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  The Center strives to enrich the lives of the LGBTQ community in the Coachella Valley. Women are a vital part of the fabric of the LGBTQ community and the Center is dedicated to enhancing outreach to women and creating programs that engage them. Every week The Center sends out a women's newsletter to 1000+ email addresses informing them of LGBTQ women centric events in the valley. The current news letter is shown below. Be sure to signup and come out and join us 
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LGBT Film Festival (Cinema Diverse) Sept 21-24th
Your resource for what's happening in the valley for LGBT women.
Nasty Women Chatting - Every Thursday
STRONG OPINIONS LOOSELY HELD. Talk, listen, laugh, connect. There are no dumb questions and there are no dumb ideas. We are on all the path of living, loving and learning. Great way to make new friends.

Thursdays 10:30 to noon at The Center 1301 North Palm Canyon, 3rd Floor
BILL RAMIREZ  last night at Studio 111 this Friday from 7:30PM-closing through summer. There is a regular group of gals that go to dance and you are welcome to join.

GENNINE JACKSON FRANCIS will performing at the Riviera this Thursday, and will be at Wang's on Sunday, September 17 from 6-9PM and Oct 1st.

MONA CAYWOOD is at Streetbar every Wednesday at 9PM

KATHRYN WHITE performs "The Sultry Sounds of Kathryn White" every Wednesday from 7-9PM at 360North, 360 N. Palm Cyn Drive, Palm Springs.
Popup Meetup Sept 25th
*** POP UP BIRTHDAY *** IF you are not a friend of Jo Ann, come on down and become a friend of Jo Ann. Don't think anyone is a stranger when Jo Ann is around.

Hey Ladies
It's time to celebrate the birthday of Jo Ann Thompson !
Monday September 25
" Disco Monday "
Woody's Palm House
450 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs Ca. 
Happy Hour 3-6
Disco from 6:30-10 pm
*** We will start arriving at 5 to get seats, enjoy part of the Happy Hour and a bite to eat. 
Bring your dancing shoes  ?  and be prepared to dance your asses off !!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 
Thanks  ???
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Women's Walkabout/Hiking Resume Oct 1st
Andreas Canyon Trail Indian Canyons gate opens at 8:00am on April 15th/
Join Kim,Veronica and other women for this beautiful, easy hike/walk in the Indian Canyons. You won’t be disappointed. Indian Canyon Park Entrance Fees are 
Seniors (62+)................................$7.00

The Andreas Canyon Trail is an easy trail that takes the hiker up the right side of the canyon, following a stream that wanders through groves of California fan palms. During warm weather the stream is a welcome sight to hikers and provides some relief from the desert heat.
The canyon is a stark contrast to the usual desert hiking trail due to the abundant vegetation that grows along the stream. One almost feels like they are in a “jungle” environment, instead of desert. If you look closely, you will also see many different birds and other animals, along with countless insects. After hiking about one mile, the hiker comes to a wire fence that signals the end of the trail. At this point you can cross the stream and return via the other side of the canyon, or you can return the way you came. The left side of the canyon gives the hiker a view of the canyon from above it a little, and is very much worth the effort.
Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Veronica at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.
Meet at the Andreas Canyon Trail Head at 8:15 am, first right turnoff past the guard gate at Indian Canyons
Cinema Diverse Sept 21-24th - 4 days of LGBT Films


5:30 Opening Night VIP Reception
7:00 Red Carpet
7:30 Opening Night Screening
Camelot Theatre One
Short: Zeitgeist: 1977 8 min. A tribute to the gay Bay Area filmmakers that made milestones 40 years ago, and the groundbreaking collective sensibilities they brought to the screen.
Feature: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin  91 min.  Director's Choice  A New Film By Jennifer Kroot (TO BE TAKEI, IT CAME FROM KUCHAR). Best known his ground-breaking Tales Of The City, this remarkable doc follows the renowned author’s journey from intolerant conservative to beloved writer known for his outrageous wit and open heart. Included are interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Tan, and Neil Gaiman, among others. (World Premiere SXSW 2017, winner of Audience Award for Best Documentary)
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award and Q&A with Armistead Maupin immediately following the screening
9:30    Book Signing with Armistead Maupin                          
Opening Night Party - Camelot  
Women Focused Cinema Diverse Films
Friday Sept 22 3:15pm    Camelot Theatre Two

