What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (3/31-4/6)

Capital Weather Gang declared that winter is officially over. Put those sweaters away and come to Tenleytown to celebrate spring. This week is full of music, community bike rides, gardening and some fascinating lectures to reinvigorate the body and mind. Here’s what you can enjoy:

  • On Monday, March 31 Samantha Nolan, a citywide neighborhood watch trainer and at-large member of the Citizens Advisory Council, will offer a crime prevention training. Attendees will learn steps they can take to reduce crime in their community, improve their safety at home and avoid becoming a victim. The training, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will take place at the 2nd District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Reserve your space for the free training by emailing Ms. Nolan at NolanTutor@yahoo.com.
  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for this week’s Tuesday Lecture Series at 12:15 p.m. on April 1. David Schoenbaum, author of The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument, will discuss the history and future of the instrument that has been the foundation of some of the world’s greatest music. Each week, OLLI offers a thought-provoking lecture on current affairs, world politics, history, arts or science. The hour-long lectures, which take place at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, are free and open to the public.
  • On Tuesday, April 1, American University will host a discussion of Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein as part of its Books that Shaped America series. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the School of International Service will lead the discussion, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Room of the School of International Service. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book – and if you do read the book, AU recommends that you read the original uncut version published in 1991.

  • On Thursday, April 3, attend Open Doors at Friendship Place to discuss homelessness and our community’s response to it.  The informal, free gathering begins at 2:00 p.m. and is for anyone who wants to learn more about Friendship Place. You can also check out the new AimHire Center at 4652 Wisconsin Avenue while you are there.
  • Thursday evening, enjoy a Taste of Italy a Woodrow Wilson High School. Indulge in good, authentic Italian cuisine while supporting the Wilson International Studies Program (WISP) and Academic Athletic Achievement (AAA) academies as they raise funds for a trip to Italy. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Wilson High School Cafeteria and Atrium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and children. RSVP to Patrice Arrington at Patrice.arrington@dc.gov with your name, contact information and the number of adults/students in your party.
  • The American University Jazz Orchestra will make you want to dance on Friday, April 4 with some big band jazz at the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $5 for members of the AU community and seniors. The Orchestra will start swingin’ at 8:00 p.m.
  • A busy Saturday in Tenleytown kicks off with the Annual Egg Scramble at Turtle Park.  Bring the kids to the park promptly at 11:00 a.m. on April 5 to seek out eggs hidden around the playground. Hunt quickly, though, as the eggs don’t last long.
  • After you find some eggs, grab your bike for the inaugural Orange Helmet Patrol Community Bike Ride.  Members of the community will join the 2nd District Mountain Bike Tactical Unit for a high-visibility community bike ride through 2nd District neighborhoods. The ride kicks off on April 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the 2nd District Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Cyclists young and older are encouraged to participate.
  • Saturday evening, mothers and daughters can spend some quality time together with a Date Night at lil omm yoga. Starting at 5:30 p.m. enjoy partner yoga, movement, connection, and dinner with your daughters, ages 8 to 12. No yoga experience is required, but please reserve your spot 48 hours in advance. Tickets are $40 a pair and $20 for each additional sibling.
  • Round out your busy Saturday by putting on your boogie shoes for a Disco Night at Public Tenley. You’ll be grooving for a good cause – proceeds from the event go to support the Special Olympics. So put on your favorite 1970s duds. There will be door prizes and a costume contest. Tickets are just $5 at the door. Public Tenley is located at 4611 41st Street, NW
  • Finally, don’t forget to get your garden ready for spring, while supporting local schools at the same time. The Annual Wilson Crew Plant Sale runs through Wednesday, April 2nd. Beautiful flowering annual plants, herbs and hanging baskets are available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale will support Wilson Crew, which receives no funding from DCPS. Go to www.wilsoncrew.org to see the great selection. Place your order and a Wilson rower will deliver it to your house starting May 4-5.

To make sure those new plants thrive, place your orders for mulch, top soil and soil amendments at Janney Elementary’s Second Annual Mulch Sale. Free delivery will be made within one week of your order unless a special request is made; no one needs to be present for delivery. You can order and pay online at www.janneyschool.org (click on “Support Janney”) or mail an order form with a check payable to Janney PTA to Janney Mulch Sale, c/o Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016. The sale runs through April 13.

And don’t miss out on these great weekly events:

  • Play a few friendly hands of bridge at the Iona Senior Services Bridge Group on Mondays. 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.
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Friendship Heights is offering a weekly free yoga class on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. The classes are open to the public and all skill levels. Call 202-686-2210 or email fvalente@pcrm.org to sign up. Classes will be held at the PCRM offices at 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400.
  •  Test your knowledge with Trivia Wednesday at Public Tenley where teams compete for a chance at a $5,000 cash prize in the CSN Trivia Challenge. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at tenleytowndc@gmail.com.