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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 
 
 
 
Greetings!
 
We continue to monitor the Coachella Valley's COVID-19 case rate in anticipation of restarting in-person programming as soon as possible. We are anxious to welcome each of you back! In the meantime, we hope you find below a speaker series, activity, or chat that offers an opportunity for you to connect with our wonderful LGBTQ community of the desert.
 
Mask up, get your booster and take good care. We hope to see you soon!
 
With gratitude from The Center Team
 
FEATURED PROGRAMS
 
EISENHOWER 2022 LECTURE SERIES
 
 
THE GOOD, THE BAD,
AND THE UGLY: Opiates,
Pain, and Addiction
VIA ZOOM
Wednesday, February 9
@ 4pm - 5pm
 
Join K.D. Thrasher, DO, for a discussion regarding the use and abuse of drugs used to treat pain.
 
Learn what opiates have been shown to treat, how doctors should be recommending their use and what to do when they become a problem.
 
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
 
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
UNDERSTANDING
STROKES: Learn What
A Stroke Really Is.
VIA ZOOM
Wednesday, February 23
@ 4pm - 5pm
 
Strokes affect nearly 800,000 Americans each year, contributing to about 140,000 deaths and forever changing the lives of stroke survivors. To understand stroke, it helps to understand the brain. The brain is responsible for motion, sensation, speech, memory, emotions, even major body functions such as breathing and digestion. Come learn about what happens during a stroke and how to recognize the symptoms.
 
 
WOMEN'S CHAT
VIA ZOOM
Thursdays @ 10:30am
Hosted by Candice Nichols
 
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.
 
 
MEN'S CHAT
VIA ZOOM
Fridays @ 1pm
Hosted by Stuart Huggins
 
Come join us and discuss a variety of topics from love, sex, current events and politics.
 
 
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program)
VIA ZOOM
2nd Tuesday of each month
@ 11am - 3pm
 
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) offers free Medicare Counseling for pre-Medicare, Medicare & Medicare Disabled Beneficiaries.
 
Next available sessions:
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from
11:00 am to 3:00 pm (1 hr. sessions)
For appointments call - 760-281-2616
 
IMMIGRATION HELP
 
 
IMMIGRATION
CONSULTATIONS
with Bolour/Carl
Immigration Group
VIA ZOOM
Tuesday, February 15
@ 9am - 12pm
 
We are taking 15 minute consultation appointments via Zoom with a new Immigration Law Firm Bolour/Carl Immigration Group. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your appointment today, and get answers to questions related to immigration law, including visas, asylum, and DACA.
 
Check out ALL our programs here.
If you have an idea for a program you'd like to see or perhaps facilitate,
 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH @ THE CENTER
 
 
GOOD GRIEF!
Via ZOOM
1st & 3rd Wednesday
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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TRANS TUESDAYS
Via ZOOM
Tuesdays @ 6:30pm
Co-Hosted by
Dr. Jill Hingston Ph.D
and Candice Nichols
 
Trans Tuesdays are confidential online Zoom meetings, every Tuesday. If you’re interested in joining, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and receive the Zoom link. Significant others and family are welcome.
 
 
LONG TERM SURVIVORS: Gay Men living with HIV
Weekly Support Group
Starts Wednesday, Jan 26 in Palm Springs @ 6pm - 7:30pm
 
This group will explore issues related to healthy aging and overcoming challenges specific to living with HIV.
 
Facilitated by Clay Sterzik AMFT.
 
For more info or to sign up email:
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Email Mike Martin for the quickest response at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call for details: 760-416-7790, press 3
 
FREE COUNSELING
FOR THOSE WHO
QUALIFY
 
Many of us are struggling with depression and isolation right now. You can learn new ways to cope and connect with help from our clinicians. This cognitive-behavioral therapy program for late life depression is at no cost to eligible individual clients age 60 and over. Available via Zoom or In-Person in Palm Springs. 
 
HEALTH
 
GET TESTED FOR COVID-19
The omicron variant of COVID-19 is highly contagious, even more so than other variants. Please get tested if you've been in large gatherings. Remember the incubation/window period and get tested approx. three to five days after a potential exposure. You can help keep our community safe.
 
 
ORDER YOUR FREE
AT-HOME COVID TESTS NOW!
 
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
 
Order your tests now so you have them when you need them, at covidtests.gov
 
VACCINES & BOOSTERS AVAILABLE
 
 
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.e and we can connect you with someone that can help you.
 
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
 
BUSINESS PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
 
 
TRIANGLE INN
PALM SPRINGS
 
Romantic and relaxing or fun and frisky. At the Triangle Inn Palm Springs, the choice is yours. This award-winning, and historic Palm Springs Resort is a feast for all your senses, with a special flair for Southern (California) hospitality.
 
Learn more about our fabulous Platinum partner here.
 
THE CENTER'S LEGACY CIRCLE
98 FOUNDING MEMBERS
Strengthen Our Community Forever
 
With a gift through your Will or Living Trust, you can strengthen the Center in permanent ways. It’s an easy option - and bequests offer tremendous planning flexibility. You can prioritize loved ones in whatever ways you choose, and still create a future gift to support our LGBTQ community.  
 
To learn more about creating a legacy gift for the Center, please contact Deb Pollock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-416-7790 x 117. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Every THURSDAY
5pm - 7pm
 
  • 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.
  • Bring a picture ID (If available).
 
Donation drop-offs are welcome: Tuesdays and Thursdays - 10am to Noon.
Curbside drop off hours:
Thursdays - 5pm to 7pm.
 
 
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.
 
COMMUNITY EVENTS
 
CALLING ALL ARTISTS
 
 
STARBUCKS RESERVE
& THE CENTER
Present a
SAFE SPACE NIGHT OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
 
Showcase your art to preserve, empower and promote local at risk youth in this night of artistic expression.
 
For questions and submissions email:
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DEADLINE for submissions: FEBRUARY 11
We are Loud and We are Proud.
 
TOMORROW!
 
 
END OF LIFE DOULA
CIRCLE OF
REMEMBRANCE
Thursday, January 27
@ 4pm - 6pm
 
Are you missing someone who has died or passed? Whether or not you experienced the death of a loved one, a friend, or a pet, this past year has brought so much grief to us all. It may well have awakened old, lingering grief, grief that needs to be witnessed again.
 
End of Life Doula Palm Springs are holding an on-line Circle of Remembrance limited to 15 people so that each will have time to share their story. If you are interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a zoom link for the Circle of Remembrance.
PALS seniors and future seniors, Planning Ahead before a health issue requires connections. Come join the conversations.
 
 
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4pm – 5pm
Join PALS for an informal discussion on various pertinent topics.
January 26, 2022 - What a funeral director needs to know with Kacie Scott.
Zoom ID # 832 2405 1340, Passcode: 016864, Zoom Link here
For topics and updates, sign up for email notifications visitpalsinthedesert.com
 
Death Café:
Thursday, February 3, 2022, 2pm
It’s ironic that talking about death we feel better.
Register here:
 
RAINBOW CHALLENGE 2022
TWO DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT
MARCH 6 & 7
 
 
Golfers ready!? You can play to compete or just casual play. All levels are welcome!
 
The Stonewall Golfers 2022 Rainbow Challenge will be played at the newly renovated Classic Club on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7. With a week full of events, you don't want to miss out!
 
Presented by Matrix Insurance & Benefits Solutions, Inc., proceeds from the tournament will benefit The Center.
 
For all details and to register, click here.
 
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.
 
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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