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Thursday, Nov. 17 | 🌤️ 74°/49°

Happy Thursday, everyone. We're one week away from a day set aside to be thankful, and we know one local man who would be extra thankful if you could help him out. On Sunday, Francisco “Pancho” Guzman’s truck was stolen from the parking lot at Lowe’s in Palm Springs. It contained the tools of his trade as a handyman and landscaper. The truck was recovered by police, but the tools were long gone. One of his clients set up a GoFundMe page to help him, seeking to raise $3,000 so he can get back to work. You can visit that page by clicking here.
🎶 Setting the mood: Stay With Me” by Miki Matsubara (a hit from 1980s Japan that resurfaced on TikTok)

Leading off: District 1 race flips in Garner's favor

Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner is greeted by her father, James Garner, at her Election Day party.

After days without any new votes added to the totals for the Palm Springs City Council races in districts 1, 2, and 3, the votes added Wednesday evening have completely changed the picture in one of those races.

Driving the news: Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner now leads challenger Scott Nevins by 50 votes, 1,400 to 1,350 (51% to 49%) in the District 1 race. She had been shown as trailing by 56 votes since Saturday, the last time any votes in the city races had been tallied by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.

  • Prior to the vote count stalling, Garner had been gaining on Nevins each day after Election Day, hoping to overcome an initial 177-vote gap. 
Where we stand: As of Wednesday evening, 77,000 ballots — both vote-by-mail and provisional — remained to be counted in Riverside County. The next update is promised for this evening.

In another closely-watched race for city voters, Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege leads Republican challenger Greg Wallis in the race for the State Assembly in the 47th District. Her 77,173 to 75,934 lead remains at roughly 1%.
  • Holstege's supporters got a bit of a scare Wednesday evening when Wallis was briefly shown in the lead. But that happened because the Riverside County votes weren't added to the San Bernardino County votes to produce the true totals for a few hours.
Zoom out: There was no change in leaders in the other Palm Springs City Council races, where no incumbent was running. Jeffrey Bernstein continues to lead Renee Brown in the District 2 race, 1,939 votes to 1,599 (55% to 45%). In District 3, Ron deHarte leads Joy Meredith 1,888 to 1,023 (65% to 35%).

Find our complete coverage here.

In brief: Milestone moment for unique development

Crews pose with a signed piece of steel during a ceremony held this week at Living Out. (Photo: David A. Lee)

🏳️‍🌈 Living Out Palm Springs, a history-making LGBTQ+ active adult retirement community, marked a milestone this week as it held a ceremony to recognize the placement of a final structural beam.

Background: The 122-unit project rising off of East Tahquitz Canyon Way broke ground a year ago. It's set to open in Spring 2023, and the developers hope the success of this flagship location will make it a model for similar communities throughout the country.

  • “With the support of the Palm Springs community, it is incredible to witness the progress that has been made for what will be a life-changing residential development for LGBTQ+ seniors and allies,” said Paul Alanis, chairman of Living Out. 

Why it matters: LGBTQ+ history is honored throughout the development. The on-site restaurant will be called Alice B. after the author Alice B. Tokla, who wrote a memoir disguised as a cookbook chronicling her life with partner Gertrude Stein.

  • The wings of Living Out are named after groundbreakers like Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, Carl Bean, and Connie Norman.

What they’re saying: “Del, Phyllis, Carl and Connie each dedicated their lives to improving the quality of LGBTQ+ lives,” said CEO of Living Out, Loren Ostrow. “We are thrilled to be able to honor their work and their memory by naming the neighborhoods of our new community to those whose shoulders we stand on today.”

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New Broadway Musical Has West Coast Premiere At The Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Palm Springs Cultural Center and Nunzio Sisto present "Why Can't The Trains Run On Time?"- an emotionally charged modern-day musical about an artist letting go of his past. Nunzio Sisto, a Juilliard graduate, who wrote the story, music, lyrics has been compared to Sondheim for its rhythmic and harmonic complexities, and to Schwartz for its memorable melodies. The show has a limited run November 21, December 12, and December 19 in Theatre 3 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Tickets are $35. Reception at 6pm with show at 7pm.

The Roundup

👮‍♀️ Palm Springs police are looking for the man who stole an ATM device from a local business, then gained access to the business' bank account. (NBC Palm Springs/CNS)

✈️ The Palm Springs International Airport is forecasting record passenger numbers next week for Thanksgiving. (KESQ/CNS)

🏆 Colin Farrell is set to receive an award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. (The Hollywood Reporter)

🍪 You have the chance to book a unique baking-themed staycation hosted by New York Times Cooking. Check out the Palm Springs listing. (The New York Times Cooking)

Today's calendar

Nonesuch Nonfiction Book Club
2 p.m. | Palm Springs Public Library

The book club meets on the third Thursday of the month, from September through May. Be sure to get added to the email list to find out the books ahead of the meeting.

José Sarria Talk at Welwood Murray Memorial Library
6 p.m. | Welwood Murray Memorial Library

This discussion celebrates the life and contributions of drag queen and queer activist José Sarria (1922–2013).

"Valley of the Dolls" - Among Friends
6 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center

First, enjoy a 1960s cocktail party, with on-theme outfits encouraged. Then, head inside for an interactive screening of the "Valley of the Dolls," where singing, cheering, and quoting along are highly encouraged. ($17.50)

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Looking ahead

Country dancing
Friday | 7:30 p.m. | Step by Step Dance Studio

Join the Palm Springs Country Dance Association for another great night of country western dancing, including two-step, country waltz, shadow, East and West Coast swing and line dances. 

Tahquitz Creek Cleanup
Saturday | 8 a.m. | South Riverside Drive at Camino Real

The monthly Tahquitz Creek cleanup is Saturday. Trash bags, water, disposable gloves, and pickup sticks will be provided. 

Junior Ranger Expo 
Saturday | 10 a.m. | Indian Canyons
Come and learn about the wonders of the Indian Canyons. Explore the critters that inhabit and the plants that surround. Listen to the songs that have echoed throughout these canyons for generations. Register here.

See our complete community calendar here.

And finally...

🐾 Each week, The Post partners with a local animal shelter to feature one or more of the many animal companions ready for a new home in our community.  

  • This week we invite you to meet Dante, 7 month-old Pittie mix who is currently a resident at Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
  • "Energetic, playful and trainable, Dante will be a fantastic pup for anyone looking for a companion to take everywhere with them," staff at the shelter wrote. "He's learning commands quickly and is ready to continue his training with you."

If you're interested: You can visit the shelter at 4575 E. Mesquite Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on all days except for Tuesdays (open for intake and clinic only) and Thursdays (1 p.m. until 7 p.m.). You can always call the shelter at 760-416-5718.

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