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Rain check...Paws n Claus rescheduled to next week! (Sent on 12/04/2019)

Together we are creating vibrant community
Due to the rain showers, we’ve rescheduled our Winter Social: Paws n Claus to next week. We cant wait to ditch the umbrella and be in community and holiday spirit with all of our amazing friends! In the meantime, check out all the amazing programs and community events that’ll make you feel warm this season.
Coming up @ The Center
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Due to the current weather conditions here in Palm Springs, Paws ‘n’ Claus has been postponed and re-scheduled December 11th. So, come along with your four-legged friend(s), get your Holiday picture taken and help us stock the pet food pantry at The Community Food Bank @ The Center...because sometimes hungry families include hungry pets.
When: Wednesday, Dec 11 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - 849 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: This is a FREE event for all to enjoy!
Eisenhower Health Lectures Series back next week
This workshop is presented as a collaboration of The Center, Eisenhower Health and the L-Fund.
According to the National LGBT Cancer Network, those in the LGBTQ community face higher risks of lung, breast, cervical, anal and liver cancers than non-LGBTQ individuals. Learn what factors contribute to this higher risk of cancer diagnosis, potential barriers to care, and treatment options available for lesbian individuals.
When: Wednesday, Dec 11 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE
Next week:
"Starting the new year right / Setting realistic desires & goals for 2020"
“Change It Up” is back one last time in 2019. Join in December with an interactive discussion group for queer men on a variety of topics focusing on improving your quality of life. A combination of psycho-educational presentations paired with a process group. This will also be a positive opportunity for social engagement and community building for participants.
When: Tuesday, Dec 10 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Please check online schedule for NEW topics & dates!)
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: The Center Members: $5/session | Non-Members: $10/session
For more information or to sign-up please call The center @ 760-416-7790
Authentic Dating 101 weekend is back Jan 2020
Intensive Weekend Workshop for Gay Men
This workshop, designed to take place on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning combines information, exercises and role-play to help participants move beyond strategic, ego-driven dating to a more authentically driven, honest way to date.
When: January 18, 19 & 20, 2020
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon DR., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: $125 Members | $175 Non-Members - 12 participants maximum capacity.
For more info or to register, please call The Center @ 760.416.7790
Help fill the hearts of the little ones in our community by donating new and unwrapped toys! We'll be accepting gifts until Monday, December 9th!
Every year, the United States Marine Corps Reserve runs their Toys for Tots program which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Help us spread the Holiday Joy!
Were you Adopted?
Were you adopted? We are trying to gauge interest in putting together a support meetup or even ongoing group for adopted adults to discuss issues around adoption reunions with birth families. If you’re interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fun Fridays @ The Center
"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with PLAID comes easy" - Albert Einstein
This Friday will be PLAID day! woo Hoo!
Let us see how you own this week’s theme by sharing a Fun Friday pic on our Fun Friday Facebook post, and use the hashtags #centerfunfriday and #thecenterps on your favorite social channels (links below) so we can follow the fun!
Leadership Circle
Business Partner Spotlight
With over 30 years of experience, Sean Heslin works with clients locally in Palm Springs as an Edward Jones financial adviser, accepting new client relationships and reviewing existing accounts. Sean has assisted clients with a variety of products and services and also, worked closely on estate planning with attorneys and CPAs in order to provide his clients with a more complete financial picture, making customer service a number one priority!
Ongoing @ The Center
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Call The Center @ 760-416-7790 for more info or to register
Upcoming Community Events
PALS Death Cafe - Dec 5
It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good. Join us for cake and conversation.
When: Thursday, Dec 5 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Drive 3rd floor, Palm Springs, CA
Please reserve your place by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Thom at 717.364.7043
LeatherSex Conversations back Dec 6
LeatherSex Conversations welcomes Mark I. Chester's "Street Sex Photos and Other Perversions", 40+ years of images from San Francisco’s gay radical sex underground.
His work is politically provocative, artistically taboo and socially conscious. In documenting his life, Mark has also documented these tumultuous times in San Francisco giving a glimpse of the people and times that we have lived through. One focus of this presentation will be Mark’s new project, Street Sex Photos which documents gay men being sexual on the streets of South of Market in San Francisco.
