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The Center newsletter

Everything you wanted to know about gay sex… TONIGHT!

(Sent on 10/09/2019)

Together we are creating vibrant community
 
Greetings!
 
Season is officially in full effect in the desert! Eisenhower Health Lectures are back, along with a brimming calendar full of events, in preparation for Pride events in Coachella and Palm Springs in just a few weeks. Take a look and see what our community has to offer for you!
 
 
Coming up @ The Center
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Eisenhower Health & Wellness lectures back tonight!
 
and more coming up in October...
 
October 16th
 
October 23rd
 
Our popular Health & Wellness lecture series with our Partners at Eisenhower Health returns in October with a great selection of topics and outstanding presenters. Don't miss the opportunity to participate and learn more about these important health topics!
 
When: Wednesdays - 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Please check out schedules and topics on our website)
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palms Springs, CA
Cost: This is a FREE event but space is limited. Registration is required.
 
Please call The Center at 760.416.7790 to sign up.
 
Starting next week...
 
Tuesday, October 15th
 
Wednesday, October 16th
 
Saturday, October 19th
 
The Center’s 10th Annual Center Stage in two weeks!
 
Did you get your tickets? Our major event of the year is selling fast and this year celebration it's going to be like no other. We’ll have a Big 80's band playing your favorite tracks, and we’ll be honoring our outgoing Board Chair, Brian Rix with our Legacy Award for his totally awesome 10 years of service!
 
Click button below for more info and to purchase tickets/table, or call The Center @ 760-416-7790 
PLUS, this totally awesome night will include your chance to bid LIVE on a 10-day trip aboard the new, ultra-chic Celebrity EDGE, donated by Casey Zilionis and Cruise C2C! You and a guest will enjoy a Veranda stateroom on their June 5, 2020 trip sailing in the Greek Isles, including cocktail packages and prepaid gratuities. And, auction winners will be invited to all C2C pre-cruise and onboard events, including exclusive shore excursions tailored just for the C2C group. Pretty cool, huh?! 
 
Have you joined The Center-Pedes? Happening in 10 days!!!
We @ The Center are continuing our efforts to support raising $$$ and awareness for DAP’s 33rd Annual AIDS Walk 2019. Our Center-pedes team goal is $5,000 (we are shy $1,500 so far!).).
 
In past years we’ve been able to meet and surpass that goal, ranking as one of the top 5 teams. With your help, let’s see if we can do the same again. We receive 50% of net proceeds that we raise, and that's a substantial contribution to the amazing work we do here at The Center as well as supporting DAP’s programs and services. It’s a no-lose scenario!
 
You can join The Center-pedes team! There are easy tools and templates to assist you in sending out messages to friends and family members in support of DAP and The Center. Just Follow this link Desert AIDS Walk 2019/The Center-Pedes to sign up for the walk, join the Center-pedes team, or sponsor one of our team members. So pull on your Chuck’s (whatever color they are), and let’s wriggle The Center-pedes to our best year ever!
 
Back to Regular Schedule this Saturday
A group for LGBT people interested in playing board games as a way to meet new people. No experience necessary. This group will meet twice per month: 2nd Saturday & 4th Thursday every month.
 
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
 
Call 760-416-7790 for more info or to register
 
Cost: FREE - Donations suggested
 
October 26: What’s “Pride” Got to Do With it ?
This "Multigenerational Chat Room" meets in a open discussion group on provocative and timely topics designed to bridge the generational divide and break through stereotypes of what it means to be older or younger.
 
Participation would be open to gay men, lesbians, bi and transpeople of any age.
 
When: Saturday, Oct 26 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
 
Free 30 min Consultations @ The Center - Oct 17
 
Appointment required (No walk-ins) - Please call 760-416-7790
 
Palm Springs Pride: Are you walking with us?
The Center theme this year in the Palm Spring’s Pride Parade is “ Millions of Moments of Love” and we would love as many of you as possible to join us to walk with our huge balloon. We need wheel walkers and folks to hand out fans to the crowd as well as just walk Sunday Nov 3rd. We need you at the staging area by 9:30 am. More details to come.
 
We have new T-Shirts for everyone with the Center Logo. Please let me know you size so we have a shirt for you and we will make them available for pickup at The Center week before, it you want them before the parade.
 
Let us know if you can walk with us and make this a Pride full of LOVE!! Email Candice Nichols This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your shirt size if you can join for a fun time!
 
Fun Fridays @ The Center
Pride is in a few weeks and this year we are celebrating a "Million Moments of Pride"... What message will you put in a bottle about the LGBTQ+ experience in 2019 when somebody finds and reads it a hundred years from now?
 
Let us see how you own this week’s theme by sharing your Fun Friday pic on our Fun Friday Facebook post, and use the hashtags #centerfunfriday and #thecenterps on your favorite social channels (links below) so we can follow the fun!
 