Short: Vows  Vows is the story of a man on one of the biggest days of his life - he is incredibly excited, but is suddenly reminded of a deep sadness that plagues this very happy day with the person he loves most.
Feature: Alabama Bound 83 min.  Alabama Bound explores the roller-coaster ride of two Alabama lesbian families as they fight for their right to marry,  and  their right to adopt and/or retain custody of their children. Why Alabama? Because in the face of the Supreme Court decision affirming that same sex couples have the right to marry, politically-ambitious Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore led a charge to reject the federal government’s mandate to allow gay marriage. Moore, who built his career on bringing religion into government, was determined to stop gay marriage, and end any sort of state protections for the LGBTQ community. Why lesbian families? Because the majority of same-sex households with children are lesbian families, and most of them live in the Deep South. And despite Federal protections, in Alabama and 26 other states across the country, there are no state legal protections for LGBTQ citizens.

Friday 7:45pm    Camelot Theatre Two
The Feels 90 min.  Director's Choice   Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, the brides and their friends get wasted, and Lu admits to everyone that she’s never had an orgasm. This admission comes as a complete surprise to Andi and derails the weekend in unexpected and poignant ways. It causes everyone to reflect on trust, love, and their journeys to experiencing their first orgasm.

Sat 11:15am  Camelot Theatre Three
Sapphic Stories 103 min.  We’ve pulled together a talented group of filmmakers who have created a brilliant collection of shorts about women who love women. There’s something for every woman with
A Bone To Pick  A day in the life of a lesbian dog walker in Los Angeles.
A Circle of Diamonds  An original song inspired by and featuring marriage activist Edie Windsor. Edie witnesses a musical scene where two young women reenact Thea’s proposal to her in the 1960’s - when marriage between 2 women was not an option. A celebration of the enduring power of love!
Counting  In 1951 Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality. 
Dani  On their way to a new life in New York City, Dani and her current girlfriend Jess encounter one of Dani's ex-boyfriends making for an incredibly uncomfortable bus ride. All in one take.
Dichotomy  Jane struggles to embrace her femininity as a butch lesbian. She shaves her head, which propels her on a humorous and twisted journey of self discovery. In the process, she has a debate with herself in the bathroom mirror as her demonic feminine side tries to suppress her innate masculinity. Eventually she finds peace and freedom in androgyny and discovers humanity is independent of sexual identity.
Encuento  A regular night drinking with her party-oriented friends turns into an eye-opening evening when young Claudia encounters the captivating foreigner Isabel, who challenges her perceptions of latinos - and her understanding of herself.
Lemonade  Kristin Farrell just can't seem to ever catch a break. But that all changes when she receives a call from her mom that launches her into a whole new world.
Dusk  Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.
Penis Envy  Is using a vibrator really cheating on your lover? A clever romantic comedy about two charming and dysfunctional girls broadcasting details of their argument in the middle of a gym class. "Penis Envy" features relationship paranoia, an eccentric instructor and a toy named Kimmie.