It is both a love letter to the past and a hope and dream for the future. South of Market has been changing for decades, but right now it is changing at an exponential rate. These aren't cookie cutter men - they are sexual, outrageous and full of desire; men who still believe that sex is an essential and important part of what it means to be gay.
When: Friday, Dec 6 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
For more information, please call The Center @ 760.416.7790
Master Eb's Spirit @ The Center - Dec 14
MASTER EB’S SPIRIT is an original play by Ty Dehner, set in the Gay leather community of today. In this play Master Eb is visited by three Spirits on Christmas Eve in this modern styling of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.” This will be a staged reading which is a theatre experience without sets or full costumes, with some stage action described. The actors retain their scripts, which they have studied and rehearsed with, as they move around and interact with one another. They make full use of their imaginations to bring the play to life. So, we invite the members of the audience to use their imaginations in return. for more information click HERE
When: Friday, Dec 14 -@ 7:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs - Room 4 Level 2
Desert Wind Holiday Concert - Dec 14
LGBTQ and Aging Symposium Dec 19th
SAGE and Councilmember Lisa Middleton invite you to attend a community symposium discussing LGBT aging at the Palm Springs Convention Center (California) on December 19, 9 am – 1 pm.
This free-to-attend symposium will bring together local, state and national experts to discuss topics such as HIV and aging, culturally competent healthcare, social isolation, and policies that directly impact LGBT older people.
The forum will encourage robust dialogue between local community members and panelists, all with the goal of helping attendees learn about important quality-of-life issues and resources available.
This symposium is sponsored by The Center, Eisenhower Medical Center, Mizell Senior Center, Desert AIDS Project, and the City of Palm Springs.
For more information or questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“A Modern Family Holiday” - Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
“A Modern Family Holiday” will be a showcase of traditional holiday favorites “We Need a Little Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” 
The concert will also include new music from some of today’s most prolific and talented composers and lyricists “Silver Bears”, “Chanukah In Santa Monica”, “Glow” from Walt Disney’s show World of Color Winter Dreams and “It’s Christmas in Palm Springs” with music and lyrics by PSGMC’s Principal Accompanist Joel Baker and his husband Don Casconcelos. 
When: Friday & Saturday, December 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm | Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theatre.
Cost: Tickets: $25-$55. For more info and get your tickets click HERE or call 760-325-4490.
2nd Annual New Years Eve Fundraiser - Brothers of the Desert
Join The Brothers of the Desert for their 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Fundraiser at Grand Central Restaurant, The entire place will be ready for the night and will include a four-course Movable Feast with wine, a silent auction, champagne toast at midnight, and dancing as we ride into 2020 on the Soul Train (entertainment theme).  
BOD's mission is to empower black gay men and their allies here in the Coachella Valley through education, advocacy, mentorship, socialization and volunteerism. 
When: Tuesday, Dec 31 starting @ 7:30 pm
Where: Grand Central Palm Springs - 160 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
Tickets cost: $125.00 per person
If you are not able to make the event but would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can also use the button below, press “ticket” and then choose “donation.” 
Remember Stonewall and our history with Touching History at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Touching History commemorates the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots, a landmark uprising against police harassment and social injustice that sparked the gay liberation movement and the modern struggle for LGBTQ civil rights.
When: Oct 12, 2019 thru Mar 29, 2020
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum
For more information click HERE
General Notes
Monthly Potlucks, Walk Abouts, Ladies Night Out and Jazz. These are just a few of the activities you could become involved with. How? Just follow the link and you can view and/or sign up for the weekly Women @ The Center Newsletter . If you know of anyone that might be interested in this newsletter, encourage them to sign up.
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, Spanish and others at a low cost. In addition, your fees and donations support our work with East Coachella Valley youth in Coachella, Mecca, and Thermal, and the youth suicide-prevention and anti-bullying program in the Palm Springs Unified School District
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Red Dress Dress Red 2020 | Saturday, March 21, 2020
If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. and considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. People of all ages and identities can reach The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800 -273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
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