What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (5/5-5/11)

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, Tenleytown! In addition to commemorating the Battle of Puebla this week, celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by taking time out to thank the educators in our community who make our local schools the best in the city. And don’t forget to send some extra love to your mother and all mothers this weekend in honor of Mother’s Day. There’s so much to celebrate and so many great events in the neighborhood – here’s what you can enjoy this week:

  • In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Guapo’s Restaurant is offering an all-day drink special: $20 will get you a bucket of any Mexican bottled beer. Guapo’s is open from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and is located at 4515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • On Monday evening, the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a reading by author Chinelo Okaparanta from her debut story collection Happiness, Like Water, which portrays life in her home country of Nigeria and among Nigerian immigrants living in America. Following the reading, which begins at 7:00 p.m., Okaparanta will answer audience questions and sign copies of her book. Copies of Happiness, Like Water will also be available for purchase.
  • On Wednesday, May 7 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.

  • Starting Thursday evening, join more than 150 Alice Deal Middle School students as they present a three-night run of The Wizard of Oz. Community members can enjoy this classic musical on Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9 at 7:30 and on Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Alice Deal Middle School is located at 3815 Fort Drive.
  • Also on Thursday, May 8, Neal Gregory will deliver the annual Henry Mitchell Garden Lecture at 7:00 pm at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Gregory met and became friends with Henry Mitchell, a longtime Tenleytown resident and noted Washington Post columnist, during his career as a reporter in Memphis in the 1960s. Mitchell wrote the “Earthman” column for 23 years, and bequeathed his large collection of gardening books to the Tenley-Friendship Library. He died in 1993, just short of his 70th birthday, going out the way a gardener should, with dirt on his hands, planting bulbs.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. The agenda includes discussion and possible votes on resolutions related to: funding for sidewalk capital improvements, proposed changes to bus stops for the 30 line buses on Wisconsin Avenue, proposed bike lanes on Van Ness Street, PEPCO’s plans to construct four underground transmission circuits and the Student Assignment proposals and process. The meeting will take place in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW.
  • Celebrate mothers at a Mother’s Day Tea on Friday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Terrace. This event is open to the community and attendees are encouraged to bring, and share the story of, their favorite tea cup. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • While no one likes to talk about it, rats unfortunately are a reality of urban living. The District Department of Health is convening a series of a one-day Rat Summits in each of the city’s eight wards. Business owners, residents, neighborhood associations and community leaders are all invited to attend the Ward 3 Rat Summit on Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Speakers at the summit will include: Robert Corrigan, Ph.D., author of Rodent Control: A Practical Guide for Pest Management Professionals; Dr. Joxel Garcia, Director, D.C. Department of Health; Mr. William Howland, Director, D.C. Department of Public Works; and Mr. Nicholas Majett, Director, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Choose from a delicious selection of brunch entrées including waffles, sides, fresh fruit, made-to-order omelets, desserts, and more. Tickets are $10 per guest, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old, and free of charge for children under 6 years and residents on a meal plan. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • Studio 4903 will host a special Mother’s Day art show on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Come sip mimosas, take in amazing jewelry, paintings, pottery and photography, and perhaps find a unique gift for mom. The studio is located at 4903 Wisconsin Avenue, NW on the 2nd floor.
  • lil omm yoga is celebrating mothers with its 5th Annual We Love Mamas evening in honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. lil omm invites mothers of all ages to enjoy wine, chocolate and an evening dedicated to motherly love, reflection, community and connection – and of course, yoga! Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online. lil omm is located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Finally, there’s still time to register for the upcoming Wilson High School 2nd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place at the University of Maryland golf course on May 16 with proceeds benefiting the Wilson Parent-Teacher-Student Organization and the many initiatives the PTSO supports. Find out more and register for the event at the tournament website.

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 [email protected] 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.
  • Family Story Time at the Tenley-Friendship Library has moved to a new time! Start your weekend off with a fun family story time filled with songs, rhymes and good books on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome.


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