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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:03

Leaskou Partners

Leaskou Partners is a boutique Brokerage with a global and international reach, representing Palm Springs, the Morongo Basin, the Coachella Valley and all of California. Their Realtors have successfully closed over a billion dollars in Real Estate.

Their experience provides the best representation in estates, homes, condominiums, golf course and equestrian properties spanning the second home, vacation rental and investment property markets, including 1031 exchanges, land, commercial and long-term leasing.

Leaskou Partners' Realtors leverage their firm's Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations departments which allows them to provide creative marketing campaigns of the highest quality while remaining innovative across all media platforms.

Monday, 09 January 2012 21:28

Bernal Smith Group at Coldwell Banker

At Bernal Smith Group, Lucio and Jon are focused on giving luxury service to all world class lifestyles from moderately priced to luxury properties. We feel the most gratifying part of our lives is to give to our community and support those efforts through The Center of Palm Springs.The Center's Mission is aligned with what we feel strongly about: Creating Vibrant Community. The community we live and work in is a beautiful place and anything we can do to continue to enhance that and support is what we feel is the right thing to do.

As real estate professionals who are experts in the greater Palm Springs area, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise of buying and selling real estate. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. 

As you know, marketing or buying a home can be challenging.  Our role as professionals is to facilitate that process, guide you through potential disclosures issues, and get maximum visibility for your luxury home. When you are considering your options to hire a professional to successfully market your home or assist with a home buying purchase, contact us. We are confident our professional expertise is exactly the caliber of service your desire.

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Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:36

Dann Foley Inc

For more than 25 years I have built a reputation for great style, taste and quality through my namesake firm DANN Inc. I began working on my own as an extra credit project my senior year of school at Drexel University, Nesbitt College of Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have honed my craft with clients across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

After years of creating custom items for client’s homes, the Dann Foley Lifestyle brand was a natural extension of those efforts. I bring a unique global perspective to my designs through years of international clientele, extensive travel and a passion for all things beautiful. For me the idea of home goes well beyond the acquiring of the things, it is a desire to share my idea of “Living Well” with everyone I meet.

I have used the Lifestyle Design approach when creating residences, commercial properties, products, styling and special event design. A favorite motto of mine is, any style, anywhere, at any time. I deliver what people ask for but in a way they dreamed possible and do it all with what everyone seems to refer to as my boundless energy and infectious laughter.

From the start I envisioned the Dann Foley Liflestyle (DFL) brand to be high style with my signature 3 A’s of Design… Accessible, Available and Affordable. The DFL licensing program was never meant to be just a name on a label. I design every product myself. Yet, I still consider each license a partnership between the manufacturer and me. The process is a true design collaboration involving all phases from the factory to marketing, to ensure I offer a product that is well made, accessible and beautiful. I have never wanted to create product for a lofty few to sing my praises, I create product that will appeal to buyers and consumers alike.

I have always recognized the power of television as the most useful tool in marketing my work and my brand. Shows like NBC’s American Dream Builders and Showtime’s The Real L Word have given me the opportunity to prove to that I can entertain and inspire viewers about the “Dann Brand.”

In the only 2 years since the Dann Foley Lifestyle licensing programs officially launched (which coincided with the premier of American Dream Builders) I have garnered both industry attention and record sales of some of my products, earning me 5 Platinum and Gold ADEX, Excellence in Design Awards, a Pinnacle Award nomination and, my most coveted nomination to date, the ARTS Award nomination in the product design category.

By combining style, sophistication and my 3 A’s of product design I am offering buyers and consumers alike more than just product, I am offering them a chance to create their own personalized style. My newest bedding lines are a perfect example of how a buyer/consumer can purchase my perfectly curated and coordinated looks for the bed or create their own look by combining my many exclusive patterns, colors and textures into their perfect haven. I am also offering dozens of decorative pillows and shams from the simple to elaborate and gorgeous drapery panels to round out the look for the bedroom or any room of the home.

