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Learn more about HIV Prevention tonight @ The Center (Sent on 02/19/2020)

 
Greetings!
 
Join us tonight for an informative panel discussion between Eisenhower Health, Borrego Health, and Desert AIDS Project, regarding PrEP and PEP care services here in the Coachella Valley and what is available. Also check out great events and fun activities happening here in our community.
 
 
 
Eisenhower Health & Wellness Lecture tonight
 
Bring your questions tonight to The Center and listen to our panel of experts:
  • Eisenhower Health - Alex del Rosario, MD
  • Borrego Health - Rob Fontanilla, PA
  • Desert AIDS Project - Andy Ansell, PrEP Navigator
 
When: Tonight! February 19th, 2020 | 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd. Floor. Palm Springs, CA
 
More Eisenhower Lectures coming up in March
 
March 4th: Join Ken Lichtenstein, MD as he discusses the future of HIV and Aging Research and the challenges related to growing older with HIV.
 
March 18th: Join Ken Zaparinuk, PT, to learn the specifics on what to expect from your surgical prehab and rehabilitation plan.
 
Red Dress Dress Red Ticket Sales Update
 
We are truly speechless…From 36 hours last year to selling out in just minutes‼️ ? We didn’t expect this kind of high volume just seconds and minutes after tickets were made available. ? THANK YOU for supporting our work! We can’t wait to party with you in red!
 
Our apologies to those who didn’t get tickets. We hope to experience this wonderful event with you in the future. Thank you for supporting your community center! ?
 
Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group:
Additional Session starting today
 
This group will now meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesday on the same time slot from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
 
This support group offers a safe environment where LGBT caregivers/care partners, who are caring for an LGBT person with dementia, can receive support from others going through similar experiences
 
When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE - donation accepted | This is a drop-in program
 
Trends & Destinations in LGBTQ Travel tomorrow @ The Center
 
Catch-up on all the latest trends and destinations in LGBTQ Travel next week on Thursday, February 20th.
 
When: Thursday, February 20th - 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE
 
To register, please call 760-416-7790
 
This is a Business Member Presentation presented by Expedia CruiseShipCenters
 
The Center Social next week!
 
We are back at Hotel Zozo next week for our monthly Center Social happening Wednesday, February 26th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm! Let's celebrate community and friendship! Spread the word - this Happy Hour is for everyone!
 
Thanks to media partner We Are Channel Q for sponsoring! 
 
The Will : PALS Workshops last Session this Saturday
 
The last on a series of workshops to create the documents needed to control your health care decisions and safeguard your assets.
Saturday, Feb 22 | 9:30 to 11:30 am: The Will
During the last hour of each workshop, if it is appropriate for your estate, you will have the opportunity to complete lay legal documents provided to you obtained from the internet. A notary will be available as well.
This is a FREE event but space is limited. Please call The Center at 760.416.7790 to sign up. QUESTIONS? Contact Marc Champion at 720.635.3710
 
Back by Popular Demand: Beginner TAP Starting Mar 17
After a very successful first season at The Center, this fun and entertaining program will be back for 10 weeks starting March 17th, 2020 on the same time slot.
 
When: Tuesdays - 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: Members $10/Class | Non-Members: $15/Class.
 
For more information or to register, please call The Center @ 760.416.7790
 
What's Left on Your Bucket List? Apr 4
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, Apr 4 - 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
 
Fun Fridays @ The Center!
For this Fun Friday we are going to share a photo and brief story of an influential woman in our lives . Eager to see who has influenced each of you!
 
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 so we can follow the fun!
 
Padgett Business Services specializes in small businesses that are owner operated in the service and retail industry in important areas: small business accounting solutions, payroll, business and individual tax-planning strategies, tax compliance and preparation, tax problem resolution and audit representation services.
 
 
IBC 2020 in Palm Springs this weekend
 
International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, California, February 20-24, 2020. Palm Springs welcomes thousands of frisky, furry bears, their friends & their fans to have the time of their lives!
 
When: February 20-24, 2020
Where: Palm Springs, CA - Different venues. Click HERE for official IBC2020 schedule
 
Special CVRep Fundraiser show this Saturday
 
Multi-Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch teams up with Off-Broadway queen Judy Gold for a sidesplitting evening of comedy. Following the entertainment will be a champagne and dessert reception. This is a fundraiser and a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.
 
