The average temperatures from October to March are high 80s to the low 50s. Travelers who want to make the most of the desert climate should sample some of these suggested activities:
Climb aboard the world's largest rotating tramcar at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience a breathtaking journey up to 8,516 feet to the Mount San Jacinto National Park.
Hike scenic trails or stroll through the ancient palm groves in the Indian Canyons, or take an off-road tour of Joshua Tree National Park or the San Andreas Fault.
Learn about the masters of mid-century modern architecture by taking a segway or tour of the desert’s most notable architecture.
Take a docent tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum or Palm Springs Air Museum, home to the largest collection of World War II flying aircraft.
Enjoy a round of golf at Palm Springs’ Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or indulge at one of the many spa resorts.
Dine alfresco amidst the charming and hip village, or shop the many retro boutiques, mid-century modern furniture stores, art galleries and chic consignment shops.
Try your luck at the downtown Spa Resort Casino.
One piece of that comprehensive legislation will forever alter the restroom options in city-owned buildings.
Also, Nutter, city and state lawmakers and gay rights advocates said the legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees' domestic partners and their children as they provide to heterosexual spouses and their children.
“My goal is for Philadelphia to be one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues,” said Nutter, adding that the signing struck a personal note because his friend, the late City Councilman John Anderson, was a gay man and a mentor who inspired him 30 years ago to pursue a life of public service.
However, Neither gay marriage nor civil unions are legal in Pennsylvania, and the state has a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
October has become Pride month in Fort Worth as a number of events have moved to coincide with the parade and popular picnic staged by the nonprofit Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association.
Q Cinema, which has been held in June in the past, moved to October. International Gay Rodeo Association will be in town later this month.
AARP scheduled a seminar at Celebration Church on how the new healthcare law affects LGBT families. And the city is holding a diversity training panel in conjunction with Pride month.
The 32nd annual Tarrant County Pride Parade is expected to be the largest with more entries than last year’s record-setting number.READ MORE AT DALLAS VOICE
The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county planned to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Tuesday after a state district judge declared same-sex marriage legal.
State District Judge Alan Malott on Monday ruled New Mexico's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, ordering Bernalillo County to join the state's other two population centers in recognizing the unions.
The decision comes on the heels of an order last week from a judge in Santa Fe that directed the county clerk there to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That followed a decision by the clerk in the southern New Mexico county of Dona Ana to recognize same-sex couples.
But Malott's ruling was seen as more sweeping than the temporary Santa Fe order because he directly declared that gay marriage was legal.
The island of Capri (Italy) is going high-tech to deal with an age-old problem: dog poop.They have solved the problem and more cities are talking about it.
The mayor of the island, located off the coast of Naples, is determined to rid Capri of the rather distasteful predicament by using DNA testing.
The small island is a large tourist destination and is home to 7,305 people owning 1,000 dogs. Unfortunately, some of the residents seem unwilling to scoop up poop. In order to maintain the pristine setting Capri is famous for, the city is using technology to track down pet owners who befoul the town by leaving piles of scat behind.
The mayor plans to take advantage of a law that requires dogs to undergo a blood test for canine diseases. The city will use the blood to perform DNA tests on puppy excrement and identify the source of the smelly mess.
EVERY dog owner needs these! The BEST Poop bags ever invented!
Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2013 with a BANG!
A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment to Help Benefit Chicago House!
Out In The Park is an annual private LGBTQ Saturday night event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America's amazing rides and live music!
Top DJ Matthew Harvat, will deliver a complete 4 hour party-celebration dance area, so you can dance, or ride, or do both!
New this year is a laser light show to dance above the crowd and some go-go gods to dance with the crowd.
Plus live musical performance by national recording artists Eli Lieb, Jess Godwin and Isaiah Grass.
In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: "We are very excited to be asked to present this event annually by the executives at Six Flags Great America based on last year’s success and their excitement in allowing us this unique fundraising opportunity at such an awesome private venue inside their park for our community” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. "We are proud to have Chicago House benefiting from this year’s event and we are so excited to have Mini Cooper of Chicago co-presenting with us!"
In 2012, over 3600 people came out to support this event and nearly $12,000 was raised for TPAN. For 2013, over 7000-8000 people are expected to come out and BestGayChicago.com hopes to raise close to $20,000 for Chicago House. It will be a full weekend of fun and LGBT travelers are expected to come in from the 4 surrounding states!
