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Shop in the desert and let someone else do the driving
DESERT SUN JUNE 11, 2015


Summer in the Coachella Valley is more than just pool parties.
For one, there’s perhaps the best indoor past-time imaginable — shopping.
Before you begin groaning about the misery of walking across a 116-degree parking lot, or for that matter, circling the block to search for a parking space, consider taking a shopping tour.
Special event planner and promoter Bette King has launched her shopping spree tours of the Coachella Valley, taking shoppers up and down the valley in a day-long extravaganza aboard a luxury coach bus.
King says she’s heard nearly every reason imaginable when it comes to why many in the valley opt to not check out shopping opportunities outside of their own communities: “ ‘It’s too far to drive. There’s nowhere to park. It’s too hot,’ ” she said recalling some of those excuses. “All of these have been covered on this trip.
“And of course all the stores are offering — for that day only — special discounts. And there’s all kinds of prizes,” she added.
The next tour is set for June 23, with two more in July and two more in August. Tickets are $65 each and includes a breakfast and lunch stop, as well as a wine and cheese stop.
The drive-time between cities has also been programed. King will have about nine different speakers “hopping on the bus” to offer information on topics like travel river cruises, fashion design or even a brief presentation from the Make A Wish Foundation.
“They’re going to pop on, pop off,” King remarked. “It’s to, you know, fill the time.”
The tour will run from Palm Springs to Indio, stopping at about 20 different shops. King keeps the exact lineup of the shops a secret, saying she wants this to be an adventure.
“The stores that I have selected have a wide range of pricing. There’s something for everyone,” King said. “And this is a good way to find new places you might want to visit in the future. To know that these places even exist in the Coachella Valley.”
What you can expect is to be taken off the well-traveled path. There will be no stops on El Paseo or the Westfield Palm Desert mall.
“No corporate. No El Paseo,” King said. “This is a way to find unique things, one-of-a-kind things.
“These are all family-owned businesses,” she added. “People that have been here for a long time. As well as some new people.”
However, King did reveal a few very possible stops like Victoria’s Attic, the antique mall with locations in Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage, as well as The Wardrobe, a women’s fashion store in Palm Springs.
“June is a very slow month, so it would be great to have some traffic in the store,” said Sharon Jacobs, who owns The Wardrobe. “And maybe to attract some new customers.”
The tours — which run on Tuesdays during hot summer months — offer a pastime for both tourists and locals looking for either a reason to come to the valley in the mid-week parts of the summer, and something to do when they get here.
“Stores are thrilled to death. They can’t wait,” said King, adding she hopes the tours will also function as an introductory between retailers and possibly a new set of longtime repeat customers.
“It’s very rewarding for me, because just by connecting people, I’m able to help people stay in business, grow their business, build relationships,” King said.
There are numerous tours to take part of in the valley. Desert Tasty Tours offers walking tours to restaurants in both Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Palm Springs Windmill Tours offers an up-close look at some of the most commanding pieces of machinery that are nearly as closely associated with the Coachella Valley as the San Jacinto Mountains.
And there are any number of celebrity and architecture tours through numerous neighborhoods in the region.
The shopping tours are geared toward both locals and visitors, King said. However, it could be the locals that feel much like a tourist in their own valley.
“Most people, because they don’t want to travel, they won’t go up-valley and down-valley. So they’ve never been to these places. They don’t even know they exist,” King said.
Skip Descant is The Desert Sun’s tourism reporter. He can be reached at Skip.Descant@DesertSun.com and on Twitter @TDSskip

Coachella Valley Shopping Tours
Reservations — (760)-202-4007 or email bettekingproductions43@gmail.com
Dates and pickup locations — go to BetteKingProductions.com
Cost — $65 per person
Upcoming Tour Dates — June 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 4 and

 
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Bette King Productions Tabs St. Theresa Church Choir to Perform In ‘Live From Las Vegas Jay White As Neil Diamond In Concert’


Bette King Productions has selected St. Theresa Catholic Church Choir to perform in the “Live From Las Vegas Jay White As Neil Diamond In Concert” March 26-27 at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. “Jay White wanted to reach out to the community for a local choir to back up the great Neil Diamond songs he will be performing onstage,” said Bette King who is producing the concerts.

St. Theresa’s Music Director Tammy Hubler said about 30 choir members will be involved in the concert. “This will be a great opportunity for the choir to do some secular music, cut up a bit and have some fun,” said Tammy Hubler, who also teaches music and math at St. Theresa School. St. Theresa will also be selling tickets to the concert to raise money for the choir, according to Bette King.

