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Hey there,
Leftover feelings. This Thanksgiving finds me with a jumble of emotions. Grateful that the long, long election is over. Grateful for leadership that believes in science, in decency, in truth and empathy. Grateful that my family and friends remain healthy.
But the leftover feelings remain; the election was too close. Is this a new direction for this country or just a 4 year break while those forces regroup? Gratitude mixed with disquiet. Lies and misinformation will not cease, powers that exalt profit over people will look for new opportunities. Together we built a wall of decency, let our arms remain linked together for the future. You are what I am most grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving 2020.
Thanksgiving TOMORROW in
Ruth Hardy Park
Join Kim, Gail, and Gwendolyn at Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Today @ 11am - 2pm.
Bring your own food and drink, there is no sharing of food; physical distancing and masks are required within 8 feet.
There are two parking areas off of Tamarisk Rd; park there. We will gather just to the west of the parking areas marked X on the map below. I will be bringing some tables so you can leave your food up. Please bring chairs.
It will be in the low 70's so dress warm.
Making Connections
No Chat on Thanksgiving!
Inspiring Friendships
This weekly chat group is 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 among friends.
Thursdays @ 10:30am
Fresh air exercise
Walking & Hiking in the Fall
Tuesday, December 1st, @ 9:15AM
Earl Henderson Trail
This is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked in/out trail located near Palm Springs with a gentle climb.
Parking is on Barona Rd, off Bogert Trail at the south end of the Henderson Trail. Do not go to the north end. On your GPS look for Henderson Trail, south end or Garstin Trailhead.
Physical distancing is required.
Make sure to bring a liter of water.
Lesbian & Women's Programming elsewhere
14th Annual Fortem Financial Thanksgiving Day 5K
Benefiting Martha's Village & Kitchen
Join Kim & The Center Team for a
6.5 mile hike
Sunday, November 29th @ 7:45am
Benefits Martha’s Village and Kitchen, a great resource in the Coachella Valley providing help with food insecurity and homelessness with a women’s shelter.
Hike is about 6.5 miles in and out.
Gradual incline, no switch backs. Good dirt trail.
Rainbow colored boulders are about 3 miles in.
First mile is walking beside the creek. Do all or part of the hike.
Register here
Directions: Take exit 114 from I-10 W turn right from exit ramp, then take first left onto Whitewater Canyon. You will cross a cement bridge over the river at 4.5 miles, continue on almost to the main gate, then turn around and park on the east side/left side of the road.
The trailhead is just before the bridge. Kim will be in a white Honda Fit and will be parked close to the closed gate.
Kim's # 760-534-4099
Remember to bring at least 2 liters of water and good hiking shoes.
Curious about Pickleball?
Women's Pickleball
Do you have questions about pickleball? Where to play?
Where to learn?
What equipment do you need?
What the hell is pickleball?
Then meet Mary Barsaleau.
Mary welcomes all your questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Women's Film Festival underway!
Reel Women's Film Festival
Supporting Planned Parenthood
November 21st - December 6th
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest’s Reel Women’s Film Festival, is celebrating its 7th anniversary virtually this year, and your attendance can help support sexual and reproductive health care services for women, ensuring that patients have access to high-quality, non-judgmental care—no matter what.
The exciting line up of programs includes -
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring actors, executives, and artists in the industry, including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Anita Hill, Natalie Portman, Ruth Witherspoon, Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, and more. Can movies change the world?
A Civil Rights Pioneer since Age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier and eight other black students made American history. They integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they endured physical and psychological torment. Carlotta has become known nationally and internationally as a civil rights pioneer and leader. A highly successful business-woman and respected realtor.
Zoom panel Friday, December 4 @ 5:00 p.m, Featuring: Carlotta Walls LaNier and Producer Betty Heid
The untold story of the American women who volunteered to go to Vietnam on an impossible mission: help the troops forget about the war.
Zoom panel Saturday, December 5 @ 5:00 p.m. Featuring: Producer Jess Hill, Co-Producer Jim Gardner, Donut Dollies Mary and Sharon, RWFF Committee Member Gayle Hodges 
For more details visit here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Attention Women's Circle Members
The Women's Circle is relaunching with a bang in November and they are looking for members who would like to do a 30-60 sec. promo that we will run on Facebook promoting your business, your membership in WC, and our upcoming on-line production of an Angela Harvey Seminar in November.
These ads will appear on both Lucy and Gail, and the WC Facebook pages which last month attracted more than 16,000 viewers. The Angela Harvey event is free with no asks for donations so you would not be soliciting people to pay for anything or contribute money. 
The WC will provide you with the script and will either shoot it for you in front of your door so you don’t have to leave home, or you can do it yourself on the phone and send it to us. Safe distance, no contact necessary.
This is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or your non-profit activities. Each promo will run several times over a couple of weeks.
We also have two major events coming up in 2021: The video production of Ronni Sanlo’s play about Anita Bryant and a Women+Art+Jazz event that combines a repeat of last year’s Art Exhibit with a jazz concert produced by the Jazz Festival.
