Brad Fuhr CaricatureThe second half of 2021 didn’t come in with a bang in Palm Springs. Instead, a laser light show whelmed many as a fireworks alternative. We hope the city will rethink this in future years.  I was at ground zero for two Chicago fireworks celebrations concluding my summer vacation.  Chicago is the wild wild Midwest of pyrotechnics, where tons of illegal bangers come in from Indiana and other foreign lands.  The city put together a last-minute display that dazzled millions on Saturday, with smaller neighborhood displays on Sunday.
But now we’re back with part two of 2021 and many signs of continued reopening progress in Greater Palm Springs.  We note the opening of the East Valley’s new location for LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. Progress is being made on the Palm Springs location as well with a grand reopening soon.  Also of note is The Orange Clinic at DAP Health with an homage to the color that launched Get Tested Coachella Valley as a successful model for HIV testing protocols across the country.
Read my blog below for other news for the LGBTQ communities we serve here at GayDesertGuide.LGBT.  Some exciting news is on the horizon and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide 
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DAP Health Opens Free Sexual Health Clinic

DAP Sexual Health FreeOn Tuesday, July 6, DAP Health opens the doors to The Orange Clinic, a sexual wellness resource welcoming all people. This judgment-free space will offer services including STI testing — gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis — and treatment; pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP; post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP; and HIV and hepatitis C testing. More info

Desert Oasis Healthcare Marks 40th Anniversary with Extra Giving

Desert Oasis Healthcare 40 yearsIn four decades of service, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has grown its commitment of annual giving to local nonprofits, and to mark their 40th year, they are giving even more, having invited the community to vote for the organizations they feel are most deserving of a greater share of an extra $40,000 in giving set aside by DOHC. Palm Springs Animal Shelter came out in first place with the most votes, followed by FIND Food Bank, Shelter from the Storm, and Sanctuary Palm Springs. See all 10 winners and read more about DOHC’s 40 for 40 [here].

Wing Tasting Fundraiser at Dickey’s

Team Mom Charities LogoOn Friday, July 9 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Rancho Mirage is hosting a Wing Tasting and Fund Raising Event for Team Mom Charities, supporting the Unity Ride for the Homeless. You can also donate to the Unity Ride at local UPS Store Locations in Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Yucca Valley, and Palm Desert!

Jazzville Palm Springs: Lia Booth Quintet

Jazzville Lia Booth QuintetJazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents the Lia Booth Quintet on Thursday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Every Thursday through September 30 you can experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. More info

Outbook Book Club

Outbook Club Logo MartiniThe Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Public Library present their LGBTQ monthly book club OUTBOOK on Wednesday, July 7 from 7:00–8:30 pm on Zoom. Connect with your fellow bibliophiles the first Wednesday of every month, with this month’s selection being “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham and “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf. More info

VillageFest is Back

palm-springs-villagefestVillageFest, the popular downtown Palm Springs street fair, is back in business on Thursday nights! Over the last 30 years, VillageFest has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world with vendor booths featuring eclectic art, handcrafted items and unique food. Shops, restaurants and galleries stay open late. Summer hours for VillageFest are Thursdays from 7:00–10:00 p.m. More info

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FREE Tadasana Yoga at Agua Caliente

Tadasana Yoga Agua Caliente Cathedral CityAgua Caliente Casinos is offering a free weekly Tadasana Yoga class, Tuesdays from 8:00–9:00 a.m. through July 27. The class is powered by Power Yoga Palm Springs at the Agave Terraza outdoor pavilion space at Agua Caliente Cathedral City. Book your (free) space ahead of time! Attendees will also receive coupons and promos. More info

Virtual Events at The Center

The LGBTQ Community 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 their programs:
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.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

American Sign Language for Beginners

American Sign Language ASLThe LGBTQ Center’s popular ASL program is back with an 8-week course of American Sign Language for Beginners, hosted by Itai Cardona, starting Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m. This 8-week course, presented via Zoom, is for those who want to learn another language and communicate with members of the Deaf Community. During these classes, students will actively engage with exciting activities so that learning another language becomes fun again. For the Beginners class, no experience is necessary! More info

Stand Up Comedy Workshop Series

Mina HartongIf you always wanted to try comedy, now you can! The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents a 6-week Stand Up Comedy Workshop Series on Zoom, starting Friday, July 16 and running through August 21. Professional Emcee and Comedienne Mina Hartong (Curve Magazine America’s Funniest Lesbians) will guide you, no experience necessary, starting with your story ideas, followed by joke structure and delivery, and finishing with your polished three minute comedy set. Support your classmates by giving each other encouragement and feedback along the way. The last class is a live comedy show where you can invite your friends to celebrate your debut. More info


A Night on Broadway with Desert Rose Playhouse

A Night on Broadway 2021 DRPThe Desert Rose Playhouse presents A Night On Broadway, Friday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., featuring some of the greatest musical hits in Broadway history. For one weekend only, come watch this all star cast cover show-stopping music from hits like A Chorus Line, Rent and Wicked. Don’t miss this live magical event featuring some of the hottest young talent Coachella Valley has to offer, starring Ceisley Jefferson, Haley Izurieta, Laura Leo Kelly, Christian Quevedo, Scott Clinkscales and Van Angelo. Get tickets

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

Palm Canyon Theatre presents their return to live staged productions with You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Musical, opening Friday, July 9 and running through Sunday, July 18. Charles M. Schultz’ popular comic strip characters jump off the page in this musical comedy based on the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally and Schroeder experience the joys and perils of childhood in a fun, musical romp. Get tickets

Summerific Sing-A-Long: ALADDIN

Summerific Aladdin PSCC 2021The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present The All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long every Saturday. This week, July 10, the evening’s movie musical is Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie – At 6:00 p.m., pop on upstairs to the VIP Lounge for a social hour to mingle with your fellow movie musical enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails, mocktails & soda; spontaneous singing encouraged! Dress for the songsational occasion, and at 7:00 p.m. join host Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus for an evening filled with film, fun, and song. The Summerific Sing-A-Long series is a joint fundraiser for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus and Palm Springs Cultural Center and continues with a different film every Saturday through September 11. Get tickets

Oscar Wilde in New York: A Gay Superstar in the Making

Oscar Wilde in New York: A Gay Superstar in the MakingThe Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and present Oscar Wilde in New York: A Gay Superstar in the Making on Sunday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m. Wilde historian, blogger, lecturer and tour guide John Cooper has the rare distinction of being able to appeal not only to those merely curious about Oscar Wilde, but also to the most informed Wilde scholar. His talk explores a formative period of Wilde’s life, long before his dramatic successes in London and Paris, when the Irish poet, dramatist, wit, and eventual gay superstar, spent an entire year in America conducting an extended lecture tour across the continent. Get tickets

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute

The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute on Saturday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career! Get tickets

Cowboy Night (Cowgirls, Too!) at Trunks

Cowboy Night Cowgirls Too PS Hot Rodeo TrunksPalm Springs Hot Rodeo announces the return of Cowboy Night (Cowgirls, Too!) at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City on Saturday, July 10 from 7:00–11:00 p.m. Highlights include continuous Country-Western music with a live DJ, rodeo video program featuring the Faces of Palm Springs Rodeo, drink specials, and a cash prize raffle. Dance the two-step, swing, waltz, and line dances! More info