Bette King said for every ticket sold, the charity will receive $10 and the buyer of the ticket also gets $10 in free slot play complements of the Agua Caliente Casino. If you are interested in participating in this fund- raising event for your charity or organization, email Bette King Productions at bettekingproductions43@gmail.com or call (760) 202-4007.

Tickets for the Jay White concert are on sale now. Balcony seats are $50; mezzanine, $60; loge and orchestra, $75; Box seat, $100. Fans can buy priority seating tickets today from Bette King Productions, (760) 202-4007, or go online to www.hotwatercasino.com. The Saturday concert begins at 8 p.m. and the Sunday concert is at 2 p.m.

“Everybody who has seen and heard Jay White perform as Neil Diamond believes he is Neil Diamond” Bette King said. “Even Neil Diamond is a fan.” “This is Jay’s first concert in the Coachella Valley and you won’t want to miss it,” she said. He has performed over 8,000 concerts in Las Vegas.

Bette King Productions is a premier entertainment and charity event company based in Palm Springs.  Bette King Productions produced the highly successful “Dennis Lambert— The Man Behind the Music” charity concert Nov. 14, 2009 at The Show starring Natalie Cole, the Commodores, Player, Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas, Tavares, British singing star Elaine Paige, television-film star Connie Stevens and her daughters, actress-singers Joely Fisher and Tricia Fisher Nov. 14 to benefit DesertArc in Palm Desert, which serves people with developmental disabilities.

 
St. Theresa Church Choir
St. Theresa Church Choir
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Charity Needs Innovative Way to Raise Money

By Bette King
February 26, 2011
The Desert Sun

 Shrinking donations come at a time when the generous people of the Coachella Valley find themselves diverting disposable cash to the necessities of their lives, such as filling up the gas tank and buying groceries.

We have seen our charities rely on galas, golf tournaments and more creative fundraising events to help fill their coffers. The volunteer board members of the nonprofit organizations are to be congratulated for rolling up their sleeves to help raise money and keep their doors open for the people and pets they help.

Recently, we have seen a small group of charities band together to raise funds collectively. Joslyn Senior Center in Palm Desert is searching for a part-time development director to fund its myriad services.

“Many nonprofit senior centers are adding someone paid or unpaid in this role,” Executive Director Peter Rittenhouse was recently quoted as saying in The Desert Sun. “Raising funds for seniors doesn't have much sex appeal like some other charities, and in the past we were content to get what we got.”

Coachella Valley businesses have traditionally stepped up to help charities, from outright donations to in-kind support for events such as drop-off points for food and clothing and co-sponsoring high-profile events.

Understandably, some businesses have reduced commitments because of the faltering economy locally as well as nationally.

Despite cutbacks, so many businesses are trying to do their share for the nonprofit organizations in the communities they serve. The challenge is to look at new ways to help as well as traditional ones.

Bette King Productions is trying to do our part as good business partners in the community by offering local charities to make money by helping to sell tickets to the upcoming “Live From Las Vegas Jay White As Neil Diamond In Concert” March 26-27 at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

For every ticket sold, the charity will receive $10 and the buyer of the ticket also gets $10 in free slot play compliments of the Agua Caliente Casino. If you are interested in participating in this fund raising event for your charity or organization, e-mail Bette King Productions at bettekingproductions43@gmail.com or call (760) 202-4007.

This is a fun way for charities and local organizations to raise money, whether it's to help bands get uniforms, feed the poor, help children's programs, buy supplies, provide transportation and many other worthwhile projects.

Bette King owns Betty King Productions, charity event company based in Palm Springs.

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“Bette King Productions knows how to give a party!” RONN MOSS, PETER BECKETT and the band,PLAYER, (Baby Come Back) will be having a celebration weekend with Bette King Productions and they will be attending THE SENIOR PROM REVISITED on Friday, November 5, 2010 at AGUA CALIENTE HOTEL’S ,CAHUILLA BALLROOM. Many of their friends and soap opera stars will be attending as well—a whole weekend of events are planned.   And as their invitation says “Come Party with Player “, and if you want to do the same , call for reservations today 760-322-1411. PLAYER will be playing at the Cascade Lounge for three Thursdays, at the SPA RESORT CASINO; that is October 21, 28 and November 4,2010.
 
The band FLASHBACK, entertainers DEVORAH HERBERG, JEANETTE TURNER, entertainer and former wife of IKE TURNER and FREDDIE POOLE of the SUPREMES, will be entertaining along with a surprise guest. You don’t want to miss this social event for everyone; couples, singles, partners-you will have the time of your life.
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Done Deal-October 12, 2010

The most surprising movie news I've heard this year is that Steve Carrell is making a film about the life of songwriter Dennis Lambert, who was championed last fall by Palm Springs promoter Betty King.

