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Glendon is a retired clinical social worker Smith College School For Social Work) whose private practice included intensive work with children, families, couples and trauma victims. He is also a trained mediator and parent coordinator.

Since his retirement and re-location from Massachusetts to Palm Springs, he has volunteered with Family Hospice Care (being with dying patients and their loved ones), the Riverside County Fire Department and the Palm Springs Air Museum (docent).

His professional training, clinical experience, the many deaths he has experiences in his personal life, and his training with the International End of Life Doula Association have prepared him to provide the integrity and empathy necessary to bring dignity, meaning and spiritual comfort to the end of life experience.

 

 

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 19:44

LGBTQ+ Guitar | Beginners & Intermediate

Starting April 4th, 2020

Guitar (Intemediate): 1:00 to 2:00 pm | 10 weeks | Limited to 10 participants

Guitar (Beginners): 2:00 to 3:00 pm | 10 weeks | Limited to 10 participants

Designed for beginners, those with no previous music experience and students who have completed Guitar for Beginners! These are two (2) separate programs, students can chose to join either one or both. Cost is per program / Per class (1 hour class)

Note: Guitars not included, please bring your own. 10% discount on guitars with The Master Musician store in PS if they mention that they are taking Eric Pytryga’s class @ The Center! If you have specific questions, please contact Eric Pytryga: Phone 442-666-4600 | Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

About the Instructor...

Eric Pytryga has been teaching the guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, drums and piano for well over 20 years and specializes exclusively in Adult Beginners and Children. His patient and friendly approach will have you playing in no time flat! I provide the latest in technology to help you on your way from web page that plays the song you’re working on at any speed you want (to help you practice) to computer and iOS programs to help you along.

 

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Published in Social & Fun
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:22

Drawing Boot Camp II: Advance Basics

6 Weeks - 12 Sessions (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

The Boot Camp II: Advanced Basics class is designed as the second in the Back To Basics series. While it picks up where the first set of classes left off, completion of those classes is not necessary for attendance.

The focus once again will be drawing techniques based on observation. In these sessions we will continue to develop skills in drawing still life subjects, this time advancing into new media, including colored pencils and conte’ sticks. Students will continue to develop their own personal styles while incorporating color into their work. We will also begin to explore abstraction, landscape, and more conceptual ideas in drawing. The completion of this class will allow for artistic development in the basic ideas and skills of drawing and begin to explore more advanced areas.

 

About the instructor...

Mike McLain earned his BFA, with specializations in drawing and sculpture, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. In 2010 he received an MFA in studio art from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been shown in and around Los Angeles as well as in Illinois, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and Las Vegas. He has also curated shows in Los Angeles, Pomona, Joshua Tree, and at the Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio. Mr. McLain currently serves on the board of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council. He is spending the summer as a resident artist at Shoebox Projects in Los Angeles, where he will present a solo show in August.

 

What you need?

Materials List:

  • Selection of drawing pencils, including B, 2B, H, 2H
  • 2 charcoal pencils
  • pencil sharpener
  • kneaded eraser
  • standard eraser
  • blending stump
  • vine charcoal
  • view finder
  • sketch book, minimum 11”x14”
  • newsprint, minimum 11”x 14” (for use in warm up drawings)

Note: Suggested but not required items can also include larger sketchbook, graphite sticks, soft pastels. Some materials may be added as class progresses if students express an interest in exploring other drawing media.

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Published in Life Enrichment
Monday, 16 December 2019 19:18

Christopher Rios Berrios, Registered AMFT

Chris is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who completed three Associates Degree in Social & Behavioral Studies, Humanities, Philosophy & Arts, and Communication, Media & Languages at Norco College. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

His interest in the mental health field is looking at empowerment and disempowerment regarding labels and sexual health and how that plays a role within stigma, discrimination, cultures, and mental health. Chris is currently going through the process of becoming a certified sex therapist and is passionate about the work he does at the Behavioral Health @ The Center - The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic.

 

Published in The Center Staff
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 23:59

Ukulele: Intermediate

Starting April 4th, 2020 | 2:00 to 3:00 pm

This lovely little instrument is easy and great fun to play! The strings are nylon so it doesn't hurt your fingers...you can take it anywhere, it's inexpensive, and just plain fun! Interested in learning "Stairway to Heaven"? on the Uke, you got it! How about "Cough Syrup"? How about Handel? This little gem can do it all! Students will learn the basics of music and a huge selection of songs decided by group consensus.

Note: Ukuleles not included, please bring your own. 10% discount on ukuleles with The Master Musician store in PS if they mention that they are taking Eric Pytryga’s class @ The Center! If you have specific questions, please contact Eric Pytryga: Phone 442-666-4600 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

About the Instructor...

Eric Pytryga has been teaching the guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, drums and piano for well over 20 years and specializes exclusively in Adult Beginners and Children. His patient and friendly approach will have you playing in no time flat! I provide the latest in technology to help you on your way from web page that plays the song you’re working on at any speed you want (to help you practice) to computer and iOS programs to help you along.

