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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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WOMEN @ THE CENTER

 
 
Greetings!
 
Most of us are the walking wounded and many of us have weaponized those wounds. Been an interesting couple of weeks in my meditations. Here are some takeaways.
 
Conflict is normal in both healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Conflict can only be resolved when both parties want it resolved and both parties are willing to step in the ring and admit they may be part of the problem. 
That takes humility, honesty and the desire to listen to the other person's perspective. 
It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, it often takes us into each other's wounds.
It’s wonderful and beautiful when we succeed together and numbing when we don’t. But as wounded people we need to find the tools to lay down our arms.
 
Kim
 
WOMEN'S WEEKLY PROGRAMS
 
 
WOMEN'S CHAT
Thursdays @ 10:30am
 
A weekly chat group for all women (no matter how you identify) to discuss topics of interest and find connection.
 
Join us for an hour and a half of interesting chat as the spirits move us.
 
 
Bring 1 liter of water.
 
 
WALK & HIKE with KIM
Henderson Loop Trail
Tuesday, September 21 @ 7am
 
3.5 miles with 400ft elevation. Set your GPS to 1441 Bogert Rd, Palm Springs or Garstin Trail Head. Parking is on Barona Rd, (turn left onto it) at the south end of the Henderson Trail/Garstin Trail Head. You must be double vaccinated and maintain physical distancing on the trail.
 
 
BOOK & MOVIE SALON
Mulholland Drive
Directed by David Lynch
Tuesday, September 21
@ 7pm - 8:30pm
 
B.A.M. is a discussion group, alternating monthly between books and movies which highlight women authors and women's stories and experiences.
 
 
Please register to receive email updates.
 
WOMEN'S WALK
Backstreet Art District
Wednesday, October 6
@ 6pm - 9pm
 
Join this new free monthly art walk on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00pm - 9:00 pm.
 
For further details click here.
 
HAVE YOU SEEN/READ?
 
 
Jam on the Vine
By LaShonda Katrice Barnett
 
A tasty literary history lesson of black migration, race reporting, and the joy of finding love and purpose in life.
 
Barnett tells the story of Ivoe Williams, an inquisitive black girl growing up in Texas in the late 1800s to a Muslim mother and African American father. Her world is wide open and her quick mind leads her to attend college where she finds her first love— journalism. It is during her college days she also experiences same gender attraction and finds a mentor who values and cherishes her.
 
Kim
 
TAKE ACTION
THE NATIONAL
LGBTQ+ WOMEN*S
COMMUNITY SURVEY
 
This study invites people who have identified as women at any point on their journeys and want to share their experiences of centering women in their emotional, familial, sexual, and/or personal lives. At present this study is only open to participants currently living in the USA. 
 
Your responses will be an important contribution to a ground-breaking community report on LGBTQ+ women’s experiences of pursuing housing, employment, health care, public accommodation, and education while building their families and lives. The study is an investigation of discrimination in the lives of LGBTQ+ women and our sources of joy and resilience.
 
Click here for details and to take the survey.
 
 
2021 PALM SPRINGS PRIDE CALL FOR ARTISTS
 
It is the objective of Art of Pride to encourage the work of self-representing artists by providing reduced cost display space at the Palm Springs Pride Festival in November. 
 
For more information on how to participate click here.
 
WOMEN'S RESOURCES
 
 
L-FUND ASSISTANCE
 
The mission of The L-Fund is to empower lesbians (cis and trans) through financial assistance and grant programs for those in our community who are pursuing educational goals, artists seeking funding, financial support for health and wellness needs, as well as crisis financial support. Apply here.
 
LESBIAN & WOMEN'S PROGRAMMING ELSEWHERE
 
 
Saturday's @ 8PM
OPEN COUNTRY DANCING
More details here
 
COUNTRY & WESTERN
DANCING
Trunks Bar Tuesdays @ 7pm
 
LINE DANCE LESSONS
followed by
OPEN DANCING
 
GIRLZ SKATE JAM
Saturday, November 6th
@ 5pm - 7pm
PALM SPRINGS SKATEPARK
$15 Tickets on Sale Sept 15th
 
Lesbo Expo in conjunction with the Palm Springs Skatepark and Action Park Alliance presents a special Palm Springs Pride GIRLZ SKATE JAM featuring great pros, an Olympian, and a cool afterparty.
 
In addition there will be beginner girlz skate clinic held prior to the event. This will be free to all girlz no matter what age, so if you always wanted to try skateboarding now is your chance!
 
 
WHERE TO LEARN
ABOUT PICKLEBALL
 
 
Mary welcomes all your questions @
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ROUND ROBIN
PICKLEBALL
 
Wednesdays, 7:30AM - 9:30AM
thru October 6th.
More details here
 
 
PICKLEBALL
CLASSES
Thursdays
Beginners @ 7:00am - 8:30am
Intermediate @ 8:30am - 10:00am
 
Classes start September 2021.
More details call - 949 939 4888
or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
ENJOY OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER BELOW
Social calendars are known to heat up this time of year in the Coachella Valley and at The Center it's especially true as we gear up for our busy fall season. September sees the return of our first Center Social and Fall Ocotillo Club Reception in nineteen months. The anticipation of joining familiar and new faces in community is exciting and long overdue.
 