The Women's Circle is back and ready to expand into the most notable Lesbian business organization around.
To be a part of it email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coming in December
Meeting in the Park
Sunday, December 12th @ 10:00AM - 12:00PM
(if the weather cooperates)
Do you do any kind of art and would like to meet with other lesbians who do art? Lesbian Artists of the Desert are a growing group of local queer women artists who meet the second Sunday of the month for camaraderie, sharing, swapping, and showing our art.
The next LAOD meeting will be held in the park next to Mizell Senior Center at 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs. There is ample parking behind Mizell off Ramon. Look for the signs. Bring masks, a chair, a beverage, art work to share and any extra art supplies that are no longer needed. 
On January 10, 2021 10-11am, eight artists will present a wide variety of pieces, from glass to photography and wire to paint, there's something to interest everyone! 
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.
Enjoy our weekly newsletter below.
Check out our special holiday edition of the newsletter this week. Whatever your holiday plans are this Thursday, we hope they're safe and full of gratitude. Plus, we invite you to revisit the American narrative of Thanksgiving with this Oglala Lakota indigenous perspective.
Letter from a Director
I’ve been feeling a lot of different emotions lately: mad that this pandemic is out of control, frustrated that our health care professionals are overworked and taken for granted with no relief in sight, grief for the loss that is happening on so many levels, selfish and sad that my wife and I can’t be with our daughter and son-in-law and the rest of our friends and family.
Right now, I’m on the other side of all of those feelings, so I’m focusing on what I CAN do. What can I do to help? Who is doing good work and how can I best support the helpers? With the holidays coming up, I'm also thinking about my year-end giving. This year I’m giving more to select organizations, and yes – The Center is one of them. I have the advantage of being able to see, on a daily basis, how our programs and services are helping people get through this difficult time. If you're able to, please join me during this giving season and give a special year-end gift by visiting our website www.thecentercv.org – the great news is that your gift will be matched dollar for dollar if you give by December 31st!
Deb Pollock
Director of Development
Video Storytelling Project
We’re sitting in gratitude for our community, as our We’re Here for You video storytelling campaign wraps up. Take a few minutes to reflect over the stories we got to highlight from our community with this compilation video above. From the Food Bank, to Behavioral Health, to showing up for more geographic places in our desert communities, and how this pandemic has affected us all, we’re building and sustaining a vibrant community that you are very much a part of.
Last week we asked which was your favorite video from our We're Here for You Storytelling Campaign?
If you missed any, visit our We’re Here for You campaign page website to view them all, and share with the folks in your life who might be moved or inspired to join us, online, out in the world, and most importantly, in our community.
Upcoming @ The Center
Deck the Halls this Monday
Gather around the screen for The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Virtual Holiday Wreath Auction streaming live from Casa Colibri on Monday, November 30, 2020 @ 5:30 PM! We even have a pre-show before the main event starts, so tune in @ 5:15 PM! This year's virtual event will be a ONE-SCREEN experience, meaning you can bid and watch the livestream all at the same time, and even on your mobile device! No application download is needed. Just click and enjoy.
You can preview and bid on wreaths right now HERE. Then, enjoy the special live show and a live auction of selected wreaths this Monday, November 30th! To register, click the “Get Started” button.
Each registrant will be entered for a chance to win a 90 min private, VIRTUAL, in-home wine tasting experience! It includes a 90 min intimate in-home wine tasting experience with 6 bottles of premium, boutique wine, led by PRP Wine International on Zoom. Valued at $300. Winner will be announced during our live stream, so register and tune in!
For more event information or to check out the FAQs please visit here.
Holiday Pet Food Drive and Pictures next Wednesday
Wednesday, Dec 2, 10am - 1pm @ 610 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs
Pets deserve extra love @ Xmas, and you can help bring it by donating wet or dry cat & dog food to The Food Bank @ The Center.
Dress you and your pets in holiday fare and come get a drive-thru, COVID-safe, holiday snap in your car framed by our Paws n Claus wreath, while our Santa elves unpack your generous donation. As a very special thank you, you’ll get a branded COVID-19 face mask with The Center’s logo!
More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings, like Knit Together, Women's Chat, and more.
Group support!
Chat with us about what it means to care for ourselves and each other when we’re not able to physically be near each other.
Monday @ 11am
Hosted by Lex Ortega
Meeting ID: 914252530
No passcode
Express Yourself
Hear from our Clinical Internship Director about tools you can use to self-regulate and self-care during times of crisis and anxiety. Every Tuesday @ 11am
Hosted by Jill Hingston, Ph.D
Meeting ID: 972 112 189
No Passcode
Chair Yoga with Lynn on Thursdays
No Class on Thanksgiving.
This popular class hosted by Lynn Simonson is back! Join a new month starting Thursday, December 3.
Engage in gentle seated stretches, grounding breath techniques and calming guided meditations
Get Resources
The Community Food Bank @ The Center
Located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, The Community Food Bank @ The Center is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
Holiday items we need:
  • Canned: Cranberries; Pumpkin; Sweet Potato Jam; Gravy; Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup.
