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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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WOMEN @ THE CENTER

 
 
Hey there,
 
Letter from a Director
Life Is A Balance Between Holding On And Letting Go – Rumi
 
My heart has found its peace over the last months in the 8-fifteam zoom meetings with the Center staff, in the women who join me every Thursday on zoom for chat, and in the company of hikers that join me on Tuesdays and weekends. I exist in new ways in those relationships; they are deeper and more authentic as we find our strength in one another. I take more time to listen to the birds call forth the dawn and watch the northern visitors feast on the new seeds and blossoms on their way south. I am more consciousness of all the life that teems around me and I am so grateful for this messy, messy life I have lived. And I am grateful for the hard days, the hard weeks, and the hard years, they too have given me great gifts. I hope in new beginnings, we balance the I with the we. That we understand that when we share our gifts, our love and courage with one another and the planet, that we are all stronger, all healthier and all happier.
 
You may not know me, you may not know anyone at The Center, you may be a member or not, you may have been in one of our programs or not, just know we are thinking about you, hoping you are doing okay and if there is something we can help you with, we are here for you.
 
Kim Kieler
Director of IT
& Business Systems
 
Connecting in Community
 
 
Inspiring Friendships
 
This weekly chat group is 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 among friends.
 
Thursdays @ 10:30am
 
 
Walking & Hiking in the Fall
Tuesday, November 24th, @ 9:15AM
Chuckwalla Trail, Rancho Mirage
 
Meet in the upper parking lot behind Rancho Mirage City Hall (corner of 111 and Frank Sinatra). Hike is 3 miles with a 500ft elevation gain.
Join for all or part.
 
Physical distancing is required.
Make sure to bring a liter of water.
 
 
Give Thanks Outdoors!
 
 
Thanksgiving Al Fresco
 
Join Kim, Gail, and Gwendolyn at Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Thursday, November 26th, @ 11am - 2pm.
 
Bring your own food and drink, there is no sharing of food; physical distancing and masks are required within 8 feet.
 
 
Lesbian & Women's Programming elsewhere
 
Are you curious?
 
 
Women's Pickleball
 
Do you have questions about pickleball? Where to play?
Where to learn?
What equipment do you need?
What the hell is pickleball?
 
Then meet Mary Barsaleau.
 
Mary welcomes all your questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Lesbian Love Story THIS Friday!
Cinema Under the Stars presents "Ammonite."
Friday, November 20th @ 6:00PM.
Lot opens @ 5:00PM
 
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents an outdoor program featuring picnic tables and "Bring Your Own Chairs." All the fun of yesteryear without the noise!
 
Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) devotes her days on Southwest England’s Dorset coast to finding and cataloguing fossils of ammonites, extinct and beautiful sea creatures. In the early 19th century this is no work for a woman, and no scientific society will have her. So Mary toils alone, even as male scientists visit to study and take credit for her work. When one visitor brings along his grieving wife, Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), then abandons her there to return to London, the two women have no one to turn to but each other.
 
Winslet and Ronan have both shown exceptional range, depth, and intensity on screen, but AMMONITE reveals new colors. In this story of a visionary scientist and the young woman who changes her life, these two stars deliver performances of raw electricity.
 
Produced with Fodhla Cronin-O’Reilly.
 
Selected for Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals 2020
 
Tickets available here
 
Starts THIS Saturday!
Reel Women's Film Festival
Supporting Planned Parenthood
November 21st - December 6th
 
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest’s Reel Women’s Film Festival, is celebrating its 7th anniversary virtually this year, and your attendance can help support sexual and reproductive health care services for women, ensuring that patients have access to high-quality, non-judgmental care—no matter what.
 
The exciting line up of programs includes -
 
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring actors, executives, and artists in the industry, including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Anita Hill, Natalie Portman, Ruth Witherspoon, Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, and more. Can movies change the world?
 
GREAT COLORADO WOMEN: CARLOTTA LANIER
A Civil Rights Pioneer since Age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier and eight other black students made American history. They integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they endured physical and psychological torment. Carlotta has become known nationally and internationally as a civil rights pioneer and leader. A highly successful business-woman and respected realtor.
Zoom panel Friday, December 4 @ 5:00 p.m, Featuring: Carlotta Walls LaNier and Producer Betty Heid
 
THE DONUT DOLLIES
The untold story of the American women who volunteered to go to Vietnam on an impossible mission: help the troops forget about the war.
Zoom panel Saturday, December 5 @ 5:00 p.m. Featuring: Producer Jess Hill, Co-Producer Jim Gardner, Donut Dollies Mary and Sharon, RWFF Committee Member Gayle Hodges 
 
For more details visit here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Attention Women's Circle Members
The Women's Circle is relaunching with a bang in November and they are looking for members who would like to do a 30-60 sec. promo that we will run on Facebook promoting your business, your membership in WC, and our upcoming on-line production of an Angela Harvey Seminar in November.
 
