar. 19, 2016 • Conscious Living & Aging - An Intergenerational Symposium

Presented by UCR Osher Lifelong Learning and UCR Palm Desert Center. Pulling together concepts, awakenings, revelations, and inspirations from the Film Series on Conscious Aging: Tuesdays with Spirit and Soul, this symposium offers an innovative forum to examine and discuss ways to achieve a purposeful aging experience as a legacy for present and future generations. Thought-provoking breakout sessions will challenge attendees to explore new ideas about health and wellbeing, aging as a spiritual journey, mindful beauty, intergenerational collaboration, and developing and preserving an arts legacy.

Williamson with audienceInternationally-acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer, Marianne Williamson is the Founder of Project Angel Food, Co-Founder of the Peace Alliance, and serves on the Board of Directors for the RESULTS organization. Six of her eleven published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from mega best seller and must-read, A Return to Love, beginning, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is regarded as an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.



Feb. 28, 2016 • Is Water Desalination the Answer? What California Can Learn from Israel

UC Riverside, Temple Isaiah and the Jewish Federation of the Desert cordially invite the public to this lecture. Dr. David Jassby will give us insight into how the desalination technology was developed.David Jassby is faculty in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. His areas of research are membrane technology, water and wastewater treatment, environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology. Prior to joining UC Riverside, David was the executive director of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, an NSF-funded research center located at Duke. David received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. David obtained his M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis, and a B.Sc. in Biology from Hebrew University in Israel.

Feb. 23, 2016 • Annual Pre-Oscar Event!

View and discuss film clips for this year's nominees! Learn about the Academy voting process! The party will also feature trivia, take-home ballots and, of course, popcorn.  Speakers include film producer/development executive John Schimmel, screenwriter Joshua Malkin, and writer/critic Tod Goldberg, all faculty from our low-residency Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. For the last couple of years this event was filled to capacity including the waiting list. Only pre-registered guests were admitted. Please join our email list to receive updates on all our events!

Feb. 2, 2016 • Forbidden Film Screening - Midnight Mary

Before the Hays Code was strictly enforced in 1934, movies were a little ... um, racier. Join us for a screening of Midnight Mary, a William A Wellman film from the pre-code period, starring Loretta Young, and see what all the fuss was about. We will be joined by Wellman's son, William Wellman Jr., and Young's son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Linda Lewis, for conversation, book signings, and behind-the-scenes insights.This screening is in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Society.

About Midnight Mary (1933): Penniless and with a checkered past, Mary (Young) falls in with the crooked Leo (Ricardo Cortez), who uses the unwitting young woman as a pawn in his crimes. Lovestruck lawyer Tom (Franchot Tone) helps Mary go straight, but a jealous Leo comes after the attorney in a murderous rage.

Jan. 31, 2016 • Jewish Studies in the 21st CenturyDr. Michael Alexander

UC Riverside and Temple Isaiah and the Jewish Federation of the Desert sponsored this public to this lecture and reception to celebrate the establishment of the Maimonides Endowed Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and the appointment of Dr. Michael Alexander as the inaugural chair.

Nov. 18, 2015 • A Piece of My Mind

What is it like to nearly lose your life and find yourself a stranger in your own mind? Written and performed by UC Riverside theatre professor, Eric Barr, this one-man show is a stroke survivor's story of surgery, rehabilitation and the journey to recovery. “A Piece of My Mind” was developed by Barr from emails and Facebook postings that chronicled his fight to survive near-fatal strokes, his struggle with grueling and frustrating rehabilitation sessions, and his gratefulness for the support of family and friends. It is candid, funny, and hopeful. Visit Eric's website A Piece of My Mind to find out more. This FREE event was a partnership between the UC Riverside School of Medicine and the American Heart Association-Coachella Valley.

Oct. 26, 2015 • An Evening with Filmmaker Susan Korda

In partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Society, award-winning filmmaker Susan Korda shared her new short film, “Salomea’s Nose,” and engaged attendees in conversation about making narrative films from a documentary perspective and translating history to film.

Oct. 31, 2015 • Sustainable Landscaping Hallogreen Workshop

University of California Cooperative Extension, Riverside County, and UCR Palm Desert presented this free workshop on sustainable landscaping. Click on the speakers to view the handouts: the presentations on keeping your plants alive during a drought, select low-water plants, install drip water systems, and take advantage of water district rebates. 

  • Janet Hartin, UC ANR Cooperative Extension environmental horticulturist, specializing in sustainable landscape research and education
  • Cameron Barrows, UCR Conservation Biology Palm Desert research ecologist
  • CVWD
Nov. 4, 2014 • Want to know more about GMOs? Get on board with us!

We met up with others who are passionate about food and took a ride to hear a free expert panel discussion on GMOs, held at UCR Extension Center in Riverside. We learned the pros and cons, and got the answers to all of our questions. 

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796

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