southern CA

Dawg Days in the Desert

Dawg Days in the Desert celebrates the Husky spirit over food, friendship and purple pride. Learn about the current UW Husky Experience at the Desert Scholarship Luncheon. Proceeds from this annual event support student scholarship. Mix and mingle with your fellow Huskies at Chow Down to Washington. Don your desert festive attire (and dancing shoes) and join us for a buffet dinner followed by live music and dancing.

Monday, March 12, 11 a.m.
Toscana Country Club
76009 Via Club Villa, Indian Wells, CA

11 a.m. Champagne reception & silent auction
12 p.m. Luncheon & program

$70 UWAA members | $80 non-members

Great stories are the touchstone for our current and future students. Hear from Bob Rondeau, the legendary Voice of the Huskies. After 36 seasons, Bob has retired as play-by-play announcer for UW Football and will share his most memorable moments.

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thunderbird Country Club, outside patio
70-737 Country Club Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA

5:30 p.m. Husky Happy Hour
7 p.m. Dinner & program *

$100 UWAA members | $115 non-members

An evening of midcentury elegance and timeless Husky hospitality awaits. Join UW President Ana Mari Cauce and UW Football Head Coach Chris Petersen for a night of connection and community.

* Dinner is open seating. Personalized place cards will be shared at check-in, perfect for reserving a seat at your favorite table while you mix and mingle.

More Husky events in the desert


“Dead or Alive: What seabirds tell us about ocean health”
Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Thunderbird Country Club
70-737 Country Club Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA

Nearly 20 years ago, Professor Julia Parrish had a simple idea: invite coastal residents to join her in monitoring the health of the nearshore ecosystem. Today more than 1,000 people living in coastal communities from Mendocino, CA to Kotzebue, AK patrol a stretch of beach monthly and send their observations to the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, or COASST, one of the largest citizen science ocean-oriented projects in the world.

Join us as Julia — a White House honoree in the Champions for Change program who has been featured in National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle and High Country News — describes why beachcombing for dead birds is both fascinating and important, and what these unlikely sentinels tell us about the state of the ocean and the health of the planet.

Admission: $40

Hosted by the Palm Desert Huskies
Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m.
Coachella Valley Preserve in Thousand Palms
29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd, Thousand Palms, CA 92276

Lace up your hiking boots and join the Palm Desert Huskies as they explore one of the Coachella Valley’s most beautiful natural features, home to rare creatures and unique plants.

The event is free, but registration is encouraged. RSVP to Debra Crump at

“The Health Sciences Library: Partnering with Physicians”
Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Palm Desert Public Library
73300 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260

Medical Libraries save lives. Discover how the UW Health Sciences Library (HSL) works with physicians to impact bench-to-bedside patient care. From connecting rural areas with surgical experts to demystifying complex procedures for patients, HSL is leading the way in implementing Virtual Reality in libraries. Featuring Tania Bardyn, Director of the Health Science Library and Emily Patridge, Assistant Director of Clinical and Data Services.