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Off we go into the 4th of July holiday weekend!  Seems like only yesterday that I was previewing Memorial Day weekend and longing for the reopening that was to follow.
Now we are just a few weeks past that milestone, and the pandemic’s grip continues to loosen as California’s immunization rates rise and we return to what we think we remember as “normal”.
With July on the horizon, we remind you to put two items on your to-do list: The “40 For 40” voting by Desert Oasis Healthcare for the local charities receiving a share of $40,000, and the CMI annual LGBTQ Community Survey.  Both close this week.
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ShortFest: Best of the Fest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest wrapped up Sunday, and Best of Fest screenings are scheduled throughout the day on Monday, June 28, featuring jury award winners and audience favorites. Tickets for Best of Fest are available on the ShortFest website. More info

Climate Crisis: Global and Local Perspectives

The United Nations Association of the Coachella Valley continues its series of speaker events addressing issues that transcend boundaries and affect all people, Moving Forward in 2021 on Tuesday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. with Climate Crisis: Global and Local Perspectives. Zilkha Center Director Tanja Srebotnjak will present a global climate crisis overview, discuss how the Biden Administration has re-joined the UN Paris Agreement and give insights with Patrick Evans on how that affects California during its struggles with drought, wildfires and more. Registration required. More info

Cowboy & Cowgirl Reunion Mixer

Palm Springs Hot Rodeo invites cowboys & cowgirls, fans & enthusiasts to a Cowboy & Cowgirl Reunion Mixer, on Wednesday June 30 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Trunks Bar. This free social event will feature the best in Country-Western music, a Hot Rodeo video program, cash prize raffle, and more. Mix, mingle, have fun! More info

The Miss Firecracker Contest at Desert Rose Playhouse

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents their first in-person production since the COVID shutdown: The Miss Firecracker Contest, running through Sunday, July 4. This Southern Gothic comedy written by Beth Henley introduces us to Carnelle, an irrepressible young woman who thinks that winning the local beauty contest will restore her soiled reputation and make her somebody in her small Mississippi community. The family and friends who help her along the way are a dysfunctional bunch who tackle life in their own peculiar ways. VIP couches, high-top tables, and individual seats available. Get tickets

RuPaul Recap: Season 6 Opener

Our Special Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has a recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6 opener, a double-episode where “The thirteen queens of All Stars Season 6 entered the werkroom to begin their quest for $100,000, a year’s worth of cosmetics and a place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. The themes tonight were second chances and redemption. Everyone is ready to have their moment, to show the world who they are (and prove the world wrong from before) and to believe in themselves as we will surely believe in them!” [Read the full article]

15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey Closes June 30

Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard before it closes June 30! [Click here to take the survey]

Robert Longo: Storm of Hope Exhibit Opens

Palm Springs Art Museum will present Robert Longo—Storm of Hope: Law & Disorder, an exhibition of recent works by this American artist, starting Thursday, July 1. The exhibition features seven monumental-scale charcoal drawings chronicling our time through critical social and political subjects. The artist focuses our attention on images familiar to us—either found in the media or photographed by the artist himself—which he transforms to create what he calls “the perfect image.” More info

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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 103

John Taylor and Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr welcome special guests Deb Pollack from the LGBTQ Center of the Desert, Jimmy Boegle from and Nicholas Snow from PromoHomo.TV
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live, Fridays at 11:00 a.m. The#ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon, FireTV and Android devices via Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!

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.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays 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.
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.
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]

Name Your Seat at the Historic Camelot Theatre

The Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC) has been there for us through the pandemic, offering virtual and outdoor/distanced events, and keeping the Farmers’ Market going too! Now as we emerge from COVID, the PSCC is planning exciting new programming more focused on live events and they can use your support. To celebrate the designation of Theatre One in PSCC as the Historic Camelot Theatre, they are inviting everyone in the community to be a part of this very special Palm Springs institution by purchasing a seat (or several) for yourself or to honor someone else. One hundred percent of the dollars raised in this “Best Seat in the House” program will be used to maintain and improve the theatre. More info


AAP-Food Samaritans Independence Day Fundraiser & Celebration

Join supporters of AAP – Food Samaritans at a dazzling Independence Day celebration and fundraiser on Sunday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. at O’Donnell House. Guests will enjoy traditional American fare catered by Willie Rhine and his team from Eight4Nine who will provide amazing décor, great service, and delicious food and beverages. Admission includes an open bar, dinner, entertainment, and valet parking. More info

4th of July Offerings by the City of Palm Springs

The City’s Parks & Recreation Department has been hard at work creating a multitude of Fourth of July activities and experiences – at four different locations:

  • Victoria Park Water Palooza (11 a.m.): Free hot dogs and snow cones, water games, food, music
  • Palm Springs Swim Center Family Pool Party (3 – 9 p.m.) – Food, water games, music
  • Sunrise Park Independence Fest (3 p.m.): Music, games, food, Movie in the Park starts at dusk.
  • Ruth Hardy Park Fourth of July Spectacular (activities start at 4 p.m.): Food & Games, Dude Jones Band and Laser Light Show. Band plays at 6:30 p.m.; Laser Show at 9:15 p.m. More info

7th Annual Agua Caliente Fireworks Show

Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage will light up the Coachella Valley sky to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and more with a 30-minute show on Sunday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. This year’s event will include live DJ entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. and have a “drive-in” theater theme so families can be comfortable in and around their own vehicles and enjoy the show. Fireworks viewers may also bring their own chairs, blankets, and snacks. This year’s celebration will also be aired live on NBC (KMIR). More info

Desert Hot Springs Fireworks July 2

The city of Desert Hot Springs will put on a free event culminating in a fireworks show for the Independence Day holiday this year on Friday, July 2 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Mission Springs Park. The city encourages attendees to bring lawn chairs and blankets; food trucks will be on site with tacos, slushies, Southern fried food, and. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. More info

4th of July Pool Party Weekend at CCBC

Enjoy the 4th of July Weekend at CCBC with a Pool Party Weekend from Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5 at CCBC Resort in Cathedral City. Day passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be subject to capacity limitations. On Saturday DJ Bobby will spin, with DJ Galaxy spinning on Sunday. More info