Lesbians of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Outings and Events


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Time marches on despite my wish for a pause button. After watching YouTube videos and completing a 12-step driving cycle (in the wee hours), I finally got the Evap monitor in my 2009 Honda Fit to finish its self-test, and I passed the smog test. I know way more about OBCDII scanners, emission system monitors, and drive cycles than anyone should be asked to know. But Thank God for YouTube University; it did save me a second trip to the auto repair shop. 

D and I are amid marital negotiations regarding packing the van as we head east. She is a minimalist; I am a survivalist. She wants to pack four rolls of toilet paper; I’m at a dozen (because it’s cheaper by the dozen, and RV toilet paper can be hard to source). We negotiate the number of blankets and pillows. Should it be homemade dog food, or should we try the freeze-dried natural stuff? She will be okay with a Subway sandwich daily, and I want to nuke something prepared to make it hot. And so negotiations proceed. Fortunately, I know all the secret hideaway places where I can stash my Cadbury

Easter creme eggs far away from our packing treaty. 

 Have a good week ... Kim

My book Travels Into Discomfort is available on Amazon.

It is a travel adventure in its prose and a journey to the heart in its poetry.

Travels Into Discomfort

Businesses - Let's Support Our Community
Local Lesbian Hangouts - Cocktails & Dancing

The Roost

V Lounge

She/They Play

Community Bulletin Board 

Neon Glow Bowling

Sound Bath

Coming Out Party at the Joshua Tree Park Store

Coming Out Hike at Joshua Tree

Laurie Morvan at the Cascade Lounge

Grant Writer Wanted

Local Lesbian Authors and Books
Community Resources - Food, Medicare Counseling, Advocacy, Behavorial Health
Women's Music Festivals, Weekends, Travel etc.

Women's Weekend Russian River May 16th to 20th

48th National Women’s Music Festival June 20-23, 2024 Madison

Email me at gabriolakim@gmail.com if you want something posted on the bulletin board, or an event promoted.

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

Faith Bryan

Thu, Apr 4, 7:28 PM (23 hours ago)

to kim

1. As Pride approaches, OUTLOUD/WeHo Pride in position for another amazing festival!


2. Cyndi Lauper Announced as WeHo Pride Parade Icon: Lifetime Ally Icon


3. Writers Guild Awards: Linda Bloodworth Thomason to Receive WGAW 2024 TV Laurel Award


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Women’s History

Women We Should Know

Frances Densmore - When the American government set out to erase indigenous culture, one woman set out to save tribal music, traveling far and wide with her cylinder phonograph, trousers, and bow tie.

Her life’s work centered around the preservation of Native American culture, particularly their music and traditions

About Frances Densmore — The Densmore Repatriation Project (lakotasongs.com)

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

Robyn Tyler - April 8th

Robin Tyler is the first lesbian or gay comic to come out on national television, a feminist and pioneer in the grassroots struggle for LGBTQ civil rights and marriage equality in the U.S., and a producer. She emceed and produced the main stage at three marches on Washington for LGBTQ rights, including the historic first National March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979. Tyler coined the phrase "We are everywhere" as a rallying cry for the LGBTQ community.

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

A timeline of female firsts in Hollywood (msn.com)

‘Murder is a kind of making love’: The strange life of Patricia Highsmith, the author behind The Talented Mr Ripley (msn.com) also the Price of Salt (Carol)

All the queer releases coming out in April 2024 - (diva-magazine.com)

The Legacy of Black Cowgirls - Ms. Magazine (msmagazine.com)

10+ groundbreaking moments in lesbian history you should know about (msn.com)

What It Means to Be Fraysexual—Everything You Need to Know (msn.com)

Untethered: The Lesbians of Shinjuku Ni-chōme, Tokyo | Autostraddle

Lionel Shriver pokes fun at woke culture, again (msn.com)

Glow in The Park Meetup April 11th - Adults Only Night.

We did this last month, and it was amazing. I wasn't keen on it after the Christmas lights display, but this is fantastic.

Claire Spence will host the meetup

Meet her at the gate around 6:15 pm.

Signup here to be notified of changes.


Tickets and more information below. Best to prebuy.

Glow in the Park | The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Frisky Business Cat Cafe Meetup

April 18th 4 PM

If you love kitty cats, delicious beverages, and hanging out with frisky women, this meetup is for you. All net proceeds support the PS Animal Shelter.

Designed as a sanctuary for cats from The Palm Springs Animal Shelter, coffee enthusiasts, and community seekers, Frisky Business is built on the foundation of kindness to create lasting connections.

Frisky Business Palm Springs Cat Cafe (friskybusinesscatcafe.com)

$25.00 per person gets us 45 minutes with the stray cats and a 16-oz beverage of choice. The maximum is 10 people, so sign up fast.

