Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Department is producing Zoom (and hopefully in-person soon) events for the LGBTQ community. Comedian Shann Carr is hosting our local events. From Speed Dating to the tours of international museums, we have something for everyone. Our Tuesday night events will include a Halloween “Zoom That Tune” and a Friday home-happy hour. See the full list HERE.

September is drawing to a close as the sunrise and sunset tells us.  Cooler nights are great for outdoor dining and activities such as walking, biking and hiking.  We’ll see you around Greater Palm Springs!

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Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide


Cinema Diverse LGBTQ Film Fest 2020 Final Days

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in its 13th year, running through Wednesday, September 30. They have re-envisioned the festival to continue to bring you the latest in quality LGBTQ+ cinema in the healthiest way possible. This year you can experience the festival virtually from the comfort of your recliner at home. Virtual Cinema Feature Films, Shorts, and Documentaries are available online through PSCC’s Virtual Cinema program and can be viewed at your leisure, with All-Access Passes, Six-Packs, and Single Film passes available. More info


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 with Guillermo Biro – 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.

Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 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.

Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]


The Economic Future of the Coachella Valley

A free webinar series from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Palm Springs Life, and SBEMP Attorneys continues on Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. to explore the question of how the Coachella Valley will bounce back from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this installment, “Health, Medicine, and Wellness,” join Ken Wheat (Eisenhower Health), Jenna LeComte-Hinely (Health Assessment and Research for Communities), and Kim Saruwatari (Riverside University Health System–Public Health) as they discuss the future of primary and secondary care as well as public health in the COVID-19 era. More info


Medicare 101 Virtual Workshop

The Palm Springs Public Library presents a Medicare 101 Virtual Workshop on Thursday, October 1 at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom. America’s Health Insurance Plans certified representative Musia Witkes will give a basic overview of Medicare options including Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare/MediCal plans. She is happy to answer specific questions from the audience. More info


 Fact or Fiction: Debunking Myths About Brain Health

Desert Care Network presents Fact or Fiction: Debunking Myths About Brain Health on Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Many want to know how you can best maintain your brain health as you age. Is the secret found in nutrition, restful sleep habits — or is it more complex than that? Join Desert Care Network to debunk brain myths and divide fact from fiction. You’ll learn common misconceptions on brain and mental health, how your physical choices impact your brain function, and how you can truly maintain your brain as you age. More info


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 64

Hosts John Taylor & comedian Shann Carr are joined by Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Dr. Laura Rush, Tim Vincent from Brothers of the Desert and Alexander Rodriguez from ontherocksradioshow.com

[Listen] or [Watch]

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Census Deadline is October 31

The 2020 Census is fast approaching an uncertain deadline (first it was moved up to Sept. 30, then a federal court issued an injunction that would make it Oct. 31 but now an appeal is expected) so it is now more important than ever that every household just get their response in ASAP. It only takes 5 minutes, but if you don’t do it by the deadline, you won’t be counted. A high Census turnout can lead to millions of dollars in federal funding for local education, healthcare and hospitals, and important infrastructure that will help shape the future of our area for generations to come. More info


Behavioral Health @The Center Accepting New Clients

The clinical internship program at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s Behavioral Health Program offers high quality, affordable counseling tailored to your personal needs and they are now accepting new clients for virtual therapy sessions. To start the process, call Mike Martin at: 760-416-7899 or email: mmartin@thecenterps.org


THIS WEEKEND

Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market Moves Back Outdoors

The outdoor season of the Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs begins on Saturday, October 3, at the usual time: 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., next to the Palm Springs Cultural Center, with all the necessary precautions in place [more info]. Take a look at this fabulous video which highlights the good work of the Farmers’ Market in making fresh local produce accessible to all: [View here]


BURDEN, Presented by Brothers of the Desert

Brothers of the Desert, in observance of Global Diversity Awareness Month, have invited Writer, Director & Producer Nathan Hale Williams to screen the film BURDEN with a talk back discussion with moderator Marsha R. Bonner on Saturday, October 3 at 4:00 p.m. BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis, a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his success still has to deal with the perils of being a Black man in America. View the BURDEN Trailer [here]. Free event. More info


The Planters Drive-In Experience

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents The Planters this Friday–Sunday, October 2–4 at their Drive-In Experience, now on a “Jumboscope” larger screen. Filmed locally, The Planters tells the story of awkward telemarketer Martha Plant who lives a lonely existence burying treasure until she takes in a vagrant with multiple personalities. The Friday screening is also a birthday celebration for Hannah Leder, one half of the dynamic duo from the film! More info


Joslyn in Motion: Staying Strong, Moving Forward

The Joslyn Center presents its first televised fundraiser, Joslyn in Motion: Staying Strong – Moving Forward to air on Saturday, October 3 at 6:30 pm. on NBC Palm Springs (Channel 13) and Facebook Live. The half-hour presentation will be hosted by Sandie Newton from NBCares and Dale Johannes, showcasing the Joslyn Center’s work and raising critical funds to meet the increasing needs of the senior community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring a special appearance by the incomparable performer Ann Hampton Callaway. More info


LOOKING AHEAD

Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220

Shann Carr hosts Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220 on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. This Fun & Games Dept. special event features six queer community comedians from Bay Area shows of the 90’s. Diane Amos, Amy Boyd, Shann Carr, Lisa Geduldig, Scott Silverman and Holotta Tymes are banding together to help save Club 1220, the 42 year old gay bar in Walnut Creek that was purchased by some of its entertainers just before Covid. Enjoy watching them compete with games similar to Wheel of Fortune, Friendly Feud and an at-home scavenger hunt. Join in the fun by being a part of the “studio audience!” Get tickets


Agua Caliente Job Fair

Agua Caliente Casinos are hosting a job fair on Monday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. They are looking to fill over 300 positions between all three of their casino properties: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, and Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Exciting positions include, but are not limited to the following departments: Slots, Table Games, Food & Beverage, Environmental Services, Marketing, Security, Valet, Facilities, and more. Distancing, face coverings, and temperature checks will be observed to create a safe event. More info


 Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Show with Miss Richfield

On Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. Equality PAC presents The Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Show Starring Miss Richfield and featuring Equality PAC Co-Chairs Congressman David Cicilline and Congressman Mark Takano. The whole nation is anticipating the historic Vice Presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence. This fun and interactive pre-debate event featuring Miss Richfield will set the tone! More info


Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com are hosting a Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating evening on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have real conversation about dating. You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection. This event is exclusively for Gay Men Of All Ages who love Bears! (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). Get tickets