Special Events

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Film Festival  March 30th, 1pm-5pm

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 where activism gets inspired. Community Partners Engaging the Valley on Our Desert Environment - 13 films, expert panelists, photo contest, tasty treats, mix and mingle, along with local conservation & environmental organization booths. Hosted by UCR Palm Desert.  **EVENT SOLD OUT**



Grad Slam

UCR Palm Desert 2019 Grad Slam Exhibition Apr. 4, 6pm.

Presented by UC Riverside Graduate Student Resource Center  

What do UCR grad students DO? Why does their work matter to the world? Find out at the 2019 UCR Palm Desert Grad Slam competition!

Students have three minutes to present their research or creative project - YOU vote on the winner.

Grad Slam is an annual UC-wide public speaking competition in which students describe their research and its value in 3 minutes, with limited visual aids, in order to potentially win funding for their work. In addition to supporting students' professional development by providing them with feedback on their presentation style and content, we also see the competition as an opportunity to connect our skilled graduate students with local employers, mentors, and other academics.   

Festival in the Fields

Festival in the Fields

We are excited to be part of Cinema Culturas' Festival in the Fields, Oct. 25-27, a three-day film festival that seeks to represent the Hispanic community, particularly migrant workers, in the Coachella Valley, highlighting three themes: education, health, and immigration. CSUSB Palm Desert Campus will host the education theme; UCR School of Medicine will host the health theme at UCR Palm Desert Center; and College of the Desert will host the immigration theme.

Join us on Oct. 26 for a panel discussion on health, followed by a brief reception before the one-hour documentary screening at 6 p.m. 

4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26: Discussion and roundtable 

Join us for a presentation and discussion around the experiences of migrant workers in the Coachella Valley, with a special focus on health. RSVP now! 

5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26: Reception and film screening

Enjoy a brief reception prior to the 6 p.m. screening of Adios Amor, the story of a little-known but remarkable migrant mother, Maria Moreno, a tenacious woman who sacrificed everything to organize California's migrant farm workers. The one-hour documentary interweaves the filmmaker's quest to find Maria with stories and memories from California's agricultural belt, creating a work of national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, while exploring enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record, and recognize. 

Camp Creative

Camp Creative: A Playdate for Women - Nurturing the Goddess Within

Second in our series of Playdates, join us to identify, nurture and express your goddess within. In the spirit of our first playdate, you will engage in a day packed with fun learning experiences designed to reawaken your innate creativity, indulge your curiosity, and discover yours goddess archetype in wonder and surprise. Workshop facilitators are talented, friendly and relatable, cultivating a sense of community and shared experiences. Sessions include tapping into your goddess energies through journaling, make-and-take art projects reflecting the strength of your grace and celebrating your joys and power through creative movement. If you deserve a day of unbridled awesomeness, Camp Creative is for you. We welcome new and returning campers. Enrollment is limited!


  1. KIMBERLY USSERY, MFA, Creative Writing, UCR and teacher at Desert Sands Unified
  2. LATONJA D. DAVIS, M.A., Associate Professor in Art, Mt. San Jacinto Community College 
  3. SHERRI, DEBOER, has a wide background in the performing arts as a musician and with extensive study in world dances 
  4. VALOHNA WYNN, Art Director at SafeHouse of the Desert

REGISTRATION FEES (Includes parking, workshop materials, a.m. and p.m. snacks and refreshments)
UCR Osher members: $35 with member ID
Non-Osher members: $50

To reserve your place, call (951) 827-4105
or (760) 834-0997 to register

Community Garden Day

Community Garden Day



Saturday, October 27: Program Overview

8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Event is open

8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Join us to explore local vendors who can help you put your ideas in place

8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Book Sale & Plant Sale

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Classes, open to all. Class subject schedule to change (last updated: 10/8/18)

8:30 a.m. Kids Program, open to all, More Info

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. Keynote Address – Desert Gardens of Steve Martino: Snakes, Cactus & Tequila with Steve Martino & Caren Yglesias (UC Berkeley), author of Desert Gardens of Steve Martino. Slide and panel talk with book signing/sale.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Greater Roadrunner: Almost Human by Jim Cornett – Through its food, courtship and ground-dwelling habits learn why humans and roadrunners have a lot in common with book signing/sale

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation by Jeff Moore of Solana Succulents, with book signing/sale

1:30 p.m. DHSCV Scholarship Presentation

Coachella Valley Storytellers

Coachella Valley Storytellers



Real to Reel Series

Screenings with Palm Springs International Film Society