These ads will appear on both Lucy and Gail, and the WC Facebook pages which last month attracted more than 16,000 viewers. The Angela Harvey event is free with no asks for donations so you would not be soliciting people to pay for anything or contribute money. 
 
The WC will provide you with the script and will either shoot it for you in front of your door so you don’t have to leave home, or you can do it yourself on the phone and send it to us. Safe distance, no contact necessary.
 
This is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or your non-profit activities. Each promo will run several times over a couple of weeks.
 
We also have two major events coming up in 2021: The video production of Ronni Sanlo’s play about Anita Bryant and a Women+Art+Jazz event that combines a repeat of last year’s Art Exhibit with a jazz concert produced by the Jazz Festival.
 
The Women's Circle is back and ready to expand into the most notable Lesbian business organization around.
 
To be a part of it email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
14th Annual Fortem Financial Thanksgiving Day 5K
Benefiting Martha's Village & Kitchen
 
 
Join Kim & The Center Team for a 5K (3 mile) hike on either Nov 28th or 29th (to be announced) to benefit Martha’s Village and Kitchen, a great resource in the Coachella Valley providing help with food insecurity and homelessness with a women’s shelter.
 
Or you can register yourself here for the event and do the 5K Your Way!
Simply pick a route. Run, walk, hike, or bike your neighborhood, favorite route or trail, or just count your trips to and from your kitchen while preparing for the holiday!
 
Coming in December
Meeting in the Park
Sunday, December 12th @ 10:00AM - 12:00PM
(if the weather cooperates)
 
Do you do any kind of art and would like to meet with other lesbians who do art? Lesbian Artists of the Desert are a growing group of local queer women artists who meet the second Sunday of the month for camaraderie, sharing, swapping, and showing our art.
 
The next LAOD meeting will be held in the park next to Mizell Senior Center at 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs. There is ample parking behind Mizell off Ramon. Look for the signs. Bring masks, a chair, a beverage, art work to share and any extra art supplies that are no longer needed. 
 
On January 10, 2021 10-11am, eight artists will present a wide variety of pieces, from glass to photography and wire to paint, there's something to interest everyone! 
 
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.
 
Enjoy our weekly newsletter below.
 
Video Storytelling Project
 
Over the past six-weeks, we’ve shared weekly videos to let our community know all the ways we’re here for you. From the Food Bank, to Behavioral Health, to showing up for more geographic places in our desert communities, and how this pandemic has affected us all, we’re building and sustaining a vibrant community that you are very much a part of. Take a look on our website for them all, and share with the folks in your life who might be moved or inspired to join us, online, out in the world, and most importantly, in our community.
What is your favorite video from our We are Here for You Storytelling Campaign?
The Center Expansion
Food Bank
Behavioral Health
Pandemic Programming
Building and Sustaining Vibrant Community
East Coachella Valley
I have not watched them yet.
 
Last week we shared some facts about our Eastern Coachella Valley communities to see what you knew. Here's what you told us:
 
Knowing facts about a place, whether our own, or neighboring communities, is one thing. It's another to experience a community's culture, people, and see it's resourcefulness in action. If you find yourself wanting to know about the beauty and strength of our region, from east to west and north to south, we invite you to start with Estamos Aquí, a community documentary that focuses on uplifting the stories of the Eastern Coachella Valley. Watch this 30-minute documentary on Facebook here.
 
COVID-19 Impact Survey
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here @ The Center we've teamed up with some of our organizational partners to better understand how this pandemic has impacted the lives of our friends and neighbors — that means you! — on an ongoing basis. Let us know your experience in a short survey at the link below. The survey is anonymous and will take about 10 minutes. 
 
PS: The email address collected from you will only be used to send you follow-up surveys to check in on how your perceptions are changing as the pandemic unfolds. You may choose to opt out of these future monthly surveys at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in those emails.
 
 
Upcoming @ The Center
 
Eisenhower Health @ Home Series
 
Coming in December!
 
 
Please join Dr. Eduardo Javier, addiction specialist, to learn more about addiction/substance use disorder, and how Eisenhower’s new addiction medicine fellowship program can help you and your loved ones.
 
Register here
Wednesday, December 9th
5:30 to 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
In the last 20 years, research on happiness has consistently shown that we are not very good at predicting what will bring us long term happiness. Join Gaetano Vaccaro to discover that happiness may come from where you least expect it!
 
Register here
Wednesday, December 16th
5:30 to 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
 
Deck the Halls with Wreaths so Jolly!
 
Gather around your screens for The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Virtual Holiday Wreath Auction LIVE STREAMING from Casa Colibri on Monday, November 30th, 2020 @ 5:30pm! You can check out the stunning hand-made wreaths that have been donated on our website this Friday here. If you register you can pre-bid on your favorite items from November 20th and maybe win something to brighten up your holiday season.
 
  • Online Pre-Bidding starts November 20th Register now!
  • Live Wreath Auction Monday, November 30th.
 
Pre-show starts @ 5:15pm
Live Auction starts @ 5:30pm
 
For more event information or to check out the FAQs please visit here.
 
