Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo

Start out the New Year with a healthy and fitness-oriented routine! Join thousands of runners for the Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.  Look for the GayDesertGuide booth and stop by for free tickets to the Southwest Arts Festival.

The racecourse runs through all of the most scenic areas of Palm Springs with spectacular mountain views and historic architecture for the 10K, 5K and 1K Fun Run. Over 100 health and wellness booths provide giveaways and services, fitness experts, and cooking demonstrations. Register now and come experience one of the largest events of its kind in Southern California…Fun for the entire family! The event benefits the Desert Healthcare District and the United Way of the Desert. 

Every 5K and 10K registrant receives hot breakfast, t-shirt, registration bag and finisher’s medal. The 1K Fun Run finishers will receive a finisher’s medal.

The event builds on the success of the last five years of the City of Palm Springs’ efforts for a healthier and more sustainable community, Hocker Productions in conjunction with presenting sponsor Desert Regional Medical Center produce the Palm Springs Health Run Fitness Expo.  Registration and Info

Arts comes to the Empire Polo Club January 27-29


This weekend, the highly anticipated Southwest Arts Festival comes to Indio. Named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, the 31st annual Southwest Arts Festival will feature traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art by more than 250 acclaimed artists. Includes clay, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal works, painting, photography, sculpture, and textile. Plan Your Visit Now!

TryOUT Tuesday @ Broken Yolk Cafe Palm Springs


January 31, from 5 to 7 PM, don't miss our TryOUT Tuesday at The Broken Yolk Cafe Palm Springs!  We'll have drink specials for the evening, including $4 Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, Draft Beer and House Wine..  Plus, you will have the opportunity to try bite size versions of the Broken Yolk's Very Berry Salad, Turkey Wrap, Club Sandwich and Fresh Fruit Bowl.

Everyone who comes will leave with a Buy One Get One Coupon. In addition, we will be giving away four $25 Gift Certificates to The Broken Yolk Cafe throughout the event. More Info

All That (Women's) Jazz!

Maysa and Jessy J.

The words smooth, cool and jazzy come to mind when describing singer Maysa, who will headline the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival at Sundown concert this weekend. Maysa is a classically trained soloist with hits that topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz and R&B charts. She’ll reboot the R&B classic “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” and will be joined by singer songwriter Jessy J. during the concert to be held at sundown Jan. 28 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs.

Jazz at Sundown is a series of concerts held throughout the year that will include Lori Jenaire’s tribute to Phyllis Hyman at 4 p.m. April 1 at the Indian Canyon Country Club and Blues, Brews and BBQ featuring Elaine Gibbs scheduled for 1 p.m. May 27 at the Palm Springs Women’s Club.
Stay tuned for announcements on a Labor Day concert and all Jazz at Sundown events featuring female musicians because tickets go fast.  More Info

Short Films By, For and About Women: Lunafest 


The LUNAFEST Palm Springs presents short films by, for and about women starting at 9 AM Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Camelot Theater at 2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs. The program features nine films discussing reflection, hope and humor. LUNAFEST travels to over 175 cities, including Palm Springs, screens before 25,000 people and benefits such charities as the Brest Cancer Fund, the House of Hope and the Ophelia Project. More Info

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honors the Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor


Photo by Michael Putland for Getty Images
Elizabeth Taylor will be honored posthumously with the Partners for Life Award during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala on February 11. She joins already announced honorees, Humanitarian Barbara Keller and Eisenhower Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, G. Aubrey Serfling and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Martin J. Massiello. Elizabeth Taylor’s eldest granddaughter, Laela Wilding, will accept the award on behalf of Taylor’s family.

Elizabeth Taylor is remembered as an early leader and advocate for the care of people living with HIV and AIDS. Outraged by the inaction of the government to address the AIDS crisis, Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Michael Gottlieb partnered with Dr. Mathilde Krim to create amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The legendary actress and spokesperson for the organization helped amfAR raise hundreds of millions of dollars for AIDS research. In 1991, she started her own organization, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), to support the provision of direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, often to the most marginalized populations. Today, ETAF also provides funding for HIV prevention education and advocacy programs throughout the world.

“Elizabeth Taylor witnessed the AIDS epidemic ravage the gay community in the early 80’s. The people suffering were her colleagues, her allies, and her friends,” said Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “Instead of turning her back and remaining silent like so many, Elizabeth Taylor used her massive platform to fight fear and prejudice, and fight for treatment, and a cure. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is proud to continue her legacy and support Desert AIDS Project, an organization that marches on and continues to help those living with HIV.”  More Info

Hollywood is about the bestow the most anticipated awards of all – the Oscars®!

And what better place to watch all the glamour of this night than the 8th Annual “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” Party benefiting AIDS Assistance Program at TRIO.

The magic begins at 4:30 p.m. with the signature ‘Orange Carpet’ arrivals, complete with ‘paparazzi.’  (Make sure you know who you are wearing!)  Then come inside and enjoy a sumptuous meal and watch the OSCARS® live (the show begins at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets for this fundraising event for AAP –Food Samaritans are priced at $125 (bar seating), $150 (general seating) and $175 (VIP/premium seating).  VIP tickets are advance purchase only. All tickets include a prix-fixe dinner, well drinks, wine and champagne.
Many thanks to Tony Marchese and Mark Van Laanen for once again hosting this spectacular event and fundraiser!

Another Way to Celebrate the Awards: A Big, Bad, Dishy, Hollywood Event!


On February 26, Celebrate Hollywood’s biggest, baddest, snarkiest awards night hosted by killer comedians at the Mary Pickford Theater, and raise money for The LGBT Center and Desert AIDS Project.

Enjoy a live-hosted, interactive evening of hot Hollywood dish and drama and watch your favorite stars win and lose on a gigantic movie screen! Not a stuffy, hushed awards party! A wild and gossipy gala!

Hosted by comedians Shann Carr, Max Mitchell and Jersey Shore, this awards night promises to be packed with interactive fun, glamour, gossip, laughs, contests, prizes, food and drinks.  More Info

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Hurry over to Bonta Restaurant and Bar in Cathedral City next to the in the same complex as the Mary Pickford Theater on California Highway 111.

Bonta’s Happy Hour runs from 4 PM to 7 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays in the bar and lounge area. Wines, including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Blush, go for $4.50; beers are $3.50 to $4.50; well cocktails are $4.75; and mixers such as martinis, margaritas and cosmos are $5.50.  Drop by because there’s more to sample at Bonta during Happy Hour.

By your third visit to Streetbar on Arenas Road, the staff will know your name and your drink. This public house feels like a visit to “Cheers” and boasts Happy Hour prices for muscular drinks such as Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Happy Hour runs from 10 AM to 8 PM until April 2017.