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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 all on the path of living, loving and learning. Great way to make new friends if you are new to the area or community. Thursdays 10:30 to noon at The Center 1301 North Palm Canyon, 3rd Floor
 
OLOC (old lesbians organizing for change) meets the 2nd Monday at 3pm at the Mizell Senior Center. For more information, contact Ruth Debra at ruthdebra@icloud .com or 760-318-6794.
 
Entertainment - Ongoing
Shenanigans and Dancing - there is now a regular group of gals that go on Sundays and they are delighted for you to join them at the Runway Restaurant. Ask for MaryAnn, Linda or Diane. 3pm to 5pm.
68300 Gay Resort Dr.
Cathedral City
Dance, drink and enjoy 1.00 appetizers.
This is a gay men's resort, but the restaurant is mixed and delighted to see the ladies.
 
KEISHA D is at Wangs in the Desert. 1st and 3rd Saturdays on the patio. 5pm to 8pm, no cover
 
Golf Meetups - Denise Gooch is looking for women who want to do regular meetups for golf. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if she can get a group together. Can be either 9 or 18 holes depending on group interest, when a few women have joined - days, times and courses can be determined.
 
New Program Announcement
 
We're thrilled to share exciting new programs and community events with you, so sit back, scroll through and enjoy!
 
Hello Center-pedes Team!
 
It is that time of year where we step up and raise $$$ and awareness for  DAP’s 33rd Annual AIDS Walk 2019. Our target 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 monies 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!
 
So please join our team. There are easy tools and templates to assist you in sending out your messages to friends and family members in support of your fundraising efforts
 
Follow this link  Desert AIDS Walk 2019/The Center-Pedes - to sign up for the walk, join the team, or sponsor one of your team members. So pull on your Chuck’s (whatever color they are), and let’s wriggle The Center-pedes to our best year ever!
 
Lesbian Movie Meetup @ The Center Sept 17th
 
Gentleman Jack
Episode 1 and 2, September 17 th
We will start the film at 1:30 with a discussion to follow.
It's 1832 in West Yorkshire, England -- the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution -- where landowner Anne Lister is determined to save her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, even if it means bucking society's expectations. In addition to reopening the coal mines, a part of Lister's plan to help her family is to marry well. But the charismatic, single-minded Lister -- who dresses head-to-toe in black and charms her way into high society -- has no intention of marrying a man. "Gentleman Jack" examines Lister's relationships with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals, and would-be wife. The real-life Anne Lister's story was recorded in her diaries, and the most intimate details of her life are revealed for the series.
 
Bring your snacks starting at 12:30 in Room 4, 2 nd Floor .
 
Garstin Bogart Loop Hike 6:30am Sept 21st
 
Moderate Hike 5-6 miles, 1100 feet elevation change. Bring 2 liters of water and a snack. 3 to 4 hours depending on everyone's pace
 
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or if you need a ride to trailhead
 
Two Weekends of Cinema Diverse Films Sept 20-22 & Sept 27-29th
 
WITH A BUNCH OF SPECIFICALLY LESBIAN STUFF AT 
THE MARY PICKFORD ON THE 2ND WEEKEND! 
Sept 27-28
THE LESBIAN STUFF IS SORTED BELOW
Tickets: 
JOIN US FOR THE FUN-Shann Carr
 
FRI - 9/20 11:00 Camelot Theatre One
Shorts One: Being Female 64 min. Five great Short Films for women start our Friday line-up - ANNELER GÜNÜ - MOTHER'S DAY, ITALY & (THIS IS) WATER, Searc(her), The Love Letter, Zoe & Bryn
FRI - 9/20 7:45 Camelot Theatre Two
More Beautiful for Having Been Broken 117 min. Nicole Conn, director and writer of A PERFECT ENDING and ELENA UNDONE, presents her new film MORE BEAUTIFUL FOR HAVING BEEN BROKEN. FBI agent McKenzie escapes to the picturesque ranch town of Mervielle in the aftermath of losing her mother. Upon settling in, McKenzie meets Freddie, a young wheelchair-bound boy with special needs, and his mother, Samantha, a former dancer. McKenzie develops an unexpected relationship with Samantha that turns fiercely passionate and intimate.
 