Our AmazonSmile selection for the week in support of
The Community Food Bank @ The Center
Ready-to-eat items are high demand items in any food bank for its versatility and preference among clients. This week we are suggesting donations of Hormel Complete Beef Rib Tips with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, 9 Ounce (Pack of 6)
 
Click on the image to be taken to AmazonSmile and purchase right now. If it’s your first time visiting AmazonSmile , after you login, select The LGBT Community Center of the Desert as your charity of choice. Make sure to set the shipping address for items to The Center @ 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, 3 rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA 92262 . Once it’s set, the site will remember your selection for future purchases.
 
When you shop on AmazonSmile , the site will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. So your shopping can support your favorite charities! Thanks for your generosity and for helping LGBTQ people and others along their way.
 
Leadership Circle
 
Business Partner Spotlight
 
California Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an eighty bed skilled nursing facility providing high-quality care tailored to each resident’s individual needs. This organization has created a place full of life, beauty and opportunities for personal enrichment under the premise that each resident has the right to quality care, quality of life and optimal health and well-being.
 
 
Ongoing @ The Center
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Call The Center @ 760-416-7790 for more info or to register
 
Upcoming Community Events
 
FOOD TRUCK MASH-UP this Sunday!
 
FOOD TRUCK MASH-UP is an outdoor food truck event featuring the best food trucks from all over THE USA!
 
Join us as the trucks compete for the title of BEST FOOD TRUCK 2019! Drinks, Tunes, Fun at Big League Dreams Sports Park! Pets on a leash are welcome.Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and #COMEHUNGRY!!
 
No coolers, outdoor food/beverage or pop-up tents allowed.
 
Enjoy this exclusive promo code: THECENTER.
$5 off Adult Early Access Tickets
$3 off Youth Early Access Tickets
$2 off General Admission Tickets
 
When: Sunday, Oct 13 - 12:30 to 8:00 pm
Where: Big League Dreams Sports Park - 33700 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234
Early Access entry: 11 am - General Admission entry: 12:30 pm.
 
For more information and tickets, click HERE
 
Happening this Friday and you are invited!
 
Matrix Insurance Solutions  is thrilled to announce the official opening of their Palm Springs office, and they’d love it if you’d partake in their Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Reception celebration.
 
Ribbon Cutting : Friday, Oct 11 @ 1:30 to 2:30 P
Where:  1091 N Palm Canyon Drive, #4, Palm Springs, CA (Street Parking ONLY)
 
Grand Opening Reception :  3:00 to 6:00 P
Where:  2295 Tamarisk Road, Palm Springs, CA
Please RSVP by calling 760-932-0906 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
PALS Free Seminar: "When home alone is no longer an option"
 
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most Americans will require long-term care regardless of age.
 
Join us for an important seminar clarifying the options for care, the costs of care, the details of hospice care, and finally, how care is paid for. Everything You Need To Know About Long-term Care and Costs That You Were Afraid To Ask
 
When: Saturday, Oct 19 - 9:30 to 11:30 am
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE - For more info or to reserve your space, please call 323-533-3550 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Outlandish Palm Springs 2019 - Tickets on sale now!
In her all-new show “Gender Fluids,“ Miss Richfield will attempt to find non-binary answers to our increasingly complex world! With all new music, new videos, new costumes, and a healthy heap of help from the audience, this new show promises to celebrate all the genders - both old & new. 
 
“In these divided times, Miss R is tonic—and gin—for the soul” - Twincities.com
 
What: "Miss Richfield 1981 - Gender Fluids"
When: Saturday, November 2nd @ 8:00 pm
Where: Palm Spring Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters)
Tickets Cost: $30 | $40 | $60
 
For more information about Outlandish 2019 or to buy tickets, please click HERE
 
What's left on your bucket list? - October 26th
Please join PALS and My Jump at The Center on this business partner special presentation to help you put a check mark on that dream.
 
MyJump! helps seniors achieve what's left on their bucket list. They are a nonprofit organization that normally covers the costs for these bucket list wishes.
 
Interested? Please call The Center @ 760-416-7790 for more information or to reserve your space for this presentation.
 
When: Saturday, Oct 26 - 10:00 to 11:00 am
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon DR., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE - Refreshments will be served.
 
Want to learn more about MYJUMP!? Click HERE
 
October 26th - The Third Annual East Coachella Valley Pride!!!
 
"Recordando a la gente que abrió el camino"
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from 1:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Veterans Park - Coachella, CA
 
Performances by/ Actuaciones de:
  • Fabeyoncé
  • Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
  • Desert Mirage High School Rock Band
  • Las Tías
  • Sabor a mi Tierra Ballet Folklorico
  • Danza Azteca Citlaltonac 
  • + more/y mas
 
join this Free and family-friendly event in Coachella! 
 
Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk 2019
The Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk 5K is part of a weekend of activities celebrating Greater Palm Springs Pride! The race goes through the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Old Las Palmas in Palm Springs
 
This event is proudly organized by Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers, a local chapter of International Front Runners, an informal network of LGBT running groups around the world. Proceeds from the Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk will benefit The LGBT Community Center of The Desert ("The Center") and Safe Schools Desert Cities.
 
Race Date: Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 - 8:00 am 
 
Cost: $35 by Oct 30th | $40 on Nov 1st or race day  
Pre-registrants will receive a tech fabric T-Shirt. All race finishers get a commemorative medal awards in 5 years age brackets.
 
ENJOY
$5 OFF
 
Be sure to enter code
[THECENTER] at checkout to save!
 
Ready to celebrate the 2019 Pride Festival in Palm Springs?
 
We are less than a month for the 2019 Pride Festival weekend in our beautiful town and our community is getting ready to celebrate this year theme "Million Moments of Pride".
 
Here @ The Center we are getting ready to spread LOVE and be part of this amazing annual event sharing our LGBTQ+ experience with all.
 
To find more details about this weekend celebration, please check Greater Palm Springs Pride HERE for events, schedules and more! November 1st thru 3rd, 2019
Photo courtesy of A Well Being Photography
 
DFA - LeatherSex Conversations :
LA&M (Leather Archives & Museum)
The Center and DFA welcome Gary Wasdin, executive director of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Gary will offer his reflections on what for him, a leatherman, is the best job in the world: uncovering the artifacts and shedding light on the lives of the diverse people who together created what we refer to as Leather, and bringing that rich history to life for us today. 
 
LeatherSex Conversations is a program of Desert Fetish Authority (desertfetishauthority.com) and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert that brings thought-provoking speakers from across the country here to Palm Springs for intimate evenings of questions, answers, and more questions, on topics of interest to people who are a part of the Leather tradition or who are seeking to know more about this enduring aspect of the LGBT experience. Come get your mind blown.
 
When: Friday, Nov 1 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE - Registration required. Please call 760-416-7790
 
Flagging in the Desert featuring DJ Michael Duretto - Nov 2
 
"Flagging in the Desert, an official event of Palm Springs Pride, is an outdoor celebration of flag dancing and the music that inspires it. Whether you come to flag, use poi, fans, hula hoops or just bring a picnic to enjoy color, laughter and uplifting music as it fills the park, everyone is welcome - kids and dogs too! There will be loaner flags available for those who want to learn.
 
When: Saturday, November 2 in Sunrise Park from Noon until 4:00PM
Where: Sunrise Park (near Palm Springs Library)
Cost: FREE - 100% of donations collected during the event are going to support Sanctuary Palm Springs, helping LGBTQ foster youth transition towards healthy and vibrant adulthood
 
For more information about this event, please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow this event on Facebook
 
“Living Your Best Black Gay Life" - November 9th @ The Center
A one-day wellness summit focusing on Black gay men in the Coachella Valley and beyond.
 
The event features innovative workshops, interactive discussions and entertaining presentations on a diverse range of topics, such as relationships and intimacy, spirituality, the impact of racism, sexual pleasure, creative expression, financial planning, building community, health care and more. It is designed to connect Black gay men and promote a better quality of life across the social-cultural-economic spectrum. The event is sponsored by Brothers of the Desert (BOD), a Black gay men’s empowerment group dedicated to philanthropy, volunteerism, mentorship, education, advocacy and social networking. 
 
While the summit is designed for Black gay men, allies of the Black gay community are welcome to attend.
 
When: Saturday, November 9th
Breakfast & Registration: 8:00 to 10:00 am
Workshops: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Social Event: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
 
Space is limited, and registration is required. A donation of $20 is suggested but no one will be turned away for a lack of funds.
 
General Notes
 
Monthly Potlucks, Walk Abouts, Ladies Night Out and Jazz. These are just a few of the activities you could become involved with. How? Just follow the link and you can view and/or sign up for the weekly Women @ The Center Newsletter . If you know of anyone that might be interested in this newsletter, encourage them to sign up.
 
Thinking about becoming a Member @ The Center?
Memberships @ The Center start at $25.00 a year!
 
Your membership fees make a wonderful difference for many women's lives in our LGBT community. Your contributions allow us to distribute groceries to over 250 households each week through our Community Food Bank @ The Center. Membership assists in providing no cost/low cost counseling services to over 50 LGBT clients each week and keeps our classes like 50+Fit, yoga, drawing, Spanish and others at a low cost. In addition, your fees and donations support our work with East Coachella Valley youth in Coachella, Mecca, and Thermal, and the youth suicide-prevention and anti-bullying program in the Palm Springs Unified School District
 
 
SAVE THE DATES
 
Center Stage 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
 
Red Dress Dress Red 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
 
If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. and considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. People of all ages and identities can reach The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800 -273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
 
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    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

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    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
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