Lesbians of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Outings and Events


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It was craving 

Craving the knowing 

What is it like to be this subatomic particle, this atom, this molecule 

What is it like to be this cell, this organ, this creature 

What is it like to be this family, this culture, this earth 

It was wanted consciousness 

It wanted to know every emotion, every taste, every sound 

It wanted to know every texture, color and smell 

It wanted to know things we can dream of 

It wanted to know things we can not dream of 

And so the singularity, the formless exploded into form 

My mind, a point of consciousness in the all 

My soul, that which cannot be explained but far more than my mind, 

Rooted in deep dreams, nourished by the consciousness of everything, 

I flow, I change, I morph, and I become 

I find my home in mystery 

Have a good week ... Kim

I am missing 5 molars - not too sure about this dental crush of mine, there is a lot of discomfort involved. My crowns were all 50+ years old, and I think the adhesive wore away, and cavities started. Extractions are done, but they won't do the implants until Sept (unless there is a cancellation in August)

Fortunately, I still have front teeth, so haven't reached toothless hag status yet.

But I have to eat everything like a beaver.

My front teeth have to nibble everything down to swallow size, and it takes a long time to eat. It will be a long time before I do a steak again.

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

Literally translated, Mono no aware (Japanese) means “the pathos of things,” or “the poignancy of existence, but it is also translated as having empathy toward things and ephemera – in other words, what is fleeting. It is a feeling of bittersweetness stemming from passing of time and the impermanence of all things. Mono no aware is often used to describe the experience of seeing something beautiful, such as a flower in bloom, and recognising that it will eventually fade and die. Mono no aware is a concept around mindfulness and appreciation, as it encourages people to be aware of the fleeting nature of life and to cherish the beauty and joy that can be found in the present moment.

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

The Roost

V Lounge

Community Bulletin Board 

ONE-PS Lip Sync Battle - Sunday, July 7th @ 3pm PS Cultural Center with Shann Carr

Sound Bath

Grant Writer Wanted

Barbara Boxer Lifetime Achievement Luncheon

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

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

Cork Women's Fun Weekend

Take Me Home - Pet of the Week

Liz Tailer:

Breed: Terrier/Chihuahua

Age: 2 Years old

Sex: Female


Two For One Cat (or kitten) special 

Animal Samaritans - Thousand Palms

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

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

1. Frameline 48:  San Francisco’s pre-eminent LGBTQ+ film festival opens June 19


2. The thrilling return of Alexa Crowe: “My Life Is Murder” season 4 premieres on Acorn TV and BBC America


3. The Dinah rolls out star-studded all-queer entertainment lineup for its 33rd anniversaryhttps://hollywoodtimes.net/the-dinah-rolls-out-star-studded-all-queer-entertainment-line-up-for-its-33rd-anniversary/

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who contributes a recommendation for a worthy figure in women's history, an article, a book, a movie, or a women-centric event for the newsletter. Let's amplify women's stories and voices.

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Women’s History

Women, We Should Know

Margaret “Maggie” Gee was a third-generation Chinese American born in Berkeley in 1923. She grew up dreaming of being a pilot and during World War II she joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), one of only two Chinese American female pilots. Her duties included towing targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice, while the gunners used live ammunition. In 2009, she was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for her wartime service.

Link to full bio https://cal170.library.ca.gov/maggie-gee-pioneering-aviator-2/

When we work together and support each other, we change the world

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

In The Middle Of The Mojave Desert Is An Oddly Named Ghost Town That Was Built On A Scam (msn.com)

Exploring Abandoned Desert Center, California | Watch (msn.com) I-10 between Indio and Blythe

My Dad Was Gay — But Married To My Mom For 64 Years. As She Died, I Overheard Something I Can't Forget. (msn.com)

I visited a car-free neighborhood in Arizona and was surprised that it felt 15 degrees cooler than the surrounding blocks (msn.com)

Kristen Stewart to make TV debut playing lesbian astronaut (qnews.com.au)

The L Word: New York: What we know so far - (diva-magazine.com)

Rave reviews for new Liza Minnelli documentary (qnews.com.au)

How did Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss fall in love? - (diva-magazine.com)

5 things to know about Hannah Einbinder - (diva-magazine.com) HacksMaren Morris Comes Out As Bisexual - GO Magazine

SportyChicks Tuesdays at Impala Bar & Grill in downtown Palm Springs!

WNBA games on the big screen.

Join us at Impala Bar & Grill for an action-packed week of women’s sports! We can't wait to see you there!

Enjoy Taco Tuesday ALL DAY with $3 crunchy beef tacos, $4 street tacos, and $4 well margaritas! Take advantage of our Happy Hour food and drink specials available from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Getting In Touch With Nature

The FREE Class & Field education series is offered by Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association, in partnership with Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness & the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

2024 Schedule of Events — Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association (msjnha.org)

Easy/Moderate Hikes - Hikes will resume again in Sept/Oct when the weather cools down.


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

Prescott Preserve

2700 E Mesquite Avene

I am away for the summer. Some of the other walkers may be there. Email me if you want a contact number


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

Details and Registration

Movie Meetup

Wednesday - Mary Pickford Theater

June 19th - 10:40 am

Treasure with Lena Dunahm

An american journalist Ruth who travels to Poland with her father Edek to visit his childhood places. But Edek, a Holocaust survivor, resists reliving his trauma and sabotages the trip creating unintentionally funny situations.

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

Episode 30 FREE - I Kissed A Girl catch up, lesbians in the housing market, 2nd Wave Zines, more academic nonsense

I love listening to these gals as they argue, debate, and commiserate.


