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THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER [Sent on 03/20/2019]

"LGBTQ+ Mecca, Trans Medical Services and Cowboy Dance - Howdy! ?"

Together we are creating vibrant community
Take a look through our newsletter, and check out programs & upcoming activities supporting LGBTQ+ folks throughout the community!
Coming up @ The Center
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Eisenhower Health Lecture Tonight!
Join us tonight for an informative and educational panel discussion regarding Transgender Health Care Services in the Coachella Valley - See you at 5:30 pm @ The Center
And also today... The Center @ Mecca!
Find LGBTQ+ community support and support in the Eastern Coachella Valley with The Center. Every month, we’ll have programming created with residents and youth, to continue the efforts for inclusive and visible spaces across the desert. Whether it’s a Jugando con Orgullo Game Night, or support spaces for LGBTQ+ people and their families, together we’re doing more. Join us!. 
When: Today Wednesday (And 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 information 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.
Next week is The Center Social!
Come celebrate community and friendship at our Center Social! Spread the word, everyone's invited! Shout-out to media partner, KGAY 106.5 for sponsoring!
When: Wednesday, March 27th - 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: Lobby Lounge @ Hotel Zoso. 150 S Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: FREE
Your participation counts!
Please take the Coachella Valley LGBTQIA Mental Health survey
In partnership with HARC, Inc., The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic @ The Center has been funded by the  Desert Healthcare District  to do a comprehensive health needs assessment of the LGBT community in Coachella Valley!
We need YOU , our LGBT family, to share your story! Please take this brief online survey about mental health and wellness. It’s fast, easy, anonymous, and you might win the $100 gift card!
This information will be invaluable in helping us provide services to our community. Thank You!
How to Be a Man When You Don't Like Football - Continues Tomorrow!
*Limited to 12 Participants per session*
March 21 : Testosterone - Body, Behavior and Sexuality
March 28 : Competition
April 4 : Aggression / Assertiveness
April 11 : Competence & Self- Confidence
April 18 : Courage
April 25 : Emotionality
May 2 : Leadership and Fathering
When: Thursdays, 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
Intermediate Spanish with Bob is back!
Starting April 2nd
The fun is back while learning Spanish @ The Center. Come and join us and Bob for our next Intermediate Spanish class starting April 2nd. Required Textbook for class is Easy Spanish Step-By-Step by Barbara Bregstein [Available from Amazon.com - Check HERE]
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: The Center @ 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: $80 Members | $120 Non-Members - [This is an 8 week course]
Registration Required: Please call 760-416-7790
LTS Living with HIV Therapy Group
NEW DATE: April 24th!
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
The MY BUDDY program was started by the LGBT Community Center of the Desert in partnership with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. The program includes: partnering people with appropriate pets, training classes, and ongoing socialization opportunities for owners and pets. All adoption fees are paid, all animals are spayed and neutered, accessories are provided (i.e., beds, collars, leashes etc.)
If you are interested in learning more about the MY BUDDY program, please contact Sue Knollenberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 760-416-7790 ext 117
Leadership Circle
Business Partner Spotlight
DESERT LEGAL AID is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the center provides free and low-cost civil legal services. Services include Debt Relief, Tenants Rights, Estate Planning, Immigration, Domestic Violence assistance, Government Benefit assistance, Health Care access assistance as well as notary services
Ongoing @ The Center
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Upcoming Community Events
Put your boots on and feel lucky - Tonight @ Chill Bar
Howdy, folks! Join The Greater Palm Springs Rodeo Corporation for their monthly Cowboy Dance. The ever-popular rodeo Royalty will be in-house with a 50/50 raffle – just for you. Dusty boots? Let our professional bootblack shine ‘em up as good as new.
When: Tonight! - Wednesday, Mar 20th - 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: Chill Bar Palm Springs- 217 E Arenas Rd. Palm Springs, CA
A complimentary shine to anyone bringing a non-perishable food item for the Community Food Bank @ The Center!
Movie Fundraiser for The Center this Friday
Transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, narrates this one hour documentary exploring the history of public gay identity in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community from the 1950s through today. This evening is a legacy event and fund raiser developed by the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission ..
When: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 5:30 PM - 8:00 pm
Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center [Camelot Theaters]
Tickets: $10 (General Admission) - $25 (VIP Party)
Proceeds from the event will be shared between the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission and The LGBT Center in our inaugural year. For more information about this special screening, visit their event page HERE or purchase your ticket below.
Also this Friday: LGBTQ Mecca Game Night
Searching for something special to do this Friday?
Join us and celebrate our LGBTQ community in Mecca this Friday. Fun games and live entertainment hosted by special guest and Emcee Fabeyonce.
When: Friday, Mar 22nd, 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.
ONE-PS: Picnic and Community Expo this Saturday Mar 23rd!
Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS) and the City of Palm Springs will present the 12th Annual Picnic & Community Expo on Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Ruth Hardy Park, 
The event features a free picnic lunch for residents and lots of informational booths showcasing local businesses, City services and neighborhoods, including The Center.
Flagging in The Desert - This Weekend
Flagging in the Desert returns to Palm Springs in celebration of our incredible community, the flow arts we love and the incomparable music of legendary DJ Jerry Bonham. 