For more than twenty-five years I have rigorously kept my focus on client satisfaction through uncompromising service. I bring this same work ethic to the DANN FOLEY LIFESTYLE product lines. I am committed to giving people the opportunity to live better, more beautiful and more meaningful lives through the products they live with. People don’t need more things they just need better choices.  I use my God-given personality and wit, combined with a vast knowledge and experience for living well to thrill my clients and keep them coming back…it is those same qualities that I bring to the design table with every product. My lifestyle brand has been a long time in the making because I wanted to get it right…I am here to stay!

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 17:59

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Coming up @ The Center
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Older doesn't necessarily mean "wiser" when it comes to preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, condom use for vaginal/anal intercourse is lowest among older adults -only 5.1% of men and 7.4% of women used condoms during recent sex.

Join Eisenhower Health tonight @ 5:30 PM for a chat about STIs with Physician Assistant, Jon Colbert.

No cost to attend. Registration is requested as space is limited! Call 760-416-7790.
Going ALL RED for Palm Springs Pride Parade!

We’re still flying high from Red Dress Dress Red Party on the Tarmac 2018, and we're bringing our RED game on and promoting the hottest dance party in town, Red Dress Dress Red, at the Palm Springs Pride Parade on Sunday, November 4th!

To join The Center's Pride Parade contingent, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your shirt size.

Plus, be sure to Save the Date for next year’s party: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Leadership Circle
Business Partner Spotlight
Barbara Barrett has been practicing law since 1983. She had a law office in San Francisco for many years and then a second office in Sonoma County. She opened her Palm Springs office in 2002.

Bare Cupboards. No Never!!
Help us keep the cupboards stocked at the Community Food Bank at The Center. Currently we need Pasta, Noodles, Pasta Sauce, Rice, Canned Fruit and Canned Meat. Drop off your donations at The Center M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm.

What do ghosts eat ? Spookghetti!
Ongoing @ The Center
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Upcoming Community Events
Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019
The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is honored to be a finalist in the Coachella Valley Independent's Best of Coachella Valley 2018-2019 Readers' Poll for Best Local Activist/Advocacy Group ! The winners will be announced at CVIndependent.com on Monday, November 26th, and in the Independent December 2018 special print edition.

Final round voting is now open and runs through Monday, Oct. 29th! Only one vote per person, per round. To vote, visit Best_of_Coachella_Valley

Thank you for your love and continued support!

Congratulations to all the nominees!
Join the millions of people that’ll once again wear purple on #SpiritDay in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Spirit Day is the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign for #LGBTQ youth in the country, and GLAAD (the nation’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization) is empowering youth to get others involved.
So let’s WEAR PURPLE this Thursday and share information about Spirit Day and anti-LGBTQ bullying this!
We even created a Facebook event, and you can view and share it HERE
Cowghoul Dance & Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness
Get your Boot Scootin' Boogie going @ Chill Bar, Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30PM. Two-Step, Waltz and Line Dances. Donations Accepted.

World Gay Rodeo Finals (25-28) October in Mesquite, Texas)

Breast Cancer Awareness will be a feature of this month's Cowboy Dance here in Palm Springs. We plan to take up a special collection of donations from persons desiring to support Palm Springs Rodeo in this cause.

On October 20 th , The Desert AIDS Walk is celebrating 32 years of "Walking To Make A Difference", and The LGBT Center of the Desert is proud to be a Desert AIDS Walk Community Partner again this year as we share our common goal of serving those most vulnerable! As a Community Partner, The Center will receive 50% of the net proceeds raised by our team! These funds will go back to support our in-house programs! 
Please join our fundraising efforts by joining our team, The Center-Pedes, or by donating to our fundraising goal as we collectively raise awareness. With each step we take and each dollar we raise, we can test more people, bring more people who are HIV positive into care, and move one step closer to an "AIDS free generation”. Let’s make this the best year ever!
Follow the link to join our team or make a contribution: Support and Contributions
The Center-Pedes are proud to represent the LGBT Community Center of the Desert! We’re grateful for your support!

