Kephyan Sheppard

Support our Vets at our Local VFW!!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

VFW POST 1534 The VFW Post 1534 is located minutes from Desert Hot Springs. Just six miles south of our City located at 1 Clubhouse Drive on the historic B Bar H Ranch, the VFW has become a staple among residents. Driving directions to this well-kept secret from Desert Hot Springs take Palm Drive south…

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DHS is Home to Angel View

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 20, 2018

Angel View In a growing city, employment opportunities are always in demand. Many may not realize that with 12 residential homes, a daily intake facility, a thrift store, and a clearance center, that Angel View is our city’s largest employer. Patricia Myers serves as the communications manager and was extremely eager to give me a…

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Quick Quack Car Wash Has Arrived!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 19, 2018

Quick Quack Car Wash!!! “Headquartered in Roseville, California, Quick Quack Car Wash now owns and operates over 50 locations in Utah, Texas, California, Arizona and Colorado.” This statement is currently on the Quick Quack website, but there is a new addition….a brand new location in DHS!!!! Today’s grand opening was awesome! From Mayor Scott Matas’…

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LiLaC is Changing Lives!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 19, 2018

LILAC Aims to Change Lives! LiLaC (Literacy, Language and Cultural Centers) is a 501(c) 3 community benefit organization. Based in Desert Hot Springs, California, LiLaC is an evidenced-based home visitation program for families with young children, whose second language is English. Our mission is to build meaningful relationships with English Language Learner (ELL) families, with…

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God’s Kitchen

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 19, 2018

God’s Kitchen Hunger hurts. It denies dignity and can impair ability to achieve. We seek to provide life-sustaining meals and other resources to those in need. We work with other nonprofits to improve their (the less fortunate) quality of life. We provide and supplement food to those in need. Our mission is based on extending…

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DHSHS Dancers

Our High School Dance Team … a League of Their Own!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Let’s SHINE Bright! Did you know that our Golden Eagle dance team recently made history? Led by instructor Phoenix Henderson, our dance team known as “the crew” placed second in the Medium Hip Hop category at the state championship!   Last month, dozens of organizations within our city collaborated to award our academically esteemed seniors…

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Commander Paiz of DHSPD

Commander Paiz of our DHSPD!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Just a quick celebration of our very own Commander Paiz! A law enforcement career that began here 17 years ago has evolved into an exemplary record of service. Commander not only patrols are communities, he is active within them. He and his beautiful family are truly an asset to our city. Congratulations again and thank…

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Eduardo Contreras Tennis Champ

The Valley’s #1 High School Tennis Player is…

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Eduardo Contreras Our Tennis Champ. A story of resiliency…one that shows the true heart of a champion. A reminder that when your mind is set, and you’ve prepared like no other, victory is attainable! The story of resiliency has been the reality for Eduardo Contreras. Eduardo recently represented Desert Hot Springs High during the league…

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Desert Hot Springs High School

The Future is Bright For our Golden Eagle Graduates!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Desert Hot Springs High School class of 2018! This street sign was installed in honor of our High School Valedictorian Esmeralda Salazar! Photographed here with family and city officials, her celebration was very well deserved. Achieving class valedictorian is no small feat…. especially when you lead the way with a 4.62 GPA! According to several…

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Kihon MMA in Desert Hot Springs CA

Kihon MMA: DHS Based, Nationally Known!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

With the ever increasing popularity worldwide of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), we are proud to showcase something HUGE in our own backyard! Led by our own Eddie Bates, Kihon MMA began nearly 19 years ago and has now been positioned as a national powerhouse! Few realize that here in this city, we have national cham0ps…

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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

Dr. Sandra Lyon:Superintendent of PSUSD

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 6, 2019

As noted in previous publications, we believe that some of the finest schools in the valley are right here in Desert Hot Springs. I have had the honor of interacting on a majority of our campuses and it’s amazing to see educators who not only love to teach, but love the communities they teach in.…

Yarn Bombs Make us Smile!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 29, 2019

“I really want people to interact with my art. It brings me joy when people take photos or post comments about it. I love hearing that it brings a smile to their face. ” – Stephanie Buriel Drive around Desert Hot Springs and you never know what you’ll see! There was a time years ago where…

Desert Hot Springs Stands Tall!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 22, 2019

(Pictured above: a few familiar faces from DHS seated with my wife and I) Recently here in the Coachella Valley, BRAAF (Building Resilience in African American Families) hosted their annual Juneteenth Celebration. This event is the annual celebratory of the culmination of their Afrocentric Youth & Family Rites of Passage Program (ROP), a program that…

Principal Caroline Cota: Shining Bright in Our City!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 15, 2019

“The many experiences you had in school and in your community have stretched your mind to its current dimensions, but it is only the beginning. Whether you continue with formal education or not, you are not done learning. So as you go out into the world, take chances, travel, read, be open to other people,…

Mr. Randa – A Teacher Spotlight

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 8, 2019

I have been involved with Palm Springs Unified School District for over 5 years and I have seen firsthand that Desert Hot Springs has some of the finest teachers district wide. Mr. Doug Randa brings energy and passion to his students at Bella Vista Elementary school every day. Watching him around campus and even on…

Resident Spotlight Gabriel Franco

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 1, 2019

“I love DHS because I live here this is my home. There are a lot of wonderful people doing all kinds of things in love to serve our community daily, it’s amazing! I see it everywhere I go …” Desert Hot Springs is a city full of diversity! I challenge you to find another city…

A Resident’s Perspective: Jamie Griffin

By Kephyan Sheppard | May 11, 2019

A few weeks ago I spotlighted Southern Fried, our new food truck business and amazing things have transpired since then. I happen to drive by nightly during my commute home, and from Palm Drive you can see the lines of people waiting to get their hands on delicious food (I have been there several times…

Our Local Elk’s Lodge!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 19, 2019

“Believe in the goodness of thyself, as well as others” Located at 64680 Pierson Blvd., our local Elk’s lodge has proven to become yet another group of community oriented people who aim to make a huge impact here in Desert Hot Springs. In speaking with exalted ruler Kathy Gavin (title not intended to intimidate… it…

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 17, 2019

If you haven’t seen it, here it is! A few days ago, Advancing DHS landed on the front page of the Desert Sun! While we recognize the publicity as an honor, we also recognize it as a challenge due to the fact that many feel as if our vision is too grand. In addition to…

Bruce Craven, Author

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 29, 2019

Community News Bruce Craven, Author “I have worked in the education field and the writing field for most of my adult life. I teach a popular graduate, business school course called “Leadership Through Fiction”. This book developed from that class. The show “Game of Thrones” is an environment where leadership can be the difference between…