"What's great about the event is that it is closed to the general public, " explains Michael Snell. "The LGBTQ attendees and their friends and family can enjoy the park with little or no lines (no Flash Pass needed) and no hassle's from anyone. It will be like a fall gay pride celebration!"
Last year there were comments from the community that people who did not enjoy rides, had no reason to come. So this year, more entertainment has been added. Singers Eli Lieb, Isaiah Grass and Jess Godwin will play on a stage, separate from the dance area.
The park will once again be serving beer and specialty drinks, at reduced drink prices, just for us! And we will be planning events on Friday night, Saturday daytime, Saturday after the park, and Sunday recovery things to do! We'll be announcing events at Scarlett, Taverna 750, Charlies and Hamburger Marys in Chicago and Milwaukee! Making a whole weekend of fun for everyone.
"The other thing that makes this event is so great, is the fact it is supported by everyone." says Derrick Sorles. "We are so happy and humbled that our peers GRAB Magazine, Chicago Pride.com, and Wisconsin's QUEST Magazine are also involved in helping to make this a huge success and special thanks to our other Community Partners Walgreens and Mini Cooper of Chicago.
Ticket Prices ----Advance ticket price is $38 for this private event. There will be FREE parking! (A $22 savings!) Tickets are available now online at GaySixFlagsChicago.com.
Unfortunately, you can NOT use a smart phone to order tickets.
You will need to use a computer and printer.
Doors open at 9pm promptly. Ride and enjoy music until 1am.
Drinks are served until Midnight.
Hotels ---if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of boystown! More information below!
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are explicitly designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency.
The first HIV/AIDS housing provider in the Midwest, Chicago House has continuously evolved its services to meet the changing needs of those who are living with HIV and AIDS.
Since 2007, BestGayChicago.com has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community.
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A same-sex couple is scheduled to be wed at the chapel at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Holli Bartelt and Amy Petrich of Wykoff have been together for two years.
Now BETTY CROCKER is lending support. Three of the first same-sex couples who will legally marry in Minnesota on August 1st visited the Betty Crocker Kitchens at General Mills Headquarters in Golden Valley, Minnesota to taste-test wedding cakes for their ceremonies. The company has kindly donated the cakes to the couples for their celebrations, which will take place this Thursday at midnight. The couples will be wed at Minneapolis City Hall and the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul.
Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke, the first couple who will be married, were joined by Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle, the second. Both will be married on Thursday by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. The third couple was Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson, who will be the first couple married in St. Paul. The three couples tasted three Betty Crocker cakes, designed specifically to their tastes, in order to select one for their ceremony.
Betty Crocker is performing this donation as a part of The Families Project. The company states that it wanted "to celebrate with these families and mark this moment in the state's history."
With little fanfare or controversy, Britain announced Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II — hardly a social radical — had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. France has also legalized gay marriages, but only after a series of gigantic protests attracting families from the traditional heartland that revealed a deeply split society.
A sampling of Anaheim Packing House gourmet eateries coming soon includes: The Kroft (gourmet sandwiches and specialty fries), Popbar (gourmet popsicles), Cafectio Organico (Guatemalan-style coffee), The Chippy (fish and chips), ADYA (unique Indian cuisine), Iron Press (waffle sandwiches), Ecco Pizza Shoppe (pizzeria), Wheat & Sons (local butcher), Orange Tei (gourmet sushi and Ramen), Rolling Boil (hot pot restaurant), revolutionary new bakery, Korean barbeque, surprisingly fresh juice bar, artisan cheeses and grilled cheese sandwiches, and more to follow.
The exterior warehouse loading docks have been transformed into dining porches and open top railroad cars have been parked on the original railroad tracks used to transport the citrus crops as additional outdoor seating.
LAB Holding, LLC, known for the acclaimed community based projects such as The LAB, The CAMP, The Casino San Clemente, SOLO and others, was engaged by the City to revive the cultural aspects and design of the project.
“The Packing House, built in 1919, is an authentic icon of Orange County’s agricultural past,” states the LAB. “We honor this tradition by hand selecting food and beverage purveyors to repurpose this grand hall into a community gathering place with live music and seasonal celebrations. We were inspired by Anaheim’s rich history and culture and the photos of Anaheim’s early immigrant farmers who settled on these very streets.”