Celebrate diversity and unity in Desert Hot Springs with friends and neighbors. Entertainment includes: Modern Men, JBOY, Keisha D, Jinza, Ballet Folklorixo Sabor a mi Tierra, Larry J. Bennett, Rocco Patrick Brother Man Band, and Keisha D.
By Paula Vogel
October 24-November 18, 2018
CVRep at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel is a funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man.  It is a multi-award winning play including the 1998 Pulitzer Prize.

“Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman’s memories.” – NY Times

For tickets please call 760-296-2966 or go to www.cvrep.org/tickets
It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good.
Join us for cake and conversation.

Thursday , October 25, 2018 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The LGBT Center of the Desert
1301 N Palm Canyon Drive 3rd floor
Palm Springs
Seating is limited.
Please RSVP in the affirmative by calling Rob at 207-446-2523.

It's never too soon to plan ahead!

That's right folks! Outlandish returns to the Palm Springs Cultural Center with an expanded lineup! Produced by Logo TV Founder Matt Farber and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the series will feature six iconic acts known in the LGBT community, each of whose appeal has crossed over to a mainstream audience.

The Outlandish series will benefit The Center – The LGBT Community Center of the Desert and is sponsored by Saguaro Palm Springs, Atlantis Events and Gay Desert Guide.
Tickets are now on sale for each performance at www.OutlandishPS.com . General Admission, Premium Seating, and VIP tickets (including a meet and greet) available. Tickets range from $30-$100. “Series Passes” to see all six shows are available at a discounted price. 
Who are you most excited to see?

LGBT Community Center
Mural Ribbon-Cutting
On Friday November 2nd, join The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, in partnership with Desert Care Network, to host official ribbon-cutting ceremony of local artist's, Juan-Manuel Alonso, mural celebrating LGBTQ diversity in the Coachella Valley from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM at our new home @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr.

Save the date, and celebrate love with us to kick-off pride weekend! For more information, give us a call or click HERE
Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers
5K (3.1 Mile) Run and Walk
through the streets of the Old Las Palmas neighborhood.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:00 A.M.

Registration Fees and Packet Pickup:

  • Online registration: $35 [from September 16th through October 31st] 
  • Race day registration: $40 [November 3rd]

All registrants receive a colorful T-shirt. Each finisher gets a commemorative medal. Awards in 5 year age brackets

LGBTQ Rights:
The Shifting Sands of Federal Policy Create Uncertainty

A policy discussion with Michael Adams, CEO, Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), Chair Elect American Society on Aging (ASA) Board of Directors

At the Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs
Thursday, November 8th @ 8:30 AM.

Turning nine and feeling fine! The ninth annual Center Stage starring the classically trained singing and comedy brother duo, Will & Anthony Nunziata and the always funny Kate Clinton, presented by Eisenhower Health returns to The Riviera Palm Springs on Friday, November 9 th . Plus, we'll be honoring the late great Dick Haskamp with the Legacy Award to complete our night of delight!
General Admission Tickets & Tables for Center Stage are now on sale, and they are limited!
Don't miss a one of a kind evening of fun, connection, and festivity @ the Center Stage gala in November!
For tickets, click HERE or call The Center
@ 760-416-7790
Desert Winds Freedom Band will open their season with their Fall Concert "MYTHS & LEGENDS". Under the direction of Dean McDowell the band will perform this concert at the Richards Center for the Performing Arts in the Palm Springs High School.

Only one performance on Saturday, November 17th @ 7 PM.

Tickets are $30 and are available at  www.desertwindsfb.org
Smooth Sailing To Cooler Weather
Are the consecutive days of 100°+ heat getting to you? Give yourself a break and some beauty with this round trip sailing getaway to Alaska from LA, next Spring! Exclusively offered by Let’s Go Travel, you won’t have to worry about airport security lines, or the traffic lines to get into the airport! It’s all smooth sailing to The Last Frontier. Plus, $50 will be donated back to The Center for each person booked!