The event is FREE to the public, however every dollar raised during the event will go to local Coachella Valley non-profit AAP - Food Samaritans.
When: Sunday, Mar 23rd, 2019 - Noon to 4:00 pm
Where: Sunrise Park (Near Palm Springs Library)
Cost: FREE
For more info, please Click HERE and spread the word to all your friends!
CHESS continues at the new CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City
After months of preparation and great anticipation, The Coachella Valley Repertory Theater (CVRep) opened their newly renovated, 208 seat, Cathedral City playhouse with the dynamic musical, CHESS - Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of the Rock Group ABBA, Lyrics by Time Rice and Book by Richard Nelson.
When: March 13 through March 31, 2019
Performances are scheduled for Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sat at 7:30PM, Sat and Sun at 2:00PM, also Tue, March 26 at 7:30PM.
Where: At the NEW CVRep Playhouse - 68510 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City.
PALS: Death Cafe - Mar 28th
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, Mar 28th, 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
5th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days - Saturday Mar 29 - 31
Cathedral City’s LGBT Days will honor the LGBT community and celebrate the diversity of Cathedral City. The free weekend festival includes an opening night kickoff party, the 5th annual community LGBT Days bed race, live musical performances, outdoor dancing, food, beverages, and community booths.
Cathedral City LGBT Days celebrates the lives, history, and accomplishments of the LGBT community. Gathering under the worldwide theme “Remember the Past. Create the Future,” the event highlights Cathedral City as a recipient of a perfect equality score by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation..
When: March 29 - 31, 2019
Bed Race & Expo : Saturday Mar 29th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Cathedral City Town Square Park
68-600 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City
TDOV: 5th Annual Transgender Day of Visibility in the Coachella Valley
Trans Community Project invites you to attend the 5th Annual Transgender Day Of Visibility in the Coachella Valley. Join us in celebration of the Transgender Community. This year theme: #TRANS-EXISTENCE
Come and make signs, get resources on Trans Topics, hear speakers and entertainers. 
For more information, contact Paulina Angel via Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (760) 537-0444
When: Sunday, Mar 31st, 2019 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Francis Stevens Park - Palm Springs, CA
“Our Bodies Our Doctors” - March 31 
This documentary tells the rarely-discussed story of what it means to be an abortion provider today: confronting threats of violence and facing intensified political threats and efforts to criminalize abortion. Religious control over health care is expanding, including in many pro-choice states.
The abortion debate continues to be defined by gruesome images of the anti-abortion movement. In contrast, this film provides a crucial, hopeful point of view: an intimate glimpse into the lives of these courageous providers who have devoted their careers to ensuring women have access to skilled, compassionate care.
California Premiere
When: Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 7 pm
Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly Camelot Theaters) - 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA
Meet other members at the 2019 Rainbow Challenge Pairings Party & Silent Auction benefiting The LGBT Community Center of the Desert on Friday March 29th.
When: March 29th from 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Marriott's Shadow Ridge Club
Donations: Contact Greg Baldwin or Mathew Ladd at 503-381-0251 / 503-756-7442
Thank you in advance for all the support! 
The Stonewall Golfers Annual Rainbow Challenge is a 2-day stroke play competition with flights for men and women happening March 29 – 31, 2019 at the Desert Willow Golf Resort and The Classic Club! These courses represent two of the very finest venues for golf in The Coachella Valley. You can play to compete or just casual play; all levels are welcome.
Presented by Matrix Insurance Solutions, proceeds from the tournament will benefit The LGBT Community Center of the Desert! 
Desert Winds Freedom Band: Spring Concert 2019
The Desert Winds Freedom Band (DWFB), now in its 17th season, is a very diverse group open to all gay and gay-friendly musicians who like to play concert band music.
When: Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
Where: Jewish Community Center - Bochner Auditorium - 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs
Cost: Tickets $30
For additional Info: Please Cal 760-776-2700
PSPD - LGBT Outreach Committee | Annual Town Hall Meeting
NEW DATE - April 2nd
The Palm Springs Police Department LGBT Outreach Committee presents the annual Town Hall with Police Chief Bryan Reyes. Join us to discuss where we've come, where we're going and talk about issues affecting the LGBT community in Palm Springs.
When: Tuesday, Apr 2nd - 5:30 to 7:00 pm 
Where: Mizell Senior Center - 480 Sunrise Way. Palm Springs, CA 
A sign language interpreter will be available
Do you Stutter? Looking for support?
Mark your calendar: Saturday, April 6 - 10:00 to 11:30 am
The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is forming a support/friendship group for adults in the Coachella Valley over 18 who stutter.
The new chapter of the NSA will have its first meeting on April 6th in Cathedral City. Come to a safe, supportive environment where you can be yourself, meet fellow stutterers, exchange ideas, and hear guest speakers. Supporters welcome too.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Greg Battle at 760-832-8042 for more details. If you get the answering machine, leave your name and phone number.
General Notes
To our Visitors and Guests
@The Center
As of February 1, 2019, The Center is a non–smoking facility. Smoking is allowed in the designated area ONLY, which is located near the block wall surrounding the trash container. Signage is posted and ashtray is available.
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.
Center Stage 2019
Friday October 25th, 2019
Red Dress Dress Red 2020
Saturday March 21st, 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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    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
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