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The Center newsletter


New programs + more fun @ The Center! (sent on 09/18/2019)

Together we are creating vibrant community
Fall season @ The Center is taking off with the return of our popular programs and some amazing new offers for our community to enjoy. Check out this new edition of the newsletter and find out what The Center has been preparing for you!
Coming up @ The Center
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Exciting & fun new programs @ The Center
Saturdays (as per schedule)
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Starting October 5th
Saturdays | 10 Weeks
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting October 5th
Saturdays - Runs thru Dec 2019
4:00 to 5:30 pm
Starting October 19th
Tuesdays - Runs thru Jan 2020
5:00 to 6:00 pm
Starting October 29th
And the return of your favorite ones!
New Topics
2nd Tuesday of every month
Starting October 8th
New Session
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Starting October 15th
New Session
Starting October 30th
Support Group Programs @ The Center
Wednesdays | 12 Weeks
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Starting today - Email:
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1st Wednesday of every month
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting October 2nd (Drop-in)
2nd Tuesday of every month 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting October 8th (Drop-in)
We’re celebrating The Center’s 10th Annual Center Stage
Center Stage tickets are ON SALE NOW‼️ So get ready for us to turn up the heat and shake-up the gala thing just a bit on Friday, October 25th. We’ll have a Big 80s 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!
Come get down with your best 80s look, and let’s party hardy! 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?! 
Eisenhower Health Lectures returns in October
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 requested.
Please call The Center at 760.416.7790 to sign up.
October 9th
October 16th
October 23rd
LAST DAY to cast your vote!
We're honored to be nominated for Best Service-Oriented Charity/Non-Profit AND Most Fun Non-Profit Event or Gala (Red Dress Dress Red). So head on over and cast your vote. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all the amazing entrants! Our community sure is a thriving and vibrant one!
Voting ends TODAY!
Have you joined our team yet? Desert AIDS Walk is on Oct 19
It is that time of year where we step up and raise $$$ and awareness for DAP’s 33rd Annual AIDS Walk 2019. Our Center-pedes team goal is $5,000. 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!
The Center Social is next Wednesday!
Mark your calendars for our monthly Center Social happening next week.
When: Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 from 5:30 to 7 pm
Where: Moxies Palm Springs - 262 S Palm Canyon Dr., 2nd Floor, Palm Springs, CA 
Let's celebrate community and friendship! Spread the word - this Happy Hour is for everyone! Thanks to media partner,  trick dogs films  for sponsoring! 
Fun Fridays @ The Center
Now that summer is almost behind us, for this Friday theme lets share "Your summer highlight of 2019"... a memorable moment or image that happened this year in your life between Memorial and Labor day
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
This week's pick is an easy-to-cook option in a convenient 24 oz. plastic jar that can satisfy the needs of most of our Food Bank's clients. Consider ordering Solimo Meat-flavored Pasta Sauce, 24oz
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
Tucked away in the Club Trinidad Hotel, The Purple Room is where Frank, Sammy, Dean, and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s. Step in and you’ll be transported back to the elegance of the era: an intimate and inviting room, classic cocktails with a modern twist, world-class cuisine, and the best in live entertainment - six nights a week! Hobnob with celebrities, locals, and visitors alike at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room — where Palm Springs plays!
Ongoing @ The Center
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Call The Center @ 760-416-7790 for more info or to register
Upcoming Community Events
Seminar this Saturday:
"What Caregiving Can Teach Us About Living and Loving"
Join PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) exploring a more holistic understanding of caregiving - carefully given and carefully received. Speaker:  Brian de Vries, PhD, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University
When: Saturday, September 21st - 9:30 to 11:30 am
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 323-533-3550
2019 Pride Honors Awards - Sep 24
The prestigious Pride Honors are presented annually to individuals to recognize their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies.
The six awards granted this year celebrate powerful voices in the community: a former mayor, a teacher, a retired Army Master Sergeant and a 43-year veteran drag performer. The awards program marks the approach of Pride Week in the region under the worldwide theme of “Millions of Moments of Pride.”
When: Tuesday, September 24th @ 6:00 pm
Where: Hilton Palm Springs - 400 Tahquitz Canyon Way. Palm Springs, CA
The Improvables - Benefiting The Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Improvables of the Desert present “Laughing Out Loud”, a benefit for the LGBT Center. Join us for a hilarious evening of laughter, fun, and improv comedy! Please bring a canned or non-perishable food item.
When: September 28th - 7:00 pm (Doors opens @ 6:30 pm)
Where: The Desert Rose Playhouse | 69620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA
Tickets: $20.00
Free seminar:
"Religion, Psychology, and Spirituality: How it Shapes Mental Health"
Please join Rev. Msgr. Richard Sinacola for an interesting free lecture on how spirituality and religious expression can be a positive force for combating depression and loneliness.
The lecture will also look at how religion has historically not always been a positive factor in one's life, and how one can heal past trauma and allow a healthy spirituality to grow once again. The event will conclude with a discussion on how Liberal Catholicism is different and similar to Roman Catholicism.
Presenter: Rev. Msgr. Richard Sinacola, MSW, M. Div., PhD.
When: Sunday, September 29th @ 4:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE
For more information please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Outlandish Palm Springs 2019 - Tickets on sale now!
Funny girl Fran Drescher shares, in her unique voice, both poignant and hilarious stories of her life.
An ordinary girl from Queens who ends up living an extraordinary life and has seen it all! She shares her insights and wisdom of growth and life lessons that she learned the hard way. You'll laugh and cry as you enjoy a great Schmooze-fest with Fran!
What: "Schmoozing" with Fran Drescher
When: Saturday, October 12th @ 8:00 pm
Where: Palm Spring Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters)
Tickets Cost: $50 | $75 | $125
For more information about Outlandish 2019 or to buy tickets, please click HERE
Save The Date!!! The Third Annual Eastern Coachella Valley Pride!!!
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from
1:00 -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
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
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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