 

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Published in Social & Fun
Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:13

Heslin Cinematic

I started my video production business here in Palm Springs, CA because I have found there are so many stories to tell. I have been telling visual stories from a very young age.

When I was around 12, my best friend Mike and I “borrowed” my mom’s video camera. I can remember creating a skit where Mike would stand in the living room and pretend to learn how to juggle. We were careful to make sure that the bean bags he was juggling would go out of the top of the frame. We would make him freeze in a certain position and I would cut the camera. I’d run into frame and grab the bean bag out of the shot while he was still frozen, and then we would then start the camera back up again and he would pretend to be bewildered at where the bean bag could have gone. We’d repeat this until at one point when I started the camera I tossed all the bean bags into frame as if they all came out of nowhere. When I showed it to my family, they loved it and wanted me to make more. I haven’t stopped.

It was silly kids playing with new technology, but as I went to college much later to study film I realized we weren’t so silly after all. We were playing with story structure, framing, comedic timing, etc.

Today I would still consider myself at heart a silly kid playing with new technology. I’m still constantly fascinated with new and innovative ways of telling stories. I love playing with new gear as it becomes available. And I still love the joy that comes from an audience watching something I create.

 

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Monday, 19 August 2019 18:19

CHANNEL Q

CHANNEL Q is Giving Everyone A Voice

CHANNEL Q is an innovative media destination built for and by the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. We strive to offer exceptional programming that will entertain, inform and inspire our listeners by giving everyone a voice. 

Your new radio home for LGBTQ news, talk and new music. Listen anywhere, anytime on the Radio.com app!

 

 

 

Published in Media Partners
Monday, 02 September 2019 20:06

Open Air Drawing

6 weeks - Wednesdays

This class is for the student who wants to utilize our varied landscape and urban scenes to expand their drawing experience. Still life is wonderful, but there is a whole world outside full of interesting subjects to explore.

We will discuss relevant ideas such as depth and scale, creating interesting compositions, isolating details for effective drawings, and use of materials in an environment that is less forgiving than the class room. Mostly, we will spend the class time drawing. Some experience is required. For the student new to drawing we offer Drawing Boot Camp sessions which meet at the Center.

 

About the instructor...

Mike McLain earned his BFA, with specializations in drawing and sculpture, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. In 2010 he received an MFA in studio art from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been shown in and around Los Angeles as well as in Illinois, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and Las Vegas. He has also curated shows in Los Angeles, Pomona, Joshua Tree, and at the Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio. Mr. McLain currently serves on the board of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council. He is spending the summer as a resident artist at Shoebox Projects in Los Angeles, where he will present a solo show in August.

 

What you need?

Materials List:

  • Selection of drawing pencils, including B, 2B, H, 2H
  • 2 charcoal pencils
  • pencil sharpener
  • kneaded eraser
  • standard eraser
  • blending stump
  • vine charcoal
  • view finder
  • sketch book, minimum 11”x14”
  • newsprint, minimum 11”x 14” (for use in warm up drawings)

Also important to bring for the Open Air Drawing class:

  • a folding chair
  • drawing board, and
  • the student’s favorite drawing tools

Note: Since we often experience wind in Palm Springs,it is suggested that clamps (large binder clips work well) be used to hold paper to the drawing surface. Also, don’t forget to bring a beverage and sun protection. In case of rain we will meet at the designated time at the Center. Suggested but not required items can also include larger sketchbook, graphite sticks, soft pastels. Some materials may be added as class progresses if students express an interest in exploring other drawing media.

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Published in Life Enrichment
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:59

The Legal Document Company

Professor Troy believes strongly that no one, regardless of their wealth, wants to throw away their hard-earned money for legal services & documents. That is why he opened up "The Legal Document Company."

Practice Areas:  Revocable Trusts, Pet Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Lawsuits & Complaints, Lawsuit Answers, Demurrers, Motions and Discovery Responses/Requests, Wills, Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, Legal Briefs, Litigation Services (business & personal), Name Changes, Expungements, Mediations, Auto Accident Settlements, Guardianships, Incorporations, LLCs, Appeals, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Divorces and much, much more.

                           ****Attorney on staff for Immigration and Social Security Disability matters****

Law Professor Troy A. Tureau, L.LM., J.D., B.A.

 

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:32

Free Consultations

Professor Troy believes strongly that no one, regardless of their wealth, wants to throw away their hard-earned money for legal services & documents. That is why he opened up "The Legal Document Company."

Practice Areas:  Revocable Trusts, Pet Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Lawsuits & Complaints, Lawsuit Answers, Demurrers, Motions and Discovery Responses/Requests, Wills, Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, Legal Briefs, Litigation Services (business & personal), Name Changes, Expungements, Mediations, Auto Accident Settlements, Guardianships, Incorporations, LLCs, Appeals, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Divorces and much, much more.

                           ****Attorney on staff for Immigration and Social Security Disability matters****

Law Professor Troy A. Tureau, L.LM., J.D., B.A.

 

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