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Lesbian Community + Paws n Claus tonight! (SENT ON 12/11/2019)

Together we are creating vibrant community
Take your pick of tonight’s events, and find something up your alley this week! For your furry family, we’re hosting Paws n Claus tonight at Eight4Nine, or if lesbian women’s health is more your style, join us at The Center. Hope to see you out in the community this week! 
Coming up @ The Center
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Eisenhower Health Lectures Series back tonight!
This workshop is presented as a collaboration of The Center, Eisenhower Health and the L-Fund.
According to the National LGBT Cancer Network, those in the LGBTQ community face higher risks of lung, breast, cervical, anal and liver cancers than non-LGBTQ individuals. Learn what factors contribute to this higher risk of cancer diagnosis, potential barriers to care, and treatment options available for lesbian individuals.
When: Tonight - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE
Also tonight: PAWS ' n ' CLAUS!
We are trying this again after an involuntary postponement last week due to bad weather: So, come along with your four-legged friend(s), get your Holiday picture taken and help us stock the pet food pantry at The Community Food Bank @ The Center... Because sometimes hungry families include hungry pets.
When: Tonight - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - 849 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: This is a FREE event for all to enjoy!
Authentic Dating 101 weekend is back Jan 2020
Intensive Weekend Workshop for Gay Men
This workshop, designed to take place on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning combines information, exercises and role-play to help participants move beyond strategic, ego-driven dating to a more authentically driven, honest way to date.
When: January 17, 18 & 19, 2020
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon DR., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: $125 Members | $175 Non-Members - 12 participants maximum capacity.
For more info or to register, please call The Center @ 760.416.7790
Back in 2020 by popular demand - Register now!
Starting January 14th
Starting January 20th
Starting February 1st
Jan 11; Jan 25 & Feb 22, 2020
Mondays & Wednesdays
January 14, 2020
January 18, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
January 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Long-Term Survivors - Gay men living with HIV Support Group
Behavioral Health @ The Center in the Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic is offering a new group therapy session free of charge for gay men who are long-term survivors living with HIV. This is a closed group (not drop-in) that meets for 12 weekly sessions, starting January 15, 2020, facilitated by Clay Sterzik, AMFT.
The intention of this group is to provide a safe space and support for processing of unresolved losses, strengthening resilience, ending isolation and loneliness, and developing strategies for aging well with HIV.
Please email Clay Sterzik This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information or to register. 
The Center Fitness programs - Holiday Schedule
Most of our physical health classes will be in held on their regular schedule with the following exceptions:
  • Tai-Chi will be cancelled Wednesday, Dec 25 and Jan 1.
  • 50+ Fitness will be cancelled Wednesday, Dec 25 and Jan 1.
  • Seated Wellness will be cancelled Monday, Dec 30.
  • Better Brain & Balance will be cancelled Thursday, Dec 26
All other schedules classes will remain active throughout the month of December.
Thank you to our Business Partner @ Edward Jones Financial
What a fantastic turn out for our Business Partner " Edward Jones Financial" on their very first annual Holiday Open House and food drive benefiting our Community Food Bank @ The Center.
Special shout out to Sean Heslin and Mary Folger for organizing this event and the generosity of their wonderful clients, friends, and business neighbors who donated food to help keep the food bank’s inventory healthy during this holiday season.
Toys for Tots: Collection ends this Friday
Help fill the hearts of the little ones in our community by donating new and unwrapped toys! The Center will be accepting gifts until Friday, December 13th !
Every year, the United States Marine Corps Reserve runs their Toys for Tots program which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Help us spread the Holiday Joy!
Fun Fridays @ The Center
Unleash your inner gorge-silly self and show the world how you rock a holiday head piece!. Be a reindeer, an elf, a tree, or create your new holiday concept and show others who's in da' house to embrace the festivities
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!
