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THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER [Sent on 04/17/2019]

Together we are creating vibrant community
 
Greetings!
 
Done with your taxes and Music Festivals? Looking for something else fun to do this week? Check out our newsletter to help you decide which great activities and community events to attend. 
 
Coming up @ The Center
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Today!
 
Stop by The Center tonight to see Dr. del Rosario providing a broad overview of gay male sexual practices in the medical aspect. An in-depth question and answer session will follow.
 
When: Tonight, April 17 - 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: This is a FREE event. Please call The Center @ 760-416-7790 to sign up!
 
Every month, we’ll have programming created with residents and youth, to continue the efforts for inclusive and visible spaces for LGBTQ+ folks across the desert. Join us!. 
 
When: Today, April 17 (Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month] - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Where: Mecca Family & Farm Workers Service Center | 91-275 66th Avenue. Suite 100. Mecca, CA  
For more info please stop by or Call 760-416-7790 Ext 155 (Miguel Navarro) 
 
And tomorrow...
 
Learn about Neuromodulatory treatments that can offer significant promise to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in people living with depression
 
When: April 18 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: This is a FREE event. Please call The Center @ 760-416-7790 to sign up!
 
Upcoming topics:
  • April 18: Courage
  • April 25: Emotionality
  • May 2: Leadership and Fathering
 
When: April 18 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: Members: $10 | Non-Members: $15 [Limited to 12 participants per session]
Registration Required: Please call 760-416-7790
 
Next Wednesday @ The Riv!
 
Let's celebrate community and friendship! Spread the word -this Happy Hour is for everyone!
 
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: The Riviera's Chiki Pool - 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
 
Thanks to media partner, GED MAGAZINE for sponsoring!
 
LTS Living with HIV Therapy Group
NEW DATE: April 24!
 
The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic @ The LGBT Center is offering a therapy group free of charge for gay men who are long term survivors living with HIV. This is a closed group (not drop-in) that meets for 12 weekly sessions, starting April 24th, facilitated by an AMFT therapist who will provide structured therapeutic exercises to process unresolved losses, strengthen resilience, and develop strategies for aging well with HIV. 
 
When: Wednesdays, Starting April 24th - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE - 12 Weeks Closed Group
Please email Dr. Gover This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Call 760-416-7790 for additional information or to register
 
Business Partner Presentation - May 3, 2019
We know that caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and memory loss can present unique challenges to the LGBTQ community.
 
Please join the Alzheimer Association for this important Community Forum and add your voice so that they can provide the most relevant resources for you, your friends and family, while learning about what the Alzheimer's Association has to offer. 
 
When: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Participation is free of charge! Call The Center @ 760-416-7790 to sign-up!
 
This is a Business Partner Presentation presented by Alzheimer’s Association.
 
In-depth discussion of the 1969 Stonewall Riot
 
Join Palm Springs resident, John Knoebel, an early activist in NYC’s pioneering Gay Liberation Front (1969- 1972) for an in-depth discussion of the 1969 Stonewall Riot. The evening will feature screenings of short oral history interviews with three actual Stonewall veterans from the archives of the website, ” OUTSPOKEN-LGBTQ.ORG: Oral History from LGBTQ Pioneers.” 
 
When: Tuesday, May 14 - 5:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd. Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: Free - Limited space available. Please call 760-416-7790 for info & RSVP
 
13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey
 
You’re invited to take part in the 13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey. Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides valid data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Last year's survey yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! It should take 12-15 minutes to complete.
 
Everyone who completes the survey by May 15th, 2019 may enter into an optional drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50. 
 
Looking for something to do in the Summer? - Stay tuned
 
Interested in meeting other LGBTQ+ parents with kids?
 
 
Are you an LGBTQ+ parent of school-age children in the area? Want to get connected with other families here locally for family-friendly meet ups, events, and social activities? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
 
Dr. G's Corner
 
Dr. G is pleased to announce that three more interns - Clay Sterzik, Heather Beeson, and Ro Soltani - have successfully completed their certification process with Riverside County Prevention and Early Intervention Programs (PEI), and are now certified “ CBT for Late Life Depression” therapists.
 
This treatment model has been shown to be an extremely effective intervention to reduce depression, and we are proud to provide comprehensive clinical training and certification in this therapy approach. Well done, Clay, Heather and Ro! 
 
In Memoriam: Ed Good
 
Saying goodbye to our Good friend
 
Last week, our longtime friend Ed Good passed away. We were lucky to experience his friendship, commitment, and spirit in many ways – as a coworker, as a volunteer, as a donor. Whether he welcomed you from our front desk, or at a social or event, he was the kind of human whose authentic energy permeated your core.
 
He worked hard, and also knew how to have fun… in fact, he relished it. The impact he made on us feels like a void too deep to fill. That’s where we’ll cherish the memories of him, and do our best to carry his spirit forward. Thank you for sharing your life with us, Sweets.
 
We love and miss you.
 