Save These Dates
As you plan the rest of the year, and even 2019, we want to be sure you have these important dates for Center Stage 2018 and Red Dress Dress Red 2019. Keep an eye on this newsletter for announcements about sponsorship's, ticket sales, and more!

Center Stage 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
The Riviera Resort & Spa

Red Dress Dress Red 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Palm Springs Air Museum
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.
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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Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:34

Tom Becktold

Tom Becktold helps companies and organizations build, reposition and strengthen their brands, identify and evaluate acquisition targets and establish innovative marketing programs. Tom joined the Board in November 2015. He previously served as senior vice president of global marketing for Business Wire, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway. A 26-year veteran of the company, he was a member of the company’s advisory board and established growth-focused marketing programs, launched successful business units and steered market share growth worldwide. Tom previously served on chapter boards for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A Southern California native, he joined the Board in 2015.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:35

Chris Ann Kallgren

About Chris

  • I have the technology and resources to generate demand for your property, provide buyers with the detailed information they desire, and have the ability to respond instantly to online inquiries.
  • With our Internet marketing program, I’m determined to generate broad online exposure for home sellers at America’s leading real estate internet sites and portals, selling homes quickly and for the best possible price.
  • To satisfy online home buyers, my listings have multiple photos and detailed property descriptions – two of the most sought after features by online home shoppers.
  • I provide superior customer service to home buyers with HomeBase In-Touch, our proprietary software, which allows me to respond immediately to inquiries from online buyers interested in any of my listings.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 18:56




The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert (aka “The Center”)

MISSION: Creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way.

VISION:    Thriving lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender people, living authentically in support inclusive communities.

VALUES:    Respect, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Fun, Integrity

The Center creates a vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way, in Coachella Valley and visitors of all ages, totaling nearly 68,000 client visits annually. A thriving, community-based organization, The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy wellness, educational, support and social programming through such programs as The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic @ The Center (over 2,000 clinical appointments annually), transgender therapy groups, a partnership with Palm Springs Unified School District to offer The Center’s Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying curriculum to every ninth-grade student in the district (nearly 2,000 students), public school counseling, The Community Food Bank @ The Center (serving annually over 16,000 family members from ages 1 through 55+), extensive social and recreational offerings, the David Bohnett CyberCenter (a free computer and internet center), a growing volunteer program, and special events in the community.

It is the only LGBTQ non-profit community center in Eastern Riverside County. The Center receives broad support from across our desert communities, which includes local municipalities, foundation grants, individual and business memberships, special events, and gifts from its friends in the Coachella Valley who support the LGBTQ community. Several programs provide critical social interaction opportunities for members of the LGBTQ community who are alone, isolated, and for many, living at or below the poverty level.

The Center Board of Directors reflects the diversity of the LGBTQ Community: 50% are women; 7% are people of color; 6 identify themselves as gay; 7, lesbian; and 1, bi; the average age is 56 (median 60), and represent professions such as business, civic involvement, finance, human resources legal, marketing, and mental health.

The Prime Timers Foundation was created in 2001 with the purpose of serving the needs of gay seniors, who are often isolated and living at or below the poverty level. Many in this generation lived through rejection, outright discrimination and fear for their safety for just being their authentic selves. They were the trail blazers who, in spite of being ostracized by society, stood up for our rights and created the environment today where we can live openly as LGBTQ people.

Many of the learned fears still exist in this generation and as they age, they become isolated and self-protective. Recognizing this, in 2005 the Foundation created the Golden Rainbow Senior Center, a one-room center that offered a few programs for seniors and a friendly, accepting place to gather. In October, 2011, the board expanded the scope of The Center’s operation to be all inclusive of LGBTQ people regardless of age and changed its name to reflect that expanded mission. We proudly move forward as a place for our entire community as The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, The Center.


