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The Center newsletter


A Community of Love and Pride! (Sent on 10/23/2019)

Together we are creating vibrant community
♫ Celebrate good times, come on! ♩ We’ve got plenty to celebrate this week, and we want you there! Whether you live it up at the Center Social tonight at the V Hotel, glam it up 80s style at Center Stage on Friday, paint a calavera face for East Coachella Valley Pride, or enjoy any other community events (Leather Pride, anyone?), there’s something to celebrate for everyone.
Coming up @ The Center
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The Center Social tonight!
We can’t wait to be with all you beautiful people tonight for our monthly Center Social celebration @ The V Hotel in Palm Springs. Always fun, always happy hour, and always FREE! When it's time to meet new friends or reconnect with old friends, it's The Center Social time!
Thanks to media partner The Standard Magazine for sponsoring! 
Eisenhower Health & Wellness lectures back tonight!
Older isn’t necessarily wiser when it comes to preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and seniors are just as susceptible to STIs as younger people. Condom use for vaginal/anal intercourse is lowest among the older adults, according to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. Please join James Adams, MD, Eisenhower Health for a discussion on sexually transmitted infections and your healthcare options.
and more coming up in November...
Our popular Health & Wellness lecture series with our Partners at Eisenhower Health is back 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.
The Center’s 10th Annual Center Stage is finally here this Friday!
Are we going to see you @ The Riviera? Our major event of the year is this Friday 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 amazing 10 years of service!
Attending this event 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?! 
'What’s “Pride” Got to Do With it ?' this Saturday
This "Multi-generational 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 trans people 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
Cost: No cost. This event is FREE
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
Join this amazing Free and family-friendly event in Coachella! 
Business Partner Presentation - Nov 5
When it comes to Social Security retirement benefits, your decision shouldn’t be based on “one-size-fits-all” assumptions. Your age, marital status, health, and financial needs are all important considerations.
Join a Free-to-the-Public Educational Workshop that can assist you in getting the most from your Social Security Retirement Benefits. You’ll learn:
  • Strategies to potentially maximize your Social Security benefits.
  • How benefits are calculated and strategies to increase them.
  • Why married couples may miss out on substantial benefits.
  • When you should apply for Social Security and
  • Strategies that could greatly increase your benefits.
When: Tuesday, November 5th - 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
This is a must attend event, and seating is limited. Please RSVP today by calling The Center @ 760-416-7790.
Presented by Emerald business partner, Candy Bean w/ Rainbow Financial Group
New Session - New Topics!
"Everything you wanted to know about kink but were afraid to ask"
“Change It Up” is back in November with an interactive discussion group for queer men on a variety of topics focusing on improving your quality of life. A combination of psycho-educational presentations paired with a process group. This will also be a positive opportunity for social engagement and community building for participants.
When: Tuesday, Nov 12 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Please check online schedule for NEW topics & dates!)
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: The Center Members: $5/session | Non-Members: $10/session
or more information or to sign-up please call The center @ 760-416-7790
Starting soon!
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October 26th (Drop-in)
October 29th
October 30th
On going programs @ The Center
Conversational Spanish: Thursdays 10:00 am to Noon
Knitting Together:
Mondays - 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Games, Friends & Fun:
Nov 2019 Schedule changes
Fri, Nov 8 - 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Sat, Nov 30th - 3:00 to 5:30 pm
Palm Springs Pride Parade: Are you walking with us?
The Center's 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 embracing this event and they are AMAZING!. Please let us know your size so we have a shirt for you and we will make them available for pickup at The Center a week before, if you want them before the parade or get it on parade's day. Ready to Partay? Email 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!
To find more details about Pride weekend celebration, please check Greater Palm Springs Pride for events, schedules and more! November 1st thru 3rd, 2019
Photo courtesy of A Well Being Photography
Super Fun Fridays @ The Center this week: Center Stage 2019
Since this Friday is the 10th Anniversary of our Center Stage gala, our staff will be laser focused working to provide an unbelievable fun experience to the attendees of this important and enjoyable event. We will hold on the fun pictures for later that night when we celebrate vibrant community with an amazing 80's theme. #centerstage2019
Let us see how you own this week’s theme by sharing a 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
Nutritional items for breakfast are important for a well balanced day. This week we are suggesting donations of Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Breakfast Cereal, 42 oz Canister
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
Eisenhower has been a leader in health care for the Coachella Valley since their medical center opened in 1971. Today, the Eisenhower name extends far beyond the state-of-the-art care delivered at the hospital. One of the hallmarks of Eisenhower Medical Center's reputation as a premier health care facility is the significant financial support provided by a broad base of generous donors. Philanthropy and volunteerism continue to play a major role in Eisenhower's ability to fulfill its mission: "to serve the changing health care needs of our region by providing excellence in patient care with supportive education and research."
Ongoing @ The Center
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Call The Center @ 760-416-7790 for more info or to register
Upcoming Community Events
Are you ready for the challenge?
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
Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk 2019 next week
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.
$5 OFF
Be sure to enter code
[THECENTER] at checkout to save!
PALS Death Cafe - November 7th
It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good. Join us for cake and conversation.
When: Thursday, Nov 7 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Drive 3rd floor, Palm Springs, CA
Please reserve your place by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Thom at 717.364.7043
Outlandish Palm Springs 2019 - Tickets on sale now!
Randy Rainbow is an Emmy® Nominated comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series of musical parodies and political spoofs, which have garnered him international acclaim! This will be Randy's first time in Palm Springs with a LIVE BAND! Creatively precocious, elegantly loquacious, clever and audacious, funny and vivacious! What a wit! Good gracious! - Dick Van Dyke
What: "Randy Rainbow - Live"
When: Saturday, November 23rd & Sunday, November 24th @ 8:00 pm
Where: Palm Spring Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters)
Tickets Cost: $35 | $55 | $85
For more information about Outlandish 2019 or to buy tickets, please click HERE
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.
Prime Timers of the Desert: Mixer & Food Drive Nov 18th
Our great partners Prime Timers of the Desert are joining forces again with Hunters Palm Springs and The Community Food Bank @ The Center to collect non-perishable food donations to fill up our pantry, in support of the efforts addressing food insecurity in our community.
1 out of 6 resident in the Coachella Valley currently faces food insecurity, and with the holiday season approaching, is a good time to show how much we care for others facing challenges to food access during this time of gratitude. Join us and be part of a good cause by helping others with your kind donations.
When: Monday, November 18th - 4:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: Hunters Palm Springs - 302 E Arenas Rd, Palm Springs, CA
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
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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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