Lesbians of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Outings and Events


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I love the 4 am awakening. The body - peaceful and warm. The mind - peaceful and warm. In my youth, I dreamed my wants: money and endless travel. I felt the fear of forever being alone. Now, I savor the warmth of the blankets and bodies curled beside me.

Today I wait for the first birdsongs and pink in the sky. I love all my activities but also the days without commitments. Days when I do not have to worry that I failed someone, that I said the wrong thing, that I hurt someone, or that I missed something. This morning, the music of the doves and the soft light of the sky infuse me with wholeness. I am dissolved once more and brought into the aliveness of creation.

"It’s just that, when you get to the real meat of life, is that life has its own rhythm and you cannot impose your own structure upon it — you have to listen to what it tells you, and you have to listen to what your path tells you." Jeff Buckley


Kim -

There is the voice within whispering, "If you could control the clouds, they would lose their enchantment. Just let it be."

Wishing you a sense of flow and enchantment this week.

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

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Lesbian Owned Businesses

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Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

A HOLLYWOOD TIMES EXCLUSIVE: The Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch at the 2023 LA International Film Festival and American Film Market.

Media Sponsor of The HRC Palm Springs Garden Party

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To everyone that recommends a worthy figure in women's history, an article, a book,

a movie, or a women-centric event. Let's amplify women's stories and voices in our community.

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Women’s History

Women We Should Know

Eugenie Clark

“It seems as though women keep growing. Eventually they can have little or nothing in common with the men they chose long ago.” Eugenie was married 5 times.

Eugenie Clark was a pioneer in the field of ichthyology, performing dozens of submersible dives and discovering several new species of fish during her lifetime. One of few women and even fewer women of Japanese American descent working in marine biology in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, Clark was known to push boundaries. Unlike many of her colleagues, she wasn’t afraid to study fish up close in the water. She was also one of the first ichthyologists to explore the Red Sea. Outside of the ocean, Clark taught the public about marine life and fought to dispel the many negative myths about sharks, earning her the nickname “The Shark Lady.”

Eugenie Clark - Women in Exploration

In The News

Brandi Carlile wants a lesbian Golden Girls (and so do we) - (diva-magazine.com)

Elliot Page and Mae Martin Appear to Make Their Red Carpet Couple Debut—See Pics | Glamour

Rustin Writer Julian Breece on the Black Gay Hero (advocate.com)

Billie Eilish Talks Sexuality, Attraction To Women (buzzfeed.com)

Out champion athlete Sha'Carri Richardson honored in Texas with sweet tribute - LGBTQ Nation

Mutt Review: A Snapshot Of Relatable Trans Chaos (autostraddle.com)

Eileen review: Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie are utterly thrilling - (diva-magazine.com)

Exclusive: Suranne Jones on the iconic queer characters she's played - (diva-magazine.com)

LP Just Wants To Make You Feel Good - GO Magazine

100 Women We Love: Class of 2023 - GO Magazine

Writers Support Group

Writing can be lonely and excruciatingly painful. We are looking at scheduling a time, probably Fridays - late mornings where we can set aside time to write and encourage each other.

Please register if you are interested

Moderate Hike - Tuesday - Nov 21st, 8:00 am

Indio Badlands

Type     Loop

Elevation 900 ft

Time     3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Meetup   42000 Golf Center Pkwy, Indio, CA 92203 is the trailhead

Fun hike, slot canyons, and ridges.

Bring at least 1 liter of water; you must be fully vaccinated. Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver. https://kimkieler1954.wufoo.com/forms/zkegx4m0ewn1gw/ 

Moderate Hike - Saturday - TBA

Register for Notifications


Easy Hike -Monday November 27th - McCallum Trail

I realize that some of you attend would like to hike but attend religious services on Sunday, so I would like to try the easy hikes on Monday instead of Sundays.

The 1st Monday hike will be at 9:00 am at the Coachella Valley Preserve in Thousand Palms on Nov 27th. See info below.

McCallum Trail is 2 miles and flat. See more info below.

Coachella Valley Preserve

29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd, Thousand Palms, CA 92276

Park on the road.


2023 Walks - Wednesday and Friday this week- 8:00 am

Prescott Preserve

2700 E Mesquite Avenue.

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

Details and Registration

Movie Meetup

Wednesday -

Nov 29th

The Holdovers

at Mary Pickford

Anatomy of a Fall review: Sandra Hüller is a one-woman puzzle box in this stunning courtroom thriller (msn.com)

Why Anatomy of a Fall is film of the year and an early Oscars 2024 contender (msn.com)

Details and Registration

More Info

Thanksgiving Potluck

The weather looks good, we should be able to dine outside.

Nov 23rd

1pm to 3pm

We eat at 1:15 so food does not get cold.

Bring side dishes please. There will be turkey, dressing, gravy and mashed potatoes

Sign Up for Address, space is limited

Gwendolyn and Gail

On behalf of the lesbian community here in the Coachella Valley, I want to thank Gwendolyn and Gail for their many years organizing and leading the Sunday monthly meetup group exploring our museums, gardens, and places of interest. Thank you for your time and your love; you will be missed. We all wish you the best in your new home in Atlanta.


Directed by Kudra Wagner (Lez Out Loud, CV Rep)

November 10–12 & 17–19, 2023


Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the theater.

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 12, 2018.


