A CNN story caught my attention today: “Do Humans Need to Hibernate, Too?” My Monday motivation was put to the test when I woke up to gloomy, rain laden clouds.
We get used to sunshine here, unlike the gray of the Midwest where I grew up. The combination of short days and clouds were never a good combination to get me out of bed.
“Needing more sleep during the winter may also be due to what’s known as “social jet lag,” experts said, meaning that the fun, late nights you had all summer may be why you’re having trouble falling asleep in winter or feeling your body overcompensate with more sleep. Other behavioral reasons include “holiday stress, indulgence in a wide variety of foods and treats, alcohol intake and skipping out on workouts,” researchers said.
The research also shows that in the winter we get more REM sleep, as it is highly affected by light and dark. Maybe that’s why I’ve been having such vivid dreams of late…
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Info-A-Go-Go 2024 + Center Social
The Center’s Annual INFO-A-GO-GO will take place on Thursday, January 25 from 3–6 pm at the Compass Rose Ballroom at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. It’s a one stop shop for all things LGBTQ+ in the desert. A sort of Welcome Wagon for our snow-birds, new residents, retirees, as well as folks that have been here awhile, featuring all the diverse groups, clubs, organizations, and activities that the Coachella Valley has to offer. See our event listing for the full roster. The last in-person INFO-A-GO-GO saw over 400 individuals coming through! Note: KGAY 106.5 is proud to sponsor the January Center Social, also taking place Thursday, at Margaritaville’s Compass Rose Patio from 5:30–7 pm. More info
Red Dress/Dress Red 2024
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert presents Red Dress/Dress Red 2024 on Saturday, March 16 at 8 pm. Voted “Best Charity Event” by Coachella Valley Independent readers, this annual “party on the tarmac” encourages creative expression and community harmony. Attendees will dance to DJ Galaxy‘s music while wearing various shades of red. The event will be extended until midnight for the first time, and tickets (which always sell out fast!) go on sale Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14 at 9 am. Learn more
Desert Business Association Networking Mixer at Trio
The Desert Business Association (DBA) presents their next Networking Event at Trio Restaurant in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs on Monday, January 22 from 5:30–7 pm. Since 2009, DBA member Trio has been a “Go-To” place, broadly known as “Where Palm Springs Eats.” Just last year, owner Tony Marchese and his team refreshed the look and feel of Trio to create a sophisticated, modern look and a menu that is thoughtful, chef-driven, and seasonally inspired. More info
Transgender Health & Wellness Center Equality Garden Party
The Transgender Health and Wellness Center Equality Garden Party Fundraiser is on Thursday, January 25 from 6–9 pm at Rios Ranch in Palm Springs. This casual social event supports LGBTQ+ equality and the Transgender Health and Wellness Center, which provides various social and health services to the Transgender, Gender Diverse and Intersex community and allies in three locations. From 2018 to 2021 they served 3,027 persons with a wide variety of social services, peer support, free mental health, linkage to care, housing, and food assistance, resume and job placement, and hair removal. Get tickets
CVRep presents Cabaret, based on a play by John Van Duten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, opening this Wednesday, January 24 and running through February 10. In an immersive, one-of-a-kind production, you will step off the street and into a world you could only imagine. From the minute you enter the Playhouse you will be transported; to a wild nightlife; a dangerous time in an unstable country; and take a journey unlike any you’ve risked before. What would you do? Cabaret is the musical that asks just that. Join CVRep as they present this show like it has never been done before and be swept away in the 8-Tony Award winning musical by the legendary American songwriting team, Kander and Ebb. Get tickets
Southwest Arts Festival
The Southwest Arts Festival® returns to the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio this Thursday–Sunday, January 25–28 open daily from 10 am–5 pm. The acclaimed art festival features a variety of traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art, jewelry and quality crafts. This year’s festival will feature live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals. Get tickets
Free Yoga at the Amphitheater
Join yoga teachers Patti Wexler and Nicole Cuhney for Yoga at the Amphitheater every Tuesday morning, January 2–March 26 for 2 Free Yoga Classes: Gentle Yoga from 8:30–9:30 am and Power Yoga from 10–11 am at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater, 68526 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City. More info
Hiking 101 in Palm Springs
The Oswit Land Trust presents an education event – Hiking 101 in Palm Springs on Tuesday, January 23 from 3–4:30 pm at the Palm Springs Public Library. Hiking in the Coachella Valley is a great way to exercise, experience the outdoors, and connect with your community. Palm Springs offers a wide variety of hikes/walks, from flat and easy to steep and rugged, and many are on Oswit Land Trust properties. This free workshop is designed to help people get outside and enjoy nature, regardless of experience and ability. Presented by Dan Coleman and Rich Peregrin of the Coachella Valley Hiking Club. More info
Do You Remember Flying Cars?
Dietlart Gallery presents a cocktail reception for their newest show, Do You Remember Flying Cars? on Thursday, January 25 from 6–9 pm. This gallery show features the art of handsome and talented car designer and artist, Bryan Thompson, imagining an alternate 1970s where flying cars actually exist! Bryan considers this time in America in the early 70s one of the most beautiful times in the history of car design. His illustrations depict this fictional world after these cars have become old, under-appreciated, often disused, but ultimately beautiful. More info.