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Rancho Mirage Artists Show: A Virtual 3D Exhibition

Friday, May 27, 2022
Rancho Mirage Public Library

The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission is proud to present its ninth annual celebration of Rancho Mirage artists. This free online show runs March 26-May 27 and is accessible to all via the Library and Observatory's website. Artwork representing a variety of styles and media is "hung" on the "walls" where visitors can virtually stroll from room to room to be fully immersed in a 360-degree online gallery. Information about the featured artists and links with information on purchasing work are included in the gallery.


Visit the Virtual 3D Exhibition beginning March 26 at https://www.ranchomiragelibrary.org/artists/

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Docu-Mondays - F for Fake (1973)

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
This is the second film in a nine part documentary series that has been selected and will be introduced by film historian Jason Bruecks.

Orson Welles' final film documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles moves between documentary and fiction as he examines the fundamental elements of fraud and the people who commit fraud at the expense of others.


Click here to see a preview.


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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0-3)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. or 11:00-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0 - 3)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 11-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Preschool (Ages 3-5)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Thursday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. for Preschool Storytimes (ages 3-5).  They will be held in the Storytime Room.  It is first come first served:  no registration is required but space is limited.  
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James and the Giant Peach JR. Performance #1

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Off-site

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐‘๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐จ ๐Œ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐€๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐‘๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐จ ๐Œ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽ ๐’๐š๐ง ๐‰๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ƒ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž.


Join us for the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation Production of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. In this delightfully offbeat musical adaptation of the classic adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.


Admission is free, however tickets are required. Visit desert-theatricals.com to reserve your tickets. Rancho Mirage Amphitheater gates open at 6:30 pm on show night.


Rancho Mirage youth theatre programs are facilitated by Desert Theatricals and made possible by the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation and a generous gift from the Richard Brooke Foundation.

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James and the Giant Peach JR. Performance #2

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Off-site
This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive.

Join us for the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation Production of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. In this delightfully offbeat musical adaptation of the classic adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.


Admission is free, however tickets are required. Visit desert-theatricals.com to reserve your tickets. Rancho Mirage Amphitheater gates open at 6:30 pm on show night.


Rancho Mirage youth theatre programs are facilitated by Desert Theatricals and made possible by the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation and a generous gift from the Richard Brooke Foundation.

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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0-3)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. or 11:00-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0 - 3)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 11-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Preschool (Ages 3-5)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Thursday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. for Preschool Storytimes (ages 3-5).  They will be held in the Storytime Room.  It is first come first served:  no registration is required but space is limited.  
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Registration begins 5/23/2022 at 10:00 AM

Stargazing

9:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Rancho Mirage Observatory with cartoon night sky
Observatory
Welcome back to the Rancho Mirage Observatory! Our stargazing programs include viewing several different objects on the deck, a constellation tour, and viewing even more through our PlaneWave Instruments CDK700 telescope in the dome. The program is led by City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Program Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, or a trained docent. Guests are provided information throughout the experience and encouraged to ask questions!
  • We expect registration to fill up quickly. Please be patient as we resume our stargazing events.
  • This event is entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
  • If you are ill or feeling unwell, stay home. Please let us know before the event and we will reschedule you for a later date.
  • We will be using sterilized safety covers (one per person or household) for the telescope eyepieces to eliminate any potential contamination between guests as they bring their eyes close to the eyepieces. People wearing glasses will not need to use a safety cover.
Bad Weather Policy: Stargazing will be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. You will be notified via the email address used for registration.

Thank you for your patience and support!
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LifeStream Blood Drive

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Support your community and join us for a blood drive! Throughout the year the Library and Observatory partners with LifeStream to host these important events. Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring photo ID with proof of age. Donors under the age of 17 must bring a signed LifeStream parental consent form. To learn more and sign-up in advance, click here or call 1-800-979-4484.
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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0-3)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. or 11:00-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0 - 3)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 11-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Registration begins 5/23/2022 at 10:00 AM

Stargazing

9:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Rancho Mirage Observatory with cartoon night sky
Observatory
Welcome back to the Rancho Mirage Observatory! Our stargazing programs include viewing several different objects on the deck, a constellation tour, and viewing even more through our PlaneWave Instruments CDK700 telescope in the dome. The program is led by City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Program Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, or a trained docent. Guests are provided information throughout the experience and encouraged to ask questions!
  • We expect registration to fill up quickly. Please be patient as we resume our stargazing events.
  • This event is entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
  • If you are ill or feeling unwell, stay home. Please let us know before the event and we will reschedule you for a later date.
  • We will be using sterilized safety covers (one per person or household) for the telescope eyepieces to eliminate any potential contamination between guests as they bring their eyes close to the eyepieces. People wearing glasses will not need to use a safety cover.
Bad Weather Policy: Stargazing will be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. You will be notified via the email address used for registration.

