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La Quinta Celebrates 25th Birthday

Special events begin this weekend; celebrations to continue through May

Post Date:01/12/2007

La Quinta (January 12, 2007) - The City of La Quinta, the La Quinta Arts Foundation and the La Quinta Historical Society are proud to announce their exciting calendar of events scheduled to celebrate the city’s 25th Anniversary. Beginning this month, residents throughout the Coachella Valley can take part in the anniversary events by enjoying a wide array of activities that illustrate La Quinta’s majestic location, history, growth and resort opportunities. Special events kick off this Saturday with Art on the Plaza at the La Quinta Resort and Club from 9am until dusk and a World War II exhibit at the La Quinta Community Center from 10:30am – 12:30pm. This Sunday, January 14th, don’t miss the City of La Quinta’s entry in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade – a 3-layered birthday cake indicating 25 years of the City of La Quinta, the La Quinta Arts Festival and the La Quinta Historical Society.

The City of La Quinta has a lot to celebrate. Incorporated in 1982, it has grown from a city with a population just over 5,000 to one of California’s fastest growing cities with a current population of more than 37,000. This “Gem of the Desert” is now a year-round, multi-recreational and destination resort community. Best of all, the city’s managed growth has not taken away from its small town feel of days past. With the Santa Rosa Mountains in the city’s backyard, cobblestone streets in Old Town La Quinta, landscaping still bursting with bougainvillea, and neighborhoods of Mediterranean style architecture, the city has maintained the beauty and small town feel that made it popular
with desert pioneers and early city leaders.

For the next few months, the community will be celebrating 25 years with an abundance
of activities. Of special note:

February 18 - The La Quinta Historical Society’s Hall of Fame fundraiser at the La Quinta Resort & Club. A black tie event, with historic costumes optional, the party is anticipated to be one of the most notable events of the year. The La Quinta Historical Society preserves and keeps alive the rich cultural history of the city. This fundraiser will be the first annual event honoring the special people, organizations or companies who have made significant contributions to La Quinta’s historic growth.

March 3 – The La Quinta Arts Foundation Silver Anniversary Gala at the La Quinta Resort & Club. Merv Griffin, longtime La Quinta resident and Lifetime Honorary Chairman of the La Quinta Arts Festival, will be honored. Patrons will enjoy an elegant three course dinner and dance to the music of Coachella Valley favorite, the Mike Costley Orchestra. The Gala will also present a retrospective video preview of the “La Quinta Arts Festival – The First 25 Years.”

March 15-18 - The 25th Annual La Quinta Arts Festival at the Civic Center Campus. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary along with the city, this year’s event will be an even more spectacular Festival. Themed “Celebrate the Arts,” the Festival will once again offer superior quality original art and entertainment.

The City of La Quinta’s 25th Anniversary Calendar of Events is a partnership with the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce and the La Quinta Community Services Commission. A complete Calendar of Events is available at (Community Services).

For more information, call (760) 777-7000.

Erin Gilhuly
Director of Public Relations
Kiner Communications
760-773-0290 office
760-641-0739 cell

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