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Name: Nancy Samuelson
City of Indian Wells
Tel: 760-346-2489

Indian Wells Tennis Garden wins USTA facility awards - 07.23.2014

Leighton Ginn, The Desert Sun

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the BNP Paribas Open and the world's second-largest tennis stadium, won the highest honor for a facility bestowed by the United States Tennis Association on Tuesday, the 2014 Featured Facility.

The Tennis Garden also was recognized as one of 12 winners of the USTA's Outstanding Facility Awards Program.

"We are honored that the USTA has selected the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for this award, as it reflects our owner Larry Ellison's vision for this facility," tournament CEO Ray Moore said in a statement. "Our goal is to continue to deliver an unparalleled experience for our members, the USTA players that compete at the facility throughout the year, and of course the players and fans at the BNP Paribas Open."

Representatives will be honored during the upcoming U.S. Open at the USTA Awards Breakfast on Sept. 1, during the association's semi-annual meeting. The award recognizes one facility from all those that meet the criteria for a facility award. The "featured facility" exemplifies the highest level of excellence in facility design, court construction, court amenities and other related components, such as strong programming and implementation of 10 and Under Tennis.

"The Indian Wells Tennis Garden has embraced many of our initiatives, including youth tennis utilizing 36- and 60-foot courts, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year," said Kurt Kamperman, USTA's chief executive of community tennis. "It is outstanding tennis facilities like the Indian Wells Tennis Garden that help us grow the game at the grass-roots level, and for that reason and so much more, we are proud to recognize Indian Wells for its ongoing impact and contribution to the sport of tennis."

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened in 2000 and features a 16,100-seat stadium that makes it the second largest to Arthur Ashe Stadium of the U.S. Open. The stadium also has 44 stadium suites, broadcast and media facilities and an 8,000-square-foot food commissary.

This year, the Tennis Garden went through a multimillion-dollar renovation that included a new 8,000-seat stadium with three gourmet restaurants.

Each March, the Tennis Garden hosts the BNP Paribas Open, considered the fifth major. This year's event drew 431,000 fans.


Indian Wells, CA. (May 20th, 2014) – Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa’s 25th anniversary  is honored all summer long with exciting travel packages and entertaining experiences  for the whole family. This is the summer to celebrate with value packed promotions.

"We recognize that today's traveler is looking for added value during their stay," shares General Manager Tom Tabler. "We have a dedicated activities supervisor who designs and executes our summer calendar of complimentary events from dive-in movies to family crafts and games, enhancing the resort experience."

Always a popular attraction, the resort’s sandy beach pool experience offers a venue for great family play.  Other popular amenities include tennis and golf programs, kid-friendly dining venues along with Camp Oasis, a children’s program available to children ages 5-12.

Throughout the summer guests are encouraged to participate in exciting anniversary contests including treasure hunts and surprise giveaways. Facebook flash sales offering $25 guest room rates are planned and guests are invited  to visit regularly for updates.

With striking views of the California desert, the resort provides the perfect setting to get rolling on the way to discovery and adventure with the Tram Package including:

Breakfast for four daily (two adults and two children)
Four Palm Springs Aerial Tram tickets (two adults and two children) per room, per stay
Family in-room welcome amenity

Summer pricing begins at $169 per night weekdays and $229 per night weekends.

Guests are invited to discover California’s diverse wildlife with the Living Desert Package including:

Breakfast for four daily (two adults and two children)
Four Living Desert tickets (two adults and two children)  per room, per stay
Family in-room welcome amenity

Summer pricing begins at $149 per night weekdays and $199 per night weekends.

Reservations can be made by calling (800) 321-1508 or visiting  and using promo code ES2. Both packages require a two night stay.

About Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, a member of the Marriott group, invites guests to “Live Life to Discover” within a distinctive desert setting. With picturesque views, including breathtaking mountain vistas, the resort provides the perfect backdrop for leisure and group getaways. Award-winning dining and entertainment options, luxurious spa, salon and fitness facilities, unique pool experience complete with sandy beach and waterfalls and world-class golf amenities await.

Located in the prestigious community of Indian Wells in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley, the resort Celebrates the Silver  in 2014 with 25 years of service excellence. Over 25 giveaways with fun photo contests, sweepstakes and treasure hunts leading to exciting discoveries, $25,000 in charitable donations along with anniversary specials and packages on guestroom, spa and dining are planned all year long to show thanks to guests and the community.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, 44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210-8708, (760) 773-4444. To discover more, follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to DiscoverSM at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world.   Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination.  At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.  Signature RLife LIVE entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, RLife LIVE networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.   At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working, you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit

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Les Dames d'Escoffier International                                                                 Media Contact: Pamela Bieri
Palm Springs Chapter                                                                                
PO Box 5048                                                                                                          760.568-4422
Palm Springs, CA 92263



8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, Departing Shields Date Garden

INDIO, CALIF. -- (Oct. 14, 2013) Join us for another farm tour adventure with Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI), Palm Springs as we explore the east valley’s agricultural treasures to find out “what’s growing on” this fall.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Fall Farm Tour departs promptly at 8 a.m. from Shields Date Garden, 80225 Highway 111 at Jefferson, Indio.

Discover the bounty of fall row crops such as bell peppers, carrots, onions, eggplant, artichokes and tomatoes, and some of the tree crops such as dates, lemons, oranges and grapefruit – crops that have made the Coachella Valley famous.

You’ll have a chance to see Burrtec’s expanded compost recycling facility and learn how compost is made from commercial and residential green waste.  Next, you’ll see how compost is used to promote water conservation and provide soil nutrients on such crops as table grapes, citrus and date trees as we tour Blair Farms.

