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2019 Gift Guide IV: fast, fun and easy

Eliminate stress from your holiday to do list with these last-minute gift ideas

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Eliminate stress from your holiday to do list with these last-minute gift ideas.

Editor’s note: This is part four of four 2019 Blade holiday gift guides. Previous installments (pop culture, home and hot this year) are online.

To add extra sauce to any kitchen, these playful oven mitt and apron sets from Chocolate Moose (1743 L St., N.W.) make a laughable and functional stocking stuffer. Most sets run at $13 for mitts and $12 for aprons.

Take a walk into Urban Dwell this season (1837 Columbia Rd., N.W.) to find homey trinkets for all your friends and family who live (or decorate) outside the box. For $3.95, you can collect a bag of Kyanite, Quartz, Fluorite, Citrine and Amethyst to sprawl through your center piece or toss in a clear vase. 

For $40 a piece, these GurglePots from Urban Dwell are definitely a conversation starter in any setting.

Also at Urban, these rainbows ( $29.50) and pop art coasters ($12-15 a piece) would add a bold statement to any coffee table. 

Who needs an ordinary candle when you can snag one with an icon or a bold statement? The Drake and Beyoncé candles at Urban Dwell run at $24, whereas the others go for $20. 

Items from Urban Dwell

The Circle Gallery (18 State Circle, Annapolis, Md.) offers new showing from local artists that can certainly add personality to your decorating style this season. This set of “The Swim Club” sells for $150 per head/“swim cap.” 

This piece, “Aperture to the Void,” is a creative way queer gift givers can challenge or embrace masculinity. It currently runs in The Circle Gallery for $120.

Whether they light up, or include a delicate engraving, these altered books by Nichole Leavy at Circle Gallery redefine how you’ll decorate your library this season. Prices range from $75-200.

Surf’s Up Candle (234 Main St, Annapolis, Md.) adds a beachy twist to an otherwise chilly season. All-natural soy-based candles, with phrases like “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” run typically at $10. 

These witty hand towels at Surf’s Up go for $10 as well.

Lou Lou Boutique (locations in Washington, Fairfax, Alexandria and more in the region) offers modern décor and trendy trinkets that make handy grab bag gifts. The graphic mugs sell for $22 and the inspirational bracelet/card sets go for $24. 

The boutique has also teamed up with “Love Is” project, which supports artisans in Indonesia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bhutan and India. A bracelet for your loved one costs $30, as well as the tote. 

Lou Lou also offers cute stocking stuffers like a foldable rainbow gratitude notebook ($9.95) and playful graphic ankle socks ($12).

Items at Lou Lou Boutique.

Annapolis Pottery (40 State Cir, Annapolis, Md.) has something colorful for all tastes. These psychedelic vases currently range from $116-264 and the bubble clock opens up any room at $56.95.

Barefoot Dwelling (65 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, Md.), a vintage interior decorating store downtown offers candles such as: “Stay Weird: as if you had a choice” ($25) and “Bad-Ass Bitch Balm” ($4).

Stockings to Stuf, a kiosk in the Francis Scott Key Mall (5500 Buckeystown Pike) in Frederick, Md., has LGBT-themed ornaments such as grooms (sadly no lesbian couples!) and “Love is Love.” $11.99 each. 

Also at the Francis Scott Key Mall and other malls in the region, Spencer’s has its own version of a “Love is Love” ornament ($9.99) and equality mug (also $9.99). 

For the local music lover on your list, this Anthem Pride Tee, a black, unisex 100 percent cotton T-shirt, is $20 and celebrates one of D.C.’s hippest venues. Available at the Anthem (901 Wharf St., S.W.) or online at merch.930.com

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DC Center to host Alzheimer’s awareness event

‘Seniors & Cognition’ talk to explore warning signs, healthy brain practices

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The DC LGBTQ+ Community Center, the DC Department on Aging and Community Living, and the Alzheimer’s Association are joining forces to host “Seniors & Cognition with the Alzheimer’s Association” on Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. on Zoom. 

Guest speakers will walk the audience through understanding Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, their warning signs, healthy brain practices, and more. The lecture series will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions, with the others set to take place in August and September. 

To register, visit the DC Center’s website

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Brittney Griner and wife celebrate birth of their son

Cherelle Griner gave birth to healthy baby boy earlier this month

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Brittney Griner (Screen capture via Instagram)

It’s a boy for Brittney and Cherelle Griner. The Phoenix Mercury center revealed the news in interviews with CBS Sports and NBC News. 

“Every minute I feel like he’s popping into my head, said Griner. “Literally everything revolves around him. And I love it.”

The couple officially welcomed the baby boy on July 8. He weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

“That’s my man. He is amazing,” Griner told CBS Sports. “They said as soon as you see them, everything that you thought mattered just goes out the window. That’s literally what happened.” 

Griner, 33, corrected the CBS News correspondent who said, “You’re about to be a mom!” She told her Cherelle, 33, had already delivered the baby and that she preferred to be called,“Pops.” 

Griner told NBC News correspondent Liz Kreutz they chose to name their newborn son, “Bash.” 

The WNBA star said she is Bash’s biggest fan and is constantly taking photos of him. “My whole phone has turned into him now,” Griner told CBS Sports.

The baby comes as Griner gets set to play in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game and then head to Paris with Team USA to compete for their 8th straight gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games. 

“It kind of sucks because I have to leave, but at the same time, he will understand,” said Griner. 

Her time in Paris will mark the first time since the basketball star was released from a Russian gulag, where she was held on drug charges for nearly 10 months in 2022.

“BG is locked in and ready to go,” Griner told NBC News on Friday. “I’m happy, I’m in a great place. I’m representing my country, the country that fought for me to come back. I’m gonna represent it well.”

Griner also spoke with NBC News about her hopes the U.S. can win the freedom of imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was sentenced to 16 years in a Russian maximum security prison on Friday. 

“We have to get him back,” she said. 

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Calendar: July 19-25

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, July 19

“Center Aging Friday Tea Time” will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more details, email [email protected].

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Community Happy Hour” at 7 p.m. at Puro Gusto. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea-sharing, and community building. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, July 20

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Community Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ+ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

“LGBTQ People of Color Support Group” will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ People of Color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space that strives to be safe and judgment free. For more details, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Sunday, July 21

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Dinner” at 6:30 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy an evening of Italian-style dining and conversation with other LGBTQ+ folk. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Funday Social and Games” at 3 p.m. at Moxy. This event is ideal for making meaningful new connections and informal community building, or just to unwind and enjoy the group happy hour. There will be Monopoly, chess, checkers, Jenga and many other games. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Monday, July 22

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected].

“Queer Book Club” will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. The club meets on the fourth Monday of the month to discuss queer books by queer authors. This month’s read is yet to be announced. For more details, email [email protected].

Tuesday, July 23

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a peer-facilitated discussion group and a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. For more details, visit the group’s Facebook page.

“Genderqueer DC” will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary, whether you’re bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, email [email protected].

Wednesday, July 24

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit thedccenter.org/careers.

“Asexual and Aromantic Group” will meet at 7 p.m. on Zoom and in person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is a space where people who are questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual and/or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences, and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected].

Thursday, July 25

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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