SAT - 9/21 3:30
Camelot Theatre Three
Jules of Light and Dark 86 min. In present-day Texas, Maya and her on again, off again girlfriend Jules total their car after a night of backwoods raving and teen mischief. They’re rescued from the wreckage by Freddy, a divorced oil worker whose stoic facade crumbles as he comes to see himself, and his repressed desires, in Maya. As Jules recovers, Maya and Freddy develop a rapport that dulls the debilitating silence of their small-town lives. Together, they subtly encourage one another to chase after what they want the most (or at least figure out what that might be).
 
SAT - 9/21 7:45 Camelot Theatre Two
Good Kisser 75 min. Jenna agrees to a sexy weekend fling with her materialistic girlfriend Kate and the worldly Mia, but as the night unfolds, Jenna becomes more and more uncomfortable.  Things that once appeared straightforward now appear layered with untruths. Moreover, there appears to be more history between Kate and Mia than they have previously shared with Jenna. Soon the love triangle starts to crack….
 
SUN - 9/22 3:15 Camelot Theatre Two 
Aesop 92 min. In an alternative universe, a company, AESOP, has developed a pill that ends the aging process, meaning people will not age or die of old age. Unfortunately, there is only enough for 88% of the population, so they must decide who gets and who doesn't. Ruth works at AESOP, helping decide who gets the pill and who doesn't.  She meets and falls in love with Marie, and eventually learns that Marie will not be eligible for the pill. The two must make the most difficult decisions of their lives. 
 
SUN - 9/22 7:45 Camelot Theatre Two
The Ground Beneath My Feet 108 min.
Lola manages her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to succeed in the business world. She keeps her relationship with her boss Elise a secret, as well as the existence of her older sister Conny, who has a long history of mental illness. But when she receives the news that Conny has attempted suicide, Lola’s secrets begin to unravel into the workplace. As she tries to do what’s best for her sister without jeopardizing all that she’s worked so hard for, Lola slowly finds her own grip on reality slipping away.
 
FRI - 9/27 7:30pm Mary Pickford Theatre Thirteen
Genesis 97 min. A successful female architect discovers she is the first human being to have become pregnant through parthenogenesis, the body's ability to clone itself. She is abducted by a powerful, all-male faction of the global medical community who fear her condition precurses the end of the male species. She is then abducted by a group of lesbian separatists and taken to an all female utopia where they celebrate her as the great hope of the separatist movement. The celebration is short lived though, when the other side finds out where she is…. 
 
SAT - 9/28 1:00PM Mary Pickford Theatre Nine
Shorts Eleven: X Chromosome 83 min. The films in the X Chromosome shorts set deal with issues common to women - mostly young women - but their experiences are universal, sometimes funny, and fascinating! The films include Foreign, Fruit Fly, LABRYS, Misdirection and Ruby.
 
SAT - 9/28 5:30PM. Mary Pickford Theatre Thirteen
Short: A Great Ride 30 min. Feature: Herland: Creating a Radical Lesbian/Feminist Community 65 min.
WORLD OF PRIDE FEATURE: Herland: Creating a Radical Lesbian/Feminist Community is the first documentary film to show the challenges faced by the women who successfully established a radical lesbian/feminist community in the conservative heartland in the 1980s. These intentional communities were organized by lesbian separatists to establish counter-cultural, women-centered space, without the presence of men.
 
SAT - 9/28 7:30pm Mary Pickford Theatre Thirteen
Short: Nice Chinese Girls Don’t 21 min. Feature: The Unlikely Story of the Lesbians of First Friday 61 min.  It was the 1980’s, and a group of lesbians living in the Bible Belt of Southwestern Virginia somehow found each other. Despite the proximity of the Moral Majority down the road in Lynchburg, the community they formed was vibrant and life changing. The women of First Friday produced awesome events that brought hundreds of rural and displaced urban lesbians together. This slice of lesbian history is told through the voices and anecdotes of First Friday members and the women who joined in the fun.
 
 
Autumn Equinox Ritual
For Women
Sept 21st, 2019 5:30 pm
 
The Goddess Temple of Palm Springs
A Chapter House of the Abbey of Avalon, Inc * 501c3 * Our 16th Year
 
Honoring our personal harvests
In this time of half light and half darkness  
Yoruba priestess Ifa Iya Oyaseeke
Leads us in an “I Love My Yoni Dance”
 
Wear Autumn colors if you wish    
Please bring potluck for 12
$15 Donations / No Woman Turned Away
 
RSVP for Directions       
Palm Springs near Smoketree
Phone: 310-455-3232
Text:   310-770-3823            
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Join Wyld Womxn Collective for All Things Queer! Sept 22nd
 
All Things Queer is our newest Wyld Womxn membership club/ offering. With the quickly disappearing spaces for queer womxn, queer members of Wyld Womxn have wanted to create a monthly safe space & gathering to delve deeper into queer theory, sexuality, identity in its many forms, queer histories, community making/building & re-imagine our queer futures.
 
