Health Care As It Should Be November 2013

Upcoming Events

  • Quit Smoking Now! Series LC
    760-834-3798; call for information. Read More

    Women and Heart Disease AC
    TU, Nov 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Sunny Vendiola, MD, Family Medicine
    760-568-1234 Read More

    Living with Cancer…How to Cope LC
    Stress Management for Cancer Patients and Loved Ones
    2nd W each month, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Kathleen Lubanski, RN, NP
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Osteoporosis: Dietary Concerns AC
    M, Dec 2, 11 a.m. to noon
    Maureen McCarthy, RD, Clinical Dietitian
    760-568-1234; reservations by Nov 29. Read More

    Top 10 Myths About Heart Disease
    Go Red for Women REDucate Series
    TU, Dec 3, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Philip Shaver, MD, Cardiology
    American Heart Association’s Tasty Topics luncheon is held at The Bellatrix at the Classic Club, Palm Desert. 11:15 a.m. registration.
    760-346-8109. Reservation required; $30 fee for heart-healthy luncheon and lecture. Read More

    Great Living Starts Here Series LQ
    W, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Dec 4: Party Planning for the Holidays, Eisenhower Chef demonstration Read More
    Dec 11: Trimming Your Waistline While Trimming the Tree, Eisenhower Clinical Dietitian
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Heart Disease and the Inflammation Connection LQ
    Argyros Health and Wellness Lecture Series
    W, Dec 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    K. Douglas Thrasher, DO, Family Medicine
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Vertigo! AC
    Healthy Night Out
    W, Dec 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Stuart Barton, MD, Otolaryngology
    760-568-1234. Includes heart hearty dinner; $8 payable by Dec 13. Read More

    CALENDAR KEY
    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit emc.org/calendar. Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    LQ Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center, La Quinta

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information.

 

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Oak Glen Ripe for the Picking

A Nearby Haven of Fall Colors and Crisp Apples

At Moms Country Orchards the produce is plentiful and pesticide-free. Moms has also claimed the title of the widest selection of jams, jellies and preserves in the country.
At Moms Country Orchards the produce is plentiful and pesticide-free. Moms has also claimed the title of the widest selection of jams, jellies and preserves in the country.
Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold.

Along this scenic loop of more than 30 ranches, farms and businesses, Oak Glen is ripe for visitors who have a penchant for produce, particularly apple lovers. The first Oak Glen apple orchards were planted in 1876, followed by dozens more. Many of the original ranches are still in operation today, even if ownership has changed hands over the years. More than 100 varieties grow on these hills, including favorites like Pink Lady and Roxbury Russet, and the more exotic Mutsu.

Labor Day ushers in apple season, which lasts until Thanksgiving. Visitors can pick their own apples or pumpkins. If fresh fruit isn’t your thing, make fresh cider your main squeeze. A local favorite is Moms Country Orchards, where the produce is plentiful and pesticide-free. Moms has also claimed the title of the widest selection of jams, jellies and preserves in the country. Other goodies include spicy peanut butter, homemade mustards and vineripened heirloom tomatoes.

“You know the saying — an apple a day keeps the doctor away? I really believe there’s something to that,” says Alison Law-Mathisen,

HOURS: Most Oak Glen ranches are open daily. The Wildlands Conservancy is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Palm Springs, take I-10 West . Take the CA-79/Beaumont Avenue exit, Exit 94.  Turn right onto Beaumont Avenue, which becomes Oak Glen Road.  Estimated driving time is 55 minutes.

TIPS: Before hiking the trails at the Wildlands Conservancy in Oak Glen, stop by the office to pick up one of their charming hand-drawn maps.  Also, check their calendars for upcoming activites, events and guided walks. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and carry plenty of water and snacks. Bring a light jacket for cooler weather.