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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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Greetings!
 
On Sunday, October 24, at 11am, The Center will celebrate new beginnings with a Grand Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at our newly renovated building in Palm Springs. When we first made plans to renovate the building and expand the Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic, the world looked very different. The pandemic altered not only how we commune with one another, but also our construction schedule. It feels really good to be at a point where we can begin to welcome our wonderful community back into a space that is bright, open and updated. And honestly, our building is more than just a space – it is our community’s home – and we can’t wait to welcome you back!
 
Please join us this Sunday.
 
Refreshments will be provided by our friends at Cafe la Jefa, Biscuit & Counter, and Native Foods, and Coachella Valley based duo Las Tias will provide entertainment!
 
NEW AND FEATURED PROGRAMMING
 
 
OSTEOPOROSIS: EXERCISE FOR STRONG BONES
Wednesday, October 27
@ 4pm - 5pm
 
Staying active and exercising helps to strengthen muscles and improve overall bone health. There are two types of osteoporosis exercises that are important for overall bone health.
 
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
 
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
A PHYSICAL THERAPIST'S
GUIDE TO:
Mobility and Stretching
Wednesday, November 10
@ 4pm - 5pm
 
Moving your joints through their full ranges of motion isn't just important for athletes. Mobility and stability exercises can help keep your joints healthy, reduce your risk of injury, and keep your body moving pain-free.
 
Join us on Zoom to get practical advice from Ken Zaparinuk, DPT on the best stretches for you.
 
 
HICAP (Health InsuranceCounseling & Advocacy Program)
In person appointments
2nd Tuesday of each month
@ 11am - 3pm
 
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) offers free Medicare Counseling for pre-Medicare, Medicare & Medicare Disabled Beneficiaries.
 
Before Medicare open enrollment closes on December 7, we will host two sets of appointments on November 9 and 23 from 11am - 3pm (1hr. session).
 
For your appointment call 760-416-7790 ext. 114.
 
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
 
 
BEREAVEMENT THERAPY GROUP
NEW SESSIONS START OCT. 25
Mondays @ 4:30pm
 
This 12 week, closed session group is for those who have lost a loved one and want assistance in dealing with their loss and to talk with others who understand what they are going through.
 
Facilitated by an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
 
To register, email
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For more info or to sign up email:
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GOOD GRIEF!
1st & 3rd Wednesdays
of each month @ 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.
 
OCTOBER'S CENTER SOCIAL @ THE SONORAN
 
 
CENTER SOCIAL
@ The Sonoran
Wednesday, October 27
@ 5:30pm - 7:00pm
 
Hi friends!
Mark your calendars and join us @ The Sonoran for our monthly Center Social! Look forward to community vibes, tasty happy hour, and 360 degrees of outdoor space!
 
A shout out to our media partner
The Standard Magazine for sponsoring!
 
*Please note that proof of vaccination only will be required. Learn more below.
 
CALLING ALL WREATH MAKERS!
 
 
HELLO
WREATH MAKERS!
2021 Wreath Auction
Monday, November 22
 
Hard to believe November’s around the corner, and you know what that means….bid for your favorite Wreath in support of The Center and Palm Springs Animal Shelter!
 
So put on your creative hats, warm up those hot glue guns and register your wreath by the end of the month.
 
Join us on Eight4Nine's patio to bid in-person, or bid for your favorite wreaths online from the comfort of your own home. We’ll be accepting wreaths starting Monday, November 1 – 10, from 9am - 1pm (Monday - Friday only). For more info click 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
80 FOUNDING MEMBERS
Strengthen Our Community Forever
 
With a gift through your Will or Living Trust, you can strengthen the Center in permanent ways. It’s an easy option - and bequests offer tremendous planning flexibility. You can prioritize loved ones in whatever ways you choose, and still create a future gift to support our LGBTQ community.  
 
To learn more about creating a legacy gift for the Center, please contact Deb Pollock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-416-7790 x 117. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. 
 
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 are gearing up for the holiday season, so we have need of donations for the
following items:
 
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberries, Canned or Bagged
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Chicken or Turkey Broth
  • Instant/Boxed Potatoes Mix
  • Pumpkin, Canned
  • 1 lb. bags of rice
  • 1 lb. bags of dry beans
 
Drop-offs are welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00am to Noon.
Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays - 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
 
BUSINESS PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
 
 
EISENHOWER HEALTH
For years, Eisenhower Health has been our exclusive Health & Wellness education partner, bringing free educational workshops from physicians, practitioner and other health care professionals directly to our community.
 
With partners like Eisenhower Health, we can multiply our impact and deliver the high-quality programming our community deserves. We’re thrilled and grateful for Eisenhower’s support and commitment to a vibrant and healthy LGBTQ community, and thank them for once again being our presenting sponsor at this year’s Center Stage event!
 
Learn more about our exclusive Health & Wellness partner here.
 
COMMUNITY EVENTS
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.
October 20, 2021-My Experiences with Gay and Lesbian Composers.
October 27, 2021-Halloween, Happy memories or nightmares?
November 3, 2021-Gay Pride Week Palm Springs. Are you out and proud?
Zoom ID # 832 2405 1340, Passcode: 016864, Zoom Link here
For topics and updates, sign up for email notifications visitpalsinthedesert.com
 
Death Café:
Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 2pm
A group-led open conversation about death and dying; and in doing so to live life more fully. It is not a counseling or bereavement group; and there is no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. Join the conversation. Bring your curiosity and questions and engage in a discussion about the aspects of death and dying that interest you. Register here.
 
 
Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers
PALM SPRINGS
PRIDE 5K RUN & WALK
Saturday, November 6
@ 8am
Ready, set, go!
 