Sat 5:30pm    Camelot Theatre Two                          
Chavela 93 min.   Director's Choice  Chavela is the captivating portrait of barrier breaking Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, whose international fame peaked after a triumphant return to the stage at the age of 71. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she had become a household name, delivering her performances with a raw passion and unique voice. Just as influential were her cultural contributions; Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who defied gender and sexuality stereotypes at a time when being “out” was often dangerous.
Chavela centers around a 1991 interview--the singer's first public appearance after 12 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak. In the final years of her life, Chavela rises into her momentous third act, achieving international fame, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and becomes a muse to many, including filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.   2nd Place Audience Award Panoroma – 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, Official Selection – 2017 HotDocs, Official Selection – 2017 Frameline 41, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, Official Selection – 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Sat 7:45pm    Camelot Theatre Two                           
A Million Happy Nows 80 min.  Director's Choice  A veteran soap opera star finds herself having memory problems. She decides to retire from the business, much to the chagrin of her adoring fans. All starts out well. She and her publicist and partner, take a beach house and begin a relaxing life. But the memory problems continue, and finally she sees a doctor. The diagnosis, Early Onset Alzheimers, puts a strain on her, on the couple's relationship, and on everyone around them. Can they find the strength to redefine themselves and what they mean to one another in the face of this dreaded illness?

Sun 3:15pm    Camelot Theatre Two                           
A Date for Mad Mary 82 min.    Director's Choice
A Date for Mad Mary tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle, who is returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honor. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes. A Date for Mad Mary is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

$25.00 day passes are available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Includes lunch and workshop

The 5th Annual LCLC Conference brings Lesfic readers, writers, and publishers together from around the U.S. to promote lesbian literature and to inspire up-and-coming writers. Guests will have access to all the authors, editors, and publishers to mix and mingle at the beautiful SkyLark Resort in Palm Springs, CA.

The LCLC consists of four fun-filled days packed with panel discussions, workshops, author chats, author readings, and a special keynote speaker event at the Palm Springs Library.
Velvet Night Club Event Oct 20th
Fall into VELVET
Friday, October 20
9PM – 2AM
Toucan’s Tiki Lounge
Featuring 5 GoGo girls, 2 live DJs, and the best women’s dance night in the Coachella Valley.
at Rancho Relaxo
Rainbow Women-Halloween Event
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017              Menu: Hors d’oeuvres :
             1:00PM                                               Mini meatballs, Chips/Salsa, 
 Where: 68435 Tachevah Drive                      Main course : Grilled chicken,
 Cathedral City, CA 92234                               Potato salad, Green salad,
 760-777-2990                                                 Beans, Hawaiian sweet rolls.
  907-727-7946                                                   Dessert : Carrot Cake Cupcakes
                                                                           Beverage : Water

Limited Participants: 35
Cost: $15.00/per person                               
Make checks payable to: Rainbow Women
Due: Tuesday,10/17/2017                                
Mail to:     DeAnn Young
                35847 Inverness Avenue
                 Palm Desert, CA 92211
Directions: Across from Panorama Park/Near Candy Cane Lane
From Hwy 10 West Bound : Date Palm exit-turn left. Tachevah Drive-turn right. Through three stop signs. Fourth house on left (across from park). 
From Hwy 10 East Bound : Date Palm exit-turn right. Tachevah Drive-turn right. Through three stop signs. Fourth house on left (across from park). 
From Ramon:  Turn north (toward Highway 10. Tachevah Drives-turn left. Through three stop signs. Fourth house on left (across from park). 
Three English Setters live at the home. Please, do not bring any pets.
Potluck Oct 22nd
I will be sending out potluck signup emails in two weeks. The email will have location information and ask you to sign up for specific items. If you are not on the potluck list, please email me and I will add you to it.
Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival November 2-5th, 2017
  PALM SPRINGS WOMEN"S JAZZ FESTIVALAnother Year of Exciting Live Music by the Country's Top Female Musicians
November 2-5, 2017
Palm Springs CA
Tickets and Packages will be available
Sweet Baby J'ai, Artistic Director.
  • Four-Star Host Hotel
  • Private Pool Party
  • Concerts with Major Artists
  • Dancers, Drummers, Performance Artists, Comedy, Exhibits, Films, Jam Session, Tours, Parties and much more………….
2017- The Best is Yet to Come
For more information regarding the festival
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