Leadership Circle
Business Partner Spotlight
Rainbow Financial Group offers comprehensive retirement planning to individuals and families. Individual plans and goals should be the primary drivers of the financial planning process, and because each client is unique, so is each Retirement Plan. Their team incorporates all financial aspects of your life and will assist you in developing a customized road-map detailing each step on the path to your desired financial future.
Ongoing @ The Center
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Call The Center @ 760-416-7790 for more info or to register
Upcoming Community Events
Master Eb's Spirit @ The Center this Saturday
MASTER EB’S SPIRIT is an original play by Ty Dehner, set in the Gay leather community of today. In this play Master Eb is visited by three Spirits on Christmas Eve in this modern styling of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.” This will be a staged reading which is a theatre experience without sets or full costumes, with some stage action described. The actors retain their scripts, which they have studied and rehearsed with, as they move around and interact with one another. They make full use of their imaginations to bring the play to life. So, we invite the members of the audience to use their imaginations in return. for more information click HERE
When: Saturday, Dec 14 -@ 7:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs - Room 4 Level 2
Desert Wind Holiday Concert this Saturday
LGBTQ and Aging Symposium Dec 19th
SAGE and Palm Springs City Councilmember Lisa Middleton invite you to attend a community symposium discussing LGBT aging at the Palm Springs Convention Center (California) on December 19, 9 am – 1 pm.
This free-to-attend symposium will bring together local, state and national experts to discuss topics such as HIV and aging, culturally competent healthcare, social isolation, and policies that directly impact LGBT older people.
The forum will encourage robust dialogue between local community members and panelists, all with the goal of helping attendees learn about important quality-of-life issues and resources available.
This symposium is sponsored by The Center, Eisenhower Health, Mizell Senior Center, Desert AIDS Project, and the City of Palm Springs. Continental Breakfast will be served.
For more information or questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Christmas with The Crawfords - Final shows
Created by Richard Winchester, Written by Mark Sargent
It’s Christmas Eve at Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion and Joan, Christina, and Christopher are awaiting the arrival of Hedda Hopper for a very special live radio broadcast! Unfortunately for Joan, she’s about to receive a houseful of celebrity guests, most of whom are on their way to a big bash at Gary Cooper’s house next door.
When: Dec 12, Dec 13, Dec 19 & Dec 19, 2019
Where: The Desert Rose Playhouse - 69-620 Hwy 111. Rancho Mirage, CA
Tickets: $34 - $37 - Click HERE
“A Modern Family Holiday” - Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
“A Modern Family Holiday” will be a showcase of traditional holiday favorites “We Need a Little Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” 
The concert will also include new music from some of today’s most prolific and talented composers and lyricists “Silver Bears”, “Chanukah In Santa Monica”, “Glow” from Walt Disney’s show World of Color Winter Dreams and “It’s Christmas in Palm Springs” with music and lyrics by PSGMC’s Principal Accompanist Joel Baker and his husband Don Casconcelos. 
When: Friday & Saturday, December 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm | Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theatre.
Cost: Tickets: $25-$55. For more info and get your tickets click HERE or call 760-325-4490.
2nd Annual New Years Eve Fundraiser - Brothers of the Desert
Join The Brothers of the Desert for their 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Fundraiser at Grand Central Restaurant, The entire place will be ready for the night and will include a four-course Movable Feast with wine, a silent auction, champagne toast at midnight, and dancing as we ride into 2020 on the Soul Train (entertainment theme).  
BOD's mission is to empower black gay men and their allies here in the Coachella Valley through education, advocacy, mentorship, socialization and volunteerism. 
When: Tuesday, Dec 31 starting @ 7:30 pm
Where: Grand Central Palm Springs - 160 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
Tickets cost: $125.00 per person
If you are not able to make the event but would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can also use the button below, press “ticket” and then choose “donation.” 
Remember Stonewall and our history with Touching History at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Touching History commemorates the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots, a landmark uprising against police harassment and social injustice that sparked the gay liberation movement and the modern struggle for LGBTQ civil rights.
When: Oct 12, 2019 thru Mar 29, 2020
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum
For more information click HERE
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
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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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