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Thursday, 04 January 2018 23:01

Jim Scheibel

Originally from Canada, Jim Scheibel has over 17 years of experience in healthcare administration, specifically quality improvement and waste reduction, following his degree in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. Together with his husband, Jim owns and operates a State Farm insurance agency in the Coachella Valley. Jim has previous served on the board of The North Central Community Center, a community-based organization for at-risk youth in Regina Saskatchewan. He currently serves on the board of Canmar Grain’s an international food production company, where he has helped build relationships with national brands such as Trader Joe’s and Costco, along with numerous international distributors.

Published in Board of Directors
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:59

David Wallace

Continuing our series on The Center’s volunteers, we meet the Creative Writing instructor, David Wallace:  Creative Writing Class Sept 9th Sign Up Now
As my fourth season mentoring the Creative Writing class begins Saturday, I’m suddenly in the embarrassing position of writing my own story. But, as that’s also what I’m presently doing as a memoir on deadline, I’ll tell you why publishers were interested.
I think it’s because A Kid From Missouri has less to do with anything I’ve accomplished than being a vivid demonstration of what unintended consequences can do to mold a life. It’s the story of an ordinary, shy kid who was given amazing opportunities and experiences simply because of a unique chain of events… among them chatting with Pope Pius XII about my sexuality; hanging with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; hobnobbing with heroes (among them the Eisenhowers - mom was in Mamie’s Canasta club), and idols like Maria Callas (I’m the ultimate opera queen).
It all started with a long ago scandal causing my family to withdraw into itself for 50 years, socializing, celebrating, mourning, and, for some (including me), actually living together in my grandmother’s house in Independence, Missouri.  My mom, dad (her son), and I occupied two upstairs bedrooms, and, across the hall, her daughter’s family had their bedrooms.  And her husband – my uncle - was a U.S. Senate rookie named Harry S Truman.  Take it from there… from my earliest days, I’ve lived in a pretty high profile environment, but when FDR died and my uncle became president, everything went into overdrive... White House vacations, Secret Service everywhere, the Independence (the presidential plane) and the Williamsburg (the yacht, among whose military staff was my galley-raider buddy Cpl. Steve McQueen),, assassination attempts, fawning sycophants, etc… the whole magillah.
Turns out that eventually I discovered I could write. Gossip queen Liz Smith (who dubbed me “the maestro of entertainment history”), People (I became its National Correspondent), and The New York Times (which called my work “inspired”), were among those who also noticed. Which led to my developing my own celebrity-filled phonebook, publishing nine books, and, eventually, also led  to teaching the Creative Writing workshop at The Center where, gratifyingly,  I have been able to assist many in putting words to their own  life stories, dreams, and fantasies.  
Thursday, 23 May 2013 23:13

Lisa Middleton

Lisa Middleton is a member of the Palm Springs Planning Commission, Chairwoman of the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS), a member of the Boards of Directors of the Desert Horticulture Society and the Desert LGBT Center. In 2014, she was the Center’s Interim Executive Director.

On the Planning Commission she has advocated for neighborhood/developer cooperation, increased use of solar power, the creative use of desert landscaping, renewal of our downtown, sustainable projects that excel – architecturally and economically and the elimination of abandoned buildings and blighted vacant lots.

ONE-PS is a coalition of 40 neighborhoods. Under Lisa’s leadership, ONE-PS has taken the lead on street repairs, vacation rental compliance, pedestrian, cyclist and traffic safety and the inclusive involvement growth of every community within Palm Springs.

Lisa Middleton retired after serving 36 years with the State Compensation Insurance Fund of the State of California. At her retirement she was the Senior Vice President of Internal Affairs with executive responsibility for Internal Audit, Fraud Investigation, Public Records and Governance. She was a member of California’s Fraud Assessment Commission.

In 2010, she chaired the Commission. Lisa is a graduate of UCLA and USC, receiving her Masters in Public Administration from USC.

She has also completed the UCLA LGBT Leadership Institute.

After 13 years together, Lisa and Cheryl were married in July 2013. Lisa is transgender having completed a change in gender roles in the mid-1990s. She is the proud parent of two adult children.

Published in Board of Directors
Friday, 12 April 2013 21:23

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Indio Senior Center


Desert LGBT Organizations
AIDS Assistance Program (AAP)
Coachella Valley Couples Club
Desert AIDS Project
Desert Business Association
Desert Dyners
Desert Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Desert Gay Tourism Guild
Desert Outreach Foundation
Desert Winds Freedom Band
Get Tested Coachella Valley
Greater Palm Springs Pride
Jewish Federation of Palm Springs & the Desert Area
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Palm Springs Bears
Palm Springs/Desert Communities Chapter of PFLAG
Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers
Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
PS Pozabilities
Prime Timers of the Desert
Stonewall Golfers

Other Resources

Advocate Money Minute
American Veterans for Equal Rights
Al-Anon in the Desert
California Smokers Helpline
Equality California
Focus on Cancer
Freedom to Marry
Home Safety for Seniors
Human Rights Campaign
Legal Aid Association of California
Gay Gull National Gay News
Desert Mediation Group
The Jewish Family Services of the Desert
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Elder Abuse
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Inland Counties Legal Services
Joslyn Senior Center
La Quinta Senior Center
Lavender Seniors of the East Bay
Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - Senior Program
Mizell Senior Center
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Riverside County Office on Aging
Social Security Administration
Tai Chi for Health and Vitality
US Government Senior Resources
White House Conference on Aging
Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability
and Special Needs
Lucy and Gail
Meth Addiction Treatment
National Association of LGBT Community Centers
Spectrum LGBT Center
Voice Modification for People in the Transgender Community
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 21:43

Desert Winds Freedom Band

The Desert Winds Freedom Band was founded by Gary Moline in the Fall of 2001.
The Band is a diverse group open to all gay and gay-friendly people who like to play concert band music. It serves the greater Palm Springs, California area located in the beautiful Coachella Valley.  The Band has a core of dedicated musicians who love to make music together. Some are professionals and others haven't played since they graduated from high school many years ago.

Rehearsals are usually onThursday Nights
6:45 - Tuning & Warm-up
7 - 9:30 - PM Rehearsal

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    The McDonald/Wright Building

    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
    EIN # 33-0937301

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