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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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WOMEN @ THE CENTER

 
 
Greetings!
 
I spent some time hiking in Anza Borrego State Park this week. No cell, no wifi. Just mountain sheep, owls, roadrunners, an array of reptiles and friends. Under the Milky Way, I thought of this native American prayer and wanted to share it with you.
 
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
 
Kim
 
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY!
 
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!
 
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.
 
 
For those of you interested we will add on Andreas Canyon. This easy, 1 mile loop, is filled with rocks and streams and leads to the rock house community. Adds 1 hr to hike.
 
Bring 1-2 liters of water.
 
 
WALK & HIKE with KIM
Victor Trail
in The Indian Canyons
Tuesday, October 26 @ 8am
 
One of my favorites, the Indian Canyons don’t open until 8am. Buy your ticket and then go to the trading post. It can be busy , so I get there at 7:45am. This is a moderate 4 mile, 400-500ft elevation trial. Lasting 2hrs.
 
 
 
BOOK & MOVIE SALON
BOUND
Directed by Lana & Lilly
Wachowski
Tuesday, November 16
@ 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.
 
 
EL PASEO DRIVE
Date and Time TBA
 
Will be walk down fabulous El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. Lots of art shops and outdoor art. Coffee at Starbucks.
Date and time to be announced/weather permitting.
 
To receive updates Register here
 
 
Dogs welcome on leash.
 
 
Coffee and Pastries
in the Park
Ruth Hardy Park
Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25
@ 10:30am - Noon
 
We are doing coffee and pastries in Ruth Hardy on Thanksgiving. Join Kim for a quick one mile walk around park at 9:30am.
 
We have some chairs, but always appreciate when others bring theirs.
 
 
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
 
 
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.
 
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
 
For your appointment call 760-416-7790 ext. 114.
 
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).
 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH @ THE CENTER
 
 
Facilitated by an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
To register, email
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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.
 
 
GOOD GRIEF!
1st & 3rd Wednesdays
of each mo. @ 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.
 
For more info or to sign up email:
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HAVE YOU SEEN/READ?
FLACK
Streaming on Amazon Prime
 
Scandal meets UnREAL meets I Hate Suzie in this devastatingly quick-witted dramedy that casts Anna Paquin as an ingenious PR professional tasked with putting out fires for celebrity clients - a career that requires a near sociopathic flair for deception. Even the story lines that don’t appear to be ripped directly from the headlines feel real; I can’t think of another show that’s half as insightful about entertainment in the age of social media and #MeToo. In “Flack,” there's a gay scandal, a trans scandal and a lesbian sex tape, and that's all within the first three episodes.
 
Kim
 
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
 
TAKE ACTION
 
 
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
 
 
JULIE GOLDMAN HEADLINES
LAST LAUGH WEDNESDAY
Oscar's
Wednesday, October 27
@ 7pm
Tickets $35 (inc $10 food/drink credit)
 
JULIE GOLDMAN's stand-up is delightfully in-your-face, honest and aggressively funny.
Headlining throughout the US at clubs, colleges, festivals and events; she’s been described as “unapologetically un-PC” by Go Magazine “a hilariously irreverent, butch lesbian” by AfterEllen and an Anonymous fan writes “watching someone be outraged has never been so fun.”
 
 
ANNUAL L-FUND
WOMEN'S GOLF TOURNAMENT
Saturday, November 6
San Gorgonio Course in Sun City
 
The L-Fund will be hosting their Annual Women's Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the San Gorgonio Course in Sun City.
 
For details and registration information
 
GIRLZ SKATE JAM
Saturday, November 6
@ 5pm - 7pm
PALM SPRINGS SKATEPARK
$15 Tickets on Sale Sept 15
 
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!
 
 
JAZZ MASTER AWARD
Poolside Reception
Saturday, November 13
@ 2pm - 5pm
Location will be emailed to you.
 
Honoring one of the most innovative and creative jazz artists of her time. 
 
Alice Coltrane - Pianist and Harpist - 1937-2007
 
Tickets $100
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
YA shout out to our media partner
The Standard Magazine for sponsoring!
 
*Please note that proof of vaccination only will be required. Learn more here.
 
A direct and compelling headline
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..
 
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
Best Option for Legacy Gift?
 
For those considering a legacy gift to the Center, a great place to start is with our traditional retirement accounts. When these assets are inherited by others, they inherit an income tax liability too. But when donated to the Center, 100% percent of your gift will benefit our LGBTQ community.  
 
You can name the Center as a primary beneficiary (or co-beneficiary). We won’t receive your gift until your estate settles. And when we finally do—every dollar you share is a dollar we receive. Zero tax is withheld. 
 
To learn more, please email Deb Pollock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call - 760-416-7790 x 117. 
 
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.
 
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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