Thank you for your patience and support!
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Storytimes - Preschool (Ages 3-5)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Thursday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. for Preschool Storytimes (ages 3-5).  They will be held in the Storytime Room.  It is first come first served:  no registration is required but space is limited.  
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Registration begins 5/23/2022 at 10:00 AM

Stargazing

9:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Rancho Mirage Observatory with cartoon night sky
Observatory
Welcome back to the Rancho Mirage Observatory! Our stargazing programs include viewing several different objects on the deck, a constellation tour, and viewing even more through our PlaneWave Instruments CDK700 telescope in the dome. The program is led by City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Program Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, or a trained docent. Guests are provided information throughout the experience and encouraged to ask questions!
  • We expect registration to fill up quickly. Please be patient as we resume our stargazing events.
  • This event is entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
  • If you are ill or feeling unwell, stay home. Please let us know before the event and we will reschedule you for a later date.
  • We will be using sterilized safety covers (one per person or household) for the telescope eyepieces to eliminate any potential contamination between guests as they bring their eyes close to the eyepieces. People wearing glasses will not need to use a safety cover.
Bad Weather Policy: Stargazing will be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. You will be notified via the email address used for registration.

Thank you for your patience and support!
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Registration begins 5/23/2022 at 10:00 AM

Stargazing

9:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Rancho Mirage Observatory with cartoon night sky
Observatory
Welcome back to the Rancho Mirage Observatory! Our stargazing programs include viewing several different objects on the deck, a constellation tour, and viewing even more through our PlaneWave Instruments CDK700 telescope in the dome. The program is led by City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Program Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, or a trained docent. Guests are provided information throughout the experience and encouraged to ask questions!
  • We expect registration to fill up quickly. Please be patient as we resume our stargazing events.
  • This event is entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
  • If you are ill or feeling unwell, stay home. Please let us know before the event and we will reschedule you for a later date.
  • We will be using sterilized safety covers (one per person or household) for the telescope eyepieces to eliminate any potential contamination between guests as they bring their eyes close to the eyepieces. People wearing glasses will not need to use a safety cover.
Bad Weather Policy: Stargazing will be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. You will be notified via the email address used for registration.

Thank you for your patience and support!
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๐ŸŒ“Swoon @ the Moon๐ŸŒ“

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Stylized image of the Moon in its first quarter phase.
Observatory

Please join us at the Observatory to view the Moon in its first-quarter phase. Explore volcanic features, impact craters, and lunar swirls! It's also prime time to view the terminator - where light meets dark.


Everyone is welcome and no registration is necessary for this self-guided, open house-style event.

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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0-3)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. or 11:00-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Tiny Tots (Ages 0 - 3)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Wednesday morning from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 11-11:30 a.m. for Tiny Tots Storytimes (ages 0-3).  They will be held in the Storytime Room. It will be first come first served: no registration is required, but space is limited. 
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Storytimes - Preschool (Ages 3-5)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Please join us each Thursday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. for Preschool Storytimes (ages 3-5).  They will be held in the Storytime Room.  It is first come first served:  no registration is required but space is limited.  
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Adult Book Discussion Group

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Conference Room
The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory is excited to announce our Adult Book Discussion Group.  We will meet the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m.  No advance sign-up is necessary.  

June 10, 2022

When the Emperor Was Divine

by Julie Otsuka

Due to the fluid nature of ongoing COVID protocols, meetings may be virtual. Please visit http://ranchomiragelibrary.org for details.  

If you have any questions, please contact Reference Librarian Jeffery Durham at (760) 341-7323, ext. 781, or email JefferyD@ranchomiragelibrary.org


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Docu-FRIDAY! (New Date) - Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2021)

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room

Join The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson on an intimate journey through his legendary career as he reminisces with Rolling Stone editor and longtime friend Jason Fine. Featuring a new song, "Right Where I Belong," written and performed by Wilson and Jim James, and interviews with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas, Linda Perry, Jim James, Gustavo Dudamel and Al Jardine.


Click here to see a preview.

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RMWF Writers Series: Annabelle Gurwitchโ€ขYou're Leaving When?

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist, humorist and author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort. Sheโ€™s written for The New YorkerThe New York TimesLos Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal and Hadassah among other publications. In addition to writing, Gurwitch was the long-time cohost of the cult TV hit Dinner and a Movie on TBS, where a movie was aired and a recipe for a dish with a name relating to the movie was prepared live. Gurwitch thought sheโ€™d be empty nesting by now; instead, she lives in Los Angeles with her cat and childโ€”a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020.


Her latest collection of essays, Youโ€™re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility, is a hilarious and poignant look at the challenges of mid-life. Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havishamโ€“inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up. Youโ€™re Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a muted Zoom.


This event will be live streaming. WATCH HERE.


This series is made possible by a generous gift from the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation. 


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