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I have to admit my lack of anything sports- or fitness- related has finally caught up with me. I had a pretty good run where the gene-pool gods let me get away with eating whatever I wanted and staying — or at least looking ­— fit. As I just hit a significant birthday, I’m realizing that I may soon have to change my ways or buy a new wardrobe. 

Luckily, expert help is available. I got in touch with Yul Giraldo, owner of Optimal Sport Health Club, to get some inspiration. Giraldo owns the gym with his husband, Jeff Shablin, and was happy to try to fire me up to come to his gym. 

One of my favorite events each year is the Moore College of Art and Design Senior Showcase. It’s a chance for the students to show their best work.

Pride [noun]: confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture and experience.

We have a lot of Pride in the greater Philadelphia area. There’s Philly Pride of course, South Jersey Pride (nearby Asbury Park) and I recently read that Doylestown will be hosting its first Pride Festival this year.

Philadelphia Black Pride is having a birthday!

The organization, created to celebrate the rich history and resilience of black and brown LGBQT folks is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a long lineup of special programs and parties to commemorate the event and the 2019 Penn Relays.

Many of the events are programed categorically. Under the heading of “Cooperative Economics,” PBP will launch a special pop-up boutique featuring men’s spring wear, and accessories from Armour. The season’s hottest fashions will be shown with live models all afternoon.

Flow State CoffeeBar is an awesome little café on Frankford Avenue that’s lesbian-owned and operated.

A bright space with a beautiful, whimsical mural spanning the side wall, Flow State is for everyone. Need a place to sit and get some work done but tired of feeling obligated to drink a gallon of coffee to justify taking a seat? Here you can lease the chair for $12 for three hours and it comes with a cup of coffee and a pastry.

The café is the brainchild of three dynamic women: married couple Melanie and Liz Diamond-Manlusoc and friend Maggie Lee. I spoke with Lee over scoops of guava cinnamon gelato.

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