October is equally as special as we open The Center Coachella. This special space will allow us to help even more LGBTQ people along their way in the East Valley. A tremendous effort from my colleagues, community members, youth, and our donors has made this possible. So while our doors may have been closed, we've been working away behind the scenes.
 
Speaking of doors...The scaffolding is down, the walkways and paint are fresh, new railings cast beautiful shadows, and I no longer work in an active construction site. Yes, The Center is about to reopen, but before we do we're also throwing our Center Stage 2021 celebrating 20 years of YOU, our community and volunteers who have made The Center the truly special place I'm privileged to work at.
 
Barry Jones
Visual Communications Manager
 
Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Monthan annual recognition and celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. 
Do you plan to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
Yes, I enjoy celebrating the diversity in our cultures
I did not know, thank you for the reminder
Other
 
NEW AND FEATURED PROGRAMMING
 
 
SEATED WELLNESS
NEW CLASSES
Starts Thursday, October 7
@ 10am $30/mo.
 
Seated Wellness has been carefully crafted to help participants improve their overall health, specially benefitting those with mobility issues.
 
Hosted by Lynn Simonson
 
 
To sign up email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
BRAVE spaces PARENTS
Every 1st & 3rd
Thursday @ 11am
 
A support group for parents of gender-expansive youth, aged between 8-15 years, which aims to create a safe/brave peer community where adults can find helpful tools for their parenting journey.
 
Hosted by Jasper Price
 
 
LGBTQ+ YOUTH
Virtual Hangout NEW TIME!
Friday @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
 
If you’re between the ages of 14-20 and need a safe space to connect with other LGBTQ+ youth, Zoom by for a minute or longer.
 
 
50 + FIT
NEW CLASSES
Starts Monday, October 4
@ 11am $20/mo.
 
The "50+ FIT" program is a low-impact class designed to Increase strength, flexibility, and balance for everyone in a safe, welcoming environment.
 
Hosted by Lynn Simonson
 
 
SOCIAL CARING
In The Times of COVID
Peer-Led Group
Mondays @ 11am
 
A space for community to chat with peers about what it means to care for ourselves and each other in the times of the global COVID health crisis.
 
Join on Zoom here
 
 
UPCOMING
LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE
Thursday, September 30 @ 5pm
 
Our virtual space for ALL of our LGBTQ+ community members to come together, talk with one another, and move through the conversation about race.
 
Hosted by: Lex Ortega
 
Check out ALL our programs here.
If you have an idea for a program you'd like to see or perhaps facilitate,
 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH @ THE CENTER
 
 
For more info or to sign up email:
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GOOD GRIEF!
Wednesdays @ 1pm
 
Good Grief! is a drop in group for those struggling with actual or anticipated loss, grief, or bereavement.
 
Facilitated by Amy Prescott, Clinical Trainee & Sean Ferri, Registered Psychological Assistant.
 
HEALTH
 
VACCINES AVAILABLE HERE
Our Health & Wellness partner Eisenhower Health are a great resource to schedule your vaccine appointment! To schedule an appointment at the main Eisenhower Health campus in Rancho Mirage, click here.
 
The Eisenhower Health Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Location is located at the Eisenhower Health Main Campus at the Annenberg Health Sciences Building, at 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage.
 
If you are experiencing difficulties in making an appointment, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can connect you with someone that can help you.
 
SAVE THE DATE
 
 
CENTER SOCIAL
@The Saguaro
Wednesday, September 22
@ 5:30pm - 7:00pm
 
Mark your calendars and join us @ the Saguaro for the return of our monthly Center Social (after 19 months!).
Beat the heat and enjoy cool vibes, refreshing drinks, and an even cooler community in AC luxury overlooking the Jacinto Lawn and the amazing pool area! 
 
A shout out to our media partner PromoHomo.TV for sponsoring!
Proof of vaccination required click here to learn more.
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
 
 
CENTER STAGE 2021
20 YEARS STRONG
PALM SPRINGS
AIR MUSEUM
(open-air event)
Friday, October 22
 
Join us as we celebrate 20 years of The Center and honor our incredible team of volunteers who help LGBTQ people along their way each and every day!
 
For this year’s event we are moving away from a traditional indoor ballroom setting to provide you and our guests a safe and comfortable open-air experience, including outdoor cocktails, entertainment, a seated dinner and live auction.
 
Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out.
 
Proof of vaccination will be required click here to learn more.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation which we are monitoring closely and in real time. Please bear in mind that vaccination will be required for all Center employees, event attendees, volunteers and vendors. Additional details will be provided closer to the actual event date. Find a vaccine near you here.
 
