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We lost another friend recently.

Watching the rain, I sense that the time is this house will also be coming to an end.

We want something smaller, something with neighbors not vacation rentals.

In the grey day, there is a sense of time erasing my life.

Sadness, as I remember family and friends gone or far away.

I grieve the things I can no longer physically do.

The days of skiing and motorcycling long gone.

Yet wonder grows. I could spend a lifetime studying gold finches at the feeder and still not know it all.

That one detail, would lead to 10,000 details and each 10,000 more.

I could study the stars or mythology and still not reach the end of my questioning.

When all else falls away, wonder remains and grows stronger.

What a thing it is to alive.


Kim - may you know wonder 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

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

Grant Researcher Needed

Love Your Naked Body

Neon Glow Bowling

Diane Padys Photography

The Seven Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism

Sound Bath

Coming Out Party at the Joshua Tree Park Store

Coming Out Hike at Joshua Tree

Laurie Morvan at the Cascade Lounge

Local Lesbian Authors and Books
Community Resources - Food, Medicare Counseling, Advocacy, Behavorial Health

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

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

1. The L-Fund is Excited About its March 9, 2024 Gala Awards!


2,. Composer/multi-instrumentalist/performer Carla Patullo makes GRAMMY history with nomination, win for “So She Howls”


3. Angela Bassett voices the narration for National Geographic’s latest Natural History series, “Queens”


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Women’s History

Women We Should Know

Vuyisile Jaca, Maryama Seck and Junella King © Kaia Bint Savage / The Maiden Factor

Thirty-five years ago, the yacht Maiden, with the first ever all female crew rounded Cape Horn in the Whitbread Round the World Race and secured their place in the history books. This week, Maiden, currently competing in the retro Ocean Globe Race will include the first black female crew members to race around the notorious Cape Horn.

Why does this historic event matter? Because if a girl can see it, she can be it. We know that girls from all over the world will be watching and will be inspired by these amazing women. Maiden and her all female crew make history again! (sail-world.com)

The Maiden Factor

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

This week's guest is Kelly Watson, Ph.D, DDS, is a retired recovery center director and business professional, and still and always involved with 12 step recovery.

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

10 influential sapphic poets you should know about - (diva-magazine.com)

Festival Schedule 2024 - Native Women in Film and TV

How the lesbian squats of London Fields influenced queer DIY culture - (diva-magazine.com)

10 Pioneering African-American Women Journalists | LiteraryLadiesGuide

"Wynonna Earp" Is Coming Back for a 90-Minute Scripted Special! | Autostraddle

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

The Blood Sisters: the unsung heroes of the AIDS crisis - (diva-magazine.com)

What is The TikTok Lesbian Bar Drama? - (diva-magazine.com)

Cold water swimming improves menopause symptoms | ScienceDaily Yeah, that would be a hard no.

Meet America's Abortion 'Navigators' | Healthiest Communities Health News | U.S. News (usnews.com)

The 12 Lesbian Love Languages | Autostraddle

Writers Support Group - Fri Feb 23rd at 10:30 am on Zoom

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

Please register if you are interested

Bogert to Vons

Moderate Hike - Tue - Feb 13th - 9 am

Length    6 miles     

Type      Car Shuttle

Elevation  900 ft

Time     3 to 3.5 hrs

Difficulty: Moderate 

Meetup:   4781 E Palm Canyon Dr Ste F, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Park on the Palm Hills RD to the east of the shopping center. We leave 1/2 the cars here and drive around to the trailhead.

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

Moderate Hike - Sat - Feb 17th - 8:30 am New Hike - Carey's Castle

Careys Castle, California - 63 Reviews, Map | AllTrails

Info and Photos of Hike Video

Length      8 to 9 Miles

Type        Adventure :)

Elevation    1300 feet

Time:       4 to 5 hours

Meetup Costco - Palm Desert Over by the Gas Station. We can carpool from there.

Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Easy Hike - Mon - Feb 12th - 9 am

Meetup 1441 N Kaweah Rd - One of Liberace's Houses

Debbie Reynolds, Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis's honeymoon hideaway and more.

Celebrity Home Walk in Old Las Palms

Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.


2023 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

Next Movie wil be

Bob Marley - One Love

Feb 21st 1st Matinee

We meet 20 minutes before the movie and usally go to the Thai restaraunt across the street for soup or lunch

Details and Registration

Taxes Filed for Free

January 31st to March 28th. 9am to 1pm. Wed & Thur

While the program has an income limit ($85K), they welcome seniors with any income. 


1695 North Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262

Wednesday January 31 Thursday April 11, 2024 9 am - 1 pm Walk-In

Contact Helen Boyne



if you need more info.

Helen is one of their volunteers.

More Information
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Lesbionic Brunch with Marisa Corvo

2nd Saturday of Every Month. Starting Feb 10th.

