“Be Thankful for What You Got” was a 70’s era disco song by William DeVaughn. And after participating in the Christmas Day Community Breakfast at Oscar’s, I’m counting my blessings.
I was so moved by the gratitude expressed by those who attended – for a hot meal, a pair of socks – or just being heard and seen. Each person who attended has a story – some expressed to me and others who lent a listening ear.
John Taylor interviewed a few of the attendees on KGAY as we broadcast live. Stories of one bad choice, or a circumstance that took a person from comfortable living to being on the street were all too common. A few were living in their cars trying to get back on their feet. It brought into focus the housing crisis we’re facing. And the fractured way in which non-profits, government agencies and others try to help is just pathetic.
As we approach the end of 2022, I’m truly thankful for what I have and will be more mindful of our homeless/unhoused/food insecure neighbors who need a helping hand. Thanks to all of you who volunteered there, at the Convention Center or who just did a good deed over this time of giving.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Wildlights at The Living Desert – Final Week
Wildlights is at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, wrapping up its run with final nights: December 26–30, from 6–9 pm each night. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Wildlights is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Follow illuminated pathways on a journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays. Advance reservations required. Get tickets
Win Tickets to Boozehounds’ Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party!
KGAY 106.5 wants you to WIN a pair of tickets into Boozehounds New Year’s Eve: Studio 54! This is the most stylish party celebrating the golden age of Disco…with a night at Studio 54. Get ready to hit the dance floor and dress for the era in your best disco attire! Tickets include: Premium Open Bar, Specialty Welcome Cocktail, Signature Small Bites, Dedicated Table & Service, DJ, Disco, Dancing & Midnight Toast! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
CV Philharmonic: Romantic
The fall collection of the CV Philharmonic Society Chamber Series continues on Tuesday, December 27 from 6–8 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with music from the Romantic period, featuring Jeannie Angeletti (Flute), Michael Adams (Clarinet) and Nunzio Sisto (Bassoon). The Chamber Series features soloists and small ensembles whose proceeds support local musicians, Youth Training Orchestra’s educational programs and PSCC’s Theatre 3 Expansion. Get tickets
Palm Springs International Film Fest 2023 Tickets + Giveaway
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has released the lineup and schedule for the 2023 festival, which runs January 5–16. General Public ticket sales are open as of December 22 [More info]. Passes are also available, and KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN a 4-pack of passes! This is one of the largest film festivals in North America featuring twelve extraordinary days of screenings and special events with celebrity appearances and post screening discussions. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
Mid-Century Moderns at Oscar’s
The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life in the delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Get tickets
Desert Blues Revival: The Disciplez
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, December 28, The Disciplez take the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets
Jazzville: Brian Swartz Quartet
Jazzville invites you to experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! on Thursday, December 29 from 7–8:30 pm, The Brian Swartz Quartet performs a curated selection of music from the “Great American Songbook” and skillfully crafted originals. Swartz pays homage to the lineage of great jazz trumpeter/vocalists like Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Kenny Dorham, Clark Terry & Jack Sheldon but with a style that’s all his own. Get tickets.