We just put the finishing touches on our October Fun & Games Dept. offerings from GayDesertGuide.LGBT (including our Virtual Speed Dating events). We have some new ways to meet and mingle this month including a 70s Happy Hour, Halloween “Zoom That Tune” and museum tours that will provide you with a little culture… Watch our calendar, our Facebook page and this blog as we roll them out.
The census wraps up Sept. 30th and these are the waning days for voter registration. Are you doing your civic duty on both fronts? October is LGBT History Month and while we’ve made made strides over the past decades, many are in danger of eroding with the Supreme Court opening and an administration bent on dividing our country. These are two simple ways to make your presence count.
We became a “red” county this week, meaning our restaurants can open indoors with 25% capacity. Now is a great time to support our restaurants with a visit – or a carry out order. Other restrictions were relaxed as well including movie theaters and salons. So no more parking lot pedies….
Cooler temps are starting to make our evenings and mornings just perfect for a walk. How about joining the Virtual Desert AIDS Walk this year or the Front Runners/Walkers Virtual 5k Run & Walk celebrating our abbreviated Pride. These and all the valley events you need to know about are always a click away on our website.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Lesbian Virtual Speed Dating
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Virtual Speed Dating for Women of ALL Ages on Saturday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Shann Carr. 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 a real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for women of ALL Ages (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). Get tickets
…and check out our next Speed Dating event from the Fun & Games Dept!:
Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating – Sat Oct 10 at 6:00 p.m.
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 64
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LGBTQ Tour of London’s National Portrait Gallery
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present an LGBTQ Tour of London’s National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. Professor Andrew Lear takes you on a 75-minute Zoom tour, featuring The Chevalier d’Eon, 18th century French diplomat and trans celeb, George Lord Byron, bisexual sex addict, Aubrey Beardsley, illustrator of Oscar Wilde’s Salome and….asexual? Plus Benjamin Britten and his partner and muse Peter Pears, just to name a few. Get tickets
Earthquake Preparedness Virtual Class
Join the Red Cross Southern California Region on Friday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom to learn more about earthquake safety. They are offering free virtual preparedness presentations throughout the month of September and all presentations are hosted by Red Cross disaster experts and are open to the public. This week’s topic is: Earthquake Preparedness – something that is especially timely after last week’s earthquake in Los Angeles that was felt in many parts of our region. More info
Cinema Diverse LGBTQ Film Fest 2020
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in its 13th year, running from now 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
Lucy & Gail Present: A Free Concert
Gail Christian and Lucy DeBardelaben present a Free Concert on Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m. The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival has gone into the studio for the first time and produced a concert using its own production team led by Felecia Howell. This transition from live music to virtual concerts will be something new, different, fresh, and unique from the team that brings you the jazz festival. Meet Cynthia Lee performing her CD “New Worldisms.” More info
Census Deadline is…Imminent
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
Luminary Match-Up with Linda Purl and Patrick Duffy
CVRep presents Theatre Thursday: Luminary Match-Up with Linda Purl & Patrick Duffy on Thursday, September 24 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. on Zoom. From Happy Days and Matlock to The Office, Linda Purl has established herself as an A List actress with a career which has spanned more than three decades. Purl will be joined by her beau, Patrick Duffy. Widely known for his leading role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing, Duffy followed up that role with an eight year run on the popular sitcom Step by Step. Free event, registration required. More info
Riverside County Turns Red (Tier)
Riverside County has just moved into the Red Tier in the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy as we deal with the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. One of the slightly relaxed restrictions applies to restaurants: prior to this week, dining was only allowed outdoors or by takeout. Now, restaurants will be allowed to seat patrons indoors at 25% of their regular capacity. Read more
Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220
Shann Carr hosts Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220 onTuesday, 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. Be 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
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
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.D – Tuesdays 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.
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.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
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