With August just ahead and the hot temperatures that accompany the dog days of summer, we’re launching Shann Carr’s Virtual Events from the Fun & Games Dept. of GayDesertGuide.LGBT.  We start with a riotous Big Gay Trivia night on the 4th, then we offer weekly Virtual Speed Dating events for both men and women – some specific to age groups and others for all ages.

What I like about these are that you can come out of the event with a new friend, a future date or a new business contact.  Try it!  I’ll be there and hope you will too.

Be sure to subscribe to our Oasis Insiders email where we offer special discounts and first looks each week at what’s happening in #ILoveGayPalmSprings.  P.S.  Shann is also the featured act at this week’s KGAY 106.5 Summer Concert Series on Sunday.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.


Fun & Games with Shann Carr

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, is planning a fun-filled month of virtual events hosted by Shann Carr, from Trivia and Game Nights on Tuesdays to Speed Dating Saturdays where you could meet a date, a friend, or a business connection!

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DBA Networking Mixer

The Desert Business Association (DBA) is hosting a Virtual Networking Mixer on Monday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr will give a presentation on the Local Data Results from the 2020 LGBTQ Community Marketing Survey. There will also be a presentation on a COVID-19 Travel Update, and time for roundtable chat and check-ins. Since DBA has begun doing these virtual mixers, members are making real business connections in this virtual space! More info


Agua Caliente Job Fair

Agua Caliente Cathedral City is hosting a job fair on Monday, July 27 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford Theatre. They are looking to fill over 500 positions to prepare for the grand opening of their Cathedral City casino later this fall. Distancing, face coverings, and temperature checks will be observed to create a safe event. More info


Big Gay Virtual Trivia Night

On Tuesday, July 28 from 4:15–5:15 p.m., the Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide presents Big Gay Trivia Night. This partnership with TheMenEvent will be hosted by Hugh Hysell. It’s a fun way to socialize and get people together for a night of fun, conversations and lunacy during all the craziness. The questions are designed to be fun, easy and sometimes educational. They cover common sense stuff to everyday things, movies, TV, stuff you learned in high school, pop culture, popular music and things that lots of people should know. The top 3 winners from each round will win free passes to future events. Register ahead of time to secure your spot. More info


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Virtual Events at The Center

Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBT Center of the Desert continues to connect people, using the technology of group-meeting platform Zoom, which you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here’s just a taste of the programs they are hosting:

Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine with Alexis Ortega – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. 

Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.


 PALS Cafe Wednesdays

What is a PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) CAFÉ? It’s a virtual & completely safe place where you can enjoy a heaping piece of hearty laughter, lots of homemade conversations, and helpful insights while getting to virtually visit with many of your PALS ! You are invited to join this group on Zoom every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. More info


Transgender Health & Wellness Center Zoom Drop-In

The Transgender Health and Wellness Center is hosting a weekly Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex (TGI) Zoom Drop-In Group for when you feel isolated or alone, Wednesdays from 1:00–2:00 p.m. More info


 

Among Friends Virtual Happy Hour

Join Among Friends for their ongoing Thursday “Kickoff to the Weekend” Happy Hours, on Zoom from 5:00–6:30 p.m. every week. Come for the laughs, games and fun, and if you don’t want to be on cam, you don’t have to, you can still attend. And hey, no Uber needed! More info


Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center

The Palm Springs Cultural Center has turned their parking lot into a temporary Drive-In Experience, complete with concessions like popcorn and frozen treats and radio-tuned sound!  This weekend’s films include: “Jurassic Park,” a “Terminator” double feature, and “Shrek.” Get tickets


Queer TV 24/7 from Revry

As COVID continues, Gay Desert Guide is thrilled to give you some much-needed LGBTQ+ entertainment with a FREE 1 month Revry Premium subscription with the most unapologetically queer movies, shows, news, originals and the largest libraries of queer music and podcasts. We are proud to partner with Revry who is supporting us by splitting all subscription fees (after your free month) throughout the rest of the year. Find them on socials: @revrytv  and use the Promo Code: M213 by visiting Revry [here].


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 55

Feeling isolated, going crazy, at your wit’s end? US TOO! Join Shann Carr and John Taylor as #ILoveGayPalmSprings welcomes Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, Alexander Rodriguez of ontherocksradioshow.com and Dr. Laura Rush. We’ll get you up to speed on what’s happening in Palm Springs and beyond. Plus we’ll have some warm and furry moments with Mimi Avalos from psanimalshelter.org [Listen] or [Watch]

Get Inspired by Yaacov Agam

The Palm Springs Art Museum, keeping you connected to the museum while they remain closed due to COVID-19, presents a new At-Home Art Activity, inspired by the art of Yaacov Agam. Make your own Agamograph, a form of Op Art and Kinetic Art that creates the illusion of movement through a three-dimensional relief. Learn more

The Palm Springs Art Museum plans to gradually reopen in the fall with modified hours and safety protocols in place, with virtual or outdoor versions of fundraisers and auctions. Learn more


THIS WEEKEND

KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Shann Carr

Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series.
This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. Hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, Aug 2 at 6:00 p.m. the featured artist is comedian Shann Carr, and future performances include: Anita Treadmill Presents Divas on the Dance Floor on Aug 9, Tommy Dodson on Aug 16, Eve on Aug 23, Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, Kristine W on Sept 20, and a free concert on Saturday, Aug 15 with special guest Keisha D. Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

McCormick’s Palm Springs has announced their Fall Auto Auction will take place November 20–22 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with an expanded Friday schedule of 180 cars crossing the block, with another 225 cars on Saturday and 175 cars on Sunday. Friday is FREE all day, Saturday & Sunday is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Free Parking & Shuttle. More info