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait summarizes The Anaheim Packing District project: “The Anaheim Packing House is a beautiful community asset that will serve all of Anaheim’s residents and guests,” said Tait. “My thanks go to a multitude of community leaders who, over time, made the renovation of this historic building and Packing District even greater than we could have imagined. The Packing District will be a neighborhood place for the community to gather with family and friends, as well as giving us a place to celebrate our agricultural and entrepreneurial heritage. My congratulations to all.”
The Anaheim Packing District consists of three contingent parcels along Anaheim Blvd. near City Hall: The Packard Showroom, Farmers Park, and soon to open Packing House.
First to be redeveloped was The Packard (Car) Showroom, built in 1925. It now houses the Anaheim Brewery, a commercial brewer and tasting room, and the gourmet burger sensation, Umami Burger. The outdoor patios of these two establishments face the second phase of the project, Farmers Park, a greenbelt designed by award-winning landscape architect, Ken Smith. The Park opened on June 29th with a lively Farm Folk Festival and more than 1000 residents exploring the grassy knoll, redwood boardwalk, community gardens and olive grove. A weekly Farmers Market opens at Farmers Park on Saturday, July 27th with many other community events to follow.
ABOUT THE ANAHEIM PACKING DISTRICT
The Anaheim Packing District,
located at 400 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, a unique gathering place for
local food, drinks and music, includes the Packard Showroom, Farmers
Park and The Anaheim Packing House. Built
in 1919, the restored Packing House will serve as a culinary center
that brings together artisan food producers and purveyors in a public
market type setting. The Packard Showroom houses Anaheim Brewery and
Umami Burger, now open. Farmer’s Park, an outdoor marketplace, will soon
host an array of community activities such as outdoor concerts, movies,
and seasonal festivals. Contact info@
1. Bring a car. If you don’t drive to Palm Springs, be sure to pick up a rental car at the airport. While walking is fine during the cooler winter months, the summer heat is oppressive—and dangerous. Get a car and take advantage of the air conditioning.
2. Prioritize the pool. Needless to say, the pool is more important than the room. Stay at a hotel or resort with an amazing pool. With temperatures as high as 120 degrees, you’ll want to spend much of your downtime in the water.
3. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Every half hour, a cable car departs for a mountain peak 6,000 feet above Palm Springs. The views are stunning—and, it’s usually 30 degrees cooler at the top. It’s generally 70 – 90 degrees at the summit—thereby providing some much-needed natural A/C.
4. Shop at the Thursday street fair. Each Thursday—and after the hot sun goes down—the city comes alive for a weekly street fair. Packed with local arts and crafts, food and jewelry, it’s a great way to spend the cooler evening hours.
5. Drink lots and lots of water. Because it’s so hot and dry, sweat tends to evaporate very quickly—and you might not realize how dehydrated you really are. Make sure you drink plenty of water—and take extra bottle with you while you venture out (especially during the day).
After nearly a year of passion, dedication, and development coupled with the unwavering support of our family, friends, and some of our favorite celebs ...
Friend Movement proudly presents:
"THE NEW F WORD -
GIVING BULLYING THE BIRD"
An edgy anti-bully campaign and brainchild of producers Ronnie Kroell & Elliot London, photographer Ryan Forbes, and branding guru Bianca Kosoy. The New F Word aims to keep the conversation about bullying alive, but more importantly it was designed to empower individuals and inspire all of us to take ACTION.
Our goal is to shoot ...
10,000 Photos in 90 Days, across 40 Cities
Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Billings, Fargo, Minneapolis, Madison, Rockford, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Rochester, Boston, Provincetown, Philadelphia, DC, Raleigh, NYC, Savannah, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, Mobile, Montgomery, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Nashville, Birmingham, Jackson, Little Rock, Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas. - I like how they are choosing cities that are a target for bullying!
When someone is being bullied, we want them to have an inner monologue of "F-U I'm amazing ... I don't need your approval." By doing so, they can reclaim their power and rise above the fear that can prevent them from being the diverse, confident, and beautiful individuals they were meant to be.
While we may not be able to fully eradicate bullying, we can commit to being better friends to one another - to ourselves. So, get those middle fingers ready because THE NEW F WORD is FRIEND.
Thank you for your time and support!!
Ronnie & Elliot