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As you baste or brine your turkey, take a moment or two to think of those less-fortunate than you. Charities always need donations, whether in-kind or cash, and the holiday season is particularly important for fundraising. Here are some options:
- Today (November 23) is the last day to drop off food donations to Logan 14 Aveda Lifestyle Salon~Spa at 1314-B 14th Street NW during business hours. Along with Foundry United Methodist Church, the salon partnered with Bread for the City this season. You can also make donations on Thanksgiving Day at Foundry United Methodist Church.
- Gifts for the Homeless is accepting clothes through December 2. Or make a donation. Example: $100 buys 1 dozen fleece blankets. You can leave your donations at the Portals III Complex at 12th and D Streets SW. The clothing drive (sorting and delivering) will take place at the same location Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please visit the volunteer page.
- The Central Union Mission at 14th and R Streets NW will be moving to it’s new location at 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW in 2012. However, they depend on donations during the holidays for a large portion of their annual needs.
In addition, The The Washington Post can give you some good guidance on local charities that need your help. If you are in the area and looking to pass some time, I am sure they could use your donations, your time or your financial assistance.
- Central Union Mission Prepares for Last Thanksgiving on 14th Street
- Local Church, Spa Partner to Collect Food for “Bread for the City”
- Got $25? Buy 60 Men a Pair of Socks (Who Really Need Them)
Thanksgiving is three weeks away and a local church and salon have timed up to help out Bread for the City, DC’s largest food pantry. Foundry United Methodist Church and Logan 14 Aveda Lifestyle Salon~Spa have a three-week campaign to expand Foundry’s annual food drive to benefit Bread for the City. The church and the salon will solicit canned goods, non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the food drive, “Neighbors Coming Together to Fight Hunger in the Nation’s Capital.” Contributions can be made through Thanksgiving Day.
Bring food donations to Logan 14 Aveda Lifestyle Salon~Spa at 1314-B 14th Street NW during business hours through Wednesday, November 23. You may also donate during the Thanksgiving Day Worship Service at 10 am on Thursday, November 24 in Foundry’s chapel at 1500 16th Street NW. Get more information about the food drive on Facebook.
“Foundry is once again committed to the food drive at our annual Thanksgiving Day service,” says Foundry’s Director of Challenging Study Ministries, the Reverend Theresa S. Thames. “But this year we’re incredibly grateful and excited to have a local business joining forces with us to expand the food drive and allow people to donate food seven days a week throughout the month of November, not just at the Thanksgiving Day service.”
Wendi Dofflemyer, manager at Logan 14 Salon says, “As a community-based, full-service salon and spa, we value our customers, and we care about making our community a better place.”
Foundry United Methodist Church was voted “Best Place of Worship” by readers of the Washington Blade in their recent “Best of Gay D.C. 2011” reader poll.
Five days until Christmas. You still have shopping to do. You don’t own a car. You hate malls. You want this to be simple. This is a good time to remember why you live where you do: walkability and local retail. (We don’t live here because the rent is cheap, do we?)
As a longer-than-I-want-to-admit resident of the area, I have some tips for last-minute shopping. I also asked our contributors for a few of their own.
Shopping on Foot: My Quick List
This is not a comprehensive list, just my own personal one for last-minute holiday shopping in the neighborhood, whether it’s gifts or last-minute supplies.
The 1400 block of P Street: I love this block; it’s my own mini-village for the daily necessities (food, dry cleaner, liquor, drug store, take-out, etc.). You’ve got fancy groceries and food-items-for-gifts at Whole Foods… and liquor at Best-In Liquors (they’ve been there for a while, when times were tough). For the yoga-enthusiast, there is Lululemon on the north side of the block. Transformer gallery (south side) has some affordable pieces of art for sale right now, too.
For tree stuff, Christmas lights, overall supplies, last-minute stocking stuffers and more, remember Logan Hardware on P Street. Whoever is putting all those little items on the racks near the checkout line, I say Stop! We now have four pairs of thermal-fleece socks in our household and a reindeer-antler-headdress for the dog.
From Tom Hay
The popular pet supply store and doggie daycare center at 1724 14th Street NW has plans to open a new location at 1711 Florida Avenue NW. They also plan to relocate the Logan Circle store to the former Mar De Plata location down the street at 1410 14th Street NW, between Rhode Island and P; it will be called Planet Pets.
You will recall Mar de Plata relocated to 1827 Jefferson Place NW, south of Dupont Circle in 2009.
Act Globally Think Locally
Owner Linda Welch said she plans for an October 1 opening for the Florida Avenue location, and early October for the 14th Street location, pending approval of permits. The 1410 14th Street “boutique” will offer an expanded selection of pets supplies, including many items from local suppliers, the location will also offer grooming. The business also plans on changing their name to Planet Pets, a nod to the “act globally, think locally” trend.
South of P Development Continues
Green Pets’ move continues the trend of activity on the blocks of 14th between P Street and Thomas Circle. We recently reported on the Logan 14 Salon & Spa at 1314B 14th, and the restaurants Teakwood at 1323 14th and Italian Cinema at 1404 14th.
A new salon is scheduled to “open soon” on the stretch of 14th Street NW south of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Logan 14 Salon & Spa will open in August at 1314-B 14th, according to its website and will be an Aveda products salon.
The number of new businesses south of Rhode Island–replacing older businesses or opening in empty storefronts–has accelerated in the past year. At 1323 14th Street will be Teak Wood, serving Thai cuisine and seating 146 people; the owners operate Galea Thai in Alexandria. The building also houses the Crew Club. Teak Wood will become the third Thai restaurant between N and R streets.