Paws n Claus Returns - as a Drive-Thru!
 
Wednesday, Dec 2, 10am - 1pm @ 610 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs
Pets deserve extra love @ Xmas, and you can help bring it by donating wet or dry cat & dog food to The Food Bank @ The Center.
 
Dress you and your pets in holiday fare and come get a drive-thru, COVID-safe, holiday snap in your car while our Santa elves unpack your generous donations.
 
Featured Programs
 
 
NEW PROGRAM
BUDDY2BUDDY
 
 
This new program provides companionship and emotional support for LGBTQ people in need of connection in these uncertain times in which we live. Our service area includes the entire Coachella Valley.
 
B2B volunteers are trained to provide support through telephone visits with their Buddies. B2B volunteers and Buddies are matched using criteria such as interests, location etc.
 
If you are interested in being a Buddy or receiving calls email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 760-416-7790 ext. 158.
 
HIPAA-Complaint
online Zoom meetings
 
Trans Tuesdays has transitioned to confidential, HIPAA-compliant online Zoom meetings, every Tuesday from 6:30 – 7:30PM. If you’re interested in joining, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to
register and receive the Zoom link.
 
All Zoom meetings during this time will be conducted as a whole group. Significant others and family are welcome.
 
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More Online Programs
 
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings, like Knit Together, Women's Chat, Men's Chat, and 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.
 
Holiday items we need:
  • Canned: Cranberries; Pumpkin; Sweet Potato Jam; Gravy; Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup.
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Small size Hams
  • Small turkeys; whole chickens
 
 
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.
 
 
HOLIDAY HOURS @ The Food Bank
 
In observance of Holidays, The Community Food Bank @ The Center is scheduled to be closed for the rest of the year on the following dates:
 
Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Day
Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve Day
 
No food distribution or drop off donations will occur on these dates. 
 
Take Action
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
Community Events
 
World AIDS Day!
World AIDS Day
Tuesday, December 1st 2020
 
World AIDS Day is honored annually every year on December 1. Recognized since its inception in 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of AIDS.
 
We invite you to join our Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine discussion group on Monday, November 30th, where we will honor and reflect on those we have lost to HIV and AIDS.
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance
 
Every year on November 20 since 1999 our community honors the memory of transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, with the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Join us in remembering our trans family at these events:
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 with Transgender Health & Wellness Center
 
5PM - 7PM, Friday, November 11
ECV Transgender Day of Remembrance
Día de Recuerdo Transgénero 2020
Moment of Silence & Short Film “Salir” screening + discussion
Momento de Silencio y Proyección de Cortrometraje “Salir” + Discusión
 
This Friday 11/20/2020 Este Viernes
Starts 4:00pm/ Empieza 4:00pm
Join us! here Únete!
 
Join the virtual conversation every week with PALS
Join PALS seniors and future seniors, for planning ahead prior to a health issue. Conversations create personal network; personal networks create a community that cares.
 
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM
November 25 - Holiday Traditions Re-imagined
Password: PALS Cafe Zoom Link here
 
Zoom Seminar THIS SATURDAY
Care About Care?
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
All About Care Options, Costs, and Management.
Please register here
 
Feel Good Story of the Week
 
Moving through this time with love
 
As we settle into the holiday season – one that is looking decidedly different for many of us – our minds go to family. For some of us, kinship isn’t rooted in our families of origin (whether born into them or adopted or otherwise) because of stigma and prejudice about who we are. As we continue our work though, we recognize that while that is still the case, things are also changing.
 
A couple of months ago, our Director of Community Engagement was invited to be a part of an LGBTQ+ Family Forum with Palm Springs Unified School District, to talk through LGBTQ+ student rights in schools. On a Thursday evening, after long days in school and at work, Lex met with nearly 10 different families, from varying locations (like Orange County!), cultural and racial backgrounds, and even with different language needs. Some were people from families with LGBTQ children, including trans kids, and some were just there because they wanted to learn how to be a better ally out in the world. The common denominator – they all were leading and moving through their lives, with love.
 
Whether we get to chat with parents, or directly with LGBTQ youth, like in our weekly youth Zoom group, working with young people, all people, and families of all kinds, reminds us that this extended family – this community – is who we want to celebrate during this special time.
 
They were here, and they were ours
 
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
 
Toby Wiggin (1950-2019)
Toby was a friend and an excellent artist. A very generous spirit, he made paintings and handicrafts that he gave to friends. He was a good hiker and a good sport. I miss him! J.A.Tuttle
 
Duane Rayford (1958-2016)
Duane moved to Palm Springs from San Francisco. He was an excellent cook, and host. He loved to entertain. His annual birthday dinners were treasured. He was a dear friend, who is greatly missed.
 
Bill Brengetto (1955-1997)
Just want to honor my daddy Bill lost many years ago on the 16th of November. He is missed every day. I thank him for giving me a sense of self-worth and self-esteem and being my mentor and lover. - tlc
 
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

    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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