Saturday June 15, 2024 | 5:00PM - 9:00PM

June 19, or Juneteenth, represents Independence Day for African Americans. People across the country recognize and honor this day by celebrating the emancipation of people who were enslaved dating back to June 19, 1865. 

This year’s Juneteenth event will be an array of educational fun, cultural activities, food and live entertainment produced by the leaders in our Coachella Valley community, and outside organizations. 


James O. Jessie

Desert Highland Unity Center

480 Tramview Rd. 

Sweet Baby Jai presents

"Moments Notice"

Live Music:

Get ready to move to the electrifying sounds of "Moments Notice," featuring the talented pianist Aya Iwata, bassist Rick Taylor, 

and drummer Moyes Lucas. 

Hosted by vocalist/poet/producer Sweet Baby J'ai, the event welcomes special

guest singers Charles Huff, Cynthia Lee Thomas, Desiree Stevens,

and Melba Miller.

Inspiring Talks: Delve into history and activism with guest speakers:

Pearl Devers: The History of Section 14 and Palm Springs

Dr. Anne Staveren: Dia de los Negros - Day of the Blacks: Freedom's Path South of the Border

Barbara Carrington: Soul Food: A Culinary Journey of Resilience

Anysa Smith: Freedom Isn't Free - Voting Rights & Women's Rights Today 

Joy Silver: The Intersectional Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights Under Attack

Palm Springs CRAVE Pride Freedom Dance:

Let loose and celebrate freedom of expression - designed to keep you moving and smiling!

A Call to Action: Join us for an unforgettable night of music, insightful talks, and a joyous celebration of Juneteenth!

Thursday, June 20th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Palm Springs Art Museum 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Free and open to the public

Visit www.sweetbabyjai.com for updates

ShortFest 2024 | June 18-24

The Palm Springs International ShortFest is one of the largest showcases of short-form cinema in North America! This seven-day competitive festival is Academy Award, BAFTA and Goya-qualifying, annually screening hundreds of shorts from 60+ countries. ShortFest & its Short Film Market is one of the most acclaimed shorts showcases in the world, right here in the heart of Palm Springs!

 ShortFest 2024 | June 18-24 | Palm Springs International Film Festival (psfilmfest.org)

Sat, Jun 15 | Palm Springs


Irene Tu is an LA-based stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Paste Magazine praised Irene’s “quick wit, relaxed stage presence, and hilariously off-the-wall observations.Buy Tickets

LESBIAN WINEMAKER DINNER - 6PM at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

June 28th




You will be guided through each course of this exclusive TENERAL CELLARS WINEMAKER DINNER by CEO Jill Osur and the Margaritaville Resort Executive Chef. This special dinner in celebration of Equality Wine & Food Fest Weekend is LIMITED to only 32 guests for an intimate experience, so book early!

All-inclusive price is $175 and tickets are available here.

Buy Tickets to Teneral Cellars Winemaker Dinner in Palm Springs on Jun 28, 2024 (seetickets.us)

Celebrate Diversity at Palm Springs Equality Wine & Food Fest (equalitywinefest.com)

The Palm Springs Equality Wine & Food Fest - June 29th

specialty wine event of the year featuring LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Women owned and/or produced wines

Fun for All

JUNE 29, 2024


GRAND TASTING: 1pm to 4pm

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs Compass Rose Grand Ballroom 

1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, California 92262

Celebrate Diversity at Palm Springs Equality Wine & Food Fest (equalitywinefest.com)

Sunset Music & Comedy Festival

Nov 9th

Early bird tickets on sale until May 31st

Use promocode EarlySunset for 15% off

Don't miss out!! Tickets for the Palm Springs Sunset Music & Comedy Fest this November are on sale now at a special Mental Health Month discount. Limited-time offer: secure your spot and a dose of future fun!


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!

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

Details and Registration

June 5 to August 28.


Call for poetry submissions:  Sapphic Poets of the Mojave Desert, an anthology of poems. Click on link below for more information.

Contributors Sapphic Poets of the Mojave Desert (google.com)

Writers Support Group - Fri - June 28th at 10:30 am on Zoom

Kafka’s famous proclamation that “a book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” 

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

Please register if you are interested.

For this month’s seminar information and to register HERE

For more information, events, updates and to sign up for email notifications on

Planning Ahead For LGBTQ Seniors | PALS (palsinthedesert.com)

9:30 to 11 am. 3rd Saturday

September thru June

A Death Cafe is a group-led open conversation about death and dying; and in doing so to live life more fully. It is not a counseling or bereavement group; and there is no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. 

Join the conversation. Bring your curiosity and questions and engage in a discussion about the aspects of death and dying that interest you. 

Please register via the following link. Looking forward to your joining us!



Creating a community that looks out for each other.

Every Saturday 6pm via Zoom

Coachella Valley Derby Girls

Upcoming 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




Next Bout May 18th

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

This Week's Recommendation

Drift on Kanopy

Jacqueline escapes her war-torn country to a Greek island. She meets an unmoored tour guide and the two become close as they each find hope in the other.

'Drift Review': Cynthia Erivo, Alia Shawkat in Soulful Study of Trauma (hollywoodreporter.com)

Perplexing at times, it a beautiful story about the strength of women and how we help heal each other.

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

Evening Chat Group 5:30pm to 7 pm Every Wednesday

LIDS (Lesbians In The Desert) Wednesday evenings, 5:30 pm - 7ish — join us for a lively Zoom chat, catch up with friends, and make new ones! Open to Lesbians in and out of the Coachella Valley — California — all 50 States — and beyond. Please email NurseJaynes@yahoo.com to receive the invite with Zoom meeting ID & Passcode. Bring a friend! Hosted by Cindy T, Crickett, & Jayne

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.

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