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Palm Springs Sunup

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Rick's Restaurant and Bakery
1973 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA  92262
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7th Annual Chalk Art Festival in Palm Springs on Saturday March 11, 2017
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8AM $10 (All you can eat pancakes)
WHEN: Saturday March 11, 2017  7am-6pm
WHERE: In the parking lot behind of Palm Springs High School, 2401 East Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Artists will be creating chalk art masterpieces on the sidewalks, live music, hands-on art activities for children and much more. 

Proceeds from the event go to Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Foundation and Arts in the Schools of the Palm Springs Unified School District.
                      Artist Competition Prize Money:
                             $1000 • Best in Show
                               $700 • First Place
                               $500 • Second Place
                               $250 • Third Place
                               $100 • Honorable Mention
People’s Choice Award • Palm Springs Weekend Basket, Eat. Play. Stay.
Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Club Expands Their “Shoes That Fit” Program August 11, 2016
The Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Club started a program in 1999 to distribute shoes to children in the community.  This program has now been expanded to include backpacks.
 On August 11th, President Michael Pitts, along with several members of the Sunup Rotary club, distributed 75 Payless Shoes Cards to kids at the ‘James O. Jessie Desert  Highland Utility Center’ in Palm Springs.  Each card is worth $25 and was enthusiastically received by the excited parents and kids at the facility.
To learn more about the Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Club visit or on our Facebook Page.
Palm Springs Sunup Rotary is part of Rotary International, an international service organization, whose stated purpose is to bring business and professional leaders together in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Club recently donated 400 pairs of UV protected sunglasses to Dennis Jory, board member of Well in the Desert, of Palm Springs and another 400 pair to Amina Aun, shelter manger, at the Roy’s Desert Resource Center in Palm Desert.  The presentations were made by President Michael Pitts and immediate past President Tony Gentry.
This time of year, here in the Coachella Valley, the need for UV protected sun glasses are in great demand for the homeless.  The intense glare from the sun is the primary cause of eye damage, that can lead to blindness.
Bring a friend to our Rotary Meeting every Tuesday morning 7am at Rick's Restaurant!

Today the Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Club donated dictionaries for 3rd graders and thesauruses for 5th graders at Vista Del Monte Elementary school in Palm Springs.  Scott Saunders, Harry Stone, Henry Hampton, Michael Pitts and Kristin Bloomer were on hand to give out the books.



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