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Small size Hams
  • Small turkeys; whole chickens
Drop-offs welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 am to Noon and NEW Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Collecting barrels will be available in front of our food bank facility for easy, safe, self-service drive by - drop and go!
Also please consider purchasing online at websites like AmazonSmile® or from other online food suppliers of your preference, and deliver direct to The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA 92262.
In observance of Holidays, The Community Food Bank @ The Center is scheduled to be closed for the rest of the year on the following dates:
Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Day
Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve Day
No food distribution or drop off donations will occur on these dates. 
Take Action
Get tested for COVID to help our County!
You can help decrease transmission rates by following public health guidance, physical distancing, wearing a mask, and confirming your status by getting tested for COVID at these locations.
Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
Business Partners
Support those who give!
Please help support the businesses who support The Center, the work we do, and who give back so generously to our community. Click here for a list of Business Partners with The Center.
Community Events
World AIDS Day: Reading of Names
Tuesday, December 1st 2020
10AM - 11AM
World AIDS Day is honored annually every year on December 1. Recognized since its inception in 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of AIDS.
Join The Center on Zoom for a sacred virtual place to read names of those we've lost. Starts at 10AM.
Meeting ID: 895 1846 0787
Password: 017851
Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Events
Toy Drive!
PSGMC “Chorus Cares”
Kid’s Holiday Gift and Toy Drive
To benefit Martha’s Village and Kitchen
You can bring some cheer to children in the valley by dropping off toys at Palm Springs Cultural Center at the PSGMC booth in the Farmers’ Market adjacent to PSCC for 3 Saturday mornings, December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 8am-Noon. The bins are being donated by Palm Springs Disposal Service.
Or you can bring a toy/gift to the “Christmas in Palm Springs – Drive-In Edition” the evening of December 19th between 5:00-8:00pm.
Virtual & Drive-In Christmas in Palm Springs!
Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus
“Christmas in Palm Springs Drive-In Edition”
Special Appearance by
Ann Hampton Callaway
The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus (PSGMC) is proud to continue its 22nd Season with "Christmas in Palm Springs Drive-In Edition," Saturday, December 19 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road.
In a creative departure from the Chorus’ usual December performance, Ethylina Canne will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for a combination LIVE and VIRTUAL holiday spectacular featuring PSGMC’s new virtual chorus. Make your reservation NOW for this incredible production, which is sure to be a sell out, call 760-219-2077
Join the virtual conversation today!
Join PALS seniors and future seniors, for planning ahead prior to a health issue. Conversations create personal network; personal networks create a community that cares.
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM
November 25 - Holiday Traditions Re-imagined
December 2 – If you could have a super power,… .
December 9 – Tell about the last time you did something for the first time.
Password: PALS Cafe Zoom Link here
Death Café – 2 PM Thursday, December 2, 2020.
Ironic that talking about death we feel better.
Register here
Seminar: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
Conversations About and Among Friends.
The importance and conundrum of friendships.
Register here
Lew in View
Lew hails from the Long Island area, with over 40 years in education: teaching, administration and principalship. Although he loved what he did retirement knocked on his door, which included many moves to many states. In one of those states - North Carolina - Lew was hit with the volunteer bug and became a Guardian ad Litem, working as an advocate for kids in the foster care system. This led to Lew and his husband (also a career educator) adopting a teenager in need of a permanent and forever home.
Eventually, Lew and his husband settled in Palm Springs. During the annual Pride celebration several years ago, Lew made his way to The Center’s booth, where once again the volunteer bug was awakened. He became a front desk volunteer in our previous location in the Sun Center and became a fixture at our current Palm Springs location. His volunteerism expanded to the Behavioral Health Clinic, special events, outreach, and most recently, to the Buddy 2 Buddy pilot program, where he’s been making calls to isolated people during the pandemic. Lew is working with the Volunteer Manager to train future Buddies so more of the community can be reached. Lew loves people, and his warm and friendly nature is infectious.
Lew’s volunteerism comes from his desire to connect with people. He has a deep heart that makes him a natural greeter, humanitarian, trainer and all-around good human. In addition to their son, Lew and his husband are the proud parents of 3 dogs.
The Center is grateful and lucky to have Lew in our corner as a volunteer.
They were here, and they were ours
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
Bill Brengetto (1955-1997)
Just want to honor my daddy Bill lost many years ago on the 16th of November. He is missed every day. I thank him for giving me a sense of self-worth and self-esteem and being my mentor and lover. - tlc
Jim Harrod (1939-2020)
Jim was a peach of a man: cheery and generous through tough times. Jim retired from Children's Hospital, Oakland. He and his partner Frankie moved to the valley just a couple of years ago. I miss Jim! - J.A.Tuttle
If you'd like to submit a name for inclusion here, please fill out this form.
Submissions received by 5PM Friday will be included in the next week's newsletter, for two consecutive weeks.
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