We are happy to collaborate with the LGBT Community Center of the Desert these 1st few months!
 
Please Note: 18+ (This space is open to queer womxn identified folx).
 
Admission:
 
Wyld Womxn Members: All Things Queer is a Wyld Womxn membership perk and is included in your membership.
 
Drop-In Rate: You are welcome to drop-in at a sliding scale rate of $5-$10 per a Wyld Womxn membership club/offering.
 
Learn About Membership:
 
RSVP Required: Please sign-up and confirm your RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning to attend.   
 
Genesis: Movie Sept 27th 7:30pm
 
Genesis: The Future of Mankind is all-female: A Sci-Fi action dramady that explores the possibility of an-female civilization!
 
“Orange is the New Black” meets “Pulp Fiction” meets “Enter the Dragon.” See writer-director Audrey Evan’s new film staring Meredith Baxter, Suzanne Westenhoefer & Dana Goldman.” Screening at Cinema Diverse Friday 9/27/19 Mary Pickford Theater, Cathedral City 7:30PM
 
 
 
 
 
Help support The Community Food Bank at The Center. Please bring a non perishable item (but no green beans). The Community Food Bank distributes 3000-4000 lbs of food every Thursday. Every can and box of macaroni counts and makes a huge difference in someone's life. Sometimes it's the choice between the fixing the car, paying the medical bill or buying food. The Food Bank is there to make sure people don't have to make those choices.
 
June L Mazer Archive Exhibit and Reception – Monday, Sept 30, 1 – 3pm
 
LESBO EXPO PRESENTS
 
June L Mazer Archive Exhibit and Reception – Monday, Sept 30, 1 – 3pm
 
RECEPTION
On Monday, September 30 there will be a wine and cheese reception, during Palm Springs Women’s Week, to meet Angela Brinskele, Communications Director of the Mazer Archives who will discuss its history and the “The Out of the Box” exhibit. The exhibit contains 50 photographs with stories from the 30’s forward. Here is our chance to delve into our history and learn about the June Mazer Lesbian Archives.
 
LOCATION: Palm Springs Women’s Club, 314 S. Cahuilla, PS 92262 
 
 TICKETS: $15   Purchase Tickets
 
 
HERSHE Bar Palm Springs Party will take place At Hotel Zoso on Saturday, October 5th from 8pm - 1am.
 
Miss Dj Termadancer and Dj Jessie with all types of music. $15 at the door.
 
Charity Golf Tournament Oct 5th
 
Charity Golf Tournament
Mission Hills Country Club
L-Fund’s Second Annual Women’s Golf Scramble
A Palm Springs Women’s Week Event
 
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Registration Opens at 6:45am (must sign in by 7:30am)
Continental Breakfast starts 7:00am – 07:45am
Shotgun Start at 8:00am
Luncheon & Awards at 12:00pm
 
 
Scramble is a type of golf tournament. The game emphasizes fun without the pressure of players keeping individual scores. Each player hits a tee shot on each hole, but everyone plays from the spot of the best shot. This format is continued until a ball is in the cup.
 
Here is your chance to play the LPGA’s Tournament Course!
 
Put together your TEAM!
 
Price: $175.00 per player or 4 Women Team $700.00
Maximum 144 players or 36 teams
 
Includes continental breakfast and lunch buffet
 
Registration Due Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
 
Mulligan’s: $10.00 each – Minimum 2 | Maximum 8 per player
Benefits the L- Fund
 
A mulligan is a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. Its best-known meaning is in golf, whereby a player is informally allowed to replay a stroke, even though this is against the formal rules of golf.
 
New this year — Awards Luncheon Only
$50 per person (only a limited number of tickets will be available).
 