The Palm Springs Pride 5K Run & Walk will be in-person AND virtually this year!
 
Presented by the Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers, the Pride Run is a 3.1 mile run & walk in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood and will be held on Saturday, November 6. Proceeds benefit The Center and The Transgender Health & Wellness Center. Register early and save!
Registration Fees:
$30 thru September 30
$35 Oct – November 1
$40 In-person registration at Packet Pickup or Race Day
 
The 2021 Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk is an Official Event of the Greater Palm Springs Pride 2021.
 
 
DAY AT THE WASH
FUNDRAISER
Sunday, October 31
9am - 1pm
 
We’re teaming up with Quick Quack Car Wash on Vista Chino on Sunday, October 31, from 9am – 1 pm for a day at the wash fundraising!
 
Click on the image of this flyer to download a pdf to you phone which you can bring with you. For every SINGLE car wash purchased, Quick Quack will donate 50% back to The Center.
 
MORE COMING IN NOVEMBER
 
VOLUNTEER FOR PALM SPRINGS PRIDE
Volunteer with Palm Springs Pride November 5 through 11 2021
 
Palm Springs Pride is a month away, and here is a very unique opportunity to make this a memorable Pride -- VOLUNTEER! Greater Palm Springs Pride is looking for additional volunteers to welcome this beautiful desert event back to our community after two years. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.
 
 
The Center at Palm Springs Pride: Are you walking with us!?
 
The Center theme for the Pride Parade 2021 is 20 YEARS STRONG and we would love as many of you as possible to join us to walk with our huge balloon. We need wheel walkers, help with handing out swag to the crowd or just walk with us.
 
Sunday November 7, 2021 with a call time of no later than 9:30am to the staging area for a parade start at 10am. (more details to come at a later date)
 
We have new T-Shirts for everyone celebrating 20 years. Please let me know your size and we will have a shirt available the week before the walk for to pick up if you like or get it the day of.
 
Let us know if you can walk with us and celebrate 20 YEARS STRONG with PRIDE! Email Charles Huff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
GAY SONOMA
WINE TASTINGS
For the month of
NovemberFo
 
Celebrate Pride in Palm Springs all month long with these gay-owned wineries. Limited seating. For reservations, call 760-327-7701
 
 
 
65K FOR 65 YEARS
OF LIFE!
Sunday, November 14
 
Mark your calendars and register to play in some fun team oriented games to raise money for charity! On Sunday, Nov 14 at The Saguaro Palm Springs, Jay Allen will be hosting a party and team competition to support charities that are meaningful to him. For a donation of $1,500, teams of five to eight people can compete in various humorous competitions such as a water balloon toss and a dress-up relay.
 
All of the money raised during the event will be donated to four charities chosen by Jay. Your donations go to a great cause and are tax deductible!
 
Be prepared for a lot of fun and a variety of competitive games!
Click here for more info and to register.
 
 
Wellness Summit and Wellness
Weekend Activities
November 12-14
 
Join Brothers of the Desert for a weekend of great events centering on their third annual Wellness Summit, at Margaritaville Resort in Palm Springs in person. A virtual access is available for those who can not join us there.
 
 
Pre-Summit Reception
Margaritaville Resort
November 12
@ 5:30pm - 7:30pm FREE
 
Take the opportunity to meet the great line-up of speakers for the wellness summit at this free reception Friday, November 12 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Margaritaville. Co-sponsored by Icon City Entertainment and Let's Kick Ass Palm Springs. Space is limited. RSVP for Reception
 
 
Wellness Summit
Navigating New
Waters
Margaritaville Resort
Saturday, November 13
8:30am - 4:30pm
 
"Navigating New Waters “ is the theme of the summit. Join Brothers of The Desert as they consider how to navigate through this much-needed time of renewal with an enhanced consciousness and sense of purpose.  The summit focuses on the health and wellness of Black gay men and their allies and everyone is welcome to attend.
 
 
 
No Host Brunch @ Blackbook, Arenas
Sunday, November 14 @ 11am
 
Longtime BOD Ally Dean Lavine will host a special "Wellness Summit" brunch at his award-winning restaurant BlackBook. 
 
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Speak My Words,
Tell My Truth
by Lorenz Qatava
Sunday, November 4 @ 2pm
Tickets $25
 
Dezart Performs, in partnership with Brothers of the Desert, presents a live staged reading of the two-act play in poetry and verse. Combining poetry, history, and storytelling, the play focuses on the lives and works of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, E. Lynn Harris, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, and others. Through imagined intergenerational dialogues with each other and with a contemporary young Black gay man, we learn how their words transformed American culture, race relations, and acceptance of homosexuality. 
 
Buy tickets here
 
 
"A Night on Broadway"
Desert Winds Freedom Band
Featuring guest vocalists -
Lizzie Schmelling and Todd Murray
Saturday, November 20 @ 7pm
Tickets $30
 
Join Desert Winds Freedom Band as they kick-off their 20th anniversary season with an evening of great Broadway music. There’s something for everyone!
 
For tickets and more info;
 
VOLUNTEERS: JOIN US!
 
 
DAP Health
DESERT AIDS WALK
Saturday, October 30
 
Greetings Volunteers!
 
In the supportive spirit of Palm Springs and our Coachella Valley community, we have formed a
 
team representing The Center at DAP Health's DESERT AIDS WALK 2021.
 
We’re appealing to you to register & walk with our team: The Centerpedes! Join with us as we come back better than ever. Sign up here
 
Hope to see you there!
Charles Huff
Volunteer and Outreach Manager
 
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.
 
Frank Chapman
Frank served as moderator for the Friday morning men's chat group at the Center for many years. He will be missed by the chat participants, and especially by his husband of 49 years, Bill Hibbs. - Dwight Fine
 
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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