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Hey there,
With the news of the stay-at-home order lifted and the ever-changing vaccine roll-out efforts, there is so much happening that it may feel a little hard to keep track of all the news. We invite you to peruse the links included below for more information, but first, take a moment to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling right now.
Let us know which core feeling most resonates with you right now:
Recognizing and honoring your feelings is an important part of showing up in community authentically and with care. Whatever you might find yourself feeling or thinking is real, human, and deserves space to process. If you find you need to be more intentional about where and how to do that, check out some of our programming.
And here’s the results from our poll last week when we asked if you had a spiritual or meditation practice.
It’s nearly an even split! We really do have such a diverse, and vibrant community. Thank you for being part of it!
Letter from a Director
A week ago today, the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took place. Words and phrases I’ve heard from friends, family, and clients included “relief, ““more air in the room now,” “I finally feel like I can exhale,” “I feel hope again.” Sentiments like these have been repeated throughout this week. The past four years, and especially this past one, have been extremely stressful for so many people. We have needed some sense of relief for a long, long time.
Personally, I felt some of that relief. I felt relief that something had ended and that we again had the opportunity to do things a different way. And at the same time, I was also very much aware of our collective history in this country, and our repeated failures to truly make this a country of “liberty and justice for all.” I was afraid to hope for too much. And so my relief began to morph into resolve. Resolve to continue trying to do better, trying to be better. We still have a lot of work to do, and we can’t do it alone. We need each other and we need community if we are going to hang on to this sense of relief and continue with our resolve. We still have a long way to go.
Despite some of my hesitations, I allowed myself to feel relief that morning. I let myself soak in some of that extra air in the room. I rearranged my morning so that I could spend time in that relief—a feeling I hadn’t felt in quite a while (it felt almost palpable). It’s so important that we do that for ourselves. So, if you need to feel some relief in your day, if you need community connection, we are here for you.
Jill Hingston, Ph.D, LMFT
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Upcoming @ The Center
The 4th Annual INFO-A-GO-GO is your VIRTUAL ONE-STOP-SHOP for all thing’s LGBTQ+ in the desert. Our community has so many amazing activities to become involved with and this is an opportunity to explore them all in one place…virtually and safely!
TODAY, January 27th 2021
Let's Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Palm Springs Social
Great Outdoors - Palm Springs Sports
Desert Business Association Gay Orgs
Desert Fetish Authority Men
Brothers of the Desert Men
Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Entertainment
Gay Desert Guide Entertainment
Desert Winds Freedom Band Entertainment
GED Magazine (Gay Entertainment Directory) Entertainment
Dezart Performs Entertainment
Wyld Womxn
To visit, please register and get the Zoom link here.
Eisenhower Returns February 10th
There's more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet. In fact, some of the latest research suggests that Meditation can be a useful part of cardiovascular risk reduction. Join Karen Stewart, RN, via ZOOM to learn more.
Wednesday, February 10th
4pm to 5pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
Register here
This Week
Meditation & Intuition weekly on Mondays
By finding our inner gifts and tools to access a quiet peaceful place using meditation techniques, we can better achieve our goals in life.
With this new 8-week program, Barbara Lippert will guide you to a peaceful place and access your own spiritual intuition and help better understand what can work best for you.
Mondays 2:30PM - 3PM
Spanish Conversation
every Tuesday
Join our weekly conversation group designed to help you practice and improve your Spanish language skills.
Intermediate & advanced
levels only.
Facilitated by
Marc Becker.
Tuesdays @ 2PM
Explore the Backcountry in a 4WD Tonight!
Where does this road go and what is out there? Take the road less traveled. Join us for a look at some of the nearby backcountry 4x4 routes and discover what you may find along the way. Buckle your seatbelt for a ride to some amazing places.
Wednesday, Jan 27 @ 7PM
Meeting ID: 842 4221 9520
Tomorrow @ Noon!
Join in the conversation!
Our virtual space for ALL of our LGBTQ community members to come together, talk with one another, and move through the conversation about race.
The space will be facilitated by Lex Ortega, Director of Innovation & Community Engagement here @ The Center.
This month’s topic:
White Supremacy
Brand New & Returning programs
in February
Queer Spirituality starts NEXT MONDAY 2/1
This group provides a safe place to discuss all aspects of what it means to be queer and spiritual. We explore, learn and support each other on our individual spiritual journeys without judgement, fear or expectations.
Starts Feb 1, 2021
First and third Mondays
10AM - 11AM
Enroll for NEW Sessions
starting 2/8
This new 12 week, closed sessions of Bereavement Therapy Group is offered via HIPAA-compliant Zoom calls.