Order of Events:
Registration Opens at 6:45am (must sign in by 7:30am)
Continental Breakfast starts 7:00am – 07:45am
Shotgun Start at 8:00am
Luncheon & Awards at 12:00pm
 
 
Trophies: 1st and 2nd place teams
Prizes: Closest to pin & Longest Drive
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Luncheon and Dance Performance by Award-winning BrockusRed
Friday, October 4, 2019 12:30pm
Palm Springs Women’s Club
314 So. Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA
Join this special Palm Springs Women’s Week luncheon and experience a moving program of dance with BrockusRed, whose style blurs the lines between modern dance and jazz.
12:30-1:40: Mix and mingle with like-minded guests celebrating Palm Springs Women’s Week then be treated to Palm Springs Chef Ivan’s and Sous Chef Dora’s authentic Mexican buffet - featuring fresh, hot, street tacos and endless chilled beverages - while enjoying live jazz piano in this historic setting, The Palm Springs Woman’s Club, founded in 1938!
1:40-2:00: Dance performance by BrockusRed, with choreography by Artistic Director Deborah Brockus.Brockus has been labeled “the single most important person in Southland dance” an “impresario”, “the mother superior of LA dance” and ”tireless” by the Los Angeles Times for her involvement in establishing the local LA dance scene.
The performance will combine powerful music, charismatic spoken words, and inventive choreography to create an immersive experience where the connection between dancer and guests sparks an interpretive dance experience.
TICKETS $43.50. Purchase by August 31st and save $5.00.
 
Palm Springs Women's Week
September 29-October 6, 2019
760-416-3545
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Left Coast Literary Conference October 9- 13th
 
Daypasses are available
 
The 7th Annual LCLC Conference brings Lesfic readers, writers, editors and publishers together from around the U.S. to promote lesbian literature and to inspire up-and-coming writers. Guests will have access to all the authors, editors, and publishers to mix and mingle throughout the conference.
 
The LCLC consists of four fun-filled days packed with panel discussions, workshops, author chats, author and readings.
 
It is an all-inclusive event with meals, drinks, and snacks provided daily for All-Access Pass holders. The LCLC is open to all Lesfic authors, editors, publishers and readers regardless of publishing status or publishing house.
 
The LCLC is produced by Sapphire Books and sponsored by
 
Desert Palm Press.   
 
Philanthropic Mission: The proceeds from the silent auction and raffle are donated to a local non-profit organization in Palm Springs.
 
 When: October 9-13, 2019
 
Where: Palm Springs, CA
 
Host Hotel: SkyLark Hotel
 
 
Southern California Women for Understanding Oct 11th 1:30
 
The Women's Company presents the Desert Premiere...
The Story of SCWU
 
Friday, October 11
1:30 - 4 pm
Tolerance Education Center 
 
35147 Landy Lane, Rancho Mirage. One block east of Bob Hope Dr., between Dinah Shore and Gerald Ford (turn east on Victory).
 
Director and Executive Producer Angela Heine  will be on hand to answer questions and describe her experiences in creating this historic movie.
 
 
$5 at the door
 
Guests Invited
Southern California Women for Understanding started in 1976 when a woman psychologist learned that Lesbians needed a place where women could meet other women without going to bars. For over 30 years, SCWU became a safe place for closeted Lesbians to meet and for 'out' Lesbians to have a voice and speak up for equality. This new movie documents how SCWU became very important in the lives of Southern California women.
 
A Nearby No-Host Happy Hour will complete the wonderful trip down memory lane. Location and details will be provided at the premiere.
 
Next Potluck will be Oct 13th in Palm Springs
 
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are not already on the potluck sign up list and want to attend
 
HerShe Bar Pride Dance Nov 2nd
 
HerShe Bar Palm Springs droppin' the best in Hip/hop, Old Skool, Latin, Disco and Motown grooves for Women of all Ages and Colors!
 
*** Proceeds benefiting the L-Fund ***
 
Comfortable Music Volume, plenty of seating, Sweet Ambience,
 
dj Andi Pantz & miss dj temaDancer
 
doors open @ 7pm-12am-- Satuday, November 2nd @ hotel Zoso during PRIDE Palm Springs!!
 
$20 advance tickets | $30 at the door -- contact us for table reservation for up to 10 ($60 per table)
 
As per our usual, All Colors/All Nations/All Genders!! 21+ with ID
 
WARNING!! Women Drinking, Dancing, Laughing and Having GOOD Times!!
 
 
 
Help is right around the corner!
 
If you’ve fallen on tough times, you’re not alone. Whether it’s fresh food every week, or emergency funds specifically for lesbians, reach out to get back on your feet. We’re here for you.
 
 
T he L-Fund provides one-time financial assistance to Lesbians in Financial need.
Call 760-304-8487 for more information on the L-Fund
 
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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, 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
    EIN # 33-0937301

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