Lesbians of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Outings and Events


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The entity that is the forest absorbs us.

Below, the roots of the trees reach out to each other.

Mies of mycelium tendrils carry nutrients from old to younger trees.

Carry warnings of drought or insects.

The forest senses and adjusts.

Arms of oaks stretch farther up, and below the dappled sunlight like stained glass on the pavement.

Canada geese hiss and protect their young crossing in front of us.

Mom in front, then the kids, and then Dad.

The teenage kids are about to lose their own, grow feathers, and fly.

New lives, old lives in the forest

The complex wisdom of life, adjusting, flowing, always creating,

The complex wisdom of the forest, adjusting, flowing, always creating,

The river has swelled this morning; it rained last night.

Large fish surface and chase flies.

A doe watches quietly, hidden in trees.

The old snags are alive with insects, and the flickas feast.

The forest shelters, feeds, and protects all within.

The forest reaches into us, returns us to wonder, to joy.

It brings us into communion with it, reminding us of how minor and temporary our thoughts are.

It reminds us to be respectful, that we are part of this web of life, and that to destroy it is to destroy ourselves.

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


Oubaitori embodies the spirit of not comparing oneself. The word itself is a beautiful metaphor. Oubaitori is usually written with four kanji characters: 桜梅桃李. Each individual character represents a different kind of blossom: cherry, apricot, peach and plum. All are different, and all are remarkable in their own way, without needing comparisons. Just like trees bloom differently, so too do humans.

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

The Roost

V Lounge

Community Bulletin Board 

Sound Bath

Grant Writer Wanted

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


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

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

1. Three church ladies find meaning in their lives amid a devastating natural disaster in “The Sandwich Ministry”



2. “Prodigal Daughter” an inspiring account of an undocumented immigrant woman’s reconciliation with her family


3. A play with a new perspective on celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo opens on the East Side at the Casa 0101 Theater


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

Julia Morgan was an American architect and engineer. She designed more than 700 buildings in California during a long and prolific career. She is best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

Although Morgan was highly respected as an architect, not much is known about her personal life. She was never married and had no known romantic relationships.

Ahead of Her Time: California Icon Julia Morgan | National Trust for Historic Preservation (savingplaces.org)

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

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

The Dinah 2024: The Best Talent Ever… - GO Magazine

Mexico Elects its First Female President - Feminist Majority Foundation

‘Bridgerton’ Star Jessica Madsen Reveals She’s “In Love With a Woman” With a Sweet Pride Instagram Post (msn.com)

Is 2024 The Year Of Queer Women (and yes, Lesbians)? - (gomag.com)

The Benefits of Shared Housing for Seniors in Senior Living Communities (msn.com)

Rachel Scanlon Is Here To Fulfill Your Butch 'Gay Fantasy' | Autostraddle

5 caregiving terms to help you access essential services and reduce expenses for an aging parent (msn.com)

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 12th - 11:30 am


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

‘Ezra’ review: Strong performances propel heartfelt road trip dramedy | The Seattle Times

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. 

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

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 th 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

Feud : Capote vs The Swans on Hulu

Feud: Capote vs. The Swans: Tom Hollander on the Finale, Truman, More (esquire.com)

I have been avoiding this, not a super fan of Capote or super rich matrons lunching. But glad I watched it. Ryan Murphy does a fantastic job of humanizing and going beyond the stereotypes. The timeline gets a little confusing, but it has much to say about women forced to survive in a world defined by men and social norms. It is also a reflection of glamorous women and their relationship with gay men. I found it fascinating. So fascinating I went back to the earlier series Feud, Joan Crawford and Betty Davis, and found it equally fascinating.

For you readers - Reese Witherspoon's Women-Centered Books


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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