Learn how the Coachella Valley Water District brings water from the All American Canal to farms and urban areas when we visit the control room at the district headquarters in Coachella.  Then, we’ll actually see the pump stations, canals and drip irrigation that puts the Coachella Valley on the cutting edge with high-tech water conservation methods used in farming.

Watch a harvest in progress and learn what it takes to grow, harvest and ship major crops like bell peppers, artichokes, and carrots when we visit with one of the valley’s larger growers, Desert Mist General Manager Adrian Zendejas, out in the fields.   

If you’ve never been on a farm tour, here’s your chance to see the sights from a luxury bus and learn from an experienced, professional Coachella Valley tour guide, Nancy Cohee, about the valley’s history, some Indian lore, geography and geo-thermal points of interest, as well as farming practices.

Even if you’ve been on the tour before, you’ll always see and learn something new.

At the end of the tour, enjoy a farm-to-table buffet at the Café at Shields that will include many of the vegetables and fruits you have just seen growing.

Cost for the luxury bus, narrated tour and farm-to-table buffet lunch at Shields Date Garden is $80 per person.  For reservations and information, call (760) 219-3000.  Credit cards accepted or mail your check to LDEI, Palm Springs Chapter, 1775 East Palm Canyon, Ste. 5048, Palm Springs, CA, 92263.  

Advance paid reservations are required.

About LDEI
LDEI is a world-wide organization of executive women of high achievement in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. Each chapter conducts fundraising projects and awards scholarships to women continuing higher education in the culinary and hospitality industries.
LDEI is involved with “Green Tables” Civic Agriculture & Garden Initiative, whose goals are to promote community health and well-being, enhance use of locally grown food in the community, build upon existing community food, gardening, and agricultural efforts, foster environmental health, and inspire focus on the value of regional farmers to the community.

LDEI supports organic gardening programs at several local high schools. Proceeds from fundraising events go to LDEI's Scholarship Fund and the Green Tables initiatives.

For more information visit, or call (760) 837-7180.
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Media Contact: Dianne Funk
                                                                                                     Or Pamela Bieri
                                                                                                     760- 568-4422|

April 4-6, 2014 Indian Wells Tennis Garden
First Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival Added this Year!

INDIAN WELLS, CA – (Oct. 11, 2013) Celebrating its 12th year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Indian Wells Arts Festival – where Art is a Happening - will be held April 4 through 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gates close at 4 p.m.  More than 200 juried artists will be on hand to show, demonstrate and sell artwork including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, photography, fine jewelry and crafts. 

New at the festival this year will be the Coachella Valley’s first-ever Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival, creating a Festival of Festivals. Objet Trouvé is the idea of using everyday objects and ‘found’ materials to create stimulating works of art. 

In the tradition of Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Juan Gris and Georges Braque, 50 artists will exhibit and create one-of-a-kind objet trouvé artworks for sale. The Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival will construct a 20-foot replica of Paris’ Eiffel Tower incorporating found materials.

Artists interested in participating in the Indian Wells Arts Festival can find further information and apply online at 

Artists interested in participating in the Objet Trouvé Festival can apply online at  Deadline for entries is January 6, 2014.

The $12 adult entrance fee includes both festivals; children under 12 are free.  Parking is free and valet parking is available.  Live entertainment daily, wine tasting, concessions plus an Eggs + Champagne in the Garden Sunday brunch until noon. 

The Indian Wells Arts Festival has been rated one of the 100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artists Magazine and 2014 Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.

For poster orders and more information visit or call 760-346-0042

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Resort Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Agua Serena Spa Packages and ONEHOPE Chardonnay at Lantana Restaurant


Indian Wells, Calif., February 21, 2013 – The Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended ATP World Tour and WTA tennis tournament in the world, unveiled expansion plans targeted for the 2014 tournament, it was announced by Raymond Moore, chief executive officer.

The plans, which were approved today by the City of Indian Wells, include a permanent Stadium 2 that will feature 8,000 seats and two restaurants, a marquee site entrance on Washington Street with a new box office, a new 19,000 square foot shade structure identical to the one built in 2012, four additional practice courts, expansion of the current Miles Street entrance, an upgraded valet and accessible parking area on the north side, an additional grass parking space for up to 2,000 cars and expansion and relocation of the TV Production compound.

These expansion plans build upon changes the tournament made the past few years including becoming the only tournament in the world to have the Hawkeye Challenge System on all match courts, increasing total prize money to more than $11 Million, installing a 19,000 sq. ft. shade structure to the Tennis Garden Village, adding additional seating to outer courts and practice courts and placing numerous video walls and information towers throughout the site. All of the enhancements are designed to create an incomparable venue to enjoy world-class tennis while also delivering a relaxing atmosphere between matches.

“We are extremely excited about our expansion, and thrilled that the City of Indian Wells has approved our plans,” said Moore. “Larry Ellison’s vision for this tournament has been nothing short of incredible, and the innovations and enhancements he has put forth have benefitted fans and players alike. These tournament-specific changes will continue to put this facility on par with the best in the world, deliver an unparalleled experience for fans and ultimately make the BNP Paribas Open better than ever before.”

Sales of Stadium 2 Series tickets will commence during the 2013 BNP Paribas Open on site. Fans can visit the 2014 BNP Paribas Open exhibitor booth to see renderings and a 3-D model showing the stadium and the new site layout.  The Series Renewal Office is located in the East Tennis Garden Village and will be selling 2014 Series tickets only for the Main Stadium and Stadiums 2 and 3.  For more information please visit or email

For more information and to purchase tickets, please call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000, or visit, where there is a complete listing and description of all ticket packages and pricing.


View Press Release for all details.


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