The program is for those who have lost a loved one and want assistance in dealing with their loss and to talk with others who understand what they are going through.
Facilitated by a MFT Intern under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
Starts Feb 8, 2021
Mondays 5PM - 6:30PM
To register, email
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or call 760 416 7899
50+ FIT with Lynn
begins 2/2
Lynn Simonson is back with her popular "50+ FIT" training
program via ZOOM!
This low-impact class is designed to Increase strength, flexibility and balance for everyone.
Starts Feb 1, 2021
$20 per month
First and third Mondays
10AM - 11AM
Chair Yoga with Lynn Simonson back on 2/4
This program has been carefully crafted by facilitator Lynn Simonson to help participants improve their overall health, and specially benefiting those with mobility issues, via ZOOM!
Engage in gentle seated stretches, grounding breath techniques and calming guided meditations.
Starts Thursday Feb 4, 2021
$30 per month
10AM - 11AM
Comedy Workshop Series
If you always wanted to try comedy, now you can! No experience necessary. Professional Emcee and Comedienne Mina Hartong (Curve Magazine America’s Funniest Lesbians) will guide you through a six part workshop series.
Saturdays, Feb 6 thru Mar 13 (6 wks)
$120.00 for full course
4:00PM - to 5:30PM
Ten Essential Black LGBTQ Leaders
From the early days of the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ persons have been in the forefront of the struggle for racial equality. This lively interactive discussion will look at ten such individuals (national and local) who sacrificed much for racial justice and are inspirations for us all.
Monday Feb 1, 6:30PM - 7:30PM PST
Meeting ID: 863 0963 4028
Passcode: 127311
In need of more connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings, like Knit Together, Women's Chat, Men's Chat, and much, much more.
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.
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.
Take Action
Vaccinations - who, when and where?
Gov. Newsom has announced a lifting of the Regional Stay-at-Home order statewide, which means Riverside County returns to the purple-tier and restaurants can resume outdoor operations. Meanwhile COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue this week for those in Phase 1A (all tiers), 1B (tier 1), individuals 65 and older, and frontline essential workers including education and emergency services. Vaccination sites remain quite full and vaccine supplies are limited, so you are encouraged to keep checking often. The County is working on opening additional sites and creating mobile units.
State Vaccine Website: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/
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, including sites in Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, and Indio.
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.
Heritage Legal assists individuals and families with Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Law and Bankruptcy matters. As LGBTQ individuals, couples and families, it is essential that you understand and take advantage of all the legal supports available to you to protect yourself, your property, and your loved ones.
Learn more about our Platinum partner here.
Community Events
Living Trust/Estate Planning Webinar
Living Trust/Estate Planning
Wednesday, Jan 27th
12PM - 1PM
Sean Heslin of Edward Jones, and Christopher Heritage of Heritage Legal, PC, will be hosting a FREE hour long informational webinar on the basics of estate planning for the LGBTQ+ community TODAY (Wed, 1/27) from 12 PM - 1 PM.
Special guest and local fiduciary Scott Phipps of Phisco Fiduciary will also be in attendance and available to answer questions.
Passcode 887322
Connect Virtually
PALS seniors and future seniors, Planning Ahead before a health issue requires connections. Come join the conversations.
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM
January 27, 2021 - Seven Essential Conversations You Must Have Now
February 3, 2021 – Rituals and behaviors after someone loses a loved one.
February 10, 2021 – Valentine’s exposé: good times or bad?
Zoom ID # 832 2405 1340, Passcode: 016864, Zoom Link here
For more dates, sign up for email notifications at their website: palsinthedesert.com
Death Café:
Thursday, February 4th, 2 PM
It’s Ironic that talking about death we feel better.
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Got Debt? Strategies for Staying Out of Trouble
Physically distant social fun!
Our Friends at Gay Desert Guide have concocted several treats to keep you amused during the current
Stay-at-Home order.
This Friday they're offering a Big Gay Hot Topics Trivia Party, while Saturday brings Joan of Arc and women in power in 15th century France ,and Not Your Grandma's Bingo. Diverse indeed!
Check out the fun events on their Facebook page here.
They were here, and they were ours
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
Dorothy Maranda (1930 - 2019)
My Mom instilled the values of volunteering and philanthropy in me by her examples and actions. After dementia and moving to Palm Springs, she continued to volunteer and support local LGBTQ causes. - Stefan Hill
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
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    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

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    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
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