Lambert wrote the hits “One Tin Soldier” and “Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)” in the late 1960s and early '70s. He had more success as a record producer but then pretty much fell off the music map. The Hollywood Reporter said he was selling real estate in Florida when he realized he was still hot in the Philippines. So he went there on tour. Lambert's son, Jody, made a documentary on his father, titled “Of All Things,” and it won the audience award at the 2008 Nantucket Film Festival.

When King booked Lambert at The Show at Agua Caliente last fall, publicist John Hussar was so excited, he sought a Desert Sun interview three months in advance. My editor and I didn't see the big deal, but John was like, “It's Dennis Lambert!” Even after Natalie Cole was added to the bill, we neglected to interview Lambert.

Now I hear Carrell will not only produce an adaptation of the Lambert documentary for Warner Bros., he's going to star as Dennis Lambert! He'll make his singing debut as Dennis Lambert! I guess that's why Carrell is a genius, and so is John Hussar.

Next Big Thing

King's next promotion is a 1950s-style senior prom featuring radio personalities Dan McGrath and Joey English as the prom king and queen, Nov. 5 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa. Dinner and dancing is $85. Information: (760) 322-1411.

King will present Neil Diamond tribute artist Jay White at The Show, March 26-27. I went to a meet-and-greet at the Palm Desert home of artist Christina De Musee expecting to get a taste of the talent of White, who portrayed Diamond in “Frost/Nixon.”

We watched a promotional video with some adoring fans, but White didn't sing because he didn't have a band. He also didn't look like Diamond because he had to have a beard for a movie he was shooting called “A Beautiful Noise” (unrelated to Diamond). But the fans on his promotional video say he's very good.


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Valley Resident Helps Out Inglewood Boy

Reported by Jackie Pedroza
May 22, 2010
 
   A new beginning Saturday for an eight year old boy from Inglewood, thanks to one valley resident. Saturday 8 year old Xavier Jones who has autism and is deaf in one ear is overjoyed, but a week in a half ago his life was almost cut short. "It went through the roof, it hurt my head," said Jones. Jones tries to explain what happened to him in his Inglewood home. A stray bullet came through the ceiling, hit his headboard and bounced off of his head. His mother Queen Robinson said its hard for her to talk about. She's just thankful the only injury her son suffered was a concussion.

"I was shocked and scared and really just not well, not good," added Robinson. And that's where Palm Springs resident Bette King enters the story. She said she saw the story on the news and just had to do something to help this family.

 "It was just an unusual story and then hearing that this little boy desperately needed a hearing aid and the family had no health insurance. I didn't sleep that night because I couldn't wait until the morning when I could do something for him," said King.

King arranged for the family to come and stay in the Coachella Valley for 4 days of fun! Xavier and his family went to the Discovery Museum, the Living Desert and the Air Museum.

"You hear about it and see about other people getting help and you figure it never reaches where you are, but it did and we are grateful and just overwhelmed," said Robinson. The best part of the trip, Saturday Xavier received a hearing aid from Advanced Hearing Systems in Rancho Mirage. "I can hear," shouted Jones! Words his mother has been waiting to hear for a long time. "I'm happy for him, I'm just excited for him," said Robinson.

Robinson said she and her family enjoyed being in the valley so much that they are considering moving here.
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FreePress.com October 29, 2009

PALM SPRINGS (Calif.) — In a one-night-only, star-studded concert, Natalie Cole, The Commodores, Player, British singing star Elaine Paige and friends join Grammy-nominee Dennis Lambert Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in a musical extravaganza to benefit DesertArc.

"This will be one of the most celebrated concerts in the Coachella Valley with such a large cast of terrific entertainers on one stage for one night to pay tribute to Dennis Lambert -The Man Behind the Music," said Bette King, who is producing the event.

The lineup of friends: Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas, Tavares, television-film star Connie Stevens and her daughters, actress-singers Joely Fisher and Tricia Fisher, singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett (wrote "Man in the Mirror" For Michael Jackson), Tom Laughlin And Delores Taylor of "Legend of Billy Jack" fame ("One-Tin Soldier"), and more entertainers to be added.

Tickets are on sale today for "Dennis Lambert - The Man Behind The Music" at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. Please call The Show at (800) 585-3737. Concert tickets are priced from $75 for balcony seats to $250 for box seats. King, a long-time friend of Lambert, is producing the "Dennis Lambert - The Man Behind the Music" to raise money for DesertArc, formerly the Foundation for the Retarded, the Palm Desert-based organization that does so much to serve the Coachella Valley's developed disabled.