April 18th at 4PM


Easy/Moderate Hike - Tue - Apr 9th. 8:30 at the Target in Palm Desert

Lookout Mountain via PCT


Length    5.4 miles     

Type      UP & Back

Elevation  700 ft

Time     3 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Meetup:  8:30 am at the Target in Palm Desert - 72549 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 40 minutes to trailhead

Bring at least 1 liter of water; . Register below; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Register here

Moderate Hike - Sat - No Hike Scheduled

Bring at least 1 liter of water. Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Easy Hike - Friday April 12th at 7:30 am

Butler Abrams - Claire Spence will host

Length   2.5 miles

Type     In and Out

Elevation 45 ft

Time     1 Hr

Difficulty: Easy

Meetup   Parking lot beside Ledger Law Firm 70390 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Turn left off 111 onto Country Club Dr, parking is the 1st exit to the left.

Runs along the Whitewater wash. We should have wildflowers and mountain views. Path is Asphalt

Goats, horses, and a fence that looks like library books. Shaded in many areas and mountain views. 

Bring at least 1 liter of water;


2024 Walks - Wednesday and Friday this week- 8:00 am

Prescott Preserve

2700 E Mesquite Avene

The more you walk, the healthier you can become, major study finds (msn.com)

Details and Registration

Movie Meetup

Wednesday - Mary Pickford Theater

Wicked Little Letters

Wed April 3rd - 11:20 am

Wicked Little Letters review: Olivia Colman hurling expletives is enough to sustain this witty true-life comedy | The Independent

We usually go to the nearby Thai Restaurant for soup or lunch to rehash the movie and solve the problems of the world.

Details and Registration

Check This Out - The Lesbian Project Podcast

We are Kathleen Stock and Julie Bindel. Kathleen is a former philosophy professor and current contributing writer at UnHerd. Julie is a journalist and feminist campaigner.

In our podcast, we chat, argue, rant, and joke about everything and anything of relevance to lesbian lives and beyond. We don’t expect our listeners to agree with us, nor do we want them to.

Episode 20 FREE: Canada update, Can-SG conference update, Drive Away Dolls, ridiculous NHS surveys, queering the fruit fly. (thelesbianprojectpod.com)

I love listening to these gals.

Lesbionic Brunch with Marisa Corvo

2nd Saturday of Every Month.

April 13th is next

1-4 PM

Bottomless Champagne $12


Book and Movie Salon/Club -

2023/24 Schedule 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm

Below you will find the next books and movies to be discussed. We do hope you plan to join us for one or more of our salons.

If you have any questions or comments, reach out to myself or Flynn. In the meantime, take good care!

The Half of It directed by Alice Wu, 2020          April

"If you ask me, people spend far too much time looking for someone to complete them."

                                                                            Ellie Chu

Monday, the 8th of April at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST) we will discuss the movie The Half of It directed by Alice Wu, 2020.

This coming of age romantic-comedy tells the story of Ellie Chu straight A student, who helps the high school jock woo Aster Flores. Secretly, they both desire her. A beautiful story about love, friendship, family and longing.

The Half of It is currently airing on Netflix.

We look forward to "seeing you" on the 8th of April!!!

Questions or comments, Flynn or Irma have got you covered.

Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult, 2011         May

More beautiful for Having Been Broken directed by Nicole Conn, 2019  June

Details and Registration

Writers Support Group - Fri - Apr 26th at 10:30 am on Zoom

Where we can set aside time to write and encourage each other.

Please register if you are interested.

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival is honoring Miriam Makeba with a special, amazing tribute by LA Artists, Jimetta Rose and Gail Jhonson with Jazz in Pink in celebration of International Jazz Day.

Complimentary Food, Drink

Free Parking


Date/Time: April 28, 2024, 2:00 - 4:00 PM 

(Door opens at 1:30 PM)

Location: Vicky's of Sante Fe

45-100 Club Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210

 $99 - Table Seating / $49 - Bar Seating

TICKETS: Table Seats

TICKETS: Bar Seats

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket.


Mother's Day Soulful Jazz Concert

Sunset Music is thrilled to announce that vocalist Angie Wells has been nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award!

She is in excellent company for the Outstanding Jazz Album award alongside renowned artists like Cecile McLorin Salvant and Lakecia Benjamin. This nomination recognizes Angie's incredible talent and dedication to her music.

Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Celebrate Mom (or anyone who holds a motherly place in your heart) with a fabulous show at Vicky's of Santa Fe in Indian Wells! Feast your senses with a soul-stirring show, the Women in Jazz All-Stars, featuring the critically acclaimed singer/composer Angie Wells, paired with incredible music, exquisite cuisine, and free-flowing champagne; it will be a heartfelt tribute and an unforgettable experience! The ambiance will be filled with the joyous clinking of champagne glasses, creating the perfect atmosphere to raise a toast in honor of our mothers.

Coachella Valley Derby Girls

Sat, Mar 30, 2024 , 7:30pm

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Additional Dates

Sat, May 18, 2024, 7:30pm

Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 7:30pm

Sat, Sep 28, 2024, 7:30pm

Sat, Oct 19, 2024, 7:30pm


Palm Springs Air Museum

745 N Gene Autry Trl

Palm Springs, CA

(760) 778-6262





The season opener kicks off against Prison City Roller Derby from Chino California on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 PM.