1-4 PM

Bottomless Champagne $12


Monday, February 12th 6 PM

Show Her The Money Film Screening with Q&A with Ky Dickens (Director), Catherine Gray (Executive Producer), Sharon Gless (Executive Producer), Dawn La Freeda (Executive Producer) and Vicky Pasche (founder of Dapper Boi).

Reception upstairs

Women have been shut out of the financial world, making it almost impossible to get their ideas and inventions funded. SHOW HER THE MONEY pulls back the curtain on the extreme underfunding of women in the Venture Capital world, with less than 2% of venture capital going to women. It features women entrepreneurs who bootstrap their companies into success stories, and the fierce and financially savvy women who fund them.

SHOW HER THE MONEY is a compelling and crucial reminder that money is power and women need it to achieve true equality. You can watch the trailer HERE.

Palm Springs Cultural Center - 2300 East Baristo Road

Show Her The Money Film Screening with Q&A Tickets, Mon, Feb 12, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Valentine's Day - Feb 14th

Free theater screening of Ruth and Connie (Every Room in the House). Ruthie will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

Cookies and Coffee at 2PM by Lesbians of Palm Springs

Let's celebrate all the girls we have loved before, the girls we still love, and the girls we are going to love. Let's celebrate our girl pals who are there through thick and thin, let's celebrate our community and our right to love who we love.

Please register, space is limited.

Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House - Film Screening and Q&A Tickets, Wed, Feb 14, 2024 at 3:00 PM | Eventbrite

Sponsored by the The Joyce and Laureen Foundation


The Artist’s Eye: How Artists See

Presented by Cathy Parker

2/ 24- 25, 3/16-17, 3/23-24

More Information

The L-Fund Gala, March 9th, 2024

at Margaritaville, Tickets on sale now!


This years honorees include Judy Dlugacz - one of the founders of Olivia Records, Shann Carr -comedian and women's community mover and shaker and Sweet Baby J'ai - Co-founder and director of the Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival and Sunset Music Fest.

Congratulations to all the honorees. Well deserved!

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Sunday, March 3rd at 7pm

Lez Out Loud Returns!

The Roost, Cathedral City

Mina Hartong is back in the Desert for a few shows only!

Tickets only available by phone

Call now at 760.507.8495


2 Drink Minimum, please support local business


Thu, Mar 07 at 7pm | Palm Springs


Comedian MINA HARTONG brings her comedic talents to the RSC with host MAX MITCHELL ( Oscars) and Featured Comedian AMANDA MICHELLE ( LA)

Buy Tickets

Book and Movie Salon/Club -

2023/24 Schedule 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm

Monday, the 12th of February at 5:30p PST/8:30p EST) we will discuss the movie Carol directed by Todd Haynes. Based on the book, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (1952), aspiring photographer Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) embarks on a passionate, forbidden romance with the beautiful, elegant Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) that will forever change their lives. Carol is currently available on several streaming services.

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.

My beloved world by Sonia Sotomayor, 2013       March

The Half of It directed by Alice Wu, 2020          April

Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult, 2011         May

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

Details and Registration

Sun, Apr 07 | Palm Springs



Buy Tickets

MARDI GRAS comes to the desert!

Sun City Shadow Hills RAINBOW FRIENDS DINNER DANCE on Saturday, February 24th, 2024. Registration has begun. Limited seating to the first 100 guests.

Call Erin (805) 300-4021

More Info

This Week's Review

Origin In Theaters

Intense and thought provoking. It is a rethink on the subject of race morphing it into broader commentary, on our humanity and our creations of castes across the world.

Review: 'Origin' is an emotional powerhouse that you'll be talking about for years - ABC News (go.com)

‘Origin’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Must-See Exploration of Racism (rollingstone.com)

The Wednesday movie meetup group gave all thumbs to American Fiction

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,


Saturday, March 30, 2024 | 8PM

Tickets start at $49



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.

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

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



Come out and play with us again! Desert Legends is the Legendary Women’s Weekend in Palm Springs, and you don’t wanna miss it this year! FYI Palm Canyon Resort is our HOST HOTEL, and rooms are still available but will go up February 4th, so act fast and grab a room. Here’s a glimpse at the events— you can do one or DO THEM ALL! Buy your tickets now before they sell out! Go to: DesertLegends.net

Friday April 5th





Saturday April 6th



Sunday April 7th


Visit DesertLegends.net for more info

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

Desert Legends


COCKTAIL KICKOFF Tickets, Fri, Apr 5, 2024 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite


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. 




Women’s Weekend 2023 was MAGICAL!

Just wait until you see what they have in store for you in 2024!

Registration is open! May 16-20th 2024

Women's Weekend Russian River (womensweekendrussianriver.com)

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

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

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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