For three decades, Lambert has written chart-busting rock and pop hits such as "Ain't No Woman," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Nightshift," "Pink Cadillac," "Baby Come Back," "We Built This City" and produced and written songs for America's most popular artists and groups like The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Glen Campbell, The Commodores, Santana, The Righteous Brothers, among dozens of others. Nominated for 12 Grammys, Lambert has also achieved 40 Gold and Platinum Record Awards, two American Music Awards for Record of the Year, one Academy of Country Music Award for Record of the Year. He has written 600 songs. Most recently, a full-length feature film "Of All The Things" chronicling his five-city tour of the Philippines performing to more than 20,000 fans has won "Best of" from several prestigious film festivals such as the Sarasota, Palm Beach and Nantucket
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Dennis Lambert, Mary and Hank Hendler, Bette King
Dennis Lambert, Mary and Hank Hendler, Bette King

Hank and Mary Hendler Named
Honorary Chairs For Nov.14 DesertArc Gala


John Hussar-PRNewsWorks
September 16, 2009

Dennis Lambert Stars to pay tribute to ‘Man Behind the Music’
 
On stage In a one-night-only star-studded concert, Natalie Cole, The Commodores, Player, British singing star Elaine Paige and friends will join Grammy-nominee Dennis Lambert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in a musical extravaganza to benefit DesertArc.

“This will be one of the most celebrated concerts in the Coachella Valley with such a large cast of terrific entertainers on one stage for one night to pay tribute to Dennis Lambert -The Man Behind the Music,” said Bette King, who is producing the event.

The lineup of friends also includes Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas, Tavares, television-film star Connie Stevens and her daughters, actress-singers Joely Fisher and Tricia Fisher, singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett (wrote “Man in the Mirror” for Michael Jackson), Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor of “Legend of Billy Jack” fame (“One-Tin Soldier”), and more entertainers to be added.

The concert will be held at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. For tickets ($75 - $250), call The Show at (800) 585-3737.

 

 
 
 
 
 
“We are so excited to have all these great stars join Dennis for this truly unique concert,” King said. “People might not know a lot about Dennis Lambert, but they do know and love his music.”

King, a long-time friend of Lambert, is producing the concert to raise money for DesertArc, formerly the Foundation for the Retarded, the Palm Desert-based organization that serves the Coachella Valley’s developmentally disabled.

King said, “It is our goal to raise funds to support the DesertArc facility, which trains over 115 mentally and physically disabled citizens in Palm Desert and more than 600 clients from Temecula to the Salton Sea.”

For three decades, Lambert has written chart-busting rock and pop hits such as “Ain’t No Woman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Nightshift,” “Pink Cadillac,” “Baby Come Back,” “We Built This City” and produced and written songs for America’s most popular artists and groups like The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Glen Campbell, The Commodores, Santana, The Righteous Brothers, among dozens of others.

Nominated for 12 Grammys, Lambert has also achieved 40 Gold and Platinum Record Awards, two American Music Awards for Record of the Year, one Academy of Country Music Award for Record of the Year. He has written 600 songs. Most recently, a full-length feature film, “Of All The Things,” chronicling his five-city tour of the Philippines performing to more than 20,000 fans, has won “Best of” from film festivals in Sarasota, Palm Beach and Nantucket.



 
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Relive your senior prom:

Get out your white sport coats, strapless dresses and grab the pink carnations to relive the fun of your senior prom Friday, Nov. 5, with dinner and dancing to live music of the 1950s and ‘60s.

Punch bowls, photo booths, meeting old friends and making new ones are all part of the authentic and nostalgic night of entertainment at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, sponsored by Bette King Productions of Palm Springs.

“Everybody loved their senior prom and this will be a fun night to remember the good old days with fond memories,” King said.

Desert radio personalities Dan McGrath of EZ103.1 FM and Joey English of KNEWS 94.3FM, will be the official Prom King and Queen.

“You will be hearing the great sounds of the music of that era from several incredible groups we are lining up,” King said. “It’s the music of Elvis, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka, The Coasters, Bobby Darin, Ike and Tina Turner and more.”

“The desert is such a great place to reconnect with old friends and make new ones,” King said. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome.

Still have photos of your senior prom? Email them to Bette King at
bettekingproductions43@gmail to be reproduced in a montage in the authentic black and white program book.

Tickets are $85 per person for dinner and dancing, starting at 6 p.m.. Hotel packages, limousine service and corsage/boutonnieres are also available. For reservations and tickets, call (760) 322-1411 or order tickets by email,
bettekingproductions43@gmail.

Bette King Productions will give a scholarship to the Ophelia Project of the Coachella Valley. “The Ophelia Project helps young women develop positive self-image and social skills,” King said. “This is a very wonderful charity that does a lot of good or our community.”

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