From Environmentally-Friendly Dog Park to Unusual Musical Instruments, See My Fun Adventures This Week! 

Monday started with my visit to a fun group of Cathedral City residents. They gathered together to build an enviromentally-friendly dog park! Take a look:

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KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

We also took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at our station, KMIR/NBC in Palm Springs:

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Wednesday, we explored arts in education at Rancho Mirage High School and its Helene Galen Performing Arts Center. I was so happy and encouraged that students are still learning culture through arts!

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

We also explored the 2014 Make a Difference Day! Yes, I'll be walking bright and early this Saturday!

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And this morning, Thursday, we explored the Chapman stick! It's a rare and unusual musical instrument that's part drums, piano, and more! Great artists like Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel have used this instrument! Michael Kollwitz, a longtime Chapman stick musical artist, explains the instrument which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year!

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

So what am I doing tomorrow, Friday? It's all about movies! Coming up, my movie review of "If I Stay" starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley. I visited Palm Springs High School so I could play the cello (just like in the movie)! So how many kisses does "If I Stay" get? Find out tomorrow!

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"The Expendables 3" and "The Giver" Movie Reviews 

Two big films for you this weekend – we have “The Expendables 3” for action fans and “The Giver” for drama/sci-fi/fantasy fans. In “The Expendables 3,” Sylvester Stallone gathers his past teammates and combine them with a new cast to battle the big bad villain played by Mel Gibson. Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer join in on the fun for the first time.

We also have “The Giver” from the popular young adult novel by Lois Lowry. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep give supporting performances to our hero played by Brenton Thwaites.

Which movie is worth your time and money? Take a look:

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Kelsey Grammer and Randy Couture Talk About “The Expendables 3” 

Kelsey Grammer is an “Expendables” virgin. Well, was. According to the actor, he campaigned hard for the role of Bonaparte in the movie. Randy Couture, on the other hand, is already an “Expendables” pro. I sat down with both actors to talk about their interest in making the third movie, working with Sylvester Stallone, and the male bonding theme of the popular franchise.

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Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews Talk About “The Expendables 3” 

Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews return to the world of “The Expendables” in the third and perhaps, final chapter. Lundgren is Gunner and Crews is Caesar. This time, the big bad villain is played by Mel Gibson, a former Expendable.

In this interview, we talked about inhabiting their roles again and what they really think of Sylvester Stallone. Take a look:

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The New “Expendables 3” Cast Talks About the Movie 

I sat down with the new cast, the young guns of “The Expendables 3.” From left to right are Glen Powell (Thorn), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Victor Ortiz (Mars), and “Twilight Saga’s” Kellan Lutz (Smilee). They are the new breed in the movie, handpicked by Sylvester Stallone’s character Barney Ross. And in real life, they were also the chosen ones by Sly.

In this interview, we talked about how they feel joining the cast of “The Expendables,” their thoughts on Stallone, and if Ronda reads the “Twilight” books! Have fun!

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