What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (2/10-2/16)

February is in full swing in Tenleytown, and this week is packed full of exciting events. Democratic mayoral candidates will come to town not once, but twice. If politics isn’t your thing, then take advantage of the new film festival or theater performances that kick off this week, join one of many discussions taking place or cheer on the AU Eagles. There is something for everyone around the neighborhood:

  • Start the week off with a few friendly hands of bridge at the weekly Bridge Group on Monday at Iona Senior Services. New members are always welcome to join for a few rubbers from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 202-895-9448.
  • This afternoon, the Tenley-Friendship Library will host its Kids’ Movie Mondays at 3:00 p.m. Bring the kids by after school to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012, PG).
  • On Monday, February 10, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Veterinary Toxicology will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kimberly Schultz will discuss common household items, foods and plants that can be toxic to your pet, what effects they may have, and what kind of veterinary care you may need to seek.
  • Woodrow Wilson High School will host the second in its series on mental health issues facing teenagers on Tuesday, February 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library. Psychologist Dr. Neil Bernstein will discuss Parenting Tools for Keeping Teens out of Trouble, focusing on how to communicate with teens, foster empathy and morality and spot and respond to drug dangers. The discussion is free and open to the public.
  • Tenleytown residents will have two opportunities this week to hear from candidates for the April 1 Democratic mayoral primary. On Tuesday the 11th, the Ward 3 Democratic Committee will host a candidates’ forum starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW. All Democratic candidates who will appear on the April 1 ballot have been invited to attend.  Bruce DePuyt of News Channel 8/WJLA TV moderate the forum, with political analyst Mark Plotkin participating in the questioning. The following evening, American University will host the 2014 DC Democratic Primary Mayoral Debate starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center’s Abramson Recital Hall. NBC4’s Tom Sherwood will moderate the debate, and ABC 7’s Sam Ford and Fox 5’s Matt Ackland will participate as panelists.
  • On the morning of Wednesday, February 12, enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. The free session will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat.
  • Also on Wednesday, children ages 8 to 11 can explore how to preserve and research historical documents in a Smithsonian Institution sponsored program at the Tenley-Friendship library. As part of Black History month, the history of segregation will be introduced through the story of Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey. This hands-on event begins at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so call the library at 202-727-1488 to register your child to participate.
  • Iona Senior Services will hold the first session of a discussion group for adult children who have parents with memory loss on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The four-part series will help participants learn ways to cope with challenging behaviors, situations, and emotions in caring for a parent with memory loss. The series is free, but space is limited. Call 202-895-9448 to register. Discussions will take place at Iona, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW. Limited free parking is available at the Iona garage on 42nd Street.
  • Friends of Friendship Park will hold a board meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Friendship Recreation Center at Turtle Park. The meeting is open to the public and will include discussion of upcoming renovations to the park.
  • Cheer on the American University Eagles this week as the men’s basketball team takes on the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bender Arena. And then come out and show your support for the women’s basketball team on Saturday, February 15 as they battle the Lafayette Leopards at 2:00 p.m.
  • CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER On Thursday, February 13, the Tenley-Friendship Library will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a movie marathon of romantic classics. The lineup of movies includes:

1 p.m. – Sense and Sensibility (1995, PG), a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel.
3:30 p.m. – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999, PG-13), a modern day telling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
5:30 p.m. – Seven Chances (1925, unrated), a comedy silent film directed and starring Buster Keaton.

7 p.m. – Strictly Ballroom (1992, PG), a comedy directed by Baz Luhrmann about a maverick ballroom dancer.

  • The Alchemist opens at the Greenberg Theatre for a three-night run on Thursday, February 13. The 17th century satire written by Ben Johnson plays upon the popularity of alchemical theory at the time to explore society’s quests for short-cuts to wealth and perfection. Performances will be given on February 13, 14 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee showing at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors. THURSDAY SHOW CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. OTHER SHOWS AS SCHEDULED


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