What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (4/28-5/4)

Tenleytown friends and neighbors can enjoy literature, photography, theater and even the modern classic Star Wars this week. Here’s the weekly run down of events:

  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for this week’s Tuesday Lecture Series at 12:15 p.m. on April 29. Jim Blair, who spent 32 years as a National Geographic Society staff photographer, will discuss his career as a professional photographer during which he captured both far flung places and key historical moments. 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 29th the Ward 3 Democratic Committee will convene a discussion on Tackling Homelessness and the Lack of Affordable Housing in D.C.: Challenges and Potential Solutions at its regular meeting. Panelists for the discussion will include Jean Michel Giraud, Executive Director of Friendship Place; Danielle Burrs, Policy Officer: Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED); and Kristy Greenwalt, Executive Director of the DC Interagency Council on the Homeless. The panel will be moderated by Deborah Shore, Executive Director of Sasha Bruce Youthworks. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Methodist Home at 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

  • Looking for a babysitter? Join UrbanSitter for an Open House Meet and Greet on Wednesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. and connect with potential babysitters. UrbanSitter is a free online resource that helps parents find sitters they can trust through people they know. lil omm yoga is hosting this free event at its studio located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Please register for the event on the lil omm website under workshops, or RSVP to jessica.mailloux@urbansitter.com.
  • Join the Young Prose Book Group on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Kitty O’Shea’s for a discussion of A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. Sponsored by the DC Public Library, the Young Prose Book Group is for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 who enjoy books and brews. If this sounds like you, sign up by emailing megan.biggins@dc.gov or online at the group’s Meetup page.
  • Also on Wednesday, Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi will offer a free, introductory T’ai Chi class at 7:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.
  • Don’t miss out on the three-nights-only run of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, which begins on Thursday evening. The Wilson Players will present this classic comedy in the Black Box Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door and are $3 for students, $5 for staff and $10 for adults.
  • Put on your dancing shoes for the Seniors Prom with the Olivera Quartet at Friendship Terrace on Thursday, May 1. Starting at 7:00 p.m., residents, family, and guests will be able to dance away the evening to big band and contemporary favorites. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call Friendship Terrace at 202-244-7400. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • The monthly Orange Helmet Patrol community bike ride kicks off at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the Metropolitan Police Department 2nd District Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Join police officers and community members as they bike throughout the 2nd District. Read more about this new initiative here.
  • Calling all young Jedis, Wookies, Ewoks, Stormtroopers, and Star Wars enthusiasts ages 5 to 12! Come celebrate all things Star Wars with crafts, games, music, books, and refreshments at the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. And May the Force Be With You!

And don’t forget 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.
  • Visit the farmers’ market at American University each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Located in front of the Mary Graydon Building on the university campus, Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery bring to the farmers’ market farm fresh vegetables, homemade breads and desserts.
  • 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.

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