Find THE CENTER
and physically at -
The McDonald/Wright Building, 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs CA 92262
1515 Sixth Street, Coachella, CA 92236
 
The Center's LEGACY CIRCLE
77 FOUNDING MEMBERS
 
It only takes a few of us to write our history -
but it takes all of us to create our future.
 
Please consider including a gift for The Center in your estate plan. One tax-savvy option is to name us as a co-Primary Beneficiary of a traditional retirement account—and it only takes 15 minutes to update your beneficiaries! If you do create a legacy gift, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can include you as a founding member of our Legacy Circle.
 
TAKE ACTION
 
THIS SATURDAY!
 
This collaborative annual Coachella Valley conference is aimed at providing practical information and inspiration for those aging with HIV. It brings together community leaders to improve the lives of older adults living with HIV in a virtual conference featuring an HIV research panel of top experts discussing HIV and aging issues in our community.
Registration is free. Sign up here.
 
RESOURCES
  • Distribution: Every Thursday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 610 S. Belardo Rd. in Palm Springs.
  • Outdoor food distribution: Drive thru or walk up
  • First come, first served.
  • Face mask required for non-vaccinated folks.
  • No requirements to receive food - Bring a picture ID (If available).
 
 
We have need of
donations for the following items:
 
 
Drop-offs are welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00am to Noon.
 
Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays - 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
 
  • Salad dressings & salad kits
  • Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, Sandwich Spreads, 
  • Cooking, dressing oils & vinegars
  • Apple sauce
  • Condiments & Spices
  • Marmalades, Jams & Preserves
  • Coffee & Teas
  • Pasta sauce (jars)
  • Dry beans (1 lbs.)
  • Rice (1 lbs.)
  • Oatmeal
  • Ready-to-go meals (no perishables)
  • Canned meat: chicken, tuna, spam, sausages, etc.
 
 
Thank you for all the donated egg cartons. We are now fully stocked.
 
Due to the high summer temperatures, we ask guests and visitors to bring their own beverages and stay hydrated and screened from the sun during food distribution.
 
BUSINESS PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
CAFÉ LA JEFFA
Café La Jefa is a Latin-influenced modern coffee house located in uptown Palm Springs. We feature delicious specialty coffee and "grab and go" food. Every item on the menu is handcrafted by local artisan chefs in collaboration with us. Our brand mission is to create an ambiance for our guests where they can feel inspired to relax, create, nourish, and socialize.
 
Learn more about our amazing Emerald Partner here.
 
COMMUNITY EVENTS
 
 
Click here for movies, pricing and tickets.
 
NOW PLAYING
CINEMA DIVERSE
THE PALM SPRINGS
LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL
In theaters and streaming
September 16 - 30, 2021
 
The 14th Annual Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival continues to advance and strengthen our diverse gay community by hosting a world-class film festival dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world.
 
This year's exciting offerings celebrate motion pictures which reflect, inform, enrich and often transform lives.
 
 
BALL BUSTING
BINGO
Barracks
Saturday, September 25
@ 3pm
 
Join us for BALL BUSTING BINGO at the Barracks on Saturday, September 25 @ 3PM (bar opens at 2 PM).
 
Free to attend, small cost to play bingo!
Proceeds benefit The Center!
PALS seniors and future seniors, Planning Ahead before a health issue requires connections. Come join the conversations.
 
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4pm – 5pm
Join PALS for an informal discussion on various pertinent topics.
Sept 22, 2021 - Name Your Top 3 Most Riveting Page-turners of All Time
Zoom ID # 832 2405 1340, Passcode: 016864, Zoom Link here
For topics and updates, sign up for email notifications visitpalsinthedesert.com
 
SEMINAR:
Saturday September 25, 2021 @ 9am
Feels Like We’ve Been Here Before: Older LGBTQ Persons and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Register here.
 
 
3RD WEDNESDAY
SPEAKER SERIES
STEPHANIE BATTAGLINO
Wednesday, September 22
@ 6pm
 
Join author and trans activist Stephanie Battaglino as she discusses her book, Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding my true self in corporate America.
 
Winston Gieseke, Special Sections and Philanthropy Editor for the Desert Sun, will facilitate, and there will be a special introduction by Mayor Pro Tem Lisa Middleton.
 
This is a free event, co-sponsored by The LGBTQ Center, The Transpower Project, The Trans Community Project, OutBook OutLoud and The Palm Springs Public Library.
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
If you'd like to submit a name for inclusion here, please fill out this form.
 
Geoffrey Webb (1929 - 2018)
Husband, lover, spouse and best friend ever. - Donald Beck
 
Submissions received by 5pm Friday will be included in the next week's newsletter,
for two consecutive weeks.
 
 
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert
1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
1515 Sixth Street, Coachella, CA 92236
 
  • The LGBTQ Community Center of The Desert

    The McDonald/Wright Building

    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    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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