We’re putting out the Red Carpet on Wednesday with the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. No celebs will be harmed nor likely seen at this event. Rather you’ll be the star. How? By giving your time to volunteer at one of the many non-profits which will be represented at “Info A Go-Go”.
You may also find connection to services, fun classes, ways to network and things to do in our great gay Coachella Valley. I love this event, which has been on hiatus since the pandemic. Details below. KGAY 106.5’s John Taylor, no stranger to community service, will be appearing at the Margaritaville event before rushing off to the rescheduled “Kings of Queen” concert at the Downtown Park in Palm Springs.
We have so many charities and service organizations in the valley. And so many wealthy donors and philanthropists. But I can’t help wondering that if some of the companies behind those people had paid their fair share of taxes and living wages, we may not need all those services…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs,
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Info-A-Go-Go and Center Social
The Center’s 5th Annual INFO-A-GO-GO will take place on Wednesday, 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, so that you can see all that our amazing community has to offer to get plugged-in and involved. The last in-person INFO-A-GO-GO saw over 400 individuals coming through! Note: KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are the proud sponsors of the January Center Social, also taking place Wednesday, at Margaritaville’s Compass Rose Patio from 5:30–7 pm. More info
Rock the Park with Kings of Queen
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” presents Kings of Queen, featuring the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm. Rock the Park continues on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3. Future dates will pay tribute to Prince, Bee Gees, and more. The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info
DBA Progressive Networking Mixer
The Desert Business Association presents a Progressive Networking Mixer at the Rimrock Plaza on Monday, January 23 from 5:30–6:30 pm. First visit the Roadrunner Print & Ship in Suite C, then on to Frisky Business Palm Springs Cat Cafe, and ending at Luchows. This is an excellent opportunity to network and connect with 3 DBA businesses in one event! There will also be a raffle supporting the LGBTQ Educational Youth Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities. More info
American Framing Exhibit
The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center presents American Framing on display now through July 2. Originally presented at the U.S. pavilion of the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner developed the exhibition American Framing to examine wood framing—one of the country’s most overlooked yet common construction systems. Originating in the early 19th century, softwood construction was a pragmatic solution to a need for an accessible building system among settlers with limited resources of wealth, technical skills, and building traditions. It has been the dominant construction system ever since—more than 90% of new homes in the U.S. today are wood framed. This exhibition presents models, furniture, photographs, and a full-scale wood structure, which together argue that a profound and powerful future for design can be conceived out of an ordinary past. More info
Prime Timers Monthly Dinner
The PrimeTimers of The Desert will hold their monthly dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday, January 25 with cocktails at 5 pm and dinner orders at 6 pm. The group will have exclusive use of the restaurant’s private, circular suite festooned in fine wood finishings and plush red booths. The Old Spaghetti Factory is famous for its three-course meals, and the PrimeTimers will enjoy a pre-set menu of selections from their Italian favorites. More info
Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheon
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, January 26 from 11:30 am–1 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Present will be Palm Springs Police Chief Andrew Mills and Acting Palm Springs Fire Chief, Jason Loya. Get tickets
Wayne Gretzky Speaks in Rancho Mirage
The City of Rancho Mirage and Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa have partnered to present the Rancho Mirage Speaker Series – Legends of Sports as it moves to The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa. On Monday January 23 from 7–9 pm, “the great one” Wayne Gretzky takes the stage. This hockey hall of famer is the NHL’s all-time leading point scorer, has four Stanley cup championships and is widely considered the best to play the game. Get tickets