It’s that Good News/Bad News dichotomy: Southwest Airlines started new service on Sunday and others are expanding their schedules for season. Now as we approach Thanksgiving, have great weather for outdoor dining and recreation comes this news from Visit California: “California, along with Oregon and Washington, issued travel advisories recommending against out-of-state travel and encouraging visitors to quarantine for 14 days. It’s important to note that hotels remain open for leisure travel, just as they have in most counties since June 12.”
They go on to state: “The advisory recommends Californians returning to the state after non-essential travel to quarantine for 14 days upon return to minimize the threat of circulating the virus in the state.” The advisory ends with the obvious: “Long-term stability and recovery for our businesses and the state will not be possible until the pandemic is under control.”
I spent time walking Palm Springs over the weekend, dining at Il Giardino, Rick’s, Lulu and Grand Central to get a better feel of both individual restaurant protocol and how the visitors were behaving. The latter: C-. The former: an A! But the streets are looking much better with the new configuration and police were enforcing the mask mandate on Sunday.
Let’s keep our masks on, hand sanitizer at our side like a six-gun from a Western movie, and encourage our visitors to do the same.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
This Weekend: McCormick’s 69th Palm Springs Classic Car Auction
Creating For the Stage with Dezart Performs
Transgender People of Color: A Discussion
Desert Stonewall Democrats November Meeting
The Economic Future of the Coachella Valley
Great Outdoors Hiking Virtual Tour
Demystifying the HPV Virus
The LGBTQ Center of the Coachella Valley and Eisenhower Health present Demystifying the HPV Virus on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. Please join Jon Colbert, NP for a discussion of what you can do to help decrease your chances of getting HPV and the different types of cancer linked to it. You will get answers to common questions about HPV, HPV infection, and how HPV testing is used. More info
Community Conversation: Let’s Talk about Race
Theatre Thursday: The Importance of Being Earnest
Broadway Game Night Happy Hour with Luis Villabon
Virtual Events at The Center
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.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesdays 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Making Connections During COVID: Men’s Discussion Group with Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, Ph.D
1st and 3rd Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 71
[Listen] or [Watch]
** Desert AIDS Project Offers Free At-Home HIV Tests: [Get Yours] **
Buddy 2 Buddy Program Launches
Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages with Alexander Rodriguez
Hey ladies!–Our Virtual Speed Dating for Women of All Ages is Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.!