“With moments of hilarity and poignancy, Collective Rage offers a broad spectrum of queer voices rarely seen on stage.” (Nicole Serratore, Variety)


Shann Carr Headlines the Pride Week LGBTQ Showcase at Caliente Comedy - Nov 24th

Shann Carr Headlines the Pride Week LGBTQ Showcase at Caliente Comedy Tickets, Fri, Nov 24, 2023 at 8:00 PM | Eventbrite


See below for more details.


Book and Movie Salon/Club -

2023/24 Schedule 2nd Tuesday 7 pm

Happiest Season directed by Clea DuVall, 2020


This holiday romantic comedy stars Abby (Kristen Stewart), a woman with a plan to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) while at her family’s annual holiday party. Abby discovers Harper has not yet come out to her conservative parents Tipper (Mary Steenburgen) and Ted (Victor Garber). The trouble grows when everyone wonders who Abby really is in Harper’s life.

Discuss Movies and Books with other Lesbians.

When: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Pacific - US & Canada).


Meeting Format: ZOOM

Details and Registration

This Week's Review

Anatomy of a Fall

We all loved this movie at the meetup.

Anatomy of a Fall review: Sandra Hüller is a one-woman puzzle box in this stunning courtroom thriller (msn.com)

Why Anatomy of a Fall is film of the year and an early Oscars 2024 contender (msn.com)


Destiny in Alice on Kanopy

In the heart of central Australia, the town of Alice Springs has become something of a haven for Lesbians – a place where black and white women mix and mingle, confronting the challenges of loving across racial and cultural divides.

In a delightful parody of a famed TV naturalist, Destiny Attenborough (played by filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas) guides us through the habitat and customs of the women who love women in Alice Springs. The origins of the community are traced back to the women's movement and the American base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs in the early 1980s. Three Aboriginal Lesbians provide insight into the complexities of their relationships with other women and with their families

Watch DESTINY IN ALICE [from the CAAMA Collection] Online | Vimeo On Demand on Vimeo

It is a quirkly funny little film that delighted my heart.

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,

Save the Date!

Aqua Caliente Casino Cascade Lounge

February 7, 2024

Here's your chance if you missed the last show. It was a great fun filled evening, don't miss this one!

Sweet Baby J'ai Presents Another Night of Music and Comedy celebrating Black History Month! Sweet Baby J’ai combines music, theater and visual arts, to tribute some of the most iconic singers in jazz, blues and soul to honor history of American music.

Hold the date- more information to come!

Visit their website for information on upcoming shows!

Cascade Lounge Palm Springs Entertainment (aguacalientecasinos.com)

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.


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!

Get your tickets soon, Wanda will sell out!!

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

Save The Date: The L-Fund Golf Tournament, Sunday November 19th, 2023

Save The Date: The L-Fund Gala, March 9th, 2024 at Margaritaville

Desert Legends, the LEGENDARY Women's Weekend in Palm Springs is happening!

April 5-6-7 in 2024- save the dates!

Visit DesertLegends.net for more info

And we are NOW BOOKING at the HOST HOTEL, the Palm Mountain Resort!

Desert Legends



The MAIN EVENT! This epic show promises to be a unforgettable night of hilarious comedy and live music! Get your tickets early for the gorgeous 2,000 seat Theater at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. 




Our very own Mina Hartong is part of the fabulous lineup for Olivia's one week vacation in Cancun!

May 18th to May 25th, 2024!

Olivia | Cancún, Mexico Resort

The end of the year is approaching. It's time to make plans and dream of next year’s travel.

Barbara Carrington ( Olivia, Alaska Airlines) has her own travel company and has chartered a yacht to Croatia for 34 passengers in September, 2024. This is a WOMEN/ WOMYN only cruise with amazing amenities at a competitive price. Barbara is a great friend to the LGBTQ community in the Coachella Valley.

Registration is open now, and Barbara’s contact is all listed below. With Barbara’s vision and travel experience, this promises to be a trip of a lifetime!

More Info

The Create Center for the Arts

Temporarily closed until they relocate.

Check out the Create Center for the Arts Drawing, Painting, Tai Chi. A fiber art room.    



All things Pickleball

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

Mary is a registered Pickleball Ambassador

3 obsolete strategies that can ruin your game.

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

Barbara Carpenter Realtor Keller Williams Luxury Homes




Experience Counts

Service Matters

Nanci Minger

Licenced Massage Therapist



Lesbians in Bed: Reading Haikus is a reflection of my journey learning to love myself while discovering what it means for me to be a queer femme lesbian. The chapters within are a mix of romance, erotica, and little lessons that lesbians can either relate to, identify with, or laugh out loud at. Basically, there’s something for everyone. Especially, the late blooming lesbians like me. Please enjoy!

Amazon.com: Lesbian(s) On The Loose: 9798389328686: Berk, Sheryl: Books

Corlyce Olivieri




Portraits - Animals - Sports/Action - Architecture - Weddings - Events - Real Estate

Julie Rice



LiteGear Bags


Led by a team with over 30 years’ experience in the Outdoor / Travel products industry, Litegear® was created to address the toughest issues facing the industry. Born in California the core of the brand was to create light-weight, high-quality products to connect the world and help to reduce our impact on the planet and oceans.


Website & Graphic Design | Photography & Video | Mac Support


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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