Leadership Circle
 
Business Partner Spotlight
 
The Team at Contour Dermatology consists of some of the most talented medical professionals, aestheticians, administrators, and assistants. Each personally selected by Dr. Jochen, patients can feel comfortable knowing that they are being treated by the best in the industry.
 
 
Ongoing @ The Center
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Upcoming Community Events
 
Sixth Annual Family Fun Festival - This morning in Palm Springs
 
 
Family Fest @ The Palm Springs Stadium. Join friends and neighbors today for this FREE event and get connected to other community programs, activities, and resources for families. Organizations will have crafts and games—plus there will be special demonstrations, giveaways, a food truck and more.
 
When: Wednesday, April 17 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Palm Springs Stadium (across from the Library)
300 S. Sunrise Way. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE
 
Monthly Cowboy Dance & Rodeo Fundraiser - Tonight!
 
 
Palm Springs Rodeo presents its monthly Cowboy Dance (and rodeo fundraiser) at Chill Bar.
 
Regular features include the best in country-western music for dancing & listening pleasure, exciting video featuring the cowboys & cowgirls from Palm Springs Rodeo all year long. Door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, rodeo Royalty, our professional bootblack, tasty drinks, and more for your enjoyment.
 
This dance will be the last before Hot Rodeo 2019 (May 3-5, 2019), so come join the fun. Yee-haw! 
 
When: Wednesday, April 17 - 7:00 pm
Where: Chill Bar - 217 E Arenas Rd. Palm Springs, CA
 
Give Love. Give hope. Give OUT. 
 
The LGBTQ community and allies from across the country will be celebrating Give Out Day, a 24-hour national fundraising event that supports a diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits. Truthfully, The Center (as we know it today) would not exist without all the amazing folks that have helped us create a vibrant and inclusive space for all. 
 
So, whether it's a one-time gift or a monthly pledge of any amount -it counts! Near. Far. Wherever you are. Give. Give because in this fiscal year we are on track to exceed 70,000 visitors that crossed our threshold. Give because we share a commitment to our community and a passion for making it vibrant. Give because we cannot do it without YOU!
 
Click HERE to support healthy community or give us a call @ 760-416-7790!
 
THANK YOU for your generosity and support of The Center!
 
Transgender HIV Testing Day Social - Tomorrow, April 18
 
HIV testing is an effective prevention tool that can actively engage trans people in their sexual health and wellness while empowering them to make health choices that improve their lives.
 
What to expect from this event?:
  • Free & Confidential HEP C & HIV testing
  • Complimentary cocktails & Appetizers
  • Raffle & gift bag goodies
  • $10 testing incentive gift card - available per person
  • Two special performances by Sonique.
 
When: Thursday, April 18 - 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Wang's of the Desert - 424 S Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
Additional Info: RSVP requested for catering purposes . Please contact JP Allen at 760-992-0440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
This Friday: LGBTQ+ Mecca Game Night
 
Join us and celebrate our LGBTQ community in Mecca, Friday, April 19. Fun games and live entertainment hosted by special guest and Emcee Fabeyonce.
 
When: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm 
Where: 91-275 66th Ave. Mecca, CA 
For more info, contact Miguel Navarro at 760-416-7790 ext. 155 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
PALS: Death Cafe - Thursday, April 25
It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good. Join us for cake and conversation. It's never too soon to plan ahead!
When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Drive, 3rd floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE - Please reserve your place by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling calling Rob at 207-446-2523
 
PSGMC - “Quiet No More – A Choral Celebration of Stonewall”
 
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) as part of their 20th anniversary season, brings a new commissioned 8-movement work to the Annenberg Theater stage in the West Coast Premiere of “Quiet No More – A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” in three powerful and inspiring performances April 26, 27 and 28. 
 
What: “Quiet No More – A Choral Celebration of Stonewall”
When: April 26 & 27 - 8 pm | April 28 at 3:00 pm
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA
 
Tickets: $25 / $35 / $50 - Tickets are now available HERE and the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Box Office at 760-325-4490. Discounted group tickets of 10 or more are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
 
Cheers! for a good cause all month!
With Dinah Shore behind us and the White Party coming up, our friends @ DRAUGHTSMAN want to show their support for the LGBTQ community and have created the NOH8 cocktail. It is a fun and tasty mix of Gin, Aperol, Lemon, Peychaud’s and Bubbles! They’ll be donating $5 each time this cocktail is purchased during the month of April back to The Center! So, cheers for a cause and sip away!
 
When: All month of April, 2019
Where: DRAUGHTSMAN - 1501 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
 
Leather Sex: The Lecture Series returns May 3rd
 
An intriguing evening wherein three men share with us their experiences, stories and desires regarding Erotic Submission . This lecture series happens the first Friday of every month at The Center. Come get your mind blown!
What: Leather Sex - The Lecture Series "Submission"
When:  Friday, May 3, 2019 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where:  The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Please call 760-416-7790 to RSVP for this event
For more information about DFA and the Lectures Series, please contact Drew Kramer via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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.
 
SAVE THE DATES
 
Center Stage 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
 
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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    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
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