Coachella Valley Derby Girls - Valley Voice Media Calendar (thepalmspringspost.com)

Tuesday June 4th- July 16th, 2024 - 4:00PM PST

VIRTUAL Comedy 101 with Mina Hartong

Location : On Zoom

Lez Out Loud is back with the popular Stand up Comedy Series!! Sigh up today!

Details : Are you interested in becoming a comic? Do you need to brush up on your skills? Are you located away from New York City? Join us for a Virutal session of Comedy 101, where Mina will focus on the basics, and students begin to find their voice and define their style onstage.

Our 6-week course reviews topics including where to find material, joke structures, writing skills & stage presence, the basics of crafting a set, and how to be in the moment. The course concludes with a virtual show, providing students the opportunity to perform their 5-minute set in front of an audience. Please note: Final Performances are recorded and subject to be used on our social media platforms. 


This Week's Recommendation

Girls5eva on Netflix

Girls5eva features a talented cast, including the likes of Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

The show centers on a one-hit-wonder girl group getting a second chance at fame.

Netflix picked up Girls5eva for season 3 after Peacock canceled it.

The Wednesday movie meetup group loved One Life.

Lesbians Embracing Aging

Lesbians Embracing Aging: An Introduction

The mission of LEA is to encourage and assist LBTQIA women with healthy aging by creating

support networks of socialization, information, and healthcare.

We are forming a hub of LBTQIA Women and allies willing to help one another navigate the

changes and challenges of aging and help make the myriad of available services more accessible.

Please join us for our next meeting as we make progress toward our goals.

If you would like more information, be on our email list or join us for our next meeting TBA Please send an email to


The LEA women:

Kelly Watson, Lauren Nile, Barbara Tyler, Rita Gonzales, Kate Ullman, Ronni Sanlo

Dear Lez Out Loud Friends and Fans,
Thank you SO much for joining us this month for our Lez Out Loud shows at The Roost Lounge and Revolution Stage Company. Our show started in the Coachella Valley and our success (11 sold out shows and counting!) is all because of loyal fans like YOU! We will be back in the the Desert next season with more shows.
In the meantime, will you please take a few moments to fill out the survey below? We want to keep bringing you the best show possible, let us know how!

Evening Chat Group 7pm to 8 pm Every Thursday

Come and meet new friends and old friends for an open forum of whatever topic interests you. Conversation among friends via zoom. Thursday nights beginning at 7 pm.

Hosted by Crickett and Cindy

Register Here

Every Friday is Wine Down Friday’s with the Coachella Valley Ladies of Justice at V-Lounge 5PM-6P. 600m E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

Network, share info about your business/upcoming event or just drop-by to unwind and make new friends!

Thank you,


All things Pickleball

For more information about pickleball, including lessons, leagues, and other lesbians playing pickleball - contact Mary Barsaleau.

Mary is a registered Pickleball Ambassador.

Where to pickleball

Pickleball - Lesbians of Palm Springs and The Coachella Valley (lesbiansps.com)

Get your tickets soon, Wanda Sykes will sell out!!

June 6th

McCallum Theatre | Music, Theater & Comedy Shows in Palm Desert

Cathedral City Senior Center is Rocking It These Days


New Staff, New Attitude, New Programs. Inclusive!

Food Bank Every Monday morning. Client choice, you are not handed a bag of items you can't use or don't want. No income qualifications, just show up if you need food.

Nutrition | Cathedral City Senior Center (theccsc.org)

Games, Fitness and More

Activities | Cathedral City Senior Center (theccsc.org)

Senior Advocacy

Don't have the budget? Talk to the staff. They will make it work for you!

Gay Country Western Dancing - Friday Nights


Join the Dance Ranch for a great night of country western dancing, including two-step, waltz, shadow, East and West Coast swing, and line dances. 

It all happens at Step By Step, 316 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Admission is $5.

Lesson is at 7 pm. Dancing from 7:30-9:30 pm. 

Dance Ranch Palm Springs is a country western dance group serving the LGBTQ+ community and its friends. Country dancers of all levels are welcome!

Learn more about Dance Ranch and find out what they’re teaching at danceranchps.org.


Our history will NOT be hidden!

Not with us two old lesbians and our awesome guests on guard! Our free podcast LGBTQ History Alive! with Ronni and Kelly begins

January 1, 2024. 

Meet the Two Old Lesbians!

Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D. is a retired UCLA professor and LGBTQ Center director, founder of the award-winning Lavender Graduation, and editor of the four volume This Day in LGBTQ History. Kelly Watson, Ph.D, DDS, is a retired recovery center director and business professional, and still and always involved with 12 step recovery.

2024 Schedule - Check it Out!

The L-Fund empowers cis, trans, and queer identifying lesbians through financial crisis assistance as well as grants in the areas of education, the arts, and health and wellness.

If you would like to donate, please find us at https://l-fund.org/


The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues Assoc. exists to preserve and foster an appreciation of jazz and blues music and to support female jazz and blues musicians who traditionally struggle for recognition and employment. The festival includes concerts, exhibits, presentations, films, and other events that promote an understanding and enjoyment of the work of women artists.

Jazz News and Events
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