Special Events

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Women's Health Seminar: Pelvic Floor Disorders

6 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020

Sensitive discussions and timely information on age-related medical challenges for women, whether your body is just starting to feel and act differently or if your days are already stacked with doctors' appointments. Partners are also welcome to gather info for the women in their lives. RSVP now!

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Two days of events!

Feature Friday

Friday, March 20 • Doors open 6:30 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m. • Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theatre), 2300 East Baristo Dr., Palm Springs

The Wild & Scenic film festival is an inspiring event with film programming that focuses on environmental activism. Programs include speakers, contests, tasty treats, and more! Friday night's screening of one short film and one feature-length film will be held at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  RSVP now! 

Shorts Saturday

1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 • UCR Palm Desert auditorium

Our Saturday program includes a collections of short films that will take viewers all around the world, plus contests, discussions, refreshments, and more.  RSVP now!

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Trees for Tomorrow 

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14

This workshop, focused on increasing tree canopies to cool urban heat islands, is targeted at city managers, community services directors, city planners, arborists, landscapers, landscape architects, HOA managers, nursery growers and suppliers, and master gardeners and other interested individuals. Cost: $25 and includes morning coffee break and lunch.  Register here


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Autism Goes to College film screening

6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

Meet Guillermo, Jasmine, Caroline, Jonathan and Aniella – five students on the spectrum take us on campus and into their lives to see how they’re doing college. "Autism Goes to College" is a first of its kind film, packed with honest insights for student, parents and educators.

Grad Slam

UCR Palm Desert Grad Slam Competition 2020

6 p.m. Apr. 7, 2020 
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.  RSVP now!

Camp Creative

Camp Creative

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 02, 2019

Join us our popular workshop, Camp Creative, a Gathering for Women with Spirit and Soul. This Osher program returns to UCR Palm Desert with an expanded day of community, creativity, self expression, and overall wellness. This event also features a lunch and presentation by Chef Tanya's Kitchen. 

Community Garden Day

Community Garden Day

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019

Join us for our annual Garden Day. This year’s theme is “Grow Natives” - blooms for you and nature too! The why, what and where of using native plants in your garden. New this year will be hands-on clinics on various topics. Various community partners will have outreach tables on the day, kids activities and food too! This program is the most important FREE public outreach program of the year for Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and is presented in collaboration with UCR Palm Desert and UC Master Gardeners.  

Reserve Showcase

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
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Learn about the University of California's natural reserves in this conversation with four reserve directors. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Chris Tracy, director of the UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, and also Jennifer Gee, Ken Halama, and Jim Andre. A Q&A will follow the discussion.