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Friday, 12 April 2013 20:41


While all programs at The Center are built for our entire community, sometimes it's nice to find and create space for ourselves. These programs were created with a focus on LGBTQ women. Plus, get access to our weekly Women's Newsletter, which highlights events created by and for LGBTQ women across the Coachella Valley.
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Center Mixer Tonight Wed the 21st

Your resource for what's happening in the valley for LGBT women.
Women's Chat - Every Thursday …connecting women….inspiring friendships. Talk, listen, laugh, connect. Join us as we share our stories, our failures & our successes. We are on all the path of living, loving and learning. Great way to make new friends. Thursdays 10:30 to noon at The Center 1301 North Palm Canyon, 3rd Floor
Entertainment - Ongoing
KEISHA D is at Wangs in the Desert. 1st and 3rd Sunday's on the patio. 5pm to 8pm, no cover
KATHERINE WHITE - The sultry sounds of Kathryn White, every THURSDAY, 6:30pm-9:30pm,
Three Sixty North Bar and Grill. . 360 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs CA 92262 (760) 327-1773.
Wyld Womxn August Full Moon gathering August 26th
Wyld Womxn will be hosting their August Full Moon gathering on Sunday, August 26th at 5:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club! We will be meeting on the 1st floor of the Clubhouse. This month's activities include full moon affirmations & a "Smash the Patriarchy" piñata release! 
Our monthly gatherings are open to new and interested women creatives, and persons who identify as women. The meeting is a great way to meet the current collective and learn about member programming and how to join Wyld Women.
Instead of filling our piñata with candy, we are asking attendees to donate one good-vibe or self-care item, art supplies, or small trinkets. 
Examples of what to bring:
a box of incense ,a sage bundle, art supplies ,small books, random dollar store trinkets, tea
Please confirm your RSVP here
Feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message us through our FB page. 
Learn More: 
Women's Country Western Dance Lessons
Let's get dancing. Learn a variety of country western dances. Women's beginning class will resume Friday, September 7 at step by step dance studio 316 N Palm Canyon Dr.  More information to follow.
Country Dance Lessons
Country dance lessons with Rob Ollander-Krane at Trunks on Saturdays (September 1 two-step, October 13 shadow, November 24 15-minute tune up one on one, December 22 two-step) at 7pm.  No cover.
Crave Dance Party Sept 15th
Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM - 10 PM
424 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, California 92262
CRAVE Dance Party LGBT
Benefitting "The Well in the Desert" $10 Door
Donations of food, clothes & basic toiletries appreciated.
The Well in the Desert is a grassroots 501c3 organization that works to make life easier for those who face poverty and homelessness by offering meals daily, food distribution among with a plethora of other services. They make sure people have a cooling center where people can relax, shower, get clean clothes, have snacks and water. Their goal is to help folks find the dignity they lose being homeless, and to offer hope and life no matter who they are & what they might be facing. 
L-fund presents the inaugural women's golf scramble tourney on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the LPGA Dinah Shore course Mission Hills. Register at L-fund.org
LCLC presents Dorothy Allison Oct 13, 2018
Keynote Speaker, Legendary Pioneering Author Dorothy Allison, at Palm Springs Library, 4pm, Oct. 13, 2018. Free and open to the public. Details are at  https://www.lclcpalmsprings.com/
Lesbians and their Allies. Pride Weekend Nov 3rd and 4th.
SATURDAY NOV. 3RD – Picnic/Rally/March
$5 Catered Picnic
MC Shann Carr, DJ Ginger,Dancing,Drum Circle,Kids Area
Raffle and Outdoor games
Shade and seating provided
March to Pride steps off at 4pm
SUNDAY NOV. 4TH – Lesbo Expo 2019 Launch Party
$30 Tickets • Fun Buffet • Free Keg of Beer while it lasts
MC – Comedian Marga Gomez
MUSIC – Sweet Baby J’ai and her All Star Women’s Jazz Band
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Think 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, bridge and dancing at a low cost. In addition, your fees and donations support our youth suicide-prevention and anti-bullying program in the Palm Springs Unified School District. And remember, your membership entitles you to receive discounts on all classes and workshops at The Center. 


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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
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