When: Saturday, February 22nd @ 7:00 pm
Where: CVRep - 68510 E Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City, CA
For more information visit CVRep or call 760-296-2966
 
"Isn’t it Romantic" - Desert Winds Jazz Band this Sunday
 
Dean McDowell | Artistic Director
Jazz Band Concert & Gala Fundraiser
Buffet Dinner | Open Bar of Beer & Wine | Silent Auction
 
Special Guests include: Siobhan Velarde - Vocalist | Keisha D - Vocalist | Vocolacity Vocal Quartet | Carol Kamenis - Vocalist | Francesca Amari - Vocalist
 
When: Sunday, Feb 23 - 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Palm Springs Pavilion - 402 S. Pavilion Way. Palm Springs, CA
Tickets $60 - For Tickets click HERE or call 760.776.2700
 
The 2nd Annual MEET THE BLACKS - Feb 26
 
Presented by Lucy and Gail with Brothers of the Desert. All spouses, friends and allies of the LGBTQ Black Community are Invited (SPACE IS LIMITED)
 
When: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: Oscars Bar and Grill - 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: $10 Appetizers - No Host Bar | RSVP by February 21, 2020
 
For more information or to buy tickets, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Diversity DHS - Bingo this Monday @ Trunks
 
Bring your best dose of sheer luck to this fun evening of Bingo at the local favorite watering hole and meeting spot ‘Trunks’ in Cathedral City. Cash prizes for the best criss-cross, up down, all but odds or any other screwball or objectively insane way the moderators will determine a winning card! Walk away with some folding in your pocket of just throw your ‘almost’, or, it was *this close* wadded up cards at the actual winner of those massive winnings! Either way, the best of fun and a great way to meet friends old and new with the satisfaction you are doing so much more to support diversity in our communities.
 
When: 4th Monday of every month - 7:00 to 9:00 pm (Monday Feb 24)
Where: Trunks Bar @ Cathedral City - 36737 Cathedral Canyon Dr. Cathedral City, CA
 
Brother Outsider - The Life of Bayard Rustin Feb 28
 
Among Friends along with Blackbook Bar and Brothers of the Desert celebrate Black History month with the Bayard Rustin Documentary: BROTHER OUTSIDER.
 
BROTHER OUTSIDER has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
 
When: Feb 28 - Reception at 6:00 pm | Screening at 7:30 pm. Followed by a Q + A with Special Guest Bennett Singer, the co-director of the film.
Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters) - 2300 E Baristo Rd. Palm Springs, CA
 
Free Film Screening: "Mosquita y Mari" Feb 28
 
“Mosquita y Mari" focuses on the tender love between two young Chicanas growing up in Huntington Park, one of the most vibrant immigrant Latino communities in Los Angeles. Come join us!
 
When: Friday, February 28th, from 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Mecca Family & Farmworker's Service Center - 91275 66th Ave., Suite 100 (Large Conference Room) Mecca, CA
Cost: FREE - Gratuito. For more info/para más información contact Miguel Navarro via Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
First Camp Widow event for the LGBTQ+ widowed community
Soaring Spirits is proud to offer the first ever Camp Widow event designed to serve the LGBTQ+ widowed community.
 
Held in Los Angeles in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the one-day event will feature workshops, discussions, and resources addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner.
 
Sponsored in part by the David Bohnett Foundation and featuring designer, author and advocate Nate Berkus as keynote speaker, registration will be open only to members of the LGBTQ+ widowed community
 
When: Saturday February 29th, 2020
Where: Los Angeles LGBT Center - 1118 N. McCadden Place. Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $50 per person to attend, and there are scholarships available.
 
PALS Death Cafe - Mar 6
 
It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good. Join us for cake and conversation.
When: Thursday, Mar 5 - 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
It's never too soon to plan ahead! 
 
Palm Springs Dance Project: The Main Event - Mar 7
POWERFUL, ENERGETIC, LUMINOUS; these are just a few of the adjectives critics use when describing the acclaimed dance companies who will be presented at the Annenberg Theater.
 
This stunning dance program includes full company works by three incredible Los Angeles based dance companies; BrockusRED , Luminario Ballet, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Expect superb choreography, exquisite dance and the first ever aerial dance experience in the Annenberg Theater. LGBT Center clients receive a special 10% discount using online code SUNSHINE.
 
When: Saturday, Mar 7 - 7:30 pm
Where: Annenberg Theater - Palm Springs Art Museum.
Cost: $55; $80 & $130 (VIP)
 
Calling All Youth & GSA Advisors!
Are you a high school, middle school, or college student? Join us at the Rainbow Youth Summit! Registration now open! If you’re an adult and interested in volunteering or supporting the event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Register online today for a day of learning and friendship building! For more information about Safe School, visit their website HERE
 
When: Saturday, Mar 7 - 8:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: UCR Palm Desert Campus. 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Palm Desert, CA
 
20th Anniversary Rainbow Challenge, April 10-12
 
Did you know that The Stonewall Golfers Annual Rainbow Challenge  ️ is taking place April 10 - 12 at the Indian Canyons North and South Course ? It's the longest running (and hopefully largest) Gay & Lesbian Golf Tournament in the world, so check out the details, including the Rainbow Challenge Golf Extravaganza, and make this a spring golf vacation!  *Early Bird registration happening NOW*
The Center is thrilled to be the beneficiary again this year! Last year, more than $10,000 was donated to support our vital programs and services. A heartfelt thanks to presenting sponsor  Matrix Insurance & Benefits Solutions, Inc. for the incredible support.
 
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
 
 
Trans or Gender-Nonconforming Support
 
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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