University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center


Events and Activities at UCR Palm Desert

Join us for another fun-filled season of learning, lectures, art exhibitions and our MFA student-led book club! 

UCR Palm Desert Book Club

Our monthly book club meetings are free and open to every adult in the community. Genres will change every month, and there is no obligation -- just come whenever a book strikes your fancy! Meetings are facilitated by our Master of Fine Arts creative writing program students. Join us for a lively, educational chat about books in a fun, casual atmosphere.
Next meeting: Sept. 16, 2014 at 7 p.m., "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize! This is the story of Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home and tormented by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

Join us for a laid-back conversation! Book club meets in room 206A at UCR Palm Desert. Parking is free. For more information about our book club, please email Maggie Downs at

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

Interested in getting your Nonprofit Management Certificate? In this 10-month program, students complete 140 hours of coursework, focusing on many facets of nonprofit management including fundraising, social media, communications, grant proposal writing, and case studies in the nonprofit sector.

Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, UCR Extension is pleased to offer several $1,000 awards for qualified students. If you live or work in the Coachella Valley and have experience in or a passion to be more proficient in the field of non-profit management, you are eligible to apply for this special $1,000 award to help cover the cost of the certificate. Applying for the award is easy! Just fill out this application by Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

Master Gardener

Get growing with the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program! Master Gardener provides 50 hours of instruction in state-of-the-art gardening information. It is open to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and horticultural skills -- no previous experience necessary.

Come to a free info session about the program on Oct. 1. To RSVP, contact Dona Jenkins, volunteer services coordinator, by email at or fill out this form.

Art exhibitions

Our quarterly art exhibitions feature diverse, challenging, exciting works from artists all over the region. Each show kicks off with an opening reception, which is always free and open to the public. Show up to meet and mingle with the artists; we'll provide the food and fun!

Lecture Series: 2014-2015

Check back soon for full listings and details
  • Arts and Letters Author Series
    This series invites the public to spend time with some of today's influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, program director, UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
  • Living Green Lecture Series
    UCR Palm Desert is proud to bring a lecture series to the Coachella Valley with the purpose of educating, informing, and inspiring our community to improve our environment, health, and overall quality of life.
  • UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
    Take an up-close look at the natural world through these lectures, facilitated by Dr. Allan Muth, director of the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, University of California, Riverside. This series is a partnership between UCR Palm Desert and The Living Desert. Lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Palm Desert Art Documentary Series
    This series, presented in partnership between UCR Palm Desert and the City of Palm Desert Public Art Department, features many memorable community works from all over the globe. Free and open to the public.
  • Center for Ideas and Society Lecture Series
    A lecture series brought to you by the Center for Ideas and Society, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advancing humanistic studies and creativity at UC Riverside. These rich and fascinating lectures illuminate the ways in which human beings create and explore a distinctly human life.

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General Campus Information

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

Department Information

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

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

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